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:

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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…

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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

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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:

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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

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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:

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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!

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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:

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DOOMSTRESS – Wicked Summer Midwest Tour

#WickedSummerTour

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”!

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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

VINYL FACTZ
– 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

TRACKS
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

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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

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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

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Doomstress, Supernatural Kvlt Sounds (2016)

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Stone Machine Electric, Sollicitus es Veritatem: Inside the Nightmare

Posted in Reviews on July 8th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Stone Machine Electric Sollicitus Es Veritatem

One of the most impressive aspects of Sollicitus es Veritatem is that it is so grounded in its theme while being so open and spaced out musically. It’s the self-released second full-length from Texas heavy jam duo Stone Machine ElectricWilliam “Dub” Irvin on guitar/vocals, Mark Kitchens on drums/theremin — and in relatively impressionistic fashion, its five increasingly extended tracks take on the current political climate with predictive fervor and a healthy sense of dread. They’re not running down poll results by any means, but the interpretation of the album’s cover, its rat in a red tie, and Dub‘s gravely repetitions of “I really wish I was dreaming” in second cut “Dreaming” (10:17) both make the message pretty clear.

That’s an aspect of their approach that has developed in the three years since their 2013 self-titled debut (review here), though looking back there were certainly real-world elements at play there, as well as in the 2015 The Amazing Terror EP (review here) that arrived at the start of primary season to set the table for this album, the Latin title of which translates to “Nightmares are Reality.” They may well be, but Stone Machine Electric meet them head on with languid roll, heavy tones and an underlying cohesion to their jams. Recorded by Wo Fat guitarist/vocalist Kent Stump at Crystal Clear Sound in Dallas, the groove at times bears some resemblance to Stump‘s own outfit, but Sollicitus es Veritatem goes far, far out when it goes, and from the quiet, creeping three-minute start of opener “I am Fire” (7:08), the flow that Dub and Kitchens conjure is almost entirely their own, a darkened and spacious vision of psychedelic jamming and heavy blues melded together in seemingly amorphous shapes.

Together, the five tracks total 57 minutes, so Sollicitus es Veritatem is a substantial commitment in the listening if you’re going front to back, but the individual pieces that make it up sort of blur the lines one into the next and that makes the journey more fluid. That’s not to say that “I am Fire,” which is arguably the most straightforward-feeling of the inclusions even with that intro, doesn’t stand well on its own, just that while too long to fit on a single LP, the CD version of Sollicitus es Veritatem benefits from the smooth and linear progression of its component parts. In addition to leading the listener into the band’s world via cymbal wash, drone atmospherics, and guitar minimalism, “I am Fire” offers a declarative hook in its title line, and in light of the apparent thematic intention one has to wonder just who the speaker in the song might be.

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A chugging riff keeps the second half earthbound, but already Stone Machine Electric have set a focus on ambience, and the rest of the material — including the slight-return-style complementary closer, “I am Fire (Slightly Burned)” (6:57) — continues to build on that, beginning with “Dreaming,” which picks up from the end of “I am Fire” with exploratory guitar feeling its way through the surrounding emptiness. Around two minutes in, after Kitchens has joined, the riff solidifies and the verse starts with Dub working quick to deliver dire warnings — not directly political in a naming-names sense, but applicable nonetheless — before a first chorus and quick trip solo that’s a precursor for the extended instrumental jam to come, brought back around to the chorus at the end for a satisfying bookend effect.

In centerpiece “PorR” (14:25) and the subsequent “Demons” (18:46), Stone Machine Electric get to the thick of Sollicitus es Veritatem‘s jam-room vibe, though layering would seem to be an essential part, obscure volume swells and noises in the background — could be theremin with effects, I suppose — an essential part in the quiet open of “PorR,” the main progression of which is a rolling guitar figure that kicks in loud in a manner with which I’ll admit some personal association I can’t quite shake, but serves as the foundation for the album’s most resonant jam, Dub pulling back on his gruff vocal delivery for a more melodic take well suited to the creeper vibe. Though it ultimately has enough room to cover its wide swath, “Demons” is more progressive at its heart, dooming out on either side of a long middle stretch of jazzy shuffle that starts after “Moonchild”-style noise past the seven-minute mark and eases into a long and welcome airy solo topping a steady rhythm.

Guitar and vocals harmonize together past 14 minutes in, and from there the riff re-thickens, diminishes, and returns with YOB-esque push toward the fadeout, giving the album a fitting apex before “I am Fire (Slightly Burned)” begins its cymbal washes recalling the opener. The lyrics are different and the instrumental approach is different — definitely some theremin — almost like Dub and Kitchens took the basic instrumental foundation they had put down for “I am Fire” and built it out in another way. A studio experiment, maybe, but its weirdo vibe is right at home on Sollicitus es Veritatem, and its raucous, noisy and swirling crescendo not only serves as an epilogue post-“Demons” but a manifestation of the otherworldly nightmarish realization Stone Machine Electric would seem to have been moving toward all along. I’ve been a fan of the band since I first heard their demo in 2010 (review here), and though they’ve walked a difficult, sometimes rough path between trying out third members and so on, their second full-length brings a sound and vibe that suits them remarkably well and, as a fan, I can only hope they continue to move forward in this direction.

Stone Machine Electric, Sollicitus es Veritatem (2016)

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The Well Announce New LP Pagan Science out Oct. 14

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 29th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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There hasn’t been any kind of official announcement from the PR wire about it, but savvy social media types that they are, both The Well and RidingEasy Records have been dropping hints about the former’s follow-up to 2014’s most excellent debut, Samsara (review here). The most solid word from the label has come down to confirm the title of the Austin, Texas, trio’s second outing as Pagan Science and an Oct. 14 release date. Preorder info, reportedly, is coming soon.

The Well — bassist/vocalist Lisa Alley, guitarist/vocalist Ian Graham and drummer Jason Sullivan — toured hard behind Samsara, so it seems reasonable to expect that Pagan Science will benefit from that. Like its predecessor, Pagan Science seems to have been tracked at Ohm Recording Studio in Austin, though if it was Mark Deutrom (also of Bellringer) once again at the helm as producer and Chico Jones engineering — the team that handled Samsara — I don’t know for sure. Doesn’t seem unlikely, considering how well that album captured the band’s live sound.

Doesn’t seem at all unlikely either that they’ll hit the road hard once again either before, after or during the release of Pagan Science, but The Well also recently had a song feature as the opening theme of Ride with Norman Reedus, starring the titular actor best known at this point for his role as Dale on The Walking Dead. That’s not likely to hurt exposure-wise either, especially leading into a new record.

RidingEasy‘s announcement was short and to the point. Will keep you posted when I hear more about a firm release date, tour in the US or abroad, or any of that other good stuff.

For now, here’s what the label had to say and the Samsara stream if you’d like a refresher:

[UPDATE 6/30: The PR wire sent the album art as well. It follows here.]

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Stay tuned for @thewellband pre-sale info on the new album “Pagan Science” out worldwide October 14th. Are you ready for some new Jams?

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The Well, Samsara (2014)

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