Windhand Announce Headlining Tour and Grief’s Infernal Flower Album Details

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 23rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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While they’re not making it easy on themselves in having to follow the thunderplod of Swedish heavyweights Monolord each night, if there’s anyone who might stand up to the task, it’s Richmond doomers Windhand, who today announce not only that headlining tour with Monolord and Portland heavy rockers Danava, but also the details for their forthcoming third long-player, Grief’s Infernal Flower, which stands among the most anticipated heavy offerings to come before the New Year. Cover art is by Arik Roper, production is by Jack Endino and the album itself is by Windhand, who stand poised to make a defining statement about who they are as a band and what their impact on US doom in the long run will be. I’m eager to find out.

From the PR wire:

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Windhand Detail Upcoming Album Grief’s Infernal Flower Out on Relapse Records September 18th

Announce Headlining North American Tour This Fall

WINDHAND return with their third full-length, Grief’s Infernal Flower. The album was produced by Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, Soundgarden) and is a massive, heavy, personal and modern testament to the power of doom and stoner metal’s legacies. One sees the urgency the band have displayed over their career reflected in their music – long-canonized tropes are reimagined and reinvented, Windhand convey an irrepressible sense of motion even within the slowest of songs.

Front woman Dorthia Cottrell firmly establishes herself as one of today’s most powerful vocalists by perfectly balancing beauty with enormous force, and the twin-guitar attack of Garrett Morris and Asechiah Bogdan weaves together nine songs of perfect riffs and fuzzed-out bliss. That often-delicate splendor is all tempered by the colossal rhythmic mastery of bassist Parker Chandler and drummer Ryan Wolfe, whose lower-register expertise serves as the backbone of the new record. Though the first two WINDHAND albums were underground classics, Grief’s Infernal Flower stands to see WINDHAND cementing themselves as one of the premier metal bands of our time.

Windhand: Garrett Morris (Guitars), Parker Chandler (Bass) Dorthia Cottrell (Vocals), Asechiah Bogdan (Guitars), Ryan Wolfe (Drums)

Windhand Live Dates:
July 28: AS220 – Providence, RI
Jul 29: Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs
Jul 30: Montreal, QC – RRROOAAARRR
Jul 31: Toronto, ON – The Garrison
Sept 18: Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
Oct 21: New York, NY – Gramercy #
Oct 22: Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room #
Oct 23: Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose #
Oct 24: Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle #
Oct 27: Seattle, WA – Neumos #
Oct 28: Vancouver, BC – Astoria #
Oct 29: Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios #
Oct 30: San Francisco, CA – The Chapel #
Oct 31: San Diego, CA – Night of the Shred ^
Nov 1: Los Angeles, CA – Roxy #
Nov 2: Mesa, AZ – Club Red #
Nov 3: Albuquerque, NM – Sister #
Nov 4: Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater #
Nov 6: Dallas, TX – Dada #
Nov 7: Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest Nites #
Nov 8: Little Rock, AR – White Water Tavern #
Nov 11: Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups #
Nov 12: Ferndale, MI – Loving Touch #
Nov 13: Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop #
Nov 14: Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery #
Nov 15: Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts #

# – w/ Danava and Monolord
^ – w/ Monolord

Windhand
Grief’s Infernal Flower
Relapse Records
September 18th, 2015
Pre-order: Physical | Digital

1 – Two Urns
2 – Forest Clouds
3 – Crypt Key
4 – Tanngrisnir
5 – Sparrow
6 – Hyperion
7 – Hesperus
8 – Kingfisher
9 – Aition

https://www.facebook.com/WindhandVA
https://instagram.com/windhand/
http://windhandva.bandcamp.com/

Windhand, Grief’s Infernal Flower teaser

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Windhand to Release Grief’s Infernal Flower on Sept. 18

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 4th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Anticipation is already high for Windhand‘s upcoming third album, Grief’s Infernal Flower, and I think it has been more or less since the Richmond, Virginia, five-piece released their second offering and Relapse Records debut, Soma (review here), in 2013. In the wake of that outing, they’ve become one of the most hotly-tipped doom bands in the US, and have toured at home and abroad to acclaim no less mountainous than that heaped onto their studio work.

For Grief’s Infernal Flower, the band partnered with producer Jack Endino, whose resume is the stuff of legend, from his work with Nirvana to Nebula and High on Fire, on and on. The road-dogging Windhand will likely have tour dates announced soon as they lead up to the release of the new album — there are a few shows in the Northeast scheduled as it is that seem like the trickle before the flood of their new touring cycle — but even working with someone like Endino seems like a move by a band ready to take their approach to the next level. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, I’ll casually remind that the High on Fire record Endino helmed was 2007’s Death is this Communion. That should really say it all.

The PR wire has few details but keeps things focused on the key figures:

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Windhand Announce New Album Grief’s Infernal Flower

Produced By Jack Endino | Out On Relapse Records September 18th

Windhand’s highly anticipated, third full-length album is ready. Grief’s Infernal Flower is set for release September 18th on Relapse Records. Recorded in Seattle at Soundhouse Recording with legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, High on Fire), the album contains nine songs and promises to be their most ambitious record to date.

Stay tuned for more info on WINDHAND.

WINDHAND US LIVE DATES:

July 28: AS220 – Providence, RI
Jul 29: Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs
Jul 30: Montreal, QC – RRROOAAARRR
Jul 31: Toronto, ON – The Garrison

https://www.facebook.com/WindhandVA
http://windhandva.bandcamp.com/
http://www.relapse.com/

Windhand, Soma (2013)

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Sinister Haze Stream Betrayed by Time EP in Full; Tour Starts Tonight in RVA

Posted in audiObelisk on April 28th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Tonight in their hometown of Richmond, Virginia, booze-doom trio Sinister Haze begin a month-long US tour that will take them coast to coast as they head west for a slot on May 16 at the Psycho California festival before looping back eastward. Today also marks the release of their debut EP, Betrayed by Time, pressed in a 180g LP edition of 300 copies by Heavy Slab Records, and “heavy slab” is about as apt a description as anything I can come up with for the four-song release. More than their three-song 2013 Demo (review here), the EP versions take elements from doom and mid-paced heavy rock groove and set a drunken undertone to the whole affair. Though Richmond is a hotbed for doom, grind, stoner rock and Southern heavy, I wouldn’t necessarily align Sinister Haze to any of them (especially grind), but over the course of “Betrayed by Time” (previously streamed here), “Changin’ Ways,” “Motorhaze” and “Black Shapeless Demon,” seem to tell the tale instrumentally of a night’s party taken perhaps a bit too far and the ensuing weight that can press on the head like so much concrete.

All told, it’s a 23-minute EP, but there’s a definite flow between the two songs of the A side and the two of the B. “Changin’ Ways” is of particular note in the bourbon-breathed narrative — which is something I’m putting to it rather than a concept Sinister Haze have said they’re working with — since it’s both the catchiest track and the moment where one realizes maybe the evening’s imbibing has gotten out of hand. It’s been a while, admittedly, but I’ve been there. Before that, “Betrayed by Time” starts off at a solid roll and winds sinister haze betrayed by timeup in a kind slurred vocal and guitar pairing by its finish, which leaves “Changin’ Ways” and its Earthride-worthy nod to further the boogie, as it most certainly does. The moment where the drink betrays the drinker? Well, it’s somewhere in the instrumental “Motorhaze,” which sways and leans this way and that and finds guitarist/vocalist Brandon Marcey, bassist/vocalist Sam Marsh and drummer Joe Dillon pushing through classic-minded leads and warm tones backed by swinging drums not quite as upbeat as either of the cuts on the first half of the EP, but transitioning smoothly into the eight-minute closer, “Black Shapeless Demon.”

