Bloodcow Launch Kickstarter to Press New Album Crystals and Lasers

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 15th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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If we lived in a universe where justice and righteousness reigned, Bloodcow wouldn’t have to come a-knockin’ with a Kickstarter campaign to finish mixing and press their forthcoming fourth album, Crystals and Lasers, because they’d already be millionaires. The riotous, hook-laden, perma-sarcastic DIY outfit began the recording process early in 2012 — the song “Little Chromosome” was streamed here in October of that year — and though I don’t usually like to post crowdfunding-type stuff, my motivation here is the thinking that the sooner they reach their goal, the sooner I can get to hear the album, which is the follow-up to their logic-defying 2007 outing, Bloodcow III: Hail Xenu. Selfish reasons rule the day.

They’ve got some legitimately cool rewards as well, including original art and, if you live close enough to Council Bluffs, Iowa, a house show they’ll come play for you. Lock up the fancy silver and soundproof the living room if that’s the one you go for, but either way, if you giving them money means Crystals and Lasers gets done, then yeah, do that.

Here’s the info and their campaign video:

Fucking a.

New Bloodcow Record – “Crystals and Lasers”

The fourth full length release from Bloodcow, ‘Crystals and Lasers’ is their most ambitious to date. One word description? Epic.

How it started.

When we started writing songs for this new album, we talked a lot about how rock music was consumed in the past, how you might sit in a poorly lit room full of smoke with your headphones on and trip out on the music while staring at some cool artwork. That’s how we wanted people to be able to enjoy this record…not only a collection of songs, but our contribution to an experience.

What’s the plan?

To fund the release of Bloodcow’s 4th full length entitled ‘Crystals & Lasers’ on multiple formats including vinyl, cd, and digital download.

Where we are right now.

We were fortunate enough to record at ARC in Omaha, NE with uber engineer Jim Homan and also in the science lair of uber producer Aaron Gum. All the music is in the can (that’s music business lingo) and we have since mixed 3 songs. We have album and CD artwork finished and are coming up with the sticker and T-shirt art as you read this.

What are you funding?

Remainder of mixing with Jim Homan.
Mastering at TurtleTone Studio with Mike Fossenkemper.
180 gram Vinyl Records.
CD Digipaks.
Digital download cards.
Stickers
Kickstarter only T-shirts.
The Kickstarter/Amazon fees that have to be paid in order to run this campaign.

What if the goal is surpassed?

We have ideas in place to record a music video with Aaron Gum involving drag queens in an awesome club setting…and yes that was totally serious.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bloodcow/new-bloodcow-record-crystals-and-lasers
https://www.facebook.com/Bloodcow
http://www.bloodcow.com/

Bloodcow, Crystals and Lasers Kickstarter video

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Mother of God Announce UK Tour with Molior Superum

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 14th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Swedish heavy rockers Mother of God are hitting the UK for a few inaugural dates next month alongside countrymen Molior Superum and Britain’s own Baron Greenback. The three shows, presented by Snuff Lane and Monster Rock Booking, will be to support Mother of God‘s latest EP, Black Ocean, on H42 Records, and 2013′s Small Stone debut, Anthropos, thought the four-piece are reportedly already at work on their next outing as well, so should you happen to be in Bristol, Manchester or Oxford in September, seems likely you’ll be treated to some new material.

If you’re into it, and yeah, you’re probably into it, the PR wire’s got diggable info for your eyeball digestion below:

Snuff Lane Promotions has partnered with ‘Monster Rock Bookings’ to deliver Mother of God in their debut tour of the United Kingdom. Supporting these Swedish rockers are fellow labelmates Molior Superum, making their first appearance in the United Kingdom and both touring in support of their new EP’s.

Snuff Lane are also delighted to be adding Bristol’s very own hard-hitting Baron Greenback to the tour, whose debut album is due for release in the forthcoming weeks.

The tour starts on Saturday 20th September, with exclusive and unique acoustic performances at the debut “Music Is the Healer” charity event. Taking place at The Cavern Club, Bristol, this event will be in support of national charity Nordoff Robbins – who provide music therapy services for thousands of people across the country.

All proceeds from “Music Is the Healer” will go directly to the charities involved.

Also announced is Swedish psychedelic stoner rockers Kamchatka’s debut UK headlining event at The Black Heart, London on Friday 19th September.

Mother of God + Molior Superum + Baron Greenback – UK September Tour
Saturday 20th September – The Cavern Club, Bristol (Day & Evening)
Sunday 21st September – Gullivers NQ, Manchester
Monday 22nd September – The Cellar, Oxford

Events: http://tiny.cc/5i12jx
Tickets: http://tiny.cc/fx6cjx
Early Bird Tickets available until 25th August, at an exceedingly cheap £6.00.

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http://www.motherofgod.se/

Mother of God, Anthropos (2013)

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Yawning Sons’ Ceremony to the Sunset Vinyl Due this Fall

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 14th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

I was fortunate enough to be there to take the above photo of Yawning Sons at the 2013 Desertfest in London. Their set was plagued by technical difficulties — all the more a bummer since the collaboration between Yawning Man‘s Gary Arce and UK instrumentalists Sons of Alpha Centauri doesn’t happen every day — but still, my affection for Yawning Sons‘ debut album, Ceremony to the Sunset (review here), had (and has) endured to the point where it hardly mattered. Just being there to watch them jam out, even for about half their allotted time, was one of the high points for me of that entire trip.

Seems I’m not the only one who still digs on Ceremony to the Sunset five years after its initial release through Cobraside Distribution. Respected Spanish imprint Alone Records has the album slated for a vinyl pressing on Oct. 6, with a preceding digital reissue next week. That’s notable because the record is gorgeous and worth hearing for anyone who hasn’t yet had the occasion, and because in addition to reworked cover art, the new version will also feature a previously unreleased track from Yawning Sons, started with the intent of being included on the album but never finished.

You can find the vinyl details below — pressing of 500, transparent colors, etc. — courtesy of the PR wire, but keep an eye out either way, since rumor has it this is a prelude to further collaboration between Arce and Sons of Alpha Centauri, and if that’s the case, the desert just got richer.

Dig:

YAWNING SONS is the result of a unique collaboration between musicians from different sides of the Atlantic. ALONE RECORDS are proud to present the vinyl release of the desert rock classic CEREMONY TO THE SUNSET.

Limited to only 500 copies housed in a deluxe gatefold housing on either transparent yellow, red or orange vinyl this release includes the original closing album track from the studio master tapes not on the 2009 release! CEREMONY TO THE SUNSET has proven itself as a classic desert rock album and five years after initial release deserves the fullest vinyl release treatment – a revelation to fans of any and every of the artists involved.

Since 2009 and this release, YAWNING SONS have gone from strength to strength releasing their first 7″ single from Abbey Road Studios in 2010 with desert brothers ‘WaterWays’ and beginning live performances in 2013. Return now to the beginning of the adventure with this deluxe release and remember the freedom of music and the spirit of the CEREMONY TO THE SUNSET!!

Limited to only 500 copies housed in a deluxe gatefold housing on either transparent yellow, red or orange heavy vinyl.

Highly limited pre-orders begin here: http://www.the-stone-circle.com/store/ and the LP release date is October 6th.

The album will be digitally re-released on Monday August 25th.

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https://www.facebook.com/yawningsons

Yawning Sons, “Ghostship – Deadwater”

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Bludded Head to Release Reign in Bludd Oct. 8

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 13th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Slow crawling malevolence, rich low end from a standup bass and vicious screams, Bludded Head come across more about the tension than the release, though there’s a fair bit of that as well. Not in the Melvins sense, where a verse riff kicks in and everyone goes, “Oh wow, aren’t the Melvins so weird?,” but in the next round of screaming, or, in the case of “Shitsucker Blues,” from the Denton, Texas, three-piece’s upcoming full-length, Reign in Bludd, in building a wall of noise that directly contrasts the minimalism and somehow ties back into it at the same time. The album, bless its punny heart, will be out in October on Sleeping Giant Glossolalia. It’s their third.

The story, according to the PR wire, goes like this:

BLUDDED HEAD Announce Release of New Album REIGN IN BLUDD

Reign in Bludd is released on 6th October 2014 via Sleeping Giant Glossolalia

Hailing from the North Texan city of Denton, Bludded Head was initially formed out of an appreciation for Henry Cow’s avant-garde leanings, La Monte Young-inspired minimalism and the sheer punishing volume of doom metal.

Yet this past year it has also served as something of a vibratory vessel of discovery for its mercurial founding member Nevada Hill. A vessel that today, from where we stand and Bludded Head perform, continues to turn out some of the loudest, loneliest and most vulnerable noises you’re likely to hear in 2014. A remarkable truth when you consider that Hill was diagnosed with melanoma – a rare form of skin cancer – in August 2013.

While Reign In Bludd, Bludded Head’s third and unquestionably best album to date picks up where Bludded Head (released earlier this year via Sleeping Giant Glossolalia) left off in its anti-commercial sentiment and cathartic bummer jams, never before has their sound felt so sincere or visceral. From the densely weathered riff that lumbers through ‘Shitsucker Blues’, lyrically drifting in and out of abject consciousness but sonically landing a punch somewhere between the The Body, Noothgrush and Corrupted, to the perfectly pitched cover of Codeine’s ‘Pea’ Reign In Bludd is as about as transformative as they come.

Recorded by Matthew Barnhart at Electrical Audio while the band were in tour throughout May of 2014 Reign In Bludd will be released on 6th October 2014 via Sleeping Giant Glossolalia on 180g audiophile and limited to 300 copies.

TRACK LISTING:
1. Shitsucker Blues (8:28)
2. Fuckitdry (4:07)
3. Pouring Rain (10:29)
4. Pea (3:46)

BLUDDED HEAD:
Nevada Hill – Vocals, Guitar
Ryan Williams – Upright Bass
Jon Teague – Drums

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http://bluddedhead.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BLudDedHead
http://instagram.com/the_bludded_head
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http://www.sleepinggiantglossolalia.com/
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Bludded Head, “Shitsucker Blues”

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Heat Announce European Tour; New Video Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 13th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Berlin classic heavy rockers Heat are gearing up to release their second album, Labyrinth, Aug. 29 on This Charming Man Records, and once they do, they’ll set out on a tour that will encompass most of September, playing in their native Germany as well as Denmark, France, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland. In accord with the final announcement of the confirmed tour dates, which is below, Heat also have a new video for the song “Loving Devotion,” which is the penultimate track on the new record and one of its catchiest songs.

The video uses clips from the German independent road flick Trip, in which the band’s music is also featured. Trip has been screened at a number of rock festivals in Germany this year, including the Berlin edition of Desertfest and Void Fest earlier this month. As you can see, the cars and the music are pretty well suited to each other.

Info off the PR wire:

HEAT Tour Dates | Brand new video for ‘LOVING DEVOTION’

Featuring former members of The Hara-Kee-Rees, Samsara Blues Experiment and Grandloom their self-titled debut on Electric Magic Records was a heavy-blues driven journey into the very heart of the 1970s. Which, regardless of your particular predilection for classic rock saw the Berlin five-piece strike every chord.

On their follow up – much like Swedish hard rock revivalists Graveyard and Horisont – Heat continue to revel in the buzz of audacious twin guitar solos, Hammond organs and telepathic band jams.

Driving tracks like ‘Siamese Smile’, ‘Free World’ and ‘Barbarossa’ pack unabashed guitar spectacles atop big drum fills, rolling bass lines and Patrick Fülling’s strutting vocal front, often over extended compositions that run the gamut of twentieth century rock history. Bursting with shuffling bluesy boogies and dark, introspective moments that owe a sizeable riff or two to Deep Purple, Wishbone Ash, Atomic Rooster and Jerusalem Labyrinth is an unstoppable force for fans of British prog, hard US rock and NWOBHM.

Labyrinth will be officially released on 29th August 2014, along with the reissue of the band’s debut (with exclusive new artwork) via via This Charming Man Records.

TOUR DATES:

23/08/14 – Sala Teatru Brama, Goleniow, Poland
4/09/14 – Record Release at Austerclub, Berlin, Germany
5/09/14 – Sky High Festival, Frankfurt, Germany
11/09/14 – Monster Records, Hannover, Germany
12/09/14 – 1000Fryd (w. Jex Thoth), Aalborg, Denmark
13/09/14 – KB18, Kopenhagen, Denmark
15/09/14 – Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
16/09/14 – Waldmeister, Solingen, Germany
17/09/14 – Heretic Club (w. Aqua Nebula Oscillator), Bordeaux, France
18/09/14 – San Sebastian, Spain
19/09/14 – Hard Club, Porto, Portugal
22/09/14 – Rocksound, Barcelona, Spain
23/09/14 – Brin de Zinc, Cambery, France
24/09/14 – Schüxenhaus, Ins, Switzerland
25/09/14 – Coq d’Or, Olten, Switzerland
26/09/14 – Backstage (w. Orcus Chylde), München, Germany
27/09/14 – Sound n Arts (w. Orcus Chylde), Bamberg, Germany
10/10/14 – TCM Fest Gleis 22, Münster, Germany
29/11/14 – Deep Sound City Festival, Halle, Germany

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Heat, “Loving Devotion” official video

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The Flying Eyes Confirm Dates for ‘Baltimore Invasion’ European Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 12th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Baltimorean ambassadors of bluesy heavy psych The Flying Eyes have nailed down the remaining dates from their previously announced “Baltimore Invasion” tour of Europe, set to launch next month. They’ll be joined on their latest Euro trek by Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children, and while I’ve yet to see any word of what it might actually entail, they’ve posted what looks like cover art for something called Leave it all Behind Sessions, which presumably would be a new release of one kind or another. They keep busy anyway, so it’s not surprising they’d have something coming out, and both their style and dynamic is suited to live recording, so if that’s what it is, all the better. I’d take a collection of B-sides as well, or, you know, whatever.

Full routing for the tour follows. It looks to be a beast, but that’s nothing new for these guys:

The “Baltimore Invasion Tour” is complete!!! New shows added in France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Luxemburg…

All shows supported by LAZLO LEE & THE MOTHERLESS CHILDREN!

Presented by eclipsed, Slam, Stonerrock.eu and Magnificent Music:

18.09.2014 – DE Essen, Panic Room
19.09.2014 – NL Leeuwarden, Asteriks
20.09.2014 – DE Mannheim, Mohawk Open Air
21.09.2014 – DE Karlsruhe, Alte Hackerei
22.09.2014 – DE Köln, Sonic Ballroom
23.09.2014 – FR Chambéry, Le Brin De
24.09.2014 – ES Zaragoza, Ley Seca
25.09.2014 – ES Barcelona, Rocksound
26.09.2014 – ES Gijon, Casino Acapulco
27.09.2014 – ES Burgos, Estudio 27
01.10.2014 – CH Zürich, Kuba
02.10.2014 – CH Olten, Le Coq D’Or
03.10.2014 – CH Luzern, Bruch Brothers
04.10.2014 – CH Frauenfeld, Kaff
06.10.2014 – CZ Praha, Klub 007
07.10.2014 – AT Wien, Arena
08.10.2014 – SK Bratislava, Uocka
09.10.2014 – DE Jena, Kuba
10.10.2014 – DE Dresden, Beatpol
11.10.2014 – DE Stuttgart, Goldmarks
13.10.2014 – LU Luxemburg, Rocas
15.10.2014 – DE Würzburg, Café Cairo
16.10.2014 – DE München, Backstage
17.10.2014 – DE Frankfurt/Main, Sky High Festival @ Das Bett
18.10.2014 – DE Leipzig, UT Connewitz
19.10.2014 – PL Wroclaw, Disorder
20.10.2014 – DE Hamburg, Hafenklang
21.10.2014 – DE Kiel, Schaubude
22.10.2014 – DK Aalborg, 1000 Fryd
23.10.2014 – DE Bielefeld, Forum
24.10.2014 – DE Berlin, Cassiopeia
25.10.2014 – DE Lübeck, Treibsand

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The Flying Eyes, “Farewell” Live at Mobtown Studios

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Brant Bjork to Release New Album this Fall

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 11th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Don’t get me wrong, it’s very cool that Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk are going to Europe to tour and playing Up in Smoke and Desertfest Belgium and so on, and it’s very cool that they’re going out starting next week on the West Coast with Bl’ast, C.O.C. and Lord Dying, but we already knew that stuff — even if I hadn’t seen a complete list of the Euro dates as yet — and what’s even better this time around is that the next Brant Bjork album has been slated for a Fall release through Napalm. I’d been trying not to get my hopes up too much.

And along comes the PR wire with reason to do precisely that. You may recall last week some live video of the new song “Requiem” went up. Below the news, you’ll find another quality clip of a track called “We Don’t Serve Their Kind” from the recent Australian tour that’s worth checking out:

BRANT BJORK and The Low Desert Punk Band to Hit the Road With COC and B’last

Solo Album Set For Release This Fall on Napalm Records

BRANT BJORK and The Low Desert Punk Band will be hitting the road later this month alongside COC and B’LAST. The dates begin August 21st in Salt Lake Utah and are set to run through September 1st in Vancouver, BC. A European tour is scheduled for October. All dates can be found below.

It was recently announced that BRANT BJORK signed with Napalm Records and is currently working on a new album due out this fall. BB will be playing songs from the upcoming record and some “Low Desert Punk” classics.

BRANT BJORK commented on the tour:

“I am super stoked and honored to be part of this legendary line up with COC and B’last! Not only will we be rocking but it is always great to tour with friends.”

Known for his work as a founding member of Kyuss and more recently for his work with John Garcia in VISTA CHINO, BRANT BJORK has had quite an eventful career as a founder of record labels (El Camino and Duna Records) and world-renowned producer. In addition to founding the record labels, playing, touring and recording, BRANT also works as a producer and has worked with many amazing artists throughout the years including teaming up with LAB (featuring ex Bl’ast members), Fatso Jetson, Fu Manchu and re-uniting with Nick Oliveri in Mondo Generator.

More info regarding the new album coming this fall on Napalm Records will be revealed soon.

BRANT BJORK and The Low Desert Punk Band
8/21: Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
8/22: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
8/23: Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
8/24: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
8/26: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
8/27: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
8/28: San Francisco, CA @ DNA
8/29: Santa Cruz CA @ Catalyst

European Tour:
10/2: Vienna, Austria @ Arena
10/3: Milan, Italy @ Bloom
10/4: Pratteln, Switzerland @ Z7 (Up in Smoke Festival)
10/6: Stuttgart, Germany @ Universum
10/7: Paris, France @ Glazart
10/8: Amsterdam, Holland @ Melkweg
10/10: Cologne, Germany @ Underground
10/11: Berlin, Germany @ C-Club
10/12: Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix (Desertfest)
10/13: Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
10/15: Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
10/16: Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Strand
10/17: Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
10/19: Leeds, United Kingdom @ Belgrave
10/20: Bristol, United Kingdom @ Exchange
10/21: Southampton, United Kingdom @ Joiners
10/22: London, United Kingdom @ Garage

For More Info Visit:
http://www.brantbjork.com
http://www.napalmrecords.com
http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords

Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk, “We Don’t Serve Their Kind” Live in Melbourne, May 25, 2014

 

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Amenra to Release Split with Madensuyu; New Video Posted; Acoustic Shows Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 11th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Many doings in the camp of Belgian post-metallers Amenra, it would seem. The six-piece outfit will release a new split with Madensuyu on Consouling Sounds, they’ve announced acoustic shows in September, and they have a new video for their acoustic version of the track “Razoreater.” The original, very-much-plugged, version of “Razoreater” appeared on Amenra‘s 2008 outing, Mass IIII, and their new split will be one of four released so far in 2014 — they also have a live record out — so it’s safe to say Amenra are keeping busy. Their last full-length, Mass V, came out in 2012 on Neurot Recordings.

The PR wire brings tales of recent doings, and of course that video, which is fittingly gloomy:

Belgium’s Amenra Release New Music Video | Announce New Split Release

Belgium post-metal/sludge outfit AMENRA has just released a new music video for the acoustic version of their track “Razoreater”, which was directed by Nathalie Teirlinck of independent production company Savage Film.

The live recording was recorded by Lander Cluyse at Hearse Studio, Belgium and mastered by Chris Common (Isis, Chelsea Wolfe) at Twin Hills, US and is set to appear on a new picture split 10” with fellow countrymen Madensuyu to be released by Consouling Sounds this Friday, August 15th.

Pre-orders are still available at the following location: http://consouling.be/album/amenra-madensuyu-split-10-picture-disc

Meanwhile, Amera will play a string of acoustic shows in September throughout Belgium and Germany. More details will be announced soon.

UP AND COMING SHOWS

FRI 15/08: HEVY FEST, KENT UK w/ Oathbreaker
SAT 30/08: EIGEN TEELT, MAASMECHELEN BE w/ Raketkanon

THU 4/09
FRI 12/09: MARLCAVE, RIEMST BE – AFTERLIFE ACOUSTIC
SAT 20/09: BAROEG OPEN AIR, ROTTERDAM NL
FRI 26/09: FOREST, Can’Art KUURNE BE w/ Madensuyu
SAT 27/09: AB, BRUSSELS BE – AFTERLIFE ACOUSTIC

SAT 11/10: LÜKAZ, LÜNEN DE w/ Oathbreaker
FRI 17/10: KUBOX, KUURNE BE w/ Steak Number Eight
SAT 25/10: INTO THE VOID, LEEUWARDEN NL

SAT 01/11: VULCAN ARENA, OSLO NO

more tbc

www.churchofra.com
www.ritualofra.com
www.consouling.be

Amenra, “Razoreater (Acoustic)” official video

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Temples Festival 2015 Adds Converge as First Headliner

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

Temples Festival made a pretty impressive debut in 2014 with Neurosis, Electric Wizard and Clutch as headliners, and it seems they’ll continue their push into the underground festival marketshare next year as well. There are some impressive names on their lineup so far — Goatsnake, Triptykon, Pig Destroyer, etc. — and a few I’d have a hard time caring less about if you paid me — incidentally, I’m available for hire in this capacity — but the one name you need to see to know these cats mean business is Bongzilla.

A Bongzilla reunion, whether it takes place only at Temples or at other fests too, puts the Bristol-based gathering in the league of events that doesn’t only assemble bands to play, but that makes something special happen as well. It’s the first I’m hearing of a Bongzilla reunion at all, so I’ll be interested to discover in the coming weeks how far they’re going with it as more dates are (at least potentially) announced. Either way, that’s obviously a welcome name to see on a lineup anywhere.

The announcement went out earlier via Thee Facebooks, and it looked like this:

Patrons of Temples Festival,

Please welcome our first headliner of 2015, performing in Bristol for the first time ever as their only UK show of 2015; the legendary Converge.

Converge will be joined on our Main Stage by an onslaught of prestigious bands (including both Nails & Trap Them) on Friday May 29th – which, at the risk of perpetuating stereotypical promoter hype……is gearing up to be one of the most chaotic line-ups the UK will ever witness.

Furthermore, please welcome another 17 bands to the Temples Festival 2015 line-up (in no set order);

PIG DESTROYER
TRIPTYKON
GOATSNAKE
NAILS
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
BONGZILLA
TORCHE
MAGRUDERGRIND
TODAY IS THE DAY
PORTAL
TRAP THEM
WILL HAVEN
BOLZER
IMPETUOUS RITUAL
GOATWHORE
CELESTE
LENG T’CHE

With an additional 55 artists yet to be announced, including both our Saturday and Sunday headliners – Temples Festival 2015 is firmly on track to match the calibre of artists on offer at our inaugural edition, and follow on with the simple theme of well-programmed & diverse underground heavy music.

Temples Festival 2015 will also include the addition of a third stage, an outdoor ale/cider bar, high-quality catering suited to both vegan and carnivore dietary requirements alike – and all set within the confines of one of the most unique and versatile venues in the UK. This truly is shaping up to be something monumental.

Weekend Tickets are now available from www.templesfestival.co.uk, Day Tickets will not be released until later in the year.

Again, we’re expecting you…….

- Temples HQ

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Neurosis, “We all Rage in Gold” Live at Temples Festival 2014

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Snailking to Release Storm on Sept. 15

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

If you don’t immediately recall Swedish trio Snailking‘s three-song Consouling Sounds debut/demo from back in 2012, Samsara (review here), the prevailing impression was a YOB-style cosmic doom, psychedelic, heavy, exploratory and cohesive. It was an impressive first outing, and today the PR wire brings news of a follow-up. Storm, also to be issued through Consouling Sounds, is due out Sept. 15.

They’re streaming a new track, “Premonitions,” that you can hear below, and whether you’re familiar with their past offering or not, it’s worth checking out. Some of the Mike Scheidt-style riffing remains — that pull-back and lurch-forward approach with hints of melody snuck in — Snailking, who are named after Ufomammut‘s landmark 2004 album, distinguish themselves with multiple vocalists and through the smoothness with which they execute the build that comprises more than the second half of the song. The ending of “Premonitions” is also notable for its noisy drone that, it’s easy enough to imagine, serves as a direct tie to “Slithering,” which follows in the tracklisting given below. If Snailking are looking to present Storm as a whole work, that tells us something else about what we might expect from the new release. I’ll hope to find out if that’s how it goes.

Deference to the PR wire:

Sweden’s Snailking Announce New Album; Reveal Brand New Track

Swedish-based sludge/doom trio SNAILKING will release their debut full-length album “Storm” via Consouling Sounds on September 15th.

Take a listen to the first audio insight, the album’s second track “Premonitions” right here.

The five-song album features the artwork of Swedish artist Johan Leion (www.johanleion.com) and will be available on two different formats, a CD version featuring an extra track and a 12” LP version limited to 300 copies that also includes the CD. Pre-orders for “Storm” will be available soon at: http://consouling.be

See the full tracklisting below.

1. To Wonder
2. Premonitions
3. Slithering
4. Requiem
5. Void

http://www.snailking.se
http://www.facebook.com/SnailkingSWE
http://snailking.bandcamp.com
http://www.consouling.be
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Consouling-Sounds/77101481816
http://twitter.com/consouling

Snailking, “Premonitions”

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Uta Plotkin Announces Departure from Witch Mountain

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 7th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Bit of a blindside here but I guess that kind of thing can’t be helped. On the eve of Witch Mountain releasing Mobile of Angels, their third album since coming back in 2011 with South of Salem (review here), vocalist Uta Plotkin has announced her intention to leave the band following their upcoming fall US tour with Nik Turner’s Hawkwind and HederslebenPlotkin, whose bluesy singing style and powerful delivery has greatly helped the Portland outfit further their doomly cause these last three years, will leave a significant void in the front of the stage, though Witch Mountain have stated their intention to continue anyway, guitarist Rob Wrong and drummer Nate Carson having started the band together in the late ’90s and released the full-length Come the Mountain in 2001 before a 10-year break.

