Thursday, January 31, 2019

Oakland Heavy Rockers, War Cloud, Hit the Road to SXSW; New Album in the Works

Oakland California, heavy rockers, War Cloud, set to hit the road to SXSW and finish work on their new album, "State of Shock."  In the process, they welcome their new guitarist Jesse Serrano to the fold. Jesse, a very physical guitar presence, replaces the departed Tony Campos.  Jesse's unconventional style makes him a uniquely talented shredder, he'll bend the neck and body of his guitar and pull springs with his picking hand to make electrifying sounds.

Meanwhile, Jesse features strongly into the recording of the new album "State of Shock."  The album crosses over many genres of hard rock and heavy metal, raging through thrashing, chugging, and riffing, but also takes some lighter approaches to the new material. The overall theme has a strong tie to a war-time mentality: combat, despondency, and triumph. "State Of Shock" is all about fast and fun driving rock and roll but you can expect some equally dark undertones.   The album is scheduled for a release date in Sept 2019.

Album Title: State Of Shock

Upcoming tour dates

2.9 Peri’s - Fairfax, CA
2.15 Siren’s Song - Eureka, CA
2.16 Kenton Club - Portland, OR
2.17 The Valley - Tacoma, WA
2.23 Vinnie’s - Concord, CA

3.7 Shea’s Tavern - Reno, NV
3.8 The Beehive - Salt Lake City, UT
3.9 Bar Bar - Denver, CO
3.10 Elbow Room - Wichita, KS
3.11 Gas Monkey - Dallas, TX
3.13 Black Smoke Conjuring SXSW Maggie Mae's - Austin, TX
3.14 Freetown Boom Boom - Lafayette, LA
3.15 Rudyard’s - Houston, TX
3.16 Faust Tavern - San Antonio, TX
3.17 Rockin’ Cigar Bar - El Paso, TX
3.19 Surly Wench - Tucson, AZ
3.20 The Quarry - Bisbee, AZ
3.21 Vamp’d - Las Vegas, NV
3.22 Tower Bar - San Diego, CA
3.23 Roadhouse - Palm Springs, CA

4.13 Elbo room, Oakland, CA
4.19 Rocky Mountain Riff Fest, Kalispell, Mt

5/2 - 5/6 Recording at Louder Studios in Grass Valley, CA

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Xroadie Files

Firewolfe – We Rule The Night
David Fefolt – Vocals, Nick Layton – Guitar/Keyboards, Bobby Ferkovich – Bass, Jay Schellen – Drums

We Rule The Night wolves howling a grooving metal riff powerful vocals and great solid rhythms. The Devil’s Music eerie melodic guitars emotional vocals and solid beats just close your eyes and drift along. Late Last Night pounding drums thunder bass chugging guitars screaming leads and powerful vocals. A Senator’s Gun close your eyes and just float along with some emotional guitars and vocals. Long Road Home awesome leads that just pierce thru you a fist pumping rhythm and great powerful sing along vocals. Who’s Gonna Love You? Screaming lead guitar that makes you wanna get the air guitar out and play along then a slow grooving rhythm has an old school Whitesnake feel.  Ready to Roll is an up tempo fist pumping head banging metal anthem. Betrayal’s Kiss eerie and moody with a mid-eastern feel just drift along. Luck Of The Draw guitars and keyboards that just reach into your very soul and get ready to head bang and sing along. Dream Child great guitars excellent drums thundering bass and soaring powerful vocals.

Revolution Highway – ST
David Fefolt – Vocals, Stavros Papadopoulos – Guitar, John Christopoulos – Bass, Chris Lagios – Drums

Renegade screaming guitars to just pierce thru you powerful bluesy vocals with a Led Zeppelin feel.YoundAnd Wild fist in the air head banging hair flyin metal magic. Into The Darkness grab your air guitar and rock out pounding drums thundering bass screaming guitars and powerful vocals to just make your day. The Streets Of Hollywood hit the groove in this song and just get enveloped till the last note. Rollin’ Train has a bluesy feel that just hits the groove and keeps going. Sister Of the Devil a slow grinding groove with tone of emotional playing. I Need Your Love take a trip back to the great days when blues based rock metal was king. All The Way Down get out the air guitar and just jam along as you sway to the riff and groove along. Know Mercy Know Love a very catchy drum beat thumping bass crunchy guitar and soulful vocals to just groove to. Lose You Again blues based metal that just pierces the very soul. Revolution Highway emotional melodic guitar very powerful soulful vocals that just builds in intensity till the end with some amazing musicianship.

