Rhin Announce Southeastern Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 2nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

rhin (Photo by Brendan Fieldhouse)

Tonight, West Virginian punk-as-fuck-you trio Rhin play the Delmar Inn in Hagerstown, Maryland, with the esteemed likes of tech-sludge-gap-bridgers Moon Tooth and noise skin-peelers Godmaker. It’s going to be a well-hyphenated show, apparently. Fair enough. Musket Hawk also appear on the bill, and for Rhin, it’s something of a lead-in to their upcoming East Coast tour, or at least it’s a Southeast tour, or a kind of Virginia/Carolina/etc. tour. It’s a fucking tour. They’re going on it. It’ll be nasty.

Rhin released their second album, Bastard (review here), at the end of last year on Grimoire Records. Info for tonight’s show in Maryland follows, as well as the tour dates, which kick off next weekend:

rhin tour poster

As the autumn deepens, so too will its nights’ intensity. Join us as power dervish, MOON TOOTH descend upon Hagerstown, MD. Experience their controlled chaos of rock glory. Witness the full throttle rock metal crushing wonderment as GODMAKER burns through this night. Feel the grip of growling, ripping, marauders MUSKET HAWK. And, come experience the non stop, brutally of hell thrashers, RHIN. This night will be one for the books. Join us for the epic ticket! What say you? Will you look back in regret of missing this show? Remember: the next show you miss may be the last. It’s all the way live and this is all on one stage. $5 cover. 21+ only.

West Virginia punk assault Rhin (Grimoire records) will be hitting the road October 9th through the 17th. Ending in Morgantown at 123 with karma to burn and lo pan. Event information on their facebook page.

looking for help 10/16
10/9 opera house shepherdstown
10/10 80/20 norfolk
10/11 house show charolette, NC
10/12 slims raleigh
10/13 Odditorium asheville
10/14 crayola house harrisonburg va
10/15 empty glass charleston
*10/16 pittsburgh? somewhere usa?
10/17 123 morgantown

RHIN is a band from West Virginia featuring members of The Demon Beat, Black Blizzard, Bishops, and nonhealer.

RHIN is: Dominic Gianninato [Bass, Vocals], Tucker Riggleman [Guitar], and Ben Proudman [Drums].


Rhin, Bastard (2014)

Tags: , , ,

Karma to Burn Debut Two Making of Arch Stanton Behind-the-Scenes Videos

Posted in Bootleg Theater on January 26th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster


Today, Jan. 26, is an off-date for Karma to Burn‘s current North American tour. Last night, they were in Dallas for show number 18 of the 33-date run. Tomorrow, they’ll be in Albuquerque, New Mexico, alongside Sierra, with whom they’ve been touring in support of the US release of their latest album, Arch Stanton (review here). The instrumental trio, whose roots trace back to guitarist/founder Will Mecum‘s origins in Morgantown, West Virginia, have always done it the hard way, and this stint I’m quite sure is no exception.

But then, there’s always been something argumentative at the heart of Karma to Burn. Since the original lineup of the band came roaring back in 2010 with their fourth full-length, Appalachian Incantation (review here), Karma to Burn have reminded both friends and foes of their uncompromising position when it comes to straight-ahead riffing and the vision at the heart of their project. Mecum, who leads the trio now comprised of himself, drummer Evan Devine and bassist Eric Clutter, is the driving force behind Karma to Burn‘s no-frills heaviness, and half a decade after the group’s rebirth, there’s as little room for argument as ever.

Switzerland-based Snakehill Productions has put together a series of behind-the-scenes videos interviewing Karma to Burn about some of their life on tour and their general feelings and attitudes on being in the band at this point. It’s called “The Making of Arch Stanton,” but the vibe is really more about getting into what it’s like being Karma to Burn than about which amps were used to record “54” or anything like that. Either way, it’s a cool chance to hear MecumDevine and Clutter talk about what they’re listening to and what they dig about playing different songs, as well as their picks for the next in the band’s line of intermittent vocalists.

Remaining tour dates follow the clips below. Enjoy:

Karma to Burn, The Making of Arch Stanton Pt. 3 & 4

Pt. 1 & 2 can be viewed here.

