Starified Premiere “What If” Live Performance Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on April 19th, 2021 by JJ Koczan


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Please enjoy:

Starified, “What If” official video premiere

New album ‘Fat Hits’ out now on Ripple Music:

With infectious hooks, knockout clean vocals from drummer Vadim Ambartsumian and an unabashed nod to late 90s heavy, the Moscow heavy trio takes no prisoner and conjures up an irresistible FM aura, having you hooked all throughout its 41 minutes of straight-up, energetic and headbang-inducing heavy.

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Audio production by Artem Shcherbakov

Starified are:
Vadim Ambartsumian – vocals, drums
Yuriy Berezovik – guitars
Dmitri Shurpakov – bass guitar

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Foghound Release New Benefit Single “Burn Slow”

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 15th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

It’s hard to know in listening which came first, the title “Burn Slow” or the guitar solo featured in the song itself. In any case, if the other is the namesake of the one, it would only be too fitting, since, indeed, it’s a slow burner. The track was recorded by visite sites online from trusted custom writing service. BuyEssayClub is a perfect place to purchase custom papers and make your academic life easier. Foghound in the same session with If you want to buy Phd Thesis Augmented Reality, then you have found great writing service for this purpose! Order paper now and get original work from our Noel Mueller of get your Creating A Masters Thesis. discover step by step how to start, write & complete your dissertation Grimoire Records (what up Towson? you guys ever get down to Sparks?) that resulted in the Baltimorean outfit’s 2020 benefit single “Turn off the World” (discussed here). As it happens, “Burn Slow” is also a benefit release, this one intended to help out Welcome to leading platform of Homework Help Least Common Multiple services. We offering all kind of academic writing services like Best Paper Writing Service, Top John Anthony Metichecchia, for whom there’s also a benefit show happening at Live Homework Help La In Malaysia , Buy biology reasearch paper Unclear tasks, Clashing assignments who are happy to meet me, I. If thesis writing service in malaysia is needed, that the work will be done especially for needs. The professors are thesis writing service in malaysia to the years of our best to meet. When you have been providing a satisfying experience for many years, you we would. Cafe 611 in Frederick, MD, on May 1. Foghound and a bunch of other cool bands are playing, as you can see from the list below.

And the track rules and the cause is just. Whatever more you’d ask, I don’t know.

Listen, support. Do the thing:

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Foghound – Burn Slow

*Who/ Where/ When- Foghound recorded the single with Noel Mueller in Baltimore back in January 2020, at the same pre-pandemic time as the last single ” Turn Off The World” before ALL the shit hit the fan…

* What/ Why/ How – ” Burn Slow” will be released as a benefit ” Name Your Price” download alongside t-shirts and hoodies featuring the kickass artwork of Bill Kole.

All profits from the single and shirt sales will go directly towards the Johnny M. Benefit GoFundMe as well as the benefit show in Frederick MD. Saturday May 1st at Cafe 611:

May 1 Benefit Lineup:
Thousand Vision Mist
Severed Satellites
Dee Calhoun

“Pay What You Want Single” to Benefit our MD DOOM Brother
John Anthony Metichecchia and Family

Downloadable track with purchase of “Burn Slow” shirt/ hoodie
Art by Bill Kole

released April 12, 2021
Recorded at Tiny Castle Studio by Noel Mueller:
engineering, mixing, mastering
Towson, Maryland
January 2020

Foghound are:
Adam Heinzmann- bass
Bob Sipes- guitar
Chuck Dukehart- drums & vox
Dee Settar- guitar & vox

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Album Review: Yawning Sons, Sky Island

Posted in Reviews on April 12th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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It is no small task to separate Sky Island — the title referring to the phenomenon of higher-altitude forests on mountains in deserts, as depicted on the front cover — from the context of its predecessor. Issued in 2009 through Lexicon Devil, the first Yawning Sons album was Ceremony to the Sunset (review here), also reissued by Alone Records on vinyl (review here) in 2014. At the core of the release was the collaboration between UK progressive instrumentalists Sons of Alpha Centauri — bassist Nick Hannon, guitarist Marlon King, drummer Stevie B.(Kyle Hanson is also credited with drums) and noisemaker Blake — and founding Yawning Man guitarist Gary Arce. The two parties recorded together for a week in England and enlisted for vocalists a sampling of some of the Californian desert underground’s finest, including Arce‘s bandmate Mario Lalli (also Fatso Jetson), as well as Wendy Rae Fowler (Mark Lanegan BandArce‘s WaterWays project) and Scott Reeder (KyussThe Obsessed, etc.). To call the results striking is to undersell the quality of the work. I have said before and will probably say again that Ceremony to the Sunset is one of the best desert rock albums ever made, and I stand by that assessment.

The project has been likened to Desert Sessions, the show-up-at-the-studio-and-make-a-record project helmed by Josh Homme. This is incorrect. Yawning Sons are entirely more cohesive, and that’s even clearer on the Ripple Music-issued Sky Island than what’s now to be thought of as the debut. Though LalliFowler and Reeder, as well as Dandy Brown (HermanoOrquesta del Desierto) and Sons of Alpha Centauri‘s Marlon King add their own personalities to their respective offerings — Brown gets two, which is earned in his performance in them — they do so upon a largely consistent bed of desert-hued heavy psych, marked out by Yawning Sons‘ steady rhythms, Arce‘s signature tone, and a remarkable instrumental flow. They are guests, and the appearances they make comprise a part of the substance of Sky Island, not the whole. That is emphasized in “Passport Beyond the Tides” and “Limitless Artifact,” the two sans-vocal tracks that end sides A and B, respectively. At the same time, Sky Island seems conscious of the standard it’s engaging. Reeder, who would seem to have recorded his own backing track at least in part, tops “Digital Spirit” in harmony that feels like a direct sequel to “Garden Sessions III” and Fowler‘s “Shadows and Echoes,” which leads off side B, effectively channels the spaciousness of “Ghostship – Deadwater” while remaining more grounded.

Still, Sky Island offers more than answer-back or a retread. King‘s contribution to opener “Adrenaline Rush” is enough to make one wonder how Sons of Alpha Centauri have stayed instrumental for so long. I might have switched them it with “Gravity Underwater” the running order, but “Adrenaline Rush” is catchier and that would’ve put Dandy Brown‘s two tracks next to each other, so there are arguments to be made in “Adrenaline Rush”‘s favor as well. Its lyrical narrative, hunting for treasure, seeking out the next titular rush, and so on, is an immediate push on the conception of desert psych as laid back, as well as much of the flow that follows, but it still works sonically, and exemplifies the fact that Yawning Sons don’t need anyone other than themselves to make a track with vocals work. Does that mean a third LP is coming without guests? I have no idea. But the potential is there and apparently has been all along. That they follow “Adrenaline Rush” with the Brown-fronted “Low in the Valley” (as noted) positions them squarely in the desert, and Mario Lalli‘s “Cigarette Footsteps” — the longest inclusion at 8:32 — follows an ethereal narrative that is an outbound joy of sung weirdo poetry and mellow psych, Arce‘s guitar ringing out like the call to prayer it is, a solid but likewise exploratory rhythm happening beneath, never quite hitting the same surge as “Low in the Valley” does when the bass comes forward in its second half, but offering flashes of its own lumber and bolstering the atmosphere in a manner that gives way fluidly to the keyboard intro of “Passport Beyond the Tides.”

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That keyboard itself feels different, and is plainly meant to, but makes a fitting complement to the meandering guitar as the longer half of the tracklist rounds out. Interesting that “Adrenaline Rush” and “Passport Beyond the Tides” were recorded in the UK, while the bulk of Sky Island was done at Desert Sky Studios in Joshua Tree, California — the Reeder-topped piece aside. One wonders when those recordings took place, if it was 2019 or earlier. In any case, the inherent differentiation in them only broadens the scope of Sky Island as a whole, and that’s something that “Shadows and Echoes” and “Digital Spirit” benefit from as the album moves gracefully into side B with Fowler‘s echoing lines living up to the intangible nature of her song’s title. Reeder too, come to think of it. Both pieces are short, but effective. Toms and hand percussion back “Digital Spirit” as the guitar and vocals take forward position, Reeder referencing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in the lyrics in a way that feels grounding but is transposed into the melancholy of the melody just the same. That leaves “Gravity Underwater” as the final vocalized cut, and it comes through as a return for Yawning Sons — which in itself is fascinating, since so much of what they’ve done as a group has been based around this open collaboration with others.

Simply put, Brown tops “Gravity Underwater” like he belongs there. Able to work in the more open-feeling structure, especially in the later playfulness that comes after the hook, but still following his own course, capable and genuine-feeling in emotional conveyance. Layers back as they push into the second half of the track, and it’s not an instrumental shove that serves as the apex of Sky Island, but that warm-night melody and ambience itself. It carries into the seven-minute “Limitless Artifact,” which caps, again, without vocals, feeling like a parting gift from Arce and Sons of Alpha Centauri and also a last emphasis on what serves as the foundation of the project in the first place. More than a worthy successor, what this second Yawning Sons album does is demonstrate the sustainability of the group. It features elements that are familiar from the debut, the encore guest performances among them, but it also puts forth their most straight-ahead songwriting in “Adrenaline Rush” and a palpable sense of growth as a unit in the experimentalism of “Passport Beyond the Tides,” as well as the sheer flow of “Low in the Valley” and “Cigarette Footsteps,” putting the listener exactly where the band — yeah, a band — want them to be. I won’t speculate on what the future of Yawning Sons might bring, if anything, but the vitality of what they do in these songs professes loudly to forward potential. They may yet have more to say, whatever, whenever, if ever, they choose to say it. 2021 is lucky to have Sky Island in the meantime.

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Boss Keloid Set June 4 Release for Family the Smiling Thrush; “Gentle Clovis” Streaming

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 12th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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The release details and unveiling of the first single from the upcoming Boss Keloid album, Family the Smiling Thrush — let alone the bevvy of preorder links — feels like an occasion worth marking, even if I’m a few days late on it. June 4 it’s out, as their debut on Ripple Music, fifth album overall (I had it as fourth previously) and the follow-up to 2018’s Melted on the Inch (review here). So be it. I haven’t even had a second to sit with the album — Boss Keloid require attention in the listening, or at very least they’re best enjoyed when given their due — or maybe I’m just nervous it’ll be really good? You ever feel that way? Like, oh no, what if this rules?

Sometimes it’s hard being a people.

Anyway, their video for the lead single “Gentle Clovis” — Clovis united the Frank tribes, which does not strike me as being an especially gentle process, but fair enough — is at the bottom of this post and there are UK tour dates as well because we all like a bit of optimism in our day.

So here goes:

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Boss Keloid announce new album; release video for first single

New album Family The Smiling Thrush arrives June 4th via Ripple Music

First single ‘Gentle Clovis’ streaming now

British heavy prog-psych band Boss Keloid are back with their new LP Family The Smiling Thrush, to be released worldwide 4th June via Ripple Music. The band have also released their uplifting first single ‘Gentle Clovis’.

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Vocalist Alex Hurst comments on the first single: “Gentle Clovis is is all about staying true to your roots and those parts of you which make you individual, whilst abandoning your ego when the greater good can benefit. It’s a song about family, friends and letting your strengths individually or as part of a collective flourish and carry you.”

Perhaps their most ambitious album yet, Family The Smiling Thrush demonstrates Boss Keloid’s biggest transformation to date. Entering a new realm which leans more towards the soaring majesty of monumental prog-rock whilst still embracing their metal edge, the album is a true masterclass in versatility. Seven towering tracks of emotional energy, psychedelic grooves and riff-oriented guitar work combine with the signature melodic yet passionate style that vocalist Alex Hurst has been tweaking and perfecting since their debut, Angular Beef Lesson, in 2010.

Produced and mastered by Chris Fielding at the legendary Foel Studios in Wales, the band entered the studio with a focus on gaining a clearer, more open sounding recording than ever before. The end result is a typically Boss Keloid gargantuan soundscape, littered with spacious jams and sticky grooves which twist and turn in euphonic harmony. Family The Smiling Thrush is their most attention-grabbing effort to date and only further cements their status as one of this era’s most interesting and vital bands.

Lyrically throughout Family The Smiling Thrush Boss Keloid explore the notion of the collective being greater than the individual, embracing all flaws and the strengths of each. Each song burrows deeply into areas such as community, communication, family, personal growth, mindfulness and positive inner reflection, inviting the listener to not only join but truly revel in the journey of being alive.

Family The Smiling Thrush track-list

1: Orang of Noyn
2: Gentle Clovis
3: Hats the Mandrill
4: Smiling Thrush
5: Cecil Succulent
6: Grendle
7: Flatt Controller

Dates of Boss Keloid’s 2021 tour as follows:

Aug 19 – Arctangent 2021, UK
Nov 6- Damnation Festival 2021, Leeds UK
Nov 18 – Headline Tour, The Anvil , Bournemouth, UK
Nov 19 – Headline Tour, Boston Music Rooms , London, UK
Nov 20 – Headline Tour, The Exchange, Bristol, UK
Nov 21- Headline Tour, Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK
Nov 22 – Headline Tour, The Chameleon, Nottingham, UK
Nov 23 – Headline Tour, Dead Wax, Birmingham, UK
Nov 24 – Headline Tour, The Underground, Stoke, UK
Nov 25 – Headline Tour, Mulberry Bar & Venue, Sheffield, UK
Nov 26 – Headline Tour, Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, UK
Nov 27 – Headline Tour, Opium, Edinburgh, UK
Nov 28 – Headline Tour, Breadshed, Manchester, UK

Boss Keloid are:
Paul Swarbrick | Guitar
Alex Hurst | Vocals and Guitar
Ste Arands | Drums
Liam Pendlebury-Green | Bass

You can watch live videos from their Bloodstock Festival set and the full live session of their 2018 album Melted On The Inch, plus stream the band’s entire discography here:

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The Obelisk Questionnaire: John Huxley of Jakethehawk

Posted in Questionnaire on April 7th, 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: John Huxley of Jakethehawk

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

I suppose I’d describe myself as a songwriter first and foremost. When I was in high school, I think I just wanted to be in a band and be a guitarist and all that, but for one reason or another, I didn’t have many people lining up to play with… so out of necessity I guess I started writing my own stuff, started arranging my own stuff, writing my own lyrics and trying to sing, started making my own demos… cause even if I had to do it on my own, I was still going to do it… I still HAD to. I found that doing that, being kind of a big picture creator, was more fulfilling than just being a “guitar dude”. I was bad in those days but I never had a choice… It was always fulfilling though… I don’t think many things in life have brought me the kind of fulfillment I found in composition.

Describe your first musical memory.

My dad used to play guitar to my brother and I when we were in the crib. I think I spent the first 15 years of my life thinking that he’d written “Crow” and “As the Raven Flies” by Dan Fogelberg. I still love those songs and jam them. Also he used to sing a song called “All Through the Night” which is apparently a Welsh funeral Hymn. It is a beautiful song and it is shocking to think how much the chord changes and melodic structure of it have colored how I perceive music as an adult. I hadn’t thought about that song in years. Thanks for asking this question. “Stewball” by Peter, Paul & Mary as well.

Describe your best musical memory to date.

Some great shows here and there but I’d say the first time I got comfortable with a DAW and put together some songs… the feeling of not being limited by anything other than my own creativity. I think that first EP I “released” (read: posted on Bandcamp) had 5 songs, one of witch was 12 or 13 minutes long and had five movements. All kind of instrumentation and stuff that at that point I didn’t think I could ever do with a band… that feeling of freedom and possibility was as good as or better than any live show. I still feel that way when it is time to write an album.

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

I guess just growing up, various experiences with jobs and life in general really challenged my ideas about what life is about, what it is supposed to be like and what it means. I guess you could say my ‘beliefs’ about those kinds of things have been tested many times and I’d say my original perception has been cast aside for the most part. A major theme on the new Jakethehawk album ‘Hinterlands’ is the idea of growth, moving on, change, and reflection… I think a big part of that is looking at things in your life that aren’t how you thought they were, or people that influenced you that aren’t really how they seemed at the time. I’m not necessarily saying it was all bullshit… but man, I wish I had another chance to talk to some “role models” I had, now that I have the benefit of a little bit of age and perspective.

Where do you feel artistic progression leads?

It leads wherever it leads to. Not to be circular and Taoist with that but… art is what it is to the artist. I think making art, to truly do it, is a balance of craftsmanship on one hand… skill at working in one’s chosen medium, and honesty and introspection. Artistic progression should ideally lead to a refinement of the skill and refinement of being true to ones own heart.

I suppose it is the balance between craftsmanship on one hand and honesty on the other.

How do you define success?

To continue to improve, to continue to hone my craft so that the art I produce is a more perfect representation of what is in my heart.

Also, I’d like my music to mean as much to someone as it does to me. Or to mean anything to anyone. Something like that.

Also, I want to play Psycho Vegas one day… hahah

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

Not too many things. There is a lot of awful shit out there and not much of it surprises me anymore.

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

I always wanted to do a concept album about ‘The Martian Chronicles’ by Ray Bradbury. Also have been meaning to make some Jakethehawk Kim Chi… but that will have to wait till there are shows again.

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

To affect people in some way.

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

At the time of writing this, I’m looking at a career change, so I’m excited about that. But otherwise… nothing is non-musical in my life.

Jakethehawk, Hinterlands (2021)

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The Crooked Whispers Sign to Ripple Music

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 7th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Based in Los Angeles and Argentina, cultists The Crooked Whispers have inked a deal to release their second album as a part of Rob “Blasko” Nicholson‘s curated series through Ripple Music. Snagging the trio, who released their debut album, Satanic Melodies (review here), in the dead heat of last summer and followed up with the single “Galaxy of Terror” that you can hear below last Fall, will issue their sophomore full-length sometime later this year. They are the latest in a string of strong pickups by Ripple, and as far as Blasko‘s track record goes, dude would seem to be three for three.

I’ll hope to have more to come as we get closer to the release, but here’s the PR wire announcement in the meantime:

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L.A. psychedelic doom purveyors THE CROOKED WHISPERS sign to Ripple Music as part of special series curated by Blasko.

Ripple Music welcome satanic psych doom unit THE CROOKED WHISPERS to their ever-expanding roster, for the release of their sophomore album. This comes as the third signing as part of the special series of releases curated by Blasko.

THE CROOKED WHISPERS formed in 2020 during the global pandemic and released their debut studio album ‘Satanic Melodies’ and the ‘Galaxy of Terror / Hail Darkness’ EP through Bandcamp. The “satanic psych doom” trio is made up of musicians hailing from the United States and Argentina: Ignacio De Tommaso (Luciferica) on bass, Anthony Gaglia (LáGoon) handling the vocals and Chad Davis (Hour of 13) on guitar.

Since then, the cult has steadily been growing around the world, sparking the interest of many fans and most notably Ozzy Osbourne bassist Blasko, who has signed them to Ripple Music under his exclusive partnership with the label for their highly anticipated sophomore release.

BLASKO comments on this new signing: “Satanic Melodies is a true cult masterpiece and I reached out to the band immediately expressing my interest in bringing them on to Ripple. I am excited to work with them and assist their efforts into what will undoubtedly be the most terrifying release of the label’s history.”

Stay tuned, as more details about their upcoming new album will be revealed soon!

Ignacio De Tommaso — bass
Anthony Gaglia — vocals
Chad Davis — guitar

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JIRM Sign to Ripple Music; The Tunnel, the Well, Holy Bedlam Due Next Year

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 6th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Sweden’s JIRM have inked a deal with Ripple Music to release their fifth album, The Tunnel, the Well, Holy Bedlam, next year. And, you know, presumably whatever they do from that point on as well. The band also recently announced a reissue through Majestic Mountain Records of their 2011 album, Bloom, and with the forthcoming album as the follow-up to 2018’s Surge Ex Monumentis (discussed here), it will be the second LP since they shortened their moniker from Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus.

I gotta be honest with you. I saw this band about five years ago and was pretty blown away by what they were doing. The last album pushed in a way different, proggier and more classic metal direction, but from where I sit that only makes them less predictable in terms of the new stuff, particularly with the pandemic-born changes in the recording process noted in the PR wire info below. I don’t know what to expect from them and I like that.

I don’t know about this promo photo though.

Either way, kudos to band and label and here’s looking forward to what’s coming:


JIRM (formerly Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus) ink worldwide deal with Ripple Music for the release of their fifth studio album.

Stockholm-based hardest heavy rock stalwarts JIRM (formerly known as Jeremy Irons & the Ratgang Malibus) announce their signing to US powerhouse Ripple Music, for the release of their fifth full-length “The Tunnel, The Well, Holy Bedlam” in early 2022.

JIRM will make an impact on you: they have an innovative, and highly personal take on psychedelic rock and its many facets and elements. It is music with a retrospective outlook, taking the listener on adventurous excursions, deep into one’s mind. Their music aims to broaden your horizons and consciousness.

The band was formed in 2004 under the name Jeremy Irons & the Ratgang Malibus, by Micke Backendal and Karl Apelmo. In 2007, they were joined by Henke Persson and Viktor Källgren to seal the definitive line-up. JIRM has toured extensively, from Sao Paulo (Brazil) to Pleszew (Poland), positioning themselves as one of the hardest working and most prolific outfits of the underground heavy rock scene. They decided to change the name to JIRM when releasing their fourth full-length ‘Surge Ex Monumentis’ in 2018, a record that brimmed with newfound energy.

Their upcoming fifth album “The Tunnel, The Well, Holy Bedlam” has been recorded in a true pandemic style: the tracks were recorded one by one, in five different studios across Sweden. It’s been a challenge both from a songwriting and technical point of view. However, the end result sounds bigger and better than ever, with no holds barred. There is one thing you you can be absolutely sure of with JIRM’s upcoming fifth album: “it’s not a joke this time, I’m leaving reality for sure”.

“The Tunnel, The Well, Holy Bedlam” is slated for an early 2022 release through Ripple Music. Stay tuned for more details!

Karl Apelmo — vocals, guitar
Micke Backendal — guitar
Viktor Källgren — bass
Henke Persson — drums

JIRM, Surge ex Monumentis (2018)

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Sun Crow Sign to Ripple Music; Quest for Oblivion out July 2

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

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Yeah, this is the kind of thing that should be happening. Sun Crow last year offered up an admirably original take on the tenets of heavy rock with their debut, Quest for Oblivion (review here), and they’ve been accordingly picked up by Ripple Music to release that album and presumably whatever they do next. The record is still fresh, having come out in November, and you can hear it below if you didn’t, but they’re featuring the song “Collapse” ahead of the physical pressing with the Ripple logo on board — this news was enough to get me to pick up the “pandemic edition” of the self-released CD; as of this post there are now six left — and of course they’ll do vinyl and whatnot as well. That’s a significant 2LP.

I swear, just this last news post, then I’m checking out for the week.

Congrats to the band and cheers as ever to the label. Ripple‘s on a tear if you haven’t noticed.

From the PR wire:

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Seattle doom blues merchants SUN CROW sign to Ripple Music for worldwide debut album release; stream first single “Collapse” now!

Seattle-based up and coming stoner rock foursome SUN CROW just signed to Ripple Music for the worldwide release of their debut full-length ‘Quest for Oblivion’ on July 2nd, 2021. Plunge your ears in their tar-thick new single “Collapse” now.

SUN CROW is a heavy rock band out of Seattle. Their debut release ‘Quest for Oblivion’ clocks in at a monolithic 70 minutes in a Northwest haze of thick Sabbathian riff and groove. Through their loud and bleak existential doom rock, the quartet channel sounds recalling early proto metal and warps them into a contemporary and heavy metallic, dark psyche experience.

Says the band about this new collaboration: “We are stoked to be working with Ripple Music to bring heavy tales to the furthest shores. It’s a pleasure to be a part of the Ripple Family, and an honor to count ourselves among these talented sound makers we’ve admired for a long time. From the first call it seemed like an uncanny connection, and that we’d found a home of like-minds on a corner of this rock we ride on hurtling through space. Collapse is the opening call to Quest for Oblivion, a heavy reflection of memories surfacing from our journeys out of the past headlong into an unknown. The louder we turn it up, the deeper into the night it echoes. »

Working from a time-slip in the tight and gritty live spaces of the Pacific Northwest, guitarist Ben Nechanicky and drummer Keith Hastreiter exploit years of making music together along with the thundering bass of Brian Steel and expressive vocal style of Todd Lucas to create heavy rock obliterations untethered to conventional delivery. Rain-soaked doom blues, moss-covered stoner rock, grey sky heavy psych, whatever they call it, SUN CROW calls the old spirits of high volume heavy rock into close quarters and paints the ceiling and walls with magnets, wood, and glass. Their debut album ‘Quest For Oblivion’ will be issued on July 2nd, 2021 on CD, limited edition vinyl and digital through Ripple Music.

SUN CROW Debut album ‘Quest for Oblivion’
Out July 2nd, 2021 on Ripple Music

1. Collapse
2. Black It Out
3. End Over End
4. Fell Across The Sky
5. Fear
6. Nothing Behind
7. Hypersonic
7. Titans

First self-released in November 2020 through Bandcamp, SUN CROW’s debut ‘Quest for Oblivion’ was well received and highly regarded by the heavy underground. The album topped the Doom Charts in November and December 2020, landing itself on many best of and year-end lists, and it continues to make waves. The band joined the Ripple Music family in early 2021 to create a heavy partnership that will see wide distribution of their molten debut, and future smoldering releases.

Guitar — Ben Nechanicky
Drums — Keith Hastreiter
Bass — Brian Steel
Vocals — Todd Lucas

Sun Crow, Quest for Oblivion (2020)

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