Sunday, September 30, 2018



The diablic rock band Demon Head is once again on their way out on a tour. The band is doing a headline tour in Scandinavia and are then heading out in Europe supporting MCC [Magna Carta Cartel].

In april Demon Head released their 'The Resistance'. The EP was an epilogue to their second album 'Thunder on the Fields' released in 2017. Demon Head did a large tour all over Europe in May 2018 where the final show took place at Muskelrock Festival. The song 'The Resistance' was caught on tape and is now released as a live video.

Watch Demon Head livevideo from Muskelrock 2018:

Let’s go!

- 20. Sep. Copenhagen, DK - Stengade
- 21. Sep. Gothenburg, SWE - Sticky fingers
- 22. Sep. Linköping, SWE - Skylten
- 23. Sep. Gävle, SWE - Cc puben
- 24. Sep. Umeå, SWE - musikhuset
- 25. Sep. Stockholm, SWE - Geronimo
- 26. Sep. Malmö, SWE - Plan b
- 27. Sep. Oslo, NO - Krøsset
- 28. Sep. Haugusund, NO, heavy nights Fest
- 29. Sep. Aarhus, DK - HQ
- 30. Sep. Oldenburg, DE - MTS
- 1. Oct. Leipzig, DE - Black Label
- 2. Oct. Hamburg, DE - Logo*
- 3. Oct. Berlin, DE - BiNuu*
- 4. Oct. Cologne, DE - Luxor*
- 5. Oct. Paris, FR - Etoiles*
- 6. Oct. Leiden, NL - Gebr de nobel*
- 7. Oct. Vosselaar, BE - Biebob*

* as special guests for MCC [Magna Carta Cartel]

Demon Head Spotify:

Demon Head Facebook:

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Swedish Doom Metal Monsters Nekromant, Set to Storm Europe on Headlining Tour

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce that Nekromant, the NWOBHM infused heavy rockers from Sweden, are revving up for a kick ass tour through Europe

The Nekromant Lives Tour, finds one of Sweden’s hardest working bands tearing across the continent for a headline Euro tour in October/November2018.  Nekromant, fresh from storming the stage at RippleFest Sweden in Stockholm, will be shredding tunes from their critically-hailed latest effort Snakes & Liars and their  upcoming brand new, Ripple Music debut, "The Nekromant Lives."
The bulk of the dates are set as below, but a few more gigs might still turn up from the fertile heavy underground of Europe.

Nekromant had this to say about the upcoming tour.  “We feel that this is our strongest material to date, and we cant wait to get out on the road to share it with you all. This will be the longest set of dates we’ve done, so we hope we can keep it together and meet both new and old friends.”

Oct 22 Hamburg, Germany - MS Stubnitz
Oct 23 Lomme, France - Bobble Cafe
Oct 24 Lyon, France - Rock 'n' Eat
Oct 25 Olten, Switzerland – Cog d' Or
Oct 26  Goppeningen, Germany - Gaststatte Zille
Oct 27 Graz, Austria – Explosiv
Oct 28 Budapest, Hungary - Durer Kert
Oct 30 Weimer, Germany - Gerber3
Oct 31 Zweibrucken, Germany  – Ergdeschoss Sutter
Nov 1 Dresden, Germany - Chemiefabriek
Nov 2 Berlin, Germany - Tiefgrund
Get more on Nekromant here:
Instagram: @theswedishnekromant

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Ripple Music is thrilled to debut the amazing artwork and tracklist for the upcoming new album by atmospheric doom rockers, Holy Grove.

"...Holy Grove are heavier than a plutonium whale but much friskier. Think Grand Funk, think Sabbath, think Blue Cheer, think great big riffs that stomp and thunder and terrify the pets." -Classic Rock Magazine

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the amazing artwork and tracklist for the upcoming new album by atmospheric doom rockers, Holy Grove.

The Portland-based group, released their debut in 2016 and re-released by Ripple Music earlier this year,  full of right-on riffs, belted-out hooks and weighted groove.  They then hit the road with massive West Coast and East Coast tours, took over Europe alongside Ripple labelmates Gozu, and stormed the stage in the company of Uli Jon Roth, The Obsessed, Jucifer, Lord Dying, Yob, Witch Mountain, as well as festivals like Psycho Las Vegas, Hoverfest I and II, Ceremony of Sludge, and PDXPOPNOW,

Now, Ripple Music is thrilled to offer the first glimpse of their eagerly-anticipated follow up, Holy Grove II featuring cover art by the amazing Adam Burke. 

Produced once again by the band and Billy Anderson (Sleep, Acid King, Neurosis, Acid King), Holy Grove II finds a uniquely gifted band with a complex and epic heavy sound.  Holy Grove plays doom with all its passion and might without ever losing sight of textures, dynamics and the groove.  Holy Grove are heavy -- gravitationally heavy – but big and warm, never simply plodding.  Holy Grove songs are heavy with feeling, heavy with conquering power, and beautifully heavy of heart. Holy Grove II finds the band taking a quantum leap in songcraft--woven through with massive hooks and big choruses in the tradition of the great riff rockers of yore.

