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Cosmic Fall to Release First Fall Vinyl on Clostridium Records; Preorders Available

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 18th, 2017 by H.P. Taskmaster

Let’s just assume that Berlin three-piece Cosmic Fall shook hands upon first getting together in June 2016 and immediately hit record to begin work on their debut full-length, First Fall, which surfaced in August. I’m not sure how else such a feat could’ve been accomplished and a drift as encompassing and molten as that of “Son of a Gun” executed by such a new band except as a result of off-the-bat productivity. To put anything together at that pace is impressive — and granted they’re jamming out; it ain’t exactly rock opera in terms of arrangements — let alone have it not fall completely flat upon its release. One might take being picked up by Clostridium Records as a definite sign that the plan, if there was one, worked out. Pretty much anything that makes you labelmates with Lamp of the Universe earmarks a win by my estimation.

The album is streaming in full now on Bandcamp and Clostridium has limited vinyl up for preorder now with patches and signed whatnots. Art, details and audio follow:

cosmic fall first fall

The band COSMIC FALL presents here their debut album “First Fall,” a mixture of classic Desert sound and original Psychedelic Stoner. Exciting and common are jam-like parts, which are attached to bands like COLOUR HAZE or EARTHLESS, with numerous guitar tunes, underpinned by their own charm. The trio, founded only in June 2016 in Berlin, already released their first work just two months later.

After the self-financed CD, the vinyl edition will now appear on Clostridium Records.

Cosmic Fall First Fall tracklist:
01 Sun of a Gun
02 Road to Ufa
03 I Must Obey
04 Jam I

COSMIC FALL “First Fall”
Limited to 500 copies
black poly-lined innersleeve
hand-numbered
200 x black – 180gr
200 x coloured 180 gr
100 x splatter/ DIE HARD edition
( + patch & signed/autographed card )
ALL copies will have a A-2 „ poster
pressed in Germany

Bio:
Whatever fell from the cosmic sky, it landed in our home town Berlin. And is ready to take your mind on a beautiful journey. Bringing Earthless-level Heavy Psych into the local scene! Taking you into the endless universe, the lonely desert and the depth of the ocean as relaxing sounds and moody melodies will go along with you on this journey. Do you smell it? It’s time for another take off!

https://www.facebook.com/cosmicfallband/
https://cosmicfall.bandcamp.com/album/first-fall
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http://www.clostridiumrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=76&MODsid=p741afdcgt5lu1bq51i8fmd9t5

Cosmic Fall, First Fall (2016/2017)

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Janne Westerlund’s There’s a Passage out Feb. 15; Two New Songs Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 18th, 2017 by H.P. Taskmaster

janne westerlund

In the span of two tracks, Janne Westerlund goes from ultra-minimal guy-and-guitar Finnish folk blues to sprawling choral harmonies (in English, but really, the linguistic swap is the smallest of the changes) — and that’s supposed to be the lead-in for Westerlund‘s forthcoming solo LP, There’s a Passage. Wildest part is it probably makes sense when you hear the record. Westerlund, of course, is best known for his work in on-their-own-wavelength-forever progressive post-everything outfit Circle, among others, and There’s a Passage is his second solo offering, set to be released on Feb. 17 via Ektro Records. He’s got two Circle tracks on there among other originals, and the two I mentioned at the start of this paragraph? Yeah, they’re both streaming. You can check them out below.

Art and info off the PR wire:

janne westerlund there's a passage

JANNE WESTERLUND sets release date for new EKTRO album, reveals first tracks

Ektro Records sets February 17th as the international release date for Janne Westerlund’s highly anticipated There’s a Passage. After Marshland, the darkest blues album ever released in Finland, Westerlund is trying to find some light with this new solo effort. By deploying means ranging from the choral exploration of “So Messed Up” to the obsessedly monotonic boogie of “Run No More,” completed with two songs from Circle’s repertoire, he manages to come up with a captivating, sorcerous journey for an album.

Westerlund’s roots may be deep in folk music, but over the years, playing with such bands as Circle, Pharaoh Overlord and Plain Ride, he has developed a highly personalized take on it by questioning the conventions of any given genre. Despite his uncompromising and austere vision on music, there remains an undertone of uncertainty and vulnerability in his voice – perhaps it is precisely this ambivalence that makes his work so accessible and strikingly effective. Hear the first examples of such with the tracks “Kuoleman lautturin tyta?r” HERE and “So Messed Up” HERE. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Janne Westerlund’s There’s a Passage
1. So Messed Up
2. Sick Child
3. Run No More
4. Days of Love
5. Oh Wind
6. Kuoleman lautturin tytar
7. Ydinaukio
8. Back to Etcetera
9. You Come From Far
10. There’s a Passage

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Drug Honkey Announce Cloak of Skies LP out May 5

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 17th, 2017 by H.P. Taskmaster

drug honkey

Been looking forward to news of Drug Honkey‘s next release for a while now, and the word from the band that they’ll issue the full-length Cloak of Skies through emergent Indian imprint Transcending Obscurity Records is welcome, since there’s little question the label will know exactly how to handle the Chicago-based outfit’s particular and at times peculiar brand of extremity. Their last album was 2012’s horrifying Ghost in the Fire (review here), which came out through Transcending Obscurity predecessor Diabolical Conquest, and the new record features guest contributions from Bruce Lamont and Justin Broadrick, meaning it could be as expansive as it is brutal. Sign me up.

Cloak of Skies is out May 5 and I’ll hope to have more to come on the subject before then. The band had the following to say about it:

drug honkey cloak of skies

We are very pleased to announce the new full-length “Cloak of Skies” will be unleashed on May 5th 2017 via the booming & ever-expanding Transcending Obscurity Records label.
CD, digital, & vinyl platforms will all be available, along with some killer box set/bundle options as well.

Cover art painted by the ultra-talented Italian madman Paolo Girardi.

Avant-garde sax shaman bruce lamont (Correction House/Yakuza/Brain Tentacles) has etched his indelible mark on the title track of the album, and none other than one of our biggest influences – the main man himself; Justin K Broadrick (Godflesh/Jesu), has done an extraordinarily crushing remix/reconstruction of the opening track “Pool of Failure”, which bookends the album…

Pre-order details will be made available in the next week or so..

Tracklist:
1. Pool of Failure (5:44)
2. Sickening Wasteoid (6:12)
3. Outlet of Hatred (6:48)
4. (It’s Not) The Way (6:36)
5. The Oblivion of an Opiate Nod (10:00)
6. Cloak of Skies (8:11)
7. Pool of Failure (JK Broadrick remix) (6:29)

Paul Gillis – Vocals/Synths/Samples/FX
Adam Smith – Drums
Gabe Grosso – Guitar
Ian Brown – Bass

https://www.facebook.com/drughonkey
https://drughonkey.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/transcendingobscurity/
http://tometal.com/

Drug Honkey, Ghost in the Fire (2012)

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Black Mirrors Sign to Napalm Records; Funky Queen EP Due March 3

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 17th, 2017 by H.P. Taskmaster

black mirrors laurent desert-rock.com

Belgian four-piece Black Mirrors have signed to Napalm Records for the release of their debut EP, Funky Queen. That winning title is — again, this is worth stressing — the band’s debut EP. Not just their label debut, but the first thing they’ve put out. And they’re signed to Napalm. That’s not an easy feat, considering that by signing to the label Black Mirrors join the ranks of Brant BjorkGreenleafJohn Garcia and an impressive host of others. Already veterans of Desertfest Belgium, Black Mirrors will also tour in March as support for Sweden’s Horisont, and they have headlining shows besides, so it seems only fair to expect them to make a splash in 2017 one way or another. I’ll be interested to hear how the EP — which features a likewise brazen MC5 cover — actually sounds when its March 3 release gets here.

The PR wire has details:

black mirrors funky queen

BLACK MIRRORS Sign Worldwide Deal With Napalm Records & Reveal Details Of Debut EP!

BLACK MIRRORS are a new Garage Rock / Blues Rock gem that enriches the Napalm Records roster and are Belgium’s answer to pretty much every Rock band out there. BLACK MIRRORS sound encompasses endless amount of Rock influences, which have been ruling the Rock N’ Roll universe for decades. If Janis Joplin, Jack White, Anouk, Nirvana and Queens Of The Stone Age ever had the chance to breed, BLACK MIRRORS would have been their favorite creation. This one’s a keeper!

The band on their new home with Napalm Records:
“We are super proud to announce that we signed a record deal with the high-acclaimed label Napalm Records! We are grateful and proud that we can work together with such a big record label and that we’ll be on the same roster like bands as John Garcia, Alter Bridge, Monster Magnet, Brant Bjork among so many others!

We are looking forward to working together with the whole Napalm family and to bring our music to every corner of the world and to rock with all of you!
See you on the road soon and stay tuned as we will have some other great news coming for you!”

But not enough of good news from team BLACK MIRRORS as their debut EP entitled Funky Queen will be released worldwide on March 3rd 2017 via Napalm Records!

Check out the stunning EP artwork Artwork by mighty Sebastian Jerke (Greenleaf, My Sleeping Karma,).and track listing below and make sure to catch them live on tour.

The track listing reads as follows:
1 Funky Queen
2 Kick Out The Jams (MC5 cover)
3 The mess
4 Canard vengeur masque

The EP Funky Queen will be available as a Limited First Edition 4 Page EP Digipack as well as black & colored vinyl.

Catch up with BLACK MIRRORS in Europe:
w/ Horisont
16.03.17 DE – Hamburg / Logo
17.03.17 DE – Siegen / Vortex
18.03.17 DE – Düsseldorf / Pitcher
23.03.17 DE – Munich / Backstage
25.03.17 CH – Pratteln / Z7
26.03.17 AT – Vienna / Das Bach
27.03.17 AT – Salzburg / Rockhouse
28.03.17 DE – Mörlenbach-Weiher / Live Music Hall
29.03.17 DE – Lichtenfels / Paunchy Cats
30.03.17 DE – Berlin / Privatclub

BLACK MIRRORS Headline Shows:
02.03.2017 BE – Brussels / Botanique
07.03.2017 TU – Ankara / ODTÜ
06.04.2017 BE – Antwerp / Trix

BLACK MIRRORS Line-Up:
Marcella Di Troia: Vocals
Pierre Lateur: Guitar
Gino Caponi: Bass
Nicolas Scalliet: Drums

Stay tuned for more exciting news to come!

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www.blackmirrorsmusic.com/
instagram.com/blackmirrorsmusic
twitter.com/BlackMirrorsmus
napalmrecords.com

Black Mirrors, Live at Desertfest Belgium 2016

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Void Cruiser Confirm Feb. 27 Release for Wayfarer; New Single Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 17th, 2017 by H.P. Taskmaster

void cruiser

Originally set for issue this past Autumn, the sophomore full-length from Finland’s Void Cruiser has been given a firm release date of Feb. 27 through Argonauta Records. Preceded by the art and track info that you can see below as well as the cumbersomely-titled new single, “I Didn’t Lie but I Know Now that I Should Have,” the album is named Wayfarer and upon digging into the track, one finds an engaging blend of heavy psychedelia and grunge that seems to invite further inspection. A little bit the song brings Dwellers to mind, but is on an altogether more tripped-out wavelength, though how that might play across the whole release I don’t actually know. Haven’t heard it yet.

So it goes. In any case, at well over eight minutes, “I Didn’t Lie but I Know Now that I Should Have” is more than a snippet and should be plenty to dig into, so yeah, have at it. You’ll find the song under the info below, which came down the PR wire:

void cruiser wayfarer

VOID CRUISER reveal cover artwork and first single from their anticipated new album

Finnish cosmonauts VOID CRUISER reveal cover artwork and first single from their new album “Wayfarer”. The song “I didn’t lie but I know now that I should have” is available at this address: https://youtu.be/s0n5zTSWpXs

The band says: “This single track release is a taste from the upcoming album “Wayfarer”. The song ‘I Didn’t Lie But I Know Now That I Should Have’ was among the first two composed songs for the record and it became benchmark for the rest of the song writing progress. People who have listened to our debut album will realise that this time we have cruised deeper into the sonic unknown and tamed some of the previously unencountered euphonious anomalies. We hope that this track, having such a deep meaning for us, will also be meaningful for all of you.”

VOID CRUISER “Wayfarer”, a massive Heavy Space/Fuzz related Metal work, will be released in CD/DD by ARGONAUTA Records and available from February 27th, 2017. Preorders run here: http://bit.ly/2iglk1d

TRACKLIST:
1. A day on which no man was born
2. I didn’t lie but I know now that I should have
3. As we speak
4. Madonnas and whores
5. Seven years late
6. All over nowhere
7. Maailman kallein kaupunki

www.facebook.com/voidcruiser
https://voidcruiser.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ArgonautaRecords/
www.argonautarecords.com

Void Cruiser, “I Didn’t Lie but I Know Now that I Should Have”

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The Atomic Bitchwax Announce South American Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 16th, 2017 by H.P. Taskmaster

the atomic bitchwax

Whatever else you can say about long-running New Jersey heavy rockers The Atomic Bitchwax — great band, nice guys, one of the most powerful power trios in heavy rock, tight-as-hell live act, going on 20 years since their first record and they’re still probably held back by their name, etc. — you can’t say they haven’t busted their collective ass supporting their most recent album. Rightly so. 2015’s Gravitron (review here) was well worth supporting. They’ve done several videos and even more, they’ve hit the road as hard as I’ve ever seen them across the US and Europe to deliver the songs to the masses, and it looks like the thread will continue in 2017 as they announce this five-night run in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

To my knowledge, this is the first trip to South America for bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik, guitarist/vocalist Finn Ryan and drummer Bob Pantella, but the timing couldn’t be better, with the boom in heavy rock and roll happening in cities like Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires and Santiago. I’ll be interested to see who winds up playing some of these shows with them, but either way, the more people who see The Atomic Bitchwax, the better.

Venado Records, which is presenting the tour along with Abraxas Events, Farma and Red House, announced it as follows:

the atomic bitchwax south america

Well friends, the second initial bomb this year is this!! We are super happy and proud to announce:

The Atomic Bitchwax South American Tour 2017!

Here comes the super stoner rock to all Argentina, Brazil and Chile!

The legendary band formed in 1999, currently composed of Bob Pantella (Monster Magnet) on drums, Chris Kosnik (also of monster magnet) on bass and Finn Ryan on guitar, with 6 Records in their career (The last of them in 2015, gravitron, found them sounding fresher than ever) will be in South America for the following dates:

April
Wednesday 04/05 – SAO PAULO BR
Thursday 04/06 – córdoba ar
Friday 04/07 – Neuquen ar
Saturday 04/08 – Buenos Aires ar
Sunday 04/09 – Santiago ch

Next week all the info, tickets and others!! Share friends!

https://www.facebook.com/The-Atomic-Bitchwax-86002001659/
http://teepeerecords.com/
https://www.facebook.com/abraxasevents/
http://venadorecords.com/

The Atomic Bitchwax, Live at Saint Vitus Bar, Dec. 16, 2016

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PH to Release Eternal Hayden March 10 on Svart Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 16th, 2017 by H.P. Taskmaster

PH

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. You know who’s really excited at the prospect of a new PH record? Me. I am. I’ll admit, I was somewhat concerned that when the Finnish progressive experimentalists formerly known as Mr. Peter Hayden wrapped up a trilogy of LPs with the cosmic breadth drone of 2014’s Archdimension Now (review here), that would be it for them. Doneski. But it seems instead to have closed one era and begun another. Now dubbed PH after the logo/symbol they carry with them on stage, and now signed to Svart — which is easily the most logical place I can think of for them in this universe of illogic — they’ll issue Eternal Hayden on March 10. And as I say, I’m really excited about it.

They have a new teaser streaming now that’s not much more than a couple rumbles, but still — get stoked. More to come.

This from the PR wire:

ph eternal hayden

PH set release date for new SVART album, reveal teaser video

Finnish meta-rocking freebirds Mr. Peter Hayden, now referring to themselves just by their PH insignia, are back with a new album. Their fourth full-length, Eternal Hayden, will be released through Svart Records on March 10th. The release will be celebrated by a Scandinavian tour in March and the rest of Europe during the fall of this yar.

“This album is all about letting go and achieving, reaching something more after giving up everything,” comments the band. “It is a guide to spiritual growth, ascension, and overall progression towards freedom. At the same time, it is a pre-written vision coming true aptly depicting our journey as a band and a spiritual entity.”

Eternal Hayden is the capstone not only for their discography so far, but also for their whole existence. Their return from the voyage through a trilogy of albums exploring the depths of mind, time, and dimensions finally to reveal what it was all about. This album is everything they have ever done before and a fair share of what they are going towards in the future, but performed in a manner none of the earlier albums were. It’s as much a return to the time before the trilogy as it is a brand-new start, the future and the past.

“The trilogy started as an experiment, but became an experience as we were caught within it,” they explain. “In the end, it also become a guide for others to go through the same journey and to gain what we have gained. And only after reaching the archdimension were we able to write and perform this album. Also being born again, we felt obligated to simplify our name from ‘Mr. Peter Hayden’ to the PH monogram, which we have used as our insignia for over 15 years already.”

This is something new lurking between the petrified genre definitions and still merely the first step down the group’s path to be cleared. A tantalizingly short teaser video for Eternal Hayden can be viewed HERE. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for PH’s Eternal Hayden
1. Looking Back At Mr. Peter Hayden
2. We Fly High
3. Reach
4. Higher
5. Rock And Roll Future

www.mrph.net
www.facebook.com/mrpeterhayden
www.instagram.com/mrpeterhayden
twitter.com/mrpeterhayden
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www.youtube.com/svartrecords
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PH, Eternal Hayden teaser

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MaidaVale Announce European Tour Dates for Feb./March

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 16th, 2017 by H.P. Taskmaster

From the significant list of dates below, it looks like Swedish heavy blues rockers MaidaVale are digging in for the long haul as they continue to support their 2016 debut album, Tales of the Wicked West. They’ll start out in Malmö and hit Belgium on their way to France and Germany, where the bulk of the dates will take place before they hit Denmark en route back north, and while I’ll admit I don’t know much about most of the venues listed — some of the names are recognizable, but it’s nowhere I’ve been, in other words — one imagines the band rolling oldschool, showing up in barrooms, knocking the place’s socks off, then rolling out.

Perhaps that’s because that was how I saw them back in September when I was stupid-lucky enough to catch their set at Høstsabbat (review here), but either way, it would fit their particular manner of ass-kickery. A tour like that changes a band.

Side note, I don’t even drink anymore, but I really hope some clever-as-hell European craft brewer comes up with a Maida Ale and gives them some to sell at the merch table. There you go. That one’s a freebie. Oh, and don’t forget they’re also playing Freak Valley 2017 in Germany this summer (info here).

Alright. Here’s the band’s announcement of the tour:

MaidaVale European Tour 2017

We’re very excited to announce the dates on this upcoming European tour! There’s a few more to be added.

We’ve started working with Jackalope – Artist Needs Management on bookings in Germany/Europe which we’re very happy about – and Maximum Tour Music are booking all french dates on this tour. Shout-out to Lisa Hellberg and Eyota Laelie for additional help.

MAIDAVALE TOUR DATES FEBRUARY-MARCH 2017
2.15 – Malmö – Plan B – malmö (SE)
2.17 – Arlon – L’Entrepôt À Arlon (BE)
2.18 – Angers – Jokerspub-Angers (FR)
2.19 – Lórient – Le Galion (FR)
2.20 – Poitiers – Cluricaume Café (FR)
2.23 – Montpellier – The Black Sheep (FR)
2.24 – Bayonne – Le Magneto (FR)
2.25 – Pessac – Sortie 13 (FR)
2.26 – Niort – L’Alternateur (FR)
2.28 – Nantes – La Scène Michelet (FR)
3.3 – Erdeven – Le Coota (FR)
3.4 – TBA (FR)
3.5 – Freiburg – MensaBar (DE)
3.7 – Bremen – Papp (DE)
3.8 – Arnstadt – Rockkneipe ‘Jungfer’ (DE)
3.9 – München – 8 below club (DE)
3.10 – Geislingen – MieV / Seemühle (DE)
3.11 – Karlsruhe – PsyKA / Dorfschänke (DE)
3.13 – Bocholt – Kulturort Alte Molkerei Bocholt e.V. (DE)
3.14 – Mülheim/Ruhr – AZ Mülheim (DE)
3.16 – TBA (DE)
3.17 – Hamburg – Bambi galore (DE)
3.18 – Bad Bevensen – Vakuum e.V. (DE)
3.20 – Mannheim – Kurzbar (DE)
3.21 – Bayreuth – Glashaus Bayreuth (DE)
3.22 – Nürnberg – Z-Bau (DE)
3.23 – Lübbenau – Kulturhof Lübbenau (DE)
3.24 – Berlin – TBA (DE)
3.25 – Oldenburg – Polyester Klub (DE)
3.26 – Aalborg – 1000Fryd (DK)

Photo by Gianluca La Bruna – photographer

MaidaVale is:
Linn Johannesson
Sofia Ström
Matilda Roth
Johanna Hansson

https://www.facebook.com/maidavaleswe/
https://thesignrecords.bandcamp.com/album/maidavale-tales-of-the-wicked-west
https://www.bengans.se/cgi-bin/ibutik/AIR_ibutik.fcgi?funk=Sok_Falt&ID=68&Sokvarde=MaidaVale
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MaidaVale, “(If You Want the Smoke) Be the Fire” official video

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