Biblical Announce Inaugural US Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 29th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Coming down from the Great White North for the first time, Toronto four-piece Biblical have announced their first extended run of tour dates in the US. They’ll join up with Death from Above 1979, who are apparently a band again, and begin in the Southeast as they hit both coasts and a couple spots in between starting on Nov. 3. Biblical‘s debut LP, Monsoon Season, made something of a splash last year when it was released, and has continued to earn the band a following since.

The PR wire has dates and details:

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BIBLICAL CONFIRMED FOR DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979’s U.S. TOUR!

NEW ALBUM MONSOON SEASON OUT NOW!

Psychedelic journeymen, Biblical have been announced as direct support for Death From Above 1979 (also referred to as DFA 1979) on their forthcoming U.S. Tour. This will be the Toronto based quartet’s first extended run in support of their debut full-length, Monsoon Season.

Released earlier this year via New Damage Records (Ken Mode, USA Out Of Vietnam), Monsoon Season is conjured from equal parts fuzz-pedal/ amplifier worship and meditative passages pulled from the cosmos. The album received a deluge of critical praise from U.S. outlets.

Biblical is composed of seasoned Toronto musical vets including Nick Sewell (bass/vocals), Jay Anderson (drums), Matt Mclaren (guitarist) and Andrew Scott (guitar). Formed in the spring of 2010, their fierce and mostly improvisational performances have earned them festival and touring slots with a wide variety of artists. Some of these include hometown comrades Death From Above 1979 as well as Kyuss, The Sword, Red Fang, Danko Jones, Fucked Up and Howlin’ Rain.

Up next is an official video for the song “The Quiet Crooks” which Sewell promises to be a “creep-tastic, occult-themed affair” which was shot entirely on location in Rome, Italy by director Sean Wainsteim.

Biblical confirmed tour dates with DFA 1979
11/3/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater
11/4/14 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
11/6/14 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/7/14 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun
11/8/14 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
11/10/14 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
11/12/14 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
11/13/14 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
11/15/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
11/17/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
11/18/14 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
11/19/14 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
11/21/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
11/22/14 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater
11/24/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/25/14 – Chicago, IL @ Rivera Theater
11/26/14 – Detroit, MI @ Crofoot
11/28/14 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/29/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
12/1/14 – Washington D.C. @ 9:30 Club
12/2/14 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues

More Info: http://biblicalband.com
https://www.facebook.com/BIBLICALBAND/

Biblical, “All Justice No Peace” official video

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London DesertFest 2015: Sleep, Orange Goblin and My Sleeping Karma Added to Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 29th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Three bands deep and already DesertFest London — which from here on out I’ll be presenting with the capital ‘f’ in accordance with their own stylization and in contrast to years past; I’m tired of feeling like I’ve got it wrong — has an enviable lineup. Sleep was already confirmed shortly after this year’s fest, and they’ll headline Koko, a place about which I know nothing but assume is sizable, as Orange Goblin celebrate their 20th anniversary. Not bad shakes. I’ve seen both of those bands, and they destroy, but I’ve never seen My Sleeping Karma and they’re on my wishlist at this point, their last several records having been so very, very good.

While I consider the finer points of starting an NPR-style pledge drive in order to cover travel expenses (no, not really), check out the announcement from the PR wire:

DESERTFEST LONDON 2015 : Sleep, Orange Goblin and My Sleeping Karma confirmed

European stoner/doom/psych festival DESERTFEST LONDON just unveiled the first batch of bands to be part of its fourth edition, taking place on April 24-26th, 2015 in Camden. Tickets are on sale now, so it’s time to make plans for next spring!

First bands confirmed are:

SLEEP (headlining Koko’s on Sunday 26th)
ORANGE GOBLIN
MY SLEEPING KARMA

For the fourth year running, Camden’s finest venues will be hosting one of the most exciting stoner/doom/sludge/psyche gatherings in Europe, for a full weekend of fuzzed-out tunes, psychedelia and partying. After they announced their long-awaited return a few weeks ago, American stoner rock pioneers SLEEP will be treating the Desertfest crowd to their twenty minutes long smoked-out sonic odysseys, with an exclusive headlining set at London’s famous venue Koko’s on the Sunday. Camden’s ground is set to tremble once again this year, with UK metal heavyweights ORANGE GOBLIN delivering their fiery metal anthems, for a one-off 20th anniversary special performance. This first announcement couldn’t be complete without a cosmic touch (because it wouldn’t be DESERTFEST if we weren’t sonically high at least once), brought to you by German psych trio MY SLEEPING KARMA.

Keep an ear to the ground as more bands will be announced really soon!

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

3-day tickets (£99.50) available at THIS LOCATION

More infos on www.thedesertfest.com
http://instagram.com/desertfest
https://twitter.com/DesertFest
https://www.facebook.com/DesertfestLondon

Sleep, “Sonic Titan” Live in Boston, Aug. 24, 2014

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Roadburn 2015: Fields of the Nephilim, Monolord and Electric Citizen Added to Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 29th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

And so it begins: The great barrage of festival announcements. Things won’t really pick up until the winter — which is fortunate since nothing else will be going on at that time — but already RoadburnDesertfestFreak Valley and others have begun to leak confirmed names from their 2015 lineups, and already I can’t keep up with all of it. I’m not sure which if any of the above I’ll be able to attend next year, but the news is still relevant even if I don’t make it, so I’ll continue to do my best to stay on top of it.

In the case of Roadburn, their now-years-long push into aesthetic diversity seems to be hitting new heights via their partnership with Enslaved and Wardruna for a curated event dubbed “Houses of the Holistic.” The news that Fields of the Nephilim will take part in that event came out yesterday and was received with much appropriately gothic cooing. Also reaffirming their commitment to the riff, RidingEasy Records upstarts Monolord and Electric Citizen have also been added, so as ever, Roadburn‘s got a little bit of everything going already, and only more to come.

Snagged this off the PR wire:

fields of the nephilim roadburn 2015

FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM TO PLAY TWO EXCLUSIVE SHOWS AT ROADBURN FESTIVAL 2015

We are honored to announce that British gothic rock innovators Fields Of The Nephilim will be gracing the stage twice at the 20th edition of the Roadburn Festival atthe 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. In addition to serving as the Saturday headliner on April 11, 2015, the band will perform a different set as special guests at ‘Houses Of The Holistic’ on Friday, the special Roadburn event curated by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Wardruna’s Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik, which will be held on Friday, April 10.

Currently 30 years into a groundbreaking career, Fields of the Nephilim have had a major impact on an entire generation of musicians and music fans. Led by singer Carl McCoy, the Stevenage, England band fused the darker elements of post-punk with more overtly American sounds such as blues and outlaw country, creating a sound that was gritty, grandiose, and menacing, unlike anything that was made before or since. Such classic albums as Dawnrazor, The Nephilim, and Elizium helped shape the goth subculture, but at the same time played a profound role in influencing a wide array of today’s music, ranging from indie, to occult rock, to metal. Such contemporary bands as Watain, Katatonia, Horseback, and Enslaved cite the Nephilim as a major influence.

“Fields of the Nephilim has accepted our invitation for our “Houses of the Holistic” at Roadburn 2015. Bleep! Anything I say after that sentence is going to seem insignificant in comparison, so no pressure for once,” says Bjørnson, “I’ve been a avid fan of Carl McCoy and Fields of the Nephilim since I was introduced to them during the early years of Enslaved; and they have remained a constant source of inspiration ever since (check out the song ‘Nordlys’ from our Scion-EP ‘The Sleeping Gods’, for instance). Having these absolute masters of sublime Music from the Shadows as very special guests at our curated event is as big as it gets; April 2015 just can’t come fast enough! Aaaaaarrrrggghhh!”

Comments Selvik: “The basic idea of our ‘Houses of the Holistic’ is of course about inviting bands we find interesting and would love to see perform but it is also about creating an event that at the same time says something about what shaped and inspired us on our own creative path – AND – since the authors of the poetic Edda are long since gone I personally have difficulty thinking of a more fitting band than Fields of the Nephilim to give voice to that idea.”

We at Roadburn have been huge supporters monolord roadburn 2015of Fields Of The Nephilim since the Dawnrazor album in 1987, and with their influence looming large over so many acts that have played at our festival over the years, hosting these two special performances at Roadburn 2015 couldn’t be more appropriate.

In related news: In keeping with our tradition of bringing you the finest rock ‘n’ roll ceremony of occultish, Sabbathian shades and sounds, we’re thrilled to announce that Ohio’s Electric Citizen will play on Saturday, April 11. Sweden’s hotly-tipped psychedelic stoner sludge outfit Monolord (as in lords of monolithic riffing) will bring their massive mesmeric, speaker-rumbling amplifier worship to Roadburn Festival 2015 on Thursday, April 9.

Roadburn Festival 2015 (including The Heads as Artist In Residence, Enslaved and Wardruna among others) will run for four days from Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

http://www.roadburn.com/
https://twitter.com/roadburnfest
https://www.facebook.com/roadburnfestival

Monolord, Empress Rising (2014)

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Small Stone Records Updates on Flood Cleanup; Fundraiser Continues

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 28th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Thee basement.

As you can see in the photo above, the flood that ravaged Small Stone Records‘ offices two weeks ago (if you missed that news, see here) is being dealt with. Progress is being made, but of course there’s still a ton to do. The fundraiser has gotten an awesome response and has been about as visible as anyone could ask, so thanks to everybody for helping to get the word out and of course for donating. Please keep it going.

http://www.youcaring.com/helpscott

Label honcho Scott Hamilton took some time out and sent some pics of the damage being repaired and updated on the progress being made:

Says Scott:

We would personally like to thank everyone who has generously kicked in… It has been beyond helpful (lifesaving) and we are very thankful to any and all involved. We are now finally clean and dry… We still have a long way to go in terms of getting this up and running again, but here is a quick pic of the progress thus far.

