Saturday, June 24, 2017
What a great week at camp we had. Just as Summer solstice slams us with record heat, the camp treasure chest opens its casket to uncover a rare combination of quality gems. I left town last Thursday for a family trip (camping outside of bandcamp) with limited cell reception and got bits and pieces of what others were raving about. I was overwhelmed with intense listening pleasure upon my return and present below for those who don’t already know.
Elara – Deli Bal
Although this one wasn’t released while I was away, my long awaited vinyl I ordered weeks back was waiting for me at the door. This thing is something special. Not only is the artwork spectacular but the overall aura of the album will sweep you off your feet. It will likely end up in my top albums of the year listings if nothing changes.
I'm with Sludgeburner on this one. Top shelf progressive heavy psych rock. Elder is a great comparative band if you need to know before pushing play. Super melodic progressive rock, clean vocals, instrumentally expansive song structure with an overwhelming impression on all fronts. It would be foolish not to place these guys in the same regard as some of the other heavy hitters of the style such as Elder.
“Sludgeburner Elara are in the psych rock elite”
Nekromant – Snakes and Liars
We here at the Ripple Effect were huge supporters of Serpent, which was the band’s previous moniker. Neckromant pick right off where the Serpent slivered from. Boy is this one cracker of an album. I foresee a big future ahead for these guys. We are all watching close as you all should be as well.
Serpent have shed their snake skin revealing a debut full length in new form as Nekromant. It's no lie, this album maintains the metallic luster the band is known for casting, and continues on the saga of proto-drenched doom vocals forged by heavy metal riffs, brooding solos and pile driving rhythm.
Gravy Jones – Funeral Pyre
So this one came kind of out of nowhere. The name is definitely an eye catcher and the sound is even catchier. Catchy if you like heavy occult organ driven madness. Gravy Jones will have you jonesing for some biscuits in no time.
Gravy Jones serves up a psychotic platter of organ driven doom. The garage inspired riffs ooze with psychedelic effect as the organ entombs us with jangly punk meets tripped out doom.
Egypt – Cracks and Lines
Egypt may or may not need much of an introduction. Hailing from Fargo, North Dakota they have also released new material just this week. The album is a great mixture of hard edged blues in the tone of epic sludge-soaked rock and roll. Vinyl coming at us soon the 5-song set is no slouch. Clocking in well long enough to slather 2 sides of a 12 inch disc with blistering doom.
Sasquatch – Maneuvers
Who here wasn’t excited to find out of a new Sasquatch release? Well earlier this week was the big day as Sasquatch unleashed the brand new self-released album to the masses. Holy god damn shit this thing blew my mind from the first riff to the last. Perhaps their greatest effort yet sitting at album #5, not many bands can claim to have 5 excellent albums under their belt. Sasquatch have not reinvented the wheel nor fixed the sounds there fans have all grown to love. In fact Sasquatch just piled on more riffs and a second helping of groove shoving them straight to the top of the album charts in the heavy underground. No doubt Sasquatch will be one of the year’s favorites in the genre. Snag a vinyl copy while you still can.
Sasquatch successfully maneuvers its way through a perilous flat spin of grandiose fuzz. Powered by progressive stoner distortia and state of the art vocal delivery, the bearded beast of the desert engages its target and deploys a massive assault of absolute riffage.
This edition may intimidate some due to its magnificent strength, but take that with a grain of hops and slam some beers to sooth the rays of the summer sun. Or like me, slam a couple sparkling ice waters (I went sober) and crank the volume up to maximum ventilation. It’s getting hot outside and the music is about to break the circuit boards with a wave of fiery groove.
Friday, June 23, 2017
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On June 29th, dark electric dance rock duo, Crashing Hotels will release 150 extremely rare and collectable “Bone Records” in support of their 2nd spring single, ‘Tsunami’ from their sophomore album, “Exploration Exploitation” via the announcement of their Kickstarter campaign. Pressed in the Czech Republic on 150 hand selected, unique human x-rays, the Tsunami 7” single pays homage to the Soviet Union music enthusiasts who resisted their government’s attempt to eradicate art and music from their lives. During the 1950’s the Soviet Union was experiencing severe censorship of the arts, along with an extreme shortage of raw materials used in music duplication due to the Cold War. This led to people living without art and music and an innate human need for self expression exploded out of the underground. People began to risk 3-5 year prison sentences to produce, buy, and distribute illegal western Jazz and Rock & Roll.
The Tsunami 7” is a ghostly reminder that America once invented Jazz and Rock & Roll, but now is a place with bare-bones support of the arts. A society lacking invention and design looking for copycat acts who gain the most amount of clicks. This derivative culture is choking the life out of the arts and Crashing Hotels is the resistance. This is not only a press release for the band’s 2nd spring single, but an urgent reminder to support and engage with the arts, because they are fading away, right in front of your eyes.
About the song
‘Tsunami’ is an expression of respect for the rareness of life and immense energy that struck the eastern coast of Japan at 2:46pm on March 11th, 2011. The mournful lyrics echo atop Wu-Tang like, dance production with the energy and consistency of an optimistic haunting. A song as dark as it is bright, the melody and cadence of ‘Tsunami’ is meant to emotionally inspire listeners to dance and sing along with the band, so that they as well can share their love and respect for the lives lost on March 11th, 2011.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
French heavy-psych rockers Domadora to reissue 'The Violent Mystical Sukuma' album for vinyl edition
As announced a few weeks ago : about a year after the release of their acclaimed second full-length effort 'The Violent Mystical Sukuma' for CD/digital formats, French 70's Heavy-Psych Rockers Domadora is gonna to reissue the album for vinyl edition through the Germany-based label Kozmik Artifactz (Cortez, Fuzz Manta, The Great Khan, Son Of A Witch...) on July 14th.
In the meantime, the band just unveiled a brand new music video for the song "Rocking Crash Hero", available right now on YouTube, while 'The Violent Mystical Sukuma' is still available CD / Digital formats on Bandcamp and the main legal platforms (iTunes, Deezer, Amazon...). + full streaming at the same location or SoundCloud.
Pre-order the album for vinyl format on Kozmik Artifactz webstore | Have a look on the "Rocking Crash Hero" music video | Get your CD / digital copy + stream the full album on Bandcamp
For the record...
Influenced by the 60's and 70's vibes from Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin, Heavy Psych/Rock/Stoner power-trio from France Domadora delivers psychedelic stoned jams since its birth around the shade of bands such as Fatso Jetson or Karma to Burn.
In 2013, the band released its debut full-length album acclaimed by both critics and public and then toured massively with big names such as Pentagram, Baroness, Earthless of Yawning Man before to work again on a new record.
[ photo by Paulo Mendes / Pfm.photo ]
NAPALM RECORDS, MOONSPELL and Alma Mater Records (band’s owned label) are proud to announce that there will be three shows in Portugal for the release of MOONSPELL’s new album '1755': a concept album, sung in Portuguese, about the Great Lisbon Earthquake, of 1755.
They will have a double date hometown- show in Lisbon where you enjoy the band's annual Halloween party as well as watching the show. On the 1st of November MOONSPELL will take the event to the city of Porto, as part of the '1755' first three announced dates:
30th + 31st Oct - LISBOA AO VIVO, LISBON
1st Nov - HARD CLUB, SALA 1, PORTO
These very special gigs will be produced by the band themselves in partnership with Alma Mater Records and in collaboration and with total support from their main label Napalm Records.
At the shows you will have the chance to buy the upcoming record exclusively and straight from the band and watch them destroy Lisbon and Porto. The ticket holder will get a free CD or vinyl edition (first 500 tickets, the edition will be signed by the band!). The new album '1755' will hit the stores on the 3rd of November in Europe via Napalm Records. Presales will be announced soon, but you can already get your ticket to Lisbon and Porto right now!
More info about tickets, reservations and information at:
Limited regular tickets for sale coming in September.
VIP Wolfpack deals are available, please contact:
Says the band:
„On these shows we’re gonna play 1755 in its entirety but also recover some obscure stuff we haven’t been playing for many years.
1755 is a poetic, musical and philosophical reflection of the band about the tragic event that took place on the 1st of November of 1755 in Lisbon, decimating the entire city.
It’s mostly a Metal record, with vibrant riffs, epic orchestration and vocals and lyrics which invoke the agony of that day. The band was also concerned in recreating the end of the 18th century Lisbon and there will be lots of fusion, percussion and a melodic approach to that time and to the atmosphere the great city of Lisbon enjoyed back then.
There will be ten powerful, surprising songs that echo remotely to some of Moonspell previous efforts like Under the Moonspell or alpha Noir. But make no mistake! This is MOONSPELL as you never heard them before, with the fire of their native Language Portuguese and 900 years of History to unveil!
An historical, rigorous, serious, artistic record. A black beast from Portugal that the Metal scene so craves for.“
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Preconceived notions will get you every time waveriders, even if those notions stem from extensive knowledge and experience. Case in point, the debut album Boy Thursday from the band Knives. Through advance e-mailings I knew that this newly created musical entity featured Mr. J Medeiros, a terrific hip-hop emcee I've been following for years, on vocals and that the music produced could be categorized as rap rock. Being a fan of Mr. J Medeiros, rap music, and rock 'n' roll I was awfully excited to hear the final product.
In my head I imagined I'd be listening to something demonstrably similar to a band near and dear to my heart, Rage Against The Machine. When Boy Thursday released however, I was thrown a curve ball. Yes there was rapid-fire lyric delivery over aggressive metallic instrumentation but the musical direction Knives chose to follow took me by surprise. These songs rely on a bedrock of high octane hardcore punk, not the groovy mid-tempo blueprint of most rap rock I've encountered. That said the title track sounds strikingly similar to RATM's song "Wind Below", only with more urgency.
Speaking of urgency I'm concerned that I have failed to convey my enthusiasm for this fine album. Boy Thursday is an unrestrained jolt of electricity to my eardrums! All ten songs on the record are powerful but a few stand out. "Sucker Punch", "Figurehead Catacombs", "Give Me Air", and "Wylin Inside" all blister with enough energy to rival a star collapsing into supernova.
Waveriders, if you're looking for propulsive new tunes your search has ended. Knives will readily galvanize anyone who comes into contact with Boy Thursday, their robust debut album. Give this record a listen. You'll be glad you did!
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
See and listen here the brand new single "Abyssviand" by Dubai's very own extreme metal masters NERVECELL taken from the band's forthcoming album "Past, Present...Torture", which is set to be released on August 25th via Lifeforce Records.
“Past, Present…Torture” marks the group’s third full-length and is the successor of “Psychogenocide” from 2011. The album consists of 13 tracks and is the most extreme and versatile NERVECELL record to date. The title speaks for itself, focusing on the state of the world and where we are all headed as a civilization.
“Past, Present…Torture” serves as a concise summary for both, the lyrical message and the musical direction. Offering unpleasant truths and a rigorous death metal sound. Just as you know and expect from the beast from the Middle East...NERVECELL!
"PAST, PRESENT...TOURTURE" - Out August 25th on Lifeforce Records
(Photo Credit: Katherine Dydyk)
L-R – Ahmed Daas – Drums, Chris Nasty – Guitar, Costa Skoulikas – Guitar, Stephen Reynolds – Vocals/Bass
Currently on tour across Canada with metal legends ANNIHILATOR (dates listed below), Montreal thrash champions MUTANK unleash their new EP "W.H.A.T.S.T.H.A.T." via Boonsdale Records, which is now available as of June 16th. The new EP from the 2014 Wacken Metal Battle Canada winners is short, but sweet to follow their debut cassette EP "M.E.C.H. Metal" and is a taste of what's to come from the band's full length planned to be unleashed later this year.
Vocalist/bassist Stephen Reynolds comments:
"It is with sinister pride we begin the next stage of "MU WORLD ORDER" with the release of our new EP W.H.A.T.S.T.H.AT. The human language is not equip to describe what will come next but one thing is certain: it's time to mosh!"
The five track demolisher "W.H.A.T.S.T.H.A.T." was produced with Topon Das (Fuck The Facts) and is a step up from what people have heard from MUTANK thus far. The title of the EP "W.H.A.T.S.T.H.A.T." stands for "We Have Alottta Thrash Songs That Have Abbreviated Titles" and came to be first as joke for the band.
Reynold adds "I just thought it would be funny to force an acronym for ‘what’s that?’ and I came up with ‘We Have Alottta Thrash Songs That Have Abbreviated Titles’. From there we came up with the concept of an EP with a bunch of forced acronym titles. The EP itself was written somewhat conceptually with the individual songs being very short thrash songs that come together to make one longer progressive thrash track, which harkens back to the title since we don’t even know what it is!"
"W.H.A.T.S.T.H.A.T." is now available for CD order and digital download at the following link: https://mutankthrash.bandcamp.com/album/w-h-a-t-s-t-h-a-t
plus all major online retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.
MUTANK's first single off the EP, "P.O.P.U.L.O.U.S" is streaming at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgVrCj3Rpd8
EP Promo Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTDEKMOUf9o
Live video MUTANK at Wacken 2014 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQrLaG8BPL4
1. L.I.F.E. (1:01)
2. I.D.I.O.T. (2:06)
3. P.O.P.U.L.O.U.S. (1:40)
4. F.O.G. (1:33)
5. D.E.A.T.H. (3:50)
EP Length: 10:17
Stephen Reynolds – Vocals/Bass
Ahmed Daas – Drums
Costa Skoulikas – Guitar
Lee Whiskey – Guitar
Stephen Reynolds – Vocals/Bass
Ahmed Daas – Drums
Costa Skoulikas – Guitar
Chris Nasty – Guitar
Ripping Through Canada Tour w/ Annihilator, Mason
June 20 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
June 23 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwells
June 24 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
June 26 – Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
June 28 – Quebec City, QC – L’Anti
June 29 – Montreal, QC – Café Campus
June 30 – Cornwall, ON – The House
July 1 – Cornwall, ON – The House
For More Info:
EPK - http://wp.me/pciNW-9F1