Windhand Enter Studio with Jack Endino; New Album in Fall

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

Unmistakably good news today from the camp of Richmond, Virginia, five-piece Windhand, as it’s announced they have entered the studio to work with producer Jack Endino (NirvanaNebula, on and on) on their third album. The record has been given a tentative due date of Fall 2015, and I’d be surprised if Windhand didn’t hit that mark, since if their itinerary for their Relapse debut and sophomore outing, 2013’s Soma (review here), is any basis for judgment, they’ll likely already have tours booked before the record is released.

All the better. The response to Soma was massive, so anticipation for the follow-up will be likewise high. In the last year-plus, though, the band have become veterans of fests like RoadburnDay of the ShredScion Rock Fest and others, in addition to putting in considerable road time on their own, headlining and supporting, their wash of volume and riffs finding welcome on a frighteningly close to universal scale. Seems like they’re working quick to get back in the studio, but you won’t hear me complain.

They’ve also got some shows in Atlanta with a little band called Sleep in May. Here’s the news, freshly hoisted from the PR wire:

windhand (photo by Clement Photography)

WINDHAND ENTER THE STUDIO WITH JACK ENDINO TO RECORD NEW ALBUM OUT THIS FALL ON RELAPSE RECORDS

Richmond, VA psychedelic doomsters WINDHAND have entered the studio with legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, High on Fire). The band is recording their highly anticipated third full-length album at Soundhouse Recording in Seattle, WA. The currently untitled album will see a fall release via Relapse Records and promises to be their most ambitious record to date. The album will contain nine songs including titles like “Two Urns”, “Hyperion” and “Kingfisher”.

Additionally, the group has confirmed two Atlanta shows with Sleep this May.

Stay tuned for more info on WINDHAND.

WINDHAND US LIVE DATES:
May 3 – Atlanta, GA The Masquerade ^
May 4 – Atlanta, GA Center Stage Theatre ^

^ with Sleep

https://www.facebook.com/WindhandVA
http://windhandva.bandcamp.com/
http://www.relapse.com/

Windhand, Soma (2013)

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Big Business Added to Headliners for Stumpfest IV in Portland, OR

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

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Yes, the news here is that Big Business will headline the Saturday night of Portland, Oregon’s Stumpfest IV, but the sometimes-duo, sometimes-trio, one-time-a-four-piece outfit are also heading out on a full run of the US between the end of this month and the end of next month, and that includes dates on that little ol’ tour that Clutch and Mastodon have kicking. The moral of the story? Big Business are keeping good company all the way around.

That’s certainly the case at Stumpfest IV, where they join YOB and Danava among the headliners and a lineup that also includes Lecherous GazeSandriderNorskaGraves at Sea and so on, for three nights of heavy and what I understand is a healthy dose of “bro love.” Fair enough.

You should read what the PR wire says. All the cool kids are doing it:

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STUMPFEST: BIG BUSINESS Confirmed As Saturday Headliner; Individual-Day Tickets Now Available For All Three Days

In 2015, the “fantastic amalgam of music, bro love and art” returns to Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon on April 23-25. Hosted by none other than the beloved Stump sisters, the three-day festival is more stacked than ever. As of today we can finally reveal that BIG BUSINESS will headline Sunday, April 25th–pulling double-duty after opening for Clutch and Mastodon at The Roseland Theater downtown and giving the Stumpfest crowd an intimate performance.

They are joined by fellow headliners YOB, LORD DYING, DANAVA and many more.

Three-day passes for Stumpfest IV are now SOLD OUT, but you can purchase individual day passes for $15 at the following links:

THURSDAY 4/23 (DANAVA, LORD DYING, LECHEROUS GAZE, BLACK PUSSY, SONS OF HUNS & PRIZEHOG)

FRIDAY 4/24 (YOB, INTRONAUT, AUTHOR & PUNSHER, GRAVES AT SEA & MUSCLE AND MARROW)

SATURDAY 4/25 (BIG BUSINESS, SANDRIDER, NORSKA, RAJAS & BILLIONS AND BILLIONS)

Big Business on tour:
March 30, 2015 – THREE LINKS – Dallas, TX
March 31, 2015 – RED 7 – Austin, TX w/Skycrawler
April 01, 2015 – WALTERS DOWNTOWN – Houston, TX
April 02, 2015 – SIBERIA – New Orleans, LA
April 4, 2015 – THE CRYING WOLF – Nashville, TN
April 06, 2015 – NEPTUNE’S PARLOR – Raleigh, NC W/BIRDS OF AVALON
April 07, 2015 – OTTOBAR – Baltimore, MD, USA
April 08, 2015 – UNDERGROUND ARTS – Black Box – Philadelphia, PA
April 09, 2015 – THE STUDIO AT WEBSTER HALL – New York, NY
April 10, 2015 – BUG JAR – Rochester, NY
April 12, 2015 – GARRISON – Toronto, ON
April 13, 2015 – THE CROFOOT – Pike Room – Pontiac, MI w/ We Are Hex
April 14, 2015 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL w/ We Are Hex
w/ Clutch & Mastodon:
April 16th–St. Paul, MN at Myth
April 17th–Winnipeg, Canada at Burton Cummings Theater
April 18th–Saskatoon, Canada at O’Brians Event Center
April 19th–Edmonton, Canada at Expo Centre
April 21– Calgary, Canada at Macewan Hall
April 23–Vancouver, Canada at Commodore Ballroom
April 24–Vancouver, Canada at Commodore Ballroom
April 25–Portland, OR at Roseland Theater
April 26–Seattle, WA at Showbox Sodo
April 28–Oakland, CA at Fox Theater

facebook.com/STUMPFEST777
mississippistudios.com
southerncrosspr.com

Big Business, Battlefields Forever (2013)

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Desertfest Berlin 2015: Kamchatka Added to Lineup

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

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I wondered last week when perusing Kamchatka‘s UK and European tour dates if the Swedish trio might not also end up on one or the other of the Desertfests, and it seems they’re headed to Berlin. Apparently since the last time I looked, Baby Woodrose also got added, which is awesome. The Desertfest Berlin 2015 lineup might be the strongest one yet, and it’s been interesting to watch — from an unfortunate distance — as the London and Berlin incarnations of the festival each grow their own personality. Both have a broadening reach, and yet they’re clearly becoming different entities, which when one takes into account the expansion of the brand to Belgium and potentially beyond that — because why not? — it should make the next couple years even more intriguing to see where it all goes.

These are the things one has to think about when one can’t just say things like, “Golly, I can’t wait to see Kamchatka at Desertfest!” One of these years, I’ll get to Berlin or back to London. For now, here’s the announcement of Kamchatka joining the lineup:

kamchatka desertfest berlin 2015

Here comes a new band: the Swedish trio KAMCHATKA is now confirmed for DESERTFEST BERLIN 2015!

Formed in Varberg in 2001, KAMCHATKA provide an explosive mixture of Stoner-, Hard-, 70’s-, Retro-, Psychedelic- and Bluesrock. Their first self-titled album came out on January 2005 via New York based indie label Grooveyard Records, followed in 2007 by “Volume II”.

During their first years, they played gigs here and there in Sweden, opening for Clutch a couple of times, who finally invited KAMCHATKA to join them on their 2008 US-Tour! It gave the guys their first opportunity to proove themselves to the American audience. After 21 successful performances, KAMCHATKA returned back home to complete “Volume III”, released in March 2009 via Swedish label Superpuma Records. In November 2009, the trio was once again invited by Clutch to open for them, this time on a month long tour of 23 gigs throughout western Europe.

With their amazing fifth album “The Search Goes On” (released on Despotz Records in February 2014) in the pocket, KAMCHATKA will make your booty move at DESERTFEST BERLIN in April! We are thrilled to have them on board!

Tickets on www.desertfest.de/tickets! (85€ + taxes)

DESERTFEST BERLIN #4 – APRIL 23th, 24th, 25th 2015
ASTRA KULTURHAUS / F-HAIN/X-BERG BERLIN (GER)
www.desertfest.de - www.soundofliberation.com

Red Fang + Orange Goblin + Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band + Acid King + Ufomammut + My Sleeping Karma + Conan + Black Pyramid + Karma To Burn + Brutus + Dopethrone + The Atomic Bitchwax + Lo-Pan + Baby Woodrose + The Picturebooks + Toner Low + Kamchatka + Dirty Fences + Heat + Mountain Witch + Mother Engine + Moaning Cities + The Sun And The Wolf + Cigale + Riff Fist + Travelin Jack + Tau + more

http://www.desertfest.de
http://www.soundofliberation.com
https://www.facebook.com/Kamchatkaofficial

Kamchatka, “Ain’t Fallin'”

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Bantoriak Debut Album Weedooism Due April 13; “Lysergic Tantra” Video Posted

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

bantoriak

I am a sucker for a rolling groove. One of those grooves that unfolds and is immediately hypnotic. The kind that you snap back to consciousness after it ends and wonder where the previous however-long just went. The kind where things like “measures” and “cycles” become irrelevant. Accordingly, with Bantoriak‘s “Lysergic Tantra,” it didn’t take all that long before I was on board.

The video (which you can see under the PR wire info below) comes from the Italian project’s forthcoming debut album, Weedooism, and while I’m not certain of the theological roots, the sound-as-spiritualist vibe comes through in the slow-motion swirl of effects on “Lysergic Tantra” and the melodic chanting that accompanies. Argonauta Records will have Weedooism out next month, and in addition to the work of Izio Orsini, who serves as the one-man core of the band, it also features guest vocal spots from Rosy of Profanal and Isaak‘s own Giacomo H. Boeddu.

If you find yourself looking for a trance-inducing roll, Orsini‘s got at least one on offer. This from the PR wire:

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BANTORIAK: new video and cover artwork revealed

Psychedelic Doom Rock band BANTORIAK reveals the cover artwork of the forthcoming album and releases a new videoclip. The song “Lysergic Tantra” is taken from the album “Weedooism”, out April 13th 2015 on CD/DD via ARGONAUTA Records.

BANTORIAK is a project by Izio Orsini, involving other Italian musicians, that follows the one vision of an experimental work influenced by psychedelic, doom and atmospheric sound. Beyond genres, it flows as hypnotic trip from the Ganges river to the California desert, reflecting the genuine approach on the musical taste, playing entirely with 70’s vintage and handcrafted instruments. The forthcoming album, scheduled for early 2015, will feature on drums Fabio of EREMITE and guest vocals by Rosy (Profanal) and Giacomo (Isaak).

For more infos:
https://www.facebook.com/ArgonautaRecords
https://www.facebook.com/BantoriakDoom

Bantoriak, “Lysergic Tantra” official video

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Mist to Release New EP Inan’ on May 8

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

mist (photo by Lara Zitko)

Slovenian doom five-piece Mist will issue their new EP, the apostrophe-inclusive Inan’, on May 8 through Soulseller Records. Technically speaking, it’s their debut EP as well, though their Demo 2013 (review here) made enough of an impression that it was hard to think of it as the work of a band getting their bearings. Still, Inan’ will be four tracks and finds the Ljubljana outfit past the demo stage and onto more realized terrain. I wouldn’t be surprised if a first full-length followed soon behind.

Particularly notable is the fact that neither of the two tracks from Demo 2013 is reused for Inan’. I can’t help but wonder if there’s some aesthetic shift at play as well, and perhaps that’s what the incense and skull-holding in the photo above as well is hinting toward. We’ll find out in the Spring where Mist are headed sound-wise, and until then, here’s the info on Inan’ and the artwork for the EP, crafted by drummer Mihaela Žitko, courtesy of the PR wire:

mist inan

MIST: New EP details revealed

Slovenian Doom Metal band MIST will release a new EP (cd/lim.12″/digital) on May 8th though Soulseller Records. The 4-tracker entitled »Inan’« will include 3 new songs and one from the »Demo 2013«, recorded anew with the influence of the band’s current lead guitarist, Blaž Tanšek.

MIST formed in July 2012, originally as an all-female band, and build their music on the legacy of legendary bands like Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Candlemass, Coven, Saint Vitus and others.

»Inan’« was recorded in the fall of 2014, produced, mixed and mastered by Benjamin Kic from BK Mastering. The brilliant cover art was created by drummer Mihaela Žitko.

Tracklist:
1. Inan’
2. Frozen Velvet
3. Phobia
4. Under The Night Sky

Line-up:
Nina Spruk – lead vocals
Ema Babošek – rhythm guitar & backing vocals
Blaž Tanšek – lead guitar
Neža Pe?an – bass
Mihaela Žitko – drums

https://www.facebook.com/mist.doom
http://mistdoom.bandcamp.com/
http://mistdoom.tumblr.com/

Mist, Demo 2013

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Kamchatka Announce UK Headlining Dates; European Tour Underway

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 27th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

kamchatka

With their new album in the can, Swedish blues rock trio Kamchatka have headed out on a new round of European tour dates. I’m not sure when the record will be out — I could tell you later this year, which is pretty much the same as saying “ever” — but the tour is underway now, and Snuff Lane, which is presenting the three UK headlining shows, has announced the support acts. In addition to Germany’s Coogans Bluff, who’ll join up with Kamchatka fresh off a round of gigs with Spidergawd, the likes of Baron Greenback and newcomer Dopefight-offshoot Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters will open shows.

The PR wire brings more details, courtesy of Snuff Lane:

kamchatka euro tour

We are very proud to announce that the first ever headline UK tour for Swedish Power-Trio Kamchatka will be taking place March 16 to 18, courtesy of Snuff Lane Promotions.
A night of psychedelic stoner rock – with unique blends of fuzz, blues, funk, jazz and soul – is coming to the UK this March.

Snuff Lane Promotions proudly presents Swedish Power-Trio Kamchatka’s first ever headline tour, following their highly successful one-off London headline show last September.
Drawing influence and inspiration from blues rock bands of the 60’s and 70’s, Swedish power-trio Kamchatka have created a sound that invokes blues, stoner and psychedelic rock.

Snuff Lane are also delighted to add the debut UK appearance of German jazz-rock hybrid Coogans Bluff to the tour, whose latest album ‘Getting Dizzy’ was released in March 2014.
As part of this three date tour, Kamchatka will host a FREE show at The Unicorn in Camden on Tuesday 18 March.

This free London event will also be showcasing a debut performance by the heavily anticipated Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters, comprised of members from Dopefight, Grey Widow, Witchfist and Mama Moonshine, these tye-dye metal stoners will be reigning their throbbing chubby fuzz for the FIRST TIME EVER in support of Kamchatka.

MARCH UK TOUR DATES:
Monday 16 – Moon Club, Cardiff
Kamchatka // Coogans Bluff // Sump // Gulah

Tuesday 17 – Unicorn Camden, London [FREE SHOW]
Kamchatka // Coogans Bluff // Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters

Wednesday 18 – The Exchange, Bristol
Kamchatka // Coogans Bluff // Baron Greenback // Howl
Tickets available at We Got Tickets.

Kamchatka on tour:
27.2 DE-Erfurt, Museumskeller
28.2 DE-Bordesholm, Savoy
03.3 DE-München, Backstage
04.3 DE-Mannhein, 7 er Club
05.3 DE-Hamburg, Marx
06.3 DE-Rostock, Mauclub
07.3 DE-Münster, Hot Jazzclub
08.3 DE-Dortmund, Piano
12.3 DE-Köln, Werkstatt
13.3 DE-Oldenburg, Cadillac
14.3 DE-Frankfurt (Main), Das Bett (High In The Sky High Festival)
20.3 NL-Deventer, De Hip
21.3 NL-Den Haag, Musicon
22.3 NL-Hoorn, Swaf
16.4 NL-Arnhem, Brigant
17.4 NL-Zeist, De Peppel With Karma to Burn
18.4 NL-Sneek, Bolwerk With Karma to Burn
23.4 HU-Dürer Kert, Budapest

https://www.facebook.com/Kamchatkaofficial
http://kamchatka.se/
https://twitter.com/KamchatkaSWE

Kamchatka, “Ain’t Fallin'”

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Eindhoven Psych Lab 2015 Announces Lineup; Earth and Moon Duo to Headline

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 26th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

earth

Looks like a pretty far out lineup for this year’s Eindhoven Psych Lab, which though it’s going head to head with Freak Valley in Germany, seems to be hitting into more of an indie vibe than heavy rock. Does it still count as a conflict if the fests are happening in different countries? Not being fortunate enough to head to either, I’ll leave the philosophy out of it. In any case, if you were wondering what Earth were up to that weekend, they’re headlining at the Effenaar in gorgeous Eindhoven on a bill that also includes the formidable likes of The Cult of Dom Keller, Kikagaku Moyo and Portuguese jammers Black Bombaim.

Info follows, hoisted from the PR wire:

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Eindhoven Psych Lab (5 + 6 June) announces Moon Duo, Earth as headliners, full line up Trouble in Mind stage and many more

EINDHOVEN PSYCH LAB
5 + 6 JUNE 2015 – EFFENAAR / EINDHOVEN / THE NETHERLANDS
2 DAYS / 30+ BANDS / 2 INDOOR STAGES AND A GARDEN
PRESENTED BY LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF PSYCHEDELIA & EFFENAAR

Eindhoven’s Effenaar music venue and Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia are thrilled to announce Moon Duo and Earth as headliners for this year’s festival, alongside the already announced The Soft Moon. The Trouble in Mind stage is now complete with the additions of The Limiñanas , The Soft Walls, Ultimate Painting and Klaus Johann Grobe. But that’s not all; The Telescopes, Kikagaku Moyo, Hey Colossus, K-X-P, The Lucid Dream, zZz and Dead Rabbits are also added to the bill.

Full line up so far:
Moon Duo + Earth + The Soft Moon
Trouble in Mind Stage: Morgan Delt + Jacco Gardner + The Limiñanas + Doug Tuttle + Soft Walls + Ultimate Painting + Klaus Johann Grobe
The Telescopes + The Cult of Dom Keller + Kikagaku Moyo
K-X-P + Black Bombaim + Pow! + Hey Colossus + Pauw + The Lucid Dream
+ zZz + Teeth of the Sea + Dead Rabbits

Visual Happenings
Three amazing visual happenings in the form of an expo by Glenn Peeters (Radar Men From The Moon) and Pernilla Ellens, Ed van der Elsken’s 80’s photographs of the Natlab in Eindhoven and the ‘Waterballet’ universe of Kamiel Rongen, situated in the Research Module will run during the festival as well.

More to be announced.

Tickets:
Weekend tickets: € 67.50
Day tickets: € 37,50
Weekend including hotel for two people € 275,-

http://www.eindhovenpsychlab.com
https://www.facebook.com/eindhovenpsychlab
http://www.twitter.com/EhovenPsychLab

Earth, Primitive and Deadly (2014)

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Demon Eye to Release Tempora Infernalia May 8

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 26th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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North Carolinian cult-themed heavy four-piece Demon Eye are gearing up to release their second album, Tempora Infernalia, May 8 on Soulseller Records. The new record follows pretty quickly on the heels of early-2014’s debut, Leave the Light (review here), which was well received for its classic influences and catchy songwriting, cuts like “Fires of Abalam” and “From Beyond” immediately resonant in their riff-led hooks. As much of Leave the Light garnered its material from Demon Eye‘s prior demo/EP, 2013’s Shades of Black, this will mark their first long-player comprised of completely new songs. The debut wanted nothing for flow between its tracks, but it should be interesting to hear what Demon Eye have come up with this time around as they offer a bit of darkness to go with springtime.

Album info follows, as posted on their Thee Facebooks. Thanks to Kathleen Johnson for the tip:

demon eye tempora infernalia

DEMON EYE – New album details revealed!

Dark and groovy, loud and heavy – DEMON EYE are back! North Carolina’s occult hard rockers will release their new full-length entitled “Tempora Infernalia” on May 8th through Soulseller Records. The album was recorded and mixed by Alex Maiolo at Seriously Adequate Studio in Carrboro, NC and mastered by Pete Weiss at Verdant Studio in Southern Vermont.

The band’s sophomore release after last year’s highly acclaimed debut, “Leave the Light”, is a blast of wicked riffery and skilled songcraft that conjures apocalyptic visions of a world on the brink of destruction. The end is near, and we welcome its arrival!

Cover artwork (created by John Hitselberger, Raleigh NC)

Tracklist:
1. End Of Days
2. Listen To The Darkness
3. I’ll Be Creeping
4. See The Signs
5. Poison Garden
6. In The World, Not Of It
7. Black Winds
8. Give Up The Ghost
9. Please, Father
10. Sons Of Man

Line-Up:
Erik Sugg – Vocals, Guitars
Larry Burlison – Guitars
Paul Walz,- Bass
Bill Eagen – Drums, Vocals

https://twitter.com/DemonEyeNC
https://www.facebook.com/demoneyenc
http://demoneye.bandcamp.com/
http://www.soulsellerrecords.com/

Demon Eye, Leave the Light (2014)

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