Friday, July 1, 2016

SCORPION CHILD Releases Video for New Song "Reaper's Danse"

Texas hard rock band SCORPION CHILD releases its new LP, Acid Roulette, today via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. In celebration, the group has released an animated video for the new song, "Reaper's Danse", created by Costin Chioreanu (Enslaved, Alcest) of Twilight 13 Media. See SCORPION CHILD's "Reaper's Danse" video at THIS location.

Acid Roulette is the follow-up to SCORPION CHILD's 2013 self-titled debut, which earned the quintet a "Best New Band" nomination at the Classic Rock magazine presented Classic Rock Awards and was praised as "straight-up kickass rock and roll" by Revolver. The conceptual album chronicles "the life trials of a traveling man wrongly imprisoned for a murderous crime", via a pulse-raising story conceived by vocalist Aryn Jonathan Black. Acid Roulette has been hailed as, "sonic slam" by the Austin Chronicle, who added that the album's songs own, "a wider reach than those on the first album, venturing beyond the borders of Zeppelin land into realms ruled by Rainbow and Blue Öyster Cult."

the dynamic new SCORPION CHILD song "My Woman in Black" now at this location and listen to the new track "Moon Tension" at this location.

   In support of Acid Roulette,
has announced a fall European tour alongside Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats. The trek will kick off on October 17 in Dortmund, Germany. For full routing and details, visit this location.

   "We are really excited to perform the new songs from 'Acid Roulette' for as many new music fans as we can, and this team-up with Uncle Acid is a great way to do so," says Black. "See you in October."

Track listing:

   1.) She Sings, I Kill (listen here)
   2.) Reaper’s Danse (see video here)
   3.) My Woman In Black (listen here)
   4.) Acid Roulette
   5.) Winter Side Of Deranged
   6.) Séance (interlude)
   7.) Twilight Coven
   8.) Survives
   9.) Blind Man's Shine
 10.) Moon Tension (listen here)
 11.) Tower Grove
 12.) I Might Be Your Man
 13.) Addictions

   "If radio was still interested in breaking new bands rather than propping up dinosaurs I'd say Scorpion Child was a gold record already in the bag, but don't let the lack of mainstream exposure fool you: this is some of the catchiest, most immediately accessible guitar rock you've heard since glam dominated Dial MTV back in the day...instantly infectious" - METAL INJECTION

ENDLESS FLOODS - Debut album "Endless Floods"

Available now on digital - LISTEN

"A vast, never-ending room of heavy." Cvlt Nation

"Four extremely heavy and slow tracks driven by crushing bass lines and a guitar
that might have the power to stretch the space-time continuum." Shoot Me Again

"It all sounds so unsettling, anxious, and even deranged at times."

1. Setting Fire To The Shelter
2. Carpathes
3. Flood
4. Eternal Failure

ENDLESS FLOODS is a doom-oriented three-piece from Bordeaux, France, formed in 2015 as a side project by members of several active bands of the underground heavy scene. With a strong will to keep "no boundaries in heaviness" as a motto, ENDLESS FLOODS raise an extra-thick wall of sound by blending the darkest sides of doom, the filthy and gloomy vibe of sludge metal and the mind-expanding structures of ambient metal. This pure raw sound assault crafted around  a minimalistic approach will lock you in "a vast, never-ending room of heavy", according to Cvlt Nation’s founder Sean Reveron, allowing the listener to breathe while being completely immersed in a hulking, feedback-laden, sonic experience. The Bordelais trio released their self-titled debut in late 2015, which was released on cassette via Breathe Plastic Records in February 2016. The band released a split EP with Netherlands’ UUR this May that features a brand new track entitled "Conquest", and which artwork was designed by Derek Setzer. The ENDLESS FLOODS/UUR split EP will see a cassette tape release later this year through Fvtvrecordings.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

ZZ Top – Tejas

I was at a show a couple weeks ago and the sound guy put this album on between bands. I probably sat there for a good 5 minutes with a stupid grin on my face, just enjoying the music, before I realized it. That's what a great album that you absolutely love will do to you. Come to think of it, I've probably had a stupid grin on my face over a woman too, so maybe that's just my natural state when I really enjoy something. I listened to this the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that. And here I am writing a review about it.

I grew up listening to these guys because my dad was a massive fan. One of my most enjoyable concert experiences ever was taking my dad to see them shortly after I graduated from high school. As much as he loved them, he never would have gone to see them otherwise. So here I am with my dad, who was a State Trooper, and his best friend, also a State Trooper, standing in line in the good old days of GA shows. There's all kinds of underage drinking and consumption of various illegal substances going on around us, and of course the poor, unfortunate souls who overindulge and pass out before they even get inside, and I'm there with two cops who can't do a damn thing about it. Their reactions alone were worth the price of admission.

But I digress. For me, this album was the pinnacle of ZZ Top. Everything they had done prior to this just set them up for this moment, and certainly nothing they did afterwards came close. On this album they were smooth as a cue ball and cooler than a polar bear's toenails, to quote Andre 3000. All of their influences came together and on this album they did what every great band does; they established their sound. It's not blues, it's not rock, it's not western swing, although there is some of all of those in the mix. This album, this sound, is ZZ Top. If you asked me what the band sounds like, I'd give you this album. Their previous four albums were very good, don't get me wrong. This one, though, is it.

“Tejas” is just a powerhouse album. There is not a bad song here, which you really can't say about the albums that followed. The songs are tight and concise. Listen to this with headphones and check out the interplay between drums, bass and guitar. Everything is right in its place. I love that little 4 note rising pattern right after they sing “It's Only Love”. It just knocks me out. Something so simple and just so right, and the album is full of things like that. The lyrics are good and quite funny in places, and you can tell that the boys are very familiar with the places and things about which they sing. “Pan Am Highway Blues” is a killer track and one of my favorites on the album, and as you listen to it you feel as though you are taking a road trip from Texas to Peru. You can almost see the white lines rolling past. “Avalon Hideaway” is a real place, or at least was, and the slinky groove of this song makes you feel like you are right there with all those characters.

The album “Deguello” would come after this and the musical weirdness would start. It was full blown on “El Loco”, and I consider the 80's and most of the 90's to be lost years for this band. They finally righted the ship with “XXX”, “Rhythmeen” and “Mescalero”, but as many a band has discovered, you can't go back to the early days once you are so far removed from them.

This is the album that I will always remember them by. Its one of those albums that I can put on no matter what kind of mood I'm in and it will always hit the spot. We all have those classic albums that we love and have listened to more times than we can count. Put on one of your favorites and enjoy.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Crobot announce new album; debut new single "Not For Sale" premiering exclusively on NOISEY

 "It skewers the band’s sound further towards the stoner-metal side of hard rock than ever before, Chris Bishop’s sped-up sludgy riff forcing the track forwards while Brandon Yaegley pushes his voice into its glorious upper reaches. It’s less Wolfmother and more Red Fang, the sort of track that makes you want to grow your hair down to your ass and order nothing but takeaway for three months."
Crobot are pleased to unveil their latest single, "Not for Sale" as the first sneak peek to their upcoming album, Welcome To Fat City. Premiering exclusively on Noisey, from start to finish and in true Crobot fashion, this ripper doesn't stop twisting and turning like a hard rock tidal wave.  It gives you just enough time to come up for air, only to get pummeled back into the groovy undertow.

Talking to the Noisey team, band frontman Brandon Yaegley noted that, "Not for Sale" takes you into orbit around the sonic spectrum of our latest album and is an anthem for all of us who work hard enough to make our own luck.  It's a cry to hold on to our own humanity, never letting anyone else manipulate our destiny.  Who paid your debt to be here? No one...and my soul is not for sale."

The single is a highly anticipated follow up to their debut album, Something Supernatural which saw the Pennsylvania based four-piece dominate the US and European live scene, landing them direct slots with the likes of Motorhead, Volbeat, Anthrax, Clutch, Black Label Society, Chevelle, and more. Winning the hearts of audiences at festivals like Rock on the Range, Sturgis and UK's Download Festival, Something Supernatural was also praised by the likes of Yahoo! Music, Revolver, Billboard, Huffington Post, Drum Magazine, Guitar World, Blabbermouth and was featured as VH1's "That Metal Shows" Pick of the Week."

Recorded with producer, Machine (Clutch, Lamb of God, Every Time I Die), and mixed by engineer Alan Moulder (Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Them Crooked Vultures, Led Zeppelin), Welcome To Fat City is due for release September 23 via Wind-up Records. Catch the band on the road this summer with Sevendust.

find Crobot:
Catch the band on the road this Summer:
Tuesday, August 2nd – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theater *
Wednesday, August 3rd – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights*
Friday, August 5th – Sturgis, ND – Full Throttle Saloon*
Saturday, August 6th – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theater*
Sunday, August 7th – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex*
Tuesday, August 9th – Regina, SK – Conexus Convention Hall*
Wednesday, August 10th – Calgary, AB – Marquee Beer Market & Stage*
Thursday, August 11th – Edmonton, AB – The Ranch*
Friday, August 12th – Saskatoon, SK – Saskatoon Events Center*
Sunday, August 14th – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre*
Wednesday, August 17th – Toronto, ON – The Opera House*
Friday, August 19th – Council Bluggs – River Riot*
Saturday, August 20th – Columbia, MO – Blue Note* (also w/ Killswitch Engage)
Saturday, September 17th – Revolution Rock Festival – Mashantucket, CT
September 18th – Chester, PA – Rock Allegiance Festival
October 1st & 2nd – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival
January 16th – 20th – Shipwrecked 2017

*with Sevendust

Time to party!

20 years of Pushing Scandinavian Rock to the Man! have gone by. Bad Afro Records is no longer a teenager and the anniversary party will take place at Musikloppen at Christania in Copenhagen November 5th. BABY WOODROSE, NARCOSATANICOS and TELSTAR SOUND DRONE are on the bill. Instead of looking back focus will be on the present artists on Bad Afro and all three bands have releases out in 2016. The second Telstar Sound Drone album Magical Solutions To Everyday Struggles came out in March, the new Baby Woodrose album Freedom is released September 16th while Narcosatanicos will release their first album on Bad Afro November 4th. Narcosatanicos will play a full set since the night will also be the release party for the new album in Copenhagen. There will be 200 free beers when Loppen opens at 21.00. The first 100 guests will receive a free Baby Woodrose vinyl 7” including the two exclusive tracks Breaking The Spell and ESP. This single will not be available in any record shops or as streaming and will no doubt end up being collectable. Pre-sale tickets are available HERE

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The return of Ripple Music’s The Second Coming Of Heavy; Chapter III BoneHawk and Kingnomad Out Now!

Already recognised as one of the world's leading purveyors of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Stoner, Doom and Heavy Psych, Ripple Music upped the ante in 2015 with the arrival of one of the year’s most ambitious projects, The Second Coming Of Heavy.

Serving as an ongoing showcase for some of the best and heaviest bands emerging from the underground, each instalment shines a light on those worthy of your attention. Consisting of one, 12” slab of multicoloured vinyl with full colour sleeves and inserts, the series is designed to be saved and treasured, like a fine anthology of books. So much so, when the albums are filed next to each other, the complete collection of aligned spines forms a mind-blowing image direct from the underground.

Following on from the series’ first instalment released last summer featuring Geezer and Borracho, and February’s Chapter II’s split between Supervoid and Red Desert, the latest chapter, released this June offers up new music from hard hitting Michigan quartet BoneHawk and Sweden’s Kingnomad.

The Second Coming Of Heavy; Chapter III will get an official vinyl release on 24th June 2016 and is limited to 300 copies in three alternative versions (100 of each) – The Resurrection Edition, The Risen OBI and The Ascension Edition.  Vinyl can be found at

Stream and share BoneHawk’s The Scout’ here and King Nomad’s ‘Lucifer Is Dead’ here.

BoneHawk – The story of BoneHawk is one that started as early as third grade, in an unassuming Kalamazoo school, where guitarist/vocalist Matt Helt and guitarist Chad Houts first met and bonded instantly over a shared appreciation of video games, pizza, poster girls and rock and roll. As the years passed by with each feeding the other on a steady diet of thrash metal and classic rock, the duo decided to put together something that paid homage to the heavy riffs they discovered as teens growing up in the mid 90s, specifically, that beguiling breed of heavy rock directly influenced by the mighty Black Sabbath.

Kingnomad – Originally formed in January 2014 out of a small northern town in Sweden by best friends Mr.Jay and Marcus, Kingnomad pride themselves on an endless provision of of occult psychedelic streams and 70s doom rock in the Lovecraftian mould. Later joined down in the basement (the band’s “Doom Room”) by Andreas on drums and Maximilian on bass, the Swedish quartet’s first effort was ‘Lucifer Is Dead’ included here for the first time on Ripple Music’s The Second Coming Of Heavy; Chapter III.

