Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Xroadie Files

Hex – God Has No Name  
Adolfo WB – Guitar, Jon – Guitar, Asier – Drums, Jonathan – Vocals, Endika – Bass

Thy Kingdom Gone chugging chain saw riffs chanting and a marching beat. Soulsculptor heavy dark dementia gone wild. Worshipping Falsehood just grabs ahold and pulls you into a deep black abyss.  Daevangelism - The Dark Sunset spoken words then death thrash dark metal madness. Where Gods Shall Not Reign fast heavy punch you in the throat death metal music. Apocryphal crunchy riffs pounding beats that just pummel you and thundering bass with growling vocals. All Those Lies that Dwell pounding thrashing ripping tearing aggression.

Temple Koludra – Seven! Sirens! To A Lost Archetype
Band members - ????

Trimurti dark emotions just grab you and try to rip out your insides. Vajra fast heavy industrial death gothic metal mayhem. Grey Apparition just get slammed to death by an unseen force. Namapura eerie sounds that just become a full force demonic rip you to shreds apparition. This Diadem Will Last just opens up from the pit of hell and emerges. Vertigo pull into the black abyss of space time and dementia. White I Trance eerie sounds just rip and tear you into oblivion.

Rogga Johansson – Entrance To The Otherwhere
Rogga Johansson – All Instruments/ BrynjarHelgetun – Drums

The Re-Emergers chugging riffs pounding beats thundering bass screaming leads and death metal growls. Till BergetsPuls fist pumping head banging riffs that just have you up and rocking away. When The Otherwhere Opens hit the pit and just slam away all your aggressions. Giants Walking At Night has more of a straight ahead metal riff and pounding rhythm with dark vocals. As Evil Seeps Out a very classical feel then a slow pounding riff of anger and fury. BergetVaknar dark melancholic music that just envelops you. Entrance To The Otherwhere foot stomping head banging fist pumping metal mayhem. A Journey Into Fear thrashing ripping shredding madness. In The Grip Of Garpedans dark eerie metal music that just seeps into your very essence.

Trench Warfare - Hatred Prayer
Tony Goyang Jr. Guitar/Bass, Lee Fisher – Drums, Jay Gorania – Vocals

Decimate Legions dark space rock sounds then a blast in the face of aggressive death metal madness. Spare No Wrath just pummels you into small parts. Axioms lost in the blackness with evil and hate running you down. Barbarous Temperament fighting for your very existence. Astral Projection taking a dark trip thru your own dreams. Evil Shall Triumph shredding of your very soul. Behead Muhammad fast heavy aggressive punch you in the mouth death metal. Young Lord just try and hang on to the death metal madness. New Lord slow driving heavy dark dementia. Blood Cleansing just get ripped to shreds. Sate Thy Lust fast heavy dark rip your throat out and die. Hatred Prayer slow dark clouds of hatred and emotion.

Warcrab – Damned In Endless Night
Martyn Grant – Vocals, Rich Parker – Drums, Paul Budgie Garbett – Guitar, Leigh Jones – Guitar, Geoff Holms – Guitar, Dave Guppy Simmonds – Bass

Perpetua eerie melancholic guitars flow all around then some scorching emotion leads take over. Halo of Flies just dark aggressive heavy death. In The Arms Of Armageddon just hit the pit and slam slowly away as your emotions flow out. Blood For The Blood God driving dementia that slithers all around you. Abyssal Mausoleum a slow moving train of dark emotions just pulling along. Magnetic Fields Collapse low rumbling bass crunchy riffs pounding beats and growling vocals. Kraken Arise a slow pounding dark emotion just envelops you. Unfurling Wings Of Damnation the evil opens up from a pit and slithers forth. Swords low bass crunchy guitars pounding drums and growling vocals heavy and demented. Damnati scorching leads with crunchy riffs and pounding rhythms.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Lost Tapes: Ian & Sylvia To Be Released September 6th

"The pivotal role of Ian & Sylvia in music history may be their refusal to be trapped in the patterns of their past as one of the leading acts of the '60s folk era, and along with the Byrds, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson, laying the foundation of Americana music that evolved as a recognized source of popular culture.”

