The Vintage Caravan Recording New Album Next Month

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

Icelandic heavy rocking trio The Vintage Caravan are set to hit the studio on Jan. 8 to track the follow-up to their Nuclear Blast debut, Voyage, which was released by the label earlier this year. The album, as yet untitled, is due out sometime in 2015, and the songs seem to be held over from earlier writing sessions, so it should be interesting to hear how The Vintage Caravan move forward.

Details are pretty light at the moment, but the PR wire brings some comment from the band, and there’s more to come, I’m sure:

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THE VINTAGE CARAVAN to Enter the Studio in January!

Icelandic classic rock trio THE VINTAGE CARAVAN, have announced that they will be entering the studio on January 8, 2015 to record their second album. The recording for the follow-up to 2014’s critically acclaimed Voyage, will take place in an isolated fjord, where they will set up a studio in an old ballroom and work again with producer Axel “Flexi” Árnason. Recording sessions will last 2 weeks, and a release is tentatively scheduled for the first half of 2015.

Commented the band: “The songwriting sessions have been going on since around October 2012 when our album Voyage had been out in Iceland for a month. We immediately started writing at that point so some of the songs are quite old for us. Because of that we have a bit too many songs but we intend to make this album around 10 tracks so we can put what we think are the best tracks on the album.

“Right now we are doing demos, polishing the stuff and thinking of ways to nicely add to the production of the songs.

“We are very excited to start recording this album. It’s going to be interesting to work on. The album is a bit different from our previous album – it’s a bit darker, a bit heavier, a bit more melodic but definitely all in a good way.”

The Vintage Caravan, “Expand Your Mind” official video

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High on Fire Announce East Coast Tour and Recording Plans

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

high on fire (Photo by Travis Shinn)

What’s that you say? High on Fire wanna do a quick run up the East Coast to wind up in Salem, Massachusetts, where they’ll record their next album? Who in the hell would possibly want or dare to stand in their way? The three-piece are about due in 2015 for a new full-length to follow-up 2012’s De Vermis Mysteriis (review here), and if you’re headed north, you might as well put in a week or so of shows and make a thing out of it.

Seems likely you might hear a new song or two as the band kicks themselves into top form on these dates, but whatever they decide to break out, it’s not like you lose by seeing High on Fire, ever, so what the hell? They’re coming through? It’s cold? Screw it, blood’s warm, and they’re always ready to shed a bit of that.

The PR wire brings good news:

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HIGH ON FIRE Announce North American Tour Dates

Award Winning Metal Band Set to Record Highly Anticipated New Album

Herculean hard rock heavyweights HIGH ON FIRE have announced winter 2015 tour dates. The globally celebrated heavy metal pioneers will kick off the must-see live performances on January 6 in Birmingham, AL. The just-announced run will continue with stops in Richmond, VA (Jan. 8), Brooklyn (Jan. 9) and more, running through January 14. See below for full routing and details.

Immediately following the east coast run, HIGH ON FIRE will enter Salem, Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with producer Kurt Ballou to record its new, as-yet-untitled studio album. Earlier this year, the group convened for strategic writing sessions in both New Orleans, LA and Oakland, CA, with early reports indicating the band’s new material to be both “epic” and “sonically huge”. A 2015 release date via eOne Music will be announced soon for the new LP, the follow-up to 2012’s De Vermis Mysteriis.

“Everyone is asking what the new High on Fire music sounds like,” says drummer Des Kensel. “Chew on some mescaline and listen to side B of Sabbath’s “Master of Reality” backwards at 78 RPM and it might give you an idea.”

HIGH ON FIRE tour dates:
January 6 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
January 7 West Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
January 8 Richmond, VA The Broadberry
January 9 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus Bar
January 10 Hartford, CT Webster Underground
January 11 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
January 13 Poughkeepsie, NY The Loft at The Chance Theatre
January 14 Providence, RI Simon’s 677

Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, HIGH ON FIRE creates modern heavy metal that merges primal fury and aggression, hesher bombast and hall of fame heaviness. Described as “a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume,” HIGH ON FIRE has rewritten the hard rock rule book since its formation in 1998, forging a style and sound that is both critically celebrated and absolutely unique. The group features vocalist and cult guitar hero Matt Pike — also a founding member of the famed underground band SLEEP — along with powerhouse drummer Des Kensel and talented bassist Jeff Matz. HIGH ON FIRE’s most recent studio album De Vermis Mysteriis was released on April 3, 2012.

High on Fire, Live at Truckstop Alaska, Gothenburg, Sweden, 07.30.14

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Castle are Touring the Crap out of California

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


After touring the West Coast last month with Lord Dying in support of their 2014 full-length, Under Siege, San Francisco genre-blenders Castle are set to head out again, this time exclusively in California. There aren’t many states in the union where you could do 14 dates reasonably all within their borders — maybe Texas if you want to play some gigs in some crazy-ass places — but looking at Castle‘s itinerary, it looks legit. I wouldn’t mind seeing them in Palm Desert, or in Oakland or L.A. with Borracho. Really anywhere would be fine.

