Argonauta Fest 2 Set for May 7

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 2nd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Italian label Argonauta Records has announced the seven-band lineup for its second Argonauta Fest. Given the mathematically-accurate designation Argonauta Fest 2, it will boast performances from France’s Denizen as well as a strong host of varied acts from Italy, including Bantoriak, who debuted on Argonauta with last year’s Weedooism (review here), and a few acts who’ve just released new outings in the past month, Muschio and Jordaan, both of whom making their debut through the imprint.

Argonauta has grown quickly over the last couple years and evolved into a label with a strong and aesthetically-diverse roster of bands, but has managed that growth well along the way so that each group/artist is supported along the way. The first Argonauta Fest featured the likes of Nibiru and Varego, and I think the fact that there isn’t one act held over from last year to this year shows the kind of scope they’re working with.

Fest is set for May 7 in Vercelli, Italy. Info follows from the PR wire:

argonauta-fest-2-poster

ARGONAUTA Records present: ARGONAUTA FEST second edition!

From the label: “After a whole year of massive work, great bands and tons of feedback across the board, we’re happy to officially announce the second edition of ARGONAUTA FEST! Seven (!) bands of our roster will create a night that will move into Stoner, Post Metal, Fuzz, Noise Rock and Doom territories. A fine opportunity to share with us a party made of great sounds and bands. Stay tuned on our official sites for more details. ARGONAUTA FEST 2016 is scheduled by Saturday May 7th, 2016 at OFFICINE SONORE (Vercelli, Italy).

Official poster run by MARCO CASTAGNETTO (www.zenpunkart.com), also known for his musical projects SHABDA and THEE MALDOROR KOLLECTIVE.

ARGONAUTA Fest 2016 features the following bands:

DENIZEN (France, Stoner Rock)
SEPVLCRVM (Ita, Ritual Drone)
BANTORIAK (Ita, Stoner Desert Rock)
FILTH IN MY GARAGE (Ita, Noise Rock / Hardcore)
MUSCHIO (Ita, Fuzz Rock)
WOWS (Ita, Doom / Post Metal)
JORDAAN (Ita, Psych Post Rock)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1524250434546128/
https://www.facebook.com/ArgonautaRecords
https://www.facebook.com/argonautafest
www.argonautarecords.com

Bantoriak, Weedooism (2015)

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Naxatras Release New Album II

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 2nd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Upstart heavy psych trio Naxatras have issued their second album, II. It arrives less than a month after a prior two-songer, aptly-titled EP (discussed here), and only a year after the Greek outfit made their self-titled debut, which continues to sell through every pressing of it they do. The reception to that album still resonating, it feels quick for a follow-up, but as Naxatras are basking in instrumental chemistry born of psychedelic and space rock explorations, interpreting moods and vibes across II‘s six-track span, plus recording live, it makes sense that as soon as the jams were ready to go, they’d go. Working mostly instrumentally in the tradition of acts like Causa SuiNaxatras bring forth a classic psychedelic pop rock on “Sisters of the Sun,” the near-centerpiece of II, which will reportedly be granted a physical release later this month.

Info on the record follows as posted by the band, who’ve very quickly thrust themselves to the fore of Greece’s fertile heavy underground, and who play the official release show on May 22 at Death Disco in Athens:

naxatras ii

A homage to space travel, inner and outer…

We’d like to thank you so much for your warm reception of our second album!

This time we tried a different, darker and “spacier” attempt in order to capture the strange loneliness and spirituality of Space.

This is reflected in the sound, where with Jesus at Magnetic Fidelity we followed a more raw, minimalist approach with the Direct-to-Master recording (again every track of this album is performed 100% live).

It is also reflected in the magnificent, otherworldly cover our dear friend CHRIS RW delivered.

You can buy the complete album in digital form in bandcamp and there will be CD’s by the middle of May as well as DSD version for the audiophiles!

