Wino Wednesday: Spirit Caravan, “Dead Love/Jug Fulla Sun” at London Desertfest 2014

Posted in Bootleg Theater on July 16th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Yeah, I know this isn’t the first Wino Wednesday clip culled from the video evidence snagged at this year’s Desertfest in London. Not even close, actually. But unlike Wino‘s sit-in with Weedeater (seen here) and his acoustic set with Spirit Caravan bandmate Dave Sherman (seen here), this week’s video is actually of Spirit Caravan performing. If that’s too minor a distinction, I apologize. Stick around and it’ll be something else next week.

For now, shot from the side of the stage in a rather nostalgic black and white, we see Sherman, drummer Henry Vasquez and, deep in the shot, Wino himself performing “Dead Love/Jug Fulla Sun” from Spirit Caravan‘s classic 1999 debut, Jug Fulla Sun. In a big way, the album would define the band going forward, and while their 2001 follow-up/swansong, Elusive Truth, brought new edges to the sound and they continued to progress right up to the new studio tracks they included with their final offering, the 2003 The Last Embrace compilation, Jug Fulla Sun remains a standout 15 years later in capturing the trio as they were in a natural, heavy rolling state. It’s hard to imagine the smooth instrumental “Dead Love” section and “Jug Fulla Sun” without each other, and as Sherman stomps out the groove in the early going of the latter, I can’t help but agree. Simply one of heavy rock’s best nods.

Spirit Caravan just reissued Jug Fulla Sun on a limited, hand-screened LP – Exile on Mainstream had them for sale — and they looked absolutely gorgeous. It’s a worthy investment as the band’s reunion continues and they promise work on a new album, which would be their first studio outing since Elusive Truth. More on that to come, I’m sure, but until then, hope you enjoy “Dead Love/Jug Fulla Sun” and get a sense of just how much vitality there is at the heart of this band.

Happy Wino Wednesday:

Spirit Caravan, “Dead Love/Jug Fulla Sun” Live at Desertfest London 2014

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Enos to Release Live at the East Slope DVD

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 11th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Who is this John Chimpo character?

Last year, UK space metallers Enos released a live EP called The East Slope. It came out in April 2013 and was captured — live, obviously — about a month earlier. Here we are, more than a year later, and the Brighton two-guitar foursome have sent word down the PR wire that Live at the East Slope will now be put out as a DVD on Aug. 2, an occasion they’ll celebrate by playing a release show alongside Bright Curse and Wizard Fight.

What’s the lesson? It takes much longer to make a live video release than a live audio one.

Kudos to Enos, and to Rapture Films as well I guess, for making it happen at all. In this age of instant YouTubely gratification, it’ll make a fine inclusion at the merch table for anyone who wants to delve deeper than an album might allow for, and while one awaits their next studio outing following late-2012′s All too Human, it should provide enough of a fix to hold even the most ardent of followers.

Details and whatnots:

It's really great, Cap. It's Afghanistanimation!

Live Enos DVD released 2nd of August 2014!

Well, it’s been a while but we’ve not been dragging our heels. After a lot of work (and swearing) by Rapture Films and ourselves the Live at The East Slope DVD is set for release on the 2nd of August 2014! The film captures our Sussex University show from the 22nd of March 2013 (the release show for the vinyl version of All Too Human) and features over an hour of psychedelic noise. The set is made up of tracks from both All Too Human and Chapter One and a couple of tracks from this show were released on The East Slope live EP last year. Filmed live at The East Slope Bar on the Sussex University campus Live at The East Slope features the show as it was on the night from start to finish (with a few additional animations here and there) and we fell it perfectly captured the atmosphere of the night. On the night we had the full light-show from Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow as well as a guest appearance from Sigrid Jakobson for a rendition of Collisions. The full track list is…

1. All Too Human
2. In Space
3. Floating
4. Left For Dead
5. Collisions
6. Another Solution
7. Launch
8. Devil Makes Work
9. Transform
10. Who Knew?
11. Back To Earth

And just to whet your appetite here’s the live version of Left For Dead.

To celebrate the release we’ll be performing live at The Unicorn in Camden on the 2nd of August, this will be your first chance to pick up a copy for yourself. Support comes in the form of Wizard Fight and Bright Curse, doors are at 7.30pm so get there early!! As well as that we have another Brighton show at The Hope on the 8th of August with support from The Ingrates, Deaf From Behind and The Tricks. Doors are at 8pm, tickets available here.

Enos, “Left for Dead” from Live at the East Slope (2014)

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Stubb Announce Tracklisting for Cry of the Ocean

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 25th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster


It’s a quick post from London heavy rock trio Stubb, but it serves as a reminder of yet another record set to arrive in the coming months worth watching out for. Actually, there’s no release date yet, but I’m hoping this one makes it out before the end of the year. Stubb‘s 2012 self-titled debut (review here) was a winter album, and if their second outing and first for Ripple Music, Cry of the Ocean, follows suit, I’ll take it.

Stubb recorded the album at Skyhammer Studios, owned by Jon Davis of Conan, and Cry of the Ocean will mark the first recorded appearance by drummer Tom Fyfe, who came aboard to replace Chris West (also ex-Trippy Wicked), who played on the first record and subsequent single, Under a Spell (review here). Fyfe joins guitarist/vocalist Jack Dickinson and bassist/vocalist Peter Holland, who now also plays in Elephant Tree.

So yes, Stubb‘s sophomore full-length will find the band in a different situation than did their debut, and opening with a two-parter — even, let’s say if part one is an intro and part two is the song itself — speaks to a progressive ambition on their part, but I have little doubt that the songwriting will deliver, and if you heard the first record, you know that’s what it’s all about with these guys. Well, that and the thick-bottom grooves they lock in along the way.

Will keep you apprised when I get more info on the release — things like the art, arrival date, and so on — but here’s the tracklist, courtesy of the band:

This is just a logo, not the album art. I basically just wanted something to put here.

These are the song titles in order for our new album ‘Cry Of The Ocean’

Cry Of The Ocean Part 1
Cry Of The Ocean Part 2
Heavy Blue Sky
Sail Forever
Devil’s Brew
Snake Eyes
You’ll Never Know

Stubb, “Under a Spell”

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Steak to Release Slab City this September

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 19th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Thee dudes of Steak.

After probably more than a year and countless email reminders, I’ve finally upgraded the WordPress back end to this site. I was up half the night doing so, and it’s a process that’s not yet finished. A serious pain in the ass, and as usual, for everything that works about the new version, there’s some minor tweak made that fucks up something I used all the time that was in no way broken to start with. Ugh.

Nonetheless, as the dudely dudes of London’s Steak remind us, life goes on. In their case, it goes on to the desert, where it records a full-length debut for Napalm Records called Slab City that’s due out in September. I’m looking forward to hearing this one, as both of Steak‘s EPs to date have been dead-on ragers, all riffs and ass-kickery and whatnot. The London outfit have also put in steady road time these last several years, so it should be interesting to hear what they’ve come up with.

The artwork and tracklisting have been unveiled for Slab City and you can see both below. I had no idea drummer Sammy had four arms. That’s probably a big help:

Yeah, this looks about right.

STEAK Unveil Title, Track Listing, Artwork & Release Dates of Upcoming Album!

They say the British prefer their steak bloody; almost most of them still eat it raw. However, here lies an English piece of STEAK ahead, which is really nice and dry. The Stoner Rockers have just unveiled the artwork, title, track listing & release dates of their upcoming album Slab City (01.09.2014 in the UK & 09.09.2014 CAN/USA, Napalm Records):

Track Listing:
1. Coma
2. Liquid Gold
3. Slab City
4. Pisser
5. Quaaludes and Interludes
6. Roadhead
7. Machine
8. Hanoid
9. Rising
10. Old Timer D.W.

Release Dates:
01.09.2014 UK
05.09.2014 G/A/S, BENELUX & FIN
08.09.2014 Rest of Europe
09.09.2014 USA/CAN
10.09.2014 NOR/SWE/ESP

For More Info Visit:

Steak, “Liquid Gold” Live, Feb. 2014

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Steak Added to Desertfest Belgium 2014 Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 21st, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Set to release their debut LP on Napalm Records this September, the dudely dudes in London heavy rockers Steak have been announced as the latest addition to the formidable lineup of the first Desertfest Belgium, set for Oct. 10-12 in Antwerp. They join a cast of some of the heaviest heavy, with Electric Wizard, YOB, Pallbearer and All Them Witches accounted for and presumably more to come, but it all seems to be part of Steak‘s plan for global domination, as the four-piece drop hints in the PR wire info below of further Euro touring this fall in addition to the dates they already have lined up with Swedish rock masters Greenleaf.

Get yourself informed so you know when and how they’re coming for you:

STEAK confirmed to play Desertfest Belgium 2014

London’s finest stoner rockers STEAK are confirmed for the first edition of Desertfest Belgium in Antwerp, along with Electric Wizard, Yob, Brant Bjork, Kadavar and many more.

Within two years, STEAK have established themselves as one of the British stoner rock scene’s most satisfying acts. Following the sandy steps of their American elders Kyuss or Fu Manchu, STEAK’s music is driven by ballsy riffs and contagious grooves, tinged with moments of pure cosmic escapism.

After their two critically acclaimed EPs Disastronaught and Corned Beef Colossus and a serie of successful gigs across Spain, France, Switzerland and the UK, the fuzzy foursome flew out to Palm Springs’ very own Thunder Underground studio this winter to record their first full-length record, due out on September 4th via Napalm Records.

The album was produced by Harper Hug (Vista Chino, Brant Bjork, Nick Oliveri) and co-produced by Unida’s guitarist Arthur Seay, and will feature guest vocals from desert rock legend John Garcia. Before going on a full European tour this fall, Steak will hit the stage of the first Desertfest Belgium edition to introduce their new tunes to the crowd. Not to be missed!

The band will also play UK’s brand new music event ALT-FEST, as well as a couple of gigs to support the release of their first full-length, due out September 4th via NAPALM RECORDS.

08.16.14 – ALT-FEST (UK) Kettering
09.04.14 – CARDIFF (UK) Moon Club **
09.05.14 – MANCHESTER (UK) Kraak **
09.06.14 – LONDON (UK) The Borderline ***
10.10.14 – DESERTFEST BELGIUM (Antwerp) Trix Centrum ***
** w/ Greenleaf
*** w/ Greenleaf and Sedulus

(Full European Tour coming in November)

After the undeniable success of both Desertfest London and Berlin, the brand expands a bit more with the first edition of DESERTFEST BELGIUM in Antwerp this October. Get ready for three days of stoner rock, doom, sludge and psychedelia in a super friendly and chilled atmosphere.

October 10-11-12th in Antwerp (Belgium)
Tickets and infos on

Steak, “Glanshammar” official video

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Wino Wednesday: Acoustic with Dave Sherman at London Desertfest 2014

Posted in Bootleg Theater on May 14th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Particularly since he started doing acoustic sets now over four years ago, Wino has shown up in some unexpected places. I seem to recall a set from the Volcom store in Los Angeles from 2011, and in 2010 he had that in-store at Substance Records in Bulgaria. There are countless other examples, but the point is he’s taken advantage of the “have guitar will travel” ethic, and if you’ve got a corner that’ll hold a dude and his guitar, it seems like maybe you’ve got a shot at getting Wino to play sooner or later. Something to keep in mind, no doubt.

Already at Desertfest in London to headline with the reunited Spirit Caravan, Wino found time to also bust out an acoustic set at the Vans store in Camden Town. I remember I was hoping to see Trippy Wicked there last year, also playing acoustic, and couldn’t figure out where it was, then quite literally walked by it on my way to The Underworld, so yeah, it’s right in the mix with the rest of the Desertfest venues, and if I’m not mistaken, this year there were also a few signings and other events happening throughout the weekend. I’ve never been much for autograph hunting, but cool anyway if the bands playing take the time for it. Ditto that this acoustic set.

In the beginning of the clip — in which Wino is joined by his Spirit Caravan bandmate Dave ShermanWino mentions this is one of the earliest songs he wrote. I haven’t been able to place it, if it’s a The Obsessed track or what, so if you know the name of the song, please let me know. The chorus is sort of vaguely familiar, but I don’t know if that’s just because I watched the video five times in a row or what. Either way, hope you enjoy and have an excellent Wino Wednesday:

Wino Acoustic at Desertfest London, April 25, 2014

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Orange Goblin to Reissue Healing through Fire on June 10

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 8th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Presumably it’s Orange Goblin‘s plan to have their new album ready to roll out by the time they hit the road with Saint Vitus on the latter’s European tour celebrating their 35th anniversary. The kings of London’s heavy scene are currently in the studio making said album (as the pic above proves), and in the meantime, they’ve announced that Candlelight will reissue their 2007 outing, Healing through Fire, with bonus tracks on June 10 in North America and May 26 everywhere else.

Makes sense. Healing through Fire was a brilliant record that never got its due Stateside, considering its release was just around the time Sanctuary Records was imploding. After coming to the US to support 2004′s Thieving from the House of God, the four-piece never got back to support it either beyond an appearance at the 2009 Planet Caravan festival in North Carolina, and by then the album was already two years old. It’s been more or less begging for a reissue since, despite having been included in Orange Goblin‘s 5CD box set in 2011.

Nice to be mentioned in the press release below, so thanks to Candlelight for that, even though I’m not at The Aquarian anymore and the noted interview with Ben Ward appeared here in its full, unabridged form. I’ll take what I can get, I guess. Ward had some interesting stuff to say about Healing through Fire in that interview, so if you get the chance, it might be worth a look ahead of this reissue.

The PR wire takes it from here:


While fans await the new album from England’s ORANGE GOBLIN, Candlelight is set to reissue the misisng piece from the band’s stateside catalog. Originally released in 2007, the Mark Daghorn produced Healing Through Fire was issued via Sanctuary Records. The album closed a 3 year recording gap for the band (previous album Thieving From The House of God released 2004 via Rise Above Records) and would be the only album the quartet would release for Sanctuary.

Talking with The Aquarian Weekly’s JJ Koczan in 2011, vocalist Ben Ward noted, “it would have been nice to play for our US fans and promote Healing Through Fire, but for some reason or another, it just never materialized.” ORANGE GOBLIN would not return to America until 2011; the tour put together to promote the release of a limited 5-cd box set released by Rise Above/Metal Blade Records. It was during The Aquarian Weekly interview that Ward enthusiastically said, “we’re finally going to get the opportunity to play the material from Healing Through Fire for American audiences. We’re going to go out and play four or five songs off that record for the crowd.”

Lyrically inspired by The Great Plague and London ’s Great Fire of 1666, the band still considers it to be one of their best albums. Ward says, “this album has been very hard to find in recent times. We are glad that people can once again hear what I consider to be one of our finest albums. Songs like “The Ballad of Solomon Eagle,” They Come Back,” “Vagrant Stomp,” and many more that are regularly featured in our live set can now be heard again. As a band, we are delighted.”

Currently recording the follow-up to the mega-successful A Eulogy For The Damned, ORANGE GOBLIN are expected to return to the US to tear up clubs later this year. Working again with Jamie Dodd, bass guitar and drums have been tracked with guitars and vocals expected to be completed by May 17. The final mix is anticipated by early June . The band announced last week a full European tour with doom legend Saint Vitus. Set to begin in France on October 9, the tour will work its way through 13 countries before concluding in Germany on November 14. On the tour’s announcement Ward said, “we are extremely excited to be going on tour with our good friends and long-time heroes Saint Vitus. Vitus are one of the bands that inspired us to form ORANGE GOBLIN all those years ago and to be able to promote our new album and celebrate their 35th Anniversary at the same time just blows my mind. This tour is going to be awesome.”

The reissue of Healing Through Fire includes two live bonus tracks taken from the band’s studio performance at BBC’s famous Maida Vale studio in London for the Radio One Rock Show in August 2007.

ORANGE GOBLIN’s still untitled new album is anticipated for release in October.

Ben Ward – vocals
Joe Hoare – guitar
Martyn Millard – bass
Chris Turner – drums

1. The Ballad of Solomon Eagle
2. Vagrant Stomp
3. The Ale House Braves
4. Cities of Frost
5. Hot Knives And Open Sores
6. Hounds Ditch
7. Mortlake (Dead Water)
8. They Come Back (Harvest of Skulls)
9. Beginners Guide to Suicide
10. The Ballad of Solomon Eagle (live at the BBC, bonus)
11. The Come Back (Harvest of Skulls) (live at the BBC, bonus)

Orange Goblin, Healing through Fire (2007)

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Bright Curse to Record New Album at Skyhammer Studio

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 7th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

London-based heavy rockers Bright Curse have made it known that this summer they’ll be recording their second long-player at Skyhammer Studio, the base of operations run by Conan‘s Jon Davis and in-house engineer Chris Fielding. The trio who released their debut on vinyl through Bilocation Records are the latest in an admirable and evidently ongoing series of names to record at Skyhammer, and with Bright Curse‘s songs floating somewhere between heavy psych and doom, it should make for an interesting mix of influences at work. I guess we’ll hear how it comes out.

Until then, the PR wire:

BRIGHT CURSE to record their debut album this summer

After a critically acclaimed debut EP Bright Curse released in November 2012 and re-edited by German label Bilocation Records/Kozmik Artifactz in 2013, the psychedelic doom trio formed by Romain Daut (guitar & vocals), Zach Mizzi (drums) and Jack Boughton (bass) is finally fully ready to record their debut album. This July, BRIGHT CURSE will head to Skyhammer Studio in Cheshire for one week, to lay down their cosmic ideas and heavy riffage. The album will be recorded and produced by CONAN’s Chris Fielding and Jon Davis.

Here are a few words from BRIGHT CURSE’s frontman Romain about the upcoming events: “It’s been a long time since we’ve been looking for the right producer to work on our second record. We really wanted to reinforce the thickness of our sound, make it deeper and heavier, and get a real homogeneity between the psychedelic and heavy parts. I think that working with a member of Conan as well as a man who worked with Electric Wizard and Serpent Venom will definitely help in that way. We are really looking forward to it!”.

More infos about the album will be given in due time, but for now, check out their debut EP Bright Curse on and let the magic flow through your speakers…

Bright Curse, “Fear the Lord” Live at Desertfest London 2014

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Wino Wednesday: Covering Skynyrd with Weedeater at Desertfest London 2014

Posted in Bootleg Theater on May 7th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Spirit Caravan were headliners at Desertfest London 2014, topping the first-night bill on April 25 at the Electric Ballroom with Ed Mundell‘s The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic, Sasquatch and Monkey3. Needless to say, many righteous solos likely ensued. Weedeater played the next night right before Kvelertak in the same venue, and I guess as Spirit Caravan had already played the Berlin Desertfest, they had the weekend to hang out and do things like signings, a Wino acoustic set, and maybe sit in with Weedeater while they cover Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Gimme Back My Bullets.”

Weedeater toured with Saint Vitus in 2012 — the Brooklyn show is already legendary as far as I’m concerned — so this isn’t the first time they and Wino have shared a stage. I doubt that tour was either. But so far as I know, it’s the first time Wino has actually sat in with the band, and he both plays guitar and sings on the song, adding his voice to the gravel-throated screams of Weedeater bassist “Dixie” Dave Collins and his tone to the molasses-riffing of Dave Shepherd while relatively-recently added drummer Travis Owen faces sideways and beats the living hell out of his kit. Wino sort of relinquishes vocals to Collins as the song progresses in favor of tearing into leads with Shepherd, but the point gets across either way.

A take on “Gimme Back My Bullets” (sans Wino) appeared on Weedeater‘s 2007 album, God Luck and Good Speed. The trio, now signed to Season of Mist after releasing that album and its 2011 follow-up, Jason… the Dragon, on Southern Lord, are expected to have a new record out sometime later this year or early in 2015 and have reissued much if not all of their catalog through their new label. Meanwhile, Spirit Caravan‘s reunion run has ended and Saint Vitus embark on their 35th anniversary tour playing Born too Late in full tomorrow (dates here). More to come on that, I’m sure.

Enjoy and have a great Wino Wednesday:

Weedeater with Wino, “Gimme Back My Bullets” Live at Desertfest London 2014

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Sleep to Headline London Desertfest 2015

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 1st, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Desertfest London gets right back into it. Fresh off the 2014 edition and with the prospect of a Belgian franchise this fall, the festival has announced that stoner metal gods Sleep will headline London’s installment in 2015. Don’t get me wrong, everything I’ve seen these guys do so far has been awesome and it’s been a blast to watch this fest grow, but Sleep puts them in an entirely different category. I thought they’d have a hard time outdoing the 2014 fest, with Boris, Weedeater, Spirit Caravan and so on, and they basically did it in one band. Take that, planet earth.

The PR wire brings the good news and the dates. Desertfest London 2015 is set for April 24-26. You can take your hoverboard to get there, because it’s the future!


First headliner for DESERTFEST LONDON 2015 is announced!

We hope your Desertfest 2014 experience in Camden was as exciting and full of good surprises as ours. Once again, the festival was a success thanks to everyone involved, and thanks to you! So to help you cope with the usual post-Desertfest comedown, we decided not to wait any longer before unveiling the first headliner for Desertfest 2015…

We are more than thrilled to confirm the venue of American stoner rock pioneers SLEEP at Desertfest next spring! And as epic as it gets, it will be an EXCLUSIVE SHOW for the legendary trio formed by Matt Pike, Al Cisneros and Jason Roeder, so we can already guarantee you of the epicness of this very performance at the Electric Ballroom.

Get a glimpse of SLEEP live at Hellfest 2013 to get in the mood!

DESERTFEST LONDON 2015 will take place on April 24th to 26th in Camden. Feel free to spread this awesome news in your publications.

April 24th-26th 2015 in Camden Town
The Electric Ballroom – The Underworld – The Black Heart

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Sleep, Live at Hellfest 2013

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Friday Full-Length: Orange Goblin, Time Travelling Blues

Posted in Bootleg Theater on April 4th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Orange Goblin, Time Travelling Blues (1998)

You wouldn’t know it to look at either my pajamas or my plans for the evening, which include experimenting with a parmesan cheese crisp recipe and watching baseball, but I must feel like partying on some level if I’m breaking out Orange Goblin‘s Time Travelling Blues. Yeah, the UK stoner doom forerunners vibe out Kyuss-style on “Shine” and bring things down a little bit on the title cut, but basically, that’s what this album is to me: A party. And not one of those parties you wind up at where you don’t know anybody and it’s all awkward and terrible. I’m talking about good friends, beers, the yard — all that nonsense. I don’t think I’ve ever actually done that with this record on, but I’d be down to try.

Time Travelling Blues is the second Orange Goblin album, released in 1998 on Rise Above. Because the band has remained so vital — if anything, becoming more so; they’re certainly bigger now than they’ve ever been — it’s strange to think of the record as being 16 years old, but Orange Goblin have kicked a lot of ass for a long time, so there you go. This one I consider the middle part of an essential trilogy of Orange Goblin full-lengths, with their 1997 debut, Frequencies from Planet 10, on one side and 2000′s third offering, The Big Black, on the other, though really none of their stuff is to be fucked with, and live they destroy. No wonder the London scene is currently flush with bands working under their influence.

Orange Goblin‘s last album came out in 2012, but with how hard they’ve toured to support A Eulogy for the Damned, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to think it might get a follow-up sooner rather than later. Maybe 2015? After the half-decade between 2007′s Healing through Fire and Eulogy, I certainly wouldn’t argue.

Next week is Roadburn, if you can friggin’ believe that. Snuck up on me this year, it did, though I’ve been doing enough work in preparation. The process is going to be a little different this year than in years past, I think. Sorry to be vague. I’ll explain it all next week. I fly out Tuesday night, get to Tilburg on Wednesday and probably start typing immediately. As ever, you know I’ll cover as much as I can and update as much as I can. Before I even start, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the fest and the 013 venue. It’s through the generous grace of both that I’m able to go at all.

When I get back, I have some serious thinking to do. Need to find a job, and in the meantime, need to adjust the balance of my day to better facilitate that — which means maybe I don’t spend a nine-to-five’s worth on blogging about doom for no money. Maybe it’s time to put ads on the site and see if I can bring in some cash that way. I don’t know. I’d only like to do ads if they have nothing to do with music. Like if I could get banners for Palmolive and shit like that, I’d be down. Otherwise it’s like throwing your editorial integrity right out the window, though that’s essentially how it’s been since the first newspaper opened and did a story about the restaurant next door. I don’t know when unemployment monies start coming in, but my student loans are in deferment, which helps. Need to talk to The Patient Mrs. and see what my options are and how long we can hold out, because if you’re an out of work editor, nobody gives a fuck. I knew it before but didn’t have to care. Now I have to care and it’s fucking killing me. Need to find something that’s not just a resumé shot into a LinkedIn abyss.

Anyway. Before I head out next week, look for a Pilgrim review. I might hit up that Satan’s Satyrs/Magic Circle/Queen Elephantine show mentioned earlier as well on Sunday, and if I do, I’ll review that too.

Enjoy the Orange Goblin and have a great and safe weekend. Please hit up the forum and radio stream.

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Video Trailers Posted for Desertfest 2014 in London and Berlin

Posted in Bootleg Theater on April 3rd, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

I’ll admit to carrying more than a bit of jealousy in my heart for those who’ll be in either London or Berlin at the end of the month when Desertfest gets underway in both towns. Either city is a trek I’d gladly make if I had cash for the flight, and I suppose if being broke has any upside, it’s saving me from having to choose one over the other. Poor consolation for not getting over there, but frankly I’ll take what I can get at this point.

A video trailer back Stubb‘s Jack Dickinson surfaced for the London fest about a week ago, and today Berlin followed suit in posting a trailer for the fest there. Again, either way you go, you can’t really lose. Whether you’re seeing Causa Sui and Stoned Jesus in Berlin or Pombagira and Borracho in London, you’re in for an amazing weekend you won’t soon forget and an experience of a community coming into its own even as it continues to discover what that means. This is a very cool year for Desertfest. So was last year. The one before that wasn’t half bad either.

You get the point though, and the point is me, unemployed and sulking. I’m sure I’ll have more about Desertfest before it actually launches, but I wanted to post these clips together just to give a sample of the vibe of both festivals and what they have to offer the discerning gormandizers who might hit them up. Desertfest Berlin runs April 24-26 at Astra Kulturhaus in Berlin, Germany, and Desertfest London picks up April 25-27 at various venues in Camden Town. Info in the clips and at the links.

Desertfest Berlin 2014 trailer

24th, 25th, 26th April 2014 : DESERTFEST BERLIN

THURSDAY 24th – Spirit Caravan Official – Sleepy Sun – Siena Root – ASG – Sixty Watt Shaman – Pet The Preacher – ANCIIENTS – The Midnight Ghost Train – Cojones
FRIDAY 25th — Kvelertak – Causa Sui – Church of Misery Official – Elder – Huata – HULL – GOZU – BLACK RAINBOWS – Prisma Circus – The Moth – Red Stoner Sun – MANTAR
SATURDAY 26th — Clutch – Radio Moscow – The Machine – The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic – Stoned Jesus – THE GRAVIATORS – Sasquatch – Radar Men from the Moon – SardoniS – Castle – Metal Band – Powder for Pigeons – DoctoR DooM

Desertfest Berlin website

Desertfest London 2014 trailer

Desertfest 2014 is heavier than before & Taking over Camden, London during the 25-27th April.With over 60 bands from the underground stoner / doom and sludge scene peforminng this years fesitval is not to be missed, Headliners are Spirit Caravan / Kvlertak & Boris, plus weedeater, church of misery, ASG, blues Pills and many more…for the full line up please click below.

Desertfest London website

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Baron Greenback and Dead Existence Added to London Desertfest 2014

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 14th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Look at that fucking lineup. God damn. I mean, Desertfest London killed it last year with Unida and Dozer and Lowrider and Pentagram, etc., but man, with Spirit Caravan and Boris and The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic and everyone else on this bill, it might be even bigger. From Pombagira and The Cosmic Dead to Weedeater and Samsara Blues Experiment, it’s the kind of thing that no doubt will make you want to be three places in once. Monkey 3, Sasquatch and Graves at Sea. Come on. That’s not even fair.

Two more added to the pile today in the form of native UK acts Baron Greenback and Dead Existence. Announcements follow courtesy of the Desertfest website:

Baron Greenback See Red at DesertFest 2014

Despite Baron Greenback’s decision to avoid labelling themselves as any particular genre, the culmination of their talents and styles lands them smack in the middle of what a good DesertFest band should be: riff-laden, thick as mud and full of heavy grooves.

With a mission to “create music which shifts through different textures and soundscapes whilst remaining interesting, captivating and challenging”, the ‘Greenback acknowledge they still need to retain a groove that people can appreciate. However, the major thing that sets them apart from the pack is a slight edge of funk to keep your mosh pit-ready toes dancing.

Since forming in South-West England in 2009, this heavy quartet have been very busy; they’ve shared stages with the likes of Serpent Venom, Alunah, Karma to Burn, Slab, Honky, Desert Storm, and more recently the mighty EYEHATEGOD, Orange Goblin, Kylesa and Graveyard. Above all, the band pride themselves on simply playing whatever style of music thunders out of their instruments naturally, and we’re certainly lucky that their musical second nature has landed them alongside the heavyweights to give them all a funky kick in the pants.

Kind Words: Cat Jones

It’s a Dead Existence Once Again at DesertFest 2014

Veteran sludge warlords Dead Existence cite “Misery” and “Hatred” as the main influences for their brand of savage metallic brutality.

Boasting tracks that push the 15 minute mark, a Dead Existence show is a safe place for those phobic of ballads, tambourines or a sense of wellbeing. The band’s experience is evident as they expertly blend elements of Doom, Sludge and Hardcore into their cauldron of hatred, concocting a potion of formidable potency. Dark, brooding and atmospheric interludes whisper reassurances in your ear, but dare to trust this feral beast and you’ll be the victim of the unrelenting and merciless fury that waits around the corner.

Brave Dead Existence at DesertFest 2014, I urge you. One thing is for sure: the only moment a lighter will be held aloft is in search of an escape route after these London-dwelling Leviathans challenge the foundations of the venue to a duel, and rise victorious.

Literary Bruises: Dan Grigg

Dead Existence, Born into the Planet’s Scars (2011)

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Boris and Weedeater Added to Desertfest London 2014

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 7th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

As you can see in the banner above, the lineup for Desertfest 2014 in London wasn’t exactly hurting as it was, but to have Weedeater get added yesterday and top off the week today with announcing that Boris had signed on to headline alongside Spirit Caravan and Kvelertak, and well, I guess we can call 2014 the year Desertfest “went for it.” Goodness gracious, that’s a solid bill. Makes me want to take out a loan to get there to see it.

While my broke, overworked and underpaid ass hangs its head in an all-too-familiar shame, here are the announcements, snagged off the Desertfest website, with compliments to Tom Geddes, who wrote them:


And so we announce our final headliner for DesertFest 2014 – Japanese experimental legends Boris!

How on Earth can you capture Boris’ sound in words? It’s beyond impossible; from drone, to sludge, to doom, to psyche, to ambient, to noise rock, to pop, here is a band that you can’t pigeonhole. But it’s in that unpredictable, ever-marching progression that the excitement lies.

Boris formed in 1992 on the extreme fringes of the Japanese hardcore punk scene before flying in every musical direction you can think of. Spending most of their life as a multi-instrumentalist three piece – consisting of Atsuo on drums, Wata on guitar and keyboards and Takeshi on bass, with all three sharing vocal duties – Boris have released just shy of a couple of dozen full lengths in their time on this mortal plane, with no two sounding too alike. Notable influences on Boris are Sleep and The Melvins – which might explain their high yield of records – as well as Nick Cave and even Venom.

The best starting points for a Boris exploration are 2005’s ‘Pink’ –which is perhaps one of their more accessible albums for the casual listener, yet still full of their signature leaps and bounds – and both 2002’s ‘Heavy Rocks’ and 2011’s ‘Heavy Rocks II’ which sit on a more laid back, straight-up stoner rock scale. If you’re more into drone, why not start with the first few releases; or even better, ‘Alter’, a phenomenal collaborative double album with SunnO))). Or you may want to try something completely different, in which case enter the batshit crazy world of 2010’s ‘New Album’ – a blend of J-Pop, shoegaze, psyche and industrial metal. The point is, these guys can do anything, and do it bloody well!

So if you want your mind blown by a band who don’t only surprise you with what’s around the corner, but change the shape of the corner itself, then you must get yourself down to the Electric Ballroom on Sunday night and stand both slack-jawed and in awe. Oh, and if you’re still not convinced, they also incorporate a massive gong into their shows, which is reason enough to be there.

Kana: Tom Geddes

Weedeater Chomping at the Herbal Bit for DesertFest 2014

DesertFest is beyond pleased to announce Saturday night’s sub-headliners, North Carolina’s southern metal bad asses, Weedeater!

An uncompromising power-trio full of sludge, groove and straight-up metal, Weedeater’s aggressive, bone-crunching madness is quite a sight to behold on stage. Fronted by the manic, growling bassist, “Dixie” Dave Collins (also of Buzzov*en and Bongzilla fame), alongside fret-master Dave “Shep” Shepherd and former sticksman Keith “Keko” Kirkum, Weedeater introduced themselves to the world at large with 2001’s ‘…And Justice for Y’all’. What we got in that record was down-tuned, crashing ferocity; and boy did it feel good. The energy that pulsed through that LP was a jolt to the heart and a kick to the face and it’s a trend that followed right through 2002’s ‘Sixteen Tons’ and 2007’s ‘God Luck and Good Speed’ – the latter of which could find itself easily on many an album of the decade list.

Right around the time of the recording of the fourth LP, Weedeater shot themselves in the foot a little bit in the form of Dixie actually shooting himself in the foot. Gladly, a few months down the line – armed with one hell of an anecdote they gave us ‘Jason…The Dragon’, a slightly more experimental take on Weedeater. The brief appearance of banjo and organ appeared without the loss of any of their earthquaking noise to which we had become accustomed.

As clichéd as it might sound, whilst sublime on record, you just can’t capture the feel of Weedeater until you’ve seen them live; only when you’ve stared into Dixie’s “I’ve seen things” crazy eyes and been showered in the splintered remnants of drumsticks can you really get a grip on them. Must see is an understatement.

Sacred Rites: Tom Geddes

Boris, Heavy Rocks (2002 & 2011)

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Borracho Join Lineup for London Desertfest 2014

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 15th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

I was flattered to be asked to write the announcement for D.C. riffers Borracho joining the 2014 Desertfest London lineup. For their first show abroad, they’ll support their 2013 sophomore outing, Oculus (review here), among the likes of Spirit Caravan, Kvelertak, Pombagira, The Machine, Elder and many more, which if you’re going to do it, definitely counts as doing it in style. Kudos to the trio. No doubt in my mind they’ll find welcome from the heavy contingent in Camden Town.

Here’s the announcement as it appears on the Desertfest website (in PR wire blue, even though I wrote it):

Borracho Head into the Eye of DesertFest 2014

Since the release of their 2011 debut full-length, ‘Splitting Sky’, Washington D.C.-based heavyweight riffers Borracho have been met with a tidal surge of praise for their burly but natural approach, built around their simple stated formula: “Heavy repetitive grooves.” They’ll make their first trip across the Atlantic to show their wares at DesertFest 2014!

In 2013, Borracho’s second album, ‘Oculus’, found them down a guitarist/vocalist but no less dedicated to Heavy. Fucking. Riffs. Constructed to highlight the centerpiece groove of ‘Stockpile’, the fuzz on ‘Oculus’ brought Borracho’s nodworthiness to another level; guitarist Steve Fisher stepping comfortably into the role of singer alongside the swaying rhythm section of bassist Tim Martin and drummer Mario Trubiano.

Says Fisher of playing DesertFest: “We couldn’t be more honoured to be joining our friends in Spirit Caravan and Sixty Watt Shaman to help represent the mid-Atlantic heavy scene in London this year. To kick off our first tour in Europe by being a part of an event like DesertFest is amazing and we look forward to seeing some old friends and fans, and making some new ones.

What can DesertFest expect from Borracho? Some of the US’ finest in up and coming underground heavy rock, shipped with much love and warm vibes straight from the Doom Capitol.

Kind Words: JJ Koczan

Borracho, Oculus (2013)

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