Las Cruces Rejoined by Original Vocalist Mark Zamarron

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 15th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Texas doom rockers Las Cruces have set the Denizens of the Dark festival in San Antonio as their first appearance with original frontman Mark Zamarron. The vocalist, who appeared on the band’s last record, 2010’s Dusk (review here), has rejoined the band ahead of the release of their fourth album and Ripple Music debut, which has been in the works for at least the last three years. Considering the album before Dusk, the sophomore outing Ringmaster, came out in 1998, they’re still on pace for a significant decrease in the split from one record to the next at six or seven years, and of course they’ve continued to play shows all the while.

The lineup for Denizens of the Dark — which I’ve posted below the band’s announcement of Zamarron rejoining the fold — is a considerable gathering of heavy acts from Texas and beyond, easily worth your perusal. Check it out if you feel like spending the rest of your day digging on bands (and why wouldn’t you?):

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Great news to share from the Las Cruces camp. Original frontman Mark Zamarron has returned to flock.

The prodigal son has returned from his ten year dragon slumber!

The Ringmaster himself, original frontman Mark Zamarron back in Las Cruces. First full set appearance will be at The Denizens of the Dark festival Sept 2nd. We will be recording our up coming album “Altar of the Seven Sorrows” on Ripple Music.

Las Cruces:
George Trevino – Rhythm Guitar
Mando Tovar – Lead Guitar
Mark Zamarron – Vocals
Paul De Leon – Drums
Jimmy Bell – Bass Guitar

Denizens of the Dark Festival
September 2 & 3
Bonds Rock Bar
450 Soledad St, San Antonio, Texas 78205

Friday line up :
Destroyer of Light (Austin)
Las Cruces
Jason Kane and the Jive
Over the Top
Kin of Ettins (DFW)
King Earth

Saturday line up:
Mos Generator (WA)
Mala Suerte (Austin)
Switchblade Jesus (Corpus)
The Dirty Seeds (Houston)
Orthodox Fuzz (DFW)
Dead Hawke (DFW)
Death’s Embrace

Denizens of the Dark Festival preview

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The Obelisk All-Dayer Countdown: Funeral Horse, “Burial of the Sun” Live in Houston

Posted in Bootleg Theater, Features, The Obelisk Presents on August 12th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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The Obelisk All-Dayer tickets

Since their inception three years ago, Houston heavy rockers Funeral Horse have proved to have more than enough weirdo edge to match their rolling, classic-style groove. In the fine and long-standing tradition of Bizarro Texas, their material is both strange and familiar somehow, playing smartly off conventions of traditional metal and punk and noise rock, but establishing an experimental undercurrent that assures they’re completely allied to none of the above.

From their first record, 2013’s Savage Audio Demon (review here), onward, Funeral Horse have willfully defied expectation. At the time I confirmed them for The Obelisk All-Dayer, Aug. 20 at Saint Vitus Bar — just EIGHT DAYS AWAY; get your tickets here — I did so in no small part because I thought maybe seeing them live would help explain at least in part just what the hell it is they’re up to. I wound up seeing them this past February and not only did I get a sense of the roots of their offbeat vibe, but was taken aback by their stage presence and the tightness of their performance as well. Bonus.

The song in today’s countdown video is called “Burial of the Sun.” It was filmed in Houston a couple weeks ago and it comes from Funeral Horse‘s impending fourth album, Psalms of the Mourning, which is currently being recorded. I’m stoked beyond all repair to welcome Funeral Horse to The Obelisk All-Dayer and hopefully watch as they blow a few minds and catch a lot of people off-guard, which they’re bound to do even if you think you might know what to expect.

Funeral Horse join Mars Red Sky, Death Alley, Snail, Kings Destroy, EYE, King Buffalo and Heavy Temple on the bill at The Obelisk All-Dayer, Aug. 20 at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NYC. For more info and to get your tickets for under the door price, click here.

Enjoy “Burial of the Sun” below:

Funeral Horse, “Burial of the Sun” Live in Houston

The Obelisk All-Dayer tickets

Funeral Horse on Thee Facebooks

Saint Vitus Bar website

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Greenbeard Announce New Album Recording, Shows and Video

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 9th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Having already shown their riffly wares at Heavy Metal Parking Lot 3 at SXSW in their native Austin, Texas, and traveled north to Colorado for the Denver Electric Funeral fest, heavy rock trio Greenbeard have announced intentions to show up in further illustrious spaces — Psycho Las VegasNorthwest Hesh FestStoned Meadow of Doom — throughout the next month-plus. They’ll reportedly also be recording a new album with Matt Bayles to follow-up their well-received Stoned at the Throne for Sailor Records, which is an action preceded by the new single “Love Has Passed by Me,” for which they also happen to have a new video.

Bottom line? No shortage of news from these cats. By all means, dig in below:


Greenbeard announces video release, tour schedule, and recording of new album.

Sailor Records band, Greenbeard, agrees to upcoming studio session with Matt Bayles in Seattle, WA. Greenbeard is also releasing a music video for their upcoming single, “Love has Passed By Me” with Washington based video production company, The Dead Suits. In addition, the band will be playing a string of high profile shows in the upcoming months. Further action includes a live video/lighting theater tour featuring the visual artwork of Federico Moreno.

Matt Bayles is a Seattle based producer operating his studio, Red Room Recording. Bayles has recorded and produced bands including Isis, Soundgarden, Minus the Bear, Mastadon, Botch, and Fall of Troy. Bayles will be working with Greenbeard on recording their upcoming record (title TBD) which will be released in mid 2017 on Sailor Records.

The Dead Suits is a Washington based video production company helmed by Editor/Videographer, Tony Moser. Greenbeard collaborated with Austin videographers, Jay Conlon and Andrew Simonds, to shoot local footage with the band, which was sent over to Moser to combine with his footage shot in Kennewick, WA. Greenbeard met Tony while on tour, playing a show at Ray’s Golden Lion in Eugene, Oregon. Months later, Tony reached out to the band proposing his interest in producing a music video with them. Coincidentally, Greenbeard was in search of a videographer to produce a music video for their recently recorded single, “Love Has Passed By Me”.

“Love Has Passed By Me” is the new single released by Greenbeard recorded and mixed by Miles Randall in Austin, TX. Eric Wofford of Cacophany Recorders mastered the track. Wofford is an esteemed contributor to Austin’s recording scene. Notable works include The Black Angels, Ume, White Denim, Okkervil River, and Lord Buffalo.

Federico Moreno is a filmmaker, live video projectionist, and lighting artist residing in Austin, TX. Federico has worked with Bob Mustachio, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Dead Meadow, and Austin’s Levitation festival helping to produce living and fluid lightscapes interlaced with video. Moreno and Greenbeard are working together on producing a theatrical video performance to be housed in theaters across the country for late 2017.

Greenbeard’s upcoming show schedule is filled with exciting festivals, and the band will be rubbing shoulders with a number of class acts.
– 08/24/16. Psycho Las Vegas (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV) — w/ Fatso Jetson, Mac Sabbath, Electric Citizen, Mothership, and Mudhoney…
– 09/02/16. Stoned Meadow of Doom (The Slowdown, Omaha, NE) — w/ Weedeater, Egypt, Wofat…
– 09/09/16. Video collaboration with Federico Moreno (Texas Theater – Dallas, TX)
– 09/24/16. Northwest Heshfest (Dante’s, Portland, OR) — w/ Red Fang, Deafheaven, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, American Sharks…

Greenbeard, “Love Has Passed by Me” official video

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Duel Announce European Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster


Austin-based heavy rockers Duel made their debut earlier this year with Fears of the Dead (review here) on Heavy Psych Sounds, and today the band announces that the booking wing of the same concern has lined up their European tour, set to include slots at Desertfest Belgium 2016, Keep it Low and the Heavy Psych Sounds Fest as well, where Duel will join Fatso Jetson and others in Parma, Italy, ending their run in the same country where it will have started.

Joining Duel for the stretch will be Komatsu from the Netherlands, who are getting ready to release their new album, Recipe for Murder One, on Sept. 23 via Argonauta Records.

Heavy Psych Sounds announced the dates thusly:

duel tour poster

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records & Booking is proud to announce the dates for the upcoming European Fall Tour of DUEL. The band will be supported the entire tour by Komatsu band from Netherlands.

Tour Supported by Soz Sozconcerts

The tour will feature two great festivals: Desertfest Belgium and Keep it Low Festival!

Tour Dates:
11.10.2016 IT Pescara-Scumm
12.10.2016 IT Viterbo-Secret Show
13.10.2016 IT Ravenna-Bronson
14.10.2016 IT Treviso tba
15.10.2016 IT Lago di Como tba
16.10.2016 BE Antwerp-Desert Fest Belgium
17.10.2016 DE Lichetenfeld-Paunchy Cats
18.10.2016 CH St Gallen-Rumpeltum
19.10.2016 AT Wien-Das Bach
20.10.2016 CH Basel-Hirschneck
21.10.2016 CH Luzern-Bruch Bros
22.10.2016 DE Munich-Keep It Low
23.10.2016 AT Feldkirch-Graf Hugo
24.10.2016 AT Salzburg-Rockhouse
25.10.2016 DE Dresden-Tba
26.10.2016 DE Berlin-Urban Spree
27.10.2016 DE Leipzieg-Liwi
28.10.2016 CH Olten-Coq D’Or
29.10.2016 IT Parma-Mu/HPS Fest 3

DUEL is heavy psychedelic stoner doom metal from Austin, Texas. Hugely influenced by the darker sounds of early 70’s Proto-metal. Features two ex Scorpion Child (Nuclear Blast)members. Their sound is menacing and brutally old school. Total purists, their tunes cut right to the bone with heavy, deep groove and blistering tone. Tough and Loud! Hard rock as it should be!

Poster artwork by SoloMacello

Duel, Fears of the Dead (2016)

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Wo Fat Welcome New Bassist Zack Busby

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 4th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

As just about anyone who’s ever experienced Wo Fat‘s live show or heard their recorded output — most recently represented in this year’s Midnight Cometh (review here), their first album for Ripple Music and sixth overall — handling low end for the Dallas trio is no minor task. It’s an integral part of what they do, in true power trio form — all elements necessary. With that in mind, I don’t imagine that finding someone to take the spot of Tim Wilson was an easy task for guitarist/vocalist Kent Stump or drummer/vocalist Michael Walter. That makes the announcement of Zack Busby (Burden Brothers, Descender) all the more intriguing in terms of what he might be able to bring to the group’s exploratory dynamic.

We’ll find out in time. Wo Fat play the Psycho Roadshow on Aug. 20 in Austin, TX, with The Cosmic Dead, Acid Witch, Mala Suerte and many others, so that’ll probably be a good place to start. Beyond that, one doubts it’ll be too long before they hit the road again, since I don’t think at this point they’d be inclined to bring in a new player who couldn’t tour. This may turn out to be an opportunity for them to up the amount of time they spend on that. Again, it’ll be a little bit before we know either way.

In any case, good luck to Busby and continued success to the band, whose reach only seems to be expanding these days toward the forefront of American heavy rock:

wo fat

Wo Fat Announces New Bass Player

Wo Fat are without a doubt regarded as one of the leading forces in riff-heavy stoner rock. With a sound that pulls from straight up blues and swamp boogie, as much as the classic riffing of Black Sabbath, Wo Fat’s Ripple Music debut, “Midnight Cometh” ranks as their most critically praised album ever. Having separated with their long-term bass player, Wo Fat engaged the services of Ryan Lee, from Crypt Trip, who ruled on bass duties for the band’s recent European tour. But still, a full-time anchor on bass had to be found.

Now the wait is over.

Wo Fat are thrilled to announce the introduction of another master of the low end to the mighty Wo Fat family.

Kent Stump says, “We would like wish a warm, rock and roll welcome to Zack Busby – the new bass player of Wo Fat. Zack is a road-hardened, veteran Rock and Roller of the Dallas heavy music scene who has stepped in to fill some heavy shoes, and has kicked some ass in so doing. We’re thrilled to have Zack laying down the low end for us and you can check him out at our upcoming shows.”

Look for Wo Fat to hit the road for Psycho Roadshow and other special dates, as well as frequent shows in their hometown of Dallas, Texas. Meanwhile, Wo Fat and Ripple Music are working on a couple special Wo Fat projects, including a split 7″ with label-mates, Mothership, and a re-issue of the limited Wo Fat “Live At Freak Valley,” LP that the band self-released, this time complete with a bonus 10″ of more head-swirling live jams.

And more Wo Fat is to come. Stay tuned. The rock goes on!

Wo Fat, Midnight Cometh (2016)

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Doomstress Announce “Wicked Summer” Midwestern Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 27th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

It was little more than a week ago that Houston dark heavy rockers Doomstress announced their forthcoming Wicked Woman single, to be released as a 7″ vinyl in time for their upcoming tour. There were a few shows announced at the time for that stint, including the Tennessean Sludge Fest, where Doomstress will headline along with Place of Skulls and Shroud Eater, among many others playing, but the rest of the tour has completely solidified with a Chicago venue just added for Sept. 3. Nice to get these things nailed down.

They’ll be traveling with Venomin JamesJoe Fortunato — apparently now also in Ancient VVisdom — on second guitar and continue to record new material as they go. Doesn’t look like the 7″ will be done in time to hit the road with the band, but something tells me this won’t be the last tour they announce. Call it a hunch.

From the PR wire:


DOOMSTRESS – Wicked Summer Midwest Tour


DOOMSTRESS hits the road for a series of dates around the midwest US as well as continuing recording new material at Supernatural Sound in the Cleveland, OH area.

DOOMSTRESS will consist of the recording lineup of:

Doomstress Alexis – bass & vocals
Brandon Johnson – lead guitar & backing vocals
Tomasz Scull – drums

and also on 2nd guitar:
Joe Fortunato – of Venomin James, Sparrowmilk and the new bassist for Ancient VVisdom!

8/18 – Indianapolis, IN @ 5th Quarter Lounge (w/ Archarus, Spirit Division & Ice Howl)
8/19 – Murfreesboro, TN @ Tennessean Sludge Fest (Place of Skulls, Shroud Eater, Order of the Owl, Flummox, Black Tar Prophet, Crawl & more!)
8/20 – Chattanooga, TN @ Ziggy’s Underground
8/21 – Louisville, KY @ Highlands Tap Room Grill
8/25 – Cleveland, OH @ The Foundry Concert Club (w/ The Great Iron Snake and Toro Blanco)
9/2 – Milwaukee, WS @ The Metal Grill
9/3 – Chicago, IL @ Township (w/ Fox 45 & Black Road)

**of Special note:
The “Supernatural Kvlt Sounds” ep was limited to only 150 CDs of which 1/3 are already gone! This ep and the upcoming “Wicked Woman” very limited edition 7″ single from DHU Records (due sometime this Fall) will be the only available recordings for our remake of Coven’s “Wicked Woman”!

Doomstress, Supernatural Kvlt Sounds (2016)

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Heavy Glow Reissue Pearls and Swine and Everything Fine on Kozmik Artifactz

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 21st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

As noted earlier this year, Austin rockers Heavy Glow signed to respected German imprint Kozmik Artifactz for the release of their next album. I’m not sure on the status of that next outing, but before they get there, they’ve just reissued their 2014 sophomore outing, Pearls and Swine and Everything Fine (review here), with the label’s usual deluxe, limited edition vinyl treatment. It’s available now and comes either in black or black and orange marble with a matte gatefold cover. Pretty snazzy, and if you’ve heard the record before you already know it has hooks to match.

From the PR wire:

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Heavy Glow’s 2nd Album Re-Released!

Heavy Glow’s “Pearls & Swine and Everything Fine” re-released through Kozmik Artifactz (Germany.)

A message from our label in Germany announcing the re-release of our 2014 album “Pearls & Swine and Everything Fine” on very special edition colored 180 gram vinyl, with new artwork, full lyrics, new photos, and gatefold packaging:

Heavy Glow from Austin, Texas are a classic rock trio and they deliver their rock with a fresh and modern vibe. Heavy Glow constructs “Pearls & Swine” on a foundation of fuzz-fueled hard rock, appointed with psychedelically-tinted blues and beautifully textured washes of Motown/Memphis soul. Simultaneously, a punkish verve cattle prods the retro rock vibe squarely into right now.

“Pearls & Swine and Everything Fine” features Joe’s exquisite bass runs while Jared plugs his guitar into rock’s heavy history with nods to Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, and Tony Iommi. At the same time, melodic pop subtlety underpins the album’s heaviest chord stomp moments; witness the swinging soul delicacy of “Fat Cat.”

It’s all welded together by Jared’s totally now perspective, his innate ability to focus his love of rock/soul/psychedelia through a contemporary lens to create Heavy Glow’s modern classicism. Heavy and melodic, raucous & guitar-driven: That’s Heavy Glow!

Vocals/Guitar – Jared Mullins
Bass – Joe Brooks
Drums – St. Judas

Available as CD & limited vinyl

– 166x black marbled orange (exclusive mailorder edition, handnumbered)
– 150x black
– plated & pressed on high performance vinyl in Germany
– matte laquered 300gsm gatefold cover
– special vinyl mastering

A1. 45 Shakedown
A2. Look What You’re Doing To Me
A3. Mine All Mine
A4. Fat Cat
A5. Love Ghost

B1. Domino (Black Flowers)
B2. Hello September (Goodbye April)
B3. Got My Eye On You
B4. Nerve Endings
B5. Headhunter

Heavy Glow, Pearls and Swine and Everything Fine (2014)

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Doomstress Announce Wicked Woman Limited 7″ Single

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 18th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster


Houston dark heavy rockers Doomstress have hooked up with DHU Records to release a new limited single called Wicked Woman. The cover art, by the renowned David Paul Seymour, is NSFW — aside from being generally sick of littering this site with cartoon tits and of heavy rock’s over-usage of them in general, I have a job now where that kind of thing matters — but can be viewed by clicking the cropped header above. Spoiler: there are cartoon tits involved.

No audio yet from the single, but the lead track is a cover of Coven‘s “Wicked Woman” from 1969’s Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls, and Doomstress made their debut earlier this year with the two-songer Supernatural Kvlt Sounds (video premiere here), from which the track “Way of the Mountain” — featured on the Wicked Woman 7″ — also comes.

The total number pressed is 250, and that’s split between red-and-black splatter and purple-and-orange splatter versions, both of which look awesome and ideally will be back from the plant before Doomstress head out on tour in the Midwest and East Coast. They’re due to make a stop at Tennesseean Sludge Fest on Aug. 19 and will reportedly have more dates added around that. I’ll post when I hear about them.

Till then, here’s the info on the new single:

DOOMSTRESS has signed with DHU Records for a 7″ vinyl release of :
“Way of the Mountain” / “Wicked Woman” single
Original artwork by David Paul Seymour
Cover concept by Doomstress Alexis

Limited to 250 copies:
150 Red with Black splatter-band edition)
100 Purple with Orange splatter-DHU exclusive
Scheduled for release in late summer
(hopefully in time for our #WickedSummerTour )

Doomstress, featuring members of Project Armageddon, Sparrowmilk & Venomin James, will be touring the midwest/northeast US over the summer to support their debut. Among their stops will be The Tennessean Sludge Fest! More dates and info tba

8/18-Indianapolis,IN-5th Quarter Lounge
8/19–Murfreesboro,TN-TN Sludge Fest
8/21-Louisville,KY-The Tap Room

Doomstress, Supernatural Kvlt Sounds (2016)

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