Dead Ranch “Brumation” Album Review & Stream…


Brumation – Digital Download

Self Released – April 14, 2017

Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr


Formed – 2011

Hometown – Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

Band Members – Chad Alsop-Guitar/Vocals,  Andre Cornejo-Guitar/Vocals, Ryley Devine-Drums & Alana Mercer-Bass/Vocals

Previous Releases – “Birds Of Pray” EP (2012) / “Antler Royal” (2013)

Review:   Self described with the tags ‘metal, noise, punk, sludge, hardcore, stoner’, this is the second full-length release from this four piece and has been a while coming. Emerging from what they describe as a place that is “8 hours away from everything, isolated in their winter city” they had already started touring Canada promoting the first release that was garnering play on college stations leading to recording the first full-length in early 2013. Touring steadily, this release signifies their dedication to their craft and commitment to doing what they do best… to be, as they themselves put it, ‘Catchy and Crushing’ all at once.


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Seven tracks totaling 32 minutes, there is little doubt from the first power chord riff of ‘An Awkward Moan’ through to the narration filled ending of ‘Maple Ape’ that this band has paid it’s dues and is ready for more and they come out swinging from the first to the last.

The ripping beginning of ‘Blood Staff’ with all the angst you could possibly imagine to even faster paced ‘Tarred and Feathered’ with that pure fury that had been hinted at on the previous releases and left to shine through on this album. Even as ‘Garrulous’ has a slow fade in that fury-driven pace and raw edge is back in less than 30 seconds into the track and is as unrelenting as any other moment on this disc as ‘False Negative’ shows, brutal as fuck!!



‘The Skinning’ is equally frenetic in approach and execution and prove that DEAD RANCH are a force to be reckoned with.  ‘Maple Ape’ is the bookend on this album and while filled with as many time shifts and fretboard-flying as the previous tracks, this one stands above the rest with this demonstration of just how musically ‘tight’ they are and let us know this album is well worth the wait we have endured in anticipation. Buy it NOW, share it with EVERY pair of ears you can and support them live if they come anywhere close… and above all else, keep it LOUD!!

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W.A.S.P. To Celebrate 25th Anniversary Of ‘The Crimson Idol’ With Re-Issue To Include Original, Unreleased Film; Video Teaser + World Tour of the biggest, most iconic acts in the history of heavy metal and hard rock. In 1992, the band released their hugely ambitious conceptual album ‘The Crimson Idol‘, an acclaimed release revered to this day in fact. The story behind the album’s theme was the tale of the neglected, abused child Aaron Steele whose hunger for love and acceptance leads him to music eventually. In a tale that all too many musicians know as their own realities, Aaron gains international fame and stardom. That superficial love is accompanied by all the excesses of the rock and roll life i.e. abundant sex, drugs and so much more and of course, Aaron is destined for a catastrophic fall.

2017 is the 25th anniversary of The Crimson Idol and something that many fans either don’t know or may have forgotten is that there’s much more to the story. The Crimson Idol was also intended to be developed into a cinematic feature, a movie to accompany the album’s release. There was actually several hundred hours of film that was shot to create approximately 50 minutes of movie footage…and this film has never been released – Until now!

Napalm Records proudly announces “Re-Idolized, the 25th anniversary of the iconic hit album plus the original “The Crimson Idol” movie on DVD and Blu-ray! For the first time EVER as originally intended – film and soundtrack united – released as one product! While the actual release date has yet to be finalized, “Re-Idolized” will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, CD, and vinyl later this year!

Check out the video teaser for the upcoming Napalm Records release below along with the itinerary of W.A.S.P.‘s upcoming World Tour to accompany this historic series of events.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

W.A.S.P. live:
“Re-Idolized: The 25th Anniversary of
The Crimson Idol” World Tour:

08.11.2017 IT – Bologna, Estragon
09.11.2017 IT – Milan, Live Club
10.11.2017 CH – Lausanne, Docks
11.11.2017 CH – Pratteln, Z7
14.11.2017 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
15.11.2017 DE – Hannover, Capitol
16.11.2017 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
17.11.2017 DE – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
18.11.2017 DE – Geiselwind, Music Hall
20.11.2017 DE – Frankfurt, Batschkapp
21.11.2017 DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
22.11.2017 DE – Munich, Backstage
24.11.2017 CZ – Hluk, Sportshall
25.11.2017 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
26.11.2017 AT – Vienna, Arena

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DEAD CROWS Debut ‘Wild Gun’s Soul’ Official Video

French hard rock power trio Dead Crows have just recently issued their limited release self-titled, full-length debut and it has quickly been building up steam. If you are unfamiliar with this rising act then you need to rectify that mistake right now by checking out their official video for ‘Wild Gun’s Soul‘. The trio at the heart of Dead CrowsMattDynamiteBerg, OliverPivCasu and RudyFat BassBerg, are all established players from the band Nightmare but now they’re branching out. As Dead Crows, the trio blends amazing heavy rock grooves, powerful rhythms and bluesy vocals for a sound that would result from a mix of Thin Lizzy and Danko Jones.

The debut from Dead Crows is available now from Wake Up Dead Records and KNT Music along with regular digital outlets iTunes, Deezer and Spotify.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


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Dustrider “Event Horizon” Album Review & Exclusive Album Stream


Event Horizon – CD // DD

Argonauta Records – Release Date: May 19, 2017

Reviewed by Aaron “Red Beard” Wall


The next event horizon, from Italy’s mighty Argonauta Records, is Dustrider’s debut full length, titled just that…”Event Horizon.” A very fitting title to this tripped and stoned out fuzz fest into the ether of outer space. An instrumental band formed in Rome in early 2015, Dustrider released the self produced EP entitled, ‘Mother Engine.’ In steps Argonauta Records.  Dustrider and Argonauta both hail from Italy, so its definitely a match made in hell. In my humble opinion,  Gero and the crew at Argonauta have a finger on the pulse of the cutting edge of heavy music…and this release by Dustrider is no different. The band consists of Bruno ‘BrÜno’ Bellisario on guitar, bassist Andrea ‘Keoma’ Romano, and Francesco ‘Krundaal’ Romano on drums.  A few fat spliffs, a couple grams of shrooms, and the baddest dune buggy you’ve ever laid eyes on.  These are the tools you’ll need for “Event Horizon!”

As ‘Warped’ starts the record, you get in your kick ass buggy and turn the key. The song starts with a thunderous rhythm and bass heavy intro as you rev the motor of this beast. Drop it into drive as you feel the “tools” kick in…and you’re off with wheels kicking up the desert sand. Riffs and groove, manifest as you raise a middle finger in the air. As you light the first spliff Dustrider takes off into a heavy psyche wonderland. Weaving and twisting in bliss. As the song ends with feedback of fuzzy distortion,  I cant wait to see where the rest of our spaced out journey goes.

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Second track ‘Cosmo’ kicks in with a classic rock intro, then boom we’re off again with spliff in hand. Racing across a floor of desert riffage. This band needs no vocals, the music itself tells a story and takes you away into your imagination. It’s a thrilling ride so far.

‘They Live!’ is the fuzziest so far. A straightforward stoner jam with a glorious and colorful psychedelic solo. The double bass lick at the end is sick! Wait for it. The drum sound on the record as a whole is great. It’s raw but refined. Sounds like real drums. Played by a real good drummer. I dig that.

‘Fallout Criminal’ follows and is an exercise in Fu Manchu. ‘Nuff said.

The next three songs, ‘Agartha,’ ‘Stratosphere,’ and the title track ‘Event Horizon’ are standout tracks that take our badass dune buggy up in to space. We’re floating, we’re flying, and we’re not denying that the mushrooms are taking over.

These songs turn and soar, they bring heavy and can destroy. Tracers of shooting stars are so close, almost touchable as they shoot away with the riffs. Then they let us gently down. We breathe as we ready ourselves for the conclusion of our heavily psyched out stoner trip across the universe. From the desert floor to the galaxies.

The closing tracks to the album ‘Ultima IV’ and ‘Dust Devil’ end Event Horizon perfectly. They are exhilarating and celebratory. Dustrider makes you reminisce on the adventure, and make you wanna get on this dune buggy spaceship and do it all over again…and again…and again.

Dustrider have focus yet flexibility on ‘Event Horizon’ they know when to hold on and they also know when to let go. I for one love instrumental bands and this three piece know how to do it to perfection. They make you hear in colors and in dialogue by the notes, and the complete songs they play. They tell a story, but let you write the script. Your mind is the canvas and Dustrider paints it. ‘Event Horizon’ is an amazing record. I don’t know about ya’ll but I’m getting back in the dune buggy to take another trip with Dustrider and you should too!!

