Keep it Low 2017: Colour Haze, Belzebong, The Necromancers and A Great River in the Sky Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 26th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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I was kind of wondering if the Munich-based Keep it Low festival would add Colour Haze for Keep it Low 2017. The long-running German heavy psych progenitors have played multiple editions of the event and have kind of become a staple of the lineup, so to see them added as they support their new album, In Her Garden (review here), is definitely cool. Joining them in this round of adds are BelzebongThe Necromancers and A Great River in the Sky, and on a bill with Saint VitusBrant BjorkRadio MoscowMars Red SkyConanUfomammutStoned JesusMonolordMos Generator and so on — the list is fucking wild — they only make it stronger and richer.

Of all the Fall fests in Europe — there are many and I won’t take away from what any of them are doing — Keep it Low has been the one I’ve most wanted to see over the past few years. It’s grown into what really seems like a unique vibe between its stages, skatepark, biergarten, and so on, and though they’re promising heavier acts this year and delivering that already with the likes of Ufomammut and Vitus and Conan, etc. — see also Belzebong here — there’s still plenty of heavy psych and rock and roll to be had, and that blend, as we all know, is what it’s all about. Anyway, it looks awesome. It won’t be this year, but I’ll get there one of these days.

It’s presented, of course, by Sound of Liberation, who updated the lineup thusly:

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Keepers,
Today we have 4 new band announcements for Keep It Low Festival 2017! We’re happy to present you:

Colour Haze
BelzebonG
The Necromancers
A Great River In The Sky

It has become a kind of tradition that mighty Colour Haze headline Keep It Low’s Friday, so never change a winning team!

Get your 3-day tickets here: http://bit.ly/2lr4hzH and….keep it low!

Line Up:
BRANT BJORK (with Special Guest Sean Wheeler) | SAINT VITUS | RADIO MOSCOW | MARS RED SKY | UFOMAMMUT | STONED JESUS | CONAN | MONOLORD | NAXATRAS | HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES | BEASTMAKER | MOS GENERATOR | USNEA | ELEPHANT TREE | KALEIDOBOLT | MOUNT HUSH | GODSGROUND
+ many more TBA

Limited 3-day tickets available!

October 20 | 21 | 22 2017
Feierwerk München

After an amazing and once again sold out edition in 2016 you can expect 3 days, 27-30 bands, amazing people and good vibes at Keep It Low 2017! For the very first time we will have the “Doom-Frühschoppen” with some HEAVY bands on the last day of the Festival.

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Colour Haze, In Her Garden (2017)

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Deamon’s Child Release Live im Lux as Limited CD

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 23rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

I take it as a sign mostly of my own middle-agedness that I’m so continually impressed by things like super-quick turnarounds on DIY releases. CDRs aren’t exactly new technology, but to me it seems worth admiring the work that Hannover, Germany’s Deamon’s Child have done in putting together Live im Lux as a limited-run of compact discs after only playing the show from which it’s made earlier this month in their hometown. That kind of thing is really cool. When I was a kid you’d have to wait forever for something like that. Now it’s online faster than even the CDs can be burned. Like I said, I’m old, so I find that impressive.

Deamon’s Child released their second album, Scherben Müssen Sein (review here), last year via Zygmatron Records, which was also kind enough to send over the following release info and live dates:

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On June 3rd, 2017 the three piece DEAMON’S CHILD played a concert in its hometown, Hannover, Germany.

They opened for the Canadian band BLOOD CEREMONY at the LUX Club.

As the band arrived at the club they were happily surprised to meet an old friend behind the mixing console. It was Willi Dammeier of the Institut für Wohlklangforschung Studio. Willi is known for his productions with bands like COLOUR HAZE, KALAMATA, ROTOR, MOTHER SUPERIOR or CHERRY OVERDRIVE f.e..

After a hearty welcome the band and Willi decided spontaneously to record the concert without any extra expenditure and just for fun.

There was no time for an extra soundcheck or a special live microphone set up and above all it was not plant to record something for a release.

But well, there is a very nice livefeeling in it. It is raw, it is authentic and develops the fun the band and the audience have had very good. So we decided to release it.
The setlist has songs from the first two albums.

The live album „Live im Lux“ is available as download and as limited to 50 CD-R Version.