Metal Church – Damned If You Do
Mike Howe – Vocals, Kurdt Vanderhoof – Guitar, Rick Van Zant – Guitar, Stet Howland – Drums, Steve Unger – Bass

Damned If You Do interesting vocal intro then a fist pumping metal riff kicks in with pounding drums and thunder bass just bang your head. The Black Things melodic melancholic guitars hit the pit and slam away metal chugging guitars and screaming leads interesting and catchy as well. By The Numbers get your fist in the air just pump and head bang as the riff grabs ahold and won’t let go. Revolution Underway emotional guitars a riff that just sticks in your head for days and great vocals with some amazing musicianship. Guillotine hard heavy grind you into the ground riffs and rhythms with emotional vocals and chugging guitars. Rot Away hop in your car or on your bike and just crack the tunes as you speed on down the road. Into The Fold close your eyes and just drift with the guitars till the heavy rhythm kicks in and just makes you get up and slam away. Monkey Finger get your fist in the air pumping away and bouncing to the catchy metal rhythm as you sing along. Out Of Balance fast heavy in your face metal magic. The War Electric pounding drums thundering bass chugging guitars screaming leads and powerful soaring vocals.

DiAmorte – The Red Opera
Drake Mefestta – Vocals/All Instruments, Mike LePond – Bass, Alina Gavrilenko – Vocals, Michael Romeo – Guitar, Markus Johansson – Guitar, Armenia Sarkissan – Vocals, GiampaulAndrianopoulos– Vocals

Welcome To The Shadelands classical overtones that just float around. Scarlet Mercy melancholic music with spoken words and operatic vocals before a chugging crunchy riff kicks in and some interesting tempo changes. Everlasting Night emotions drift up from the black abyss and just devour you. Ashes And Sorrow soft female vocals and piano with a lilting feeling slowly building into a death metal frenzy. Lovesong Of The Damned close your eyes and just drift along into a more gothic death metal musical. Interlude: Fayte’s Aria soft classical playing and operatic vocals. Theme Of The Betrayer melancholic feelings flow thru you as they build to a crescendo. Savior Nevermore I: The Confrontation emotions flow all around you as they lift you up before grabbing you and pulling you into the black abyss. Savior Nevermore II: The Devouring Shadow many highs and lows that will take you on a musical journey. Vae Victis over 13 minutes of classical operatic gothic death power one epic trip.

Misty Grey – Chapter II
Robin -  Bass, Javi – Drums, Juan Guitar, Beau – Vocals

Spellbound has a very slow moody feel that just pulls you along before a heavy riff and soulful vocals kicks in. Strangers On A Train blues based stoner rock to just groove along to. Psycho take a trip back to the early 70s when Sabbath was king of the metal scene just close your eyes and drift along. Rebecca get up and just sway and groove as you sing along and trip to the music. Frenzy evil death and destruction pulls its self from the underground and devours the earth. The Wrong Man slow plodding eerie music with soulful vocals and great musicianship. Among The Dead close your eyes and just take a demented musical journey.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Bobbie Morrone - Lonely St.


Bobbie Morrone launched his music career in approximately 2007. Since then, he has recruited two other musicians; Isaac Vining (drums/percussion), and Adam Skinner (bass guitar), who create a mix of blues, soul and pop music.

Coming on like James Taylor at times, Morrone has a cool, and casual 70s vibe going on throughout this album. Every song feels like something that could be a single, some faster, some slower like the amazing “Holding On,” but they are all terrific. “Holding On” really has powerful emotion and could bring a tear to dead man’s eye, just a beautiful slow song that is a stand out to me. The playing is just exemplary on this album, you can hear and feel the rawness of the emotions and love for this music in every note. Morrone’s vocals are sweet and tender, filled with heartache and the band really gives off the 70s vibe with a great turn on “I Can’t Fall That Far (Intro)" and the vocal song following.

This was a complete surprise to me, not having heard of him before, but now he has a new fan in me and if you take a listen, hopefully in you as well. A collection of amazing songs to bring a tear of sadness and joy to your heart.

-Rick Ecker

Monday, January 28, 2019

Fistful Of Questions With Grim Darkthrone Of Cult Of Osiris

Self-proclaimed black metal addict.  Bjork enthusiast.  Musician.  Label boss.  Cat lover?  This edition of Fistful of Questions comes to you all the way from the “jewel of the north (England)” courtesy of the headman at Cult of Osiris.    
What is your full name?

Grim Darkthrone

Do you have an aliases?

Boss (Danthor Wildcrow from Uten Håp calls me that…)

Tell me about one of your first musical memories.

Listening to Green Day ‘Dookie’ at a friends, initially to laugh at the swear words and then thinking wait, this actually rocks. Was hooked shortly afterwards.

What was the first instrument that you played?

Guitar. I sucked at it. I tend to stick to vocals, if you can call it that.

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

Nova Bomb. Terrible name.

How would describe Nova Bomb’s sound?

Nu Metal meets Hardcore meets Traditional Metal.

Are you currently active in any bands?

Nova Bomb keep threatening to reform. We never do. I made some trance/pop music as Ambient Rain (next single out 4th of March). Me and Danthor are working on a old school hardcore punk band called Utter Defiance. We should have a demo ready this year.

When did you start Cult of Osiris?

I started Cult of Osiris after hearing Uten Håp. I reached out and asked if I could release something. They said yes. I put the wheels in motion. This was maybe June last year.

What is the inspiration behind the name Cult of Osiris?

Osiris was the God of rebirth (and many other things) in ancient Egypt. I had just closed my cassette label down but couldn’t quite quit music for good. This felt like a rebirth… I was also writing a book on my life philosophies that I never finished (I might this year) and Cult of Osiris was to be the title as that was about personal rebirth.

Tell me more about the cassette label. 

I used to run Old Lion Recordings. We did 5 records before I realised that cassette only was going to cost me too much money. Met some ace people and that led to Cult so...

Tell me about the One compilation that you recently released.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with 13 amazing Black Metal bands. I love old school mix tapes. Sadly, they are very dead. I wanted to release one for a couple of reasons, 1) because I miss them. 2) it is a great way to promote the label and many of our great bands all in one go. I can’t thank everyone who took part enough - I love it. I hope people do too.

What can we expect from Cult of Osiris in 2019?

In no particular order we will be releasing EPs by Order of the Wolf and ForbiHavet. We will be releasing full length albums by Uten Håp and Wintercrown. We will be venturing into cassettes and releasing a compilation of work by Verwulf Tyrant and a Apothecary/Uten Håp split. We also have a few more records in the works but I can’t give details yet as the deals are not finalized.

Do you have any non-metal musical inspirations?

I am inspired by Counting Crows, Ryan Adams, loads of hardcore bands…

Name three hardcore albums that I have to hear. 
Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come.
Bent Life - Never Asked For Heaven.
Hatebreed - Rise of Brutality.

What two things should people absolutely know about Leeds, England?

It truly is the jewel of the North. The people are amazing. There is a vibrant Magic The Gathering scene here. I love it.

What is the music scene like in Leeds?

Fantastic. There is something for everyone. Temple of Boom does great Metal and Hardcore shows. Even the Arena here is class. If you love music, you will love Leeds.

Would a metal album with all Bjork covers be something that you’d consider releasing?

Yes. I love Bjork. I have all her albums. I saw her in Manchester and it was one of the most amazing live experiences. I love how she never sits still. She is always pushing boundaries. Sometimes that does miss the mark in quality of output but when she gets it right, she is untouchable.

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

I am happy right here helping these great bands get out there.

The year is 1999.  Where are you at and what are you listening to? 

I was in and out of Barnsley’s rock and metal clubs and pubs. I was a die hard Nu-Metal fan. I would’ve discovered hardcore and more extreme noise by then though too. The wheels were in motion. I was also in my band so maybe we were at a gig?

If you could only listen to one Nu-Metal album for the rest of your days which one would it be?

Deftones - Around The Fur.

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

Maybe 2 days tops. We are privileged in this country that most of us have the ability to wash daily. We should take advantage of that.

What is the last concert that you went to?

Abigail Williams. It was great.

Darkthrone or Pig Destroyer (if you had to choose)?

Darkthrone all day. I don’t care for Pig Destroyer. The first 3 Darkthrone albums are sheer class.

Favorite Counting Crows song?

Tough. Anna Begins. I guess…

Favorite book?

The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Favorite movie?

Fight Club or Pulp Fiction. I can never choose.

Favorite album?

August and Everything After by Counting Crows.

Favorite meal?

I like these all you can eat meat places that have popped up. Take me to one of those…

Favorite guilty pleasure?

I don’t feel guilty about anything that I enjoy doing. I am here to enjoy myself.   (Hell yes.  That’s a great fucking philosophy man.)

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

Sunday, January 27, 2019


California metal trio CASTLE have announced a slew of tour dates in support of their newest album, Deal Thy Fate, released Oct 20, 2018 by Ripple Music.

The upcoming U.S. dates, which feature stops at Black Smoke Conjuring SXSW showcase in Austin, TX and the NYDM Spring Bash in Milwaukee, WI, will kick off with a weeklong run to Texas in March followed by a three-week trek to the East Coast in April/May.

In addition, CASTLE have also been confirmed for the inaugural Monolith On The Mesa taking place in Taos, NM on May 17-18 alongside OM, The Obsessed and others, as well as this year’s edition of Northwest Terror Fest in Seattle, WA on May 30 - June 2.

Deal Thy Fate was recorded by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis) at Hallowed Halls in Portland, Oregon last spring and is currently available at the Ripple Music web shop here.

The band’s fifth album follows 2016’s critically-lauded Welcome To The Graveyard and builds on the stripped-down sound of its predecessor, pushing the envelope of classic metal with epic songs that hearken back to fuzzier times while keeping the pedal down on their own hard-edged, modern sound.

Check out CASTLE’s newest video for the track Red Phantom here.

Tour Schedule:

3/13 - Austin, TX @ Black Smoke Conjuring (SXSW)
3/14 - San Antonio, TX @ The Mix
3/15 - Houston, TX @ Rudyards
3/16 - Arlington, TX @ Division Brewery
3/17 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Blue Note

4/16 - Wichita, KS @ Elbow Room
4/17 - Minneapolis, MN @ tba
4/18 - Milwaukee, WI @ NYDM Spring Bash
4/19 - Indianapolis, IN @ Black Circle Brewing
4/20 - Detroit, MI @ Smalls
4/22 - Canton, OH @ Buzzbin
4/23 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers
4/24 - Kingston, NY @ The Anchor
4/25 - Worcester, MA @ Ralph's Rock Diner
4/26 - Montpelier, VT @ Charlie O's
4/27 - Portland, ME @ Geno's Rock Club
4/28 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
4/29 - New York, NY @ The Kingsland
4/30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
5/1 - Washington, DC @ Atlas Brew
5/2 - Cincinnati, OH @ The Hub
5/3 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies
5/4 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
5/5 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
5/18 - Taos, NM @ Monolith On The Mesa
5/30 - Seattle, WA @ Northwest Terror Fest

Look for more CASTLE news and live dates coming throughout 2019!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

A Ripple Conversation With Greg Blachman Of Static Tension

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?

Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” is one that comes to mind.  The vocal starts out so powerful and confident that it just grabs you immediately.  The guitar then follows suit equally as powerful in a seemingly odd meter, yet somehow grounded by Bonham’s booming kit.  This is the track that that not only turned me on to Zeppelin, but promoted me to pick up the guitar.  The rest is history. 

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?

Most often there is a lyric idea combined with a riff that starts the song, and the rest is built around that.  Sometimes it’s a whole chorus, and other times just a line or a few words.  Upon that we build a theme and expand upon the riffs to form parts, then we structure those parts into a song. 

Who has influenced you the most?

Jimmy Page, John Petrucci, Tony Iommi, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Ritchie Blackmore, to name a few. 

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

Music is an outlet and a form of expression for me.  As long as I’m living and experiencing the ups and downs of life I will always be inspired to create music. 

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

Honestly we’ve never really fit into the “scene” here much in Cincinnati.  We’re doing our own thing in a very untraditional way which has caused us some challenges to gain local momentum.  For that reason I don’t really feel Cincinnati has impacted our music much at all. 

Where'd the band name come from?

I used the name Static Tension years ago in my band in high school and always liked the name.  It represents a constant feeling of angst which very much fits my personality.  The name is also loosely inspired by the band “Liquid Tension Experiment” which was a band I was listening to a lot at the time I came up with the name. 

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

That sounds like a job lol.  I guess whatever pays the most royalties. 

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?

Serpentine.  It’s one of our most epic tunes with a lot of various elements to discuss. 

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

Once a drunk fan asked us if we’d like to go to a nearby cemetery and throw apples at cars passing by.  We respectfully declined. 

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

The great thing about playing live is the adrenaline and the energy in the room.  The audience is what makes a show great and we’re just doing what we always do. 

What makes a great song?

A great song will make the listener experience some strong emotion, and take their mind to another place. 

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

Wow that would take me way back.  I think the first song I wrote was called “The Price You Pay” written when I was 13.  It was pretty terrible, but not bad for a 13 year old.  It had a weird keyboard solo that didn’t fit at all lol. 

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

I’m proud of it all for various reasons.  I have no regrets on any of the music I’ve released.  Some personal favorites are “Shame”, “Out Of Reach”, “No Return”, and “Serpentine”. 

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

Dream Theater is from another planet.  The musicianship is just unreal and will always serve to keep my ego in check. 

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

I grew up on CDs and I still enjoy having something tangible, so that would be my choice.  I haven’t gotten in to vinyl collecting but I can understand the appeal. 

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

Whiskey.  Old fashions in particular are my beverage of choice.  Takes the edge off more quickly than beer. 

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?

Cincinnati, OH.  Check out Shake It Records and Everybody’s Records. 

What's next for the band?

Promoting our new album “Ashes To Animation” and supporting shows. 

