Maryland Doom Fest 2018 Announces Full Lineup with The Obsessed, Windhand, Weedeater, Earthride and Many More

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 1st, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Invariably there will be some change between now and next June, and there’s the tradition of the pre-show to consider the night before, but right out of the gate, Maryland Doom Fest 2018 impresses with its scope of heavy rock and doom, cross-country reach and loyalty to its core mission. With The Obsessed, Windhand and Weedeater set to headline, the fourth edition of the fest curated by JB Matson and Mark Cruikshank will welcome return appearances from the likes of Castle, Earthride, Thousand Vision Mist and Foghound, while reaching out to bring first-timers from afar like Texas’ Doomstress and Duel and Switchblade Jesus, Kansas rockers The Midnight Ghost Train, Connecticut’s Curse the Son, New York’s Geezer, and — I believe traveling the farthest — Disenchanter, from Portland, Oregon.

It’s a killer assemblage, and I think the three headliners do a lot in summarizing the whole idea behind the fest in the first place: The Obsessed are among the founders of what we think of as “Maryland doom.” Windhand are the forerunners of the modern scene. And Weedeater bring a riotous sludge party like no one else on the planet. What more could you possibly ask of three bands in terms of expressing what Maryland Doom Fest 2018 is all about?

I’ll have updates as I see them, but in the meantime, mark your calendars for June 22, 23, and 24 at Cafe 611 in Frederick, MD, and I’ll do the same, because this looks absolutely awesome.

Dig it:

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Maryand Doom Fest 2018

A 3 day weekend of Doom in its purest form.

June 22, 23, and 24

Cafe 611 Restaurant
611 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701

Full lineup:
The Obsessed, Windhand, Weedeater, Castle, Unorthodox, Duel, The Watchers, Zed, Switchblade Jesus, The Midnight Ghost Train, Lightning Born, Earthride, Geezer, Disenchanter, Bedowyn, Cavern, Doomstress, Caustic Casanova, Hawkeyes, Curse the Son, Las Cruces, Horseburner, Shadow Witch, Foghound, Witchhelm, Book of Wyrms, Thousand Vision Mist, Molasses Barge, Backwoods Payback, Bailjack, Electropathic, Gateway to Hell

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-maryland-doom-fest-2018-tickets-39468562533
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https://www.themarylanddoomfest.com/

The Obsessed, Live at Maryland Doom Fest 2016

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Caustic Casanova Release Pantheon Vol. 2 7″; Announce Fall Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 13th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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One new song and a Melvins cover is about all the excuse Caustic Casanova need to hit the road on a tour that will take the Washington D.C. natives through the Midwest and out along the West Coast starting at the end of this month. The new 7″ is titled Pantheon Vol. 2, and like its predecessor and the band’s 2015 debut long-player, Breaks (review here), it arrives via Retro Futurist RecordsCaustic Casanova, whose injury-plagued story you can read below, have spent significant time on tour to back that J. Robbins-produced outing, and as we look ahead toward 2018 one can’t help but wonder if they won’t sooner or later settle into a recording process for a follow-up. Haven’t heard anything in that regard, but it’s worth keeping an eye out.

The PR wire has all the info you need, plus links, plus audio, because it’s good to be comprehensive with this stuff:

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Caustic Casanova on tour this fall.

Caustic Casanova’s forthcoming 7 inch, second in a series with an original on side A and a cover on side B, with artwork honoring the band being covered. Vol. 1 featured Pentagram, Vol. 2 features (the) Melvins!

After forming as teenagers at the College of William and Mary in 2005 and recording several albums and EPs there and in DC, Caustic Casanova found itself at a critical juncture in 2012 following the departure of the band’s original guitarist. The rhythm section of drummer/vocalist Stefanie Zaenker and bassist/vocalist Francis Beringer wanted to play even heavier, more experimental music in the vein of Rush and the Melvins, and wanted to tour relentlessly, but weren’t sure if they could find a guitar player who would match their ambition. After a few sets as a bass/drum duo, rounds of guitar player auditions finally yielded the missing element to the new Caustic Casanova, longtime fan, friend and all-around six string wizard Andrew Yonki.

In Andrew’s four years with the band, the rejuvenated Caustic Casanova has played hundreds of shows, doing all their own booking in DC and throughout North America, with plans for more touring throughout the world. Even a life-threatening wrist and back injury to drummer Stefanie Zaenker barely curtailed the band’s forward momentum. The CC was back rehearsing less than three months after her second round of surgeries, recorded a 7″ (Pantheon: Vol 1) and a full-length (Breaks), and was back on another full US tour within the year.

What kind of music has Caustic Casanova made since opening for sludge rock titans Kylesa in 2014 and signing to their eclectic label Retro Futurist? Their relentlessly intense live show has earned plenty of notoriety, and their 2015 LP Breaks has garnered much praise for its uniquely diverse take on heavy.

Caustic Casanova is releasing their second 7 inch, Pantheon: Vol 2, on September 8th. It features original song “Lord Pinto” and a theremin/guitar/noise freakout cover of the Melvins’ classic “Cow.” Catch them on a coast-to-coast US tour in October!

Tracklisting:
1. Lord Pinto
2. Cow (the Melvins cover)

Fall Tour Dates:
9/30 – Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob’s **
10/1 – Canton, OH @ Buzzbin **
10/2 – Peoria, IL @ Redbarn **
10/3 – Chicago, IL @ The Burlington **
10/4 – Minneapolis, MN @ TBA **
10/5 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge **
10/6 – Denver, CO @ Streets of London **
10/7 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Triple Nickel Tavern **
10/8 – Albuquerque, NM @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge **
10/9 – Tucson, AZ @ TBA **
10/10 – Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
10/11 – San Diego, CA @ The Tower Bar
10/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
10/14 – Reno, NV @ Shea’s Tavern
10/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
10/17 – Portland, OR @ TBA
10/19 – Seattle, WA @ Victory Lounge
10/20 – Kalispell, MT @ TBA
10/21 – Great Falls, MT @ The Back Alley Pub
** = w/ Irata

Stefanie Zaenker – Drums, Vocals
Francis Beringer – Bass, Vocals
Andrew Yonki – Guitar

http://causticcasanova.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CausticCasanova
https://retrofuturist.bandcamp.com/
http://www.retrofuturistrecords.com/

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Caustic Casanova Announce Summer/Fall Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 18th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

Don’t get me wrong, I believe it because it’s Caustic Casanova and they did something similar toward the end of last year, but nonetheless, this is ridiculous. Look at this tour! It’s like the Washington D.C. trio — who released their second album, the J. Robbins-produced Breaks (review here), last year via Retro Futurist — sat around and were like, “Yeah, it’s July. Let’s just tour until October.” Absolutely insane.

This band must really love each other:

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Here we go folks, Caustic Casanova’s big summer and fall tour announcement! We will be playing many shows and hopefully selling many vinyl editions of Breaks. More dates and details to be added as we solidify some loose ends and fill a few gaps.

We’ll see you here, there and everywhere in North America starting later this month.

July 21st – Washington, DC at The Pinch (vinyl release show!)
July 28th – Chicago, IL at The Beat Kitchen
July 29th – Fort Wayne, IN at Skeletunes
July 30th – Wyandotte, MI at The Rockery
July 31st – Peoria, IL at Red Barn
August 1st – St. Louis, MO at Foam
August 2nd – Indianapolis, IN at Melody Inn
August 3rd – Kent, OH at The Outpost
August 4th – Newport, KY at Southgate House Revival
August 5th – Dayton, OH at Blind Bob’s
August 6th – Pittsburgh, PA at The Smiling Moose
August 7th – Vienna, WV at Radioactive Bar and Grill
August 8th – Louisville, KY at Highlands Taproom
August 9th – Milwaukee, WI at Cactus Club
August 10th – Minneapolis, MN at The Reverie
August 12th – Spokane, WA at Checkerboard
August 13th – Seattle, WA at Blue Moon Tavern
August 14th – Vancouver, BC at TBA
August 16th – Olympia, WA at Le Voyeur Cafe
August 17th – Portland, OR at Twilight
August 19th – San Diego, CA at The Merrow
August 20th – Glendale, CA at Complex
August 21st – Los Osos, CA at Sweet Springs Saloon
August 22nd – Anaheim, CA at The Doll Hut
August 23rd – Pacifica, CA at Winter’s Tavern
August 24th – Hayward, CA at The Bistro
August 25th – San Francisco, CA at Hemlock Tavern
August 26th – Sacramento, CA at Starlite Lounge
August 27th – Reno, NV at Shea’s Tavern
August 31st – Tempe, AZ at Yucca Tap Room
September 1st – Tucson, AZ at The Loudhouse
September 2nd – Bisbee, AZ at The Quarry
September 4th – Provo, UT at TBA
September 6th – Grand Junction, CO at TBA
September 7th – Colorado Springs, CO at The Triple Nickel
September 8th – Denver, CO at The Lion’s Lair
September 9th – Wichita, KS at Elbow Room
September 10th – Denton, TX at TBA
September 11th – Austin, TX at The Sidewinder
September 12th – Houston, TX at The Clinic
September 14th – Tallahassee, FL at TBA
September 15th – Orlando, FL at Will’s Pub
September 16th – Ft. Lauderdale, FL at Kreepy Tiki
September 17th – Tampa, FL at New World Brewery
September 18th – Gainesville, FL at The Nest
September 19th – Charleston, SC at TBA
September 20th – Chapel Hill, NC at The Cave
September 21st – Asheville, NC at The Odditorium
September 22nd – Greensboro, NC at New York Pizza
September 27th – Baltimore, MD at TBA
September 28th – Brooklyn, NY at Sunnyvale
September 29th – Philadelphia, PA at The Fire
September 30th – Boston, MA at O’Brien’s
October 1st – Providence, RI at Dusk
October 2nd – Burlington, VT at Finnigan’s Pub
October 5th – Rochester, NY at The Bug Jar

Stefanie Zaenker – Drums, Vocals
Francis Beringer – Bass, Vocals
Andrew Yonki – Guitar

http://causticcasanova.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CausticCasanova
https://retrofuturist.bandcamp.com/
http://www.retrofuturistrecords.com/

Caustic Casanova, Breaks (2015)

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Caustic Casanova US Tour Starts this Weekend

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 6th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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Yeah, I had another post all set to go up today instead of this one, but the truth is that when a band decides they’re gonna go coast-to-coast in this mediocre, troubling-discourse-filled land of ours, that’s no minor decision, so it’s Caustic Casanova, who head out starting this weekend on a full-US run in support of their newly-released Breaks (review here) full-length on Retro Futurist Records. It’s an admirable string of dates that will take them through the rest of this month and into November, and the three-piece also have a couple shows booked on the Eastern Seaboard later this fall that you can find in the list below.

Because it’s nice to keep things organized. Details of their tumultuous history — it wasn’t all drinking wine and cooking meat in a kitchen with nice countertops for Caustic Casanova — and the tour dates follow, hoisted off that ol’ PR wire:

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Caustic Casanova tour announcement

Caustic Casanova is a loud, heavy rock trio from Washington, DC. The CC, as they are affectionately known by their fans, has been tearing up stages and studios alike since their inception on the campus of The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 2005. In 2008 CC released their first ever full-length studio album, a fourteen song, seventy-two minute tour-de-force entitled Imminent Eminence. Four years later, Caustic Casanova unleashed 2012’s critically acclaimed Someday You Will Be Proven Correct, produced by J. Robbins.

After the release of Someday You Will Be Proven Correct and a 2012 SXSW tour came the departure the group’s original guitarist, and a most critical juncture for the rhythm section of the band – whether to continue as Caustic Casanova, start another project, or part ways altogether. After much deliberation, drummer/vocalist Stefanie Zaenker and bassist/lead vocalist Francis Beringer decided to honor the work they’d done over the years together by continuing Caustic Casanova. Months of experimenting as a bass and drums two piece were followed by rounds of guitar player auditions, finally yielding the missing element to the new Caustic Casanova, longtime fan, friend and all-around six string wizard Andrew Yonki. In Andrew’s two and a half years with the band, the rejuvenated Caustic Casanova has gigged wherever and whenever possible, embarked on two lengthy national tours and several shorter ones, and has earned a much bigger following in DC. In 2014 Caustic Casanova signed to Retro Futurist Records after opening for psych metal veterans and label owners Kylesa, and later teamed up with J. Robbins to record lots of new music and release the first in a series of 7″ singles called Pantheon: Volume 1. Despite losing Stefanie for nearly half the year to severe wrist injuries from a life threatening accident (once again putting the very existence of the band in jeopardy) Caustic Casanova returned stronger, tighter and more motivated than ever to build sonic temples in which to worship feedback, massive riffs, delay pedals, bass fuzz, thunderous drum fills and soaring vocal melody.

The end product of these years of writing and recording through trial and tribulation is Caustic Casanova’s new album and Retro Futurist debut Breaks, once again produced by J. Robbins. Breaks features seven unconventional and melodic heavy rock songs, none quite like the other, and covers a vast sonic territory from dark, driving post-punk to psychedelic post-metal, from heavy doom blues to epic space rock and everything in between. Breaks will be released on September 25, 2015. Look for Caustic Casanova on tour in the US during August, October and November.

Oct. 10 – Pawtucket, RI at News Cafe
Oct. 11 – Burlington, VT at Finnigan’s Pub
Oct. 12 – Portland, ME at Flask Lounge
Oct. 14 – Akron, OH at Annabell’s
Oct. 15 – Cleveland, OH at Pat’s In The Flats
Oct. 16 – Waterloo, ON at Chainsaw
Oct. 17 – Columbus, OH at The Tree Bar
Oct. 18 – Indianapolis, IN at 5th Quarter Lounge
Oct. 19 – Milwaukee, WI at Frank’s Power Plant
Oct. 20 – Chicago, IL at Reggie’s
Oct. 21 – Lawrence, KS at Replay Lounge
Oct. 22 – Littleton, CO at Toad’s Tavern
Oct. 24 – Eugene, OR at Black Forest
Oct. 25 – Seattle, WA at Victory Lounge
Oct. 26 – Portland, OR at Twilight
Oct. 27 – Vancouver, BC at TBA
Oct. 28 – Spokane, WA at The Pin
Oct. 31 – Los Osos, CA at Sweet Springs Saloon
Nov. 1 – Santa Cruz, CA at Streetlight Records
Nov. 2 – San Francisco, CA at Elbo Room
Nov. 3 – Glendale, CA at Complex
Nov. 4 – Tempe, AZ at 51 West
Nov. 5 – Tucson, AZ at Club Congress
Nov. 6 – Albuquerque, NM at Duke City Sound
Nov. 7 – El Paso, TX at Bourbon N Brews
Nov. 9 – Denton, TX at J and J’s Pizza
Nov. 10 – Austin, TX at Beerland
Nov. 11 – Houston, TX at Super Happy Fun Land
Nov. 13 – Miami, FL at The Cave
Nov. 14 – Tallahassee, FL at TBA
Nov. 15 – Tampa, FL at New World Brewery
Nov. 16 – Gainesville, FL at 8 Bit Bar
Nov. 17 – Jacksonville, FL at Jack Rabbit’s
Nov. 18 – Athens, GA at Caledonia Lounge
Nov. 21 – Charleston, SC at House Show
Nov. 29 – Boston, MA at O’Brien’s
Dec. 5 – Brooklyn, NY at The Acheron
Dec. 11 – Savannah, GA at The Jinx
Dec. 12 – Greenville, SC at Radio Room

http://causticcasanova.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CausticCasanova
https://retrofuturist.bandcamp.com/
http://www.retrofuturistrecords.com/

