Funeral Horse to Release Divinity for the Wicked in September

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 3rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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You know why I like Houston trio Funeral Horse? It couldn’t be simpler: I don’t know what they’re going to do next. From their Savage Audio Demon tape (review here) to the 2014 follow-up full-length, Sinister Rites of the Master (review here), they’ve managed to stay unpredictable enough while still providing choice heavy groove-age that, in approaching the new song “Underneath all that Ever Was” — which is streaming now and you can hear on the player under the PR wire info below — I don’t really know what to expect from them, whether it’ll be weirdo ’70s stonerism, doomy rolling, or what.

They may well settle into a specific blend on the forthcoming Divinity for the Wicked, as the new cut proffers cohesive, Mellotron-inclusive doom riffery, but I wouldn’t necessarily count on it, and I like that. I look forward to getting an answer.

Cover art, announcement and audio, courtesy of the aforementioned PR wire:

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Funeral Horse return with new album Divinity For The Wicked

Made up of frontman/guitarist Paul Bearer, bassist Jason Andy Argonauts and drummer Chris Bassett, Funeral Horse return to the fold this September with a brand new album Divinity For The Wicked on the Houston-based label Artificial Head Records.

Like a vision of ’80s post-hardcore punk rock, red-eyed and burning one in the back of Heavy Metal History 101, under the influence of The Melvins, Kyuss and Harvey Milk, Funeral Horse make music to gouge minds to. From album opener ‘There Shall Be Vultures,’ a track that straight off the bat (teeth flying) showcases one of the many strutting rock assaults the trio have become expert in peddling, Divinity For The Wicked throws open its doors to a wider world of distortions and digressions. Leading the charge with ‘Underneath All That Ever Was’, a lumbering paean drawn in part from words found in a suicide note of one of Bearer’s co-workers which had gone unnoticed for several days pinned to an office bulletin board, this is Funeral Horse at their darkest and most pensive. The Tuareg desert blues of ‘A Bit Of Weed’, the funereal bagpipes that send off ‘Gifts Of Opium And Myrrh’ and slow cinematic burn of instrumental ‘Cities Of The Red Night’ suggest there’s more than meets the immediate ear this time around for a band already masterful in the delivery of unfiltered noise and heavy fuzz rock.

Following on from last year’s imposing Sinister Rites Of The Master, and the thunderous lo-fi highs of their 2013 debut Savage Audio Demon, amid a mass brawl of riffs, megaphonic vocals, blues and backwater proto-metal, Divinity For The Wicked stands as a humble monument to the marginalised and maligned. An album just waiting to be picked up and played by those that have chosen to drop out and dedicate their entire existence to the pursuit of volume.

Divinity For The Wicked by Funeral Horse will be released on 15th September through Artificial Head Records.

Funeral Horse:
Paul Bearer – Vocals, Guitar
Jason Andy Argonauts – Bass
Chris Bassett – Drums

http://www.funeralhorse.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FuneralHorse
https://artinstitute.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ArtificialHead

Funeral Horse, “Underneath all that Ever Was”

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Cavern to Release Outsiders Aug. 25 on Grimoire Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 3rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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The title of the documentary Maryland trio Cavern put together while recording their sophomore full-length for Grimoire RecordsOutsiders, is titled How to Make a Hit Record, so take that as an immediate sign that the post-metallic three-piece are willing to toss in a bit of charm with their dense, progressive riffing — of which two samples from Outsiders are now available for streaming in the form of album-opener “Garrett” and the title-track below. That same documentary also gives a look at the warehouse space where the guys in the band work cutting marble, so it’s doubly worth a look. Want to know how they get that big a sound? High fucking ceiling.

Cavern released their self-titled debut, also through Grimoire, in 2013, and I didn’t get to review it because I suck at this, but I remembered the band immediately on hearing they had a new one in the works and Outsiders sounds like it’s going to be a worthy follow-up going by what I’ve heard so far.

You can find the two-headed-hawk cover, the announcement of the record, audio and that documentary below, all scoured from across the mighty span of the internets:

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Today we’re proud to debut 2 tracks from Cavern’s instrumental full-length “Outsiders,” out 8/25/15 in CD/cassette/digital on Grimoire Records! For fans of Russian Circles, Baroness, Zebulon Pike.. and highpriest.

“Outsiders” was recorded on May 9th, 2015 by Noel Mueller of Grimoire Records. Mixed and mastered by Noel Mueller/Grimoire Records. Art by Xavi Forne / Error! Design. © 2015 Grimoire Records.

Cavern is Stephen Schrock, Zach Harkins and Nick Harkins.

releases 25 August 2015

UPCOMING SHOWS:
7/10 @ Metro Gallery w/ Rosetta- Baltimore, MD
7/18 @ Guidos-Frederick, MD
7/25 @ Delmar Bar-Hagerstown, MD
8/7 @ Rte. 22 Rock/Blues Fest.-Huntingdon, PA
8/15 @ TBA
8/16 @ Cafe Nola w/ Rhin- Frederick, MD

https://www.facebook.com/cavernmd
http://cavernmd.bandcamp.com/
https://instagram.com/cavernband/
https://grimoirerecords.bandcamp.com/album/outsiders
https://www.facebook.com/GrimoireRecords

Cavern, Outsiders (2015)

Cavern, How to Make a Hit Record

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Aver Sign to Ripple Music

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 2nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Congratulations to Australian riffers Aver on signing to Ripple Music, and I promise I didn’t know that was happening earlier this week when I included their Nadir album in the Quarterly Review. Fair enough. Ripple will have a pressing of Nadir out sometime later in 2015 — or maybe 2016, considering the year’s already more than half over — so that those who got stoked on the digital release will be able to have one to take home and put on the shelf. Maybe vinyl-size will be big enough to figure out just what the hell is going on with that cover art.

Nah.

The announcement follows, courtesy of the PR wire:

aver nadir

Ripple Music is pleased to announce the signing of Australian band AVER and with it, the official international release of their sophomore album Nadir.

Originally self-released earlier in the year to an online fanfare from a dedicated few amid the stoner/psych community, the album has already proven itself to be one of the most exciting and distinctive alternative records of 2015. Fearlessly taking their music exactly where it needs to go, and packing enough technical nous and talent to power an exploratory vessel of sound and substance, at over an hour in length Nadir exposes listeners to soaring instrumentals, heavy psychedelia and spine-crushing progressive cadences. Weighted somewhere between the worlds, galaxies and supernovae of stoner metal and space rock, for the quartet – who originally formed on the Northern shores of Sydney back in 2008 – their signing to the Californian label heralds yet another stellar addition to the ever growing Ripple Music Family, and the beginning of a journey out of the underground and into the void.

While an official release date for the album will follow soon, in the meantime, sit back, strap yourselves in and take a trip and experience AVER’s magnificent ‘Rising Sun’.

https://www.facebook.com/Aver.Band
http://averband.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ripple-Music/369610860064
http://ripple-music.com/

Aver, “Rising Sun”

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Eternal Black Release Self-Titled Debut EP

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 2nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

If there was such a thing to be sounded as a “good dude alert,” it would be ringing. The reigning Prince of Long Island, drummer Joe Wood — known best for his work in long-running hard rockers Borgo Pass, but also formerly of sludge-slingers 12 Eyes, a former bandmate of mine and all around one of the best guys you could hope to know on the Eastern Seaboard — has a new band going. The Brooklyn-based trio, with Wood on drums, Ken Wohlrob on guitar/vocals and Hal Miller on bass, are called Eternal Black after an initial introduction as The Black Hand, and their self-titled EP has just been released through their own Obsidian Sky Records.

Announcement and stream follow. More to come:

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Eternal Black Unleashes Their Doomy Self-Titled EP

Brooklyn-based doom band Eternal Black have unleashed their debut self-titled EP via their own Obsidian Sky Records. Steeped in the American doom tradition of Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, and EyeHateGod, Eternal Black’s music is full of heavy and bluesy riffs, Bonham-esque drums, and rumbling low-end. Sonically and lyrically, the three tracks on the EP are Armageddon blues songs.

Formed in late 2014, Eternal Black is made up of Joe Wood on drums (Borgo Pass, Bloody Sabbath), Hal Miller on Bass, and Ken Wohlrob on guitar and vocals. The group came together out of a desire to create dark songs driven by fuzz-drenched riffs and old-school heavy grooves.

The Eternal Black EP was produced by Kol Marshall (King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Absu, Ministry) and Joe Kelly (Provan, John Hovorka and the Dawn of Mechanized Farming) at the latter’s Suburban Elvis studios. Digital downloads of the album are available now via Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and other digital music retailers.
https://eternalblack.bandcamp.com
https://itun.es/i6L54nk

Details for Eternal Black’s self-titled EP

Track listing:
1. Obsidian Sky
2. The Dead Die Hard
3. Armageddon’s Embrace

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Joe Kelly and Kol Marshall
Recorded at Suburban Elvis Studios, May 2015
Released by Obsidian Sky Records

Band members:
Hal Miller: Bass
Joe Wood: Drums
Ken Wohlrob: Guitars, Vocals

For the latest updates on Eternal Black:
http://eternalblackdoom.tumblr.com/
https://eternalblack.bandcamp.com
https://soundcloud.com/eternalblackdoom
https://www.facebook.com/blackhanddoom
https://instagram.com/eternalblackdoom/

Eternal Black, Eternal Black (2015)

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Pastor to Release Debut LP Evoke Aug. 17

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 2nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Austrian shuffle-prone trad heavy rockers Pastor announce that their full-length debut, Evoke, is set to arrive next month via Who Can You Trust? Records. You might recall the same label issued their 2014 7″ Wayfaring Stranger/The Oath (review here), but the LP is all new material, and though it shares cover art by Adam Burke in common with the preceding single, it’s far more cohesive stylistically, Pastor sounding sure of who they are as a band and what they want their songs to do across the relatively brief 29-minute span of the album.

I’ll be doing a track premiere in a couple weeks for one of the seven inclusions — not sure which yet, though I’m digging the title-track at the moment — so expect more on Evoke to come, but by way of an early heads up, here’s the album info, some comment from drummer Alex about making the record and the dates for Pastor‘s upcoming European tour with Black Wizard, set to begin Sept. 10.

All, of course, off the PR wire:

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“Evoke” is the debut full-length of Pastor from Vienna, Austria. It is the follow-up to last years debut 7″ that featured the tracks “Wayfaring Stranger” and “The Oath”. The album will be released on August 17th through Who Can You Trust? Records in an Edition of 500 LPs on black Vinyl!

“It was done within five days,” says drummer Alex. “The recording dates were set pretty quickly after we decided to hit the studio so we had no time to work on the songs or think a lot about details, but we wanted it just that way. Chris from Who Can You Trust? Records was down with us again and we just had to do it. Evoke is basically a collection of our heaviest riffs we jammed in our rehearsal room and it’s raw. It was recorded without a click track because let’s be honest, life won’t play to a steady beat either. We also didn’t do any of the usual post production fancy stuff because that’s just not us.”

“Some of them songs were written in a hellish atmosphere during the summer and some of them during the frosty days of a Vienna winter,” he continues. “I think you can hear that difference on the album pretty well. We entered the mighty halls of Elephant West Studios, with lady Sabina Sloth on the throne, chugged down some beers and just played all together in one room. We are more than excited about the result and the artwork, which was crafted by none other than Adam Burke. So sit back and turn your speakers all the way up until your whole neighborhood joins you for a drink. Enjoy the sounds of Evoke.”

“Evoke” track list:
SIDE A
A1 VOODOO
A2 DROWNING THOUGHTS
A3 WOLF VEIN
A4 WICKED WHISPERS
SIDE B
B1 MOVING ON
B2 DEVILS REEF
B3 EVOKE

Pastor Euro tour with Black Wizard:
Thu – 10.09 AUT – Graz @ Club Volt
Fri – 11.09 AUT – Linz @ Ann And Pat
Sat – 12.09 AUT – Innsbruck @ Prometheus
Sun – 13.09 – TBA
Mon – 14.09 – TBA
Tue – 15.09 AUT – Vienna @ Arena Beisl
Wed – 16.09 GER – Berlin @ Cortina Bob
Thu – 17.09 – TBA
Fri – 18.09 – TBA
Sat – 19.09 GER – Erfurt @ Cafe Tiko
Sun – 20.09 – TBA
Mon – 21.09 – TBA
Tue – 22.09 GER – Essen @ Panic Room
Wed – 23.09 – TBA
Thu – 24.09 SWI – Geneva @ L’Usine
Fri – 25.09 SWI – Olten @ Coq D’Or
Sat – 26.09 BEL – Arlon @ L’Entrepot
Sun – 27.09 BEL – Kortrijk @ The Pits
Sun – 27.09 BEL – Antwerp @ Music City
Mon – 28.09 – TBA
Tue – 29.09 ITA – Bologna @ Freak Out
Wed – 30.09 ITA – Bibione (VE) @ Beach Invaders Music Bar
Thu – 01.10 SLO – Ljubljana @ Channel Zero
Fri – 02.10 SLO – Ilirska Bistrica @ MKNZ
Sat – 03.10 ITA – Trieste @ Tetris Club

Pastor is:
Arik – vox/guitar
Shardik – guitar
Georg – bass
Alex – drums

https://www.facebook.com/pastoraustria
http://pastor.bandcamp.com/
http://whocanyoutrustrec.bigcartel.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Who-Can-You-Trust-Records/187406787966906

Pastor, Wayfaring Stranger b/w The Oath (2014)

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Spillage Release Self-Titled Debut Album

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 1st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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The Trouble family tree strikes again, bringing forth the self-titled debut full-length from Chicago five-piece Spillage. Aside from guitarist Tony Spillman, formerly of Earthen Grave, the band also featured vocalist Lothar Keller, who plays guitar in The Skull. If that’s not enough lineage for you, it was produced by Bruce Franklin, who, of course, is one of Trouble‘s founding guitarists. So there.

It’s out now through Qumran Records on CD with vinyl to follow, as the PR wire informs:

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Behold! The wait is over!

Nearly 10 years in the making, the debut album from Spillage has just been let loose on the highways of hard rock/metal!

Tony Spillman, formerly of Earthen Grave, has assembled a massively talented lineup that brings the songs of Spillage to life with raw emotion, colorful landscapes, and at times, full blown rage! Lothar Keller (The Skull/Divinity Compromised) lends his incredible range to light up the vocals, Nick Bozidarevic (Band of Brothers) joins Tony to create a very Tipton/Downing-esque guitar duo, and Willie Max (Blackfinger/Shadoz Edge) and Chris Martins (Band of Brothers) hold down an absolutely thunderous rhythm section, and Paul Rau lays down the essential keyboard accents. Special guest lead guitar spots by none other than Trouble’s Bruce Franklin send things completely into the stratosphere.

Taking the best qualities of early Judas Priest & Uriah Heep, and mixing it with Uli Jon Roth era Scorpions, Spillage manages to create brilliant, original music that stands well on its own in today’s heavy scene.

Produced by the one and only Bruce Franklin, the self titled Spillage debut will be released world-wide on June 30th, 2015 via Qumran Records. CD and digital downloads will be available online via the band’s official Bandcamp page: www.spillage.bandcamp.com.

The track listing for the debut Spillage album is as follows:
1. The Darkness
2. Live In Fear
3. The Road
4. Call It Freedom
5. In Hell
6. Insomnia
7. Devil Woman
8. Land Of Opportunity
9. We Are

Limited edition red vinyl will be available soon!

Having already shared the stage with the likes of Trouble, Elder, and Brimstone Coven, and taking part in high profile festivals such as Days Of The Doomed, Spillage is poised to hit the road this summer in full force supporting the release of their debut album. Check listings for a city near you!

Be sure to keep up to date with all things Spillage by visiting following these links:
www.spillage.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/spillagerocks
www.twitter.com/Spillagerock1
www.reverbnation.com/spillage7
www.facebook.com/qumranrecords

Spillage, Spillage (2015)

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Wired Mind Sign to HeviSike Records; Mindstate: Dreamscape Due this Fall

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 1st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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German heavy psych trio Wired Mind have inked a deal to release their Mindstate: Dreamscape LP through the label this fall. The band, who thumbs-up the deal above, issued Mindstate: Dreamscape earlier this year independently and will have it out on limited colored vinyl.

Kind of an interesting pattern emerging the last year or so of bands putting out records digitally, meeting with some success in the response and subsequently being picked up by labels for a physical release. Imprints like RidingEasy and STB and so on have done similar, and I guess as a business model it’s not so different from a label picking up a band with a cool demo in the old days, just the manner of initial distribution that’s changed. If it’s sustainable over the longer term, more power to all involved.

The PR wire brought the official announcement:

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German heavy psychedelic rock trio WIRED MIND sign to HeviSike Records.

The Hannover three-piece have inked an exclusive deal with UK stoner rock label HeviSike Records to release their debut album ‘Mindstate:Dreamscape’. Originally self-released by the band in March this year, the four-song opus has received a positive reaction from the psychedelic and stoner rock community.

Mindstate:Dreamscape will satisfy both the fan of classic rock and modern European psych. Combining clear influences from 70s legends such as Amon Düül II, Grand Funk Railroad and Black Sabbath but with a modern twist. Nods to Colour Haze, The Machine and Samsara Blues Experiment are evident.

The album follows a journey into the depths of consciousness. Through cosmic jams and the occasional flourish of heavy, the songs explore the intricate caverns of the mind. Imagine a late summer’s sunset. Picture a voyage through the stars. Envisage a collective of minds united by the groove. This is Wired Mind. Mindstate:Dreamscape is just the beginning.

HeviSike Records will be giving the album the much-needed vinyl treatment including new mastering and high quality packaging. The record will be pressed on limited edition colour vinyl and will see worldwide distribution.

Wired Mind are: Chris (drums), Maik (guitar, vox) and Patrick (bass)

Listen to the first single ‘Woman’.
Release date: Friday 25th September 2015
Worldwide distribution via Plastic Head Distribution

facebook.com/hevisike
hevisike.com
facebook.com/wiredmindrocks
soundcloud.com/hevisike
wiredmind.bandcamp.com

Wired Mind, Mindstate: Dreamscape (2015)

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Clouds Taste Satanic Announce Your Doom Has Come for Sept. Release

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 30th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Brooklyn doomers Clouds Taste Satanic will release their second album, Your Doom Has Come, on Sept. 1. The record follows the band’s 2014 debut, To Sleep Beyond the Earth, which was formatted as a single piece, and is broken down into separate tracks, though the first three of them — as you can see in the tracklisting — are also meant to be taken as a whole.

The instrumental double-guitar four-piece has made the last installment of that three-parter, “Beast from the Sea” available to check out in a new video, and you can find that under the album announcement below, snagged off the PR wire:

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CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC Instrumental Doom Quartet to Release Sophomore Full-Length Sept. 1st

Brooklyn-based instrumental doom quartet CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC will release their highly anticipated sophomore full-length on September 1st. Titled Your Doom Has Come, the six-track follow-up to 2014’s critically-heralded To Sleep Beyond The Earth full-length was engineered and mixed by Nadim Issa at Let Em’ In Studios in Brooklyn and mastered by Alan Douches (High On Fire, Mastodon) at West West Side Music.

Thematically, Your Doom Has Come traces its inspiration to the darkest corners of the Book of Revelation. Sonically, Your Doom Has Come finds the band at their fastest and most aggressive. While To Sleep Beyond The Earth took a more Dopesmoker approach (with one forty minute plus song spread over 2 sides of vinyl), Your Doom Has Come takes a more De Vermis Mysteriis approach, compressing its conceptual storytelling into six minute plus songs of riff-filled Armageddon. While all of Side A is joined together thematically to form the title song, the individual pieces work just as well on their own.

CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC formed in Brooklyn, New York in 2013 and have spent the past two years building a reputation as one of the finest underground doom bands playing today. They’ve patiently and deliberately developed a unique sound that melds riff dominated stoner rock with heavy doom. With their live show, they work to create a multi-media mood that offers a true experience and companion piece to their albums. CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC’s debut album, To Sleep Beyond The Earth was released in 2014.

Your Doom Has Come Track Listing:
Your Doom Has Come
I. Ten Kings
II. One Third of The Sun
III. Beast From The Sea
Out of The Abyss
Dark Army
Sudden…Fallen

CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC:
Steven Scavuzzo – Guitar
David Weintraub – Guitar
Sean Bay – Bass
Christy Davis – Drums

CloudsTasteSatanic.Bandcamp.com
Facebook.com/CloudsTasteSatanic

Clouds Taste Satanic, “Beast from the Sea”

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