1/14/15

CASTLE RELEASE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR "A KILLING PACE"


"A Killing Pace", the new video from San Francisco doom-tinged heavy metal trio CASTLE, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Jaan Silmberg for Toronto-based Pistoltrixx.



"A Killing Pace" is taken from the bands third album “Under Siege” – which was produced by Billy Anderson (Cathedral, Sleep, Neurosis) and described by Terrorizer as "marrying doom laden riffery to a gloriously no-bullshit heavy metal backbone".

CASTLE guitarist and songwriter Mat Davis stated about the new music video, "We wanted to dial in the brooding intensity of the song with claustrophobic images and make it play visually like a haunted roller-coaster ride to the psyche".

1/12/15

UFOMAMMUT REVEAL DETAILS OF THEIR COMPLETED SEVENTH ALBUM

Ecate is the title worthy of deities and of Ufomammut's seventh album, which is due out on 30th March via Neurot Recordings.

The Italian power trio, known for their almighty heavy capabilities and psychedelic prowess, have as many discernible similarities as they do differences to their formative roots. Never pandering to the easy classification of doom, Ufomammut charge their sludgy output with inimitable energy and wild, wayfaring ambition which is matched by the tight-knit musical understanding that flows telepathically between the three members; Poia, Urlo, and Vita.

On their latest album, Ufomammut take a confident step forward with their craft, orchestrating atmospheric processions that take the six songs on the album to places as of yet uncharted, the only guide being that of Ecate (Hecate in English), the three-sided goddess who moves between the realms of the living, the dead, and the gods. Traditionally associated with matters of the liminal (statues of her can be found at crossroads and city walls, where she would be believed to either bless or curse travellers), she represents the link between the past, the present and the future in a way which resonates true with Ufomammut, and with the name of the band, too.

Watch the first in a series of video trailers for the album, which we shall be revealing over the course of the next few weeks. These short videos offer a chance to explore the story behind the recording of the album and the roots of their sound, re-affirming the band's DIY approach to everything they do. Also check out the track listing for Ecate, and upcoming live shows below...

WATCH THE FIRST VIDEO TRAILER



BEDEMON (EARLY PENTAGRAM): CHILD OF DARKNESS TO SEE REISSUE

Next month, Relapse Records will release the official re-issue of BEDEMON's archival recordings, Child of Darkness. Widely considered America's first doom metal band, BEDEMON formed in 1973 and consisted of original Pentagram members Randy Palmer, Geof O'Keefe, and Bobby Liebling. The group was an offshoot of Pentagram, with a darker and doomier tone. BEDEMON recorded various sessions spanning from 1973-1979 which are being made available once again after being out-of-print for over 10 years.

Child of Darkness will be made available on CD/LP on February 24th. Pre-Orders are available HERE while the title track is available for listening below.

Additionally, the release includes extensive liner notes from original members Mike Matthews and Geof O'Keefe and is a must for fans of Pentagram or traditional doom metal. BEDEMON's Child of Darkness is truly a crucial glimpse into the nihilistic minds that gave birth to an entire genre!






1/7/15

RUBY THE HATCHET TO RELEASE NEW LP VALLEY OF THE SNAKE FEBRUARY 24


Philadelphia psychedelic doombringers RUBY THE HATCHET are one of heavy music's finest on-the-rise bands. The critically acclaimed psych metal group will release its new album, Valley of the Snake, on February 24 via Tee Pee Records. The hotly-tipped quintet, who MetalSucks says, "graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Led Zeppelin School of Proto Metal, where they majored in Sabbath and minored in Deep Purple," and whose "brand of psychedelia should drive fans of bands like Baroness, Ghost, and Royal Thunder absolutely wild," recorded the new LP at Retro City Studios in Germantown, PA.

12/10/14

KARMA TO BURN: ANNOUNCE 2015 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES, NEW ALBUM

West Virginia instrumental stoner rock legends, KARMA TO BURN, will bring their bong-ripping riffery and glassy-eyed grooves to the stage next month on a mammoth live expedition. Scheduled to launch on January 7th, 2015 in Ohio, the band will crumble thirty-three stages across the US and Canada, coming to a close in their home state on February 13th, 2015. The band will be joined by special guests, Canadian riff rockers, Sierra. In the meantime, turn up and tune out to the sounds of KARMA TO BURN deafening London earlier this year. The show is downloadable for a limited time at THIS LOCATION.

KARMA TO BURN -- guitarist Will Mecum, bassist Rob Halkett and drummer Evan Devine -- will be touring in support of their Arch Stanton long player. Unleashed in Europe this Summer via Switzerland-based Faba Records, Arch Stanton is the band's sixth studio album and third since reforming following their seven-year hiatus in 2009. Reminiscent of their now iconic Wild Wonderful Purgatory and Almost Heathen offerings, on Arch Stanton, KARMA TO BURN channels the true spirit of the riff rock ritual with seven monumental new shredders and "23," a classic number never before heard, re-recorded for the first time ever. Reaping widespread media adoration, The Sludgelord calls the Arch Stanton, "a thrilling and explosive ride," furthering that, "it firmly puts KARMA TO BURN at the forefront of instrumental stoner rock. On this form, no one comes even close." New Noise Magazine boasts, "The riffs on this album are absolutely jaw-dropping," while This Is Not A Scene contends, "if each of the eight tracks on here don't have you nodding your head, or at least tapping your feet, then you may actually be dead." Adds The Signal, "Throughout the record, volcanic riffs... surge and snap over winding, propulsive bass in sinister, darkened tones. Cymbals crash and fall in a savage dance around the pounding rhythms. Each instrument comes together for smoldering jam after smoldering jam...KARMA TO BURN re-proves their competency as a meat and potatoes stoner metal band."

11/25/14

THE SKULL ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES


THE SKULL — the heavy doom-rock band featuring original TROUBLE members, vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson, alongside longtime former TROUBLE bassist Ron Holzner with SACRED DAWN guitarist Lothar Keller and former PENTAGRAM guitarist Matt Goldsborough - have recently announced a December U.S. tour to promote their debut record, “For Those Which Are Asleep" released worldwide this month (November 4) via Tee Pee Records. Confirmed tour dates are listed below.

December 11 – 31st Street Pub - Pittsburg, PA
December 12 – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
December 13 – The Foundry Concert Club – Lakewood, OH
December 14 – Rock Star Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
December 15 – The 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN
December 17 – Fubar – St. Louis, MS
December 18 – Brauerhouse Lombard – Lombard, IL
December 19 – Reggies – Chicago, IL
December 20 – the Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI

11/20/14

IDES OF GEMINI PREMIERE "SEER OF CIRCASSIA" VIDEO


Today IDES OF GEMINI reveal the occult conjurings of their erotic Daciana Birladeanu-directed "Seer Of Circassia" video. Elaborates singer/bassist Sera Timms, "The concept of the album [Old World New Wave] traces the symbolic-psychological breakdown of a character over ten days ['Seer Of Circassia' takes place on day four]. We're working within the structures of psycho-spiritual alchemical transformation, utilizing Carl Jung's school of analytical psychology. Essentially we have a story of the psychological conflict of opposing forces -- yin-yang, male/female/dark light, etc. -- each driven by desire. The masculine archetype in this story desires control and structure, while the feminine archetype desires recognition and equality as it has been repressed in the 'Old World.' Our protagonist is the Emperor, based creatively on the last Emperor of Constantinople, who represents the ego, masculine, solar consciousness along with control, structure, domination, force and power."

11/14/14

WIZARD RIFLE KICK OFF EAST COAST USA TOUR

West Coast noise rock/psych doom exhibitionists in WIZARD RIFLE have taken their big guns to the streets today to kick off their November live incursion. Set to commence this evening in Phoenix, Arizona at Time Out Lounge, team WIZARD RIFLE will ransack nearly a dozen megalopolises, with the ceremonies coming to hot, deafening conclusion on November 26th in Brooklyn, New York at Saint Vitus Bar.

WIZARD RIFLE will be touring in support of their Here In The Deadlights full-length, issued via Seventh Rule Recordings late last month. Tracked by guitarist Max Dameron at Breakfast Studio in Los Angeles, then toiled over for a year, with Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Melvins et al) and Jesse Johnstone sharing mixing duties, the album finds WIZARD RIFLE delving into far sludgier realms and reaching new echelons of monolithic heaviness in the process without sacrificing any of their propulsive grooves and cathartic dissonance.

The record has raised the eyebrows and grazed the ears of fans and media nationally. In their December 2014 issue, Decibel Magazine elaborates, "...with [David] Boe's bass anchoring the compositions, providing a welcome low end that adds obvious heaviness, the music flows much better than it did on the previous album. A song like 'Paul The Sky Tyrant' swings with mighty force and grace, while the more progressive, Beefheartian moments ('Psychodynamo') and skronky passages ('Buzzsaw Babes') are able to show a little more restraint this time around now that the bass can deflect some of the attention. It's a marvelous step forward - a promising band expanding literally and figuratively, and sounding all the better for it."

11/9/14

BLACK TUSK BASSIST JONATHAN ATHON PASSES AWAY

"It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident. Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated. His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud." - Black Tusk's publicist

11/6/14

REMEMBERING HOUSECORE HORROR FILM FEST CO-FOUNDER/TRUE CRIME AUTHOR COREY MITCHELL; FAMILY FUNDRAISER LAUNCHED


In an overwhelming outpouring of sympathy and condolences, friends, fans and bands globally remember Housecore Horror Film Festival co-founder/best-selling true crime author, Corey Mitchell, who died of a heart attack Monday, October 27th, 2014 at Emo's, venue home of the event.

Partner/Housecore Records head, Philip H. Anselmo, was among the first to speak out: "This is devastating on so many levels, I can't and won't go into how tremendous a loss Corey's untimely death truly is. I was introduced to Corey first and foremost as a best-selling crime author, and shortly after that meeting I agreed to have him as my co-writer of an unfinished novel I'd been working on. It was his idea to create a horror and film festival that would became The Housecore Horror Festival. He had a vision, and no one worked harder than him to see the event through. But forget festivals. Forget books. We lost a great friend. From all of us here at Housecore Records, we extend our utmost condolences to his wife, Audra, and his two beautiful young daughters... We lost a brother. We lost a great man with a passion for everything that we love. He will be unfathomably missed... RIP Corey. His legacy will never be forgotten, nor will his friendship."
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