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

Have a good time, all the time.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Rod Stewart/Faces - Live Coast to Coast: Overture and Beginners

Here at the Ripple Effect, we write about the things that we love. There are no negative reviews here, we are only sending positivity out into the cosmos. Until, that is, you write a lovingly crafted four thousand word essay about your favorite porn actress and all the things she does that you love about her. That gets you a terse message from Racer along the lines of, “Don't you EVER do anything like that again”. Message received, boss.

Given that I have written since 2011, and I'm a huge Rod Stewart fan, and this is one of my favorite live albums of all time, I am shocked that I haven't written this one up before. As I sat listening to this album on a rainy Saturday afternoon recently, I realized that somehow in almost 8 years of writing about things I love I had never written about this album. I'm not the brightest bulb but sooner or later I light up all the way.

I understand that this is probably not going to make anyone else's top 5, or 10, or 50 live albums, but this one is very endearing to me. I have always loved Faces and this set of songs captures them very well. Although they did much to perpetuate their reputation as a bunch of drunken louts, they really wrote some great songs and they were top notch arrangers of cover tunes. Reading the liner notes, you also realize that they all had a wicked sense of humor. And did I mention that they could really play? Look at who came out of this band. We all know Rod Stewart, but there's also Ronnie Wood, who has done alright for himself with a little band called the Rolling Stones. Kenney Jones went on to play drums for the Who. Ronnie Lane, who sadly had left the band by the time of this recording, had a great career before and after Faces, and even more sadly is no longer with us. Not a bad list of alumni.

It's no surprise that this a rocker of an album, but there are some surprises on the R&B tunes here. These guys were a very good R&B band, and even tackle a blues number. The pacing is very good with numbers that go all out and then songs that come along to slow things down nicely. Rod Stewart is a great front man and his banter in between songs is almost worth the price of admission alone. His last quip after the very last note has faded is, “Thank you for your time and your money.” At least he's honest.

There are a couple of medley jams on the album that really highlight Ronnie Wood's guitar playing, and if you've ever considered him as just a rhythm guitar player who lucked into a couple of great gigs, these might change your mind. Ian McLagan on the keys has the boogie woogie flowing at full tilt throughout and Kenney Jones has that kind of drumming style that seems a little understated, but if you really listen you realize that he is doing some really sweet stuff behind the kit. It all comes together really well and it does capture a band that was well known for having fun on stage doing exactly that. This is a band of pro's pros who had a lot of fun playing together and brought a lot of joy to fans around the world. So yeah, it's not “Live At Leeds” or “Strangers In The Night”, but its a terrific album nonetheless, and it wouldn't kill you to spend 45 minutes with it at least once in your life. I bet it will make you smile.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Xroadie Files

Trapped Under Ice Vol 1 – The New Face Of Canadian Heavy Metal

Bands – Traveler, Metalian, Cauchemar, Occult Burial, Starlight Ritual, Freeways, Barrow Wight, Spell, Blackrat, Emblem

Songs – Betrayer fast heavy fist pumping metal to just bang your head to. Streets Of Fire hit the pit and slam away as you head bang. Comme Un Poignard has a riff that just grabs you and makes you move and groove to it. Fight For Survival grab your air guitar and just rock out with some catchy riffs. Demons spoken words heavy riffs screaming guitars pounding rhythms and soaring vocals. Heavy Rescue is a fist in the air sing along catchy riff tune. Morgul Blade fast heavy in your face metal mayhem. Silent Towers scorching leads galloping rhythms and melodic vocals. From the Tideless Sea eerie sounds surround you then pummel you into submission. Fast Rocker searing guitars thundering beats powerful vocals.

Vhaldemar – Shadows of Combat
Carlos Escudero – Vocals, Pedro J Monge – Guitar, Adolfo WB – Bass, Gonzalo Garcia – Drums, JonkolTera – Keyboards

Rock City pounding drums thundering bass chugging guitars a fist pumping rhythm and great sing along vocals. Black Thunder sounds of thunder a fast heavy riff that just garbs you as you speed on down the road. Danger Street soaring vocals fist in the air riffs just hit the floor and slam away as you sing along. The Rest Of My Life grab you air guitar and just jam away to some classic metal. Beginning an eerie collection of sounds and emotions. Shadows of Combat fist pumping head banging foot stomping metal to just hit the floor running and never stop. The Old Man will have the entire crowd up bouncing head banging and sing along to one crunchy rhythm. Old Kings Vision (IV) spoken words and sounds of adventure soaring vocals searing guitars and thundering rhythms. The Power Of The Night heavy metal riffage that just grabs ahold and won’t let go get ready to rumble. End Of The World evil spoken words fast speed power metal guitars thundering bass pounding drums and soaring vocals. Metal & Roll sounds of a motorcycle engine then hop on and just jam on down the road to one memorable tune.     Oblivion melodic acoustic guitar. King Of the Night will grab you and have your placing a fist in the air as you head bang and sing along this song will stick with you for days.

Pulchra Morte – Divina Autem Et Aniles
Jeffrey Breden – Guitar, Jarrett Pritchard – Guitar – Jason Barron – Vocals, Clayton Gore – Drums, Dylan Kilgore – Bass

Give No More, heavy riffs tribal best thundering bass deep growling vocals that just rip you to shreds. Black Ritual crunchy guitars pounding drums thundering bass and deep vocals that just make you wanna hit the pit and slam away. Soulstench slow doomy stoner metal that will just drag you along with it. Ignis Et Tempestaseerie classical sounds. Fire And Storm heavy pounding Sabbath style riffs that just slice thru you. Thrown To The Wolves close your eyes and be transported to a land of evil and destruction. Reflection Of A Drowning Sun fist in the air foot stomping death stoner metal mayhem. Shadows From The Cross slow riffs and rhythms just take you over and steal your soul. IX just a slow plodding drag you with it eerie song with evil intent. When Legends Die just take a strange moody trip thru your mind.

Skraeckoedlan – Eorbe
Tim Angstrom – Bass, Martin Larsson – Drums, Robert Lamu – Vocals/Guitar, Henrik Gruttner – Guitar

Guldaldern strange sounds for your brain to trip away with just close your eyes and drift then a solid catchy rhythm comes in and takes over. Kung Mammut tribal beats that just make you get up and move with a crunchy rhythm. Creature Of Doggerland prog metal stylings with some interesting and excellent musicianship. Angelica some excellent drums for an intro then get up dance and sing along. Mammutkungens Barn low bass rumbles thru you, drums that slowly meld in then a crunchy chugging rhythm with some great vocals. Elfenbenssalarnamelodic guitar floats along the airwaves then the song grows in intensity as the other instruments come together. TentaklerOchBetarmoody progressive music with lots of great playing and singing. AngraMainyujust close your eyes and take a very strange trip thru time and space. PeggysSnngjust a strange trip of a tune.

Cold Sweat – Break Out (Remastered)
Anthony White – Drums, Erik Gamans – Guitar, Rory Cathey – Vocals, Marc Ferrari – Guitar, Chris McLernon – Bass

Four On the Floor get ready for some fist in the air sing along emotional metal with screaming guitars and soaring vocals. Cryin’ Shame will have the entire crowd up grooving and swaying to the catchy rhythm. Lovestruckjust get up and bounce and sing along as you play air guitar and just rock out. Waiting In Vain close your eyes and just drift along to some amazing melodies and vocals. Take This Heart Of Mine will get stuck in your brain for days very catchy and memorable. Killing Floor is a very blues based metal song with tone of great musicianship. Riviera/Long Way Down starts with a mellow acoustic/electric guitar intro the a fist pumping riff kicks in with great drums bass guitars and powerful vocals. Let’s Make Love Tonight get out the air guitars and just get ready to rock out. Fistful Of Money great bluesy song with an Aerosmith feel. Jump The Gun awesome slide guitar soaring vocals and a run you over rhythm.I Just Want To Make Love To You excellent cover of the Muddy Waters classic that Foghat made famous.


Monday, January 21, 2019

A Ripple Conversation With Tommy Stewart of Negative Wall

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?

Two in particular came straight to mind, hearing The Beatles at a showing of the movie "Help!" when I was 7. Disney records became silly, quick. And then hearing Deep Purple 'Smoke on the Water' on a 7"single I bought randomly when I was 12. This led to a love for blues styled rock and that turned into metal eventually.

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 write different ways. But mainly keep an ongoing book of poetry that is easily turned into song lyrics. I sit around playing my bass looking forn riffs or they just fall in my head. Then I try to match them up with a lyric. On a few occasions, it simply fell in my lap immediately and together. Horrorshow by Hallows Eve, and Shadow in the Well, a single from Tommy Stewart's Dyerwulf were immediate. I wrote and recorded the bass and drum tracks live in one take the song Lilith Crimson Deep from the self titled 'Tommy Stewart's Dyerwulf in 30 minutes in my studio. Those were gifts. Negative Wall came easy too, but more thought in arrangement.

Who has influenced you the most?

Black Sabbath, hands down.

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

Sometimes film soundtracks or modern classical for music. For lyrics, whatever is happening to me.

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

One thing is that it's usually hot and way humid where I live in Atlanta GA! And, no, I didn't get used to it even though this is my home for life. I truly think that's why there is so much sludge metal here and why even the other forms of metal or rock here are mostly medium paced. Think mastodon, Hallows Eve, Baroness. Dammit, we're hot and tired. We can go fast a little while, but then we need some porch n mint julep time or a nap. It's an amusing thought, but that's my theory.

Where'd the band name come from?

