Monday, July 31, 2017
Nashville's finest are back with the second installment in their trilogy about The Pioneer and his quest to overcome the evil Space Wizard and restore order in the realm of the Earth Goddess. And what is there to say without sounding corny or like the biggest fanboy? Well...buckle up, lean back in your most comfortable seat and let these guys take you on a trip you never thought imaginable!
Largely instrumental, the only lyrics provided are excerpts from Coleridge's 'Kubla Khan'. 'Henry Tate' is slowish, dark and foreboding, yet trippy and is the natural extension from where '...Part 1' left off. It gradually picks up the pace leading elegantly into 'The Pioneer'. Portraying our hero's path to find his way aided by the wisdom of the Old Gods from what was once Mother Earth. A heavily fuzzed bass guitar adds to The Pioneer's plight. Spaced out, forlorn vocals enforces his despair and distress as the song explodes. Doomy with hints of heavy 1970's rock, 'Visions' is dreamy in it's approach as The Pioneer has an epiphany as the Old Gods are speaking to him installing new-found power and strength to destroy the Space Wizard. Basically, they have him reborn.
The beautiful and serene instrumental piece 'The Forest Speaks' is a bridge between our hero being reborn and his escalating search for the nemesis of the universe. Full onslaught in a wonderful trippy spacey stoner rock kind of way, 'Circle Of Druids' is the coming of the Old Earth's only saviour. Ascending to fight evil once and for all, the Old Gods are urging The Pioneer to save their holy land, to save mankind. Ending '...Part 2' is 'Earth Wizard', a fantastic mid-paced stoner rock-ish 70's rocker musically. Lyrically it leaves a lot of things hanging. The Space Wizard rises to spread his darkness while The Pioneer is getting ready to charge. What happens? No one knows. We have to wait for '...Part 3' to find out if the Space Wizard has taken over or if The Pioneer succeeded and peace can finally descend on Mother Earth again.
Where '...Part 1' launched this amazing story and set us on the road - spacey head-trippy road, at that - of our hero's misadventures and valiant resistance, '...Part 2' opens up to reveal the rebirth of The Pioneer as the saviour of our universe as we know it. The music continues perfectly from '...Part 1', the only difference is it has become even better. Messieurs Polzine, Marks and Wheeler belong to that rare group of musicians who do whatever they want to, also, and equally important, they have the talent and know-how to evolve with each release. This fearlessness might exist in more bands than one would know, but very few know how to use it. Howling Giant does and they are brilliant! The way they blend the heavy classic rock of the 1970's with stoner rock, jam rock et al is one of a kind. Like their peers, Elder, they are well on the way to create their own line of music, a genre completely their own and that is greatness. Just listen, let Howling Giant mesmerize you and allow yourself to be swept away into the wondrous, sometimes frightening, world of these three gentlemen!
Sunday, July 30, 2017
The German trio Mother Engine plays instrumental rock music influenced by Stoner and Postrock as well as the trippy Psychedelic Rock of the 60s and 70s and the indigenous German Krautrock. It's no real surprise that that the journey of that spaceship actually began at the tent stage of a big German Stoner Rock festival in the year 2013. What we talk about is a spirit of DIY, uncompromising endurance and the strong will to play every single stage. After two records ('Muttermaschine' 2013, 'Absturz' 2015) and appreances at many of the most important European scene festivals like Stoned from the Underground, Freak Valley Festival, Sonic Blast Moledo, Into the Void or Rotormania, it seems like they got their landing permission at the European stages for heavy psychedelic music. In fall 2017 they will release their third studio album 'Hangar' and doing a 6-week-tour through whole Europe presenting the new material.
People who heard the new songs live talk about a kind of stoner prog and maybe this impression hits right on the spot.
MODERN ENGINE are:
Chris Trautenbach (guitar)
Cornelius Grünert (drums)
Christian Dressel (bass)
A new amazing 7-inches single is coming for the LA based, mighty, garage rock n' rollers The Lords of Altamont. Two incredible songs extract from the upcoming full lenght out October 6th "The Wild Sounds Of Lords Of Altamont" on this new 7-inches: "Going Downtown" and "Evil".
The new 7"/ Single will be available during the upcoming European Summer Tour (see below for dates) and on the Bandcamp of the band.
Digital Single will feature only "Going Downtown" and will be available starting from July 20th on all the Digital platforms.
