The Atlas Moth Announce West Coast Tour Dates

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

And so I sip the second cup from my second pot of morning coffee and decide it’s time to put together a post about The Atlas Moth‘s impending tour. The Chicago post-metal veterans head out in support of their new album, the Sandord Parker-produced Coma Noir — released by no less than Prosthetic Records — and though I’ve had the record on my desktop since I don’t know how long and it’s slated to be included in the Quarterly Review at the start of next month, I haven’t yet really dug into it in more than a cursory “yup, that’s The Atlas Moth” kind of way.

So I click a link included with the press release below for “Actual Human Blood” and with its blend of extreme metal clarty, post-sludge atmospherics and richly weighted groove, it’s hard to believe these guys are as underrated as they are. It’s not hard to imagine that if they were from Germany instead of Chi-town, they’d be hailed as progressive overlords — though being Swedish didn’t exactly work for Burst when it came to being improperly valued, so maybe I’m way off — but either way, for as much as they put into what they do in terms of both passion and cerebralism, my coffee and I both think they deserve more love than they get.

Good band, is the point. They’re touring the West Coast with Mustard Gas & Roses and He Whose Ox is Gored, as the PR wire informs:

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THE ATLAS MOTH announce tour dates with Mustard Gas & Roses

New album, Coma Noir out now

Coma Noir is available now at

THE ATLAS MOTH will continue inducing Coma Noir across North America with new tour dates announced. Joined by special guests Mustard Gas & Roses; THE ATLAS MOTH will also share select dates with He Whose Ox Is Gored and a special performance in Los Angeles at Resident DTLA with Of Feather & Bone on June 5th.

Released February 9, 2018 via Prosthetic Records, Coma Noir entered the Billboard charts at the and continues to draw praise from media and fans alike.

Produced by Sanford Parker (Eyehategod, Voivod), Coma Noir simultaneously channels the eclecticism and evolution of THE ATLAS MOTH; resulting in their finest offering of intoxicating psychedelic post metal to date. For deeper insight on the inspiration and creation of Coma Noir, listen and watch what the band has to say about the new album below.

THE ATLAS MOTH tour dates:
5/28 – St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar *
5/29 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre *
5/30 – Regina, SK @ Cloud 9 *
5/31 – Edmonton, AB @ Temple *
6/01 – Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria w/ He Whose Ox Is Gored *
6/02 – Seattle, WA @ Northwest Terror Fest
6/03 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater w/ He Whose Ox Is Gored *
6/04 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst *
6/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident DTLA w/ Of Feather & Bone *
6/06 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge *
6/07 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar *
6/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock *
6/09 – Denver, CO @ Trailside Saloon *
6/10 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room *
*w/ Mustard Gas & Roses

Andrew Ragin – Synth/guitar
Alex Klein – Bass
Mike Miczek – Drums
David Kush- Guitar/Vocals
Stavros Giannopoulos – Guitar/Vocals

The Atlas Moth, “Actual Human Blood”

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REZN Touring this Spring

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 13th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Chicago riffers REZN issued their debut album, Let it Burn (review here), as a gatefold 2LP last year via Off the Record Company, and quite frankly, the thing looks gorgeous. They’ve got pictures up on their Bandcamp page (linked below, should you want to take some time and just gawk for a while), and yeah go ahead and mark that a win as much for band as for their growing fanbase, to whom the band will be paying individual visits on their upcoming spring 2018 tour, which is awfully considerate of them.

I always wanted to hit a band up on a run like this and see if they’d be willing to play my house. No opening acts. I’ll pay the going rate, maybe include a delicious dinner sweeten the deal, accommodating for allergies and preferences and things of that like. So yeah, hey REZN, let me know if you want to swing by. I’ll even help load in and out. We’d love to have you, even if it means getting the baby some of those industrial earphones or taking him for a ride in the case or something.