Praise for Ripple Music’s The Second Coming Of Heavy vinyl series:

“Ripple Music is fast becoming the label of choice for good old fashioned heavy metal. They have released some great albums over the past twelve months, their latest being this split release featuring Supervoid and Red Desert […] two great bands and another great release from Ripple.”
Martin Howell, Powerplay Magazine

“I've long thought that The Second Coming Of Heavy series was one of the coolest things happening among a flock of cool things that Ripple Music has going on. The latest submission to this series, appropriately titled The Second Coming Of Heavy: Chapter 2 is a split between Supervoid and Red Desert. Featuring the fuzzed out tones that make so much of this classic rock and roll stuff so worthwhile, these two bands prove that they both deserve a place in a scene crowded by posers and chumps.”
Matt Bacon, Two Guys Metal Reviews

“Ripple Music believes we are in the midst of a heavy rock renaissance. Two editions deep, they’ve already highlighted a range of styles and a swath of acts from around different regions of the US brought together by their varied takes on what it means to be heavy. There’s a lot of ground to cover, and the project remains ambitious, but taking it one LP at a time, there seems to be nothing keeping the label from continuing this exploration and enlightening listeners as they go.”
JJ Koczan, The Obelisk

California's Ripple Music is widely recognized as one of the world's leading record labels for heavy rock, Stoner, Doom, Heavy Psych and lost 70's acid rock.  You can find all their bands at and 

Monday, June 27, 2016

KING DEAD: Psychedelic Bass And Drum Trio Confirms New Live Dates; Vinyl Edition Of Woe & Judgement Now Available

[photo by Natasha Padilla]

Pennsylvania mostly-instrumentalists, KING DEAD, will bring their spacious, tripped out, post-metal/doom manifestations to the stage on a smattering of live performances this Summer. The band's latest excursions include an in-store appearance this weekend at Darkside Records in Poughkeepsie, New York with Geezer and Linear North.  

Comments drummer Steve Truglio of the upcoming dates, "It's really getting fun now. Not only are we enjoying the hell out of playing the new Woe & Judgment stuff, but we just started test driving an even newer song in the set. We are playing cool places with great bands and things are really starting to click."  

KING DEAD undraped their three-song full-length, Woe & Judgement, earlier this year. Having impressed with the spacious post-metal textures of their 2014 demo, the scope of Woe & Judgement has expanded considerably even from where it started. With three tracks constructed to fit on two sides, KING DEAD - Truglio with four-string bassist Kevin Vanderhoof, and six-string bassist Wil McGrath - pushes its way into an encompassing rumble that still seems to hold onto a human core even as it lumbers between airy doom and rawer, thoroughly-reverbed noise. "It's an immersive, thirty-seven-minute stretch," proclaims The Obelisk, "but lack of pretense prevails, and KING DEAD's debut long-player finds them aesthetically locked in and proffering a balance between the raw and the lush, with a patience underlying that only makes the songs seem more methodical."  

Woe & Judgement is currently available on limited edition vinyl and can be streamed at THIS LOCATION.  

8/06/2016 Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Iron Man, Caustic Casanova, Horehound
8/19/2016 O'Briens Pub - Allston, MA w/ Snail

KING DEAD have been conspicuously haunting the Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania area. Bass players Wil McGrath and Kevin Vanderhoof, recruited New Jersey transplant Steve Truglio on drums in 2013, and have been traumatizing ears throughout Pennsylvania ever since. Their debut record Woe & Judgement was recorded by Dave Reiser in Stroudsburg at Rock Hard Studios. Call it sludge, doom, spaghetti western doom sludge... With virtually no vocals, it's all about dynamics and the building tempos. Creepy, dreary, sleepy and melodic riffs layered over deep bottom and pounding drums.

Said of the band's latest offering, "Woe & Judgement is an instrumental doom metal album that has material to please everyone from those who are fans of the older-school drone-theory of traditional doom metal, to those who are excited about where the genre's future is headed. With the dense production utilized, the album has an overall feel that would best be described as taking doom metal into the same atmospheric place that Mayhem did for black metal on Ordo Ad Chao. This production of the album, along with a guitar tone and style that delves into the first wave of the goth/death rock genres - especially early Bauhaus - helps them add to their self-described 'spaghetti western doom sludge.' With the tri-tone and minor chord-progressions, along with slower tempos and the sounds of oversaturated guitar, KING DEAD has definitely crafted a sound of their own."
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