Starmonger Release Revelation IV EP

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 22nd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Look, we’ve been worried. Your mother and I have been talking — oh, you didn’t know your mother and I spoke? well, we do, regularly — and we just thought that your life had already gone on far too long without a song called “Rise of the Fishlords” in it. I’m not saying you have to live a certain way, but wouldn’t you rather have “Rise of the Fishlords” in your life? I think you would. I think it might make you a better person. I think it might make us all better people. We’ll grow — together. That’s what it’s all about. Your mom told me to say that.

Okay so maybe your mom and I don’t chat on the regular. I don’t even have her number, and if I did, I certainly wouldn’t be bothering her about stuff like fishlords, but Parisian trio Starmonger have a another in their series of two-songer Revelation EPs out — Revelation IV, which reportedly will be the last one — and I thought maybe it was worth your time, not the least for the winning title of its opener. Just having a little fun.

I hear tell there’s a Starmonger compilation/LP in the works of all these Revelations, so that’ll be worth keeping an eye out for, but in the meantime, Revelation IV is name-your-price on Bandcamp, so have at it:

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Starmonger – Revelation IV

In 2015, Steve (bass) and Arthur (guitar) began incorporating modern stoner rock influences and orientations to their jams. They quickly recorded their first homemade demo, “Revelation”, and after offering several drummers in ritual sacrifices, they were joined by Seb in 2017 on heavy-drumming duty.

With their next EPs, “Revelation II” and “III”, Starmonger continued its search for expanding and thickening its own sound. As they refuse to stay stuck with the same old recipe, Steve, Arthur and Seb keep experimenting with old school 70s rock and mesmerizing, fuzz-soaked stoner rock beats, while adding a progressive dimension to the raw power and efficiency of a power-trio format. Throughout their songs, the band evoke strange and phantasmagoric B-movies and pulp stories, from post-apocalyptic deserts to unfathomable beasts from the abyss.

2019 is packed with promises, along with multiple gigs around Paris in April and May, and a new self-produced EP “Revelation IV”.

“Revelation IV” was written, recorded and home produced in Paris, France. No human was actually drowned or murdered by sea monsters during production. All tracks written and performed by Starmonger.

1. Rise Of The Fishlords 07:57
2. Lethe 06:11

Starmonger is:
Steve : Bass & Vocals
Arthur : Guitars
Seb : Drums

https://www.facebook.com/starmonger.official/
https://starmonger.bandcamp.com/

Starmonger, Revelation IV (2019)

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Et Mors Announce October Tour Supporting Lux in Morte

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 18th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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The Chesapeake duo (Maryland and Virginia) Et Mors will tour this October supporting their grit-caked Lux in Morte (review here) release, which kind of skirts the line between an EP and a full-length but is ultimately three records’ worth of nasty all on its own. They issued the beast at the end of May, having recorded it as a four-piece with their last lineup, and they’ll get out in their new incarnation and presumably bring at least a somewhat different vibe to the material. In addition to shows with Dour and Fistula there are a few dates on here that are TBA, so if you happen to be in that part of the world — come on Stroudsburg, PA, you can fill that Oct. 14 show! — you should make it happen. Not just because it’s the right thing to do. Not just because the band is heavy. But because it’s the right thing to do and the band is heavy. Crazy persuasive, right? So do it up. Make pie and have them play your house. I bet it’ll be a blast.

I think I’ve made my point.

Here are the dates:

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Et Mors – Tombswayer Tour

Tombswayer tour for October 2019 is starting to really come together. We have 3 dates with Fistula and 8 dates with DOUR. Still some unknown venues to be filled in…

Et Mors Tombswayer Tour October 2019:
10/10 Richmond VA Wonderland
10/11 Philadelphia PA Century Bar
10/12 Allentown PA Alternative Gallery
10/13 Wilkes Barre PA Curry Donuts*
10/14 UNKNOWN TBA
10/15 Pittsburgh PA Howler’s
10/16 Youngstown OH Westside Bowl^
10/17 Canton OH Buzzbin^
10/18 Columbus OH Summit
10/19 Dayton OH TBA
10/20 Indianapolis IN State Street Pub
10/21 Fort Wayne IN TBA
10/22 Cleveland OH TBA
10/23 Ithaca NY TBA*
10/24 Rochester NY Bug Jar*
10/25 Albany NY Pauly’s Hotel*
10/26 Wocester MA Ralph’s Rock Diner Terry’s Bday Show w/ Come to Grief*
10/27 Providence RI TBA*
10/29 Montclair NJ Meatlocker*
* with Dour ^ with Fistula