We’re embarking on a tone quest this spring in honor of our sacred idols, Lume, releasing their new record ‘Wrung Out’ on April 20th. We’ll be evangelizing America and Canada through amp worship and riff meditation on these dates:

4/20 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Rancho Unicorno
4/21 – Port Huron, MI @ Schwonksoundstead
4/22 – Mississauga, ON @ Symbiotica
4/23 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G
4/24 – Montreal, QC @ L’Esco
4/25 – Burlington, VT @ Monkey House
4/26 – Portland, ME @ Geno’s Rock Club
4/27 – Boston, MA @ Democracy Center
4/28 – Providence, RI @ Machines with Magnets
4/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ TBD
4/30 – Richmond, VA @ The Tomb
5/01 – Charlotte, NC @ Oso Skatepark
5/02 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
5/03 – Nashville, TN @ That ’70s House
5/04 – Loisville, KY @ Spinelli’s
5/05 – Chicago, IL @ Burlington

REZN is:
Phil Cangelosi: Bass + Vocals
Patrick Dunn: Percussion + Sitar
Rob McWilliams: Guitar + Vocals
Spencer Ouellette: Modular Synthesis
Alex Schulze: The Creature

REZN, Let it Burn (2017)

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Bruce Lamont Sets March 23 Release for Broken Limbs Excite No Pity; Album Teaser Posted

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

Chicago-based experimentalist Bruce Lamont — he of Corrections House, Yakuza, Bloodiest, and so on — will release his new solo album, Broken Limbs Excite No Pity, on March 23 via War Crime Recordings. There’s a trailer video posted.

Okay, so those are pretty much the basics. You can go ahead and expect those to be the only things in any way basic about the release. Lamont, whose contributions on sax vocals, guitar and a variety of other noisemaking implements have helped push releases from more bands than I can count to new levels of progressive accomplishment, is a deeply creative sonic explorer. I last saw him on stage in his hometown with Scott Kelly in 2015 (review here) and though that night and everything about that trip in general was weird as hell — ask me about it sometime — it was nonetheless incredible to see what he brought to even such an intimate, quiet setting in terms of sonic breadth.

The rundown of accomplishments that the PR wire tosses out below is formidable, and from the track descriptions it looks like Lamont‘s covering a pretty significant range on the release as a whole. I’d expect no less.

Art and details:

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BRUCE LAMONT To Release Broken Limbs Excite No Pity Via War Crime Recordings This March; Album Teaser Posted

When BRUCE LAMONT released his first solo album, Feral Songs For The Epic Decline, seven years ago, he was best known as the leader of the psychedelic Chicago jazz-metal group Yakuza. Thus, that album’s morose, arty songs came as a radical departure, showing him to be just as comfortable constructing droning, Swans-like epics as exploding with industrial and black metal-inspired rage. In the six years since, his creative journey has taken him farther and farther afield. He’s part of electronic noise-dirge squad Corrections House, with Eyehategod’s Mike IX Williams, Neurosis’s Scott Kelly, and longtime creative partner Sanford Parker; the mind-melting jazz-prog-hardcore trio Brain Tentacles, with Keelhaul bassist Aaron Dallison and grind drummer par excellence Dave Witte, and dozens of other projects, large and small, collaborating with an ever-growing network of like minds.

Broken Limbs Excite No Pity, LAMONT’s second solo album, is in many ways a harsher experience than Feral Songs. Tracked in Chicago’s Minbal Studios with Sanford Parker behind the board, it’s a one-man show like its predecessor — LAMONT sings, harmonizing mournfully with himself, and plays saxophone, guitar, percussion, and electronics. Also like last time, it opens with an eleven-minute epic. “Excite No Pity” starts out featuring multiple crying saxophones and deep, almost Bill Laswell-esque bass drones, but is ultimately overtaken by searing electronic noise. “MacLean” warps an acoustic guitar melody with tape effects, to keep it from sounding too much like a Kansas song, while “Goodbye Electric Sunday” is a unique blend of spaghetti western soundtrack and beat poetry over an almost hip-hop groove. LAMONT uses his voice as an instrument almost as often as he uses it to put across his lyrics. On “Neither Spare Nor Dispose,” he wails and groans as loops of forcefully strummed acoustic guitar and rumbling percussion thunder past, and static washes over it all like a wave.

At its base, music is sound (noise, if you like) organized into patterns. And those sounds/noises don’t have to be pretty ones, as long as the patterns are compelling. BRUCE LAMONT understands this intuitively, and has demonstrated an ability to create hypnotic, ominous, emotionally resonant and even somehow transcendent arrangements of patterned sound. These aren’t “songs” like you hear on the radio. They’re literally sound art. This is an album you dunk your head in like a bucket of ice water, and when you pull it back out, you’re not the same person you were before. – Phil Freeman, 2018

Broken Limbs Excite No Pity will see release on CD, digital, and limited vinyl formats via War Crime Recordings on March 23rd.

Broken Limbs Excite No Pity Track Listing:
1. Excite No Pity
2. 8-9-3
3. MacLean
4. Goodbye Electric Sunday
5. Neither Spare Nor Dispose
6. The Crystal Effect
7. Moonlight And The Sea

Bruce Lamont, Broken Limbs Excite No Pity album trailer

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Russian Circles and King Woman Touring in March

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 2nd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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king woman matt kadi

We already know from prior announcements that Chicago-based heavy post-rock forerunner instrumentalists Russian Circles (there are like six or seven other titles one might bestow on them with various degrees of superlative praise inherent) will be in Europe in time for this year’s Freak Valley Festival. This North American run alongside Relapse Records four-piece King Woman will precede that trip, obviously, but the chief question would seem to be if there’s a European tour announcement coming from them and if so, when they might actually head over, whether it’s summer fests or a run in the later end of Spring. With Freak Valley as a launch or landing point, it could kind of go either way.

Rest assured, I don’t know nothin’ about nothin’. The PR wire, on the other hand:



See them on the road in March & April throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Russian Circles have never been ones to stay quiet, and their first announcement of 2018 only serves to prove that predilection. This March and April, Russian Circles will be joined by Sargent House management roster-mates King Woman for a North American tour. Spanning just over three weeks, the bands will play shows in select markets from coast to coast; check out the full tour routing below.

Russian Circles are hot off an extensive 2017 world tour with Mastodon and Eagles Of Death metal and to say they are primed for this headlining run would be an understatement. Clocking in over a decade together, the Chicago power trio have grown into one of most prolific groups in both the instrumental and rock realms. With a steamrolling catalog redefining the boundaries of both genre and instrumentation—from cinematic arias to metalloid-fueled bludgeoning—Russian Circles continue to find new sonic expanses to conquer. Whereas many bands in the instrumental world are content to cruise with the lush crescendos and washed-out timbres of their predecessors, Russian Circles persevere in their quest to conjure multidimensional, textural narratives.

Acting as the the sonic foil to Russian Circles’ electrifying instrumentals is the rumble and roar of King Woman. Formed in 2009 by vocalist Kristina Esfandiari, the Bay Area outfit have crafted a sound thoroughly their own—one that fuses the cobweb texture of drone and shoegaze with the melancholic heft of doom. Their debut LP, 2017’s Created In The Image Of Suffering (Relapse), paired weighty subject matter with brooding songwriting, earning the band widespread acclaim. Complete with deeply personal, introspective lyrics that serve as a catharsis for years of religious and mental torment, King Woman truly suffer to create their art.

See Russian Circles and King Woman on one stage this spring:

Russian Circles — On Tour w/ King Woman:
03/22 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room *
03/23 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *
03/27 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
03/29 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
03/31 Portland, Oregon @ Wonder Ballroom
04/01 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
04/02 Vancouver, BC @ Baltimore Cabaret
04/04 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
04/05 Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
04/07 Saskatoon, SK @ Louis Pub
04/08 Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick
04/11 Toronto, ON @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
04/12 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
04/14 Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall
04/16 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
04/17 Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
04/18 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
04/20 Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit
04/21 Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
04/22 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
*No King Woman

Russian Circles, Live at Dunk! Fest (2017)

King Woman, “I Wanna be Adored”

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The Skull Tour Launches this Week; Playing Trouble’s Self-Titled in Full

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

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Easiest sell ever. Chicago doomers The Skull head out this week on a major-market US tour playing Trouble‘s 1990 self-titled album in full. Seriously. What more could you ask of the universe than that? Who in their right mind doesn’t want to see Eric Wagner sing “The Wolf” on stage? Or “Black Shapes of Doom?” Or “At the End of My Daze?” Great googly-moogly, that record kicks ass. If you need to be told to show up to this one, you’re fucking up. Sorry, but there it is.

Oh yeah, and for a bonus? The Skull have finished recording their second album and the follow-up to 2014’s For Those Which are Asleep (review here), which was produced by no less than Sanford Goshdarn Parker and will be out this summer. I guess that’s what more you could ask of the universe. And there it is.


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The Skull to Kick Off “The Skull Plays ‘Trouble'” North American Headlining Tour January 25

Doom Metal Legends to Perform Trouble’s Classic 1990 Self-Titled in its Entirety on Special Winter Trek

The Skull, featuring vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Ron Holzner, formerly of metal legends Trouble, has announced a winter North American headlining tour. The 15 city jaunt, which will see The Skull performing Trouble’s classic 1990 Def American Recordings self-titled [label] debut, Trouble, in its entirety, will kick off on January 25 in Chicago, IL. The band, which also features longtime Cathedral drummer Brian Dixon, guitarist Lothar Keller (Sacred Dawn), and guitarist Rob Wrong (Witch Mountain) will also play The Skull songs at the special one-time-only shows.

In additional news, The Skull has completed work on its as-yet-untitled new album. Recorded in Chicago’s Decade Music Studios with engineer Sanford Parker (Yob, Secrets of the Moon), the record is the follow-up to The Skull’s heralded debut, For Those Which Are Asleep, which landed at or near the top of a host of 2014 year-end best of lists. A summer 2018 release date is projected for the new LP.

THE SKULL tour dates:
January 25 Chicago, IL Reggies
January 26 Rock Island, IL Ribco
January 27 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme
January 28 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
January 29 Pittsburgh, PA Howlers
January 30 Toronto, ON Hard Luck
January 31 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
February 1 Montreal, QC Bar Le Ritz
February 2 Cambridge, MA Middle East Upstairs
February 3 Brooklyn, NY Kingsland
February 4 Washington, DC Atlas Brew Works
February 5 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
February 6 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
February 7 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlies
February 9 Detroit, MI Harpos

Trouble, Trouble (1990)

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Black Road Self-Titled Debut EP out Now; Vinyl Coming Soon

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 26th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Chicago-based four-piece Black Road have their self-titled debut EP available now. Actually, there seems to be some question as to whether or not it’s an EP or a full-length, but either way, it’s self-titled and it follows behind a couple live tracks and digital whatnots peppered out to entice listeners and — apparently — labels. The proof is in the doomly pudding of a tape issue through DHU Records and a CD through Italian purveyor BloodRock Records, as well as an impending vinyl issue also through DHU that’s set to arrive reportedly sometime early in 2018.

In the meantime, of course the six-tracker is streaming in its entirety via Bandcamp — see below — where the band is also selling the currently available formats. I haven’t heard anything about vinyl preorders, but presumably they’re coming sooner than later. It’ll be early 2018 next week, technically speaking.

From the PR wire:

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Chicago’s Black Road Unleashes Self-Titled EP Unto the Masses!

Brought together by a common passion for music, Chicago, Illinois’ Black Road began their musical journey in 2015. Black Road is a DIY labor of love that pulls from metal, rock, heavy blues, psychedelic rock, doom metal, jazz, funk, and folk as influences and inspiration.

Formed by guitarist Tim Morano and vocalist/lyricist Suzi Uzi, Black Road became a vehicle for this magnetic couple to capture a specific feeling or emotion and to convey them through the songs. Black Road signed with Netherlands based label DHU Records in August 2016. Within a month, the couple had to replace the former drummer and bassist for creative differences. In October 2016, Black Road’s line-up was solidified with the addition of Robert Gonzales (drums) and Casey Papp (bass). Together, Black Road creates a heavy and harmonious foundation of music that is dynamic and full of many layers.

After just months of being a band, Black Road recorded their debut album together. BloodRock Records (Italy) later signed Black Road for a limited-edition CD run, which was officially released on October 6, 2017. The self-titled debut EP was released on limited-edition cassette with DHU Records in mid-October. Since the album release, Black Road has had talks to sign a second CD deal with BloodRock Records, and is still awaiting the vinyl to be released very soon via DHU Records sometime in early 2018.

Suzi Uzi (vox/lyrics/piano)
Tim M. (guitar)
Casey Papp (bass)
Robert Gonzales (drums)

Black Road, Black Road EP (2017)

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The Atlas Moth to Release Coma Noir Feb. 9

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 17th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

When Chicago’s The Atlas Moth were announced over the summer as signing to Prosthetic Records, the tentative timeframe for their next album, Coma Noir, was Fall 2017. Okay, so maybe the record will ultimately wind up a little off that mark, but I can’t help but think that’ll ultimately work to its benefit. This past Fall — we’re basically through it now, at least in terms of releases — was utterly slammed with new records. One after the next after the next. Granted, there’s always stuff coming out these days, but even for that, it was overwhelming.

I don’t know what else Feb. 9 will bring, but as The Atlas Moth follow-up 2014’s The Old Believer (discussed here), at least they’re not in such immediate danger of getting lost in the fray of everything coming out. They’ll be on the road at the time with Royal Thunder and Mirrors for Psychic Warfare — the latter whose lineup includes Sanford Parker, who produced Coma Noir (funny how these things work sometimes) — so all the better. The record was one to look forward to before. Still is.

The Atlas Moth will also take part in next year’s Northwest Terror Fest, as the PR wire affirms:

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The Atlas Moth announce Coma Noir release date, headlining tour and Northwest Terrorfest appearance

Chicago’s experimental metallers, THE ATLAS MOTH, have set a February 9, 2018 release date for their fourth LP, Coma Noir. The band will kick off a North American tour the following day with Royal Thunder and Mirrors of Psychic Warfare. Full dates are below.

The album marks a few firsts for the band; it’s the first release for LA indie metal, Prosthetic Records, it’s the first to feature Mike Miczik (Broken Hope) on drums, and it’s the first time the band worked with an outside producer. On previous releases, the band’s guitarist/vocalist, Andrew Ragin handled production duties. This time around, longtime friend, Sanford Parker (Eyehategod, Voivod) stepped in to steer the Coma Noir ship. An outside voice, one that the band was comfortable with, was key to channeling all the different elements the band brings to the table and keeping everything cohesive and concise.

More information on Coma Noir will become available in the coming weeks, and plans are already underway for further activity for THE ATLAS MOTH in 2018.

THE ATLAS MOTH w/ Royal Thunder & Mirrors of Psychic Warfare
2/10 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
2/11 Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room
2/12 Toronto, ONT @ Hard Luck – Tickets
2/13 Montreal, QUE @ Bar Le Ritz
2/14 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
2/15 Hamden, CT @ Ballroom at the Outer Space
2/16 Brooklyn, NY @Saint Vitus
2/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
2/18 Washington, DC @ DC9
2/20 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
2/21 Columbia, SC @ New Brookline Tavern
2/22 Atlanta, GA @ 529

5/29-6/02 Seattle, WA @ Northwest Terror Fest

Andrew Ragin – Synth/guitar
Alex Klein – Bass
Mike Miczek – Drums
David Kush- Guitar/Vocals
Stavros Giannopoulos – Guitar/Vocals

The Atlas Moth, The Old Believer (2014)

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I Klatus Post Visual Freakout for “Moment of Devastation”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 15th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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The more time I spend in the company of I Klatus‘ fourth album, Nagual Sun (review here), the less certain I am it’s intended for human consumption. Issued by the Chicago-based band themselves, it resides on a wavelength between the teeth-churning grit of sludge and a resonant, drug-cult psychedelia, running in deep-toned colorful hues through eight component tracks in a consuming 57 minute sprawl of misanthropic vibing and unbridled heft. What drives me to make the human consumption remark isn’t so much that it isn’t accessible — though, for sure, it’s not and it isn’t trying to be — so much as its exploration feels driven by something insular; a journey more likely to turn within than without. I just don’t think the band made it for anyone other than themselves.

That kind of honesty of expression is rare, and somewhat perhaps tempered by the visual aspect of what I Klatus do. With noted artist Tom Denney in the guitarist/vocalist role alongside bassist/vocalist/producer John E. Bomher, Jr. and drummer Chris Wozniak, I Klatus have thus far produced four videos for songs from Nagual Sun. All are made by Denney. The latest, for “Moment of Devastation,” can be viewed below and follows behind clips for “Final Communion” and “Beneath the Waves” (both posted here) and “Sorcerer’s Gaze” (posted here). Again, there are eight tracks total on the album.

I can’t help but wonder if they’re not en route to providing a video for each song on the record, and whether they ultimately do that or not, it shows how closely knit the relationship between the visual and the aural is for the band. If you’re prone to headaches from flashing lights, seizures or anything like that, you might want to watch out before digging into “Moment of Devastation,” but one way or another, the lysergic gruel conjured definitely makes a fitting complement to the song itself. You’ll also find the full album streaming at the bottom of this post, if you haven’t heard it yet. Just remember it’s not about you. You’re a bystander. Keep that in your open mind and you should be good to go.


I, Klatus, “Moment of Devastation” official video

Chicago Doom/Sludge eclectics I KLATUS have released the official video for “Moment of Devastation,” a track from new album Nagual Sun. Go forth and devastate below.

Nagual Sun is available on digital and analog (cassette) formats. Stream and/or purchase at:

The highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Kether is the band’s third full-length album (and fifth release overall).

I Klatus is:
Tom Denney – guitar/vocals/art
John E. Bomher, Jr. – bass/vocals/production
Chris Wozniak – drums

I Klatus, Nagual Sun (2017)

I Klatus on Bandcamp

I Klatus on Thee Facebooks

I Klatus on Twitter

I Klatus on Instagram

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