Legend has it, it was such a creature that inspired Geezer Butler to pen “Black Sabbath,” but for Sinister Haze, “Black Shapeless Demon” is more introspective, begin with a sort of wistful, quiet guitar progression joined soon by the bass and drums that unfolds over the first three minutes or so before vocals start the first verse and the build ensues. Much to Sinister Haze‘s credit, while “Black Shapeless Demon” comes to a head, it’s not overblown or cliché in how it does so, and the slow-oozing distortion that takes hold feels drawn in parts from the emotional heft of Pallbearer and the fuckall of Electric Wizard, but is indebted ultimately to neither. Marcey and Marsh work exceedingly well together on vocals — the demo was fronted by Fire Faithful‘s Brandon Malone — and the quiet finish of “Black Shapeless Demon” is all the more effective for the spirited, regret-fueled performance given atop the track’s rumbling payoff. That must’ve been some night.

In honor of the Betrayed by Time EP’s release, you can stream it in full courtesy of the band and Heavy Slab Records. Please find it on the player below, followed by Sinister Haze‘s tour dates, which once again, start tonight.

Enjoy:

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sinister haze tour dates

SINISTER HAZE TOUR DATES:

4/28 Richmond Va @ Strange Matter w/ US Christmas, Generation of Vipers
4/29 Durham NC @ Motor City Music Hall w/ US Christmas, Generation of Vipers
4/30 Johnson City NC @ The Hideaway w/ US Christmas, Generation of Vipers & Torch Runner
5/1 Knoxville TN @ Poison Lawn w/ Torch Runner
5/2 Atlanta GA @ 529 w/ Irreversible (Final Show), Order of the Owl
5/3 New Orleans @ Siberia w/ Today is the Day
5/4 New Orleans @ Sisters in Christ
5/5 Houston TX @ Fitzgerald’s w/ Today Is The Day
5/6 Austin TX @ Mohawk
5/7 San Antonio @ Hi Tones
5/8 Austin TX @ The Lost Well w/ Conan
5/11 Amarillo TX @ Yellow City Bomb Shelter
5/12 Albuquerque NM @ Moonlight Lounge
5/13 Tempe/Phoenix AZ @ Yucca Tap Room w/ Sorxe and Goya
5/16 Psycho California Festival
5/18 Oakland CA @ Golden Bull
5/20 Denver CO @ Barbar
5/21 Omaha NB @ O’Leavers
5/22 Minneapolis MN @ Hexagon Bar
5/23 Milwuakee WI @ Quarters
5/24 Chicago IL @ LiveWire Lounge
5/25 Detroit MI @ Corktown Tavern
5/26 Pittsburgh PA @ 31st St. Pub

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Sinister Haze on Bandcamp

Betrayed by Time at Heavy Slab Records

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Wino Wednesday: Spirit Caravan Live at Strange Matter, Richmond, VA, March 8, 2014

Posted in Bootleg Theater on April 22nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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When they first got back together last year, Spirit Caravan started off their first US tour in more than a decade at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore. A more fitting setting would be hard to find. Baltimore, D.C., Virginia, the entire Doom Capitol region has been the center of Spirit Caravan‘s enduring influence, and for guitarist/vocalist Scott “Wino” Weinrich, bassist/vocalist Dave Sherman and drummer Henry Vasquez, it was more or less a homecoming, or at very least as close as they were going to get on a touring circuit. Granted, they could’ve gone back to Wootton High School and done the show there, if they’d wanted.

The night after Baltimore, they were in Richmond, Virginia. Playing in front of their classic banner to an enthusiastic crowd who obviously well appreciated being there, they took on the venerable Strange Matter with due vitality and ran through a set full of staples, landmark riffs of “Sea Legs,” “Dead Love/Jug Fulla Sun,” “Dove-Tongued Aggressor” and “Dreamwheel” carrying their original rolling vibes both to those who were there the first time around and those who’d come aboard in the 12 years since the band’s original run ended in 2002, their reputation bolstered all the more by Sherman‘s subsequent work in Earthride and Wino‘s in The Hidden Hand and the reunited Saint Vitus. I wasn’t there to see it, but it looks in the video below like it was one hell of a time.