Cassettes and vinyl as well as a reel-to-reel version are on the line for the (hopefully near) future!

https://www.facebook.com/naxatras/
https://naxatras.bandcamp.com/

Naxatras, II (2016)

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Mos Generator and Year of the Cobra Announce Tour Dates and Split 7″

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

Washington heavy rock trio Mos Generator and duo Year of the Cobra recently got together to record songs on a 4-track tape for an upcoming split single, with Mos Generator‘s Tony “The Restless” Reed at the helm. The news today is that this split, which will be out on Ripple Music and H42 Records, will coincide with a US tour beginning in June that also leads Mos Generator closer to the release of their new album, Abyssinia, on Listenable Records in July. I’d expect this to be just the first round of what will probably be a several-legged run to support Abyssinia. Ever since Mos Generator took to the road following 2014’s Electric Mountain Majesty (review here) with a revamped lineup, they have basically never looked back.

Year of the Cobra‘s debut long-player is set to arrive later this year as well. Not sure if it’ll be out by the time of this tour — STB was handling the release, last I heard — but they’re sure to be heralding its coming one way or another. Their 2015 EP, The Black Sun (review here), can be streamed below.

Tour dates and the recently-unveiled art for Abyssinia follow, as seen on the social medias:

mos generator year of the cobra tour

“Been waiting to announce this for a while… Year of the Cobra and Mos Generator have a split 7″ record coming out on Ripple Music and H42 Records. Both bands will tour the U.S. together this summer to support it. Check the poster for dates! Also, both bands will be playing separately on the dates not listed – check our websites for more info on that. Looking forward seeing and meeting some new friends this summer.”

mos generator abyssiniaMos Generator have unveiled the cover artwork of their new full-length album, ‘Abyssinia’, scheduled for a July release.

Tony Reed comments”These new songs show major change and growth for the band, I wanted the cover to represent that as well. I knew it was going to be collage art style and in searching for an image that moved me I came across this untitled piece. Abyssinia is slang for “I’ll be seeing you”. Sometimes my brain feels like the image on the cover.”

Here are the complete dates for the Mos Generator U.S. tour. More Regional (northwest) dates and European dates for MG coming soon.

6/16 Portland OR –
6/17 Missoula MT – The Palace*
6/18 Salt Lake City UT – (Crucialfest)
6/19 Denver CO – Hi-Dive
6/20 Lincoln NE – Bourbon Theater
6/21 Sioux Falls – Bigs Bar*
6/22 St Paul MN – Agharta records (7pm in-store)
Big Vs (night show)*
6/23 Indianapolis IN – State st pub*
6/24 Chicago IL – Reggie’s
6/25 Columbis OH – Ace of Cups
6/26 Frederick MD (Maryland Doom Fest) Cafe 611
6/27 Raleigh NC – Slim’s*
6/28
6/29 Little Rock AR – Vito’s*
6/30 Tulsa OK – Holy Mountain Records(7pm in-store)
Downtown Lounge (evening show)*
7/01 Fort Worth TX – The Grotto*
7/02 Austin TX – The Lost Well*
7/03 OFF
7/04 Albuquerque NM – Launchpad*
7/05 Flagstaff AZ* – Greenroom*
7/06 Las Vegas NV – Dive bar*
7/07 Boise ID – Neurolux*
7/08 Seattle WA – The Substation*
7/09 Vancouver BC – SBC*
* w/ Year of the Cobra

https://www.facebook.com/MosGenerator/
https://www.facebook.com/yearofthecobraband/
www.ripple-music.com
https://h42records.bandcamp.com

Mos Generator, “The Prow” (Voivod cover)

Year of the Cobra, The Black Sun EP (2015)

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Lowrider to Headline Lake on Fire 2016

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

Today, Austrian festival Lake on Fire 2016 announces its second headliner will be Swedish heavy rockers Lowrider. It’s been a minute or two since the reformed four-piece were last heard from, and though they’ve been teasing the prospect of new recordings and new material for a while now, concrete word of a release to follow-up their landmark 2000 debut, Ode to Io, has yet to surface. They join Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats at the top of the two-night bill for the fest, which takes place in Waldhausen at a lakeside campsite and is already sold out. Because it’s lakeside riffing, and I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody who doesn’t think that’s an awesome idea. I know I do. Frankly, the fest should be sold out on principle alone.

But hey, if you want an extra dose of awesome, Lowrider will most certainly provide that. Wonder if they’ll play new material.

From the PR wire:

lowrider

You guys are expecting something rare n’ heavy – allright, look no further! For the very first time here in Austria, please welcome a mighty bulldozer named Lowrider! One of the early European Stoner Rock pioneers will arrive at the floating stage for a very special fly-in show! So much heavy riffage!

