Dustrider Sign to Argonauta Records; Debut Album Due in 2017

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 8th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

The upcoming debut album from Italian trio Dustrider may or may not be titled AstrospherE, stylized with capital letters at both ends of the word. Countryman imprint Argonauta Records, which has picked up the band for an early 2017 release, doesn’t confirm the title in the announcement below, but if you look at Dustrider‘s Bandcamp, or indeed, the embedded player below, you can see it along with the new single “AgarthA.” It doesn’t seem like the kind of thing the band would get wrong or make artwork for on a whim, so probably the safer assumption is they’ve unveiled the title already. Call me crazy. In any case, it’s looking like Spring 2017 for the release, so I’ll let you know more when I hear it.

Till then, here’s what Argonauta had to say on the subject:

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We’re more than happy to announce a new name being part of Argonauta Records family, Italian Heavy Psych/Stoner Rockers DUSTRIDER.

Born in late 2014-early 2015, Dustrider are an instrumental heavypsych/stoner trio from Roma formed by drummer Francesco “Krundaal” Romano (Riti Occulti and Jarman), bassist Andrea “Keoma” Romano and Bruno “Brüno” Bellisario on guitars. Since their beginning, they try to mix all very different influences, spanning from classic heavy metal to stoner, doom and sludge, in a personal and new interpretation. Their sound can be described as a mixture of psychedelic/space rock fused with heavy stoner tunes with an adventurous spirit running throughout their music.

Although in a very short time, the band acquired their own personal vision of music, creating a personal style fused in a heavy doom, desert rock and fuzzy riffs in one spaced out trippy package.

In late 2015, Dustrider release their first EP, Mother Engine, entirely self-produced, which caught the attention and curiosity of part of the insiders. Months after the release of Mother Engine, Dustrider have come out with a new self-produced single, AgarthA, which opens the way to the first album of the band.

The band says: “The idea of being part of the Argonauta family after such a short time from our birth makes us very proud. We would never believed that one of the most important labels of the underground scene put an eye on us. The feeling with Gero was immediate, and we believe that together we can do great things”.

The new Dustrider album will be released on CD/DD by early Spring 2017.

Dustrider are:
Bruno “Brüno” Bellisario – Guitars
Andrea “Keoma” Romano – Bass
Francesco “Krundaal” Romano – Drums

https://dustrider.bandcamp.com
http://dustrider.weebly.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DustriderStoner/
www.argonautarecords.com

Dustrider, “Agartha”

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Varego to Release Epoch this Fall

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

Italian post-sludgers Varego give a taste of their impending second album, Epoch, in a new video teaser that you can see below. Epoch will be released by Argonauta Records this fall, and with a Billy Anderson mix, its foreboding atmosphere and experimentalist undertones are an even easier sell. When it arrives in full, it will be comprised of six tracks, and it seems like in the teaser we get a sample of one of them — at least going by the drum progression — but that already hits on a fascinating combo of hypnotic groove and darker ambience.

The PR wire brought the announcement of the release and the teaser clip below:

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VAREGO: NEW ALBUM AND COLLABORATION WITH BILLY ANDERSON

Italian Post Metal / Sludgers VAREGO announce new album after the acclaimed debut “Tumultum” (2012), the follow up EP “Blindness of the Sun” (2013) and the digital single “Phantasma” (2015).

The new album is entitled EPOCH and captures the band at its very best, with renewed vibes in their sound made of unceasing guitar riffing, yet built on progressive structures with a sort of cinematic touch.

EPOCH will be made of six long tracks and will see the band renewing its long time collaboration with legendary producer BILLY ANDERSON, by caring mixing and mastering.

The band says: “The new album EPOCH is our most relevant effort to date, born after several months of hiatus that gave us a new belief and attitude towards our means and targets. We are plenty satisfied of the band work, being able to capture and build up something different than before, keeping our roots alive and transforming them into an original sound full of energies and atmosphere. Having big influences from bands as MELVINS, NEUROSIS, VOIVOD and MOTORPSYCHO, our aim was to create a sort of celebration of a certain music attitude and method. And the new partnership with Billy Anderson did the rest”.

While the first taste of the new album will be revealed soon, the band just released a promo teaser available here.

EPOCH will be released Fall 2016 in CD/DD by ARGONAUTA Records.

www.argonautarecords.com
www.facebook.com/varego

Varego, Epoch album teaser

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Orion: New Album The Builders of Cosmos out Now

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 25th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Italian heavy space rockers Orion have released their first full-length, Builders of Cosmos, with some pretty impressive backing. Not like they’re secretly on the corporate dole or anything — though that would be interesting too; espionage and subversion in the heavy rock underground, as if anything at all with financial stakes was taking place — but just in terms of the sheer number of labels: Taxi Driver RecordsBrigante RecordsAcid CosmonautSailors Overdrive, and The Smoking Goat, which seems to be affiliated with the studio where Builders of Cosmos was recorded. It’s not of course a guarantee for what you’re going to get when you press (or click) play, but usually when something has that many people feeling that strongly about it, it’s going to make an impression one way or another.

See what you think:

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ORION: Italian Psychedelic Stoner Rock Unit Releases Builders Of Cosmos Via Taxi Driver Records

Taxi Driver Records, in conjunction with The Smoking Goat Recording Studio, Acid Cosmonaut Records, Sailors Overdrive Records, and Brigante Records, are pleased to unveil the debut from psychedelic stoner rock alchemists, ORION.

Fittingly titled Builders Of Cosmos, the six-track offering was captured at The Smoking Goat Recording Studio, mixed by guitarist/vocalist Matteo Signanini, mastered at LRS Studio Factory, and comes shrouded in the mystical cover art of Luca SoloMacello.

ORION is Matteo Signanini (Woodwall) on guitar and vocals, Andrea Ricci (former Mexican Mud, Peawees) on guitar, Richard Silvaggio (former Mexican Mud) on bass, and Pietro Virgilio (former Army Of Angry Youth) on drums. Builder Of Cosmos is out now on CD and digital formats, and available at Taxi Driver’s online store HERE, Taxi Driver’s official Bandcamp page HERE where it’s streaming in full as well as through the band and other label pages listen below.

Builders Of Cosmos Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. Alone With You
3. Lucid Dream
4. Builders Of Cosmos
5. Over & Over
6. Lost Again

http://www.facebook.com/Orionofficialband
http://www.oriondoom.bandcamp.com/
http://www.taxidriverstore.com
http://www.taxidriverstore.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/Thesmokingoat/
http://www.acidcosmonautrecords.blogspot.com/
http://www.sailorsoverdriverecords.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/BriganteRecords/

Orion, Builders of Cosmos (2016)

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Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Vol. III: Mos Generator, The Atomic Bitchwax, Isaak, Glowsun, Komatsu, Void of Sleep & Black Bone Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 21st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Based for the first time in Parma, Italy — the two prior editions had been held in Rome — Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Vol. III has announced a massive round of bands newly joined the proceedings, set for Oct. 28 and 29. The names have trickled out over the last couple weeks, but it seems a roundup is in order, considerable as the names are. In addition to The Atomic Bitchwax, who’ll be on the road with Pentagram at the time, and Fatso Jetson, whose slot was previously announced as part of their Heavy Psych Sounds-sponsored Italian tour, the likes of Mos GeneratorGlowsunIsaakKomatsuVoid of Sleep and Black Bone have joined on.

I’d expect that means Mos Generator are about to announce a European tour, but I don’t think they’ve done so yet. They’ll head abroad supporting their new album, the excellent Abyssinia (review here), while hopefully Fatso Jetson‘s upcoming LP will be out by then as well. More on that if/when I hear it.

I’ve noted more than a handful of times how crowded the European festival circuit is for this fall, but Heavy Psych Sounds continues to put Italy on the map for heavy rock, its reach extended both domestically and internationally more than ever before, as you can see:

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HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST VOL 3 with Atomic Bitchwax, Fatso Jetson, Mos Generator, Giobia, Glowsun, Isaak….

Here to announce the HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST VOL 3.

The Festival will take place in Parma, Italy at Mu Club, 90 minutes down Milan or 45 minutes up Bologna, both are the good spot to arrive with airplane. The shows will be divided between 2 stages.

***Friday 28 October ticket 15 euro
**Saturday 29 October ticket 15 euro

*2 days ticket 25 euro only available at http://www.heavypsychsounds.com/fest/

Line Up:
THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX
FATSO JETSON
MOS GENERATOR
GLOWSUN
GIöBIA
ISAAK
FUZZ ORCHESTRA
DUEL
DEVILLE
KOMATSU
VOID OF SLEEP
BLACK BONE
……….More bands Tba…..

Artwork by Solo Macello.

WWW.HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS.COM

MU CLUB:
www.muparma.club

www.heavypsychsounds.com/fest
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
https://twitter.com/heavypsychsound
heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com

Mos Generator, “Outlander” from Songs for the Firmament

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Them Bulls Release Self-Titled Debut Aug. 26; Stream Opening Track

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 12th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Italian newcomer desert-minded rockers Them Bulls have made the opening track of their self-titled debut album available to stream. The record lands Aug. 26 via Small Stone, and finds the band following up their first EP, the awesomely-titled Space Cadillacs, as they dig in deep to classic Queens of the Stone Age vibes while also finding their own place within a classic heavy rock songwriting modus. They formed in 2014, so have worked quickly toward their first long-player, but the hooks hold up and should pique the interest of those ingrained in the rock of sprawling sands.

I don’t think I wrote this bio from scratch, but I definitely edited it. Dig:

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Them Bulls – Them Bulls

Having already shared stages with labelmates in Abrahma and Lo-Pan, as well as Turbonegro, Nick Oliveri and many others, Italian heavy rockers Them Bulls will release their debut full length, Them Bulls, on Small Stone Records later this Summer.

In just over two years since forming early in 2014, Them Bulls have refined their approach to their unique desert-style fuzz of their initial EP called Space Cadillacs, and have now brought their game to a new level entirely. Executed with melodic precision but a loose feel, the songs like “Pot Gun” and “Bandana, Carlos” nod at the poppy bounce of peak-era Queens of the Stone Age, while “Too Much Hot” offers an attitude all the band’s own and “We Must Live Up” drives the point home with rare emphasis for a band who are still so relatively new.

Marking the debut with the band of second guitarist/backing vocalist Francesco Maria Pasi alongside founding vocalist/ guitarist Daniele Pollio, drummer Giampaolo Farnedi (Mondo Generator, Brant Bjork and the Bros.) and bassist Paolo Baldini, Them Bulls was recorded and mixed by Mattia Dallara at Deposito Zero Studio in April and mastered by Mathias Schneeberger. Them Bulls will be hitting many a stage in support of this release.

1. As Fangs In Stone
2. Bandana, Carlos
3. Devil’s Kiss
4. Pot Gun
5. Too Much Hot
6. Made Of Ghosts
7. Twisted Tongues
8. Through The Sun
9. We Must Live Up
10. Just Another Please

Them Bulls:
Daniele Pollio – Vocals/Guitars
Giampaolo Farnedi – Drums
Paolo Baldini – Bass
Francesco Maria Pasi – Guitar

https://www.facebook.com/thembullsband/
https://smallstone.bandcamp.com/album/them-bulls

Them Bulls, “As Fangs in Stone”

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Psychedelic Witchcraft Reissue Black Magic Man EP

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 1st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Cult rockers Psychedelic Witchcraft released their debut full-length, The Vision, this spring on Soulseller Records. The Italian outfit has followed up that offering with a reissue of their 2015 EP, Black Magic Man (review here), that includes a bonus track Sam Gopal cover tracked as a tribute to Lemmy Kilmister, who played in the band prior to joining Hawkwind, and features new cover art, clearly digging the psych vibe of the songs on the EP.

The PR wire has it like this:

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PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT: Italian Occult Rock Conjurors Reissue Black Magic Man EP On Limited-Edition Twelve-Inch Purple Vinyl Via Taxi Driver Records

New Pressing Includes Bonus Cover Track/Lemmy Tribute

Italian occult rock conjurors PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT — who recently announced their disbanding — released their critically lauded debut EP, Black Magic Man, last Summer via Taxi Driver Records.

Initially issued as a limited-edition ten-inch and now long sold out, Taxi Driver recently repressed the EP on twelve-inch purple vinyl with an etched B-side. Limited to three-hundred copies, the release comes with updated cover art by British poster artist Matt Wilkins as well as a bonus cover track tribute to Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister titled “The Dark Lord” originally released in 1969 by psychedelic rock band Sam Gopal (which featured Ian Willis AKA Lemmy).

Comments PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT leader Virginia Montisais, “I’m so excited for the reissue of Black Magic Man. I really wouldn’t expect a sold out and a second pressing when I first uploaded ‘Angela’ on YouTube. I’m very happy again to collaborate with Taxi Driver for the release of this new edition, because they’re the ones who made the PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT project possible and they always supported me in good and bad times from the beginning. We decided to add the cover of ‘The Dark Lord’ by Sam Gopal, that we play live very often, as a bonus track, a thought that came to mind after the tragic news of Lemmy’s death. For us, and everyone I think, Lemmy has been such an inspiration not only for his music, but also as an artist and person, and our best way to honor him was to include one of his songs in our EP’s reissue.”

PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT’s Black Magic Man EP is now available via the Taxi Driver webstore HERE as well as BandCamp at THIS LOCATION where you can hear a stream of the EP.

Black Magic Man Track Listing:
1. Angela
2. Lying On Iron
3. Black Magic Man
4. Slave Of Grief
5. The Dark Lord

http://www.facebook.com/PsychedelicWitchcraft/
http://www.taxidriverstore.com
http://www.facebook.com/taxidriverrecords
http://www.taxidriverstore.bandcamp.com

Psychedelic Witchcraft, Black Magic Man (2016)

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Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Vol. III Adds Fatso Jetson, Mos Generator, Glowsun and Isaak

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 1st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

With the addition of a second batch of four acts to follow-up the first announcement a couple weeks ago, Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Vol. III brings its total bill to eight bands over the course of two nights, Oct. 28 and 29, in Parma, Italy. The festival is of course put together by Heavy Psych Sounds, the Rome-based record label owned by Gabriele Fiori, also guitarist/vocalist for Black Rainbows and Killer Boogie, either of which would make an excellent candidate for a slot as well.

As well as the label, Heavy Psych Sounds‘ tour-booking wing (in accord with Sound of Liberation) is responsible for bringing Fatso Jetson to Europe this fall on an Italian run set to begin Oct. 23. The fest will be near the end of the tour (I’ll post the dates asap) and is one of a series of events taking place over consecutive weekends throughout Europe between September and October, a list that includes Up in SmokeDesertfest Athens, Desertfest Belgium, and keep it Keep it Low, the latter of which happens just the weekend before, in Switzerland.

Of course, Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Vol. III, like the imprint/booking company from whence it takes its name, has a regional focus as well. While two of the new acts joining on are American and another is French, Isaak are Italian natives, and they join countrymen in the previously announced Giobia and Fuzz Orchestra. That ain’t everybody by any means, but three out of eight (so far) can only be said to be giving the native scene its due.

Here’s the announcement:

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Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking is proud to announce the:

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST VOL. III
October 28 & 29
Italy, Parma, Circolo Arci MU

NEW bands announced:

******FATSO JETSON******
*****MOS GENERATOR*****
*********GLOWSUN********
***********ISAAK**********

bands already announced:

*****FUZZ ORCHESTRA*****
***********DUEL***********
**********GIOBIA***********
*********DEVILLE**********

MORE BANDS TBA

1 day ticket or 2 days pass available NOW at www.heavypsychsounds.com/fest

https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
www.heavypsychsounds.com

Fatso Jetson, “New Age Android”/”I’ve Got the Shame” live

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Black Rainbows Announce July & August Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 29th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Italian heavy psych forerunners Black Rainbows aren’t so far removed from their last run through Europe, which they capped off just a month ago at Freak Valley 2016 in Germany as they heralded the arrival of their fifth LP, Stellar Prophecy (review here), but they’ve already announced a stint for the absolute dead of summer that will take them to Austria and to Cypress in addition to their home country. July and August on the Mediterranean? Sounds sweaty. Probably just what Black Rainbows are looking for.

If you happen to be in that part of the world or you don’t, Black Rainbows continue to be worth your time and attention. I also doubt they’ve been completely still for the past month, as they’re just about always writing new songs or putting something to tape, so, you know, keep an eye out.

Here’s to quality work:

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Black Rainbows summer dates!

30.06.2016 IT Zerobranco-Altroquando
01.07.2016 IT Trieste-Covo de Jameson
02.07.2016 AT Salzburg-Dome of Rock Fest
30.07.2016 IT Isola D’Elba-Neverending Music Fest
01.08.2016 IT Roma-Villa Ada Incontra Il Mondo
06.08.2016 CY Agios Sozomenos-Into The Limbo Fest
19.08.2016 IT Cagliari-Tattoo Convention

Since they formed nine years ago in Roma, Italian trio BLACK RAINBOWS have established themselves as one of the most active fuzz-fueled rock acts in Europe, with four albums, a remarkable handful of EPs (including a split record with L.A.’s space rockers Farflung) and countless tours and festival appearances across the continent.

Blending the drive and swagger of 70’s hard rock with the sun-baked thickness of 90’s stoner rock, BLACK RAINBOWS have managed to create their own sound imprint, that could be described as “Hawkwind, MC-5 and Nebula crashing cars in the middle of the Mojave desert”. Closely following with their highly acclaimed effort Hawkdope, the band is set to deliver another tasty piece of their fuzzy cake with fifth full-length Stellar Prophecy, out on April 15th via Heavy Psych Sounds.

http://www.theblackrainbows.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BLACKRAINBOWSROCK/
https://twitter.com/BLACKRAINBOWSii
http://blackrainbows.bandcamp.com/
http://www.heavypsychsounds.com/

Black Rainbows, Stellar Prophecy (2016)

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