BARONESS And Guitarist Pete Adams Amicably Part Ways; Replacement Introduced

*Pete Adams (second from left) with Baroness

Long-time Baroness guitarist Pete Adams (also of the fantastic band Valkyrie) have amicably parted ways the band has reported. Pete’s departure is being fueled for reasons including spending less time on the road and making time to focus on a burgeoning non-music business and his home life.

Both Pete and Baroness leader John Baizley commented on this latest turn of events with Pete sharing: “I would like to say thanks to all of the Baroness fans far and wide and all of the support through the ups and downs along the way. I feel beyond fortunate to have had the chance to travel great distances with Baroness and to meet so many of you. I honestly never thought I would be able to do what I have done with Baroness. Playing alongside my oldest friends, playing music that isn’t simply readily accepted by the masses, and sharing the stage with some of the best musicians and bands from around the globe. That said, it’s time for me to focus my energy closer to home and not on the road. However, this isn’t the end of my musical career by any means as I plan to continue working with Valkyrie. Again, thank you to all along the way, and most importantly thank you greatly to the current, past and future members of Baroness.”

At the same time, John adds: “I need to take a moment, on behalf of myself and Baroness, to recognize and sincerely thank one of my oldest friends and bandmates, Pete Adams, as he moves on from Baroness to pursue a new phase in his life. I feel fortunate beyond words to have shared the stage with you for nearly 25 years, since we were barely teenagers. It would be impossible to articulate the value and impact of the personal history, friendship and musical bond we have enjoyed throughout our lives and within this band. Through Baroness, we’ve seen that friendship grow further and often in unexpected ways; we’ve taken part in so many adventures together that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s never easy to part ways but it is important to highlight a couple of things: First, we offer unconditional support and respect for Pete’s decision and we’re excited to see where his path leads. Second, Baroness will forge ahead with an undiminished passion and as much creativity as ever. The narrative of this band has often felt as though it falls into distinct chapters, and while we’re excited to move into the next, we are equally sad to see Pete go. When Pete and I were kids, as he’s often said in interviews, we shared a dream of growing up and playing music together and seeing the far corners of the globe. And we did. Thank you Pete, for being a friend when I needed support, a brother when I needed family, and a bandmate when you and I had a hunger to see the world.”

 

*Gina Gleason pictured with Baroness, second from left
Baroness have added guitar player Gina Gleason (pictured second from left above), a Philadelphia native who Baizley, Nick Jost and Sebastian Thomson are excited to have on board:

“With Pete Adams’ official last show just over a month behind us, and a European tour on the not-so-distant-horizon, we are proud to welcome our new guitarist, Gina Gleason, into Baroness, and we hope our fans will share in our excitement and provide her a warm welcome into the Baroness family. She has worked tirelessly in recent weeks/months, not only learning the specifics of our material, but slowly beginning to carefully stake out her own personal territory within our sound. Throughout the lifespan of this band we’ve had the genuine pleasure of working with incredibly gifted artists/musicians, who recognize in Baroness the need each member has to contribute something of their own musical personality, rather than imitate one that’s been established, not simply to respect the individual contributions of past members, but to develop a genuine connection to our songs, old and new alike. Gina’s ability both to learn our music and to find her own voice within our songs has been inspiring to observe, and it helps once again to renew our belief in this band’s music, which we’ve come to rely on as a true wellspring of creativity and musical discovery.”

Baizley, adds: “I really thought I would have become a jaded musician at this point, with nothing left to discover and no will to try, but each subsequent year proves me wrong. We play a hometown show with Gina tomorrow, followed by a European tour and my only regret is that we won’t have time to go everywhere on Earth we’d like to before the urge to get back to writing our new record overtakes us. We’re bringing a bunch of songs on tour that haven’t been played in many years; we’re anxious to dust off some of these earliest Baroness songs. Thanks to all of you who have offered your support over these years. We’ll be seeing you soon.”

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


GRAVES AT SEA Shove Off On The Cold Dead Hands Tour 2017

Portland, Oregon’s sludge/doom heavyweights Graves At Sea are officially on tour in the U.S. as of right this moment. Dubbed The Cold Dead Hands Tour 2017, the trek kicked off yesterday evening in Boise, Idaho and will close June 16th on their home turf in Oregon. The run includes performances at 71 Grind Fest in Colorado Springs, Colorado as well as Northwest Terror Fest in Seattle, Washington. See all remaining dates below.

