King Buffalo Stream Orion Title-Track; Preorders up Now

Posted in audiObelisk, Whathaveyou on May 23rd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Rochester heavy psych-blues trio King Buffalo will issue their debut long-player, Orion, on Aug. 5, 2016. It’s an album rife with organic, flowing grooves, nighttime expanses and memorable progressions… which is something I expect at least some of you reading this already know, since the three-piece — who made their debut with 2013’s Demo (review here) and also released a split with the now-defunct Lé Betre (review here) on STB last year — snuck out a pre-release download-only edition of Orion a couple months ago in order to help finance the pressing of the LP and CD versions, which come with different artwork courtesy of bassist Dan Reynolds and are available now to preorder ahead of the aforementioned release date.

I’ll tell you at the outset that I’ve been waiting for King Buffalo‘s debut, at times impatiently. As in, emailing the band to ask if it’s done yet. I knew before I heard it that I wanted them at the first-ever The Obelisk All-Dayer on Aug. 20 at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn (info here) and was only gladder to have asked them when I actually heard Orion itself. There’s a laid-back sensibility to even its heaviest moments, and some (myself included when I actually get to reviewing it) will compare parts of it to their Nashville-based aesthetic compatriots in All Them Witches, but ultimately King Buffalo are on a denser-toned trip with Orion‘s tracks, guitarist/vocalist Sean McVay (who also engineered and mixed) establishes his own personality and approach, and they come out of their first album having completely justified the anticipation that came before it.

If you haven’t, you can hear a sort-of-premiere for Orion‘s titular cut below, followed by some comment from drummer/backing vocalist Scott Donaldson about the song, the rather extensive list of tour dates the band has booked for the summer, and of course, the preorder link.

Hope you enjoy:

Scott Donaldson on “Orion”:

“Orion (title-track) came together rather easily. Sean started with the opening slow melodic riff, and it organically fell into place. The tempo change and tom build up naturally happened, and we all locked into the crescendo through the end. This was the very first song we recorded for the album. It was so exciting to listen back and hear those sounds for the first time. We knew immediately we wanted it to be the opening track.”

Available for the first time. King Buffalo’s long-awaited debut full length “Orion” on wax! Preorder your copy of what many are calling a “Contender for album of the year!”

The classic Black 12″ Vinyl comes in a Single pocket jacket, with a Polybag and download code. The 1st pressings are limited to 500 and hand numbered.

Albums will be shipped as soon as we receive them, which should be early August of 2016. Download Code will be sent immediately after purchase via email.

Written and recorded by King Buffalo in Rochester, NY at the Main Street Armory in 2015.

Produced and Engineered by Sean McVay.
Mastered for vinyl by Bernard Matthews at BMAP INC.
Mastered for digital by Matt Ramerman.
Artwork by Dan Reynolds.

King Buffalo live:
5/26 Toronto, ON – Bovine Sex Club
6/4 Rochester, NY – Bug Jar (Tour Send Off) w/ Slow Season, Geezer and Bygone Few
JUN 15 WED Carabar Columbus, OH w/ Eye
JUN 16 THU FooBar Nashville, TN w/ Holy Mountain Top Removers
JUN 17 FRI Murphys Memphis, TN
JUN 18 SAT Freak Tulsa 2016 Tulsa, OK
JUN 19 SUN The Mix San Antonio, TX w/ Slow Season
JUN 20 MON The Grand Austin, TX
JUN 21 TUE The Blind Mule Mobile, AL w/ Black Titan
JUN 22 WED TBD Athens, GA
JUN 23 THU Urban Artifact Cincinnati, OH
JUN 24 FRI Brillobox Pittsburgh, PA w/ Year Of The Cobra
JUN 25 SAT Guidos Speakeasy Frederick, MD w/ IRATA Akris Floodlore
JUL 15 FRI The Dev Utica, NY
JUL 16 SAT The Barn Volney, NY
JUL 22 FRI The Grog Shop Cleveland, OH w/ All Them Witches
JUL 23 SAT Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, NY w/ All Them Witches
JUL 26 TUE Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA w/ All Them Witches
AUG 4 THU Monkey Bar Burlington, VT
AUG 5 FRI The Low Beat Albany, NY
AUG 6 SAT Otro Cinco Syracuse, NY
AUG 10 WED The Happy Dog Cleveland, OH
AUG 11 THU FooBar Nashville, TN
AUG 12 FRI Caledonia Lounge Athens, GA
AUG 13 SAT The Garage Winston-Salem, NC
AUG 16 TUE Slims Raleigh, NC
AUG 17 WED Strange Matter Richmond, VA
AUG 20 SAT The Obelisk All-Dayer Brooklyn, NY w/ Mars Red Sky, Funeral Horse

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BigPig Release Debut Single “C-“; Grande Puerco Due Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 20th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Los Angeles duo BigPig are gearing up to issue their first full-length, Grande Puerco, on June 20. When out, it will be digitally self-released, and to herald its arrival the band has posted the track “C-” as their debut single. So far as I know, this is the first studio recording from the two-piece, which features guitarist/vocalist Dino Von Lalli, also of Fatso Jetson and Yawning Man, alongside drummer/backing vocalist Benny Macias, so it’s also the first chance to get a glimpse some next-generation of desert rock that comes through in strikingly raw and punkish but still heavy form.

The announcement of the single’s release, the lyrics to the song and other recording info — in good hands doing your first recording with Toshi Kasai — and of course the track itself, follow here, as hoisted from BigPig‘s Bandcamp, where it’s a name-your-price download:

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(BIG)PIG’S DEBUT SINGLE TRACK OFF OF DEBUT ALBUM “GRANDE PUERCO” WHICH WILL BE OUT DIGITALLY JUNE 20TH!

“C-” lyrics:
On a road straight to hell paved with good intentions, Oh well
Sick and tired of your lies, Sick and tired sympathize, Oh well
You and me are meant to be your 3/4ths demon with a side of
cheese, Everybody loves you and I wont and I wont and I wont
You and me are meant to be your 3/4ths demon with a side of
cheese, Everybody loves you
Everybody love me again, Everybody love me oh yeah
Ooh baby love me twice, ooh baby fuckin love me thrice
You and me are meant to be your 3/4ths demon with a side of
cheese, Everybody loves you and I wont and I wont and I wont
You and me are meant to be your 3/4ths demon with a side of
cheese, Everybody loves you

Benny Macias- Drums, Backing Vocals
Dino Von Lalli- Guitar, Lead Vocals

Recorded & Produced by Toshi Kasai at Sound Of Sirens Studios. Overdubs Recorded by Adam Harding at Buttery Jack Studios. Mixed and Mastered by Mathias Schneeberger at Donner & Blitzen Studios. Album Art by CorpseTits.

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Blues Funeral Enter the Studio this Weekend

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 20th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Tomorrow, May 21, dual-guitar proto-doomers Blues Funeral will enter the studio to record their debut full-length. What’s been given the title The Search will comprise six songs to be tracked at Lucky Run Studios in the four-piece’s native Houston, Texas, for a total runtime of 41 minutes, give or take. As for who’ll be at the helm, it’s Michael Mikulka, who owns Lucky Run and is known for engineering Kyuss‘ early LP Wretch. Though both would fall under the general umbrella of “heavy,” those legendary desert rockers shouldn’t necessarily be taken as a comparison point when it comes to Blues Funeral, who as the live clip for “Autumn Dream” below shows, owe much more of their approach to organ-laced classic doom, marked out by the combined vocals of guitarists Maurice Eggenschwiler and Jan Kimmel.

Kimmel also handles organ on the track, and the harmonies of voice and instrument in combination with the key work gives an impression not unlike Beelzefuzz, though obviously the processes behind it are different. Kimmel, Eggenschwiler and drummer Cory Cousins come out of the band Sanctus BellumBlues Funeral is rounded out by bassist Gabriel Katz — and the new project has some of that same underlying metallurgy, but it’s still clear that they’re working to establish their own sound as well.

No word on a release date yet for The Search, but you can find album art by David Paul Seymour and some comment that Eggenschwiler was kind enough to give on the upcoming studio time below. Blues Funeral will also open the Houston date for The Obsessed, The Atomic Bitchwax and Karma to Burn tour on June 9, and that info follows:

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Maurice Eggenschwiler on recording:

“It’s crazy to think that we’ve already been playing together as a band for over a year. Though our music tastes are all fairly varied, we all share a mutual affinity for music from the ’60s and ’70s. Especially some of the music that really has a pronounced inclusion of Hammond organ. While we were playing together in Sanctus Bellum we’d always talked about a project that would allow us to bring in more of that shared influence, but never had the time to do it. When Sanctus needed to go on hiatus for a bit, we were finally given that opportunity and from November 2014 to date, we’ve had the chance to write and perform the six songs that are ultimately going to end up on this record… as well as a few others that we’re currently working on arranging and will unveil later. The album title, The Search, was taken in part from the first song that we arranged as a band and is also a bit of a nod to the idea that we’re searching to find that perfect blend of all our influences in this project. We’ve been thrilled to really push the boundaries of our songwriting with this project and are very excited to finally get the music out on a consumable format. We’re excited for what the future holds.”

Blues Funeral is:
Jan Kimmel (El Janni) – Guitar, Nord, Vocals
Maurice Eggenschwiler – Guitar, Vocals
Cory Cousins – Drums
Gabriel Katz – Bass

Blues Funeral live:
June 9 Walter’s Downtown, Houston, Texas w/ The Obsessed, The Atomic Bitchwax & Karma to Burn

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Blues Funeral, “Autumn Dream” Live, Jan. 31, 2016

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Hey Zeus Premiere New Single “Caveman”

Posted in audiObelisk on May 20th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Boston heavy rockers Hey Zeus will reportedly feature the track “Caveman” on an upcoming Underdogma Records split seven-incher with The Humanoids sometime this summer. The four-piece of vocalist Bice Nathan, guitarist Pete Knipfing (ex-Lamont), bassist Ken Cmar (head of Wonderdrug Records) and drummer Todd Bowman (ex-Lamont) have trickled out digital singles over the last couple years, as well as a split 7″ with fellow Beantowners White Dynomite (review here), and it would seem the intent is to keep momentum going and build up a catalog of material en route to the eventual debut album. No word on the timing for that, but that’s he impression I get, anyway.

Their style is rife with the straightforward, classic delivery and harder edge that has been brought to fruition in Boston acts like Roadsaw and Cortez, but a quick listen hey zeus saves artto “Caveman” — and “Caveman” is a quick listen — and it’s readily apparent they have their own personality as well, defined through a blend of swaggering rhythms, party-ready vibe and an underlying punkishness in Nathan‘s vocals during its verses. The hook is essential and delivered with purpose, and though “Caveman” is done in under four minutes, it’s the kind of soon you loop back to the start and give another runthrough to better digest, only to find the chorus ringing in your head later, along with subtle flourishes like the layering in Knipfing‘s short solo or the double-kick and cowbell that Bowman works into the second half.

Admittedly, it’s been a while since I last caught them live, but their vibe at the time was much the same — ready to knock back a few beers and raise some hell but with more than chops enough underlying to give their delivery some force. They have a couple shows booked for this summer, presumably the single will show up at some point during the warm months as well, and more to come in terms of singles and a video to follow, so keep an eye out. In the meantime, you can find the stream of “Caveman” below.

Please enjoy:

Hey Zeus live:
07.15 Hey Zeus w/ Black Helicopter & Wolfsmyth @ Obrien’s, Allston
07.22 Hey Zeus w/ Scissorfight, Murcielago and The Road Trash Band @ Higher Ground, Burlington, VT

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Mollusk to Release Children of the Chron in July

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

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Boston-area duo Mollusk have announced a July release for their second album, Children of the Chron. The record finds the two-piece of guitarist/vocalist Hank Rose and drummer Adam O’Day following up their 2014 debut, Gutter with another set of terrifying scenarios, alternately born of real life — “Ride the #9,” about the horrors of public transportation — and imagined — “Zombie Apocalypse,” which might as well be about the same thing — set to noise rock that’s raw and aggressive without losing sight of its purpose or taking itself too seriously, as the shift between tribal drums and grunge downerisms on “Blaze Cave” and “Lesbian Resume” makes plain enough to hear.

Perhaps as a means to clear their collective consciousness of the filth that was and make room for the filth that is, Mollusk have made Gutter available as a free download via a Dropbox link as a precursor to Children of the Chron coming out. That’s right. You don’t even need a download code, or to name your price as zero dollars. They’re just letting you take it. Nothing to lose but a minimum of hard drive space.

They’ve also begun to unveil songs from Children of the Chron at this point as well. “Ride the #9” and the newly-unveiled “When You’re Gone” can be heard on their Reverbnation page, if you can put up with the interface of that site, and they have a new video for “Glacier” that you can see below.

They’re a band of few words, but the info follows:

mollusk children of the chron

It’s Mollusk’s 2nd full length album. COTC is slower, sludgier and stonier. We are the Children Of The Chron.

Mollusk – Children Of The Chron
Tracklisting:
1. Ride the #9
2. Demon Queen
3. The Children of the Chron
4. Glacier
5. Human Tidalwave
6. Blaze Cave
7. Lesbian Resume
8. Torture Chamber
9. When You’re Gone
10 Zombie Apocalypse
11. Mental Hospital

Record to be released in July 2016.Recorded by Sid Lees at HERD Studio in Roxbury MA. 1st Track and video – Glacier.

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Mollusk, “Glacier” official video

Mollusk, “When You’re Gone”

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Atala Stream Shaman’s Path of the Serpent in Full

Posted in audiObelisk on May 16th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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California’s Atala release their second album, Shaman’s Path of the Serpent, this Friday, May 20. If the cover art looks familiar, it might be because the Billy Anderson-produced record has already been reviewed in this space, but the story basically goes that I got asked if I wanted to do the full-album stream as well, and the truth is there’s more to say about the progressive and atmospheric leap the three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Kyle Stratton (also a tattoo artist), bassist John Chavarria and drummer Jeff Tedtaotao make with these four songs, so yeah, I’m down.

As previously noted, it’s been just about a year since Atala made their self-titled debut (review here), and Shaman’s Path of the Serpent works not only as a forward step, but on a completely different scale, borrowing echoing atmospheric largesse from the likes of Deftones and driving it out to the desert with aggression in mind. Even upbeat stretches atala shamans path of the serpentlike the shuffle of second cut “Levity” retain an overarching air of threat, and from the beginning of 10-minute opener and longest cut (immediate points) “Gravity,” its beginning guitar reminiscent of Tool, there’s a rolling doom lumber that feels tonally kin to Pallbearer but made much more Atala‘s own through Stratton‘s vocals and the interplay of varied atmospheres as the blown-out thrust of “King Solomon” and churning crush of “Shapeshifter” continue to build on what the band accomplishes with the first two tracks until all that’s left is noise.

Like I said, Shaman’s Path of the Serpent has already been reviewed, so I don’t want to retread, but consider this post an emphasis on how pivotal and how blazingly quick their growth has been. The first record operated in a straightforward heavy rock style, more barroom than darkened parking lot, and while tracks were constructed on a solid foundation of songwriting, there was little of the kind of scope that even “Gravity” brings at the open, let alone anything that follows. Its airier patience is something that comes with little foreshadow, and as “Shapeshifter” pulls itself apart at the end, there is nothing about that moment that isn’t Atala‘s own, and it puts one final exclamation point on how far the band has come with what’s still just their sophomore full-length.

Atala are on tour next month, headed east to play Maryland Doom Fest 2016 among other live dates. I was dying to know more about what was driving the progression on Shaman’s Path of the Serpent, so reached out to Stratton to get the scoop. You’ll find his comments, the tour dates and the album preorder link under the player below, on which you can stream the album in its entirety.

Please enjoy:

Kyle Stratton on working with Billy Anderson:

On this album, Shaman’s Path of the Serpent, we wanted to do something heavy in a spiritual sense. Lyrically, I was writing about transcending life through death to a spiritual rebirth. With the subject matter I wanted to express, we knew the vocals would be soft in order to evoke a trance-like state, so we wanted the music to come across as very dark and heavy to give the feeling of crossing over to the other side of existence. We choose Billy Anderson because he is an expert at capturing very heavy tones. After speaking with him through emails and getting his feedback on the demos, we knew he was the dude.

The recording process was amazing. Billy really came in with a good idea of what he wanted to do and we came in prepared. It was a mold. We recorded the whole album in four very long days. We worked 16 to 18 hour days, went to sleep then woke up and did it again. Billy even had ideas for vocal melodies and would play them on guitar so I could sing to them. He also laid some extra guitar tracks, and he did the monk chants on the end of the album. I feel he really brought a lot to the plate and we are very grateful to have such a great album because of it. Hopefully he will be on board for the next one.

Atala on tour:
06.18 Scottsdale AZ The Rogue Bar
06.19 Lubbock TX Depot Obar
06.21 St. Louis MO Fubar
06.22 Lakewood OH The Foundry
06.24 Frederick MD Maryland Doom Fest
06.27 Spartanburg SC Ground Zero
06.28 Birmingham AL The Nick
06.29 Fayetteville AR Nomad’s
06.30 Dallas TX Reno’s Chop Shop
07.01 El Paso TX Mesa Music Hall
07.02 Bisbee AZ The Quarry
07.03 Riverside CA PBW

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Mose Giganticus Launch Singles Series with “We are One” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on May 12th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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With their new song and video, Philadelphia heavy post-rock duo Mose Giganticus begin an ambitious project intended, it seems, to basically put songs out as they’re written. They’re calling it a singles series, and their new video for the track “We are One” adds visual flourish and deeply creative lighting to the marching rhythm and atmospheric heft of the track, but I think what it rounds out to is the two-piece of Matt Garfield and Joe Smiley would rather go one or two cuts at a time at this point than put together an entire record. The arguments in favor are easy. Attention spans are short, production times are long, and for Mose Giganticus, whose last outing was 2010’s sophomore LP, Gift Horse, which was released via Relapse, maybe anything at all is better than nothing after six years. Fair enough.

The good news is that despite their time away, “We are One” finds Mose Giganticus indeed functioning as a cohesive unit, progressive in their intent and sounding as focused on songwriting as the titular declaration might lead a listener to believe. Of course, if they keep going with releasing one track after another, they might wind up with a full-length album anyway, but it should say something about their intentions going forward that they’re handling a return to activity — and they played shows periodically between Gift Horse and now — with such outwardly perceptible care, as opposed to storming back, saying they’re going to put together a record and then not doing it. One song at a time. It’s an almost gentle approach, which of course makes a fitting contrast to the melodic but still plenty heavy “We are One.”

You can check out the video below, followed by credits and more background.

Enjoy:

Mose Giganticus, “We are One” official video

Announcing the release of our new video / single “We Are One.”

We’re thrilled to announce the release of our latest video single “We Are One”. This is the first release of our “Singles Series”. Rather than releasing an album every few years, we’ll be releasing new songs in the Singles Series in more frequent intervals. This allows us to work on new material as our inspiration strikes us and turn it around quickly.

Directed by Christopher Kayfield and Matt Garfield. Produced by Matt Garfield. Photography by Christopher Kayfield. Production Design by Matt Garfield and Christopher Kayfield. Lighting by Matt Garfield. Audio Recorded at Red Planet by Joe Smiley. Audio Mastered by James Plotkin.

Mose Giganticus is Matt Garfield and Joe Smiley.

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Doomstress Premiere “Way of the Mountain” Lyric Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on May 11th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Comprised of members of Project ArmageddonSparrowmilk and Venomin JamesDoomstress is a new trio looking to make their debut sometime in the coming months with an EP titled Supernatural Kvlt Sounds. The first audio from the recently-formed outfit arrives as a lyric video to the song “Way of the Mountain,” which finds the three-piece — “Doomstress” Alexis Hollada on bass/vocals, Brandon Johnson on guitar and Tomasz Scull on drums — chugging through doomed-out riffs and grooving into a solid introductory chorus. With empowerment lyrics and nature footage in the video for atmosphere, one begins to get a sense of what Doomstress are about, and the different vibe they’re going for separate from Project Armageddon, from whence Hollada and Johnson hail, who released their more metallic third album, Cosmic Oblivion (review here), last year.

The EP brings forth two originals in “Way of the Mountain” and “Sleep Among the Dead,” as well as covers of Uriah Heep and Coven, and while I wouldn’t attempt to judge a new band’s trajectory from hearing one song and reading the titles of three others, between that, the logos courtesy of The Perverted Old Goatess and the “Way of the Mountain” video below, Doomstress distinguish themselves by bringing a hard edge to modern doom, the heft in Johnson‘s guitar tone holding onto some of that punch from Cosmic Oblivion. Where Supernatural Kvlt Sounds, as their initial recordings, might lead them, probably best not to speculate, but the underlying foundation of songwriting they show in “Way of the Mountain,” the nodding toward a classic influence in their choice of covers and the clear intention toward aesthetic commitment they’re making at the outset all would seem to auger well.

Go ahead and get yourself introduced by checking out the video below, which is followed by some more background on the band, and please enjoy:

Doomstress, “Way of the Mountain” lyric video

Formed by Doomstress Alexis of Project Armageddon from Houston,TX, covering bass & vocals, she asked fellow Project Armageddon bandmate Brandon Johnson to bring his guitar skills to the sonic altar for her new project. Rounding out the project, Doomstress Alexis tapped Sparrowmilk drummer, Tomasz Scull from Cleveland, OH (also guitarist for Venomin James) to contribute his percussive stylings.

doomstress square logoDoomstress Alexis and Brandon travelled to Ohio in March to complete writing and to record a 4 song demo ep, “Supernatural Kvlt Sounds”, consisting of 2 originals and 2 covers.

Doomstress Alexis had certain artistic aesthetic ideas in mind for the new DOOMSTRESS project and shared these with Goatess Doomwych (the674society) who crafted the logo and art designs.

“Doomstress was spawned by Doomstress Alexis’s desire to take a more personal musical direction. While still rooted in doom and metal, Doomstress seeks to invoke heavier grooves found more in vintage & stoner rock. The layering of twin guitar and vocal harmonies allows Doomstress to bring a darker ambience and mood to the music. Lyrically and visually Doomstress appeals to free spiritedness, strength of self, elements of nature & the supernatural, as well as some occult and gothic themes.”

EP tracklisting:
1-Way of the Mountain
2-Rainbow Demon (Uriah Heep cover)
3-Sleep Among the Dead
4-Wicked Woman (Coven cover)

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