Saturday, February 29, 2020

Bandcamp Bonanza – 105

The Absurd – WOLF!
From the band’s own PR wire, “The first single from the coming album "The Sun Still Rises," 'WOLF!' isThe Absurd's freshest tone-deaf take on what constitutes as hot, accessible, mainstream rock n roll, replete with their typically mediocre melodies, lack of hooks and foggy, incoherent yet expressly problematic and bigoted political lyrics!
Not punk enough for the punks, not stoner enough for the stoners, and not psychedelic enough for the w00ks, 'WOLF!' is the perfect song for positively no one!This is indeed absurd. Read the reviews posted up.”

Promise I’m not crying Wolf when I tell you The Absurd has knocked another one out of the park. Solid groove, infectious melody, soaring vocals and relevant lyrics make WOLF! an intriguing lead single off a full length due out later this year. Favorite track: WOLF!

Restless Spirit – Clarity
Henrik was right, that opening number sets the hook barbed with a thrash/doom hybrid, serrated in groove and armored in heavy metal.

Shadow Witch – Under The Shadow of a Witch
Kingston New York based Shadow Witch has unleashed their latest and 3rd full length album. Dripping with sinister progressive textures, metallic grip, and innate groove, Under the Shadow of a Witch shows us that the first two bangers were not flukes and these guys are the real deal. As if that was even a question.

InTechnicolor – Big Sleeper
Jonny nailed it. A massive sounding debut merging a quirky QOTSA tone with a rather anthemic and emotional rollercoaster of grandiose riffage. Wow!

Hadewijch– Herbal Noise
This 18-minute monster soothes us with a doomy aroma of psychedelic drone, dark and ambient texture and emotive melody. What a refreshing track by a new band on the horizon Hadewijch.

Sea Mouse – Tropical Fish
I can’t get enough of this Zeppelin engrained heavy blues. Strokes of Wolfmother meets Graveyard with an unrelenting pop, intriguing hook and bonafide rhythm. Sea Mouse could be your new favorite band. New Zealand strikes again!!

The Acid Guide Service – Denim Vipers
Oh boy, this one turned into kind of an interesting bandcamp feed the day it came out. Haha, guess there is specific technique to “reviewing” an album on bandcamp. It’s a good thing I don’t review albums I “descriptively recommend” albums of my choosing as a form of fan promotion that bands usually appreciate. Apparently, some folks think bands don’t like when fans have nice words to say. Oh well. Can’t please them all.
The way the low, slow and fuzzy riffs pull you in combined with that chuggy bass is a work of art. Wait till the sinister vocals kick in around the 4:30 mark of the opener, you’re gonna die by thrill. Follows by an extravaganza of swirling psychedelia and mind melting rhythm. Purchase made midway through song one and the day is made. Favorite track: In the Cemetery.

The Family Hang – The Family Hang
The bluesy croonage, soulful swagger and rocking persona make The Family Hang an instant purchase. Thanks to the bandcamp recommendation on my feed this morning.

-The Huntsman

Friday, February 28, 2020

WAR CLOUD to release 'Earhammer Sessions' album on Ripple Music this May; extensive US and European tour announced!

Oakland hard rock revelers WAR CLOUD announce the release of their thunderous live album 'Earhammer Sessions' this May 22nd on Ripple Music. The band will be on the road this spring for an extensive tour across Europe and the US.

This new live-in-studio record 'Earhammer Sessions' was recording Earhammer Studios in California by Greg Wilkinson, and showcases a wild array of songs taken from their two albums for an overall live feel.

Stream new song "Vulture City" right here

Says frontman Alex Wein: "We wanted to capture the live energy of our set and it was a no brainer to record with Oakland’s Earhammer Studios. The recordings capture the evolution of the band and how we have progressed as a group. What you hear is the setlist we performed every night of our most recent European tour. It’s a raw, honest, take no prisoners vibe that the band exudes. We chose Earhammer Studios because it has recorded bands that we are fans of (Saviours, Lecherous Gaze, Necrot) and it’s the epitome of the Oakland metal sound. Greg Wilkinson (engineer/mixer) understood our vision and helped recreate the live set. The Earhammer Sessions were mastered by Alan Douches (Motörhead, High On Fire, Gwar)".

WAR CLOUD also recently unveiled a hectic video for the song "Give'r", which you can watch at this location. The song is taken from the 'Earhammer Sessions' live album, and was first released on 2017's self-titled debut 'War Cloud'.

WAR CLOUD 'Earhammer Sessions'
Out May 22nd on Ripple Music
Preorder via Ripple webstore and Bandcamp
1. Vulture City
2. Give'r
3. Chopper Wired
4. White Lightning
5. Divide and Conquer
6. Tomahawk
7. Speed Demon
8. Striker

With a 2014 ignition in Oakland, California, WAR CLOUD has left a smoking path across much of the USA and Europe. Formed and led by Alex Wein (vocals, guitars) after planting his amps in the Bay Area, he unified a crew with Nick Burks on guitar, Sam Harman on Bass and Joaquin Ridgell on drums. In 2020, the band moved its headquarters to Austin, Texas.

Taking a classic 70s heavy rock and 80s power metal approach and then aggressively dousing it in modern metal sophistication, embracing their recognizable dual guitar harmonies, proto-metal licks, hard charging rhythms, adding heavy surges of British and Southern metal to inspire the fire. WAR CLOUD has released two albums, both on Ripple Music: ‘War Cloud’ (2017) and ‘State Of Shock’ (2019). Electrifying audiences for six years, they take no prisoners with their own style of high energy heavy metal.

WAR CLOUD will be touring extensively this spring in support of their last album 'State Of Shock', released on September 2019 through Ripple Music:

A Fast Ride Through Texas
17/04/20 Houston. Secret Group (Hell's Heroes Pre-Party)
18/04/20 San Antonio. Faust Tavern
19/04/20 Dallas. Wits End
20/04/20 Austin. Lost Well (Dankfest)
Wings of Steel Tour
United States
13/05/20 Oklahoma City, OK. Blue Note
14/05/20 Lawrence, KS. Replay Lounge
15/05/20 Chicago, IL. Reggie's (Legions of Metal Festival)
16/05/20 Milwaukee, WS. Cactus Club
17/05/20 Ft. Wayne, IN. Brass Rail
18/05/20 Louisville, KY. Highland Taproom
22/05/20 Herten, DE. Kustom Kulture Forever
23/05/20 Roskilde, DK. Gimle
26/05/20 Cologne, DE. Museum
27/05/20 Dresden, DE. Ostpol
28/05/20 Berlin, DE. Toast Hawaii
29/05/20 Erfurt, DE. Cafe Tikolor
30/05/20 Munster, DE. Rare Guitar
31/05/20 Leipzig, DE. Black Label
4/06/20 Copenhagen, DK. Byhaven Pumpehuset
5/06/20 Hagen, DE. Kultopia
6/06/20 Kaiserslautern, DE. Irish House

Alex Wein – Vocals/Guitar
Nick Burks – Guitar
Sam Harman - Bass
Joaquin Ridgell – Drums


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Ripplefest Cologne Is Just A Month Away!

Ripplefest Cologne happens on March 28th and the lineup is STACKED. So click HERE and get in on the madness before it sells out!

Max Rebel did an AMAZING job of what is sure to be the heaviest show in Cologne all year! With a lineup featuring the Americans, Howling Giant and Horseburner, with Ripple Europe warriors, Plainride, Fire Down Below, Bright Curse and Stonebirds as well as local heroes, Astral Kompakt this is going to be a mammoth show.

I even hear there might be a special surprise involving Todd, a bowl of soup and some chickens so... you probably want to be there for that...

Click the button below to grab tickets to an absolute rager and help us celebrate the scene that gives us life!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Xroadie Files

Huxley – ST
Doug – Vocals, Mike – Guitar, Alex – Guitar, Matt – Bass, Robbie – Drums

Evol catchy riffs powerful vocals a very memorable tune just jam along. Girl Thang crunchy riffs pounding drums thumping bass and great sing along vocals. If I Ruled The World screaming guitars pounding rhythms melodic vocals heavy but still lots of melody. Regression just stand and sing along. We Are soft guitars and melodic vocals that just pierce your soul before the music tunes heavy and just pull you in.

Bethledeign – Iconography Of Suffering
Tony Petrocelly – Guitar/Bass/Vocals, Guilio Galati – Drums, Gus Barr – Guitar

Domain fast heavy thrashing death metal mayhem. Invoke The Apostasy hit the pit slam sweat and get all your aggressions out. Opens-Eviscerates shredding ripping tearing thrash metal madness. Eight Pointed Star crushing guitars pounding drums thundering bass and growling vocals. Iconography Of Suffering crunchy shredding fast guitars chainsaw like and thunderous rhythms. The Lament Of Configuration chugging guitar riff fast hard and metallic with growling vocals and pounding rhythms. Besieged By Night thrashing death metal moshing slam pit destruction. Prey For Oblivion the pits of hell open and demons pour or devouring all.