Graves At Sea are touring in support of their 2016 debut full-length album, The Curse That Is. Engineered by Greg Wilkinson (Noothgrush, Brainoil) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, YOB), The Curse That Is melds walls of feedback-laden sound with gargantuan riffs that burden and crush one with the weight of mountains. The Curse That Is is out now on Relapse Records. For physical orders visit Relapse.com HERE. For digital orders go to the Graves At Sea Bandcamp page HERE where you can also stream the record in its densely savage entirety.

 GRAVES AT SEA [remaining dates]:

6/01/2017 Hi Dive – Denver, CO
6/02/2017 71 Grind Fest @ Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
6/03/2017 Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM
6/05/2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
6/06/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
6/07/2017 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
6/08/2017 Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA
6/09/2017 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
6/10/2017 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
6/15/2017 Northwest Terror Fest @ Neumos – Seattle, WA
6/16/2017 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR

– Pat ‘Riot’ WhitakerGAS Tour


WITCHTHROAT SERPENT Stream ‘Striped Dragon’ Single

France-based doom stalwarts Witchthroat Serpent will release their new single Striped Dragon on June 15 through Svart Records. The newest offering from guitarist/vox Fredrik Bolzann, drummer Niko Lass and bassist Lo Klav finds the trio adding some psyche-heavy flourishes to this superb selection. The song and its B-side were recorded live at Drudenhaus Studio during the sessions for the band’s previous release, 2016’s Sang-Dragon. It is arriving just in time for the trio’s upcoming road trek (dates below).

Striped Dragon” is presented in a deluxe gatefold cover, a carefully-crafted work of art by Branca Studio. This piece is limited to 300 copies and is a one-time pressing.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

WITCHTHROAT SERPENTRISING SUN TOUR” June 2017:

19/06 BE Antwerpen “Kid’s Kaffee”
20/06 GER Berlin “Tiefgrund”
21/06 GER Dresden “Ostpol”
22/06 GER Leipzig “Black label Pub”
23/06 GER Nuremberg “Kunstverein”
24/06 GER Munich “St Helena Festival”
25/06 FR Paris “Dr Feelgood”


METAL CHURCH ‘Reset’ With New Official Video

The well-rejuvenated legends in Metal Church have just dropped their official video for the song ‘Reset‘ from their amazing latest album release, ‘XI‘. The video was directed by Jamie Brown for Smokin’ Gun Video Productions while the album XI is out now from Rat Pak Records and features the return of earlier vocalist Mike Howe. The band also recently announced the departure of drummer Jeff Plate and welcomed his replacement, Stet Howland (WASP, Four By Fate), to the fold.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

MC XI


KRYPTONITE (King Diamond, Mustasch, Eclipse, Etc. Members) Reveal Debut’s Details; Video Premiere

I recently shared a blurb on the Taste Nation LLC Facebook timeline about with an introduction to the new Swedish band Kryptonite. Today I am happy to bring you all a full article with more details about the band, their upcoming debut album and an Official Video premiere from said album as well. The video is for a track titled ‘Chasing Fire‘ which hails from the band’s upcoming self-titled debut due on August 4th from Frontiers Music SRL.

Kryptonite itself is a special project that began when The Poodles’ Jakob Samuel and producer Alessandro Del Vecchio decided to pursue putting together a band after working on another project. Soon they had brought in former The Poodles bassist Pontus Egberg (now in King Diamond and Treat) who was then followed by Robban Back of Mustasch (ex-Eclipse). The final piece of a guitarist soon fell to Mike Palace of the band Palace, a younger and extremely talented, impressive player.

The band Kryptonite play a more melodic style of rock music, not far removed from what many might call AOR Music. Of course that means it is more radio-friendly content and when it comes to exposure or increasing ones’ fanbase then there is nothing wrong with that. Check out Kryptonite for yourself via the clip for ‘Chasing Fire‘ below.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Kryptonite LP

Tracklisting:

“Chasing Fire”
“This Is The Moment”
“Keep The Dream Alive”
“Fallen Angels”
“Across The Water”
“Love Can Be Stronger”
“Knowing Both Of Us”
“Get Out Be Gone”
“One Soul”
“Better Than Yesterday”
“No Retreat No Surrender”


CARPATHIAN FOREST To End Hiatus With ‘Likskue’ LP In ’18; Share Video For Cover Song

Norway’s avant garde oldschool black metal experimentalists Carpathian Forest have announced they will return with a new album, ‘Likskue‘, sometime in 2018. The iconic, legendary band has been on a lengthy hiatus for several years and have not released a new studio album since 2006’s Fuck You All!!!! Caput tuum in ano est. To share the news of their imminent return, Carpathian Forest have issued a rehearsal/rough video of them performing the defunct U.S. cult garage band Dead Moon’s ‘A Fix On You‘. Check it out below.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


