Spiral Grave Premiere “Out of My Head” Video; Legacy of the Anointed out Now

Posted in Bootleg Theater on July 29th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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The crucial work Spiral Grave do, however — and however they do it in a given track — is to move forward from the foundation of the members’ prior work. Due homage is paid, but Rivera is a much different guitarist than was Morris, and Lord (who also broke up in 2018) have a worthy back catalog to prove that along with the merit of his songwriting and aggression-tinged approach, well suited to a lyric like “Modern Day Golden Calf,” and the brooding bleakness of “Nothing” and “Your Enemy’s Enemy,” to say nothing of “Walking Talking Dead Man.”

It’s hard to know the timing on which songs were first and which were later, since even “Nothing,” which Salt of the Earth Records released as the band’s first single in 2019, arrives with some progressive flourish in the midsection instrumental stretch, but definitely by the time the four-piece are into “Tanglefoot” there’s a sense of the progress they’ve undertaken, CalhounWaldmann and Strachan pushing themselves to keep pace with the riffs in a way that isn’t struggling or conflicting, but gives a sense of undertaking a new style just the same. “Abgrund,” the longest cut at 8:15, has a similar metal-of-doom vibe, and hits its payoff — you’ll note the mad screaming from Calhoun — after about five minutes in, not just in answer to the two six-minute-plus songs that led off in “Nightmare on May Eve (Dunwich Pt. 1)” and “Modern Day Golden Calf,” but for the momentum of Legacy of the Anointed as a whole. The swing of “Out of My Head,” the hook and bass punch of “Nothing,” the shove of “Your Enemy’s Enemy”; all seem to find representation and summary in the final going of the album, and the flow from one to the next is palpable despite the purposeful bumps left in the road in the shifts from one part to the next.

The duality of Legacy of the Anointed becomes a defining feature, both stylistically and in terms of the band itself, these being experienced players embarking on something new together. One would not ask more of Spiral Grave than they give here, and in terms of giving that legacy of Iron Man its due while at the same time moving ahead to something willfully ‘else,’ these songs look forward more than back. As they should.

Calhoun offers a quote to go with the premiere of “Out of My Head” below. To it, I’ll just add that given the vitality of the band’s performances throughout the record, it’s fair enough to have the video represent them on stage.

Enjoy:

Spiral Grave, “Out of My Head” video premiere

Dee Calhoun on “Out of My Head”:

I think the cool thing about the video is we shot it at The Depot in Baltimore, which is where Spiral Grave played our first show, and where we did our single release when “Nothing” came out. So it just seemed like a cool thing to shoot that video in the same spot, and we were real happy with how it turned out. Had a real fun day that day.

Produced and engineered by Noel Mueller
Recorded at Tiny Castle Recording, Towson MD
Mastered by Doug Benson at Commodore Recording Studio, Thurmont MD

Spiral Grave are:
“Screaming Mad” Dee Calhoun – vocals
Willy Rivera – guitar
“Iron” Louis Strachan – bass
Jason “Mot” Waldmann – drums

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The Obsessed and The Skull Announce Co-Headlining Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 10th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Hot damn, The Obsessed and The Skull, co-headlining at what could’ve easily been dubbed the ‘Champions of Doom Tour’ but sadly was not. Neither are expected to have a new record out by the end of July — The Skull‘s The Endless Road Turns Dark (review here) came out in 2018, and The Obsessed released the bootleg-style Live at Big Dipper (review here) last year — but hell, at least they’re both getting out. The dates arrive with a stopover for The Obsessed‘s Wino to play a solo set at Ripplefest Texas 2021, and there are a couple shows where the two bands part ways for the night.

You’ll also note on Aug. 1 they have matinee and evening shows in Indianapolis and Louisville. That’s about an hour and 45 minutes down I-65 from one town to the other. Oldschool in more than just sound here, it would seem.

The PR wire brought dates and I didn’t even have to type them out myself! Amazing:

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THE OBSESSED And THE SKULL: Doom Rock Icons Announce US Co-Headlining Tour; Tickets On Sale Now!

THE OBSESSED and THE SKULL will join forces for a US co-headlining tour this Summer. Set to commence July 29th in Cleveland, Ohio, the doom rock caravan will wind its way through nearly two-dozen cities, drawing to a close on August 16th in Rochester, New York. Tickets are on sale now. See all confirmed dates below.

THE OBSESSED/THE SKULL:
7/29/2021 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH **
7/30/2021 Club Garibaldi – Milwaukee WI
7/31/2021 Cobra Lounge – Chicago IL
8/01/2021 Black Circle – Indianapolis, IN (matinee show)
8/01/2021 Diamond Pub – Louisville, KY (evening show)
8/02/2021 Brickyard Bar – Knoxville, TN
8/03/2021 Growlers – Memphis, TN
8/04/2021 George’s Majestic – Fayetteville, AR
8/05/2021 Bears – Shreveport, LA
8/06/2021 Division Brewery/Grrowl – Arlington, TX
8/07/2021 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX ##
8/07/2021 Ripple Fest @ Texas Ski Ranch – New Braunfels, TX ^^
8/08/2021 Lost Well – Austin, TX
8/09/2021 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX **
8/10/2021 Freetown Boom Boom Room – Lafayette, LA **
8/10/2021 Santos – New Orleans, LA ##
8/11/2021 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
8/12/2021 Pour House – Raleigh, NC
8/13/2021 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
8/14/2021 GoldSounds – Brooklyn, NY
8/15/2021 Alchemy – Providence, RI
8/16/2021 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
** THE OBSESSED only
## THE SKULL only
^^ WINO Solo

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Spiral Grave Post New Video; Legacy of the Anointed Preorder Available

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 28th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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Maryland/Virginia doomers Spiral Grave follow-up on the February announcement that they’d signed to Argonauta Records with the art, details, and first audio from their upcoming debut album, Legacy of the Anointed. As the title hints, the band are clearly taking seriously the task before them in living up to the doomly inheritance of their three-fourths association with Iron Man, as well as that of paying homage to that band’s founding guitarist, “Iron” Al Morris III. No minor consideration. They’ve been working their way toward the LP basically since their inception a couple years back, and as a fan both of Iron Man and guitarist Willy Rivera‘s former outfit Lord, to say I’ve been looking forward to this one is something of an understatement.

The PR wire has it like this:

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SPIRAL GRAVE Reveal Album Details And Share Brand New Music Video!

Maryland/Virginia- based doom metal veterans SPIRAL GRAVE have finally revealed more details about their upcoming album, entitled Legacy of the Anointed.

SPIRAL GRAVE, comprised of extraordinary vocalist Screaming Mad Dee, Iron Louis Strachan (bass), Mot Waldmann on drums and former LORD guitarist Willy Rivera, was born in 2018 after the tragic death of their longtime band mate, Alfred Morris III, founding member of iconic IRON MAN.

Setting the mood for a classic heavy as hell and in your face doom, SPIRAL GRAVE quickly carved a place for themselves in North America’s heavy music scene, playing well-received sets at New England Stoner Doom Fest or the Maryland Doomfest. Ever since the release of their first single, Nothing, in mid-2019, fans have been impatiently waiting for the band’s first full-length album. But finally, the wait is over: SPIRAL GRAVE’s Legacy of the Anointed will be out on July 16, 2021 through Italy’s powerhouse label Argonauta Records!

Today, SPIRAL GRAVE have released a first music video taken from their upcoming debut. Says vocalist “Screaming Mad” Dee Calhoun: “The song is based on the HP Lovecraft story “The Dunwich Horror,” and tells the first half of the story. It is meant to be a companion to the Iron Man track “Thy Brother’s Keeper (Dunwich pt. 2),” which appeared on the album South of the Earth.” Where the Iron Man track focused on Wilbur Whateley’s brother, “Nightmare” focuses on Wilbur himself.”

Watch SPIRAL GRAVE’s video for the epic album opening track, “Nightmare on May Eve (Dunwich pt. 1)”, here.

