Desertfest Berlin 2018 Adds High Reeper to Lineup

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

Philadelphia-based heavy rock upstarts High Reeper released their self-titled debut album (review here), just a couple weeks back on Heavy Psych Sounds, and as they were previously announced for Tube Cult Fest 2018 before this announcement for Desertfest Berlin 2018, it seems pretty likely to me that any day now we’re going to get a full list of European tour dates for the five-piece. Hell, maybe we already have and I missed it. It’s been quite a few weeks on this end.

Okay, so I just went back and checked my email for a press release about a full High Reeper European tour and there’s nothing there, so it hasn’t happened yet. That means keep an eye out, because it’s coming soon. Think May is far off? Not a chance. It’ll be here before you know it and then we’ll be into the summer season and all the rest of that overwhelming nonsense. Speaking of overwhelming nonsense, I need to go see if I can get a baby to take a nap.

From the PR wire:

desertfest berlin 2018 high reeper

Desert rockers! We are almost ready to go with the final band line-up for DesertFest Berlin 2018 soon, but before we do and still keeping some surprises for you in the pipeline, we are happy to announce that up and coming HIGH REEPER have been added to our upcoming festival edition!

Formed in 2016 and deeply rooted in modern stoner rock, with their sound and smell of leather, weed & booze HIGH REEPER deliver an unapologetic punch into the face for fans of the early 70’s proto-metal. The band’s self-titled debut album is out now on Heavy Psych Sounds Records, please give these guys a very warm welcome live at DesertFest Berlin 2018!

Stay tuned for many more festival & band news coming up soon, and make sure to grab your tickets before they’re running out:!

High Reeper, High Reeper (2018)

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Desertfest Berlin 2018 Adds Horisont and Dead Lord

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 19th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

I don’t believe in bucket lists — mostly these days I believe in peanut butter — but if I had one, Desertfest Berlin would be on it. You now how solid this lineup is? Look at the poster. This lineup is so solid that ElderMonolordRadio Moscow and the Nebula reunion appear on the fourth line of it! The fourth line! With headliners Monster Magnet — who’ll be in Europe pushing their new record Mindfucker — Graveyard — who last I heard were recording — and High on Fire — who are celebrating their 20th anniversary– it’s something special top to bottom, where one finds acts like King BuffaloThe Necromancers and Pretty Lightning proliferating the future of heavy psych and blues rock. Oh yeah, and Church of the Cosmic SkullDeath Alley and Freedom Hawk are playing. Jeebus.

Maybe I do believe in bucket lists.

The latest adds to this brainbusting milieu are Horisont and Dead Lord. Announcement from the fest follows here, as courtesy of the PR wire:

desertfest berlin 2018 poster


Time to unveil the next couple of bands for Desertfest Berlin’s already stunning festival line-up!
Desert rockers, please welcome the Swedish brigades HORISONT and DEAD LORD to Desertfest Berlin 2018!

Formed in 2006, space hard rockers Horisont have spent more than a decade kicking ass, taking names and establishing themselves at the forefront of the Scandinavian retro rock revival. The quintet’s rock trip might be retro but their songwriting is timeless: a good melody lives forever and Horisont have songs in abundance we are very much looking forward to witness live on stage at the Arena Berlin this year!

Hailing from the Swedish scene as well, Dead Lord deliver a blend mix of Classic Hard Rock and early Heavy Metal. Inspired by bands such as Thin Lizzy, UFO or Iron Maiden, Dead Lord are not only conquering the world with their heavy rock energy but will do so at Desertfest Berlin 2018!

Desertfest Berlin is getting near to close the final line-up for 2018 soon and the crew is working hard to create the most special & best festival edition desert rock fans have ever experienced before! Stay tuned for many more updates to follow soon!


Tickets are available at:

Horisont, “About Time” official video

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Cosmic Fall to Release In Search of Outer Space March 30; Stream “Lumberjam”

Posted in audiObelisk, Whathaveyou on February 9th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Berlin-based heavy psych jammers Cosmic Fall will issue their new album, In Search of Outer Space, on March 30 with preorders beginning Feb. 23. I’m sure you’ve already checked out their stuff, because you’re hip to what’s happening and on your stuff and always ahead of the game and other-cliches-meaning-aware-of-the-world-around-you, but if not, you should know up front: these freaks can J-A-M.

And they do. Case in point the new track “Lumberjam” premiering at the bottom of this post. In Search of Outer Space is their third full-length and follows the 2017 stopgap Jams for Free (review here), which introduced new guitarist Martin Morawski. Well, Morawski continues to make himself at home on his first proper studio offering with the band, whether it’s the drifting wisps of tone early in “Spacejam” or the nodding crunch that appears at the end of “Narcotic Votex.”

The band promises a vinyl release and In Search of Outer Space being a little over 40 minutes makes that a much more plausible reality. No plans have been revealed yet, but that’ll come, so keep an ee out. In the meantime, here’s the record announcement from the PR wire and the “Lumberjam” debut:

cosmic fall in search of outer space

We’re more than happy to announce our third album! It is called “In Search Of Outer Space” and will be released on March 30, digitally and on CD. There will be a vinyl version too, but we don’t have all the details, yet.

Presale starts on Friday, February 23 via bandcamp. We will also release two songs of the album then. It’s the first album with our new guitar player Martin, with whom we play since last august.

We recorded it in fall last year in our rehearsal room and it was mixed by our guitar player, mastered by Eroc (

Stay tuned for more information.

1. Jabberwocky 11:36
2. Narcotic Vortex 08:00
3. Purification 04:12
4. Lumberjam 06:56
5. Spacejam 07:44
6. Icarus 04:50″

Drums – Daniel Sax
Bass – Klaus Friedrich
Guitar – Marcin Morawski

Cosmic Fall, “Lumberjam”

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Desertfest Berlin 2018 Adds Radio Moscow, Lucifer, Pretty Lightning, Lionize and Haik to Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 7th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Admittedly, I’m a few days late on this update from Desertfest Berlin 2018, and I don’t have an excuse for that other than ‘I suck at this,’ but don’t let that fact stop you from appreciating how righteous this festival is, both in terms of this year’s lineup and what they’ve built over previous installments. Adding Radio Moscow to a bill is always a good idea — also a good way to make everyone else playing that stage feel insecure — and I certainly dug the hell out of the latest from Pretty Lightning, The Rhythm of Ooze (review here), so having them aboard in this latest update along with Lucifer, Lionize and Haik only makes a strong Desertfest Berlin 2018 even stronger.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t make my ass any timelier. It’s okay though, I hear immediacy isn’t a big deal on the internet…

From the PR wire:

desertfest berlin 2018 poster


Finally the wait for a new band announcement is over, DESERTFEST BERLIN is thrilled to welcome RADIO MOSCOW, LUCIFER, LIONIZE, PRETTY LIGHTNING and HAIK to their already exciting festival line-up in 2018!

Radio Moscow (US)
No need to introduce RADIO MOSCOW, the psychedelic blues rock juggernaut will make you groove so heavily, none of us at the entire ARENA Berlin will stand still!

Lucifer (US)
Why just a few guitar cabinets and amplifiers, when you could use TONS on stage? Heavy doom trio LUCIFER will bring their massive wall of sounds to our stage, the entire city of Berlin will shake!

Lionize (US)
Rooted in hard rock & heavy metal, American rockers LIONIZED are not afraid to experiment in various sounds: add some exciting dose of funk, reggae and even dub-step to their mix, this band will round off the perfect heavy rock party. No wonder that LIONIZE are signed to CLUTCH’ own label Weathermusic, while members such as Neil Fallon or Tim Sult already guest-appeared on several LIONIZE records.

Pretty Lightning (DE)
With the heavy psychedelic blues running through their veins, up and coming PRETTY LIGHTNING from Germany will serve us sundrenched vibes moving into a powerful dark affair of tunes!

Haik (DE)
Feating members of Rotor and Dyse, Berlin-based quartet HAIK has their roots in rock´n´roll while runnig into creations of metal, jazz, blues and electronic fever. Fresh ideas meeting old drives and will showcase the band’s unique sound live at Desertfest Berlin 2018!

With this new bunch of highclass acts for 2018, Desertfest Berlin will make sure fans of the entire desert rock genre and beyond will experience the most special edition to date. Alongside headliners such as MONSTER MAGNET, HIGH ON FIRE and GRAVEYARD, many more bands will be announced soon! Desertfest Berlin will take place between May 4th – 6th 2018 at the ARENA BERLIN, tickets are available at:

Pretty Lightning, “This Machine is Running”

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Treedeon Announce New Album Under the Manchineel Due Feb. 23

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 18th, 2018 by JJ Koczan


Right on the line between crunching noise rock and weighted sludge roll is where you’ll find the new track from Berlin sludge outsiders Treedeon, who three years after issuing the willfully bizarre Lowest Level Reincarnation (review here) will return on Feb. 23 via Exile on Mainstream with Under the Manchineel, their latest album. You can hear the rumbling-but-still-melodic-and-by-the-way-absolutely-crushing “Breathing a Vein” at the bottom of this post if you’re so inclined, and keep your ears open for the swell in intensity as it moves toward its blown-out, scream-topped finish. Shit is masterful and bombastic in kind.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, a manchineel is a tree. Its fruit is apparently sweet but poisonous as all hell — clearly Treedeon working on a metaphor there. If you didn’t know, don’t feel bad. I had to look it up.

The PR wire brings album art and details and whatnot:

treedeon under the manchineel

TREEDEON: German Sludge Trio To Release Under The Manchineel LP Via Exile On Mainstream In February

German trio TREEDON will release their monstrous second LP, Under The Manchineel, this February through their allies at Exile On Mainstream.

Offers bassist/vocalist Yvonne Ducksworth, “We recorded Under The Manchineel at Studio Wong in Berlin; they have a great Live setup for us. The song “Breathing a Vein” surprised me; turned out to be one of our favorite songs on the record. As far as vocals: it really melds what Arne and I do best to accompany one another. The song lyrics are echoing that as well: Two opposites who manage to belong together.”

Exile On Mainstream Records will release Under The Manchineel on CD, LP, and digital formats on February 23rd; find preorders RIGHT HERE.

Under The Manchineel Track Listing:
1. Cheetoh
2. Death Of Ceres
3. Breathing A Vein
4. No Hell
5. Manchineel
6. Protoplanet
7. Wasicu

TREEDEON returns with the follow-up to their debut, Lowest Level Reincarnation, which was released some three years ago. The bruising second album, Under The Manchineel marks the arrival of a new drummer Andy Schuenemann, of post-rock instrumental duo Alphatrip, joining bassist/vocalist Yvonne Ducksworth and vocalist/guitarist Arne Heesch, and taking the band in an even heavier direction.

The seven tracks on Under The Manchineel have foundations in sludge, noise, and doom, also incorporating unexpected melodies into their colossal wall of sound. This thunderous catharsis, reaches levels of emotional intensity previously untapped within the album’s forty-five-minute lifespan. The lyrics are fueled by a multitude of political issues including general disenchantment with world events, and the current world order. The track “Manchineel” — one of the album’s many highlights — is a clear example of this as raging vocals of lyrical angst target all the forces declaring war on our society and our planet.

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Wedge Expand European Tour Set to Begin Jan. 9

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 5th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

wedge sami grill

It was a pretty substantial tour when it was just taking place in Germany, but as it turns out, Berlin heavy rockers Wedge will venture well outside the confines of their home country in support of their new album, Killing Tongue, which is out next month on Heavy Psych Sounds. Thus far, shows in Belgium, France, Spain and Italy have been added to the run starting in March after the initial burst beginning next week, and there’s the promise of more to come, so yeah, keep an eye out. The newly-announced portion of the tour takes them into April, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they hit up some festivals here or there along their way.

The PR wire has it like this:

wedge euro tour poster

The German vintage retro ’70 rock’n’roll band Wedge will tour Europe in 2018. Supporting their german acts the rockers Big Foot.

Wedge will play also new stuff of their sophomore album Kiling Tongue which will be released in february 2018 via Heavy Psych Sounds.

