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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Kal-El Announce Dark Majesty out Aug. 27; Stream Title-Track

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 17th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Can’t say you weren’t warned. When Norwegian riffers Kal-El signed to Majestic Mountain Records last May, that news came coupled with the announcement that the band’s next album, Dark Majesty, would be out this year. Kudos to the band on keeping their promises. The first single from the record is its title-track and it’s an eight-minute lumbering beast of tonal largesse and spaciousness, vocals echoing likewise cosmic and cavernous over readily familiar nod that’s Sabbath in its root but reaching outward in its own direction as the band has developed over their now-four long-players.

Preorders, of course, are up.

The video for “Dark Majesty” brings classic sci-fi alien invasion and that’s a lot of fun, but the highlight is the song itself, which is impeccably mixed and hooky in kind. You’ll find it streaming at the bottom of this post.

Info came from Majestic Mountain:

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KAL-EL – Dark Majesty – Aug. 27, 2021

Originally formed in 2012, Kal-El’s star has been firmly in the ascension since the release of three highly sought-after albums; Pakal(2012), Astrodoomeda(2017) and 2020’s critically acclaimed, Witches of Mars.

Signed to Sweden’s rising underground rock institution, Majestic Mountain Records, the Norwegian fuzz-finders are finally poised to release their heaviest and most complex record to date this August with the scheduled arrival of new album, Dark Majesty.

“It’s been quite a journey to get to this point,” explains Kal-El’s vocalist, Captain. “We’ve listened to the record fully mastered; we’ve seen the artwork come together, now all we want is for the fans to sink their teeth into it. We’re proud oft his record. This is something we’ve forged from interstellar witchcraft and it’s ready to collect your souls.

”As a brace of mass-shifting singles(‘Spiral’ and‘Comêta’) have already showcased, the band’s glorious universe of sound is comprised of bass-heavy grooves, detuned guitars, and mind-warping lyrics. And with Dark Majesty we’re invited to witness the adventures of five rocketeers packing an entire career’s worth of ideas and sonic echoes into one, stellar mission. A mission to soundtrack the collision of passing worlds.

Dark Majesty, the brand-new LP by Kal-El will be released on 27th August 2021 on Majestic Mountain Records!

DARK MAJESTY SIGNED POSTER EDITION
-Gatefold. 10mm spine.
– 2xLP 180g heavyweight vinyl
– 2x Black polylined inner sleeve
– Glow-in-the-dark vinyl
– 1x band poster. SIGNED BY THE BAND!
– Slipmat with Kal-El insignia!
Strictly Limited to 50 signed posters/copies!
ONLY AVAILABLE AT MAJESTIC MOUNTAIN MAILORDER!

DARK MAJESTY REGULAR EDITION
– Gatefold. 10mm spine.
– 2xLP 180g heavyweight vinyl
– 2x Black polylined inner sleeve
– Glow-in-the-dark vinyl!
– Slipmat with Kal-El insignia!
Strictly Limited to 150 copies!
ONLY AVAILABLE AT MAJESTIC MOUNTAIN MAILORDER!

SPIRAL EDITION
– Gatefold. 10mm spine.
– 2xLP 180g heavyweight vinyl
– 2x Black polylined inner sleeve
– Black/orange swirl vinyl
Limited to 300 copies! (Will also be available thru distro)

MICA EDITION
– Gatefold. 10mm spine.
– 2xLP 180g heavyweight vinyl
– 2x Black polylined inner sleeve
– Black/red pinwheel vinyl
Limited to 300 copies!

TEST PRESSING
– 2xLP 180g heavyweight vinyl
– 2x Black polylined inner sleeve
– Hand numbered and with alternative artwork ny Negative Cryptart!
– 10 of 20 on sale.
Ships immediately if not ordered with any other pre-order.

