Thursday, October 29, 2020

Gwar - Scumdogs Of The Universe 30th Anniversary Box Set

Ever since the 90’s, I’ve been listening to this album. When I heard that there was a 30th anniversary edition, I had to get it. When listening to the remixed and remastered version of the album, I was a surprised about what I was hearing. It was the album I had been listening to all these years but not at the same time. Some of the songs had different guitar sections and others had extended portions of vocals.  It certainly was refreshing to hear a new take on the album.

The 30th anniversary edition set, that came to me, had lots of extras.



  •     Remixed and Remastered album on 180g blood red and white opaque vinyl
  •     Cassette of demos and rarities
  •     40 page book of classic photos, gig posters and more
  •     GWAR illustrated vinyl slipmat
  •     Giant 3 foot x 4 foot subway poster of the album cover image
  •     Collectable reproduction All Access pass
  •     8x10 promo photo
  •     Logo sticker pack
  •     Death certificate
  •     Enclosed in a custom display box
  •     MP3, WAV, or FLAC download of the remastered audio


I got the unsigned version at $150 USD. The signed version has red and white splattered LPs.

I love Gwar and have loved them from the first hearing of this album so many years ago.



Wednesday, October 28, 2020

John Carpenter's Theme for In The Mouth of Madness by Dreambow

The 90s were a dark and silly time, and no film embodies that better than John Carpenter's muddled messianic mess, In The Mouth of Madness! Starring the inimitable Sam Neil as a hapless insurance investigator thrown into a story stranger than fiction, this film occupies an interesting space in John Carpenter's pantheon as his highest budgeted film and one of his least appreciated.


In these Strange and Unholy times of the Whimpering 20s, we revisit this classic theme and wonder how much brighter our impending and brief future might look if only Sutter Cane had written it!!


Dreambow presents: Theme from John Carpenter's In The Mouth of Madness!


All proceeds from digital sales through Bandcamp Friday 11/6 will go to benefit Nuci's Space- an organization dedicated to suicide prevention and providing access to mental healthcare for working musicians-



*Final Audio will be uploaded on All Hallow's Eve!!*



All lyrics are sampled from the movie In The Mouth of Madness and used without permission!

releases October 31, 2020

Original theme - John Carpenter

Dreambow is:

Guitars and drums- Mr. Sarcophagus appears courtesy of Drainbow

Synths, samples, mixing, and production - db appears courtesy of Dreamhaunt

With extra special guest:

Monster Bass - Uncle Abe appears courtesy of Revered and Reviled Above All Others

Heavy Instrumental Doom Metal Band FUZZNAUT Release New Single "Haunting Mantra"!

“Haunting Mantra” is an 8 + minute sonic experience of echoing riffs and reaping heavy fuzz. The music bursts between lurking feelings of dread, and elation. These atmospheres take hold with pounding intensity. The original pieces were originally set for “Form Is Emptiness” sessions but were deconstructed and reformed to provide this current offering of earth-shattering tones.


Band History: Fuzznaut is the solo electric guitar project of Pittsburgh based composer Emilio Rizzo. Using the guitar as means to summon sequences that are a complex clamor of timbre and power ambiance. Fuzznaut has been active since 2018 and shared the stage with local and national touring acts which include Horehound, Coastlands, Elizabeth Colour Wheel, Cavern, and Heron.


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The Xroadie Files

KARKARA- Nowhere Land

Karim Rihani - Guitar/Vocals/Didgeridoo, Hugo Olive – Bass, Maxime Marouani - Drums/Vocals


Deliverance take a psychedelic rockabilly mind trip thru space and time. Space Caravan just close your eyes and let your imagination take over as it pulls you into strange places. Falling Gods take a trip back to the psychedelic 60s and just trip away. People Of Nowhere Land the music slowly envelops your very senses. Setting Sun just one strange musical journey. Cards psychedelic music and interesting vocals that just takes you into your inner mind. Witch just an amazing musical journey thru your imagination with great musicianship.



Junior Bruce – Pray For Death

Scott Angelacos- Vocals, Tom Crowther- Bass, Jeff McAlear- Drums, Brett Walker- Guitar, Chris Hayden-Guitar


The Sleeper Awakens crunchy riffs thundering rhythms and dark demonic vocals. Terror Mounts (Wretched Thing) pulls you into the dark deep depth of hell. 7,000,000 Years (Ancient Astronaut) chugging riffs pounding rhythms with eerie tones and textures. The Basement hard heavy dark music that just envelops your senses. Anti-God hit the pit slam sweat and just mosh till you drop. One-Nine-Nine-Nine crunchy riffs searing leads with strange vocals. The Mirror hard fast heavy punk death metal music. Unspeakable Horror slugging it out music that just pummels you.



