Friday, August 14, 2020

HAMMERFALL to Release Outstanding Live Album! First Single and Video out NOW!

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HAMMERFALL live - An unforgettable experience of pure Swedish Heavy Metal with stunning production, the band in top shape and an incredible crowd!

The Swedish saviors of Heavy Metal are back: the undisputed masters of ground-breaking anthems and unforgettable live shows, HAMMERFALL, will release their new live epos Live! Against The World via Napalm Records on October 23, 2020.

With an absolutely impressive, grand live production, huge arenas and overwhelming pyro shows, HAMMERFALL took over the world in 2019/2020 with their World Dominion tour. Now, they make their splendor available to every Templar around the globe. Recorded on February 15th at the MHP Arena in Ludwigsburg, Germany, Live! Against The World contains songs fresh off their latest album Dominion, mixed with a ton of band classics and a hand-picked selection of songs that rarely appear on HAMMERFALL’s setlists to fulfill the needs of both new and old fans.

The band around singer Joacim Cans and guitarist Oscar Dronjak did not only celebrate the great charting success of Dominion, but also the 20th Birthday of their legendary Renegade album with a phenomenal medley during the nearly two hour long concert. The show had everyone on their feet and banging their heads within no time and marks one of the many unforgettable evenings of pure Swedish Heavy Metal in the legendary HAMMERFALL manner.

Singer Joacim Cans on Live! Against The World:
"We Are HAMMERFALL And This Is What We Do!
I am so damn proud that we are able to present a full blown, up-to-date, live show in these extremely difficult times.  A time when real live shows in front of a ”real” live audience have ceased to exist. The show at MHP Arena Ludwigsburg was nothing but epic and really captured the strength and power of the band as a live act and shows the joy we are experiencing together on stage every night, no matter where we play. This is the biggest stage production we ever had and now you can experience this at home anywhere, at any time. HAMMERFALL is and always will be a live band and together with the greatest fans in the world we are an unstoppable force!"

Guitarist Oscar Dronjak adds:
"The live act that HAMMERFALL is right now blows everything we have done previously out of the water, and I am super happy that we got to document it in this way on the biggest tour we have ever done. The setlist speaks for itself, every album is represented with at least one song; there’s stuff we have never performed live before, songs we haven’t played in a long time and of course all the classics. It’s a great testament to where we stand today, and an added bonus is that we finally got to record something major in Germany, in front of the fans who have been with us literally since day one."

Watch the Video for "Never Forgive, Never Forget" HERE:
HAMMERFALL's bombastic new live epos Live! Against The World starts off with the smashing song and first single “Never Forgive, Never Forget” fresh from the latest studio album Dominion (2019). The Swedish Heavy Metal institution presents itself in top shape and starts the show in Ludwigsburg, Germany with a big bang - they take the screaming templars by storm. This absolutely impressively produced live version of one of their biggest new hits marked one of the highlights of the legendary show at the MHP Arena.

Pre-Order your copy of Live! Against The World NOW!
Adding in classics like “Any Means Necessary”, “Last Man Standing” and “Let The Hammer Fall” that show off HAMMERFALL’s legendary prowess on both vocals and instruments, the performance continues on to be both surprising and astounding. Special guest Noora Louhimo (Battle Beast) made it possible for HAMMERFALL to display their emotional side with their power ballad “Second To One” live on stage. The show ends with the one song that belongs in every HAMMERFALL experience: the beautiful and heavy “Hearts On Fire”.

Live! Against The World will be available in the following formats:
- BluRay + 2 CD Digipak
- 3 LP Gatefold Vinyl Ink Spot Blue / White
- 3 LP Gatefold Vinyl Orange Transparent
- 48 pages Earbook, including 2CDs + BluRay
- 48 pages Earbook including 2CDs + BluRay  + 7’’ Vinyl Single
- BluRay + 2 CD Digipak  + Shirt Bundle
- Digital Album

1. Never Forgive, Never Forget
2. One Against the World
3. Heeding the Call
4. The Way of the Warrior
5. Any Means Necessary
6. Hallowed Be My Name
7. Blood Bound
8. Redemption
9. Hector's Hymn
10. Natural High
11. Second to One
12. Renegade Medley
13. Keep the Flame Burning
14. Dominion
15. The Dragon Lies Bleeding
16. Last Man Standing
17. Let the Hammer Fall
18. Hammer High
19. (We Make) Sweden Rock
20. Hearts on Fire

Joacim Cans - Vocals
Oscar Dronjak - Guitar
Pontus Norgren - Guitar
Fredrik Larsson - Bass
David Wallin - Drums

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Thursday, August 13, 2020


Some albums are a great showcase of the time and culture they were produced in. This obscure 1970 creation involved a man of many shades, Ken Hensley, (pre the gods and later uriah heep) is an entirely different creature. Orgasm is as sweet as it is hard hitting, even the visual album art from the later pressing suggests that. A lot of the lyrical content here is like a wet rag to the face, in a good way! It is very young, honest, and upfront. The opening track "climax/ you tried to take it all" is confident and not here to stuff around. It feels weirdly great to hear someone vocalize about possible sexual misadventure. (Ahem! Looking at you "make the feeling last") whilst making you feel pretty well part of the hot n' heavy sound orgy that is the title track.

