Saying Goodbye to Beelzefuzz

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 9th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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After five years and one full-length album, progressive doom outfit Beelzefuzz have officially called it a day. The announcement was made earlier via Thee Facebooks, in a post with no words and only their logo with “2009-2014″ across the bottom. At the time of this post, their reasons for disbanding aren’t known, nor is it known whether any explanation is forthcoming, but what really matters anyway is they’ve broken up, and that’s confirmed by the band itself.

Begun as a trio in 2009 with original drummer Rick Jenkins, with members Dana Ortt (vocals/guitar), Pug Kirby (bass) and Darin McCloskey (drums) — three players hailing from three different states: Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania — Beelzefuzz quickly became more than the sum of their parts. I was first tipped off to them by Sean McKee from Clamfight in 2011, but it would be a year after that when I first saw them, playing a set at Days of the Doomed II in 2012 abbreviated owing to car trouble. By the time they returned to the Wisconsin-based fest in 2013, they were conquering heroes, offering a take on doom that no one else in that very doomed lineup could bring to bear. They still had not yet released their debut album.

Beelzefuzz‘s Beelzefuzz (review here) arrived a few months later on The Church Within Records, a thick gatefold digipak, foldout poster lyric sheet and of course the songs themselves making it feel like the event it was. On that record, Ortt (interview here), Kirby and McCloskey conjured the most original stylization of Maryland doom I’ve heard beelzefuzzin at least the last five years, fleshing out the sound of their earlier demos with a sense of poise that undercut the fact that it was their debut at the same time it spoke volumes of the potential for what they might do in the future. With cuts like “Reborn,” “All the Feeling Returns” and “Lonely Creatures” — the bizzaro stomp of which still echoes in my head frequently — it was one of 2013’s best, and will remain a special document by a group whose tenure was too short.

In fall 2013, they journeyed to Germany for a special slot at Hammer of Doom 8 in Wurzberg, and back home, they played Stoner Hands of Doom XIII in Virginia and, in Spring 2014, The Eye of the Stoned Goat 4 in Massachusetts. Shortly afterward, they added a second guitarist in Greg Diener, a longtime bandmate of McCloskey‘s in Pale Divine. Early last month, they were slated for a handful of dates alongside Kings Destroy and Eric Wagner‘s Blackfinger, but pulled out before the shows took place. Their final gig was Aug. 30 at the inaugural Vultures of Volume fest in New Castle, Delaware, alongside The SkullUnorthodoxPale Divine and many others.

Losing Beelzefuzz stings not just because they were a heavy band, or they wrote catchy songs, or had a fun stage presence — though all that was true — but because they had an immediately individual approach to their songwriting. Particularly in Ortt‘s tonal experimentation and the dynamic between the three players based around that, Beelzefuzz proved there was room for intricacy in doom’s well-trod paths, and though I’m glad I got to see them the several times I did, and I’m glad they got that record out, and glad there are videos and whatnot to enjoy, it’ll be some time before I manage to listen to Beelzefuzz again and not wonder what might have been.

Beelzefuzz, “All the Feeling Returns”

Beelzefuzz on Thee Facebooks

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Ecstatic Vision Debut Album Due in 2015 on Relapse Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 8th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Freaked out heavy psych rockers Ecstatic Vision will release their debut long-player next year on Relapse Records. The four-piece trace their origins to Philly — which seems to be following in Brooklyn’s footsteps in becoming a home to an East Coast psychedelic surge — and are a new band with some faces that metallers might recognize in guitarist/vocalist Doug Sabolick and drummer Jordan Crouse, both formerly of A Life Once Lost. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the new group is a long way from the old one.

And hey, if you’re starting out with a new band, signing to Relapse is a pretty good beginning considering for most underground acts out there it qualifies as “living the dream,” so cheers to Sabolick and Crouse on the fresh take and if the demo for “Astral Plane” below is something to go on, 2015 will hold much reverby weirdness.

They announced the inkery as follows:

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Ecstatic Vision Sign To Relapse Records

Band to Record Full-Length Debut this Month

Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Philadelphia, PA heavy psych quartet ECSTATIC VISION (Doug Sabolick – Guitars / B3 / Vox, Michael Field Connor – bass, Jordan Crouse – Drums / Percussion, Muffinman – Percussion). Formed earlier this year, the group has quickly made a name for themselves in Philly, having already played numerous high profile shows.

ECSTATIC VISION will complete the recording of their full-length debut upon their return which will be released via Relapse in early 2015.

A demo for the song “To The Astral Plane”, from the band’s upcoming debut, can be heard HERE while footage of the group live can be viewed HERE. Frontman Doug Sabolick commented on the new material:

“We are currently recording our debut album at various studios around Philly. The album is a great mix of trance inducing primitive African tribal meets heavy psych a la Hawkwind. We are stoked to be working hand in hand with Relapse to bring this unique album to fruition and bring our brand of heavy psych to the masses.”

Stay tuned for more information on ECSTATIC VISION.

Ecstatic Vision Tour Dates:
Sep 09 Winston-Salem, NC The Garage
Sep 10 Charlottesville, VA Tea Bazaar
Oct 28 Brooklyn, NY St. Vitus w/ Pallbearer and Tombs

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Ecstatic Vision. “Astral Plane” demo (2014)

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Mist to Release New EP on Soulseller Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 8th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

They’ve gone from a five-piece to a four-piece since the successful release of their Demo 2013 (review here), and it will be interesting as Slovenian doomers Mist make their debut on Soulseller Records to hear if that has an effect on their sound. The demo was cohesive sonically if also somewhat barebones in its style, but the band has continued to grow their reputation, touring Europe earlier this year and appearing at fests including the upcoming Hammer of Doom 9 in Germany and the Malta Doom Metal Festival. The theme, as you can probably tell, is doom.

Recording for Mist‘s new EP reportedly began at the start of the month. Title, tracks, release date, cover art and other info to come, but here’s the PR wire announcement that it’ll be released on Soulseller:

mist (Photo by Vid Pobegajlo)

MIST SIGN WITH SOULSELLER RECORDS, EP COMING THIS FALL

Demons and witches gather!

Ljubljana, Slovenia’s all female doom metal group, MIST, have signed with Soulseller Records. The ambitious young band released their first demo recording simply titled “Demo 2013” in November last year. The demo has been re-issued on CD three times due to great interest.

“The past few months we have been working on an EP, which is to be released this winter, so we are really excited to have been offered a deal from Dutch label Soulseller records. We are looking forward to start a new chapter on our musical path and taking everything to the next level” the band states. The 4 tracker is scheduled to be released this winter on cd,vinyl and digital.

Formed in July 2012, MIST name legendary bands such as Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Candlemass, Coven, Saint Vitus and others as their key influences. They have already received positive reviews, radio airplay and had the chance to support bands such as Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Helstar, Officium Triste, Ophis and Cauchemar.

The band have already toured Austria, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and will hit the road again in Autumn, including performances at Malta Doom Metal Festival and the renowned Hammer Of Doom Festival in Würzburg, Germany.

“Demo 2013” is still available as a name-your-price download on their Bandcamp page here http://mistdoom.bandcamp.com/album/demo-2013

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Mist, Demo 2013

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Skrogg Call it Quits

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 8th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Apparently deciding not to heed their own advice to “Keep on Skroggin’,” the Troy, New Hampshire trio announced over the weekend that they were done. Skrogg first got together in 2010, so while their run wasn’t all that long, it was productive, resulting in regional shows, 2011’s Raw Heat demo (review here), and last year’s debut full-length, Blooze (review here), as well as biker-rally appearances and slots at Stoner Hands of Doom (review here) and, earlier this year, Eye of the Stoned Goat 4 (review here) in Worcester, MA, of which they opened the second day.

The breakup comes as Skrogg were preparing their second full-length, Done a Bad, Bad Thing, which presumably will be shelved, wherever they may have been in progress with it. In February, they released a single called “Wheels, Women and Whiskey” that — in addition to serving as a mission statement for their band ethic overall — furthered the catchy blend of rolling stoner rock grooves and heavy blues that Blooze made sound so natural and fluid. They played that song at Eye of the Stoned Goat, and jammed out the skeletal riffs of another, and it seemed to me in watching them that they were moving to a more open direction, building on the chemistry between guitarist/vocalist Jeff Maxfield, bassist Jason Lawrence and drummer Felix Starr, who played together smoothly but with more than an air of punkish fuckall while still keeping a mind for hooks and catchier rhythmic bounce.

Foremost, they were a good band, so it’s a bummer to see them go. I don’t know where they were in the process of putting together Done a Bad, Bad Thing, whether they were still writing or had begun or perhaps even finished the recording, but maybe something more than “Wheels, Women and Whiskey” will surface from that album at some point. Skrogg announced their demise thusly:

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The end time has come apon us. Skrogg has come to an end. It was a beautiful ride and I wouldnt want it any other way. That is just the way it goes when ya take a trip to outter space with only a few milky ways and a marrs bar. Thanks to those who enjoyed what we did as a band. You all got what you got when you got Skrogged.

And Maxfield further commented:

This breaks my heart. It really does. I love my bandmates and I guess, in the end, all we’re really seeking is our own little niche. Our happiness. Skrogg will go down in the annals of my personal history as the best band I’ve ever had the privilege of being a part of. Enjoy the music. We poured our hearts into it, for you.

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Skrogg, “Wheels, Women and Whiskey” (2014)

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House of Lightning to Release Lightworker on Translation Loss

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 5th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Hey, so yeah. You might recall earlier this year when House of Lightning released Lightworker on LP/tape through Fair Warning Records. No? It was Easter, which was fitting somehow for the Floridian duo’s bright color scheme. Well, either way, it happened. This new version of Lightworker that’s set to release Oct. 14 on Translation Loss is CD-only, though, so it’s not so much a reissue of the album as it is completing the physical pressing triumvirate for those who, like me, still enjoy a disc that can also leave the house when called upon to do so.

The Lightworker CD is available now for preorder through Translation Loss (link below), and the PR wire checked in with the following info on the release:

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Translation Loss Signs HOUSE OF LIGHTNING – New Record Lightworker Due Out October 14th

Artwork and Track Listing Revealed

Translation Loss are extremely proud to announce the signing of the mammoth and ground breaking band HOUSE OF LIGHTNING and the release of their debut record Lightworker! Everyone at Translation Loss are beyond ecstatic to be able to work with Henry Wilson and his new band HOUSE OF LIGHTNING, being huge fans of both Floor and Dove. HOUSE OF LIGHTNING takes what Dove created to an entirely new level of mathy-proggy rock sensation. Today both the artwork and track listing for Lightworker have been revealed.

The album Lightworker will be released October 14th. It is currently available for pre-order HERE.

Proudly hailing from Winter Haven, Florida, they feature current and former members of FLOOR, DOVE and CAVITY!

After the death of DOVE and before FLOOR’s current resurrection, a new band was secretly growing, HOUSE OF LIGHTNING’s long awaited debut album does more than just pick up where DOVE left off five years ago, they blast off out of the known universe and into a completely new and unknown dimension!

The resurrection occurs on October 14th, 2014 in the form of a 10 song, 40-minute riff-rollercoaster entitled Lightworker.

From the mad genius mind of Henry Wilson (FLOOR) comes and almost uncategorizable yet positively spiritual incorporation of Heavy Metal, Thrash, bite of Math, a sprinkle of Prog, a pinch of 1984 and a dash of 5150. Sounds wild, you say? That’s because IT IS! Lightworker is difficult to simply just pin a label onto; you are better off hearing this one for yourself. All aboard the rocket ship!

The album was produced at Atomic Audio, Tampa, Florida by Mark Nikolich & Henry Wilson

Lightworker Track Listing:
1. Quickness
2. Downbeat Situation
3. More Lights More Trails
4. Smoke and Mirror
5. New Jam
6. Vote Yes (To Say You Don’t Want it)
7. Need No Help
8. Wheels I-II-III
9. CHKN
10. Ocean

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House of Lightning, “More Lights More Trails”

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Heavy Glow Headlining Tour Starts Sept. 18

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 5th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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I have no argument with Heavy Glow. Dudes clearly have their shit together, believe in what they’re doing and are working hard to get their music in as many ears as possible. Their 2014 album, Pearls and Swine and Everything Fine, is a more than solid slab of well crafted, straightforward songs. The production is a little smoothed out in the QOTSA tradition, but beyond that, there’s really nothing I can think of to ask that they don’t deliver either in terms of catchiness, melody or personality.

But, as any number of bands can tell you, sometimes these things take a while to catch on in a bigger way, so all the better Heavy Glow are getting out to hand-deliver their fuzz to those clued in enough to show up and receive it. They’ll head east and north from Texas starting on Sept. 18, and the PR wire checks in with dates and whathaveyou:

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HEAVY GLOW Announces North American Headlining Tour

San Diego Rock Trio Heading Out to the Highway in Support of Celebrated New LP

Electric San Diego rock band HEAVY GLOW has announced a North American headlining tour in support of its new LP Pearls & Swine and Everything Fine. Set to kick off on September 18 in Fort Worth, Texas, the 18 city jaunt will showcase the trio’s unhinged explosiveness, which blends post-millennial blues-rock and haunting, Motown-esque hard soul, calling for comparison to The Dead Weather, The Black Keys, Afghan Whigs and Cream.

Led by guitarist / vocalist Jared Mullins, HEAVY GLOW has been called “a bluesy slice of Free-meets-Grand Funk” and “an impressive Hendrix / ZZ Top hybrid that pays homage to other blues masters (Clapton, Cray) and modern-day fuzz tone titans.” Recorded with producers Michael Patterson (Nine Inch Nails, Puscifer) and Nic Jodoin (Spindrift, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club), Pearls & Swine and Everything Fine has been hailed as “blistering” and has yielded the crunching cuts “Headhunter” and “Look What You’re Doing to Me”; the latter track’s music video starring actress Mayra Leal of the Robert Rodriguez film “Machete.”

HEAVY GLOW North American Tour Dates:
September 18 Ft. Worth, TX Lola’s Saloon.
September 19 Oklahoma City, OK The Blue Note
September 20 Kansas City, MO Mike’s Tavern
September 21 Lincoln, NE Duffy’s Tavern
September 23 Iowa City, IA Gabe’s Iowa City
September 25 Burlington, IA The Washington
September 26 Grand Rapids, MI Billy’s Lounge
September 27 Cleveland, OH 5 O’ Clock Lounge
September 30 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
October 1 Rochester, NY The Bug Jar
October 2 Hamilton, ONT This Ain’t Hollywood
October 3 Toronto, ONT The Cavern Bar
October 4 Toronto, ONT Duffy’s Tavern
October 5 Windsor, ONT The Phog Lounge
October 8 Pittsburgh, PA Thunderbird Cafe
October 9 Long Branch, NJ The Brighton Bar
October 10 New York, NY Piano’s (as part of 2014 CBGB’s Festival)
October 11 Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar
October 12 Boston, MA The Spot Underground

Live and on stage is where HEAVY GLOW makes its heaviest impression and on the upcoming headlining tour, the group is set to show that its stellar reputation precedes it for a reason. Seeing is believing!

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Heavy Glow, Pearls and Swine and Everything Fine (2014)

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Ufomammut Announce XV Anniversary DVD Details

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 5th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Cosmic doom conjurers Ufomammut celebrated their 15th anniversary last fall by embarking on what they called the “Magickal Mastery Tour,” picking out material from across their catalog and giving a career-spanning set to mark the passing of time. Next month, they’ll release a new DVD, XV: 15 Years of Ufomammut, that captures that live show and includes a documentary about the trio as well. Preorders for that are up now via the band’s own Supernatural Cat in Europe and Earsplit Compound in the US (links below), but I also like the part where the PR wire informs that Ufomammut will hit the studio this month for a new album to be released next spring on Neurot.

Hugely interested to hear what Ufomammut might come up with for a new record after the two-part Oro in 2012 seemed to expand beyond any boundaries they’d previously known. Do they somehow continue to get bigger-sounding and reach farther, or somehow contract, and perhaps inspired by playing earlier material, move toward a more stripped down approach. It’s foolish to speculate one way or another, but Oro is one hell of an act to follow either way.

Info and whatnot:

UFOMAMMUT Announces Details Of Fifteen Year Anniversary DVD

Studio Time Booked For September; North American Tour Plans On The Horizon

UFOMAMMUT, Italian sorcerers of supernatural and obliterating doom, have been very busy behind the scenes following the release of their widely acclaimed ORO collection on Neurot Recordings and the Magickal Mastery Tour of 2013 and 2014, which saw them performing music from across their canon. A band constantly pushing and looking forward, while simultaneously keeping a firm eye on their history, as they continue to celebrate their fifteen years in existence, they still have much in store for their fanbase.

Since 2013, UFOMAMMUT has been working on a video project which will be released on DVD via the band’s Supernatural Cat Records this October, after all, the visual element of the band is of equal importance to their music. The DVD features over three hours of live footage — including Magickal Mastery Live, a 12 song live act — interviews, outtakes, and extras all documenting these first fifteen years of the band. Titled XV, this audiovisual experience will also be available as a special wooden 8GB USB drive.

On the subject of reaching this milestone the band commented…”ORO was a particularly ambitious album for us, and the Magickal Mastery Tour was a great chance to revisit all of our favorite songs in front of really great crowds. When we took some time to reflect on what we had accomplished we knew that the best ways to celebrate our first fifteen years, was a DVD release, something for our fans to contribute towards and to treasure. We’re excited about what the next fifteen years has in store…”

Preorders for the XV DVD have been posted. International orders can be placed via Supernatural Cat HERE and US fans can order exclusively via Earsplit Distro HERE.

In addition to this DVD release, UFOMAMMUT has confirmed that they will be heading into the studio to record their seventh studio collection this September. The new album should see the light of day in Spring 2015 via Neurot Recordings. They’ve also revealed plans to return to the USA to tour the entire country for the first time, as well as a promise of more European performances. Stay tuned for more details on all developments in the coming weeks.

The Magickal Mastery Live Running Order:
Superjunkhead
Hellcore
Oroborus
Stigma
Zerosette
Destroyer
Sublime
Eve (Pt. III & IV)
Sulphurdew
Odio
Stardog
God

http://www.ufomammut.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/UFOMAMMUT/83336386071
http://www.supernaturalcat.com
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http://www.neurotrecordings.com
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Ufomammut, XV Preview

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Skånska Mord to Release Self-Titled EP on Transubstans Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 4th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Two years after their righteous sophomore effort, Paths to Charon (review here), Swedish double-guitar five-piece Skånska Mord return, this time on Transubstans Records, with a new and self-titled EP. The Örkelljunga outfit made their debut in 2010 with The Last Supper (review here) and have continued since then to refine a straightforward approach blending ’70s and ’90s heavy rock impulses, specifically nodding at Soundgarden en route to a style of riffing somewhere between Abramis Brama and earlier Mustasch. The second album particularly had songwriting on its side, so with three original tracks (plus one cover), it seems reasonable to expect the progression to continue on the new EP.

Recorded in April, Skånska Mord‘s Skånska Mord will be out Nov. 3 through Transubstans and will feature Janne Schaffer on a cover of his own “Black Salad,” which I think counts as breaking down a fourth wall of one sort or another, but will have to consult the rulebook to be sure.

Either way, the PR wire had this to say about it:

If you missed out on SKÅNSKA MORD’s earlier releases – you can’t let this one slip thru your fingers. This is their first release on Transubstans, a 4 track EP released on black / solid white 12” vinyl. Recorded at Lemon Recording Studios with engineer Martin Ekelund, this EP is the brilliant follow-up to their two critically acclaimed albums “The Last Supper” (2010) and “Paths To Charon” (2012).

Once again, SKÅNSKA MORD proves the winning concept of blending one of the strongest voices in Swedish rock history together with the dynamic, blues, psychedelic and hard-riffing tunes that practically steams 70’s groove.

From the opening track “Illusion” to the fantastic cover of JANNE SCHAFFER’s “Black Salad” (with a guest appearance by JANNE SCHAFFER himself), you will for sure get your dose of the “pick me up” SKÅNSKA MORD always deliver.

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Brain Pyramid to Tour Europe Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 4th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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French trio Brain Pyramid seem to have recently suffered the loss of their boogie van. Yes, it looks like the “King of the Road” is going to be way too slow from here on out, and by that I mean not going anywhere because it broke down. I’m not sure what they’ll be hitting the road in to memorialize the vehicle — one imagines another, comparable van — but they’ve got another month to figure it out, with the string of Western European dates starting Oct. 10.

Their debut LP, Chasma Hideout, will be released by then on Acid Cosmonaut Records, and as you can see in the list, they’re still looking for help with a couple shows, so if you happen to be in Toulouse or Perpignan or Xijon and have a room that could use some riffs, you might want to drop them a line.

Here are the dates:

brain pyramid euro tour

Brain Pyramid was formed in November 2012, in Rennes (Brittany-France). This is the initiative of the actual lead guitarist Gaston Lainé and the drummer Baptiste Gautier-Lorenzo.

Influenced by the sweet old rock n roll (Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Sabbath, Motörhead, Blue Cheer, etc.), but also by stoner rock and actual psychedelic scene (Kyuss, Sleep, Nebula, Earthless, Orange Goblin, etc.) they decided to create a band to play like these masters.

After the release of their first EP Magic Carpet Ride, the former bassman left his place to Ronan Grall, spiritual Guru from the French Doom band Huata. Then they toured in Spain, Portugal, France, having some great gigs with bands like Blues Pills, The Atomic Bitchwax, Prisma Circus, Cuzo, Fungus…

Brain Pyramid is a Heavy Bluesy Stoner Psychedelic Rock And Roll band. They play loud enough to make you feel like blown by a LSD dose. They are actually searching for lots of gigs to expend their experience and grow up to the sun.

[TBC] Friday 10/10/14 : Le Mans
[TBC] Saturday 11/10/14
[TBC] Sunday 12/10/14
Monday 13/10/14 : Caen w/ Missingmile @ Le bocal
[TBC] Tuesday 14/10/14
Wednesday 15/10/14 : Amiens/w Cheap Wine
Thursday 16/10/14 : Lyon @ Trokson
Friday 17/10/14 : Montpellier @ Le MAT
[TBC] Saturday 18/10/14 : Perpignan/Toulouse
Sunday 19/10/14 : Barcelone @ rocksound
[TBC] Monday 20/10/14 : Valencia TBC
Tuesday 21/10//14 : Madrid @ Wurlitzer Ballroom w/Mr. Wilfried
Wednesday 22/10/14 : Ourense @ Centro Cultural Auriense
Thursday 23/10/14 : Lisboa @ Stairway Club
Friday 24/10/14 : Barcelos
Saturday 25/10/14 : Viseu @ fora de rebanho
[TBC] Sunday 26/10/14 @ Xijon
Tuesday 28/10/14 : Bilbao w/ The wizards
Wednesday 29/10/14 : Bordeaux @ Le Capharnaüm
Thursday 30/10/14 : Paris @ Le Klub
Saturday 1/11/14 : Tours @ Hurricane’s w/ Crackhouse booked
Wednesday 5/11/14 : Rennes @ Le Gazoline + Cuzo
[TBC] Thursday 6/11/14 : Alençon w/Birth of Joy
Tuesday 20/11/14 : Nantes @ Scène michelet w/ Fange

https://acidcosmonautrecords.bandcamp.com/album/chasma-hideout
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Brain Pyramid, “Living in the Outer Space”

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Roadburn 2015: Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin, Zombi, Salem’s Pot and More Added to Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 4th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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A huge slew of adds today to Roadburn 2015. I’m sure it’s happened at some point over the last however many years, but I can’t remember a time when so many acts joined a Roadburn bill at once. And as one would have to expect, they’re completely all over the place, from Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin doing two live soundtracks to Oozing Wound thrashing out and Salem’s Pot weed-worshiping their consciousness into oblivion. That’s really just the start of it, too.

And there’s more to come, of course. The PR wire has info:

goblin at roadburn 2015

CLAUDIO SIMONETTI’S GOBLIN TO PERFORM LIVE SCORE OF CULT HORROR CLASSICS DAWN OF THE DEAD AND SUSPIRIA AT ROADBURN 2015

ZOMBI, STEVE MOORE & MAJEURE TO PLAY ROADBURN FESTIVAL 2015

PROFETUS, DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT, SALEM’S POT, SAMMAL & OOZING WOUND ALSO CONFIRMED FOR THE 20th EDITION OF ROADBURN FESTIVAL

We’re extremely excited to announce that Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin will return to the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival, set for April 9 – 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands, to perform their much acclaimed movie soundtracks for the well-known cult-classic horror movies Dawn Of The Dead and Suspiria.

Led by Brazilian-born composer Claudio Simonetti, the band will perform the live scores in real time while screening both movies from start to finish, offering our beloved attendees the chance to experience these classic soundtracks and films in an entire new dimension.

This will be the first time that these soundtracks will be performed in The Netherlands and at Roadburn, following the band’s critically acclaimed performance at last year’s festival, when Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin were invited by curator Mikael Åkerfeldt.

Goblin’s scores for George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977) rank among the best and most famous soundtracks composed and produced by these Italian progressive rock legends.

The much-anticipated performances will take place on the main stage at the 013 venue on Saturday, April 11 (Dawn of the Dead) and Sunday, April 12 (Suspiria).

We’re equally excited to announce that legendary kosmische Giallo synth duo Zombi will be playing an exclusive set at Roadburn 2015, appearing for the first time in Europe since a handful of festival appearances back in 2011.

Since first hitting the general consciousness with their Relapse 2004 debut album Cosmos, following a pair of EPs, and wowing fans and critics alike with 2011’s Escape Velocity, it could be argued that Zombi were the spearhead for the whole resurgence of interest in obscure film soundtracks and the music of artists such as Goblin, John Carpenter and Fabio Frizzi.

Zombi, AKA Messrs. Moore and Paterra will be opening up the stargate and heralding the zombie dawn on the main stage of the 013 venue on Saturday April 11 as a part of the 2015 20th edition of Roadburn and we couldn’t be more psyched to have them.

That, however, is not all we have in store for you, as we also have exclusive solo performances from Zombi braintrust Steve Moore and A E Paterra – performing under his Majeure identity – both of whom will be playing on the day before, Friday April 10 at Het Patronaat.

In related news: At long last, Profetus will be conjuring their classic Finnish funeral doom, worthy of comparision to Thergothon, Skepticism and Tyranny (with whom Profetus share members), when they play on Friday, April 10 at Het Patronaat, too!

In collaboration with Finland’s Blow Up That Gramophone, we can’t wait for Profetus, who rarely perform live, to slowly break down Het Patronaat by the full crashing weight and momentum of monolithic riffs, slow building drums, guttural vocals and sadly beautiful, but also penetrating church-organ-like synths.

Germany’s Der Weg Einer Freiheit offers a master class in dark, furious and epic black metal as they effortlessly mix blackened grandeur with post-rock sensibilities and classically influenced melodies to create their signature sound. Impatiently waiting for the follow up to 2012’s Unstille, we’ll be anticipating Der Weg Einer Freiheit’s Roadburn performance on Friday, April 10 at Het Patronaat just as much.

Firmly rooted in the red-eyed rituals of the heady ‘60s and dead ‘70s, and shabby, feverish catacomb 8mm smut by the likes of Jess Franco, Sweedens’ Salem’s Pot are clearly on the rise, channeling ultra-fuzzed acid-blues into psychotropic lo-fi doom.

These guys aren’t just some bogus, bong-worshipping, basement dwellers. Salem’s Pot accentuate these creepy vibes by smashing B-movie debauchery and vintage hedonism into a lysergic stomp through spooky reverberations and underground grime. You know what to do when Salem’s Pot will hit Roadburn 2015 on Thursday, April 9 at the 013 venue.

Founded in 2004 by guitarist Jura Salmi and vocalist Jan-Erik Kiviniemi, Sammal manages to capture a sense of golden moments in Finnish music. Touching on their culture and heart, and with lyrics sung entirely in Finnish, Sammal shows a masterful, natural command of classic rock with nods to Caravan, Thin Lizzy, Camel, Birth Control, Budgie and the epic guitar journeys of the Allman Brothers.

Though Sammal have existed for 10 years, they seldom play live gigs (let alone abroad) and in collaboration with Finland’s Blow Up That Gramophone, we are immensely excited to have them at the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival on Saturday, April 11 at the 013 venue.

Buckle up! Are you ready for some of the filthiest, snottiest, relentless and downright loud crossover thrash this side of early 80s Metallica, Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies? Then look no further, as Chi-town’s Oozing Wound are here to supercharge the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival on Saturday, April 11 at the 013 venue.

In related news: British gothic rock innovators Fields Of The Nephilim will be gracing the stage twice at the 20th edition of the Roadburn Festival. In addition to serving as the Saturday headliner on April 11, the band will perform a different set as special guests at Houses Of The Holistic on Friday, the special Roadburn event curated by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Wardruna‘s Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik, which will be held on Friday, April 10.

Once again, we captured the sounds of Roadburn Festival. While you were worming your way through a Green Room doorway jam, we were recording the jams inside. Now it’s time to kick back and relax and just listen. The VPRO’s 3voor12, which is the best cultural media network in the Netherlands, is making it possible to share these 2014 Roadburn streams with you here.

Curated by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Wardruna‘s Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik, Roadburn Festival 2015 (including The Heads as Artist In Residence, Enslaved, Wardruna, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin, Zombi and Fields of the Nephilim among others) will run for four days from Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

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Goblin, “Dawn of the Dead Theme”

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Valley of the Sun Announce European Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 3rd, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

So, get this. In the span of eight days — just over a week’s time — Ohio trio Valley of the Sun will get to play Desertfest Belgium, share the stage with the likes of ConanMonkey3 and Mars Red Sky, and then go play the Keep it Low festival in Munich. I’m sure the rest of the tour — which is their second run in Europe this year, by the way — will be awesome as well, but that’s a hard stretch to beat right there. Think of it in terms of “good weeks you’ve had,” and I think you’ll probably see what I mean.

Cool times for the Cincinnati three-piece after issuing their Fuzzorama Records debut LP, Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk (review here), in Europe at the start of the year and in the US over the summer. After a somewhat lengthy process getting the album into public hands and ears, all the better that they get to enjoy the fruits of their labors (which, incidentally are just more labor, but awesome labor).

Dates as follow:

valley of the sun

VALLEY OF THE SUN TO EUROPE AGAIN!!!

WE promised you an update with tourdates for the hardhitting OHIO trio, here you go! The band promise some new merch so don’t miss the shows ;)

Alright hard rockers, got a list of tour dates and links for you. Some off dates are still in the works so keep checking for updates, but here’s what’s on the books so far:

10.10.14 Antwerp, BE Desert Fest
11.10.14 Oelsnitz, GE Ragga
12.10.14 Berlin, GE Bassy Club with Mars Red Sky
13.10.14 Hamburg, GE Hafenklang with Conan
14.10.14 TBD
15.10.14 Jena, GE Kulturbahnhof with monkey3
16.10.14 Cologne, GE Sonic Ballroom
17.10.14 Frankfurt, GE Sky High Festival
18.10.14 Munich, GE Keep It Low – Festival (afternoon set)
18.10.14 Siegen, GE VORTEX Musikclub (evening set)
19.10.14 TBD
20.10.14 TBD
21.10.14 Pratteln, CH Z7 with Monkey3
22.10.14 Karlsruhe, GE Alte Hackerei with Monkey3
23.10.14 Lucerne, CH The Bruch Brothers
24.10.14 Innsbruck, AUS TBD
25.10.14 Brescia, ITA Latteria
26.10.14 TBD
27.10.14 Strasbourg, FR Mudd MuddClub
28.10.14 TBD
29.10.14 Dresden, GE Ost Pol
30.10.14 Cottbus, GE Blue Moon Festival
31.10.14 TBD
01.11.14 Munster, GE Rare guitar

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Valley of the Sun, “Maya” Live

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Mojave Lords Debut LP Unfuckwithable Available to Preorder

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 3rd, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

In case you were wondering, yes, desert rock can still come from the desert. Spearheaded by guitarist Dave Catching and featuring vocalist Bingo RicheyMojave Lords will issue their debut LP, the aspirationally-titled Unfuckwithable, on Last Hurrah Records before the end of the year, all limited vinyl and whatnot. The list of guests showing up on said long-player reads like a who’s who of CA desert players, and if the couple tracks that have made their way to the public are anything to go by, the album is worth further investigation.

So, uh, I’ll get on that, I guess. Will be particularly interested to hear what Chris Goss brings to the mix, he and Catching having contributed together to Queens of the Stone Age over the years, as well as worked together in Goss‘ band, the perpetually underrated Masters of Reality.

The PR wire tells it like so:

Mojave Lords 12-inch UNFUCKWITHABLE full-length LP

Unfuckwithable is the Mojave Lords new limited edition, full-length vinyl LP on Last Hurrah Records. Born in Joshua Tree, California at Rancho De La Luna recording studio, the Mojave Lords is the brain-child of musical mastermind David Catching and his next door neighbor, the equally brilliant Bingo Richey. After years of working in the music industry on other people’s projects, they decided to team up, strap themselves in to a homemade rocket and press the launch button.

If you took the stone out of early Queens of the Stone Age and mashed it up with the boogie metal of Eagles of Death Metal you get the ruckus and rancor of the Mojave Lords. Dust-laden and seeped in dark nights of desert plains, Unfuckwithable is a heavy rock romp and stomp. With some help from their friends; Brian “Big Hands” O’Connor, Barrett Martin, Chris Goss, Joey “The Sexy Mexi” Castillo and Danny Frankel, they’ve made what the New York Times is calling “Dark, sexy rock & roll for a brave new race.” This is the next wave of Desert Stoner Rock. This is mature, smart and visceral. This is UNFUCKWITHABLE.

Eye-popping embossed skull and band logo jacket cover along with UV gloss explosion, along with flamboyant inner sleeve with lyrics and diamond eye labels. The record comes in two vinyl configurations: desert fire and bone marrow, both created by a mix of oqaque and translucent colors, limited to 350 copies (175 of each color).

Prepared for vinyl by J. Yuenger.

Side A
1. Sweet Little Down & Out
2. Hot Throwaway
3. Anytime Rock
4. Dancefloor Slammer
5. Second Skin

Side B
1. Knuckles
2. Microwave Me Baby
3. A Whole New World
4. Sage
5. Unfuckwithable

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Mojave Lords, “Unfuckwithable”

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Wedge to Release Self-Titled Debut on Heavy Psych Sounds

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 3rd, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

The track “’61 SG” from German classic heavy rock power trio Wedge starts out with pretty standard guitar-as-girl lyrics, and it’s not until it gets to the two-line chorus that the band really shows just how tongue-in-cheek the spirit of the song is. I won’t spoil the punchline, but it’s a good one and the ’70s-worship boogie that accompanies is no less enjoyable. Wedge will release their self-titled debut in November through Italian imprint Heavy Psych Sounds, joining an expanding roster helmed and curated by Gabriele Fiori of Roman fuzz rockers Black Rainbows.

Wedge – comprised of vocalist/guitarist Kiryk, drummer The Holg and bassist/key specialist David — formed earlier this year, so I guess you could say they’re off to a solid start. They’ve already done a few festivals, and in the days and months to come, they’re set to share the stage with Seven that SpellsHeatBelzebongAqua Nebula Oscillator and fellow Berlin natives Kadavar, who seem to be a key influence under which Wedge are working.

Always up for a good time, Heavy Psych Sounds announced the news earlier, heralding the arrival of vintage grooves in limited vinyl editions, which, you know, is kind of how it goes these days. Dig the video too, if you’ve got a minute to watch:

wedge

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records is Proud to announce the signing of

***WEDGE***

for their upcoming selftitled LP out in November in Vinyl and Digipak.

The vinyl will be released in ltd ed in 150 copies in clear blue, and white.

The band was formed in early 2014 by Kiryk (vocals & guitar), The Holg (drums) & David (bass, organ & electric piano), three dedicated musicians and party pals from Berlin, Germany.

They play a Vintage-Retro Rock n’ Roll inspired by bands as The Who, Cream, Groundhogs, Cactus, MC5 and recent Kadavar and Wolfmother.

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Wedge, “’61 SG” official video

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Colour Haze, Cherry Choke, Stubb and More to Play ThElectriCool Festival

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 2nd, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

COLOUR HAZE

Hard to mess with a party when Colour Haze is showing up. The German heavy psych progenitors will headline the inaugural ThElectriCool festival in Leicester, UK, topping a bill that includes the garage whims of Cherry ChokeStubb‘s fuzz riffery and check-ins from The Exploding Sound MachineThe Kumari and The Junipers. No doubt it’ll be a groovy happening, but adding to the friendly vibes is that the fest is also telling you where and when you might find the afterparty. They might be selling vintage pants, but it’s not like they’re keeping secrets, and I respect that.

No doubt said postshow will consist of any number of smashed denizens ranting and raving about how badass Colour Haze just were — at least that’s been my experience after watching them play — as well as the rest of the night, which seems to push into early psych, mid-’60s-stylizations, psych-folk, shoegaze, and of course Stubb‘s motor-heavy riffing. Cool blend. Wish I could be there to see it.

PR wire had this to say:

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ThElectriCool – Festival of Psychedelic Rock will be held at 02 Academy Scholar Bar, Leicester, UK, October 11th 2014. Organised by promoters ‘The Hidden Museum’ ThElectriCool has brought together the cream of current psychedelic/acid rock and pop groups, including Colour Haze, Cherry Choke, The Kumari, Stubb, The Exploding Sound Machine and The Junipers.

The festival also offers a chance to buy vintage clothing, records and custom art under the glow of a psychedelic light show whilst listening to the sounds of DJ Baron Saturday or one of the great live acts. The University of Leicester campus venue opens its doors at 3pm. First live act 3.20pm. Curfew 10.30pm. Then it’s just a 5 minute taxi drive or a 20 minute walk to the aftershow party at Firebug, Millstone Lane, Leicester. Hosted by Biff bang Pow! playing 60’s garage and psych sounds. This will run from 11pm till 3am. Free Entry with ThElectriCool wrist band.

COLOUR HAZE are a German psychedelic/stoner rock group of gigantic proportions. Formed in Munich by Stefan Koglek, they are the leading lights of the European stoner rock scene. The groups tours have included headline slots at rock festivals ranging from the U.S. festival Emissions from the Monolith right through to Germany’s Berg Hertzberg festival. Colour Haze have recorded a live set for the legendary TV show Rockpalast, alongside their 10 studio albums. Tune in, hold on and freek out!
W: colourhaze.de

CHERRY CHOKE fronted by singer/guitarist Mathew Bethancourt (ex Kings of Frog Island and Josiah) are one of the UK’s finest acid rock power trios. Their second album ‘A Night In The Arms of Venus’ and their high energy European tours have firmly placed the band at the forefront of a new contemporary psych rock scene. Live, this band lay down some heavy acid rock grooves.
W: facebook.com/cherrychoke

THE KUMARI are for anyone into groups like The See See or The Black Angels. They evoke an era where punk and paisley were synonymous with full on, ringing mid-60s sounds and cool background chorus harmonies. Neo garage psych pop for the paisley generation.
W: facebook.com/THEKUMARI

STUBB build on the solid foundations laid down by the pioneers of the late 60s and early 70s such as Mountain, Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath. This power trio journey on through psychedelic live jams and stoned riffs. Sounds like Hendrix playing at Altamont. Heavy Psych!
W: facebook.com/Stubbrock

THE EXPLODING SOUND MACHINE just wanna blow ya mind with their hammond driven interstellar psychedlic wall of cosmic sound. This group would have been right at home in Londons UFO club in the late 60’s, but we get to enjoy the acidic excursions and garage psych explosions in the here and now.
W: facebook.com/TheExplodingSoundMachine

THE JUNIPERS are one of the UK’s finest psychedelic pop acts. Their debut album Cut Your Key (2008) gained airplay on BBC Radio from dj’s, Bob Harris, Steve Lamacq, Mark Radcliffe and Janice Long among others. The band played two live sessions for Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music, supported Kasabian and played festivals such as The Big Chill, Summer Sundae, Moseley Folk Festival and many more. The Junipers second album Paint the Ground was released to rave reviews in February 2012. This pop psych outfit are not to be missed.
W: facebook.com/The-Junipers/7935208180

Further information:
Facebook.com/ThElectriCool
https://www.facebook.com/events/1519786661576208/
Tickets: ticketweb.co.uk

The Exploding Sound Machine, “Higher Power”

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Mothership II Album Details Revealed

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 2nd, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Mothership‘s new album is a scorcher, plain and simple. The Texas natives made waves with their self-titled debut, which got picked up by Ripple for a re-release, but Mothership II is a different beast altogether, and one that trounces its predecessor easily. I’ll have more on the record as we get closer to its newly-announced November release, again through Ripple Music, but for now, take this as notice that the album is one worth looking forward to, and particularly if you dug the first one, something that’s going to make a late addition to your best of the year list.

Details and tracks and art, just off the PR wire:

MOTHERSHIP Reveal Details of Sophomore Album, Mothership II

Ripple Music and Dallas, Texas-based riffers Mothership are excited to finally reveal the details of Mothership’s highly anticipated second release, Mothership II. After months of playing their new tunes to sweaty, ecstatic masses both in Europe and on across the United States, the trio is excited for fans to finally hear the album in its entirety. For the album art, the band chose good friend and incredibly talented artist Zach “EZ” Nelson (Instagram – @ezwheelin) to hand draw his version of the galactic Valkyrie who also appeared in another form on the cover of the band’s debut album. For the album’s engineering, Mothership returned to Kent Stump of Wo Fat, who also lent his magic to the group’s eponymous debut album, at Dallas’ Crystal Clear Studios. Mothership II will be released on single LP gatefold vinyl and on digipack CD.

RELEASE DATES:

US: November 11th
Europe/UK: November 10th

TRACK LISTING:

1. Celestial Prophet
2. Priestess of the Moon
3. Shanghai Surprise
4. Holy Massacre
5. Centauromachy
6. Hot Smoke & Heavy Blues
7. Tamu Massif
8. Astromancer
9. Serpents Throne

The CD will have two bonus songs:

1. Eye of Sphinx
2. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl

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Mothership, “Serpents Throne” live in Germany

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