Dates (germany):
27.06. Hannover, Café Glocksee
04./05.08. E-Lite Culture Festival
25.08 Walsrode, ObernAir
07.10. Berlin, Supamolly
11.10. Hildesheim, Löseke
12.10. tba
13.10. Hamburg, Astra Stube
14.10. tba
20.10. Hannover, Monster Records
21.10. Potsdam, Punk Party
02.12. Erfurt, Café Tikolor
weitere Daten in Vorbereitung

Ana Muhi – Bass & Gesang
Sven Missullis – Gitarre
Tim Mohr – Schlagzeug

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Deamon’s Child, Live im Lux (2017)

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Fheels Release Debut EP Traveller

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 21st, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Coursing with elements of crisply-produced heavier blues rock, the newly-issued Traveller EP marks the debut from Hamburg four-piece Fheels. The offering is comprised of five tracks that show clear-headed soulfulness and a rocking traditionalism of songcraft that emphasizes hooks without necessarily making a crutch of them. An aesthetic in development, but one would ask nothing less or more of a first release, even if the EP was preceded by the digital single “Igor,” for which the band also have a video posted.

Below you’ll find the release announcement accompanied by some comment from the band. As one might imagine, they’re pretty stoked to have a release out. CD is available on JodelDiplomRecords.

Dig:

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Formed as a band project in 2015 by students of Hamburg- based School of Music, FHEELS create an exciting mix of Blues, Rock, psychedelic moments with a hint of soul that makes it fheel special. Emphasized by singer & guitarist Felix’ impressively versatile vocal abilities, this band won’t be easy to forget!

FHEELS already became more then just a study-based music project. With their very own spirit, upcoming live plans and a perfect chemistry between the band members, FHEELS are set to release their first 5-track EP titled „Traveller“, available on CD + as Digital Download, on June 16th 2017 with JodelDiplomRecords.

Traveller is here!
You can now hold our very first own, self made and as we think most wonderful CD in your hands and put it in a CD player and listen to it, and we personally couldn’t think of anything more beautiful than that.
We can’t wait to hear what you think about it!

CD-> http://shop.jodelrecords.de

Of course we were not completely alone. We would like to take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude to everybody who helped create this wonderful record.
Thank you Jan-Philipp Kelber, Karsten Böttcher, JodelDiplom Records, J4 art & design Studio, Sophie Schwarzenberger, Lena Scherer, Dominik Pobot, Matthias Pogoda and thank you to all our family and friends!

FHEELS are:
Felix – Vocals & Guitar
Tobias – Rhodes & Organ & Backing Vocals
Jens – Bass
Justus – Drums & Backing Vocals

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www.jodelrecords.de/kuenstler/fheels
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Fheels, Traveller (2017)

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Review & Full Album Stream: Mouth, Vortex

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on June 19th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream Vortex by Mouth in its entirety. Album is out June 30 on Al!ve/Blunoise Records.]

Some eight years after releasing their debut, Rhizome, and 17 years after first getting together in 2000, German progressive classicists Mouth offer their second full-length in the form of Vortex. An album that winks its ’70s influences even unto its cover art, it finds the three-piece of vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Chris Koller, bassist Gerald Kirsch and drummer/keyboardist Nick Mavridis nestled easily and immediately into headphone-ready krautrock vibes that continue to spread out across the 56-minute release, which arrives bookended by two 16-minute tracks in opener “Vortex” and closer “Epilogue.”

King CrimsonPink FloydUriah Heep, BrainticketHawkwind, and so on, are of course reference points as they invariably would be, but like US-based outfit EyeMouth distinguish themselves through the fluidity of their composition — that opener arrives in four parts: “To the Centre,” “Turbulence,” “Silence” and “Vortex” itself — through creative arrangements of guitar around various key instruments and vintage-sounding synth, and through the overarching poise of their delivery.

That they’d be patient isn’t necessarily a surprise after being together so long in one form or another, but neither does Vortex lack drive, and even as “Vortex” — also the longest track at 16:36 (immediate points) — carries through the organ-soaked/lead-topped swirl of its “Silence” portion with spoken vocals behind its instrumental build, Mouth hold to a firm sense of forward direction and don’t simply meander to suit their own whims. And after all that cascading, the eponymous portion of “Vortex” caps with ambient synth, acoustic strum and far-back layers of electric guitar in what comes across very much as a final movement, so there’s a feeling of completeness to Vortex that, informed by the extended opener, continues throughout the proceedings that follow.

On the other end of the spectrum, one finds “Epilogue,” the corresponding finale that nearly matches the opener for runtime. It’s a slowly unfolding, three-stage (mostly) instrumental jam, languid and hypnotic, that gives way to silence after three and 12 minutes and finally leads to a sitar-infused hidden track of organ-laced psychedelia. Arguably the most intentionally molten stretch of Vortex, “Epilogue” is ultimately just that: the afterword from Mouth‘s long-form statement, and while when considering the launch and the landing, Vortex is already a considerable achievement in classic prog, there’s still significant stylistic expression happening in its journey through shorter tracks “March of the Cyclopes” (6:01), “Parade” (4:02), the centerpiece “Mountain” (3:43), “Into the Light” (7:07) and “Soon After…” (3:18), as the three-piece set to balancing their impulses toward willful complexity and cosmic psychedelia.

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Despite some blown-out vocals, they do so gracefully from the start of “March of the Cyclopes,” shifting from early verses into a space-rocking midsection that draws the listener into its instrumentalist push and devolves into noise to finish out and lead into the fuzzy start of “Parade.” A more grounded shuffle at the start seems to nod at straight-ahead classic heavy rock in a way that realigns the listener’s mindset effectively, and even as church organ and other key lines play off one another, Mavridis‘ drums assure that all stays in motion as it should.

Dreamy guitar effects take hold circa the halfway point, and “Parade” also drives toward an apex like “March of the Cyclopes” before it — note how both tracks are ‘going somewhere’ in their titles; we’ll soon enough find destinations in “Mountain” and “Into the Light” — but it doesn’t come apart in the same way, holding to its chorus and ending cold on its organ line as toms start the climb through “Mountain.” Zeppelin-style acoustic strum and effected vocals hit backed by Mellotron in a secondary hook as the bouncing groove assures momentum is steadfast as Vortex moves into side B.

Cosmos and mind continue to blend on “Into the Light” — a winding keyboard line emitting a certain tension but never actually out of control or dissuaded from its forward direction — and “Soon After…,” which one might be tempted to call an interlude were its jazzy drum work and melodic wash of keys and guitar not so well executed, and though Mouth have by and large set the course that defines Vortex, the process of hearing them explore within that context satisfies all the same, especially as “Into the Light” seems to answer the more structured feel of “Parade” and “Mountain” with subtle shifts in approach, making the whole affair even richer than just its constructed layers can convey.

In wrapping the voyage, both “Soon After…” and “Epilogue” have a kind of understated triumph at their core, most especially the closer, which departs from the verses and choruses that follow “Vortex” in much the same way that the opener had little time for them to start with. This kind of parabolic oddity, coupled with the utterly liquefied aspect of Mouth‘s psychedelic lysergery, successfully conveys the experience of their years together, but Vortex is fresh and engaging despite being vintage in its form, and finds its best footing in a front-to-back open-minded listen from those ready and willing to be carried along by its resonant, expressive flow.

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Kadavar Announce New Album Title Rough Times; Cover Art Posted; New 7″ Coming Soon

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 19th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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German traditionalist heavy rock forerunners Kadavar have set Rough Times as the title of their impending fourth album. When we heard from them at the end of last month, the Berlin-based trio had newly finished recording and set a Sept. release date through Nuclear Blast, and in addition to announcing the title of the record and posting the striking cover art which you can see below, Kadavar now put out word that Rough Times will be preceded by a new 7″ featuring the Beatles cover “Helter Skelter” and the album track “Die Baby Die.” That’s available for preorder now.

Rough Times, of course, will be the follow-up to 2015’s Berlin (review here), which was arguably Kadavar‘s high-water mark to-date. Below, the band explains their motivation behind the title and details the single. More as I hear it.

Goes like this:

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Kadavar – Rough Times

Our album “Rough Times” will soon be released!

Tiger: “The process of making this record was quite intense. I kind of went through my inner hell. Working all day, you’re fine but at night all these things were torturing me. The new songs are crazy and absurd sometimes, but also serious and very personal. It’s the ambiguity that holds »Rough Times« together. Every song evolved from a certain strong feeling.

We chose the title because it has this duality. It’s not just funny, yet it’s not a complete serious title. we’re doing fine, but something’s missing in this world. We don’t really fit in or want to but at the same time we’re stuck in this. the times are rough when you wake up and just wanna die, but times can also be rough for very trivial reasons, the latter I have the feeling is very zeitgeisty.

This collage for the cover is the perfect match for the title. I had this picture in my head throughout the whole process. It’s a little rough, but this picture tells a lot.”

Added singer & guitarist Lupus: For me it’s a very serious title, bar any humor. We maintain the achievements of our elders, such as women rights, peace and a corporate Europe by touring through clubs, sniffing 100 euro bills through our noses and call attention to ourselves by posting insta stories. Meanwhile people rising to power decline economy, free thinking and progress. If we don’t start to really care for this heritage and leave it to people who just want to enrich themselves, we will soon face »Rough Times«.

The album itself is a journey through our states of mind. The first 3 songs is us venting our spleen. About everything and everyone we despise – until towards the end when there’s something kinda like hope.”

Aside of the big album announcement, the band also revealed to be releasing an exclusive 7″ vinyl for the first single off the album, called ‘Die Baby Die’. The single will also contain the BEATLES cover ‘Helter Skelter’ and is available for pre-order now: http://nblast.de/KadavarDieBabyDieNB

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Kadavar, “Lord of the Sky” official video

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Tricky Lobsters Premiere “Tarred Albino” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on June 12th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Preorders have shipped for Tricky Lobsters‘ sixth album, Worlds Collide, and man, this one just has ‘sleeper hit’ written all over it. Last month, when the long-running Northern German trio announced the full-length would be released June 23 via Exile on Mainstream, that was enough to perk up my ears to what they were doing in the video for organ-laced album opener “Bitter Man’s Fame” that accompanied, but as I’ve had the opportunity since to dig further into the full-length, it’s a work of marked quality of songwriting — mature and memorable and experienced befitting a sixth outing — but energetic and not at all staid-sounding.

With variety of texture between cuts like “Battlefields,” the moody centerpiece “Black and Blue” and the come-on-that’s-so-catchy-it’s-not-even-fair hooks like that of “Big Book,” the nine-track/42-minute Worlds Collide is somewhat less rambunctious than its title might lead you to believe, but that’s true if only because it’s so damn cohesive in its purpose in the meantime. To wit, the flow between the verse/chorus trades and the hypnotic bridge of “Father and Son” and the ultra-effective linearity of the seven-minute “Dreamdiver Pt. I & II” that leads into the tense charge of the penultimate “The Fire” and the fuzz-funk-blues of closer “Needs Must.” Through all these changes, the Rostock-based trio of guitarist/vocalist Sarge, bassist/vocalist Doc and drummer/vocalist Captain Peters skillfully guide their audience along the path they’ve set, bolstered universally by songcraft and quality of performance.

Accordingly, though it doesn’t necessarily represent the entire scope of Worlds Collide, you can get sense of some of what Tricky Lobsters — who, once again, win outright when it comes to band monikers — are up to in terms of the general clarity of production and delivery in the clip for “Tarred Albino” below, which captures footage live and in the studio from throughout last year and this year.

They’ll reportedly have another clip out as well before the album hits, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for that as well. In the meantime, please enjoy:

Tricky Lobsters, “Tarred Albino” official video

2nd video release from the forthcoming album “Worlds Collide”, out 06-23-2017.

filmed live 2016/2017
featuring Sebastian “Sebel” Niehoff on Hammond Organ
camera (studio shots): Jörg Peters
cut/edit: Justus Tanz @ http://www.underdok.de

Engineered and produced by drummer Jörg Peters at Blue Hospital in Rostock in 2017, the three northerners follow diverse paths through rock history and bind them together on Worlds Collide, their sixth official release to date. Now in their twenty-first year of existence, with Worlds Collide, TRICKY LOBSTERS present trademark groove and riffs, born from melodies and lyrics deeply rooted in old and recurring stories of love, dreams and deception. The record paints a vivid picture of their current world, and the one behind them.

Exile On Mainstream will issue Worlds Collide on CD, LP, and digital formats on June 23rd. Stream brief clips of all of the album’s tracks and find preorders for all formats HERE.

TRICKY LOBSTERS Tour Dates:
6/23/2017 Helgas Stadtpalast – Rostock, DE *record release show
6/30/2017 Rock an der Ilm Festival – Langenwiesen, DE
7/01/2017 Hangar Metal Meeting – Bad Duerrenberg, DE
7/28/2017 Festevil Nopperhof – Buetzow, DE

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Albez Duz Premiere “Our Lord, the Flayed One” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on June 9th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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With a fist-in-the-air grandstanding chorus and theatrical metallic chug in its tense verse, Albez Duz‘s ‘Our Lord, the Flayed One’ was a highlight of the Berlin outfit’s 2016 third album, Wings of Tzinacan (review here). The record basked in goth atmospherics and found its way fluidly into more extremely metallic fare, as does the track in question with its later, pre-solo section of deathly growls, but maintained a progressive feel darkened in its ambience and given a classic edge through interplay of organ and other sonic flourish. In other words, shit was complex. Had a lot going on.

What held it together, however, was that hook. The song almost stops to make way for vocalist Alfonso Brito Lopez to deliver the title line, and rightly so. Lopez‘s power as a singer is evident all throughout the track — and the album, for that matter — and in company with the fervent push of founding drummer and multi-instrumentalist Eugen Herbst (formerly of Dies Ater) and the cast-in-molten-steel guitar work of Julia NeumanAlbez Duz paint a complete sonic portrait that easily crosses genre lines from a doomed center while remaining grounded in a relatively straightforward, structured delivery that doesn’t feel any more self-indulgent than it should given its inherent drama and atmospheric thrust.

Albez Duz recently completed a short tour of Germany and Austria, including a stop at the Live Evil fest in their hometown where they played alongside a deeply varied bill including Aura NoirBangPossessionSolsticeCauldron and others. Though it’s over, I mention it because it’s a particularly all-over-the-place lineup and yet there doesn’t seem to have been an individual band involved with whom Albez Duz would be out of place sharing a stage. The way their sound plays to multiple sides, and the coherent, encompassing spirit of the material they bring to bear on Wings of Tzinacan is both deeply individualized and able to engage on different levels of familiarity.

Dig into the odd, vaguely S&M-themed video for “Our Lord, the Flayed One” below, and enjoy:

Albez Duz, “Our Lord, the Flayed One” official video

Music video for OUR LORD THE FLAYED ONE by ALBEZ DUZ.

Album / Wings of Tzinacan.
Label / LISTENABLE RECORDS

Shot and Directed by Achilleas Gatsopoulos. Editing by Eugen Herbst and Andreas Hofmann. Colour Correction & Grading by HYPNAGOGIA. Performance footage filmed on location at DU BEAST, Berlin. Makeup by Bella Grigoryants. Camera assistant & Stills Photography by Tenia Dimakopoulou. Tezcatlipoca footage filmed at HOLY MOUNTAIN STUDIOS, Berlin. Tezcatlipoca ….. Valenting Tszin. Makeup by Sonya Sounyaeva. Styling by Achilleas Gatsopoulos. Camera assistant & Stills Photography by Henni-Maria.

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Colour Haze Update In Her Garden Vinyl Progress; Confirm Live Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 7th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

I know a few people were holding off on digging into the latest outing from Colour Haze until vinyl could be had, and hey, I get it. That’s not really my mindset — give it to me as soon as possible; unmastered? rough mix? still being recorded? can I sit in the control room? — but if you want your dinner cooked a certain way, sometimes it takes longer to have the meal. Accordingly, if you want vinyl these days, that has its own wait time. If you can resist just hitting up YouTube in the interim, you’re a stronger person than I am, but generally speaking, give me a CD and I’m a happy boy.

Nonetheless, Colour Haze guitarist/vocalist and Elektrohasch Schallplatten label honcho Stefan Koglek sent out the update below concerning the vinyl release for In Her Garden (review here), and it seemed only fair to post it, both for those holdouts who haven’t picked up the album yet in any form and those who might be inclined, say, to get it in multiple editions, multiple formats. I keep waiting for my Colour Haze cassette reissues. And I suspect I’ll keep waiting. Like, forever.

Colour Haze were on the road in March alongside My Sleeping Karma for a tour The Obelisk had the extreme pleasure of co-presenting. They’ve confirmed festival dates for the next couple months including SonicBlast Moledo in Portugal, Desertfest Athens and Keep it Low, where they’ll headline as hometown heroes in Munich, because right on.

Info follows courtesy of the PR wire:

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An update to: Elektrohasch 011 Colour Haze – In Her Garden DLP

The delivery from the factory is scheduled on June 27th now. All orders will be shipped until the first week of July. Thank you all for your patience and trust!

Colour Haze tour dates

apart of the Rotormania next week following shows are confirmed in 2017 so far:

30.6. – IT – Somenfest , 25050 Ome (Brescia)
08.7. – AT – Salzburg, Rockhouse Dome of Rock Festival
23.7. – GER – Riegsee, Raut Oak Fest
13.8. – POR – Moledo, Sonic Blast Moledo
07.10. – GR – Athens, Desertfest
20.10. – GER – München, Keep it Low

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Colour Haze, “Skydancer”

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