Monster Magnet to Release Mindfucker March 28; Preorder Available

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 12th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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NJ heavy rock kingpins Monster Magnet will release their awaited new album, Mindfucker, via Napalm Records on March 28, 2018. Preorders are available now for what’s expected to be their last offering through Napalm Records, and their first proper studio outing since Last Patrol (review here) in 2013, though that record was followed by a pair of LP reduxes, 2014’s Milking the Stars (review here), which took on Last Patrol, and 2015’s Cobras and Fire(review here), which gave 2010’s Mastermind (review here) a much-needed weirding out. As to where Mindfucker might be headed in terms of sound, between the band’s more straightforward heavy rock approach and the psychedelic vibes that Last Patrol seemed to revamp in their style, your guess is as good as mine, but if it dares even by a fraction to live up to its title, it would seem Dave Wyndorf and company have some surprises in store.

They were playing the title-track live earlier this year on tour, and you can see a pretty good clip of “Mindfucker” below. Thanks to whoever happened to be filming that night in Leeds.

This just in from the PR wire:

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MONSTER MAGNET Announce New Album “MINDFUCKER” Coming Spring 2018 via Napalm Records

It’s been more than a year since the first rumors spread about a new MONSTER MAGNET album and that the band was preparing to enter the studio in Fall 2016. During the band’s European Summer tour it finally got confirmed what the fans around the world were so desperately hoping for to be true. Mastermind Dave Wyndorf stated that the long awaited new studio record is going to be (quote) “full-ahead Detroit-style, early 70s, MC5 and Stooges type of rock”. Sounded very promising back then! And now we know… he wasn’t lying!

MONSTER MAGNET puts the pedal to the metal with “MINDFUCKER”, their 11th record. “MINDFUCKER” is different, a step forward and a step back at the same time to the almighty roots of hard rock music, kindled by the unpretentious Proto-punk era. Up tempo, savage in both sound and spirit, “MINDFUCKER” is the real deal! The album has the potential to surprise and to whip up the love for the genre, while still giving the sludgies and stoner freaks exactly what they wish for in a new MONSTER MAGNET album.

“MINDFUCKER” will be released on March 23, 2018 and can be pre-ordered right HERE!

“MINDFUCKER is a fuzzed out, headbangin’ celebration of hard rock and 21st century paranoia” says Dave. “Ten fuel injected, nitro burning tracks of fiery rock ’n roll and garage psych madness, all done Monster Magnet style. It’s also an album that gets right to the point: the world is out of it’s fucking mind and I’m livin’ it….for better or worse. It’s simple, really. In these crazy times I’ve been wanting to just drive my car at 100 miles per hour and howl, you know what I mean? So I wrote songs I can do that with. And with lyrics that don’t deny the times we’re living in. Feels good, feels right. Rock is alive, baby!”

Watch out for further news and new music from mastermind Dave Wyndorf and MONSTER MAGNET!

“MINDFUCKER” track listing:
1. Rocket Freak
2. Soul
3. Mindfucker
4. I’m God
5. Drowning
6. Ejection
7. Want Some
8. Brainwashed
9. All Day Midnight
10. When The Hammer Comes Down

MONSTER MAGNET line up:
Dave Wyndorf (vocals, guitar)
Garrett Sweeny (guitar)
Phil Caivano (guitar)
Chris Kosnik (bass)
Bob Pantella (drums)

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Monster Magnet, “Mindfucker” live in Leeds, May 23, 2017

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Conan to Release New Album Early Next Year; North American Tour Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 27th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

UK sonic pummelbringers Conan have announced a round of North American touring beginning Feb. 9. They’ll be joined in the endeavor by The Ditch and the Delta and are set to release a new album in early 2018 via Napalm Records. I don’t know if the album will actually come out while they’re on this run or not, but as the band has made touring the US a priority over the last couple years, it would make sense.

Either way, they’ll be playing new material on the road, so if you want a preview of the follow-up to 2016’s Revengeance (review here) — whatever it might be called — before it comes out, that’s another reason to show up beyond the standard having your ass handed to you by Conan, which was going to happen one way or another.

Just off the PR wire:

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CONAN Announces 2018 North American Tour

New Album Coming Early Next Year Via Napalm Records

British Doom Metallers, CONAN are currently hard at work, on the follow up to their 2016 release “Revengeanance,” which is due out in early 2018. In anticiapion of the new album, CONAN has announced a full North American headline tour beginning in February 2018. The tour features support from The Ditch and The Delta, and starts February 9th in Calgary, AB and wraps up March 13th in Denver, CO. A complete list of dates can be found below.

“We are very happy to announce this US tour with The Ditch and The Delta, our fourth US tour in as many years. This tour is slightly different though, we will be playing material from our new album – to be released in 2018 at Napalm Records. See you at the front,” says CONAN frontman Jon Davis.

CONAN are as heavy as interplanetary thunder amplified through the roaring black hole anus of Azathoth. Remember that sentence, for it is writ large in virgin blood on the walls of the forgotten temple of Bol-Krastor, deep in the steaming forests of forgotten Lemuria. CONAN, a monumentally brutal three piece (in the grand tradition of all the hallowed three pieces through time) hold a sinew-tight line and an iron-grip command over the uber-synchronised powerchord changes and tempo-shifts of the anti-holy trio of bass, drums and guitar. Two weary yet defiant men have the task of vocalising wretched thoughts over the turgid weight of Conan’s metalized bombast. They bear it well, for the task is immense.

Hear the roar of battle. Smell the stench of split blood. A thousand heads piled high like a grim mound of suffering – a blasphemy to nature. HAIL CONAN!

CONAN W/ The Ditch and The Delta
2/9/18: Calgary, AB @ Palomino*
2/10/18: Edmonton, AB @ Brixx*
2/12/18: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
2/13/18: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
2/15/18: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
2/16/18: Portland, OR @ Sabertooth Fest*
2/17/18: Eugene, OR @ Old Nicks
2/18/18: San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
2/19/18: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
2/20/18: Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap
2/21/18: Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
2/22/18: El Paso, TX @ Neon Rose
2/23/18: Austin, TX @ Lost Well
2/24/18: Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern
2/25/18: Memphis, TN @ Growlers
2/26/18: Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
2/27/18: Atlanta, GA @ The 529
3/1/18: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
3/2/18: Washington, DC @ Atlas Brew Works
3/3/18: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
3/4/18: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
3/5/18: Providence, RI @ Alchemy
3/6/18: Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
3/7/18: Rochester, NY @ Photo City
3/8/18: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
3/9/18: Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlies
3/10/18: Chicago, IL @ Reggies
3/11/18: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
3/12/18: Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
3/13/18: Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
*CONAN Only

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Conan, “Throne of Fire” official video

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Conan, Kurokuma & Granule to Tour Japan in March

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 23rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Fresh off the heels of releasing their Man is Myth – Early Demos collection on Napalm Records, UK rifflords Conan have announced a run of Japanese dates in March 2018. Support will come from UK compatriots Kurokuma and Tokyo’s Granule, and the tour is being presented under the banner of ‘Doomed Japan,’ which, if you can think of something better to call it, you’ll just have to let me know because from where I sit that about sums it up. Conan do not often go to a place and leave it unflattened, and as they look to hit Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo, they’ll also be perhaps on the heels of a new album release expected sometime early next year, so all the more reason to watch out.

The PR wire brings copious info about that and more background on the tour in general:

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Doomed Japan – Conan, Kurokuma & Granule Japan Tour 2018

UK attack extends to Japan as caveman battle doom trio, Conan announce three shows in the Land of the Rising Sun in March 2018. They will be supported by psychedelic sludge crew, Kurokuma and Tokyo blackened sludge project, Granule.

March 29th (Thu) – Club Zion, Nagoya http://www.clubzion.gionsound.jp/
March 30th (Fri) – Hokage, Osaka http://musicbarhokage.net/
March 31st (Sat) – Earthdom, Tokyo http://www1.odn.ne.jp/~cfs81480/index.html/menu.html

Ticket links can be found via Granule’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/granule.tyo/

Conan (UK) are as heavy as interplanetary thunder amplified through the roaring black hole anus of Azathoth. Remember that sentence, for it is writ large in virgin blood on the walls of the forgotten temple of Bol-Krastor, deep in the steaming forests of forgotten Lemuria. Conan, a monumentally brutal three piece (in the grand tradition of all the hallowed three pieces through time) hold a sinew-tight line and an iron-grip command over the uber-synchronised powerchord changes and tempo-shifts of the anti-holy trio of bass, drums and guitar.

Two weary yet defiant men have the task of vocalising wretched thoughts over the turgid weight of Conan’s metalized bombast. They bear it well, for the task is immense. Hear the roar of battle. Smell the stench of spilt blood. A thousand heads piled high like a grim mound of suffering – a blasphemy to nature. Hail Conan!

Forming in 2006, Conan released their earth-flatteningly heavy debut, Horseback Battle Hammer in 2010. Having revitalised the UK’s slow/heavy scene, they are now signed to Napalm Records and currently recording their fourth album set for release in 2018. They released the Man Is Myth demos earlier this year.

Masters of shamanic, hypnotic sludge, Kurokuma (UK) is Jacob Mazlum (guitar/vocals), George Ionita (bass/vocals) and Joe Allen (drums).

After spending a year in the cold reaches of northern Japan and inspired by his time playing the taiko drum, Joe returned to the UK to start a shadowy three-piece that combined the unassailable power of doom with exotic percussion and an enchanting energy. Taking their name from Kurokuma Falls in Aomori, Kurokuma was born.

Kurokuma’s 2014 demo and the 2016 EP, Advorsus (Medusa Crush Recordins) along with savage live performances have been enough to see them establish a reputation as one of metal’s most potent new forces. In 2018 they will release their Dope Rider concept EP, as well as playing Brutal Assault festival in Czech Republic.

Featuring former members of legendary Tokyo band, BOMBORI, Granule formed in 2017. The five piece soon released AURORA on cassette (w/ zine), this being a rapid crystallisation of the band’s cutting, oppressive sludge sound. More recently they released DEMO #2, an all-out, raw, auditory assault representative of the band’s live show. Granule head up the booking/organisation of the Doomed Japan tour.

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Conan, “Gravity Chasm” from Man is Myth – Early Demos

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Greenleaf Announce March 2018 Australian Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 15th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Ostensibly, when Greenleaf go to Australia for the first time in their 18-year history next March, it will be supporting their 2016 Napalm Records long-player, Rise Above the Meadow (review here). It might even be the final leg of their touring cycle for that album, which has been considerable. But here’s what I’m thinking: That’s an awfully long way to go behind a record that by then will be coming up on two years old. I think of bands touring Australia — especially never having done so before — as a major event. Maybe it’s not as long a trip from Sweden, from whence Greenleaf hail, as from Massachusetts, from whence I hail, but still. It’s significant.

So couldn’t it just be possible that the Tommi Holappa-led four-piece will announce a new full-length sometime between now and then? I’m not saying I know that’s going to happen — let me be clear: I do not. at all. in any way. have that info. — but golly, it sure would be awfully nice. Rise Above the Meadow was triumph enough that I’m not sure they necessarily need a follow-up as an excuse to get on that plane. They’d be fine just going as they are. But to go heralding a brand new record? To me, that just seems like a cake and its icing coming together perfectly.

Again, I’ve got no inside track or anything, I’m just thinking it would be awesome if it happened. Greenleaf have some December shows as well with Steak and The Atomic Bitchwax. Those dates and the Australian dates follow here, the latter presented by Your Mate Bookings and Get on the Stage:

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Greenleaf – Australia Tour

The legendary Stoner Rockers from Sweden ‘Greenleaf’ are set to embark on their first ever Australian tour in March 2018. Brought to you by Get On The Stage and Your Mate Bookings!

From what started out as a side project for Tommi Holappa from the prestigious stoner rock band ‘Dozer’, GREENLEAF has now seen six albums, three record labels (Molten Universe, Small Stone Recordings and currently Napalm Records) and a revolving door of band members since inception in 2000.

The much anticipated australian tour is set to begin in Melbourne and will take the Swedes through Frankston, Geelong, Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for local shows and tickets and get ready for a Stoner Rock gig you’ve never seen before!

Greenleaf Dec. shows:
DEC 1 Greenleaf, The Atomic Bitchwax, Steak, The Underworld Camden London, United Kingdom
DEC 3 Greenleaf at Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
DEC 4 Greenleaf at Luxor, Macul
DEC 5 Greenleaf / the Atomic Bitchwax / Steak Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany
DEC 6 Greenleaf, The Atomic Bitchwax, Steak, WERK2-Kulturfabrik, Leipzig-Connewitz, Germany
DEC 12 Greenleaf at Kleiner Klub, Saarbrücken, Germany
DEC 13 Greenleaf, The Atomic Bitchwax, Steak in Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands
DEC 16 Greenleaf • The Atomic Bitchwax • Steak, Bi Nuu, Berlin, Germany
DEC 27 Sankt Hell på Loppen

Greenleaf Australia tour:
03/02 The Bendigo Hotel Collingwood
03/03 Singing Bird Studios Frankston
03/04 Barwon Club Geelong
03/06 Rad Bar Wollongong
03/08 The Chippo Sydney
03/09 Crowbar Brisbane
03/10 Jive Adelaide

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Greenleaf, “Tyrants Tongue” official video

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The Brew Sign to Napalm Records; New Music in 2018; Tour Dates Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 18th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

UK heavy rock veterans The Brew have signed to Napalm Records for the 2018 release of their sixth full-length album. They’ll be on tour in Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland in November and will follow-up with a run early next year in the UK. I don’t know if the latter run is meant to coincide with their next record coming out or not, but either way, cool to have such things planned out in advance. I’ll admit this announcement is my first exposure to the band, who’ve got some high profile touring to their credit in addition to the records, but they acquit themselves well in the video for “Shake the Tree,” the title-track of their 2016 long-player, which you can see below in all its uptempo/about-to-be-stuck-in-your-head delivery precision.

Even going just from that as I am, there’s little question as to why Napalm would pick them up. Pretty clearly a pro shop.

The PR wire made it official:

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THE BREW – Sign With Napalm Records Worldwide!

Hailing from the North Eastern fishing town of Grimsby, UK, THE BREW have gained a reputation as being one of the most exciting live rock acts in Europe today. To date they have released five chart topping albums to their credit, in their unchanged, original lineup, featuring, Tim Smith on bass, Kurtis Smith on drums and Jason Barwick on guitar and vocals.

The breakthrough for the band came in 2009 when they appeared on the world famous RockPalast TV show, and following the successful album releases of “A Million Dead Stars” and “The Third Floor”, they again returned the RockPalast show in 2012.

THE BREW have toured with the likes of ZZ Top, Lynryd Skynyrd, and shared the stage with Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Beck, to name but a few.

Their current critically acclaimed album releases of “Control” (2014) and “Shake the Tree” (2016) have seen the band cement their status as one of the leading rock acts in Europe today.

THE BREW states about their new collaboration: “It’s with great pleasure we can now announce, The Brew have signed with Napalm records. Sharing our vision with the talented and dedicated Napalm team, we couldn’t be more excited. 2018 will see the release of new music from the band, for all our awesome fans!!!!”

And we’re more than happy to welcome them to the Napalm Records family! Keep a close eye on THE BREW and Napalm Records social media sites for updates on the new album!!

THE BREW are:
Jason Barwick (guitar/vocals)
Tim Smith (bass)
Kurtis Smith (drums)

Discography:
The Brew (2006)
Fate and Time E.P. (2007)
The Joker (2008)
Live in Belgium (DVD – 2008)
A Million Dead Stars (2010)
Live at Luna Lunera (DVD – 2010)
The Third Floor (2011)
Live in Europe (2012)
Control (2014)
Shake The Tree (2016)
New album in 2018!!!

The Brew on tour:
03 November 2017 Bibelot Dordrecht Netherlands
04 November 2017 De Duycker Hoofddorp Netherlands
05 November 2017 Caffe den Heiligen Cornelius Roermond Netherlands
07 November 2017 Jazztage – Forum Leverkusen Germany
08 November 2017 Das Bett Frankfurt Germany
09 November 2017 Tower Bremen Germany
10 November 2017 Bluesnight Dudelange Luxembourg
11 November 2017 Schuhfabrik Ahlen Germany
13 November 2017 Solothurn Kofmehl Switzerland
14 November 2017 Schüür Luzern Switzerland
15 November 2017 Werkk Baden Switzerland
16 November 2017 Universum Stuttgart Germany
17 November 2017 Cafe Central Weinheim Germany
18 November 2017 Stadthalle Neuwied Germany
15 December 2017 Yardbirds Club Grimsby UK
27 December 2017 St. Hell Festival – Grünspan Hamburg Germany
25 January 2018 Komedia Brighton UK
26 January 2018 GIANTS OF ROCK Minehead UK
27 January 2018 The Soundhouse Leicester UK
01 February 2018 The Haven Club Oxford UK
02 February 2018 Warehouse 23 Wakefield UK
03 February 2018 Borderline London UK
09 February 2018 Nice ‘n’ Sleazy Glasgow UK
10 February 2018 Bannermans Edinburgh UK
16 February 2018 Bodega Nottingham UK
17 February 2018 Slade Rooms Wolverhampton UK

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The Brew, “Shake the Tree” official video

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Greenleaf, The Atomic Bitchwax & Steak Announce Dec. European Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 16th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

True, the Fall festival season will pretty much be over by the time December rolls around, but that doesn’t mean that enviable package tours still can’t kick into gear all over the European continent. It never stops, folks. Just as they make ready to issue their new album, Force Field, via Tee Pee Records, my beloved Garden State’s own The Atomic Bitchwax will head abroad once more to team up with Swedish mainstays Greenleaf — who last I heard were planning a new record of their own for 2018, though it’s been a minute since I last harassed guitarist Tommi Holappa with a, “When’s your next album coming out?,” message on Thee Facebooks; should get on that — and London desert bruisers Steak for a 16-date run beginning Dec. 1.

The tour is presented by Sound of Liberation — of course — and if you need me to tell you that it’s a killer mix of acts, you probably shouldn’t. There’s really no letup between the three of them. I’m not saying I’ve heard the new Bitchwax or anything, but word on the street is it’s an absolute supercharged monster, bringing to life the ethic of “Coming in Hot” that 2015’s Gravitron (review here) proffered. That’s the rumor. All the better for them to be on the road heralding new material. Greenleaf meanwhile head out once again supporting 2016’s ultra-righteous Rise Above the Meadow (review here), and Steak go on the heels of 2017’s Ripple Music debut, No God to Save (review here), which brought them to new levels of accomplishment in aesthetic and songwriting alike. Bottom line? You can’t miss with this one. If you’re in its path, consider yourself lucky.

Poster and dates follow, as seen on the social medias by Sound of Liberation:

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Greenleaf – The Atomic Bitchwax – Steak – Hail the Hounds Tour 2017

We are proud to present the “HAIL THE HOUNDS” Tour 2017, with Greenleaf + The Atomic Bitchwax + Steak!!

01.12.17 – London | Underworld
02.12.17 – Brussels | Magasin 4
03.12.17 – Hamburg | Markthalle
04.12.17 – Cologne | Luxor
05.12.17 – Wiesbaden | Schlachthof
06.12.17 – Leipzig | Werk2
07.12.17 – Munich | Feierwerk
08.12.17 – Olten | Schuetzenhaus
09.12.17 – Linz | Posthof
10.12.17 – Vienna | Arena
11.12.17 – Stuttgart | Universum
12.12.17 – Saarbruecken | Garage
13.12.17 – Nijmegen | Doornroosje
14.12.17 – Paris | Glazart
15.12.17 – Dortmund | JunkYard
16.12.17 – Berlin | Bi Nuu

It’s gonna be hot in December

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Greenleaf, “Howl” lyric video

The Atomic Bitchwax, “Hope You Die” live in West Virginia, Sept. 12, 2017

Steak, “Living Like a Rat” official video

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Conan Announce Man is Myth – Early Demos

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 2nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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As we mortals wait for the thunder on the horizon to materialize as the next proper Conan full-length, the UK riff-destroyers have made available for preorder a new collection titled Man is Myth – Early Demos, which will see release via Napalm Records next month. Anyone who’s heard Horseback Battle Hammer (review here) can tell you that early Conan wanted nothing for heft, and as the three-piece make ready to unveil a new record in 2018 (fingers crossed; nothing yet announced) and hit the road with Monolord in just a matter of days, one expects Man is Myth to much more embody the likes of a gravity chasm than, say, a stopgap, even if it is a means to keeping momentum rolling into the New Year. Shit, it’s a new Conan release. Take it and be grateful.

The PR wire has details:

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CONAN Unveil Album Details! ‘Man Is Myth – Early Demos’ Now Available For Pre-Order!

The world’s heaviest doom metal-band CONAN finally provide some exciting insights into a secret world! ‘Man Is Myth – Early Demos’ are the unheard beasts out of the band’s rehearsal room and studio, and will see the light of day on November 17th on Napalm Records.

It roars and cranks all over, dull distortion drags nerves into the coldest regions of the world. It’s no accident that they call themselves Caveman Battle Doom. Man Is Myth – Early Demos is the primordial soup for everything that CONAN stands for!

Says guitarist & vocalist Jon Paul Davis:

Conan has been active since 2006. Our first demo was recorded on Jan 27th, 2007 and since then we have continued to release our music and tour worldwide. We started out with nothing and gave it everything, like most respected bands. We are proud of where we have been and excited about where we may still go. These demos show a little bit of our progression through this time and hopefully can give the listener an idea of where we have come from. Our aim is always to play to our strengths and not over complicate, it held true at the beginning and it holds true now.
Never give up.

Now the doom heavy weights unveil first, hotly anticipated details about their upcoming release and unleash the cover and track list for ‘Man Is Myth – Early Demos’!

The track list will read as follows:

1. Battle In The Swamp ( Rehearsal room demo 2009 )
2. Satsumo ( Rehearsal room demo 2009 )
3. Krull ( Rehearsal room demo 2009 )
4. Satsumo ( Rehearsal room demo 2006 )
5. Gravity Chasm ( Studio demo 2012 )
6. Foehammer ( Studio demo 2012 )
7. Domed Iron Boss ( Studio demo 2012 )

‘Man Is Myth – Early Demos’ will be coming as a CD Digi Pack, Digital Download and LP Gatefold editions, and is now available for pre-order HERE!

In support and since CONAN have always excelled live, the band will be heavily hitting the road this Fall! Catch them live, when they will bring their wall of sound live on stage, with very special guests MONOLORD at the following dates:

07.10.17 NL – Nijmegen / Soulcrusher Festival
08.10.17 FR – Paris / Le Glazart
09.10.17 FR – Nantes / La Scene Michelet
10.10.17 FR – Bordeaux / Le Void
11.10.17 ES – Barcelona / Razz 3
12.10.17 ES – San Sebastian / Dabadaba
13.10.17 FR – Lyon / Jack Jack
14.10.17 FR – Audincourt / Le Molodo
15.10.17 BE – Antwerp / Desert fest
16.10.17 DK – Aarhus / Atlas
17.10.17 DE – Hamburg / Bambi Galore
18.10.17 DE – Berlin / Musik & Frieden
19.10.17 DE – Kassel / TBA
20.10.17 DE – Dresden / Morbus Maximus
21.10.17 DE – Munich / Keep It Low Festival
22.10.17 CZ – Prague/Brno / Kabinet Muz
23.10.17 AT – Vienna / Bas Bach
24.10.17 CH – Olten / Coq D’or
25.10.17 IT – Bologna / Freakout Club
26.10.17 IT – Milan / Bloom
27.10.17 CH – Lausanne / Le Romandie
28.10.17 DE – Siegen / Vortex

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Conan, “Sea Lord”

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Monster Magnet, Spine of God & TAB: Quintessential

Posted in Reviews on September 18th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Simply put, Monster Magnet‘s 1991 debut, Spine of God, stands among the best heavy psych records ever made. It might be the single greatest achievement of sonic lysergism the East Coast has ever produced, and even if not, it’s superlative enough that, while it’s on, I can’t think of another to match it. It is an album that could be reissued every year and would still be worth buying, and it earns every bit of hyperbole that can be heaped upon it (and has; previously discussed here). Together with its space-rocking freakout companion-piece, the TAB EP (also often written as 25… Tab, Tab 25 and numerous other variations thereon; the band’s official discography lists it as you see in all-caps), it is a landmark that when originally released through Caroline and Glitterhouse Records helped set in motion not only the stoner rock scene in Monster Magnet‘s native New Jersey that continues to this day and has resulted in groups current and past like CoreSolaceThe Atomic BitchwaxSolarizedHalfway to GoneInfernal Overdrive, and so on.

A full 26 years after its initial release, Spine of God‘s nine original tracks and TAB‘s three still resonate their sleaze and druggy haze — Monster Magnet frontman/founder Dave Wyndorf has said since getting clean he never wrote a song while under the influence, but he’s also the guy who gave the world the line, “It’s a Satanic drug thing — you wouldn’t understand,” so there’s a grain of salt to be taken there — on the new Napalm Records reissue editions, pressed to vinyl and CD. Going by the artwork, general sound of the remasters and inclusion of the “Ozium (Demo)” and “Spine of God (Live)” bonus tracks on Spine of God and TAB, respectively, these are the same versions of the two outings that SPV/Steamhammer issued in 2006, but even that was 11 years ago at this point and, again, it would be hard to consider such a rate of refresher overkill given the quality of the albums themselves. More of a public service.

Roughly concurrent, it’s a matter of some varying opinion which was recorded and released first — then you get into released first where, which is a whole different issue between various labels in the US and Europe — but it’s proper to take TAB and Spine of God together in any case, and one generally thinks of Spine of God as the band’s debut full-length following their 1990 self-titled EP, earlier demos, and the formative tape Love Monster (discussed here), reissued in 2001, as well as other odds-and-ends single-type releases. From the raw, swirling drums effects and dirt-coated fuzz of “Pill Shovel” onward, it is a launch point for an era of Monster Magnet for which much of their fanbase still pines — Wyndorf joined by guitarist John McBain, bassist Joe Calandra, drummer Jon Kleinman and Tim Cronin, who also played drums on “TAB” — and as the opener, it sets the band adrift on a sea of acid, that will solidify and reliquefy throughout the intense push of “Medicine” and the longer “Nod Scene” and “Black Mastermind,” both jammy freakouts marked by vague spoken word parts buried under scorching, layered leads from McBain and a wash of effects, the sounds of inhaled smoke and seemingly whatever else Wyndorf and company could think to throw into the mix.

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A later cover of Grand Funk Railroad‘s “Sin’s a Good Man’s Brother” is indelibly made Monster Magnet‘s own, but it’s cuts like the subdued, late-’60s melancholia of “Zodiac Lung” and the addled, arrogant threat of the title-track of Spine of God that truly bring to light both the enduring appeal of the band’s rawness at this stage in their development and the accomplishment of songwriting that this record actually is. At over 50 minutes in its original edition (this one is longer, obviously, with the “Ozium” demo included), Spine of God is definitely of the CD era, and its immersion works very much in linear fashion, pushing through “Pill Shovel” and “Medicine” through “Nod Scene” and “Black Mastermind” en route to its moment of arrival in “Zodiac Lung” and “Spine of God” before a back-to-earth, aggressive aftermath of “Snake Dance” and the aforementioned Grand Funk cover lead the way into the closer “Ozium” and the final moment of glorious psych worship of that last cut’s hook. It’s not a minor trip, but another aspect of its execution that keeps Spine of God so relevant is the band’s immediate sense of reach and dynamic. To think of it even this many years later as a first full-length makes it all the more staggering, and it’s one of those rare releases that lives up to the cliché of hearing something new in it each time it’s put on. All the more justification for a reissue.

Though it’s not much shorter in topping 50 minutes, TAB is generally considered an EP, and fair enough, though one might argue that its 33-minute title-track is a long-player unto itself. A massive, swirl-and-churn space rock jam, it unfolds languid and broad over its time, with added percussion, cursing speech and other psychedelic weirdo elements one finds playing out across the likes of “Black Mastermind” and “Nod Scene” as well, and eventually devolves into a wash of stoned-out noise before the 13-minute “25/Longhair,” instrumental apart from what may or may not be some effected vocalizations and rawer in its sound, takes hold as the side B complement. The break between the two parts is clear and happens shortly after eight minutes in, but there’s just about no interrupting the flow at that point, and while “Lord 13” is clearer and more straightforward — and shorter at just over four minutes — it retains the vibe oozed forth by the preceding slabs and holds court as a buried treasure of this era of Monster Magnet still satisfying to those who dig in far enough to find it. It doesn’t have the same kind of thrust as “Medicine” or the fullness of attack of “Snake Dance,” but there’s an underlying tension in its rhythm that satisfying all the same, and with the live version of “Spine of God” tacked on, TAB ties directly to that album even further and emphasizes how well they fit together as one consuming work.

As a setup for what Monster Magnet would go on to do with 1993’s Superjudge and 1995’s Dopes to Infinity before the true takeoff of their commercial ascent with the singles-driven Powertrip in 1998 and God Says No in 2001, never mind the greater impact they had outside the band and the greater impact they continue to have in influencing now multiple generations of bands the world over, Spine of God and TAB are essential works of heavy psychedelia that still manage to excite when engaged despite being more or less burned into the consciousness of the style itself. Spine of God itself nigh on unparalleled, and with TAB in company, the picture it paints becomes even deeper and more complete. There should ultimately be little about either or both of them that needs to be said beyond that, and they should be considered required reading for newcomer listeners to the style and those who’ve perhaps followed Monster Magnet‘s more recent output without truly digging into their past, as well as anybody who’s ever wanted to have their mind blown out through their ears because, yeah, that will happen. It’s hard to overstate how pivotal they are and hard to recommend them vehemently enough.

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