Wedge European Tour Dates:
09.01. (DE) HANNOVER · Cafe Glocksee
10.01. (DE) KIEL · Schaubude
11.01. (DE) HAMBURG · Hafenklang*
12.01. (DE) JENA · Kulturbahnhof*
13.01. (DE) EISENACH · Schlachthof*
01.02. (DE) NÜRNBERG · Z-Bau*
02.02. (DE) FRANKFURT A.M. · Feinstaub*
03.02. (DE) HEILBRONN · Emma 23*
04.02. (DE) FREIBURG · Slow Club*
05.02. (DE) TÜBINGEN · Münzgasse*
07.02. (DE) KÖLN · Sonic Ballroom*
08.02. (DE) OLDENBURG · Polyester Club*
09.02. (DE) HUSUM · Speicher*
10.02. (DE) BERLIN · Zukunft am Ostkreuz*
14.02. (DE) LEIPZIG · Black Label*
15.02. (DE) MÜNCHEN · Import/Export*
16.02. (DE) KELLBERG · tba*
17.02. (DE) RAVENSBURG · Haus am See*
21.02. (DE) GÖTTINGEN · Dots*
22.02. (DE) BIELEFELD · Forum*
23.02. (DE) DÜSSELDORF · R25/Kulturschlachthof*
24.02. (DE) MÜNSTER · Rare Guitar*
18.03. (NL) TILBURG · tba
19.03. (BE) ANTWERP · tba
21.03. (FR) PARIS · International
22.03. (FR) NANTES · La Scene Michelet
23.03. (FR) BORDEAUX · Le Petit Maurian
24.03. (ES) GIJÓN · Sala Memphis
25.03. (ES) BILBAO · La Nube Cafe Teatro
26.03. (ES) BARCELONA · Rocksound
27.03. (ES) SAN SEBASTIÁN · Dadabada
28.03. (FR) MONTPELLIER · Up&Down
30.03. (IT) TORINO · Blah Blah
31.03. (IT) PISA · Albatross
01.04. (IT) MANTOVA · Spazio FCErec
02.04. (IT) ZEROBRANCO · Altroquando
03.04. (IT) PARMA · Tonic
04.04. (IT) BOLOGNA · Mikasa
05.04. (IT) BERGAMO · Druso
06.04. (IT) ROMA · Let It Beer
07.04. (IT) CASTEL FIDARDO · On Stage
09.04. (IT) PESCARA · Scumm
*w/ Bigfoot

WEDGE is a 60s-sounding, psychedelic and heavy rockin’ Berlin trio founded by guitarist/singer Kiryk Drewinski (ex-Liquid Visions/The Magnificent Brotherhood), drummer Holger “The Holg” Grosser and bassist/organist Dave Götz, and named themselves after the first stone tool of human history. Their sound is accordingly archaic, extremely effective, made from “solid rock” and, when used correctly, it causes fire… especially on stage!

Kiryk Drewinski- Vocals / Guitars / Harmonica
Holger ‘The Holg’ Grosser – Drums / Percussion
David Götz – Bass / Organ / Electric Piano / Mellotron

Wedge, “Lucid” official video

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Wedge Post “Lucid” Video & Announce German Tour Dates

Posted in Bootleg Theater on December 14th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

wedge germany tour

German vintage-style heavy rockers Wedge are getting ready to tour the hell out of their home country. I mean, really. Touring the hell right out of it. The Berlin-based three-piece will issue their second long-player, Killing Tongue, via Heavy Psych Sounds on Feb. 9, and in following up their 2014 self-titled debut, they’ve begun to push into a sonic realm more of their own within the sphere of their genre. They’ve got shows booked in January and they’ll spend most of February on the road as well, without ever leaving Germany. Pretty wild. I can’t remember the last time I saw a string of dates this long in Europe just focused on one country. It’s 21 shows!

Because I’m an ignorant-ass American, I don’t know how far the cities listed below are from each other, but as an exercise, this seems like an awesome and intense way for Wedge to continue to hone their craft. I’m going to assume that at no point will they be spending more than, say, four or five hours, on a single drive between shows, and just by way of an example, Kiel to Hamburg is about 90 minutes. So yeah, they’re on tour, but without the stress of crossing long distances, Wedge will have all the more opportunity to focus on what’s important: playing the shows themselves. I’d suspect the flipside of that coin is an awful lot of hurry-up-and-wait before they get on stage every night, but that would happen even if they spent all that extra time traveling between countries in the EU, or anywhere else, for that matter.

I also don’t know the size of the venues they’re playing, but even if it’s small concert spaces and barrooms, the experience is invaluable, and aside from saying something about the economics and cultural situation in greater Europe — mostly it says “Germany gets all the shows” — it just seems to me like there’s an opportunity here for Wedge to make it something really special and grow as artists. It’s hardly their first tour — they were out on a couple weekender runs with Wucan in November on which five of the seven included dates were also in Germany — but even so. As far as playing live goes, it’s an interesting project. I wonder if they’d do it in any other countries as well. You know Heavy Psych Sounds could make that happen in Italy…

I had intended here to talk about the video and the sound of “Lucid” itself, which departs some of the post-Kadavar vibes of the self-titled, but got sidetracked thinking about the good times these guys could potentially have on this tour. I hope it goes well and would be interested to know if it changes how they feel about Killing Tongue by the time it’s done.

Should you happen to be in Germany in Jan./Feb., dates follow the video here.

Please enjoy:

Wedge, “Lucid” official video

Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking is proud to announce the WEDGE GERMAN TOUR 2018

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The German vintage retro ’70 rock’n’roll band Wedge will tour Germany in winter 2018. Supporting their acts the rockers Big Foot. Wedge will play also new stuff of their sophomore album Kiling Tongue which will be released in february 2018 via Heavy Psych Sounds.

09.01. Hannover, Cafe Glocksee
10.01. Kiel, Schaubde
11.01. Hamburg, Hafenklang
12.01. Jena, Kulturbahnhof
13.01. Eisenach, Schlachthof
01.02. Nürnberg, Z-Bau
02.02. Frankfurt/M., Feinstaub
03.02. Heilbronn, Emma23
04.02. Freiburg, Slow Club
05.02. Tübingen, Münzgasse
07.02. Köln, Sonic Ballroom
08.02. Oldenburg, Polyester Klub
09.02. Husum, Speicher
10.02. Berlin, TBA
14.02. Leipzig, Black Label
15.02. München, Import/Export
17.02. Ravensburg, Haus am See
21.02. Göttingen, Dots
22.02. Bielefeld, Forum
23.02. Düsseldorf, R25
24.02. Münster, Rare Guitar

WEDGE was born into the spotlight in 2014. The trio was founded in Berlin by guitarist/singer Kiryk Drewinski (ex-Liquid Visions & ex-The Magnificent Brotherhood), drummer Holger “The Holg” Grosser & bassist/organist Dave Götz and named itself after the first stone tool of human history. Their sound is accordingly archaic, extremely effective, “made from solid rock” and, when used correctly, causes fire … especially live! WEDGE blends mainly elements of classic rock, 60s garage and some Psychedelic with a proper dose of joy while playing.

Kiryk Drewinski- Vocals / Guitars / Harmonica
Holger ‘The Holg’ Grosser – Drums / Percussion
David Götz – Bass / Organ / Electric Piano / Mellotron

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Surya Kris Peters Releases New Album Drones from the Wood as Name-Your-Price Download

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

Surya Kris Peters

In discussing his new solo release, Drones from the Wood, below, Samsara Blues Experiment frontman and Berlin-based solo artist Christian Peters, aka Surya Kris Peters, likens it to his 2016 debut under the moniker, The Hermit (review here), and fair enough. Peters has been on something of a prolific tear ever since that record surfaced, issuing the Holy Holy Holy (review here) long-player and the EP 2nd Chances (review here) earlier this year — the latter not actually a Surya release, but one under his own name — and of course Samsara Blues Experiment putting out one of the best records of 2017, but Drones from the Wood (is that a Tull reference in the title?) is the latest manifestation of this creative hot streak, and it’s available as a name-your-price download now from the Bandcamp page of Peters‘ label, Electric Magic Records.

Get yourself some dronescapes. Go on, it’s been a long week. You’ve earned it.

Art, info, links, audio. You know how we do:

Surya Kris Peters Drones from the Wood-700

Chris Peters: “This is my 3rd longplayer as Surya Kris Peters, and the fourth full-length solo album including early stuff as Soulitude. With this one I think I am going back a bit in direction of “The Hermit”, mostly shorter numbers, a bit classical influenced as I felt I’d really wanted to do more symphonic stuff. Basically it’s a mixture of influences from the 70s (most of all Jean Michel Jarre & Tomita), but also a bit of romantic ’80s, and the bits of my own ‘weirdness,’ I guess. I might pretty much have found my own niche also with this project. Plus: This is also the first time I did my own kind of mastering.”

Music to be filed under: Ambient / Drone / Minimal / Early Electronic

1. This Great Delusion 05:35
2. Drones From The Wood 06:11
3. Escaping Suburbia 05:43
4. Far Away And Out Of Time 03:40
5. Intermission: Like A Breath Of Fresh Air 02:23
6. Once More With Feeling 01:37
7. Last Supper At Sakura’s 02:16
8. Plastic Flowers For Laura 01:45
9. Elysian Fields 04:41

Surya Kris Peters, Drones from the Wood (2017)

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