Vesta Self-Titled Debut out March 2; First Single Streaming Now

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 11th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Italian heavy post-rock instrumentalists Vesta are the latest pickup by Argonauta Records and will release their self-titled debut album through the label on March 2. At this point it’s almost like a science experiment for me to see how many days go by until the next time I wind up posting about Argonauta snagging another band from somewhere around the world. That last one? Dec. 5. Today is Dec. 11, and if you’re paying attention — pay attention! — that’s not even a week from one to the next. I don’t know if there’s some master plan at work as regards building a roster or what, but Argonauta has become utterly relentless in its pursuit of new acts and new releases. It’s astounding to think of all the stuff already on their calendar for the first half of 2018, let alone what might still come later.

As far as Vesta go, they have the new single “Signals” streaming now and work in the tradition of acts like Russian Circles and maybe a bit of sped-up later Isis. They’re relative newcomers, but clearly have an idea what they’re going for in their blend of airy tones and underlying rhythmic weight.

Audio follows the PR wire info below. Have at it:

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Italian Post Rockers VESTA sign to ARGONAUTA Records

Formed in Viareggio during 2016 by Giacomo Cerri (Seed’n’Feed / Dinelli & SNF Ensemble / Foolhouse / La Lisca) Sandro Marchi (La Iena) and Lorenzo Iannazzone, VESTA are currently authors of a huge sonic atmospheric assault ranging from heavy notes to the most delicate and ethereal solutions. They are characterized by a very heterogeneous style of music, ranging from the heavily discordant notes of heavy metal to more delicate and ethereal passages typical of post-rock.

Their first impressive album, originally self released by the band during 2017, will see again the light for a worldwide edition with new graphic and packaging.

VESTA “S/t” will be released on CD/DD by Argonauta Records and available from March 2nd, 2018.

Vesta is:
Giacomo Cerri – Guitar & Drones
Sandro Marchi – Drums & Cymbals
Lorenzo Iannazzone – Bass & Noise

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Vesta, “Signals”

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Kayleth Premiere “Forgive” Video; Colossus out Next Month

Posted in Bootleg Theater on December 6th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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As previously announced, Verona-based heavy rockers Kayleth will release their new album, Colossus, on Jan. 12 via Argonauta Records. Of the 12 tracks included on the Italian five-piece’s second full-length, I’m especially glad that it was ‘Forgive’ that they decided to give visual accompaniment. It’s a sensible choice, since among its peers on Colossus in hook-laden tracks like the rolling “Mankind’s Glory,” the fuzz-stomping “The Angry Man” and the atmospherically ranging “The Spectator,” it emphasizes the group’s blend of space and riff-fueled heavy rocks and the vitality with which they’re combined in some of the record’s best moments.

The synth of Michele Montanari is a prominent factor in making that happen, and it comes through on “Forgive” as well as the subsequent “Ignorant Song” just how much that’s the case. kayleth colossusWhat could easily otherwise be positioned as post-Kyuss/Dozer desert-style riffing is given an ethereal edge thanks to the fourish of keys, and as vocalist Enrico Gastaldo acts as the guiding hand through the barrage of careening riffs from guitarist Massimo Dalla Valle, the rhythm section of bassist Alessandro Zanetti and drummer Daneile Pedrollo more than capably handle the turns the riffs present, whether they might arrive in a slower-unfolding piece like “Pitchy Mantra” or in the nod-ready momentum-building opener “Lost in the Swamp,” which signals early to riff-hounds that they’re about to be in good company for the ensuing 59-minute stretch.

That’s not an insignificant run for Kayleth to make on their second LP, but like the robot walking around in the video for “Forgive,” they manage to cover an awful lot of ground in the time they have, and while there are some tracks that might reiterate a point, leading one to think that efficiency is still an emerging factor in their sound, the fact of the matter is they’re nearly a decade on from their first EP release, so it’s not like they’re an inexperienced band at this point. Maybe they just had a lot to say. That happens sometimes, and while they border on the unmanageable in the album’s stretch, the fact that later pieces like “Solitude” and “The Angry Man” offer so much punch alongside their resilient spaciousness staves off redundancy and leaves Colossus that much more fulfilling on the whole.

