ATALA Debuts ‘Grains Of Sand’ Official Video; New LP & Roadburn Sets Imminent

The truest of desert rock bands, Twentynine Palms, CA’s Atala, have just debuted their latest Official Video for ‘Grains Of Sand‘. The track hails from the band’s upcoming debut record for their recent signing with Salt Of The Earth Records, ‘Labyrinth Of Ashmedai‘. It will be the revered band’s third studio album after the previous critically lauded efforts, Shaman’s Path Of The Serpent (2016) and self-titled debut, Atala (2014). But make no mistake, 2017 is most definitely the year of Atala as their popularity continues to increase with fans of atmospherically alternative music.

Atala recently underwent a membership change as bassist John Chavarria amicably exited the band and newcomer Dave Horn (original Rise Of The Willing rumbler) came aboard. He joined guitarist/vocalist Kyle Stratton and drummer Jeff Tedtaotao and now the trio are preparing for an incredible series of imminent events. Not only will Atala be releasing the Billy Anderson-produced ‘Labyrinth Of Ashmedai‘ soon via Salt Of The Earth Records but they’re also preparing for their first jaunt to Europe. That journey will see the band perform two sets at this year’s prestigious Roadburn Festival in Tilberg, The Netherlands.


Former Witchcraft & Graveyard Members Unite In BIG KIZZ

Drummer Axel Sjöberg (ex-Graveyard), bassist/vocalist John Hoyles ( guitarist for Spiders, ex-Witchcraft) and guitarist Pontus Westerman from Swedish garage rack band Lady Banana have united as Big Kizz. The trio plays a feel-good mix of energized rock ‘n roll with elements of power pop and punk and has signed to Tee Pee Records for the release of their debut album. The 3-song ‘Eye On You‘ EP will be released on June 9 and will feature the originals ‘Eye On You and ‘Baby Boy‘ and a rousing remake of the Roky Erickson classic ‘White Faces‘. This offering will serve as the primer for the band’s planned full-length debut which is tentatively expected this fall.

“I’ve been doing this too long to quit rocking now,” Axel Sjöberg comments. “When I turn a page and wonder what to do in life, I go to country lyrics and in this case Willie Nelson: ‘The life I love is makin’ music with my friends, and I can’t wait the get on the road again.’ So that’s just what I did; I made music with my friends. We’re taking it to Norway first and then we’ll just see where it takes us after that. That’s the beauty of it: music is fucking magic. I hope you feel it too.”



Jim Matheos (Fates Warning/OSI) Forms New Project TUESDAY THE SKY

The founding guitarist of legendary U.S. progressive metallers Fates Warning, Jim Matheos, has announced the release of the debut album from his new ambient instrumental rock project, Tuesday The Sky. ‘Drift‘, the band’s first full-length effort, is set for release on June 30th via InsideOut Music, and sees Matheos pushing the envelope of his sound and playing ever further. Tuesday The Sky will allow Matheos to explore a type of atmospheric and instrumental music, including expansive textures and ambient electronica, that his fans might not expect of him. The music of the project is being compared to that of such acts as Brian Eno, Boards Of Canada, Sigur Ros and Explosions In The Sky.

Drift‘ also features the talents of God Is An Astronaut’s drummer Lloyd Hanney, who provides a rhythmic backbone that is rampant with alternating styles and precision playing. Other guests include long-time OSI collaborator and former Dream Theater member Kevin Moore who plays keys on two songs as well as Anna-Lynne Williams (Trespassers William, Lotte Kestner), who provides ethereal, ambient vocals (of the non-verbal kind) on two other songs.

The album will be released as special edition CD, black LP + CD & digital download. Further details will be revealed soon.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


BLOODCLOT (Past/Present Cro-Mags, QoTSA, Danzig, Etc. Members) Reveal Debut Artwork & Tour

The revival of the band Bloodclot is something I have been extremely excited about since I first learned it was happening awhile back. Not only because the iconic vocalist John Joseph of Cro-Mags fame has reactivated the band but because of who has joined him in this latest incarnation of it. Alongside him in Bloodclot circa 2017 are guitarist Todd Youth (Youth Of Today, Warzone, Murphy’s Law), drummer Joey Castillo (ex-Queens of the Stone Age, Blast!, Sugartooth) and bassist Nick Oliveri (ex-Queens of the Stone Age, Dwarves, Mondo Generator)! The band has announced that their upcoming album, ‘Up In Arms‘, is due to be released on July 14th via Metal Blade Records. A Lyric Video for the album’s title track is streaming below and Joseph recently commented on the band’s mission statement more or less saying:

“In this band we’re doing what each of us have always done: give it our all,” John Joseph states plainly. “We work hard, and we have a lot to say. Look around the planet – people are fed up with the corrupt ruling class. They destroy the planet and kill millions for profit, and the formula for our response is simple: Anger + applied knowledge = results. Don’t just bitch. Change it.”

Bloodclot Up In Arms

To accompany this fantastic news is some other cool news, that Bloodclot will be hitting the road on a touring run with Negative Approach. Here are the scheduled dates so far:

14 – Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar and Music Hall
15 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
16 – Washington DC – DC9
18 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s
19 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
20 – Belmar, NJ – Paul’s Tavern
21 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
23 – Buffalo, NY – Studio at the Waiting Room
25 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
26 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
27 – Cincinnati, OH – Northside Yacht Club
28 – Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick
29 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
30 – St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill

1 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
3 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
4 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex w/ Nails, Final Conflict
5 – Santa Ana, CA – The Constellation Room w/ Nails, Final Conflict
6 – San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick w/ Nails, Final Conflict

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


OF THE SUN ‘Before A Human Path’ EP Review & Select Track Streams

Self-Release April 14, 2017
Reviewed By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Are you familiar with Texas’ Of The Sun? If you aren’t then this may take some creative imagination on your part. So, if you are ready to utilize such then just imagine if you will, or can, a Southern Progressive Metal band that taps into a wide variety of influences. A little Pantera, a little Gojira, a little Alice In Chains and a tanker truck full of creativity and talent are infused into the musical content contained here. Of The Sun, aka Patrick Duvall (Lead Vocals/Guitar), David Duvall (Bass/Vocals) and Johnny Reed (Drums), will self-release their ‘Before A Human Path‘ EP on April 14th. And to be honest, I don’t know if metal fans are ready for a release of this caliber, one that’s as genuinely unique as this one is. This is metal but it is also quite beyond metal too.

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STRANGE CLOUDS ‘Calm Before The Storm’ Review & Stream

From Poznań, Poland we have received the impressive new effort from Strange Clouds, ‘Calm Before The Storm‘. This five song album possesses an interesting potency of melodic rock that’s founded on bluesy swagger and solid playing. Those bringing that surety through in the music are vocalist/guitarist Lucky, guitarist Żożo, drummer Czarek and bassist Kajo. What they manage to capture in that self-same music are hazy, ethereal qualities that add an intriguing texturing to these songs. Laid back with a definite carefree vibe to them, songs like the scorching introductory cut ‘Heal The Ghosts‘ hit great heights within their groove-laden release. Killer guitar work is stitched throughout the song, including some cool, meandering moments laced with trippy psyche touches. Continue reading…

ALL HELL Streaming Friday’s Prosthetic Records Release ‘The Grave Alchemist’

North Carolina-based blackened thrash trio All Hell will issue their Prosthetic Records debut, ‘The Grave Alchemist‘, this Friday, April 14th. It was recorded by Kris Hilbert (The Body) and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust), it will be offered on CD, LP and Digital formats.

Asheville’s occult metallers in All HellJacob Curwen (Vocals and Guitar), Kurt Henderson (Drums) and Erik Ballantyne (Bass) have an evil sound all their own. And guess what? You can hear it on the new album today as it is streaming via a Bandcamp embed here ahead of its release later this week. – Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

The Grave Alchemist tracklist:

“Grave Alchemy”
“Wed The Night”
“Vampiric Lust”
“The Castle”
“Laid To Unrest”
“Memory Tomb”
“The Madness Out Of Time”
“The Thing In The Ground”
“Return Of The Reaper”
“I Am The Mist”

SWALLOW THE SKY Shares Visualizer For ‘The Shepherd’

Tri-State (TN./VA./N.C.) outersound heavyweights Swallow The Sky have issued their visualizer for the track ‘The Shepherd‘. The song hails from the band’s acclaimed 2016 release, ‘Result Of Infinite Series‘, and displays the band’s ability to meld multifaceted aspects into their music. Both aurally atmospheric yet darkly dense, the band channels strongly hallucinogenic properties sound-wise and visually in the presentation above.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

WOODHAWK ‘Beyond The Sun’ Review & Official Video

We hear terms like ‘retro’ and ‘vintage’ tossed around like so many go-to catchphrases these days. Used with little to no actual regard for their validity or application to the subject matter at hand. Well today the subject happens to be Calgary, Alberta’s Woodhawk who just released their new album, ‘Beyond The Sun‘, on April 7th. Their first new offering since 2014’s self-titled EP finds guitarist/vocalist Turner Midzain, bassist/vox Mike Madmington and drummer Kevin Nelson melding those more archaic aural qualities further into their sound. The prevalent presence of older influences on their music is a most fitting trait but make no mistake, this is modern Rock through and through.

Taking pages from such inspirational elements as psychedelia, stoner/desert rock and the like, these nine tracks are most stellar specialties indeed. From the heady introduction provided via the first cut, the ‘Beyond The Sun‘ title track, things are soon speeding into some progressive rock territory. The energy and tempos stay..well, high on ‘The High Priest‘ with its groove-driven content. In fact, it is groove and powerfully enhanced music that drives the fantastic songs here while the laid back but emotionally solid vocals are built to impress.

Impressing is what this album is all about, from the off-the-hook heavy jam of ‘Living In The Sand‘ to the heady blues-ish traits of ‘Magnetic North‘. Everything is tight knit and super relaxed as the rollercoaster ride of ever-alternating tempos on the organ-laden ‘Lawless‘ and the apparent ode to Star Wars, ‘A New Hope‘, revel in their incredibleness. For me personally, my favorite here is the album-closing ‘Chrononaut‘ and its preceding introductory instrumental opener, ‘Foresee The Future‘. This is what the modern era of serious stoner rock sounds like, my friends.

I dare say that Woodhawk‘s ‘Beyond The Sun‘ is going to do wonders in establishing the band as one of underground music’s premiere rising bands. The vast realm of musical ground covered here is just astounding and it is explored with determination and confidence. Things are further augmented by the crystalline sound quality and high production standards that allow for already amazing tracks to be all that they can be. This is phenomenal rock that is going to strike an enthralling chord with fans of such bands as The Sword, Truckfighters or Valley Of The Sun.

VOID KING Issues ‘Under The Tongue’ Single [Streaming]

Indianapolis-based entity of dark, heavily emotional musical density, Void King, have officially issued a new Single titled ‘Under The Tongue‘. The track was recently used as a grat track for contributors to the band’s European tour Kickstarter, something the band easily surpassed goal-wise. They shared their appreciation through the following statement saying:

“We hit that goal in less than six hours and more than tripled our goal by the end of the two weeks. It was crazy how much support folks showed. It was humbling to see how many people didn’t want merch; they just wanted to help us get overseas.”

Under The Tongue‘ is the prefect example of all the elements that make Void King such the incredible band they are. There are sludgier overtones in the massive riffs of guitarist Tommy Miller while the powerful vocals of Jason Kindred deliver the visceral rawness of an open wound. Keeping it all anchored in place and progressing are the rhythm section of bassist Chris Carroll and drummer Derek Felix with their solid interactions.


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