King Giant to Release Black Ocean Waves this Spring

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

king giant (Photo by Bobby Ross)

Well, they’re playing the release show for it on May 30 (a show at which guitarist Todd Ingram will pull double-duty, also playing in Sixty Watt Shaman), so I guess the album will have to be out sometime around then. King Giant‘s third, Black Ocean Waves, was recorded by J. Robbins (Clutch, Murder by Death, Clutch again, etc.) and it brings intrigue to see where the five-piece go after the dark Southern heavy of 2012’s appropriately-titled Southern Darkness (streamed here). It’s been three years since that album dropped — goodness time flies — but I wouldn’t expect the band’s penchant for catchy songs and doomly vibes to have diminished, what with song titles like “The One that God Forgot to Save” and “Trail of Thorns” and all. Doesn’t exactly sound like fodder for the feel good hit of the summer.

The PR wire brings art and info:

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KING GIANT: Blues/Doom-Ridden Northern Virginia Quintet Completes Third LP; Album Trailer And Details Released

Celebrating their tenth year as a band in 2015, Northern Virginia-based KING GIANT has completed their thundering third LP, Black Ocean Waves, set for release this Spring, and today they unveil the full album details alongside a video trailer of the album’s recording process at Magpie Cage Studios with J. Robbins.

With their brooding, doom-drenched take on Southern rock/metal, KING GIANT has been rendering their woeful, rousing tales of heartfelt loss and ruthless resolution through their songcraft since 2005, and has built a solid reputation as a diehard internal workforce through handling the recording and releasing of their own gravelly anthems since their inception. Their 2006 Burden EP was followed by the self-released 2009 LP, Southern Darkness, which won over stoner/doom rockers everywhere with its vibrant approach to the genre. But it was the Dismal Hollow LP released in 2012 that launched the band into a more accessible, but more sinister territory, reaping critical acclaim from internationally based mags and webzines.

2015 brings KING GIANT’s third full-length album, proudly celebrating a decade in existence as they prepare to unleash the wayward grooves of Black Ocean Waves. Forty-five minutes of bold, ominous, organic, and accessible material pours fourth on Black Ocean Waves, the new opus surging with eight ebbing torrents of regret, shame, revenge, and reconciliation. KING GIANT recorded in July 2014 at Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore, Maryland, the album engineered by Jawbox architect, J. Robbins (Clutch, The Sword, Wino) who later mixed the album. Robbins also performed Hammond organ on the track, “Blood Of The Lamb,” and background vocals on “Trail Of Thorns.”

The cover art for Black Ocean Waves, created by Misty Kilgore, the track listing, and a short visual trailer of KING GIANT’s recording experience (which includes audio excerpts from two tracks) have all been released. The band plans to independently release the album in June on CD, and digitally distribute again with The Path Less Traveled, with an LP version to follow.

The trailer for KING GIANT’s Black Ocean Waves is now playing RIGHT HERE.

Black Ocean Waves Track Listing:
1. Mal De Mer
2. The One That God Forgot To Save
3. Requiem For A Drunkard
4. Red Skies
5. Trail Of Thorns
6. Blood Of The Lamb
7. The Gentleman Carny
8. There Were Bells

KING GIANT has plans to unveil their new anthems, including a live local record release blowout in Springfield, Virginia alongside brethren Sixty Watt Shaman and Foghound on May 30th. Additional shows and tour plans will be posted shortly. Stand by for the final release date for Black Ocean Waves and whiskey-soaked tears of wounded redemption from the album to pour forth in the coming weeks.

KING GIANT Live:
5/30/2015 Empire – Springfield, VA – record release show w/ Sixty Watt Shaman, Foghound

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King Giant, Black Ocean Waves album teaser

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Blaak Heat Shujaa Post Live Video for “Anatolia”; Next LP in Pre-Production

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

Very interested to hear what Los Angeles desert rockers Blaak Heat Shujaa come up with for their next album. Their second record and first full-length on Tee Pee, The Edge of an Era (review here), is just about two years old at this point, and with their having recently switched out bassists, bringing on board Tom Davies, formerly of Nebula and currently also of The Freeks, I’m expecting good things to come from the three-piece, who manage to blend technical intricacy and psychedelic vibing in a way that detracts from neither.

