Sasquatch and Lo-Pan Announce Northeastern Shows

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 27th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

sasquatch photo by Banana

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Los Angeles trio Sasquatch and Columbus, Ohio four-piece Lo-Pan will team up for a handful of tour dates making a long weekender of their respective appearances at Maryland Doom Fest in Frederick, MD, on Oct. 29. Sasquatch will be supporting 2017’s Maneuvers (review here) as well as heralding their next release, yet unannounced, while Lo-Pan, who were last seen on the road with Crowbar and C.O.C. in 2019, will support Subtle (review here), issued that same year through Aqualamb.

Though obviously this four-date Northeastern stint marks a return to the road in the most significant manner both acts will have performed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, considering travel and all, Lo-Pan and Sasquatch both have shows booked for before they set out for Philadelphia to begin the run. Lo-Pan join Valley of the Sun for a weekend of shows in Ohio on Sept. 3-5, and are slated to play the annual Blackout Cookout in Youngstown on Oct. 23 alongside Rebreather, Midnight and a host of others.

Sasquatch, meanwhile, will make their way to San Diego on Aug. 25 to join headliners The Sword, as well as ASG and Deathchant for a show presented by Psycho Las Vegas.

As to what either act might have planned for after this Fall, either in terms of writing/recording or releasing new material, returning to longer touring schedules, and so on, your guess is as good as mine. Probably better. But both are veteran acts at this point and any sense that they’re getting back to some semblance of being able to play live again — that’s not to say “normalcy” — is obviously welcome.

Dates follow:

sasquatch lo-pan poster

SASQUATCH & LO-PAN tour dates:

10.28 Philadelphia PA Kung-Fu Necktie
https://sasquatch102821.eventbrite.com/

10.29 Frederick MD Cafe 611 *Maryland Doom Festival*
https://www.marylanddoomfest.com/tickets-2021/

10.30 Brooklyn NY Saint Vitus
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10.31 Cambridge MA Middle East Upstairs
https://www.ticketweb.com/event/sasquatch-lo-pan-middle-east-upstairs-tickets/11242305?pl=mid

SASQUATCH is:
Jason Casanova – bass
Keith Gibbs – guitar/vocals
Craig Riggs – drums

LO-PAN is:
Jeff Martin – vocals
Skot Thompson – bass
Jesse Bartz – drums
Chris Thompson – guitar

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Sasquatch, Maneuvers (2017)

Lo-Pan, Subtle (2019)

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Orange Goblin Reissuing Healing Through Fire Aug. 20; More Live Dates Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 26th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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As I recall, Orange Goblin‘s 2007 offering, Healing Through Fire, went through copious shenanigans before finally seeing US release through Sanctuary Records. Great record. And it never really got its due, at least in the States. “Cities of Frost,” “The Ballad of Solomon Eagle,” “They Come Back (Harvest of Skulls,” on and on. This is Orange Goblin at their most fuckin’ doom, and I’ll put it against anything in their catalog before or after. The Sanctuary version originally came as a CD/DVD with this Mean Fidder show from 2006 as a video, but, well, I don’t think they even make DVD players at this point, so doing it as a live album is probably a better call. For me, I’ll take the BBC live tracks and the demos as well, thank you kindly.

There’s a bevvy of Orange Goblin news as they look to break out post-COVID and start to play shows — their first is next weekend — with new bassist Harry Armstrong. Live dates have been announced for a Scandinavian tour, and they’re headlining the Uprising fest on Sept. 11, and they’ve still got their holiday tour this December as well. Much going on.

The following is culled from their social medias:

orange goblin healing through fire

We’re re-issuing the ‘Healing Through Fire’ album as a deluxe 2CD set featuring 27 tracks and a wealth of bonus material via our friends Dissonance Productions and Cherry Red Records !!!

Pre-order: http://cherryred.co/OGHealingThroughFire

Disc 1 features the original album, remastered, and adds four BBC Radio One Rock Show Session tracks, as well as three demos from 2006, including a raucous cover of The Damned’s ‘New Rose’.

Disc 2 contains a full 11 track live set recorded at the Mean Fiddler in London in 2006, showcasing the Orange Goblin live experience in all its high volume high octane glory.

Boasting updated artwork with liner notes from the guys, and housed in a deluxe double digipack, the new edition of ‘Healing Through Fire’ is considered by the band to be the definitive version

Track Listing:

CD 1 – HEALING THROUGH FIRE
1. The Ballad of Solomon Eagle
2. Vagrant Stomp
3. The Ale House Braves
4. Cities of Frost
5. Hot Knives and Open Sores
6. Hounds Ditch
7. Mortlake (Dead Water)
8. They Come Back (Harvest of Skulls)
9. Beginners Guide to Suicide
10. The Ballad of Solomon Eagle (Radio One Rock Show 17.08.07)
11. They Come Back (Harvest of Skulls) (Radio One Rock Show 17.08.07)
12. Scorpionica (Radio One Rock Show 17.08.07)
13. Blue Snow (Radio One Rock Show 17.08.07)
14. The Ballad of Solomon Eagle (2006 Demo)
15. They Come Back (Harvest of Skulls) (2006 Demo)
16. New Rose (2006 Demo)

CD 2 – LIVE AT THE MEAN FIDDLER, LONDON, DECEMBER 16, 2006
1. Intro
2. Some You Win, Some You Lose
3. Quincy the Pig Boy
4. Getting High on the Bad Times
5. The Ballad of Solomon Eagle
6. Hot Magic, Red Planet
7. Round Up the Horses
8. They Come Back (Harvest of Skulls)
9. Your World Will Hate This
10. Blue Snow
11. Scorpionica

**ORANGE GOBLIN TO HEADLINE UPRISING FESTIVAL**

We are delighted to announce that Orange Goblin will headline this awesome bill at Uprising, to be held at the o2 Academy, Leicester UK on Saturday 11th September 2021. Also joining us there across the weekend of the 10th-12th September will be Raging Speedhorn, Heart of A Coward, Diamond Head, Ingested, Mage, Shrapnel, Divine Chaos and many more.

**ORANGE GOBLIN – SCANDINAVIAN TICKETS ON SALE NOW!**

Tickets for our ‘The Cold North’ Scandinavian Tour in November 2021 are on sale NOW from the link below:

Support on all dates comes from Swedish rockers Bürner.

https://routeonebooking.tourlink.to/TheColdNorthScandinavianTour

Full set of dates as follows:
NOVEMBER 2021
THU 11 – BETA, COPENHAGEN, DK
FRI 12 – PLAN B, MALMO, SE
SAT 13 – THE CRYPT, LINKOPING, SE
MON 15 – JOHN DEE, OSLO, NO
TUE 16 – FRIHAMNEN, GOTHENBURG, SE
WED 17 – DEBASER, STOCKHOLM, SE
FRI 18 – KLUBI, TAMPERE, FI
SAT 19 – KORJAAMO, HELSINKI, FI

Orange Goblin live:
Sat 31 Jul – The Yard, Cornwall, UK
Sun 15 Aug – Bloodstock Open Air (Main Stage), UK
Sunday 22 Aug – Dynamo Metalfest, Eindhoven, NL
Sat 02 Oct – Headbangers Balls Festival, Izegem, BE
Fri 05 Nov – Night of Salvation (Damnation Fest), Leeds, UK
Sat 04 Dec – Dome of Rock Festival, Salzburg, AT
Wed 08 Dec – The Booking Hall, Dover, UK
Thu 09 Dec – The Tivoli, Buckley, UK
Fri 10 Dec – Limelight 2, Belfast, UK
Sat 11 Dec – Grand Social, Dublin, IRE
Mon 13 Dec – King Tuts, Glasgow, UK
Tue 14 Dec – Gorilla, Manchester, UK
Wed 15 Dec – Asylum, Birmingham, UK
Thu 16 Dec – The Globe, Cardiff, UK
Fri 17 Dec – The Underworld, London, UK
Sat 18 Dec – The Underworld, London, UK

Orange Goblin is:
Ben Ward – Vocals
Joe Hoare – Guitar
Harry Armstrong – Bass / Backing vocals
Christopher Turner – Drums

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Orange Goblin, Healing Through Fire (2007)

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Ouzo Bazooka to Release Dalya Aug. 27; Video & Preorders Up

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 26th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

You ever listen to a band and ask yourself why you don’t listen to them every day forever? That’s me right now and this Ouzo Bazooka record. Sounds like hyperbole, and I guess it is, but the synth-o-psych vibe is hitting me pretty hard this morning and much like the groove of album opener “Monsters” — for which you’ll find a video below — flows into danceable “Million Years of Light” and the delightfully keyboardy instrumental “Alhagamal,” I’m just going to roll with it. Dalya is six new songs, runs a whopping 34 minutes, and is too percussive to really drift, but certainly has that air about it anyway by the time the also-instrumental “Kruv” launches side B and shifts through “It’s a Menace” into the shuttle-launched-from-Tel-Aviv that is “Nine” jamming to the finish — oh, hello bass — Middle Eastern vibes running rampant all the while.

Aug. 27 is the release date from Stolen Body Records, but hell’s bells, go find yourself some preorders and let the dates come and go from now until then. You can worry about the daily habit in the meantime.

To the PR wire:

Ouzo Bazooka Dalya

Ouzo Bazooka – Dalya – Release date: August 27th

Preorder: https://www.stolenbodyrecords.co.uk/shop/ouzo-bazooka-dalya

We are delighted to announce the release of the first single – Monsters – from Ouzo Bazooka’s fifth album Dalya. Monsters comes out July 26th along with pre orders of the album.

Monster’s has Ouzo Bazooka returning with a fresh but familiar recipe of their own unique blend of east meets west.

The fuzzy oriental riffs cupped with the addictive groove will take you on a mind bending journey from the sweltering banks of the Nile, down to Jaffa beach and around the spice scented alleys of Istanbul on Ouzo Bazooka’s hot rodded magic carpet ride. Check out the new video for Monsters now.

The undisputed champions of middle eastern psych rock return with Dalya, their epic fifth studio album.

Suspiciously smelling like a mix of prohibited substances and powerful homebrewed potions, Dalya manages to effortlessly be a lot of things that, in a similar universe, contradict each other: it is psychedelic but accessible. It is adventurous and creatively free spirited, but also filled with anthems waiting to be discovered. The sound is recognizable, but simultaneously original and an expansion of the band’s wide creative palette.

Dalya consists of 6 long, swirling, hallucination-inducing doses of music to be consumed with your eyes wide shut. But make no mistake – this is still Ouzo Bazooka’s good ol’ sweaty oriental fuzz party. Monsters, the album’s opener, has the anthemic qualities one would secretly hope to find on an Ouzo Bazooka album. It is followed by the sunstroked dubby and dare we say disco-ish Million Years Of Light, continues with the dense and sweaty instrumental pieces Al Hagamal and Kruv and continues to ascend with It’s A Menace towards the spectacular climax that is Nine.

Filled with imaginative, mind bending moments, Dalya is yet another monument in Ouzo Bazooka’s epic sonic journey and a grand new chapter in the band’s story.

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Ouzo Bazooka, “Monsters” official video

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Polymoon Sign to Robotor Records; Playing Label Fest in Berlin

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 23rd, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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First, good for Polymoon. The Tampere heavy psych outfit brought a bit of sunshine to the outright shit year that was 2020 with their Svart-delivered debut, Caterpillars of Creation (review here), and though they’ve hardly been able to get out to do shows to support it, they’ve already gotten some momentum on their side thanks to word of mouth, taking part in Roadburn Redux, and so on. Their aligning with Kadavar‘s Robotor Records label is a cool next step.

Second, on the label’s side, it shows the imprint is forward thinking, by which I mean clearly envisioning growing a roster over time of adventurous bands looking to make an impact on the international underground. The first signing, Splinter, gave a similar message, but Kadavar and Death Alley (from whence Splinter in part come) also toured together, so there was a prior relationship to build from. This feels more like a label snagging a band on a business level. And it’s good business, because that Polymoon record was killer.

