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Weltesser to Release Crestfallen Jan. 27 on Prosthetic Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 3rd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

The lumbercrush of Weltesser‘s aptly-titled Demo tape has been sold out since I don’t know how long from its 2015 release, but the news that the cave-echoing Floridian trio have been picked up by Prosthetic Records to release their impending debut album, Crestfallen, in January, wants little for justification. One can imagine the wash of low end from “Rats” or “Hate Worshiper” filling any number of small rooms throughout the unsuspecting Southeast over the last couple years and demolishing what a given audience might’ve thought they were getting from a live set, and as Prosthetic continues to wade into things slow and low — see also Spirit Adrift, past rockin’ experience with The Tower, Castle, and so on — the Saint Petersburg three-piece bring an extremity to the mix in which they’ve not yet basked.

Stream and download that demo below, name-your-price style. Here’s the info from Prosthetic:



Band announce Jan. 27 release for debut album “Crestfallen” & upcoming appearances

PROSTHETIC RECORDS are pleased to reveal the signing of metallic doom trio WELTESSER to their ever expanding roster. Fueled by sour diesel and misery, WELTESSER is comprised of Ian Hronek (Rotting Palms, Landbridge) Nate Peterson (Rotting Palms, Sky Burial) and Mike Amador (Landbridge), who formed the band in Saint Petersburg, FL over Sabbath worship and Monolord. Roughly a year after their inaugural demo release – a syrupy four track cassette – WELTESSER are excited to announce the release of their debut full-length album “Crestfallen” with PROSTHETIC RECORDS on January 27, 2017.

The band collectively commented on the signing and what to expect from their debut stating, “We are super humbled, and honestly very excited, to be working with Prosthetic. We’ve all been working very hard on our music for years. Once we all got together and started Weltesser, it was the most fluid we’ve ever played, but I think we were all pretty surprised about anyone taking interest in helping with putting out an album so early in the band’s life. “Crestfallen” is refinement and growth, we wanted to have the same depressive emotions that were in the demo, but branch out and pull some new sounds into it. Our music is very much about redundancy, not so much the repeat, just bringing you back to the same feelings from the beginning to the end. We are happy about how it came out and are excited about writing more music”

Self-produced and engineered by Dan Byers, “Crestfallen” is six tracks clocking in at 30 minutes of sickening, metallic doom. Having shared the stage with bands such as Primitive Man, The Body, Jucifer, Celeste and many more, they quickly became the go-to unsigned band in Florida for nationally touring acts. Their sound is inspired by Dystopia, His Hero is Gone, and Laudanum, lending a humble maturity beyond three years.

11/18-19 Saint Petersburg, FL – Destroyer Fest (w/ Cough, set and setting, Shroud Eater)
12/17-18 Orlando, FL – Florida is Loud Fest (w/ Yautja, Knife Hits)

Weltesser, Demo (2015)

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Shroud Eater & Dead Hand Team up for Split 7″ out Nov. 21; Preorders Available

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 28th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

I’m a pretty easy sell at this point on Shroud Eater anything. Presumably the Miami trio’s forthcoming split seven-incher alongside Georgian doomers Dead Hand will serve as a precursor to their upcoming STB Records full-length, Strike the Sun, which was announced over the summer and (also) presumably will be out early 2017. Not a moment too soon, frankly, and while I don’t know if their inclusion on the split, which will be out on Southern Druid Records and is available to preorder now, will show up on the LP as well, if it does then it’s a preview for the record and if it doesn’t then it’s a bonus for those who seek it out. Either way, it’s not like you really lose. But then again, like I say, I’m a pretty easy sell.

Release date for the split is Nov. 21. Info follows from the PR wire:


Dead Hand and Shroud Eater join forces to deliver this sonic pummeling of a 7″.

Shroud Eater brings their Miami Sludge groove harder than ever on “Destroy the Monolith”. Dead Hand prove once again that they are masters of Doom with their track “Guaiacol”.

Pre-order ships on 11/21/16.

Brooding Miami riff sorcerers SHROUD EATER continue to deliver crushing alms to the altar of heavy. Riding high off the frenetic energy of their last release, the trio are releasing a newly recorded version of slow-churning wickedness in “Destroy the Monolith”. The song will be released on a split 7″ with Georgia’s tone lords Dead Hand. The split is set to be released 11-18-2016 via Jacksonville’s Southern Druid Records.

Starting as an idea in 2012, Dead Hand hit the ground running with a split 7 inch with Philly shredders, Repellers in Jan 2014 on Divine Mother Recordings.Mastered by Dan Randall of Mammoth Sound (Ash Borer, Noothgrush, Unearthly Trance), the split received stellar reviews. An EP in July 2014 and regional touring filled up the remainder of the year. In June 2015, Dead Hand released their first full length, “Storm of Demiurge” on Divine Mother Recordings in the USA and Third I Rex in Europe.

SHROUD EATER // “Destroy the Monolith”

Recorded by: Davin Sosa & Aric Meerbot / Guzu Recordings
Mixed & Mastered by: Aric Meerbot

Written & performed by: Shroud Eater
Jean Saiz – guitar, vox
Janette Valentine – bass, vox
Davin Sosa – drums, vox, synth

Art & Lyrics by Jean Saiz

DEAD HAND // “Guaiacol”
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Ledbelly Sound Studios by Matt Washburn

Art by Matt Mills.

Shroud Eater, Face the Master (2015)

Dead Hand, Storm of Demiurge (2015)

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Floor Announce Halloween Weekender

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 13th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

True story: I was sitting at the kitchen table the other day, across from The Patient Mrs., shooting the shit while we waited for some cauliflower to roast or whatever it was, and as we were listening to Floor‘s 2014 return album, Oblation (review here), I actually said the words, “Golly, I hope they do another record.” That outing is one to which I’ve continually gone back since its release and I’ve found that, in the spirit of its much-lauded self-titled predecessor, it’s only gotten better with time. I dug it when it came out too, as that review made pretty plain, but maybe Floor is a band whose work just needs to be digested for a while before it can be fully appreciated. I’ll be interested to see what I think of it in five years.

But in any case, “Golly, I hope they do another record” sums up my feelings on the matter. No news in that regard here, sadly, but Floor will head out for a Halloween weekender in Florida and Georgia at the end of this month — around Halloween, duh. If I hear of or see other dates abroad posted, I’ll let you know, but you don’t need me to tell that wherever Floor are, if that’s where you are, then that’s where you should be, but I feel like they continue to be undervalued, so I’ll say it anyway.

The stream of Oblation is below if you’d like an excuse to pay it a visit — it’s worth one — and here are Floor‘s live dates, courtesy of the PR wire:


FLOOR announce new tour dates; The Fest appearance

Cult underground rock outfit FLOOR (Steve Brooks (also of TORCHE) – Guitar, Vocals, Anthony Vialon – Guitar, Henry Wilson – drums) have announced new tour dates that lead the band to and from The Fest in Gainesville, FL. The dates, which begin on Oct. 28, see the band playing Orlando, Gainesville, and Athens. More information can be found below.

FLOOR are touring in support of their first new album in over ten years. ‘Oblation.’

FLOOR tour dates
Oct. 28 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Oct. 29 Gainesville, FL @ The Wooly as part of The Fest
Oct. 31 Athens, GA @ Preserve[band]=Floor&commit=OK

Floor, Oblation (2014)

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Cave of Swimmers Announce July/August Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 19th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Floridian two-piece Cave of Swimmers hit the road later this week on an East Coast tour that will take them into the beginning of August. Later on next month, they head west to Psycho Las Vegas to play alongside Pentagram, Sleep, YOB, and, well, name a name. Whether or not they’ll tour around that appearance, I don’t know, but this tour would seem to be a precursor to that slot either way, and they go supporting their 2015 album, Reflection, having already toured this past Spring in the Midwest and Southeast.

Dates and info follow:

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Miami heavy duo Cave of Swimmers will be on tour this summer doing a US east coast run before playing Psycho Las Vegas Festival in August along with Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, Electric Wizard and more.

Cave of Swimmers is a band formed by two Venezuelan kids who met in the 4th grade. After moving to Miami in the mid 2000’s, they reunited to form a band with an original take on heavy music. Fast, slow, spooky, sludgy, progressive, you name it: Cave of Swimmers does it their own way.

Their self-titled debut album gained critical acclaim last year after a few tours. They made a name for themselves as a band that’s real with a live show like no other, outta control, and full of raw energy. Their new album “Reflection” was released in the summer of 2015 and they toured February/March 2016 and hit the road again this summer supporting the release.

