Review & Track Premiere: We Hunt Buffalo, Head Smashed In

Posted in Bootleg Theater, Reviews on September 20th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream the premiere of We Hunt Buffalo’s lyric video for ‘The Giant’s Causeway.’ Their new album, Head Smashed In is out Oct. 26 on Fuzzorama Records and New Damage Records.]

As images go, ‘head smashed in’ is as vivid as it is succinct and violent. We Hunt Buffalo, who made their debut on Fuzzorama Records in 2015 with their second album, Living Ghosts (discussed here), return with Head Smashed In as a nine-song/43-minute collection of beefed-up modern progressive-styled heavy, bordering often on metal in songs like “Angler Must Die” with the popping snare of drummer Brandon Carter backing the dual-vocal hook from guitarist Ryan Forsythe and bassist Cliff Thiessen, or in the lumbering moments of finale “God Games.”

Those stretches, though, aren’t without contrast, and We Hunt Buffalo wind up with a sneakily dynamic style that takes on heavy rock directly in cuts like “Keep it Refreshing,” which to my New England-dwelling ears seems to have a bit of Roadsaw in its chorus, and centerpiece “Industry Woes,” which engages harsher vocals but has a classic round of starts and stops that not only shows a tightness on the part of the band instrumentally, but easily crosses genre lines in a way that sounds natural and familiar while still remaining stylistically nuanced. That nuance is in part thanks to the production, which is crisp and brings out a tension in a way that Living Ghosts seemed more open and looser on the whole, but is full in its overall affect and massive sounding especially in the guitar and bass tones.

Big choruses pay off dug-in movements, and from opener “Heavy Low” through “Angler Must Die” and “Prophecy Wins” and into the instrumental “Get in the Van,” the balance between proggy detail-making, weighted force of tone and rhythm and traditional-feeling earwormery makes Head Smashed In true to its titular sense of impact without necessarily the direct one-on-one violence that “smashed” brings to mind. In the end, there are many ways to cave in a skull.

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The shouts in “Industry Woes” feel well-enough earned by that song’s theme, and they have a likewise well-placed effect on the context of the record as a whole, speaking to roots in the Mastodon-informed sphere of modern underground thrust, but for the most part, Head Smashed In works at a comfortable pace. Later, “God Games” takes on an almost post-rocking feel in its subdued verses, but even “Prophecy Wins” — the longest cut at 6:12 and the last chapter of the opening salvo — has a steady, obviously-in-control rollout that never flies too far off the handle on its way to its engaging melodic finish. “The Giant’s Causeway” finds Carter double-timing his ride cymbal in the chorus, and that adds a sense of urgency, but in that song as well there’s no danger of We Hunt Buffalo losing their way. They might be at their speediest on “Get in the Van,” but the same applies, and ultimately, the range on Head Smashed In is more about volume and melody than about tempo.

That’s not to say there’s no changing it up, as the back-to-back run of “Anxious Children” into “God Games” demonstrates, just that the impression the tracks make draws more from the trades between Forsythe and Simpson on vocals and the shifts between louder and quieter parts than playing grind on one track and doom on another. Their pacing helps draw the material together and create a flow that moves the listener from start to finish, and it’s in how they work within that sphere that We Hunt Buffalo emanate a maturity in their approach that even just three years ago they simply didn’t have. It might not come across as such on a first time through, but Head Smashed In is actually pretty classy. The performances are sharp, the mix is deep and allows for emotional resonance in the melodies that are so crucial to the memorable nature of the songs, and there is an overarching groove that results in an all-the-more coherent vibe. Very much a third album. Very much the product of a group who know what they want to do, who are steady in their approach, confident in the studio, working how they want to work and able to bring a sense of energy to their output regardless of the outward push. It’s not the kind of record a band could make their first time out.

And maybe that’s part of the idea behind the title — to mask some of that intricacy in a notion of brute force. Fair enough. Influences from the likes of Elder situate We Hunt Buffalo in a forward-thinking heavy sphere with the likes of Forming the Void, and like the lines in its cover art, which also features a smashed head or two, it’s the pinpoint details in the songs that make their third LP succeed in the manner it does. They bolster the strong choruses of cuts like “Prophecy Wins” and “The Giant’s Causeway” and “Keep it Refreshing,” while giving those who’d rightfully return for multiple listens all the more reason to keep coming back. It’s songwriting. But just like one might look at the name of the album and prejudge an expectation of what’s coming, there’s more to the proceedings in the individual pieces than their plus-sized riffs and stories about monsters. Though there’s plenty of that too for anyone who’d readily take them on.

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The Hazytones Set Oct. 5 Release for II: Monarchs of Oblivion

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 11th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Aptly-named Montreal heavy psych rocking trio The Hazytones returned at the end of last month from a summer tour that took them on basically a loop through the Midwest to play the Stoned Meadow of Doom fest in Omaha, Nebraska, before swinging east and running up north to finish back in their hometown. They were on the road as well earlier this year supporting their 2016 self-titled debut, and last year they toured Canada too, so they’ve been out a more than fair amount. One has to wonder if that will play into the sound of their upcoming second album, II: Monarchs of Oblivion, which is set to release through Ripple Music on Oct. 5. Ripple also reissued the debut in conjunction with Oak Island Records, though I don’t think the latter is involved in the new one. I could be wrong but that’s the impression I get.

Either way, a record to look forward to as 2018 begins to make its way toward its finish, getting dark early, being autumn and all that. This’ll be one to keep things warm.

From the PR wire:

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The Hazytones to Release New LP, ‘Monarchs of Oblivion’, October 5

Montreal Psych-Metal Band Digs Deep to Deliver Graven, Gripping New Album

Canadian garage doom band The Hazytones will release their new LP, Monarchs of Oblivion, on October 5 via Ripple Music. The Montreal-based group, whose haunting, hooky sound has been called “Swedish-style stomp”, delivers dark psych-metal, overflowing with stark mood and tempo changes, and haunting, double-tracked vocals that glide over the sinister songs. Monarchs of Oblivion is the follow-up to The Hazytones’ 2017 self-titled debut, hailed as “totally new yet oddly recognizable.”

Formed in 2015, The Hazytones’ shadowy sound is the epitome of a “hazy tone”. The band’s black acid-drenched shock rock drips with harmonies that harken back to the trippiest of late 60’s psych and its chained-to-the brain hooks bleed with a palpable, eerie energy that surges and swings in equal measure. Live is where the band really finds its swagger, flinging themselves around the stage and converting new disciples with each and every performance. With full European and North American tours already under their belts, The Hazytones are a developing band on the rise, set to deliver a sweeping salvo with the release of their substantial sophomore LP.

Track listing:
1.) Empty Space
2.) Hell
3.) The Great Illusion
4.) Spit You Out
5.) Monarchs of Oblivion (part 1)
6.) Monarchs of Oblivion (part 2)
7.) The Beast
8.) The Hand that Feeds

The Hazytones are:
Mick Martel – guitar/vocals
Adam Gilbert – bass/backing vocals
Antoine St-Germain – drums

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Review & Full Album Premiere: La Chinga, Beyond the Sky

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on September 6th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream La Chinga’s Beyond the Sky in its entirety. Album is out Sept. 7 on Small Stone Records.]

It’s tempting to say that if your van’s not rockin’, don’t bother knockin’ on La Chinga‘s second album for Small Stone and third overall, Beyond the Sky, but the truth is that just about everybody is invited to come dig on what the Vancouver, B.C., buds have put together this time out. It’s a collection of 11 tracks topping 45 minutes that makes the most out of big, unabashed hooks and a classic party-rocking sensibility, from the opening “Woo!” in “Nothin’ That I Can’t Do” into the ’70s-styled “Wings of Fire” and the proto-metal-turns-stoner-mellow-solo-jam “Mama Boogie,” which may or may not be a sequel to “Boogie Children” from their 2013 self-titled debut (discussed here) and which you’d best believe brings back its chorus at the end, it brims with energy well beyond what might qualify as “electric” and sounds in true Small Stone fashion not like it’s mining its influences for parts to reorder and recreate in vintageist loyalty, but instead like it’s engaging with the legends and rockers of yore — Nazareth, AC/DC, Judas Priest, and a host of others among them — to hone a modern interpretation of what they did those generations ago.

The result is an ass-shaking good time that plays itself out high on professionalism and void of pretense as the everybody-sings three-piece of guitarist Ben Yardley, bassist Carl Spackler and drummer Jason Solyom make their way through the opening salvo of the aforementioned three cuts and into the mid-paced “Black River,” no less catchy but with a shift in vocals that marks a transition into the next stage of the release. Their 2016 Small Stone debut, Freewheelin’ (review here), worked in much the same aesthetic territory, but where Beyond the Sky distinguishes itself is in its songwriting. “Mama Boogie,” with that midsection jam-out, is the longest inclusion at 5:35, and the Southern-styled centerpiece “Keep on Rollin'” is the only other cut that tops five minutes, but even those feel taut in their construction, like they’ve been hammered out — not flat, or dry in their delivery at all, but worked on, ironed free of their inefficiencies, and built with a genuine will to engage their audience as they otherwise might on stage, “Nothin’ That I Can’t Do” a signal that festivities have begun that feels hand-made to start a live set.

Lyrics like “Hey mama/Hey mama boogie!” from that song and “Freedom, alright” from “Keep on Rollin’,” as well as some of the declarations in what would seem to be the self-descriptive “H.O.W. (Are You Ready?” — the acronym standing for “Hell on Wheels,” which if you’re into Fu Manchu is no big deal — and the closer “Warlords” might require a grain of salt, but while La Chinga are most certainly all about having fun, they’re not so tongue-in-cheek that they either lose sight of the importance of the songs’ structure or that they feel insincere in their delivery. To be clear, Beyond the Sky is a blast. On point in its pro-shoppery, boozy in all the right ways but not so tipsy that Yardley can’t bust out a succession of blinding solos, and never out of line with the central mission, it nonetheless carries just an undercurrent of danger as the listener makes their way through the front-to-back, if only for the “how can they keep this up?” factor. They do keep it up, though.

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Side B cuts like “Killer Wizard” and “Death Rider” and “Feel it in My Bones” would be filler on many records — and many records of this ilk; vinyl-ready but more CD length and linear-feeling in its flow — but La Chinga allow for no dip in quality as “Killer Wizard” builds its chorus around choice riffing, “Death Rider” elicits a groove so righteous they just as easily could’ve named it “Papa Boogie” to correspond with “Mama” earlier, and “Feel it in My Bones” proffers yet another masterful hook en route to the closing duo. There are changes in mood throughout, but never a turn from the band’s central purpose of craft, and the spirit of the material they bring to bear throughout Beyond the Sky is as much about the high level of its execution as the who’s-up-for-a-cocktail vibe. For an offering that sounds so studio-made — that is, crisp in the production of Jeremy Koch at Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, and with such an overarching clarity of sound — the vitality that SpacklerYardley and Solyom bring to the proceedings is no less infectious than the choruses they seem to have in such endless supply.

I don’t know if I’d say that’s the greatest accomplishment of Beyond the Sky — take your pick between that and the songwriting itself — but it’s certainly a noteworthy aspect of the listening experience and it serves La Chinga well throughout. In their harmonies, standout guitar work and sunshiny vibe, their energy comes through even the quieter or slower stretches of the songs, and it’s not so much a push as in something being inflicted on the listener as it’s an invitation. Hey, we’re out back and we have some beers — come hang. Whether an individual gets down with what the band are tossing out is of course up to them — nothing is universal — but La Chinga make a strong case for themselves in these tracks, and offer a reminder that a band doesn’t need a ton of experimentalism or heady prog to entice an audience; they just need to make it sound like they’re where it’s at.

And from their ass-shaking grooves to their stories about wizards and warlords and death riders and Mama Boogie herself — all things one might find painted on the side of a van that either is or isn’t rockin’ when you come knockin’ — La Chinga most definitely do that. They’ve been kicking around for six years now and have steadily made a name for themselves since the self-titled and have only continued to refine their approach since then. It’s easy to hear songs like “Black River” and “Death Rider” and the DeepPurple-minus-organ drive of “Warlords” at the end and pine for some mystical bygone age of heavy rock and roll, when “men were men” and the west was wild and jeans were tight and blah blah blah. Bullshit. Fact of the matter is La Chinga aren’t happening 45 years ago. They’re happening right now, and the lessons they’ve learned may be from a formative era but what they’re doing with them is as much of this moment as anything else belonging to this bizarre, bizarre time. It’s a challenge to think we might be in a heavy rock heyday. La Chinga make it a little easier.

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The White Swan Premiere “Inamorato”;Touch Taste Destroy EP out Sept. 7

Posted in audiObelisk on August 27th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Based out of London, Ontario, spacious-riffing trio The White Swan will have upon the Sept. 7 arrival of their three-songer, Touch Taste Destroy, released three EPs in the last three years. The prior two, 2016’s Anubis and 2017’s The White (sans “swan”), were recorded by Alastair Sims and featured original cuts — a rolling reinterpretation on the first of Wings‘ “Jet” notwithstanding — of thick-toned, nodding modern stoner doom, hit hard, but still unfolding with an overarching sense of patience and melody. A song like “North Carolina” from “The White,” or the previously unveiled title-track of Touch Taste Destroy create a decided murk reminiscent of earlier Windhand, but distinguished particularly on the latter by a current of keyboards and a fluidity of pace that draws beyond the easy trap of doomly confines.

It’s a relatively familiar breadth of sound more than ably conjured, and “Inamorato” — the Italian-language title referring to a male lover — is the closing track on Touch Taste Destroy following, perhaps suitably enough, “Pelvic Sorcery.” the white swan touch taste destroyWhile I haven’t heard that track — and really, only fools don’t want to hear a song with such a name — “Inamorato” and “Touch Taste Destroy” give a sense that the new EP is picking up perhaps more noisily where the others left off. The White Swan, which is comprised of Mercedes Lander on guitar, vocals, keys and drums, Kira Longeuay on bass and Shane Jeffers on guitar, have their sonic path laid out before them and seem to be steadily pressing forward along it, progressing each time out while sticking to the core thickness and melodic resonance that would seem to be their foundation.

If Lander‘s name rings familiar, it might be due to her 20-plus-year (god I’m old) tenure in metallers Kittie. Even given that band’s shift from nü-metal stylizations to more scouring fare, The White Swan are a marked turn in genre for Lander, but there’s no arguing with results. I’ll admit that as I’ve never been a fan of her other outfit, I was hesitant to check out the track being premiered below, and if you find yourself feeling similarly, I can only offer my lack of regret as having done so as encouragement. The pedigree is an interesting bit of context, but ultimately has little bearing on the sound itself, which feels bent on developing its own identity.

The White Swan have a quick Midwestern run booked for next month and shows in Ontario and Quebec surrounding. Give “Inamorato” a fair shot and see what you think.

And please enjoy:

The White Swan, “Inamorato” official track premiere

Canadian doom/sludge trio The White Swan, which features KITTIE’s Mercedes Landers on vocals, will be releasing their latest EP, “Touch Taste Destroy”, on September 7.

Following up from their previous EP’s, 2017’s ‘The White” and 2016’s “Anubis,” “Touch Taste Destroy” spans over three tracks recorded, mixed and mastered at Noble Street Studios in Toronto, ON with acclaimed engineer Alastair Sims (Rush, Three Days Grace).

THE WHITE SWAN bleeds warm ’70s flavoured Black Sabbath doom mixed with classic ’90s grunge, creating a trademark sound within the space of only three songs. Backed by Kira Longeuay (bass) and Shane Jeffers (guitars), Lander’s previously unknown vision for her music has taken on a life of its own and has been met with praise by the open-minded legions of the rock and metal community.

Tracklisting:
1. Touch Taste Destroy
2. Pelvic Sorcery
3. Inamorato

Upcoming shows!
8/31 Windsor, ON – Phog Bar
9/1 Newmarket ON – The Gray Goat
9/5 Champaign, IL – Blips & Chitz (w/ StagHorn & Close The Hatch)
9/6 Dayton, OH – Blind Bob’s (w/ Close The Hatch)
9/7 Decatur, AL – The Jam Shop (w/ Close The Hatch & I Am The Law)
9/8 Murfreesboro, TN – Autograph Rehearsal Studio (w/ Close The Hatch & I Am The Law)
9/29 Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar
10/20 London ON – 765

The White Swan is:  
Mercedes Lander – drums, vocals, keyboards, guitar  
Shane Jeffers – guitar  
Kira Longeuay – bass  

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Vision Éternel Post Teaser for Sixth EP

Posted in Bootleg Theater on August 21st, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Info is pretty sparse as yet for the forthcoming sixth EP from Vision Éternel, and one suspects that’s the way project-spearhead Alexandre Julien likes it. Julien, who’s still pretty fresh off issuing April 2018’s An Anthology of Past Misfortunes boxed set (discussed here), has been rather prolific in terms of posting videos and singles and snippets from releases in the past, and it seems as he gives a glimpse of what’s in store for Vision Éternel‘s next outing, that will continue unabated. This is the first clip related to the yet-untitled offering. I’d be very surprised if it’s the last.

The release date is set for late this year/early next, but whichever it is, it seems Julien‘s proclivities in experimentation with post-black metal drones and soundscapes are moving forward as ever. The clip below is brief — only 42 seconds — but the song it previews is only two and a half minutes, so it’s not actually an insubstantial portion thereof. That balance, it seems, has been somewhat essential to understanding where Vision Éternel is coming from. It’s long-form work presented in short-form fashion. Quick immersions, scenes from a film that the listener is then left to piece together. Always evocative, even here in this short piece of a short piece, Vision Éternel never quite covers the same ground twice, but constantly seems to move the story forward into some next act.

I’ll hope to have more to come on Vision Éternel‘s next release as we get closer to its arrival, but in the meantime, the preview clip is below, followed by the 2015 EP, Echoes from Forgotten Hearts (review here), if you’d like to get further acquainted with Julien‘s methods.

Either way, please enjoy:

Vision Éternel, Sixth EP Teaser

A Preview Of Vision Éternel’s Forthcoming Sixth EP, due out in late 2018/early 2019.

Vision Éternel is a melogaze band from Montreal, Canada. It was founded by Alexandre Julien in January of 2007.

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Seven Nines and Tens to Release Satisfy the Faction 2008-2018 Cassette Box Set

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

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I don’t have the stats on the average lifespan of the average band, so I don’t can’t give you facts and figures — and something in writing about Seven Nines and Tens makes me want to quote statistics; can’t explain it — but I know that if you’ve lasted a decade without pummeling each other or, more simply, breaking up, you’re probably doing something right, and that’s worth celebrating. In the case of the aforementioned Vancouver four-piece, they’re marking the occasion with a tape box set through Coup Sur Coup Records titled Satisfy the Faction 2008-2018, which brings together the four albums the band has produced in that time under the guidance of founding guitarist Dave Cotton onto two cassettes in limited, hand-dubbed edition. The colors are random — I guess whichever blanks are picked up out of the pile — and the tracks sound huge and will come with a download for even more short-release-type stuff, singles and all that. Kind of a cool niche thing to note the passing of an important milestone for the band.

And pretty noteworthy as well that it’s the first release Coup Sur Coup is doing for them. You know your label means it when they not only pick up your band, but decide to do a career-spanning compilation as the first outing and hand-press the tapes. That’s love, pure and simple.

Coup Sur Coup has the release out Oct. 10 with preorders up as of today. Label honcho Max Cayer posted the following at their Bandcamp, where the orders can be placed:

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Seven Nines & Tens “Satisfy the Faction 2008-2018”

Here are the first 10 years of recorded output from seminal Vancouver band Seven Nines and Tens all under one umbrella, in digital and a very well assembled double cassette box set, dubbed, packaged, designed and hand numbered with heart and passion directly at Coup Sur Coup’s HQ, in Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada.

The band, started out life as a wholly instrumental act which combined elements of post-rock, post-metal and math rock into a complex sonic chimera.

Their evolution, over time and with line up changes, showed a band scaling back the guitar acrobatics in favor of huge shoegaze-inspired, post-rock walls of sound.

“We started off really progressive,” Dave Cotton, the only constant member of the band, founder, and songwriter, says. “I got really into Post-Metal for a while, and now it’s like psych-shoegaze post-metal, post-hardcore, and a little bit of classic rock; a little bit of Pink Floyd in there.”

It’s a heavier-than-heaven groove that balances a daydream shimmer with a mammoth rhythm section, a gorgeous collision between cascading atmospheres and alternative rock riffage.

This is a huge release for Coup Sur Coup, with a lot of special meanings.

It’s CSC first release to be made from the new office location in the Selkirk mountains of British Columbia, and fittingly so, with a band from the Province. It’s also our first attempt at documenting the entire career of one band up to this moment in time, and are extremely honored that said band is 7,9’s & 10’s.

A perennial favorite of mine and arguably one of the best and interesting band in Canada right now. Let alone the world. I intend on trying my best to shine a light on a vital group of musician making one hell of an interesting racket, for anyone willing to think outside the box, or look in odd places for something new.

This is, I hope, the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration, this collection of the first 10 years of recorded input being the first pillar in that relationship.

This very special deluxe double cassette box set will include:

-All four albums on two randomly selected coloured cassettes, totalling 120 minutes of music. (Singles releases are not included on the box set, but will be included in the massive download link provided with the box set)

-Dubbed 2 at a time, with great patience and care, at our HQ in B.C.

releases October 10, 2018

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Zaum Post “The Enlightenment Pt. 1” Video; Touring Canada Next Month

Posted in Bootleg Theater on August 3rd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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I like the idea of a band saying goodbye to one release on the way to their next. I also like the idea of bands swapping tours — a little of the ol’ you-come-here-we’ll-come-there happening. Accordingly, as New Brunswick two-piece Zaum have a video posted for “The Enlightenment Pt. 1” from their 2016 album, Eidolon (review here), and seem to be using that as a means to bid farewell to the record as the make ready to have one out in 2019, and as they’re hitting the road in their native Canada alongside Gothenburg, Sweden, three-piece Firebreather, with whom they toured Europe in 2017, it seems like nothing but good news all the way around.

And fair enough on the timing of moving forward. Eidolon has sold through multiple vinyl pressings as well as a tape release and the band have a whopping five copies left of the CD as listed on their Bandcamp page at the time of this post. One imagines if they’re not gone before, they will be by the time the next tour is over. “The Enlightenment Pt. 1” of course comes from the album, but is an edit of the full side B track, the complete version of which runs a drone-filled 21 minutes and can be heard with its side A compatriot, “Influence of the Magi,” which also runs an even 21 minutes, in the player at the bottom of this post.

It doesn’t at all take Zaum that long to immerse the listener in their tones and rhythm, though. The bass/synth/drum/noise combination is hypnotic from the outset even in its shortened video form, and the narrative of the clip itself is likewise intriguing. Enough so that I can’t help but wonder if the band might at some point do a video for “The Enlightenment (Pt. II)” before next year gets here and they record and release their third album. Seems by the end of the video that the story is just heating up.

That’s a dad joke. I can make those now.

More info and tour dates follow the video below.

Please enjoy:

Zaum, “The Enlightenment Pt. 1” official video

New Brunswick’s ECMA and Music NB award winning mantra doom duo ZAUM are sharing with fans their new music video for “The Enlightenment.” The track is off ZAUM’s second full length “Eidolon” released in 2016 via I HATE Records with distribution via Plastic Head/Sony Music throughout Europe and Century Media in North America to follow their 2014 debut album “Oracles”.

ZAUM’s Kyle Alexander McDonald (Bass/Vocals/Synth/Textures) comments:

“Being that I’m a giant fan of the work of Seth Smith and Nancy Urich (of CUT/OFF/TAIL) due to their unique and unconventional approach to filmmaking – I felt Seth’s David Lynch-esque perspective could be a bizarre yet intriguing take on “The Enlightenment” for people to consider. Their work (like our music) inspires and encourages thought rather than providing literal answers. I’m thrilled with the result and hope people open their minds to the layers of potential reality.”

In their three years as an active touring band ZAUM have amassed 200+ shows (mainly international) under their belts including support stints for Voivod, Pentagram, and Cauldron. The duo recently announced they will be embarking on Canadian dates in Ontario and Quebec (dates listed below) with support from Sweden’s FIREBREATHER whom the band toured Europe with last year.

ZAUM: Canadian Tour w/ FIREBREATHER
08/24/18 – Saint John, NB @ Secondspin *
09/13/18 – Ottawa, ON @ Orange Art Gallery **
09/14/18 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo **
09/15/18 – Sudbury, ON @ Townehouse
09/16/18 – Hamilton, ON @ Doors
09/17/18 – Barrie, ON @ Foxx Lounge
09/18/18 – TBC @ TBC
09/19/18 – Kitchener, ON @ Hellcat
09/20/18 – Windsor, ON @ Windsor Beer Exchange
09/21/18 – Toronto, ON @ Coalition T.O.
09/22/18 – Quebec City, QC @ Scanner (venue change from Vietnam)
* denotes ZAUM only!
** denotes tribal dance artist Nawal Doucette performing in ZAUM

Zaum is:
Kyle Alexander McDonald (Bass/Vocals/Synth/Textures)
Christopher Lewis (Drums/Percussion)

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Gypsy Chief Goliath Sign to Kozmik Artifactz; New Album Masters of Space and Time Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 25th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Cheers to Al ‘Yeti’ Bones and his cohorts in Gypsy Chief Goliath on signing to Kozmik Artifactz to release their impending fourth album, Masters of Space and Time. I haven’t yet seen a precise release date for the outing, and it’s entirely possible it could be up for early 2019 at this point. That’d be my bet, but I’ve certainly been wrong before. Either way, Masters of Space and Time will serve as Gypsy Chief Goliath‘s 2016 album, Citizens of Nowhere (review here), which you can hear streaming at the bottom of this post, should you be inclined to dig in. That’s what it’s there for.

The PR wire brings word of the signing and the new LP to come, and it looks an awful lot like this:

gypsy chief goliath

Kozmik Artifactz Sign Canadian Stoner Metal Heavyweights – Gypsy Chief Goliath

It is with great pride that we welcome Gypsy Chief Goliath to the Kozmik Family!

Canadian stoner metal heavyweights, Gypsy Chief Goliath are at it again, getting set to release their fourth album entitled Masters Of Space & Time via legendary German based record label, Kozmik Artifactz.

Originally established in 2009 by AL “The Yeti” Bones (formerly of The Mighty Nimbus, Georgian Skull, Mister Bones), this five piece, sonic wrecking crew have been building quite the name for themselves in the last decade. Not just in Canada, but globally throughout the underground music scene.

The band can be best described as a blend of 70’s Classic Rock/Heavy Metal with elements of 90’s Stoner Rock and Grunge.

The new album is quite different from previous work as the band seems to be more diverse in song writing and have strayed away from the wall of sound style, in exchange for a much more dynamic story telling roller coaster.

Gypsy Chief Goliath are:
Al “the Yeti” Bones
Adam Saitti
Darren Brush
Dustin Black
John Serio
Nick Angelini

http://www.gypsychief.com
http://www.facebook.com/GypsyChiefGoliath
http://kozmik-artifactz.com/
https://www.facebook.com/kozmikartifactz

Gypsy Chief Goliath, Citizens of Nowhere (2016)

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