Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Xroadie Files


Mike Campese – The Fire Within
Mike Campese – Guitar/Bass/Vocals, Patrick Johansson - Drums

The Fire Within shredding neoclassical guitar that just pierces your soul with amazing musicianship and shredding leads. All Alone melodic guitar with a Spanish classical feel just close your eyes and let the music flow thru you as it builds with some scorching leads to a crescendo and some excellent vocals full of emotion.


Paul Maged – Fight To The Death
Paul Maged – Keyboards/Piano/Bass/Beat Box/ Vocals, John Polimeni – Guitar, Ari Fiedman – Guitar/ Bass, Marc Hoffman – Drums

Fight To The Death emotional guitars grab at you then a catchy riff and pounding beat stand up and rock out.  Illusions Go By close your eyes and just let your imagination flow. Life Goes By catchy rhythms that will have you up and grooving along sing and just enjoy. Nightstalker spoken words crunchy riffs solid beats and a song that will just have you singing along. Off In The Distance melodic piano and emotional vocals just let it envelop your senses. The Resistance solid beats crunchy riffs thumping bass and emotional vocals.


Wild Planes – Singin 'N' Slingin
Kris Carmello – Vocals/Guitar, Andre Jevnik – Drums/Vocals, Jimmy Ray Hoag – Bass/Vocals

Drunk just grab a few brews kick back with friends and enjoy the music to some funky rock. I’m Back has a country flavor with plenty of emotions as it slides towards the hard rock sound. Money just stand up and groove along as the music envelops your very soul. The Hunter will just have you up and dancing along to a catchy beat. We Don’t Know This has a reggae feel that just slides along.  


Hell's Addiction – V1.0
Bren Sargent – Vocals. Liam Sargent – Guitar, Dan Weir – Guitar, Jason Green – Bass, Luke Morely – Drums

Free Your Mind scorching leads pounding beats thumping bass fist pumping riffs and soaring vocals just get up and head bang away. Masking the Pain with have the entire crowd swaying and singing along to one heavy catchy riff. If Time Stood Still melodies flow and envelop you with some searing leads and slow rhythms and heartfelt vocals. Running Away a catchy guitar riffs a stand up and fist pump rhythm that just takes you over and won’t let go.


Vigilance – Enter The Endless Abyss
Gillian – Guitar/Vocals, Tine – Drums, Anej – Guitar, Andrej – Bass

Blood And Black Lace a slow pounding rhythm searing leads and thumping bass will have the crowd rise in unison and just be totally enveloped in the music as the tempo speeds up. The Return Of The Savage has a very catchy bass riff and drum with crunchy guitars with scorching leads and gruff vocals. Dvoglava Kaca  slow melodic gothic music surrounds you then kicks into over drive and just has you slamming in the pit. The Gunslinger fast heavy fist pumping head banging metal mayhem. Night Raid rolling drums thundering bass crunchy guitars with screaming leads and rough vocals that have lots of aggression. Knights Of Valor has a very Thin Lizzy Iron Maiden duel leads harmony that just grabs you and won’t let go get ready to rock. Stormblade fast heavy fist pumping speed metal. Crni Kolovrat over 7 minutes of excellent fast heavy melodic metal madness.


-Xroadie

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Come Hang Out with Ripple Music at this Year's Psycho Las Vegas!


America’s rock ‘n’ roll bacchanal returns and  Ripple will be there!  Stop by and say hi as PSYCHO LAS VEGAS brings its annual debauchery and unbridled volume to the Strip.  With a move to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino setting the stage for a Las Vegas Boulevard takeover, the heavy underground is in for a party the likes of which have never been seen.

Slated for August 16th through August 18th, PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2019 will feature four stages, including the newly renovated Events Center, the iconic House Of Blues, the Mandalay Bay Beach, featuring a wave pool and lazy river, and an old-school Vegas-style Lounge smack dab in the middle of the casino floor. While all of the venues are located on the property, Mandalay Bay is connected by a complimentary tram service that provides easy access to affordable accommodations such as Luxor and Excalibur. Attendees will have access to discounted rates at all of these properties and other MGM hotels and resorts down the Strip.

Weekender General Admission passes and Single-day tickets are available. While the festival format will remain largely the same as previous years, the Thursday pre-party at DAYLIGHT Beach Club will be a more intimate event for attendees and will require a separate ticket from the festival pass. Tickets and more information available at VivaPsycho.com.

 

Monday, July 29, 2019

The Story of Pale Divine


Discography

1. Crimson Tears Demo(1997)
2. Thunder Perfect Mind Full-length(2001)
3. Eternity Revealed Full-length(2004)
4. Cemetery Earth Full-length(2007)
5. Crimson Tears Full-length Compilation(2008)
6. Imperial Anthems No. 6 /w Spiritus Mortis Split 7"(2011)
7. Painted Windows Black Full-length(2012)
8. Pale Divine Full-length(2018)

Current line-up                                                Ex-members

Darin McCloskey - drums(1995- )                 Jay Purnell - bass guitar(1995-98)                  
Greg Diener - guitars, vocals(1995- )             Jim Corl - bass guitar(1998-05)
Ron McGinnis - bass guitar(2012 - )              Larry Stout - bass guitar(2005)
Dana Ortt - guitar(2018)                                 Perry Grayson - bass guitar(2005)
                                                                        John Gaffney - bass guitar(2006-08, 2012)
                                                                        Jerry Bright - bass guitar(2008-10)
                                                                        John Klein - guitars(2007-09)

Sometimes you stumble upon treasures by chance which alter your life immediately. This happened to me in 2006 when I was browsing through I Hate Records excellent label/distro website for goodies. All of a sudden a band name and an album title popped out in front of my eyes: Pale Divine - Thunder Perfect Mind. There was no photo of the artwork but the accompanying text piqued my interest immensely. A copy was duly ordered and upon its arrival I have never looked back. After all, the band quickly made its way into my Top 5 favourites of all time, rubbing shoulders with Thin Lizzy, Rush, UFO and Marillion. And that's no mean feat!

The band was formed in 1995 by drummer Darin McCloskey and guitarist/singer Greg Diener and they have remained the nucleus ever since. From the beginning they forged a formidable partnership which has resulted in some truly fantastic albums. They were soon joined by bass player Jay Purnell in 1995 and he appears on Pale Divine’s first recorded effort, a demo called ‘Crimson Tears’ released in 1997. He left in 1998 and was replaced by Jim Corl.

The new lineup released the stunning debut ‘Thunder Perfect Mind’ in 2001. Many first albums are usually very good because the bands have had time to work on them with no pressure coming from anyone. So they are relaxed and unrestrained. The same applies for Pale Divine but with one huge difference, ‘Thunder Perfect Mind’ is a masterpiece. It set the bar high, something the band embraced immediately and have used to their advantage ever since releasing stellar album after stellar album. Three years later this is evident as ‘Eternity Revealed’ appeared, a recording which further enhanced the band’s greatness. No second album jitters here.

Another three years would pass until their third album was released. In the meantime however, Jim Corl left in 2005 and this triggered an almost Spinal Tap-like situation regarding the four-string profession. Larry Stout and Perry Grayson followed in quick succession the same year before John Gaffney joined the fold in 2006. A year later this new formation recorded the ground-breaking ‘Cemetery Earth’. A truly earth-shattering recording which cemented the band’s stature as one of the best in the world. Shortly afterwards Pale Divine experimented with the lineup by adding a second guitarist, John Klein. Still, the bassist merry-go-round continued in 2008 when Gaffney left with Jerry Bright replacing him. In the meantime, a compilation album, ‘Crimson Tears’, was released and as the title suggests it is based on the 1997 demo with additional material added. In 2009 the band reverted back to the three-piece format as John Klein left.

Bright departed in 2010 and when the ‘Imperial Anthems’ split single with Spiritus Mortis came out in 2011, Greg Diener not only sang and played guitar, he also handled the four-string axe. As the band prepared to hit the studio to record the excellent ‘Painted Windows Black’ in 2012, Jerry Bright returned to lay down the bass parts but for the initial live shows John Gaffney helped out before departing again. This, however, finally stabilized Pale Divine’s struggle with bass players as bass maestro Ron”Fezzy”McGinnis entered the fray and he’s been with them ever since.

After six long years studio album number five arrived. This self-titled creation saw the light of day in 2018 and again, Pale Divine pushed the envelope. The new opus is a mind-blowing experience and, even though I wouldn’t expect anything less from them, it is such an elation when a great band never stands still and delivers. After its release, Pale Divine reverted back to the quartet formula with Dana Ortt joining on guitar from Beelzefuzz. So, closing this out the future looks amazingly bright from one of the best bands on the planet. The current lineup has so much potential to elevate their stature to unchartered territory which I, for one, savor and relishes in thought of what is to come from these gentlemen. The future is endless!

-Swedebeast




Sunday, July 28, 2019


Death Rides A Horse - More God than Man

Special shoutout to Deadbangers Productions​.  Everything we love in an underground, independent record label.  Folks doing what they do purely out of love to uncover some of the best unheard metal in the bowels of the earth.  Like this gem from Death Rides a Horse​   Didn't know what to expect when I first put this baby onto the turntable, but I wasn't prepared for a massive sonic attack of perfectly executed thrash/power/doom metal.   Twin lead guitars sear through Ida H's evocative vocals.  Lyrical themes evolve from pan-Eurasian mythology, describing the fates of Babylonian gods and other magical figures. It's nice to see a band exploring other, less-mined mythos, and the band tackle the near eastern mythology with full intent and grandiosity. I've seen them described as having a "foundation of doom with supporting pillars of power metal" and I won't argue, but don't forget the backbone of thrash, with it's intensity and drive.

Dig into all that Deadbangers Productions has to offer in terms of their vinyl and cassette metal output.  I'm damn impressed by this little label, because I know how hard it is to fight the small label fight.  They also apparently do an occasional zine, but I haven't been blessed to see a copy of that.  But you know I'm gonna check it out.

Find out all about Deadbangers and give them a follow and your support.

Long live the underground!

http://www.deadbangers.com/index.html

--Racer

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Are you ready for the final instalment of Ripple Music’s The Second Coming of Heavy? | Last split to feature The W Likes and Palace In Thunderland


The Second Coming of Heavy; Chapter X is released on vinyl on 13th September 2019
“For record collectors who coo over coloured vinyl and artwork deserving of a place on the wall, the Second Coming of Heavy series is a fine example of how stoner, doom and psych is leading the way in offering the full package.”
METAL HAMMER

Stream and share The W Likes’s 'Rerun' and Palace in Thunderland’s 'Feeding The Beast' here – https://soundcloud.com/ripple-music/sets/second-coming-of-heavy

Pre-order the album now at www.ripple-music.com

Already recognised as one of the world's leading purveyors of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Stoner, Doom and Heavy Psych, Ripple Music upped the ante in 2015 with the arrival of one of their most ambitious projects to date, The Second Coming of Heavy Series.

Serving as an ongoing showcase for some of the best and heaviest bands emerging from the underground, each installment shines a light on those worthy of your attention. Consisting of one, 12” slab of multi-coloured vinyl with full colour sleeves and inserts, the series is designed to be saved and treasured, much like a fine anthology of books. When the albums are filed next to each other, the complete collection of aligned spines form a mind-blowing image direct from the underground.

Bands that have already featured in the series include Geezer, Borracho, Supervoid, Red Desert, Kingnomad, Bonehawk, Red Mesa, Blue Sanggletooth, Fuzz Evil, Switchblade Jesus plus a whole host of others. For this latest installment it’s the turn of Massachusetts’s leading sonic explorers, Palace In Thunderland and Scandinavian stoners, The W Likes.

The Second Coming Of Heavy; Chapter X – the final chapter in the project – will get an official vinyl release on 13th September 2019 and is limited to 300 copies in three alternative versions (100 of each) – The Resurrection Edition, The Risen OBI and The Ascension Edition.

Stream and share The W Likes’s 'Rerun' and Palace in Thunderland’s 'Feeding The Beast' here – https://soundcloud.com/ripple-music/sets/second-coming-of-heavy

PALACE IN THUNDERLAND
Palace In Thunderland on Bandcamp | Facebook
THE W LIKES
The W Likes on Bandcamp | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
More praise for Ripple Music’s The Second Coming Of Heavy series:

“Ripple Music is fast becoming the label of choice for good old fashioned heavy metal. They have released some great albums over the past twelve months, their latest being this split release featuring Supervoid and Red Desert [...] two great bands and another great release from Ripple.”
POWERPLAY MAGAZINE

"This is Ripple Music proving why they are the Premier Record Label within the Doom/Stoner Metal community."
DOOM CHARTS

“I've long thought that The Second Coming Of Heavy series was one of the coolest things happening among a flock of cool things that Ripple Music has going on. The latest submission to this series is a split between Supervoid and Red Desert. Featuring the fuzzed out tones that make so much of this classic rock and roll stuff so worthwhile, these two bands prove that they both deserve a place in a scene crowded by posers and chumps.”
TWO GUYS METAL REVIEWS

“Ripple Music believes we are in the midst of a heavy rock renaissance. Two editions deep, they’ve already highlighted a range of styles and a swath of acts from around different regions of the US brought together by their varied takes on what it means to be heavy. There’s a lot of ground to cover, and the project remains ambitious, but taking it one LP at a time, there seems to be nothing keeping the label from continuing this exploration and enlightening listeners as they go.”
THE OBELISK

Friday, July 26, 2019

Fistful Of Questions With Tim Catz From Roadsaw And White Dynomite


Boston Celtic lifer.  Seventies soundtrack enthusiast.  Opera hater.  Bassist.  Former band nerd?  This edition of Fistful of Questions goes to Mr. Tim Catz of Roadsaw and White Dynomite.       

What is your full name?

Tim Catz

Do you have any aliases?

None I’m willing to reveal.

What bands are you actively involved in?

Roadsaw
White Dynomite

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

I had an imaginary band called Intruder before I actually formed one. Made a cool logo and everything. But my first "real" band was called Cluster. It was your basic power trio with me playing bass and singing.

What was the first instrument that you played?

Drums in a high school marching band.

Tell me about one of your first musical memories?

I had a little plastic record player and the first 45 I remember having was "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys.

What inspired the name Roadsaw?

We were leaving the practice space in a fog of dope smoke and booze after one of our first get togethers. They were doing construction outside the building and this giant asphalt cutting machine was parked there. Someone turned and said "Hey look its a Road Saw! "....and that was that.

Both White Dynomite and Roadsaw have an element of fun that permeates throughout their sound.  How is that achieved?

Certainly White Dynomite does. It's supposed to be a good time freak out party whenever we play. That's the whole idea. None of the songs are very serious lyrically and the songwriting process doesn’t involve overcomplicating or over thinking.

With Roadsaw it’s different. I feel like it has some of those elements, but there's so much more put into it.  More personal views. But we certainly use the power of Rawk to make our point.   We keep it moving.

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

Depends.  With White Dynomite it's definitely all about the song title. Some songs write themselves if you have a good title.

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

One that made lots of money for obvious reasons.

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

No.

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Drugs.  Ha!....I dunno...so many. I'm not one of those people who only listens to a narrow swathe of genres. I listen to everything and try to find something in it I can put my mind to, find something in it I can use. Except Opera. I hate opera.

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

Zen Guerilla. Solid wave of sweat infused madness and soul.

Do you have any non-metal/hard rock musical inspirations?

Sure.  70’s cinema. The Golden Age.

Do you have a pre-show ritual?

Yes.  Find that delicate balance between inspired looseness and too drunk to play, then ride it into the ground.

What is an absolute band killer?

Motley Crue had an actual killer in the lineup. Fuck you Vince Neil.

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

Too many to list. What a long strange trip it's been, right?

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

 Being homeless.

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

Being homeless.

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

"Sky Valley" by Kyuss. A touring staple.

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

A month. Roadsaw did a tour with Lead Foot and Terra Firma years ago. All of us in Roadsaw decided to dress head to toe in leather at that stage in our careers. And the challenge was to not shower the entire time. I even slept in leather pants. We stunk like rotten meat by the end of it.

(Interviewer’s note… this is a new record.  The previous record was a week.  I’m mortified and amused at the same time.)

What’s it going to take to get the Celtics back to the NBA Finals?

We are one piece away from being real contenders.  But I love the young talent we already have.  With all the trades and deals last month it looks like this coming season is gonna be wild. The East is wide open. Maybe that Lakers/Celtic rivalry will get real again!

The year is 1989.  Where are you at and what are you listening to?

I’m listening to lots of local Boston bands. The Lyres. The Blackjacks. Del Fuegos. Prime Movers. The Bags. Zulus. Turbines. Slaughter Shack. Wargasm. Meliah Rage. 

Describe Sully Erna in fifteen words or less. 

Hardest working wiccan midget in the business.

(Sully, for those that don’t know is the frontman of Godsmack and the former drummer and bandmate of Tim’s in the band Seka/Strip Mind)

Where is that Gibson Thunderbird bass right now?

To my right. In its case. Waiting.

You are stuck on a deserted island and you have to choose one of your Roadsaw bandmates to join you.  Which bandmate will it be and why?

Craig Riggs. He's got the most meat on him. In case cannibalism becomes an option.

You’re starting up a band and you can choose Bob Seger or David Lee Roth as your singer.  Which one will it be?

Bob Seger of course. The man is an under appreciated legend. Right up there with Tom Petty if you ask me.

Jethro Tull or Motorhead (if you had to choose)?

Jethro Tull. Cuz flutes.

Favorite Atari game?

Video games are for dorks and virgins. Pick up a guitar and get some action!

Favorite New Kids On The Block song?

I celebrate their entire catalog.

Favorite book?

Ham On Rye.  Bukowski

Favorite movie?

Holy Mountain 

Favorite album?

Prison Hymes

Favorite meal?

Rock Lobster of course
Thanks to Tim for taking the time to answer these questions and for shattering the previous record for consecutive days without bathing.  Be sure to check out Roadsaw’s latest release Tinnitus the Night available digitally and on cd and sick ass vinyl courtesy of Ripple Music.  You’ll be a better person for having done so.  


~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.





Thursday, July 25, 2019

Heavy Mash 2019 with The Liquid Sound Co., Destroyer of Light, Forming the Void, and more!


Arlington, TX Heavy Music Festival

In conjunction with Division Brewing in Arlington, TX, we are pleased to announce the 3rd year of this small fest presented by Growl Records, The Obelisk, The Sludgelord, Artificial Head Records, and Death Chicken! It will be held at Division Brewing in Arlington, TX on October 19th from 2pm to midnight-ish. In past years we’ve seen Wo Fat, Duel, Great Electric Quest, Doomstress, Mountain of Smoke, Stone Machine Electric, and many others slay our stage. Below is our full line-up, starting with the headlining act:

The Liquid Sound Company – a psychedelic band formed by doom veteran John Perez in 1996 from Arlington, TX

Destroyer of Light – a melodic doom metal band that pushes those boundaries from Austin, TX

Forming the Void – progressive heavy rock from Lafayette, La

Vorvon – wizard metal from Fort Worth, TX

Funeral Horse – garage metal from Houston, TX

Whep – punk sludge from Denton, TX

Smokey Mirror - heavy psych blues from Dallas, TX

The Grasshopper Lies Heavy – post-metal from San Antonio, TX

Sonar Lights – heavy rock from Fort Worth, TX

C.I. - Instrumental rock for crankhead alcoholic camo-jort-wearing deadbeat dads from White Settlement, TX

For any comments or questions, please contact us at heavymashfest@gmail.com. If you’re in a band, feel free to submit yourselves for next year and beyond.

-Mark Kitchens

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Xroadie Files


Harrington Saints – 1000 Pounds of Oi!
Darrel Wojick – Vocals, Mike C. – Guitar, Jayson Shepard – Guitar, Mike Deuce Miller - Bass, Forrest Maestretti – Drums

1000 Pounds Of Oi! slam dance away to some classic punk. Red State has a very catchy punkish riff that just has you up and bouncing to the music as you sing along. Fremont Train spoken words catchy riffs pounding beats just enjoy. Pressure low rumbling bass pounding drums chugging riffs just hit the pit and slam away. State Of Emergency takes you back to the days of melodic punk rock and mtv. Rock n Rolla get out the air guitars and just jam along as you bounce and shout. Broken Windows a catchy tune that just sticks in your head for days. Counter Attack fast heavy melodic punk rock mayhem. Rise Up a heavy catchy riff that has you up and slamming away in the circle pit. Now More Than Ever stand up bounce dance and just enjoy this catchy riff.


Lucifer’s Friend - Black Moon
John Lawton – Vocals, Peter Hesselein – Guitar/Keyboards, Dieter Horns – Bass, Stephen Eggert – Drums

Black Moon soaring keyboards chugging guitars thumping bass powerful vocals just take a trip back to the excellent tunes of the 70s. Passengers keyboards that just envelop you as the beat flows thru you close your eyes and trip away. Rolling The Stone stand up and groove along to one catchy song. Behind The Smile majestic rhythms just grab ahold with emotional vocals. Palace Of Fools is a stand up pump your fist and just sing along tune with some amazing musicianship. Call The Captain crunchy guitars thundering drums soaring keyboards thumping bass and powerful vocals one great song. Little Man very jazzy bluesy emotional song that just flows along. Freedom crunchy guitars pounding rhythms swirling keyboards and vocals that just garb your soul enjoy the ride. Taking It To The Edge has a groove that just envelops you and won’t let go with soaring vocals and excellent musicianship. Glory Days go back to the late 70s and the excellent feel good hard rock of that time.


IZZ – Don’t Panic
Paul Bremner – Guitar, Anmarie Byrnes – Vocals, Brian Coralian – Drums/Percussion, Greg DiMiceli -  Drums/Percussion, John Galgano – Bass/Guitar/Vocals, Tom Galgano – Keyboards/Vocals, Laura Meade – Vocals

Don’t Panic swirling keyboards soft vocals jazzy prog rock rhythms with some excellent musicianship just close your eyes and take a great musical trip. 42 is an over 18 minutes’ musical journey thru the very recesses of your imagination. Six String Theory some excellent emotional guitar playing. Moment Of Inertia just close your eyes and drift along on the melodic journey that is very emotional. Age of Stars amazing prog rock with some great musicianship that takes you back to the days when prog was king of the airwaves.


Silver Devil – Paralyzed
Anders Lofstrand – Vocals, Jonas Hamqvist – Guitar, Otto Molin – Guitar, Marcus Strom – Drums, Erik Bergkvist – Bass

Howl soaring strange vocals slithering heavy rhythms that just pull you into a dark place. Rivers stoner metal that just envelops you as it takes you into the recesses of your imagination. Paralyzed stand up and fist pump along to a catchy heavy Sabbath style riff pounding beat and eerie vocals with some scorching leads. Nightwalker grab your air guitar get out the bang take a hit and just jam along till the morning lights starts to show its face. No Man Traveller stoner rock metal in the vein of Sabbath with a few different influences. Octopus sounds of a storm spoken words and strong heavy guitar riff with a slow pounding rhythm that just drags you along. Beast heavy dark dementia. Hypersleep crunchy riff pounding beats and soaring vocals that just pull you into nothingness. The Grand Trick just close your eyes and let your imagination run wild.


