Doomstress Southeastern Tour Starts This Week; Playing Slaughter Que and More

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 17th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

doomstress

As you can see on the list of dates below, it’s a well-tagged tour upon which Doomstress will embark later this week, heading out from their home in Houston, Texas, in order to make a stop in Atlanta for the Slaughter Que festival, where they’ll join the very metal likes of Exhorder, Exodus, Kataklysm, Krisiun and copious others whose names either do or don’t begin with the letters ‘e’ and ‘k.’ I believe that in itself is enough to qualify as “metal AF” in social media parlance, but it’s not at all the only show Domstress have lined up, as they’ll make two stops in Louisiana beforehand and hit North Carolina, Florida and Mississippi before they’re done.

Over the last couple years, Doomstress have mastered this method of getting out for a week or so and carving up the US by region, hitting this or that part of the country on kind of a longform overarching tour. All the better for them to do so now that they have their 2019 debut album, Sleep Among the Dead (review here), out on Ripple Music and DHU Records to support.

You’ve heard it, I know, but you can stream the album at the bottom of this post just in case, and tell your friends to go see Doomstress even if you’re not somewhere they’ll be. You have friends everywhere, even if you don’t know it.

Dates follow:

doomstress coastal slaughter tour

Texas metal rockers Doomstress just back from 2 recent northern tours based around Ohio Doomed & Stoned Fest (Canton, OH) and Ancient Futures Fest (Madison, WI) prepare to embark on a southeastern run to play Slaughter-Que Fest in Atlanta, GA on September 21st w/ Exodus, Kataklysm, Battlecross, Exhorder, Hatchet and many more!

Doomstress returns to Atlanta GA September 21st for SlaughterQue Fest at Masquerade ATL.

Doomstress recently released their debut full length record “Sleep Among the Dead” in May on Ripple Music and DHU Records.

9/19 Lafayette LA @freetown_boomboomroom w/@sexlord_band_official & @high_horse_band
9/20 New Orleans LA @goatneworleans w/@nolapious & #Smoke
9/21 Atlanta GA @masquerade_atl #SlaughterQue Fest w/@exodusbandofficial @exhordernola @kataklysmband @battlecrossmetal @hatchet_official @krisiun & more
9/23 Raleigh NC @slims_tagrams w/@kultikon & @doomsday_profit
9/26 Jacksonville FL @jackrabbitslive w/@luna_cruise_music & #deadscrolls
9/27 Tampa FL @brassmugnights w/@beerwolfsucks &
9/28 Hattiesburg MS @ #MoMos w/#AstroTrain & #WitchDance

Doomstress is:
Doomstress Alexis – Bass/Vocals
Brandon Johnson – Guitar
Matt Taylor – Guitar
Tomasz Scull – Drums

www.doomstress.com
www.doomstress.bandcamp.com
www.doomstress.bigcartel.com
https://www.facebook.com/DoomstressBand/
instagram.com/Doomstress_band
www.darkhedonisticunion.bigcartel.com
https://www.facebook.com/DHURecords/
https://www.facebook.com/theripplemusic/
https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/
http://www.ripple-music.com/

Doomstress, Sleep Among the Dead (2019)

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Horehound Stream “Unbind”; Post Release Details for Weight 8″ EP

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 10th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

horehound (Photo by Amanda Baker)

At the end of last month, it was announced that DHU Records had picked up Pittsburgh post-sludgers Horehound for the release of their new EP, Weight, as an 8″ record that’s bound to screw up somebody or other’s vinyl shelf organization in a delightful fashion. The A-side of the two-tracker is called “Unbind” — why my brain keeps typing that as “unblind,” I have no idea, but it does — and it’s streaming now thanks to a new sampler that DHU has put up as a free download that also includes cuts from DoomstressAstral WitchBlack RoadThe Red Widows and a slew of others that only emphasize the good company Horehound are keeping on the label.

The band had some comment about the release come down the PR wire, so hell yeah I’ll post that with the stream of the track. The EP? Yeah, there are a whopping 66 copies being made, so yes, if you want one, you should not hesitate to place your orders promptly.

Info:

horehound weight

HOREHOUND RELEASE NEW EP SEPT. 27

Post-Doom authors Horehound have recorded their third release: a short, sweet, and intentional teaser of things to come. The two songs set-up on 8″ lathes for a special limited press will also be available on their Bandcamp page on September 27th. The group has kept with its ritual of recording and mixing with Matt Schor at The War Room, and mastering with James Plotkin.

DHU is including the first-side single, Unbind, from this record in their DHU SAMPLER MMXIX VOL. IV, which is set for 9/6/19, so you can get a peek at it now!

“The songs are the most personally connected I’ve felt to anything we’ve written as a band and I hope that connection is something people feel when listening but, more than anything, I hope people just rock it the fuck out.” — Vocalist, Shy Kennedy

“DHU Records understands the Heavy Underground better than most and works hard to find and market the bands in its roster. We are certain this will be a strong partnership to build on.” — Guitarist, Brendan Parrish

Weight will be available for purchase on vinyl through DHU Records website, as well as a limited amount on the Horehound site, and while copies last, at live shows. It will also be available digitally on Bandcamp (https://pro-sludge.com) and through streaming services beginning September 27th, 2019.

HOREHOUND | WEIGHT EP
Side One: Unbind
Side Two: The Heavy

HOREHOUND is:
JD Dauer – drums
Brendan Parrish – guitar
Shy Kennedy – vocals

https://www.facebook.com/horehoundband/
https://www.instagram.com/horehound420/
http://horehound.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DHURecords/
https://www.instagram.com/dhu_records/
https://darkhedonisticunionrecords.bandcamp.com/
darkhedonisticunionrecords.bigcartel.com/

Horehound, “Unbind”

Horehound, Holocene (2018)

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Horehound to Release Weight 8″ EP on DHU Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 29th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Before this entire post devolves into dick jokes — which, let’s just say, could happen — an eight-inch EP is just like a seven-inch EP, only, guess what?, one inch bigger. I can only think of one other heavy band in recent years who’ve put one out, so good for Pittsburgh’s Horehound and DHU Records teaming up to do something special together. As the band follows up late-2018’s full-length, Holocene (review here), they will release Weight, as a two-songer on eight-inch vinyl through the Netherlands-based imprint. That’s cool. Good fit, all that. The thing is, they’re only pressing 66 of them. That’s like nothing. Less than. That’s gone-on-preorders edition. The official release date is Sept. 27, and yeah, unless preorders open on Sept. 26, I can’t imagine there could possibly be any left by the time the official arrival gets here.

Horehound announced earlier this month that bassist Nick Kopco was leaving the band on amicable terms and that Louis Snyder (also Riparian) would fill in on for the time being until they get somebody to take the role permanently. I would assume it’s still Kopco on the EP, so Weight would also serve as, again presumably, his final recorded output with the band.

The following showed up on social medias:

HOREHOUND DHU

!! LISTEN UP !!!

DHU Records is damn excited to sign Pittsburgh Heavies Horehound to join the DHU Family and release their upcoming 2 song EP Weight on an Exclusive and Limited 8″ Clear Lathe Cut Vinyl!

That’s right, you read that correct, an 8″ vinyl record!

Pressed once again by our vinyl brothers at Royal Mint Records and mastered for vinyl by the one and only James Plotkin

DHU is honored to be releasing new music by one of my favorite Doom bands!

!!! LIMITED TO 66 COPIES WORLDWIDE !!!

Released September 27th
Order info coming soon

STAY DOOMED STAY HEAVY

HOREHOUND is:
JD Dauer – drums
Brendan Parrish – guitar
Shy Kennedy – vocals

https://www.facebook.com/horehoundband/
https://www.instagram.com/horehound420/
http://horehound.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DHURecords/
https://www.instagram.com/dhu_records/
https://darkhedonisticunionrecords.bandcamp.com/
darkhedonisticunionrecords.bigcartel.com/

Horehound, Holocene (2018)

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Astral Witch to Work with DHU Records and Fuzzed & Buzzed Records on Self-Titled LP Release

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

Ontario three-piece Astral Witch were brought to my attention earlier this summer by the good folks of Fuzzed and Buzzed Records, who included them in a 7″ box set called Altar Box they kindly passed my way. The band also issued a self-titled debut full-length last year, and the thing about it is it’s pretty awesome. That only makes the news that Astral Witch and Fuzzed and Buzzed have aligned with DHU Records to work together on a vinyl release that will seemingly encompass both the Love two-songer that was in Altar Box as well as the self-titled together all the better. DHU‘s taste is becoming increasingly reliable over time, and the cooperation between imprints here I can only see as strengthening everybody’s position, most especially that of the band. Mark it a win.

I don’t see a firm release date, but maybe November? Maybe December or February? I don’t know. Keep an eye out, either way. If you need to know why you should, both releases are up on Bandcamp.

Here’s DHU‘s announcement as per the social medias:

astral witch

DHU Records is excited to announce the signing of Canadian Doom Rockers Astral Witch to release their debut S/T 2018 Record together w/ Fuzzedandbuzzed Records on Limited Edition Vinyl!

When Fuzzed and Buzzed released the Altar Box earlier this year, it did not take long for DHU and the Fuzzed and Buzzed crew to work out an agreement to release full lengths on each side of the ocean for Rough Spells, Häxan and Astral Witch. It was a match made in Hell!

For all 3 releases there will be a DHU, F&B and Band Edition and all Editions will be available from both record labels and band to save on shipping, how about that!

More info & details coming soon…

STAY DOOMED STAY HEAVY
STAY FUZZED STAY BUZZED

http://www.facebook.com/astralwitchband
https://www.instagram.com/astralwitchband
https://astralwitch.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Fuzzedandbuzzed-631019733954614/
https://www.instagram.com/fuzzedandbuzzed/
https://www.fuzzedandbuzzed.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DHURecords/
https://www.instagram.com/dhu_records/
https://darkhedonisticunionrecords.bandcamp.com/
darkhedonisticunionrecords.bigcartel.com/

Astral Witch, Love 7″ (2019)

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Shrooms Circle Sign to DHU Records for Asylum LP Release

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 30th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

shrooms circle

Swiss murk-doomers Shrooms Circle have signed to DHU Records to release their debut album, Asylum, on vinyl. Originally issued by the band in 2018, the album is a more than justifiable pickup, with swirling grim psychedelia and a pervasive melodic sensibility that feels born of the likes of Electric Wizard and Windhand will deigning to push deep into its own miseries from its 11-minute opening title-track onward, a slogging march there casting a suitably wretched pall over everything that follows, not that at any point throughout Shrooms Circle are exactly wanting for “wallow.” Spells are cast in dense tones and nodding riffs, a feeling of largesse only going to make them sound that much more overwhelming as they deliver slow-motion punishment throughout “Witches are There!” and the abysmal “Out from the Grave.”

They make a centerpiece of “The Druggist” — as one will — and the organ seems to come out more there and in the subsequent “A House Behind the Hills” than in some of the earlier rollers, as vocalist Odile weaves her voice around the riffs as though directing a tempest to her will. The speedier “Trapped” is suitably claustrophobic and bodes well for future growth in some later harmonies, and closer “The Island” taps into some of the most dirt-caked riffing Asylum has to offer, finishing with organ to lead the procession outward, a final dirge for the long-since dead. It’s not entirely unfamiliar in its overarching approach, but a cool listen nonetheless, especially as their first record.

All the better then that it should get the vinyl exposure from DHU. Not sure on an exact release date, but I know the label keeps busy, so I’d guess maybe Winter 2020? We’ll see. Don’t quote me on that.

From the social medias:

shrooms circle asylum

!!! LISTEN UP !!!

DHU Records is excited to announce the signing of Switzerland’s Hallucinogenic Doom Trip Shrooms Circle to release their debut full length 2018 album Asylum on Limited Edition vinyl!

Worship the Asylum here: shroomscircle.bandcamp.com

More details and info coming soon…

STAY DOOMED STAY HEAVY

Shrooms Circle are:
Scorp – Drums
Johann – Bass
Kelen Ob – Guitar, Vocals
Asknt – Guitar, FX
Teckel – Organ, Mellotron
Odile – Vocals

https://www.facebook.com/shrooms.circle/
http://shroomscircle.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/DHURecords/
https://www.instagram.com/dhu_records/
https://darkhedonisticunionrecords.bandcamp.com/
darkhedonisticunionrecords.bigcartel.com/

Shrooms Circle, Asylum (2018)

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The Red Widows Release Debut Album Fuzzifixion Today

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 5th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of those who write of British bands bearing goofy names and/or album titles. Thus, when I see London’s The Red Widows have dubbed their debut full-length Fuzzifixtion — as in, like being crucified except the cross is fuzz, I guess; maybe you’re nailed to a giant Big Muff? — I find no reason to think the release itself is a joke. And even if I did, the thing’s out today, so it would be easy enough to pop over to their Bandcamp and find out. Whatever time it is where you are, it’s probably past noon GMT.

DHU Records has already signed on to do the vinyl, and that’ll be out in a few months, but hey, you like instant gratification — and you like it now! — so today seems as good a time as any for the digital release. Get a jump on all those Friday releases. Weekend-monopolizing jerks.

Have at it:

the red widows fuzzifixion

The Red Widows – Fuzzifixion to be unleashed digitally Wednesday June 5th 2019

The Red Widows Debut Full Length Album “Fuzzifixion” to be unleashed digitally June 5th

This Wednesday June 5th noon-ish The Red Widows will unleash their full length debut album Fuzzifixion digitally on bandcamp!

A little over 60min of earth shattering DOOM will hit your speakers through 5 Hymns to our Lord Satan; Unholy dirges of the unlight worshipping Amps not Gods! So sit back and let the Heavy Fuzz consume you whole!

Vinyl release is being processed and is scheduled for late summer. DHU Exclusive, Test Press and Band Editions will be available on Limited Edition 2LP

More info and details coming soon…

STAY DOOMED STAY HEAVY

The Red Widows ~ Fuzzifixion (DHU040)
Tracklist:
A1. Pendulum 13:20
B1. Lucifer’s Maiden 16:33
C1. There Is No God 10:20
C2. Cursed Forever 9:37
D1. His Name Is Death 12:12

Killer artwork/photography done by David Johnson / The Doom Aesthetic

The Red Widows
Starr Red Widow: Singer & Bass
Rev. Mojo fuzz: Guitars & Backingvocals
Slöth: Drums

https://www.facebook.com/theredwidows/
https://www.instagram.com/theredwidows/
https://theredwidows.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DHURecords/
https://www.instagram.com/dhu_records/
https://darkhedonisticunionrecords.bandcamp.com/
darkhedonisticunionrecords.bigcartel.com/

The Red Widows, Rising (2017)

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Youngblood Supercult Call it Quits

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 31st, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Bands come and go — it’s the nature of things — but it’s always a little bit sadder to see a band call it a day who both had potential and had yet to fully realize it in their work. Such is the case with Topeka, Kansas, four-piece Youngblood Supercult, and while I believe guitarist Bailey Smith when she says “see you in the future,” it’s not at all clear what shape that future will take.

Youngblood Supercult released three albums in their time in the form of 2017’s The Great American Death Rattle (review here), 2016’s High Plains (review here) and their 2014 debut, Season of the Witch, all of which were remarkably well received and which put forth a marked sonic progression one into the next. To what or where that might lead Smith and the other members of the band — drummer Weston Alford, bassist Brad Morris and vocalist David Merrill — I wouldn’t be able to guess, but Youngblood Supercult as a whole seemed to have more to say after the last record.

So it goes.

As noted, Smith made the announcement over Thee Facebooks, in two posts I’ve combined here:

youngblood supercult

First thing’s first: I’ve been having some issues with Bandcamp (again) on the merch side of things. ALL orders made between March and today should be shipped in a couple days whether or not you already received your order or got money back from something that wasn’t received. Thank goodness I have some backstock, and I apologized tremendously for the problems that have arisen from this. Thank you for your patience, everyone.

Secondly (and I wanted to post this as a separate announcement, because of the weight of it)….Youngblood Supercult, in its current existence, is no more. I will not be elaborating on the grimy details of what went wrong here, but unfortunately, this incarnation of the band has come to an end. I want to extend my deepest thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years, especially Robert Black, who gave us our first vinyl release and believed in us before anyone else did. To writers and reviewers who praised our musicianship. To everyone who came out to a show or told a friend about our music. To Joshua M. Wilkinson for collaborating with RB and DHU Records on our last release. You all are fantastic and special to me.

When I started this group in 2013, I had NO idea the impact our music would make on people all across the globe. My gratitude is endless. However, I WILL continue this group. I don’t know when, where, or with who. But it is the musical extension of my soul, and I have no intentions of letting it die. It might be a while. But you will see Youngblood Supercult in the future. In the meantime, I have a closet full of vinyl, including some first editions of High Plains and The Great American Death Rattle represses that recently arrived at my door. Once I get the merch from the previous post out, I’ll be posting links for those of you who are interested. You all kick ass, and I will see you in the future.

–Bailey

https://www.facebook.com/youngbloodsupercult/
https://youngbloodsupercult.bandcamp.com/

Youngblood Supercult, The Great American Death Rattle (2017)

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Psychic Hit Sign to DHU Records; Fortune’s Wheels EP Coming Soon

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

The Fortune’s Wheels EP by Psychic Hit can be streamed in full through the band’s Bandcamp page. Formerly known as Promo 2018 and released on tape, the four-song outing will be pressed in an ultra-limited edition of 66 copies in what DHU Records is calling an “exclusive press.” I won’t quibble with that, but I can’t help but think that especially given the band’s traditionalist aesthetic that “private press” wouldn’t work just as well. No, not everything in the universe needs to be retro, but I mean, imagine 40 years from now trying to hunt down and original copy of this edition of this EP. Doesn’t “private press” just seem right for whatever bragging you’d end up doing for the rest of your life at having encountered such a thing?

Just saying.

Here’s the announcement from the PR wire:

psychic hit

Psychic Hit sign to DHU Records

DHU Records is extremely excited to announce the signing of Oakland, CA Proto Metal Sweethearts Psychic Hit to release their debut EP “Fortune’s Wheels” (DHU038) (previously known as “Promo 2018”) on extremely Limited Edition vinyl!

In a new series of releases by DHU Records known as an Exclusive Press, 66 copies will be pressed on Crystal Clear 180Gr Lathe Cut vinyl through Royal Mint Records.

Oakland, CA based hard rockin proto-metal sweetheart band, Psychic Hit, was formed in 2017 by guitarist Andrea Genevieve (Queen Crescent, Purple Rhinestone Eagle) and vocalist/violinist Ariana Jade (Hedersleben, Nik Turner’s Hawkwind). Having met through the thriving Bay Area rock n roll network, the tenacious pair began to dream up a project that fused their wide-ranging tastes in music. What resulted was a band that would combine the raw power of early Judas Priest and Scorpions, the melodic sensibilities of Fleetwood Mac, and the esoteric appeal of lesser known acts such as Lucifer’s Friend and Flower Travellin’ Band.

In 2018, the duo was joined by bassist Melanie Burkett (Ovvl) and drummer Justin Divver (Funeral Chant). With the talented rhythm section locked in, the four musicians began to embark on a songwriting enterprise that resulted in their first, self-recorded demo in the fall of that year. After the demo was recorded, the band welcomed fifth member, Jake Palladino (Pins of Light, Hightower), to join Andrea Genevieve on guitar.

Although Psychic Hit’s sound is heavily influenced by both 70s greats and rarities, the band is anything but an anachronism. Like modern contemporaries such as Kadavar, Lucifer, and Hällas, Psychic Hit seeks to recast rock music in their own image, rather than to just simply imitate eras past. In an age where the dark forces of monotony and monocracy loom large on the horizon, Psychic Hit appeals to their listeners to embrace the regenerative, communal power of rock n roll.

Exclusive Press
Limited to 66 copies
Single Sleeve w/ 3mm Spine
Black flood inside
Double sided full color inlay
Black polylined innersleeves
Artwork by Caitlin Mattisson
Housed in a PVC sleeve
Comes on 180Gr Crystal Clear 12″ Lathe Cut vinyl

Side A:
A1. The Fool
A2. Fortune’s Wheels

Side B:
B1. Plateau
B2. The Whip

Pre order and release date coming soon…

Psychic Hit
Ariana Jade (vocals, violin, synthesizer)
Andrea Genevieve (lead guitar, synthesizer)
Melanie Burkett (bass guitar, acoustic guitar)
Justin Divver (drums)

https://www.facebook.com/psychichit/
https://www.instagram.com/psychic_hit/
https://psychichit.bandcamp.com/
https://www.psychic-hit.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DHURecords/
https://www.instagram.com/dhu_records/
https://darkhedonisticunionrecords.bandcamp.com/
darkhedonisticunionrecords.bigcartel.com/

Psychic Hit, Promo 2018

Psychic Hit, “Plateau” official video

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