Forming the Void Hit the Studio to Record New Single

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 8th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

They’re not so terribly far removed from the vinyl release of their second album, Relic (review here), via Lonestar Records — which followed a CD issue through Argonauta this past Spring — but as we know, Louisiana’s Forming the Void have a knack for working quickly. This past weekend found the Lafayette four-piece back in the studio working on a new single that will apparently be used as part of a split release with Houston, Texas’ Pyreship. No release date has been announced, but Forming the Void do refer to Pyreship as labelmates below, so perhaps there’s some news on that front coming sometime in the near future. I’ll keep an eye open and do the see-it-post-it thing to the best of my ability, like always.

In the meantime, I’m interested to hear where Forming the Void are headed and if we get a glimpse of that on this forthcoming split. Relic was a fast turnaround from the heavy progressive heavy rock/metallers’ 2015 debut, Skyward (review here), but a marked step forward in their development as well, so as they continue to move ahead perhaps toward a third full-length, my specific question is how their stylistic blend will shake out, where and if the psychedelic aspects of Relic will show up again, if so, how, and where the adventurousness their songwriting has shown to this point will ultimately lead them.

They made a quick announcement of the work underway on the social medias and have a gig coming up this weekend in Baton Rouge. Info follows:

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“Back at it again laying down a single for a split release with our labelmates Pyreship. Shout out to our awesome engineer James Whitten at Hightower Recording!”

Forming the Void live:
08.12 Baton Rouge LA Varsity Theatre w/ Ambassador, Slounge & Drood

FORMING THE VOID is an American rock band from Lafayette, Louisiana. Formed in 2013, the band consists of James Marshall, Shadi Al-Khansa, Luke Baker, and Thomas Colley. Their unique blend of atmospheric, progressive rock with towering fuzzed out riffs places a heavy emphasis on dynamics and layers.

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Cities of Mars Unveil Cover Art and Preorders for Temporal Rifts

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 2nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Do you have any idea how difficult it is not to write the word ‘riffs’ every time I type out the title of Cities of Mars‘ upcoming debut album? Severe struggle, I’m telling you. Temporal Rifts is due out Sept. 29 via Argonauta Records and will mark the Swedish three-piece’s first offering for the label following their initial 2015 single, Cyclopean Ritual/The Third Eye (review here), and the 2016 EP, Celestial Mistress (review here), that followed, and is set to continue the narrative thread those releases put in motion. By way of a refresher, the track “Envoy of Murder” was premiered here as a preliminary showcase just a couple weeks ago.

Today, in addition to the blue-hued album art, we get the tracklisting for the five-song long-player, preorder links and word that Cities of Mars will tie in the story with more background on their website when the time comes. Here’s the latest off the PR wire:

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Swedish Psych Doom masters Cities of Mars release cover artwork and tracklist of their highly anticipated new album “Temporal Rifts”; release date Sept 29th, 2017. CD / LP / DD preorders run now:

CD: http://bit.ly/2eZGchk
LP: http://bit.ly/2vl1SLZ
DD: http://apple.co/2vaWzOI

“It is with great expectation we get closer to the release of Temporal Rifts, our first proper album, on Argonauta Records. Once again our good friend Axel Widén has conjured a piece of art for our evolving saga. Common lyrical themes throughout these five songs are various transitions, transformations and shifts from one set of reality into another, therefore the portal theme suits the album very well. All these songs are set in a distant past in our story, thousands of years before our main character Nadia enters the scene. Upon release, all songs will have a timeline year and a brief piece of background story available on our webpage www.citiesofmars.se.”

TRACK LISTING
1. Doors of Dark Matter Pt 1: Barriers
2. Envoy of Murder
3. Gula, a Bitter Embrace
4. Children Of The Red Sea
5. Caverns Alive!

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Cities of Mars, “Envoy of Murder”

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Nibiru Announce New Album Qaal Babalon Due Sept. 22

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

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Proffering noise-infused sludge ritualism over the course of its four extended tracks, Nibiru‘s forthcoming Qaal Babalon is a chamber of horrors worthy of headphone-and-closed-eye immersion. Its 57-minute stretch begins with the engulfing drone extremity of “Oroch” (19:07) and unfolds from there in manners deathly and churning, whether it’s the hammering “Faboan” that follows or the feedback-laden crashing recesses of “Bahal Gah” and the Ramesses-style altar-building of the instrumental “Oxex” that finishes out, all expansive guitar and echoing thud and ultra-creeper moodiness. It’s a weight as much ambient as it is tonal, but rest assured, it’s a weight all the same, and the Torino trio wield it in the manner of some kind of obscure medieval weaponry. Not that I’ve heard it or anything.

Qaal Babalon is available now to preorder via the near-ubiquitous Argonauta Records and follows a 2017 special edition of Nibiru‘s 2013 debut, Caosgon, that the same label released just earlier this month. No substitute for keeping busy.

From the PR wire:

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NIBIRU – Qaal Babalon

(Argonauta Records) Italian Ritual Sludgers new album! Their best to date, the natural continuation of the very first works CAOSGON and NETRAYONI. PREORDER NOW AND SAVE 20% – RELEASE DATE SEPT 22nd, 2017.

After their latest full length PADMALOTUS (2015), the impressive EP TELOCH (2016) and the Roadburn Documentary (2017), NIBIRU are today a consolidated strength of the international underground scene, thanks to their inexhaustible attitude both in composition and in live performances, a physically and mental experience.

QAAL BABALON is “the exact continuation of our first opus CAOSGON (2013, re-released in 2017) and NETRAYONI (2014)” the band says “Anger, uncontrolled psychedelia, and now the most sick, intense and suffering creation. ‘Qaal Babalon’ is the lacerating scream of a lost soul.”

TRACK LISTING
1 Oroch
2 Faboan
3 Bahal Gah
4 Oxex

Nibiru is:
Ardath | Guitars, Percussions and Vocals
Ri | Bass, Drones and Synthesizers
L.C. Chertan | Drums

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Zom Sign to Argonauta Records; Announce Debut Album Nebulos

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 27th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Pittsburgh duo Zom, founded by members of Brimstone Coven and Monolith Wielder, have announced the title of their debut full-length as Nebulos. Slated for release presumably late in 2017 or early in 2018, the album will be released by Argonauta Records as part of that Italian label’s ever-expanding roster — which also includes the aforementioned Monolith Wielder, in which drummer Ben Zerbe plays as well — and will reportedly feature tracks from Zom‘s 2013 self-titled EP (review here), as well as brand new material.

Should be interesting to hear how the two mix together when the time comes, but details on Nebulos beyond the title and basic construction are sparse as yet, so I’m guessing it could be a while. Still, here’s the announcement from Argonauta, because, you know, it’s been a couple days since they signed a band, so they were due:

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ZOM signed to ARGONAUTA Records; new single and video-clip running now

ARGONAUTA Records is excited to announce to have inked a deal with Pittsburgh based Heavy Rock trio ZOM.

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.

“We are thrilled to join such an impressive roster at Argonauta Records! Argonauta gives us the opportunity to have ZOM reach the ears of people around the world. We put our heart and soul into this album and we’re emboldened by the confidence that Argonauta has in our unique style. We couldn’t be more proud of this record and it’s an honor to be on a strong label with so many great bands.” — Gero von Dehn

In 2014, experienced and multifaceted music vets Gero von Dehn (MONOLITH WIELDER) and Andrew D’Cagna (BRIMSTONE COVEN) joined forces for ZOM’s debut self titled EP limited to a
release of under 100 copies.

Now in 2017, ZOM is back with newly recorded material as well as some additions. This new material will be released along with fully remastered versions of the original tracks from the self titled EP.

“The release of our full length NEBULOS via Argonauta Records is an exciting opportunity indeed. We’ve always felt these songs were special and strong, they just need to reach the right ears of the right audience at the right time. Thankfully that day has come to light!” — Andrew D’Cagna

With ZOM finally getting around to going out on the road some new members have been enlisted. Von Dehn is still on vocals and guitar, while D’Cagna remains on bass. Ben Zerbe (Monolith Wielder) is on drums for the new tracks and the rest of the touring band is being assembled.

“So glad to be releasing this album with Argonauta. It’s an honor to be asked by Gero and Andrew to join this powerful monster that they started a couple years ago. We’re excited for the release and the new markets that Argonauta will help us reach.” — Ben Zerbe

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ZOM, “Solitary” official video

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Rancho Bizarro Announce Debut Album Due this Fall; New Video Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 25th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

If you’re like me and you dug the Italian one-man psych rock outfit Bantoriak‘s debut album, Weedoism (review here), when Argonauta Records released it in 2015, you’ll probably want to pay extra attention to the forthcoming initial public offering from newcomers Rancho Bizarro. The four-piece was founded by Izio Orsini, who was and remains the driving force behind Bantoriak, and even as that incarnation prepares to release a new long-player in 2018 — good news in itself — word has come through that Rancho Bizarro will make their own debut this Fall, also via Argonauta.

