Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Undesiccated - Cudzoo


My favourite botanogrinders, Undesiccated from Virginia, unleashed no less than three essential recordings last year, 2019. And now they are already back with a new platter, 'Cudzoo', which contains 7 songs that truly crush and enlighten simultaneously. Apart from their musical prowess which caught my ears in the first place, Undesiccated aim to educate with the titles of their releases, nothing has changed with 'Cudzoo'. Kudzu is a climbing, coiling, and trailing perennial vine which, apart from being grown for fodder and being edible for humans, is used as erosion control. Unsupervised in naturalized environments it will grow out of control quickly. Here with the spelling the band uses, they are doing a wordplay in my opinion. The prefix cud means partly digested food returned from the first stomach of ruminants to the mouth for further chewing. And the suffix zoo we all know what that means although the word is also used as a situation characterized by confusion and disorder. With all the craziness going on in the world at the time of writing this, as well as looking back in history, we, humans, are stuck in a loop where we never learn and keep doing the wrong things our forefathers did to Mother Earth. Hence cud, meaning we regurgitate or repeat bad things while living in a state of zoo.

As with the previous release, 'Periderm', the musical approach is full-on grind with less influences from other genres. But, like the predecessor, Undesiccated take wide turns and steps out of genre norms. What I mean is, there are 7 songs clocking in at over 14 minutes with the closer, 'The Smear And The Clamor Of Indistinction' being 4:44 minutes! That alone could be the entire length of a grind album. But that's one of the things I love about this band, they do whatever they want to something all bands of any genre should do.

No hold barred 'Timeless Truth; Under The Fig Tree' comes flying out of the gates only to end in an eerie partial silence with only the sound of animals and a weird alien electronic sound baying. 'The Filthy Remain And The Holy Remain' follows and is just as furious in it's approach only to end with distorted voices speaking. Didn't think the music could get more intense but 'Apparatus Of Terror Deposed - From Persecutor To Proponent' annihilates everything in sight in a way that leaves me out of breath. And as if that wasn't enough, 'Thirst', continues the same leaving no respite whatsoever.

'When Blood Boils' starts off in almost tribal fashion but that only lasts for a few moments until a spazztic mayhem ensues. After a few seconds with some room to breathe, 'Broken Bread; Indefatigable' levels the playing field indefinitely while leading the way for the already mentioned closer 'The Smear And The Clamor Of Indistinction'. It actually slows down a bit about halfway through only to gradually, very gradually build up until fading out.

Again, this trio of hoodlums has done it again. Apart from pushing the envelope to make a narrow genre wider and keep it interesting, everything they do is with such freedom and enthusiasm. True, the music they play and the topics they bring up: pollution, war, terror and injustice, there's no denying the darkness brought up. But the way Undesiccated presents all this brings light and joy in the way that there is hope, albeit however small it is. And that's what we need these days, in particular. Fantastic stuff, guys!

-Swedebeast

Monday, March 30, 2020

Exclusive North American Full-Album Premiere of new album by Spanish Psych Rockers Moura

MOURA is all about going into trance around the bonfire and get ready for the coven. Psychedelic rock, prog rock, traditional folk and lyrics in Galician go together in their debut album. Spanish band formed by Diego Veiga (vocals, guitars), Hugo Santeiro (guitars), Pedro Alberte (bass), Fernando Vilaboy (keys) and Luis Casanova (drums) give us the key to open ourselves and meet our souls once again, those ones that real life wanted us to forget.

Band members are not new at all in the Spanish music scene... Lüger, Jet Lag, Ictus, Guerrera, Saharah, Elephant Band, Fogbound and Holywater are some of the projects in which they were involved in the past. But the present is MOURA, a new band which is making a name in the scene very quickly. This can explain how they managed to play huge names as Resurrection Fest 2019 or Monkey Week 2019 even without any album on the market. 2020 will be their year for sure: debut album and many gigs and festivals already confirmed.

For their debut album, which is an excellent candidate to be part of many top albums lists at the end of the year, MOURA joined Spanish underground label Spinda Records (Viaje a 800, Híbrido, Bourbon, The Dry Mouths, Habitar La Mar...) and got surrounded by very close people and friends: José Gutiérrez (production, recording and mixing); Fernando Mejuto (mastering); Leo López (photography); and Hugo Santeiro (artwork).

MOURA's debut album will be released on 1st April 2020, although pre-order for one of the three editions available is now open at Spinda Records:

400 hand numbered copies on black vinyl (inc. download code)
100 hand numbered copies on ultra clear (inc. download code)
200 copies on CD Digisleeve

Pre-order album HERE

Welcome to The Ripple Effects's exclusive North American premiere of their new album.









A Ripple Conversation With Duskwood


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?

Aaron: The first one I can really think of is playing NHL 2003 on the PS2 with Liam, and whenever you had a breakaway the game would enter slo-mo and it was really tense. This awesome song breakdown kicked in and the 16 year old me got so hyped. Turned out that the song was No One Knows by Queens of The Stone Age, and it really turned us both on to the Desert/Stoner Rock scene.

Greg - I'd say mine was more recently when I discovered the use of Major 2nds. Colour Haze & Kyuss both use them a fair amount in their material and after playing around with them I ended up using them quite a bit in our most recent release,

Hugh - Mine was the first time I heard Kings of Leon - Youth and Young Manhood. It was a total game changer for me and was like nothing I'd heard before at the time. I had to know more; about the band, how to play their songs , everything. They set me going really.  The next big one was Greta Van Fleet, although the sound had been done before with Led Zep, it really pricked my ears up to hear the sound coming back around. It was refreshing in a nostalgic way, making you want to play Bonham triplets in a song wherever possible.

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?

Aaron: Usually myself or Greg comes up with a riff and a song structure at home, and we bring it into band practice (where it usually gets ripped apart!). We usually use it as a starting point, Hugh adds his beats which changes the speed and dynamic a lot of the time. Once we've kinda got somewhere that we're happy with, Liam writes the lyrics and Greg does the solos. To be honest, most of the stuff ends up on the cutting room floor, but these days we're a lot more focused with our practice time. I guess that happens when you get a bit older!

Who has influenced you the most?

Greg - Honestly, and the boys will probably rinse me for this, probably Matt Heafy of Trivium. I still can't play any of their solos, but their tracks inspired me to pick up the guitar and if it wasn't for that, I probably wouldn't have started jamming with the lads back in the day, and thus likely wouldn't be writing this! In more recent years though, 1000Mods have laid down some thick riffs that have definitely eeked their way into the new material and riffs I've been writing.

Aaron: The whole Palm Desert Stoner Scene has influenced me the most throughout my life I'd say. The bands that came out of that are just awesome. I started out on QOTSA, but when you start delving into the music, especially these days with the information available on the net, you find a whole bunch of crazy good bands. With regards to my playing, bands like Tool, Kyuss, Black Sabbath. Never really been a huge fan of UK popular music, I always tend to sway towards the Scandinavian or US bands.

Hugh - For me its Kings of Leon, Fu Manchu and The Rolling Stones.

Liam - The same as Aaron really! Bands like Truckfighters, 1000Mods and Clutch have found their way into our sound.

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

Aaron: The UK Underground Stoner scene is huge at the moment, so we get a lot of inspiration and motivation from some of the other bands we've played with, like Witch Tripper, Cybernetic Witch Cult and Sergeant Thunderhoof. There are a lot of really hard working UK Stoner bands, so we try to follow their template, whilst keeping our work/life balance right. The evolution of our sound comes from what we listen to really, and I think bands like Colour Haze, 1000Mods and Spaceslug create some wonderful music.

Greg - Quite often I'll be just listening to a playlist on Spotify, or letting the related radio take over at the end of an album. There are times when something catches my attention, and I'll try to work out what was going on by picking up a guitar and playing it out. Chances are if it's something I liked, then something similar will come out when I'm fiddling around with writing.

Hugh - I listen to the older stuff. I prefer the drumming styles as they had a little more flair a subtlety to them.

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

Hugh - It's so dull we had to reach out to America for inspiration!

Aaron - True, it is pretty dull, a bit like the weather we have over here. Yeovil doesn't really have a huge impact on us all personally I don't think. The music scene used to be all about Hardcore or Death Metal bands, but luckily that's pretty much passed on now. It was pretty dead for a good 5 years, but now there's a now a decent venue and some solid bands who have brought a music scene back to Yeovil. We've all kinda had to work together to get it back really, putting on shows and the like.

Greg - There's not a fantastic amount of similar likeminded musicians immediately local to ourselves, but the UK scene is really thriving at the moment. After seeing bands like Ritual King, Green Lung and Sergeant Thunderhoof do their thing, it's given us the motivation and desire to push ourselves as hard as we can.

Where'd the band name come from?

Aaron - It's actually a playzone from World of Warcraft! Most of us used to play back in the day. For The Horde!

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

Hugh - No Country For Old Men because there's hardly any music throughout the whole film, and it's slick film.

Greg - I love the banging soundtrack to The Matrix, but not sure if Stoner Rock would do it justice.

Aaron - I'd say something like Smokey & The Bandit. I used to love that movie growing up, and I reckon our music would suit some truck cruisin'! I do love a good movie score, Hans Zimmer's stuff is huge and awesome.

Liam - Something like Mad Max Fury Road would be cool to do a soundtrack for. Our song Kenosha makes you wanna keep hitting the gas, so it would suit the film quite well!

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?

Greg - Gardenia by Kyuss. It's had a huge influence on our sound and riffs. There's plenty of parts within the song with intricacies that I'm still noticing with each listen. I'm not sure 1000 words would be enough really, but it's a perfect specimen to write about.

Hugh - Lynyrd Skynyrd's Freebird for me. It's a long song, which is relatable to our genre, with crazy good soles. Plenty to write about on that one.

Aaron - I'd go with Tool's Lataralus, as no doubt Greg is rolling his eyes! Tool get talked about a lot for being 'deep & edgy maaaaaaan', but I love what they do. Obviously with the time signatures and vocal patterns relating to the Fibonacci sequence there's plenty to talk about. I know it's almost become uncool to like Tool these days, but I get lost in their music and can get as close as I can to a relaxed, meditative state.

Liam - I was going to say the exact song there Aaron! Getting inside the mind of Maynard though would be pretty tough, and any interpretation I'm sure would be wrong!

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

Hugh - Oh wow, that's a pretty difficult one really! Not so much rock n roll, but Greg, Aaron & Liam are pretty big lads and we played in a tiny little venue in Bournemouth recently with Komatsu. Aaron couldn't stand up straight because the ceiling was so low, Liam had about a foot square to stand in, and Greg was basically playing on a staircase. Lucky for me I was tucked away in a corner and had plenty of room!

Liam- We're not that exciting these days! But when we were just starting up, we played a gig in a local field with a stage on the back of a truck, and some tents around. We played quite early in the day, so we had a few beers afterwards. One thing led to another and Greg ended up running around with his shirt off (classic), blind drunk. They had a huge bonfire going and Greg kept getting way too close to it. Being so drunk he couldn't feel it! We dragged him away and he ran off to throw up all over himself and try chat to people about how Trivium were the best band in the world. He ended up sleeping face down in the grass! In fact, one of the songs on our original EP was about this very incident!

Aaron - Haha, that was a fun day.

Greg - Ugh

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

Greg - We're a straight to the point, no sh*t talking band. We love playing our music, and whilst some other bands live for the banter, we're there for the 'bangers!' We like to keep the flow going throughout our sets, playing sets consisting of tracks from our most recent EPs. It's pretty riffy stuff, so we don't blame fans if the find themselves subconsciously nodding along.

Liam - A good few years ago me and Aaron watched Karma To Burn play at Download festival. They said absolutely nothing throughout their set apart from 'Cheers' at the end. We loved it, as too many bands talk about pointless nothing! Fans are there for the music, talk to them at the bar after if you want to chat!

What makes a great song?

Liam - I think a great song consists of big memorable riffs that will get stuck in your head for days, with big choruses that you can get the fans chanting along to. It doesn't have to be overly technical, anything that gets the heads going and the crowds moving is a good sign.

Aaron - You know when you hear a song for the first time and you kinda get goosebumps? That always gets me. Good vocals, groovy catchy riffs and lots of depth is key for me.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

Aaron - Haha! It was a song called Want Me To Be, which never got to see the light of day on record. It was basically a rip of Face To The Floor by Chevelle.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

Greg - We're really proud of the last 2 EPs. We think we've really made strides in our sound and production, and it was the first time we've worked super hard in the studio. They were recorded by Chris Fielding from Conan who's a great guy. He works you hard, but you reap the benefits in the end.

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

Aaron - I've been listening to a lot of Villagers of Ionnina City recently. I love the sound and the fact they merge in some less conventional instruments without differentiating too far from a hard rock beat. I do like the greek hard rock / stoner scene over the last few years.

Greg - The latest Green Lung album is something I keep coming back to. Both them and 1000Mods. Those bands have the knack for writing catchy riffs that get stuck in your head for hours on end. But equally they share very different lead styles, and as a guitarist that's great to draw inspiration from.

Hugh - I'm so out of touch with current music, but I think Sam Fender is writing some pretty catchy tunes for the radio at the moment. As far as ass kickings, every time we play a show there seems to be one band on the bill that you just stand there and think 'they just made us look like we learned to play our instruments yesterday!'. Sergeant Thunderhoof for one!

Liam - Similar to Greg, I think Green Lung are slaying at the moment. Their Woodland Rites album is pure quality and I'm looking forward to hearing their next. We were lucky enough to share a stage with them a few years back and their live show is great too. It inspires us to keep improving and releasing music.

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

Aaron: It's difficult really. I still use CDs in the van as they're just really easy to chuck in the player. I think Vinyl is great for a whole package of art, but can be difficult to listen to on the go. Digital is just easy, but lacks the love for physical artwork. I like to have a physical product, so I'd probably say CD, as you get the best of both worlds really.

Liam - We'd love to do some vinyls of our own at some point, but being unsigned, the initial outlays are pretty expensive. One for the future I think.

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

Aaron - Beer! It's a really sociable drink. You can't exactly tell the wife your going out for some 'Whiskeys with the boys' can you! You'd sound a bit pretentious.

Greg - Beer. Nothing quite like chilling out watching a few bands of listening to some albums with a few cold ones. Whiskey is still great (and I do like a tipple or three!), but for me beer is a session bevvy, so I'd much rather grab a few beers than a few whiskeys.

Hugh - Beer. Whiskey had me in a bit of a pickle once or twice. I've only recently started drinking the stuff again.

Liam - Boilermaker, why choose when you can have both!

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?

Aaron - Yeovil used to have a great little vinyl music store called Acorn Music. Sadly this shut last year and all we have is the corporate giant that is HMV. However, our local HMV is doing a lot of showcasing local talent with a new initiative, which culminates in them selling your music and playing in store. It was cramped and loud, but we enjoyed it! There's plenty of local bands getting involved with it, each having their music being sold in store.

What's next for the band?

Liam - So we've got some pretty big underground UK festivals to play in the next couple months, one being Riffolution Festival in Manchester and the other being Stonebaked Festival in Leeds. We're also heading to France to play a festival at the end of the year which we're not allowed to talk about yet! Aaron is having his first child in May/June, so we've got a month off then! I think from then on we will be getting to work on writing the final chapter to the Space Cowboy saga, which will be an album. Hopefully this will be not too long in the future! That, and hopefully some more gigs, Brexit willing of course!

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

Hugh - Thanks for listening to us babble on! Check out 'The Long Dark' & 'The Lost Tales' and give us some feedback if you liked or didn't like it! We love hearing different people's views on what we've produced. That, and keep riding that wave of riffs of course!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

All Of Our 2019 Releases Are Name Your Price!




It's hit us like a right hook. It's hit everyone like a right hook. Coronavirus. The nightmare that we all have to deal with now. That's why we wanted to give a gift to you the fans - that's right - all of our material from 2019 is currently "pay what you want" on our Bandcamp!

​​​​​​​Check it out HERE!

This is our way of giving the love back to you, and giving you a chance to support the artists who have given Ripple so much!

Head over to the bandcamp and grab yourself some quarantunes today!



PS: Which record are you most stoked to grab? You can find them all here: https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com

Clutch – The Elephant Riders


Good evening.  You’re watching The Ripple Effect News and World Report for this, the 29th day of March 2020.  I’m Penfold and tonight we feature reporting on what is shaping up to be the greatest mystery/spectacle of this or any century.  I speak of course of the ever evolving situation surrounding what has been dubbed ‘The Ship Of Gold’.

Two days ago, off the coast of Northern California, a strange vessel appeared slowly heading south.  This vessel is roughly a third the size of a modern super-tanker and is shaped like a box with no discernable windows.  Despite repeated attempts from both the Coast Guard and the Navy no one has been able to communicate with whoever is piloting the alien craft.  Observers named the craft ‘The Ship Of Gold’ thanks to what appears to be golden inlays spread across it’s entire surface. 

Yesterday around 11:30 AM ‘The Ship Of Gold’ abruptly changed course.  Near the center of the King Range National Conservation Area the ship turned directly towards the shore.  Our military vessels escorting the alien ship remained on high alert but did not fire upon the alien craft.  Amazingly ‘The Ship Of Gold’ beached itself at 9:22 PM.  The craft appears undamaged yet it has not moved since.  A protective perimeter was quickly established around the alien craft and we…what’s that? 

I’m being told that we are going live to the site of ‘The Ship Of Gold’ where our camera crew is capturing footage of the front of the ship opening!  Yes!  It is opening!  I can see movement inside the vessel!  Ladies and gentlemen, there are beings coming out of the ship into the light.  If you cannot see the screen I shall describe them for you. 

Is that…?  Yes it looks like a group of yeti, more commonly known as Bigfoot.  Bizarrely the five…I’m going to say men based off the armor plating they wear, are all riding what appear to be massive elephants.  They are slowly approaching the perimeter…and they’ve stopped.  The lead yeti appears to want to speak with the nearest soldier.  We have a microphone pickup nearby so let’s listen in.

