Corpse Light Announce Without Form LP to Be Released May 19

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 31st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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If you’d like a quick lesson in efficiency — and hey, I know we all would — look no further than going Baltimore concern Grimoire Records. Earlier this month, a mere 16 days ago, the label’s Noel Mueller and Phil Doccolo had fellow Baltimore natives Corpse Light into the Grimoire studio. The five-piece band recorded four songs with Mueller at the helm, they were subsequently mixed and mastered. At some point in there, artwork happened and bam, a May 19 release date has been set for Without FormCorpse Light‘s full-length debut, through Grimoire Records. Not a bad a-to-z in 16 days.

Grimoire was threatening notice of the mix’s heft as early as March 17, and the eight minutes of “Lying in State,” which was unveiled today as the first audio to come from the album, make good on that promise, taking post-sludge and doom cues and putting them to punishing use. Slow guitar triumph plays out over a pretty significant span, but I have my doubts that “Lying in State” is the whole story when it comes to Without Form, and that Corpse Light have a couple more tricks up their sleeves than the formidable rumbling and growling on hand here. Or, you know, if not, this is still probably enough to carry them through a record. We’ll see when it hits, I guess.

Info on the recording is below, followed by “Lying in State” itself:

corpse light without form

Epic, pummeling doom from Baltimore for fans of Neurosis, Cult of Luna, Mouth of the Architect. Available 05/19/2015 on CD/cassette/digital download through Grimoire Records.

Corpse Light is Jim Webb {Vox}, Larrigold Grimes {Drums}, Aurora Raiten {Bass}, Keiran Holmes {Guitar}, and Don Selner {Guitar}. Guest vocals on Lying in State by Noel.

“Without Form” was recorded on 03/15/2015 by Noel Mueller of Grimoire Records. Mixed and mastered by Noel Mueller/Grimoire Records.

https://www.facebook.com/corpselightdoom/
https://grimoirerecords.bandcamp.com/album/without-form
http://www.grimoirerecords.com/

Corpse Light, “Lying in State”

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Righteous Bloom Post New Song “Within Trance”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 19th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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One of my biggest questions as guitarist/vocalist Dana Ortt and drummer Darin McCloskey transition from Beelzefuzz into Righteous Bloom has been how their sound will shift with lead guitarist Greg Diener – also a bandmate of McCloskey‘s in Pale Divine – playing alongside Ortt‘s signature, organ-esque tone, and what that will bring to the classic prog vibe that underscored Beelzefuzz‘s doomly groove. That question, which remained even after the oft-revisited initial single “Of Sanctum and Solace” (stream here) arrived last September, sees further answer with the newly-revealed “Within Trance,” which the four-piece rounded out by bassist Bert Hall, also of Revelation/Against Nature, posted as a look into the solidification of their forthcoming first LP, set tentatively for release righteous bloom cafe 611later this year via The Church Within Records, who also issued the self-titled debut from Beelzefuzz (review here) in 2013.

And the answer, I suppose, is they mesh pretty well. Diener certainly brings his own tone and spirit to the material — particularly in the solos — but Ortt retains his prevalent sonic personality too, and one imagines that with two guitars, it will be easier for the heft that showed itself on the Beelzefuzz record to come to life on stage as well, Diener having joined Beelzefuzz right near the dissolution of that band. The eerie hook that ensues on “Within Trance” feels like a logical next step and a fitting beginning point for Righteous Bloom as they look to establish their own course, separate from Ortt and McCloskey‘s work with their prior outfit, but still in league with it and grown out from its foundation. I was already looking forward to finding out what their debut had in store, and “Within Trance” is only fodder for more intrigue. I’ve got my fingers crossed that record shows up before the New Year.

Righteous Bloom play their first show at Cafe 611 in Frederick, Maryland, this Saturday, March 21, in the good company of NagatoAdmiral Browning and Faith in Jane. More info here.

Enjoy the track, with the announcement from the band after:

Rightous Bloom, “Within Trance”

Well, it’s been a very busy past few months for Righteous Bloom writing and recording the new album, but we’re finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel! In appreciation for everyone’s patience and support we offer you “Within Trance” a brand new tune that will be on our forthcoming album on Church Within Recs.

“Within Trance” will also be one of the new songs we’re very excited to play for everyone this coming weekend, March 21st, at Club 611 in Frederick, MD.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Righteous Bloom on Thee Facebooks

The Church Within Records

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Maryland Doom Fest 1: Nagato Added; Final Schedule Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 4th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

nagato (Photo by Rachel Ellen Morton)

It turns out Pull had to them-out (get it?) of the first-ever Maryland Doom Fest, but they’ve been replaced by reunited riffers Nagato, who got back together last year after a cessation of activity in 2012. Thick on vibe, they’ll add progressive atmospherics and gorgeous tone to the lineup of the fest, which takes place from June 26-28 at Cafe 611 in Frederick, Maryland. I’ve only been fortunate enough to see the four-piece once, at Stoner Hands of Doom XI in 2011 (review here), for which they also played on a Sunday, but that set left enough an impression that four years later I keep hoping I’ll hear some news about them putting out a record sooner or later.

They might get there. I know the members of Nagato are involved in a few other projects as well, so maybe their playing Maryland Doom Fest is enough for the moment. They’ve joined a killer lineup, for which the final schedule has just been announced.

And just so we have it all in one place, alphabetically, here’s the full lineup as of now (there are still a couple months to go, things can change) for the inaugural Maryland Doom Fest: Apostle of Solitude, Balam, Banned from H.E.L.L., Foehammer, Foghound, Into the Void, Iron Man, Lord, Mangog, Mind’s Eye, Nagato, Outside Truth, Primer Grey, Project Armageddon, Season of Arrows, Serpent Witch, Sixty Watt Shaman, Slaves B.C., Spirit Caravan, The Skull, Unorthodox, Valkyrie, Weed is Weed.

Poster by Audrey Mantel and running order follow, along with Nagato‘s return show last August:

md doom fest flyer

The Maryland Doom Fest 1

June 26 – 28, 2015
Cafe 611, Frederick, MD

A weekend of doom metal in its purest form.

FRIDAY
The Skull 1225-130
Sixty Watt Shaman 1115-1210
Unorthodox 1005-11
Weed Is Weed 855-950
Into The Void 755-840
Banned From H.E.L.L. 655-740
Primer Grey 6-640

SATURDAY
Spirit Caravan 1215-130
Apostle of Solitude 1105-1200
Outside Truth 1010-1050
Valkyrie 910-955
Project Armageddon 815-855
Foghound 720-8
Balam 630-705
Slaves B.C. 540-615
Season of Arrows 445-525

SUNDAY
Iron Man 1045-1215
Foehammmer 945-1030
Lord 845-930
Mind’s Eye 745-830
Nagato 650-730
Serpent Witch 655-735
Mangog 6-640

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-maryland-doom-fest-tickets-15022390374
https://www.facebook.com/events/562627560540323
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-maryland-DOOM-Fest/815331421863100

Nagato, Live at Guido’s Speakeasy, Frederick, MD, Aug. 23, 2014

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The Flying Eyes South American Tour Starts March 3

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 25th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

the flying eyes

If Baltimorean four-piece The Flying Eyes‘ propensity for return trips to tour Europe is anything to go by, this won’t be their last trip to South America, but you only get one chance to make a first impression as ’80s commercials once informed me, so it’s a landmark for the band all the same. Pretty much a new continent. They’ll head down to play in Argentina on March 3 — that show with Buffalo, who rock like a whole season of hurricanes — and then follow-up with five shows in Brazil on the run presented by Abraxas Produtora, based in Rio. Shirts are pressed, shows are confirmed, the poster by Victor Bezerra is duly nipple-ized. They’re ready to roll.

The Flying Eyes‘ latest release was last fall’s Leave it all Behind Sessions on Noisolution, though they also took part in Summer 2014’s four-way Heavy Psych Sounds split with Naam, White Hills and Black Rainbows (review here), and have just recently posted a new demo recorded by Noel Mueller for a song tentatively titled “Heavy Fate” that finds them, as ever, comfortably nestled somewhere between heavy psych jam-outs and classic blues-based heavy rock. After releases on World in Sound and the aforementioned Italian imprint, The Flying Eyes are probably known more abroad than here in the States, but one could hardly say that’s slowed them down. Their reach, as this latest tour proves, continues to expand.

Dates and that demo follow, culled from various updates:

the flying eyes south american tour poster

Two weeks South America!!!

March 3rd- Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Uniclub
March 6th- Florianopolis, Brazil @ Célula Showcase
March 8th- Petropolis, Brazil @ Grito Rock Festival
March 12th- Rio de Janiero, Brazil @ Rio Rock & Blues Club
March 14th- Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Inferno Club
March 15th- Volta Redonda, Brazil @ TOCA DO ARIGÓ

Here’s one of the new demos we recorded last weekend. Recorded and mixed by Noel Mueller.

Still working on a title…Any ideas?

https://www.facebook.com/theflyingeyes
https://theflyingeyes.bandcamp.com/
http://www.noisolution.de/

The Flying Eyes, “Heavy Fate (Demo)”

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Iron Man Announce Northeast Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 23rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Warms my cold, cruel heart to see Iron Man getting out again. The long-running Maryland doom outfit founded by guitarist “Iron” Al Morris III released their latest album, 2013’s South of the Earth (review here), on Rise Above Records in the UK and Metal Blade in the States and since that time have been receiving an overdue comeuppance of attention. They played Rise Above‘s 25th anniversary party in London and made several other European appearances last year, and now they’ve announced an 11-date run that will take them up the East Coast before circling around to the Midwest and finishing in Ohio.

Of course, they’ve been here and there since first getting together in the late ’80s, but actual tours are rarer, and this Iron Man lineup — Morris, vocalist Dee Calhoun, bassist Louis Strachan and drummer Jason “Mot” Waldmann — have developed a marked chemistry on stage to go with Morris‘ classic riffing style and landmark tone. They take to the road as ambassadors for the righteousness of Maryland doom, and no doubt they’ll be greeted as liberators wherever they might happen to be on any given night.

Speaking of Maryland doom, Iron Man will take part in the first Maryland Doom Fest this June, alongside Spirit CaravanThe Skull and many more (info here). For this tour, they’re joined by D.C. metallers Yesterday’s Saints. Dates and links follow:

iron man yesterday's saints tour

Iron Man / Yesterday’s Saints 2015 US Tour

3/12 Washington, DC
The Pinch, 3548 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 202-722-4440
3/13 Allentown, PA
Jabber Jaws, 1327 W. Chew St., Allentown, PA 484-426-9380
3/14 Philadelphia, PA
Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., Philadelphia, PA 215-291-4919
3/15 Brooklyn, NY
The Paper Box, 17 Meadow St., Brooklyn, NY 718-383-3815
3/16 Providence, RI
Dusk, 301 Harris Ave., Providence, RI 401-714-0444
3/17 Salem, MA
Koto, 90 Washington St., Salem. MA 978-594-8681
3/18 Buffalo, NY
Broadway Joe’s, 3051 Main St., Buffalo, NY 716-833-7000
3/19 Ft. Wayne, IN
Skeletunes (former Berlin Music Pub) 1201 West Main St., Ft. Wayne, IN 260-739-5671
3/20 Detroit, MI
The Sanctuary (Yonka House) 1501 E. Outer Dr., Detroit, MI
3/21 Columbus, OH
Ruby Tuesday Bar, 1978 Summit St., Columbus, OH 614-291-8313
3/22 Dayton, OH
Courtyard Lounge, 320 W. National Blvd., Englewood, OH 937-836-9511

https://www.facebook.com/events/1549140685345331/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iron-Man-Band/146118265408361
http://www.ironmanband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/YesterdaysSaints
http://www.riseaboverecords.com/

Iron Man, “South of the Earth” Live at Castle of Doom 2014

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Righteous Bloom Welcome Bassist Bert Hall

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 9th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Maryland’s Righteous Bloom have announced that bassist Bert Hall – best known for this contributions to Revelation and Against Nature – has joined their ranks as a full-time member. There hasn’t been much word from the offshoot project who unveiled their first single, “Of Sanctum and Solace” last fall after the demise of guitarist/vocalist Dana Ortt, guitarist Greg Diener and drummer Darin McCloskey‘s former band, Beelzefuzz, but Hall played on that track as well, so bringing him into the band makes sense and, most importantly, lets Righteous Bloom start playing shows.

They’ve got a gig booked for March 21 in Freferick, Maryland, with Admiral BrowningNagato and Faith in Jane, and on May 2, they’ll take part in Sludgement Day in Hagerstown, MD, with FoehammerHeavy TempleLordAkris and a host of others. A debut LP is reportedly due later this year on The Church Within. 

Info on that fest and the announcement from Righteous Bloom follow, hoisted from their Thee Facebooks:

righteous bloom bert hall

There’s been a lot of great things happening in the world of Righteous Bloom recently! First of all, please help us welcome bass master extraordinaire Mr. Bert Hall to the band!! With Bert officially on board now we will conclude tracking on the forthcoming Righteous Bloom album which will be released by Church Within records. In addition to that full band rehearsals have begun for the ‘Doom in Bloom’ show 3/21 at Cafe 611 in Frederick, MD and the Sludgement Day Fest in Hagerstown, MD on 5/2.

…looking forward to seeing everyone!

SLUDGEMENT DAY
Saturday, May 2
Wilson Ruritan Club
16204 National Pike, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

Lo….and behold, the heaviest day on Earth. Brutal, crushing, and devastating bands join forces for this ALL DAY, ALL AGES, ALL ENCOMPASSING event! Epic bands, killer vendors, ’twill be an experience for the ages and will go down in the annals of history. Bands include:

BASTARDS OF REALITY- Black Sabbath tribute powerhouse.
BLACK CHASM- pure space rock destruction from NC
FOG HOUND- bong ripping rock voltage
ATHAME- destroyers of faith black metal.
RHIN- pulverizing hell thrash.
HEAVY TEMPLE- war chariot power space.
SLAGSTORM- prehistoric warfare sludge
RIGHTEOUS BLOOM- orbital freight liner of rock purity
FOE HAMMER- earth crumbling heavy devastation
AKRIS- droning rock subterranean destructors
AT THE GRAVES- crypt crushing melodic mausoleum doom.
GOAT WIZARD- hash soaked stoner sorcery from PA.
LORD- melee invoking bedlam berserkers
ASTHMA CASTLE- fortified Baltimore stoner metal

Join the battle, join the chaos, havoc, and mayhem that will be SLUDGEMENT DAY! $10 at the door. BYOB.

Vendors to be on site:
https://www.facebook.com/RunkTheSkunk
https://www.facebook.com/CrucialBlast
https://www.facebook.com/GrimoireRecords

https://www.facebook.com/Sludgementday
https://www.facebook.com/events/660186940756578/

Righteous Bloom, “Of Sanctum and Solace”

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Wino Wednesday: Spirit Caravan Live in Baltimore, July 22, 2000

Posted in Bootleg Theater on January 28th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

wino wednesday

Spirit Caravan‘s reunion last year earned them no shortage of love on both their US and European tours, and while that will no doubt continue in 2015 as the band comes together to headline gigs like the inaugural Maryland Doom Fest this June (info here) along with The Skull. The prospect of new material looms pretty large when it comes to Spirit Caravan. Their most recent outing, such as it is, is the 2003 MeteorCity compilation The Last Embrace, which culled together the bulk of their discography from their early singles as Shine on through to their final recorded tracks. That was, however, 12 years ago, and we’re even further removed from Spirit Caravan‘s classic 1999 debut, Jug Fulla Sun. What would become a landmark in Maryland-style heavy will be 16 this year — old enough to drive in some states — and while Wino certainly showed with Saint Vitus‘ 2012 reunion album, Lillie: F-65, that such outings can produce righteous results, particularly with Vitus/Spirit Caravan drummer Henry Vasquez propelling them, it remains to be seen whether Spirit Caravan will even get to the point of writing new material.

And it was three years before Vitus got to that point as well, so even if they do, there’s no guarantee such a thing would happen in 2015 or even 2016. That’s not to say it can’t — Wino‘s certainly a prolific enough cat, and one imagines bassist Dave Sherman would be on board despite his commitments with Weed is Weed and Earthride – but I’d rather err on the side of caution and call it unlikely than expect it and not have it show up. Fortunately, there’s enough documentation of both Spirit Caravan‘s reunion tours and their original run to get by in the meantime. We turn to the latter for this week’s Wino Wednesday, and find the original Spirit Caravan trio — Wino on guitar/vocals, Sherman on bass and Gary Isom on drums — live on stage at The 8×10 in Baltimore, Maryland. We don’t get the full set, or at least it looks that way since they’re tuning at the end of the video as opposed to breaking down the backline, but it’s certainly enough time for them to get their point across in cuts like “Black Flower,” “Dreamwheel” and “Retroman.”

Enjoy:

Spirit Caravan, Live at The 8×10, Baltimore, Maryland, July 22, 2000

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Mastodon and Clutch Announce “The Missing Link” Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 20th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

You’ve probably already seen this news everywhere, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t post about the fact that Mastodon and Clutch are touring together and that Big Business and Graveyard will switch off in the support role. Some things are just too badass not to post, no matter how ubiquitous they might be.

The tour starts April 16 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and all that’s really left to wonder is if Clutch‘s new album — which is being recorded this month — will be released by the time the run ends on May 24. Either way, it’s pretty astounding that these two have come together, so I’ll get out of the way and defer to the PR wire, which has dates and details:

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MASTODON & CLUTCH JOIN FORCES TO PUMMEL THROUGH THE MISSING LINK TOUR

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY JANUARY 23RD FOR SPRING CO-HEADLINE TOUR

GRAVEYARD WILL SUPPORT / BIG BUSINESS TO SUPPORT WHERE NOTED

Two of the world’s most respected and influential hard rock bands Mastodon and Clutch are proud to announce THE MISSING LINK TOUR, which brings together both bands as they join forces along with special guests Graveyard and Big Business – each taking part of the tour as support.Together, this night of heavy rock will be one of the heaviest and most exciting concert events of the year.

THE MISSING LINK TOUR kicks off on April 16th in St. Paul, MN. with support provided by Big Business, who recently supported Mastodon throughout a sold-out European tour. Sweden’s Graveyard will then take over the main support slot starting in Los Angeles on April 29th for the remaining dates, closing out the tour in Columbus, OH on May 24th. Tickets are on sale now.

Mastodon and Clutch share a longtime friendship as fans will recall Clutch front man Neil Fallon contributed vocals to “Blood And Thunder” (from Mastodon’s 2004’s Leviathan) so fans can expect surprises in store for fans throughout the tour rumbling across North America. THE MISSING LINK TOUR will feature full sets from both Mastodon and Clutch. Clutch will close the show on April 24th in Vancouver, May 10th in Pittsburgh, May 15th in Bethlehem, May 16th in Baltimore and also the final night of the tour, May 24th in Columbus. Mastodon will close all other shows.

Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster had this to say about the tour.”We are very much looking forward to our US tour with our friends in Mastodon. We always enjoy playing live but when we have the opportunity to share the stage with a band as inspiring as Mastodon we know each evening will be that much more special. See ya out there!”

Mark your calendars, as THE MISSING LINK TOUR will roll into Denver’s prestigious Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 3rd, and joins the stellar line up for Atlanta’s Shaky Knee’s Festival on May 8th. The New York City show will take over the celebrated Central Park Summer Stage annual concert series on May 19th. General tickets on-sale Friday, January 23rd.

As previously announced, Mastodon have been nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for “High Road,” from ONCE MORE ‘ROUND THE SUN. This is the band’s third Grammy nomination. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Feb 8th. Tune into CBS TV.

Revered Maryland rockers Clutch have been pushing the boundaries that define heavy rock music since the 4 original members got together in high school. Clutch is an unmatched musical force that has been best described as “the quintessential American Rock Band”. Clutch released their tenth and latest studio album Earth Rocker via their own label Weathermaker Music on March 16, 2013. The album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #15 giving the band their highest chart position to date.

Clutch is currently working on their follow up to Earth Rocker which will be released in 2015.

Do not miss THE MISSING LINK TOUR this spring. Confirmed dates are as follows:

*Mastodon Closes The Evening. **Clutch Closes The Evening

Apr 16 *St. Paul, MN Myth
Apr 17 * Winnipeg, MB The Burton Cummings Theatre
Apr 18 *Saskatoon, SK O’Brian’s Events Center
Apr 19 * Edmonton, AB Expo Centre
Apr 21 * Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall
Apr 23 * Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Apr 24 **Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Apr 25 *Portland, OR Roseland
Apr 26 *Seattle, WA Showbox SODO
Apr 28 *Oakland, CA Fox Theater
Apr 29 *Los Angeles, CA Palladium
Apr 30 *Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater
May 01 *Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
May 02 *Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
May 03 *Denver, CO Red Rock’s Amphitheatre
May 05 *San Antonio, TX Kapone’s Ballroom
May 06 *Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
May 08 Atlanta, GA Shaky Knees Festival
May 09 *Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre Street Stage
May 10 **Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
May 12 *Clive, IA (Des Moines) 7 Flags
May 13 *Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom Club Stage
May 15 **Bethlehem, PA Sands Event Center
May 16 **Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
May 17 *Boston, MA House of Blues
May 19 *New York, NY Central Park Summerstage
May 20 *Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
May 21 *London, ON London Music Hall
May 24 **Columbus, OH LC Pavilion

MASTODON:
Troy Sanders — Bass Guitar / Vocals
Brent Hinds — Guitars / Vocals
Bill Kelliher — Guitars
Brann Dailor — Drums / Vocals

CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion

www.mastodonrocks.com
http://www.pro-rock.com/

Clutch, “ZZ” Live at Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ, 12.29.14

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