Monster Magnet Reschedule ‘Celebration of Powertrip‘ Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 17th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

New Jersey heavy psych/rockers Monster Magnet were due to start their ‘Celebration of Powertrip‘ US tour this coming Friday in Brooklyn. I’d been looking forward to it as I’m sure many others had. More than 10, and probably more than 50, which is why the show has been rescheduled for early 2021. A lot of this is happening. Fall tours will be insane, which of course is assuming the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is solved by then — and by “solved” I mean everyone stops caring and/or someone in the pharmaceutical industry figures out how to make money off it and gives a cure/treatment to enough rich people — and Monster Magnet are probably smarter to push off a little further to January.

They’ll begin in my beloved Garden State, at Starland Ballroom, and then hit Brooklyn, Boston, Philly and so on through the countryside on the rescheduled jaunt, the dates for which are freshly arrived from the PR wire and coated in disinfectant:

monster magnet (photo jeremy saffer)

MONSTER MAGNET Announces Rescheduled 2021 “Celebration of Powertrip” US Tour Dates

Due to the due to the current outbreak and ban on public gatherings, Monster Magnet have postponed their “Celebration of Powertrip” tour to 2021. Tickets for all postponed dates will be honored for the newly scheduled shows. Find a complete list of dates below.

Frontman, Dave Wyndorf on the unfortunate situation, “So sorry to postpone the tour but under the circumstances I’m sure everybody can relate. Sweaty, live rock music and pandemics aren’t a good mix. So, we’re gonna reschedule this thing and do it at a time when everyone can rub shoulders without freaking out! Thanks to everyone who bought tickets. Stay well and we’ll see you on the other side!”

Rescheduled Dates For 2021:
1/21: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
1/22: Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
1/23: Boston, MA @ Sinclair
1/24: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
1/26: Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
1/27: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
1/29: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
1/30: Chicago, IL @ The Metro
1/31: Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
2/2: Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theater
2/3: Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
2/5: Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw
2/6: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
2/7: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
2/9: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
2/10: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
2/11: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
2/12: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
2/15: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
2/17: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
2/18: Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
2/19: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage

Powertrip was the band’s commercial breakthrough, achieving mainstream success due largely to the hit single, “Space Lord”. Other hit songs on the album include “Powertrip”, “Temple of Your Dreams”, and “See You in Hell”. The album itself, reached #1 on the Heatseekers Charts, #21 in the German Charts, #65 in the UK Charts, and #97 on the Billboard 200. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on January 25, 1999.

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, “Powertrip” live at Bizarre Fest 1998

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Stoned Jesus Postpone March Tour Owing to Coronavirus

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 10th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Ukrainian heavyweights Stoned Jesus have pulled the plug on a round of tour dates originally announced about a month ago that would have been part of their ongoing 10th anniversary celebration. On the scale of reasons to cancel a tour, surely “looming plague” has to be somewhere on the side of, “yeah that’s reasonable,” and should the response to COVID-19 continue to be so inept, one suspects this won’t be the last tour to get the axe. Hard to hit the road when you’re under quarantine. Schools are closing, colleges putting classes online — they shitbagged SXSW, for crying out loud! — part of me doesn’t know if this thing is real or a goof and part of me is suddenly thankful I already keep an apocalypse-ready amount of toilet paper in the house.

The tour that would’ve been can be seen below, and fair enough for the band to reschedule. Their announcement follows, as per the social medias:

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Stoned Jesus – March Tour Postponed

The third leg of Xth Anniversary Tour, which starts this week, consists of shows booked in Italy, France, Switzerland and Spain. These are FOUR countries out of FIVE affected by coronavirus in Europe the most. Oh, and we should’ve landed in Germany, so it’s five out of five!

Taking into account that all three of us have just been through nasty seasonal flu, we’re pretty sure our immune systems are simply not ready to face the new threat – nor do we want to become a danger to our dearest fans. A Stoned Jesus show must remain ‘a sick place to be’, not become ‘a place to get sick’ ;)

Unfortunately we have no other choice but to POSTPONE our upcoming March dates. This is not something we decided overnight since we live off touring, but don’t worry, the rest of Xth Anniversary Tour stays intact. IT, SP, CH and FR – we’ll definitely see y’all later in the year.

Stay hydrated and wash your hands! Sorry and thanks for understanding

Effected dates:
11.03 – CH Olten, Coq d’Or
12.03 – FR Metz, Les Trinitaires
13.03 – CH Martigny, Caves du Manoir
14.03 – IT Caramagna Piemonte, Spazio Polivalente
15.03 – FR Marseille, Le Molotov
17.03 – SP Barcelona, Razzmatazz 3
18.03 – SP Madrid, SALA CARACOL MADRID
19.03 – SP Vigo, Sala Rebullón
20.03 – SP Bilbao, Shake Bilbao
21.03 – FR Bordeaux, Sidéral Bordeaux Psych Fest
22.03 – FR Montpellier, Secret Place

Stoned Jesus is:
Igor Sydorenko – Vocals & Guitars
Serhij Sljussar – Bass
Dmytro Zinchenko – Drums

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Stoned Jesus, From the Outer Space (2019)

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Greenleaf Writing New Album for Early 2021 Release

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 4th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

So here’s what’s up: Swedish heavy rockers Greenleaf are writing a new album. Awesome, right? They’ve also got tour dates for May lined up with Earth Tongue, and they’ll play Hellfest in June and I assume a bunch of other festivals will come along as well. In the meantime, writing proceeds and they’ll record the follow-up to 2018’s most-excellent Hear the Rivers (review here) sometime in the Fall, with esteemed and longtime collaborator Karl Daniel Lidén producing. Right. Friggin’. On.

I hear more autumnal doings might be in the works as well, but as founding guitarist Tommi Holappa informs, right now it’s looking like an early-2021 release. It goes without saying that any day at all new Greenleaf might show up is going to be a good day.

That’s all there is to it. Here’s Holappa‘s update, plus the May tour dates:

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Tommi Holappa’s Greenleaf Update:

We have taken a short break from playing live shows for a few months to really put all our time and effort to finishing writing our next album. At the end of last year we didn’t have one song that was 100% ready, I think we had like 2000 different riffs, bits and pieces of songs but nothing complete.

So in the past 2 months we have actually got the ball rolling! I think we might have 5-6 ready songs ready and maybe 2-3 more that will be ready soon. Hopefully we will have around 11-12 songs in the end to choose from.
The goal is to have all the songs written and done by mid May before we go on tour.

And then rehearse them during the summer, maybe even try 1-2 songs live and then record again with Karl Daniel Lidén after the summer.
There is no release date set yet but my guess is sometime the first half of next year.

So far what we have song wise sounds like Greenleaf because well…it is Greenleaf. Don’t know yet what will end up on the album but there are the usual bluesier rock stuff but also a bit darker and heavier things. But yeah it´s too early to say anything, you never know what ends up on the album in the end.

All I can say is that I´m really happy and excited about how the new songs have turned out, they feel fresh! And fresh is always a good thing!

Sound of Liberation presents:
GREENLEAF „DEAD IS THE SOUND TOUR“ 2020
SPECIAL GUESTS: Earth Tongue
14.05. Jena, Cultural Station (DE)
15.05. Nürnberg, MUZclub (DE)
16.05. Lohr, Free & Indoor Festival (DE)
17.05. Salzburg, Rockhouse (AT)
18.05. Innsbruck, PMK (AT)
19.05. Zurich, Red Factory (CH)
20.05. Karlsruhe, Old Hackery (DE)
21.05. Eindhoven, Effenaar (NL)
22.05. Wiesbaden, Creative Factory (DE)
23.05. Cologne, Helios37 (DE)
24.05. Berlin, Bi Nuu (DE)

Line-up:
Arvid Hällagård: Vocals
Tommi Holappa: Guitar
Hans Fröhlich: Bass
Sebastian Olsson: Drums

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Greenleaf, “Good Ol’ Goat” official video

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Candlemass Post “Porcelain Skull” Lyric Video from The Pendulum EP

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 17th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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So far as I know, Candlemass founding bassist and principal songwriter Leif Edling didn’t actually play on Avatarium‘s Nov. 2019 album, The Fire I Long For, though he’s certainly been in the band’s lineup in the past, but he did contribute a few tracks to the proceedings, and one of those was “Porcelain Skull,” which, as interpreted by Candlemass themselves, is now set to appear on the new EP, The Pendulum that the epic doom progenitors will issue on March 27 through Napalm Records. It is the second lyric video they’ve done for the release behind that for the opening title-track, and it finds their rolling righteous grandiosity in fine form, with a subtly catchy chorus from returned frontman Johan Längquist that would’ve fit nicely on 2019’s The Door to Doom (review here) if, well, if it had fit, I suppose.

