Desert Generator Set for April 9; Red Fang, Brant Bjork, Acid King, Golden Void and Ecstatic Vision Playing

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 8th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

The tradition that Desert Generator is highlighting is evident right in the name of the fest. By now, the out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere-center-of-everywhere parties from which what we’ve come to think of as California’s desert rock scene emerged are the stuff of heavy lore, and as the “stages” such as they were were powered by gas generators — which, though unreliable, have a certain charm — one would be hard-pressed to think of a better moniker for Desert Generator than the one it has. True to form, it sounds like a killer party.

Set for April 9 with a lineup that features Red FangBrant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk BandAcid KingGolden Void and Ecstatic Vision, the inaugural Desert Generator has a reach immediately beyond the locals of Pioneertown, CA, where the venue it will take place — Pappy and Harriet’s — is located, and with a Rolling Heavy magazine-sponsored van show, an outdoor stage and good times on offer, it seems like an atmosphere perfectly in line with the tripped-out and hard-hitting vibes of the lineup. I’d go. Just saying. I would.

Not sure if they’re making it an annual thing or one-shot-only, but what info there is follows, as yoinked off the fest’s website:


Saturday, April 9th, 2016. Rolling Heavy Magazine, Allnight Allnight, and Brant Bjork bring you DESERT GENERATOR, a heavy, psychedelic, rock & roll happening. We are inspired by the legendary generator parties (from which Brant’s band Kyuss originated) and the 1970’s “van-in” campouts. We got five rad bands and a custom van show – one day and one night of laid back fun. It all takes place in a wild west ghost town & dusty desert cantina in the birthplace of Desert Rock and Doom.

The ROLLING HEAVY VAN SHOW starts at high noon and will feature 1960s & 1970s custom vans, vendors, DJS and more (see next FAQ).

The DESERT GENERATOR concert will start as the sun begins to set on the desert. All bands will perform on the outside stage at Pappy + Harriet’s Pioneertown Saloon near Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California.

Red Fang
Brant Bjork and The Low Desert Punk Band
Acid King
Golden Void
Ecstatic Vision

DESERT GENERATOR TICKET IS REQUIRED for Concert @ Pappy & Harriet’s. Event is All Ages. Free Parking. Made in the USA!

Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band, “Buddha Time (Everything Fine)” live at Burg Herzberg 2015

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SunnO))) Announce Live Dates and Fest Appearances

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 8th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

sunno (Photo by Peter Beste)

Volume-as-religion drone pioneers SunnO))) aren’t exactly road dogs these days, but they pick their battles wisely. Next month, they head to Australia to play a whopping three shows, including at the Adelaide Festival, and in April/May, they’re back in the US for select dates around the Southeast ahead of a couple more fest appearances. It ain’t exactly five weeks of straight touring, road dogging it and sleeping on floors and so on, but I don’t think anyone’s about to hold that against them. It’s SunnO))). They should pretty much be playing museums and institutions of higher learning, so if it’s a fest, take it. Personally, I’d be way into seeing them and Brian Wilson back to back.

They’re out supporting late-2015’s Kannon (I’ll get there one of these days), which of course came out on Southern Lord. The PR wire had this to say about it:

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SUNN O))) Announces US Live Actions Including Big Ears Festival, Levitation, Moogfest, And More

SUNN O))) has just announced a series of US tour dates for the Spring months, including several massive festival performances.

Following the band’s run through Australia, with shows in Adelaide, Sydney, and Melbourne in mid-March, SUNN O))) will tour though the Southern US in April. First, the band will perform at Big Ears Fest in Knoxville on April 2nd, appearing as one of the main acts alongside the likes of Yo La Tengo, Sun Ra Arkestra, Andrew Bird, Wolf Eyes, and more. The festival will be immediately followed by shows in Nashville, Athens, Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Tampa through April 8th. Later that month, SUNN O))) will travel to Austin to take part in Levitation 2016, playing Saturday, April 30th with Brian Wilson, Animal Collective, The Black Angels, Boris, Sleep, The Thurston Moore Group, and countless more.

SUNN O))) will assemble again in May, with a set at Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina, performing alongside Odesza, Gary Numan, GZA, Laurie Anderson, Explosions In The Sky, and many other artists. Additional live performances are also being scheduled.

The SUNN O))) touring lineup for these shows will include founding members Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley, as well as longtime members Attila Csihar, Tos Nieuwenhuizen, and Steve Moore (Earth, Stebmo).

SUNN O))) Tour Dates:
3/12/2016 Adelaide Festival – Adelaide, AU w/ Magma
3/15/2016 Manning Bar – Sydney, AU
3/16/2016 Max Watts – Melbourne, AU
4/02/2016 Big Ears Fest – Knoxville, TN
4/03/2016 Exit/in – Nashville, TN
4/05/2016 Georgia – Athens, GA
4/06/2016 Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
4/07/2016 Sun Ray Theatre – Jacksonville, FL
4/08/2016 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
4/30/2016 Levitation – Austin, TX
5/21/2016 Moogfest – Durham, NC

SunnO))), Kannon (2015)

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Hellhookah Release Debut Album Endless Serpents

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 8th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster


Lithuanian duo Hellhookah have released their debut album, Endless Serpents (review here), through NoSlip Records. Mostly. The seven-track, Tony Reed-mastered full-length is available now to stream and download through the label’s Bandcamp, and preorders are up for the jewel-case CD release, which is impending. No exact date yet on that physical manifestation, but the impression I’ve got is that it’s sooner than later.

Hellhookah have been pushing the album pretty hard, and the raw traditionalism they elicit in their doom is easy justification for that. If Reed‘s involvement wasn’t enough of a tie to the band, they round out Endless Serpents with a cover of Saint Vitus‘ crucial anthem, “Born too Late,” and while they’re pretty clearly still getting their bearings in terms of finding their niche within the overarching sphere of doom, they’re off to a solid start in that endeavor.

The band sent the following down the PR wire:

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Lithuanian Doom duo HELLHOOKAH reveals full album!

Lithuanian Doom duo HELLHOOKAH has just revealed their full album “Endless Serpents”. This publication consists of 7 pieces and its length is 35 minutes. Mixing was done by Vaidotas D. (Nyksta), mastered by Tony Reed (Mos Generator, Stone Axe) at HeavyHead Recording Co. who is also Saint Vitus‘s latest album “Lillie: F-65” producer. New cover artwork was designed by Aist? Vyšniauskait?.

In a very meantime “Endless Serpents” will be out on CDs. First run will be 500 jewel-cases along with 8-panel booklet filled with lyrics, photos and other information. The album is being published by independent US label NoSlip Records. You can already pre-order CDs from NoSlip Bigcartel or Bandcamp.

1. A Storm In The Hidden World 04:35
2. Endless Serpents 05:40
3. The Way 06:34
4. No Breaks 03:52
5. The Overman’s Eye 04:29
6. Free Fall ( Instrumental ) 03:23
7. Born Too Late ( Saint Vitus cover) 06:20

Hellhookah are a Lithuanian two-piece band formed in 2012 by Arnas (guitars/bass/vocals) and Gintare (drums).

Hellhookah, Endless Serpents (2016)

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Heavy Psych Sounds Announces 4-Way Split Vol. 2 with The Golden Grass, Killer Boogie, Wild Eyes SF and Banquet

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

What strikes me most immediately about Heavy Psych Sounds‘ just-announced forthcoming 4-Way Split Vol. 2 is that I want to hear it. Past that, it’s impressive how the label has clearly followed-up 2014’s 4-Way Split Vol. 1 (review here) while also changing the underlying theme of the release. Last time around, it was a contest to see who could push farthest into the cosmos between Naam, Black Rainbows, White Hills and The Flying Eyes. Now we’ll discover who’s got the most righteous shuffle between The Golden Grass, Killer Boogie, Wild Eyes SF and Banquet. I’m stoked to find out.

The release is out April 29 on Heavy Psych Sounds (duh) and there will be CDs in addition to limited vinyl and digital versions. Presales start Feb. 15. As it happens, I wrote the text for the announcement, but you can see it below in blue, circled back through from the label’s post:

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HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records is so stoked to announce the “4-Way Split Vol 2”

The Golden Grass * KILLER BOOGIE * Wild Eyes Sf * Banquet

After spacing out fiercely on the first volume of the HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS 4-WAY SPLIT, it’s time to hit the ground running! The HPS 4-WAY SPLIT VOL. 2 brings funked-out ‘70s boogie down the highway with heavy hitters WILD EYES SF, recent HPS-signees BANQUET, Brooklyn sunshine rockers THE GOLDEN GRASS and fuzz traditionalists KILLER BOOGIE.

All four bands bring a fresh sound to classic heavy rock, and after uniting Naam, White Hills, Black Rainbows and The Flying Eyes to highlight trippy psychedelic groove, HPS 4-WAY SPLIT VOL. 2 gives an earthier take while continuing to feature some of the underground’s best up and coming acts!

The Record will be released April 29th
in Double Gatefold Black Vinyl version
Ltd Double Gatefold Green Solid Vinyl version

The amazing artwork by Branca Studio
Pre Sale Start February 15th!

VA, Heavy Psych Sounds 4-Way Split Vol. 1 (2014)

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Beastwars Release The Death of all Things April 22

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Lurching New Zealand sludge-doomers Beastwars will release their third album, The Death of all Things, on April 22 through Destroy Records. What do you say to new Beastwars other than “fuck yes?” Probably not much if you’ve heard the band, whose two outings to-date — 2013’s Blood Becomes Fire (review here) and 2011’s Beastwars (review here) — are so righteously pummeling as to make decriptors like “Crowbarian” seem insufficiently weighted. Preorders go live on March 11 for the vinyl, and to herald the album’s coming, the band has made the new track “Call to the Mountain” available for streaming.

You can hear that under the PR wire info below, and there’s a very good chance it will be the heaviest thing you put on today, so be ready before you dig in. Also looking forward to seeing the final artwork for the album by Nick Keller, who’s done their past records as well and never disappoints in scale or design. Until then, info and audio:


BEASTWARS to release new album The Death Of All Things this April | Stream and share the new song ‘Call To The Mountain’

The Death Of All Things by Beastwars will be released worldwide through Destroy Records on 22nd April 2016

Obey The Riff… As far as aphorisms go few hit harder than Beastwars’ heavy metal mantra.

Returning in 2016 with what will undoubtedly become one of this year’s most revelatory releases, Beastwars are a band so heavy, and heavily admired by fans in the Southern Hemisphere, they practically weigh the world in place and stop it spinning wildly off its axis.

The Death Of All Things was produced by the band and James Goldsmith in their hometown of Wellington, New Zealand, mixed by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Big Business) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Windhand). and is the third and final full-length in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. An album that signals the arrival of one of metal’s best-kept secrets out from under; primed to take on the world full tilt.

In 2011, Beastwars released their self-titled debut to critical acclaim and in doing so transformed New Zealand’s metal landscape. Reviewers celebrated the album’s, “slow- burning furnace of bass-trawling riffage,” (The Sleeping Shaman) as well as its distinctive blend of lysergic and premonitory metal that compared the band to Kyuss, Neurosis and Godflesh, while hinting at influences as distinctive as The Jesus Lizard, Black Sabbath, and in Hyde’s ‘avant-grunt’, Celtic Frost. Music that at its very core channels a colossal mood filtered to a point where, “every wail, every riff, every bass thump and every cymbal crash serves to remind you that this is enigmatic and darkened metal, straight from the murky heart of the Antipodes.” (Sixnoises)

Two years on from their internationally acclaimed debut, Beastwars returned in 2013 with Blood Becomes Fire which landed at #2 in the nations music charts. The album delivered ten songs retaining all the strength and psychedelic fire of their first while presenting a powerful evolution in vision.

The Death Of All Things is released worldwide through Destroy Records on 22nd April 2016. On 11th March a pre-order for limited edition vinyl will be available from but in the meantime, you can stream and share their brand new song for ‘Call To The Mountain’ here.

20th February – Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney
21st February – Coburg Hall w. THE SWORD, Melbourne
27th February – The Studio w. THE SWORD, Auckland

Clayton Anderson – Guitar
Nathan Hickey – Drums
Matt Hyde – Vocals
James Woods – Bass

Artwork by Nick Keller –

Beastwars, “Call to the Mountain”

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Bongripper Announce European Tour with Ghold

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster


A busy few months ahead for Chicago riffers Bongripper as they head to Europe and the UK in May/June to play Temples Festival after a slot at Maryland Death Fest on May 16. The Temples appearance coincides with a tour alongside Ghold presented by the festival, as Bongripper continue to make choice appearances in support of 2014’s crusher, Miserable (review here). Ghold will reportedly have a new album out this year, and though I’ve yet to see reports of a new Bongripper, they’ll also be taking part in the Psycho Las Vegas fest in August alongside everyone and their cousin.

