Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow 2CD ‘Live In Birmingham 2016’ Due In June

In June of 2016, legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore made his much-anticipated return to rock music with the revitalized Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. Delivering three powerhouse concerts in Europe, two in Germany and one in England, Blackmore yet again proved why he is such an integral icon of rock and roll.

On June 9th, Eagle Rock Entertainment will issue the ‘Live In Birmingham 2016‘ 2CD and Digital Audio, the first release of the audio from the 2016 British show. Packed with a set list combining classic tracks from both Deep Purple and Rainbow, the 2CD release boasts such classics as “Catch The Rainbow”, “Mistreated”, “Since You Been Gone”, “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll”, “Black Night”, “Spotlight Kid”, “Smoke On The Water”, “Stargazer”, “Perfect Strangers”, and many more. Continue reading…

CRACKHOUSE S/T EP Review & Stream [Argonauta Records]

We are but a handful of days away from France’s Crackhouse re-issuing their self-titled debut EP via Argonauta Records. The 2-song effort will be unleashed on April 7th and to prepare you for what’s coming, I’m here to discuss Crackhouse a bit more in detail. So, what do you know about Crackhouse..and by that I mean the band, not the notorius place people go to beam up. Do you know that they are a three man band consisting of members Simon Morlec, Jibus Carton and Guillaume Vaillant? Or that they specialize in creating some lethally damaging, dense sludge riddled with doom overtones and abundant aggression? But there is more, much, much more as the guys meld dense Fuzz/Desert/Stoner Rock portions into their batch of intoxicating heaviness.

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With these two tracks the trio cook up a dizzying delivery of deep rhythms embedded in this threatening aural upheaval. Resonating riffs shudder through the air around the listener as jarring drums pound and batter you senseless. Both songs, “Swamp Widows” and “Serpent Suuns“, are wide-ranging in content. Both are lengthy explorations into a sedimentary mire of hypnotic hardness. The former unfolds with a trippy intro that soon crumbles away as the chaos is unleashed. A body blow of mile-wide riffs hit you head-on as the angsty, somewhat hardcore type vocals’ gravelly presence is announced. With Southern Doom vibes reverberating all around, the paces of the tune are then alternated somewhat..at times uptempo and more animated while other times finds them throttled down to a slow-oozing crawl.

The latter song takes on a much more uptempo energy after its initial feedback-ringing introduction. Sure, it too is a heavy handed foray but it is definitely more akin to a caustic, post-hardcore style of music. This is the much more ultra-aggressive side of Crackhouse showing their wares in such a way that it will sear your ears from the inside out when you undergo the experience. Things do gradually settle down a bit as the guys take us into a much headier direction with some hypnotic repetitions of the song’s signature riff. Soon, a flurry of activity hits us from all sides like a beehive of damaging hammering and it hurts so good.

Once again, Argonauta Records will re-issue the self-titled debut EP from Crackhouse on April 7th but you can stream it here and now today. But take heed for this is extreme music, it is dangerous and corrosive in this thickly agitated state. It’s a metallic, hard rock blast that provides its own euphoric rush and will leave you geeking for more. Thankfully you can feed that need to fix with the repeat feature on the embedded stream here.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

URIAH HEEP To Re-Issue 4 Classic Albums

Classic Rock/Proto-Metal legends Uriah Heep are preparing to re-issue four of their classic albums in expanded, repackaged, remastered formats. They new releases are double CD sets of three classic Uriah Heep albums while a special live album will be re-issued on Record Store Day 2017 (April 22). Also coming from the band soon is a new two disc anthology called ‘Your Turn To Remember’. These re-packaged and re-mastered albums all come with a bonus disc of unreleased material. Here’s what music fans already know concerning these offerings:

‘Demons And Wizards’ was released in June 1972 and is widely hailed to be their masterpiece. In the US, the album reached #23 on The Billboard Top 200 and was their first album to be RIAA Certified GOLD. It also features their two best known tracks in the U.S., the staple ‘The Wizard’ and their highest charting single, ‘Easy Livin” (#39 Billboard Hot 100).

The next album, ‘The Magician’s Birthday’, was released in November 1972, and hit #31 on the Billboard Top 200 and was their second consecutive album to be RIAA Certified GOLD.

Third album, ‘Look At Yourself’, was originally released in October 1971 and represented the first for manager Gerry Bron’s new label Bronze Records and was also their first to hit the Top 100 of the Billboard Top 200, peaking at #93. ‘Look At Yourself’ was released with a unique foil front cover and this has been faithfully re-created in a lavish digi-pack format using foil board material which presents the entire package in a new and shimmering light.

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day on April 22nd, 2107, Uriah Heep will reissue their landmark 1973 album, ‘Live 73’. Recorded at the height of their fame with the classic line-up of Byron, Box, Hensley, Kerslake, and Thain, ‘Live 73’ hit the Top 40 on the Billboard Top 200 and achieved RIAA GOLD certification. It has not been officially available on LP in the U.S. for more than twenty-five years.

This exclusive Record Store Day version will be released as 2LP 180G Splatter Vinyl in a gatefold jacket and includes a period replica UK Tour Brochure. As a special bonus for fans, fifty tour brochures have been autographed by Mick Box and have been randomly inserted in the production run.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

KYLESA To Issue ‘Live At Maida Vale Studios’ April 22

Savannah, Georgia’s genre-mashing alternative psyche rockers Kylesa will release the four song ‘Live At Maida Vale Studios’ as part of Record Store Day 2017. It will be released through Season Of Mist on April 22nd and captures the band’s February 2014 BBC Radio 1 Rock Show session in its entirety and has never been commercially available before. The session was recorded with BBC DJ Daniel P. Carter for the BBC program “Rock Show With Daniel P Carter” and will be a one time pressing of 1500 12″ LPs, 1000 CDs, and 150 cassettes.

The track list for ‘Live At Maide Vale Studios’ is:

1. Quicksand
2. Long Gone
3. Don’t Look Back
4. To Forget

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

IDES OF GEMINI Share New Song ‘The Rose’

The fantastic retro-vibe rock band Ides Of Gemini will release their new album, ‘Women‘, through Rise Above Records on April 28th. Today, Taste Nation LLC is excited to be able to share Cult Nation‘s premiere of one of the tracks off the stunning new LP, “The Rose“. The song’s slow-revolving style and ethereal heaviness are exactly the type of traits we’ve all come to love within the music of Ides Of Gemini. – Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


Women Track Listing:
1. Mother Kiev
2. The Rose
3. The Dancer
4. Raft of Medusa
5. Heroine’s Descent
6. Swan Diver
7. The Last Siren
8. Zohra
9. She Has a Secret
10. Queen of New Orleans


VOIVOD Reissuing Noise Records On Vinyl After 30 Years

Legendary Canadian sci-fi thrashers Voivod will re-issue their Noise Records albums Rrrroooaaarrr (1986), Killing Technology (1987), and Dimension Hatross (1988) through BMG on April 28th. All three albums have been remastered from the original tapes while the CD versions contain additional extras including a double CD of the album, a live set and an additional DVD of live performances, rehearsals and photos all compiled from the bands own personal archives. They are finally available on vinyl once again for the first time in 30 years.

You can get further details and pre-order information at this location.

VANGOUGH ‘Warpaint’ Review & Album Stream

Oklahoma City’s Vangough recently released their latest studio effort ‘Warpaint‘ and the accolades have mounted ever since. Rightly so too because this, the band’s fifth studio album (along with an EP and live album as well) is yet another leap light years ahead for Progressive Rock as a whole. Cut from a similar cloth as acts like Soen, Opeth or Dream The Electric Sleep, the music of Vangough is founded on technicality and emotion. Forward-thinking musical expanses constructed on the juxtaposition of differing styles of sonics is what ‘Warpaint‘ is all about. Guitarist/vocalist Clay Withrow, bassist Jeren Martin and drummer Kyle Haws embed massive amounts of feeling and experimentation into these songs.

Exposure begins with the darkly-hued introductory track ‘Morphine‘, a heavy-handed song that shudders with powerful bass lines. Stitched with intricate guitar melodies, things soon take on more melodic elements before erupting into caustic sections of a more aggressive nature. Near song’s end things have dissolved into some truly heavy sonics, ones augmented with guttural vocalizations and crushing density. Shifting intensities, alternating energy levels and multifaceted diversity permeates songs like ‘Dust‘, ‘Gravity‘ and the powerful ‘Till Nothing’s Left‘. The latter a somewhat Tool-like trek into soul-jarring music that’s followed by one of the more haunting tunes of the record, ‘Knell‘. Quite sedate and even, dare I say it, more stripped down, the song pulsates with haunting nuances that bleed like an open wound. Things end with the eleven minute-plus ‘Black Rabbit‘, a track where everything presented prior culminates in this stellar, stand-alone song. Epic and sweeping, this ending song is perhaps my favorite of the album..the drumming alone is mind-blowing too. It is definitely a highlight where the trio pull out all the stops and strut their stuff so to speak.

In closing, it is easy to see, and hear, why Vangough are so well respected and why ‘Warpaint‘ is such an increasingly popular record. Also, it is no wonder they astounded audiences at ProgPower USA XV in 2014 and why people clamor to see the band live when they can. ‘Warpaint‘ is a contrasting, temperamental opus that possesses riveting music and enthralling content in general. Regardless if you are or aren’t a fan of progressive metal, this album will astound you and make you a fan of Vangough period. – Pat Riot Whitaker

PERPETUA Deliver ‘The Age Of Collapse’ Official Video

Scottish modern thrash band Perpetua have just unleashed their new single ‘The Age Of Collapse‘ upon the planet. They did so with an Official Video accompanying the viciously aggressive song but the good thing is the band’s ability to change things up. Pummeling metallic ferocity one moment, hardcore breakdowns and gang vocals the next and then before you know it, some melodic elements before you can gain your senses.

To be honest, I don’t know anything about Perpetua other than they have got some scathing intensity going on and that ‘The Age Of Collapse‘ is one bad-ass tune. I definitely want to hear more as soon as possible!

To learn more about Perpetua and what all they’ve got going on, visit their Facebook page here.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Doc On Today Is The Day’s Steve Austin Coming In May

The Man Who Loves To Hurt Himself” is an intense documentary film on Today Is The Day‘s iconic founding frontman Steve Austin. It is slated to premiere at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in Nice, France in May. Directed and filmed by Anthony Short, the documentary takes an in-depth look at Steve Austin‘s nearly three decades long career as a musician, producer and revolutionary. Short spent the better half of two years following Austin around the U.S. on tour and recording insightful glimpses of Steve’s life from a fly-on-the-wall type perspective.

Austin himself narrates the film with an inner monologue type approach, guiding things and giving the watcher a view into his own mind. If you were to have your life flash before your eyes right before you die then perhaps this film is what Steve Austin might see about himself.

The Man Who Loves To Hurt Himself” was selected to screen at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in Nice, France, an offshoot of the world-famous Cannes Film Festival. It will be taking place from May 13th through 20th and Anthony Short has been nominated for Best Director for the film.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker



DEMON HUNTER Streaming New Album ‘Outlive’ In Full

The Seattle-based modern metal band Demon Hunter have just released their latest album, ‘Outlive‘, via Solid State Records. The powerful new record, the band’s eighth in all, can be streamed in its entirety in the YouTube playlist below. The band issued ‘Outlive‘ in several different formats including CD, double vinyl album and a beautiful box set as well. The box set includes two bonus tracks, a behind-the-scenes DVD, photo cards, booklet, poster, bandana, a ring, and more. It is housed in a drawer-style box with metallic gold detail and is a true collector piece.

Outlive‘ was produced and engineered by band guitarist Jeremiah Scott (The Showdown, Living Sacrifice) with additional production by the group’s longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle. The new effort was mixed by ChrisZeussHarris (Hatebreed, Witherscape, Queensrÿche).

Demon Hunter will make a rare live festival performance this summer, appearing at Chicago Open Air, which takes place July 14-16 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. The band is scheduled to perform on Sunday, July 16.

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“Outlive” track listing:

01. Trying Times
02. Jesus Wept
03. Cold Winter Sun
04. Died In My Sleep
05. Half As Dead
06. Cold Blood
07. One Step Behind
08. Raining Down
09. The End
10. One Less
11. Patience
12. Slight The Odds