Psychlona to Release Mojo Rising on Ripple Music & Cursed Tongue Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 27th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Cooperation! Spanning continents! Cursed Tongue Records and Ripple Music align to stand behind Mojo Rising, the debut album from Bradford, UK, four-piece Psychlona, and they leave little question as to why. The album — nine songs/50 minutes running from “Stone” to “Beakfoot” with a riffy, desert-stretched-out but still weighted course worthy of the band’s moniker — hits with a bit of Clutchy blues in “Big River” and a whole lot of early Fu Manchu-style roll in “Juju,” but it’s ultimately the psychedelic thread that ties it all together, whether it’s the brash pub-style riffage of “Down in the Valley” or jam-into-shove-into-jam-into-slowdown groove in “Burning Cave,” a spacious lead guitar tone that conjures impossible reaches no matter how much crunch seems to be surrounding. And make no mistake, here’s plenty of crunch to go around.

The album seems to have been taken down from Bandcamp, which will happen with this kind of thing when a previously-issued record gets picked up, but if you’ve got Spotify you can stream it for the time being at the bottom of this post. Otherwise, the release date for the well-supported offering is Nov. 30, so you can mark your calendars, make your preorders or whatever it is you need to do. Plenty of time.

Copious kebab-centered info follows here, courtesy as ever of the PR wire:

PSYCHLONA SIGNS TO CURSED TONGUE RECORDS AND RIPPLE MUSIC FOR WORLD WIDE RELEASE OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM ‘MOJO RISING’ IN NOVEMBER 2018.

Cursed Tongue Records and Ripple Music have teamed up for a joint release of City of Bradford, UK stoner rockers Psychlona’s heavy grooving debut album ‘Mojo Rising’. The four brads or ‘dirty desert rock kebab eating mofos’, as they prefer to introduce themselves, impressed both labels on an immense level when their debut album hit the online web-spheres back in the spring of 2018. A hard-hitting, heavy-driving, fuzz-drenched foundation forms the basis on which flares and outbursts of guitar-swirls spirals to another dimension in time and space.

Mojo Rising is the premiere sonic excursion to a heady generation looking for a new mode of transportation to mindful salvation (oh, ok back it up). You got the point made here. So, if spacy, psyched out stoner rock is the thing that float your boat, look no further as Psychlona got you plenty covered. Mojo Rising ought to hit an audible solar plexus on any fan of Spaceslug, Kyuss, Dozer, Fu Manchu and Monster Magnet.

Psychlona is a fairly new band, but already stands out as a strong, unified entity with many years under the belt. However it was in summer 2015 when Phil (guitar/vocals) walked into a scruffy bar to watch an equally scruffy band knock out a few scruffy tunes. Scanning the immediate vicinity to see who else was out tonight, a shabby drunken figure barely able to stand but fully able to hold his beer glass leered out of the dark shadows. Enter Dave (guitars). Dave and Phil had shared various stages on the same bill over the preceding few years as members of The Drastics and Threshold Shift. It was the obvious thing to do – form a new band. The fact they were both guitarists and didn’t have a bass player or drummer around wasn’t a problem. Both were aware of a local four stringer called Martyn who had played previously in other bands with Phil. Rehearsals began soon with no agenda but more importantly no drummer. Various percussionists came and went. After some time passed finally a solid contendor (Scott) to the drum stool entered. Initial sessions went well but the guys knew they needed to ask Scott a very important question – how do you like your kebabs? With extra chilis was the response from the bearded one. A match made in heaven then and he joined the family. Rehearsals, gigs, more rehearsals, new material brings us to the present day – the impending release of Mojo Rising on both CD, digital and vinyl.

Despite the band’s young age, Psychlona has already played with and shared stage with 1968, Barbarian Hermit, Loomer, Morass of Molasses as well as their good mates Ironrat and Lizard Tongue. The band also organise and promote their own festival twice a year (Idlefest), which is growing bigger each time. On the signing with Danish based label Cursed Tongue Records and US-label Ripple Music, Psychlona comments: “We’re proud to be joining the Ripple and Cursed Tongue families. Two of the most proactive labels with a genuine passion for the bands and music both from within their own rosters but also from the whole scene in general with genuine love and support going out to everyone involved. They’ve also tolerated our shit jokes and English sense of humour so far… time will tell… second album guys?”

Regardless what the future holds the here and now is glowing hot. Psychlona came from space to grace our earthly souls and make our mojo rise. It’s soon time to groove along to one of this year’s best desert stoner rock albums. Get psyched!

Mojo Rising will be out on CD and digital via Ripple Music and vinyl via Cursed Tongue Records in November.

CTR-014 Psychlona – ‘Mojo Rising’, vinyl official release date: November 30th, 2018

Psychlona is:
Phil Hey – Guitar & Vocals
Dave Wainfor – Guitar
Martyn Birchall – Bass
Scott Frankling – Drums

All tracks written and performed by Psychlona
Engineered and mixed by Dave Wainfor
Mastered by James Grover
Artwork by Kyrre Bjurling
Inner photo by Jez Sheard
Layout & Design by Michael Andresakis

Track listing:

Side A
1. Stone
2. Ride
3. Down In The Valley
4. Big River

Side B
5. Your God
6. Juju
7. Black Dog
8. Beakfoot

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Quarterly Review: CHRCH, Bongripper, King Chiefs, Bonnacons of Doom, Boar, June Bug, Tired Lord, Bert, Zen Bison, Wheel in the Sky

Posted in Reviews on July 16th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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You know the deal by now, I’m sure: 50 reviews this week between now and Friday, in batches of 10 per day. It’s an unholy amount of music, but those who really dig in always seem to find something cool within a Quarterly Review. Frankly, with this much to choose from, I’d certainly hope so. I’m not going to delay at all, except to say thanks in advance for coming along on this one. It’s got some core-heavy and some-not-really-core-heavy stuff all bundled next to each other, so yeah, your patience is appreciated. Okay. No time like the present. Let’s do it.

