Thursday, April 30, 2020

Slow Draw Premieres New Track "No Words" Off Of Upcoming Album Gallo

Mark Kitchens, who you may know from the doom-jazz duo Stone Machine Electric, is releasing his latest installment of Slow Draw music entitled Gallo. Slow Draw is a drone psych output bordering on a soundtrack style of music.

Gallo was recorded in March and April of 2020 in the Electric Station. This is just a name for the rehearsal shed out behind Kitchens’ house. This album is a bit different from the first few Slow Draw albums in that there are a few tracks with lyrical content. Gallo is a reflection of current times attempting to capture and preserve those different emotions.

Album artwork by Terry Horn

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Xroadie Files

Skam – The Sound Of Disease
Matts Anderson- Everything

Have You Tried Not Thinking About It the eerie tone envelops you before a cloud of evil just rips you to shreds. When Liquid Is The New Solid fast heavy demonic tones and beasts just devour your soul. Passenger Of Decline melancholic sounds close in as the darkness brings our the fear inside you. Millstone Gallows fast heavy thrashing death metal madness. Shit Out Of Luck chugging crunchy riffs that just slice you to pieces with gruff harsh vocals.Prison Of Skin hit the pit slam sweat and just mosh till you drop. A Stray In The Life the pits of hell open and demons pour forth destroying all. Echoes and... (Instrumental) just let the music envelop your senses and heighten them. Sounds Of A Disease shredding guitars thundering bass pounding drums and dark demonic vocals that rip and tear at your soul. Learning To Die the pits open and strange beings slither out as they try and eat your flesh. Used, Defiled, Expended chugging crunchy riffs thundering rhythms and dark vocals just try and survive the tune. The Face Of Decadence hard crashing thrashing music that will just take your very being away. Sentencing music that seeps into the darkest places of your mind.

Ty Morn – Istor
Aron Biale- Bass/ Guitar, Keys/ Orchestration, Raphael Gazal – Vocals, Per Mikkelsen – Drums,Eric Maldonado, Rafael Sequera, Simon Cacace, Raphael Gazal, Federico Tarquini, Greg Studley, Yam Levi – Guitar,Eugene Moiseienko - Organ

Reign Of The Hunter classical majestic music envelops your senses the shredding guitars thundering bass pounding drums and screaming leads with soaring vocals takes over. Hey Poseidon fist pumping head banging metal magi with power and glory. Die Where You Stand on your feet in unison slowly as one and just get ready to take on the world. Fall On Your Sword an amazing metal musical journey thru your imagination. The Language Of Beasts soaring vocals steady rhythms screaming leads and amazing musicianship. Kings Of Dishonour sway sing and just let the emotions envelop you. Bring Forth The Night fast heavy fist pumping soaring vocals shredding guitar metal mayhem. Harvest Of Souls a charging rhythm soaring vocals powerful organ crunchy riffs just enjoy the music as it has you singing along. Hunt Leviathan then powerful chords envelop you as they pull you into your imagination with some amazing vocals.

Joakem – Mind Matter
Stelios Ioakim- Vocals/Keyboards, Elias Chrysochos –Guitar, Christos Agathokleous –Bass, Danny Georgiou-Drum

A Peaceful Place crunchy guitars thunderous drums thumping bass swirling keyboards and soaring vocals. Resurgence has a very catchy riff great vocals and a steady rhythm that will have you on your feet rocking out. Generation Z slow fist pumping powerful organ laced searing guitar prog rock masterpiece. Illusory melodic piano tones envelop you then a crunchy riff that will have you up and grooving along. The Path swirling keyboards fast rhythms just hang on for a wild ride and enjoy with some various tempo changes. Terra fist pumping hard rock prog that just sticks in your head for days. Treacherous melodies envelop and pull you in as the song grows in intensity. Departure close your eyes and drift away into your dreams.

Deep Energy Orchestra – The Return
JASON EVERETT aka Mister E- 7-String Fretless Bass, 6-String Acoustic Bass , FAREED HAQUE Guitar,  V. SELVAGANESH- Kanjira, Konnokol, Custom Drum Kit, SUHAIL YUSUF KHAN- Sarangi, VISHAL NAGAR- Tabla, ERIC “DOC” SMITH- Zendrum , STEVE SKLAR-  Throat Singing, TREY GUNN- Warr Touch Guitar, RADHIKA IYER- Electric Violin, CHAZ HASTINGS- Tabla, ANIL PRASAD-Tabla , RACHEL NESVIG- Violin, ALEIDA GERHELS- Viola, PHIL HIRSCHI –Cello, KARIN CHOO-Violin,  GAYE DETZER-Viola, ANNIE ROBERTS-Cello, GEORGE HEIDORN-Double Bass, WESLEY PETERSON-Drum Kit, KEN JACOBSEN-Guitar, DON GUNN-Drum Kit, UJWAL NAGAR- Vocals, NEYVELI RADHAKRISHNA-  Double-Neck Violin