Tracklisting:
Temple
Spiral
Mica
Hyperion
Dark Majesty
Comêta
Kala Misha
Vimana

Kal-El is:
Captain – Vocals
Josh – Guitar
Doffy – Guitar
Bjudas – Drums
Johnsen – Bass

Produced by Kal-El
Recorded in Studio Valhalla 2020
Engineered by Ragge
Mixed by mastered by Ruben Willem
Front Artwork by Steven Yoyada
Design, logo and layout by ShaneHorror

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Days of Rona: Captain and Bjudas of Kal-El

Posted in Features on May 29th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

The ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the varied responses of publics and governments worldwide, and the disruption to lives and livelihoods has reached a scale that is unprecedented. Whatever the month or the month after or the future itself brings, more than one generation will bear the mark of having lived through this time, and art, artists, and those who provide the support system to help uphold them have all been affected.

In continuing the Days of Rona feature, it remains pivotal to give a varied human perspective on these events and these responses. It is important to remind ourselves that whether someone is devastated or untouched, sick or well, we are all thinking, feeling people with lives we want to live again, whatever renewed shape they might take from this point onward. We all have to embrace a new normal. What will that be and how will we get there?

Thanks to all who participate. To read all the Days of Rona coverage, click here. — JJ Koczan

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Days of Rona: Captain and Bjudas (Stavenger, Norway)

How have you been you dealing with this crisis as a band? As an individual? What effect has it had on your plans or creative processes?

Captain: As all live shows got cancelled, we started writing new material, and has been busy with studio. Released a single and signed to a new label, Majestic Mountain Records. The writing process has been quite fun this time around as everyone has chipped in with ideas and arrangements. Even the dull process of recording was fun due to the fact that the eagerness and willingness to make music is back ? My day job has pretty much been going as usual, but of course the shadow of a pandemic and the seriousness of the impact on society has been in my mind since the outbreak.

My parents are of age, with my father in the “target group,” so of course it is something that lurks there all the time. I got friends struggle with their business due to decrease in income, and the city I live in has been like a ghost town for several months now. They just opened up so we can visit bars again, with heavy restrictions of not being to close to others. Not easy on bars, but somehow it seems to work in an odd way. A third of the normal crowd is allowed in, so it’s strange indeed. As mentioned earlier, all the live shows we had booked, was cancelled, so we went into the rehearse room and started writing. We have a ton of different ideas and riffs just sitting there, so it was pretty good to just work on those.

Bjudas: It is safe to say that the covid-19 epidemic has set some major drawbacks. But as a band, we have adapted quickly. So instead of sitting around and waiting for this thing to go away. We decided that we wanted to record a new album. Sins we found out that we had a big bag of riffs laying around. We had enough stuff to make a whole album. So, the creativity has exploded in our case.

How do you feel about the public response to the outbreak where you are? From the government response to the people around you, what have you seen and heard from others?

Captain: At some level it could seem like overkill in how everything just got locked down. People started to behave different, and it seemed like doomsday in many aspects. To see businesses, lifeworks, just get shattered, millions of people in isolation, deaths by the thousands and an immense suffering due to an invisible enemy was pretty shocking to experience and understood the hard actions taken by the different governments more seriously.

Bjudas: The public response has been ok. And we have managed to control the virus pretty good. Regarding the government, I feel they have responded in a professional manner. And have provided the needed founding for the main population. We have a very good welfare system (compared to other countries). And people got their money in full.

What do you think of how the music community specifically has responded? How do you feel during this time? Are you inspired? Discouraged? Bored? Any and all of it?

Captain: Personally it’s been challenging to see people being on the brink of collapse due to their jobs just cease to exist. No income, no hopes at all, just darkness as businesses just vanish in thin air more or less overnight. Bars, small specialty shops, venues, festivals and the likes by the millions have been affected. We may never get back to the so called normal ever again, but hopefully we will get back to a similar way of life as time goes by.

Bjudas: The music community along with the rest of service-related occupations has had the biggest blow in these crises. With band not able to do gigs and have no steady income. Bands are struggling to make ends meet. In my case, I get more determined in cases like this. What can we do to stay active? How can we still be able to be productive and feel that we are a band? And not a sunken ship? So, I`m not bored, there is a lot to do still.

What is the one thing you want people to know about your situation, either as a band, or personally, or anything? What is your new normal? What have you learned from this experience, about yourself, your band, or anything?

Captain: Never to give up, we are born into this challenge called life, and there are always mountains to climb. We didn’t get this far by giving up by overwhelming odds, and we will not give up this time either.
As for the band; we are still alive, and we will continue to make music and do shows for a long time to come!

Bjudas: I have learned that you should not eat a bat. That is for Ozzy to do… I think that we are very adaptable, as I have said earlier. Not giving up is a big thing. The new normal I can say, is this distancing thing. I take myself in not staying to close to people. And I think this will stay with us for a while.

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Kal-El Sign to Majestic Mountain Records; Dark Majesty Due Next Year

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 12th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

It makes sense for where we’re at as a species that Kal-El might announce their new album, Dark Majesty, at least half a year in advance of it actually coming out. The Norwegian bruisers have inked a deal to issue the long-player through Majestic Mountain Records — whose building pedigree you can see below — and though Kal-El aren’t giving too much away in terms of info as yet, they do have a new single streaming in the form of “Comêta” on their Bandcamp, and that finds their aggressive take on riff-led groovery well in place from where they left off.

The future, you say? Something to look forward to, then.

To the PR wire:

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MAJESTIC MOUNTAIN RECORDS to release new album by Norwegian fuzz rock-finders, KAL-EL | Listen to their new single ‘COMÊTA’ now!

Dark Majesty, the brand-new LP by the rising hard rock quintet is due for release in 2021

Majestic Mountain Records, one of Sweden’s most exciting underground labels and home to the likes of Devil’s Witches, Saint Karloff and The King’s Pistol are psyched to announce the conscription of one of Norway’s rising hard rock prospects.

Originally formed in 2012, Kal-El’s star has been firmly in the ascension for some time following a progression of impressive and highly sought-after releases on labels such as Setalight and Argonauta. With three albums already to their name – 2012’s Pakal, Astrodoomeda (2017) and last year’s critically acclaimed, Witches of Mars – the band are set to release new album Dark Majesty in 2021.

“As supporters of heavy riffs, we’ve been huge fans of the band for a number of years now,” explains MMR’s Marco Berg. “We’re stoked at the label to welcome them aboard and keen to help the band pilot their fuzz-powered space tunes directly to you!”

As new single ‘Comêta’ showcases, the band’s glorious universe of sound comprises of bass-heavy grooves, detuned guitars and mind-warping lyrics, and like a wayward son of hard rock and heavy metal, the quintet have spent a lot of time on the road over the years, touring extensively across Europe.

“With our journey now embarking on new and uncharted realms, we are pleased to announce that we’re joined by our fellow Scandinavians,” explains Kal-El’s vocalist, Captain. “We have been received with the outmost respect, and we look forward to delivering some amazing musical experiences on this label. We do not take the trust here shown us for granted, and we are proud and honoured to be a part of the Majestic Mountain Records family.”

Dark Majesty, the brand-new LP by Kal-El is due for release in 2021 on Majestic Mountain Records.

Stream new single ‘Comêta’ by Kal-EL here – https://kal-el.bandcamp.com/track/com-ta

KAL-EL:
Captain – Vocals
Doffy – Guitars
Josh – Guitars
Uncle J – Bass
Bjudas – Drums

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Kal-El Celebrate Fifth Anniversary in New Live Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on June 12th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Seems only fair that, as they marked five years of existence as a group earlier this Spring, Norway’s Kal-El should return to the place where it all began for a special show. The Stavenger outfit, who issued their third album, Astrodoomeda (review here), played their first gig in their hometown of Stavenger at a spot called The Martinique, and sure enough, they celebrated half a decade in the same spot, the four-piece of vocalist Captain Ulven, guitarist Roffe, bassist Liz and drummer Bjudas hitting into a special set that ran over an hour and seemed to really be an effort of love in the making. Captured by Blackie Davidson in its entirety, the video features Astrodoomeda cuts like “Atmosphere,” “Code of the Ancient and “Starlight Shade” among others like “7th Sun” and “Starmist” from 2015’s sophomore outing Echosphere,”Mothership” from that same year’s Cosmic Void EP, and “Fire Machine” from their 2013 debut LP, Pakal, covering its bases as regards their catalog and saving room at the end for a grand finale of three covers.

The first of those is Kyuss‘ “Green Machine,” which received a similar treatment on Astrodoomeda; more spaced out and slowed down than the original, stretching that signature riff’s punker edge into a distinct nod. Following that, Kal-El bring up Sindre Johnsen to play guitar alongside Roffe and dig into two Black Sabbath classics with “War Pigs” and “Hole in the Sky.” The latter was previously recorded and featured as a bonus track on Ecosphere, but I’m not sure they ever put out a version of “War Pigs.” Maybe on the first record. Either way, they’re obviously well familiar with one of doom and heavy rock’s formative staples, and Captain Ulven even goes so far to sing along to the riff near the end à la Ozzy on stage. Good fun the whole way around, and with as much time dedicated to their own material as there is leading up to the finish, one could hardly accuse Kal-El of shorting themselves in terms of focusing on their own songs.

Bottom line is it’s a special moment in the life of the band and they’re fortunate to have it recorded for posterity, nostalgia, or any other reason one might think of. Live album? Digital live album? Like I said, any reason they might think of. Kal-El aren’t necessarily due for a new record yet — Astrodoomeda will have been out for a year as of later this summer, and the band seem to have a pattern for odd-numbered years — but my understanding is they’ve started to put stuff together with an eye toward making a fourth full-length and no doubt something like stopping and taking even just a single evening to reflect on where they’ve been and what they’ve done as a band will play into what they do next, so that’s all the more reason to look forward to what’s coming next, but again, that’s a while off. For the moment, the Martinique show is available to check out for anyone who’d care to dig in, and you can find it below streaming in its entirety, followed by some comment from the band.

Please enjoy:

Kal-El, Live at The Martinique, May 19, 2018

Captain Ulven on Martinique show:

February 9th, 2013, was the date Kal-El played our first show after becoming a band. That happened just a few weeks before at Martinique Bar in Stavanger, Norway. We all came together after rehearsals and decided to give it our best and give the band a shot. So it was quite natural for us to have an intimate show for friends, fans and family. We have been doing tours all over the world, played all over the world, met our heroes, played with our heroes and been praised by our heroes met loads and loads of cool bands and guys, and all that in just five years. We have truly been blessed in a lot of ways, but still we can’t cracked the code on how to get the attention of the DesertFest guys so we could play on that festival (all of them!).

The show itself was amazing, even if extremely intimate and hot, we had a good crowd, friend on stage, friends offstage, loads of beer and only smiles and good times all the way to the promise land.

Kal-El are:
Cpt Ulven – Vocals
Roffe – Guitars
Liz – Bass
Bjudas – Drums

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Review & Full Album Premiere: Kal-El, Astrodoomeda

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on August 21st, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Thickly-riffed Norwegian rockers Kal-El release their third album, Astrodoomeda, Aug. 25 via Argonauta Records, Of the seven original inclusions on the eight-song/47-minute offering, six have some allusion to the cosmic in their name, whether it’s the leadoff title-cut or “Atmosphere,” “Mothership” or the penultimate “Spacecraft.” Based in Stavanger, along Norway’s southwestern coast, the four-piece may or may not be working to a narrative across the record’s tracks, but they’re certainly working around a theme one way or another, and that plays into some of the spacier aspects of their sound. They purport influence from the likes of Monster Magnet and Nebula, but almost immediately on “Astrodoomeda” frontman Cpt. Ulven has a strong current of solo-era Ozzy Osbourne or Christian “Chritus” Linderson of Goatess/Lord Vicar in his approach, and that adds an element of doom to match the heft in the guitar of Roffe and the bass of Liz Thompsen.

The guitarist and the bassist’s shared propensity for conveying tonal weight becomes a defining element to the material, as shown not only in the roll of “Mothership,” but in the chug of “Code of the Ancient,” which follows and with the thrust in Bjudas‘ drums and Ulven‘s cadence seems initially to be in direct conversation with Ozzy‘s “Over the Mountain.” That’s not a complaint, of course. In fact, beyond the somewhat tacky, hey-check-it-out-it’s-a-butt space-pinup cover art, there’s little in Astrodoomeda to argue with. Kal-El having made their debut with 2013’s Pakal and offered 2015’s Echosphere through Germany’s Setalight Records, their newest collection rocks heavy and unpretentious atop a sense of structure born of metallic roots and asks little by way of indulgence on the part of its audience, even in the 10-minute “Starlight Shade” or the closing cover, which is a slowed-down take on the Kyuss classic “Green Machine.”

A bold choice, to say the least, but as they make their way through the album’s second half, through the janga-janga-janga riffery of “Luna” and the more atmospheric, patient approach of “Starlight Shade” — which would seem to be the source of their Monster Magnet comparison; thinking of a meatier take on Dopes to Infinity, with a fervent rumble from Thompsen beneath effects-soaked explorations from Roffe and tense hi-hat timekeeping from Bjudas — as well as the surprisingly grounded uptempo push and hook of the three-minute “Spacecraft,” they set up a fitting context for their interpretation of one of heavy rock’s most pivotal tracks. A quick fadeout of “Spacecraft” brings on their dense tonality once again, and they punctuate “Green Machine”‘s landmark opening riff with kick drum and bass accent before casually grooving into the first verse. Their version is slower than the original, and Ulven does well with keeping his take on it distinct from John Garcia‘s performance, sticking to the style he’s used throughout Astrodoomeda to add breadth and space to the material.

kal-el astrodoomedaAs the band behind him oozes out languid vibes — apart from Bjudas, who double-times his hi-hat — he even tosses a “Pretty motherfucking please” in before “get the hell away from me” at the end of the second verse. They pick up speed for the last couple measures, which puts “Green Machine” in line with the fluid tempo shift of “Mothership” earlier, the hook of which is perhaps even more a defining moment for Astrodoomeda as a whole, however much bringing in a piece like “Green Machine” is inherently going to readjust the focus of a given listener. Indeed, it’s in cuts like “Atmosphere,” “Mothership,” “Code of the Ancient,” “Luna” and “Spacecraft” that Kal-El make their primary impression of clearly-directed space metal and heavy rock, though one shouldn’t discount the effectiveness of “Astrodoomeda” as the opener setting a broad context for all that follows it — but for “Starlight Shade,” it’s the longest piece here — with an exploratory feel and an old-time-style sci-fi sample that calls to mind something Astrosoniq might bring to bear, though again, the tones of Thompsen and Roffe are a standout factor as well.

That sample becomes something of a curio as regards not just “Astrodoomeda” itself but the CD that bears its name. Its arrival at 7:24 coincides with the end of the last vocal lines from Ulven, and the spoken voice introduces a character named Nikka or Mika — kind of hard to tell with all that low end surrounding — who is staring at the cosmos and wondering about her place in the galaxy. There’s another sample at the start of “Atmosphere” that is a countdown seemingly taken from a space shuttle launch at some point in the history of such things, but that character never seems to return, and it’s unclear if Kal-El are telling her story throughout the album — something that would put them somewhat in kinship to Swedish labelmates Cities of Mars as regards use of an overarching plot, terrestrial songcraft and space-minded themes — or if it’s a one-time placement for the title-track itself. If Astrodoomeda is intended to convey her narrative, then adding the Kyuss cover to the end, however sonically consistent it is with its surroundings, is incongruous to that process, but again, it’s unclear whether or not that’s the case, and maybe as listeners we’re not supposed to know. Fair enough either way.

Whatever its purposes in the telling, what works best about Astrodoomeda across its span is the upfront nature of Kal-El‘s presentation — they’re not trying to sneak anything by the listener as regards the origins of their style — and the balance between metallic structuring and rocking groove. The stark contrast between their longer cuts “Astrodoomeda” and “Starlight Shade” and the rest of the material surrounding would seem to be a divide waiting to be bridged in their sound, and for plenty among the converted, the elements with which they’re working overall will be immediately familiar, but their ambition carries through as less to change the genre than to cast their place within it, and Astrodoomeda succeeds in that outright. Riff heads and tone worshipers should find enough to dig into, and as for the rest of the universe, it’s out there, but who needs it anyway?

Kal-El is the fuzzed-out step-child of hard rock and heavy metal, often with hints of psychedelic and blues rock as well as doom metal. Songs typically feature a bass-heavy groove, detuned guitars and mind-expanding lyrics. Formed in Norway back in 2012 by members from Theatre of Tragedy, Six Eyes Lost and Desspo, they started rehearsing for the debut record shortly after that, growing up not just as a band, but as a little family as they found themselves around Norway on different gigs and venues.

The album “Pakal” was released on Wormhole Death Records 26th of May 2014, the video for Fire Machine 26th September 2014, and Pakal was released in Japan on Wormhole Japan 24th September 2014. Second album “Ecosphere” was released on Setalight Records 22nd of August 2015, and third album “Astrodoomeda” is released 25th of August 2017.

Kal-El are:
Cpt Ulven – Vocals
Roffe – Guitars
Liz – Bass
Bjudas – Drums

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Kal-El Sign to Argonauta Records; Astrodoomeda out in 2017

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 28th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

With two full-lengths already under their belt, Norway’s Kal-El have been picked up by Italian imprint Argonauta Records for the release of their third. It’s been given the charm-laden title Astrodoomeda and though there isn’t a solid drop date for it as yet and the band are reportedly still in the studio, they have two new videos for tracks that will be featured on the finished product, including the rather bold Kyuss cover “Green Machine.” That and the original “Mothership” can be sampled below, and it’s worth noting that their second LP, Ecosphere, came out via respected Berlin purveyor Setalight Records in 2015.

The PR wire has all the details:

kal-el-photo-by-toffa-berg

NORWEGIAN STONER ROCKERS KAL-EL SIGN TO ARGONAUTA RECORDS

Kal-El is the fuzzed-out step-child of hard rock and heavy metal, often with hints of psychedelic and blues rock as well as doom metal. Songs typically feature a bass-heavy groove, detuned guitars and mind-expanding lyrics.

Formed in Norway back in 2012 by members from Theatre of Tragedy, Six Eyes Lost and Desspo, they started rehearsing for the debut record shortly after that, growing up not just as a band, but as a little family as they found themselves around Norway on different gigs and venues.

The album “Pakal” was released on Wormhole Death Records 26th of May 2014, the video for Fire Machine 26th September 2014, and Pakal was released in Japan on Wormhole Japan 24th September 2014. Second album “Ecosphere” was released on Setalight Records 22nd of August 2015.

Kal-El are now recording the very new album to be released by Argonauta Records in 2017. Be prepared for a stunning blend of Black Sabbath meet Monster Magnet meet Nebula!

The band says: “We are proud to be a part of the Argonauta Family, and we look forward to release our 3rd album “Astrodoomeda” through this label in 2017. Gero has a solid promo package going, and we really miss that, so signing with him was a naturally choice. “Astrodoomeda” is going to be a bit heavier than any of our previous releases, but we do believe we keep the essence of Kal-El with us here as well with different songs and different moods throughout the album. The new record has been a slow process where it has been recorded at different sessions through the last year and a half and even as we speak”.

You can already have a taste of the new stuff of the band by hearing the song “Mothership” and “Green Machine” (Kyuss cover), both to be featured in “Astrodoomeda”.

Kal-El are:
Cpt Ulven – Vocals
Roffe – Guitars
Liz – Bass
Bjudas – Drums

Picture credit: Toffa Berg

www.argonautarecords.com
www.kal-el.no
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Kal-El, “Mothership” official video

Kal-El, “Green Machine” official video

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