Thursday, April 17, 2014


Stone Titan 7

Last Fall we introduced you to Connecticut-based doom-sludge-metalcolytes Stone Titan. Decibel Magazine called their last album, Scratch N' Sniff, "a mess...fucked up in all the right places." A US tour, lineup change and several bank holidays later and they're back with an all-new slab of wax for Record Store Day entitled Peace, Love & Get The Fuck Out Of My Face. The 12" features five new songs of endorphin-morphin' sonic bedlam and wall-of-fuzz guitars. Their label Safety Meeting Records has a pre-order available now and the vinyl will be available in 250 limited edition copies in random mixed colors at your favorite metal-slinging record shop on RSD this Saturday. 
Pre-order P,L&GTFOOMF from Safety Meeting Records, Stream it on Bandcamp.

"“If you like it downtuned and heavy, then definitely check them out.” – CT Indie
"If you worship the slow and heavy then I'm sure you will dig it.​" - Thrash

Michael Sweet - I’m Not Your Suicide

Big3 Records

  Wow. The production and guitar tones on this album are some of the best I have heard. Full on in your face metal on some songs, rock and roll juggernauts on others. The ballads are simply angelic perfection. Such a great collection, of strong songs. And with special guest musician powerhouses like, Tony Harnell, Chris Jericho, Doug Aldritch, Elektra Mustaine, and others, this album plows through the speakers like a freight chain of melodic monster hits.

“This Time” and “The Cause” are incredible pieces of music. The vocals are truly inspired.

“Taking On The world Tonight” is by far my personal favorite. Just a juggernaut of intensity. The production is so strong on this track. Tony Harnell adds a tremendous element to the structure.

“I’m Not Your Suicide” hits you hard. the message, always a strong component of Michael’s music, really comes into play with this song. Very emotional, and freshly modern sounding. He captures the spark of the old 80’s rock vibe and delivers a modern rock anthem. Perfect.

“How To Live”, The songwriting on this track is intense and truly emotional. Ballads have become clich├ęd over the years on rock albums. but Michael delivers a powerhouse of a tune. You feel every note. This one adds a new dimension to an already hit [acked album.

“Unsuspecting” is a classic metal rocker that features some of the best guitar playing I have heard in a while. Fantastic vocals coupled with some serious guitar antics. This song has some incredibly high vocals from Michael sweet. Very intense. Reminds me, of the early Saxon, Def Leppard sound. Better production than those bands here but the idea is the same. One of the best tracks. Guitar solo is insane.

“Heart Of Gold” is performed twice on the album, once with Michael alone and once with Elektra Mustaine sharing vocal duties. Breathes new life, into the Neil Young classic. Strong. Helping to cross, that rock/country line. Guitar tone on the track is very well done. What is he using?

This album is top ten this year so far. It is a strong faithful rock and metal epic creation. Fans of stryper and modern day rock will find common ground on this album. Play it loud. Michael Sweet has outdone himself on this disc.

10/10horns up


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MOUNT SALEM: Chicago Psychedelic Doom Conjurors Announce Headlining Tour


Chicago psychedelic doom rock conjurors and recent Metal Blade signees, MOUNT SALEM, will embark on a full headlining tour this May! The trek will pillage its way through select cities between Chicago and Los Angeles, and includes one-off shows in New Mexico and Arizona opening up for doom legends, Saint Vitus! MOUNT SALEM will be touring in support of their Endless EP.

Mega blog,, recently featured an interview with vocalist/organist Emily Kopplin as part of their "Vital Vinyl" column. The column highlights Endless' striking cover art, the band's proclivity for vinyl, and more. Check out the entire interview and photos at THIS LOCATION.

5/01/2014 Township - Chicago, IL
5/02/2014 Dragonfly Lounge - Madison, WI
5/03/2014 JB's Speakeasy - La Crosse, WI
5/04/2014 Chesterfield - Sioux City, IA
5/05/2014 The Bourbon - Lincoln, NE
5/06/2014 Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO w/ Speedwolf
5/08/2014 Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM w/ Saint Vitus, Sons Of Huns
5/09/2014 Club Red - Tempe, AZ w/ Saint Vitus, Sons Of Huns
5/10/2014 TBA - Los Angeles, CA
5/11/2014 The Makeout Room - San Francisco, CA
5/12/2014 Witch Room - Sacramento, CA
5/13/2014 Slabtown - Portland, OR
5/15/2014 The Shred Shed - Salt Lake City, UT
5/16/2014 Future Shock - Frisco, CO
5/17/2014 Kung Fu Tap And Taco - Des Moines, IA

MOUNT SALEM is a four-piece psychedelic rock/doom metal band. They started writing music together in the summer of 2012 and released their first debut EP, Endless, in the Spring of 2013. Taking influence from the likes of Black Sabbath and Pentagram, MOUNT SALEM play loud, heavy rock 'n' roll using all vintage gear. Throwing their own twist of dark, mysterious doom into their summonings, MOUNT SALEM systematically pull listeners into their sinister realm of sound; their lyrical imagery serving as a ride all its own. Metal Blade Records signed the band in the Summer of 2013 and recently released an extended version of Endless containing two additional, brand-new tracks.
"Endless feels like it's trapped in the nightmarish head-space of a psychic medium on a bad trip." -- Mister Growl

"Whether you're a fan of psychedelic rock, stoner rock or doom metal, there's a little something for everybody on Mount Salem's 'Endless.'" - Loudwire

"Debut album, Endless, is an absolute monolith of a record that combines the sludgy, droning guitars of Iommi's finest vintage with Emily's shimmering vocals and epic Jon Lord-style organ rushes. It's retro, yes, but it also sounds too exciting to be dismissed as simply revisionism." - Metal Hammer

"You do not want to pass this one up. MOUNT SALEM have managed to set themselves apart with well-written songs, haunting vocals, killer riffs, and the right type of mood that is essential for crafting memorable metal." - Verbicide

"For MOUNT SALEM, that uniqueness is unequivocally the monstrous vocal abilities of frontwoman Emily Kopplin - like holy balls, she has some pipes." - Dead Rhetoric

Dutch Rock Legends FOCUS Release New Album 'Golden Oldies' On April 14, 2014

Dutch rock legends Focus will be releasing their eagerly awaited new album on April 14, 2014. Titled 'Golden Oldies', the new release features re-recordings of classic Focus tracks, featuring “Hocus Pocus”, “Sylvia”, “House Of The King” and others. Focus has recently embarked on a world tour in support of their forthcoming album.

Thijs Van Leer explains, “Producing 'Golden Oldies' is tricky. Both the die hard Fans and the 2014 Focus-members were having doubts about this enterprise, because we didn't know if the recent recordings would match the original material, notwithstanding the fact that we had so much fun in doing the session, quick, romantic, virtuoso, full of funny moments & profoundness; But... the final mix turns out to be fantastic and we all are proud to release this album at our earliest convenience!! Halleluya!!!”

With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the '70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits “Hocus Pocus”, “House of The King” and “Sylvia”, the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their new album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans!

After a comeback in the early 2000's, the band has gone from strength to strength, with their last studio album 'Focus X' still receiving considerable support from music fans across multiple genres. Along with Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is beloved Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album 'Moving Waves' in 1972.

Internationally renowned for his rhythmic skills, Pierre remains a defining factor in the Focus sound. Bassist Bobby Jacobs, who comes from a well-acclaimed Dutch musical family and guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, complete the band's current line-up.

Most recently, the group's 1972 worldwide hit “Hocus Pocus” was featured in the major motion picture 'Robocop' starring Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton.

To purchase Focus 'Golden Oldies':

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SERPENTINE PATH Debuts First Single From Sophomore Relapse LP

Relapse Records has just released the first single to be released from the second LP from NYC morbid sludge metal kingpins, SERPENTINE PATH.

The highly anticipated follow-up to SERPENTINE PATH's self-titled 2012 debut, Emanations is the band's first studio venture featuring new second guitarist Stephen Flam, the mastermind behind NYC doom/death legends, Winter -- aligned with founding members Tim Bagshaw (ex-Ramesses, ex-Electric Wizard) and a triad of ex-Unearthly Trance members, bassist Jay Newman, drummer Darren Verni and vocalist Ryan Lipynsky (The Howling Wind). Capturing forty-five minutes of true sludge punishment from this true underground all-star team, Emanations was recorded by Newman, as with their debut, after which it was mastered at Audiosiege, the album dredging forth the band's most demoralizing and anguish-filled slow-motion chaos yet, and fittingly enshrouded by striking artwork by in-house Relapse artist Orion Landau.

"Disfigured Colossus" is the fourth of Emanations' seven grueling tracks, and has been today released in several methods of dispersal, now playing at Youtube HERE and Soundcloud HERE.

Emanations will see release through Relapse on May 27th, 2014 on CD, LP and digital formats; preorders for the album can be placed HERE, and via iTunes HERE.

RIVAL SONS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES - celebrate release of their new album, GREAT WESTERN VALKYRIE.

Long Beach, California's RIVAL SONS have announced four intimate UK shows to celebrate the upcoming release of their new album, GREAT WESTERN VALKYRIE.

The band will be treating UK fans to special performances of brand new tracks, as well as fan-favourites, starting off with a show at the Scala in London on the album's release date of June 9th.
RIVAL SONS guitarist SCOTT HOLIDAY comments:

"We wanted to give fans something special, a chance to see us in small venues to celebrate the release of the new album.  We've been away a while, and these intimate warm-up shows for the festival season will give us the opportunity to play the tunes on the new album the day it's released in the UK.  Let's get close… and let's get it started!  We can't wait to get back out to you."

Tickets go on sale this Thursday, April 16th at

View the UK tour flyer at

RIVAL SONS have also recently confirmed two shows supporting AEROSMITH, as well as a number of European and Canadian festivals, with more dates due to be announced soon.  See the band live at the following shows:

May 30 - Helsinki, Finland - Hartwall Arena (w/ AEROSMITH)
Jun. 01 - Stockholm, Sweden - Tele2 Arena (w/ AEROSMITH)
Jun. 05 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
Jun. 06 - Nurburg, Germany - Rock Am Ring
Jun. 07 - Nuremburg, Germany - Rock Im Park
Jun. 09 - London, UK - Scala
Jun. 10 - Birmingham, UK - Academy 2
Jun. 11 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Rooms
Jun. 12 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
Jun. 20 - Sparta, IL - Copperhead Music Festival
Jun. 27 - Saint-Ephrem, QC - Woodstock en Beauce
Jul. 04 - Barrie, ON - Ranch Concert Hall (w/ THE TEA PARTY)
Jul. 05 - Thunder Bay, ON - Thunder Bay Blues Festival
Jul. 12 - Telluride, CO - The Ride Festival
Jul. 31 - Notodden, Norway - Notodden Blues Festival
Aug. 02 - Ostersund, Sweden - Storsjoyran Festival
Aug. 07 - Skanderborg, Denmark - Skanderborg Festival

RIVAL SONS' new album, GREAT WESTERN VALKYRIE, is available to pre-order now on digisleeve CD and limited edition coloured vinyl at

The album is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including five exclusive pre-order only bonus tracks, plus three instant grat tracks available on the following dates:
"Electric Man" - available now
"Open My Eyes" - April 17th
"Good Things" - May 17th

Pre-order GREAT WESTERN VALKYRIE now on iTunes at

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D.A.D - No Fuel Left for The Pilgrims

When this album was released back in 1989 I had heard about these crazy Danes but dismissed them because of their cowpunk tag. In hindsight that was very stupid of me since from the moment I actually listened to them, I loved them and have ever since. Prior to this wax they had been signed to the Danish label Mega/Medley and performed and recorded under the moniker Disneyland After Dark. But with 'No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims' Warner had picked them up on a worldwide deal and they immediately ran into the first of two snags involving the album. The Disney corporation came knocking on the door threatening to sue if a name-change didn't occur, so the guys obliged and switched to D.A.D. However, longtime fans still call them by their proper name, Disneyland After Dark.

What finally changed my mind regarding the band was when I saw them play on the main stage at The Hultsfred Festival in 1989. Totally blown away doesn't even begin to describe my state of mind watching the craziness unfolding on stage accompanied by a fucking fantastic soundtrack. First thing I did upon getting home from the festival was to buy 'No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims' and the rest is history.

How the hell can you go wrong starting off with a song like 'Sleeping My Day Away'? can't! Lyrically a true punk anthem while the music is mid-tempo with lead guitarist Jacob Binzer playing a very country-like twang line on top. Full frontal total madness is what 'Jihad' is. AC/DC and Ramones' bastard child comes to mind in this stomper of a humorous rocker with singer Jesper Binzer being in top form. He's Jesper's older brother by the way. They bring down the tempo on 'Point Of View' but with a lot of twang again, bringing back the sound of their first two albums, 'Call Of The Wild' and 'D.A.D Draws A Circle'. Kind of The Cult-ish at first 'Rim Of Hell' turns into a slow bluesy number until the chorus kicks in and AC/DC is back. It weaves back and forth elegantly like this. The cowpunk returns in full fervour on 'ZCMI'. Tongue-in-cheek I have a big cheesy grin on my face everytime I listen to this song. Diesel and dust fills my nostrils as I jump on my Harley and head down the highway listening to the rifforama that is 'True Believer'. Very good indeed!

