Sunday, June 30, 2019


WASTED THEORY have just released their new video for their track "Bongronaut." The song is from their 2018 album Warlords of the New Electric.

The band commented "We had been kicking around the idea to do an “on the road” type video for a while now, so we decided a few months back to just start compiling video footage of our shows, our behind the scenes type stuff and just do it gorilla style. This video is really the brain child of our singer Jackson, he did all of the editing, the compiling, the majority of the filming and all of the overall direction of the video. It was actually a blast to do.”

In further news the band is also excited to announce that they will embark on a EU tour in September. Details will be released in the next few weeks.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Fistful of Questions With Lucas Kanopa From Void Vator

Guitar shredder.  Skater.  Whataburger enthusiast.  Double Dragon champion?  This edition of Fistful of Questions goes to Lucas Kanopa singer/guitarist for the electrifying road warriors known as Void Vator.   

What is your full name?

Lucas Kanopa

Do you have any aliases?

Friends back home call me Terry.  It’s in reference to a punk rock song by a local band called Buitres.

Where is home?

Home is Montevideo, Uruguay. 

How did you end up in L.A.?

German (drummer for Void Vator) and I came here for NAMM in 2013 (National Association of Music Merchants) with a band we put together in Uruguay.  I think we probably went to NAMM for a day and a half and realized it sucked.  We had some money saved up, so we decided to live it up in Hollywood until we ran out of money.  That’s how I met my wife.  Hanging out at the Rainbow.  At the time, after living in hotel rooms for about a week we moved into German’s cousin’s house in Altadena.  We lived there for about two months and then moved into our friend Jenna’s apartment a block away from the Rainbow.  That was party central man.  It was like something out of the movie “Dirt.”  After six months our visas expired, so we had to go back home for a couple of months.  My, now wife, Marla managed to get us all back and now here we are. 

What do you miss about Montevideo/Uruguay?

Besides my family and friends I don’t miss anything about it. 

What are two things that people absolutely need to know about Montevideo/Uruguay?

It’s a very laid back place.  There’s no sense of urgency.  People live their lives like they are gonna live forever.  Free healthcare and legal weed are two important things in my opinion.  Uruguay is a very slow moving country and that’s what is cool and, at the same time, lame about it. 

What bands are you actively involved in?

Void Vator

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

Titeres.  Which means The Puppets in Spanish. 

What was the first instrument that you played?

I started playing drums when I was eight.  Switched to guitar when I was 11, but kept playing drums just because it’s fun.  I can still play rock solid drums, but nothing too technical or fancy. 

Tell me about one of your first musical memories?

Mozart’s Requiem.  My mother sang in a choir.  She would take me to every rehearsal which was really cool.  Especially, when they had the orchestra.  I got to run around empty theaters and jump off of balconies onto the stage while they rehearsed (true story) and chill under the piano while they played.  According to her (mom) I would sing parts of Requiem in Latin when I was 3 years old which made my kindergarten teacher call my mother to tell her I was “speaking in tongues.”   

What inspired the name Void Vator?

It’s very silly.  My wife and I were living in a shitty apartment in Korea town.  The building was as shitty as the apartment, so it comes as no surprise that half of the time the elevator didn’t work.  So I thought of Broken Elevator, Void Elevator, Elevator Void until I realized the word elevator sounded terrible.  So I ended up with Void Vator.  At the time we were obviously not as serious about the band as we are now.  Lol.   

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

The title is usually the last thing, but what comes before all of that is vocal melodies over chord progressions and riffs. 

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

Foo Fighters, so I can be immediately rich.  Lol.  Just kidding.  I wouldn’t want to insert myself in any band.  Void Vator is exactly what I want to be doing.  That being said there are  a handful of modern bands that I dig a lot like Disastroid, Haunt, Turnstile and Gunpowder Grey.     

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

Increase The Pressure by Gunpowder Grey 
Do You Dig Destruction by Turbo Negro
Moon by Turnstile
Cabbies On Crack by The Ramones

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Stevie Ray Vaughan.  Dimebag.  Kurt Cobain. 

What band have you played with that has really impressed you with their live show?

Disastroid.  They are the most creative band we’ve played with and they are super tight live.

Do you have any non-metal musical inspirations?

I don’t listen to metal as much as people think I do.  I’m actually the guy that plays non-metal music in the van just to give it a break.  Lots of Stevie Ray Vaughan.  I dig me some Joe Pass.  I’m a huge Brian Setzer fan.  Gary Moore.  And I love The Ramones more than I love my penis.

Do you have a pre-show ritual?

Nah.  Not at all.  Every night is different an you have to adapt.  Routines and rituals are for civilians! 

What is an absolute band killer?

Lack of activity.  You gotta keep the ball rolling. 

What is the weirdest experience you’ve had on the road?

This was towards the end of a tour and we were in El Paso.  We left the hotel around noon and started driving to Arizona when we realized we hadn’t had Whataburger all tour which is unacceptable.  So five minutes into our drive we stopped at Whataburger.  We order our food and I go, “hey guys let’s pay with cash.”  Let me remind you this is the second to last show of the tour, so we had a very significant amount of cash.  So when I went to the van to grab the cash I realized the money box wasn’t there.  We all freaked out when we realized no one had grabbed the box.  So Sam and I haul ass to the hotel.  Yell the situation to the front desk lady, who just gave us the keys out of fear, and run upstairs.  When we got there we saw that the maid was cleaning the room next door and had our room door open to clean it next.  Thankfully, the box was still there.  We could’ve lost all of our cash sales of the tour, but thanks to our love for Whataburger we didn’t.     

What’s the best thing about being on the road?

The freedom.  Experiencing different cultures.  Meeting the coolest people this country has to offer.  Hanging out with your best friends.  Basically, not being a civilian. 

What’s the worst thing about being on the road?

The health decline.

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

Rebel Meets Rebel by the Abbot brothers (Dimeband & Vinnie Paul) and David Allen Coe. 

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

Definitely over a week.  

The year is 2002.  Where are you at and what are you listening to?

I’m at my parent’s house listening to Guns N Roses Live Era ‘87-93’.

What was the first skateboard that you ever owned and what board do you own now?

An old 70’s fiberglass banana board cruiser that was my dad’s.  Now, I have a small Dogtown OG rider.  I believe it’s 7.125 X 25.5, but I’m not 100% sure.  I also have a bigger popsicle board.  It’s a Creature deck 9.0 with Royal Trucks (gotta change them.. I don’t like them) and Bones Wheels, sometimes Spitfire.

Describe Erik Kluiber (Void Vator guitarist) in fifteen words or less. 

True rocker.  Loyal friend.  Badass musician.  Annihilator Viking.  Relentless.  Hilarious.  Misunderstood.  Non-civilian. 

How did you meet Erik?

I met Erik at amp rehearsal.  At the time, I was playing with this drummer (no name) trying to put a band together.  Erik was banging his sister, so he thought it was a good idea to invite him over to jam.  He came over and that’s how we met.  After that we kept playing with that lineup, but as soon as we got offered a recording deal with Ulrich Wild I knew we needed to replace the rhythm section and we did. 

Your stuck on a deserted island and you have to choose one of your Void Vator bandmates to join you.  Which bandmate will it be and why?

Definitely not Erik cause he snores. 

What is your favorite Pantera album?

Far Beyond Driven

Favorite book?

That’s a tough one because reading is for nerds.  Lol.  The last book I really enjoyed was The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac. 

Favorite movie?

I can’t pick one, but I’ll give you my top three.
Nosferatu The Vampyre (Waren Herzog)
Robin Hood; Men In Tights (Mel Brooks)
The Shining (Kubrick)

Favorite album?

In Utero (Nirvana) because it’s the album that got me into rock music.

Favorite meal?

Anything from Whataburger. 

Thanks to Lucas for taking the time to answer my questions.  I appreciate it.  I have had the pleasure of seeing Void Vator live and they put on one of the most electrifying live shows that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing.  If you have the opportunity to see them live then you absolutely must.  Also, they have a new single on the not too distant horizon, so be on the lookout for that.  In the meantime, click on over to Bandcamp and pick up their most recent album Stranded. 

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

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

Friday, June 28, 2019

Huge Release Month at Ripple! Lightning Born, Roadsaw and Corrected Link for New European WebStore!

Can't tell you how excited we are to finally unleash this monster of bluesy doom. A supergroup of Doom vetrans, Lighning Born is made of Mike Dean from Corrosion of Conformity on bass, as well as Brenna Leath (The Hell No), drummer Doza Hawes (Mega Colossus), and guitarist Erik Sugg (Demon Eye). And what a group they are! "Lightning Born" is the self-titled debut album and the eleven tracks here capture a quintessential sound and spirit that has defined the doom and heavy metal genre for over 40 years. Heavy, bluesy riffs with slow stoner-groove meet an impassioned clean vocal style to triumphant effect.  Very few limited Edition vinyl still availble in gold/white/black splatter, as well as the new "Euro Retail" limited edition white vinyl, worldwide black vinyl, test pressings and CD.  Digital over at our bandcamp.  Don't miss out on this one.  Album of the year nods already coming in.
I've been waiting for this day for a long time.  As a huge fan of the crunchy riff mania that is Roadsaw, I'd chomping at the bit to be able to work with them.  Now it's a reality. Back from a long hiatus, but not missing a single step in their energy, passion, and riffdom, Roadsaw is back.  And back are they!  Roadsaw couldn’t have made record any more fun if they tried. There’s so much glory within the confines of this album from the massive riffs to the anthems, to their classic sound that’s executed flawlessly as Roadsaw really flexes their muscles. And just look at that artwork!!  Limited vinyl, CD and digital available at the Ripple shop.
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Human Services - Social Studies

Human Services from Hampton, VA, floored me with their self-titled debut and the follow-up, 'Animal Fires'. Then, sadly, I lost track of them but after three more albums we crossed paths again with the release of their stunning sixth album, 'Social Studies'. True, it's been a while and I am very late to the party but better late than ever, especially since we're dealing with such a crushing recording. The traits from earlier are still present; the poignant and spot-on social commentary, the paranoia, the claustrophobia and the sonic electronic disharmonic chaos. Up the intake of this a hundredfold and add spoken-word segments which gives off strong gonzo vibes. Let us not forget the strong Einstürzende Neubaten vibes.

True to the title, this album is a collection of social studies especially of the human psyche. Therefore the dissertation Human Services present is deep, dark and frightening, and I didn’t expect less. I mean, the social observations the band has done from the beginning are necessary for people to realize what’s going on around them and within themselves, and as a consequence the result of our actions shape our immediate world as well as the state of the world around us. Human Services hones in on this perfectly and they tell it like it is without sparing any blushes. And there’s no reason to hold back, hence the amazing new album, ‘Social Studies’.

The compositions which best displays Human Services observations are ‘Rough Outing’. Chaotic, spartan and beautiful musically, to me it tells the tale how your partner or best friend is wasting your lives by being stuck in a downward spiral. No attempts are given to swim back up to the surface since it’s easier to pull further down. ‘Reel Dollars For Jail-Eating Misprints’ follows close at hand both musically and lyrically but with a more percussive assault and more evil intent. Hypnotic, repetitive and tribal ‘A Long And Growing List’ is about when you need to make a change, do it. No matter what the cost! As much as it will hurt to cut bad elements from your life, you will benefit.

Minimalistic electronics and percussions leads ‘Conveyances For Every One’ on the way through its Gonzo-like spoken words approach. Dark, terrifying, ugly yet wonderful the way only Human Services can do it, they hold nothing back. ‘Lucky Lotto/ Phantom Limbs’ is slow, heavy and meandering with a more traditional set-up, well for this band at least, with guitar, bass guitar and drums. To me they sing about the luck of the draw. We all strive and struggle through life where one person strikes it lucky by chance, while the person next to him/ her ends up being blown up and maimed in war. Meaning you really never know what’s going to happen to you one second from another. ‘Keeper/ Quitter’ reminds me so much of the excellent band Murder Inc. and especially their song ‘Supergrass’ and I love it! In your face and candid to me it’s about what a very toxic relationship does to you.

Human Services are a band, at the time consisting of Jeff Liscombe, Sean Sanford, Don Piffalo and Billy Kurilko with longtime collaborator, Steve Kerchner adding to the insanity, but oftentimes, as on ‘Social Studies’, they come across more as a collective. Regardless how many people perform, this band always breaks away from the norm, the rules, the regulations and the conventional. And no matter how disturbing their music might be sometimes therein lies their beauty and excellence. I do love my three chord rock’n’roll blasting away, but when I need to come back to reality I have Human Services to guide me. Their music is not for the faint of heart but let the band immerse you and you will experience an eye-opener and a cleansing you never thought possible. Amazing stuff!


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Xroadie Files

Skullsmasher – Rocket Hammer Brain Surgery

BW – Vocals/Guitar, Andrew Lee – Vocals/Guitar, Gu Ji – Drums

Negative Pressure Pulverization crashing dark heavy pounding growling music. Mandatory Nuclear Suicide slow plodding music that just drags you into the pit of hell then blast you in the face with aggression. Parasitic Apathy punches you in the throat and tries to rip it out. Nasogastric Gavage fast heavy slamming aggressive music with demonic vocals. Aggressive Vehicular Intimidation hit the pit slam and sweat till the last note. Involuntary Dependence aggressive hatred in the flesh. High Altitude Saturation Bombing music that just destroys everything in sight. Neural Infestation flailing around in a demonic trance. Shokujinki punches you in the gut and continues till the last crashing chord. Bonehammer just smashes your bones into small pieces. Black Sky darkeness cover the earth and devours all. Festering Boils (Repulsion Cover) pain fear and aggressive madness. Rocket Hammer Brain Surgery fast heavy ruthless musical dementia. Ceaseless Need For Violence pummels you into a bloody mess. Mobile Armor aggressive chords and rhythms that just pull you into hell. Strange Loops fast heavy dementia done musically.

Axis Of Despair -  And The Machine Rolls On
Joel Fornbrant – Vocals, Kristofer Jankaris – Guitar, Oskar Palsson – Bass, Anders Jakobson –Drums

Emasculate fast heavy hit the pit slam sweat and crash against each other in aggressive style. Misery Greets You pounding thrashing grinding shredding metal madness. Slow just crushes you with aggressive force. Bloodlosspiercing chords of dementia and evil wonderment pulse thru you. Sonderfall crushing pounding thrashing madness. Railway Spine slower heavy pounding grinding then a fast punch in the gut over and over again.

Slashing Death – Off
Cipis –  Guitar (1987-1992), Vocals (1988-1992) All Instruments /Vocals (2016-Present), Siemek – Bass (1987-1992), LeszekSzafran – Guitar (1987), Gasior – Drums/Vocals (1987-1988), Doc-Drums (1988-1991), Shambo – Bass (1991-1992), Taras - Drums (1991-1992)

Me/Sk -8 song just a strange weird thrashing song. Slow Suicide punk death trhash metal madness. Truth blast you in the face with dissonant tones. Blind Alley hit the pit and just get your aggressions out. Vietnam Syndrome feedback eerie guitars that just pierce you with blasting rhythms. Power (Agnostic Front Cover) fast heavy punkish death metal. Genetic Alternation just slams you like a freight train full blast. Intro “FP” different sounds that just make you wonder wtf.  Apocalyptic blasting chugging heavy punkish thrash metal. Blasphemy just annihilates your senses. The Story Of Necrophile chugging crunchy pounding mania. Deadness rumbling bass pounding drums and thrashing guitars with growling vocals. No Return overdriven guitars and feedback that just slice thru you. Ceremony Of Death eerie demonic guitars and pounding rhythms. The Pain shredding guitar ripping thrashing tearing. Heart Of Virgin fast heavy punch you in the throat death thrash. Quick Death just slams you like a tidal wave drowning you in its wake. Satan Appears shredding tearing ripping thrashing death.

Chud – Dead
Novak -  Drums, Kate G – Bass, Whiskey – Guitar/Vocals

Neolithic chugging crashing growling pounding mayhem. Jotun slow heavy grinding sludge style heavy music. The Wicked fast heavy aggressive run you over style death thrash tune. In Cult We Trust slowly builds with disharmonic tones and pounding rhythms strange and interesting. Pigs For Satan low rumblings growling vocals and chainsaw style guitars to just cut thru you. Interlude just over one minute of strange imaginations. Fearmonger fist in the air yell along punkish thrash death mania. Crone sounds that just envelop your psychic imaginations. Mountain King slowly pulls you into the black madness of hell. Enthroned crushing you with tons of mad metal musicality. Get It Out yelling demonic vocals with grinding riffs and pounding rhythms. Dead drags you into the underworld of death and destruction.

Steve Rodgers – Head Up High
Steve Rodgers – Instruments/Vocals

I Will Grow melodic keyboards flow all around with some very soulful vocals and searing leads with a soft rhythm. Head Up High stand up and sing along with a catchy reggae/bluesy style riff. Sorrow excellent acoustic guitars very soulful emotional vocals that just pierce your heart. So High close your eyes and drift along to some amazing melodies. Yesterday flowing acoustic guitars emotional vocals. Something About You piano notes and soulful vocals float in the air as they just pierce your heart then the band slowly comes in and just completes the sound. Messed Up bluesy emotional music that just pulls you in and wont let go. Your Eyes sitting around a fire watching the musicians sing and play and just enjoying life. Haunted flowing piano that just gathers in your soul and brings out many emotions along with some soulful vocals. Walk On slow bluesy and emotional. Norah (Live) just kick back with friends and enjoy this magical tune.


Monday, June 24, 2019

A Conversation with Pacific Mean Time

What have been your musical epiphany moments?

My first musical connection was Prince. His music blew my middle school mind like an atom bomb. I bought every album, poster, B side, you name it. To this day, I can’t think of anything that hits me in that way, such an catchy, alien, sexy, raw sound. It might say more about the impressionable nature of  my prepubescent 13-year-old mind than anything, but I can still appreciate the magic of what that was at the time. At the same time, I grew up in Alabama, so the southern college rock thing was huge. My high school band was all about R.E.M., The Church, Replacements. Anything played fast on a Rickenbacker was the shit. That’s probably what formed my musical mind the most. 80’s college rock. Alternative before that word existed.

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?

We’ve always been collaborators first and foremost. A piece of music starts as a simple riff or progression  and goes through a dozen different iterations before it feels like our band. For our most recent batch of songs, Edwin would usually bring forth an idea and we’d play around with the tempo or the drum pattern. Then an arrangement and a map of the melodies gets laid down in the end. I’m a big believer in finding the right way to sing something before you put an idea to it.  So the lyrics come last after the right melodic foundation has been laid down. A separate instrument on top what’s already working, if you will.  It’s a lifelong process, learning how to realize an idea on your head.  I’ve come to embrace the fact that you can start a song strong, but it may take hours, days or weeks until it’s right and that it may turn into an utterly different animal altogether.  Good news is that the process will always be exciting to me.

Who has influenced you the most?

I would have to say my bandmates more than anybody. We’re always buying new gear, sharing new discoveries with each other.  For example, our keyboardist Sean Farrell has an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure bands. He’s always bring something new I;ve never heard of to the table.  I love being in a group where everyone has their own unique tastes.  I’ve bought 4 or 5 records recently without listening to them, based solely on his recommendations. And the cover art.  Let’s not forget the cover art, people…

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

Probably radio more than anything these days. It’s easy to dismiss it in the age of corporate radio, but if you look hard enough, there’s plenty of great stations out there. And it’s FREE. Ready to soundtrack your life. I used to be a college DJ and I’ve always loved a well-curated playlist, one where the DJ is really digging for grooves that are overlooked. In the iPhone age, we are constantly being bombarded with marketing, telling us how to think, and when it comes to music, what our next discovery should be. You just have to ignore all that shit. Here in Portland, does a great job of cherry picking new, more adventurous sounds. And I’ve got a handful of favorite radio stations from around the globe that I listen to over the internet that will surprise me on a regular basis.

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

Well, in all honesty, we moved to Portland years ago because of the music. Initially, we were based in New Orleans, but eventually we came to realize that our vibe was not what that town was looking for. If you played original music that didn’t fit the tradition of funk or jazz, you were pretty fucked. So Portland offered an audience that was open to original music, no matter what genre. And even though it’s getting more populated, it’s still an open slate to some extent. Homemade/indie is the unifying factor.  The best bands are often the ones that are not necessarily trying to break out, or tour nationally, just great local stuff to enjoy. As for Portland reflecting in our music, I think it does indirectly. I’ll always be a huge fan of local stuff, whether it’s classic ones that never go out of style, like say Elliott Smith or Dead Moon, or if current stuff is what you’re after, like Pure Bathing Culture or Savila, there’s more than enough to choose from.  You can’t throw a rock without hitting a good band here.

Where'd the band name come from?

Every band I’ve ever been in has had “band name issues”. Usually there’s another band whose name it closely resembles or we figure out later from our friends that they’ve always hated our name.  Information we could’ve used YESTERDAY.  With Pacific Mean Time though, I feel like we finally lucked out on a name that everybody genuinely really digs. It started out as a possible song title for our debut album when somebody, I think our producer, said it would make a good band name.  It just stuck.  I really started to love it when I realized that we’ve been musicians in the Pacific Northwest for most of our adult lives and it subltly gets at that.  In a funny, kinda cheesy way, it’s like one of those 80’s that would name their band after their hometown - like Chicago, Boston or Kansas. So no matter what direction we go in musically, the name Pacific Mean Time says this is who we are. We’re Kansas, bitch! Suck it!

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

When it comes to soundtracks, there seem to be two general categories: The “ score” heavy soundtrack that is mostly orchestral and iconic (see: the Godfather, Psycho, any film that Ennio Morricone worked on), and then there’s the pop music approach that’s really just a great playlist (see: Goodfellas, Guardians of the Galaxy, any Wes Anderson movie).  I think the latter is wayyy overdone and usually only serves to distract from a great story or performance. I would relish the chance to score one of my favorite movies, “Night of the Hunter”. The original movie with Robert Mitchum is fantastic, but a remake with an uncomfortably dissonant score would kill. Sign me up!

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?

Too many to choose from, but I’ll go with “Shake Some Action” by the Flamin’ Grroovies. I always come back to this tune as the perfect pop song. No matter what band you’re in, what type of music you play, the perfect song is the elusive goal. One ring to rule them all so to speak. That song always turns me on, no matter what the context. Who knows why but that’s the one for a lot of people. There She Goes by the La’s is a close runner up. Bet I could talk somebody’s ear off about that for 1000 words.

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

Oy vey.  Where do I begin? I’ve fallen off stages, forgotten lyrics, had my pants fall down mid-song, you name it. A personal favorite was at a ski lodge up on Mt Hood here in Oregon, playing to a small angry gang of snowboarders. After our first song, some drunk heckler yelled out “Go back to college!”, to which I replied, “I wish I could go back to college,dude. It was a fun, you should try it!!” It was all downhill from there.  My good friend Chris grabbed a pool stick and smacked the guy. The rest I can’t remember.

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

I think that we’ve learned over time the golden rule, namely that giving the crowd the best you can offer always makes you feel good.  In other words, it’s not about you. And most crucially for us, once you nail the gear/soundguy factor, it’s nothing but fun.  But getting the audience to hear what you’re hearing can be tough.  For a band like us with 5 dudes and a lot of bells and whistles, it can be a challenge. The setlist has got to ebb and flow in just the right way, transitions need to tight, all that shit.  I feel like we’re getting better and better at it over the years, and you can always tell it’s working when you have their attention at all the right moments. Tough challenge, but it helps to always remember your job is to “entertain”. Never forget!

What makes a great song?

A great song is one that is universally accepted as great by people who would normally fucking hate that kind of music. It’s a song that allows you to forget where you are and what you’re doing.  A pure emotional response. A great song makes you get up and take notice; it gets a reaction. If you could bottle that and reproduce it, we would all be doing that right now. Luck and magic always help.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

It was called Phoenix Pretend and it was an overwrought mess. It was the first big song I tried to write for a band and it succeeded mainly on adrenaline and naivete. When I think back on it, I can hear the painful “grunge” vibe I was going for. Sign of the times. Having said that, it was necessary to figure out what I could do, and what I probably shouldn’t attempt as a singer. It was our set closer for awhile there, so somebody liked it I guess. 

What piece of your music are you particularly proud of?

I feel like our latest record, “An Ocean to Swallow” has some of the best things we’ve ever done. I’m really partial to “Weighing Feathers”, the ballad in the middle of the record. All credit to our lead guitarist, Edwin, who was responsible for the killer guitar lines and vibe of that one. Might be the Rhodes or the 12 string but it just lifts in a surprising way.  With all the moving parts, it can be hard to capture a relaxing vibe in a song, but this one does. It feels confessional and mysterious at the same time. Spooky but personal.  Never gets old.

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

A few faves jump to mind: Andy Shauf, Wand, Mitski, Ty Segall, Big Thief.  These artists combine honesty and intensity in really unique ways. And they’re great musicians. It’s not just beats and lyrics, though that can turn me on too. I just love it when an artist pays attention to building a song.  A good song usually requires a good arrangement, an unexpected melody and dynamics. Maybe not “requires”, but it sure is more effective at transporting the listener with  those essential elements. Who doesn’t want to be taken somewhere else for 5 minutes? That’s kinda the point.

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

My gut says VINYL in all caps. Waves always beat pixels. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I listen through my phone like everybody else when I’m out and about. Convenience serves a function. But it’s so much easier to connect emotionally with a favorite record hearing it on vinyl. It’s a truer sound and a more pleasing format. 18 minutes a side is just enough time to make a good cocktail, sit on the couch, check out the sleeve and get lost. Flip it over and do it again.

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice.

Whiskey is always more rewarding from a meditative point of view. It forces you to drink slowly and dwell on what you’re doing. Beer is about speed and group activity. Floating down a river in an intertube? Beer. At home in front of a fireplace laying on your brand new bearskin rug? whiskey. I know my town is filled with beer purists, but it just doesn’t warm your bones like a rye whiskey does.

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?

Portland is spoiled rotten when it comes to record stores, filled with knowledgeable OCD music lovers eager to help you. I’ll say Music Millennium because it’s 50 years old and still badass, but here’s a partial list of others worth your time: Mississippi, Jackpot, Green Noise, Little Axe, Everyday, so many good ones… They have all shared a percentage of my paycheck over the years.

What's next for the band? 

Starting to write the next record this summer.  Circling the beast, as they say. My favorite part of the process. We’re currently going through a lineup change, though: my good friend  and fellow songwriter Edwin Paroissien is quitting the band to pursue other projects.  We’ll miss him greatly because he’s been such a big part of our sound. But we’re looking forward to writing some new tunes and see where the muse takes us. As a band, we’ve been focusing on the live show lately, so I can envision the new music being more about the audience, rather than a personal diary entry. The music should serve the people.

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

John Cage once said “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas.  I’m frightened of the old ones.” Couldn’t agree more.  Always search for the new, waveriders. Cheers!

Friday, June 21, 2019

French metal/rock newcomers DIZORDER announced 'Dizorderly French/Spain Summer Tour 2k19' // New single "The Real Face" still available

After releasing a debut EP 'MOON PHASES' and then the single video of "The Real Face", now the time has come for French metalcore/rock newcomers Dizorder to hit the road for their first ever French/Spanish tour (list of the gigs below)

In addition to the official tour-announcement, "The Real Face" is still available for worldwide exclusive on Beheading The Traitor Channel also the EP 'MOON PHASES'  for CD & digital on Bandcamp and the main legal services (iTunes, Spotify, Deezer...).


...For the record...
Born from Val-d'Oise, Dizorder recently won 2 days of training at Le Forum de Vauréal to get prepared for any gig and has been elected by the audience of the open mic of La Ruche 2018.

Driven by the brutal screams of their female singer, the band offers an alternative metal at the crossroads between Flyleaf, Deftones, Northlane and frees themselves from more lyrical spheres.

For fans of Northlane, Deftones, Flyleaf...

Thursday, June 20, 2019


Revered purveyors of their own critically celebrated style of doom infused progressive rock/metal, Pallbearer have expanded their relationship with Nuclear Blast Records, announcing today that they’ve signed a worldwide deal for the band’s highly anticipated fourth full-length album.  Pallbearer commented:

“We are very honored to announce that we have signed a worldwide record deal with Nuclear Blast. We had the great privilege of working with them on the European distribution of our previous album, and it was quite clear that this was the next logical step for us. We greatly look forward to continuing our work with Monte Conner and his legendary team at the label, as well as being included amongst a truly unparalleled group of some of heavy music’s greatest artists of the modern era.”

