Unearthly Trance Finish Recording New Album Stalking the Ghost

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 20th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

If you want to feel old today, we’re now 16 years removed from Unearthly Trance first getting together. The Brooklyn trio reunited in Spring 2015 and have made select appearances since, playing local shows and doing a West Coast run last fall that included a stop at Midnite Communion III in Long Beach, California, where they joined Morne, Dopethrone and a host of expertly-curated others.

Six years have gone by since their fifth album, V (review here), was issued by Relapse Records, but the band has posted notice that their upcoming sixth full-length, to be titled Stalking the Ghost, has finished its recording process. Tracking took place with Colin Marston (Gorguts, Behold! the Arctopus) at The Thousand Caves, and Relapse will once again handle putting it out.

There’s still a lot to be learned about the record — most importantly what it might sound like. V was the most developed album that Unearthly Trance put out during their initial run, but guitarist/vocalist Ryan Lipynsky has been exploring a variety of different influences in acts like The Howling Wind and Serpentine Path — in which Unearthly Trance bassist Jay Newman and drummer Darren Verni also play — so whether or not that might have any impact on Stalking the Ghost is up in the air. Their doomly form had become pretty amorphous stylistically by the time they called it quits, so even if they’re picking up where they left off, it seems fair to expect some expanse of ground to be covered.

No release date yet, but one to look forward to:

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We have finished recording our new album entitled “Stalking The Ghost”! We all think it came out absolutely massive and is our best work yet. Colin Marston was a pleasure to work with and we are beyond excited to have this album be released on Relapse Records!

More info soon!

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http://unearthly-trance.blogspot.com/
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Unearthly Trance, Live at Midnite Communion III

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30,000 Monkies Release Watch the Drone Tape

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 20th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

30000 monkies (photo by Paul Verhagen)

Hope you like parentheses, because Belgian noisewashers 30,000 Monkies — also stylized as 3((0)),((0))((0))((0)) M((O))NKIES — have plenty on offer. The four-piece first issued their Watch the Drone — aka Watch the Dr((o))ne, naturally — back in 2011, but the multispectrum effects onslaught has been newly pressed to tape courtesy of Tartarus Records. After this and a couple other EP-type releases, 30,000 Monkies put out their first full-length album, I Ate Myself to Grow Twice as Big this past Spring via Consouling Sounds. If you’re up for getting freaked out, it’s all streaming on Bandcamp.

Tapes are hot pink and limited to 100 copies. From the PR wire:

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TAR057 3((0)),((0))((0))((0)) M((O))NKIES – WATCH THE DR((O))NE

“Welcome, welcome, welcome children!” His smile hid his bile. These sentences had been repeated so many times, that to feel actual joy was impossible. It was numbness that drove him on, a constant, hovering grey which never ceased.

Surrounded by the garishly coloured fetters, the clasping happiness of the young, a tiny spark lifted his spirits. A fire was lit, if you will. His eyes shone brightly, as the plan hatched. A sign of what life is would inspire many present, right? Their lives would be illuminated by his death!Yes!
Boffo smiled his first sincere smile in years. Tomorrow, the arena would be coloured brighter still.”

But this is not the same thing.

3((0)),((0))((0))((0)) M((O))NKIES is the new dronemetal/ambient project by 30,000 Monkies. It’s XL on almost every level: longer, louder, heavier, more cheerful, more uplifting and… bigger.

Live they’ll be accompanied by some friends to form a fierce, 7-headed, rainbow coloured puppy that will riff you silly and leave you behind with a warm, loving smile, buried in tons of confetti.

Now, for those who missed the mystery tape: This tape will see an actual release again!

Edition of 100 hot pink tapes
Housed in a diecut cardstock case

https://www.facebook.com/30000monkies/
http://30000monkies.bandcamp.com/album/watch-the-dr-o-ne
http://vi.be/30000monkies
http://tartarusrecords.com/album/watch-the-dr-o-ne
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30,000 Monkies, Watch the Drone (2016)

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Cave of Swimmers Announce July/August Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 19th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Floridian two-piece Cave of Swimmers hit the road later this week on an East Coast tour that will take them into the beginning of August. Later on next month, they head west to Psycho Las Vegas to play alongside Pentagram, Sleep, YOB, and, well, name a name. Whether or not they’ll tour around that appearance, I don’t know, but this tour would seem to be a precursor to that slot either way, and they go supporting their 2015 album, Reflection, having already toured this past Spring in the Midwest and Southeast.

Dates and info follow:

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Miami heavy duo Cave of Swimmers will be on tour this summer doing a US east coast run before playing Psycho Las Vegas Festival in August along with Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, Electric Wizard and more.

Cave of Swimmers is a band formed by two Venezuelan kids who met in the 4th grade. After moving to Miami in the mid 2000’s, they reunited to form a band with an original take on heavy music. Fast, slow, spooky, sludgy, progressive, you name it: Cave of Swimmers does it their own way.

Their self-titled debut album gained critical acclaim last year after a few tours. They made a name for themselves as a band that’s real with a live show like no other, outta control, and full of raw energy. Their new album “Reflection” was released in the summer of 2015 and they toured February/March 2016 and hit the road again this summer supporting the release.

Cave of Swimmers on tour:
July 22 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
July 23 – Atlanta, GA – The Highlander
July 24 – Memphis, TN – Murphy’s
July 25 – Nashville, TN – Foobar
July 26 – Winston-Salem, NC – Test pattern
July 28 – Baltimore, MD – The Sidebar
July 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
July 31 – Salem, MA – Koto
August 1 – Brooklyn, NY – Sunnyvale
August 2 – Richmond, VA – 25 Watt RVA
August 3 – Chapel Hill, NC – The Cave
August 5 – Jacksonville, FL House show
August 6 – Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic

http://caveofswimmers.com
http://caveofswimmers.bandcamp.com
https://twitter.com/caveofswimmers

Cave of Swimmers, Reflection (2015)

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Onera Release Debut EP Olde

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 19th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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If at least one of the names in Onera‘s rather formidable pedigree doesn’t stand out to you, take the sheer abundance of them as a sign that you might want to get introduced. For me, it’s vastly underappreciated doomers Morgion and likewise overlooked heavy rockers Cortez that did the trick. The New Hampshire-based newcomers comprised from former members of these outfits and more have just issued their first release in the form of a three-song melo-doomer title Olde that they seem to be hoping will get picked up either itself for label support or will lead to same for their next offering. Digging into the tracks, they’d seem just as much at home on Cruz del Sur as Candlelight. Kind of a lot of dark-vs.-light playing out within each song, all of it very metal, very doomed.

The PR wire offers the following:

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ONERA: Doom Outfit Featuring Morgion, Keen Of The Crow, Cortez, December Wolves, And Watchmaker Alumni Releases EP

New Hampshire-based doom metal quintet ONERA proudly presents their debut EP, Olde, which has just been independently released by the band, and is now streaming in its entirety. Though the entity of ONERA is very new, the outfit unites a team of veterans from a wide array of revered acts including Morgion, Keen Of The Crow, Cortez, December Wolves, Watchmaker, and others who have been active in the scene for several decades.

In September 2015, the members of ONERA entered Amps vs Ohms in Cambridge, Massachusetts to capture their debut recordings. The members’ cumulative resumes and influences intertwine and carve out a unique sound for the band. Mastered at New Alliance East, the three-song Olde EP presents just under thirty minutes of glorious doom metal rapture, rife with heavy, melodic, dynamic, and progressive elements which help create an intense, organic, and primeval aura.

Olde Track Listing:
1. Unruhe
2. Stil As Stone
3. Cold Hand’s Caress

ONERA is promoting the release, shopping their music to labels, and continuing to put on impressive live performances throughout the Northeast.

ONERA Live:
7/30/2016 Koto – Salem, MA w/ HarborLights, Glacier, Stasis

http://www.facebook.com/oneraband
http://onera.bandcamp.com

Onera, Olde (2016)

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Lo-Pan Welcome New Guitarist Chris Thompson

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 19th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

It’s been under two months since Ohio heavy rockers Lo-Pan announced the departure of guitarist Adrian Zambrano, who was added to the band late in 2014 following the release of their fourth album, Colossus (review here), via Small Stone. They’ve now posted word that Chris Thompson has joined in Zambrano‘s stead, and though they’ve said they’re already writing new songs, they’re still playing it close to the chest on the status of the tracks they recorded when Zambrano was still in the group, among them the absolutely stellar “Pathfinder,” which they brought to stages earlier this year on their tour with Bongzilla (review here).

The timing is noteworthy because Lo-Pan, who it seems are never off the road for long, are confirmed to play Psycho Las Vegas next month. I don’t know how much of a factor that has been for their making a decision on a quick turnaround, but it’s a chance to be part of arguably the best heavy-festival lineup that’s ever been put together in the US, and I think if you were going to find a guitarist in time for any gig, that would probably be the one. I doubt Lo-Pan would hire a guitarist who isn’t at this point, but if Thompson is up for touring, it seems likely the four-piece will announce more dates in the weeks or months to come for before the end of the year and likely into 2017, when a new album — whenever it’s recorded and whoever might be playing on it — would be released.

