Mantar Sign to Nuclear Blast; Ode to the Flame Due in Spring

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 1st, 2015 by JJ Koczan

Punishing Hamburg duo Mantar will release their second album, Ode to the Flame, in Spring 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The sophomore outing will be the follow-up to 2014’s much-lauded Death by Burning (review here), and though that record came out on Svart and Brutal Panda — both respected imprints — it’s hard to imagine the new one won’t grab a whole bunch of new ears with Nuclear Blast behind it. As a band that blends elements of raw punk, extreme metal and doom, Mantar would seem to embody numerous reasons to turn a label’s head. Still, if you’d asked me — and you didn’t — I’d have guessed Relapse at least 10 times before Nuclear Blast.

Kudos and congrats to all involved. It’s a safe bet Ode to the Flame will pummel accordingly. Here’s the announcement from the PR wire:

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MANTAR sign to Nuclear Blast!

Northern Germany’s infernal extreme metal duo MANTAR have inked a worldwide record deal with Nuclear Blast.

Commented the band: “We never had any plans to think this big with the band, but for some strange reason people seem to dig it. Within just two years we got the chance to play shitloads of shows all over Europe and the USA and meet people from all over the world. Actually, we were not even 100% sure if we wanted to do another record, but there were so many people out there who were begging for more that we just gave it a shot. Well, here we are… Glad to have found a powerful partner that puts trust in the band, respects our DIY background and is able to finally poison the whole world with our records. Never stop the madness!”

Added Nuclear Blast head of A&R and label manager Andy Siry: “MANTAR is the band we’ve been waiting for. Their sheer brutality and passion for honest and deep darkness just blew us away from the get-go. When we met it was just love at first sight. MANTAR is as genuine as it gets – on a musical as well as on a personal level. So, in today’s musical environment of copycats and polished plastic recordings you can tell we’re super excited to be working with a band that is as unique as visionary!”

MANTAR are currently working on the successor to 2014’s critically acclaimed debut album, »Death By Burning«. The band’s second full-length album will be entitled »Ode To The Flame« and is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2016 release.

Ever since their inception in 2013 and the release of their first album in 2014 the band has been recognized as one of the hardest working in the German extreme metal underground. Melting the most sinister elements of styles like black metal, doom and punk, representing unfiltered pure primal rage, MANTAR have proven to be one of a kind. Their extremely intense live shows have been seen all over the world and blown away unaware audiences with their extremely tight and brutal performances. MANTAR is pure evil elemental force captured by only two uber passionate artists that strife for ultimate raw sonic power.

Make sure to catch MANTAR live on their last shows in 2015 this December.

MANTAR
10.12.2015 Essen (DE), Turock
11.12.2015 Haarlem (NL), Patronaat
12.12.2015 Arnhem (NL), Willemeen
13.12.2015 Antwerpen (BE), Kavka
15.12.2015 Stuttgart (DE), Juha West
16.12.2015 Zürich (CH), Dynamo
17.12.2015 Bern (CH), ISC
18.12.2015 Nürnberg (DE), Zentralcafé
19.12.2015 Berlin (DE), Cassiopeia

MANTAR is:
Hanno – vocals, guitars
Erinc – drums, vocals

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Mantar in the studio

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Witchcraft to Release New Album Nucleus on Jan. 15

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 28th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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Nuclear Blast has announced a Jan. 15 release date for Nucleus, the next LP from Swedish revivalist progenitors Witchcraft, who brazenly adopted a more modern take on their last album, 2012’s Legend (review here). That record was their fourth overall and their first for the label, and as founding guitarist/vocalist Magnus Pelander has once again revamped the lineup, it’s even harder to know what to expect for full-length number five. Doubtless that’s the whole idea, but my interest is piqued with the label’s mentioning of capturing the rawness of their early work in the upcoming tracks. We’ll see how it pans out. Either way, preorders are up now and linked below.

From the PR wire:

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WITCHCRAFT announce new album details!

Swedish classic / doom rock masters WITCHCRAFT have announced the release date, track list and cover art for the band’s eagerly anticipated new album.

Nucleus is scheduled for a January 15, 2016 release worldwide via Nuclear Blast and will be available as CD, lavish digipak (also as a t-shirt bundle), vinyl (black, clear, splatter, gold) and digital download.

The first single, ‘The Outcast’ will be released on 7″ vinyl (black, clear) and as digital download on December 4, and will exclusively be available via the Nuclear Blast Mailorder. The single will include the NIRVANA cover ‘Even In His Youth’.

Pre-order Nucleus and The Outcast 7″ from the Nuclear Blast web shop, here: http://nblast.de/WitchcraftNucleusNB

The track lists for both releases read as follows.

The Outcast 7″:
Side A
01. The Outcast (edit)
Side B
02. Even In His Youth (NIRVANA cover)

Nucleus:
01. Malstroem
02. Theory Of Consequence
03. The Outcast
04. Nucleus
05. An Exorcism Of Doubts
06. The Obsessed
07. To Transcend Bitterness
08. Helpless
09. Breakdown
Limited digipak CD & 2LP vinyl bonus track
10. Chasing Rainbows

The successor of 2012’s globally extremely successful album, Legend, will be entitled Nucleus. The record seemlessly mixes the rawer side of WITCHCRAFT’s early roots, with a slightly more melancholic modern sound.

With an all new line-up (Rage Widerberg on drums and Tobias Anger on bass) the band sounds more hungry and powerful than ever before. In combination with the thrilling, yet very down-to-earth production by mastermind Magnus Pelander himself, Philip Gabriel Saxin and Anton Sundell, the album throws you into a dreamy sonic landscapes that will mesmerize and haunt you alike.

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Witchcraft, “Deconstruction” Live in Finland, 2013

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Graveyard Announce Jan. 2016 US Headlining Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 21st, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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There was good reason I didn’t sweat it back in August when Graveyard announced a round of US tour dates that covered the Midwest and some of the West Coast and that was it. It was because it would only be a matter of time before the Swedish heavy rockers let loose another round of touring. What, you thought Graveyard just wasn’t gonna come around? They’ve put in an awful lot of work over the last couple years to let their new album, Innocence and Decadence (review here), go unsupported. Sometimes these things require patience.

So Graveyard will indeed hit another slew of North American markets — including the Eastern Seaboard — and whenever they get here, they’re sure to find welcome.

The PR wire tells it like it is:

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Graveyard Announces Winter 2016 U.S. Headlining Tour

Award-winning Swedish rock band GRAVEYARD has announced a winter 2016 U.S. headlining tour in support of its critically acclaimed new album Innocence & Decadence. The three week major market trek will kick off on January 22 in Cambridge, MA and run through February 13 in Philadelphia, with stops in NYC, Cleveland, Detroit, New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington, DC and more along the way. Support on the GRAVEYARD tour will come from fellow Swedish rockers Spiders.

In advance of the 2016 tour, GRAVEYARD will headline North America this December, launching the late autumn jaunt on December 4 in Columbus, OH. Support on the two week run will come from California psych-rock trio Earthless.

GRAVEYARD tour dates:

Dec. 4-19 featuring support from Earthless.

December 4 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups
December 5 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
December 6 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe
December 8 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
December 9 Salt Lake City, UT In the Venue
December 10 Missoula, MT Top Hat Lounge
December 11 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
December 12 Vancouver, BC VENUE
December 14 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
December 15 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
December 17 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
December 19 Austin, TX Mohawk

Jan. 22 – Feb. 13 featuring support from Spiders.

January 22 Cambridge, MA The Middle East Downstairs
January 23 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
January 24 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
January 26 Millvale, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre
January 27 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
January 28 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
January 29 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
January 30 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
January 31 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
February 2 New Orleans, LA Gasa Gasa
February 4 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
February 5 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
February 6 Chattanooga, TN Revelry Room
February 9 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
February 10 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl
February 11 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
February 12 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
February 13 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts

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Graveyard, “Too Much is Not Enough” official video

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Live Review: Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity and The Shrine in New Hampshire, 10.09.15

Posted in Reviews on October 12th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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It was only about an hour and a half to the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, from my office, which felt like something of a miracle. Maryland heavy rock kingpins Clutch last played the venue about two years ago, but between it being the beginning of what will no doubt be a comprehensive touring cycle in support of their newly-released 11th album, Psychic Warfare (review here), and their partnering with the reunited four-piece incarnation of Corrosion of Conformity with SoCal heavy skaters The Shrine opening, it was an easy sell as far as I was concerned. Clearly I wasn’t the only one. I walked into the venue a little before The Shrine went on, and the place was already fairly packed. A large room, the prevailing mood was celebratory and ready to blow off steam. The Shrine (Photo by JJ Koczan)I think people were just looking for a good time.

And in kicking off the evening with a classic-rocking-but-somehow-still-punker boot to the ass, The Shrine seemed only too ready to get that good time moving. I had wondered how their very-Californian sound would translate to a chilly autumn night in New Hampshire — even one right across the street from a beach — but the three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Josh Landau, bassist Courtland Murphy and drummer Jeff Murray have busted their collective ass on the road the last couple years, and if they were out of their element, you never would’ve known it watching them on stage. Last I saw them was in early-2013 with Graveyard (review here) in Philly, and it was plain to see at the Casino Ballroom how much they’ve come into their own since. Their second album, Bless Off, was released by Tee Pee last year (I didn’t review it, but should have), following up their aptly-titled 2012 debut, Primitive Blast (review here), and their new one, Rare Breed, is out at the end of this month in Europe and in Jan. here in the States as their first in Century Media.

Their set felt quick, but it was enough to give a sense of the new album in songs like “The Vulture,” “Savage Skulls and Nomads,” which Landau told the crowd was about 1970s street gangs in New York, “Coming Down Quick” and “Death to Invaders” (don’t quote me on that last one, but I think that was it), running from the initial uproariousness of their first record to the thicker grooves of the second. This was the fifth night of the tour, which will run through Oct. 23 with the same three bands, and The Shrine were duly locked in, Murray keeping some bounce in the drums while also adding gallop to some of the The Shrine (Photo by JJ Koczan)more Motörheady riffing from the guitar while Murphy added backing vocals and a steady foundation in the low end. They finished with “Nothing Forever,” the longest cut from Bless Off, which emphasized some of the complexity in their approach — not t0 mention the tightness of their execution — that I think gets lost sometimes in how they present the band. Not that they should be stoic prog rockers, what they’re doing clearly works, but they’re tough to ignore after you watch them play. I’ll hope to get the chance to hear Rare Breed.

I was trying to think of the last time I saw the Pepper Keenan-fronted incarnation of Corrosion of Conformity, and I think it was in 2005. They would have been out supporting that year’s In the Arms of God, which got a mixed reception on its arrival but in my estimation remains underrated, and I believe it was Irving Plaza in New York. Weedeater and Alabama Thunderpussy may or may not have also played. Either way, it’s been a while. With the lineup of Keenan plus bassist/vocalist Mike Dean, guitarist/vocalist Woodroe Weatherman and drummer Reed Mullin — who’ve been playing as the “Animosity-era” trio the last several years and released an EP and two also-underrated albums in 2014’s IX (review here) and 2012’s declarative Corrosion of Conformity (review here) through Candlelight — C.O.C. Corrosion of Conformity (Photo by JJ Koczan)have been playing shows throughout Europe and the UK since earlier this year, but to my knowledge this marks their first US run, at least on the East Coast, and it will preface a headlining tour set to start next month. A practice run? Maybe, but they hardly seemed rusty.

Set-wise, they dipped as far back as “Vote with a Bullet” from 1991’s Blind — which was Keenan‘s introduction to the band as vocalist/guitarist — and as far forward as the uptempo “Paranoid Opioid” from In the Arms of God, but the focus was on their two ’90s landmarks, Deliverance (1994) and Wiseblood (1996), and as someone who’s been rooting for the trio lineup the last several years sort of as underdogs working against the expectations of that portion of their audience dug deep into the heavy Southern Sabbathisms of those records, I had forgotten just how special that material actually is — songs like “Long Whip/Big America,” “Heaven’s Not Overflowing,” with which they opened, “Wiseblood” and “Seven Angels.” Hearing Dean and Mullin and Weatherman all switching off in backing vocal roles, or better, leading a sing-along all at once, was exhilarating, and Keenan, who’s spent the last several years in Down‘s descent into post-Kirk Windstein caricature machismo, is a frontman of undeniable charisma.Corrosion of Conformity (Photo by JJ Koczan) There were some sound issues — a chirp of feedback when everyone got on mic during “Albatross,” etc. — but there was very little that would’ve been able to hold C.O.C. back, and even in the slower “13 Angels,” which was the sole representation from 2000’s America’s Volume Dealer, their last album as this four-piece (Stanton Moore of Nola jammers Galactic played drums on In the Arms of God), they were dead on in serving a refresher of just what a substantial portion of their fanbase has been clamoring for pretty much since they stopped playing circa 2006.

Keenan thanked Clutch from the stage for bringing them out and letting them, “Get their shit back together,” but the bigger news was when he announced that C.O.Cwere in the process of signing to Nuclear Blast and that they’d have a new album out with this lineup in 2016. I had no official word, but I’d assume John Custer, who’s helmed all their records since Blind, will produce. Once he said it, which was I believe before “Vote with a Bullet” preceded “Albatross” and “Clean My Wounds” at the end of the set, my mind immediately flashed to the possibilities for what it might sound like, the balance of songwriting, who does vocals where — does the hardcore punk track still get relegated to the end of the tracklist? — and so on. Two months out from the New Year, a landmark for 2016 may have just been revealed.

Finding that out alone would’ve made my night. Even without a show. I mean, if I read that on Facebook or some shit,Clutch (Photo by JJ Koczan) I’d have been like, “Well, my evening can end now, I feel like I’ve hit a satisfactory quota of awesome.” But there was still a gig going on, and Clutch were headlining! Similar to what they did after releasing Earth Rocker (review here) in 2013, and really going back further than that as well, the set was highly focused on the new album. Their stated method of one band member between vocalist Neil Fallon, guitarist Tim Sult, bassist Dan Maines and drummer Jean-Paul Gaster picking an evening’s setlist always leaves me guessing who’s responsible for what show, but in any case, between “X-Ray Visions” opening, “Firebirds,” “A Quick Death in Texas,” “Sucker for the Witch,” “Your Love is Incarceration,” “Our Lady of Electric Light,” “Noble Savage,” “Behold the Colossus” and “Son of Virginia,” the only song from Psychic Warfare unrepresented was the penultimate “Decapitation Blues.” Otherwise, they played the whole record, which coming from them is just what the crowd both expected and wanted.

“Son of Virginia,” which closed the regular set before a three-song encore, got a particularly vehement response, but “The Face” from Earth Rocker had me pulling my earplugs out to sing along, and “Elephant Riders” from 1998’s The Elephant Riders and “Dragonfly” from that same album felt like something special tossed in for longer-term fans, particularly the latter, which is a rarer inclusion. Their presence and delivery something of a given, Clutch seemed in likewise good spirits to the crowd, Fallon picking up the guitar more than he did when they were out for Earth Rocker to join Sult even on a faster cut like “Your Love is Incarceration.” They’re still tightening up some of the new material — other songs have been around for more than a year already and included in sets — but one assumes that by the time they get around to the inevitable live album sometime in 2016 or 2017, it will be no less second nature (or first, I guess) than “Cypress Grove” from 2004’s Blast Tyrant, Clutch (Photo by JJ Koczan)which has become a perennial favorite and was clearly known to the packed Casino Ballroom, readily aware of that black plastic bag in the back of a jacked-up Ford.

Who could argue with an encore launched by “The Wolfman Kindly Requests…” from Earth Rocker? From its “Party’s over you all got to go” chorus to the bigger nod of its ending, the song feels hand-constructed to appear near the finish of a set, and joined by the more raucous “The Mob Goes Wild” from Blast Tyrant, for which Bryan “Uzi” Hinkley from Never Got Caught and formerly of Tree joined in on guitar, Clutch seemed geared to cap the night in high-octane fashion, but they cut back and let the more spacious “Electric Worry,” the highlight of 2007’s From Beale St. to Oblivion and an unmistakable precursor to a song like “Son of Virginia,” finish, with the uptempo kick of “One Eye Dollar” tacked on, which is nothing new but still feels like a bonus each time. One felt as though the entire venue, which was built and originally opened in 1899, was caught in the around-the-horn swirling rhythm.

By the time I managed to make my way out, the sidewalk was already flooded with weirdos, working-types and the other such and sundry who’d attended, the off-season windchill not drawing much of a shoreline crowd. I had about another 90 minutes to get home still ahead of me, so didn’t hang around long, but got to see a couple old friends and that’s always restorative, even if brief. Same could be said of the show as a whole, I suppose.

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Kadavar Announce South American Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 28th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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Before German classic heavy rockers Kadavar kick off their Mexican, US and Canadian dates in support of their third album, Berlin (review here), which is out now on Nuclear Blast, the three-piece will be hitting South America for a run of shows in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile presented by Abraxas Events. This will be Kadavar‘s first time on the continent, and they’ll arrive as headliners for Abraxas Fest on Sept. 20, which also features locals Muñoz Duo and Monster Coyote.

Dates and ticket links follow, along with some info sent over by Abraxas about what they’ve got going at the fest and Kadavar‘s recently-announced North American dates, which start directly after the South American run ends:

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KADAVAR – South America

On September it is also our second anniversary as Abraxas and we do a (yet) small festival in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to celebrate it, with a foreign band headlining and some local bands we book//manage on the bill as well. Last year we had Radio Moscow and now we’ll have Kadavar.

We have announced two bands so far (Monster Coyote and Muñoz) in addition to Kadavar and a 4th one will be announced next week. The 4 bands will play in Sao Paulo in the 19th, then I’ll get everyone inside a bus and drive to Rio de Janeiro to play the 20th.

18/9 – Goiania, Brazil @ Martim Cererê
Tickets: https://www.sympla.com.br/drops-vaca-amarela-l-kadavar-ale-i-1809-cc-martim-cerere__37634

19/9 – São Paulo, Brazil @ Inferno Club
Tickets: https://www.sympla.com.br/abraxas-fest-2015—sao-paulo—1909–inferno-club__37841

20/9 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Teatro Odisseia
Tickets: https://www.sympla.com.br/abraxas-fest-2015—rio-de-janeiro—2009–teatro-odisseia__37844

23/9 – Florianópolis, Brazil @ Célula Showcase
Tickets: https://www.sympla.com.br/kadavar–munoz–florianopolis-sc–230915__37319

24/9 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ The Roxy Live
Tickets: http://www.ticketek.com.ar/kadavar/roxy-live

25/9 – Montevideo, Uruguay @ Bluzz Live
Tickets: http://tickantel.com.uy/svefrontend/espectaculo/Kadavar-en-Bluzz-Live-32958707.html

26/9 – Santiago, Chile @ Centro El Cerro
Tickets: http://www.puntoticket.com/Evento.aspx?EventoID=CGB002

KADAVAR tour dates:
September 28 Mexico, City, Mexico El Plaza Condesa
September 30 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus Bar
October 2 Philadelphia, PA Ortlieb’s Lounge
October 3 Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moose
October 4 Chicago, IL Double Door
October 7 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone Cafe

KADAVAR w/ The Sword:
October 9 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
October 10 Austin, TX The Mohawk
October 11 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
October 13 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
October 14 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
October 15 Iowa City, IA Gabe’s
October 16 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
October 17 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
October 18 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
October 20 Mesa, AZ Club Red
October 21 Las Vegas, NV Vinyl
October 22 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
October 23 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
October 27 Seattle, WA Neumos
October 28 Vancouver, BC The Rickshaw Theatre
October 29 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom

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Kadavar, “Last Living Dinosaur” official video

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Gentlemans Pistols Sign to Nuclear Blast

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 30th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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My prevailing association with Leeds four-piece Gentlemans Pistols is the phrase, “the best band in Britain.” That’s what I was told about them prior to seeing them play at Desertfest London in 2012, and while I don’t know if I could really be a judge of that kind of thing at all, not living there, they definitely kicked all kinds of ass on stage that night at The Underworld. At the time, their second full-length, At Her Majesty’s Pleasure, was still pretty new. It’s been four years now since it was released, so to call them due seems fair — it was a similar pause between their 2007 self-titled debut and that album — and the news has come down the PR wire that, whenever it arrives, their third offering, Hustler’s Row, will be issued via Nuclear Blast as part of that label’s ever-expanding heavy rock portfolio.

Here’s the announcement:

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GENTLEMANS PISTOLS sign global deal with Nuclear Blast!

Leeds based riffers GENTLEMANS PISTOLS have been causing a stir on the underground for a while now with their debauched lyrics, melodic groove and general Yorkshire rock ‘n’ roll swagger.

Formed as a three-piece back in 2003, the band has gone through a variety of line-up changes throughout their career and has now stabilized as a four-piece and is prepared to unleash their magnum opus through Nuclear Blast next autumn.

The band comments: “GENTLEMANS PISTOLS are very pleased to announce the upcoming release of their third album, Hustler‘s Row, on Nuclear Blast. The album was recorded by singer/guitarist James Atkinson at Mutiny Studios in Bradford and reflects nearly five years of experience for the band: good times, bad times, boredom, exhilaration, heartache, frustration and wonder. With this album, we tried to make a record that we would want to listen to; one that was heavy but melodic, intense but catchy, thoughtful but unruly. A record for reprobates and romantics, for gentlemen and hustlers.?

GENTLEMANS PISTOLS‘ last album At Her Majesty’s Pleasure was released to great acclaim in 2011, the band has performed at UK and international festivals such as Desertfest, Hammerfest, Long Division and Fuji Rock festival in Japan previously toured with the likes of WITCHCRAFT, LEAF HOUND and PENTAGRAM.

GENTLEMANS PISTOLS are:
James Atkinson – vocals/guitars
Bill Steer – guitars
Stuart Dobbins – drums
Robert Threapleton – bass

Visit GENTLEMANS PISTOLS online:
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Gentlemans Pistols, “Your Majesty”

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Kadavar Reveal Berlin Cover Variants and Tracklisting

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 19th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

kadavar (Photo by Joe Dilworth)

No question that Kadavar‘s upcoming third album, Berlin, is one of the most anticipated releases of the summer. It is set for release on Aug. 21 through Nuclear Blast, and the classic rocking trio will tour Europe this winter to support it. That leaves me to wonder if they won’t hit the US beforehand, either later in summer or early fall, but I’ve yet to see any confirmation of that one way or another, so don’t quote me. Either way, the record is legitimately one to look out for, the band’s ’70s traditionalism having made their first two outings, 2013’s Abra Kadavar (review here) and 2012’s Kadavar (discussed here), both high points of their respective years and cast an increasingly influential net over organically-toned retro heavy rock.

So what’s news? News is that the cover can be customized for the Berlin vinyl depending on how you adjust the insert, and news is the tracklisting for the album. I’ve got my fingers crossed one or another of these cuts is a psychedelic freakout, as that’s something of an underrated aspect to Kadavar‘s sound. Oh, and preorders are available now too. Have at it:

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KADAVAR – BERLIN TRACKLIST, 4 MORE VERSIONS OF THE COVER ANNOUNCED, NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!

After working nonstop in the studio for the last 4 months, Berlin, Germany-based classic rock overlords KADAVAR have finalized the production process of their brand new album. The third KADAVAR record will be entitled Berlin and is tentatively scheduled for an August 21, 2015 release.

Today, the band announces the album’s tracklist, as well as 4 more versions of the cover that will be available for everyone buying the vinyl version of the album. The glasses of the cover model will be cut out, depending on how you insert the inlay, the cover will change. See above.

Pre-Order your copy of Berlin as well as any of the t-shirt bundles on the Nuclear Blast Webshop http://goo.gl/S3uzwd

Below is the track list for Berlin:
01. Lord Of The Sky
02. Last Living Dinosaur
03. Thousand Miles Away From Home
04. Filthy Illusion
05. Pale Blue Eyes
06. Stolen Dreams
07. The Old Man
08. Spanish Wild Rose
09. See The World With Your Own Eyes
10. Circles In My Mind
11. Into The Night

BONUS TRACK
12. Reich der Träume (Nico cover)

KADAVAR’s drummer Tiger shared the following about the upcoming album: “About ten years ago, when we, independently of one another, moved to Berlin, we just wanted to break free from home and do something new. I thought it was comfortable to blend in and just live from day to day. A lot of very long nights and so many completely different people in one place. We all come from different places but have managed to create something together we all like. Where there are opposites, you can always ground yourself. I think the Berlin lifestyle has influenced our band very much and therefore fits perfectly as the album’s title.”

The band recently released the official video for the song “Eye Of The Storm” which comes off their most recent album Abra Kadavar and marks the end of the 2 year cycle promoting the album by relentless touring across the globe. The video combines contemporary artist Dust’s grandiose mural painting in action, with a unique concert by KADAVAR at the legendary ISC Club Bern.

KADAVAR live 2015
Supports: The Shrine + Horisont + Special Guest (tbc)
05.11. F Strasbourg – La Laiterie
06.11. D Cologne – Kantine
07.11. NL Nijmegen – Doornroosje
08.11. UK Manchester – Sound Control
09.11. UK Glasgow – Audio
10.11. UK Leeds – The Brudenell Social Club
11.11. UK Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms
12.11. UK Bristol – Marble Factory
13.11. UK Cardiff – The Globe
14.11. UK London – The Dome
18.11. F Nantes – Stereolux
19.11. F La Rochelle – La Sirene
20.11. E Madrid – Penelope
21.11. E Barcelona – Razzmatazz II
22.11. F Bordeaux – Le Krakatoa
23.11. F Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
25.11. CH Zurich – Dynamo
26.11. CH Geneva – L’Usine
27.11. D Stuttgart – Wizemann
28.11. D Munich – Backstage
30.11. D Frankfurt – Batchkapp
01.12. D Hamburg – Markthalle
02.12. DK Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
03.12. N Oslo – Vulkan
04.12. S Gothenburg – Brewhouse
05.12. S Stockholm – Debaser Medis
07.12. FI Jyväskylä – Lutakko
08.12. FI Helsinki – Nosturi
09.12. EE Tallinn – Club Tapper
10.12. LT Vilnius – Propaganda
11.12. PL Gdansk – B90
12.12. PL Warsaw – Progresja
13.12. PL Krakow – Fabryka
16.12. D Nuremberg – Hirsch
17.12. B Brussels – Vk*
18.12. D Berlin – Astra
19.12. D Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle II
20.12. NL Amsterdam – Melkweg

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Kadavar, “Eye of the Storm” official live video

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Graveyard Announce Innocence and Decadence Album Details; New LP Due Sept. 25

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 18th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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News hasn’t been quick in arriving about Graveyard‘s fourth album, which we now know is titled Innocence and Decadence — perhaps for its dealings with the bluesy demons that seem to have haunted the Swedish outfit since their 2007 self-titled debut — but confirmation came of the record’s existence on their tour with Clutch last month (review here) and the new song, “Shunken,” which they played to herald the upcoming offering’s arrival. Sept. 25 is the release date, and it will be their third outing for Nuclear Blast after 2012’s Lights Out (review here) and 2011’s Hisingen Blues (review here), duty-bound to answer some questions about where their sound is heading after their last time out and just what direction their massively influential ’70s stylizations will take.

Very much looking forward to finding out. If you are as well, preorders are up now. This from the PR wire:

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GRAYEYARD Reveal Details to Upcoming Album!

Swedish grandmasters of classic rock, GRAVEYARD, have announced that they will be releasing their fourth full-length album, Innocence & Decadence on September 25, 2015 worldwide via Nuclear Blast.

Innocence & Decadence was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden at Atlantis Studios with Janne Hansson (ABBA, THE HIVES, OPETH) and Johan Lindström (TONBRUKET).

Commented the band: “Got a new album coming your way in September called Innocence & Decadence. It’s gonna be an album filled to the rim with a little bit of this – and for all of those who might wonder or worry – there will be quite a lot of that on it as well. We’ve had a great time recording the album at the ‘gemytliga’ Atlantis Studios in Stockholm together with Janne Hansson and Johan Lindström. And after kinda being away from our daily routine as a touring band and the thrill of a new album on its way …we wanna leave you with.

“Good to be gone, great to be back and let there be September!“ – Axel, Joakim, Jonathan & Truls aka Graveyard

Innocence & Decadence will be released in various formats (vinyl look digipak, digital download, black/clear/splatter/orange/green/bi-colored vinyl as well as a T-Shirt/CD bundle) – pre-order your copy here: http://nblast.de/GRAVEYARDdecadence

A European headlining tour will be announced shortly.

For more info visit:
https://www.facebook.com/graveyardofficial
www.nuclearblast.de/graveyard

Graveyard, “Shunken” Live at House of Blues, Boston, May 17, 2015

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