Their next LP, yet untitled, is currently in pre-production, which I guess is something one does when working with the likes of Matt Hyde, who’s about as “real producer” as real producers come while still retaining an understanding of the sonically weird. No word yet on a release date, but the trio have put the new instrumental track “Anatolia” to use in a band-performing-in-a-dark-room video by longtime associates Andrew Baxter and Cole Jenkins, and while I’m pretty sure the recording is live, the sound is studio-clear so it’s easy to get a feel for what they’re doing in the relatively quick four-minute track.

And as you make your way there (the video’s at the bottom of this post, if I haven’t said that yet), take special note of the fact that the announcement of the clip’s arrival comes with the band mentioned as Blaak Heat only, no Shujaa. They haven’t said anything one way or another that I’ve seen, but I can’t help but wonder if a name change isn’t in the works or if one’s already taken place. Will let you know when I know.

Till then:

blaak heat shujaa (Photo by Steve Thill)

BLAAK HEAT unleashes new song and video, “ANATOLIA”

Los Angeles-based, American-British-French psych rockers BLAAK HEAT have released footage of a live performance for a new song, “Anatolia”. Shot at Helena Markos’s Tanz Akademie by BLAAK HEAT official filmmakers Andrew Baxter and Cole Jenkins, the video is the band’s first officially released material since 2013.

BLAAK HEAT recently announced the arrival of new bass player Tom Davies (Nebula, The Freeks) and is currently in pre-production for its new album with Grammy Award winning-producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Deftones).

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Blaak Heat Shujaa, “Anatolia”

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Samothrace and Conan Announce US Tour

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

I’ve been hearing rumors going around of Conan doing US tour dates between their stops at Psycho CA and Maryland Deathfest, and I think they’d have been hard pressed to find a band as suitable to tour the US for the first time with as Seattle’s Samothrace, whose own tones carry plenty of crush. The difference is Samothrace‘s material on their last album, 2012’s Reverence to Stone (review here), stretched out and unfolded gradually, a full atmospheric soundscape that also happened to be punishing as hell. Good matchup, in other words. I would not expect any venue they played to remain standing.

The PR wire tells it like it is:

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SAMOTHRACE Confirms May Cross-Country US Tour Dates With Conan and Mantar; New Material In The Works

Seattle’s quintessential, exploratory doom metal quartet, SAMOTHRACE, has broken their live silence with another round of national tour dates for this Spring, today announcing their upcoming cross-country May tour with UK doom/stoner outfit, Conan, and German sludge act, Mantar. On the slow, steady, international tour campaign in support of their 2012-released Reverence To Stone LP, SAMOTHRACE has toured Europe twice since the album’s release — once for Heavy Days in Doomtown III in 2013 and again for Roadburn Festival in 2014, with additional tour dates surrounding both festivals — yet the band has not had an opportunity to tour heavily in their native country for quite some time.

Enticed to get back into stateside touring again, SAMOTHRACE will begin dredging their slow-motion, organic, tonal exodus across the US for the first half of May, beginning as they rendezvous with the then-ongoing cross-country Conan and Mantar tour on May 11th, in Denver, Colorado. From there, the unstoppable caravan will cut a line from the Southwestern Rockies realm out to the West Coast, down through the Southwest and up through the lower Midwestern states to the Northeastern lands, while each band boasts specific and exclusive one-off performances throughout the trek. SAMOTHRACE will then execute a return headlining performance at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar on May 24th, and then end their portion of the journey with a stop in Colorado Springs to play as part of What’s Left Presents Seven-One-Grind Fest alongside a list of carnage including Capitalist Casualties, Weekend Nachos, Theories, Connoisseur, Destroyer Of Light, Hummingbird Of Death, Primitive Man, and many others. The first round of dates have been released and another batch will follow in the coming days.

SAMOTHRACE Tour Dates:
5/11/2015 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO w/ Conan, Mantar
5/14/2015 Oakland Opera House – Oakland, CA w/ Conan, Mantar
5/16/2015 51 West – Tempe, AZ w/ Conan, Mantar
5/18/2015 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK w/ Conan, Mantar
5/23/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Conan, Mantar
5/24/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/30/2015 Seven-One-Grind Fest – Colorado Springs, CO w/ Capitalist Casualties, Weekend Nachos, Primitive Man, more

In addition to more tour plans in the works, SAMOTHRACE is writing and prepping for not only a yet-to-be announced split release with some good friends from down South, as well as their next LP to be recorded later this year.

In the meantime, a SAMOTHRACE Live at Roadburn 2014 LP is now available for preorder through Burning World/Roadburn Records, the platter limited to 300 copies. The band will have a limited supply in-hand by the beginning of the tour but they are not expected to last long. The band will also have the repress vinyl editions of Reverence To Stone as well as their debut LP, Life’s Trade, and several new merch items on tour with them, which are also available now on the SAMOTHRACE Bandcamp page HERE, and the vinyl via 20 Buck Spin as well, right HERE.

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Samothrace, Live at Roadburn 2014

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Corpse Light Announce Without Form LP to Be Released May 19

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 31st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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If you’d like a quick lesson in efficiency — and hey, I know we all would — look no further than going Baltimore concern Grimoire Records. Earlier this month, a mere 16 days ago, the label’s Noel Mueller and Phil Doccolo had fellow Baltimore natives Corpse Light into the Grimoire studio. The five-piece band recorded four songs with Mueller at the helm, they were subsequently mixed and mastered. At some point in there, artwork happened and bam, a May 19 release date has been set for Without FormCorpse Light‘s full-length debut, through Grimoire Records. Not a bad a-to-z in 16 days.

Grimoire was threatening notice of the mix’s heft as early as March 17, and the eight minutes of “Lying in State,” which was unveiled today as the first audio to come from the album, make good on that promise, taking post-sludge and doom cues and putting them to punishing use. Slow guitar triumph plays out over a pretty significant span, but I have my doubts that “Lying in State” is the whole story when it comes to Without Form, and that Corpse Light have a couple more tricks up their sleeves than the formidable rumbling and growling on hand here. Or, you know, if not, this is still probably enough to carry them through a record. We’ll see when it hits, I guess.

Info on the recording is below, followed by “Lying in State” itself:

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Epic, pummeling doom from Baltimore for fans of Neurosis, Cult of Luna, Mouth of the Architect. Available 05/19/2015 on CD/cassette/digital download through Grimoire Records.

Corpse Light is Jim Webb {Vox}, Larrigold Grimes {Drums}, Aurora Raiten {Bass}, Keiran Holmes {Guitar}, and Don Selner {Guitar}. Guest vocals on Lying in State by Noel.

“Without Form” was recorded on 03/15/2015 by Noel Mueller of Grimoire Records. Mixed and mastered by Noel Mueller/Grimoire Records.

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Corpse Light, “Lying in State”

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Brave the Waters to Release Chapter 1 – Dawn of Days this Spring

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 31st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Even if you’re not entirely familiar with the bands themselves, you can probably tell from the monikers Grey Skies Fallen and Buckshot Facelift that neither act specializes in ambient psychedelia. Nonetheless, Tom Anderer and Rick Habeeb, who are actually bandmates in both groups, have splintered off — practically and stylistically — to form the new project Brave the Waters, which will make its debut on May 12 with the fittingly titled Chapter 1 – Dawn of Days. The plan is for annual releases and sporadic live appearances, presumably between work on the other bands, but you never really know how these things will work out when a band just gets going.

All the same, the first audio from the two-piece, which arrives in the form of the three-minute “Journey through Highwood Forest” is enticing and immersive, guitars spreading out and layering smooth and serene without the underlying tension one sometimes can hear when those who play extreme music — grind, death metal, etc. — branch into more atmospheric forms. I dig it. If it works out that way, I’d take a record of this every year, easy.

To the PR wire:

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BRAVE THE WATERS: Duo From Grey Skies Fallen And Buckshot Facelift Creates Instrumental Act; Track From Debut EP Streaming

From the intertwined throng of musicians who hail from New York acts, Grey Skies Fallen, Buckshot Facelift and others, a brand new musical entity is born with BRAVE THE WATERS, as the duo completes their debut EP for independent release this Spring.

Producing a mesmerizing, ethereal brew of beautiful, instrumental movements, far removed from the tumultuous sounds of the extreme output of their other musical creations, BRAVE THE WATERS came together when Grey Skies Fallen and Buckshot Facelift bandmates Tom Anderer (bass guitar, acoustic guitar) and Rick Habeeb (guitar) decided to write and record some instrumentals in a stripped-down fashion. Improvisation and spontaneity were important aspects going in, and while bits and pieces of music were composed prior to entering Keith Moore’s since burned-down Audio Playground Studio, the vast majority of what appears on the band’s six-song debut EP, Chapter 1 – Dawn of Days, was written and recorded on the spot.

Containing six tracks of ambient guitar and bass that you will find very different from the duo’s main bands, BRAVE THE WATERS’ Chapter 1 – Dawn of Days sees pounding drums, intense death metal vocals, and immense guitar distortion completely abandoned, and here replaced with clean guitars, melodic bass lines, and a healthy dose of Strymon’s amazing Big Sky reverberator. Just in time for the Winter’s thaw, these winding passages inspire visions of lush nature and rebirth. Reminiscent of several styles at once, yet emerging as its own being, Chapter 1 – Dawn of Days is immediately comforting, almost familiar release.

BRAVE THE WATERS will release Chapter 1 – Dawn of Days independently through Bandcamp on May 12th, and in advance, the track listing, cover art by Travis Smith (Death, Opeth, King Diamond) and the EP’s fourth song, “Journey Through Highwood Forest,” have been revealed.

Chapter 1 – Dawn of Days Track Listing:

1. The New King
2. Interesting Times
3. Voice of the Ancient Oak
4. Journey Through Highwood Forest
5. Setting Up Camp
6. At the Old Stone Bridge

Anderer and Habeeb plan on continuing the BRAVE THE WATERS project with yearly releases and physical versions following the initial digital releases of their works. More info on Chapter 1 – Dawn of Days will follow in the coming days.

Live performances from BRAVE THE WATERS are likely in the future as well, but in the meantime, the duo continues to scorch the masses with Buckshot Facelift and Grey Skies Fallen, with both bands currently booking new shows and creating new material.

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Brave the Waters, “Journey through Highwood Forest”

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Buzzard Sign to Bilocation Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 31st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Led by “Minnesota” Pete Campbell, who now counts Pentagram on his already formidable resume alongside Place of Skulls, In~Graved, and the ever-volatile The Mighty Nimbus, the trio Buzzard have signed a deal to release their debut album on Bilocation Records. Titled Sonic Renaissance, the full-length will be out later this year via the German imprint on CD and vinyl. No specific date given yet, but sometime later this year.

As you can hear in “Let’s Get Gone” below, the band kind of runs a middle-ground between heavy rock and doom, but riffs is riffs as they say, and Buzzard‘s got riffs. The PR wire brought word of the Bilocation alliance:

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BUZZARD (Minnesota) are signing with Bilocation Records.

Debut album release in 2015.

We are proud to announce that Minnesota’s riff-rockers BUZZARD signed with Bilocation Records for their upcoming debut ‘Sonic Renaissance’ on CD & limited vinyl.

BUZZARD is a down-tuned juggernaut of heavy riffs, groovy beats and a melodic low end. Fans of such bands as: Down, Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Queens of the Stone Age, Robin Trower, Mountain, Pentagram, Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan, and Black Sabbath will find homage in Minnesota’s BUZZARD!

Formed in 2009, singer and guitar player Minnesota Pete Campbell (The Mighty Nimbus, Pentagram, Place of Skulls, Victor Griffin’s Ingraved, and Sixty Watt Shaman) and bass player Gene Starr (The New Suns) put this monster on hiatus until the fall of 2012 when Big Andy Campbell (The Mighty Nimbus) added his take on drum duties. Since then, the power trio has found their path and has been spreading the word playing shows & writing songs for their debut album, scheduled for release in early 2015. Leaving no stone unturned, BUZZARD will carry the torch of rock and roll and reintroduce metal fans to the power of the riff!

BUZZARD:
Pete Campbell – vocal & guitar
Andy Campbell – drums
Gene Starr – bass

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Buzzard, “Let’s Get Gone”

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Brothers of the Sonic Cloth Announce West Coast Tour Dates

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

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My only complaint about Brothers of the Sonic Cloth going on tour is I won’t get to see them. Beyond that, it’s good to see the Tad Doyle-fronted Seattle three-piece getting out in support of their Neurot Recordings self-titled debut (review here), which was released on Feb. 17. The album slays, if you haven’t heard it, and while I keep my fingers crossed that at some point this outfit comes east, I’m glad to know at least someone will get to have their ass handed to them, even if it’s not me just yet.