“Some of the musical ideas that ended up as songs on our debut were initially written while I was still with my previous band but with a rift growing between myself and the other members over personal and musical differences, I decided to hold onto them til I was able to find the right vehicle for them.“ Guitarist Willy Rivera recently said about SPIRAL GRAVE’s upcoming debut.

“I wanted to step away from the extremity of my former band and get back to writing songs that were heavy but had hooks and a strong vocal presence. For this band, I wanted to draw from bands such as Dio-era Sabbath, Candlemass, Metal Church, Armored Saint, Mountain, UFO and Judas Priest with enough experimentation that would allow us to branch out on future releases. I wanted that to be the template and I found like-minded friends in the surviving members of Iron Man. I’ve known Dee for over a decade and met Lou and Mot from the scene and affiliations and while I knew working with them would bring certain expectations due to the legendary status of Iron Man, I was hopeful in what we could create and had a gut feeling that it would be great. I was very aware of the fact that you only get one shot to make your 1st impression and being that I was writing a lot of the initial ideas, it meant that I had a lot to prove…not to mention, the scrutiny that I may encounter from people who perceived me as somehow trying to replace Al Morris but you can’t replace a legend so you just try to make your own mark. So Spiral Grave is a new band with a debut album that I think will do justice to not only the scene we come from but those who helped pave the way…“

Legacy of the Anointed Tracklist:
1. Nightmare on May Eve (Dunwich pt. 1)
2. Modern Day Golden Calf
3. Out Of My Head
4. Nothing
5. Your Enemy‘s Enemy
6. Walking Talking Dead Man
7. Tanglefoot
8. Abgrund

Legacy of the Anointed will be released on July 16, 2021 via Argonauta Records, the album pre-sale has just started at THIS LOCATION: https://www.argonautarecords.com/shop/

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Maryland Doom Fest 2021 Announces Lineup

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

Maryland Doom Fest 2021 is set for Halloween Weekend, Oct. 28-31, in Frederick, Maryland. Some of the acts on the newly announced bill are carryovers from the first-delayed-then-canceled 2020 edition — among them SasquatchWorshipper, and so on — but it’s worth noting that among those and others, the likes of The Age of Truth will have a new record out by this Fall, and pre-pandemic, Boozewa didn’t even exist. So yes, things have changed.

For further proof of the festival’s stylistic branching out — and with this many bands, they’d just have have to — you’ll note the departure in the poster art from the fest-standard purple toward a greater range of color. The music they’re pushing is likewise broader in palette, and to think of seeing the likes of Howling Giant and Revvnant alongside Arduini/BalichOmen Stones, and Place of Skulls is an encouraging thought indeed. This even was much-missed last year.

Expect a time-table sooner than later, as organizer JB Matson doesn’t screw around when it comes to that kind of thing. The lineup announcement — short and sweet, as ever — is further proof of same.

I don’t know what the world’s gonna look like come Halloween, but I know damn well this is one reason I’m glad I got that vaccine.

[UPDATE 04/30: Black Road and Vessel of Light can’t make it. Lo-Pan and When the Deadbolt Breaks have been added. If there are any further changes, I’ll probably just make a new post.]

To wit:

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Here is the Md Doom Fest 2021 roster folks!!!
Halloween weekend – Oct 28-31, 2021
WE CANNOT WAIT TO DOOM WITH YOU!!

Lineup:

Poobah, Sasquatch, Place of Skulls, Lo-Pan, Lost Breed, Cavern, Horseburner, Spiral Grave, The Age of Truth, Mangog, Wrath of Typhon, Helgamite, Almost Honest, Indus Valley Kings, VRSA, Monster God, Et Mors, Astral Void, Worshipper, Boozewa, Admiral Browning, Omen Stones, Formula 400, Molasses Barge, Arduini/Balich, Dirt Eater, Dyerwolf, Ol’ Time Moonshine, Shadow Witch, Revvnant, Bloodshot, Ritual Earth, Gardens of Nocturne, Conclave, Crow Hunter, Bailjack, Warmask, Akris, Alms, Thunderbird Divine, Strange Highways, Howling Giant, Yatra, Jaketehhawk, When the Deadbolt Breaks, Grave Huffer, Dust Prophet, Plague Wielder, Weed Coughin, Morganthus, Tines

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The Obelisk Questionnaire: Dee Calhoun

Posted in Questionnaire on February 26th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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The Obelisk Questionnaire is a series of open questions intended to give the answerer an opportunity to explore these ideas and stories from their life as deeply as they choose. Answers can be short or long, and that reveals something in itself, but the most important factor is honesty.

Based on the Proust Questionnaire, the goal over time is to show a diverse range of perspectives as those who take part bring their own points of view to answering the same questions. To see all The Obelisk Questionnaire posts, click here.

Thank you for reading and thanks to all who participate.

The Obelisk Questionnaire: Dee Calhoun of Spiral Grave, Iron Man, author, and solo performer

How do you define what you do and how did you come to do it?

Basically, I’m just a fan who gets to do and create things that I’m a fan of. It all started with music and has branched out from there. My mother would hear me singing along to stuff like Kiss and Sabbath in my bedroom when I was a pre-teen, and guilted/bribed me into entering a talent show at school. I ended up winning, and that set everything in motion. For decades it was only music, but in the past several years that has branched out into writing and voice work as well. It all goes back to mom putting a boot in my ass and telling me not to be afraid to try things.

Describe your first musical memory.

Probably my brother-in-law, who is 20 years older than me, playing me stuff like Grand Funk and Alice Cooper when I was in grade school. The big one was seeing Kiss on TV in 1976. That was the moment when I said “I want to do that.”

Describe your best musical memory to date.

As a fan, seeing Kiss on the reunion tour in 1996. I never saw Kiss in makeup on the first run, so seeing the band that really started it all for me, in full glory, was amazing for me. We had front row center for that show, and when the house lights went out my friend and I were hugging one another cheek to cheek, jumping up and down and crying. It was a moment of pure joy, and moments like that are few and far between.

As a performer, it was when my son joined me onstage at the second Maryland Doomfest. I’ve played bigger sets than that, both solo and in bands, but that’s a moment that I’ll take to my grave with me.

When was a time when a firmly held belief was tested?

I was raised in a Pentecostal church, and was taught that things regarding The Lord were not to be questioned. It was my getting into music that made me take a long hard look at some things, and made me realize that things should be questioned. About once a year we’d have the standard “Rock and Roll is the Devil’s Music” sermon, and I would always be sure to be right in front to watch and listen. We’d hear about everything from backward message to what certain band’s names stood for, and I could always look forward to an argument with my parents when I got home. Finally, they realized that I was into this music, and that I was a polite, well-spoken kid (teenager by then) who got good grades, didn’t drink or dope, and wasn’t holding séances. It was a learning experience for all of us.

Where do you feel artistic progression leads?

It takes us inward, as we search our own souls for the music to record, or for the words to be written on paper. It extends us outward, and we share these things with our audience. It can serve as a coping mechanism, or as a way to celebrate. It can be the conduit to pull something beautiful out of something horrific.

How do you define success?

Being content and happy. I’ve known musicians who were on tour and “living the dream” who were miserable. I’ve also known people whose only musical outlet was playing songs to their kids at bedtime and who were thrilled about it. That’s the name of the game.

What is something you have seen that you wish you hadn’t?

My three-year-old daughter dead on a hospital table. I picked her up and held her. It was the worst moment of my life, but you know what? I’m still here.

Describe something you haven’t created yet that you’d like to create.

I would love to direct a film. I do all of my own video work, and I’ve been involved in some documentary films, and I think creating a film from the ground up would be a wonderful experience.

What do you believe is the most essential function of art?

Release, and the satisfaction of creating something. Even if no one hears it, reads it, or sees it, just the act of making the art is a wonderful thing for the soul. If that art can impact someone else in a positive way, then even better.

Something non-musical that you’re looking forward to?

The release of my first novel. After that, being able to hang out with friends again.

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Spiral Grave Sign to Argonauta Records; Legacy of the Anointed Coming Soon

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

This one feels like it’s been a while in the making, and that’s very likely because it has. But the debut album from Spiral Grave, which features three of the four members of the final Iron Man lineup in vocalist Dee Calhoun, bassist “Iron” Louis Strachan and drummer Jason “Mot” Waldmann as well as former Lord guitarist Willy Rivera, will nonetheless be welcome when it arrives on June 5. The record is called Legacy of the Anointed — fair enough — and it’ll be issued through Argonauta, which has also overseen all of Calhoun‘s solo work to-date and will issue the Iron Man live album, Hail to the Riff, on March 5.

You might recall Spiral Grave was announced as a project in Jan. 2019, and quickly embraced by their native Maryland doom community. Their first single, “Nothing” (video premiere here), and a performance at Maryland Doom Fest 2019 (review here) and of course other shows led to 2020 bookings at Shadow WoodsNew England Stoner and Doom, and so on, but why even bother listing them because we all know what happened to 2020.

But hey, the record’s done and coming out, so there’s something to look forward to.

No audio yet, but Spiral Grave trickled out two singles last year on their Bandcamp and you can hear both of them below. I have no idea if they’ll be on Legacy of the Anointed or not.

From the PR wire:

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The Return Of SPIRAL GRAVE: Long-Awaited Debut Album Coming This Year On Argonauta Records!

It feels like a legacy, but most likely a news that will make every doom heart beat faster: Members of the final lineup of doom legends IRON MAN, have announced their return with SPIRAL GRAVE!

SPIRAL GRAVE, comprised of vocalist Screaming Mad Dee, Iron Louis Strachan (bass), Mot Waldmann on drums and former LORD guitarist Willy Rivera – whose aggressive riffing sets the mood for the band’s heavy as hell, in your face doom – was born after the tragic death of IRON MAN founding member Alfred Morris III.

They quickly carved a place for themselves in North America’s heavy music scene, playing well-received sets at New England Stoner Doom Fest or the Maryland Doomfest. Their first single, Nothing, was released by Salt of the Earth Records in mid-2019. But finally the wait is over, since SPIRAL GRAVE have just announced to release their long- awaited debut album, entitled Legacy of the Anointed, in 2021 through Argonauta Records; the Italian powerhouse label and home for all that is heavy, who not only released Dee Calhoun’s recent solo records but also IRON MAN’s Hail To The Riff, due out on March 5th!

Says guitarist Willy Rivera about SPIRAL GRAVE’s upcoming debut:

“Some of the musical ideas that ended up as songs on our debut were initially written while I was still with my previous band but with a rift growing between myself and the other members over personal and musical differences, I decided to hold onto them til I was able to find the right vehicle for them. I wanted to step away from the extremity of my former band and get back to writing songs that were heavy but had hooks and a strong vocal presence. For this band, I wanted to draw from bands such as Dio-era Sabbath, Candlemass, Metal Church, Armored Saint, Mountain, UFO and Judas Priest with enough experimentation that would allow us to branch out on future releases. I wanted that to be the template and I found like-minded friends in the surviving members of Iron Man. I’ve known Dee for over a decade and met Lou and Mot from the scene and affiliations and while I knew working with them would bring certain expectations due to the legendary status of Iron Man, I was hopeful in what we could create and had a gut feeling that it would be great. I was very aware of the fact that you only get one shot to make your 1st impression and being that I was writing a lot of the initial ideas, it meant that I had a lot to prove…not to mention, the scrutiny that I may encounter from people who perceived me as somehow trying to replace Al Morris but you can’t replace a legend so you just try to make your own mark. So Spiral Grave is a new band with a debut album that I think will do justice to not only the scene we come from but those who helped pave the way…“

More details about the upcoming SPIRAL GRAVE release of Legacy of the Anointed, as well as first album tunes will follow in the weeks ahead.

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Iron Man: Live 2LP Hail to the Riff out March 5

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 19th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Iron Man‘s final studio album, South of the Earth (review here), came out in 2013 and was the inarguable pinnacle of their career. Founded by Maryland doom forebear “Iron” Alfred Morris III (RIP 2018), it was released through Rise Above Records in what felt an awful lot like long-overdue recognition of the band’s legacy in the Chesapeake region and their unquestionable, unwavering loyalty to traditional doom, as well specifically as the tone, riffs and songwriting of Morris. The new live album, Hail to the Riff (what else to call it?) will be out in March through Argonauta — which has also handled former Iron Man vocalist Dee Calhoun‘s solo work — and captures the four-piece at this apex, what would turn out to be the crescendo of their time together as Morris gradually succumbed to health issues and eventually his passing.

You can see in the video for “As the Gods Have Spoken” at the bottom of this post that the band were thrilled to be playing where they were in Italy, and the spirit of the release in homage to Morris feels only appropriate.

Preorders are up and PR wire info follows:

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Argonauta Records To Release IRON MAN Live Album “Hail To The Riff”!

Argonauta Records has proudly announced the release of a live album by Maryland Doom Metal legends IRON MAN. Originally formed in 1988, IRON MAN became one of the most distinctive doom metal bands of all time, not just for paying excellent tribute to godfathers Black Sabbath but with their very own blend of heavy sounds. IRON MAN toured the world with bands like Cathedral and Pentagram, released unforgettable classic doom masterpieces, and left a huge gap in the world’s music scene when the group disbanded in 2018 after the passing of their founding member and guitarist, Alfred Morris III.

2014 saw the iconic band at the height of their powers, when they performed at the Castle of Doom Festival in Pagazzano, Italy on July 5th. It was IRON MAN’s first (and only) trip to Italy.

“This was Iron Man at its most powerful, and I think that Al would be thrilled with this release.” IRON MAN vocalist, Dee Calhoun, remembers. “Performing at this festival in Italy was a huge triumph for him, and to see the show preserved like this would make him very, very happy.”

As a tribute and monument to Al, Argonauta Records will release this memorable live moment by IRON MAN, titled “Hail to the Riff”, as a limited 2LP edition featuring one previously unreleased studio song on March 5th 2021. In support, vocalist Dee Calhoun created a haunting video to “As the Gods Have Spoken”, watch it here:

Al’s daughter, Alana Morris, shares some touching statement about the music legacy of her father and the upcoming live album:

“I am so grateful to Argonauta Records for making a tribute album for my dad. What an honor, considering Iron Man started out as a tribute band to Black Sabbath, I know he would’ve never dreamed someone would be doing a tribute to him.

The Type of person my father was, he never expected anything huge. He just enjoyed doing what he loved. Music was in his blood; part of his DNA and he wasn’t complete without it. He was open to all genres of music and receptive to all types of people. No matter who you were, if you asked him to jam with you, he would ask you ‘when and where’.

As long as I can remember, Iron Man was a large part of my dad’s life, and mine. My first rock show? My dad’s band. The first live show I ever saw was Iron Man. Watching my dad perform, I saw him transform. He had this amazing stage presence. An effortless grace when he played guitar that was mesmorizing. Even though I had seen him play a thousand times, I was always impressed!

I was nevery really interested in playing the guitar, oddly enough. Probably because I was satisfied enough just by watching my dad play, but he is the reason I play the bass and violin. I started playing the violin first and a few years later, my dad bought me a bass for a Christmas present. I was familiar with the bass because it’s similar to the violin as far as the string set up, but with the way my dad taught, he definitely helped me to develop my playing ability. Some of my favorite memories involve him and I jamming out together, either with him on guitar and me on bass, or me playing the violin part while he played the guitar part to Dust In the Wind. I believe these would have been some of my late mother’s favorite memories of us as well.

I am beyond words about this record being released in 2021. I am so excited and my heart is so full, knowing how much people admired and loved my dad. I will be anxiously awaiting the release, and I know Argonauta Records will release one AMAZING record! With the crazy year we’ve all had in 2020, I know this will certainly help usher in a new year with positive vibes and some incredible and timeless riffs!”

“Hail To The Riff” Tracklist:
01. The Fury
02. Run From the Light
03. The Worst and Longest Day
04. Ruler of Ruin
05. South of the Earth
06. Grown
07. As the Gods Have Spoken
08. Hail to the Haze
09. Sodden With Sin
10. A Whore in Confession
11. On the Mountain
12. Fallen Angel
13. Black Night
14. Black Morning (previously unreleased studio track)

The track “Black Morning” was recorded in late September 2013, just days before “South of the Earth”, the final IRON MAN album, was released on Rise Above Records.

The pre-sale of “Hail To The Riff”, a must-have live monument featuring one of the greatest and most charismatic doom metal guitarists of all time, is available via Argonauta Records at THIS LOCATION!

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Morton Gaster Papadopoulos Premiere “The Burnt Offerings”

Posted in audiObelisk on June 22nd, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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If the guys from Morton Gaster Papadopoulos aren’t careful, they’re going to end up being an actual band. You might recall last summer a jam was premiered here by the project featuring Yanni Papadopoulos of Stinking LizavetaJean-Paul Gaster of Clutch and Mark Morton from Lamb of God, and the trio are back with what might legitimately be called a single in the form of “The Burnt Offerings.” The new track brings them into more structured songcraft, and they sure sound like a band. With Naeemah Maddox on vocals and Chris Brooks on keys, “The Burnt Offerings” wants nothing for arrangement or intensity, and while noting that something “speaks to the moment” has actually become one of the moment’s most brutal cliches, Maddox‘s voice as a woman of color resonates in the early verses. It is a voice that needs to be heard, especially in an underground so predominantly, exhaustingly white and male.

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“The Burnt Offerings” runs just under six minutes and right about at its midpoint there’s a break. By that point, Maddox has locked step with a building rhythmic intensity, and from there, Brooks‘ keys take a prominent position alongside a solo from Morton, with clean lines from Papadopoulos and Gaster supporting. The vocals return soon, and the effect is progressive and sweeping, almost psych-Beatles-style melodymaking, but the protest-song spirit continues in the repeated lines, “Let me tell you something/I think you oughtta know.” The group — and for the purposes here, it feels very much like a five-piece rather than the trio plus two guests — ride that movement out to a last crash and some final keys, but the only thing that seems to stop it is them. I’d easily take another 10-15 minutes of that jam with Maddox improv’ing lines overtop. That’d be just fine.

Alas, not this time. Maddox and Papadopoulos were both kind enough to offer a few words about the making of “The Burnt Offerings” — which was recorded by the esteemed J. Robbins (Clutch, Caustic Casanova, and so on) — below, and graciously gave permission for me to host the single as both a premiere and a free download. I hope you’ll take the time to enjoy it and join me in waiting for whatever the project might come up with next.

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Naeemah Maddox on “The Burnt Offerings”:

In the current social climate it is no longer sufficient to be non-racist. One must be anti-racist. This moment demands true accountability, and real change.

Transnational corporations stating their support for BLM should only be taken as sincere if they also advocate and lobby for social reforms like a living wage, universal healthcare, and defunding and demilitarising the police; using these new freed up resources to reinvest in vulnerable communities that need it most.

The time has long passed for petty sloganeering and cynical tokenism. Being against police brutality in 2020 shouldn’t even be a political issue. This is a failure of our society and goes beyond political persuasion. This is about human rights and creating a world our children would want to live in.

Yanni Papadopoulos on “The Burnt Offerings”:

This were my riffs that I brought to the table when jamming with Mark and JP. Those guys took the parts and rearranged them in a less linear order and Mark added his own fills in the spaces. Of course Naeemah wrote her own parts to the arrangement with lyrics, vox and flute. Chris Brooks filled in the keys. However, it all started with a bassline which I thought JP could really sink his teeth into. J. Robbins was great to work with, he knew just how to make sense of it all. What your hearing is virtually a live in the studio track. Mark’s solo was cut live with bass and drums with no edits. First take magic!

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