Greenleaf Announce March 2018 Australian Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 15th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Ostensibly, when Greenleaf go to Australia for the first time in their 18-year history next March, it will be supporting their 2016 Napalm Records long-player, Rise Above the Meadow (review here). It might even be the final leg of their touring cycle for that album, which has been considerable. But here’s what I’m thinking: That’s an awfully long way to go behind a record that by then will be coming up on two years old. I think of bands touring Australia — especially never having done so before — as a major event. Maybe it’s not as long a trip from Sweden, from whence Greenleaf hail, as from Massachusetts, from whence I hail, but still. It’s significant.

So couldn’t it just be possible that the Tommi Holappa-led four-piece will announce a new full-length sometime between now and then? I’m not saying I know that’s going to happen — let me be clear: I do not. at all. in any way. have that info. — but golly, it sure would be awfully nice. Rise Above the Meadow was triumph enough that I’m not sure they necessarily need a follow-up as an excuse to get on that plane. They’d be fine just going as they are. But to go heralding a brand new record? To me, that just seems like a cake and its icing coming together perfectly.

Again, I’ve got no inside track or anything, I’m just thinking it would be awesome if it happened. Greenleaf have some December shows as well with Steak and The Atomic Bitchwax. Those dates and the Australian dates follow here, the latter presented by Your Mate Bookings and Get on the Stage:

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Greenleaf – Australia Tour

The legendary Stoner Rockers from Sweden ‘Greenleaf’ are set to embark on their first ever Australian tour in March 2018. Brought to you by Get On The Stage and Your Mate Bookings!

From what started out as a side project for Tommi Holappa from the prestigious stoner rock band ‘Dozer’, GREENLEAF has now seen six albums, three record labels (Molten Universe, Small Stone Recordings and currently Napalm Records) and a revolving door of band members since inception in 2000.

The much anticipated australian tour is set to begin in Melbourne and will take the Swedes through Frankston, Geelong, Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for local shows and tickets and get ready for a Stoner Rock gig you’ve never seen before!

Greenleaf Dec. shows:
DEC 1 Greenleaf, The Atomic Bitchwax, Steak, The Underworld Camden London, United Kingdom
DEC 3 Greenleaf at Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
DEC 4 Greenleaf at Luxor, Macul
DEC 5 Greenleaf / the Atomic Bitchwax / Steak Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany
DEC 6 Greenleaf, The Atomic Bitchwax, Steak, WERK2-Kulturfabrik, Leipzig-Connewitz, Germany
DEC 12 Greenleaf at Kleiner Klub, Saarbrücken, Germany
DEC 13 Greenleaf, The Atomic Bitchwax, Steak in Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands
DEC 16 Greenleaf • The Atomic Bitchwax • Steak, Bi Nuu, Berlin, Germany
DEC 27 Sankt Hell på Loppen

Greenleaf Australia tour:
03/02 The Bendigo Hotel Collingwood
03/03 Singing Bird Studios Frankston
03/04 Barwon Club Geelong
03/06 Rad Bar Wollongong
03/08 The Chippo Sydney
03/09 Crowbar Brisbane
03/10 Jive Adelaide

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Greenleaf, “Tyrants Tongue” official video

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Dead Witches Welcome New Vocalist; New Album in the Works

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 15th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Dead Witches have announced the departure of frontwoman Virginia Monti and that her replacement will be Soozi Chameleone of Killing Man Jaroh. The band released their debut album, Ouija (discussed here), earlier this year via Italian imprint Heavy Psych Sounds after suffering the devastating loss of guitarist Greg Elk in Fall 2016. The circumstances of Monti‘s leaving the band are nowhere near so tragic; she reportedly wants to focus on her other outfit, Psychedelic Witchcraft. Fair enough.

With Chameleone in the vocalist role, Mark Greening behind the kit, Carl Geary on bass and Oliver Hill on guitar, Dead Witches will press forward in 2018 and continue to work on a new album as a follow-up to Ouija. According to the PR wire, that’s already in the works. No doubt it will be suitably ghoulish and ethereal by the time it hits streets next year.

Here’s the announcement from Heavy Psych Sounds of Chameleone joining the band. Of course, all the best to her in this new role and to all involved parties:

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***DEAD WITCHES NEW VOCALIST***

Dead Witches welcomes new vocalist Soozi Chameleone after Virginia Monti’s departure from the band to concentrate on her band Psychedelic Witchcraft.

Soozi is a near-lifelong vocalist with a keen interest in historical and morbid writing, having had her Shakespeare inspired poetry published as a child, and in recent years having undertaken the position of a reviewer and interviewer for Metal-Rules.com.

Her singing aspirations led her to start Killing Man Jaroh, a classic psychedelic doom outfit back in 2015, who are still active now, as well as pursuing personal development via training in classical and musical theatre vocal styles to further develop her range and ability. She hopes to breathe new life into Dead Witches and join them in continuing to create hypnotically heavy music that will both delight and pleasantly disgust fans alike.

Dead Witches are currently writing new material for a second album and plan to record next year.

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Dead Witches, Ouija (2017)

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Fuzz Evil and Switchblade Jesus Team up for The Second Coming of Heavy – Chapter Seven

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 14th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

This news came in and I realized that somewhere in there I missed a chapter of Ripple Music‘s ongoing The Second Coming of Heavy series of splits. I’ve done my best to cover all of them — been late on almost every one, but still, I’ve gotten there eventually — but when I saw word that Chapter Seven was set to feature Fuzz Evil and Switchblade Jesus my joy at the prospect of some quality rock and roll was tempered by the question nagging at the back of my mind: Hey wait a second, what happened to Chapter Six?

I don’t have the promo for it in my email, which is kind of a bummer, but I’ll assume I did at one point or another or that it got lost in the transition between laptops from the one I called Ol’ Dusty to the one I use now, Big Red. In any case, if I can, I might try to sneak that Kayleth and Favequaid shared offering in at some point while also doing my best to cover Switchblade Jesus and Fuzz Evil, whose installment is set to arrive on Dec. 8, of course on Ripple.

The PR wire has it like this:

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Switchblade Jesus / Fuzz Evil “Chapter 7: The Second Coming of Heavy” out on December 8 via Ripple Music

Ripple Music sets December 8th, 2017 as official release date for Switchblade Jesus / Fuzz Evil “Chapter 7: The Second Coming of Heavy” split!

Formed in 2014, Fuzz Evil is a chug-heavy 3 Piece that tames the fuzziest guitar and bass tones on the planet and wields them to blast a monolithic speaker-ripping fuzzapocaplyse for your ears and soul. Raw and dirty in “Stooges-like” fashion with soaring soulful vocals. Fuzz Evil released their first single, “Glitterbones” on a 7” split with the California trio Chiefs on Battleground records in 2014. In 2016 they followed up the single with a full self-titled debut release on Battleground records. In the past few year they have gone through a few line-up changes.. The current line-up is Orgo Martinez on drums, Wayne Rudell on guitar and vocals, and his brother Joey Rudell on bass and vocals.

From the depths of Texas, Switchblade Jesus returns with a heaviness and deep grooves that succeed their previous recordings. Mixing southwestern boogie, desert-worn blues, retro-metal assault and fierce rocking into a sound that screams Texas–at times sanguine and starkly beautiful, at others full of damn sexy groove and assaulting violence can only describe the music of Texan power rocking, fuzzed out stoner blues trio, Switchblade Jesus.

Consisting of Eric Calvert (Vox/Guitar) Jon Elizondo (Drums) and new comer Chris Black (bass) to the fold to create a new chapter in Switchblade Jesus, more Doom and Gloom but no lack of the groove that the Texan’s brought in the beginning.

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Kayleth & Favequaid, The Second Coming of Heavy Chapter Six (2017)

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The Brothers Keg Post Debut Demo Folklore, Myths and Legends of The Brothers Keg

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 14th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

After painstaking hours of keen-eyed detective work, I’ve concluded that the central mission behind the newly-issued two-song Folklore, Myths and Legends of The Brothers Keg by London trio The Brothers Keg is to introduce the band to their audience. How did I come to this resounding realization? Well, the first track on the thing is called “Introducing the Brothers Keg.” There’s that. Also it’s nine minutes long — so I had some time to think about it. That helped too.

Hey folks, it’s a process.

One might recognize guitarist/vocalist Tom Hobson and Tom Fyfe as the current bassist/vocalist and drummer for the soul-rocking trio Stubb. In The Brothers Keg, the transmutated rhythm section brings aboard bassist/vocalist Paul Rosser and with “Introducing the Brothers Keg” and its also-nine-minutes-long companion-piece “Castle Keg,” they hit immediately into a righteous sonic gamut that’s as comfortable basking in the King Buffalo-esque spaciousness of the first song as the post-Sleep roll of the latter, both captured to their fullest in the mixing and mastering job helmed by Chris West (Landskap).

At just under 19 minutes total, it’s not a minor sampling of what The Brothers Keg can do at this point, and while one might expect them eventually to veer away from some of the gruffer aspects they present here in favor of a more melodic approach particularly to the vocals, they use that edge well in these tracks and give a clear signal of where they might be headed and, sure enough, a right and proper introduction.

Check it out:

Folklore Myths and Legends of The Brothers Keg

Download our new demo for free through the link below. Cheers.

Bros Keg.

https://thebrotherskeg.bandcamp.com/releases

Tracklisting:
1. Introducing The Brothers Keg (demo) 09:32
2. Castle Keg (demo) 09:17

The Brothers Keg is:
Tom Hobson – Guitar/Vocals
Paul Rosser – Bass/Vocals
Tom Fyfe – Drums

Recorded at Farm Factory Studios, Mixed and Mastered at Scuzzball Studios by Chris West

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The Brothers Keg, Folklore, Myths and Legends of The Brothers Keg (2017)

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John, the Void Sign to Argonauta Records; New LP Due in 2018

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 14th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

It’s been a pretty consistent running theme around here for the last few months: ‘Band signs to Argonauta Records, will have new album out.’ To wit, comma-inclusive Italian post-sludgers John, the Void join the label’s ranks alongside such recent additions as Thal, Greyfell, Clamfight, Di’aul, Supernaughty, Zom, Vessel of Light and Ancient VVisdom. At this point I’m starting to wonder what the trick up the imprint’s sleeve could be — a functional business model? Nah, this is heavy rock and roll. That can’t be it.

Whatever it is, it’s let Argonauta flourish as one of the most vital European underground imprints of the last couple years, so all the better. Look for John, the Void to have their next outing pressed through the label in the second half of 2018, and at this point I’m just going to say stay tuned for more to come, because it doesn’t seem like Argonauta is about to slow down its advance whatsoever. Hell, and why should they? Keep it going for as long as possible. With that functioning business model and all.

From the PR wire:

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JOHN, THE VOID signs to ARGONAUTA RECORDS

We’re thrilled to welcome in ARGONAUTA family a new stunning act from Italy: JOHN, THE VOID.

JOHN, THE VOID is a six piece band formed in 2013. They released an EP and a full length titled “II” in 2017. During their tours they also shared the stage with acts like Lento, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Zeus!, Morkobot, Grime and more. The musical spectrum moves between post metal, doom, sludge and atmospheric black metal, with sci-fi and futuristic vibes.

The band says: “We’re totally excited to start this collaboration with Argonauta Records, a dope label that believes in our music and make us feel like brothers. We’re working hard on our new material, and we can’t wait to let you hear it thanks to these guys’ help!”

JOHN, THE VOID new album will be released in the second half of 2018. In the meantime you can enjoy their previous stuff at this address: https://johnthevoid.bandcamp.com/releases

More details to follow soon.

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John, the Void, II (2016)

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Zong Self-Titled Debut out Nov. 20 on Cardinal Fuzz / Praying Mantis; Streaming Now

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 14th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Oh yes. This will do nicely. Four extended cuts of warm-hued instrumental heavy psych — there are few things that I find as welcome in the morning. Or in the afternoon. Also good at dinnertime. Or late at night. Okay, so maybe records like Zong‘s Zong are less of a time-dependent thing for me than they are just something I dig regardless of when I might run into them, but that doesn’t make the digging any less vigorous, and the Brisbane trio bring a classic psychedelic character to their material — as one can hear on the winding eight-minute course of “Arcane Sand” as part of the full album streaming at the bottom of this post — that serves well to distinguish them along with the cover art by drummer Henry Bennett for their self-titled debut, which I’ve already slated to be part of the Quarterly Review next month. It’s out Nov. 20 through Praying Mantis and the ultra-respected purveyors of Cardinal Fuzz.

The latter sent the following down the PR wire and just about made my whole damn day:

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ZONG – ZONG

VINYL Release Date: 20TH NOVEMBER 2017

Cardinal Fuzz and Praying Mantis Records are proud to present ZONG.

Hailing from Brisbane Australia, Zong are a three-piece instrumental group focused on improvised cosmic jams with emphasised themes of psychedelic states, tribal rituals, gothic horror, alien encounters and medieval fantasy. Tying this all together is the groups explosive, intense and emotional delivery sounding out in the rich, golden, down-tuned and cranked amplifier glory akin to Black Sabbath and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and the more modern groups Sleep and Earthless. Their true uniqueness, however, lies in their ability to blend genres and sonically improvise together making them a most satisfying heavy tripped-out listen, and a spectacle to behold as a live performance.

Since the live recording of their first ever show one year ago Zong have honed their craft playing with a myriad of bands, recently with Kadavar, Monolord, Ufomammut, Elder and Pallbearer, and now bring you their explosive debut Self-Titled LP, complete with the mind-bending album artwork by their very own drummer, Henry Bennett.

“Zong” by Zong is a monstrous swirling tidal wave of heavy riffs, pounding drums, weaving bass and guitar duels, intricate inter-dimensional psychedelia and dark mysticism which propels the listener deep into the chasms of their own imagination while also satisfying the cravings of Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix fans.

From the “space-giant wreaking havoc in the cosmos” sounds of the opening track ‘Cosmic Embryo’, to the eerie desert dancing mysticism of ‘Arcane Sand’, through to the pulverising and stark gothic doom of ‘Giant Floating Head’, and into the final majestic ‘Return of the Alien King’ fuelled with fuzzed out riffs and other-worldly mandalas of delayed guitar and blazing Aztec jungle beats, the album is a journey into the cosmos, through history and your own imagination. A well-curated and interesting blend of old and modern genres and visualised themes.

Vinyl & CD available here from ZONG directly. Additionally available from Cardinal Fuzz records in the UK/ EU and Praying Mantis records in Australia.

500 Pressing (300 For Europe via Cardinal Fuzz and 200 For Australia via Praying Mantis)

ZONG:
Zac Anderson – Guitar
Michael Grinstead – Bass
Henry Bennett – Drums

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Zong, Zong (2017)

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Desertfest London 2018: Graveyard, Elder, Weedeater, Freedom Hawk, Zeke, Miss Lava, Mountains and Trevor’s Head Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 13th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Hey, look, don’t get me wrong. It was pretty impressive when Desertfest London 2018 came out of the gate in September and confirmed Monster Magnet, Eyehategod and Nebula in its first round of announcements. That was badass — no doubt about it. But it seems like with this next batch of acts confirmed, we’re starting to see more of the shape the festival will take. Weedeater will make a return that will no doubt be welcome, and likewise Graveyard have been confirmed as headliners, and Zeke will bring their inimitable speed rock to the proceedings as well.

Portugal’s Miss Lava hit the UK for the first time, Freedom Hawk head across the Atlantic from their Virginia home, Elder return as conquering heroes, and locals Mountains and Trevor’s Head give London a chance to get to know some of its own. If that already looks righteous to you, and it should, there’s a payment plan available. Might want to hit it up.

Here’s details from the PR wire:

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DESERTFEST LONDON adds Graveyard and seven more bands to the 2018 lineup; tickets on sale now!

DESERTFEST LONDON are thrilled to reveal the next 8 acts for the 2018 edition of the festival, who will be joining the likes of MONSTER MAGNET, EYEHATEGOD, NEBULA & JEX THOTH to bring a battering ram of riffs down upon Camden next May.

If any band can claim responsibility for the surge of retro-infused, blues-stuffed rock n roll seeping through the underground over the past decade, it has to be GRAVEYARD. We are delighted to announce that following their brief hiatus, the band will make their long awaited UK return in the most deserving form – a headline set at Desertfest 2018. Rising to the top of the fertile Swedish (and indeed European) fuzz-drenched scene thanks to four immaculate albums, Graveyard quickly mastered their straight-down-the-middle rock foundation and built outwards. Effortlessly creating mind invading hooks just waiting to rattle around your brain for weeks and peppering them with doses of heavy psych, subdued moments and the soulful vocals of Joakim Nilsson, it isn’t hard to see why Graveyard are one of the best bands on the planet.

Goliathan sludge shovelers WEEDEATER, who are no strangers to the Desertfest, are finally returning to their spiritual home. Each time these stoner titans have played, the queues have been round the block. Their legendary status precedes them, and for good reason – as frontman Dave ‘Dixie’ Collins revels in stories to punters at the bar of shooting off his own big toe, they are a true DF family band and one of the most “please book them every year” acts in our remit. Weedeater are simply not to be missed this May – it’s going to be sweaty, loud and most importantly, smoky.

We’re pleased once again to be bringing ELDER back to London, hot on the heels of yet another mesmerising album in Reflections of a Floating World. There was no question that the trio had their work cut out in following-up 2015’s epic Lore. Evolving over the past five years, from one of heavy riffing’s most potential-filled practitioners to a progressive scope entirely of their own, each time they take the stage the crowd are undoubtedly blown away by their sheer musical talent.

Also on the bill are Seattle underground legends ZEKE, a band sandwiched somewhere between the rapid-fire, speed-guzzling lunacy of punk and the distinctly bourbon-scented outright abandon of heavy rock n’ roll. Zeke are finally upon our shores and we’re thrilled to announce they’ll be joining us in Camden next May.

We’ve also added the fuzz filled frenzy that is FREEDOM HAWK, Portugal’s stoner-grunge quartet MISS LAVA (making their first UK appearance), proggy Londoners MOUNTAINS and the chunky stoner riffs of TREVOR’S HEAD all lined up for the 2018 proceedings. This is just the tip of the iceberg – stay tuned for the next offering!

Desertfest London 2018
4th-6th May in Camden Town, London
3-day pass (£115) now on sale AT THIS LOCATION

Our special split payment plan is available until December 12th!
Pay half of your ticket now and the other half in January. Find more info HERE.

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Graveyard, “Too Much is Not Enough” official video

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Throneless Sign to Black Bow Records; Cycles Coming March 23

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 13th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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For a band like Malmö, Sweden’s Throneless, who roll out huge-sounding, lumbering grooves in longform and pummeling fashion with a lysergic underflourish and cavernous crash, one can imagine few direct endorsements that might carry the weight as that of Jon Davis, guitarist/vocalist of UK crusher-destroyers Conan. Davis has signed the three-piece to his Black Bow Records imprint for the release of their second offering, Cycles, which will be out on March 23, 2018. As in five months from now. Hey, I like an early heads up as much as the next guy. Probably more, actually, since that’s about as long as it takes me to review shit sometimes.

I digress. The band made their self-titled debut in 2015 via Heavy Psych Sounds, and it’s worth noting they’re not really out of place on either label. Still, from the quote below it’s pretty plain they’re stoked to be working with Black Bow, and yeah, they should be. That record was also four songs of mega-stomping doom, so it’s nice to see they’re keeping to form with the new one. Not that I’ve heard it yet or anything, but it’s bludgeoning.

From the PR wire:

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Throneless – Cycles

On March 23rd 2018 Black Bow Records will release Cycles by Swedish doom metal band THRONELESS. The album is four tracks of psychedelic doom metal that is highly recommended for fans of Conan, Yob and The Slomatics.

The album is set to be released on limited edition vinyl and digital formats.

The band commented, “We’re stoked to release our second album on Black Bow Records, and getting the opportunity to work with people who totally understand the type of music and expression we stand for.”

Throneless is a doom metal band from Malmö, Sweden, that through heavy downtuned fuzz, monotone and medative riffs focuses on waking people up from the masshypnosis we call society.

Tracklisting:
1 – BORN IN VAIN 9:43
2 – CYCLES 9:12
3 – SENSELESS 6:29
4 – ORACLE 14:05

Throneless are:
Johan Sundén – Guitar & Vocals
Patrik Sundberg – Bass & Artwork
Johan Burman – Drums & Production

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Throneless, Throneless (2015)

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