Lae to Release Break the Clasp Debut LP

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 22nd, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Totally necessary, I'm sure.

So you’ve got Lae, a post-punk/post-rock troupe from Montreal who were onto some cool stuff in their time in the ’90s — when they were called Lae-Tseu — but who never put an album out at the time. They get back together to record, and tap avant noise rock genius Steve Austin of Today is the Day to engineer, and then Austin winds up fronting the band as well. I fail to see how that’s not the absolute best-case scenario for all parties involved.

The resulting long-player – Lae‘s first, remember — will be out in the coming months on Battleground Records/The Compound. It seems like the material that comprises the album is stuff that the band had written during their first run, so it should be interesting to hear how it sounds both with a modern production and with Austin at the helm, whose work is both beyond time and utterly his own.

To the PR wire!

This is awesome.

LAE: Debut LP By Montreal Psychedelic Post-Rock Act To See Release Via The Compound/Battleground

Bringing a decade-and-a-half of silence to an end, Montreal-based quartet, LAE, is eager to release the band’s official debut full-length release, and the entire reincarnation of the band.

Performing under their original moniker, LAE-TSEU, the band evolved out of the mid-’90s post-rock/post-hardcore scene, seeking to distance themselves from the established conventions of rock music as well as the trappings of the various alternative subgenres. Not without irony, trace elements of many of those persist in their sound, itself a peculiarly familiar presence, as varied as it is satisfying. Nods to the likes of Three Mile Pilot, Swans, Sonic Youth, Unwound and Slint will surely not go unnoticed, but LAE’s total is far greater than the sum of its influences. Scathing, desperate and heartbreaking vocal sentiments set against richly layered backdrops, amplified and acoustic, melodic and deafening.

After earning a solid regional fanbase and foundation, the band was dissolved in 2001, without having released an official album. Their regional peer acts would go on to receive massive attention just after LAE’s premature and unexpected demise, and it would seem that the band had missed the boat completely as these other hometown acts entered the international spotlight. Yet, perhaps there is more than one boat…

Having reformed with a diehard goal of finally bringing their unfortunately unsung anthems to fruition with more passion and dedication than ever before, LAE excitedly returns to active duty with their impending debut full-length LP coming together for release in late 2014. In mid-2013, LAE’s current lineup — bassist, Ronald Jean-Gilles, drummer Serge Nakauchi Pelletier, and guitarists Stephane Desgroseilliers and Marc Lucas Ablasou — set out to record their debut LP, Break The Clasp, bringing their anthems from two decades ago to new life, completely re-envisioned with incredible musicianship and finesse. To capture these anthems with the appropriately beautiful yet tortured tones, the band sanctioned the talents of producer Steve Austin of Today Is The Day, flying him along with some major pieces of recording equipment from his Austin Enterprises out to Montreal for the recording sessions. Yet, once the recording sessions were underway,Austin instantly became intertwined in the recording process full-on, in the end supplying lead vocals to the entire Break The Clasp LP. An incredible array of musical experimentation seamlessly coalescing into a more than fifty-minute-long, mesmerizingly psychedelic yet anguished style of post-rock, LAE’s mammoth sound is unlike anything else one can imagine; incredibly beautiful yet inescapably depressing.

Late this year, Break The Clasp will finally see its long-awaited dawn through a collaborative release between DIY labels The Compound and Battleground Records, on all digital formats as well as deluxe digitpak CD and deluxe 2xLP formats. The otherworldly cover art crafted by LAE’s longtime cohort Sonny Kay is viewable HERE.

Stay tuned for the official street date as well as samples of the album and more to be released in the coming weeks. LAE will also take to the highways of North America in support of Break The Clasp before the end of the year as well.

http://laetseu.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/LAE-Band/614579391922975
http://www.thecompoundrecs.com
http://www.facebook.com/thecompoundrecs
http://www.earsplitdistro.com
https://www.facebook.com/battlegroundrecords

Lae-Tseu, “A Chair in Hawaii”

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Inaugural Totem Psych Fest Canceled Due to Weather

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 21st, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

…And now, a bummer. The first annual Totem Psych Fest has been called off. It was set to take place this weekend at a castle in Rocca Sinibalda, Italy, which — since it’s also the highest point in the town — would only put it closer to the rainstorms that have been forecast for when it would be going on. An impressive lineup was culled together with Church of MiseryBlues Pills and Nik Turner as headliners and many other killer acts supporting, but it would seem it just wasn’t to be this year.

Heavy Psych Sounds and Black Rainbows‘ Gabriele Fiori, who might be his country’s single most passionate ambassador of heavy fuzz, organized the fest and put out word today that it was a no-go. Sympathies to him and to anyone who might’ve been looking forward to what was surely going to be a unique event.

Replacement shows for some of the headliners have been announced, and those details follow here:

Womp womp.

TOTEM PSYCH FEST CANCELLATION

Heavy rainfalls and lightning are expected in Rocca Sinibalda during the days of the Totem Psych Fest, expecially in the area of the Castle that is in the town’s highest part.

Local authorities responsible for security have therefore established requirements and limitations that make it impossible to perform the planned Event in the unique setting of the Castle.

We have no viable alternatives; with great regret, both for the quality of the event and for the great organizational effort we put in these months, we have to cancel the Totem Psych Fest.

Our disappointment is great, beacuse of the encouraging ticket pre-sales and the confidence of a resounding success of the Event.

We cannot but apologize for the inconvenience caused by the cancellation of the Festival, expecially for those who had planned their coming to Rocca Sinibalda.

All tickets will be refunded: those who have purchased through Ticketgate and Paypal circuits will be entitled to reimbursement from August 4th; those who bought the ticket physically in Rome will be refunded on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th of July at the AirportOne, Centocelle’s Airport, Rome.

We managed to bring 3 of the Festival headliners in Rome, AirportOne, Centocelle’s Airport.

Therefore TOTEM PSYCH FEST, in collaboration with INIT CLUB presents:

Friday, July 25th:
Blues Pills
Nik Turner (ex Hawkwind)

Saturday, July 26th:
Church of Misery + opening

https://www.facebook.com/totempsych.fest

Black Rainbows, Live at Sweet Leaf Festival 2014

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Witch Charmer Sign to Argonauta Records; New Album The Great Depression Due Sept. 1

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 21st, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

What? A black and white picture of a doom band from the UK? Not on this site, mister. Never before. This is the first time.

Today brings the news that UK doom rockers Witch Charmer have inked a deal to issue their first album, The Great Depression, via Italian imprint Argonauta Records. It will be the follow-up to the fivesome’s 2013 debut EP, Euphoric Curse, and is set to feature cover art by guitarist/vocalist Adam Clarke and a mix/mastering job by the omnipresent Tony Reed of Mos Generator, who, for a guy who doesn’t actually live in Britain, certainly finds himself involved in a lot of music coming from that part of the world.

Witch Charmer will head out tour ahead of the release of The Great Depression starting Aug. 16, and the dates can be found in the poster below, which also makes use of the album’s cover art. A rehearsal room demo of the song “Suffer” follows after the announcement of the signing, hoisted from Argonauta‘s page.

Dig it:

On the road.

New signing: WITCH CHARMER!

After the great feedback received across the board for their debut E.P. “Euphoric Curse“, Sunderland (UK) based Stoner/Doom/Metal outfit WITCH CHARMER follow it up with their first full length record raising the bar on what came before. The band (featuring the talents of Kate McKeown – Vocals, Dave McQuillan – Drums & Vocals, Len Lennox – Guitar & Vocals, Adam Clarke – Guitar & Vocals, Richard Maher – Bass) expands on the sound from their previous release and add a monolithic slab of smoked out doom and groove to take you on a satirical journey to enlightenment.

“The Great Depression” has been mixed and mastered by Tony Reed (Mos Generator, Stone Axe) and will be released by Argonauta Records in September 2014. Just wait for a massive dark, groove-laden, heavy stoner-doom album that fans of Acid King, Purson, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Goatsnake & Electric Wizard cannot miss!

https://www.facebook.com/witchcharmerband
http://witchcharmer.bandcamp.com/
http://www.argonautarecords.com/

Witch Charmer, “Suffer” rehearsal demo

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Death Penalty to Release Self-Titled Debut in September

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 21st, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Capital punishment is fucked.

Today is the official release date for the debut seven-inch from Death Penalty, the new band featuring former Cathedral guitarist Gaz Jennings along with vocalist Michelle Nocon and drummer Frederik Cosemans, both formerly of Belgian doom outfit Serpentcult. Together with bassist Raf Meukens, also of death metallers Torturerama, Jennings and company issue Sign of Times through Rise Above in a varied pressing of 500 copies ahead of a self-titled debut which is set to release in September.

That album will mark Jennings‘ first full-length outing since Cathedral met their end, and given his unearthly pedigree of riffing, it’ll be interesting to hear what he brings to this new project. As you can hear below, the single bodes well.

Ever-vigilant, the PR wire has details on the album and more background on how the band came together

Yup, that's a death penalty.

DEATH PENALTY (Featuring Gaz Jennings of Cathedral) to Release Self-Titled Debut on Rise Above Records September 16th in North America

Artwork and Track Listing Revealed

When all is said and done, the art of making people bang their heads comes down to one central component: the riff. The riff has been refined and redefined so many times over the last four decades that ownership of a guitar and half a brain should be all that’s required to at least have a decent stab at getting things right, and yet very few people seem capable of tapping into the true essence and ethos of what made Tony Iommi such an all-conquering pioneer and overlord of six-string power and glory. Over the last 25 years, discerning metal fans may have struggled to pinpoint any bona fide contemporary greats amongst the never-ending proliferation of also-rans and wannabes, but as chief composer and guitarist for UK doom metal legends Cathedral, Gaz Jennings has more than earned the mantle of the modern age’s most consistent and supremely talented Riffmaster General. A perennial unsung hero of the heavy underground, Gaz has already contributed a vast number of classic songs to the metallic canon, but when Cathedral finally called it a day in 2013 it looked as if another guitar hero was destined to disappear into the shadows. Gloriously, he has now returned with a brand new band, DEATH PENALTY, and an eponymous debut album that once again proves his absolute mastery of the form.

