Quarterly Review: Stuck in Motion, AVER, Massa, Alastor, Seid, Moab, Primitive Man & Unearthly Trance, Into Orbit, Super Thief, Absent

Posted in Reviews on March 18th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Let the games begin! The rules are the same: 10 albums per day, this time for a total of 60 between today and next Monday. It’s the Quarterly Review. Think of it like a breakfast buffet with an unending supply of pancakes except the pancakes are riffs and there’s only one dude cooking them and he’s really tired all the time and complains, complains, complains. Maybe not the best analogy. Still, it’s gonna be a ton of stuff, but there are some very, very cool records included, so please keep your eyes and your mind open for what’s coming, because you might find something here you really dig. If not, there’s always tomorrow. Let’s go.

Quarterly Review #1-10:

Stuck in Motion, Stuck in Motion

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The classic style cover art of Swedish trio Stuck in Motion‘s self-titled debut tells much of the story. It’s sweet-toned vintage-style soul rock, informed by Graveyard to some degree, but more aligned to retroism. The songs are bluesy and natural and not especially long, but have vibe for weeks, as demonstrated on the six-minute longest-track “Dreams of Flying,” or the flute-laden closer “Eken.” What the picture doesn’t tell you is the heavy use of clavinet in the band’s sound and just how much the vintage electric piano adds to what songs like “Slingrar” with its ultra-fluid shifts in tempo, or the sax-drenched penultimate cut “Orientalisk.” Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Max Kinnbo, drummer Gustaf Björkman and bassist/vocalist/clavinetist Adrian Norén, Stuck in Motion‘s debut successfully basks in a mellow psychedelic blues atmosphere and shows a patience for songwriting that bodes remarkably well. It should not be overlooked because you think you’re tired of vintage-style rock.

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AVER, Orbis Majora

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Following up their 2015 sophomore outing, Nadir (review here), which led to them getting picked up by Ripple Music, Australia’s AVER return with the progressive shove of Orbis Majora, five songs in 50 minutes of thoughtfully composed heavy progadelica, and while it’s not all so serious — closer “Hemp Fandango” well earns its title via a shuffling stonerly groove — opener “Feeding the Sun” and the subsequent “Disorder” set a mood of careful craftsmanship in longform pieces. The album’s peak might be in the 13-minute “Unanswered Prayers,” which culls together an extended linear build that’s equal parts immersive and gorgeous, but the rest of the album hardly lacks for depth or clarity of purpose. An underlying message from the Sydney four-piece would seem to be that they’re going to continue growing, even after more than a decade, because it’s not so much that they’re feeling their way toward their sound, but willfully pushing themselves to refine those parameters.

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Massa, Walls

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Flourish of keys adds nuance to Massa‘s moody, heavy post-rock style, the Rotterdam-based trio bringing an atmosphere to their second EP, Walls, across five tracks and 26 minutes marked by periodic samples from cinema and a sense of scope that seems to be born of an experimental impulse but not presented as the experiment itself. That is, they take the “let’s try this!” impulse and make a song out of it, as the chunky rhythm of instrumental centerpiece “Expedition” or the melodies in the prior “#8” show. Before finishing with the crash-into-push of the relatively brief “Intermassa,” the eight-minute “The Federal” complements winding guitar with organ to affect an engaging spirit somewhere between classic and futurist heavy, with the drums holding together proceedings that would seem to convey all the chaos of that temporal paradox. Perhaps it was opener “Shiva” that set this creator/destroyer tone, but either way, Massa bask in it and find a grim sense of identity thereby.

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Alastor, Slave to the Grave

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The first full-length from Swedish doomplodders Alastor and their debut on RidingEasy Records, late 2018’s Slave to the Grave is the four-piece’s most expansive offering yet in sonic scope as well as runtime. Following the 2017 EPs Blood on Satan’s Claw (review here) and Black Magic (review here), the seven-song/56-minute offering holds true to the murk-toned cultism and dense low-end rumble of the prior offerings, but the melodic resonance and sense of updating the aesthetic of traditional doom is palpable throughout the roller “Your Lives are Worthless,” while the later acoustic-led “Gone” speaks to a folkish influence that suits them surprisingly well given the heft that surrounds. They make an obvious focal point of 17-minute closer “Spider of My Love,” which though they’ve worked in longer forms before, is easily the grandest accomplishment they’ve yet unfurled. One might easily say the same applies to Slave to the Grave as a whole. Those who miss The Wounded Kings should take particular note of their trajectory.

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Seid, Weltschmerz, Baby!

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If Norwegian space-psych outfit Seid are feeling weary of the world, the way they show it in Weltschmerz, Baby! is by simply leaving it behind, substituting for reality a cosmic starscape of effects and synth, the odd sample and vaguely Hawkwindian etherealism. The centerpiece title-track is a banger along those lines, a swell of rhythmic intensity born out of the finale of the prior “Satan i Blodet” and the mellow, flowing “Trollmannens Hytte” before that, but the highlight might be the subsequent “Coyoteman,” which drifts into dream-prog led by echoing layers of guitar and eventually given over to a fading strain of noise that “Moloch vs. Gud” picks up with percussive purpose and flows directly into the closer “Mir (Drogarna Börjar Värka),” rife with ’70s astro-bounce and a long fadeout that’s less about the record ending and more about leaving the galaxy behind. Starting out at a decent clip with “Haukøye,” Weltschmerz, Baby! is all about the journey and a trip well worth taking.

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Moab, Trough

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A good record tinged by the tragic loss of drummer Erik Herzog during the recording and finished by guitarist/vocalist Andrew Giacumakis and bassist Joe Fuentes, the 10-track/39-minute Trough demonstrates completely just how much Moab have been underrated since their 2011 debut, Ab Ovo (discussed here), and across the 2014 follow-up, Billow (review here), as they bring a West Coast noise-infused pulse to heavy rock drive on “All Automatons” and meeting an enduring punker spirit head on with “Medieval Moan,” all the while presenting a clear head for songcraft amid deep-running tones and melodies. “The Will is Weak” makes perhaps the greatest impact in terms of heft, but heft is by no means all Moab have to offer. With the very real possibility this will be their final record, it is a worthy homage to their fallen comrade and a showcase of their strengths that’s bound someday to get the attention it deserves whenever some clever label decides to reissue it as a lost classic.

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Primitive Man & Unearthly Trance, Split

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Well of course it’s a massive wash of doomed and hate-filled noise! What were you expecting, sunshine and puppies? Colorado’s Primitive Man and Brooklyn’s Unearthly Trance team up to compare misanthropic bona fides across seven tracks of blistering extremity that do Relapse Records proud. Starting with the collaborative intro “Merging,” the onslaught truly commences with Primitive Man’s 10-minute “Naked” and sinks into an abyss with the instrumental noisefest “Love Under Will,” which gradually makes its way into a swell of abrasive drone. Unearthly Trance, meanwhile, proffer immediate destructiveness with the churning “Mechanism Error” and make “Triumph” dark enough to live up to its most malevolent interpretations, while “Reverse the Day” makes me wonder what people who heard Godflesh in the ’80s must’ve thought of it and the six-minute finishing move “418” answers back to Primitive Man‘s droned-out anti-structure with a consuming void of fuckall depth. It’s like the two bands cut open their veins and recorded the disaffection that spilled out.

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Into Orbit, Shifter

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Progressive New Zealander two-piece Into OrbitPaul Stewart on guitar and Ian Moir on drums — offer up the single Shifter as the answer to their 2017 sophomore long-player, Unearthing. The Wellington instrumentalists did likewise leading into that album with a single that later showed up as part of a broader tracklist, so it may be that they’ve got another release already in the works, but either way, the 5:50 standalone track finds them dug into a full band sound with layered or looped guitar standing tall over the mid-paced drumming, affecting an emotion-driven atmosphere as much as the cerebral nature of its craft. Beginning with a thick chug, it works into more melodic spaciousness as it heads toward and through its midsection, lead guitar kicking in with harmony lines joining soon after as the two-piece build back up to a bigger finish. Whatever their plans, Into Orbit make it clear that just because something is prog doesn’t mean it needs to be staid or lack expressiveness.

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Super Thief, Eating Alone in My Car

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Noise-punk intensity pervades Eating Alone in My Car, the not-quite-not-an-LP from Austin four-piece Super Thief. They call it an album, and that’s good enough for me, especially since at about 20 minutes there isn’t much more I’d ask of the thing that it doesn’t deliver, whether it’s the furious out-of-mindness of minute-long highlight “Woodchipper” or the poli-sci critique of that sandwiches the offering with opener “Gone Country” immediately taking a nihilist anti-stance while closer “You Play it Like a Joke but I Know You Really Mean It” — which consumes nearly half the total runtime at 9:32 — seems to run up the walls unable to stick to the “smoke ’em if you got ’em” point of view of the earlier cut. That’s how the bastards keep you running in circles, but at least Super Thief know where to direct the frustration. “Six Months Blind” and the title-track have a more personal take, but are still worth a read lyrically as much as a listen, as the rhythm of the words only adds to the striking personality of the material.

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Absent, Towards the Void

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Recorded in 2016, released on CD in 2018 and snagged by Cursed Tongue Records for a vinyl pressing, Absent‘s Towards the Void casts a shimmering plunge of cavernous doom, with swirling post-Electric Wizard guitar and echoing vocals adding to the spaciousness of its four component tracks as the Brasilia-based trio conjure atmospheric breadth to go along with their weighted lurch in opener “Ophidian Womb.” With tracks arranged shortest to longest between eight and a half and 11 minutes, “Semen Prayer,” “Funeral Sun” and “Urine” follow suit from the opener in terms of overall approach, but “Funeral Sun” speeds things up for a stretch while “Urine” lures the listener downward with a subdued opening leading to more filth-caked distortion and degenerate noise, capping with feedback because at that point what the hell matters anyway? Little question in listening why this one’s been making the rounds for over a year now. It will likely continue to do so for some time to come.

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Khemmis Sign to Nuclear Blast USA

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 25th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Denver doom exports Khemmis have inked a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast. You might recall their 2018 album, the wide-lauded Desolation (review here), came out in the US via 20 Buck Spin and Nuclear Blast in Europe, so the difference now is they’re a Nuclear Blast band all the way, as A&R legend Monte Conner continues to mine some of the underground’s finest acts and bring them into the label’s fold. Khemmis right now are labelmates with the likes of WitchcraftKadavarGraveyard, as well as a slew of landmark metallers any of whom would make just as likely tourmates for a band like Khemmis as the rock acts just mentioned.

Probably kind of inevitable, but emblematic of the surge that has been Khemmis‘ career to this point. I saw the note on the PR wire and said, “Yeah, that makes sense.”

Here’s the announcement:

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KHEMMIS SIGN TO NUCLEAR BLAST WORLDWIDE!

Nuclear Blast are proud to announce the now worldwide signing of Denver, Colorado based doomed heavy metal quartet Khemmis. Welcome to the global family! Khemmis released their third studio album Desolation in June 2018, to rapturous praise from fans and media alike. They are currently working on new material, and are planning to tour throughout 2019.

Khemmis commented on the news: “We are honored and excited to join the Nuclear Blast roster alongside so many legendary artists. Endless thanks to Monte Conner, Mark Palmer, Yorck Eysel and the rest of the amazing team at Nuclear Blast for sharing in our vision for the future. We also send our unending gratitude to Dave Adelson of 20 Buck Spin, who not only took a chance on us when he released Absolution in 2015 but also became a true friend and brother to us over the last few years. Finally, thanks to everyone who has supported us by seeing us live, snagging a shirt, and/or picking up a CD or LP. Without all of you, none of this would be possible. We’ve got some very exciting announcements about tours, festivals, and new music coming soon. Cheers!”

Khemmis’ passion for progressive and soulful heavy music is more evident than ever in 2018’s Desolation. Though undeniably influenced by doom and classic metal, to tag the quartet with those labels doesn’t do justice to what they’ve accomplished; a perfect representation of modern heavy metal that integrates the past in a way only possible with the faculty of hindsight. It’s impossible to ignore the lengths that the four piece goes to in order to master their craft and produce a highly unique form of heavy sound. Their magnificently uplifting, yet sorrowful groovy riffs weave the listener along on an unparalleled journey. Desolation is not just the best Khemmis record to date but a testament to the quality and evolution that heavy metal is still capable of.

Having worked for the third time with Dave Otero of Flatline Audio in Denver, the band and producer achieved a deep mutual understanding, able to arrive at the perfect symbiosis of song writing, arrangement, and production value.
Formed in Denver in 2012, Khemmis have released three albums to date. 2015’s Absolution and 2016’s Hunted painted a unique portrait; encompassing spiraling progressive doom, fuzz-toned stoner riffs, syrupy sludge and churning classic grooves. They transcended traditional doom forming elegant yet dramatic tracks, conveying their unique sense of melancholy edged with a sense of foreboding.

With latest record Desolation, Khemmis have finally reached a more international audience, winning over hearts and minds across the globe.

Khemmis are:
Phil Pendergast // guitar, vocals
Ben Hutcherson // guitar, vocals
Daniel Beiers // bass
Zach Coleman // drums

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Khemmis, “Isolation” official video

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Cloud Catcher Call it Quits; Final Show March 9

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 21st, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Some bands, they run their course, and that’s how it goes, and when they’re done, they’re done. With Cloud Catcher, I feel like the Denver trio never even got to fully realize their potential before their end, which was just announced the other day. Their Trails of Kozmic Dust (review here) full-length, which was their second and first for Totem Cat Records showed the classic power trio force they were becoming, and it’s sad to think they’ll cut off their growth without giving it a proper follow-up LP and leaving behind the question of what might have been. I’m glad to say I got to see them one time, but wish it could’ve been more.

When they first put out word they were done, the plan was to play the tour for the upcoming The Whip EP, then be done after a gig in May. They followed that by nixing the tour, so their last show will be March 9 at Tooey’s Off Colfax. That date was also set as the release show for their The Whip EP — interestingly, they also canceled a ‘The Whip Tour’ in 2017 — and I’d assume the EP is still coming out, because why not, but will go unsupported as their swansong.

It’s too bad. These guys were really onto something.

Their social media announcements follow, slightly adjusted for continuity:

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Hey friends, it is with much sadness and optimism which we are announcing that… we will finally be laying the band to rest. The last 6 years have truly been a blast, and we have loved every minute of it, even in the difficult times that all humans must endure. Thank you to everyone who has helped us out along the way… even the 3 people we played to in Eugene, Oregon back in 2016 haha. With this being said we are prepared to rip up for the last [show] of our existence. We hope you will all come out and hang your heads one last time!! See you all in a few weeks!!

Due to circumstances out of our control the Midwest Marauders tour has been cancelled. This absolutely sucks to deal with, and we are very sorry to those of you who planned on coming out to see us. Our final show is going to be March 9th in Denver at @tooeysoffcolfax After this show all of our new merch and the new EP will be available on our bandcamp at a discounted price. Thanks for your time.

Cloud Catcher:
Rory Rummings – Guitar/Vocals
Scott Schulman – Bass
Jared Handman – Drums

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Cloud Catcher, “Beneath the Steel”

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The Munsens, Unhanded: When it’s Time to Let Loose

Posted in Reviews on February 19th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Though The Munsens call the mile-high environs of Denver, Colorado, home, their roots are along the Northeastern Seaboard in New Jersey, and sure enough, their debut full-length was recorded across the Hudson River from New York City in a town called Hoboken, which claims distinction as the birthplace of both Frank Sinatra and baseball. They’ve been looking for their sound over the course of the last five years, tracing their way through stonerly crunch on the 2014 Weight of Night EP (review here) and 2016’s moodier Abbey Rose EP (review here), but as Shaun and Michael Goodwin, who handle guitar and vocals/bass/cover photography, respectively, and drummer Graham Wesselhoff embark on their first album for Sailor Records, the five-track/38-minute Unhanded — which it’s worth noting is shorter than Abbey Rose by about two minutes — takes on a much more extremity-fueled approach, basking in sludgy groove and harsh, biting vocals.

There are moments where their prior fuzz shines through, as in the early going of penultimate cut “Bleeding from the Ears,” but The Munsens seem to be bent toward plodding their way into a vision of sludge that’s informed by brutality as much as heft, and indeed the centerpiece track comes across like slowed-down Mantar, their deeply weighted tones as captured by Mike Moebius at Moonlight Mile/Hoboken Recorders coming through all the more tectonic for their lumbering pace. But tempo too is malleable, and even in the 10:54 album opener and longest track (immediate points) “Dirge (For Those to Come),” the three-piece offset plod with blasting intensity. The result there as in several places on Unhanded is a sonic brutalism that is clearheaded in its intent and striking in its fluidity. They are not by any means friendly-sounding, but “Dirge (For Those to Come)” underscores at atmospheric approach late in its going, topping the nod-paced cacophony with an airier guitar solo that skirts the border of the hypnotic. Having become multifaceted certainly doesn’t hurt them, and the prevailing vibe throughout Unhanded is that The Munsens are hereby laying claim to the sound they’ve been seeking for the last five years.

It’s a convenient narrative, if nothing else, but there is evidence in the songs to back it up. The four-minute pummel and sway of closer “Rivers of Error” showcases The Munsens at some of their nastiest before its long fade brings the record to its end, but in the downtrodden riffing of second track “Pitiful” leads to a fervent gallop that’s straight out of heavy rock, even if its tones are coated in filth and the earlier vocals are guttural shouts reveling in their viciousness. That might be residual influence from what they were doing a couple years ago on Abbey Rose, but I don’t think so. The prevailing spirit of Unhanded seems to be more about honing who The Munsens are as a band. Even the title could be read as speaking to this kind of liberation — a sense of letting go. That’s what The Munsens seem to be doing here, and it’s a riskier proposition than was Abbey Rose.

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Certainly that release and Weight of Night — also recorded by Moebius; it’s a partnership the bass tone alone proves they were correct to resume — were dark, but the shift in vocal style puts them in a different category of bands entirely, and the ease with which their material careens from its noise-caked mania to either a slowdown or even just as standalone guitar as in the midsection of “Unhanded” itself willfully takes on that risk. If they alienate some heads, well, screw it. Plenty of skulls in the sea. The sense of crush they bring to Unhanded is purposeful and they wield it well, but even the act of taking it on in place of some of the far-back cavernousness of Abbey Rose is a bold move. The Munsens could have easily continued the path they were on, but frankly, Unhanded comes across front to back as more honest, and as the trio bask in this newfound freedom, it provides them with an energy of performance that bleeds into even their most lurching moments, as well as the brash onslaught of a piece like “Pitiful” or “Dirge (For Those to Come)” at its most raging.

But that’s just one way of taking Unhanded. The fact remains that by reuniting with Moebius, the Goodwins and Wesselhoff may indeed just be indulging an experiment of sound, and as resolved as they feel here, may be carried elsewhere by creative whims or the demands of future craft — i.e., “where the songs take them.” Given the context of Unhanded set against Abbey Rose and Weight of Night, I wouldn’t speculate, and while it’s telling that the newer release earns the distinction of being their first album while the prior EP had a longer runtime, that’s only part of the presentation, and it’s just as easy to regard the aesthetic shift as working in kind with Unhanded‘s overarching thematic, which is focused on a modern decay of environment and discourse. Lines like, “Not in my most fiendish of dreams/Could I have foreseen/Revolt so toothless/Preoccupied while pockets get lined,” from the title-track are tied to the current American social sphere, and likewise “Mountains of mistakes, ‘the promised land’/Rivers of errors flow with no delay/Buried in shit on our judgment day” from the finale, but neither goes so outwardly political as to name names.

Maybe next time, maybe not. The point is not to know. The Munsens have made their way to where they are on Unhanded by means of a genuine creative exploration, and for being their first long-player, they sound remarkably sure of themselves and what they’re doing across the bleak five-song span, but one would be blind to think they’re finished growing or don’t have more to say in terms of style as well as substance. Will they end up blending some of the aspects of their past work with what they do here? Will they push further into extreme metal? Have they secretly been a black metal band all along and just not told anybody? It’s entirely possible their next offering could arrive and be as unrecognizable from Unhanded as Unhanded is from their earlier output. If this record proves anything, it’s that The Munsens are in their element when it comes to taking chances.

The Munsens, Unhanded (2019)

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Love Gang & Smokey Mirror Release Split Double EP on Glory or Death Records

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

I think we all know Valentine’s Day is some beat shit. Manufactured to sell greeting cards. And if you love someone and you have to buy into some prepacked sentiment to tell them so, guess what, you’re fucking up, and you should probably be in therapy. You don’t need to wait for some special day to buy someone candy or some corny-ass stuffed bear or whatever other gender-prescribed red-tinted crap they’re hocking at CVS, and frankly, neither should you. Love is all the time, every day.

That said, a new split from Denver’s Love Gang and Dallas’ Smokey Mirror out today through Glory or Death Records is just about enough to get me through this most dopey of faux-holidays — and there’s some stiff competition in that regard; don’t get me started on Mother’s and Father’s Days — bringing three killer tracks from each band out at a name-your-price rate with limited vinyl available for those who’d like to give it the archival treatment. I’ll admit it’s tempting, especially as it’s the first time either band have been pressed to platter and they’ll both have new records out later this year. I don’t know if those will also be through Glory or Death or what, but listening to these tracks, I can rattle off five labels who should be chasing down either band, easily.

So to sum up: Crappy holiday, cool tunes. Take what you can get in this life. Especially when it’s riffs.

From the PR wire:

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LOVE GANG AND SMOKEY MIRROR SPLIT DOUBLE EP

Valentines day is a mixed bag to say the least but this Special Edition Double EP slab featuring the saturated grooves of LOVE GANG & SMOKEY MIRROR will moisten any undergarment regardless of romantic affiliation. This is the FIRST vinyl offering for either band and will prove to be a gem that leads to both bands highly anticipated 1st FULL LENGTH LP later this year.

Digital release is available today and as a special heart warming gift for those lost in romantic despair the crew at Glory or Death Records along with the Bands alike have made all 6 tracks available to download free-of-charge.

So go downloads some tunes, light one up, and consider yourself the Valentine of both LOVE GANG & SMOKEY MIRROR because blasting these tunes will never end in heartbreak.

GLORY OR DEATH RECORDS to release a first in the “Double Impact” Vinyl series featuring Love Gang and Smokey Mirrors available at https://gloryordeathrecords.bandcamp.com/album/love-gang-smokey-mirror-double-ep

GLORY OR DEATH SPLIT
LOVE GANG & SMOKEY MIRROR
SIDE A:
1. CAN’T SEEM TO WIN
2. BREAK FREE
3. LONELY MAN

SIDE B:
1. SWORD AND SCEPTER
2. SUCIO Y DESPROLIJO
3. A THOUSAND DAYS IN THE DESERT

Limited to:
100 Triple Splatter
100 OBI signed and number by Album Artist
25 Waxmage

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Love Gang & Smokey Mirror, Split Double EP (2019)

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Electric Funeral Fest IV Lineup Announced: Tombs, Toke, Royal Thunder, Gozu, Sourvein & More to Play

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 1st, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Check out Electric Funeral Fest IV continuing to up the game of the Denver-based event. Consistently, each lineup has been bigger than the one before it, and as we see acts like Tombs, Royal Thunder, Sourvein, Gozu and Destroyer of Light tossed into the fire this June with headliners still to be announced, it seems that the scale has once again broadened in terms of draw and style alike. I wouldn’t mind catching Toke again, and I’ve never seen Oryx, but their recorded stuff is ridiculous. And I hear Destroyer of Light have a new record in progress, so yeah, the vibe here sounds awesome. Spread across three venues, Electric Funeral Fest IV promises 40 bands over its two-day run, and early-bird tickets are on sale now for those feeling like they’re up for spending some time in a low oxygen atmosphere. Sign me up.

The PR wire has it like this and promises more to come. I believe it:

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DUST PRESENTS: ELECTRIC FUNERAL FEST IV

We expect the fourth installment of Electric Funeral Fest to go beyond what we accomplished at last year’s monumental event. Headliners and full lineup to be released next month. Presale 2-day passes are now available, including just 25 discounted early-bird passes. 40 bands, 3 stages, 2-days… see you in Denver this summer.

Bands announced today:
Tombs, Royal Thunder, Sourvein, Call of The Void, Toke, Against the Grain, Un, Teeth, Bummer, Gozu, Dead Now, Oryx, The Lion’s Daughter, Trapped Within Burning Machinery, Destroyer of Light

When: June 14-15, 2019
Where: 3 Kings Tavern, Hi Dive, Mutiny Information Cafe
Ticket link: www.electricfuneralfestiv.eventbrite.com
Art by Sam Pierson

Ages 21+**
All ticket sales are final, no refunds.

**All ages tickets for Mutiny Info. Cafe will be available day of show at the door. Eventbrite tickets are 21+.

Headliners, full lineup, and daily schedules to be announced…

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Gozu, Live in Montreal, QC, Nov. 2018

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Primitive Man Announce Spring Touring in Japan, Australia and New Zealand

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 22nd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

primitive man (photo Alvino Salcedo)

Primitive Man, who are about the most unfortunately appropriate soundtrack to our times one could ask, are doing a quickie run of West Coast shows this week — they already played Calgary this weekend — culminating in a gig at Brick by Brick in San Diego with Relapse labelmates -(16)-. That’ll be a good show, provided anyone’s able to walk out of it. The Colorado bringers-of-destruction will spread their chaotic end-days preach to Japan, Australia and New Zealand this Spring, and that run on the other side of the planet will follow a split due next month with Hell that of course follows their split with Unearthly Trance, follows their split with so on and so forth. You get the idea. Like the concrete post-apocalyptic firescape they convey in their consuming assault of noise, they are nothing if not productive.

The PR wire plots the storm’s path:

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PRIMITIVE MAN: Announce Spring 2019 World Tour Dates

Denver’s PRIMITIVE MAN announce Spring 2019 World headlining tour dates including trips to Japan, Australia & New Zealand. The tour begins in Japan from April 11-14 with Bell Witch & Coffins, continues in Australia from April 18-21 then ends in New Zealand from April 24-27 with Heresiarch. All confirmed tour dates are available below.

Additionally, PRIMITIVE MAN kick off four exclusive West Coast tour dates this Saturday, January 19 in Calgary, AB and ends January 25 in San Diego, CA with -(16)-.

PRIMITIVE MAN’s recent full-length Caustic is out now on CD/2xLP/CS/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical Packages are available via Relapse.com HERE and Digital Downloads / Streaming Services AT THIS LOCATION.

PRIMITIVE MAN Tour Dates:

Jan 23 Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
Jan 24 Los Angeles, CA @ Catch One
Jan 25 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick (w/ -(16)- )

— All Dates Apr 11-14 w/ Bell Witch & Coffins —

Apr 11 Yokohama, JP @ El Puente
Apr 12 Tokyo, JP @ Bushbash
Apr 13 Tokyo, JP @ Nine Spices
Apr 14 Osaka, JP @ Hokage

— Primitive Man Australia Headline Tour Apr 18-21 —

Apr 18 Brisbane, AU @ Crowbar
Apr 19 Melbourne, AU @ Bendigo Hotel
Apr 20 Sydney, AU @ Crowbar
Apr 21 Hobart, AU @ Brisbane Hotel

— All Dates Apr 24-28 w/ Heresiarch —

Apr 24 Dunedin, NZ @ The Crown Hotel
Apr 25 Christchurch, NZ @ Darkroom
Apr 26 Wellington, NZ @ Valhalla
Apr 27 Auckland, NZ @ Thirsty Dog

PRIMITIVE MAN:
Ethan Lee McCarthy – guitars, vocals
Jonathan Campos – bass
Joe Linden – drums

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http://www.relapserecords.bandcamp.com
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Primitive Man & Hell, Split (2019)

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Cloud Catcher Touring in March for The Whip EP Release; New Song Posted

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

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Denver power trio Cloud Catcher were initially tapped to open for High on Fire on that band’s Winter tour, but as those shows got canceled last week, the Colorado-based purveyors of headspinning riffage will instead play their first show of 2019 in March as the release gig for their upcoming EP, The Whip. 2018 was relatively quiet for Cloud Catcher as they toured with Crypt Trip and continued to support their 2017 sophomore full-length, Trails of Kozmic Dust (review here), which came out through Totem Cat Records, but it seems like they’re getting back down to it in 2019, and they’ve just given a first look at what’s in store with The Whip by unveiling the new song “Beneath the Steel.”

It’s a 4:45 thrust of embers burning and armor pierced by swords, which isn’t necessarily new ground for Cloud Catcher but still more toward a classic metal vibe than they’ve sometimes gone in the past. I wouldn’t necessarily speculate as to how “Beneath the Steel” speaks for The Whip as a whole — mostly because I haven’t heard the EP, but also because as their last album proved, they’re able to bring a number of different moods to fruition throughout a release. Cloud Catcher came out of Trails of Kozmic Dust with no shortage of momentum behind them, and if the tempo of “Beneath the Steel” is anything to go by, their interest lies solely in pushing themselves as far as they can go on any number of levels.

Art, tour dates and audio follow, as seen on the internet:

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Cloud Catcher – Beneath the Steel

BENEATH THE STEEL NOW AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING ON OUR BANDCAMP… BANG YOUR HEAD INTO THE WEEKEND… THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT AND ENJOY!!

MIDWEST MARAUDERS TOUR 2019
3/09 Denver, CO Tooey’s Off Colfax (EP RELEASE)
3/25 Colorado Springs, CO Triple Nickel Tavern
3/26 Wichita, KS Barleycorns
3/27 Rock Island, IL RIBCO
3/28 Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club
3/29 Chicago, IL Subterranean Downstairs
3/30 Detroit, MI The Sanctuary
3/31 St. Louis, MO FUBAR
4/1 Kansas City, MO Riot Room

Rory Rummings – Guitar/Vocals
Scott Schulman – Bass
Jared Handman – Drums

https://cloud-catcher.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/cloudcatcherco

Cloud Catcher, “Beneath the Steel”

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