High n’ Heavy Sign to Electric Valley Records; New Album in 2019

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 16th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

I think we’ve hit the stage of the year when most of the new album announcements will either be for the tail end of November or for next year. Massachusetts’ moniker-as-aesthetic heavy rockers High n’ Heavy have their fourth album in post-production now — presumably that means mixing/mastering, not CGI — and they’ve signed to Electric Valley Records for the release, but I’d be really surprised if it showed up before the end of the year. Nobody wants to do releases in December — traditionally, the music industry goes home for the holidays — and if the record’s not pressed yet because it’s not completely finished, then yeah, let’s say 2019. Pretty impressive however that even so, it’ll be the band’s fourth album in five years when it comes out. The other three, including the latest, which is 2017’s From the Flames, are all name-your-price on Bandcamp.

The label sent the following down the PR wire:

high n heavy

Electric Valley Records is proud to announce the signing of the Stoner Doom band *** HIGH N’ HEAVY ***

High n’ Heavy are a four piece instrument of destruction out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Formed in late 2014 with The Stooges, Black Sabbath, and Motörhead in mind; their sound has evolved to perfectly embody all of their influences. Mostly playing shows in their native New England, High n’ Heavy has been gathering a following with their electrifying musicianship and high energy live sets.

From the depths of space they came. One by one. From out of the skies they fell. Now, with the magic they possess, they melt the faces of earths people. With thunderous drums, booming bass, screaming guitar solos, and mystical vocals they are… HIGH N’ HEAVY!!!

Their first 3 albums have shown the band to be at home playing everything from the most brutal of doom to the dirtiest of rock n’ roll. With their fourth already in post production, High n’ Heavy are guaranteed to melt faces and break hearts.

https://www.facebook.com/HighnHeavy
http://instagram.com/Highnheavy
https://highnheavy.bandcamp.com/
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High n’ Heavy, From the Flames (2017)

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Cortez and Wasted Theory Join Forces for The Second Coming of Heavy: Chapter IX

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 10th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

It is really, really hard to put together a split release. Getting one band to have their shit together enough to hit the studio and record is hard enough. But two? Or more? It is not an enviable task in the slightest. Sometimes acts have songs leftover from other sessions, and even that is hard to work with. It’s to Ripple Music‘s eternal credit that the label’s The Second Coming of Heavy series has not only made it this far without missing a beat between its chapters, but that it will finish its 10LP run having highlighted killer heavy rock and roll from the US and Europe in defiance of logistics and with a firm commitment to quality in presentation and curation alike. I know that sounds like I’m blowing smoke up the label’s ass. I’m not. If you’ve never coordinated this kind of thing, it’s fucking impossible. Every time it happens, it’s a miracle. And from what I understand, when The Second Coming of Heavy ends, that’s still just the beginning. More power to them.

Chapter IX gets down to the series’ roots with top grade heavy rock from Boston’s long-underrated practitioners Cortez and the pride of Bear, Delaware, Wasted Theory, who will follow their appearance here up with a new full-length in October. Both bands have tracks streaming at the bottom of this post.

The PR wire brings preliminaries:

the second coming of heavy chapter ix

Ripple Music announce the penultimate instalment in their Second Coming of Heavy Series | Split album from Cortez and Wasted Theory

The Second Coming of Heavy; Chapter IX is released on vinyl on 21st September 2018

Pre-order now at www.ripple-music.com

Already recognised as one of the world’s leading purveyors of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Stoner, Doom and Heavy Psych, Ripple Music upped the ante in 2015 with the arrival of one of their most ambitious projects to date, The Second Coming of Heavy Series.

Serving as a showcase for some of the best and heaviest bands emerging from the underground, each instalment shines a light on those worthy of your attention. Consisting of one, 12” slab of multi-coloured vinyl with full colour sleeves and inserts, the series is designed to be saved and treasured, much like a fine anthology of books. When the albums are filed next to each other, the complete collection of aligned spines form a mind-blowing image direct from the underground.

Bands that have already featured in the series include Geezer, Borracho, Supervoid, Red Desert, Kingnomad, Bonehawk, Red Mesa, Blue Sanggletooth, Fuzz Evil, Switchblade Jesus plus a whole host of others. For this latest instalment it’s the turn of Boston-based, fuzzed out rock and rollers Cortez and American Weed Rock supremos, Wasted Theory.

The Second Coming Of Heavy; Chapter IX will get an official vinyl release on 21st September 2018 and is limited to 300 copies in three alternative versions (100 of each) – The Resurrection Edition, The Risen OBI and The Ascension Edition.

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https://twitter.com/cortezboston
https://cortezboston.bandcamp.com/
http://www.cortezboston.com/
https://www.facebook.com/wastedtheoryband/
https://twitter.com/WastedTheory
https://wastedtheory.bandcamp.com/

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Gozu Added to Metal Alliance Tour 2018 for Nov. 18-30

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 5th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

gozu

Earlier this year, Boston four-piece Gozu made their debut on Metal Blade offshoot Blacklight Media with their fifth full-length overall, Equilibrium (review here). Now a few years removed from cementing their lineup with bassist Joe Grotto and drummer Mike Hubbard alongside founding guitarists Marc Gaffney (also vocals) and Doug Sherman, it found Gozu thoroughly in command of a sound that’s only continued to grow more aggressive following 2016’s Revival (review here) on Ripple Music, which was their first collaboration with New Hampshire-based producer Dean Baltulonis; a relationship that was renewed on the 2018 outing as well.

They’ve toured intermittently over the last few years, East Coast, West Coast, in between, Europe, fests, etc., and the new announcement is that Gozu have joined the ranks of the Metal Alliance Tour, which will be headlined by Goatwhore with The Casualties, Black Tusk and Great American Ghost also on the bill. Gozu will appear from Nov. 18 in Kansas City through the end of the tour Nov. 30 in Easton, PA, which is a run that will take them into Canada as well as through major markets like Chicago, Detroit and New York. Good gig to get, and all the better since it will no doubt introduce Gozu to an audience outside the confines of genre. All the best to them on the trip.

They put word out on the social medias and it looked like this, only with less blue in the text:

metal alliance tour 2018

We are so excited to announce that we’ve been added to the Metal Alliance tour with GOATWHORE, The Casualties, Black Tusk & Great American Ghost!

These are the specific dates we are playing and would love to y’all!! Come out and say hi!!

?Nov 18 – Kansas City, MO – Aftershock?
?Nov 20 – Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club?
?Nov 21 – Chicago, IL – Reggies Rock Club?
?Nov 23 – Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick?
?Nov 24 – Kingston, ON – Overtime Sports Bar?
?Nov 25 – Quebec City, QC – Salle Multi DU Complex Meduse?
?Nov 26 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufones?
?Nov 28 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater?
?Nov 29 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall?
?Nov 30 – Easton, PA – One Centre Square?.

Gozu is:
marc gaffney- vox/guitar
mike hubbard-drums
doug sherman- guitar
joe grotto- Bass

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Gozu, Equilibrium (2018)

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Sundrifter Sign to Small Stone Records; Visitations Reissue Due Oct. 19

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 4th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

sundrifter

Boston space-grunge trio Sundrifter have inked a deal with Small Stone Records and will issue their debut album, Visitations (review here), through the label on CD and LP Oct. 19 — an increasingly packed release date that will also see records arrive from Brujas del Sol, Castle, Black Lotus and Moab, probably among others, as well as the tickets on sale for Roadburn 2019. How then does a band like Sundrifter stand out? See that part in the first sentence where it says “space-grunge?” Ain’t nobody playing it quite like Sundrifter are playing it. They released Visitations on their own earlier this year and Small Stone has the leadoff track, “Sons of Belial,” streaming now, and if you didn’t dig into it yet, you probably should. It’ll answer any other questions you might have.

Oh hey, and it turns out I wrote the bio below. Wonders never cease.

Here it is as it appears on the label’s Bandcamp page:

sundrifter visitations

Sundrifter – Visitations – Small Stone

Born out of a Boston rock underground teeming with history and riffs alike, Sundrifter capture the essence of tonal weight with their Small Stone debut, Visitations. Their second album overall behind 2016’s Not Coming Back, the nine-track long-player harnesses spaciousness and heft alike and soars with melodic vibrancy in a way most acts simply can’t balance. Shades of Soundgarden and Queens of the Stone Age appear, but they’re just shades, and Sundrifter’s vision of heavy is their own, someplace between grunge, doom, psychedelia and classic heavy rock.

Sundrifter is comprised of guitarist/vocalist Craig Puera, bassist Paul Gaughran and drummer Patrick Queenan, and Visitations was engineered, mixed and mastered by Dan Schwartz at Futura Productions in Roslindale, Massachusetts. The space the record captures isn’t of the Hawkwind, pulsating rhythm variety, but instead one that oozes with planetary motion, one that rolls along a chaotic cosmic path, not at all afraid to smash one asteroid off another before crashing to the surface, which, as we all know, is how life began in the first place.

Releases October 19, 2018.

Tracklist:
1. Sons Of Belial
2. Death March
3. Lightworker
4. Targeted
5. Till You Come Down
6. Hammerburn
7. Sky Peoples Son
8. Fire In the Sky
9. I Want To Leave

Sundrifter is:
Craig Peura: guitars & vocals
Patrick Queenan: drums & percussion
Paul Gaughran: bass

http://www.facebook.com/sundriftermusic
http://www.twitter.com/sun_drifter1
http://www.sundrifterband.com/
https://sundrifter.bandcamp.com/
http://www.smallstone.com
http://www.facebook.com/smallstonerecords
https://smallstone.bandcamp.com

Sundrifter, Visitations (2018)

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1476 US Tour Starts Friday

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 29th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

1476

So, I’m late to the party on this band and I’m not about to pretend otherwise. 1476 released their third album, Our Season Draws Near, this past Spring on Prophecy Productions and they’ll hit the road to support it starting this Friday in Buffalo, New York. Based out of the suitably-witchy goth-tourist-trap known as Salem, Massachsetts — also there are good restaurants and a bitchin’ video game store — the two-piece bridge a gap between progressive melodic rock, post-punk, post-black metal and post-your face, which is not a minor gap indeed, and rather than simply assault listeners they play to multiple sides in memorable songcraft and a varied atmosphere, still keeping in their pocket an all-out burst that surfaces every now and then. You can stream the record at the bottom of this post, and I’m sure you’re already all over this one, because you, like the rest of the planet, are way ahead of me on everything, but even so, it’s there if you want to put it on.

I dig it, I guess is the point.

Tour dates follow:

1476 tour

SALEM’S 1476 EMBARK ON U.S. TOUR THIS MONTH

** OUR SEASON DRAWS NEAR, OUT NOW ON PROPHECY PRODUCTIONS**

Salem’s “hermetic death rock” duo 1476 will hit the road this month for fall tour of the United States in support of their 3rd album, Our Season Draws Near, which is available now from Prophecy Productions. The month-long tour will kick off in Buffalo, NY on August 31st and make its way across the country before wrapping up in their hometown of Salem for a bewitching show on September 28th.

Following the tour the band are confirmed to perform at the inaugural Prophecy Fest USA on November 2nd at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY. The festival will take place on November 2nd and 3rd and will also feature performances by Alcest, Eye of Nix, Volur, Xasthur, Kayo Dot, Novembers Doom, Crowhurst, Year of the Cobra and So Hideous. Tickets are on sale now at http://us.prophecy.de/prophecy-fest/prophecy-fest-us-ticket.html.

The revered atmospheric metal band, consisting of Robb Kavjian and Neil DeRosa, has created a worldwide cult following since their debut in 2010. Following several EP and LP releases, 1476 partnered with Prophecy Productions, who are based in Germany and United States, in 2016 and released their critically heralded album, Our Season Draws Near, mixed by Markus Siegenhort (of post-black metal band Lantlôs,) the subsequent year. The duo’s latest chapter in their dark journey is an amalgam of punk-charged metal and ambient folk that provide a haunting soundtrack for a dreary New England winter.

Tour Dates:
Aug. 31st – Buffalo, NY – Sugar City
Sept. 1st – Detroit, MI – Fireside Inn
Sept. 2nd – Canton, OH @ Buzzbin Art and Music Shop
Sept. 3rd – Indianapolis, IN @ Black Circle Brewing
Sept. 4th – Chicago, IL – Livewire
Sept. 5th – Madison, WI – The Wisco
Sept. 6th – St. Paul, MN – Caydence Records
Sept. 7th – Sioux Falls, SD @ Big’s Bar
Sept. 8th- Denver, CO @ Seventh Circle Music Collective
Sept. 9th – Kalispell, MT @ Old School Records
Sept. 11th – Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse
Sept. 12th – Portland, OR @ High Water Mark
Sept. 13th – Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
Sept. 14th – Lakewood, CA @ Regal Inn
Sept. 15th – Tempe, AZ @ TimeOut Lounge
Sept. 16th – Albuquerque, NM – TBA
Sept. 18th – Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Sept. 19th – Austin, TX @ The Lost Well
Sept. 21st – San Antonio, TX – The Guru
Sept. 22nd – Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s Pub
Sept. 23rd – New Orleans, LA – TBA
Sept. 25th – Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s
Sept. 26th – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Sept. 27th – Philadelphia, PA @ Creep Records
Sept. 28th – Salem, MA @ Koto

http://www.1476cult.com/
https://www.facebook.com/1476cult/
https://1476.bandcamp.com/
http://en.prophecy.de/

1476, Our Season Draws Near (2018)

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Z/28 Release Debut Album Nobody Rides for Free This Week

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 8th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

z28

If you’re in the Boston area and pay attention to such things, you’ve probably seen the name Z/28 around in contexts that apply, you know, to more than just the car. The three-piece have been playing regional shows since June 2016 but their pedigree dips further back than that with guitarist/vocalist Jeff Hayward having been in extreme sludge pioneers Grief when they made their debut over 20 years ago. Z/28 take nowhere near such an abrasive approach, and nor do they want to. The three-piece of Hayward, bassist/vocalist J. Negro and drummer Breaux Silcio have a straightforward classic heavy rock sound with more than an edge of grit to coincide. There are a couple tracks streaming ahead of the release, which is officially out this Friday on Fuzzdoom Records.

The label sent the following down the PR wire:

z28 nobody rides for free

Z/28 – Nobody Rides for Free

Formed in early 2016, Z28 is the brainchild of Jeff Hayward (ex-Grief, ex-Disrupt, ex-Morne).

After a short hiatus from the scene, Jeff decided to return with a project that could better realize his dream of being in a more true to mode, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Heavy Metal project. Recruiting Breaux Silcio on drums and J. Negro of bass, this well oiled machine was ready to ride.

Being described as a “crusty” Kiss, or Kyuss doing AC/DC covers, Z28 takes it’s primary cues from the great rock bands of the 70s, with a smattering 80s metal for good measure.

After releasing a well received EP in 2016, and a single for the song “Space Bastard” in 2017, Z28 is ready to roll out “Nobody Rides for Free”, their first full-length endeavor on Fuzzdoom Records. Be weary, the rides about to get wild!

Tracklisting:
1. Intro
2. Wandering
3. Angst
4. Angst II (Electric Boogaloo)
5. Spirit Elk (Lord of the Hunt)
6. Touch of Evil
7. Keep on Rockin’ in (The Invisible World)
8. Night Mysteries
9. Angst III (I Don’t Want to Die)

Z/28 are:
Jeff Hayward – Vocals, Guitar
Jason Negro – Vocals, Bass
Breaux Silcio – Drums, Percussion

https://www.facebook.com/nobodyridesforfree/
https://nobodyridesforfree.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/fuzzdoomrecords
https://fuzzdoomrecords.bandcamp.com/

Z/28, Nobody Rides for Free (2018)

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Morne: New Album To the Night Unknown Available to Preorder

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 3rd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

morne (Photo by Hilarie Jason)

By early September the nights in Massachusetts usually start to cool off from the day’s residual summer assault of Eastern Seaboard humidity and it portends the no-sun cruelties of the winter ahead. I don’t know if this is what Boston’s Morne had in mind when they released their The Coming of Winter live album in 2015, but it makes the Sept. 7 release date of their new studio record, To the Night Unknown, make a lot of sense. To be issued by Armageddon Shop‘s own Armageddon Label in conjunction with the band’s aptly-titled Morne Records imprint, it will follow some five years behind their 2013 LP, Shadows, which came out via Profound Lore and took the four-piece to Roadburn in the Netherlands in 2014 and made a lasting enough impression that they featured last year as well at Psycho Las Vegas.

A band whose quiet stretches even seem to seethe with extremity, Morne have preorders up for To the Night Unknown now, as the PR wire informs:

morne to the night unknown

Pre-Orders Up Now! MORNE “To The Night Unknown” 2LP / CD

Five years since their last release, Morne is proud to announce their fourth studio album entitled, “To the Night Unknown,” which will be released by the Armageddon Label and the bands’ own label Morne Records, in September 2018. The album was recorded at New Alliance Audio Productions by Jon Taft and mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright and features the photography and design of Hillarie Jason.

Morne, formed in 2005, is a heavy, atmospheric band based in Boston, Massachusetts. Their style blends doom metal and classic British crust but stretches beyond those boundaries, combining a bleak lyrical style with driving riffs. The band has toured the US, Canada and Europe, and they have been part of large festivals such as Roadburn, Hellfest and Psycho Las Vegas.

MORNE – “To The Night Unknown”
Armageddon Label
Release Date: September 7th 2018
Catalog Number: Armageddon 020
Available formats: Gatefold 2LP w/download, Digipack CD, Digital

Vinyl: Gatefold 2LP on 180 gram black vinyl or ltd 180 gram black vinyl with gray splatter
CD: Digipack packaging with 8pg booklet
Digital: via Itunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and others

Pre-orders are live NOW via:
https://armageddonlabel.bigcartel.com/
Orders will ship a week before street date.

TRACKLIST:
1. To the Night Unknown
2. Not Our Flame
3. The Blood is Our Own
4. Scorn
5. Show Your Wounds
6. Night Awaits the Dawn
7. Shadowed Road
8. Surrendering Fear

LINE UP:
Milosz Gassan – Vocals, Guitar
Paul Rajpal – Guitar
Morgan Coe – Bass
Billy Knockenhauer – Drums

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https://morneband.bandcamp.com/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/morne/440400147
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_music_1?ie=UTF8&field-artist=MORNE&search-alias=music
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5hpeBTPIG4IE2ymmNZUiEf
http://www.storenvy.com/stores/120214-morne
http://armageddonshop.com/
https://armageddonlabel.bigcartel.com/

Morne, The Coming of Winter (2015)

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Elder Touring Europe this Fall with Ancestors; Playing Fests and More

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 2nd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

elder

Progressive heavy rock forerunners Elder will be back on the road in Europe for Fall 2018, joined by Ancestors for a run through festivals that includes Doom vs. Stoner, Up in Smoke, Desertfest Belgium 2018, Into the Void and Keep it Low. Because, basically, if you’re throwing a heavy fest in 2018, you want Elder to play. The former-trio-now-four-piece affirmed their ascendance last year with Reflections of a Floating World (review here) and have barely come off tour since. To wit, after the stint with Ancestors? They have another European tour. It’s pretty much how it goes with them these days, and right on.

You’ll note they mention an impending announcement about new music. I know what it is and it’s awesome. It’s not public yet, but yeah, there’s something cool happening. Stay tuned.

They posted the following on the social medias:

Elder announce European tour

We’re back on the autobahn and beyond again this fall, sharing the first leg of our tour with the fantastic @ancestors (who have a killer new album out) Let us know below what show you’ll be at!

Also, we’ve got another exciting announcement regarding new music coming in the near future…

29.09. UK – Sheffield, O2 Academy, Doom vs. Stoner Festival*
30.09. UK – Glasgow, The Audio*
01.10. UK – Leeds, TBA*
02.10. UK – Manchester, The Rebellion*
03.10. UK – Coventry, The Phoenix*
04.10. UK – Bristol, The Fleece*
05.10. UK – London, Garage*
06.10. CH – Pratteln, Up In Smoke Festival*
07.10. I – Milan, Legend*
08.10. I – Bologna, Freak Out / Locomotive*
09.10. I – Rome, Evol*
10.10. I – Fabriano, Sonic Room*
11.10. CRO – Zagreb, Vintage Industrial Bar*
12.10. HUN – Budapest, Dürer Kert*
14.10. B – Antwerp, Trix, Desertfest*
15.10. GER – Hannover, Chez Heinz*
16.10. GER – Berlin, S036*
17.10. GER – Dortmund, Junkyard*
18.10. F – Paris, Glazart*
19.10. NL – Leeurwarden, Neushoorn, Into the Void*
20.10. GER – Munich, Feierwerk, Keep It Low*
21.10. A – Vienna, Arena*

31.10. RUS – St Petersburg
01.11. RUS – Moscow
03.11. DK – Aalborg, Aalborg Metalfest
04.11. GER – Osnabrück, Bastard
05.11. GER – Karlsruhe, Stadtmitte
06.11. F – Poitiers, Le confort Moderne
07.11. E – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
08.11. E – Callosa De Segura (Alicante), Auditorium
09.11. E – Madrid, Nazca
10.10. I – Fabriano, Sonic Room
10.11. E – Bilbao, Santana 27
* with Ancestors

Artwork by @digitaldexter

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Elder, Reflections of a Floating World (2017)

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