Under Siege came out in May on Prosthetic Records in the US and Ván Records in Europe. Dates for the tour and Castle‘s video for “Evil Ways” follow:

castle borracho poster

CASTLE announce “California Cult” Tour

Thrash inspired Doom Metallers CASTLE have announced plans for their “California Cult” tour – an all California headlining trek beginning on January 16th, 2015 in Riverside, CA.

Following a month long Canadian headlining tour and a western US tour alongside Lord Dying, the “California Cult” tour will see CASTLE play to 15 cities across their native state in support of their most recent album “Under Siege”, released earlier this year. You can watch their newest music video for the fitting single “Evil Ways” below.

Part of the Castle “California Cult” tour – Jan 29th @ The Golden Bull in Oakland w/ DC’s Borracho and Jan 30th @Five Star Bar in LA w/ Borracho, Behold! The Monolith and The Love Below… heavy/heavy.

1/16 Riverside, CA – Back to the Grind
1/17 Palm Desert, CA – Schmidy’s
1/18 San Diego, CA – Tower Bar
1/19 Anaheim, CA – The Doll Hut
1/20 San Luis Obispo, CA – TBD
1/22 San Francisco, CA – The Eagle
1/23 Sacramento, CA – The Colony
1/24 Dunsmuir, CA – Spirits
1/25 Redding, CA – Bombays
1/27 Santa Cruz, CA – Blue Lagoon
1/28 San Jose, CA – The Rock Shop
1/29 Oakland, CA – Golden Bull
1/30 Los Angeles, CA – Five Star Bar
1/31 Ventura, CA – The Garage

Castle, “Evil Ways” official video

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Chiefs to Release Tomorrow’s Over in February

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


Tomorrow may be over, as the title of Chiefs‘ forthcoming debut full-length posits, but rest assured, yesterday yet arrived. When will then be now? Soon.

The Southern California/formerly Phoenix, Arizona, trio were heard from not all that long ago on a split with Fuzz Evil that was streamed here, and those looking for a sneak peak at what Tomorrow’s Over will hold might do well to check out their 2013 Buffalo Roam demo on Bandcamp or below as well, since all four songs from that release have been included on the album. The cover art and track info have been unveiled, as well as the Feb. 24 release date through Roosevelt Row Records — vinyl will reportedly follow in May on Battleground Records – and the PR wire has all the time-bending details one could ask.

So I’ll defer to it:

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CHIEFS: SoCal Desert-Rock Trio Announces Debut Full-Length Album, Tomorrow’s Over, Out February 24 via Roosevelt Row Records

Hot off the heels of releasing a split 7″ with Fuzz Evil through Battleground Records, SoCal desert rockers CHIEFS have returned with a debut full-length record in the bag. The album, entitled Tomorrow’s Over, was recorded at Arcane Digital Recording Studio in Chandler AZ and recorded, mixed and mastered by Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon/Unruh). The record will be out on February 24th through Roosevelt Row Records on CD/DD, with a vinyl reissue shortly thereafter.

Album artwork by David Paul Seymour.

Tomorrow’s Over Track Listing:
1. Buffalo Roam
2. Like A Match
3. Ride
4. Lows & Highs
5. Palms
6. Peel
7. Tesla
8. Sharp Shooter
9. 1999
10. Vovi
11. Tomorrow’s Over

CHIEFS originally began as a two-piece back in January of 2012 in Phoenix, AZ, but after years of releasing demos, touring and playing often around the Phoenix Valley, the duo made the decision to relocate to San Diego, CA. Shortly after, they released a four-song demo entitled Buffalo Roam, and did numerous short west-coast tours to support it. Eventually the group became a three-piece with the permanent addition of bassist Jeff Podeszwik, who filled out the low-end of the band and transformed their sound. Look for more details in the coming weeks about the band’s debut full-length, Tomorrow’s Over, and prepare yourself for to shed some California light onto the cold winter on February 24th.

Paul Valle – Vocals/Guitar
Jeff Podeszwik – Bass
Kevin Michel – Drums


Chiefs, Buffalo Roam Demo (2013)

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Monomyth Announce February UK Tour

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


Netherlands-based progressive instrumentalists Monomyth will head out on a UK tour in February to support their second album, Further. Their 2013 self-titled debut (review here) was a psych-prog joy to behold, and though I cried a little bit when I heard the Den Haag outfit had a second one and I didn’t get a copy to review — inner-tears, like any clown — they’ve nonetheless got a cause worth heralding. Seems like they’re doing so in style as well, with a lightshow and their own audio engineer and so on, giving a full experience to the shows, a couple of which have yet to be confirmed.

The tour is presented by Buried in Smoke, who announced it thusly:

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Monomyth (NL) UK Tour

Buried in Smoke are proud to present: MONOMYTH (NL) (Suburban Records)

Monomyth is a journey in sound, a psychedelic space/kraut rock journey designed to transport their audience to another state of being…

Hailing from the Hague in The Netherlands, the intention was for Monomyth to be an instrumental rock band. The members also wanted to present their music as a total experience, a collective statement from five very diverse people which include a producer, a sound technician, a monitor mixer, a lighting engineer, a DJ and a sonologist.

MONOMYTH will drag you inside their cosmic playground. Enter an arena where there is no more time or space, simply the vacuum in which communication is operated on a higher level. You can enter in two ways . . . simply by closing your eyes and letting the instrumental music transport you, or with eyes wide open as you descend into the mind staggering light show.

Tour dates:

Thurs 19th Feb – The Moon Club, Cardiff
Fri 20th Feb – Tbc, Oxford
Sat 21st Feb – The Anvil, Bournemouth
Sun 22nd Feb – tbc
Mon 23rd Feb – The Macbeth, London
Tues 24th Feb – The Compass, Chester
Wed 25th Feb – Alfie Birds, Birmingham
Thurs 26th Feb – Bannermans, Edinburgh
Fri 27th Feb – tbc

Monomyth, Further (2014)

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Karma to Burn Confirm North American Tour Dates; Announce Arch Stanton US Release

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 10th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

karma to burn

West Virginian instrumental institution Karma to Burn are kicking off a month of North American touring on Jan. 7 and by astounding coincidence, that same date will mark the official US release of their latest album, Arch Stanton (review here). That record saw issue earlier this year on FABA/Deepdive Records, and it will be the former who reportedly will handle the American pressing, which the trio seem fit to hand deliver from city to city on their cross-country (plus Montreal and Vancouver!) run.

It’s a hell of a slog and while I’m sure places like Albuquerque and Mesa, Arizona, will be vaguely tolerable in January, I don’t think anyone could accuse Karma to Burn of going easy on themselves this time out. The band has spent much of the last several years focusing on Europe, but it seems they’re ready to dive headfirst back into the North American market. Hard not to root for them in the endeavor.

I had thought it was only for those on their mailing list, but it looks like they’ve also made a warts-and-all live recording from an earlier-2014 London gig available for free download as well, as the PR wire informs:

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KARMA TO BURN: Instrumental Stoner Rock Legends Announce 2015 North American Tour Dates; Arch Stanton To See Stateside Release Next Month

West Virginia instrumental stoner rock legends, KARMA TO BURN, will bring their bong-ripping riffery and glassy-eyed grooves to the stage next month on a mammoth live expedition. Scheduled to launch on January 7th, 2015 in Ohio, the band will crumble thirty-three stages across the US and Canada, coming to a close in their home state on February 13th, 2015. The band will be joined by special guests, Canadian riff rockers, Sierra. In the meantime, turn up and tune out to the sounds of KARMA TO BURN deafening London earlier this year. The show is downloadable for a limited time at THIS LOCATION.

KARMA TO BURN — guitarist Will Mecum, bassist Rob Halkett and drummer Evan Devine — will be touring in support of their Arch Stanton long player. Unleashed in Europe this Summer via Switzerland-based Faba Records, Arch Stanton is the band’s sixth studio album and third since reforming following their seven-year hiatus in 2009. Reminiscent of their now iconic Wild Wonderful Purgatory and Almost Heathen offerings, on Arch Stanton, KARMA TO BURN channels the true spirit of the riff rock ritual with seven monumental new shredders and “23,” a classic number never before heard, re-recorded for the first time ever.

1/07/2015 Ripper’s Rock House – Akron, OH
10/8/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
1/09/2015 31st Street Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
1/10/2015 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
1/11/2015 Casa Del Popolo – Montreal, QC
1/12/2015 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
1/13/2015 Geno’s Rock Club – Portland, ME
1/14/2015 TT the Bear’s – Cambridge, MA
1/15/2015 The Shaskeen – Manchester, NH
1/16/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
1/18/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
1/19/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
1/20/2015 Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC
1/21/2015 The Earl = East Atlanta, GA
1/22/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
1/23/2015 Mangos – Houston, TX
1/24/2015 Mohawk – Austin, TX
1/25/2015 Double Wide – Dallas, TX
1/27/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
1/28/2015 The Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
1/30/2015 Loaded – Hollywood, CA
1/31/2015 Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
2/01/2015 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
2/03/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/04/2015 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
2/06/2015 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/07/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID
2/08/2015 Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT
2/09/2015 Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO
2/10/2015 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
2/11/2015 Fubar – St Louis, MO
2/12/2015 Red Line Tap – Chicago, IL
2/13/2015 123 Pleasant Street – Morgantown, WV

In conjunction with band’s tour kick off, KARMA TO BURN’s Arch Stanton will see official North American release via Faba Records on January 7th, 2014.

KARMA TO BURN on Facebook

Karma to Burn, “57”

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When the Deadbolt Breaks Announce Video Release Show Jan. 2

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 10th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

when the deadbolt breaks

Supporting their massive 2013 release, Drifting Towards the Edge of the Earth, Connecticut doomers When the Deadbolt Breaks will have a new video out next month for the song “The Woods are Full of Killers” — if the band has a theme, it’s “threat” — and they’ve booked a release party to mark the occasion. They seem to have undergone another shift in lineup as well, as will happen, around guitarist, vocalist and founding songwriter Aaron Lewis, whose photography will be on show at the Jan. 2 show at The Reserve in Meriden, CT, at which Buzzard Canyon, another of his projects, will also play. Does that count as triple duty? Double duty with bands and a photo gallery? I think it might.

While we debate the finer points of what does or doesn’t qualify as “duty,” you can check out the info for the show below, as well as the song “The Woods are Full of Killers” itself, which is all droney and mindwarpy and creepy in that special way that When the Deadbolt Breaks do so well:

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On January 2 When the Deadbolt Breaks will be releasing our 2nd video for from our 2013 album, “Drifting Towards the Edge of the Earth” for the “the woods are full of killers “. The concept behind this video came from a photo shoot idea I (Lounge SevenZeroEight Photography., had been developing for quite some time. While we were shooting a video I also did a photo shoot with all the girls involved.

January 2 will also be a gallery showing as well as the live video viewing at The Reserve in Meriden CT. This gallery will include 3 large shoots that I’ve done over the past couple years but nobody has seen yet. I was waiting for the right time. The Blood Angel shoot, The Dark Deception shoot, and the shoot that coincides with the video. After January 2, EarSplit Promotions, Ear One Productions and 313 Inc Artist Management Will release the video worldwide.

When the Deadbolt Breaks, “The Woods are Full of Killers”

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Sweat Lodge Sign to Ripple Music; Debut Album Talismana Due Early 2015

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 10th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

sweat lodge

Austin heavy rockers Sweat Lodge will release their debut full-length, Talismana, on Ripple Music. The well-vested four-piece are streaming the song “Slow Burn (Reprise)” from the album on their Bandcamp, and in a little over two minutes, it gives a sense of psychedelic flourish on top of a big-riffed rollout, echoing vocals and a cool experimental vibe. I bet they’d kill it on a show with The Well.

No exact release date for Talismana yet, but I’ve seen both “early 2015″ and “Spring 2015,” so let’s say sometime before June? Super.

The PR wire brings context:

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SWEAT LODGE: Austin Heavy Psych Act Signs With Ripple Music; New Track From Upcoming Album Talismana Streaming Now On Bandcamp

Austin, TX’s heavy psychedelic act SWEAT LODGE has signed with Ripple Music and their new album, Talismana, will be out in early 2015. Keep an eye out for more details in the coming weeks, but for now, you can get a taste of the new album by clearing yourself an area to rock out and streaming the infectiously groovy track “Slow Burn” on Bandcamp.

Sweat Lodge are aptly named, as the sound produced by this Austin TX, vibe tribe is best experienced in a dark, smoke filled room. Eschewing modern tendencies in heavy music to rely on brute force, the group combines epic, technical songwriting with enough neolithic heaviness to keep the cavemen happy. Beginning as a bass/drums/vox trio in summer 2010, the band developed a groove-laden sound that relied on Caleb Dawson’s heavy yet nuanced backbeat and the saturated tone of Austin “The Shock” Shockley’s gnarled bass-fuzz, laying the foundation for singer Cody Lee’s soaring vocals. As heard on their cardinal self-titled 7” recorded the following year with Orville Neeley (OBN III’s, Bad Sports etc.) the tight, dynamic rhythm section and commanding vocals deliver the songs expertly, but their ambition to expand sonically would require the addition of 6-string guitar. Enter guitarist Javier Gardea and permanent addition to the groups lineup,guitarist Dustin Anderson,who play off of one another to create a web of intricate melodic sections matched with one-ton riffs and passages of hypnotic psychedelia. In the two years since,the group’s sound has gotten bigger and better, culminating in the recording of the group’s first LP.

The debut full-length Talismana tackles the ponderous concept of man finding his place in the universe and the many physical and spiritual hurdles one faces in the process. In using the concept of the talisman as protection against evil and vice as well as a catalyst for change in the self and society as a whole, frontman Lee uses his songs as a platform to address the metaphysical and psychological plight of modern man through the lense of ancient wisdom and magical practice. Much like the ceremonial lodge which inspired their name, the music of Sweat Lodge offers enlightenment and purification to those who can stand the heat.

Look for more info on Talismana, Sweat Lodge’s Ripple Music debut album, in the coming weeks!

Sweat Lodge on Facebook

Sweat Lodge, “Slow Burn (Reprise)”

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USA out of Vietnam Announce US Tour Dates

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


Montreal five-piece USA out of Vietnam released their Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes earlier this year, probably not thinking at the time how prescient it was as a summary of 2014’s world news, and they’ll head out on tour come janvier to support it. It’s a quick kick around the northeast, which will probably suck to do in January, but a bold undertaking nonetheless for the stylistically adventurous outfit, whose experimental vibing, post-rock wash and heavier roll blended seamlessly on the album, which is on that list of records I should’ve reviewed if I wasn’t always posting tour dates and the like. Fuck time. Fuck unemployment. Fuck the weather. The list goes on.

You should watch the video below, directed by Amy Torok. Or at least not be a chump and check out the song.

The PR wire’s got a thing, you’ve got a thing. Everybody’s got a thing:

usa out of vietnam art


Montreal quintet, USA Out Of Vietnam (USAOOVN) have announced they will be supporting The Besnard Lakes on a short U.S. tour this forthcoming January.

The friendship between the two bands dates back to USA Out Of Vietnam’s inception. This musical reciprocity between the bands is many. This includes Besnard’s Jace Lasek recording tracks on the USAOOVN debut while Besnard bassist, Olga Goreas has filled in as live bassist and vocalist. USAOOVN singer/guitarist Son Of Fogman returned the favor by filling in on guitar for live shows with the Besnards as well as contributing guitar on their record ” …Are The Dark Horse.

Something else the bands have in common is their experimental approach to music while still incorporating melodic elements. USA Out Of Vietnam has been gathering steam in the U.S. since the release of their debut full-length, Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes earlier this year.

The album released in North America by New Damage Records (Ken Mode, Biblical) displays the band’s ability to weave a myriad of influences through each song, which includes elements of black metal, doom, drone, minimalist composition, sludge, post-rock, shoe-gaze, dream pop and classic seventies radio dial gold. 

A trip in the true sense of the word, Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes utilizes over 15 guest musicians (including Montreal singer/songwriter Patrick Watson who contributes treated vocal loops on two songs here). Appearances by Brass sections, string sections, piano, spoken word, vocoder, vintage synths, sampled noises and more contribute to the whole of this album.

Confirmed tour dates with The Besnard Lakes appear below.

1/22 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
1/23 Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater
1/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC
1/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Black Box
1/26 New Haven, CT @ Café Nine
1/27 Winooski, VT @ Monkey House

More info:

USA out of Vietnam, “Leg of Lamb” official video

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Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band Added to Desertfest Berlin 2015

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

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Damn near impossible to argue with the Desertfest Berlin 2015 lineup at this point. We’ve hit the stage in band-adds where you just have to toss up your hands and be like, “Well, okay, whoever they bring in at this point, it’s gonna be good.” With Red Fang and Orange Goblin among the headliners, plus Acid King — who’ll have a new album out by then — and My Sleeping Karma and Black Pyramid and Lo-Pan and The Atomic Bitchwax and so many others, it’s basically a heavy rocker’s dreamteam of European and American acts coming together. What’s not to like, except maybe the cost of airfare and a hotel in Berlin?

The latest to join the bunch? None other than the godfather of desert groove himself, Brant Bjork. He’ll be taking his Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band on the road again in support of 2014’s Black Power Flower (review here), which is out now on Napalm.

Announcement follows, courtesy of Desertfest Berlin 2015:

brant bjork desertfest berlin 2015

We are thrilled to tell you that MR. Brant Bjork and his LOW DESERT PUNKS are confirmed to headline friday night at DesertFest Berlin 2015! The band had put on such mindblowing shows during their last tour, that there was no question: we really wanted them and we are sure that you do too!

So come on you “freaks of nature” join BRANT BJORK AND THE LOW DESERT PUNK BAND in Berlin and “Let the truth be known…”

Grab your HARD-TICKET + T-SHIRT while you still can on! Only 100 left, and this offer lasts until December 18th only. You can also get a PRINT-AT-HOME TICKET on the same page if you prefere.

DESERTFEST BERLIN #4 – APRIL 23th, 24th, 25th 2015

Red Fang + Orange Goblin + Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band + Acid King + My Sleeping Karma + Black Pyramid + Karma To Burn + Brutus + Dopethrone + The Atomic Bitchwax + Lo-Pan + The Picturebooks + Dirty Fences + Mountain Witch + Mother Engine + many many more acts:)

Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band, Black Power Flower preview

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Roadburn 2015: Individual Day Tickets Available

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

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I guess I hadn’t seen the full day-by-day breakdown of Roadburn 2015 all in one place yet, but it’s fairly staggering. With a few bands still to be added here and there, the fest has put together yet another astonishing weekend, topped off by special flourishes like a career-spanning Anathema set on Sunday, The Heads as artists-in-residence, Enslaved and Wardruna‘s Skuggsja collaboration, two sets from Bongripper and a live soundtrack by Goblin for Dawn of the Dead. If those things I just listed alone were the festival, you’d have to call it a win, but they’re barely the start of it.

Since as even the fest will tell you the lineup for Roadburn 2015 is all over the place, they’ve made tickets for each of the four dates available separately. Notification came in via the PR wire, and you can click the posters below to pop up the lineup for each day:

Roadburn Festival: Day Tickets Now On Sale

Roadburn Festival is pleased to announce that – for the first time since 2007 – day tickets will be available to purchase for the 2015 edition of the festival. For the last few years entrance to Roadburn has been sold as either a three day ticket, or a four day ticket which includes the last day of the festival, known as The Afterburner (with single day tickets available for The Afterburner too). The twentieth anniversary edition of the festival will allow visitors to purchase tickets to individual days of the festival as well as the usual combination tickets.

Roadburn director, Walter Hoeijmakers commented: “We’re really excited to re-introduce day tickets for the 2015 event – it’s going to give festival attendees more flexibility than ever before. Over the years the festival has been constantly evolving and has picked up a lot of die hard fans along the way; as ever, we welcome those Roadburn pilgrims back with open arms. But this year, we’ve had a lot of enquiries from people who would like to attend for just one day – this diverse nature of Roadburn means it appeals to a lot of different pockets of these weird and wonderful subcultures we inhabit, and some days strike a chord with some people more than others.

“Part of the beauty of the festival is that over the three or four days you’re sure to discover a new band to fall in love with alongside your long term favourites – but we also know this is possible to do in just one day. We are aware that time and money are important factors in people’s decision making about whether to attend a festival. We hope this will make it simple and straight forward to decide whether you will join us for just one day of musical bliss, or get your hands dirty with the usual four day extravaganza!”

The below tickets are currently on sale and available to purchase HERE:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (3 days full festival + Afterburner) – €185
Thursday, Friday, Saturday (3 days full festival) – €165
Thursday OR Friday OR Saturday (one day festival ticket) – €59
Sunday (The Afterburner) only – two stages of artists only- €32.50

All tickets are subject to service fees.

The twentieth edition of Roadburn Festival will be headlined by Fields of the Nephilim, and will also see a special show by Enslaved and Wardruna performing Skuggsjá, Artists in Residence – The Heads, Anathema performing their career-spanning Resonance set, plus performances from Eyehategod, Russian Cirlces, Floor, Messenger, Wovenhand and dozens of other artists, with even more still to be announced. For a guide to visiting Roadburn 2015, click HERE.

For a breakdown of which artists play on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, click on the appropriate day.

Goblin, Dawn of the Dead OST (1978)

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Bright Curse Announce New Bassist and Recording Plans

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

Well, last we heard from Londoner trio Bright Curse, they had a new bass player and plans to record. It would seem not much has changed — unless you count the bass players. The three-piece has again enlisted a new party to helm the low end, bringing in Sweden’s Max Ternebring in what they hope will be a permanent replacement. They’re also getting ready to record a new EP to follow-up their 2013 self-titled (review here), and are planning on more studio and road time after that.

The PR wire brings details, for which we are grateful:

bright curse

BRIGHT CURSE to record new 12″ EP in January; bassist Max Ternebring joins the band.

Following a slight lineup reshuffle, London heavy psych rockers BRIGHT CURSE are back in the saddle for good. The trio just unveiled the identity of their new bass player, as well as the release of a new 12″ EP, due out in early 2015.

After the re-edition of their highly praised debut “Bright Curse” in 2013 via Bilocation Records, UK based doomsters BRIGHT CURSE are set to release new material, to cope with the wait that has ensued from two consecutive changes of bass player this year. The band finally found a definitive groove monger in the person of Max Ternebring. Drummer Zacharie Mizzi comments: “As promised, we present you the new, handsome, completing member of our line-up: Maximilian from the blessed land of Sverige (read Sweden if you’re not from the blessed land…). New riffs are already flowing, and we will record songs for a 12″ vinyl exclusive release very soon. Brace yourselves, more news regarding a tour are coming next.”

BRIGHT CURSE will head back to the studio later in 2015 to record their second album to date. The booking of a full European tour is also in the pipeline.

BRIGHT CURSE rose in May 2012 in London from the ashes of French psychedelic band Soul Manifest (Night Tripper Records). A few months later, the psych doom trio brought to life their first self-titled debut “Bright Curse” to life, which was recorded by J.B Pilon in London and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland. It didn’t take long until the band gained international recognition thanks to their unique sound imprint, and inked a deal with German label Bilocation Records, who released a limited vinyl edition of the band’s debut album in 2013.

These last two years has seen the band going uphill, for BRIGHT CURSE went on a full UK tour with Trippy Wicked and Wight, and were invited to play significant heavy music events in Europe (Desertfest London, Up In Smoke Fest, Glad Stone Fest), sharing the stage with the likes of Earthless, Colour Haze, Truckfighters, Pentagram, Naam or Mars Red Sky. Enjoying their current momentum, BRIGHT CURSE are now established with their new bassmeister hailing from Sweden, Max Ternebring, and are ready to release their new record some time in 2015.

Romain Daut – guitar & vocals
Zacharie Mizzi – drums
Max Ternebring – bass

Bright Curse, Bright Curse (2013)

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Blood Farmers’ Headless Eyes Vinyl out Tomorrow

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

blood farmers (Photo by Maija Lahtinen)

Unquestionably one of 2014’s finest doom releases, Blood Farmers‘ long awaited studio return, Headless Eyes (review here), is set to be released tomorrow on vinyl through PATAC Records. Their sophomore outing and first with drummer Tad Leger (ex-Toxic) alongside bassist/vocalist Eli Brown and guitarist Dave Szulkin (also of The Disease Concept), it’s an unpretentious slab of classic-minded horror doom, rife with memorable tracks like its sprawling 10-minute title cut and “Gut Shot,” but immersive, eerily psychedelic and spiraling continually downward.

Since Headless Eyes was 19 years in following-up Blood Farmers‘ self-titled debut, your guess is as good as mine when they might get around to putting out a third one, so all the more reason to note the occasion of the LP coming out. If you haven’t heard it yet — and I’m sure you have, because you’re up on it like that — the title-track “Headless Eyes” is on the YouTube player under PATAC‘s announcement below.

Dig in:

blood farmers headless eyes

Blood Farmers ‘Headless Eyes’ will be hitting stores worldwide 12/09/2014! Be sure to pick up the doom metal masterpiece on vinyl!

150 on Red Vinyl
450 on Black Vinyl

“Who would have thought that the within doom circles well appreciated band Blood Farmers would ever release a follow-up to their ‘Blood Farmers’ debut? Okay, the band had reunited in 2007 and did play live quite frequently, but unfortunately bass player Dr. Phibes passed away in 2010. Vocalist Eli Brown took over bass duty and the band continued with in 2009 on drums Tad Leger. Tad Leger, you say? Yes, the tad Leger of Toxik’s two albums fame. First technical thrash and now doom, that is a different ballpark entirely. In 2011 Blood Farmers even played at the renowned Roadburn festival. But at the time I didn’t expect any new studio work. Pleasantly surprised I was that nineteen years after their debut there is now a follow-up in the guise of ‘Headless Eyes’ in front of me.

But will the band be able to achieve the same level as before? Well, I shouldn’t have worried for a second. What a scorcher of an album ‘Headless Eyes’ turned out to be. Still traditional doom in the vein of Saint Vitus and Internal Void with quite a bit of stoner. Six absolute top songs is what this album contains, be it the title song or the instrumental ‘Night Of the Sorcerers’ which clocks in at over ten minutes or closing cover song ‘The Road Leads To Nowhere’ which is taken from 1972 horror film ‘The Last House On The Left’. All doom diamonds of the purest form. ‘Headless Eyes’ is up to now the doom album of the year for me and I am of the opinion that this album can become a true genre classic. I am as happy as a kid in a sweetshop with the return of Blood Farmers in recorded form.”Limited to 600 copies. 150 copies on opaque red vinyl, 450 copies on black vinyl. All copies include a double-sided ‘grindhouse’ insert and 5?x5? sticker of the cover art.

Originally formed in 1989, BLOOD FARMERS combine the atmosphere of ’70s horror with heavy doses of psychedelia and doom in the tradition of BLACK SABBATH and SAINT VITUS. The band’s 1995 debut on the legendary Hellhound Records has been cited as an influential underground classic by such bands as ELECTRIC WIZARD and CHURCH OF MISERY.

BLOOD FARMERS‘ current lineup includes Dave Szulkin (guitar), Eli Brown (vocals) and Tad Leger (drums; ex-TOXIK).

“Headless Eyes” track listing:
01. Gut Shot (6:17)
02. Headless Eyes (10:49)
03. The Creeper (4:51)
04. Thousand-Yard Stare (6:34)
05. Night Of The Sorcerers (10:15)
06. The Road Leads To Nowhere (5:59)

Blood Farmers, “Headless Eyes”

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Colour Haze to Headline Up in Smoke Tour with Radio Moscow and Cherry Choke

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

Straight out of the not-too-shabby department — actually it’s from Sound of Liberation, the European booking agency that put it together — comes word that Colour Haze‘s previously-alluded-to European run supporting the Feb. 23 vinyl release of their new album, To the Highest Gods We Know, will be the headlining slot on the fifth Up in Smoke tour. Joining them on the bill for the duration is Radio Moscow – which, if you’d just like to take a second and imagine the kickassery of seeing Colour Haze and Radio Moscow on the same show, I think you’ll see why it’s something to be excited about — and Cherry Choke will open seven dates as well, and Mars Red Sky will step in as special guests (anyone want to fly me to Munich?), as will others on select individual dates.

Wild stuff, and if you’re fortunate enough to be there to see it, here are the dates, courtesy of Sound of Liberation:

colour haze tour dates

We are proud to present the UP IN SMOKE ROADFESTIVAL VOLUME 5!!
This fifth edition will feature 3 awesome bands for your pleasure:

- Europe’s most well known psychedelic institution COLOUR HAZE
(with their new album “To the Highest Gods we Know” in their suitcase!)

- America’s most heavy blues machine Radio Moscow

- and UK’s fuzz driven psych rockers Cherry Choke
(from March 1st to 7th only – special guests on the other shows)

We invite you to join the trip! It’s in February/March and it will be a blast!!!

27.02.2015 (GER) Stuttgart – Universum (w/ The Sun & The Wolf)
28.02.2015 (GER) Cologne – Live Music Hall (w/ The Sun & The Wolf)

01.03.2015 (UK) London – The Garage
02.03.2015 (FR) Paris – Le Divan du Monde
03.03.2015 (BEL) Brussels – Magasin 4
04.03.2015 (GER) Hamburg – Markthalle
05.03.2015 (GER) Berlin – SO36
06.03.2015 (A) Vienna – Arena
07.03.2015 (A) Salzburg – Rockhouse

08.03.2015 (GER) Leipzig – Taubchenthal (w/ Kalamahara)
09.03.2015 (GER) Munich – Feierwerk (w/ Mars Red Sky)
10.03.2015 (IT) Milano – Lofi
11.03.2015 (GER) Frankfurt – Das Bett (w/ The Midnight Ghost Train)
12.03.2015 tba
13.03.2015 (GER) Würzburg – Posthalle
14.03.2015 (GER) Hannover – Faust

More info on

Colour Haze, Live at Duna Jam 2014

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The Cosmic Dead and Mugstar Split 12″ Coming Next Week

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

the cosmic dead

With a cover that pays unabashed homage to Sonic Youth‘s Goo, psychedelic outfits The Cosmic Dead and Mugstar have teamed up to release a new split 12″ through Evil Hoodoo Records. Presumably, within a week of it coming out nobody’s parents will be harmed, but I’d expect effects-laden jams to ensue anyway on “Breathing Mirror” and “Fukahyoocastulah,” and if it’s going to be one or the other, I’ll take that. The Cosmic Dead, ever busy, ever prolific, will head out on a quick five-date tour mostly in the UK but also with a stop in Paris to support the release, and Mugstar will accompany on the first two shows.

The band sent an update down the PR wire with details:

the cosmic dead and mugstar split lp

Cosmic Dead – 12″ Split LP w/ Mugstar + December tour.

Evil Hoodoo are putting out a split 12″ record featuring our Liverpudlian pals Mugstar, on Side A, and ourselves on Side B. It’s out next week (December 8th), and we’ll be going off on a small tour on December 11th to promote its release, two dates of which Mugstar shall be joining us for.

Details -

Mugstar – ‘Breathing Mirror’ (18.41)
Recorded by Brett St. Clair, Berlin.
Mixed by Neil Murphy, October 2013.

The Cosmic Dead – ‘Fukahyoocastulah’ (25.51)
Recorded by Luigi Pasquini, Lochalsh, Sept 2013.
Mixed by Omar & The Cosmic Dead, October 2013.

Released by Evil Hoodoo Records, December 2014

So, to support the release of our new split “12 LP with our pals MUGSTAR, we’re heading out on a small jaunt in December. Unfortunately, Mugstar can only join us for 2 of the dates, but we’ve got lots of other exciting stuff lined up, like a show in Paris with Clinic and much more in the UK, ave a look see -

THE COSMIC DEAD December mini tour -
11.12 – (UK) Manchester – Soup Kitchen – w/ Mugstar
12.12 – (UK) London – Total Refreshment Centre – w/ Mugstar
13.12 – (FR) Paris – La Maroquinerie – w/ Clinic
14.12 – (UK) Brighton – The Joker – w/ TBC
15.12 – (UK) Bristol – Cube Cinema – w/ Anta & MXLX
16.12 – (UK) Preston – The Mad Ferret – w/ Super Fire Pony & Girl Sweat
27.12 – (UK) Glasgow – Bar Bloc – w/ Apostille

The Cosmic Dead, “Jazz is Rubbish” live at Supernormal Festival 2014

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