Freak Valley 2015: Blues Pills Added as Thursday Headliner

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

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The ties between Blues Pills and the Freak Valley festival run pretty deep. For one thing, the band is named after fest-founder Jens Heide‘s old ‘zine, and my understanding is they’ve been tight all along as Blues Pills have ascended to such high profile over the last couple years, leading to the release of their massively-well-received 2014 self-titled full-length debut. Blues Pills played the fest last year and they’ll be at Freak Valley 2015 as well, headlining Thursday night, June 4, and their 2014 set will be released in limited vinyl/CD fashion. Presumably copies will be on hand in Netphen, Germany.

Freak Valley 2015 runs from June 4-6:

freak valley 2015 blues pills

+++ FREAKIN’ AWESOME NEWS +++

While BLUES PILLS say “thank you” to Freak Valley Festival with the release of a superlimited Live @ Freak Valley Festival 2014 album on Vinyl and CD we are proud and more than happy to announce that Blues Pills will return and headline Thursday June 4th!!

We are totally thrilled and honoured about these two massive news!

Thank you so much Elin, Zack, Dorian & André. We’ll never forget!

The mindblowing poster beauty is done by Mr-Frumpy Frumpedia

Tickets are running low already. Please make sure you get yours in time!!

FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL – 4th-5th-6th June 2015
www.freakvalley.de - www.rockfreaks.de

FVF tickets are selling like KADAVAR vinyls already – get yours in time – the first 3 editions have been sold out early!! We are selling tix to all parts of this planet!!

Tickets: www.freakvalley.de | Only 66€ for 3 days incl. Camping!!

Hardtickets @ our onlineshop: http://shop.rockfreaks.de/

Also: http://kozmik-artifactz.com/ | Kozmik Artifactz

Also: At our Club shows @ Vortex Surfer Musikclub (next show Saturday Jan. 24th w/ Vibravoid Official, HARSH TOKE & Comet Control

FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL: No Fillers – Just Killers
Blues Pills – Orchid – Eyehategod – Earthless – Goatsnake – Crippled Black Phoenix – Horisont – The Vintage Caravan – Electric Moon – Gas Giant – Monkey3 – Danava – Egypt – Siena Root – Bröselmaschine – Sigiryia – Kamchatka – Purson – Dead Man – Freedom Hawk – Mountain Witch – Tuber – Valley of the Sun – Tombstones – Travelin’ Jack – more tba soon!!

https://www.facebook.com/freakvalley
https://www.facebook.com/BluesPills
http://www.freakvalley.de
www.rockfreaks.de

Blues Pills, Blues Pills (2014)

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Desertfest Berlin 2015: The Sun and the Wolf Added to Lineup

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

the sun and the wolf (photo by Katarzyna Borelowska)

Desertfest Berlin 2015 isn’t letting the week end without adding another band to the mix, and this time around it’s The Sun and the Wolf, who’ve recently released their second album, Salutations, on World in Sound. Based in Berlin now but originating in Auckland, New Zealand, The Sun and the Wolf join a blazing Desertfest lineup that already features Orange GoblinRed FangAcid King and Brant Bjork, among many others, and the fest is set to take place April 23-25 at the Astra Kulturhaus, which I hear kicks all kinds of ass. Wouldn’t mind finding out for myself one of these years.

Info follows, complete with The Sun and the Wolf‘s bio from World in Sound, in case you’d like to familiarize before you get lost in the stream of Salutations:

the sun and the wolf desertfest berlin 2015

It’s time for a new announcement! We are pleased to tell you that the Berlin-based outfit The Sun And The Wolf are now confirmed for DesertFest Berlin 2015!

They freshly released via World in Sound their second album “Salutations”, gladly made to fans of psychedelic music and adventures in sound! Stream it here, it’s a killer, and get your ticket to attend the festival on www.desertfest.de/tickets! (85€ + taxes)

Bio:
World In Sound presents its first release with Kiwi roots with the young and ambitious quartet “Sun and the Wolf”. Salutations is their return, the second full length album which opens the gates to a psychedelic soaked wonderland. The nine analog recorded cuts are dynamically arranged continuing on from the explosive and overdriven rhythm and blues that their debut LP “White Buffalo” boasted, while exploring darker realms of fuzz driven psychedelia with catchy riffage and splashes of The Beatles´ lysergic era. Tales of heartbreak, debauchery and deceit echoing from a far away room, the guitar driven sound shows a band soulful and haunted in their delivery, live and on record.

The group relocated from Auckland to Berlin in late 2008 leaving behind a band formerly known as “The Have”. Formed in their teens, the band carved its name upon the New Zealand rock’n’roll scene. There they experienced commercial radio and television success, were invited to SXSW in Texas twice and had their debut album produced by Barrett Jones who worked with Nirvana and The Melvins. They have shared stages with likes as Sleepy Sun, Kasabian, Wolfmother, Dead Meadow, A Place To Bury Strangers and standout festival performances at the notorious Fusion Festival. Salutations creates an exciting and unexpectedly colourful spectrum throughout its duration!

DESERTFEST BERLIN #4 – APRIL 23th, 24th, 25th 2015
ASTRA KULTURHAUS / F-HAIN/X-BERG BERLIN (GER)
www.desertfest.de - www.soundofliberation.com

Red Fang + Orange Goblin + Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band + Acid King + Ufomammut + My Sleeping Karma + Conan + Black Pyramid + Karma To Burn + Brutus + Dopethrone + The Atomic Bitchwax + Lo-Pan + The Picturebooks + Toner Low + Dirty Fences + Heat + Mountain Witch + Mother Engine + The Sun And The Wolf + Riff Fist + Travelin Jack + many more acts

https://www.facebook.com/events/563652867102196/
www.desertfest.de
www.soundofliberation.com
https://www.facebook.com/sunandthewolf
http://www.sunandthewolf.com/

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Garden of Worm Announce March 6 Release for Idle Stones

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

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Five years after making their full-length debut on Shadow Kingdom with their self-titled (review here), Finnish doomers Garden of Worm are set to issue Idle Stones, their second album. The four-song/42-minute long-player promises some shifts in style from the debut, and after half a decade, I believe it. Svart will have the new record out on March 6.

On a side note, the press release below mentions Träd, Gräs, och Stenar. I recently got a copy of their self-titled on CD and it’s awesome. If you have the chance to chase it down, it’s well worth the effort. The name being dropped makes me look forward even more to finding out what Garden of Worm have going for their sophomore outing. When the titles of songs start “including” other songs, you know it’s progressive.

To the PR wire:

garden of worm idle stones

GARDEN OF WORM set release date for new SVART album?

Today, Svart Records sets March 6th as the international release date for Garden of Worm’s second album, Idle Stones. Garden of Worm is a trio operating in Tampere, Finland. Having played progressive rock in various groups, in 2003, the group decided it was time to play simple & basic doom metal. Thus, the Worm was born. After several releases on several metal labels, the latest being the successful self-titled debut album for Shadow Kingdom Records in 2010, the band went into hibernation.

Garden of Worm’s debut for Svart, Idle Stones is a product of this long period of quiet life. After the ambitious debut full-length, the band were unsure for a time regarding the direction their art would take next. Slowly, the doomier, grimmer material allowed improvisation to creep in, and the entire work has a newfound sense of spontaneity.

In 2015, Garden of Worm is a different beast than the creature of the early days. The band sounds more inspired and relaxed than ever. The doom metal base is still present, but there’s also psychedelic warmness to the sound as well as freedom, like witnessed in the work of improvising rock units such as Amon Düül II, Träd Gräs, and Stenar. The freedom also adds to the intensity of the live performances: even though there are always composed songs in the set, the improvisational passages keep the band focused on the moment. Anything can happen. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Garden of Worm’s Idle Stones
1. Fleeting are the Days of Man
2. Summer’s Isle
3. Desertshore
4. The Sleeper including Being Is More Than Life

GARDEN OF WORM is:
SJ.Harju – Vocals, bass
JM.Suvanto – Drums
EJ.Taipale – Guitars, vocals

MORE INFO:
www.facebook.com/gardenofworm
www.svartrecords.com
www.facebook.com/svartrecords
www.youtube.com/svartrecords
www.twitter.com/svartrecords

Garden of Worm, “Hollow”

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Primitive Man to Release Home is Where the Hatred Is 12″ EP on Feb. 17

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 22nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

primitive man

Today the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight. Midnight means annihilation. It’s 11:57PM. They cited as their reasons the proliferation of nuclear weapons around the world and concerns about burning fossil fuels and resultant global warming. What they neglected to mention was the impact of Denver trio Primitive Man, whose destructive power has continued to resonate since the 2013 release of their debut LP, Scorn (streamed here), and who’ve shown no signs of lessening their devastation in 2015. A new 12″ EP, Home is where the Hatred Is, will be issued by Relapse Records on Feb. 17.

No word on how this will affect ecosystems or governmental agencies across the globe — let alone the military implications! — but in addition to the dates below, Primitive Man will appear at Roadburn 2015 in the Netherlands on Thursday, April 9.

The PR wire digs in its heels for the good of us all:

primitive man home is where the hatred is

PRIMITIVE MAN: Denver Blackened Doom Heathens To Release Limited 12″ EP Via Relapse; Live Actions Announced

Denver blackened doom heathens, PRIMITIVE MAN, will release a special 12″ EP next month via Relapse Recordings. Fittingly titled, Home Is Where The Hatred Is, the four track slab was tracked at Flatline Audio by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Cobalt, etc.) and delivers thirty-one heinous minutes of nihilistic, feedback-doused audio atrocities brimming with gnarled riff torrents and enough fury to level a nation. Home Is Where The Hatred Is will be limited to 750 copies on black standard gram wax and 250 copies on silver standard gram wax.

In related news, PRIMITIVE MAN will wage war upon the US this Spring with a short run of live abrasions which will include an appearances at this year’s Maryland Death Fest. Slated to commence on May 16th in Omaha and accompanied by Canadian grindcore perpetrators, Wake, on select dates, the band will consume ten cities with their traumatic odes, with the run coming to a halt in Colorado Springs on May 29th. The trek follows the band’s UK takeover with Sea Bastard. See confirmed dates below.

Home Is Where The Hatred Is Track Listing:
1. Loathe
2. Downfall
3. Bag Man
4. A Marriage With Nothingness

PRIMITIVE MAN:
3/30/2015 Unicorn – London, UK w/ Sea Bastard
3/31/2015 TBA – Nottingham, UK w/ Sea Bastard
4/01/2015 Roadhouse – Manchester, UK w/ Sea Bastard
4/02/2015 South Sea Live – Sheffield, UK w/ Sea Bastard
4/03/2015 South Sea Live – Newcastle, UK w/ Sea Bastard
4/04/2015 Audio – Glasgow, UK w/ Sea Bastard
4/05/2015 Bannermans – Edinburgh, UK w/ Sea Bastard
5/16/2015 TBA – Omaha, NE w/ Wake
5/17/2015 The Black Hole – Cedar Falls, IA w/ Wake
5/18/2015 Skeletunes Lounge – Fortwayne, IN w/ Wake
5/19/2015 The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI w/ Wake
5/20/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH w/ Wake
5/21 – 5/25/2015 Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD
5/26/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
5/27/2015 TBA – Dayton, OH
5/28/2015 The Demo – St. Louis, MO
5/29/2015 Flux Capacitor – Colorado Springs, CO

PRIMITIVE MAN features within their fury-fueled ranks current and former members of Withered, Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire, Death Of Self, Vermin Womb and Reproacher. Home Is Where The Hatred Is serves as the follow-up to the band’s Scorn full-length. Crowned, “one of the most brutal, unsettling and uncompromising albums you will hear all year,” by About.com and, “terrifyingly addicting and unforgivingly heavy,” by MetalSucks, Scorn was initially unleashed in 2012 via a collaboration between Throatruiner and Mordgrimm Records before being reissued by Relapse the following year.

PRIMITIVE MAN’s Home Is Where The Hatred Is will be released via Relapse Records on February 17th, 2015. Preorder your copy at THIS LOCATION.

http://www.primitivemandoom.com
http://www.facebook.com/primitivemandoom
http://www.relapse.com

Primitive Man, “Loathe”

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Process Black Issues First Demo

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 22nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

process black

Any new endeavor from Aaron Edge is welcome by me. The many-banded guitarist — RoarethiamthethornRote Hexe, etc. — was last heard from in 2013 when he joined forces with YOB‘s Mike Scheidt and his former Brothers of the Sonic Cloth bandmate Tad Doyle for Lumbar‘s The First and Last Days of Unwelcome (review here), Edge has a new project going (always, it seems) with vocalist Tim Singer of Deadguy and Kiss it Goodbye. The band is called Process BlackEdge first discussed teaming with Singer here around the time the Lumbar was released, and today, Demo 2015 has made its way to the public as the first audio from the band.

You can buy a download if you have an extra $666 handy, but more likely you’ll want to keep it to streaming, which you can do via a Bandcamp page set up with astronaut-centric design work from Edge himself. As for the sound of the demo’s three tracks, it’s raw noise rock with Edge on guitar and bass, Singer on vocals (go figure) and Brock Lowry (Craft Spells) on drums, but tonally thick enough to stand up, and the recording quality is way more “album” than “demo.” Reportedly there’s more to come.

Until then, here’s info and audio:

process black demo 2015

Process Black, we have liftoff!

This, a demo of our first three songs, is done. We are going to pass this ’round to a few record labels and see what kind of trouble it stirs up. It’s heavy, dynamic, and jarring… and there’s seven other unheard tracks in the bag and ready for the next record.

Guitar and bass recorded by Aaron D.C. Edge at AlphaBaphomet Studios in Portland, OR. Drums recorded by Derek Moree at The Red Room in Seattle, WA. Vocals recorded by Joe Boldizar at Retro City Studios, Philadelphia PA. Demo cover designed by Aaron Edge.

released 22 January 2015

Process Black:
Tim Singer: throat
Brock Lowry: percussion
Aaron Edge: strings

Members of:
Kiss it Goodbye, Craft Spells, Roareth, Deadguy, iamthethorn, No Escape, Lumbar, Cascabel.

More news when more news is known. Thank you.

https://processblack.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/thelumbarendeavor

Process Black, Demo 2015

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Dopethrone Release Hochelaga in April on Totem Cat

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 22nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Montreal sludge trio Dopethrone will release their fourth album, Hochelaga, on Totem Cat Records in April. They have a quality-over-quantity round of European tour dates booked to celebrate, slots included at Desertfest in London and Berlin as well as Heavy Days in Doomtown and shows with Eyehategod and Acid King. I’m also interested to find out if their noted-but-not-specified Los Angeles appearance in November is a part of a festival — as I recall, the Day of the Shred was around that time last year — or just a regular one-off gig. Would be a long way to go for a club show.

Hochelaga will be out by then, but it’s still in preorders for now. Link, album info and trailer follow, courtesy of the PR wire:

dopethrone hochelaga

Canada’s sludge legends DOPETHRONE to release new album this April on Totem Cat Records!

Montréal-based DIY filthmongers DOPETHRONE finally return this spring with their heaviest album to date! “Hochelaga” is slated for vinyl and digital release on April 13th via independent label Totem Cat Records. Get whatever substance you may need ready, hide your daughters: they’re back…

After they have mercilessly pounded eardrums and spread their groove-laden lunacy on an international scale with three widely acclaimed eargasmic LPs, it is finally time for one of North America’s filthiest weed-infused doom acts DOPETHRONE to take over your households once again. Named after their ghetto stronghold in Montréal, this fourth record betokens DOPETHRONE’s determination to stir up even more trouble and take their sonic power to a higher level.

Enjoy yourselves now and prepare for the takeover with the album’s official trailer.

“Hochelaga” is due out April 13th on Totem Cat Records
Pre-orders on February 2nd via totemcatrecords.bigcartel.com

Track Listing:
1. Sludgekicker
2. Chameleon Witch
3. Vagabong
4. Scum Fuck Blues
5. Dry Hitter
6. Bullets
7. Riff Dealer
Artwork by Alexandre Goulet

The riff comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s clean, catchy and elegant. Sometimes it’s filthy, grimy and about as elegant as a sledgehammer to the sternum. DOPETHRONE is the latter. This D.I.Y trio from Hochelaga, Montreal’s trashiest ghetto, wallows in smoke, demons, death, the occult and enough psychotropic drugs to send both Hunter S. Thomspson and William Burroughs on one hell of a trip. Delivering some of the filthiest, most skull-crushing riffs drenched in distortion and fuzz, they encompass the bleakness of black metal, the steadfastness of New Orleans-style sludge with a heavier-than-thou doom mentality. Riffage is thick, punishing, suffocating and destructive and demonic vocals are harsh, visceral and animal-like for tunes dripping with pervasive THC. DOPETHRONE take over doom and view it through a crusty lens, and that perspective rise the genre to new heights of sonic filth.

After they released their first LP “Demonsmoke” on STB Records, the band unleashed “Dark Foil” via Totem Cat Records in 2011, then got invited to Roadburn Festival in 2012 by festival curators Voivod. The performance was followed by the release of third album “III”, in support of which the trio toured Europe two times. Montreal’s distortion-powered sledgehammer DOPETHRONE is set to be back in 2015 with a fourth heavier and most of all thrashier full-length… The band will perform at DesertFest London and Berlin and Heavy Days In Doomtown this spring, and will make their very first appearance in Los Angeles for a special performance in November !

In support of the release, DOPETHRONE will play some of the best heavy festivals this spring, including a bunch of club shows in the rest of Europe. More dates to be announced soon, including North American dates.

UPCOMING SHOWS:
22.04 – LYON (FR) MJC Ô Totem w/ EyeHateGod
23.04 – STRASBOURG (FR) Molodoï w/ EyeHateGod
24.04 – LONDON (UK) Desertfest London
25.04 – BERLIN (DE) Deserfest Berlin
28.04 – PARIS (FR) Glazart w/ Acid King & Black Cobra
29.04 – AMSTERDAM (NL) TBA
30.04 – ATHENS (GR) An Club w/ Belzebong
01.05 – COPENHAGEN (DK) Heavy Days In Doomtown
03.05 – HAMBURG (DE) Hafenklang

DOPETHRONE IS:
Vince – Guitar & Vocals
Carl – Drums
Vyk – Bass

DOPETHRONE LINKS
http://dopethrone.wix.com/dopethrone
www.facebook.com/dopethrone.mthell
dopethrone.bandcamp.com/
http://totemcatrecords.bigcartel.com

Dopethrone, Hochelaga album trailer

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Inter Arma Announce North American Tour with Yautja

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 21st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

inter arma

Virginian stylemashers Inter Arma received no shortage of praise for 2014’s single-song EP, The Cavern, but seem keen not so much to rest on those laurels as to pummel them into the ground. Fitting. They’ll head out with grinders Yautja on April 10 for a month-plus of touring that will cap off with an appearance at Maryland Death Fest on May 23. It is not an insignificant run.

Already veterans of Roadburn and Gilead FestInter Arma will continue to add notches to their collective belt throughout the year, and no doubt by the time this tour is over they’ll be ready to knock MDF on its ass. So be it. Worth going just for the chance to pick up The Cavern on CD from the band.

The PR wire:

inter arma tour

Inter Arma Announce North American Tour Dates with Yautja

The Cavern EP Available Now

Richmond, VA genre-destroying metallers INTER ARMA have announced a five week North American Tour with deliciously dark, Nashville metallers YAUTJA. The dates kick off April 10th in Philadelphia, PA and end May 18th in Nashville, TN followed by a stop at the renowned Maryland Deathfest. A complete listing of tour dates is available below.

INTER ARMA recently released a critically acclaimed 45+ minute, single song EP entitled The Cavern. Originally written during the summer of 2009, but reworked and perfected over the last few years, The Cavern was recorded in 2013 during breaks from the relentless touring the band did with the likes of Baroness, Russian Circles, Ulcerate and numerous others. The recording was captured with producer Mikey Allred at Dark Art Studios in Madison, TN, the same surroundings and setup that captured 2013’s monolithic Sky Burial. Both records can be streamed via their official Bandcamp HERE.

Inter Arma Tour Dates:
04/10/15 Fri Philadelphia PA Boot & Saddle
04/11/15 Sat Boston MA TT the Bears
04/12/15 Sun Brooklyn NY St Vitus
04/13/15 Mon Washington DC DC9
04/14/15 Tue Durham NC Pinhook
04/15/15 Wed Asheville NC Mothlight
04/16/15 Thu Atlanta GA 529
04/17/15 Fri Orlando FL Will’s Pub
04/19/15 Sun St Petersburg FL Fubar
04/20/15 Mon Gainseville FL The Atlantic
04/21/15 Tue Birmingham AL Bottletree
04/22/15 Wed Baton Rouge LA Spanish Moon
04/23/15 Thu Houston TX Fitzgeralds
04/24/15 Fri Dallas TX Three Links
04/25/15 Sat Austin TX Holy Mountain
04/27/15 Mon Tucson AZ Flycatcher
04/28/15 Tue Phoenix AZ 51west
04/29/15 Wed Las Vegas NV Beauty Bar
04/30/15 Thu San Diego CA Soda Bar
05/01/15 Fri Los Angeles CA Complex
05/02/15 Sat San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill
05/04/15 Mon Portland OR Doug Fir
05/05/15 Tue Vancouver BC Electric Owl
05/06/15 Wed Seattle WA Highline
05/07/15 Thu Spokane WA The Bartlett
05/08/15 Fri Missoula MT The Palace
05/09/15 Sat Boise ID Neurolux
05/10/15 Sun Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court
05/11/15 Mon Denver CO Lost Lake
05/12/15 Tue Lincoln NE Bourbon Theatre (small room)
05/13/15 Wed Minneapolis MN 7th Street Entry
05/14/15 Thu Chicago IL Empty Bottle
05/16/15 Sat Louisville KY Zanzabar
05/17/15 Sun Cincinnati OH MOTR Pub
05/18/15 Mon Nashville TN Stone Fox
05/23/15 Sat Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest

http://interarma.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/INTERARMA/
http://instagram.com/interarmamusic/

Inter Arma, The Cavern (2014)

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The Pretty Things 13 CD Box Set Bouquets from a Cloudy Sky Due Feb. 23

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 21st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Limited to 2,000 copies, The Pretty Things‘ new box set, is nothing if not encompassing. With 13 CDs, 2 DVDs, a 10″ vinyl, hardcover book, collection of legal documents and more, it has just about the entire life’s work of the UK band, who released their first album, The Pretty Things, in 1965, plus rare demos and outtakes and live stuff and much more. Not sure if there’s anything from their alter-ego, Electric Banana, but if you’re a Pretty Things fan, there should still be plenty to keep you busy.

The PR wire sends details and the overwhelming tracklisting. Bouquets from a Cloudy Sky is out Feb. 23 on Madfish Records and is available to preorder now:

the pretty things bouquets from a cloudy sky

Bouquets From A Cloudy Sky: The Complete Pretty Things Collection

Release Date: February 23rd 2015

For over fifty years, The Pretty Things have proudly, unapologetically and righteously scorched their own, unique trail through contemporary music. A half-century (plus) of the raunchiest white-boy rhythm and blues, of punch-ups, dazzling highs and epic struggles, of innovation and exultation, lauded by their peers, vilified by authority, a crucial influence on successive generations of acts, The Pretty Things make it to the mid twenty teens with mojo intact and edge unblunted.

It is with great pleasure that the career of this epochal British rock ’n’ roll band is justly celebrated by way of Bouquets From A Cloudy Sky, a lavish multi-media Box Set that contains the following:

ELEVEN STUDIO ALBUMS ON CD – housed in gatefold digi-sleeves, including FORTY-TWO bonus tracks

TWO BONUS CDs with FORTY-FIVE previously unreleased demos, alternate versions, live recordings and outtakes

TWO DVDs with new documentary Midnight to Six 1965-1970, by acclaimed producers REELIN’ IN THE YEARS, plus SF Sorrow Live At Abbey Road, The Pretty Things On Film, plus promo videos and interviews

10-INCH VINYL REPLICA ‘ACETATE’, featuring Defecting Grey full length demo and Turn My Head (studio version), plus 2 previously unreleased tracks

LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED 100-PAGE HARDBACK BOOK, featuring a comprehensive band history penned by Mike Stax (editor of Ugly Things magazine), with rare photos and memorabilia

FAMILY TREE & TESTIMONIAL POSTERS – tracing the band from Little Boy Blue & The Blue Boys and The Rolling Stones to the present day, and featuring hand-written messages from Pretty Things past and present

COURT CASE HISTORY – excerpts from confidential legal files from the band’s ground-breaking battles to retrieve their rights and songs

BRAND NEW ART PRINT BY PHIL MAY – the original of which will be randomly placed in one lucky set!

BOUQUETS FROM A CLOUDY SKY will be released on Monday, February 23rd 2015 on the Madfish label (www.madfishmusic.com).

Available to pre-order now at www.theprettythings.com / www.theprettythings.net

The Pretty Things have clocked up many notable ‘firsts’ in the glorious half-century, including
The first Brit rock ‘n’ roll drug bust
The first banned single (Don’t Bring Me Down, 1964)
The first rock ‘n’ roll prosecution of a loaded firearm
The first band to record a five-minute single (Defecting Grey)
The first band to record a Rock Opera (‘SF Sorrow’, 1968)
The first UK band to win a Rolling Stone ‘Record of the Year’ (‘Parachute’, 1970)
First band to be signed to the Swansong label (Led Zeppelin’s imprint)
First band to win the Mojo Hero Award!

THE GREATEST ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BAND YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF!

Box Set Full Tracklist

Rarities CD 1:
1 Don’t Bring Me Down (Live On The Beat Room 1964) [2:16]
2 Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut (Live On The Beat Room 1964) [3:26]
3 Johnny B. Goode (Live On The Beat Room 1964) [1:42]
4 Cry To Me (Alternate Version) [2:44]
5 Photographer (Rough Mix From Acetate) [2:12]
6 Bright Lights Of The City (Demo) [3:00]
7 Out In The Night (Demo) [2:39]
8 One Long Glance (Demo) [2:55]
9 Children (Alternate Version) [3:02]
10 Defecting Grey (Alternate Mix) [3:12]
11 Why (Live In Hyde Park) [6:16]
12 She Says Good Morning (Live At The Paradiso, Amsterdam) [3:41]
13 Alexander (Live At The Paradiso, Amsterdam) [3:29]
14 Renaissance Fair (Live At The Paradiso, Amsterdam) [2:13]
15 S.F. Sorrow Is Born (Live At The Paradiso, Amsterdam) [3:34]
16 You Might Even Say (Philippe Debarge Sessions) [4:01]
17 Eagle’s Son (Philippe Debarge Sessions) [3:00]
18 Graves Of Grey (Philippe Debarge Sessions) [0:50]
19 It`ll Never Be (Philippe Debarge Sessions) [04:33]
20 Scene One (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [01:15]
21 The Good Mr. Square (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [04:33]
22 She Was Tall, She Was High (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [00:56]
23 In The Square/The Letter (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [03:41]
24 Rain (Westbourbe Terrace Demo) [03:20]
25 Cries From The Midnight Circus (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [03:53]

Rarities CD 2:
1 I’d Love Her If I Knew What To Do (Version 1 – Westbourne Terrace Demo) [2:16]
2 Seen Her Face Before (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [1:24]
3 Everything You Do Is Fine (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [4:07]
4 Cold Stone (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [3:28]
5 You Never Told Me Lies (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [2:04]
6 Take A Look At Me (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [4:12]
7 Wild And Free (Demo) [3:42]
8 I’d Love Her If I Knew What To Do (Version 2 – Demo) [1:39]
9 Spider Woman (BBC Radio Session) [4:32]
10 Route 66 (Live At The Hippodrome) [2:52]
11 Joey (Mono US Single Mix) [3:02]
12 Monster Club [3:51]
13 Cause And Effect [3:09]
14 Holding Onto Love (Outtake) [6:07]
15 You Can`t Judge A Book [3:01]
16 Chain Of Fools [4:53]
17 No Questions [4:20]
18 It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (Outtake) [4:04]
19 Hoochie Coochie Man (Outtake) [5:44]
20 Look Away Now (Outtake) [5:15]
21 Helter Skelter [4:54]

DVD 1:
Midnight To Six, The Pretty Things 1965-70, produced by Reelin’ in the Years [2 hours duration]
Bonus Material:
The Pretty Things. On Film [13:00]
Rosalyn (Promo Video) [2:20]
Eve Of Destruction (Promo Video) [3:03]

DVD 2:
S.F. Sorrow – Live At Abbey Road [1 hour]

10? Replica ‘Acetate’:
Side 1:
1 Defecting Grey (Full Length Demo from acetate) (5:10)
2 Turn My Head (Demo) (2:34)
Side 2:
1 Don’t Bring Me Down (Previously Unreleased Version) (1:40)
2 I Can Never Say (1:58)

Studio Album Tracklist
The Pretty Things (1965):
1 Roadrunner [3:12]
2 Judgement Day [2:46]
3 13 Chester Street [2:22]
4 Big City [2:01]
5 Unknown Blues [3:48]
6 Mama, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut [3:23]
7 Honey, I Need [1:59]
8 Oh Baby Doll [3:01]
9 She`s Fine She’s Mine [4:24]
10 Don’t Lie To Me [3:53]
11 The Moon Is Rising [2:33]
12 Pretty Thing [1:38]
Bonus Tracks:
13 Rosalyn [2:18]
14 Big Boss Man [2:36 ]
15 Don’t Bring Me Down [02:08 ]
16 We’ll Be Together [2:08 ]
17 I Can Never Say [3:36 ]
18 Get Yourself Home [2:18 ]

Get The Picture? (1965):
1 You Don’t Believe Me [2:22]
2 Buzz The Jerk [1:54]
3 Get The Picture? [1:55]
4 Can’t Stand The Pain [2:41]
5 Rainin’ In My Heart [2:30]
6 We’ll Play House [2:33]
7 You`ll Never Do It Baby [2:26]
8 I Had A Dream [2:58]
9 I Want Your Love [2:16]
10 London Town [2:26]
11 Cry To Me [2:51]
12 Gonna Find Me A Substitute [2:57]
Bonus Tracks:
13 Get A Buzz [4:01]
14 Sittin’ All Alone [2:47]
15 Midnight To Six Man [2:19]
16 Me Needing You [1:58]
17 Come See Me [2:39]
18 L. S. D. [02:24]

Emotions (1967):
1 Death Of A Socialite [2:41]
2 Children [3:01]
3 The Sun [3:04]
4 There Will Never Be Another Day [2:19]
5 House Of Ten [2:49]
6 Out In The Night [2:40]
7 One Long Glance [2:52]
8 Growing In My Mind [2:19]
9 Photographer [02:07]
10 Bright Lights Of The City [3:02]
11 Tripping [3:22]
12 My Time [3:05]
Bonus Tracks:
13 A House In The Country [3:01]
14 Progress [2:58]
15 Photographer [2:15]
16 There Will Never Be Another Day [2:26]
17 My Time [3:11]
18 The Sun [3:04]
19 Progress [2:42]

S.F.Sorrow (1968):
1 S.F. Sorrow Is Born [3:15]
2 Bracelets Of Fingers [3:38]
3 She Says Good Morning [3:30]
4 Private Sorrow [3:50]
5 Balloon Burning [3:49]
6 Death [3:11]
7 Baron Saturday [4:02]
8 The Journey [2:42]
9 I See You [3:53]
10 Well Of Destiny [1:46]
11 Trust [2:47]
12 Old Man Going [3:07]
13 Loneliest Person [1:27]
Bonus Tracks:
14 Defecting Grey [4:33]
15 Mr. Evasion [3:30]
16 Talkin’ About The Good Times [3:46]
17 Walking Through My Dreams [3:37]

Parachute (1970):
1 Scene One [1:51]
2 The Good Mr. Square [1:27]
3 She Was Tall, She Was High [1:36]
4 In The Square [1:55]
5 The Letter [1:39]
6 Rain [2:29]
7 Miss Fay Regrets [3:28]
8 Cries From The Midnight Circus [6:28]
9 Grass [4:20]
10 Sickle Clowns [6:36]
11 She`s A Lover [3:32]
12 What`s The Use [1:45]
13 Parachute [3:52]
Bonus Tracks:
14 Blue Serge Blues [3:58]
15 October 26 [5:00]
16 Cold Stone [3:15]
17 Stone-Hearted Mama [3:52]
18 Summer Time [4:32]
19 Circus Mind [2:03]

Freeway Madness (1970):
1 Love Is Good [6:53]
2 Havana Bound [3:57]
3 Peter [1:27]
4 Rip Off Train [3:18]
5 Over The Moon [4:31]
6 Religion’s Dead [4:14]
7 Country Road [4:48]
8 Allnight Sailor [1:57]
9 Onion Soup [3:49]
10 Another Bowl? [2:54]
Bonus Tracks:
11 Religion’s Dead (Live Lyceum 1973) [4:48]
12 Havana Bound (Live Lyceum 1973) [4:20]
13 Love Is Good (Live Lyceum 1973) [6:43]
14 Onion Soup (Live Lyceum 1973) [8:28]

Silk Torpedo (1974):
1 Dream / Joey [6:46]
2 Maybe You Tried [4:20]
3 Atlanta [2:41]
4 L. A. N. T. A. [2:24]
5 Is It Only Love [5:05]
6 Come Home Momma [3:41]
7 Bridge Of God [4:57]
8 Singapore Silk Torpedo [5:12]
9 Belfast Cowboys [6:55]
Bonus Tracks:
10 Singapore Silk Torpedo (Live Santa Monica 1974) [7:06]
11 Dream / Joey (Live Santa Monica 1974) [7:21]

Savage Eye (1976):
1 Under The Volcano [6:02]
2 My Song [5:09]
3 Sad Eye [4:29]
4 Remember That Boy [5:02]
5 It Isn’t Rock ‘n’ Roll [3:58]
6 I’m Keeping [3:58]
7 It’s Been So Long [5:04]
8 Drowned Man [4:23]
9 Theme For Michelle [1:46]
Bonus Tracks:
10 Tonight [3:06]
11 Love Me A Little [3:11]
12 Dance All Night [2:54]

Cross Talk (1980):
1 I’m Calling [4:07]
2 Edge Of The Night [3:20]
3 Sea Of Blue [3:14]
4 Lost That Girl [2:50]
5 Bitter End [3:17]
6 Office Love [4:12]
7 Falling Again [0:20]
8 It’s So Hard [3:15]
9 She Don’t [4:08]
10 No Future [4:29]
11 Wish Fulfillment [3:06]
12 Sea About Me [3:23]
13 The Young Pretenders [4:06]

Rage Before Beauty (1999):
1 Passion Of Love [3:22]
2 Vivian Prince [5:15]
3 Everlasting Flame [3:46]
4 Love Keeps Hanging On [8:55]
5 Eve Of Destruction [3:03]
6 Not Givin’ In [4:02]
7 Pure Cold Stone [5:47]
8 Blue Turns To Red [4:01]
9 Goodbye, Goodbye [2:45]
10 Goin’ Downhill [4:12]
11 Play With Fire [4:07]
12 Fly Away [4:31]
13 Mony Mony [4:45]
14 God Give Me The Strength (To Carry On) [6:03]

Balboa Island (2007):
1 The Beat Goes On [4:10]
2 Buried Alive [3:35]
3 Livin’ In My Skin [3:59]
4 (Blues For) Robert Johnson [8:01]
5 Pretty Beat [2:52]
6 In The Beginning [4:42]
7 Mimi [2:34]
8 Feel Like Goin’ Home [2:43]
9 The Ballad Of Hollis Brown [6:28]
10 Freedom Song [4:46]
11 Dearly Beloved [4:59]
12 All Light Up [4:30]
13 Balboa Island [4:42]

www.theprettythings.com
www.theprettythings.net
www.madfishmusic.com

The Pretty Things, Bouquets from a Cloudy Sky Box Set Trailer

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Royal Thunder to Release Crooked Doors on April 7

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

I guess I didn’t realize that Zoroaster‘s Will Fiore had joined Royal Thunder. Not sure if he features on their new album, Crooked Doors, or not. Going back to when the Atlanta-based outfit recorded last year, he doesn’t seem to be in the studio pictures, but I wouldn’t necessarily rely on that as absolute confirmation. It’s easy to be wrong about this stuff. In any case, his tone is never a bad one to have around, and should do well live alongside Mlny Parsonz‘s bass, Josh Weaver‘s guitar and Evan Diprima‘s drums.

Royal Thunder‘s 2012 Relapse Records debut, CVI, was one of that year’s most celebrated releases, and the band — then a trio — toured hard to support it, so I’d expect no less this time around. The PR wire info below makes some mention of tour dates to follow, and it seems reasonable to think that after the success last time, Royal Thunder will hit it with no letup probably through the end of 2015 and into 2016 before there’s any kind of slowdown. They’ve proven durable enough on the road and will doubtless only be louder with Fiore in tow.

The quickie album announcement follows:

Capitol Photography Parnters

ROYAL THUNDER RETURN WITH CROOKED DOORS ON APRIL 7

“Show us the door that is not crooked but cracked. Which leads us to that open road. Let us walk through that.” – Royal Thunder

Royal Thunder, the female-fronted hard rock quartet whose debut album, CVI, earned praise from Rolling Stone, NPR, Revolver and saw singer Mlny Parsonz land on the cover of Decibel Magazine, release their follow-up full-length, Crooked Doors, on April 7 via Relapse Records.

“It’s been too long,” said the band. “Thanks for being patient with us in delivering this album! We hope you are fond of it. Looking forward to revisiting familiar places and face.”

The eleven-song album was recorded throughout 2014, with principal recording done at Aria Recording Studio in Marietta, GA with producer Joey Jones.

More details, including tour dates, to come.

www.facebook.com/royalthundermusic
www.twitter.com/royalthunderatl
royalthunder.bandcamp.com

Rolling Thunder, CVI (2012)

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Mastodon and Clutch Announce “The Missing Link” Tour

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

You’ve probably already seen this news everywhere, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t post about the fact that Mastodon and Clutch are touring together and that Big Business and Graveyard will switch off in the support role. Some things are just too badass not to post, no matter how ubiquitous they might be.

The tour starts April 16 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and all that’s really left to wonder is if Clutch‘s new album — which is being recorded this month — will be released by the time the run ends on May 24. Either way, it’s pretty astounding that these two have come together, so I’ll get out of the way and defer to the PR wire, which has dates and details:

mastodon-and-clutch-tour

MASTODON & CLUTCH JOIN FORCES TO PUMMEL THROUGH THE MISSING LINK TOUR

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY JANUARY 23RD FOR SPRING CO-HEADLINE TOUR

GRAVEYARD WILL SUPPORT / BIG BUSINESS TO SUPPORT WHERE NOTED

Two of the world’s most respected and influential hard rock bands Mastodon and Clutch are proud to announce THE MISSING LINK TOUR, which brings together both bands as they join forces along with special guests Graveyard and Big Business – each taking part of the tour as support.Together, this night of heavy rock will be one of the heaviest and most exciting concert events of the year.

THE MISSING LINK TOUR kicks off on April 16th in St. Paul, MN. with support provided by Big Business, who recently supported Mastodon throughout a sold-out European tour. Sweden’s Graveyard will then take over the main support slot starting in Los Angeles on April 29th for the remaining dates, closing out the tour in Columbus, OH on May 24th. Tickets are on sale now.

Mastodon and Clutch share a longtime friendship as fans will recall Clutch front man Neil Fallon contributed vocals to “Blood And Thunder” (from Mastodon’s 2004’s Leviathan) so fans can expect surprises in store for fans throughout the tour rumbling across North America. THE MISSING LINK TOUR will feature full sets from both Mastodon and Clutch. Clutch will close the show on April 24th in Vancouver, May 10th in Pittsburgh, May 15th in Bethlehem, May 16th in Baltimore and also the final night of the tour, May 24th in Columbus. Mastodon will close all other shows.

Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster had this to say about the tour.”We are very much looking forward to our US tour with our friends in Mastodon. We always enjoy playing live but when we have the opportunity to share the stage with a band as inspiring as Mastodon we know each evening will be that much more special. See ya out there!”

Mark your calendars, as THE MISSING LINK TOUR will roll into Denver’s prestigious Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 3rd, and joins the stellar line up for Atlanta’s Shaky Knee’s Festival on May 8th. The New York City show will take over the celebrated Central Park Summer Stage annual concert series on May 19th. General tickets on-sale Friday, January 23rd.

As previously announced, Mastodon have been nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for “High Road,” from ONCE MORE ‘ROUND THE SUN. This is the band’s third Grammy nomination. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Feb 8th. Tune into CBS TV.

Revered Maryland rockers Clutch have been pushing the boundaries that define heavy rock music since the 4 original members got together in high school. Clutch is an unmatched musical force that has been best described as “the quintessential American Rock Band”. Clutch released their tenth and latest studio album Earth Rocker via their own label Weathermaker Music on March 16, 2013. The album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #15 giving the band their highest chart position to date.

Clutch is currently working on their follow up to Earth Rocker which will be released in 2015.

Do not miss THE MISSING LINK TOUR this spring. Confirmed dates are as follows:

*Mastodon Closes The Evening. **Clutch Closes The Evening

Apr 16 *St. Paul, MN Myth
Apr 17 * Winnipeg, MB The Burton Cummings Theatre
Apr 18 *Saskatoon, SK O’Brian’s Events Center
Apr 19 * Edmonton, AB Expo Centre
Apr 21 * Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall
Apr 23 * Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Apr 24 **Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Apr 25 *Portland, OR Roseland
Apr 26 *Seattle, WA Showbox SODO
Apr 28 *Oakland, CA Fox Theater
Apr 29 *Los Angeles, CA Palladium
Apr 30 *Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater
May 01 *Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
May 02 *Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
May 03 *Denver, CO Red Rock’s Amphitheatre
May 05 *San Antonio, TX Kapone’s Ballroom
May 06 *Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
May 08 Atlanta, GA Shaky Knees Festival
May 09 *Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre Street Stage
May 10 **Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
May 12 *Clive, IA (Des Moines) 7 Flags
May 13 *Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom Club Stage
May 15 **Bethlehem, PA Sands Event Center
May 16 **Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
May 17 *Boston, MA House of Blues
May 19 *New York, NY Central Park Summerstage
May 20 *Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
May 21 *London, ON London Music Hall
May 24 **Columbus, OH LC Pavilion

MASTODON:
Troy Sanders — Bass Guitar / Vocals
Brent Hinds — Guitars / Vocals
Bill Kelliher — Guitars
Brann Dailor — Drums / Vocals

CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion

www.mastodonrocks.com
http://www.pro-rock.com/

Clutch, “ZZ” Live at Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ, 12.29.14

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Eyehategod Tour Starts this Week

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

eyehategod (Photo by Danin Drahos)

Admittedly, I don’t know much about the West Coast rooms that Eyehategod are playing on this brief run over the next couple weeks, but every show on the East Coast seems like a special event and I’d expect the same applies for out west. Brighton Music Hall should be resoundingly violent and it’s a place I could actually go, which is an appeal in itself. The Clash Bar in Jersey is a tiny room that Eyehategod seem likely to just level. The Saint Vitus Bar is the Saint Vitus Bar; that’s a draw on its own. And the show at the Ottobar? Vitus (the band) and Eyehategod on the same bill with Cro Mags and Misery Index? God damn. Hard to imagine the therapy everyone in attendance will need after so much head trauma.

I’m showing my regional roots in the Northeast for sure, and I’ve no doubt Alex’s Bar in Long Beach and Strummers in Fresno will be just as memorable for those out that way — these are rooms I wish I knew — but either way, it looks like Eyehategod are doing it up for this quick run before they spend a month in Europe in March/April.

The PR wire has more:

eyehategod tour

EYEHATEGOD: Louisiana Volume Dealers To Kick Off 2015 Live Invasion

Louisiana volume dealers, EYEHATEGOD, are readying for another bout of live demolitions this month commencing with a set of California rumblings through Bakersfield, Lancaster, Long Beach, San Luis Obispo and Fresno. From there, the band will head east to sonically traumatize Boston, Massachusetts, Clifton, New Jersey, Brooklyn, New York for two nights and a very special show in Baltimore, Maryland with the Cro Mags, Saint Vitus and Misery Index!

EYEHATEGOD:
1/22/2015 Jerry’s Pizza & Pub – Bakersfield, CA
1/23/2015 Moose Lodge – Lancaster, CA
1/24/2015 Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA
1/25/2015 Sweet Springs Saloon – San Luis Obispo, CA
1/26/2015 Strummers – Fresno, CA
2/04/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Boston MA
2/05/2015 The Clash Bar – Clifton, NJ
2/06/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
2/07/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
2/08/2015 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Cro Mags, Saint Vitus, Misery Index

Over two-and-a-half decades, EYEHATEGOD have helped define the NOLA sound: down-tuned, blues-inflected guitars awash in furious distortion, underpinning the tormented screams of Mike IX Williams over a thundering rhythm section. Though it was a long time between riffs, EYEHATEGOD reemerged stronger and more determined than ever before. EyeHateGod personifies desperation and addiction in the various backwaters of forgotten America, punctuated by the “N’awlins” sound of rebellion and pollution resulting in triumph over adversity. EyeHateGod is an exclamation mark on an already storied career, a statement of rebirth, catharsis, self-preservation and a sign of things to come.

Order EyeHateGod via Housecore Records HERE.

http://www.eyehategod.ee
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialEyeHateGod
http://www.thehousecorerecords.com

Eyehategod, Eyehategod (2014)

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Pombagira to Release Flesh Throne Press on March 23

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

pombagira (Photo by Vic Singh)

Originally announced for release last fall, the sixth album from UK doom/drone psych experimentalist duo Pombagira is now set to arrive as their Svart Records debut on March 23. The two-piece’s last work, 2013’s Maleficia Lamiah (track stream here), plummeted into deep reaches of dronescaping, and it seems that going by the 13-minute title-track posted below that Flesh Throne Press will follow suit and expand on those ideas, the band’s evolution having been ongoing since their first release now eight years ago and traceable in the vocal progression and movement toward heavy doomadelia in that time.

It’s also a double-album, so expansive might just be the key idea on Flesh Throne Press, but we’ll see how it goes when it shows up, and if Pombagira get out for more shows in support. More to come as I hear it, but in the meantime, if you were, say, putting together a massive list of 2015’s anticipated releases, Pombagira would be a fitting candidate for inclusion.

If that was a thing you were doing, say.

To the PR wire:

pombagira flesh throne press

POMBAGIRA REVEAL DETAILS OF THEIR UPCOMING SIXTH ALBUM, FLESH THRONE PRESS, TO BE RELEASED VIA SVART RECORDS 23RD MARCH

Pombagira return with their sixth album since their inception in 2007. Flesh Throne Press sees the band expanding on themes covered in their previous double album release Maleficia Lamiah. Recorded in July 2014 across two intense weeks the band put down over 80 mins of material all of which will be made available on the double CD and double album, both of which will be released by Svart Records on 23rd March 2015.

Musically, this album projects the band forward with a mind-expanding purpose for exposing the body to a varied compositional range. When it is heavy, it obliterates in an avalanche of riff making, and when in full tilt, it is only matched by the orchestral quality produced by tracking six amps and cabs for every guitar take.

More concise in its delivery than Maleficia Lamiah, the overall cerebral effect upon the listener is apocalyptic. It will not only rattle you to the very core of your being, but it also wills the listener to a plane where an inner meditative pose can be sustained. This is accomplished by way of the heaviest songs Pombagira have written to date, and by injecting stripped down undistorted constituents to the proceedings. Surfacing in standalone songs as well as being interspersed amongst those heavier tracts of progressive expansiveness, the band this time around present to the listener their most exact example of musical uniqueness. Coursing with the undulations of textural juxtaposition, Pombagira make firm their claim of being a truly original band without compare.

Retentive themes regarding the dead and the necromantic discourse for conversing with ancestors both forgotten and the fallen is here enfleshed. In many ways this album solidifies a connection between the written word composed within Peter Hamilton-Giles’ soon to be published “Grimoire of the Baron Citadel” through Three Hands Press, and the ongoing ritual work to serve the forgotten and fallen. Flesh Throne Press actually refers to the visceral experience of the grave dirt which presses in on the flesh during the initiatory procedure.

Embodying both aspects of ingress and egress, this new album will present a more psych-o-delic side to Pombagira’s music, as they find innovative ways to evolve their sound. In an attempt to bind the sorcerer to the spirit entourage that comes from taking every deviation, Flesh Throne Press explores the ‘nightside’ like no other.

http://www.pombagira.org.uk
http://www.pombagira.bigcartel.com/
http://www.svartrecords.com/

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Mars Red Sky Winter Tour Starts this Week; “Circles” Video Released

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

mars red sky

While I’m consistently bummed Mars Red Sky haven’t made it to the US yet in support of 2014’s righteous Stranded in Arcadia (review here), the release of their new video for “Circles” at least gives me an excuse to revisit the album this afternoon, and for that I’m grateful. The Bordeaux heavy psych rock trio offered one of last year’s most engaging listens with their second full-length, and this week they’ll hit the road in Europe to hand-deliver warm tones and memorable hooks to what I’ve no doubt will be a thankful audience.

