Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Song Premiere From Holy Death Trio! Listen To "The Killer" Now!

Here is what the band has to say about their new song:


"The killer was written in the same vein as an old blues song from the early 1900’s.  It was originally written and performed as a one man blues band and then it naturally worked well with a full band so we made it Holy Death Trio standard.  This song is meant to feel like built up aggression with two killer guitar solos and just straight up power trio heavy blues rock-n-roll”



Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The Xroadie Files

Arcanum Sanctum – Ad Astra

Ivan Beschastny – Vocals, Vadim Nalivaiko – Guitar, Roman Rysyev – Guitar, Kirill Kulinichev – Bass, Nikolay Kondratyev - Drums (Session)


Wanderers in Space melodies just envelop your dreams. The Quest the music build sin intensity as it flows along in your imagination. Pack Rat death meets prog in one interesting musical twist. Down to Earth stand sway fist pump and chant as the music takes you away. Ad Astra eerie melancholic tones just drag you into hell. A Perfect Place (to Hide) fast hard heavy fist pumping pit slamming music. Solaris crunchy riffs pounding rhythms just head bang till the last note rings out. Under the Alien Sky shredding prog death metal mayhem.



Pulse – Adjusting The Space

Nemesis - Vocals /Programming /Guitars, Dom – Guitar, Vidar – Bass, Pulsar - Drums


x 31 26 43 Ny 109 430 W one strange spoken words tune that just pulls you into the recesses of your imagination. We Wont Come In Peace pulsating steady beat crunchy riff gruff vocals musical mayhem. Supersonic Trance Sphere just get up dance groove and party the night away. New Electric Freak the light an sounds just flow all around you as the night flows. Sounds And Signals just let the music and sounds take you into your memories. Adjusting The Space just let the music take you into your dreams. Encounter close your eyes and dream. Star Light just dance and groove the day away. Black Knight prog metal industrial music that just pulls you in with catchy melodies and rhythms. Points of Nibiru keyboards pulsating beats pounding and rhythms surging. The Passage Entry lost in your dreams and memories. Major Tom clap chant sing and shout as you dance. Alien Angel (Zardonic Remix) just take one strange mind trip,



Matriarchs – Year Of The Rat

Carlos Pagan/Ben Levi/Jeremy Valentine- Guitar, Brandon Wolfe- Bass, Ben Levi- Drums, K Enagonio- Vocals, Guests Musicians – Frankie Palmeri/ Neal Roemer/Myke Terry/Chris Anguiano


Verisimiltude crunchy riffs thundering rhythms and gruff vocals. Cocaine Cowboys grins slams and pummels your very senses into nothingness. BombaClot hard heavy and rhthless. Bitch Wolf hit the pit slam sweat and thrash till you drop. Dogma crunchy riffs thundering bass pounding drums and vocals from the mouth of Satan. Hollow hell opens and demons spew forth devouring all. Roots slow grinding slithering evil music that just envelops you. Sleep shredding thrashing ripping tearing aggression. Eviscerate crunchy guitar thundering bass pounding drums and harsh vocals slam sweat and thrash till exhaustion. Feed just crushes your very spirit with dark emotions.



Haxon - Wrath Of An Era

Tyler Cantrell- Guitar, Michael Dodaro – Drums, Dan Zahal – Bass, Corey Hornbaker – Vocals


Wrath Of An Era emotional guitar just envelops your very soul as the music builds The Periphery crunchy riffs pounding rhythms fast hard and heavy. Man, The State And War hit the pit slam sweat fist pump head bang and thrash. The Equilibrium Of Death melancholic tones envelop your senses as you dreams take off. Misplaced Optimism thrashing shredding moshing madness. Sands of Doom fist pump head bang and chant along. When The Phalanx Breaks old school thrash metal just enjoy. MDCCXCIII strange noises pull you into darkness. Mask Of The Other searing leads thundering drums pounding bass with gruff vocals. By Virtue just get ready to head bang with some scorching leads. 1300 just close your eyes and dream as you imagination take you away. Etched in Stone Part II powerful riffs and rhythms just envelop you.



Torment - The War They Feed

Fabri / Fede- Guitar, Umberto - Vocals, Tore- Bass, Thrasher –Drums


Power Abuse grinding crunchy riffs thundering bass pounding drums scorching leads and death style vocals. Nothing To Tell hit the pit slam sweat thrash and punch your fist till exhaustion. Paralysis just take a trip back in time when thrash ruled and everybody just loved it hard fast and heavy. The War They Feed faster than the speed of sound grab you and drags you along till you cant take I any more. The Tunnel crushing guitar shredding riffs pounding drums thundering bass with dark death vocals. Explode does what the title says grabs a hold and pounds you till you explode. Greed slam sweat thrash mosh and get aggressive. Alienation fist pump head bang foot stomp and just rock out. Survival crunchy riffs thundering bass thundering drums and harsh vocals.




Monday, January 18, 2021

Ripple Music's Todd Severin Special Guest DJ At Gimme Metal!

Hey waveriders! Thanks to your support, I’m returning WEDNESDAY for a second Ripple Music Guest DJ Special!


On this show, I’m gonna take a look at the Year End Doom Charts, play songs from all 16 Ripple bands that placed (hell yeah!) and share songs from many friend’s labels as well (blues funeral recordings, Cursed Tongue Records, Majestic Mountain records , HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS, Glory or Death Records)


Plus, there will be a very special announcement!! Talk all things doom, sludge, stoner and heavy psychedelic in the LIVE CHAT.


Come join at

Ripple Music is widely recognized as one of the world's leading purveyors of heavy psych, stoner, doom and heavy rock.

Ripple Music's RIPPLEFEST WINTER 2020 performances from Howling Giant, Horseburner and Jakethehawk now available on Youtube!

Californian label Ripple Music had the pleasure of hosting the Ripplefest Winter 2020 event back on December 18th, with Ripple protégés Horseburner, Jakethehawk and Howling Giant. Watch all three performances now on Youtube!


A magical evening, three bands that yearn for the golden days of live touring find themselves in a cyberscape of infinite possibility... On December 18th, Howling Giant, Horseburner and Jakethehawk engaged on a virtual bacchanal to rekindle the riff and stoke the fires of friendship in a live experience unparalleled in the digital age. This first edition of RIPPLEFEST VIRTUAL gathered masses of heavy riff addicts across the globe, a perfect way to let loose and warm up before the winter break.


Clocking in at one hour each, all three live performances are now available for viewing on Ripple Music's Youtube channel. So sit tight, turn off your phone and enjoy this riff-crazy video stream as you will!


📺Watch Ripplefest Winter 2020 performances in full 📺



With over 1,000 fans attending RippleFests in Europe, the UK, and USA, RIPPLE MUSIC intends to keep rocking in the free world and deliver the finest heavy music and some exciting rock'n'roll performances to fans across the globe. Known and revered worldwide for unearthing the finest bands in heavy rock, stoner, doom, 70s rock and metal since 2010, the Californian label is home to Scott "Wino" Weinrich, Tony Reed, Poobah, Wo Fat, Colour Haze and many more.


HOWLING GIANT - Born out of some space fuzz chamber and dropped down on Nashville, Tennessee, Howling Giant’s form of metal is a unique and eclectic fairy tale trip through the stars. Find them on Facebook | Bandcamp


HORSEBURNER - Mountain-melting stoner metal from Parkersburg, USA. Stoner metal. Sludge. Doom. Call it what you will, Parkersburg, West Virginia's Horseburner creates riff-heavy rock n' roll to shake your insides. Find them on Facebook | Bandcamp


JAKETHEHAWK - Formed in 2016, Jakethehawk has always sought to synthesize the classic, riff-centric sound of proto-metal’s pioneers with the textures of psychedelic rock and progressive rock. Additionally, heavy influence is drawn from the band’s home turf... both from the the lush, wooded river valley and from the rich tradition of folk music that still blossoms here. Find them on Facebook | Bandcamp




Sunday, January 17, 2021

Return To Forever – Romantic Warrior

How do you do waveriders?  Say, let me ask you a couple of questions.  Do you like rock ‘n’ roll?  Of course you do!  Why else would you be here?  Do you like jazz?  Ah good, I see more than a few hands up out there in the audience!  Now then, what if I told you that those are two musical flavors that taste great together?  What would someone call this crazy concoction I wonder?  ‘Fusion’ perhaps?  Yeah, that sounds hip and with it!  Fusion.  Dig it!


Enough years have passed since I bought my copy of Return To Forever’s Romantic Warrior that I don’t remember what made me pick it up in the first place.  I do love rock ‘n’ roll and I do love jazz, so it was natural that at some point I would investigate fusion groups…but at the time plunking down some pay on this CD was absolutely a shot in the dark.  Thankfully that spin of the wheel turned out to be a jackpot!  I listened in awe to this album and the four stellar musicians producing these magical songs.  Recently I decided to revisit Romantic Warrior and that awe I previously experienced came back in full force!


I mean seriously?!?  Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, and Al Di Meola just consistently throw down the gauntlet for amazing technical playing that is always in service of the greater good of the song itself.  We’re talking virtuosic performances from every player, on every song on this album, but here’s the thing.  When I think about these songs I think about the outstanding melodies those virtuosic performances compliment.  There’s the playful synthesizer theme that runs throughout opener “Medieval Overture”.  The bassline that anchors “Sorceress” is impossible to not groove along with.  The main guitar riff from “Majestic Dance” screams into your memory banks.  And then there’s the elegant, beautiful piano melody that carries “Romantic Warrior”.  These are the things I remember most vividly.


Now that’s not to say that the technical passages aren’t amazing, or that the solos aren’t mind blowing.  When I typed out the words virtuosic performances I wasn’t speaking in hyperbole.  Good lord people!  This whole album is a tour de force for all four members!  Every song offers up multiple mouth agape moments.  Attempting to single out one or two standout solos, runs, or featured elements is a fool’s errand.  That said I find Lenny White’s drumming to be extraordinarily excellent from start to finish.


Waveriders I am thrilled I revisited Romantic Warrior from Return To Forever!  If you haven’t listened to this album in a while perhaps it’s time to go back and enjoy it once again.  On the other hand if you’ve never had the pleasure of hearing this gobsmackingly brilliant music, what are you waiting for?  Now’s the time friends!



Saturday, January 16, 2021

A Ripple Conversation With The Simple Radicals

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 can sum it up in two words…power chords. As soon as I heard the sounds coming out of bands like Cheap Trick, AC/DC, UFO, Kiss, and Van Halen I was all in. I was just blown away by the simplicity and complexity of their music and how it brought me to another world. There was something about that sound coming out of the cheap stereo in my bedroom and my car that was absolutely mesmerizing. Those sounds bring back great memories to this day.