The LA based, mighty, garage rock n' rollers are ready to start a full european tour to promote the upcoming new release "The Wild Sounds of The Lords of Atamont" out for HPS Records this October 6th.
28/07 : FAST & LOUD FESTIVAL - Macon FR
29/07 : SPAKEMOTUTOFESTIVAL, Sanguinetto, Verona IT
30/07 : GROOVE, Lugo, Vicenza IT
31/07 : TRUE NATURE, Sezzadio, Alessandria IT
01/08 : HANA-BI, Marina di Ravenna IT
02/08 : BLAH BLAH, Torino IT
05/08 : ROADKILL FESTIVAL - Waarschoot BE
06/10 : Le Brise Glace - Annecy FR
07/10 : Smac Les Abattoirs - Bourgoin Jallieu FR
10/10 : L’Escale - Le Havre FR
11/11 : La Ferme d’en Haut - Villeneuve d’Ascq FR
12/10 : Le Poche - Bethune FR
13/10 : De Casino - Sint Niklass BE
14/10 : Le Point Ephémère - Paris FR
17/10 : le Molotov - Marseille FR
18/10 : Secret Place - Montpellier FR
19/10 : El Mediator - Perpignan FR
20/10 : Cri’art - Auch FR
21/10 : Pavillon 108 - Fumel FR
23/10 : Rocksound - Barcelona ES
24/10 : Loco Club - Valencia ES
25/10 : Lopez - Zaragoza ES
26/10 : Boite - Madrid ES
27/10 : Porta Caeli - Valladolid ES
28/10 : Satelite T - Bilbao ES
A hammered 4-stroke beat like a twin cylinder engine running on idle, a roaring guitar riff revving up the rpms of the iron-built motorcycle-inspired band, then the fresh and insisting breeze of a Farfisa organ whispering 'let's ride' and a heavy bass greasing up the reliable crank and rods of that authentic rock'n'roll machine, and there goes, ladies and gents, the mighty LORDS OF ALTAMONT combo! Riding hard on backyard-built, loud pipes and rigid frame undestructible raw choppers, the band left their garage enlivened by the year of 1969, right at the crossroads of the Summer of Love and the birth of punk rock. Fueled up by the MC5, the Stooges and the Chambers Brothers to name a few, the pack follows Jake 'The Preacher' Cavaliere (vocals, organ) on his uncompromising rock'n'roll journey ; Dani Sindaco (gtr), Rob Zimmermann (bass) and Steven Van Der Werff (drums) along with their frontman are now spreading out The Wild Sounds of the Lords of Altamont, their latest record, around the planet!
Through fads and fashions, either on wax or on stage, the Lords can take you back to this era of freedom and rebellion with their hi-octane tunes. The gang has been already rocking the world for 17 years with spectacular performances, firmly run-in by 5 solid stainless records and they're now fine-tuned with this new release of 11 powerful late-sixties tracks which manage to sound fiendishly contemporary!
THE LORDS OF ALTAMONT are
Steven Van Der Werff
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A3. Back to dungaree high by Turbonegro)
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Saturday, July 29, 2017
In honor of the rapidly approaching release date of Kosmopoliturbo, Russkaja's latest gift to the world of music, it is high time that I right a terrible wrong. To my shame I have never written about Russkaja's previous album entitled Peace, Love & Russian Roll. Therefore I invite you waveriders to pull up a chair if you're not already sitting and join me as first I analyze what exactly is the matter with me and then extol the virtues of this worthy record. Cool? Great! Let's begin.
I absolutely flipped my lid over Russkaja's 2013 release Energia!. When I first came across the eye-grabbing cover art and read the description "Russian Turbo Polka" I knew that this was music I simply had to hear. My decision to hit the play button was immediately rewarded and I've been a fan ever since. Fast forward to 2015 and I eagerly snatched up my copy of Peace, Love & Russian Roll. That's when the trouble started.
Due to my headspace at the time I was looking to hear a predominantly metallic offering similar to Energia!. PLRR starts off incredibly well with the fantastic opener "Rock'n Roll Today" but then rapidly incorporates that most dreadful of musical elements, variety. Yes friends the one-dimensional, bludgeoning record that I wanted did not materialize so I put the new Russkaja aside. Only after a considerable amount of time had passed was I able to revisit PLRR and truly appreciate the album for what it has to offer.