Ewigkeit - 23

James Fogarty – Vocals/Guitar/Keys/Programming


Bring The Eschaton chugging riffs stoner rock vocals with pounding rhythms. God’s Lightning just close your eyes and drift along with some psychedelic music. 23 fist pump head bang and just let the searing leads envelop your senses. Black Space Suits classic stoner rock that just pulls you into your deepest dreams. Gravity Train To Agartha slow moody melancholic stoner rock magic.



Brotthogg – The Die Is Cast

Kristian Larsen Moen - All Instruments, Jonas Moen – Vocals, Craig Furunes – Vocals, Stephen Carlson - All Guitar Solos


Nokturne the pits of hell open and demons spew forth devouring all. Behind The Gateways drags you into hell kicking and screaming. Liberation hard fast heavy shredding death metal music. Draugen slow eerie music that just envelops you as it eats your soul. Forlis just slams against you and rips you into small pieces. Resurrection hit the pit slam mosh and just get your aggression out. Lacta Alea Est pounds your body and imagination into dark dreams.



Spar Marta – St

LeVa Aleksandro VIčIūte – Vocals, Luke Wilson – Guitar, Conor Taylor – Guitar, Ssam Liddle- Bass, Dan PurVey – Drums


Frey just close your eyes and let the emotional vocals just pull you in with some great music. Let It Go catchy riffs soaring vocals and steady rhythms with a funky feel. Run just close your eyes and let your dreams pull you in. Syand sway drift and just float with the melodies. Take Control crunchy guitars pounding drums thumping bass and amazing vocals. The Postman has a very bluesy riff with vocals that sends shivers down your spine.





Monday, October 26, 2020

European Ripple Addicts! Check Out Our EU Webstore!

For too long, European stoner rock addicts have had to pay high prices to get Ripple Music records shipped over to them!


Well no longer. For about a year now we've had an awesome webstore going. Not only can you get more product at a lower price than from anywhere else you might buy our records in Europe, but also more of your money goes to support the label and the artist!


Not enough of you are taking advantage of what is, in our eyes, a phenomenal opportunity for European stoner rockers. We've got all your favorites, new releases and more on the webshop. So head over for your chance to sift through some of our proudest offerings and tell us what you think!


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Sunday, October 25, 2020

A Fistful of Questions With Jack Revans Of Orbital Junction

     Drummer.  Powerlifter.  Caffeine enthusiast!  Consumer of jellied eels.  Shaman?  This edition of Fistful of Questions goes to one half of the rhythm section of Orbital Junction Mr. Jack Revans. 


What is your full name?


Jack Revans. You can have my number too if you play your cards right.


Do you have any aliases?


We do not, we’re not cool enough.


If you had an alias what might it be?


Scronchy McGee

Punter Harris

Lord Stoke-on-Trent the Third

Billy B and the no no no’s


What bands are you actively involved with?


Well we are all actively involved with Orbital Junction, I suppose. That's probably the main one.


What was the first instrument that you played?


I played the recorder when I was about 6. A few years later I started drumming and rather lost interest in pretty much anything else.


Tell me about one of your first musical memories?


Since well before I was born my dad has been in a Cathedral choir, and a connoisseur of punk. Perhaps being brought up with this odd combination of styles explains my propensity towards doom metal and other such noises.


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


It was called Wrathia. This was when I was about 11 or 12. We played power metal with me on an electric drum kit, except all I really remember from it was having battles of flicking elastic bands at each other and eating way too many snacks.


Tell me about the genesis of Orbital Junction. 


Ric (bassist) and I met at the gym and after not very long both realised we shared a love for enjoyable music and should start a band. For a while it was just us jamming. We advertised for other musicians on t’internet and ended up with Billy and then Owen.


Here’s a fun fact actually. Before Owen came along there was this guy who contacted us and all of his pictures were of him with marshmallows stuck on his eyebrows. For some reason he changed his mind before we got a chance to audition him.


What inspired the name Orbital Junction?