-Canadian music industry journalist Larry LeBlanc


Disc One – Classics
1.    Keep On The Sunny Side (Ada Blenkhorn / J. Howard Entwisle)

2.    Darcy Farrow (Steve Gillette / Tom Campbell)

3.    Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Ada R. Habershon / Charles H. Gabriel)

4.    When First Unto This Country (Traditional, adapted and arranged by Ian & Sylvia)

5.    Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies (Traditional, adapted and arranged by Ian & Sylvia)

6.    Four Rode By (Ian Tyson)

7.    Nancy Whiskey (Trad.)

8.    Four Strong Winds (Ian Tyson)

9.    Little Beggarman (Traditional, adapted and arranged by Ian & Sylvia)

10. The French Song (Pease / Vincent)

11. Summer Wages (Ian Tyson)

12. Crazy Arms (Ralph Mooney)

    I’ll Fly Away (Albert E. Brumley)

Disc Two – Previously Unreleased
1.    After The Fire Is Gone (L.E. White)

2.    Heartaches By The Number (Harlan Howard)

3.    Sweet Dreams (Don Gibson)

4.    Come On In My Kitchen (Robert Johnson)

5.    Jimmie’s Texas Blues (Jimmie Rodgers)

6.    How Long (Rick Nelson)

7.    The Last Thing On My Mind (Tom Paxton)

8.    That’s The Way Love Goes (Lefty Frizzell / Sanger D. Shafer)

9.    Crying Time (Buck Owens)

10. Starting All Over Again (Melvin McArthur Hardin / Hubert Timothy McPherson)

11. Together Again (Buck Owens)

12. Silver Threads and Golden Needles (Jack Rhodes/Dick Reynolds)

13. The Goodnight Loving Trail (Utah Phillips)  

Regarded as pioneers of the folk & Americana genre, Ian & Sylvia first came to
prominence in the early 60’s folk scene in Greenwich Village and Yorkville performing alongside Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot and were a headliner on the now famous 1963 Newport Folk Festival. Ian’s composition “Four Strong Winds” is now considered a standard and a CBC poll in 2005 named it the “most essential” piece of Canadian music. Ian & Sylvia were one of the first artists to explore an electric Country Rock sound recording with both New York and Nashville musicians.

In early 2019 Sylvia discovered a box of old 1/4” analog tapes in her attic that were
professionally recorded in the early 1970s in front of a live studio audience. Over 20
previously unreleased recordings, included many of Ian & Sylvia’s classics, but also
enough to have a full CD of recordings of songs never before included on any Ian &
Sylvia album. The Lost Tapes is being released as a 2CD album on September 6th, the week prior to Sylvia’s induction into the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Both Ian & Sylvia have been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Best Intentions - The Loser's Club

Race Street Music Group

Nashville based Pop punk band composed of Tony Pietrafesa (vocals, guitar), Matthew Kleinman (guitar), Evan Aliquo (Bass) and Jim Collett (drums); Best Intention’s sound encompasses elements of rock, hard rock, and pop punk, with emphasis on the pop punk. Best Intentions was born in Philadelphia, in 2016, the brainchild of Kleinman, who moved to Nashville a year later, where he re-launched the band with a new lineup.

If you like Blink-182 and Weezer, this is the band for you. This is as catchy as a hooker in Times Square back in the early ‘80s before they cleaned it up. The band has a ton of energy and keeps things bouncing along with strong song after strong song. I really liked “At The Ocean” with its peppy playing and terrific guitar playing. The vocals are clean and clear, with just enough of a snottiness to keep things fun. First track “Ghosted” is just someone making a phone call and no one being there, nothing too exciting, easy to skip over, but don’t you dare do that to anything on the rest of the album. “Roses’ is another song that stuck out to me with the punchiness of the track and the catchiness of the song. “Would You Be Proud Of Me Now” starts off slow and quiet and then gets going into a faster tempo and is a great song with thoughtful lyrics. “Welcome To…” is another track that can be skipped over, just a recap of the album made up like someone skipping around the tracks with it playing in the background. “The Loser’s Club” is catchy and has a great bunch of swearing in it that will be great shouted out live in concert. The playing is tight, great lyrics and enough emotion coming through to give it heartfelt feelings for the listener.

After getting burned out on pop punk and how many bad bands there were out there playing it, this is a breath of fresh air and shows that when someone gets it, they can really play the hell out of it. This is a band that I will be keeping my eyes and ears on.

-Rick Ecker

Sunday, August 18, 2019

A Sunday Conversation With Sam Orr From 1968.

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 epiphanies 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?

“It’s fairly hard to say, the first cassettes I had when I was around 5-6 years old were George Thoroughgood and Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous...and MC Hammer. I would study Jimi Hendrix live at Monterey and Woodstock from an early age too. My father had a black belt music taste when I was younger, to be fair. My mother was a soul and Motown fan, so I’d be surrounded by more than one genre when I was a kid. I guess that was a slow-burning epiphany if you can call it that? I’d say the first time I heard Supernaut off Vol. 4 by Sabbath on a Volcom skateboard film called Freedom Wig when I was a teenager, then punk rock. That changed the whole outlook for me.”

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 guess it begins with building up all the stress with life and channeling them into a creative form. I often play guitar at home, jam to blues records or backing tracks at home as a release I guess. Jimi writes lyrics in a book constantly, plus he reads a lot and immerses himself in Greek mythology and interesting books. Dan and Bear rehearse their crafts respectively, Dan sets his gear up at home and jams with his other friends. Then he brings these beats to practice. Bear is constantly modifying his equipment for the best possible performance and jamming with others to test it. The whole process basically begins as a jam when we’re all together. We usually record our jams and listen back for any parts that work out, then figure out how to get to the end of what we classify as a song.”