KARMA TO BURN & SIERRA North American Tour

Remaining dates:
1/27/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
1/28/2015 The Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
1/30/2015 Loaded – Hollywood, CA
1/31/2015 Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
2/01/2015 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
2/03/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/04/2015 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
2/06/2015 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/07/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID
2/08/2015 Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT
2/09/2015 Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO
2/10/2015 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
2/11/2015 Fubar – St Louis, MO
2/12/2015 Red Line Tap – Chicago, IL
2/13/2015 123 Pleasant Street – Morgantown, WV

Karma to Burn’s website

Karma to Burn on Thee Facebooks

Tags: , , ,

Karma to Burn Confirm North American Tour Dates; Announce Arch Stanton US Release

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 10th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

karma to burn

West Virginian instrumental institution Karma to Burn are kicking off a month of North American touring on Jan. 7 and by astounding coincidence, that same date will mark the official US release of their latest album, Arch Stanton (review here). That record saw issue earlier this year on FABA/Deepdive Records, and it will be the former who reportedly will handle the American pressing, which the trio seem fit to hand deliver from city to city on their cross-country (plus Montreal and Vancouver!) run.

It’s a hell of a slog and while I’m sure places like Albuquerque and Mesa, Arizona, will be vaguely tolerable in January, I don’t think anyone could accuse Karma to Burn of going easy on themselves this time out. The band has spent much of the last several years focusing on Europe, but it seems they’re ready to dive headfirst back into the North American market. Hard not to root for them in the endeavor.

I had thought it was only for those on their mailing list, but it looks like they’ve also made a warts-and-all live recording from an earlier-2014 London gig available for free download as well, as the PR wire informs:

karma to burn tour

KARMA TO BURN: Instrumental Stoner Rock Legends Announce 2015 North American Tour Dates; Arch Stanton To See Stateside Release Next Month

West Virginia instrumental stoner rock legends, KARMA TO BURN, will bring their bong-ripping riffery and glassy-eyed grooves to the stage next month on a mammoth live expedition. Scheduled to launch on January 7th, 2015 in Ohio, the band will crumble thirty-three stages across the US and Canada, coming to a close in their home state on February 13th, 2015. The band will be joined by special guests, Canadian riff rockers, Sierra. In the meantime, turn up and tune out to the sounds of KARMA TO BURN deafening London earlier this year. The show is downloadable for a limited time at THIS LOCATION.

KARMA TO BURN — guitarist Will Mecum, bassist Rob Halkett and drummer Evan Devine — will be touring in support of their Arch Stanton long player. Unleashed in Europe this Summer via Switzerland-based Faba Records, Arch Stanton is the band’s sixth studio album and third since reforming following their seven-year hiatus in 2009. Reminiscent of their now iconic Wild Wonderful Purgatory and Almost Heathen offerings, on Arch Stanton, KARMA TO BURN channels the true spirit of the riff rock ritual with seven monumental new shredders and “23,” a classic number never before heard, re-recorded for the first time ever.

1/07/2015 Ripper’s Rock House – Akron, OH
10/8/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
1/09/2015 31st Street Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
1/10/2015 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
1/11/2015 Casa Del Popolo – Montreal, QC
1/12/2015 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
1/13/2015 Geno’s Rock Club – Portland, ME
1/14/2015 TT the Bear’s – Cambridge, MA
1/15/2015 The Shaskeen – Manchester, NH
1/16/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
1/18/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
1/19/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
1/20/2015 Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC
1/21/2015 The Earl = East Atlanta, GA
1/22/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
1/23/2015 Mangos – Houston, TX
1/24/2015 Mohawk – Austin, TX
1/25/2015 Double Wide – Dallas, TX
1/27/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
1/28/2015 The Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
1/30/2015 Loaded – Hollywood, CA
1/31/2015 Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
2/01/2015 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
2/03/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/04/2015 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
2/06/2015 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/07/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID
2/08/2015 Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT
2/09/2015 Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO
2/10/2015 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
2/11/2015 Fubar – St Louis, MO
2/12/2015 Red Line Tap – Chicago, IL
2/13/2015 123 Pleasant Street – Morgantown, WV

In conjunction with band’s tour kick off, KARMA TO BURN’s Arch Stanton will see official North American release via Faba Records on January 7th, 2014.

KARMA TO BURN on Facebook

Karma to Burn, “57”

Tags: , , , ,

Karma to Burn Announce Month-Long US Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 28th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

…Actually it’s more like five weeks that West Virginia’s Karma to Burn will spend on the road across the US supporting their 2014 full-length, Arch Stanton (review here). The Morgantown instrumentalists, now with guitarist Will Mecum as the sole remaining founding member alongside bassist Rob Halkett and drummer Evan Devine, will head out right after New Year’s, starting Jan. 7 in Ohio and ending with a hometown gig on Feb. 13.

