Monday, January 23, 2017

Shining - International Blackjazz Society

A good day to you waveriders!  I wonder.  Have you ever experienced this situation?  You're exposed to an album that absolutely rocks your world from someone you've never listened to before.  This previously unknown band or artist quickly establishes a residence inside your mind beside all of your favorites.  Then that newly ensconced band or artist releases their next album and it fails to make the impact you're anticipating.  Well, that is exactly what happened between me and the band Shining.

Back in 2012 I heard Live Blackjazz and I fell head over heels in love with this new combination of sounds I'd discovered.  Shining combines black, death, and industrial metal with jazz to create wonderful concoctions of sound which put an exceedingly broad smile on my face.  I quickly bought the band's other albums, all of which I enjoyed.  Fast forward to 2013.  Shining released an album called One One One and I failed to connect with the music.

Revisiting One One One now I do enjoy the album, but due to that initial disconnect I didn't go out of my way to check out Shining's latest release International Blackjazz Society.  Big mistake.  The love is back waveriders!  This album is monstrously good!  Essentially the band had me at hello.  I put on the introductory track and all of my dormant affection came rushing back like a tidal wave.  It was wonderful!  So what makes International... so much different than One One One?  Good question.

International... brings back the sonic diversity not found on One One One.  Whereas that album was laser focused on delivering the most metallic, noise-filled, bombastic assault possible International... has a dynamic range.  The jazzy elements take center stage on multiple occasions.  Tempos are varied.  The metallic components are stronger than ever yet they succeed in being significantly more memorable thanks to well-balanced usage of clean and gruff vocals along with more melodic instrumentation. 

To sum up waveriders International... takes the listener on a musical journey featuring peaks and valleys, the inclusion of which results in a far more interesting musical journey.  After experiencing this particular journey multiple times I am entirely comfortable stating that this is the best album Shining has released.  Start to finish International... delivers the heavy metal goods.  Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy today!


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Doublestone Signs World-wide Deal with Ripple Music; New Tony Reed-Produced Album Out in May

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the signing of Danish  retro-heavy rockers, Doublestone to their stellar roster of international bands.  Formed in 2011 Copenhagen, Denmark, by long time friends, Jamie and Bo as a duo. Doublestone, later that year became a power-trio as (the cousin) Kristian joined the band. The stoner-rock trio released a few EP’s, and in 2013 joined forces with, Mos Generator’s Tony Reed to record their first full length “Wingmakers.”

The debut album was recorded in an old cheese factory’s basement under the city of Copenhagen and catapulted the trio into the international stoner-rock scene, with their 70’s inspired, straight forward hardrock.

Now digging even deeper and going even further under ground, the long awaited second album, was created in the World War II bunker which is now Wolf Ram Studio, produced and mixed by Doublestone and Andreas Krohn, and mastered once again by the legendary by Tony Reed.

“Devil’s Own/Djævlens Egn” is finally ready for the world to hear and will be released worldwide by Ripple Music.

Bo Blond Daugaard - Guitar/Vocals
Michael James Bruun - Drums
Kristian Blond Møller - Bass/Vocals

Over that last 5 years, Ripple Music has distinguished itself as one of the leading puryeors of heavy rock.  With a roster that includes such bands as Wo Fat, Mothership, Freedom Hawk, Roadsaw and more, Doublestone's Bo says he's "over the clouds excited to be working with such a label, with such amazing bands and such a reputation for bringing quality music to the scene."

"Devil's Own/Djævlens Egn" will be released on May 12th, on vinyl, limited-edition, multi-colored vinyl, CD and digital world-wide via MVD Distributors, Ripple Music webstore, Ripple Music Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon and distributors world-wide.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Bandcamp Bonanza – Round 3 2017

Boy, what a great start to the year we’ve witnesses already. Round 3 already in the third week of the year, I’m actually doing okay. On today’s feature I’m recommending a good mix of albums some new and some old, but mostly new in the grand scheme. Enjoy, I’m not going to ramble on too much. 

Spacegoat – Superstition
I’ve grown to accept the fact that woman rock just as hard as men despite the age old stigma that surrounds the heavy rock scene.  Spacegoat is proof that we don’t need to differentiate woman or men as singers rather we need to just listen to the music regardless of sexual orientation. It either rocks or it doesn’t. In Spacegoats case it fucking rocks!!
Very well executed modern hard rock with psychedelic doomy fuzz aplenty. The vocals are serene, the riffs gallop with classic rock poise and the groove is insatiable. This is excellent, totally blindsided. Haven't fell this hard for a band of this caliber since Ruby the Hatchet.

Heat – Day In, Day Out –Single
I was never into singles, but in the case of bandcamp occasionally you get a treat of a couple songs designated as a single and serve as prelude to a larger work in process. Optimally they are offered on an actual 7-inch vinyl option as in Heat’s case. Heat’s latest 2-song single is enough to have me drop the coin on a full length without hesitation if it were available. The retro blues licks are smoking hot, layered with crunchy guitars gritty vocals, and groovy rhythm. One of the better singles out recently. Really dig this band.

Highlights Rock – Shine On
One of the strongest 70’s vibes I’ve gotten all year. It’s got strong southern melodies reminiscing of all the greats of the 70’s. Seriously push play on this to transport back to when the good times rolled with the windows rolled down, radio turned up, no seatbelts, and no worries. Super catchy classic rock textures for fans of Thin Lizzy Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band, Zeppelin, Gingerpig, Gin Lady, etc.....

No Man’s Valley – Time Travel
This one was released earlier in 2016 and although I remember seeing it popping up on recommendations threads I never took the time to listen. That is, until earlier this week. Wow, was I digging it.
Man, I gotta agree with Mubla Na on this one. Glad I finally found them here on bandcamp. Intoxicating journey through moody blues, dreamy psych, and progressive rock. The vocals range from deep swagger of Jim Morrison to yearning cries of Glen Danzig set to the beat of a heavy blues ballad reminiscent of All Them Witches.

Scuzzy Yeti – Scuzzy Yeti
One of the more recent finds in camp are Scuzzy Yeti. They sound like their band name suggests. This is steeped in Proto-blues, and basted with bong water low and slow in a gristled serving of hard and heavy vintage rock and roll. Get vibes similar to an Alabama Thunderpussy meets Grand Magus with a big ol’ nod to the stoner/doom scene of today. Vocals are barbarically soothing.

Lecherous Gaze – Zeta Reticuli Blues
I finally pulled the trigger and got what appeared to be the last LP offered on Lecherous Gaze previous album’s bandcamp. It was enough to pre-order the brand new album coming out in February on Tee Pee Records. This is some intense heavy, trippy blues rock folks. Very unique and the more you listen the deeper into the nectar you slide.
Okay I'll admit I must not have given these guys the attention they deserve. This is some mesmerizing heavy psychedelic jam rock with wicked vocals. They've got a brand new one coming on in February 2017 via Tee Pee Records that's gone straight to the top of my to do list!

Once again, we are continuing on the wave pool of riffs, bringing you the raddest of the ripples. There are plenty more to come. Stay tuned and keep glued to the feed.

 -The Huntsman

Friday, January 20, 2017

Gloson - Grimen

Big, heavy, and full of massive moments, Gloson’s newest offering, Grimen, is a formidable and enjoyable entry into the over-saturated and convoluted “doom/sludge” genre. 

Let me begin this review with a bit of an aside- I do not generally enjoy the music associated with the words “sludge” or “doom”.  However, I do not believe that it is because of the traits inherent with that particular “genre”… a term here that I use loosely.  I enjoy forceful music that drives and may be considered “slower” than a great deal of today’s technical metal.  I find myself entranced by the drone of the guitar work of bands like Gruzer, Mastodon, and others that can call themselves members of this particular sonic circle and the oppressive tonality it creates.  Yet again, it feels as though more than half of the submissions for review that I receive consider themselves to be “sludge/doom” metal… and they use that title to explain why they have no sense of cohesion, no pride in their tone, and no discernable musicality. 

With Gloson, you get all of the great, and none of the bad. 

From the opening hit of the massive wall of guitars, one can easily tell that this will be more than just your typical drone metal.  Gloson obviously takes pride in their craft.  The bass tone has a meaningful growl that has been cultivated and created to add to their sound.  The lead guitar parts while simple by design, they add atmosphere and beauty over an absolutely monstrous backing track.  The drums are precise and thumping with great emphases on dynamics.   They also use parts and pieces of softness and buildup in order to create musical drama.  The best example of this is found in the song Cringe, my favorite track on the album, which slows to an acoustic bridge that is as beautiful as it is haunting, until the drums slowly build back up to a cathartic section filled with beauty and range.  This is goose bump inducing material. 

Grimen satisfies every single part of my musical appetite.   It has aggressiveness.  It has emotion.  It is art.  I hope people reach out and give this album a chance… as Gloson has the chance to become a flag-bearer for an over-saturated genre of metal.

-The Professor

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Watchers – Sabbath Highway

I put this CD in the player and about ten seconds later the first thing that came out of my mouth was “God Damn!!!”. It's been a while since I listened to an album that comes out swinging like this one. If you were ever a fan of heavy, late seventies/early eighties rock like Van Halen, Thin Lizzy, ZZ Top, Judas Priest, and so on, you will probably never take this one out of your CD player. I'm not sure I have the words to describe this one; it's that good. But I'll try.

First off, you could probably use this as your ED medication if you find yourself in that boat. Problem is you'd probably be headed to the ER with priapism every time you listen to this. Everything about this album is top notch. The songs are well written, the vocals are killer, the musicianship is incredible. The only problem with this release is that it's too short. You're left wanting more when the final track fades out, so you just let it play again.

“Sabbath Highway”, the first track, is a high energy blast of pure rock. Not many bands play heavy rock like this any more, which is a shame, because so-called rock radio could use more music like this. As if the song wasn't already a true gem, the guitar solo that cuts in like a laser and just levels everything in sight takes this one to a completely different plane of existence. There's a brief respite with “Requiem”, then we take off once again with “Call The Priest”. This one is a little slower but just as heavy with a guitar tone that could double as a sandblaster. Great stuff.

Next up is “Today” with a great opening segment that reminds me of an old school muscle car just smoking the tires before it rips up the asphalt. Nice work by the drummer on this one with a driving rhythm that keeps the whole thing moving right along. There's a little breakdown section that is very reminiscent of ZZ Top at their best. Then everything wraps up with “Just A Needle”, a slinky little number that, as I mentioned before, fades away too soon.

Get your hands on this one as soon as you can and you'll be one very happy camper. Who cares if its January, pop this one in the CD player in your car and it will feel like the best summertime jams you ever heard. Just maybe keep the windows up for a few more months.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SUPERJOINT To Kick Off Winter Headlining Tour With Battlecross And Child Bite; Tour Trailer Posted And More!

[photo by Danin Drahos]

SUPERJOINT will kick of the New Year with part one of their US headlining tour. The band's latest journey, and first in support of their recently issued Caught Up In The Gears Of Application full-length will commence on January 12th and run through February 3rd with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks. Support will be provided by Motor City thrashers Battlecross and noise rock eccentrics/Housecore labelmates Child Bite, also of Detroit.

Additionally, SUPERJOINT will play the For The Sick Benefit, a three-day festival-style event organized for Eyehategod frontman Mike IX Williams, who underwent a liver transplant last month. The For The Sick Benefit will take place at Siberia and Poor Boys venues in New Orleans and will include appearances by Eyehategod, Crowbar, Goatwhore, Thou, Classhole, and many more acts bound together for the cause.

Watch a hilarious tour trailer at THIS LOCATION where you can also view the band's "Caught Up In The Gears Of Application" video.

In other SUPERJOINT news, frontman Philip H. Anselmo recently visited Loudwire's HQ where he was filmed narrating classic Sesame Street tale The Monster At The End Of This Book. Check it out HERE.

SUPERJOINT w/ Battlecross, Child Bite:
1/19/2017 The Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
1/20/2017 Big Shots - Valparaiso, IN
1/21/2017 Oddbody's - Dayton, OH
1/22/2017 The Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
1/24/2017 Diamond Pub Concert Hall - Louisville, KY
1/25/2017 The Emerson Theater - Indianapolis, IN
1/27/2017 House Of Music & Ent. - Arlington Heights, IL
1/28/2017 Pop's Concert Venue - Sauget, IL
1/29/2017 The Warehouse - Clarksville, TN
1/31/2017 Zydeco - Birmingham, AL
2/01/2017 The Concourse - Knoxville, TN
2/03/2017 Vinyl Music Hall - Pensacola, FL
2/04/2017 For The Sick Benefit For Mike IX @ Siberia + Poor Boys - New Orleans, LA w/ Eyehategod, Crowbar, Goatwhore, Classhole, Mountain Of Wizard

Caught Up In The Gears Of Application is SUPERJOINT's first proper studio offering in over a decade. Recorded at the famed Nodferatu's Lair, produced by SUPERJOINT co-founder Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Scour, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Arson Anthem etc.) and Stephen Berrigan (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Eyehategod, Haarp, Classhole, etc.), and mastered by Scott Hull (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Pig Destroyer) at Visceral Sounds, the thirty-eight-minute bruiser spews forth an unapologetic crossover of hardcore punk, metal, and uncompromising, antagonistic, New Orleans-style angst.

Various order bundles, including limited edition vinyl options and authentic woodwork from their "Caught Up In The Gears Of Application" video are available via Housecore at THIS LOCATION. For digital orders, point your browser HERE where you can also stream the record in full.

In addition to Anselmo claiming the cover of Decibel Magazine's December 2016 issue, Caught Up In The Gears Of Application continues to earn critical accolades from fans and critics globally. In a perfect 5/5 score, New Noise Magazine likens the band's rhythm section to a, "rapid series of punches like a Cajun boxer," furthering, "SUPERJOINT's variety of hardcore can have a strenuous relationship with jazz, as in the midst of Caught Up In The Gears Of Application's storm of nihilism is the sexy gospel of New Orleans jazz. SUPERJOINT's music is like a poison that you want to keep drinking, a spirit that doesn't age, and never heals - but it'll kill time. There is creative genius in these guys." Loudwire notes, "SUPERJOINT are looking to add a vicious and philosophical third chapter to the band's legacy." Of the title track, Metal Injection champions, "...a great mix of southern rock and hardcore punk... if Down ever got really angry and decided to knock out a punk record, this is what I imagine it would sound like." While Maximum Volume Music writes, "They may have dropped the ritual but they have kept the habitual as the ferocious New Orleans supergroup pick up where they left off after a 13-year gap."

Elsewhere the sentiment echoes. "The volatile, acidic savagery that the band is known for is just as present now as it was before they went on hiatus over a decade ago...," issues Metal Nexus. "Songs heaving with hardcore foundations and muscular musical swagger detonate and decimate everything within earshot as they creep down your auditory canals and crush your skull from within..." Two Guys Metal Reviews concurs, "Caught Up In The Gears Of Application is exactly what it needs to be: raw, vicious, and unrelenting. Everything that has made the Phil Anselmo projects great over the past few years is represented here... this man is one of the truly great forces in metal." The Sludgelord champions the band's collectively "gnarly and nasty music," that's as, "potent as ever," and a, "storming return." Adds Hellbound, "'Circling The Drain' is perhaps the best Bower riff he's written in a while, literally interpreting the song title with a circling, buzzsaw neckwrecker. Gawddamn! Tracks like 'Asshole,' 'Mutts Bite Too,' and 'Rigging The Fight' only thicken the toxic mixture. Revenge is a dish best served sludgy!"

SUPERJOINT was resurrected in 2015 after the original band broke up a decade earlier. At the behest of the late Corey Mitchell, co-founder of The Housecore Horror Film Festival, SUPERJOINT founders Anselmo, Jimmy Bower (Down, Eyehategod), and Kevin Bond (Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver et al) joined forces with longtime comrades, drummer José "Blue" Gonzalez (Warbeast, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals), and bassist Stephen Taylor (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Woven Hand, 16 Horse Power). A new era of the band was born. Consequently, the band members found true joy in playing together again. After just two tours, new material followed culminating in the scathing sounds of Caught Up In The Gears Of Application.

ROZAMOV Issues Artwork And Trailer For This Mortal Road Album Due In March Through Battleground Records And Dullest Records; Preorders Posted

Boston-based ROZAMOV has issued the details and a brief trailer for their upcoming debut full-length, This Mortal Road, which is set for co-release through Battleground Records and Dullest Records in March.

With five monolithic passages consuming over forty minutes of textured, melody-laced doom metal, This Mortal Road presents a sonic catharsis featuring the longest, heaviest, and most progressive tracks ROZAMOV has ever created. The crushing production was recorded and mixed by Jon Taft at New Alliance Audio, and mastered by Nick Z at New Alliance East Mastering, the album finalized with photography by Andrew Weiss and layout by Matt Martinez. The cover art, track listing, and a brief trailer for This Mortal Road, featuring a clip of audio, have been issued.

View ROZAMOV's This Mortal Road trailer RIGHT HERE.

This Mortal Road will see release March 3rd on vinyl through Battleground Records, on CD and cassette through Dullest Records, and digitally through the band. Digital preorders are posted HERE, and physical preorders at Battleground HERE and Dullest HERE.

Stand by for additional audio samples, an official video, and more to be released in the coming weeks. ROZAMOV will announce their US tour dates in support of the album in the coming days as well.

This Mortal Road Track Listing:
1. This Mortal Road
2. Wind Scorpion
3. Serpent Cult
4. Swallowed And Lost
5. Inhumation

Since 2011, ROZAMOV has left their mark on the US metal circuit with their infectious psyche-tinged grueling doom, having opened for countless national acts, touring regions of the country, and much more, in addition to releasing two independent EPs - 2012's Rozamov and 2013's Of Gods And Flesh. A busy 2015 included performances at Psycho California, Converse Rubber Tracks Live alongside Slayer and Doomriders, a Converse feature on the back cover of Decibel Magazine, a tour with Destroy Judas, and the release of a split 7" with Deathkings. Amidst the bleak and historic winter of 2014-15, the recording lineup of ROZAMOV including Tom Corino (bass/vocals/noise guitar), Matt Iacovelli, (guitar/vocals/piano), and Will Hendrix (drums) entered New Alliance Audio in Cambridge to record This Mortal Road. Since its recording the band's new live lineup is completed with Iacovelli on guitar and vocals, Corino on bass and vocals, and Jeff Landry on drums.

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