Hydra Premiere From Light to the Abyss Live Session

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 23rd, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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At this point in the pandemic, I’m going to assume that if you’re reading this you’ve watched a ‘live stream’ of one sort or another, whether that’s actually a band playing live as it goes out or a special airing of a prior-recorded performance or set. And I feel safe making that assumption because it’s been 10 months, we’ve all had a lot of time at home, and my social media feed has been filled with people increasingly wistful in their “I miss live shows” posts. Myself included.

Well, Order top-notch Paterson Public Library Homework Help help online. Professional custom essay writing service from expert writers and editors. Fast turnaround guaranteed 24/7. Hydra, from Pleszew, Poland, released their first album, Why college admission essay on leadership and translation is something you need to think about now. From Light to the Abyss, through phd proposal sample Negative Effects Of Homework tok essay help writing personal essay for college admission short Piranha Music this past August. Only together for about a year before issuing the five-tracker, the band quickly prove with it that they’ve got their heads together when it comes to knowing what they want to do in doom rock and classic, darker-tinged rolling riffage. Wearing their number sources phd dissertation http://www.musicalsommer-fulda.de/?do-my-admission-essay-write best college admissions essay in 10 steps college application essay writing help best Iommi on their collective sleeve, the band’s songs move between the catchy, almost Virtucom Group's Berlin Wall Essay provide strategic content solutions for numerous industries. All of our content is crafted by a dedicated team of Uncle Acid-ic “No One Loves Like Satan” to the more oldschool doom of “Secrets of the Undead,” with guitarist Assignment Help Experts offer Online Assignment Help and read review services in Australia and US. Paper will be written by US and Australian Experts. Dabek (there’s an ogonek on the ‘a’ his name I can’t get to show up in WordPress, and for that I apologize) and bassist Check out our website for read this article. Order cheap custom papers and receive A+ grades. Only qualified writers available 24/7. Vanat sharing vocal duties atop the steady progression filled out by guitarist Hire industry leading http://www.noliac.com/?how-to-prepare-research-paper from most qualified and professional writers. We are recognized as top dissertation help company Mieszko and drummer A Professional Resume Writing Services Dallas Tx Service Can Transform Your CV & Win You Interviews, Even if Your Current CV is Poor & Has to Beat 100s of Other Applicants Yahoo. They ask little of the listener in terms of indulgences, riff righteously and very clearly came into their debut knowing what they wanted to accomplish in terms of sound. If you can’t respect that, I’ve got nothing for you.

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So you’ve seen live steams. Fine. Probably you’ve seen one for a band you already know, maybe that you miss seeing on stage. Here’s a chance to do that other great thing that live music lets you do, and that’s discover something cool you might not have encountered before. I’m not about to tell you When you write a research paper, Who can Whats In A Name Essay Online? It means you've taken the first step towards academic greatness. Hydra are a genre revolution — they’re not — but they’re a band who wanted to make a racket and they’re doing exactly that here. If that doesn’t get you through to the killer nod at the outset of “Magical Mind” in the video below, chances are it’s your own loss.

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Hydra, From Light to the Abyss live session at Acoustic Studio premiere

Vanat (bass) on From Light to the Abyss live session:

“During the past few months many of our shows have been cancelled. We really missed playing live and so we got inspired to record a live stream. We had many ideas on how to present our material on the web but we finally settled on recording a full show in our studio (Acoustic Studio) where we have also recorded our first album. We wanted it to sound properly which would be hard to achieve without professional support. The space in the studio was quite small but with the help of our friend Szymon we managed to create a nice video.

“Even though we cannot play many concerts right now, we keep on working. We have recently came up with a new single “The Unholy Ceremony” which will probably appear on the next album, but you can already hear this one on the live stream. In this track we maintain our classic style but we also used a synthesizer for the first time to give it a different vibe.”

Recorded at Acoustic Studio by Marcel Kraszkiewicz
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Pictures & VFX by Szymon Szpunt
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Setlist:
00:00 – Creatures of the Woods
08:10 – No One Loves Like Satan
15:03 – Secrets of the Undead
21:52 – The Unholy Ceremony (NEW!)
30:06 – When the Devil’s Coming Down
38:15 – Magical Mind

HYDRA was formed in 2019 in Pleszew, the hometown of the beautiful stoner doom RED SMOKE FESTIVAL. The band consists of Vanat (bass), Yahoo (drums), Mieszko (guitar) and Dabek (guitar & vocal), who is also well known from another Polish act – Red Scalp.

Piranha Music, an independent label from Toru?, released their full-length debut, “From Light to the Abyss,” on 21 August 2020. The amazing album artwork was designed by Pawel Mioduchowski (of almighty Dopelord).

Hydra is:
Dabek – voc, git
Mieszko – git
Vanat – bass, voc
Yahoo – drums

Hydra, From Light to the Abyss (2020)

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Bantha Rider Releasing Binary Sunset Massacre Dec. 4; “De Wanna Wanga” Video Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 20th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Hey there, Star Wars fans. I haven’t seen The Mandalorian at all, but my understanding is it’s a good time to be on board with what’s unquestionably the coolest of the major science-fiction franchises — unless we’re counting Alien, and then there’s no question that’s the coolest — and though each installment of the last trilogy and those side movies seemed to have its share of detractors, the fandom itself persists unabated and across generations. My nephews and their father watch Star Wars together, play the video games and so on. It’s a thing they share. That’s nice.

Set to be added to the non-canon mythology of that particular Galaxy Far, Far Away is the debut album from Polish instrumentalists  Bantha Rider. Titled Binary Sunset Massacre, it’s pretty clearly referencing the planet Tatooine with its iconic twin suns, and the title of the new single “De Wanna Wanga,” is what Bib Fortuna says to Luke Skywalker when the latter shows up at Jabba’s palace. You may recall the Bib Fortuna action figure came with the playset. I do.

I wonder if writing an instrumental album about Star Wars counts as fan-fic. I wonder what the message boards would say if they saw this album cover. I wonder if the whole record sounds as cool as the track below.

So many questions:

bantha rider binary sunset massacre

BANTHA RIDER – Binary Sunset Massacre

Polish trio Bantha Rider’s debut album will be out 4th of December, via independent label Piranha Music. “Binary Sunset Massacre” is an instrumental stoner doom trip across the desert planet with riffs heavy as Jabba the Hutt and rhythm section “too accurate for sand people”.

Band’ve just released their first single called “De Wanna Wanga”.

Tracklisting:
1. Binary Sunset Massacre
2. De Wanna Wanga
3. The Gamorrean
4. Boonta Eve
5. Sagittarius
6. Rancor’s Delight
7. March of the Banthas
8. Pazuzu

Bantha Rider is:
Art – Drums
Chris – Guitar
Bart – Bass

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Quarterly Review: Steve Von Till, Cyttorak, Lambda, Dee Calhoun, Turtle Skull, Diuna, Tomorrow’s Rain, Mother Eel, Umbilichaos, Radar Men From the Moon

Posted in Reviews on October 5th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Oh hi there. It’s Quarterly Review time again, and you know what that means. 50 records between now and Friday — and I may or may not extend it through next Monday as well; I think I have enough of a backlog at this point to do so. It’s really just a question of how destroyed I am by writing about 10 different records every day this week. If past is prologue, that’s fairly well destroyed. But I’ve yet to do a Quarterly Review and regret it when it’s over, and like the last one, this roundup of 50 albums is pretty well curated, so it might even be fun to go through. There’s a thought. In any case, as always, I hope you find something you enjoy, and thank you for reading if you do or as much as you do.

Quarterly Review #1-10:

Steve Von Till, No Wilderness Deep Enough

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Neurosis guitarist/vocalist Steve Von Till seems to be bringing some of the experimentalism that drives his Harvestman project into the context of his solo work with No Wilderness Deep Enough, his fifth LP and first since 2015’s A Life unto Itself (review here). Drones and melodic synth backs the deceptively-titled “The Old Straight Track,” and where Von Till began his solo career 20 years ago with traditional folk guitar, if slower, on these six tracks, he uses that meditative approach as the foundation for an outward-reaching 37-minute run, incorporating ethereal strings among the swirls of “Shadows on the Run” and finishing with the foreboding hum of “Wild Iron.” Opener “Dreams of Trees” establishes the palette’s breadth with synthesized beats alongside piano and maybe-cello, but it’s Von Till‘s voice itself that ties the material together and provides the crucial human presence and intimacy that most distinguishes the offerings under his own name. Accompanied by Von Till‘s first published book of poetry, No Wilderness Deep Enough is a portrait of the unrelenting creative growth of its maker.

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Cyttorak, Simultaneous Invocation of Apocalyptic Harbingers

Cyttorak Simultaneous Invocation of Apocalyptic Harbingers

Take a breath before you hit play only to have it punched right out from your solar plexus by the brutalist deathsludge Cyttorak cleverly call “slowerviolence.” Dominated by low end and growls, screams, and shouts, the lumbering onslaught is the second standalone EP for the three-piece who hail from scenic Pawtucket, Rhode Island (former home of the PawSox), and throughout its six-track run, the unit conjure an unyieldingly punishing tonal morass set to aggressive purpose. That they take their name from the Marvel Universe character who controls X-Men villain Juggernaut should not be taken as coincidence, since their sound indeed seems intended to put its head down and smash through walls and/or anything else that might be in its path in pursuit of its quarry. With Conan-esque lyrical minimalism, the songs nonetheless give clues to their origins — “Royal Shokan Dismemberment” refers to Goro from Mortal Kombat, and finale “Domination Lord of Coldharbour” to Skyrim (which I still regret not playing) — but if you consider comics or video games to be lighter fare, first off, you’re working with an outdated mentality, and second, Cyttorak would like a bit of your time to smother you with volume and ferocity. They have a new split out as well, both on tape.

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Lambda, Heliopolis

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Also signified by the Greek letter from which they take their moniker, Czech four-piece Lambda represent a new age of progressive heavy post-rock. Influences from Russian Circles aren’t necessarily surprising to find coursing through the instrumental debut full-length, Heliopolis, but there are shades of Elder as well behind the more driving riffs and underlying swing of “Space Express,” which also featured on the band’s 2015 EP of the same name. The seven-minute “El Sonido Nuevo” did likewise, but older material or newer, the album’s nine-song procession moves toward its culminating title-track through the grace of “Odysea” and the intertwining psychedelic guitars of “Milkyway Phaseshifter” with an overarching atmosphere of the journey to the city of the sun being undertaken. And when they get there, at the closer, there’s an initial sense of peace that gives way to some of the most directly heavy push Heliopolis has to offer. Payoff, then. So be it. Purposeful and somewhat cerebral in its execution, the DIY debut brings depth and space together to immersive effect.

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Dee Calhoun, Godless

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Following his 2016 debut, Rotgut (review here) and 2018’s Go to the Devil (review here), Godless is the third full-length from former Iron Man and current Spiral Grave frontman Dee Calhoun, and its considerable 63-minute runtime finds him working in multiple directions while keeping his underlying roots in acoustic-based heavy metal. Certainly “To My Boy” — and Rob Calhoun has appeared on his father’s releases before as well — has its basis in familial expression, but its pairing with “Spite Fuck” is somewhat curious. Meanwhile, “Hornswoggled” cleverly samples George W. Bush with a laugh track, and “Here Under Protest,” “The Greater Evil,” “Ebenezer” and “No Justice” seem to take a worldly view as well. Meanwhile again, “Godless,” “The Day Salvation Went Away” and “Prudes, Puritanicals and Puddles of Piss” make their perspective nothing if not plain for the listener, and the album ends with the two-minute kazoo-laced gag track “Here Comes the Bride: A Tale From Backwater.” So perhaps scattershot, but Godless is nonetheless Calhoun‘s most effective outing yet in terms of arrangements and craft, and shows him digging further into the singer-songwriter form than he has up to now, sounding more comfortable and confident in the process.

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Turtle Skull, Monoliths

Turtle Skull Monoliths

Melodic vocal lines weave together and float over alternately weighted and likewise ethereal guitars on Turtle Skull‘s second album, Monoliths. The percussion-inclusive (tambourine, congas, rain stick, etc.) Sydney-based heavy psychedelic outfit create an immersive wash that makes the eight-song/55-minute long-player consuming for the duration, and while there are moments of clarity to be found throughout — the steady snare taps of “Why Do You Ask?” for example — but the vast bulk of the LP is given to the overarching flow, which finds progressive/space-rock footing in the 11-plus minutes of finale “The Clock Strikes Forever” and is irresistibly consuming on the drifting wash of “Rabbit” or the lysergic grunge blowout of “Who Cares What You Think?,” which gives way to the choral drone of “Halcyon” gorgeously en route through the record’s back half. It’s not the highest profile heavy psych release of 2020, but neither is it to be overlooked for the languid stretch of “Leaves” at the outset or the fuzz-drenched roll in the penultimate “Apple of Your Eye.”

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Diuna, Golem

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In some ways, the dichotomy of Diuna‘s 2019 sophomore full-length, Golem, is set by its first two tracks, the 24-second intro “Menu” and the seven-minute “Jarmark Cudów” that follows, each longer song throughout is prefaced by an introduction or interlude, varying in degrees of experimentation. That, however, doesn’t cover the outsider vibes the Polish trio bring to bear in those longer songs themselves, be it “Jarmark Cudów” devolving into a post-Life of Agony noise rock roll, or the thrust in “Frank Herbert” cut into starts and stops and shouting madness. Heavy rock, noise, sludge, post-this-or-that, it doesn’t matter by the end of the 12-track/44-minute release, because Diuna establish such firm control over the proceedings and make so clear the challenge to the listener to keep up that it’s only fun to try. It might take a couple listens to sink in, but the more attention one gives Golem, the more one is going to be rewarded in the end, and I don’t just mean in the off-kilter fuckery of closer “Pan Jezus Idzie Do Wojska.”

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Tomorrow’s Rain, Hollow

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“Ambitious” doesn’t begin to cover it. With eight songs (plus a bonus track) and 11 listed guest musicians, the debut full-length, Hollow, from Tel Aviv-based death-doomers Tomorrow’s Rain seems to be setting its own standard in that regard. And quite a list it is, with the likes of Aaron Stainthorpe of My Dying Bride, Greg Mackintosh of Paradise Lost, Fernando Ribeiro of Moonspell, Mikko Kotamaki of Swallow the Sun, and so on, it is a who’s-who of melodic/gothic death-doom and the album lives up to the occasion in terms of the instrumental drama it presents. Some appear on one track, some on multiple tracks — Ribeiro and Kotamaki both feature on “Misery Rain” — and despite the constant shifts in personnel with only one of the eight tracks completely without an outside contributor, the core six-piece of Tomorrow’s Rain are still able to make an impression of their own that is bolstered and not necessarily overwhelmed by the extravagant company being kept throughout.

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Mother Eel, Svalbard

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Mother Eel‘s take on sludge isn’t so much crushing as it is caustic. They’re plenty heavy, but their punishment isn’t just meted out through tonal weight being brought down on your head. It’s the noise. It’s the blown-out screams. It’s the harshness of the atmosphere in which the entirety of their debut album, Svalbard, resides. Five tracks, 33 minutes, zero forgiveness. One might be tempted to think of songs like “Erection of Pain” as nihilistic fuckall, but that seems incorrect. Nah, they mean it. Fuckall, yeah. But fuckall as ethos. Fuckall manifest. So it goes through “Alpha Woman” and “Listen to the Elderly for They Have Much to Teach,” which ends in a Primitive Man-ish static assault, and the lumbering finish “Not My Shade,” which assures that what began on “Sucking to Gain” half an hour earlier ends on the same anti-note: a disaffected malevolence writ into sheer sonic unkindness. There is little letup, even in the quiet introductions or transitions, so if you’re looking for mercy, don’t bother.

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Umbilichaos, Filled by Empty Spaces

Umbilichaos Filled by Empty Spaces

The four-song/39-minute atmospheric sludge long-player Filled by Empty Spaces is listed by Brazilian solo outfit Umbilichaos as being the third part of, “the Tetralogy of Loneliness.” If that’s the emotion being expressed in the noise-metal post-Godflesh chug-and-shout of “Filled by Empty Spaces Pt. 02,” then it is loneliness viscerally presented by founding principal and multi-instrumentalist Anna C. Chaos. The feel throughout the early going of the release is plodding and agonized in kind, but in “Filled by Empty Spaces Pt. 01” and “Filled by Empty Spaces Pt. 03” there is some element of grim, crusted-over psychedelia happening alongside the outright dirge-ism, though the latter ultimately wins out in the four-minute instrumental capper “Disintegration.” One way or the other, Chaos makes her point through raw tonality and overarching intensity of purpose, the compositions coming across simultaneously unhinged and dangerously under control. There are many kinds of heavy. Filled by Empty Spaces is a whole assortment of them.

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Radar Men From the Moon, The Bestial Light

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Fueled by avant grunge/noise impulsion, Radar Men From the Moon‘s latest foray to Planet Whothefuckknows arrives in the eight-song/41-minute The Bestial Light, a record alternately engrossing and off-putting, that does active harm when the sounds-like-it’s-skipping intro to “Piss Christ” comes on and then subsequently mellows out with psych-sax like they didn’t just decide to call the song “Sacred Cunt of the Universe” or something. Riffs, electronics, the kind of weirdness that’s too self-aware not to be progressive, Radar Men From the Moon take the foundation of experimentation set by Astrosoniq and mutate it via Swans into something unrecognizable by genre and unwilling to compromise its own direction. And no, by the time “Levelling” comes on to round out, there is no peace to be found, though perhaps a twisted kind of joy at the sheer postmodernism. They should score ballets with this stuff. No one would go, but three centuries from now, they’d be worshiped as gods. Chance of that anyway, I suppose.

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Lastryko Premiere “Firmament” from Limbo LP

Posted in Bootleg Theater on September 22nd, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Limbo is the name of the third full-length from Polish psychedelic wanderers Lastryko, released this past July through Necio Records, and “Limbo,” in various stages, is precisely where side B of the outing ends up. That’s not a statement on the Gdynia four-piece being staid or anything, but “Limbo” is the name of three of the four tracks on the album’s back half, and the final one would seem to pick up from there into a final drifting nothingness, both in how its title is constructed following a count from the songs prior and in terms of its outward melodic drone, vast and empty.

Before Lastryko get there, the three songs on side A of the seven-track/37-minute LP — “C•A,” “Firmament” and “8 kropel” — run a course of dream-jazz and progressive space rock that at times gives itself over wholly to krautrock vibing but also has shades of more modern post-rock in some of its shimmering guitar, say, in the midsection of the opener, or in the key flourish of “Firmament.” lastryko limboAs side A builds from its shortest cut to its longest and “8 kropel” tops seven minutes of mostly-instrumental, mellow jamming, the procession seems to draw itself to a finish not so much with a huge climax, but a steady, hypnotic movement.

The first section of “Limbo,” listed as “Limbo•,” is a droning precursor to the concluding “••••” and gives way to “Limbo••” directly, a kick of drums marking the arrival of the 7:42 installment that’s the longest piece on the album. Proggy guitar strum and synthesizer lines are interwoven smoothly and a wash subtly builds up that seems to consume the track in its second half, leaving just the drums behind to transition into “Limbo•••.” This time it’s the guitar returning that marks the change, and an almost surf/island feel in the echoing guitar — in another context, one might liken that airiness to Yawning Man — noodles out across the expanse, the flow crafted sounding organic in its atmosphere in a way that few such thoughtful and obviously considered offerings could hope to.

“Limbo•••” drifts into silence from which “••••” picks up and ends the album peacefully, not void of movement, but ambient and quiet enough to get the point of stillness across anyhow. In some ways, Limbo almost feels like two EPs put together to make one full-length, but hell, it works on a straight-through listen, so I’m not at all inclined to argue. I have the pleasure today of hosting the tripped-out video for “Firmament” which you’ll find below, the visuals doing well to bolster the atmosphere of the song and the vintage-futurism the record conveys.

Recording and other info follow. Please enjoy:

Lastryko, “Firmament” official video premiere

Firmament from the album LIMBO by Lastryko, released by Necio Records.
Video by Arturo Baston

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Mastered by John MacBain @JPM Mastering
Artwork by Monika Reut
Layout and typography by Adam Bejnarowicz @Muzykografika

‘Limbo’ Tracklisting:
Side A:
1. C•A
2. Firmament
3. 8 kropel

Side B:
4. Limbo•
5. Limbo••
6. Limbo•••
7. ••••

Lastryko is:
Artur Bieszke – g., v.
Wojciech Lacki – bs
Jacek Rezner – drums
Maciej Szkudlarek – synth

Lastryko, Limbo (2020)

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Weird Tales Sign to Interstellar Smoke Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 15th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Murk riffing doom rockers Weird Tales will release their next album through Interstellar Smoke Records. 2019’s Hell Services Cost a Lot cast a number of riffy hypnotic spells and plunged to good-fun-style smokey depths, and it’s listed below as their debut, which I guess would make 2018’s The Fall a demo? I don’t know. Either way, they’re reportedly at work on a new full-length that one assumes will surface sometime in 2021, by which time it should make a fitting accompaniment to the apocalypse that’s sure to continue and only get worse as the rest of this year plays out. Seriously, is anyone expecting anything to get better? Ever? Why would you?

Hold fast to your loved ones, your livelihoods, your democracies.

And despair, despair, despair.

Anyway, band’s cool. The internet thought so too:

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INTERSTELLAR SMOKE RECORDS – WEIRD TALES

ACID DOOM METAL

BAND ORIGIN

Weird Tales has arisen to heal mental traumas, to patch up injured minds. Pour the whole mess into the music while getting rid of it. Such a mistake.Thrilling and shivering riffs began to scratch the festering brain’s wound instead. Treacherous sonic mass has risen like a cancer, while greedily absorbing the remnants of ourselves. The black plague of our consciousness. Not everyone was able to bear it. Those who have survived will spread the disease further.

BIO

WEIRD TALES is a Warsaw Doom Power Trio made up of Dima (guitar, lead vocal), Kriss (bass, vocal) and Matt (drums, vocal). WEIRD TALES has toured the Poland and neighbouring countries, sharing stage with well-known bands such as Church of Misery, Belzebong, Dopelord. Band was started in the middle of 2015. They are extensively playing gigs from 2016. In 2017 they recorded two EPs. In 2019 they launched debut Full Length album “Hell Services Cost a Lot.” It grabbed great responses among the audience. The band recently have signed INTERSTELLAR SMOKE RECORDS. Together they are preparing new release.

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Weedpecker Announce New Album IV & Spring 2021 Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 11th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Forgive my curiosity here, but it seems fair to expect that when Poland’s Weedpecker release their upcoming album, seemingly titled IV, through Stickman Records, it will be a substantially different outing than was 2018’s III (discussed here). In no small part because it’s a substantially different band making it. Guitarist/vocalist Piotr Wyroslaw “Wyro” Dobry has parted company with the other three members who appeared on the last record — including his brother Bartek, who co-founded the band — and is proceeding with Weedpecker in something of a Polish-heavy-rock supergroup configuration, bringing in former and current members of Dopelord, Major Kong and Belzebong. That’s a heavy-hitting rhythm section, to be sure, and I’m very interested to find out how such weight plays alongside the lush melodies that Weedpecker have incorporated into their sound over time. Or if the band will go in a completely different direction. Or whatever else might happen.

Speaking of things that might happen — a tour! Look, nobody’s pretending to know what Spring 2021 is going to look like around the world, but it’s cool that people are at least starting to plan things again in a more than “we’re postponed until next year” context. There’s something comforting about seeing a string of tour dates at this point, and with a new album to support in March, all the better.

From the social medias:

WEEDPECKER SPRING 2021 TOUR

Weedpecker – Spring Tour 2021

Together with Echelon Talent Agency, we are very happy to announce Weedpecker’s European tour next year! The tour will be promoting our new album, let’s call it “IV.”

It will be released in March via Stickman Records.

We have more surprises and we will share it with you soon. Observe our social media.

Poster by miodek.art.

Weedpecker live:
12th March – Leipzig (DE)
14th March – Dresden (DE)
15th March – Berlin (DE)
17th March – Rostock (DE)
18th March – Copenhagen (DK)
19th March – Hamburg (DE)
20th March – Liege (BE)
21st March – Gent (BE)
23rd March – Swansea (UK)
24th March – London (UK)
25th March – Bournemouth (UK)
26th March – Bristol (UK)
27th March – Edinburgh (UK)
28th March – Manchester (UK)
30th March – Lille (FR)
31st March – Nantes (FR)
1st April – Rennes (FR)
2nd April – Toulouse (FR)
3rd April – Paris (FR)

Weedpecker is:
Walczak (Tankograd, ex-Dopelord) – drums
Wyro – guitar/vox
Seru (BelzebonG) – keyboards
Domel (Major Kong) – bass

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Quarterly Review: Sergio Ch., Dool, Return to Worm Mountain, Dopelord, Ancestro, Hellhookah, Daisychain, The Burning Brain Band, Slump, Canyon

Posted in Reviews on July 6th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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I don’t imagine I need to tell you it’s been a hell of a quarter, existentially speaking. It’s like the world decided to play ’52 card pickup’ but with tragedy. Still, music marches on, and so the Quarterly Review marches on. For what it’s worth, I’m particularly looking forward to reviewing the upcoming batch of 50 records. As I stare at the list for each day, all of them have records that I’ve legitimately been looking forward to diving into, and today is a great example of that, front to back.

Will I still feel the same way on Friday? Maybe, maybe not. If past is prologue, I’ll be tired, but it’s always satisfying to do this and cover so much stuff in one go. Accordingly, let’s not delay any further. I hope you enjoy the week’s worth of writeups.

Quarterly Review #1-10:

Sergio Ch., From Skulls Born Beyond

Sergio Ch From Skulls Born Beyond

Intertwining by sharing a few songs with the debut album from his trio Soldati, Doom Nacional (review here), the latest solo endeavor from former Los Natas/Ararat frontman Sergio Ch. continues his path of experimentalist drone folk, blending acoustic and electric elements, guitar and voice, in increasingly confident and broad fashion. The heart of a piece like “Sombra Keda” near the middle of the album is still the strum of the acoustic guitar, but the arrangement of electric and effects/synth surrounding, as well as the vocal echo, give a sense of space to the entirety of From Skulls Born Beyond that demonstrates to the listener just how much range Sergio Ch.‘s work has come to encompass. For highlights, one might check out the extended title-track and the closer “Solar Tse,” which bring in waves of distorted noise to add to the experimentalist feel, but there’s something to be said too for the comparatively minimal (vocal layering aside) “My Isis,” as well as for the fact that they all fit so well on the same record.

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DOOL, Summerland

Dool Summerland

The follow-up to DOOL‘s 2017 debut, Here Now There Then (review here), does no less than to see the Netherlands-based outfit led by singer Ryanne van Dorst answer the potential of that album while pushing forward the particular vision of Dutch heavy progressive rock that emerged in the wake of The Devil’s Blood, acknowledging that past — Farida Lemouchi (now of Molassess) stops by for a guest spot — while presenting an immersive and richly arranged 54-minute sprawl of highly individualized craft. Issued through Prophecy Productions, it brings cuts like the memorable opener “Sulphur and Starlight” and the dynamic “A Glass Forest” as well as the classic metal chug of “Be Your Sins” and the reaches of its title-cut and acoustic-inclusive finale “Dust and Shadow.” DOOL are a band brazen enough to directly refuse genre, and it is to their benefit and the audience’s that they pull off doing so with such bravado and quality of output. For however long they go, they will not stop progressing. You can hear it.

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Return to Worm Mountain, Therianthropy

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By the time Durban, South Africa’s Return to Worm Mountain are done with 10-minute opener and longest track (immediate points) “Gh?l” from their second album, Therianthropy, the multi-instrumentalist duo of Duncan Park (vocal, guitar, bass, banjo, jaw harp) and Cam Lofstrand (vocals, drums, synth, guitar, bass, percussion) have gone from High on Fire-meets-Entombed crunch to psychedelic Americana to bare-essential acoustic guitar, and unsurprisingly, the scope doesn’t stop there. “Mothman’s Lament” is folksy sweetness and it leads right into the semi-industrial grind of “Mongolian Death Worm” before “Olgoi-Khorkoi” sludge-lumbers into Echoplex oblivion — or at very least the unrepentantly pretty plucked strings of “Tatzelwurm.” The title refers to a human ability to become an animal — think werewolf — and if that’s a metaphor for the controlled chaos Return to Worm Mountain are letting loose here, one can hardly argue it doesn’t fit. Too strange to be anything but progressive, Therianthropy‘s avant garde feel will alienate as many as it delights, and that’s surely the point of the entire endeavor.

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Dopelord, Sign of the Devil

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Primo weedian stoner sludge doom of precisely the proportion-of-riff one would expect from Polish bashers Dopelord, which is to say plenty huge and plenty grooving. “The Witching Hour Bell” sets the tone on Sign of the Devil, which is the fourth full-length from the Warsaw-based four-piece. They lumber, they plod, they crash, and yes, yes, yes, they riff, putting it all on the line with “Hail Satan” with synth flourish at the end before “Heathen” and the ultimately-more-aggro “Doom Bastards” reinforce the mission statement. You might know what you’re getting going into it, but that doesn’t make the delivery any less satisfying as Dopelord plod into “World Beneath Us” like a cross between Electric Wizard and Slomatics and of course stick-click in on a quick four-count for the 94-second punk blaster “Headless Decapitator” to cap the 36-minute vinyl-ready run. How could they not? Sure, Sign of the Devil preaches to the choir, but hell’s bells it makes one happy to have joined the choir in the first place.

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Ancestro, Ancestro

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Numbered instrumental progressions comprise this third and self-titled offering from Peruvian trio Ancestro (issued through Necio Records and Forbidden Place Records), and the effect of the album being arranged in such a fashion is that it plays through as one long piece, the cascading volume changes of “II” feeding back into the outset count-in of the speedier “III” and so on. Each piece of the whole has its own intention, and it seems plain enough that the band composed the sections individually, but they’ve been placed so as to highlight the full-album flow, and as Ancestro move from “IV” into “V” and “VI,” with songs getting longer as they go en route to that engrossing and proggy 13-minute closer, their success draws from their ability to harness the precision and maybe even a little of the aggression of heavy metal and incorporate it as part of an execution both thoughtful and no less able to be patient when called for by a given piece. Hard-hitting psychedelia is tough to pull off, but Ancestro‘s Ancestro is no less spacious than terrestrial.

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Necio Records on Bandcamp

Forbidden Place Records on Bandcamp

 

Hellhookah, The Curse

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In 2016, Lithuanian two-piece Hellhookah made it no challenge whatsoever to get into the traditionalist doom of their debut album, Endless Serpents (review here), and the seven songs of The Curse make for a welcome follow-up, with an uptick in production value and the fullness of the mix and a decided affinity for underground ’80s metal in cuts like “Supremacy” and “Dreams and Passions” to coincide with the Dio-era-Sabbath vibes of centerpiece “Flashes” and the nodding finisher “Greed and Power,” which follows and contrasts “Dreams and Passions” in a manner that feels multi-tiered in its purpose. Departing from some of the Vitus-ness of the first full-length, The Curse adopts a more complex tack across its 38 minutes, but its heart and its loyalties are still of doom, by doom, and for the doomed, and that suits them just fine. Crucially, their lack of pretense carries over, and their love of all things doomed translates into every riff and every stretch on offer. If you’d ask more than that of them, well, why?

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Daisychain, Daisychain EP

Daisychain Daisychain EP

Bluesy in opener “Demons,” grunge-tinged in “Lily” and fuzz-folk-into-’70s-soul-rock on “How Can I Love You,” Daisychain‘s self-titled debut EP wants little for ambition from the start, but the Chicago-based four-piece bring a confidence to their dually-vocalized approach that unites the material across whatever stylistic lines it treads, be it in the harmonies of the midtempo rocker “Are You Satisfied” or the righteously languid “Fake Flowers,” which follows. With six songs and 21 minutes, the self-released outing is but a quick glimpse at what Daisychain might have in store going forward, but the potential is writ large from the classic feel of “Demons” to the barroom spirit of closer “The Wrong Thing,” which reminds that rock and roll doesn’t have to sacrifice efficiency in order to make a statement of its own force. There’s plenty of attitude to be found in these songs, but beneath that — or maybe alongside it — there’s a sense of an emergent songwriting process that is only going to continue to flourish. What they do with the momentum they build here will be interesting to see/hear, but more than that, they’re developing a perspective and persona of their own, and that speaks to a longer term ideal. To put another way, they don’t sound like they’re half-assing it.

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The Burning Brain Band, The Burning Brain Band

The Burning Brain Band The Burning Brain Band

Capping with a slide-tinged take on the traditional “Parchman Farm” (see also: Blue Cheer, Cactus, etc.), Ohio’s The Burning Brain Band‘s self-titled debut casts a wide net in terms of influences, centering the penultimate “The Dreamer” around 12-string acoustic guitar on an eight-minute run that’s neither hurried nor staid, but all the more surprising after the electronica-minded “Interlude (Still Running),” which, at four minutes is of greater substance than one might expect of an interlude just as the seven-and-a-half-minute warm-up “Launch Sequence” is considerably broader than one generally considers an intro to an album. There isn’t necessarily a foundational basis from which the material emanates — though “Brain Food” is an effective desert-ish rocker, it moves into the decidedly proggier “Bolero/Floating Away” — but “Launch Sequence” is immersive and the four-piece bring a performance cohesion and a clarity of mindset to the proceedings of this debut that may not unite the songs, but carries the listener through with a sure hand just the same. Who ever said everything on a record had to sound alike? For sure not The Burning Brain Band, who translate the mania of their moniker into effective sonic variety.

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Slump, Flashbacks From Black Dust Country

Slump Flashbacks from Black Dust Country

Count Slump in a freakout psych renaissance, all punk-out-the-airlock and ’90s-noise thisandthat. Delivered through Feel It Records, the Richmond, Virginia, outfit’s debut, Flashbacks From Black Dust Country indeed touches ground every now and again, as on “Desire Death Drifter,” but even there, the vocals are so soaked wet with echo that I’m pretty sure they fucked up my speakers, and as much as “Tension Trance” tries, it almost can’t help but be acid grunge. In an age of nihilism, Slump aren’t so much unbridled as they are a reminder of the artistry behind the slacker lean, and in the thrust of “(Do The) Sonic Sprawl” and the far-out twist of “Throbbing Reverberation,” they affirm that only those with expanded minds will survive to see the new age and all the many spectral horrors it might unfurl. Can it be a coincidence that the album starts “No Utopia?” Hardly. I’m not ready to call these cats prophets, but they’ve got their collective ear to the ground and their boogie is molten-core accordingly. Tell two friends and tell them to tell two friends.

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Canyon, EP III

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It’s a ripper, inciting Larry David-style “prettay good” nods and all that sort of approval whatnot. If you want to think of Canyon as Philly’s answer to Memphis’ Dirty Streets, go ahead — and yes, by that I mean they’re dirtier. EP III boasts just three tracks in “No Home,” “Tent Preacher” and “Mountain Haze,” but with it the classic-style trio backs up the power they showed on 2018’s Mk II (review here), tapping ’70s blues rock swagger for the first two tracks and then blowing it out in a dreamy Zeppelin/Rainbow jam that’s trippy and righteous and right on and just plain right. Maybe even right-handed, I don’t know. What I do know is that these guys should’ve been picked up by some duly salivating label like last week already and they should be putting together a full-length on the quick. They’ve followed-up EP III with a stonerly take on The Beatles‘ “Day Tripper,” and that’s fun, but really, it’s time for this band to make an album.

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Days of Rona: Dopelord

Posted in Features on April 27th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

The statistics of COVID-19 change with every news cycle, and with growing numbers, stay-at-home isolation and a near-universal disruption to society on a global scale, it is ever more important to consider the human aspect of this coronavirus. Amid the sad surrealism of living through social distancing, quarantines and bans on gatherings of groups of any size, creative professionals — artists, musicians, promoters, club owners, techs, producers, and more — are seeing an effect like nothing witnessed in the last century, and as humanity as a whole deals with this calamity, some perspective on who, what, where, when and how we’re all getting through is a needed reminder of why we’re doing so in the first place.

Thus, Days of Rona, in some attempt to help document the state of things as they are now, both so help can be asked for and given where needed, and so that when this is over it can be remembered.

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

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Days of Rona: Dopelord (Warsaw, Poland)

How are you dealing with this crisis as a band? Have you had to rework plans at all? How is everyone’s health so far?

We’re under lockdown, so yeah, had to change all of our plans. Two tours postponed, pretty gutted about all of this, but this is what had to be done, no arguing here. We’re all healthy, no corona cases.

What are the quarantine/isolation rules where you are?

Gatherings above two persons are prohibited. Two meters distance to be kept all of the time while outside the house. You cannot leave your house if it’s not for an important reason (if you have work outside the house, or do groceries).

How have you seen the virus affecting the community around you and in music?

Well, all the events got canceled so there is nothing to do. We’re cannot do rehearsals. We cannot meet. Community is on hold.

What is the one thing you want people to know about your situation, either as a band, or personally, or anything?

Sooner or later it’ll be over. Meanwhile take care of the local venues and clubs. If they’re gathering money to stay alive — help them out.

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