Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Xroadie Files

Apalling – Inverted Realm
DM – Guitar, JK - Guitar, JA – Bass, JW – Drums

Hot Coals For Branding fast heavy blast you in the face aggressive death metal. Shameful Kiss dark melancholic drag you into hell music. Epileptic Sermon fast heavy grinding shredding growling tones. Artifact And Vessel just blast you in the face with anger and aggression. A Mutilator At Large grabs you slams you against the ground walls and anything else hard. Critical Thinking annihilates your senses with hate and anger. Templar low rumblings chugging riffs chainsaw guitars and growling vocals with scorching leads.

Eleni Drake – Songs On Sunday
Eleni Drake – Guitar/Drums/Piano/Synths/Vocals, Gould Synths/Piano/Drums

4 soft melodies and floating vocals that just envelop you. Ceilings close your eyes and just drift along with some strange but excellent melodies. The Sun Don’t clap and sing along to a catchy tune that will stick in your head for days. Trippy Tea melancholic tones that just take your imagination away. Untitled just let you mind flow as your senses envelop you. Velvet Mouth   jazzy bluesy lounge music.

Clouds Taste Satanic – Evil Eye
Steve Scavuzzo – Guitar, Sean Bay – Bass, Greg Acampora – Drums, Brian Bauhs – Guitar

Evil Eye almost 20 minutes of psychedelic mind tripping stoner rock musical madness. Evil Eye (Single) the seven-minute version. Pagan Worship close your eyes and let your mind run wild with imagination and visit the dark recesses you never go.

Voemmr – O Ovnh Intot Adr Mordrb
Band members ////

Coecr Od Doemrz (Part II) dark heavy demonic music that just swallows your soul. Dorbd Divn the gates of hell open and hordes of demonic being pour forth. Vin Ad Mordrb melancholic sounds envelop you as they drag you into a dark nothingness. Del Ed Ovtmn eerie sounds flow all around you as your imagination runs wild. Profvndr slow dark dementia just takes over your very soul. Carpatr Tzaeb eerie sounds then dark demented voices with music that just takes you right into the mouth of hell.

Oreida – Oreida
Band members ????

Dagar over nine minutes of fast heavy blast you in the face melancholic gothic death metal mayhem. Draumar just kicks you in the teeth from the first note and never lets up till the last. Daudi hold on for the death metal shredding ripping tearing ride of your life. Draugar fast heavy punch you in the face slam you against a wall aggression that just pummels you into small pieces.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Absent Sky - Lone Wolf

Absent Sky is multi-faceted guitarist Willy Rivera's solo project which first saw the light of day in 2014 with the excellent 'Cielo Ausente'. Move forward 5 years and Absent Sky are finally back. 'Lone Wolf' is the name of this sophomore release and whereas the debut was leaning more towards 80's Indie and New Wave, this one incorporates strong vibes akin to Wovenhand with a vocal approach akin to Geoff Tate, mixed deftly with the core of what Absent Sky is. So yes, Willy has taken a nice step forward, evolved if you will, and in doing so he shows the world the enormous talent and diversity he possesses.

What I first and foremost mean with that last sentence is that ‘Lone Wolf’ threw me off balance somewhat at first. I honestly didn’t expect such strong Wovenhand and Tate-ish curveballs so it took a minute to grasp what was going on. At the same time I loved what I heard and that clash – with the debut - was a strange, albeit enjoyable occurrence. Everything quickly fell into place and that’s when Willy’s brilliance really started to shine. After all, it takes some know-how, and balls, to move on and not stand still.

The tracks on ‘Lone Wolf’ which hooks me the most and that keep returning to are 6 in all. ‘Phantom’ starts out with an almost ‘Operation Mindcrime’-feel before launching into a pretty badass rocker. Musically it is one of the few heavy songs on the album. ‘The Noose That Beckons’ is the composition which ignites the Wovenhand/dark Americana vibe. There’s also a nice touch of Appalachian folk which accentuates the bleak tale brilliantly. ‘Undertow’ is somber, melancholic and minimalistic, almost cinematic, if you will. Wonderfully backed by Rachel Zen on vocals, Jill Jamshidnejad on strings and Daphne Cashion on piano, their presence adds so many layers to this amazing song.

‘Leave A Candle Lit For Me’ is a candid heartbreaker, if there ever was one. Again there are strong ties to Wovenhand but thanks to Karen Ann Wilson’s beautiful voice there’s also a nice medieval touch which heightens the distress and agony of the song. ‘Gun In Mouth Blues’ is an acoustic blues stomper where the title says it all. Sinister and dark with some fantastic guitar work aided by the beautiful voice of Rachel Zen. Album closer ‘The Devine’ is a bringer hope. As much as ‘Lone Wolf’ has focused on life’s darker sides, this song offer light at the end of the tunnel. It is soaring, liberating and mesmerizing and absolutely stunning.

