Monday, April 29, 2019
CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC New Album 'EVIL EYE' Out Apr. 30! CVLT NATION Premieres Stream of "Pagan Worship" Track.
CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC debuts an advance stream of "Pagan Worship", the full B-side of upcoming album 'Evil Eye' at CVLT NATION. Check out the track premiere:
"...there are very few bands that captivate me immediately, especially when it comes to the stoner side of doom. Clouds Taste Satanic is among the few whose riffs give me goosebumps." ~ Cvlt Nation
Instrumental Post-Doom quartet CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC is set to release their fifth album on April 30, 2019 (Walpurgis Eve). Entitled 'Evil Eye', the new record features two 20-minute songs on two sides of vinyl and is the first of two CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC records coming out this year.
The second album, 'Second Sight', features two more 20-minute songs and will be released on October 31, 2019 (Halloween). Consider 'Evil Eye' to be Part 1 of a two record set, which sees the band maintaining their “Riffs Rule All” credo, with an added dose of introspection by way of mixed tempos, spacy interludes, jazzy breaks, and epic finales. Each song is divided into three parts and explores the worlds of Lesser and Greater Magic, which were inspired by "The Theory and Practice of Satanic Magic" which is part of The Satanic Bible.
'Evil Eye' Tracklist:
Lesser Magic (first track "Evil Eye") - “consists of the wile and guile obtained through various devices and contrived situations, which when utilized can create change in accordance with one’s will.” Greater Magic (second track "Pagan Worship" track), also known as Ritual Magic - “consists of the performance of a formal ceremony, taking place, at least in part, within the confines of an area set aside for such purposes and at a specific time.”
Like its predecessor 'The Glitter of Infinite Hell', the album recordings for 'Evil Eye' were engineered and mixed by Ben Rice at Degraw Sound in Brooklyn, and mastered by Alan Douches (High On Fire, Converge, Mastodon) at West West Side Music.
The cover and inner sleeve art are original pieces by Goatess Doomwych whose work has graced numerous doom music covers and artwork posters, including albums by Dead Witches.
Post-Doom or Die…
BANDCAMP FOR ALL ORDERS:
Test Press, Vinyl LP, & CD Pre-Orders All Open Now - Album Release Date – Tues., April 30th
Clouds Taste Satanic "Evil Eye (The Witch)" - Official Video - https://youtu.be/jX6JfixKRIc
CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC premiered their video for "Evil Eye (The Witch)," a single-length version of the full side-A "Evil Eye" track, here at Doomed & Stoned:
"As the previous albums have all found purpose and organization around certain themes, so Evil Eye dances in the inspiration of ancient magic, specifically lesser and greater magic... Having listened to it several times over now, Evil Eye feels like the doom metal answer to Disney’s Fantasia..." ~ Doomed & Stoned
Upcoming Live Dates:
May 03 - Queens, NY - Footlight
May 22 - New York, NY - ODE TO DOOM
June 20-23 - Frederick, MD - MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2019
(Weedpurgis… a “Joint” celebration of 420 Day & Walpurgis Eve)
12” Ultra-Clear Vinyl w/ EXCLUSIVE Blood Red & Black Splatter. Matte Varnish Die-Cut Jacket designed by Goatess Doomwych w/ Debossed Stamping & Hand Numbered. Limited Edition Sticker. The Inner Sleeve/Record Labels contain more original GD art.
EACH SET comes with exclusive “Weedpurgis Edition” extras:
- 12”/16oz Custom CTS Slipmat with original GD art;
- 6” Embroidered Patch with original GD art;
- 5” Color Promo Postcard with original GD art and the story behind Evil Eye;
- CTS Est. 2013 Sticker.
12” Gold & Blood Red A-Side/B-Side Vinyl w/ White/Black Splatter. Matte Varnish Die-Cut Jacket designed by Goatess Doomwych w/ Debossed Stamping. Inner Sleeve/Record Labels are original GD art.
BLOOD RED Splatter Edition: 100 pcs.
12” Blood Red Vinyl w/ Gold/White/Black Splatter. Matte Varnish Die-Cut Jacket designed by Goatess Doomwych w/ Debossed Stamping. Inner Sleeve/Record Labels are original GD art.
Blood Red Splatter also available in Europe: https://www.clear-spot.nl/catalog/search.php?q=CLOUDS%20TASTE%20SATANIC
CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC
Steve Scavuzzo - Guitar
Sean Bay - Bass
Greg Acampora - Drums
Brian Bauhs - Guitar
CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC formed in Brooklyn, New York in 2013. These Post-Doom Instrumentalists have steadily built a reputation as one of the few truly great DIY riff-heavy underground bands playing today. Patiently and deliberately developing a unique sound that melds riff-dominated Stoner Rock with Heavy Doom, their live show is a multi-sensory atmospheric display, offering a true experience and companion to their albums.
In 2014, the band released their debut album, 'To Sleep Beyond the Earth'. The debut, along with second album 'Your Doom Has Come' (2015), third album 'Dawn of the Satanic Age' (2016), and more recently 'The Glitter of Infinite Hell' (2017) have all received praise from such illustrious publications as Decibel Magazine and across the internet and social media via Invisible Oranges, CVLT Nation, Doomed & Stoned, The Sludgelord, and many, many more.
The band celebrated its fifth year anniversary by releasing 'In Search of Heavy', a four CD Box Set of their complete discography to date.
Bandcamp - https://cloudstastesatanic.bandcamp.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CloudsTasteSatanic/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/cloudstastesatanic/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/SatanicClouds
Saturday, April 27, 2019
JESUS CHRÜSLER SUPERCAR blast off their first Death ’n’ Roll single “Lucifer” along with the music video from their upcoming third album
The infernal machine JESUS CHRÜSLER SUPERCAR is once again back on the dusty asphalt of the Rock ’n’ Roll Highway at full throttle. Led by their axe-swinging frontman Robban Bergeskans, the Stockholm pack, consisting of drum machine Nicke Forsberg as well as former Refused guitarist Pär Jaktholm and new guitar player Tobbe Engdahl, fire today with the single “Lucifer” their first salvo from their roaring exhausts. The title song of their new album shows exactly the JESUS CHRÜSLER SUPERCAR signature sound between the 90s’ dirty rough Rock ’n’ Roll and the up to date Death ’n’ Roll mace. In addition, Peter Hallgren from Sorcerer contributed some guitar parts. Together with the gritty B-Movie style video clip by director Pär Brannström, this single is the perfect prelude to their new masterpiece “Lücifer”, which will be released on May 24th, 2019 through Dr. Music Records. Join the hell ride into the drive-in cinema: https://youtu.be/XInaCMwhbQo
The single “Lucifer” is now on the grill at these infernal digital drive-ins: iTunes | Google Play | iGroove | Spotify | Apple Music | Deezer | Tidal
This time Nicke’s brother Fred Forsberg (Mass Worship, Anchor, Gust) and producer legend Tomas Skogsberg (Entombed, The Hellacopters, Amorphis) are jointly responsible for the mix of the new longplayer “Lücifer”. The mastering has been done by Brad Boatright from Audiosiege (Converge, C.O.C., Black Tusk). The result is a malicious, fierce album that merges its various musical influences from dirty Heavy Rock, Doom, Stoner and old school Death Metal into a unique diabolical brew. «In a world without Lemmy, JESUS CHRÜSLER SUPERCAR are exactly what you need», wrote the British webzine Ave Noctum. Lücifer” reveals how Death ’n’ Roll has to sound like nowadays and is a must buy for fans of hard Heavy Rock, no matter if they like Entombed, Motörhead, High On Fire or Greenleaf! JESUS CHRÜSLER SUPERCAR unite them all and yet are completely independent! A one-way ticket straight to hell!!!
The brand new album “Lücifer”, whose devilish artwork was designed by Joshua Michael Wilkinson, can now be pre-ordered as a digisleeve CD, as 180 g gatefold vinyl edition or digitally at one of the following record dealers. Take a seat in the back of the Death ’n’ Roll supercar and turn your amp to eleven: Nuclear Blast | Napalm Records | Green Hell | Amazon | Saturn | Media Markt | Buecher.de | Weltbild | Grooves | ExLibris | WOM | JPC | CeDe | Plastic Head | Season Of Mist | Sound Pollution | Bengans | Ginza | CDON | CDmarket.dk | iMusic.dk | Shiny Beast | Platekompaniet | SuperShop.sk | HardMusicBase.cz | Vinyl.com.au | VinylDestination.com.au | iTunes | Google Play | iGroove
In October JESUS CHRÜSLER SUPERCAR are going to continue their American road cruiser’s journey over the local graveyards and will go for the first time on tour with the new songs for almost three weeks. The confirmed dates of the ‘Lücifer Over Europe’ tour so far are as follows:
05.10.2019 DE-Hannover, Chez Heinz
10.10.2019 DE-Düsseldorf, Pitcher
11.10.2019 DE-Osnabrück, Westwerk
12.10.2019 DE-Neukirchen, Sägewerk
13.10.2019 AT-Salzburg, Rockhouse
14.10.2019 AT-Wien, Viper Room
15.10.2019 SI-Ljubljana, Channel Zero
16.10.2019 DE-Isny, Eberz
18.10.2019 DE-Chemnitz, Nicola Tesla Bar
19.10.2019 DE-Fürstenwalde, Club im Park
Further information about the Heavy Rock maniacs from Stockholm and the latest news to the upcoming tour schedule of the Death ’n’ Roll Supercar are available on www.dr-music-promotion.de as well as on www.jesuschruslersupercar.com, www.facebook.com/jesuschruslersupercar and www.instagram.com/jesuschruslersupercar.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Announces North American Summer Headlining Tour With Crowbar + Band To Headline Psycho Las Vegas Pre-Party And More!
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will kick off the second leg of their North American headlining tour this July. The A Quest To Believe, A Call To The Void II Tour will commence on July 26th in Poughkeepsie, New York and run through August 25th in Providence, Rhode Island. Support will be provided by their comrades in Crowbar as well as Lo-Pan and Quaker City Night Hawks. Tickets go on sale this Friday at all local ticket outlets.
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will also play a special one-off show with country singer Cody Jinks next month in addition to festival appearances at Rocklahoma, Heavy MTL, KISW's Pain In The Grass, and a headlining performance at Psycho Swim, Psycho Las Vegas' annual pool-bound kick-off party where the band will be joined by Lucifer, Danava, ASG, Primitive Man, and more. In October, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will appear on the inaugural MegaCruise alongside Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Overkill, and so many others with more shows to be announced in the months to come. See all confirmed dates below.
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY released the critically-adored No Cross No Crown full-length early last year via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Recorded in North Carolina with longtime producer John Custer, the record marks the first studio recording with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan in over a decade and, earning the #67 spot on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #12 on the Billboard Top Current Albums Chart, and #3 on the Top Hard Music Albums Chart upon its first week of release, is the highest charting album of the band's career. Hailed Decibel Magazine of the release, "The record is filled with the kind of Sabbath meets Black Flag meets Lynyrd Skynyrd jams that were so infectious and wildly influential back when Bill Clinton seduced interns...COC doesn't try to change direction but instead revisits the approach that made the Keenan-fronted version so successful: powerful hooks, instrumental asides that will remind you of Sabbath's 'Planet Caravan' and a rich use of textures and dynamics."
No Cross No Crown is available on CD, digital, vinyl, and cassette formats. Various order bundles are available at nuclearblast.com/coc-nocrossnocrown.
Watch the band's video for "The Luddite" as well as their animated clip for "Wolf Named Crow" HERE.
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY:
5/09/2019 Coyote Joe's - Charlotte, NC w/ Cody Jinks
5/24/2019 Rocklahoma - Pryor, OK
w/ Crowbar, Lo-Pan, Quaker City Night Hawks:
7/26/2019 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
7/27/2019 Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY
7/28/2019 Heavy MTL - Montreal, QC *
7/29/2019 Dallas Nightclub - Kitchener, ON
7/31/2019 Mercury Ballroom - Louisville, KY
8/01/2019 Elevation - Grand Rapids, MI
8/02/2019 The Rave II - Milwaukee, WI
8/03/2019 KISW's Pain In The Grass @ White River Amphitheatre - Auburn, WA *
8/05/2019 Deluxe @ Old National Centre - Indianapolis, IN
8/06/2019 Pop's - Sauget, IL
8/07/2019 Slowdown - Omaha, NE
8/10/2019 Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
8/11/2019 Mesa Theater - Grand Junction, CO
8/13/2019 Knitting Factory Concert House - Boise, ID
8/14/2019 The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
8/15/2019 Psycho Swim @ Daylight Beach Club - Las Vegas, NV *
8/16/2019 Encore - Tucson, AZ
8/17/2019 Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
8/19/2019 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
8/21/2019 1904 Music Hall - Jacksonville, FL
8/22/2019 The Tarheel - Jacksonville, NC
8/23/2019 Elevation 27 - Virginia Beach, VA
8/24/2019 Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
8/25/2019 Fete Music Hall - Providence, RI
10/13/2019 MegaCruise 2019 - Los Angeles, CA *
* COC only
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Disconnected Genius - Nirvikalpa Meow
Jamie O’Keefe – Vocals/Guitar/Piano, Yuri Pavlinov – Bass/Whispered Double Shots, Daniel Farrugia – Drums/Percussion
About Nothing searing leads folky/bluesy rhythms just relax and enjoy. It’s a Curse I’m A Saint sitting around kicking back enjoying the band and having a brew. Vertruvian Men close your eyes and take a melodic musical trip. Just Stay Don’t Go has a very punkish rockabilly feel. We’re All Watching Everything soft guitars and flowing rhythms. Kings And Queens has a very 60s psychedelic feel that will have you drifting thru your imagination. One Fine Day very bluesy and jazzy feeling music. Quietly Into The Night get up bop and dance to a catchy tune. The Little Don flowing tones just envelop your senses. The Diamonds In The Poor soft piano and melodic vocals drifting in the air. Arkane Bliss floating acoustic guitars with soft rhythms and melodic vocals. Quietly into The Night (Censored Gunshot) different version. Quietly Into the Night (Censored version)
Sadness – Rain
Elisa – All Instruments
Lay melodic melancholic piano that just seeps into your very emotions. Pure Dream close your eyes and just drift along. Absolution guitar floats around you pulling you under with it and the emotional tones. River dark heavy bleak tones that drag you into hell. Rain drifting thru the dark abyss of time and space alone. Teal almost 17 minutes of dark emotional tones that pull you thru the deep recesses of your very being.
Dwarrowdelf – Of Dying Lights
Tom O’Dell – Everything, Chloe Bray – Vocals, Jack Reynolds – Vocals
Arien melancholic tones grab you and pull you along thru a very dark gothic emotion. The Withering Woods lost alone in the woods trying to find your way back home never knowing if you will. Where Daylight Dies just close your eyes and take a very dark emotional journey. The Year Of The Trees melodic tones pull you along as it sways in your senses. The Line Of Thror crunchy gothic guitars emotional music and dark vocals just seems to seep thru you with a majestic feel. Manis Anor take a trip thru the dark recesses of your very being. Home Of the Dead over nine minutes of a very strange melancholic mind trip.
Uhcteare – El Genocidio Primordial Llevara El Nombre Infinito De La Empatia
Huszar – Guitar/Bass/Vocals/ Drum and Synth Programming
Ultradedalismo El Asedio Perpetuo De Espejo pounding thrashing death metal that just shred your very senses. Manifestacion Espectral De Un Terror Anacronico dark heavy dreary music that pulls you into a blacj abyss of hate and despair. El Genocidio Primordial Llevara El Nombre Infinito De La Empatia rhythms that just seep into your brain and take it over pulling you into a black abyss. Fugio Fugio Fugio (Ultradedalismo Parte III) ripping shredding tearing music with demonic vocals. El Hambre Del Soberano Patria De Los Terribles (Demo Remaster) slowly your very essence is drawn from you till you take your last breath.
Cities Of Mars – Horologist
Danne Palm – Bass/Vocals, Christoffer Noren – Guitar, Johan Kuchler – Drums
Necronograph slow plodding driving metal riffs that just grab ahold and pull you down the musical highway. Trenches Of Bah-belon stoner metal that just worms its way into your very senses and has you imagining all sort of things. Inner Sanctum Outer Space heavy melodies just flow thru your very senses and take you away just close your eyes and enjoy. Hydrahead crunchy riffs pounding beats thundering drums rise from the bowels of the earth and rough vocals. The Last Electric Dream imagine being lost in time and space in a black abyss all alone. The Floating Museum pounding in your head with gruff vocals and a slow steady beat. Work Song melodies just flow all around as the music grows heavier. Lines In The Dark eerie riffs that just pull you down a dark path.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Hurry on over, the sale is ending soon! You’ve heard that we’ve moved all shipping to professional order fulfillment and our new European webstore....well now help us clear out our warehouse! HUGE sale coming Tuesday. The biggest sale Ripple has ever done!! Ignore the poster, some CDs are as low as $1, Vinyl as low as $5. Even some remaining limited editions and test pressings on sale. A sale like this will probably never be repeated!! Help us clear it out so we don’t have to freight it! www.ripplemusic.bigcartel.com/products Sale ends April 28 and will never happen like this again!!
As you may have heard . . . WE HAVE A EUROPEAN WEBSTORE! It's been a while in the making, but now European customers can get Ripple releases at European postage rates and no customs. Right now the store is just filling up as product gets there, but going forward ALL new releases will be in the Ripple Euro Webstore and the store will feature a special European Retail Limited Exclusive Colored Variant, only available in Europe. So check it out, earmark the page, and please share with all your European Ripple friends and fan. The sale isn't at that webstore, as it's not fully stocked yet, but if you're in Europe you can get the latest releases there and save shipping!
Ripple Euro Webstore is here!
You may have heard that Ripple artists Castle are playing a festival in May in the middle of the New Mexico desert... and yes, they're part of the inaugural year of Monolith on the Mesa, a music and arts fest in the high desert of Taos, NM on May 17th and 18th, featuring more than thirty amazing acts like The Well, Woven Hand, Crypt Trip, The Heavy Eyes, Castle, True Widow and tons more, featuring headliners OM, Dead Meadow, and The Obsessed. These bands will descend on the Earthship Amphitheater complex at Taos Brewing for a truly mystical two-day event under the stars, with crazy art installations, mindbending liquid light shows and a truly incredible curated lineup. This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime chances to be part of something before the whole world finds out, so if you're looking for a different kind of heavy music fest to attend this Spring, visit www.monolithonthemesa.com now and get your tickets to this high desert experience before it's sold out!
Monday, April 22, 2019
BEASTWARS RETURN: New Zealand Heavyweights Revisit The Riff with New Album | Release Video for ‘Omens’ Single
Photo Credit: David James
“Beastwars have long been regarded as one of metal’s best kept secrets.”
“Beastwars’ live prowess is downright legendary south of the equator.”
“If there is any justice in metal it shouldn’t be too long before Beastwars are dragging their distinctive sound – one which includes but is not limited to High on Fire’s molten sludge, Kyuss’s Sky Valley grooves and the rhythmic backbone of Unsane – to a sweat and sawdust venue near you.”
Returning in 2019 with what will undoubtedly become one of this year’s most revelatory releases, IV, the fourth instalment in Beastwars’ canon is life affirming in more ways than one.
So heavy and heavily admired around the world, New Zealand's legendary metallers are back this June with a new lease of life – quite literally – following vocalist Matt Hyde’s recovery from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. After undergoing six months of treatment in 2016 he is now in remission and today the band announces their long-awaited return, along with the release of their first single in three years, ‘Omens’.
Shaped by Hyde’s recent experiences through his diagnosis and subsequent treatment, he was given an opportunity to look into the abyss, beyond life as we know it. "Throughout the treatment I was numb,” he explains. “It's interesting to have the ability to confront that, to confront the void, to confront the idea of mortality. I didn't make peace with it either."
The experience and loneliness in isolation of treatment gave Hyde plenty to consider. Life, friendships and relationships, especially with his then ten-year-old daughter resulted in a record that leaves nothing unsaid. "I was lucky that I had music to express what had happened to me,” Hyde says. “A lot of people don't have that. I was very lucky that we could make a record. I took the time to process it and turned it into something else."
In 2011, Beastwars released their self-titled debut to critical acclaim and in doing so transformed New Zealand's metal landscape forever. Reviewers celebrated the album’s, slow-burning blend of lysergic and premonitory metal and compared the band to Kyuss, Neurosis and Godflesh, while hinting at influences as diverse as The Jesus Lizard, Black Sabbath, and in Hyde’s ‘avant-grunt’, Celtic Frost.
Two years on from their internationally acclaimed debut, Beastwars returned in 2013 with Blood Becomes Fire, delivering ten songs that retained the strength and psychedelic power of their first while presenting a kinetic evolution in vision. Closing the post-apocalyptic trilogy, 2016's The Death Of All Things signalled the long overdue arrival of one of metal’s best-kept secrets, out from under and ready to take on the world full tilt.
To celebrate the band’s fearless return to the fold, Beastwars will tour New Zealand and Australia in June/July (see below) and perform at the Dead of Winter Festival in Brisbane.
IV, the new album from Beastwars will be released on Friday 28th June 2019 and can be pre-ordered on limited edition vinyl, cassette, CD at http://www.beastwars.bigcartel.com. It will also be available across all digital stores and streaming platforms at http://ffm.to/beastwarsIV.
