Vokonis to Enter Studio in November to Record Second Album

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 29th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Today, Swedish upstart riffers Vokonis announce their plans to enter Studio Underjord in November to begin recording their second full-length. If there’s a reason not to look forward to what these cats do next, I absolutely can’t think of it. Earlier this year, they broke out of the gate with Olde One Ascending (review here), which already has a place on my list of 2016’s best debut full-lengths, to be posted in December. By then, presumably, the tracking will be done on what’s been titled The Sunken Djinn, which will be produced by Joona Hassinen, which should be all the more exciting if you know any of the three bands listed below with whom he’s worked in the past. No minor names there as regards tone.

That’s an asset for Vokonis as well — tone — and as they continue to move forward from their beginnings under the moniker Creedsmen Arise, it’s been exciting so far to watch and hear them come into their own and find their sound in that great undulating sea of plus-sized riffage. More to come on this one, including art, audio, etc., but for now, here’s the statement of intent from the band and the tracklisting for The Sunken Djinn as it stands today:


In November of 2016 the Swedish stoner metal outfit Vokonis will enter the studio to record their second album.

This will be done at Studio Underjord with producer Joona Hassinen, who have previously worked with artists such as Tombstones, Ocean Chief and Skraeckoedlan.

The album which is titled “The Sunken Djinn” feature a more up-tempo and aggressive approach than the debut album “Olde One Ascending”.

‘The Sunken Djinn’ Tracklist:
-The Sunken Djinn
-Calling from the Core
-Blood Vortex
-Zilleon’s Eyes
-Architect of Despair

Vokonis is in search of a label to publish the album and aims for The Sunken Djinn to be released during the first half of 2017.

Simon Ohlsson: Vocals, Guitar
Emil Larsson: Drums
Jonte Johansson: Bass, Backing vocals

Vokonis, Olde One Ascending (2016)

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Black Bone Exorcism Sign to DHU Records; Crack the Bone, Break the Heart out Oct. 29

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 28th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

It’s the kind of record one might be tempted to refer to as a ‘slab,’ and the announcement has come through that the debut release from Washington bashers Black Bone Exorcism, Crack the Bone, Break the Heart, will be released on CD through DHU Records on Oct. 29. For you vinyl heads — and I know you’re out there — it’s looking like the first part of 2017, though I don’t have an exact date as yet. Black Bone Exorcism will celebrate the coming of the CD/DL version by joining forces with none other than Brothers of the Sonic Cloth at in Fremont, WA. Should be an evening of much tonal heft and revelry in deeply-weighted plunder. If you’re not sure just what the hell that means, check out “Unknown, Against Light” below.

Black Bone Exorcism posted the following update about the signing and other doings:


Black Bone Exorcism is VERY proud to announce that we have signed an international vinyl distribution deal with D.H.U. Records. D.H.U. has been a HUGE force in supporting the heavy DIY scene all over the world, and it’s an honor to be part of the Blackened Filth that they will be infecting this dark planet with! The vinyl release is set for early 2017, so be on the lookout for it’s availability both at shows and in our online merch shop (opening soon).

Our self released recording “Crack the Bone, Break the Heart” will be unleashed on October 29th, 2016, opening up for none other than Brothers of the Sonic Cloth at our new favorite joint, Substation in Fremont.

Again, we are beyond stoked to be part of the D.H.U. Tribe! They will truly help us get our art to places we could never touch, and this has been our mission since day one.

For now, we give you a taste of what is to come. View the sorrow and crushing force that will change your view of the world in our Album Trailer below. Thank you to everyone that has supported us over the past 3 years. This is just the beginning…

Dave Krön: Guitar & Vocals
Brandon Wilder: Guitar & Samples
Keith Greer: Drums
Mike Lee: Bass


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Rise Above Relics Announces Oct. 14 Reissue of Horse’s For Twisted Minds Only

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 28th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster


I bought Horse‘s Horse years ago — I know it was a long time because it was before I was able to look up what it was on my phone and I had to pick it up on spec based on the cover and year of release — but it seems like that 1970 self-titled debut/swansong from the London outfit is only part of what makes up For Twisted Minds Only, which Rise Above Relics is issuing/reissuing on Oct. 14. As to the title, I have to wonder if that’s the original name of the album restored or a new one for the collection as a whole, but in any case, for you classic heavy rock heads, if this is one you don’t know, it’s well worth checking out.

From the PR wire:


Rise Above Relics to Release HORSE’s For Twisted Minds Only October 14th

Formed in South London during the late sixties, HORSE were a band creating occult influenced progressive hard rock, ahead of its time. Guitarist Rod Roach had briefly played in an incarnation of British psych-rock legends Andromeda before forming Horse with other key member, vocalist Adrian Hawkins. Alongside bassist Colin Standring, the band also featured legendary drummer Ric Parnell, later of Atomic Rooster (amongst many others) and future star of This is Spinal Tap (aka Mick Shrimpton)!

A favorite amongst collectors for many years (with original mint copies today trading in excess of £400), Horse is an album long overdue an official reissue. Recorded in 1969, originally released in 1970 and bootlegged countless times from scratchy vinyl transfers, Rise Above Relics can finally present you with this detailed release mastered and cut directly from the original master tapes. Featuring a treasure trove of previously unheard/unreleased material, For Twisted Minds Only is certain to have connoisseurs and collectors of the period literally frothing at the bit.

The album is available for pre-order on Amazon in CD and Vinyl formats.

This first ever official reissue includes a detailed booklet of the bands history, as well as a tasty selection of previously unheard tracks! Comes housed in previously unseen original artwork by Roger Wootton of Comus.

1. The Sacrifice
2. See The People Creeping Round
3. And I Have Loved You
4. Freedom Rider
5. Lost Control
6. To Greet The Sun
7. The Journey
8. Heat Of The Summer
9. Gypsy Queen
10. Step Out Of Line
11. Autumn (previously unreleased)
12. Winchester Town/Dreams Turn to Ashes (previously unreleased)
13. Born to be Wild (previously unreleased)
14. Picture of Innocence (previously unreleased)
15. She Brings Peace (previously unreleased)
16. Anthems to the Sea (previously unreleased)

*vinyl edition will include further bonus tracks!


Horse, “The Sacrifice”

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Up in Smoke 2016: Lineup Final; Trailer Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 28th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

The final addition to the lineup for Up in Smoke 2016, which starts this Friday at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland? Camping space. Namely the floor of the venue, which will be cleaned after the last band finishes each night so that fest goers can grab their sleeping bags and bed down for the night, only to find breakfast waiting when they roll back to consciousness the next morning. I’ve never slept on a venue floor before. That would be a new one. But provided they get the beer/other fluids up, which I’ve no doubt they’ll be able to do because it’s Switzerland and things like that increase the likelihood that anyone gives a shit about what they’re doing, it seems like a cool way to achieve total immersion in a festival atmosphere. I’ve never gone camping either, though, so don’t necessarily take my word as an expert or anything.

With the festival’s most massive lineup yet, Up in Smoke 2016 kicks off this Friday. A new trailer for the fest with some 1000mods in it has been posted and you can find that under the camping info and complete billing below:


SOUND OF LIBERATION and Z7 KONZERTFABRIK PRATTELN proudly present the 4th edition of UP IN SMOKE INDOOR FESTIVAL on September 30th and October 1st 2016! Musical Highlights include Electric Wizard, Yob, Truckfighters, Pentagram and many many more.

Many of you asked for the chance to sleep over in the venue, like we offered in the last editions. Here´s the procedure:

After the last band is done playing, we will go on partying with Dj music for another hour. Then afterwards, we will ask everybody to step out of the main hall for a few minutes. The floor will be cleaned and covered with a sheet so that the place gets clean for all our “in site – campers”. If you want to sleep over in the venue, you should bring your sleeping bag and camping mat. Upon your arrival on the festival site you can store your belongings in the wardrobe and get it back for the night.

In the morning, we will offer you a nice breakfast with coffee/tea, bread and breadrolls, meat and cheese and sweet stuff to get you in shape for the next festival day! The price for sleep over and breakfast is 15.- CHF per person/night. There´s no option of separate bookings like ” only sleep over and no breakfast” or “only breakfast”.