Who has influenced you the most?

“I’d say for me, it’ll be Jimi Hendrix, closely followed by Mike Bloomfield...and Rory Gallagher…Albert King...Robin Trower...there’s basically a lot of influences for me and the others.”

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

“Inspiration is all around us I feel, you can feel a lot better about being creative by eating well, associating yourself with good people and enjoying yourself more, I would say that inspiration, I personally find it everywhere, in good and bad situations. I guess, for inspiration we like to listen to other bands, old and new. Motivation comes from the feedback we receive from most that come to our shows and recordings, that’s an important part of it for us.”

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

“Well, 1968 has always been a multi-county band, I’m from Chester, Jimi is from Winsford, Bear from the Wirral and Dan from Nantwich way. Meaning there’s about a 30-40 minute drive between us all. I’d say Chester probably has the bigger music scene with places like Telfords and the Live Rooms putting good acts on when they come over. I’m not sure how Chester would have ever affected my music as I always looked to the States and Europe for influences in what I wanted to hear. Our rehearsal space is just outside Chester, that affects us to a degree, our home. Home is where your speaker cabs are.”

Where'd the band name come from?

“The name came from numerous conversations between me and Jimi and many arguments over it. Initially I liked AcidWølf but it never happened. Then it was nearly GypsyWitch ‘68, we both liked the 68 so we then decided on 1968, as it was the year all of our mutually favourite records were released, Electric Ladyland, White Album, SF Sorrow...and that Sabbath formed that year too.”

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

“Goodfellas, however, I’m not sure I’d be able to compete with Scorcese on that front. I feel that film had everything music-wise I’d want to hear, when the camera pans back and that pair are dead in the front seat with Duane Allman and Clapton’s twin slide solo singing away over it...far out.”

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?

“Poem 58 by Chicago. It’s got brass, an absolutely fucking killer guitar solo that comes in like a human voice. Played by Mr. Terry Kath. My. Word. The groove is second to none, the voice is pure class, tone of all instruments is just perfection. Thing is, there are too many songs that I’d scribe about and it changes daily, by the time this is out, I’ll have heard a bunch of songs that I could praise for possibly more than 1000 words. Bridge of Sighs by Robin Trower for example.”

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

“There’s a question, I guess, Jimi threw his own teeth up once, which was quite special. We’d been playing in Hull, Bear bought a huge glass jug full of cider with us, Jimi must have chugged about two pints of this scrumpy...I moved the bottle away from him and then he threw up in a pizza box. When I went over to him with Bear, there was teeth in the box/vomit. We’ve not had many Spinal Tap moments to be fair? We did have our gear arrive by canal boat at a show once, that was fairly Spinal Tap-esque. We were booked to play a show in Sheffield years ago, went the whole nine yards, promoted it, rehearsed etc. Got there, didn’t agree with the ‘promoter’ so we didn’t even load in and went for Indian food, then home. Rock and Roll!”

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

“The live experience for us is just as much fun as being there from what I can see from my side of the stage. We love it as we get to flex the amps properly and feel the sound. Other people tell us that they had a great time and plenty of compliments which are always nice to hear. I guess a lot of our fans are usually high on something or other, so their judgement is somewhat clouded. You could say we’re a drug band, which, of course, is not true. Trust us.”

What makes a great song?

“One that makes your skin go strange, also known as a Frisson which is French for Shiver. It’s pronounced ‘free-sawn’ and is basically a skin orgasm, it’s a sensation that I’ll chase for the rest of my life. That’s what makes a great song in any genre.”

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

“I think the first song 1968 wrote was AcidWølf, after we didn’t call the band that, we named our first song that. It was dropped and revived as Temple of the AcidWølf. So it would be that, I’d guess”

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

“All of it really, the solo on Fortuna Havana never gets old for e personally, I genuinely like that a lot. I feel S.J.D.on Ballads of the Godless would be the one I’m most proud of as it was written for a dear friend that passed away. I also love that the departed’s brother in-law played the piano on it and Simon Jones from the Verve recorded it and added the strings at the end, that was magic to me.”

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

“Elephant Tree, Boss Keloid, Battalions, Ritual King, Oak, Green Lung and so many more in the UK. I’d say stateside, Mothership, Forming the Void and Warcloud are killing it too. In fact, most bands on Ripple nail it to the wall every time. All those bands are consistently writing belting songs that encompass riffs, melody and great tones, all of them.”

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

“Vinyl and digital, the accessibility of digital is excellent, vinyl because a great album on vinyl is treasured by someone or many people.”