90% of my time has been taken up with restoring all the above… i think i have been to home depot over 40 times in the last 2+ weeks

bottom line… this fundraiser has been saving my ass… the last time i was at home depot like this was 14 years ago when we first moved in… holy shit is everything way more expensive then it used to be!

So there you have it. A lot of work being done and a lot more still to come. It’s been amazing watching this community come together to support Small Stone and help Scott get back to where he needs to be, and thanks to folks like Ripple Music for hosting a charity auction, The Heavy Co. for donating all the proceeds of their new live album, and Seb from Abrahma for putting together a series of charity auctions as well. All of this is huge and it shows Scott there’s a reason all the work he’s putting in is worth the effort.

Once again, please keep it going.

http://www.youcaring.com/helpscott

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My Brother the Wind Post Album Trailer

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 28th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

my brother the wind

Yes. Yes. More of this. Less of not this. Swedish improv psych explorers My Brother the Wind will issue their third album in October via Free Electric Sound. The cumbersomely-titled offering, Once There was a Time When Time and Space were One, has just been given a video trailer, and I put it on to check it out and not one minute had passed before I was immersed. Hypnotized. The gorgeous, lush wash of tones had me in their grips to the point that, by the time its two minutes were played out, I forgot I wasn’t listening to a full album and that was all I was going to get.

Kind of a bummer about that last part, but the trailer really makes me look forward to what the album might hold when it hits in October, which I guess is the whole point. Fair enough. The PR wire brings info and of course the video itself:

MY BROTHER THE WIND: Expansive Album Trailer For New LP By Swedish Cosmic Rock Instrumentalists Released

Sweden’s instrumental cosmic rock quartet, MY BROTHER THE WIND, will release their third full-length album this October, the opus harnessing forty-five minutes of the band’s entirely improvised, instrumental psychedelic rock, entitled Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One. Recorded live in the studio with no overdubs during a single day, the band used six and twelve string acoustic and electric guitars, mellotron, flute, bass, drums, congas and more to complete the task. The album was captured in full analog on 2″ tape courtesy of a 16 track Ampex from 1969 at Drop Out Analogue, in the snowy wilderness of Åmål, Sweden, with engineering duties handled by Love Tholin, who used vintage flangers, plate reverbs and tape echoes to achieve the LP’s unrestrained sound and exceptionally organic tones, after which it was mixed by Tholin and the band, and mastered by Hans Fredriksson.

A trailer for Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One has been released, featuring an array of photos documenting the album’s creation as well as the band performing both on stage as well as outdoors, an in-depth look at the LP’s awesome artwork, and the first audio sample to be leaked from the album.

MY BROTHER THE WIND is a fully improvisational cosmic rock collective consisting of members of widely known Swedish progressive rock acts Makajodama, Magnolia, Animal Daydream and Anekdoten, their output an inviting sound for fans of Popol Vuh, Amon Duul, Sun Ra, Ash Ra Temple, Gong and Pink Floyd, Free Electric Sound — the instrumental music division of The Laser’s Edge — will release Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One worldwide on October 14th. Stand by for further transmissions including preorders for the CD and deluxe LP versions as well as additional audio from the album in the coming days.

https://www.facebook.com/mybrotherthewind
https://soundcloud.com/my-brother-the-wind
http://www.lasersedgegroup.com/labels/free-electric-sound
https://www.facebook.com/TheLasersEdge
https://twitter.com/thelasersedge

My Brother the Wind, Once There was a Time When Time and Space were One album trailer

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The Sabbathian Release Ritual Rites Sept. 3 on Svart

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 28th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

If you follow the varied work of guitarist Chad Davis (Hour of 13, Tasha-Yar, etc.), then you probably at some point in the last year or two saw The Sabbathian namedropped as a project in the making. Their debut EP, Ritual Rites, has been a while coming, and apparently the band’s new label, Svart, is looking to make up for some lost time. All the better, what with the three-track offering reveling as it does in bleak, classic doom the likes of which Davis seems to be able to so readily conjure.

Doubtless part of the delay in putting the whole thing together — if you want to call it a delay; sometimes these things just take a minute to get going — was in coordinating with vocalist Anette Gulbrandsen, who is based in Norway while Davis and guitarist Joey Downs reside in North Carolina. Whatever the case, the vinyl/download will be out shortly and it’ll look like this:

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THE SABBATHIAN to release SVART debut, feature Hour of 13 member

Today, Svart Records announces September 3rd as the international release date for The Sabbathian’s debut mini-album, Ritual Rites, to be released on vinyl and digital formats. The Sabbathian comprise two fundamental elements: doom metal, and the occult forces of nature and energy. These elements brought together three individuals in the form of The Sabbathian. Taking their roots to the core of true, heavy, darkened metal, The Sabbathian draw an unparalleled ion from the likes of Candlemass and Black Sabbath, all while retaining a sound very personable to them. Formed by Chad Davis (Hour of 13), the journey is to create music for the hours of darkness and gloom.

Joined by guitarist Joey Downs (Altar Blood), his contribution adds the element of power and everything the sense of heavy. Featuring the sheer vocal beauty of Anette Gulbrandsen (Leave’s Eyes, Nattsol, Mäctätus) at the forefront, her alto/soprano vocal stylings bring forth medieval choirs and haunting apparitions that complete what is The Sabbathian: a journey into darkness, a voyage into the cosmic void unknown. With Ritual Rites, The Sabbathianhave arrived as a force to be reckoned with in the world of modern-day occult doom rock, and will remain the top contender until death. First proof can be heard HERE. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for The Sabbathian’s Ritual Rites
1. Ancient’s Curse
2. Ritual Rites
3. Nightshade Eternal

MORE INFO:
www.facebook.com/thesabbathianband
http://www.svartrecords.com/

The Sabbathian, “Ancient’s Curse”

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Alunah Premiere “Heavy Bough” from New Album Awakening the Forest

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 28th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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I don’t mind telling you I’ve been waiting for Alunah‘s new album for what feels like I really long time. The reality of the situation is that the Birmingham four-piece’s third offering and Napalm Records debut, Awakening the Forest, arrives just two years after their previous full-length, White Hoarhound (review here), but as I’ve continued to enjoy that record since first hearing it, my affection for it only growing with the passing months, it seems much longer. I’m not sure what my ideal follow-up to White Hoarhound would’ve sounded like — or, more to the point, I can’t think of a way in which Awakening the Forest isn’t it.

For those who, like me, were fans of the last one or of 2010′s Call of Avernus (review here) before that, the riffs of Dave and Soph Day retain their bounce, and new bassist Dan Burchmore falls in step thickly with drummer Jake Mason to craft a lumbering but still nod-ready groove. At the same time, there’s clear progression evident. alunah awakening the forestThe band is more patient, the pieces that make up the memorable six songs more languid. In general, they sound like they’ve been working since White Hoarhound came out, which of course is precisely the case whether one thinks in the sense of getting on the road for shows or bringing in Burchmore and solidifying their lineup. Alunah come across as more comfortable with their psychedelic side — fitting for their consistently pastoral thematic — but Awakening the Forest presents some of their most doomed material as well.

To wit, the rollout of “Heavy Bough.” At just under six minutes, it’s among the shortest songs on Awakening the Forest (only “The Mask of Herne” is shorter, and by five seconds), and marked out by the lead and rhythm interplay of Soph and Dave‘s guitars as well as Soph‘s riff-riding verse and more open chorus. On an album full of hooks, “Heavy Bough” stands out for its nature worship and for its still-grounded take, sandwiched between the more ethereal opener “Bricket Wood Coven” and the side A finale title-track, but if it’s the first you’re hearing of the album, then its primary function will be to remind of just how easily an Alunah track can get stuck in your head. If this is your first experience with the band, all the better you’ve found them at this moment.

Please find “Heavy Bough” on the player below, and enjoy:

Alunah will release Awakening the Forest on Oct. 6 in the UK and Oct. 7 in North America. The album was recorded by Greg Chandler (Esoteric) and mixed and mastered by Tony Reed (Mos Generator), and is available now to preorder. More info at the links.

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Alunah at Napalm Records

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Witchrider to Release Unmountable Stairs on Nov. 3

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 27th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Fuzzorama Records has been touting the virtues of Austrian rockers Witchrider for most of this year — even before they picked up the band for an EP release this Spring, and when it comes to fuzz, there are few parties worldwide who know what they’re talking about as well as the guys from Truckfighters, so yeah, I’ve had the name on my mind for a while. We’ll finally get to find out what Witchrider are all about this fall when their debut LP, Unmountable Stairs, is released by the label.

Not surprisingly, Truckfighters will take Witchrider out on tour around the time of the album’s release — you’d almost think these things were planned in advance — and you can find those dates and more about the release below, as well as “Black” from their EP, which will also appear on the debut.

To the PR wire:

WITCHRIDER DEBUT ALBUM AND EUROPEAN TOUR ANNOUNCED!

Fast rising Euro stone rocksters ‘Witchrider’ release ‘Unmountable Stairs’ on Monday 3rd November through Fuzzorama Records/Code7/PHD, and tour throughout Europe with Truckfighters.

When listening to Witchrider, you can not help but be drawn in by their magnetism. They have a haunting beauty that proves to engulf and ignite. As frontman Daniel Dorninger says, “the thing about making music is, there are no boundaries. It’s like a spirit of emotions that eventually passes through your body…you never know what you’re gonna’ end up with”.

Formed in 2012 and hailing from Graz, Austria, Portsmouth, Witchrider sport a mutual love for the quirky riffage of heavyweights QOTSA and Eagles Of Death Metal, as well as an affection for the dark elements of Soundgarden. Siphoning fuel from these powerhouses, Witchrider offer a genuinely refreshing take on their own brand of stripped down, fuzzed up alternative rock.

Living and breathing their music is crucial to the four-piece, and as such, they are constantly writing and honing their craft. “Being able to work on music all the time is essential for all of us. That’s why we record most of our stuff at home if we can. There’s even a freakin’ drum kit next to my bed!”, states drummer Michael Hirschmugl.

Although the songs work with each other as a collective piece of work, Witchrider’s music is diverse and has an array of influences. “I always found musical style not really that important. What counts the most is whether you can identify yourself with the music or not. I know I can and I am happy about every person who can as well. I think that’s what makes music ‘cool’”, says Hans-Peter.

As well as basking in the writing process, the band are supremely dedicated to playing live and fans will have ample opportunity to see the quintet as they hit the road this autumn supporting label mates ‘Truckfighters’. For a complete list of all European shows, check out www.facebook.com/witchriderband

In early 2014, Witchrider signed to Truckfighters’ Fuzzorama Records and they now release their new album ‘Unmountable Stairs’ on Monday 3rd November. With eleven killer cuts of low-strung scuzzy alt-rock, the record contorts and burrows itself deep into your skull. Look out for new single ‘I’m Outta Breath’, and don’t miss the band on tour throughout October and November.

WITCHRIDER LIVE (as main support to Truckfighters):
Nov 10 – Brudenell LEEDS
Nov 11 – Sound Control MANCHESTER
Nov 12 – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut GLASGOW
Nov 13 – The Basement NOTTINGHAM
Nov 14 – O2 Academy Islington LONDON
Nov 15 Hard Rock Hell – PWLLHELI
Nov 16 – Oobleck BIRMINGHAM

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https://twitter.com/Witchriderband

Witchrider, “Black”

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Pentagram, Bang, Radio Moscow and Kings Destroy Announce Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 27th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Today I couldn’t be more pleased to announce that even though they already spent nine days in a van with me earlier this year, Kings Destroy have been kind and charitable enough to invite me back along with them as they rejoin Pentagram and Radio Moscow for a Midwest/East Coast tour to follow-up on the West Coast dates this past spring. Coming along this time will be reunited proto-metallers Bang, and I’m all the more thrilled and honored to have been invited back by the KD guys for this second round with their participation.

Once again I’ll get to see places I’ve never seen, meet people I’ve spoken to for years, and watch killer bands night after night as they refine what they do in the best way possible. I can’t wait to get back out and see cities like Chicago and Minneapolis for the first time. It’s going to be incredible. Of course, I’ll have my laptop and my camera along for the trip, and I will update and review as the trip plays out.

Radio Moscow gave the dates. They’ll do the whole tour save for the NYC show at the Gramercy Theater, for which Blood Ceremony will fill in. The full run is as follows:

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USA DATES supporting PENTAGRAM this October! Also joining us are legendary 70′s proto-metal hard rockers BANG and Kings Destroy! So stoked to be part of this amazing tour. Dates below. See you soon!

10/23/14 Chicago IL @ Reggie’s
10/24/14 Minneapolis MN @ Mill City Nights
10/25/14 Grand Rapids MI @ Pyramid Scheme
10/27/14 Cleveland OH @ House of Blues
10/28/14 Pittsburgh PA @ Mr Smalls Theater
10/29/14 Baltimore MD @ Soundstage
10/30/14 Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brendas
11/01/14 New York NY @ Gramercy Theater*
11/02/14 Providence RI @ The Met

*No Radio Moscow & with Blood Ceremony

https://www.facebook.com/KingsDestroy
http://www.pentagramofficial.com/
http://www.bangmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/radiomoscowband
https://www.facebook.com/bloodceremonyrock

Pentagram, “Forever My Queen” live in Portland, OR, Feb. 23, 2014

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Yawning Man European Tour Starts this Weekend

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 27th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all on board with desert rock legends Yawning Man going over to Europe for a round of dates. Would I rather they were playing the East Coast or, say, my back yard for myself, The Patient Mrs. and a handful of close friends? Yes. But failing that, a European tour’s as good as anything (except maybe a new album) in that at least they’re getting out. The only crucial bit of information missing is who’s in the band at this point.

Of course Gary Arce is on guitar. It’s his band. And it seems reasonable to expect Mario Lalli (see also: Fatso Jetson) will be on bass, but I’m not sure if Alfredo Hernandez (see also: Kyuss) is still with Yawning Man, and even if he is, people kind of come and go depending on who Arce is jamming with at the time, so there’s no real guarantee he’ll be along for the trip. I guess either way it’s worth showing up — hell, if it was Arce and his pedalboard alone, it’d be worth showing up — but I’d be more interested to know if Hernandez is going because that might give some tip on where the trio are at with making their next record, about which it’s been a while since we’ve had an update.

Maybe if you’re in Europe and you go to one of these shows, you can ask Gary yourself what’s up on that front:

YAWNING MAN SUNSET SUMMER TOUR

Yawning Man will be bringing our unique, surreal sounds to Holland, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland August/early September. Our shows are limited this time around, so please, pack your friends up in your vehicle and make a road trip to come see us. We look forward to seeing you all!