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MERCHANT ‘Beneath’ EP Review & Stream

Beneath – CD//DD
Black Bow Records – Released May 12, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Black Bow Records is the label started by Conan’s Jon Paul Davis and it just released the 2-song ‘Beneath‘ from Australia’s Merchant last Friday, May 12th. It was just little over a year ago that Merchant came crashing on to the heavy music scene with their four-song debut, Suzerain. Now, vocalist Mirgy, guitarist Ben, bassist/vox Wilson and drummer Nick are back with another brutish boulder of harrowing heaviness.

The slowly unfolding first moments of ‘Guile As A Vice‘ are somewhat sedate as a fuzzy riff reverberates and plodding drums render periodic, perfectly timed strikes. Soon a pattern begins to form and from that pattern, a rhythmic roadmap comes into sight..and sound. Equally melodic and epic, things build and circulate, almost reaching a drone like point before gravelly vocals finely enter the mix. Harshly acidic, they herald a tale told from what sounds like pure vocal chord shredding severity amid semi-psyche infused atmospherics of utter dread. At over fourteen and a half minutes running time, there is a lot of transcendental sludge to be explored here for sure.

Second cut ‘Succumbing‘ is instantly more uptempo yet no less savagely brutal and battering. Taking a cue from peers like Neurosis and Yob, the track’s flurry of circulatory rhythmic pulses pull you under. The vocals undergo a turn toward a much more sinister state than the previous track while the hellish audio bog beats you into submission. Another long-player, the song maintains a constant, fevered inferno of activity on varied levels and refuses to let up for the most part. A bit of haziness seeps forth at one point as things begin to pull back in intensity, gradually getting a bit more and more minimalist. That throttling down continues and soon gives way to a cacophony of feedback and dissonance before relinquishing its hold upon your throat.

What strides Merchant has made since their critically acclaimed release last year are more than evident on the new EP, ‘Beneath‘. The sludgier vibes are prevalent and punishing of course with one of the most noticeable differences here is the change in the vocals. I am sure this newly released beatdown of blackened bereavement shall leave no listener unscathed. You can now stream it for yourself via the Soundcloud embed below if you dare.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS ‘Prevail I’ Review (By Guest Contributor Kira Schlechter)

Prevail I – CD//DD
Napalm Records – Released May 12, 2017
Reviewed By: Kira Schlechter* (Guest Contributor)

Canadian metal band Kobra And The Lotus is not a subgenre, or a sub-sub-genre. They are not a fusion of this style and that style. They are simply pure, Judas Priest-like, back-in-the-day heavy metal, done with passion and dedication, as their latest, “Prevail I” – their third full-length album and the follow-up to their terrific 2014 effort “High Priestess” — continues to drive home.

Singer Kobra Paige’s resonant, booming, nearly baritone voice has always made this band stand out. She doesn’t have to scream her head off on high notes to make a huge impact — her elegance, range, and unique diction carries the day.

Her bandmates are absolutely no slouches either – they have honed their tightly-crafted heaviness to perfection. Jasio Kulakowski’s guitar harmonies in the instrumental “Check The Phyrg” are spectacular, set off by a crystalline mix that lets you hear every note. Marcus Lee’s double-kick drumming throughout is metronomically precise without falling into typewriter territory.

Tracks about dealing with inner torment such as “Specimen X (The Mortal Chamber),” “Hell On Earth,” and “Victim” juxtapose with ones about ultimately finding self-reliance and positivity. The cleverly-titled “Manifest Your Destiny” and the soaring hopefulness of the closing title track are powerful examples of this.


And standouts abound, from the epic, atmospheric opening track “Gotham” (if there’s any upcoming “Batman” movie in the works, this needs to be in it) to the pure-KATL lead-off single, “You Don’t Know.” “Light Me Up” is a straight-up power ballad, even right down to the guitar harmonies in the bridge, and that’s not a bad thing, since they do it so well.

Allow Kobra And The Lotus to unapologetically take you back to metal’s roots – it is a destiny well worth revisiting.

*Kira Schlechter spent eleven years at the Associated Press in Philadelphia and another eleven at the Harrisburg Patriot-News covering music, specifically and frequently heavy metal. She’s been writing about and listening to metal since she was 15 years old. Currently she also freelances for the Reading Eagle newspaper; in the past, she has freelanced for RIP, The World of Hibernia, and Mademoiselle. Needless to say, we are thrilled to bring her talents to you in this article!


Green Yeti “Desert Snow” – Album Review & Stream…

Green Yeti

Desert Show – Vinyl // DD

Cursed Tongue Records – released: April 21, 2017

Reviewed by Santiago “Chags” Gutierrez


What does the name Green Yeti conjure up in your mind? Possibly a rampaging stoned out abominable snowman rampaging along the Himalayan mountainside? That is what came to mind when I first heard the name. Green Yeti is, in reality, a very competent three-piece stoner band from Athens, Greece – stoner green and as heavy as that famous fictitious beast wreaking havoc in the snow. Desert Show is the bands second release and admittedly, this is my first exposure to the sludgy, psyched out sounds this band creates. The band features members from Brotherhood of Sleep, Reversed Nature, and Stonenrow and consists of Dani Avramidis on bass, Mike Andresakis on guitar and vocals, and Giannis Koutroubis on drums.

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Desert Show consists of five tracks, but it is far from an EP due to some lengthy, yet intriguing song structures. The album opens up with “Black Planets part 1” and “Black Planets part 2”. Musically these tracks are varied enough to constitute a separation of tracks, yet lyrically, they follow a similar theme. The album closes out with “Bad Sleep part 1” and “Bad Sleep part 2” which follows a similar set up to “Black Planets”. “Black Planets (part one)” is a great way to open the record. It’s hard driving stoner rock with a style that makes you take notice and sets them just that much apart from others who frequent that genre. What additionally stands out are the lyrics. There is something more substantial going on here. They seem to tell a story, yet are still open to interpretation. Which brings me to “Rojo”. Sung entirely in Spanish, this track reads like a poem. The chorus of “vuelve a la vida y matame junto al mar” simply strikes a chord. Musically it ebbs and flows much like a poem. Guitar and bass complementing each other throughout.

Green Yeti play a blend of stoner rock that is all their own, and in this saturated age of the genre, they are discernibly a welcomed addition. They have crafted an album that keeps your attention with subtle nuances and extended riffs that guide you along the journey while lyrically keeping things interesting. Don’t let that album cover fool you, this isn’t quite your typical stoner rock record, so dive in and enjoy.

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FORBIDDEN NOISE ‘Distances’ EP Review, Stream & Official Video

Distances EP – Digital Download/Stream
Self-Released Apil 11th, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Metal…the forbidden noise. Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? Well that is quite fitting then because we are here to spotlight the unquestionable metal presence that is Szeged, Hungary’s Forbidden Noise. The band just recently issued their five-song (and an intro) ‘Distances‘ EP and the PR for it states that it is: “Five songs about the physical, mental and emotional distances within and between people.” Now, while it may be all of that and more, it is also something else…Metal. Part death metal, part power-violence, part metalcore, part Post-Hardcore and all of it is downtuned D-Beat and damaging.

After the brief intro piece of ‘Foghorn‘ sets the stage, things explode with the bruising rhythmic pulses of ‘Crowing‘. Driving pulsations pump like pistons while constant guitar manipulations are presented, all while dizzying drum work is delivered too. A multitude of vocal styles alternate back and forth from guttural bellows to piercing shriek-styled ones. Thrashing cuts like ‘From Under The Grindstone‘ (official video below), ‘Mass Production Line Of Fear‘ and ‘Release‘ send you reeling one after another. The music remains energetic and intense at all times and once again I must draw attention to the fact that the diversified vocal approach keeps things interesting. If you need a comparison, think Lamb Of God-meets-a-much-heavier-Between The Buried And Me.

My personal favorite track is ‘Amit ott találsz‘ and while I have no inkling what that means or translates to, I do know that it is a fantastic song. Melding all of the heaviness of the music with a bit more melodic elements and more importantly, abundant measures of progressive nuances. That experimentation infects all the components here as schizophrenic-like vocals unfurl one after another and the melodic, exploratory tint of the music grows more epic. The song, and Forbidden Noise‘s ‘Distances‘ EP itself must be heard to be fully appreciated and you have the ability to do so below via the Bandcamp embed.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

GEEZER “Psychoriffadelia” Album Review, Track Stream & Tour Schedule…


Psychoriffadelia – Vinyl // CD // DD

Kozmik Artifactz Records (Europe) and STB Records (US) on June 9th – Vinyl // CD

DD – releases May 19, 2017

Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr

Formed – Fall of 2010

Hometown – Kingston, NY

Current Lineup – Richie (b) / Charles (d) / Pat (g+v)

Previous Releases –

“Electrically Recorded Handmade Heavy Blues” (2013) / “Live Full Tilt Boogie” (July 2014) / “Gage” (Sept 2014) / “Long Dull Knife” – digital single (2015) / “S/T” (2016)

REVIEW:   Self described as “Cosmic Stoner Blues” comprised of “Heavy Psychedelic Riff Rock”, this three piece powerhouse is about to blow your mind and speakers in one fell swoop with this latest release of five separate compositions that stand alone and even better as a complete package. For the next 39 minutes of smoke filled vocal lamentations with a guitar slide so smooth, you can hear the blue in the glass as the bottom end rumble gives you that ‘body’ to close your eyes and roll along with each moment, taken along with all of the leading pace of this heavy-hit drumline that has enough perfectly timed fills to satiate the most veracious headbanger.

Jumping out of the gate with a SLAMMING cover of NAZARETH favorite ‘Hair Of The Dog’, GEEZER let us know they are in fine form and ready to kill with this record. Even the lead break is done in true GEEZER fashion foregoing the talk-box for more subtle phrasing and phase shifting to traverse the even darker zone to the anthemic end chorus with a full on power chord finish before the soft, slow fade into ‘Stressknots’ with a low end rumble packed with power punch until a pause…”Big apple sky dreams, make way for lesser things…” and the tone is set for the remainder of what represents the finest work so far with a sense of power and precision brought to the table to delight the faithful and pummel the unknowing with a mastery that has been gained by time spent perfecting their craft.

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The slow spaced-out fade in of title track ‘Psychoriffadelia’ belies the crushing intent that hits HARD at just under two minutes when the slow-flow tempo takes hold over the SIK-solo laden body of this song.

For 10+ minutes the most delectable notes cascade over each other in the languishing flow of stoner bliss, all the way through the ending that slides effortlessly into ‘Red Hook’ with that smooth as glass transitional repeating note that lends itself right into the melody before that beautiful slide comes back accenting the flavors melting together in your mind. Soft, plush and warming in delivery, this is sand as the summation of a lifetime, in that haunting, delay strewn delivery “I don’t wanna leave, the time ain’t right, got nothing left to put up a fight…”, you feel that grip in your chest and it is perfection. From the endless fade out to the power-keyed fade in of ‘Dirty Penny’ the final shifting of gears is here and there is so much fuzzed-out wah-pedaled thickness in your face as that blues-body is filled with the might of power that these three slather on from head to toe and beyond as “Dirty Penny gets it right every time…”

The production of this in arrangements, clarity of each mix, stepped up production values and even the running order is amazing and allows ‘Psychoriffadelia’ to shine as the diamond in GEEZER’s catalog to this point. BUY THIS RECORD the second you can, share it with everybody and go out and support them LIVE if you get the chance…and keep it LOUD!!

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BASK Bring ‘A Graceful Shuffle’ In New Official Video; Announces Series Of Record Release Shows & Starkfest 2017 Set

Asheville, North Carolina’s Bask are proudly premiering their brand new Official Video for ‘A Graceful Shuffle‘. The track hails from the southern-infused alternative rock band’s latest effort, Ramble Beyond, and offers some solidly enthusiastic rock music. Ramble Beyond was released on CD and Digital formats on March 24th but Bask are gearing up for the vinyl edition’s release on May 19th via Self Aware Records.

To celebrate the imminent availability of that vinyl format, Bask will embark upon a handful of live dates to serve as their official Record Release events. You can find those planned live excursions listed below along with their just announced inclusion on this year’s Starkfest 2017. That two-day event will be held in Greenville, South Carolina and will see Bask join other amazing bands like Waft, All Hell, Swallow The Sky, Midmourner, Come To Grief, Crawl and many others.

You can find details, information and line ups for Starkfest 2017 here and order Bask‘s Ramble Beyond at this location.

Upcoming Bask record release shows:
May 17th – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
May 18th – Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
May 19th – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
May 20th – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

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