Worshipper Sign to Tee Pee Records; Shadow Hymns Due in August

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 28th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Congratulations to Boston heavy rockers Worshipper on signing to Tee Pee Records for the release of their debut album, Shadow Hymns, this August. The hard-driving four-piece have impressed over the course of two 2015 singles — Place Beyond the Light (discussed here) and the preceding Black Corridor (review here) — as well as in a live setting so much that they’ve already picked up a Boston Music Award and, more recently, won the Rock and Roll Rumble competition of local acts. Boston loves its own, to be sure, but even so, that’s a considerable response for a band who hasn’t yet put a record out.

I asked guitarist/vocalist John Brookhouse to comment on the signing and he had this to say:

“Holy shit! I listen to my copy of the first Graveyard record constantly and to flip it over and see ‘Tee Pee’ on the back, the label that is putting out OUR first record, blows my mind. We’re all really proud of how it came out, sonically and visually. Bob did an amazing job with the artwork, so we’re excited for people to see it in person as well as to hear it.”

Worshipper release Shadow Hymns on Tee Pee Records on Aug. 28. The PR wire makes it official:

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WORSHIPPER Sign With Tee Pee Records

Award-Winning Massachusetts Metal Band To Unleash Full-length Debut, ‘Shadow Hymns’, this Summer

Boston-based metal band WORSHIPPER has signed to NYC’s Tee Pee Records, the independent record label known for releasing landmark albums from acts such as High on Fire, Graveyard, Earthless and Sleep. With a sound described as “darkly epic”, WORSHIPPER has earned consistent accolades since its formation, being named the “Metal Artist of the Year” at the 2015 Boston Music Awards and, most recently, being chosen over 23 other participating bands as champions of the 2016 “Rock and Roll Rumble”, a competition hailed as “The World Series of Boston Rock” that has taken place annually since 1979.

WORSHIPPER will release its full-length debut, Shadow Hymns, on August 28. The record was recorded at Q Division, Mad Oak, and Converse Rubber Tracks Studios with producers Benny Grotto (Aerosmith, Orange Goblin) and David Minehan (The Replacements) and showcases WORSHIPPER’s melodically thunderous sound. Through its unique mix of contemporary and classic influences, WORSHIPPER prove that the horn-throwing soul of melodic heavy music’s past still burns brightly.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to be welcomed to the Tee Pee family,” comments guitarist Alejandro Necochea. “We think it’s a perfect fit and we are immensely proud to have our music released by the same label that put out some of our favorite records of the past couple decades.”

In addition to Necochea, WORSHIPPER features John Brookhouse (vocals / guitar), Dave Jarvis (drums) and Bob Maloney (vocals, bass).

https://www.facebook.com/worshipperband/
http://worshipper.bandcamp.com/
http://teepeerecords.com/products/

Worshipper, Place Beyond the Light / Step Behind (2015)

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Sendelica 10th Anniversary Tour Starts Tomorrow

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 28th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Welsh cosmic wanderers Sendelica celebrate their 10th anniversary with a run through the UK, Germany and Italy that kicks off with a weekender tomorrow and continues into mid and late May. The prolific space rockers are heading out in time for the release of their latest album, The Cromlech Chronicles, which is due May 29 but available now to stream in its entirety, including its 24-minute opening suite, arriving in four-parts to ensure that the beginning of the record is as far out as humanly possible.

The dates are below for the tour, as well as the info for The Cromlech Chronicles, and of course the stream. Dig if you dig:

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LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING LOTS OF FRIENDS, OLD AND NEW

SENDELICA 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR PART ONE:-
FRI 29TH APRIL COSMIC PUFFIN, MERSEA ISLAND, UK
SAT 30TH APRIL CELLAR BAR, CARDIGAN, UK
SAT 14TH MAY RE-STRUNG HARP, FOLKESTONE, UK
WEDS 18TH MAY IMMERHIN, WURZBURG, GERMANY
THURS 19TH MAY CIRCUS MAXIMUS, KOBLENZ, GERMANY
FRI 20TH MAY SECRET GIG, UDINE, ITALY
SAT 21ST MAY ROCK FESTIVAL AT PRIAMAR FORTRESS, SAVONA, ITALY
SUN 22ND MAY CENTRALE ROCK, ERBA, ITALY
TUE 24TH MAY ALTRAQUANDO, ZERO BRANCO, ITALY
WEDS 25TH MAY ARCI TAZIBAO, TORTONA (IL), ITALY
THURS 26TH MAY CAFE LIBER, TURINO, ITALY
SUN 29TH MAY GAMES FOR MAY FESTIVAL, HALF MOON, PUTNEY, LONDON, UK
SAT 4TH JUNE TIPI IN CARDIGAN, UK