Negative Wall all came from Georgia, USA

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

My own story probably.  I haven't thought about that, maybe I'll have to write one so I can put music to it. I would say if it's fantasy, it would probably take place in space. Now you've done it. It's going to happen.

You now write for a music publication (The Ripple Effect?).  You're going to write a

1,000 word essay on one song. Which would it be and why? I could do that for several songs I've written. I may do a psych evaluation for the song Hybrid Genus Serpentis by Negative Wall because I had no idea I was that weird. All my songs till that had been about real things that happened to me. The first time I wrote fantasy startled me about myself. Otherwise I might write about Pink Floyd, "Atom Heart Mother". I could write 1000 words about that one.

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

Toronto 1987, we really could not figure out the way to the stage from under a theater. I don't know when the movie came out, but when I finally saw it, I laughed.

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

The best experience is when they sing the words to your songs back to you. I get flooded with the memory of humbly writing lyrics on a brown paper bag or back of a receipt and then the experience of sharing it with the band, rehearsing it, releasing it, and then an audience sang it back to me! It's so humbling that anyone gave a shit that I had a little moment emotional enough to scratch something down one day while walking down a street.

What makes a great song?

For me it's when I truly write exactly what I feel. When listening to others, it's when I have an emotionally connected experience with that song, as if it's part of the soundtrack of my life.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

It was called "I Hate Everything". It was literally a list of everything I hate. It didn't rhyme or anything, it was just a straight list.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

Lately, "Hybrid Genus Serpentis" by Negative Wall. Because I like the music, the arrangement, the lyrics, I produced it and it came out exactly how we wanted.

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

Oceans of Slumber is my favorite band for 2018. Everything is perfect in the album 'Winter' is why.

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

Vinyl is the best format because you get a big peice of art to look at and it's the way it ought to be. CD's are handly, I guess, I like digital for carrying into the car. But vinyl rules and should be supported the ost.

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

Sometimes together! Bombs away! Regularly beer. I like bubbles, number one. Then why not coke? Too sweet and syrupy. I like all the flavors and choices. I mainly drink brown and darker beers. I do like some of the fruity ones, not many. I do not like sour and hoopy beers.

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?

Wax n Fax in Little Five Points for variety and interesting stuff. But I would take the hour n half drive over to Athens and go to Shadebeast Music for record store full of metal. That's really the one!

What's next for the band?

Negative Wall's release date for the sci-fi themed 'Gammagelu' is February 8, 2019, but the pre-sale is on now at Black Doomba Records bandcamp. You will get extra goodies if you order during pre-sale. Touring may happen in Fall 2019

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

Thank you in advance if you take the time to check out Negative Wall.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Manchester Bluesy Doom Trio 1968 Offer Up New Album Ballads of the Godless in Conjunction with Ripple Music

UK heavy-groove rock band 1968, whose output fits nicely alongside everything from early Orange Goblin to the latest riffscapes from Sergeant Thunderhoof, is not a band to lie down when things get tough.

Having released two EP in 2015 and '17 via Black Bow Records, the Sabbathian trio was gearing up to drop their latest full-length last year when the unexpected collapse of their new lable left them with vinyl at the pressing plant and no imprint to shepherd the record to the world.

The result?

Onward and upward to bigger and better things, of course.

The band wasted no time and plowed ahead with a well-organized self-release of the album, Ballads of the Godless, a record Ripple Music is excited to help present.

"The album is amazing," says Ripple CEO Todd Severin, who stepped in to offer assistance to a number of bands in the wake of the aforementioned label shuttering.

Ripple is pleased to offer up Ballads of the Godless to the world via its webstore here, with copies also available via the band's own Bandcamp store.

Keep an eye and ear out for more developments along these lines, as additional cooperation between Ripple and more casualties of this label closing will be revealed in 2019.

Accolades for 1968 Ballads of the Godless:

"Psychedelic rock mushed in with a thick Wo Fat sort of sound... 1968‘s style runs a wide mile between the most high of stoner/doom metal and fairly typical neo-psych infused modern stoner rock." - Grizzly Butts

"If your recipe for music includes bass driven riffs, exquisitely volatile guitars seasoned with a hint of psychedelia? Then you might be hard pressed to find a better album this year." - Devils Gate Media

"Taking you across lands of meth labs and moonshine, tailgates and tanlines Ballads Of The Godless is a sort of very English take on the stoner rock movement. It's thoughtful and exotic, weird and over the top but still steeped in tradition." - Two Guys Metal Reviews

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Bandcamp Bonanza – 089

This feature costs me more money than you would imagine. What I mean is, I bought half these albums as I was writing about them just now. Now I do get a lot of promotional codes sent to me by bands, but my habit requires just as much spending as I get for free and it’s all in the spirit of rock n roll and supporting the good thing we got going right now in the music world. I dropped $30 just here tonight adding a few of these to my collection, as I was digging in my wishlist for some lingering albums as my addiction overpowered my budgetary control. The way I look at it is I’ll just stick to free work coffee for the next week or two and the music will pay for itself. Check em out. This was a real strong week.