Rolling on from the bawdy sounding opener , a very wavy "Make the feeling last" slides in, to put you in a haze then calmly tails off, then "You must come with me" brings you back into the present with a thud. It's aggressive and urgent intro to this song about erm, a demand, Is almost desperate. Pretty bold stuff, The beautiful contrast though? A sides Closing track, "the girl who loved the girl who loved" is musically very kind on the ears and gently tackles a topic of a scarred woman who seeks love in female company, a less public topic of the time.

The real star of the show here for me is the B-side intro, "orgasm". Hell! I mean, everyone loves one of those, it is probably the least decorated and coded song of the lot. (Come to think of it, most of the titles tell it like it is) The eerie sounding squeal after the needle drop gets increasingly intense and gave me an impression of slight uncertainty, which evaporates shortly after asserting itself into Steady strumming and sharp riffs, BANG! Its got you. You cant leave. It's such a perfect balance of mellow and off the chain wild. True to it's time, it made me keen to torch up a jade cigarette, and suggestively start running my hand over the most available person near me. This song aims to imitate, in its art form, a really good sexual indulgence. With the very realistic and euphoric vocal performance, it succeeds.
"The first time" follows this ordeal nicely, as it's Melodic and organ enhanced, gives you a chance to get over what just happened. As the closing track "scattering seeds" ended it almost made me feel sad that the heady, sickly journey was over but happy I was there!...until I flipped the disk over again. And again, aaand again.

Sure, its not without fault, but that's all subjective really isn't it? There's no limit as to how many times I spin this, it always gives the same results as it did the first time round - straight up audio pleasure. Nobody actively looks for filler but even so, if you're a fan of obscure early 70s rock, you won't find any lifeless tracks on this sex themed, 7 burner masterpiece.

-Rider On The Storm

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The Xroadie Files

Woodscream – Bapeso (Varevo)
Valentina Tsyganova – Vocals, Maria Datsenko – Recorders, Zhalejka Alexander Klimov – Guitar, Denis Chervonny – Bass

Варево (Varevo) tribal drums soaring vocals and catchy rhythms that will just pull you into your imagination. Волчица (Volchiza) will stick in your head as you dance and sing and fist pump. Василиса (Vasilisa) stand sway groove and just enjoy this musical journey. Водяной (Vodyanoy) stand as one in unison and just rock out. Русалка (Rusalka) walking thru the woods in olden times just listening to the sounds. Круговерть (Krugovert’) melodies just emvelop your very soul as the crunchy guitars and soaring vocals take you over. Заложный (Zalozhniy) catchy riffs solid rhythms great musicianship and soaring vocals. Мавка (Mavka) just let the music envelop you and take you into your dreams. Калинов мост (Kalinov Most) fast hard heavy fist pumping metal magic. Прощание (Proshyanie) take a trip in your imagination.

Astral Glide- Flamingo Graphics
Shea Belflower – Guitar/Vocals, Sean Reynolds – Drums, Chris Schwartz - Bass ,Jason Vollmer – Vocals

Burnout hard heavy stoner rock that just grabs you and wont let go as it pulls you in. Scarlett on your feet groove fist pump and just enjoy the ride. Baptized swamp stoner rock music that just takes you away into your dreams. Work Horse crunchy guitars catchy rhythms steady beats and soulful vocals. Devastation close your eyes and drift away in your imagination. Space Machine interesting drums crunchy oi over driven guitars with thumping bass just rock n roll. Chains slow rumbling bass and pounding drums with crunchy guitars and soulful vocals. The Lake just take one amazing musical journey. Forever stoner rock music that just slithers along.

The Opium Cartel – Valor
Jacob Holm-Lupo – Multi Instrumentalist, Silje Huleboer- Vocals, Ole Øvstedal – Guitar/Bass, Bjørn Riis - Guitar, Lars Fredrik Frøislie - Drums, Ina A, - Vocals, Leah Marcu, - Vocals, Maria Grigoryeva - Strings, Ilia Skibinsky - Saxophone, Alexander Stenerud - Vocals

In The Streets flowing along with some amazing melodies that just pull you in and searing lead guitar. Slow Run close your eyes and just drift. A Question Of Re-entry floating thru the recesses of your mind. Nightwings on your feet and just dance and groove. Fairground Sunday soft tones and textures just pull you in. Under Thunder pulsating beat that just envelop your senses. The Curfew Bell melodies that just take you away in your dreams. The Maelstrom Of Stars close your eyes and let your imagination take over. Whats It Gonna Be interesting cover of a Ratt tune.

VÄKI - Kuolleen Maan Omaksi (Succumbed to the Dead Soil)
Lauri Annala – Vocals, Juho Hautaniemi – Guitar, Pekka Paavola – Drums, Jere Seppänen – Guitar, Jarkko Sillanpää - Bass

Vaisto - The Instinct the pits of hell open and just shred you into oblivion. Kuihtuvan maan puoliso - The Consort of the Barren Earth thrashing shredding ripping tearing of your senses. Ennustus - The Divination pulls you into darkness and despair Ikiuni - Eternal Sleep slithering heavy death draws you into madness. Painajaisten syleilyssä - Embraced by Nightmares lost in your nightmares alone and demented. Ikuisen kuoleman alttarille - To the Altar of Everlasting Death rips and tears you as it devours your soul.

The Hawkins – Silence Is A Bomb
Johannes Carlsson: Guitars/Vocals, Mikael Thunborg: Guitars, Martin Larsson: Bass, Albin Grill: Drums

Silence Is A Bomb an interesting bluesy soulful tune. Roomer has a punkish rock feel that just has you up and bopping to this catchy tune. Hilow on your feet fist in the air and sing along to one catchy song. Stones just rock n roll till you drop sing and shout along, Mynah hit the floor groove and just have a great time. Minuette short punchy tune. Cut Moon Bleeds bluesy with great emotional singing and playing. Libertine just a happy go lucky feel r good rock song. Stranger In The Next Room fist pumping foot stomping hard rock music. Black Gold sitting around strumming guitar and singing with friends. Fisherman Blues chugging guitars soaring vocals thumping bass with pounding drums. All My Birds Are Dead crunchy catchy riffs that will stick in your head for days.


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

A Sunday Conversation With. . .Ugly Clinic guitarist Pete the Riff

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?

Well, as we are a multi-generational band, that answer will vary depending on who you ask. But for me, at around age 15, it was listening to two albums that a friend of mine’s older brother had in his collection. The Ramones ‘’It’s Alive’’ and The Damned ‘’Machine Gun Etiquette’’. One live album, one studio. Both brilliant in their own way. We played them to death, and formed our own band soon after.

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? 

My name should give that one away – I’m Pete the Riff, so the riff always comes first! But Davie (Bass), Richard (Guitar) and Chloe (vocals) all write differently.  Most of our songs start off with one of us coming up with the core of the idea then they will bring it to the rest of the band for development. If it’s a good song and everyone likes it, it moves forward, and if f it’s not so great, it tends to get put at the back of the queue! We don’t generate material by continual jamming or studio experimentation, we’re not that sort of band.

Who has influenced you the most? 

As a group we tend to like bands from the punk/metal/goth genres  - bands like The Damned, The Jam, Motorhead, AC/DC, Blondie, Pink, to name but a few.

Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation? Our first rule is never copy. If you want to copy other people, join a covers band. We don’t copy anybody, or any specific era or genre. But as a group of individuals, our personal tastes tend towards the Punk/Metal/Classic Rock/Goth side of music. That’s where our influences mostly come from. With some weird left-field stuff thrown in sometimes for good measure! But anything or anyone can inspire a song, from life’s day-to-day challenges to personal stories about past indiscretions!

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

We come from Aberdeenshire in the North of Scotland, which is quite a remote area, far away from London. There’s only a small number of like-minded musicians with the necessary talent, energy and ambition available to work with – and a lot of them are already in other bands. Aberdeen is a college town with two universities, so there are a lot of young, creative types around. It’s a lovely place in the summer, but it’s cold and gloomy in the winter. I think because we are so far away from everywhere else, we aren’t so influenced by whatever the music industry decides to push as the latest trend, and people tend to pick their own style and stick with it. In a lot of respects, it’s a bit like Seattle, but with less people!

Where'd the band name come from? 

The name comes from a Judge Dredd story in 2000AD comic. It’s the opposite of a beauty parlour, people go there to deliberately get ugly! As we generally despise all forms of bland, manufactured pretty-boy pop music, the name resonated with us.

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

The next Bond film. I already know how to play the James Bond theme on the guitar!

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? 

Plan 9 Channel 7 by The Damned. There’s so much fascinating back-story to it. But I’m not doing 1000 words  on it here!

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

As a band, we’ve only been going for a few months, so we haven’t got any great stories from the road yet. But many moons ago I used to work on the stage crew at a theatre in Aberdeen. On one occasion Meat Loaf was playing there, and during ‘’Bat out of Hell’’ I had to crawl across the stage on my stomach behind the drum riser, towing a 10-foot high polystyrene gravestone behind me! It’s not quite Stonehenge and dwarves, but everyone else on the crew called me ‘’Gravedigger’’ for a while after that.

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

For anyone who performs in public, it should be all about the fans, not you as an individual. Okay, playing live is a rush and it’s great for the ego when people like you – but you have to give the audience a good show, and that means being well-rehearsed and professional. It doesn’t matter if you only play two chords the whole night – play them well! We’re just starting out as a band, but we’ll sure take care to remember who it was who were with us right from the start.

What makes a great song? 

Anything – and nothing. Nobody knows. If it was easy to do everyone would do it. I’ve came up with a few ideas that I thought were pretty good and then nobody else liked them. And then the exact opposite can happen – you do a little riff or a lyrical phrase that you think is fairly disposable, and people like it.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

 That is so far back I can’t really remember. It certainly wasn’t ever recorded or played in public. As I was a teenager at the time, it probably involved either ranting against some perceived injustice, or maybe it was just about being dumped.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

 The into riff on ‘’Pink Speed and Tequila’’. It’s so simple and dumb that when I wrote it I thought that surely it must have been done before by someone else. That’s normally a sign that you’re on to something good.

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

Some veteran bands like Pearl Jam and Metallica still surprise me occasionally by continuing to issue good, strong material. But I also like lots of new stuff like Royal Republic, The Chats and The Regrettes.

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

Vinyl without a doubt. Best sound reproduction and best format for artwork too. I love the smell of fresh vinyl in the morning!

Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice: 

Why does it have to be one or the other? Here in Scotland. We don’t pussy-foot around – just have both. We have a thing called a  ‘’shot and a half’’. It’s a shot of whisky with a half-pint of beer to go with it. Oh, and the correct spelling is ‘’Whisky’’. Once you’ve had a good Speyside Single Malt, you’ll never go back to that Tennessee rubbish!

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?

 If you ever find yourself in Aberdeen, the best record shops are Aberdeen Vinyl Records in the old indoor market, Spin Records on Littlejohn Street and Maidinvinyl Records on Rosemount Viaduct. Best pubs are Krakatoa, The Prince of Wales, and Ma Camerons.

What's next for the band? 

We’ve already started making demos for Album number 2, and hopefully a whole lot of gigs once we are allowed to venture outside again.

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

Come visit Scotland. Drink whisky. See Ugly Clinic live. You’ll love it.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Robert Duncan, Creem’s Former Managing Editor, Releases LOUDMOUTH, a Rip-Snortin’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Story

“A sonic wail of a tale about the youthful beginnings of one of the Mount Rushmore ‘heads’ of rock ‘n’ roll journalism. I loved it.” —Joel Gion of The Brian Jonestown Massacre

“Loudmouth is, as advertised, a loud and brash trip that takes you through the hellish halls of childhood and adolescence before delivering you to the sweet salvation of rock ‘n’ roll music and all that rides alongside it. The story is majorly compelling—funny, tender, and very, very honest. Read this book immediately if you like truth, drugs, generation gaps, guitars, and lifelong quests for freedom and kicks.” —Craig Finn of The Hold Steady

“In prose that’s beautiful, when it’s not hilarious, this noisy, nostalgic novel tells how an excitable boy from a darkly conservative family survived childhood and then rock ’n’ roll. It’s a wild ride with some amazing characters — including a few you might recognize — and I’m in awe.” — Jaan Uhelszki, former Creem editor; writer, producer of Creem: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine

“This picaresque, coming-of-age novel, about a boy who looks for answers in rock ‘n’ roll, but finds them in the love of an extraordinary woman, is sad, serious, funny and, in the end, ridiculously moving.” — Sylvie Simmons, New York Times bestselling author of Face It: Debbie Harry a nd I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 29, 2020) — A lifelong rock & roll obsessive, Robert Duncan was barely out of his teens when he gave up singing in bands and started as a writer for the influential, icon-smashing music magazine Creem, becoming its managing editor at the ripe old age of 22. He went on to contribute to Rolling Stone, Circus, Life, and dozens of other publications. In the process, Duncan became a rock Zelig: he shared tall tales and fried shrimp with a young, scrawny Bruce Springsteen, while driving him around Cleveland; he introduced the Clash’s Mick Jones and Joe Strummer to a broken-down piano player of dubious ability, leading to a hilariously disastrous recording session with the band; he worked alongside his friend Lester Bangs and witnessed his tragic spiral, before discovering the legendary critic dead, at 33, of an OD in the apartment next door. These experiences, and many others, provide the fuel for Robert Duncan’s debut novel, LOUDMOUTH, a rip-snortin’ coming-of-age story that will be published by Three Rooms Press on October 6, 2020.

The novel is the story of Thomas Ransom, born to a severely dysfunctional southern family transplanted to New York City. Left to his own devices by neglectful parents, he spends much of his childhood shadowing his older, criminally-inclined half-brother and roaming New York with hard-drinking teenage pals. Tom eventually finds an outlet as the flamboyant singer of a downtown rock band, and later as the young editor of the Detroit-based magazine that invented punk—only to return to New York, at the height of the 1970s bacchanal, and crash. But it isn’t music that saves him. It’s a soft-spoken painter, who turns out to be the most outrageous character of all.

With echoes of Almost Famous and Just Kids, LOUDMOUTH tracks an impassioned musician and writer out among the punks, hippies, and wild geniuses of rock when music was the center of the world.

I encourage you to check out LOUDMOUTH. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to speak with Robert Duncan, have questions, or need more information. Thank you for your consideration.

by Robert Duncan

Publication date: October 6, 2020
248 pages

Trade Paperback Original:
978-1-941110-92-8; $15.00

978-1-941110-93-5; $9.99

Published by Three Rooms Press

About Robert Duncan:
ROBERT DUNCAN is author of The Noise: Notes from a Rock ‘nʼ Roll Era, Only the Good Die Young: The Rock ’n’ Roll Book of the Dead, and Kiss, a satirical biography of the band. He was story consultant, as well as interview subject and voiceover, for the documentary, “Creem: America’s Only Rock & Roll Magazine,” which premiered last year at SXSW and will be streaming on Netflix and other major platforms in July. He has worked as a singer, songwriter, and record producer, and is founder of the three-decade-old ad and design agency Duncan Channon and its Tip Records subsidiary. He was born to a transplanted southern family in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, but grew up mostly in New York. He currently lives with his wife, the artist and rock photographer Roni Hoffman, in Fairfax, California.

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Publishing history:
• The Noise: Notes from a Rock ‘n’ Roll Era, nonfiction, Ticknor & Fields/Houghton Mifflin, 1984
• Kiss, biography, Popular Library, 1978
• Only the Good Die Young: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Book of the Dead, nonfiction Crown, 1986

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

The Jailbirds release new single, Dull My Brain

"Dull My Brain" is the first song and story on the upcoming 5 track concept EP by
The Jailbirds, with classic rock inspired guitar riffs and 80s hard rock style vocals,
this song has a fresh yet nostalgic feel as it brings you back to the 70s rock scene
while still being new and exciting.

From the PR Wire:

Dull My Brain starts off the storyline following our main character through his
struggles with addiction. He is battling whether or not he should quit smoking and
doing drugs, on one hand he loves it and on the other he feels that maybe there
will be long term consequences for his actions. He is afraid that he might be
hurting himself.

After this song, we follow the character through other instances in his life while
battling with anxiety/depression, his love life, people in his life that take advantage
of his good nature, and more. All of the songs stand on their own, but also follow a
linear timeline.

In this song you can hear heavy influence from some of the boys’ favorite bands
including Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, Deep Purple, and the like.

The Jailbirds Bio:
Over the course of the last four years, the power trio THE JAILBIRDS – consisting
of the intricate guitar work and powerful vocals from
Myke Penney,the sludgy bass lines of Liam Hills, and the pounding drums of Eric Parent
– have performed extensively across Ontario demonstrating, both in the studio and on the stage;
they’re a band you simply must hear.

Winners of Best Rock Band at the 2018 Mississauga Music Awards (Canada),
THE JAILBIRDS and The Black River have drawn comparisons to the likes of Black
Sabbath, Soundgarden, Royal Blood and Alter Bridge, among others. THE JAILBIRDS
have established themselves one of the most promising up and coming independent bands Canada has to offer with a sound that is equally rooted in the rock and roll of today as it is in that of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

2019 has proved to be a huge year for the band. Beyond releasing their debut studio EP The Black River, THE JAILBIRDS have received strong critical acclaim, including being featured on the esteemed Hamilton/Burlington based radio network, Y108 Rocks! The record and band have received a phenomenal response from their dynamic live performance

Saturday, August 8, 2020

DANZIG Announces Special Limited Edition 7” Vinyl Companion To His Hugely Popular ELVIS Tribute!

When metal singer Glenn Danzig unveiled his long-awaited full-length tribute to the King of Rock N’ Roll, Elvis Presley, one of the most anticipated music releases of 2020, fans and critics alike swooned. Rolling Stone called it “a reverent tip of the pompadour to the King” and Classic Rock Magazine admired that the album “mostly avoids the obvious greatest hits, favouring instead reverb-heavy lo-fi treatments that faithfully reference the originals” while The New Yorker’s Amanda Petruisch declared that Danzig’s version of the oft-covered Willie Nelson-penned classic “Always On My Mind” was the best she’d ever heard. And now fans are being rewarded with the release of a very special, limited edition 7” vinyl featuring Danzig’s unforgettable version of that song as the A-side plus an extra thrilling treat in the form of an unreleased “alternate vocal” version of the powerful ballad “Loving Arms” on the B-side.

The 7” will be available in four versions: classic retro black, purple, black & white starburst, and a unique leopard print picture vinyl that may very well melt turntables with its unbelievable amount of coolness. If the leopard print version of the full-length album, now regarded as a high-end collector’s item, is any guide, this version of the 7” print version will soon be the hot ticket item of 2020.

Danzig had this to say about the release, “I always wanted to do leopard print vinyl as no one to my knowledge has ever done it before. I showed a mockup to Brian [Perera] at Cleopatra and he loved it, so we went with it. Needless to say, we’re both happy that fans are digging it as they’re selling out very quickly.”

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Track List:
Always On My Mind

Loving Arms (Alternate Vocal)

Friday, August 7, 2020

A Ripple Conversation With Brandon Kellum of American Standards

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 think the biggest musical epiphany for me was going to see my friends older brother play a show when I was in junior high. I had seen concerts on TV before but this made me realize, these were just normal guys on stage and everyone was having a good time and there to see them.

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?

Riffs and lyrics happen separately. We all do our own thing and then when it comes time to write, Corey will show me a riff and I’ll see if it vibes with a lyric. From there we start building the song.

Who has influenced you the most?

Bands like Refused, System Of A Down, MewithoutYou and Rage Against The Machine. All artists that had something to say and did it in a way that was completely unique for what was going on at the time. I respect bands that manage to bridge genres without easily fitting into one sound.

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

Lyrically, every day is a new experience to draw from. Musically, I’m inspired by seeing our friends and peers do awesome things that push the limits.

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

Arizona has never had a shortage of great artists that have had success in their own regard. When I first got into the scene, bands like Jimmy Eat World and The Format we’re first starting to take off. Eventually post hardcore bands like The Bled and Scary Kids Scaring Kids carved the way for a new sound which progressively seemed to get heavier in the mid 00s with Job For A Cowboy and the whole deathcore scene. It’s always seemed cyclical though where one style would take off, a handful of bands followed and then the next trend replaced it. I’d like to think that we’ve we’ve been the band who will play with anyone regardless of genre as long as they’re solid people playing music we enjoy.

Where'd the band name come from?

Age old story of looking down at a toilet brand and then adding an “S” in order to copyright the name. Tale as old as time.

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

Ernest Cures COVID

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?

The OG Full House theme song. Chip-a-dee-ba-ba-dow!

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

I once debated hard on buying a $60 lucha libre mask before playing with the band Orgy in Seattle, WA. Off to a good start, right? I buy the mask and wear it on stage during the show (of course).  I’m doing my usual antics of crowd surfing  to the back of the venue and power sliding on the bar. The security was not a fan of this and proceeded to kick us out immediately after our set. The mask comes back into play here because during the shuffle I somehow lose it in the venue and they refuse to let us back in. The only thing that remains is a few pictures that we took at the space needle that day.

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

The live show matters to us above all else. It’s not about playing it perfect, it’s about giving everyone an experience that they’ll remember.

What makes a great song?

Dynamics. It’s all about tension and release. You have to believe in what you’re doing too. Otherwise it takes away from the emotion and energy.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

As a band, I think our first song was Paradigm Alt Shift Delete which was on our 2011 demo then re-recorded for the Still Life album. Back then everything came real organically. You could tell we were just 5 guys with a pile of ideas and conflicting opinions on which way the band should go. The compromise that we landed on was really formative for the sound.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

That album actually. Almost a decade later and I still love everything about Still Life. I know the recordings aren’t up to today’s standards but that almost adds to what I like about it. It’s raw and full of what we were going through at the time.

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

In terms of more recent bands, were all huge fans of Greyhaven. Back to dynamics, these guys know how to write a song and have a ton of character in their delivery.

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

I know I’m suppose to say vinyl but I’ve got to be honest. I grew up with stacks of CD folders and ditched them the minute I got Spotify. I love the nostalgia of waiting for the record store to open, tearing open something physical and diving into the booklet but it just doesn’t happen often for me anymore.

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

Whiskey 100%. Nothing fancy. Jack Daniels will do. I don’t need to waste my time drinking a dozen beers or feel like hell after. Give me a few stiff whiskey cokes and I’m good.

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?

Phoenix has a few but if I had to pick one, I’ve spent many of hours and paychecks at Zia Records. Not only great for music but also my go too for buying games for all the retro systems I own.

What's next for the band?

Actually planning on re-recording our first demo CD which a decade later is almost impossible to find online. After that, I’d love to do at least one more full length.

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

Whatever happened to predictability? The milkman, the paperboy, evening tv.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Allman Betts Band discuss new album, family history and musical chemistry on new podcast, 'Past, Present, Future, Live!'

"We are in love with being a band. We're in love with being in a band together. This is something that's not drawn up in a boardroom. This is something that really has an immense amount of feel. And every note on that record is true. Every note on that record I stand behind."
- Devon Allman


Osiris Podcasts release their seventh episode of a new, multidimensional podcast series -- Past, Present, Future, Live! -- featuring Devon Allman and Duane Betts of The Allman Betts Band. In this episode, interviewer RJ Bee speaks with Allman and Betts about their new record Bless Your Heart (out August 28), their distinctive musical chemistry and their family histories.

After meeting as teenagers on The Allman Brothers Band 20th Anniversary tour, Devon and Duane went on to separately play in a range of bands spanning blues, roots, metal, and folk for almost 20 years. They reunited in 2017 and toured on a shared bill, which quickly evolved into writing songs together and the birth of a new group, The Allman Betts Band. Their sound, both live and on record, tips their proverbial hat to the past, and then dives headfirst into a unique and powerful exploration of roots-rock music.

After the interview, Duane plays “Shinin'” from their debut album Down To The River, and Devon performs “Norwegian Wood” by The Beatles. Devon and Duane both share a performance of “Magnolia Road” from their forthcoming album Bless Your Heart (August 28). These videos and all other Past, Present, Future, Live! performances can be found on the Osiris Media YouTube Channel. Music from all the artists mentioned in this interview can be streamed on the Past, Present, Future, Live! Spotify playlist.

Upcoming episodes of Past, Present, Future, Live! include conversations with Ben Nichols and more. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever podcasts can be steamed.

From their first music lesson to the first paid gig, these are stories from the unique journey that is the life of an artist. Past, Present, Future, Live! discusses early inspirations, creative processes, what’s driving artists towards the future and everything in between. Full audio episodes drop every Tuesday, and videos of each live performance are available on the Osiris website and YouTube channel. An accompanying curated playlist chronicling the music and artists mentioned in each episode is also available on the Osiris site and on Spotify.

Ep 1: Eric Krasno (OUT NOW)
Ep 2: Rhett Miller (OUT NOW)
Ep 3: Marco Benevento (OUT NOW)
Ep. 4: Maggie Rose (OUT NOW)
Ep 5: Ted Leo (OUT NOW)
Ep 6: Dani Markham (OUT NOW)
Ep. 7: Alexandra Savior (OUT NOW)
Ep. 8: The Allman Betts Band (AIRS TODAY)


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Xroadie Files

Necropsy- Exitus
Tero Kosonen – Vocals, Janne Kosonen – Guitar, Sami Heinonen – Guitar, Ville Vartiainen – Bass, Hannu Väänänen – Drums

Meat Ceremony pounding crunchy riffs thundering rhythms and gruff death vocals trying to crush your soul. Fucking Dead slithering sliding ding death tones envelop your senses. 206 Motives grabs a hold and s drags you into the pit of hell clawing and screaming. Butcherado fast hard punch you in the throat death metal madness.

Nobody – Atmosfear
Nobody – Everything

Intro close tour eyes and let your dreams take hold. Stronger Than Blood death vocals with strumming guitars. Ruthless Vicar one t strange musical journey in your imagination. Anubis I takes you on a weird journey. Anubis II continues the journey into dark places. The Dark Marquis strange and eerie. The Great Stink classical influenced music. Unholy Intoxication strumming classical guitar mixed with death metal vocals. Atmosfear floating on a sea of madness Dreams And Imaginations I soft guitar notes envelop you as the dark voices take over your mind. Dreams And Imaginations II sitting strumming and going mad. Lover's Lament just one interesting trip. Orgasm Of Blasphemy just sitting along playing guitars and screaming out. Uncontainable lost in madness. Visionary I mind trip of epic proportions. Visionary II lost in time space and dementia. Outro just drift into chaotic mayhem.

Dawn Of Ashes – The Antinomian
Kristof Bathory – Vocals, Bahemoth – Keyboards/Electronics, Angel Dies – Bass, Brandon Rage – Drums, Krz Souls - Electronic Drums, Additional live member: Brendin Ross - Keyboards

Pawns Of The Wretched industrial metal music that envelops you as it pulls you in. Sleep Paralysis dark dreams into nowhere. Blood Of The Titans just let the music envelop you as it pulls you into madness. Dried Up lost in the mayhem of existence. Anatomy Of The Soul take a trip thru your imagination and try to survive. Follow The Pain pulsating rhythms pounding beats and screaming vocals envelop your senses. Scum Of The Earth thrashing pounding ripping inside your head. Mind Prison drives you to the point of insanity. The War Within drifting in darkness and despair.

Danny Cecati – Vocals, Stevie Janevski – Guitar, Additional musicians -Paul Laine – Bass, T B R – Drums

We Fall fist pumping head banging sing along ,metal magic. Stronger has a very catchy riff powerful vocals and chugging riffs with screaming riffs. Love’s Got A Hold On You stand clap foot tap and sing as the music envelops your soul. Daze Of Delirium grab your air guitars and get ready to rock with some amazing musicianship and soaring vocals.

Lucid Conformity - Architects Of Madness
Dale Linsdell, Tom Clarke

Spoils Of The Bloodthirsty hit the pit just mosh till you drop from aggression. Monolithic War Machine fast hard heavy death metal madness. Age Of Abhorrence grabs a hold just slams you over and over against the ground. Man Made Messiah thrashing ripping shredding of your senses. Architects Of Madness hold on for your very life drum blast beats chainsaw guitars and death metal vocals. World Eater shredding chugging riffs thundering rhythms and gruff vocals with clean just annihilate you. Life Stealer pounding in your head for days with mayhem and destruction.


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Howling Giant/Sergeant Thunderhoof Tour That Turned Into A Split... (Out Friday!)

Listen now to the story of a star cross'd tour that fell apart.

Howling Giant were supposed to hit English shores for a more than a week of dates with Sergeant Thunderhoof earlier this year. The two bands have been friends for years, this would be the pinnacle of their friendship and a massive next step for Howling Giant who have never been to Europe. Then they would go onto touring Europe with Horseburner. Of course... coronavirus hit.

This split, which is the second chapter in the Turned to Stone split 12" series, features the longest tracks ever done by Howling Giant and Sergeant Thunderhoof.  It's release was meant to be a celebration of that UK tour. Evidence of one of the coolest tour packages we at Ripple have ever been involved with.

Now of course it's just a reminder of what could have been. That being said - it's an amazing reminder. The bands come together on this split to tell an amazing multi part story of two legendary Japanese sword smiths, Muramasa and Masamune. The bands songs function as interconnected musical movements.

In the two pieces, Muramasa and Masamune have a contest to determine who was the superior swordsmith, each crafting a blade of masterful quality and then facing off at the edge of a river.

Suffice it to say - its pretty epic. Both bands are pushing themselves to the absolute limit and recounting an epic tale from a time forgot.

Our vinyl pre-order sold out almost right away, which tells you this is very much worth downloading. It's only $6, so you get more than enough bang for your buck!

PS: Because of how long the songs are you can't stream either yet. That being said, you can stream a really cool excerpt of Howling Giant's contribution - check it out:

Monday, August 3, 2020

Seattle's DRAEMORA Shares Cover Version of Deftones "Minerva"

Every band is influenced by another, and today, Seattle's Draemora is excited to share a cover version of a group that they have admired very much over the years, Deftones and their infamous song "Minerva" from the 2003 self-titled album.

When asked why they chose this Deftones track to cover, Draemora guitarist Terry Jenkins explained:

"Deftones has been the single most important band to me as an artist from childhood to adulthood. It’s been there throughout my ups and downs and shaped me as a human for better or worse. The quarantine has given me a lot of time to reflect and think, this led to creating material. I revisited this song recently and it gave me chills listening to it, just like the first time I heard it. When Draemora released our EP 'Awakening', it was clear to me that it was unclear to our listeners what exactly are the influences of this band, so I thought it would be best to just cover some of our very favorite songs that we felt were important to us, this is the first one. We hope you enjoy it, it was a labor of love making it."

Listen to Draemora's cover version of Deftones' "Minerva" HERE.

Draemora's debut EP "Awakening", released this past June via Ultra Nast Records is nothing short of heavy, melodic metal infused with honest and heartfelt lyrics. This combination works perfectly with the band’s mission to evoke an intense emotional and spiritual experience that brings out the raw emotions that are suppressed all day in normal day to day lives.

Guitarist Terry Jenkins elaborates the story behind the writing of "Awakening":

"It's intense and beautiful.  It's angry, sad, and uplifting and I think it is a reflection of a human living in modern-day society.  The majority of the lyrics are a culmination of direct excerpts from letters, poems, and life experiences from the period between May 2018 and August 2019.  It was a very intense time in my life.  A relationship I had been in for 10 years was falling apart due to my addiction problems and I had just got sober at the end of April 2018.  Being sober after being intoxicated and high for 16 years was like living in a different world all together.  I had to finally face all of the things I had put off for a very long time and it was like I was learning how to do everything in my life all over again.  I used lyrics and music to channel a lot of those feelings and get it out.  When I was in the beginning, I relied on listening to a few specific metal albums to keep me from slipping into the dark, and without those pieces of music, I may not be walking the earth right now.  I was going to keep this stuff to myself but, the realization that I needed to feel like I wasn't alone by listening to music that spoke candidly about the same things that I was going through almost forced me to share my stories and others stories on this EP with someone else who is going through the same stuff."

Recommended for fans of Strapping Young Lad, Whitechapel, and Nevermore, Draemora's "Awakening" is available Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play HERE.

Album Stream on YouTube.

Music Video - Home - HERE.

With a slight pause in the band’s plans due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Draemora is already working away on a full-length album to follow and getting ready for when they can pummel crowds live with their heavy melodic brand of death metal.
Track Listing:
1. Home (3:27)
2. Dead Inside (3:09)
3. Guilt (3:20)
4. Reckoning (3:53)
5. Legion of Scum (3:34)
EP Length: 17:25

Band Line Up:
Terry Leroy Jenkins – Guitar / Clean Vocals
Taylor Wood – Vocals
Max Taylor – Guitar
Jared Connelie – Drums

EP Credits:
– All instrument parts and Vocal parts including lyrics were written, arranged, and Produced by Terry Leroy Jenkins
– Drum performance – Jared Connelie
– Vocal Performances – Terry Leroy Jenkins and Taylor Wood
– Guitar and Bass Performances – Terry Leroy Jenkins
– Mixing – Terry Leroy Jenkins – Ultra Nast Productions
– Mastering – Erman Hemidovic / Systematic Productions
– Album Artwork – Sarah Estrella

For more info:

"Draemora's new EP Awakening is a 17 minute melodic death metal piece with more twists and turns than your average M. Night Shyamalan movie. This is a band that doesn't stick to the tradition melo-death sounds, instead looking to incorporate some clean singing, some progressive sections and some experimental sounds... This is an EP that incorporates many different sounds, but doesn't have any filler... A very unique debut release from Draemora." - Metal Injection

"‘Guilt’ features the band’s penchant for mixing their brutal modern metal with glorious rock melodies! Think of a sound that meshes Gojira, Alien Weaponry, Faith No More, and the more recent era of Lamb of God, and you might begin to understand the group!" - Ghost Cult Mag

"In this playthrough of their song “Guilt” we see Terry from Draemora ripping away with his Fender Telecaster. His tele is loaded with a single EMG 57 and he’s boosting that guy with an Ibanez TS9 going directly into his Mesa. The deadly tone of the 2-channel and a heavy rhythm hand are such a great combo." - Gear Gods

"A haunting, eerie melody opens “Home” with the an Allegaeon esq melodic moment before some DJent infused riffage takes hold and Wood delivers the kind of unclean vocals that leave you with 3rd degree burns on the inside of your throat. Jenkins interjects with a pair of clean sung verses over some almost Grungy Metalcore and you have a track with perhaps a trio of different styles in a single offering that works because of the cognitive tissue of the narrative." - Metal Noise

KISW 99.9FM (Seattle) - BJ & Migs L&L BAND OF THE WEEK: Draemora (June 10, 2020)

"LEGION OF SCUM, with its dynamic and pressing drums and sharp riffing, surely one of our favorite tracks." - HardRockHeavyMetal
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