Watch and share the new video for ‘Omens’ HERE
IV ALBUM RELEASE TOUR
With special guest Witchskull (AUS)
28/6 – San Fran Wellington
29/6 – Galatos – Auckland
5/7 – Blue Smoke – Christchurch*
6/7 – The Cook – Dunedin*
11/7 – Crowbar – Sydney (w. Potion)
12/7 – The Gershwin Room – Melbourne (w. Dr. Colossus + Droid)
13/7 – Dead of Winter Festival – Brisbane*
*Dates without Witchskull
1. Raise the Sword
2. Wolves and Prey
3. Storms of Mars
4. This Mortal Decay
5. Omens [LISTEN HERE]
6. Sound of the Grave
7. The Traveller
8. Like Dried Blood
Label: Destroy Music
Release Date: 28/06/2019
Clayton Anderson – Guitar
Nathan Hickey – Drums
Matt Hyde – Vocals
James Woods – Bass
Produced by Beastwars and James Goldsmith
Recorded by James Goldsmith at The Blue Barn, Wellington, NZ
Mixed by Andrew Schneider at Acre Sound, New York, USA
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, Portland, USA
Artwork by Nick Keller (www.nickkellerart.com)
‘When I Am King’ (2010, Digital Single) [Destroy Records]
Beastwars (2011/2012, LP) [Destroy Records]
‘Tower Of Skulls’ (2012, ”7 Single) [Destroy Records]
Blood Becomes Fire (2013, LP) [Destroy Records]
The Death Of All Things (2016, LP) [Destroy Records]
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Photo Credit: Dana Zuk
Edmonton's STRIKER will be hitting the road this summer for the 'Deadly Ripping North American Tour' with Holy Grail and Bewitcher. The 21 date tour will kick off in Phoenix, AZ on July 12th and wrap up in Los Angeles on August 4th (dates listed below). STRIKER is touring in support of their sixth studio album "Play To Win" released this past October via their independent label Record Breaking Records.
The band comments:
"Hitting the road with our brothers of shred Holy Grail this summer to bring our new album 'Play to Win' to fans across North America! This is the summer of the Road Dogs, and we will be doing many more shows across North America and the rest of the world before it's all said and done. There's never been a better time to headbang in the front row!"
Champions in blending classic heavy metal, hard rock, and 80’s hair metal, Canadian shredders STRIKER's sixth studio album "Play To Win" features 10 fist pounding shredtacular anthems produced by the band plus mixed and mastered by Hendrik Udd (Firewind, Powerwolf, Hammerfall, Delain). The album follows their 2017 self-titled full length that the band supported with tours across Europe and North America with Sonata Arctica, Dark Tranquility, and Warbringer along with festival appearances at 70,000 Tons of Metal, Bang Your Head Festival (Germany) and more to add to their almost 1000 shows performed in their decade-plus career. That fifth studio album also garnered them a nomination from Canada's JUNO awards, the country's highest music prize, along with wins at the Edmonton Music Awards and Western Canadian Awards.
Guitarist Tim Brown comments on "Play To Win":
"Play to Win: if you want to win you have to play the game. Find the rules and break them. This is our 6th album and 3rd independent release. If we followed the rules and listened to the industry people we'd have gone absolutely nowhere. Play To Win is about listening to yourself, following your own path, and playing that 5th ace hidden in your sleeve. This album is designed to light a fire under your ass and get you moving, and we made sure to get the most modern, ear melting sounds possible. It's all about where metal is going, not where it has been, and this is our soundtrack to success."
Music Video - "Head First" can be viewed here.
Lyric video - "Heart of Lies" can be viewed here.
Deadly Ripping North American Summer 2019 Tour
w/ Holy Grail, Striker, Bewitcher
7.12 Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
7.13 El Paso, TX @ The San Carlos Building
7.14 Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live
7.15 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
7.16 Houston, TX @ White Oak
7.18 Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
7.19 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
7.20 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
7.21 Richmond, VA @ The Camel
7.23 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
7.24 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
7.25 Boston, MA @ Once
7.26 Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus
7.27 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
7.28 Detroit, MI @ Small's
7.29 Chicago, IL @ Reggies
7.31 Denver, CO @ Streets Of London
8.01 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro
8.02 Las Vegas, NV @ Counts Vamp'd
8.03 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
8.04 Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
For More Info:
"Play to Win, which might be their most balanced effort yet. It’s their most catchy, too: the likelihood you’ll be singing along with every song before they finish is very, very high." - Metal Sucks
"expertly combined killer arena rock choruses with well-done, cleaner verses." - Metal Injection
"Six albums in six years. That is something almost unheard of, even in the modern era of production that considerably lessens the time needed to record and mix albums. Striker always seems to provide a new album right around when I start to wonder, “Hey, I wonder what Striker is up to?”. PLAY TO WIN is the band’s 6th LP and to my ears, one of their best. Rest assured, the band has not altered their sound. This is still classic metal, mixed with modern elements that continues to leave all pretenders in a cloud of choking dust." - Metal Rules
“You can hear influences ranging from Dokken to Metallica on Play to Win, and it’s all done with masterful songwriting, performances and production. This is a slick, aggressively-mixed record that drips with excitement and replayability... Striker have produced their best record since City of Gold, and all fans of straight-up hard rock and metal need to own this album.” - Heavy Music HQ
“Striker have knocked this one out of the park and into the stratosphere. You’d be hard-pressed to find a catchier slice of fine cheddar this year, and I’d highly recommend it.” - New Noise Mag
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Swiss black metal pioneers S A M A E L are back and re-release their legendary albums Lvx Mvndi and Solar Soul.
(photo by Aline Fournier)
TWO DARK CLASSICS RESURRECTED!
S A M A E L are widely known for their Industrial Black Metal armed with wind sections passing through shivering synthesizers. On point and frighteningly brutal, fiery whirlwinds of hypnotic hammering riff forces overlay gruesomely gurgling vocals driving you over the edge. Now the band releases their groundbreaking records Lvx Mvndi and Solar Soul as highly acclaimed re-issue on Napalm Records today!
To celebrate the release day the band premieres a new lyric video for the track “Solar Soul”. Don’t miss out on it HERE:
More info on S A M A E L:
S A M A E L awakened on the 14th of July 1988 when brothers Xytraguptor and Vorphalack loaded their musical gear into an atomic bunker. Almost 20 years after that day the band experienced a rebirth with the release of Solar Soul (2007). The album, co-produced by longtime producer Waldemar Sorychta and mixed by Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Within Temptation...) is now fully remastered and will be released with the addition of 9 bonus tracks (2 remixes, 6 instrumental songs, 1x live track).
After resurrecting black metal in the early '90's with their debut album Worship Him, introducing symphonic metal in 1994 with Ceremony of Opposites and pionieering industrial metal with Passage in 1996 ; S A M A E L released Lvx Mvndi in 2011, a record that built a bridge over the 20+ years of the band's history by melting all sides and personalities of the band into a masterpiece. Now the album has been remixed from stems, remastered and will be released with the addition of 7 bonus tracks.
Heavy as heavy can be – watch the video for “Ave!” from the Solar Soul re-release HERE:
Watch the lyric video for “In the Deep” from Lvx Mvndi right HERE!
SAMAEL on tour:
Vorph: Guitars, Vocals
Xy: Keyboards and Programming
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Friday, April 19, 2019
On April 19th, STAHV releases "All-Seeing I," a seven-minute head trip dusted with Meddle-era Floyd, bleak post-metal atmospherics, and auditory hallucinations a la Can. Available for streaming and download on all services, “All-Seeing I” is also the first release for the primarily-instrumental STAHV to include singing. Vocals appear in the form of a multi-tracked vocoder choir intoning the title. “All-Seeing I” is the first release from STAHV's forthcoming EP, The Sundowner. The band will follow up the single release with a performance at Northwest Terror Fest 2019 supporting Chicago's Indian (Relapse).
"...a controlled groove spiraling off into previously unknown soundscapes. It’s a psychedelic mix, one that could easily have spun out of control, but Rosenschein keeps a steady hand on the wheel. While I made plenty of comparisons to Dylan Carlson in the first review, it seems like we’ve driven through the ghost town where he set up shop." -Echoes and Dust
Thursday, April 18, 2019
UFOMAMMUT: Italian Trio Begins 20 Years Ufomammut North American Tour This Week; New European Tour Announced
[photo by Malleus]
Italy's mind-altering UFOMAMMUT marks their 20th Anniversary in 2019 and is celebrating the milestone touring across the globe. Having just completed their latest European excursion, the band had just landed stateside to begin their latest trek across North America for the next several weeks.
After eight albums, an immense amount of touring, dozens of festival performances, and countless miles and hours on the road, UFOMAMMUT is ready to celebrate this important 20th Anniversary event with their marvelous and loyal fans with special live sets. The band begins their new trek in Oakland, tomorrow, April 18th, followed by shows in Los Angeles April 19th, and San Diego April 21st.
UFOMAMMUT then traverses the continent for a line of East Coast dates, running from April 23rd through May 4th. With shows in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Cleveland, Chicago, Lexington, Atlanta, Durham, and Richmond, touring alongside Kings Destroy for this East Coast voyage. Fans can expect the band to perform a selection of tunes spanning their catalog, including revised/revisited versions of some songs.
UFOMAMMUT has also just announced yet another tour of Europe for later in the year, surrounded by one-off festival performances this summer, two gigs in Russia this September, with even more tour actions to be announced over the months ahead as the band celebrates their 20th Anniversary with their fans around the planet.
