Monday, October 21, 2019

Canadian Riff Wizards WOODHAWK Premiere Next Single "Heartstopper"

New Album "Violent Nature" Out November 1st, 2019

Western Canadian Dates (AB/BC)
(L-R): Turner Midzain – Guitar/Vocals, Kevin Nelson – Drums,  Mike Badmington – Bass/Vocals
Photo Credit: Trevor Hatter

Calgary’s Woodhawk are at it again with a new album being released in November! With it comes their second single "Heartsopper” is premiering via HERE.

The track comes from “Violent Nature”, the band's sophomore album, which steps away from the science fiction themes evident on their previous release 2017's "Beyond The Sun" and takes a more therapeutic turn, as the band explains:

“On previous efforts, we wrote from a science fiction standpoint. It’s where we all were at, at the point in our lives and reflected what we wanted to say and represent. Now, we believe in honesty and find the therapeutic side of music. This album has been an expressive honest view into our lives over the past 2 years.”

Putting a lot of time and production into the new album with producer Jesse Gander (Rain City Recorders), Woodhawk has worked really hard to capture energy and emotion. The second single is an observation of how we all have friends who live different lives from our own. Vocalist/guitarist Turner explains further:

"'Heartstopper' was the first song we wrote for the album and was definitely reworked more than anything else on the record. Usually, we scrap the first few we write until we find our groove. But this one just stuck. It tells the tale of how I have friends who live in completely different worlds and live totally different lives. One one side, I have this friend who has faced every major health complication, someone, their age should ever have faced and perceived. But still has the most positive outlook on life. On the other side, the friends who abuse substances and cheat death to the closest point and have no true appreciation for their own life. The juxtaposition in this situation just kind of hit home with all of us."

For fans of Black Sabbath, The Sword, and Clutch, "Violent Nature" is available for pre-order via the band's Bandcamp.

See Woodhawk live on the following dates: 
Oct 25 - Vancouver, BC - Railway Club
Oct 26 - Kamloops, BC - Pogue Mahones
Nov 2 - Beer Launch Party - New Level Brewing in Calgary
(New Level Brewing and Woodhawk have teamed up to make a Violent Nature Beer! Come down to New Level Brewing, for the beer launch. Woodhawk will be down there all day spinning records, selling merch and drinking the fine nectars they’ve created with New Level Brewing.)
Nov 8 - Calgary, AB - Palomino (Album Release Show)
Nov 9 - Edmonton, AB - Temple w/ The Wild!
Track Listing:
1. Snake In The Grass (4:46)
2. Weightless Light (3:38)
3. Dry Blood (4:30)
4. Heartstopper (4:40)
5. Old Silence (4:46)
6. Clear The Air (5:32)
7. Violent Nature (5:31)
8. As A Friend (4:31)
9. Our Greatest Weakness (6:57)
Album Length: 44:54

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From the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains hails Calgary, AB’s rock n’ roll trio Woodhawk. Masters of the straight-ahead riff rock, Woodhawk blends classic rock influences of Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy with smooth grooves, cranked amps, and heavy-hitting drums. The coalescence of melodious vocals, catchy riffs, and dynamic instrumentation creates a vast soundscape for the listener to explore. With lyrical themes of science fiction and sorcery to more recent themes of struggles and triumph, Woodhawk wears their heart on their sleeve.

Woodhawk began in 2014 with the release of a self-titled EP, followed by the critically acclaimed full length “Beyond The Sun” in 2017. A melodically rich and varied album, steeped in science fiction themes and packed with undeniably catchy riffs, “Beyond the Sun” cemented Woodhawk’s status as a desert rock band with unlimited potential to break through into the mainstream. Rather than taking their freewheelin’ brand of lyrical chrono-metal into the comfortable bracket of factory-produced R’n’R, Woodhawk elected to explore the road less traveled.

Returning to Rain City Recorders in Vancouver, BC during February 2019, Woodhawk worked with Jesse Gander (Anciients, Bison, 3 Inches of Blood, Japandroids, Pack AD) to record their sophomore album “Violent Nature”. Over the course of 2 weeks, Woodhawk tracked their strongest effort yet, producing songs that address the struggles of mental health straight on, and laying it all on the line. Woodhawk’s new material abandons the world of fantasy in pursuit of emotional authenticity and self-discovery.

Our heroes’ quest for clarity and independence has landed them on the precipice of ambition and accomplishment. It’s a true turning point of entry for Woodhawk’s lofty yet assertive life-goals. The elegant anthems and pulsing chords of the next phase in the group’s sonic evolution can scarcely be contained. Grounded with one foot in the present and another in the dynamic future, Woodhawk’s outlook is as boundless as their command of their genre. With the new album due out on November 2, 2019, their intelligence, inventiveness and an uncanny knack for generating timeless tunes are ready to flood the senses and tug at the spirit with an easy-going nonchalance that embraces the audience with confidence and jean-jacketed arms.

Woodhawk features guitarist Turner Midzain, bassist Mike Badmington, and drummer Kevin Nelson. They have taken the stage at the Commodore Ballroom, Sled Island, and UP+DT, in addition to multiple Canadian tours. They have also shared the stage in support of Airbourne, Truckfighters, Elder, and The Shrine. Woodhawk has their sights set on touring North America and Europe to bring their highly energetic and captivating live performance to new audiences.

#12 on National Loud Top 20 for 2017- Canadian College Radio Charts (Earshot) (Album – Beyond The Sun)

The best Canadian metal of 2017: Top 15, according to – #13 – Woodhawk (Album – Beyond The Sun)

“Calgarian riff-riders Woodhawk kicked off the proceedings, hitting all the gritty notes with their raucous roadhouse metal. Propane and Jack flowed freely as the golden western trio woke all them witches with their thematic rock fury.” – Beatroute (AB)

“The riffs are so catchy you’ll be humming them long after you remove headphones and the songs are so good you will be craving the next chance you get to sit down and listen to them again.” – The Sludgelord – Beyond The Sun Review (May 2017)

“Taking influence from bands such as Kyuss, The Sword and Truckfighters. Woodhawk offer a refreshing style of Psych Stoner Metal with moments of Fuzz and Desert Rock that add extra grit to their music.” – Outlaws of The Sun

“Take Red Fang, The Sword and Witchcraft, strip them of nearly all distortion and add a canny knack for catchy as fuck riffs, with a psychedelic edge, and you arrive at the dusty doorstep of Calgarian stoner rockers Woodhawk!” – Worship Metal

Sunday, October 20, 2019

A Sunday Conversation With Drug Hunt

As 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, always when coming across a band that just brings something new and revolutionary to my ears.

What have been your musical epiphany moments?

The first time I heard "Five to One" by The Doors is for sure one of those moments. I didn't really have an appreciation for the 60s, Stones or The Beatles at that time, but when I heard that song it resonated with me. It was this shadowy tribal piece of psychedelia that was visceral, powerful, and moody. Then I find out Jim Morrison was high and getting fellatio while he recorded his vocals and well that's just too much mystique for a 12-year-old mind. There's many others that come to mind, like hearing Sabbath’s "War Pigs," The 13th Floor Elevators’ "Slip Inside this House," or The Tremulant EP by The Mars Volta for the first time. Live epiphanies were also very important; I remember when my brother would take me to punk shows, the juxtaposition of such wildness and cohesiveness in that scene was a formidable religious ecperiencd. The crowd surfing and moshing, getting knocked down and then picked back up by the same guy, and all the community outreach the principals did was inspiring. I still love those records from Crass, Subhumans, Rudimentary Peni, and The Skulls. Penis Envy plays on repeat in my car since I broke my tape deck.

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?

Each song is entirely different, and the process has changed over the last few years. I initially did most of the writing, but as we got to know each other and developed a sound – and a trust in that sound – it’s become more "collaborative" …or as we call it "An Egalitarian Anarchy.” Each member has an equal say and can bring ideas or full fleshed out parts, then the rest of us go about arranging and mixing in our own personality. If the song ultimately doesn't fit our collective interest, usually it will dissipate as each members enthusiasm bows out. Other songs come from jamming; we usually get our practices started with improv, so many times it just grows out of thin air. As for lyrics, that's mainly handled by myself and Jason Meyers (lead singer and guitarist).

Who has influenced you the most?

The band draws from so many influences it's hard to keep track. For me, Omar Rodriguez Lopez was one of my biggest influences in regard to playing guitar. His approach and philosophy towards guitar always made sense to me. I liked that he wasn't the flashy badass blues player or fast finger virtuoso, he tended to treat guitar as textures and a song like a movie. I dig that a lot – the way he drew inspiration from cinema, literature, and art. 

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

I think as you grow as an artist you try to expand your inspiration. I've always enjoyed the extremes. I like wild nights or pensive walks, watching mindless shit or some avantgard film. The trick is to keep your mind firing and stay away from the mundane; people who do the same thing day in and out tend to be boring. Self-examination and change are necessary to recieve inspiration. The motivation comes from finding fun in creating and hopefully being able to do so full time. I hate having to work a day job. I enjoy the chase presented by creating music and art – it’s the exhilaration of failure or success. 

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

San Diego is an enigma. It’s a border town, it’s cross cultural, it has a lot of military influence, big universities, and it’s affluent and growing at a very rapid pace. San Diego is named “America’s Finest City” but is still very seedy, its natural world is gorgeous and has great diversity. You can drive an hour in any direction and be in a different country, beach, desert or mountain. We are a product of this diversity. I’m cognizant of them and champion the differences. Please don't move here though. My rents been raised four times this year.

Where'd the band name come from?

I'd left for a trip through the Anza Borrego desert and told Jason that'd I’d try to come up with a name, because at that time we had a lot of pressure from the label to change our name and it was pushing back the release of the EP. What I came up with was "Medicine Hunt". He said if you're going to call it that we might as well call it “Drug Hunt”. To me it signifies something beyond the simple sex, drugs, and rock and roll connotation it usually takes on. Instead, I take “Drug” to mean something more expansive, because a drug is something that alters the mind. I think the hunt is a quest to find how to alter minds with music, and how to create a show that can inspire an altered state. After many arguments from family, friends and the label itself, the name miraculously survived the onslaught and came out victorious.

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

Quentin Tarintino’s 10th and final film!

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?

Tough choice to make, I’d likely go with "Berketex Bribe" by Crass, since Penis Envy has been on repeat I feel I could rant at length about their virtuos untrained  musicality and incredibly formulated lyrics. Also I just took my brother to see Steve Ignorant play Crass songs and it was insane.

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

 The last time we played Las Vegas would have to be the most spinal tap worthy experience we've ever played. We had a meltdown. A fight broke out on stage, our bassist broke his foot, drumsticks were thrown, and the show ended a third of the way in. 30 minutes later while loading up the van, we reconciled differences, apologized, and were oddly surprised to have audience members wanting to buy merch. They asked, “Was that an act?"  "Do you do that every night?” and applauded such an absurdity with “…that was bad ass”. We ended up procuring our bassist an electric wheel chair, and participating in all kinds of sin city shenanigans. It was bonding at its highest peak and lowest low. A pact was made that night: “This will never happen again… but if it does —  don’t hold back!”

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

No holds bare, we prepare for these shows with a lot of practice and take great care to create an experience with projections, lights, art etc. However, as soon as we are on that stage it's a rock and roll show. We are there to incite a reaction and we do so by moving, hanging from rafters, screaming, handing off our guitars to random audience members, and trying provide a show worthy of leaving your house.

What makes a great song?


Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

It was called "Acrobats" and had a dark folky start, weird psych jam in the middle, and ended with jazzy "Take Five" type outro. There was no chorus and might be the case that the only recording there is of me singing. It took me a long time to understand less is more, and I may still not entirely understand it yet.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

This entire EP is still interesting to my ears, which is a good sign. I think what we made conceptually extends beyond the four songs. It’s cohesive, carries a whole lot of conviction, and articulates what we intended it to. I’m proud of it.

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

I've always been a fan of the John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees – his DIY no bullshit attitude, his evolution and songwriting ethos, as well as his prolific output. He's inspired a whole herd of followers and musicians who remain loyal to him no matter what the new incarnation is. Dwyer is constantly touring, expanding his sound, and putting on energetic shows.

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

Vinyl is superior if you want to live with something. Headphones and vinyl are hard to beat; it makes you pay attention and fall in love. CDs are great if you want to make a mix to put in your car or get romantic with your girlfriend. Digital is one of the easiest ways to dig for things for these days – the worm hole of the algorhythm or the cool playlist people put together is king and undeniably hard to beat.

Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice

Whiskey! it works as a shot, it's refined with an ice cube and adulterated with coke or sour mix. Beer makes me sleepy, whiskey puts a pep in my step …although I'm mainly an agave man.

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?

San Diego, all the homies work at Vinyl Junkies (shout out to Heather and Robb) they're not pretentious, champion the local scene, and are happy to answer questions. They're great people with phenomenal music taste, and collection, they’ll even DJ your events. Folk Arts is also cool if you're looking for some rarities and obscure sounds.

What's next for the band? 

We haven't stopped working since the July 5th release, we've been writing non-stop and are going to be doing some pre-production in a remote cabin to get ready for the full-length record, which we will probably record in December. We'd like to work with Eric Bauer (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall) up in the San Francisco and find a label that might want to collaborate. We are currently free agents. Drug Hunt is releasing the EP digitally in late September, touring in November, and expect the full length out in time for spring and summer touring.

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

Thanks for reading, come to our shows, let us sleep in your living rooms. Thanks, Todd!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Rock Legends Angel Hit Multiple Charts With New Album “RISEN”

Legendary rock band Angel released their critically acclaimed new album “RISEN” on October 4th on Cleopatra Records. The band features original members Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino with Danny Farrow, Charlie Calv, Steve Ojane, and Billy Orrico. They describe the songs from “RISEN” as very diverse ranging from Heavy to very Melodic with real strong hooks featuring many elements of the classic Angel sound.

Angel would like to thank all of their devoted fans as well as Cleopatra records in helping their new album “RISEN” hit multiple Billboard Charts this past week.: #14 Hard Rock Album Sales, #34 Independent Albums, #36 Rock Album Sales, #82 Top Current Albums (Sales), and #98 Top Album Sales!

In Celebration of their new album Angel will be playing some more dates before the years end and getting ready for a full tour in 2020.

Dec 13  Debonair Music Hall  Teaneck, NJ
Dec 14  Stafford Palace Theater  Stafford Springs, CT
Dec 15  Stage West  Scranton, PA

Visit for Tickets and Meet and Greets going on sale soon.

Watch their Lyric video for “We Were The Wild”:

Angel “RISEN” has been garnering amazing rave reviews all over the world!

You can order it now at:

Friday, October 18, 2019

Nuclear sludge duo TUSKAR return with The Monolith Sessions EP on RIFF ROCK RECORDS

The new 3-track live session – recorded with Gallows' producer Steve Sears – is released on 8th November 20019

"It's an open secret that Tuskar need to be be experienced live. This proves, however, they'll crush you in the comfort of your living room, too."

"For being relative newcomers to the game—Tuskar formed in 2016—The Tide, Beneath, The Wall is a big step forward for the band, who are ones to watch."

"The Milton Keynes sludge duo get even heavier on their second EP […] bolstering thick riffs with genuinely inventive drumming.”

Tuskar on Facebook | Bandcamp

Signed to one of the UK’s leading purveyors of psych, doom and stoner rock in Riff Rock Records, Tuskar – Milton Keynes' most sulphurous “Nuclear Sludge” duo – returned in 2018 with one of the year's most critically acclaimed EPs, The Tide, Beneath, The Wall.

No longer new to the fold, despite having only formed in 2016, for vocalist/drummer Tyler Hodges and guitarist Tom Dimmock, The Tide, Beneath, The Wall marked a significant shift in perspective. Recorded by Slabdragger’s Sam Thredder it ushered in a sea change in scope and sound, which, over three chapters captured punishing progressive sludge and savage, sub-world vistas. Soundscapes shaped by moments of dark brooding doom and relentlessly riff-heavy and psychedelically charged movements.

For Hodges and Dimmock the chemistry they share is unshakeable, both live and in the studio, having grown up together listening to the likes of Conan, Sleep and Darkthrone. Still in their twenties both bring an unmistakable energy and ferocity that has marked them out as UK Sludge Metal's most exiting prospects.

This November the boys are back with an EP to showcase just how ferocious they can truly be. Recorded with Gallows' producer Steve Sears, The Monolith Sessions features four tracks of electric, live-wire sludge that for the first time really captures the band's spirit and sound away from the studio.

Released on 8th November 2019, the EP can be pre-ordered in advance directly from Riff Rock Records.

Stream and share the live version of 'Beneath' –

Pre-order The Monolith Sessions by Tuskar HERE
1. The Tide
2. Into The Sea
3. Beneath

Artist: Tuskar
Album: The Monolith Sessions
Label: Riff Rock Records
Release Date: 08/11/18
Format: Digital


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"Like a mad geologist’s spare room, this short record is crammed full of all kinds of species of metal and rock, cramped together in a powerful, multifaceted lump of heaviness."

"A deep sonic voyage through extreme virtuosity; like early Mastodon, The Melvins and Ufomammut."

"The Tide, Beneath, The Wall is not only one of the best EP’s released this year but one of the best records as well."

"One of the best EPs you’ll hear in 2018."

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Dallas' TEMPTRESS Takes Off On Upcoming Tour Dates! Set For Recording Debut Full-Length Album.

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

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

In June, they presented their first three original songs in a debut EP release, 'Temptress', which 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.

Today they share their next run of U.S. tour dates for 2019. These shows are Temptress' last of 2019. The band has completed the writing of all new songs and is scheduled to head into the studio to record their debut full-length album. The EP is available now via Bandcamp and most music outlets for digital download and streaming:

Temptress Fall Tour 2019:

Oct. 17 - Fort Worth, TX @ Lola's (w/ Droids Attack)
Oct. 18 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Blue Note (w/ Wo Fat, Droids Attack)
Oct. 19 - San Angelo, TX @ The Deadhorse

Oct. 26 - Dallas, TX @ 4dwn Skatepark - Blood Fest
Nov. 01 - Tyler, TX @ Clicks Live
Nov. 02 - Arlington, TX @ Division Brewing (w/ Friendship Commanders)
Nov. 15 - Dallas, TX @ Wit's End (w/ Stonecutters)
Nov. 19 - Fort Worth, TX @ Main At Southside (w/ Horseburner)


EP all outlets:

Temptress - "Heavy Woman" video -
(video by Gryphus Visuals)

"With a sound as big as the state they hail from this Dallas/ Ft. Worth quartet throws down some grooving heavy riffs, swirling solos perfectly paired with drums and bass that are heavy, huge and just ooze with power." ~ Outlaw Review

" exercise in turn-it-up-'til-your-ears-bleed thundering party excess. A little bit of Motorhead here, some Girlschool and Montrose there, topped off with a pinch of doom and a cavalier punk rock attitude and wink, the Dallas, Texas unit have come up with a wildly entertaining concoction. I just keep hitting repeat over and over again once the three-track, 13-minute release concludes. One of the best EPs of the year." ~ The Mighty Decibel

"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

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Xroadie Files

Baradj – Hunnar
Djonathan Laidaive – Guitar/Vocals, Anton Lisin – Drums, Aleksey Lozhenkov – Guitar, Ruslan Latypov – Bass

Hunnar growling vocals chugging guitars pounding rhythms just get up and fist pump along. Dunjay melodic guitars then slow melancholic tones before it kicks into death metal music. Khiyal Tulu soft melodies float all around. Attila fats aggressive punch you in the throat metal madness. Kihyal Ildico just close your eyes and drift. Altynchach crunchy guitars searing leads interesting vocals and catchy rhythms. Kihyal Altynchach Toshlare melodic tones just flow thru and around you. Juketawfast heavy garb you and slam you down death. Khiyal Tedrehon slow melodic overtones Tengri just let the music take over you as it grows in heaviness. Khiyal Qubrat Khan acoustic guitars let your imagination run free. Bolgar Dalasy screaming guitars pounding drums thundering bass and growling vocals. Khiyal Boiek Bolgar the melodies run thru your very senses. Khiyal Boygala Ham Laish some excellent acoustic guitar work with interesting sounds.

Sail By Summer – Casual Heaven
Jens Kristian - Keyboards, William Hunt - Vocals

Fetch You Roses soft melodies just flow all around as they envelop you. Facing Dullness close your eyes and just let your imagination take over. The Overcast get up grove and dance to the rhythms. Corner Kid is a melodic song that will have you singing along. Low Tide Exit flowing melodic vocals and guitars that just envelop your senses. Low LowLow floating tones that gather all your senses and take them over with a solid beat. Invisible is a jazz influenced with prog rock stylings.  Lower Your Voice prog rock that just takes you away in your imagination. I Can’t Rely On My Memories a space prog rock adventure.

Barbarian Prophecies – Origin
Oscar Besteiro – Guitar/Vocals, Manuel Riguera – Bass, Julio G Valladares – Drums, Arnt Bunz – Guitar, Alicia – Vocals, Oscar Insua Jumpin – Guest Guitars

Multiple eerie sounds envelop your senses before the crashing rhythms chainsaw guitars and growling vocals pummel you. The Visitor speed thrash death metal that just slams against you like a freight train. Beyond The Threshold slow plodding death metal that just drags you along as the intensity grows. Reincarnation double bass drums thundering bass pounding drums chugging guitars and growling vocals. Path Of The Soul melancholic guitar then the music slowly grows with some scorching leads and solid rhythms before slapping you in the face. Fourth Dimension thundering riffs pounding beats and death metal vocals. Komm Suber Tod melodic classical guitar that just seeps into you. Primal fast heavy hit the pit slam and sweat death metal madness.

Built In Obsolescence – Instar
Bruno Galli – Drums, Valerio Biagini – Bass, Alex Semprini – Guitar, Paolo Sanchi – Vocals, Gianmarco Ciotti – Guitar

Dance Of Falling Leaves dark heavy emotional death metal. Sine Requie melancholic guitars that just flow around the airwaves with melodic vocals. The Wave just close your eyes and let you mind floaw. Ground Launch Sequencer lost in the darkness of space. Project: Almaz rumbling bass chugging guitars thundering drums scorching leads and growling and clean vocals. Watching The Wake melancholic classical sounds pull you in. Sharahas a very catchy rhythm that has you swaying along. Lashes searing leads cut thru you before the song gets heavier and grabs you by the throat. Biotronic takes tour imagination away on one strange trip. AD 9878 chugging riffs thumping bass and a catchy rhythm. Ecdysis an over 9-minute mind trip that will pull you in a won’t let go.

Cyclone Temple – Live Hatred
Brian Torch – Vocals, John Slattery –Drums, Greg Fulton – Guitar, Scott Schafer – Bass

Why grinding heavy guitar overtones pounding drums thundering bass before it jumps you a slams you to the ground. Sister (Until We Meet Again) slow plodding dark chords and beats that kick into overdrive and just slap you.  I Hate Therefore I Am hit the pit slam and sweat till you collapse. March For Me - Die For Me just full on thrash metal madness. Silence So Loud pounding drums thumping bass chugging guitars and yelling vocals that just drag you along. Words Are Just Words fast heavy pounding thrashing metal. Public Enemy rumbling bass pounding drums chugging chainsaw guitars and soaring vocals. Public Enemy has a very heavy riff fist in the air head banging mayhem. Whiskey Voodoo is a heavy blues based mixture of songs. Born To Lose is a slower but still heavy metal anthem. Drug Of The Masses just hang on for a heavy wild ride.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Marillion from a Swedebeast's point of view

Marillion - ''

As writing commenced for what would become '', John Helmer was back as a lyricist. In fact, he had returned for 'Radiat10n' but too late to be featured that album. As the guys settled in to work on ideas and arrangements impending doom struck which could have halted the proceedings completely. Riding home on his bicycle from a session, Pete Trewavas was hit by a car and rushed to the hospital. Surgeries ensued as well as recuperation but Pete was back quicker than expected and the writing session never really stopped. So a possible disaster was thankfully avoided. Once '' was completed and released changes did occur within the camp. This was the first time an official single was not released in conjunction with the full-length. True, 'Deserve' was used as promo single, while 'Rich' was used as a radio release-only in Brazil but those were never intended for mass circulation. At the same time, the three-album distribution deal with Castle Communications was coming to an end. Marillion were reluctant to continue with them and when their manager, Rod Smallwood, via his management company, Sanctuary, bought Castle Communications, the band bowed out and went on their own. So picking the title '', which refers to the band's active use of the Internet to communicate with their supporters from now on, was definitely a sign for the future.

One striking feature on ‘’ is how reflective it is. Steve Hogarth had been going through marital problems during the last few years which was apparent on ‘Radiat10n’. By now he was coming out of that but obviously it coloured his mindset when writing the lyrics. ‘A Legacy’ is a song of contrasts. While the music starts off softly and retains a positive tone throughout, the lyrics are the opposite. Dark and sad it tells the story of a relationship ending, but going separate ways has not resolved much. ‘Deserve’ is a mid-tempo song with some sharp guitar playing from Rothery, his solo especially is great. The whole band kicks in towards the end in a song about making good changes in your life, no matter how hard it is. Ben Castle and Neil Yates guests on sax and trumpet respectively. ‘Go!’ is the first of the reflective-tinted songs. Being alone and pondering about life with the music being delicate, light and airy, like you’re floating on a raft on crystal clear water. Upping the ante somewhat ‘Rich’ sees the band rock it up a little as Hogarth leads us through a story where thinking happy thoughts and having a positive attitude improves your life. Perhaps he is speaking from his own recent experience having seen his marriage dissolve and this is part of mending process? ‘Enlightened’ is a soothing, relaxing feel-good song with a sense of chilling in a nice summer breeze, while enjoying life and closeness with loved ones even though life can be tough.

‘Built-In Bastard Radar’ is a rocker in parts for sure, and even though it goes back and forth in pace the band is firing on all cylinders. Tells about how things many times connects in a cycle, this time in the shape of good guys who are oftentimes overlooked by women who chooses the bad guys. But, once the good guy obtain some kind of fame or stature he treats women the way he was, so what goes around does come around. A lot of acoustic guitar and piano dominates ‘Tumble Down The Years’ which works so well with the reflectiveness of how life turned out the way it did. Over 15 minutes long ‘Interior Lulu’ definitely ties in with the album title and subsequently Internet. Despite being released in 1999 it is very poignant these days, as it deals with how rather bland and non-descript people create online personas which is their exact opposite in real life. Under cover of a computer screen they say things they otherwise never would since the screen prevent proper social interaction. Musically it weaves back and forth between softer harder parts perfectly following the mood of the storyline. Closer ‘House’ is over 10 minutes long and the perfect nighttime song. Kind of jazzy in approach and laidback despite the frustration it portrays. Despite a marriage is over the pain which caused it to end nothing has been resolved. The hurt, the guilt all that brought it on is still there. In a way it ties in lyrically with opener ‘A Legacy’. A coincidence?

To me, the two Steves, Hogarth and Rothery, took the centre stage a lot on this recording. Whether intentional or not can be discussed ad infinitum but they truly stepped up here. However, the backbone of Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas and Ian Mosley is something else. Perhaps more laidback than ever before, the atmosphere they create and the feelings and emotions they conjure, even by the smallest means, enhances everything within each song. What a band, indeed! One thing I really love about ‘’ is how wonderfully Marillion combine polar opposites in many of the songs. Keeping the music calm, soothing and cathartic, in lack of better words, it allows the brain to easier process the darker path the lyrics follows. Another important thing, which has always followed the band, is the extremely high quality they sustain. True, in the past, especially when Hogarth was new and they faced struggles with labels, there were occasionally less inspiring moments yet the band always kept really high standards even for their lows. And now the “new” Marillion was definitely coming together. Personally, I was still in rejection mode when ‘’ was released and obviously had no immediate thoughts about it then. But once I finally obtained a copy, some time after the brilliant ‘Marbles’ came out, I was hooked immediately and, of course, I was still kicking myself somewhat for my ignorance. But that feeling was abating quicker by now as Marillion was back in my life again, this time forever.


Monday, October 14, 2019

Cro-Mags Release “From The Grave”, Limited Edition 7” Vinyl Pre-order

Cro-Mags have delivered another punishing new track of unchecked aggression, “From The Grave.” Led by Harley Flanagan, the new song features legendary Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell. A new three song EP, From The Grave, will be available on December 6th on colored 7” vinyl including four limited-edition variants: clear w/ black smoke, solid yellow, clear orange, and glow-in-the-dark. Pre-orders are available at

Flanagan explains, “Lemmy (Kilmister, Motörhead) came to me in a dream and said ‘Take it back mate, it's yours, you started it’ (on the band’s name). I woke up and knew I had to take the name back, so I did. And I figured since Lemmy gave me my marching orders, I should get his guitarist to play on a new track. Phil immediately said yes and that is why it's called ‘From The Grave,’ and I'm so honored to have him on this song. I first met Phil when we toured with Motörhead on the Orgasmatron tour. He is one of my favorite guitarists of all time and I still can't believe I have him playing on one of my songs. Thank you Phil and thank you Lemmy for making this all happen!”

Campbell adds, “It was a great surprise to hear from Harley after so many years. We hung out a lot during the tour in the eighties. When I heard the track he wanted me to do, I just had to do it. Listen for yourselves!”

Discover “From The Grave” on these Spotify playlists:
New Metal Tracks
New Punk Tracks
Complete Chaos

Discover “From The Grave” on these Apple Music playlists:
Optimus Metallum
Breaking Metal
Breaking Hard Rock

See Cro-Mags performing new music on tour starting next week. Tickets are on sale now.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

A Sunday Conversation With Pat Beers of the Schizophonics

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?

The big one for me was hearing a cassette tape of Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced? when I was 14. Before that I loved oldies and country music, but that was the first time I was completely floored by hard rock. More than 20 year later, I'm still trying to wrap my head around what Jimi was doing.

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?

Commonly it's music first, and I'll kind of sing gibberish until lyrics come. Sometimes we'll even perform news song live with improv vocals to see if they're keepers. I used to hate sitting down and writing lyrics because I've always wanted to come up with every part of the song in motion, but lately I've been really enjoying it. I've gotten more into wordplay recently because it's something you can kind of do in your head at any time, like when you're bored at the laundry mat or DMV or something.

Who has influenced you the most?

Hendrix, Iggy, MC5, James Brown, and Little Richard.

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

The Jackets, the Loons, the Creepy Creeps, the Woggles, El Vez, Kid Congo, and King Kahn all come to mind as current artists who inspire us, especially as live performers. As far as records, I discover a lot of rock and roll hidden gems through Ugly Things Magazine and a garage podcast called Retrospect.

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

Lety and I are from a town in Arizona called Casa Grande. Everything in the desert is sharp and wants to to harm you, so maybe we're like musical cacti.

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

I don't know if I'd be any good at writing a film score. Once in a while I'll Jam along to surreal movies like the Holy Mountain or Paprika.

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?

Maybe You Really Got Me by the Kinks. That guitar sound probably led to so many more beautifully ugly guitar sounds over the years.

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

Like many musicians, I feel like I've lived so many scenes from that movie. The parts where they're opening for the puppet show, or playing at the military dance come to mind. I love the weird gigs the most. We took a gig this summer with El Vez at a Chinese Buffett just because of the absurdity of it. People we're so confused at their tables eating as we played MC5 and Slade songs.

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

I do love playing live, and I think we're more of a live band than a studio band. It doesn't matter to me if people are into it or not, I just enjoy dancing and playing guitar. If I can get people to join in the party it's a plus, but sometimes it puts people off (which can be equally fun!).

What makes a great song?

I have no idea. Whatever it is that makes you want to listen to it on repeat. Whenever I get really into a song, I'll just listen to it over and over until I get it out of my system.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

All I can remember is that is was really bad, as a first song should be.

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

I think the Jackets are writing some great music right now. Their last record mix 70's punk with 60's garage in a way I haven't heard before.

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

Vinyl at home and Digital in the car. 

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

Beer if I'm in the audience, whisky if I'm playing.

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

We live in San Diego. If you're ever there, go to Vinyl Junkies for a good time.

What's next for the band?

We're heading on tour of the US this October-November and releasing a new LP on Halloween. Other than that, we're just working on new songs and making time to enjoy ourselves along the way.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

French stoner/fuzz/garage power-trio Prohibition Dead shared new song "Let Me Live Or Die" // New EP 'Unless You're Afraid To Change' coming out soon.

A few weeks after unveilling the single "Staying Around"; French stoner/fuzz/garage power-trio Prohibition Dead just unveiled a brand new song with "Let Me Live Or Die" available right now on Bandcamp.

Both tracks will be featured on the band's new EP called 'Unless You're Afraid To Change' and coming out on November 1st.

...For the record...

Prohibition Dead has been founded in 2016 by Fab (guitars / vocals), Ben (guitar / vocals) and Phil (drums) all come from rock bands that have been playing on the French scenes for several years.What brought them together ?? Rock.. But not just any ...

Powerful, wild, crunchy, fuzzy rock ... The rock that comes to your mind when you enter the room ... The rock that extends from one musician to another until you touch and invade. Acting by gentle, sweeping waves taking you into the California desert for an erratic stoner trip to meet QOTSA before an electric flurry takes you back to a cymbal shot in a Chicago shed to shake your body off an epileptic song merging the influence of the Blacks Keys and Jack White.

A way to reconcile the East and the West.Despite its few months of existence and after taking the time to compose an entire album, in English, Prohibition Dead has already had the chance to open for Kaleo at the Trianon in Paris and play at Printemps de Bourges.

These life-size tests demonstrated the impact of the group's breath on the audience.Directly For Your Eyes, the band's first album was released on January 24, 2018....

For fans of Queens Of The Stone Age, Red Fang, Triggerfinger, The Black Keys, The White Stripes...

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Moose - Earth Mover

Hailing from Courtland, AL, The Moose are a force to be reckoned with...which is stating the obvious really. Not beating around the bush, they don't spare any punches with their diesel 'n' dust infused rock 'n' roll. Adding a little touch of southern rock, some jammin’ and punk attitude, the band has created a pretty damned good take on heavy music. This is CD is a 50/50 release and with that I mean the first 4 songs are studio recordings while the other 4 were captured live.

The studio section starts off with ‘Bruja’, a heavy yet jammy song with a definitive southern touch. Next up is ‘Spacetrippin’ and god damned, this is excellent spacerock without super-fuzzed out guitars and trippy soundscapes. It is full throttle from the word go until the latter parts when it slows down only for the band to kick in and jam the hell out of the place. ‘Thieves’ follows and is slower and more punishing, kind of like High On Fire but not as fast and with Ronnie Van Zant on vocals. ‘Kung Fu Deathgrip’ goes full steam ahead at a neck breaking pace until The Moose down shifts a touch while retaining their crushing approach.

First out in the live section is ‘Manifesto’ which is a groovy, diesel-smelling jam mayhem. ‘Death’ boogies down, rocking the hell out from start to finish. ‘Step Off’ is a total early 70’s worship, soaked in sharp riffs, groove and debauchery. The song which started this CD gets to end it with a more vicious and raucous take on ‘Bruja’.

I like the split this excellent CD offers, because you can hear how the band translate their studio work to a live setting. Especially since this particular live section is candid and uncensored with whatever that entails. Therefore, mistakes as well as some serious drunken banter walk side by side without being altered, and I love that. The drunken part also translates into an unruly and untidy – in parts – performance but that’s great since it brings out the feel-good vibe and electricity The Moose exudes…and that makes for a great recording!

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