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

“Ice cold beers x10, followed by single malt that has sat on the rocks for a few minutes is one of the true pleasures in life, and then repeat the process...naturally”

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

“My hometown has Grey and Pink Records in which is where you will spend a lot of money, regularly. Notable purchases from there. So. So. Many. I have previously scored Albert King Live Wire Blues Power, a first press of Songs for the Deaf and In the Court of the Crimson King, all first presses. I’ve been going there for years now. The owner used to work for Chrysalis Records in the 70’s and what he doesn’t know about good music could be written on a pin-head.  In Winsford, Jimi runs The Electric Church which is absolutely fucking mint. Great stuff, great prices and he puts nights on where everyone gets battered. It’s class, he sells lamb and mint pies too, they’re harder to get nowadays though as word must be out regarding them.”

What's next for the band?

“We’re about to release a live album which we recorded at the Whisky a Gogo in L.A. We head back to Europe with Oak in September too. There’s a few good slots in the U.K. we’ve just confirmed, they will be coming up next year.”

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

“In the wise words of my good friend called Tom Hinksman, Strive for greatness in everything.”

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Bandcamp Bonanza – 094

Hey two weeks in a row. I’m on a roll. Good thing is my backlog is so fat all I gotta do is go down the line. All quality all the time. 10 more to check on this week’s Bandcamp Bonanza.

The Yawpers – Human Question
Human Question begs the question why aren’t you listening to The Yawpers? For those that answered who are the Yawpers? Well they’re the baddest ass punk rock band this side of the Mississipp. Doesn’t matter what side, the 3-piece assault is ringing with trippy garage atmosphere and throbbing with catchy rhythm and meaningful lyrics. The Yawpers may have dialed back a hair on the raucous but the songs remain heavy, heartfelt, and infectious

High Mountain – High Mountain EP
High Mountain peers across the starlit sky with paralyzing groove, haunting keys, and wicked riffs. The vocals have that kind of dirge I love. Smooth yet grizzled. It's like Youngblood Supercult with a Danzig tone in the vocals. This shit rocks!

A Borrowing Kid Generation – Valley of the Skulls
I don’t always fall for instrumental music, but when I do.......

You know the drill. Check this hard driving, groovy shit out.

Redscale – Feed Them to the Lions
Continuing on the path of metallic righteousness, Redscale have unleashed a beast of hairy riffs mauling with melodic tempo, heartthrob vocal tones, and clawing with massive hook. These Germans have eclipsed the Country’s knack for infectious hard rock swagger with another example of the signature German roar.

ZQKMGDZ - 10.000 km² gegen die Zeit – Absolutely Z
Just when you thought you’ve had enough interstellar space doom, ZQKMGDZ pull you back to earth thrusting you deep beneath the surface of sanity, slathering us with its scaled rhythm and psychotic groove. Absolutely Z maintains the bands signature swagger, complete with oceanic volume and hallucinative buzz. Take a deep breath as this one drowns deep within the heavy underworld of space metal thrashing with equal parts aural terror and exquisite psych.

The Electric Mud – Burn The Ships
Dirty, grizzed up blues rocking with a heavy southern accent and a hard soulful vocal. Yeah, these vocals bring it on home and don’t forget that bass. Wow what a intense bass line.

Stripper in Love – I Am What I’m Becoming
That fuzz tone is so rich that if we taxed it we’d have enough to solve world hunger. This album is all over the map in the most epic way possible. A continuous evolution of progressive stoner meets melodic noise rock. Crushing in every sense.

Gin Lady – Tall Sun Crooked Moon
Gin Lady continue on their progression towards yesteryear with another stunning output of harmonious groove. The comparisons are present including the Allman Bros, Neil Young, Roy Orbison and a faint ring of Wildflowers era Tom Petty. The band have proven their worthiness next to the noted comparisons on an immaculate 5 album run only getting better with each. I can say in confidence that Gin Lady are one of the most impressive rock bands I’ve heard in the last 20 years based on consistency and quality.Favorite track: Into The Wasteland.

Djiin – The Freak
The Freak lives up to its name with mildly jazzy, aurally erotic and eerily psychedelic spin of molton doom meets progressive blues.

Sight – Heroica
There’s about as much cool shit going on here musically as the cover art has visually. Progressive, melodic, heavy and ethereal in presentation. Don’t lose sight of this band.