They’ve got a video playing now for the track “Garage Part Two” that you can see below, and it’s about as straight-ahead unpretentious desert riffing as one can get. I don’t know much else about the record — title, art, if it’s done being recorded, release date, etc. — but going from the three minutes of audio provided, it sounds tonally warm and like there’s a clear head about where it wants to go aesthetically. It wants to go to the desert, basically. One looks forward to finding out if it gets there.

Argonauta posted the following:

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Argonauta Records New signing: RANCHO BIZZARRO

We’re proud to announce to have inked a deal with Italian Stoner Rockers RANCHO BIZZARRO, the new project by Izio Orsini, who after his debut “Weedooism” with the name BANTORIAK (new album due later in 2018), took the decision to start a new band.

RANCHO BIZZARRO is an Instrumental four-piece formed by two guitars (Matteo Micheli and Marco Gambicorti), bass (Izio Orsini) and drums (Federico Melosi), with a clear Stoner Desert Rock influence. The original idea takes form from jams run into the rehearsals room, then rearranged in studio where the sound gets a typical ’70 attitude.

Be prepared for a stunning album to be released by Fall 2017, with influences from Brant Bjork, MC5, Black Sabbath.

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Rancho Bizarro, “Garage Part 2” official video

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Church of Void Self-Titled Album Available to Preorder; New Single Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 24th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Finnish doomers Church of Void will make their debut on Argonauta Records Sept. 15 with their second overall album. Self-titled and comprised of seven tracks, the record gets its first public preview in the unveiling of a video for closer “World Eater,” which swirls out a deceptively intricate blend of darkly progressive psychedelia and classic-styled trad doom riffing, topped with layered vocals that add to both the eerie mood and the overarching intricacy of the whole affair. I haven’t heard the complete outing yet, though it’s available now to preorder, but on first impression it seems like there’s more to Church of Void‘s bleak take than one might at first expect.

All the better going into the album, then. The five-piece have had a couple offerings out — most recently a 2016 split with Cardinals Folly and Acolytes of Moros — but Church of Void will be the rightful follow-up to their 2013 debut, Dead Rising, and the preceding Winter is Coming EP from 2012. In going back and listening to the first long-player, one finds the vocals cleaner but the band overall still driven by an underlying impulse that seems to be drawn from the more extreme end of metal. Maybe even some goth rock? I missed that album at the time, because I suck at this, but it’s a fascinating blend and I look forward to hearing how the context expands when the self-titled arrives.

Album artwork, preorder link, other details and the video for “World Eater” follow here, as seen on the social medias:

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Finnish Doom Metallers Church Of Void reveal cover artwork and tracklist of their highly anticipated self-titled album, the perfect blend of traditional doom and “grim” rock sonorities.

The videoclip of the first single taken from the album is available here. Live video footage by Timo Honkanen.

“Church of Void” will be released in CD/DD and available from September 15th, 2017.

Preorders run here: http://bit.ly/2tGmniz.

TRACKLIST:
Prelude
Passing the Watchtower
Harlot’s Dream
Moonstone
Lovecraft
Beast Within
World Eater

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Church of Void, “World Eater”

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Wasted Theory Sign to Argonauta Records; Defenders of the Riff to See Reissue

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 18th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

When Wasted Theory released their second album, Defenders of the Riff (review here), last year through NoSlip Records, it was abundantly clear they were taking their game to a new level. Likewise when the Delaware-based, Southern-style — and yes, by that I mean covered in sausage gravy — heavy rockers announced this past Spring they’d take to the road over the course of shows in April, May and June to support it. It’s been a willfully-directed upward trajectory for them really since they self-released Death and Taxes (review here) in 2014, and crucially, that has extended to developing their approach to songwriting as well as how many ears their material has hit.

Today, the four-piece of guitarist/vocalist Larry Jackson, Jr., recently-added guitarist Andrew Petkovic, bassist Rob Michael and drummer Brendan Burns announce they’ve signed to Argonauta Records. The deal makes them labelmates to the varied likes of Shabda, Mangog, Dee Calhoun of Iron Man, Hollow Leg, Cities of Mars and many others, and their first offering through the Italian imprint will be a deluxe reissue of Defenders of the Riff featuring two bonus tracks that’s set to come out this Fall — perhaps right around the time they’ll be in Pittsburgh for a slot at the inaugural Descendants of Crom fest (info here).

Consider it another in a series of “next steps” for Wasted Theory, and not a little one. Much as they’ve staked out their sonic territory over the last few years, they’ve now found a place for themselves in an outlet likewise committed to forward growth. It’s a great pairing, and as always, good-band-gets-signed warms the heart as not many kinds of stories can. Cheers to Wasted Theory and to Argonauta on the alliance.

Here’s the official announcement:

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US Heavy Rockers WASTED THEORY signed to ARGONAUTA Records

ARGONAUTA Records is psyched to announce to have inked a deal with U.S. Heavy Rockers WASTED THEORY for the re-release of their highly acclaimed album “Defenders of the Riff”.

Wasted Theory was born in July 2012, and raised in the Northern Mid-Atlantic salt air states of Delaware and Maryland. Fronted by Larry Jackson, Jr. on vocals and lead guitar, Brendan Burns on drums, bassist Rob Michael, and newcomer rhythm guitarist Andrew Petkovic, this heavy rock outfit conjures inspiration from several of the most hard hitting, dirty blue collar, beefed up rock n’ roll acts of the past 40 years. With influences like Artimus Pyledriver, Orange Goblin, Corrosion of Conformity and Nazareth, the result is a guaranteed truck-ton of boot stomping heavy music.

“We are totally stoked to work with Argonauta Records on the re-release of ‘Defenders of the Riff’.” The band says. “This album opened many doors for us in regards of new fans, new opportunities and seeing new faces at our shows, so getting the chance to breathe new life into it again means a lot to us. We’re looking forward to adding the new bonus tracks on it as well to make it a cool little collectors piece for our diehard fans. We’re very much looking forward to seeing where this collaboration takes us! Cheers!”

WASTED THEORY “Defenders of the Riff – 2017 Edition” will feature two bonus tracks previously unreleased and will be available via ARGONAUTA Records later this year. More details to follow soon.

Wasted Theory live:
Sep 30 Descendants of Crom Fest Cattivo Pittsburgh, PA
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/371830073185249/

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Wasted Theory, Defenders of the Riff (2016)

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Cities of Mars Premiere “Envoy of Murder” from Temporal Rifts

Posted in audiObelisk on July 17th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Swedish nod-grooving trio Cities of Mars will issue their debut full-length, Temporal Rifts, on Sept. 29 via Argonauta Records. With it, they continue a story set in motion by their very first release. Not only their own, of course, but one in their lyrics of interplanetary discoveries about conspiracies and ancient civilizations, uncovered by a KGB agent named Nadia in 1971. Their 2015 single, Cyclopean Ritual/The Third Eye (review here), introduced this character and began to set the place and time in which the narrative takes place, and the subsequent 2016 EP, Celestial Mistress (review here), pushed these ideas further into an arc worthy of graphic-novel representation. It became increasingly clear that this world would return on the Gothenburg three-piece’s debut album.

And so it does. More than two months ahead of its official release, Temporal Rifts today unveils its first public audio in the form of “Envoy of Murder,” and thereby cities of mars envoy of murderbrings an initial glimpse at the next phase of the tale. The band describes it further below, but let it suffice to say it takes place far in a distant, futuristic past and involves robot spiders (as one would hope, frankly), and the hook with which those mechanized arachnids arrive on the scene stands among the most righteous Cities of Mars — the three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Christoffer Norén, bassist/vocalist Danne Palm and drummer/vocalist Johan Küchler, who recorded once again with Monolord drummer Esben Willems (interview here) at Berserk Audio — have yet brought to bear. As they begin to unfold Temporal Rifts and bring listeners up to speed on the increasingly complex plotline their material has been following, it seems like everything is beginning to fall into where it should be for characters, setting and narrators alike, and who doesn’t like to see a good story come together?

I will hope to have more to come on Temporal Rifts as we get closer to the album’s landing and I get to hear the full thing (there’s still plenty of time before Sept. 29), but I’m thrilled to host the premiere of “Envoy of Murder,” which you can find streaming on the YouTube embed that follows here. Preorders will be coming soon from Argonauta, so keep an eye out, and in the meantime, thanks for reading and listening.

Please enjoy:

Cities of Mars, “Envoy of Murder”

First single from Cities of Mars’ Temporal Rifts – Envoy of Murder. Temporal Rifts release date Sept 29.

Recorded live with a few overdubs by Esben Willems at Berserk Audio/Studio Svavel in Gothenburg Sweden 2017.

Envoy of Murder is the first single from the album Temporal Rift.

As always, the song contains a piece of the unfolding saga of the ancient Martian civilization, rediscovered by the KGB agent Nadia in 1971.

The song is set in 3251 BC, where a devastating civil war rages on Mars. A mad scientist has just released his latest invention onto the battlefield – an army of biomechanical spiders. Hidden in the shadows, the scientist controls his spider minions roaming the battle plains, infecting and reanimating dying soldiers into walking terrors.

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