Russkaja, for those unfamiliar, plays music that mixes heavy metal, polka, ska, and Russian folk music. Add to that dashes of pop and hip-hop and you'll have a solid foundation to understand what this band produces. Make no mistake folks. There is plenty of metallic bite throughout this album. "Rock'n Roll Today", "You Are The Revolution", "Slap Your Face", and my personal favorite track "El Pueblo Unido" have aggression to spare. Songs like "There Was A Time", "Parachute", and "Radio Song" fall squarely on the other end of the spectrum displaying the band's poppy, melodic strengths. "Hometown Polka" it might surprise you to discover leans heavily on polka. "Peace, Love & Russian Roll" has the most up-tempo ska-like sound on the album. I could go on but I'll let the songs "Let's Die Together (Mon Amour)", "Lovgorod" and "Salty Rain" be surprises when you hear them. It's more fun this way.
Waveriders, don't make the same mistake I did. Listen to Peace, Love & Russian Roll by Russkaja. Listen and be filled with joy! Austrian/Russian turbo polka joy! Believe me, this is a joy you need in your listening life.
Friday, July 28, 2017
Calgary' AB's masters of straight ahead riff-rock wizardry WOODHAWK will be hitting the road this September for their second Western Canadian tour (AB/SK/BC) (dates listed below) in support of their full length album 'Beyond The Sun' released this past April. The album was produced by the band with Jesse Gander (Bison, Japandroids) to follow their 2014 debut EP. Made of equal parts 1970's Birmingham and a myriad of 21st century heavy who’s who, WOODHAWK are purveyors of riff-centric rock and roll. Capable and original, the band is able to craft anthemic fist-pumping songs while forgoing tired stoner rock clichés. With time travel tested themes of science fiction, swords and sorcery, the band’s lyrics are born from snowy winters, hot practice spaces and pages of dog-eared paperbacks. While the musicianship reinforces recollections of Black Sabbath, modern influences that have helped you smash air drums or highway speed limits are undeniably present.
The band comments:
"This tour sees us wrapping up our western Canada touring in support of Beyond The Sun. Western Canada is so good to us. A New Hope seemed to be a lot of people's favourite song off the album, so we thought it would be funny to pull another Star Wars reference out, with naming the tour Woodhawk Strikes Back."
'Beyond The Sun' album stream available on Bandcamp at https://woodhawk.bandcamp.com.
The album is available on digital, vinyl and CD.
The band's music video 'The High Priest' can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5g5jTKtEfM
WOODHAWK Strikes Back Tour (AB/SK/BC)
Sept 3 - Calgary, AB - Atlantic Trap and Gil
Sept 8 - Lethbridge, AB - The Slice
Sept 9 - Regina, SK - The German Club
Sept 15 - Golden, BC - The Rockwater
Sept 16 - Vancouver, BC - The Astoria
Sept 23 - Kelowna, BC - Doc Willoughby's
Oct 7 - Edmonton, AB - UP+DT Festival - Downtown Edmonton Community League
1. Beyond The Sun (3:57)
2. The High Priest (4:46)
3. Living In The Sand (6:03)
4. Magnetic North (4:13)
5. Lawless (3:06)
6. Quest For Clarity (4:14)
7. A New Hope (4:49)
8. Forsee The Future (2:12)
9. Chrononaut (5:19)
Turner Midzain - Vocals/Guitar
Mike Badmington - Bass/Vocals
Kevin Nelson - Drums
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"Beyond the Sun is incredibly infectious and memorable and right from the get go, you know that you are in for a ride. Even if for whatever reason you are in a bad mood, this record will straighten that out in a hurry as it has you nodding your head and belting the lyrics out with the vocalist in no time....a release that is easy to listen to and get into but isn’t easy to put down by any means. Once you begin listening you have a hard time tearing yourself away from your speakers." - Cadaver Garden
"“Beyond The Sun, is overflowing with everything one could want from a great stoner rock record, thick, rumbling bass tones, sizzling guitar fuzz and infectious, mid tempo riffage, making this the kind of album that is very hard to stop listening to" - The Sludgelord
"Woodhawk have a new album - Beyond The Sun - and it's one that ticks all right boxes if you're a serious fan of Stoner Rock. Taking influence from bands such as Kyuss, The Sword and Truckfighters. Woodhawk offer a refreshing style of Psych Stoner Metal with moments of Fuzz and Desert Rock that add extra grit to their music." - Outlaws of The Sun
"The whole album put me in a good mood. Although I am a fan of a more distorted and fuzz-y sounding stoner rock, this was a great cleaned up take...The killer trio band have really created their own rules. One of which is trying to throw out stoner rock stereotypes. And it’s working brilliantly for them. Beyond the Sun is exactly what one would expect from Woodhawk. Riffs and riffs and riffs and high energy drums and more riffs...Moral of the story: this is the perfect CD to pop on when you feel like dancing in your underwear while cleaning your room. I would recommend “Beyond the Sun” to anyone who would like a less distorted version of Red Fang. Which is definitely a compliment, for the record." - Bangs!
“As I was walking into the venue, I began hurrying up the stairs as their sound captured my attention right away and was quickly swept up into their thick pulse thumping guitars and huge powerhouse drum sound.” – Vancity Buzz
“Calgarian riff-riders Woodhawk kicked off the proceedings, hitting all the gritty notes with their raucous roadhouse metal. Propane and Jack flowed freely as the golden western trio woke all them witches with their thematic rock fury.” – Beatroute Magazine
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Now in their 48th year, King Crimson will be returning to America in the Fall of 2017! The new dates see the group performing in some states and cities that have not been visited in a while. Atlanta, Georgia, for example, last had live Crimson music in 2001, while Texas has experienced something of an epic Crimson drought since 1974, not counting ProjeKct Three's week-long residency in the Lone Star state during March 1999.
19 Oct Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX
21 Oct Music Hall, Dallas, TX
23 Oct Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
24 Oct Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
26 Oct Duke Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, Raleigh, NC
28 Oct Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C.
29 Oct Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C.
31 Oct New Jersey Performing Arts Centre, Newark, NJ
02 Nov Merriam Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
03 Nov Merriam Theatre, Philadelphia. PA
06 Nov Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
08 Nov The Egg, Albany, NY
09 Nov The Egg, Albany, NY
11 Nov Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, PA
17 Nov Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
18 Nov Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
22 Nov Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI
24 Nov Hard Rock Rocksino, Cleveland, OH
26 Nov Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
For more ticket information: https://www.dgmli ve.com/tours?liveshow=on
With three drummers up front including Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, as well as the return of multi-instrumentalist Bill Reiflin on keyboards, guitarist, and original founding member, Robert Fripp, states that this “double quartet formation” is likely to make more noise than ever before. Rounding out the eight piece line up are guitarist and vocalist Jakko Jakszyk, long-time bassist Tony Levin, and saxophonist Mel Collins, who was a mainstay of Crim from 1970-1972.
As well as standard tickets, the band's label, DGM, also has announced sale of VIP Royal Packages, limited to just 60 per show. Details can be viewed at the label's interactive and recently redeveloped website, www.dgmlive.com.
Here's what the press have raved about King Crimson's summer 2017 North American tour:
“On our final evening at the festival, we were witness to the concert that inevitably proved to be its highlight...The blend of mood, melody, ambiance and atmosphere dazzled the audience, which responded with frequent standing ovations.” - Lee Zimmerman, Goldmine Magazine
“Complex musical structures, the power, the intensity and the flight of guitars, flutes and especially drums, the progressive rock of King Crimson unfolded like never...With a dense and complex performance that perfectly coincided with the title of the tour entitled Radical Action, King Crimson took over all the years of his long career, offered new material and transported the music lovers to their rich universe and especially without compromise.” - YVES LECLERC, Journal de Quebec
“Fripp and his band offered an impeccable performance in two stages. No melodies, no flapping, only musicians at the top of their art.” - IAN BUSSIÈRES La Presse, Quebec
“The band finally reaps all that it has sown in its many transformations...the company of the good old days got its money's worth! In short, the king is not dead, far from it, and they still rejoice.” - Réjean Beaucage, Voir.ca
There was an undeniable nostalgic thrill to these songs, but considering the unconventional setup and the band's longstanding aversion to living in the past, they weren't presented as museum pieces...this remained a celebration from a band that has found a way to honour the scope of its legacy without abandoning its avant-garde principles. Crimson has never sounded more complete, or more joyous, on stage than it does now.” - Jordan Zivitz, Montreal Gazette
“The eclectic setlist covered the bands forty plus years, beginning with 1973's 'Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One' earmarked by one of several Mel Collins' exemplary solos, then jumped a decade later for the fluid 'Neurotica' with Fripp’s hyper-kinetic guitar riffs perched alongside a dizzying high tempo jazz beat. The uniqueness of seeing each of these seasoned musicians working is near indescribable and has to be experienced live, to fully embrace their vision - think of eight master painters working in their own style, but on a common canvas, and you begin to get the idea of things.” - We Heart Music, Minneapolis
“As part of their 17-show 'Radical Action Tour 2017,' King Crimson made a stop at the Greek Theatre for what can only be succinctly described as nearly three hours of absolute musical bliss — subtle and pastoral on one hand, a cacophony of sonic thrusts on the other.” - Shawn Perry Vintage Rock
“While their strong EP of new originals 'Heroes,' (in tribute to David Bowie) has devoted fans pleased and open-eared, it's the rarities from the back catalog that haven’t been played in decades or ever that make this tour's lineup exceptionally strong. Astounding as it was, King Crimson still has the propensity to tackle songs from all over their vast catalog, while incessantly adding new intersections and elements.” - Dylan Muhlberg, Grateful Web
In other news:
The band has recently released “The Elements Of King Crimson 2017 Tour Box.” As with previous releases in the “Elements” series, the full variety of King Crimson's music is presented over 2 CDs! Featuring extracts from rehearsals, new live recordings, elements from studio recordings, full tracks, alternate takes and finished recordings from 1969-2016, many of which make their first appearance on CD.
Every line-up is featured across the double CD set. Of particular interest on the new set is the inclusion on disc 2 of every part of “Larks' Tongues in Aspic” (some studio, some live) from “Part I” to “Level 5” – interspersed with elements taken from the original studio sessions and rehearsals.
Packaged in a DVD-sized fold out digipak style book case with a 24 page booklet including sleeve notes by co-compiler Sid Smith, photos of memorabilia, full info about the 2016 tour and a number of band and individual photos of the current band line-up.
Also, coinciding with the first leg of the tour, King Crimson released a CD EP titled “Heroes - Live In Europe, 2016.” Recorded in Berlin during the band's 2016 European tour., the EP was released on June 2nd 2017 and, along with “The Elements Of King Crimson 2017 Tour Box,” can be ordered via the shops at www.dgmlive.com as well as available through traditional retail outlets. The US based Schizoid Shop has recently added a range of new shirts and other band-related merchandise, and offers weekly specials including offers to win free tour tees. www.schizoidshop.com.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Southern Californian rock trio RADIO MOSCOW has just delivered the masters of its fifth studio album, “New Beginnings”, which is set for release via their new label home, Century Media Records, on September 29, 2017.
The album’s striking cover artwork was created by artist Courtney Cole and photographer Dana Trippe with lettering coming from Robin Gnista. “New Beginnings” was recorded at Lost Ark Studio in San Diego with Mike Butler, produced by the band’s own Parker Griggs and mastered by Mark Chalecki at Little Red Book Mastering.
As a sneak peek at what to expect, check out a video of a radio session take of the album’s first track, “New Beginning”: https://www.vuhaus.com/videos/radio-moscow-new-beginning
“New Beginnings” Track Listing:
1. New Beginning (WATCH)
3. Woodrose Morning
5. No One Knows Where They've Been
6. Last to Know
7. New Skin
9. Pick up the Pieces
"New Beginnings" will be released as regular black and limited-edition colored LP+CD (including a poster designed by Robin Gnista) as well as on CD, and all digital/streaming platforms.
Right on time with the release of their new opus, the band has confirmed the “The Drifting Tour”, which will drown Europe from September 26 to October 31 in waves of fuzzy, hard rocking riffs and sweaty, cranked up blues!
Prior to that, RADIO MOSCOW will perform at several European festivals as well as head over to the UK for a mini tour in August with support coming from The Groundhogs. Furthermore, a US west coast tour has been recently added. Full dates can be found listed below.
Formed in 2003, the power trio led by Stratocaster genius Parker Griggs carved their own sonic niche fusing crunching, heavy Sabbath-style chords with fiery ‘Hendrixian’ solos and a raw intensity that is addictive and captivating. From the self-titled debut back in 2007, which was produced by Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, over to last year’s “Live! In California”, RADIO MOSCOW proved to be not just a cheap time machine but a direct descendant from the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll!
RADIO MOSCOW LIVE DATES 2017
8/12 Dortmund, DE - Junkyard Open Air
8/13 Cernoy, FR - Celebration Days
8/14 London, UK - Borderline #
8/15 Hastings, UK - Paintworks #
8/16 Bristol, UK - Exchange #
8/17 Birmingham, UK - The Castle & Falcon
8/19 Saint-Nolff, FR - Motorculto Festival
8/25 Costa Mesa, CA - The Wayfarer
8/26 Los Angeles, CA - The Resident
8/27 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
8/29 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
8/30 Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
8/31 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
9/1 Boise, ID - The Olympic
9/2 Salt Lake City, UT - Crucial Fest
9/3 Las Vegas, NV - Bunkhouse
9/26 Paris, FR - Backstage ^
9/27 Nantes, FR - Le Ferrailleur ^
9/28 Bilbao, ES - Kafe Antzokia ^
9/29 Gijon, ES - Casino Acapulco ^
9/30 Porto, PT - Hard Club ^
10/1 Lisbon, PT - RCA ^
10/2 Madrid, ES - Caracol ^
10/3 Barcelone, ES - Rocksound ^
10/4 Montpellier, FR - Secret Place ^
10/6 Pratteln, CH - Up in Smoke ^
10/7 Athens, GR - Desertfest ^
10/9 Roma, IT - Traffic ^
10/10 Altroquando, IT - Zero Branco ^
10/11 Torino, IT - Blah Blah ^
10/13 Antwerpen, BE - Desertfest ^
10/14 Groningen, NL - Vera ^
10/15 Cologne, DE - Underground ^
10/16 Wiesbaden, DE - Schlachthof ^
10/17 Vienna, AT - Arena ^
10/18 Innsbruck, AT - PMK ^
10/19 Etagnieres, CH - Croc The Rock Festival ^
10/20 Munich, DE - Keep It Low ^
10/21 Dresden, DE - Beatpol ^
10/23 Hamburg, DE - Hafenklang ^
10/24 Copenhagen, DK - TBA ^
10/25 Stockholm, SE - Undergangen ^
10/26 Gothenburg, SE - Sticky Fingers ^
10/28 Bergen, NO - Garage ^
10/30 Hannover, DE - Chez Heinz
10/31 Berlin, DE - Festsaal
# with The Groundhogs
^ with Kaleidobolt
Radio Moscow line-up
Parker Griggs (vocals, guitar)
Anthony Meier (bass)
Paul Marrone (drums)
Radio Moscow online
"True to its name, Wolves In The Throne Room has always painted between the lines of barbaric and regal. For over a decade it has been this between-space that has driven WITTR's power; burning black-metal riffs communing with mystical folk and ambient music." - NPR
In preparation for their September 22nd release of Thrice Woven, Wolves in the Throne Room have announced an extensive U.S. tour shortly after the album’s street date. Set to run from September 29th through October 25th with support from Pillorian, the tour will take the bands from coast to coast - check out the full routing listed below.
Since their inception in 2002, over the course of 5 studio albums and hundreds of live performances, Wolves in the Throne Room have refracted Black Metal through their own Cascadian prism. Their songs explore the hidden world of magic that one accesses through dreams, visions and music and the resulting sounds are intimately linked to the wild lands of the Pacific Northwest. Now, a portal into the dreamworld of Wolves in the Throne Room opens again with their forthcoming sixth LP, Thrice Woven - a glorious return to the blazing and furious Black Metal that they alone can create.
Look for Thrice Woven to be available September 22nd on Wolves in the Throne Room’s own label, Artemisia. Additionally, check out the music video for “Born from the Serpent’s Eye” here.
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, ON TOUR:
September 29 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
September 30 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
October 2 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
October 3 Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
October 5 Houston, TX @ White Oak (downstairs)
October 6 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
October 7 Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
October 9 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
October 10 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Hell
October 11 Richmond, VA @ Capital Ale House
October 12 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
October 13 Brooklyn, NY @ Villain
October 14 Pittsburgh, PA @ Villain
October 16 Cincinnati, OH @ The Taft Ballroom
October 17 St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
October 18 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St. Collective
October 20 Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
October 21 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
October 22 Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone
October 24 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
October 25 Olympia, WA @ Obsidian
Photo by: Peter Beste
Thrice Woven, track listing:
1. Born from the Serpent’s Eye
2. The Old Ones Are With Us
4. Mother Owl, Father Ocean
5. Fires Roar in the Palace of the Moon
Monday, July 24, 2017
Ripple Music presents, Poseidon, Flying Eyes 7", and Second Coming of Heavy Chapter 6 Limited Edition Vinyl
The reviews are amazing. "Monumental" being an oft used word...
Prologue officially drops tomorrow at 7 am PST via Ripple Music. Available on limited "Infinite Abyss" black/white psychedelic edition LP (ONLY 100 PRESSED), "Dark Beginnings" black vinyl LP, Test press LP (ONLY FIVE AVAILABLE), and CD digi pack will also be available and digital download worldwide via Ripple Bandcamp, itunes, apple, amazon, spotify etc.
If you haven't already heard it, then head on over to Decibel Magazine where they are streaming it in it's entirety.
All formats are available from
This sexy beast is coming your way! Flying Eyes/ Lazlo Lee & The Motherless Children split 7". Done in conjunction with our brothers at H42 Records. This is the white (with some black marble) Ripple exclusive North American Edition, limited to 50 copies pressed. Look for pre-sale next week on Monday.
"Already recognized as one of the world’s leading purveyors of rock ‘n’ roll, stoner, doom and heavy psych, Ripple Music upped the ante in 2015 with the arrival of one of the year’s most ambitious projects, The Second Coming of Heavy Series."
Serving as an ongoing showcase for some of the best and heaviest bands emerging from the underground, each installment shines a light on those worthy of your attention. With full color sleeves and inserts, the series is designed to be saved and treasured, like a fine anthology of books.
Chapter 6 is now upon us, in the Ripple store, with Kayleth and Favequaid, bringing the heavy from Italy.
Six months in the planning, here it is! Welcome to the first ever international RippleFest - RippleFest Sweden. Three bands over two cities in two nights, come join us in Orebro and Stockholm, Sept 8 and 9th. Scandanavian Ripple family, Vokonis, Kingnomad, and Craneium will all take the stage. And keep your eyes open for the limited edition RippleFest Sweden T-shirt!
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Scorching fires out west have been dominating the landscape, filling the air with smoke and ash in the last month or so. Bandcamp has been ablaze for other reasons. Last round I featured some of the best of bandcamp mid-year recap. This round I’m going back to showing off some of the new finds that keep the year moving in a positive direction. At some point you’d think it would start slowing down, but the music just keeps releasing and it blows my mind every time. Check out the latest batch of Bandcamp Bonanza face melters.
Second Coming of Heavy – Chapter 6: Kayleth / Favequaid
Splits seem to be gaining traction as of late. Ripple has not only taken the special edition split vinyl to the next level, they have done it with class. Look at the art package that being featured on each chapter by Ghosttown Graphics. It’s just insane and to know that the splines will create an image when stacked together at the end of the 10 chapter saga, it begs for complete discography collectors to hop aboard. Each chapter features two up and coming heavy rocking bands. Chapter 6 is on fire.
Chapter 6 brings us another round of bands with their first appearance on Ripple. This is a perfect combination of atmospheric riffs and high octane rock songs. Kayleth bring the expansive grooves straight from outer space while Favequaid deliver us an undisputed punky grit layered with tasty chops. It seems each Chapter brings a new favorite. The saga gets better and better and the artwork is intense. Cannot wait to receive my OBI vinyl edition and complete the entire set.Favorite track: Favequaid - Everytime.
Sun Rider – III
Another band with exquisite artwork in their catalog, Sun Rider bring a sludge stained stoner metal to the party with monster riffs and scarred vocal tones that combine to make a heavy blues album that comes out similar in output to the band HARK, but less progressive and more bluesy. Check out their entire discography and you’ll be considering hitting that buy button on the vinyl even though the shipping is insanely pricey.
Howling Giant – Black Hole, Space Wizard: Part 2
Now here is a band to keep your eyes on. These dudes from Nashville know how to write a great song and keep it accessible with a wide range of polish, but they also know how to maintain a heavy ass energy. I just can’t say enough good things. Each release that comes out of these guys brains is a new favorite. Part 2 is intense.
Howling Giant return with Part 2 of the BHSW saga launching rocket fueled riffs beyond the atmospheric boundary of standard hard rock fare. Astronautical fuzz echoes over metallic solos as the progressive harmonies consume by way of gravitational force. Part 2 is a gorgeous and monolithic slab of stoner metal that'll have you begging for more. Keep your eyes on these guys. They're going places.
The Last Coyote – Gunfighter Tales
I found these guys using the method of checking the bandcamp new section by genre, and randomly stumbled over these guys.
This is the kind of music I yearn for. Sifting through the bandcamp vaults today The Last Coyote makes its presence known. Gun smoking melodies crackle with bluesy strums and outlaw wales across the western prairie like a flaming ring of mountain fire.
Between the Lines – Between the Lines
This is refreshing and suffocating at the same time. There were parts that had that 15 years old nostalgia going on, yet it stands out in the field of hard rock.
The bass slaps like a sack of balls against a kilted thigh as the dark, brooding groove hymns Between the Lines of crunchy distorted rock and goth enhanced grunge. For fans of Tool and freaks alike, this debut will steamroll your expectations of an Irish rock band.
Hair of the Dog – This World Turns
Last but certainly not least Hair of the Dog came out with a new album this year. I am a huge fan of this band which required that I pre-order the vinyl to go with the first two albums I scrounged together last year. Pretty stoked on this new one, it gets better every time you play it and I find it ranking high on many year-end lists’
Hair of the Dog is the type of band you can play in the morning to ease the bangover from witnessing their show the night before. This World Turns exemplifies all that is heavy rock taking the band to future cult classic status and showing no signs of losing hide. The melodies echo lean distorted glory with progressive riffs, bar worthy balladry and intricate snarls of rock and roll fury. Can't deny this as one of the best hard rock albums of 2017. Vinyl ordered. Just look at those colors on the cover. This is the full package. Favorite track: This World Turns.
That ought to keep you busy for a bit. I’ve got more on deck for future Bonanza Bonanza features and it shows no signs of slowing down. Let it burn!
Saturday, July 22, 2017
ROZAMOV Tour With The Ditch And The Delta Confirmed; Band Issues Track From Impending Free Live Recording Via The Obelisk
Boston doom unit ROZAMOV has booked new summer tour dates, including July shows with Blood Sun Circle and Author & Punisher, and is preparing to issue a free live album, leaking the lead track through The Obelisk ahead of its release this week.
ROZAMOV will begin their summer tour schedule this week, playing shows in Wallingford July 21st and Rochester July 22nd alongside Blood Sun Circle. July 28th sees the band in Somverville supporting Author & Punisher. August will take ROZAMOV across the country and out to the West Coast, as they embark on a tour with The Ditch And The Delta. Both bands will be supporting their new LPs, both released this year through Battleground Records. ROZAMOV will be out from August 24th through September 2nd, culminating in both bands performing at Crucial Fest in Salt Lake City.
Following the release of their lauded This Mortal Road LP, ROZAMOV has completed their first official live recording, titled Adaptations, which they are now preparing to release independently. Adaptations was recorded on tour earlier this year as the band was on your supporting This Mortal Road, captured at Live Wire in Chicago, mixed by Chris Johnson at The Electric Bunker, and mastered by Alec Rodriguez at New Alliance. The record features three previously-released songs - "Ghost Divine," "Serpent Cult," and "Inhumation" - and leads off with a new song called "Surrounded By Wolves."
ROZAMOV will release Adaptations as a free download through Bandcamp and Spotify this Friday, July 21st.
Hear ROZAMOV's "Surrounded By Wolves" early through The Obelisk RIGHT HERE.
ROZAMOV's This Mortal Road is available digitally HERE, and the CD and LP available through Battleground Records HERE and Dullest Records HERE. Also see ROZAMOV's "Serpent Cult" video RIGHT HERE.
ROZAMOV Tour Dates:
7/21/2017 Cherry Street Station - Wallingford, CT w/ Blood Sun Circle
7/22/2017 Photo City Improv - Rochester, NY w/ Blood Sun Circle
7/28/2017 ONCE - Somerville, MA w/ Author & Punisher
8/24/2017 Great Scott - Allston, MA w/ The Ditch And The Delta
8/25/2017 Cafe Bourbon Street - Columbus, OH w/ The Ditch And The Delta
8/26/2017 TBA - Indianapolis, IN
8/27/2017 TBA - St. Paul, MN
8/30/2017 Funhouse - Seattle, WA w/ The Ditch And The Delta
8/31/2017 High Water Mark - Portland, OR w/ The Ditch And The Delta
9/01/2017 The Shredder - Boise, ID w/ The Ditch And The Delta
9/02/2017 Crucial Fest - Salt Lake City, UT w/ The Ditch And The Delta