We were having a really hard time coming up with a band name that we all agreed on. Eventually we got to the point where we thought the word “orbital” would be good if indeed it was accompanied by another word. Then one day on the way to practice Billy was going through Clapham Junction and was like “how about Orbital Junction”. I still love the name.


How long did it take you to write and record Egos & Instincts?


Earthmover was the first song we wrote for it and I think some of those riffs came about just before we recorded the EP, however it wasn’t until after after the EP that the song got finished. Gamblin’ Man was the last one we wrote, and we were still writing that shortly before recording in about February. So I suppose about 19 months is your answer.


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


Definitely Girls Aloud.


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


Yes, many times. Right now I feel that way about I’m The Mountain - Stoned Jesus.


Do you have any non-metal musical inspirations?


Oh absolutely. I think probably for all of us our inspirations are way more rooted in “rock” than “metal”. Or, if you want a slightly more specific answer, Billy and I once went to see Electric Octopus. That was definitely inspirational and they definitely could not be described as metal.


Non-metal song that you'd like to do a cover of.


Actually yes, I heard this cracker of a song earlier today.

Early Tea - John Shuttleworth



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


There’s honestly quite a few I could name but I’m going to give a mention to a former London band Wychhound. We used to play gigs with them and I remember the first time we saw them play we were all blown away. They have broken up now but are still legendary.



Do you have a favorite venue to play at?


We have had some very fond times at The Black Heart in Camden. Both when we’ve been playing there and from watching other bands too. It’s my favourite place in the world.


Do you have a pre-show ritual?


Human sacrifice, also Owen eats one of those Vocalzone sweeties if he has them.


What is your favorite thing about touring?


Asking people where they do their big shop.


What is your least favorite thing about touring?


Sometimes there can be an awful lot of farts.


Is there a city that you love to hit while on tour?


If I had to pick one, probably Athens.


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


Billy driving his car. It’s hilarious.


The year is 2006.  Where are you at and what are you listening to? 


I was in my first year of secondary school and for some reason going through a phase of listening to a lot of Danish death metal.


What advice would you give young musicians that are just starting out in the music business?


I would advise that everyone out there, musician or not, drinks more water. I don’t understand why so many people don’t do it. Are you not thirsty all the time?


What is an absolute band killer?


Egypt. Pretty much every song on every album is killer.


What in the actual fuck are “Jellied Eels” and are they as disgusting as they sound?


I’ll have you know that jellied eels are the pinnacle of human luxury and I am most offended that you would think otherwise.


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


When I was about 10 I had surgery on my shoulder and they said I couldn’t have a shower for a few days so I think I left it a couple of weeks just to be sure. Better safe than sorry as they say.


You are writing a book about your life thus far.  What is the title of that book?


Diary of a Man Who Occasionally Eats Jellied Eels


Coming to a book store near you. Keep your eyes peeled.


What is your favorite song by Adele?


I couldn’t name a single one of them I’m afraid. I’m terrible at pub quizzes.


Rage Against The Machine or System Of A Down (if you had to pick one)?


For me personally it would definitely be SOAD.


Favorite band t-shirt you own?


That is a very tricky one. Probably my Conan t-shirt that I took the sleeves off.


Favorite meal?


I really can’t pick just one favourite food, I love so many things.


Having said that, I think that a freshly baked croissant with ample butter and ample (good) jam is one of the most luxury things you can have in your mouth at any given time.


Favorite book?


Probably either Lemmy or Ozzy’s autobiography.


Favorite movie?


Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.


Favorite album?


Lightning at the Door - All Them Witches



     Many, many thanks to Jack for taking the time to answer my queries.  I’m deeply appreciative.  Be sure to check out “Egos And Instincts” the smashing debut release from Orbital Junction, but not because I said so.  Do it because it clocked in at number 5 in the September Doom Charts and just in case that’s not reason enough.  Do it because Jack will wrap you in his muscular embrace and squeeze the life force out of you if you don’t. 



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

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Don't Miss Out On These Heavy Reissues!

We love our dudes at Cursed Tongue. We've done a ton of collaborations, and now reissues (of the records pictured above!) with them. On top of that they are great guys and very good friends. In fact, their CEO Neils had a photo of our head of artist development, Matt Bacon, with his head photoshopped on Churchill as his phone background for a while!


We've done some remarkable records together, and the 3 pictured above are particular standouts. Be it the hard rock fun of Wolftooh, the doom metal magic of Hazemaze or the crushing fuzz of Psychlona! All three of these records are must buys for lovers of the heavy stuff!


Of course - they all sold out super fast. Which is why we've got these reissues coming at you. So many people wanted, no NEEDED a copy of their own! That's why we worked together to bring you high quality and unique repressings making them a must both for collectors and casual fans. For those who love the loud, these are albums best heard on wax.


Get these gorgeous reissues of all three of these heavy masterworks on our BigCartel!

PS: What other bands would you like to see us reissue? Let us know! Your voice can influence what will be repressed next! Meanwhile, grab these here:

Friday, October 23, 2020

BRIMSTONE COVEN - “The Woes Of A Mortal Earth” - (Ripple, 2020, Wheeling WV)

More and more, over the last few years, I’ve gotten into hiking in the woods. I guess it started as walking around the neighborhood I lived in, on the sidewalks etc. In moving out a little from the sprawl though, I found out that I really liked the feel of dirt (& even roots & rocks) under my feet as opposed to concrete. And trees, brush and animals around me as opposed to cars & humans. And it also dawned on me that I was coming to relish the mental aspect of this as much as (if not more than) the physical exercise.


Which brings me to my enjoyment of BRIMSTONE COVEN, a 3-piece band from Ohio who come described as dark, occult rock. Interestingly, while this description could surely be apt, I also think it paints a limited picture of their style. Between BC’s 2nd and 3rd albums, the band trimmed it’s lineup from quartet to trio (a 2nd guitarist departed). They also went from a 2-album stint on Metal Blade to a self-released 3rd effort and now have landed within heavy rawk heaven with Ripple Music.


Well, the results are in from Ray’s time spent in seclusion with this one and it was time beautifully spent. You see, this album ties in very nicely with my forays into the woods. While traditional doom metal oozes here at times, there is a singular organic and natural ‘70’s hard rock feel to it. The guitars are delightfully light in the distortion dept and have a texture that’s wooden and immediate. That coupled with the harmony vox of Corey Roth & Andrew D’Cagna make me imagine a procession deep into a remote forest at dusk. Hooded figures place tread down an autumn leaf covered trail, drawing near to the site of the unknown ritual. The feeling is one of an unusual tranquility and yet, with the darkness of lyrics to songs like “The Inferno” & “Secrets Of The Earth,” there is a sense of foreboding. If I were walking at twilight and heard these intonations, I’d be looking over my shoulder and gauging my distance to the clearing. And yet somehow I’m drawn further in. The lengthy “Song Of The Whippoorwill” finally has me hypnotized and joining the throng as Roth layers some absolutely magical guitar chords somewhere about 3 minutes in.


Don’t misunderstand something. This album only features 6 songs. But that 30-some minutes is a full dose, like a trek on the AT near Mt Guyot in the Smokey’s. Dark and beautiful at the same time in a timeless way. Doom rock being played on forest instruments with satyrs chanting in harmony.


NOTE:  The CD version I have also includes 2 bonus tracks, “The Folly Of Faust” (2020) and “Children Of The Sun” (2020).



Andrew D’Cagna - bass & vocals

Corey Roth - guitar & vocals

Dave Trik - drums & vocals


-Ray Dorsey

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Dizzy Spells Stream New Single "Want" Off Upcoming Album A Fearful Leap Into The Dark

"Want" (out October 23rd)

"Night Owl" | "Hiya!" | "Ohhh No!" | "Pool" (out now)

A Fearful Leap Into The Dark out November 20th

With a penchant for unconventional indie-pop and an atmosphere of brotherly love surrounding them, Dizzy Spells' debut record is the amalgam of multi-instrumentalists Taylor Stover, Tyler Boyd and Brayden Deskins, bound together by a weird sense of humor, the occasional Lagavulin, and deep camaraderie.


After nine years on and off in multiple Bay Area-based bands and eleven years of being best friends, Dizzy Spells crystallized around the three musicians' pop sensibilities with left-of-center quirkiness and love of found sounds. Taking inspiration from their favorite artists across all genres (Glass Animals, Still Woozy, and Dirty Projectors come to mind), collaboration is paramount for them amidst a world of uncertainties.


"It's a little self-explanatory, but A Fearful Leap Into the Dark means that you're taking the plunge into the unknown and you're not necessarily eager or courageous about it," Deskins says. "Now that we're thinking about it, maybe it was a form of self-therapy and comfort to have these familiar sounds scattered so thoroughly around an album that was so dense with somber, negative, anxious feelings."


