Austin, Texas’ heavy alternative rockers The Sword have announced the release of their first ever live album. Due on May 5th from Razor & Tie, ‘Greetings From…‘ consists of nine songs recorded from the band’s most recent tour with Opeth in the fall of 2016. Pre-orders for the album are up and running now on iTunes, with “Maiden, Mother And Crone” being an instant grat track with every order. Vinyl and physical CDs can be pre-ordered at The Sword‘s webstore and Razor & Tie‘s webstore both. Those ordering on the band’s webstore have a choice of multiple bundles, including a custom laminate, slip mat, exclusive t-shirt, and a limited edition signed lithograph of the album’s cover art. The label’s webstore will feature bundles with an exclusive t-shirt and hoodie.
To coincide with the live album’s release, The Sword will do two legs of touring in May and July. The May tour, running mainly on the eastern half of the U.S., will feature eight shows supporting Clutch and Lucero and eleven headline dates featuring support by Crow & The Boys, Mount Carmel and Pontiak on various dates. The July dates will be focused on the West Coast and support on all shows will be provided by Big Jesus.
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:
2. Long Gone
3. Don’t Look Back
4. To Forget
Aschaffenburg, Germany is home to the four men that make up MY SLEEPING KARMA. The town is located in the southwest part of Germany, 41 kilometers (25 mi) southeast of Frankfurt, Aschaffenburg lies in the far northwest of the state of Bavaria. This is referenced only to give you an idea of where they hail from and give some perspective into these master musicians that proclaim they are “Not beginners or amateurs and when they take the stage, you will forget everything around you as they take you by the hand into the deepest, hidden corners of your soul” enquote. Tough to imagine from a band that has potato chips showing as the band interest and list SLAYER as another band they love…
Five studio albums later, beginning in 2006, sporting two singles and an appearance on Napalm Record’s Christmas compilation, MY SLEEPING KARMA has put together a ‘Greatest Hits’ of sorts ranging from the first self-titled 6-track record all the way through to 2015’s release “Moksha” and the result – “Mela Ananda Live,” is simply stellar!! Classifying their musical style as a conglomeration of Psychedelic / Stoner / Instrumental / Space / Progressive Rock, it is awe-inspiring how they move between lush almost-jazz tempered cool into near metal-thundering riffs ripping through you, never dropping a beat throughout this 68-minute beast, traversing of what can best be described as inner catacombs. Each track exposing its own light across the shifting shadows of drums / bass / keyboards and guitar, keeping your attention as you hear every word that is never spoken by the voices of this quartet, each voice offering its own color. I barely noticed the audience between songs with the flow of the performance being as smooth as tempered glass.
Each of the ten tracks included would have been the ones I would have selected from their extensive library if I had been asked to design the set-list, personal favorite ‘Psilocybe’ especially and the running order lends to that smooth-as-glass tempering making this offering almost as good as being there yourself!! Great introduction to a veteran band that seems to tour nonstop as their schedule for March 2017 they have posted shows; every day booked from 3-16 to 4-1-17. If you get the chance, go and reward yourself to this near-transcendental experience offered to you. If you cannot, immediately add this album to your library and enjoy the inner-ride. As they further state, “My Sleeping Karma offers the perfect movie soundtrack to everybody’s own inner journey. Just be warned, you may never want to leave again!!” enquote. Nothing better than ‘truth in advertising’ and this record is exactlythat. OUTSTANDING accomplishment!!