Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A Ripple Conversation With Alessio Caravelli Of Black Elephant

When I was a kid, growing up in a house with Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, and Simon and Garfunkel, the first time I ever heard Kiss's "Detroit Rock City," it was a moment of musical epiphany. It was just so vicious, aggressive and mean. It changed the way I listened to music. I've had a few minor epiphany's since then, when you come across a band that just brings something new and revolutionary to your ears.

What have been your musical epiphany moments?

First time listening to thrash metal as a teenager and my parents albums from the 60s and 70s.

Talk to us about the song-writing process for you. What comes first, the idea? A riff? The lyrics? How does it all fall into place?

Everything starts from a riff and the rest follows…

Who has influenced you the most?

Music from the late 60s and the 70s.

Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?

Some contemporary bands from the psych stoner scene.

We're all a product of our environment. Tell us about the band's hometown and how that reflects in the music?

The Italian band that influences us the most is Ufomammut.

Where'd the band name come from?

We wanted to continue the great tradition of bands name starting with Black.

You have one chance, what movie are you going to write the soundtrack for?

“From Dusk Till Dawn” by Robert Rodriguez.

You now write for a music publication (The Ripple Effect?).  You're going to write a 1,000 word essay on one song. Which would it be and why?

“Hey Joe” By Jimi Hendrix because of music, lyrics and historical period.

Come on, share with us a couple of your great, Spinal Tap, rock and roll moments?

My bachelor party playing with Sasquatch.

Tell us about playing live and the live experience for you and for your fans?

For us playing live is so important that we decided to record an album that sounds like a live concert.

What makes a great song?

A song can be great because moves you, because kicks asses or because it is the right song in the right moment.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

Probably something embarrassing during my teen years.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

“Cosmic soul”

Who today, writes great songs? Who just kicks your ass? Why?

Earthless and Samsara Blues Experiment. I think that they are the most original.

Vinyl, CD, or digital? What's your format of choice?


Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice


We, at the Ripple Effect, are constantly looking for new music. What's your home town, and when we get there, what's the best record store to lose ourselves in?

We are from Savona, Italy. If you come here we can suggest to visit Vincebus Eruptum with his vinyls and cds collection and his magazine about Stoner and psychedelic music, and spend a night at “Raindogs House” enjoying a rock or blues gig.

What's next for the band?

We are writing new songs….

Any final comments or thoughts you'd like to share with our readers, the waveriders?

We are really happy about what is happening to us right now, and we really thank everyone who made it possible.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Heavy Doom Masters, Castle, Sign World-wide Album Deal with Ripple Music

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the signing of heavy metal doomsters, CASTLE to a world-wide album deal!

CASTLE's fifth album -- and first for California-based Ripple Music-- "Deal Thy Fate," follows 2016’s critically-lauded Welcome To The Graveyard, - which was recorded by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis) and described by Metal Hammer UK as “epic, heroic, tastefully melodic”. Look for the new album, Deal Thy Fate to hit the streets October 19th, on vinyl, limited edition vinyl, CD and all digital services.

About the new album, Liz Blackwell says "We're ecstatic to forge forces with Ripple Music to bring you the release of our fifth record, 'Deal Thy Fate'. We can't wait to unleash this no compromise, fist banging companion to our fans, present and future. Get ready to Deal Thy Fate!!"

Check out the title track, 'Deal Thy Fate' Teaser Video https://youtu.be/va2_ERYpNPs

CASTLE have also announced a run of shows with The Skull and several upcoming festival appearances in Europe to coincide with the album’s release, including; Desertfest Belgium (Oct 14), Malta Doom Metal Fest (Oct 19), Doom Over Vienna (Nov 10) and Dutch Doom Days (Nov 24). Expect a full European tour along with North American dates to announced soon.

10/14 Antwerp, BE - Desertfest Belgium
10/15 Frankfurt, DE – dasBett w/ The Skull
10/16 Munich, DE – Backstage w/ The Skull
10/17 Freiburg, DE – Slow Club w/ The Skull
10/18 Cologne, DE – Sonic Ballroom w/ The Skull
10/19 Siggiewi, MT – Malta Doom Fest
11/10 Vienna, AT - Doom Over Vienna Fest
11/24 Rotterdam, NL – Dutch Doom Days

CASTLE was forged in San Francisco in 2009 and released their debut full-length, In Witch Order, on Germany’s Ván Records in 2011. The album brought light to the newly-formed band and earned them “Album Of The Year” honors from Metal Hammer Norway. Shortly thereafter, the band joined the Prosthetic Records roster in North America and released both their critically-acclaimed sophomore album Blacklands, which led to a Canadian JUNO nomination for “Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year”, and 2014’s influential follow-up, Under Siege.

Since the release of their first album, CASTLE, which consists of vocalist/bassist Elizabeth Blackwell, guitarist/vocalist Mat Davis and various touring and recording drummers, have maintained a relentless tour schedule, performing over six-hundred shows worldwide alongside the likes of The Sword, Conan, Intronaut, and Pentagram among many others as well as appearances at some of the underground’s largest fests including Roadburn, and the London and Berlin Desertfests and the band's first ever tour of Japan last year.

For updates stay tuned to www.heavycastle.com

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

A Ripple Conversation With The Over Unders

When I was a kid, growing up in a house with Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, and Simon and Garfunkel, the first time I ever heard Kiss's "Detroit Rock City," it was a moment of musical epiphany. It was just so vicious, aggressive and mean. It changed the way I listened to music. I've had a few minor epiphany's since then, when you come across a band that just brings something new and revolutionary to your ears.

What have been your musical epiphany moments?

“I vividly remember being asked in fourth grade what my favorite band and style of music was, and I had no answer.  I had heard a lot of Beatles and U2 growing up, two bands that I now regard as the all-time greats, but as a young kid I didn’t seem to get the purpose and sheer joy of popular music.  This embarrassing fourth grade experience triggered a musical obsession in me, and I set out to find what I like.  In the last 10 years of my ongoing search for song, I remember being shaken to the core by the opening guitar riff on Green Day’s “Holiday,” deeply intrigued by Old 97’s haunting outlaw anthem “Jagged,” almost moved to tears by the jangly glory of R.E.M.’s “Murmur,” and reminded of the everlasting power of Rock N’ Roll through Oasis’ “Definitely Maybe.”  Though I have experienced many more musical epiphanies in my 21 years, that infamous day in fourth grade stands above the rest, as it awakened within me a never-ending drive to listen to, compose, and create good music.” – Sam Hellman.  “I remember when Rock Band was a really big thing.  Though it didn’t involve the playing of real instruments, I remember it really inspiring some kids to pick up guitars, during an era where the number of rock bands in the public eye was dwindling.  I recall specifically liking the song it featured called “Don’t Look Back in Anger “ by Oasis.”  I still love that song today, and it inspired me to get into other music that ranges from the Beatles to traditional Irish.” -Mathew

Talk to us about the song-writing process for you. What comes first, the idea? A riff? The lyrics? How does it all fall into place?

Songwriting is my absolute favorite pastime.  I never grow tired of the indescribable and mysterious experience of pulling a new tune out of thin air.  With this said, I am compelled to write every single day.  I do not believe in grappling with songs for extended periods of time until they reach an unattainable level of perfection, as most often my best songs come pretty much complete in a matter of minutes or hours.  However, generating a steady output of solid material still requires the discipline of taking time each day to spend time with your instrument trying out new ideas.  I always start with an appealing melody and chord progression on my guitar and take it from there.  As I have written more and more songs, I increasingly find the starting place to be a chorus melody that just pops into my head at any hour of the day.  Lyrics always come last for me, and serve primarily to compliment the melody, allowing them to be about everything and nothing at the same time.

Who has influenced you the most?

I think I have been most influenced by my parent’s appreciation for Rock N’ Roll and Alternative.  They showed me some awesome bands growing up.  The bands that have shaped our sound the most are probably Oasis, R.E.M., The Replacements, Old 97’s, and The Beatles.

Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?

I definitely look outside of myself for more inspiration, as I firmly believe songs come to me and not from me.  I do not think nature or new places shape my songwriting nearly as much as people and their experiences do.  I love Rock N’ Roll the music for its brutally honest display of humanity that I think other genres lack.  While I can write songs about almost anything (and nothing), I often find new melodic inspiration in hearing about other people’s lives and experiences, and as a result many of my lyrics tend to tell a story.

We're all a product of our environment. Tell us about the band's hometown and how that reflects in the music?

Eau Claire is in many ways the hipster capital of the Midwest, or at least it tries to be.  Ironically, Justin Vernon’s humble hometown campaign for diverse artistic and musical expression has created a sea of local acts that sound exactly the same.  “For Emma, Forever Ago” was a good album, but 10 years later it feels like so many local bands are trying to replicate it.  Surprisingly, just over an hour outside of Minneapolis, one of the birthplaces of Alternative rock, we exist in Eau Claire as one of the few groups that are interested in writing catchy songs with our electric guitars.  Though we are thankful for the stage that the unique and prevalent musical culture of Eau Claire has provided us, ultimately it has put a chip on our shoulder that drives us to keep doing our thing regardless of what anyone thinks.

Where'd the band name come from?

The band name is really a result of brainstorming to think of something cool.  After recording our first EP without a band name, we really needed to come up with something before we released it.  I remember running the name “The Over Unders” by my brother, and it stuck.

You have one chance, what movie are you going to write the soundtrack for?

I think I’d go with Dazed and Confused, hoping that Matthew McConaughey would hear the soundtrack and say: “Alright, alright, alright.”

You now write for a music publication (The Ripple Effect?).  You're going to write a 1,000 word essay on one song. Which would it be and why?

I would write a 1,000 word essay on “There She Goes” by The La’s. In my opinion, it may be the greatest song of all time.  While there is nothing remotely complex about the chord progression or arrangement, it delivers one of the most memorable and catchy choruses of all time.  Though only 2.5 minutes long, I never grow tired of the track, and I think it ultimately encapsulates everything I love about pop music.  I could talk at length about what particular elements make it a hit for me.

Come on, share with us a couple of your great, Spinal Tap, rock and roll moments?

Though The Over Unders are still a very young band with only a handful of live shows under our belt, I have stories to last a lifetime from my previous cover band.  One of the very best involves a drunken regular at a dive bar with his arm around my neck as he helped me sing every line of “Jesse’s Girl.”  During our break he explained to me at length how he was supposed to be home hours ago, but he was just so into our band.  Apparently, he used to play guitar himself, and when I asked him why he stopped, he proceeded to whip out his left hand where there remained at best three fingers.  Before he finally decided to call it a night, he placed two silver dollars in my hand and said, “Son, here are your balls, now go play a great show.”  I was only 15.  Without a doubt The Over Unders will eventually experience a plethora of these bizarre moments, but until then we will be sure to crank it to 11 every night.

Tell us about playing live and the live experience for you and for your fans?

As I said before, our live shows have been very limited to this point as we have only recently acquired the additional members to bring our studio sound to life. However, no matter the size of the audience, there have always been a few people who are very appreciative of our sound.  Being a Rock N’ Roll band, it is easy for people to hear our music for the first time and get hooked by something.  I want people to have fun and move when they hear our music, and so far, I think that has definitely happened.  Several individuals have shared with us that they think we have the fun, back to basics sound, that our town and scene needs.

What makes a great song?

I really do love all kinds of songs and music, but in my opinion, the songs that will stand the test of time are the three-minute pop songs that you can sing along to.  I am not referring to today’s top forty dance hits with loads of production, but compositions with real instruments that capture your attention without making you have to think about why they do.  The Beatles mastered this, and that’s why they are still being played everyday all over the world.  A great song is simple, memorable, and fun as hell to play and sing.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

The first song I ever wrote was probably sometime during my 11th year on this earth.  At the time I could hardly really play a chord, but I managed to come up with a slow plucking pattern that I placed a rather haunting melody over.  We still play the song as a band sometimes today, and while it may never be recorded, I think it serves as proof that you don’t need to know anything about music to start writing decent little songs.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

I am particularly proud of our song “Top of the World” off our new LP One Fine Day.  I wrote it at a time where I was writing a lot of songs, many of them more complex in nature than usual.  However, I kept feeling that this new batch, which is now most of One Fine Day, needed a grand and simple anthem to cap it off.  Without even having to try or think, “Top of the World” just happened.  To me it feels like an Oasis Britpop anthem from 1995.  I think each part of it perfectly serves the greater song, which boasts the biggest chorus I have ever written.  I even find the lyrics to be some of my best work, as they tell the tale of a sarcastic rock star who just wants to live a normal life.  It was the first single off our record, and for good reason, it seems to be most people’s favorite of ours’.

Who today, writes great songs? Who just kicks your ass? Why?

Today the underground Alt-Rock scene is arguable the best it has ever been.  Bands like Sunflower Bean, Twin Peaks, Public Access TV, DMA’s, The Big Moon, and The Lemon Twigs all write very interesting and melodic power-pop songs that I cannot get enough of.  Unfortunately there just are not that many people seeking out this kind of music here in the States.  It’s almost as if these bands are not boring enough for the Indie crowd on this side of the Atlantic.  Thankfully Europe seems to get it, and I hope these bands eventually receive the mass acclaim they deserve for their endless streams of great Rock N’ Roll music.

Vinyl, CD, or digital? What's your format of choice?

Vinyl is definitely the best way to listen to a great band.  Nothing is compressed, and the individual tracks breathe like they were meant to.  However, CD is not bad either, it still provides a high quality sound that you can take on the road, granted, in fewer and fewer new vehicles.  Digital is a last resort for me, so much is lost, particularly in the bass and cymbals.  Plus, the digital middle man is making it nearly impossible for bands to make a living off of record sales alone, so they are forced to tour until they drop dead.

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

I absolutely love both.  Warming the sole with a good Irish or Bourbon is difficult to beat, but beer was literally the family business for 30 odd years.  Ultimately I have to say beer, as it is more of a social beverage that can be consumed in much larger quantities.  There are also endless craft beers to taste and enjoy here in the midwest.

We, at the Ripple Effect, are constantly looking for new music. What's your home town, and when we get there, what's the best record store to lose ourselves in?

There is really only one record store, and it has a great feel and variety.  You need to stop by Revival Records.

What's next for the band?

We are going to play as many shows as we can in the next year, and hopefully start pushing into the Minneapolis scene.  We anticipate recording another album as well, as our best work is now sitting on the shelf waiting to be heard.

Any final comments or thoughts you'd like to share with our readers, the waveriders?

We cannot thank Ripple Effect enough for giving us this opportunity!  We hope you dig our album, and feel moved to support some of the other great young Rock N’ Roll bands on the rise.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Bandcamp Bonanza – 078

You know the drill by now. Each issue I’m dropping some tips on some of the best music you’re not listening to. We’ll start this one right off with a bang and then mix it up as you head down the list. All good stuff even some Rap recommendations in there. Check them out guys and gals and let us know what you think and what we’ve missed.

Sandrider – Armada
Just as always Sandrider shreds it’s trademark line of pummeling riffs through dusty walls of progressive stoner carving volumetric echoes of premium fuzz. Armada does not relent and is confirms the band as one of the loudest, most aggressive hybrids of their kind. Imagine a more deafening Red Fang.

Rough Spells - Modern Kicks for The Solitary Witch
This is a straight up rocker! Complete with dual guitar slayage and head bob boogie. The Solitary Witch certainly has got my kicks in spades.

Superseed – Superseed
Superseed just sort of popped up on the bandcamp feed this week and is in the beginning stages of its hype. I listened once at work and it sounded okay. I listened again and I caught wind of something a bit better, and on the third try it syncs in that this is a pretty bad ass album combining bits of punk, grunge, metal and rock all up into one while sounding fresh and modern. Check it out.

Tennessee Stiffs – Thirty Pieces
Another bandcamp feed find doing the search in the outlaw country or country rock tags group. I noted Nashville as an origin and the band name caught my attention, followed by the photos of the band members and the description they gave themselves: “Tennessee Stiffs formed in late 2011. Fueled by their eclectic musical interests, they were determined to create something never heard before. Seamlessly blending blues, rock 'n' roll, and alternative country into a powerful and provocative product, they're quickly making a name for themselves in The Live Music Capitol of the World. New album "30 Pieces" will be released soon! Sometimes that’s all you need upon pushing play to confirm the suspicions were correct. This is a well-orchestrated output of bluesy, twangy country rock.

Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
These guys are sort of one of those hipster bands I could never quite understand the hype. You either worshiped them or you thought were the worst thing since sliced bread to a celiac. Anyway, I always keep my mind open and have seen a mention or two about this album since it recently dropped and figured it’s been a long time since I attempted these guys and I was quite surprised with my take. It was a highly enjoyable and epic inducing listen with more clean vocals than shrieks and loaded with atmosphere. On the new it’s clear they we going for something more ambitious and outside their comfort zone, if they have one. This was a truly beautiful listen and I am just proud I made it all the way through. It wasn’t a struggle at all, which is normally the case with these guys and me. 

Death Drive – The Flip Sessions
This 3-song demo really got to me. I have repeated song 3 a ton already in its short lifetime and I am still in awe that more folks in the tight knit scene haven’t picked up on this. Definitely check it out.
If anything, that 3rd and final track will take you deep under the sea of psychedelia into a vortex of heavy rock n roll. Wow, this shows some serious potential. I especially dig that closing track. Jaw dropper.Favorite track: Under the Sea.

Marlowe (L’Orange & Solemn Brigham) – Marlowe
Hey I am allowed to listen to anything I want and why wouldn’t I indulge in some intelligent and mindful hip hop every now and then. L’Orange came on my radar a couple years ago, and I was tipped off by bandcamp feed that the newest album by Marlowe which is somehow connected to L’Orange had dropped, I had to take a break from the rock n roll and boy was I in love. I played the Ordinary Man out last year when it dropped and finally decided it was time to dirty up my collection with some more hip hop mingled in there with the stoner rock. This is what good rap sounds like. Very soul infused and highly enjoyable if I say so myself.

Mortales – Look Alive
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the riffs. Gotta love some textbook Texas stoner rock. These guys wear it in spades and look mighty Alive on this new album. Austin, TX representation.
Sweltering with lofty grooves and spacious riffs the gritty 4-piece thrashes along in the spirit of classic heavy Texas psych rock n roll. This is stunning.

Black Elephant – Cosmic Blues
I just recently received my limited vinyl edition of the new Black Elephant. This one is gonna make some serious waves, mark my words.
Black Elephant trample us with psychiatric fuzz, progressive shades of distortion and barrel smoking riffs on their Small Stone Records debut. These guys certainly represent the Cosmic side of the heavy blues bulldozing with stoner-bred vocal chops and echoing with jam fed groove. The WOW factor is off the charts!

Astral Witch – Astral Witch
Last but not least we have this new album by Astral Witch. If you like your trios like you like your cheeseburgers then you’ve came to the right place. This is dripping with greasy riffs weighted with a triple stack of fuzz and charred to perfection in a smokey barrel of sludge.

-The Huntsman

Friday, July 27, 2018

Haunted - Dayburner

One of the best things about getting the Skull Mountain album was discovering some bands that were previously unknown to me. On the Twin Earth Records side was a song by the Italian band, Haunted, and it resonated deep within my soul; so much so that I had to get ahold of a digital copy of their newest release, called Dayburner. These 8 songs are fuzz soaked masterpieces, complete with the haunting vocal work of Cristina Chimirri; who, in my opinion, has one of the most beautiful voices in the genre.

None of these songs are short, but they are so expertly out together that they seem much shorter than they really are. Take the opening track, Mourning Sun, which has an infectious main riff, a bombastic rhythm section, and is slow, down-tuned song crafting. When Cristina begins singing the song takes on an almost ethereal element, propelling it into the stratosphere, and into your soul. This is my favourite track on Dayburner, and is an excellent start to this record.

The title track begins with a sparse acoustic guitar, and the gorgeous vocals that Cristina is so great with. When the full band kicks in, there is serious groove. This is a 9 and a half minute song, as most of these tracks are, but never do these songs become boring. The band is so adept at crafting interesting parts that these pieces could be 20 minutes long, and never get old.

Vespertine has quite a haunting intro, non-distorted tones, except for the bass. The guitar parts that are distorted are very subdued, used to create atmosphere and power. Cristina shines in this section, using her voice to add to the vast atmospheric quality. This one runs almost 14 minutes long, but is pure doomy magnificence from start to finish.

Haunted is a band that everyone should be checking out. Their brand of doom is absolutely perfect in my opinion, and I'm already looking forward to their next album. I would like to thank Ric Bennett for hooking up the code for me, and thanks also go to the band themselves; for creating this epic record. I hope you will all go and check out this great band! Enjoy!!!!

-T.C. Mayhem

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Ripple Music Waverider Update Newsletter: Kingnomad and Vokonis New Releases, Mr Plow and Beerwolf Pre-order and the Sale to End All Sales!

The world is waking up to the occult doom of Kingnomad!  Following their Ripple debut on the long sold out Second Coming of Heavy Chapter 3, Kingnomad have been nothing but busy, releasing their debut LP, Mapping the Inner Void, contributing a song to the 4-label Compilation, Skull Mountain, and now their long-awaited follow-up, The Great Nothing.  Gaining stellar reviews, Kingnomad are already being compared to contemporaries like The Devil's Blood, Blood Ceremony, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats and Sweden's occult torchbearers Ghost. but stand out as "a band whose sound contains elements and traces of all of those bands mentioned above but mixes with them something a little unique and magical of their own."  (Desert Psychlist)  Limited Edition Splatter vinyl still available along with LP's and CD's.  Check em out (www.ripplemusic.bigcartel.com/products or www.ripplemusic.bandcamp.com)
Congratulations also needs to go out to Sweden's Vokonis on the Ripple re-release of their stunning debut album, Olde One Ascending.   This album dominated the Doom Charts and filled nearly every Best of list at the end of 2016.  Long sold out on vinyl,  Olde One Ascending is now rre-eleased with gorgeous new album art by Kyrre Bjurling.  The haze splatter vinyl edition is eye stopping!  Check it out at www.ripplemusic.bigcartel.com/products
August is nearly upon us, so what does Ripple have in store?  Glad you asked, how about these two killer riff-mad platters.  The highly-anticipated first album in 12 years by Houston's old school stoner masters, Mr Plow, and finally, the vinyl debut of the cosmic haze metallers, Beerwolf.  Both on pre-order now for August release.  Pick em both up and save with combined shipping! www.ripplemusic.bigcartel.com/products
And finally, we'd be remiss if we didn't remind you that the HUGE Ripple Music Anniversary Sale is still going til the end of the month.  Massive savings on tons of vinyl and CD.  Combine with other purchases to save on shipping.  Big Cartel adds shipping per item, but when we ship it will be on true weight, so don't worry, we'll refund overages.  Pick up that back catalog item you've been eyeing for years.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Xroadie Files

Wreck Defy – Fragments of Anger
Matt Hanchuck – Guitar, Justin Stear – Bass/Vocals, Shawn Drover – Drums (Studio), Derrick Kroll – Drums(live), Jordan Gosselin – Bass

Industrial Lies spoken words and a thrash riff that just makes you want to run down the road or speed fast in your car or motorcycle.  Justify The Unjust fist in the air head banging riff that will just have the entire crowd moving to the beat.  Sentenced more spoken words then a heavy metal riff that will get a pit to moshing and singing along to the vocals.  The Eternal Lie air guitar riffs to the max awesome drums bass rhythms and fist pumping rhythms along with scorching guitar leads.  Under My Skin speed thrash metal at its finest get ready to rock and head bang to this excellent song.  Karmic Wheel power metal riffs tight as hell rhythm section and screeching guitars along with great vocals.  The Human Waste the crowd is bouncing to the beats and fist are flying in the air to this heavy metal riff song.  Casualties Of War speed metal rollin down the highway fast and heavy.

X-Method -  Sex, Alcohol, Rebel Music
Tony – Guitar, Chris – Guitar, Abby – Vocals, Jordie – Bass, Ricardo – Drum

Denied What’s Ours acoustic guitars monk chants style vocals then power metal chords which kicks into a thrash speed metal song with yelling vocals.  BAF (Brutal As Fuck) stomp your feet pound your fist head banging metal.  When Darkness Falls guitar riffs pierce the sky a great song to jam and sing along with.  Drink From The Horn monk chanting heavy beats and guitars that are like a chainsaw with rough vocals.  Woke Up In The Livingroom stand up and get the pit to moshing with this fast heavy song.  Waiting For The Rain slow acoustic melodic guitar and emotional singing that will get the lighters out at a concert and have the crowd singing along.  Addicted piano and strings with emotional vocals that slowly builds to a heavy melodic song.   Triangles N6. fast heavy get to moshing and slamming to this aggressive beat.  Southern Comfort get you fist in the air and just jam away to the riff master metal song.  Wasting My Tears excellent lead guitar solid as hell rhythms and melodic overtones.  Born Into The Affliction bodies slamming together as the pit goes faster and faster.  Silver On My Back guitars cutting thru the air bass thundering drums pounding solid as hell.  And I Know slow melodic guitar and emotional vocals which slowly builds heavier and heavier.  Suicide Girl (Cutter) pounding drums with thundering bass in a punk style of singing song.  Fuck Sobriety solid war dance then fast as hell punk metal stylings.  No Te Vayas power and emotion some excellent vocals.  Outro excellent acoustic guitar.

Sparzanza -  The Trigger (Single)
Fredrik Weileby – Vocals, Calle Johannesson -  Guitar, Magnus Eronen – Guitar, Anders Aberg – Drums, Johan Carlsson – Bass

The Trigger has a great Sabbath style of riff that just stick in your head and excellent song along vocals and leads that will have you playing air guitar along to.

Hound The Wolves – Camera Obscura
Tim Burke – Lapsteel/ Drones/Soundscapes, Juan Carlos Caceres – Vocals/Guitar/Synths/Samples, Corey Decaire – Bass, Ryan McPhaill – Drums, Nate Wright – Synths, Samples, Aux Percussion

If Lost In Mind guitar and strange sound winding their way thru your mind taking you on a strange trip with some interesting vocals.  Masquerade is heavier and in a very psychedelic vein back to the 60s.  Omnia In Numeris Sita Sunt eerie sounds surround and envelope you.  Everything Lies Veiled In Numbers sit back close your eyes and trip in a very weird way like older Pink Floyd.

Tal National – Tantabara
Almeida – Guitar, Babaye – Guitar, Tafa – Guitar, Massaoudo – Vocals, Souleymane – Vocals/Drums, Maloumba – Vocals, Seidou – Vocals, Dalik – Vocals, Yac Tal – Bass, Essa – Bass, Omar – Drums, Abdoullay – Drums, Sgt Maty – Drums/Vocals, Kelegue – Talking Drum, Boris – Keys

Tantabara spoken words African tribal vocals and jazz freeform tempos along with African rhythms.  Belles Reines freeform jazz with tribal beats and layes of African style vocals just get up and dance to it.  Entente warrior chanting great drumming and jazz style music this is one eclectic style but excellent as well.  Duniya prog meets jazz meets tribal meets MoTown in this strange way but it works very well.  Akokass guitars shredding men yelling then kicks into a Tower of Power style of song that will just have your feet movin and grooving.  Pama yakt a trip to the wilds and just close your eyes to the band members all in unison playing strange mystical beats and singing.  Trankil jazz blues tribal soul music to just drift away to.  Aminiata bluesy jazz that has tribal influences.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Orange Goblin - The Wolf Bites Back

Here is my argument waveriders.  Conventional wisdom tells us there are two certainties in life.  Do you remember them?  Death is the first, taxes the second.  While I do agree with that sentiment, I am no longer satisfied limiting our collective certainties to two when there is ample evidence a third must be recognized.  Yes my friends, I speak of the certainty that Orange Goblin will always deliver the quality heavy metal we crave.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I would like to enter the recently released The Wolf Bites Back into evidence as prosecution exhibit I.  Why exhibit I?  Simple.  Exhibits A through H are their previous eight albums in chronological order.  Let the record show that Orange Goblin has displayed amazing consistency since the year 1997.

What's that Your Honor?  Yes, I did make it a point during jury selection to only accept people either wearing Black Sabbath t-shirts or those with visible tattoos related to that legendary band.  As you can see my choices have provided us with a suitable cross section of humanity to hear this case.  No, I would never dream of prejudicing these upstanding citizens by providing a youtube link of Orange Goblin positively wrecking an audience from their official live album, A Eulogy For The Fans.  That would be wrong!  Also, I would never risk upsetting this fine institution or do anything to face the wrath of your gavel, Your Honor.

Wait, how did that get there!?!?  Ah well, nothing to be done about it now.  Moving on, I would like to point out that The Wolf Bites Back is made up of ten pulse pounding tracks guaranteed to get your fists clenched and your head banging.  If you are a stoner or doom metal fan you'll find borderline too much to be excited about in tracks like "Sons Of Salem", the title song, "Swords Of Fire", and "Burn The Ships".  Those same musical elements can be found inside the other songs on the album as well but Orange Goblin does a great job incorporating other styles into their sonic footprint.  "Suicide Division" is a vicious punk excursion.  "Renegade" has enough boogie rock built in to make a dead man tap his foot.  "The Stranger" is so bluesy you might shed a tear before it bashes your head in.  Touching, really.

Waveriders, if you are familiar with Orange Goblin you know I speak the truth.  If on the other hand you've never listened to Orange Goblin prepare yourselves to be floored.  I can't think of many other bands that so perfectly channel their heavy metal forefathers while also forging their own musical identity.  The Wolf Bites Back is well worth your time and attention.  Listen today!


Monday, July 23, 2018

On the Ripple Desk - Featuring Kris Gruen, Lord Ellis, and Clouds Taste Satanic

Kris Gruen - Coast & Refuge

Not what I was expecting. Described as folk-pop there’s a vast palate of sounds and flavors here, from bouncy power pop, to sunshine feel good jangle to introspective singer-songwriter and touches of Americana. Put him with Sufjan Stevens and Peter Yorn. All earnest and soul-stirring.  

Delicious spin for a Sunday morning.

Lord Ellis - Mouth of the Mad

No surprise to see Tony Reed's name associated with this album, it has all the hallmarks of a T.Dallas Reed production, thick, and heavy and crisp.  Wailing guitars and a bit of a punky attitude.  Lord Ellis are a riff-quartet, born in the misty mountains of Northern California in 2011.  There's a cool dichotomy of smooth and aggressive in every inch of this platter, that makes it stand out from the pack.  As my Ripple brethren, Bucky, put's it, "Its a bit rough around the edges sounding like a punk band aged in a barrel of Humboldt County ganja."  I couldn't a said it better myself. 

Clouds Taste Satanic - Dawn of the Satanic Age

Clouds Taste Satanic occupy a netherworld devoid of even the barest flicker of light.  Putrid stench of sulfur wafts from the oozing wall of demonic blackness.  Heavy is the word here.   And by word, I mean adjective, adverb, noun and verb.  They are just plain heavy, as in the realization of the word.  And yet, somehow, to their credit, they mold this extreme antithesis of pop into structure excursions of instrumental stoner/doom that hold together as melodic underneath the Luciferian crust.  Not an album for everyone, but if you want a listen to rattle the walls and the neighbors, give it a go. 


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Holy Grove and Ripple Music Announce the Completion of the Upcoming Album by Portland's Epic Heavy Doomers

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce that Portland, Oregon, heavy rockers Holy Grove have just completed the recording of their second full-length, to be titled "Holy Grove II".

The four-piece of vocalist Andrea Vidal, guitarist Trent Jacobs, bassist Gregg Emley and drummer Eben Travis recently stormed the West Coast earlier this year after announcing they’d signed to Ripple Music for the a new album and a repressing of their 2016 self-titled debut, which was released on glorious multicolored vinyl.  Like the debut, the new album was tracked with Billy Anderson and realizes a developing heavy vision for the band. 

About the new album, the band says, "we started tracking the day after we returned from our West Coast tour in April, and spent about four days tracking at Hallowed Halls in Portland. We then spent an additional couple of days tracking at Everything Hz. We really enjoyed being back in the studio. We felt prepared, focused and excited about the new material, especially after playing the songs live nightly for a few weeks on tour. Billy (Anderson, engine-ear supreme) was fired up and invested and inspired us to push ourselves in getting the takes we wanted, and obviously crucial in getting the sounds we wanted on tape.

To us, the album to represents turning a page and crossing a threshold musically and emotionally that wasn’t available or apparent before. We’re a different band then we were when we made the first record and it was important to us to reflect that in the songs. We made it a point to listen to our gut during the entire writing and recording process, but still allowed the songs take on a life of their own and let them dictate where to go with them.  The songs are darker, more epic, and more emotionally reflective of what the band has been through in the last 3-4 years."

Due to hit the streets this coming November this one is sure to make some huge noise in the heavy underground.  Ripple promises new vinyl colors and effects, black vinyl, CD and of course digital at all the major channels. 

Holy Grove II tracklisting:

Blade Born
Valley of The Mystics

Holy Grove is:
Andrea Vidal – Vocals
Trent Jacobs – Guitar
Gregg Emley – Bass
Eben Travis – Drums

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Heavy Rockers, Ozone Mama, Announce New Headlining European Tour and Welcome New Singer

Big things are bristling on the horizon for Ripple Music's, Ozone Mama!  After releasing their critically acclaimed, best-selling album, "Cosmos Calling" with the California-based Record Label, Ozone Mama have continued to go from strength to strength. 

Since the band's record release show in February David Szeleczki has taken over vocal duties from the band's former singer Marton Szekelys,  and former session-keyboard player Laszlo Lukacs has stayed on to be full-time member of the band, adding his layers of organ to the bands earthy mix.

Now a five-piece, the  band is about to break their recent silence.  After debuting their new vocalist at three gloriously successful festival appearances in Hungary in July, under the direction of main songwriter-guitarist Andras Gabor Ozone Mama will launch a full-scale tour through nine European countries including Slovenia, Romania, Sweden (Ripple Fest Sweden 2018), Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy and Hungary.

On changing vocalists, Andras says, "It’s been a long journey with our singer Marci. Lots of gigs, miles, and laughing. But sometimes roads diverge and people travel in different directions. Ozone Mama wishes Marci the best of luck. He will always be our brother.  But for now, we looks forward to an exciting new era in the band's history.  With our new singer, David, and Laszlo on keyboards, new blood has been injected into the veins of the band and we're excited to see where this leads us musically, and personally.  Also, we're thrilled to announce that we're playing in nine countries this autumn, including RippleFest Sweden II.  It's such an honor to have been invited to play. We're ready to spread the word loud and proud that not only does Hungary have rock bands with potential, but our label Ripple is one of the best underground stoner rock labels in the industry today. It’s like a big family, and we cannot wait to meet some “family members” in Stockholm soon!"

Cranking out a bristling brand of high-octane rock n’ roll, Ozone Mama hails from Budapest with a vintage sound reminiscent of the 60’s or 70’s yet swaddled in a modern vibe. With their debut album ('The Starship Has Landed') they won a Phonogram Prize in 2012 . Their second release, 'Freedom EP', released in 2013 received major play across European, American and Canadian radio stations and their song 'I Really Care'  was featured in Classic Rock Magazine .  While their 2016 release "Sonic Glory" was awarded the Fonogram Prize in the category of "Hard Rock or Metal Album of the Year"

Comprised of David Szeleczki (vocals), András Gábor (guitar, vocals), Gergely Dobos (bass guitar) and Gulyás Máté (drums), and Laszlo Lukacs (keyboards), Ozone Mama has shared the stage with International headliners such as Monster Magnet, Airbourne, the Darkness and Kamchatka.

After joining forces with industry leading heavy rock label, Ripple Music, the new album "Cosmos Calling" hit the streets in January of 2018  and can be heard on the Ripple Music bandcamp, spotify, apple music, amazon or found in vinyl or CD at the Ripple Music webstore or any number of record stores.

As the band prepares to lay a swathe across Europe, look for the rest of the world to start talking about Ozone Mama
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