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


Argonauta Records’ DRIVE BY WIRE Stream ‘The Whole Shebang’

From the heart of Deventer, Netherlands comes the latest studio offering from the hazily fuzzened foursome Drive By Wire, ‘The Whole Shebang‘. Issued just yesterday (May 19th) through Argonauta Records comes this heady, wholesome opus of psychedelia-laden Desert/Stoner Rock. It’s one that is made that much more the powerful thanks to the full-on sultriness of singer Simone Holsbeek. Her vocals, merged with the magnificent musicality provided by Alwin Wubben, Jerome Miedendorp de Bie, Marcel Zerb and Rene Rutten, make this a record that is impossible to ignore.

DBW

Drive By Wire manages to distill their inspirations and influences into a warmly organic sound, but one with the urgency and dynamics of 90′s grunge (Soundgarden, Alice in Chains), the sensuality of PJ Harvey and the deliciously heavy psychedelic fuzz grooves of all the great 70′s bands. I am pretty confident in saying that once you start this album to playing, you won’t be able to turn itoff until the last song wraps up…and even then you will probably be inclined to hit Repeat again.

See if what I’m saying is true by giving Drive By Wire‘s ‘The Whole Shebang‘ a precursory spin via the Soundcloud embed below. In the meantime, don’t forget, the album is out right now from Argonauta Records!

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


LOSS ‘Horizonless’ Review; Select Track Stream

LOSS
Horizonless – CD//2xLP//Digital
Profound Lore – May 19, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

We are now just a day away from what is expected to be one of the most crushingly depressive releases of the year being set loose upon all. That’s right, the long awaited and oft-doubted return of the Nashville, Tennessee-based Loss is finally at hand. The unholy event would provide ample cause for celebration were it not for the sullen, bleakly depressive hopelessness the unit is so well known for providing. The lividly aural obtuseness that is brought to life, then near death, in the music of Loss is of the utmost cause for alarm. Not is it merely a semi-hellish soundtrack of bereaved emanations but it may very well be the actual house music within a damnable Hades itself.

Six years since the debut ‘Despond‘ was unleashed upon the denizens of the Earth, Loss return with the Billy Anderson-produced Horizonless via Profound Lore on May 19th. All of the prerequisite attachments are still here, ones ranging from atmospheric to funeral doom and more. But there is also a palpable, overwhelming sense of despondency reverberating through every note, Drawn out, sustained death marches into the deepest chasms of soulless emptiness, where each forcible step is one nearer to the point of no return.

Haunting, harrowing and truly horizonless for there is no light at the end of this tunnel’s descent, no momentary glimpse of anything to inspire hope. Much like a Death Row inmate’s last moments, you feel surreally out of body as your physical husk moves slowly toward its inevitable end. And this is the music most ideally meant to accompany you on that journey, on both planes as your last steps on Earth become your first taken into Eternity. The title track’s last few spoken moments perhaps put it best, put it all into perspective: “Something Is Lost..Nothing Is Gained“.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker



 

 


FOTOCRIME ‘Always Hell’ EP Review & Stream; Official Video & Tour Dates

FOTOCRIME
Always Hell – Vinyl 7″//DD
Self Release – Released May 12, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Once upon a time there was a man named Ryan Patterson from Louisville, Kentucky that played in a sludge-ish, albeit punk-infused, post-hardcore band named Coliseum. As an integral component of Coliseum, he participated in the release of five studio albums and numerous EPs and Splits with the band. In 2015, that project would release their final studio record, the critically acclaimed Anxiety’s Kiss, and from there eventually disband. In the months and eventual years since then, Ryan would adopt a pseudonym, R. Pattern, and undergo an intriguing musical metamorphosis.