-The Huntsman

Friday, August 16, 2019

GOATWHORE To Kick Off Tour With Ringworm This Week; Band To Play Psycho Las Vegas Friday

[Photo by Peter Beste]

GOATWHORE will return to the road this week for a short run of live dates with Cleveland metallic hardcore veterans Ringworm. Set to commence August 13th in Lubbock, Texas, the band's latest stretch of shows - which includes an appearance at this year's edition of Psycho Las Vegas with Electric Wizard, High On Fire, En Minor, Bad Religion, and more - will wind its way through ten cities upon its conclusion August 25th in Wichita, Kansas. Additionally, GOATWHORE will appear at VanFest 2019 in Lafayette, Louisiana September 28th and Brash Brewing Company's fourth anniversary show in Houston, Texas October 5th with more shows to be announced in the coming weeks. See all confirmed dates below.
GOATWHORE w/ Ringworm:

8/16/2019 Psycho Las Vegas @ Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino - Las Vegas, NV [tickets] * No Ringworm
8/19/2019 Paris Theatre - Portland, OR
8/20/2019 The Crocodile - Seattle, WA
8/21/2019 The Pin - Spokane, WA
8/23/2019 Ernie November - Cheyenne, WY
8/24/2019 The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
8/25/2019 Rock Island Live - Wichita, KS
End Tour
9/28/2019 VanFest 2019 @ The Freetown Boom Boom Room - Lafayette, LA
10/05/2019 Brash Brewing Company - Houston, TX w/ Necrofier, Merkava, Moths

GOATWHORE is currently penning the follow-up to their unanimously acclaimed Vengeful Ascension full-length. Released in 2017 via Metal Blade Records, Vengeful Ascension was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome, Wolvhammer, Nocturnus AD) and serves as the band's highest charting album to date earning the #4 position on Billboard's Heatseeker Chart, #6 on the Hard Rock Sales Chart, #11 on the Independent Chart, #16 on the Hard Rock Chart, #18 on the Rock Sales Chart, #49 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, and #59 on the Top 200 Chart upon its first week of release.

Vengeful Ascension is out now on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. To preview and purchase the record, visit

 "The album roars with the classic GOATWHORE sound of searing, shredding, and screams of rage. The material also tries some new things, tossing in a bit of blackened atmosphere, adding to the philosophical questions the music dives into." - Alternative Press

"Vengeful Ascension has extremity black metal fans will dig, groove that will appeal to death metal aficionados and potent guitar work thrash lovers can appreciate." -- Loudwire

" of the band's strongest offerings to date, and will surely hold up amongst their increasingly sizeable discography." -- Exclaim!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Rising Norwegian Occult Rockers SAINT KARLOFF to unleash monolithic, one track album INTERSTELLAR VOODOO this October

Interstellar Voodoo by Saint Karloff is released on 4th October through Majestic Mountain Records
Pre-order begins 30th August 2019 HERE

"This is some heavy, groovy, addictive riffing! This is ultra-riffing if I ever heard it..."

SAINT KARLOFF on Facebook | Bandcamp | Instagram | Twitter

Hot on the heels of a sold-out split from two of doom’s rising superpowers, the recently formed Swedish label, Majestic Mountain Records, is psyched to announce the release of Interstellar Voodoo; the brand-new studio album from Norwegian occult-rockers, Saint Karloff.

Having made their mark on the international heavy music scene in 2018 with the release of their debut album, All Heed the Black God, the band has continued to raise their game with new material that is heavier, more psychedelic and more complex than anything they’ve ever done before.

Rising to fourth place on the Doom Charts, generating two mind-bending music videos for ‘Ghost Smoker’ and ‘Spellburn’, and garnering praise from critics all around the world, All Heed the Black God was inspired by 70s heavy blues bands like Black Sabbath and early Pentagram and allowed the band to fuse this vintage sound with modern day stoner rock to create a sound indebted to world of today and the music of yesteryear.

With the impending release of Coven of the Ultra-Riff, a limited edition split with fellow riff worshippers, Devil Witches, Saint Karloff – featuring Mads Melvold (Guitar, Vocals), Ole Sletner (Bass) and Adam Suleiman (Drums) – are a mounting force to be reckoned with. And as you’ll hear from the progressive, one-track multiverse journey that spans the whole of Interstellar Voodoo, they’re unlikely to slow down for anyone, anytime soon.

"Interstellar Voodoo has been a labour of love, written and recorded to fill a void in our collective souls," explains bassist, Ole Sletner. "To put this much devotion into something experimental is a bit scary, but luckily we have a label who believes in us. We are eternally gratefull to Marco Berg at Majestic Mountain Records for stepping up to the challenge of releasing our blood, sweat and tears on vinyl.

Interstellar Voodoo by Saint Karloff is released on 4th October through Majestic Mountain Records with pre-order beginning on 30th August 2019 HERE

Mads Melvold – Guitar, Vocals,
Ole Sletner – Bass
Adam Suleiman – Drums

Artist: Saint Karloff
Release: Interstellar Voodoo
Label: Majestic Mountain Records
Release Date: 04/10/2019
Format: Vinyl (Majestic Mountain Records), CD (Ozium Records), Tape (Stoner Witch Records)


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Saint Karloff on Facebook –

Saint Karloff's split with Devil's Witches – Coven of the Ultra-Riff – is released on 6th September 2019

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Xroadie Files

Nightbound – Self-titled
Arianna Cuenca – Vocals, Mike Martinez – Guitar, Katz Leiv – Bass, MikyDoldan – Drums

Nightbound stand up fist pump and sing along hard rock n roll. Time Is On Your Side will have you up on your feet fist in the air just Headbanging and foot stomping. No Mercy fast heavy fist pumping head banging hard rock. The Fighting Never Ends chugging crank it up and jam on down the road music. Soldier Of Fortune a very melodic interesting version of the deep Purple classic.