It's back to the twangy guitars and riffs galore in the punkish anthem 'Girl Nation'. The title says it all so no explantion is necessary hehehe. Continuing along the same path musically is 'Lords Of The Atlas'. A very contagious song with big hooks and nice harmonies and I find myself bouncing of the walls. Overbearing narcissistic drunks are something we've all come across one time or the other and that ordeal is perfectly presented in 'Overmuch'. It has enough riffs to destroy the Great Wall of China a million times over. Controversy number two for this album comes in the shape of 'Siamese Twin'. It's rather explicit sexual lyrics caused Thailand to ban it due the country's high number of siamese twins. Stig Pedersen leads the way with his thumping two-string bass guitar on 'Wild Talk' as the band launches into a hook-laden and chorus-driven rock anthem. Taking a huge left turn album closer 'Ill Will' is a heavy, brutal thrasher totally different from anything D.A.D have ever done up to this point or since. Definitely a great way to end this fantastic album and a true neck-breaker!

'No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims' along with the follow-up 'Riskin' It All' were the band's  shoot at worldwide dominance but as great as they both are the big break through didn't happen, so Warner subsequently dropped them. Although a set-back this didn't deter these Danes and they are still going strong after all these years recording and touring. Having formed in 1982 that's not bad at all and they still have the spark musically as well as their trademark tongue-in-cheekiness. Just look at the titles of their two latest releases: 'DIC•NII•LAN•DAFT•ERD•ARK'  and 'Disn30land Af30r D30k'. If you love big heavy riffs, humour and having a good time, D.A.D is the band for you. I suggest you start with this album as well as 'Riskin' It All' then progress with all of their other albums. You will not be disappointed.

- Swedebeast

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CHAINSAW HOOKERS Pozible Campaign for new album!


Perth blood rockers Chainsaw Hookers have started a Pozible campaign to fund their unnatural addiction for female hygiene products as well as their new album. Desert Highways is very proud to have been able to have these guys on our debut release, a split 7″ that also included US legends Electric Frankenstein (a few left in store here). We love this band and think everyone should be involved in getting behind the funding of their next full length project.

Why can’t they pay for it themselves? Bloody rock stars! Well if they were U2 I would agree and although some of them do resemble aging rock stars, Chainsaw Hookers put a lot into travelling the country to play gigs just so we can all see them play, now it’s our turn to show them that we think they kick arse!

Please check out the Rewards on the campaign site, there is some great items available that are unique and wont be available again! So don’t miss out!

Chainsaw Hookers: Pozible Campaign // Facebook // Bandcamp // Soundcloud // YouTube // iTunes // Reverbnation // Triple J Unearthed // Myspace // Twitter

A Ripple Conversation with Hannes from Bilocation Records

Ask any vinyl fiend for their favorite labels, and Bilocation Records is certain to jump right to the front of their minds.  Featuring great vinyl releases of some of the best heavy bands out there, Bilocation has definitely carved a niche in the heavy rock world.  Let's hear it from them . ..

How did you get started running an independent record label?

After running the mailorder for a couple of years we had several band inquiries from time to time. With Lonely Kamel we decided it would be a great idea to try releasing their first two albums on our own as we really loved their music. Well – it worked out fine and we simply continued!

What motivated you? Did you tap into a particular local scene or were you aiming to capture a sound?

Our motivation is the medium vinyl. We always loved vinyl, even in the hard years as vinyl was completely down. We wanted to give bands a chance to release their stuff on vinyl. We are always trying to find bands with an individual sound, who try to find an unoccupied niche in the heavy rock and psychedelic-rock scene.

Describe your label philosophy and individuality?

From beginning our aim was to offer the collectors and vinyl-fans high quality products only. All our releases are released on 180g vinyl, manufactured at the in our opinion best pressing plant in Germany. All our releases get a special vinyl mastering for best sound. Our focus is on the quality that you get as a vinyl-collector.

Which was your first release?

Lonely Kamel – s/t in early 2011

There's so much to learn about running a label, share with us some of the lessons you've learned along the way.

You have to be patient – everything needs more time than expected! Be attentive – there are many possible mistakes hidden in every detail.

What's been your label's high point? Low point?

No lowpoint up to now (puh!!) – many high points: every release that we can hold in our hands after months of work is a high point. Every edition sold out is a great success for us. And of course it is fantastic to have the chance to work together with so many talented and nice musicians from all over the world!

Who would you like to work with, but haven't yet?

That is a good questions – there are so many great bands on this planet…hard to tell. Of course it would be great to work with the big names, but we love the enthusiasm & freshness of the young and underground bands…we are really looking forward the next releases. And be sure: we will have some great things coming ahead!

What changes do you see ahead for the music industry?

There is a huge vinyl overkill going on for a while now…all the big record companies are trying to make a fast cash-in due to the vinyl revival…the market is flooded with cheaply made but expensively sold releases…like any overkill this will end in the near future and we will see how the vinyl-scene will look like after that…

What are you doing to stay on top of new and emerging technology?

Vinyl is old-school so we love the old-school way…but social media is a good way to promote things so we try to go with that as good as we can.

What's the biggest challenge facing you today as an independent label?

It is everyday work: keep posting news around so people do not forget about you…the times are fast, so you have to be on the ball.

Seems that the sound of the bands you sign keeps evolving. What do you look for in your bands?

It is simple: we have to love it…you cannot describe it, what makes it magic for us…everything has to fit together…how can you describe love??

How do you find your artists?

We get a lot of inquiries – that is the one side…but we are always searching the net and local scene to find new and promising talents!

Are you a club rat, constantly searching live venues for cool acts?

We really like festivals, and there are many around…it is a great chance to see many bands on one place, meet nice people. We also dig club concerts but do not have so much time to spend every night in a club!

What are you looking for now?

The summer, haha!! And of course the next releases and Desertfest in Berlin, our home-festival!

Are you involved in all the creative decisions?

That depends on the bands. Many bands have their own ideas for artwork and so on and we like to give them as much free choice as possible, cause it is their product in the end. But we give advices and all the help that is needed.

What would you like to see happen for the future of the music industry and your label in particular?

It would be great if we could maintain our space on the market and deliver more great releases for the collectors and music-lovers. I hope the music industry will focus again more on great bands than just on daily hits…it is no wonder that there are only few or no big & good new bands anymore if they focus only on a fast cash-in.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

SKELETONWITCH ANNOUNCES SUMMER EUROPEAN TOUR--Band posts behind-the-scenes videos of recent Amon Amarth tour, animal shelter donations


Heavy metal crusaders SKELETONWITCH will continue to support what Pitchfork, along with several others, lauds as their "best album to date" (2013's Billboard-charting "Serpents Unleashed") on their upcoming European tour. In addition to appearing alongside extreme metal legends Suffocation and thrashers Havok, the band has announced appearances at several of the summers' largest festivals including Summer Breeze, Brutal Assault and Party.San. A full list of dates can be found below.

SKELETONWITCH were most recently seen at mostly sold-out dates supporting Amon Amarth and Enslaved throughout the U.S. The band has posted an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at life on the road recapping this adventure, which you can view below:

Watch the Video

"Serpents Unleashed" – which earned a spot in Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2013, where it was praised for "combining black metal, thrash (both crossover and Bay Area) and melodeath seamlessly" – is SKELETONWITCH's best-selling and most critically acclaimed release to date. The group choose to give back by releasing a limited-edition, hand-screened vinyl variant of the release, proceeds from which were donated to two local animal shelters in the band's home state of Ohio (Athens County Humane Society & Columbus' Pets Without Parents). Members of the band recently stopped by each shelter to present the donations and, of course, spend some time with the animals. Guitarist Scott Hedrick couldn't help but make an addition to his family with one of the cats!

Watch below as the band stops by Pets Withouts Parents, and to find out more information on why to adopt!

7/26     Munchen, DE - Free & Easy Fest
7/27     Wiesbaden, DE - Schlachthof *
7/28     Hannover, DE - Chez Heinz *
7/29     Essen, DE - Turock *
7/30     Paris, FR - Le Divan Du Monde *
8/1       Viveiro, ES - Resurrection Fest
8/3       Luynes, FR - Le Korigan *
8/4       Zurich,CH - Alte Kaserne *
8/5       Pinarella di Cervia, IT - Rock Planet *
8/6       Innsbruck, AT - p.m.k *.
8/7       Schlotheim, DE - Scholtheim Party.San Open Air
8/8       Jaromer, CZ - Brutal Assault
8/9       Chemnitz, DE - Rock Im Betonwerk
8/11      Manchester, UK - Sound Control #
8/12      Glasgow, UK - Ivory Blacks #
8/13      London, UK - Barfly #
8/14      Dinkelsbuhl, DE - Summer Breeze
8/16      Rasnov, Romania - Rockstadt Extreme
* w/ Suffocation & Havok
# w/ Havok
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