Witchkiss Set July 13 Release for The Austere Curtins of Our Eyes

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 16th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Down at the bottom of this post you’ll find the stream of the new track by Beacon, New York, heavy riffers Witchkiss. The trio work quickly to show their listeners what they’re all about: heavy-as-hell stomp, a somewhat inhuman feeling post-metal churn, and tonal the likes of which bands usually have to hone over a much longer period of time. Kudos to Witchkiss on the aural assault and on signing to Argonauta Records for the release of their debut long-player, The Austere Curtains of Our Eyes. How much the individual track may represent what Witchkiss do overall, hell if I know, but the song’s worth your time, so by all means, have at it.

Juy 13 is the release date and The Austere Curtains of Our Eyes will be on Argonauta Records, who sent the following update:

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WITCHKISS signed to ARGONAUTA RECORDS

Argonauta Records is thrilled to announce a new exciting band in the family: WITCHKISS from the States.

Articulate, elegant and ridiculously heavy, WITCHKISS are part of a growing movement coming out of upstate New York in the world of crushingly loud and punishing music. Built around raw emotion, sonic poetry and a sense of longing for a life lost, there is a haunting majesty to the work of WITCHKISS. These Beacon, NY natives are fusing the sounds of bands like Subrosa, Yob and Isis to craft sounds that contemplates the neverending cycle of life and death.

Their upcoming offering, The Austere Curtains Of Our Eyes is a journey through depressed unrealities, punishing truths, and a sense that something better can be made of this world.

Founded by Scott Prater, a longtime metalhead, and his partner Amber Burns, a veritable novice on drums, this debut release has been a long time in the making. With a line-up completed by the thrilling bass playing of Anthony DiBlasi holding down the bands massive bottom end the Hudson scene is buzzing about these new heavyweights. Building on the interplay between eerie female vocals and crushing growls, the groove driven WITCHKISS can’t help but to fascinate. This is the kind of doom metal that fans of Yob, Cult of Luna, Windhand and True Widow can’t help but to love.

Ready to take on the world with an appetite for constant touring, loud riffs and the passion to tackle just about every festival they can, WITCHKISS understand what it takes to grow in the insular art doom community. With music based on raw and uncomfortable emotions, WITCHKISS are striving to bring their craft to the next level. The Austere Curtains Of Our Eyes will be released ARGONAUTA Records and available from July 13th, 2018.

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Witchkiss, “A Cripping Wind”

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Hollow Leg Begin Work on New Album

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 13th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Nothing here but good news. New Hollow Leg in the works? Band feeling cool about expanding their sound a little bit, trying some new things and experimenting with new elements in their songwriting? Preproduction done and recording getting started. Fucking a all around. Hollow Leg‘s recent efforts, last year’s Murder EP (review here) and 2016’s third long-player Crown (review here), both showed that sonic expansion in process from their earlier works, and it’s encouraging to see the band is conscious of that and looking to continue moving forward. I’ve been and remain a fan of their work, so to know there’s more of it coming — yeah, that’s a win.

I’m assuming the release will be through Argonauta Records, like the EP and last album. They don’t mention it either way, but I’ll keep an eye out for confirmation one way or the other. When I know, you’ll know.

Until then, here’s the latest from the PR wire:

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Hollow Leg announces return to studio

Florida metal quartet Hollow Leg announces their return to their own recording studio, Hi Five Audio, to begin work on their fourth full-length release. Drum tracking commenced on April 7th with vocalist Scott Angelacos and Jeff Mcalear at the helm of engineering and production.

The band commented on their new music and recording method:
The writing and preproduction process has been really fun and efficient. The material is definitely still “Hollow Leg,” but we’re trying to throw something fresh in there also. In general, we feel we’re making better use of having our own studio space and really nailing down songs and sounds in preproduction so we’re more focus. We’re heading back to Hi Five Audio (our home away from home in DeLand, Florida) for production with our heads up, guts sucked in, and chests puffed out, feeling good about our aim and ready to rock this.

The band expects to release this album in late 2018. Their blend of American blues and English metal conjures the likes of Sabbath, Eyehategod, Weedeater, and even Judas Priest. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

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Hollow Leg, Murder EP (2017)

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Vessel of Light to Release Woodshed in Sept.; New Video Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 12th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Druggy heavy death rockers Vessel of Light have announced their first long-player, titled Woodshed, will be released in September by Argonauta Records. Anyone wanna guess what’s happening in that woodshed? Is it the neat organization of a host of useful tools and gardening equipment? Maybe. Is it where they keep the lawnmower? Maybe. Is there murder? Oh most definitely.

The duo of Ancient VVisdom frontman Nathan Opposition and Hades guitarist Dan Lorenzo made their debut in 2017 with their self-titled EP (review here) and worked quickly to establish a foothold in a sound fueled by Lorenzo‘s weighted riffage and Opposition‘s drug-praising murder poetry lyrics. Together, they made the hooks of songs like “Dead Flesh and Bones” almost unfortunately catchy — let’s face it, that’s not the kind of thing you want to go around singing on a crowded train; or maybe it is — and the newly unveiled song “Son of Man” would seem to have followed suit.

“Son of Man” shows an immediately more balanced mix for Vessel of Light, which is encouraging, and I’m pretty sure that footage of Strawberry Alarm Clock from Beyond the Valley of the Dolls used in the video. Hey, if you’re not gonna appear in your own clip, that’s probably the footage you want to use, so right on.

Details are pretty minimal for the moment, but I’ll hope to have more on Woodshed as we get closer to the release, so keep an eye out. In the meantime, you’ll find “Son of Man” below, followed by more info from the PR wire.

Dig:

Vessel of Light, “Son of Man” official video

US doom metallers VESSEL OF LIGHT (featuring Nathan Opposition of ANCIENT VVISDOM and Dan Lorenzo of HADES) release their new single taken from the forthcoming full length.

The song “Son of Man” is an impressive step forward compared to the already highly acclaimed self-titled EP. Opposition handles both drums and vocals and Lorenzo plays guitar and bass on Son of Man.

This is the third video for the duo who also released two lyric videos off their self-titled debut on Argonauta.

“Son of Man” is taken from the forthcoming full “WOODSHED”, to be released by ARGONAUTA Records on CD/LP/DD in September 2018.

Dan Lorenzo (Hades, Non-Fiction, The Cursed) teamed up with Nathan Opposition (Ancient VVisdom) to form a musical project called Vessel Of Light. The duo entered Brainchild Studios in Cleveland to record their debut during Summer 2017.

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Thermate Sign to Argonauta Records; Debut Album in Progress

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 10th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Finnish heavy rockers Thermate have two EPs under their collective belt and have announced that their yet-untitled debut album will be delivered via Italian imprint Argonauta Records. They don’t exactly give a timeline, but it doesn’t seem unreasonable to me that it would arrive sometime before the end of this year, assuming, you know, it’s written. Which, come to think of it, is kind of a rash assumption to make. So okay, let me revise and say I don’t know crap about the status of Thermate‘s debut album other than what it says below, which is that they are “currently working on” it. Hopefully when it lands it will do so with less cartoon T&A than their last EP.

Because, really, cartoon T&A. Come on.

But let me not spoil the happy occasion with my East Coast liberal, educated white middle class bourgeois sensibilities. Cheers to Thermate and Argonauta, who if I’m not mistaken are on track to pick up every not-yet-affiliated band on the European continent.

They announced this alliance thusly:

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THERMATE signed to ARGONAUTA RECORDS

ARGONAUTA Records is excited to announce they inked a deal with THERMATE from Finland!

THERMATE is a fuzz rock band conceived in Kuopio during 2012. Comprised of singer Arthur Thure, guitarists Mikko Väätäinen and Juuso Honkanen, bassist Jere Tirkkonen, and drummer Kimmo Partanen, the band conjures the sounds of 70’s heavy metal/rock and the 90’s stoner rock.

The debut four-song EP ‘Off to Hades’ was released in 2016. The following year saw the release of the sophomore EP ‘Black Desert Highway’ bringing the group to widespread public attention. Both EP’s are available here: https://thermate.bandcamp.com

Today THERMATE secured a deal with Italian Argonauta Records and they are currently working on their debut album.

The band says: “THERMATE is thrilled to join forces with the renowned Argonauta Records. Though 2017 was a great year for us, now with the support from Argonauta we are ready to go full throttle!”.

Arthur Thure – vocals
Miko Väätäinen – guitar, hammond
Juuso Honkanen – guitar, percussion
Jere Tirkkonen – bass, hammond
Kimmo Partanen – drums, percussion

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Thermate, Black Desert Highway (2017)

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Quarterly Review: Avon, The Discussion, Alms, Vessel of Light, Enojado, Mother Mars, Southfork, Gypsy Sun Revival, Valhalla Lights, L.O.W.

Posted in Reviews on April 2nd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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This is the part of each Quarterly Review when I begin to question my life choices. Otherwise known as ‘the beginning.’ I still haven’t decided if this is going to be a five-dayer or a six-dayer, but one way or another, between now and whenever it ends, at least 50 records will be reviewed in batches of 10 per day. It’s completely insane. Completely. Every three months or so I remind myself of this by doing it again, and every time it ends up being worth the insanity. I’ve no doubt that will be the case here as well, but looking across the next five days at placeholders where reviews need to be, well, yeah. It’s pretty insane.

So let’s go.

Quarterly Review #1-10:

Avon, Dave’s Dungeon

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Dave’s Dungeon is the second full-length from Californian desert rockers Avon, and with it they make their debut on Heavy Psych Sounds. Peppered with varied songwriting across alternately garage rocking cuts like “Yello,” “On Fire” and “Red Barn” (video premiere here), languid psychedelic excursions in “Space Native” and the subtly proggy “Hero with a Gun,” and the classic desert crunch of “Dungeon Dave,” “Mace Face” and “Terraformations,” the three-piece of vocalist/guitarist James Childs, bassist Charles Pasarell (also Waxy) and drummer Alfredo Hernández (ex-Kyuss, Yawning Man, etc.) have no doubt garnered attention due to the participation of the latter, but all three manage to leave their mark across the 10 tracks, particularly Childs. His English-accented vocals become a defining element in “Hero with a Gun” and “Yello,” and whether fast or slow, the rhythm section offers air-tight accompaniment. Straightforward in their approach but not without some flourish, Avon bring their own touch to the classic desert style and offer memorable songs in the process. Nobody loses.

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The Discussion, European Tour EP

The Discussion European Tour Ep 2017

Issued to coincide with an initial string of Fall 2017 European shows, the aptly-titled Tour EP serves as the debut offering from The Discussion, and its five tracks mark the return of guitarist/vocalist Laura Pleasants, not heard from since the end of her prior outfit, Kylesa. With “A Gesture/Other Side,” Pleasants and company commune with post-rock and atmospheric stretch, where “Like Rain” and “Surf Jesus” channel New Wave and Blondie pop with an underlying heft of low end to add presence. Through it all, Pleasants’ vocals prove a patient and melodic element, and as “Before We’re Gone” brings in a moody krautrock sensibility and finale “Cuts Like a Knife” engages louder and more forward riffing in its final minute payoff, the message that The Discussion has only begun comes through loud and clear. Tour EP sounds like the beginning stages of a larger process of experimentation and creative growth, and one hopes it proves to be precisely that.

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Alms, Demo Vol. 1

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Modern heavy rock groove meets classic metal guitar on AlmsDemo Vol. 1, which, as it turns out, is more of a sampler than an actual demo, comprised as it is of two rough mixes from the band’s forthcoming debut album. The result of this mesh on “The Offering” and “Dead Water” is somewhere between Uncle Acid swing and Iron Maiden twin lead work, and the five-piece do well immediately to own the combination and make it cohesive sonically. Traditional doom play more of a role in “Dead Water,” and the keys of vocalist Jess Kamen – joined by guitarist/vocalist Bob Sweeney, guitarist Danny McDonald, bassist Andrew Harris and drummer Derrick Hans – and while I don’t know what label it is that’s going to pick them up (I’d believe anyone from Ripple to Shadow Kingdom to Season of Mist, depending on how much they want to tour), but if these two songs are anything to go by, they’ll be lucky to get them.

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Vessel of Light, Vessel of Light

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Collaborating between Ohio and New Jersey, Vessel of Light brings together vocalist Nathan Opposition of Ancient VVisdom and guitarist Dan Lorenzo of Hades. Their self-titled five-tracker EP (on Argonauta) melds bluesy metallic riffing with tales of murder and drugs on cuts like “Dead Flesh and Bones” (video premiere here) and its eponymous closer, which emphasizes a hook based around the lines, “LSD has got a hold on me/I wanna show you all the things that I’ve seen.” It goes like that. For Lorenzo, parts recall the groove he brought to short-lived heavy rock outfit The Cursed, but with Opposition’s lyrics and the periodic delving into harsher vocals, there’s a moodier and more aggressive edge to the songs that helps define the personality of the duo as a band. How often they’ll work together remains to be seen, they make a murderous introduction with this EP and there’s plenty of fodder here for further exploration should they get there.