Best Intentions – Losers Club
Tony Pietrafesa – Vocals/Guitar, Matthew Kleinman – Guitar, Jim Collett – Drums, Evan Aliquo – Bass

Ghosted sounds on a phone and some music and talking. Wrong Way Out punkish rock to just get up and dance as you sing along. At The Ocean crunchy guitars punk vocals and a steady beat. Twisted has more of a rap beat mixed with punk vocals and rock overtones. Roses catchy riffs and sing along vocals just stand and sing along. Would You Be Proud of Me Now? Has a punkish country pop flavor. Welcome Too weird sounds. The Losers Club has that punkish new wave feel that just has you up bopping and slam dancing. Wet Cement low bass pounding drums and crunchy guitars with pop punk vocals. All Wrong get up sway and bop as you sing along. I Wanna Go Home is popish punk.

Mitch Ryder – Detroit Breakout!
Mitch Ryder – Vocals, Guest Musicians – Cherie Currie/ James Williamson/ Wayne Kramer/ Brian Auger/ Sylvain Sylvain/ Walter Lure/ Arthur Adams/ Big Joe Louis Walker/ Shirley King/ Paul Rudolph/ Lee Oskar/ Linda Gail Lewis

Devil With A Blue Dress On get up swing dance and shout as you sing along to a classic tune. Cool Jerk low bass catchy riffs and great sing along vocals just take a trip back in time. Dirty Water excellent blues rock just sway and get into the rhythm. Turn Back The Hands Of Time some great MoTown soul music. Have Love, Will Travel just dance swing sway and sing along. (I’m Not) Your Stepping Stone a classic song made famous by the Monkees. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) slow grooves that just take away your imagination. (Sittin On) The Dock Of The Bay one classic tune with an excellent redo. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) close your eyes and just drift along. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown takes you back to the great music of the 70s listening on your hand held radio. You Send Me some bluesy do wop soul music. Twistin the Night Away back in time to the origins of rock n roll. If I Had A Hammer slow bluesy music to just fill your soul. Shout stand up and shout as you sing along.

Eremit – Carrier Of Weight
Moritz Fabian – Vocals/Guitar, Pascal Sommer – Guitar, Marco Baecker – Drums

Dry Land slow dark heavy demonic mu=sic to pull you into hell. Froth Is Beckoning rumbling hard metallic music from the underworld. Cocoon Of Soul just slowly slithers thru your very soul.

Burial Remains – Trinity Of Deception
Sven – Vocals, Wim – Guitar, Philippus – Guitar/Bass, Danny – Drums, Guest Vocals Song 5 Ralf Hauber

Crucifixion Of The Vanquished dark heavy death gothic demented music to drown you in. They Crawl pummels you into small pieces. Trinity Of Deception spoken words slamming thrashing ripping tearing. March Of The Undead the pit of hell opens and hordes of demons pour onto the earth. Burn With Me fast furious hate and aggression. Days Of Dread just slams you against a wall relentlessly. Tormentor grabs you and drags you into a pit of dark heavy aggressive music.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Nick de la Hoyde - Animals (Single)

Gatcombe Music Pty Ltd

This is a new summer track from Sydney-based pop/R&B sensation Nick de la Hoyde entitled "Animals." Growing up in a multi-cultural home with a Syrian mother and British father, Sydney based singer songwriter Nick de la Hoyde was exposed to many global influences that he now weaves into his music. Melding his love of hip hop, pop and R&B with introspective lyrics that chronicles a young musician’s journey to adulthood, overcoming life and artistic challenges along the path, Nick and his long-time producer/collaborator/older brother Joseph (ZUZU) de la Hoyde, have together crafted a sound that is simultaneously intimate, expansive and engaging.

I have to be totally honest, I really wasn’t expecting much and to probably hate this, but I went into it with an open mind and I really enjoyed this song, as well as the video which shows someone with an animal head on being lonely and melancholy, then meeting someone and being extremely happy doing all of the things with someone else, that also had an animal head on. The video made me smile and the song stuck with me, something that rarely happens with music that you would normally hear on pop radio. The song is, the artist says, "Animals" is a song about love! I wrote the song because I am constantly in awe of the unconditional love that I see in all animals, whether in the wild or the ones we are blessed to share our homes with! No matter what sort of day you have had, or how bad you are feeling, when you get home you are greeted with love and affection that puts a smile back on your face. Human beings can learn a lot from animals, and real, unconditional love is the biggest lesson your can learn from them and one that we should put into practice in our own lives." All I can say is that he nailed it perfectly. The song is smooth, the vocals are sincere and I got into the light groove that it had.