Cave of Swimmers on tour:
July 22 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
July 23 – Atlanta, GA – The Highlander
July 24 – Memphis, TN – Murphy’s
July 25 – Nashville, TN – Foobar
July 26 – Winston-Salem, NC – Test pattern
July 28 – Baltimore, MD – The Sidebar
July 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
July 31 – Salem, MA – Koto
August 1 – Brooklyn, NY – Sunnyvale
August 2 – Richmond, VA – 25 Watt RVA
August 3 – Chapel Hill, NC – The Cave
August 5 – Jacksonville, FL House show
August 6 – Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic

Cave of Swimmers, Reflection (2015)

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Shroud Eater Sign to STB Records; Strike the Sun Coming Soon

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 15th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Why, it seems like only yesterday Miami’s Shroud Eater were announcing the string of tour dates that would take them west to Psycho Las Vegas. Oh wait. That was yesterday. Well, today the trio are signing to STB Records and having the title of their forthcoming second full-length revealed, so there you go. The album is called Strike the Sun and it will be the follow-up to 2011’s ThunderNoise (review here) — it’s astonishing that it’s been five years since Shroud Eater‘s debut album — and the 2013 EP, Dead Ends (review here). Due out in late 2016 or early 2017, no doubt it will be given the full STB treatment as regards limited editions, special version LPs and so on, and since it’s Shroud Eater, no doubt it will crush.

Word came down the PR wire from STB Records, and I included the tour dates again as well in case you forgot since yesterday:

shroud eater stb

STB Records is proud to announce that we have signed Miami’s Shroud Eater to release their new full length album, “Strike The Sun”! The album will be released later this year or early 2017. Anyone familiar with this amazing band knows that this album promises to be a monster killer!

The band says:
“Shroud Eater is incredibly excited to become part of the STB Records family to release our upcoming full-length album ‘Strike the Sun’. STB’s DIY ethos and fierce commitment to the artistic quality and merit of their bands made it obvious to us that this was the perfect partnership to release this crushing record.”

In anticipation of the album’s release, Summer 2016 will see the Miami, FL sorcerers take their sludge-laden doom out west on a 2-week tour to perform at PSYCHO LAS VEGAS festival at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, (Playing along side label mates Hornss), as well as a headlining slot at the Tennessean Sludge Festival in Murfreesboro, TN. While the band has borne comparisons to metal behemoths like High on Fire, Acid King, Kylesa and others, Shroud Eater stands firmly in a pioneering sound they have culled out as their own.

Shroud Eater on tour:
Friday August 19: Jacksonville, FL @ Rain Dogs
Saturday August 20: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl with Iron Whip, Savagist, and Tokers
Sunday August 21: Murfreesboro, TN @ Tennessean Sludge Fest with Place of Skulls, Order of the Owl, Doomstress, Act of Impalement, Dead Hand, Close the Hatch, and more…
Monday August 22: Memphis, TN @ Murphy’s
Tuesday August 23: Oklahoma City, OK @ TBA
Wednesday August 24: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad with The Body and Full of Hell, Bathhouse and Ol’ Dagger
Thursday August 25: Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room
Friday August 26: Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with Pentagram, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Converge, Yob, Wovenhand, The Shrine and many, many more…
Monday August 29: Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
Tuesday August 30: El Paso, TX @ The Sandbox
Wednesday August 31: Austin, TX @ Lost Well
Thursday Sept 1: New Orleans, LA @ TBA
Friday September 2: Tallahassee, FL @ Rotten Fest
Saturday September 3: St. Petersburg, FL @ The Bends with Bleeth and Hell’s Fauna

Shroud Eater, “Face the Master” official video

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Shroud Eater Announce Summer Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 14th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

shroud eater

Miami sludge machine Shroud Eater will journey West next month in order to make an appearance alongside everyone and their cousin at Psycho Las Vegas. That in itself should be news enough to justify this post, since the Floridian trio have been stomping ass for years now, basically waiting for people to notice that fact, and a festival of that caliber would seem to be a good way to make that happen at least in part. However, that’s just the beginning of the story, and Shroud Eater, who premiered their video for the single “Face the Master” here, will also appear at the Tennessean Sludge Fest put on by Murfreesboro’s own Flummox, and at other assorted lucky venues along the way there and back again. To be blunt, it hurts me in organs I don’t know the names of that I’ve never seen Shroud Eater live. Don’t be like me, with my hurty organs.

Dates and assorted links follow:

shroud eater summer tour poster

Shroud Eater – Summer Tour

Join us as we raid across the states this summer starting
Friday, August 19 through Saturday September 3!

Tour dates and event pages below.

Friday August 19: Jacksonville, FL @ Rain Dogs

Saturday August 20: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl with Iron Whip, Savagist, and Tokers

Sunday August 21: Murfreesboro, TN @ Tennessean Sludge Fest with Place of Skulls, Order of the Owl, Doomstress, Act of Impalement, Dead Hand, Close the Hatch, and more…

Monday August 22: Memphis, TN @ Murphy’s

Tuesday August 23: Oklahoma City, OK @ TBA

Wednesday August 24: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad with The Body and Full of Hell, Bathhouse and Ol’ Dagger

Thursday August 25: Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room

Friday August 26: Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with Pentagram, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Converge, Yob, Wovenhand, The Shrine and many, many more…

Monday August 29: Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room

Tuesday August 30: El Paso, TX @ The Sandbox

Wednesday August 31: Austin, TX @ Lost Well

Thursday Sept 1: New Orleans, LA @ TBA

Friday September 2: Tallahassee, FL @ Rotten Fest

Saturday September 3: St. Petersburg, FL @ The Bends with Bleeth and Hell’s Fauna

Shroud Eater, “Face the Master” official video

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Hollow Leg, Crown: Serpentine (Plus Album Stream)

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on March 3rd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

hollow leg crown

[Click play above to stream Hollow Leg’s Crown in full. Album is out March 4 (that’s tomorrow) on Argonauta Records.]

Floridian sludgers Hollow Leg return with an awaited third full-length, Crown. Issued via Argonauta Records as the follow-up to 2013’s Abysmal (review here), the album isn’t actually late in arriving — it was three years between the band’s 2010 debut, Instinct, and Abysmal as well — but two years ago, the four-piece offered up the digital single God Eater (posted here), and with it they teased a shift in approach toward more rocking, less overwhelmingly aggressive fare. The central question going into Crown, then, is how that pans out, and it’s been an answer two years in coming.

The seven-track/44-minute Crown is indeed a forward step from where Hollow Leg were three years ago, and while it still brims with thickened intensity and is still definitively sludge, it also showcases a more individualized approach from the band. That’s not as much fun as “it’s as heavy as the balls of a ten-ton swamp elephant” or whatever other testicular hyperbole you might see about it, but it’s more admirable. Any group can be heavy. What Hollow Leg — the lineup of vocalist Scott Angelacos, guitarist/vocalist Brent Lynch, bassist Tom Crowther and drummer Tim Creter — have crafted on their third full-length is a cohesive sound that is decidedly their own, that works on a serpent-minded theme befitting its cover art, that expands further stylistically as it goes and that, yes indeed, is quite heavy. They’ve always had more going for them than the average why-were-we-pissed-off-again sludge band, and Crown affirms their place ahead of the genre pack in complexity and conceptual depth.

Opener “Seaquake” sets a high standard for both riffs and the apparent narrative thread running across the tracks. Underwater seismic activity is a hell of a place to start, in other words, but Hollow Leg unfurl the first of many lumbering progressions to come as “Seaquake” and the subsequent, more Southernly riffed “Coils,” comprise an opening duo introducing the mood and breadth of much of the record — the overarching vibe of patiently delivered heft that will factor into even Crown‘s most raging moments, as on the initial stretch of “Serpent in the Ice” to come. They toy some with pace between “Seaquake” and “Coils” as Angelacos brings us into the band’s world of snakes and other shouted who-knows-what, but it’s with “Electric Veil” that the band begins to depart from the more straightforward roll of both the opening cuts, starting out quiet and creeping before kicking into full-tone and familiar burl and playing fluidly with a back and forth across the song’s 6:49.

hollow leg

Lynch takes a noisy solo in the second half over a beat-down roll that gives way to a surprising bit of well-now-that-we’ve-done-that-here’s-this shuffle at the end. Not exactly out of nowhere or out of context, but still unexpected, and a quick highlight to the fuzzier tones in the guitar and bass used this time around as compared to Abysmal. It’s not necessarily a huge leap, as though to make one believe it’s a different outfit, but it’s enough to distinguish Crown from Hollow Leg‘s past work, and that only becomes more apparent as the centerpiece interlude “Atra” takes hold with a kind of mini-“Planet Caravan” vibe, marked out by quiet background percussion and didgeridoo, acoustic guitar leading with a meditative figure that builds some tension across its truncated course, but does much atmospherically to enhance the proceedings overall.

To put that into perspective, Abysmal also had an interlude near its middle, but it was much less a departure, and the material around it — though the album was shorter on the whole than is Crown — was far less expansive, whether that’s “Electric Veil” before, which nods a bit at earliest Clutch in its underlying swing, or the nine-minute “Serpent in the Ice” after, which is Crown‘s itself-ing achievement for how it pulls together a coherent motion through big tempo changes and stomping punctuation. The early going, fast, the later reaches, slow and doomed, it’s an engaging summary of Hollow Leg‘s efforts toward a richer sound — one which I’ll gladly argue they attain throughout. A noisy guitar finish for “Serpent in the Ice” is followed by the quiet beginning of “Seven Heads,” shorter at seven minutes but still longer than any of the first four tracks on the record, and more patient in its chug, topped by echoing gutturalisms, as it rides its central groove for the duration; an exercise in nod given further breadth by a spacious lead after the halfway point.

Its amp noise hums — not screeches, hums — on a quiet fade into closer “New Cult,” which crashes in to roll its own molten motion, the lyrics having presumably arrived as their resolution in some serpentine demagoguery. The finale breaks about midway through and Creter‘s snare and Lynch‘s fuzz build back into the riff that will serve as their leadout over “New Cult”‘s final minutes, but the hook of the closer is delivered again and proves deceptively memorable on repeat visits. Angelacos joins Lynch‘s last, somewhat more extended solo, but it does wind up being the guitar that finishes out, on a last, suitably ambient fade that once again speaks to an increased focus on setting a mood as much as bludgeoning with heft. Throughout Crown, that at least partial shift serves the band remarkably well, and demonstrates a genuine creative growth outward from their beginnings more than half a decade ago without sacrificing the edge that has given their work to-date such impact. Also it’s very, very heavy.

Hollow Leg on Thee Facebooks

Hollow Leg on Bandcamp

Argonauta Records

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Cave of Swimmers Tour Starts Friday

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 24th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Progressive heavy rock duo Cave of Swimmers head out on a Southern tour the day after tomorrow, supporting their 2015 release, Reflection, and playing their first live dates of the year. Listening to Reflection, it’s kind of hard to imagine how Cave of Swimmers can manage to conjure such a full-band vibe on stage — actually, my first question is whether or not that process involves a laptop — but they’ve been at it a few years now, having gotten their start with a self-titled EP/LP in 2013 that was later picked up for a pressing through The Path Less Traveled Records, so it seems reasonable to assume that one way or another they’ve got it figured out.

And while we’re on the subject, if they do have a laptop with them, I acknowledge that for some that’s an issue or a strike against, but I do not feel that way. Rock and roll by any and all means necessary. Only time I might be bummed out is if someone stopped a show to check their email. Then it might be overboard. Unless it’s an art-piece, like, part of the show in a Tony Clifton kind of way or something like that. Then it would be brilliant. Context is everything.

What was I saying?

Oh yeah, tour dates. Here they are:

cave of swimmers

Miami duo Cave of Swimmers is going on tour this Friday. They are known to put on a live show like no other. They are out of control and full of raw energy that is infectious. They have gained recognition throughout the country and have been invited all over Florida to open for national acts. Their most recent show took place in Gainesville on December 18 and opened for thrashers High On Fire and Crowbar. They’re also playing Psycho Las Vegas Music Festival 2016 in August.

Reflection Winter Tour
Feb 26 St Petersburg, FL @ The Bends
Feb 27 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
Feb 29 Nashville, TN @ Springwater
Mar 1 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
Mar 2 Tulsa, OK @ Soundpony
Mar 4 Ft. Worth, TX @ The Grotto
Mar 5 San Antonio, TX @ Faust Tavern
Mar 6 Houston, TX @ Super Happy Fun Land
Mar 10 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
Mar 11 Metairie, LA @ The Babylon
Mar 12 Sarasota, FL @ Cabana Inn

Cave of Swimmers, Reflection (2015)

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