Darsombra Announce 109 Tour Dates for 2015

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

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For Darsombra‘s sake, I hope they have a really comfortable van. I thought it was pretty admirable when the Baltimore drone/video duo of Brian Daniloski and Ann Everton hit the road for 10 solid weeks earlier this year — they were awesome to watch when they opened for Floor in Allston — but the plan for 2015 goes even further. Three legs of touring, each of them more than most bands dare to take on for a year in itself, and it’s made up entirely of places the two-piece wanted to visit within the US. Fucking a.

Hard not to admire the work ethic. I guess Everton and Daniloski have just sort of figured out how to make being on the road a significant portion of their lives.  They’re (rightly) calling it the “Three-Legged Monster” tour, and it starts off Feb. 12. They still have some work in putting it together and finding venues, so if you’ve got a place that needs some drones and cool visuals, hit them up. Unsurprisingly, they seem pretty flexible on the whole thing.

Jaw-dropping list of dates follows:

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Darsombra’s Three-Legged Monster Tour 2015

Hi Everybody! Happy fall!

We had so much fun on our ten week tour of the United States this past spring, that we pulled out a map and counted all the cities in North America we wanted to try and visit next year. . . and it ended up being over 100 places! A little much for one fell swoop, so we’re splitting the tour up into what we have been affectionately calling the “Three-Legged Monster”.

Nothing like dreaming big! If you can help us with anything in your town, please be in touch. We’ll play in your music venue, house, gallery, bar, cave, head shop, museum, botanical conservatory, nudist colony, burn, orgy ;) …wherever we can!

And of course, as always, thank you! Thank you for encouraging us to keep doing what we do as artists, as musicians, as travelers, as friends. We’re looking forward to visiting with you all in 2015!

The proposed dates are as follows:

1st Leg:
Feb 12 – Washington DC
Feb 13 – Richmond VA
Feb 14 – Norfolk/VA beach VA
Feb 15 – Raleigh/Chapel Hill NC
Feb 16 – Wilmington NC
Feb 17 – Charleston/Columbia SC
Feb 18 – Savannah GA
Feb 19 – Jacksonville FL
Feb 20 – Orlando FL
Feb 21 – Miami FL
Feb 22 – The Keys FL
Feb 24 – St. Petersburg FL
Feb 25 – FL
Feb 26 – Winterhaven FL
Feb 27 – Gainesville FL
Feb 28 – Tallahassee FL
Mar 1 – Montgomery/Birmingham AL
Mar 2 – Atlanta GA
Mar 3 – Athens GA
Mar 4 – Chattanooga TN
Mar 5 – Knoxville TN
Mar 6 – Asheville NC
Mar 7 – Johnson City TN
Mar 8 – Winchester VA

2nd Leg:
Mar 27 – Charleston WV
Mar 28 – Cincinnati OH
Mar 29 – Louisville/Lexington KY
Mar 30 – Nashville TN
Mar 31 – Memphis TN
Apr 1 – Little Rock AR
Apr 2 – Hot Springs/Fayetteville AR
Apr 3 – Shreveport LA
Apr 4 – New Orleans LA
Apr 6 – Lafayette LA
Apr 7 – Houston TX
Apr 8 – Austin TX
Apr 9 – San Antonio TX
Apr 10 – Marfa TX
Apr 11 – El Paso TX
Apr 12 – Tucson AZ
Apr 14 – Tempe AZ
Apr 15 – Las Vegas NV
Apr 16 – Los Angeles CA
Apr 17 – So Cal CA
Apr 18 – Santa Cruz CA
Apr 19 – San Francisco/Oakland CA
Apr 22 – Eureka CA
Apr 23 – Redding CA
Apr 24 – Reno/Carson City NV
Apr 25 – Salt Lake City UT
Apr 27 – Cheyenne/Laramie WY
Apr 28 – Denver CO
Apr 29 – Colorado Springs/Boulder CO
Apr 30 – Santa Fe/Taos NM
May 1 – Albuquerque NM
May 2 – Amarillo/Lubbock TX
May 3 – Oklahoma City OK
May 4 – Lawrence KS
May 5 – Kansas City MO
May 6 – St. Louis MO
May 7 – Indianapolis IN
May 8 – Bloomington IN
May 9 – Dayton OH

3rd Leg:
Aug 14 – Philadelphia PA
Aug 15 – NJ
Aug 16 – NYC
Aug 17 – Hartford CT
Aug 18 – Providence RI
Aug 19 – Boston MA
Aug 20 – NH
Aug 21 – Portland ME
Aug 22 – Burlington VT
Aug 23 – Montreal CANADA
Aug 24 – Albany NY
Aug 25 – Rochester/Syracuse/Utica NY
Aug 26 – Buffalo NY
Aug 27 – Toronto CANADA
Aug 28 – Detroit MI
Aug 29 – Ann Arbor MI
Aug 30 – Lansing MI
Aug 31 – Grand Rapids MI
Sept 2 – Marquette MI
Sept 3 – Duluth MI
Sept 4 – Minneapolis MN
Sept 5 – Fargo ND
Sept 6 – Bismarck ND
Sept 8 – Bozeman MT
Sept 9 – Missoula MT
Sept 10 – Spokane WA
Sept 11 – Seattle WA
Sept 12 – Portland OR
Sept 14 – Bend OR
Sept 15 – Boise ID
Sept 17 – Billings MT
Sept 18 – Rapid City SD
Sept 19 – Sioux Falls SD
Sept 20 – Sioux City IA
Sept 21 – Omaha/Lincoln NE
Sept 22 – Des Moines IA
Sept 23 – Iowa City IA
Sept 24 – Peoria/Ft. Wayne IN
Sept 25 – Madison WI
Sept 26 – Milwaukee WI
Sept 27 – Chicago IL
Sept 29 – Toledo OH
Sept 30 – Columbus OH
Oct 1 – Cleveland OH
Oct 2 – Pittsburgh PA
Oct 3 – Baltimore MD

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Darsombra, Live in Baltimore, MD, Aug. 2014

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Fall Tour Pt. 16: Pentagram, Radio Moscow, Bang and Kings Destroy, Baltimore, MD, 10.29.14

Posted in Reviews on October 30th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

baltimore soundstage (Photo by JJ Koczan)

Baltimore’s Soundstage is right down by the bay, so after Pentagram‘s soundcheck, I went down and looked at the water for a bit, listened to a street musician play drums on buckets of various sizes. He was alright, but the main attraction was the water. After being in the Midwest for a couple days, it’s good to be back near the coast. Even all the lakes in Michigan, rivers and whatnot on the way, there’s something different about salty water, even if it’s the kind you’d never want to get in and go for a swim. Makes the brain feel less claustrophobic, which is kind of ironic given all the open spaces in states like Ohio, Wisconsin, etc.

