Doomstress Premiere Video for “Bitter Plea”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on October 24th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Texas heavy doom rockers Doomstress filmed their new video on one of the several cleverly-named tours they undertook in 2016, playing as the four-piece of bassist/vocalist Doomstress Alexis, guitarists Brandon Johnson (lead) and Joe Fortunato (rhythm) and drummer Tomasz Scull. Fortunato, whose pedigree includes tenure alongside Scull in Sparrowmilk and Venomin James, also directed and edited the clip for “Bitter Plea,” and the song represents the newest work to come from the Houston-based outfit, featured on their new EP, Supernatural Kvlt Sounds: The Second Rite, a follow-up and apparent sequel to their 2016 debut, Supernatural Kvlt Sounds (video premiere here).

Aside from new mixes of “Way of the Mountain” and “Sleep Among the Dead” from the original EP, The Second Rite boasts the Uriah Heep cover “Rainbow Demon” (premiered here) and “Bitter Plea,” and indeed, it’s the latter that shows where the band is truly at in their development. I’m not sure if Fortunato is a permanent member or not at this point, but either way, the 4:26 track swings with a sense of classic metal coming through its dual guitars and finds a balance in its mix that outshines even the redux versions of the original EP cuts, as well as a confidence in presentation obviously born of the band’s significant time on the road. Even with an underlying darkness in the lyrics, Alexis and company keep a firm sense of momentum moving forward in the track as well as across the entirety of the 22-minute offering from which it comes, and though they seem to be taking their time crafting songs rather than working to try to bang out a first album simply for the sake of doing so, the results that come through on “Bitter Plea” are hard to argue with in terms of their sense of being fully realized and engaging. Proof? The hook and guitar solo. The arrangement of vocals. The return to the central riff at the end. It’s all there, waiting to be heard in “Bitter Plea.”

Also, as it happens, seen. Captured live on stage and on the shores of Lake Erie, the video gives an unpretentious representation of the song while adding in its style a sense of drama befitting to the lyrics. The underlying message is Doomstress are continuing to take shape as a band, progressing in their songwriting processes and becoming all the more capable of manifesting a style that resides someplace between doom, metal and heavy rock and makes its mark in memorable choruses and choice grooves.

Supernatural Kvlt Sounds: The Second Rite is out on CD now via NoSlip Records and will be released as a split with Sparrowmilk in November via DHU Records. More info at the links following the video below.

Please enjoy:

Doomstress, “Bitter Plea” official video premiere

Doomstress – “Bitter Plea” official video ©2017
From the ep “Supernatural Kvlt Sounds-The Second Rite”
CD on NoSlip Records (USA) available late September 2017
12″ vinyl split w/Sparrowmilk on DHU Records (Netherlands) available November 2017

Live footage filmed @ The Foundry in Cleveland, OH on the Wicked Summer Tour in August 2016.

Scenic footage filmed at the sand dunes of Lake Erie in Ohio in late August or early September 2016.

Video concept by Doomstress Alexis

Directed & edited by Joe Fortunato

Band members on this tour:
Doomstress Alexis – bass & vox
Brandon Johnson – lead guitar
Tomasz Scull – drums
Joe Fortunato – rhythm guitar

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Doomstress Premiere Uriah Heep Cover “Rainbow Demon’; New EP The Second Rite out this Fall

Posted in audiObelisk, Whathaveyou on September 25th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Click play below to hear a newly-remixed version of Doomstress‘ take on Uriah Heep‘s ‘Rainbow Demon.’ Originally included on the UK band’s 1972 classic, Demons and Wizards, it gets a kick in heft and groove from the Texas-based outfit, who’ll include the track on their aptly-titled NoSlip Records sophomore EP, The Second Rite, which is due out this Fall. The Second Rite will also be issued as a split with the post-Venomin James outfit Sparrowmilk in November, so keep an eye out for that, and Doomstress continue to play live shows — including End Hip End It next month — as they move past their 2016 debut, Supernatural Kvlt Sounds (video premiere here), inexorably toward a first full-length.

If you heard that outing or the subsequent Wicked Woman 7″ (discussed here), you’ll no doubt find the new versions of those tracks somewhat refreshed-sounding, but the EP also portends good things to come in the new track “Bitter Plea,” blending classic metal and doomly groove to solid effect behind a performance that shows marked growth well earned by time Doomstress has spent on the road over the last year, touring with Disenchanter and others along the way.

The PR wire has more about the EP, and again, you can hear that cover at the bottom of the post. Enjoy:

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Texas Doom Metallers Doomstress to Release New EP, The Second Rite via CD and 12” Split This Fall!

Texas doom metallers Doomstress are set to release their new EP, The Second Rite on No Slip Records. The EP contains remixed versions from the original, very limited self release and 7″ DHU single, as well as new song “Bitter Plea” recorded at the end of the Wicked Summer tour and featuring additional rhythm guitar by guitarist Joe Fortunato (Sparrowmilk/Venomin James/ex-Ancient VVisdom). The artwork that will appear on both the CD & vinyl is by renown psychedelic artist, Goatess Doomwych.

Doomstress will also release The Second Rite vinyl as a 12″ split (minus the “Wicked Woman” Coven cover) with Cleveland instrumental powerhouse Sparrowmilk via DHU Records (Netherlands) this fall! As with the EP CD release of The Second Rite, this 12″ vinyl split was mastered by Kent Stump, of Wo Fat, at Crystal Clear Sound in Dallas, TX. The release of the 12” split is expected to be sometime in late November. More details will be released sometime in October so stay tuned.

Song List for The Second Rite EP CD via No Slip Records:
1- Way of the Mountain
2- Bitter Plea
3- Rainbow Demon*
4- Sleep Among the Dead
5- Wicked Woman** (7″ version: CD only bonus)

*Uriah Heep cover 1972
**Coven cover 1969

Doomstress is:
Doomstress Alexis – bass & vocals
Brandon Johnson – lead guitar & backing vocals

Tomasz Scull – recording/touring drummer

Matt Taylor – touring lead/rhythm guitar
Andy Kaos Vehnekamp – touring /session drummer
Alex Erhardt – touring drummer
Joe Fortunato – touring/session rhythm guitar

Doomstress live:
Thur 9/28 OKC, OK @ Your Mom’s Place
Fri 9/29 tba
Sat 9/30 @ Stoned Meadow of Doom Fest in Sioux Falls, SD @ Bigs Bar

www.doomstress.com
www.doomstress.bandcamp.com
www.doomstress.bigcartel.com
https://www.facebook.com/DoomstressBand/
instagram.com/Doomstress_band
twitter.com/Doomstress
www.darkhedonisticunion.bigcartel.com

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