Yur Mum – Ellipsis
Anelise Kunz – Vocals/Bass, Fabio Couto – Drums, Akos - Guitar

What Do You Want thundering bass pounding drums and fist pump and head bang along with some powerful vocals. Sweatshop thunderous bass pounding drums and powerful vocals. Ellipsis screaming guitars pounding drums thumping bass and strong vocals just get up and head bang. Rotten bass rumbling that just pulls you in with shredding feedback and thunderous drums. Closure psychedelic tones just envelop you close your eyes and drift away.

The Osedax–Meridians
Mike Horn-Bass/Vocals/Synth, Scott Coldwell -Guitar/Vocals, Kevin Grevey -Drums/Percussion

Offen strange psychedelic tones then death metal builds its way into your nightmares.   Beacon/Ox Eye feedback swirls all around before being pummeled to death and ripped to shreds. White Horse / Tempest eerie tone juts pull you in ton a nightmare of epic proportions. Ratlines just close your eyes and drift into the black nothingness and despair.

Sly Stone With The Viscaynes – Sly Before the Family
Frank Arellano ,Maria Boldway, Charlie Gebhardt, Vern Gebhardt, Charlene Imhoff, Mike Stevens Sylvester Stewart (Sly Stone)

Honest take a trip back to the 60s and the do wop music of the time. In The Still Of The Night great sing along chorus style vocals just enjoy the melodies. Searchin’ a catchy R&B blues tune. Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You great melodic vocals and a catchy rhythm. Aint That Lovin You Babe get up dance and groove as you sing. Swim catchy riffs great vocals lots of melody. Every Dog Has His Day bluesy soulful music with catchy vocals. Suki Suki Part 1 a catchy bass riff sing along vocals and solid beats. Suki Suki Part 2 just dance the night away. Seventh Sun clap sing and just enjoy the music. Nerves a catchy blues R&B tune. I Can’t Turn You Loose catchy bass chorus vocals and a memorable tune that will stick with you for days. Take My Advice catchy riffs sing along vocals just snap your fingers and enjoy. Watermelon Man a guitar riff that will have you up and grooving. I Aint Got Nobody stand clap and sing. If You Were Blue catchy bluesy soulful R&B. Rock Dirge loads of emotional music with a very interesting drum organ combo. Hi Love just let the groove envelop your senses. Life Of Fortune And Fame take a trip back to a simpler time.


Monday, February 24, 2020

ATMF is proud to present TITAAN’s highly anticipated second album, ITIMA.

It was but 2016 when TITAAN emerged from virtual/literal obscurity with its debut album, Kadingir, for ATMF. The work of one Lalartu, with no warning whatsoever, TITAAN here created a towering monument to black metal’s most barbaric and avant-garde extremes. Kadingir existed on both tangibly physical and spiritual planes, thoroughly engrossing the listener with a miasmic, multi-layered experience. So monomaniacal was its minimalism but embellished with rhythmic and atmospheric elements no “normal” black metal band would ever attempt, TITAAN challenged the status quo in a most daring fashion. Not for nothing is Kadingir regarded as a modern classic in some corners.

Now, TITAAN is set to eclipse that feat with the even-more-challenging ITIMA. A single, seamless 46-minute work – in the true sense of the word WORK, for there are layers upon layers upon layers within this forever-spirallng-downward labyrinth – ITIMA takes the firm foundation of Kadingir to yet further extremes. More violent, more atmospheric, more doomed, more ceremonial, more straightforward, more ornate, more of MORE: if there was ever any question before, here does TITAAN truly embody its namesake. Skillfully to say the very least, Lalartu threads together esoteric vibrations brewed in the abyss of Mesopotamic culture and unfolds an utterly ominous patchwork of past, present, and future; with ITIMA, TITAAN stands above and beyond all. Put another way, this is black metal at arguably its most cinematic – and breathtakingly so.

In the none-more-vast world of TITAAN, no half-measures exist, and the totality is all. For that, ITIMA is graced with equally breathtaking artwork courtesy of Luciana Nedelea, whose dark mind visually embodies the album’s central concepts of misanthropy, human futility, and merciless vengeance by the ancient gods.

If Kadingir proved too daunting, either in 2016 or especially now, then one need not enter the evolving flux of ITIMA. For those of the hardiest, headiest constitution, however, TITAAN will gladly lead you into the catacombs of your darkest self…

Gatefold LP will be release in 200 units regular black and a ultra-limited edition of 100 white lps.

release date : 17th April, 2020

Tracklisting CD:
1. Itima 46:38
Total running time: 46:38

preorder cd there

Tracklisting LP edition:
SIDE A Itima 20:27
SIDE BI Itima 26:24

Preorder Ultra-limited LP GATEFOLD white edition Or
Preorder Regular LP GATEFOLD Black Edition there:

Sunday, February 23, 2020

A Sunday Conversation With Justin Goodson From Days To Come

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?

I grew up in a musician household. My dad and brother were always singing and playing music. I was pretty shy as a kid and started playing the guitar when I was 17. I remember listening to Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and other blues guys.  I can’t play anything like them, but they definitely got me interested in the guitar.

Nickelback actually got me into modern rock. My dad was in the military and I spent a lot of time overseas, so I missed out on a lot of popular music at the time. I remember finding Nickelback and just being mesmerized but the chunky guitar tones. This led to bands like Shinedown, Three Days Grace, and Breaking Benjamin.

A few years later I found Alter Bridge and my life changed. Hearing them solidified what I wanted to do with music.

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?

Typically I’ll get a melody first. It may revolve around a theme or lyric, but I try to get the melody solidified before finishing the lyrics.

Sometimes, we’ll write music to a vocal melody I have, or I’ll put one on top of some music we’ve been working on.

Who has influenced you the most?

As a vocalist - Myles Kennedy. His voice is unique and it has helped me in  making peace with mine.

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

Life. I believe that all of the experiences we go through in life help in the creative process.

I’ll check out a podcast, listen to new music, read a book. All of this can help with new ideas.

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

We don’t really sound like anyone in our area. Most of the artists in our hometown and the surrounding cities are country, or hip hop/rap artists.
I’m thankful we live during the digital age. We have the opportunity to be influenced by artists all over the world.

Where'd the band name come from?

Years ago, Brandon and I were frustrated that we had all of the pieces to put a band together except for a drummer. I was at my day job one day and just thought that everything would work out and it would be better in the “days to come”.

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

I’m a big fan of massive, over the top, orchestral pieces. I feel like they make movies even more larger than life.

I couldn’t tell you what soundtrack I’d write for. It would be a cool process and a great opportunity.

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?

Calm The Fire - Alter Bridge. It’s off of their Fortress album and it’s one of my absolute favorite songs. I love the melody, dynamics, theme, and feel of the song.

Come on, share with us a couple of your great, Spinal Tap, rock and roll moments? Tell us about playing live and the live experience for you and for your fans?

I mean, I’ve ripped my pants on stage twice. It’s embarrassing being exposed like that, but it’s a story.

I absolutely love performing at shows. The connection between us and the crowd is fantastic and special. When everyone is on the same page and experiencing the same emotion, it’s magic.

What makes a great song?

In my opinion, a melody and honest lyrics. I absolutely love melodies. Lyrics are equally important. I feel like too often, lyrics are just thrown together and don’t come from a place of honesty, or experience.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

I have no idea what it was about. I was around nine years old and I remember being so frustrated with it that I ripped up the lyrics I was writing and threw it in the trash.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

Lyrically, Wolves. Before that song, I wasn’t opening myself up as a writer. I didn’t want to write about whatever I was feeling because I didn’t want to expose myself as an artist. With Wolves, I felt like I had finally reached a point in my life where I was comfortable letting the world in.

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

I’m a big fan of Nothing More. The way they blend tones and textures to paint an image is really special. I also really like Charlie Puth. He’s a great songwriter.

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

Digital. It’s not as fun, but it’s better for the environment.

Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice

Whiskey. Beer is nice, but Whiskey makes for better conversation.

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?

I don’t even think we have a record store anymore. A lot of those places have closed.

What's next for the band?

We’re excited to promote our new single, Ashes (January 2020) and release new music this year. We’ve got a few collaborations lined up with other artists and we’re touring as well.

We’re going to continue to chase our sound and connect with more people.

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

I’m very appreciative for all of the support we’ve been getting with our new single, Ashes (January 2020). It means the world that our fans continue to share our music with their friends.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Bandcamp Bonanza – 104

This week the theme is hard driving bass. In fact, I think the theme of every album I find intriguing is its kinship with the bass guitar. Most of these my ears went straight to the big fat groove carrying a relentless weight across the stage.

Electric Riders – The Trial
The Trial is a successful blend of Rush, Zeppelin and Tull slapping together epic bass lines, progressive twists, dynamic groove and jazzy interludes to create a fresh sense of nostalgia. This is incredibly diverse and intriguing all the same. Gets better as it plays on.

Slingshot – Pieces in Relation
Imagine Pearl Jam grooving progressive stoner rock in an Austrian desert. Again, the bass makes it all happen. Deep and slappy, just how I like it.

Aunt Cynthia’s Cabin – Misty Woman
'Misty Woman' lights the night with her mind melting psych dripping with absolutely riveting bass runs, celestial rhythm and sun-baked solos. Aunt Cynthia's Cabin is fortified in a spiritual haze of riffs swirling with cosmic swagger and arid fuzz.

Bambara - Stray
Normally not my go-to style but its kind of hard not to be astonished at the quality of this release by Bambara. A new discovery for me and a damn fine piece of post-punk gold. The groove is powerful and the vibes are both haunting and uplifting at the same time. I’ll be spending some more time with this and eventually adding to my collection.

Levitating Churches – Rock-n-Roll Hell
I was sold after 30 seconds, and after finishing I’m quite blown away. Rock-n-Roll Hell is a proto-punk powerhouse chalked full of boogie and guzzling with groove.

Fever Dog – Second Wind
When that trippy solo hits on Lady Snowblood/Child of the Netherworlds you just know. The entire album is something special and I’m looking forward to their new one spring 2020! This is an older release but one I came back to and added based on the news of a new one and release of a couple new singles you can find on the page.

Lykantropi – Lykantropi
Hell, I haven’t even listened to this yet but it was in my wishlist, which I was perusing while putting this together and just looking at it on bandcamp I knew it fit the theme of this week’s album recommendations. I added to my wishlist for that very reason. Intuition. You know what, I just went ahead and bought the vinyl after only a minute into the first song. This is going to be fantastic.

The High Divers – Ride With You
I found these guys through another band I had recently discovered from South Carolina as well. A bunch of these bands run together and The High Divers is right down my alley. A little bit of blues, a pinch of country, and a whole lotta rock and soul. Quite a variety of genre crossing and executed with style and persuasion. It’s produced by Sadler Vaden (Jason Isbell guitarist) so you know its gonna be great, right?

Michael – Tell Your Friends
Album title works because the music is bad ass. Controlled chaotic intensity with battering melody and angsty hooks. A little bit of everything heavy. Setting itself apart from the pack. Tell your friends too!

-The Huntsman

Friday, February 21, 2020



(Stockholm, Sweden - February 20, 2020) - LUCIFER announce the release of their new track "Midnight Phantom" today. The track is off the band's forthcoming full-length album Lucifer III. Listen to "Midnight Phantom", which is premiering exclusively with Revolver HERE.

"Why no one has yet merged Autopsy and Blue Öyster Cult into four minutes is a mystery to us. Midnight Phantom came to us in a collective nightmare and we think he made us accomplish this. Enjoy the horrors of The Phantom. Tonight," states LUCIFER frontwoman Johanna Sadonis.

Lucifer III is set for release on March 20th via Century Media Records and is available for pre - order HERE. The album is also available in the following formats:

Digital album:
Ltd. CD Digipak
Jewelcase CD
Cassette Tape (Tour exclusive)
Black LP+CD (Europe)
Black LP (USA)

Limited North American vinyl editions:
Yellow/Translucent Green Swirl LP (
Translucent Green LP (Indie Record Stores Exclusive)

Limited European coloured vinyl editions and bundles:
Black LP+CD+Shirt+Slipmat bundle (
Red LP+CD (
Gold LP+CD (
Petrol Green LP+CD (
Black LP+CD+AutographCard (
Dark Green LP+CD+Shirt exclusive Bundle (
Silver LP+CD (
Lilac LP+CD (
SOLD OUT Transp. Sun Yellow

Lucifer III Tracklist:

    Midnight Phantom
    Leather Demon
    Pacific Blues
    Coffin Fever
    Flanked By Snakes
    Stay Astray
    Cemetery Eyes
The Third Commandment - Europe 2020 - Part I
w/special guests: Year Of The Goat
March 20 - Stockholm, SWE - Geronimo's^
April 23 - Tampere, FIN - Klubi
April 24 - Helsinki, FIN - DesertHel Festival, On The Rocks*
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
July 3 - Ballenstedt DE, Rock Harz Open Air*
July 31 - Wacken, DE - Wacken Open Air*
August 1 - Soria, ES - Motorbeach Festival*
October 16 - St. Petersburg, RU - MOD
October 17 - Moscow, RU - Aglomerat
November 7 - Great Yarmouth, UK - Hard Rock Hell
*festival dates
^Lucifer III Record Release Night

Tickets are available for purchase here:


LUCIFER is Johanna Sadonis (vocals), Nicke Andersson (drums), Harald Göthblad (bass), Martin Nordin (guitar), Linus Björklund (guitar)


Thursday, February 20, 2020



Photo by Criss Cain

Ann Wilson has announced the first leg of the “Ann Wilson of Heart 2020 Tour,” beginning April 30 in Englewood, NJ, spanning North America and ending May 21 in Northfield, OH. Ann will perform songs from her expansive catalogue, commemorating Heart era classics along with the work of her solo records, Hope & Glory (2007), The Ann Wilson Thing (2015) and her most recent covers album, Immortal (2018). General ticket on-sale begins this Friday, February 21 at 10:00AM local time. A complete list of tour dates are available below and on Ann’s official website.

Ann Wilson is one of the greatest voices in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. For the past 40 years, Ann has been lead singer for the rock band Heart (35 million records sold), thrilling audiences with her vocal power and natural gift to wrap her voice around an emotion in a song and lay it at the listener’s feet. Ann carved out a place for women to dominate a rock stage, and her icon status was cemented when Heart was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

After an extensive 2019 with Heart Ann’s looking forward to bringing the same band on the road to perform all the great songs, and others, that she’s made famous since she founded her band in 1973.


30 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen PAC

1 - Mashantucket, CT - Foxwoods Casino
3 - Derry, NJ - Tupelo Music Hall
4 - Huntington, NY - Paramount Theater
6 - Albany, NY - Egg Performing Arts
7 - Medford, MA - Chevalier Theater
9 - Atlantic City, NJ - Hard Rock
10 - Annapolis, MD - Maryland Hall For Creative Arts
12 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
13 - Wilkes Barre, PA - F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE, Benefit
16 - Elizabeth, IN - Caesars
18 - St. Charles, IL - Arcadia Theatre
20 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
21 - Northfield, OH - MGM Northfield

31 - Paso Robles, CA - California Mid-State Fair *

* - festival appearance
Photo by Criss Cain

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Xroadie Files

Beat City Tubeworks – I Just Can’t Believe That It’s The Incredible
Erik Linder- Guitars/ Vocals, Kristian Rigo- Guitars, Henrik Frisk- Drums, Stuart Bayliss– Bass

Gravy Days take a trip back to the 50s and 60s with some boogie woogie rockabilly. The Tourist on your feet dance and sing as the catchy groove envelops you. Rock N Roll Degenerate has a very ACDC – Rose Tattoo feel with a catchy crunchy rhythm. Badlands just kick back and flow with the tune. Rat Race on your feet dance and fist pump as the tune just pulls you in. Let Me In close your eyes and just let the music take you away in your imagination. Stuck In A Groove feedback guitars crunchy riffs thumping bass pounding drums and screaming leads just hang on for one wild ride. Decline To Conform will have the entire crowd on its feet grooving and singing along. Balrog Boogie fast heavy ACDC style boogie with shredding guitars. Shallow N Men get out the air guitars and just jam away. Not So Fortunate Son hard heavy boogie rock metal with tons of emotional playing. Dog On A Leach stand clap and sing along to one catchy tune. Frenetic Magnetic ACDC meets southern rock just get up and dance.