All things Robotor will be celebrated early September in Berlin as Kadavar, Splinter and Polymoon get together for a two-night showcase/fest that, well, sounds like a good old time. Details and ticket preorders came through the PR wire along with the Polymoon announcement:

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POLYMOON sign on Robotor // Robotor Label Fest

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome POLYMOON to Robotor Records. Their debut album surprised us with it’s unique formula of zeitgeisty psychedelia and didn’t only land on many top lists in 2020, but also has been among our personal favorites. We’re excited for what’s next in Polymoon’s musical journey and you should be as well!

We are excited to announce our first label festival this summer in Berlin! On September 3-4 we will celebrate live music and DJ sets outside at Zukunft am Ostkreuz with our bands Kadavar, Splinter and Polymoon and DJs Robin Banks and Psycho Jones! Polymoon will head over all the way from Tampere for their first ever central European show to present their highly acclaimed debut „Caterpillars Of Creation” and Splinter (former members of Death Alley, Birth Of Joy) will celebrate the release of their debut album „Filthy Pleasures”. Your local heroes of Kadavar will accompany their label mates both nights. Due to common corona restrictions, tickets will be very limited. Don’t miss this early opportunity to get your well deserved and long awaited dose of live music!!!

Pre-sale: this Friday, 12:00 on: www.robotorrecords.com

POLYMOON is:
Tuomas Heikura / Drums
Jesse Jaksola / Guitar
Otto Kontio / Guitar
Kalle-Erik Kosonen / Vocals, Synthesizer
Juuso Valli / Bass

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Polymoon, Caterpillars of Creation (2020)

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Old Man Wizard Announce Final Album Kill Your Servants Quietly

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 22nd, 2021 by JJ Koczan

With the record on for the first time as I write this, I’m kind of doing the stages of grief with Old Man Wizard‘s Kill Your Servants Quietly. Nah, it won’t really be their last album. Well fuck that. Maybe just one more after this. It’s a bummer they’re done. And maybe they really are.

Set to release Nov. 5, Kill Your Servants Quietly follows 2018’s Blame it All on Sorcery (discussed here) and 2013’s Unfavorable (review here) and will indeed reportedly be the final long-player from the San Diego progressive rock trio. And yeah, Francis Roberts has plenty of other stuff going, between King Gorm and making synth soundtracks to videogames both real and imagined, but to find Old Man Wizard still pushing their sound forward in the disco-rocking “Today” after the acoustic-led “Your Life,” lush melody pervading all the while to tie it together just emphasizes how individual what they did was and, at least until November, is. Back to being bummed I go.

You’ll note the artwork here in conversation with Unfavorable. Valin Mattheis also did the second record, though it was in a different style.

Album info came down the PR wire:

Old Man Wizard Kill Your Servants Quietly

Old Man Wizard – Kill Your Servants Quietly – Nov. 5, 2021

Kill Your Servants Quietly is the third and final studio album from Progressive Heavy Rock outfit Old Man Wizard. It follows the release of two full-length LPs: Unfavorable (2013) and Blame It All On Sorcery (2018).

Guitarist/Vocalist Francis Roberts writes:
“This is my favorite album I’ve ever made. I love the songs I wrote for it, I loved working on it, and I’m really looking forward to sharing it with everyone. The plan was to record it in a very old school way: guitar/bass/drums live in the same room together with only eight inputs for the band, edited and mixed down to backing tracks, and adding vocals and other stuff as overlays. We got through the live recording part with eight of the songs just before the pandemic hit, so we had to track vocals, overlays, and two of the songs (“Live Forever” and “Your Life”) remotely. All three of us have decent home recording abilities, so I think it turned out sounding really cool. I hope you love it as much as I loved making it.”

Kill Your Servants Quietly escorts you on a fantasy-fuelled journey with a mixture of high-energy tracks and emotional performances. The theatrical thunder and soaring melodies of “I Prayed” opens the album with dramatic effect. The overdriven guitar of the title track provides a heavy grounding to the soaring vocals and harmonies. With lyrics balancing on the line between fantasy and reality, the narrative explores dark ideas whilst aptly suiting the musical arrangement.

From the eerily dark instrumentation and lyrics of “God Is Your Friend” to the serene “Your Life” and dynamic “Live Forever”, Kill Your Servants Quietly is an excellently crafted album. Old Man Wizard have cultivated a distinctive sound that delivers epic drama and delight with every track.

Album Credits:
Music and Lyrics by Francis Roberts
Produced by Francis Roberts
Artwork by Valin Mattheis
Additional vocals by Mark Calabio, Drew Peters, Reece Miller
Voiceover by Bill Roper

Tracklisting:
01 I Prayed
02 Kill Your Servants
03 God Is Your Friend
04 I Wanna Know
05 Your Life
06 Today
07 Soldier’s Winter
08 Parasite
09 Falling Star
10 Live Forever

Old Man Wizard is:
Francis Roberts – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Synth, Samplers
Andre Beller – Background Vocals, Bass Guitar, Violin
Kris Calabio – Background Vocals, Drums, Percussion

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Old Man Wizard, Blame it All on Sorcery (2018)

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Magnetic Eye Records Announces Back in Black Redux and The Best of AC/DC Tribute Lineups

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 22nd, 2021 by JJ Koczan

I’ll readily admit I’m not the biggest AC/DC fan in the world, but with an initial Kickstarter goal of four thousand dollars that, as of this post, is currently at well over four times that amount, why would Magnetic Eye Records ever stop putting out ‘Redux’ records? Clearly they’ve found a thing that works, lets them pull in an array of killer artists from around the world, and is only well supported by the fanbase. Shit, they got Udo Dirkschneider to be on a track with Howling Giant. That’s awesome. You just have to throw up your hands at the inevitable, I guess. ‘Redux’ forever.

Note Heavy Temple here, as well as Kryptograf, Solace and Earthride — any new recording from either of them is welcome — and Besvärjelsen too. Some from the Magnetic Eye roster, some Blues Funeral, some beyond. And Red Fang leading off with “Hells Bells.” Can you already hear that in your head? Of course you can.

The PR wire has the full lineup and more:

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Magnetic Eye Records announce the complete track list of latest Redux Series installments “Back in Black [Redux]” and companion volume “Best of AC/DC”

Magnetic Eye Records have shattered their Kickstarter goal on their latest [Redux] series project dedicated to the AC/DC mega-classic “Back in Black” and its companion volume under the title “Best of AC/DC”. The target of 4,000 USD has been pledged more than four times over, and the campaign continues until July 25 at the following link:

www.kickstarter.com/projects/magneticeye/back-in-black-redux-best-of-ac-dc

The complete track listingss for both releases paying impassioned homage to AC/DC have also been revealed and feature exciting contributions from, among many others, RED FANG, SUPERSUCKERS, WHORES featuring MASTODON’s BILL KELLIHER, BOB BALCH (FU MANCHU) & TONY REED (MOS GENERATOR), and HOWLING GIANT collaborating with legendary former ACCEPT shouter UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER. Please see below for full details.

Jadd Shickler comments: “Our Redux releases have always been and will always be works of pure love and respect for truly amazing bands and albums, our way of celebrating classics and paying proper homage to the artists who’ve made some of the most meaningful music of our lives”, states the Magnetic Eye Records label director. “We take the overwhelming response as a sign of trust and support for the dedication that goes into the Redux series, and we’re thankful for the amazing response! Even with the industry-wide delays on vinyl production, we’ll be making our strongest efforts to deliver these albums into everyone’s hands before the end of 2021.”

Tracklist “Back in Black [Redux]
1. Hells Bells- Red Fang
2. Shoot to Thrill – Howling Giant feat. Udo Dirkschneider
3. What Do You Do for Money Honey – Supersuckers
4. Givin the Dog a Bone – Smoking Lightning
5. Let Me Put My Love into You – Heavy Temple feat. Valient Himself
6. Back in Black – Besvärjelsen
7. You Shook Me All Night Long – Jakethehawk feat. Patrick Waters
8. Have a Drink on Me – Whores feat. Bill Kelliher
9. Shake a Leg – Early Man
10. Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution – Earthride

Tracklist “Best of AC/DC”
1. Sin City – Witchskull
2. It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N Roll) – Kal-El
3. What’s Next to the Moon – Bob Balch & Tony Reed
4. Bad Boy Boogie – Kryptograf
5. Walk All Over You – Blue Heron
6. Overdose – Supersuckers
7. For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) – Riff Lord
8. Whole Lotta Rosie – Solace
9. If You Want Blood – Red Mesa
10. The Razors Edge – Ghost Ship Ritual
11. Dog Eat Dog – Caustic Casanova
12. High Voltage – Electric Frankenstein
13. Night Prowler – Domkraft

“Back in Black [Redux]” presents new takes on all ten cuts from AC/DC’s seminal seventh album. This was the first record to feature “new” singer Brian Johnson following the death of original larger-than-life frontman Bon Scott, and music historians agree that there was massive pressure on both the new singer and the band to deliver. Even so, nobody could have anticipated that they’d create one of the most important rock albums ever, and Magnetic Eye cannot wait for you to hear what many of your favorite bands from the stoner, doom, and riff-rock scene have done with some of the most iconic rock songs of all time.

Along with “Back in Black [Redux]”, we also present our “Best of AC/DC” companion album, a 2-LP extravaganza featuring 13 bands offering their renditions of all-time classics and deep cuts from across the AC/DC catalog. Featuring an array of absolute heavyweights and hungry up-and-comers from the heavy rock underground, we’ve got no doubt that fans of the riff-heavy will be stoked to experience these massive AC/DC interpretations unlike any they’ve heard before.

The Magnetic Eye [Redux] Series features hand-picked classic albums from across the history of rock and metal, re-imagined in their entirety from start to finish by bands we love. Hand-picked artists from throughout the rock and metal world each pick a track to make their own, bringing these milestone records into the new millennium with crushing heaviness and searing energy. To date, we’ve produced [Redux] versions of PINK FLYOD’s “The Wall”, HELMET’s “Meantime”, BLACK SABBATH’s “Vol. 4”, HENDRIX’s “Electric Ladyland”, and ALICE IN CHAINS’ “Dirt”, which have included artists like MATT PIKE, PALLBEARER, THE MELVINS, ALL THEM WITCHES, KHEMMIS, ASG, ZAKK WYLDE, MARK LANEGAN, SCOTT REEDER, and many more amazing artists.

Join us for our sixth foray into Redux territory as we pay proper respect to the Australian legends!

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Solace, “Whole Lotta Rosie”

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Begotten to Reissue Self-Titled Debut on Black Farm Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 21st, 2021 by JJ Koczan

As the PR wire notes right off the bat, today’s the 20th anniversary of Begotten‘s self-titled debut, which has the distinction of having been the final release through Frank Kozik‘s now-legendary, genre-defining Man’s Ruin Records imprint. July 21, 2001. Guess what? The whole world was about to go to shit. Still on its way down. The fucking ocean caught fire last month. People barely blinked.

So anyway, cool for the New York sludgecrunchers that they’ve linked arms with Black Farm Records to give the album a proper vinyl reissue. I’ve no doubt it’ll be rad. What I’m a little hurt by, though, is that Begotten put out a new two-songer in March and no one even told me. You mean you’ve got 17 minutes of new heavy nod and I’m just sitting around typing away writing about 110 releases that aren’t that over the last couple weeks? Hardly seems fair. Last I heard from them was their 2018 demo (review here). Clearly I need to get caught up.

So yeah, right on with the reissue, but I’m gonna dig into the new stuff too. Both, as it happens, are streaming at the bottom of this post:

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BEGOTTEN was Man’s Ruin last release 20 years ago today

Begotten celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their Man’s Ruin debut and announce the limited edition vinyl of the album on Black Farm Records.

Notoriously BEGOTTEN became the last band to release a record on legendary stoner/doom label Man’s Ruin two decades ago today. Now Black Farm Records announces the 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Vinyl of the band’s self-titled release. The label, based in northern France, specializes in high quality collectible vinyl releases.

