Friday, January 31, 2020

PSYCHONAUT: Belgium-Based Psychedelic Post-Metal Trio To Release Unfold The God Man Debut Via Pelagic Records; New Video Now Playing + Preorders Available

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View / Share PSYCHONAUT's "Kabuddah" Video At THIS LOCATION

Psychedelic post-metal trio and recent Pelagic Records signees, PSYCHONAUT, will release their debut full-length, Unfold The God Man, on March 6th.

PSYCHONAUT literally came from out of nowhere -- Mechelen, Belgium, to be precise -- but their debut album showcases truly world class musicianship and songwriting abilities, heavily influenced by '70s bands like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, but also drawing inspiration from contemporary heavy artists like Tool or Amenra. Recorded by Chiaran Verheyden at the renowned Daft Studios in Malmedy, Unfold The God Man is an intricate concept album tackling philosophical and existential themes, and ultimately exploring mankind's re-ascension to a higher level of consciousness. The nearly seventy-minute-long album contains material from over three years of incessant writing, arranging, and recording.

"We've always been interested in religion, spirituality, and philosophy," comments Stefan DeGraef, who oversees all guitars and half the vocals in PSYCHONAUT. "We've meditated together, had long discussions about the nature of life, the origin of consciousness, the purpose of existing etc. for as long as we've known each other. We share a common vision and have a connection. We were blessed with some experiences in the past which fundamentally changed the way we look at the universe and ourselves."

It comes as no surprise then that there is a lot of attention to detail behind Unfold The Godman: one such feature is the fact that the album was recorded with the note A tuned to 432 Hz, because this relates to the idea that 432 is a multiple of the number 9, which is used in much of the symbolism to which the band refers.

In advance of the release of Unfold The God Man the band is pleased to unveil a video for the track, "Kabuddah," noting, "The videoclip for 'Kabuddah' was recorded at Belgium's finest venue Ancienne Belgique when we opened for our friends in Brutus on December 14th, 2019. We've known them since we invited them to play their first show ever with us all the way back in 2013. More than six years later, Brutus returned the favor and asked us to open for them in one of the biggest venues in Belgium. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to record our first video. 'Kabuddah' is the third song on the album but is actually the second-to-last chapter of the album concept. In this chapter, the protagonist lets go of the concept of duality of 'man' and 'god' and embraces the fact that there is only oneness. To portray the illusion of duality, 'Kabuddah' became one of the heaviest songs on the album with most vocal parts being screamed, while carrying a very positive message. Fun fact 1: 'Kabuddah' contains the longest sentence on the album: 'Seven angels on my back whispered secrets of the six-tusked white beast in the shrine where I manifest the true state of no mind.' Fun fact 2: 'We named the song after a Buddha-shaped garden gnome that was given to us by our good friend and roadie Franky Lucas."

Check out "Kabuddah," now playing at Ghost Cult, at THIS LOCATION.

PSYCHONAUT's Unfold The God Man will be available on CD, LP, and digital formats. Find preordering info below:

Unfold The God Man Track Listing:
1. All I Saw As A Huge Monkey
2. The Story Of Your Enslavement
3. Kabuddah
4. The Fall Of Consciousness
5. Sananda
6. Celestial Dictator
7. Halls Of Amenti
8. Nexus
9. Nothing Is Consciousless

PSYCHONAUT made themselves a name across the Benelux underground with a raw and compelling live show, which merges their wall of sound with intense visual landscapes and moody lighting design. Contrast and variation are the two main anchors on which they base their musical and visual ideas. Since 2013, they have released two physical EPs - 24 Trips Around The Sun (2014) and Ferocious Fellowman (2016) and taken the stages of Desertfest, Rock Herk, and Putrock Festivals.

"Unfold The God Man spans everything in a very heady way, often creating a unique amalgamation of tones with the highest quality of songwriting abilities." -- Heavy Blog is Heavy

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Xroadie Files

Nova – Veniamo Dal Cielo
F – Vocals/Electronics/Arrangements, M- Guitar, M.SS – Guitar, R – Bass, P. Stradiotto - Drums

Durezza E Ascetismothe darkess and hatred just envelop and devour your senses. Veniamo Dal Cielo ripping tearing slashing of your very soul. In Lotta Elevata death destruction and mayhem. Fregata Covadonga just slams against you like a wall of aggression. Noi Mai Vinti the pits of hell open up and the demons pour out ready to destroy. La Guerra Delle Ombre eerie tones slithering along with pounding rhythms. Crudele Alba grabs you and pulls you into the madness of hell. Dio Del Ghiaccio E Del Lampo crushing guitars thundering rhythms just take you over. Trovare Chiuso melancholic melodies with chugging rhythms pull you in and take over your imagination.

Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches – Covenant
Karyn Crisis – Vocals/Invocations, Davide Tiso – Guitar/Bass, Fabian Vestod – Drums

Womb Of The World slow doom metal that just slithers and pounds along as the music brings you closer to madness. Drawing Down The Moon just taking a slow walk in the dark woods with all the eerie sounds that bring your imagination out. Stretto Di Barba like a cloud of evil just swallowing you whole. Silver Valley short melodic tune with many emotions. Great Mothers the mouth of hell opens and demons slide out devouring all in their path. Benevento melodies just flow around you and pull you in. Dea Inside fist in the air crunchy guitars dark vocals and pounding rhythms. Janaradeath doom black magic metal madness. The Hours pulls you into the recesses of your mind. Diana Mellifica close your eyes and let your imagination go wild. Circle Of White Light melodies surrounding and protecting you. Blood Of The Mother piercing guitars soulful vocals that just take your soul away.

Year Of The Cobra – Ash And Dust
Amy Tung Barrysmith – Vocals/Bass, Jon Barrysmith – Drums

The Battle Of White Mountain bass that rumbles and envelops you as the drums pound into your heart slow and steady with emotional vocals. The Divine close your eyes and let the moody tones take you away into your imagination. Ash And Dust doom metal madness that just assaults your senses. Demons the earth slices open and hordes of evil things just spillout. Into The Fray just let the groove envelop you and take you away. At The Edge slow moody emotional doom metal. Dark Swan pounding fist pumping tribal rhythms that just pull you in. Dust In Despair a strange space rock doom metal rock exploration.

Planchettes – The Truth
Kevan – Guitar/ Vocals, Traalita– Bass/ BG Vocals, Andres O - Drums

Snow Pig a catchy rhythm that just takes you over and has you on your feet and dancing. Mourning Sun take a trip back to the psychedelic 60smixed with some new wave influences and just rock out.  Let’s Last Forever has a great memorable rhythm with sing along vocals. Wet Graves surf rock beach influenced new wave punk rock n roll. The Truth just let the music envelop you and dance away. She’s So Violent slow crunchy psychedelic new wave punk music. Death In Bloom a trip back to the late 60s and some g fine tunes. Empress Of Fools surf rock punk music. Everyone Else just get up and groove with the rhythm as you sing away. La Fin Du Monde fun grooving catchy music. Angel’s Wing on your feet just bop and dance along.

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell – Very Uncertain Times
John Redfern – Guitar/Vocals, Serra Petale - Drums, Louis Wigget- Bass

Very Uncertain Times fast heavy space hard rock with interesting twists. Ten Years Later screaming guitars pounding rhythms and fist pumping riffs to just head bang with. The Third Degree take a trip back to the hard rock screaming guitars and thundering beats. Mr. Freedom has a riff that just takes you over and has you up and rocking out. Iceberg screeching guitars thundering bass a very bluesy feel and great emotional playing. Blackworth Quarry take a trip back to the 70s when band like The MC5 and Grand Funk ruled mixed with early Motorhead just excellent hard rock n roll to jam away with. Biscuits For Victor on your feet and just let the groove envelop you as you sing and sway. No Man’s Land fist pumping head banging Motorhead Meets Black Sabbath music.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020


Iceland's KEELRIDER have just released a video for their single "Sun" via The Sludgelord. The track was previously released as a single in December.

About Keelrider
Years of turmoil separate the wheat from the chaff. Such is the case with Iceland’s Keelrider, who since 2015 have been crafting a stoner metal sound that draws from a broad set of influences. Tastefully fusing everything from southern rock to prog by way of grunge, they place an emphasis on strong melodies and odd time signatures. Rather than adhering to the staid tropes of their scene, Keelrider pushes forward with their distinct take on heavy, guitar-driven music.

Things started picking up for Keelrider in 2018 when they released their debut album North and played their first shows to support it. This led to an invitation onto Iceland’s national radio station (Rás 2) to discuss their music. Later that year they won the Unsigned Showcase Showdown on the world renowned "All Things Metal Podcast."  From there the success only snowballed as North was rated the 4th best heavy release on Iceland's only heavy metal radio show, and received coverage from metal music publications worldwide.

With a recharged group of guys ready to take on the world, Keelrider seeks nothing less than to make a lasting impact on the Icelandic heavy music scene. As new music gets written and recorded, there promises to be all manner of growth for the band. With every gear finally in motion, Keelrider promises to be an unstoppable juggernaut. The band is a force to be reckoned with in the Icelandic scene and is ready to make their mark on the worldwide stoner metal scene.


    Vocals: Björn Birnir
    Rhythm Guitar: Benedikt Sveinbjörnsson
    Lead Guitar: Stefán Pétur Bachmann Bjarnason
    Bass: Egill Fabien Posocco
    Drums: Pétur Pétursson

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Monday, January 27, 2020


LUCIFER announce the release of their first single "Ghosts" today. The track is off the band's forthcoming full-length album Lucifer III. Listen to "Ghosts" HERE.

"It is with great pleasure and pride that we can finally offer you a first glimpse of our new album Lucifer III. 'Ghosts' is the opening track and also the first one we wrote for our third long player. Some of you might recognize it if you caught Lucifer live in the past year or so. So here it is. We hope you dig and remember to play it loud. Always," states the band about the release.

Lucifer III is set for release on March 20th via Century Media Records and is available for pre - order HERE

Lucifer III will be available in the following formats:
* Ltd. CD Digipak
* Ltd. black LP+CD
* Digital album
* Ltd. red LP+CD
* Ltd. transp. sun yellow LP+CD
* Ltd. golden LP+CD
* Ltd. transp. petrol green LP+CD
* Ltd. white LP+CD
* Ltd. lilac LP+CD
* Ltd. dark green LP+CD
* Ltd. silver LP+CD

Vinyl will be available exclusively in the U.S. in the following colors:
* Black
* Yellow/Translucent Swirl (CM US Store Exclusive)
* Smoke (Band Exclusive)
* Translucent Green (Indie Store Exclusive)
Lucifer III Tracklist:

    Midnight Phantom
    Leather Demon
    Pacific Blues
    Coffin Fever
    Flanked By Snakes
    Stay Astray
    Cemetery Eyes

The band is wrapping up their U.S. headline tour with Savage Master and Overdose. Following the U.S. tour, the band will be onin Europe for their The Third Commandment Europe 2020 Part 1 headline tour. See below for a list of dates and purchase tickets here:
North America Part III Tour
w/Savage Master, Overdose
January 24 - Jacksonville, FL - 1904 Music Hall
January 25 - Miami, FL - Churchill's Pub
January 26 - Orlando, FL - Will's Pub

The Third Commandment Europe 2020 Part I Tour
May 7 - Hamburg DE, Knust
May 8 - Essen DE, Turock
May 9 - Köln DE, Helios 37
May 10 - Den Bosch NL, Willem Twee
May 12 - London UK, Underworld
May 13 - Paris FR, Petit Bain
May 14 - Strasbourg FR, La Laiterie
May 15 - Kaiserslautern DE, Kammgarn
May 16 - Nürnberg DE, Hirsch
May 17 - Praha CZ, Nová Chmelnice
May 19 - Poznan PL, U Bazyla
May 20 - Dresden DE, Scheune
May 21 - Berlin DE, Lido
May 22 - Hannover DE, Bei Chez Heinz
May 23 - Odense DK, Posten
May 29 - Stockholm SWE, Debaser Strand
May 30 - Göteborg SWE, Pustervik

Festival Dates
March 11 - Härnösand SWE, Novembeer Fest
Apr 23 - Tampere FIN, Klubi,
Apr 24 - Helsinki FIN, DesertHel Festival,
July 11 - Great Yarmouth UK, Hard Rock Hell
Johanna Sadonis - vocals
Nicke Andersson - drums
Alexander Mayr - bass
Martin Nordin - guitar
Linus Björklund - guitar


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Metal Icon DON DOKKEN Steps Into The Spotlight On This Superb Solo Album Solitary!

He’s the voice behind multi-platinum selling albums and heavy metal classics such as “Breaking The Chains,” “In My Dreams,” “Dream Warriors” and many more! But for the aptly named album Solitary, Dokken vocalist Don Dokken strips away the metal trappings and takes center stage as a singular creative force on this acoustic album that includes both original songs and imaginative reworkings of other’s songs. Dokken’s powerful singing truly shines throughout these recordings, bringing both fiery passion and gentle emotion.

To help bring this project to life, Don reached out to several high-profile musicians including The Firm/Whitesnake bassist Tony Franklin plus renowned drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa / Sting).

Solitary will be released January 31 on Deadline Music, a division of Cleopatra Records, Inc, on all digital platforms plus CD and on a very special limited edition RED vinyl pressing!

Track List:
1. In The Meadow
2. I'll Never Forget
3. Where The Grass Is Green
4. Jealous
5. Ship Of Fools
6. You Are Everything
7. Venice
8. Sarah
9. My Heart Will Go On
10. The Tragedy
11. Someday
12. All That Love Can Be

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Bandcamp Bonanza – 100

Here we are in a new decade, a lot has changed, and a lot has stayed the same. In terms of Bandcamp goodness, its continuing to stay great and offering up more than enough great tunes to keep you occupied. Here are some of my recent recommendations for you all to check out.

Taraban – How the East Was Lost
Pretty blown away with this one. This came up late in 2019 as a mighty high recommendation from some of the other Doom Charts contributors, even making some end of the year lists. I only got around to listening to it in mid-January, 2020 and can say I am quite blown away at the elegantly executed hard progressive rock. Its heavy, trippy, and elegant all in one package. Potential to grow even better with more listens.

Gypsybyrd – Eye of the Sun
Gypsybyrd ascends the hazy Texas skyline with a commanding bass-line, reverberated vocal tone, and lysergic groove. A desert caravan of riffs blazing through smokey rays of bloodshot sun.

Ozymandias - Cake
I’m quite a bit blown away here. Just now finding this in 2020 and really digging on the serrated punk chops harmonized by melodic grunge and occult noize. Every song elevates the blood pressure as it plays on. Got that first time feels big time.

The Goners – Demo
The occult-driven, tripped-out garage tones mangle with metallic riffs, queazy vocals and punk-tinged spirit. Sounds like Southern CA stoner-punk wasted on sweet, Swedish cheeba.

Not only is this Demo a kick in the ass, the full-length debut coming out in March on Riding Easy Records is something to keep on your radar. I’ve heard an early listen and the vinyl is pre-ordered. Holy shit balls.

Mister Earthbound – Head For Death
This is right down my alley. Surfy atmosphere, druggy undertones and bluesy angst all wrapped up with a surly, psychedelic swagger.

Isles of Mars – Isles of Mars
Holy god damn shit!!! What we have here folks is true blue proto-doom for daze. Finds a way to echo past legends but sounding fresh and exciting as if it was February 13, 1970 in the United Kingdom. That groove, those drums, and the uber smooth vocals crooning along to those retro inspired guitar riffs. Like Graveyard went to the beauty parlor and came out drunk and chic. Favorite track: Black Tongue.

Pastor – Unveil
Holy hell, this is amazing. A thick layer of proto-doom pulsing with rhythm and bleeding with charismatic groove. It doesn’t get any better than this. Mind = blown!

Hot Lava Monster – The End Cometh
The End Cometh is certainly a massive output of hard rocking blues, heavy on the twang and hearty on the soul. This feels like 2 albums but maintains its strength through and through.

The Good the Bad and the Zugly – Algorithm and Blues
Fusing the hook-brimmed chants of Kvelertak, the ballad-eyed chorus’ runs of Jimmy Eat World with a grated punk-rock punch, the GBZ assault us with a sarcastically accurate portrayal of the algorithmic approach we scroll along to in our millennial minds on this new album.

Abronia – The Whole of Each Eye
This is touching me in all the right places. The steel guitar brings an alluring Americana cosmos, while and enchanting touch. On one song, My wife claimed it could be the soundtrack to 'Game of Thrones'. She’s not wrong. A very well written and captivating listen. Favorite track: Cross The Hill.

Moonstone - Moonstone
Moonstone has an ever so faint Sabbath guitar tone riffing along with its own super heavy, low and slow, captivating ring. Dig it.

-The Huntsman

Friday, January 24, 2020

Greek doom slingers ACID MAMMOTH stream crushing new album 'Under Acid Hoof' in full; out this Friday on Heavy Psych Sounds!

ACID MAMMOTH unveil their greasy and devilish sophomore album 'Under Acid Hoof' in full today courtesy of New Noise Magazine! This hulking slab of doom epics is coming at you on January 24th through Heavy Psych Sounds Records.

Athens' ACID MAMMOTH don't joke around when it comes to bringing the filthiest and grooviest doom metal to your speakers. New album 'Under Acid Hoof' offers a tar-thick slab of intoxicating, Satan-friendly riffs seasoned with Chris Babalis Jr.'s haunting vocals. An album made to be played at maximum volume with a reefer in hand.

“Everything about this new record excites us. “Under Acid Hoof without a doubt surpasses its predecessor in every way from a creative standpoint as well as production-wise, and we are really proud of the final product. We are also very excited and honored to be a part of the great Heavy Psych Sounds Records roster; it’s a dream come true. The response to the album up until now has been really positive, and we are grateful to all those who have supported us so far.” says Chris Babalis Jr.

Get crushed by new album 'Under Acid Hoof' HERE

“Under Acid Hoof” is their second full-length, recorded in 2019, mixed and mastered by Dionysis Dimitrakos of Descent Studios. Drums were recorded in Dope of Sound Studios in Athens. It's a direct continuation of the band’s self-titled debut, but darker, heavier, and fuzzier. The father & son duo on guitars offer a horde of Iommi-style, fuzz-laden riffs, supported by wicked bass lines and relentless pummeling. Artwork was designed by Branca Studio.

ACID MAMMOTH 'Under Acid Hoof'
Out January 24th on Heavy Psych Sounds
“Acid Mammoth lead with riffs, worship volume, and plunder like slow-motion churning madmen.”
The Obelisk
“They establish themselves as a band that will help to define the genre in the future. (...) Acid Mammoth sets the bar high with this album.“ The Sludgelord
“This is a powerful and addictive experience that demands your full undivided attention.”
Outlaws Of The Sun
“Be one of the people who can confidently say, “I’ve been listening to them since Under Acid Hoof”.
Heavy Blog Is Heavy

ACID MAMMOTH is a doom metal band from Athens, Greece. The band was formed in 2015 by Chris Babalis Jr. (Vocals & Guitars) and Dimosthenis Varikos (Bass), good friends since high school, with a deep love for Sabbath and other heavy music. They were quickly joined by their very good friend Marios Louvaris (Drums) and Chris Babalis Sr. (Guitars), Jr.'s father. Acid Mammoth is more than just a band of friends. They are a family. In late 2016, the band recorded its self-titled, debut full-length album, which they self-released digitally in autumn of 2017. The album was well received, and it wasn’t long before the band was in the studio again to record its second full-length album “Under Acid Hoof”.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Xroadie Files

Risk On Da Disk - When The Smoke Clears
Killa West – Vocals, Mikey Dread 007 – Guitar/Bass, Monsta Hood – Guitar, Don T – Drums

Lookin For A Love rap vocals a funky beat and bluesy jazzy overtones what a wild trip. Daylight Comes To Fast just sway and groove along as the music envelops you. Evangeline kick back smoke a few and just relax to the reggae style tune. WhatchaGonna Do on your feet sway and just enjoy the melodies. Miles And Miles a very flowing guitars melody just takes over your emotions with some rap vocals.   Trials And Tribulations close your eyes and just drift. Color My Dreams a trip back to the hip hop rap of the mtv era. Willow Weeps grooving and swaying as the music takes over you. Too Hot Too Handle reggae jazz hip hop stylings. Light It Up just kickin it with friends and enjoying the tunes.

Telescopium – Signs Of Life
Parthan Shiv – Guitar/Vocals, Lenny Trinceri – Bass/Vocals, Michael Liberatore – Drums, (Guest Musicians) – Nick Lee – Guitar, Leo John – Guitar

Andromeda just let the prog music flow thru you and take over your senses. Fight rumbling bass catchy riffs a cross between Rush and Dream Theater with some amazing musicianship. Superman Returns close your eyes and just drift along as the tones take your imagination to some wild places. Goodbye fist in the air head banging prog metal madness. Ashes And Embers electric guitars that just pierce your soul with a catchy rhythm that just envelops you and soulful vocals. Sea And Sky one great prog rock metal tune that takes you back to the late 70s.

Element X – All Or Nothing
Dave Cullen – Vocals, Franco Buonocore – Guitar, Ian Kenna – Guitar, Hugo Hernandes – Bass, Rodrigo Alonso – Drums

The Angel Or The Demon a very heavy catchy riff fist pumping rhythms screaming guitars and sing along vocals. Temptations fist pumping head banging classical metal madness. The End screaming guitars fast rhythms pounding drums thundering bass just hold on for one wild ride. Room 13 a very crunchy guitar riff solid as a rock drum beat and thumping bass just fist pump away. Snake Eyes is a hop in your car crank up the tunes and just rock out down the highway. Heart Of Fire screaming guitars pounding drums thundering bass fist pumping head banging metal magic.

Coyote Kid – Skeleton Man
Austin Durry- Vocals/Guitar, Cassandra Valentine – Vocals/Keyboards, Austin Wilder – Bass/Percussion, John  Bones Baumgartner- Trombone/Trumpet/Euphonium, Kian Dziak – Drums/Guitar

The New Dark Age spoken words and eerie tones that just surround you. Femme Fatale crunchy guitars solid beats thumping bass and excellent sing along vocals. Tough Kids has a spaghetti western feel that just pulls you in. Prowler sitting in a smoky bar just having a few and listening to the band onstage. Strange Days close your eyes and just let your imagination flow. Dark Science on your feet and just dance away the night. Electric Lover a slow moody tune that just envelops your senses. Vision in Black slow melancholic vocals with strumming western guitar that grows heavier ne at the end. Destroyer Of Worlds has a reggae feel with a very funky feel. Undertaker take a trip back to the 60s and some catchy countrified music. Backbone close your eyes and just drift. Runs melancholic song with a catchy groove and sing along vocals. Skeleton Man very melodic tune that just pulls out many emotions.