See the 20 Years UFOMAMMUT tour trailer RIGHT HERE.
Stream UFOMAMMUT's entire newest LP, 8, RIGHT HERE and see the video for "Warsheep" HERE. 8 is available via Neurot Recordings HERE.
UFOMAMMUT - 20 Years Ufomammut Tour Dates:
4/18/2019 Oakland Metro Operahouse - Oakland, CA
4/19/2019 Catch One - Los Angeles, CA
4/21/2019 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
4/23/2019 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Kings Destroy
4/24/2019 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA w/ Kings Destroy
4/25/2019 Middle East - Boston, MA w/ Kings Destroy
4/26/2019 Le Ritz - Montreal, QC w/ Kings Destroy
4/27/2019 Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, ON w/ Kings Destroy
4/28/2019 Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH w/ Kings Destroy
4/30/2019 Reggies Rock Club - Chicago, IL w/ Kings Destroy
5/01/2019 Cosmic Charlie's - Lexington, KY w/ Kings Destroy
5/02/2019 529 - Atlanta, GA w/ Kings Destroy
5/03/2019 The Pinhook - Durham, NC w/ Kings Destroy
5/04/2019 Capital Ale Downtown - Richmond, VA w/ Kings Destroy
5/30/2019 Dunk! Festival - Zottegem, BE
9/11/2019 Aglomerat - Moscow, RU
9/12/2019 MOD - St. Petersburg, RU
9/26/2019 Le Fil - Saint Etienne, FR
9/27/2019 Petit Bain - Paris, FR
9/28/2019 The Garage - London, UK
9/29/2019 Magasin 4 - Brussels, BE
9/30/2019 Melkweg - Amsterdam, NL
10/02/2019 Vega - Copenhagen, DK
10/03/2019 Sticky Fingers - Göteborg, SE
10/04/2019 Høstsabbat - Oslo, NO
10/05/2019 - TBA
10/06/2019 Debaser - Stockholm, SE
10/08/2019 On The Rocks - Helsinki, FI
10/09/2019 Von Krahl - Tallinn, ES
10/10/2019 Melna Piektdiena - Riga, LV
10/11/2019 Narauti - Vilnius, LT
10/12/2019 Hydrozagadka - Warsaw, PL
10/13/2019 Zet Pe Te - Krakow, PL
10/15/2019 Rockhouse - Salzburg, AT
10/16/2019 Mochvara - Zagreb, HR
Heralded as one of the most cerebral and psychedelic audio/visual sensory experiences in the realms of the current extreme music scene, UFOMAMMUT has worked tirelessly for twenty years since their formation in 1999. The trio - founded by Poia, Urlo, and Vita, a lineup which has remained solid to this day - was formed in a small room in the middle of nowhere in the Italian countryside province of Alessandria. Their goal was simply to survive the boredom of living in a small town, while also hoping to reach other listeners all around the globe.
As UFOMAMMUT'sslow-motion seismic grooves and mammoth, supernatural/interplanetary tones caught on within the doom, stoner, and sludge scenes around the planet, the band quickly developed an intensely loyal following in their early years. Their sonic alchemy has steadily continued to morph and expand with each album, with their productions becoming even heavier while also more psychedelic and expansive, a diverse flood of swirling effects and atmospheres permeate their conceptually-based albums.
Around this same time, UFOMAMMUT members Poia and Urlo as well as their close friend Lu also launched their art collective, Malleus Rock Art Lab, creating detailed, hand-drawn and vibrant screen-printed artwork for each album. Malleus has expanded as well through the years, developing a very wide spectrum of clients and an impressive collective resume of intense artwork through record covers, fanzines and underground magazines' illustrations, images and logos for the web, concert posters, and more. Along with the band members, Lu's influence and work is vital to UFOMAMMUT's visual aspects, from albums t merchandise, live projections to official videos, and more.
The Malleus collective also launched their own label, Supernatural Cat Records, responsible for the release of such artists as MoRkObOt, Lento, Incoming Cerebral Overdrive, OvO, Zolle, and more in addition to UFOMAMMUT titles.
UFOMAMMUT signed to Neurosis' label Neurot Recordings in 2012 where they've since released four albums, which has helped the band expand its grasp and reach even more new listeners.
The band has also spawned several other side projects, including the psychedelic outfit Sonic Wolves which Vita has formed and who has issued several titles in addition to performing live over the past several years. The Mon, the solo project of Urlo, was launched in 2018 with its debut LP and live actions.