Lightsabres to Release A Shortcut to Insanity Dec. 30; Preorders up Friday

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

The cover art and tracklisting for Lightsabres‘ upcoming LP, A Shortcut to Insanity, has been floating around since March when the Swedish mostly-one-man outfit signed to DHU Records for the album’s release. One imagines then it’s been a long year for Lightsabres waiting for it to come out. Preorders though will begin this week for a still-2018 release on Dec. 30, and as with Lightsabres‘ past outings — the most recent full-length was 2016’s Hibernation (review here) — it’s no doubt well suited to the dark winter hours that accompany the coming of a New Year. I’ll be happy to confirm that when I’ve heard it.

Release announcement comes through the PR wire:

LIGHTSABRES A SHORTCUT TO INSANITY

LIGHTSABES ~ A SHORTCUT TO INSANITY (DHU031)

Here we have for you the final release of 2018 by DHU Records, the details, pre order date, official release date and download for reviewers for the Lightsabres ~ A Shortcut to Insanity Limited Edition vinyl!

Pre orders will start Friday November 16th at 7PM CET

Official release date December 30th

Recorded and mixed by Anton Nyström at BD Pop Studios, Luleå, Sweden. Mastered by Tony Reed at HeavyHead Recording Co.

Tracklist

Side A:

A1. From the Demon’s Mouth
A2. Breathing Fire
A3. Cave In
A4. Sweet Oblivion of Sleep
A5. Shot in the Head

Side B:

B1. Tangled in Barbed Wire
B2. With Horns
B3. No Light
B4. Shark Eyes
B5. Born Screaming

Available in the following Editions:

FROM THE DEMON’S MOUTH EDITION
DHU EXCLUSIVE

Limited to 90 copies
Gatefold Jacket
Flooded in Black
Spotfoil on the cover
Black polylined innersleeves
Artwork by MIDORI HAYASHI
A4 poster by Shane Horror
Hand numbered DHU Exclusive Card
Housed in a PVC Sleeve
Comes on White/Green Cornetto Effect 12″ vinyl

Lightsabres is:
J. Strömshed: Guitar/Bass/Vocals
Anton Nyström: Session Drummer

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Lightsabres, tracks from split with Blissfull Stream (2017)

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Doomstress Touring to Descendants of Crom, Doomed & Stoned and Heavy Mash Fests

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 21st, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Science tells us that if you’ve got three festival appearances in the span of about two weeks, you should probably just make a tour of it. Accordingly, Texas heavybringers Doomstress are setting out on Sept. 25 for a round of shows that will take them to Descendants of Crom in Pittsburgh, Doomed and Stoned in Indianapolis and Heavy Mash in their home state. They’ll start out in Connecticut on the run and head into the Midwest for gigs in Michigan and Wisconsin and Missouri en route to finishing Oct. 13 in Arlington. Having had the chance earlier this year to see them at Maryland Doom Fest (review here), I’ll confirm they put on a killer set, though to be honest with the amount of touring they’ve put in at this point for a band who don’t yet have a full-length out, they damn well better.

And speaking of — Hey Doomstress, how ’bout a record, one of these days?

Maybe we’ll get there in 2019. Until then, there are fests to hit:

doomstress tour dates

Doomstress fall tour run will see the band playing 3 fests as well as dates w/Windhand, Satan’s Satyrs, Come to Grief & Sierra. The band continues to expand their tour reach and will play their 1st shows in the upper northeast.

Doomstress is also officially announcing the inclusion of touring guitarist Matt Taylor as a full member of the band on this tour and the trio will be joined by Spike the Percussionist (of Fiddle Witch & the Demons of Doom) handling drum duties for this tour.