As a listener, I hear what I hear when I play an album and I have referred to Wovenhand a lot. Don’t know if Willy even listens to that band and is influenced by them. Regardless, I hear strong connections in the best possible way. Add the oftentimes Geoff Tate voice and you have this great album. Willy is a great songsmith who moves in so many fields, investigate his past and present and you’ll find a very diverse career. As the performance in each is always great, this has led to ‘Lone Wolf’. A brilliant recording which goes straight to the heart!


Monday, June 17, 2019

Maryland DoomFest Brings the Best of Doom!! June 20- 23

Once again, the masses of Doom shall descend upon Maryland for the annual Maryland Doomfest, and this year really proves to be the best one yet!  I mean, just look at that line-up!

A 4 day weekend of doom metal in its purest form. #4daysofdoom


**PRE-FEST / SHoD 20th Anniv. Celebration- Thursday June 20 —
CAFE611 —
Earthride, Warhorse, Solace, Wasted Theory, Devil to Pay, Deer Creek, Weed is Weed, Freedom Hawk, After the Sun

NIGHT ONE Friday June 21

CAFE611 —
Mothership, Pale Divine, Lo Pan, Year of the Cobra, The Age of Truth, Backwoods Payback, Kingsnake, The Druids, False Gods

GUIDOS 6/21/19 —
Clouds Taste Satanic Benthic Realm. Dead Sisters, Spiral Grave

NIGHT TWO Saturday June 22

CAFE611 —
Pentagram, Apostle of Solitude, Foghound, Beelzefuzz, Atala, Sixes, Forming the Void, Knoxxville, Atomic 26, Eternal Black, Greenbeard

GUIDOS 6/22/19 —
Electric Age, Pale Grey Lore, Thunderchief, Seasick Gladiator, Crooked Hills

NIGHT THREE Sunday June 23

CAFE611 —
Conan, ZED, Kings Destroy, Toke, Thousand Vision Mist, Horehound, Faith in Jane, Shadow Witch, Witchkiss

GUIDOS 6/23/19 —
Temptations Wings, Wolf Blood, Stone Dust Riders

**Weekend Pass holders get into the Pre Fest Party for only $15 !!!

Weekend Pass (regular price) tickets on sale Jan 1, 2019!


For those wanting this handy for the #4daysofdoom... here's The Maryland Doom Fest 2019 full weekend schedule. Save it to your phone, zoom in set by set, print it to highlight your 'must watch' bands, or just staple it to your face to help everyone else out**.

Advance tickets END Monday 6/17, get yours

** The †maryland DOOM† Fest does not encourage any self-harm, taping it to your face will also work.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Fistful of Questions With Jarret Beach

Canuck.  Stoner.  Bird watcher.  Breast milk aficionado.  Scab collector?  This round of Fistful of Questions goes out to Jarret Beach the axe wielding, self-destructive frontman of Destroy My Brains. 

What is your full name?

Jarret Beach from the Beach Clans of the North

Do you have any aliases?


What bands are you actively involved in?

Currently Destroy My Brains, and also recently joined a new project Ashes of Yggdrasil.

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

When I was a teenager I was in a band with my drummer of Destroy My Brains's older brother Emory. We were called Caffeine Psychosis and we sucked haha but we liked it. We made cool videos with an old video camera I had. It was all about fun back then, it wasn't serious.

What was the first instrument that you played?

The first instrument I ever remember playing was my Dad's acoustic guitar tuned to E standard. I think it was a Nelson. I was young man. Like toddler young. He had lots of cool stuff. Slides, Capos, Harmonicas. He and my mom were both into 70's 80's and 90's rock music so I grew up on that kind of stuff.

Tell me about one of your first musical memories?

Some of my first musical memories was my dad trying to teach me to play chords. I was so little and my hands were weak as fuck so they were hard. I remember my dad’s strings being tight and real hard to push down. His fingers were calloused to fuck so it didn’t bother him none! I could barely play the thing.

What inspired the name Destroy My Brains?

One day when I was a teenager and learned to play electric guitar, I was laying in bed stoned as fuck writing songs and I just couldn’t get the words Destroy My Brains out of my head. I liked getting messed up as a teenager so I was writing a song about destroying my brains on drugs. I was and still am a very self destructive person and destroying my brains with liquor and drugs was almost a goal. It’s kind of my personality. I wrote a few songs after I wrote the song Destroy My Brains and they all stayed in the same theme. So I decided I wanted a hardcore punk band called Destroy My Brains and I’ve been writing songs ever since. Even before we were a real band haha.

Tell me about the genesis of Destroy My Brains.

So I was already writing songs and coming up with ideas and concepts for it all the time. But I had no band and I would jam with random people, but no one was really clicking. I mean, I could jam with other people, but no one really had the type of sound I wanted. And then my friend that i was in Caffeine Psychosis with, his younger brother Jadan was a real stud on the drums. He was needing a job so I got him working with me, but my secret motive for getting him to work with me was to get someone who was actually heavy to jam with. Haha. One day me and Jadan were smoking joints in my garage after we finished jamming, and he said we should start writing songs and become a band. I said ok and he asked what we should call ourselves, and I said I always wanted to have a band called Destroy My Brains, and he just said ok sounds good! Haha it was real casual… We wrote quite a few songs that no one has ever heard and then we recruited my man Jeremy on bass and made our first album. We are all internally angry people inside so we would unleash our fury on our instruments and come up with some real heavy shit! Just gnarly. We would get fucked up and party and do drugs and jam for days on end. It was so much fun. Jeremy went through some real hardships in life during our first years, and kind of dropped out of the band for over a year. He was really deep in depression and fishscale and his life went to total shit. He hit bottom man. So we had no bass player anymore and Jeremy totally dropped off the map, wouldn't answer calls and no one new where he went, so I asked another guy I knew to try to learn the song. That’s our bass player we have now! Chase of Bass! He's gnarly and a deadly musician. Jeremy finally got his shit together and went to rehab and stopped by my place on his way home from there. He said he wanted back in on DMB. So I told him fuck ya bro! But he had to play guitar not bass! He was down, so thats how we got our lineup we have today!

Tell me about Ashes of Yggdrasil.

Oh for sure man. Ashes of Yggdrasil is a band I joined, about a year ago I believe. Some talented guys. They used to be called From Birth to Ash, and were total death metal. But then got another guitarist and changed their style into Epic Viking Battle Metal! Then they asked me to play bass! Since Destroy My Brains is a fairly slow process I said yes to fill the time, but it's actually pretty fun so I’m stoked on it. We just dropped our debut album The Path by the way! Check it out!

Tell me about Doom Tomb Recording Studio.

The Doom Tomb went from our jam space that we would get trashed and jam in, to a full on recording studio. Man the Doom Tomb is where the magic happens! It’s my recording lair. I've literally spent almost every penny I've made in the last few years on equipment. Mics, Mixers, Cabs, Amps, Pedals (mostly fuzz), Guitars, Cables, Computers! Too much shit to list. Studios are fucken expensive, but worth it. Music has always been my #1 passion and hopefully one day I can make a living just producing bands in my country. We will see how it goes haha.

Which comes first when you are writing a song… the title or the lyrics?

I kind of base songs off of single ideas, and I can hear song titles in my head when I write riffs. Ideas just flow through my head when I’m writing, and phrases or words just pop in my head and stick. That's how she goes man haha.  Jeremy and Jadan and Chase sometimes have song ideas too.

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

Oh man. If Crowbar ever needed a bass player, I would sell my soul… Seriously Kirk call me! Hahaha

Have you ever heard a song and immediately wished you had written it?  If so, what was the song and artist?

Oh man. Every single Acid Bath song… I worship those guys so much. I wish they were still around. Their music has meant so much to me over the years and continue to do so. They get better and better to me over the years.

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

My biggest influences for sure had to be Sepultura. They are the band that made me love metal as a kid. Tool and Alice in Chains always inspires me. And lots of the NOLA bands like Crowbar, Acid Bath, Down really get me man. But lately my favorite band I’m digging is fucken Fistula! Goddamn they are spot on.

Do you have any non-metal musical inspirations?

I'm really into Stoner Rock bands like Kyuss, 1000 mods and Sasquatch. I just groove on stuff like that!

What is an absolute band killer?

Know it alls, or control freaks.  Don't tell me how to play my instrument man hahaha

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

I've been listening to Bloated Pig from Calgary lately and I drive a lot so this is legit haha

What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?

I'm an avid bird watcher and I collect scabs… hahaha jk I don’t stuff like that… Or do I?

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

Me and my friend Brent had a contest where we wore the same shorts everyday for a whole summer. It was fucken gross, and those shorts reeked like farts, beer, pussy, and regret. Those shorts were epic. I'm glad they are gone though! I burned them in a fire.

What are two things that people absolutely need to know about Alberta Canada?

Lots of good young metal fests have been starting up lately. People need to come on down and check them out!
And our weed here is fantastic! Hahah

What is the official phone number of Canada?


What’s the deal with Canada and macaroni & cheese?

I never knew there was a macaroni thing haha but my roommate Connor eats it every single day… I think he is addicted. Maybe there is a macaroni thing here haha

The year is 2007.  Where are you at and what are you listening to?

In 2007 I was a wasted teenager and I would have been listening to Tool, Acid Bath, and Crowbar. I also loved BLS around that time too! Old ZW

You’re stuck on a desert island and you have to choose one of your Destroy My Brains bandmates to join you.  Which bandmate will it be and why?

I would choose Jeremy, because we would find a way to party ourselves to death instead of starve to death… it would be epic.
If it was me and Jadan, or me and Chase I’m sure we would just survive.

Arcade Fire or Our Lady Peace (if you had to choose)?

I'm not sure who Arcade Fire is so Our Lady Peace… But I’m not a fan. However OLP album Clumsy was the 1st cd I ever bought when I was little.

Would you consider doing a cover of Superman’s Dead?

Haha. I'm not sure. Probably not man haha although the Clumsy album is a pretty dark pop rock album. I can’t see us doing it haha nice try though.

What is your favorite Ghost album?

Ghost is my youngest son's favorite band. But I don’t know any of the album names. People hate them, and i love them because people hate them. I hate people so ya. Fuck it Ghost rules

Favorite book?

Swank magazine

Favorite movie?

Evil Dead

Favorite album?

Tool - Lateralus is one of my all time favorite full listen albums.

Favorite meal?

Breast Milk cereal

Many thanks to Jarret for taking the time to answer my queries.  Be sure to click on over to Bandcamp where you can grab the Destroy My Brains “Worthless” EP on CD for a meager five dollars plus shipping.  Or you can grab their entire digital discography for seven dollars and seventy cents.  Finally, be on the lookout for the upcoming EP “InsignifiCan’t.”  You can listen to the first two singles from the new EP over on YouTube.

~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.. 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Plaque of Carcosa - Ocean Is More Ancient Than Mountain

Been way too long since I've written a bit, so let's jump right in, shall we?

Plague of Carcosa - Ocean Is More Ancient Than Mountain

Imagine a tuberculosis infected tortoise, staggering in slow, dying circles of decay.  Now imagine attached to that tortoise's left rear leg is a rubber belt driving a turntable motor to spin in staggering pace with his throes of death.  Now imagine on that turntable sits the debut album of Black Sabbath, slowly playing at swamp speed as the tortoise nears his end.  To this picture, add the collected works of H.P. Lovecraft, imagery and mythology.

That's the magic of Plague of Carosa.

Now, don't get me wrong, all of this is a good thing.  If you like your doom, sludgy, thick as mud, and crawling at a tectonic pace, this Plaque is for you.  Bongripper, Cough, and Thou are all here in equally heavy measure, as the downtuned guitars grind through fuzzy riffs and bone-marrow rattling intensity.  Meanwhile, the thunder of the drums pulls you along as if dragged by our dying tortoise.  Two songs here, but encompassing 18 minutes of heavy.,  "Crawling Chaos" is a tribute to the great Nyaralethotep, while "Madness at Sea" harkens to the "Call of Cthulhu."   Colossal riffs, grindcore spasms, ambient walls of feedback.  It's all here, and it's all heavy.

Now pass the Lovecraft . . .

"Ocean is More Ancient Than the Mountains" is set for release digitally and on audio cassette via Sludgelord Records on July 19th, 2019.


Friday, June 14, 2019

Big Business and Sleep @ Baltimore Soundstage, Md. - June 8th.

Big Business -
Two guys come out on stage. One gets behind the drum kit and the other grabs a bass. Never hearing of them before, I didn’t know what to expect. The drummer cranks out a beat and the bass comes in on the high end for a bit and it starts. Through all the songs the drummer is high energy and knows his way around the drums. The bassist/singer holds down the low and the mid. Using vocal effects he layers the vocals and they don’t need a guitar for the sonic show that was.

Sleep -
Wall of amps with drums in the middle. For the next two hours we were taken on a low and slow ride through thunderous guitars, bass and drums. Matt was ever present with his guitar playing and Al on bass and vocals was great. Jason was also doing a great job behind the kit and executed his part well. The mix of oldies and the new material was a great mix (see the set list I nabbed a shot of from the lighting girl).

Having never heard Big Business and never seeing either live, this was a treat for me. If you like Sleep, I suggest seeing them live at least once. Big Business is going on my Bandcamp wish list and in the cart as soon as I can. 


Thursday, June 13, 2019

ELECTRIC FUNERAL FEST IV To Take Over Denver This Weekend; Set Times Confirmed + Tickets Still Available

ELECTRIC FUNERAL FEST IV will take over Denver, Colorado this Friday and Saturday, June 14th and 15th. Boasting its most powerful and diverse lineup to date, this year's gala features headlining sets from Miami riff merchants Torche, Louisiana sludge metal unit Thou, psychedelic stoner rock veterans Dead Meadow, and Atlanta rock heroes Royal Thunder, as well as performances by nearly three dozen other esteemed acts from across the rock and metal spectrums including Tia Carrera, Chrome Waves, Un, Horseneck, Gozu, Sourvein, and Tombs! See confirmed set times below.

An event run and produced by musicians, ELECTRIC FUNERAL FEST is Denver's premier heavy music festival, built as a bridge between one of North America's most powerful and vibrant cities for heavy music and the legions of bands and fans who visit the Mile High City each year. Boasting three stages at three separate venues - 3 Kings Tavern, Hi-Dive, and Mutiny Information Cafe - the yearly celebration manifests an irreplaceable street energy as fans gather on the sidewalks between venues, hit local bars for a breather, and snap photos with their favorite bands passing by.

Read Invisible Oranges' recent interview with festival organizer Shaun Goodwin at THIS LOCATION.

For further info, tickets, merch, and more visit the Dust Presents website:

Friday - June 14th, 2019
3 Kings Tavern Stage:
5:15 - 5:55 Fathers
6:15 - 6:55 Dead Now
7:15 - 7:55 Destroyer of Light
8:15 - 8:55 Velnias
9:15 - 9:55 Sourvein
10:15 - 11:00 Acid Witch
11:30 - 12:35 Thou

Hi-Dive Stage:
5:40 - 6:20 Love Gang
6:40 - 7:20 Banquet
7:40 - 8:20 Oryx
8:40 - 9:20 Tia Carrera
9:40 - 10:20 Against the Grain
10:40 - 11:25 Royal Thunder
12:45 - 1:25 Bewitcher

Mutiny Information Cafe Stage:
3:00 - 3:40 Fossil Blood
4:00 - 4:40 Deathchant
5:00 - 5:40 Voideater
6:00 - 6:40 Hexxus
7:00 - 7:40 Greenbeard

Saturday June 15th, 2019
3 Kings Tavern Stage:
4:15 - 4:55 Abrams
5:15 - 5:55 Thra
6:15 - 6:55 Yatra
7:15 - 7:55 Chromes Waves
8:15 - 8:55 Teeth
9:15 - 9:55 Gozu
10:15 - 11:00 Tombs
11:30 - 12:35 Torche

Hi-Dive Stage:
4:40 - 5:20 Casket Huffer
5:40 - 6:20 Sun Voyager
6:40 - 7:20 Trapped Within Burning Machinery
7:40 - 8:20 The Munsens
8:40 - 9:20 Fotocrime
9:40 - 10:20 Call of The Void
10:40 - 11:25 Dead Meadow
12:45 - 1:25 Bummer

Mutiny Information Cafe Stage:
3:00 - 3:40 Red Mesa
4:00 - 4:40 Upon a Fields Whisper
5:00 - 5:40 Horseneck
6:00 - 6:40 Dizz Brew
7:00 - 7:40 Dysphotic

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Xroadie Files

A Day In Venice – III
Andrej Kralj (Producer/Composer), Vocals – Mickey Shiloh/Martina Paolo Bembi/Jysimusic, Maria Grigoryeva – Violin/Viola, Jakob Jugovic – Bass, Paolo Marchesica/Max Saidi – Drums

Dark Electricity slow spacy eerie sounds that just envelop and pull you into the blackness of your mind. Walls Of Madness a riff that sticks in your head and just pulls you along as it seeps into your conciseness. Tunnel Of Flashy Lights close youe eyes and just drift along to one strange trip. Her Body Rocks has a catchy rhythm that seeps into your very soul and stays there for days. Prison Is A Red Sky slow melodic song that just drifts along the airwaves. I Am Nowhere in Time just takes you away on a musical journey thru your senses. The Golden Stone sitting at the beach watching the bands play and sing. Temple Of The Dog chugging guitar thumping bass pounding drums and strange melodic vocals. Far close your eyes and take a psychedelic journey.

Warchest – Sentenced Since Conception
Christian Pelaez – Guitar/Vocals, Jose Tomas Garcia – Guitar, Chris Oros – Drums, Christofer Oros - Bass

Caras De Muerte eerie sounds envelop you then chainsaw guitars and pounding rhythms. Sentenced Since Conception fast heavy thrashing cutting grinding cutting pounding metal. The Haunted Chapel hit the pit and just slam against each other in aggressive mayhem. Spiritually Dead chugging guitars shredding rhythms growling vocals to just pound your brain. The Course of Death just hand on for the death metal ride of tour life hard fast and heavy. Voice Of Insanity sounds surround you then a blast of aggressive energy that just annihilates your senses. A Reign To Decay evil rises and just devours all living things. Self Executed Holocaust low rumbling bass pounding rhythms chainsaw guitars shredding leads and growling vocals. Post War Paranoia fast heavy punch you in the face thrash metal mayhem. Repulsive Existence over 8 minutes of thrashing shredding ripping tearing pounding death music.

Celophys – Fried Chordata
Alexander Beregovoy -  Drums/Vocals, Miroslav Kopiika - Guitar

Fucked Up spoken words then a blast in the face of anger and fury. Papaver eerie strange guitar tones that just envelop your senses slow overdriven muddy stoner rock music that just pulls you into a dark abyss. False Lizard And Yeti low overdriven instruments just pummel you into submission. Magicae Mammuthus over 11 minutes of slow droning heavy melancholic pulls you thru hell and back tones and emotions. Prehistoric Barn grinding pounding rumbling music that just slowly drags you into hell.