Renaissance – A Song For All Seasons
Annie Haslam – Vocals, Michael Dunford – Guitar, John Tout – Keyboards/Vocals, Jon Camp – Bass/Guitar/Vocals, Terry Sullivan – Drums/Percussion

Disc One – Opening Out close your eyes and just drift along with some amazing musicianship and prog rock melodies. Day Of The Dreamer majestic feeling just envelop you and take you away to another world. Closer Than Yesterday walking thru the forest just letting your imagination run wild. Kindness (At The End) Takes you back to mid evil times of Knights wizards and kings just let the emotions flow. Back Home Once Again great prog rock to just take you away to another time and place. She Is Love walking hand in hand with your love just enjoying the day. Northern Lights some emotional guitars vocals and a catchy riff to just make your day flow effortlessly. A Song For All Seasons sensational piano majestic music emotional vocals excellent prog rock melodies. Northern Lights (Promotional Single Edit) shorter version for radio. Day Of The Dreamer (BBC Session) majestic melodies flow thru you and just take your imagination away. Midas Man (BBC Session Aug. 19-1078) sitting around the fire with musicians playing folky prog rock that just takes you on a magical journey. The Vultures Fly High (BBC Session Aug. 19-1978) amazing musicianship with prog rock tendencies just kick back and enjoy. Northern Lights (Top Of The Pops Version) some emotional amazing prog rock  that just takes you away.

Disc Two – Live At The Tower Theater Philadelphia PA Dec. 4th 1978Can You Understand over 15 minutes live of prog rock mastery just let your imagination flow. Carpet Of the Sun keyboards flowing vocals soaring melodies just grabbing hold of you. Things I Don’t Understand over ten minutes of one amazing musical journey. Opening Out (Previously Unreleased) kick back close your eyes and just drift along. Day Of The Dreamer strolling thru the forest just enjoying the day with friends. Midas Man classic folky prog rock.

Disc Three – Northern Lights (Live 1978) kicking back with the crowd just enjoying the music flowing thru you. Live 1978 previously Unreleased – A Song For All Seasons an over 11 minute musical journey thru your mind space time and imagination. Touching Once Is So Hard To Keep great harmony vocals amazing musicianship with tons of melodies and emotions. Ashes Are Burning an almost 30 minutes of prog rock master piece just kick back and enjoy the magical musical journey.


-Xroadie

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Feel the Ascension of Psychedelic Quintet DEAD FEATHERS on ALL IS LOST | Stream the Storming Title Track Now!


All Is Lost by Dead Feathers is released on 23rd August on Ripple Music

Stream and share new song 'All Is Lost’ – https://soundcloud.com/ripple-music/5-dead-feathers-all-is-lost

Pre-order the album now at www.ripple-music.com

Dead Feathers on Bandcamp | Facebook

Since day one, these psychedelic Chicagoans have proven themselves to be a young band with limitless potential and lasting appeal. Building on the success of their 2016 self-titled EP on HeviSike Records, Dead Feathers have continued to cultivate a growing fanbase across the world, largely through ambitious tours and guest support slots with the likes of Kikagaku Moyo, Radio Moscow and Monster Magnet.

Fronted by the extremely talented Marissa Allen, who’s vocals summon the spirit of Inga Rumpf and Linda Hoyle, Dead Feathers are influenced by rock bands of the 60s and 70s and the modern underground psych of today. Fusing a heavy, early 70s Fairports-via-Affinity vibe with a Dead Meadow and Black Mountain-esque appreciation for big riffs, their live shows are filled with a thunderous energy on stage that puts concert goers under their spell. Combining soulful and emotional songwriting with obscene levels of fuzz and reverb, overflowing bass lines and booming drums, Dead Feathers craft a mood with deft levels of artistry and showmanship.

Drop yourself in the incense smoke and reverberated grooves that is Dead Feathers this August with the release of All Is Lost on 23rd August through Ripple Music.

Stream and share new song 'All Is Lost’ – https://soundcloud.com/ripple-music/5-dead-feathers-all-is-lost

DEAD FEATHERS:

Tony Wold – Guitar
Marissa Allen – Vocals
Tim Snyder – Guitar
Rob Rodak – Bass
Joel Castanon – Drums
TRACK LISTING:

1. At the Edge
2. With Me
3. Cordova
4. Horse and Sands
5. All is Lost
6. Darling Sighs
7. Smoking Gun
8. Night Child (Exclusive to CD)
9. Not Ours to Own
10. Found Caravan (Exclusive to CD)

Artist: Dead Feathers
Album: All Is Lost
Label: Ripple Music
Release Date: 23/08/2019
Format: CD/Vinyl/Digital

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Psycho Las Vegas upping the ante and taking this party to the strip. Join the heavy underground world  August 16-18, 2019 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for Psycho Las Vegas––featuring four stages, late night parties, and exclusive performances you won’t see anywhere else. Early Bird + Tier I tickets are on sale now at vivapsycho.com.

Lineup so far:
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
High on Fire
Glassjaw
YOB
Perturbator
Kadavar
Oranssi Pazuzu
Electric Wizard
Fu Manchu
Graveyard
Amenra
Deafheaven
Old Man Gloom
Clutch
Power Trip
Bad Religion
Rotting Christ




America’s rock ‘n’ roll bacchanal returns as PSYCHO LAS VEGAS brings its annual debauchery and unbridled volume to the Strip itself, with a move to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino that sets the stage for a Las Vegas Boulevard takeover, the likes of which have never been seen.

Slated for August 16th through August 18th, PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2019 will feature four stages, including the newly renovated Events Center, the iconic House Of Blues, the Mandalay Bay Beach, featuring a wave pool and lazy river, and an old-school Vegas-style Lounge smack dab in the middle of the casino floor. While all of the venues are located on the property, Mandalay Bay is connected by a complimentary tram service that provides easy access to affordable accommodations such as Luxor and Excalibur. Attendees will have access to discounted rates at all of these properties and other MGM hotels and resorts down the Strip.

The highly coveted “Psycho Special” passes, notorious for selling out instantly, are priced at $99, plus taxes and fees and go on sale Thursday, November 29th at 10:00am PST. Weekender General Admission passes are priced at $249, plus taxes and fees, and will increase to $299, plus taxes and fees, once the first tier sells out. Only 300 High Roller VIP passes will be sold at $499, plus taxes and fees, with package details to be announced in December. Single-day tickets will be available in the Spring at $109, plus taxes and fees. While the festival format will remain largely the same as previous years, the Thursday pre-party at DAYLIGHT Beach Club will be a more intimate event for attendees and will require a separate ticket from the festival pass. Tickets and more information available at VivaPsycho.com.

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https://www.instagram.com/psycholasvegas/
http://vivapsycho.com




Tickets at VIVAPSYCHO.COM  

Monday, July 22, 2019

Dig Two Graves - Deathwish


Self-released

Dig Two Graves is a progressive metal core outfit from central New Jersey. Combining an eclectic mix of Progressive Metal, Djent, and atmospheric dream pop. Starting back in 2017, Dig Two Graves has been working tirelessly to separate them from the pack in a very crowded genre. By combing a variety of musical styles into their all too often, cliché-heavy genre, this is their debut recording.

The first song in an instrumental that starts off interesting and quiet with some samples then gets a bit irritating with the skipping sound that it takes on. The first track, “As Above” starts off nice and heavy and gets your head banging with the power and driving force it has. The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the screamed vocals, the clean vocals in the song are far better. I really liked the background to most of the songs, light and lilting music that soothes and then bang, the heaviness hits you like a kick to the groin, but the lilting music is still there in the background. Closer “So Below” is an epic song coming in at over 7 minutes and has everything in it, dream pop, progressive and metal, in your face metal. The song is a perfect end to the album with the band firing on all pistons and giving you the raw emotion and power that you expect from the previous songs. The added female vocals are a perfect addition to the track.

While not being too different sounding from track to track, the band does have potential to get a lot of fans and would probably put on one hell of a show live. While not being huge on the screamed vocals, the intensity and rawness does give this a lot of power and does make it stand out from the other bands with everything mixed up the way that they do it.

-Rick Ecker



Sunday, July 21, 2019


It's on!

Starting July 19, 2019,  The Alarm – SIGMA LXXXV TOUR 2019 of AMERICA Featuring Modern English & Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel begins with a Sold Out show in Austin, Tx

A fraternity of alternative British rock bands led by acoustic pioneers The Alarm, post punk auteurs Modern English, and the charismatic Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel will take to the road throughout North America this summer 2019. See all dates below:

The Alarm are particularly looking forward to the tour having just released their new album ∑ Sigma (NUMBER ONE ROCK ALBUM IN THE UK), to a host of excellent reviews all across the board:

“The Sigma Tour will bring out the best that The Alarm has to offer the 21st Century.” says Alarm lead singer Mike Peters, “We look forward to taking part in an event that, along with our friends Modern English and Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel, will hopefully, live long in the memory for all our fans. Our music, which still gets played on the radio every single day, gives us all a platform for creativity that will shine through every second of the Sigma Tour. Fans can expect collaboration, moments of reflection, camaraderie and also the unexpected. The tour will be alive on all the social media platforms allowing fans from around the world to see what it’s like for British bands to be on the road in the USA.”

SIGMA LXXXV TOUR

July 17 — Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge – TICKETS *The Alarm only
July 19 — Austin, TX @ 3Ten Live – SOLD OUT
July 20 — Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey – TICKETS
July 21 — Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theater – TICKETS
July 24 — Las Vegas, CA @ House of Blues – TICKETS
July 25 — San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – TICKETS
July 26 — Temecula, CA @ Wiens Family Cellars – TICKETS
July 27 — Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater – TICKETS *FESTIVAL – The Alarm Set Time T.B.D.
July 31 — Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre – TICKETS
Aug. 2 — San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom – TICKETS
Aug. 3 — Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades – TICKETS
Aug. 5 — Portland, OR @ Aladdin – TICKETS
Aug. 6 — Seattle, WA @ Triple Door – SOLD OUT
Aug. 7 — Spokane, WA @ Bing Crosby Theater – TICKETS
Aug. 8 — Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex TICKETS (The Alarm/Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel Only)
Aug. 9 — Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater – TICKETS
Aug. 10 — Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall – TICKETS
Aug. 12 — St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall – TICKETS
Aug. 14 — Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line – TICKETS
Aug. 15 — Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Ballroom – TICKETS
Aug. 16 — Chicago, IL @ House of Blues – TICKETS
Aug. 17 — Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall – TICKETS
Aug. 18 — Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues – TICKETS
Aug. 20 — Portland. ME @ Aura – TICKETS
Aug. 21 — Boston, MA @ Paradise – TICKETS
Aug, 23 — Huntington, NY @ The Paramount – TICKETS
Aug. 24 — Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak – TICKETS
Aug. 25 — Falls Church, VA @ State Theatre TICKETS
Aug. 27– Albany, NY @ Skyloft TICKETS
Aug. 29 — Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes – TICKETS
Aug. 30 — Staten Island, NY @ St George Theatre – TICKETS
Aug. 31 — Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theater – TICKETS
Sep. 1 — Norfolk, VA @ NorVa – TICKETS
Sep. 3 — Charlotte, NC @ Neighbourhood Theater – TICKETS
Sep. 4 — Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade – TICKETS
Sep. 5 — Orlando, FL @ The Social – TICKETS (The Alarm/Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel Only)
Sep. 6 — Bonita Springs, FL @ Southwest Florida Event Centre TICKETS
Sep. 7 — Miami, FL @ The Ground at Club Space – TICKETS
Sep. 8 — St. Petersburg, FL @ Ferg’s Concert Courtyard – TICKETS

Ticket links and further details at:
http://thealarm.com/the-alarm-sigma-lxxxv-tour-2019-featuring-modern-english-jay-astons-gene-loves-jezebel/


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Joe D. Carpenter - Songs For The Damned


EP number four from the prolific Joe D. Carpenter, 'Songs For The Damned', cements his stature as a pretty damned good songsmith, to say the least. I've praised his EP series before but it has to be done again. It's such an innovative and ingenious idea which Joe utilizes to the fullest. As before he keeps to one direction without mixing styles together and that's one of the main beauties with the series. Doing it this way keeps his massive flow of ideas cohesive, on point and in your face.

The EP starts off in an eerie, trippy kind of way with the title track. A soft electric guitar plays slowly over disturbing sounds before launching into the Vader-esque 'Occam's Razor' which comes at you at 200 mph. Heavy, relentless with a great solo it definitely sets the bar high. 'Crown Of Horns' slows things down a touch but the heaviness remains, as this one pounds the breath out of me. The vocals in the chorus add a wonderful twist with the Layne Staley-sounding vocals.

Knuckledragging, sinister and full of spite, 'The Judas Cradle' shows no mercy as Joe slays backstabbers and Janus-faced people. The mid-tempo serves the punishment he lashes out perfectly and it makes the wonderful guitar solo erupt. Back to neck breaking pace on 'Primitive Origin' as I bang the hell out of my poor nape...and I love it! The instrumental 'Zeitgeist' closes out this fantastic EP. The backdrop is almost black metal in approach in the verses while the choruses are old-school thrash metal with amazing solos played throughout. It's the odd one out but it works so well with the EP as a whole. And best of all...I fucking love it!

As before Joe goes from strength to strength with each release and I, for one, am grateful because I get to hear his great music and experience his amazing creativity. So many artists out there either take too damned long to record stuff while others dishes out stuff without any thought behind it. Joe side steps all this because even though his recorded output is fast, what he creates gets better and better. And when that's the case, why sit on your songs? 'Songs For The Damned' is excellent proof of all this and it's a joy to destroy my head and neck letting loose to this wonderful creation.

- Swedebeast


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