8/29/14

LEGENDARY BASSIST GLEN CORNICK PASSES AWAY AT 67

According to a post on his facebook page, Glen Cornick has died from an apparent heart problem in Hawaii. He was 67 years old.

Cornick was best known for his time in Jethro Tull and his band, Wild Turkey. He also had guest appearances with occult rock pioneers, Coven.

Jinx Dawson posted on her facebook page today: "Caught without words today...Dear friend and bandmate hath passed...RIP Glenn Cornick."

She continues with, "Glenn played bass on this pertinent song for this remembrance day.."




8/28/14

EXCLUSIVE: BLOODY HAMMERS PREMIERE VIDEO FOR 'NECROMANCER'


Heavy psych, doom-infused rockers BLOODY HAMMERS have released a new music video today here on OccultRock.com for 'Necromancer'. The song is the last track from their latest album, 'Under Satan's Sun'.

The band, just returning from a headlining European tour, are booked to play Uninvited Festival in Brooklyn, NY Sept 19th. The festival also features Orchid, Mount Salem, Elder, Electric Citizen, The Skull and many more. See the full lineup and get your tickets at this location.

See the video below...

WITCH CHARMER STREAM THEIR FULL NEW ALBUM HERE


We're digging this new album by WITCH CHARMER. The male/female vocal combo sometimes make me think of the classic punk band X, but against a Pentagram style riff canvas. The UK based band made their forthcoming album, "The Great Depression",  available today to stream in full. The album will be released on Sept 1st on CD and Digital by Argonauta Records. Hopefully they'll get some vinyl too but no word yet on that.

8/27/14

DOOM LEGENDS PENTAGRAM ANNOUNCE FALL TOUR


Pentagram have announced a headlining US tour this fall with support from Blood Ceremony*, Radio Moscow, Bang & Kings Destroy. It's a short tour but here are the lucky cities...

10/23 CHICAGO, IL @ REGGIES
10/24 MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ MILL CITY NIGHTS
10/25 GRAND RAPIDS, MI @ PYRAMID SCHEME
10/27 CLEVELAND, OH @ HOUSE OF BLUES
10/28 PITTSBURGH, PA @ MR. SMALLS THEATER
10/29 BALTIMORE, MD @ SOUNDSTAGE
10/30 PHILADELPHIA, PA @ JOHNNY BRENDAS
11/01 NEW YORK, NY @ GRAMERCY THEATER *
11/02 PROVIDENCE, RI @ THE MET
* = WITHOUT RADIO MOSCOW // WITH BLOOD CEREMONY

BLUES PILLS RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR "GYPSY"


Several months ago I had my first listen to Blues Pills with no idea who they were but I’m a sucker for the blues so just judging by the band’s name I figured it was one of my less risky bets. As it turns out I was off the mark. Yes, Blues Pills play the blues and well, but what I didn’t expect was for them to be so damn good. Blues Pills sound like someone did a little witchcraft, or I guess I should say necromancy, by raising Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix from the grave except for the fact that the graveliness (Is that a word? Is now.) is gone from Janis’ voice so maybe Elin Larsson is her grandchild or something. Where Janis’ voice was burned out from chugging Jack Daniels like water, Elin’s is gritty but not yet grizzled.

ROADBURN 2015 CONFIRM ELECTRIC CITIZEN AND MONOLORD

Electric Citizen
Today is the first day we've heard of Swedish doom metal band Monolord but we've been digging Electric Citizen for a while. Roadburn has informed us that both bands have been confirmed for the 2015 festival. Next year will mark the festival's 20 year anniversary. Congrats to both bands... check 'em out below.

8/26/14

WOLF BLOOD'S DEBUT SEES VINYL RELEASE IN OCTOBER

Minnesota newcomers, WOLF BLOOD will release their self-titled debut album on vinyl October 1st via Burning World Records. The album was previously available only on cassette direct from the band.

Formed in a dank basement during the infamous 2012 Duluth, Minnesota flood, guitarist Mike Messina and drummer Jake Paulsrud (Dad's Acid) started writing psycho-sludge experiments that sounded too stoned to be metal, and too baneful to be indie-rock. They recruited renown hard-core guitar sorceress Mindy Johnson (The Keep Aways) and magi-roots bassist Brian Wells to flesh-out their menacing sound.

Wolf Blood deliver solid classic heavy rock with a post-punk edge. Have a listen to the band below. We predict good things will happen to this band.



Catch Wolf Blood on tour this fall on the following dates

8/25/14

INTERVIEW: TOM SUTTON FROM 'THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL'


The Order of Israfel combine classic Doom, prog rock and a dash of folk. We asked head songwriter Tom Sutton some questions and he answered them..

Interview with Tom Sutton from The Order of Israfel

Could you tell us a little about band's name 'THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL ' and why you chose that name?

It basically started when I heard the name 'Israfel' from a friend of mine.  He mentioned it as the name for the angel of music.  As soon as I heard that, my eyes went a bit wide, and I immediately thought it could be something good for a band name.  It turns out that it's actually the Islamic archangel of music, and that it has been used by Edgar Allen Poe in one of his poems too.  When I heard the name, I immediately had this idea of an order that includes all music-lovers around the world.  I've found that no matter what kind of music people listen to, once we recognize each other as music people, there's a kind of connection and understanding, and I love that.  To me, music is one of the strongest forces for good on the entire planet.  It's almost a kind of magic.  The Order Of Israfel includes everyone who loves and lives for music.


8/24/14

MOVIE: POWER OF THE WITCH [1971] (DOCUMENTARY)


Here's some classic sensationalism to put in your 'Watch Later'... An extremely rare documentary about Witchcraft aired once in the UK in 1971. Featuring contributions from Eleanor Bone, Cecil Williamson, Alex & Maxine Sanders, Doreen Valiente et al. Very much of its time and with some very rare footage, also includes reference to the famously unsolved murder of Charles Walton on Meon Hill. [YouTube]

8/21/14

REVIEW: ELECTRIC WIZARD [TIME TO DIE]

RATING: 4.5/5

REVIEW

ELECTRIC WIZARD

TIME TO DIE

SPINEFARM

BY  EERIE ERIC

Question: What happens when a legendary band releases a new record after a long gestation period? Answer: One of two things. Fans will either be delighted and celebrate the efforts of said band, hailing it as a masterpiece, or they will react in sheer disgust and turn into the most rabid, scathing pack of wild dogs imaginable. They will not only denounce the latest offering, but they will also turn back time, either pining for the “good old days,” or even going as far as to wonder if they ever truly liked the band in the first place. It happens all the time with the fickle public. When Electric Wizard unveiled their teaser track “I am Nothing” from the upcoming “Time to Die,” the Internet went wild with excitement over hearing a new Wizard tune, but there were some occasional remarks over the song being “tedious” or “nothing new,” or even a “12 minute snoozefest.” Those latter remarks leave one questioning as to whether or not those people have even heard Electric Wizard before, as epic length heaviness is a common trait of theirs. The band has been going strong for 21 years now. Regardless of lineup changes, inner strife, legal issues, and shameless substance abuse, Electric Wizard has long since left the ranks of being “just” another doom band. They are officially one of the most beloved heavy bands in the world.
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