Thursday, December 31, 2020

IKITAN, an instrumental rock ensemble, releases a 20:20-minute musical journey EP. The independent rock trio’s debut is titled “Twenty-Twenty” and is out now!

When IKITAN came to life, in October 2019, the band couldn’t imagine what kind of situation they would have had to face in a few months’ time. 2020 has been a hell of a year and IKITAN came up with the structure for a lengthier-than-usual song, composed of three chapters, by May-June. Once they were back in the rehearsal room, the band decided to close this first cycle of its history, and independently record and release their debut EP.


“We created an instrumental 20-minute long song, which is quite unusual for a debut EP, by simply giving shape to what we were playing in an unplanned manner in the rehearsal room. We came up with the idea of publishing a nice digipack with a free poster in the physical edition as a way of conferring dignity to our musical project,” says Frik Et, bassist of IKITAN.


“The idea of a longer song came about when we were imagining playing it live, start to finish, and announce it as: ‘this is our journey, come and follow us’,” continues Frik Et.


IKITAN’s music is very unplanned, meaning that all the riffs and ideas heard in the album happened to be played by the band during jam sessions.


“None of us offers complete songs or definitive ideas to the other guys. We always let music guide us and improvisation plays a key role too. It’s a totally free approach to music,” continues Luca Nash Nasciuti, guitarist of IKITAN.


“We play instrumental rock music influenced by post-rock, post-metal, prog rock, heavy metal, grunge, stoner… you name it. Not having a vocalist gives us total freedom from the intro-verse-chorus-repeat approach.


IKITAN is our opportunity to experiment and put together a whole range of styles and influences,” concludes Enrico Meloni, drummer of IKITAN.


“Twenty-Twenty” was recorded in the Summer of 2020 in Genoa, Italy.


Drums were recorded at Greenfog Studio, where the album was also mastered. Greenfog Studio is owned by Mattia Cominotto and it stands out as one of the most prominent and renowned studios in Italy for rock artists. Bass and guitar were recorded at guitarist Luca Nash Nasciuti’s private studio, who works as a producer and sound engineer. Luca was also responsible for mixing the album. The impressive artwork of “Twenty-Twenty”, which sees an angry figure, IKITAN, erupting off the Earth while smashing some stones above his head, is curated by Luca Marcenaro. IKITAN is the god of the sound of the stones.


“The moment I saw this name, I knew it would have been great to incorporate it in our music. It’s an awesome source of inspiration, and the artwork gives it justice,” says Luca Nash.


What do people say about “Twenty-Twenty”?


Writing an instrumental seamless suite such as “Twenty-Twenty” is not an easy choice. IKITAN manage to do it successfully, and the song itself is never predictable nor poorly written. Each and every arrangement nicely flows without ever making it hard to keep on listening to the song.


“Twenty-Twenty” is a visionary dreamlike piece of work… highly recommended!

- Diego Banchero, bass player of dark-prog band Il Segno del Comando and ex-Malombra


IKITAN’s debut “Twenty-Twenty” is easy to listen to despite being a 20-minute long instrumental song.


It seems to me like a song that was built to be played live. I was reminded of bands such as Tool or Opeth as the same patterns get repeated multiple times. If I had to rate “Twenty-Twenty”, I’d give it 8 out of 10.

- Marco Basetta Sulas, bass player of London-based band Gramma Vedetta


“Twenty-Twenty” is available as a digital album to download on Bandcamp and it can also be bought as a limited-edition (200 copies) digipack with a free poster (available from December 2020).


Find IKITAN on:


Bandcamp - Facebook - YouTube - Instagram - Twitter



Luca Nash Nasciuti: guitar and effects

Frik Et: bass and effects

Enrico Meloni: drums and cowbell

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

X – Alphabetland

Hey waveriders!  Did you realize that the original lineup of legendary punk rockers X released a new album earlier in 2020?  It’s true!  Alphabetland was released digitally back in late April.  I know, right?!?  Thankfully I discovered this new album while trying to track down one of their other records.  Being an X fan I quickly procured a copy for my very own, and I highly recommend that you do the same.


I realize you may have some questions.  Let’s see if I can address those in short order.  First, yes this is the same X that produced the albums Los Angeles, Wild Gift, Under The Big Black Sun, and More Fun In The New World.  Second, yes Alphabetland finds founding guitarist Billy Zoom on record with the band for the first time since Ain’t Love Grand.  Third, yes X sounds absolutely fantastic!  They haven’t lost a step sonically.  Alphabetland could easily have been released back when those aforementioned classic albums were unleashed on the world and it would have fit in perfectly.  I say that not only because there are new recordings of the songs “Delta 88 Nightmare” and “Cyrano deBerger’s Back” (both songs dating back to the band’s early days) but because the other songs on offer are so vibrant and enthusiastic.


Friends, like me many of you reading this are already long standing converts to the church of X.  You either already have a copy of Alphabetland or you need no further prodding to track down your own vinyl/cd/download of this fine album.  For those of you who haven’t ever listened to X strap in because you are in for a delightful treat!  Just don’t blame me when their glorious, righteous brand of punk/rockabilly worms its way into your ear canals and you eagerly join the ranks of the converted!



Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The Xroadie Files

Horizon – The White Planet Patrol

Paula Dominguez – Drums, Nicolás D'Andrea – Vocals/Guitar, César Tenorio - Bass/Synths


The Backyard classic stoner rock with tons of emotions and grooves. King Serpent crushing riff thundering rhythm searing leads and great vocals. Death & Teddies grab your air guitars and get ready to rock. Blind World stand groove and just let the music envelop your senses. The White Planet Patrol close your eyes and just let your imagination take you away. End of Utopia take a trip back to the psychedelic 70s and drift in your thoughts and dreams. L.A. (Honeymoon) sitting in a smoky bar listening to the band onstage. Meet the Forest take an amazing musical mind trip. Idiots Game slow grooves and emotions flow over your very being. Look To the Temple stand fist pump groove and let the music envelop you.



Seum – Summer of Seum

Lord Humungus- Vocals, Mlah!- Bass, Uluun – Drums


Silence At Craase thundering bass pounding drums with dark demonic vocals that just rip at your very being. Seum just pulls you into a dark demented place. Super Tanker slow grinding music that devours your soul. Diplodokush thundering bass pounding drums crushing riffs and gruff vocals. Sainte Catherine slow grinding heavy plodding metal music. Raining Bricks psychedelic stoner rock madness.



Cody – Win Some

Kaspar Kaae – Vocals, David Fjelstrup- Guitar/Vocals, Line Felding- Cellist, Frederik Thybo's - Violin


Brick Wall close your eyes and day dream the day away. Do You the emotional melodies just envelop your very being. HBTO soft melodies that bring back memories. Be takes you back to a simpler time and place. All That Matters drifting on a cloud of strange melodies. Last Night I Danced With A Stranger just kick back and dance the night away. Love Isn’t Everything one interesting musical mind trip. I’ve Got Nothing To Hide has a jazzy bluesy feel that just envelops your very being. Skateboarding sitting strumming and doing spoken words. Lighter Than You floating away in your imagination. Even In Dreams drifting and floating alone in space and time Win Some just take a strange musical mind’s eye trip.


Hawkestrel – Pioneers Of Space

Alan Davey, Ginger Baker, Robert Calvert, Nik Turner, Huw Lloyd-Langton, Simon House, Michael Moorcock, Paul Rudolph, Mick Slattery, Bridget Wishart, Special Guest Appearances by Todd Rundgren, Mick Taylor, L. Shankar, David Cross, Arthur Brown, Wayne Kramer, Carmine Appice, Larry Wallis, Joel Vandroogenbroeck, Gilli Smith & Adam Hamilton!


Biometrics just take a magical prog rock musical journey in your minds eye Cosmic Divide amazing musicianship that pulls you into your imagination. Day Of The Quake catchy riffs great vocals and steady rhythms. Glass Wolves lost in your memories of the psychedelic 60s and 70s. Atmospheric Window pulsating keyboards interesting vocals and memorable rhythms. Circles sitting around with friends just enjoying this musical journey. No Doubt crunchy riffs searing leads with some amazing workmanship. Journey drifting along with your thoughts. Pioneers Of Space psychedelic prog rock musical magic.



Joe Hermes – Souls With Stones

Joe Hermes – Vocals, Brent Mason – Guitar, Duncan Mullins- Bass, Lonnie Wilson- Drums


Zero crunchy catchy riffs with searing leads steady rhythms and emotional vocals that just sends shivers down your spine. Whiskys Stone Hand sitting with friends strumming guitar and singing. The Grip emotions vocals memorable melodies just pull you into your memories as the music builds. Otherside is a swampy southern rock tune that just envelops your very soul. Waiting just take a trip back in time with great melodies.




Sunday, December 27, 2020

Huge Ripple Music Holiday Sale Ends Soon! Prices as Much as 75% OFF. Don't Miss it.

It's that time of year again but all good things come to an end, and the biggest sale of the year at Ripple HQ positively ends at midnight Dec 31st.


So what's the best way to say goodbye once and for all to the year that has been 2020? Why not grab some heavy rock LP's, some priced as low as $7? Or - you can grab some CD's from our back catalog for only $2! Other exclusive items like limited editions and test presses are cheaper than ever before!


Want a Ripple shirt? We've got that too - and at a discount!


You're going to have to act fast though - the holiday sale ends on December 31st at the stroke of midnight! You don't have much time to pick up your favorite stoner rock goodies!


See it all today on the Ripple BigCartel page today! Just click below:


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PS: A lot of the stuff on sale right now is about to sell out for good. Act fast because this opportunity literally will never come again.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Watch heavy rockers STARIFIED cover Thin Lizzy's "Cold Sweat"; new album coming out January 15th on Ripple Music!

While they are getting ready to release their third studio album 'Fat Hits' this January 15th on Ripple Music, Moscow power rockers STARIFIED deliver a one-shot cover of Thin Lizzy's rock'n'roll steamroller "Cold Sweat" to delight your ears. Turn on, tune in, drop out now!


STARIFIED is a hard-hitting, groovy and heavy rock trio founded in Moscow in 2017 and powered by drummer and vocalist Vadim Ambartsumian, Yuriy Berezovik on guitar and Dmitri Shurpakov on bass. Thin Lizzy's “Cold Sweat” is one of those songs that knocks you off your feet with its uptempo straightforwardness, lyrics and crazy solo. A true rock’n’roll steamroller, to which STARIFIED do honor through a blazing and masterful cover, shot by Alexey Razorenov and engineered by Artem Shcherbakov.


⚡️Watch Starified cover Thin Lizzy's "Cold Sweat" HERE ⚡️


STARIFIED discuss Thin Lizzy's influence on their music: "For all three of us in Starified, classic rock have always been a source of inspiration: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Who... But among these giants, Thin Lizzy has always had a special place - they went through several radical changes in sound and style, and left an invaluable heritage for multiple generations of rockers. The unmistakable voice and sound of Phil Lynott are simply iconic, and the least we could do to pay homage to his genius was to record this cover. John Sykes is among the world’s greatest virtuosos and he is one of the reasons our guitarist Yuriy Berezovik actually started to play guitar. Thin Lizzy is one of those bands you can’t copy, they're not just a band, they're a whole genre of their own."


Prior to this one-shot cover, STARIFIED released an epic and fun-laden video for their first single "Don Loco", which is taken from their upcoming new album 'Fat Hits', to be released on January 15th, 2021 through Ripple Music. With its infectious hooks, knockout clean vocals from drummer Vadim Ambartsumian and unabashed nod to the late 90s, 'Fat Hits' conjures up an irresistible stadium-ready power, having you hooked all throughout its forty-one minutes of straight-up, energetic rock that harks back to bands as various as Foo Fighters or Orange Goblin.


STARIFIED New album "Fat Hits"

Out January 15th, 2021 on Ripple Music

US preorder // European preorder

Upon its arrival in a great unknowable future, STARIFIED's new album 'Fat Hits' will serve as the follow-up to their 2018 outing through CSBR Records, 'Feathers', which found the band restructured from the five-piece they were on their debut to a trio, with just guitarist Yuriy Berezovik and bassist Dmitri Shurpakov carried over from the original lineup on the prior 2017 self-titled debut. The newcomer in this pared down version of the group for 'Feathers' was lead vocalist/drummer Vadim Ambartsumian, and he continues to make an impression as Starified strip away excess from their songwriting and refine their material on 'Fat Hits'.


From the opening bruiser “Scapegoat” through “Don Loco” and the sans-frills structures of “What If” and “Anti-Rebel,” 'Fat Hits' is clean and sharp in its production and holds its purpose in the songcraft, but isn’t to be taken lightly in terms of performance. Less “a drummer who sings” than both a drummer and a vocalist, Vadim Ambartsumian casts a significant presence and is forward in the mix, but he, Berezovik and Shurpakov are all pretty clearly on the same page when it comes to knowing what they want their sound to do, and that would seem to be to engage as many ears as possible. (Words by JJ Koczan)



Vadim Ambartsumian – vocals, drums

Yuriy Berezovik – guitars

Dmitri Shurpakov – bass guitar



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Friday, December 25, 2020

A Ripple Conversation With SPACEJAM

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?


At home, my father was always travelling because of his job, my mother, who has always been a big fan of music, played Elvis, Little Richard, The Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday records on repeat ... they were the first artists who opened my mind to music. Then it was my cousins, John, Ronan, David and Jimmy who really introduced me to the world of rock music. Thanks to them I discovered Jimi Hendrix, Led Zep, The Who, David Bowie, Roxy Music and many more. Then at school with my west indie friends I discovered artists like Toots & the Maytals, The Skatalites, Desmond Dekker, Prince Buster during parties they were organizing. My very first concert was a birthday present from my cousins, they drove me to the concert the Sex Pistols was giving at the Brunnel University of Uxbridge in North London. It was at this very moment that I decided that I would be a musician. After that I had the chance to see bands like The Clash, The Damned, The Stranglers, Siouxsie & The Banshees .... I loved all the British punk bands as well as all the American punk bands. In 1982 I am in Paris with some friends and we are going to see one of my favorite band of the time The Cure. They play at the Paris Olympia and it's the Pornography tour, this concert will remain marked for life with the Sex Pistols one.


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?


Since I quit all drugs, like all the other musicians in the world, (because drugs are not good and I eat healthy, I play sports and I no longer drink beers), my songs are crap !! So I do Yoga 3 times a week for inspiration, I read all of Deepak Chopra's books I only drink fruit juices and I went vegan, but my songs are still crap. So I quit everything and went back to drugs and junk food, I gained 40 Pounds but I have inspiration again!

More seriously, I Usually don't have any writing process. But often I first create the music with my guitar and a vocal melody without words that I record with my phone. Then depending on the state I'm in and what the song inspires me, I know what the song is going to be about and the lyrics come last.


Who has influenced you the most?


The Beatles, they were so far ahead of how to create music that they opened all the doors to modern pop music.


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


I listen to a lot of music, as well bands that I adore for a very long time, but also I am very attentive to young artists of all kinds of music. I quickly realized when I was younger that I couldn't lock myself into one genre of music because it was seeing the world in just one color. So I have always tried to discover artists who make me vibrate and whatever the musical genre. Of course I have subconscious preferences, but I remain open to any music. The inspiration comes to me without me saying to myself, today I am going to compose a great song. Usually I take my guitar and let myself be guided and whatever comes ... Sometimes I just have shit, but that's okay because Shit Happens!


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


The band's hometown is the city I currently live in and it's near Grenoble in the French Alps, so there is no influence on my music. I mean how could it possibly influence me as I grew up in south London until I was 20!


Where'd the band name come from?


I thought of the name as a futuristic evolution of mankind. We are in year 4600 and earth is no longer the only place we live. We live on planet earth but work on the moon, we go on holydays on Mars, etc…Imagine the traffic jam on rush hours in space and I got the name Spacejam. Or maybe when I was in Amsterdam, after eating a space cake. I am not quite sure.


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


A global production called "COVID 19 when humanity's biggest lie killed our freedom"


You now write for a music publication (The Ripple Effect?). You're going to write a 1,000 wordessay on one song. Which would it be and why?


I would choose the Muse Uprising song because in a thousand words it pretty much sums up the current situation I find.


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


I'm going to share one because it pretty much sums up what we were going through at the time. We were touring Germany in the mid-eighties and there was that group of 2 crazy girls we met in a Bar in Dortmund after one of our shows. They took us to a strange party and everyone was dressed like aliens and at the entrance, there were tall glasses with lots of different drugs in them and I remember the bass player and I took black pills without knowing what they were. I don't remember what happened after that, just flashes from time to time, and the same for the tour I only remember being on the car ferry and seeing the port of Dover again. The other two in the band told us after the tour that the 2 German girls wanted to get married in England with us and they were glued to us all the time. Eventually, they were turned back by customs officials at the French border for invalid passports.


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


We are a power trio and on stage the songs are much more powerful and they literally rock your socks off and blow your mind away. On stage, we go straight to the point, no time to beat around the bush. Our audience takes a one-way trip to escape and change of planet. Welcome to our world!


What makes a great song?


In general and from my point of view, a great song is a song that you can sing in the morning when you wake up and in the evening when you go to bed, it's engaging and easy to remember with a gimmick that does not leave you. It's a song that you won't necessarily remember the title, but which you can easily whistle the tune.


Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?


The very first song I ever wrote was called Wow. I was 12 and that was after the Sex Pistols gig and I just took my guitar and played the only chord I knew at the time an E and I was yelling Wow for 2 minutes and that was my first song!


What piece of your music are particularly proud of?


Our latest release Alive.


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


Yungblud, Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, Twenty One Pilots, Greta Van Fleet, Junk Bunny, Poppy, Machine Gun Kelly....To answer the question why i would say that all the artists I mentioned earlier, I can't say which one kicks my ass the most because they all have a handwriting that I love and very different from each other. It's an ensemble that I like in their writing, the productions of their songs are so cutting-edge and you have to listen to their song very often with a headphone to fully understand all the work that is behind a simple song and I love it. ca, that an artist takes me into his universe to capture the slightest note of his song.


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


Vinyl to listen at cause I love the sound of it, but to work with, digital which today allows such a multitude of possibilities with unparalleled quality.


Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice


The choice is not easy, I want to say the two together in a big glass! I grew up in Kent and my great-grandfather was a brewer so my choice is a choice of the heart. I'm a big IPA beers drinker and I particularly love all those from Brewdog which also have an eco-responsible by being a carbon negative company.  I love the complexity of the perfumes that are in their beers and they are creatives who always question themselves and who have sought ever more daring recipes. I highly recommend them if you are a beer lover.


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'm from Dartford (Kent) and it's been ages since I went back there and even less in a record store. But I heard of one store which has everything you need to get yourself lost and it's called littleuniversemusic, They have crazy stuff.


What's next for the band?


We're going to go back to the studio to record a new song within a month or so and then we'll release the video. I have a lot of songs in stock and we're moving through this slow-motion world step by step. Our future is still very uncertain to this day but we have to keep moving forward every day despite everything.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Stoner-Doom Unit WOLFTOOTH Signs Worldwide Record Deal with Napalm Records

[Photo Courtesy of WOLFTOOTH]



After hustling in the underground scene for the better part of three years, Richmond, Indiana-based metal outfit WOLFTOOTH snagged the attention of Napalm Records with their multifaceted blend of classic NWOBHM and doom influences lifted by heavy stoner rock riffage. Closing out a bleak year with something very bright, the band is pleased to announce that they’ve signed worldwide contract with the premier rock and metal label!


Consisting of vocalist/guitarist Chris Sullivan, guitarist Jeff Cole, bassist Terry McDaniel and drummer Johnny Harrod, WOLFTOOTH launched in 2017 with the release of their debut EP, grabbing the attention of fans and industry alike. In early 2018, the band followed up by dropping their self-titled album, Wolftooth, to rave reviews and a “best albums of the year” chart nod via  Immediately hitting the road in support of the album, WOLFTOOTH harvested countless new fans, building a reputation as a hard-hitting live act by supporting metal icons like Iced Earth, Sanctuary, Black Label Society, The Atomic Bitchwax, EYEHATEGOD and The Obsessed. In 2019, the band returned to the studio to record their sophomore release, Valhalla. WOLFTOOTH expanded on their already potent sound with cleaner production, hooky choruses and colossal riffs, all while harking back to the golden age of heavy metal. The record hit the underground in mid-2020, debuting on at #1.

WOLFTOOTH says about the signing:


“In the three short years that we’ve been a band, we’ve made great strides to be heard and bring the almighty riff back into the forefront of heavy music. We are very thankful for our fans and the support they have given us on this journey. The band is also very excited for the future and about our partnership with Napalm Records – now anything is possible. We are currently writing our third album and look forward to getting on the road in 2021.”


Get into WOLFTOOTH via the videos below!





“Scylla & Charybdis"




Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The Xroadie Files

Potter’s Daughter- Casually Containing Rage

Dyanne Potter Voegtlin-Vocals/Piano/Keyboards, Amit Chatterjee-Guitar, Jan-ChristiaVögtlin-Bass/Guitar/Drums/ Programming/Guitar Synth, Patrick Carmichael-Drums, Tom Borthwick-Soundscaping, NPR David Greene-Radio Broadcast


To My Love just close your eyes and let the music envelop you with a very soulful feel and soaring vocals. Accidentally Like a Martyr drifting away on a sea of melodies. We Could Be soft melodies just pull you into your dreams.



Mark Vickness- Interconnected

Mark Vickness- Guitar, Mads Tolling-Violin, Joseph Hebert- Cello, Dan Feiszli- Bass, Ty Burhoe - Tabla Interwoven just drift away in your dreams with some amazing melodies. Grey Skye kicking back with a few friends some amazing guitar work and great music. Hot Apple Stuff (Studio Version) just drifting along in your imagination. Bodega Blue soft soulful music that just envelops your senses with a very jazzy emotion. 6 In 7 lost in your dreams and thoughts. Mia Lucia sitting with friends playing guitar and enjoying the day. For Every Child slow melodic and soulful. Hot Apple Stuff (Live Version) just enjoy the musical journey. One Day Over A Thousand just float on a could of amazing musicianship.



Brudini – From Darkness, Light

Brudini – All Instruments, Derin Bayhan- Drums, Casper Hoedemaekers- Double Bass


Roselight spoken words and flowing piano Nightcrawler a catchy jazzy feel that just pulls you in. Hunger lost in your emotional dreams drifting away. Reflections steady drums thumping bass with a memorable rhythm. Female Rimbaud spoken words and strumming guitars. Emotional Outlaw take one strange psychedelic musical trip. Pale Gold a jazzy bluesy emotional feel that just pulls you in. God Unknown lost in space time and dreams. Radiant Man just close your eyes and drift away. Ariel one interesting mind trip. Everything Is Movement soft melodies just envelop your senses. Boulevards sitting strumming guitar and singing.



False Gods - No Symmetry... Only Disillusion

Mike Stack - Vocals, Greg March - Guitar, Paul Stack – Drums, Johnny Gierak – Bass, Nick Luisi - Guitar


Enemy Territory crunchy riffs pounding rhythms and punkish vocals. Stay Frosty fist pumping head banging slow moshing metal music. I Know To Much just pummels you into the ground until nothingness. Call Of The Neanderthal slow droning heavy slithering stoner metal. All That's Left Behind pulls you into the pits of hell. Lords Of Emptiness slides and slithers into the very recesses of your brain driving you mad. An Eternity Of Failure dark melancholic eerie music.



Diamond Rexx – Psych Ward

Nasti Habits – Vocals, SS – Guitars, Andre – Bass, Johnny Cottone – Drums


The Answer stand shot fist pump and rock out with a catchy tune. Love Is Pain grab your guitars and get ready to riff fist pump head bang and foot stomp. Teenage Refugee catchy riffs pounding drum thumping bass screaming leads and excellent vocals. Ride hop in your car crank up this tune and just jam on down the road. Ur Everything stand sway sing and just flow with the emotions. Psych Ward thundering bass pounding drums crunchy guitars and chant along vocals. Want It All fast hard and heavy with shredding guitars. That's Alright will have the entire crowd on its feet just fist pumping and chanting. Pain crunchy catchy riffs pounding drums thundering bass and sing along vocals. Under The Gun shredding guitars thundering rhythms and powerful vocals. Forever crunchy riffs pounding rhythms screaming leads and great vocals. Dead pure power metal madness. Ace Of Spades one thrashing excellent version of the Motorhead classic.




Monday, December 21, 2020

Have You Checked Out Our Massive Holiday Sale?

It's that time of year again! The records are placed by the fire with care while visions of guitars and the return of live music dance through childrens heads. Somewhere, Tony Iommi is looking at a list of who was naughty or nice.


So what have you gotten for yourself this year? Or your stoner rock loving family and friends?


Why not grab them some heavy rock LP's, some priced as low as $7? Or - you can grab some CD's from our back catalog for only $2! Other exclusive items like limited editions and test presses are cheaper than ever before!


Want a Ripple shirt? We've got that too - and at a discount!


You're going to have to act fast though - the holiday sale ends on December 31st at the stroke of midnight! You don't have much time to pick up your favorite stoner rock goodies!


See it all today on the Ripple BigCartel page today! Just click the button below or go here:

PS: A lot of the stuff on sale right now is about to sell out for good. Act fast because this opportunity literally will never come again.

Sunday, December 20, 2020










The String Cheese Incident has announced their final "Friday Night Cheese" broadcast of the year, and they promise it will be a special one. So special in fact, it won't even be on a Friday. Join The String Cheese Incident on Thursday, December 31st for "NEW YEAR'S CHEESE". The stream will begin at 8pm ET that will start with a special 20-year anniversary airing of Evolution Concert Film. Evolution was filmed around the 2000-2001 Portland NYE Incidents and features performances and behind-the-scenes interviews.


Following Evolution at approximately 10pm ET SCI will air their 3-set NYE performance from 12/31/2016 at 1STBANK in Broomfield, Colorado. Home to six of the last seven New Year's runs, 1STBANK has been SCI's hometown venue for the better part of the 2010's. "We love seeing friends and family gather with us in CO to ring in the New Year, and even though we can't be there with you in person this year, we are REALLY looking forward to saying goodbye to 2020 and welcoming 2021, when we can hopefully get back to playing live Incidents again!"


The broadcast has been timed perfectly so that the Midnight Balloon Drop will line up with 12am Midnight Mountain Time. Master of Ceremonies, Jason Hann will be the host for the evening. "We've got some nice surprises in store as well. See you on Thursday, 12/31."


Airing Info:


20-year anniversary, behind-the-scenes look at "2001: A String Cheese Odyssey" in Portland, OR


10pm ET: 12/31/16

3-set show timed for NYE countdown at 12 Midnight MT!


Streaming Link:


'Round The Wheel - Vinyl Release:

Earlier this Fall, SCI announced that their 1998 album ’Round The Wheel will be available for the first time ever on vinyl. The 180gm Double LP is a must-own for fans of Cheese and vinyl alike. The record features fan favorites such as "Restless Wind," "100 Year Flood," and of course the title track, “‘Round The Wheel.”


For the launch of the new vinyl, Michael Everett's cover artwork was used to create brand new exclusive t-shirts in both adult & youth sizes. Fans can package merch items together in a “Super Bundle” that includes the vinyl + t-shirt + a limited edition 12'x12" poster, signed by the band.


Pre-orders of ’Round The Wheel are available now HERE, and the album will begin shipping in early 2021.

About The String Cheese Incident:

The past 27 years have written a story that is packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments. They have been recognized for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, for their community spirit, philanthropic endeavors, and for their innovative approach to the business of music.


When The String Cheese Incident’s growth first started gaining momentum over two decades ago, when the Internet was just beginning to take hold and the major-label business model was failing, the band decided to make music on their own terms.


Since then, The String Cheese Incident has gone on to carve out a completely different approach to the business of music; they are truly pioneers of a new way of “making a band.” With the Internet as their tool, SCI was among the first artists to disseminate information online, such as tour dates, release information, and other news, to their growing fan base. Rather than doing business on such terms as “the bottom line,” SCI put their music and their fans first, opening companies of their own, including a ticketing company, a merchandise company and a fan travel agency, to best serve their community. The band’s record label, SCI Fidelity Records, has always operated under the same ideals. Even early on, SCI Fidelity embraced downloadable music and file sharing, delivering SCI’s “On The Road” series, where every show the band plays is made available for download on the Internet. Whether they realized it at the time or not, The String Cheese Incident was inventing grassroots band development. Today, literally hundreds of bands are using some version of this same approach to building a band.


The String Cheese Incident’s commitment goes well beyond their immediate community, and even beyond the music community as a whole. Early on, the band took a serious interest in giving back to the communities that they visited, and they were among the first performers to encourage “Green” shows and tours. SCI’s support has helped give rise to such not-for-profit organizations as Conscious Alliance, Rock the Earth, and HeadCount. All the while, The String Cheese Incident has stayed committed to music as a creative endeavor, not just in their recordings but also in their live performances. The list of SCI’s special guests and collaborators is long and diverse. Their annual events such as Horning’s Hideout, and holiday shows such as New Year’s and Halloween, have helped redefine the concert experience and have garnered the band a reputation as live music vibe innovators.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

A Ripple Conversation With The Ocean Beneath

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?


Probably hearing the guitar solos in the Pink Floyd records my dad played, hearing the guitar sounds and the synthesizer sounds on them records really started me playing music and I bought my first guitar.


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?


Usually tracks start as little pallets of information, a sound from one of the analogue synths or a rhythmical idea jotted down in midi. I must have a 1000 of these on my hard drive, the ones that stand out get turned in to full tracks. Most of them have a feeling attached for me, something I just have to get out in music form.  I think hope, moving on and growth are the three things we always try to convey through music. Positive energy and vibes!


Who has influenced you the most?


I would say that different artists influence the music in very different ways. Gunship, HVOB and LCD Soundsystem certainly help shape the electronic pallette and grooves but David Bowie and Pink Floyd have really helped with the structures and hooks.


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


I listen to a lot of music, I'll go out of my way to check out other artists. Searching the internet, taking recommendations from friends, I'll just give anything a try. Internet radio and YouTube are great places to find new music as well.


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


We're from Leeds in the north of England and there's a grittyness up north. I think this dark, industrial northern thing comes through in the sound but I might be making that up.


Where'd the band name come from?


The name came really easy to be honest, it was a nod to people not always wearing their true feelings for all to see, thankfully we talk about mental health nowadays a lot more and beneath the surface people can be really struggling. The name just fitted and it sounded great!


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


Escape from New York remake that will definitely happen within the next 10 years. That movie has a wonderful tone to it and so much atmosphere, I would love to go back and sit in with Carpenter scoring that thing.


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?


If I was writing about one song I would have to say One More Time by Daft Punk. The opening sample, that bass line, this track came out 20 years ago this month and sounds as fresh as anything, put this on and which ever room you're in people will enjoy it, metal heads to synth nerds and everyone in between.


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


I once met Barry Chuckle in Scarborough, not sure that counts.


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


With the pandemic stuff stopping all live shows for now we’ve kind of put that idea on ice. We do have live shows planned, we even have the setup and how it’s all going to work mapped out but as things are our energy is best spent elsewhere.


What makes a great song?


A great hook, something that you can move to and a sound that gives it emotion. This can be an instrument on the track, the vocal melody or anything else.


Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?


Christ, the first song I remember writing was called Tangle Me I think with the first band I started after picking up the guitar. It was bad but still had the things I was able to do in there at the time. Some nice guitar work and heaps of emotion.


What piece of your music are particularly proud of?


Our latest single Skin ft. Fran Minney is out now and available in all the usual places. I encourage people everywhere to go have a listen to see how Fran encapsulates these feelings we've kind of all probably experienced with all this pandemic. We're super proud of this track and can't wait for people to hear it.


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


LCD Soundsystem would be up there, great song writing, thought provoking, great guitar pieces, epic synthesizer sounds, it really is the whole package.


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


I'm digital all the way now, I used to buy literally everything on CD and then lost the cases with them all in one night after DJ'ing. Couldn't do that again.


Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice.


Beer, definitely beer but not shitty lager, I mean proper craft beer. Anything by Vocation Brewery or Lervig brewery. Strong, fruit packed, dank IPA's always


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?


Crash records in Leeds town centre, this place is amazing, go check it out.


What's next for the band? 


Honestly It'd just be nice to get our music out there for people to hear and maybe grow the following to allow us to release even more music and collaborations.  Along with that we want a killer live show and hopefully be able to pick up some festivals when they're back to full strength.


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


Go find our latest single Skin on YouTube ft. Fran Minney. She did an amazing job with the video. Cya!

Friday, December 18, 2020

Vokonis to release fourth studio album "Odyssey"

Vokonis will release their fourth studio album ”Odyssey” in spring 2021. More dynamically diverse than ever, the 6 new tracks feature guest musician Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Kamchatka) on Keyboard. Odyssey is Vokonis' first true prog-record. A record for the new decade.


After the success of Vokonis' critically acclaimed third album ”Grasping Time” (2019), Vokonis immediately went into recording more material. With the goal set to further expand the prog landscape, Vokonis crafted recordings that are more dynamically diverse and forward-thinking than ever before. The result is ”Odyssey”, the upcoming fourth studio album by Vokonis. Ranging from full-blown doom to melodically blissful passages, the new album features guest musician Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Kamchatka) on Keyboard.


With tangible prog- influences combined with stand out choruses, the 6 tracks on ”Odyssey" further explores the sound that Vokonis introduced on 2019’s ”Grasping Time”. Jonte’s clean vocal lines are effectively blended with Simon’s aggressive bark, creating tons of depth as the sound shift from dreamy psychedelia to faze-melting sludge heaviness. The new tracks are backed up by the rhythmical patterns provided by the band’s new drummer Peter Ottosson who, since his affiliation in early 2019, has proved to be a spark plug of inspiration for the band.


”Odyssey" was recorded in Studio Soundport, Sweden, by Mikael Andersson. Mastered by Magnus Lindberg. The artwork for the album and its singles were made by Kyrre Bjurling (Grasping Time, Olde One Ascending Reissue). ”Odyssey” will be released on The Sign Records on May 7, 2021. The album will be available on digital, vinyl, and CD format. Get ready.



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The heavy prog-metal-trio, Vokonis, is here to daze you with their furious sludge-vibe and melodic passages. Drenched in blasting distortion, melody, and menace, Vokonis is ready to fully blossom as the progressive beast they’ve held within since 2015. With a style that ranges from heavy riffage, face-melting layers of fuzz, and gritty, howling vocals to utterly clean, dreamlike soundscapes, they aim to completely immerse you in their songwriting. As you share a psychedelic and thrilling journey Vokonis will have shown their range from full-blown doom to melodically blissful passages.


After the release of their latest album “Grasping Time”, Vokonis immediately went into crafting more material. The result came to be their fourth studio album ”Odyssey”, out on The Sign Records in the spring of 2021. Dynamically diverse, with more choruses and with the addition of guest musician Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Kamchatka) on keyboards, "Odyssey" sets itself apart from everything the band has released before. With clear aggressive guitars, rumbling distorted bass, and blasting drums along with mellotron and organs, Odyssey is Vokonis' first true prog-record. A record for the new decade.


Playing shows and putting a bigger focus on touring, Vokonis have shared stages with bands such as Monolord, Skraeckoedlan, and Elder. Playing on the road has been instrumental in the evolution of the band. Their appearance at Desertfest London in 2019 showcased the band’s musical growth since their latest album release. With the addition of Peter behind the drum kit they've taken a lot of steps towards a more cohesive sound.

With a dynamic range the size of the backline of Sunn O))), Vokonis show that their love for warm sound and melody is not lost on anyone.


Vokonis has since their start putting everything in high gear. While they’ve released three records, being featured in the highly profiled “The Planet of Doom”-animated movie, Vokonis aren’t stepping down in tempo. Neither are they satisfied. With a new sound, the trio is ready to launch themselves into the stratosphere.


Vokonis' third, critically acclaimed album “Grasping Time” was released in late summer 2019 on The Sign Records. Inspired by nature and the universe around us, the album was the beginning of a new musical era for the band. Drawing inspiration from the shared vocals of Mastodon and a love for all things progressive Vokonis evolved into the usage of dual vocals. Now sharing lead vocals, Jontes melodic voice complement the fierce bark of guitarist Simon. The album also meant a line-up change as former member Emil left the band and current drummer Peter was recruited.


Vokonis sophomore album ’The Sunken Djinn’ was released in 2017 on Ripple Music. The album is heavy endeavor focusing mainly on raw power and how far one can take fuzzed out riffs. The band’s furious debut ”Olde One Ascending” saw the light of day in 2016, and presented the heavy foundation of what would later become the Vokonis we know today.


Vokonis are always ready to take the next step. With a new dynamic sound and a goal set for the domination of the heavy underground they’re coming for your ears. Get ready.




Simon Ohlsson - Guitar and Vocals

Jonte Johansson - Bass and Vocals

Peter Ottosson - Percussion - Drums

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Are You Ready For The Triple Ripple Livestream? Get Ready for Virtual RippleFest 2020!

Three heavy bands. One intense live stream. We are thrilled to share that Friday, December 18th at 7pm EST, Ripple is teaming up with  Howling Giant, Horseburner and Jakethehawk to bring you one of the years most stoner rocking livestreams, Virtual RippleFest 2020.


Best of all - this live stream event is completely free! That's right. You can experience the huge hooks of Howling Giant, Horseburner's massive riffs and Jakethehawk's transcendent songs just by showing up!


This year may have experienced a dearth of live music, but it's things like this that keep the flame burning!


December 18th is a day that will go down in heavy history! Join us for Virtual RippleFest!


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