As other members of Mastodon have actively stepped into involvements in outside projects like Troy Sanders (Killer Be Killed, Gone Is Gone) or Brent Hinds (West End Motel, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra), drummer Brann Dailor has now followed suit. Arcadea was born when Brann Dailor teamed up with upside-down guitarist and keyboardist Core Atoms (Zruda) to create a synth-laden progressive, heavy psych band. The duo soon added guitarist Raheem Amlani (Withered) on synth and the three recorded their synth odyssey outing at Orange Peel Studios in Atlanta, GA.
June 16th will see the worldwide release of Arcadea‘s self-titled debut album on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. It was mastered by Colin Leonard and features cover art from renowned sci-fi fantasy artist Essy May. Today we are sharing the audio-only stream of a song from the album titled ‘Infinite End‘ below.
– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
01. Army of Electrons
02. Gas Giant
03. Rings of Saturn
04. Neptune Moons
05. Infinite End
07. Motion of Planets
08. The Pull of Invisible Strings
09. Through The Eye of Pisces
10. Worlds Can Go On
11. Magnificent Facade
Brilliant multi-instrumentalist and musical geniusSteven Wilson(Porcupine Tree, Blackfield) has announced details of his upcoming fifth album, ‘To The Bone‘. To herald the release, which is set to be released August 18th, Wilson has shared the new song “Pariah”, available for streaming below. The follow up to 2015’s Hand. Cannot. Erase., To The Bone is Steven Wilson’s first album since signing with Caroline International (Iggy Pop, Underworld, Thurston Moore, Glass Animals).
Steven Wilson will embark on a major 2018 UK tour, including a return to one of the country’s most iconic venues – the Royal Albert Hall. U.S. tour plans are also being finalized and further details of both will be made public soon.
– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
“To The Bone”
“The Same Asylum As Before”
“People Who Eat Darkness”
“Song Of I”
“Song Of Unborn”
The anxiously awaited return of occultic, doomened psyche entity Sabbath Assemblyis upon us all. The band’s first new album since 2015, ‘Rites Of Passage‘, will be released by Svart Records on May 12th. Today, we are pleased to present you the new song ‘Angels Trumpets‘ where you can hear hints of the band’s turn toward a more progressive rock direction musically.
Sabbath Assembly shared the origin of what Angels Trumpets are saying: “Angels Trumpets is another name for the Datura flower, known for its ritual use in the transformation from childhood to adulthood. It is said to induce a complete severance of memory, allowing one to transition from one phase to the next, totally untethered.”
Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly circa 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), along with original Sabbath Assembly drummer Dave Nuss and returning bassist Johnny Deblase. There has been a new addition to the band with second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi).
– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
Tracklisting for Sabbath Assembly’s Rites Of Passage:
1. Shadows Revenge
2. Angels Trumpets
3. I Must Be Gone
4. Does Love Die
5. Twilight of God
6. Seven Sermons to the Dead
7. The Bride of Darkness
Sabbath Assembly‘s ‘Rites Of Passage‘ is available for pre-order/purchase here.
Miami, Florida’s progressive rock bandCave Of Swimmers will see things become quite busy for the band in July. On July 3rd, the duo will release their brand new single “The Sun” on a 7″ vinyl record via Southern Druid. The “B” side of the record features the song “Hangman” (from their self-titled debut) recorded live at Psycho Las Vegas 2016. Also that same month, Guillermo Gonzalez-Perez (Vocals, Guitar, Synth) and Arturo Garcia-Ribbi (Drums, Vocals) will take Cave Of Swimmers on the road again in the U.S.
All of the upcoming tour dates are below along with the band’s visualizer for ‘The Prince Of The Power Of The Air‘ from 2015’s Reflection.
The roots of Cleveland, Ohio’s Contra are deeply connected to a bevy of bands that the members either are in currently or were in previously. In fact, Contra itself originally started as the instrumental trio of guitarist Chris Chiera (Sofa King Killer), drummer Aaron Brittain (ex-Rue) and baritone guitarist Adam Horwatt (So Long Albatross). That line up recorded a demo, Son Of Beast, that revealed the guys’ style of blended metal, blues, rock, and sludge but still, something was missing. Enter vocalist Larry Brent of such acts as The Unholy Three, Hatchet Job, Don Austin and Splinter. Then, after only three shows of the quartet playing together, Larry began recording vocals to eight of the ten tracks of what would become the Contra debut, Deny Everything.
Deny Everything will be released by Robustfellow Productions and Shifty Records on July 1st. It was recorded in Cleveland at Bad Back Studios and mastered at Cauliflower Audio. Today, we are presenting you the new track ‘Snake Goat‘ below and after you’ve enjoyed it, you can check out three more songs from the ten-tracker further on down.
– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
Human Buzzsaw (3:24) Snake Goat (4:07) Altered Beast(3:19) The Gorgon (2:27) Humanoid Therapy (6:02) Son of Beast (4:13) Bottom Feeder (2:58) One Hundred Hand Slap (2:45) Dr. Goldfoot (4:54) Shrimp Cocktail (7:41)
In my humble opinion, Poland’sWeedpecker are one of underground stoner rock’s more underappreciated bands. The guys, Wyro (guitar & vocal), Bartek (guitar & vocal), Mroku (bass) and Falon (drums), are readying the release of their third studio album. The appropriately titled ‘III‘ follows its predecessors, 2013’s Weedpecker and 2015’s ‘II‘, and is sure to be another magnificent outing.
