Domovoyd to Release Self-Titled LP May 8 on Svart

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 19th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Two things I immediately like about Domovoyd‘s self-titled album opener, “Domovoyage,” which you can hear below: First, it’s trippy as fuck and then some. Second, even the “shorter version” of the song is 13 minutes long. Hell yes. The Finnish outfit k-i-l-l-e-d it on their 2013 Svart Records debut, Oh Sensibility (review here), and they seem primed to push the ritual even farther out with Domovoyd, which is due out May 8, also on Svart. Expect a layered, effects-driven freakout and don’t be surprised when those expectations are exceeded.

Raw vibe, anything goes, psychedelic fuckall. Hard to beat. PR wire brings news of doom from space:

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DOMOVOYD set release date for new SVART album, premiere first track

The young psychonauts of Domovoyd are onto their sixth year of existence in this dimension, and having taken many acid heads by surprise with their Svart debut album, Oh Sensibility (2013), the band are ready to deliver a second transmission from worlds beyond and within. Scheduled to appear on the planet on May 8th, once again via Svart Records, the album is self-titled and it will be available on CD, double-vinyl, and digital.

Domovoyd’s eponymous 60-minute behemoth pays tribute to progressive rock masterpieces of yesteryear in the sense that it is, for lack of a better word, a concept album: storytelling and mythmaking in the works, if you will, but distilled through an overdriven stack of amplifiers. The album’s six tracks deal with inner discovery of the psychedelic kind and, ultimately, with the loss and destruction of all conceptions of self and the world; old ego is a too-much thing, as Charlie Manson once said. For those who are looking for a quick fix while waiting for the album to hit, Domovoyd have prepared a shorter version of the album’s opening track “Domovoyage” HERE. Ease on out of your mind with Domovoyd! Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Kesä’s Kesä
1. Domovoyage
2. Ambrosian Perfume
3. Caustic Afterglow
4. Mystagogue
5. Amor Fati
6. Vivid Insanity

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Necro’s Necro Preorders Start this Weekend

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 18th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Originally released late last year digitally by the band, Necro‘s self-titled album will be available to preorder from Hydro-Phonic Records starting this Saturday. A partial revisit of their 2011 debut — also self-titled, but released under the band’s original name, Necronomicon — it reworks songs like “Dark Redemption” and “Creatures from the Swamp” to suit Necro‘s more modern sound and configuration, with Lillian Lessa taking over lead vocals and sharing parts with bassist Pedrinho while drummer Thiago Alef holds together the fluid grooves behind.

As ever for Hydro-Phonic, the vinyl is gorgeous-looking, and in addition to Necro‘s self-titled, they’ll also have preorders up for new vinyl from Black Pyramid and Kings Destroy. The label posted the following update/announcement about the forthcoming releases. Not sure on the exact due date for Necro, but one assumes it’ll be included in the preorder, and if you’re desperate, the trio has the whole thing streaming on their Bandcamp.

Dig:

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NECRO S/T LP is on its way! Pre-orders start this Saturday at 4:00pm EST (along with Black Pyramid and Kings Destroy vinyls).

Formerly known as Brazil’s Necronomicon, this 70’s inspired doom trio has returned with their second LP (a re-interpretation of their original demo cd). Along with the name shortening, we also have the addition of female lead vocals provided by Lillian Lessa, taking Necro to the next level! Fans of the original Necronomicon releases will not be disappointed!

This addition will be available in two color choices, Gold/Blue (LTD 100) and Splattered wax (LTD 200) along with a poster and lyric sheet insert. For fans of retro 70’s heavy prog, Black Sabbath, Witch Mountain, Blood Ceremony, occult rock and of course doom!

Lillian Lessa: Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Moog, Vocal
Pedrinho: Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Mellotron, Vocal
Thiago Alef: Drums, Percussion

Diogo Oliveira: Vocal in “Mente Profana”
Cristiano Suarez: Pencil
Arranged and produced by Necro
Recorded at Pedrada between January and March ’14
MIxed by Dácio Messias

Available at http://hydro-phonicrecords.com/

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Necro, Necro (2014)

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Blackout, Blackout: Cavetone

Posted in Reviews on March 17th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Blackout‘s self-titled full-length debut is going to get its point across, even if it has to roll right over you to do it. About 18 months after releasing their debut EP, We are Here (review here), the Brooklynite trio enter RidingEasy Records‘ worldwide search for the biggest riffs with their first LP, a seven-song monolith of thickened tones, blown-out vocals and molasses-churning groove with enough lumber in it to replenish your favorite rainforest. Perhaps its most distinguishing feature is its unrepentant primitive stylization. That is, Blackout are not interested in carving their own niche so much as caveman-clubbing the impulse to do in the first place. Blackout‘s 38 minutes offer little deviation from the central theme of play-loud-play-large, and guitarist/vocalist Christian Gordy, bassist Justin Sherrell and drummer Taryn Waldman seem to delight in such a weighted presentation of a classic punker ethic, keeping simple what, when done so well, requires no complication in the first place. Like We are Here before it, Blackout carves neatly into two sides — all song titles single words — and was clearly intended to convey a vinyl listening experience, but the album goes a step further in affirming that what seemed formative on We are Here is, in fact, the basis for Blackout‘s aesthetic. They weren’t just screwing around, and they weren’t about to go off and sacrifice the heaviness working so much in their favor in the name of progression. One can hear growth on Blackout‘s self-titled from the prior EP, but it’s more about how assured the three-piece sounds in what they’re doing than about an uptick in stylistic range.

This is fortunate. While one may have expected that Blackout‘s stomping MelvinsSleep and (inevitably) Sabbath idolatry would’ve led them to more intricate explorations, the album’s better off for not. A solid minute of feedback buildup introduces opener “Lost,” which delivers its chorus late but makes for a resonant, rumbling launch nonetheless, the first of four on side A and followed by the eponymous “Blackout.” Subtle layers of guitar in the beginning give way to a raucous, shouted hook before a stop sets up a chugging, thudding build that returns to full heft just before the three-minute mark but keeps a slower tempo until about the last 20 seconds, at which point it returns to the hook to finish out. In many ways — tonally, ethically, and for the most part structurally — the course of Blackout‘s Blackout is set. Closing duo “Tannered” and “Human” on side B are longer and push into jammier roll, but as a sample of what the album has to offer, the first two tracks serve well, the underlying sense of chaos in the opener standing in as a preview of the noise wash that also closes. Third cut “Nightmare” picks up with Sherrell‘s bass and Waldman‘s drums before the guitar joins in, but Gordy isn’t far off, and the slowdown and echoing drawl of the vocals feel both in character for the band and a nod to the tempo shifts that make their material fresh and exciting despite its familiar elemental makeup. “Nightmare” has a touch more atmosphere to it than “Blackout,” which is the shortest cut on Blackout at four minutes, and the end-section freak-jam is a highlight of side A, which caps with the marching “Sprites.”

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Side B picks up with “Cross,” which seems to herald business as usual, right down to the wailing over the slowdown in its midsection, but proves immersive nonetheless as its pushes toward a false ending and beyond with commanding, hypnotic repetition that seems to be interrupted by a final verse before a big rock finish that sounds drunker than it probably is ends the song. The primary impression of Blackout‘s second half, however, is in “Tannered” and “Human.” Like the song “Blackout,” “Tannered” appeared last year on Blackout‘s live-recorded Converse EP (review here) along with a cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “The Chain” that, if the self-titled’s album art is a reference to Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks‘ 1973 Buckingham Nicks debut, at least means it wouldn’t be the first Fleetwood Mac association. Here though, “Tannered” is more assured and volatile. Vocals are layered in shouts and screams, but too deep in the mix to be abrasive, and by the time Blackout get there, pretty much anything goes. Vocals come forward late and the song ends cold, leading to the seven-minute “Human,” which is the longest of the record and follows a linear course pushing to the apex of its final movement with plenty of room for a squibbled solo in the meantime. There aren’t too many surprises on Blackout, and it’s not like GordySherrell and Waldman are hiding anything up their collective sleeve, but what makes the album work is precisely that. It’s a raw, honest and unremittingly heavy full-length debut makes zero effort to pretend to be anything it isn’t, and ultimately, it would seem unfair to ask anything more of it that what’s delivered. Fuck it, riff out.

Blackout, Blackout (2015)

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Desert Suns to Release Self-Titled Vinyl on HeviSike Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 11th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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San Diego four-piece Desert Suns recently inked a deal for a new release through Ripple Music, but before they get there, they’ll oversee a vinyl issue of their self-titled debut. Originally put out by the band in 2014, the HeviSike edition of the album features a vinyl-specific master by Tony Reed of Mos Generator, and will be limited to 300 copies, 100 clear and exclusive to the label, 200 white for the band and distribution. The artwork is a selling point on its own, but that’s not to discount the quality of what Desert Suns do either. For those who’d look to get in on the ground floor, here it is.

News from the PR wire:

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Desert Suns vinyl released on HeviSike Records April 2015

San Diego, CA stoner rockers DESERT SUNS release their self-titled debut LP on vinyl through HeviSike Records in April 2015. The four-piece demonstrate versatility unseen amongst their contemporaries; this six-song debut sees the band touch on psychedelia, blues-rock and doom. The group gained attention in late 2014 after their stoner rock anthem SPACE PUSSY was featured on Classic Rock Magazine’s (UK) cover-mount compilation ‘The Levee Breaks’ (November, 2014).

Fans of early 70s proto-metal acts such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Steppenwolf and Blue Cheer will appreciate the classic groove demonstrated on this record, as will followers of modern stoner rockers Fu Manchu, Kadavar, Graveyard and Clutch. Haunting lyrics of alienation accompany the listener on a journey through the sinister and the beautiful.
Limited to just 300 copies, this one time press LP is manufactured with vinyl enthusiasts in mind; mastered specifically for the format by renowned multi-instrumentalist Tony Reed (Mos Generator/Stone Axe) at HeavyHead Recording Co in Washington, USA and pressed on high grade colour vinyl. Cover art is provided by San Diego’s own Jimmy Ovadia.

Pressing breakdown: 100 Copies – Clear Vinyl – Exclusive to HeviSike.com 200 Copies – White Vinyl – Band and Distribution edition
includes: 4 x Limited Edition postcards and 1 x A3 size poster insert demonstrating the art of Jimmy Ovadia.

David Russell – Bass/Vocals
Woogie Maggard – Guitar
Anthony Belluto – Guitar
Ben McDowell – Drums

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Desert Suns, Desert Suns (2014/2015)

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Foehammer Self-Titled Debut EP Coming Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 11th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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There’s an undercurrent of psychedelic guitar swirl to “Stormcrow,” the first streamable track to come from Foehammer‘s self-titled debut EP, which is due next month on Grimoire Records with vinyl to follow on Australopithecus Records, but you’ve gotta dig through a mountain of sludge to find it. The trio, who apparently have a thing for Lord of the Rings references (who doesn’t?), burrow deep into that mountain, and while I’ve only heard one song from the release at this point, I’m sure as hell interested to find out what else they’ve dug up from under there. Shit is heavy. Get your head ready for skull-vibrating low end, because it’s coming.

Here there be heft, delivered via PR wire:

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Foehammer – S/T – out 04/07/15 on Grimoire Records

Hailing from the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, Foehammer’s music belies its bustling surroundings. Rather, Foehammer conjure the creeping tectonic progression of transform faults, culminating in releases of sound waves the magnitude of which is best measured by seismometers. In keeping with the appropriate timescale, each of the three funeral doom epics on Foehammer’s debut EP clock in past the 9 minute mark. Foehammer is doom metal in the truest sense of the appellation, crushing, unrelenting and suffused with a foreboding of cataclysm that smothers each of the EP’s all-to-brief 34 minutes. Foehammer’s rupturing first salvo will undoubtedly appeal to fans of Grief, Warhorse, Corrupted, Hell, Buried at Sea and other purveyors of the slow.

Foehammer will be released in partnership between Baltimore’s Grimoire Records (CD/pro-cassette/digital download) and Arlington, VA’s Australopithecus Records (Vinyl). CD, tape and digital versions are available through Grimoire Records on April 7th. The initial pressing of 250 hand-numbered copies (50 clear, 200 black) is currently available for pre-order through Australopithecus Records with an expected ship date of mid-May.”

The teaser track can be streamed here, along with album credits, photos of the CD and cassette, etc.

“Foehammer” is out 04/07/15 in CD/pro-cassette/digital download through Grimoire Records.

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Foehammer, “Stormcrow”

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Kings Destroy Self-Titled CD/LP Available to Preorder

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 9th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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When Kings Destroy issued A Time of Hunting in 2013, I more recommended the album than reviewed it, which felt fair. I was haunted by that record’s genre transgressions and felt compelled to say something, but didn’t want to even attempt to feign objectivity in a review. Their new one, which is self-titled and out in May on War Crime Recordings, will be reviewed. Not that I’m any more distant from this batch of songs than that one — having accompanied the five-piece on tour twice last year, I feel pretty close, actually — just that with a record between this and their 2010 debut, And the Rest Will Surely Perish, which came out on this site’s once-upon-a-time in-house label, The Maple Forum, maybe I’m a little more comfortable dropping the pretense. Or maybe I just wanna talk about how “Smokey Robinson” kicks ass. Whatever. Either way.

So look out for that in the weeks to come if you’re so inclined, and check out the album announcement below, complete with blurbs from YOB‘s Mike Scheidt and Pentagram‘s Bobby Liebling, as well as preorder links, courtesy of the PR wire:

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KINGS DESTROY: Brooklyn Stoner Rock/Doom Unit To Release New Full-Length Via War Crime Recordings; Preorders Available

Brooklyn stoner rock/doom unit KINGS DESTROY will unleash a brand new studio offering on May 5th. The self-titled monster and follow-up to last year’s critically-lauded A Time Of Hunting full-length was produced and mixed by Sanford Parker (Twilight, Voivod, Eyehategod, Yob etc.) at Studio G in Brooklyn, mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod etc.) at The Boiler Room in Chicago and delivers seven, lead-footed doom rock hymns.

With their third album in four years, KINGS DESTROY leave their hardcore-born stamp on noise rock and doom. After sharing stages with Pentagram, Winter, Saint Vitus, Church of Misery, Yob, Pallbearer, Vista Chino, Orange Goblin, Trouble, Acid King, Corrosion Of Conformity and so many others, the five-piece stand tall with their defining statement. Championed Yob guitarist/vocalist Mike Scheidt, “It’s a great album. Heavy, yes. Doom? Yes, with a dose of the best of the ’90s. I’m a fan of the ’90s,” he further elaborates, “so that is meant as a compliment. But what is best about KINGS DESTROY is that they write good songs. Helmet meets early Queens Of The Stone Age meets Kyuss/Unida, roughly. [Steve] Murphy’s vocals are strong and really steps up what is already killer. Great production, tones, performances.” Adds Pentagram’s Bobby Liebling, “KINGS DESTROY is some heavy shit. I can feel the emotion. I can tell Murphy has got some serious pain; he’s singing from his balls.”

Kings Destroy Track Listing:
1. Smokey Robinson
2. Mr. O
3. W2
4. Mythomania
5. Embers
6. Green Diamonds
7. Time for War

KINGS DESTROY is the name of an infamous graffiti gang from the Bronx circa late ’70s/early ’80s. The band members met in this vicinity and were heavily involved in the New York Hardcore scene of the late ’80s that merged hardcore music, metal, graffiti and hip hop. The band unites musicians from many of the genres’ most prolific bands. Hailing from the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, KINGS DESTROY features guitarists Carl Porcaro and Chris Skowronski from legendary, 100K album selling Killing Time, vocalist Steve Murphy from Uppercut, drummer Rob Sefcik formerly of The Begotten, Uppercut, Fur and Electric Frankenstein and bassist Aaron Bumpus.

Kings Destroy will be released on LP, CD and digitally on May 5th, 2015 via War Crime Recordings. CD preorders are currently available HERE. For vinyl preorders go HERE.

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Kings Destroy, “Smokey Robinson” Live at the Met, Pawtucket, RI

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Holy Serpent Sign to RidingEasy Records; Self-Titled LP Due May 12

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 6th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Another day, another band from Melbourne, Australia, kicking ass. Wouldn’t it be strange if, say, someone was to put together some kind of list of the killer and varyingly destructive embodiments of heavy currently emanating from the city? But what kind of ambitious madman on the other side of the planet would have the arrogance to attempt such a thing? Yeah, I might. We’ll see how next week pans out. Certainly plenty of material to work with these days, between bands like Holy SerpentHorsehunterWatchtowerSeedy Jeezus, and so on.

As regards Holy Serpent, the PR wire brings news that the four-piece have signed with venerable West Coast outlet RidingEasy Records and will release their self-titled LP through the label in May. Details and audio for the aptly-titled “Shroom Doom” follow:

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Psychedelic doom band Holy Serpent to release new album via RidingEasy Records | Stream new song ‘Shroom Doom’

Holy Serpent will be released on 12th May 2015 via RidingEasy Records

RidingEasy Records is psyched to announce that this May they will be releasing the eagerly anticipated debut album from Melbourne’s impressive doom quartet Holy Serpent.

Already touted by some as one of 2015’s “Most Wanted”, the band and their majestic, self-titled record have been making sizable waves across the web this past year. Despite their relative youth, the band – made up of guitar player/vocalist Scott Penberthy, guitarist Nick Donoughue, bassist Michael Macfie and drummer Richard Orr – has become remarkably adept at turning out some of the heaviest, most offhand and authentic sounds around; as one listen to ‘Shroom Doom’ will testify,

New to the fold but possessed with wisdom beyond their years, through a hazy swagger and onslaught of distorted guitars they turn in a rawness reminiscent of Uncle Acid, Kyuss and fellow RidingEasy label mates Monolord. Snaking melancholia into swirling hypnotic psychedelia and crushing stoner rock and roll, Holy Serpent oozes sweet leafed grooves and tones from first to final riff.

Holy Serpent by Holy Serpent will will be released worldwide on RidingEasy Records on 12th May 2015.

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Holy Serpent, “Shroom Doom”

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Cigale Post New Song “Steeplechase”

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

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Netherlands-based psychedelic newcomers Cigale continue to tease the prospect of their upcoming self-titled debut — reportedly due out sometime this or next month — by streaming the track “Steeplechase” via YouTube. “Steeplechase” is the second slice of audio to come from the album, following behind the haunting “Harvest Begun” (posted here), and it unfolds in a somewhat similar vein in establishing a serene melodicism that meets later on with shades of heavier psych. Once more the guitar tone of Rutger Smeets — one of two former members of Sungrazer in Cigale, along with drummer Hans Mulders — is recognizable in an emergent jam in the second half, but is ultimately only one factor distinguishing the band’s sound from the bulk of psychedelic rock. “Steeplechase” is driven all the more by its underlying rhythmic fluidity and vocals.

Like “Harvest Begun,” however, “Steeplechase” presents a decidedly memorable hook in subtle and understated fashion. While there’s heft to it ultimately, or at least for a time when the guitar and bass come forward in the second-half jam, it shows again that Cigale are comfortable being quiet, the melody of guitar and voice smoothly flowing across its five-minute span. Unpretentious and engaging, its layers prove more intricate with repeat listens, and it builds gracefully toward that instrumental exploration, Mulders signaling the change, but at no point is overblown or more weighted than the song warrants. The prevailing spirit remains psychedelic, warm and peaceful, evocative of sunshine and just a bit wistful.

Cigale played their first live show this past October, but will take part in Desertfest Berlin 2015 at the end of next month, playing alongside such heavyweights as Orange GoblinUfomammutToner LowBrant BjorkLo-Pan and others. There are some other more psychedlic bands on that bill as well — My Sleeping KarmaMoaning Cities, etc. — so either way, Cigale should be in good company and turn more than a few heads in their direction. Hopefully by that time the album will also be out and will have made an impression of its own. Until then, here’s “Steeplechase,” compliments of the band.

Enjoy:

Cigale, “Steeplechase”

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