Friday Full-Length: Neurosis, A Sun that Never Sets

Posted in Bootleg Theater on May 26th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Neurosis, A Sun that Never Sets (2001)

It is arguable that A Sun that Never Sets represents the moment when Neurosis most defined the course of what would come to be called post-metal. In fact, I’ve argued it several times. It’s not a hard argument to make, and if you’ve ever heard the album, which was released by Relapse Records in 2001 as the seventh outing from the Oakland-based outfit, you very likely already know where I’m going with this. It’s the riff. That riff. Neurosis end A Sun that Never Sets with “Stones from the Sky,” and to this day, every post-metal record I encounter in one way or another — often in directly ripping it off — tries to capture that moment where the sweeping final riff of the album devolves and deconstructs into a genuine cacophony of noise before cutting out like a transmission from another world has just been shut down. I’m not going to take anything away — at all — ever — from the work Neurosis did on albums like 1992’s Souls at Zero, 1993’s Enemy of the Sun, 1996’s primal Through Silver in Blood or the sprawling chaos of 1999’s Times of Grace. Neurosis‘ output has always been and still is marked and defined by a forward creative development — it continued after this record as well — but to consider A Sun that Never Sets anything less than a landmark in that process is to simply miss the point.

The difference? Patience. A sense of brooding in the title-track. The flow of arrangements in “The Tide” and “From the Hill” early on. Comprised of guitarist/vocalists Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till, bassist/vocalist Dave Edwardson, keyboardist/sampler Noah Landis and drummer Jason Roeder, Neurosis were no strangers to intensity. Going back to their earliest hardcore punk output on 1988’s Pain of Mind debut or 1990’s The Word as Law, it was an essential ingredient, and it has remained one even as they passed their 30th anniversary, but listening to songs like “Crawl Back In” and the tribalist “From Where its Roots Run,” A Sun that Never Sets brimmed with a tension that even Times of Grace had only begun to explore, and while it would ultimately be in “Stones from the Sky” that that tension found its (merciful) release, the lurch of pieces like “Watchfire” or the earlier “From the Hill” seemed nearly orchestral in its swell and cascade, providing the listener with a progressive course of ups and downs that stretched across a masterfully executed, deeply textured 68 minutes that served as one of the best and most pivotal albums of its decade — all the more an accomplishment for being released in the first year of it. From the drum march that begins the title-track to the noise experiments in intro “Erode” and the penultimate interlude “Resound,” A Sun that Never Sets turned volume into ritual, and it remains singular in its dynamic, both within the Neurosis catalog and in the wider sphere of heavy music as a whole. As many as have tried to imitate it — and who could argue with trying? — none have found results that come close to touching its power, presence or vision.

And of course, for Neurosis, it was another step along the way. They’d soon enough develop Neurot Recordings as an outlet for their own material, solo works, and other artists admired by the band, today resulting in one of the underground’s most respected imprints. 2003 brought the Neurosis & Jarboe collaboration and 2004 pushed further into atmospheric soulfulness with The Eye of Every Storm — and if you don’t know what I mean by “soulful,” revisit “A Season in the Sky” — and saw the band all but absent from touring before 2007’s Given to the Rising reintroduced a more aggressive feel and stark trades in volume. Density of intent persisted through the vast scope of 2012’s Honor Found in Decay (review here), and as they looked back on 30 years together with special live sets and a return to prominence as a touring act, last year’s Fires Within Fires (review here) continued to forge new creative ground even as it embraced some of their rawest and most seething output since their earliest days. Through these changes and the ongoing evolution of Neurosis as a project, they have always remained committed to a natural progression, and taken in succession, their albums tell a story of that progression across a span of decades in one of heavy music’s richest and most individualized histories.

Neurosis don’t exist in a vacuum, and with releases as essential as A Sun that Never Sets, the temptation is often to see them that way — which is to say it’s not the only record that helped shape post-metal — but there’s no question they stand among the most important groups of their generation, and as an audience we’re all the more fortunate that their contributions are as ongoing as they are distinctive.

As always, I hope you enjoy.

This coming Monday is the Memorial Day holiday here in the States. It is an unfortunate cause for celebration, what with the perpetual war generally and the ensuing jingoism and unthinking patriotism that always seems to accompany the day — even the baseball teams wear camo; it’s a downer — but a day off is a day off, and at this point I’ll take it.

I took today off as well and The Patient Mrs., the impending Pecan, the little dog Dio and I all came down to Connecticut last night to spend an extra day at the beach. Four day weekend? Shit yeah, son. That’s the way life should always be.

After some debate on the matter at the office this week, my final day of work is June 16. As you might imagine, my feelings on this are somewhat conflicted. Happy to not be working anymore; worried about the prospects of no income, excited, curious and a bit terrified at the notion of being a stay-at-home dad come October. Wondering if something comes next or if I’m leaving the workforce for good at 35. Kind of a scary thought.

I’ve been giving serious thought of late to taking a few classes and setting up an office as some kind of nutrition counselor, trying to help people frame how they think about food and how it interacts with their life. Since I’ve lost (just over) 170 pounds in the last year and a half, I’ve gotten many questions from people about how I did it, how I feel, how they might go about losing weight, and so on, and I think from just hearing out their stories to helping plan a week of meals, that’s something from which I might derive professional satisfaction. Plus, I’d be working for myself, which is basically the only way I would want to work at all at this point. Done with offices. Done with other people. Done with the culture of professionalism. If I can’t have my dog around when I’m working, then that’s work I don’t want to be doing.

We’ll see how that goes. I get these ideas. Pipe dreams 95 percent of the time. Plus I’ve been on anti-depressants now for about three weeks, so if I was ever going to have a I’m-gonna-change-my-life-type notion, I need to recognize that this is probably the time it would happen. Ambition as symptom of chemical change. “My brains are going into my feet,” and so on.

As regards business, here’s what’s in the notes for next week, subject to change as always:

MON: Demon Head review & Drug Honkey video.
TUE: Witchthroat Serpent track premiere & Arbouretum video.
WED: Six Dumb Questions with Abrams.
THU: Second Coming of Heavy review.
FRI: Anathema review.

Kind of a quiet week thus far, with the holiday and whatnot, but I expect things will pick up toward the end and there may be some shuffling as per usual. That Anathema review is set in stone though. The Second Coming of Heavy one I’ve already moved a few times, so that should probably get done as well. I don’t know. It’ll come together. Not worried about it.

Traditionally one barbecues for Memorial Day, and I expect my feed on Thee Facebooks this weekend will be full of showoff pictures of various smoked/smoking meat products, beers, and so on. That’s cool. Whatever you’re up to, I hope it’s a great time. Be safe and have fun. Listen to good music, because that makes good days even better.

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Festum Carnis 2017: Private Festival to Feature Astral Cult, Nachtmystium, Ninth Moon Black and Many More

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 19th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

If you want to get a sense of how remote the area surrounding the Blue Mountain Event Center in Wilseyville, California, is, just look at it on a map. Surrounded by small towns — Bummerville (not kidding) is to the north — one finds Wilseyville about an hour and a half due east of Sacramento and two and a half hours from the Bay Area. Far enough to be far out, which seems all the more befitting a private festival like Festum Carnis 2017, the full lineup for which has been unveiled and which revels in a deep variety of metallic extremity and underground heft.

Hard not to have the eye caught by one-time US black metal innovators Nachtmystium taking part, and for the sake of the fest in general I hope they show up, but there are many, many others involved as well, from Sacramento psych rockers Astral Cult to thrashers like From Hell and Bombscare. If you want to go camping for the three-night event, you need to get in touch with the fest and secure a place on the guest list, and the info on how to do so follows here, along with the complete lineup and much more, all courtesy of the PR wire:

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FESTUM CARNIS, a Northern California Open-Air Metal and Camping Festival, is pleased to unveil the lineup for its 2017 incarnation, which will take place on July 7th through 9th at the Blue Mountain Event Center in Wilseyville, CA. In its fifth year, and third at this venue in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, Festum Carnis invites you – worshippers of all things heavy and close to nature – to come witness the sonic rituals put on by over 25 artists who span the spectrum of underground heavy music, and camp out for up to 3 nights under the light of a full moon.

Blue Mountain Event Center, comprised of over 210 acres of mountainous private property with a running creek, trout pond and A.T.V trails, will open its gate on Friday afternoon for all our Guests who obtained their Passes in advance to arrive and set up camp at designated areas. Food and drinks are available at the bar inside the barn. The barn is what becomes center stage for FESTUM CARNIS that evening as the weekend festivities are kicked off with performances from acts including Nocturnal Slaughter of Portland, Reno’s Ostracized, Dead War from Santa Cruz, The New Plague from Northern California & renowned San Diego black metallers Ruines ov Abaddon. The first night of the fest closes out with the nostalgic sounds of the 80s with San Jose synthwave phenom Vector Hold.

Saturdays schedule includes performances by: standout Southern California black metal bands Conjuror, Skyeater, Coldvoid & Ritual; mock-rock greats Monkeysoop; Portland’s post-rock/psych-sludge outfit Ninth Moon Black and Oakland’s Heavy Metal/Horror supergroup FROM HELL. Late that evening, as the near full moon soars above us and the shadows of the trees shroud us in black, Illinois Black Metal legends NACHTMYSTIUM will take to the stage for what should be a transcendent set. Recently reformed and returning to the scene by way of 2 exclusive 2017 festival appearances, the band will be performing their 2004 EP “Eulogy IV” and 2005 LP “Instinct: Decay” both in their entirety.

Including sets from Lesions, Wandern, Fountain of Bile, Maldicion & more – Sunday, the final day of music and camping at Festum Carnis, is by no means a lazy day or a day to skip for travelling home. Take the always-dreaded Monday off of work and enjoy one final night of ritualistic sonic performances, which will be capped off with a spellbinding performance from Sacramento psychedelic/occult doomsters Astral Cult.

Saturday and Sunday mornings will not have performances scheduled in order to allow guests rest from the night before. For those that like to operate on little to no sleep, the mornings will feature staff-organized activities, games and workshops including a Guitar workshop with Jerry Conner of Monkeysoop, Caricature art with Missy of Monkeysoop and more! Also available for use are the many hiking trails on the property that are just asking to be ventured through, the nearby running creek and pedal boats on the trout pond. Raffles and various organized competitions will also take place throughout both days, with festival merch and other miscellaneous goodies as prizes.

FESTUM CARNIS is brought to you by Arcane Inc., a DreamMaker Project of The Ink People non-profit organization of Eureka, CA. We are honored to be sponsored this year by Broken Psyche Productions, Lagunitas Brewing, The Lazy Cocoon, and Blackstorm Music.

Please note, FESTUM CARNIS is a PRIVATE EVENT, with a VERY limited amount of tickets available. Before tickets can be purchased, an invite must be requested and confirmed. No tickets will be sold at the gates, and anyone who is not confirmed to the guest list will be denied entry. Pre-ordering tickets before the day of event IS IMPERATIVE. To request an invite, and for further information, please visit us @ http://www.festumcarnis.com/

Festum Carnis reserves the right to make adjustments and changes as necessary.

FESTUM CARNIS 2017, Full Lineup (In Alphabetical Order):
Astral Cult – Sacramento, CA (Occult Doom)
Awakened Abyss – San Jose, CA (Black Metal)
Bavmorda – Central Valley, CA (Death Metal)
Bombscare – Bakersfield, CA (Thrash Metal)
Cold Void – Southern California (Black Metal)
Conjuror – Los Angeles, CA (Black Metal/War Metal)
Dead War – Santa Cruz, CA (Blackened Death/Thrash)
Eviscerate – Santa Cruz, CA (Death Metal)
Fountain of Bile – Santa Cruz, CA (Death Metal)
From Hell – Oakland, CA (Death/Thrash Metal)
Incredulous – Napa, CA (Thrash Metal)
Lesions – Los Osos, CA (Hardcore/Doom)
Maldicion – Bakersfield, CA (Black Metal)
Monkeysoop – Texas (Experimental/Weird-Rock)
Nachtmystium – Illinois (Psychedelic Black Metal)
Ninth Moon Black – Portland, OR (Instrumental Psych/Doom)
Nocturnal Awakening – Los Osos, CA (Black Metal)
Nocturnal Slaughter – Portland, OR (Death Metal)
Ostracized – Reno, NV (Stoner/Nerd Metal)
Ritual – Los Angeles, CA (Black Metal)
Ruines ov Abaddon – San Diego, CA (Black Metal)
Skyeater – Los Angeles, CA (Black Metal)
StormBat – Santa Cruz, CA (Thrash Metal)
Suicide Forest – Tucson, AZ (Depressive Black Metal)
The New Plague – Northern California (Death/Black Metal)
Trial By Combat – Bay Area, CA (Death/Groove Metal)
Vector Hold – San Jose, CA (Outrun/Dark Synth)
Wandern – Placerville, CA (Metal)

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Astral Cult, The Sacred Flame (2016)

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Beastmaker Post “Evil One” Video; Inside the Skull out this Week

Posted in Bootleg Theater on May 16th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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This Friday, California’s Beastmaker release their second album, Inside the Skull, on Rise Above Records. By the time the end of the week gets here — it always seems so far away on Tuesdays, for some reason — the dark, metallically-tinged three-piece will have already had a couple nights on the road alongside Zakk Sabbath on a tour that will carry them from one end of the country to the other and well into June. I’d imagine it’s a pretty exciting week to be in Beastmaker. Maybe a little nerve-wracking, but exciting too. They’re about to step on some of the biggest stages they’ve yet played.

And they do so supporting a record of quality material enough to back them in their cause. “Evil One” is the second video to come from Inside the Skull behind one last month for presumed side B leadoff “Nature of the Damned” (posted here) — fair enough to double-up for an aesthetically inclined band like this — and it’s the opening cut of the album as a whole. As what’s essentially their final argument to their potential audience prior to the LP coming out, it’s utterly reasonable for them to have held the song back for this purpose as they have. Where they’re quick to show more progressive flair even on the subsequent thudder “Heaven to Hell” and the following “Now Howls the Beast,” “Evil One” is Inside the Skull‘s blown-out moment of first engagement with those who’d take it on.

Accordingly, it largely casts off frills in favor of a flawless execution of straightforward structure — a hook that sinks deep and is wielded with class — while also setting the atmospheric tone for much of what follows in a modernized proto-metal creep, part-doom but not beholden to genre to the sacrifice either of its craft or attitude. With it, Beastmaker make a convincing case to keep going through the next song and the next, and as we inch closer to the arrival of Inside the Skull, listeners will have the chance to do precisely that.

Good luck to Beastmaker as they head out this week on tour. You can see the video for “Evil One” below, followed by their live dates, courtesy of the PR wire.

Enjoy:

Beastmaker, “Evil One” official video

Beastmaker’s new album Inside The Skull is set for release next Friday May 19th via Rise Above Records. Inside The Skull is not just a muscular hymn to the glory days of heavy metal’s genesis and early prosperity: this is a vital, virile and venomous slab of wildly creative but spiritually pure doom devastation, designed to rescue us from the drab harshness of present day reality and transport us somewhere cooler, somewhere better and, in the best way possible, somewhere much heavier. Recorded and produced by the band themselves, in their own self-built studio, it’s an album with great depths and a macabre heart.

While they may be reveling in Hitchcockian disquiet, Beastmaker will not be lurking anonymously in the shadows for long. Once Inside The Skull is released, the band will be hitting the road in the US with Zakk Wylde’s Black Sabbath tribute act, Zakk Sabbath, before the band’s campaign to draw the world into this unique maelstrom of pitch-black riffs and morbid tales begins in earnest. Erupting from the underground, this beast is alive and ready to howl.

BEASTMAKER W/ Zakk Sabbath:
5/17: Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St*
5/18: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
5/19: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
5/20: Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Theatre*
5/21: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter*
5/22: Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall*
5/23: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
5/24: New Orleans, LA @ Siberia Nola*
5/25: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
5/26: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
5/28: St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
5/30: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
5/31: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
6/2: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
6/3: Indianapolis, IN @ Black Circle Brewing*
6/4: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
6/6: Spokane, WA @ The Pin
6/7: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
6/8: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
6/10: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
6/17: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
*Denotes Headline Show

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Harsh Toke, Joy & Sacri Monti Announce Burnout Split Due June 23

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 15th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Want. It’s that simple. Want.

If you needed further evidence of San Diego as the American epicenter of heavy psychedelic rock, or of Tee Pee Records‘ absolute on-it-ness when it comes to same — I don’t even care if it makes me sound like a fanboy, it’s true; also, does anyone say “fanboy” anymore? — I humbly submit the forthcoming Burnout split vinyl from Harsh Toke, Joy and Sacri Monti. It’s three righteous acts joining forces on the kind of off-album release that keeps people talking for years. The thing looks killer and I’ve no doubt sounds the same, with Harsh Toke taking on two Roky Erickson covers while Joy tackle Road and Sacri Monti treat listeners to some Atomic Rooster, directly tying the original generation of heavy to the current and up-and-coming one.

Whatever. It’s a want. You shouldn’t need me to tell you that. Already holding a spot for it on my list of the best EPs and splits of the year, because that’s the kind of impartial-ass critic I am. Here’s art and info off the PR wire:

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JOY, HARSH TOKE & SACRI MONTI Team Up on Three-Way Split EP, ‘BURNOUT’

Ever feel like bands that get tagged with the heavy PSYCH descriptor just aren’t very psychedelic? Or heavy? Tee Pee Records is here to save the day with the three-way heavy psych split, BURNOUT. Featuring California kings HARSH TOKE, JOY and SACRI MONTI, BURNOUT brings back the blues and whisks you away to a place where guitar solos reign supreme! The compilation will be released on June 23 in digital and CD formats as well as a limited edition triple 7″ package (pre-order here).

Alongside SoCal godfathers EARTHLESS, HARSH TOKE, JOY and SACRI MONTI are simultaneously skyrocketing a pathway towards the future of molten heavy psych. You’ve heard about all of the noise coming from the red hot California heavy psych scene that is taking the west coast by storm, now experience for yourself the exciting sounds that have everyone talking with BURNOUT!

On BURNOUT, HARSH TOKE serves up two searing Roky Erickson rippers — in homage to the tribute the band paid to the Texas psychedelic icon at the 2017 Roadburn Festival — while JOY and SACRI MONTI shred through a terrific new track apiece, while also paying tribute to legends that paved the way; JOY covering the ROAD classic “Spaceship Earth” and SACRI MONTI blazing through ATOMIC ROOSTER’s “Sleeping for Years”. Each of the three 7″ records features artwork by acclaimed multi media artist, BB Bastidas, and on the back cover, photography by renowned photographer JT Rhoades.

Equal parts atmospheric and anarchic, HARSH TOKE merges raging, blind fury musicianship with unprecedented white-knuckle volume abuse. In 2016, the band released a celebrated split EP with labelmates EARTHLESS and the acid rock band’s debut, Light Up and Live, came out in 2014.

The sound of JOY has been described as “a spaced-out sonic groove-ride” and “outer reach freak out”, but that hyperbole alone doesn’t do justice to the group’s measured mode of attack. Featuring Hendrixian guitarist Zach Oakley, JOY puts a premium on establishing both structure and dynamics, its kaleidoscopic flurry and full-throttle riffage is anchored by both subtle detail and surprising textural depth. JOY’s latest release was 2016’s Ride Along!

Roughly translated as “Sacred Mountains”, SACRI MONTI’s music is a searing smorgasbord of muscular rock that boils ’70s guitar rock down to its purest essence. Fingers bleed, eardrums implode and craniums collapse when SACRI MONTI cranks up its bitchin’, blistering buzz.

Track listing:

HARSH TOKE:
1.) Burn The Flames (Roky Erickson)
2.) Burmuda (Roky Erickson)

JOY:
3.) Your Time Ain’t Long
4.) Spaceship Earth (ROAD cover)

SACRI MONTI:
5.) Over The Hill
6.) Spaceship Earth (Atomic Rooster cover)

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Petyr Announce Self-Titled Debut out June 9

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 12th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Being about as far removed from Southern California as one can be and still reside in the contiguous states, I forget sometimes about just how much skate culture and music intersect out that way, and how natural that is that one would feed off the other. I guess it’s at least partially because I don’t skate and never really have. Yeah, that’s probably part of it. But either way, while The Shrine have waved the “skate rock” banner pretty hard during their tenure, a lot of what’s come out of that scene over the last however many years — from Earthless to Harsh Toke to Sacri Monti to Radio Moscow, etc. — doesn’t really strike me as skate-minded, even though something like half those dudes probably make their living that way.

I say this because the pro-skating link for Petyr, whose self-titled debut is out June 9 on Outer Battery Records and available to preorder now, is about as unavoidable as it gets. You’ll see what I mean as you read through the PR wire info below, but either way, skater or not, make sure you check out the track “Stairway to Attic” at the bottom of the post, what with the streaming the swirl and the boogie and all.

Here’s news:

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California Heavy Psych Band PETYR to Release Self-Titled Debut June 9

San Diego Rock Group Featuring Frontman Riley Hawk Readies Loaded Debut

PETYR is a psychedelic hard rock band fronted by guitarist and award-winning pro skater Riley Hawk, son of legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk. The San Diego quartet, hailed for its “sonic heaviness”, will release its debut full-length, Petyr, on June 9 via Outer Battery Records (Chelsea Wolfe, Dinosaur Jr., SLEEP).

Steeped in equal parts hard rock and skateboarding, PETYR draws influence from high-power godfathers such as Japanese psychedelic masters Flower Traveling Band, Black Sabbath (natch) and hometown psych scene kings Earthless. The eight track album was written over the course of countless jam sessions, capturing the spirit of cruising down the California highways and sea salt spattered coastline. The band’s debut contains searing songs, weighty in nature, that were shaped during live sets alongside peers and So-Cal neighbors such as Harsh Toke, Sacri Monti, JOY and The Shrine.

“Our sound is a product of where we grew up,” Hawk comments. “We skate and we jam, and each feeds off the energy of the other.”

Track listing:

1.) Texas Igloo
2.) Middle Room
3.) Stairway to Attic
4.) Satori III
5.) Old and Creepy
6.) Kraft
7.) Three to Five
8.) Vambo / Buffalo Stampede

In addition to Riley Hawk, PETYR features Holland Redd (guitar), Nick McDonnell (drums) and Luke Devigny (bass).

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Sasquatch Announce European Tour Supporting New Single

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 10th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Hey, remember a couple weeks ago when we premiered Sasquatch‘s latest single? Golly that was fun. Lots of fun, actually, and even more because the track in question, Rational Woman, kicked so much ass. Not that one would expect any less from Sasquatch, but you know, it’s still nice to have these things affirmed. If you didn’t check it out then, you can hear it at the bottom of this post — convenience! — and pick up the 7″ from Red Sun Records either via preorder or on June 7 when it’s released.

Dates have been trickling out, almost one fest at a time, to such a degree over the last few months that it was almost inevitable the Los Angeles heavy rockers would announce a European run, but knowing it was coming does little ultimately to diminish joy at the confirmation. Glad to see Sasquatch are getting back out, in other words. You can see below the list of dates they’re playing and all the fests — SonicBlast Moledo, Stoned from the UndergroundRed SmokeSweet LeafLake on Fire, etc. — and it looks like it’ll be an awesome tour. One imagines that by the time they land in the US again, the entire pressing of Rational Woman will be gone, if it’s not already gone before then. If it’s not already gone now on preorders.

From the PR wire:

SASQUATCH TOUR POSTER

SASQUATCH ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR!

Brand new & limited 7” Vinyl coming out in June!

In support of their upcoming European summer tour, Los Angeles-based heavy hitters SASQUATCH have just announced the release of a brand new and exclusively limited 7” vinyl!

Barcelona-based Red Sun Records will be releasing the album worldwide on June 7th, which will be limited to a one-time print of 500 copies on black vinyl. Pre-orders for the 7” have already started, so better reserve your copy today at: redsunrecordsbarcelona.bandcamp.com

The tracklist will read as follows:

Side A: Rational Woman
Side B: In My World

SASQUATCH are about to heavily hit the road for a five-week tour, which will kick off in the middle of July with scheduled performances at Stoned From The Underground in Germany, Red Smoke Festival Poland, Lake On Fire in Austria, and Portugal’s Sonic Blast. Says the band:

‘Excited to announce that Sound of Liberation is putting us out on the roads of Europe again here in t-minus two months. This will be our fourth trip over, but it’s our first summer tour. Swimsuits are packed. There is a nice chunk of open air festivals this round with some sweet lineups. Come say hello at the merch booth. We like company!”

Make sure to catch SASQUATCH live, when they will finally return to Europe on the following dates:

10.07.17 Madrid (ES) – El Planeta de los Wattios
11.07.17 Barcelona (ES) – Rocksound
13.07.17 Stotternheim (D) – Stoned From The Underground
14.07.17 Pleszew (PL) – Red Smoke Festival
15.07.17 Berlin (D) – Wild At Heart
16.07.17 Hamburg (D) – Hafenklang
17.07.17 TBA
18.07.17 Kiel (D) – Schaubude
19.07.17 Osnabrueck (D) – Westwerk
20.07.17 Cottbus (D) – Zum faulen August
21.07.17 TBA
22.07.17 Rotterdam (NL) – Baroeg
23.07.17 Paris (FR) – Gibus Live
24.07.17 Nantes (FR) – Le Ferrailleur
25.07.17 TBA
26.07.17 TBA
27.07.17 Torino (IT) – Blah Blah
28.07.17 TBA
29.07.17 Taburno Camposauro (IT) – Sweet Leaf Festival
30.07.17 TBA
31.07.17 Zero Branco (IT) – Altroquando
01.08.17 Milano (Segrate) (IT) – Circolo Magnolia
02.08.17 Stuttgart (D) – Goldmarks
03.08.17 Weiden (D) – Salute Club
04.08.17 Waldhausen (AT) – Lake On Fire Festival
05.08.17 Sargans (CH) – Out In The Gurin Festival
06.08.17 Freiburg (D) – Slowclub
07.08.17 TBA
08.08.17 Wiesbaden (D) – Schlachthof
09.08.17 Dresden (D) – Ostpol
10.08.17 Bremen (D) – Magazinkeller
11.08.17 Frechen (D) – Trafostation Festival
12.08.17 Moledo (PT) – Sonic Blast Festival

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War Cloud Announce June West Coast Weekender

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

It would seem that Oakland four-piece War Cloud have spent the last year or so since the release of their most recent single getting various ducks in a row. The band has newly announced that they’re going to be working with Hi-Wattage Booking for touring — the implication being, you know, that touring will happen — and though more studio material has yet to surface following 2016’s “Vulture City” (posted here), they’ve been playing local shows in the Bay Area, sharing the stage earlier this year with Swedish fuzz mavens Truckfighters and pairing up this month with the esteemed Slough Feg for what’s sure to be a riotous good time for any fortunate rockers, boozers and headbangers who happen to be in the vicinity. My understanding is there are plenty, so all the better.

Next month, the band — which also now includes Carson Binx of Wild Eyes SF on bass — will head north for a couple shows in Oregon and one in Seattle, keeping good company along the way. Check it out:

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We are stoked to announce that Hi-Wattage Booking has taken us under their wing! The upcoming north west run will be the first of many so keep your eyes open for more dates!

MAY 19 TNL Slough Feg/ War Cloud/ War Child SF Eagle San Francisco, CA
JUN 2 Oort Cloud, War Cloud, Ice Kream Social Old Nick’s Pub Eugene OR
JUN 3 Pushy/ Moodrake/ War Cloud/ Disastroid Twilight Cafe and Bar Portland, OR
JUN 4 Infinite FLUX with War Cloud & The Grindylow Substation Seattle, WA

Erupting in 2014, out of Oakland, California, War Cloud has been on a steady path of shredding Northern Californian ear drums. Founded by Alex Wein (vocals, guitars), who hails from Baltimore MD, he wasted zero time in recruiting area musicians after firmly planting his amps in the Bay Area. Looking to create an aural ash cloud of volcanic rock, Alex solidified this four- man crew with two Bay Area natives Joaquin Ridgell (drums) and Tony Campos (guitar), and secured the low end with Toronto transplant Carson Binx on bass.

War Cloud is a young band but far from wide-eyed innocents. Their musical history drenched in molten riffs across the timeline of heavy metal, the name alone originates from a Wicked Lady song of the same title. With roots encompassing Tony’s tenure in San Francisco’s heavy thrash tinged Hell Fire, Carson’s melding of hard rock rhythm and old-school groove on bass, and Joaquin pounding his drums as if possessed by the ghost of John Bonham himself. War Cloud has created a new flavor of heavy rock music for those enjoying past meals served up by the likes of Pentagram, UFO, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath.

This is modern metal sophistication dipped deep in ‘70’s heavy fuzz rock.

War Cloud is:
Alex Wein – Vocals/Guitar
Tony Campos – Guitar/Vocals
Carson Binx – Bass
Joaquin Ridgell – Drums/Vocals

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War Cloud, “Divide and Conquer” live at The Chapel, San Francisco, July 16, 2016

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Great Electric Quest Announce First Full US Tour; Chapter II Due Later this Year

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

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It’s the first full tour of the US from San Diego four-piece Great Electric Quest, but I’m going to go on record right now and place my bet that it won’t be the last. The emergent heavy rockers have been steadily building momentum since releasing their debut full-length, Chapter I — and really since before that — but as they announce their ‘Squeelin’ Wheels’ tour taking the show on the road, it seems much more like the beginning of a next phase for the band than a one-off. Call me crazy, but they’ve got a t-shirt ready to roll out to mark the occasion and everything. Bands don’t do that kind of thing these days if they’re half-assing it.

They go to support Chapter I and to herald the coming of Chapter II, their second long-player, which will be issued at some point later this year. Guitarist Buddy Donner will also have a tutorial video of the new song “Of Earth” sometime soon for Fu Manchu guitarist Bob Balch‘s PlayThisRiff.com, so expect an early preview of the record there and hopefully more to come around these parts as well as we move closer to the release.

Until then, here are the tour dates, which start May 24 and include stops at Burnin’ Turf II in Michigan (which this site is sponsoring) and the Electric Funeral Fest in Denver, both in June. Dig it:

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Great Electric Quest Squeelin’ Wheels Tour

W/ Support by @worshipperband @attallawi & @lords_ofbeaconhouse
5/24 Phoenix, AZ Valley Bar – GOYA,TOKE, & Rotting Yellow
5/25 El Paso, TX Boomtown – Dizz Brew, Malahierba, & Pecatta Minuta
5/26 San Angelo TX Dead horse Saloon
5/27 Dallas, TX Renos Chop Shop – Orthodox Fuzz, Bagoyles, & Space Ape
5/28 OKC, OK Blue Note OKC – RedWitch Johnny
5/29 – PARTY
5/30 Louisville, KY Highlands Tap Room – Blind Scryer
5/31 Indianapolis, IN Taps Live! – Void King & The Mound Builders
6/1 Chicago, IL The Cobra Lounge – Attalla, Dead Feathers, & Blue Dream
6/2 Fort Wayne, IN Skeletunes – Attalla, HellHawk
6/3 Ruth, Michigan *Burnin Turf II* Bison Machine, Bonehawk & More
6/4 Baltimore, MD The Depot – Mangog & Worshipper
6/5 Richmond, VA McCormacks – Worshipper
6/6 Raleigh, NC Slims – Worshipper & WitchTit
6/7 Charleston, SC Tin Roof – Worshipper
6/8 Atlanta, GA Masquerede – Worshipper & Echoes of Savages
6/9 Nashville, TN Springwater – Worshipper
6/10 Birmingham, AL The NICK
6/11 Texarkana, AR Arrow Bar
6/12 Houston, TX White Swan
6/13 – PARTY
6/14 Nashville, TN The Cobra – Lords of Beacon House, Season of Arrows & Howling Giant
6/15 Saint Louis, MO Sinkhole – Lords of Beacon House
6/16 Lawrence, KS The Replay Lounge – Youngblood Supecult
6/17 & 6/18 Denver, Fuckin’ CO ELECTRIC FUNERAL FEST W/ Acid King, Mountain, The Well, Slow Season, The Munsens, Electric Citizen, Goya, R.I.P. , Destroyer of Light, Crypt Trip, Glitter Wizard, Lords of Beacon House, Greenbeard, Red Wizard, Smokey Mirror, Malahierba, Love Gang, Cloud Catcher, Banquet, Monarch and more
6/19 ABQ, NM Moonlight Lounge
6/20 Tempe, AZ Yucca Tap Room

Flyer by Varnsee!

U.S.A. SQUEELIN’ WHEELS TOUR SHIRT

Blazing a trail across the good ol’ U.S. of A! First full U.S. tour for Great Electric Quest. Printed on the Softest shirts out there it’s sure to feel nice on that beer belly you’ve been working on!

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Great Electric Quest, Chapter I (2016)

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