I enjoyed everything about this song, especially watching the video and listening to the song together. A great taster to what I hope that the album will be like and a great song to make you smile.

-Rick Ecker

Monday, August 12, 2019

A Fistful Of Questions With Thomas Amoriello Jr

Teacher.  Children’s book author.  Dad.  KISS Army member.  8 track enthusiast?  This edition of Fistful of Questions goes to guitar shredder Thomas Amoriello. 

What is your full name?

Thomas J. Amoriello Jr.

Do you have any aliases?

Most students (and their parents) that I teach call me "Mr. A".

What bands are you actively involved in?

None.  Everything I do at this moment of my life will probably be a studio project working with musicians remotely. This is for a variety of reasons and I will not blame family obligations or the current status of performing original live music for musicians with my interests.  Personally, I just found a creative formula that works best for me to actually finish what I start and I am most productive in this way. I am not saying that if Jorn Lande (powerhouse Norwegian vocalist) or Udo Dirkschneider (ex-Accept) were to call I would be there in a moment to join the band!   You open yourself up to criticism to say such things and I did play in live original bands when I was younger, but found it difficult to get my two cents in with stronger and or many personality types.  I do not mean that negatively as there is growth from ALL musical experiences. 

What was the name of the first band you were in?

There was a basement band called "Immortal Knights" I think in the 10th grade, Black Toga at a high school talent show ironically two years after graduation and Mindshaker that played out in the same club scene that New Jersey based hair bands such as Cinderella, Heaven's Edge and Britney Fox did, but at a time that was five years past the expiration date.

What was the first instrument that you played?

I received a "Lark" imitation Les Paul on March 24, 1984 and had my first lesson the next day at the Philadelphia Music Company with a fellow named Orson. Where are you my brother? It was that first Mel Bay Book until I was able to work on my favorite songs by Motley Crue, Judas Priest, Dio and Dokken.  RIP Gary Peterson (my third or fourth teacher)!

Tell me about one of your first musical memories?

Listening to 8 tracks of ELO, Steve Miller Band, Elton John, etc.  Obviously my parent's music.  The big question is which hip label is going to bring back the 8 track? 

Also who remembers these?
Which comes first when you are writing a song… the title or the lyrics?

I can start with a catchy title and go from there and then after many edits the title changes!!!  Sometimes I will even just come up with a subject I am interested in exploring (war, a legend, or a current event) and immerse myself through that and the title will appear.  My career is in music education and I teach a group songwriting project to 6th graders as part of their general music experience. They are given a very long list of topics to choose from ranging from silly songs to dragons and everything in between..   Songs can be crafted and structured with formulas beyond what others refer to as "divine inspiration".   Joni Mitchell, Geezer Butler, Glen Frey and Bob Dylan were "workers" and went through countless edits and lyrical journals and journeys to bring to life what we all admire and hold musically sacred.  Topic. Brainstorm. Free writing. Edit. Structure. Edit. Rinse and repeat. You write and almost finish 50 songs without judgement and rank a top 10 list and then narrow down and there is a record or at least an EP.

If you could insert yourself into any one band what band would it be and why?

Wow I would have loved to be in that Prince and the Revolution lineup (without the poet shirts) playing some funky guitar and then shredding! Dez Dickerson you were so underrated!  SO many colors, sounds, moods, styles, tempos and more!  Genesis during the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour is a close second place.

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

In no order of importance but early Genesis, Crimson Glory, Lizzy Borden, Megadeth, Yngwie and all of his friends and sound a likes from Shrapnel Records, Kiss, Jaco Pastorius, Boston, King Diamond, Goblin, Marillion, Rainbow, 1980/90's Black Sabbath and all of the lineups, Deep Purple (all lineups), Toby Knapp, TNT, Vinnie Vincent, Geoff Tate, and WASP.  I had some amazing friends that played in death metal bands as well as straight edge hardcore groups, so I was aware and familiar with many more edgier artists than I listed but not committed enough to them to be invited to join their bands.

Do you have any non-metal/hard rock musical inspirations?

So many!  Elvis, Miles Davis, George Clinton, Morrissey, Merle Haggard, Pet Shop Boys, Sly and the Family Stone, The Gap Band, Lou Reed, Pulp, Brothers Johnson, Kraftwerk, Paco DeLucia, Julian Bream, St. Vincent, Beatles, Billy Joel, Graham Parsons, Marvin Gaye, Andres Segovia, Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, The The, Soft Cell, The Cure, John Coltrane, Robert Hazard and the Heroes, George Thorogood, Joni Mitchell…I could go all day!

What inspired you to write two children’s books?

