ICED EARTH Issues ‘Incorruptible’ Details & Info

Legendary U.S. power metallers Iced Earth have unveiled the details of their upcoming studio album, ‘Incorruptible‘, set for release on June 16 via a variety of distributors. The information includes album artwork, tracklist, release formats and more, all of which can be found below. The cover artwork for the disc, as well as additional illustrations to every song, was created by David Newman-Stump from Skeleton Crew Tattoo (pencil illustrations) and Roy Young (colors).  Continue reading…

JESTERS OF DESTINY ‘The Sorrows That Refuse To Drown’ Review

Thirty years is a mighty long stretch between album releases for any band and although rare, it does happen at times. In fact, it just happened this past Friday, April 7th as an iconic act of yesteryear, Jesters Of Destiny, returned with ‘The Sorrows That Refuse To Drown‘ via Ektro Records. See, this is the first new studio album of original material from the duo of jokers Bruce Duff and Ray Violet since 1986’s seminal Fun At The Funeral outing (released through Metal Blade subsidiary Dimension Records FYI). Some might say the new record was by sheer accident while others might claim divine providence, take your pick. Evidently the new music began as an independent, non-Jesters undertaking but as the songs took on lives of their own, it became quite clear they were of such a caliber worthy of a Jesters Of Destiny designation.


See, if you know anything about this cult-revered band then you know that they are the very embodiment of terms like “unique” or “iconic”. They obtained such tags long, long ago when they were first pioneering what we now call Alternative Rock/Metal. At the time, there was no such genre classification and it’s because of the things that Jesters Of Destiny were doing musically that such labels were inspired and attached. They spearheaded the movement itself with their amalgamated hodgepodges of jumbled bits and pieces of various types of sonic smatterings in their earlier life. A touch of this, a taste of that, all blended together to create something unlike anything else in their contemporary surroundings at the time.

That very same approach, the method to the musical madness so to speak, is the very exact formula applied to these new recordings as well. Frenetic flavors of metal, punk rock, psychedelia, new wave and other extensive abstracts are melded into a cohesive, and yes, rather eclectic effort. So many decades in the making has allowed for a truly freestyle process to unfold where limitless elements are instilled into the music. Bassist/vocalist Bruce Duff says it best perhaps by stating: “This is our third record,” he says, “we took 30 years off. It wasn’t like we were sitting around though. We’ve been working on these songs for a while and we think it connects with the same stream of consciousness we previously mined but without looking back to 80’s sounds. We think it’s pretty current. It also required a lot of current.”

There will be no track by track breakdown this time, to attempt such would result in a struggle to properly quantify the myriad nuances contained within this album. And in all humility, I am good but even I may not be THAT good in this case. No, ‘The Sorrows That Refuse To Drown‘ is an album that must be heard firsthand to fathom, to understand fully and appreciate justly. Thank your lucky stars that Taste Nation LLC has provided you the very means to do so in the embedded stream of this opus below. Old fan, new convert, unsuspecting stranger, it matters not as Jesters Of Destiny are a band that must be experienced aurally to either embrace or reject. That undertaking is what I now leave to you and remember, ‘The Sorrows That Refuse To Drown‘ was just issued on vinyl (the version you hear with this premiere), digitally on CD and via download/streaming this past Friday. The vinyl and digital versions are different from one another too as the CD has different mixes of two of the songs, and three songs not on the vinyl, including a cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Two Minutes Silence“. Now, explore and enjoy!

CRAZY LIXX Keep The 80s Alive With ‘Ruff Justice’; Video Premiere

Swedish hard rock/glam band Crazy Lixx are keeping the content of the 1980’s alive and well in every way possible. From the sound of that era’s music, to the looks and imagery of it as well, Crazy Lixx are here to remind us what was and can be again. The biggest reminder of all will come in the form of their new album, ‘Ruff Justice‘, which is due on April 21st via Frontiers Music SRL.

To assist in that memory-jarring endeavor, Crazy Lixx are premiering a new official video for the track ‘Wild Child‘ off of the album too. It follows the previously shared audio-only streams of ‘XIII‘ and ‘Snakes In Paradise‘. If you are a fan of that bygone era of music or hell, just a fan of feel-good rock ‘n roll either one you will dig this. Check it out!

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1. Wild Child
3. Walk the Wire
4. Shot with a Needle of Love
5. Killer
6. Hunter of the Heart
7. Snakes in Paradise
8. If It’s Love
9. Kiss of Judas
10. Live Before I Die


QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Are Possibly Teasing Something To Do With New LP

After a lengthy hiatus where mastermind Josh Homme released an album with Iggy Pop last year, it appears that Queens Of The Stone Age are up to something. The band members reportedly hit the studio late last year and now they’ve started teasing something new via their social media. A new logo recently surfaced that is being referred to as the “Shattered Q” with the wording “Coming Twenty Five”.

Most are assuming that Twenty Five is a reference to the band’s next studio album rather than an anniversary, as Queens Of The Stone Age officially formed in 1996, which would be 21 years ago. Going back twenty-five years age, Homme was still in Kyuss who were releasing their sophomore album at that time, Blues For The Red Sun. Besides, what would a new QoTSA logo have to do with Kyuss, a band that Josh himself refuses to have any part in as well? It may not be long before we learn exactly what Twenty Five is, as the band have also made the “Shattered Q” logo available for a new t-shirt, with deliveries expected to start shipping on April 17. Then again, Twenty Five could possibly refer to a date also, such as April 25 or something along those lines.

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Meanwhile, Queens of the Stone Age are starting to line up their tour plans as well. After having previously been announced for the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan on July 28 and at San Francisco’s Outside Lands on Aug. 11, the group just announced a handful of dates down under, playing New Zealand and Australia in mid-July.

The stops include Auckland’s Logan Campbell on July 13, Darwin’s Convention Centre on July 16, Sydney’s Horden Pavilion July 19 and Melbourne’s Festival Hall on July 20. You can find further details and ticket information here.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

THE SWORD To Release ‘Greetings From…’ Live Album; Schedules Tours

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.

Greetings From…‘ tracklist:

01 – “Buzzards”
02 – “The Chronomancer I: Hubris”
03 – “Maiden, Mother & Crone”
04 – “Tears Like Diamonds”
05 – “Mist & Shadow”
06 – “Agartha”
07 – “Tres Brujas”
08 – “John The Revelator”
09 – “The Horned Goddess”

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.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Clutch Tour

THE OBSESSED Premiere ‘Sacred’ Title Track Official Video

As the 2017 campaign continues to establish The Obsessed‘s global domination, today comes one of the most magnificent moves yet. As ‘Sacred‘, the band’s first album in over twenty years, sees release via Relapse Records today (April 7), we have also received an Official Video for its title track. The video, much like the track and album itself, is a fluid monstrosity of the integral elements that establish The Obsessed as the doom legends they are. The mystical imagery, hallucinogen-tinged visuals and crushing musical delivery are all cohesive fragments that work to embolden the staying effect of the video and music both.

If you have yet to hear The Obsessed‘s new album ‘Sacred‘ (my recent review here) then check out this video debut and then immediately go purchase the album afterward.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

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EARTHRIDE Return With Signing To Salt Of The Earth Records

After recent announcements of planned activity set for Maryland Doom Fest III in June and the Descendants Of Crom festival in September, there is now official news from the Earthride camp. Iconic doomster Dave Sherman (Pillbilly, Weed Is Weed, ex-Spirit Caravan) has revealed he’s reformed the heavyweight act and that they have signed with Salt Of The Earth Records. Currently, the plans are to record a new 7″ Single for dispersion this year with a full-length follow up in 2018 (with distribution in Europe via Totem Cat). Earthride has been embedded of late at Omega Recording Studios in Rockville, MD working on the new material.

As for Earthride itself, the band is now in its first ever incarnation as a five piece for alongside Sherman are original co-founders Kyle Van Steinburg (guitar) and drummer Eric Little (Church of Misery, Internal Void), as well as newcomers Ed Brown (bass) and Greg Ball (guitar). The band has been playing local shows during this past winter as they prepare to unleash their granite-dense heavy doom on larger audiences at the aforementioned upcoming festivals.

For more information on Earthride, visit their Facebook page here and you can find links to the planned festivals below as well.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

The Maryland Doom Fest III 2017 link.

Descendants Of Crom Festival link.

The MELVINS Announce Dual Album Release Via Ipecac In July

On July 7th, the legendary masters of mighty music, the Melvins, will issue the dual album ‘A Walk With Love And Death‘, via Ipecac Recordings. The double header finds the trio of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Steve McDonald showcasing two distinct sides to the band’s music: First, with Death, a proper Melvins’ release and then secondly, with Love.  The latter release is the score to the Jesse Nieminen directed, self-produced short film also titled A Walk With Love And Death. A release date for the short has not been announced yet but a trailer can be seen below.

“This was a huge undertaking,” explained band ringleader Buzz Osborne. “All three things: the album, the soundtrack and the film are benchmarks for us.”

Drummer Dale Crover added, “A Walk With Love And Death is one giant, dark, moody, psychotic head trip! Not for the faint of heart. You’ll sleep with the lights on after listening.”

The albums, which include guests Joey Santiago (The Pixies), Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes/Crystal Fairy) and Anna Waronker (That Dog), were self-produced with engineer Toshi Kosai.

A North American tour is in the works for this summer with dates to be announced soon.

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A Walk With Love And Death tracklisting:

“Aim High”
“Queen Powder Party”
“Street Level St. Paul”
“The Hidden Joice”
“Give It To Me”
“Chicken Butt”
“Eat Yourself Out”
“Halfway To The Bakersfield Mall”
“Pacoima Normal”
“Park Head”
“Track Star”
“The Asshole Bastard”

“Black Heath”
“Sober-delic (Acid Only)”
“What’s Wrong With You”
“Edgar The Elephant”
“Christ Hammer”
“Flaming Creature”
“Cactus Party”
“Cardboro Negro”

THE RIVEN Has Given Us ‘Killer On The Loose’

London’s blues-based, vintage-infused sounding rock band The Riven will drop their debut EP “Blackbird” on April 14th. We’re giving you a taste of what’s to come with an early stream today of two tracks from the 5-song effort, “Killer On The Loose” and “One Last Time“.

The Riven‘s origins came to existence after an alcohol-fueled songwriting session between guitarist Arnau Diaz and bass player Max Ternebring. The pair were soon accompanied by Charlotta Ekebergh on vocals and Olof Axegard on drums and the band was born.

The Riven EP

Blackbird tracklist

1. Ain’t No Doctor
2. Tower
3. Blackbird
4. Killer On The Loose
5. One Last Time

CRACKHOUSE S/T EP Review & Stream [Argonauta Records]

We are but a handful of days away from France’s Crackhouse re-issuing their self-titled debut EP via Argonauta Records. The 2-song effort will be unleashed on April 7th and to prepare you for what’s coming, I’m here to discuss Crackhouse a bit more in detail. So, what do you know about Crackhouse..and by that I mean the band, not the notorius place people go to beam up. Do you know that they are a three man band consisting of members Simon Morlec, Jibus Carton and Guillaume Vaillant? Or that they specialize in creating some lethally damaging, dense sludge riddled with doom overtones and abundant aggression? But there is more, much, much more as the guys meld dense Fuzz/Desert/Stoner Rock portions into their batch of intoxicating heaviness.

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With these two tracks the trio cook up a dizzying delivery of deep rhythms embedded in this threatening aural upheaval. Resonating riffs shudder through the air around the listener as jarring drums pound and batter you senseless. Both songs, “Swamp Widows” and “Serpent Suuns“, are wide-ranging in content. Both are lengthy explorations into a sedimentary mire of hypnotic hardness. The former unfolds with a trippy intro that soon crumbles away as the chaos is unleashed. A body blow of mile-wide riffs hit you head-on as the angsty, somewhat hardcore type vocals’ gravelly presence is announced. With Southern Doom vibes reverberating all around, the paces of the tune are then alternated times uptempo and more animated while other times finds them throttled down to a slow-oozing crawl.

The latter song takes on a much more uptempo energy after its initial feedback-ringing introduction. Sure, it too is a heavy handed foray but it is definitely more akin to a caustic, post-hardcore style of music. This is the much more ultra-aggressive side of Crackhouse showing their wares in such a way that it will sear your ears from the inside out when you undergo the experience. Things do gradually settle down a bit as the guys take us into a much headier direction with some hypnotic repetitions of the song’s signature riff. Soon, a flurry of activity hits us from all sides like a beehive of damaging hammering and it hurts so good.

Once again, Argonauta Records will re-issue the self-titled debut EP from Crackhouse on April 7th but you can stream it here and now today. But take heed for this is extreme music, it is dangerous and corrosive in this thickly agitated state. It’s a metallic, hard rock blast that provides its own euphoric rush and will leave you geeking for more. Thankfully you can feed that need to fix with the repeat feature on the embedded stream here.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker