Not that I’ve heard it yet or anything, but I think The Atomic Bitchwax‘s impending sixth full-length, Gravitron, is going to surprise a lot of people who believe they know what to expect from the stalwart New Jersey trio. Set for release April 21 via Tee Pee and available now to preorder, Gravitron has the kind of tight-knit, winding riffs one has come to identify as signature Bitchwax, but the production is heavier and crisper and the whole band seems to hit harder — suffice it to say, it’s a kick in the ass. And for those who think they’ve got a pretty good idea of what the three-piece do, the album shows that book’s not really closed yet.
And hey, they named the record after my favorite ride at the fair, so that rules too. They’ll launch Gravitron with slots at Desertfest in London and Berlin. Below, the PR wire offers album details and that preorder link:
THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX to Release New Album Gravitron April 21
New Jersey Rock Icons and Monster Magnet Members Ready Sixth Full Length LP
New Jersey’s legendary, riff-centric power trio THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX (aka TAB) will release its long-awaited, sixth full length LP, Gravitron on April 21 via Tee Pee. Filled with gargantuan riffs and jaw-dropping psych sonics, Gravitron was recorded at Shorefire Studios (Blondie, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi) in Long Branch, NJ and was mastered by Alan Douches (Motörhead, Tombs).
Gravitron is available for pre-order purchase now at this location.
Since its formation in 1993, THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX has inspired hundreds of developing rock and metal bands, but no group of musicians has come close to matching TAB’s unique style of fun, frenetic and formidable R’N’R! Now featuring TWO members of MONSTER MAGNET — bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik and drummer Bob Pantella — alongside shred-tastic gunslinger Finn Ryan, the band has perfected its unique style of NYC hard rock that High Times appropriately tabbed, “thunder-boogie”.
On Gravitron, THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX’s Rush-like riff mazes and carpal-tunnel-inducing riffs are on full display; every note bleeds with urgency. There’s far too much exuberant energy on the record to lazily tag this as “Stoner Rock”; this is high-octane, ’70s-based hard rock infused with stabs of psychedelia and landslides of Tommy Bolin-inspired guitar heroics?! Gravitron is an A-level masterclass in bad ass Rock ‘N’ Roll? and cements the THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX as an undeniable force in today’s heavy music landscape.
Gravitron track listing:
2.) No Way Man
3.) It’s Alright
4.) War Claw
5.) Coming in Hot
7.) Proto World
8.) Down With the Swirl
10.) Ice Age “Hey Baby”
More information on THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX’s Gravitron, including new music, will be issued soon. Stay tuned to TeePeeRecords.com