“Are you the soapmakers?”
“You speak English?”
“Yes.  Are you the soapmakers?”
“No.  I’m Captain Mc…”
“Sorry to interrupt but we are actually in a bit of a hurry.  So, you’re not the soapmakers then?”
“No.  I’m Capt…”
“Right.  Apologies for troubling you all.  We’ll be going now.  Have a lovely day.”

This is Penfold again viewers.  The yeti have turned their elephants around and gone back into ‘The Ship Of Gold’.  The portal into the ship has closed and ‘The Ship Of Gold’ is moving back to sea.  Perhaps it’s going to…no, it’s just vanished.

Well, it appears we have some time to fill.  Here’s Andy with the weather.

Waveriders, waveriders, waveriders.  What can I possibly write about Clutch’s The Elephant Riders that has not been written several times already in the years since it was released?  Was I able to gain an exclusive interview with the band members who revealed secrets surrounding the album’s recording?  Have I experimented with newly invented scientific instruments which discovered a previously hidden code within the music?  Perhaps I listened to this album while inhabiting a different plane of existence?  No.  The answer to all three questions is no.

So what exactly can I add?  How about enthusiasm?  I was a late entrant into Clutch fandom.  Many years ago I had read and heard many recommendations that I listen to Clutch but never took the plunge.  Then I saw the band open for System Of A Down in 2002.  Clutch was great!  They played a song with lyrics about the movie Clash Of The Titans.  I was sold!  Shortly after that concert I bought a copy of Clutch’s full length debut album, Transnational Speedway League and…outside of “A Shogun Named Marcus” I bounced off of it pretty hard.  It wasn’t what I was expecting/wanting to hear.

Fast forward to 2007 when for reasons I can’t remember I bought a copy of From Beale Street To Oblivion.  Holy **** that album hit me like a ton of bricks!  To this day it is my favorite Clutch album, and was the sole reason I bought every Clutch album I could get my hands on from that point forward.  One of those albums happened to be The Elephant Riders.  If not for From Beale Street, The Elephant Riders would be my favorite Clutch release. 

In my opinion this album represents when the band directly hit upon the formula that would endlessly please my ears right up to present day.  Much of the abrasiveness of Transnational… had been scrubbed away and unlike the self-titled album that preceded it The Elephant Riders demonstrated a band willing to stretch their sonic footprint to parts unknown in the service of an all-encompassing groove.  Of course the sheer number of mega, ultra, colossal riffs on display help the cause too!  Seriously, from the album opening title track all the way through to “The Dragonfly” there is a cornucopia of brain melting, neck snapping, involuntarily foot stomping riffs.  Fast or slow, they do…not…stop. 
 
Special mention must go out to Neil Fallon for his lyrical content.  Fantastical lyrics are a Clutch hallmark, but I particularly enjoy the tales woven through The Elephant Riders.  You have the fever dream that is “Muchas Veces”, the use of recycling to promote domesticity in “Green Buckets”, the bewildered explorer in “The Yeti”, and the endlessly unlucky narrator from “Wishbone” to name a few.

My friends, if you’re reading this and you haven’t yet discovered the magnificence of Clutch then stop what you’re doing and listen to this album immediately!  On the other hand if you’re a longtime fan of this band maybe it’s time to revisit this gem.  Either way The Elephant Riders is primed and ready to help you forget your worries for a time. 

-Penfold

P.S.: I forgot to mention that TER also holds the distinction of being the only CD I own that has a sticker on the front of the case warning the listener, “Heavy, Lift With Caution”.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Bandcamp Bonanza – 109


This week we’ve got a few singles, a few Eps and a few full-blown albums. Take a dive into Bandcamp Bonanza 109. Hell that’s my catch line on all my social pages. Buck09 (109), get it. Ya, I’m also a big dork if you couldn’t tell.

SLOW PHASE – SLOW PHASE
Slow Phase hang their classic rock influences on their frayed bell bottom belt loops. With just enough southern charm and funk to temper the acid washed groove and hippy scented hook, this power trio deliver a bonafide barn burner. Favorite track: Psychedelic Man.

RED DESERT - HORIZON
The Master of Modern fuzz are back with another blast of melodic rawk. Horizon blasts red rays of riffs distorting through caverns of low-end groove and blistered crags of blues. It won’t be long until Red Desert is a household name such as like-minded brethren in Sasquatch, Fireball Ministry, and Valley of the Sun. Hell, I saw them in Vegas with the Squatch and VOTS on the same bill and it was a match made in hard rawk paradise!

CASKETS OPEN – CONCRETE REALMS OF PAIN
This might be the heaviest album on this week’s recommendations list bringing a gothic vibe to the forefront. The guitar tones are bleakveering between hardcore sludge and somber doom all while remaining 100% accessible and electrifying. Honestly I wasn’t sure I was going to be into this judging by the cover, but the more you relax and let this one spin, the more entranced by its bad assery you’ll become. This is brutally beautiful.