Their upcoming album may reflect anxiety attacks, feelings of displacement and uncertainty, but AFLITD is only confident and colorful in its pop mastery. Writing from a dilapidated, cramped cabin in Calabasas, Deskins, Boyd and Stover scrapped and refined over 30 demos for AFLITD. Their debut sees the group combining the best of indie-pop with dashes of noodly guitar flourishes, lofi hip hop production, and found footage samples.


A Fearful Leap Into The Dark is out on November 20th.


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Night Goat Premiere Video For New Single "Cult"! Split EP With Ghost:Hello Arriving November 13th!


Two of the most exciting bands in Ohio's underground scene, Ghost:Hello and Night Goat, have announced that they will release a split EP on November 13th.   Each band contributes three tracks to this banger, with Ghost:Hello showcasing their grunge-inspired space rock and Night Goat responding with their aggressive noise offerings.


Don't miss this release, a perfect example of two contrasting but complementary sounds coming together to create a standout listening experience.


About Ghost:Hello


Ghost:Hello is a synthed up stoner rock family affair from Northeast Ohio. Made up of  husband/wife duo Nina Skok and Will Jennings and their longtime friend Pat Delagrange, the all three have been playing in DIY bands for decades. (Recordings to date feature former drummer Joe Kidd.)  Bringing in all sorts of unorthodox elements into their fuzz rock assault, this three piece counterbalances stoner sludge with trip hop grooves.


Following the release of their fall 2019 record The Sound of Color in Space, it seems like Ghost:Hello are set to take on bold new vistas. Having played around the Midwest since 2013, the local crowd is hungry for what they are about to deliver. A band who are no stranger to hard work, and who constantly push to innovate, Ghost:Hello are a breath of fresh air in a crowded scene!


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About Night Goat


Everyone has a band that they can put on to blow the cobwebs out. Night Goat are set to be that next band. Dealing in scuzzy, fuzzy noise-rock, the quartet released their scorching début Milk in late December 2019, having already made a name for themselves in their native Ohio by opening for Cherubs and playing with diverse bands like Whores, Low Dose, False Gods, and Backwoods Payback. The band draw from the highlights of early nineties Amphetamine Reptile and Touch and Go Records – echoes of Unsane, The Jesus Lizard and Helmet all make appearances.


Front and center is Julia Bentley and her ferocious vocals. The lyrics are as dark as they should be for this style of music (“Feel the beat of a ruptured heart/My axe… your ribcage”), and her delivery is as twisted as her choice of words. The crunch of her husband’s guitar is a fitting accompaniment, as Chris barrels his way through gnarly riffs, head-spinning noise, and bellowing backing vocals. Dalin Jones, Donnie Casey, and Mike Pavia bring thundering rhythms  and raging noise to the table in honor of bands like Tad and the Melvins.


The overall sensation is overwhelming, a cacophony of noisy riffs and distorted screams – just the way noise rock should be. This is one goat that is not to be messed with.


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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Xroadie Files

Deimler – Zero One

Luisma Romero – Bass, Oscar Trigger – Drums, Pako Deimler – Guitar/Vocals, Toto Castello – Guitar


Zero One the pits of hell open and demons spew forth devouring all. Indoctrinate shredding guitars dark vocals with thundering rhythms. Your Coffin dark dreams that devour your very being. Mechanical Universe Of Flesh just hit the pit and slam till you drop. Body Ransack thrashing ripping tearing of mind and body.



Cobra Spell – Love Venom

Alexx Panza – Vocals, Sonia Anubis – Guitar, Sebastian "Spyder" Silva – Guitar, Angelina Vehera – Bass, Mike "Lucas" Verhof – Drums


Come On Tonight crunchy fist pumping riffs powerful vocals with catchy rhythms and scorching guitar leads. Poison Bite stand as one in unison and just head bang the night away. Love Venom just let the emotions envelop your senses and pull you into your dreams. Shake Me stand shout foot stomp fist pump to soaring vocals crunchy catchy riffs and scorching leads.



