Elder Announce European Tour with Carousel

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 12th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

elder (Photo by Harry Gould Harvey)

Been a minute since Massachusetts trio Elder were announced for Desertfest in London and Berlin, so maybe it’s not a revelation that they’re going to tour Europe in Spring 2016, but you know, nice to have confirmation. The progressive heavy three-piece are coming off their busiest touring year ever in 2015, as they continue to support last year’s Lore (review here), their third full-length, the sweeping scope of which is I think still being processed by listeners the world over.

The trip will include Pittsburgh heavy rockers Carousel, whose lineup continues to shift following the release of their second album, 2113 (review here). Already the band featured drummer John Dziuban (Sistered) after parting ways with Jake Leger (also of Bang) as of their last tour, but guitarist Matt Goldsborough (also Pentagram, intermittently), seems to have done likewise, resulting in a move from Dziuban to guitar and Brooklyn expat Justin Sherrell (BlackoutBezoar) taking over on drums, while bassist Jim Wilson and guitarist/vocalist Dave Wheeler remain in their respective roles. A bit of chaos is good for the soul, or so I’m told.

Elder announced the voyage thusly:

elder euro tour


Well – it’s no surprise that we’re hitting the road again, this time with Pittsburgh heavy rockers Carousel. We’ll be bringing you some sneak peeks of new material and some other goodies. See you in April…
(Artwork – Adrian Dexter)

– Elder & Carousel –
European Tour 2016

17.04.2016 RUS – Moscow, Volta*
18.04.2016 RUS – St.Petersburg, Zoccolo 2.0*
20.04.2016 NOR – Stavanger, Folken
21.04.2016 NOR – Bergen, Hulen
22.04.2016 NOR – Oslo, Bla
23.04.2016 SWE – Gothenburg, Truckstop Alaska
24.04.2016 UA – Kiev, Robustfest*
25.04.2016 DK – Kopenhagen, Loppen
26.04.2016 GER – Hamburg, Hafenklang
27.04.2016 GER – Münster, Sputnikhalle
28.04.2016 GER – Chemnitz, AJZ Talschock
29.04.2016 GER – Berlin, Astra, Desertfest 2016
30.04.2016 P – Lisboa, Sound Bay Festival
01.05.2016 UK – Electric Ballroom, Desertfest 2016
02.05.2016 GER – Wiesbaden Schlachthof
04.05.2016 GER – Munich, Backstage
05.05.2016 CRO – Zagreb, Vintage Bar
07.05.2016 A – Linz, Kapu
08.05.2016 A – Vienna, Viper Room
09.05.2016 I – Bologna, Freak Out Club
10.05.2016 I – Milano, Lo-Fi Club
11.05.2016 CH – Lausanne, Le Romandie Club
12.05.2016 GR – Athen, An Club*
14.05.2016 ESP – Bilbao, Kristonfest
15.05.2016 F – Toulouse, TBA
16.05.2016 F – Paris, Glazart, Doomed Gatherings
17.05.2015 B – Brussels, Magasin 4
* = Elder only


Elder, Lore (2015)

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Ethereal Riffian Release Youniversal Voice Next Week

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 12th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Cosmic ritualists Ethereal Riffian will release their new live album, Youniversal Voice, next week. Though the edition in which it’s released numbers less than 200 total, it’s clearly an offering of substantial importance for the band, who’ve packaged the CD in a special boxed version that also includes a story, photos, tea, incense, patch, magnet and so on — going for full sensory immersion. The album itself is over an hour long and features tracks from their two full-lengths, 2014’s Aeonian and 2011’s Shaman’s Visions, and while I can’t speak to how it goes with incense, the sense of ritual throughout is pervasive, from the patient intro “Sword of the Deathless” through the many languid grooves unfurled thereafter.

Psychedelic metal is a particularly hard sound to pull off, but the Ukrainian outfit work in harsher elements — gruff vocals, sharper-toned riffing, etc. — and only seem to add to the breadth of the trippy droning and lysergic flourish elsewhere. It’s a broad spectrum Ethereal Riffian cast, and while their name evokes an immediate Sleep comparison, there’s a lot more to Youniversal Voice than simple stoner idolatry.

The PR wire has release details:

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Psychedelic Doomsters ETHEREAL RIFFIAN announce pre-orders of “Youniversal Voice”

Ethereal Riffian have found once again the right sonic vibrations to signify the sacral power of sound and spirit. With the live album “Youniversal Voice” – which features guest musicians playing ethnic instruments, didgeridoo and jembe – the band prooves their outstanding live potential!

“Youniversal Voice” is out on February 15th and the pre-orders of this new offering from this Ukraine’s psychedelic doom collective are now available at the band’s Bandcamp page: https://etherealriffian.bandcamp.com/

01 – Sword of the Deathless (Intro)
02 – Beyond
03 – Thugdam
04 – Wakan Tanka
05 – March of Spiritu
06 – Voice of Reason
07 – Anatman
08 – Drum of the Deathless

Val Kornev (aka Stonezilla) – guitar/vocal/lyrics
Alexander Kornev (aka SAF) – bass
Max Yuhimenko (aka Southman) – lead guitar
Nikita Shipovskoi (aka Ship) – drums


Ethereal Riffian, Youniversal Voice (2016)

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Spider Kitten Release Ark of Octofelis April 29

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 12th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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My friends, the United Kingdom is drowning in sludge. Here’s a fun fact: every time you blink, five hardcore bands in London buy tube amps and start listening to Eyehategod. From Newport in South Wales, Spider Kitten are something of an antidote to the abrasion going on in and around England. Their new album — their umpteenth, I believe — is called Ark of Octofelis, and I’ve only heard the song “One from the Heart,” but the impact is immediate. Dense fuzz pervades a heavy psychedelic roll while from out of all that tone comes a sci-fi social commentary that seems to unfold across the album’s span. They’re not a new band by any stretch of the imagination — 2016 makes it 15 years, reportedly — but sometimes an idea has to be around for a while before its time comes, and this might just be Spider Kitten‘s time.

Album is out April 29 on Undergroove RecordsSpider Kitten will play Desertfest London 2016, as was first noted here last month and as confirmed below by the PR wire:

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SPIDER KITTEN confirm release of new album Ark Of Octofelis and DesertFest London appearance

Ark Of Octofelis by Spider Kitten is released worldwide through Undergroove Records on 29th April 2016, and the band will appear at DesertFest London (29th April – 1st May)

There are some bands whose sound would benefit less from a description and more from a comprehensive lab test, and Newport, South Wales’ legendary anti-heroes Spider Kitten is most definitely one such band.

Signing to Undergroove in 2014 for the release of their last full-length Behold Mountain, Hail Sea, Venerate Sky, Bow Before Tree, new album Ark Of Octofelis is the end product of eight months writing and recording during sessions that saw the band trade straight-up doom for headier, astral climes. Amon Düül II, King Crimson and an unmistakable Floydian influence permeate the record, which, over two tracks explore one conceptual theme. A theme driven by malevolent and authoritarian powers, unexplained goings-on in the desert and a local psychedelic rock band’s quest to recapture the landscape.

Produced by vocalist and guitar player Chi Lameo – who originally founded the band back in 2001 – while Spider Kitten’s experiments with sound may have continually progressed, one thing that hasn’t changed is their approach to making music. Whether recording demos, EPs or full-length albums, their furiously DIY ethic is as dogged now as it’s ever been. With frightening prolificacy they have amassed a back catalogue that swallows a universe of styles ranging from proto-grunge and heavy psychedelia to doom and industrial noise. All drowned in the influence of artists as diverse as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Leonard Cohen, The Melvins and the dirtiest miscellany of Sub Pop’s early output.

While Spider Kitten have both expanded and contracted their line-up in recent times to accommodate their ambitions, their live line-up currently consists of Lameo, drummer and former Taint member Chris West, guitarist Gareth Day and bass player Steve Jones. The quartet will take to the stage this year at London’s DesertFest (29th April – 1st May) and appear alongside the likes of Electric Wizard, Corrosion Of Conformity, Crowbar and Godflesh.

Ark Of Octofelis by Spider Kitten will be released worldwide through Undergroove Records on 29th April 2016.

Spider Kitten:
Chi Lameo – Vocals, Guitar
Chris West – Drums, Vocals
Steve Jones – Bass
Gareth Day – Guitar


Spider Kitten, “One from the Heart” from Ark of Octofelis (2016)

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Freak Valley 2016: Giöbia Added to Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 12th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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I’d like to think that the complete lineup is confirmed for Freak Valley 2016, and the festival — which is long since sold out — is just piecemealing bands out one at a time for its followers so that those of us unfortunate enough to not have tickets can maximize our regret at that fact. Mission accomplished, Freak Valley. The German fest has picked up another act for its mighty three-day run, and this time around it’s Italian space magnates Giöbia, whose fourth album, Magnifier, came out late last year on Sulatron. The band also have a new video for 12-minute single “Sun Spectre,” which is actually down from the 15-minute version that appears on the record. Yup, it’s like that.

The fest heralded their coming thusly. Video follows info:

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With the greatest joy we can announce that Italian heavy psych rockers GIÖBIA will appear at Freak Valley Festival 2016.

Giobia has been one of the most influential psychedelic bands in Italy over the last years. Seduced by the lysergic side of the ‘60s, by exotic mantras and the evocative power of space-rock, Giöbia is a band from Milano, Italy with many facets and one only faith, that is to turn every encounter with sound into a psychedelic experience.

The band counts four members: Bazu (vocals and string instruments), Saffo (organ, violin, vocals), Detrji (bass) and Betta (drums) and their name – Giöbia – comes from an ancient pre-christian festivity celebrated in Northern Italy when a big straw puppet resembling a witch is burnt as a propitiatory ritual towards the forces of nature.

The sound of their new album “Magnifier” is heavier and darker than before, but still unique and will reveal the intimate bond with bands and soundtrack’s composers of Horror and Thrilling Italian Police movies of the 70’s.

We are honoured to present the brandnew Sun Spectre videoclip preview :

The 12 minutes plus of ‘Sun Spectre’ is epic Space Rock and a total trip…an intergalactic ghost ship drifting through darkest regions of space, buffeted by solar winds as it is slowly pulled into the void.

Sun Spectre video live recorded in Pnbox Studios (Pordenone, 22.1.16)

FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL – 26th-27th-28th May 2016
www.freakvalley.de www.rockfreaks.de

FVF 2016 is SOLD OUT!!

Freak Valley Festival: No Fillers – Just Killers

Line-up 2016:
GRAVEYARD [SW] – Vintage Rock
DEAD MEADOW [US] – Psychedelic Stonerrock
SPIDERGAWD [NO] – Post-Boogie
WHITE HILLS [US] – Fuzzed Out Motorik Psychedelic
THE SHRINE [US] – Psychedelic Violence Rock and Roll
BABY WOODROSE [DK]- Psychedelic Garagerock
LONELY KAMEL [NO]- Heavy Blues, Hardrock & Stoner
ROTOR [D] – Instrumental StonerRock/Psychedelic
MONOLORD [SW] – Doom/Sludge
MANTAR [D] – Death Metal Doom Punk
TOUNDRA [SP] – Postrock
FARFLUNG [US] – Spacerock for 21st Century Heads
THE GOLDEN GRASS [US]- Heavy/Funk//Psych/Freakbeat
SPIDERS [SW] – Hard/Glam Rock
LÉ BETRE [SW] – Bluesy Hardrock
GIÖBIA [IT] – Acid Rock
THE SONIC DAWN [DK] – Psychedelic Rock

…more tba very soon


Giöbia, “Sun Spectre” official video

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Kadavar Announce Australian Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 11th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

German trio Kadavar head to Australia in April for a quick run of gigs put on by Life is Noise. The trio released their to-date masterpiece, Berlin (review here), last year on Nuclear Blast and with it bridged a difficult gap between their influences in classic heavy rock, the retro sound of their first two records, and a more modern style. This was accomplished via undeniable songwriting and groove enough to sway even the staunchest of nonbelievers willing to actually listen with an open mind. A penchant for hooks is nothing new for the Berlin-based outfit, but the mode of presentation was a marked shift and demonstration of road-won maturity.

If you can’t tell from that, I dug the record. So there. Good for them getting to Australia in 2016. It’s more than I’ve managed to do. Tour starts April 28.

From the PR wire:



LIFE IS NOISE is proud to announce the Australian tour of hirsute German stoner-psych rock three-piece Kadavar, with shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Kadavar mix the groove of stoner rock with enough ‘70s psychedelia to create songs that are fierce and powerful, yet also undeniably catchy and compelling. Drawing on a healthy mix of influences including Sabbath, Zeppelin, Hawkwind and Pentagram, the trio have a back catalogue filled with thunderous riffs, shredding solos, crashing drums and pounding bass that has been perfected on their latest release, Berlin.

Following on from their first two studio records (their debut self-titled release, and Abra Kadavar), Berlin is a stunning, faultless, riff-fuelled album. Kadavar are masters of blending the super-tight rhythm of stoner rock with howling psychedelic chaos, spawning an all-out sonic assault. This sound is familiar without being derivative. And Berlin places Kadavar at the forefront of a modern stoner-psych renaissance – resplendent with hair to match.

Kadavar’s live show is somehow even louder, heavier and more action-packed than their recorded output. This will be a total rock and roll experience. Let your hair hang down.

Catch Kadavar on the following dates:
Brisbane – Crowbar – April 28
Sydney – Manning Bar – April 29
Melbourne – The Corner – April 30
And Kadavar are also appearing at Cherry Rock 2016 on May 1.

Tickets on sale now from lifeisnoise.com, Oztix and venue outlets. Cherry Rock 16 info from http://cherrybar.com.au/


Kadavar, “Last Living Dinosaur” official video

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Electric Citizen to Release Higher Time May 13

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 11th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Ohio foursome Electric Citizen will offer up their sophomore outing, Higher Time, on May 13 via RidingEasy Records. Digital and physical preorders are up already — three months ahead of time is a pretty solid lead — and the album opener, “Evil,” can be heard below. The record follows 2014’s debut, Sateen (review here), and as I recently wrote a bio for it that I’ll probably post here sooner or later, I don’t mind telling you that I’ve heard the thing in its entirety. Look out for a bigger, more modern sound overall than the first album, and in particular a standout performance from vocalist Laura Dolan, who proves more than able to carry a track when called upon to do so.

“Evil” gives a pretty good glimpse at what Electric Citizen are up to with Higher Time, so feel free to dig in if you’re so inclined. Info for the album came down the PR wire:

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Electric Citizen set May 13 release date for Higher Time

Electric Citizen, the Cincinnati-based four-piece release their anticipated follow-up album, Higher Time, on May 13 via RidingEasy Records.

The band recently gave fans an early preview of the ten-track album with the song “Evil,” heard here: http://bit.ly/20Jhkez.

“We chose producer Brian Olive (The Greenhornes, Dan Auerbach, Dr. John) because he’s an excellent musician with a great ear for rock ‘n’ roll, and a trusted friend,” notes singer Laura Dolan. The quartet, which also includes guitar player Ross Dolan, bass player Randy Proctor and drummer Nate Wagner, joined Olive at The Diamonds Studio in Cincinnati. Mixing was done at Nashville’s famed Easy Eye Studios and handled by Black Keys’ engineer Collin Dupuis.

Higher Time track list:
1. Evil
2. Social Phobia
3. Misery Keeper
4. Devils in Passing Time
5. Golden Mean
6. Higher Time
7. Ghost of Me
8. Natural Law
9. Crux
10. Two Hearted Woman

Pre-orders are available via www.ridingeasyrecs.com (physical) and electriccitizenband.bandcamp.com (digital). Tour dates will be announced soon.


Electric Citizen, “Evil” from Higher Times (2016)

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Torche Announce US Tour with Kvelertak and Headlining Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 11th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster


Miami four-piece Torche and Norwegian noise-rock troublemakers Kvelertak have teamed up for a North American tour starting April 8 in Nashville. Kvelertak will headline (which, to be honest, surprised the hell out of me), but Torche also have additional dates on the itinerary on which they’ll headline as they continue to support last year’s Restarter (review here), their fourth album and first to be issued through Relapse Records. They’ve already toured in the US and Europe for it, and since they’ll head to France in June for Hellfest, more European appearances don’t seem all that unlikely, barring exclusivity or anything like that.

Either way, Torche are touring, and that’s never been bad news. The PR wire fills us in:

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TORCHE Announces Headlining US Dates, Tour With Kvelertak

TORCHE has announced a slew of new North American dates beginning this coming April and May. The Miami stoner/sludge rockers will be directly supporting Norway’s Kvelertak on a nearly month-long tour throughout the US and Canada. On either end of the tour, TORCHE will also be playing two weeks of headlining dates in the US East and Southwest. Up-and-comers Wild Throne will support on the majority of the dates. Check out a full itinerary below.

TORCHE recently released Restarter, the band’s debut for Relapse Records and its best-selling album to date. The ten-song collection landed on multiple worldwide charts and was universally lauded by press outlets worldwide. Pitchfork called Restarter TORCHE’s “most compelling record since Meanderthal,” and Entertainment Weekly dubbing the band “loud rock’s most adroit genre-benders.”

Restarter is available on CD/LP/2xLP/Digital and can be purchased via Relapse at THIS LOCATION or streamed & purchased digitally via TORCHE’s Bandcamp page HERE.

***All Dates with Kvelertak & Wild Throne unless noted***

Apr 8 Nashville, TN The End*
Apr 9 Louisville, KY Haymarket Whiskey Bar*
Apr 10 Columbus, OH Skully’s^
Apr 11 Buffalo, NY The Studio @ Waiting Room*
Apr 12 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
Apr 13 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Apr 14 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
Apr 15 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Apr 16 Washington, DC DC Brau (Festival)
Apr 17 Cambridge, MA Middle East
Apr 18 Quebec City, QC L’Anti*
Apr 19 Montreal, QC L’Astral
Apr 20 Toronto, ON Opera House
Apr 23 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Apr 24 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Apr 25 St Louis, MO The Ready Room
Apr 26 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
Apr 28 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
Apr 29 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
Apr 30 Boise, ID Neurolux
May 1 Seattle, WA El Corazon
May 2 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
May 3 Portland, Or Hawthorne Theatre
May 5 San Francisco, CA The Independent
May 6 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theater
May 7 San Diego, CA The Hideout*
May 8 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Bar*
May 10 Austin, TX Barracuda*
May 11 Dallas, TX Three Links*
May 12 Houston, TX Rudyard’s^
May 13 New Orleans, LA Siberia^

* = with Wild throne ^ = Torche only

June 18 Clisson, FR Hellfest


Torche, Restarter (2015)

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Egypt to Tour Europe Following Desertfest Appearances

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 11th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster


You might recall North Dakotan fuzztoned trio Egypt spent a decent portion of last May on the road in Europe as well. Apparently they were how it went, because after appearing at Desertfest in London and Berlin — one into the other, boom boom — they’re heading out once again for a string of dates. This time, they go supporting their new album, Endless Flight (review here), which was released late in Dec. 2015, as their second long-player and the follow-up to a riff-drenched 2013 split with Wo Fat (review here).

I’m not sure it really needs to be said at this point about American bands skipping over touring in the US and going right to the UK and Europe, where it’s both financially feasible and a more supportive audience. But there. I guess I said it.

No word yet on with whom they’ll be touring, but the dates are posted now. Shows are presented by Total Volume Agency and Eclipse Productions, who announced the tour thusly:

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In cooperation with Total Volume Agency we are thrilled to announce Egypt are coming back to Europe. Hailing from Fargo, North Dakota via the dusty plains of ancient Cairo, Eclipse Productions is pleased to introduce you to Egypt.

Fusing all the best parts of this scene we love, Egypt are a band with a lot of strings to their bow. Their acclaimed self-titled debut in particular shows this off but Egypt continue to add to that sound, cranking the noise up to a sludgier ceiling to add even more variety for their first full length ‘Become the Sun’.

As there are already some event posters going around the globe (a full tour poster is in the making), here´s the full tour announcement with all pleasure;

29-4 Desertfest London (UK)
30-4 Desertfest Berlin (DE)
01-5 Mohawk Mannheim (DE)
02-5 Klub 007 Prague (PL)
03-5 Rockhouse Salzburg (AT)
04-5 Vintage Industrial Bar Zagreb (CR)
06-5 An Club Athens (GR)
07-5 Kyttapo Thessaloniki (GR)
08-5 Mixtape5 Sofia (BU)
10-5 Arena Vienna (AT)
11-5 Backstage Munich (DE)
12-5 Coq D´Or Olten (CH)
13-5 Raymondbar Clermont-Ferrand (FR)
14-5 Le Glazart Paris (FR)


Egypt, Endless Flight (2015)

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