Monday, August 3, 2015

Bucky’s Bandcamp Bonanza – Summertime Booze




Being camped out regularly in the lush meadows of bandcamp, there comes times, where the fields become a bit dry, and the forage rather fickle. Perhaps this time of year is the busy season in real life and not as much time is dedicated to surfing the musical forests of bandcamp. With that said, the booze flows freely like mountain spring runoff and there is still so damn many cool albums hiding within the cyber canyons. Here are a few recent findings worthy of your time and sure to quench your thirst. Bottoms up! Have a round on me.

Skunk – Heavy Rock from Elder Times
SKUNK showers you with a filthy, yet satisfying scent of heavy retro-rock with a proto-metal aftertaste. Like the others have mentioned AC/DC inspired vocal chops but with an added layer of skunky groove and bluesy riffs. You actually want to get sprayed with this intoxicating fuzz.

Shayk – Volume 1
Man, this is so damn good. Perfect blend of heavy hitting rock n roll with bluesy riffs and stoner groove. Imagine a battle of the bands between Fu Manchu and Clutch. The encore could be Shayk! As smooth as a baby's dads beard!

Big Mean – Big Mean
With strong southern rawk riffs and mean, but smooth vocals, Big Mean sound like they came right off the Small Stone Records shelf. Who knows, with more material and a chance they very well could be someday. This is great. For fans of Sasquatch, Clutch, Spiralarms.

Mountainwolf – The Silk Road
Absolutely paralyzing riffs! Slow enough for fans of uber-doom and loaded with mind bending groove and melodically grungy croons sure to please the more rock and roll oriented. Has a very Lo Pan'y sound but injected with enough hallucinogenics to send you spiraling on a trip to outer space on a rusted chard of heavy metal.

Hound – Kong
Filthy, rotten Riffage! The kind of filthy rotten you bring home to momma, if momma was a filthy rotten hound. Bark at the moon baby!!

WOLFTONE – Bring Down the Sun
Mind blower alert! I repeat, the infectious, fuzzy blues infused with a post-punk undertone will blow your mind!

MANcub –Hangman
Scorchingly distorted groove, impeccable melody, and balls to the wall attitude, MANcub deliver the RAWK!! For fans of beer, metal, smoke and loud melodic guitars.

Check out the latest installment of the Bonanza feature, which I promise I will try and update more frequently. These are all albums sure to extend your boozing experience in the sun this summer. Make sure you don’t drink and drive, but by all means I encourage you to listen to these great albums and drive. See you surfing around camp fellow waveriders.

 -The Huntsman

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Van Morrison "Another Glorious Decade" coming to DVD on September 18th

The Story Continues - Under Review Part 2

In the late nineteen seventies Van Morrison reappeared after several years on hiatus, a period during which he had gone from being one of the world's biggest stars to a memory from rock n roll's past - and music had moved on during his absence. On his eventual return, Morrison was a transformed figure: teetotal and motivated, but also garrulous and confrontational.
Over the course of the years that followed, he embarked on a journey in which he sought to find independence as artist and explore spirituality in his music; this film is the story of that journey.
Using rare archive, live and studio footage and brand new interviews with many of those who worked with Van across the decade covered by this program, a rare glimpse into the world of this very private musician, performer and writer is revealed - one that many fans of his music may find both surprising and enlightening.


SATAN: British Heavy Metal Titans To Release New Full-Length Via Listenable Records This Fall


Following the success of their recent South American tour, British heavy metal titans, SATAN, are set to release their new studio album this October via Listenable Records. Titled Atom By Atom, the ten-track monster was recorded at Newcastle's First Avenue Studios, mixed and mastered by Dario Mollo (Crossbones, The Cage, Voodoo Hill), who helmed the band's 2013's critically-acclaimed comeback album Life Sentence, in Italy, and includes a collaboration with Angel Witch's Kevin Heybourne. Cover art was commissioned to Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom, Sigh, Iced Earth etc.) who also crafted the art for SATAN's previous opus.

Issues guitarist Steve Ramsey of the upcoming full-length, "We wanted to keep some continuity going with both the look and sound of this album. We've been working on the music for nearly two years now and I think people will definitely hear a progression from Life Sentence. I can't really describe it but I promise you, these songs will speak for themselves."

Atom By Atom Track Listing:
1. Farewell Evolution
2. Fallen Saviour
3. Ruination
4. The Devil's Infantry
5. Atom By Atom
6. In Contempt
7. My Own God
8. Ahriman
9. Bound In Enmity
10.The Fall Of Persephone

Founded in Newcastle, England in 1979, SATAN was part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement. Though generally obscure throughout their career, the band is considered influential for playing a form of proto-thrash metal that was fairly advanced by the standards of the early 1980s. Their lineup has undergone a number of personnel changes over the years and even changes in band name. For a time the band was called Blind Fury, putting out one album -- 1985's Out Of Reach -- under that moniker before reverting back to SATAN shortly thereafter. In 1988, the group changed its name again to The Kindred and then yet again to Pariah, releasing two albums under that name before folding in the early '90s. In 1997 Pariah released another album. The band's shifting lineup has included members of many other heavy metal bands such as Blitzkrieg, Rough Edge, Pariah, Atomkraft, Avenger, Persian Risk, Cronos and Battleaxe. In 1990, guitarist Steve Ramsey and bassist Graeme English together with singer Martin Walkyier of UK thrash metal band Sabbat founded folk metal act Skyclad.

Atom By Atom will see release in early October via Listenable Records with cover art and teaser tracks to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Stand by.

SATAN Personnel:
Brian Ross - Vocals
Steve Ramsey - Guitar
Russ Tippins - Guitar
Graeme English - Bass
Sean Taylor - Drums


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Apostle of Solitude - Of Woe and Wounds



Damn it.

I have no excuse.  None at all.

No excuse for not knowing more about these masters of trad doom metal, and no excuse for taking so long to get off my ever-growing-fatter ass and writing a review.

I mean, Steve Janiak, guitarist/vocalist for AOS, is afterall the main man behind riffmongers, Devil to Pay, who for chrissakes, are signed to my own label.  I love Devil to Pay, and love Fate is Your Muse, the album the talented quartet released with Ripple Music.  So why didn't I clue in earlier to Steve's other band, Apostle of Solitude.  Who knows.  I simply have no excuse.

But my oversight is being corrected right now, because AOS have released one of the more stunning doom metal albums I've heard all year.  Now, terms get confusing.  Doom, Doom/sludge, stonerdoom.  They all have different connotations.  With AOS I like to put the emphasis on the metal, because this is a classic post-NWOBHM, riff mad metal album, downtuned and depressed and simply sinking in a hell of doom.  In all the best ways.

The entire band is tight as fuck, but special mention has to go to Chuck Brown, who I believe is the main force behind AOS.  It's not clear to me who writes the songs, maybe a group effort, maybe a Chuck Brown led machine, but I do know that his vocals add that extra special touch to this album to really pump it over the top.  Not high and whiny like epic metal, or growled and vomited like death Black metal, Brown has a perfectly clean tone that rings beautiful enough to carry the melodies, yet buries within it a malevolent edge.  A hint of violence.  A tone of misery.

All of this comes to a front on "Whore's Wings" probably one of my favorite cuts I've heard all year in any heavy genre.  Mad riffing propels the song in a darkened post-NWOBHM familiarity while Brown's vocals dig deep into the torment in his soul to unleash lyrics like "Poison the well from which your love has sprung/come lies so easily from silver tongue/spread wide those whore's wings you wear so well."  And when the chorus comes in, with my man, Janiak adding backing vocals the song simply soars in it's despondency.  Special mention has to go to Dan Davidson who somehow managed to tap into the molten core of the earth to find his bass tone, and Corey Webb for battering the whole thing into painful submission.  Simply amazing stuff.

"Lamentations of a Broken Man," slows things down to reveal the more trudging doom bloodline of the band, crawling along in a post-Sabbath mode of woe and regret.  While "Die Vicar Die" erupts back into an inferno of hell-spawn metallic riffing.

Listen, the best way I can sum this up is to say that I was sent the promo for free by the label.  So I already have the album.  That didn't stop me from going right back to the band's site to buy the vinyl.  It's that good.

Now you have no excuse.

--Racer

http://apostleofsolitude.bigcartel.com/

http://apostleofsolitude.com/

Friday, July 31, 2015

Faith In Jane - Sorcerer, Sword, Smoke


Straight out of Thurmont, MD, Faith In Jane has been busting balls, crushing heads and taking no prisoners since 2009. The first few years of their existence the trio honed their skills until they knew some serious damage could be done with the groovy, spacey and jammed take on stoned out doom. And annihilate they do! I've been fortunate enough to have witnessed them live on several trips up to Maryland and Faith In Jane is a force to be reckoned with. Each new show brings something different and is always a natural step forward for them. How does this translate to the band's recorded efforts. Well dear waverider, read on about their brand new full-length, 'Sorcerer, Sword, Smoke' and find out.

Right out of the starting block in opener ‘Back To Earth’, messieurs Dan Mize, guitars & vocals, Brendan Winston, bass guitar and Alex Llewellyn, drums, throw a left hook, followed by a right hook and then a vicious upper cut that leaves me stumbling and gasping for air…even before ten seconds has passed! When I finally manage to gather my senses, I am lost in the wonderful world of Faith In Jane.

We all have our own individual ways of absorbing the music we listen to. And it also differs depending on what is being played. As for these gentlemen, all I recommend is to close your eyes, crank it up and just let the band take you away on a magical trip. Weaving back and forth between tempos, solos, jam sessions, you name it, it still never gets boring and that’s a great accolade. Countless bands have at countless times failed miserably trying to play above their abilities. Not these guys! Faith In Jane do whatever they want so easily and the end result is amazing. There are few, if hardly any bands nowadays, that can unleash such free flowing music, especially on a record. Just check out ‘Stormbringer’ for instance. A heavy monster from the start, but yet the band goes into different stages throughout with the flick of a switch without losing stride or momentum.

The aforementioned ‘Stormbringer’ is along with the ultra-doomy and trippy ‘Doomed Phoenix’, ‘Speaking The Wicked Tongue’, ‘Channel The Cosmic’ and ‘Infinite Love’ my absolute favourites on the album. And they really bring out what Faith In Jane are. You should of course listen to the album because it is a barnstormer, but the tracks I mentioned are all you could ask for in any band. I guess you can call Faith In Jane a free band, and what I mean by that is they do anything they want without any outside pressure. And that freedom is priceless which is so perfectly evident in ‘Sorcerer Sword Smoke’. I wish more bands has the same guts to do anything they want to, instead of thinking “will this be a hit”. If they did, the world of music would be a bottomless treasure chest. Since this most likely won’t happen, Faith In Jane are here to show the way.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic music waveriders. I implore you to also check out the band’s extensive back catalogue. If I’m not mistaken they have two full-lengths, one EP and five singles out already, independently released, and can be obtained from their bandcamp page. And anyone out there running a label should pick them up because Faith In Jane has not shied away from the public eye…and unbelievably they are still unsigned.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

ANCIENT ALTAR Announces Dead Earth Album & Summer Tour, Title Track Streaming On CVLT Nation


Los Angeles-based post-apocalyptic sludge outfit Ancient Altar released their self-titled debut and subsequent "Tidal" video last year to absolutely non-stop rave reviews, and they're not slowing down: Just announced is their sophomore album, Dead Earth, which will see the light of day on September 1st on LP via Black Voodoo Records, with a cassette version to follow through Midnite Collective. The band will also do a quick run of tour dates in August, and a bigger tour in the fall which will be announced soon. Today, CVLT Nation is hosting the first peek at the record: the title track, "Dead Earth," which depicts a departure from the planet after all is dead and smoldering. More info to be released in the coming weeks, but for now...

Hear Ancient Altar's "Dead Earth" AT THIS LOCATION.

**Preorders for the LP are available on Black Voodoo Records' website HERE.**

Track Listing:
1. Leader, Liar
2. Albion
3. Dead Earth (LISTEN)
4. Void

Ancient Altar Tour Dates:

8/6 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
8/7 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Flux Capacitor
8/8 - Santa Fe, NM @ The Cave
8/9 Tempe, AZ @ 51 West

 

LINKS:
ancientaltar.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/ancientaltar

RED FANG: Announce US Headlining Tour


Portland, OR hard rockers RED FANG have announced a headlining US tour this October with support from Whores and Wild Throne. The Revolver Magazine sponsored tour comes on the heels of the band's recent European and Australian tours and includes appearances at Slipknot's Knotfest and Monster Energy's Aftershock Festival.  This tour will mark the last shows the band performs this year before heading into the studio to begin recording their new full-length next year.  A complete listing of dates is available below.  The band commented on the upcoming run:  
 
"We are extremely excited to hit the road with two of our favorite bands, Whores and Wild Throne, this October!  Come hang out and let the AUTUMN BREEZE blow you away!!"  
 
RED FANG recently premiered their new animated video for “Crows In Swine,” the third single off their critically acclaimed third album Whales and Leeches. The clip which was animated and directed by Adam Avilla can be viewed HERE
 
Released on Relapse Records last year, RED FANG’s current album Whales and Leeches debuted at #66 on the Billboard Album Chart, marking the group’s highest sales week and first debut in the Top 200. RED FANG are generating worldwide critical acclaim from SPIN, Revolver, Magnet, Alternative Press and more (soundbites below) for their current album Whales and Leeches, which was produced by Chris Funk (Decemberists) and mixed by Vance Powell (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Kings of Leon). Featuring such guests as Mike Scheidt (YOB) and Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession), Whales and Leeches propels RED FANG into the upper stratosphere of the heavy rock and metal elite. The album can be streamed in full via their official Bandcamp page HERE
 
Red Fang Tour Dates
 
*All dates with Whores and Wild Throne* 
 
Thu/Oct 01 -  BILLINGS MT     Pub Station
Fri/Oct 02 -    SALT LAKE CITY UT       Urban Lounge w/ Caspian
Sat/Oct 03 -   FT COLLINS CO   Aggie Theatre
Mon/Oct 05 -  KANSAS CITY MO  Riot Room
Tue/Oct 06 -   ST LOUIS MO     Firebird
Wed/Oct 07 -  CHICAGO IL      Subterranean
Thu/Oct 08 -   COLUMBUS OH     Ace of Cups
Fri/Oct 09 -     PITTSBURGH PA   Altar Bar
Sat/Oct 10 -    BROOKLYN, NY   Palisades
Sun/Oct 11 -   PHILADELPHIA PA Underground Arts
Tue/Oct 13 -   RALEIGH NC      Kings
Wed/Oct 14 -  ATLANTA GA      Masquerade - Hell
Fri/Oct 16 -     NEW ORLEANS LA  Siberia
Sat/Oct 17 -    DALLAS TX       Gas Monkey Live
Sun/Oct 18 -   AUSTIN TX       Mohawk
Mon/Oct 19 -   HOUSTON TX      Warehouse Studio
Wed/Oct 21 -   ALBUQUERQUE NM  Launchpad
Thu/Oct 22 -    PHOENIX AZ      The Rebel Lounge
Fri/Oct 23 -      SAN DIEGO CA    Casbah
Sat/Oct 24 -     SAN MANUEL CA   Knotfest*
Sun/Oct 25 -    SACRAMENTO CA   Aftershock*
 
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