Axis/Orbit to Release LP on Nasoni Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 24th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Long Island trio Axis/Orbit have announced they’ll release their debut LP on limited vinyl through ultra-respected long-running German imprint Nasoni Records. The LP, of which the title has yet to be revealed, is the follow-up to a self-titled EP that contains three songs and was issued by the band digitally late in 2014, and to my knowledge, this will be their first physical pressing. Due date is June 1, though as the band notes, that’s tentative.

The prior EP is streaming on the band’s Bandcamp, and as you can hear below, they dig into classic heavy rock with some garage-style flourish. Tones are warm but not necessarily retro, and the vibe on cuts like “Hazy” and the bass-led “The Owl” is laid back — at least until the animal noises kick in — and closer “Riot Canal” has an open-spaced, jammy sensibility that follows a linear course toward a satisfying freakout. Not to spoil it if you were going to listen, but solos are had.

Here’s the announcement and the band’s bio off the PR wire:

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Axis/Orbit sign with Nasoni Records to release limited edition vinyl!!

Long Island’s stone groovers Axis Orbit have signed with seminal Stoner/Psych label Nasoni Records in Berlin to release their debut LP in a limited edition run of colored vinyl. Tentative release is June 1, 2015. Distribution through Clearspot of the Netherlands.

The album was recorded at Freedom of Speech Recording and engineered by Micky James (Chris Angel Mindfreak). Original art by Vincent Scala (

Axis/Orbit makes Rock and Roll. Stoner rock, retro rock, doomy, but unabashedly not completely metal. More of a cavalcade of 60’s-70’s rock stylings from the menace of Sabbath to the spaciness of Floyd’s cosmic tracks, to the heavy prog jam trio art of Cream and Band of Gypsies, with strokes of classic Cali folk rock, vintage grunge and straight up garage rawk. Formed in 2014 on Long Island, NY by drummer Mike Margulis, guitarist Bill Fridrich and bassist Lee Greenman with all contributing to writing, arranging and vocal duties, the group is rapidly gaining a following headlining regional shows, releasing an EP and preparing for a full length album of heavy psyche rancor for 2015.

Axis/Orbit, EP (2014)

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Sun Voyager to Release Lazy Daze EP Next Week

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 23rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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It is my sincere hope that, come April 18, I get to see Sun Voyager live. It would be a while in the making. Last time the New York groove-rolling four-piece made a trip north, I was already booked for the evening. Their current-planned excursion follows the arrival of a new tape on King Pizza Records compiling some recently-issued tracks onto an EP called Lazy Daze, with five-cuts of their heavygaze vibing that will be out digitally next week with a cassette release to follow shortly thereafter.

I’m not sure if the below is or isn’t the cover of Lazy Daze, but the band sent the following encouraging words down the PR wire, and new news is good news:

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Wanted to reach out and share some super exciting news with you regarding a little release we’re putting out next week on King Pizza Records.

You may have heard Cosmic Tides, Mecca, or our latest split with our friends Greasy Hearts. Those all had three songs. This one’s got five, baby.

“Lazy Daze” is the title of our next release. It’s a tape. You may have heard God Is Dead, Be Here Now, Gypsy Hill, and Black Angel. Well those tracks will finally have a home. You can hear them now on soundcloud. The whole thing will be on bandcamp early next week. Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, & more coming soon.

We’re throwing release parties in Brooklyn, Newburgh, and Boston where you can buy our tape and share in the fun. Here are some details on those parties:

4/3 – Brooklyn, NY – Don Pedro w/ Psychiatric Metaphors, St James & The Apostles, The Off White
4/9 – Brooklyn, NY – Don Pedro w/ Mountain God, Kosmodemonic, Maggot Brain
4/11 – Newburgh, NY – The Wherehouse w/ St James & The Apostles
4/18 – Boston, MA – The Womb w/ Black Beach, Midriffs, & CREATUROS

Come party with us. We’re grateful to have you all as fans and can’t wait to share this with you.

Sun Voyager, “Black Angel”

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The Vintage Caravan Release “Babylon” Lyric Video

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 23rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster


Icelandic trio The Vintage Caravan release their second album, Arrival, in June in Nuclear Blast. The label has just posted a lyric video for the track “Babylon” from the album that features a close, animated look at the David Paul Seymour cover art, and shows that the band haven’t lost their knack for catchy songwriting as they’ve begun to progress past the boundaries of their debut, Voyage, which was put out by the band in 2012 and issued as their Nuclear Blast debut in 2014.

Look for more on Arrival as we get closer to its… getting here. For now, here’s info and the video off the PR wire:

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Icelandic classic rock trio THE VINTAGE CARAVAN unveil the brand new song, “Babylon,” from the band’s highly anticipated second album, entitled Arrival.

Watch the official lyric video for “Babylon” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

Excited about the upcoming release, the band stated:

“We are so excited for the release of the upcoming album. It is a bit different from our previous album – it’s a bit darker, a bit heavier, a bit more melodic but definitely all in a good way. It’s definitely a step forward. We are incredibly happy with how natural the recording process was and how well all of the songs turned out. Get ready for Arrival!”

The sophomore album was produced by Axel “Flexi” Árnason, who also worked with THE VINTAGE CARAVAN on the 2014 critically acclaimed album Voyage. Arrival was recorded in an isolated fjord where they converted an old ballroom into their studio.

Arrival is scheduled to drop in North America on June 2. Below is the stunning psychedelic cover by renowned American artist David Paul Seymour (

Watch the official lyric video for “Babylon” as well as “Expand Your Mind” and “Meditation” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

The Vintage Caravan, “Babylon” lyric video

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Lowburn Sign to Argonauta Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 20th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster


After an initial EP and a follow-up digital single and split, Finnish heavy rock four-piece Lowburn have inked a deal to make their full-length debut through Argonauta Records. No exact release date for the album yet, but so far as I can glean from perusing their Thee Facebooks page, the record is done and ready to roll, so I can’t imagine it’ll be all that long, though Argonauta certainly likes to keep busy. Maybe “later this year” works? Anyway, sooner or later. Lowburn‘s latest outing was their 2014 split with countrymen rockers Church of Void that you can hear below.

But first, to the PR wire:

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ARGONAUTA Records signs Finnish Stoner Rockers LOWBURN!

A new stunning name is now part of the Argonauta family! Hailing from Finland, LOWBURN are an impressive band able to blend the pure stoner rock frenzy to the doomier as well as more psychedelic fields. Formed by BATTLELORE members Tomi Mykkänen and Henkka Vahvanen, LOWBURN born as a band since the very first jams, recruiting Miika Kokkola and Tommi Havo (replaced by Tommi Lintunen in the beginning of 2015). After a couple of EPs, the guys are now giving the final touches to their debut full length, highly anticipated as a massive energy of fuzzy groove!

“Showing the appreciation and gratidude to such bands as Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, ZZ Top, Kyuss, Acid King, Sleep, Monster Magnet and Cathedral, these four guys are delivering the Rock as it’s supposed to be!”

After a short hiatus from music Tomi Mykkänen and Henkka Vahvanen from Battlelore started jamming again together. Soon it was decided that they needed to form a band for the jams. Miika Kokkola (founding member and original bass player from Battlelore) was contacted and asked if he wants to jam with the guys. He did. They played and jammed a few times and then it was decided that second guitarist would not hurt. Miika said that he had already talked with Tommi Havo (another original Battlelore member) about the project and that he was very interested. So, enter Tommi and on the first rehearsal together the first real song was made. On the second rehearsal the second song was made and then it was realized that the band had born.

In January 2013 “Soaring High EP” was released as a limited CD-release. The EP showcases quite well the versatility and the musicianship of the band. It shows their sides from the pure stoner rock frenzy to the more doomier fields. The EP sold out in couple of weeks after the release. The feedback and the buzz has been awesome-lly great and the band is very humbled about it. The EP is digitally available at the Bandcamp-site.

The song “All Life Long” was released as a video and digi-single late summer 2013.

A split-7″ with fellow band CHURCH OF VOID was released in May 2014. LOWBURN song on the split is called “Dope Is a Pope”.

Lowburn & Church of Void, Split (2014)

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Scissorfight Beer to be Released March 28

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 20th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster


Further proof of how ahead of their time New Hampshire’s Scissorfight were: They’ve been gone for the better part of a decade and they still earn enough devotion to have their own beer. Presented by Smuttlabs, which seems to be a division or somehow otherwise in league with Smuttynose Brewing perhaps in a sudsy R&D kind of way, the Granite State Destroyer Imperial Corn Lager will be officially released on March 28 at the Smuttynose brewery in Hampton, NH.

Technically speaking, this is the first Scissorfight release since their 2006 swansong, Jaggernaut (“don’t you ever stop?”), though of course I’ve taken it mostly as a sign of how badly that band needs to do a reunion, preferably at a festival put together by me at a date and time yet undecided — also yet un-conceived, so don’t start asking about it. You get the point. Scissorfight fucking kill. Easily worth a beer in tribute.

Here’s the info from the Thee Facebooks event page for the release and a killer video posted by guitarist James Jay Fortin under an official Scissorfight YouTube account:

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Hampton, NH – Smuttlabs and Scissorfight Present: Granite State Destroyer

Come nab a bottle of the latest Smuttlabs offering, Granite State Destroyer! For years, we’ve been wanting to work with the legendary underground metal band, Scissorfight. Hailing from the Seacoast of New Hampshire, these fellas tore up stages across the country from the mid-90s to the mid-00s. Beer-fueled rock and roll at its grimiest and heaviest. When we approached them, they, of course, were all about it and it seemed only natural that we brew an imperial corn lager and package it in 32 oz. bottles. Deceitfully drinkable, we used 100% Saphir hops for a lovely nose and fruity hop character. And, of course, that kick of corn sweetness let’s you know what you’re getting yourself into. We have a pretty good supply of bottles but we suspect this one will move fast so get yours while you can. See you at Towle Farm!

Each 32 oz. bottle is $TBD.

Scissorfight, Live at the Middle East

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Wounded Giant Lightning Medicine Repress and Limited Edition LP Available to Preorder

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 19th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Shipping at the end of this month, a Black Mess Records repress of oft-topless Seattle trio Wounded Giant‘s 2013 debut, Lightning Medicine, is now available to preorder. The record is an easy fit for aficionados of riff, and the label is giving it due attention with a total 300 copies whipped up, 50 in limited-edition form that come with an etched copper patch and a jar for your weed. Yes. A jar. For weed. We live in a new era of band branding, my friends.

A mere 28 of those packages are left, and Wounded Giant are headed out on tour this weekend after two hometown shows, playing up and down the West Coast with the formidable likes of Mos Generator and Demon Lung. They’ll also make their way to the East Coast this summer to take part in the Eye of the Stoned Goat 5 fest alongside — by no coincidence, I’m sure — Mos GeneratorGozuDoctor Smoke and many more (info here). Their latest release is a split with Goya on STB Records (review here).

Vinyl details and tour dates follow, courtesy of the PR wire:

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Wounded Giant Repress and Ltd Ed. Vinyl Package

We are reissuing the sold out Wounded Giant “lightning medicine” 180g LP. It will be available for sale on our website around the 30th of march. We also have a preorder up on the webstore a version limited to 50 copies on 180g white vinyl that comes with a printed jar and a etched metal patch only 28 copies remain!!!

Wounded Giant “Lightning Medicine” LP (2nd press)
-200 copies 180g black vinyl on sale starting march 30th
-50 copies on 180g white vinyl available only from the band
-50 copies on 180g white vinyl available for pre-order now
comes with limited edition printed herb jar and etched copper patch
(ONLY 28 limited edition pre-orders remain!!)

Wounded Giant on Tour
March 17- Seattle @ Neumos (Jameson Punk Cover Night)
March 18 – Seattle @ Rendezvous Shirts Off Kickoff! w/ Deathbed Confessions
March 20 – Eureka/Arcatia (tba)
March 21 – SF @ Bender’s Bar
March 22 – Oakland @ The Golden Bull w/ Demon Lung, Church of Disgust and Hallucinator
March 23 – Fullerton @ The Slidebar w/ Nagual Sun, Demon Lung and Mondo Generator
March 24 – San Diego @ the Merrow w/ Mos Generator & Desert Suns
March 25 – LA @ Complex w/ Castle, Demon Lung & Philthy Heathens
March 26 – Ventura @ the Garage w/ Demon Lung & Philthy Heathens
March 27 – Eugene @ the Wandering Goat
March 28 – Salem @ the Wisp House w/ R.I.P & Entrail
March 29 – Tacoma, @ the Valley w/ Deathbed Confessions
April 2 – Seattle, @ El Corazon w/ Saviors

Wounded Giant, Lightning Medicine (2013)

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Domovoyd to Release Self-Titled LP May 8 on Svart

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 19th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster


Two things I immediately like about Domovoyd‘s self-titled album opener, “Domovoyage,” which you can hear below: First, it’s trippy as fuck and then some. Second, even the “shorter version” of the song is 13 minutes long. Hell yes. The Finnish outfit k-i-l-l-e-d it on their 2013 Svart Records debut, Oh Sensibility (review here), and they seem primed to push the ritual even farther out with Domovoyd, which is due out May 8, also on Svart. Expect a layered, effects-driven freakout and don’t be surprised when those expectations are exceeded.

Raw vibe, anything goes, psychedelic fuckall. Hard to beat. PR wire brings news of doom from space:

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DOMOVOYD set release date for new SVART album, premiere first track

The young psychonauts of Domovoyd are onto their sixth year of existence in this dimension, and having taken many acid heads by surprise with their Svart debut album, Oh Sensibility (2013), the band are ready to deliver a second transmission from worlds beyond and within. Scheduled to appear on the planet on May 8th, once again via Svart Records, the album is self-titled and it will be available on CD, double-vinyl, and digital.

Domovoyd’s eponymous 60-minute behemoth pays tribute to progressive rock masterpieces of yesteryear in the sense that it is, for lack of a better word, a concept album: storytelling and mythmaking in the works, if you will, but distilled through an overdriven stack of amplifiers. The album’s six tracks deal with inner discovery of the psychedelic kind and, ultimately, with the loss and destruction of all conceptions of self and the world; old ego is a too-much thing, as Charlie Manson once said. For those who are looking for a quick fix while waiting for the album to hit, Domovoyd have prepared a shorter version of the album’s opening track “Domovoyage” HERE. Ease on out of your mind with Domovoyd! Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Kesä’s Kesä
1. Domovoyage
2. Ambrosian Perfume
3. Caustic Afterglow
4. Mystagogue
5. Amor Fati
6. Vivid Insanity


Domovoyd, “Domovoyage”

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The Colossus of Destiny Melvins Documentary Kickstarter Launched

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 19th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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People sure do like the Melvins. Like, enough to make a documentary about them, which is a lot when you think about what actually goes into producing a film like Bob Hannam and Ryan Sutherby‘s The Colossus of Destiny, which is due out early next year. The pair have launched a Kickstarter to help cover the costs of putting the movie together, and in about 10 days they’ve managed to raise $53,000 of their total $75,000 ask, which is significant. If you haven’t seen it yet, the donation rewards are pretty sweet as well, from t-shirts and posters to — since it’s the Melvins, there would have to be — a deluxe edition, 3-DVD set of the movie that comes housed in a wood box. Pretty badass.

If you’re feeling generous, the PR wire offers a worthy cause:

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The filmmakers of the forthcoming Melvins’ documentary, “The Colossus of Destiny – A Melvins Tale,” have launched a Kickstarter campaign featuring artwork donated by Haze XXL, Brian Walsby, Arik Roper, Skinner and Mackie Osborne (

The film, which is currently under production with an anticipated early 2016 release, is the creation of Bob Hannam and Ryan Sutherby. The pair, who met through a mutual affection for the Melvins, began work on the officially authorized documentary in late 2014.

“We kept asking ourselves why no one had ever made a film about the Melvins,” explained Hannam. “What an incredible story and twisted tale both Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover have taken. There aren’t many bands who can say they’ve influenced some of the most popular artists of our generation and done it in every instance according to their own rules, still as important, if not more so, some 32 years after forming.”

“The Colossus of Destiny – A Melvins Tale” follows the band’s journey, from the backwards waters of the Chehalis River in Washington, through the Golden Gate of Northern California and finally, into Los Angeles where Osborne and Crover both reside. The film features lengthy interviews with Osborne and Crover as well as present and ex band members, collaborators and many other musicians from bands such as Mudhoney, The Jesus Lizard, Soundgarden, Butthole Surfers, Sleep, Babes In Toyland, Neurosis and Redd Kross to name but a few.

The Colossus of Destiny Trailer

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