TrYangle - Wolf
Damn, this is some wicked shit! It has a brooding progressive edge that I can’t get over. The vocals are intriguing with a twisted melody and a grinding fuzz leaving you in awe as to what’s coming next. For those looking for something fresh here’s your chance! Well done guys.

Thunderbird Divine – Magnasonic
Megasonic not only plows us with hard charging distortion, but emits a cloud of multi-dimensional fuzz boosting its impact into divine territory. The layers of surprise buried deep within the heavy block of steel riffs thrust with cosmic force and plutonic origin.

Aunt Cynthia’s Cabin – Mud Room #13
God damn this sounds promising. Although there is 4 more songs coming with the full release slated for February 8th, 2019 its worth your money to buy it now just for the song ‘Arrows’ alone.
The Southern CA jammers forge a garage rock ecstasy complete with bone chilling twang and soul piercing tempo. Mud Room #13 shakes the silty haze of psych free from your stoned and weary mind with its mountainous spirit and transcendental flow.

The Dalton Correction – Beware of Yahara
The Dalton Correction kind of hit me out of nowhere. A random find I stumbled upon. What caught my eyes and ears was obviously the descriptions of the band and the availability of vinyl. Buenos Aires, Argentina has somewhat of a killer heavy psych scene and the entire continent of South America for that matter embellishes in a tribal, ethnic sort of vibe. I found myself listening to this via my wishlist quite frequently this week. Although I cannot decipher the lyrics within the overall message is heard loud and clear. While writing this review I actually decided it was time to break out thy wallet and order the vinyl. I am lured into the mystique quite frequently when there are no others that appear to have noticed the album on bandcamp yet. This has a nice sound for vinyl in my house and will be a welcome addition to the family.

Petrichor – II
What sold me here was the unconventional vocal tone by Tess Fisher. The music is described as occult heavy rock, which I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with, however these days occult seems to get tossed around a lot and I really would throw these guys more over into the ‘progressive’ camp of heavy rock n doom. The vocals are as chic as they are demonic and the rhythm and groove backs you up into a dark corner and slathers you with its voluptuous spirit. Ya I guess you could say occult is apt, but also don’t assume Uncle Acid occult as this is much more enjoyable for those looking for something different.

Black Atlas – Weight of the World
This was released back in November and as I remember some groups online giving it the thumbs up, it lingered in my wishlist until just recently where I pushed play and succumbed myself to the English take on heavy stoner fuzz. Wow, man this is a thick slab of tender riffs with enough clout to straight up flatten the globe like a pancake. Syrup anyone?

The Sky Giants – The Shifting of Phaseworld
The Sky Giants have taken a progressive turn for the better on their follow up to last years What the Future Knows. Who knew the future would take their Rush and Voivod influence and push it into early Mastodon heights with a much heavier output complete with doom sensibilities and a big phat groove. This isn’t your standard radio rock folks, this is tightly constructed and adventurous prog rock. 

Imperial Jade – On The Rise
Talk about being on the rise, Spain has been dominating the release charts in my discovery as of late. I’ve always love the soulful vibe the Spanish rock scene has proven in recent years. Imperial Jade wowed me big time on their debut album Please Welcome Imperial Jade, which I featured in my
Bonanza article back in 2016. This time around they have VINYL. Yes!! The new one takes it to the next level in terms of songwriting. It may seem a little softer than the debut, but that also translates well for this kind of music. The southern down home charm is still present and a deeper sense of soul comes to life with a patronizing psych tagging along for the ride of smooth classic rock riffs of the 70’s.

Battle at Sea – Battle at Sea
This was a bandcamp feed discovery the other day. The tags just looked appealing, the timing was right and the price was right. What I liked about this one is you never knew where it was going to go and it kept you on the edge of your earbuds.
Taking a grizzled progressive stance in its approach the music sounds neither familiar nor does it polarize, yet it steals your heart and it crushes your expectation.

Vertical – Vol. 3
You might be thinking to yourself, “What happened to Volume 2?” Well does it really matter after pushing play on this complete shit kicker of an EP? I knew I liked these guys on their debut released back in 2017, but what they did here was floor us all with 5 new songs of high energy rock and metal.
Holy mother of all holy mother f'ers! Vertical have just destroyed me on this 15th day of January, 2019. I haven't heard riffs and grooves this stimulating in quite sometime. The vocals are downright racy and the swagger is plumb tight. Favorite track: Acute.

-The Huntsman
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