Caustic Casanova, Breaks (2015)

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Quarterly Review: My Dying Bride, Glowsun, Caustic Casanova, Dead Sea Apes, Bantoriak, Ahab, Zark, Pyramidal & Domo, Mammoth Salmon, Molior Superum

Posted in Reviews on October 2nd, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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One thing I’ve noticed over the now-several times I’ve done this is that people have a tendency to apply some value to the ordering. It’s true that I try to lead off with a bigger release sometimes (as with today), but beyond that, there’s really no statement being made in how the albums appear. It usually has way more to do with time, when something came in and when it was added to the list, than with the quality or profile of a given outing. Just that final note that probably should’ve been said on Monday. Whoops.

Before we wrap up, I just wanted to say thank you again for checking any of it out if you did this week. It’s not a minor undertaking to do these, but it’s been completely worth it and I very much appreciate your being a part of it. Thank you. As always.

Fall 2015 Quarterly Review #41-50:

My Dying Bride, Feel the Misery

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Led by founding guitarist Andrew Craighan and vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe, UK doom magnates My Dying Bride mark their 25th year with Feel the Misery, their 13th full-length and one that finds them right in their element practicing the melancholic death-doom style they helped forge on pivotal early works like As the Flower Withers (1992) and Turn Loose the Swans (1993). “And My Father Left Forever” starts Feel the Misery on a particularly deathly note, but it’s not too long before the 10-minute “To Shiver in Empty Halls” and the subsequent “A Cold New Curse” are mired in the grueling, poetic, beauty-in-darkness emotionality that is My Dying Bride’s hallmark. The album’s title-track is a chugging bit of extremity, but the record’s strongest impact winds up being made by the penultimate “I Almost Loved You,” a piano, string and e-bow (sounding) ballad that pushes further than “A Thorn of Wisdom” by daring not to get heavy and rests well between the lumbering “I Celebrate Your Skin” and the 11-minute closer, “Within a Sleeping Forest,” which fits well, but more reinforces the point than offers something new on its own. A quarter-century later, they remain an institution. One wonders how they’ve managed to stay so depressed for so long.

My Dying Bride’s website

Peaceville Records store

Glowsun, Beyond the Wall of Time

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If French mostly-instrumentalists Glowsun are feeling pressed for time these days – and with the theme of Beyond the Wall of Time (out via Napalm Records) that shows itself in the ticking clocks that launch opener “Arrow of Time” and the like-minded titles “Last Watchmaker’s Grave,” “Against the Clock” and “Endless Caravan” – the material itself doesn’t show it. Opening with two nine-minute cuts, Glowsun’s third outing and the follow-up to 2012’s Eternal Season (discussed here) unrolls itself patiently across its seven-track span, leading one to wonder if maybe Beyond the Wall of Time isn’t intended as another means of expressing something outside of it, the expanse of tones and grooves created by guitarist/vocalist Johan Jaccob (also graphic art), bassist Ronan Chiron and drummer Fabrice Cornille on “Shadow of Dreams” and the centerpiece “Flower of Mist” intended to last after some eternal now has passed. I wouldn’t want to guess, but it’s noteworthy that the trio’s output is evocative enough to lead toward such speculations.

Glowsun on Thee Facebooks

Napalm Records store

Caustic Casanova, Breaks

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As with their 2012 debut, Someday You Will be Proven Correct, Washington D.C.-based trio Caustic Casanova recorded their sophomore long-player, Breaks, with J. Robbins at The Magpie Cage in Baltimore. They’re also releasing the album through Kylesa’s Retro Futurist Records imprint, so they come nothing if not well-endorsed. With bassist Francis Beringer and drummer Stefanie Zaenker sharing vocal duties throughout – the trio is completed by Andrew Yonki on guitar – they run and bounce through a gamut of upbeat post-hardcore noise rock, thick in tone but not so much as to get up and move around, tempo-wise. Yonki brings some post-rock airiness to the early going of the nine-minute “Elect My Best Friend for a Better World,” but the album on the whole feels more about impact than atmosphere, and Caustic Casanova work up considerable momentum by the time they get around to paying off the 12-minute finale, “The Painted Desert.” Its melodies open up more on repeat listens, but not at the expense of the push so well enacted throughout.

Caustic Casanova on Thee Facebooks

Retro Futurist Records

Dead Sea Apes, Spectral Domain

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An outwardly familiar conceptual framework – instrumental space/psychedelic rock – does little to convey how much of themselves Manchester, UK, trio Dead Sea Apes put into their new full-length, Spectral Domain. Released by Cardinal Fuzz in conjunction with Sunrise Ocean Bender, it’s the band’s sixth or seventh LP, depending on what counts as such, and bookends two north-of-10-minute explorations around three shorter pieces (though not much shorter in the case of the 9:50 “True Believers”) varied in color but uniformly galaxial in intent. “Brought to Light” rings out with a wash of drumless echo and swirl, seemingly in response to the tension of centerpiece “The Unclosing Eye,” and the whole album seems to take a theme from things seen and unseen, between “Universal Interrogator” and closer “Sixth Side of the Pentagon,” a vibe persisting in some conspiracy theory exposed as blissful and immersive truth with something darker lurking just underneath. Thick but not pretentious, Spectral Domain seems to run as deep as the listener wants to go.

Dead Sea Apes on Thee Facebooks

Sunrise Ocean Bender

Cardinal Fuzz Records

Bantoriak, Weedooism

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A ritualistic spirit arrives early on Italian heavy psych rockers Bantoriak’s debut LP, Weedooism, and does not depart for the duration of the Argonauta Records release’s six tracks, which prove spacious, psychedelic and heavy in kind, playing out with alternating flourishes of melody and noise. “Try to Sleep” seems to be talking more about the band than the act, but from “Entering the Temple” through the rumbling closer “Chant of the Stone,” Bantoriak leave an individualized stamp on their heavy vibes, and that song is no exception. If Weedooism is the dogma they’re championing on the smooth-rolling “Smoke the Magma,” they’re doing so convincingly and immersively, and while they seem to have undergone a lineup shift (?) at some point since the record was done, hopefully that means Weedooism will have a follow-up to its liquefied grooves and weedian heft before too long. In an increasingly crowded Italian heavy psych/stoner scene, Bantoriak stand out already with their first album.

Bantoriak on Bandcamp

Bantoriak at Argonauta Records

Ahab, The Boats of the Glen Carrig

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Though somewhat counterintuitive for a band playing their style of doom to start with, Ahab have only been met with a rising profile over their decade-plus together, and their fourth album for Napalm Records, The Boats of the Glen Carrig, answers three years of anticipation with an expanded sonic palette over its five tracks that is afraid neither of melodic sweetness nor the seafaring tonal heft and creature-from-the-deep growling that has become their hallmark. Their extremity is intact, in other words, but they’re also clearly growing as a band. I don’t know if The Boats of the Glen Carrig is quite as colorful musically as its Sebastian Jerke cover art – inevitably one of the best covers I’ve seen this year – but whether it’s the 15-minute sprawl of “The Weedmen,” which at its crescendo sounds like peak-era Mastodon at quarter-speed or the (relatively) speedy centerpiece “Red Foam (The Great Storm),” Ahab are as expansive in atmosphere as they are relentlessly heavy, and they’re certainly plenty of that.

Ahab on Thee Facebooks

Napalm Records

Zark, Tales of the Expected

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One would hardly know it from the discouraging title, but all-caps UK progressive metallers ZARK do manage to catch one off-guard on their debut full-length, Tales of the Expected. Duly melodic and duly complex, the eight tracks rely on straightforward components to set deceptively lush vibes, the guitar work of Sean “Bindy” Phillips and Josh Tedd leading the way through tight rhythmic turns alongside bassist Andy “Bready” Kelley and drummer Simon Spiers’ crisp grooves. Vocalist Stuart Lister carries across the aggression of “LV-426” and hopefulness of “The Robber” with equal class, and while ZARK’s first outing carries a pretty ambitious spirit, the Evesham five-piece reach the high marks they set for themselves, and in so doing set new goals for their next outing, reportedly already in progress. A strong debut from a band who sound like they’re only going to get more assured as they move forward. More “pleasant surprise” than “expected.”

Zark on Thee Facebooks

Zark on Bandcamp

Pyramidal & Domo, Jams from the Sun Split

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Paired up by style almost as much as by geography, Alicante, Spain, acts Pyramidal and Domo picked the right title for their Jams from the Sun split – a bright, go-ahead-and-get-hypnotized psychedelic space vibe taking hold early on the Lay Bare Recordings release and not letting go as one side gives way to the other or as the noisy post-Hawkwindery of “Uróboros” closes out. Pyramidal, who made their debut in 2012 (review here), offer “Motormind” and “Hypnotic Psychotic,” two 10-minute mostly-instrumental jams that progress with liquid flow toward and through apexes in constant search for the farther-out that presumably they find at the end and that’s why they bother stopping at all, and Domo, who made their debut in 2011 (review here), counter with three cuts of their own, “Viajero del Cosmos,” “Mantra Astral” and the aforementioned “Uróboros,” switching up the mood a little between them but not so much as to interrupt the trance overarching the release as whole. I remain a sucker for a quality space jam, and Jams from the Sun has 45 minutes’ worth.

Pyramidal on Thee Facebooks

Domo on Thee Facebooks

Lay Bare Recordings

Mammoth Salmon, Last Vestige of Humanity

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After releasing a couple internet EPs (review here) and 2013’s Call of the Mammoth EP as the duo of guitarist/vocalist/bassist Paul Dudziak and drummer Mitch Meidinger, Portland, Oregon’s Mammoth Salmon enlist bassist Alex Bateman and drummer Steve Lyons for their first full-length, the Adam Pike-produced Last Vestige of Humanity, which rolls out plus-sized Melvinsery across six amp-blowing tracks of sludgy riffing and nodding, lumbering weight. The title-track, which ends what would and probably will at some point be side A of the vinyl version, picks up the tempo in its second half, and “Memoriam” teases the same in Lyons’ drums at the start, but of course goes on to unfold the slowest progression here ahead of “Shattered Existence”’s toying with playing barely-there minimalism off full-on crush and the 10-minute “Believe Nothing” rounding out with appropriately elephantine march. Sustainable in their approach and viciously heavy, Mammoth Salmon seem to have hit reset and given themselves a new start with this lineup, and it works to their advantage on this promising debut.

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Mammoth Salmon on Bandcamp

Molior Superum, Electric Escapism

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“Karma is a bitch that will definitely hunt you down for what you have done,” would seem to be the standout message of “The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife,” the third and longest (at 6:34) of the four inclusions on Molior Superum’s new EP, Electric Escapism. The non-retro Swedish heavy rockers fire up righteous heft to put them in league with countrymen Skånska Mord, but ultimately have more in common with Stubb out of the UK in the loose-sounding swing of “Försummad,” despite the different language. I had the same opinion about their full-length debut, Into the Sun (review here), and last year’s The Inconclusive Portrait 7” (review here) as well. Can’t seem to shake it, but Molior Superum’s ability to switch it up linguistics – they open and close in Swedish, with the two middle cuts in English – is an immediately distinguishing factor, and whichever they choose for a given song, they kill it here.

Molior Superum on Thee Facebooks

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