I’m loath to pilfer news from anyone — and feel inclined to acknowledge the irony that the story broke via Revolver, whose “the hottest chicks in metal” undermines the legitimacy of singers like Plotkin and other players more or less every time it’s published — but this is a big story and worth spreading, considering that any change of frontperson is bound to have a sizable impact on the personality and style of Witch Mountain as a whole. It will be interesting to see what and who they come back with, but as they rightly point out, Witch Mountain was a band before Plotkin, so it’s not unreasonable to think it can be a band after. If anyone at Revolver is pissed at the cut and paste, I apologize, but at least I gave credit and linked back to the original story.

Obviously, best of luck to Plotkin on her next endeavor, whatever that may be, and to Witch Mountain for the reconstruction process. Text from Revolver, plus the tour dates:

Frontwoman Uta Plotkin to Leave Witch Mountain after Release of New Album, ‘Mobile of Angels’

Witch Mountain’s upcoming fourth album, ‘Mobile of Angels,’ and their summer shows with Nik Turner’s Hawkwind will be their last record and tour, respectively, with lead singer Uta Plotkin. The new album will be unleashed by Profound Lore Records in North America September 30, and via Svart Records in Europe and beyond. ‘Mobile of Angels’ was produced by producer Billy Anderson, tracked and mixed in Type Foundry studios Portland, OR.

“It’s been a rewarding experience being in Witch Mountain,” says Plotkin, who joined the group in 2009. “I’ve met many wonderful people and helped make a lot of great music but after three albums I feel it’s time for me to move on to new projects, musical and otherwise. My creative spirit has always been a restless one. I hope our fans continue to enjoy our music and support Witch Mountain in its future incarnations.”

“We love and support Uta in whatever direction her life takes her,” the remaining members of Witch Mountain comment. “Our collaboration with her over the last five years, three albums, and hundreds of shows has been a privilege. But the band existed long before we met her and will continue into the future. Somewhere in this wide world is a voice with the talent and ambition to help Witch Mountain continue to improve as we have with each new release and passing year. Someone (male or female) will eventually send us a demo that brings us to tears. Until then, we remain focused on our final tour with Uta, and promoting our brand new album. Thanks to all for your support.”

If you want to catch Uta Plotkin with Witch Mountain on stage, please mark your calendar because this is your last chance:

NIK TURNER’S HAWKWIND + WITCH MOUNTAIN + HEDERSLEBEN
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2014

Tue 8/26 – Oakland, CA – Uptown
Wed 8/27 – Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room
Thu 8/28 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Fri 8/29 – Tucson, AZ – Hotel Congress
Sat 8/30 – Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
Mon 9/01 – Austin, TX – Red 7
Tue 9/02 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
Wed 9/03 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree
Thu 9/04 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Cafe
Fri 9/05 – Lafayette, GA – Meltasia Fest
Sat 9/06 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Fest*
Sun 9/07 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
Mon 9/08 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
Tue 9/09 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot and Saddle
Wed 9/10 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
Thu 9/11 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Fri 9/12 – Boston, MA – Middle East
Sun 9/14 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Mon 9/15 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison
Tue 9/16 – Rochester, NY – Bug Jar
Wed 9/17 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
Thu 9/18 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
Fri 9/19 – Rock Island, IL – RIBCO
Sat 9/20 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club*
Sun 9/21 – Saint Paul, MN – Turf Club
Mon 9/22 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret*
Tue 9/23 – Saskatoon, SK – Vangelis Tavern
Wed 9/24 – Calgary, AB – Palomino
Fri 9/26 – Vancouver, BC – Venue (early evening show)
Sat 9/27 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
Sun 9/28 – Portland, OR – Star Theater

*no Hedersleben

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http://witchmountain.bandcamp.com/
https://www.profoundlorerecords.com/

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Nocturnal Poisoning’s Doomgrass Available to Preorder

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 7th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Oh, what a difference a decade can make. 2004 was Scott Conner‘s most productive year working with the name Malefic under the Xasthur banner, with two full-lengths, a demo and splits with other US black metal pioneers Leviathan and Nachtmystium, as well as Denmark’s Nortt and Germany’s Angra Mainyu, all out by the time the year was done. Conner was prolific as Xasthur until putting the project to rest in 2010, but never quite with the same intensity.

10 years later, Conner is readying the third album from his acoustic/bluegrass outfit, Nocturnal Poisoning – also the name of the first Xasthur album — for release via The End RecordsDoomgrass is available now to preorder from the label and will be out Oct. 7.

NOCTURNAL POISONING SET TO RELEASE NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM DOOMGRASS VIA THE END RECORDS OUT OCTOBER 7TH

PRE-ORDERS NOW AVAILABLE!

Widely known as a pioneer within the often isolated world of black metal, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Scott Conner has forged ahead to once again reshape what the music community may come to expect from him with Nocturnal Poisoning’s third full-length album – Doomgrass.

Scheduled for release on October 7 via The End Records, Doomgrass is a distinctive, demanding, and altogether rewarding listening experience, one that finds Conner using country and bluegrass guitar playing techniques as well as American folk music weaving dark yet melodious arrangements that are dissonant and melancholic.

Rhythms of finger-picked guitars layered upon each other ebb and flow throughout creating a stirring and galvanic atmosphere, while the vocals are delivered by Robert N. in a bluesy, chant-like style, gritty but clean, adding yet another layer to Nocturnal Poisoning’s unconventional sound.

“I think Doomgrass is probably the most fearless record I’ve done,” says Conner. “I think a lot of the ‘melancholic and ethereal’ elements have taken a backseat and more of a country, western, murky side is coming out in the music more, with a touch of doom, of course. I can learn and change as I go along with Nocturnal Poisoning; and this new album is an indication of that. Third time’s the charm and I think I have the hang of what I want to do now more than ever and how to get the results.”

As the creative force and sole member of Xasthur, the highly influential black metal project that Conner launched back in 1996, while never playing a single show, he went on to release a total of eight studio albums before dissolving the Xasthur project in 2010 to afford him the time to pursue more challenging musical endeavors, namely Nocturnal Poisoning (a name taken from Xasthur’s first official album released in 2002).

PRE-ORDER ‘DOOMGRASS’ NOW!

01. Slowly Passing Through
02. Prisoners Of Their Own Needs
03. Doomgrass
04. Starstruck By Garbage
05. Bet It All
06. Source Of Survival
07. Fight For Another Life
08. Illusion Of Worth
09. Old Light
10. Closure In Reach
11. Vagrant, Seeker Of Empty Treasures
12. Can’t Find The Sky
13. Running Out Of Highways
14. Question The Screen

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Nocturnal Poisoning, Song from Doomgrass

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The Midnight Ghost Train Sign to Napalm Records; September Tour Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 6th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Heartfelt congratulations to The Midnight Ghost Train on signing with Napalm Records. The simple fact is there isn’t a damn thing the nigh-on-nomadic Topeka, Kansas, trio has got that they haven’t earned, whether it’s playing Roadburn and Desertfest and Freak Valley and others or stomping their way across the US alongside Truckfighters or whoever might think they’re up for keeping pace. Guitarist/vocalist Steve Moss and drummer Brandon Burghart – joined now by bassist Mike Boyne – have become one of American heavy rock’s most bombastic live acts the old fashioned way, honing their craft night after night on a seemingly endless string of tours.

As such, when news like the fact that they’ve been picked up to issue their recently-recorded new album, Cold was the Ground, through a high-profile imprint like Napalm, it gets a hearty “fuck yeah” from me. It’s excellent to see hard work being rewarded.

True to form, the announcement comes bundled with a new string of tour dates for next month. Dig it:

ATTENTION: THE BIG BIG NEWS IS IN.

We are unbelievably proud to announce that The Midnight Ghost Train has just now officially signed with one of the BIGGEST heavy music labels in the world… NAPALM RECORDS. Napalm will be releasing our new album “Cold Was The Ground” on vinyl, CD and digital.

Thank you to all the fans that been sticking with us over the years, and has helped to make our band grow. Now it’s time to do some major damage in the ROCK world.

SOME MORE EXCITING NEWS: Here is the schedule of our two week USA tour. Its a short run we know, but its gonna be a damn good one. Got some great cities and shows for this tour. Gonna be a blast. Check out the poster mark your calendars and be sure to spread the word.

09/04 Secret Show Topeka, KS
09/05 The Bay Warrensburg, MO
09/06 5th Quarter Indianapolis, IN
09/07 Blind Bob’s Dayton, OH
09/08 The Bug Jar Rochester, NY
09/11 31st St. Pub Pittsburgh, PA
09/12 Bar Matchless Brooklyn, NY
09/13 Rosie & The Rockers Washington D.C.
09/14 The Milestone Charlotte, NC
09/17 The Handlebar Pensacola, FL
09/18 The Station Madison, AL
09/19 Ol’ Tavern Jackson, MS
09/20 The Wild Salmon Lafayette, LA

We’re coming.

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http://www.napalmrecords.com/

The Midnight Ghost Train, Live at London Desertfest 2014

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At Devil Dirt Release Plan B: Sin Revolución no hay Evolución on Vinyl

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 6th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Truth be told, I’m happy to get the below news about the vinyl release of At Devil Dirt‘s 2013 full-length, Plan B: Sin Revolución no hay Evolución (review here), if only because it gives me an excuse to break out the record and listen to it again. I dug the hell out of Plan B: Sin Revolución no hay Evolución when it was released initially on CD and download, and it seems to me that the big low-end tone of the Chilean guitar/drum two-piece is perfectly suited to a substantial platter like that on which Bilocation Records is serving it, so yeah, call it a good match and call me glad to dig into the Bandcamp stream again. Everybody wins.

Only 100 copies are available in clear/purple and 200 more in solid purple. You know the drill with limited vinyl. It goes. You might note the 13-minute track “40 Years Ago” and the Beatles cover “Across the Universe” are left off the LP tracklisting, no doubt for spacial concerns. Here’s the rundown courtesy of the PR wire:

AT DEVIL DIRT “Plan B: Sin Revolución no hay Evolución” officially out on vinyl

This dynamic duo (just vocals, guitar and drums) hails from Chile and delivers ultimate heaviness excellently combined with great melodies. Some call it Beatles doom, some call it a mixture of Kyuss and Pink Floyd, some say fans of bands like Torche will love their music … well, to get a real idea you’ll have no other choice than browsing their full album below and listen for yourself. And always remember this sounds even more awesome on high quality 180g vinyl!

VINYL FACTZ
- 100x clear with purple haze (EXCLUSIVE MAILORDER version)
– 200x solid purple
– all high-quality heavy 180g vinyl pressed in Germany
– matt laquered 300gsm gatefold cover
– handnumbered

TRACKS
A1. Don’t see you Around 5:31
A2. Conscience 4:16
A3. People Raise Again 4:32
A4. Mommy 4:54
A5. Sin Revolución no hay Evolución 3:20

B1. There’s not a God or a Devil 4:52
B2. The Caravan of Death 3:26
B3. The Marching Crowd 3:57
B4. I lost my Guide 5:40
B5. Time to flee 3:12
Total: 43:40

Available at: 180g Vinyl AT DEVIL DIRT

http://atdevildirt.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/atdevildirt
http://shop.bilocationrecords.com/

At Devil Dirt, Plan B: Sin Revolución no hay Evolución

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Megaton Leviathan Ready Past 21: Beyond the Arctic Cell for Release on Seventh Rule

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

If you didn’t hear Megaton Leviathan‘s Water Wealth Hell on Earth (review here) when it was released in 2011, you’re probably going to want to stop reading this sentence immediately and get to whatever outlet will allow you to put it in your ears the fastest. An all-consuming wash of psych-doom experimentation that called forth black metal’s buzz but expanded the scope beyond genre confines. There were times throughout that album where it was simply too much to take, but wow, what a sound.

Band spearhead Andrew James Costa Reuscher has had a few limited releases out since then, and there was first discussion of an allegiance with Seventh Rule — now also based in Portland, OR — back in late 2012, but not much word has come out of a new album since. Enter Past 21: Beyond the Arctic Cell as the first Megaton Leviathan full-length in three years and mark me down as on-fucking-board. As you can see in the live clip below, the drone wash is in full effect, and Megaton Leviathan offer all the ritual with none of the “cult” silliness of many of their contemporaries. Much as they have any.

Past 21: Beyond the Arctic Cell is out Sept. 9:

MEGATON LEVIATHAN: Psychedelic Doom Masters Release Sophomore Full-Length Via Seventh Rule Next Month; Summer Live Performances Confirmed

The only constant is change. Standing in stark contrast to the droning, gorgeous slabs of psychedelic and atmospherically infused doom that comprise the aural output of MEGATON LEVIATHAN, the band itself has been in a constant state of flux since its inception in 2007. By the end of 2012, despite the official announcement of a new album, not only that album, but the fate of the entire project itself were positioned beneath a very precariously dangled sword. Circumstance and internal conflict nearly saw the band’s next major release a specter with no corporeal form. However, after a redoubling of effort, a reshuffling of the deck and some inevitable missteps along the way, MEGATON LEVIATHAN’s second full length album, Past 21: Beyond The Arctic Cell, has emerged from the chaos of its birth pangs, prepared to thoroughly swath a blazing path through the dense forest of the modern musical landscape.

Mixed by Mort Subite (V.I.I.R.L., Alfheimr, Benighted in Sodom live), MEGATON LEVIATHAN’s newest resident thaumaturgist, Past 21 is a near lethal dose of solemn audio narcotic, shifting the listener somewhere outside the realm of space-time for the duration of its dissociative transduction from speakers to brain. Glacial, yet burning with divine fire, Past 21′s spell is simultaneously whispered in a hallowed chapel, and torn from a throat rent by the gnashing of teeth.

Past 21: Beyond The Arctic Cell Track Listing:
1. Past 21
2. The Foolish Man
3. Arctic Cell
4. Here Come The Tears

In April of 2014, MEGATON founder and lone original member, Andrew James Costa Reuscher and Subite took Past 21 on the road for a first round of West Coast dates as a one man show/performance piece, featuring heavy visual elements, Reuscher the unifying human component, and Subite as the hidden hand, mixing live audio. MEGATON LEVIATHAN later tapped V.I.I.R.L. drummer Markus Covello to join the onstage lineup. With Reuscher handling vocal and guitar operations, and Subite continuing his live audio duties, this revamped, three-man cast will form the core of the MEGATON LEVIATHAN live experience for the duration of the forthcoming West Coast dates surrounding Deadfest in Oakland where the band will perform alongside the likes of Ephemeros, Connoisseur, Augurs and more. See confirmed dates below.

MEGATON LEVIATHAN Live 2014:
8/09/2014 Megaton House (cassette release show) – Portland, OR
8/14/2014 Ink Annex – Eureka, CA
8/15/2014 Dead Fest – Oakland, CA
8/16/2014 Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
8/17/2014 Starlight Lounge – Sacramento, CA
8/24/2014 Hive Portland, OR * LP Release Show
8/30/2014 TBA – Bozeman, MT
8/31/2014 Black Sparrow Tattoo Club – Billings, MT
9/02/2014 TBA
9/03/2014 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI
9/04/2014 Ghost House – Bloomington, IN
9/05/2014 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN
9/06/2014 TBA
9/07/2014 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
9/08/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/09/2014 The Crown – Baltimore, MD
9/10/2014 Static Age – Asheville, NC
9/12/2014 Springwater – Nashville, TN
9/14/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
9/15/2014 TBA – Austin, TX
9/16/2014 TBA – Dallas, TX
9/18/2014 Bar Bar – Denver, CO

Past 21: Beyond The Arctic Cell will be released via Seventh Rule Recordings on September 9th, 2014. Further info including track teasers to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

http://megatonleviathan.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Megaton-Leviathan/185853803548
http://www.seventhrule.com
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Megaton Leviathan, Live at First Church of the Buzzard, April 19, 2014

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