“When Cathedral split I didn’t have any intention of getting another band together,” Gaz admits. “I wanted to do a record, because Lee [Dorrian, Cathedral front man and Rise Above Records boss] has been saying for years that he’d give me a deal! But all my time was taken up writing stuff for Cathedral. I had a few bits and bobs lying around, so I started writing material a few years back and that’s where it all started. And now the album is ready to go.”

With such a formidable reputation to uphold, it was absolutely vital for Gaz to select the right musicians to work with in his new band. Enter vocalist Michelle Nocon and Fredrik ‘Cozy’ Cosemans, members of Belgian doom warriors Serpentcult; a band that Gaz greatly admires and fellow Rise Above alumni. Although resident in Belgium, Michelle and Cozy were simply the right people for the job and kindred spirits that Gaz suspected would be perfect for helping him to realize his new musical vision.

With the DEATH PENALTY line-up completed by the addition of another Belgian, bassist Raf Meukens, Gaz was now fully equipped to bring his new band into the spotlight. The first results emerged via a debut seven-inch single, Sign Of Times/Seven Flames, which showcased DEATH PENALTY’sfiery blend of old school heavy metal, subtle doom shades and Michelle Nocon’s extraordinary vocal talents. The real meat of the matter will be unveiled upon the release of the band’s self-titled debut album, a triumphant tour-de-force of pounding heaviness that brilliantly encapsulates everything that Gaz has brought to the table with Cathedral while veering off on a number of new and distinctly compelling tangents along the way. Fans of the NWOBHM era will find themselves instantly entranced by the likes of Howling At The Throne Of Decadence and Golden Tides, while diehard doom acolytes will be immediately reassured that Gaz’s ability to pen timeless riffs remains entirely undimmed, as demonstrated on the grandiose grit of Into The Ivory Frost and Children Of The Night.

The final piece of the puzzle slotted neatly into place when Gaz chose a name for the new band. Anyone that has followed the guitarist’s career over the years will recognise that DEATH PENALTY is the title of Witchfinder General’s classic 1982 debut album; a record that has long been an essential part of Gaz’s inspirational armoury. However, beyond paying homage to his childhood heroes, he freely confesses that the name was simply the first and only credible option and a telling alternative to the countless terrible band names currently doing the rounds.

Once DEATH PENALTY’s debut hits the shops (and the nebulous world of online retail, of course), it seems highly likely that everyone from Cathedral fans and old school diehards to new school doom and psych rock admirers will celebrate the arrival of another truly great heavy metal band for the modern age. Quite content to remain an underground concern, DEATH PENALTY are just beginning their journey into the outer limits of refined riff worship and Gaz Jennings’ hopes and expectations are every bit as humble and honest as long-time fans will expect.

Death Penalty Track Listing:
1. Grotesque Horizon
2. Howling at the Throne of Decadence
3. Eyes of the Heretic
4. Golden Tides
5. Into the Ivory Frost
6. Children of the Night
7. The One That Dwells
8. She is a Witch
9. Immortal by Your Hand
10. Written by the Insane

For More Info Visit:
http://www.riseaboverecords.com
https://www.facebook.com/riseaboverecords

Death Penalty, “Sign of Times” (2014)

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Venomous Maximus Playing Gwar-B-Q Pre-Show and More

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 18th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Been a while since we last heard from occult-minded Houston heavy rockers Venomous Maximus, whose stage presence still lingers in my consciousness from when I was fortunate enough to see them last summer. Presumably they’ve been at work crafting the follow-up to 2012′s Beg upon the Light (review here), reportedly dubbed Firewalker, and like any potion worth brewing, these things take time. Not that you were necessarily going to, but you know what I mean.

They did a similar run last year, but for the Texan four-piece, this upcoming round of dates in August is marked out by an appearance at the pre-show for the Gwar-B-Q in Richmond, Virginia, which will be headlined by some band called The Black Dahlia Murder and which also features moody RVA sludgers Gritter. Not a bad spot to wind up.

The PR wire has it like this:

Dudes. Just chillin'.

VENOMOUS MAXIMUS Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Houston Dark Metal Band Putting Finishing Touches on New LP Firewalker

Texas heavy metal band VENOMOUS MAXIMUS has announced a string of east coast U.S. tour dates set to kick off on August 7 in New Orleans, LA. As part of the major market jaunt, the award-winning band will perform as part of the 2014 GWAR-B-Q on August 15 in Richmond, VA, also set to feature Ice-T’s Body Count, Hatebreed and more. The upcoming live dates are as follows.

VENOMOUS MAXIMUS U.S. tour dates:

August 7 New Orleans, LA Siberia
August 8 Birmingham, AL Upside Down Plaza (w/ Stoned Cobra)
August 9 Atlanta, GA The Basement
August 10 Johnson City, TN The Hideaway
August 12 Baltimore, MD TBA
August 13 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
August 14 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie (Late Show)
August 15 Richmond, VA Broadberry (Gwar B4BQ w/ Black Dahlia Murder)

VENOMOUS MAXIMUS features Gregg Higgins (Vocals, Guitar), Christian Larson (Guitar), Trevi Biles (Bass) and Bongo (Drums).

https://www.facebook.com/VenomousMaximus/
http://www.napalmrecords.com/

Venomous Maximus, “Path of Doom” official video

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The Flying Eyes Announce European Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 18th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Good band. Young. Better than people seem to know.

Baltimore heavy psych rockers The Flying Eyes have announced plans to return to Europe this fall for more touring. They were there late last summer with Golden Animals and will be joined this time by Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children, with whom the band has shared the stage at the Moving the Earth fest. The Flying Eyes were most recently heard from on a Heavy Psych Sounds four-way split with NaamBlack Rainbows and White Hills (review here) and their most recent full-length was last summer’s sun-soaked Lowlands (review here), which delved into natural-sounding blues rock without losing a classically-influenced edge. They are, simply put, a better band than people seem to know.

Dates and info for the tour follow, yoinked from the Thee Facebooks event page:

Sure thing. (Poster by Alex Hagen)

The Flying Eyes “Baltimore Invasion Tour” of Europe

The Flying Eyes, supported by their partners in crime LAZLO LEE & THE MOTHERLESS CHILDREN, will embark on the epic “Baltimore Invasion Tour” of Europe this fall!!!

They will also be releasing the collection “Leave It All Behind Sessions” via Noisolution on September 19th, available on CD and vinyl throughout the tour…

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
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
02.10.2014 – CH Olten, Le Coq D’Or
03.10.2014 – CH Luzern, Bruch Brothers
04.10.2014 – CH Frauenfeld, Kaff
07.10.2014 – AT Wien, Arena
09.10.2014 – DE Jena, Kuba
10.10.2014 – DE Dresden, Beatpol
11.10.2014 – DE Stuttgart, Goldmarks
15.10.2014 – DE Würzburg, Café Cairo
16.10.2014 – DE München, Backstage
(http://www.backstagetickets.eu/theflyingeyes.html)
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
(https://www.tixforgigs.com/site/Pages/Shop/ShowEvent.aspx?ID=9709)
22.10.2014 – DK Aalborg, 1000 Fryd
(https://billetto.dk/the-flying-eyes)
23.10.2014 – DE Bielefeld, Forum
24.10.2014 – DE Berlin, Cassiopeia
25.10.2014 – DE Lübeck, Treibsand

More dates to be announced…

https://www.facebook.com/theflyingeyes
https://www.facebook.com/events/319460838178803/
http://theflyingeyes.bandcamp.com/

The Flying Eyes, Lowlands (2013)

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Alunah Reveal Awakening the Forest Album Art and Details

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 17th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

One more time. The band.

Kind of a news-heavy day, but I’d be remiss if I left out Birmingham’s Alunah, whose album details have just been made public via the PR wire. Their third outing and their Napalm Records debut, Awakening the Forest, is set for release in October and will boast six new cuts of their heavy riffs and peacefully rolling doom. After digging their 2010 Call of Avernus debut (review here) and especially 2012′s sophomore outing, White Hoarhound (review here), this is one I’m genuinely looking forward to, so if the album art and tracklisting coming out puts the record itself a step closer, then all the better.

Awakening the Forest was recorded by Greg Chandler of Esoteric and mastered by Mos Generator‘s Tony Reed. A video is also reportedly in the works. More to come, but for now, once more unto the PR wire:

And the art. It's been quite a day.

ALUNAH Unveil Details of Upcoming Album

Birmingham’s Stoner Rock Doomsters ALUNAH are set to release a new album via Napalm Records in October 2014. Following their previous releases Call Of Avernus and White Hoarhound it’s finally time for a new masterpiece. The band centered around guitarist & singer Sophie Day have now unveiled first details of artwork, title, track listing & release dates!

Awakening The Forest is set to be released on October 6th in the UK & October 7th USA/CAN and forges forward with hard guitars, pumping heavy grooves and a sound that will make fans of this genre, fans of this album!

Check out the track listing for Awakening The Forest:
1. Bricket Wood Coven
2. Heavy Bough
3. Awakening The Forest
4. The Mask Of Herne
5. Scourge And The Kiss
6. The Summerland

ALUNAH on the upcoming album Awakening The Forest:

“We are delighted to introduce our 3rd album “Awakening The Forest” to our old, new and future friends. Recorded by Greg Chandler and mixed/mastered by Tony Reed, we are extremely proud of this album. We are also very lucky to have worked with the exceptional illustrator Michael Cowell who brought our songs to life visually in the CD and LP package. Napalm Records have been very supportive of us throughout the whole process, and we hope that you guys love the album as much as we do. Our video for “Heavy Bough” and also a short film with Michael talking about the artwork are coming soon; both shot and directed by Rhodri Thomas at Elvaston Castle in Derbyshire, England.”

For More Info Visit:
http://www.alunah.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/alunah.doom
http://www.napalmrecords.com
http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords

Alunah, Live at the Unicorn, London, May 28, 2014

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Heat to Release Labyrinth on Aug. 29

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 17th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Thee band.

Formerly aligned to Electric Magic for the LP/CD release of their first album, Heat/Old Sparky (review here), Berlin heavy rockers Heat have announced they’ll issue their second offering, Labyrinth, via This Charming Man Records on Aug. 29. Preorders are available now for the CD or LP editions from the semi-retro five-piece, which features Samsara Blues Experiment bassist Richard Behrens, who also recorded the first outing. Charlie Paschen seems to have helmed Labyrinth, but the sound remains warm and natural in line with Old Sparky, as you can hear on the new song “Siamese Smile” below.

To support the new record — the cover art for which was handled by Adam Burke – the band will head out on a European tour beginning Sept. 4, and This Charming Man will have a reissue of Old Sparky with new art as well. All confirmed dates listed below with the album info, fresh off the PR wire:

Thee album.

Hard rockers HEAT announce release of new album Labyrinth

Berliners to release second full length via This Charming Man Records, along with reissue of debut on 29th August 2014

Following on from the success of their 2012 self-titled debut, This Charming Man Records is pleased to announce the release Labyrinth, of the second album by the Berlin-based hard rock outfit.

Heat are unmistakably taken with a time when all great records came adorned with monochrome swirls and elaborate sleeves depicting worlds of necromancy, witches and cosmic encounters.

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, along with the reissue of the band’s debut (with exclusive new artwork) via This Charming Man Records

LP pre-order

CD pre-order

iTunes pre-order link – http://snip.ftpromo.net/heat

Heat:
Marcus Töpfer – Drums
Matthias Schult – Guitar
Marco Rischer – Guitar
Patrick Fülling – Vocals
Richard Behrens – Bass

Tour Dates:
23/08/14 – Sala Teatru Brama, Goleniow, Poland
4/09/14 – Record Release at SO36, Berlin, Germany
5/09/14 – Sky High Festival, Offenbach, Germany
6/09/14 – Schweinskopf Festival, Cuxhaven, Germany
12/09/14 – 1000Fryd (w. Jex Thoth), Aalborg, Denmark
13/09/14 – KB18, Kopenhagen, Denmark
14/09/14 – TBA
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 – TBA
19/09/14 – Hard Club, Porto, Portugal
20/09/14 – Retrovisor, León, Spain
21/09/14 – TBA
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

heatberlin.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/Heatthelights
instagram.com/heatberlin

Heat, “Siamese Smile”

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Causa Sui’s Pewt’r Sessions 3 Available to Preorder

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 17th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

As they were getting ready to play Berlin.

If you’re familiar with Danish heavy psych jammers Causa Sui, then there’s really only one piece of info you need — the preorder links:

http://elparaisorecords.com/releases/causa-sui-pewtr-sessions-3-lp

http://elparaisorecords.com/releases/causa-sui-pewtr-sessions-3-cd

What you’ll find when you get there are the packages available from the band’s El Paraiso Records for Causa Sui‘s Pewt’r Sessions 3, the band’s latest round of jams with Ron Schneiderman of Sunburned Hand of the Man and their first studio outing since 2013′s spectacular Euporie Tide — though Live at Freak Valley (review here), released earlier this year, made for a nice fix as well. The new release, set for an Aug. 18 arrival, is available in CD and LP versions, with a bonus 10″ available for the first 300 who place their orders.

So like I said, there are the links. Here’s the info from the El Paraiso page:

I prefer the stainl'ss sessions, personally, but I'll take what I can get.

Causa Sui: Pewt’r Sessions 3 LP + bonus 10″

Preorder – ships august 18th!

First 1000 LPs orange marbled vinyl.

First 300 orders from elparaisorecords.com gets bonus 10″ vinyl of exclusive tracks – with stunning linoleum hand printed sleeves by Martin Rude in three variations.

Following last year’s determined studio double LP, Euporie Tide, Causa Sui returns to improv with a third round of mindbending jams feat. Ron Schneiderman!

The savage, kaleidoscopic improvisations of the quintet’s previous two volumes instantly gained reverence among fans of free flowing krautrock and detuned stoner rock, and this brand new addition, recorded in the late summer of 2013, fullfills the group’s potential entirely. The krautrock grooves, the low-end heavyness and the sprawling furor is still very much present – but this set is also permeated by a rare free jazz-sensibility, at times recalling American masters of improvisation such as John Coltrane and Don Cherry in spirit.

Ferociously experimental, yet absolutely welcoming and corporal. One eye looking back to the golden age of improvised music, the other looking straight ahead, into the future. ”Incipiency Suite”, which takes up the entire B-side of this record, stands as the high pinnacle of what this group is capable of with the inclusion of Ron Schneiderman: an afternoon of spontaniously recorded parts, cut-and-pasted into an abundant whole by studio wiz Jonas Munk, creating a unique interplay between in-the-moment improvisation and creative studio editing.

Including digital download card.

https://www.facebook.com/elparaisorecords/
http://elparaisorecords.com/releases/causa-sui-pewtr-sessions-3-lp

Causa Sui, Pewt’r Sessions 3 Preview

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Høstsabbat 2014: Final Lineup Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 16th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Gonna put this up and call it an early day, methinks.

The bill spans some of the heaviest bands in Scandinavia already, and then they decide to bring in the YOB/Pallbearer tour for a stop on the final day. All the more reason to tip the cap to Norway’s Høstsabbat, now in its second year. In 2013, the Oslo stage was graced by the likes of Tombstones and High Priest of Saturn, and in addition to the aforementioned American acts, Høstsabbat 2014 will be marked — that’s not to say awesomely scarred — by appearances from SumaSaturnalia TempleOcean ChiefKong and many more. It’s going to be a very, very heavy weekend in Norway come Sept. 12-14.

An announcement with the finalized lineup for the three-dayer, courtesy of the PR wire:

Nice lineup, dudes.

Høstsabbat 2014 Final Line Up

Høstsabbat is a newborn initiative, brought to life in 2013 by people involved in the underground scene in Norway.

It’s a DIY-festival, in collaboration with the student-organisation at Betong in Oslo, Norway, focusing on presenting the best underground bands Norway has to offer. This year the formula is pushed a step further, and includes aspiring talent from our brothers in the east as well as an international day on Sunday September 14th.

Over three days you can experience slow and crushing doom, heavy bluesrock, stoner, proto-heavy metal, psychedelic spacerock and prog. The concerts will be held on two different stages, located in the same venue. In addition to this, you’ll find stands, food, beverages and diverse stimulation for your ears and mind. Top Notch DJ’s, including Walter Roadburn himself will accompany your nights with the right soundtrack..

Høstsabbat takes place on Friday 12th through Sunday 14th of September 2014.

Cheap accommodation is located nearby the venue, and the damage for a three-day ticket is about 65 euros.

Lineup:

Friday:
Kongh (SE) – Valhall (N) – SUMA (SE) – Beglomeg (N) – Hombre Malo (N) – Seid (N) – Warp Riders (N)

Saturday:
Årabrot (N) – Saturnalia Temple (SE) – Monolord (SE) – Magister Templi (N) – Elmi (N) – Vidunder (SE) – Arabs in Aspic (N) – Heroinne (N)

Sunday (International Day):
YOB (US) – Pallbearer (US) – Ocean Chief (SE) – Gravmaskin (SE)

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Tombstones, “King of Daze” Live at Høstsabbat 2013

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All Them Witches Announce Tour Dates Supporting Windhand

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 16th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Rockin.

Nashville psych-blues rockers All Them Witches have announced that in September they’ll embark on a round of dates in the Midwest, Northeast and into Canada supporting Richmond, Virginia, ethereal doom outfit Windhand. For the four-piece, the tour comes situated between two other runs. The first is in late August with King Buffalo, and the second will take the band to Europe in October for appearances at Desertfest Belgium and Germany’s Keep it Low festival, presumably with at least a week of dates in between still to be announced.

All Them Witches and Windhand also shared the stage in May at the Scion Rock Fest in Pomona, California. Since then, they’ve released the free-download Effervescent EP (review here), a single-track, 25-minute jam that serves as the follow-up to 2013′s self-released second full-length, Lightning at the Door (discussed here). That album is set for a vinyl issue sometime as the summer winds down, as LPs are expected to be in hand by the time All Them Witches and Windhand hit the Sidebar in Baltimore on Sept. 4 to launch the tour.

This round of shows is especially notable for both bands as well for the size of the venues. I know Windhand has topped bills at Brooklyn’s St. Vitus bar before, but with this tour they clearly move further into genuine headliner status, which, if you’ve ever seen them, you know is right where they belong.

Dates follow:

Rollin.

TOURING WITH WINDHAND IN SEPTEMBER!

9/4 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
9/5 Pittsburgh, PA – 31st St Pub
9/6 Akron, OH – Musica
9/7 Columbus, OH – The Basement
9/9 Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s
9/10 Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
9/11 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
9/12 Milwaukee, WI – Metal Grill
9/13 Ferndale, MI – Loving Touch
9/14 Toronto, ON – Coda
9/16 Ottawa, ON – Cafe Dekcuf
9/17 Montreal, QC – Petit Campus
9/18 Cambridge, MA – Middle East (upstairs)
9/19 Providence, RI – AS220
9/20 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar

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All Them Witches, Effervescent EP (2014)

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Earth Announce Fall US Tour Dates with King Dude

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

Awesome.

Ever ones for hand-delivering their groundbreaking drone, Earth have announced that they’ll follow their extensive upcoming European tour in support of their 10th album, Primitive and Deadly, with a corresponding jaunt across the US beginning Sept. 4, just two days after the record is set to release on Southern Lord. I’ll be interested to see who winds up on tour with the band, considering some of the varied personnel said to show up in the material, but if they come even moderately close to capturing the sound of “From the Zodiacal Light,” which you can hear below, it’ll be a win. Actually, it’ll probably be a win anyway. It’s fucking Earth. Some bands you just have to trust know what they’re doing.

The PR wire has dates for your calendar-marking enjoyment:

I wanna go.

EARTH Confirms US Tour Dates In Conjunction With Release Of Primitive And Deadly LP

With the next phase of EARTH’s ongoing evolution coming closer to actuality, as their tenth studio LP, Primitive And Deadly, is set to see North American release on September 2nd, the group announces the next phase of international touring in support of the album, in the form of a month-long US tour.

With the band’s treks through Japan, Australia and New Zealand behind them, and their trek into Europe set to begin late this month, EARTH will bring their new material to American fans. From September 4th, commencing in their hometown of Seattle, the new venture will see the band winding counter-clockwise around the entire perimeter of the country through October 3rd, the last show taking place in Boise, Idaho. With twenty-five performances confirmed, additional shows are expected to be added in the coming days. Direct support for EARTH on the entire trek will be provided by dark folk act, King Dude.

With Primitive And Deadly, for the first time in their diverse career, EARTH’s founding guitarist Dylan Carlson and long term cohort, drummer Adrienne Davies allow themselves to be a full-on rock band. Here the dialog between Carlson and Davies drumming remains pivotal, underpinned by the sympathetic bass of Bill Herzog (Sunn O))), Joel RL Phelps, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) and thickened by additional layers of guitar from Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Caustic Resin) and Jodie Cox (Narrows). Primitive And Deadly also brings forth the band’s first vocal contributions since 1996′s Pentastar LP, and first in the band’s second incarnation, with guest vocalists Mark Lanegan and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows), who transform these thundering, organic songs into something approaching traditional pop structures. The foundation of the record was laid in the mystic desert high lands of Joshua Tree, California at Rancho de la Luna where EARTH recorded after hours of meditation on each track’s central theme. Upon returning to Seattle these were edited, arranged and expanded upon at Avast with the help of long-term collaborator Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Eagle Twin). Thick, dense and overdriven, melodically rich and enveloping, Primitive And Deadly is EARTH reaffirming their position as a singular point in the history of rock.

Preorders for Primitive And Deadly will be available in the next few days. Stand by for further live and album news transmissions from the EARTH family.

EARTH Tour Dates:
European Tour:
7/31/2014 Off Festival – Katowicw, Poland
8/01/2014 UT Connewitz – Leipzig, Germany
8/02/2014 Lido – Berlin, Germany
8/04/2014 Super Uho Festival – Sibenik, Croatia
8/05/2014 Arena – Vienna, Austria
8/07/2014 Schlacthof – Wiesbaden, Germany
8/08/2014 Bogen F – Zurich, Switzerland
8/09/2014 Point Ephemere – Paris, France
8/10/2014 Zuiderpershuis – Antwerp, Belgium
8/11/2014 Tivoli – Utrecht, Netherlands
8/13/2014 Whelans – Dublin, Ireland
8/14/2014 CCA – Glasgow, UK
8/15/2014 Gorilla – Manchester, UK
8/16/2014 Jabberwocky Festival – London, UK

US Tour w/ King Dude:
9/04/2014 Crocodile – Seattle, WA
9/06/2014 Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
9/07/2014 Doug Fir – Portland, OR
9/08/2014 Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
9/09/2014 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
9/10/2014 Bottom Of The Hill – San Fransisco, CA
9/11/2014 Hollywood Forever Cemetary – Los Angeles, CA
9/12/2014 SD Music Thing Fest – San Diego, CA
9/13/2014 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
9/14/2014 Sister – Albequerque, NM
9/16/2014 Red 7 – Austin, TX
9/17/2014 Club Dada – Dallas, TX
9/18/2014 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
9/19/2014 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
9/20/2014 Kings Barcade – Raleigh, NC
9/21/2014 Rock N Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
9/23/2014 Great Scott – Allston, MA
9/24/2014 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
9/26/2014 Boot And Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
9/27/2014 Midpoint Music Fest – Cincinnati, OH
9/28/2014 Pygmalion, Music Fest – Urbana, IL
9/29/2014 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
9/30/2014 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
10/01/2014 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
10/03/2014 Neurolux – Boise, ID

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Earth, “From the Zodiacal Light”

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Mothership Announce Even More Tour Dates

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

Them Motherships.

The more I see Mothership post tour dates, the more I look forward to hearing what they’ve come up with for Mothership II. Their forthcoming second album and proper debut on Ripple Music is set to release before the end of the year, though no specific date has yet been given, and even as they wrap up a full run of the US, the Texas trio have announced another — admittedly smaller — stint that will kick off just nine days after the end of their current tour. Not only does it show they believe in what they’re doing, but also that they’re willing to get out and win hearts and minds the old fashioned way, which also just happens to be how they rock.

Joining Mothership this time around will be The House Harkonnen, as the PR wire affirms:

The Southern shred.

MOTHERSHIP announce SOUTHERN SHRED TOUR with House Harkonnen

Hot on the heels of two wildly successful tours in Europe and the U.S. and the completion of Mothership II (out later this year via Ripple Music), Texas heavy rock and rollers and family unit MOTHERSHIP have announced a quick southern-U.S. jaunt with fellow Dallas-dwelling shredders HOUSE HARKONNEN.

In early 2012, Mothership entered Crystal Clear Studios with Wo Fat mastermind Kent Stump manning the boards and by mid-year, the band self-released their debut album. It was the combination of the 70’s-era heavy rock fuzz and fury mixed with the blistering guitar solos of the NWOBHM-era that drew the bands attention to California-based heavy rock label, Ripple Music. In the waning months of 2012, after a successful year of traveling regionally throughout Texas and opening for national acts such as Prong, Red Fang, Gypsyhawk, Earthen Grave, and Lo-Pan, Mothership officially dubbed Ripple Music as its home port.

With the official Ripple Music release of the band’s self-titled debut album in February of 2013, Mothership began a torrid journey across America and parts of Canada, including a tour in support of Gyspyhawk and another in support of Scorpion Child and Kadavar. Currently, the band recently finished up their sophomore album, Mothership II, which will be available later this year.

Dates:
7/30/14 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
7/31/14 Hattiesburg, MS @ The Tavern
8/1/14 Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
8/2/14 Atlanta, GA @ 529 Club
8/4/14 Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
8/5/14 Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s
8/6/14 Texarkana, TX @ Silver Dollar
8/7/14 Tulsa, OK @ Downtown Lounge
8/8/14 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Blue Note
8/9/14 Fort Worth, TX @ The Grotto

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Mothership, Live in Denton, TX, May 3, 2014

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Donation Fund Launched for Darryl Shepard’s Medical Expenses

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

Mr. Shepard, killing it with The Scimitar. I was at this show and reviewed it, was right next to Jay Fortin when he took this picture, actually. It was at Radio in Somerville, a venue that I very much wish I owned. (Photo by James Jay Fortin)

I don’t usually like to post crowdfunding stuff if I can avoid it. Nothing against the process, it’s just there’s so much of it there wouldn’t be time for anything else. This, however, is a cause worthy of exception.

You may know Darryl Shepard from his time in Milligram, or Slapshot, or Blackwolfgoat, or The ScimitarBlack PyramidHackmanRoadsaw or countless others. You may not know him at all. Regardless, the man is a walking institution of rock and roll. Someone who has personally played a direct role in the development of American heavy rock, and even if you don’t listen to his bands, chances are that someone in bands you listen to did. In and around Boston, he’s a legend, and if standing on the Hellfest stage last year with Black Pyramid was anything to go by, his reach is much further than any single city’s borders.

Because of a number of medical conditions, Darryl has racked up a considerable amount of debt. In a lot of places around the world, this would be taken care of through a public system, and wouldn’t stand the chance of crippling someone’s livelihood, but then again, in a lot of places around the world bands also get paid for playing shows. That’s not here. A fund has been set up to help Darryl with these expenses, and I personally urge you to give something, anything, to help him out. It’s not even a donation. Darryl has earned this money a thousand times over.

Give below:

http://www.gofundme.com/bje92g

Hey folks, our good friend and intrepid rocker, Darryl Shephard is in need of our help. Darryl has numerous medical issues, including: Hordeolum, GERD, Coronary Stent, Cervical Radiculopathy, Pacemaker (permanent), Hx of Depression, Hypothyroidism, SVT (Supraventricular tachycardia, Hyperlipidemia, Cardiomyopathy (Ischemic), Status Post Myocardial Infarction (anterior wall), and Coronary Artery Disease. He has been a fixture in the Boston music community for over 25 years, having played with acts such as: Slapshot, Blackwolfgoat, The Scimitar, Slaughter Shack, Hackman, Roadsaw and Deslok, among others. Despite having a fulltime job, and health insurance, Darryl, is badly in need of assistance in covering medical expenses. We’ve set the goal pretty low in hopes that people will be more than generous. There are no reward levels, but an incentive or two, are being considered. Helping a friend should be reward enough. Please give what you can. It would be literally life-changing for Darryl. Thanks!!!
 

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Ice Dragon and Space Mushroom Fuzz Release Crystal Future Split Single

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

Ice Dragon and Space Mushroom Fuzz have more than a few things in common: They share geography in being based out of Boston. They’re both committed to self-releasing albums without charging for them, and they both do so at a prolific clip. Both bands have a varied and open sound, and while Ice Dragon lean more toward a doomed-out psychedelic nod, recorded raw with physical pressing a matter left to the ages — their Dream Dragon (tape review here) has a CD issue coming — and Space Mushroom Fuzz tend toward the progressive and space rocking side of the heavy spectrum while periodically gathering single tracks and other output for collected release — their 2013 double-tape, Back from the Past (review here), brought together four outings — I don’t think there’s anyone who’d argue they don’t make a solid pair.

To be perfectly honest, I was kind of hoping that Crystal Future would be a collaborative release from Ice Dragon. As Space Mushroom Fuzz is a one-man project — helmed by Adam Abrams, also known for Blue Aside – it would be easy enough to bring him into an Ice Dragon session, but the four-song release is a proper split, each act on their own. I’m not about to complain. Each band contributes a longer work and a shorter ambient piece, and as ever from both, the resulting EP is available as a free download.

Links, info, Samantha Allen‘s gorgeous cover art and Ice Dragon‘s announcement follow:

This art rules.

We have a new split out with Space Mushroom Fuzz. Their track is most excellent, and definitely gets stuck in your head. Little interlude action in there too, ours is from an old 4-track tape we did on the porch while recording a few Tome tracks.

Cover art from the painting “Shape of Things to Come” by Samantha Allen
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Mastered at Ron’s Wrecker Service, with MAGNETOSONIC sound
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“A Peak Into the Future” and “A Timely Idea”
Written and produced by Space Mushroom Fuzz
Copyright 2014 BMI

“New Blue Horizon” and “Slowly We All (Into the Bottle) Fall”
Written and produced by Ice Dragon
Copyright 2014 ASCAP

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Ice Dragon and Space Mushroom Fuzz, Crystal Future (2014)

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