Doomstress Southeastern Tour Starts This Week; Playing Slaughter Que and More

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 17th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

doomstress

As you can see on the list of dates below, it’s a well-tagged tour upon which Doomstress will embark later this week, heading out from their home in Houston, Texas, in order to make a stop in Atlanta for the Slaughter Que festival, where they’ll join the very metal likes of Exhorder, Exodus, Kataklysm, Krisiun and copious others whose names either do or don’t begin with the letters ‘e’ and ‘k.’ I believe that in itself is enough to qualify as “metal AF” in social media parlance, but it’s not at all the only show Domstress have lined up, as they’ll make two stops in Louisiana beforehand and hit North Carolina, Florida and Mississippi before they’re done.

Over the last couple years, Doomstress have mastered this method of getting out for a week or so and carving up the US by region, hitting this or that part of the country on kind of a longform overarching tour. All the better for them to do so now that they have their 2019 debut album, Sleep Among the Dead (review here), out on Ripple Music and DHU Records to support.

You’ve heard it, I know, but you can stream the album at the bottom of this post just in case, and tell your friends to go see Doomstress even if you’re not somewhere they’ll be. You have friends everywhere, even if you don’t know it.

Dates follow:

doomstress coastal slaughter tour

Texas metal rockers Doomstress just back from 2 recent northern tours based around Ohio Doomed & Stoned Fest (Canton, OH) and Ancient Futures Fest (Madison, WI) prepare to embark on a southeastern run to play Slaughter-Que Fest in Atlanta, GA on September 21st w/ Exodus, Kataklysm, Battlecross, Exhorder, Hatchet and many more!

Doomstress returns to Atlanta GA September 21st for SlaughterQue Fest at Masquerade ATL.

Doomstress recently released their debut full length record “Sleep Among the Dead” in May on Ripple Music and DHU Records.

9/19 Lafayette LA @freetown_boomboomroom w/@sexlord_band_official & @high_horse_band
9/20 New Orleans LA @goatneworleans w/@nolapious & #Smoke
9/21 Atlanta GA @masquerade_atl #SlaughterQue Fest w/@exodusbandofficial @exhordernola @kataklysmband @battlecrossmetal @hatchet_official @krisiun & more
9/23 Raleigh NC @slims_tagrams w/@kultikon & @doomsday_profit
9/26 Jacksonville FL @jackrabbitslive w/@luna_cruise_music & #deadscrolls
9/27 Tampa FL @brassmugnights w/@beerwolfsucks &
9/28 Hattiesburg MS @ #MoMos w/#AstroTrain & #WitchDance

Doomstress is:
Doomstress Alexis – Bass/Vocals
Brandon Johnson – Guitar
Matt Taylor – Guitar
Tomasz Scull – Drums

www.doomstress.com
www.doomstress.bandcamp.com
www.doomstress.bigcartel.com
https://www.facebook.com/DoomstressBand/
instagram.com/Doomstress_band
www.darkhedonisticunion.bigcartel.com
https://www.facebook.com/DHURecords/
https://www.facebook.com/theripplemusic/
https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/
http://www.ripple-music.com/

Doomstress, Sleep Among the Dead (2019)

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Monte Luna Announce European Tour; “Man of Glass” Video Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 12th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

monte luna

Austin duo Monte Luna are getting closer to the Oct. 4 release for their new album, Drowners Wives, which will be out through Argonauta Records, and as they wrap up a couple live dates this week alongside Serial Hawk — who also have a new LP out — they’ve just announced a run to Europe that will begin next month and go into November. The tour will begin after the album is out, so that’ll give them something to promote, and even as they get ready to go, they add further intrigue to the impending by unveiling a new video for “Man of Glass.” Like the prior-posted “The Water Hag” it’s on the shorter side of the spectrum, but still gives a sense of what it’s all about, which is to say, riffs and murder at Stonehenge. So, yeah, right on.

I haven’t heard the album yet or I’d probably be talking about it right now, but what I’ve heard so far bodes well, and Monte Luna are putting their time in on the road in such a way that makes me think they have designs well outside their hometown — though given their hometown, that’s plenty in itself — over the longer term. More power to them. Go forth and sell shirts, young men.

Here’s where they’ll be, and that new video:

monte luna euro tour

Our European tour has been announced! We head across the pond in October!

Your eyes are dazed and heavy.

Upcoming Monte Luna Tour Dates
September 13 – Atlanta Georgia – 529 *
September 14 – Raleigh North Carolina – Slims Downtown *
* w/ Serial Hawk

Monte Luna European Tour 2019:
25.10.19 Italy, Turin
26.10.19 Italy, Lecco
29.10.19 France, Volmerange-Les-Mines
30.10.19 Belgium, Antwerpen
31.10.19 Belgium, Gent
01.11.19 Netherlands, Zwolle
02.11.19 Germany, Koblenz
03.11.19 Germany, Bremen
05.11.19 Denmark, Copenaghen
06.11.19 Denmark, Aalborg
09.11.19 Sweden, Stockholm
10.11.19 Sweden, Gothenburg
12.11.19 Germany, Dresden
13.11.19 Germany, Munich
14.11.19 Switzerland, Le Chaux du Fonds
15.11.19 Italy, Pavia
16.11.19 Italy, Vigone

“Drowners’ Wives”
Release date October 4th, 2019
ORDERS:
http://bit.ly/DrownersWives (CD & LP)
https://ingroov.es/drowners-wives (DIGITAL)

Monte Luna is:
James Cl
Philip Hook

www.facebook.com/pg/MonteLuna666
www.monteluna666.bandcamp.com
https://www.instagram.com/monte_luna_tx/
www.argonautarecords.com

Monte Luna, “Man of Glass” official video

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Cortége to Release Capricorn Later This Month; Track Streaming Now

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 9th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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What seems like a pretty straight-ahead take on Earth‘s drone rock circa HEX: Or Printing in the Infernal Method takes a turn as Austin, Texas, duo Cortége make their way deeper into “Horizons,” the lead streaming track from their upcoming debut album, Capricorn. Synth and bells and who the hell knows what else take hold in a more amorphous-feeling setting, less ‘of place’ than ‘formerly of place,’ and thus all the more ethereal. It’s an enticing lead-in for the album — though it’s not the opener — which will see issue on Sept. 27 as the two-piece of Mike Swarbrick and Adrian Voorhies self-release on CD and LP to coincide with a yet-unannounced East Coast tour that, presumably, will take them into Canada as well. Side note: the album is dedicated to the rhythm section from The Who. Curious as to why.

Either way, you know how I go on all the time about how there are all different kinds of heavy and something doesn’t necessarily need to be loud or aggressive to bear a feeling of weight? Well here you go.

From the PR wire:

Cortege Capricorn

Austin, TX’s Cortége Brings Post-Western Doom/Drone on Forthcoming Debut Album ‘Capricorn’

Post-Western Doom/Drone Duo Cortége will release debut album Capricorn on September 27 on CD and vinyl LP. Members Mike Swarbick and Adrian Voorhies (ex-Canyon of the Skull, ex-Humut Tabal) create a listening experience that is at once heavy, experimental, and utterly cinematic, a primary feature thereof the captivate tones of tubular bells, as well as Roland string synthesizer, Moog Taurus synthesizer, and waterphone.

Exploring the wide dynamic between the two players,Capricorn is a monster work and the most musically varied recording to date. Although keeping the traditional instrumental theme throughout, the album explores the story of a misguided and waylaid explorer of space and his experiences in a foreign world. Complete with a fully illustrated comic book insert to help listeners along in the story and an accompanying music video directed by Lake Travis Film Festival founder and director Kat Albert, the record takes the band’s deepest influences to a wide and poignant actualization.

Now with their first international dates booked and an sprawling East Coast tour scheduled in support of Capricorn for the late Fall, the band readies themselves to cover more ground than ever before.

The vinyl LP version of Capricorn features beautiful transparent white vinyl, and includes a comic book by Dan Marschner detailing the story and concept of the album via gorgeous illustrations inspired by sci-fi pop art of decades past.

Cortége will hit the stage for a CD release show on September 27 at Skull Mechanix Brewing in Austin, TX with Sheverb and Bridge Farmer, which will include the live premiere of an official video directed by Kat Albert (Lake Travis Film Festival).

Pre-order Capricorn: cortege.bandcamp.com/album/capricorn-2

FFO: Earth, Hawkwind, Bell Witch, Ennio Morricone, King Crimson

Track Listing

1. Aurora
2. The Watch
3. Occultation
4. Horizons
5. Capricorn

Album Credits:
Produced by Cortége
Engineered by Kevin Sparks III in Austin, Texas
Mastered by Margaret Luthar at Chicago Mastering Service
Photography & Layout by Thomas Blom
Additional artwork by Jim Webb
This record is dedicated to John Entwistle & Keith Moon

Cortége plays Serek basses and Sonor drums

Cortége is:
Mike Swarbrick – Bass Guitar, Synthesizers, Percussion & Tape Delay
Adrian Voorhies (ex Canyon of the Skull, ex Humut Tabal) – Drums

cortege.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/cortegeatx/
instagram.com/cortegeatx/

Cortége, Capricorn (2019)

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Red Beard Wall & Thunderchief Announce Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 5th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

red beard wall thunderchief tour banner

Gotta figure two one-man bands traveling together cuts down on costs, if nothing else. Plenty of room in a 13-passenger van, even with gear, when it’s just two dudes. I’m not sure, however, that it is just two dudes, as I know Texas’ Red Beard Wall and Virginia’s Thunderchief have both used live drummers in the past, so maybe upwards of… four… people involved between the two groups, such as they are? Still seems like a pretty efficient trip to me.

Thunderchief — aka Rik Surly and sometimes Erik Larson — have a couple singles out as of last year, while Red Beard Wall — aka Aaron Wall and sometimes George Trujillo — released the full-length The Fight Needs Us All earlier this year on Argonauta Records. Rest assured, whether it’s them alone or not, whatever the shows lack in personnel, they’ll make up in volume. Neither act is fucking around when it comes to that.

Dates and info from the PR wire:

red beard wall thunderchief tour

Red Beard Wall & Thunderchief Tour Dates

Thunderchief teams up with Red Beard Wall for one of 2019’s most anticipated tours! Sacrament of the Ninth Order Tour 2019!

This super-heavy doom/sludge hybrid tour begins October 17 in Dallas, TX, wrapping up in the Mecca of Doom, Frederick, MD, on Nov. 2, 2019. This pair of ultra-heavy sonic titans are quite unique, as they are both one-man bands, with walls of amps and NO drum machines!

Thunderchief, of Richmond, VA, will be performing their crushing new upcoming album in its entirety, and Red Beard Wall, of Lubbock, TX (Argonauta Records), will be belting out melodic heaviness from their current European release, The Fight Needs Us All.

Both bands have been seen opening for Eyehategod, Weedeater, Backwoods Payback, Shadow Witch, among many others, and this tour is not slacking on killer regional touring bands!

Oct. 17 Dallas TX Tradewinds Social Club
Oct. 18 Austin TX Dozen Street
Oct. 19 San Antonio TX Faust Tavern
Oct. 20 Lafayette LA Freetown Boom Boom Room
Oct. 21 New Orleans LA Poor Boys
Oct. 23 Birmingham AL Upsidedown Plaza
Oct. 24 Raleigh NC Slim’s
Oct. 25 Wilmington NC Reggie’s
Oct. 26 Asheville NC Static Age
Oct. 27 Nashville TN Betty’s Grill
Oct. 28 Louisville KY Highlands Tap Room
Oct. 29 Youngstown OH Westside Bowl
Oct. 30 Canton OH Buzz Bin
Nov. 1 Kingston NY The Anchor
Nov. 2 Frederick MD Guido’s

https://www.facebook.com/redbeardwall/
https://redbeardwall.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/thethunderchief
https://thethunderchief.bandcamp.com/

Red Beard Wall, The Fight Needs Us All (2019)

Thunderchief, “Stone House”

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Texas Jam Revival Announces Lineup with Black Tusk, Wo Fat, Forming the Void and More

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 6th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

texas jam revival 2019 banner

Austin, Texas, is of course no stranger to hosting festival-type atmospherics. It’s the home to SXSW and Levitation Fest, among others. The first-ever Texas Jam Revival isn’t shooting for operating on the same scale — at least not in its first year — but its all-dayer bill for Sept. 6 is righteous nonetheless, with the likes of TemptressElectric AgeHexxusCloak and Mountain of Smoke supporting Forming the VoidWo Fat and Black Tusk as a kind of triple-shot of headliner-worthy acts. I’m not sure if this is still the case, but as I recall, Forming the Void were going to hit the studio in September to record their fourth long-player, so this may well be one of the last shows they play before they do that. Go see them. Go early and see everybody. This is the kind of fest that’s done out of pure love, so if you’re in Austin, make it happen. I haven’t been down that way in a long time, but it was always worth the trip when I went.

Poster and show info follow, courtesy of Thee Facebooks:

texas jam revival 2019 poster

I am so excited to introduce the first annual TEXAS JAM REVIVAL!

This year’s show is at Barracuda Austin and features:

Black Tusk
Wo Fat
Forming the Void
Mountain of Smoke (featuring Kyle Shutt of The Sword)
CLOAK
Hexxus
Electric Age
Temptress

T-shirts and silk-screen posters (featuring Daniel Augustus Marschner art) will be on sale at the show for $20 and $15 respectively, but you can get a sweetheart deal if you buy the ticket/merch combo when you buy your tickets at the Ticket Fairy link in this event.

$22 pre-sale ticket only
(fees included on all pre-sales)

$33 pre-sale ticket + shirt (ex.$45 day of show) SAVE $12 on this combo

$44 pre-sale ticket + shirt+ silkscreen poster
(ex. $60 day of show)
SAVE $16 on this combo

(Take your ticket to the TJR merchandise table for your t-shirt and/or poster)

$25 day of show

https://www.facebook.com/GRAVITOYDpresents/
https://www.facebook.com/events/472239823539755

Wo Fat, Midnight Cometh (2016)

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The Well Announce October East Coast Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 5th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

the well

So am I crazy, or are The Well playing Tulsa, Oklahoma, two nights after they play in Helsinki, Finland? I mean, that’s not an impossible scenario, by any means — it’s enough time to travel from one place to the other — but as the Austin, Texas-based three-piece get ready to embark on a Fall tour supporting their earlier-2019 offering, Death and Consolation (review here), it’s barely enough time for them to get their luggage from the baggage claim. I know there’s a day in between there, but still, that’s pretty tight. All the more so if they’re flying into Austin to get their gear and then driving north to play that Tulsa gig. And then they’ve got like 20 shows in a row! Clearly not a band big on doing themselves favors.

But hey, if you weren’t soul-obliteratingly tired afterward, would it really be rock and roll?

(Yes.)

If none of the three of them is yet writing their book about being on the road, I can only consider that an oversight. Hey, The Well. If you wanna do a tour diary, hit me up. I’d run that shit in a heartbeat. Also, your record rules.

Here’s info from the PR wire:

the well poster

The Well announce new tour dates in support of new album Death and Consolation

Austin trio extend North American dates; first time in Puerto Rico

Austin trio The Well announce additional tour dates in support of their beloved new album, Death and Consolation (RidingEasy Records) today. The band has spent much of the year on tour, and here continue the trek through into November. Please see all dates below.

Death and Consolation is without a doubt a weighty album title. And, The Well is among the heaviest heavy psych bands in existence. So when we say that there’s even more darkness and intensity to the band’s third album than previous efforts, take heed. It’s a deep sea diving bell of enveloping heaviness and longing.

“This one is a little more personal,” says guitarist/vocalist Ian Graham. “2018 was a strange, dark year. A lot of change going on in my life, there was a lot of depression and coming out of it over the last year. I wanted to call this Death and Consolation, because in life that’s a constant.”

Death and Consolation is available on LP, CD and download as of April 26th, 2019 via RidingEasy Records. Orders are available HERE.

THE WELL TOUR 2019:
09/13 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
10/10 – Helsinki, FI – Blow Up Festival
10/12 – Tulsa, OK – Mercury Lounge
10/13 – Lawrence, KS – Replay Lounge
10/14 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
10/15 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
10/16 – Chicago, IL – Live Wire
10/17 – Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
10/18 – Toronto, ON – Grand Gerrand
10/19 – Ottawa, ON – House of Targ
10/20 – Montreal, QC – Katacombs
10/21 – Winooski, VT – Monkey House
10/22 – Rochester, NY – Bug Bar
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus *
10/24 – Philadelphia, PA – Barbary *
10/25 – Baltimore, MD – The Depot
10/26 – Richmond, VA – Wonderland
10/27 – Raleigh, NC – Slim’s
10/28 – Atlanta, GA – 529
10/29 – Gainesville, FL – Hardback Cafe
10/30 – St Petersburg, FL – The Bends
11/01 – Puerto Rico – Club 77
11/02 – Jacksonville, FL – Justice Pub
11/09 – Austin, TX – Levitation Festival
* w/ Heavy Temple

http://www.facebook.com/thewellband
http://thewellaustin.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ridingeasyrecords/
http://www.ridingeasyrecs.com/

The Well, Death and Consolation (2019)

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The Obelisk Presents: Heavy Mash 2019, Oct. 19 in Arlington, TX

Posted in The Obelisk Presents on July 23rd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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With another killer lineup of (mostly) Texan acts, Heavy Mash Fest returns with Heavy Mash 2019 this Oct. 19 at Division Brewing in Arlington, TX. This is the third year of the fest and I’m proud to have presented all three of them, as the reach has grown and the palette continues to expand even as the focus stays on the Lone Star underground, which, fortunately, seems to have an endless array of groups from which to build a lineup. This year, Louisiana’s Forming the Void join the fray, and The Liquid Sound Company — featuring guitarist John Perez of Solitude Aeturnus — will headline, with Destroyer of Light, Funeral Horse and others taking part. Whether you’ve yet been indoctrinated into Smokey Mirror‘s good-time blues psych or not, you’re probably going to want to get in on this one before the rest of Texas shows up and it sells out. It’s gonna be a good show.

Here’s all the info for it, as posted by the fest itself:

HEAVY MASH 2019 POSTER

Heavy Mash 2019

Arlington, TX Heavy Music Festival

In conjunction with Division Brewing in Arlington, TX, we are pleased to announce the 3rd year of this small fest presented by Growl Records, The Obelisk, The Sludgelord, Artificial Head Records, and Death Chicken! It will be held at Division Brewing in Arlington, TX on October 19th from 2pm to midnight-ish. In past years we’ve seen Wo Fat, Duel, Great Electric Quest, Doomstress, Mountain of Smoke, Stone Machine Electric, and many others slay our stage. Below is our full line-up, starting with the headlining act:

The Liquid Sound Company – a psychedelic band formed by doom veteran John Perez in 1996 from Arlington, TX

Destroyer of Light – a melodic doom metal band that pushes those boundaries from Austin, TX

Forming the Void – progressive heavy rock from Lafayette, La

Vorvon – wizard metal from Fort Worth, TX

Funeral Horse – garage metal from Houston, TX

Whep – punk sludge from Denton, TX

Smokey Mirror – heavy psych blues from Dallas, TX

The Grasshopper Lies Heavy – post-metal from San Antonio, TX

Sonar Lights – heavy rock from Fort Worth, TX

C.I. – Instrumental rock for crankhead alcoholic camo-jort-wearing deadbeat dads from White Settlement, TX

For any comments or questions, please contact us at heavymashfest@gmail.com. If you’re in a band, feel free to submit yourselves for next year and beyond.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2030272317279798/
https://www.facebook.com/heavymash/
https://www.instagram.com/heavymashfest/

Liquid Sound Company, “Sleeping Village”

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Monte Luna Stream “The Water Hag”; Drowners Wives out Oct. 4

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 17th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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So I’m sitting by myself in my living room, and I start playing the new Monte Luna track through the bluetooth speaker just now to check it out for the first time. My honest, out-loud reaction when the riff kicked in? “Holy Jesus.” Said it out loud. No one’s even home. I’m here by myself. This shit is fucking heavy. I dug the long-form vibes of Monte Luna‘s 2017 self-titled debut (review here), but if they can distill this kind of heft into shorter pieces and add more variety to the album overall through that? Then they’re gonna be on a different level of execution real quick. And “The Water Hag” bodes remarkably well in that regard. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the record.

Drowners Wives is out Oct. 4 on Argonauta Records. Write down the date so you remember it.

Here’s PR wire info:

monte luna drowners wives

AUSTIN’s DOOM HEAVYWEIGHTS MONTE LUNA REVEAL ALBUM DETAILS + FIRST SINGLE!

Drowners Wives coming this October on Argonauta Records!

Austin-based, atmospheric doom duo and the brainchild of James Cl and Philip Hook, Monte Luna, have finally revealed the first details about their sophomore studio album, set for release on October 4th with Argonauta Records! Known for their interminable long doom tracks, Drowners Wives will mark a change for the band, while Monte Luna will still keep leading you into another dimension and a challenging trip to fill your musical voids. Recorded and mixed at the Matador Studios in San Antonio Texas, with a master by Conan’s Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studios, the band just recently unveiled that the new album songs may be shorter than usual, but reaching deep into your soul with a sledge of the heavy as hell doom sounds!

Today Monte Luna are sharing with us a first single titled The Water Hag. Says the band:

“Our friend Becky Cloonan did a really cool comic book not too long ago called By Chance or Providence, that combined with our love for “The Witcher Series” is the main inspiration for the song thematically, it also loosely deals with the idea of a loved one that becomes toxic, that no longer brings you up. They begin to drag you under the weight of their insecurities and how sometimes it feels best to just stay in a relationship even though you know they are draining you. If you are someone who has a tendency to rescue people then this may speak to you on another level.”

Drowners Wives Tracklisting:
1. The Water Hag
2. The Butcher of Blaviken
3. Night of Long Fangs
4. Wild Hunt
5. Man of Glass
6. Scenes From A Marriage

Set for a release on October 4th, Drowners Wives will be available to pre-order in Vinyl, CD and Digital formats soon, watch out for many more updates and tunes to follow in the days ahead!

To shorten the wait for your heavy dose of the doom, make sure to catch Monte Luna live at the following dates this summer:

July 20 – Austin Texas – The Lost Well
July 24 – Houston Texas – Dan Electros !
July 25 – San Antonio Texas – Faust Tavern !
July 26 – Austin Texas – The Lost Well !
July 27 – Bryan Texas – Revolution Cafe !
July 28 – Galveston Texas – Symposium Brewpub !
August 3 – Arlington Texas – Division Brewing
August 16 – Indianapolis Indiana – Black Circle Brewing +
August 17 – Nashville TN – Bettys Grill +
August 18 – Louisville Kentucky – Mag Bar +
August 23 – New Orleans Louisiana – Suono Mazzi Cutting Edge Music Conference
August 24 – Lafayette Louisiana – Freetown Boom Boom Room
September 13 – Atlanta Georgia – 529 *
September 14 – Raleigh North Carolina – Slims Downtown *
* w/ Serial Hawk
+ w/ Conjurer
! w/ Rickshaw Billies Burger Patrol

Monte Luna is:
James Cl
Philip Hook

www.facebook.com/pg/MonteLuna666
www.monteluna666.bandcamp.com
https://www.instagram.com/monte_luna_tx/
www.argonautarecords.com

Monte Luna, “The Water Hag”

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