Those lineup changes have taken place and Karma to Burn have released a self-titled EP and a split with Sons of Alpha Centauri since their last round of North American touring in 2011, so it seems reasonable to expect some difference in stage presence given the different players, etc., but Karma to Burn‘s no-frills core might as well be carved in marble it’s so permanent, and they should be nothing if not recognizable.

Looking forward to finding out:

karma to burn tour

Karma to Burn on North American tour!

04/23 Berlin Germany @ Desert Fest
04/26 London UK @ Desert Fest


Karma to Burn, “55” official video

Tags: , , , ,

Rhin Premiere “Consumed” from New Album Bastard

Posted in audiObelisk on November 6th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster


West Virginian trio Rhin will release their second album, Bastard, Dec. 1 through Grimoire Records. It is a noisy barrage of a record, taking cues in aggressive and abrasiveness from Unsane and Sourvein and concocting a vicious churn from them that seems to spit at you even through speakers. Songs like “Bull Doze” and the quicker “I Want More” tread heavy on the line between punk and heavy noise, taking root with a nasty sort of drive that takes on different forms throughout Bastard‘s seven tracks, but never seems to relent no matter where it turns.

“Consumed,” which closes, is the culmination of all this tension. Rhin‘s late-2013 self-titled debut was also seven tracks that rounded out with a closer extended in comparison to what surrounded it, but Bastard feels more assured, the trio of bassist/vocalist Dominic Gianninoto, guitarist Tucker Riggleman and drummer Ben Proudman storming their way through “Ted’s Shed,” “Gravy” and the penultimate furiousness of “Man is Bastard” (not to be confused with powerviolence pioneers Man is the Bastard) with rhin bastardimmediacy and confidence. In that it’s 10 minutes long and the rest of the album’s tracks are less than half that in runtime, and takes more of a building approach rather than unleashing its onslaught all at once, “Consumed” maybe doesn’t represent the entirety of Bastard as much as another cut might, but I think after you make your way through it, you’ll be able to get a decent sense of what Rhin are going for and you’ll have a hard time arguing it doesn’t live up to its title.

After climbing to a midpoint apex, “Consumed” opens up to a more languid groove, calling to mind an East Coast answer to some of Akimbo‘s swaying explorations and never losing its sense of purpose as the adrenaline gradually returns, measure by measure until the final chugging, feedback, sample and fade take hold. “Consumed” is not a light undertaking, but it serves to demonstrate that the entirety of Rhin‘s scope can’t necessarily be summarized either by noise rock or sludge. If you let it carry you, it will:

Here is the Music Player. You need to installl flash player to show this cool thing!

Rhin‘s Bastard is out Dec. 1 on Grimoire Records and is available now to preorder. More info at the links.

Rhin on Thee Facebooks

Grimoire Records on Bandcamp

Tags: , , , , ,

Karma to Burn, Arch Stanton: Shoot, Don’t Talk

Posted in Reviews on July 29th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

What’s really surprising about Arch Stanton, the new full-length from Karma to Burn, isn’t how the trio goes about its business. Led by West Virginian guitarist Will Mecum, the method is essentially the same as it’s been since 1999’s sophomore outing, Wild Wonderful Purgatory, in that the band cut a straight line, sans frills, to riff-led heavy rock and roll. Tracks are numerically titled, there are no vocals save for a bit of sampling on closer “Fifty Nine” (also as high as the numbers go this time around), and they stick so firmly to their approach that six of the album’s eight tracks are between four and five minutes long, and neither of the other two top six. For anyone who’s listened to them before, the ideas and the barebones feel with which they’re presented will be familiar. What’s really surprising about Arch Stanton is how much Karma to Burn can say without saying anything at all. Not counting a 2012 reworking of their famously vocalized 1997 self-titled debut (their label at the time, Roadrunner, forced them to take a on a singer; it didn’t last), dubbed Slight Reprise, the FABA and Deepdive Records-released Arch Stanton is Karma to Burn‘s sixth album, the follow-up to 2011’s V (review here) and their 2010 return, Appalachian Incantation (review here), as well as a slew of splits, EPs and singles. It is consistent with those two and with the output from Karma to Burn‘s first run on the aforementioned Wild Wonderful Purgatory and 2002’s Almost Heathen, but it’s also their first long-player to feature bassist Rob Halkett and drummer Evan Devine alongside Mecum.

Although it doesn’t manifest sonically in any massive stylistic shift — Mecum seems to be calling the shots either way — his guitar is certainly the defining presence in the band at this point if it wasn’t before, and it probably was — it’s still a big change. Former bassist Rich Mullins and ex-drummer Rob Oswald, aside from being there during the first run prior to their split after Almost Heathen, were a considerable presence in the band’s creative growth. Mullins having taken part in the band Year Long Disaster particularly led to the two groups essentially combining forces for a time, but that’s gone on Arch Stanton as well. Those days, it would seem, are over, and Karma to Burn have returned to the core of what they’re all about, which is Mecum‘s riffs and a straightforward instrumental heavy rock drive. They dip as far back as “Twenty Three” — which by the numbers comes from the Wild Wonderful Purgatory-era — but the rest of Arch Stanton is between “Fifty Three” and “Fifty Nine,” arranged over the album’s 37 minutes to maximize overarching flow over what I imagine breaks cleanly in half to form two vinyl sides, and “Fifty Seven” leads off with Devine‘s drums and winding feedback leading to a classic motoring boogie, thick, groovy and in heavy motion. As ever, Karma to Burn waste no time in reminding their listeners who they are and what they do, even if they’re introducing some new faces in the process. “Fifty Six” has a metallic feel in the initial guitar line, and “Fifty Three” slows the proceedings down for a time, but they cap the first half with a return to the swagger in “Fifty Four” that shows off some airy layering at first before the central riff emerges to mark the nod-ready progression, building efficiently before a somewhat understated payoff rounds out.

The grooves get larger on “Fifty Five” and “Fifty Eight” on side B, but the mood and overall vibe keep steady, though the fact that the chugging “Twenty Three” seems to have a simpler spirit than what surrounds could be taken as indicative of the creative growth of the band or at very least Mecum‘s songwriting. Karma to Burn have long been haunted by the specter of vocals, partially because of their debut, partially because, in collaborations with John Garcia and Dan Davies, they’ve flirted with the idea, and partially because the songs are so straightforward it seems there’s room for a singer. I don’t know if that feels less true on Arch Stanton because something has changed in Karma to Burn musically or if it’s interpretation based on how otherwise uncompromising the album feels, but it remains the case either way. True to the album’s title which also references the film, some snipped dialog from the closing moments of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly — famous Morricone score included — is worked into “Fifty Nine,” and that seems particularly fitting, though somewhat ironic since that was a European film set in the American west and Karma to Burn are an American band who at this point have found greater success touring in Europe. Nonetheless, they end with a big push, and bring Arch Stanton to a finish sounding refreshed in their purpose and clearheaded about what it is Karma to Burn should be some 20 years on from the band’s founding. Whether or not Mecum‘s bringing in Halkett and Devine will signal a new period of productivity — two live albums, an EP and a split with Sons of Alpha Centauri all being released since the start of 2013 would hint that perhaps it will — it’s hard to say for sure, but if Arch Stanton proves anything, it’s that like their goat mascot on the Alexander von Wieding cover art, they ride tall and destructive through whatever battle may be raging around them.

Karma to Burn, “53” official video

Karma to Burn on Thee Facebooks

Deepdive Records

Tags: , , , , ,

Brimstone Coven Stream “Behold, the Anunnaki” from Metal Blade Debut

Posted in audiObelisk on July 16th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

On Aug. 5, West Virginian classic doom four-piece Brimstone Coven will make a self-titled debut on Metal Blade Records. The retro-fied, boogie-ritualized, 69-minute monster with which they’ll do it is available now to preorder and made up of 17 tracks — the sum total of their discography prior to inking the deal. Their original 2012 self-titled EP (which STB Records released as a 12″ last year) appears here as bonus tracks, and 2013’s II, comprises the meat of the album proper. But with the combination and a remaster comes a change of title, and Brimstone Coven‘s Brimstone Coven it is.

In whatever context one might want to view it, Brimstone Coven is an album that righteously engages the tenets of classic doom. There’s an early ’70s sway to the material, a looseness in the rhythm section of bassist Andrew D’Cagna and drummer Justin Wood, that gives the chugging, grooving riffs of guitarist Corey Roth both meat and movement, and vocalist “Big John” Williams meshes with this modus perfectly, the layers of his voice harmonizing and calling to mind the natural feel and melodic range of grandiose ’70s prog, working with the music surrounding to give cuts like “Behold, the Anunnaki,” “The Black Door” and “The Seance” a mystique without sounding overblown or needlessly theatrical. It’s a careful balance and Brimstone Coven execute it well.

