Blues Pills, Truckfighters and Jex Thoth Announce Euro Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 21st, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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If you think the jump-up-and-down-and-run-in-circles fuzz of Truckfighters and the classic-minded heavy blues rock of Blues Pills don’t mix, the two Swedish acts have more in common than you might think, up to and including drummer André Kvarnström. Kvarnström was playing with Truckfighters after they parted ways with Oscar Johansson (who subsequently joined Witchcraft, just in case the scene didn’t seem incestuous enough yet), but has rotated into the lineup of Blues Pills following their split with Cory Berry, half-brother of Blues Pills bassist Zack Anderson and, like Anderson, an alum of Radio Moscow.

Got all that? Good. The takeaway is Blues Pills and Truckfighters are touring Europe together next March/April and they’ll be joined by Jex Thoth. They’re calling it the “Rock Revelation Tour” and the announcement goes like this:

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Blues Pills – Truckfighters – Jex Thoth

ROCK REVELATIONS TOUR

BLUES PILLS are back! After their successful first big headline-tour in October 2014 with 11 sold out shows in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria, the band is going to come back for 13 shows. BLUES PILLS´ singer Elin Larsson comments: “We´re very happy to announce that we´re going to come back to Germany and Switzerland to play some new places that we couldn´t do on our last tour. We´re looking forward to meeting you all in March and April 2015. Love / BP´s”

Next to Blues Pills their fellow countrymen TRUCKFIGHTERS are confirmed as well as US Doom/Psych Rock sensation JEX THOTH.

Get your tickets at www.hardticket.eu for BLUES PILLS and their 2 very special guests on this tour.

TOURDATES
20.03.2015 DE – Erfurt, Stadtgarten
21.03.2015 DE – Berlin, Astra
22.03.2015 DE – Dresden, Tante Ju
23.03.2015 DE – München, Backstage
25.03.2015 CH – Geneve, Usine
26.03.2015 DE – Lindau, Club Vaudeville
27.03.2015 DE – Cologne, Kantine
28.03.2015 DE – Olsberg, Konzerthalle
30.03.2015 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
31.03.2015 DE – Karlsruhe, Substage
01.04.2015 DE – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
04.04.2015 DE – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
05.04.2015 CH – Zürich, Komplex

TOURPRESENTER
Blast!, EMP, Eclipsed, Musix, Noizeletter, Rockhard, Rocks, Visions

TICKETS
www.hardticket.eu

https://www.facebook.com/BluesPills
https://www.facebook.com/truckfighters
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jex-Thoth-Official/360347127314661

Blues Pills, “No Hope Left for Me” official video

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Holly Hunt and Slomatics Split Coming Dec. 2

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 20th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

I mean, duh, right? This one’s an absolute no brainer. You’ve got Floridian duo Holly Hunt and Northern Irish three-piece Slomatics — both of whom utterly destroy — packed together on a split 7″? AND Holly Hunt‘s song is called “Bill Ward?” It’s like the easiest sell in the world. What more could you possibly ask of heaviness than that?

Fucking Slomatics, man. Every time I hear that band, it’s just a reminder of how much more I need to hear that band. I’m still kicking myself for not having the cash to shell out and purchase a proper CD copy of their Feb. 2014 full-length, Estron – though it’s audible on Bandcamp here — let alone reviewing it. And Holly Hunt released their Prometheus EP this summer on Other Electricities and like everything they’ve done up to now, it just crushes. Good bands pairing up to do cool shit. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Other Electricities will have the split out on Dec. 2 in the US. Black Bow Records – the imprint helmed by Conan guitarist/vocalist Jon Davis – is handling the UK/EU release as well. All parties worthy of support.

Info and audio previews follow. Fucking a:

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Slomatics/Holly Hunt – Split 7”

Two sides of heavy from two parts the world! Holly Hunt’s “Bill Ward” on the A side – an authentic testimonial to the duo’s live sound and energy. Slomatics’ “Ulysses, My Father” on the flip – a sludgy sonic tale. Miami meets Belfast, all take cover! Mastered by James Plotkin. Out Dec 2nd via Other Electricities / Sonic TITAN (US) and Black Bow (UK/EU).

Audio previews/artwork:
Holly Hunt – “Bill Ward”
Slomatics – “Ulysses, My Father”

Formed in Belfast late 2004, Slomatics aim to reduce riffs to a primal state of heaviness, to produce music which whilst imploding under its own weight, creates a joyous and euphoric state of wellbeing which can only be obtained with a slew of vintage amplifiers, fuzz pedals, analog synths and an alarming array of percussion instruments. This has endured through UK tours, gigs in Europe, four albums and a mountain of split/vinyl/cassette releases. Showing no signs of slowing down, the band will bring 2014 to a close with a seismic split release with Miami bruisers Holly Hunt. The band’s new lastest album, Estron, was released February 2014 to universal praise, including the Quietus best of 2014 and was nominated for the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2014.

