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


KHEMMIS Share Decibel Mag’s Exclusive Flexi-Single Track

Colorado progressive doomers Khemmis have returned with their new exclusive single for Decibel Magazine‘s ongoing Flexi-Disc series. The song, ‘Empty Throne‘, was recorded back in February exclusively for the popular offering. Of course it has only been a few short months since the Denver doomsters Khemmis topped Decibel‘s 2016 Album Of The Year list with their second LP, Hunted. And it’s only been a few short weeks since they owned the big stage with the majority of that record at the first annual Decibel Metal & Beer Fest. Enjoy!

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


DIVINITY Stream ‘The Immortalist’ In Its Entirety

I’ll be honest, when I read that a band is getting musical comparisons to acts like Soilwork and Extol then that will be plenty enough to convince me to at least check them out. The Calgary, AB progressive death metal band Divinity are getting those types of comparisons out in the music world and deservedly so. If I could add one of my own to the list it would be Strapping Young Lad and not because of the Canuck connection but because Divinity genuinely display some very SYL-ish moments in their music. Having never heard Divinity until recently, I was not fully prepared for the great musical content of their latest recorded offering, ‘The Immortalist‘, nor did I know the story of the music either.

See, The Immortalist (which will be released this Friday, May 26th) is the culmination of five long years of hard work and determination from Divinity. The album features 12 tracks that include their two previous EP releases “The Immortalist, Pt. 1 – Awestruck” and “The Immortalist, Pt. 2 –Momentum” with their 3rd EP “The Immortalist Pt. 3 – Conqueror” now completed to finish off the trilogy series as one huge full length album. All the tracks on the album are re-mixed and re-mastered by the talented Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Grid Productions) to make the songs more cohesive and work as a full-length experience. Plus, the song ‘D.M.T.‘ features a guest appearance from Soilwork/Night Flight Orchestra’s BjornSpeedStrid.

The band commented on their upcoming effort saying: “We’re very proud of our new album! Our dedication to song writing, recording and producing these 12 songs over the past 5 years has been a crazy musical journey and a huge learning experience that we will never forget. Our lyrical content and artwork is based on an original science-fiction concept story about a character who wakes up in a random field within an intricate crop circle with no memory of who he is or how he got there. The character is then thrown into a crazy adventure and eventually learns who he is and how to become immortal. There’s so much more to the story but we don’t want to give it all way just yet.”

Today, Taste Nation LLC is giving you the opportunity to stream Divinity‘s ‘The Imortalist‘ in its entirety below. Pre-order of the album is available on Divinity.ca, iTunes or Amazon plus an exclusive digi-pak CD available on their website for those who like to support the band directly. The digi-pak CD contains a 24-page booklet that showcases this entire concept giving fans way a full physical experience to the story, songs, lyrics, and visual aspect of the new album. Enjoy!

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker