Italian psyche-infused heavy rockers Dustrider have unveiled the details of their anxiously awaited debut album, ‘Event Horizon‘. Anticipation has reached a fever pitch as music fans have clamored for a proper release from the powerful instrumental trio. The trio, Bruno ‘Brüno’ Bellisario (Guitar), Andrea ‘Keoma’ Romano (Bass) and Francesco ‘Krundaal’ Romano (Drums) have graciously answered that call. They will unleash the 9-song ‘Event Horizon‘ album via Argonauta Records on May 19th.
‘Event Horizon‘ was recorded and mixed by Matteo Barsacchi at Blotch Recording Studio, Cecina, IT and mastered by Justine Perkins at Mystery Room Mastering, Milwaukee WI., USA.
Pre-orders for Dustrider‘s ‘Event Horizon‘ are available hereand make sure to check out the audio-only stream of the new song ‘Cosmo‘ below.
Band Members: Sera Timms, J. Bennett, Scott Batiste, Adam Murray
Previous Releases: Old World New Wave (Neurot September 2014) / Hexagram 45 7″ (Magic Bullet, April 2013) / Constantinople (Neurot, May 2012) / Ides Of Gemini / Vermapyre split (Magic Bullet, February 2012) / The Disruption Writ EP (November 2010)
What started as a two member project at some point in 2010 (or before), has since become a four member force. Core members Sera and J. began this journey as a cult/Slavic revival type of project using all things dark and ethereal and forging their own sound of plush harmonies and foreboding imagery in their compositions that keep fans coming back for more and dragging their friends along for the ride. With this new line-up and fifth release, IDES OF GEMINI are ready to take us to the next-level as they serve up 10 tracks, each about a woman as the title implies.
‘Mother Kiev’ comes out of the gate fast and strong showing this new line-up is serious and ready to prove it. Power chords running amock and a drumline that takes full control of the body and that bass line, the perfect accent. Sera’s voice has never sounded better and J.’s chops are as biting as you could expect. ‘The Rose’ has a more tempered pace and Sera’s voice writhes around your head with her signature crescendo and lilt all the way through the slide out ending. ‘The Dancer’ is more staccato in pace and the choppy guitar lines flow seamlessly. ‘Raft Of Medusa’ has a lone guitar intro and then the band jumps up and rolls through this tale, not afraid to go all out with this pace that pulls you forth without resistance. ‘Heroine’s descent’ is slower and darker than we have been to this point on the record and lets the IDES OF GEMINI legacy of plush vocals shrouded in shadows continue with an even bigger sound than we have witnessed on any previous release while keeping that thicker guitar presence brought to this album permeate with an intensity that completes the recipe that J. and Sera have been perfection for the last seven years plus. ‘Swan Diver’ / ‘Zohra’ / ‘She Has A Secret’ and’Queen Of New Orleans’ are each strong compositions on their own and continue the stellar performance from EACH member to make this record the best to come yet from the IDES OF GEMINI camp and whether intentional as a concept or not, they fit perfectly together as a whole and show what focus and perseverance can achieve.
Standout track on this record, for ME, is ‘The Last Siren’. From the slow fade in of the thundering drum/bass combo to the jangly yet biting guitar line, complete with staggered fills, I found myself moving with involuntarily and turning it up louder and louder while feeling wrapped in that soaring voice and welcoming and savoring each high note and low alike.
This could and SHOULD be the one to break them out to the rest of the world and I encourage to do your part; BUY the record, support them when they make it to your part of the world and tell anybody you know to do the same. Once they hear this, they will have to agree it is a must-have for 2017!!
Happy 420 day all!! This is Terry the Ancient One and I would like to tell you about a real rockin’ band called Bionic Caveman and the album they released today on April 20th / 420 Reactor. I grew up listening to my daddy’s records and his collection had some amazing blues based rock bands like Joplin, Hendrix, Cream, and The Doors and listening to the Bionic Caveman album Reactor took me back to those days.
Reactor is filled with heavy blues rock that you both hear and feel. Meaning when you listen to the music you find yourself rockin’ to the beat and the riff and unable to sit still. I liked this feeling so much I had to play the album twice and intend to buy their debut album Predator. You know this is an ambitious album with Bionic Cavemen’s J. Bernal’s wicked drum solo on ‘Black Diamond.’ Not many bands can/will effectively showcase their drummer with solos while just focusing on “The Riff.” ‘Black Diamond’ also shows there is no weak link in this group!! It has it all…
I loved this album from beginning to end. Some of my favorites from Reactorare ‘EOW’, ‘Lover’, ‘Black Diamond’ and ‘Train.’ If you like blues based hard rock then Chicago based Bionic Caveman will trip your trigger. Highly Recommend!
Bionic Cavemen are:
J. Bernal – Drums
L. Drennan – Bass
A. Morgen – Vocals
R. Morgen – Guitar
Former Coliseum singer/guitarist Ryan Patterson has officially announced his new project, Fotocrime (where he goes by R. Pattern). Although he appears to be the band’s sole member at this time, Fotocrime plans to release its debut EP, ‘Always Hell‘, on May 12th. Recording the record took place at Magpie Cage Studio under the auspice of J. Robbins (Clutch, The Sword, The Bakerton Group).
Below you can find a stream of the title track from the three-song EP, which also features “Plate Glass Eyes” and “Tectonic Shift“. A live debut is planned for later this month with the following shows booked:
04/28 Nashville, TN – Hail, Dark Aesthetics
04/29 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club (feat. Russian Circles)
04/30 Charlotte, NC – The Underground at the Fillmore Charlotte (feat. Russian Circles)
A name like Green Slumbermight inspire certain stereotypical expectations in most folks merely upon just hearing the name alone. In today’s heavily pro-marijuana music culture, there has been a grandiose movement within the aptly related genre moniker Stoner Rock that celebrates weed culture. And with that aforementioned name, Green Slumber, some might expect music of a more melodic style with laid back atmospherics and prevalent trippy content. Nothing could be more wrong or further from the truth here with Green Slumber‘s 4-song debut, the ‘Soulfuzz‘ EP. Sure, there’s references to the herb but the music is not at all inclined toward ethereal headiness or otherworldly escapism. No, not at all because this is flat-out fuzzed-up, groove-fueled Stoner Rock inspired by early progenitors such as Fu Manchu or Nebula.
Deeply drenched in Desert Rock inspirations, the tracks ‘Still Floatin’…‘, ‘GoGoGo‘, ‘Soulfuzz‘ and ‘Diagnostic: Brain Death‘ are rich with fat-ass riffs and sticky rhythms. Green Slumber may be based in Traunstein, Germany but it sure sounds like gtrst/vox Done, bassist Maxi and drummer Bene have had more than their fare share of fuzzened Americana feeding them. They put it all on full aural display here too as they navigate along to some highly infectious, utterly fantastic hard rock. You can check it out via the Bandcamp embed below and get your own smoke on to the solid sounds of ‘Soulfuzz‘, my friends.
Portuguese atmospheric psyche stoner rock band Earth Drive has announced their next planned release, ‘Stellar Drone‘, will be issued imminently via Raging Planet. The powerfully well-textured prog/alt. band has issued a video teaser along with the album artwork and tracklist, all of which is included below. The band, which formed in 2007, reached a tenth anniversary milestone this year and will mark the occasion with another assuredly amazing release soon (date TBA).
Earth Drive‘s recorded efforts began with 2009’s Take It Down demo which was then followed by three EP releases, 2012’s Ink Storm, 2014’s Known By The Ancients and 2015’s Planet Mantra. The band’s hypnotically alluring music is an intoxicating concoction of heavily psychedelic-tainted music as evidenced within the new teaser further down.
“Stellar Drone” (Track List)
1 – Lactomeda
2 – Known by the Ancients
3 – Dead blood for the royal weather
4 – Two temple place
5 – Stellar Drone
6 – Are we drowning in Digits
7 – Magical Train
Danzig has unveiled further details about their upcoming new studio album, ‘Black Laden Crown‘, the band’s follow up to 2010’s critically acclaimed Deth Red Sabaoth. The long-awaited new record will be released on May 26 via Evilive Records/Nuclear Blast Entertainment. A new track from the album, ‘Devil On Hwy. 9‘, is streaming below.
This June also marks the 25th anniversary of ‘Danzig III: How The Gods Kill‘. ‘How The Gods Kill‘ was the first Danzig album to crack Billboard’s Top 30 and the first Danzig album produced by the band’s frontman and namesake Glenn Danzig himself. To honor this momentous occasion, Danzig will play a select handful of shows this summer and will perform many songs from ‘How The Gods Kill’.
Black Laden Crown track listing:
01. Black Laden Crown
02. Eyes Ripping Fire
03. Devil On Hwy 9
04. Last Ride
05. The Witching Hour
06. But A Nightmare
07. Skulls & Daisies
09. Blackness Falls
09. Pull The Sun
SAUTRUS describe themselves as a ‘heavily tuned psych-rock band skillfully combining elements of 60’s rock with contemporary metal creating a completely mind blowing sound’. Bringing everything to the table and then some is how I read that and believe me, they have done just that with this latest offering. From harmonica to throat-singing, they have not left a lot out of the frying pan here and each flavor adds to each of the seven tracks served up and you can tell from the outset that this is not some new group of guys trying to find their way, but are indeed seasoned musicians that have spent their time honing their identity from endless rehearsals to studio time to sharing the stages with a vast array including acts ranging from URIAH HEEP to SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT and beyond.
Forty one minutes in length, opener ‘The Way’ sets a great pace for this album with so many different segments strung seamlessly together for the entire seven minutes plus. ‘Good Mourning’ starts with a smoky blues harp intro before the rest of the band kicks in and punches you right in the chest with one of those tempos that pulls you along like a train and you can’t help but reach out and turn up to ‘still not loud enough’!! That harmonica keeps it’s hold on your head as the band shows a solidity of form that had been hinted at with previous tracks but not realized until this album. ‘The Fungus’ comes right out with a jazz-swing tempo that makes you sway until the SABBATH sounding body of the song really begins and you can almost taste the smoke in the air as the bass rumbles your walls throughout this stoner/sludge epic feeds the need for exactly this, something so solid and dripping in the energy of pure music, even as it fades off to the PURE psych ‘Cats On The Fence’ that drips of a HANS KERSHI style vocal amid the loopy science-fiction frequency bounces showing yet another side that we may not have exactly expected but have to smile with none the less.
‘Synopticon’ wastes zero time in stepping up as a pummeler with a driving run up and down the necks of the stringed instruments and multi-layered vocals swirling as so many embers glowing in their combined dance through the air surrounding you, even as each step follows this tale unfolding with the passion pushed into this tortured mic “To survive, survive…” The break at 5 minutes is right on time, letting you grab a deep breathe as the guitars scream to and against each other until the cymbal run picks it back up to resume the run to the end, staying up front to catch each note and word given. ‘Shotgun’ is the perfect shifting of gears and right away, you are moving along. Complex and savory, the flavor is dark and heavy as you can want it and when that vocal hits, full forward is the only way to travel alongside. So many elements perfectly combined to create what I would hope is a staple of SAUTRUS’ live set that a crowd would have zero options but to whip it up to full frenzy as these guys hammer away showing a mastery of their craft with a musicianship that is lacking with so many.
Closer ‘When The War Is Over’ is amazing in it’s acoustic simplicity after the previous six tracks, each showing a complexity of their own and if I didn’t know, I would swear was indeed H. Kirsh doing a new BLIND GUARDIAN song. Perfect cap on an amazing release. BUY it the second you can get it and support them if you are lucky enough to have them in your area!!
Zakk Sabbath, the Black Sabbath all-star cover band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie), and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bloodclot) will release the limited edition Live In Detroit LP via Southern Lord Recordings on June 16th.
The three tracks comprising Live In Detroit were captured at the band’s thundering performance at The Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan on October 28th, 2016. Southern Lord will release Live In Detroit as a one time, vinyl-only pressing in multiple color variants. Additionally, the band will have the Live In Detroit LP available for purchase throughout their upcoming tour (see dates below).
Pre-orders for Live In Detroit are available starting today via Southern Lord at this location. The tracklist for the album is shared below along with a performance video of Zakk Sabbath‘s version of ‘War Pigs‘.
Live In Detroit tracklisting:
“Fairies Wear Boots”
“War Pigs” video:
Zakk Sabbath will embark upon their first ever U.S. headlining tour next month with support from Beastmaker. The month-long trek will commence on May 18th and run through June 17th with included stops at this year’s Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma.
18 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
19 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY (Sold Out)
20 – BB&T Pavilion @ WMMR BBQ – Camden, NJ
21 – MAPFRE Stadium @ Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH
23 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
25 – Warehouse Live Studio – Houston, TX
26 – Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX w/ The Sword
27 – Catch The Fever Festival Grounds @ Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
28 – Fubar – St. Louis, MO
30 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN (Sold Out)
31 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL (Sold Out)
3 – KQRC’s Rockfest – Kansas City, MO
4 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
6 – The Pin – Spokane, WA
7 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA (Sold Out)
8 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR (Sold Out)
9 – Riverview Ranch @ 40th Annual Redwood Run – Piercy, CA
10 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
17 – El Rey – Los Angeles, CA
DHU Records & Doom Stew Records – Released April 20, 2017
Reviewed by Santiago “Chags” Gutierrez
San Francisco based doom/sludge/psych outfit Brume make a very impressive return with Rooster, a six track monster of an album all but guaranteed to change your perception on how this genre can still be playfully inventive. The band consists of Jamie (ex-Gurt) on guitar, Susie on bass/vocals, and Jordan on drums. Their cohesiveness has grown rather exponentially since their last effort, Donkey, which was already a rather impressive release. This time around, the band chose to work with producer, Billy Anderson. Jaime says he “brought a lot to the table, not just capturing a great sound, but helping us work out vocal melodies and layering.”
The album consists of six tracks, all but one clocking in at over seven minutes long. However, the songs on offer here are dynamic and diverse. The kind of songs that do not feel like seven-plus minute songs upon listening. ‘Tradewind’, the final track, being the strongest example of this. There is much depth and contrast encircling this album. The guitar tone on Jamie’s Gibson guitar fits the mood of the record perfectly. Vocally, Susie provides enough personality and heart in these tunes, it is hard not to take notice of her thaumaturgic delivery.
Highlights of the album include the slow burning opener, ‘Grit and Pearls’, which provides a satisfying sludgy introduction to the proceedings that follows along with a strong doom base. ‘Harold’ and ‘Reckon’ continue the magic with a more morose and surreal feel. Mesmerizing to say the least. Have I mentioned Susie’s vocals? Because they are certainly a high point on those tracks. The album closes strong with the much varied and absorbing “Tradewind” which brings all the elements from the previous tracks and encapsulates them all in one epic sounding dirge.
If I were to choose one phrase to describe this record, it would be “leaps and bounds”. Cohesiveness, chemistry, songwriting, production…it’s all there. Looking forward to what these guys have in store in the future. In the meantime, I’ll keep enjoying this Rooster ride.