Drummer Beatriz Monteavaro (ex Floor/Cavity) and guitarist Gavin Perry have demonstrated themselves as a loud and lumbering giant of the Miami music scene. The visceral impact of sound – the raising heart rate, neck chills, the warmth spreading throughout your torso – this is Holly Hunt’s raison d’être. Holly Hunt champions heavy metal’s potential to transcend genre and become a physical experience. Though stripped down to the most bare essentials, the duo’s innate technical chops, strong dialogue, and incredibly deep relationship to their gear produces a sound and style far beyond rudimentary tags like “heavy,” “hard,” or “brutal.”

http://hollyhunt.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HOLLYHUNT.LTD
http://slomatics.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Slomatics/196382747053529
http://other-electricities.com/album/oe040
http://blackbowrecords.bigcartel.com/

Slomatics, “Ulysses, My Father” Preview

Holly Hunt, “Bill Ward” Preview

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Electric Moon Added to Freak Valley Festival 2015 Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 20th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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If I had any funds whatsoever or, you know, a job through which I might acquire some, I’d have a plane ticket and hotel room booked for Freak Valley 2015 faster than you could put two and two together on the Kyuss reference in the festival’s name. Organizer Jens Heide has put together an incredible assemblage already, and with the likes of Crippled Black Phoenix and Tombstones, we’re beginning to see the fest branch out from its purely stoner roots into other areas of heavy. It’s a fascinating process to watch, even from afar, and the addition today of Electric Moon to the Freak Valley lineup only increases the appeal as far as I’m concerned, the German trio concocting top-grade heavy psychedelic jams seemingly everywhere they go.

They join an enviable lineup that boasts such gotta-sees as GoatsnakeSiena RootMonkey3Egypt (!) and Gas Giant, along with the aforementioned. Fucking a. If anyone needs me, I’ll be daydreaming about covering it while you peruse the announcement below:

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Electric Moon @ FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL 2015 !!!

Here we go Freaks!!

ELECTRIC MOON will bring the finest Acid Rock to Freak Valley Festival 2015 !!

The german acid-rocker Electric Moon were founded in late 2009 by Komet Lulu (bass), Sula Bassana (guitar) and Pablo Carneval (drums).
Electric Moon belong to the upper shelf of the European Psych- and Krautrock scene, headlined many festivals and concerts. By creating their own style of music, Electric Moon unite many different genres.

They have a fanbase, which is growing more and more.

Take a huge dosis of Psychedelia, blend it with some acid colors and get as high as you can – this is the state of mind, Electric Moon create with their sound.
Especially their live appearances are a unique thing. They want to celebrate the love of the music together with the FREAK VALLEY audience and the highest point of communication gets reached when there is happening a symbiosis between listeners and band.

Awesome poster art by Lulu Artwork

FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL – 4th-5th-6th June 2015
wwwfreakvally.dewww.rockfreaks.de

FVF tickets are selling like Blues Pills vinyls already – get yours in time – the first 3 editions have been sold out early!!
We are selling tix to all parts of this planet!!

Tickets: www.freakvalley.de | Only 66€ for 3 days incl. Camping!!

Hardtickets now @ our onlineshop: http://shop.rockfreaks.de/

Also: http://kozmik-artifactz.com/

FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL: No Fillers – Just Killers

Goatsnake – Crippled Black Phoenix – The Vintage Caravan – Electric Moon – Gas Giant – Monkey3 – Danava – Egypt – Siena Root – Sigiriya – Kamchatka – Purson – Dead Man – Tuber – Valley of the Sun – Tombstones – more tba soon!!

https://www.facebook.com/freakvalley
https://soundcloud.com/electricmoon
http://www.sulatron.com/xoshop/index.php

Electric Moon, “Lost and Found Souls” Live at Altroquando

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Venomous Maximus Sign to Shadow Kingdom Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 20th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Following a release of their 2012 long-player, Beg upon the Light (review here), through Napalm, Houston cult heavy rock four-piece Venomous Maximus have inked a deal to issue their follow-up, Firewalker, on Pittsburgh’s Shadow Kingdom Records. Presumably the new album will be out sometime in 2015, and considering the passion Shadow Kingdom puts into its acts — their love of Corsair is fervent enough that it can be seen from orbit — the fact that they’d even bring the band on board means they’re ready to get in deep. Fair enough. Venomous Maximus are vicious live, and hopefully with Shadow Kingdom behind them, they’ll be able to continue to get out and tour as much as possible.

The PR brought word from the label:

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We have been waiting so long to tell you this great news and now is finally the time to reveal what’s been happening in the SKR camp…

Shadow Kingdom Records is extremely proud and honored to announce the signing of Houston, Texas’ VENOMOUS MAXIMUS.

The name of the band reminds us of the classic Gladiator film where Russell Crowe (aka “Maximus”) was nothing short of a complete madman who would die for his family and country without fear or worry of what might happen to him in the process. VENOMOUS MAXIMUS is very much like that in their attitude and approach to playing music with conviction and without any genre barriers. In VENOMOUS MAXIMUS, we have a band that is interested in writing GREAT, memorable songs that vary in length, tempo, and emotion.

