Wovenhand, Star Treatment: All Your Waves

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 22nd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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This year marks 15 since the beginning of Wovenhand. The band was founded by songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist David Eugene Edwards as his prior outfit, 16 Horsepower was on the wain. Their self-titled debut (discussed here) arrived in 2002, followed by a partial remake, Blush Music in 2003 and the sophomore outing, Consider the Birds, in 2004. A decade ago, Wovenhand released Mosaic, their third album, and though one could still hear some flashes of 16 Horsepower‘s alternative Americana banjo in songs like “Swedish Purse,” it was more than established by then that the band had wider intentions.

Ever since, they’ve released full-lengths on the even years — Ten Stones in 2008, The Threshingfloor (discussed here) in 2010, The Laughing Stalk (review here) in 2012, and Refractory Obdurate (review here) in 2014 — regularly checking in on a progression of sound that has seen them become much more band than project, delving into a heavier, deeper-toned style still defined in large part by Edwards‘ voice and approach to songcraft, but nonetheless more outwardly weighted.

That was especially true of Refractory Obdurate, and in some ways it applies to the eighth long-player, Star Treatment (on Sargent House in the US and Glitterhouse in the EU), as well, though as Wovenhand once grew less and less beholden to neofolk, it now grows less beholden to ideas of what it means to be heavy. Wovenhand‘s work has always been atmospheric, but in listening to the spacious drone experimentation of second track “Swaying Reed” after the full-sprint leadoff “Come Brave,” what they make most readily clear is a focus on breadth rather than intensity, the idea that the process has grown more open over time, not more closed.

Edwards, on guitar and vocals, is joined in Wovenhand by guitarist Chuck French, bassist Neil Keener, percussionist Ordy Garrison and keyboardist Matthew Smith, and like its predecessor, Star Treatment was recorded and mixed by Sanford Parker, so there’s sonic continuity to be found between the two for sure, but the band has never ceased moving forward in one if not multiple directions, and that’s the case in these 11 tracks/54 minutes as well, the opening salvo signaling precisely that kind of multifaceted growth.

With the hard-snare punctuation of “Come Brave” and the post-Swans goth-lysergic pulse of “Swaying Reed” — it does sway — “The Hired Hand” could just about go anywhere, but it’s probably closer to the opener in its emergent shuffle, though it provides the first of several opportunities throughout Star Treatment for Smith‘s keyboards to stand out. Just after the chorus, marked out by the line “give up your dead,” there’s a push of keyboard at the fore the mix that carries into the next verse, and while Wovenhand have had any number of piano, organ, and other key-based instruments in their often complex arrangements throughout the years, rarely have they let them sound so brazenly synthesized.

It adds a psychedelic touch momentarily to “The Hired Hand” and will crop up again soon enough in “Crook and Flail” after “Crystal Palace,” with which it seems paired in part by the memorable hooks around which they both seem to work, “Crystal Palace”‘s more straightforward à la “Come Brave” or “The Hired Hand,” and “Crook and Flail” playing off minor key Eastern spaciousness, still distinctly American in its rhythm, Garrison once more making an impression on drums and a variety of other percussive instruments as he has over the last several records.

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What would seem to be the end of side A comes with the quieter start of “The Quiver,” a sort of calming lull that launches with the last of its four minutes into bombast outdoing anything Star Treatment has yet had on offer in its wash of noise and chaotic-feeling surge, Edwards seeming to be at the center of this storm, making obscure proclamations.

Still, the moodier turn is important because it is a major factor in how the second half of Star Treatment plays out, beginning with the near-eight-minute “All Your Waves,” the longest track included by a decent margin, which does not explode deep in its run, but holds to its melancholy poetry and keeps a sense of movement with a far-back but consistent percussion line, shaker or maybe tambourine or could even be a hi-hat, but its enough to hold together its not-sparse-but-wide-open surroundings, and just before six minutes in a heavier distorted guitar line takes hold and it seems like “All Your Waves” might burst forward like “The Quiver” before it, but instead, the guitar simply holds its place and becomes a drone-style ending, swirling forward just as it rounds out into the start of “Golden Blossom,” with a signature blend of acoustic and bright-toned electric guitar.

Keys return, but are more subtle behind the guitar and bass and while Garrison will add cymbal punctuation more for the final chorus, Wovenhand avoid the trap of falling into a build or even teasing one. The vocal melody leads the way through a love song lyric, and for a moment, a portion the severity of songs like “The Quiver” and “Swaying Reed” or “The Hired Hand” is let go. “Go Ye Light” brings some of it back, if only in the more distinct drumming, but is ultimately more about ambience than push, a wisp of lead guitar standing out toward the midpoint that will return again behind the chorus at the end to engaging effect, but it’s “Five by Five” that further revives the impact of Star Treatment‘s early going as it makes its way toward the closer.

Forward distortion and drums are tied to a subdued start by a sparse piano figure before feedback fades into the start of “Low Twelve,” which as the finale would seem to speak directly to the album’s star-minded theme, cosmic in its sensibility and perspective but still held to the earth — repetitions of “heavenly bodies” make for a clever lyrical play even in light of Edwards‘ well-documented and oft-represented Christian faith. This interplay of land and ether would seem to be the central duality at work across the album as a whole.

Likewise, they end neither with bang nor whimper, but on steady ground, and the lasting effect of Star Treatment is even more about the breadth in the music than its thrust, which is a marked departure from Refractory Obdurate and a potential sign of things to come for Wovenhand as a whole. I wouldn’t actually speculate in that regard — because one just never knows — but it has happened that what started out as moments of flourish later became foundations for Edwards‘ songwriting.

The only real safe bet is continued, progressive creativity. Edwards has been called everything from a shaman to the second coming of Johnny Cash via Nick Cave. I’m not sure if to-date he’s sounded less like those things or more like himself than he does in these songs, but even in that, Star Treatment feels like a step in a much larger, ongoing process.

Wovenhand, Star Treatment (2016)

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Black Rainbows Touring with Brant Bjork

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 22nd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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This is one of those instances where a band works really hard and is awesome and cool things happen. Roman trio Black Rainbows will join none other than Brant Bjork on his upcoming European tour this November. The band will already spend a decent portion of October on the road, playing festivals like Desertfest Athens, Desertfest Belgium, Keep it Low and Into the Void, but tacking another 16 dates on top of that, particularly considering who they’ll be out with, only makes their fall look more excellent.

Between the two runs, it will be the second round of touring that Black Rainbows have done to support this year’s Stellar Prophecy (review here), which was released in Spring with another European tour concurrent to that. Seems like at some point these guys are going to have to get over to the States for a few shows. Where’s that Psycho Las Vegas request form?

From the PR wire:

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BLACK RAINBOWS on tour with Brant Bjork! More shows and festivals announced!

Italian heavy psych rockers BLACK RAINBOWS are once again about to take over Europe, with a full set of shows including the best festivals of this season. The fuzztastic trio was also chosen by almighty desert rock icon BRANT BJORK as main support act on his fall tour. Get in!

BLACK RAINBOWS have been relentlessly supporting their fifth outing “Stellar Prophecy”, released last spring on Heavy Psych Sounds. With a full headline tour (which includes appearances at Desertfest Athens and Belgium, Into The Void and Keep It Low Fest), and an extensive tour alongside all-time desert rock legend BRANT BJORK, the trio is slowly but surely expanding their fuzzy grip on the continent.

Another special guest to join Brant Bjork and Black Rainbows on their European tour is Sean Wheeler from desert punk band Throw Bag, who was recently featured in the “Lo Sound Desert” movie.

BLACK RAINBOWS comment: “We’re very very excited, we didn’t expect to receive this call! Our goal was set for Desertfest Athens, Belgium, Keep It Low and Into The Void fest! This is insane for us, an occasion we’ve looking for a long time.”

BLACK RAINBOWS FALL TOUR 2016:
07.10 – Athens (GR) Desertfest Athens
10.10 – Zurich (CH) TBC
14.10 – Antwerp (BE) Desertfest Belgium
15.10 – Monthbeliard (FR) Atelier des Moles
17.10 – Lichtenfeld (DE) Paunchy Cats
18.10 – St Gallen (CH) Rumpeltum
19.10 – Wien (AT) Das Bach
20.10 – Salzburg (AT) Rockhaus
21.10 – Leeuwarden (NL) Into The Void Fest
22.10 – Munich (DE) Keep It Low Fest

ON TOUR WITH BRANT BJORK:
03.11 – Osnabrück (DE) Bastard Club
04.11 – Deventer (NL) Burger Weeshuis
05.11 – Erfurt (DE) Stadtgarten
06.11 – Hasselt (BE) Mod
07.11 – London (UK) The Garage
08.11 – Paris (FR) Divan Du Monde
09.11 – Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof
10.11 – München (DE) Backstage
11.11 – Graz (AT) PPC
14.11 – Vienna (AT) Arena
15.11 – Zürich (CH) Rote Fabrik
16.11 – Karlsruhe (DE) Substage
17.11 – Köln (DE) Live Music Hall
18.11 – Dresden (DE) Beatpol
19.11 – Berlin (DE) Columbia Theater
20.11 – Hamburg (DE) Logo

BLACK RAINBOWS IS
Gabriele Fiori – Guitar & Vocals
Alberto Croce – Drums
Giuseppe Guglielmino – Bass

http://www.theblackrainbows.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BLACKRAINBOWSROCK/
https://twitter.com/BLACKRAINBOWSii
http://blackrainbows.bandcamp.com/
http://www.heavypsychsounds.com/

Black Rainbows, “Electrify” official video

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Roadburn 2017: Tickets Available Starting Oct. 20

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 22nd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Okay, so I understand the banner above and the poster below for Roadburn 2017 aren’t the final art designs the festival is going with, that these are just out in advance for the announcement that tickets are onsale starting Oct. 20, and that the official artwork will be made public in October or November. I get that. But I love these anyway. In a time when it feels like not a day or two can’t pass without having to shake my head at some band’s shitty, cartoon-titty-filled cover art or show poster, whatever it is, this hearkens toward something entirely more righteous. What I’m assuming is the work of Costin Chioreanu seems to be pulling influence directly from old propaganda posters (think “Rosie the Riveter”) and instead of bullshit objectification, this art is joyful, celebratory, powerful, and in that way, couldn’t be more appropriate to represent Roadburn.

Needless to say, I’m very much looking forward to Roadburn 2017 beginning announcement season when the lineup info starts to trickle out, and I’ll look forward to the final art being unveiled too — Becky Cloonan‘s last year was unbelievable — but to have this in the meantime already makes the festival feel like a gift.

Roadburn 2017 is April 20-23 at the 013 in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

From the Roadburn website:

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ROADBURN 2017 TICKET ONSALE DATE: OCTOBER 20!

We’re very aware that people are awaiting an announcement from us regarding the line up for Roadburn 2017. We’re working on that right now and will have some news for you within the next couple of weeks – we’re putting the finishing touches to the first batch of announcements, with more to follow. We hope you’ll agree that they’re worth the wait!

In the mean time, we want to give you advance warning that tickets for Roadburn 2017 will go on sale on October 20! Mark your calendars now, and save your pennies! We’ll have more details available before they go onsale regarding pricing and links etc. But we can tell you now that they will be sold via TICKETMASTER once again, and also will be available to purchase in person from the 013 venue in Tilburg (NL) at our annual onsale party!

In case you missed the news this summer… we have some good news for visitors to Roadburn from outside of Tilburg! After some careful negotiating with local authorities, we can confirm that non-Dutch residents will be able to gain access to Tilburg’s coffee shops and can legally purchase marijuana products – as long as they are wearing a Roadburn wristband!

We’re well aware that this part of our culture is appealing to visitors and we’re very happy to be able to include you during Roadburn 2017. The city of Tilburg has always been very welcoming to Roadburners, and this is yet another extension of that welcome. Tilburg has several recommended coffee shops and we’re sure locals will happily point you in the right direction. So, if you like, you can now go forth, smoke and have a good time!

In the mean time, as with previous years, Marcel Van De Vondervoort (Torture Garden Studio) and his amazing team have captured the essence of Roadburn 2016 in these incredible audio recordings, hosted by VPRO 3voor12, Holland‘s major cultural network.

Stay tuned for more announcements in the first week of October – and, as ever, thank you for your continued support of Roadburn Festival!

– Walter, Becky, and all at the 013 venue.

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

Bang, Live At Roadburn 2016

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Thief Release Thieves Hymn in D Minor Debut LP

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 21st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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It looks like a total of 250 copies of Thief‘s debut album, Thieves Hymn in D Minor, have been printed. That doesn’t seem like very many at all, and even fewer when one considers the breakdown between red and black vinyl. Seems to me that if it’s the kind of thing one might be into, one might be inclined to get on it before the getting is no longer good. Available through Lay Bare Recordings — also responsible for recent outings by Yawning Man and the European distro for Seedy Jeezus & Isaiah Mitchell‘s collaboration — 100 copies will come with a special silkscreen art print as well, further sweetening the pot.

Lay Bare had this to say via the PR wire:

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New Lay Bare Recordings release THIEF – THIEVES HYMN IN D MINOR

Laid Bare from the city of Angels, THIEF, an ambient electronic project from DYLAN NEAL (hammered dulcimerist from the experimental black metal band Botanist). Seven haunting hymns on two vinyl editions.

LBR015, Two vinyl editions
1. 100 copies on Oxblood Red vinyl
2. 150 copies on black vinyl
3. With both color variations a special silkscreen printed art by Comaworx (http://www.comaworx.com/ ) can be ordered as a special indulgence for this release, only 100 printed!!

THIEF is a dark electronic project based in Los Angeles. Mixing a delicate relationship between choral and electronica – the sacred and the future – and featuring two live members of the highly acclaimed experimental black metal band Botanist, THIEF creates a new haunting story in the search for spirits in the machines.

THIEF’s debut LP Thieves Hymn in D Minor throws away the use of synths and pads and is crafted almost entirely out of manipulated sacred orthodox music. Its seven electronic tombs beautifully unravel over distorted beats creating a lush, shimmering atmosphere. Mixing electronica, trip hop, and experimental sounds together, Thieves Hymn in D Minor will be available on vinyl through Lay Bare Recordings.

In the studio, it is a one-man project, but live it also features R. Chiang (the other live hammered dulcimerist in Botanist) on drums and Chris Hackman on bass.

THIEF is:
Dylan Neal – All music, vocals, production
Robert Chiang – Drums
Chris Hackman – Bass, Vocals

http://burningworldrecords.com/artist/thief
http://laybarerecordings.com/
http://www.facebook.com/laybarerecordings/
http://thiefdom.com/
https://www.facebook.com/THIEFsounds/
https://soundcloud.com/thief_official
https://twitter.com/THIEF_SOUNDS
https://thief-official.bandcamp.com/

Thief, “Skin to Jade”

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Keep it Low 2016 Finalizes Lineup; John Garcia European Tour Canceled

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 21st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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With the news that former Kyuss vocalist John Garcia has pulled the plug on his Fall 2016 European tour plans, Munich-based Keep it Low festival has had to accordingly update its already-completed festival lineup. I’m not sure if they’ll add someone to replace Garcia — also not sure how the tour cancellation coincides with the planned late-2016 release of a new solo record from him; as there’s been no word from Napalm Records on it, I wouldn’t necessarily count on it arriving before 2017 — but the fest is exactly one month away, so it seemed only fair to post the new lineup, which remains strong with the likes of Colour Haze, Elder, Greenleaf, Karma to Burn, and so on.

