Killer Boogie Announce Second LP out Early 2018

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

It hasn’t been that long since Italian fuzz trio Killer Boogie made their debut via Heavy Psych Sounds with 2015’s Detroit (review here), and they’ve certainly managed to keep busy since then, including four non-album cuts on a four-way split with The Golden Grass, Wild Eyes SF and Banquet (review here) in 2016, as well as the song “Eight Ball” in the Heavy Psych Sounds Sampler Volume II (discussed here) earlier this year. They also played Desertfest Berlin this past April. So, you know, not lacking or anything. They didn’t put out the first record and disappear.

Still, I think especially if you heard Detroit at all, the prospect of a second Killer Boogie long-player should be one for the 2018 most anticipated list. I’d expect a bit of growth within the band’s classic-minded sound, but hope they can retain the kinetic sensibility of the first outing, which seemed to shove listeners through its course in a way that left heads spinning when it was over.

Looking forward to finding out where this one goes, and hopefully I’ll have more to come before its arrival:

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Italian fuzzers KILLER BOOGIE coming back with a new album!!!

Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking is really proud to announce the coming back of the italian power retrofuzzriffprotopunkacidblues trio Killer Boogie!

The band is ready with the sophomore album that will be released early 2018 via Heavy Psych Sounds.

More info coming soon!

Fuzz Fuzz Fuzz!!! Killer Boogie is a band well versed in the making of ’70s riff making; a new machine in the retro ’n’ roll scene adept at mixing bluesy frequencies into an extremely fuzzy sound with psychedelic shades.The band is formed by Gabriele Fiori on guitars and vocals, Luigi Costanzo on drums and new bassist Nicola Cosentino who joined the band for the new album in early 2017. Their debut album “Detroit” in early 2015 surprisely recieved much attention and great feedbacks, that bring the band to play at Desert Fest Berlin and Duna Jam. After a split with other cool bands of the scene as Golden Grass, Banquet and Wild Eyes the band wrote a wonderful sophomore album in the spring 2017 and recorded in the summer, and will be released early 2018 via Heavy Psych Sounds Records.

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Killer Boogie, “Eight Ball”

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Humulus Touring Germany Next Week

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 17th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Beer-guzzling Italian heavy rockers Humulus might be a little late for Oktoberfest, but one imagines they’ll find plenty to keep their livers busy with anyway as they trek through Germany next week on a Noisolution-booked six-day jaunt supporting earlier-2017’s Reverently Heading into Nowhere (review here). The band offers a quick check-in ahead of the run, and it turns out they’ve almost completely sold through the first pressing of their second long-player, and though more are reportedly 200 more on the way, if you happen to be in the path of the tour and want a copy, now would seem to be the time to pick it up. Fair enough.

Reverently Heading into Nowhere was released through Taxi Driver Records and Oak Island Records. Here’s that update from the band, some cool art and the dates for next week’s stint:

Humulus – Humulus Germanicus Tour

We really can’t wait to hit the road and have a blast in this 6 days tour in Germany. In the past we had 2 shows in Germany (one at Keep it Low in 2015) and were always very nice situations. When our last LP came out it was well reviewed by German magazines and blogs and our German label (Oak Island Records) and promoting agency (Noisolution) are doing a great work with us. We really expect to having good time, nice shows and meet old and new friends.

We have only few copies left of our last LP in limited edition vinyl for this tour… then new 200 copies will be repressed by the label in black version and they will be available from spring 2018. So don’t be shy German people: come to our shows, enjoy our music, and grab the last copies of our R.H.I.N.O.

20.11.2017 – Munich, Rumours
21.11.2017 – Wiesbaden, Kesselhaus w/ The Flying Eyes
22.11.2017 – Düsseldorf, District 6
23.11.2017 – Berlin, Jägerklause Berlin w/ Dead Kittens
24.11.2017 – Jena, Kulturbahnhof Jena w/ Nap
25.11.2017 – Ulm, Kradhalle

Tour is booked and promote by Noisolution

Humulus is:
Andrea Van Cleef: guitar, voice
Giorgio Bonacorsi: bass
Massimiliano Boventi: drums

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Humulus, Reverently Heading into Nowhere (2017)

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Dead Witches Welcome New Vocalist; New Album in the Works

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 15th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Dead Witches have announced the departure of frontwoman Virginia Monti and that her replacement will be Soozi Chameleone of Killing Man Jaroh. The band released their debut album, Ouija (discussed here), earlier this year via Italian imprint Heavy Psych Sounds after suffering the devastating loss of guitarist Greg Elk in Fall 2016. The circumstances of Monti‘s leaving the band are nowhere near so tragic; she reportedly wants to focus on her other outfit, Psychedelic Witchcraft. Fair enough.