Whoever TubeVision is, they’ve been taping shows in and around Virginia for well over a decade. They were there at Strange Matter and captured the full Spirit Caravan set, a genuine moment of heavy rock history marking their return in a heavy rock climate no doubt more welcoming than there had been the first time around, and for that alone, I’d shake his/her hand if presented with the opportunity. Spirit Caravan headline at this year’s inaugural Maryland Doom Fest this June with The Obsessed‘s Ed Gulli on drums (info here), filling in for Vasquez who’ll be on tour in Europe with Saint Vitus at the time, that band rejoined by original vocalist Scott Reagers.

Enjoy this full set and have a great Wino Wednesday:

Spirit Caravan, Live at Strange Matter, Richmond, VA, March 8, 2014

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Sinister Haze Betrayed by Time EP Available to Preorder; Month-Long Tour Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 17th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Richmond, Virginia, trio Sinister Haze have a new vinyl EP coming out called Betrayed by Time. Three of the four songs, “Betrayed by Time,” “Changin’ Ways,” and “Black Shapeless Demon,” you might recognize from their 2013 Demo (review here), but Betrayed by Time is a new recording entirely — for one thing, they were a four-piece at the time they did the demo — and features a fourth track, “Motorhaze,” which is as accurate a description of the band’s sound as anything I could ever come up with. The vinyl is available to preorder now from Heavy Slab Records.

When it arrives, it will do so on a 180g red swirl 45RPM platter, with numbers limited to 329 copies. To celebrate its coming, the three-piece will embark on a month-long coast-to-coast US tour that includes a stop at the much-anticipated Psycho California fest on May 16. They’ve also got dates scheduled along the way with ConanUS ChristmasToday is the DayOrder of the OwlGoya and others.

Behold:

sinister haze betrayed by time

Remaining true to heavy rock psychedelia, Richmond VA’s SINSTER HAZE offer their Betrayed by Time EP through Heavy Slab Records. The trio with members of doom and punk backgrounds come together for over 20 minutes of acid laced rock and roll. With the trippy grooves of “Betrayed By Time” and “Changin’ Ways” to the epic hopelessness of “Black Shapeless Demon,” this is music for rockers with a beer and joint in hand and one foot in the grave.

Limited to 300 copies, “Betrayed By Time” has been pressed to 180-gram red swirl vinyl by Heavy Slab Records, this album can be ordered online:
PRE-ORDER THE RECORD FROM THE BAND HERE OR HEAVY SLAB HERE.

Guitar/Vocals – Brandon Marcey (Cough)
Bass/Vocals – Sam Marsh (Dry Spell)
Drums/Madness – Joe Dillon (Balaclava)

TOUR DATES:
4/28 Richmond Va @ Strange Matter w/ US Christmas, Generation of Vipers
4/29 Durham NC @ Motor City Music Hall w/ US Christmas, Generation of Vipers
4/30 Johnson City NC @ The Hideaway w/ US Christmas, Generation of Vipers & Torch Runner
5/1 Knoxville TN @ Poison Lawn w/ Torch Runner
5/2 Atlanta GA @ 529 w/ Irreversible (Final Show), Order of the Owl
5/3 New Orleans @ Siberia w/ Today is the Day
5/4 New Orleans @ Sisters in Christ
5/5 Houston TX @ Fitzgerald’s w/ Today Is The Day
5/6 Austin TX @ Mohawk
5/7 San Antonio @ Hi Tones
5/8 Austin TX @ The Lost Well w/ Conan
5/11 Amarillo TX @ Yellow City Bomb Shelter
5/12 Albuquerque NM @ Moonlight Lounge
5/13 Tempe/Phoenix AZ @ Yucca Tap Room w/ Sorxe and Goya
5/16 Psycho California Festival
5/18 Oakland CA @ Golden Bull
5/20 Denver CO @ Barbar
5/21 Omaha NB @ O’Leavers
5/22 Minneapolis MN @ Hexagon Bar
5/23 Milwuakee WI @ Quarters
5/24 Chicago IL @ LiveWire Lounge
5/25 Detroit MI @ Corktown Tavern
5/26 Pittsburgh PA @ 31st St. Pub

http://www.heavyslab.com/HeavySlab.com/HVYSLB004.html
https://www.facebook.com/SinisterHazeBand
https://sinisterhaze.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heavy-Slab-Records/186805461335299

