Captain Caravan Post Video for New Single “Crown”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on June 18th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Though they’re by no means playing the kind of retroist boogie rock that’s become a staple of the Scandinavian heavy underground over the course of the last 15 years, there is something traditional at the heart of Captain Caravan‘s new single, ‘Crown.’ The first audio to come from the Egersund, Norway, four-piece’s impending EP, Shun the Sun, “Crown” speaks to the pre-mobile social media style of heavy rock of the late ’90s and early ’00s, the earlier work of bands like Dozer, Spoiler from the Netherlands, or even some of Roadsaw‘s younger days. To be sure, there’s a shuffle to the rhythm of “Crown,” but in their production and tonality, Captain Caravan — not to be confused with Sweden’s Captain Crimson, despite the shared affinity for alliteration — owe as much to the post-grunge halcyon days of stoner vibes as to the foundational moments of heavy rock.

Part of that blend of influences no doubt stems from guitarist BK Saestad‘s tenure in Pawnshop, who made their debut with 1997’s Broke and released two more albums through Beard of Stars Records in 2000’s Aloha from Saturn and 2002’s Cruise’o’Matic, before an eight-year studio hiatus. After another eight years beyond that, I’m not sure it’s fair to call Captain Caravan a direct extension of what Saestad was doing with his prior band, but those elements are there all the same, and blended with what drummer Morten Skogen, bassist Geir Solli and new vocalist Johnny Olsen bring to the mix — the latter given to an especially soulful approach in his first appearance with the group — they make “Crown” just under six minutes of classically heavy groove and an unpretentious good time that speaks well of things to come as the lineup continues to solidify on the EP and beyond.

I’ll rarely pick on a new band and say they’re destined to do great things, etc., because the only thing worse than hyperbole is speculative hyperbole and for all anyone knows they could nix the entire project tomorrow, but Captain Caravan are cohesive enough in their approach to show marked potential in this single of the sort that would make it not surprising in the least if they were picked up by some label if not for the Kent Stump-masterd Shun the Sun itself, then for whatever might follow it. It’s always encouraging to hear a new band who start out so clearly having learned the lessons of their members’ own sonic past.

They hit the public domain B-roll pretty hard for the “Crown” video, which you can see below, followed by some more background about the band, their initial singles, and of course the requisite links.

Dig it:

Captain Caravan, “Crown” official video

“Crown” from the upcoming EP “Shun the Sun” is the first song featuring new singer Johnny Olsen. Music recorded by BK Sæstad in BK Studios. Mixed and Mastered by Kent Stump from Crystal Clear Sound – Recording Studio and Wo Fat fame. Video directed by Alan Smithee.

Crown is available for streaming and download on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, Google Play, Amazon, YouTube and more!

Established Spring 2015 in Egersund, Norway by Morten Skogen (drums, former Alien Ken, Antarctica), BK Saestad (guitar, former Pawnshop), Geir Solli (bass, former Antarctica) and Christian Stokkeland (vocals). Based on common musically influences from southern rock, stoner rock and classic rock, the band started writing songs resulting in the first release Life`s a Drag in 2016. Followed up by the singles A State Of Sleep and Rock Golem spring 2017.

2018 started with a lot of changes. The band parted with Christian and focused on writing new material and looking for new vocalist. After several auditions, CC contacted Johnny Olsen (former Moth Circus, Alien Ken), who Morten new from Alien Ken, where Johnny used to join on vocals occasionally. Johnny seemed to be the perfect match for CC and a new area begun!

The band is currently recording the new EP “Shun the Sun” due for release Autumn 2018, distributed on vinyl and digital. Mixed and Mastered by Kent Stump from Crystal Clear Sound – Recording Studio and Wo Fat fame, the EP will differ from earlier releases. Longer, heavier and more experimental songs, with the powerful, growling, yet melodic voice of Johnny. We are very excited to share the new music with you!

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Novembers Doom Seek New Label for Next Album in the Works

Posted in Visual Evidence on June 7th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Who’s gonna put out the next Novembers Doom record? That seems to be what the long-running Chicago death/doomers are wondering as well. The band spent the last 13 years under the banner of The End Records and remained a staple act even as the mission of that imprint changed around them. Their time on The End would result in six full-length albums between 2005 and 2017 — the latest of them last year’s Hamartia (review here), and I guess it’s just something of a surprise that whatever Novembers Doom do next — according to frontman Paul Kuhr, writing is in progress — it won’t come out through that label. Nothing lasts forever, apparently. Even record contracts.

The good news is I can’t imagine somebody — maybe somebody of a European persuasion? perhaps French? — won’t pick them up. They’ve been around for over 25 years and they’re an institution, helping as they did to pioneer death/doom as a movement in the US that continues to take influence from them to this day even if it doesn’t realize it. Would be nice to see them hook up with someone with an appreciation for their legacy. To me, it seems like a marketing no-brainer to position them as the innovators they are.

Word came through the PR wire of the search in progress:

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Free Agents NOVEMBERS DOOM Seeking New Label

U.S. Doom/Death legends NOVEMBERS DOOM are on the market and seeking a new label to continue their robust legacy. Vocalist Paul Kuhr released the following statement concern the status of the long-running, critically acclaimed quintet:

“After spending over a decade working with The End Records, NOVEMBERS DOOM have fulfilled our contractual obligations, and are now exploring options for the future of the band. We are already hard at work, creating the follow up to the 2017 release of Hamartia, and we are seeking a partnership with a label who understands the importance of the European territory. We are open to talk to anyone and everyone who has a serious offer, as we said, we are exploring all of our options, and need to make the right choice, for both us, and our future home.”

Please contact Paul@novembersdoom.com to open this conversation.

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Owl Premiere New Cassingle Awaken Jupiterian

Posted in audiObelisk on June 1st, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Oakland traditionalists Owl (also stylized Ovvl) will release their third album sometime later this year, following for years after their sophomore outing, Screech. To lead into the new offering, the three Baechle brothers — Axell and K. on guitar/vocals, Clint on drums — and newcomer bassist Magic Spiegel send forth a new two-songer cassette single titled Awaken Jupiterian in reference to the tracks contained: “Awaken the Mountain” and “Jupiterean Ocean.” It’s only 11 minutes long, but with it, the band ask the pivotal question of what might have happened had heavy metal in the ’80s not become so commercialized, so overblown in its production, and had it been able to move forward from its roots in the decade prior and develop its sound without becoming so grandiose. Owl will play the Alehorn of Power festival on July 28, and one can hardly think of a more appropriate setting for them.

Their guitar work on “Awaken the Mountain” and their willingness to smash one part into the next would seem to be derived from the Mike Scalzi school of metallurgyowl awaken jupiterian, but there’s more to their gallop than simple imitation or musical conversation with the Lord Weird. That’s true on the almost completely instrumental “Jupiterean Ocean” as well as in “Awaken the Mountain,” as both cuts showcase an edge of progressive, thoughtful songwriting with a mind toward flow and capturing the spirit of metal’s post-formative years, its righteousness still in its ability to be a middle-finger to the mainstream while capturing an increasing portion of the sales market. In “Awaken the Mountain,” one might hear shades of Leeches of Lore‘s off-kilter winding, or (if you’re on the Eastern Seaboard) some of Valkyrie‘s dual-axe heroics, but Owl hold firm to a sonic persona of their own — dig that last section of “Jupiterean Ocean” — and as much as they seem to look back at what metal was and could have been, they don’t at all lose sight of the individualist expression that’s always been at the heart of the form. They are, in other words, their own band.

The cassingle, which one can only hope comes in a cardboard sleeve open on top and bottom, either shrinkwrapped or not, is available now and to herald the coming of their third long-player, on which “Awaken the Mountain” promises to feature — frankly I’m not sure how you’d get away with calling the album anything else, but the title hasn’t been announced yet — Owl will head out on their first full US tour in more than half a decade. The dates for that run follow the Awaken Jupiterian single itself, which I’m thrilled to be able to premiere via the player below.

Please dig in and enjoy:

Three and a half years since the release of the Screech LP, Oakland, California’s Owl returns to the scene with two brand new tracks on the archaic “cassingle” format! “Awaken The Mountain,” taken from a new album album which will be released later this year, is a prog metal epic, and cautionary tale of dwelling too close to volatile geologic formations! The B-side, “Jupiterian Ocean,” is a sweeping instrumental that glides into view on terrestrial winds, before plummeting into stoner caves and finally scaling staggering zeppelinesque heights!

ORDER THE CASSINGLE HERE
https://owlbrotherhood.bandcamp.com/album/awaken-jupiterian

Two LPs, eleven tours, and four bass players later, 2018 finds the band poised to reach a new plateau, with an epic new album on deck, and the first full US tour since 2012! Join the party this summer!

“OWL BE BACK” TOUR 2018
7.11 ALBANY, CA – Ivy Room
7.12 OJAI, CA – Ojai Deer Lodge
7.13 LOS ANGELES, CA – The Lexington
7.14 FLAGSTAFF, AZ – Flagstaff Brewing Co.
7.15 SANTA FE, NM – TBD
7.16 DALLAS, TX – Transit Bicycle Co.
7.17 LITTLE ROCK, AR – TBD
7.18 NASVILLE, TN – TBD
7.19 ASHEVILLE, NC – TBD
7.20 RICHMOND, VA – Chum
7.21 NEW YORK, NY – Cobra Club
7.22 WALLINGFORD, CT – Cherry Street Saloon
7.23 BURLINGTON, VT – Nectar’s
7.24 PHILADELPHIA, PA – TBD
7.25 PITTSBURGH, PA – Camp Clarke
7.26 DETROIT, MI – Outer Limits
7.27 MILWAUKEE, WI – Quarters
7.28 CHICAGO, IL – Reggie’s – ALEHORN OF POWER FEST
7.29 MADISON, WI – The Wisco
7.30 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Memory Lanes
7.31 LINCOLN, NE – TBD
8.1 DENVER, CO – Squire Lounge
8.2 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Triple Nickel
8.3 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Ridinghoods
8.4 RENO, NV – Shea’s Tavern
8.5 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Bottom Of The Hill

Owl is:
Axell Baechle: Guitar, Vocals
K. Baechle: Guitar, Vocals
Clint Baechle: Drums
Magic Spiegel: Bass Guitar

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Domadora Announce June 29 Release for Lacuna

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 30th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Last heard from with their 2016 sophomore outing, The Violent Mystical Sukuma (discussed here), Parisian heavy psychedelic three-or-four-piece Domadora have set a June 29 issue date for their new album, Lacuna. No audio from it as yet, but one imagines that can’t be far off, and given the sonic adventurousness that showed itself through their material their last time out, I’d expect the forthcoming four-track long-player to do a healthy bit of wandering. One would hope so, at least.

The PR wire has art and details and whatnots for the digging, so have at it:

domadora lacuna

DOMADORA announce the release of their third album “Lacuna” this June 29th.

France’s premium psychedelic jammers DOMADORA return with their long-awaited third full-length “Lacuna” this June 29th.

“Lacuna” commonly refers to the “empty space” or “void” from which everything takes shape. The void is at the beginning of everything: matter and time, light, sound and art. It is the starting point of the artwork. It just takes the scratching a match of creativity inside the void to generate an idea, a note, a melody… and feelings as well as emotions are born. So how is an idea born? Where does it come from? A Big Bang. Music is a way to reach mind elevation. DOMADORA’s music intends to put the willing listener into a state of trance and reach a state of elevation.

“Lacuna” is different from DOMADORA’s two previous albums and recorded far from the auditoriums of “Tibetan Monk” (2013) and “The Violent Mystical Sukuma” (2016). Domadora is convinced that context directly influences the intuitions and colours of improvised music. That’s the reason why the band has made the choice to record this album on an isolated farm in western France. Therefore, a very strong human experience and geographical isolation are on the list of ingredients of this album.

“Lacuna” was recorded and mixed by Brice Chandler, and mastered by Kent Stump in Crystal Clear Sound Wo Fat studios in Dallas, Texas.

TRACK LISTING:
1. Lacuna Jam
2. Gengis Khan
3. Vacuum Density
4. Tierra Last Homage

Artwork by Antoine d’Agata

The influences of Domadora are more in musical trends : free, uninhibited and daring to make music. Of course, you’re gonna easily think rock of the late 60’s and top 70 – but also to proto punk, the freedom of the area, or the heavy rock jam born in the desert. You can also find an influence in some classic pieces including the way to live a journey through successive wave intensities – from Pink Floyd to Fatso Jetson passing Led Zeppelin and Beethoven.

DOMADORA is
Organ – Angel Hidalgo Paterna
Drums – Karim Bouazza
Bass – Gui Omm
Guitars – Belwil

https://www.facebook.com/DomadoraBand
https://twitter.com/domadoraband
http://www.domadora.fr/
https://domadora.bandcamp.com/

Domadora, The Violent Mystical Sukuma (2016)

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Python Post First Single “Walking the Night”

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 30th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Well, they are Python. It’s settled. What exactly that means remains to be seen, but the new outfit fronted by none other than Chritus Linderson have posted their debut single “Walking the Night” and it gives at least some idea of where they might be headed in terms of finding a space between doom, early metal and classic-style heavy rock. Of course, Linderson split with Goatess last year while still keeping his place in Lord Vicar, and Python brings him together with guitarist K. Knogjern, bassist J. Mattson and singly-named drummer Björn as a new group reportedly working on their debut album right now. Today. As we speak.

Maybe, maybe not, but it was a bummer when Linderson and Goatess went their separate ways, so a new project from him is welcome, however busy he may already be besides. “Walking the Night” is pretty straightforward and also reportedly the first song the band put together, so who knows how far along they actually are in working on a record — in other words, this might be it for now — but they’re one to keep an eye out for anyway, especially for doom lovers, who probably don’t need the likes of me to tell them that.

Here’s their announcement and the track. Dig it:

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We are Python.

Formed in late 2017 by people with a wide variety of influences and with a goal to create something different for each one.

These people are:

Chritus – Vocals
K. Knogjern – Guitars
J. Mattson – Bass
Björn – Drums

We are currently writing songs for what will be considered our debut album. It will be released when we feel it to be necessary and by a label we feel to be worthy.

Until then we would like to present our first trace of existence.

Walking the night is the first song written and the first song recorded.

But not the last…

https://www.facebook.com/we.are.Python/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZbZXotFMKwK0_vPGl9IuZA

Python, “Walking the Night” official video

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Naxatras Announce Fall European Tour; Playing Up in Smoke, Fuzz Fest and More

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 15th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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I don’t know nothin’ about nothin’ — it’s true! ask me anything! — but I’d wager that one or two of the dates still to be announced as part of Greek heavy psych rockers Naxatras‘ upcoming Fall European tour are for festivals. The Thessaloniki three-piece have already been confirmed for Fuzz FestKeep it LowUp in Smoke and Into the Void as part of this run supporting their earlier 2018 offering, III (review here), and considering the response that album got upon its release, much the same as everything they’ve done up to this point, it wouldn’t surprise me if they showed up on a few more massive billings. Again, not anything I know, just speculation.

Certainly even if not, the tour is plenty huge as is, running about a month and a half. The dates are presented by Ouga Bouga and the Mighty Oug and were posted as follows:

naxatras tour poster

Naxatras Fall 2018 European Tour

03/10 – Zagreb (HR) / Vintage Industrial Bar
04/10 – Vienna (AT) / Fuzz Fest
05/10 – Innsbruck (AT) / PMK
06/10 – Pratteln (CH) / Up In Smoke
07/10 – Freiburg (DE) / White Rabbit
09/10 – Strasbourg (FR) / TBA
10/10 – TBC
11/10 – Berlin (DE) / Cassiopeia +
12/10 – Dresden (DE) / Groovestation +
13/10 – Oldenburg (DE) / Cadillac +
14/10 – TBC
17/10 – Mannheim (DE) / 7er Club +
18/10 – Munich (DE) / Keep it Low Preparty +
19/10 – Siegen (DE) / Vortex +
20/10 – Leeuwarden (NL) / Into The Void
21/10 – Leuven (BE) / Sojo
24/10 – Sheffield (UK) / Corporation
25/10 – Bristol (UK) / The Crofters Rights
26/10 – London (UK) / The Black Heart
27/10 – Brighton (UK) / Sticky Mike’s
28/10 – Ghent (BE) / TBA
30/10 – Nantes (FR) / Le Scene Michelet
31/10 – Bordeaux (FR) / TBA
01/11 – Paris (FR) / TBA
02/11 – Olten (CH) / Coq D’Or
03/11 – Ulm (DE) / Club Action
04/11 – Augsburg (DE) / Abraxas Theater
06/11 – Salzburg (AT) / Rockhouse
07/11 – Graz (AT) / Music house
08/11 – Bratislava (SK) / TBA
09/11 – Prague (CZ) / Klub 007 ^
10/11 – Linz (AT) / Kapu + ^
11/11 – Budapest (HU) / Durer Kert ^
13/11 – Cluj (RO) / Flying Circus ^
14/11 – Timisoara (RO) / Reflektor ^
15/11 – Novi Sad (RS) / SKC Fabrika ^
16/11 – TBC
17/11 – Sofia (BG) / Mixtape ^

+ = with Timestone
^ = with Half Gramme of Soma

Naxatras is:
John Delias – Guitar
Kostas Harizanis – Drums
John Vagenas – Bass & Vocals

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https://naxatras.bandcamp.com/

Naxatras, “Machine”

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Mountain Dust Release Seven Storms this Week; Euro Tour Starts May 24

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 14th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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If you’ve got three minutes and are looking for a good time, click play at the bottom of this post to check out ‘Inside the Rift,’ the newly posted single from Quebecois heavy rockers Mountain Dust. You might recall the four-piece were recently added to Freak Valley 2018 and they’ll also appear at Sweden’s Muskelrock, supporting their new album, Seven Storms, which sees release this Friday, May 18, as the follow-up to 2016’s Nine Years, which was picked up by the venerable Kozmik Artifactz for LP/CD issue. Well, if you do or don’t, it happened.

Laced with organ and a kind of latter-day Graveyardy soul, like I said, it’s three minutes of a good time. Hell, you’ve got three minutes. Don’t pretend you don’t.

Dig it:

mountain dust seven storms

Mountain Dust has just released the second cut from their sophomore album Seven Storms, which is set to come out May 18. A European Tour will follow the release.

The new song “Inside The Rift” has the same captivating storytelling and sonic energy that attracted fans to their debut album Nine Years (2016) – released on Kozmik Artifactz Records. It features a guest vocal appearance from Mikey Heppner (Priestess).

The songs on Seven Storms reference new influence from the soundtracks of science-fiction TV shows and old Western films, and Mountain Dust use a variety of instruments to create interesting new textures and soundscapes. Vocalist Brendan Mainville’s lyrical imagery paints vivid pictures of both pain and triumph.

When the new record drops on May 18th, Mountain Dust head to Europe for a run of 17 shows across 8 countries including stops at 2 festivals – Freak Valley in Germany, and Muskelrock in Sweden.

Their debut record Nine Years (2016) was nominated for Rock Album of the Year at home in Quebec, Canada, and caught the attention of German-based record label Kozmik Artifactz. The resulting partnership has helped Mountain Dust spread their music into areas of Europe they will visit during their spring 2018 tour.

Check out tour dates, and their new song “Inside The Rift” below:

May 24 – Antwerp, Belgium
May 25 – Lyon, France
May 26 – Piacenza, Italy
May 27 – Mantia, Italy
May 29 – Liege, Belgium
May 30 – Netphen, Germany
May 31 – Copenhagen, Denmark
June 01 – Tyrolen, Sweden
June 02 – Berlin, Germany
June 03 – Wroclaw, Poland
June 04 – Brno, Czech
June 05 – Prague, Czech
June 06 – Chemnitz, Germany
June 07 – Wurzburg, Germany
June 08 – Hagen, Germany
June 09 – Paris, France
June 10 – Le Havre, France

Mountain Dust is:
Vocals / Lyrics / Guitar: Brendan Mainville
Organ / Synthesizer / Guitar: Patrick Bennett
Bass: Hal Jaques
Drums / Percussion: Blair Youngblut
Guest Vocals: Mikey Heppner

http://www.facebook.com/mountaindust
http://www.twitter.com/mountaindusty
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https://mountaindust.bandcamp.com/
http://www.mountaindustofficial.com/

Mountain Dust, “Inside the Rift”

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Stone Machine Electric Post Update on New Material

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 11th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

A vague update, a merch sale, and then, hey, a send-us-your-address-and-we’ll-send-you stickers-and-whatnot, and yeah, that’s pretty much the latest from Texas duo Stone Machine Electric. Charming as ever, and no, I’m not being sarcastic about that. They’ve had new material in the works for a while now for an album that either will or will not get out before the end of the year, and last we heard from them, they were talking up a CD pressing of their 2014 Garage Tape (review here) release that seems to be available to order now from their Bandcamp.

All good stuff, and I’m curious to find out if they’ll put together another Heavy Mash for this year. You might recall, the inaugural edition in 2017 was presented in part by this site. Still one of my favorite show posters as well.

Here’s the latest newsletter from the band:

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THE ELECTRIC REPORT 13

We’ve been a little recluse this year, but that’s because we’re working on all that “behind the scenes” stuff you never see. It’s ugly, we’re ugly, but everything is ugly! Don’t fret, unless you’re playing guitar, that means we’ve got news we’re not disclosing quite yet. Nothing big, just working on the newer material. Getting ready to do things with it.

In the meantime, feel free to raid our merch store so you can help us bring you more news (wink-wink, say no more)! Use the code – electricreport – at our bandcamp site and get 20% off of anything. Anything.

You can still email us at band@stonemachineelectric.net and send us your physical mailing address. Maybe we’ll send you a postcard, a sticker, or who knows what! Yeah, who knows what we’re doing – we don’t….

I bet you want to know Will we be playing Heavy Mash again this year? Are you wondering what Heavy Mash is?

Did you know Kitchens released a solo effort under the name Slow Draw? You should check it out!

https://www.facebook.com/StoneMachineElectric/
https://twitter.com/SME_band
http://stonemachineelectric.bandcamp.com/
http://www.stonemachineelectric.net/
www.offtherecordlabel.com

Stone Machine Electric, “The Demon and the Bird” official video

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