Moksha- I The Village interesting classical instruments and spoken words that just pull you into a strange place. II The Battle a prog rock masterpiece of sounds and the sights it brings to your mind. Moksha III –The Journey take a psychedelic trip thru your imagination. Moksha IV – The Return just strange and beautiful sounds that envelop your senses. Zyryab close your eyes and just drift away with some amazing guitar work. Call Of Kali an interesting journey thru your dreams and visions. Grapes For Khan soft jazz prog melodies that just pull you into your deepest mind. Resolve classical guitar just envelops you with many emotions. Mysterious World an amazing musical journey thru time space and your imagination.

The Outlines – House of Thieves
Kyle Peters-Guitar/ Vocal, Martyn Brown-Bass Guitar /BG Vocals, Dean Hill-  Drums/BG Vocals

Man Down thundering bass pounding drums crunchy guitars fast and punk influenced with punk style vocals. Mind Trip hit the pit and just mosh till you drop with some screaming guitars and a catchy rhythm. House Of Thieves stand clap let the bass rumble thru you as you sing along.


Monday, April 27, 2020

Ripple Tech Review: The Stylus Timer - A Handy New Odometer for you Turntable

Ok, so we're in lockdown.  Can't go to shows, can't get out to events.  No worries, right?  You have tons of records lying around you've been meaning to listen to anyways: new ones you've recently bought, some old favorites to revisit, and some killer upcoming releases on your radar.

So, consider corona quarantine primo album spinning time.

But then the question arises, as you're spinning your albums, when was the last time you changed your stylus?  How often should you change your stylus?  How many cumulative hours of play do you have on your current stylus?  Are you actually damaging your albums with each spin by using a worn out needle?

Well, turns out a stylus needs to changed about every 1000 hours or so.  It varies by company and materials, but it's a rough estimate.  So, if you play albums 2 hours a day on a regular basis, that means every 1 - 2 years you should change your stylus.  Who keeps track of that?  Then you get something like Corona quarantine, where you turntable becomes your best friend.  How many more hours have you logged in the last 6 weeks?  Hundreds? Who knows?

Fortunately, Don Linich, the syndicated writer of the Sound Advice column (that I read religiously every week - an absolutely fantastic resource if you're looking to buy new tech) has the perfect solution.

The Stylus Timer is the odometer for your turntable.  Simply place this handy device near your platter, hit it when you start spinning albums, and stop it when you're done.  The manually operated timer counts hours of play and has an operation light as well as a reset button with a safety feature to avoid accidents.  This is key.  Most timers count seconds, minutes and hours -- and not many hours.  That's not gonna work for us vinyl freaks.  The Stylus Timer counts the number of the hours the needle spends in the grooves of your records -- up to the 1000's of hours, which is what we need to truly log our playing time.   You can't inadvertently erase the hours log (there's a reset button) and the number of hours is automatically remembered when you go to change batteries.  Cool.

The Stylus timer is available at  and costs only $19.95 with free shipping, about the price of one album, and it's going to be an essential part of your soundsystem to get the best performance from your stylus and protect your valued collection from damage.   I find that I'm already shocked at how quickly that little timer is moving just as I play records while working at my desk.

Quickly finding that the Stylus Timer is indispensable for me.

Now go spin some albums


Doom metal legend Scott "Wino" Weinrich debuts "Isolation" single; new solo album 'Forever Gone' up for preorder on Ripple Music!

Doom metal godfather SCOTT "WINO" WEINRICH recently signed to Ripple Music for the release of his new solo album 'Forever Gone' on June 26th as part of the label's new "Blood and Strings” series. Stream first single "Isolation" exclusively on Revolver Magazine, and preorder your copy now!

New track "Isolation" is a cover of Joy Division's 1980 single, as WINO explains: "I have loved this song from the moment I heard it. I made a trade with one of my tenants in the early Obsessed house, Joe of Fugazi. I turned him on to Raw Power (The Stooges) and he turned me on to Joy Division. The music they made is still some of the heaviest  stuff ever. I have always been drawn to the more melancholic, darker music, and I have played this song live on acoustic from the start. This is my version."

With an unmatched pedigree in doom, having been in bands like Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan, Shrinebuilder and The Hidden Hand, along with ten years of touring the world since his last acoustic outing, you know WINO has stories full of longing, loss, heartache and darkness to tell on this soon-to-be-classic record.
Produced by Frank Marchand (The Obsessed, Bob Mould), 'Forever Gone' reflects the inexhaustible creativity of the Maryland-based rocker, with his trademark stripped-down melancholic rock that ranges from Americana-inspired soundscapes to deeper, strictly unplugged songs, while maintaining an outstanding sonic intensity over the span of its eleven tracks.

Stream WINO's new single "Isolation"

The release of 'Forever Gone' will mark the launch of Ripple Music’s new "Blood and Strings: The Ripple Acoustic” 12" vinyl series, which present albums of acoustic heaviness from some of the most admired names in riff-rock and metal.

Due out on June 26th via Ripple Music, it's now available to preorder in the following formats:
- Rare Test Pressing LP
- Worldwide Edition Classic Black Vinyl LP
- Limited Edition Splatter Vinyl LP (150 copies)
- Limited Edition Galaxy Vinyl LP (150 copies only available from the label's US shops)
All editions will come in gorgeous gatefold covers with extra special poster included.

New album 'Forever Gone'
Out June 26th on Ripple Music
1. Forever Gone
2. Taken
3. The Song's at the Bottom of the Bottle
4. No Wrong
5. Dark Ravine
6. Dead Yesterday
7. You're So Fine
8. Crystal Madonna
9. Lavender and Sage
10. Was Is and Shall Be
11. Isolation

Scott “Wino” Weinrich is widely as known as the iconic frontman of cornerstone doom metal founders SAINT VITUS and THE OBSESSED — both founded in the late 70s and revered for inspiring hundreds of bands in their sovereign wake — as well as SPIRIT CARAVAN, THE HIDDEN HAND and SHRINEBUILDER. Through his prolific and passion-driven 40-year career, whether he was laying the foundations of modern doom or successfully sailing across stirring folk rock lands, Wino has remained an unwavering force of the underground scene. Wino formed his first band The Obsessed in 1980, starting the reign of “heavy and slow” decades before doom grew into a flourishing worldwide genre unto itself. A few years later, he moved to California to join Saint Vitus, with whom he released the seminal ‘Born Too Late’ (1986), one of the most powerful statements in doom’s early history, with Wino’s raspy, heartfelt and punk-charged vocals booming loudly above the crowd of howling, gimmicky Ozzy copycats.

Following a reformation of The Obsessed and a brief major-label flirtation in the early 90s which included a a piledriving update of Black Sabbath's "The Wizard" alongside Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Rob Halford, Wino formed yet another influential outfit, Spirit Caravan. The new band fused his trademark sludgy churn with an increased soulfulness, beginning to lay the groundwork for his eventual exploration of acoustic and expansive songwriting. During this time, Dave Grohl also invited Wino to join his all-star Probot project alongside Lemmy Kilmister, King Diamond, Max Cavalera and other notables. Numerous world tours with his various bands later, the creative source remained inexhaustible as Wino embarked on a new direction with the release of his solo debut, ‘Punctuated Equilibrium.’ Quickly followed by second solo LP ‘Adrift’ in 2010 and a series of collaborations with German folk songwriter Conny Ochs, Wino embarked on extensive European and North American tours as a solo act, continuing to maintain his thriving solo output even with the arrival of a much-heralded and welcome re-constitution of The Obsessed for the third time in 2017.

Today, WINO is respected the world over as the godfather of doom and one of the heavy music underground’s most revered lifers. Worldwide festivals like Roadburn, Hellfest, Psycho Las Vegas, Desertfest, Maryland Deathfest, Rock Hard Fest, Monolith On The Mesa and countless others keep inviting Wino back through his various sonic incarnations year after year. WINO's third solo album 'Forever Gone' is set to be released on June 26th via Ripple Music.


Sunday, April 26, 2020

A Ripple Conversation With Carlo “Karlo” Loglisci - Frontman of The Blacklava

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 epiphanies 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?

The first musical epiphany is the Queen cassette. The disc was Innuendo. I was 6/7 years old and my sister would loop the song Innuendo! Instead the moment when I decided to become a frontman was after listening to the first Linkin Park album! I knew every single song by heart!