In timing with the signing announcement, Pallbearer has released a new single, “Atlantis,” as part of Sub Pop Records’ recently revived “Sub Pop Singles Club.” The single is available for streaming here
“We’re very excited to finally be able to share another piece of new material with you. As many of you probably know by now, Pallbearer has always been very ‘album-oriented’ — when we are writing music, it’s often with the big picture in mind. However, we also thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to release pieces that might not necessarily fit into a larger album. Thanks to the Sub-Pop Singles Series, we were thrilled to have the chance to write a brand new song, ‘Atlantis,’ plus also document how ‘Thorns,’ a song from our previous LP had taken on a different bit of attitude after being road-worn for a couple of years.” – Pallbearer

Pallbearer has announced a handful of summer dates, including shows with Baroness and two special home state shows where the band will be performing Sorrow and Extinction in its entirety. Dates are found below.

“Things have been relatively quiet on our front here, after wrapping up the ‘Heartless’ touring cycle last October — but we’re coming out of our album-writing hibernation period to perform some select shows in July.

Things didn’t quite line up for us to perform a show commemorating the 10th anniversary of the band last year, but we’ll be performing two dates in our home state that will unofficially be a celebration of one whole decade of Pallbearer in the books so far! We’ll be performing ‘Sorrow & Extinction’ + other selections from our history at both of these shows. We’ve also teamed up with our esteemed friends at Lost Forty Brewing to bring a new limited beer, a Czech-style Pilsner dubbed ‘The Legend' (plus other surprises!) which will be available at these dates. And, since these two Arkansas dates are over a week apart, we managed to sneak a few other regional shows in there too. Hope to see you there!” - Pallbearer

The Little Rock, Arkansas-bred foursome Pallbearer arrived on the doom metal scene in 2012 with a stunning debut full-length, Sorrow and Extinction, which was described by Pitchfork as “startlingly well realized, with deep, sludgy guitar textures and proggy songs that are complemented by a sparkling melodic sensibility” and NPR stating, “These are songs that challenge the doom gods themselves for a place on the throne.”

Over the last decade, critical praise rained as Pallbearer released the 2014’s lauded Foundations of Burden (“monstrous riffs that turn out to be gentle giants, with sheer beauty imbuing every guitar layer” - Paste) and their most recent album, 2017’s Heartless (“Pallbearer is living proof of an old cliché: good things come in threes” - Consequence Of Sound).

See Pallbearer on the road this summer and look for more news to come soon.  Check out their new merch store at

July 13 - Little Rock, AR - Rev Room *
July 18 - Oklahoma City, OK - 89th Street
July 19 - Columbia, MO - Rose Music Hall
July 20 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
July 21 - Fayetteville, AR - George’s Majestic *
July 30 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom +
July 31 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn +

* Playing all of Sorrow & Extinction in entirety
+with Baroness
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Xroadie Files

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oreida – Oreida
Band members ????

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


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Absent Sky - Lone Wolf

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, June 17, 2019

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

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

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


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

NIGHT ONE Friday June 21

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

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

NIGHT TWO Saturday June 22

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

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

NIGHT THREE Sunday June 23

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

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

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

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


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

Advance tickets END Monday 6/17, get yours

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

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Fistful of Questions With Jarret Beach

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

What is your full name?

Jarret Beach from the Beach Clans of the North

Do you have any aliases?


What bands are you actively involved in?

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

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

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

What was the first instrument that you played?

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

Tell me about one of your first musical memories?

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

What inspired the name Destroy My Brains?

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

Tell me about the genesis of Destroy My Brains.

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

Tell me about Ashes of Yggdrasil.

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

Tell me about Doom Tomb Recording Studio.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

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

Do you have any non-metal musical inspirations?

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

What is an absolute band killer?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the official phone number of Canada?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is your favorite Ghost album?

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

Favorite book?

Swank magazine

Favorite movie?

Evil Dead

Favorite album?

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

Favorite meal?

Breast Milk cereal

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

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

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

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