Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Arizona trio confirmed to support Intronaut on spring tour; Tucson record release show announced
In the decade-plus they’ve been a band, the Tucson, Ariz.-based trio NORTH has ebbed and flowed their way into becoming one of the most respected outfits in the underground metal scene. Despite a series of lineup changes and personal setbacks, NORTH has returned stronger and more focused than ever on their debut full-length release for Prosthetic Records, "Light The Way." 

One week prior to the album's March 18 worldwide release, the band will play a hometown record release show at Tucson's Club Congress before embarking on a North American jaunt with Intronaut. A full listing of dates can be found listed below. Tickets are available via https://www.facebook.com/NorthAZ/.

Originally starting off in 2005 as an instrumental act, NORTH has continued to push the boundaries of the heavier side of post-rock. Formed by Evan Leek (bass) and Zack Hansen (drums) and rounded out by guitarists Ty Engle and Matt Mutterperl, the band’s first recordings were done in Hansen’s bedroom and self-released. With their debut 2006 EP "Siberia," they soon made a name for themselves in the Arizona scene, supporting others in the genre such as Caspian, Tera Melos and This Will Destroy You on those bands’ southwestern tour stops.

Eventually, the group decided to expand the sound of the band, adding vocals on 2008’s "What You Were," which was met with critical acclaim and expanded touring throughout the U.S. When it came time for the band to begin work on their next record, numerous line-up changes occurred. Writing stopped, started, stopped again and at times the band wondered if it would ever restart again. Amazingly enough, this turmoil produced their best material to date. "The Great Silence," released in the summer of 2012, was a compelling fusion of post-rock and metal and garnered their finest reviews yet. The band toured for a year to support the album, but after two members left the group, NORTH once again questioned its future.

The three remaining members, Leek, Hansen and Mutterperl, regrouped and sat down to write for the first time as a three-piece and found the chemistry the best it had ever been. Four tracks came together quickly, which was released as the "Metanoia" EP, and the guys did what they do best: play live. There seemed to be a genuine rebirth in the band as they embarked their most extensive touring to date. It was shortly after this that the group signed to Prosthetic Records – which reissued "Metanoia" and "Siberia" last year – and quickly began working on new material, not wanting to lose the momentum they were feeling. The two-track single, "Through Raven’s Eyes," recorded in early 2015, saw the band at possibly its darkest and heaviest, musically speaking. Now, with "Light The Way," NORTH begins a new chapter – one that kicks off with the highest-profile shows of the band's career.

Stay tuned in the following weeks for further details on "Light The Way" via the band's social media pages:

3/12 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress (Record Release Show)
3/15 Los Angeles, CA - Roxy # 
3/16 San Diego, CA -Brick By Brick # 
3/17 Mesa, AZ - Nile Underground # 
3/18 Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad # 
3/19 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre # 
3/20 Lawrence, KS - Aftershock #
3/21 Fort Worth, TX - Tomcats # 
3/22 Austin, TX - Dirty Dog # 
3/23 Houston, TX - Walters # 
3/24 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade # 
3/25 Tampa, FL - Orpheum #
3/26 Jacksonville, FL - 1904 Music Hall # 
3/27 Charlotte, NC - Rabbit Hole # 
3/28 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel #  
3/29 New York, NY - Marlin Room @ Webster Hall #  
3/30 Boston, MA - Middle East #
4/1 Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace # 
4/2 Detroit, MI - Loving Touch # 
4/3 Chicago, IL - Reggies Rock Club # 
4/4 Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theatre # 
4/5 Winnipeg, MB - Goodwill # 
4/6 Regina, SK - Exchange # 
4/7 Edmonton, AB - Skylite # 
4/8 Calgary, AB - Dickens # 
4/9 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre # 
4/11 Seattle, WA - Crocodile # 
4/12 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre # 
4/13 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill # 
# with Intronaut

CONNY OCHS: First Single From Future Fables LP Now Playing At New Noise Magazine; Preorders Released

[photo by Christian Thiele]
The maiden single to see release from German folk singer/songwriter CONNY OCHS' forthcoming third solo album, Future Fables - set for release in late February via Exile On Mainstream - has been released, as New Noise Magazine makes the track "Wake Up" available for public consumption.
Stream the mesmerizing CONNY OCHS track "Wake Up" via New Noise at THIS LOCATION.
Also view the official trailer for Future Fables RIGHT HERE.
Future Fables will see release through Exile On Mainstream Records on February 26th, 2016. Preorders have been made available; US orders for both the CD and LP can be placed via Earsplit Distro HERE, and internationally through Exile On Mainstream, the CD HERE and LP HERE. Digital preorders are available via iTunes, which include an instant gratification download of the track "Wake Up," HERE.
CONNY OCHS and labelmate Friedemann will celebrate a series of record release shows together surrounding the release of both of their new LPs, with shows across Germany in Leipzig, Quedlinburg, Herzberg and Dresden February 18th through 21st.
CONNY OCHS Double Record Release Shows w/ Friedemann:
2/18/2016 UT Connewitz - Leipzig, DE
2/19/2016 Reichstrasse - Quedlinburg, DE
2/20/2016 P-Party - Herzberg, DE
2/21/2016 Chemiefabrik - Dresden, DE

Earlier in 2015, having released Freedom Conspiracy (Exile On Mainstream) with fellow Scott "Wino" Weinrich (St. Vitus, The Obsessed, Shrinebuilder) and completed some touring across Europe, CONNY OCHS returned to the studio at the end of the Summer, once again with producer/engineer/studio owner Thommy Krawallo, with whom his previous album, Black Happy and both collaborative albums with Wino were created in full analog fashion. The Kabumm Studio had just relocated from its historic location in a former East German and Soviet government radio complex in Berlin, to the wilderness of a rural Brandenburg village. OCHS went in with a bag full of sketches and licks, inhaling the raw atmosphere of the surroundings, a yet unfinished house full of instruments and equipment in the middle of nowhere, also trying to find its place. This unstable environment birthed a new start for him, letting in much more than a breeze of fresh air by widening his instrumental repertoire to drums, electric guitars, piano, bass and organ. The lyrics and stories circulate more than ever around people encountered and journeys undertaken over the past years - the album title referring to our tendency to give an unwritten future some kind of tangibility through dreams and visions.
CONNY OCHS struck out on his own as a solo musician at the turn of the millennium, after having spent many years fronting heavier bands (such as Zombie Joe, Baby Universal) in his native Germany. The artist's solitary venture saw him make a marked departure from the direct sounds of modern rock, letting the influences of revered folk singer/songwriters like Woodie Guthrie, Townes van Zandt, Nick Drake and others inform his firm new direction across the course of multiple solo LPs and collaborations. Alongside his savvy combinations of acoustic and electric guitars, OCHS owns an incredibly natural voice; soulful and dynamic, with a clean style that can bring about absolute joy, or of purely melancholic end-time inner blues. His songs focus on the interplay between storytelling and visions - this he carves into the rough edges of his organic and sparkling music. Keeping his approach pure and from the heart, CONNY OCHS reaches a stark authenticity that draws you in and makes you a part of the music, his travels and struggles, and his search for freedom in life and song.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Thunderous sludge warriors DEADSMOKE to release self-titled album this March on Heavy Psych Sounds

After they won their spurs at last year's Duna Jam festival, Italian doom and gloom merchants DEADSMOKE are set to release their tenebrous, thunderous self-titled debut LP on Heavy Psych Sounds. Discover the artwork and a first song off "Deadsmoke" now.
Get drowned into the darkness with new track Liar Behind Me 
DEADSMOKE is a newcoming yet promising Italian sludge outfit who sounds like amplifiers buried in the deep, with down-tuned monolithic guitar riff scraping the soil down to the core of the earth. Slow, hypnotic, dissonant cadences recall the eternal need for isolation and the atavistic fear of nothingness. Sub-frequencies corrode the one last trace of human cognition, apprehension and judgment. Despair has never been as compelling that now. 
DEADSMOKE - Debut album "Deadsmoke"
Out on March 25th via Heavy Psych Sounds
1. Branches Of Evil
2. Eyes Of The Blind Man
3. Liar Behind Me
4. Tornado
5. Night Of The Vipers


Red Fang, who recently celebrated their tenth anniversary with a trio of Northwestern U.S. performances, return to the studio in February, recording the follow-up to Whales & Leeches with famed producer Ross Robinson.

"I've never been more excited about making a record in my life,” said drummer John Sherman. “The writing process for this album has been super fun and full of energy and good vibes.  And the opportunity to work with Ross Robinson is so crazy - I've got goose bumps just talking about it!!"

“Red Fang is the extreme mix of cool, wisdom, fire, life dedication and taste,” offered Robinson. “I'm stoked to see who they are at the deepest level on tape; anyone touched by Red Fang swim in coolness, they are true messengers of inspiration.”

The band, who are trekking from Portland to begin recording at Robinson’s Venice, Calif. studio, will play two shows en route: Feb. 17 at Jub Jub’s in Reno and Feb. 18 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz.

Whales & Leeches was released in October 2013 via Relapse Records. The 11-song album landed the band on The Late Show with David Letterman and in a world of trouble in the zombie-infused video for “Blood Like Cream,” which featured guest Fred Armisen (https://youtu.be/elfuaxHQWlQ).  Alternative Press said Whales & Leeches was “bigger, bolder, heavier, catchier and even more savagely fun.”

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Oregon's best kept secret HOLY GROVE unveil artwork and new song off debut album, out this March on Heavy Psych Sounds

Ahoy, groove worshippers! Here is Oregon's best kept secret and soon-to-be iconic rockers HOLY GROVE, led by one of the greatest female voices in the doom/heavy rock game. The band recently unveiled the artwork as well as two goosebump-inducing tracks for their upcoming debut "Holy Grove", due out March 18th on Heavy Psych Sounds.
Check out HOLY GROVE's new songs Death Of Magic and Nix
Remember when heavy rock bands wrote songs? In the early 70's, Grand Funk, Bang and Deep Purple brought hooks and choruses to seriously weighty tunes. In 2015, Portland, Oregon’s HOLY GROVE walk in the footsteps of tradition, pitting soulful vocals, searing guitar solos, and swinging grooves into their own dinosaur stomp.
After wowing US audiences for two years, the doom blues is now ready to deliver their self-titled debut, with seven tracks top-full of blazing riffage, cloud-piercing wails, and enough rhythmic heft to satisfy today’s doom-hungry audience. Andrea Vidal’s lyrics of myth and fantasy coast on a massive magic carpet of guitar licks, kept aloft by a pulverizing rhythm section. HOLY GROVE is far more than a toe-dipped-in-the occult spring, they produce a patiently-crafted statement of intent with major love and assistance from master “engine-ear” Billy Anderson (Sleep's "Dopesmoker", The Melvins). 
HOLY GROVE - Debut album "Holy Grove"
Out on March 18th via Heavy Psych Sounds 

1. Death Of Magic
2. Nix
3. Holy Grove
4. Huntress
5. Caravan
6. Hanged Man
7. Safe Return
(Artwork: Adam Burke)
Andrea Vidal - Vocals
Trent Jacobs - Guitar
Gregg Emley - Bass
Adam Jelsing - Drums


Long-awaited third album 'Times of Pride and Peril' due Feb. 12 
The Los Angeles-based heavy metal outfit HOLY GRAIL will mercilessly shred across the highways of North America this year as they serenade audiences new and old with material from their blazing new album "Times of Pride and Peril," scheduled for worldwide release via Prosthetic Records on Feb. 12. The band – who in recent weeks gigged alongside the likes of King Diamond, Flotsam & Jetsam and Death Angel, in addition to touring with Night Demon – will begin their assault with a stretch of dates in early February alongside iconic guitarist Marty Friedman before joining Georgia heavy metal trio Black Tusk on a full North American jaunt that extends into April. A full list of upcoming dates can be found below, while tickets and event details can be found at www.holygrailofficial.com.

"Times of Pride and Peril" is the highly anticipated follow-up to HOLY GRAIL's acclaimed 2013 effort "Ride the Void," which Blabbermouth lauded as "
an impressive confluence of dazzling musicianship and catchy, anthemic songwriting." Recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer John Spiker (Tenacious D, Filter), the album encompasses the rise and fall of an empire, showcasing a history of triumphs and defeats through the group’s quintessential shreddery. The album will be available for pre-order on CD, LP and digital download starting this Friday, Jan. 8, when a new song will be unveiled. Stay tuned to the band's social media pages for further information:


2/8 Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge ^
2/9 El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls ^
2/11 San Antonio, TX - Fitzgerald’s ^
2/12 Houston, TX - Scout Bar ^ 
2/13 Dallas, TX - Trees ^ 
2/14 Little Rock, AR - Juanita’s ^
2/16 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade ^ 
2/17 Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits ^ 
2/18 Orlando, FL - Backbooth ^
2/19 St. Petersburg, FL - The State Theatre ^
2/20 Ocala, FL - O’Malley’s Alley 
2/22 Greenville, SC - Gottrocks
2/23 Charlotte, NC - Milestone #
2/24 Virginia Beach, VA - Shakas # 
2/25 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie #
2/26 Boston, MA - Once Ballroom # 
2/27 Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus #
2/29 Burlington, VT - Nectars # 
3/1 Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle #
3/2 Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques #
3/3 Toronto, ON - Hard Luck # 
3/4 Detroit, MI - Berserker Fest #
3/5 Chicago, IL - Reggies # 
3/6 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon #
3/7 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock # 
3/8 Fargo, ND - The Aquarium #
3/9 Winnipeg, MB - The Windsor Hotel #
3/11 Saskatoon, SK - Amigos Cantina # 
3/12 Edmonton, AB - Brixx # 
3/13 Calgary, AB - Palomino # 
3/14 Kamloops, BC - The Office # 
3/16 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore # 
3/17 Seattle, WA - El Corazon # 
3/18 Spokane, WA - The Pin # 
3/19 Portland, OR - Panic Room #
3/20 Bend, OR - Volcanic Theatre Pub # 
3/22 Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst # 
3/23 San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside #
3/24 Los Angeles, CA - Viper Room # 
3/25 San Diego, CA - Brick by Brick # 
3/26 Phoenix, AZ - Pub Rock # 
3/28 Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Bar # 
3/29 Denver, CO - Marquis Theater # 
3/30 Kansas City, MO - Riot Room # 
4/1 Indianapolis, IN - 5th Quarter # 
4/2 Newport, KY - Southgate House #
^ with Marty Friedman
# with Black Tusk

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Portland's street doomers R.I.P. announce debut album "In The Wind", dropping this March on Totem Cat Records

If there's one thing you didn't see coming for 2016, it's a radical heavy metal assault by Oregon's self-proclaimed "street doomers" R.I.P.. Their rousing debut album "In The Wind" - due out this March on Totem Cat Records and illustrated by US painter Adam Burke - will make all metalheads' hearts leap with joy. Get in the wind or get out the way...

Watch R.I.P.'s (literally) bone-crushing trailer for "In The Wind" NOW
In a heavy metal wasteland littered with cookie cutter snooze-button doom bands rocking $10,000 rigs and $1 riffs, its a huff of fresh air straight out of the glue bottle to hear R.I.P. – four cretins from the Pacific Northwest who play knuckle dragging death obsessed metal at the speed of the streets. After several years of hammering the west coast with the blunt scythe of street-doom, they finally committed to tape an introductory will and testament for the rest of the world to tremble to. “In the Wind” closes the casket on the trends and exhumes the notion that doom isn’t about how slow and de-tuned you can play, but about fear, death, leather and playing as heavy as possible. A full US tour in the spring follows this Totem Cat Records release, where the band plans to drag the rest of the country down with them. Doom is dead: R.I.P. doom.
R.I.P. - Debut album "In The Wind"
Out on 2xLP and digital this March on Totem Cat Records
1. The Scythe
2. In The wind Part 1
3. Tremble
4. Black Leather
5. Smoke and Lightning
6. In The Wind Part 2
7. The Tombstone
8. Bereaved
9. Brave In The Grave
10. In The wind Part 3
ARTWORK: Adam Burke
Fuzz – Vocals
Angel Martinez  Guitar
Jon Mullett – Bass
Willie D – Drums
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