New York City in the late nineties was all about hardcore, punk and fast rock. Playing doom and stoner rock was an act of rebellion. The original self-titled Begotten album was recorded analog reel to reel and came out with Man’s Ruin’s dying breath. This was shortly before the World Trade Center went crashing down – which among all the other horrors also brought Begotten and many other NYC bands to a crashing halt. The demise of Man’s Ruin Records was as harsh a blow to the music scene, as the fall of the towers were to the City.

Two decades later, the 20th anniversary limited edition vinyl emerges just as a global plague begins to dissipate in the U.S. The meaning behind songs like “Electric Hell,” “Judges,” “Garabed’s Freedom,” resonates perhaps more than ever now. What can be heard on the album is the music of three people who have remained loyal to each other, loyal to the spirit of the music, and loyal to themselves. The album has been remastered for vinyl by Roger Lian (of Slayer fame) – the same guy who mastered it the first time for CD from the reel to reel mixes.

Begotten is Matthew Anselmo on Guitar, vox, (and synth on “Narkotizer”); Rob Sefcik on drums; Amanda Topaz on bass, vox (and bullwhip on “Garabed’s Freedom”).

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Begotten, EP (2021)

Begotten, Begotten (2018 Remaster)

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Heavy Psych Sounds Announces Reissues for Solarius, B.U.S. the Unknown Secretary and Stonewall Noise Orchestra

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 21st, 2021 by JJ Koczan

A never-released 2006 EP from Solarius, who featured Graveyard’s Jonatan Ramm on guitar and vocals, a reissue of B.U.S. The Unknown Secretary‘s 2016 debut (review here), and another reissue, of Stonewall Noise Orchestra‘s 2005 debut album, Vol. 1. Heavy Psych Sounds is sending multiple signals here. First, that its reissue program, which has already fostered revisits to outings from Dozer, Nebula, Kylesa, Josiah, Sgt. Sunshine, and others, will continue to dig into the pre-social-media era of underground heavy and find treasure waiting to be unearthed. Stonewall Noise Orchestra alone proves that, and Solarius feels like a flex there too.

It may be that B.U.S. have been picked up by Heavy Psych Sounds for their next outing — they released an album in 2019 (review here) on RidingEasy that was killer and showed them as underrated — but either way, five years later, their first one is worth another look, and it demonstrates the ever-increasing reach of HPS to do what it wants and when. The Italian label is the go-to for heavy rock and roll and psych in Europe. Their reissues are a victory lap in that regard.

Do Norrsken‘s complete works next.

Info and preorder links follow, courtesy the PR wire:

HPS183 *** SOLARIUS – Universal Trial ***
– first press of the 2006’s unreleased EP feat. members of Graveyard –

We are extremly proud to start the presale of the SOLARIUS 2006’s unreleased EP UNIVERSAL TRIAL !!

ALBUM PRESALE: https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/shop.htm#HPS183

USA PRESALE: https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/shop-usa.htm#HPS183

Recorded back in 2006 and hidden up until now. Swedish retro rockers Solarius masterpiece “Universal Trial” is now brought to daylight with this release. 70’s groovy hard blues rock with a psychedelic twist and featuring Jonatan Ramm of Graveyard fame (before joining that band). Hard, groovy, soft and fuzzy sound that brings you back to the early 70’s.

The songs were recorded in Don Pierre Studios in Gothenburg produced by the legendary Don Alsterberg (Graveyard etc). The master tapes were forgotten but are now found and released on Heavy Psych Sounds Records. The recording is 100% analogue and recorded and mixed on tape. The songs gets its magic from a beautiful mix of groove, melodies, fuzzy hard rock and dreamful psych prog rock influences.

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15 TEST PRESS VINYL
100 ULTRA LTD 3 COLOR STRIPED GOLD/TRANSPARENT/BLUE VINYL
300 LTD NEON YELLOW VINYL
BLACK VINYL
DIGIPAK
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 24th

TRACKLIST
SIDE A
Universal Trial – 4.58
Sky Of Mine – 4.14
SIDE B
Into The Sun – 6.26
Mother Nature Mind – 5.25

SOLARIUS is:
Jonatan Ramm – Guitar and vocals
Mattias Ohde – Bass and vocals
Fredrik Aghem – Drums
Johan Grettve – Keys

B.U.S. The Unknown Secretary

HPS184 *** B.U.S. – The Unknown Secretary ***
– repress of the 2016’s debut album –

We are extremly proud to start the presale of the B.U.S. 2016’s debut album THE UNKNOWN SECRETARY repress !!

ALBUM PRESALE: https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/shop.htm#HPS184

USA PRESALE: https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/shop-usa.htm#HPS184

In the beginning, there was chaos…

A while later in the Heavens, where angels reigned, there was once held a great symposium, a glorious feast. Everyone was happy and having a great time, until Lucifer, fairest and mightiest of all the angels, brought in suspicious and strange substances, offering them freely with both hands for everyone to take. All were fooled by the Ancient Serpent, starting to misbehave and act in contradiction to the Heavenly Laws. The Almighty God, enraged upon learning about the mutiny, threw everyone down on earth to suffer eternally in hunger, ugliness and desperation. Vulnerable now to each and every temptation, they are ready to perpetuate Good and Evil, while building their new earthly Kingdom in any way they can.

Angelic chants, Demon’s screams, witches dancing and woeful mortal suffering are recounted in this album’s songs, embellished with mesmerising hymns and sharp riffs. Chaos is always close and all that remains is the human revolution against the forces of evil.

“The Unknown Secretary” comes to further unsettle the turbulent waves of music and burn its own mark in history.

Today, five years after its original release, Heavy Psych Sounds reissues this retro gem, serving it once again straight into your record case.

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100 ULTRA LTD QUAD BLACK/RED VINYL
300 LTD BLUE VINYL
BLACK VINYL
DIGIPAK

RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 8th

TRACKLIST
A1 Fallen – 3:33
A2 Masteroid – 4:45
A3 New Black Volume – 4:53
A4 Forever Grey – 3:28
A5 Don’t Fear Your Demon – 5:04
SIDE B
B1 Rockerbus – 7:38
B2 Withered Thorn – 4:49
B3 Over The Hills – 4:56
B4 Jimi – 5:20

B.U.S. is:
Bill Politis – Vocals & Guitars
Dimitris Papavasileiou – Bass Guitar
Aris Fasoulis – Drums
Fotis Kolokithas – Guitars

stonewall noise orchestra vol. 1

HPS190 *** STONEWALL NOISE ORCHESTRA – Vol. 1 ***
– repress of the legendary album in new coloured versions –

We are also stoked to start the presale of the STONEWALL NOISE ORCHESTRA legendary debut album VOL. 1 repress !!

ALBUM PRESALE: https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/shop.htm#HPS190

USA PRESALE: https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/shop-usa.htm#HPS190

VOL. 1 is the legendary debut album of the swedish stonerockers Stonewall Noise Orchestra, released via Daredevil Records in 2005 featuring ex members from Demon Cleaner and Greenleaf!! This is a Stoner Rock masterpiece picked with some Black Sabbath and Hawkwind fragments! If you like it slow, heavy and straight in your face you can’t miss this one.

After more then 15 years Heavy Psych Sounds decided to give a new life to this masterpiece and repress it in completely new coloured vinyl versions.

RELEASED IN
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100 ULTRA LTD 3 COLOR STRIPED RED/TRANSPARENT/BLACK VINYL
300 LTD LIGHT BLUE VINYL
BLACK VINYL
DIGIPAK
DIGITAL

RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 5th

TRACKLIST
Superfortress – 5:05
An Epic Curse – 7:41 (CD BONUS TRACK)
Two Sides Of A Sin – 4:51
As My Sun Turns Black – 3_51
Freedoms Prize (Demon Cleaner cover) – 5:21
Going To Clarksdale – 4:33
Evolution? – 5:28
High Octane Fever – 5:14
Hill Street Madman – 3:49
Sweet Queen – 4:49

STONEWALL NOISE ORCHESTRA (2005 lineup):
Lars-Inge – vocals
Snicken – guitar
Jansson – guitar
Jonas – bass
Mr. Pillow – drums

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Solarius, “Universal Trial”

Stonewall Noise Orchestra, “Sweet Queen”

B.U.S., The Unknown Secretary (2016)

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