Friday, February 23, 2018

Ripple Music New Releases, Pre-orders, and the Baddest SXSW Party You've Ever Seen!

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Hot on the heels of their sold out previous Ripple release, the mighty doom metal monsters of Blackwulf return with their newest, and arguably best album ever.  Bringing in the guest lead guitar of Doom legend Geof O'Keefe (founding member of Pentagram and Bedomon) Blackwulf rage through 8 tracks of what can only be described as old school, retro-70's unadulterated heavy rock and metal.   Limited Edition vinyl, worldwide black vinyl, CD's and test presses are up for pre-order now with the official release date Feb 23.  You dont' want to miss this one.  www.ripplemusic.bigcartel.com/products
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Everyone's been asking about this!  The brand new Freedom Hawk album is almost here, and it rages with all the fierce riffing and fuzzed mania you'd come to know and love from these Virginian rockers.  "Beast Remains" is pure Freedom Hawk in every sense of the word.  Pre-order are live now!  So pick one up with your Blackwulf!  www.ripplemusic.bigcartel.com/products.
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I think this one caught many people off guard, except for the legions of ATG fans already out there.  Limited vinyl and tests sold out in less than 24 hours, but black and CD's are still in stock (actually CD's sold out too, but have been reordered!)  If you haven't heard these guys, you're missing out on some powerful, rampaging Motorhead inspired heavy blues.  You can listen here and enjoy!  https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/cheated-death
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And here it is!  The first ever Official Ripple Music SXSW Showcase!  Featuring Mothership, Wo Fat, The Watchers, Blackwulf (with Geof O'keefe), Steak (all the way from the UK) and Salem's Bend.  You don't need a SXSW badge to get in, you can get tickets at the door.  All you have to do is be in Austin and be ready for some damn good music.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard/Slomatics – Totems


I love splits and this one is certainly worthy of my affections. It’s brought to us by Black Bow Records, which is run by one of the fine gentlemen from the band Conan, so if you like your music loud, heavy, slow, and crushing, this release has you covered all the way around. This split is a little unique, in that it is more of a collaboration between the bands. They worked on the overall themes of the album together and there is a little more cohesiveness between what the bands have on offer here than there usually is with splits. In my mind, that’s even more reason why you should check it out.

I love Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard (hereafter known as MWWB), and it puzzles me a bit why they are not bigger in the heavy music scene. Perhaps some people are put off a bit by the name, which is taking the piss a little when it comes to other bands in this genre. They describe themselves as “3 ape descendents and an astral seraphim combining their powers to generate colossal interstellar arias of plutonium weight.” It seems a pretty apt description and if it sounds good to you, don’t read any farther, just go find their music. Oh, and they are from Wales if that matters to anyone.

MWWB contribute two songs to this split. The first, “The Master and His Emissary”, starts out with a couple of minutes of synth work that could have come from a John Carpenter soundtrack. Then the heavy drops and I promise you that mushroom clouds will come out of your speakers when it happens. At least it did with mine. Just crushing riffs that repeat paired up with ethereal vocals, and then they change it up a bit and hammer the listener some more. The second track is “Eagduru” and delivers more of the same. Of course, it's not the same track or there wouldn’t be any need to give it a different name, but you get the idea. Slow, heavy, repetitive, wonderful.

Slomatics hail from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and it is easy to see how they were paired with MWWB on this split. To my ears, these guys deal in more fuzz, and there’s about as much here as on a teenaged sasquatch’s face. I was not familiar with this band prior to this split, but I am certainly happy to make their acquaintance. The things they do musically are right up my alley and I will definitely seek out more of their releases.

These guys mix it up a little bit on their side of the split. Their songs are shorter, so they get 3 tracks. The first is “Ancient Architects”, and it fits very well into the theme of slow and heavy music playing. Their second track, though, is the eye opener for me. “Silver Ships Into The Future” is a quieter, piano driven piece that shows that riffs can be played on an acoustic instrument as well. While it doesn’t have enough of a melody to say that it’s a pretty bit of music, it is a very nice change up. Which makes their final track, “Master’s Descent”, hit that much harder when it blows through your speakers like a rhinoceros in heat.

If you dig the slow, heavy type of music, this release is definitely for you. There is nothing new or groundbreaking here, but it doesn’t have be a game changer to be a good album. This one will definitely hit your happy spot.

