5/1/15

EXCLUSIVE: STREAM MIST'S NEW EP, "INAN'" TODAY


Slovenian Doom Metal band MIST return with a new EP titled Inan' and is streaming now below courtesy of Soulseller Records! The 4-tracker to be released May 8th, 2015 includes 3 new songs and one from their "Demo 2013", recorded anew with the influence of the band's current lead guitarist, Blaž Tanšek. "Inan'" was recorded in the fall of 2014, produced, mixed and mastered by Benjamin Kic from BK Mastering. The cover art was created by drummer Mihaela Žitko.




4/30/15

STREAM MONOLORD'S NEW ALBUM TODAY


Swedish trio Monolord release their sophomore album Vænir today via Los Angeles label RidingEasy Records.

The album is streaming in full below...


Noisey calls it, "a sludge-doom offering with guitars like chainsaws, bringing to mind Matt Pike's epic tone on The Art of Self-Defense. The massive, ten-ton brick of a record relies on a blues groove though, and not long-stroke, droning nonsense. Heavily treated melodic vocals bring to mind Ozzy during 'Planet Caravan,' and add to the mysticism and darkness surrounding the release. This is one massive record."

Several limited edition vinyl versions of Vænir are available as well as a variety of colored vinyl and CD packages from RidingEasy HERE. Digital orders are available at iTunes.

Monolord's debut full length Empress Rising was released Spring 2014 via RisingEasy Records.


MONOLORD LIVE:

07/10 Milan, IT @ Lo Fi
07/11 Nikolsdorf, AT @ Stock and Stone Fest
08/14 Leper, BE @ Leper Hardcore Fest

4/29/15

CHELSEA WOLFE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, ABYSS, OUT AUGUST 7TH ON SARGENT HOUSE; FIRST SINGLE "IRON MOON" NOW STREAMING

Chelsea Wolfe has returned with her fourth full length album, Abyss, out August 7th on Sargent House, and fans can hear the first single “Iron Moon” now. Originally premiered via Rolling Stone, they call it a, “haunting, doomy exercise in loud-quiet-loud dynamics” and her "darkest, heaviest and most personal album yet."

   The singer-songwriter will perform live at Desert Daze this Saturday, May 2nd in Mecca, CA, with more tour dates to be announced at a later date, and fans can get an inside look at the recording process behind the album in this beautiful black & white short teaser film. The album artwork for Abyss was painted by renowned artist Henrik Uldalen.

  Sleep paralysis plagues singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, and that strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious has inadvertently manifested itself within her work. Across the span of her first four albums, there is an underlying tension, a distorted and nebulous territory where dark shadows hover along the edges of the sublime and the graceful. But until now, Wolfe’s trials and tribulations with the boundaries between dreams and reality have only been a subconscious influence on her work. With her fifth album, Abyss, she deliberately confronts those boundaries and crafts a score to that realm she describes as the “hazy afterlife . . . an inverted thunderstorm . . . the dark backward . . . the abyss of time.”

STREAM CHELSEA WOLFE'S NEW SINGLE "IRON MOON"




4/28/15

WOODEN STAKE RELEASES SECOND FULL-LENGTH VIA RAZORBACK RECORDS

Occult death doom ensemble, WOODEN STAKE, rises from their moldy tomb armed with their long-awaited second long player, A Feast Of Virgin Souls.

Out now on Razorback Records, the ten-track offering boasts over forty demonic minutes of dark, NWOBHM-infused tracks of lurching brutality led by the possessed banshee vocals of vocalist/bassist Vanessa Nocera. A concept offering influenced by the legend of serial-killer countess Elizabeth Bathory and 1871 Gothic novella Carmilla by Joseph Steridan Le Fan, A Feast Of Virgin Souls is at once punishing and alluring and includes the stunning cover creation of underground art maestro, Mario Lopez (Agitator, Possessor, Warstorm et al).

EARTH PREPARES FOR FESTIVALS, DATES WITH TRUE WIDOW AND MORE


Seattle's EARTH will begin their latest round of live actions for 2015 in less than two weeks, with performances scheduled at Levitation (formerly known as Austin Psych Fest), Psycho California and more throughout May, including a run with support from True Widow.

Next week, EARTH heads south, confirmed as one of the many performers set to play at Levitation, in Austin, Texas. The eighth annual installation of the psyche fest gathering runs from May 8th through 10th, with EARTH joining the likes of The 13th Floor Elevators, The Flaming Lips, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Spiritualized, Lightning Bolt, The Sword and countless more at Carson Creek Ranch. Following the festival, the band hits the Southwest for four days with support from True Widow, running through Albuquerque, Tucson, Phoenix and Pioneertown from May 11th through 14th. Saturday the 16th sees EARTH at the three-day Psycho California festival in Santa Ana, performing Saturday, May 16th with Sleep, Kylesa, Pallbearer, Dead Meadow, Subrosa, Sourvein, Eagle Twin, True Widow and many others.

4/16/15

MONDO DRAG PREMIERE FIRST TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM

Bay Area heavy-Krautrock-psych band Mondo Drag premiere the first song from their forthcoming self-titled album today.



Mondo Drag recently signed to L.A. label RidingEasy Records to release the band's sophomore album, a culmination of many journeys: sonic, physical and temporal.

The creatures known as Mondo Drag originally hailed from deep along the banks of the wild Mississippi River where they created ominous, spiritual, savage psychedelic revival sounds. Under the spiritual guidance of the forefathers of heavy psych, prog, and proto-metal, Mondo Drag has created an amalgamation of sounds the likes of which have not been heard for decades. The band's unique sound, and rare cohesion probably stems from the fact that core members John Gamino (keyboards, vocals), Nolan Girard, (guitar, synth) and Jake Sheley (guitar) grew up together and have been playing music with each other for 15 years.

Now settled in Oakland, CA the ensemble continues to create cosmically proportioned, churning jams evocative of a rainbow of inspirations such as Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath, Can, Atomic Rooster, Hawkwind, Budgie, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Italian prog, Krautrock in general, and heavy space-outs.

4/7/15

PALLBEARER PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR "WATCHER IN THE DARK"


Watch Pallbearer's epic and cinematic new video for "Watcher in the Dark" below.  The video was directed, shot and edited by Adam Heathcott (Hometapes) and produced by Adam Heathcott and Sara Padgett Heathcott and marks the first ever official music video for the band.



Pallbearer is currently on tour in North America on the Decibel Magazine Tour alongside At The Gates, Converge and Vallenfyre.  Check out the band’s rigorous Spring/Summer touring schedule below.

3/16/15

LUCIFER: INTERVIEW WITH JOHANNA SADONIS


Lucifer is rising! Freshly signed on Rise Above Records, the new burning doomy band delivered their debut single "Anubis/Morning Star" full of heavy fuzz and dark vibes, an album is in preparation as well and to know more about it, we had the chance to catch up with Johanna Sadonis to discuss about the band, touring, future projects and occult matters!

Occult Rock Magazine: Hi Johanna and thank you very much for your time to answer a few questions about yourself and your new band Lucifer! We're really pleased to have you here! Let's focuss on the present and future but to start, could you tell us some more about the background story of Lucifer and its creation?

- Thank you, Louis. Pleased to meet you, as Mick would say. Lucifer was born when The Oath died last year. The death of one thing is only the beginning of another. I couldn't sit still with all this energy and formed Lucifer immediately. I got Andy Prestidge on board, who also played drums with The Oath and Dino Gollnick on bass, who was already in the talks to play with The Oath. I started writing material with one of the best guitarists around.

Occult Rock Magazine: Who are the wizards behind the malevolent and heavy guitars of Lucifer?

- Garry Jennings (Cathedral/Death Penalty) who I wrote the entire album with.

3/12/15

ORBWEAVER: Hallucinatory Metal Collective Recording Debut Full-Length


Miami's favorite hallucinatory metal collective, ORBWEAVER, is pleased to welcome Nick Augusto (ex-Trivium/Maruta) to the drum stool. Currently immersed in the pre-production stages of their next album at Shadowlit Studios, Augusto's authoritative drum style and sense of musical adventure adds a new creative dimension to ORBWEAVER's already eclectic brand of pummel.

Comments Augusto of uniting with band, "I'm happy to have been asked to be a part ORBWEAVER. We have all played shows with each other's bands in the past and have been friends in this scene for quite some time now. I've jammed with [guitarist/vocalist] Randy [Piro] before, so the timing was right when we got a hold of each other to join forces and write new material. Looking forward to what this new CD and the future holds for ORBWEAVER!"

Hexagram 23 is the working title of ORBWEAVER's forthcoming full-length. The record follows the band's critically-adored debut EP, Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon, which Terrorizer Magazine dubbed, "a surreal and thoroughly absorbing journey that is equal parts psychedelic, brutal and intricate."

3/4/15

WINDHAND ENTER STUDIO, NEW ALBUM THIS FALL


Richmond, VA psychedelic doomsters WINDHAND have entered the studio with legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, High on Fire). The band is recording their highly anticipated third full-length album at Soundhouse Recording in Seattle, WA. The currently untitled album will see a fall release via Relapse Records and promises to be their most ambitious record to date. The album will contain nine songs including titles like "Two Urns", "Hyperion" and "Kingfisher".
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