DRUG HONKEY Debut ‘Pool Of Failure’ Official Video

Chicago-based sonic savages Drug Honkey recently issued their critically acclaimed new album ‘Cloak Of Skies‘ via Transcending Obscurity Records just a few weeks ago. The crushingly dense, scourging aural assault has yielded some amazingly volatile music that must be experienced with the utmost caution. Today, this beast yields a brand new official video for your listening/witnessing enjoyment, ‘Pool Of Failure‘.

Like most everything else that Drug Honkey exudes, the clip itself is full of suspenseful, sinister images that provoke you to feel endangered from just observing. The music is a punishing dirge of drawn-out, hypnotic heaviness with beleaguered vocals.

Vocalist Paul Gillis stated: “Pool Of Failure delves into the pitfalls of relationship and situational failures associated with life. This is Drug Honkey’s outlet, or vent if you will.”

So if you will, check out the optical nether realm contained in the visualizer above but do so with caution and a readiness for anything. – Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Drug Honkey

FIVE HORSE JOHNSON Share Second Single From The Upcoming ‘Jake Leg Boogie’ Album

News recently surfaced that the Buckeye State’s groove ‘n blues rockers Five Horse Johnson are back, via a brand new album no less, baby! Yep, ‘Jake Leg Boogie‘ will see release through Small Stone Records on June 30th, the guys’ first new studio effort since 2013’s The Taking Of Black Heart. The new record was recorded at Rustbelt Studios with the band’s longtime producer Al Sutton (Halfway To Gone, Novadriver) and David Cobb (All Them Witches, Rival Sons) assisting.

Artwork was provided by noted graphic artist and Five Horse Johnson collaborator Mark Dancey, keeping with a tradition established on 1999’s Fat Black Pussycat.

Jake Leg Boogie marks the return of original 5HJ drummer Tim Gahagan who joins vocalist Eric Oblander, gtrst./vox Brad Coffin, bassist Steve Smith and guitarist Phil Dürr for the band’s eighth studio album. They have just shared the second single from the album, ‘Hard Times‘, which is streaming below along with the recently shared title track.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

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Jake Leg Boogie Track Listing:
1. Jake Leg Boogie
2. Magic Man
3. Cryin’ Shame
4. Ropes And Chains
5. Hard Times
6. Smoke Show
7. Little Lonely
8. Overload
9. Daddy Was A Gun
10. Last Song


DEVIL ELECTRIC Unveil Details Of Upcoming S/T Album; Premiere ‘Hypnotica’ Video

Melbourne, Australia’s heavy occult rock quartet Devil Electric have revealed the details of their upcoming full-length self-titled debut album. The 37 minute, 9-track debut will be available digitally and in three colored vinyl variants on August 11th through Germany’s Kozmik Artifactz label. The first single to be released from the album is “Hypnotica” – watch the video clip below.

Devil Electric dropped like a sinister spell with their ‘The Gods Below‘ EP in 2016, making an instantaneous impact with critics and fans alike. The band, Pierina O’Brien (Vocals), Christos Athanasias (Guitars), Tom Hulse (Bass, Vocals) and Mark Van De Beek (Drums), play some superbly bluesy heavy rock. It is nearly a certain given that the upcoming self-titled album will further impress folks across the musical spectrum and make Devil Electric a commonly known household name.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Devil Electric

Devil Electric tracks:

1. Monologue (Where You Once Walked)
2. Shadowman
3. Lady Velvet
4. Acidic Fire
5. Monolith
6. The Dove & The Serpent
7. The Sacred Machine
8. Lilith
9. Hypnotica


UFOMAMMUT Premieres ‘Warsheep’ Official Video

Italian heavy psychedelic band UFOMAMMUT recently announced the imminence of their next studio effort 8 and that it will be released via Neurot Recordings on September 22nd. In anticipation of the event, the guys are issuing a new official video for the track “Warsheep today. That’s it above but things don’t end there as UFOMAMMUT is offering “Warsheep” as a limited edition 7″. It is available in a small run of 500 pieces, each with the cover handprinted with gold iridescent and red inks on pearlescent paper by Malleus. The 7″ record shall be released via Supernatural Cat on 15th June but pre-orders are available now here.

Preorder information and more for 8 will be revealed over the upcoming months.

UFO Warsheep
– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker