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".

3/3/15

YOB: PORTLAND DOOM KINGS KICK OFF TOUR!

with Enslaved, Witch Mountain, Ecstatic Vision

Portland's most revered doom bringers, YOB, will return to the stage tomorrow for a mammoth North American run. The tour includes sixteen dates supporting progressive black metal technicians, Enslaved, as well as a batch of headlining shows scattered prior to, throughout and following the Enslaved run. See confirmed itinerary below.

YOB will be touring in support of their critically-adored Clearing The Path To Ascend full-length, released early last Fall via Neurot Recordings. Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene alongside longtime YOB comrade/iconic sound wizard, Billy Barnett and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege, Clearing The Path To Ascend has earned the praise of major media outlets globally, including Rolling Stone who placed the record at the coveted #1 spot on their 20 Best Metal Albums Of 2014.

"The seventh album from Oregon doom metal sky-gazers, YOB ... makes perfect bedfellows of volume and beauty, pain and transcendence." - Rolling Stone

2/27/15

MIST TO RELEASE NEW EP IN MAY

Slovenian Doom Metal band MIST will release a new EP on May 8th though Soulseller Records. The 4-tracker entitled "Inan'" will include 3 new songs and one from the ˝Demo 2013˝, recorded anew with the influence of the band's current lead guitarist, Blaž Tanšek.

MIST formed in July 2012, originally as an all-female band, and build their music on the legacy of legendary bands like Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Candlemass, Coven, Saint Vitus and others.

"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.

"Inan" Tracklist: 1. Inan’ - 2. Frozen Velvet - 3. Phobia - 4. Under The Night Sky

Line-up: Lead vocals : Nina Spruk - Rhythm guitar & backing vocals: Ema Babošek - Lead guitar : Blaž Tanšek - Bass : Neža Pečan - Drums : Mihaela Žitko


2/26/15

ACID KING PREMIERE FIRST TRACK FROM NEW ALBUM

San Francisco's Acid King premiere the first music to be heard from their eagerly awaited forthcoming album, Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere, with the song 'Red River' streaming via Decibel Magazine now. As band founder, vocalist/guitarist Lori.S recommends; "Put on your headphones and let ‘Red River’ slowly dissolve into your brain and travel through your body.”

  Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere was recorded at both Sharkbite and Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, mixed at Different Fur Studios and produced by Acid King and Billy Anderson. Striking artwork from famed tattoo artist Tim Lehi (who has designed cover art for High On Fire, Earthless and Witch) provides a preliminary indication of the cosmic scope of the musical innards, check it out below, along with the newly announced European tour dates.

LISTEN TO 'RED RIVER'



2/25/15

DEMON EYE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DETAILS

Dark and groovy, loud and heavy - DEMON EYE are back! North Carolina’s occult hard rockers will release their new full-length entitled "Tempora Infernalia" on May 8th through Soulseller Records.

The album was recorded and mixed by Alex Maiolo at Seriously Adequate Studio in Carrboro, NC and mastered by Pete Weiss at Verdant Studio in Southern Vermont. The band's sophomore release after last year’s highly acclaimed debut, "Leave the Light", is a blast of wicked riffery and skilled songcraft that conjures apocalyptic visions of a world on the brink of destruction. The end is near, and we welcome its arrival!

Cover artwork (created by John Hitselberger, Raleigh NC)

2/24/15

TRUE WIDOW ANNOUNCE US TOUR DATES


Texan trio, TRUE WIDOW have confirmed a series of tour dates this May, including shows with Earth and an appearance at Psycho California alongside Sleep, Pentagram, Cult of Luna and many others. The dates kick off May 11th in Albuquerque, NM and run through May 24th in Norman, OK. A complete listing is available below. 

TRUE WIDOW released their latest album, Circumambulation, via Relapse Records in 2013. The album of hypnotic, heavy-but-melodic shoegaze was recorded at The Echo Lab in Argyle, Texas with the band reuniting with producer Matt Pence (Yuck, Jay Farrar). The entire album is available to stream for free via the TRUE WIDOW Bandcamp page.



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