In more recent times, Pattern has resurfaced with a new musical endeavor named Fotocrime, one where he alone has been the sole member thus far. The story goes that he holed himself up within a home studio and went to work on giving Fotocrime its very own aural identity. Now be forewarned, if you are seeking sonic output similar to that of this man’s previous project then you may as well turn around and leave as quietly as you came in. I bequeath that advice to you based upon the reality that Fotocrime is nothing like Coliseum in any way of substance or similitude. Inspired by more minimalist musings and armed with a seemingly stripped down arsenal of riffs, synths, and drum machines, Fotocrime emanates a fatalistic fever of darkly gothic music. It’s a staunchly haunting, musical menagerie of stark, shadowy overtones and post-apocalyptic new wave.

Captured in conjunction with longtime collaborator and producer J. Robbins at Robbins’ Magpie Cage Studio, Fotocrime‘s 3-song EP debut, ‘Always Hell‘, was just released on May 12th. It contains the ‘Always Hell’ title track (and official video below) along with ‘Plate Glass Eyes‘ and ‘Tectonic Shift‘, a trio of hellishly deep cloak and dagger cuts. Spellbinding and all-consuming, the tracks are a refreshing lungful of enthralling, atmospheric-laden opposition to the stagnant norm of moden music. If it is different you seek, that you want and ultimately must have, then Fotocrime has come to deliver you from the mundane sameness that assaults us daily.

Alongside R. Pattern in the live version of Fotocrime are Shelley Anderson and Nick Thieneman. The trio have a series of live performances scheduled to begin in late June and they are listed below.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

FOTOCRIME On Tour:

Jun. 27 — Chicago, IL @ Gman Tavern
Jun. 29 — Toronto, ON @ Baby G
Jun. 30 — Ottawa, ON @ Pressed
Jul. 1 — Montreal, QC @ Turbohaus
Jul. 2 — Boston, MA @ O’Briens Pub
Jul. 3 — Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Jul. 6 — Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle
Jul. 8 — Columbus, OH @ Café Bourbon Street

 


FORBIDDEN NOISE ‘Distances’ EP Review, Stream & Official Video

FORBIDDEN NOISE
Distances EP – Digital Download/Stream
Self-Released Apil 11th, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Metal…the forbidden noise. Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? Well that is quite fitting then because we are here to spotlight the unquestionable metal presence that is Szeged, Hungary’s Forbidden Noise. The band just recently issued their five-song (and an intro) ‘Distances‘ EP and the PR for it states that it is: “Five songs about the physical, mental and emotional distances within and between people.” Now, while it may be all of that and more, it is also something else…Metal. Part death metal, part power-violence, part metalcore, part Post-Hardcore and all of it is downtuned D-Beat and damaging.

After the brief intro piece of ‘Foghorn‘ sets the stage, things explode with the bruising rhythmic pulses of ‘Crowing‘. Driving pulsations pump like pistons while constant guitar manipulations are presented, all while dizzying drum work is delivered too. A multitude of vocal styles alternate back and forth from guttural bellows to piercing shriek-styled ones. Thrashing cuts like ‘From Under The Grindstone‘ (official video below), ‘Mass Production Line Of Fear‘ and ‘Release‘ send you reeling one after another. The music remains energetic and intense at all times and once again I must draw attention to the fact that the diversified vocal approach keeps things interesting. If you need a comparison, think Lamb Of God-meets-a-much-heavier-Between The Buried And Me.

My personal favorite track is ‘Amit ott találsz‘ and while I have no inkling what that means or translates to, I do know that it is a fantastic song. Melding all of the heaviness of the music with a bit more melodic elements and more importantly, abundant measures of progressive nuances. That experimentation infects all the components here as schizophrenic-like vocals unfurl one after another and the melodic, exploratory tint of the music grows more epic. The song, and Forbidden Noise‘s ‘Distances‘ EP itself must be heard to be fully appreciated and you have the ability to do so below via the Bandcamp embed.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


BASK Bring ‘A Graceful Shuffle’ In New Official Video; Announces Series Of Record Release Shows & Starkfest 2017 Set

Asheville, North Carolina’s Bask are proudly premiering their brand new Official Video for ‘A Graceful Shuffle‘. The track hails from the southern-infused alternative rock band’s latest effort, Ramble Beyond, and offers some solidly enthusiastic rock music. Ramble Beyond was released on CD and Digital formats on March 24th but Bask are gearing up for the vinyl edition’s release on May 19th via Self Aware Records.

To celebrate the imminent availability of that vinyl format, Bask will embark upon a handful of live dates to serve as their official Record Release events. You can find those planned live excursions listed below along with their just announced inclusion on this year’s Starkfest 2017. That two-day event will be held in Greenville, South Carolina and will see Bask join other amazing bands like Waft, All Hell, Swallow The Sky, Midmourner, Come To Grief, Crawl and many others.

You can find details, information and line ups for Starkfest 2017 here and order Bask‘s Ramble Beyond at this location.

Upcoming Bask record release shows:
May 17th – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
May 18th – Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
May 19th – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
May 20th – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Bask LP

BLACKBIRD HILL ‘Midday Moonlight’ Review & Stream

BLACKBIRD HILL
Midday Moonlight – CD//DD
Releases May 5th, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

 

French garage rock power duo Blackbird Hill are back with ‘Midday Moonlight‘ this Friday, May 5th and are poised to rock out as only they can..and do! Guitarist/vocalist Alexis Dartiguelongue and drummer/vocalist Maxime Conan create six powerful cuts of delta blues-infused, fuzzened heavy rock on their latest outing. With one foot firmly planted in a place of organic folk music and the other in enthralling electrified heaviness, Blackbird Hill takes us on quite an interesting ride.

With the introductory track ‘Trigger Law‘ comes a deluge of fat, fuzzy riffs at first which then yields to some bluesy banjo pickin’. Hazy vocals narrate a tale of murder and vengeance while rhythmic grooves abound beneath. Diversity takes the lead on other fantastic tracks like the swaggering ‘Horseback Sight“, the rockabilly scorcher ‘Run Like Mad‘ and the incredible title track, ‘Midday Moonlight‘ (streaming below). Without question though, my favorites are a pair of back-to-back songs, ‘Stories From The Road‘ and ‘Hold Your Fire‘. The first is a full-on dive into backwoods-y Americana, an emotionally intense ode that runs nearly nine minutes in length. Rippling with sedate nostalgia, its eclectic minimalism unfolds a fantastic yarn both lyrically and musically. The latter is hard-hitting and allows the duo to really cut loose and strut their stuff so to speak.

So, if you like blues-strutting Garage Rock with abundant tilts toward psychedelia and fuzz rock, plus great songwriting, arranging and execution, well then I have news for you. That news would be this latest salvo of killer two man-based rock ‘n roll, ‘Midday Moonlight‘ from Blackbird Hill. It will be available on this Friday’s (May 5th) release date and here’s the title track until then. Enjoy!

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


BILL & PHIL (Bill Moseley & Phil Anselmo) Debut ‘Dirty Eye’ Official Video

Back in January, horror movie actor Bill Moseley (House Of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects) and metal icon Phil Anselmo (Pantera, DOWN, Superjoint) teamed up for a release together. That release was under the project name Bill & Phil and the album was titled ‘Songs Of Darkness And Despair‘. Released via Anselmo’s Housecore Records label, it is quite an interestingly unique release and quite damned good really (was there ever a doubt?).

Now the duo, along with director Ryan Oliver of Deathblow Productions, have issued an intriguing official video to a track from the album, ‘Dirty Eye‘. The clip comes in the form of a strange and dark puppet show/music video that features Bill and Phil as marionettes! “This video is down ‘n’ dirty and comes with no strings attached,” says Moseley, “well, except for the puppets. I can’t speak for Phil, but frankly I’ve never looked better!” Anselmo finds it, “very very very very very interesting.”

In case you missed the Bill & Phil debut from earlier this year, here’s your chance to stream and/or purchase it via the Bandcamp embed below.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker