Saturday, June 30, 2018

Bandcamp Bonanza – 075

So, last round I featured a bunch of albums on the softer side of the underground. As you know my tastes are diverse in general and if it’s got a groove to it I will give it a chance. Today I’m just picking right up where I left off with albums that have had an impact on me recently. I’ll start with a couple local bands which, oddly enough, I still have not caught live, but after listening to their recorded material I will make it a point.

Silver – Rock’n’Roll is Dead EP
Silver are a relatively new band in town. I’ve know some of the players casually from just being around the scene at other shows and venues where you see a lot of the same folks. Greg was in my brothers high school class and his older brother Guy was in my class growing up but I never really knew the musical influence of the Gilmores until the Reno days where he’s been a heavily involved in the current scene.
This album proves the inverse of the title. We all know Rock N Roll has never died, in fact its thriving harder than ever right here and right now. Silver put some blood sweat and tears into this EP yielding a fine output of classic rock meets garage-tinged boogie blues. Do yourself a favor and skip the latte today, drop $5 on this high-octane rock EP instead. Favorite track: Black Lipstick.

Hopeless Jack – Hopeless Jack
Hopeless Jack’s name has popped up a few times on my radar and I hadn’t dug in until a few weeks ago. Boy, was I impressed. These guys play a raucous fill of heavy blues, grounded in roots and grizzled with the heart and soul of punk rock. The vocals are a highlight and are complimented well with the addition of keys and a nice helping of soulful southern twang.

The Miltones – The Miltones
This is just lovely. Think the country twang of Lorrie Morgan meet the bluesy wail of Stevie Nicks. Wonderful keys, angelic vocals and overall lush atmosphere. Favorite track: Gypsy Queen.

Whoopie Cat – Illusion of Choice
Utterly phenomenal!! Illusion of Choice continues the path of righteous prog-infused soul music dusted with sultry blues and infectious grooves. Another genre defying output with powerful and dynamic structure. My mind is once again blown.

Loggerhead – Depths
This one took me by surprise. The tags are a bit different than the norm, and upon pushing play I was expecting something a bit outside the box. Towards the end of song one its apparent that there is something special going on here. My response on bandcamp: “Holy shit!! This is massive. I’m waiting for fellow bandcamper Steve Rodgers to proclaim “Gods Holy Trousers!” This is That cool! Wait for it.......”

Inyan – A Bitter Relief
INYAN grabs you immediately with innate hooks and walloping fuzz. The smooth, distorted riffs pulsate at a low frequency coupled with rocking solos, enigmatic progression, and rhythmic force. A Bitter Relief is a soothing relief in terms of modern grunge inspired sounds. Favorite track: The Way You Wished.

Feverhawk – Feverhawk
Come on guys, it appears it’s me and only one other guy on bandcamp that’s heard this thing. The more I play the better it gets. A lot of familiar vibes all wrapped up into one complete album. This rocks.
Feverhawk run a dangerously high temperature blend of classic rock and stoner-doom. Symptoms include killer solos, aching muscles, downtrodden fuzz, intermittent sweats, fat tones and rapid heartbeat. Highly contagious with infectious riffs galore!

WoodWolf – Golden Road
WoodWolf are another “Wolf” band I know. Or are they just another “Wood” band? I don’t know, the cover has the signature David Paul Seymour stoner rock artwork so that says “hey listen to me”. I did listen and I was delighted. It’s not reinventing the taco, but it is adding a set of antlers to an already impressive coating of fuzz. Straight up enjoyable stoner grooves. Much what you would expect based on the album cover. I can’t find anything wrong with this.

Vesta – Great Rift
I can't seem to stop listening to this. Its super heavy with a low end, hook-addled fuzzy groove, plus infectiously gritty vocals with a suave accent. Mandatory vinyl treatment!! Favorite track: Mercury Sunrise.

Fluff – Fluff
Well hell, why not make it an even ten albums on this feature. I haven’t even finished this whole album but one of my fellow Doom Chart contributors has been raving this thing up recently and I decided to cut the fluff and give this thing my attention. I will have finished this album multiple times before this article publishes but as of now I can tell its worthy of a recommendation. A little bit Queens of the Stone Agey in style there an abstract groove going on with a clean vocal tone and crunchy guitar sounds happening. I guess they are immense in a live setting. Go see them if you live in Melbourne. God damn Melbourne, why do they have all the great bands?

-The Huntsman

Friday, June 29, 2018

Heavy Mash - October 13th, 2018

After last year’s successful event, we are pleased to announce this year’s Heavy Mash! Once again, our great friend Wade hosts this event at Division Brewing in Arlington, TX on October 13th, 2018. Nothing but heavy music and great beer! Here is this year’s line-up:

Headlining this event is heavy psychedelic stoner metal band DUEL (Heavy Psych Sounds) from Austin, TX. Hugely influenced by the darker sounds of early 70’s Proto-metal. Their sound is menacing and brutally old school.

Great Electric Quest (Totem Cat Records) from San Diego, CA will bring the stuff you can drink beer and rock out to with some good friends.

Mountain of Smoke (Do For It Records) from Dallas, TX will bring their version of heavy hitting sludge to this little fest. These dudes are not to be missed.

Doomstress (DHU Records / No Slip Records) from Houston, TX brings a hard edge to modern doom w/nods toward classic influences featuring heavy riffs, tasty grooves & powerful female vocals.

Stone Machine Electric (Off the Record Label) from Hurst, TX is the duo best known for their weird approach in crafting a darkened and spacious vision of psychedelic jamming. Doom Jazz, it is Doom Jazz!

Switchblade Jesus (Ripple Music) from Corpus Christi, TX is a dirty and dusty sounding trio bringing their rusted and grease-soaked metal up to the streets of Arlington.

Orthodox Fuzz of Fort Worth, TX bring a riff driven heavy rock with both classic and modern influences to the stage.

Witchcryer (Ripple Music) from Austin, TX are a 4-piece old-school doom metal band as indebted to the heavy rock muscle of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, and Blue Oyster Cult as their doom descendants Witchfinder General, Trouble, and St. Vitus.

Gypsy Sun Revival (Nasoni Records) is a psychedelic rock band hailing from Fort Worth, TX. The group aims to take listeners on a long distance trip to the outer reaches.

Dead Hawke of Fort Worth, TX is an all-around metal band, bringing you doom, sludge, and stoner tunes for your rock n roll pleasure.

Division Brewing, The Obelisk, Ripple Music, Fistful of Doom podcast, Texas Metal Show podcast, and Off the Record Label from the Netherlands sponsor this event. Big thanks to these folks for helping this event to flourish!

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Swedish Sci-Fi Themed Doom Power Trio, "Cities of Mars," Sign to Ripple Music for World-wide Album Deal

"Since Cities of Mars self-released their first single, Cyclopean Ritual/The Third Eye in 2015, the band’s momentum and creative trajectory have both done nothing but move forward, and signing to Ripple, who I think are inarguably the driving force in the American heavy underground, is both a huge and a crucial step in furthering that process. Bottom line is the band kick ass and with Ripple behind them, only more people are going to realize it." --The Obelisk

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the signing of Swedish sci-fi themed Doom power trio, Cities of Mars, for a world-wide album deal.

Cities of Mars from Gothenburg, Sweden, combine heavy doom riffs with ambient soundscapes and haunting vocals.The lyrics on each song adds a chapter in a continuing story, where a Soviet cosmonaut on a covert space mission in 1971 discovers an ancient Martian city and awakens a sleeping conspiracy from the dawn of humanity.
With several European tours and two critically acclaimed vinyl releases under their belt, Cities of Mars are continuing to evolve their sci-fi saga through lead-heavy space tunes.

Formed in 2015 by Danne Palm (vocals, bass), Christoffer Norén (vocals, guitar) and Johan Küchler ( drums, vocals) the first two songs were recorded into a single produced by Esben Willems (Monolord/Berserk Audio) and released for the band’s first live show at the Wizard of Fuzz Festival.

2016 saw the release of Celestial Mistress, a three-song vinyl EP with the captivating artwork of Gothenburg-based graphic artist Axel Widén and the bands’ first European tour. More shows and new songs followed into 2017 when the album Temporal Rifts was released with a three week tour through Europe.

The saga now continues – with three years of writing, jamming and touring, Cities of Mars have sharpened their songcraft in writing another album for release in 2019, this time on stoner/doom heavyweight label, Ripple Music – heavy riffs to infinity and beyond!

Cities of Mars, “Caverns Alive!” official video

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Xroadie Files

Jeff Rosenstock – Post
Jeff Rosenstock- Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards, John Dedomenici – Bass, Mike Huguenor – Guitar, Kevin Higuchi – Drums, Dan Potthast – Lap Steel

Mornin! Spoken word.  USA has a folk meets new wave meets punk sound.  Yr Throat has a feleel od running fast down the road with a pink beat.  All This Useless Energy more of a pop punk meets folk sound that is interesting to listen to.  Powerlessness bounce and bop to the punk riff.  TV Stars slow keyboards and interesting vocals that slowly build then slow down. Melba get the floor to dancing and bopping around.  Beating My Head Against A Wall a solid beat that takes you back to the 50s early 60s.  9/10 sing along to an almost lounge lizard style of song.  Let Them Win slow steady rockabilly meets punk style song.

Sur Back – Kitsch II
Caroline Sans- Vocals/ Instruments

Anyone Else ethereal keyboards slow classical and moody with angelic vocals.  Jane Eyre slow melodic keys kinda prog rock in style then a disco beat with soft vocals.  Providence soft moody emotional music.  Valentino interesting jazz meets lounge lizard style of music.

Noi!se – The Scars We Hide
Matt – Vocals/Bass, Nate – Vocals/Guitar, Jesse – Guitar, Kenny – Drums

Rank And File slow steady bass punk style riffs get the pit to moshing.  Glass Half Empty yelling punk style vocals then lost of slammin into each other and bopping around.  The Truth steady beats riffing guitars and pop punk style vocals with some rockabilly added in.  So I Drift Away go back to the days when punk was king lots of bopping and pogoing around.  Silenced Voices overdriven guitars solid beats and pop punk vocals.  Statistics moshing slamming dancing in the circle pit.  Pawn In The Game  punk with melody and sing along vocals.  Plastic Friends crowds bouncing and bopping around then slam dancing into each other.  How We Made It Through sing along and move to the beat of a punk classic.  Bottom Of The Barrel has a metal meets punk rhythm that will have the crowd going nut with some screaming guitars.  Different Road more moshing music to have fun with.  The Future is Waiting crowd bopping dancing and pogoing to the beat and singing along.

Reverse Family – Sampler 04
Unknown- Vocals/Instruments

Do You Want Five Minutes (Day 91) strange percussion and space rock style vocals that just seems to worm its way into your brain.  I’m Looking At You (Day 93) off beat almost like progressive jazz meets new wave with space rock.  I’m Not Wired For This World (Day95) has more of a pop punk meets the Beatles sound that great to sing along with.  The Night Caller From OuterSpace (Day 103) weird percussion sound this could fit in the Beatles Sergeant Peppers era.

Braggers – Live
Este Leon, Richard Gordon

Mashup over driven guitars with a punk rockabilly feel and punk style vocals.  Be My Friend grinding guitar punk riffs solid steady drums and bass with punk new wave style vocals.  Brand New Day a feel good dance to the beat punk song.  Other Side punk meets metal dance and slam to.  Brighter Day get a slow pit to moving and dancing to the beat.  Too Much Fun bopping to the beat and dancing along.  Better Life fast pop punk to just dance along with.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Swedish Doom Metal Riffers, Witchers Creed, Sign Worldwide Record Deal with Ripple Music

"If Witchers Creed wants to be my new favorite band, they’re off to a very promising start. Their eponymous debut dishes out retro acid doom of the highest order. "-- Doomed and Stoned

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the signing of Swedish Doom Metal Riffers, Witchers Creed, to their growing family of the best artists of the heavy underground.

Witchers Creed traces its origin back to 2011, when Filip Andersson (guitar, vocals), Emil Bjällerhag (bass, vocals) and Charlie Rangstedt (drums) met in at school and formed a band called Illusion, inspired by Swedish ‘70s trio November. But then in 2015, things went south and the band was retired. For long, they talked about forming a similar band in a heavier direction this time. They all loved Sabbath and the seventies sound, but Andersson was more of the '80’s metal dude and Rangstedt was more of the '60s/'70s psychedelic guy. The result, combining '70s doom, like Sabbath, with early NWOBHM, like Judas Priest’s first albums and bands like Angel Witch and Witchfinder General from the early '80s.

Witchers Creed continued to tinker with their sound. In December of 2017, they recruited a friend from the Illusion days, Emil Lundin from Nyköping, who had a bestial rocking voice. In the first week of the New Year, Witchers Creed entered the legendary Sunlight Studio, the cradle of the Swedish death metal sound, where great bands such as Entombed, Dismember, Hellacopters, and Amon Amarth had recorded albums. Witchers Creed recorded their first full-length album, signed to Ripple Music, and they’ve been rocking the path ever since.

“They have perfected their craft with a powerful rhythm section, notable for its thundering basslines.” wrote Paul Rote in Doomed & Stoned. “The guitar leads are no less mind-blowing – more than just short bursts, this soloing goes on and on, soaked with fuzz and venturing into Dave Chandler territory.” He concluded: “Everything you could want is right here: incredible riffs, acidic guitar leads as good as I’ve ever heard, passionate singing, even vocal harmonies.”

The new album by Witchers Creed will be Awakened From The Tomb, and fully mastered by Tony Reed of Mos Generator/Stone Axe fame at his Heavy Head Studio. It will be released on Ripple Music worldwide in all formats, including a limited multi-color version of the record on vinyl. Expect the first single to be released this October, with album to follow soon thereafter.

We’ll keep you posted on new developments as they arise. For now, dig into the band and get to know their sound!

Monday, June 25, 2018

ASTRAL CLOUD ASHES - Dear Absentee Creator


Astral Cloud Ashes is a one-man band formed in 2016 and based on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands by Antony Walker. Recently he released his second album titled Dear Absentee Creator. The album was influenced by his fascination with both Japan and crypto currency Bitcoin.

The album has the sound and feel of late 80s indie and early to mid 90s alternative bands, mixing the sounds up and adding things into the mix that add to the intriguing music he’s created. He musicianship is terrific, with everything sounding clear, crisp and the playing is tight. Lots of different effects in the songs that give every one a unique, but cohesive listen on the album. The vocals are a bit on the whiny/snotty pop punk side that was and is still popular, but they are clear and are perfect for the songs. You get a nice chunk of poppy sounding songs with catchy hooks that will get you singing along to and especially on “Satoshi Nakamoto vs. Unyielding Desire for BAU,” the crunchy guitar playing is outstanding.

This album is an interesting, tuneful and great listen. It has everything that I was hoping for, hooks, fun, songs to sing along to and one that I will play a ton of times.

-Rick Ecker

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Folks Behind The Music: Ripple's Cardiovascular System

Behind every (not so) great man, is a great woman, and there's definitely a woman backing up the whole Ripple machinery.  Corinne serves as the heart and soul, and band mother of Ripple, helping with promotions, planning, and she is responsible for the tradition of cake being present at many Ripple events.  Yes, nothing says heavy metal like cake!

How did you feel when your husband said he was starting a label?

I laughed.  I knew he didn’t know anything (at the time) about running a label company, but I know my husband.  Go big or go home…All I knew was I had to hold on for this ride.  I support him a million percent.

To what extent did this inspire you to start Rogue Wave?

We wanted to start a label that was more of my “taste”.  Plus its cool!

How has your experience with Rogue Wave informed your understanding of Ripple?

RW is still in its infant stages and it's pretty exciting. What I see what my husband does (he does A LOT) I've learned all the hard work that goes into signing a band, working on contractual agreements, all aspects of worldwide manufacturing, PR, and most important just getting their music out.

What kind of stuff do you get to do with the labels?

I’m simply a shiny disco ball.  I connect with the band mates and make them feel they are part of our family. When they sign the contract our "hope" is that they feel and KNOW we want them to succeed! 

Has working with Rogue Wave changed how you view the music industry?

Well, I think music is a tough business. Everyone wants to be heard and they should.  It''s a constantly changing business, but I believe with hard work, passion and dedication we could all succeed.  That what we want for our bands.

Did previous life experience inform your work with the label?

Absolutely not.

Hell, did you ever think you would be a record label head?

Repeat my last response

What do you think separates Ripple and Rogue Wave from other labels?

Ripple and Rogue are truly a family label. When we sign a band we bring them into our family and I don't think you'll get that from corporate.

Where do you see Rogue Wave going and where do you see yourself going within the label?

I would like to have RW attract amazing musicians and to see these incredibly talented people reach their band goals.

What is your favorite Ripple related memory?

Me: What are you reading?
Todd: A book on how to start a label co.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Past, Present, Future Revolutions: Haiti’s Vodou Music Innovators RAM’s New Album Resonates with the Sounds of August 1791

One hot summer day centuries ago, in the heart of an island, the moment came. The uprising began that would transform the French colony of Saint Domingue into the world’s first free republic of African heritage people in the Western Hemisphere. The history of colonization, slavery, and liberty changed forever,

This turning point marks the beginning of Haiti, a pivot that ensured its diverse musical life. “We would not exist, if it weren’t for that month,” reflects Richard Morse, the driving force behind RAM. On August 1791, the group’s seventh album, the band harnesses all the elements that came together and led to the country’s unprecedented founding: the African and the Creole, the rural and the urban, the Christian and the vodou, the traditional and the exploratory.

The album’s tracks dig deep into Haiti’s musical roots, setting Dahoumey (West African) ceremonial pieces (“Danmbala Elouwe”) and folk songs chronicling the wisdom of revolutionary leader Toussaint L’Overture (“Badji Feray”) to new rhythms and for new instruments. But it’s not about preservation or historical reconstruction. It’s about the totality of Haitian spiritual and sonic worlds, the sum of all that came before and what may come tomorrow.

“This album represents the past, present and future all at once, a mystical concept of sorts,” explains Morse. “Everything comes together in the rhythms that we play. There’s no time. It’s all one.”

“When Haiti won its revolution back in 1804, the majority of its citizens had been born in Africa. That's one reason so much diverse African culture has survived there. RAM draws on those traditions but also takes liberties with Haitian music, treating it as the living, morphing thing it's always been.” --NPR

“...jubliant music to defy grim conditions.” --The New York Times

RAM’s musical evolution proved as multifaceted and unexpected as the traditions it draws on. Morse’s tastes were forged in the downtown New York scene of the late 70s and early 80s, the post-punk no-wave days, but he grew up steeped Haitian music thanks to his mother, a notable singer who performed songs like “Negrès Katye Moren” for Haitian dignitaries as a young artist.

Morse decided he needed to return to his family’s roots as a young man, landing in Port-au-Prince and eventually establishing RAM, which operated more like a laboratory for traditional music experimentation than a folk ensemble or rock band. New approaches that straddled popular and deeply rooted styles sprang from the crucible created by Morse and his fellow RAM players (some of whom are now second generation).

They use the sounds that were there at Haiti’s birth--the single-note rara horns, the drums and singing of vodou rituals--and absorb traditional lyrics and ideas that have been too often left by the wayside by Haitian pop, such as the old practice of herbalism at the heart of the rocking “Otseya.” They point out key lessons in Haitian history, as in the high-energy “Dawomen Dakò,” about the historic pact between African and Creole communities to fight together for what would become Haiti. “They had to come together to succeed, and this song remembers that,” Morse remarks.

Even as they sift through the past, they experiment, adding electric guitars to drive the energy or striking instruments like clavinet (“Kongo ede’m priye”) to increase the emotional impact. Often, arranging and composing become acts of bricolage, taking a folkloric rhythm and running it under a ceremonial song (“St. Jak O”) or building a longer piece from two shorter songs, a practice common for bands creating carnival numbers, extended musical compositions that can last for half an hour or more.

“We keep moving forward. We never try to repeat something successful,” says Morse. “We keep moving forward.” This forward motion has built into an international career that has taken the band to major North American festivals and as far afield as Abu Dhabi. One of their tracks “Ibo Lele (Dreams Come True)” was featured prominently in the 1993 film Philadelphia and on its soundtrack.

Though their sound rocks, their foundation goes back to that moment in August 1791 that turned the tide. “The rhythms and songs we perform were performed back then at that time. If the French had won, none of this would have been remembered. Because it succeeded these traditions were preserved,” says Morse. “The fact that we add guitars and other contemporary elements can make it so you don’t hear that right away. If you strip away the modern instruments, you have this music.”

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Biggest Ripple Music Newsletter Ever! Mount Atlas, Rare Breed, Skull Mountain, Planet of Doom and More!

This one is a long time in coming!  We've had fun doing a bunch of joint projects with H42 Records, who are always kind enough to include us in Limited Edition Ripple North American exclusives of some of their key releases. 

Starting Monday, we will have a very few 100 copies of the North American exclusive Ripple Green vinyl exclusive variant of the Debut album by Mount Atlas.

These will go on Pre-order Monday morning.  Only 100 -- no repressing.

For fans of Deep Purple, Uriah Heap, Spiritual Beggars.  Check em below

In the spirit of R-rated animated films like Heavy Metal and the works of Ralph Bakshi,Riff Lodge Animation (the studio behind the mind-blowing music video for CONAN's ‘Throne of Fire’) are creating an epic feature-length fantasy/science-fiction film called The Planet of Doom, created entirely by artists and bands within the doom/stoner/psych/metal genres.

With the film still in post-production, we are thrilled to be releasing The Planet of Doom; First Contact EP on 22nd June, featuring original score music from Mos Generator, Vokonis, Messa and Slomatics. The Red edition of this sold out in just over an hour, only a few Blue (pictured) remain, and black.  No repressings.


1. MOS GENERATOR – ‘Sword of the Sea’
2. MESSA – ‘Serpent Libido’
3. VOKONIS – ‘Runa’
4. SLOMATICS – ‘Jagaer’
Looking for Today is the debut full-length by Los Angeles trio The Rare Breed, and as thick as the band lays it on in touting their love of Sabbathian ways — and why not; “Mountain of Dreams” takes them to near-Sheavy levels of Sab worship and they named their album after a Black Sabbath song — it’s hard to listen to songs like “The Stranger” and “Rusted Diamond” and not think of more modern, Uncle Acid-style garage doom swing. “Visions” has more of a later-Ozzy-era vibe, and “Echoes” positively gallops in the drums, but in its shuffle, closer “Witches Lore” has some of that now-tinged rhythm as well (and some gallop of its own to boot), so there’s more going on than just “we heard ‘Sweet Leaf’ and decided to start a band,” however much guitarist Oscar de la Torre‘s vocals might be derived from the work of a certain Mr. Osbourne.

Wherever it was coming from, The Rare Breed released Looking for Today back in the BeforeTime, in the long-long-ago — 2016 — and this month the record will get its post-apocalyptic reissue via Ripple Music

Only 100 of the blood splattered variants were pressed, along with black vinyl and CD's.

This album in now nearly a lost classic.  Don't miss out on your chance to pick one up.

No doubt by now you've heard of the groundbreaking 4-label split album, Skull Mountain.  Ripple Music, Twin Earth Records, DHU Records, and Kozmik Artifactz.  4 labels, 2 continents, 16 bands, all unreleased tracks.

Well, Skull Mountain sees it's official release this June 22nd, and each label is down to the bare bones of supply.

This was a once in a lifetime event.  Don't miss this. 

Meanwhile, new in the Heavy Ripples distro. The European only split 12” with Craneium and Black Willows. Only 8 copies remain for North American Distribution

Finnish rockers, and Ripple Music mainstays, Craneium  released 2 track on this split. great refreshing fuzz with a Black Sabbath vibe. The swiss Black Willows put in 1 almost 20 minutes long crushing doom track.

Released on Bloodrock Records as a European Only release, on white vinyl, the band sent us a few for US fans of their fuzz.  Better hurry

Meanwhile, while we're talking about Heavy Ripples.  Distro has been massively updated with tons of new product, vinyl and CD's.  Heavy Ripples in not-for-profit, so you'll find prices significantly less than "that other Heavy" site.  Support the underground.  All proceeds go directly to the bands or underground labels.  Pop over and see what's happening, stop by frequently, and please share with other fans of heavy.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Xroadie Files

Facing Fire – ST
Scott Artis – Vocals, Tony Phillips – Guitar, Josh Quillen – Bass, Samuel Gibson – Drums

Dying Inside guitar feedback funky bass heavy riffs and yelling/clean style vocals.  Filthy Life has a very interesting catchy riff that sticks with you for hours.  Overcome heavy grinding but with some melody and will have you singing along.  Fake fast heavy riffs solid rhythms and yelling clean vocals.

Godwatt – Necropolis
Moris Fosco – Vocals/Guitar, Mauro Passeri – Bass, Andrea Vozza – Drums

Necropolis slow steady Sabbath style riffs and rhythms searing guitars that just pierce you.  Morendo is slightly faster with some amazing drum wok then the riff  s kick in and just take you to a head banging time and place.  Siamo Noi Il Male steady heavy sinister sounds build and continue thru the entire song.  E La Tua Ora   evil surrounds you with waves of sound then a Sabbath meets gothic sound these guys are really tight.  Tra Le Tue Carni is a faster riff that would be good to listen to while riding down the highway in your car or on your motorcycle.  La Morte E Solo Tua slow steady dark music that just drags you to the black abyss.  Tenebre sounds surround you with a feeling that you need to fight for your life but you will prevail.  RIP slow and melancholy a very emotional song.  Necrosadico ends the album with a heavy steady riff that just has you fist pumping and foot stomping.   

Dana Buoy – Ice Glitter Gold
Dana Janssen – Vocals/Instruments, Justin Miller

Twisted Sky swirling keyboards slowly build then the rest of the instruments in a Celtic feel and new wave sounding vocals.  Ice Glitter Gold al almost disco/new wave beat and rhythm to dance to.  Whatever prog meets new wave meets disco.  Colours Out is a Genesis influenced song.  Let Go Awhile slowly builds to a very prog rock song excellent to drift along to.  Bloom is prog meets surf rock in sound and will take you on a strange trip.  Too Early nice slow melodic a great dance song.  Only One slow melodic swirling emotions abound.

Grimner – Vanadrottning
Ted- Vocals/Guitar, Martin – Vocals/Guitar, David – Bass, Kristoffer – Keyboards, Johan – Flute/ Mandola/Bagpipes, Henry – Drums

Vanadrottning Celtic tribal beats and riffs that just kick in to almost death metal and take you away to battle.  Avundas Hennes Ungdom acoustic celtic guitar ad rhythms that just make you wanna dance then death metal vocals that seems to come from out of the black abyss.  En Fallen Jatte dance in the woods and frolicking around by the fire.  Kvallningssang prepare for battle get ready to fight with all your might.  En Vilja Av Jarn great celtic influenced riffs that reach back to the time of your ancestors.  Fafnersbane riding your steed in the wind fast and furious tring to reach your destination.  Vart Blod Vara Liv great sing along vocals tribal celtic rhythms take over you very being and make you dance in the woods.  Dodens Dans fast heavy running as hard as you can to join a battle of huge endeavors.  Agers Salar gathering the tribes for a huge battle against your enemies.  Sangen Om Grimner slow melodic guitar and flute that builds with the pounding of drums and takes you away to the time of battles and conquest.  Freja Vakar heavy fast in your face pound you down Celtic influenced almost death metal.

Gutlocker – Cry Havoc!
Craig McBrearty – Vocals, Dean Walker – Drums, Peter Tucker – Guitar, Ben Rollinson - Bass

Bitter Memory heavy fast aggressive with dark growling vocals.  No Burden pound you into the pavement aggression that is dark and heavy.  Stuck more mid-tempo with blast beat drums and chainsaw guitars and deep demonic vocals.  Welcome To Fucktown grinding heavy pounding mosh pit style riffs and screaming dark voclas.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Wetton Downes' iCon Trilogy of Studio Albums Re-Released with Bonus Tracks – OUT NOW !

The John Wetton Estate and Geoffrey Downes are pleased to announce the re-release of the iCon Trilogy of albums, now remastered with bonus tracks in six panel digipacks.

The re-releases have been personally overseen by Geoff Downes and are intended to be a return to the marketplace of individual albums for fans who may wish to purchase a definitive edition.

Of his song-writing relationship and the formation of iCon, Geoff Downes says, “Throughout my entire career, there is no doubt in my mind, that some of my proudest achievements have been the songs that I wrote with the late John Wetton. Not only were we great friends, but also blood brothers in the song-writing department. His magic rubbed off on me immensely, and outside of the hugely successful Asia template, we decided to step out together with our Icon project. It was a 'bromance' made in heaven, because here we had the chance to expand our innermost thoughts and variety of influences, without interference. It was effectively 'us'. We also had the luxury of working with some of the finest musicians in the world who were willing participants in the project.”

For fans of the whole iCon legacy, a box set is being planned out featuring these albums and all the other recordings of the iCon duo, including previously unreleased material.

Geoff Downes continues,“The Wetton Downes Icon catalogue spans across some 4 studio albums, this trilogy plus a prequel album called Zero and various live releases, and incorporates some of our greatest collaborations I firmly believe, and I am happy to impart the news that this entire body of work is being re-released with all of the bonus tracks and some previously unheard renditions of our classic songs. It is in fact Icon in its entirety. If you appreciate the music of John & I, then I sincerely hope you will appreciate these re-issues. Please sit back and enjoy. I know John would be equally proud to see these projects back on the market. All of these recordings mark special periods in our personal and creative lives. 

“'Icon 1' was the foundation of the Asia reunion. 'Rubicon' is thronged with the mysticism, symbolism and multi layers that illuminate John's lyrical prowess, virtually unrivalled in any era of creativity. John married events occurring in both our personal lives with Classical events in Roman History, crossing the Rubicon, the die is cast and some intensely personal reflections. His vocal performance is astounding. I look forward to discussing this amazing period in our lives at greater length in the box set planned for Christmas 2019.

“'Icon 3' was a further milestone for us, with Dave Kilminster reuniting with John, a Japanese tour and possibly the most fulfilling DVD I have ever been involved in, Urban Psalm, filmed in St Mary Le Bow Church. I could reflect for hours and hours, take up the entire booklet, but for now...May our music live on forever.”

The albums are OUT NOW on the duo's own Epicon Records via Cherry Red.

To purchase:
iCon II Rubicon:

A previous re-release of the Wetton/Downes recordings of the 1980s, re-vitalised and re-packaged as iCon Zero continues to be available on Amazon ( ) and iTunes ( )

Official Websites: and

Monday, June 18, 2018

Mississippi Bones – Radio Free Conspiracy Theory

Every once in a great while all those hours spent wasting time on social media pays off.  As I was swiping my way around the Faceyspace one day recently I happened to be skimming through posts on a Clutch fan page and happened across a post from another member who had posted about his musical endeavors and I happened to stop and read what he had to say.  As a musician, far less accomplished though I may be, I am always interested in the experiences of fellow musicians, and any musician who is a fan of Clutch definitely has good taste.  He wasn’t shilling his band but was simply sharing the excitement at the accomplishment of the release of his band’s latest recording and hopes that music fans would find it interesting.  He explained that the new record was the culmination of a collaboration with fiction author Jonathan Raab and that the album would serve as a prelude to the next installment in his series of novels, a concept album.  My interest piqued, I replied to his post, inquiring as to the name of his band and relayed my interest in checking the album out.  “Mississippi Bones” he replied, thanking me for my interest.  Off to the Bandcamp I went and looked them up.  What I found was something totally unexpected.

Radio Free Conspiracy Theory touches the fringes of the ongoing saga of one Cecil Kotto, a small town sheriff and host of a public access radio show focused on exposing various conspiracies dealing with monsters, genetic experimentation, government black ops schemes, alien mastery cults and all manner of X-Files worthy fodder, told in the form of Sheriff Kotto’s public access radio talk show with songs interspersed between segments of the radio show.  The dialogue sections are entertaining and well done and the character of Sheriff Kotto is often hilarious in a whiskey swilling boisterous cop crazy uncle rambling about conspiracies kind of way, but the key is the music.  Full of Southern stoner rock swagger with a large dash of Clutch influenced vocals in front of heavy
grooving bluesy riffs, Ohio’s Mississippi Bones bring toe-tapping head-bobbing goodness together with creative songwriting and well-crafted vocal harmonies to create a fantastically fun album to listen to that plays like a pulp novel.  The result is an album that actually makes this listener want to delve deeper into the band’s catalog while also seeking out Mr. Raab’s novels to get caught up on Sheriff Kotto’s story so far, I have to admit I’m a sucker for a good sci-fi/fantasy/horror novel series…
For fans of: Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity, Monster Truck, The X-Files.


1.  Open Air
2.  A Paranoiac's Farewell
3.  Occult Deprogrammers
4.  Blue Beam Dreams
5.  Preacher Jim
6.  Devilry & the Blues in Little Dixie
7.  Cattle and Chattle
8.  Genetic Flashback
9.  Pirated Signal
10.  WXXT
11.  Corporate Wendingos
12.  101 Ways To Cook a Human
13.  Believe It or Not
14.  The Order of the Night Moose
15.  Geoff Joins a Cult
16.  Ancient Astronauts and Alien Allegories
17.  How Would You Even Know?
18.  The Reptiles Are Among Us
19.  Space Vampire Bastards Must Die
20.  Radio Free Conspiracy Theory

Mississippi Bones is:
Jared Collins - Vocals, Organ
Dusty Donley - Guitar
Derik Dunson - Guitar, Vocals
Jason Rector - Bass
Jason Miller - Drums
Heather Collins – Vocals

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