Cloud Catcher Call it Quits; Final Show March 9

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 21st, 2019 by JJ Koczan

cloud catcher

Some bands, they run their course, and that’s how it goes, and when they’re done, they’re done. With Cloud Catcher, I feel like the Denver trio never even got to fully realize their potential before their end, which was just announced the other day. Their Trails of Kozmic Dust (review here) full-length, which was their second and first for Totem Cat Records showed the classic power trio force they were becoming, and it’s sad to think they’ll cut off their growth without giving it a proper follow-up LP and leaving behind the question of what might have been. I’m glad to say I got to see them one time, but wish it could’ve been more.

When they first put out word they were done, the plan was to play the tour for the upcoming The Whip EP, then be done after a gig in May. They followed that by nixing the tour, so their last show will be March 9 at Tooey’s Off Colfax. That date was also set as the release show for their The Whip EP — interestingly, they also canceled a ‘The Whip Tour’ in 2017 — and I’d assume the EP is still coming out, because why not, but will go unsupported as their swansong.

It’s too bad. These guys were really onto something.

Their social media announcements follow, slightly adjusted for continuity:

cloud catcher tour canceled

Hey friends, it is with much sadness and optimism which we are announcing that… we will finally be laying the band to rest. The last 6 years have truly been a blast, and we have loved every minute of it, even in the difficult times that all humans must endure. Thank you to everyone who has helped us out along the way… even the 3 people we played to in Eugene, Oregon back in 2016 haha. With this being said we are prepared to rip up for the last [show] of our existence. We hope you will all come out and hang your heads one last time!! See you all in a few weeks!!

Due to circumstances out of our control the Midwest Marauders tour has been cancelled. This absolutely sucks to deal with, and we are very sorry to those of you who planned on coming out to see us. Our final show is going to be March 9th in Denver at @tooeysoffcolfax After this show all of our new merch and the new EP will be available on our bandcamp at a discounted price. Thanks for your time.

Cloud Catcher:
Rory Rummings – Guitar/Vocals
Scott Schulman – Bass
Jared Handman – Drums

https://cloud-catcher.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/cloudcatcherco

Cloud Catcher, “Beneath the Steel”

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Dûrga Announce European Tour Dates; New Video Posted

Posted in The Obelisk Presents, Whathaveyou on February 20th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

DURGA

Spanish progressive heavy post-rockers Dûrga are set to embark on a European tour supporting their 2018 outing, De Lira Ire. The three-piece took the title because, well, delirium, and it somewhat suits the pervasively atmospheric approach they take on the record while still keeping a weighted sense of presence amid all that ambient stretchout. The tour follows a string of dates they did over the course of Fall 2018 and into 2019, as the show they played Jan. 4 at Wurlitzer Ballroom in Madrid was captured on film — or, you know, pixels — and from that footage was assembled an official live video for “Amentia” that you can see below. Pretty dark, but still looks like it was a good show.

The dates and info came courtesy of Wombat Booking via the PR wire:

durga european tour

Dûrga is a young post-rock power-trio from the city of Valencia, Spain. Their influences are bands like Russian Circles, Caspian, Toundra, If These Trees Could Talk among others, but with their own personality.

The band members are Santi, Carlos and David, three friends that in January 2016 started to play together with one only object: make the music they love. Their creations translate the listener in different landscapes thanks to their atmospheric passages with quiet and melodic rhythms: natural spaces that burst sharply with their defensive instinct, unrestrained anger, distortion and fast patterns.

If you come across Dûrga you will find a tense calm: a pleasant journey through beautiful landscapes, but always with that inquietude of the one feeling the storm approaching.

Dûrga starts in April their second European tour that will take them to countries like France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland or Andorra plus two shows in Spain. The band will present their last release “De Lira Ire”, an acclaimed work that received lots of positive reviews.

Tourdates
15/03/19 Sarria Esmorga Fest
*13-4: Satélite T, Bilbao
*14-4: TBA, Paris (FR)
*15-4: Music City, Antwerpen (BE)
*16-4: Le Garage, Liège (BE)
*17-4: Nordpol, Dortmund (DE)
*18-4: Grabenhalle, St Gallen (CH)
*19-4: Le Farmer, Lyon (FR)
*20-4: Black Sheep, Montpellier (FR)
*21-4: Rockòdrom, Andorra la Vella (AND)
*22-4: L’Astilla, l’Hospitalet de Llobregat

The project has been constantly growing from the beginning. In four months they released their first video-single “Vent”, recording three months later their first LP “Venjança” in Westline Studios (Toundra, Viva Belgrado) with Juan Blas, mastered in the emblematic Ultramarins Costa Brava.

After several Spanish tours and a European one, the band won the “Sona la Dipu” contest, which allow them to take part in festivals like Primavera Sound or Low Festival, a Spanish tour supporting the indie act Niños Mutantes and another one through Mexico and the SXSW in Austin (Texas), besides the edition of their second album “De Lira Ire”. This album was recorded in the winter of 2018 between Sadman Studios (Toundra, Jardin de la Croix) in Madrid and LR Studios in Valencia, mastered once again in Ultramarinos Costa Brava by Victor Garcia.

With all these activity in less than three years, the band is ready to keep growing and to show their powerful live show in as many places as possible.

Dûrga is:
David (Drums)
Carlos (Bass)
Santi (Guitar)

https://www.facebook.com/wearedurga/
https://www.instagram.com/wearedurga/
https://wearedurga.bandcamp.com/

Dûrga, “Amentia” Live at Wurlitzer Ballroom (official video)

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Attalla Announce March Tour Dates

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

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Got a couple shows in Texas, a couple shows in Tennessee, a couple in the Greater Midwest and a stop at the Freetown Boom Boom Room in Lafayette, Louisiana, which seems to have made its way onto the circuit (perhaps solely at the will of Forming the Void), so yeah, Attalla‘s Spring 2019 tour covers a decent amount of ground. They’ll do three shows along the way with Black Road out of Chicago, and they begin with a stop in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which if you’ll recall was where Taylor from Planet of the Apes was from (“a fort!”). That novelty aside, this is a grind-it-out stretch of road time, and as Attalla go supporting the nonetheless worthy cause of 2017’s Glacial Rule (review here), I can’t help but wonder if perhaps two years after the fact they might be hammering out new material with intentions toward a new release of one sort or another.

Entirely possible they’re just getting out to shake off whatever rust might’ve accumulated over the winter in Oshkosk, Wisconsin, from whence they hail, but even so, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a new song or two in the set. And that’s always fun to show up for, if you needed another reason, which I suspect you didn’t.

Dates came down the PR wire:

attalla tour poster

Attalla – Spring Tour 2019

A cold front is headed south this March…

Frozen tundra heavy riff rockers, ATTALLA, will venture south this spring with their wall of glacial tone in tow. After a long winter hibernation of riff writing the crew look to tame some new material on the unsuspecting southern states. Chicago-based stoner rock quartet Black Road will be joining in the destruction on select dates of the tour.

ATTALLA Spring Tour 2019
3/08/2019 Fort Wayne, IN – The Brass Rail
3/09/2019 Nashville, TN – Little Harpeth Brewing
3/10/2019 – TBA
3/11/2019 Memphis, TN – Growlers
3/12/2019 Lafayette, LA – Boom Boom Room
3/13/2019 Houston, TX – Rudyard’s Pub *
3/14/2019 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
3/15/2019 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street *
3/16/2019 Ames, IA – DG’s Taphouse *
*w/ Black Road

Attalla is:
Cody Stieg – Lead Guitar/Vocal
Brian Hinckley – Rhythm Guitar
Bryan Kunde – Bass
Ron Kunde – Drums

www.attallawi.com
www.facebook.com/attallawi
https://www.instagram.com/attallawi/
www.attallawi.bandcamp.com

Attalla, Glacial Rule (2017)

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Morgan and the McDaniels Release From the Tomb, to the Spire Demo

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

I’ll freely admit that I’m a sucker for a demo, and in these days of instant digital gratification, I’m even more of a sucker for a free demo. Thus enters Morgan and the McDaniels, otherwise known as the one-man solo-project — as opposed to all those solo-projects that have like six people; you know what I’m talking about — of guitarist Morgan McDaniel, with the four-song self-release From the Tomb, to the Spire. It’s a quick listen — somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 minutes — and the recording is raw, but McDaniel handles guitar, bass and drums, and brings a classic metal and garage doom feel from the troublingly-titled opener “SS Death March” onward. “Pentagram” might well be named for the doom-of-old vibe in its swing, and between “Strange Alchemy” and “Overlord,” one can hear McDaniel touching on NWOBHM and traditional doom in atmosphere as well as the actual structure of the material.

It’s all instrumental, but the New York-based McDaniel — who’s probably best known at this point either as the guitarist for Mirror Queen or the former-tenured bassist of The Golden Grass — explores some ground in these tracks that might seem unfamiliar to those who recognize him from his other current or past outfits. No word on whether From the Tomb, to the Spire will be a precursor to more, or the foundation for a new band, or if it’s just a one-off, but either way it shows McDaniel taking on a different style and one that suits him well.

And like I said, it ain’t like he’s charging for it, so go to town:

morgan and the mcdaniels from the tomb to the spire

Morgan and the McDaniels – From the Tomb, To the Spire

Music to play for your plants…

For fans of Weed, Sabbath and C#

Made by Morg for Morg with valuable input from the McDaniel’s.

Tracklisting:
1. SS Death March (free) 01:36
2. Pentagram (free) 04:34
3. Strange Alchemy (free) 05:09
4. Overlord (free) 03:38

https://morganandthemcdaniels.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/mirrorqueennyc/

Morgan and the McDaniels, From the Tomb, to the Spire (2019)

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Heavy Temple Announce Lineup Split

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 8th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Heavy Temple are splitting up, but not breaking up. Already, bassist/vocalist High Priestess Nighthawk was the lone remaining original member of the band, and as she notes in the social-medias posts below, she’s already been through a number of different versions of the band since they got together. With drummer Siren Tempestas and guitarist Thunderhorse, Heavy Temple were very quickly building a reputation for lethal live shows and had an album in progress that was poised to be a breakthrough moment for them.

As to what the future might hold for them, I don’t know, and it seems like the change is pretty raw at this point for any real future plans to be discussed outside of finishing out their currently-booked tour schedule for next month, hitting SXSW and more. I’m not sure if they’ll still do the April dates at the Decibel Metal and Beer Fest and/or Grim Reefer, but as Nighthawk says, the intention is to play “everything on the calendar.” So there you go.

And when she says the band isn’t done, I tend to believe her, even if this means it’ll probably way longer before that album arrives.

Announcement follows:

heavy temple square

Heavy Temple is ever evolving, and will continue on, playing everything on the calendar. We’ve been five different incarnations over 7 years. It’s understandable that a change in the line up is a shock, and ideally it would have been a gentle transition, but things happen. I am sad, as I’m sure some of you are, and that is humbling. I notice that some of you are mad. Relationships are complicated. Sometimes they don’t turn out the way one expects, and heartbreaking decisions have to be made. I know we will all go on to do great things, and I look forward to meeting more awesome people on that journey.

I just woke up to a million text messages. If I may attempt to clear some things up. I started Heavy Temple 7 years ago in my basement, alone. This is the fifth incarnation of the band. This was and in many ways still is my dream line up, but with every personnel change the sound has just gotten better. I am grateful for my time with them. I made a very difficult decision because I felt we all had different expectations, and couldn’t commit to a heavy touring schedule. I tried to keep everyone happy and still keep myself happy and I failed. This has nothing to do with the “direction” of the band, nor did I use that word. They’re both amazingly talented and I know they’ll go on to do amazing things. I’m not perfect, and I’ve made mistakes. It’s very hard work being in a band, and sometimes things don’t turn out the way you plan. I’m sorry that we’re parting ways. I plan on moving forward, as I always have, because making music is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do.

Heavy Temple Rides to SXSW
March 2019
03.12 Skylark Social Club Charlotte NC
03.13 JJ’s Chattanooga TN
03.14 Spiderhouse Austin TX Wicked Bad Presents SX Stoner Jam
03.15 The Lost Well Austin TX Northwest Hesh Fest & Austin Terror Fest Present…
03.16 Freetown Boom Boom Room Lafayette LA
03.17 Green Lantern Lexington KY

04.14 The Filmore Philadelphia PA Decibel Metal & Beer Fest
04.20 The Ottobar Baltimore MD Grim Reefer Fest

Heavy Temple is:
High Priestess Nighthawk (low end and vocal power)
Siren Tempest (rhythm)
Thunderhorse (6 string axe slinger)

https://www.facebook.com/HeavyTemple/
https://www.instagram.com/heavytemple
https://heavytemple.bandcamp.com
https://www.van-records.de/
https://tridroid.bandcamp.com/album/chassit

Heavy Temple, Chassit (2017)

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Naxatras Announce European Dates en Route to Desertfest Berlin & London

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 7th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

naxatras (Photo by Dan Deutsch)

Greek heavy psych forerunners Naxatras will head out on a run of European shows this April in order to make their way to Desertfest in Berlin and London. They also played Desertfest Belgium this past Fall, as well as other fests, and the fact that they’re getting out again really only underscores their ascent to a forward position with the Euro underground. Their third album,  III (review here), came out last year, and they put out a recording of the release show for that record in the form of Live at Gagarin 205, which you can stream below, but I wouldn’t necessarily be surprised if the analog-obsessed three-piece managed to get something else to the public before Spring comes. They haven’t announced anything in that regard or anything like that, but they’re sneaky sometimes and they’ve dropped EPs in the past with little prior notice, so as they’re hitting the road again, it’s worth keeping an eye out.

The tour is presented by Ouga Booga and the Mighty Oug and will begin in Barcelona on April 17 and finish at Desertfest in London on May 5, covering a decent swath of ground between. Word came out on the social medias like so:

naxatras euro tour

*** NAXATRAS EUROPEAN TOUR 2019 ***

On the road again!

This time, we’re visiting lots of unexplored territories, including cities in Spain, Portugal and the Scandinavian Peninsula! Brace yourselves, spring is coming…

Poster by CHRIS RW
Powered by Ouga Booga and the Mighty Oug ^^

17/4 – BARCELONA (ES) – ROCKSOUND
18/4 – MADRID (ES) – SIROCO
19/4 – LISBON (PT) – RCA CLUB
20/4 – PORTO (PT) – HARD CLUB
21/4 – SAN SEBASTIAN (ES) – DABADABA
22/4 – TOULOUSE (FR) – L’USINE A MUSIQUE
24/4 – TBC
25/4 – TBC
26/4 – MUNSTER (DE) – RARE GUITAR
27/4 – FRANKFURT (DE) – DAS BETT
30/4 – STOCKHOLM (SWE) – NALEN
01/5 – MALMÖ (SWE) – PLAN B
02/5 – COPENHAGEN (DK) – STENGADE
03/5 – HAMBURG (DE) – STUBNITZ
04/5 – BERLIN (DE) – DESERTFEST
05/5 – LONDON (UK) – DESERTFEST

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

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

Naxatras, Live Rituals at Gagarin 205 (2018)

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Static Tension Premiere “Blank Silhouette” Video from Debut Album Ashes to Animation

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 4th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

static tension

The 10-track debut album from Ohio four-piece Static Tension dogwhistles its metallic underpinnings in a CD design evocative of, among others, Metallica’s Master of Puppets, with a red ring around the disc, an oldschool “Compact Disc Digital Audio” stamp and simple block letters running down the middle, broken in half by the hole in the disc itself. And though the record starts off with the melancholy, relatively-minimal unfolding of “Kindling,” it’s not long before the alluded fire takes hold and shows that metal-style tinge in the double-kick of “Bury My Body.” Coupled with this are harmonies out of the post-Alice in Chains sphere and a sense of melody and progressive crunch in tone and rhythm that derives in part from Tool and likewise from the modern prog metal fostered by earlier Mastodon and their sundry acolytes. The subsequent “No Return” takes a more classic-style approach and sets up the more spacious linear build of “In Spite,” which rounds out an initial four-track salvo that marks the first of three waves in which the album takes place.

From there, Static Tension — vocalist Rob Rom, guitarist Greg Blachman, bassist Brian Spurrier and drummer Tony Sager — draw back to the two-minute interlude “Absence” to introduce the fluidity at the outset of “Got to Give,” which unfurls a static tension ashes to animationdowntrodden heavy rocking sensibility ahead of the nine-minute “Serpentine,” which is duly winding as it makes its way along its melodically-complex course, finding solid footing in doom as much as classic rock with a still-raw presentation in its production that gives an earthy vibe to otherwise unearthly sounds. This is the end of Ashes to Animation‘s second movement, and the third picks up with the Staley/Cantrell-style harmony of “Blank Silhouette” — presumably that’s just Rom, so kudos — and a melancholy atmosphere to correspond with that of “Kindling” and “Absence,” while also being more realized as a complete song. That change in itself speaks to the overarching forward development across the three movements that comprise the record, but even if you’re listening to it front-to-back, the vibe comes through as suitably dynamic.

The penultimate “Where’s the Air?” takes a more aggressive posture but is still melodic at its base as it pushes into some light screaming along with the cleaner layers of singing, and its second half is dedicated to a quieter procession, leaving “Bloody Shadow” as a bookend outro featuring some guest vocals to match ambience with “Kindling” before a few moments’ silence at the end round out. Despite its somewhat depressive thematic, there’s no lack of energy in Static Tension‘s work, and as their first album, Ashes to Animation finds them setting out on a course with multiple avenues of exploration before them. They had two EPs out prior to the album — 2017’s Out of Reach and 2015’s Rebirth — so they’re not exactly coming into their LP with nothing else establishing their stylistic foundation, and they don’t sound that way either, however much one might imagine that foundation leading to continued growth.

You can check out the premiere of the video for “Blank Silhouette” below, which I think captures the spirit of the song with an appropriate human touch.

As always, I hope you enjoy:

Static Tension, “Blank Silhouette” official video premiere

As found on Static Tension’s 2019 album “Ashes To Animation.”

Drawing upon influences stemming from classic rock, grunge, and progressive metal, Static Tension creates a sound unique to their own, self described as “Progressive Grunge”. The band’s influences are vast and diverse, at times resembling classic sounds of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, while also channeling a grungy, somber atmosphere similar to Alice In Chains and Soundgarden with hints of modern, heavy tones of Mastodon and Gojira.

Static Tension is:
Rob Rom – Vocals
Greg Blachman – Guitar
Brian Spurrier – Bass
Tony Sager – Drums

Static Tension, Ashes to Animation (2019)

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Heavy Temple Announce Tour Dates & Beer Collaboration

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 29th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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So I was like, “Hey Heavy Temple, you’re awesome, how about a recording update on that new album you announced a while back?” and Heavy Temple was pretty much like “Buzz off, weirdo. It’ll be done when it’s done.” Then they punched me — all three of them, in a kind coordinated yet not rehearsed-seeming motion — in the belly and I fell over and they laughed and went about their business making beer collaborations with Oliver Brewing Company, touring to SXSW where they’ll play with Conan and a bunch of others, and indeed getting ready to burn all in their path with the aforementioned long-player, whenever it might show up. It’s all detailed in my forthcoming 35,000-word tell-all, That Time I Got Bullied by Heavy Temple. It’ll be published through Knopf this Spring.

Actually, in my experience, the members of Heavy Temple are all very nice. There was no bullying involved, just me being a dork and being like, “Hey, it’s been 15 minutes, is your album done yet?” and High Priestess Nighthawk being like, “Hold your horses, nerd boy.” Fair enough.

It’s cool they’re playing the Decibel Metal and Beer Fest in Philly, and it’s cool they’re doing Grim Reefer in Baltimore, but it’s easy to imagine them really making an impression as well at SXSW and that’s only going to help them in the longer run. You can see the art for their American Red Ale below — it’s called “In the Court of the Bastard King” — and mark your calendar appropriately for the tour dates.

Have at it:

Austin, we’re coming for you! Playing with some old friends and in some new places this time. See ya soon!

We’re excited to be playing Day 2 of the Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest!! In addition, Oliver Brewing Company will be making a special Heavy Temple beer for all of yous.

Final artwork for our beer collabo with Oliver Brewing Company !! “In The Court of the Bastard King” is appropriately an American red ale that ties in nicely with “Chassit” and it’s inspiration, “The Dark Tower”. Art by David Weston Gregory and appearing at the Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest.

Heavy Temple Rides to SXSW
March 2019
03.12 Skylark Social Club Charlotte NC
03.13 JJ’s Chattanooga TN
03.14 Spiderhouse Austin TX Wicked Bad Presents SX Stoner Jam
03.15 The Lost Well Austin TX Northwest Hesh Fest & Austin Terror Fest Present…
03.16 Freetown Boom Boom Room Lafayette LA
03.17 Green Lantern Lexington KY

04.14 The Filmore Philadelphia PA Decibel Metal & Beer Fest
04.20 The Ottobar Baltimore MD Grim Reefer Fest

Heavy Temple is:
High Priestess Nighthawk (low end and vocal power)
Siren Tempest (rhythm)
Thunderhorse (6 string axe slinger)

https://www.facebook.com/HeavyTemple/
https://www.instagram.com/heavytemple
https://heavytemple.bandcamp.com
https://www.van-records.de/
https://tridroid.bandcamp.com/album/chassit

Heavy Temple, Chassit (2017)

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