The PR wire has it like this:

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Temples Festival extend their influence outside of Bristol by presenting to you the Bongripper and Ghold EU tour. Smouldering, smeared and summoning, this one is for all purveyors of the low-end, distorted and uncompromisingly heavy sonic. This mammoth monolithic juggernaut will bulldoze through France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. The full set of dates can be found below:

29/05/2016 Le Ferrailleur, Nantes, FR
30/05/2016 Glazart, Paris, FR
31/05/2016 VK Club, Brussels, BE
01/06/2016 UT Connewitz, Leipzig, DE
02/06/2016 Cassiopeia, Berlin, DE
03/06/2016 Patronaat, Haarlem, NL
04/06/2016 Temples Festival, Bristol, UK (BONGRIPPER ONLY)
05/06/2016 Star & Garter, Manchester, UK

Ghold took command of the Sunday stage at the 2015 edition of Temples Festival and are welcomed as the lead support for the first full “Temples Festival Presents” tour. Devastating and haunting, this triad of rhythmic ritualists recently finished recording their follow-up to 2015’s Of Ruin and more info on that will be incoming shortly…

Gnarled instrumental quartet Bongripper released their latest album, Miserable, last summer and this tour will see their Temples Festival debut. Expect witnesses to be suffocated by their weighty, wallowing riffs.

Tickets are on sale now. It’s time to deluge yourself in the unrelenting.

Bongripper, Miserable (2014)

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Black Black Black Releasing Altered States of Death and Grace on March 25

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 4th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Maybe you caught wind of the 2013 self-titled debut (review here) from Brooklyn noisemakers Black Black Black, maybe you didn’t. Fine either way. It’s not too late. The band will release their second album, Altered States of Death and Grace, on March 25 through Aqualamb, and yes, it’s one you should hear. The Andrew Schneider-recorded drums are immediately recognizable on “Let’s Bloodlet,” which also boasts a returning call-and-response guest appearance from Unsane‘s Dave Curran, who appeared on “Pentagram On” from the first LP, and the band’s blend of post-hardcore drive and heavy rock atmospherics made that debut essential and seems to be well intact if the swing beneath “Let’s Bloodlet” is anything to go by.

I’m just saying, it’s two minutes of your time and you should check it out. Hopefully I’ll have more to come as we get closer to the release date. Here’s info and that track stream from the PR wire:

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BLACK BLACK BLACK: Dave Curran of Unsane guests on Brooklyn sludge n’ rollers’ misanthropic new anthem; sophomore album “Altered States of Death and Grace” to be released in book format, March 25th on Aqualamb

Brooklyn “doom pop” rockers Black Black Black are set to release new, sophomore album Altered States of Death and Grace on March 25th via Aqualamb Records.

Stripped-down, psyched-out desert rock meets big-city darkness, in Altered States of Death and Grace’s ten perfect gems of driving rock n’ roll. Hip-shaking stomps and soaring hooks propel morbidly poetic songs about pills, decay, self-mutilation, Satanism, and other horror-flick delights, bearing titles like “Let’s Bloodlet” and “Exorcist Everything.” It is a clash of desert and city, light and dark, sweet and bitter – while the music radiates color, the lyrics are as black as the band name.

“Zoloft Manual” kicks off the album, showcasing the rich singing voice of frontman Jason Alexander Byers – Byers is formerly the vocalist of ’90s Cleveland band Disengage (releases on Man’s Ruin Records and other labels) and on Altered States of Death and Grace he croons, howls, and screams with a veteran’s conviction. Second track “I Got Scabies” begins as a hellbound highway rocker and ends with clanging Daydream Nation strums. “Lloyd Needs Meds” follows, slowing things down to heavy, transcendent White Album bliss, the sounds of eerie voices and sharpening knives buried in the haze.

From start to finish, Altered States of Death and Grace is a supremely rocking album that traverses the whole spectrum but always keeps a foot in black.

The album was recorded at Terminus Recording Studios and mixed at 28th Street Sound by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Mutoid Man), and mastered by Carl Saff (Fu Manchu, Sannhet).

The tracklist is as follows:
1) Zoloft Manual
2) I Got Scabies
3) Lloyd Needs Meds
4) Let’s Bloodlet
5) Exorcist Everything
6) Let’s Scare Death to Death
7) Jessup Jessup Jessup
8) Every Dentist Does
9) Slowly Severed
10) When Dying’s Done

Aqualamb, the Brooklyn label of which Black Black Black bassist Johnathan Swafford is co-owner, will release Altered States of Death and Grace on March 25th in its signature format: the label has made a name for releasing music in the form of pristinely-designed, 100-page, softbound books. In Aqualamb’s book series, each album’s art and liner notes, traditionally confined to an LP gatefold, a CD booklet, or the screen of a music-playing device, is given an expanded space in which to shine. A download code for the music is included within each book. Altered States of Death and Grace’s cover art was created by frontman Byers, with Aqualamb handling the book design.

Altered States of Death and Grace follows Black Black Black’s self-titled debut album, released on Aqualamb in 2013.

Black Black Black has played shows with Torche, Weedeater, Doomriders, and more. The band joins Craw and STATS for a Craw reunion show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on March 12th.

Black Black Black, “Let’s Bloodlet”

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Freak Valley 2016: The Shrine Join Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 4th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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It’s been, what, hours since the last announcement from Freak Valley 2016? So yeah, we were due. The German fest seems to get increasingly badass by the band, and after delivering Danish newcomers The Sonic Dawn earlier this week, it has now confirmed that SoCal-ier-than-thou skate rockers The Shrine will take part in the weekend’s doings as well. The fest, if you can’t see it in the header above, takes place May 26-28. Anybody want to quit their job with me and fly out? Sounds like a good time, right? Baby Woodrose is gonna be there…

The art for The Shrine‘s poster is by David Paul Seymour — this isn’t the last time today I’ll be posting about his work — and the band heads over to Europe supporting their recently-issued third album, Rare Breed, which also marks their debut on Century MediaFreak Valley 2016 announced their addition as follows:

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***THE SHRINE confirmed to play FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL 2016***

We tried to get California’s purveyors of Psychedelic Violence THE SHRINE over to FREAK VALLEY since years – Finally it will happen!!

Share this post (public) and win a free 3day pass!!

Despite forming in 2008, The Shrine feel like a band from a wilder, more reckless era. With a sound that harks back to the early days of punk and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, the Venice, California band has a sound that evokes the past without relying on nostalgia. Made up of guitarist and vocalist Josh Landau, bassist Court Murphy, and drummer Jeff Murray, the trio merges driving energy with bluesy riffs to create a sound that feels like an unholy union between Black Flag and Black Sabbath.

The fantastic poster was created by a true legend: David Paul Seymour.

FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL – 26th-27th-28th May 2016

FVF 2016 is SOLD OUT!!

Freak Valley Festival: No Fillers – Just Killers

Line-up 2016:
GRAVEYARD [SW] – Vintage Rock
DEAD MEADOW [US] – Psychedelic Stonerrock
SPIDERGAWD [NO] – Post-Boogie
WHITE HILLS [US] – Fuzzed Out Motorik Psychedelic
THE SHRINE [US] – Psychedelic Violence Rock and Roll
BABY WOODROSE [DK]- Psychedelic Garagerock
LONELY KAMEL [NO]- Heavy Blues, Hardrock & Stoner
ROTOR [D] – Instrumental StonerRock/Psychedelic
MONOLORD [SW] – Doom/Sludge
MANTAR [D] – Death Metal Doom Punk
TOUNDRA [SP] – Postrock
FARFLUNG [US] – Spacerock for 21st Century Heads
THE GOLDEN GRASS [US]- Heavy/Funk//Psych/Freakbeat
SPIDERS [SW] – Hard/Glam Rock
LÉ BETRE [SW] – Bluesy Hardrock
THE SONIC DAWN [DK] – Psychedelic Rock

…more tba very soon

The Shrine, “Death to Invaders” official video

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