Earth Drive Set March 13 Release for Helix Nebula; Post “Dharma Throne”

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 14th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Somewhere between progressive metal and heavy psychedelic rock, Portugal’s Earth Drive dig out the immersive, atmospheric niche in which their new album, Helix Nebula, resides. The record comprises 12 tracks and runs about 40 minutes, and as they show with the unveiled single “Dharma Throne” — one of the longest inclusions at 5:25 — it’s a full and deep-running sound but still capable of moving at a fair clip when they want it to do so. Melody rules the day, but impact isn’t forgotten along with that, and the band shift back and forth between different ends of their sound with a marked fluidity only enhanced by variations in their songwriting, drones, and other experiments throughout Helix Nebula. From “Cosmic Eye” to “Space God,” it’s clearly meant to be a journey, and so it is. One of deceptive efficiency.

Anyone else notice Portugal in general and Raging Planet in particular killing it lately? Something to keep an eye on.

From the PR wire:

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EARTH DRIVE Return With Brand New Album, Helix Nebula, and Release First Single!

March 13th 2020 will see Portuguese heavy psych rock unit, EARTH DRIVE, release their sophomore, stellar album titled Helix Nebula via Raging Planet. The four-piece, who is characterized by a dense, melodic, visceral, cathartic and heavy sound, has created their most ritualistic and meditative record to date. While the power of distortion and loud amps still lead you in front of a massive sound wall, EARTH DRIVE manage to combine all that is heavy with yet spatial effects, catchy hooklines by vocalist Sara Antunes and a hazy, mesmerizing atmosphere. Just recently, the band shared a first appetizer taken from Helix Nebula – join the trip and dive into EARTH DRIVE’s brand new single for Dharma Throne HERE!

Helix Nebula – Tracklisting:
1. Cosmic Eye
2. Helix Nebula
3. Holy Drone
4. Spectra
5. Axial View
6. Dharma Throne
7. Nagarjuna
8. Anulom Vilom
9. Sciene of Pranayama
10. Amazon
11. Phantalien
12. Space God

EARTH DRIVE, who burst into the underground scene in 2007, left their heavy stamp with a first EP, Planet Mantra, followed by their highly acclaimed debut album, Stellar Drone. In addition to the band’s traditional cosmic and psychedelic influences, their new album Helix Nebula explores the potential of raw and powerful tunes with a warm, saturated and ambient sound in a more refined way.

Among numerous festival appearances, EARTH DRIVE have shared the stages with bands alike Sasquatch, Steak, Crippled Black Phoenix, Glowsun, Isaak, Radar Man from the Moon, Planet of Zeus, Spectral Haze, Ecstatic Vision, The Black Wizards and many more to date – but one is sure, with the release of their upcoming album, Helix Nebula, they will be no longer Portugal’s best kept heavy psych rock- secret!

Helix Nebula will be available as LP, CD and in Digital formats on March 13th 2020 via Raging Planet.

EARTH DRIVE is:
Luis Silva – Bass
Sebastião Santos – Drums
Sara Antunes – Vocals
Hermano Marques – Vocals and guitar

www.facebook.com/earthdrivesound
www.earthdrive.bandcamp.com
www.ragingplanet.pt

Earth Drive, “Dharma Throne”

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Reverence Valada 2016: Steak, Mars Red Sky, Sisters of Mercy and More Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 8th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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I’ll give credit where it’s due in that Portuguese fest Reverence Valada 2016 has put together a lineup that’s impressive in both its scope and in the names involved. The Sisters of Mercy may not be my thing, The Damned may not be my thing, but even I know they’re good gets. And put that together with a resonant commitment to underground heavy psych in bands like LSD and the Search for God, Papir and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and there’s a molten foundation of weird upon which the whole thing can play out. In the restaurant business, they might call that the “concept.” I dig the concept.

The PR wire sent over info on the latest round of additions. There are many:

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REVERENCE FESTIVAL: The Sisters Of Mercy, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and 8 more acts confirmed!

Portugal’s groundbreaking heavy, psyche and indie festival REVERENCE VALADA just confirmed a new batch of bands to play the festival this September near Lisbon. Please welcome The Sisters of Mercy, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Raveonettes, Fat White Family, A Place To Bury Strangers, Mars Red Sky, The Japanese Girl, The Black Wizards, Steak and Earth Drive to this mouth-watering vintage of the festival.

One of the most influential bands of the 80’s THE SISTERS OF MERCY return to Portugal this summer! Although they have remained very active, playing numerous shows throughout the past decade, the Leeds-based outfit hasn’t released a full-length since their 1990’s Vision Thing. For this headline show at Reverence Valada, the band will perform some all-time classics along with a handful of unreleased gems. Not to be missed.

Led by genius frontman Anton Newcomben, San Francisco’s THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE are one of the most respected bands in the modern psych scene, also known for delivering uncompromising energetic live shows. The band will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year at Reverence.

Blending ’60s psych garage with noise pop influences, Denmark’s prolific duo THE RAVEONETTES are already mentioned as a must-see of this year’s edition. In a mission to show the Reverence crowd what a “fresh and thriling” band is, their debut album Champagne Holocaust skyrocketed FAT WHITE FAMILY them on top of the British psych scene.

They don’t need any introduction, for their reputation precedes them: Brooklyn’s A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS are back to Reverence Valada for the second consecutive year, ready to entrance minds with their newest material Transfixiation.

After they graced the stages of SXSW, Hellfest, Roadburn, Desertfest and countless other events across the globe, French groundbreaking heavy psych trio MARS RED SKY will deliver the aerial yet loud tones of their new offering Apex III to quench the crowds’ thirst of fuzz. Napalm Records’ protégés and London’s most emblematic stoner rockers STEAK will also join the fun, making the Palm Desert blazing sun and sand a reality in Valada.

Known for being a pioneer event for everything psych and low-tuned in the peninsula, Reverence Festival also invited some of the finest local talents, with lo-fi garage psychsters THE JAPANESE GIRL, heavy fuzzadelic revelation THE BLACK WIZARDS and slow, low tunes addicts EARTH DRIVE.

– REVERENCE VALADA FESTIVAL 2016 –
September 8-9-10th in Parque de Merendas, Cartaxo (PT)
Weekend & day tickets available AT THIS LOCATION
– 3-day tickets (w/ camping) are on sale at €55 until April 30th only –

http://www.reverencefestival.com/
https://www.facebook.com/reverencevalada/
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https://www.instagram.com/reverencefest/

Steak, “Rising” official video

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