Up in Smoke 2016 Final Line Up
Electric Wizard
Monkey 3
Black Cobra
Yawning Man
Fatso Jetson
Desert Mountain Tribe
High Fighter
Mother’s Cake

Also not to forget: No overlapping set times, sleep over/breakfast possibiity in the venue + some more specials to be announced soon to sweeten you the “TWO NOT TO BE MISSED DAYS OF VOLUME WORSHIP” !!! Grab your ticket (2-day passes) right now on our website, on www.z-7.ch and on our Facebook (tab ‘Buy Tickets’). If you prefer to buy an original, real hard-ticket, our partner Woolheads is selling them!


Up in Smoke 2016, festival trailer

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All Them Witches Finish Work on Fourth Album; On Tour Now

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 27th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Word just came in from Nashville’s All Them Witches that they’ve finished recording their yet-untitled fourth album. The four-piece hit the road tonight for a few quick dates as a preface to head to Europe for two-hour sets as they herald the coming LP and continue to support last year’s Dying Surfer Meets His Maker (review here), also their debut on New West Records. This is the first I’m hearing about the new All Them Witches, but obviously it’s one to look forward to coming off of their previous outing, so when I get word of a release date, I’ll for sure pass it along. Not sure if it’s mixed/mastered or where they might be in that process, but early 2017 doesn’t seem like an unreasonable expectation going by what we know now.

They sent along this update:


Fall Tour Starts Now!

We are beyond excited for our upcoming headlining tour across the UK and Europe. It has been such a pleasure finally making it overseas, not once, but twice already this year. October will be our third time and we have an amazing set to play for you guys and gals. Expect our set each night to be around 2 hours. Also, we are bringing out Tel Aviv band, The Great Machine. They are insane.

We have all vinyl and cd, plus brand new t-shirt and hoodie designs.

Lastly, we wanted to let you know we just finished our 4th studio album! Can’t give you any more info than that, but we are extremely proud of it and we hope you will listen to it again and again and again. Honestly. We will play at least 2 new ones from the new record this tour.

SEPT 27 JJ’s Bohemia Chattanooga, TN
SEPT 28 The Earl Atlanta, GA
SEPT 29 Marathon Music Works Nashville, TN

UK & Euro tour:
OCT 2 Thekla Bristol, UK
OCT 3 Deaf Institute Manchester, UK
OCT 4 Scala London, UK
OCT 6 The Haunt Brighton, UK
OCT 7 Brudenell Social Club Leeds, UK
OCT 8 The Classic Grand Glasgow, UK
OCT 9 Bodega Nottingham, UK
OCT 10 Maroquinerie Paris, FR
OCT 11 Essigfabrik Koln, DE
OCT 12 Logo Hamburg, DE
OCT 14 Doornroosje KZ Nijmegen, NL
OCT 15 White Trash Berlin, DE
OCT 16 Arena Vienna, AT
OCT 17 Backstage Halle Munich, DE
OCT 18 La Mascotte Zurich, CH
OCT 19 Le Romandie Club Lausanne, CH
OCT 21 Zappa Antwerpen, BE

OCT 27 The Syndicate Lounge Birmingham, AL
OCT 29 Voodoo Music Experience New Orleans, LA


All Them Witches, Live in Brussels (2016)

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Worm Ouroboros Stream New Track “Broken Movements”; What Graceless Dawn out Dec. 2

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 27th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Do your Tuesday drear a favor and treat it to a run through ‘Broken Movements,’ the new track streaming now to go with the announcement of Oakland atmospheric doomers Worm Ouroboros‘ upcoming third album, What Graceless Dawn, which will be out this winter on Profound Lore. I think you’ll find it’s a more than fitting complement in its pervasive melancholy, melodic resonance and ambient weight. It gets heavy, yeah, or at very least it gets spacious — I wouldn’t call even its loudest moments “crushing” or intended to be so — but even the quiet stretches seem to bear down on you, the unsuspecting listener, who’s just sad because Friday is still so far away. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, having missed out on their last outing in 2012, so please be on the lookout for more to come.

For now, art and info and audio, courtesy of the PR wire:


WORM OUROBOROS: Dark Ethereal Doom Alchemists To Release What Graceless Dawn Full-Length Via Profound Lore This Winter; New Track Posted

With their third full-length, What Graceless Dawn, dark ethereal doom alchemists WORM OUROBOROS have brought into existence their deepest and most moving work to date. Set for release this December via Profound Lore, the follow-up to 2012’s critically-lauded Come The Thaw LP finds the Oakland-based trio of bassist/vocalist Lorraine Rath (ex-The Gault, Amber Asylum), guitarist/vocalist Jessica Way (Barren Harvest), and drummer Aesop Dekker (Vhol, ex-Agalloch, Ludicra) elevating the WORM OUROBOROS sound to a new echelon of sophistication through their amalgam of morose, 4AD-esque doom, introspective death rock, dark ambient, and enchanting chamber music. Through obsessive bass lines, ambient guitar movements, layers and overtones, the alluring vocal intertwining between Rath and Way, and Dekker’s subtle-yet-procession-like percussion What Graceless Dawn is a sonic vision of tragedy and despair, one of the saddest, most crippling, and gut-wrenching releases in the realm of heavy, dark, introspective music to bring the curtain down on the year.

Recorded and mixed at Oakland’s Earhammer Studios by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Pallbearer, Noothgrush) Graceless Dawn will see official unveiling on December 2nd, 2016.
In the meantime, hear the forlorn sounds of second track, “Broken Movements,” via Profound Lore’s Soundcloud page at THIS LOCATION.

What Graceless Dawn Track Listing:
1. Day
2. Broken Movements
3. Suffering Tree
4. Ribbon Of Shadow
5. (Was It) The Cruelest Thing
6. Night

WORM OUROBOROS formed in June 2007 by Lorraine Rath and Jessica Way. With both musicians already having experience within the Bay Area heavy music scene — Way was previously part of metal band World Eater and Rath being a part of the influential Amber Asylum lineup as well as being co-mastermind of The Gault — WORM OUROBOROS set out to create music which explores the lines between fragility and strength, darkness and light, harmony and discord. Drawing inspiration from many places, including metal, doom, folk, progressive, and dark ambient genres, WORM OUROBOROS creates its own space; a creeping, dark landscape full of murky dreams and emotions. The band would see the inclusion of drummer Aesop Dekker in 2010 who would replace original drummer Justin Green.


Worm Ouroboros, “Broken Movements”

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Joy European Tour with Black Wizard Starts Tonight

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 27th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Tonight’s the night. Or at least it’s a night. One of 26 on the current European tour of San Diego heavy psych rockers Joy and Vancouver strutters Black Wizard, but it also happens to be the first one, so, you know, that’s not nothing. Joy head overseas supporting their sophomore full-length for Tee PeeRide Along! (review here), while Black Wizard made their debut back in February on Listenable Records with their third offering overall, New Waste (review here). I would not at all be surprised if these two wound up jamming onstage together at some point on this trip — if not at all points on this trip — and not that you’d really need another reason to show up, but surely that would be one.

They’ll hit Desertfest Belgium 2016 along the way. Tee Pee posted the dates thusly:


JOY is touring Europe with Black Wizard – mark the dates!

Joy & Black Wizard on tour:
27.09 DE / Oldenburg, MTS Citysound
28.09 DE / Berlin, Urban Spree
29.09 NL / Tilburg, Little Devil
30.09 FR / Caen, Portobello Club
01.10 FR / Tours, TBA
02.10 FR / Bordeaux, TBA
03.10 SP /Oviedo,TBA
04.10 SP / Madrid, Maravillas Club
05.10 SP / Bercelona, Incivic Zone
06.10 FR / St. Etienne, Thunderbird
07.10 CH / Olten, Le Coq D Or
08.10 CH / Kreuzlingen, Horst Klub
09.10 IT / Treviso, Punky Raggae Pub
10.10 SLO / Ilirska Bistrica, Mknž
11.10 SLO / Lubiana, beltinci
12.10 DE / Wurzburg, Immerhim
13.10 DE / Köln, Sonic Ballroom
14.10 BE / Antwerp DESERTFEST
15.10 NL/ Den Haag, Bazart
16.10 DE / Freiburg, White Rabbit
17.10 DE / Karlsruhe, AKK
19.10 AT/ Innsburck, Decentral
20.10 DE / Leipzig, LIWI
21.10 DE / Dresden, Chemiefabrik
22.10 AT /Linz, Kapu
23.10 DE / Halle, Hünermanhattan

Award-winning California psych rock band JOY released its new album, Ride Along!, Friday, April 29 via Tee Pee Records. Produced by vocalist / guitarist Zachary Oakley and recorded at San Diego’s Audio Design Studios (Earthless, Rocket From the Crypt), the album contains nine new JOY compositions and a searing cover of ZZ Top’s “Certified Blues”. Ride Along! features guest contributions from an all-star lineup of Cali psych rock heroes, including Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba, Radio Moscow guitarist Parker Griggs and guitarist Brenden Dellar, of Tee Pee labelmates, Sacri Monti.


Joy, “Peyote Blues”

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Sunnata Announce Fall European Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 27th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster


Polish heavy rockers Sunnata have a new live video out captured at a recent hometown gig in Warsaw that found them opening for none other than Mastodon. Not a bad bill at all to be on. The extended cut “Beasts of Prey” opened Sunnata‘s latest album, Zorya (review here), earlier this year and was among its most striking impressions, and yeah, let’s just say it seems to carry over live as well. The four-piece head out on a European tour beginning Thursday, again in Warsaw, and will play Germany, Belgium, France and the Czech Republic in addition to other shows in Poland as they continue to support Zorya, their most progressive and weighted outing yet.

Dates and more background came down the PR wire:


Ritual heavy merchants SUNNATA on tour across Europe this fall; watch their new video for “Beasts Of Prey” now!

Poland’s ritual heavy unit SUNNATA will embark on their first European tour this fall. The band also released the live video for “Beasts Of Prey”, captured during their Warsaw show with Mastodon.

The band comments: “We are very excited about it! It’s been an awesome year already, but it seems that best is yet about to come. Upcoming european tour is the first result of our cooperation with the Dead Pig Entertainment crew, who are responsible for all our touring activities. They teamed us up with great acts on the road, so expect us to share stages with Yob, Elder, Cough, Black Cobra and local mates from post-metal Obscure Sphinx and Au-Dessus. Don’t miss it. Come, open your mind and experience the sound of Sunnata. Let there be noise.”

To come with this first European tour, SUNNATA will make available a limited LP version of their latest album “Zorya”, to be found at the merch table on each show. The “Zorya” LP comes in gatefold 180g gold vinyl, beautifully illustrated by Ascending Storm.

29.09 – PL Warsaw, Proxima*
30.09 – PL – Lublin, Graffiti*
01.10 – PL – Kraków, Kwadrat*
02.10 – DE – Leipzig, Haifischbar**
03.10 – BE – Antwerp, Antwerp Music City**
04.10 – FR – Lille, El Diablo**
05.10 – FR – Paris, Glazart %
06.10 – FR – Bron, Jack Jack***
07.10 – FR – Nantes, Le Ferrailleur***
08.10 – FR – Tours, The Winchester
10.10 – CZ – Prague, Cross Club**
13.10 – PL – Pozna?, U Bazyla
14.10 – PL – Bielsko-Bia?a, Rudeboy Club*

*with Obscure Sphinx and Sounds like the end of the world
**with Au-Dessus ***with Elder and Cough %)with Yob and Black Cobra

After a year and half wisely spent writing and experimenting, and a mere four days in Satanic Audio studios (Thaw, Belzebong, Weedpecker), SUNNATA delivered their second album Zorya, which they describe as “an exploration of impermanent nature of sound, full of rapid changes and distortion overdose” and will soon take over the European continent with a extensive bunch of dates. Let there be noise.

Szy – Vocals
Gad – Guitars
Dob – Bass
Rob – Drums


Sunnata, “Beasts of Prey” live in Warsaw

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