END OF AGE – END OF AGE
Ben of Black Cowgirl fame is back with a new jam, End of Age, and I’m pretty dang excited. You’re gonna ‘want to go’ on this trip. It’s got that familiar BCG tone, etched in desert-blown prog and whiskey stained melody, burning at both ends with pop-rawk hook and stoner-punk grit.

PEACE KILLER – MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN
Oh boy, they’re back and killing it on this new track. Deeper groove, harsher attack, same old sinister pop as on the debut. If this is a prelude to what we’re in for then bring it on boys. Sick ass song!! Favorite track: Magnetic Mountain.

THE BRUNSWICK – GHOST
The Brunswick are back with a bit more progressive fuzz on this new track. While they’re a true-blue hard rock band at their core, Ghost brings a highly psychedelic tone to their otherwise grungy punch.

ERIKA WENNERSTROM – SWEET UNKNOWN
Just caught wind of this solo album by Erika Wennerstrom, frontwoman of the kick ass band Heartless Bastards. Social media eludes that this album just came out, but bandcamp says 2018. Either way, its new to me and I’m likely going to be owning that sexy white 2LP before this article gets published. I’m only partway through this and I can affirm it’s a super enjoyable listen. It’s rather anthemic as compared to Heartless Bastard but still has that outlaw presence.

CANYON – EP III
This Philly trio drops 3 tracks plus another single called Day Tripper harder than Zeppelin on acid. The bass is floored by funk and the bluesy swagger reeks of Woodstock.

COPPER FEAST RECORDS – HIDDEN NOISE
While were all waiting for the new Foot album, Copper Feast Records has given us a compilation album loaded with Aussie rockers bringing the hard-bluesy fuzz, gripping riffs, and down under groove. All these bands do a fantastic job paying their homage to their homeland during these trying times physically and emotionally.


-The Huntsman

Friday, March 27, 2020

Riff Wizards WOODHAWK's New Music Video Is A "Heartstopper"


(L-R): Turner Midzain – Guitar/Vocals, Kevin Nelson – Drums,  Mike Badmington – Bass/Vocals
Photo Credit: Trevor Hatter

Calgary’s riff wizards Woodhawk were supposed to hit the road this week for their cross Canada tour from March 26th to May 23rd in support of their latest album "Violent Nature" released this past November. The tour, unfortunately like many others was postponed due to the global Covid 19 situation. As of now, the trio will still perform on the last two dates scheduled in British Columbia (listed below).

As Woodhawk waits to reschedule all their tour dates, they're still very excited to share their new music video 'Heartstopper' via its premiere on Metal Injection HERE.

The band adds:

"This video was a lot of fun to make and all of our first time "acting" in anything. Kevin Keegan and Rob Thespian were a pleasure to work with. It was a lot of work in a short amount of time to do this video, but everyone busted their ass off to make it all come together. The video tells the story of a creepy kidnapper who is obsessed with the band, so he kidnaps them and holds them captive in his home. It's dark, it's funny, it's musical. We loved it, and are happy to share it with everyone finally."

Woodhawk's sophomore full length "Violent Nature" steps away from the science fiction themes evident on their previous release 2017's "Beyond The Sun" and takes a more therapeutic turn. Putting a lot of time and production into the new album with producer Jesse Gander (Rain City Recorders), Woodhawk has worked really hard to capture energy and emotion.

The band explains:

“On previous efforts, we wrote from a science fiction standpoint. It’s where we all were at, at the point in our lives and reflected what we wanted to say and represent. Now, we believe in honesty and find the therapeutic side of music. This album has been an expressive honest view into our lives over the past 2 years.”

For fans of Black Sabbath, The Sword, and Clutch, "Violent Nature" is available on Woodhawk's BandcampSpotifyApple Music, and all major music platforms.

Show Dates:
May 22 - Invermere, BC - Ullr Bar
May 23 - Nelson, BC - The Royal

For more info:
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Joe D. Carpenter - Obsequious Leer


Release numero 6 in Joe's exciting and kind of ground breaking EP-series, Obsequious Leer, differs from the other recordings up to this point. Well, they all differ from each other but they all have a death and thrash metal vibe to them. This time around Joe goes for a combination of 70s and early 80s heavy rock mixed with Alice In Chains. Sounds odd? Trust me, it isn't. In fact, it's pretty fucking good!

After the haunting and largely semi-acoustic rainy and windswept opener 'Sacrifice' the elegance of Alice In Chains playing traditional heavy rock emanates in the shape of the title track, ‘Obsequious Leer’. Full of hooks and riffs he has hit the motherlode for sure. Next up is ‘Scorpio Woman’ has a Dio-esque feel to the guitar and the vocal phrasing in the verses, while Joe is so apparent in the chorus. Check out the solo. Great song!

‘Master Creator’ follows and holy shit, it is a smashing rocker. Come to think of it, there’s actually an early Metallica vibe in the chorus while everything else brings to mind the heavy music I grew up listening to. Wonderful! The Alice In Chains vibes are back on closer ‘Burning Out The Sun’. Slow, morose like the end is coming and subsequently reflective, the fantastic soloing works so well against the backdrop which killed solos in the 90s. Great twist and an excellent song.

I’ve said it in other reviews in this EP series that Joe is on to something and with ‘Obsequious Leer’ this really come to the fore. Perhaps it has to do with me growing up on 70s and 80s heavy rock and the fact that I like Alice In Chains, but by blending these styles, one which pushed the other into the underground some 30 years ago, is fantastic. The way Joe has managed to have them complement each other and work together is pure genius. Don’t miss out on this!

-Swedebeast

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Xroadie Files


On Thorns I Lay –Threnos
Stefanos –Vocals, Chris –Guitar, Antony-Keyboards, Stelios-Drums, Akis-Guitar, Jim-Bass

The Song Of Sirens eerie guitar chords death metal growls and heavy pounding rhythms. Ouranio Deos crunchy riffs pounding drums thundering bass and dark demonic vocals. Cosmic Silence lost in the blackness of space and time just drifting away. Erynies close your eyes and let your dreams flow into dark places. Misos the pits of hell open and the devil himself slithers out. Threnos just a dark heavy song that envelops your very soul.  Odysseia dreary demonic forces pull you into the blackest parts of your mind.


Woorms – Twitching, As Prey
Joey Carbo- Guitars/ Vocals/ Noise Trap, John Robinson- Bass/ Vocals, Aaron Polk- Drums

Take His Fucking Leg slow pounding drums and thundering bass with a crunchy stoner rock guitar and deep vocals. Escape Goat rumbling bass thundering drums crunchy guitars and yelling vocals. Unicorn Corn just slowly get pulled in as the riffs slither along. Fire Is A Good Servant eerie tones envelop your senses with some spoken words. Silence And The Saints dark heavy riffs that just envelop your dreams. Beauty Is A Trick Of The Light And Sorrow spoken words strange music eerie that just slithers all around you. Line f slow fist pumping head banging stoner metal madness. Fire Is A Bad Master just let your imagination take you into dark places. Because They Looked Like Crosses crunchy guitars thundering bass pounding drums that just slice and dice thru you. God Botherer strange tones and melodic sounds.


Giobia – Plasmatic Idol
Bazu –Vocals/ String Instruments, Saffo - Organs / Violins / Vocals, Detrji – Bass, Betta – Drums

Parhelion space rock sounds heavy riffs and just let your imagination float along. In The Dawnlight crunchy guitars solid rhythms interesting space rock psychedelic vocals. Plasmatic Idol swirling keyboards that just envelop you as your dreams take you away. Haridwar take a trip back to the psychedelic days when Pink Floyd ruled the airwaves and just enjoy. The Escape do just what the title says and escape into the very farthest reaches of your imagination. Far Behind catchy riffs space rock psychedelic sounds and drifting music. Heart Of Stone lost in the recess of your mind and dreams. In The Mirror House strange psychedelic stoner space rock music.


Entophyte – End of Society’s Sanity
Harry Kortboyer - Bass / Vocals (*1969 - † 2008), Matt Byron – Drums, PeterOko–Guitar,Peter Gascoigne–Guitar

End Of Society’s Sanity crunchy guitar strange tempos pounding rhythms just let the music slide all around your senses. Rat Race crunchy guitar pounding drums thundering bass with a marching beat and soaring vocals. Random Victims (Potential Killers) hit the pit slam sweat and just get all your aggression out. Human Machine World chugging riff pounding rhythms searing leads and soaring interesting vocals. The War Of Khyr over 7 minutes of a metallic musical journey that takes you away into your imagination. A Day Less Than Zero crushing riffs thundering rhythms screaming leads and interesting vocals. Imprisoned Souls fast heavy fist pumping metal madness.