While the newer material (which appears first on the new collection) has a clearer production value than the original EP — though the remaster and an intro track provide an easy flow from one section into the next — that only makes it easier to hear the progression Brimstone Coven have undertaken. As a summary of the album’s appeal, “Behold, the Anunnaki” holds up more than ably in giving a sense of their progressive side while nailing down a steady rolling groove and building to a bigger finish. If it’s your first taste of what Brimstone Coven have to offer, you’re likely in for a pleasant surprise.


Brimstone Coven will release their self-titled full-length via Metal Blade Records on Aug. 5. The album is available to preorder here. They’ll also join Eric Wagner‘s Blackfinger for select shows on their upcoming tour, and on July 21, they’ll play with labelmates Mount Salem in their home state. More info from the PR wire and at the links below:

Brimstone Coven is a retro-hard rock / doom band that hails of out Wheeling, WV. They began brewing their own blend of “dark occult rock” in the early months of 2011. Corey Roth (Guitarist) wrote the first five songs, which would later become the band’s self titled album. Roth went on to handpick three seasoned musicians from the local scene. Andrew D’Cagna (Bass), Justin Wood (Drums), and “Big John” Williams (Vocals) were recruited to carry out Roth’s plan for sonic domination. Echoing the eerie reverberations of hard rock heavyweights such as Black Sabbath and Pentagram, mixed with the classic rock style of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, Brimstone Coven strive to preserve a vintage rock sound mixed with a style all their own.

After many shows, one album, the band added new drummer Dan Hercules, released their second album, simply titled “II”, which was released in November of 2013, and signed with Metal Blade Records! Since signing with Metal Blade, original drummer Justin Wood has returned to the fold and has rounded out the seminal chemistry the band had been looking for. Metal Blade Records will begin their new partnership with Brimstone Coven by releasing the band’s latest album combined with their debut EP, complete with new mastering and brand new artwork. Artwork was completed by Creighton Hill, the same mind behind the band’s first two releases. The newly packaged and mastered set 17 tracks will serve as a solid introduction to Brimstone Coven for new fans. On August 5, the album will be available digitally and physically in North America.

Brimstone Coven at Metal Blade Records

Brimstone Coven on Thee Facebooks

Brimstone Coven’s website

Metal Blade Records

Tags: , , , , ,

Karma to Burn Reveal Artwork & Tracklisting for Arch Stanton

Posted in Visual Evidence on May 27th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

In looking at his work over the course of their collaboration, you can tell that German artist Alexander von Wieding is a fan of Karma to Burn. Not just because he does such excellent work for them — see his prior covers to their V and Appalachian Incantation full-lengths and splits with Sons of Alpha Centauri, ÖfÖ Am, etc. — but to the creativity he brings to their established goat mascot and the level to which he captures what the instrumental West Virginian outfit is all about. The latest partnership between Karma to Burn and von Wieding is the three-piece’s forthcoming album, Arch Stanton, set to release in August.

The album takes its title from the name on the grave in the Sergio Leone classic, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, where a fortune of gold is buried, and almost certainly, if riffs were treasure then Karma to Burn would be millionaires. Von Wieding‘s cover departs from the spaghetti west in favor of the American Civil War, which occurred before the events imagined in the film, and we see Karma to Burn‘s mascot — who’s well on his way to an Eddie-esque number of interpretations — storming a battle line of Union and Confederate soldiers, the flags of both sides represented. All around is chaos and fire and death, rendered with a frightening and otherworldly glow, and both armies recoil in bloody horror as the cigar-smoking beast devastates with a whip for each side.

Karma to Burn‘s Arch Stanton is out this August through Deepdive Records and FABA Records. More to come about it, I’m sure, but until then, check out the tracklisting, take a listen to the prior single “Fifty Three,” which will appear on the record, and click the image below for a closer look:


1 Fifty Seven
2 Fifty Six
3 Fifty Three
4 Fifty Four
5 Fifty Five
6 Twenty Three
7 Fifty Eight
8 Fifty Nine

Label is: deepdive records & FABA records

Release 15.8.2014

Karma to Burn, “Fifty Three”

Tags: , , , , ,