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Enojado, Mist and Thunder

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German trio Enojado was founded by guitarist/vocalist Stephan Kieserling circa 2002, and though he’s been through numerous lineups since, with bassist/vocalist Thomas Schnaube and drummer Till Junker, he’s put together the band’s first release since their 2014 The Chain is Loose LP was issued by Setalight. At under half an hour and six tracks plus an intro, late 2017’s Mist and Thunder offers solid heavy rock songwriting with a straightforward approach bordering on the metallic in its tone but never quite departing a heavy rock context in rhythm, even in the starts and stops of “Notorious.” The obvious standout in heft is the seven-minute “Coma,” which seems to add weight to everything around it, from “The Truth About Gold” earlier to “I Saw the Sun,” which follows, and the finale in “Queen of Heaven,” which brings a quick payoff to the release and leaves a residual echo and drone/guitar minimalism for its last two minutes. Less derivative than it at first seems, Mist and Thunder might take multiple rounds to sink in, but proves worth the effort of a dedicated listen.

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Mother Mars, On Lunar Highlands

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It’s kind of rare for a band to sound like they’re making fun of their own music as they play it, and yet, “Lost Planet Airmen” from Mother Mars’ fourth full-length, On Lunar Highlands, does precisely that. The Aussie trio led by multi-instrumentalists Frank (drums, synth, Clavinet) and Paul (guitar, bass, synth, banjo-mandolin, keys) Attard – who also produced together – and featuring the bluesy stylings of vocalist Dave Schembri, did not make the 11-tracker a minor undertaking. Rather, at 69 minutes, it pushes through stoner boogie on “Thought it Best to Cut You Loose” and still has room for heady jams on extended pieces like “The Stalwarts of Stalwart Castle” (9:31), “Woodhollow Green” (12:55) and the penultimate title-track (8:35), which leads to the far-out banjo shenanigans of closer “The Heavy Hand of the Destroyer.” Needless to say, madness ensues. Interludes like “Bean Stalkin’” and “Bean Stalkin’ Again” and the experimental “The Working Mind of the Creator” add anything-can-happen flair, and the weirder On Lunar Highlands gets, the more it satisfies. It gets very, very weird.

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Southfork, Through a Dark Lens

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Two decades after their founding in 1997, Stockholm’s Southfork returned late last year with their first album since 2001’s Straight Ahead, the seven-track Through a Dark Lens, which itself is nearly five years in the making. Opening with its longest cut (immediate points) in the 7:59 “Already Gone,” the bass-heavy approach the band takes is indeed emblematic of an era now easily thought of as classic, but one could hardly call it dated for that. Rather, tracks like “Into the Deep” and “Tomb of the Mirror Men” flow easily from one to the next and the record reveals in the strut of “Seventosix” and the answer-back closer “Nowhere Gone” just why someone might put almost half a decade of effort into realizing it. Whether you remember Southfork’s original run or not, Through a Dark Lens offers immersive tone and songwriting and as Southfork have already followed it up with what seems to be a compilation release, it may signal a return to fuller activity on their part.

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Gypsy Sun Revival, Journey Outside of Time

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Production by Kent Stump (Wo Fat). Mastering by John McBain (ex-Monster Magnet). Released through Nasoni Records. Sure enough, the second album from Texas heavy psych rockers Gypsy Sun Revival, Journey Outside of Time, wants nothing for the quality of its associations and with the Hendrixian guitar work of Will Weise and the bluesy classic frontman approach of vocalist Mario Rodriguez, they earn that pedigree through and through. Tyler Gene Davis’ contributions on organ only further the ‘70s vibes on “To the Sky” before Weise takes a wah-soaked solo backed by Lee Ryan on bass and drummer Ben H., and the later two-part “Pisces” combines with closer “Departure” to create a thrilling jammed-out side B that takes the more structured craft of “Indigo” and catchy opener “Cadillac to Mexico” earlier and pulls them through an interdimensional haze that only does more to evoke the album’s title. Between Journey Outside of Time and Gypsy Sun Revival’s 2016 self-titled debut (review here), one is left wondering how long we’ll be able to think of them as a well-kept secret of Texas’ fertile heavy underground.

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Valhalla Lights, My Gracious Highway

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There’s a commercial sense of clarity to Valhalla LightsMy Gracious Highway, which seems to have been originally issued by the band in 2016 but is being given a renewed international push. It’s a crisp 13-track/45-minute long-player, marked by solid songcraft and the forward performance of vocalist Ange Saul, who takes the place of departed original singer Phoebe Black, who passed away in 2015 just prior to guitarist George Christie, bassist Brent “Badger” Crysell and drummer Deon Driver – all formerly of heavy rockers FORT – entered the studio to record their debut release. Songs veer toward Queens of the Stone Age-style groove on “Hammer the Witch” and closer “Punk,” and there’s enough variety of mood between the brooding “Beautiful,” showcase centerpiece “The One” and “Darker Side of Love” and the all-go rockers “Rise Above,” “Crucify” and “Someday” to carry the listener through smoothly with an abiding sense of professionalism. Will be too clean for some listeners, but is largely inarguable in its execution.

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Valhalla Lights website

 

L.O.W., Bones EP

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Located in the northwest of Poland, the acronymic four-piece L.o.W. debut with the Bones EP, which hurls forth three extended works of extreme sludge led into by an atmospheric intro. The band – the lineup of vocalist Adam, guitarist Marek, drummer Witold and bassist Micha? belong to the post-Primitive Man sphere of viciousness, but “Tear Me Open” offers some respite in its closing moments, pulling back on the massive plunder and switching from guttural growls to spoken vocals. With just a touch of Electric Wizard swirl, “Almost Like God’s,” renews the onslaught, offering a break in its middle from the Eyehategod-style sway while saving its most brutal growl for last, and at just under 10 minutes long, the title-track rounds out Bones with bass and drums unfolding a progression soon topped by guitar noise that lets the listener know they’ve just entered another level of punishment. There are moments of impulse toward stonerism that show themselves in Marek’s guitar work, but the primary mission on Bones seems to be assault, and the band has no problem living up to that intent.

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Di’Aul Reveal Album Details for Nobody’s Heaven

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 30th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Italian four-piece Di’aul were announced late last year as signing to countryman imprint Argonauta Records has part of a barrage of groups picked up by the label, and their label debut, Nobody’s Heaven — just in case you were wondering who might have the property rights — was slated for a February release. Here we are at the end of March. Hey, that’s scheduling. Pressing releases takes time, takes money, takes time to get money, etc., so yeah, the album will be out in May. Fair enough.

If you read the phrase “’90s metal groove” in the info below and think Pantera, you’re not all the way right and not all the way wrong. Di’aul definitely have some of that dudely metallism coming through their material, but the five-track/34-minute offering isn’t without a sense of melody either, and there are moments throughout that are just pure stoner in their ideology. That’s a good way to offset some of the chestbeating and it works to give the band a richer sound across the board, shades of slower High on Fire showing up in “Low Est” and more vicious chug rounding out “Black Death.”

There’s a preview for the album playing now at the bottom of this post — well, it’s not playing until you click play, but you know what I mean — and preorders are up if you’re so inclined. The PR wire takes it from here:

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DI’AUL reveal cover artwork and release date

Apocalyptic Stoner Doomers DI’AUL reveal first details of their upcoming album. “Nobody’s Heaven” includes 5 long songs, literally a blast of sonorities as if CROWBAR meet KILLING JOKE!

The album features subtle complexities bind together to a stunning 70’s rock songwriting and 90’s metal groove. The final result is an impressive step forward for the band, thanks to a distinctive and unique aggressive sound. Formed in Milan during 2010, DI’AUL released their first EP “GV 12.31” in 2010 and the first album “And Then Came the Monsters” in 2013, followed by their second opus “Garden of Exile” (2015).

DI’AUL “Nobody’s Heaven” will be released by ARGONAUTA Records and available from May 4th, 2018.

PREORDER NOW: http://bit.ly/2FUINlk

TRACK-LIST:
1. Nobody’s Heaven
2. Black Death
3. Garden of Exile
4. Low Est
5. Mother Witch

Di’Aul are:
MoMo Cinieri: Vocals
Lele Mella: Guitars
Jeremy Toma: Bass and Vocals
Diego Bertoni: Drums

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Monte Luna Announce April/May Tour Dates; Vinyl Due in June

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 29th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Preorders are up now for the double-vinyl edition of Monte Luna‘s 2017 self-titled debut (review here), which will be out at the end of June via Argonauta Records. The longform-working purveyors of sonic tectonics are set to hit the road before release day arrives however, and they’ll head out from their home base in Texas and mae their way up the East Coast and deep into Upstate New York — Ithaca, Rochester and Buffalo is a lot of ground to cover — before heading back to the Midwest to cap the run with gig at Black Circle Brewing in Indianapolis. Busy Spring, but cool to see these guys taking their riffs out to public ears. Something about their self-titled tells me it would be absolutely pummeling live.

Must be all that pummeling. Ha.

From the PR wire:

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MONTE LUNA – “Monte Luna” release date and U.S. tour

Austin Texas two-piece MONTE LUNA announce tour dates and vinyl release date of their highly acclaimed originally self produced album. It weaves the epic 72 minute concept album tale of a band of warriors trying to defeat Father Arbitor, a Necromancer who has destroyed their home.

Monte Luna “Monte Luna” will be re-released worldwide by ARGONAUTA Records and available from June 29th 2018 as a limited double vinyl, lilac opaque edition.

Mastered by Chris Fielding (CONAN), art by Eriko of MontDoom illustrations.

Preorders run now: http://bit.ly/2ERpZa1

MONTE LUNA US TOUR 2018:
Austin TX 4/6 – Worshiper Cabinet Showcase (At the Worshiper Shop)
San Antonio TX – 4/20 Limelight
Austin TX – 4/21 The Lost Well
Houston TX – 5/3 -Rudyards
Lafayette LA 5/4 -Freetown Boom Boom Room
Matiaire LA- 5/5 – Babylon
Birmingham AL 5/6 – The Nick Rocks
Athens GA 5/7 – Caledonia Lounge
Raleigh NC 5/8 – Slims
Richmond VA 5/9 – Wonderland
Baltimore MD – 5/10 – The Depot
Philadelphia PA 5/11 – Century
Danbury CT 5/12 – Billy Beans
Boston MA 5/13 – O’Briens
Ithaca NY 5/14 – Ithaca Ungerground
Rochester NY 5/15 – Rosen Krown
Buffalo NY 5/16 – Sugar City
Pittsburgh PA 5/17 – Gooski’s
Lafayette IN 5/18 – Jerilee’s Pub
Indianapolis IN 5/19 – Black Circle Brewing

Monte Luna is:
James Clark – Guitar, Vocals, Bass
Phil Hook – Drums, Noise, Groove

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Earth Messiah Sign to Argonauta Records; Debut Full-Length Coming Soon

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 22nd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Seems to me that if you’re a relatively new band looking to get attention with your first demo, calling it something like Nocturnal Thoughtgrinder might not be a bad way to go. One could argue it worked well enough for Swedish three-piece Earth Messiah, who’ve signed to ever-expanding Italian imprint Argonauta Records for the release of their soon-to-be-recorded-and-much-more-generically-named debut album, Ouroboros. You can stream the current two-tracker now at the bottom of this post, and to my ears it brings to mind some of the burl of pre-social media European heavy, what groups like Mustasch were up to around 2002-2003. It’s got its own edge, to be sure, but there’s a touch of that classic stoner rock vibe and I’ll be darned if the riff to “Always Remember” doesn’t feel right out of the Kyuss playbook. Nothing wrong with that.

The PR wire made the thing official:

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ARGONAUT RECORDS- EARTH MESSIAH, new deal

We’re thrilled to welcome in the family Swedish Stoner Rocker trio EARTH MESSIAH.

EARTH MESSIAH born in 2017, when long time stoner fans Mathias Helgesson (Unhealth, Ex Lawgiver) and Patrik Orrmén (ex Fuzztrated, ex Rhubarb Blues Band) met up to write some tunes together. Things hit off directly, and the tracks seemed to come naturally as soon as the two played together.

With Mathias strong songwriting and the pounding drive of Patriks drums in place, the search began for more band members who shared their mutual vision. After trying out some bass players and vocalists, it was decided that Mathias vocals was more fitting for their style. In early 2018 they met up with Marcus Hedkvist (From Soil, ex Eskatologia) and it was fuzz at first sight, thus completing the power trio.

The band says: “We’re very excited to sign to the Argonauta roster! We feel like we’re in great company and that this will be a good platform to reach out with our music. We’re right now doing preproduction demos for the upcoming album “Ourobouros” – and we feel that we have a strong 8 track album which is likely to create a buzz for you listeners! Stay tuned for blues fueled stoner rock greatness!”

The two track demo “Nocturnal Thoughtgrinder was recorded in late 2017, and rendered in lots of positive feedback and interest in the band. They are currently recording the debut album “Ourobouros”. Stay tuned kids!

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Earth Messiah, Nocturnal Thoughtgrinder (2018)

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