As part of their warm-up for last year’s ’13th Dream’ festival, Sendelica went into a studio in deepest, darkest Wales to record a new album for FdM. The Mwnci Studio (promounced ‘Monkey’) is a short walk from a cromlech (an ancient megalithic monument dating back over 3000 years) that features on the gatefold sleeve. Played live, with the minimum of overdubs, the album showcases the band’s extended instrumental side – with all-new songs.

Pete Bingham : Guitars / Electronics
Glenda Pescado : Bass
Lee Relfe : Sax
Lord Sealand: Keys and Theremin
Meurig Griffith : Drums

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http://sendelica.soundawesome.com/

Sendelica, The Cromlech Chronicles (2016)

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Moon Tooth and Rozamov Announce Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 27th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

In a little less than a month, Long Island prog-metallers Moon Tooth head out on tour to support their latest album, Chromaparagon, which was released in February. They’ll be doing essentially a month-long swing down and back up the Eastern Seaboard, playing New England with Warm at the end of May, pushing into the South early in June, and then cutting back north, meeting up with Boston trio Rozamov to continue into Upstate New York and into Canada for shows in Montreal and Toronto before rounding out June 20 in Burlington, Vermont.

All put together, it’s a not inconsiderable run, and hardly Moon Tooth‘s first, the band over the last several years having basically forced their way into East Coast the progressive consciousness through hard work and volume. As noted below, this is the first time both of these acts will hit Canada, and Rozamov do so ahead of the release of their much anticipated debut album, due out later this year. They’ll apparently be playing new material at these shows.

Word came down the PR wire:

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Long Island progressive sludge rock weirdos Moon Tooth and Boston atmospheric sludge mongers Rozamov have announced a string of dates together this June. This will be both bands’ first excursion north of the border, hitting both Montreal and Toronto on this run. Moon Tooth are supporting their self released debut LP “Chromaparagon” which has reached numbers 85 and 120 on the Hard Rock and Best New Artist charts respectively.

Rozamov recently wrapped up the recording for their own first full length, and will be airing songs from the album on this run. Last year saw Rozamov release “Ghost Divine” on a split with Deathkings via Midnite Collective.

June 16th – Kingston, NY @ The Anchor
June 17th – Rochester, NY @ Monty’s Krown
June 18th – Montreal, CAN @ Crobar
June 19th – Toronto, CAN @ Smiling Buddha
June 20th – Burlington, VT @ Nectar’s

https://www.facebook.com/Rozamov/
https://www.facebook.com/moontoothband/

Moon Tooth, Chromaparagon (2016)

Rozamov, “Ghost Divine” from split with Deathkings (2015)

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Methra to Release Acolyte July 4

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 27th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

I’m just going by what I see in the photo and read in the PR wire info below, but it seems fair enough to expect Methra‘s forthcoming Acolyte long-player to sound somewhat… bigger… than their preceding EP, IV: Ronkonkoma (review here), which the Tucson-based duo released in 2014. The new full-length, which is also their debut on Battleground Records, is out July 4, and based around an apparent affection for Peavey amps and a concept of secret murder conspiracies and upwards of 69 guitar tracks, sounds like it’s going to be weird as hell, which I kind of dig. I wouldn’t dare speculate as to how it might actually come across without hearing it, but “big” seems like a safe enough bet. So I’ll roll with that.

The aforementioned photo and announcement from the PR wire:

methra (Photo by Schlecter Promotional Studios)

METHRA: Battleground Records Confirms Impending Acolyte Debut LP From Tucson Sludge Degenerates

Tucson, Arizona-based marauders METHRA have completed their arduous Acolyte LP for Summer release through Battleground Records, the record sure to prove itself as one of the most bafflingly gnarly sludge metal releases of the year.

METHRA is comprised two self-proclaimed fat weirdos who believe in making heavy music for heavy people, drummer Andy Kratzenberg (Godhunter) and guitarist Nick Genitals (Limbless Torso) recorded the bulldozing Acolyte in late 2015 at Arcane Digital (North Side Kings, Unruh, Landmine Marathon) with Ryan Butler who complained of physical and mental anguish due the bands’ unorthodox recording demands. The band used only incredibly large speakers to record a behemoth load of sixty-nine guitar tracks – for a total of ten songs that is — including 15″ and 18″ speakers, and a 21″subwoofer.

The rough concept of Acolyte is based on persistent online rumors that a cabal of top amplifier manufacturers had Hartley Peavey killed and replaced with a doppelganger in the late 80s to stop the company from collapsing the industry due to low price points on the highest quality original amplifiers in the world.

In deference to the great glory of this nation and the announcement of a sequel to the game-changing blockbuster film Independence Day, METHRA has decided to give a very special 4th of July release to Acolyte, which will happen through the regulation of Battleground Records on colored vinyl and digital deliveries. Album art, audio samples including two videos, preorders, live dates, and other propaganda will be issued in the coming days.

http://www.facebook.com/methratucson
http://methra.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/battlegroundrecords
http://www.battlegroundrnr.com
http://www.twitter.com/battlegroundrnr
http://battlegroundrecords.bandcamp.com

Methra, IV: Ronkonkoma (2014)

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Indivia Sign to Argonauta Records; Horta Due this Fall

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 27th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Granted, the title Horta could refer to any number of different things. Any number of them. Horta is an ancient city in Italy. It’s a municipality in the Azores. It’s a Greek delicacy, an Etruscan goddess, on and on. You see where this is going, right? My brain puts Horta immediately in its most Star Trek-ian context as the silicon-based lifeform that killed all those miners in the one episode of the original series. I can’t help it. Spock had to mind-meld with it and it turned out it was just trying to protect its eggs, on and on. I can’t be the only one who remembers that episode. Such loneliness.

Among the many other things Horta is, it’s the forthcoming second LP from Italian trio Indivia, who have signed to Argonauta Records for the release. Due out this fall, to hear the PR wire tell it. There’s a new song streaming now as well:

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NEW SIGNING: Indivia, Stoner Doom from Italy!

We’re more than proud to welcome an intriguing new name in the Argonauta Records family: INDIVIA, from Italy, authors of an exciting Stoner Doom Rock!

Indivia (Cichorium endivia, from the greek word) arises in a basement somewhere between the lowlands of Padova (Italy), during the autumn of 2012, due to the meeting between Andrea (guitar) and Nathalie (drums). In 2013, after the consequent entry of Diego (bass), the power trio starts organizing gigs under a fake name (Wedge), releasing its first 4-track EP ‘Belladonna’ (totally self-released) in 2014. In December 2015 the band recorded the second album, ‘Horta’, still unpublished.

The trio plays a blackened version of stoner doom through an experimental and hypnotic mood, highlighting the monolithic wall of sound, being influenced by bands as Sleep, Black Sabbath, Conan, Karma to Burn and Bongzilla, accompanied by green vibrations coming from the underground, raw fuzz, pierced eardrums, and vinegar.

The new album is scheduled by Autumn 2016, while the first single “The Green Planet” is available here: https://indivia.bandcamp.com/track/the-green-planet

Andrea Missagia – Guitars
Diego Loreggian – Bass
Nathalie Antonello – Drums

https://www.facebook.com/indivia5
https://indivia.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ArgonautaRecords/
http://www.argonautarecords.com/

Indivia, “The Green Planet”

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Keep it Low 2016: Elder, Greenleaf, Black Rainbows, 1000mods, Duel and Kind Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 27th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

keep it low 2016 header

Seems I missed a recent announcement from Keep it Low 2016 — aka Keep it Low Issue #4 — whereby the Munich-based autumnal gathering added Kind1000mods and Duel to its lineup. All three interesting picks. It’ll be Kind‘s first time abroad, and working with Duel means involvement from Heavy Psych Sounds, so it’s not such a surprise that in the latest round of additions, we also get Black Rainbows joining on. Elder take their place at/near the top of the bill as well, and probably the biggest question there is for Keep it Low 2016 at this point is whether or not the new Elder LP, which I hear is in the works, will be out by the time October gets here. I know I’m curious as hell to know what the trio have come up with this time around.

Also bringing their formidable presence to Keep it Low 2016 are Greenleaf, whose new album, Rise Above the Meadow, stands tall among the finest heavy rockers of the year so far, and the previously announced Monkey3Colour Haze and Toner Low. It already looked like a good time. Now it looks like an even better one.

Dig it:

keep it low 2016 poster

Keep It Low – Festival 2016 gets even better with the addition of:

– Massachusetts’ ultimate progressive stoner rock trio Elder (whose last album “Lore” is considered as one of the best releases of 2015),

– Sweden´s fantastic Heavy Rockers Greenleaf (who released their new album “Rise Above The Meadow” via Napalm Records in February),

– and Italian fuzz-fueled rockers BLACK RAINBOWS (who released a few weeks ago their fifth LP “Stellar Prophecy” via HeavyPsych Sounds)!

– the Hellenic grooviest psychedelic quartet 1000mods,

– the brand new Texas-based southern heavy rock outfit DUEL (featuring 2 ex Scorpion Child members)

– and Boston’s tripped out stoner doom supergroup KIND_band (featuring members of Elder, Black Pyramid, Sasquatch, Roadsaw and Rozamov).

Kind released their debut album “Rocket Science” last year via Ripple Music, Duel unleashed their first full length “Fears Of The Dead” in February via Heavy Psych Sounds, and 1000Mods are currently working on their third one, to be released next fall.

IMPORTANT: Our Early Bird action lasts until Monday, May 1st! You can purchase yours on http://woolheads.com/ but be quick! E-Tickets are also available on http://www.eventim.de/

Elder, New Song Live at the Sinclair, Cambridge, MA, 03.16.16

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BoneHawk Release Albino Rhino on Ripple Music

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 26th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Michigan heavy rockers BoneHawk have issued their debut album, Albino Rhino, via Ripple Music. The awaited offering follows behind a late-2014 self-released edition and a limited vinyl run through Hornacious Wax Records. There was a second pressing of that, but like the first one, it went quickly. No word on a third for the LP, but Ripple‘s CD edition is out now, and to the best of my knowledge it’s the first compactular discus edition, and no doubt its reception will be as here-and-gone as was the vinyl.

The PR wire brings copious background for those who’d dig in:

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BoneHawk: Share brand new album from hard hitting Michigan quartet, out now on Ripple Music

The story of BoneHawk is one that started as early as third grade, in an unassuming Kalamazoo school, where guitarist/vocalist Matt Helt and guitarist Chad Houts first met and bonded instantly over a shared appreciation of video games, pizza, poster girls and rock and roll. At the age of fourteen, Helt, already an accomplished drummer would jam along with Houts in the family’s basement to songs handpicked from the pair’s ever growing record collections. As the years passed by with each feeding the other on a steady diet of thrash metal and classic rock, when Helt eventually succumbed to the bug and traded in his drum set for a guitar, the duo quickly discovered that being in a band meant everything.

After toiling in various local outfits for years, around 2006 Helt and Houts formed Mesa with close friend Joel Wick (Quixote, Jihad), with the three deciding to put together something that paid homage to the heavy riffs they discovered as teens growing up in the mid 90s. Specifically, that beguiling breed of heavy rock directly influenced by the mighty Black Sabbath. The band would only release one record during this period, a 7” on Michigan’s UFO Dictator Records before breaking up to clear a path for the official formation of BoneHawk in 2011.

Helt and Houts envisioned combining Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy-esque harmonies with the straight-up grooves of Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and the twin guitar assault of Judas Priest and Kiss. Enlisting old band mate Chris Voss on bass, after the departure of Wick the trio set about recording their debut album Albino Rhino, with Helt taking on vocal duties and returning to the drum stool.

Recorded and mixed by Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit and initially released as a limited run of ‘Albino vinyl’ through Hornacious Wax Records in 2014, with newly appointed personnel in the form of drummer Jay Rylander and bassist Taylor Wallace (formerly of Wilson) the band played packed out local shows in support of the record. In less than two months all double LP copies of Albino Rhino had sold out, calling for a second ‘Ultraviolet Purple’ pressing and leaving Ripple Music boss Todd Severin in no doubt about the band’s true potential.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Bonehawk,” explains Severin. “From the moment I heard their two guitar blitz I was hooked on their sound. Albino Rhino is a masterwork of modern harmony guitar and post NWOBHM heaviness, with real stoner grit. A true gem of an album and we’re excited to be involved in the worldwide release of this CD.”

To order a copy of BoneHawk’s Albino Rhino on CD visit Ripple Music:
http://ripplemusic.bigcartel.com/product/bonehawk-albino-rhino-cd

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https://twitter.com/bonehawkmusic
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BoneHawk, Albino Rhino (2014/2016)

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Sinister Haze Release Laid Low in the Dust of Death on May 7

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 26th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Formerly a trio, now a four-piece, Richmond, Virginia’s Sinister Haze offered up addled doom with touches of psychedelia and boogie. The band, which now features drummer Eli Pizzuto, formerly of Brooklyn space rockers Naam, have solidified a May 7 release for their debut full-length, Laid Low in the Dust of Death, on limited vinyl through respected purveyor STB Records. Of course, in keeping with STB‘s tradition of such things, Laid Low in the Dust of Death will be available in low quantities and high qualities in a number of different versions to sate the hungry collector.

Find those, as well as new song “Chains to Dust,” below, courtesy of the PR wire:

sinister haze laid low in the dust of death

STB Records Presents SINISTER HAZE: Release Info and Song Stream

STB Records is proud to announce the upcoming limited vinyl release of “Laid Low In The Dust Of Death” from Richmond, Virginia’s SINISTER HAZE! A a magma-filled, heavy-psych romp that will leave fans of Blue Cheer and St. Vitus begging for another fix. Featuring members of “Cough” and “NAAM”!!

The limited vinyl release will be on Saturday, May 7th at 12pm EST through the STB Records webstore at:
http://stbrecords.bigcartel.com.

For a taste of the haze, check out “Chains to Dust”, the first song released from the album. It is streaming now on the band’s Bandcamp page: https://sinisterhaze.bandcamp.com/album/laid-low-in-the-dust-of-death

Vinyl Info:
• Die Hard Edition – Limited to 75. 180g half green/half black vinyl
• OBI Edition – Limited to 100. 180g clear vinyl with green and black splatter
• Standard Edition – Limited to 130. 180g green and black swirl vinyl
• World Wide Edition – (200) Green 180g vinyl available through Kozmik Artifactz and other international distributors, we may or may not have a small amount available on May 7th through the webstore.

The band says:
“Laid Low in the Dust of Death. A hallucinogenic trip of misery and psychedelia recorded in 3 days within the Appalachian hills of North Carolina by Chad Davis. Sinister Haze brings 6 songs that will leave the listener laid low in a drugged out haze. Gather ‘round witchfinders, the hunt begins May 7th.”

Cover Art by Niki Urban
Mastered by Collin Jordan at the Boiler Room
Design by Joshua Wilkinson @TheCompanyDesign

Sinister Haze:
Guitar/Vocals – Brandon Marcey (Cough)
Bass/Vocals – Sam Marsh (Dry Spell)
Drums/Madness – Joe Dillon (Balaclava)

Sinister Haze has just announced the additions of Eli Pizzuto (Naam) and Jk (Lost Tribe) to the band.

“As our brightest stars fall into the darkness of night…. Dawn brings the rising sun… Changin’ ways upon the horizon. Welcome our good friends Eli Pizzuto (Naam) and Jk (Lost Tribe) to the fold. We couldn’t be more excited and inspired by their talent. What they’ve brought to the haze is a deeper, more enveloping layer of sonic attack. Expect the unexpected, don’t take more than you can eat, and join us voyagers… as we travel beyond the void!”

https://www.facebook.com/SinisterHazeBand/
https://sinisterhaze.bandcamp.com/album/laid-low-in-the-dust-of-death
http://stbrecords.bigcartel.com

Sinister Haze, “Chains to Dust”

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