Sinister Haze, “Betrayed by Time”

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The Obelisk Radio Adds: XII Boar, Deadpeach, Suzukiton, Torpor and Monsternaut

Posted in Radio on March 20th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Once again it’s been a couple weeks since I was last able to do a round of radio adds. But I have a good excuse! I was… uh… reviewing stuff? Well, that’s what I was doing, anyway. Anyhow, I’m way backed up on stuff to join the server, so for at least the next couple weeks it seems reasonable to expect regular adds while I get caught up. By then I’m sure I’ll be behind again, because somehow that’s how it works. Anyway, point is that as usual, a lot more was added to the server this afternoon than appears here, so make sure you check the Playlist and Updates page for the full list. Most of it is pretty new as well, so you might stumble on something you didn’t know was out. Could happen. Alright, let’s do this.

The Obelisk Radio adds for March 20, 2015:

XII Boar, Pitworthy

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Before “Sharpshooter,” the opening track of their debut full-length, Pitworthy, actually starts, Hampshire, UK, trio XII Boar are introduced by a ring announcer in full arena-echo style. Somebody is about to get their ass kicked. That mentality tells you a lot about where the three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Tommy Hardrocks, bassist/vocalist Adam “Baddog” Thomas and drummer David Wilbraham are coming from on the 10-track outing, rife with heavy, Southern-style boogie presented with weighted burl whether it’s a slower groove like “Crushing the P” or a thrasher like “Chicken Hawk.” Side A caps with the title-track, a seven-minute Southern metal highlight, but the real party is at the end of the record’s second half, when the 11-minute “Quint” takes hold in a raucous fury of rhythmic thrust, seafaring tales and off-the-wall soloing. It is a riotous debut after a few promising EPs, and if nothing else, XII Boar make it clear that if anyone’s going to get their ass kicked, it won’t be the band. Their dudely growls and whisky this-or-that might be too much for some, but there’s no denying these guys sound like they’re having a blast, and that energy proves infectious throughout their first album. XII Boar on Thee Facebooks, on Bandcamp.

Deadpeach, Old Fuzz Generation

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Underrated Italian fuzz rockers Deadpeach initially released the debut EP, Old Fuzz Generation, in 2004 on what was apparently severely limited vinyl. Then a three-song 7″, Old Fuzz Generation now sees a digital reissue as a four-track release with the three-minute “Spain ’87” added on to the end. All told, it’s still under 10 minutes long with all four cuts taken together, but while brief, there’s enough fuzzy rush to hearken back to a time when European heavy rock was less concerned with either psychedelic freeform jamming or sounding like it’s 1972, and that the thickened-out, sped-up punk of “Americano” (1:50) needed no frills to get its point across, tapping influences from NebulaFu Manchu and Kyuss even while quoting Bob Marley in the lyrics and expressing what was a pervasive anti-American sentiment throughout Europe following the US invasion of Iraq. Good times. Not really, but good fuzz, and twice as interesting when one considers how European heavy was on the verge of a multi-faceted explosion 11 years ago and Deadpeach were tapping into a similar classic heavy ethic as the likes of Demon Cleaner, earlier Dozer and their countrymen in OJM. A quick but satisfying stoner burst. Deadpeach on Thee Facebooks, on Bandcamp.