THANK YOU/THANK YOU/THANK YOU
UnfUCKIN’believeable! You guys must be kidding! The festival is sold out again, but what – in 90 seconds??? Seriously? Looking forward to see you crazy dudes and dudettes in August!

We are very sorry for those who haven’t got their tickets. Believe us, we have never been prepared for a demand like that! We would love to give everyone access to the Lake on Fire, but our capacities are limited and it was always our intention to keep the festival’s familiar and homely atmosphere!

However, as we had a lot of advance payment purchases with 10 days allowed for payment, we will keep you updated, in case some ticket orders will get cancelled again!

Lake on Fire Festival returns for its 5th anniversary on 05-06.08 2016

LINE UP:
Uncle Acid and the deadbeats (UK)
Causa Sui (DK)
Gomer Pyle (NL)
The Flying Eyes (US)
Savanah (AT)

https://www.facebook.com/lowriderrock/
https://www.facebook.com/LOF.festival/
https://www.facebook.com/events/528023717362620/
http://www.lakeonfirefestival.com/

Lowrider, Live at Hellfest 2014

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Hivelords Announce East Coast and Midwestern Tour Dates

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

Following a couple weekenders next month — including one alongside Brooklyn’s Tombs — and a gig in Baltimore with The Body and Krieg, Philadelphia blackened psychedelia purveyors Hivelords will head out in June for about a month solid of touring the East Coast and Midwest. They’ll do this partially in the company of Set and Setting and Choking, but also with a fair amount of solo shows on what seems like a considerable summertime slog through a region that, at that point, will be humid enough to no doubt inspire much buzzsaw tone and atmospheric murk.

They go supporting their 2015 full-length, Tapered Limbs of a Human Star, which was released last August by Anthropic Records. The PR wire brings dates, details, links and audio:

hivelords (photo by Sean Bolton)

HIVELORDS announce spring/summer tour dates

Philadelphia psychedelic black metal band HIVELORDS announces new tour dates for spring and summer 2016. The tour, which starts on May 5th in York, Pennsylvania, sees HIVELORDS travel throughout the months of May, June and July before ending on July 3rd in Philadelphia. HIVELORDS will have direct support from SET & SETTING (Florida, Prosthetic Records) and CHOKING (Ohio). HIVELORDS will also be direct support for Brooklyn-based blackened heavyweights, TOMBS (Relapse). This is HIVELORDS fifth fully DIY North American tour.

A full list of confirmed tour dates and lineups can be found below.

HIVELORDS will be touring in support of their critically acclaimed album, Tapered Limbs of a Human Star. HIVELORDS full discography is streaming now at the Anthropic Records Bandcamp site.

HIVELORDS tour dates:
*Hivelords only dates
5/5 York, PA –Skid Row Garage*
5/6 Utica, NY-Gordon’s Tap Room*
5/7 Binghamton, NY-Greasy Manor*
5/8 New Hope, PA-John & Peter’s*
5/13 Philadelphia, PA-Kung Fu Necktie w/ Tombs
5/14 Pittsburgh, PA-Roboto Project w/ Tombs
5/15 Detroit, MI-EL Club w/ Tombs
5/16 Chicago, IL-Chop Shop w/ Tombs
5/26 Baltimore, MD-Metro Gallery w/ The Body & Krieg
6/9 Lindenwold, NJ-The Sex Dungeon*
6/10 Allentown, PA-Alternative Gallery*
6/11 Pittsburgh, PA-The Smiling Moose*
6/12 Dayton, OH-Blind Bob’s w/ Choking
6/13 Cincinnati, OH-Junker’s Tavern w/ Choking
6/14-Indianaplos, IN-State Street Pub w/ Choking
6/15-Louisville, KY-Modern Cult Records w/ Choking
6/16-Nashville, TN-The East Room w/Choking
6/17-Birmingham, AL-TBA w/ Choking
6/18-Chattanooga, TN-JJ’s Bohemia w/ Choking
6/19-Atlanta, GA-The Earl w/ Set and Setting
6/20-Jacksonville, FL-Burro Bar w/ Set and Setting
6/21-Orlando, FL-The Space Station w/ Set and Setting
6/22-Miami, FL-Churchill’s Pub w/ Set and Setting
6/23-Tampa, FL-New World Brewery w/ Set and Setting
6/24-Savannah, GA-The Jinx w/ Set and Setting
6/25-Columbia, SC-New Brookland Tavern*
6/26-Wilmington, NC-TBA*
6/27-Charlotte, NC-The Station*
6/28-Raleigh, NC-Slim’s*
6/29-Richmond, VA-Strange Matter*
6/30-Harrisonburg, VA-Golden Pony*
7/1-Baltimore, MD-The Sidebar*
7/2-Egg Harbor City, NJ-Friendship Mountain*
7/3-Philadelphia, PA-Homecoming show at Kung Fu Necktie*

hivelords.com
hivelords.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/hivelords
anthropicrecordsphiladelphia.com
facebook.com/anthropicrecordsphiladelphia
twitter.com/#!/anthropicrecord
anthropicrecords.bandcamp.com

Hivelords, Tapered Limbs of a Human Star (2015)

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Worshipper Sign to Tee Pee Records; Shadow Hymns Due in August

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

Congratulations to Boston heavy rockers Worshipper on signing to Tee Pee Records for the release of their debut album, Shadow Hymns, this August. The hard-driving four-piece have impressed over the course of two 2015 singles — Place Beyond the Light (discussed here) and the preceding Black Corridor (review here) — as well as in a live setting so much that they’ve already picked up a Boston Music Award and, more recently, won the Rock and Roll Rumble competition of local acts. Boston loves its own, to be sure, but even so, that’s a considerable response for a band who hasn’t yet put a record out.

I asked guitarist/vocalist John Brookhouse to comment on the signing and he had this to say:

“Holy shit! I listen to my copy of the first Graveyard record constantly and to flip it over and see ‘Tee Pee’ on the back, the label that is putting out OUR first record, blows my mind. We’re all really proud of how it came out, sonically and visually. Bob did an amazing job with the artwork, so we’re excited for people to see it in person as well as to hear it.”

Worshipper release Shadow Hymns on Tee Pee Records on Aug. 28. The PR wire makes it official:

worshipper

WORSHIPPER Sign With Tee Pee Records

Award-Winning Massachusetts Metal Band To Unleash Full-length Debut, ‘Shadow Hymns’, this Summer

Boston-based metal band WORSHIPPER has signed to NYC’s Tee Pee Records, the independent record label known for releasing landmark albums from acts such as High on Fire, Graveyard, Earthless and Sleep. With a sound described as “darkly epic”, WORSHIPPER has earned consistent accolades since its formation, being named the “Metal Artist of the Year” at the 2015 Boston Music Awards and, most recently, being chosen over 23 other participating bands as champions of the 2016 “Rock and Roll Rumble”, a competition hailed as “The World Series of Boston Rock” that has taken place annually since 1979.

WORSHIPPER will release its full-length debut, Shadow Hymns, on August 28. The record was recorded at Q Division, Mad Oak, and Converse Rubber Tracks Studios with producers Benny Grotto (Aerosmith, Orange Goblin) and David Minehan (The Replacements) and showcases WORSHIPPER’s melodically thunderous sound. Through its unique mix of contemporary and classic influences, WORSHIPPER prove that the horn-throwing soul of melodic heavy music’s past still burns brightly.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to be welcomed to the Tee Pee family,” comments guitarist Alejandro Necochea. “We think it’s a perfect fit and we are immensely proud to have our music released by the same label that put out some of our favorite records of the past couple decades.”

In addition to Necochea, WORSHIPPER features John Brookhouse (vocals / guitar), Dave Jarvis (drums) and Bob Maloney (vocals, bass).

https://www.facebook.com/worshipperband/
http://worshipper.bandcamp.com/
http://teepeerecords.com/products/

Worshipper, Place Beyond the Light / Step Behind (2015)

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Sendelica 10th Anniversary Tour Starts Tomorrow

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

Welsh cosmic wanderers Sendelica celebrate their 10th anniversary with a run through the UK, Germany and Italy that kicks off with a weekender tomorrow and continues into mid and late May. The prolific space rockers are heading out in time for the release of their latest album, The Cromlech Chronicles, which is due May 29 but available now to stream in its entirety, including its 24-minute opening suite, arriving in four-parts to ensure that the beginning of the record is as far out as humanly possible.