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

I usually come up with an idea or main riff. Then in our rehearsal room I make it heard to everyone and then we play on it. After we have gained confidence I throw random words to create a vocal line and if everyone likes the piece then we define the structure. I have been to various bands and in some of these everything was decided together. For me it is something that does not work! There must be someone more influential. I always try to listen to everyone's opinions and understand what's best for the group!

Who has influenced you the most?

Hard question! My musical path has been very colorful. I listen to everything! I like pop structures and pop methods! I love the cantabile refrains and with a beautiful powerful voice! The first Linkin Park for the aggressive and melodic part influenced me a lot! For the compositional part and for the sounds I fell in love with Royal Blood and for the scratched singing part and for the way Chris Cornell puts the words!

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

When I was a boy I subscribed to Rock sound Uk! Fantastic. Every month a record with the coolest songs of the moment! In this way I had discovered Comeback Kid, BMTH, Gallows, Everytime I die, Parkway Drive, Cancer Bats! With my old hardcore band we have open for Cancer Bats! But now I'm listening to Spotify's official Rock playlists! In these I discovered the Royal Blood, Rival Sons, Crobot, Royal Deluxe, Reignwolf! These groups give me a lot of inspiration!

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

I / we don't think we are products of our environment or city! Since I was a child I have always loved American and English music. Both for language and sound! Obviously there are bands "similar" to us in Turin, in our city, but few and with little motivation. I think I was born in the wrong country :) Only in the late 90's and early 2000's was rock in vogue in Italy. Now the two genres that are at the top are Trap (Italian) and Italian fake indie music.

Where'd the band name come from?

Our drummer had just gone to Turkey on vacation and he had eaten many typical dessert: The Baklava. When he came back from the trip, we were thinking about the name of the band and he changed the name of the Turkish dessert in “ The Blacklava” and everyone liked how it sounded.

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

I love soundtrack Movie or Tv series! Most of time when I write a song I was thinking about a good Tv series!

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?

We wrote a perfect song for dark (a German TV series broadcast on Netflix) called Bones! A remix will also be released soon, which would be even better! But I don't think it will ever reach the producers' ears! I write Zombe for IZombie and Devil Inside Me for the tv show Lucifer!

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

In December we made an acoustic date. We arrive at the place and it was in a dangerous place. The manager of the place did not open us. After calling him several times we understood that the evening would not have gone very well. We ate badly and the wine was bad but we were all together. So after a few glasses of that bad wine and with all the friends in the club we started playing! In the club there were only our friends! The only unexpected spectator was a Pakistani who sold roses and who insulted us because nobody wanted to buy his roses! On the stage next to Mark there was the bell and we had to stop to answer the bell :) I had a lot of fun. Many times you don't know which place you will be in and the only way to feel good and have fun together!

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

Regardless of whether it is electric or acoustic, our live is always energetic and sincere. We try to be very close to our fans who usually become our friends. The best part is having fun together!

What makes a great song?

A great refrain! What remains in your head! and someone who listens to the song because if you don't have the opportunity to make your music heard then no one can hear the great song! unfortunately there are too many people making music and there is too much choice!

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

OMG! many memories. I was 15 years old and I was in love with a girl and obviously when you are a teenager you live everything either very well or very badly! I was in the bad period and I wrote this song rips tears that was called Winter Till May! I just laugh at thinking about it!

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

I am very strange with being proud of something! Sometimes I am super excited about what I do and sometimes I notice all the mistakes I want to improve! if I have to say a song I'm very proud of, it's Bones! I like the atmosphere, how I sang it and how it has evolved over the years!

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

Rival Sons! Beautiful songs, sung by fear and never taken for granted! I like it when I hear the singing alive! In these days I am listening to the latest Crobot album and two songs make me go outside: Gasoline and Low Life! my girlfriend hates me because I'm looping them! He sings really well, it makes me shiver!

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

For me digital all my life! I've always listened to a lot of music! if I had physically bought all the music I listened to, I wouldn't stay in the house anymore! When I was a teenager I used to carry 4 large CD binders! Then when I bought my first Ipod Classic it was beautiful and super comfortable!

Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice

None of the two! I'm Italian so Wine! I don't like Whiskey, I drink beer in summer but wine is my partner! red wine, nice full-bodied while I eat a steak or pasta with ragù!

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 was born in a small village in northern Italy and as soon as I turned 18 I moved to study in Turin which is a beautiful city, not as big as Milan but still important! In Turin there is a nice record and merch shop called Rock & Folk! it's in the center of Turin, so you can take a tour through the historic streets!

What's next for the band?

I can't tell you! at the end of 2019 we signed for the German label Frozen-Heart-Music but unfortunately because of the covid-19 everything is stopped. Italy has been in lockdown since 10 March so planning is still difficult. We had scheduled dates that all skipped! We are many penthouses on social media, we made some nice videos and luckily we already had a video clip of our latest single! If this lockdown continues you have to re-become us through technology!

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

If you can go to our social networks and try to support us especially in this period because I believe that the live show season will be closed for at least 1 year!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Bandcamp Bonanza – 113

This week I bring another round of eclectic picks, I’ve left off the two obvious releases that you’re probably already all over, being Elder – Omens and Elephant Tree’s –Habits that were both released today 4/24/20. They are worthy of your time and will likely go down and two of 2020’s best. They’re a great pair quite honestly. Below, you’ll find everything from metal, to country and hard rock to indie rock. Let us know what you’ve been jamming and which ones you like best.

The Wizar’d differentiate themselves by more than just an apostrophe in their band name. In fact, I’d go so far to say this is one of the better 80’s inspired traditional doom metal albums of the year. The vocals are traditional in a sense of that eerie Viking tone, and the solos are searing and relentless. Great modern heavy metal album that hearkens back to tradition in a way that doesn’t come across as aping anyone in particular.

DRYLAND are back with a vengeance. I was a huge fan of their smoldering self-titled debut and feel it went relatively under the radar. 'Dances With Waves' explodes the 2020 scene with piercing progressive riffs, pummeling stoner/hardcore energy, and off the chart melody. For fans of Sand Rider, Coliseum, Cancer Bats, etc..

Buckle up you're in for a wild ride!! The diversity and range throughout these 6 tracks is innately constructed and mind blowing. The bass lines are wicked as always, the proggy textures flamboyant, and the vocals harmonies are sublime. Favorite track: We the Cancer.

Gave this one a listen on a recommendation from my good buddy Andy. He said it was a little “conventional” to which my reaction on first listen, Conventional is bad ass. It is very polished and super catchy, which I would imagine conjures up a “conventional” tag. Either way, I think the more this gets played the more one will fall in love. It’s obvious the band is out to record anthems and they sound great. A little gospely at times, but with an airy tone rather than rooted in the blues. The harmonies are out of this world. Imagine Stevie Nicks x4 with her work in Fleetwood Mac. Ya, this will be mine someday if I can get an import deal a bit more affordable. They’re from the UK, which always puts strain on the pocketbook.

Maya Mountains lays waste to its desert Doom surroundings with towering riffs, colossal fuzz and smoldering rhythm.

The groove is impeccable and everything about this single brings me that long sought after “first time feeling” you get when you discover a new band with the IT factor going on. Purple Dawn are onto something grand here. Favorite track: Atlantis.

It only took one song and a read through the description on their bandcamp for me to preorder this record. These guys are a Nashville band, and they play a rather alternative version of what you’d expect first take on a Nashville ‘country’ band. It sounds more in the vein of Lucero or Drive-By Truckers. Little punk attitude, poppy hooks and a raspy vocal. Right down my alley. It comes out May 1st, 2020 and available to pre-order now.

This one caught my ear and eye after a submission from the band on my Instagram account. For whatever reason the submissions direct from bands have much more weight than those sent out by hired PR agencies. It’s just the way I’m wired. This one ticked all the boxes on initial scan. Marketed as “Western Doom” I couldn’t help but push play. It has a vibe similar to what you’d hear from the Midwest band Across Tundras but with a little more experimentation going on. The vocals are buried deep in the back and the mood of this is an all-out assault on the psych. Pretty cool listen.

A powerful, meditative journey through heavily psyched out groove with earthy tone and grandiose atmosphere.

King Witch are back with a monumental and crushing heavy metal album. I’ve said it before, and its on display here, Laura Donnelly is the most powerful front woman in the heavy underground. Holy smokes she can sing, and the stiff metallic backbone riffing with chugging rhythm and ghostly atmosphere makes Body of Light a force to be reckoned with.

Another all instrumental album to showcase. I am not always into purely instrumentals but they have their place and Marmalade Knives brings a trippy blend of psych, rock, and prog on Amnesia, released via Electric Valley Records and available on multiple editions of vinyl.

-The Huntsman

Friday, April 24, 2020

Italian doom jazz goldsmiths MESSA share Live At Roadburn video for "She Knows/Tulsi".

Italian doom jazz specialists MESSA unveil a gripping live video for the songs "She Knows/Tulsi" from their Roadburn Festival 2019 performance. Their latest album 'Feast For Water' is still available on Aural Music.

Says the band: "Last year we played Roadburn festival. It was the first time for us and, of course, we were all beyond excited to participate in what we believe to be one of the best settings for so many kinds of independent music ever. The whole experience turned out to be one of the most intriguing and intense moments in our musical and personal lives so far. The amount of love from the audience and the commitment of the staff itself were so overwhelmingly strong that we felt part of a bigger unity, really. Now we have the pleasure to share a song from that set."

Watch MESSA "Live at Roadburn 2019"
via Cvlt Nation (world) and Rumore (Italy)

MESSA play evoking doom metal with a dark jazz twist. Deliciously haunting female vocals, Rhodes piano and 70’s fuzz guitars combine to conjure a sound that is all of their own. With influences as diverse as Windhand, Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore, The Devil’s Blood, Jex Thoth, Angelo Badalamenti, Bellwitch, Urfaust, John Coltrane and Aluk Todolo, the band has moved from the droning occult doom of their first LP "Belfry" to a new, darker and more atmospheric approach clearly showcased in their new record "Feast for Water" (Aural Music, 2018), a concept album centered on the introspective, symbolic and ritual features of the liquid element.

Sophisticated, dark and soulful to the core, "Feast For Water" is a multi-faceted doom record from a band who is not afraid of putting sonic experimentation to serve their spiritual and transcendantal intentions, using jazz, classic rock and drone/doom metal all in one to create beautiful, unique soundscapes. It" garnered a lot of praise from all across the globe, leading them to play Roadburn, Hellfest, Desertfest among others.

Marco – Guitar, Bass, Ambient
Sara – Voice
Rocco – Drums, Screams
Alberto – Lead Guitar, Rhodes piano


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Swedish rockers Night to release fourth album "High Tides - Distant Skies" in September, New single out April 24

Swedish rock band Night will release their fourth album "High Tides - Distant Skies" September 11, 2020. The album will be released on The Sign Records on Vinyl, CD and Digital format, and contains 9 new songs. On Friday, April 24, the band will release the first single from the album, entitled "Under the Moonlight Sky".

'High Tides - Distant Skies’ is the fourth album from Night, set for release on The Sign Records, 11th of September. The album contains nine new tracks of classic sounding rock music. ’High Tides - Distant Skies’ follows the band's critical acclaimed album 'Raft of the World’. If their last album was darker and had a strong proto-metal niche, the new album has much wider influences and a More is More approach. The album is built upon rhythm and melodies, and Oskar Andersson now shares the position as lead vocalist with Sammy Ouirra.

”To create something big we had to downscale to something small. This time we had no room for Flying V guitars, but instead focused on solid single-coil sound. The new sound created a bigger space for vocals and arrangements”- Sammy Ouirra

Night has once again taken the help from producer Ola Ersfjord (Primordial, Tribulation, Honeymoon Disease, ISE). The band has stepped outside their comfort zone, something that becomes possible after taking their time both with songwriting and having a long term collaboration with their producer. Night has since their last album enlisted drummer Linus Fritzson (Ambush). The band has spent a long time concentrating on songwriting, building trust and being able to step outside of the box. There are more vocal arrangements, but also larger arrangements on the songs and even strings.

Biography and band pics/cover art can be found at bottom of this mail

Night is:

Oskar Andersson - Guitar / Vocals

Sammy Ouirra - Guitar / Vocals

Joseph Max - Bass

Linus Fritzson- Drums

Night will tour Europe this autumn with former label mates in Hällas:

10-September-2020 FR Paris La Maroquinerie

12-September-2020 FR Lyon Rock It Love

13-September-2020 GER Stuttgart Club Zentral

15-September-2020 GER Munich Strom

16-September-2020 GER Nuremberg Der Cult

17-September-2020 GER Leipzig UT Connewitz

18-September-2020 AT Vienna Arena

19-September-2020 BE Aarschot De Klinker

20-September-2020 GER Hannover Chez Heinz

21-September-2020 GER Wiesbaden Kesselhaus

22-September-2020 GER Cologne Volta

23-September-2020 NL Amsterdam Melkweg Upstairs

24-September-2020 NL Tilburg Hall Of Fame

25-September-2020 CZ Prague Strahov 007

26-September-2020 GER Berlin Musik & Frieden

Listen to NIght:

More about Night

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The Xroadie Files

Space Parasites - Raw And Violent
Nadine "Danger Dine" Woelk -  Vocals, Sebastian "Iron Daschke"- Guitar, Diana "Gory DI"- Bass, Willi- Drums

Children Of the Witch screaming leads spoken words then a fist pumping head banging hit the pit and mosh till you drop rhythms kicks in. Riding the Storm just hang on for one wild speed metal thrash trip. Behind The Moon melancholic guitars just flow in the air before a d fist pumping riff kicks in. Death Is Just A Word take atrip back in time to the first Metallica album and just head bang away. Spidoracrunchy guitars thundering bass shredding and thrashing about. Mutant Killer Lice has a catchy riff that just pulls you in with a thumping bass and pounding drums and interesting vocals. I Wanna Be A Spacewolf thundering bass pounding drums fast hard heavy and ripping it up. A Lesson In Hate just get pulled in and thrash about. Dripping Death screaming shredding thrashing metal madness. Run With The Pack stand in unison fist pump head bang and shred away. Space Stripper scorching leads a crunchy guitar pounding rhythms and searing vocals. Voodoo Heartbeat get pulled in and hang on for thrash metal mayhem.   Thrash Doctor Of Blood Island fist pump foot stomp that’s and mosh. Call Of The Wild ends the thrash metal fest just mosh till you drop.

Star Parks -The New Sound of Late Capitalism
Andy Bianculli - Guitar, Vocals, Ben Burdick - Bass, Vocals, Nathaniel Klugman – Keys, Keith Lough - Drums, Derek Phelps- Trumpet, Wayne Meyers - Trombone

Palm Sunday just close your eyes and listen to the flowing melodies that take you into your dreams. Something More, catchy rhythms just get up dance and sing. Landlady take a trip back to the melodic 50s. Hobby Horse sitting strumming guitars and singing with friends. Not Now Brian soft jazz melodies that just pull you in. Oh Boredom (Schmaltz City USA) get up dance and boogie all night. Henry, I Think I’m Dying just slow jazzy melodic tones that fill the air. Ask Me close your eyes an drift in your dreams.    One Big Sigh floating thru your imagination. Standing In the Daylight soft melodies that just envelop you. All Your Saturdays AtOnce just float away in the emotions.

Rose Tattoo – Outlaws
Angry Anderson – Vocals, Dai Pritchard – Slide Guitar, Bob Spencer – Guitar, Mark Evans – Bass, Jackie Barnes – Drums

One Of The Boys stand in unison fist pump and sing along to one catchy tune. Sweet Love has a very catchy groove that has you swaying and hand clapping as you sing. Tramp has a very southern rock meets heavy metal riff feel just get up and rock out. Snow Queen slide guitars a catchy riff great vocals just enjoy the musical trip. Rock N Roll Outlaw catchy guitars chant sing along and just get pulled in to this classic tune. Butcher And Fast Eddie probably my favorite Rose Tattoo of all time another great version just kick back and listen as the music envelops you. Remedy on your feet fist pump head bang and just rock n roll. TV catchy rhythms great guitars thumping bass pounding drums and that undeniable unique vocals of Angry. Stuck On You a countrified blues rock tune that just pulls you in. Astra Wally rockabilly hard rock n roll. Bad Boy For Love sway sing hand clap and sing along. Nice Boys fast hard rock n roll another great version of this Rose Tattoo classic tune. Rosetta slow bluesy hard rock with great emotional singing and playing.

Kilter – Axiom
Kenny Grohowski, Ed Rosenberg III, Laurent David

Ax And Spear slow droning disharmonic tones that just pull you in.  Beasts Of Summation Intro strange eerie tones that just have you drifting along. Out Of Kilter rumbling overdriven music with stange sounds and prog rock jazz influences. Beast Of Summation Outro close your eyes and slowly drift into the farthest recesses of your imagination. New Sun space rock jazz music that just pulls you into darkness. Vandermeer walking thru an almost comic type atmosphere with jazzy sounds all around.  From The Caves Of The Quram slow melodies with some weird influences. Detention just be pulled into a strange space and time tempo with interesting directions. Kafkanated rumbling bass pounding drums and horns with a prog jazz feel. Pluto Is Not Just Rock slow melodies with a melancholic tone. Pitiless Garment drifting along in space and endless time. Mover S Acid just plodding along in a dark environment. Behind Your Door drifting slithering sliding tones and a steady beat. Spherical Bastards lost in the recesses of your mind.

Habu – Distant Thunder
Alex Body - Vocals / Bass / Synthesizers, Andy Clarke- Guitar / Backing Vocals, Alex Dunbar- Drums

Whirlwind searing leads catchy riffs thumping bass pounding drums and sing along vocals. Panorama stand sway and sing with a tune that will sick in your head for days. Wireless crunchy guitars pounding rhythms melodic vocals with great melodies. The Arrow just get on your feet and rock out then it slows down and slides along. Nuke the Moon just kick back and relax as the music pulls you in. These Walls catchy riffs pounding rhythms and excellent vocals. Operation Paperclip crunchy guitars steady rhythms and melodic vocals. Goodbye a nice melodic tune that just envelops you.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A Ripple Conversation With Nick of Marijannah

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?

When we first heard Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats.

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?

Neither. Rasyid writes all the riffs without lyrics in his head and bring them to the studio, I write the lyrics at my own time without riffs in my head and see what fits whatever Rasyid has written.

Who has influenced you the most?

Wes Craven.

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

Horror movies, sci-fi, crime, fantasy.

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

Drugs are incredibly illegal in Singapore so we’re a stoner metal band not allowed to make drug references in our content.

Where'd the band name come from?

Mari jannah means “come to paradise” in the Malay language.

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

If Mandy starring Nic Cage had a sequel, that would be it.

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?

Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart. It has everything doesn’t it. A catchy hook, a melodramatic build up, sick ass backing vocals, hard ass drums, a great instrumental bridge, there’s over-the-top reverb everywhere, its not overly theatrical like bohemian rhapsody. Perfect song. Cranberries’ Zombie and Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain are a close second and third.

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

I wish we had more but we once had merch printed specifically for a show, it got sent to the wrong address and a day before the show, we called the post office and they said the shirts are here in the country but in a holding area. We were told that we couldn’t drive over to get it and they will only reach us in 3 business days even though they were probably just a 15 minute drive away. Thats a really boring story, I fell asleep a little typing that, I apologise.

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

I hate playing live, its too tiring.

What makes a great song?


Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

Snakecharmer was the first song Marijannah wrote.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

1966 is the best song Marijannah wrote.

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

We do.

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

Digital for me personally because I hate owning physical things. Vinyl and CD for the band because thats how we make most of our money.

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

Beer, can go hours and hours without getting too fucked. Whiskey is for old people.

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?

Singapore - Inokii, Hear Records and Surface Noise Records

What's next for the band?

We’re all on lockdown until May because of the coronavirus so we can’t do anything. We’re too lazy to come up with any ideas for digital content idea. Maybe we’ll write some music in the mean time and shoot a music video and play some gigs when this is all over.

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

Listen to Doldrey

Monday, April 20, 2020

RITUAL KING - “Ritual King” - (Ripple, 2020, Manchester, United Kingdom) -


Do see what I’m getting at? Do you catch my drift?? DO YOU FUCKING HEAR ME?!?!?? So...when I hear that a band is from England, I do tend to pay attention. And, when said band is on the Ripple label, that attention is rapt. Enter from stage left the eponymous debut album from RITUAL KING.

RITUAL KING is a 3-piece unit from Manchester, a city about 200 miles NW of London but apparently right in the epicenter of heavy. You can call me Ray & you can call me Jay, but you doesn’t has to call these guys stoner rock because they’re a lot more than that on this 7-track opus.

Sure, there’s the plundering, striding riffs that populate tracks like opener “Valleys.” But then there’s the moment 2:46 into this 7-minute mammoth where Gareth Hodges (drums) & Daniel Godwin (bass) slam the old Hurst shifter into high and all the sudden we’re having delightful aural visions of a metallic Hawkwind. You know, one of those space-drive rhythms that set the controls for the heart of Dave Brock’s brain. Drifting over top of this come almost pastoral harmony vocals of a nearly Wishbone Ash bent. Then Jordan Leppitt strings seething streamers of lead guitar lava all over it and produces a jam-personified in this very first track.

It’s a theme that reoccurs throughout this album, the shortest track of which is instrumental “602” that clocks in at 5:03. Still, the longest cut only ranges out to 7:19 (I know, so many numbers!) so nothing overstays it’s welcome and speaks very nicely to RITUAL KING’s ability to construct songs that are both memorable and exploratory. To this end, other standout moments include the Iommi/“Warning”-like jazzy lines in “No Compromise” and Leppitt’s inclusion of distinctly “metal” muted picking into the heavy psych journey of “Dead Roads.”

In all, it’s easy to see just a few listens in that RITUAL KING is a trio that’s got both the fire of youth and the depth of creativity in equal measure. Throw in a lot of talent, a thick, beefy production value and as PINK FLOYD told us once upon a “Time,” you’ve got what can only be the English way.

-Ray Dorsey
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