Quarterly Review #1-10:

CHRCH, Light Will Consume Us All

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Yeah, yeah, yeah, the songs are long. Blah blah blah it’s heavy as whatever kind of construction equipment you could want to name. What’s even more striking about Los Angeles doomers CHRCH’s Neurot Recordings debut, Light Will Consume Us All, is the sense of atmosphere. The follow-up to 2015’s massively well-received Unanswered Hymns (review here) is comprised of three songs presented in descending time order from opener/longest track (immediate points) “Infinite” (20:41) to centerpiece “Portals” (14:50) and closer “Aether” (9:29) and it finds CHRCH refining the unremitting patience of their rollout, so that even when “Aether” explodes in its second half to charred blastbeating and abrasive screams, the ambience is still dense enough to feel it in one’s lungs. CHRCH keep up this level of progression and soon enough someone’s going to call them post-something or other. As it stands, their second album builds righteously on the achievements of their debut, and is a revelation in its bleakness.

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Bongripper, Terminal

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Pressed up as ever in DIY fashion, Bongripper’s Terminal presents two gargantuan slabs – one per vinyl side – that only seem to highlight the strengths in the Chicago instrumentalists’ approach. The tones are huge, the grooves nodding, the impact of each kick drum forceful. Repetition is central, that feeling of aural mass and destructiveness, but neither is Terminal – comprised of “Slow” (25:11) and “Death” (18:15) – lacking a sense of atmosphere. After 21 minutes of grueling pummel, “Slow” devolves into droning layers of noise wash and quiet guitar to finish out, and “Death” seems to hold onto an echoing lead in its closing minutes that accomplishes much the same thing in broadening the atmosphere overall. I don’t know if the two songs were composed to fit together –the titles would hint yes – but they invariably do, and as “Death” unleashes a more insistent punch before turning to a post-YOB gallop, it reconfirms Bongripper’s worship-worthy place in the stoner doom milieu, how their sound can be so familiar in its threat and yet so much their own.

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King Chiefs, Blue Sonnet

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Born as Chiefs ahead of their 2015 debut album, Tomorrow’s Over (review here), Arizona-based four-piece King Chiefs make their own first outing in the form of the easily-digestible desert rocker Blue Sonnet (on Roosevelt Row and Cursed Tongue Records), comprised of 10 tracks running just under 40 minutes of older-school laid back heavy, swinging easy on cuts like “Surely Never” and “Drifter” while still finding some Helmeted aggressive edge in the riffs of “Slug” and “Walk the Plank.” The overarching focus is on songwriting, however, and King Chiefs hone in cleverly on ‘90s-era desert rock’s post-grunge sensibility, so that their material seems ready for an alternative radio that no longer exists. Such as it is, they do just fine without, and hooks pervade the two-guitar outfit’s material in natural and memorable fashion all the way to five-and-a-half-minute closer “Shrine of the Beholder,” which embraces some broader textures without losing the structural focus that serves so well on the songs before it.

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Bonnacons of Doom, Bonnacons of Doom

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Heavy psychedelic experimentalism pervades the Rocket Recordings-issued self-titled debut album from Liverpool collective Bonnacons of Doom, rife with tripout ritualism and exploration of sound as it is, all chasing light and getting freaky in any sense you want to read it. Five tracks, each a voyage unto itself – even the bass-fuzzy push of shortest cut “Rhizome” (5:55) is cosmos-bound – feed into the larger weirdness at play that culminates in the undulating grooves of “Plantae” (8:39), which is perhaps the most solidified cut in terms of choruses, verses, etc., but still a molten, headphone-worthy freakout that pushes the limits of psychedelia and still holds itself together. If the album was a to-do list, it would read as follows: “Eat mushrooms. Get naked. Dance around. Repeat.” Whether you do or don’t is ultimately up to you, but Bonnacons of Doom make a pretty convincing argument in favor, and I don’t generally consider myself much of a dancer. Among the most individualized psych debuts I’ve heard in a long time.

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Boar, Poseidon

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Poseidon, at six songs and 39 minutes, is the second long-player from Finnish four-piece Boar. Released on vinyl with no shortage of backing — Lost Pilgrims Records, Dissonant Society, Impure Muzik, S.K.O.D., Rämekuukkeli-levyt – it hurls forth a High on Fire-informed vision of noise rock on its opening title-track only to take on a slower roll in the subsequent “Shahar’s Son” and dig into massive crashing on “12.” Using echo to add a sense of depth all the while, they scream in tradeoffs à la Akimbo and boogie in “Featherless” and seem to find a post-metallic moment on “Dark Skies” before closing with the alternately brooding and scathing “Totally out of This World,” the song sort of falling apart into the feedback and noise that ends the album. There’s a persistent sense of violence happening, but it’s as much inward as outward, and though some of Boar’s most effective moments are in that rawness, there’s something to be said for the contemplation at the outset of “Shahar’s Son” and “12” as well.

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June Bug, A Thousand Days

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Seemingly unrestrained by genre, the Lille, France-based duo June BugJune on vocals and multiple instruments and Beryl on backing vocals and multiple instruments – dig into some post-punk nudge on early cut “Reasons” from their debut album, A Thousand Days (Atypeek Music) after the folkish melodies of opener “Now,” but whether it’s the fuzzy indie vibes of “Freaks” or the harmonies, electronics and acoustic guitar of “Let it Rest,” or the keyboard-handclaps, lower tones and poppish instrumental hook of centerpiece “Mama,” there’s plenty of variety throughout. What ties the differing vibes and richly nuanced approach together is the vocals, which are mostly subdued and at times hyper-stylized, but never seem to fail to keep melodicism as their central operating method. That remains true on the subdued “Does it Matter” and the beat-laden “Silenced” at the album’s finish and brings everything together with an overarching sense of joy that holds firm despite shifts in mood and approach, making the complete front-to-back listen as satisfying as it might seem all over the place.

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Tired Lord, Demo

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Released by the band last year, the four-song Demo by San Francisco outfit Tired Lord has been picked up for an official cassette issue through From Corners Unknown Records and will reportedly be the only release from the black metal/sludge genre-benders. Presumably that means they broke up, rather than just refuse to ever record again, though the latter possibility intrigues as well and would be meta-black metal. Spearheaded by guitarist Bryce Olson, Tired Lord effectively bring a thickness of tone to charred riffing, and a balance between screams and growls brings a cast of general extremity to the material. So I guess this is the part where I’m supposed to regret their dissolution and wish they’d do a proper release. Fair enough for the brutal chug in “Serpent’s Ascent” and the 7:51 closer “Astaroth,” which one wouldn’t mind hearing fleshed out from their current form. Failing that, one of the 30 tape copies pressed of Demo seems like decent consolation. At least while they’re there for the getting and before Tired Lord go gleefully into that black metal demo tape ether where so many seem to dwell.

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BerT, Relics from Time Zero

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Lansing, Michigan, trio BerT – bassist Phil Clark and brothers Ryan (guitar) and Rael (drums) Andrews – broke up. They even put out a posthumous rare tracks release in 2017’s The Lost Toes (review here), so what’s left? Well, another album, of course. Intended as a sequel to the sci-fi narrative of the never-released long-player Return to the Electric Church, the five-track/35-minute Relics from Time Zero is unfinished, sans vocals where they might otherwise be, and basically a look at what might’ve been had the band not dissolved. For those prior-exposed to the once-prolific heavy rock bizarros, some of the proceedings will seem familiar: riffs are plentiful and fluid in their tempo changes from driving rock to droned-out stomp, and there seems to be about 1.5 of them in the four-minute “In the Cave of the Batqueen,” so but for the fact that it’s not done, I’d just about call it business as usual for BerT. I know they’re done and all, but I still wouldn’t mind hearing these songs with some lyrics, let alone the record this one was intended to follow-up. Either way, even defunct, BerT remain on their own wavelength.

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Zen Bison, Krautrocker

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Classic-style heavy rock riffing pervades opener “Blow My Mind” (5:47) and the subsequent “Backseat Lovers” (5:15) – somewhere between Stubb and Radio Moscow — on Zen Bison’s debut LP, Krautrocker, but as the five-track/42-minute self-release moves into the 11-minute title-track, guitarist/vocalist Philipp Ott, bassist Steffen Fischer and drummer Martin Konopka – joined by organist Hans Kirschner and percussionist Bobby Müller –move into deeper-grooving and more psychedelic fare. That turn suits the mostly-live-recorded outfit well on the longer instrumental piece, and that leads to a side B with the likewise-sans-vocals “La Madrugada” (9:56) and the closing cover of Don Nix’s blues rocker “Going Down” (10:24), jammed out at the end in its middle and end with quick return to the chorus between. There isn’t much on Krautrocker one might actually consider krautrock in the traditional sense, but there’s certainly plenty of rock to go around on the impressive and varied first offering from the Rostock trio.

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Wheel in the Sky, Beyond the Pale

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From opener “Rivers of Dust” onward, Wheel in the Sky’s second album, Beyond the Pale (on The Sign Records), proffers classy and classic digs, informed by a heavy ‘70s uptempo spirit on its title-track and moving into more complex volume and arrangement shifts in “Burn Babylon Burn” (video premiere here) and a poppy, goth-informed hook on “The Only Dead Girl in the City,” all the while held together through a quality of songwriting that even the band’s 2015 debut, Heading for the Night (review here), seemed to hint toward. It’s a mover, to be sure, but Wheel in the Sky execute their material with poise and a sense of clear intention, and no matter where they seem to go, their tonality and natural production assures the listener has an easy time tagging along. Might be a sleeper for some, but there are going to be people who really, really dig this album, and I’ve got no argument with them.

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King Chiefs to Release Blue Sonnet on Cursed Tongue Records

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

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After making their full-length debut under their original moniker of Chiefs with Tomorrow’s Over (review here) in 2015, the redubbed King Chiefs (a promotion!) issued their second album, Blue Sonnet, in February of this year. With it, the now-four-piece reaffirmed their Southwest-born commitment to the tenets of classic desert rock as well as to their own songwriting. A collection of memorable tracks resulted and today word has come down from Cursed Tongue Records that it will press Blue Sonnet to vinyl with the usual deluxe-style treatment headed toward a release this coming October. While the cover art should certainly make for a gorgeous 12″ sleeve, it’s of course the songs themselves that will be the highlight of the LP edition, as King Chiefs plainly show their desert affiliations in 10 tracks and 39 minutes of high-grade vibe and hooks a-plenty.

The album, since it’s already released, is streaming in full at the bottom of this post, and also available on CD through Roosevelt Row Records. Info follows courtesy of the PR wire:

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KING CHIEFS SIGNS TO CURSED TONGUE RECORDS FOR WORLD WIDE RELEASE OF THEIR SECOND ALBUM ‘BLUE SONNET’ IN OCTOBER 2018.

Cursed Tongue Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Phoenix, AZ based King Chiefs for a release of their sophomore full length album entitled ‘Blue Sonnet’ in October 2018.

Any journey begins with a single, small step and as such, the newly renamed King Chiefs’ journey began as a compact but powerful two-piece band in the Phoenix, Arizona area in 2012. Originally known as simply Chiefs, they play that type of blazing desert rock that can only be forged under the harsh gaze of the Sonoran sun. After releasing a couple early demos and playing numerous show around the Phoenix valley, the band expended it’s reach with a series of small regional tours that eventually led to the band relocating to California. Shortly after settling down in San Diego, the band self-released a four song demo titled Buffalo Roam, which found them embarking on numerous tours around the Southwest and West Coast.

Over time the band grew, first to a three-piece, then finally adding a permanent bass player and lead guitar player to morph into the four-piece form they are in today. These additions to the band raised the impact of the music, elevating it to the powerful live animal they are now. It was this iteration of the band that released it’s first full length album “Tomorrow’s Over” on west coast underground record label Battleground Records in February of 2015. The album garnered many favorable reviews and positive responses from fans and writers alike, further cementing King Chiefs as a band that simply must be caught live.

The band turned this momentum into a series of US tours, where they dazzled audiences across the country with their incendiary live set. People have compared their live act to such notable bands form the past as Helmet, Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Dozer and more. This was enough hype for Ripple Music to step in and ask them to be part of their Second Coming Of Heavy series, which saw them releasing a split LP with Desert Suns as Vol. V of the long running LP series.

Fast forward to February 2018 and King Chiefs release their sophomore album Blue Sonnet digitally on their bandcamp page and on CD via Roosevelt Row Records. It didn’t take Cursed Tongue Records much time to realize that this album demands our full attention and as being the most coherrent, accomplished and mature sounding release from King Chiefs to date it was really a no-brainer.

Blue Sonnet sees King Chiefs further deepening their signature sound of fuzzy riffs, catchy hooks and tightly knit interplay overlayed with Valle’s über melodic vocals. This is King Chiefs at their prime and Cursed Tongue Records is extremely happy to be able to roll out the red carpet for the Blue Sonnet this October. Expect the usual trademark setup of high quality heavy wight vinyl tasty packaging and sweet extras sure to please the distinguished vinyl collector.

Looking to the future, King Chiefs is dedicated and devoted to the almighty riff and will continue making music and who knows what the future brings…

CTR-012 KING CHIEFS – ‘BLUE SONNET’, official release date: October 19th, 2018

King Chiefs is:
Paul Valle – Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums
Jeff Podeszwik – Vocals, Guitar
Anthony Alley – Drums
Anthony Mattos – Bass

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Ryan Butler at Arcane Digital Recording Studios in Chandler, Arizona.
All music written by King Chiefs (Paul Valle/Jeff Podeszwik)
Lyrics by Paul Valle (City That You Sleep, Surely Never, Drifter, Soul Sleeve, Slug, Walk The Plank, Blue Sonnet)
Lyrics by Jeff Podeszwik (Fossils, Yellow Jacket, Shrine Of Your Beholder)
Photography/Artwork by Michael Ruggiero
Layout & Design: Matt Martinez & Michael Andresakis

Track listing:

Side A
1. City That You Sleep
2. Surely Never
3. Drifter
4. Fossils
5. Soul Sleeve

Side B
6. Slug
7. Walk The Plank
8. Yellow Jacket
9. Blue Sonnet
10. Shrine Of Your Beholder

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Black Prism to Release Self-Titled Debut on Cursed Tongue Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 8th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Los Angeles doom rockers Black Prism issued their self-titled debut on Xmas Day in 2016, sending it down the digital chimneys of riffhounds and reaping a worldwide response lauding their Iommian loyalism, blues tinge, and preached-to-the-converted groove. The eight-track outing, which makes itself present in its doomly sphere via songs like “Lone Pine,” “Alaska” and “Black Mountain Road,” despite hailing from a town so sunny its inhabitants complain of a lack of seasons. They roll out righteous proto-metallic chug on “Psychomania” and find a peculiar charm in the fuzz wash of “Booger Sugar,” which precedes the particularly dug-in untitled bonus track. Dudes know where they’re coming from, very clearly, and they make it plain for their listeners to hear every step of the way.

A debut of such marked intent is easily worth a look on vinyl, and clearly Cursed Tongue Records feels the same way, as the label has brought Black Prism into its ranks alongside recent signees like Tempelheks, Hashteroid and Mephistofeles, among others. A September release has been set for the self-titled, as the label informs via the PR wire below, and you can of course stream the album in full at the bottom of this post.

Here goes:

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BLACK PRISM SIGNS TO CURSED TONGUE RECORDS FOR WORLD WIDE RELEASE OF THEIR CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SELF-TITLED ABLUM IN SEPTEMBER 2018.

Cursed Tongue Records is geniunely thrilled to announce the signing of LA, California band Black Prism for a release of their critically acclaimed self-titled album on hight quality heavy weight vinyl in September 2018. Originally released digitally on their Bandcamp page back in December 2016 Black Prism’s debut album resonated within the stoner and doom underground with such a massive impact that it never really left. Instead their debut kept vibrating as a dark vital eccho within our souls filling a crucial void in our blackened doom hearts.

We where never able to put this album, or Black Prism for that matter, away and kept searching for the light of confirmation at the end of the tunnel that the album one day would materialize itself in the ultimate tangible medium – vinyl. Fast forward summer 2018 and Cursed Tongue Records is here to fulfil this dream of tossing the black prism on your favorite turning table and taking the old girl for a spin.

Black Prism successfully made an “instant classic” in the realm of early 70’s Black Sabbath inspired acid rock at its finest with a Manson Family aesthetic that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. It’s an unholy conception of hard rock ritual and cinematic kismet; like a shot in the vein of fellow ‘born-outta-timers’ Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Kadavar. At Cursed Tongue Records, Black Prism’s first (and only) album is considered a contemporary dark rock master piece, nothing short of brilliant. The Black Sabbath influence is undeniable, yet the band truly makes a point of its own and in doing so creates a shiny black pearl that simply craves a vinyl makeover in order to truly shine. To us, an album to stand above most other recent hard rock releases.

So without further ado we give to you Black Prism – ‘Black Prism’ on vinyl this September! Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram pages for more info and pressing info in due time. Expect the usual Cursed Tongue Records full red carpet vinyl treatment.

CTR-011, BLACK PRISM – ‘BLACK PRISM’, official release date: September 2018

BLACK PRISM is:
Joshua – vocals
Anthony – guitar
Matthew – bass
Egan – drums

Recorded and produced by Black Prism and Jules Leon at Studio E
Engineered by Jules Leon
Mixed and mastered by Gabe Vanbenschoten
Photographs by Rick Rodney
Logo by Harley & J
Mastered for vinyl by Tony Reed at Heavy Head Rec. Co
Artwork & design by Chris Arens
Additional layout & Design by Michael Andresakis

Track listing:

Side A
1. Lone Pine
2. Eye For An Eye
3. Alaska
4. Psychomania

Side B
5. Satan’s Country
6. Black Mountain Road
7. Booger Sugar
8. Untitled (Bonus Track)

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Tempelheks Premiere New Track; Sign to Cursed Tongue Records for Midnight Mirror LP Due in August

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 4th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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With vibes right out of classic doom by the likes of Saint VitusTrouble and Reverend Bizarre, Oslo four-piece Tempelheks have inked a deal with Cursed Tongue Records to issue their third album, Midnight Mirror, this coming August. The 10-track/43-minute LP follows on the heels of 2016’s Serpents, Gods and Men, and shows Tempelheks further refining their style with elements of Norse folk and proto-metal along with their traditionalist doom riffing.

Tempelheks Midnight MirrorIt’s a stylistic blend that will be somewhat familiar to doomers who’ve dug into Northern doom before, but to listen to a track like “Prey” — which just happens to be premiering at the bottom of this post — there’s a decent sense of ’70s style shuffle to the proceedings, and especially coming right after the acoustic-based “Tigress” and before the more NWOBHM-affected guitar of “Harem Ritual,” it emphasizes the dynamic at work in the material overall, and the flow Tempelheks are able to conjure throughout these varied tracks.

You can hear some shades of garage doom in “Holy Serpent” and opener “Gates of Python,” but Tempelheks never seem to play all their cards in a single track, even as they move through the folkish “They Hide” toward closer “Slither Did My Queen,” which rounds out with bluesy lead work to cap Midnight Mirror as an album showing Tempelheks as capable of going where they want, when they want, and walking their own path to get there.

Cursed Tongue sent over the following about the signing:

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TEMPELHEKS SIGNS TO CURSED TONGUE RECORDS FOR WORLD WIDE RELEASE OF THEIR THIRD ALBUM ‘MIDNIGHT MIRROR’ IN AUGUST 2018.

Cursed Tongue Records is exhilarated to announce the signing of norse band Tempelheks for a release of their third album entitled ‘Midnight Mirror’ in August 2018.

From the doom streets of Oslo comes a four-headed snake bearing the name Tempelheks. Tempelheks is a psychedelic and occult doom rock experience. Based on the heavy riff of the 70’s, the band experiments with folky and traditional melodies coupled with eerie and mystical vocals. A groovy but hard beat drives the doomed caravan onward.

Originally conceived as a solo project by Martin Horn Sørlie (HS) in 2013 Tempelheks released their debut EP the gritty lo-fi “Red Forest ” which got picked up by a doom/stoner channel on YouTube. The unexpected attention motivated Tempelheks to write their self-titled debut album in 2014. With the debut album, the foundation of the serpent-worshipping cult’s temple was created.

The debut album was picked up by Norwegian underground label Heksekunst Productions. Both “Red Forest EP” and “Tempelheks” were recorded with limited funds and equipment in an old loft in Rælingen, outside of Oslo. The raw, unpolished sound gave the recordings a lot of character and helped build the occult atmosphere of the sound.

By the summer of 2015, a band was assembled and founding member HS was accompanied by Andreas Prestby (drums, percussion), Espen Sande Larsen (bass, backing vocals) and Sindre Øhman (guitar). Work on a new album started, which resulted in “Serpents, Gods and Men” that was released in August of 2016. This was also the first Tempelheks album to be pressed to vinyl. This time the recording sessions took place in a professional studio in Vestby, Norway. Jørn-Arild Grefsrud’s clean and powerful production took the sound in another direction, but still true to the occult and dark atmosphere of the previous releases.

Since then Tempelheks has played concerts through out Norway with bands like Dunbarrow, Horisont, Gravy Jones and Superlynx. Next step is to play abroad where the band looks to tour Scandinavia and northern Europe during fall 2018. Prior to recording their third album Tempelheks regrouped to now include a lineup constituting of HS, Sindre and new members Magnus Bjørnstad (bass & backing vocal) and Håkon Bergh (Drums & percussion).

On ‘Midnight Mirror’ Tempelheks chose to record in the renowned Cederberg studio in Kristiansand, Norway. Here they were accompanied by producer, friend, ex-label-head and vocalist of Dunbarrow; Espen Andersen. The sessions were done live and fast which gave little room for pickiness, over-thinking or compromise. The result was a characteristic, back-to-the roots kind of sound that lean more towards retro-rock than the more metal-fuelled sound of “Serpents, Gods and Men”.

The new album sees Tempelheks streatching out to incorporate a wider sonical range. Midnight Mirror thus span a variety of influences from the darker side of hard rock bringing to front a musical footprint ensured to appeal to fans of contemporary bands such as Uncle Acid, early Kadavar, HEAT, Demon Head and their fellow countrymen in Devil as well as classic acts as Thin Lizzy, Pentagram, King Crimson and Reverend Bizarre.

CTR-010, TEMPELHEKS – ‘MIDNIGHT MIRROR’, official release date: August 2018

TEMPELHEKS is:
Martin Horn Sørlie – Vocal & Guitar
Sindre Øhman – Guitar
Magnus Bjørnstad – Bass & backing vocal
Håkon Bergh – Drums & percussion

Recorded at Cederberg Studio, Kristiansand with Espen Andersen (Dunbarrow)
Mixed by Tempelheks and Espen Andersen
Mastered for vinyl by Tony Reed at HeavyHead Recording Co. (Mos Generator)
All music written and arranged by Tempelheks
All lyrics by Tempelheks, except for lyrics on “Slither Did My Queen” by Vilde Bjørklund
Artwork and layout by Kenneth Larssen Lønning
Additional layout/design by Michael Andresakis

Track listing:

Side A
1. Gates Of Python
2. Bury Your Children
3. The Witch And Her Man
4. Tigress
5. Prey
6. Harem Ritual

Side B
7. Holy Serpent
8. Phantom Messiah
9. They Hide
10. Slither Did My Queen

http://tempelheks.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/tempelheks/
https://www.instagram.com/tempelheks

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Hashteroid Sign to Cursed Tongue Records for Self-Titled Debut; New Song Premiering Now

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

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There is just about no letup offered across the seven-track/34-minute span of Hasteroid‘s Hashteroid, and even when a moment comes to catch your breath or at least think you might be able to start to, it doesn’t last, the Vancouver three-piece blazing at maximum speed through cuts like “Black Tide” and “Godspeed Below” with bull-in-china-shop subtlety and a difficult-to-pull-off blend of heavy rock and punk, shades of rawest Fu Manchu groove aligning themselves to the unrelenting forward drive one finds in the work of Zeke when one to keep up to find it at all.

That’s not to say it’s all thrust — well, actually that’s exactly what it’s to say — but in the furygallop of “Stan the Wolfman” and indeed in “Godspeed Below,” there are turns to a more overarching heavy rock groove that Hashteroid — the three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Alex Gidora, bassist/vocalist Mike Grossnickle and drummer Grant Prouse — bring to bear with the kind of cross-genre, we’re-just-gonna-do-this fuckall that once found hardcore punkers like Suicidal Tendencies essentially playing thrash metal. There’s a similar concern for the barriers between one style and another throughout HashteroidHashteroid, and where so much of the underground heavy rock scene in the Pacific Northwest remains enamored of Red Fang‘s party vibes, even in an unbridled catchy piece like “Green Caramel” — which, by amazing coincidence you can hear premiering at the bottom of this post, these guys are on their own trip, as closer “…Return to Hash Planet” shows in its metal-o-speed-punk high-energy push, post-Motörhead for sure, but turning to a beer-spilling nod in its hook like it ain’t no thing, happens all the time. Maybe for Hashteroid it does.

One thing about “Green Caramel” that you might want to keep in mind about the album as a whole as you listen: It’s four minutes and 20 seconds long. The connection to stoner culture notwithstanding — dude, the band is called Hashteroid; ain’t like they’re keeping secrets — the point is that one might expect speed-punk cuts like some of these to be in the one- to two-minute range, but “Stan the Wolfman” tops six. And yet at not point do Hashteroid remain in one place long enough to overstay their welcome. It’s a hard balance to find, even more for a debut full-length, and it leaves little mystery as to why Cursed Tongue Records picked up the band to release the album this summer.

Announcement follows with audio after. Don’t be a jerk and skip the track:

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HASHTEROID SIGNS TO CURSED TONGUE RECORDS FOR WORLD WIDE RELEASE OF THEIR SELF-TITLED DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM.

Cursed Tongue Records is super pumped to announce the signing of Canadian speed devils and riff meisters Hashteroid. This band has been shredding venues to pieces across the land for some time and is now ready to take over the world with their fast paced take on psych rock and stoner metal. Hashteroid has been on the CTR radar for quite some time and it’s an honor to be given the opportunity to work with this fierce threesome.

Hashteroid prove that stoner metal doesn’t have to be slow; the riffs are huge and the Sabbath is maintained, but the blasting back-beat doesn’t let up. A live Hashteroid set pours gas on the fires of stoke, and burns down barriers in a smoked-out, sweaty haze. The power of the trio lies in smuggling Motörhead’s mayhem into riff-filled lands, while remaining heady enough for harsh tokers. Formed in the Fall of 2013 by Alex Gidora (Guitar/Vocals), Mike Grossnickle (Bass/Vocals), and Steve Chambers (Drums), the band was tragically sidelined by Steve’s passing while waiting for the first pressing of their debut EP, ‘Respect the Depths’. Knowing that the best tribute to a fallen comrade is to keep on with life’s work, Hashteroid regrouped in 2016 with Grant Prouse on the kit and an even bigger chip on their shoulder.

The band hit the Vancouver scene hard, sharing the stage with locals Anciients and Baptists, and touring heavies like Black Breath, The Shrine, and The Atomic Bitchwax. Last fall they opened for Dead Meadow and Elder as well as toured Western Canada. The Spring of 2017 saw the band holed up at Bully’s Studios to record their first full-length with Michael Kraushaar (Black Wizard). The resulting tracks were mixed by Vancouver veteran Jesse Gander (Bison, Japandroids) then mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright (Nails, Mutoid Man). The new material hones the band’s headlong approach, showcasing the trio shredding on the blade of a hot-knife, straddling the opposing forces of pure momentum and reflective intricacy. With a full-length album in the wings, Hashteroid is poised to make their mark on all that is heavy.

2018 is shaping up to be a big one for Hashteroid with the release of their debut album on digital in spring with vinyl to follow shortly after. Also touring plans are lined up along gig in April with mighty Dopethrone.

With Hashteroid we feel that the Cursed Tongue Records roster has been reinforced with some of the illest and hardest hitting punky psych stoner rock this side of the Universe. This is sure to please fans of anything energetic, heavy and ripping. Fans of aforementioned Mutoid Man will find plenty to dig here. And if you ever wondered how Black Sabbath would sound when played at 78 RPM – ponder no more. Hashteroid has you covered with the energy and metallic drive of Kvelertak and the vocals of Fu Manchu/At The Drive-In paired with a heady dose of thrashy stoner riffery.

CTR-009, HASHTEROID – ‘HASHTEROID’, official release date: summer 2018

HASHTEROID is:
Alex Gidora – Guitars & Vocals
Mike Grossnickle – Bass & Backup Vocals
Grant Prouse – Drums

Recorded at Bully’s Studios with Michael Kraushaar (Black Wizard)
Mixed by Jesse Gander (Bison, Japandroids)
Mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright (Nails, Mutoid Man)
All music composed and arranged by HASHTEROID
All lyrics by HASHTEROID
Artwork and design by Adam Vick
Additional design/layout by Michael Andresakis

Track listing:

Side A
1. Freak Power
2. Black Tide
3. Stan The Wolfman
4. Green Caramel

Side B
5. Godspeed Below
6. Cool Ghost
7. …Return To Hash Planet

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https://hashteroid.bandcamp.com/
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Borracho to Release Splitting Sky LP Reissue in May on Cursed Tongue Records

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

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About a week ago, the news came through that Washington D.C. heavy rockers Borracho had a reissue in the works through Cursed Tongue Records but that the label wasn’t going to reveal which one until it got a certain amount of showoff vinyl pics via the social medias with a hashtag “CTRBorrachoChallenge.” Guess they hit the mark, because today the label has unveiled that it’s the band’s 2011 debut, Splitting Sky (review here), that will see new life on LP this Spring. A May release is expected.

Hard to believe it’s been seven years since Splitting Sky actually came out, even in light of all that Borracho have accomplished in the time since. The album has actually been on vinyl before — No Balls Records out of Germany did a limited run — but I’d be curious to hear if the new remaster from Tony Reed does anything to the balance of the mix, which always seemed to favor the vocals of Noah Greenberg, who left the band before their next reord came out, at the forefront over the riffs.

Either way, Borracho have obviously made an awful lot of new friends since the days of the original Splitting Sky release, so for them and for collectors alike, this seems like another solid pickup from Cursed Tongue, who sent the following announcement along the PR wire:

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CTR-008: Borracho – ‘Splitting Sky’ 2018 reissue, newly remastered and with original artwork, the way it has always been intended to look.

Splitting Sky was initially released on CD/digital back in 2011. A limited run vinyl pressing was also made, but copies have long sold out since and second hand prices have fetched stupid prices. Borracho are full of good momentum and with last years critically acclaimed 3rd full length ‘Atacama’ (Kozmik Artifactz) and the recent released compilation album of singles entitled ‘Riffography’ the band has a lot going on. The winds are blowing in the band’s favor and there’s no better time than now to reissue this great desert stoner rock album that by some critics and fans alike already has been heralded as a new-classic.