Suzukiton, Suzukiton II

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Making their home in the fertile heavy ground of Richmond, Virginia, the instrumental four-piece Suzukiton made their debut a decade ago on Crucial Blast with Service Repair Handbook, a collection of distinctly Southern but still varied rockers that found a cult following at the time. Kind of a surprise to find that 10 years later, the four-piece of guitarists Todd Naumann and David Boyd (Twisted Tower Dire), bassist William Rose and drummer Bryan Cox (ex-Axehandle and Alabama Thunderpussy) would return with the self-released Suzukiton II, but the intervening time has done little to dull their potency, shredding leads cutting through tight rhythms in tones bordering between heavy rock and metal, a chugger like “Death of a Mule” no more out of place than a prog-metal stomper like “Ronin.” Closer “Todd II” would seem a direct sequel to “Todd Song” from the first album, but its eight-minute course feels more than duly expanded from the prior release. Thoughtful in its progressions and well-plotted within its individual pieces, Suzukiton II is nothing if not a welcome return, and if it’s the band’s position to blindside new listeners, that suits the material well. Suzukiton on Thee Facebooks, on Bandcamp.

Torpor, From Nothing Comes Everything

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Immediate points to UK atmospheric sludgers Torpor (also stylized in all-caps) for opening their Head of Crom and Black Bow Records debut LP, From Nothing Comes Everything, with “From this Time,” the longest song on the album. Follow-up points for the actual weight of the damn thing. Dense, post-metallic claustrophobia is undercut by trades between spoken or otherwise clearheaded shouts and vicious screams, the foursome of standalone vocalist Nats Spada, guitarist/vocalist Jon Taylor, bassist Lauren Mason and drummer Simon Mason successfully avoiding stylistic cliche throughout the six-track release while executing lethal builds and thunder-toned push. “Surrender to the Light” is as effective for its melody as its chug, the obscure interlude “The Wake” rumbles and growls ferociously, and “As Waves Crash” demonstrates a powerful blend of post-hardcore and doom, from which “Abandon” departs only momentarily, delving into a minimalist midsection before rounding out with a maddening payoff. Nine-minute closer “Everything We Left Behind” might as well be made of skull fragments and burst eardrums, its heft giving way gradually to deconstructed ambience and a finale of abrasive noise. Torpor‘s first is brutal, fierce and terrifying most of all for how solidified and assured the band sounds in their aesthetic — how at home they are in the churning chaos they’ve made. Torpor on Thee Facebooks, on Bandcamp, at Head of Crom, Black Bow Records.

Monsternaut, Monsternaut

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If the art wasn’t clue enough, Monsternaut‘s Monsternaut EP is a stoner rock record. Its motor revs in opener “Dog Town” and doesn’t let up until it hits the slowdown in closer “Black Horizon,” which wraps the Kerava, Finland, trio’s 18-minute debut outing with a fitting show of swing, choice basslines and nod-worthy fuckall. There’s plenty about the five tracks that will prove familiar to listeners who may have seen a record with an El Camino (admittedly, a gorgeous one) on the cover before, but there’s a next-generation freshness in Monsternaut‘s barebones, unabashed heavy rock approach, and cuts like “Back for More” and “Mountain Doom” prove deceptively catchy while also tapping tonal satisfaction in the guitar, bass and drums — Jani Kuusela‘s snare and kick landing no less heavy than Tuomas Heiskanen‘s riffs or Perttu Härkönen‘s low end — and the thud of “Caravan” and the straightforward, unpretentious vibe of all the tracks suits a presentation of genre that offers an edge of individuality while immediately doing more than just aping the band’s stylistic forebear(d)s. In heft, mood and songwriting, it’s a more than solid showcase of a progression underway. Monsternaut on Thee Facebooks, on Bandcamp.

As previously noted, this is just a fraction of the stuff that joined the server today — one-third, if you want to be more specific about that fraction. To check out everything else or to see what’s been played today and for probably way further back than you’re interested in knowing, check out the Obelisk Radio Playlist and Updates page. Hope you find something good from it.

Thanks for reading and listening.

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Druglord Announce East Coast Dates in April; Split with Sinister Haze Due this Year

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 5th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

druglord

Well, there’s good news and good news. The good news is Richmond, Virginia, trio Druglord are heading out for a round of dates headed north between April 4 and 10. They’re also playing twice this month in VA, with Medieval Steel and Elder, respectively, which marks a return from half a year of stage absence. They need a show somewhere in the Delaware-to-NYC range for April 6 — calling The Depot in York, PA! — but other than that, it’s booked solid and looks like it’ll be cool time.

Meanwhile, the good news is that Druglord will also have a split out later this year with the doomly Sinister Haze. It’ll be an LP on STB Records, who also released Druglord‘s 2014 full-length, Enter Venus (review here) — a second pressing of which, on purple vinyl, is also coming soon — and is set to release sometime in the coming months. Druglord are also putting out a special CD compilation for this tour with Enter Venus and their prior full-length, 2011’s Motherfucker Rising (review here), of which I’ll just hope they wind up with a couple left over so they might sell them online for those of us not in the tour radius.

Their update goes a little something like this:

druglord and co

After a 6 month break from playing shows, DRUGLORD will be hitting the road with some East Coast dates in April. A couple before that too. Short but sweet. We will have some special tour only merch as well, plus a new CD package with both our LPs on it. Also good time to mention our upcoming split LP with Sinister Haze, out later this year on STB Records of course. Help with April 6 if you can! That’s it for now…

March 13- Riffhouse, Chesapeake,VA w/ Medieval Steel
March 27- Strange Matter, RVA w/ Elder and Sinister Haze
April 4: Guido’s Speakeasy, Frederick, MD metal night
April 5: 1984 club in Wilmington, DE with TITHONUS
April 6: open- need show-DC,Baltimore, anywhere close to NYC
April 7: NYC at Don Pedro with Heth and Jed and Huldra
April 8: the Boneyard in Atlantic City with SHRINER
April 9: Kung Fu Necktie in Philly with Lord Almighty
April 10: Clash Bar in New Jersey

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Druglord/168553533162240
http://druglord.bandcamp.com/

Druglord, Enter Venus (2014)

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Windhand Enter Studio with Jack Endino; New Album in Fall

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 3rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Unmistakably good news today from the camp of Richmond, Virginia, five-piece Windhand, as it’s announced they have entered the studio to work with producer Jack Endino (NirvanaNebula, on and on) on their third album. The record has been given a tentative due date of Fall 2015, and I’d be surprised if Windhand didn’t hit that mark, since if their itinerary for their Relapse debut and sophomore outing, 2013’s Soma (review here), is any basis for judgment, they’ll likely already have tours booked before the record is released.

All the better. The response to Soma was massive, so anticipation for the follow-up will be likewise high. In the last year-plus, though, the band have become veterans of fests like RoadburnDay of the ShredScion Rock Fest and others, in addition to putting in considerable road time on their own, headlining and supporting, their wash of volume and riffs finding welcome on a frighteningly close to universal scale. Seems like they’re working quick to get back in the studio, but you won’t hear me complain.

They’ve also got some shows in Atlanta with a little band called Sleep in May. Here’s the news, freshly hoisted from the PR wire:

windhand (photo by Clement Photography)

WINDHAND ENTER THE STUDIO WITH JACK ENDINO TO RECORD NEW ALBUM OUT THIS FALL ON RELAPSE RECORDS

Richmond, VA psychedelic doomsters WINDHAND have entered the studio with legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, High on Fire). The band is recording their highly anticipated third full-length album at Soundhouse Recording in Seattle, WA. The currently untitled album will see a fall release via Relapse Records and promises to be their most ambitious record to date. The album will contain nine songs including titles like “Two Urns”, “Hyperion” and “Kingfisher”.

Additionally, the group has confirmed two Atlanta shows with Sleep this May.

Stay tuned for more info on WINDHAND.

WINDHAND US LIVE DATES:
May 3 – Atlanta, GA The Masquerade ^
May 4 – Atlanta, GA Center Stage Theatre ^

^ with Sleep

https://www.facebook.com/WindhandVA
http://windhandva.bandcamp.com/
http://www.relapse.com/

Windhand, Soma (2013)

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