That’s all speculation, of course. And speculation on top of speculation.

In any case, good luck to Thompson — who also plays in Sleepers Awake and shares his last name with bassist Scott Thompson; I thought perhaps there was some relation, but the band confirmed not — and of course to the rest of Lo-Pan as well, the lineup rounded out by drummer Jesse Bartz and vocalist Jeff Martin. Hope to see the new incarnation soon.

Here’s there announcement and the ceremonial photo:

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Please help us welcome our new guitarist Chris Thompson. Chris is a very talented guy and we are lucky to have him. Lo-Pan is back in action and we are already working on new material. Lots of good stuff coming soon including a new release and, as always, more tour dates. Stay tuned.

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https://twitter.com/LoPandemic614
https://www.facebook.com/BrujasdelSol
http://smallstone.bandcamp.com/album/colossus

Lo-Pan, Colossus (2014)

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High on Fire Announce Fall Tour with Meshuggah

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 19th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

In addition to joining the fray at Psycho Las Vegas — and no doubt causing a large portion of it — High on Fire will tour this fall alongside metal innovators Meshuggah. The heavy thrash kingpins continue to support 2015’s Luminiferous (review here), released on eOne Heavy, and have already done US and Aus/NZ tours this year. You know, in addition to the many, many times they’ve been back and forth the country prior to 2016. I might’ve expected them to hit Europe this autumn, but it’s hard to argue with the company they’re keeping of late, and as we’ve seen develop, Europe’s becoming an increasingly crowded market.

From the PR wire:

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HIGH ON FIRE Joins Forces with Meshuggah for Fall North American Tour

World-renowned heavy metal power trio HIGH ON FIRE has announced a fall North American tour as direct support to Sweden’s Meshuggah. The titanic team-up will kick off on October 11 in Atlanta, GA, running through November 6 in Silver Spring, MD. Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 22.

Featuring vocalist and guitar hero Matt Pike, drummer Des Kensel and bassist Jeff Matz, HIGH ON FIRE continues to tour in support of its most recent album, Luminiferous.

HIGH ON FIRE tour dates:

August 27 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues (as part of Psycho Las Vegas w/ Blue Oyster Cult, Alice Cooper, etc.)
September 25 San Francisco, CA Stinky’s al Fresco

(w / Meshuggah)
October 11 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
October 12 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
October 13 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
October 16 Houston, TX House of Blues
October 17 Dallas, TX House of Blues
October 19 Los Angeles, CA The Novo
October 24 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
October 25 Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall
October 26 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
October 28 Chicago, IL House of Blues
October 29 Detroit, MI The Majestic
October 30 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
October 31 Montreal, QC Metropolis
November 2 Boston, MA House of Blues
November 3 New York, NY PlayStation Theatre
November 4 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
November 5 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
November 6 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore

https://www.facebook.com/highonfire/
https://twitter.com/HighonFireBand

High on Fire, “Slave the Hive” official video

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Caustic Casanova Announce Summer/Fall Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 18th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Don’t get me wrong, I believe it because it’s Caustic Casanova and they did something similar toward the end of last year, but nonetheless, this is ridiculous. Look at this tour! It’s like the Washington D.C. trio — who released their second album, the J. Robbins-produced Breaks (review here), last year via Retro Futurist — sat around and were like, “Yeah, it’s July. Let’s just tour until October.” Absolutely insane.

This band must really love each other:

caustic casanova tour poster

Here we go folks, Caustic Casanova’s big summer and fall tour announcement! We will be playing many shows and hopefully selling many vinyl editions of Breaks. More dates and details to be added as we solidify some loose ends and fill a few gaps.

We’ll see you here, there and everywhere in North America starting later this month.

July 21st – Washington, DC at The Pinch (vinyl release show!)
July 28th – Chicago, IL at The Beat Kitchen
July 29th – Fort Wayne, IN at Skeletunes
July 30th – Wyandotte, MI at The Rockery
July 31st – Peoria, IL at Red Barn
August 1st – St. Louis, MO at Foam
August 2nd – Indianapolis, IN at Melody Inn
August 3rd – Kent, OH at The Outpost
August 4th – Newport, KY at Southgate House Revival
August 5th – Dayton, OH at Blind Bob’s
August 6th – Pittsburgh, PA at The Smiling Moose
August 7th – Vienna, WV at Radioactive Bar and Grill
August 8th – Louisville, KY at Highlands Taproom
August 9th – Milwaukee, WI at Cactus Club
August 10th – Minneapolis, MN at The Reverie
August 12th – Spokane, WA at Checkerboard
August 13th – Seattle, WA at Blue Moon Tavern
August 14th – Vancouver, BC at TBA
August 16th – Olympia, WA at Le Voyeur Cafe
August 17th – Portland, OR at Twilight
August 19th – San Diego, CA at The Merrow
August 20th – Glendale, CA at Complex
August 21st – Los Osos, CA at Sweet Springs Saloon
August 22nd – Anaheim, CA at The Doll Hut
August 23rd – Pacifica, CA at Winter’s Tavern
August 24th – Hayward, CA at The Bistro
August 25th – San Francisco, CA at Hemlock Tavern
August 26th – Sacramento, CA at Starlite Lounge
August 27th – Reno, NV at Shea’s Tavern
August 31st – Tempe, AZ at Yucca Tap Room
September 1st – Tucson, AZ at The Loudhouse
September 2nd – Bisbee, AZ at The Quarry
September 4th – Provo, UT at TBA
September 6th – Grand Junction, CO at TBA
September 7th – Colorado Springs, CO at The Triple Nickel
September 8th – Denver, CO at The Lion’s Lair
September 9th – Wichita, KS at Elbow Room
September 10th – Denton, TX at TBA
September 11th – Austin, TX at The Sidewinder
September 12th – Houston, TX at The Clinic
September 14th – Tallahassee, FL at TBA
September 15th – Orlando, FL at Will’s Pub
September 16th – Ft. Lauderdale, FL at Kreepy Tiki
September 17th – Tampa, FL at New World Brewery
September 18th – Gainesville, FL at The Nest
September 19th – Charleston, SC at TBA
September 20th – Chapel Hill, NC at The Cave
September 21st – Asheville, NC at The Odditorium
September 22nd – Greensboro, NC at New York Pizza
September 27th – Baltimore, MD at TBA
September 28th – Brooklyn, NY at Sunnyvale
September 29th – Philadelphia, PA at The Fire
September 30th – Boston, MA at O’Brien’s
October 1st – Providence, RI at Dusk
October 2nd – Burlington, VT at Finnigan’s Pub
October 5th – Rochester, NY at The Bug Jar

Stefanie Zaenker – Drums, Vocals
Francis Beringer – Bass, Vocals
Andrew Yonki – Guitar

http://causticcasanova.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CausticCasanova
https://retrofuturist.bandcamp.com/
http://www.retrofuturistrecords.com/

Caustic Casanova, Breaks (2015)

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Doomstress Announce Wicked Woman Limited 7″ Single

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 18th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Houston dark heavy rockers Doomstress have hooked up with DHU Records to release a new limited single called Wicked Woman. The cover art, by the renowned David Paul Seymour, is NSFW — aside from being generally sick of littering this site with cartoon tits and of heavy rock’s over-usage of them in general, I have a job now where that kind of thing matters — but can be viewed by clicking the cropped header above. Spoiler: there are cartoon tits involved.

No audio yet from the single, but the lead track is a cover of Coven‘s “Wicked Woman” from 1969’s Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls, and Doomstress made their debut earlier this year with the two-songer Supernatural Kvlt Sounds (video premiere here), from which the track “Way of the Mountain” — featured on the Wicked Woman 7″ — also comes.

The total number pressed is 250, and that’s split between red-and-black splatter and purple-and-orange splatter versions, both of which look awesome and ideally will be back from the plant before Doomstress head out on tour in the Midwest and East Coast. They’re due to make a stop at Tennesseean Sludge Fest on Aug. 19 and will reportedly have more dates added around that. I’ll post when I hear about them.

Till then, here’s the info on the new single:

DOOMSTRESS has signed with DHU Records for a 7″ vinyl release of :
“Way of the Mountain” / “Wicked Woman” single
Original artwork by David Paul Seymour
Cover concept by Doomstress Alexis

Limited to 250 copies:
150 Red with Black splatter-band edition)
100 Purple with Orange splatter-DHU exclusive
Scheduled for release in late summer
(hopefully in time for our #WickedSummerTour )

Doomstress, featuring members of Project Armageddon, Sparrowmilk & Venomin James, will be touring the midwest/northeast US over the summer to support their debut. Among their stops will be The Tennessean Sludge Fest! More dates and info tba

8/18-Indianapolis,IN-5th Quarter Lounge
8/19–Murfreesboro,TN-TN Sludge Fest
8/21-Louisville,KY-The Tap Room

https://www.facebook.com/DoomstressBand/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1755896031288992/
https://doomstress.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/doomstress_band/
https://www.facebook.com/DHURecords/
http://darkhedonisticunionrecords.bigcartel.com/

Doomstress, Supernatural Kvlt Sounds (2016)

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