We have the ‘III‘ album artwork, created by Maciej Kamuda, below along with the audio-only stream of new track, ‘Liquid Sky‘. We will bring you further details when they become available.
One of the most unique rock projects of the current age, the Nashville-based duo The Cold Stares, have revealed the details of their upcoming new release. The anxiously awaited ‘Head Bent‘ will see release through Small Stone Recordings on June 16th. The pair of musicians at the very heart of The Cold Stares, a band whose name is inspired by The Black Crowes song “Stare It Cold“, Chris Tapp and Brian Mullins, possess an incredible sound. With Tapp’s unique guitar rig and Mullins’ giant bass drum providing a visual and sonic landscape for the two, they clearly travel on different paths than other acts.
The eleven track Head Bent was produced and mixed by the band with Greg Pearce and mastered by Chris Goosman (Acid King, Solace, Lo Pan, Freedom Hawk). “I think everything we’ve been through so far has led us to this album. These songs are such a part of us and who we are that it’s impossible to separate the two. Whether it’s fighting to find your way back to your love in the civil war epic ‘Ball And Twine,’ burying the gravedigger in the southern gothic tale of ‘John,’ or twisting the throttle back and riding through the desert in ‘Head Bent,’ each one of these songs are a visual to narratives and stories that have been in my head for years,” says Tapp. “I hope our fans are able to escape for a while from reality in these songs the way that we do.”
Out of the blue came news that Kittie drummer Mercedes Lander was involved in a new project last year, The White Swan. She sings and plays guitar fronting the atmospheric doom band alongside bassist Kira Longeuay and guitarist Shane Jeffers. Their self-titled EP debut, Anubis, was immensely well-received last year and garnered large amounts of positive critiques, from myself included. Now, The White Swan has just checked in with this new update:
“The White Swan’s new EP and last year’s critically acclaimed Anubis EP together on one limited edition 12″ record. Available on purple wax, it’s dirty sludge synth rock with knobs turned to 11. This is a pre-order, the album will ship mid to late July. Includes digital pre-order of The White. The moment the album is released you’ll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.”
Digital album releases June 9th. Item ships out on or around July 15th. Limited edition of 300 and you can pre-order/purchase here.
You can check out the new track, ‘North Carolina‘, below along with the astounding Anubis EP as well.
One of rock’s most iconic, influential bands, Diamond Head, have released their upcoming U.S. tour itinerary, one that includes their first-ever stateside festival appearances. From May 17th – 27th, the band – led by co-founding member/guitarist Brian Tatler – will be playing headline shows (and two dates with Ross The Boss, as well as a performance at the Legions Of Metal Festival in Chicago with Armored Saint, and an appearance at Rocklahomain Oklahoma). And then from August 19th – 25th, Diamond Head will return to the U.S. for another festival appearance (Psycho Las Vegas 2017 in Las Vegas), as well as additional headlining gigs.
“Excited to be back in the US this spring, playing songs from the new album Diamond Head along with many classics from Lightning To The Nations, Borrowed Time & Canterbury.” – Brian Tatler
Diamond Head were a major presence within the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement back in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s. Although they did not receive the same global recognition as say, Iron Maiden or Def Leppard, they did influence countless other musicians. One of their biggest fans, a then-teenaged Lars Ulrich, befriended the band early on and became a major fan of theirs. Later on in life, Lars’ own band, Metallica, would routinely cover such Diamond Head classics as “Am I Evil”, “Helpless”, “The Prince” and “It’s Electric” many times on their own multiple platinum releases.
In addition to performing these classics at their upcoming U.S. shows, expect to also hear material performed off Diamond Head‘s latest release – 2016’s self-titled offering. Their seventh studio album overall, the album has become one of their most critically acclaimed of their entire career and musical legacy.
– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
17 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
18 – Indianapolis, IN – The Headquarters (with Ross The Boss)
19 – Rock Island, IL – RIBCO
20 – Chicago, IL – Legions of Metal Festival (with Armored Saint)
21 – Savage, MN – Neisens (with Ross The Boss)
22 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
23 – Newport, KY – Southgate House
25 – Springfield, MO – Nathan P Murphy’s
27 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma Festival
19 – Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Vegas 2017 Festival
23 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballrooms
25 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Houston’s progressive metallers Pyreship are pleased to share the details of their upcoming debut album release, ‘The Liars Bend Low‘. It will be released via Black Bow Records on May 26th as a digital download and limited edition vinyl. Pyreship had this to say about the imminent release: “‘We’re pumped to be releasing our first album ‘The Liars Bend Low‘ with the excellent dudes at Black Bow Records. Five tracks of post-metal rage issues tempered by an unhealthy overdose of 90’s slowcore.”
Pyreship‘s blend of Post-Rock elements and atmospheric doom nuances provides an intricately deep music listening experience. The quartet at the heart of the band, guitarist/vox Cru Jordan Jones, guitarist/vox Sam Waters, bassist George Ellis Lusito and drummer Steve Smith, have developed a powerful, almost hypnotic sound all their own. You can hear it, and them, for yourself in the streaming track share ‘Gravity‘ below.
– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
02. Machine Men
03. When Leaves Turn to Blood
05. …Are We Dead Yet