The tour is broken up into different sections and really takes hold in March, but there are five dates this week, and that’s not nothing, especially with the new video accompanying. Whatever. Anytime I get to write about Mars Red Sky is a win.

Here’s this off the PR wire:

mars red sky winter tour 2015

MARS RED SKY European takeover continues; new video for “Circles” unveiled

That’s a fact: MARS RED SKY love being on the road, to such an extent that touring has become their second nature. Once again, the French trio is set to drag even more audiences into their oniric stoner rock trip with a full winter tour across France and Europe. On the occasion of this recent addition, the band also released a hypnotizing video for “Circles”.

“Circles” is a song taken off MARS RED SKY’s sophomore album “Stranded In Arcadia” (listen here), released on April 28th through French music label Listenable Records. The video was created and edited by Geoffrey Torres, and features images from Kazumasa Nagai’s and German movie director Oskar Fischinger’s work.

MARS RED SKY’s winter tour is kicking off this week, more Spring dates and festivals will be announced later. As usual, you can contact me for guest list spots and interview requests.

UPCOMING SHOWS:
21.01 – ZARAGOZA (Sp) La Ley Seca
22.01 – MADRID (Sp) Maravillas Club
23.01 – BARCELONE (Sp) Rocksound
24.01 – LE FARE (13) L’Humus
25.01 – MONTPELLIER (34) Secret Place
20.02 – BRUXELLES (Be) Psych Fest – Le Magazin 4
21.02 – GERARDMER (88) Festival Gérardm’Electric
22.02 – GENEVE (CH) Kalvingrad
27.02 – NEVERS (58) Le Café Charbon
05.03 – BORDEAUX (33) “Help Kampuchea” – I.Boat
09.03 – MUNICH (D) Feierwerk w/ Colour Haze & Radio Moscow
10.03 – KÖLN (D) Underground
11.03 – LEIPZIG (D) UT Connewitz
12.03 – BERLIN (D) Zukunft am Ostkreuz / Theatersall
13.03 – DRESDEN (D) Chemiefabrik
14.03 – WROCLAW (PL) Sound Depot
15.03 – WARSAW (PL) Klub Hydrozagadka
16.03 – GDANSK (PL) Wydzial Remontowy
17.03 – COPENHAGEN (DK) KB18
18.03 – SWEDEN TBA
19.03 – SWEDEN TBA
20.03 – OSLO (Nor) Vulkan Arena
21.03 – AALBORG (DK) 1000Fryd
22.03 – BREMEN (D) Römer
23.03 – TILBURG (NL) Little Devil
23.03 – TILBURG (NL) Little Devil
24.03 – UTRECHT (NL) DB’s Club
25.03 – DUNKERQUE (59) L’Entrepôt
26.03 – VILLENEUVE D’ASQ (59) La Ferme d’en Haut
15.08 – SAINT NOLFF (56) Motocultor Festival
Artwork by Markel Urrutia / Smoke Signals

“Stranded in Arcadia” is still available worldwide
as well as on marsredsky.bigcartel.com

www.facebook.com/marsredskyband
www.marsredsky.bandcamp.com
www.youtube.com/marsredsky
www.twitter.com/marsredsky1
www.listenable.net

Mars Red Sky, “Circles” official video

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Jeff “Oly” Olson Leaves The Skull

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

I’ll admit, I’m pretty surprised to read that drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson has left his post in The Skull, the band that reunited him with his former Trouble bandmates, vocalist Eric Wager and bassist Ron Holzner. Not just for the revived camaraderie, but also because The Skull are really good. You know what I mean? If The Skull had put out their debut album and it had sucked and they weren’t having any fun, well, then okay. But that’s not the case. The Skull released For Those which are Asleep (review here) last fall on Tee Pee and it was one of 2014’s best doom releases. OlsonHolznerWagner and guitarists Lothar Keller and Matt Goldsborough killed it, pulling off not only a classic Trouble vibe, but the start of something of their own as well.

Unfortunate that’s not enough to keep Olson on board. I’m sure the band will find a suitable replacement sound-wise, but Olson‘s also-used-to-be-in-Trouble cred is even harder to come by than doom drummers. Last I heard, he was based in Maine while the rest of the band is in Chicago, so that may have had something to do with it — if you’re looking for a reason — though, and this is just rampant speculation, with the success of the album, they may be looking to tour more throughout this year. Whatever happens, whatever I hear, I’ll let you know.

The brief announcement came through late in the day on Friday:

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Original TROUBLE Drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson Departs THE SKULL

Original TROUBLE drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson has decided to leave THE SKULL, the band formed by Olson along side original TROUBLE vocalist Eric Wagner and longtime former TROUBLE bassist Ron Holzner. There is no animosity in the band and it was a friendly departure.

Olson tweeted today… “I loved jamming with @TroubleTheSkull, but it’s time to depart and wish the band all the best! Looking forward to my next chapter…”

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The Skull, “Send Judas Down”

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Warhorse: As Heaven Turns to Ash LP and I am Dying 7″ to be Reissued

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 16th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

The legacy of Warhorse runs pretty strong throughout Massachusetts’ underground, with members currently taking part in bands like Gozu, Second Grave, Conclave and Faces of Bayon, but the oh-so-ripe-for-a-reunion stoner doomers are still relatively underappreciated outside their regional sphere. Southern Lord, who first issued their As Heaven Turns to Ash LP in 2001 (discussed here), will repress the album next month, coupled with the subsequent 2002 7″, I am Dying. While that may or may not be enough to get some lineup or other back together to play shows and/or write a follow-up, it’s not nothing, and the more people who hear their stuff, the more likely that is to happen down the road. So I’ll take it.

Word from the PR wire:

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WARHORSE: Massachusetts Doom Legends To Reissue Debut LP And Final EP Via Southern Lord

In a time where doom is flourishing in all directions and manners, Southern Lord is exhuming the sole full-length from Massachusetts’ WARHORSE. Long out of print, rabidly sought after, and unconditionally vital in foreshadowing the plethora of current acts who partake in longform, recklessly downtuned sound voyages, 2001’s As Heaven Turns To Ash will be reissued on double LP and digital formats on February 24th, 2015 combined with their final 7″ EP, I Am Dying.

Formed in 1996 and lasting the best part of a decade, WARHORSE wallow deep down, grooving at the kind of frequency usually associated with imminent natural disaster. But in addition to their intricate delivery, WARHORSE possesses an experimental, verging on psychedelic streak which gave rise to gritty and memorable riffs, and saw them sharing stages with the iconic likes of Electic Wizard, Khanate, Acid King, High On Fire and Unearthy Trance.

As Heaven Turns To Ash and I Am Dying are sinister demonstrations of ultra-heavy riffs as a weapon, and with Southern Lord gearing up for their rerelease, doom fans worldwide will need to start saving pennies for the subwoofer damage they are sure to inflict.

As Heaven Turns To Ash Track Listing:
1. Dusk
2. Doom’s Bride
3. Black Acid Prophecy
4. Amber Vial
5. Every Flower Dies No Matter The Thorns (Whither)
6. Lysergic Communion
7. Dawn
8. Scrape
9. And The Angels Begin To Weep

I Am Dying EP:
1. I Am Dying
2. Horizons Burn Red

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Warhorse, As Heaven Turns to Ash (2001)

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