Et Mors is:
Z.S – Guitar. Vocals
A.A – Drums, Vocals

https://www.facebook.com/EtMors/
https://etmors.bandcamp.com/

Et Mors, Lux in Morte (2019)

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Elektric Mistress Stream Self-Titled EP in Full; Out Friday

Posted in audiObelisk on July 18th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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This Friday, July 19, marks the release of the self-titled debut EP from Nova Scotia five-piece Elektric Mistress. The outing is a 16-minute three-songer, about half of which is dedicated to the eight-minute opener “Turn to Grey,” with its mellow, bluesy procession, lyrical introspection about aging — the early line, “Trees are dying and the leaves are on their own,” feels particularly layered with meaning in a about-more-than-just-hair kind of way — steady organ and basslines, flowing guitar and duly moving drums. Soon enough they’ll get down to drinking in the tropics with frontman Steve Poole calling out drink orders in “Cuba Time” while the band behind — guitarist Kyle Cantfell, bassist Kieran Richardson, drummer Victor Canales and keyboardist Riley MacDonald — execute more of a classic shuffle, but the impression of the opener remains crucial, not just because it’s longer, but because it sets such a fine balance between its atmospheric and rocking elements. Make no mistake, Elektric Mistress are a heavy rock and roll band and they’ve got the ‘k’ in “electric” to prove it, which isn’t to mention the EP’s eyeroll-worthy naked-chick-in-a-feather-headdress-holding-a-bong artwork (well enough drawn, but really?), but part of the value of putting the longest song first is that it immediately changes the context in which “Cuba Time” and closer “Meeting of the Minds” appear. That works well in Elektric Mistress‘ favor on this first offering.

The closer, a couple The Doors references later, is about playing a show, the tension and anticipation before and the satisfaction of hitting a stage. Nothing wrong with that, of course, and the middle-range tempo and general activity level draws a line between “Turn to Grey” — which does pick up in the middle and get loud, but still does so as part of a larger purpose of mood — and “Cuba Time,” which has more libidinous ends, with the mojitos and the “señoritas” and all. Still, Elektric Mistress — and if they really want to throw people for a loop their next time out, they should call whatever they release next Electrik Mistress, just to be subtle and screw with anyone only paying casual attention — gives three distinct looks at the band’s approach and for a first release and even more so for a first EP, there’s nothing else one could reasonably ask of it than that. There are some production/mix kinks to work out, but hell if I know any big-time New Scotland heavy rock engineers to suggest, and I make it a policy not to rag on self-releasing bands getting their start whether that’s a “debut EP” or a “demo” as it used to be called, so particularly as everything comes through clear and seems to convey their purpose well, I’m not inclined to quibble. And as regards their purpose, these guys aren’t changing the world, and I don’t think they’re trying to, but they’ve got their hearts in the right place as regards rock and an obvious focus on traditional songwriting that makes the most of their choruses.

You can stream the EP in its entirety on the player below. Official release date, once again, is tomorrow, and they’ll have it up on Bandcamp and all the rest.

Please enjoy:

Elektric Mistress, Elektric Mistress EP full stream premiere

Elektric Mistress on self-titled EP:

“Our self-titled EP is the band’s first studio recording. Influenced by the members’ psychedelic and stoner rock roots, each track has a unique sound and showcases their varied influences and songwriting abilities. With riffing low guitar/bass chug fused with B3/Rhodes/Synth sounds, the EP recaptures the retro rock sound of the 70s with a modern tinge, and stands as a tribute to the bands’ early influences.”

The first studio release from Elektric Mistress!

ELEKTRIC MISTRESS is face punching psychedelic rock firmly rooted in what has come before. Channeling the energy of inspirations such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Pink Floyd the stoner rock quintet is all about the groove.

Each track on the EP has a unique sound and showcases their varied influences and songwriting abilities with riffing low guitar/bass chug fused with B3/Rhodes/Synth sounds, the EP tries to recapture the retro rock sound of the 70s with a modern tinge and stands as a tribute to the band’s early influences.

Elektric Mistress are:
Steve Poole: Vocals
Kyle Cantfell: Guitars
Riley MacDonald: Keys
Kieran Richardson: Bass
Victor Canales: Drums

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Swamp Coffin to Release Flatcap Bastard Features on Aug. 23

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 18th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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If you do a quick interwebs search on the UK town of Rotherham, the first thing that comes up is a massive sexual abuse scandal that spanned more than a decade and included an estimated 1,400 victims. That’s gotta be rough for the Chamber of Commerce, huh? Well, I’m sure ultrasludgy trio Swamp Coffin, who made their debut in 2018 with a two-songer that included a Kylie Minogue cover, will do much for the rebounding tourism economy when they issue Flatcap Bastard Features, their debut EP, next month. Repurposing “Blood in the Water” from the first release, and capping with the streaming-below 11-minute basher “Last of the Summer Slime,” the offering will contain four tracks and I suspect a due amount of aggression throughout, as the band have their own, more personal concerns to deal with as detailed below. Given the crush level of the closer, I’d be surprised if pummel wasn’t a running theme here. Or a lurching theme.

Sounds heavy as shit, is what I’m saying. Get there:

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Swamp Coffin Translate Tragedy Into Crushing Sludge On Latest EP

Rotherham based sludge metal three-piece Swamp Coffin release their debut EP, “Flatcap Bastard Features” on 23rd August exclusively via download from Bandcamp and on 1st September through all other digital platforms.

Musically rooted in 90’s NOLA sludge but with strong nods to Sabbathian groove and even death metal elements, Swamp Coffin have forged their own nasty, uncompromising sound. “Flatcap Bastard Features” was conceived during a testing time for vocalist/guitarist Jon Rhodes whose brother-in-law was tragically killed in a car accident in October 2016 and 9 months later watched as a large part of his home burned down in a house fire, leaving him and his family homeless and living at a caravan site for 6 months. Suffering with mental health issues and in need of some catharsis, this has manifested itself into four crushing tracks clocking in at just under 34 minutes, combining personal lyrics with hard-hitting riffs and grooves.

Following on from 2017s two track release and now in their second year as a three-piece Swamp Coffin have already shared stages with such luminaries as OHHMS, USA’s Secret Cutter, Edinburgh’s King Witch and will open up the main stage at this year’s Doomlines festival in Sheffield alongside The Body, Bast, Cattle and others. Swamp Coffin will also be supporting Japanese doom-death legends Coffins on one of only two UK dates in September.

Swamp Coffin is:
Jon Rhodes- Guitar/ vocals
David Wistow- Drums
Shawn Denton- Bass

http://facebook.com/swampcoffinband
http://swampcoffin.bandcamp.com/

Swamp Coffin, Flatcap Bastard Features (2019)

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Urns Set Aug. 10 Release for Self-Titled Debut; New Song Streaming

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 16th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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First, I’d like to point out that the Thee Facebooks address for Pittsburgh’s Urns is ‘booUrns,’ which is about as choice as Simpsons references get without actually shooting Mr. Burns. Second, there’s a new song streaming now called “Curse” that leads off their upcoming self-titled debut that will see release on Aug. 10, one day after the release party at Howler’s in the band’s hometown. I’m getting a doom rock vibe from the first half of the track and some distinctly sludgier vibes from the second, but all that really tells me is they’re looking to throw a few curves here and there, and that’ll do nicely. One might recognize bassist/backing vocalist Justin Gizzi from Monolith Wielder and Molasses Barge as well, just in case you needed more proof of doomly bona fides.

Pedigree goes far, but riffs go further, so dig into the track and see what you think. Here’s some background:

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Urns (Pittsburgh) s/t debut available 8/10 at http://www.UrnsPgh.com

Crying out like the last gasp of a man on fire, punctuated by overdriven guitars growling and biting through shifting moods, Urns take their time to get where they are going, exploring the smoke-filled soundscape along the way. Droning guitars give way to aureate vocal harmonies at times, just as soon as sludgy riffs desperately trudge forward behind blood-throated shrieks. Vocalist/guitarist Mike Myzak recruited bassist Justin Gizzi and drummer Rick Fontanese in 2014, with Mitchell Cochran joining in 2017 to form the line-up for Urns’ debut self-titled record (engineered by Jason Jouver of Plus/Minus Recording, mastered by Jack Endino of Soundhouse Recording) to be released 8/9 at Howler’s in Pittsburgh.

Has played with: Weedeater, Bell Witch, Full of Hell, Yob, Heavy Temple, Stinking Lizaveta, Witch Mountain

FB: https://www.facebook.com/BooUrnsPGH

Mike Myzak – guitar and vocals, lead guitar on track 2
Mitchell Cochran – lead guitar
Justin Gizzi – bass and backing vocals
Rick Fontanese – drums

https://www.facebook.com/BooUrnsPGH
http://www.UrnsPgh.com

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IAH Announce First-Ever European Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 15th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Argentinian progressive heavy rock three-piece IAH are about to take their doings to-date to a new level by embarking on their first-ever stint in Europe. That’s enough of a landmark for, you know, a European band, let alone one coming from South America, but IAH‘s two outings thus far have both been well received, with the second of them, II (review here), particularly so. The band will begin their run at Lake of Fire in Austria, which if you’ve ever seen photos from that festival — the stage is actually in a lake, of water, but still; one imagines that makes the photo pit somewhat untenable — you’ll know is quite a way to start any tour, and they’ll continue through with dates in France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy and Germany, playing other fests along the way and club shows as well as they make their initial incursion to Europe. Hard to imagine that, barring some outside circumstance, they won’t be back.

Maybe come festival season next year?

Either way, this is a special moment for the band, and safe travels and all of that kind of thing.

Here are the dates, as posted on thee social medias and run through a translation matrix:

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Less than a month away of fulfilling a lifelong dream… Setting foot on Europe… Sharing the stage with great bands… See you soon!

AUG 03 – AT – Lake on Fire – Waldhausen
AUG 06 – FR – Supersonic – Paris
AUG 08 – FR – L’elastic Bar – Strasbourg
AUG 09 – CZ – Živá ulice – Plzen
AUG 11 – CH – PALP festival – Val de Bagnes
AUG 15 – IT – Frantic Fest / Francavilla al Mare – Abruzzo
AUG 17 – GER – TIEF – Berlin
AUG 18 – GER – MS Stubnitz – Hamburg

Gracias Rob Zim, HEADZ UP, Sophie Steff, No Vulture, Rob Fuentes, Audrey Uderya Camino, FURIO Camino, Flo Kaleidyscope, Kozmik Artifactz, Below the Sun, and to all those who helped us in this dream!

Poster by Jvan Machado

IAH is:
Juan Pablo Lucco Borlera: Bass
Mauricio Condon: Guitar
José Landín: Drums

https://www.facebook.com/IAHBanda/
https://iahbanda.bandcamp.com/

IAH, II (2018)

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Owl Maker Post New Single “Clouds”

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 12th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

owl maker (Photo by Anthony Frisketti)

The Connecticut-based trio Owl Maker have posted a new song that brings them into an entirely new realm of sound. Well, at least in terms of arrangement. The unplugged track is called “Clouds” and it follows behind the 2018 two-songer Sky Road (review here), which affirmed their dual-allegiance to classic metal and heavy rock. The band have continued to play regionally throughout the Nutmeg State and thereabouts, and they recently featured at the New England Stoner & Doom Fest pre-party. I don’t know whether “Clouds” is intended as a precursor to a longer release following their debut full-length, earlier 2018’s Paths of the Slain (review here), but even as a standalone, it throws a wrench into the expectation of what they might do on a given outing, and that’s rarely a bad thing — certainly not in this case.

The PR wire speculates similarly on what’s to come, which I guess means no one really knows or is telling at this point. Fair enough to keep ’em guessing. Curious though that the artwork for “Clouds” is so vertical. Cassingle in the future maybe?

Here’s the release announcement:

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Owl Maker release new single “Clouds”

Connecticut heavy metal trio OWL MAKER unexpectedly released the acoustic single “Clouds” on their bandcamp page earlier this week. Giving the amps and the skins a break, Simon Tuozzoli dusted off a couple acoustic guitars, Jessie May broke out the cello, and Chris Anderson added tasteful hand percussion to this deeply personal track. “Clouds” is narrative in structure, a story of missed connections and unmet hopes. It’s a stark departure from the band’s usual lyrical fare of literature and pagan goddesses… Perhaps signaling a creative turning point? Or perhaps not. Owl Maker will be taking a break from performing this fall as band members attend to personal matters. What materializes after that is up to fate.

Stream and download “Clouds” here: https://owlmaker.bandcamp.com/album/clouds

Simon Tuozzoli — Guitar/Vocals/Recording/Mixing
Jessie May — Bass (Cello)
Chris Anderson — Drums/Percussion

https://www.facebook.com/owlmakermetal/
https://www.instagram.com/owlmakermetal/
https://owlmaker.bandcamp.com

Owl Maker, “Clouds”

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Ether Feather to Release Devil – Shadowless – Hand Sept. 6; New Song Streaming

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 11th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Sometimes a band takes unexpected turns that require a complete re-think of their central project. That seems to have been the case with Ether Feather, who emerge with their debut long-player, Devil – Shadowless – Hand, after growing out of guitarist Tim Young and drummer/vocalist Dylan Ryan‘s previous outfit, Sand. Whatever other changes may have taken place in the sound, Ether Feather is legitimately a better name, and while they’ve got Sylvia Black on bass now, it seems going by their Bandcamp page for the track “Interstellar” streaming below that it might be Devin Hoff who played on the record or at this one song. Either way, the record is out Sept. 6 and I was digging the melody and the stylistic blend on it, so though I haven’t heard the full record as yet, it seemed worth posting. Plus they pretty much nailed the promo shot above, and you gotta respect that. Nicely done, folks.

Art, info, links and audio follow, courtesy of the PR wire:

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Ether Feather share first track from forthcoming full length debut

L.A. trio plays hooky heavy psych w/ proto-punk & prog flair

L.A. trio Ether Feather share the first track from their forthcoming full length debut today.

What resides in the ether? Floating like a lead balloon in Ether Feather’s inverse universe is the meeting point between Black Sabbath, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Kyuss and Captain Beefheart.

The Los Angeles trio’s sound is a weighty, swinging brand of desert rock influenced heft informed by elements of No Wave, free jazz and post-punk. It’s not jammy for jam’s sake, nor is it neo-jazzbo navel gazing – it’s crafty and astute, head-bobbing thud with a flair for tasteful melodic quirks.

Ether Feather is the brainchild of L.A.-by-way-of-Chicago drummer/vocalist Dylan Ryan, who has also played with Man Man, Cursive, Red Krayola and more. The newly minted trio includes guitarist Tim Young (guitarist on the Late Late Show and studio player: Todd Rundgren, Mike Patton, Fiona Apple) and bassist Sylvia Black (Lydia Lunch.) The band arose from a previous incarnation called SAND, featuring Ryan and Young, which had released two albums in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

“By the time I started writing the third Sand record, it became clear the music was shifting from the Mahavishnu-esque mid 70’s-fusion to more part-oriented structures and the songs seemed to want vocals,” Ryan explains. Encouraged by engineer Andrew Murdock (Alice Cooper, Lou Barlow) while tracking new songs, the band embraced stylistic shifts and emerged anew with an EP, Other Memory in 2017. After touring that material a couple of times with bands like Cursive and Minus the Bear, Ether Feather further honed its sound to form the hook laden 8-track debut album, Devil – Shadowless – Hand.

“Ether Feather is definitely a band where we can try weirder stuff and stretch out creatively in ways that may not be appropriate in other musical situations,” Ryan says. “We can mix and blend aesthetics and make hard turns. Tim was in the Pacific Northwest during the first wave of grunge and brings something very different from me to the table, having come up in the late 90’s Chicago No Wave/Free Jazz/Metal scene.”

Album opener “Falconer” pits a chugging Helmet-eque guitar riff against Ghost-like harmonies and indie rock rhythms before busting open with a beautiful stadium rock guitar solo. Elsewhere, “Your Half In the Middle” floats along, led by the Byrds-esque vocal harmonies of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper,” with similar juxtaposition of melody and ominous tones. “New Abyss” flexes the band’s jazz chops, but moreso in the manner of Richard Hell & The Voidoids or the Minutemen waxing prog-punk. Throughout, every song is full of surprising and enchanting musical twists that keep each song exciting and demanding repeat listens.

Devil – Shadowless – Hand will be available to stream and download on September 6th, 2019.

Artist: Ether Feather
Album: In Devil – Shadowless – Hand
Label: Ether Feather
Release date: September 6th, 2019

01. Falconer
02. Interstellar
03. Haggard Hawk
04. New Abyss
05. Cayenne
06. Dawn of Orion
07. Your Half In The Middle
08. The Ultimate Halcyon

Ether Feather is:
Tim Young, Guitar
Sylvia Black, Bass
Dylan Ryan, Drums & Vocals

facebook.com/etherfeatherband
instagram.com/etherfeatherband
https://etherfeather.bandcamp.com/

Ether Feather, “Interstellar”

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