Amorphia -  Arms To Death
Vasu Chandran -Vocal/ Guitar, Vivek Prasad -Drums, FaizanMecci – Bass/Vocals

Intro sounds of the wild and eerie tones. Necromancers fast heavy thrashing grab you by the ball and punch you in the face. Army Of Evil hit the pit slam sweat and just get your aggressions out. Toxic Death hit you in the gut thrashing metal madness. Camp 22 death destruction and mayhem ensues. Nuclear Warfare fist pumping head banging thrash metal. Arms to Death just let the aggression and power envelop you and your senses. Airborne just get ready to be hammered. The Lieber Code spoken words then a crunchy guitar riff with pounding rhythms. Master Of Death hit the pit and just slam away.


-Xroadie

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Story Of Forming The Void


Discography

1. Forming The Void                           EP (2014)
2. Skyward                                            Full-length (2015)
3. Relic                                                   Full-length (2017)
4. To The Wolves                                 Digital single (2018)
5. Forming The Void/ Pyreship         Split 10” EP (2018)
6. Rift                                                     Full-length (2018)
7. Reverie                                             Full-length (2020)
8. Trace The Omen                              Digital single (2020)
9. Manifest                                           Digital single (2020)


Current line-up                                                                    Ex members

James Marshall - guitars, vocals (2013-  )                        Jordan Boyd - drums (2013-2017)
Shadi Omar Al Khansa - guitars (2013-  )                       Keith Hebert – bass guitar (2014), guitar (live 2018, 2019 )
Thomas Colley - drums (2017-  )                                       Luke Baker - bass guitar (2014-2019)
Thorn Letulle – bass guitar (2020- )                                 Brett Bradley – bass guitar( live) (2019)
Forming The Void came to me purely by chance. I was asked to review their second full-length, ‘Relic’, but with the band being unknown to me at the time, little did I know what was in store. Not even halfway through the first listen my view on music had been turned upside down, inside out, wrung out and completely rebuilt. Sitting there in trance, the music hit me wave after wave and all I could do was to let it…thankfully. Once I came to my senses, I briefly kicked myself for not having gotten to know Forming The Void earlier. But it wasn’t meant to be until then. Regardless, I am eternally grateful our paths crossed because these Louisiana maestros are one of the best bands out there.

Formed in Lafayette, LA, in 2013 when James Marshall and Shadi Omar Al Khansa’s stars aligned and they decided the time was right to form Forming The Void. After drafting drummer Jordan Boyd the band became more serious in their venture of making Forming The Void a world force to be reckoned with. However, not being able to settle on a permanent bass player, Keith Hebert of Gozer played on the self-titled 2014 debut EP. Worth mentioning about the EP is that Mike Boyne of The Midnight Ghost Train leant his bass guitar for Keith to use in the studio. Already you can tell what was to come from these guys. The three songs on offer sounds like being played by seasoned veterans and not being a debut recording. After a while the band got busy writing songs for their first full-length and it was during this period stability was infused within the ranks, when Luke Baker took over the 4-string duties.

Little over a year after the EP came out, Forming The Void released, ‘Skyward’, their first long player. As with the EP, it was self-released and just like the predecessor the wealth of talent within the band is extremely vivid. Also, which is a distinct trait with bands of this particular caliber, the leaps made from the debut are jaw-dropping. Almost two years later ‘Relic’, saw the light of day in 2017. Album number two and the recording which truly triggered my love for this band. This wax is forever going to be a favourite of mine! However, only a few months later there was a shift in the lineup. Jordan left and was replaced by Thomas Colley from White Light Cemetery only a few weeks before work on the third full-length commenced. While being busy with that, the band found time to put out a digital single, ‘To The Wolves’ which also appeared on a split 12” EP with Pyreship. Both were unleashed simultaneously. In between all this, Keith Hebert returned briefly – on lead guitar this time – as he stood in for Shadi at a couple of shows.
 
In August 2018, the band’s third full-length, ‘Rift’, came out. As great as their previously recorded output is could the band muster up songs, as well as keeping the momentum, to keep the new album at least on par with the rest? Oh yes, and then some! ‘Rift’ is absolutely stunning and again, Forming The Void solidify their stature as a leader of bands. They do whatever they want however they want it. There are no limits for them which makes their music so unrestrained, seamless and such a joy to listen to. Also, thanks to their enormous talents as musicians and song writers, they know not to cram as much as possible into the music. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should and that’s something these Louisianians adhere to. This is also something all bands should take note of.

As Forming The Void were busy creating album number four, something to definitely look forward to because, personally, my life becomes so much better every time I listen to these guys, things hit a snag. The new album was almost close to completion when Luke Baker left the band. It came out of the blue but in stepped Brett Bradley and saved the day for an upcoming tour. And on the same tour, Keith Hebert was back again filling in for Shadi for a couple of shows. Pieces fell into place however early in 2020 as Thorn Letulle from Pale Misery and Sicksicksick joined the fold. So everything looks very good, indeed for these giants!

-          Swedebeast




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