You can check out the premiere of the clip for “Forgive” below, followed by more info from the PR wire.

Please enjoy:

Kayleth, “Forgive” official video premiere

After the massive feedback of the deluxe edition of their latest album “Space Muffin” during the past Summer, KAYLETH are now ready to unleash their new effort. An intensive and unique blend of Stoner Rock sonorities, Sci-Fi atmospheres, stellar vocals and exciting guitar riffings, to build-up their best album to date.

KAYLETH “Colossus” will be released on CD/DD by ARGONAUTA Records and available from January 12th, 2018. Preorders run here: http://bit.ly/2hKjhFu

Kayleth is:
Massimo Dalla Valle: Guitar
Alessandro Zanetti: Bass
Daniele Pedrollo: Drums
Enrico Gastaldo: Vocals
Michele Montanari: Synth

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Orphanage Named Earth to Release Re-Evolve on Argonauta Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 5th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

With a blend of post-metal and rawer hardcore as their sonic foundation, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to liken Polish newcomers Orphanage Named Earth to the atmospheric assault brought to bear by Converge, but in listening to the newly-signed-to-Argonauta five-piece’s Demo 2015, they seem to go further along the path of ambience and further along the path of harsh crust both than do the long-running crossover champions, setting up a stark contrast between the two sides rather than a single approach between them. Orphanage Named Earth are a pretty new band, so they might get there and they might not, but the blend they’ve got going in the meantime works in their favor on the demo and one is curious to hear how it might pan out on their forthcoming debut long-player, Re-Evolve.

The album is set to release early 2018 on Argonauta Records, who announced they’d picked up the band thusly via the PR wire:

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Polish Sludgers ORPHANAGE NAMED EARTH sign to ARGONAUTA RECORDS

Thrilled to welcome in Argonauta Records family ORPHANAGE NAMED EARTH, Post Metal / Hardcore Sludgers from Poland.

The band formed in 2015 as a four-piece and recorded a 5 songs demo, self released in February 2016 and distributed among friends and allies. At that time, the band coined their music as ‘romantic crust’, originally as a joke, but it caught on and stayed with the band, as according to many, it defines their music style very well.

As a five-piece now, the band played a few gigs in Poland and rehearsed immensely to record a debut full-length album in August-September 2017 at Dobra 12 Studio. The album, called ‘Re-evolve’, is a story of romantic thinking about the world of peace, respect for human and animal life and earth liberation, meeting the brutality of metal, crust d-beat and harsh but atmospheric guitars. Lyrically, the band touches important sociological issues evolving around one main topic: human greed and selfishness, as according to the band, human thinking needs to re-evolve unless we want to live in the world of wars and exploitation.

The band says: “We are excited about inking the deal with Argonauta Records. As ORPHANAGE NAMED EARTH we want to bring DIY punk and metal communities together, and we feel that Argonauta is the best platform to do so.”

ORPHANAGE NAMED EARTH “Re-evolve”, 60 minutes of “romantic crust” played by Kima – guitar, Peter – guitar, Hubert – bass, Michal – drums, Wojtek – vocals, will see the light by early 2018. Tour dates to follow soon.

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Orphanage Named Earth, Demo 2015

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Dee Calhoun Announces Solo European Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 1st, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Even as he’s gotten rolling with the new band Thee Iron Hand in the interim between activity from his main outfit, Iron Man, Maryland-based power-pipes vocalist Dee Calhoun has been prepping his second solo album, Go to the Devil, for release on Argonauta Records. What will be the follow-up to Calhoun‘s metal-country-soul debut, 2016’s Rotgut (review here) was originally due at some point this year but will instead come out early in 2018, and given the current news, I can’t help but think that’s even more fitting.

From April 19-29, Calhoun will head abroad for the first time to play a solo tour in Europe. It’s 11 shows in Denmark, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands and of course Germany, and presented by Leynir Booking in conjunction with Argonauta, it will find Calhoun joined by his Iron Man bandmate Louis Strachan on bass and traveling to foreign shores for the first time since Iron Man played Rise Above Records‘s 25th anniversary party in the UK in 2013, then supporting what’s still their most recent album, South of the Earth (review here).

And while that band is certainly due for a follow-up to that triumph of classic doom righteousness, I’ll go ahead and wish Calhoun all the best on his outward journey in the New Year and Spring to come. Still looking forward to Go to the Devil when it arrives. Expect more when I hear it.

Till then:

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Leynir Booking is proud to present in April 2018 (19th-29th) THE DEVIL OVER EUROPE TOUR.

The voice of legendary doom band Iron Man, from Maryland USA, “Screaming Mad” DEE CALHOUN will be in Europe for 11 shows. Dee will be accompanied by Louis Strachan (Iron Man) on bass guitar.

Says Dee of the tour: “To be able to tour Europe as a solo artist is beyond a dream come true. I had a wonderful time there during various festivals with Iron Man, but to do a full tour is staggering.”

Dee has completed production of his sophomore solo release, entitled Go to the Devil. The album, which will be released via Argonauta Records in early 2018, is the follow-up to Dee’s 2016 solo release Rotgut.

Dee has been joined on this album by Iron Man bandmate Louis Strachan on bass. Dee handled vocal, acoustic guitar, and percussion duties, as well as additional instrumentation.

Go to the Devil, like Rotgut before it, was recorded in Dee’s home studio The Dustbuster. Mastering was handled by Doug Benson at Commodore Recording Studio in Thurmont MD.

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Dee Calhoun, Go to the Devil album teaser

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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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Kayleth Set Jan. 12 Release for Colossus; Album Teaser Now Playing

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 9th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Italian heavy rockers Kayleth would have their work cut out for them in trying to go toe-to-toe title-wise with the name they gave their 2015 outing, which was called — are you sitting down? — Space Muffin, but the forthcoming Colossus brings a Lost in Space-style robot on its cover art with their logo emblazoned across its chest, and well, that’s not nothing as far as general awesomeness goes. The record is set to come out on Jan. 12 as part of a busy early 2018 schedule for countryman imprint Argonauta Records, and there’s a teaser clip that’s been posted which you can see below, highlighting the Verona five-piece’s penchant for writing unabashed hooks no less at home in outer space than the inner desert.

Colossus is available to preorder now from the label, and you’ll find that link below, along with the aforementioned cover and teaser, all courtesy of the PR wire, ever generous sort as it is.

Submitted for the digging and whatnot:

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KAYLETH – cover artwork and album teaser revealed

Italian Stoner Space masters KAYLETH reveal cover artwork and video teaser of their highly anticipated new album “Colossus”.

After the massive feedback of the deluxe edition of their latest album “Space Muffin” during the past Summer, KAYLETH are now ready to unleash their new effort. An intensive and unique blend of Stoner Rock sonorities, Sci-Fi atmospheres, stellar vocals and exciting guitar riffings, to build-up their best album to date.

Absolutely not to be missed if you like ORANGE GOBLIN, 7ZUMA7, MONSTER MAGNET, but most of all good music!

KAYLETH “Colossus” will be released on CD/DD by ARGONAUTA Records and available from January 12th, 2018. Preorders run here: http://bit.ly/2hKjhFu

TRACKLIST:
01 – Lost in the swamp
02 – Forgive
03 – Ignorant Song
04 – Colossus
05 – So Distant
06 – Mankind’s Glory
07 – The Spectator
08 – Solitude
09 – Pitchy Mantra
10 – The Angry Man
11 – The Escape
12 – Oracle

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Kayleth, Colossus album teaser

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THAL Sign to Argonauta Records; Reach for the Dragon’s Eye Due in 2018

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 7th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Ohio heavy rockers THAL, whose name is an acronym for The Heathens are Loose, are the latest pickup by Argonauta Records, which has been on an absolute international tear in the process of establishing its release schedule for 2018. Look for THAL‘s next long-player, Reach for the Dragon’s Eye to hit as a part of that swath alongside outings from ZOM, Supernaughty, Clamfight and Greyfell, among others.

For THAL, Reach for the Dragon’s Eye follows 2016’s Glitter, which you can stream at the bottom of this post, and will be their second full-length overall. The band also has a handful of digital singles and a name-your-price split with Hashishian that came out this past February, if you’re up for digging in.

Word came through the PR wire:

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THAL sign to ARGONAUTA RECORDS

We’re excited to welcome to Argonauta Records family U.S. Heavy Rockers THAL.

THAL (The Heathens Are Loose) is a collaboration between John “Vince Green” Walker and Kevin Hartnell. THAL was originally Green’s solo effort, but while recording wytCHord’s 2016 debut album “Death Will Flee” (another band in which Vince and Kevin play with guitarist David Jones) he quickly realized that Kevin’s barbaric drumming and multi-instrumental abilities would make the next THAL album something special.

“Kevin is a very busy musician and in high demand, but I couldn’t not ask him to collaborate. I was really excited when he said yes.” says Green. Although they live two hours apart, they passed song ideas and sound files back and forth online for a year; almost daily as “Reach For The Dragon’s Eye” quickly took shape. The album is a true collaboration. “This album was inspired by a life changing event last fall and the subsequent personal journey as the world continued devolving around us. In other words, the heaviest material THAL has put to tape.”

THAL confronts the ugliness of daily life with a dose of pessimism processed through an esoteric filter. Stories of despair put to one hell of a riff.

About the label deal: “Argonauta is one of the finest providers of heavy music in the industry today. Every release is consistently great. We are honored to be given the opportunity to contribute to that legacy.”

THAL “Reach for the Dragon’s Eye” will be released in CD/DD during 2018, a huge album briefly described as the perfect blend between CLUTCH, DANZIG and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE.

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THAL, Glitter (2016)

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ZOM Announce Album Details for Nebulos

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 31st, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Pittsburgh’s ZOM were first announced over the summer as signing to Argonauta Records, and after some months of quiet following the unveiling of the first single from their debut release, more details have finally begun to surface about Nebulos. You know, important kinds of stuff. Artwork. Tracklisting. Release date. That kind of thing.

It was previously noted here that Nebulos would feature revamped cuts from ZOM‘s self-titled EP (review here), released in 2013, and that has turned out to be the case for sure. Opener “Nebulos/Alien” and other pieces like “Burning,” “Solitary,” “The Greedy Few” and “There’s Only Me” were featured on the band’s earlier offering, so it should add an extra level of intrigue to the long-player to hear how that material has evolved and how it sits with the newer songs written in the time since.

We’ve still got a little bit before we find out, however. Nebulos is out Jan. 19, 2018, via Argonauta, who sent the following down the PR wire:

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ZOM reveals details of their new effort “Nebulos”

US Heavy Rockers ZOM reveal cover artwork and track listing of their highly anticipated new album “Nebulos”.

Hailing from Pittsburgh, ZOM is a monstrous force of heavy rock n’ roll full of stinky, stoner grooves and grab-you-by-the-throat hooks. ZOM goes straight to the gut and doesn’t hold back on its relentless attack on the senses.

ZOM was born in 2014 when experienced and multifaceted music vets Gero von Dehn (Monolith Wielder) and Andrew D’Cagna (Brimstone Coven) joined forces. Eventually Ben Zerbe (Monolith Wielder, Mandrake Project) was added to the mix to form the current trio.

ZOM “Nebulos” will be released in CD/DD by Argonauta Records and available from January 19th, 2018. This is highly recommended if you like MELVINS, TAD, SOUNDGARDEN. Preorders run here: http://bit.ly/2zMOE9Q

TRACK-LIST:
1. Nebulos/Alien
2. Burning
3. Gifters
4. Solitary
5. The Greedy Few
6. There’s Only Me
7. Bird On a Wire
8. Final Breath
9. New Trip

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Zom, “Solitary” official video

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