Cursed Tongue Records is inclined to give ‘Splitting Sky’ a well deserved makeover, brushing of all the cobwebs and breed new life into the furrows of this hard-hitting rock. The vinyl re-issue is entirely newly remastered for optimal vinyl playback by no other than Tony Reed and it’s also featuring the original artwork with new layout and design. Splitting Sky will thus yet again be available for the vinyl fans, but this time around the way it was initially intended to look and sound while bearing all the hallmarks of high quality and attention to detail that a Cursed Tongue Records release has come to offer.

BANDCAMP (stream/download): http://borracho.bandcamp.com/album/splitting-sky

BIO:
Borracho is a three piece heavy rock band from Washington, DC. In the five years since releasing their 2011 debut Splitting Sky, they have become a staple of the Mid-Atlantic — and US — stoner rock scene. 2013’s follow up Oculus highlighted a band in metamorphosis, moving the band forward sonically with a leaner lineup, but continuing their emphasis on song construction and memorable melodies. With a substantial offering in Ripple Music’s 2015 inaugural Second Coming of Heavy, Chapter One, the band showed their continued commitment to the almighty riff, and plenty of variety in their approach, even within only 22 minutes of scathing rock.

Along with their two LPs, Borracho has dropped a half-dozen limited edition vinyl singles and split 7”s to satisfy fans and collectors around the globe. The band has worked with labels from the US, Spain, Germany, and Japan to get their music to the masses, and has teamed up with similar acts Cortez, Geezer, and Eggnogg — even their own former band Adam West — on split releases. The past two years has pushed Borracho to both Europe and the west coast of the United States to preach their gospel of low and heavy grooves.

With the 2016 release of their third LP Atacama, the band is primed for a larger audience, with a totally organic and diverse collection of heavy anthems to get people up onto their feet and raising their fists in a glorious Hallelujah.

2018 sees the Borracho’s 2011 debut album reissued on vinyl via Cursed Tongue Records and furthermore the band has also started working on their 4th full length album. So the band might be seasoned but the three gringos behind the stearing wheel are far from done, quite opposite they seem to age in style and class, remaining everso evident and vibrant. Only a few things in life are for certain; one of them is that Borracho came to play heavy-AF riffs, rock-out and have a good time – and they never left!

CTR-008, Borracho – ‘Splitting Sky’, official release date: May 2018
Pre-orders start in April.

Borracho is:
Steve Fisher – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Tim Martin – Bass
Mario Trubiano – Drums

(Noah Greenberg handled vocal duties on Splitting Sky, but afterwards he left the band and moved abroad.)

Produced, recorded and mixed by Frank Marchand in Studio A at Airshow Mastering, Takoma Park, Maryland in March 2011. Mastered for vinyl by Tony Reed of HeavyHead Recording Co. All words and music by Borracho. © 2011 Repetitive Heavy Grooves Music. Band photography by Margaret Allen. Cover concept, layout and design by Tim Martin Designs, Washington, D.C. Additional design and artwork for this vinyl edition by Michael Andresakis.

Track listing:

Side A
1. Redemption
2. Concentric Circles
3. Bloodsucker
4. Grab The Reins

Side B
5. All In Play
6. Never Get It Right
7. Grinder

http://borrachomusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/BorrachoDC/
https://borracho.bandcamp.com

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Borracho, Splitting Sky (2011)

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Borracho to Release LP on Cursed Tongue Records — But Which One???

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 30th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Here’s a fun one: We know that D.C. heavy groovers Borracho recently issued their Riffography (review here) collection spanning their 10 years together front to back with assorted unreleased or at very least rarer-than-not tracks. That came out through Ripple Music. Their preceding 2016 full-length, Atacama (review here), came out via Kozmik Artifactz, where 2013’s Oculus (review here) and their 2011 debut, Splitting Sky (review here), landed through Strange Magic Records and No Balls Records, respectively.

Now. One of these LP offerings has been picked up for a vinyl release by Cursed Tongue Records, but the label isn’t quite ready to say which one. What they’re doing instead is hosting an Instagram challenge where you put your favorite Borracho platter on your turntable, snap a picture of it on your fancy phone, and post it up on Instagram with the hashtag “CTRBorrachoChallenge.”

As soon as they get to 30 posts, Cursed Tongue will reveal which album it’s releasing. See? I told you it was a fun one.

Details follow:

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-|- CTR-BORRACHO CHALLENGE -|-

CTR has just announced the signing of mighty Borracho out of DC, US for impending vinyl release. However, before we reveal what album we are talking about you will have to accept a little challenge!

The idea is to get many release pictures posted all around Instagram in order to draw attention toward the Borracho. They have released many things on vinyl along the years; so many people have them in their collection; they just need to dust them off and blast them on their turntable!!!

Dust off one of your Borracho vinyl copies and post a picture of it with the following hashtag #CTRBorrachoChallenge

Once we get 30 posts, we will unveil the album details \,,/

Meanwhile, you can take all the guesses you want

#CursedTongueRecords #CTR #Borracho #BorrachoBand

Borracho is:
Steve Fisher – Guitar, Vocals
Tim Martin – Bass
Mario Trubiano – Drums

http://borrachomusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/BorrachoDC/
https://borracho.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/CursedTongueRecords/
https://www.instagram.com/cursedtongue
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Borracho, Riffography (2017)

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