HE WHOSE OX IS GORED ‘Paralyzer’ 7″ Review & Official Video; Tour Dates

HE WHOSE OX IS GORED
Paralyzer – 7″ Maxi Single
Chain Letter Collective/Void Assault Records- Release Date: June 16th, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

The Emerald City’s ethereal sludge/post-rock unit He Whose Ox Is Gored will issue a new 7″ Maxi-Single, ‘Paralyzer‘, via Chain Letter Collective and the band’s own label Void Assault Records on June 16th. This is in lieu of some copies recently being made available at the band’s show with Conan, North, and Serial Hawk back on May 14th and subsequent tour with Samothrace. Anyway, the content on the release is quite intriguing indeed as ‘Paralyzer‘ was recorded as part of a Converse Rubber Tracks session and includes two previously released tracks — “Buried Twice” and “Void Assault” from the band’s critically-lauded Rumors EP — remixed by Seattle’s own Newaxeyes. But wait, there’s more! The recording itself is the result of efforts from the legendary producer Jack Endino (Soundgarden, Nirvana, L7, High On Fire, Zeke) at Avast! Recording Studio.

So, what we have here is three tracks and it officially begins with title cut, ‘Paralyzer‘, an uptempo tempest of crunchy rhythms and buzzing guitars. It is highly energized and seemingly chaotic, like a hive abuzz with activity and sheer presence. Ethereal nuances ripple forth from within at times, airy and graciously afloat upon the turbulent sea of sonic waves crashing beneath. Aggro vocals alternate with cleanly given ones, all the while some fantastic drum work pummels the kit through out the song. Just check out the official visualizer clip (the band’s first ever in fact) for the song and you’ll hear exactly what I’m talking about:

Now we arrive at the first of the two remixed songs, ‘Buried Twice (NWXYS Slime Mix)‘ which begins with a bit of electronica before an unleashing of rhythmic pulses take hold. Battering drums bring the beat as effect-heavy vocals are unfurled, all while some touches of cosmic-like electronics appear here and there. In fact, the evident presence of keys/organs/synths go far in providing a definitve alternative rock roll out of the song. Things really get more unhinged with the next selection, ‘Void Assault (VOIDED Mix)‘, all of which arrives with some trippy electro-psychedelia to start. A hazy, otherworldly setting is established with the very first few vibes of the cut, one where a wide, limitless expanse seems to unfold before you. Pulses of ethereal inflections blip and whirl at intermittent points while the feel of lysergic consciousness is augmented by the chopped vocalizations ringing outward. Things remain in this semi-instrumental state for the duration and ultimately end the 7″ with the equivalent of an out-of-body experience.

Meanwhile, you may get the chance to see the band pretty much repsonsible for all of this, He Whose Ox Is Gored, depending on where you currently reside. The band is out touring with Samothrace right now and here are the remaining dates of the trek:

5/31/2017 Three Links – Dallas, TX
6/01/2017 89th St. – Oklahoma City, OK
6/02/2017 71 Grind Festival – Colorado Springs, CO
6/03/2017 Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
6/04/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
8/05/2017 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
6/06/2017 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
6/07/2017 Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
6/08/2017 Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Void Omnia
6/09/2017 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Void Omnia
6/10/2017 Oakland Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA w/ Void Omnia, Noothgrush, Graves At Sea

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

HWOIG Tour


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”


THE ARTICLE SIXTIES ‘Gods Of The Multiverse’ EP Review & Stream

THE ARTICLE SIXTIES
Gods Of The Multiverse EP – DD
Self Released – March 31st, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

From Bruges, Belgium comes The Article Sixties with their debut EP, ‘Gods Of The Multiverse‘, like a bullet out of the blue. Similar to that ordinance, this EP is a dangerous hunk of steely hard rock. Steeped in Seventies-style heaviness but with a clearly modern bent to their sound, this 4-song outing is chock full of energy. The quartet comprising The Article Sixites are Nick Anne (vox), Michiel Henneco (guitar), Marijn ‘Danger’ De Craecker (bass) and Niels Vanthourenhout (drums).

Things immediately burst out of the gate with the introductory cut ‘The Lucky Few‘, a heavy stomp of animated riffs and super-grooving rhythms. Stellar drum work powers out throughout the song while the vocals are quite solid. The song never pauses nor takes a breather and before you know it, ‘Outlaw‘ arrives. Another ripping, tight-knit track with some bluesy overtones where again, the guitar playing is intensely active. Things get quite groove-based in the bridge, I especially like the stripped down section of isolated bass lines and feedback. We receive our first real breather as the lighter vibes of ‘Little Sister‘ begins, melodic and a bit musically haunting. Things soon delve deeply into a bit of psychedelia before a full-on eruption into driving rhythms and vocals with a sense of urgency. That feeling continues to build and build but before the song is over, I swear it takes on a styling that reminds me of The Misfits and TSOL (True Sounds Of Liberty) both. We get to ‘Match‘, the last song and my favorite of the four. Another energized number with a bit of W.F.O. attitude in the thick guitars, amazing rhythm section’s back and forth and the album’s best vocal performance in my opinion.

The Article SixtiesGods Of The Multiverse‘ EP is a superb introduction to the band as well as just a rocking release in general. It is no crap rock and roll and as such, it is good and it kicks ass, simply put. Check it out via the Bandcamp embedded stream below.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


MORASS OF MOLASSES ‘These Paths We Tread’ Review & Full LP Stream

MORASS OF MOLASSES
These Paths We Tread – Vinyl//DD
HeviSike Records – Released May 19th, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Last Friday, May 19th saw the release of the anxiously awaited new effort from the self-proclaimed “swamp master generals” Morass Of Molasses, ‘These Paths We Tread‘. The seven song follow up to their ‘So Flows Our Fate’ EP finds these heavyweights further building upon the sludge-ish stoner doom of that release while exploring some richly fertile new territories as well. Vocalist/bassist BonesThe BeardHuse, guitarist PhilThe MountainWilliams and drummer ChrisThe BeastWest act as our sonic guides upon an album that will splendidly please those that seek the very best in dense hard rock.

This latest offering from these Reading, UK-based purveyors of pummeling finds them dragging us in by the necks with our introduction to ‘My Leviathan‘. It may be their monstrosity but it is indeed our good fortune as the fluid grooves soon ignite after a brief, melodic intro. Guitars wail, rhythms pulsate and aggressive, bellowing yells resonate but then an oddly intriguing Pink Floyd-ian vocal delivery takes hold of the verses. The track truly serves as a mere warm up when compared to much of the other content included here.

From there we get the upbeat blues ‘n roll of ‘So They Walk‘, a highly energized number where grooves encircle every step. All while some trippy vocals narrate things and guitars wail away. The latter comes at you from all directions it seems while the former explores myriad avenues of delivery, from underbreath and softly spoken to emotional yelps. We get our first real chance to catch our breath for a moment with the tranquil intro of ‘Serpentine‘ before it too bursts loose for a few brief bars. It then quickly throttles down to a bit of groove-geared bluesiness also and from there, routinely builds and buckles beneath things. There’s even a dip or two into some wind-blewn psyche elements amid the fiery guitar work and, at over seven minutes in length, a lot of ground is explored.

The psychedelia stays on hand for the female chanted interlude that is ‘The Ritual‘ and then comes one of my favorite cuts from the record, ‘Centralia‘. After a bit of spoken word, news report-sounding snippets about a fire in the mining town of “Centralia in Columbia County”, the thick riffs ignite and smolder. Keeping things dialed down and in-the-pocket, the song’s hazy overtones are the ideal vehicle for the scorching guitars and crunchy drums. Varied spoken samples about the fire-ravaged residential area come and go, an area that stays inflammed due to underground seams of coal that continuously burn (something I know all too well about here in Kentucky’s coal country).

Another bit of mellow blues resonate before the doom-ish psychedelia of ‘Maenads‘ plods forth like a slow rolling lava flow. Slowly it churns and inches ever forward while the eclectic vocalizations constantly cycle through a variety of styling. The music maintains a mostly steamroller-like momentum while one of the more intriguing compenents of interest is the combustible drumming. ‘Wrath Of Aphrodite‘, the final track starts sedately enough but it is not destined to last for before you know it, a tempestuous onslaught of sonics are surrounding you. Uptempo they unfurl and totally take us along for the ride in this highly energized exercise of brazen, groovened blues.