Immanifest – Macrobial
Anton Kalaj – Guitar/Synths, Asgrim Allen Nunn – Guitar/Synths/Clean Vocals, Eric Avant – Vocals, Christopher Sortino – Vocals, David Belmonte – Bass, Chris Pistillo – Drums

Energy Weapons Formed Against Us eerie tones slither around you as the evil devours your soul. Ultraterresterial Creation the pits of hell open and demons pour forth. Wandjina chugging guitars dark melodies pounding rhythms and deep demonic vocals. Emissaries Of Ikhenaton slowly the darkness envelops your senses before ripping you to shreds. Black Miracle melancholic tones that just devour your spirit. Jahbulon’s Labyrinth ripping tearing shredding of your body and soul. OrbisSpecularithe dark tones just slither all around and thru your imagination. Niflheimfist pumping head banging death metal mayhem. Spirits Of Old just grabs you and slams you with aggressive notes.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

BONE CHURCH unveil first single and details for new album 'Acid Communion', out March 13th on Ripple Music.

Connecticut stoner rockers BONE CHURCH share all the details as well as a crispy first track taken from their sophomore album 'Acid Communion', landing heavily this March 13th on Ripple Music.

BONE CHURCH's new album 'Acid Communion' is an intense, proto-metal journey through a colonial era New England village, rife with the evils of witchcraft. The album tells tales of downtrodden townsfolk, suffering at the hands of a satanic cult. All under the omnipresent eye of the local church. The Bone Church. A heavy, blues-laden tale of sonic folklore.

Get doomed with "Witch In The Cellar" via Outlaws Of The Sun

BONE CHURCH is a heavy Rock & Roll band from New Haven, CT. Formed in 2016, they're primarily influenced by the era when rock was transforming into the earliest forms of heavy metal, but still had its feet planted in the blues. Their sonic foundation is built upon that of classic bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and The Jimi Hendrix Experience; with elements of doom, metal, and psychedelia incorporated to complete their sound.

BONE CHURCH New album "Acid Communion"
Out March 13th on Ripple Music
1. Heavy Heaven
2. Witch In The Cellar
3. Bone Church Blues
4. Iron Temple
5. If They Float
6. Acid Communion

Jack Rune - Vocals
Dan Sefcik - Guitar
Nick Firine - Guitar
Pat Good - Bass
Rock Sickinger - Drums

Ripple Music: websiteFacebook

Monday, January 20, 2020

ANNIHILATOR Canadian Heavy Metal/Thrash Legends Debut "Dressed Up For Evil" Lyric Video; New Full-Length, Ballistic, Sadistic, Nears Release Via Silver Lining Music

[photo by Kai Swillus]

View / Share ANNIHILATOR's "Dressed Up For Evil" video at THIS LOCATION.

Heavy metal/thrash metal legends ANNIHILATOR today debut the shredding new lyric video for "Dressed Up For Evil." The latest single comes by way of the band's seventeenth studio album, Ballistic, Sadistic, set for release January 24th via Silver Lining Music.

Issues founding guitarist, vocalist, producer, and principal songwriter Jeff Waters of the track, "Evil in the guise of a man; that's how I would describe the theme in this one. People who have no good in them. Destroying all in their way with abuse, lies, and negativity. Generally, just being a nasty human being and ruining lives in the name of money; thinking that it makes them special. It just makes them evil and a waste of life. Musically-speaking, this one is as old-school ANNIHILATOR metal as it gets. It's obvious that the vibe in this tune reminds us of the early days of the band; even extending back to the demo days from '84-'88. A highlight for me in this song is the legendary voice of Raven's John Gallagher on backing vocals with Durham's Kat Shevil Gillham (Winds Of Genocide). An honor to have John on this record and his voice helps make this song a killer. Oh, and lots of shred guitar, as some have been demanding for a while! We hope you like this one... we do!"

View ANNIHILATOR's "Dressed Up For Evil" video below.
ANNIHILATOR - Dressed Up For Evil (Official Video)
ANNIHILATOR - "Dressed Up For Evil" (Official Video)

Find the band's previously released videos for "I Am Warfare," "Psycho Ward," and "Armed To The Teeth" HERE.

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Waters, Ballistic, Sadistic was recorded at the brand new, state-of-the-art Watersound Studios UK in Durham earlier this year with additional engineering and editing by bassist Rich Hinks and mastering by Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More, Halford) at Maor Appelbaum Mastering in California.

