Project Armageddon, Linus Pauling Quartet and More Playing Doomsgiving IV on Dec. 5

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 27th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Next weekend in Houston, Rudyard’s Pub hosts Doomsgiving IV – The Krampus Hunt, and while I have no idea what a Doomsgiving might entail as regards the traditional meal — turkeys made of riffs! — it’s a killer lineup with Project ArmageddonLinus Pauling QuartetThe Dirty Seeds and Serpent Sun, and that’s usually enough to pique my interest.

Linus Pauling Quartet, if you missed the news, had the Jan. 15 release date for their new album, Ampalanche, confirmed earlier this week by Vincebus Eruptum Recordings. Meantime, Project Armageddon will headline the evening in support of their earlier-2015 offering, Cosmic Oblivion (review here), which was a Doomsgiving feast unto itself.

Show details and whathaveyou:

doomsgiving iv the krampus hunt

Doomsgiving IV – The Krampus Hunt

December 5th at Rudyard’s Pub, Houston, TX.

Project Armageddon
Linus Pauling Quartet
The Dirty Seeds
Serpent Sun
Doors at 8:00 $8

Spawned of Doom Metal, with open minds & experimentation; Hailing from the northern outskirts of Houston, TX-Project Armageddon consists of members: Brandon Johnson – guitar, Raymond Matthews – drums, and Doomstress Alexis – bass and vocals. February 2010 saw the release of Project Armageddon’s debut full length cd “Departure”: a self released, 45 minute record that stays true to P.A.’s no holds barred stylistic approach, running the gamut from straight out doom to somber acoustic tracks to full out effects laden psychedelic guitar tracks, dealing with super-genetic beings, nuclear holocaust, natural devastation, and religious intolerances.

Project Armageddon continued on an extensive show schedule from 2010 to mid-2011 both in the local clubs and around Texas. In the summer of 2011, Project Armageddon returned to Dungeon Manor studios to record their 2nd full length record: “Tides of Doom”. This was then sent out to be mixed by Supernatural Sound in Kultland, OH. “Tides of Doom” was released in March of 2012 followed the “Tides of Doom – Texas Tour” to support & promote the record. Demo work resumed after touring the Summer of 2012, and amidst a slew of many local shows supporting the local metal scene and touring acts both national and international. Project Armageddon rocked Austin during the SXSW festival and plans additional shows in Dallas/Ft. Worth and San Antonio. The touring schedule has recently been set taking Project Armageddon around the state and to some new areas as well as supporting more international acts.

Pure guitar muscle and Texas Stoner Metal Psych insanity with universal themes like drugs, beer, sci-fi/fantasy, and Bongs of Power. If you like your riffs heavy, the solos unyielding, and the smell of the bong to billow out of your stereo, the LP4 is your band.

The Dirty Seeds. No gimmicks, just four strangers gathered together by an ape-like stoner prophet from the future to save humanity with loud rock n roll. Face melting stoner rock with enough of a groove to trick white people into thinking they know how to dance.

Event will feature the traditional Doomsgiving table set w/club decor by artist Chuyz Beard. Also photo gallery display by Goon73 Photography.

Project Armageddon, “Vortex to Oblivion”

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Linus Pauling Quartet: New Album Ampalanche Due in January

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

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Houston five-piece the Linus Pauling Quartet signed with Vincebus Eruptum Recordings — the label arm of the ultra-respected Italian ‘zine of the same name — earlier this year, and at the time, it was announced that their next full-length, Ampalanche, would be out this summer. Well, here we are talking about preorders, so obviously that didn’t happen. As usual of late, seems likely there was some delay in pressing the thing on the plant’s end. Turns out the only bummer about the vinyl resurgence has been the complete lack of infrastructure to sustain it. Whoops.

Doesn’t matter though, at least in this instance, because Linus Pauling Quartet‘s Ampalanche will be out on Jan. 15 as one to look forward to early in the New Year. Vincebus Eruptum cover artist Kabuto has helmed the thematically-appropriate piece that will adorn the front of the LP, and of course there will be multiple color editions of the platter itself, all of which will be available to order soon.

Editor of Vincebus Eruptum and head of the label Davide Pansolin — who also had a fascinating interview with the band in the ‘zine’s most recent issue that gave much insight into their origins and the Houston noise rock scene in the ’90s — shared his excitement about the release thusly:

the linus pauling quartet ampalanche

I’m really proud, glad, excited, … to announce the official details about the new masterpiece by Houston’s band THE LINUS PAULING QUARTET!

The new awesome artwork by Kabuto is the best way to present “Ampalanche”, six tracks of rock’n’roll…no stoner-rock, no psychedelic music, no folk, no labels…it’s the best musical synthesis we ever listened!!!

The album will be officially released on the 15th of January 2016.

Limited edition vinyl (VELP010)

Ultra-limited edition of 100 hand-numbered (001/100) copies on coloured (colour #1 TBA) vinyl + inner + exclusive poster
Limited edition of 200 hand-numbered (101/300) copies on coloured (colour #2 TBA) vinyl + inner
Standard edition of 200 copies on black vinyl

A1 – Ampalanche
A2 – Slave-Sometimes
B1 – Planck
B2 – Brisket
B3 – Nico
B4 – Alive


Linus Pauling Quartet, “Space Truckin'” live at Novembeerfest 2015

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Stone Machine Electric Announce The Amazing Terror EP Release and Album Recording

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 12th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Reliably weird and heavy in kind, Stone Machine Electric will be releasing a new EP later this month called The Amazing Terror. As I understand the info below, the tracks on the new EP were recorded at the same time as late-2014’s Garage Tape (review here), but they also serve as the foundations for what the Texas-based two-piece of guitarist William “Dub” Irvin and drummer/Thereminist Mark Kitchens will be recording for their next full-length in December as they hit the studio with Kent Stump of Wo Fat once again at the helm.

I could have that wrong, but I don’t think I do. Either way, if you heard Garage Tape, you know that when these two cats jam, they do it right. They have a new video for “The Amazing Terror” that reinforces my stated position as regards their chemistry, and while I wouldn’t dare predict what their next full-length might hold for them sound-wise, I’m looking forward to it:

stone machine electric (Photo by Judy Stump)

Stone Machine Electric – EP Release and Studio News

Texas heavy duo, Stone Machine Electric, is planning to head into the studio this December to record their next full-length release. This go around, Dub and Kitchens will be back at Crystal Clear sound in Dallas, TX with none other than Kent Stump of Wo Fat manning the controls.

This next album will combine the raw, live feel that was presented in the Garage Tape, and mix it with the warmth and fuzzy layers present in their self-titled release.

As a way to mark this next jaunt into creation, Stone Machine Electric is releasing an EP entitled The Amazing Terror. This release contains fuzzy gobs culled from the recording session of the Garage Tape. These little chunks offer the listener a small glimpse of what is to be laid down when the band hits the studio in December.

The Amazing Terror will be release digitally and a limited run on CD on November 24, 2015. A video for the title track has been released online already, so please enjoy The Amazing Terror!

Stone Machine Electric, “The Amazing Terror” official video

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Mothership to Release Live over Freak Valley in January

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


They toured in the spring, they toured in the summer, and Texas trio Mothership are touring in the fall too. Big difference when you’re doing it with C.O.C.Saviours and Brant Bjork though. I said I’d be plugging these dates multiple times, and I also said I’d be happy to do it. I am. In the case of Mothership, I’ve no doubt they’re going to turn a lot of heads on this tour — the biggest they’ve done to date in the States — and the January release date for their live album, Live over Freak Valley, should be well timed to keep their momentum going into the New Year.

Though by then they’ll probably have more tour dates announced too. That’s kind of how they do. If you’re remembering when the live record was first announced, it was supposed to be this month. I’m just going to assume it’s a pressing plant delay and leave it at that. Seems to be the situation with everybody doing vinyl these days.

But yeah, if it’s January, it’s January. They’ve got a live version of “Serpent’s Throne” streaming now, and as you can hear below, it’ll be worth the wait:

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MOTHERSHIP hit the road with Corrosion of Conformity | New live album released in January on Ripple Music

Mothership Live Over Freak Valley released 15th January 2016 on Ripple Music

After the rerelease of their momentous second album and a storming start to 2015, Mothership – the hard rocking supersonic/intergalactic Texan trio – are pleased to announce the arrival of Mothership Live Over Freak Valley this Janaury on Ripple Music.

Recorded at their debut European appearance at the iconic German rock festival, brothers Kyle and Kelly Juett along with Judge Smith have captured their steaming hot stew of UFO and Iron Maiden inspired metal; southern Molly Hatchet and ZZ Top swagger, and deathly Sabbathian doom. A concoction that should by all accounts prove too heavy to handle on record, but as fans will soon discover, Mothership Live Over Freak Valley will deliver the filth and fury of the full Mothership live experience.

