Review & Full Stream: Nick Oliveri, N.O. Hits at All, Vol. 3

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on October 12th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream Nick Oliveri’s N.O. Hits at All, Vol. 3 in its entirety. CD/LP out Oct. 20 via Heavy Psych Sounds.]

As he informs in screaming fashion on the penultimate “Country as Fuck,” Nick Oliveri is here to drink, fuck, and fight. Would anyone expect less? That song is by a group called Plan B fronted by Oliveri and featuring guitarist Steve Soto, drummer and Joey Castillo, and guitarist Troy van Leeuwen — the latter two former Oliveri bandmates in Queens of the Stone Age — and it’s one of six cuts, each by a different group featuring Oliveri, included on N.O. Hits at All, Vol. 3, the third installment of a Heavy Psych Sounds-backed series of “lost,” previously unreleased or otherwise hard to chase down tracks from the former Kyuss bassist.

Of course, Oliveri‘s alias identities include being the frontman of Mondo Generator, his own Nick Oliveri’s Uncontrollable solo band, his Death Acoustic solo work, performing with Dwarves, a stint in Kyuss Lives!/Vista Chino, bassist in BloodclotBl’astSvetlanas, on and on. His reputation for drug-fueled riotousness precedes him — 2011 police standoff, rifle, prison, amphetamines; easy to recall — and sure enough, N.O. Hits at All, Vol. 3 tears un-P.C. ass through its 17-minute stretch, blasting off punker violence as it goes with Oliveri‘s recognizable throat-searing shouts and unmatched attitude serving as the factors to tie it all together. He may or may not actually be country as fuck, but he certainly makes the above-noted mission statement sound like a genuine expression of intent.

Cohorts and accomplices are a big part of the appeal on N.O. Hits at All, Vol. 3 as well. Oliveri joins Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) in her Hand of Doom solo Black Sabbath covers project for a take on “The Mob Rules” that seems to revel in how far from the Dio-fronted original version it is, while also reminding of how propulsive that original actually was. Dwarves and a side-project for Dwarves guitarist He Who Cannot Be Named both show up, the former with second cut “Luv is Fiction,” which finds Oliveri on vocals under his own name while also playing bass under the guise of Rex Everything. The esteemed Josh Freese (Suicidal Tendencies, Ween, A Perfect Circle, Guns ‘n’ Roses, indeed Dwarves, among many others) may or may not be playing drums on “Luv is Fiction,” which together with He Who Cannot Be Named‘s “Medication,” comprise just about the most outwardly accessible inclusions on the record.

When Dwarves is as close as you get to “audience friendly,” you know some shit is going down. And fair enough. So much of Oliveri‘s sonic personality is based around being unhinged, the wild man, etc., it only seems fair that even as “Luv is Fiction” moves into semi-spoken verses, it should still serve as a reminder of the edge and sense of danger that Queens of the Stone Age have arguably been missing for the last 12-plus years, and by the time they come around, “Country as Fuck” and “The Mob Rules” at the end only underscore the point of the kind of torrent Oliveri can bring to a piece of material and still hold it together to the degree he does, which, naturally, varies.

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And now that the lead has been thoroughly buried, N.O. Hits at All, Vol. 3 features two seeming exclusives of particular note. The first is opener “Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw,” a cover of Rose Tattoo‘s 1978 single by the Oliveri-fronted Royale Daemons, a project idea kicked around a few years back that featured Joey Castillo on drums and Scott “Wino” Weinrich (The ObsessedSaint VitusSpirit Caravan, The Hidden Hand, and so on) on guitar. The notion of an Oliveri/Wino collaboration was enough to turn heads in that trio’s direction with the sheer announcement of its existence, but apart from a show or two, this recording and one featured on the previous installment of this series earlier this year, so far as I know nothing else has come of it, and as “Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw” has never been previously released, it’s definitely something special for N.O. Hits at All, Vol. 3.

Same could be said of side B leadoff “Kyuss Dies,” by a trio incarnation of Kyuss Lives! without vocalist John Garcia that consists just of Oliveri, drummer Brant Bjork and guitarist Bruno Fevery, on which Oliveri essentially tells the tale in punker fashion of the lawsuit that brought that project to an end and saw the birth of Vista Chino, which of course also led to the departure of Oliveri from the group. Over a raw and fuzzy recording, Oliveri intones “Here come the suits and ties/Kyuss dies,” while brazenly declaring, “So long my friends/I’m gone.” So he would be, but it’s worth noting that “Kyuss Dies” is the only studio recording ever made public under the moniker of Kyuss Lives! — it’s also the longest track here at 3:42 — so is something of a historical footnote in the timeline of that group as well, which would seem to have been shortlived and more or less doomed from the outset.

As with any such interplay of characterization and persona, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to seeing Oliveri as the one-man wrecking crew he’s reputed to be, but along with his screams, his scathing vision of what punk rock should do, he’s also someone who can craft a landmark hook, and even “Kyuss Dies,” which sounds like a studio tossoff jam, is maddeningly catchy, to say nothing of “Luv is Fiction” or “Country as Fuck.” These things he seems to take with him wherever he goes, and if N.O. Hits at All, Vol. 3 continues to prove anything, it’s that the dude gets around.

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Review & Full Album Premiere: Turn Me on Dead Man, Heavymetal Mothership

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on October 9th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream Turn Me on Dead Man’s Heavymetal Mothership in its entirety. Album is out Oct. 13 via Heavy Psych Sounds.]

Long associates of Jello Biafra‘s Alternative Tentacles imprint, space rocking outfit Turn Me on Dead Man make their debut on Heavy Psych Sounds with Heavymetal Mothership, their fifth overall full-length. Their moniker of course is a reference to the backmasked Beatles message said to be in “Revolution No. 9” as a hidden clue to the alleged death of Paul McCartney, and sure enough there’s plenty of classically psychedelic elements to their sound, but for anyone who’s never encountered them before — one recalls their colorful debut, God Bless the Electric Freak, and is surprised to see it came out 12 years ago in 2005 — the title of the album actually does much more work in conveying the identity of its own sound, because while the San Francisco-based troupe have plenty of slippery trippery happening from launchpoint “Vimana” down through the 11-track/37-minute cosmic offering, there’s an underlying crunch to their fuzz and to their rhythms as well, and they never truly seem to let go of the notion of structure.

That’s hardly a drawback. Rather, “Vimana” sets a catchy tone on which cuts like the subsequent “Asteroid 9,” “Maharishi,” “Master Planet + Mother Star + Secret Moon” and the languid-drawling-into-thrash-galloping “White Slave/Black Master” only build, and elsewhere, it’s pieces like “Diamond Endless,” the effects-coated thrust of “Mind of Oz,” the watery and synth-laden centerpiece “Monolith 1971” and the purely space-driven closer “Room 237” that provide the corresponding freakout sensibility; a willingness to get weird, get weirder, and finally, get weirdest, that pits Turn Me on Dead Man in line for stellar alignment that finds their Heavymetal Mothership running at full warp speed, bearing four mark 20.

And while we’re keeping to vaguely Star Trek-derived starship references (frankly, one is amazed no one has captained a U.S.S. Lennon, registration #NCC-1967, but that’s besides the point), it’s worth noting that Turn Me on Dead Man are fully crewed and then some. Around the core tableau of guitarist, vocalist, bassist, synthesist and noisemaker Mykill Ziggy Minucci, guitarist Nick Doom, drummer/percussionist/vocalist Christopher Melville Lyman and bassist Attis Ngo — the latter also credited with keys on ninth cut “Hologram Universe”; and who seems to be out of the band since Heavymetal Mothership was recorded in 2015, perhaps replaced by Jeff Vengeance — a range of guests are employed on vocals, percussion, keys, bouzouki, and so on. Perhaps it’s best just to cut and paste the full list, as it is extensive:

Chris “Dr.” Fantasy: synthesizers on “Room 237” and “White Slave Black Master”
Scott Reategui Richards: bass on “Master Planet”
Kati Williams: violin on “Forest Damask”
Aaron John Gregory: bouzouki on “Cosmo Nymph”
Steve “Robot Speak” Taormina: chaos and noise on “Room 237”
Jonsey Daysleeper: keys on “Floating In Zen,” “Diamond Endless,” and “Maharishi”
Lith Amenti: vocals on “Floating in Zen”
Mike Thompson: percussion on “Hologram Universe”
Kiyoko Stella: vocals on “Cosmo Nymph” and “Maharishi”

So in terms of personnel, it’s more than twice as many guest spots as actual full-time band members appearing throughout the album. Can only hope the Mothership has a nice lounge area with a vending machine. Perhaps even more crucially, what results from all this flux across the still-manageable span of the record’s two sides is a rife-with-spaciousness feeling of variety that makes almost each track have its own underlying persona. Songs like “Asteroid 9,” “White Slave Black Master” and “Forest Damask” tie into the central notion of sonic dualism hinted at in the title — more often than not, heavy metal and space rock or funk (with which a mothership might also be associated) are thought of as separate aesthetic entities — but even within these, there’s a diversity of approach that becomes utterly crucial to the overarching impression of the material. And whether it’s the taut, lead-topped thrust of bliss in the middle of “Maharishi” or the toms beneath the outward, semi-post-rocking reach of “Diamond Endless,” Turn Me on Dead Man successfully execute this sonic breadth while balancing experimentalism and accessibility such that they never seem to be lost in the wash they’re creating. At times — looking at you, “Hologram Universe” — this is a genuine accomplishment.

Something that Turn Me on Dead Man seem to turn to their advantage in this, however, is the fact that individual songs are short. “Hologram Universe?” Yeah, it’s got keys, effects-soaked guitar strum, slow-freakout vibes and all that. It’s also about 75 seconds long. “Mind of Oz” cuts itself open and bleeds catchy acid, but it’s done in 2:22, and though “Forest Damask” has a somewhat farther-gone spirit to it, and is a little darker in its atmosphere as the longest inclusion, its listener immersion is enacted and gone in 4:42. The early work of Nebula comes to mind as a touchstone when thinking of a group so skillfully balancing songwriting and lysergics, and Turn Me on Dead Man are willful in their intention to push deeper into uncharted sectors. Needless to say, stellar cartographers will be thrilled, but moreover — and this is the real point at which Heavymetal Mothership finds its ultimate triumph — there’s a flow between the songs such that, as they bounce from one idea and fade it into the next, bring in different players to build out the songs and find themselves in these unknown positions in the galaxy, they come across as no more disjointed than they mean to be.

Diversity of approach, rather, is one of Heavymetal Mothership‘s great strengths, and the songs the album contains become like psychedelic snippets showing the places one can travel at the speed of thought. Like their underrated labelmates in Farflung, or like some of what White Hills and younger-days Monster Magnet were able to conjure in their own halls of space-worship, Turn Me on Dead Man provide sure guidance the whole way through Heavymetal Mothership, and if one thinks of recently-floated post-Roddenberryan notions of astrophysics and biology as one, travel by spores, etc., then it’s all the more fitting that Heavymetal Mothership sounds shroomy as fuck. If you can get on board, you’re in for a hell of a ride.

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Nebula Announce Reissue Trilogy of Early Works for 2018 Release

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 28th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

The flurry of news from the camp of Nebula continues today with word that Heavy Psych Sounds has decided to do the entire universe a favor and reissue three of their crucial early works: 1998’s Let it Burn, 1999’s To the Center (discussed here) and 2002’s Dos EPs, which includes the material originally released on 1999’s Sun Creature and the Nebula/Lowrider split (discussed here). In other words, Nebula at their most unfuckwithable. The reissues are being done to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band, and will be staggered as they come out in Jan., Feb. and March 2018, with presales for all three going live on Oct. 13.

You don’t need me to tell you how necessary these records are, though if you really want to talk about it, I’d be happy to — they’re a lot of fun to talk about — but since I wrote the press release that appears below, I’m kind of going to one way or the other anyhow.

Here’s how it all shakes out:

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Nebula to Reissue Let it Burn, To the Center & Dos EPs on Heavy Psych Sounds

Heavy Psych Sounds is proud to announce it will work with Californian fuzz/psych legends Nebula to reissue three of the band’s most landmark offerings. Originally released in 1998, 1999 and 2002, respectively, Let it BurnTo the Center and Dos EPs comprise an essential trilogy for worshipers of riffs and heavy desert rock, and will be made available early in 2018 as special editions to mark the 20th anniversary of the band.

When guitarist/vocalist Eddie Glass joined forces with bassist Mark Abshire and drummer Ruben Romano — both previously of Fu Manchu — they found magic together and no one before and no other band since has been able to capture that sound in the same way, though plenty have tried. With Let it Burn, they established a place for themselves between druggy psych and forward-driving fuzz rock, and as they moved through the subsequent Sun Creature EP, their split with Sweden’s Lowrider and the To the Center full-length the next year, they only grew, progressed and refined this approach into something all the more their own.

The two short releases were later compiled as Dos EPs, and the flow contained there is no less pivotal than either Let it Burn or To the Center. Working exclusively in cooperation with the original members of Nebula, Heavy Psych Sounds will release Let it BurnTo the Center and Dos EPs in January, February and March, 2018 in vinyl, limited vinyl, CD and digital editions, each containing bonus material, extra songs and more.

Says Gabriele Fiori of Heavy Psych Sounds on working with Nebula: “It is an honor to have Eddie, Mark and Ruben come together to stand behind these three issues. These records are classics and have had a huge influence on me and an entire generation of artists and I can’t wait to get them back out there for people to dig into all over again!”

Preorders begin Oct. 13, 2017. Distribution will be through Heavy Psych Sounds, Forced Exposure (US), Cargo Records (DE, UK), Clearspot (Benelux), Goodfellas (World), iTunes, Spotify, etc.

Nebula have announced 2018 live dates with the lineup of Eddie Glass, bassist Tom Davies and drummer Mike Amster (Blaak Heat, Abrams), including stops at Desertfest London and Berlin with more to follow.

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My Home on Trees Announce Oct. Shows & New Album Recording Plans

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

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Italian heavy four-piece My Home on Trees are set to take part next month in the Swiss fest Up in Smoke 2017 alongside Saint Vitus, Orange Goblin, Brant Bjork, Graveyard and a formidable slew of others. That appearance will be part of a five-date string of shows serving as the wrap-up for the touring cycle for their debut, How I Reached Home (review here), released in 2015 via Heavy Psych Sounds. The plan? Go back and make another record, it would seem. My Home on Trees have an eye toward a 2018 release for what will be their second full-length, but as regards much more than that, they’re playing it pretty close to the chest. That is, no word of where they’re at in terms of writing or whatnot.

That’ll come with time. It doesn’t seem unreasonable to think they might have the record done by Spring 2018 and out sometime over the summer, though of course that depends as well on label schedule, if they’ll be with Heavy Psych Sounds again, comets smashing into earth and numerous other unforeseeable potential contingencies. In any case, drummer Marcello Modica offers an update below, which you’ll see is joined by the live dates.

Goes like this:

“The Italian female fronted My Home on Trees will come back in october for a small tour around Germany and Switzerland, playing the last 4 shows in Europe before to enter in studio to record their second lenght. The stoner-doom band from Milano had a first album realeased by Heavy Psych Sounds Records in september 2015, when they started this 42 shows tour with a release party in Milano with Karma To Burn and they’ll finish on next month at Up in Smoke Festival in Pratteln, Switzerland, sharing the stage with Saint Vitus, Orange Goblin, Church of Misery, Windhand and many more. No news about the new album yet, except they’ll start to record at the begin of new year. They won’t be around for some time so don’t miss the chance to see one of these last shows.” — Marcello Modica

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10.06 MTS Oldenburg DE
10.07 Up in Smoke Fest Pratteln CH
10.08 Immerhin Wurzburg DE

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Six Dumb Questions with Holy Grove

Posted in Six Dumb Questions on September 13th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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This coming weekend, Sept. 16, Portland, Oregon’s Holy Grove are set to appear at Epicenter Music Fest in San Francisco, California. In that endeavor, the soulful riff rollers join the considerable ranks of High on Fire, Big Business, Mos Generator and others (full lineup here), and after appearances at Psycho Las Vegas in 2016, making their debut run through Europe alongside Boston’s Gozu, and offering one of last year’s finest debuts in their Heavy Psych Sounds-released and Billy Anderson-helmed self-titled (review here), it would seem to be the finishing stamp on the cycle for their first outing as they get ready to move on toward the writing and recording of the second.

Anyone who’s heard cuts like “Nix” and “Holy Grove” doesn’t need me to say that’s good news. Topped off as it was by some of the most striking cover art Adam Burke has ever produced (which is saying something), Holy Grove‘s Holy Grove offered modern tones and classic groove in kind, vocalist Andrea Vidal establishing a commanding presence amid the righteous lead work of guitarist Trent Jacobs and the full low end push from bassist Gregg Emley. They’ve worked with a succession of drummers already since founder Craig Bradford recorded with them, and they just recently welcomed Eben Travis to the fold as at least the fourth in that line, hopefully settling the issue once and for all.

As we move into Fall and begin to look ahead toward some of 2018’s most anticipated releases, it’s only fair to include an impending sophomore outing from Holy Grove on that list. The level of bluesy stylistic cohesion and songwriting they brought to the driving, swinging “Huntress” and to the nodding, semi-metallic expanses of “Hanged Man” would demand no less. Just how will the four-piece, now including Travis as a (fingers crossed) permanent member, begin to move forward and expand their sound in the New Year? And will they hit the road again with the same fury they did behind the self-titled? Sounds to me like it’s time to check in with Vidal for a full update.

Please enjoy the following Six Dumb Questions:

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Six Dumb Questions with Andrea Vidal of Holy Grove

We’re about 18 months out from the self-titled release at this point. Looking back on your first album, how do you feel about how the songs came out? What is your favorite thing about it and what is your favorite memory of the recording process?

I think overall, we’re pretty satisfied with how the songs are represented on the record. We knew going into the recording process that we wanted to create studio versions of the songs, and have the live versions be their own thing. To that end, I think we were successful. It served the purpose of introducing people outside of Portland to the songs. My favorite memory of the recording process was the day we finished mixing at Everything Hz (Billy‘s studio). We literally finished up mixing the last song, and then listened to the whole thing from beginning to end. It was definitely one of “those moments.”

What’s the status of new material? Do you have a recording plan yet and a ballpark release date? How have the new songs started to come together?

New material is progressing nicely. Even while we were down a drummer, the three of us continued to show up to practice to work on new material with the intent to have songs basically finished and ready to start working on as soon as we found a drummer. We played two new ones at our first show back which felt great. We have a few more nearing completion and a large backlog of riffs and ideas that we’ll start pouring over in the next few months to get a new record written and recorded by early next year.

Is there anything in particular you want the new songs to build on from the self-titled? Anything you want to change in the band’s sound or a new way to challenge yourself or the band as a whole? Something new you just want to try out in the studio, maybe?

I think the idea for the new batch of songs is to push ourselves to take the tunes to the next logical level. I wouldn’t say there is anything we want to change or reinvent particularly, but we do want to amplify everything that we did on the first record. More swing, more groove, more power, more riffs!

Tell me about bringing Eben Travis into the band. What was it about him that let you know he was right to take on the drummer position? What were you looking for in someone new?

We basically knew as soon as Eben started playing that he was “the one.” We really wanted someone who understood the feel of the tunes without us having to explain it, someone who hit the drums fucking hard, and was someone who we could welcome in to the band on a personal friendship type level… someone we could also be pals with, basically. Thankfully Eben was that guy. Dude is the total package.

You toured in the US and in Europe for the self-titled. How do you feel about the way the band has been received on the whole, in terms of the record and live? Can you sense a difference at shows between now and before the album came out?

We’re all pretty flattered and humbled by the response to the band and record. I think after we played Psycho Las Vegas in 2016 and got a positive response that we realized we had a chance to make a mark outside of Portland. Having the record out means that when we play people are familiar with the tunes a bit more, and Psycho was the first time I looked out and saw people in the crowd singing along, which was really a special moment for me personally.

You’ve got Epicenter fest Sept. 16. Any other plans or closing words you want to mention?

First and foremost, we can’t thank everybody enough for the support. It truly means the world to us. After we get back from Epicenter, we have a few local shows with The Obsessed, then the plan is to finish up writing the new record, get it recorded and hit the road. We’re in the early planning stages of getting a European tour planned for 2018, which is something we are all really looking forward to. More shows, more music!

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House of Broken Promises Announce European Tour; Twisted EP out Oct. 6

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 31st, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Well, with previous announcements that House of Broken Promises would take part in Desertfest Belgium 2017 in Antwerp (info here) and Keep it Low 2017 in Munich (info here), it seemed only fair to expect a fuller European tour was in the cards, but the news that the Indio, California, three-piece have hooked up with Heavy Psych Sounds for booking a month-long run and the corresponding Oct. 6 release of a new EP, Twisted, is admittedly more than was anticipated.

For one thing, any kind of new studio offering from House of Broken Promises? Yeah, hard to see that coming. It’s been nearly whole eight years since they released their debut full-length, Using the Useless (review here), on Small Stone, and though they’ve spoken for years about a follow-up, just about nothing has surfaced — though did you know they released their set from Desertfest London 2013 as a CD-R through CDBaby? It’s here. Man, nobody told me about that shit. I was at that show. They killed it. Wish I had known that was out.

Anyway, sidetracked. Point is the new EP has some older outtakes and covers and this-and-thats, but it’s still something new from House of Broken Promises and all the more commendable that they’re both putting it out and hitting the road so fervently to support it. Could it mean more new stuff to come in 2018? Hard not to immediately get greedy when it comes to Arthur Seay riffage.

From the PR wire:

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Desert metallers HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES to tour Europe this fall; new EP coming on Heavy Psych Sounds!

Indio, CA’s stoner metal veterans HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES have announced their return to the Old Continent, with a full European tour and a new EP coming this fall.
Heavy/stoner rock trio from Indio, California HOPB is back with their new “Twisted” EP, which features two unreleased covers (Black Sabbath and Billy Squire) plus a bunch of outtakes and live songs for a total of 30 minutes of heavy music.

The former Unida musicians reiterate their successful formula with Mike Cancino’s powerful drumming, guitarist and producer Arthur Seay’s wall of riffs, and Joe More wonderful John Garcia-esque vocals. “Twisted” was recorded at Arthur Seay’s studio in Indio, near the Joshua Tree area who inspired so many stoner/desert rock bands. Artwork was designed by Italian artist and HPS favorite Solo Macello.

HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES new EP “Twisted” is out October 6th on Heavy Psych Sounds Records. Presale start September 1st at this location.

HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES EUROPEAN TOUR
29.09.2017 IT Pescara – Scumm
30.09.2017 IT Savona – Raindogs
01.10.2017 IT Parma
02.10.2017 IT Zerobranco – Altroquando
03.10.2017 IT Milan
04.10.2017 FR Chambery – Le Brin Du Zinc
05.10.2017 FR Montpellier – The Black Sheep
06.10.2017 SP Barcelona – Monasterio
07.10.2017 SP Madrid
08.10.2017 SP Santiago De Compostela – Sala Moon
10.10.2017 SP Gijon – Sala Acapulco
11.10.2017 SP Bilbao – Wombat
12.10.2017 SP Saragoza or San Sebastian
13.10.2017 FR Nantes – La Scene Michelet
14.10.2017 BE Antwerp – Desertfest
16.10.2017 DE Koln – Lime*
17.10.2017 DE Munster – Rare Shop Guitar*
18.10.2017 DE Bielefeld – Potemkin*
19.10.2017 CH Basel – Hirschneck*
20.10.2017DE Frankfurt – Yachtklub*
21.10.2017 DE Munich – Keep It Low*
22.10.2017 AT Salzburg – Rockhouse*
24.10.2017 DE Wien – Viper Room*
25.10.2017 DE Dresden – Chemofabrik*
26.10.2017 DE Erfurt – Tiko*
27.10.2017 CH Olten – Coq D’Or*
28.10.2017 DE Siegen – Vortex*
* dates with Black Bone

HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES is guitarist Arthur Seay (Unida, ApeSh!t), bassist/vocalist Joe Mora (HDR, Street Drugs DTLA, The Addicts) and drummer Mike Cancino (Unida, Lynch Mob). Formed on the ashes of Unida (which also featured Kyuss legend John Garcia), their Small Stone Records debut “Using the Useless”, led the charge in a more refined stoner metal approach than the standard stoner rock sound of similar scene bands.

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Duel Announce Fall 2017 European Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 25th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Austin, Texas, heavy rockers Duel have already been to Europe once this year. They went in Spring to herald the arrival of their second album, Witchbanger (review here), via Heavy Psych Sounds. Now that the record’s been out long enough to sink in, I guess they decided it was time for a second Euro leg, and beginning Nov. 10, the brash-as-hell four-piece will make their way through a pretty significant swath of the continent on a month-long run that — while it still has a few dates TBA; help out if you can — looks like it’s going to be as great a time as it is substantial. I wouldn’t mind bouncing around from Madrid to Eindhoven to Berlin to Sofia for a few weeks, anyhow. Seems like fun. And all the rock and roll? Bonus.

Dates came through the PR wire, and here they are:

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DUEL EUROPEAN TOUR 2017

Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking is really proud to present ***DUEL EUROPEAN TOUR 2017***

The Austin based, mighty, rockers Duel are ready to start their forth full european tour!

They are gonna kick your asses in Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia and Bulgaria promoting their latest release Witchbanger.

10.11.2017 IT Pisa-Albatross
11.11.2017 IT Reggio Emilia
12.11.2017 IT Milan
13.11.2017 FR Chambery-Le Brin Du Zinc
14.11.2017 Tba
15.11.2017 SP Barcellona-Rocksound
16.11.2017 SP Madrid
17.11.2017 SP Bilbao
18.11.2017 NL Eindhoven TBC
19.11.2017 FR Tba
20.11.2017 FR Lyon-Le Farmer
21.11.2017 DE Mannheim-7 er
22.11.2017 DE Lichtenfels-Paunchy Cats
23.11.2017 AT Innsbruck-PMK
24.11.2017 IT Bozen-Sudwerk
25.11.2017 DE Siegen-Vortex
26.11.2017 DE Osnabruck-Dirty + Dancing
27.11.2017 DE Berlin-Urban Spree
28.11.2017 DE Dresden-Chemiefabrik
29.11.2017 AT Wien-Viper Room
30.11.2017 CH Kreuzlingen-Horst
01.12.2017 AT Blundenz-Villa K
02.12.2017 CH Basel-Hirschneck
03.12.2017 IT Castel D’ario-Hostaria
04.12.2017 IT Zerobranco-Altroquando
05.12.2017 Slovenia
06.12.2017 IT Trieste-Tetris
07.12.2017 IT Pescara-Scumm
08.12.2017 BG Sofia
09.12.2017 IT Roma-Whishlist

We are also stoked to announce that Heavy Psych Sounds Records will repress the Duel sold out debut album Fears of the Dead !!!

DUEL is heavy psychedelic stoner doom metal from Austin, Texas. Hugely influenced by the darker sounds of early 70’s Proto-metal. Features two ex Scorpion Child (Nuclear Blast)members. Their sound is menacing and brutally old school. Total purists, their tunes cut right to the bone with heavy, deep groove and blistering tone. Tough and Loud! Hard rock as it should be!

DUEL are:
Tom Frank Guitars / Vocals
Shaun Avants Bass / Vocals
JD Shadowz Drums
Jeff Henson Guitars

https://www.facebook.com/DUELTEXAS/
https://duel3.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
http://www.heavypsychsounds.com/

Duel, Witchbanger (2017)

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Fvzz Popvli Announce European Tour; Fvzz Dei out Sept. 22

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 22nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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One month from today, Roman heavy rockers Fvzz Popvli — the fuzz of the people — will take part in one of 2017’s busiest release dates, issuing their debut album, Fvzz Dei — the fuzz of the gods — via Heavy Psych Sounds.They join the ranks of With the Dead, Ufomammut, Alcest, Process of Guilt, Nibiru, Thonian Horde, Spelljammer and Faces of the Bog — among, no doubt, others — in putting out a record on that date, but where there’s a riff there’s a way and the band, which boasts in its ranks guitarist/vocalist Pootchie, formerly of The Wisdoom and not at all to be confused with the cool sunglasses-wearing cartoon dog they put in that one Simpsons episode to add zazz to ‘The Itchy and Scratchy Show’ back in the ’90s — amazing the associations the mind makes sometimes — has already shown themselves to have plenty of those on their self-titled debut EP, which came out earlier this year.

Anyhoozle, a week after they play the release show in their native Roma, Fvzz Popvli head off on a lengthy European run that will consume the bulk of October, which was also newly announced by their label. The following came down the PR wire:

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Fvzz Popvli ON TOUR!!!

Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking is proud to announce the tour dates of FVZZ POPVLI

Magical Mistery Van & Heavy Psych Sounds are proud to announce the first leg of the “Fvzz Dei European Tour” from October the 5th to 22th in Italy, Germany, Swtizerland, Austria and France. Ready to catch FVZZ POPVLI around the EU? Here, their routing!

22.09.2017 – ROMA (IT) – WISHLIST CLUB (RELEASE PARTY)
29.09.2017 – VALMONTONE (IT) – LES MAUDITS
30.09.2017 – VITERBO (IT) – PRIVATE PARTY
05.10.2017 – PARMA (IT) – TITTY TWISTER
06.10.2017 – KREUZLINGEN (CH) – HORST KLUB
07.10.2017 – GRAZ (A) – MUSICHOUSE
08.10.2017 – MUNCHEN (D) – GARAGE DELUXE
09.10.2017 – SALZBURG (A) – SECRET SHOW
10.10.2017 – MANNHEIM (D) – KURZBAR
11.10.2017 – BERLIN (D) – URBAN SPREE – BERLIN UNDERGROUND FUZZ FEST
12.10.2017 – POTSDAM (D) – BLECK FLECK
13.10.2017 – LEIPZIG (D) – BERMUDA DREIECK PLAGWITZ – ANNIHILATE GATHERING 2017
14.10.2017 – DRESDEN (D) – CHEMIEFABRIK – W/ HEAT(CAN)
15.10.2017 – OSNABRUCK (D) – DIRTY+DANCING
16.10.2017 – TBA
17.10.2017 – NANCY (F) – LA MACHINE A VAPEUR
18.10.2017 – REIMS (F) – ASSO UNDERGROUND ZERO (LOCATION TBA)
19.10.2017 – PARIS (F) – OLYMPIC W/ NAXATRAS(GR)
20.10.2017 – ROUEN (F) – LES 3 P
21.10.2017 – LYON (F) – JACK JACK W/ MONKEY 3(CH) & LIBIDO FUZZ(F)
22.10.2017 – CECINA (IT) – TBA
27.10.2017 – PALESTRINA (IT) – MENTELOCALE 2.0
28.10.2017 – LATINA (IT) – TBA

The mighties Fvzz Popvli will present their debut album Fvzz Dei, that will be released on September 22nd !!!

“Fvzz Dei” wich in latin means “The Fuzz Of The Gods”, it’s the debut album of the roman Fuzz Rock trio named “Fvzz Popvli”. Datio on bass, Doncalisto on drums and Pootchie already guitar player from “The Wisdoom” and “Beesus” are ready for introduce you tribute to the Fuzzy sounds from the “Proto-Punk” till the modern “Heavy Psych”. “Fvzz Dei” will bring you into a rough and bluesy fuzzed-out universe. The album is produced mixed and mastered in Murduck Productions studio based in Rome, recorded with the warm sound of an analog mixer from italian 80’s tv shows, and mastered with a real tape analog support! The songwriting it’s a compromise between instrumental jammed songs and the “classic tune format”. The artwork conceived and maked by Rise Above, it’s a illustration about an ancient roman teathral mask, the first example amplification in the world. Just three words: FUZZ, ATTITUDE and ROCK’N’ROLL!

FVZZ POPVLI ARE:
FRANCESCO “POOTCHIE” PUCCI – Guitar and Voice (BEESUS,The Wisdoom)
DATIO PALATIO – Bass (The Anthony’s Vinyls)
Doncalisto – Drums

https://www.facebook.com/FvzzPopvli/
fvzzpopvli.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
www.heavypsychsounds.com/

Fvzz Popvli, Fvzz Popvli EP (2017)

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