Bunny Racket Announce Live Shows; New Video Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 17th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

I played the new Bunny Racket video for The Pecan, and he was coming up on naptime but still kind of into it, seeing the Australian, costumed kids’ heavy rock outfit for the first time. Bunny Racket, though directed at children, might be a little old for him yet, but he did a little dance and that usually means he’s into what’s going on. At least this wee. I’m sure next week it’ll mean something else. The dance of poopy tragedy, or some such.

Anyway, we were talking about new Bunny Racket. I don’t know where they’re at with the tv series or anything, but it seems to me that Netflix would only be dumbassed if they didn’t pick that one up and roll it out. It’s a dude in a battle vest and a bunny costume. I mean, seriously, what more do you want of television than that. Sign it up. Two seasons. If you have to raise my account cost another dollar every six months to make it happen, so be it.

The PR wire brings an update:

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New Bunny Racket release!

Affectionately known as ‘the Motorhead of kids bands’, Bunny Racket is bringing rock to the kids.

Plain and simple!

But it isn’t just the little kids that we have in mind. Big kids, we’ve got you covered too!

Recorded with Brant Bjork in Los Angeles, this new music video for ‘We Want More!’ is a reminder of why we are doing all of this. A trip down memory lane to dig on all the things that made being a kid so great!

The series…

We raised over $50,000 through our Kickstarter campaign to create a couple of banging pilot episodes for the Bunny Racket series. Well, the pilots are finished and the Bunny Racket team have been busy pitching this series to networks and investors in every burrow, near and far!

The Bunny Racket series delivers electrifying, live action awesomeness in a super fun series that follows the musical adventures of King Bunny and his quest to bring rock ’n’ roll to all the boys and girls of the world, one hard-rockin’ song at a time.
80’s rock nostalgia at it’s best with a magical blend of Sesame Street going head to head with MTV!

2018 has been massive for the Bunny Racket Live show! Be sure to come along to a gig when we are playing near you!

Bunny Racket live:
October 7th – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay.
October 31st – Halloween at Kingscliff Beach Hotel.
December 7th – Alexandria Park, Sydney.
December 8th – Golden Age Cinema, Surry Hills.
More shows to be announced!

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Bunny Racket, “We Want More” official video

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Snorlax Releases Splintering Demo Tape on Caligari Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 28th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Being a gentleman of a certain age, I remember 20 years ago when Pokémon Red and Blue were released on Game Boy. I was in high school at the time, working at KB Toys store #1051 at the intersection of Rt. 10 and 202 in Morris Plains, NJ, and spent a decent amount of time stoned out of my gourd. As a fan of old-school menu-based RPGs — Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy and the like — it was easy enough to get into, and on my brand new Game Boy Color that I bought with my employee discount, I killed time in science class turning my Charmander into a Charizard and so on. I don’t even remember what I was supposed to be learning, but needless to say, I derived a more satisfying life experience from the video game, and I got to see what all the fuss was about with the kids to whom I was selling the game. No regrets.

If you were going to name a band with any relation to doom whatsoever after a Pokémon, Snorlax would probably be the one to go with, so kudos to the Brisbane, Australia, one-man project of Brendan Auld. Snorlax‘s debut Splintering Demo is raw and nasty and released on cassette in an edition of 150 tapes by Caligari Records, who put Snorlax in their proverbial Pokedex with a host of other extremity-bent cassette-ready acts.

Info and audio from the PR wire:

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SNORLAX Splintering Demo – Out Now

Four tracks of black doom destined of the highest order; destined to pummel and destroy, yet because of its moniker also destined to beffudled the dorkiest of metalheads, those obsessed with darkness and badassness, yet totally hooked on playing Pokemon at their daycare playtime.

Limited to 150 copies and delivered on the most durable format: cassette!

1. Righteous Virtue 02:40
2. Perpetual Paralysis 02:34
3. Boring Infestation 03:12
4. Dehumanisation 03:33

All songs written and performed by Brendan Auld
Recorded & Mixed by Brendan Auld @ BLACK BLOOD AUDIO

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Snorlax, Splintering Demo (2018)

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Buried Feather Announce European Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 23rd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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You’d have to take it up with Kozmik Artifactz and Cobra Snake Necktie Records as to whether or not Buried Feather‘s third LP will be out by the time the Melbourne, Australia, outfit hit Dresden on Sept. 5 to begin their first-ever European tour, which will consume most of the rest of that month — plus some days off presumably for sightseeing — but it seems like a good bet they’ll probably be playing some new material on the road. If you managed to put their 2017 sophomore album, Mind of the Swarm, in your eardrums, you know that’s something to look forward to. If you didn’t manage to do that, it’s streaming at the bottom of this post, so by no means too late.

