Quarterly Review: We Lost the Sea, Nebula Drag, Nothing is Real, Lotus Thief, Uncle Woe, Cybernetic Witch Cult, Your Highness, Deep Valley Blues, Sky Shadow Obelisk, Minus Green

Posted in Reviews on January 9th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Yesterday was marked by a decisive lack of productivity. I got there, don’t get me wrong, but it took friggin’ forever to make it happen. I’m obviously hoping for a different result today and tomorrow. You would think 10 records is 10 records, but some days it’s easy flowing, bounce from one to the next without any trouble, and some days you’re me sitting there wondering how many times you can get away with using the word “style” in the same post. Punishing. The saving factor was that the music was good. Amazing how often that serves as the saving factor.

Just today and tomorrow left, so let’s dive in. Lots of different kinds of releases today, so keep your ears and mind open.

Quarterly Review #31-40:

We Lost the Sea, Triumph and Disaster

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There is plenty of heavy post-rock floating — and I do mean floating — around these days, spreading ethereal and contemplative vibes hither and yon, but none have the emotional weight brought to bear instrumentally by Sydney, Australia’s We Lost the Sea. Across their 65-minute 2LP, Triumph and Disaster (on Translation Loss), the six-piece band recount a wordless narrative of the aftermath of the end of the world through the eyes of a mother and child on their last day. It is a touching and beautiful flow of sentiment, regret and weight that comes through the wash of three guitars and synth, bass and drums, and though 2015’s Departure Songs (review here, discussed here) worked in a similar vein in terms of style if not story, these seven tracks and 65 minutes are wholly distinguished by a willful-seeming progression on the part of the band and a patience and poise of execution as they alternate between longer and shorter pieces that only underscores how special their work truly is. At least the apocalypse is gorgeous.

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Nebula Drag, Blud

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Nothing against the progenitors of the form, but Nebula Drag seem with Blud to pull off the feat that Helmet never really could, bringing together a noise-rock derived dissonance of riff with a current of melody in the vocals and even moments of patience in the guitar to go along with the crunch of its more aggressive points. This inherently makes the Desert Records offering from the San Diego outfit a less outwardly intense affair than it might otherwise be, but songs like “Always Dying,” “Numb” and the closer “Mental” — as well as the album as a whole — are ultimately richer for it, and there’s still plenty of drive in opener “Dos Lados” and the shorter “Faces” and “What Went Wrong,” which arrive back to back on side B and lend the momentum that carries Nebula Drag through the remainder of the proceedings. It’s easy to hear to Blud superficially and pass it off as noise or heavy rock or this or that, but Nebula Drag earn and reward deeper listens in kind.

Nebula Drag on Thee Facebooks

Desert Records on Bandcamp

 

Nothing is Real, Pain is Joy

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Los Angeles oppressive and misanthropic noise project Nothing is Real manifested some of the harshest sounds I heard in 2019 on Only the Wicked are Pure (review here), and the just-months-later follow-up, Pain is Joy, reminds of the constant sensory assault under which we all seem to live. Across five extended tracks of increased production value — still raw, just not as raw — the band seems to be forming a coherent philosophical perspective in “Existence is Pain,” the guest-vocalized “Realms of Madness,” “Life is but a Dream,” “Pain is Joy,” and “We Must Break Free,” but if there’s a will to explain the punishment that is living, there’s not much by way of answer forthcoming in the sludgy riffing, grinding onslaught and surprising solo soar of “We Must Break Free,” instrumental as it is. Still, the fact that Pain is Joy allows for the possibility of joy to exist at all, in any form, ever, distinguishes it from its predecessor, and likewise the clearer sound and cogent expressive purpose. A focused attack suits Nothing is Real. I have the feeling it won’t be long before we find out where it takes the band next.

Nothing is Real on Thee Facebooks

Nothing is Real on Bandcamp

 

Lotus Thief, Oresteia

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If the name Oresteia isn’t immediately familiar, maybe “Agamemnon” will give some hint. San Francisco’s Lotus Thief, with their third full-length and second for Prophecy Productions, not only bring together progressive black metal, post-rock and drama-laced doom, but do so across eight-tracks and 38 minutes summarizing a 5th century Greek tragedy written in three parts. Ambitious? Yes. Successful? I’ll claim zero familiarity with the text itself, but for the eight-minute “Libation Bearers” alone — never mind any of the other immersive, beautiful wash the band emits throughout — I’m sure glad they’re engaging with it. Ambient stretches like “Banishment” and “Woe” and the barely-there “Reverence” add further character to the proceedings, but neither are “The Furies,” “Agamemnon,” “Sister in Silence” or subdued-but-tense closer “The Kindly Ones” lacking for atmosphere. Oresteia is grim, theatrical, stylistically forward-thinking and gorgeous. A perfect, perfect, perfect winter record.

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Prophecy Productions on Bandcamp

 

Uncle Woe, Our Unworn Limbs

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Chugging, sprawling, and most of all reaching, the late-2019 debut LP, Our Unworn Limbs, from Ontario as-yet-solo-outfit Uncle Woe — composed, performed and recorded by Rain Fice — is one of marked promise, taking elements of modern progressive and cosmic doom from the likes of YOB‘s subtly angular riffing style and unfolding them across an emotionally resonant but still manageable 43-minute span. The stomp in “That’s How They Get You” is duly oppressive in following the opener “Son of the Queen,” but with the one-minute experiment “When the Night Fell Pt. 2” and jagged but harmonized “Mania for Breaking” ahead of 15-minute closer “Push the Blood Back In,” the record’s tumult and triumphs are presented with character and a welcome feeling of exploration. I would expect over time that the melodic basis and vocal presence Fice demonstrates in “Mania for Breaking” will continue to grow, but both are already significant factors in the success of that song and the album surrounding it, the first 20-plus minutes of which is spent mired in “Son of the Queen” and “That’s How They Get You,” as early proof of the sure controlling hand at the helm of the project. May it continue to be so.

Uncle Woe on Thee Facebooks

Uncle Woe on Bandcamp

 

Cybernetic Witch Cult, Absurdum ad Nauseam

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Guitarist/vocalist Alex Wyld, bassist Doug MacKinnon and drummer Lewis May have processed the world around them and translated it into a riffy course of sci-fi and weirdo semi-prog thematics across Absurdum ad Nauseam. What else to call such a thing? At eight songs and 52 minutes, it stands astride the lines between heavy rock and doom and sludge in lengthier pieces like “The Cetacean,” “The Ivory Tower” and the finale “Hypercomputer Part 2,” yet when it comes to picking out discernible influences, one has to result to generalizations like Black Sabbath and Acrimony, the latter in the rolling largesse of “Spice” and “The Myth of Sisyphus” later on in the outing and the vocal effects there particularly, but neither is enough to give a sense of what Cybernetic Witch Cult are actually about in terms of the modernity of their approach and the it’s-okay-we-know-what-we’re-doing-just-trust-us vibe they bring as they rush through “Cromagnonaut” after the intro and “Hypercomputer Part 1.” I’m inclined to just go with it, which should tell you something in itself about the band’s ability to carry their listener through. They earn that trust.

Cybernetic Witch Cult on Thee Facebooks

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Your Highness, Your Highness

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Heavy blues meets heavy metal on Your Highness‘ self-titled and self-released third album, collecting eight tracks that divide evenly across two sides of an LP, each half ending with a longer piece, whether it’s “Black Fever” (9:00) on side A or “Kin’s Blood” (14:14) on side B. Through these, in full-throttle movements like opener “Devil’s Delight” and “Rope as a Gift” and in nestled-in groovers like “The Flood” and “To Wood and Stone,” Your Highness don’t shy away from bringing a sense of atmosphere to their material, but maintain a focus on burl, gruffness and tonal weight, an aggressive undercurrent in a song like “Born Anew” — the riff to which is nonetheless particularly bluesy — being emblematic of the perspective on display throughout. It moves too fleetly to ever be considered entirely sludge, but Your Highness‘ 51-minute span is prone to confrontation just the same, and its ferocious aspects come to a head in satisfying fashion as the wash of crash pays off “Kin’s Blood,” shouts cutting through en route to a finish of acoustic guitar that lands as a reminder to release the breath you’ve been holding the whole time. Heavy stuff? Why yes, it is.

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Your Highness on Bandcamp

 

Deep Valley Blues, Demonic Sunset

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Italy’s fervor for stoner rock is alive and well as represented in Demonic Sunset, the eight-song/34-minute debut full-length from Catanzaro’s Deep Valley Blues. Their sound works out to be more heavy rock than the desert one might imagine given the album cover, but that influence is still there, if beefed up tonally by guitarists Alessandro Morrone and Umberto Arena (the latter also backing vocals), bassist/vocalist Giando Sestito and drummer Giorgio Faini, whose fluid turns between propulsion and swing enable a song like “Dana Skully” to come together in its verse/chorus transitions. The penultimate nine-minute “Tired to Beg For” is an outlier among more straight-ahead songwriting, but they use the time well and close with the acoustic-led “Empire,” an encouraging showcase of sonic breadth to follow up on the start of “Lust Vegas” and a widening of the melodic range that one hopes Deep Valley Blues push further on subsequent releases. Centered around issues of mental health in terms of its lyrics, if somewhat vaguely, Demonic Sunset is a first LP that extends its focus to multiple levels while still keeping its feet on the ground in a way that will be familiar to experienced genre heads.

Deep Valley Blues on Thee Facebooks

Deep Valley Blues on Bandcamp

 

Sky Shadow Obelisk, The Satyr’s Path

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You can toss a coin as to whether Sky Shadow Obelisk are death-doom or doom-death, but as you do, just keep an eye on the bludgeoning doled out by the solo-project of Rhode Island-based composer Peter Scartabello on his latest EP, The Satyr’s Path, because it is equal parts thorough and ferocious. Flourish of keys and melody adds a progressive edge to the proceedings across the five-track release, particularly in its two instrumentals, the centerpiece “Ouroboros” and the first half of closer “Shadow of Spring,” but amid the harnessed madness of “Chain of Hephaestus” — which from its lyrics I can only think of as a work song — and the one-two of “The Serpent’s Egg” and the title-track early on, those moments of letup carry a tension of mood that even the grand finish in “Shadow of Spring” seems to acknowledge. It’s been since 2015 that Scartabello last offered up a Sky Shadow Obelisk full-length. He shows enough scope here to cover an album’s worth of ground, but on the most basic level, I’d take more if it was on offer.

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Yuggoth Records on Bandcamp

 

Minus Green, Equals Zero

Minus Green Equals Zero

Following up on a 2015 self-titled the material on Minus Green‘s sophomore album, Equals Zero, would seem to have at least in part been kicking around for a couple years, as the closer here, “Durial” (11:22) was released in a single version in 2016. Fair enough. If the other three cuts, opener “Primal” (9:58), “00” (11:51) and the penultimate “Kames” (10:08), have also been developed over that span, the extra rumination wouldn’t seem to have harmed them at all — they neither feel overthought to a point of staleness nor lack anything in terms of the natural vibe that their style of progressive instrumentalist heavy psychedelia warrants. The procession unfolds as a cleanly-structured LP with two songs per side arranged shorter-into-longer, and their sound is duly immersive to give an impression of exploration underway without being entirely jam-based in their structure. That is, listening to “00,” one gets the feeling it’s headed somewhere, which, fortunately it is. Where it and the record surrounding go ultimately isn’t revolutionary in aesthetic terms, but it is well performed and more than suitable for repeat visits. Contrary to the impression they might seek to give, it amounts to more than nothing.

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Kerberos Records website

 

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Cybernetic Witch Cult Post “Cromagnonaut” Video; Absurdum ad Nauseam out Dec. 6

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 20th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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UK sludge rockers Cybernetic Witch Cult are edging closer to the Dec. 6 self-release of their new album, Absurdum ad Nauseam, and in the new video for the cleverly-titled “Cromagnonaut,” they would seem to be asking the question of whether humanity is moving at too quick a pace in its self-driven evolution. I gotta say, dudes. Look around. The planet? It’s fucking on fire. And evolution ain’t the problem. The problem is morons. Too many morons, not enough evolution. Hell, throw in a little natural selection while you’re at it and let some of the relocated climate change polar bears start eating a few of these overlord dumbasses — even though they wouldn’t. The dumbasses live behind gates. The bears would do the exact opposite of what we need and eat the poor and we all know it. That’s no use to anyone.

Polar bears as a means to inciting a Marxist socialist paradise? Fucking if only.

But anyway, “Might we be evolving too fast for our own good?” is a question bound to provoke an answer one way or the other. I know that while I listened in the background to impeachment hearings and as I think about Boris Johnson dismantling the UK government because… …. … hang on… nope… uh…

So anyway, I don’t think we’re evolving too fast. Maybe ask the coral reef how it feels about human evolution and our warped idea of what it means. I agree we are an infant species. With nuclear weapons.

Phew, I’m exhausted.

Cybernetic Witch Cult‘s actual video for the song chronicles one of the many UK back-and-forths they’ve done over the last couple years, and it looks like the band are a good time live. Everybody nods and has fun and stops thinking for five minutes about how the world is collapsing. Seems nice.

Enjoy:

Cybernetic Witch Cult, “Cromagnonaut” official video

Taken from the upcoming album: ‘Absurdum ad Nauseam’ (Self release, 6th December 2019)

‘Cromagnonaut’ is examining the human race as being an infant species, and how stone age humans are now essentially piloting spaceships. Might we be evolving too fast for our own good? Can we spread life amongst the stars and preserve the 4.5 billions years worth of evolution before it gets wiped out?

This video was filmed entirely on our October 2019 tour. Special thanks to Mother Vulture, Morass of Molasses and Victus for filming our sets and the venues: Underground (Plymouth), Firehouse (Southampton), Cavern (Exeter), Jacobs Ladder (Falmouth), Wheatsheaf (Banbury), Edge of the Wedge (Portsmouth), The Ship (Weymouth).
Hope you enjoy!

Credits:
Editor / Production | Alex Wyld
Camera Assistant | Bones, Georgi, Brodie, Klayton, Sam.
Musicians | Alex Wyld, Doug MacKinnon, Lewis May
Music Production | Cro’s Nest, Sam Thredder
Artwork| Aimee Wyld

Cybernetic Witch Cult are:
Alex Wyld – Vocals & Guitar
Doug MacKinnon – Bass Guitar
Lewis May – Drums & Percussion

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Cybernetic Witch Cult to Release Absurdum ad Nauseam Dec. 6; New Video Streaming

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 14th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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This past weekend, UK heavy rock weirdos Cybernetic Witch Cult unveiled the first single from their upcoming third album, Absurdum ad Nauseam. As you might expect given the title, it’s intended as a commentary on the current state of, well, everything I guess, and the video below for “The Myth of Sisyphus” finds the band having a ball — of their own making, no less — out in the woods. Of course, thematically, it’s not all fun and games, but if you can appreciate absurdity there’s certainly enough of it to go around. The full-length will be self-released on Dec. 6, so should get some attention as a late arrival to wind down a busy year, and to herald its coming, the trio will head out from their hometown in Cornwall to do a round of English touring.

Those dates, the video, and copious background all came down the PR wire like so:

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Cybernetic Witch Cult: New album – New video – UK Tour this October!

Cornwall’s finest psychedelic stoner rock band, Cybernetic Witch Cult, will release a new studio album this December following an extensive tour and video premiere in October.

As seen live at Bloodstock Open Air and headlining 2018’s HRH’s Doom V Stoner Festival second stage; Cybernetic Witch Cult’s third album ‘Absurdum ad Nauseam’ sees the trio focusing and honing in on key sonic elements to elevate their own unique perception and create a heavier experience for listeners, without losing the progressive and 70s influences the band are well known for.

“The song is about Albert Camus’ philosophical essay ‘the Myth of Sisyphus’ which is all about struggle and the acceptance of an absurd universe”, says vocalist/guitarist Alex Wyld. “For the music video we made a giant boulder out of cardboard, duct tape, bamboo and a mic stand and set about rolling it around the Cornish countryside.

For us as-well as being a metaphor for the humanistic struggles in life, the boulder represents the literal struggle of pushing an independent band around the country. We had a lot of fun making this video and wanted to keep it tongue in cheek, which fits the quote from Camus’ essay.

There is no denying though that this album is quite a dark one for us as it has come from a general consensus of dread within the band about what the future holds for humanity”, explains vocalist/guitarist Alex Wyld. “However, we have tried to poke some fun into the absurdity of it all. We like to think each song has some meaning and hope that our listeners will enjoy exploring some of the sonic themes.”

With this new album, Cybernetic Witch Cult have produced their most complete work to date and built on the foundations of progressing their own sound in riff drenched science fiction (including Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Dune) that musically drifts in whatever direction the mood of the band and its members take.

Intelligent, progressive whilst accessible, the songs on ‘Absurdum ad Nauseam’ reflect on troubling times in the world, notably climate change. Wyld says, ” I first took climate change seriously at university in 2010: During my Astrophysics degree I opted for a course called ‘Energy and the Environment’ and during our first lecture a student asked the professors “what are our chances like?” and the lecturers gave a solemn look to each other and said “very bleak with the current state of affairs”, everyone had a solemn feeling after that lecture and I think the state of things have gotten worse since then.

It’s tragic to see that while there’s more general awareness of the crisis now, there’s also more (non factual) vocal opposition to climate science and crazy talk of conspiracy theories. I do worry for the future, and I think that’s partly why this album turned out so much heavier and more serious than our older material. But you have to hope that things will improve and that the people who are in power will start to actually make some policy changes to safeguard our civilisation’s future.”

Ahead of the new album release, the South West stoner rock trio release the lead single and new music video for ‘The Myth of Sisyphus’ before heading out on the road for an extensive set of live dates.

Cybernetic Witch Cult’s new release was recorded, mixed and mastered at ‘The Crow’s Nest’ in London by Sam Thredder (Slabdragger).The album’s unique artwork was designed by Aimee Wyld at Unlikeness Art.

‘Absurdum ad Nauseam’ is released 6th December 2019. Pre-order it here:
https://cyberneticwitchcult.bandcamp.com/album/absurdum-ad-nauseam

Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Hypercomputer (Part 1)
3. Cromagnonaut
4. The Cetacean
5. The Ivory Tower
6 . Spice
7 . The Myth of Sisyphus
8 . Hypercomputer (Part 2)

Tour dates:
18th October – FALMOUTH – Jacobs Ladder
19th October – BANBURY – The Wheatsheaf
20th October – CROYDON – The Ship
21st October – PLYMOUTH – The Underground
22nd October – EXETER – The Cavern
23rd October – PORTSMOUTH – Edge of the Wedge
25th October – WEYMOUTH – Finns
26th October – SOUTHAMPTON – Firehouse
28th October – BRISTOL – The Lanes
31st October – NEWQUAY – Whiskers
2nd November – LONDON – The Unicorn
30th November – YEOVIL – The Railway Inn
14th December – LONDON – The Black Heart
20th December – PLYMOUTH – The Junction

Cybernetic Witch Cult are:
Alex Wyld – Vocals & Guitar
Doug MacKinnon – Bass Guitar
Lewis May – Drums & Percussion

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Cybernetic Witch Cult, “The Myth of Sisyphus”

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End of the World Festival 2019: Dead Witches, Elephant Tree, Tuskar, Oak & More to Play

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 6th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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At very least, it’ll be the end of your liver. Nestled into the southwest of England in the port town of Plymouth, the third End of the World Festival 2019 is set to feature the formidable likes of Dead Witches, Elephant Tree, Gandalf the Green, Cybernetic Witch Cult, Lacertilia, Oak and a likewise formidable slew of others for a one-dayer that looks like a marathon and will likely feel like one for anyone in attendance over the age of 30. As a one-and-done-type event, it’s a celebration of the UK’s native scene, which is indeed worthy of celebrating, and its lineup showcases not only regional heavy, but a bit of the various forms in which that heavy plays out — some sludge, some rock, some doom, some this, some that. There’s a lot to dig here, so needless to say I’ll be sailing in for it.

Nah, not really, but that would be awesome. Book project! I set sail from Massachusetts’ Plymouth to the real Plymouth for a fest, caught in a storm, stranded on an island, etc. The whole bit.

Ah screw it. Here’s the lineup:

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End Of The World festival in Plymouth is in their third year, showcasing some of the best stoner, psych, doom and sludge metal bands in the UK. This year they’ve expanded to include Dead Witches, featuring the legendary Mark Greening (ex-Electric Wizard). These are exclusive South-West shows for many of these acts; the event typically showcases the South-West scene but has expanded to include Manchester’s Ritual King, Welsh alt-stoner act Heavy on the Ride and London-based blues-doom outfit Oak. In their third outing, they’re stronger than ever and hoping for their best turnout yet.

The event takes place between The Underground and The Junction in Plymouth on 06.07.19.

The bands playing are:

Mother Vulture
Oak
Heavy on the Ride
Victus
Gandalf the Green
Greenhorn
Ritual King
Beggar
Lacertilia
Tuskar
Cybernetic Witch Cult
Elephant Tree
Mother Vulture

Tickets are £15 in advance or £17 OTD

Ticket link: https://cyberneticwitchcult.bigcartel.com/product/end-of-the-world-festival-2019-ticket

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Elephant Tree, “Dawn” live at HRH Doom vs. Stoner 2018

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Cybernetic Witch Cult Announce October Tour; Troglodithic Trip Vinyl out Now

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

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On Oct. 18, Cybernetic Witch Cult and Ritual King hit the road together for a UK run that includes stops in Bridgewater, Birmingham, London and Plymouth. They go with new material in hand from their recently-recorded third long-player, and they go as well with vinyl copies of their 2017 second album, Troglodithic Trip (discussed here), in tow following an August release. No word on when the third outing will be issued, let alone on what formats, but they’ll be playing new songs live and that’s always fun, not that these guys are hurting for being a good time anyway.

Because they’re not, you see.

Presumably whatever it’s called will be out in 2019. More to come when I hear it. Till then:

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Cybernetic Witch Cult announce long awaited first vinyl release and October UK tour with Ritual King

Cornwall’s Spaced out Stoner/Sludge Trio, Cybernetic Witch Cult’s 2017 album ‘Trogolodithic Trip’ is finally available on Vinyl.

Featuring 6 tracks of fuzzed out grooving doom, Cybernetic Witch Cult have used this opportunity to rejuvenate some old fan favorites from the band’s early days, with an older, wiser Alex Wyld delivering fresh performances that bring the older tracks in line with the brand new material, and new drummer Lewis May tying things together with a cohesive approach to the newer tracks.

“When we tracked this record back in january, I felt like it was my job to take ownership of the parts, drum wise. It was an interesting exercise in terms of trying to make Troglodithic trip feel like an album we’d worked on together all at once. I think that we achieved that, but also think that this album paints a kind of road map for the band, where we’ve come from and where we’re going. For me that’s the most compelling thing about it”

New tracks ‘Cult of the Druid’ and ‘Sagittarius A*’ have become live mainstays and firm fan favorites, with equally popular music videos available.

Originally released on CD and Digital platforms in May ‘17, the self released album has been remastered for vinyl and is available on “12 gatefold, with updated liner notes and additional lyrics.

Cybernetic Witch Cult have a UK headline tour planned for October in support of the new release, with support from the fantastic Manchester based heavy blues trio Ritual King.

As well as bringing their most recent album to vinyl, the band also spent october holed up at crows nest studio with Sam Thredder recording their follow up effort, and select tracks from this as yet untitled album will be showcased alongside the support for the new vinyl.

“We’re all very excited to take this tour out on the road. With the new line up solidified and the upcoming album in the bag, this is going to be the first tour where all eras of the band’s music will be on display, there’s songs we haven’t played in over a year, alongside songs we’ve never played on stage before. It’s going to be our most diverse and exciting show yet.”

Whether you’re completely new to Cybernetic Witch Cult or if you’ve been with them since the start, this tour is not to be missed.

The tour dates are as follows:
18/10 – Exeter – The Cavern
19/10 – Bridgwater – Cobblestones
20/10 – Newport – Le Pub
21/10 – Birmingham – Hammer & Anvil
22/10 – Portsmouth – Edge of the Wedge*
25/10 – Southampton – The Hobbit*
26/10 – Sailsbury – The Winchester Gate
27/10 – London – The Dev
31/10 – Newquay – Whiskers*
09/11 – Plymouth – The Junction*
(*CWC only)

You can order the Troglodithic Trip Remastered Gatefold Vinyl directly from Bandcamp. Alternatively, the original version is still available as a Digipack CD and Digital release, all from the link below. https://cyberneticwitchcult.bandcamp.com/album/troglodithic-trip

Cybernetic Witch Cult is:
Alex Wyld – Vocals, guitars
Kale Deane – Bass, vocals
Lewis May – Drums

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Cybernetic Witch Cult, Troglodithic Trip (2017)

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End of the World Festival 2018 Set for July 7 with Gurt, Chubby Thunderous, Trevor’s Head & More

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

The ultra-populated UK heavy underground celebrates its own next month with the second installment of the End of the World Festival. An all-dayer-type event set for July 7, it boasts a lineup featuring the likes of Gurt, Monolithian and Sergeant Thunderhoof, as well as Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters, whose debut album should be along any minute now and thereby not nearly soon enough. Even apart from its most noteworthy names, the bill is pretty massive, so if you happen to be sailing into Plymouth early next month, maybe you drop anchor for a bit and spend an afternoon and an evening getting tore up listening to riffl

You could do much, much worse. Dig what the PR wire:

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End of the World 2018

15 BANDS, TWO VENUES, ONE DAY, 10 HOURS OF BACK TO BACK RIFF

End of the World festival is back in 2018; a small stoner/doom/psych/metal festival in the South West of the UK. Run by bands for a passion and love of Doom. Two venues, and some of the best underground doom (and subgenres) that the UK has to offer!!! This is as grassroots as possible, being our second event and building on the success of 2017!

End Of The World is a celebration of the best of the UK’s stoner and doom underground, focussing especially on the South-West but showcasing talent from all over the country. The first installment in 2017 saw big players like Elephant Tree, Morass of Molasses and Grifter take the stage, and this year the lineup is completed by heavyweights such as Gurt, Monolithian and Sergeant Thunderhoof.

First Band at 2pm
Music until Midnight
Two venues on Mutley Plain, Plymouth, numerous food shops on the street, carparking nearby.

The event takes place between The Underground and The Junction in Plymouth on 07.07.18.

The bands playing are:

Gurt
Monolithian
Sergeant Thunderhoof
Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters
Cybernetic Witch Cult
Morass Of Molasses
Voodoo blood
Thuum
Gévaudan
Trevor’s Head
Silverchild
Witch Tripper
Sail
Six Sins till Sunday
Battle Ready Bear

Tickets can be found on the site here: www.endoftheworldfestival.com

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Cybernetic Witch Cult Announce UK Tour with Sail

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 30th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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UK-based doom bums Cybernetic Witch Cult released their third album, Troglodithic Trip (discussed here), earlier this year and set about playing a string of UK dates throughout the Spring and Summer that included a run with Italian boogie-bringers Doctor Cyclops. Sticking with the theme of keeping good company, the Cornwall trio will head out once again this October alongside Taunton’s Sail  on a nine-date run. There are still a few shows TBA for the tour, which heads north from Exeter and hits Edinburgh before circling back down to let Cybernetic Witch Cult finish on their own in London, so if you can help out, do that, but either way it looks like a cool string of gigs, so if you’re in its path, you know, do the thing and show up.

Info from the PR wire and a tour promo clip follow here:

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SCIENCE FICTION DOUBLE FEATURE TOUR: CYBERNETIC WITCH CULT | SAIL

Two bands of the doomy/sludgy/stonery/proggy persuasion tour the UK this October.

Dates:
19/10/17 Exeter, The Cavern
20/10/17 TBC
21/10/17 Manchester, Rebellion*
22/10/17 Sheffield, The Churchouse
23/10/17 Nottingham, The Chameleon
24/10/17 Edinburgh, Opium
25/10/17 TBC
26/10/17 Coventry, The Arches Venue
27/10/17 Southampton, The Hobbit
28/10/17 London, Camden, The Dev*
* CWC Only

Formed late in 2013, Cybernetic Witch Cult started off playing Cathedral inspired, riff-laden Doom metal around the southwest. They quickly found their sound by fusing elements of Stoner, Doom, Prog and balls-out Hard Rock, filling what they perceived to be a void in the local music scene. Inspired by the likes of John Carpenter, Sam Raimi and other old-school Sci-fi/Horror masters, the band set about crafting an image and theme that treads the fine line between the fascinating and the ludicrous, with the aim to bring something truly memorable and engaging to stages across the country.

Alongside the critically acclaimed follow up, ‘Spaceous Cretaceous’, and a full UK tour with Welsh rising stars Lacertilia, the band have been exponentially gaining steam and show no signs of stopping. With the latest release ‘Troglodithic Trip’ on the horizon, Cybernetic Witch Cult will be taking their signature blend of heaviness to larger audiences across the country, with their sights firmly set on the rest of Europe.

Cybernetic Witch Cult is:
Alex Wyld – Vocals, guitars
Kale Deane – Bass, vocals
Lewis May – Drums

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Cybernetic Witch Cult Premiere “Cult of the Druid” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 22nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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If you haven’t yet, go ahead and add Cybernetic Witch Cult to your list of completely over-the-top British bands currently riffing their way around the UK underground. From their what-the-hell-is-that-about moniker to the what-the-hell-is-that-about cover art for their forthcoming third album, Troglodithic Trip, to how ambitiously they seem to want to live up to that title, to the simple fact that they refer to the release date using the Star Wars identifier “May the Fourth,” it’s safe to say there’s no danger of the Cornwall trio falling down a trap of taking themselves too seriously. However, as “Cult of the Druid” demonstrates in its tone, groove and hook, neither are they just screwing around in their basement rehearsal space for the sheer sake of doing so.

Add to that the fact that they’ve got tour dates over the next couple months covering a good swath of the UK and one has to wonder even less about the veracity of Cybernetic Witch Cult‘s intentions. That is to say, if they didn’t mean it, they could just as easily not mean it from home. Yeah, these guys are clearly about having a decentcybernetic witch cult troglodithic trip time, and that’s nothing to be held against them, but in a scene as crowded as that in the post-Orange Goblin UK, you gotta be loud if you want to be noticed, and they stand themselves out via a sonic blend that speaks to classic thrash via galloping double-kick drumming and Hetfieldian snarl. A silly name is one thing — there are certainly a few around — but if you don’t back it up by kicking ass, it’s going to be all you’re left with.

Check out the premiere of Cybernetic Witch Cult‘s “Cult of the Druid” video below and see what I mean. The energy of their delivery, the on-the-beat force of the song, and the scorch in that final solo? It’s all right on. Yeah, they’re writing material about druids leaving the planet or some such, and the clip is a green-screen band performance dripping in self-awareness, but the vibe is as heavy as it is tongue-in-cheek. Hope you dig in, and hope you agree.

The band’s upcoming list of tour dates includes a stint in May with Doctor Cyclops. That run and the rest of their shows can be found under the video below, along with a quote from the band about the theme behind “Cult of the Druid.”

Please enjoy:

Cybernetic Witch Cult, “Cult of the Druid” official video

Cybernetic Witch Cult on “Cult of the Druid”:

The original plan for Troglodithic Trip was to re-record our favourite tracks from the first album but with a better production and spend some more time developing the songs so they could be on par with our last release. But we got carried away, wrote two new tracks and completely changed some of the old songs! It’s sort of ‘old meets new.’

‘Cult of the Druid’ is a mini-epic about following a cult leader to Mars (imagine Elon Musk meets Charles Manson meets Merlin) as the Earth sits on the brink of nuclear war in a last ditch effort to colonise space. It’s the longest song we’ve done so far and it really gave us a chance to mix all our influences together in one song.

Cybernetic Witch Cult live:
Apr 01 Cobblestones Bridgwater, UK
Apr 07 Charlie’s Bar Redruth, UK
Apr 19 Whiskers Newquay, UK
Apr 22 Bowl Mansfield, UK
May 02 Livewire Youth Music Plymouth, UK
May 05 The Swan Ipswich, UK*
May 06 The Wheatsheaf Banbury, UK*
May 07 The Dev London, UK*
May 08 The Gryphon Bristol, UK*
May 09 The Junction Plymouth Plymouth, UK*
Jun 10 Boston Music Room London, UK
Jun 17 The Gryphon Bristol, UK
Jul 01 Oaklands Farm Cardiff, UK
Jul 08 The End Of The World Festival Plymouth, UK
* with Doctor Cyclops

Cybernetic Witch Cult is:
Alex Wyld – Vocals, guitars
Kale Deane – Bass, vocals
Lewis May – Drums

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