Ballistic, Sadistic will be available in limited-edition digipak, vinyl, and digital formats. For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.

A name needing no introduction in the metal world, ANNIHILATOR was forged in Canada in late 1984. Since then, the band has been touring and releasing records, selling millions of albums to date, nonstop, for over thirty years. Cited by bands like Megadeth, Pantera, Dream Theater, Children Of Bodom, Lamb Of God, Opeth, Trivium, and so many more as having influence on their music, Jeff Waters and ANNIHILATOR have continued to tour the world, year after year, whilst consistently putting out high-quality true-metal music. It takes time, patience, and perseverance to reach legendary status, and no one can dispute that ANNIHILATOR are inspirations, teachers, legends, and a force demonstrating what hard work and love of your craft can bring to the world.
"This is the best ANNIHILATOR album in years; this is the best thrash album that 2020 is likely to produce..." -- Metal Observer

"Something really lit a spark under Waters' ass this time around, and he has channeled it into one of the finer moments in his - and ANNIHILATOR's - long career." --

"...a Grade A thrash album with memorable hooks... and most of all ace guitar playing. Waters is one of the best guitarists out there... a brilliant technical marvel with magic fingers and rock steady control who's consistently overlooked and undervalued." -- Rock Shop Pop

"Ballistic, Sadistic as the latest ANNIHILATOR offering assembles the best aspects of diversity and skilled, technical-laden songwriting to create a record that bridges the past to the present." -- Dead Rhetoric

Jeff Waters - vocals, guitar
Rich Hinks - bass
Aaron Homma - guitar
Fabio Alessandrini - drums

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Wrath Of Typhon - Kingdom Of Fear

PA's excellent heavy hitters, Wrath of Typhon, somehow passed under my radar for quite a while with their sophomore full-length, 'Kingdom Of Fear'. Originally released in 2017, it took me over a year to buy a copy and another to actually write this review. Shame on me, that's all I can say! 6 years in the making, it's been a smooth, natural progression from the 2011 debut, 'Speak From The Fire'. It still sounds like Wrath Of Typhon but with a more evolved sound. The only difference is the "new" bass player, Alan Derrick, although new might be a slight exaggeration since he's been with the band since 2013.

Not sparing any blushes, these Pennsylvanian hoodlums go for the balls immediately and never let off until the album is over. By then, you're wrung out and hung to dry, just as it should be. As before, Wrath Of Typhon mix their own heavy ass sound with dollops of The Mentors, Motörhead, heavy metal and punk, at least the attitude of the latter, and as usual this is amazing. Not standing still though, the guys has pushed themselves to move on a couple of notches and you can tell.

One prime examples of their progress is the insanely riff-heavy, ‘Sworn To Die’. Incredibly hooky in all its furious onslaught with a galloping bass guitar and bludgeoning drums, this one leads the way immediately. Intense and brilliant ‘E Obsolete’ is full of bee-swarming guitars and a supertight straightforward full steam ahead rhythm section. The foundation of ‘Livermore’ is like ‘Orgasmatron’ but sped up a notch. After getting increasingly faster the song drops in tempo a touch but still hits crushing levels. The choruses in ‘Son Of Sam’ are so hook-laden and reels you in, while the verses are sinister and uncomfortable in the best possible way. Brilliant! Mid-paced, for being Wrath Of Typhon at least, ‘Homage’ lurks and sneers til about halfway through. The all hell breaks loos with a furious guitar solo catapulting the band into hyper-speed. ‘Lazarus Pit’ is an excellent metal composition which captivates the listener right from the start. Pulls you in and there’s nothing you can do about. Perfect!

The six year long wait was so well-worth since Wrath Of Typhon has crafted the perfect metal album. The blend between new and old with bits and pieces of their collective influences has come together in an unholy alliance, just as metal should be, making ‘Kingdom Of Fear’ pretty damned fantastic! More of this, please, gentlemen, and don’t take six years until next time. The world needs you!


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