Either way, right on for the band getting out. Their self-titled debut was recently reissued via the two labels mentioned above, who’ll also be standing behind the new release, and I’ll hope to have more to come on that as we get closer to an announced arrival date, etc. in the meantime, the dates follow here, courtesy of the PR wire:

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Australian acid-rockers Buried Feather are bringing their hypnotic live show to Europe for the very first time.

The tour follows the recent reissue of their swirling debut Buried Feather and the space-rocking fuzz of last year’s Mind of the Swarm (named one of the year’s best albums by Jus Oborn of Electric Wizard). The band’s third full-length is planned for release in late 2018.

Buried Feather’s live shows have drawn regular comparison to Dead Meadow and Spacemen 3. The tour will be wind through clubs in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.

Poster design by Brian Blomerth.

TOUR DATES:
09/05/18 Dresden (DE) – Beatpol
09/06/18 Berlin (DE) – Schokoladen
09/07/18 Hamburg (DE) – Molotow
09/08/18 Wolfsbehringen (DE) – Alte Schule
09/12/18 Bordeaux (FR) – El Chicho
09/13/18 Sopelana (ES) – La Triangu
09/14/18 Santander (ES) – Black Bird
09/15/18 Madrid (ES) – Get Mad! Festival
09/16/18 Tarragona (ES) – Groove
09/19/18 Turin (IT) – Blah Blah
09/21/18 Ravenna (IT) – Circolo Abajur
09/22/18 San Salvo (IT) – Beat Cafe
09/23/18 Teramo (IT) – Sound
09/24/18 Modena (IT) – Nowhere Club
09/25/18 Monte San Vito (IT) – La Centilena
09/27/18 Interlaken (CH) – Club Balmers
09/28/18 Kreuzlingen (CH) – Horst Club

Buried Feather is:
Steve McLennan
Jim Grimwade
Josh Moult
Callum Routledge

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Buried Feather, Mind of the Swarm (2017)

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Seedy Jeezus, Polaris Oblique: Light in the Sun’s Eye

Posted in Reviews on July 4th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

SEEDY JEEZUS POLARIS OBLIQUE

Theirs is a sound built on headphone-worthy psychedelia and 8-track-ready classic heavy rock groove, and when Seedy Jeezus made their self-titled debut in 2015, they seemed to know it. Based in Melbourne, the Aussie three-piece would go on later that year to release a standalone single titled Echoes in the Sky (discussed here), and would follow it with the 2016 live album, Live in Netphen: Freak Valley 2015 (discussed here), a 2016 collaboration with guitarist Isaiah Mitchell of Earthless and Golden Void called Tranquonauts (review here) and a 2017 single covering Led Zeppelin‘s “Communication Breakdown” (video premiered here). All of this has come alongside a healthy amount of touring, and word early on of a second LP in progress. With support in Europe from Lay Bare Recordings for the domestic Blown Music release, Polaris Oblique arrives as that sophomore full-length, with nine tracks and 41 minutes of classic-gone-modern heavy rock that brings all the bluesy thrust of Lucifer’s Friend and Black Sabbath and brings it into a now-style context; not at all retro, but strongly influenced.

The songs themselves — the longest of which is is 6:41 mellow groover “3 Million Light Years” — are rife with the chemistry between guitarist/vocalist Lex “Mr. Frumpy” Waterreus, bassist Paul Crick and drummer Mark Sibson and show a dynamic range that reaches from the unmitigated scorch of “Oh Lord (Part One)” to the subdued balladry of “My Gods are Stone,” which boasts a guest guitar appearance from the aforementioned Isaiah Mitchell, to the Floydian weaving of acoustics and electrics on the methodically-paced “Dripping from the Eye of the Sun.” Waterreus as a singer is capable of carrying across the variety of moods these tracks and the rest, and I won’t take away from the contributions of Crick and Sibson in terms of rhythm and enhancing the changes and deepening the execution overall, but at its heart, Polaris Oblique is very much a guitar album. Its foundation is in the riffs, and the recording — by Mos Generator‘s Tony Reed, who also adds lead guitar to “Oh Lord (Part Two)” — highlights lead work as a crucial element even as side B moves into its farthest-out in the penultimate nodder “Treading Water.”

Seedy Jeezus wouldn’t be the first heavy rock act to put the emphasis on guitar by any means, but the character in Waterreus‘ playing is a defining element here as well — so it’s both what he plays and how he plays it, whether it’s the swaggering rip and shuffle of opener “Intro – Polaris Oblique” or the laid back riding of the bassline he does in “3 Million Lives” following the post-Stooges shove of “Everything Will be Alright.” Add to this a remarkable sense of flow across the entire release, and Polaris Oblique almost feels like a song unto itself. Not that it was written that way — it’s definitely a collection of individual pieces, just that the way it moves between them almost follows a similar pattern of a classic structure. There are the initial rockers in “Intro – Polaris Oblique” and “Everything Will Be Alright,” a wistful departure in “3 Million Lives” and a dug in mellow groove on “My Gods Are Stone” before “Oh Lord (Part One)” kicks everything in the ass and the trilogy of “Oh Lord (Part Two),” “Dripping from the Eye of the Sun” and “Treading Water” dive deeper into psych-prog nuance and “Barefoot Travelin’ Man” closes out by returning to the earthbound vibrancy of the opening segment.

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The whole album reads as a well-structured piece, with individual parts of what whole making their own impressions along the way, tied together by their focus around the guitar even as they express varying ideas and sensibilities. And it’s an added bit of intrigue that Waterreus would bring in Mitchell and Reed to play guitar. Sure, Seedy Jeezus has collaborated with both before — Reed also recorded the debut, and there was the already-noted Tranquonauts with Mitchell — but it’s clearly more of a personal choice. The band wanted those guys to be a part of their album. Listening to Waterreus shred to pieces on “Oh Lord (Part One)” and match wits with Reed on the subsequent “Part Two” it’s not like he can’t hold his own when it comes to tearing into a solo. It’s not like they’re covering for his not being up to the task by bringing in these players. One suspects it was as much about wanting to hang out in the studio with MitchellReed was obviously already there — as it was anything else. The results are striking either way.

One might say the same of the album in general. It’s not overly showy in terms of technical hijinks, but it does have a precise aspect to its personality, and it makes abundantly clear that Seedy Jeezus know what they want to get out of each track included, up to and including the raucous finish they provide with “Barefoot Travelin’ Man,” which smoothly brings Polaris Oblique to its finish by delving one more time into heavier blues pulsations and a fervent heavy ’70s groove, propelled by Sibson‘s drums, which are worthy in sound and delivery of a comparison to Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. In fact, as much as Polaris Oblique puts the guitar at the center, it’s Crick and Sibson both who actively allow that to be the case. One gets the sense that either would be comfortable leading the charge, but that they’re well at home in the pocket as it is, swinging away and offering moments of flourish like that which Crick brings to the midsection of “3 Million Lives,” matching step with Waterreus‘ guitar ahead of a turn to speedy shuffle that nearly hits The Atomic Bitchwax levels of head-spin before resuming the song’s core slower tempo.

This dynamic too is emblematic of a classic power trio, and it works well in accordance with Seedy Jeezus‘ methods overall. In their aesthetic, craft and performance, they bring a traditionalist feel, and yet Reed‘s production is nothing if not shimmering with a modern clarity. Ultimately, this interaction is less of a push-pull than it is a rare alignment, and taken in consideration with the fluidity in and between the songs the whole way through, Polaris Oblique is a marked achievement when it comes to further establishing Seedy Jeezus as a presence of note in the international underground sphere. Whether you listen on headphones, on blaring speakers, on vinyl, CD or digital, there’s much to dig into and much to dig across the record’s thoroughly unpretentious, welcoming span.

Seedy Jeezus, Polaris Oblique (2018)

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Promethean Misery Post “In Winter, We are Lost” Video; New Album out Sept. 22

Posted in Bootleg Theater on July 4th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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If you’re wondering what the hell I’m doing posting a morose, string-laden doom track about wintertime when it’s high summer, take a moment to consider that Promethean Misery — the one-woman project of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Samantha Kempster — hails from Australia, and while it’s certainly a miserable humid swelter here on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, a heat-wave causing old people to drop like the proverbial flies except that the flies aren’t at all dropping, they’re pretty much taking over the universe because ecosystems everywhere have gone haywire and that’s just how life is now, it’s winter in the great Down Under. Opposite side of the planet and all that. So if you’re the type to quibble as regards the seasonal appropriateness of your vibe, remember that in all cases context is everything.

Now then, Promethean Misery, which was founded by Kempster — whom I imagine calling “The Kempster” if we worked in an office setting; “Kempsterama” à la Rob Schneider on ’90s-era Saturday Night Live, and I’d be doing it in a friendly way though I assume Ms. Kempster actually wouldn’t be amused and I’d be reported to human resources sooner or later and duly admonished — ahead of a debut EP release in 2016, though her pedigree goes further back to joining the gothic death-doom outfit Lycanthia on cello for 2006’s Within the Walls EP and co-founding Myraeth in 2009. The key element that seems to tie her work together regardless of what outfit it’s with or the actual arrangements in play. The aforementioned 2016 EP, Before My Eyes, was largely piano-based, where the forthcoming Tied up in Strings LP from whence “In Winter, We are Lost” comes replaces guitar with violin, but either way, the brooding vibe proves worthy of Kempster‘s moniker for the project — you remember the story of Prometheus, right? “thanks for the fire, sorry about your entrails” — and the patience with which she brings her material to bear comes through masterfully in the 12-minute track.

The new album, out Sept. 22, will hit via PRC Music on a pretty quick turnaround less than a year from its sometimes-deathly predecessor, late-2017’s Ghosts, but if Kempster is working quickly to develop Promethean Misery, one can already hear the fruits of that labor in the progression from Ghosts tracks like “Hateful Red” and “Spirit’s Requiem” to the graceful unfolding of “In Winter, We are Lost” as heard in the new video below.

The quick announcement of the album’s release date follows. Please enjoy:

Promethean Misery, “In Winter, We are Lost” official video

We are very happy to offer you the brand new video / first single from the upcoming new album from Australia’s Doom Metal solo artist Samantha Kempster released under the PROMETHEAN MISERY moniker.

Pure doom melancholia… There are NO guitars on this new album… You’ll find a massive wall of distorted violins, drums, piano and wonderful vocal arrangements.

“Tied up in strings”, Your soundtrack for the Fall of 2018, will be unleashed on 09.22.2018.

This album will be available on CD and Digital, distributed worldwide by MVD / Planetworks.

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Seedy Jeezus: Polaris Oblique Preorders Available

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

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There’s no exact release date listed below for Seedy Jeezus‘ impending second album, Polaris Oblique, but I’d imagine it’ll be out before or around the time the Melbourne three-piece hit the road in Europe — with Mos Generator‘s Tony Reed on bass no less — this coming July, and since “June” was the original timeframe floated for it, yeah, that makes sense. Either way, it’s coming and you can preorder it as of now from Lay Bare Reccordings which will handle the European release. It’ll also be out through Ripple Music distribution in the US and Blown Music in the band’s native Australia.

Of course, the vinyl’s limited and all that. Details follow, courtesy of the PR wire:

SEEDY JEEZUS POLARIS OBLIQUE

Seedy Jeezus – Polaris Oblique

In 2015 Seedy Jeezus released their 1st record on Lay Bare Recordings; in 2018 the 2nd record is ready to shatter your music spine. Called Polaris Oblique and on presale Monday 21st of May, 7am CET.

The band has evolved from the first album, but has retained their bite and bark. There are crazy jams and heavy riffs with a dose of 70’s influences that has always bubbled under in the bands sound since its formation. Many who followed the band since the first album will know where the band is at musically. There is a maturity in the band’s sound and songs. When they get mellow is an almost Floydian world you’re looking into and when they hit the heavy, you know it’s on. Strap yourself in and just wait….it’s coming

‘Polaris Oblique’ comes in a release of 500 pcs, of which 100 pcs are a DELUXE Version.
Each 100 pcs have a different color.

The European edition is LIMITED to 90 pcs. only and has its own unique color.
Exclusively available in Europe via Lay Bare Recordings.
– Gatefold
– Metallic Foil Artwork
– 150gr. vinyl
– Colored version

Click here for the pre-order:
?https://laybarerecordings.com/release/polaris-oblique-by-seedy-jeezus-lbr019

US & Canadian orders for the STANDARD version are advised to go here to save on shipping: http://heavyripples.bigcartel.com

Seedy Jeezus is:
Mark Sibson – Drums
Lex Waterreus – Guitar/Vocals
Paul Crick – Bass/Noises

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Seedy Jeezus, Polaris Oblique album teaser

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Review & Video Premiere: Drug Cult, Drug Cult

Posted in Bootleg Theater, Reviews on May 10th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to see the premiere of Drug Cult’s video for ‘Reptile Hypnosis.’ Their self-titled debut is out June 21 on Ritual Productions.]

Maybe this is pointing out the obvious on some levels, but with Drug Cult, the idea is consumption. Yes, theirs, of narcotics, but also theirs of their audience. The Australian four-piece make their self-titled debut through Ritual Productions with nine tracks and 42 minutes of haze doom given its cultish presence by vocalist Aasha Tozer, who on a song like the post-Electric Wizard swinging “Release” comes across like an echo-laden bad trip version of Grace Slick atop the riffing of Vin Steele (ex-Wolfmother, Megaritual, Sun of Man), the snare march from Dale Walker (also Megaritual, Sun of Man) and air-pushing, hope-you-invested-in-replacement-tubes low end of bassist Maggie Schreiber. As a unit their sound is consistent but not unipolar across their debut, but again, they’re looking to swallow the listener entirely.

There are elements drawn from doom — plenty of them, actually — and shades throughout of modern cult rock, but Drug Cult seem less interested in convincing their audience they worship evil spirits than in creating a downer-lumbering atmosphere in which some ritual might take place. Even “Bloodstone,” on which Tozer intones, “I want more/Your blood is the drug I’ve been searching for,” seems more about the hypnotic repetitions of its lines than about the words themselves. With the significant aural murk the band creates there and throughout the rest of the tracks, their sound basks in a dark-toned revelry, and whether a given song is fast or slow, structured or open, it’s the ambience that ties it all together.

The rest of the tracks hover somewhere between three and five minutes, but Drug Cult earn immediate points by opening Drug Cult with the 8:51 “Serpent Therapy,” providing quick immersion into the swamp their tones have created. Walker earns specific mention for his drums keeping these songs from flying apart entirely, and as “Serpent Therapy” rolls out its insistent rif moving toward the halfway mark, it’s the drums that allow the listener to hold onto their consciousness to the extent they can. From there unfold a series of what the band would probably call ‘rites.’ “Release” builds forward momentum rolling into the lurching open of “Reptile Hypnosis,” the stomp of which stands among the record’s most satisfying and the hook of which also provides a highlight moment, let alone the searing guitar lead that comes after it. Throughout, front-to-back, Drug Cult sound positively filthy.

drug cult (Photo Sally Patti Gordon)

Like the kind of band who show up to play the gig, open their van door and from it wafts a smell that’s as much body odor as it is reefer, the latter both being actively smoked at that moment and seeping through the pores of the band itself. Such is the Drug Cult vibe, and even on faster, more swinging garage-doom-style pieces like “The Wall” or “Slaylude,” the depth of tone remains the same and the spaciousness provided both by the guitar and bass together and by Tozer‘s echo-soaked vocals help craft the band’s dark and obscure plane. Whether it’s the howling lurch of centerpiece “Mind Crypt” or the deceptive shuffle of closer “Spell,” which seems less like the moment Drug Cult are trying to payoff the album as a whole than the moment they’re trying to tear it apart — though perhaps that is the payoff — Drug Cult hold firm to a willful sense of aesthetic and atmosphere, and that they refuse to veer from it makes their debut all the more consuming.

That’s not necessarily to imply that the self-titled is completely unipolar. As noted, they toy with a variety of structures and tempos that keep a steady flow from “Serpent Therapy” onward, and the effect that extended opener has of thrusting the audience into Drug Cult‘s scope isn’t to be understated. Where the rest of the album succeeds behind it is in Drug Cult setting up a fluidity between tracks that carries the listener through a trip that’s both nuanced and familiar somehow, without losing hold of their intention. Taking into account this is Drug Cult‘s debut, the full-album level of consideration the band brings to their work is doubly impressive, though it’s also worth pointing out that individual tracks like “Reptile Hypnosis,” “The Wall,” “Bloodstone,” “Spell,” etc., hardly fail at leaving their own mark. It’s the manner in which these songs feed into the whole experience of the record that give it such a sense of accomplishment on an stylistic level.

In the end, I don’t know if Drug Cult is someone’s distant cousin or something like that — let’s assume not — but they make an excellent fit for Ritual Productions, which has worked to put out offerings from Ramesses, 11Paranoias, Bong, and so on. Perhaps somewhat less extreme in their presentation, they’re no less considerate of ambience than their compatriots, and if this is Drug Cult‘s starting point, it will be fascinating to hear what their sound morphs into over subsequent releases.

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Witchskull Set June 1 Release for Coven’s Will on Rise Above Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 9th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

There’s no denying the current of classic metal in the new Witchskull single, which you can hear at the bottom of this post. But check this out: The band, who hail from Canberra, Australia, recorded their new album, Coven’s Will, in Brooklyn, New York, with Billy Anderson, who lives in Portland, Oregon, and they’re releasing it on June 1 through Rise Above Records, which is based in the UK. That is what I call a significant geographical fucking spread. Nicely done, gentlemen.

Witchskull‘s debut, The Vast Electric Dark (review here) was issued by Ripple Music in conjunction with STB Records, so it would seem the trio have a thing for racking up significant endorsements when it comes to putting out their music. Again, nicely done.

And while we’re at it? That single? Nicely done.

Album’s up for preorder now, as the PR wire informs:

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Witchskull to Release “Coven’s Will” June 1st via Rise Above Records

The riff hits. The adrenaline kicks in. The darkness erupts. All heavy metal hell breaks loose. The Coven is awake…

Witchskull will release Coven’s Will June 1st via Rise Above Records. Pre-order the album HERE.

The philosophy behind Witchskull’s take on the essence of primeval heaviness is simple enough. Listen to the first few seconds of the Australian trio’s brand new, second album Coven’s Will and if the vibe doesn’t instantly grab you by the balls and the synapses then maybe you walked in through the wrong door. Channeling the spirit of the metal gods and injecting every last moment of their rampaging anthems with a jolting dose of lysergic menace, Witchskull are the unstoppable real deal.

Formed in Canberra in 2014, Witchskull grabbed the attention of the hirsute, underground hordes with their first demo in 2015. The band’s debut album, The Vast Electric Dark, emerged soon after to great acclaim: its thunderous, turbo-charged squall striking an instant, devilish chord with headbangers hungry for life-affirming riffs, a dash of grubby-fingered authenticity and lashings of supernatural venom. Honed and nurtured in sweaty practice rooms and on stages across the band’s native Australia, the Witchskull sound has subsequently evolved, leading to Coven’s Will: a sophomore outing that looks certain to thrust the three-piece to the upper echelons of the stoner world. Recorded at Studio G in Brooklyn, NYC, with producers Billy Anderson (Neurosis/Sleep/Buzzov.en) and Jason Fuller (Blood Duster) and mixed at Jason’s Goatsound Studio in Melbourne, Coven’s Will has mutated into a snarling, muscular acid-metal monster.

Boasting eight, groove-driven slabs of infernal fury, Coven’s Will pulls off the neat trick of sounding simultaneously timeless /and/ timely, as the fundamental principles of our beloved genre are fed through the Australians’ pitch-black prism and spat out in a shower of wild, hallucinatory devil blues.

A crazy-eyed howl of discontent from the sun-scorched wastelands of Australia, Coven’s Will is a ferocious statement from a band that seem to be hitting their stride and gaining power by the hour. Newly signed to Lee Dorrian’s revered Rise Above Records imprint, Witchskull have found the perfect home from which to spread their irresistible gospel of unholy heaviness. Hell’s Gates have opened, the riffs are coming and the Coven compels you to surrender your soul…

Coven’s Will Track Listing:
1. Raven
2. Son of the Snake
3. Priestess
4. Breathing Blue Light
5. Demon Cage
6. Spyres
7. Lord of the Void
8. The Empty Well

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Witchskull, “Demon Cage”

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