Those whom are familiar with VENOMOUS MAXIMUS’ 2012 Napalm Records release, “Beg Upon the Light”, know what kind of a treat you’re in for. The band’s upcoming new album “Firewalker” is a great continuation of their talents. It’s really rare to find bands that have no barriers and just focus on quality songs. This really takes us back to the beginning of Heavy Metal when BLACK SABBATH would put out records. Some of the jams would be fast and heavy, while others would be slow and powerful. BLACK SABBATH could play any genre because they invented all of the heavy metal genres you hear today and when you hear VENOMOUS MAXIMUS’ music, it reminds us of those same ideals. It’s just GREAT music and you love hearing it.

Gregg Higgins heads this band with his very powerful and commanding vocals and chants that immediately raise fists in the air. There’s an obscure Psych / Rock band (also) in Texas from the 70’s/80’s called “Roky Erickson”. if you’re not familiar, click on these two YouTube links and soak yourself into “Night of the Vampire” and “Stand for the Fire Demon”), and play it LOUD. Gregg’s strong vocals remind us of Roky’s vocals in a way that is so captivating, it literally forces you into their world, and you get lost in the music. With the rest of the band being tighter than two coats of paint, this band can do it all and do it all extremely well! VENOMOUS MAXIMUS can easily become as big as — and share fans with — bands like GRAND MAGUS, HIGH ON FIRE and MASTODON, while not sounding like any of those bands and paving their own “path of doom”.

https://www.facebook.com/VenomousMaximus
http://venomousmaximus.bandcamp.com/

Venomous Maximus, “Path of Doom” official video

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Triptykon Release New Video for “Tree of Suffocating Souls”

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 19th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Considering it’s been getting dark at around 4:15PM and temperatures were in the 20s last night (that’s negative numbers for your Celsius types), safe to say winter’s here, and winter more or less was a season made for Triptykon. Or maybe that’s the other way around. I don’t know. If you can figure out which came first between freezing, malevolent darkness and Tom G. Warrior‘s soul-consuming croak, be my guest. I have no technology to aid with such things.

This year, Triptykon released their second album, Melana Chasmata, which I successfully avoided reviewing because I knew I’d only want to buy it if I did (ask me sometime about the struggle between placing value on my own work and supporting artists), and celebrated the occasion by headlining the Sunday date at Roadburn 2014, the festival where they also made their live debut in 2010. “Tree of Suffocating Souls” is the opener from the newer outing, and Triptykon have just posted a video for it today to herald a tour on which they’ll embark next month alongside the reactivated At the Gates.

Triptykon are also already confirmed for a multitude of 2015 festivals, including TemplesMaryland Deathfest, and Hellfest, so clearly their story is set to continue. The PR wire fills us in:

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Triptykon – New video clip for “Tree Of Suffocating Souls”; Touring commencing soon!

On the eve of returning to the stage in their native Switzerland after an absence of more than two years, and two weeks before embarking on a tour of Europe with At The Gates, Swiss avant-garde extreme metal act Triptykon are debuting a new visualization of a song off their acclaimed second album, Melana Chasmata.

The video was directed by Philipp Hirsch (who previously worked with Triptykon for the group’s highly acclaimed “Shatter” and “Aurorae” video clips).

Triptykon singer/guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior: “In producing this footage, we have elected to once again work in partnership with long-standing Triptykon collaborator and director, Philipp Hirsch, in Leipzig, Germany. As intensely minimalist as Triptykon’s approach and music are, as perfect and passionate was Philipp in creating images which combine such minimalism with the required darkness. The night during which most of these images were created was, for many reasons, a truly extraordinary night none of us shall ever forget.”

Next to the soon commencing European tour with At The Gates and Morbus Chron, Triptykon have recently confirmed a string of festival dates, including appearances at next year’s Maryland Deathfest (US) and Hellfest (FR). Here is a list of all confirmed and announced upcoming live-shows for Triptykon:

Triptykon Live:
SA 22.11.2014 Bern (Switzerland) – Saint Ghetto Festival
TH 04.12.2014 London (UK) – Forum + At The Gates, Morbus Chron & Code Orange
FR 05.12.2014 Manchester (UK) – Academy 2 + At The Gates, Morbus Chron & Code Orange
SA 06.12.2014 Glasgow (UK) – Garage + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
SU 07.12.2014 Birmingham (UK) – The Oobleck + At The Gates, Morbus Chron & Code Orange
MO 08.12.2014 Cardiff (UK) – The Globe + At The Gates, Morbus Chron & Code Orange
WE 10.12.2014 Essen (Germany) – Turock + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
TH 11.12.2014 Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
FR 12.12.2014 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – EMM
SA 13.12.2014 Leipzig (Germany) – Conne Island + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
SU 14.12.2014 Wien (Austria) – Arena + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
TU 16.12.2014 Aarau (Switzerland) – Kiff + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
WE 17.12.2014 Munich (Germany) – Backstage Werk + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
TH 18.12.2014 Antwerpen (Belgium) – Trix + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
FR 19.12.2014 Cologne (Germany) – Essigfabrik + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
SA 20.12.2014 Berlin (Germany) – Postbahnhof + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
SA 23.05.2015 Baltimore (US) – Maryland Deathfest
SA 30.05.2015 Bristol (UK) – Temples Fest
SA 13.06.2015 Bucharest (Romania) – Metalhead Meeting
19.-21.06.2015 Clisson (France) – Hellfest
05.-08.08.2015 Jaromer (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Open Air

Triptykon online:
www.triptykon.net
www.facebook.com/triptykonofficial

Triptykon, “Tree of Suffocating Souls” official video

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Space Guerrilla New EP Boundless Available Now

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 19th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Classic stoner nod permeates Boundless, the debut release from Brazilian instrumental trio Space Guerrilla, but I think what really won me over was the Planet of the Apes sample in opener “Lift Off,” taken from the film’s opening monologue, by a pre-“cold dead hands” Charlton Heston. Haven’t watched that movie in a while — though I just saw the second reboot flick that came out last summer, and meh; Andy Sirkis is a highly-specialized genius and no James Franco is always a plus — but might have to break it out again and see if I can line it and the EP up to play at the same time. I doubt it’ll have any strange synchronized effect or anything, but might be fun either way, though the Planet of the Apes lines are just one of a multitude of samples used throughout the five-track outing.

The whole EP is available to stream on the band’s Soundcloud, so feel free to dig in on the player below if you’re looking for something riffy and spacey for the afternoon. Also included is some background on Space Guerrilla, should you want to familiarize yourself. They like stoner rock:

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In August 2013, a journey through time and space began. The cosmonauts Angelo Boose (guitar), Cristiano Muniz (bass) and Guga RB (drums) reunited in the city of Porto Alegre, Southern Brazil, to start the deep space cruising by Space Guerrilla. Throughout long smokey reharsal sessions, they wrote five songs which are part of its first EP “Boundless”, recorded at Hurricane Studio by the wizard Sebastian Carsin.

Gathering inspiration from distant galaxies, Space Guerrilla’s music is influenced by stoner rock bands such as Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Unida, Dozer, Truckfighters, Weedpecker, and 60’s-70’s rock bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Cream and others.

EP Boundless (2014)
https://soundcloud.com/spaceguerrilla/sets/boundless

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Mountain God to Release New EP in February

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 19th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

By the time it comes out, it’ll be about a year since the first announcement from Brooklyn’s Mountain God of their forthcoming EP, Forest of the Lost. Why the delay? Well, aside from playing shows, which they’ve done all year, most recently at Brooklyn’s Sludgefeast this past weekend alongside Naam for their final gig, It’s Not Night: It’s Space and an impressive assemblage of others, they’ve also had a few lineup changes, trading out drummer Ian Murray for Ryan Smith (also of Thera Roya) and losing keyboardist Jon Powell to a move, only to fill the gap with noisemaker/vocalist Chris “Dickler” Dialogue, formerly a bandmate of Mountain God bassist Nihil Kamineni in AlkahestKamineni, who also handles recording for the band, and guitarist/vocalist Ben Ianuzzi remain from the original lineup (pictured above), and though both Murray and Powell played on Forest of the Lost, it seems like Mountain God‘s expanding conceptual basis — not to mention their biography — is only going to get more complex as time goes on.

If you look out the right side of the plane, you’ll see this off the PR wire:

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On February 20th, 2015, Mountain God will release its sophomore record, “Forest of the Lost”. The EP is a concept record, consisting of a single song broken down into different movements.

The diverse track twists and turns over the course of 20 minutes, focusing on the plight of a medieval village, located somewhere in the deepest recesses of mankind’s history. The village children, left to their own devices, disappear into the night searching for proof of a local witch, all the while their parents engage in acts of depravity and debauchery.

As the story reaches a climax, the listener is challenged into thinking about the cast of characters, and the true nature of good, evil, neutrality, and indifference. Musically, the record is a melding of 60s and 70s psychedelics and aesthetics with the heaviness, crunch, and shattering riffs of traditional doom and metal.

“Forest” builds on the ground covered in “Experimentation on the Unwilling” (released July 2013), exploring new sounds and textures, all the while continuing down the pathway of socially conscious topics.

The band will play a record release show February 20th in Brooklyn, and the track will have a physical release. Mountain God will release more information about each of these points later in the year.

https://www.facebook.com/MountainGodBand
http://mountain-god.bandcamp.com/releases
http://archaicrevivalrecords.bandcamp.com/

Mountain God, Live at Sludgefeast, Brooklyn, NYC, Nov. 15, 2014

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The Midnight Ghost Train Announce Release Date for Cold was the Ground

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 18th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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The steady ascent of bombastic blues rockers The Midnight Ghost Train looks set to continue into the New Year. Come late February/early March, the Topeka, Kansas, three-piece will issue their third album, Cold was the Ground, in 2015 as their debut on Napalm Records. It follows 2012’s hog-wild Buffalo (review here), and seems to have at least some commonality of artwork with that album, a lone figure standing against a single-color backdrop of rural America, complete with overgrown field. Only difference is that where Buffalo had a topless woman in sepia that seemed to convey a sentimentality for a time that never was, Cold was the Ground brings a black and white scowl of a man (fully dressed to a near-Baptist degree) standing in front of a house in squalor. If that’s some promise of how the two records might compare to each other sound-wise, the ground may be cold indeed when the new one arrives.

Already veterans of Roadburn, the Desertfests, Freak Valley (where the above photo was taken) and many others on extensive US and European tours over the last few years, The Midnight Ghost Train were announced this week as taking part in the 2015 Hellfest in Clisson, France, next June. This week, however, they’re kicking around the Midwest, presumably just because it hurts them to sit still for too long. Dates are included with the release info and tracklisting for the new record below:

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HERE IT IS. The Cover, Tracklist and Release Dates of our new album “Cold Was The Ground”

Release Dates:
2.28.2015 – GSA / Europe / AUS
3.2.2015 – UK / NO / FR / DK / IT
3.04.2015 – SE / ESP
3.10.2015 – USA / CAN

Tracklist:
1. Along The Chasm
2. Gladstone
3. BC Trucker
4. Arvonia
5. One Last Shelter
6. The Canfield
7. Straight To The North
8. No. 227
9. The Little Sparrow
10. Twin Souls
11. Mantis

The Midnight Ghost Train live:
11.19.14 The Rockery, Detroit, MI
11.20.14 The Avenue Cafe, Lansing, MI
11.21.14 Crunchy Frog, Green Bay, WI
11.22.14 Eronel, Dubuque, IA
06.19.15 Hellfest, Clisson, France

https://www.facebook.com/themidnightghosttrain/
http://themidnightghosttrain.bandcamp.com/
http://www.themidnightghosttrain.com/
http://www.napalmrecords.com/

The Midnight Ghost Train, Buffalo (2012)

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Conan Begin Writing New Album

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 18th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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After last month announcing the acquisition of drummer Rich Lewis, UK planet destroyers Conan have put word out that they’ve begun writing for their next album. It will be their third full-length and will arrive as the follow-up to early-2014’s Napalm Records debut, Blood Eagle (review here), which furthered the band’s penchant for over-the-top-if-the-top-was-the-very-bottom-of-low-end tonality, vicious hooks and minimally lyricized tales of slaughter — all things that have become Conan‘s hallmarks as much as the cavernous footprint left behind after they play.

Whatever they title their next LP, it will be a landmark for the band. Not only because it’s their second for Napalm or the always-pivotal third album, but because it will be the first outing since their 2010 Horseback Battle Hammer EP (review here) not to feature drummer Paul O’Neil and the first with longtime producer Chris Fielding on bass and sharing vocal duties with guitarist, vocalist and founder Jon Davis (interview here). Lewis comes to the band from Cardiff metallers Intensive Square, who’ll reportedly have a new record out next year as well. Conan also being confirmed for their live debut on US shores at the 2015 Maryland Deathfest and having a UK tour in the works for earlier in the year and no doubt much more to come, it seems like Lewis‘ intro to the band’s touring cycle is going to be a busy one. You could say it already has been since they recently put in a couple weeks on the road together and made their first appearance in Britain at the Underworld in Camden Town on Oct. 30.

Still, only going to get busier. The three-piece confirmed work in progress thusly:

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NEW ALBUM UNDERWAY…..

This week we have begun writing a new full length album.

You can understand that we will not commit anything to the recording until it is heavier than Blood Eagle – that would be pointless.

When it is ready we will update further but so far things are sounding totally ridiculous.

Hails.

https://www.facebook.com/conandoom/
http://www.hailconan.com/
http://conan.bigcartel.com/

Conan, “Altar of Grief,” Live in Osnabrück, Germany, Oct. 15, 2014

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The Well Robbed in Memphis; Fundraiser Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 18th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

the well

You know what makes The Well getting robbed worse? It’s their first tour, and it was pretty much over! Yesterday, before making their way from Memphis, Tennessee, to Shreveport, Louisiana, the Austin-based trio decided to take a tour of Sun Studios. I’ve been on that tour. You get to see the room where The Million Dollar Quartet happened, and the tour guide talks about Johnny Cash putting dollars in his guitar to play “Folsom Prison Blues” and so on. It’s a good time, except that when The Well exited through the gift shop, they found that their van had been broken into, and their luggage, laptop and the $1,900 that was presumably the money they’d managed to earn on the road with All Them Witches for most of the 15 nights prior were gone. What a bummer.

I’m not sure who Cynthia Ruiz is, but she jumped on the situation by setting up a crowdfunding campaign to help The Well get back to where they need to be following the RidingEasy Records release of their first full-length, Samsara (review here). Their tour ends tonight in Dallas. You know the drill. Link and info below:

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Help the Well Get Well

“Well, it happened. While we were touring sun studios, someone broke into the van. THANK GOD they didn’t get any gear thanks to built in shelves separating the back of the van, but they stole ALL our luggage, Lisa’s computer and $1900 in cash. Feeling sick right now. Onward to Shreveport. Fuck.”

People say Karma is a bitch, but let’s prove she can be a sweetheart, too. If you believe in good people and good music, please show THE WELL some love and send them a buck or two in light of their recent misfortune in the south. While their gear was spared, all of their personal luggage, laptop, and well-earned cash was stolen by some rat bastards on the last leg of their inaugural tour. In all, the band lost about $4000 to some sorry ass thieves and I’d love to see some of that returned to them. Help me help them end their first tour with some positivity and hell yeahs!!!

http://www.gofundme.com/hfgqyc
https://www.facebook.com/thewellband/

The Well, Samsara (2014)

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SardoniS Release Split LP with Drums are for Parades

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 17th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Belgian crusher duo SardoniS have teamed with countrymen instrumentalists Drums are for Parades for a new split LP released as part of Hypertension Records‘ The Abyss Stares Back series. It is a one-time pressing of 500 copies on 180g vinyl, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. For SardoniS, this is the third split in a little over two years, since in 2012 just before their second full-length, II, came out, they partnered with Tank86, and shortly after, with Eternal Elysium, but for Drums are for Parades, it seems to be their first outing since 2011’s Imperium, though their Soundcloud page is littered with live tracks and other sundry whathaveyou.

What’s the point? Heavy vinyl. SardoniS‘ thing is riffy bludgeoning and Drums are for Parades get down with some more psychedelic, key-laden meandering, so the two are well-suited to play off each other’s style, and since I know nothing goes down quite as smooth as a large plastic platter these days, it seemed worth noting the release of the split.

So here goes:

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New vinyl out now! (+free 7″)

The Drums are for Parades / SardoniS split LP is out now! You can order here; http://sardonis.bigcartel.com

We have some vinyl packages with shirt or hoodie. And we throw in a free SardoniS/Tank86 7″ for the first 25 orders.

This is the 3rd release of the split series “The Abyss Stares Back” by Hypertension Records. It’s is a one-time pressing of 500 copies on 180 gr vinyl in a thick reversed cardboardsleeve + insert + presspictures + stickers

Other titles in the series “THE ABYSS STARES BACK” are:

1- Amenra / vvovnds – split LP
2- Primitive Man / Hessian – split LP
3- Drums are for Parades / SardoniS – split LP
4- Alkerdeel / Nihill – split LP
5- Scott Kelly / Syndrome – split LP

Thanks for supporting the brotherhood of SardoniS!

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Sardonis/Drums are for Parades, Split LP (2014)

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Magnetic Eye Records Extends Pressing for Electric Ladyland Redux Jimi Hendrix Tribute

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 17th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Some of today’s finest heavy bands covering some of the best rock and roll ever crafted, the Electric Ladyland [Redux] tribute to Jimi Hendrix from Magnetic Eye Records was going to be a hard one to beat from the start, but at this point what started out as a Kickstarter presale with a $5,000 goal has surpassed five times that. As of this post, it’s over $26,000. Today, Nov. 17, was to be the end of the presale. 500 copies sold, a bonus Best of Jimi Hendrix covers LP (the cover below) included as a thanks to those who contributed enough to get it, done and done. Well, the announcement just came through to the backers that Magnetic Eye is continuing the push.

The new goal? $30,000. That ups the pressing from 500 copies to 1,000. Less than $4,000 to go, and given the scale of the project at this point, that seems infinitely doable. Kudos to the label on coordinating such a powerful assemblage. It’s rare to see the heavy rock scene so universally agree on anything, but I’ve yet to hear any dissent when it comes to this, and the amount of money put in speaks for itself.

Here’s the announcement and the tracklisting for who’s covering what:

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Electric Ladyland [Redux] by Magnetic Eye Records: Smashed Right Thru SOLD OUT Status! 2nd Stretch Goal, $30,000.00!

Being that we are smashing thru 500 backers and a pressing of 500 LPs we are deciding to put the pedal to the metal and go for 1,000. There will only be a 1 and only first pressing of Electric Ladyland [Redux] so the time to act is now. Tell your friends, your neighbors, etc…. EARTHLESS, ALL THEM WITCHES, THE BUDOS BAND, SUMMONER, ELDER, OPEN HAND, KING BUFFALO, TUNGA MOLN, CLAYMATION, ELEPHANT TREE, GOZU, MOTHERSHIP, WO FAT, MOS GENERATOR, SUPERCHIEF, THE PHUSS covering Electric Ladyland in full with cover art by David Paul Seymour, COME ON!

And if that is not enough, a ‘Best Of’ including Child, Ironweed, Geezer, Stubb, Rosy Finch, Elephant Tree, etc! with cover art by Caitlin Hackett. Out of control. So we made a final stretch goal. Here is the info:

FINAL STRETCH GOAL: $30,000.00 = 1,000 Electric Ladyland [Redux] LPs Pressed

Clearly, we are thrilled with the support and interest this project and these releases are receiving. We are creating a $30,000.00 stretch goal to allow us to increase the amount of records pressed 1,000 to accommodate additional backers. We planned to hit $25K and press 500 copies, as we pass 500 backers we will continue to adjust our plan based on the number of backers and amount pledged. We are already so humbled and grateful. Thank you!

the Electric Ladyland [REDUX] track list:
Elephant Tree “…And the Gods Made Love”
Open Hand “Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)”
Superchief “Crosstown Traffic”
All Them Witches “Voodoo Child”
The Phuss “Little Miss Strange”
The Budos Band “Long Hot Summer Night”
Earthless “Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)
Wo Fat “Gypsy Eyes”
Mos Generator “Burning of the Midnight Lamp”
Gozu “Rainy Day, Dream Away”
Summoner “1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)
Claymation “Moon, Turn the Tides… Gently Gently Away”
Mothership “Still Raining, Still Dreaming”
King Buffalo “House Burning Down”
Tunga Moln “All Along the Watchtower”
Elder “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”

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Jimi Hendrix, “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”

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Desertfest London 2015 Adds The Atomic Bitchwax, The Wounded Kings, Lo-Pan, Black Pyramid, Amulet, Desert Storm, Floor and Karma to Burn to Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 14th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Desertfest London 2015 was due for a big round of adds, and if they had a quota, you can pretty much consider it met. Eight bands were confirmed for the bill of the Camden Town festival today, among them Lo-Pan and Black Pyramid, who’ll also be at Desertfest Berlin together, UK natives The Wounded Kings (who’ll be there with original singer George Birch in the lineup), Desert Storm, Amulet, reunited pummelers Floor, Jersey’s finest power trio The Atomic Bitchwax and instrumentalists Karma to Burn, for whom this will be a return appearance. With SleepRed Fang and Orange Goblin already on the bill, at very least we can surmise Desertfest knows what it likes.

I don’t know how much more there is to come from Desertfest London 2015 — April is still months away, so one assumes plenty — but to look at this lineup already, it’s an enviable assemblage and shows in its variety how far the festival has progressed in its few short years. Minsk and Lo-Pan sharing a bill? Noothgrush and My Sleeping Karma? Seems like whatever poison you want to pick, they can accommodate.

From the PR wire:

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FLOOR, KARMA TO BURN, BLACK PYRAMID, LO-PAN, THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX and more added to the DESERTFEST LONDON 2015 lineup

Once again, DESERTFEST LONDON fired a crushing salvo of heaviness by adding eight more kickass bands to their 2015 lineup. FLOOR, KARMA TO BURN, BLACK PYRAMID, LO-PAN, THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX, AMULET, DESERT STORM and THE WOUNDED KINGS are consequently joining the party, which will take place on April 24-26th in Camden.

Already confirmed:

SLEEP
RED FANG
ORANGE GOBLIN
MY SLEEPING KARMA
NOOTHGRUSH
MINSK
BLACK COBRA
DOPETHRONE
AGRIMONIA
WALK THROUGH FIRE
FLOOR
KARMA TO BURN
BLACK PYRAMID
LO-PAN
THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX
AMULET
DESERT STORM
THE WOUNDED KINGS

DESERTFEST LONDON
April 24-26th 2015 in Camden Town
Koko – Electric Ballroom – The Underworld – The Black Heart

Tickets on sale now AT THIS LOCATION
Hotel & ticket packages info available HERE

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The Atomic Bitchwax, Live at the Purple Turtle, London, UK, April 27, 2011

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Arik Roper and Skinner Art Show Opens Tonight in Brooklyn

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 14th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Brooklyn’s Cotton Candy Machine will be hosting a gallery show for the next few weeks featuring the works of Brooklyn-based Arik Roper and Oakland, CA’s Skinner. Dubbed “New Maps of the Abyss,” the show plays Roper‘s sometimes murky, darker-toned visualizations off of Skinner‘s vivid, otherworldly sharpness, both working in an epic style but obviously playing off different influences. If you happen to be in that part of the world tonight, they’re doing an opening whathaveyou this evening, and if you’re going to be sometime in the next few weeks, the show will be going on until Dec. 7. Anytime you get to see Roper‘s work in person and appreciate the detail, it’s worth doing so, and I’m not sure, but I guess there’s always a chance Skinner might be showing some of his patches and/or figurines along with the prints, and whatever winds up being there, you don’t really lose.

Info comes courtesy of Cotton Candy Machine:

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ARIK ROPER AND SKINNER

November 14th – December 7th

New Maps Of The Abyss is a two man show presenting new bodies of work by Arik Roper and Skinner, two of the most distinct voices in proto fantasy art today. Two distinct styles covering the more distant spaces on the spectrum of bizarre visionary art. Illustrative, fantastic and one of a kind, these two mind freaks have naturally gravitated towards each other to form this amazing show.

The installation they have created at the Cotton Candy Machine will transport you to a place where you could experience these visions in their natural habitat! Welcome to new maps of the abyss!