Marianas Rest – Ruins
Harri Sunila – Guitar, Nico Manttari – Guitar, Jaakko Mantymma – Vocals, Nico Heininen – Drums, Niko Lindman – Bass, Aapo Koivisto – Keyboards

Kairos spoken words the hard fast heavy melodic melancholic prog psychedelic death music. The Spiral soft guitars growling vocals sounds of a storm a majestic feeling song with death metal vocals. Hole In Nothing eerie space metal sounds that just envelop and pull you thru the recesses of your mind. The Defiant searing leads pierce thru tour very soul as the music drags you into a dark time and place. Unsinkable spoken words melancholic sounds and vocals pounding rhythms and chugging guitars just envelop you. Shadows hard slow heavy progressive music to make your mind wander into its dark places. Restitution melancholic tones flow around and grow in intensity of emotions. Omega gothic prog death tones and music.

Witchfinder – Hazy Rites
Tom – Drums, Clement – Bass/Vocals, Stan – Guitar

Ouija dark heavy melancholic doomy metal that just slithers along. Satan’s Haze low rumbling bass with a Sabbath feel that just pulls you into a dark place in your mind with some searing leads. Covendoom close your eyes and just imagine being lost alone in time and space with no hope in sight. Sexual Intercourse dark slow melancholic music that just envelops you as it drives your thoughts to very interesting places and strange. Wild Trippin low bass rumbles your very soul then a slow plodding rhythm and searing leads that are like being taken away on a very strange trip. Sorry just let your imagination run wild with strange fantasies. Dans L’Instant bass that just grabs your very soul then a melancholic rhythm and eerie vocals make for one weird mind trip.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Jim Wilson with Phil Jones – Now Playing

One name has been a constant source of joy and fulfillment in my listening life for almost two decades.  That name is Jim Wilson.  Back around the turn of the millennium my ears were unknowingly introduced to Mr. Wilson when a good friend of mine gave me a copy of Rollins Band’s Get Some, Go Again album.  I loved that album and through my newfound fandom I learned that the band backing up Rollins was their own separate entity known as Mother Superior.  Jim Wilson was lead singer/guitarist of Mother Superior.

Long story short, Mother Superior became my favorite band and I’ve been a dedicated follower of the music Jim Wilson releases ever since.  Now Playing is his second solo album.  It came out in 2018 and it continues the artist’s streak of high quality, killer song collections unleashed upon the masses.  This go-round Mr. Wilson teamed up with renowned drummer/percussionist Phil Jones who plays on and produced Now Playing.  The result is an album which truly sounds as if it has been transplanted directly from the 1970s to today.

Rock ‘n roll as it was?  Rock ‘n roll as it should be?  Rock ‘n roll as it forever will continue to reign?  Who cares?  These songs sound spectacular from album opener “Favorite Song” to closing track “Outside Kids”.  And being a self-professed music fanatic Jim Wilson has made sure Now Playing reflects all of the different faces 1970s rock possessed.  Early in the album’s running length you have the full on up-tempo rocket ship “Honeysuckle”, but instead of offering more of the same the album seamlessly transitions to the touching, folk-tinged ballad “I Can’t Hear You”.  Later on we hear the horn fueled mid-tempo stomp of “Disillusion” lead directly into happy go lucky “Lucky Streak” before tossing another musical monkey wrench the listener’s way with the, dare I say it, disco funk sounding “Energy”.  You want variety waveriders?  You’ve got it on Now Playing in spades!

So there you have it friends.  Anyone on the hunt for some new rock ‘n roll that hearkens back to the musical glories of the past need look no further than Now Playing from Jim Wilson.  This album, like everything else Mr. Wilson takes part in, is absolutely fantastic!  Grab a vinyl copy for yourself today!


Monday, June 10, 2019

Beloved Melodic Punk Band Craig's Brother Releases First Ever(!) Official Music Video 'Meilynn's Song' Examining Special Bond Between Father's and Daughters

Beloved Melodic Punk Band Craig's Brother Releases First Ever(!) Official Music Video "Follow Your Heart-Meilynn's Song"

Touching Song Written For Frontman's Daughter; Video Captures Moment Where He Plays It For Her For Very First Time

First New Recorded Music In Nearly A Decade-- “Devils In The Details” is Out Now on Indie Vision Music

"As a punk band from California in the ’90s, they were influenced by (and often compared to) stuff like NOFX and Lagwagon, but Craig’s Brother always stood apart from their peers because of singer Ted Bond’s voice. He was one of those punk singers who could really sing, but knew how to be an attitude-fueled punk frontman at the same time. And the songs were good too."- Brooklynvegan

Beloved melodic punk band Craig's Brother has just released their first-ever official music video for 'Follow Your Heart/Meilynn's Song' which was written about frontman Ted Bond's daughter Meilynn. The touching clip captures Ted playing the song he wrote for her for the very first time and reflects that special relationship between a father and daughter.

'Follow Your Heart-Meilynn's Song' Official Music Video:

The track first appeared on Indie Vision Music's Family & Friends Sampler Vol. 1:

"Meilynn’s Song" Lyrics:

May you always be the brave one
May all your dreams be great ones
however near of far
May life present you open doors
May love an joy and hop be your no matter who you are
No matter what your art
Mei, you follow your heart.
Oh, May your relationships succeed
May you have all the friends you need,
May you find passion in the paths that move you
Oh, when you’re knocked down and lost within,
May you find strength to rise again
May you find comfort in the ones who love you.
Cause in this world of broken dreams
the truth’s not always what it seems
May you see things as they are
May you always stand your ground
Don’t let the masses where you down
remember from the start
you’ve always stood apart
Mei, you follow your heart.
and may you never grow tired
and may you always be inspired
and may you set the world on fire
with words of unvarnished power
Mei, you follow your heart.

Craig's Brother's latest EP 'Devil's In The Details,' out now on Indie Vision Music.

If you dig current and past material from a variety of melodic punk bands like No Use For a Name, Bad Religion, Much The Same, MUTE, Lagwagon, A Wilhelm Scream, and even Rise Against, then you’ll instantly be a fan of Craig's Brother and their latest 'Devil's In The Details.' Songs of hope, searching for meaning, questioning all rolled up into one incredible release from start to finish.

Available on all digital networks and streaming sites now.

All 5 songs are streaming on IVM's YouTube channel here:

Craig’s Brother – Devils In The Details Track Listing:
1. Follow Your Heart
2. Maintaining Destiny
3. Lifetime of Regret
4. Harry Vs. Mount Saint Helens
5. Devils In The Details


Craig's Brother is back in 2019 with a new EP brought to you by Indie Vision Music. Based in Santa Cruz California, Craig's Brother has long been recognized as one of the most innovative and groundbreaking bands in melodic punk rock. Formed in 1995 Craig's Brother quickly gained recognition for their shredding riffs, and their unmatched melodies and lyrical content, all performed at break-neck speed. Their first full-length record, Homecoming, was released to international acclaim on Tooth and Nail Records in 1998. And In 2001, the band took California punk into uncharted territory with the release of their 2nd full length, Lost at Sea. Craig's Brother's sound has been profoundly influential on a number of bands, most notably Yellowcard, whose lead singer and guitar player, Ryan Key, spent six months playing with CB before joining Yellowcard. After releasing the Epidemic EP on Takeover Records in 2004, Craig's Brother went on to play sold-out shows, touring in Canada with Mute and in the eastern USA with Yellowcard, The Starting Line, and The Matches. After a 7 year hiatus, Craig's Brother returned in 2011 to self-release their third full length The Insidious Lie. Produced by Kyle Black, The Insidious Lie was met with critical acclaim and is considered by many to be the band's masterpiece. In 2017 the band raised the funds to record more and released the song Meilynn's song. Now the band is following through on their promises by releasing a five-song EP this December with Indie Vision Music. The current line features original members Ted Bond, and Scott Hrapoff, as well as Glade Wilson, Juice Cabrera (Hey Mike!), and Steven Newfeld (Hey Mike!, This Legend, and Brookhurst).

Ted Bond - Vocals
Scott Hrapoff - Bass
Steven Neufeld - Guitar/Vocals
Justin “Juice” Cabrera - Drums

Produced, Engineered & Mixed by Danny Balistocky at Rev 9 Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA. Mastered at The Blasting Room.
Craig’s Brother on Social Networks:

Instagram: @craigsbrother

Twitter: @craigsbrother

Indie Vision Music on the web

Twitter: @ivmusic

Instagram: @indievisionmusic

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Dallas' TEMPTRESS Self-Titled Debut Release Out NOW!

A quartet of misfits thunderously tempting fate to boom their way across Big Texas and beyond at the speed of sound. By way of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas comes one raucous TEMPTRESS.

Kelsey Wilson (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Andi Cuba (Drums/Vocals), Erica Pipes (Rhythm Guitar/Vocals), and Christian Wright (Bass/Vocals) all decided to get together in mid-January 2019, for a simple afternoon of rocking out with the intent for nothing more than keeping their skills sharpened. They weren't planning to be a band. It just worked.

In less than five months, these four seasoned players went from jamming for fun in a practice space, to writing and recording three potent heavy metal songs and then began performing them live as TEMPTRESS, with the likes of Heavy Temple, Stonecutters, and Backwoods Payback.

TEMPTRESS is already well on their way to completing the writing and recording of a debut full-length album, as well as currently planning a tour. Today, June 7th, they present those first original songs in a debut release, 'Temptress'.

'Temptress' - Track List:

01. Ride Of Your Life
02. Hot Rails
03. Heavy Woman

Some words from lead guitarist and vocalist Kelsey Wilson on the new Temptress music:

“I’m excited, we all are, to be taking the reins on this new project. Our material and lyrics are going to show the true side our nature: intense, sexy, fun-loving rock n roll. We put a lot of meaning and integrity into this new album, which I believe will shine through once it’s all said and done.” 

'Temptress' was written, performed, and produced by the band. Recorded at Aqualab Sound Recordings in Dallas, Texas, by Josh White, with mastering by Frank Heath at Workshed Engineering in Birmingham, Alabama.

The release is available now via Bandcamp for digital download and streaming:

Temptress - "Hot Rails" video -
(video by Yod Multimedia)


Jun. 18 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada (w/ Dead Now, Royal Thunder) -

Aug. 03 - Arlington, TX - Division Brewing Basher (w/ Red Beard Wall, Monte Luna, Wooden Earth, & more)

"Temptress kick ass and take names on their balls-out barnburner Hot Rails, a taste of their self-titled June 7 EP. Hold on for dear life." ~ Tinnitist

"Ripping full-speed out of the gate with straight forward heavy rock 'n roll and traditional heavy metal, TEMPTRESS isn't wasting any time and they sure as hell don't strike me as a band that even knows the meaning of 'timid'." ~ Riff Relevant

"Amazing is the format that the band TEMPTRESS radiates on their first three-tracker, captivating the honest and easy way in which the band practices their sound. The three songs grow with each passage, offering smoky, fervently tuned melodies and a good portion of feeling." ~ KOBZR Magazine

Kelsey Wilson - Lead Guitar/Vocals
Andi Cuba - Drums/Vocals
Erica Pipes - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Christian Wright - Bass/Vocals


Saturday, June 8, 2019

Brat Curse readies LP for Anyway Records

Columbus, Ohio, the city that brought you New Bomb Turks, Gaunt, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Lydia Loveless, Lo-Pan, twentyonepilots, etc. has new favorite sons. Brat Curse debuts their second full-length, and first for Anyway with the self-titled Brat Curse.

Formed in 2014 in Dayton, Ohio, by Brian Baker, Justin Baker and Chris Mengerink, Brat Curse takes their cue from a long line of Ohio heroic art-damaged, indie rock guitar bands. Additionally, the band members stick to a well worn Ohio pattern of playing in a variety of bands, as  Brian plays in Dana (Heel Turn Records) and Sega Genocide (Just Because), his brother Justin also plays in WV White (Anyway), Chris plays in Good Shade (Dirtnap) and they welcome new comer Joe Camerlengo (Van Dale, Counterfeit Madison, Blanket Boys). The sound of Brat Curse fondly recalls the snotty spark of their midwestern forefathers, as well as Jawbreaker and Guided By Voices.

The album sees release on August 2, and the band will tour extensively in the second half of 2019. LP pressing is limited to 200 copies and will be available in LP and digital formats.

Friday, June 7, 2019



It's time for us to drop some more names for our Up In Smoke Festival 2019!

MONOLORD. It’s been stated before that the Lord is from Sweden and finally we can introduce you, here he is MONOLORD. The Gothenburg three piece has been delivering legendary club shows and festival appearances all over Europe and now it’s finally time for them to rock UP IN SMOKE. Folks prepare your airguitars and fake pedalboards, because this is gonna be massive. Sludgy riffs blended with doom and a whole lotta rock ‘n’ roll is on the menu.

FIREBREATHER. Let’s stay a little longer in Sweden and Gothenburg, there’s more on the shopping list. Let’s stick to three guys and doom and we end up with FIREBREATHER. This is probably one of the smokiest bands you’ll get to see at the festival this year. Gear up, these guys knows the term riff worship and how to incorporate a crazy groove in a doom tune. Here you can fill up your mind with some high octane doom.

THE MACHINE. Start your coffee machine, the Dutch coffee fueled fuzz rockers THE MACHINE will pay us a visit. Hailing form the Rotterdam area they filled up their coffe mugs and and started to jam already back in 2007. Original bass player Hans van Heemst parted ways with the band after their latest effort, «Facelift», was recorded early 2018. Now it’s time for you to get a piece of that coffe injected fuzz.

CHURCH OF MISERY. Japanese doom dealers CHURCH OF MISERY is back on European soil and ready to shake your guts with low tuned guitar and brutal bass riffs. It’s with great pleasure we wish them welcome back. Tatsu Mikami has kept the doom metal alive on the Japanese metal scene since 1995, so it’s just fair that his contribution is being shared with the rest of the world.

E-L-R. Are you ready for some monumental, atmospheric and hypnotic post rock? Be prepared for a musical roller coaster ride up and down the Swiss alpine valleys. E-L-R is here to conquer the world, blow out your ear drums and serve you the sound of the 2020’s. Make sure to be on time for this show, this is just the beginning of something big. 


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