More info on Holy Grove's new album Holy Grove II will be announced soon. Stay tuned to Ripple Music Website for breaking news or the Ripple Music Facebook and Bandcamp.

"Holy Grove’s doomy foray is an undeniably solid and considered effort. The enigmatic lyrics of leading enchantress combined with the persistence of the power prove equally deadly as they are absorbing.  It wouldn’t be imprudent to expect the band's songwriting skill to take them to great places."
--The Sludgelord

Track Listing Holy Grove II
1. Blade Born
2. Aurora
3. Valley of Mystics
4. Solaris
5. Cosmos

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Xroadie Files

Gnaw Their Tongues & Crowhurst – Burning Ad Infinitum
Mories – All Instruments/Vocals, Andrew Curtis Brignell - ???, Matron Thorn - ???, Jay Gambit – Vocals/Synths

Nothings Sacred over nine minutes of sounds noises and weird instrumentals that will make you wonder where you are and wtf is going on. Speared Martyrs waking from a night not sure where you are and if you are awake or still in the dream. The Blinding Fury Of Suffering rising from the depths of hell the demon hordes destroy. The Divinity Of Out Great Perversions lost in the black abyss of space and time not knowing if you are alive or dead.

Sir Reg – The Underdogs
Brendan Sheehy – Vocals, Chris Inoue – Guitar, Karin Ulvin – Fiddle, Filip Burgman – Mandolin, Mattias Soderlund – Bass, Mattias Liss – Drums

The Underdogs get up and dance around and sing  as you totally enjoy the festive music with folk influences. Conor McGregor the crowd is up and dancing around to the melodic Irish feelings that flow thru this song. Giving It Up (The Drink) is a very festive sing along drinking song for everyone to just enjoy. Fool (Fight Of Our Lives) stomp your feet tap your knee grab a brew and just join in. Cairbre out in the woods just singing and playing along with the band as it strides by. Take Me To Your Dealer low bass rumbles then a catchy riff fast but melodic and with a few tempo changes. The Day That You Died dancing singing and drinking the day away enjoying it all. The Stopover sounds of a storm blowing in great sing along vocals that will have the entire crowd involved. Stereotypical Drunken Feckin Irish Song just a feel good Celtic drinking song that will stick in your head for days. Don’t Let Go has fast Celtic rhythms and a great melody to make your day feel great. Sinner of The Century melodic tones fill the air with lots of majestic emotions that will send that shiver down your spine.

Armed for Apocalypse – Palm Reader
Nate Burman – Guitar/Vocals, Cayle Hunter – Guitar, Corey Vaspra – Bass – Nick Harris – Drums, 

Mass Oblation dark heavy aggressing music with growling vocals to just annihilate you. Worlds Beneath grinds slashes and rips and tears at your very senses. Forced To An End pounding thrashing slamming sweat flying fist pounding. Palm Reader feedback overdriven aggression and destruction.

Ennui – End of The Circle
David Unsaved – Guitar/Vocals/Keyboards, Serge Shengelia – Guitar/Vocals/Bass

End of The Circle eerie evil sounds surround and envelope your senses pulling you toward the darkness. The Withering Pt 1 Of Hollow Us the darkness swallows up all the light and devours your soul.   The Withering Pt 2 Of Long Dead Stars pounding slow beats work their way thru you with evil intent and destruction.

Pig Destroyer – Head Cage
JR Hayes – Vocals, John Jarvis – Bass/Vocals, Adam Jarvis – Drums, Blake Harrison – Noise/Samples, Scott Hull – Guitar

The Tunnel Under The Tracks sounds of a jazz club from the 1920s then noise and dissonance that just tears into you and spoken words. Dark Train dark heavy punch you in the throat music and never let up with yelling growling vocals. Army Of Cops chainsaw riffs pounding beats thundering bass and rough vocals get in the pit and slam away. Circle River crunchy riffs cut thru you rhythms and dark deep rough vocals that just come after you. The Torture Fields slow riffs that just tear and rip through your very senses. Terminal Itch fats blast beats yelling vocals and chainsaw riff to just annihilate you. Concrete Beast is a slow heavy riff that has rough vocals and will have the pit going mad in a slower way. The Adventures Of Jason And JR crunchy guitars pounding beats thundering bass and yelling vocals to just grab you and slam you against the floor. Mt Skull fist pumping foot stomping slamming against reach annihilation. Trap Door Man fast heavy grab you and pound you into a bloody mess. The Last Song low bass that just rumbles thru you with cutting guitars and rough vocals. House Of Snakes music that rises from all around then goes into an interesting rhythm that just takes you over. 


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Vessel Of Light - Woodshed

Vessel of Light, featuring Dan Lorenzo of Hades and Nathan Opposition of Ancient VVisdom, is getting geared up for the release of their second album, Woodshed. Last year I was lucky enough to review their first full length, and here I am writing the review for their second blast of excellent tunes. Signed to Argonauta Records, this duo puts out uncompromising music that is an amalgamation of their distinct styles, but a beast that is wholly its own entity as well. I hear a Danzig influence on this, think Danzig I - IV, and that's the vibe on a few of these songs. Then, mix in a healthy dose of fuzz a la the doom and stoner genres, this finishing the excellent cocktail that Vessel of Light makes you.

The first thing we hear is called “Woodshed”, a track that starts off with clean guitars, and Nathan Opposition's vocals. It reminds me a bit of Danzig II, and then even more so when the heavy riffs enter. The very cool thing about this group is that you can hear that influence, but it remains Vessel of Light all along. This track serves as a sort of intro to the rest of the record.

“Part of my Plan” is the very next track, and it's one of my favourites here. The mix of John Christ style riffing and the doomy aspects included make this a really killer track. The squeals in the main riff really bring to mind songs like “Twist of Cain” from the first Danzig album.

“A Love So True” is up next, and,  for a second there, I really thought Glenn Danzig was singing. The intro has a cool quality between the vocals and the guitars, and when the song shifts gears it becomes a bit heavier. Those dynamic changes really give the track a very nice sound, and the added power that the heavier sections give. This is my pick for best track on an album full of great tracks.

One Way Out has a fantastic main riff! The space between them, the slight movement lower,  and the higher, continuously strummed piece really make this a very memorable part. I especially liked how the vocals were executed, and the melody used.

The way End It All starts brings the Danzig tone back up, but more in the music than the vocal work. This is a slow tempo tune, that is very heavy in its overall feel. As per the rest of this killer album, the vocals are one again a major aspect to this songs feel; the way they are arranged and executed are a big part of this.

Woodshed is an album full of killer tracks. For two guys to make an album this good is truly mind blowing!! It's actually something that I see happening in a few different genres, 2 musicians crafting huge, memorable works of aural art for us, the listeners of fine music. Woodshed was released on September 21, so make sure that you go and snag yourself a copy!!!!

-T.C. Mayhem

Monday, September 24, 2018

A Ripple Conversation with Max Tovstyi - Solo artist and music extraordinaire in various Ukraine bands The Heavy Crawls, Turnaround, Lucifer Rising, Max Tovstyi’s Band.

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?

Well, when I was a kid, I wasn’t much into music. My parents sent me to musical School when I was six and I have never liked it. Violin and piano that was boring. As I was 10 I really liked some electronic stuff, among my favorite bands were Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim (I do like him now btw) and other popular stuff. When I was 12 I used to be school DJ at parties and school radio. My father had (and still does) record store and I got newest music one of the first in town so I put all the new stuff there, rock, hip-hop, electronic music etc. I really loved Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, Run DMC and stuff like this so did my friends. But my father has always been a rock and roll guy, his motto was “too old for rock and roll too young to die”. He had thousands of CDs and LPs with all the rock from blues to heavy metal. I would say first rock band that I liked were Atomic Rooster, Jethro Tull and Hannibal (very rare band, jazzrock/prog from 1970). I thought that was cool. But right at the rebel age of 14 I listened to The Doors and my life changed forever. The next day I watched (totally accidentally) the film “The Doors”, it was late night so my parents couldn’t stop me (man there a loads of tits and butts in the movie) and the next day I knew I love 1960s. I decided not to cut my hair, I was into rock, I was smoking cigarettes, drinking beers and some weed, quite early but… To me that was it. Not many of my friends loved the same music but I never cared. Than it was Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd. To this date LZ is my top pick and Jimi Hendrix is my favorite guitarist. Later I asked my father to buy me a guitar and I am playing it for 15 years now and had few dozens.

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?

I can’t tell really. It depends. Some of my, I believe best songs, were written on the spot, right at the studio, some I had to write for months. When it is a riffy song like “No Time Left”, “Black Soul Woman”, “Mesmerize”, “No Longer Mine” it is all about riff, then lyrics, then song title. But songs like “Make Up Your Mind” (that is my special and very favorite song) came all in one, words, structure… When I finished guitar solo, I realized choir will be cool, so I invited 5 female singers and asked them to sing three times so it would be 15. Then I invited violin and viola player and she recorded “an orchestra”. The song was the same but massive, exactly what I had heard in my head before.

Who has influenced you the most?

Led Zeppelin no doubts. I read all the books and watched all the documentaries, top 1 band forever. Even bootlegs are great stuff to have. And of course, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Ten Years After, Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan. Lots of bands.

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

In most ways, it is about girls, some of them gone, some came, also some songs were inspired after visiting cool gigs like Black Sabbath or Bob Dylan or Deep Purple. I have small but cool LP collection and CD as well and I loved to listen to old stuff. The worst is when you come up with cool riff but Iommi owned it lol.

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

Well I’d say my country doesn’t care much about neither blues rock nor psychedelic nor English speaking music. My stuff is a try to be like one of my idols but without copying. I wish I could live somewhere in London or New York, Chicago, maybe Texas would be cool for blues, Berlin is great city very inspiring and freedom is in the air.

Where'd the band name come from?

The band, the first song and everything about it was a coincidence. After first rehearsal, we recorded a song on the spot and we thought we will never play again. But I wanted to upload it because I really loved the riff and the sound, that was just guitar and drums, no bass but hollow body guitar with max fuzz and tube amp. When I came home I wanted to listen to Led Zeppelin and there was a song “I am Gonna Crawl” and I said to the drummer: “How do you like to be The Crawls?” She said yes. When the band became three piece we decided to add “Heavy” so… The Heavy Crawls.

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

Man, I wish it would be… well depending on a style. First of all, Tarantino but please not cowboy stuff, Pulp Fiction is great, also always thought about James Bond 007 stuff or Jim Jarmusch actually I wish I could write a song for a movie, only did it for shoe commercial before lol.

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?

Should it be my song or? :) Well my favorite song of all time is Achilles Last Stand, I think it is perfect, complex, rock, melodic. Also, could be Stairway to Heaven. Not my favorite but I believe rock’s best. If the song is mine, that’d be “Make Up Your Mind” from my last record.

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

Oh man, my bandmates are gonna kill me. Haha. Some promoters are kind enough to give us free beer/vodka/whiskey and some make it unlimited. Then somebody from the band is dead and gone. My top rock and roll moment was guitar destroying at a festival, there even a video (The Crawls - No Time Left (Zaxid Fest 2014). That was rad! My stupidest moment was drinking way too much and fallen asleep on the street right outside the venue. It was so many people, maybe 120-130 for just my band and no support bands, I couldn’t even plug the cable into the guitar. But the show then was great, I remember I saw some videos and you could never tell I was drunk af. I remember playing gigs when I was sick or hangover or with wounded fingers or hands (I play basketball so…) Maybe I should tell a story when my drummer from The Crawls went to a party the night before our gig and the speaker or amp fell on her head. She had blood all over her head and doctors had to sew it. With needles and stuff. So, she just put a fancy bow on her head and we played cool gig among other bands. And some guys cancel gigs because of slightly high temperature or whatever. She was rock and roll girl.

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

This is the best. I loved touring, gigging and playing show. I love festivals, I love playing as a support band because that means you play for many people and new fans. I love concerts because we improvise a lot and even oldest songs sound like new, you feel other guys and you create onto stage. I am happy when they shout, whistle and applause that’s great. I love signing stuff and making pictures with fans or when somebody on the street knows who am I, especially when my girl is around, she is very proud. Can’t wait for next tour!

What makes a great song?

I think the balance. Good music, rad riff or melody, nice vocals, lyrics and the sound. I am spending lots of time searching my sound. I have many guitars, amps and pedals and I try and try to find what I need.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

Haha, that was not the best stuff but I was trying to impress a girl so…

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

As I said before that’s “Make Up Your Mind” from my new record Mesmerize. Also I always loved My Inner Prison, No Longer Mine, Dead Flowers. I have recorded 12 studio albums with 8 bands. Some songs were great.

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

Well in early 2000s that was Jack White. I don’t much like his new stuff but Dead Weather is cool. I saw Rival Sons live and they rocked. Also, I love Doyle Bramhall II a lot, he can play the guitar! Dead Meadow, when I heard Sleepy Silver Door I was like “wow”.

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

Vinyl is great, I will reply more in the next question.

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

Beer!!! I love beer especially craft beer, IPA is great shit and the bitterest the best! I have a secret club at my flat. This is called “Secret Club of Vinyl and Craft Beer Lovers”. We gather at 10-11-12PM and we drink and listen to records till the morning. We go to the craft pub or supermarket and buy lots of beer. Once we had Led Zeppelin night, just their records.

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?

No doubt that’s my father store and the only one in the town where you can buy records and rare ones as well. Check him out at

What's next for the band?

We are now going be a four-piece band, getting ready with new stuff, new guys and new tours. I spent six months looking for proper guys, not just musicians but friends and people I can rely on. This band had some lineups, I hope my new lineup will be long and stable.

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

I hope you would like to check out my stuff after reading this. Thanks guys for asking me cool and fun questions, good luck to you all and cheers from Kyiv, Ukraine!

Thanks to Max for taking the time to answer our questions and have fun with it. What a talented dude.

Listen to Max’s latest album here and even pick up a copy on vinyl for your next vinyl and beer night:

Sunday, September 23, 2018


POSEIDON demolished all expectations with their 2017 Ripple Music debut, Prologue, a four-song, 44-minute concept piece that wove together elements of doom, sludge, prog and spacious atmospherics.

The band stormed festivals including Hard Rock Hell, Bloodstock Open Air and DesertFest London and toured with the likes Orange Goblin, Saint Vitus and Mothership, and Prologue was received with almost reverential worldwide acclaim, such as:

Poseidon bring together a sound that explores the vastness of sonic landscapes. From a rage of aggressive riffs, barked vocals and elemental drums to sea-deep rhythms and unearthly melodies, they invoke a catastrophic nature as they dive headfirst into an abyss of heavy rock. - Terrorizer

Prologue is a fascinating extrapolation of the doom genre into other realms and Poseidon are truly a band to pay attention to. - Scene Point Blank

A humid, thick experience that captures delectably the story of a society in crisis... the quality of Poseidon's work will keep you transfixed until the inevitable and stormy end. - The Sludgelord

Unfortunately, that year also saw the departure of group members Matthew Bunkell and Jamie Starke, halting the band's forward momentum.

The delay didn't last long.

Not the types to give up on something so special, Raza and Matt recruited Yusuf Tary from sludge behemoths SLABDRAGGER to assume bass and vocal duties, and welcomed back Roland Scriver from doom legends SERPENT VENOM on second guitar.

Armed with this new arsenal and elevated sonic pedigree, they set immediately back to work.

POSEIDON are currently in the studio writing furiously.  Late 2018 will see the band return to the road, and if all goes well, the next chapter in The Medius Chronicle will surface next year, with more updates to come as the massively-anticipated record comes together.

Matt Norris – Guitar
Yusuf Tary – Bass/Vocals
Roland Scriver – Guitar
Raza Khan – Drums


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Bandcamp Bonanza – 082

10 bangers below, all come with high nods from myself. Something for everyone ranging from prog, folk, hard rock, punk, country, and Americana to heavy blues and funk. Boy oh boy, each week I think we’ve eclipsed the last and then bandcamp proves me wrong again. This is a great week folks. Enjoy.

Fuzz Evil – High On You
Imagine Scott “Wino” Weinrich and Red Fang walked into a bar wearing fluorescent spandex, mullets and sweet Oakley Blades. Yes, and imagine they then took the stage and hammered out fuzz filled riffs and anthem crumbling choruses. Are You In or Out? Favorite track: Get It Together.

One Eleven Heavy – Everything’s Better
Anything tagged with the 'Cosmic American Music' descriptor has my attention and One Eleven Heavy holds mine throughout the entire album. Too psychedelic to be labeled country, too Southern to really compare to the Greatful Dead, and too rock n roll for the rest. Guitars, flowers and skulls unite. Bought the vinyl through 4 tracks and I'm confident it was the right choice.

Strange Majik – Channel T
What’s puzzling me is the nature of this game. Not only is the Jagger worship on point but the underlying funk meets fuzzed up Hendrix jams heavy and rocks hard. Can’t get over how well-crafted this album comes across. Highly recommended for any fans of rock n roll. Catchy chorus lines, funky rhythm, timely highs and lows make this a borderline masterpiece with potential to pull a massive audience. Trust me. Pure Gold!

High Fidelity – High Fidelity
5 stellar cuts of rock, gleaming with charm inducing groove, blues-fried harmony and awe inspiring melody. Cosmic Germanicana. Thanks Mike for this brilliant find! Favorite track: Look The Sun Is Rising.

The Froot – Forbidden Froot
These 4 kids are 18 friggin’ years old. This debut album is hotter than most musicians output in an entire career. A full range of influences from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Deep Purple, without really sounding like any of them. It sounds original, because it is original, and for them to be just 18 blows my mind. This could be a career output with many years to come. Keep your ears on these kids.

Ash Gray – Chicken Wire
Man, ain’t this a diamond in the rough? A steady flow of outlaw twang keeps this folk rock from sounding wimpy and cliche. Heavy like Tennessee Pusher era Old Crow Medicine Show and loaded psychedelic textures only Texas has mastered. Gotta live that steel guitar!

Druid – The Seven Scrolls
It’s easy to harken back to the classic prog and southern rock comparisons cause it rings true, but Druid also bring a modern mystic melody to the table resonant of yellow and green Baroness at times. I can’t get enough of this stuff. Absolutely brilliant!

Reefer Masters – White Dogs
The Reefer Masters expand these jams of reefer madness into one hell of a trip. Entrancing riffs exploding with demented psychedelic tones and vintage vocal croons. This is incredibly nasty and intricately mind blowing. Would go great on vinyl. Just sayin’

Henry Derek Elis – Don’t Look EP
Be on the lookout for this guy, as I just stumbled onto him. He has a new full length album due out next month and to hold us over he dropped this all new EP for us to enjoy. I expect big things from this new album titled ‘The Devil Is My Friend’ due out soon. He kind of has a deep, dark vibe similar to Shawn James, but with more twang to his pitch. The electric geetar shines and the lyrics are heartfelt and honest.

“The debut album is finished and is currently being mastered by James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Testament) at Safehouse Studios. Guests Include: Sera Timms (Black Mare, Ides Of Gemini) Aubrey Richmond & John Schreffler Jr. (Shooter Jennings) Jarboe (Swans) Brian Whelan (Dwight Yoakam) Neal Tiemann (DevilDriver) Tara Vanflower (Lycia) and many more. Produced By: Steve White & HDE. Cover Art & Layout by: Travis Smith (Opeth, Katatonia, Anathema)”

Ape Machine – Darker Seas
Ape Machine have generated an ominous current of angular riffs, intricate dynamics, well refined rhythm, and groove heavy enough to sink the Titanic. Darker Sea's pulls us beneath the mainstream surface once again with its virulent flood of dark harmony and neck snapping rigor. Favorite track: The Contract.

-The Huntsman

Friday, September 21, 2018

MOS GENERATOR: US/Canadian Headlining Tour Of The Shadowlands Nears

Seattle based heavy rock power trio MOS GENERATOR will be making their way across the United States and Canada later this month in support of their latest album, Shadowlands.

Set to commence September 21st in Port Angeles, Washington and run through nearly two-dozen venues upon its conclusion October 13th in Portland, Oregon, the Tour Of The Shadowlands 2018 includes stops at Descendants Of Crom Fest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well as Doomed & Stoned Fest in Indianapolis, Indiana. The latest trek follows the band's month-long US trek earlier this year which included sixteen dates supporting Fu Manchu as well as an appearance at the 2018 edition of Hellfest in Clisson, France. See all confirmed dates below.

MOS GENERATOR - Tour Of The Shadowlands 2018:
9/21/2018 Little Devil's Lunchbox - Port Angeles, WA
9/22/2018 Bremerton Raceway - Bremerton, WA
9/23/2018 The Shakedown - Bellingham, WA
9/24/2018 The Palomino - Calgary, AB
9/25/2018 Bulldog Pizza - Winnipeg, MB
9/27/2018 Coalition - Toronto, ON
9/28/2018 House Of Targ - Ottawa, ON
9/29/2018 Descendants Of Crom Fest - Pittsburgh, PA
10/01/2018 Bug Jar - Rochester, NY
10/02/2018 Pauly's Hotel - Albany, NY
10/03/2018 Soliday's - Niagara Falls, NY
10/04/2018 The Sanctuary - Detroit, MI
10/05/2018 Doomed & Stoned Fest - Indianapolis, IN
10/06/2018 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
10/07/2018 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
10/08/2018  Lookout Lounge - Omaha, NE
10/09/2018 Streets Of London - Denver, CO
10/11/2018 Press Club - Sacramento, CA
10/12/2018 The Alibi - Arcata, CA
10/13/2018 High Water Mark - Portland, OR

MOS GENERATOR released their Shadowlands full-length in North America earlier this year via Listenable Records. Heavy Blog Is Heavy hailed an, "appetizing, fun slab of heavy rock songs that should please any fan of the genre," while Metal Nexus championed an album of, "...power, melody and heart... classic rock, infused with stoner tendencies and superb musicianship." Shadowlands was recorded in three sessions - June 2017, November 2017 and January 2018 - at the HeavyHead Recording Company in Port Orchard, Washington and comes swathed in the cover art of Adam Burke (Pilgrim, Satan's Satyrs, Hooded Menace, Artificial Brain et al).

Stream Shadowlands in full at THIS LOCATION.

Find physical ordering info at THIS LOCATION or HERE. For digital orders go HERE.

MOS GENERATOR formed during the Winter of 2000 in Port Orchard, Washington from the ashes of a decade-long on-again-off-again collaboration between its three members, all of which are long time veterans of the road and studio. The need to strip down to the basics of hard rock was apparent from the start and continues to be the foundation for the band's recent material.

MOS GENERATOR has released seven studio albums, a retrospective album, a live album, and a plethora of split releases. 2015 brought in a new rhythm section and touring possibilities far beyond the limitations of the original lineup. This new lineup has changed the band into a relentless touring machine, delivering critically-acclaimed performances both states and abroad.

"The title track is a bluesy, fun rocker, demonstrating exactly why MOS GENERATOR have become a fixture in the underground." - Decibel

"...if 'Shadowlands' at the beginning of the album is depression, then surely 'Gamma Hydra' is the accompanying mania....From the hard-driving opening salvo of 'Shadowlands,' 'The Destroyer,' and 'Drowning In Your Loving Cup,' down through the frenetic payoff of 'The Wild & Gentle Dogs,' MOS GENERATOR prove once again to be a group unto themselves in the quality of their work and the clear-headedness with which they execute their creative will." - The Obelisk

"Shadowlands opts for a heavier direction without losing sight of MOS GENERATOR's '70s rock roots." - Sputnik Music

"...a fun, energetic album..." - Mxdwn

" terms of mindset, Shadowlands may be one of their darkest records thus far." - Riff Relevant

"There's something to be said about an album that not only lasts multiple play-throughs, but instills the urge to immediately run it through again..." - Metal Assault

"The almost effortless brilliance that is displayed by MOS GENERATOR on Shadowlands is nothing short of awe inspiring.... If you dig Fu Manchu, Black Rainbows, Orange Goblin or the like and you aren't familiar with this band, you need to be..." - Outlaws Of The Sun

 "Never cumbersome as the album falls into a tidy under forty-minute vinyl timeframe, Shadowlands gives listeners another US band unafraid to take Ozzy-era Sabbath and add in that southern/stoner/bluesy charm to make quite a final product that entertains and translates easily live." - Dead Rhetoric

"...genuine and consistent MOS GENERATOR, delivering classic and melodic heavy rock with Tony Reed's fine voice and guitar leading the way. Get your groove on and get the album. Recommended." -Danger Dog

"If there's such a thing as fusing some soul into a doom palette, MOS GENERATOR has achieved that. Seldom will you hear an unambiguous merge between the two outside of Black Sabbath's Sabotage. MOS GENERATOR have tapped into a loud vibe featuring sinister and coarse nuances yet with something revealing far more heart. -- Blabbermouth

Thursday, September 20, 2018

PSYCHLONA'S desert-psych (by way of Yorkshire) debut Mojo Rising is a fuzz-fueled trip, out via Ripple Music and Cursed Tongue Records on November 30.

Never underestimate the impact of desert rock's massive, hypnotic tones in inspiring artists around the world, nor on the uniqueness achieved when that sound is ingested and radiated forth by a band from distinctively non-desert environs...

Hailing from the city of Bradford in Yorkshire Country, England, Psychlona began via the most rock 'n roll of origins:  guitarists Phil and Dave, who had shared stages frequently in their respective bands over the years, crossed paths in 2015 while attending a local gig and bonded over beers and discussions of Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Sabbath, Nebula, and Hawkwind, and decided to form a new band that night.

Setting to work, they coalesced quickly with bassist Martyn and began to conjure the laid-back soundscapes, fuzz-driven grooves, and weighty yet flowing riff power they mutually loved.  Following their Spinal Tap-esque search for a reliable drummer (finally finding a fit at number SIX), the ambitious and motivated foursome wasted no time writing and self-releasing their debut album while simultaneously organizing and hosting their own music festival, Idle Fest, all with the goal of taking their sound global.

Psychlona floats easily between Boogie Van-era Fu and early Orange Goblin, stirred with occasional spoonfuls of Spirit Caravan to doom things out.  Of course, no matter how far they ride in any direction, Sky Valley is always just over the horizon...

Psychlona's debut album, Mojo Rising, sees a proper label release this November, with digital and CD via US riff-rock leaders Ripple Music and vinyl through Cursed Tongue Records.

Phil Hey – Guitar & Vocals
Dave Wainfor – Guitar
Martyn Birchall – Bass
Scott Frankling – Drums


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Xroadie Files

Lions'den - Songbird
Rhy Dongju – All Instruments

Songbird Suite melodic piano in a very classical style. Prelude shredding guitars and blast beats drums with electronica. Ex blast beats scorching guitar and space rock keyboards to take a wild trip. Songbird mellow keyboards that drift along with electronica with a Tangerine Dream feel. Orca kick back and play air guitar to the excellent rhythms almost speed metal. Caged Pt1 nice soft melodies that just swirl around. Caged Pt2 space rock psychedelia with interesting turns. Resistance sounds of chains and dogs barking weird industrial vocals spoken words and jazz prog guitars. Horizon Pt1welcome back to the prog electronic of the 80s weird but strangely beautiful. Horizon Pt2 continues the builds heavier with industrial and space rock sounds. Epilogue kick back grab a brew and just jam away to some awesome musicianship.

Progenie Terrestre Pura – Starcross
Davide Colladon – Guitars, Emanuele Prandoni – Vocals, Fabrizio Sanna – Bass

Chant Of Rosha space rock psychedelia with spoken words reminds me of some Tangerine Dream.   Toward a Distant Moon drifting thru the black abyss of space lost and alone. Twisted Silhouette dark dreary dementia. The Greatest Loss mellow keyboards that lull you into a false sense of safety before annihilating you. Invocat industrial space sounds surrounding and invading your senses.  

Void of Silence – The Sky Over
Luca Soi – Vocals, Riccardo Conforti – Drums/Keyboards/Samples, Ivan Zara – Guitar/Bass

The Void Beyond space rock sounds surround and building louder around you moving towards a prog death metal vision. Abeona (Or Quietly Gone) starts with a Pink Floyd sound great soaring guitar leads and solid steady rhythms. The Sky Over drifting alone in space seeing lights of strange and beautiful origins. Adeona (Or Surfaced As Resonant Thoughts) out in the wilds alone and seeing many things you’re not sure if they are real or not. Farthest Shores soft drifting and swirling thru space and time into different dimensions. White Light Horizon is a strange with wonderful trip thru your mind maybe at the time of dying.

Mesarthim – The Density Parameter 
Vocals/Instruments –

Pi Symbol prog metal slowly building with melodic overtones gothic and death metal vocals. Collapse industrial and melodic prog death metal. Transparency classical sounds builds to a crescendo of dark sounds. 74% lost and along in the darkness of the black abyss of space and nothingness. Recombination pounding in your skull driving you mad. Fragmenting sounds of darkness slowly build and devour your soul.

Heads For The Dead – Serpents Curse
Ralf Hauber – Vocals, Erik Bevenrud – Drums, Matt Moliti – Guitar, Hakan Stuvemark – Guitar, Jonny Pettersson – Instruments

Serpents Curse rising from the pit of hell a dark sinister forces cover the earth. Head For The Dead dead heads rolling around without bodies trying to eat flesh. Deep Below deep and dreary souls try to overtake the living. Post Mortem Suffering the storm begins and just rips and tears at all. The Awakening being awakened from a deep sleep with the sound of air raid siren but its much worse than that. Death Calls deep dark blackness invades tour very essence. Of Wrath And Vengeance sneaking up behind your enemy and just ripping and tearing them to shreds. Gatecreeper Into The Great Beyond pulled into hell fighting for your very essence of existence. Return To The Fathomless Darkness sounds of war and strife black and demented. In Darkness You Feel No Regrets pounding thrashing slamming death and destruction.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

French heavy psych quartet THE NECROMANCERS return with new album + European tour dates | Stream and share new single ‘Secular Lord’ now!

Of Blood and Wine by The Necromancers is released on 5th October 2018 on Ripple Music

Stream and share new song ‘Secular Lord’ here –

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“High-octane tritone-centric heaviness and atmospheric incantations, creating a sound as wealthy and tasteful as Old nick himself.”

“[Their] debut so reverentially evokes the doomy space rock paranoia of Sabbath.”

“The most fun you could have at an occult sacrifice ceremony whilst keeping your clothes on.”

"They have the mettle necessary to plant black flags on their red, white and blue home."
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Drawing on antiquated inspirations in mythology, religion, fantastical tales from European literature and an obsession for classic horror cinema, The Necromancers are a curious alliance of musicians, and together are a strange beast to behold.

Following on from the release of their debut album last year on Ripple Music, the French quartet return with the first taste of their eagerly awaited follow up, Of Blood and Wine, with ‘Secular Lord’; a song about which explores the legend of Vlad 'The Empalor' Tepes. Experimenting with progressive rock, heavy psych and the 70s pagan/proto-metal of bands like Black Sabbath and Coven, they take these influences, throw in the urgency of NWOBHM and douse the entire lot in lysergic illusions. All with a mind to create an album a sound for ages.

After a very successful tour last winter with Swiss psych rock legends Monkey 3, The Necromancers take to the road for a European tour with Belzebong, kicking off with an album release show at Le Cluricaume in their hometown of Poitiers. (For the full list of dates see below.)

"The band is still young,” explains vocalist and guitar player Tom Cornière. “We never would have thought of signing with a label like Ripple. We could hardly have hoped for better. It’s an honour and a surprise. Now, we are looking forward to the tour and to be able to share our album wherever we can."

Of Blood and Wine by The Necromancers is released on 5th October 2018 on Ripple Music

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24.10.2018 – Poitiers – Le Cluricaume (Release Show), FR
26.10.2018 – Montpellier – Le Black Sheep, FR
27.10.2018 – Lyon – Le Grand Incendie #3, FR
28.10.2018 – Altkirch – Le Domaine, FR
08.11.2018 – Dresden – Beatpol, D
10.11.2018 – Krakow – Soulstone Gathering, PL
12.11.2018 – Budapest – Dürer Kert, HUN
13.11.2018 – Zagreb – Vintage Industrial Bar, CRO
14.11.2018 – Ljubljana – Koncertna Dvorana Rog, SI
15.11.2018 – Innsbruck – Heavy Psych Sounds Fest, A
16.11.2018 – Leipzig – Werk 2, D
17.11.2018 – Strasbourg – La Laiterie, FR
18.11.2018 – Paris – La Maroquinerie, FR
19.11.2018 – Rennes – Le Mondo Bizarro, FR
20.11.2018 – Bordeaux – Make It Sabbathy 50th, FR
21.11.2018 – Barcelona – Rocksound, SP
22.11.2018 – Toulouse – Les Pavillons Sauvages, FR
24.11.2018 – Bologna – Freakout, IT
25.11.2018 – Milano – VVitch Festival, IT
26.11.2018 – Munich – Feierwerk, D
27.11.2018 – Utrecht – DB's, NL
28.11.2018 – Brussels – Magasin 4, B
29.11.2018 – Cologne – Helios 37, D
30.11.2018 – Berlin – Zukunft Am Ostkreuz, D
01.12.2018 – Osnabrück – Westwerk, D
02.12.2018 – Freiburg – Slow Club, D

Tom Cornière – Vocals, Guitar
Robin Genais – Lead Guitar
Simon Evariste – Bass Guitar
Benjamin Rousseau – Drums

1. Join The Dead Ones
2. Erzebeth
3. Of Blood And Wine
4. Secular Lord
5. Lust
6. The Gathering

Artist: The Necromancers
Album: Of Blood and Wine
Label: Ripple Music
Release Date: 05/10/2018
Format: CD/Digital/LP

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