With Chameleone in the vocalist role, Mark Greening behind the kit, Carl Geary on bass and Oliver Hill on guitar, Dead Witches will press forward in 2018 and continue to work on a new album as a follow-up to Ouija. According to the PR wire, that’s already in the works. No doubt it will be suitably ghoulish and ethereal by the time it hits streets next year.

Here’s the announcement from Heavy Psych Sounds of Chameleone joining the band. Of course, all the best to her in this new role and to all involved parties:

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***DEAD WITCHES NEW VOCALIST***

Dead Witches welcomes new vocalist Soozi Chameleone after Virginia Monti’s departure from the band to concentrate on her band Psychedelic Witchcraft.

Soozi is a near-lifelong vocalist with a keen interest in historical and morbid writing, having had her Shakespeare inspired poetry published as a child, and in recent years having undertaken the position of a reviewer and interviewer for Metal-Rules.com.

Her singing aspirations led her to start Killing Man Jaroh, a classic psychedelic doom outfit back in 2015, who are still active now, as well as pursuing personal development via training in classical and musical theatre vocal styles to further develop her range and ability. She hopes to breathe new life into Dead Witches and join them in continuing to create hypnotically heavy music that will both delight and pleasantly disgust fans alike.

Dead Witches are currently writing new material for a second album and plan to record next year.

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Dead Witches, Ouija (2017)

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John, the Void Sign to Argonauta Records; New LP Due in 2018

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 14th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

It’s been a pretty consistent running theme around here for the last few months: ‘Band signs to Argonauta Records, will have new album out.’ To wit, comma-inclusive Italian post-sludgers John, the Void join the label’s ranks alongside such recent additions as Thal, Greyfell, Clamfight, Di’aul, Supernaughty, Zom, Vessel of Light and Ancient VVisdom. At this point I’m starting to wonder what the trick up the imprint’s sleeve could be — a functional business model? Nah, this is heavy rock and roll. That can’t be it.

Whatever it is, it’s let Argonauta flourish as one of the most vital European underground imprints of the last couple years, so all the better. Look for John, the Void to have their next outing pressed through the label in the second half of 2018, and at this point I’m just going to say stay tuned for more to come, because it doesn’t seem like Argonauta is about to slow down its advance whatsoever. Hell, and why should they? Keep it going for as long as possible. With that functioning business model and all.

From the PR wire:

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JOHN, THE VOID signs to ARGONAUTA RECORDS

We’re thrilled to welcome in ARGONAUTA family a new stunning act from Italy: JOHN, THE VOID.

JOHN, THE VOID is a six piece band formed in 2013. They released an EP and a full length titled “II” in 2017. During their tours they also shared the stage with acts like Lento, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Zeus!, Morkobot, Grime and more. The musical spectrum moves between post metal, doom, sludge and atmospheric black metal, with sci-fi and futuristic vibes.

The band says: “We’re totally excited to start this collaboration with Argonauta Records, a dope label that believes in our music and make us feel like brothers. We’re working hard on our new material, and we can’t wait to let you hear it thanks to these guys’ help!”

JOHN, THE VOID new album will be released in the second half of 2018. In the meantime you can enjoy their previous stuff at this address: https://johnthevoid.bandcamp.com/releases

More details to follow soon.

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John, the Void, II (2016)

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Kayleth Set Jan. 12 Release for Colossus; Album Teaser Now Playing

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 9th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Italian heavy rockers Kayleth would have their work cut out for them in trying to go toe-to-toe title-wise with the name they gave their 2015 outing, which was called — are you sitting down? — Space Muffin, but the forthcoming Colossus brings a Lost in Space-style robot on its cover art with their logo emblazoned across its chest, and well, that’s not nothing as far as general awesomeness goes. The record is set to come out on Jan. 12 as part of a busy early 2018 schedule for countryman imprint Argonauta Records, and there’s a teaser clip that’s been posted which you can see below, highlighting the Verona five-piece’s penchant for writing unabashed hooks no less at home in outer space than the inner desert.

Colossus is available to preorder now from the label, and you’ll find that link below, along with the aforementioned cover and teaser, all courtesy of the PR wire, ever generous sort as it is.

Submitted for the digging and whatnot:

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KAYLETH – cover artwork and album teaser revealed

Italian Stoner Space masters KAYLETH reveal cover artwork and video teaser of their highly anticipated new album “Colossus”.

After the massive feedback of the deluxe edition of their latest album “Space Muffin” during the past Summer, KAYLETH are now ready to unleash their new effort. An intensive and unique blend of Stoner Rock sonorities, Sci-Fi atmospheres, stellar vocals and exciting guitar riffings, to build-up their best album to date.

Absolutely not to be missed if you like ORANGE GOBLIN, 7ZUMA7, MONSTER MAGNET, but most of all good music!

KAYLETH “Colossus” will be released on CD/DD by ARGONAUTA Records and available from January 12th, 2018. Preorders run here: http://bit.ly/2hKjhFu

TRACKLIST:
01 – Lost in the swamp
02 – Forgive
03 – Ignorant Song
04 – Colossus
05 – So Distant
06 – Mankind’s Glory
07 – The Spectator
08 – Solitude
09 – Pitchy Mantra
10 – The Angry Man
11 – The Escape
12 – Oracle

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Kayleth, Colossus album teaser

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Doctor Cyclops Announce European Tour Dates Starting Nov. 24

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 8th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Beginning later this month and running into December, Italian boogie trio Doctor Cyclops will head out on a round of European tour dates supporting their latest release, Local Dogs (review here), which came out this past Spring on Heavy Psych Sounds. The three-piece are no strangers to the road, and this time they’ll hit up Italy, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and Slovenia before they’re done, covering a decent swatch of ground with a couple nights off that may or may not get filled in as they go.

If you didn’t hear it, Local Dogs is streaming in full below, and its take on classic heavy rock comes balanced against impulses drawn from NWOBHM poise and gallop. I haven’t had the pleasure myself, but it seems like a combo that would go pretty well on stage. Doctor Cyclops had a documentary out a couple years back, if you’ll recall, that was also a pretty solid advertisement for showing up.

From the PR wire:

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DOCTOR CYCLOPS EUROPEAN TOUR 2017

Doctor Cyclops is a seventies-styled power trio playing heavy rock music inspired by a vintage sound, eldest son of glorious Black Sabbath and other more underground heroes from the 70s and early 80s as Truth and janey, Sir Lord Baltimore, Captain Beyond or Witchfinder General. Even later and more modern references are warm-vintage styled ones: Witchcraft, Graveyard, Firebird, Cathedral, Spiritual Beggars just to say some.

Their discography includes one self produced Ep-CD “The Doctor Cyclops” (2010), and two full length albums, “Borgofondo” (2012) and “Oscuropasso” (2014), both released by the German heavy psychdelic label World in Sound.

The band is active since 2008 and toured Europe several times, sharing the stage with bands such as Firebird, Blood Ceremony, Siena Root, Colour Haze, Stoned Jesus, The Grand Astoria and many more. Doctor Cylops also took part to important festivals such as Freak Valley (2012) and Red Smoke (2016).

Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking is proud to present:

***DOCTOR CYCLOPS EUROPEAN TOUR 2017***
24.11.2017 IT Guastalla-La Quadra
26.11.2017 IT Castel D’Ario-Hostaria
27.11.2017 CH Birsfelden-Roxy
28.11.2017 DE Mannheim-Kurzbar
29.11.2017 DE Stuttgart-Keller Klub
01.12.2017 DE Berlin-Zosch
02.12.2017 DE Munster-Rare Guitar Shop
03.12.2017 NL Den Haag-Het Haagje
04.12.2017 DE Osnabruck-Dirty+Dancing
07.12.2017 DE Dresden-Sabotage
08.12.2017 SL Slovenj Gradec-Klub Špajzl
09.12.2017 SL Novo Mesto-Lokal Patriot

Christian Draghi – Guitar and Vocals
Francesco Filippini – Bass
Alessandro Dallera – Drums

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Supernaughty Sign to Argonauta Records; Debut LP Due Early 2018

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

I see what you did there, Supernaughty. Clever. With the name and all. The newcomer Italian four-piece are the latest in Argonauta Records‘ seemingly endless round of pickups — hey Gero, how many bands are on the label at this point? what’s the tally? — and though there isn’t any official audio out yet, going from the live video I managed to scrounge up below, I believe the imprint when they say there’s a strong ’90s influence. At very least I don’t think they’d lie about it at this point. The real question is with so many groups recently signed, how they manage to keep them all straight in their head. Must be one hell of a spreadsheet by now.

Note the association here with Argonauta labelmates and adventure-doomers Bantoriak. That’s always one that catches my eye, it seems, and I’m very much looking forward to their next record as well. Here’s another one for that list in the meantime. Seems to be growing all the time.

From the PR wire:

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Italian Heavy Rockers SUPERNAUGHTY sign to ARGONAUTA RECORDS

We’re excited to announce that Italian Heavy Rockers SUPERNAUGHTY are now part of the family!

Born in 2014 and formed by Filippo Del Bimbo, guitar (ex Flora e Fauna, Korkovado, Bantoriak), Alessio Franceschi, drums (ex Lisergica, Cora), Angelo Fagni, voice (ex Gosh, Cora) and Andrea Burroni, bass (ex Moss Garden, Zona Peep; now replaced by Luca Raffoni), SUPERNAUGHTY band name wants to be a clear tribute, as assonance, to Black Sabbath’s “Supernaut”.

After a recent and extensive live activity (also opening for FATSO JETSON and HIGH ON FIRE), the band is actually working with Matteo Barsacchi (MR BISON) on the final touches to the first full-length, to be released by early 2018.

What you can expect is a massive Heavy Rock with remarkable (early) Grunge and Stoner sonorities, with an exciting taste highly influenced by nineties stuff.

[Picture by Margherita Bandini]

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Supernaughty, Live in Livorno, June 1, 2017

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ELM Premiere “Mayhem” Video; New Album Dog out This Week

Posted in Bootleg Theater on October 17th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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There’s a fate being met in the new video from Italian noise rockers ELM, and not to spoil the plot or anything, but it doesn’t exactly involve winning the lottery. The four-piece will issue their live-recorded debut album, Dog, on Oct. 20 in their home country via Bronson Recordings with a wider release to follow on Dec. 12, and though they may be a long, long way away from Texas, the brash three-piece demonstrate a curious obsession with the Lone Star State, whether it’s in the sparse prairie-looking cover that stands out front of Dog, in claiming it as their home in the various strains of social media or in references like the song “Waco” that appears late on the record.

Hey, everyone has their thing, I guess. Wherever their infatuation might stem from, the Cuneo-based outfit manifest it as a brash heavy punk throughout the 10-track/35-minute Dog, letting under-three-minute cuts like “Scum,” “Lamn,” “Mayhem” and the aforementioned elm dog“Waco” give the album a full sense of thrust while the chug of “La Kiva,” the opener “Banister” and the midtempo abrasion of “Swampland” bring to mind something a screaming Nick Oliveri might conjure in blown-out, thickened punk. Following a fierce salvo of “Banister,” the start-stop chug and bass-led verses of “Ed’s” and the aforementioned motor-charge of “Scum,” a cover of Johnny Cash‘s “Folsom Prison Blues” comes through sounding like it’s just been through a jailhouse riot, or else is looking to start one, and “La Kiva” and the all-out blaster “Lamn” set up “Mayhem” as a lead-in for the finishing trio of “Swampland,” the swinging “Waco” and the six-minute closer “Boogie,” which might actually be the same structurally as all its shorter companion pieces and just played at half-speed. Either way, nice turn.

The video in which somebody gets their ass handed to them is for “Mayhem,” and it’s about as fitting a representation as the bruiser of an LP could ask for. Like much of what surrounds on Dog, there’s little use for frills with such an aggressive core to present, and though they supposedly tracked the album live in their rehearsal space — maybe it’s a really nice rehearsal space? — the rawness does nothing to undercut a full impact of the song and instead becomes an essential aesthetic component, not just there but for the album as a whole, which seems to dwell in a “Swampland” of its own making. They may not be from Texas, but ELM definitely manifest that “Don’t Mess With…” ethic one sees on so many bumper stickers from down that way.

Maybe that’s the mistake our chased protagonist made in the video for “Mayhem?” I guess we’ll never know.

Dog is out Oct. 20 on Bronson Recordings. More info follows the clip below, courtesy of the PR wire.

Please enjoy:

ELM, “Mayhem” official video premiere

MAYHEM by ELM – taken from the forthcoming album DOG
Director: Andrea Cavallari

This is a story of due punishment: you know you did something wrong, so now you know you have to be punished, it’s that simple… but even if you agree with your executioners, in the very end you’ll try to avoid the punishment. Obviously, there is no way to escape: it’s time to meet the Mayhem.

The video was shot in one day in the heart of Pianura Padana, more precisely in the fields surrounding the small town of Pagazzano (near Bergamo), by Italian director Andrea Cavallari (andreacavallari.net) – who already shot Elm’s first video “King of Mormons.”

DOG is out November 20th on Bronson Recordings.

Dog was tracked live at ELM’s rehearsal studio in April 2017 and includes a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” Holed up in their den, they used no outside producers or studio trickery. Dog is dirty, sharp, crushing, no frills rock ’n’ roll, constantly overloaded never underestimated. Mastering was taken care of by Ettore Dordo from Hubsolut Studio in Cuneo, Italy to bring the sound over the maximum impact level.

Dog will see release via Italy’s Bronson Recordings on CD, LP, and digital formats on October 20th in Italy and the rest of Europe and December 12th worldwide. The vinyl edition will be limited to 500 copies with 100 on marble wax and 400 on standard black. For CD preorders visit THIS LOCATION, for black vinyl go HERE, and for marbled vinyl go HERE.

ELM is:
Trtrl: voice
Mrtns: gtr
Mnr: bass
Rt: drums

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