My son Benjamin was ready for kindergarten and I started doing more reading of children's picture books with him and rediscovered the magic.  Like the independent DIY music world of bands there is a whole "scene" of authors and illustrators that do all the things associated with putting word out except playing some dive bar you will find them parked outside of book shops, library story times and school author visits.     

Tell me about your involvement with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). 

Currently I serve as the Chair on the Council for Guitar Education and am an advocate for inclusion of the guitar in school based music programs.  Growing up many adults our age only had the choice to be in band, chorus or orchestra, but now there are so many options for school aged children such as music technology, songwriting classes, steel drums, mariachi as well as guitar.  I am not alone in this movement as there are many dedicated professionals involved in promoting this cause.  

You are driving cross-country and you can only listen to one album.  What album would you choose?

A Love Supreme- John Coltrane

One thing most people don't know about you?

I collected baseball cards religiously until the age of 18.

What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without bathing?

Well I would rather discuss body washes such as Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle or Shea Moisture's African Black Soap! 

(Nicely played Mr. Amoriello)  

The year is 1991.  Where are you at and what are you listening to?

Oh my.  I was living in Minneapolis attending this Musicians Institute (GIT) knockoff called Music Tech.  I would wake up to Z Rock radio and in between practicing my sweep arpeggios and chord inversions I would have been getting into a variety of classical guitar recordings by Julian Bream, Christopher Parkening, Narcissco Yepes and more. 

Solo Ozzy or Sabbath Ozzy (if you had to choose)?

Does this answer your question?
(Interviewers note…  This is the picture that prompted the question.)

Well I remember winning the Blizzard of Oz vinyl "down the shore" at a Wildwood, NJ boardwalk spinning wheel game as well as my mother borrowing the Diary of a Madman cassette from a co-worker in addition to seeing the 1983 US Festival on Showtime so I would have to say all of that left an imprint.   I really did not have the access or money to get the original Sabbath albums as a kid but obviously later heard the Master of Reality, etc.  The first Sabbath song I ever heard was Trashed from the Ian Gillian Born Again years.  Another imprint.  Ozzy was always surrounded by fantastic musicians whether it was Geezer or Bob Daisey.  Answer: Solo Ozzy.

Favorite Yngwie Malmsteen album?

Well I own all of them and that can be tough as I like some for different reasons depending on the mood and type of vocalist I am interested in listening to.  Probably Trilogy because of Mark Boals, but I really LOVE the early demos that brought him to America which were bootlegs for many years until released in portion as The Genesis. 

If you were going to play just one track for someone as an introduction to Dio.  What track would it be and why?

Probably the title track to The Last in Line because of the soft colors of his voice in the intro and then the sheer power of his first belting of "HOME"!!!!    \m/

Should more people consider taking up playing the ukulele?

It can be fun and you can come up with melodic ideas with it and not everything you play on it needs to have an island flair.  It can also be a gateway to the electric bass or guitar!!!  I could not resist the recently released Iceman electric Uke!  I brought it on a cruise, but it was confiscated before I boarded for noise ordinance reasons.  Funny stuff. I got it back.
Favorite Atari game?

Paddle controller or joystick?

Basically a Pac Man knock off called Mouse Trap.

And don't forget Kaboom

Favorite book

Honestly, I was always more of a visual and aural person.  Anything that I did read was sports or music related autobiographies and such.  Now.  I just mostly read education related articles.  I read beat poetry in college and had that phase, but I really liked Stephen King as a teenager.

Favorite movie? 

Impossible to answer with so many genres.  Love documentaries about war, history, music, astronomy and more.

Favorite album?

Yngwie J. Malmsteen Trilogy.   But not everybody agrees:

Favorite meal?

British Indian dish of Lamb Saag at Cross Culture Cuisine in Buckingham, PA.

Thanks mucho to Tom for taking the time to answer my queries.  You can tell whenever people are enthusiastic about life and what they do and based off of this interview I would say that Tom fits squarely in that category.  I find it inspiring to interact with those kind of people, so thanks for the inspiration Tom.  Be sure to check out Tom’s latest musical offering titled Amoriello on H42 Records.  Progressive metal excellence is on full display.  And finally, the next AMORIELLO release will be a 5 track EP called Dear Dark with all vocals by Brazilian metal legend Carlos Zema in addition to guest appearances by current and former members of bands such as Megadeth, King Diamond, Yngwie Malmsteen, and more.  The recording is currently mixed, mastered and being submitted to different labels for consideration.  In the meantime Amoriello's acoustic guitar & Moog Taurus track,  Atmosphere will appear on GUITARRATÓNICA 2019, Produced by Maestro Sebastián Salinas including 38 outstanding International Musicians this August.

~El Pedo Caliente (aka Uncle Jameson from the Fistful of DOOM show)

Ps- Be sure to check out the Fistful of DOOM show airing on Fuzz Heavy Radio every Sunday at 6 p.m. c.s.t./ 7 p.m. e.s.t.

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