Since 2013 the band has travelled non-stop, playing live across the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe; taking to festival stages, nightclubs, and under the sun at whatever motorcycle parties they could find. They are for all intents and purposes a heavy rock juggernaut that has only just begun to tear a hole in the cosmos. And guess what? They have no plans of slowing down for anyone.

All this month Mothership embark on a US tour with Corrosion of Conformity, Brant Bjork and Saviours where the band will have CDs of Mothership Live Over Freak Valley on sale ahead of its official vinyl release on Ripple Music in the New Year. To catch them live and for the full list of dates see below.

Mothership is Kelley Juett (guitars/vocals), Kyle Juett (bass/vocals) and Judge Smith (drums).

Mothership Live:
11/16 – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock
11/17 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
11/18 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
11/19 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
11/21 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
11/23 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/24 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
11/25 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
11/27 – Racine, WI – Route 20
11/28 – Cleveland, OH – The Odeon
11/29 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
12/01 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
12/02 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
12/03 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
12/04 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
12/05 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
12/07 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
12/08 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
12/09 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s Live
12/10 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre

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Wo Fat Sign to Ripple Music; New Album Midnight Cometh in 2016

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

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Seems to take more and more these days to catch me off-guard, but Wo Fat signing to Ripple Music has done just that. The Dallas trio have emerged as forerunners of American heavy rock, and as they stand on the precipice of a return trip to Europe in 2016 to support their newly-announced album, Midnight Cometh, they do so as prime exports, confirmed for appearances already at Desertfest in London and Berlin and Hellfest, doubtless with more to come.

This is big news. Not just because they’ve become such a pivotal act, but also because of what it means for Ripple Music and what it means for Small Stone, their now-former label. Commented Small Stone‘s Scott Hamilton, “Small Stone is going through a big nasty distribution switch and it did not line up for the time frame that Wo Fat wanted their new album released.”

Wo Fat commented thusly: “Our time with Small Stone Records has been awesome, but because of a switch in distribution that they are working through at the moment, they weren’t able to meet the time frame we needed for this release and since we’ve been friends and had a great deal of respect for the Ripple guys and their label for a long time, it made a lot of sense to release this with them. Below is a preview of the super bitchin’ art from David Paul Seymour.”

It’s a sizable move either way, and I think it’s fair to say Wo Fat are among the biggest acts on Ripple at this point:

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WO FAT announce signing to Ripple Music, Desertfest & Hellfest Appearances and new album Midnight Cometh for Spring 2016

After slinging their Texas-sized psychedelic blues doom for over a decade, Dallas legends Wo Fat are pleased to announce that they have signed to the California-based label Ripple Music.

“We are thrilled to be working with our brothers in the riff at Ripple for this new record!” says vocalist Kent Stump. “We’ve been friends with Todd and Pope for a while and have always had a lot of respect for them personally, as well as the label itself, and we just kinda realised, that, hey, we should be working together. They are passionate about the music they release, they make really good choices when it comes to signing bands, they’re all about treating artists fairly and trying to help this scene grow, and they’re also a label on the rise.”

Throughout their sonic odyssey spanning five studio albums, a live album, and two splits, beginning in 2006 with The Gathering Dark, they have stayed true to the deep, dark blues that wail from within and have continually forged their riffs with a primal groove. Going stronger and rocking harder than ever before, the band are currently readying their next chapter – and first with Ripple – with the release of their brand new album Midnight Cometh. Looming on the horizon and due for release in Spring 2016, this newest slab of riffage lurking in your future is easily their most daring and psychotropic exploration of heaviness to date.

“We’ve been huge fans of Wo Fat and their maniacal brand of riff-heavy psychedelic grooves,” explains Ripple Music’s Todd Severin, “And they never fail to be one of the most mesmerising bands we’ve ever seen on stage. We’re beyond thrilled to welcome them into the Ripple family.”

The critical success of their albums, most notably 2009’s Psychedelonaut, which truly solidified the Wo Fat name in the Stoner Rock community and secured them world wide recognition, helped land the band appearances at the legendary Roadburn Festival, Desertfest, Freak Valley Festival, Psycho California Festival and Sylak Open Air Festival as parts of a number of successful international tours.