9/25 New London, CT @ 33 Golden St.
9/27 Scranton, PA w/ Come to Grief & Curse the Son
9/28 Pittsburgh, PA @ Descendants of Crom Fest
9/29 Detroit, MI @ w/Sierra & Lucid Furs
9/30 Grand Rapids, MI @ w/Sierra
10/2 Milwaukee, WS @ Cactus Club
10/4 St. Louis, MO @ The Sinkhole
10/5 Indianapolis, IN @ Doomed & Stoned Fest 3
10/10 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall w/Windhand & Satan’s Satyrs
10/13 Arlington, TX @ Division Brewing – Heavy Mash Fest

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Doomstress, “Bitter Plea” official video

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Son of the Morning Post “Left Hand Path” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on August 24th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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The trick I finally learned to tell my left from my right was that your left hand is the one that makes the ‘L.’ The “Left Hand Path” has been a feature in heavy rock and metal for decades. Lest we forget it was the title of Entombed‘s first record 28 years ago, and of course, blah blah blah Anton LaVey, and the term goes much farther back in relation to black magic and, even deeper, to the breaking of societal taboos in India centuries ago. The Sanskrit word is “vamachara,” which, frankly, I can’t believe a band hasn’t taken for their moniker. That’s here or there, and certainly, Iowan cult rockers Sons of the Morning‘s name is Luciferian enough. Their self-titled debut album is out now on DHU Records, and their new video for the song “Left Hand Path” — the title of which is the reason for the whole non sequitur above; sorry about that — basks in its darkly ethereal visuals and features an assortment of actual left hands. Good to make sure the point gets across.

In the clip we meet Son of the Morning vocalist Lady Helena head on as she leads the way through the track, which is one of eight featured on the full-length that came out earlier this month, and gradually the rest of the four-piece seems to be brought into her purview. Helena‘s work on organ also features heavily on the swinging, classically doomed cut, and guitarist Levi Mendes shows up later to join in on vocals, chapeau and all. It’s a pretty straightforward video, though well designed by Transpiritus, and its atmosphere is both colorful and over-the-top enough to be fun as well as to showcase the cultish leanings of the band. Being catchy never hurts either, and “Left Hand Path,” which was also on the band’s 2017 self-titled three-tracker EP (review here), is most certainly that.

If you feel like hangin’ a louie, you can check out the video below, followed by more info from the PR wire.

Please enjoy:

Son of the Morning, “Left Hand Path” official video

Official music video for “Left Hand Path” by Son of the Morning
Video by Transpiritus

From the pale grey light of America’s Midwest, come Son of the Morning. An occult rock, doom band that interplays the whimsical with the diabolical. The four members of Son of the Morning form the inner-circle of creativity that call upon the forebearers of dark hard rock and heavy metal. However, all is not as it seems as odd-meter and syncopated arrangements dwell within the musical offerings.

To most, the band would be considered new, if it were not for the wealth of experience amongst its members. Combined, the quintet represents decades of musical accomplishment and exploration. The bond was forged in 2016 and most of the year was spent crafting the band’s signature sound. 2017 saw a year of festivals and shows along with the release of a self-titled debut extended play featuring 3 songs. The release was well received by fans and critics alike.

Son of the Morning:
Lady Helena – Vocals, Organ
Lee Allen – Electric Bass Guitar
H.W. Applewhite – Trap Kit
Levi Mendes – Electric Guitar

Son of the Morning, Son of the Morning (2018)

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Witch Ripper Set Sept. 28 Release for Homecoming; “The Witch” Lyric Video Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 23rd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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That’s gotta be kind of awkward, right? You’re in Witch Ripper and you meet ‘The Witch?’ You know, I was in McCarren Airport the other day in Las Vegas about to fly home and I heard a young woman on her cellphone listening to tips on how to perform a binding spell. She had it on speaker and everything. I wonder what she’d think if she ran into Witch Ripper down at the bar. “Oh you’re in a band, that’s so cool! What are you guys called?” Instant bum-out.

Witch Ripper, though, I don’t think they’re talking about the hippie-naturalist kind of witches. At least not if the lyrics of “The Witch” are anything to go by. You can see those in the lyric video for the track at the bottom of this post, and they come from the band’s forthcoming DHU Records debut album, Homestead, which is released Sept. 28 with cover art by Adam Burke, as per the PR wire info below.

Also note the tour dates, as I doubt they’ll be the last Witch Ripper undertake in supporting the record. These guys seem ready to go, and the comparison points noted below — Mastodon, High on Fire and Baroness — I agree with wholeheartedly.

Dig:

witch ripper homestead

WITCH RIPPER ANNOUNCE DEBUT LP, NEW VIDEO, PLUS TOUR DATES

WITCH RIPPER release video for the new song “The Witch” from the upcoming debut LP HOMESTEAD, out September 28th via DHU Records

Seattle based progressive sludge metal outfit WITCH RIPPER have announced the impending release of their debut full length LP Homestead via DHU Records this fall, and have released a lyric video for the track “The Witch.” With artwork from renowned painter Adam Burke, the Matt Bayles (Mastodon, The Sword, Botch) produced album sees WITCH RIPPER smashing mind bending progressive riffs with psyched out stoner metal melodies to create a wall of sound uniquely their own.

Pre-orders for Homestead will begin August 24th via DHU Records, with a digital release September 13th and official vinyl release on September 28th.

WITCH RIPPER will be touring throughout September in support of Homestead. Dates and cities listed below.

WITCH RIPPER “HOMESTEAD” TOUR DATES
9/06 SEATTLE, WA // FUNHOUSE
9/13 SPOKANE, WA // TBA
9/14 KALISPELL, MT // OLD SCHOOL RECORDS
9/15 BOISE, ID // SHREDDER
9/17 SALT LAKE CITY, UT // URBAN LOUNGE
9/18 ALBUQUERQUE, NM // MOONLIGHT LOUNGE
9/19 EL PASO, TX // RCBG
9/20 TUCSCON, AZ // CANS
9/21 PHOENIX, AZ // YUCCA TAP ROOM
9/22 SAN DIEGO, CA // TOWER BAR
9/23 LOS ANGELES, CA // FIVE STAR BAR
9/24 SAN FRANCISCO, CA // ELBO ROOM
9/25 SACRAMENTO, CA // BLUE LAMP
9/26 EUREKA, CA // SIREN’S SONG TAVERN
9/27 EUGENE, OR // HI FI LOUNGE
9/28 PORTLAND, OR // BLACK WATER

WITCH RIPPER formed in Seattle, WA behind guitarist/vocalist Curtis Parker (formerly of Iron Thrones). The debut self-titled demo EP was well received by various blogs as well as local press, drawing comparisons to Mastodon, High On Fire, and Baroness. With a solidified lineup consisting of guitarist Coltan Anderson, drummer Joe Eck, and bassist Brian Kim, the band has done several west coast tours and shared the stage with bands such as YOB, Elder, Samothrace, and CHRCH.

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Witch Ripper, “The Witch” lyric video

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Brume Headed to Europe This Weekend; Playing with High on Fire and More

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

BRUME

San Francisco three-piece Brume hit the UK last Spring in time to play Desertfest London 2017 and toured with Gurt on that trip, so I guess everyone got along well enough since they’re doing it again. Not Desertfest, the touring part. This time it’ll be a couple shows in the Netherlands together and one at The Black Heart — which is a great place to hang out, so long as you don’t try to bring your baby — in addition to Brume appearing at a fest in Austria and playing a gig in Budapest alongside fellow Bay Area denizens High on Fire, which sounds like an utter blast. Oh, and Elephant Tree are on that Black Heart show too, so all the better. If you get to talk to them, please send my best.

Brume released their debut full-length, Rooster (review here), last year through Doom Stew and DHU Records. Dates and a couple quotes from the band follow here for your perusal:

brume european tour poster

BRUME // EUROPEAN TOUR // AUGUST // 2018

It’s tour season and we’re hitting the bricks. Austria, Budapest, Netherlands, UK. Here we come…

Susie: “Music is life. Europeans understand that better than anybody else in the world. We can’t wait to be reunited.”

Jamie: “We are crazy excited about Europe. We’ve played out a lot this year but this these dates will be the cherry on the cake and a chance to try out some new material. Getting back on stage with Gurt is always the most fun too, London will be a PARTY.”

Brume European tour:
11 – Aug / Sauzipf Rocks Festival Dobriach, Austria
12 – Aug / Durer Kert Budapest, Hungary w/ High on Fire
16 – Aug / Studio de Veste Leiden, Netherlands*
17 – Aug / Butchers Tears Amsterdam, Netherlands*
18 – Aug / The Black Heart London, UK* w/ Elephant Tree
* Dates with Gurt

Brume are:
Susie McMullin – Vocals/Bass
Jordan Perkins-Lewis – Drums
Jamie McCathie – Guitar

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Brume, European tour trailer

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Sonic Wolves to Release Self-Titled Album Sept. 25

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

sonic wolves

I’ve barely — barely — started to dig into Sonic Wolves‘ self-titled second album, which is being released next month through DHU Records and Future Noise Recordings in order to coincide with a round of European touring that includes a stop at Desertfest Belgium 2018, but from what I gather thus far, the sleek, smoked-out groove of “Heavy Light” alone is worth the price of admission, whatever that costs these days. Taken in combination with the brash rocker “Tide of Chaos” and the quick-nodder “Cheatin’ Death” that follows and the vibe only gets thicker. Again, I’m just hearing it all for the first time as I write this, but I’ll be digging in deeper hopefully as we get closer to the release. Like maybe a review kind of digging in. You know how it goes.

There’s no audio for the record out yet for public consumption, but I’m going to find out if there might be something I can do to change that. In the meantime, Sonic Wolves‘ 2016 debut, Before the End Comes, is streaming below, following some background from the PR wire.

Dig if you dig:

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Sonic Wolves are back with new album

Few things beat touring with a new album in tow- as will be the case for Sonic Wolves this fall. This upcoming EU tour and coinciding album release mark a return of the heavy-psych-dirt rockers, following the 2016 release of the “He Said” 7″, the “Before The End Comes” full length,as well as a 2017 EU tour with Belzebong (PL). The new album was recorded at Trai Studio in Milan, and was produced by Femore Prod. (they produced Ufomammut) in February 2018.

This album explores different psychedelic territory while maintaining heavy grooves. Steady riffs with a down-tuned mission to add their own blend of thundering drums, fuzz-laden bass and guitar and soaring vocals are what put “Sonic Wolves” a step beyond their last album. It will be released on D.H.U. Records (vinyl) and Future Noise Recordings (CD) on September 25th, 2018. Sonic Wolves is an Italian-American heavy rock’n’roll band, formed by drummer Vita (Ufomammut, Rogue State) and bassist/ singer Kayt Vigil (Rogue State, ex-Pentagram and The Hounds of Hasselvander, with members of Raven, Venom, Carcass). Jason Nealy (Bleeding Eyes, Inverted Matter) and Enrico “Ico” Aniasi (The Broken Finger) on guitars complete the line-up.

Tracklisting:
1. Stonefaced General
2. Ascension
3. Grim Reaper
4. Tide of Chaos
5. Cheatin’ Death
6. Red Temple
7. Heavy Light
8. You’ll Climb the Walls

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Sonic Wolves, Before the End Comes (2016)

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Quarterly Review: Khemmis, Morag Tong, Holy Mushroom, Naisian, Haunted, Pabst, L.M.I., Fuzz Forward, Onségen Ensemble, The Heavy Eyes

Posted in Reviews on July 18th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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I always say the same thing on the Wednesday of the Quarterly Review. Day 3. The halfway point. I say it every time. The fact is, doing these things kind of takes it out of me. All of it. It’s not that I don’t enjoy listening to all these records — well, I don’t enjoy all of them, but I’m talking more about the process — just that it’s a lot to take in and by the time I’m done each day, let alone at the end of the week, I’m fairly exhausted. So every time we hit the halfway point of a Quarterly Review, I feel somewhat compelled to note it. Cresting the hill, as it were. It’s satisfying to get to this point without my head falling off.

Quarterly Review #21-30:

Khemmis, Desolation

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Continuing their proclivity for one-word titles, Denver doom forerunners Khemmis take a decisive turn toward the metallic with their third album for 20 Buck Spin, the six-track/41-minute Desolation. Songs like opener “Bloodletting” and its side B counterpart “The Seer” are still tinged with doom, but the NWOBHM gallop in “Isolation” and “Maw of Time” – as well as the sheer force of the latter – is an unexpected twist. Khemmis showed classic metal elements on 2016’s was-a-very-big-deal Hunted (review here) and 2015’s debut, Absolution (review here), but it’s a question of balance, and as they’ve once again worked with producer Dave Otero, one can only read the shift as a conscious decision. The harder edge suits them – certainly suits the screams in “Maw of Time” and side A finale/album highlight “Flesh to Nothing” – and as Khemmis further refine their sound, they craft its most individualized manifestation to-date. There’s no hearing Desolation and mistaking Khemmis for another band. They’ve come into their own.

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Morag Tong, Last Knell of Om

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A rumbling entry into London’s Heavy Generation, the four-piece Morag Tong unfold voluminous ritual on their debut full-length, Last Knell of Om. Largely slow and largely toned, the work of guitarists Alex Clarke and Lewis Crane brings the low end to the forefront along with the bass of James Atha while drummer Adam Asquith pushes the lurch forward on cuts like “New Growth” and “To Soil,” the band seemingly most comfortable when engaged in crawling tempos and weighted pummel. Asquith also adds semi-shouted vocals to the mire, which, surrounded by distortion as they are, only make the proceedings sound even more massive. There’s an ambience to “We Answer” and near-13-minute closer “Ephemera: Stare Through the Deep,” which gives the record a suitably noisy finish, but much of what Morag Tong are going for in sound depends on the effectiveness of their tonality, and they’ve got that part down on their debut. Coupled with the meditative feel in some of this material, that shows marked potential on the band’s part for future growth.

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Holy Mushroom, Blood and Soul

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Working quickly to follow-up their earlier-2018 sophomore long-player, Moon (review here), Spain’s Holy Mushroom present Blood and Soul, an EP comprised of two songs recorded live in the studio. I’m not entirely sure why it’s split up at all, as the two-minute “Introito” – sure enough, a little introduction – feeds so smoothly into the 19-minute “Blood and Soul” itself, but fair enough either way as the trio shift between different instrumentation, incorporating sax, piano and organ among the guitar, bass, drums and vocals, and unfold a longform heavy psychedelic trip that not only builds on what they were doing with Moon but is every bit worthy of being released on its own. I don’t know if it was recorded at the same time as the record or later – both were done at Asturcon Studios – but it’s easy to see why the band would want to highlight “Blood and Moon.” Between the deep-running mix, the easy rhythmic flow into and out from drifting spaciousness, and the turn in the middle third toward more expansive arrangement elements, it’s an engaging motion that makes subtly difficult shifts seem utterly natural along the way. And even if you didn’t hear the latest full-length, Blood and Soul makes for a fitting introduction to who Holy Mushroom are as a band and what they can do.

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Naisian, Rejoinder

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Sludge-infused noise rock serves as the backdrop for lyrical shenanigans on the three-song Rejoinder EP from Sheffield, UK, trio Naisian. Running just 12 minutes, it’s a quick and thickened pummel enacted by the band, who work in shades of post-metal for “90 ft. Stone,” “Mantis Rising” and “Lefole,” most especially in the middle cut, but even there, the focus in on harsh vocals and lumbering sonic heft. It’s now been seven years since the band sort-of issued their debut album, Mammalian, and six since they followed with the Monocle EP, and the time seems to have stripped down their sound to a degree. “Lefole” is the longest track on Rejoinder at 5:18 and it’s still shorter than every other song Naisian have put out to-date. Their crunch lacks nothing for impact, however, and to go with the swing of “Lefole,” everybody seems to contribute to a vocal assault that only adds to the punishing but thoughtful vibe.

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Haunted, Dayburner

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The effects-laden vocal swirl at the outset of Haunted’s “Mourning Sun” and moments in the Italian act’s longer-form material, “Waterdawn” or “Orphic,” for example, will invariably lead some listeners to point to a Windhand influence, but the character of the band’s second album, Dayburner (on Twin Earth, DHU and Graven Earth all), follows their 2016 self-titled (review here) by holding steady to a developing identity of its own. To be sure, vocalist Christina Chimirri, guitarists Francesco Bauso and Francesco Orlando, bassist Frank Tudisco and drummer Dario Casabona make their way into a deep, murky swamp of modern doom in “Dayburner” (video posted here), but in the crush of their tones amid all that trance-inducing riffing, they cast themselves as an outfit seeking to express individuality within the set parameters of style. Their execution, then, is what it comes down to, and with “Orphic” (12:46) and “Vespertine” (13:19) back to back, there’s plenty of doom on the 66-minute 2LP to roll that out. And they do so in patient and successful form, with marked tonal vibrancy and a sense of controlling the storm they’re creating as they go.

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Pabst, Chlorine

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So, the aesthetic is different. Pabst play a blend of noise, post-punk, heavy rock and grunge, but with the ready pop influence — to wit, the outright danceability of “Shits,” reminiscent in its bounce of later Queens of the Stone Age – and persistent melodicism, there’s just a twinge of what Mars Red Sky did for heavy rolling riffs happening on Chlorine, their Crazysane Records debut. It’s in that blend of dense low-end fuzz and brighter vocal melodies, but again, Pabst, hailing from Berlin, are on their own trip. Weird but almost more enjoyable than it seems to want to be, the 12-track/35-minute outing indulges little and offers singalong-ready vibes in “Catching Feelings” and “Waterslide” while “Waiting Loop” chills out before the push of “Accelerate” and the angularity of “Cheapskate” take hold. Chrlorine careens and (blue) ribbons its way to the drive-fast-windows-open stylization of “Summer Never Came” and the finale “Under Water,” a vocal effect on the latter doing nothing to take away from its ultra-catchy hook. It’s not for everyone, but it’s a record someone with just the right kind of open mind can come to love.

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L.M.I., IV

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If you’ve got a dank basement full of skinny college kids, chances are Lansdale, Pennsylvania’s L.M.I. are ready to tear their faces off. The sludge-thickened riff punkers run abut 11 minutes with their five-song release, L.M.I. IV, and that’s well enough time to get their message across. Actually, by the end of “Neck of Tension” and “Weaning Youth,” roughly four and half minutes in, the statement of intent is pretty clear. L.M.I. present furious but grooving hardcore punk more given to scathe than pummel, and their inclusions on L.M.I. IV bring that to life with due sense of controlled chaos. Centerpiece “Lurking Breath” gives way to “First to Dark” – the longest cut at a sprawling 2:55 – and they save a bit of grunge guitar scorch and lower-register growling for closer “June was a Test,” there isn’t really time in general for any redundancy to take hold. That suits the feeling of assault well, as L.M.I. get in and get out on the quick and once they’re gone, all that’s left to do is clean the blood off the walls.

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Fuzz Forward, Out of Nowhere

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Released one way or another through Discos Macarras, Odio Sonoro, Spinda Records and Red Sun Records, the eight-song/43-minute debut album from Barcelona’s Fuzz Forward, Out of Nowhere, has earned acclaim from multiple corners for its interpretation of grunge-era melodies through a varied heavy rock filter. Indeed, the vocals of Juan Gil – joined in the band by guitarist Edko Fuzz, bassist Jordi Vaquero and drummer Marc Rockenberg – pull the mind directly to a young Layne Staley, and forces one to realize it’s been a while since that low-in-the-mouth approach was so ubiquitous. It works well for Gil in the laid back “Summertime Somersaults” as well as the swinging, cowbell-infused later cut “Drained,” and as the band seems to foreshadow richer atmospheric exploration on “Thorns in Tongue” and “Torches,” they nonetheless maintain a focus on songwriting that grounds the proceedings and will hopefully continue to serve as their foundation as they move forward. No argument with the plaudits they’ve thus far received. Seems doubtful they’ll be the last.

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Onségen Ensemble, Duel

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The kind of record you’re doing yourself a favor by hearing – a visionary cast of progressive psychedelia that teems with creative energy and is an inspiration even in the listening. Frankly, the only thing I’m not sure about when it comes to Oulu, Finland, outfit Onségen Enseble’s second album, Duel, is why it isn’t being released through Svart Records. It seems like such a natural fit, with the adventurous woodwinds on opener “Think Neither Good Nor Evil,” the meditative sprawl of the title-track (video posted here), the jazz-jam in the middle of “Dogma MMXVII,” the tribalist percussion anchoring the 12-minute “Three Calls of the Emperor’s Teacher,” which surely would otherwise float away under its own antigravity power, and the free-psych build of closer “Zodiacal Lights of Onségen,” which shimmers in otherworldly fashion and improvised-sounding spark. On Svart or not, Duel is one of the best albums I’ve heard this year, and one the creativity of which puts it in a class of its own, even in the vast reaches of psychedelic rock. Whether it means to or not, it tells a story with sound, and that story should be heard.

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The Heavy Eyes, Live in Memphis

the heavy eyes live in memphis

Since so much of The Heavy Eyes’ studio presentation has consistently been about crispness of sound and structured songwriting, it’s kind of a relief to hear them knock into some feedback at the start of “Mannish Boy” at the outset of Live in Memphis (on Kozmik Artifactz). The three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Tripp Shumake, bassist Wally Anderson and drummer Eric Garcia are still tight as hell, of course, and their material – drawn here from the band’s LPs, 2015’s He Dreams of Lions (review here), 2012’s Maera, 2011’s self-titled, as well as sundry shorter offerings – is likewise. They’ve never been an overly dangerous band, nor have they wanted to be, but the stage performance does add a bit of edge to “Iron Giants” from the debut, which is followed by singing “Happy Birthday” to a friend in the crowd. One of the most enjoyable aspects of Live in Memphis is hearing The Heavy Eyes loosen up a bit on stage, and hearing them sound like they’re having as good a time playing as the crowd is watching and hearing them do so. That sense of fun suits them well.

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The Heavy Eyes at Kozmik Artifactz

 

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Son of the Morning Self-Titled LP Due Aug. 3

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 12th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

SON OF THE MORNING

Next month, Iowan cult doomers Son of the Morning will make their self-titled full-length debut via DHU Records. Last year, the same label stood behind a release of their also-self-titled three-song EP (review here), and as all three cuts from that offering will be included on the new one, it’s safe to say there’s some continuity happening there. All the better, since, you know, the EP kicked ass and everything. The album — I’m not saying I’ve heard it or anything, but I’ve got it playing right now as I write this — would seem to do likewise, with a garage doom swirl around vocalist Lady Helena that seems to be working its way toward a thicker-toned Ruby the Hatchet, darker overall in atmosphere and with its own personality in the execution, but which should still be greeted warmly by those with an affection for a bit of ritual with their melody. You certainly won’t hear me complain as I look forward to digging deeper into the outing.

DHU has vinyl on the way, as detailed in the PR wire update below:

son of the morning self titled

Son of the Morning – S/T (DHU Records, 2018)

DHU Records will be releasing the Self Titled full length (DHU028) by Son of the Morning on August 3rd 2018 on limited edition vinyl.

!!! NO PRE ORDERS !!!

Sale goes live Friday July 20th at 7PM CET

Artwork for the album was done by the always amazing and talented artist Mr. David Paul Seymour and completely captures the mood of these Hymns of the Occult

Tracklist
Side A
A1. The Introduction
A2. The Rule of Three
A3. The Midwife
A4. The Wild Hunt
Side B
B1. Release
B2. Left Hand Path
B3. Hour of Our Enemy
B4. Eyes Sewn Closed

Written by Levi Mendes
Lyrics by Lady Helena
Performed by Son of the Morning
Produced by Levi Mendes
Engineered and Mixed by Phil Young at Wabi Sound, Des Moines IA
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, Chicago IL
? and © 2017, Son of the Morning, (ASCAP) – All rights reserved.

Available in the following Editions:

LEFT HAND PATH EDITION
DHU EXCLUSIVE
Limited to 90 copies
Single jacket w/ 3mm spine
Inside flooded in black
Artwork by David Paul Seymour
Black polylined innersleeves
Hand numbered DHU Exclusive card
Includes an A4 poster with art by Shane Horror
Comes on Black/Purple Aside/Bside 12″vinyl

SON OF THE MORNING EDITION
Limited to 150 copies
Single jacket w/ 3mm spine
Inside flooded in black
Artwork by David Paul Seymour
Black polylined innersleeves
Includes an A4 poster w/ front cover art by DPS
Comes on Half Milky Clear/Half White w/ Black and Purple Splatter 12″vinyl

From the pale grey light of America’s Midwest, come Son of the Morning. An occult rock, doom band that interplays the whimsical with the diabolical. The four members of Son of the Morning form the inner-circle of creativity that call upon the forebearers of dark hard rock and heavy metal. However, all is not as it seems as odd-meter and syncopated arrangements dwell within the musical offerings.

To most, the band would be considered new, if it were not for the wealth of experience amongst its members. Combined, the quintet represents decades of musical accomplishment and exploration. The bond was forged in 2016 and most of the year was spent crafting the band’s signature sound. 2017 saw a year of festivals and shows along with the release of a self-titled debut extended play featuring 3 songs. The release was well received by fans and critics alike.

Son of the Morning:
Lady Helena – Vocals, Organ
Lee Allen – Electric Bass Guitar
H.W. Applewhite – Trap Kit
Levi Mendes – Electric Guitar

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Son of the Morning, Son of the Morning EP (2017)

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