Vazum – Vampyre Villa

Zach Pliska – Vocals/Guitar/Synth/Bass/Drums, Zachary Anderson – Guitar/Bass, Emily Sturm - Vocals/Bass


Embers strange vocals thundering bass with pounding drums. Rat stand clap foot stomp and just groove. Poison has a very Gothic new wave feel that just pulls you in. Under Darkness just hit the pit and mosh till you drop. Seven Times Lies hard fast heavy punkish hard rock. Glue pulsating music that just g drags you into dark dreams. Schema close your eyes and just drift. Lucille lost in the pulsating lights and sounds of a rave. Crystal drifting in strange places in your mind. In Night just taking a weird dream. Fall Down pulsating new wave Gothic musical journey. Captive Heart just float on a cloud of strange melodies. Brakes just take a strange trip in your imagination.



Black Angel- Kiss of Death

Matt Vowels – All


Kiss of Death Gothic metal music just envelops your very spirit as it pulls you into your imagination. Animal pulsating rhythms just take you into weird places in your mind. Alchemy stand clap bop slam and just enjoy. Call The Night lost in a place of sights sounds and mental dreams. Hurricane just fist pump head bang dance sing shout and groove. Want For More drifting in the recesses of your inner minds eye. Put Your Lips On Me is a very rockabilly catchy tune with Gothic overtones. She Said close your eyes and just float along. Prisoner is a very catchy tune that will-have you on your feet dancing the night away. Black Angel drifting in the dark places in your dreams.



Nehoda – But Anyways

Jeremy Gill – Drums, Grayson Papa – Bass, Patrick Nehoda – Guitar/Vocals


I Don’t Know slow bluesy stoner rock that just envelops your very being. Lies just close your eyes and drift away in your dreams. Devils Bitch pulls you into the deep recesses of your imagination and takes over. Shakey Pop is a very catchy riff with a rockabilly d feel just enjoy the trip. Walk Away sitting with friends playing guitar and singing. But Anyways lost in your imagination. Just Another Season one interesting musical journey. Afterglow bluesy emotional music that just pulls you in. Please Don’t Go just floating on a cloud of melodies.




Monday, October 19, 2020

Goliathan Unleash Early Version Of "In The Path Of The Giant, Technology Is Laid To Waste" Off Upcoming EP Artifact!

Goliathan seamlessly blends crushing instrumental doom metal and dreamy post-rock, and they just unearthed some raw, primal, early recordings that date all the way back to 2006, documenting the band's first and most primitive incarnation. The epic, three-song, 37-minute set—Artifact—has just been remixed by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Red Sparowes, Helmet) and mastered by Gene Grimaldi (Failure, Fantômas). It will be released Oct. 30, digitally and also on limited-edition 10" vinyl.


Through their alternately punishing and ethereal instrumentals, Goliathan tells stories as vast as geologic time itself. Tales of epic beginnings and inevitable ends, of the epochal crawl of continents, apocalyptic future landscapes and, perhaps most impactfully, of nature finally—and violently—reclaiming its rightful dominion over man.


Guitarist and principal creative force Shawn Doster puts it simply: “Sometimes the sorrow is too great to put into words.”


“We want the music to communicate everything on its own,” adds Doster’s longtime collaborator, guitarist Kevin Cogill. “The story we tell is apocalyptic but with a twist. When I’m playing the songs, I’m picturing nature correcting itself in the wake of our destruction.”


Lifelong friends, Doster and Cogill have been playing together since they formed teenage crust-punk group Under Rage back in their native Philadelphia. As the band members grew up and began seeking more mature sounds, the music evolved into something far moodier and more brooding. By 2006, with Under Rage fading away and Doster and Cogill marooned in L.A. due to a busted tour van, Doster began more deeply exploring this emerging sonic path. Aesthetically, he was going for a post-rock sound along the lines of MONO or Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but because of he and Cogill’s punk roots, the sound just naturally came out heavier.


From the start, Goliathan was also influenced by its passions outside of music—their shared love of painting, Doster’s illustrations, comics and short films, Cogill’s knack for building robots. They gathered just as many, if not more, ideas from movies and videogames as they did from other bands, obsessed in particular with Shadow of The Colossus. Like the ancient supercontinents that inspired them, the new songs—and the band itself—slowly, painstakingly took shape over the next decade.


The L.A-based instrumental doom / post-rock outfit has released two tempestuous EPs—their 2017 debut, Awakens, and 2018 follow-up, Albion. And now they've unearthed some raw, primal, early recordings that date all the way back to 2006, documenting the band's first and most primitive incarnation. The epic, three-song, 37-minute set—Artifact—features "The Beast Has Awakened," "If It Could Cry, We Would Surely Drown in Its Tears" and an early alternate version of "In the Path of the Giant, Technology Is Laid to Waste, which also appears on the band's debut EP, Awakens.