Once again, Morass Of Molasses display why they are one of the more interesting of rock acts to rise above the din in recent times. Totally unique, uniquely intrepid..this trio is not afraid to experiment, to take chances and blaze their own trail to get where they feel they are being led. If you will, call Morass Of Molasses the pioneers upon…’These Paths We Tread‘.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

 


PUTA VOLCANO ‘Harmony Of Spheres’ Review & Stream

PUTA VOLCANO
Harmony Of Spheres – CD//DD//Vinyl
iota5 Records – Release Date: April 28th, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

I have long said that there is some incredible music happening in the nation of Greece and this band, Puta Volcano, are the latest example of what I am talking about. Clearly, I am not alone in that belief either seeing as how Athens’ Puta Volcano is set to play at DesertFest Athens 2017 alongside acts like Saint Vitus, Orange Goblin, Colour Haze and Graveyard, among others. It has now been close to a month since the band, vocalist Luna Stoner (aka Anna Papathanasiou), guitarist Alex Pi, bassist Bookies and drummer Steven S., released their latest album, the stellar ‘Harmony Of Spheres‘. The 8-song offering is the eagerly awaited follow-up to the band’s earlier releases, The Sun (2015) and Represent Victory Below Eye (2011) and let me tell you, the wait was worth it.

Puta Volcano

Much like their namesake, Puta Volcano and their music are an explosive eruption of lava hot Desert Rock, but such that has elements of Stoner, Psyche, Grunge and Progressive Rock augmenting it. The quartet craft intensely enthralling riff-driven hard rock that just flows with rhythmic propulsion, they keep it tight knit and cohesive thanks to their solid deliveries. It simply astounds me that the band is not a widely known commercial success, a well-recognized household name uttered upon the lips of countless music fans. But then like I said, this record is a freshly out of the oven, piping hot slab of molten musicality so who knows what may be lurking around the bend?

Speaking of bends, things kick off here with the winding rollercoaster that is the aptly-titled introductory song, ‘Dune‘. Huge grooves, thunderous rhythms and impressive drumming drive the song’s swaggering, laid back flow but without question, something gets revealed. A sultry sounding, raspy-throated and utterly incredible vocal powerhouse that is Luna! Don’t get me wrong, the guys are as equally fantastic as well but we all know that without the proper singer, even the best music can fall short. There seems to be no chance in hell of that happening here though thankfully.

Once you’ve regained your senses, there’s a whole range of multifaceted music explored in subsequent songs like the beautiful ‘Bird‘, jumpin’ ‘Jovian Wind‘ or radiant ‘Afterglow‘. For me personally, things really landed well during the middle segment of the record, particularly ‘Zeroth Law‘, ‘Neon‘ and ‘Moebius‘. All three tracks are just incredible, the hypnotic haziness of ‘Zeroth Law‘ with a structured, pattern-like vocal delivery where Luna once again struts her stuff. From there, ‘Neon‘ ratchets up both the tempo and intensity like a driving, pumping engine as a tempest of energized music swirls about. Meanwhile, I believe ‘Moebius‘ may actually be my favorite cut on the record with its own trippier nuances. Things eventually careen headlong into some truly powerful Alt. Rock, the band itself in unison and rolling out a truly stand-out performance. I will let ‘Infinity‘ just surprise and impress you all on its own.

Yet when all is said, done and played, Puta Volcano‘s ‘Harmony Of Spheres‘ is a veritably stand alone musical statement itself. Simply put, it is a fantastic album and I feel that life is better with it than without it but you will have to be the judge of that for yourself. You can do exactly that by streaming it via the Bandcamp embedded player below.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


TWELVE NOON ‘Saints And Sinners’ Review; Official Video

TWELVE NOON
Saints And Sinners – CD//DD
Eclipse Records – Release Date: June 9th, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

From Steel City, USA comes one of the more invigorating albums I have been privy to streaming via a promo recently. The band is freshly formed one in some sense of the word, a quintet amassed not that long ago in 2015 by members Rob Heil (gtrst.) and Michael Loew (vox). Twelve Noon rounded out their roster with guitarist John Devlin, bassist Tim Clark and drummer Justin Runkel and believe it or not, began as a cover band. Feeling the fire burning to write and create their own original music after a song or two placed in their covers sets got tremendous receptions, that is exactly what they did. Soon, the band caught the attention and ears of producer Bobby Balow and fast forward to now, they sit poised to unleash ‘Saints And Sinners‘ via Eclipse Records on June 9th.

On said album, Twelve Noon truly wear a variety of musical hats so to speak, meaning they cover a lot of territory in their music. Blending elements of razor sharp heavy metal with those of hard rock, nu metal, alt. rock and even some melodic, more contemporary moments, the guys meld it all into this powerful recorded statement. It’s like a rollercoaster running at top speed, it hits twists, turns and curves with seemingly reckless abandon but truth is, there’s a method to the madness. A course laid out, a path being traveled and it is most definitely a ride you should get your ass on and buckle in to.

Things tear right off the line with the groove-laden stomp of ‘Change My Ways‘, a chunky, heavy riffer that chugs forward with pure determination. Aggressive music and vocals drive things onward and then abruptly relent to some incredible choruses laden with infectious melody. At one point things go unhinged with some scathing vocal deliveries while the music itself remains a bit laid back with a bluesy swagger. With the bar set, things quickly detour into the unexpected, solid, emotionally poignant ‘Breaking Down‘. Everything is dialed back on this track, keeping it all tight-knit while the drumming especially stood out to me on this one. The amps are cranked up and the attitude set loose on the album’s title track, ‘Saints And Sinners‘, next. A mid tempo pace pushes the song on with some pure rock fueling, catchy hooks and choruses, an infectious and addictive track for sure.

In fact, those very same qualities permeate all of the ten songs here and regardless if you’re a metalhead or a mainstream rock fan, there’s something for you to enjoy here. From the ballad-esque ‘Hope In Tragedy‘ to the acoustic-tinged southern rock of ‘Carry On‘, the song that Guns & Roses never wrote but should have, it’s all here. Maybe the darkly-hued aggro-styling of ‘No Way Out‘ (video streaming below) or the even darker tainted ‘Bottom Of A Bottle‘ is what you need. Then there’s always the album-closing ass kick that is the apprpriately titled ‘The End‘, a track that is quickly becoming my own personal favorite. Not to mention the nice double bass drum kicks rippling throughout the cut at times or the simmering guitar leads/solos.

Yep, Saints And Sinners is a nice breath of freshly metalized modern hard rock, one that I hear varied influences contained within. Moments of 80’s rock to the nu movement of the Nineties or the alternative constructs of more recent years, you hear it all at times. After all, isn’t time what this band and their official label debut here are all about? So, you know what time it is..or you’d better because, if not, then make the time Twelve Noon all the time by checking this superb album out as soon as possible.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


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

SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST 2017 Announced; Metal & Camping Weekend To Kick Off In September

For the third year in a row, the invitation-only Shadow Woods Metal Festival is set for Thursday, September 14th through Sunday, September 17th at White Hall, Maryland’s Camp Hidden Valley. The popular festival will host 39 of the underground’s leading bands, representing all genres and subgenres of heavy metal. But there is much, much more to be experienced and enjoyed at SWMF once again this year like camping, various artist workshops, yoga classes, food vendors and more.

Taking place on four stages, a gathering of some of the best underground and extreme metal bands like All Hell, Castle, Churchburn, Cut The Architect’s Hand, Dee Calhoun, Earthling, Foehammer, Heavy Temple, Panopticon, Seasick Gladiator, Toke, Withered and many more will perform. The full roster of acts are listed below along with ticket/pricing information.

Weekend Package: $175 Full weekend package (Thursday evening -­ Sunday morning) including all musical events and camping.

Single Day Tickets (advanced ticket pricing):
$50 Thursday Only
$80 Friday Only
$80 Saturday Only

Purchase tickets at this location.

Here are the daily schedules (in alphabetical order):

Thursday: Aerial Ruin, Amigo The Devil, Dee Calhoun, Green Elder, Nechochwen, Take To The Woods

Friday: Castle, Churchburn, Dark Water Transit, Dead In The Manger, Elagabalus, Erlkonig, Fiakra, Foehammer, Heavy Temple, Human Bodies, Immaculate Deception, KYOTY, Mome, Night RaidsSloth HerderThe Owls Are Not What They SeemVoarm

Saturday: All Hell, Amigo The Devil, Bearstorm, Black Table, Cut The Architects Hand, Earthling, Hexis, Infera Bruo, Panopticon, Percussor, Seasick Gladiator, Toke, Vastum, Withered,  Woe, WorthlessZud 

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

SWMF