But indeed, Avatarium did record “Porcelain Skull” as well, and that band’s interpretation of it can be heard below. Edling, who the PR wire quotes below, calls the Candlemass version raw in comparison, and to a certain degree he’s right, though there’s still a sweep in the central riff that there’s really no getting away from either way. My feelings on The Pendulum remain unchanged: “New Candlemass; I’ll take it however it comes.” Seriously, time’s a wasting. Edling has retired the band multiple times over by now and though he hasn’t yet been able to actually put it to rest — and having recently reaped acclaim like winning a Swedish Grammy and being nominated for an American one, the band has rare momentum on their side — but who the hell knows what the future will bring. Particularly with having Längquist back in the fold more than 30 years on from the debut album on which he appeared, every moment they’re able to capture together is a worthwhile endeavor. This is archival-grade doom. Future generations will learn from it.

If they know what’s good for them, anyway.

The video’s a little over-the-top, as it would have to be, but the song is right on. You can dig in below, and please enjoy:

Candlemass, “Porcelain Skull” lyric video

Legendary classic doom icons CANDLEMASS who, in addition to their recent Grammy nomination, just won a Swedish Grammy for ‘Best Hard Rock’ act, recently announced the release of their brand new EP, entitled The Pendulum. Due out on March 27th via Napalm Records, The Pendulum features a fine selection of never-before-heard, unused tracks cut from the The Door To Doom recording sessions.

Pre-order the EP “The Pendulum” here: https://smarturl.it/ThePendulum

“I think the video really captures the schizophrenic lyrics to the Porcelain Skull song. It is about the eternal battle with our dark selves,” says band mastermind, Leif Edling. “Avatarium did a fine version of it on their latest album but this one is rawer and harder, hits you right in the face!”

The Pendulum Tracklisting:
1. The Pendulum
2. Snakes Of Goliath
3. Sub Zero
4. Aftershock
5. Porcelain Skull
6. The Cold Room

CANDLEMASS live:
April 11: SWE – Stockholm / Södra Teatern
April 12: SWE – Stockholm / Södra Teatern
April 18: US – Houston, TX / White Oak Music Hall
July 11: BUL – Chelopech / Park Korminesh

Candlemass are:
Leif Edling: Bass
Mats “Mappe” Björkman: Guitars
Jan Lindh: Drums
Lars “Lasse” Johansson: Guitars
Johan Langquist: Vocals

Avatarium, “Porcelain Skull”

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Villagers of Ioannina City Post “For the Innocent” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 11th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

VILLAGERS OF IOANNINA CITY

Greek heavy psych rockers Villagers of Ioannina City had a pretty busy 2019 and it’s looking like they’re going to have a busy 2020 as well. Having put out their latest album, Age of Aquarius, on their own last Fall, the band subsequently inked deals with Sound of Liberation for booking and Napalm Records for label-ing (?) and has already begun showing signs of next-levelry to match the progressive intentions of the record itself. As the Greek scene gains long-since-deserved broader recognition across Europe’s underground, the folk-laden style of Villagers of Ioannina City seems to put a positive face on what’s happening in a sonically diverse and still-booming sphere.

And as the faces of the “innocents” featured in the band’s new video for “For the Innocent” from Age of Aquarius begin to flash and meld and come together and all the eyes seem to become one, the message is not lost, even as the camera speeds through a tunnel amid silhouettes of the group themselves, didgeridoo and all. The song itself gives some indication of the scope of the record as a whole, without necessarily spoiling the linear entirety for anyone who has yet to take it on — and if not, go right ahead, it’s streaming in full and has been for months now — but as they get introduced to new audiences via Napalm‘s broader distribution and promotional reach, “For the Innocent” certainly offers a welcome sampling of what Age of Aquarius is all about.

They’ve already announced a Spring tour to coincide with the April 3 arrival of the physical pressing, and they’ll make a stop at the pre-show for Desertfest Berlin as a part of that. I would only expect more to come as we move through the Summer and Fall. Villagers of Ioannina City are stepping up in a big way, and accordingly, it’s going to be a busy year.

Enjoy the video. Credits and tour dates follow:

Villagers of Ioannina City, “For the Innocent” official video

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VILLAGERS OF IOANNINA CITY on “For the Innocent”:
“We are really really happy to present to you our new video clip! Dedicated to all the dreamers, the deviants, the immigrants of life and the wanderers of mind! To all the innocent ones!”

Concept:
Villagers of Ioannina City, Stathis Mitsios

Director, Editor:
Stathis Mitsios

Video Shootings:
Stathis Mitsios, Zissis Tsoumpos, Eleftheria Kalpenidou, Yorgos Dellis, Spiros Andromaneskos , Dimitris Zarkadas

Photo Shooting:
Eleftheria Kalpenidou

Assistants:
Georgia Nikoletou, George Asteris, Mitsaki Racoon, Thomas Papathomas, Rosemary Kourouni, Despoina Gazi, Lefteris Mitsios, Magda Togkouri

Starring:
All the innocents

Recorded by Asteris Partalios at Magnanimous Studio, Thessaloniki, GR
Mixed by Keith Armstrong at Pietown Sound, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Justin Shturtz at Sterling Sound, Nashville TN

Listen on Spotify and all digital platforms here: https://orcd.co/vic_ageofaquarius

AGE OF AQUARIUS | SPRING TOUR 2020
02/4 – Bucharest (RO) – Quantic
03/4 – Cluj Napoca (RO) – FORM Space
05/4 – Krakow (PL) – Klub Za?cianek
07/4 – Warsaw (PL) – Klub Hydrozagadka
08/4 – Poznan (PL) – Klub u Bazyla
09/4 – Dresden (DE) – Beatpol
11/4 – Jena (DE) – Kulturbahnhof Jena
15/4 – Paris (FR) – GLAZART
16/4 – Aachen (DE) – Musikbunker Aachen
18/4 – Rotterdam (NL) – Podium Grounds
22/4 – London (UK) – The Dome, Tufnell Park
23/4 – Manchester (UK) – Night People & The Twisted Wheel Club
25/4 – Nantes (FR) – La Scène Michelet
29/4 – Hamburg (DE) – Knust Hamburg
30/4 – Berlin (DE) – Lido Berlin
01/5 – Wiesbaden (DE) – Schlachthof Wiesbaden
02/5 – Munich (DE) – Feierwerk
03/5 – Zurich (CH) – Rote Fabrik
05/5 – Zagreb (HR) – Klub Mo?vara
07/5 – Vienna (AT) – ARENA WIEN
09/5 – Novi Sad (RS) – Ritam Evrope
10/5 – SOFIA (BG) – “Mixtape 5”

VILLAGERS OF IOANNINA CITY are:
Alex (guitar/vox)
Akis (bass)
Aris (drums)
Kostantis (clarinet, winds)
Kostas (bagpipe)

Villagers of Ionnina City, Age of Aquarius (2019)

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Stoned Jesus Touring in March for 10th Anniversary

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 10th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Already confirmed for Freak Valley Festival this June in Germany and set to make their debut appearance on American soil at Desertfest New York in September, Kyiv progressive heavy rockers Stoned Jesus have announced a tour this March going for 11 days as part of their ongoing celebration of their 10th — or as they put it, “Xth” — anniversary. They’ll roll through Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain en route to Bordeaux Psych Fest on March 21, then hit Montpelier on their way home. It’s the third part of a so-far-trilogy of tours covering Europe, but I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if more dates were forthcoming around either of the above-noted festivals, as Stoned Jesus are nothing if not in continual demand, anniversary or no.

I have to think they’re somewhere in the neighborhood of thinking about their next record as well. They may have said as much and I missed it, so if that’s an old consideration, I’m sorry. Either way, they reissued their 2009 demos last year through Napalm as From the Outer Space, and are an act who constantly move forward, so don’t be surprised if they’re plugging away behind the scenes somewhere.

Sound of Liberation, which is presenting the run, booked the dates thusly:

STONED JESUS MARCH 2020 TOUR

STONED JESUS MARCH TOUR ANNOUNCED

Surprise, friends! Stoned Jesus enjoyed the last run of their Xth Anniversary tour so much, they simply continue it and will stop by in Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain this time!

Says Stoned Jesus: “We started our Xth Anniversary Tour back in September with Eastern Europe, continued it with Central Europe in November, and now WE GO WEST! Grab them tickets while/when they’re available!”

Catch them playing their best tunes from the past ten years on one of these dates:

11.03 – CH Olten, Coq d’Or
12.03 – FR Metz, Les Trinitaires
13.03 – CH Martigny, Caves du Manoir
14.03 – IT Caramagna Piemonte, Spazio Polivalente
15.03 – FR Marseille, Le Molotov
17.03 – SP Barcelona, Razzmatazz 3
18.03 – SP Madrid, SALA CARACOL MADRID
19.03 – SP Vigo, Sala Rebullón
20.03 – SP Bilbao, Shake Bilbao
21.03 – FR Bordeaux, Sidéral Bordeaux Psych Fest
22.03 – FR Montpellier, Secret Place

Look out for pre-sale links and grab your tickets before they’re long gone!

Stoned Jesus is:
Igor Sydorenko – Vocals & Guitars
Serhij Sljussar – Bass
Dmytro Zinchenko – Drums

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Stoned Jesus, From the Outer Space (2019)

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Candlemass Announce The Pendulum EP; Title-Track Posted in Lyric Video

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 5th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

candlemass (photo Anders Palsson)

So Leif Edling grew a righteous beard and Candlemass got nominated for a Grammy. You think it’s a coincidence? Okay, probably, but still a compelling one. True, they didn’t win that Grammy, but do you think it’s too early to put them in for a Lifetime Achievement Award? I’d be glad to make the argument they’ve earned it, what with the decades of landmark doom metal and the pure lifer riffs that seem to come on eternal supply from Edling, pre-beard or post-.

I was stoked beyond stoked when they said they were bringing back original singer Johan Langquist for 2019’s The Door to Doom (review here), and even more stoked than that when I actually heard that record. Well, it turns out The Door to Doom was originally intended as a 2LP and cut to fit on one — almost always the correct choice — and among the tracks that didn’t fit on the final version were “The Pendulum” and “Snakes of Goliath,” and they’ll be featured on the new EP, also titled The Pendulum, which Napalm will issue on March 27.

More Candlemass you say? Win. Plus it lets them keep a little of that Grammy-nomination momentum going, so all the better.

They’ve got one date in the US booked for April. I certainly wouldn’t mind a tour around that:

candlemass the pendulum

Epic Doom Icons CANDLEMASS Announce EP Release Details and Share Brand New Lyric Video!

Grammy-nominated classic doom icons CANDLEMASS don’t even need to drop a full-length for every release to prove they belong at the top of an entire genre and beyond. Fully comprised of never-before-heard, unused tracks cut from the The Door To Doom recording sessions, the band has just announced the release of a masterful new EP, The Pendulum, due out March 27, 2020 via Napalm Records! Pre-order your copy HERE.

The Pendulum perfectly showcases that these timeless Swedish pioneers are the undisputed kings of epic doom. The fully-mastered opener/title track “The Pendulum” charges in with a melodic, head-swinging, thrashy rush – setting the stage for the raw, unfiltered steamrolling demo cuts to follow. Listen to the track’s unadulterated doom heaviness and watch a brand new lyric video for “The Pendulum”!

Says band mastermind Leif Edling: “THE PENDULUM” is about hard riffing, epic choruses and total delusion the fanatical way. It is in fact the last thing I wrote for “THE DOOR TO DOOM” album but didn’t have the time to finish it. Here it is in its grand/mad luster with a great mix by Niklas Flyckt, and produced by Marcus Jidell. It is followed by 5 unreleased demos from the DTD sessions because the whole sha-bang was at first supposed to be a double effort but got trimmed down to a single album eventually.

I love the PENDULUM track, album quality if you ask me, and songs like “THE PORCELAIN SKULL” and “SNAKES OF GOLIATH” are not bad either. They just didn’t make it to the final thing. So I hope you like this EP that features the “missing” songs. The last pieces of the puzzle of the 1 year recording that became the album “DOOR TO DOOM”. Enjoy:-) “

The Pendulum Tracklisting:
1. The Pendulum
2. Snakes Of Goliath
3. Sub Zero
4. Aftershock
5. Porcelain Skull
6. The Cold Room

This six track EP leads the listener through a maze of frenzied riffing, accented by Johan Langquist’s distinctive vocals and the unique, melancholy sound that has proven CANDLEMASS to be a heavy metal staple. The Pendulum is a MUST-HAVE for every classic doom record collection, and will stave off the hunger for more until the band’s next full-length hits.

CANDLEMASS live:
April 11: SWE – Stockholm / Södra Teatern
April 12: SWE – Stockholm / Södra Teatern
April 18: US – Houston, TX / White Oak Music Hall
July 11: BUL – Chelopech / Park Korminesh

Candlemass are:
Leif Edling: Bass
Mats “Mappe” Björkman: Guitars
Jan Lindh: Drums
Lars “Lasse” Johansson: Guitars
Johan Langquist: Vocals

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Candlemass, “The Pendulum” official lyric video

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Hällas Sign to Napalm Records for Conundrum Worldwide Release

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 3rd, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Swedish heavy/prog traditionalists Hällas will head out on a round of European touring starting March 12. Their new album, Conundrum, is already out in Scandinavia — was released the other day — but will see broader issue through Napalm Records this Spring. They’ve a fair amount of road time since issuing 2017’s Excerpts from a Future Past, and it was hard not to be struck by their stage show and general presentation when I saw them at Høstsabbat 2018 (review here) in Oslo. They are not a band who take what they do lightly and I don’t think they’re kidding around when they call it “adventure rock.”

I haven’t heard the new album yet — if you’re wondering why not (and you’re not in Scandinavia), click play on the Spotify player below — but it’s one more worth looking forward to once we get through the doldrums of winter. Here’s news and tour dates in the meantime:

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Swedish Adventure Rock Pioneers HÄLLAS Sign Worldwide Contract with Napalm Records (excl. Nordics)!

European Tour Starts On March 12, 2020!

The mind-bending retro fantasy of Swedish adventure rock pioneers HÄLLAS has just reached a whole new frontier. The band has taken the next step of their collective journey by signing a worldwide contract with Napalm Records (excl. Nordics).

Founded in the northern parts of Småland, Sweden in 2011, HÄLLAS saw their initial breakthrough with their highly-acclaimed most recent album, Excerpts From A Future Past, and the hit single “Star Rider”. Now, the quintet invites everyone into their cosmic adventure accompanied by music forged on tales of sorcery and courage.

After supporting stoner rock phenomena KADAVAR on their massive European Tour in 2019, HÄLLAS is ready to conquer Europe with a headliner tour starting in March 2020. Hitting major cities, they’ll draw their listeners into an energetic, 70’s inspired mix of psychedelic art rock with progressive influences. This intoxicating, dynamic fusion is nothing less than their very own trademark which they call adventure rock!

Fans outside of the Nordic countries – don’t fret! After the album’s release in Scandinavia on January 31, Conundrum will be available internationally via Napalm Records. The release is currently planned for spring 2020.

HÄLLAS on the signing:
“We are excited to announce that Napalm Records will be responsible for the release of our new album Conundrum outside of Scandinavia. We look forward to working with a team with their kind of knowledge and we truly believe this might be a successful partnership. This is a special album which has meant hard work for us and we really can’t wait to share this adventure with you.”

Catch HÄLLAS on their European Tour!
HÄLLAS European tour:
12.03.20 DE – Hamburg / Knust
13.03.20 NL – Amsterdam / Melkweg
14.03.20 BE – Aarshot / De Klinker
15.03.20 NL – Tilburg / Hall Of Fame
16.03.20 FR – Paris / La Maroquinerie
17.03.20 FR – Lyon / Rock’n’Eat
18.03.20 DE – Stuttgart / Club Zentral
19.03.20 DE – Berlin / Musik & Frieden
20.03.20 DE – Leipzig / UT Connewitz
21.03.20 DE – Munich / Strom
22.03.20 AT – Vienna / Arena
24.03.20 CZ – Prague / Klub 007 Strahov
25.03.20 DE – Nuremberg / Der Cult
26.03.20 DE – Cologne / Club Volta
27.03.20 DE – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
28.03.20 DE – Hanover / Chez Heinz

HÄLLAS are:
Tommy Alexanderson: vocals / bass
Marcus Peterson : guitar
Kasper Eriskon: drums / percussion
Nicklas Malmquist: organ / synthesizer
Alexander Moraitis: guitar

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