Dave Kerzner – Breakdown A Compilation 1995-2019
Dave Kerzner – Vocals/Keyboards, Fernando Perdomo – Guitar, Durga McBroom – Vocals, Lorelei McBroom – Vocals, Derek Cintron – Drums, Nick D’Virgilio – Drums, Marco Minnemann – Drums, Randy McStine – Guitar, Matt Dorsey – Bass, Steve Hackett – Guitar, Francis Dunnery – Guitar, Heather Findlay – Vocals, Dave Kilminster – Guitar, Alex Cromarty – Drums, Jon Davidson – Vocals, Ruti Celli – Cello/Vocals, Kaitlin Wolfberg – Violin/Viola, Satnam Ramgottra – Tabla, Maryem Tollar – Vocals, Christine Leakey – Vocals, Andy Robbins – Bass, Chris Johnson – Guitar, Stuart Fletcher – Bass

Disc One – The Lie just close your eyes and let the music envelop you and pull you into your dreams. Ocean Of Stars (Alternate Version) soft keyboards prog rock vocals take a trip back to the 70s and enjoy. Nothing on your feet clap and sing along to ne catchy tune. Static (Live)flowing prog rock with some amazing musicianship. New World (Live) just let the music take you away into your dreams. The Truth Behind (Live) melodic keyboards soft leads soaring vocals that will take you to one strange place. Reckless (Live) sitting strumming guitars and just enjoying the day. My Old Friend (Alternative Version) just one magical prog rock journey. Joytown (Live) prog rock music that will have you being pulled into strange dreams. Into The Sun (Alternative Version) the emotions just flow thru your very soul.

Disc Two – Paranoia (2019 Version) one strange musical journey thru your dreams. Breakdown heavy beats industrial sounds and space rock prog. Scavengers soaring keyboards soft rhythms then a very catchy riff slides in, Not Readmission (Instrumental Version) soft melodies that just pull you into your imagination and float away. Crash Landing close your eyes and have one psychedelic trip. Every Corner (Instrumental Version) prog rock magic. Island (Reprise) a short melodic piece. All That Is a very psychedelic prog rock musical journey. Only Breathing Out (Alternative Version) synths catchy guitars and keyboards with loads of emotions. Omega Point (Live) just let your imagination take hold and drift away. Not Coming Down (Live) take a trip back in time to a much simpler place.

Blackwood – Of Flies
Eraldo Berniocchi – All Instruments, Emilia Moncayo – Vocals, Stefania Alos Pedretti – Vocals

Of Flies dark heavy death plodding tones that just pull you into the mouth of hell. Seclusion death and destruction slither along as they devour all in sight. Infraworld the mouth of hell opens and demons crawl out to destroy all.

Float Here Forever – Stacking Tombstones
Darrell Bazian - Vocals/Guitar, Nick Marko - Drums/Percussion, Don Dyson - Bass, and Kevin Watts – Guitar

Back To Hell crunchy guitars solid drums thumping bass and punkish vocals. Planning To Matter melodies just flow all around and pull you in one catchy tune. Stacking Tombstones just sit around with friends strumming guitars and singing.

Night Goat – Milk
Julia Bentley – Vocals, Chris Bentley - Guitar/Vocals, Dalin Jones – Bass, Donnie Casey – Drums

Smearcase on ShorbGuitar feedback punk style rhythms and vocals just hit the pit. Dirty Candy starts with a southern style guitar riff and punkish vocals. Malachai rumbling bass crunchy guitars with pounding drums and yelling vocals. Chubby Leech low bass and guitar feedback with strange vocals and steady beats. Jerusalem's lot fats heavy punkish rock n roll. Gnarltooth Grim bass just slowly takes you over then crunchy guitars and pounding drums. My Axe (Your Ribcage) hit the pit slam and sweat the night away. Head Lice strange sounds envelop your senses then a chugging riff takes over. Bonemeal punkish metal mayhem. The Greys fast heavy moshing punkish madness.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A Ripple Conversation With Tarah Who?

TARAH G. CARPENTER: Vocals, Guitar

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?

TGC: Haha! YES! my mom would BLAST (and still does) the Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen etc.... My musical epiphany was with Alanis Morissette, relating with the lyrics, and dissecting the music and production. I feel like I was influenced a bunch. Then I discovered, Motorhead, Pantera, TOOL, The Foo Fighters (before they became an orchestra..) and of course the Distillers, and I just wanted to play LOUD Rock, dirty Rock 'N Roll. This was sound epiphany.

CH : I was around 9-10 when some friends showed me AC/DC, Guns & Roses, Green Day ... it was the beginning for me. Then one day my uncle showed me this metal band from Finland called Nightwish, and it was just it !!! I fell in love with this genre.

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?

TGC: I write the music and lyrics on my own and make bad demos of them just to be able to communicate the idea. When the structure is set, I send the song to Coralie who learns the structure and we work on the song itself afterwards. If I have ideas I am not able to play on the drums for instance, I sing the idea to Coco (Coralie) and we try out a few things. I like to have a produced version (recorded) and a live version for some songs. Coralie has a very good technique and I like to show off with her bad ass drumming ;)

Who has influenced you the most?