In preparation for their release, the songs on Artifact were remixed by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Red Sparowes, Helmet), and mastered by Gene Grimaldi (Failure, Fantômas). For the cover art (see above), the band also commissioned a new original painting by L.A. artist Jack Elizabeth. The set will be released digitally, and on limited-edition 10-inch vinyl Oct. 30., the vinyl featuring the first two tracks, with "Laid To Waste" available as a digital exclusive.


“Their music is plenty devastating on its own. Though when coupled with bleak and macabre imagery, Goliathan only seems to get more destructive.” - METAL INJECTION


"An exciting blend of doom, stoner rock, and post-rock elements, masterfully put into a musical story." - CVLT NATION


"Emotional dark and drum fills worthy of any stadium." - QRO MAG


"Clearly more interested in developing their own take than emulating that of others." - THE OBELISK


"Top 10 EPs/Splits of the year. Albion is markedly consistent, and a genuinely beautiful sonic experience." - SLEEPING VILLAGE


"A gargantuan juggernaut of melodically-tinged ferocity." - RIFF RELEVANT


"A chunky slab of dense, macabre metal, with statement bleakness, cloaked in grey atmospherics." - ROCK QUEEN REVIEWS


“As a theme or tale, and one fully realized in under a half-hour, Albion works as an ideal introduction to Goliathan. Parts of ‘Albion’ reminded me of one of my favorite instrumentals of all time.” - ZERO TOLERANCE MAGAZINE

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

A Ripple Conversation With National Service

When I was a kid, growing up in a house with Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, and Simon and Garfunkel, the first time I ever heard Kiss's "Detroit Rock City," it was a moment of musical epiphany. It was just so vicious, aggressive and mean. It changed the way I listened to music. I've had a few minor epiphany's since then, when you come across a band that just brings something new and revolutionary to your ears.


What have been your musical epiphany moments?


My Ma and Da went to Paris for a weekend and left us in the house. When they came back, my Da had bought me and my brother a copy of Room on Fire by the Strokes. I must have only been about 13 at the time and I thought it was just about the coolest shit I’d ever heard. It came just at the time I started playing guitar - the rest, as they say, is history.


Talk to us about the song-writing process for you. What comes first, the idea? A riff? The lyrics? How does it all fall into place?


I talk and sing nonsensical bollocks all the time at home or when I’m out and about and occasionally some melody line comes out of it that I love. After that I’ll bring out the guitar, piano or whatever’s to hand really and try and sculpt some chords around the melody line or if I’m stuck, I’ll trawl through my voice notes for something I’ve previously done. In terms of lyrics, once I’ve got a sense of where the songs heading harmonically I’ll spend an hour or two garbling random melody lines and lyrics and usually something will start to form that has more sense to it. When something stands out, I’ll analyse it and what it means to me at the time and that’s what the song will form around. For me, melody and lyrics are inseparable. I think that the sound, shape, syllables, rhyme, rhythm and assonance is so important to how a song comes across. There’s often a few clangers lyrically that I’ll love the melody/rhythm of and I’ll spend hours and hours trying to craft something meaningful from them - but usually at this point the guys step in and help out with a different perspective. When the rough frame of the song’s done, we’ll spend rehearsal picking it a part and refining it together until we’re happy that it’s complete and has said what we want it to say.


Who has influenced you the most?


As a band, we listen to so much different music that it’s hard to say one or two artists that have shone out. That said, although they’re not necessarily the biggest bands in the world, when you start out in music, you constantly compare yourself to your peers. The bands we’ve shared a studio with, our friends’ bands or other bands we’ve gigged with have always been a large inspiration to me as their successes make it all look a little less daunting and make me feel like we’ve got a shot of making a living from it all - which is always comforting.


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


I’m always on the lookout for new music - if I’m enjoying listening to music then loads of ideas naturally flow. Even if a song ends up becoming sad, angry or melancholy, it always starts with enjoying a piece of music. It doesn’t even necessarily have to be anything current, but just something I haven’t got into before. Ashamedly, I only got into Springsteen about a year ago but his straight-talking lyrics and no-frills song-writing instantly inspired a raft of songs. Watch out for some Springsteen beats coming your way.


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

I mean Matt’s from Cape Town, I’m from Derry, Iain’s from Cornwall and Dan’s from Cookham so we’ve all brought our various environments into the sound. That said, me, Matt and Dan did all go to secondary school together in Maidenhead but the most I can really say about that is that it’s near Reading. I’m not so sure that growing up in a small town influenced us so much as scared the life out of us and made us elope to London at the first possible opportunity.


Where'd the band name come from?


It’s not romantic like how I imagine other bands come up with them. We needed a name and it needed to be unique to us and something we could embed meaning into. We sat in our studio after rehearsal for about 4 hours steadily getting more drunk and just saying words at each other. Every so often we’d analyse the direction we were going in and slowly but surely the words started having more of a meaning to them. National Service eventually came out and at the time we were all working in various bars and cafes in London during that murky period of time post uni where real life begins and everything’s just a bit shit. We felt like up to that point we’d been doing what we’d been told to do all of our life and suddenly the carpet was ripped out from under us and we were staring at a bit of an abyss and ‘National Service’ just fit that mood perfectly. We were actually very close to calling ourselves National Trust but perhaps that would have been ridiculously up our own arses.


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


Something Arthouse and cool like Sufjan Stevens’ soundtrack to Call me By Your Name or Johnny Greenwood’s score to There Will Be Blood. Iain and Dan would be all over that.


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? 

Haha - I did this for my first essay at university. I chose Kid A by Radiohead and almost failed. I seem to remember late nights alone in my room listening to Kid A on repeat, drinking red wine and thinking I was the romantic academic. What a dilettante.


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


Oh Christ, where to start. At a gig, I once managed to convince the guys that Dan’s synth, the bass guitar and Iain’s electric were all out of tune and that I was in tune. They retuned accordingly and we played an entire set a semitone up from where it should be which was rather unnerving to sing to. After coming off stage, I realised that my tuner had been set to the semitone above - what the fuck is the point in that setting? If it says C, it should be a C.


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


We absolutely love playing live. As a band, it’s your bread and butter. You can have the best record in the world but if you can’t play it live, it’s useless. I’m always disappointed when you see an incredible band live and there’s such a heavy reliance on backing tracks and pre-recorded parts that it just comes across weak and dead. We want our fans and the people that come to our shows to experience the same thrill listening to the music as we get from playing it. You want to feel a shared experience - when you see a gig like that, it’s truly special.


What makes a great song?


Something that compliments how you’re feeling, where there’s an energy and emotion shared between the performer and those that listen to it. It doesn’t need to have bells and whistles but I think a good test is whether it can come across equally as well in another arrangement. Whether it’s rocked up, stripped back acoustic, dance remix, orchestral, solo piano or instrumental, a good song will shine through because it is just a good song.


What one single album do you wish that you'd written or performed on, and why?


This one’s tricky but I do love the idea that back in the day Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and all of those massive bands had they’re skint mates play triangle on a track. When it went multi-platinum around the world, their mates were all on the pigs back - just think of the PRS you’d get.


What piece of your music are particularly proud of?


Our last EP’s namesake, Meltwater. As a band you all have different songs that you’re into at different points but this one was almost an immediate classic for all four of us.


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


So many people. A great song is no longer just the chords and the lyrics, it’s the whole thing: production, arrangement, instrumentation, sound world, concept, the lot. In terms of the full package, I think Sharon Van Etten’s last album was an absolute masterpiece from start to finish.


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


Vinyl for sheer escapism and digital for ease of exploration, discovering new music and dropping old school 90s garage bangers at parties.


Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice


I don’t drink anymore but I am certain that if it weren’t for Kronenberg 1664 our band would not be here today. That and wanky, hipster IPAs that cost £7 a bottle. Now we can afford them, they’re not half bad.


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?


Rather ashamedly, I haven’t been to a record store in a long while. Everything’s just so easy with streaming services and you can get vinyl delivered directly to your door. It helps too that my girlfriend works for Sony and I can get free records, as it’s not exactly for the masses these days. I know Lion Coffee Records is good over in Clapton - there’s a lot of hipster record store/coffee shop/barbers/venue places all over East London now. I also saw Lykke Li at Rough Trade East a few years back which was pretty killer.


What's next for the band?


We’ve got a new single, Caving, out in November and we’re currently recording our debut album. We’re doing it all ourselves which we’re dead chuffed with. We’ve always been very in control when in the studio and we have a really clear-cut creative direction. We’re loving the ability to take our time, experiment and ache over the little things like how many centimetres the snare mic is from the hi-hats and what colour moon-gel makes for the best tone.


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


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