Midnight Cometh is slated for release in Spring 2016 and will be supported by a European tour, which will also include appearances at Desertfest in Berlin and London (, and Hellfest, France (

Wo Fat Discography
The Gathering Dark (2006, Red Menace Records)
Psychedelonaut (2008, Brainticket Records)
Noche del Chupacabra (2011, Nasoni Records)
The Black Code (2012, Small Stone Records)
The Conjuring (2014, Small Stone Records)
Live Ju Ju: Wo Fat At Freak Valley (2015, Fuzz Lab)

Wo Fat, Live in Paris, Aug. 9, 2015

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Greenbeard Sign to Sailor Records; Stoned at the Throne Vinyl Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 2nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster


I’m not sure if Greenbeard‘s Stoned at the Throne vinyl is out now or impending. Below, Sailor Records — the Colorado-based label that just picked up the Texas-based band — says that Oct. 30 marked the preorder date. The band says they’ll play a release show in January, and if you order it on Bandcamp, it says it ships in two weeks, so your guess is as good as mine. Either way, cool for the band getting picked up for an LP pressing. Initially released over the summer, that record was catchy as hell and they seem to be willing to get out and support it, so all the better.

The PR wire had this to say on the subject:

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Austin desert rockers Greenbeard sign with Denver’s Sailor Records and release “Stoned at the Throne” on vinyl!

Denver based record label, Sailor Records has added Greenbeard to their quickly expanding roster.

Greenbeard is a desert rock trio from Austin, TX created in the spring of 2014. Greenbeard’s sound is a sonic conjuring of early British heavy metal, psychedelia, desert guitar riffs, & stoner rock. In one year, the band has seen major tours, supported big bands like Dead Meadow,Pentagram, Red Fang, The Shrine, and Spirit Caravan. Greenbeard has also been official artists at Austin’s 2015 SXSW, Denver’s 2015 UMS, and played in 2015 Denver Psychfest; Synesthesia.

Sailor Records is a fresh up and coming label operating out of Denver, Colorado. Label owner, Oscar Ross, has spent decades working in Denver’s premier studios, with top notch talent. With catalogs upon catalogs of excellent studio sessions helmed by Ross himself, the birth of Sailor Records only seemed like the next logical move. Sailor Records is also homebase for bands like Plastic Daggers, Chingaso, Lords of Fuzz, Dreadnought, Native Daughters, and many more!

“Stoned at the Throne” is Greenbeard’s debut full length release. This 8 track record is packed full of blistering drum grooves, blasting riffs, heavy bass lines, and sexy vocals. This record was recorded in Austin, TX at OHM Recording Facility and engineered by the talented Chico Jones. Chico Jones’ vanguard of records includes “Samsara’ by The Well, Tia Carrera, White Denim, and many more. Adam Hamilton (Brian Jonestown Massacre/Counting Crows) mixed the record, and Paul Tavenner(Cleopatra Records/Big City Recording Studios) laid the finishing touches down with his mastering. Artwork for SATT was conceptualized by Greenbeard, and illustrated by French rock & roll poster and album cover artist, Headbang Design. Headbang Design’s portfolio includes artwork for Orange Goblin, Freak Valley Festival, and much more. Stoned at the Throne is produced by Alfonso Gonzalez.

Sailor Records will be opening presale for “Stoned at the Throne” on Friday, October 30. This release will include 150 copies on black 180g vinyl, and 100 special edition 180g blood red colored vinyl. Copies will be available for sale on Greenbeard’s bandcamp site. Greenbeard plans on having a vinyl release party in Austin, TX in early January, followed by a spring tour.

Greenbeard, Stoned at the Throne (2015)

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Duel to Release Fears of the Dead in Feb. on Heavy Psych Sounds

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 27th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Austin trad heavy four-piece Duel began a Halloween tour with Fogg last night that would have taken them all the way up to Day of the Shred were that festival not canceled, but instead will take bring them to a double-dose of Oct. 31 gigs and a killer party the next day in Southern California that’s one of several to surface in the wake of the fest being called off. Should be a cool run either way, and it comes coupled with the news that Duel have signed a deal with ever-expanding Italian label Heavy Psych Sounds to release their debut long-player, Fear of the Dead.

The label says a European run is in the works for early next year as well around the Feb. release of the album, so will be interested to see how that shakes (boogies) out. The PR wire had this to say on the topic:


HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records&Booking is stoked to announce the signing of a new killer band!

***DUEL*** (Stoner Metal-Heavy Southern Rock)

Feat 2 ex-members of Scorpion Child.

From the sun baked wastelands of Austin, Texas comes the super heavy, tripped out, old school stoner metal sounds of DUEL. Hugely influenced by the darker breed of late 60’s and early 70’s Proto-metal and heavy groove, DUEL casts hard rocking spells of doom, angst, and horror from behind a thick psychedelic haze of pot smoke. Laying it out thick and heavy these purists have become well known for their knock down drag out, beer everywhere, high energy live shows. Balls to the wall with all the cockiness and on your knees train wreck swagger of the MC5 or an evil James Brown. Like the B.O.C. On PCP! Their debut LP “Fears Of The Dead” recorded at the famed Machine Shop Studio (Clutch, Lamb of God, King Crimson etc) captures this perfectly. Listen responsibly.

DEBUT ALBUM “Fears of the Dead” To Be Released in Feb. 2016

European Tour to follow in March

Tom Frank Guitars / Vocals
Shaun Avants Bass / Vocals
JD Shadowz Drums
Derek Halfmann Guitars

Mon 10/26 Rock Candy at The Grand / Austin w/ Bridge Farmers
Wed 10/28 Blue Max / Midland TX w/ Fogg
Thurs 10/29 Mesa Music Hall / El Paso TX w/ Fogg
Fri 10/30 Tempe Tavern / Tempe AZ w/ Fogg, Abrams (CO)
Sat 10/31 Permanent Records / Los Angeles CA w/ Fogg
Sun 11/01 Time Warp Records / Mar Vista CA w/ Slow Season, Fogg, Loom, The Snags

Duel, “This Old Crow”

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Funeral Horse Post New Video for “There Will be Vultures”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on October 8th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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It’s been a while since I actually laughed out loud — “lulz’ed,” as the kids might say if anyone used past tense anymore — at a band’s video, but when Houston’s Funeral Horse get around to the monkey-drumming part of the clip for “There Will be Vultures” referenced in the headline below, yeah, I kind of lost it. The video, which is the first for a track from their recently-issued third full-length, Divinity for the Wicked (review here), has a couple guffaw-worthy moments, from its quickly establishing a running gag (about being gutted) to a J Mascis-looking preacher or may or may not have been one of the dudes from The Linus Pauling Quartet reading a gospel of Rush lyrics out of an LP gatefold. It is not by any means light on charm.

Ultimately though, there remains much more to Funeral Horse — the three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Paul Bearer, bassist Jason Andy Argonauts and drummer Chris Bassett — than their willingness not to take themselves too seriously. “There Will be Vultures” is a brimming example of their genre blend, somewhere close enough to punk, to heavy rock and to noise to be arguably aligned to them, but not of any one over the others. The band’s comfort level in this between-styles forbidden-zone apparent in the ease with which they lean to the various sides on the record, but even more than that, it’s the fact that something underlying in their sound remains familiar in more than just that Sabbath-is-ubiquitous kind of way. They refuse to be easily categorized, and three albums deep into their tenure, they’re more in command of that refusal than ever.

The song itself is about four minutes long, and the video’s about eight, but settle in, because it’s worth the time.

PR wire info after. You know the deal. Enjoy:

Funeral Horse, “There Will be Vultures” official video

FUNERAL HORSE share Rush-Worshipping’-lick-shredding-monkey-drumming new video for ‘There Shall Be Vultures’ | Divinity For The Wicked out now on Artificial Head Records

Like a vision of ’80s post-hardcore punk rock, red-eyed and burning one in the back of Heavy Metal History 101, under the influence of The Melvins, Kyuss and Harvey Milk, Funeral Horse make music to gouge minds to. From album opener ‘There Shall Be Vultures,’ a track that straight off the bat (teeth flying) showcases one of the many strutting rock assaults the trio have become expert in peddling, Divinity For The Wicked throws open its doors to a wider world of distortions and digressions.

Leading the charge with ‘Underneath All That Ever Was’, a lumbering paean drawn in part from words found in a suicide note of one of Bearer’s co-workers which had gone unnoticed for several days pinned to an office bulletin board, this is Funeral Horse at their darkest and most pensive. The Tuareg desert blues of ‘A Bit Of Weed’, the funereal bagpipes that send off ‘Gifts Of Opium And Myrrh’ and slow cinematic burn of instrumental ‘Cities Of The Red Night’ suggest there’s more than meets the immediate ear this time around for a band already masterful in the delivery of unfiltered noise and heavy fuzz rock.

Following on from last year’s imposing Sinister Rites Of The Master, and the thunderous lo-fi highs of their 2013 debut Savage Audio Demon, amid a mass brawl of riffs, megaphonic vocals, blues and backwater proto-metal, Divinity For The Wicked stands as a humble monument to the marginalised and maligned. An album just waiting to be picked up and played by those that have chosen to drop out and dedicate their entire existence to the pursuit of volume.

Funeral Horse on Thee Facebooks

Funeral Horse on Bandcamp

Artificial Head Records

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