-ODIN



Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Xroadie Files



Exalter – Persecution Automated
Tanjim Rahman Tanim – Vocals/Bass/Guitar, Afif Sarker – Drums/Vocals

Intro sounds of war that lead into the next song.  Holocaust Ahead has an excellent thrash riff that will have you head banging and fist pumping.  Reign Of The Mafia State get the pit ready to just mosh away fast and heavy.  World Under Curfew more in your face old school style thrash metal just enjoy.  The Dreaded End mix slayer with Anthrax and Testament and this song melds those perfectly.  Slaughter Cleanse Repeat fist in the air hair flying foot stomping thrash metal.  Incarceration another excellent thrash song for the pit to just mosh away.  Grip Of Fear extremely tight riffs fast and heavy get ready to thrash your entire body about.  Pathology Of Domination the circle starts and boys fly around and around slamming into each other.  Clandestine Drone Warfare awesome fast guitar riffs bass and drums that just thrash away in a perfect melding of sounds. 


Driven By Impact -  ST
Roman Rowinski – Drums, Eugen Rutz – Vocals, Kim Van Geel – Guitar, Jens Schafer – Guitar, Constantin Christ – Bass

Prologue is a classical piece that melds into the next song Building Fear which has buzz saw guitars driving rhythms and deep growly vocals.  Burning Bridges fist pumping thrash metal with dark demonic vocals and some excellent rhythm work.  Interludium melodic melancholy guitar that melds into Experience In Red which is just thrash death metal at its finest.  Place Of Gore drums that just pound into your very being and buzz saw guitar riffs get ready to be pounded.  Arise From Ashes has some excellent lead guitar work and heavy pounding drums that just take you to the pit.  Monstrosity Of Life more excellent guitar work with a very extremely tight rhythm section.


Fuzz Evil And Switchblade Jesus -  The Second Coming Of Heavy Chapter VII
Fuzz Evil – Wayne Rudell – Vocals/Guitar, Joseph Rudell – Vocals/Bass, Orgo Martinez – Drums

Better off Alone fast heavy beats and grinding guitars with some great vocals.  Graves And Cupids Sabbath style bass then an excellent riff to just jam away to.  If You Know kick back and jam with some excellent riffs.  Flighty Woman continues the riff fest get ready to groove.  

Switchblade Jesus -  Eric Calvert – Guitar/Vocals, Chris Black – Bass, Jon Elizondo - Drums 

Snakes And Lions rumbling psychedelic guitar that screams jam away and drift back to days of old.  Wet Lungs spoken words then a slow driving beat just kick back close your eyes and jam away.  Heavy Is The Mountain takes you back to the great times of old style Sabbath stoner rock.


Greytomb – Monumental Microcosm
Forge – Drums, J. Angus – Guitar, N. Magur – Vocals, D. Coffey – Bass

Null grinding heavt ripping betas with demonic vocals.  Antimeta grabs you by the throat and just pounds you into the ground.  Force Majeure evil demonic sounds and vocals that just drag you into the pit of hell.


Marginal – Total Destruction
Johan – Vocals, Timmy – Guitar, Martin Guitar/Vocals, Steven- Drums, Rui – Bass

Barbarians heavy grinding pounding music with deep demonic vocals to annihilate your very being.  Delirium Tremens get ready to run for your life as demonic forces chase after you.  Ruination the pit forms and bodies thrash about in pain and glory.  Impaled grabs you and throws you to the ground then proceeds to pound u into dust.  Useless Scum the crowd thrashes about in pure violence and anger.  I Used To Be Intelligent get ready to be devoured by anger violence and pain.  Rat Kebab is a voyage into hell and damnation with music.  The Violent Way is pain and suffering with anger and violence in a musical style.  Leech Invader garb ahold and hang on for a trip thru aggression.  Fucked Up Society buzz saw guitars demonic vocals and riffs that just sear thru you.  Atom Sapiens spoken words and demonic vocals with an angry aggressive rhythm and just drags you to the abyss.  Total Destruction more spoken words then evil riffs and demonic vocals that just try annihilate the entire world.


-Xroadie

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TSOL Set To Release Live Limited-Edition Vinyl via Hardline Entertainment on June 22

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Southern California Punk Legends TSOL are set to release their new record “Live at The Observatory” on Limited Edition Vinyl via Hardline Entertainment on June 22.

Recorded live at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA Jan, 5th 2018 by Cameron Webb (Motorhead, Pennywise, Social Distortion), “Live at The Observatory” features all tracks from the bands 1981 S/T EP and “Dance With Me” releases.

The recordings will be available and limited to 100 units each of Oxblood Red and Turquoise Blue both signed and numbered and will include a digital download card.

The record is now available for pre-sale via the Hardline Entertainment web store at http://hardlineent.com/product-tag/tsol/.

An album teaser video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/axtazVzdjs0.


Tour Dates:

MAR 20 Bakersfield, CA Jerry's

MAR 21 Fresno, CA Strummer's

MAR 22 San Jose, CA Ritz

MAR 23 Berkeley, CA Gilman

MAR 24 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp

MAR 25 Reno, NV Shea's

MAR 27 Eugene, OR Luckey's

MAR 28 Bremerton, WA Charleston

MAR 29 Bellingham, WA Shakedown

MAR 30 Seattle, WA El Corazon

MAR 31 Portland, OR BOSSANOVA BALLROOM

APR 01 Bend, OR Capitol

APR 03 Pacifica, CA Winter's Tavern

APR 04 Grover Beach, CA Skip Gibson's

JUN 06 Flagstaff, AZ Flagstaff's Green Room

JUN 08 Las Vegas Brooklyn Bowl

JUN 09 Pomona, CA The Glass House

JUN 10 Pomona, CA The Glass House



New Rockers Hi Fi re-issues

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We are pleased to announce the release of the second and third Rockers Hi Fi studio albums, Mish Mash and Overproof for the first time on bandcamp.

Mish Mash was originally released on WEA in 1996 and contains classic collaborations with UK rapper Phoebe One as well as Farda P's timeless ode to excess, "Going Under" and the Rockers' take on the Clash's "Ghetto Defendant".  Bonus tracks include the Kruder & Dorfmeister rework of "Going Under" and a rare Rockers dub.

Overproof (1998) saw the outfit returning to their dub/house roots as well as exploring deep house sounds and using more live instrumentation.  Farda P again makes an appearance on "Transmission Central" and the Thievery Corp remix appears as a bonus item along with another extremely rare d&b track, "Mic Check".

Both albums are available at a special discounted price for one month only - use the codes
mish_offer and proof_offer at the checkout on the biggabush bandcamp page.

Monday, February 19, 2018

MAXX THE MUFFIN MAN - Every Summer Since



Self-released

Maxx the Muffin Man is an 18 year old rapper and song writer working out of his college dorm room in Portland Oregon. This is his new mix tape that he said, “I really hope that whoever listens to this enjoys it, and if it helps anyone through a hard time, then I'd be extremely happy!”

This kind of reminds me of Canada’s rap band Organized Rhyme who put out the great track, “Check The O.R.” and was the group that had “comedian” Tom Green in it back in 1992. Lots of personal lyrics, some positive stuff and a bit of goofy stuff all makes for an interesting listen that will get your head bobbing and has a cool mix of beats. This is something to throw on and get into the flow and cruise along to. Pretty fresh sounding and actually holds up fairly well compared to a lot of the crap that’s out there.

Take a chance if you like hip hop and want something a bit different to listen to, something that has a positive message mixed in. Maxx said, “I almost gave up on life, and music is what allowed me to survive. I hope this mix tape can touch you in a way that music did for me.” If that isn’t a good enough reason to support someone, I don’t know what is.

-Rick Ecker

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Monolord announce tour dates supporting Black Label Society in EU/UK in March




"Universally beloved... Swedish doom royalty." -- Noisey

"A truly modern sound: recognizably doom, but with glistening production values and adventurous songcraft." -- Consequence of Sound

"The Platonic Form of doom...perfection... faultless." -- Echoes & Dust

"Hugely accessible without having sacrificed their crushing heaviness." -- Metal Hammer

"Monolord's records have only gotten heavier, and now the band has taken a turn for the catchy (yet still crushing)." -- Metal Injection

"Rust is perfect; it's as fuzzed out as any of the genre's great records, but the mix is clean and even, allowing the drums and vocals to cut through. Most importantly, there are songs aplenty: you'll be humming the riffs and vocal hooks immediately." -- Metal Sucks


Gothenburg, Sweden trio Monolord announce European & UK tour dates supporting famed Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society band in March and April. Please see all dates below.

Monolord's recently released third album, Rust received universal praise in reviews, and landed atop multiple Album of The Year lists for 2017 -- including the #1 Album of 2017 on the Doom Charts collective of journalists, bloggers, radio and podcasters. Rust is available to hear & share on YouTube and Bandcamp.

Monolord is a rare breed: A band both encompassing and transcending genre; a vortex of heavy rock density that consumes all others. Their thunderous, tuneful heft has built a rabid international fanbase in short order since their 2014 debut. But Rust, the band's third full length, truly exemplifies why some refer to them as the Nirvana of doom.

Monolord's enveloping, syrupy sludge is a vibe, it's a state of mind. Not riffs for riffs sake, but a collective buzzing, rattling and rumbling that's more total environment than collection of songs. Together, guitarist/vocalist Thomas Jäger, drummer Esben Willems and bassist Mika Häkki create a massive, dynamic sound with ultra-low frequencies serving as its fourth member.

"We've always been inspired by great band musicians - as opposed to technical solo peacocks," Willems says. "Because that force of a band really playing together as one single unit is incomparable. At its best, it's just unstoppable." And, Monolord is truly unstoppable, on record and on stage. "A heavy groove that contains both bombastic overkill and a lot of dynamics is what we always aim for in Monolord; in playing, in song writing and arranging, in recording," Willems says.

Album opener "Where Death Meets the Sea" perfectly exemplifies their mastery of dynamics and hooks with a driving, infectious buzzsaw riff that lesser bands would ride off into the sunset, but Monolord uses subtly to spur the song's skull rattling rhythmic core ever onward. Jäger's watery vocals glide over ominously building verses that erupt with the song's insistent refrain. Being such a tight rhythmic unit, it sounds almost like an early ZZ Top record played at half speed. "Dear Lucifer" squeals and hums with slow deliberation as Willems summons Dale Crover pummel with chasm like low-tuned toms and syncopated cymbal crashes. The album's title track is also its centerpiece, opening with a dramatic, shimmering Hammond organ intro as Jäger sings, "you are the reason that I lied/ You are the reason that I cried/ Please don't wait until tomorrow/ There's only pain, hate, grief and sorrow." Suddenly, the band kicks in with a bellowing line downtuned to B that nosedives down the guitar neck as the drums hammer down for the kill. Elsewhere, tastefully understated guitar harmonies elevate the behemoth churn of "Wormland" and apocalyptic album closer "At Niceae" simmers in a slow build of rumbling guitars and rolling drum triplets.

Monolord formed in 2013, quickly recording their 2xLP debut Empress Rising, which RidingEasy Records released in April 1st, 2014. The second album, Vænir, followed April 28th, 2015. The 2-song Lord of Suffering / Die in Haze EP was issued in late 2016 amid the band's relentless touring schedule in order to tide fans over until the next full length. Vænir landed on countless Album of the Year lists in 2015, and Rust is poised to open an entirely new range of possibilities for Monolord.

Rust is available on LP, CD and download, released September 29th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records.

MONOLORD // BLACK LABEL SOCIETY TOUR 2018:
03/08 Paris, FR @ Bataclan
03/09 Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
03/10 Vitoria, ES @ Jimmy Jazz
03/11 Santiago De Compostela, ES @ Capitol
03/13 Madrid, ES @ Riviera
03/14 Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
03/16 Milan, IT @ Alcatraz
03/17 Telfs, AT @ Rathaussaal
03/18 Prague, CZ @ Mala Sportovni Hala
03/20 Krakow, PL @ Studio
03/21 Warsaw, PL @ Stodola
03/23 Munich, DE @ Backstage Werk
03/24 Frankfurt, DE @ Batschkapp
03/25 Pratteln, CH @ Konzertfabrik 27
03/27 Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
03/28 Berlin, DE @ Huxley's Neue Welt
03/29 Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle
03/30 Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
03/31 Antwerp, BE @ Trix
04/03 Luxembourg City, LU @ Den Atelier
04/05 London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall

Artist: Monolord
Album: Rust
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: September 29th, 2017

01. Where Death Meets The Sea
02. Dear Lucifer
03. Rust
04. Wormland
05.Forgotten Lands
06. At Niceae

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