A five-band Wednesday night got started around 7:45PM. The sound was solid and it was the best lighting of the tour so far. I like Baltimore, have spent some significant time in the city over the years and was happy to run into Chuck Dukehart from Foghound (new stuff on the way) and Vang from Foehammer and chat for a bit. The Pilgrim opened:

The Pilgrim

The Pilgrim (Photo by JJ Koczan)

Not to be confused with Rhode Island’s Pilgrim, Baltimorean five-piece The Pilgrim released their self-titled debut back in 2012 (review here), and as vocalist Mis Zill announced from the stage, this was their last show for an indeterminate amount of time. They played well and obviously had the crowd in their corner, and I recognized some of what they played from the record, which was satisfying two years after the fact. Stylistically, they’re somewhere between ’70s boogie and classic metal, the two guitars working smoothly together while the bass and drums made up a definitive rhythm section. It’s a pretty classic dynamic, but The Pilgrim wore it ably and seemed to fit as they spread out on the wide stage, Mis Zill having room for leg-up Shiva poses and/or yoga moves while pushing out high notes.

Kings Destroy

Kings Destroy (Photo by JJ Koczan)

A little bit of changeup from Kings Destroy in opening with “The Mountie” from the first record into “Smokey Robinson” and “The Whittler.” The difference was notable immediately, and where “Old Yeller” often feels like the band is lurching to life, the crash-in with “The Mountie” was more immediate. At this point in the tour, it’s gonna work either way, frankly, and it did. I knew it was going to be a joy to watch these guys play every night. I don’t know if I’ve hit 20 times yet seeing them this year, but it has to be at least 15, and I’ve yet to walk away disappointed. Vocalist Steve Murphy called an audible at the end of the set, going around to guitarist Carl Porcaro, drummer Rob Sefcik, bassist Aaron Bumpus and guitarist Chris Skowronski to switch the closer from “Embers” to “Old Yeller,” and it looked pretty touch and go as to what song was about to start, but it worked out and “Old Yeller” made an excellent finale after “Casse-Tête” and the always raucous “Mr. O,” the value of which in the set isn’t to be understated in how the hook and uptick in tempo draws in a crowd on any given night, including at Soundstage.

Bang

Bang (Photo by JJ Koczan)

Another tight set from Bang. “Redman,” “Our Home,” “Last Will and Testament” and others from their 1971 self-titled debut have become pretty familiar by this point in the tour, and it’s been satisfying to watch them come together over the course of these shows. Baltimore was a workman set. Bang — guitarist Frankie Gilcken, bassist/vocalist Frank Ferrara and drummer Jake Leger — got on stage and were all business from there on out, and as usual, they had a few fervent supporters in the crowd who had obviously picked up one or another of the various reissues they’ve had over the years. There was less Ferrara/Gilcken in the middle of the stage, but they were as tight as they’ve been all along anyway, and Leger‘s swinging style continues to be a perfect fit for their classic material. “Questions” closed out as it has, its resounding groove a reminder of the influence that era continues to have even now. Bang play off that well, with their vintage gear and swagger, but the prevailing vibe continues to be how glad they are to be back on stage.

Radio Moscow

Radio Moscow (Photo by JJ Koczan)

Slayed. Almost to a terrifying degree. Radio Moscow have demolished stages more or less since the tour began, but I guess the difference this time around was nothing went wrong, their set wasn’t cut short, there was no hiccup and Parker GriggsAnthony Meier and Paul Marrone could just wail on their songs. They had the best sound of the night coming out of the Soundstage P.A., and there were a couple moments — “Broke Down” is still stuck in my head, along with “250 Miles” and “Rancho Tehama Airport,” not to mention Marrone‘s drum solo in “No Good Woman,” which closed out — where you just had to step back and let out a “holy shit” at how hard they were hitting it. They’ve been a big part of the draw for this tour, and while Soundstage wasn’t as crowded as some of the other shows have been, even at its most packed, t was clear that a lot of the people who showed up were there in no small part because Radio Moscow were rolling through. They did so at top speed, impossibly tight and with zero pretense. I feel like people who don’t see this band have no idea what they’re missing.

Pentagram

Pentagram (Photo by JJ Koczan)

I feel like I’m repeating myself every day, but the truth is that at this point, the tour is locked in. All four bands are delivering their show. It doesn’t really matter where they are, who’s there to see it, whatever. They get on stage and just go for it. Pentagram is no different. They came on after their foreboding intro with guitarist Victor Griffin, bassist Greg Turley and drummer Sean Saley starting “Death Row” ahead of the quick arrival of frontman Bobby Liebling, who’s never failed to carry the stage of any size on this tour, whether it was the huge church in Pittsburgh or Soundstage with the back bar blocked off. This was as close as Pentagram will come to a hometown show on this run, and Baltimore is arguably the center of their influence — or at least in the central region of it — and they put the work in to show why they’ve earned the legendary status that they have. I continue to look forward to a follow-up to Last Rites and hearing this lineup take on more lost ’70s cuts and maybe a new composition or two.

Even at the end of the night, I felt better for this show than in Pittsburgh, took a couple minutes to just sort of enjoy it and let the night soak in before load-out had to start and I drove to the Comfort Inn in North East — which is both the name of the town and its geographic location — Maryland, about 45 minutes outside Baltimore. The plan was to hang around the motel for most of the next day, since it’s a relatively short drive to Philadelphia for the show at Johnny Brenda’s, which is sold out, but you know how it goes with plans.

More pics after the jump. Thanks for reading.

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Fall Tour 2014 Pt. 15: Ape is High

Posted in Features on October 29th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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10.29.14 — 5:22PM — Wednesday evening — Soundstage, Baltimore

“He is an epic failure.” — Aaron Bumpus, about anyone, ever.

Tour ebola is better today, or at least that’s what I’ve been forcing myself to believe as I mainline vitamin C and DayQuil. Tried to pick up some more Advil as well at a truck stop along the way, but failed. I wound up trying to charge an orange juice and had to buy a York Peppermint Patty to get past the two-dollar minimum for credit cards. Feels good. Rock and roll.

camden yardsJim Pitts picked up some Who and Thin Lizzy CDs and we listened to them in the van. Probably the right call as we made our way through cold, grey, bum-you-right-out Pennsylvania. I don’t know how many different weather systems we’ve seen — it was like 75 degrees when we got to Cleveland — but it’s been at least three so far, and there are still five shows left. It’s a small wonder the van resounds with coughs.

Slow start to the day, but the good news is I slept and slept hard. I didn’t necessarily feel like I had a choice in that — it was going to happen whether I wanted it to or not — but I’m glad it did. There was about an hour to kill before we left out of New Stanton, where we stayed last night, and headed to Baltimore, so I nodded back off after showering as well. The more the merrier, even if I continued to wake myself up coughing, and likely Carl as well, who has the misfortune to be sharing my room.

Trip to Baltimore was uneventful in the extreme except for Aaron introducing all of us to Mandrill Is, the 1971 second album from NYC’s Mandrill, who ran a line between funk and soul and rock and about five other genres before they were done. I was way into it. Pretty expensive on CD, but I’ll keep my eyes open for a copy. We stopped at a music store so Rob could get a backup head for his kick drum, and there was a barbecue pub right next door so the pentagram soundcheckpre-show meal was had there. Early dinner, I guess. I had yet another in my ongoing series of chicken caesar salads. Chicken was good but the salad itself had almost no dressing on it. I didn’t care. I’ll take raw ruffage at this point. As long as it’s not from a gas station. Jim also bought dinner for everyone, which was very kind, but I threw in cash for myself since it didn’t feel right. Dude certainly doesn’t owe me anything and it’s not like I’m in the band. I don’t know.

Baltimore’s own The Pilgrim are opening the show tonight at Soundstage, so it’s five bands. I remember their self-titled CD from a couple years back was cool, so it will be interesting to see them live and see where they’re at now. Pentagram were soundchecking when we got here and I got to hear them do “Walk in the Blue Light,” which was right on because it’s a good song and though it’s written on the setlist for each night, they haven’t actually been playing it, I guess opting for the Animals cover instead. No complaints there, but if it was one or the other, I’d probably take the original. Whatever my druthers are worth in things like salads and Pentagram setlists.

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Weed is Weed Stream Blunt Force Trauma in Full; Album Reissue out Today

Posted in audiObelisk on October 14th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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At one point or another, Weed is Weed members Dave Sherman (vocals/guitar), Gary Isom (guitar) and Rob “Cougin” Brannigan (drums) were members of the underrated Maryland doom act Wretched, but that’s just one of the lines of connection between them. Isom, who also played drums in Pentagram for a time, was Sherman‘s bandmate in the original lineup of Spirit Caravan, and it’s safe to say that these dudes, as well as guitarist Jason Fisher, bassist Darren Waters and guitarist Rob Portillo – yeah, that’s right, up to four guitars — have been kicking around the underbelly of MD’s fertile doom underground for a while. Today marks the Ripple Music issue of their 2013 debut album, Blunt Force Trauma (review here), initially self-released.

What do you get with Weed is Weed? Weed. A lot of it. Also riffs. Their multi-guitar attack provides some density to the album’s 10 tracks but much of what you need to know about Blunt Force Trauma you can get from looking at the cover. It’s raw stoner fuckery, riffs leading the way with punkish abandon and Sherman‘s distinctive weed is weed blunt force traumagravelly vocals tossing out simple but effective hooks on cuts like the opener “Weed is Weed,” the more Southern-styled “Alligator Crawl,” the shuffling “Goin’ Down to Harlem” and “Low to No,” which sleeks out a winding sort of groove while paying homage to SabbathOzzy and, of course, reefer. Most of the songs deal with or at least mention weed on one level or another — it’s a steady theme — but they change it up musically some along the way and by the time they get down to “One Hit Wonder” and “Blunt Force Trauma,” the riffs win out. I won’t say much for “Eat Pussy” — though it’s important in a relationship to be attentive to your partner’s needs, and I’ve certainly heard worse advice than “Eat that pussy don’t you be no jerk” — but its alternate lyric, “Eat Cookies,” rounds out as a bonus track with no shortage of smirking cleverness and charm.

It’s one for the converted, but between half the band’s pedigree and the nod-ready riffs the six-piece ride into smoked-out oblivion, Blunt Force Trauma outstones the stoners and is a mean boogie the whole way through. They had it up somewhere at some point, and I already said it came out last year and was available from the band on CD, so I wouldn’t exactly call this a premiere, but I’m happy to be able to feature Weed is Weed anyway on the day of the Ripple release, and you’ll find the album in its entirety on the player below.

Please enjoy:

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Weed is Weed‘s Blunt Force Trauma is out now on Ripple Music. More info at the links.

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Righteous Bloom Post First Demo “Of Sanctum and Solace”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on September 29th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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It’s a quick two minutes and “Of Sanctum and Solace” is over. The song barely feels like it has a second verse (it does), but what it signals is the beginning for Righteous Bloom. The new band, announced earlier this month as a new vehicle for former Beelzefuzz members Dana Ortt (guitar/vocals), Greg Diener (lead guitar) and Darin McCloskey (drums), the latter two also of Pale Divine, are reportedly set to enter the studio to record a full-length debut for 2015. For “Of Sanctum and Solace,” that trio teamed up with Bert Hall of Revelation/Against Nature for the bassist role, and while there’s no word as to whether or not that partnership was a one-time thing or a permanent situation, it says a lot for what Beelzefuzz accomplished that Righteous Bloom would start out with the likes of Hall contributing, his own legacy in the sphere of Maryland doom not inconsiderable.

“Of Sanctum and Solace” also gives a taste — again, a brief one — of the interplay between Ortt and Diener‘s guitars. Those who caught Beelzefuzz at their final shows over the last two or three months probably had a leg-up in this regard, but Righteous Bloom will mark the first time they appear on a studio recording together, and while they’re distinct in tone — Ortt‘s guitar-as-organ experimentations having been so core to the approach of the prior outfit — you can also get a feel for how they complement each other now and might continue to do so moving forward. That’s more toward the end of the song, which seems to come to an early close in a way that makes me wonder if there isn’t more to come in a longer version of the track that will perhaps show up when Righteous Bloom‘s debut LP surfaces in the New Year via The Church Within Records.

We’ve got a while to go before we find out, I guess. Till then, here’s “Of Sanctum and Solace” for your enjoyment:

Righteous Bloom, “Of Sanctum and Solace”

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Former Beelzefuzz Members Resurface in Righteous Bloom

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 16th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

I had a feeling it wasn’t going to be long before we heard from some combination of former Beelzefuzz members that a new band was starting up. Righteous Bloom brings together guitarist/vocalist Dana Ortt, drummer Darin McCloskey and recently-added guitarist Greg Diener – also McCloskey‘s bandmate in Pale Divine – as a new three-piece with classic-rocking intent set to record by the end of this year for a new album due in 2015. As with Beelzefuzz‘s 2013 self-titled debut/swansong, the Righteous Bloom full-length is slated for release through The Church Within Records.

No word on whether Diener will stay on guitar or move to bass to cover the spot that in Beelzefuzz belonged to Pug Kirby, or if they’ll get someone else or go without bass altogether, but this is a preliminary “this band exists” kind of announcement, and the fact that they’re putting a recording plan out there at all means that one way or another work is already underway. I’ll be interested to hear the similarities and the differences between the two acts. You might note the logo is somewhat reminiscent. I’ll be waiting for t-shirts:

I knew they were gonna go with a less silly name.

Righteous Bloom is a heavy rock band from North East MD formed in 2014 from the ashes of Beelzefuzz. Righteous Bloom incorporates a very unique style of heavy music similar to the classic sounds of early 70’s bands such as Uriah Heep, Deep Purple and Black sabbath as well as contemporary acts Pentagram, Graveyard and Earthride. Still Righteous Bloom remain decidely independent with their own personal brand of melodic heavy rock and the David Byron meets John Lawton crossed with Mark Farner vocal stylings of singer and guitarist Dana Ortt. Dana Ortt along with drummer Darin McCloskey and lead guitarist Greg Diener (Pale Divine) will enter the studio by the end of 2014 to record a new album to be released on Church Within records early 2015.

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The Flying Eyes Confirm Dates for ‘Baltimore Invasion’ European Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 12th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Baltimorean ambassadors of bluesy heavy psych The Flying Eyes have nailed down the remaining dates from their previously announced “Baltimore Invasion” tour of Europe, set to launch next month. They’ll be joined on their latest Euro trek by Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children, and while I’ve yet to see any word of what it might actually entail, they’ve posted what looks like cover art for something called Leave it all Behind Sessions, which presumably would be a new release of one kind or another. They keep busy anyway, so it’s not surprising they’d have something coming out, and both their style and dynamic is suited to live recording, so if that’s what it is, all the better. I’d take a collection of B-sides as well, or, you know, whatever.

Full routing for the tour follows. It looks to be a beast, but that’s nothing new for these guys:

The “Baltimore Invasion Tour” is complete!!! New shows added in France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Luxemburg…

All shows supported by LAZLO LEE & THE MOTHERLESS CHILDREN!

Presented by eclipsed, Slam, Stonerrock.eu and Magnificent Music:

18.09.2014 – DE Essen, Panic Room
19.09.2014 – NL Leeuwarden, Asteriks
20.09.2014 – DE Mannheim, Mohawk Open Air
21.09.2014 – DE Karlsruhe, Alte Hackerei
22.09.2014 – DE Köln, Sonic Ballroom
23.09.2014 – FR Chambéry, Le Brin De
24.09.2014 – ES Zaragoza, Ley Seca
25.09.2014 – ES Barcelona, Rocksound
26.09.2014 – ES Gijon, Casino Acapulco
27.09.2014 – ES Burgos, Estudio 27
01.10.2014 – CH Zürich, Kuba
02.10.2014 – CH Olten, Le Coq D’Or
03.10.2014 – CH Luzern, Bruch Brothers
04.10.2014 – CH Frauenfeld, Kaff
06.10.2014 – CZ Praha, Klub 007
07.10.2014 – AT Wien, Arena
08.10.2014 – SK Bratislava, Uocka
09.10.2014 – DE Jena, Kuba
10.10.2014 – DE Dresden, Beatpol
11.10.2014 – DE Stuttgart, Goldmarks
13.10.2014 – LU Luxemburg, Rocas
15.10.2014 – DE Würzburg, Café Cairo
16.10.2014 – DE München, Backstage
17.10.2014 – DE Frankfurt/Main, Sky High Festival @ Das Bett
18.10.2014 – DE Leipzig, UT Connewitz
19.10.2014 – PL Wroclaw, Disorder
20.10.2014 – DE Hamburg, Hafenklang
21.10.2014 – DE Kiel, Schaubude
22.10.2014 – DK Aalborg, 1000 Fryd
23.10.2014 – DE Bielefeld, Forum
24.10.2014 – DE Berlin, Cassiopeia
25.10.2014 – DE Lübeck, Treibsand

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The Flying Eyes, “Farewell” Live at Mobtown Studios

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The Flying Eyes Announce European Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 18th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Baltimore heavy psych rockers The Flying Eyes have announced plans to return to Europe this fall for more touring. They were there late last summer with Golden Animals and will be joined this time by Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children, with whom the band has shared the stage at the Moving the Earth fest. The Flying Eyes were most recently heard from on a Heavy Psych Sounds four-way split with NaamBlack Rainbows and White Hills (review here) and their most recent full-length was last summer’s sun-soaked Lowlands (review here), which delved into natural-sounding blues rock without losing a classically-influenced edge. They are, simply put, a better band than people seem to know.

Dates and info for the tour follow, yoinked from the Thee Facebooks event page:

The Flying Eyes “Baltimore Invasion Tour” of Europe

The Flying Eyes, supported by their partners in crime LAZLO LEE & THE MOTHERLESS CHILDREN, will embark on the epic “Baltimore Invasion Tour” of Europe this fall!!!

They will also be releasing the collection “Leave It All Behind Sessions” via Noisolution on September 19th, available on CD and vinyl throughout the tour…

Presented by eclipsed, Slam, Stonerrock.eu and Magnificent Music:

18.09.2014 – DE Essen, Panic Room
19.09.2014 – NL Leeuwarden, Asteriks
20.09.2014 – DE Mannheim, Mohawk Open Air
21.09.2014 – DE Karlsruhe, Alte Hackerei
24.09.2014 – ES Zaragoza, Ley Seca
25.09.2014 – ES Barcelona, Rocksound
26.09.2014 – ES Gijon, Casino Acapulco
27.09.2014 – ES Burgos, Estudio 27
02.10.2014 – CH Olten, Le Coq D’Or
03.10.2014 – CH Luzern, Bruch Brothers
04.10.2014 – CH Frauenfeld, Kaff
07.10.2014 – AT Wien, Arena
09.10.2014 – DE Jena, Kuba
10.10.2014 – DE Dresden, Beatpol
11.10.2014 – DE Stuttgart, Goldmarks
15.10.2014 – DE Würzburg, Café Cairo
16.10.2014 – DE München, Backstage
(http://www.backstagetickets.eu/theflyingeyes.html)
17.10.2014 – DE Frankfurt/Main, Sky High Festival @ Das Bett
18.10.2014 – DE Leipzig, UT Connewitz
19.10.2014 – PL Wroclaw, Disorder
20.10.2014 – DE Hamburg, Hafenklang
21.10.2014 – DE Kiel, Schaubude
(https://www.tixforgigs.com/site/Pages/Shop/ShowEvent.aspx?ID=9709)
22.10.2014 – DK Aalborg, 1000 Fryd
(https://billetto.dk/the-flying-eyes)
23.10.2014 – DE Bielefeld, Forum
24.10.2014 – DE Berlin, Cassiopeia
25.10.2014 – DE Lübeck, Treibsand

More dates to be announced…

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The Flying Eyes, Lowlands (2013)

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The Skull, Unorthodox and More to Play Vultures of Volume Fest this August

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 16th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Frederick, Maryland, has doubled as a secondary Doom Capitol for some time now. For several years the home of the Stoner Hands of Doom festival, is just happens to be in a place central enough to pull bands from near-enough-by Baltimore, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. It has kind of an out-of-the-way feel, but for years there was a genuine scene around Krug’s Place on the outskirts of the town that was strong and true to the roots of doom, which in the US more or less began in that region as well. The first Vultures of Volume will bring a doom fest back to the town after a couple years’ absence, and has assembled a lineup worthy of showing up for, with Trouble offshoot The Skull and a rare Unorthodox reunion headlining and backup on the bill from the likes of Nagato, GorgantherronBlack Manta, Beelzefuzz, Blizaro, Ogre and Pale Divine.

Of those, I think Ogre might be traveling furthest — from Maine — but Indiana to Maryland is no picnic either in terms of road time, so Gorgantherron will put some miles on as well. Between Unorthodox, Nagato, Beelzefuzz and Black Manta, Maryland is also well represented.

Vultures of Volume is set for Aug. 30, 2014 at Cafe 611 in Frederick. Poster art by Brad Moore and info follow:

“VULTURES OF VOLUME FEST” SET TO DEBUT IN FREDERICK, MD THIS AUGUST

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 30, 2014 for the debut of “Vultures of Volume”, a new annual festival coming to Cafe 611 in Frederick, MD.

“Vultures of Volume” promises to shine the spotlight on local and national acts that bring it loud, hard, and above all else, heavy! This first installment of “VoV” proudly presents the return of Maryland legends UNORTHODOX, featuring the 1995 “Balance of Power” lineup of Ronnie Kalimon (drums), Josh Hart (bass) and the legendary Dale Flood (guitar/vocals) for this one time only reunion! Not to be missed!

Also joining in on the worship of the riff will be Chicago’s THE SKULL, featuring original Trouble members Eric Wagner and Jeff ‘Oly’ Olson, as well as fellow Trouble alumni Ron Holzner (rounded out by guitarists Matt Goldsborough, formerly of Pentagram, and Lothar Keller). THE SKULL will commemorate the 30th anniversary of their classic 1984 debut album “Psalm 9” by performing it in its entirety at the inaugural “Vultures of Volume” fest!

As if that wasn’t enough, also performing will be a strong supporting roster of local and national heavy weights: Nagato (MD), Gorgantherron (IN), Black Manta (MD), Beelzefuzz (MD), Blizaro (NY) Pale Divine (PA) and Ogre (ME).

For more info including door times, full schedule, ticket prices, and sale dates, please visit the official “Vultures of Volume” event page at: www.facebook/pages/Vultures-of-Volume-FEST/578873918893964

Cafe 611: 611 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701 Ph: (301) 631-1460

Unorthodox, “Lost in Tomorrow” from Balance of Power (1995)

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Naam, White Hills, Black Rainbows and The Flying Eyes Split: So Much Space, So Little Time

Posted in Reviews on June 11th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

The four bands included, tripped out as they are, can hardly account for the amount of space traversed. Italy’s Black Rainbows, led by guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori — whose own contributions to European psychedelia include running the label issuing this release, Heavy Psych Sounds and assembling this year’s inaugural Totem Psych Fest, taking place this summer outside of Rome (more info here) — unite with Brooklyn heavy space rockers and past tourmates Naam, well-kept New York secret outfit White Hills and bluesy Baltimore explorers The Flying Eyes for a 2LP gatefold four-way split featuring a side from each. All four groups work regularly in pretty extended forms, so you basically get a song or two from each, but still, the fact that they all got together and combined their efforts for this release makes it something special, the limited numbers of the vinyl and various colors (as well as a CD version) having been pressed in time for this year’s Desertfest, at which Black Rainbows also appeared. Everyone involved shares an obvious affinity for heavy psychedelic rock, but as one would hope for a release of this nature, there are also four distinct takes presented across the split — the official title of which is Heavy Psych Sounds 4-Way Split Vol. I – and each band takes advantage of an opportunity to bliss out in their own way, beginning with Naam – who’ve spent significant time on tour in Europe both before and after issuing their latest album, 2013’s Vow (review here) — on their two tracks, “Skyscraper (Ambient Mix)” and “Thickening Web,” which are included as side 1A leading off the 51-minute double-LP.

Its title is a dead giveaway, but “Skyscraper (Ambient Mix)” is a reworking of Vow highlight “Skyscraper,” and what was a landmark on the ultra-spacey sophomore full-length from the Brooklyn four-piece arises on the Heavy Psych Sounds split as a stripped-down wash of effects, elements dropping in and out over the course of its seven-plus minutes, guitarist/vocalist Ryan Lee Lugar‘s voice barely distinct for the reverb it carries, a slow, mellow progression playing out behind given further depth between the high and low end thanks to a swirl of effects. “Skyscraper” proper was not short on ambience, between the guitar, John Weingarten‘s keys, John Preston Bundy‘s bass and Eli Pizzuto‘s percussive roll, but “Skyscraper (Ambient Mix)” — on which engineer/mixer Jeff Berner has added some instrumentation as well — feels thoroughly reworked and comes across experimental enough to make the original seem straightforward in comparison. With a fuller-sounding instrumental stretch to over eight minutes, “Thickening Web” furthers the atmosphere of the opener while building on it, Weingarten coming to the fore in a dreamy midsection as the bass, guitar and drums fade out and back in around his keys. There’s a build at work and constant movement, but Naam still evoke a laid back feel, which is all the more fitting leading into White Hills‘ experimental 11-minute “They’ve Got Blood… Like You’ve Got Blood,” presented here as an alternate version to what appeared as the title-track of the 2005 self-released full-length, They’ve Got Blood Like We’ve Got Blood. As much as they’re clearly separate entities with their own sonic aims, a linear flow is present as well, and White Hills further Naam‘s sprawling ambience and percussive undertones with engrossing space-drones and an ending movement with lo-fi techno beats and organ leadout. You’ve got four psych bands all contributing to the release. It was bound to get weird at some point.

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Clutch Announce More US Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 9th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

With a Robot Hive/Exudos 2LP reissue and a deluxe 2CD/DVD edition of last year’s Earth Rocker (review here) coming this month, Clutch have hit the road in Europe. The Marylander groove kings will be back in time for a few shows in July, however, and they’ve just announced they’ll spend the bulk of September touring as well around appearances at Riot Fest in Chicago, Toronto and Denver and the Shindig Music Festival in their native Baltimore. So, you know, plenty more Clutch. Which is a win.

As I decide to just make the headline “ClutchAnnounce More US Tour Dates” a permanent fixture around here, the PR wire steps in with details:

CLUTCH ANNOUNCES FALL U.S. TOUR

‘EARTH ROCKER’ SET FOR TRIPLE DELUXE (2xCD/DVD) RELEASE ON TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014 VIA WEATHERMAKER MUSIC

‘ROBOT HIVE/EXODUS’ CLASSIC CLUTCH ALBUM TO RECEIVE COLLECTOR’S EDITION DOUBLE VINYL RELEASE ON TUESDAY, JUNE 10

CLUTCH, the acclaimed Maryland-based rock group, have announced they’ll launch a fall U.S. tour kicking off September 5th in Providence, RI. See full tour itinerary below.

On June 24, 2014, CLUTCH–NEIL FALLON (vocals, rhythm guitar), TIM SULT (lead guitar), DAN MAINES (bass), JEAN-PAUL GASTER (drums and percussion)–will release a triple deluxe version of their acclaimed EARTH ROCKER album via Weathermaker Music. EARTH ROCKER was tagged by Rolling Stone on their “Top 20 Metal Albums” list and hailed by the magazine for its fusion of “seething admixtures of jam-band chops, careening blues-punk riffs” (December 2013). The EARTH ROCKER triple deluxe album package will include: 1) the full record and brand new songs “Night Hag” and “Scavengers”; 2) “Earth Rocker Live,” a CD audio version of the album performed live; and 3) the DVD “Live In Denver” recorded with seven cameras in 1080i at a sold-out Denver show with audio remixing by Paul Logus and editing by Dave Brodsky; and two videos shot, directed and edited by actress Aisha Tyler: “Gone Cold” (unreleased) and “Crucial Velocity.” To pre-order the EARTH ROCKER triple deluxe, visit: www.clutchmerch.com.

Produced, engineered and mixed by Machine (King Crimson, Lamb Of God), EARTH ROCKER’s triple deluxe cover artwork was created by long time CLUTCH art director Nick Lakiotis (see below).

Robot Hive/Exodus–the group’s classic 2005 album–will also receive a collector’s edition double vinyl release on Tuesday, June 10. The beautiful double LP is re-mastered and comes in a re-designed gatefold package boasting some of CLUTCH’s best tracks. In addition, the group recently teamed with producer J. Robbins (The Sword, Coliseum) to record the new song “Run, John Barleycorn, Run” as a special split 7” single with labelmates Lionize in honor of Record Store Day, available now: www.clutchmerch.com.

CLUTCH continue their european festival tour through June 29. In July, they’ll return to the U.S. for a handful of shows before performing at all three Riot Fest dates (Toronto, Chicago and Denver) before joining the Shindig Festival alongside Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, Gogol Bordello and more in Baltimore, MD on September 27. See all tour dates below.

EUROPE SUMMER 2014
FRI 6/8 Vienna, Austria Arena
SAT 6/9 Munich, Germany Backstage Werk
WED 6/11 Hamburg, Germany Gruenspan
THU 6/12 Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhell Festival
FRI 6/13 Cologne, Germany Essigfabrik
SAT 6/14 Switzerland Greenfield Festival
SUN 6/15 Stuttgart, Germany LKA Longhorn
TUE 6/17 Haarlem, Netherlands Patronaat
WED 6/18 Nijmegen, Netherlands Doornroosje
THU 6/19 Frankfurt, Germany Batschkapp
FRI 6/20 Paris, France Nouveau Casino
SAT 6/21 Clisson, France Hellfest
SUN 6/22 Switzerland Fete de la Musique
TUE 6/24 Thessaloniki, Greece Fuzz Club
WED 6/25 Athens, Greece Fix Factory of Sound
FRI 6/27 Norrkoping, Sweden Bravalla Festival
SAT 6/28 Finowfurt, Germany Roadrunner’s Paradise Race 61 Festival
SUN 6/29 Roeser, Luxembourg Rock A Field Festival
US TOUR
THU 7/24 Syracuse, NY Westcott Theater
FRI 7/25 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
SAT 7/26 Columbus, OH The Great Summer Smokeout
SUN 7/27 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
US TOUR
FRI 9/5 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
SAT 9/6 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
SAT-SUN 9/6-9/7 Toronto, ON Riot Fest
TUE 9/9 Knoxville, TN The Bijou Theatre
WED 9/10 Lexington, KY Buster’s Billiards & Backroom
THU 9/11 Toledo, OH Headliners
FRI-SUN 9/12-9/14 Chicago, IL Riot Fest
SAT 9/13 Grand Rapids, MI The Orbit Room
MON 9/15 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
TUE 9/16 Sioux Falls, SD The District
THU 9/18 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
FRI 9/19 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
FRI-SUN 9/19-9/21 Denver, CO Riot Fest
MON 9/22 Springfield, MO Gillioz Theatre
TUE 9/23 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
THU 9/25 Huntington, NY The Paramount
FRI 9/26 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
SAT 9/27 Baltimore, MD The Shindig Music Festival

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Clutch, “Crucial Velocity” official video

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The Obelisk Radio Adds: Iron Man (x2), Electric Citizen, Disenchanter, Junior Bruce and Anuseye

Posted in Radio on May 30th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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This week brings even more radio adds than I expected. I had kind of a hard time whittling it down to figure what I wanted to write about, to be honest with you, but we got there in the end, and I’m thrilled to have another batch of additions to the playlist for this week. Doing this seems to have quickly become a Friday ritual for me, and frankly, I can think of worse ways to spend the afternoon than listening to and writing about a bunch of records. Like just about everything else, for example.

Adds for May 30, 2014:

Iron Man, The Passage & Generation Void

Two brand new vinyl reissues from Shadow Kingdom Records. Digital promos are particularly useless in the case of badass LPs, and I’m pretty sure both of these albums by Maryland doom stalwarts Iron Man, 1994’s sophomore outing, The Passage, and it’s 1999 follow-up, Generation Void, are already on the Radio playlist, but screw it, it’s Iron Man. If the chances of hearing an Iron Man song go up with each file added, then it’s worth tossing both of these records on the server. Generation Void is a full-on lost classic of doom, and if you don’t already own it, I’d imagine the vinyl of The Passage justifies picking it up based on the artwork alone. Either way, you’re never gonna lose when it comes to these guys, and Shadow Kingdom‘s loyalty in following up its CD reissues with LP versions is commendable. On Thee Facebooks, Shadow Kingdom website.

Electric Citizen, Sateen

Led by guitarist Ross Dolan and vocalist Laura Dolan, this Cincinnati four-piece traffic in high-order retro-minded Sabbathisms that keep in mind just how much boogie went along with all that darkness. To wit, the shuffle at the heart of the organ-laced “The Trap” and “Burning in Hell” or the push in the earlier “Magnetic Man.” Sateen, the band’s debut on RidingEasy Records, features riffs and leads heavily, and Laura‘s croon never strays from the forefront in delivering a barrage of hooks through the ’70s-worship production, but as with Sabbath themselves, the foundation of what Electric Citizen accomplish in these memorable, immediately familiar tracks is built on a foundation of rhythmic excellence in the bass and drums, here provided by Nick Vogelpohl and Nate Wagner, respectively. That organ ain’t half-bad either. The album arrives with no shortage of hype, but it’s a shockingly cohesive debut in style and performance, and the songwriting more than earns its way. On Thee Facebooks, RidingEasy Records.

Disenchanter, On through Portals

The Sept. 2013 Back to Earth demo from Portland, Oregon, doom-blues metallers Disenchanter has been sitting on my desk for an embarrassingly long time. That release is added to the playlist as well, but on the early-2014 follow-up, On through Portals, the trio of guitarist/vocalist Sabine Stangenberg, bassist Joey DeMartini and drummer Jay Erbe stretch out the form somewhat. Both arrive as EP-style releases, but On through Portals tops half-an-hour and executes a darkened psychedelic flow over its three extended tracks — “Journey to Abydos/Moon Maid” (12:15), “Invoke” (7:38), and “Into Darkness” (11:20) — so it could just as easily pass for a short album. Either way, the partial shift in aesthetic suits Disenchanter well, and what seems to have been in-process on their first demo comes closer to fruition here. Songs are patient and lumbering, but never boring, and Stangenberg‘s vocals layer effectively at the front of the mix to give the impression of a consummate frontwoman in the making. I won’t declare their development finished, but On through Portals is a big and interesting step for Disenchanter to take. On Thee Facebooks, on Bandcamp.

Junior Bruce, The Nomad


Just two tracks on this latest release from Southern heavy rockers Junior Bruce. The Nomad is the second of two (to date) digital releases following Junior Bruce‘s 2012 debut full-length, The Headless King, and intended as a complement to last year’s The Burden. Fair enough. Taken as such or on their own, The Nomad‘s two cuts, “The Promised Sleep” and “Nomad,” offer unpretentious heavy rolling groove from the Floridian five-piece fronted by Scott Angelacos and featuring bassist Tom Crowther, both also of Hollow Leg and formerly Bloodlet and Hope and Suicide. Molasses riffs from guitarists Nate Jones and Bryan Raymond and steady crash from drummer Jeff McAlear further distinguish “Nomad” in the Southern tradition, and the single/EP is twice as intriguing in the context of Hollow Leg‘s most recent recording, “God Eater” (discussed here), which moved in a more rocking direction as well. It seems to work for both bands. On Thee Facebooks, on Bandcamp.

Anuseye, Essay on a Drunken Cloud


Cuts like “J R” and “Wrong Blues” take ’90s crunch and heavy rock vibes to heart, but where Italy’s Anuseye really distinguish themselves on their Vincebus Eruptum Recordings debut — other than with their somewhat unfortunate moniker — is in the weirdo jamminess of “Push Magic Button” or the psychedelic exploration of “Earthquake.” Essay on a Drunken Cloud boasts a few riffs and effects-laced stretches like that in “Cursed Pills” that might call to mind guitarist Luca Stero and vocalist/guitarist Claudio C.‘s and prior work together in That’s all Folks, but Anuseye has a personality of their own here, with bassist Michele V. and drummer Antonello C. keeping step with the strange vibes every step of the way. The balance shifts effectively between psych rock and noisy post-punk, but songs like “Demon Pulse” and the penultimate “S.S. Abyss” find an engaging and unexpected middle ground on which to make an impression. And then they do. For those days when you feel like you’re heard everything a riff can do, Essay on a Drunken Cloud might just convince you there’s still territory to be discovered. On Thee Facebooks, at Vincebus Eruptum.

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Thanks for reading and listening.

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Clutch to Release Record Store Day 7″, Earth Rocker & Robot Hive/Exodus Reissues

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 16th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Last I heard, Maryland groove forerunners Clutch had started pre-production on a new album, but apparently that’s not all they’ve had in the works. In addition to headlining at Desertfest Berlin, the four-piece have slated a deluxe reissue for 2013’s album of the year, Earth Rocker (review here), as well as one for Robot Hive/Exodus. They’ve also got a split 7″ with Lionize in time for Record Store Day, a new claymation video for “The Wolfman Kindly Requests…,” which closed out Earth Rocker, and as ever, they’re going to be hitting the road pretty hard the next few months. Just when you thought it had been a while since you heard anything from the Clutch camp, here they come with a roundhouse to the face of news.

A considerable undertaking for the PR wire:

CLUTCH – RENOWNED AMERICAN ROCK GROUP TO RELEASE RECORD STORE DAY SPLIT 7” FEATURING NEW CLUTCH SONG “RUN, JOHN BARLEYCORN, RUN” AND “ETHER MADNESS” FROM LIONIZE

DUE OUT APRIL 19

‘EARTH ROCKER’ SET FOR TRIPLE DELUXE (2xCD/DVD) RELEASE ON JUNE 10, 2014 VIA WEATHERMAKER MUSIC

‘ROBOT HIVE/EXODUS’ CLASSIC CLUTCH ALBUM TO RECEIVE COLLECTOR’S EDITION DOUBLE VINYL RELEASE ON JUNE 10

CLUTCH, the acclaimed Maryland-based rock group, have teamed with producer J. Robbins (The Sword, Coliseum) to record the new song “Run, John Barleycorn, Run.” The track will be released on Tuesday, April 19 via Weathermaker Music as a special split 7” single with labelmates Lionize as part of Record Store Day.

On June 10, 2014, CLUTCH will release a triple deluxe version of their acclaimed EARTH ROCKER album via Weathermaker Music. Released in 2013, EARTH ROCKER was tagged by Rolling Stone on the “Top 20 Metal Albums” list and hailed by the magazine for its fusion of “seething admixtures of jam-band chops, careening blues-punk riffs” (December 2013). The EARTH ROCKER triple deluxe album package will include: 1) the full record and brand new songs “Night Hag” and “Scavengers,” 2) “Earth Rocker Live,” a CD audio version of the album performed live; and 3) on DVD “Live In Denver” recorded with seven cameras in 1080i on Nov. 14 at the sold-out Ogden Theatre show in Denver, two videos shot, directed and edited by actress Aisha Tyler: “Gone Cold” (unreleased) and “Crucial Velocity.” To pre-order EARTH ROCKER, visit: www.clutchmerch.com.

Produced, engineered and mixed by Machine (King Crimson, Lamb Of God), EARTH ROCKER’s triple deluxe cover artwork was created by long time CLUTCH art director Nick Lakiotis (see below). EARTH ROCKER continues to garner the group some of the best reviews of their career.

The group have announced their classic 2005 album Robot Hive/Exodus will receive a collector’s edition double vinyl release on Tuesday, June 10. The beautiful double LP is re-mastered and comes in a re-designed gatefold package boasting some of CLUTCH’s best tracks.

CLUTCH–NEIL FALLON (vocals, rhythm guitar), TIM SULT (lead guitar), DAN MAINES (bass,), JEAN-PAUL GASTER (drums and percussion)—will launch an overseas tour starting Tuesday, April 22 in Newcastle, UK at the O2 Academy taking them through the European festival circuit through June 29. In July, they’ll return to the U.S. for a handful of shows before joining Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, Gogol Bordello and Halestorm at the Shindig Festival in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, September 27. Expect the group to announce additional U.S. festival dates and headlining shows in the coming months.

UK/GER/IRE 2014
Tue 4/22 Newcastle O2 Academy
Wed 4/23 Leeds Metropolitan
Thu 4/24 Manchester Academy
Sat 4/26 Berlin, Germany Desertfest at Astra
Sun 4/27 Antwerpen, Belgium Trix Muziekcentrum
Tue 4/29 Birmingham O2 Academy
Wed 4/30 Brighton Concorde 2
Thu 5/1 London Forum
Fri 5/2 Norwich The Waterfront
Sat 5/3 Nottingham Rock City
Sun 5/4 Bristol Temples Festival at Motion
Tue 5/6 Edinburgh Liquid Room
Wed 5/7 Glasgow O2 ABC
Thu 5/8 Belfast Limelight 2
Fri 5/9 Dublin Dublin Academy

EUROPE SUMMER 2014
Fri 6/8 Vienna, Austria Arena
Sat 6/9 Munich, Germany Backstage Werk
Weds 6/11 Hamburg, Germany Gruenspan
Thu 6/12 Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhell Festival
Fri 6/13 Cologne, Germany Essigfabrik
Sat 6/14 Switzerland Greenfield Festival
Sun 6/15 Stuttgart, Germany LKA Longhorn
Tue 6/17 Haarlem, Netherlands Patronaat
Wed 6/18 Nijmegen, Netherlands Doornroosje
Thu 6/19 Frankfurt, Germany Batschkapp
Fri 6/20 Paris, France Nouveau Casino
Sat 6/21 Clisson, France Hellfest
Sun 6/22 Switzerland Fete de la Musique
Tue 6/24 Thessaloniki, Greece Fuzz Club
Wed 6/25 Athens, Greece Fix Factory of Sound
Fri 6/27 Norrkoping, Sweden Bravalla Festival
Sat 6/28 Finowfurt, Germany Roadrunner’s Paradise Race 61 Festival
Sun 6/29 Roeser, Luxembourg Rock A Field Festival

US TOUR
Thu 7/24 Syracuse, NY Westcott Theater
Fri 7/25 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Sun 7/27 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
The Shindig Music Festival with Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, Gogol Bordello, and Halestorm
Sat 9/27 Baltimore, MD The Shindig Music Festival

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Clutch, “The Wolfman Kindly Requests…” official video

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Rukut Rattle Brains with “White Squirrel White Fox” Video

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

Aside from considering myself fortunate enough to call them personal friends, Baltimore-by-way-of-New-Jersey-by-way-of-Seattle-by-way-of-New-Jersey-etc. two-piece Rukut are also the band who, probably over a decade ago now, blindsided me with a lesson in the dynamic that a duo can offer at their best, distinct from solo artists, trios, and so on. Their passage between minimalist garage thrash, brutal punk, grind and sludge has played out DIY for years in small bars, clubs and just about anywhere else they’re asked to show up that they can park their van, but I’ve never heard it sound quite as full and devastating as it does on the new cut “White Squirrel White Fox,” taken from a brand new self-released EP, The Headless.

It’s been a while since Rukut – the duo of guitarist/vocalist Lew Hambley and drummer/graphic artist Chris Jones – released their last full-length, 2008’s Life’s Pain, but their years don’t seem to have been misspent. Hambley‘s vocals, turning vicious at switch-flick speed, touch on the guttural with “White Squirrel White Fox,” and the instrumental accompaniment they receive makes for due chaos, Jones switching between D-beat crust drive and all-out blasts after his stick-click count-in serves as the subtle announcement of the fury about to be unleashed after a grueling minute of stomping introduction. In short order, Rukut tear ass through a build that is brought to a raging, violent head precise enough to give Nasum a nod without losing Napalm Death‘s crucial soul.

By way of a spoiler, it starts with a white squirrel and ends with a white fox, but it’s really what’s between the two in the Jones-directed video that proves most essential. Rukut’s The Headless EP, can be heard at their Bandcamp page. “White Squirrel White Fox” doesn’t carry a warning for epileptics who might check it out, but it probably should: The aurally brutal comes with strobe to match.

Enjoy:

Rukut, “White Squirrel White Fox” official video

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Iron Man Get Grainy in “South of the Earth” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on April 1st, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Watching Iron Man‘s new video for the title-track to last year’s South of the Earth (review here), I can almost hear the nasally strain and SoCal-goofball chuckle of Ricky Rachtman introducing the clip on Headbanger’s Ball circa 1990. The Maryland doom four-piece are no strangers to a classic aesthetic, and the visuals of “South of the Earth” tap directly into one, whether it’s the slow-walking cemetery visitor shot in negative or the appearance and disappearance of the band’s members as the song plays out. In the case of frontman Dee Calhoun, who also directed, we get to see him multiple times over.

“South of the Earth” is pretty representative of what metal videos were in a time before cinematic budgeting or band-in-a-warehouse performance clips. You get a feel for what the song is about and the mood is certainly on display as Iron Man rocks through, guitarist Al Morris III locking his own grooving in with that of the camera ever so slightly while drummer Jason “Mot” Waldmann copes with one cymbal that seems to be disappearing and bassist Louis Strachan, as ever, holds the whole thing together. For a record that was thoroughly metallized, the “South of the Earth” video most definitely follows suit.

And if you haven’t yet had the chance to savor Morris’ tone as captured by the skillful production of Frank Marchand or roll along with Strachan and Waldmann in the groove they harness, “South of the Earth” should make for a fittingly representative introduction. They named the record after it, if that tells you anything. South of the Earth is available now on Rise Above in Europe and Metal Blade in North America, and the video features camera work by Kelly Croston in addition to Strachan and Calhoun.

Enjoy:

Iron Man, “South of the Earth” official video

Iron Man on Thee Facebooks

Rise Above Records

Metal Blade Records

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