The PR wire puts it like this:

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BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH: Seattle Doom Trio Confirms West Coast Tour

Seattle’s BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH — featuring legendary guitarist/vocalist Tad Doyle, formerly of Tad and Hog Molly, veteran bassist Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Anunnaki) — will bring their apocalyptic tidings to the streets next month for a long-anticipated run of West Coast performances. Slated to launch on May 21st on their home turf, the trek will quake eight stages through May 30th in Boise and follows the trio’s previously announced record release show at The Columbia City Theater in Seattle with additional live dates to be broadcast in the weeks to come.

Comments Doyle, “After having done our first U.S. West Coast tour back in 2012, we are stoked to be able to bring our songs out on the road once again to a town near you. We look forward to seeing our friends and making new ones as we trudge the highways with 1,500 filthy watts of amplification and drums big enough to be heard from the other side of a mountain range.”

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH:
4/18/2015 The Columbia City Theater – Seattle, WA
5/21/2015 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA w/ Baba Yaga
5/22/2015 Dante’s – Portland, OR w/ Atriarch, Rabbits
5/23/2015 Starlight Lounge – Sacramento, CA
5/24/2015 Parkside – San Francisco, CA
5/27/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
5/28/2015 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
5/29/2015 Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
5/30/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID

Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth is currently available on CD or LP at THIS LOCATION.

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Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, “Lava”

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Death Alley Reveal Black Magick Boogieland Album Details

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

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As previously announced, Amsterdam proto-whathaveyou rockers Death Alley will release their debut album, the righteously-titled Black Magick Boogieland, May 19 on Tee Pee Records. The thrash/punk four-piece boasts ex-members of cult-rock forerunners The Devil’s Blood and underrated cosmic doomers Mühr (seriously, fucking listen to Mühr), but Death Alley has nothing if not a sonic personality of its own, flooded with choice riffs and classic metal and heavy rock ideals. We didn’t know much about the album before, other than that it was happening, and details have started to come down the PR wire with things like the tracklisting and cover art.

That cover art, which you can see below, pretty  much says it all. Dig it:

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DEATH ALLEY to Release Debut Album Black Magick Boogieland May 19

Amsterdam Speed Rock Heavyweights Sign to Tee Pee Records

Amsterdam’s heavy, punked-out, proto-metal outlaws DEATH ALLEY will release the full-length album, Black Magick Boogieland, on May 19 via Tee Pee Records. The album is the highly anticipated debut from the underground band featuring former The Devil’s Blood guitarist Oeds Beydals and ex-members of Gewapend Beton and Mühr.

DEATH ALLEY plays rip roarin’, heavy music that delivers a kick ass new take on an old school RAWK, mashing Motörhead and Black Sabbath to create a blistering, raw sound. The band’s music delivers relentless energy and maximum attitude! Black Magick Boogieland burns from start to finish, as super-charged guitars, electrifying leads and a raucous punk attitude race full throttle down a highway to hell.? DEATH ALLEY blasts non-stop, full-throttle, fast-n-furious rock action? that flies a giant middle finger in the face of poseur posturing. Thank the gods of heavy music, you’ve just met your new favorite band.

“It’s thrilling to release our first full-length on Tee Pee, to become part of a family of bands whose music inspires us and with people we know well,” says DEATH ALLEY front man Douwe. “It’s about time Tee Pee opens the gates to the Black Magick Boogieland.”

The sound of DEATH ALLEY has been described as “Rock ‘N’ Roll played with metal finesse and a pitch black psychedelic soul”. In 2013, DEATH ALLEY released the limited 12″ split single, “Peter Pan Speedrock vs. Death Alley”, which announced the group’s formation with a vengeance. The band’s debut 7″ — Over Under b/w Dead Man’s Bones — dropped last year via Van Records and was hailed as “a serious musical Rock ’N’ Roll statement.” DEATH ALLEY followed the release of the 7″ with an appearance at the 2014 Roadburn Festival and month-long European tour.

DEATH ALLEY Black Magick Boogieland Track listing:
1.) Over Under
2.) Black Magick Boogieland
3.) Bewildered Eyes
4.) The Fever
5.) Golden Fields of Love
6.) Stalk Eyed
7.) Dead Man’s Bones
8.) Supernatural Predator

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Death Alley, “Hypermotion”

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