29.08.14 Deventer, NETHERLANDS ~ DE HIP
30.08.14 Hummelo, NETHERLANDS ~ Mañana Mañana Festival
01.09.14 Vienna, AUSTRIA ~ THE ARENA
02.09.14 Berlin, Germany ~ Wild At Heart
03.09.14 Dresden, GERMANY ~ Ostpol
04.09.14 Jena, GERMANY ~ KULTURBAHNHOF
05.09.14 Frankfurt, GERMANY ~ DAS BETT Sky High Festival
06.09.14 Zurich, SWITZERLAND ~ Kinski Klub

Please contact the venues for ticket prices, times, etc.

https://www.facebook.com/yawningmanofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/events/288401634678604/

Yawning Man, “Dark Meet” from Split with Fatso Jetson (2013)

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L’Ira del Baccano Release Terra 42 Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 25th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Italian astral plane enthusiasts L’Ira del Baccano have announced a September release for their debut studio album, Terra 42, through Subsound Records. The reason I make the distinction “studio” is because when the Rome four-piece issued their first full-length, Si Non Sedes Is…, it was live. That record came out in 2008, and while L’Ira del Baccano put out a split in 2010 and have been playing shows in and around Italy — they recently supported Church of Misery — their debut is awaited and arrives in suitably deluxe fashion, splatter vinyl, foldout poster and all.

The PR wire has details:

L´IRA DEL BACCANO “TERRA 42″ – NEW ALBUM, DETAILS & COVERT ART

L´IRA DEL BACCANO “TERRA 42″ – NEW ALBUM, DETAILS & COVERT ART The new album by the instrumental doomdelic rockers L´Ira Del Baccano “Terra 42″ is set to be released by Subsound Records in September 2014. Distributed in Italy by Goodfellas and worldwide by Code 7/ Phd

The album will be available in digipak CD with a 25×27 cm poster inside, and double gatefold vinyl with 3 different colours to choose from.

L´IRA DEL BACCANO “Terra 42″ tracklist:

Phase I – The Infinite Improbability Drive Part 1-2-3 (32:05 min)

Phase II – Sussurri…Nel Bosco di Diana (11:20 min)

Phase III – Volcano x13 (14:34 min)

“If we were to describe a concept behind this album it would be the freedom to play in different ways and with different approaches. That´s what we explored..our ways to communicate with each other through our instruments and within different song structures; from a breathless trip that never repeats itself during almost 33 minutes (The Infinite Improbability Drive, inspired by Douglas Adams “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”), to a song in which we play around the same theme, yet always change the rhythmic perception and divisions (Volcano x13). In the middle (Sussurri…Nel Bosco Di Diana), a song with the first “static” part, and is followed by a progression of riffs”.
[Taken from the credits of "Terra 42"]

Produced by guitarist and founder member Alessandro Drughito Santori. “Terra 42″ has been recorded, mixed and mastered byMatteo Gabbianellii at Kutso Noise Home. All the artwork, concept and realization, is created by the Italian artist Fabio Listrani.

Pre-orders: http://subsoundrecords.bigcartel.com/artist/l-ira-del-baccano

www.facebook.com/LiraDelBaccano42
www.youtube.com/iradelbaccano
www.subsoundrecords.it
www.facebook.com/subsoundrecords
www.narcotica.it

L’Ira del Baccano, “Tempus Inane” Pt. 2 Rehearsal

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BongCauldron Touring UK with Nomad Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 25th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Leeds aggro sludgers BongCauldron, who made their debut with a blistering EP earlier this year on Superhot Records – speaking of things I should’ve reviewed a long time ago… — will hit the road next month alongside Nomad from Manchester in what’s sure to be a feedback-drenched, tube-blowing showcase of lumbering riffery. The stint is five shows, and the pair are playing with some cool other bands as well — nice to see the name Obiat again, as it’s been a minute — and both will be touring on relatively new material.

In the case of Nomad, who I’m just going to assume take their name from the planet-destroying malfunctioned probe from the original Star Trek, their The House is Dead EP came out in May. BongCauldron themselves have a new song called “Bigfoot Reigns” (what else?) that was released a few days ago and which you can hear below.

Info and links and such, off the PR wire:

sea bastard with bongcauldron

BONG CAULDRON – NOMAD UK TOUR

Leeds sludge trio BONG CAULDRON are joining forces with Manchester’s very own worshippers of the riff NOMAD for a 5 date tour of the UK this September.

Bong Cauldron are a 3 piece Doom/sludge band from Leeds. Their debut E.P. Us out now via Superhot Records and was met with critical acclaim. They have had the opportunity to play alongside such bands as, Corrosion of Conformity, Windhand and Desert Storm.

Nomad are a four piece sludge band from Manchester and have just released their debut E.P. “The House is Dead” Via When Planets Collide. Over the past year they have shared the stage with genre giants Church Of Misery, Bongripper and Conan amongst others.

The tour will see them bring their brand of depravity and chaos to the following cities.

September
10th The Fenton – Leeds (W/ OMSQ + Mausoleion)
11th Banshee labyrinth – Edinburgh (W/ Dune)
12th Scruffy Murphys – Birmingham (W/ General and Obiat)
13th Moonclub – Cardiff (W/ Sea Bastard + Hogslayer)
14th Maguire’s Pizza Bar – Liverpool (W/ Wort + Berserkowitz)

BongCauldron (Superhot records)
https://www.facebook.com/bongcauldron
http://superhotrecords.bandcamp.com/album/bongcauldron

Nomad
https://www.facebook.com/Nomaddoom
www.nomaddoom.bigcartel.com
www.nomaddoom.bandcamp.com

BongCauldron, “Bigfoot Reigns”

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Moss Announce New EP Release Carmilla (Marcilla)/Spectral Visions

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 22nd, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

UK purveyors of aged and crawling miseries Moss have announced a new EP due out on Halloween. Carmilla (Marcilla)/Spectral Visions will be the first Moss outing since last year’s Horrible Night full-length (review here), and it is set to emerge via Stone Tapes, an imprint helmed by the band born out of their own Buried and Forgotten Productions, through which they’ve periodically issued offerings every couple years or so. The last one was the Never Say Live tape in 2010.

Carmilla (Marcilla)/Spectral Visions earns further distinction by being the first vinyl Moss has self-released on their own label, whatever that label might be called. I don’t know if this portends future LPs coming from the band’s own hands, but it’s a noteworthy jump one way or another.

They sent the following down the PR wire:

Cartoons!

NEW MOSS 10″ EP, preview streaming now

UK doom metal veterans MOSS return with a new EP released on the 31st of October on 10″ vinyl and digital, via their own label Stone Tapes.

Consisting of two tombstone classics, Carmilla (Marcilla)/Spectral Visions is nearly 20 minutes of pure, horror-obsessed doom metal, dragging the endless atmospheres found on 2013′s ‘Horrible Night’ even deeper and further down into unfathomable depths.

A 100% DIY release in the truest sense and coming on gimmick-free black 10″ vinyl limited to 500 copies, Carmilla (Marcilla)/Spectral Visions is available to pre-order now from MOSS’s official bandcamp page http://www.mossdoom.bandcamp.com

Since they emerged from Hampshire’s catacombs in late 2000, MOSS have tirelessly dragged intimidating amplification and metaphysical malignance down a murky and overgrown path to oblivion. Whilst their sound has morphed slowly from lengthy and devastating exorcisms of psychic horror to a comparatively traditional form of sermonising, the last decade and a half has only seen them draw closer to a motherlode of ceremonial ambience and otherworldly dread. Fuelled by classic doom metal and British horror yet in thrall to no-one but their own wayward co-ordinates, these three seers have created a formidable collection of audial documents that bear testimony to an unflinching fascination with the ghastly and esoteric.

However, Hallowe’en 2014 sees the triuvirate encroaching on territory anew. Having released an album on Aurora Borealis and two more on Rise Above alongside untold EPs, live recordings and split releases, they now embark on their first release for their own imprint, Stone Tapes, having chosen not to renew their association with Rise Above after the release of 2013′s ‘MOSS’s Horrible Night’. A 10” double A-side EP limited to 500 copies, it sees the band in splendid isolation, expanding on the gruesome Grand Guignol atmosphere of their last opus in suitably monomaniacal fashion, and deploying grimly earthen guitar tone, death-knell battery and stentorian oratory to conjure otherworldly malice from beyond with deadly fortitude.

These two tracks draw on a sphere of influence that includes classic horror fiction, arrive swathed in unearthly feedback, and volley forth at a funereal pace. Yet they manage to effortlessly waylay both the preponderance of humdrum cliches and the needless barrage of volume and excess that frequently hold sway in contemporary doom-laden circles. Always a band out of time, the trio operate impervious to fashion or most any outside influence bar certain personal pecadiloes and the demons lurking in their own subconscious. These twenty minutes of tumult, recorded at the Cro’s Nest in Purley, by Sam Thredder, only underline the uncompromising and bloody-minded attitude that have rendered MOSS a primal force that transcends trappings of genre and scene.

The dawning of a new chapter in an uncanny saga, ‘Carmilla (Marcilla)’ and ‘Spectral Visions’ function as both an imtimdating document in their own right and as portents of all manner of unimaginable entities lurking in the furthermost reaches of everyday perception. Yet as MOSS’s power grows stronger, one can only wonder aghast at the consequences for all…

http://www.facebook.com/mossdoomcult
http://www.facebook.com/stonetapes
http://www.mossdoom.bandcamp.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/mossdoomofficial

Moss, “Carmilla (Marcilla)” (2014)

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Sleep Announce “The Clarity” Australian Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 22nd, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

You know how in demand Sleep are? They put out a single, not even an album or an EP, and can go tour on the other side of the planet for it. Pretty badass, though come to think of it, I’m fairly certain Sleep could’ve gone over to Australia even without any new music out — and I’m also fairly certain they have before — and find themselves welcome. Still, not too bad for the weedian rifflords, who have begun the sometimes fraught transition from “reunion band” to “working band,” supporting new material and heralding the promise of more as they are. I’m sure Australia will be kind.

Of course, Sleep play this weekend in Boston as well, with an Earthless/Heavy Blanket jam opening, and I’m very much looking forward to that. So that those way far away can share a similar anticipation, here’s the Aussie tour announcement off the PR wire:

life is noise presents: SLEEP (USA) AUSTRALIAN TOUR DECEMBER 2014

life is noise is proud to announce the return of stoner-doom legends SLEEP for their first full Australian Tour.

When Sleep broke up in 1998, it looked like their magnum opus – the sprawling, hour+ long, single-track slice of epic stoner goodness that’s now known as Jerusalem or Dopesmoker – would never be heard. We realised stoner metal had lost one if its trailblazers and we tried our best to move on. But 16 years later, the masters of doom live again. The fever dream journey that is Dopesmoker has been unleashed in its unedited, epic glory, and Sleep are back with their first piece of new music since 1998 with what guitarist Matt Pike describes as “the lyrical follow up to a lifetime of marijuana enjoyment” – The Clarity.

Of course, we never thought it would happen like this. After the legal troubles nightmare that was Dopesmoker forced Sleep to disband, no one – not even the band themselves – thought Sleep would record again. But in 2009, Sleep was reborn. It was meant to be a one-off spectacle – a proper send-off for a trio of legends at All Tomorrow’s Parties – but it only snowballed from there. More festivals followed, then US and European tours, until far corners of their world were privy to the ceremonial trip that is Sleep.

In 2012, Southern Lord reissued Dopesmoker – in full, remastered and over an hour in length, the way it was meant to be heard. Finally, Sleep were getting the recognition they so sorely deserved 15 years ago. Finally, we got to feel the massive vibrations of stoner doom’s greatest power trio through a smoke-filled haze.

Now in 2014, Sleep looks like a super group. After their dissolution, vocalist and bassist Al Cisneros blazed trails with the rhythmic droning of OM. Matt Pike continued his devotional study of The Riff as the spiritual successor to both Lemmy and Iommi through sludge metal power trio High on Fire. Founding drummer Chris Hakius has since retired from touring but filling his huge shoes is Jason Roeder, who’s spent almost 30 years blowing minds behind the kit in Neurosis.

Sleep live is like mass hypnosis – a psychic trip of gargantuan proportions under the guidance of three sonic shamans. There’s never been a better time to be a Sleep fan. Prepare to ascend the Holy Mountain.

Catch Sleep on The Clarity: Australian Tour on the following dates:

Saturday December 6 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Monday December 8 – The Bakery, Perth
Tuesday December 9 – Fowlers Live, Adelaide
Thursday December 11 – Crowbar, Brisbane
Friday December 12 – Meredith Music Festival
Saturday December 13 – Manning Bar, Sydney

LINKS
Facebook
Official website
lifeisnoise.com
oztix.com.au

Sleep, “The Clarity”

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Torche Announce Sept. Tour; New Album Due Early 2015

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

Neato news that Torche are touring a bit in the US before heading out for their previously announced first run in Australia, but this is also the first concrete word I’ve seen updating on the release for the Miami outfit’s next album, the follow-up to their 2012 outing, Harmonicraft, and their debut on Relapse Records. The label isn’t giving out a specific Tuesday or anything at this point, but at least with “early 2015,” we know not to expect it before the end of the year.

As I understand it, the album’s been in the can for a while, but sometimes the timing has to be just right, and as this is a big release for both band and imprint, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to get all the ducks in a row before actually issuing the thing.

The PR wire does it like this:

TORCHE Announce US Tour Dates

Band to Tour US September 20 through October 1st

TORCHE, the Florida-meets-Georgia heavy rock quartet have announced a short run of US headlining dates this September / October. The dates kick off September 18th in Miami, FL and run through October 1st in Orlando, FL. The band has also recently announced a headlining Australian tour in October. A complete listing of dates is available below.

The band, who recently signed to Relapse Records, completed recording their newest full-length earlier this year at Pinecrust Studio in Miami, with bassist Jonathan Nunez behind the boards. The album was then mixed by Converge’s Kurt Ballou and will see a release in early 2015 via Relapse.

The band’s most recent material can be found at torche.bandcamp.com.

Sep 18 Miami, FL Churchill’s Pub
Sep 19 Jacksonville, FL Burro Bar
Sep 20 Gainesville, FL The Atlantic
Sep 21 Atlanta, GA 97 Estoria
Sep 22 Nashville, TN The End
Sep 23 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups
Sep 24 Akron, OH Musica
Sep 25 Chicago, IL The Promontory
Sep 26 Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moose
Sep 27 Brooklyn, NY St. Vitus
Sep 29 Chapel Hill, NC Cat’s Cradle Back Room
Sep 30 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
Oct 01 Orlando, FL Backbooth

http://torche.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/torcheofficial
http://www.relapse.com/label/

Torche, “Harmonslaught” Live at 285 Kent, Brooklyn

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