TGC: I think that it is a mix of Alanis, Foo Fighters and The Distillers. I definitely write lyrics like Alanis in a sense that I spill out my emotions, but I prefer to play loud, fast and aggressive like The Distillers, with a Taylor Hawkins drumming style.

CH : I'll say Nightwish for sure but generally metal and classic rock. The drummers that influenced my the most are Mike Portnoy, Thomas Lang, Glen Sobel and Daniel Erlandsson are a few of them.

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

TGC: Coralie (jk), life events, relationships, It comes from the everyday life really. I am pretty sensitive to my surroundings.

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

TGC: I am originally from Paris, France but I moved to LA in 2006, when I started TARAH WHO? . Our hometown is Los Angeles, and I have no idea how it reflects in the music. Coralie? maybe because we play loud? but we are a duo and we don't really fit in to any particular genre.

CH : Yeah I don't really know how to respond to that, maybe when people think of LA rock comes in mind, so that maybe.

Where'd the band name come from?

TGC: That was a bit of an accident. I had to come up with a band name quickly because we had shows that were booked before having the name. I thought I was going to be able to change it, but.... It has been 14 years ...

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

TGC: The movie about a woman riding fast a motorcycle, and killing Zombies in the desert. (we play fast paced, low end music...)

CH : I'll say a Quentin Tarantino movie because the soundtracks are always killer, and for Tarah who? music the zombie apocalypse is good.

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?

TGC: I would probably write an essay about "Pantomath" which is a song about mansplaining and the definition of success.

CH : For sure Ghost Love Score by Nightwish, my favorite song !!! It's such a powerful song amd I just love it !!

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

TGC: Well, there was this one time, one of our friends peed in the hotel room, mistaking the table with the toilet...

CH : And another one almost peed on Tarah too !!

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

TGC: I love playing live, especially when the crowd is really into it and on fire. It is a lot of fun to meet people, and every show is different. As a matter of fact, we don't make the show, our fans totally make our shows. Seeing people into it, get us going and we come up with crazy thing. We are pretty well rehearsed so, we can just play our songs, but it is the exchange with our audience that makes the live performance unique and memorable.

CH : I really like playing live, the energy on stage and in the crowd is awesome !! And people at the shows are awesome, always meet some !!

What makes a great song?

TGC: In my opinion: an authentic timeless story, and when people can relate to you story. Music, art, is a way of expression and for me writing is clearly like therapy. When fans come up to me or message me saying that they relate to a song, it reminds me of me when I was 15, relating to Alanis Morissette's songs. It takes you on a journey, or makes you day dream, or helps you go through a hard time because you found yourself in the lyrics and took it as a sign!  That is to me, a great song.

CH : I never really cares about the lyrics first, it's always about the instruments for me. If the melody is catchy and touch me.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

TGC: argh!! it was really cheesy, it was about a crush I had on someone. Typical...!

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

TGC: Coralie and Jason. I think that we are a pretty good team. Coralie is a super tight and strong drummer, Jason brings really cool ideas and melodies on the lead guitar. (Jason Orme plays with Alanis Morissette and co-produces our music)

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

TGC: I am a HUGE fan of the spanish band BALA but I have no idea what they are screaming about. I just love their music.

CH : Nightwish, always and forever hahahaha !!!

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

TGC: Depends where I am! digital when on the go, Vinyl at home and CDs in my 2003 SUV! ;)

CH : I have a lot of CDs at home and I just began vinyls, I love it !! For the car is digital but I always prefer to have it physically.

Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice

TGC: Whiskey at a party or before a show. Beer all of the other times. (but wine too. the option is just not there ;) )

CH : Coca cola for sure !!!

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?

TGC: LA. I mean if you want to get lost, for sure AMOEBA, but if you want to support smaller record stores, I'd go on Melrose, there is a punk record store. You can't miss it. Just punk!

What's next for the band?

TGC: We are shooting a music video for 'Pantomath', releasing episode 3 of our docu-series available on youtube, going on tour in the west coast, playing at the international women rider festival in OK, laying a couple shows in Europe in May 2020, recording a new EP, and playing shows on the East Coast afterwards... Have I missed anything Coralie?

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

TGC: thank you so much for having us, and all of the info is on and please follow us on our instagram @ tarahwho
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