Presale for the show is live now and selling fast. Visit our event page here to preview the available works!

Please email info@thecottoncandymachine.com with a list of paintings you would like to purchase. Do include alternates choices in case the pieces you are after have been sold.

Join us for the opening event!

Skinner challenged himself to create new visions of classic Dungeons and Dragons characters in a new illustrative reconnection to himself in an homage to the things that have ignited his mind as a youth! An indulgent look at his heart held influences.

An outstanding 38 original paintings now fill the walls with Skinners insane vision and rebirth of these classic monsters.

Cotton Candy Machine will be releasing a new limited edition print from Skinner tomorrow at the opening first come first served. So come early!

For New Maps Of The Abyss, Arik Roper has created scenes and entities that one would encounter when traveling into the subconscious abyss! All in his incredibly beautiful otherworldly style.

At the opening event we will be releasing a print of the album art fromSleep’s Dope Smoker. This print has never been released and the quantities are very limited at opening. We will be releasing these large 36″ x 17″ prints first come first served along with a new print from the show at the opening so come early!

Join us for the opening event!

Opening Event Friday November 14th
7pm – 11pm

235 South 1st Street (between Roebling and Havemeyer)
Brooklyn, NYC 11211
718.387.3844

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Arik Roper and Skinner Art Show Trailer

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Neurosis Playing End-of-Year Shows in California

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 13th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Neurosis are in Mexico City next weekend for the Bestia festival, and they’ve also just announced they’ll do a trio of California shows to round out 2014, a year that’s already seen them play multiple shows and fests in a kind of gradual return to playing live which, if you’ll recall, they weren’t so much about for most of the last decade. They’ve already confirmed Maryland Deathfest for 2015 and one imagines it won’t be the only gig they wind up playing. If they keep it up, one might almost be tempted to think of them as a touring band again. How that might play into the post-metal progenitors following-up their 2012 studio outing, Honor Found in Decay (review here), is anyone’s best guess, but if time has proven anything it’s that the appropriate course of action is to let Neurosis do whatever the fuck they want at their own pace and excellence will ensue.

The PR wire lets you know how it is:

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NEUROSIS Announces Trio Of Year-End California Performances

NEUROSIS has just confirmed three more shows for 2014, set to take place during the final days of the year in California. While the members of NEUROSIS currently reside in numerous areas of the country, the Bay Area will forever remain the land of the band’s origin, and to commemorate one of their most active years performing abroad in their nearly three decades in existence, they’ll unite for a trio of concerts including two shows back where it all began.

The first of the year-end live run will see NEUROSIS playing at The Observatory in Orange County’s Santa Ana on Monday, December 29th. The next two evenings — Tuesday, December 30th and Wednesday the 31st — will see the band back in their native Bay Area lands, with two consecutive shows at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Supporting NEUROSIS on all three of these headlining shows will be an incredibly diverse and destructive lineup, including Portland’s morose d-beat hardcore icons, Tragedy, San Diego-based industrial drone man/machine act, Author & Punisher, and San Francisco’s sludge/noise rock outfit, Kowloon Walled City.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:
11/19-23/2014 Bestia Festival – Mexico City, MX w/ The Ex, Monogatari, more
12/29/2014 The Conservatory – Santa Ana, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City
12/30/2014 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City
12/31/2014 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City
5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD w/ Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Goatsnake, Primordial, more

The newly-announced trio of performances comes as NEUROSIS continues their massive 2014 live campaign, as the band has just conquered the Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, Texas, as well as Southwest Terror Fest III in Tucson, Arizona, and next week will headline the second annual Bestia Festival in Mexico City, Mexico. The five-day gala, set to run from November 19th to the 23rd, will include performances from The Ex, Monogatari, (SIC), Han Bennink, Terrie Ex, Marc Ribot, Ray Anderson, Bob Stewart and others confirmed, in addition to music workshops, film screenings and more will fill the festival grounds. Additional NEUROSIS concerts for 2015 are aligning, including the band’s return to Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore alongside fellow Neurot acts Ufomammut and Yob, where NEUROSIS plays on Sunday, May 24th with Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Demilich, Goatsnake, Inverloch, Primordial, Winter, Tombs and more.

Following the release of their Live At Roadburn 2007 album and reissues of some of the band’s most seminal recordings — including their Souls At Zero and Enemy Of The Sun LPs and the Sovereign EP — throughout 2010 and 2011, NEUROSIS released one of their most ambitious albums to date, with 2012’s mighty Honor Found In Decay LP, all through their own cultivated Neurot Recordings. The album showcased the band taking their esoteric but leveling and categorization-free style of extreme music to even diverse areas of exploration, and following the record release show for the album, the outfit disbanded with their longtime visuals at their live shows, empowering their grand anthems to their fans in a monolithic, more human approach. Since its release, NEUROSIS has been more active tour-wise than they have since before the turn of the millennium, and seemingly shows no time of ending the campaign any time soon.

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Neurosis, Live at Southwest Terror Fest, Oct. 18, 2014

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