FIVE HORSE JOHNSON Share Second Single From The Upcoming ‘Jake Leg Boogie’ Album

News recently surfaced that the Buckeye State’s groove ‘n blues rockers Five Horse Johnson are back, via a brand new album no less, baby! Yep, ‘Jake Leg Boogie‘ will see release through Small Stone Records on June 30th, the guys’ first new studio effort since 2013’s The Taking Of Black Heart. The new record was recorded at Rustbelt Studios with the band’s longtime producer Al Sutton (Halfway To Gone, Novadriver) and David Cobb (All Them Witches, Rival Sons) assisting.

Artwork was provided by noted graphic artist and Five Horse Johnson collaborator Mark Dancey, keeping with a tradition established on 1999’s Fat Black Pussycat.

Jake Leg Boogie marks the return of original 5HJ drummer Tim Gahagan who joins vocalist Eric Oblander, gtrst./vox Brad Coffin, bassist Steve Smith and guitarist Phil Dürr for the band’s eighth studio album. They have just shared the second single from the album, ‘Hard Times‘, which is streaming below along with the recently shared title track.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

five-horse-johnson-jake-leg-boogie
Jake Leg Boogie Track Listing:
1. Jake Leg Boogie
2. Magic Man
3. Cryin’ Shame
4. Ropes And Chains
5. Hard Times
6. Smoke Show
7. Little Lonely
8. Overload
9. Daddy Was A Gun
10. Last Song


Full Album Stream Of BARROWS ‘Obsidion’; Tour Dates

Friday, May 26th will see the release of the latest album from the atmospheric progressive rock duo Barrows, titled ‘Obsidion‘. It will be issued digitally through the band and on deluxe 2xLP through Tonzonen Records (purchase here). Obsidion is the follow-up to 2011’s Imprecari Island and 2014’s Red Giant and finds the forces behind BarrowsJim Leonard and Richy Epolito, delving ever deeper into exploratory aural realms.

The textural expanses of the sci-fi infused instrumental rock of Obsidion is streaming in full below for your listening enjoyment. You can expect myriad fragments of audible experimentation inspired from progressive, space, kraut, and psych rock acts, derived by influences from early King Crimson and Pink Floyd to John Carpenter and Goblin. The album was mastered by Eroc from the legendary Krautrock band Grobschnitt and features stark/abstract artwork and photography by Alexandre Souêtre.

The band is planning on touring in support of Obsidion, including a residency/album release show at The Echo in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles for the month of May, where the band will be playing a free show every Monday of the month with a bill of area bands of their choice. This is to be followed by a full US tour, all the dates are listed below.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Barrows tour dates:

5/22/2017 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA *Free Residency Show w/ Psychic Jiu–Jitsu, Mothdrops, Dream Phases
5/29/2017 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA *Album Release Show w/ Hex Horizontal, Starving Daughters, Clear
5/30/2017 The Casbah – San Diego, CA w/ Deep Sea Thunder Beast, Bleak Skies
5/31/2017 The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ w/ Moons Eat Stars, The Idiot Mars, The Living Receiver [info]
6/01/2017 Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM w/ Votives, Distances, Chess At Breakfast [info]
6/02/2017 Hole In The Wall – Austin, TX w/ Gold Leather [info]
6/03/2017 The Parlor Tattoo North Little Rock, AR w/ Mainland Divide, The Light in the Woods [info]
6/04/2017 The East Room – Nashville, TN w/ Tape Deck Mountain, International Friendly [info]
6/05/2017 Galaxy Hut – Arlington, VA w/ The Orchid [info ]
6/06/2017 The Fire – Philadelphia, PA w/ This City Called Earth, I See Demons in the Wood Grain [info]
6/07/2017 Golden Sounds Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Hannibal Montana, Zevious [info]
6/08/2017 Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT w/ Mid Atlantic Title, Western Estates [info]
6/09/2017 O’Brien’s – Boston, MA w/ Sea, 28 Degrees Taurus, Voidgod [info]
6/10/2017 Monkey House – Winooski, VT w/ Dr. No, Gnomedad [info]
6/11/2017 Pauley’s Hotel – Albany, NY w/ Yoma, Grimer [info]
6/12/2017 Dinosaur BBQ – Syracuse, NY w/ Formidable Duke, The Magnetic Pull [info]
6/14/2017 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Coyote Man [info]
6/15/2017 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN w/ Hardcore Crayons, Nomia, Goodnight Gorillas [info]
6/16/2017 O’Leaver’s Pub – Omaha, NE w/ Low Long Signal, Towering Rogue [info]
6/17/2017 Electric Funeral Fest – Denver, CO [info]
6/19/2017 The Underground – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Yeti Warlord, Toxic Dose [info]
6/20/2017 The Olympic – Boise, ID w/ Desert Graves, Preakedness, Wall Of Ears [info]
6/21/2017 The Valley – Tacoma, WA w/ Fang Chia [info]
6/22/2017 Lytle Beach – Bainbridge Island, WA w/ Weeed [info]
6/23/2017 Victory Lounge – Seattle, WA w/ You May Die In The Desert, Chrome Lakes, Slumberbox [info]
6/24/2017 Turn, Turn, Turn Records – Portland, OR w/ U Sco, Stars’ Blood [info]
6/25/2017 Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR w/ Cambrian Explosion, Paleons [info]
6/27/2017 Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlour – Reno, NV w/ Weight Of The Tide [info]
6/28/2017 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA w/ (Waning), Axiom [info]
6/29/2017 The Night Light – Oakland, CA w/ Wander, Dokoe, Voidtripper [info]
6/30/2017 Davenport Ditch – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Cosmic Reef Temple, Oort Cloud
7/01/2017 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA w/ Floral, Wander [info]

Barrows-tour-2017


THE RIVEN ‘Blackbird’ EP Review & Stream

THE RIVEN
Blackbird – CD//DD
Self-Released – April 14th, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

The London, UK-based band The Riven recently issued their 5-song ‘Blackbird‘ EP and it has quickly garnered quite positive press across the board. With an ever-present feel of bluesy hard rock and retro vibes, vocalist Charlotta Ekebergh, guitarist Arnau Diaz, bassist Max Ternebring and drummer Olof Axegärd deliver a powerful musical statement with the effort. Immensely soulful elements permeate the musical output of The Riven, ones exuding depth amid the intricacies resulting from brilliant songwriting.

If you can imagine the guitar-fueled strength of a band like UFO melded with the vocal chops inspired by greats like Ann Wilson or Pat Benatar then you’re starting to get the idea of what’s going on here. From the faster-fueled paces of the opening ‘Ain’t No Doctor‘, with its driving intensity and throbbing rhythms to the unhinged boogie of ‘Tower‘, this is energized music. There are moments of melodic psychedelia, such as in the bridge of the latter track there or in the fantastic haziness of the title track ‘Blackbird‘. It’s a simmering, heady number and definitely one of the stand out cuts from the EP along with the fantastic ‘One Last Time‘.

If you’re seeking something that’s steeped in classic rock overtones, embedded with bluesy swagger and full-on with amplifier-fueled attitude then look no further. The Riven‘s ‘Blackbird‘ EP is a superb display of raw, solidly-hewn hard rock that you can check out for yourself below.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Riven

DEVIL ELECTRIC Unveil Details Of Upcoming S/T Album; Premiere ‘Hypnotica’ Video

Melbourne, Australia’s heavy occult rock quartet Devil Electric have revealed the details of their upcoming full-length self-titled debut album. The 37 minute, 9-track debut will be available digitally and in three colored vinyl variants on August 11th through Germany’s Kozmik Artifactz label. The first single to be released from the album is “Hypnotica” – watch the video clip below.

Devil Electric dropped like a sinister spell with their ‘The Gods Below‘ EP in 2016, making an instantaneous impact with critics and fans alike. The band, Pierina O’Brien (Vocals), Christos Athanasias (Guitars), Tom Hulse (Bass, Vocals) and Mark Van De Beek (Drums), play some superbly bluesy heavy rock. It is nearly a certain given that the upcoming self-titled album will further impress folks across the musical spectrum and make Devil Electric a commonly known household name.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Devil Electric

Devil Electric tracks:

1. Monologue (Where You Once Walked)
2. Shadowman
3. Lady Velvet
4. Acidic Fire
5. Monolith
6. The Dove & The Serpent
7. The Sacred Machine
8. Lilith
9. Hypnotica


UFOMAMMUT Premieres ‘Warsheep’ Official Video

Italian heavy psychedelic band UFOMAMMUT recently announced the imminence of their next studio effort 8 and that it will be released via Neurot Recordings on September 22nd. In anticipation of the event, the guys are issuing a new official video for the track “Warsheep today. That’s it above but things don’t end there as UFOMAMMUT is offering “Warsheep” as a limited edition 7″. It is available in a small run of 500 pieces, each with the cover handprinted with gold iridescent and red inks on pearlescent paper by Malleus. The 7″ record shall be released via Supernatural Cat on 15th June but pre-orders are available now here.

Preorder information and more for 8 will be revealed over the upcoming months.

UFO Warsheep
– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


KHEMMIS Share Decibel Mag’s Exclusive Flexi-Single Track

Colorado progressive doomers Khemmis have returned with their new exclusive single for Decibel Magazine‘s ongoing Flexi-Disc series. The song, ‘Empty Throne‘, was recorded back in February exclusively for the popular offering. Of course it has only been a few short months since the Denver doomsters Khemmis topped Decibel‘s 2016 Album Of The Year list with their second LP, Hunted. And it’s only been a few short weeks since they owned the big stage with the majority of that record at the first annual Decibel Metal & Beer Fest. Enjoy!

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


DIVINITY Stream ‘The Immortalist’ In Its Entirety

I’ll be honest, when I read that a band is getting musical comparisons to acts like Soilwork and Extol then that will be plenty enough to convince me to at least check them out. The Calgary, AB progressive death metal band Divinity are getting those types of comparisons out in the music world and deservedly so. If I could add one of my own to the list it would be Strapping Young Lad and not because of the Canuck connection but because Divinity genuinely display some very SYL-ish moments in their music. Having never heard Divinity until recently, I was not fully prepared for the great musical content of their latest recorded offering, ‘The Immortalist‘, nor did I know the story of the music either.

See, The Immortalist (which will be released this Friday, May 26th) is the culmination of five long years of hard work and determination from Divinity. The album features 12 tracks that include their two previous EP releases “The Immortalist, Pt. 1 – Awestruck” and “The Immortalist, Pt. 2 –Momentum” with their 3rd EP “The Immortalist Pt. 3 – Conqueror” now completed to finish off the trilogy series as one huge full length album. All the tracks on the album are re-mixed and re-mastered by the talented Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Grid Productions) to make the songs more cohesive and work as a full-length experience. Plus, the song ‘D.M.T.‘ features a guest appearance from Soilwork/Night Flight Orchestra’s BjornSpeedStrid.

The band commented on their upcoming effort saying: “We’re very proud of our new album! Our dedication to song writing, recording and producing these 12 songs over the past 5 years has been a crazy musical journey and a huge learning experience that we will never forget. Our lyrical content and artwork is based on an original science-fiction concept story about a character who wakes up in a random field within an intricate crop circle with no memory of who he is or how he got there. The character is then thrown into a crazy adventure and eventually learns who he is and how to become immortal. There’s so much more to the story but we don’t want to give it all way just yet.”

Today, Taste Nation LLC is giving you the opportunity to stream Divinity‘s ‘The Imortalist‘ in its entirety below. Pre-order of the album is available on Divinity.ca, iTunes or Amazon plus an exclusive digi-pak CD available on their website for those who like to support the band directly. The digi-pak CD contains a 24-page booklet that showcases this entire concept giving fans way a full physical experience to the story, songs, lyrics, and visual aspect of the new album. Enjoy!

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


TRICKY LOBSTERS Return With New LP ‘Worlds Collide’; Video Premiere

Rostock, Germany’s Tricky Lobsters are set to return with a new studio album, ‘Worlds Collide‘, via Exile On Mainstream June 23rd. The album was engineered and produced by drummer Jörg Peters at Blue Hospital and will be available in CD, LP, and digital formats, marking the return of this longrunning heavy blues rock band. It has been four long years since their last release, The Blue Hospital Conspiracy, won over rock fans everywhere. To properly announce their return, the aforementioned Jörg Peters, along with guitarist/vox Sarge and bassist/vox Doc, are premiering a brand new official video from the upcoming release.

Bitter Man’s Fame‘ was filmed by Christian Thiele and edited by Michael Gröper and Rainer Hochmuth. The clip finds Tricky Lobsters delivering more of their trademark riffs and grooves amid a flurry of melodic, infectious rock and roll.

Tricky Lobsters LP

Tracklisting:

01 Bitter Man’s Fame
02 Battlefields
03 Big Book
04 Tarred Albino
05 Black & Blue
06 Father & Son
07 Dream Diver Pt. I+II
08 The Fire
09 Needs Must

The band is expected to release two more Official Videos soon while German fans can catch the trio on some upcoming shows that kick off this coming Friday, May 25th:

5/25/2017 Aukrug Open Air Festival – Aukrug, DE
6/04/2017 Pfingstrock Entenfang Festival – Torgau, DE
6/23/2017 Helgas Stadtpalast – Rostock, DE *record release show
6/30/2017 Rock an der Ilm Festival – Langenwiesen, DE
7/01/2017 Hangar Metal Meeting – Bad Duerrenberg, DE
7/28/2017 Festevil Nopperhof – Buetzow, DE

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Tricky Lobsters Tour

SUMMONER Streaming ‘Beyond The Realm Of Light’

Boston’s heavy rock collective known as Summoner recently released their third studio recording, Beyond The Realm Of Light, via Magnetic Eye Records. The follow-up to 2013’s Atlantian and 2012’s Phoenix finds the band further exploring the intricacies of melodic, riff-driven progressive rock music. There is a swaggering sense of purpose and clearly defined intent with this latest outing, one that guitarist AJ Peters commented on saying:

With Beyond The Realm Of Light we wanted a more sharply focused, hard hitting album while still exploring the thoughtful lyrical concepts and melodic voice of our past efforts. Our statement on the path humanity has taken and what lies ahead.

Today, Taste Nation LLC is streaming the latest album from Summoner, Beyond The Realm Of Light, in its entirety below. It is out now and available for purchase here.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


POWER OF PAIN & Guest Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza (Exodus) Tackle Teen Bullying On New Single/Video

Castro Valley, California’s Power Of Pain have released a new single and official video for their track ‘Tastes Like H8‘, a song tackling the subject of teen bullying and features Exodus/Dublin Death Patrol/Tenet singer SteveZetroSouza. The song itself is taken from the band’s newly released album, My Dark Secret, which was produced by Juan Urteaga (Testament, Exodus, Machine Head) at Trident Studios. Additional tracking was done at Green Day’s Jingle Town Studio while video production duties were handled by Wayne Marsala (Testament, Exodus).

Power Of Pain was formed by guitarist Mike Roberts in 2015 out of the ashes of his previous former act, Bleed The Freaks. Recruiting fellow Bleed The Freaks guitarist Josh Bailey, the two assembled a new band, completed by singer Chris Carlton, bassist Zack Brown, and drummer Steve Rubio, and went straight into the studio.

“Bleed The Freaks went through a bad break up,” reflects Roberts. “I felt that everyone had given up on me, but perseverance was my goal. Having a full CD of music ready to go, I just forged on,” he states. The result is My Dark Secret, a ten song slab of top shelf groove metal, rounded out by a cover of the UFO classic, “Natural Thing”.”

When asked about Souza’s involvement, Roberts comments: “Zet and I are childhood friends and long time Raiders fans together. I had written the song with him in mind. Zet is a true professional. He came in the studio and sang the song in one take. We filmed the video on his birthday. I’m very grateful that he is a part of it.”

My Dark Secret is available on iTunes and all major digital outlets now.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

POP MDSTracklisting:

“Severed Ties”
“My Dark Secret”
“Suffocated”
“War Within”
“Preachin To The Choir”
“Tastes Like H8” (featuring Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza)
“Winters Fall”
“How Well I Know”
“Walk Away”
“Natural Thing” (UFO cover)

Power Of Pain