The following comes direct from Keep it Low 2016. Dig it:

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Keep It Low Festival 2016

Keep it Low is a cozy 2 days Indoor Festival with family character and loads of good vibes.Fans of Heavy Rock, Psychedelic, Doom, Stoner and Rock´n Roll should mark 21 & 22 October 2016 in their calendar.The first three editions were sold out and the upcoming 4 th edition will also see an excellent line up. The “Feierwerk”-Areal is only 2 subway stations away from the centre of Munich. KIL 2016 greets with 3 stages and around 20 bands, cozy and rain protected outside beergarden, next to a skatepark. For the ones keeping it really low, we decided to end both festival nights with an aftershow party (+DJ) in one of the concert rooms.

LINE UP 2016:
FRIDAY Oct 21:
COLOUR HAZE – KARMA TO BURN – ELECTRIC CITIZEN – SALEM´S POT – MOTHER´S CAKE – SWAN VALLEY HEIGHTS – COJONES

SATURDAY Oct 22:
ELDER – GREENLEAF – MONKEY 3 – THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX – DOPETHRONE – 1000 MODS – TONER LOW – FATSO JETSON – BLACK RAINBOWS – MOANING CITIES – DEADSMOKE – GRUSOM – BRIGHT CURSE – SAMAVAYO – DUEL

KEEP IT LOW 2016 will happen on October 21st and 22nd in FEIERWERK (Munich) and will greet with 3 stages and outside beergarden & skatepark. On this upcoming edition we are setting up a cozy and rain protected outside area with food and drink station. We also decided to play already on 2 stages on the Friday night and ending both KIL nights with aftershow parties and Dj Sets (Friday until 3 am and Saturday until 5 am).

Hard Tickets (2-day passes) are available on Woolheads for 65 €! Online tickets are also available on Eventim!

You can purchase tickets on http://woolheads.com/ but be quick! E-Tickets are also available on http://www.eventim.de/

https://www.facebook.com/Keep-It-Low-Festival-486297638124519
http://www.keepitlow.de/

Elder, Live at Saint Vitus Bar, Aug. 23, 2016

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Dot Legacy to Release To the Others Nov. 25; Video Posted; Tour Dates Start this Week

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 21st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Lots of news from Parisian heavy rockers Dot Legacy. Most pressing is the fact that they start their tour with Valley of the Sun tomorrow in the UK, but they’ve also unveiled a new video for “Story of Fame” — because, yes, you know you want to hear the riff from “Raining Blood” reworked as lounge fuzz; yes you do, don’t even lie and say you don’t — and announced the album from whence it comes, titled To the Others and due out Nov. 25 on Setalight Records. The new outing is the follow-up to their 2014 self-titled debut (review here), and when they’re done with the Valley of the Sun tour, they’ll be out with Truckfighters and Deville in Nov. and Dec., finishing up where they started in the UK just before the holiday season kicks in.

The first record was right on and I’ll look forward to hopefully getting to hear the second, but you can check out the “Story of Fame” video below to get a sampling and dig into the info that follows here, courtesy of the PR wire:

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DOT LEGACY announce new album and tours with Truckfighters and Valley Of The Sun

When Dot Legacy formed in 2009 in a Parisian basement, little did the fuzzed-out French quartet know that their seemingly unattainable dream to one day release albums, tour the world and share stages with some of rock’s finest was in fact anything but impossible.

Over seven years on and with countless gigs clocked up over several European and South American tours with the likes of Blues Pills, Mars Red Sky and Truckfighters, the band returns this November with To The Others, the follow up to their hugely impressive 2014 self-titled debut.

Inspired by the space race and mankind’s desire to discover, To The Others pursues two avenues of exploration; complete freedom of composition and collective creativity. Written by the band while on the road and recorded and produced by bass player/vocalist and Emmy Award-winner Damien Quintard the album not only captures the gain-addled fury of the band’s esoteric brand of “Energy Rock”, it also displays two distinct sides to Dot Legacy. The one side that uniquely seeks to experiment and weave multifaceted arrangements out of great ideas and impressive musicianship, and the other that simply aims to rock out and make you dance.

To support the release of the album, the band will be taking part in two massive tours with Valley Of The Sun and Truckfighters, hitting more than thirty-five European cites between September and December (For the list of confirmed dates so far see below.)

To The Others will receive a worldwide release on 25th November 2016 via Germany’s Setalight Records.

Tour Dates:
With Valley Of The Sun…
22/9 – Manchester, UK – Rebellion (Presented by Snuff Lane)
23/9 – Bristol, UK – The Mother’s Ruin (Presented by Snuff Lane)
24/9 – London, UK – The Unicorn (Presented by Snuff Lane)
25/09 – Amsterdam, NL – The Cave
27/9 – Malle, Belgium – Jeugdhuis Babylon
28/9 – Ghent, Belgium – Kinky Star
29/9 – Caen, France – La Demeuree
30/9 – Nantes, France – La Scene Michelet
1/10 – Paris, France – Espace B
3/10 – Poitiers, France – Le Cluricaume Cafe
4/10 – Olten, Switzerland – Le Coq d’Or
5/10 – Munich, Germany – 8 Below
6/10 – Berlin, Germany – Urban Spree
7/10 – Halle, Germany – Rockpool eV
8/10 – Chemnitz, Germany – Zukunft
11/10 – Cluj-Napoca, Romania – The Shelter
12/10 – Bucharest, Romania – Fabrica Club
13/10 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Mixtape
14/10 – Larissa, Greece – Stage Club
15/10 – Athens, Greece – Death Disco

With Truckfighters & Deville – Plus more dates to be announced soon…
25/11 – Koln, Germany – Underground
26/11 – Nancy, France – Le Hublot
27/11 – Paris, France – Venue TBA
28/11 – Nantes, France – Venue TBA
4/12 – Birmingham, UK – Rainbow
5/12 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
6/12 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
7/12 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
8/12 – Manchester, UK – The Ruby Lounge
9/12 – London, UK – Islington Academy
10/12 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store

http://www.dotlegacyband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/dotlegacy/
https://twitter.com/DOTLEGACY
https://www.instagram.com/dotlegacy/
http://dotlegacy.bandcamp.com/
http://www.setalight.com/
https://www.facebook.com/setalightrecords
https://twitter.com/SetalightRec

Dot Legacy, “Story of Fame” official video

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Arrowhead to Release Desert Cult Ritual Nov. 4

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

Aussie heavy rockers Arrowhead will issue their second LP, Desert Cult Ritual, via Ripple Music on Nov. 4. They made their debut in 2013 with Atomsmasher (review here) and offered up Desert Cult Ritual early last year. They join a string of others in similar reissue circumstances in working with Ripple, who continue to have their collective ear to the ground in terms of picking up acts who’ve met with a decent digital response in order to translate that into physical sales. As far as sustainable business models go for the modern music industry, one could do way worse. Like trying money on Pandora. That would be worse.

So yeah, it’s kind of a reissue, but to my knowledge it’s actually also the first physical pressing. If you didn’t hear Desert Cult Ritual when it first came out, you can get a listen via the Bandcamp player below.

From the PR wire:

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ARROWHEAD: Oz trio summon spirits with the release of Desert Cult Ritual

Desert Cult Ritual is released worldwide on vinyl/digital on 21st October and on CD on 4th November

Rising from the underground of Sydney’s stoner rock scene, the brotherhood of Arrowhead fire an explosive, all killer/no filler triptych of volume, attitude and down-tuned grooves.

Having paid their dues as a band since late 2009, the iniquitously titled Desert Cult Ritual is the latest addition to the power trio’s quiver and first for the Californian label Ripple Music, following the release of their self-titled EP in 2010 and Atomsmasher, their storming full-length debut from 2013.

Hitting you harder than a Frank Frazetta-airbrushed panel van travelling at 100mph, Arrowhead is very much a band defined by the riffs that raised them. Fronted by guitar player, vocalist and chief songwriter Brett Pearl – the son of a self-confessed “hippy-dippy mom” with a record collection to die for – Brett was brought up on a staple diet of classic rock with Hendrix, Zeppelin, Floyd and Sabbath rarely leaving the turntable. Joined by fellow purveyor of low-end grind in bass player/Viking Dave Lopez and steel backbone, Matt Cramp on drums, all three feed into the Arrowhead-approved vision of hard rock reverie via Hollywood monsters and science fiction cinema.

Arrowhead’s Desert Cult Ritual is released on vinyl/digital on 21st October and worldwide on CD on 4th November through Ripple Music.

Arrowhead:
Brett Pearl – Guitar/Vocals
Matt Cramp – Drums
Arron Fletcher – Bass Guitar

Track Listing:
1. Desert Cult Ritual
2. Hypnotiser
3. Hell Fire
4. Bone Mountain
5. Maneater Blues
6. Weed Lord
7. Rogue Asteroid
8. Dragon Whips Its Tail

https://www.facebook.com/ArrowheadHeavyRock/
https://arrowheadrock.bandcamp.com/
http://www.ripple-music.com/
https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/

Arrowhead, Desert Cult Ritual (2015/2016)

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The Ruiner Self-Titled Debut Due Sept. 26

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

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Preorders are up now for the self-titled debut from Melbourne sludge rockers The Ruiner, which comes out Sept. 26 on Desert Highways. The band have a couple tracks streaming on their Bandcamp from prior digital singles, and as it seems like both those cuts will be featured on the album as well with their aggressive take underscoring the band’s more extreme origins and early-Crowbar-style push, I’m not sure if they’re re-recorded or from the original sessions in 2013, but either way, there’s a whole bunch of others that have never with them because, you know, that’s how it works with albums and whatnot.

The PR wire had this to say about it:

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THE RUINER Self-Titled Debut Album OUT MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26

Established in 2013, The Ruiner were originally brought together to play a one-off show as a tribute to legendary death / grind / stoner band Christbait (1989-1996). They appeared under the moniker Dirtypunkmutha, the name of Christbait’s 1996 release. Somehow, amid much arm-twisting and promises of fame and fortune, two of Christbait’s original members decided to get the project off the ground as a proper band.

Featuring Craig Westwood (guitar – Christbait, Dern Rutlidge, Budd), Jason Vassallo (vocals – Christbait, Dread), Jason PC (bass – Blood Duster, Dern Rutlidge, Birdcage) and brothers Adam Stokes (guitar – Legends Of Motorsport, Pillow) and Ben Stokes (drums – Pillow, Tailbone, Piggy). The Ruiner blends heavy and dark doom riffs with hard stoner grooves; they’re a cross between Isis, Goatsnake and the band you always wanted to join, super heavy while not being afraid of a song.

The Ruiner’s intensity and strength live didn’t take long for them to impress. Having all played together in their numerous projects, The Ruiner boys know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and fit together well. They’ve released two digital singles to date with their debut album set for release Monday 26 Sept 2016 through Desert Highways, with tracks being recorded between Goatsound by Jason PC (Witchskull, Watchtower, Broozer, I Exist) and Toyland by Adam Calaitzis (Blood Duster, Damaged, Dern Rutlidge), with mixing duties between Jason PC and Billy Anderson (Melvins, Sick Of It All, High On Fire, Cathedral, Sleep).

The Ruiner:
Jason V- Vocals
Craig Westwood- Guitar
Jason PC- Bass
Adam Stokes- Guitar
Ben Stokes- Drums

https://www.facebook.com/theruinerband
https://theruiner.bandcamp.com/
http://deserthighways.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DesertHighwaysMusic
https://deserthighways.bandcamp.com/album/the-ruiner

The Ruiner, The Ruiner sample tracks

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