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


I see a lot of images and moods when I write. Certain chord progressions, finger pickings and riffs often direct me on how the song is constructed and then the lyrics start to flow. It’s a bizarre process but it works for me. I actually write a lot of my songs on an acoustic guitar. Even riffs such as the songs “New Revolution” and “Medicate”. I feel that if it sounds good on an acoustic then it’s going to sound even better when plugged in. I really explore the things and issues that are near and dear to my heart or affecting those that are close to me. "New Revolution" ( is my most personal and poignant project I've ever done.


Who has influenced you the most?


There are so many other bands that have influenced me over the years including Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Green Day and Cheap Trick. When I first heard Pearl Jam’s "Ten" album I studied it day and night and still study it to this day. It truly had an influence on how I write and construct my music.


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


Life as we see and know it. When you distill it down to the basics and just take a look around, you’ll see that it’s so dynamic and malleable. Things develop and change right in front of your eyes every second. The challenge and opportunity is to capture that energy and decide what you want to do with it. It’s literally an open book with so much to write about. The challenging part is how to capture it all and put it into lyrics and music. But that’s also the most rewarding part.


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


We’re based out of the United States in Chicago, Illinois.  We’re so blessed to live in such a rich and vibrant city with an incredible music scene. Rock, blues, reggae. The city is so versatile and filled with amazing musicians. Chicago produced rock icons like Eddie Vedder, Billy Corgan and blues legends such as Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters. In fact, Chicago blues is what bands like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin modeled themselves after.


Where'd the band name come from?


The Simple Radicals more or less came out of the way my lead guitarist John Griffin and I look at life and music. We’re both somewhat non-conformists and non-conventional. We like to look at things differently. Stay simple. But think radical. Hence The Simple Radicals.


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


I would love to write the soundtrack for a movie like “The Terminator”. It’s fast-paced, aggressive and pure rock and roll. Arnold Schwarzenegger if you’re reading this please contact us and we’ll write a kick-ass soundtrack for you.


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?


I’d have to pick “Corduroy” Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy album. Anything Eddie Vedder writes to me deserves further exploration. Just diving into how a turning a beat up old jacket that he got for a few bucks into one of their best songs and the emotions behind that would be a fascinating story.


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


We were playing a festival in the Chicago area and the band that went on before us was dressed in a horrific combination of Kiss meets The Cure meets…I’m not sure. The crowd just stood there in total shock at this sight. Nobody moved. We had to follow that act and somehow turn it around. Thankfully we did. And without any makeup! Thankfully we never got lost trying to make it to the stage for a show. We haven't gotten lost backstage on our way to the stage just yet. But it's still early.


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


We love to perform live and our fans know that. We feed off their energy and passion and try to give it right back to them in the way we play our music. We also try to interact with the audience as much as we can since our songs are so personal to many. There is nothing more rewarding than watching people lose themselves in your music. It’s intoxicating.


What makes a great song?


At the basic and most simplistic level you have to start with one that is really enjoyable to listen to over and over again. And to get deeper, a great song is one that elicits a reaction or compels someone to do something like sing along or turn it to eleven. If you can get


Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?


I’ve been writing for a long time and I can’t remember the exact song but I’m sure it totally sucked, it was corny and shallow, and had a really shitty title. I’ve definitely evolved over time thank goodness.


What piece of your music are particularly proud of?


The song “The Optimist” off our album “New Revolution” really hits home for me With all the shit going on today in society and in our own personal lives, it’s a song about trying to remain optimistic about things and looking at the half-full side of life. The lyrics “I’ve got the rest of my life and I’m not going to stop ‘til I get it right” is a statement about not giving up when things look dire. There’s no rush. You’re in charge of your own destiny. Get it right the best you can. But just get it right.


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


Eddie Vedder is my musical hero. I’m mesmerized with his writing and try to capture the messaging, passion and energy that he does in his songs. If I can even come within a million miles of that I’d consider it a success. Pearl Jam’s “Ten” album was life changing. Probably the most talented, electrifying and inspiring band in the last 30 years.


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


Vinyl. I still love listening to the crackle of the stylus on the record. And I don’t even mind if it skips.


Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice


Makers Mark Whiskey baby. Smooth and approachable with an easy finish. Aaaah.


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?


We’re from Chicago and you have to go to Reckless Records in the Wicker Park neighborhood. I think it was originally from London and they have a massive selection of vinyl including some rare gems.


What's next for the band?


We have a lot going on and coming up. We continue to push our album, "New Revolution" ( which has the guitar-God Vernon Reid from the band Living Colour playing lead on the track "Medicate". We just released a song and video called “Rich Man Wanna Be King” ( which provides a scathing lampoon of President Trump. It was just released on YouTube and it’s already racked up 120,000 views and climbing. Our video “New Revolution” ( has already racked up over 60,000 views and climbing.  We’re about to release a wicked cover version of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” where we collaborated with an incredible husband/wife team called Che-Val. We’ll be releasing a quarantine video to our song “The Optimist”. And, we’re about to release a podcast called “Music & A Brew” where we crack open a cold one with musical artists including Kenny Aronoff (drummer for John Mellencamp and tons of others), Todd Sucherman (Styx), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick), and Jackie “the Joke Man” Martling from the Howard Stern Show. And of course we plan to play live again once the apocalypse is over.


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


We’re a retro-rock and roll band that combines sounds and styles from some of our favorite classic rock bands like Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Green Day and Cheap Trick. If you like those bands then I think you will like our sound. You can check us out on Spotify and YouTube  and follow us on,, and

And please stay safe. Stay healthy. And stay Radical.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Strips Of Bacon: The Importance Of Community

I’m Matt Bacon – head of artist development at Ripple Music – the label side of this whole thing. It’s an honor to get to wake up every day and work on Ripple artists. And now I get to work on sharing some of what I’ve learned with Ripple with you guys via The Ripple Effect! For my inaugural article I wanted to talk on the thing that has shined through the most in my five years with Ripple, and that is the importance of community for bands.


Community is important for bands. Now more than ever. It matters because it gives you a network to build off of. Not only that though but it also gives you a great place to learn from others and to build ideas. Most importantly – it lets you enter a group of the best friends you’ll ever have.


3. The Power Of Your Network


This is the biggest one for me personally. When you start to focus on engaging with your community you can start to tap into a really meaningful network. This is something we see all the time in Ripple’s community .It manifests in everything from bands playing shows together to touring acts getting a place to crash on the road. It’s even turned into the splits that have come to define our various split series.


Beyond that – I think it’s valuable to be connected to people because often they are also connected to relevant people who you might not normally be able to access. I’m not saying every relationship should be opportunistic, but I’m saying it’s good to be in a world where you can talk to your friends in the know and be plugged into a few hip producers for instance.


2. Learning From Others


This is something that I think folks don’t take advantage of enough. The people in your community are the people you can learn from. Maybe they have experiences you don’t have. Or they’ve made mistakes so that you don’t have too. The thing is if you don’t talk to the people in your community about these things then you just won’t know.


Reach out on social about the things you want to learn. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or look for guidance. You’d be surprised how often someone can come out of the woodwork with the skill you need and they will eagerly help because you immersed yourself in this community that we all love.


1. The Friendships


The friendships that you can make by being a part of the stoner rock community are probably the best part. Be it from overcoming a shared problem or just by having a great time at a show. I will never forget Mark from Zed helping me with a tricky web development issue. But I also love all my memories of the crazy Ripple showcases we have had around the world.


I think it’s important to embrace these, especially in these trying times because what are we without our friends? This is how we are able to move forward, through the dark night and into a brighter, more hopeful future. Immerse yourself in the community for this if nothing else.


In short there are a lot of reasons to love being a part of a good community of bands and labels. There are a lot of ways that you can grow from it. Be it because of the power of a good network, the fun of learning from others or just the friendships that you build. All these things go to a brighter future. Join us in the community, might I recommend starting with our Facebook group – Waveriders Unite?

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Hey You! Yes You! Watch This Awesome Live Stream Tomorrow At 8PM EST!

That’s right waveriders! 


Tomorrow night, thanks to Grayskull Booking, Treebeard Media and Dead Moon Audio four righteous bands have joined forces to entertain us all. 


Set Fire, Kind, Inhalement, and Friendship Commanders will all appear on the ONCE Soundstage Virtual Venue (OVV)!


The event is going to be hosted by Laura Filippi of METAL NIGHT


All you need to do to get in on this live stream is to request a FREE digital ticket to the event!  Link below:

The ticket is FREE, but if you'd care to donate $5, $10, or $20 you'll gain exclusive access to a zoom call where you can chat with the artists themselves!


Share this link with your facebook friends and let's all rock together!


Set Fire






Friendship Commanders




“We call ourselves independent, but what we are is interdependent. Performance is art. Art soothes and nurtures us. It makes us happy.” ONCE VV will work hard to add a warmth and hospitality to the livestream by evoking the hominess and cozy hospitality they are known for and will continue to keep the ONCE name tied to diverse and quality programming as they frontier the wild west of an online “virtual venue.”


All for ONCE and ONCE for ALL!

AGE OF WOE Premier New Single "A Feral Swarm"

"A Feral Swarm" the first single from the upcoming AGE OF WOE album "Envenom" up now!


AGE OF WOE - A Feral Swarm (offical audio)


The sound of the quintet includes elements between doom, sludge, death and post metal. AGE OF WOE are already musically broadly positioned. But the band also breaks boundaries with its line-up, as members come from Sweden, Finland, and Germany. With the addition of Keijo Niinimaa (Rotten Sound, Morbid Evils, Goatburner) the line-up has been completed prominently not too long ago. Formed in the Gothenburg underground scene in the summer of 2010, the creative goal has remained the same over the past decade: AGE OF WOE strive to frighten with gritty, raw heavy sounds. In doing so, the quintet looks for own solution patterns, which also let its punk and DIY ethics shine through.


"Envenom" is the third full length of AGE OF WOE and at the same time their LIFEFORCE debut. The eleven tracks reflect their genesis in the midst of the Corona pandemic with the accompanying fears and sometimes rising anger, but also the latent threat and alienation tendencies. (Societal) Critical lyrics have already been present on the 2013 debut "Inhumanform" and its follow-up, "An Ill Wind Blowing" (2014). Newly added Keijo Niinimaa is also known for clear words. The death metal-based style of play with its numerous widenings provides an ideal musical basis for this.


What stands out above all: on "Envenom", AGE OF WOE succeed to conclusively to develop their sound decisively further. The contrasts of the dynamic songwriting have strong effects and are impressive. Thanks to the dark heaviness as well as great hooklines and manic vocals, the quintet’s third full length even offers harsh haunting melodies.

Track list:


01. Inferno

02. Ghosts Who Hunt Alone

03. Förpestningen

04. Patriarch

05. A Feral Swarm

06. Avgrunden

07. The Twilight and the Dawn

08. Storm

09. Förbittringen

10. Envenom

11. Ljungeld


Album artwork by Sunna Shabnam Halldórudóttir.



Visit and "like" the band's Facebook page and stay tuned about latest news and live shows.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Rammstein – Mutter

Let me begin by telling you who I’m not waveriders.  I’m not the guy who fixates on a band’s/artist’s visual presentation.  When I’m investigating new music I rarely watch music videos because I don’t want anything to color my impressions of the music itself.  Now that’s not to say I’m anti-visual.  On multiple occasions seeing a band perform live has been the key factor in making me sit up and take notice of them when their music alone was not sufficient.  For example, I recently went on Youtube and watched two concerts by this little group named Rammstein.


I know what you’re asking yourselves right now.  Who is this Rammstein you speak of Penfold?  Well anyone living under the same rock as me, or maybe nearby the same outcropping my rock belongs to, should know that this tiny German band has been making waves around the world since 1995 when they unleashed their first album.  One might go so far as to say they successfully caught on with the masses, citing their overall record sales to date of around 50 million units.  Perfectly respectable sales figures when you consider the overwhelming majority of their lyrics are in German.


Alright, I admit it.  I’ve known about Rammstein since I heard their hit single “Du Hast” back in the late 1990s.  Of course knowing about a band and following their career are two very different things.  The few songs I’d heard over the years failed to really spark my interest, but when I watched those two concert videos it was as if the world suddenly snapped into focus!  I’m not saying that elaborate pyrotechnic displays and stagecraft are the keys to my love and affection, but they certainly don’t hurt a band’s case either.  Bottom line?  After watching those concerts I wanted more!

Fortunately I had purchased a used copy of Mutter a few years back so I pulled it off my CD shelving, placed it in my favorite disc-reading device, and eagerly pressed play.  Waves of metallic, industrialized glory washed over me and I was gleefully satiated.  Opening track “Mein Herz Brennt” has a heavily cinematic quality where the song builds from a modest beginning up to multiple peaks of distorted power before eventually fading away.  The title track and album closing “Nebel” are structured in a similar manner.  Other songs like “Links 2 3 4”, “Zwitter”, and “Feuer Frei!” hammer down the distorted accelerator immediately and never let up. 


Easily my favorite selection from Mutter is “Sonne”.  Unlike “Mein Herz…”, “Sonne” begins with a massive guitar/bass riff which over the course of the song transitions into powerful, elegant vocal/synthesizer choruses.  Whenever I listen to the track I want that colossal guitar/bass riff to return one final time and it never does.  I’m left wanting more every time and I think that’s wonderful!


Long story short waveriders, in regards to Rammstein seeing is most definitely believing!  Those live performances unlocked the portion of my brain necessary to appreciate this band.  I’ve been repeatedly listening to Mutter ever since, and I look forward to collecting the rest of the band’s catalogue.  Better late than never I say!



Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The Xroadie Files

Wreck Defy- Powers That Be

Matt Hanchuck- Guitar, Aaron Randall- Vocals, Greg Christian- Bass, Dave O'Neal- Drums


Beyond H8 thrashing riffs screaming guitars pounding rhythms with thrash style vocals just hit the pit and mosh till you drop. Powers That Be shredding guitars thundering rhythms fast hard ad heavy. Skin fist pumping head banging metal madness. Drowning In Darkness take a trip back in time when thrash metal ruled the world and just rock n roll. Space Urchin slam sweat mosh and fist pump till the last note rings out with some scorching leads. Scumlord just hang on for one wild metal ride and enjoy. Freedomless Speech fist pumping head banging thrashing shredding metal mayhem. Goodbye To Misery gruff vocals thundering drum thumping bass screaming guitars and great melodies. I Am The Wolf hard fast heavy shredding metal. On The Otherside just close your eyes and drift in your memories.



Ett Dodens Maskineri – Det Svenska Hatet

Daniel Garpebring – Vocals/Guitar, Aidin Razavi – Vocals/ Guitar, Erik Oyen – Bass, Andreas Thunmarker – Drums


Dodens Maskineri just take one strange mind trip in the dark places in your dreams. Leviatan pounding drums thundering bass screaming guitars and punkish vocals. Slavar Under Marknadsekonomin pulls you into the weird spaces in your imagination. Arbete Ger Frihet fast hard and heavy hit the pit and mosh till you drop. Sveg fist pumping head banging hardcore music. Trygghet & Tradition slam sweat and just thrash about. Roda Stugor Med Ruttnande Knutar shredding riffs pounding rhythms with a punkish feel. Det Svenska Hatet lost in the deep spaces in your minds eye. Lasta Dorrar feedback thrashing riffs with gruff vocals. Istid one interesting tune with some strange melodies. Stad I Ijus slam sweat and just mosh away. Memento Mori seeps into the weird places in your dreams.



Chris Manning – Destination

Chris manning – Guitar, Chris Hodges – Vocals, Max Salidi – Drums, Dan Hawkens – Bass, Guests Musicians – Bruce Kulick- Guitar, Chandler Mogel – Vocals, Rick Head – Bass


Sharp a catchy riff steady beat searing leads and emotional vocals. Get Me Out has a very sleazy blues feel that just envelops your very being. Start Over Now crunchy riffs pounding rhythms soulful vocals and scorching leads. Push close your eyes and just drift in your imagination. Came Out Alive has a riff that sticks in your head with some amazing vocals and great musicianship. Sovereign stand sway and just let the music envelop you. Ascendant one heavy groove just get up and dance. Implode stand clap shout sing and enjoy. Heart Of A Chance takes you away on a magical musical journey. Collider grab your air guitars and get ready to rock. To The Sixth Sun pulls you into many memories and emotions as the music flows all around and thru you.



Morpholith – Null Dimensions

Snæbjörn Þór Árnasson – Vocals, Víðir Örn Gunnarsson – Guitar, Hörður Jónsson – Guitar/Synths, Gestur Stefansson – Bass, Jónas Hauksson - Drums


Orb just close your eyes and drift along in your imagination on one strange musical journey. Monocarp lost in the dark recesses of your thoughts and nightmares. Just kick back and let all the emotions envelop your very senses.



Escarion – Pillars Of The Faith

Johnny Arhondis – Vocalis/Guitaris, Tommy Lewko – Guitarist, Tim Bottams - Drummer & Percussion, Rhys McKenzie - Bass


Inferno slowly slithers around you I until it grabs a hold and punches you in the throat as you try to survive. Envy crushing riffs pounding rhythm with dark demonic vocals. Gluttony hit the pit slam sweat and mosh till exhaustion. Lust fist pumping head banging death metal madness. Greed thrashing shredding the pits of hell open and spew forth demons. Pride dark dementia just overwhelms you. Wrath shredding thrashing death metal mayhem. Sloth just annihilates your very being. Home (Where the Heart Is) hard fast and heavy.




Monday, January 11, 2021

SHEPHERD Release "Persephone" Playthrough via BraveWords, Debut EP - 'First Hand' is OUT NOW!

Doom-rock trio SHEPHERD have partnered with BraveWords to release a playthrough video for their single "Persephone". Fans can check out the premiere at the link found here. Last month saw the release of Shepherd's debut EP, titled 'First Hand' and released via Destruent Records.


Speaking on the release of their debut EP, the band comments, "Our sincerest thanks to everyone who helped us climb this mountain and to Juggernaut Audio [recording studio] as well as all of our listeners and supporters. This experience has been monumental for us as a band and as individuals and we are grateful to have the opportunity to share a part of ourselves with you."


'First Hand' is out now on all streaming platforms and available for purchase via the Destruent Records Bandcamp.

SHEPHERD - 'First Hand' Tracklist


1 "Sea Cave"

2 "Chariot"

3 "Wendigo"

4 "Vestigial"

5 "Persephone"

6 "The West"


SHEPHERD - "Persephone" (Official Audio)



Holden Sims - Vocals, Bass

Austin Garrett - Guitar, Backing Vox

Nathan Bilodeau - Drums



Ripple Library - Vinyl Junkies: Adventures in Record Collecting by Brett Milano - A Mild Rant


As a devoted, life-long vinyl collector, I always enjoy books like this - delving into the minds, obsessions, and collections of various collectors.  And Milano does a good job of finding some of the world's most devoted vinyl junkies and daring to enter their grey matter to see what makes them tick.  In the process, he creates a fascinating psychological profile of the obsessed record collector, or collector of anything for that matter. 

Along the way, he brings forth several famous names and digs into their vinyl collections, their wants and their whys.  Names like Thurston Moore, Peter Buck, Robert Crumb, Peter Wolf, and Monoman of the band The Lyres, amongst many others, dot the pages and lay bare their obsessions.  It was truly a fun and quick read, and in the process, I was able to learn a lot about some obscure albums and singles that I was unaware of.  I also learned why I love the process of collecting so much, and also why I have such a distaste for so many in the collectors world.  

We'll start with the former, then move to the latter. 

I've analyzed my collecting obsession quite carefully, and it didn't really take a degree in Behavioral Biology (which I have) to suss myself out.  Coming from a very unsettled childhood where the only consistency was it's inconsistency, I know I longed for a safe place.  I found very early on that I could lock myself in my room, and with the music playing loud enough all the warring outside noise could be drowned out, and I'd be alone, at peace.  The music was more than therapy, it became my way of safeguarding myself, of expressing myself, of feeling love, of measuring my loneliness, buffering my isolation, of daydreaming about a different world than the one I inhabited.   Air guitar concerts became my nightly relief from the turmoil that was going on in the room next door or down the hall.  In my room, surrounded by my records, I was safe.  And the more records I had, the safer I became.  I had the total ability to control my environment simply by changing the record.  The mood, the tone, the emotion . . . . it was all within my control.  It was my safety net.

I soon learned the absolute freedom of turning off my mind and my emotions, and losing myself into the stacks and stacks of record store shelves.  Some had drugs, I had records.  Walking into a new record store, I'd be filled with excitement as to what "finds" awaited me.  I'd easily spend 4-6 hours in a store, digging through every bin, every crate, every inch of understock, finally leaving with my treasures tucked under my arm.  And even when I had enough money to buy whatever I wanted, the joy of the hunt wasn't to find it and buy it, but to unearth it in a discount bin.   A beat up but playable $1 copy discovered randomly always meant more to me than a pristine $10 copy that I just went to the bin and pulled out.  It was a treasure hunt and a safe preserve all in one activity.  Still is to this day. 

And it took my mind away from the reality of my life. 

I think all collectors have some component of that in themselves.  Collecting is an obsession because it's a diversion and an enhancement.  It's a protection and a passion.  At one point or another, all collectors get disgusted by all that they've accumulated, but at the same time simply looking at that wall of vinyl can bring joy.   It's a paradox.  And it's one we all share to some degree.  To that effect, we're all alike, male/female, color, religion, gender or sexual orientation.  None of that matters.  It's all about the music and the collection.  Shared love of a band or an album breaks down all barriers.  It's really a beautiful thing.  

Whether talking minutia about what every ex-member of Deep Purple did in subsequent bands, or which producer worked on what release, or which label put out the best reggae singles, it's a language record collectors all can share, and relate to, and connect.  Collecting connects people in ways nothing else can.

Milan's book touched upon this passion, and brought it forward.  

But Milano also brought out the one thing I hate, and he seems to embody it the most, more than any of the collectors he interviewed.  To me, collecting records is a very individual passion.  People find value in what emotionally resonates with them.  No one should ever have to explain the music they love, or why they love it, or why they've hunted down every known Australian-only 45 single by Olivia Newton John  (an artist any critic will tell you is totally uncool to love).  But if it's what someone loves, then that's all it takes to be cool. Love it whole heartedly, without judgement. There is no such thing as guilty pleasures, only pleasures.  Milano seems to disagree. 

It's clear that Milano is a typical music snob, who feels his taste, or only the taste of the critics is of value. You like The Spice Girls, but not Bob Dylan?  What the hell is wrong with you?  You have the Live Killers Queen album in your collection?  You should be embarrassed, or at the very least don't ever invite Milano over to your house because he'd be embarrassed for you.  Milano is of the mindset that only those who are "professional" collectors, who hoard obscure 60's garage rock, blues and soul singles, and can recite from memory every bit of writing on the runout of every Chess album, are of value.  Everyone else is wrong.   If you like Heart's "Bad Animals" rather than rare blues 78's you simply are wrong.  If you can't see the brilliance in the most obscure self-released rockabilly single then you really aren't worthy of his time. 

Sorry, that's bullshit.  I certainly dig the obscure psych album, and would love a stack of rare 60's garage singles, but you know what, The Spice Girls had some damn fine pop songs.  Dylan is ok in my book (respect) but I find him boring, I'd much rather hear Simon and Garfunkel or Cat Stevens.  In fact (gasp, gasp) I like Paul Simon's lyrics even better than Dylan's.  So shoot me. 

While my collection is actually very rich, and full of wonderful surprises like rare acetates, test presses and first run punk singles, there are also many albums in my collection that would make Milano crap in his pants.  Right next to a rare Led Zeppelin bootleg, I may have The Levelers album, which I'll even admit isn't all that great.  I dig the Spinners, and Ohio Players but haven't really heard all the soul singles from the Cotillion Label.  I've long gone on record saying that The Knack's "My Sharonna" is one of the world's most perfectly crafted pop songs.  From the hook, to the lyric, to the chorus, to the insanely catchy drum beat.  It is pop perfection.  Who cares if it sold umpteen million copies.  I like it.  I own it.  Probably more than one copy of it.  I know I have at least a couple copies of the Knack's debut album (sheer brilliance) and I'm even one of those weird dudes who has all their other albums (not really so brilliant).  But it's my collection, and last I checked, I'm free to like what I like, and collect what I collect without Milano judging me up and down because I've yet to get a copy of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band or an original single from The Lollipop Shoppe.  (Not that I'd mind having either one, mind you.). 

My point here is that Milano does a great job of unveiling the mind of the collector in all it's beauty and it's despair, while simultaneously unwittingly revealing the snobbery and judgmental attitudes of the critics who always feel entitled to bash people for not collecting the way they think you should. And aren't afraid to say so. 

My response?  Collect what you collect. Love what you love.  No explanations are necessary, no defense is needed.  After all, if you're at all like me, the entire love of the collection stemmed from an inner need to find a safe place and a way of expression, so the last thing we should ever do is judge somebody for that.  If collecting is your way of expressing yourself, then shout it out to the skies.  In my mind, it's all good. 

So, thanks to Milano for the book.  It truly was a great read, and as you can tell, it inspired thought and debate within me.  Hopefully, it can now spark a conversation amongst us all. 


Saturday, January 9, 2021

A Ripple Conversation With Edoardo And Quentin Of All Runs Red


Response Key: E-  Edoardo, Q - Quentin


What have been your musical epiphany moments?


E - I remember one day my uncle introduced me to Led Zeppelin playing "Stairway To Heaven" and I got immediately hooked to the beauty of the song while he was telling me about Jimmy Page's double-neck guitar; I must have been 12 years old. A couple of years later I remember when I heard for the very first time something heavier and that was the first track I ever downloaded from the internet, "Rape Me" by Nirvana. From that moment it was an autonomous discovery of music.


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


Q - We write the songs together (Edoardo and myself), produce, edit, mix, master everything ourselves. We try to always have a great melody, punch and a catchy hook (that's what every band tries to do right hahaha). Again, as each track has different guests, the vibe and lyrics depend on the way we wrote the song. If we write something very intense and punchy we will want the lyrics to be the same so it fits well together.


Who has influenced you the most?


Q - We have different influences, of course, TesseracT, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Defecto. Sometimes more djent stuff like Monuments, Kadinja & Periphery. We listen to a lot of stuff and we are not playing one style of rock or metal, just depending on the mood. Even if it's a different genre, sometimes we borrow their rhythm's or techniques.


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


Q - We look at everything. I know that's quite a broad range! I personally like more songs and lyrics that reflect on something concrete, real, that other people can feel and understand. That's not necessarily always about feelings and never in a superficial commercial way; it can include social and global topics too. The music I believe is a translation in sounds and notes of how we are feeling, the human status and mood, so you could argue that the constant inspiration is practically within us.


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


Q - We both come from a different place, Edoardo is coming from Italy and me Belgium. Different culture and music scene which brings great influences from both sides. However, we met, play and live in London. Which is an amazing city with different styles of music, so it's very easy to get influences from different genres. We called ourselves "hybrid rock" for this purpose. There are too many styles of rock for us just to put ourselves in one category. So we can express ourselves more widely.


Where'd the band name come from?


E - All Runs Red is the result of an evolution of names that started with The Red Inside. I had the idea of using the colour red to address in our music all the human emotions and feelings that are normally described with such colour. All Runs Red means that whatever we do, think, feel, there's a 'red side', a human connection to it that channels anger, love, sadness, frustration, astonishment, hate, excitement, nostalgia, loneliness, ambition, jealousy and so on. We aim to include all these red elements in our music.


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


Q - I would choose The Shawshank Redemption or Platoon. Two amazing movies with different endings and completely different contexts.


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?


E - I am particularly fond of "Strength Beyond Strength" by Pantera. It's been my go-to track when I'm not feeling so great and it's the song that boosts my motivation and self-esteem. There's more about it though, it's the opening track of Far Beyond Driven which is an incredible record by one of my all-time favourite bands; also, I own a custom-made necklace with the famous 3 words of the chorus engraved: STRONGER THAN ALL. That's what I like the most about this song: it reminds me I can be stronger than all bad things happening.


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


Q - As we are a new project, we don't have a proper rock n roll moment...YET! But I promise you, it is coming!!!


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


E - The project was born in August this year in the midst of this pandemic and we have not had the chance yet to perform live, but we are eagerly looking forward to it. Both of us are experienced live musicians so we will prepare the best way we can to create and deliver a jaw-dropping live set!


What makes a great song?


Q - Great production, great lyrics, great mixing and great mastering. If one of those is not done properly, you are F***.


More in the details, I think, is the energy as well, when you listen to a track and you can feel the energy, you win. Sometimes songs are very well played, great lyrics, but you miss this energy. Check the new Bring Me The Horizon album, my favourite 2020 album so far, those guys are amazing. Everything is there.


What one single album do you wish that you'd written or performed on, and why?


Q - Dark Side Of The Moon.. everyone knows why!! Yes, I know, it's a totally different vibe to what we are doing, but It's still a massive reference for a lot of stuff, even after all those years. I'm sure when you buy new speakers, new headphones or whatever, if you want to pass the "test" you play Dark Side Of The Moon. Such an amazing album.


What piece of your music are particularly proud of?


Q - Our debut single What Good Would That Do. We are new on the scene and in less than 1 month we will reach 10K streams on Spotify and we have a lot of support already. Which is a good start. But it's just the beginning. We are very proud of what we did on that track, especially during this lockdown, where we did a DIY kind of production, beginning to end. But, stay tuned, we are cooking some new stuff.


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


E - Similarly to the artists and bands who influence us, Periphery, TesseracT, Kadinja, Gojira. These are all bands that are right now creating very interesting metal music. I would also mention Jinjer and Code Orange.


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


E - I find all 3 of them have a purpose and honestly, I own a lot of CDs. In fact, I have been buying many CDs during the past 10 years or so but at the same time, I have been a premium Spotify user for a long while. I think there is a slice of the market for all the formats, even the old-school collectors of cassettes. It's simply much easier when you start off to use the digital format because it's more flexible and has virtually no costs.


Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice


E -  We drink both! Let's say beer up until 10 pm and whiskey straight after!


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?


E - Well, Edoardo is from Perugia, Italy, and Quentin is from Fleurus, Belgium, but band-wise our hometown is London. There are many good record stores in London, but I would recommend the ones in Soho like Sister Ray or the record store in Camden Market.


What's next for the band?


E - We are currently working on the follow up single to "What Good Would That Do" which is going to be released in early 2021. We are extremely excited about it because it will feature an amazing singer. Next year will definitely see more music being released, music videos and hopefully some live music. This project is relatively young so we are convinced that 2021 will be a great year. Bring it on!


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


E - Keep your eyes peeled for more All Runs Red music and content in 2021, it's gonna be a blast! In the meantime, stay safe and spiritually positive!


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