The dates are below for the tour, as well as the info for The Cromlech Chronicles, and of course the stream. Dig if you dig:

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LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING LOTS OF FRIENDS, OLD AND NEW

SENDELICA 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR PART ONE:-
FRI 29TH APRIL COSMIC PUFFIN, MERSEA ISLAND, UK
SAT 30TH APRIL CELLAR BAR, CARDIGAN, UK
SAT 14TH MAY RE-STRUNG HARP, FOLKESTONE, UK
WEDS 18TH MAY IMMERHIN, WURZBURG, GERMANY
THURS 19TH MAY CIRCUS MAXIMUS, KOBLENZ, GERMANY
FRI 20TH MAY SECRET GIG, UDINE, ITALY
SAT 21ST MAY ROCK FESTIVAL AT PRIAMAR FORTRESS, SAVONA, ITALY
SUN 22ND MAY CENTRALE ROCK, ERBA, ITALY
TUE 24TH MAY ALTRAQUANDO, ZERO BRANCO, ITALY
WEDS 25TH MAY ARCI TAZIBAO, TORTONA (IL), ITALY
THURS 26TH MAY CAFE LIBER, TURINO, ITALY
SUN 29TH MAY GAMES FOR MAY FESTIVAL, HALF MOON, PUTNEY, LONDON, UK
SAT 4TH JUNE TIPI IN CARDIGAN, UK

As part of their warm-up for last year’s ’13th Dream’ festival, Sendelica went into a studio in deepest, darkest Wales to record a new album for FdM. The Mwnci Studio (promounced ‘Monkey’) is a short walk from a cromlech (an ancient megalithic monument dating back over 3000 years) that features on the gatefold sleeve. Played live, with the minimum of overdubs, the album showcases the band’s extended instrumental side – with all-new songs.

Pete Bingham : Guitars / Electronics
Glenda Pescado : Bass
Lee Relfe : Sax
Lord Sealand: Keys and Theremin
Meurig Griffith : Drums

https://www.facebook.com/Sendelica-191174294239796/
https://sendelica.bandcamp.com/
http://sendelica.soundawesome.com/

Sendelica, The Cromlech Chronicles (2016)

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Moon Tooth and Rozamov Announce Tour Dates

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

In a little less than a month, Long Island prog-metallers Moon Tooth head out on tour to support their latest album, Chromaparagon, which was released in February. They’ll be doing essentially a month-long swing down and back up the Eastern Seaboard, playing New England with Warm at the end of May, pushing into the South early in June, and then cutting back north, meeting up with Boston trio Rozamov to continue into Upstate New York and into Canada for shows in Montreal and Toronto before rounding out June 20 in Burlington, Vermont.

All put together, it’s a not inconsiderable run, and hardly Moon Tooth‘s first, the band over the last several years having basically forced their way into East Coast the progressive consciousness through hard work and volume. As noted below, this is the first time both of these acts will hit Canada, and Rozamov do so ahead of the release of their much anticipated debut album, due out later this year. They’ll apparently be playing new material at these shows.

Word came down the PR wire:

moon tooth rozamov poster

Long Island progressive sludge rock weirdos Moon Tooth and Boston atmospheric sludge mongers Rozamov have announced a string of dates together this June. This will be both bands’ first excursion north of the border, hitting both Montreal and Toronto on this run. Moon Tooth are supporting their self released debut LP “Chromaparagon” which has reached numbers 85 and 120 on the Hard Rock and Best New Artist charts respectively.

Rozamov recently wrapped up the recording for their own first full length, and will be airing songs from the album on this run. Last year saw Rozamov release “Ghost Divine” on a split with Deathkings via Midnite Collective.

June 16th – Kingston, NY @ The Anchor
June 17th – Rochester, NY @ Monty’s Krown
June 18th – Montreal, CAN @ Crobar
June 19th – Toronto, CAN @ Smiling Buddha
June 20th – Burlington, VT @ Nectar’s

https://www.facebook.com/Rozamov/
https://www.facebook.com/moontoothband/

Moon Tooth, Chromaparagon (2016)

Rozamov, “Ghost Divine” from split with Deathkings (2015)

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