Monday, June 26, 2017

Winter Calling - Faces


Self-released


Formed in Florida in 2013, the band began as a side project between Wayne Hoefle (percussion, piano, and keys), who was composing film scores at the time, and guitarist Ian Medhurst who was touring with national recording artist John Wesley. They soon recruited Texas-bred bassist Tim Gilbreath, and finally to Los Angeles-based vocalist Chris Hodges. They have released two albums and some new videos for their latest album Faces.

This progressive metal band has a powerful sound that I couldn’t get enough of and had to listen to “Not Like You” over and over again. The song is tight, full of emotion and vocals so strong, Superman couldn’t stop them if he tried his best. Chock full of energy and a chorus that got stuck in my head, I listened to the song at least four times before continuing. “Follow Me Down” has more subtle moments in it, a quieter moment here and there, but not wimping out, just not as in your face, and is another amazing track that makes you amazed at the talent in this band and the ability to create such blistering sounds. “A New Me, A Few Me” has whispered vocals mixed in with growling, angry vocals and it adds a sense of menace to the song that carries onto the music which is played both heavy and more subtle in parts. The song has a creepiness to it that is both scary and sends the hairs on your arms on end with the beauty of it. The whole album is great with so many songs that are sure to become favorites, but these are the ones with videos out and ones that you would be able to listen to first and get an idea of the album, which is a treat to listen to.

This band just became one that I will be playing in my car over and over again, especially now that the weather is nice, I will be rolling down the windows and cranking this up loud. I suggest that you grab a copy and do the same.

-Rick Ecker

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Melvins "A Walk with Love & Death" (July 7 release; Tour date near you)

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THE MELVINS RETURN WITH THEIR FIRST EVER DOUBLE ALBUM, A WALK WITH LOVE AND DEATH (JULY 7, IPECAC RECORDINGS)

LOVE SERVES AS SCORE TO MELVINS-PRODUCED, JESSE NIEMINEN DIRECTED SHORT FILM

The Melvins return with a double album, A Walk With Love and Death, on July 7 via Ipecac Recordings.

The dual albums find the trio of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Steve McDonald showcasing two distinct sides to the band’s music: Death, a proper Melvins’ release, and Love, the score to the Jesse Nieminen directed, self-produced short also titled A Walk With Love and Death. A release date for the short has not been announced yet but a trailer has been made available: https://youtu.be/NhWvlpf-uXg.

“This was a huge undertaking,” explained band ringleader Buzz Osborne. “All three things: the album, the soundtrack and the film are benchmarks for us.”

Drummer Dale Crover added, “A Walk With Love and Death is one giant, dark, moody, psychotic head trip! Not for the faint of heart. You'll sleep with the lights on after listening.”

The albums, which include guests Joey Santiago (The Pixies), Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes/Crystal Fairy) and Anna Waronker (That Dog), were co-produced with Toshi Kosai.



Tour dates:
July 5  San Diego, CA  Casbah
July 6  Santa Ana, CA  The Observatory
July 7  Los Angeles, CA  The Troubadour
July 8  Fresno, CA  Strummer’s
July 9  Sacramento, CA  Goldfield Trading Post
July 10  San Francisco, CA  Great American Music Hall
July 12  Portland, OR  Hawthorne Theatre
July 14  Vancouver, BC  Venue Nightclub
July 17  Edmonton, AB  Union Hall
July 18  Calgary, AB  The Marquee
July 20  Winnipeg, MB  Pyramid Cabaret
July 21  Fargo, ND  The Aquarium
July 22  Minneapolis, MN  Grumpy’s Bash
July 24  Milwaukee, WI  Turner Hall Ballroom
July 25  Chicago, IL  The Metro
July 26  Grand Rapids, MI  The Pyramid Scheme
July 27  Detroit, MI  El Club
July 28  Cleveland, OH  Grog Shop
July 29  Columbus, OH  A&R Music Bar
July 31  Pittsburgh, PA  Rex Theater
August 1  Syracuse, NY  The Westcott Theater
August 2  Boston, MA  Paradise Rock Club
August 3  New York, NY  Irving Plaza
August 4  Philadelphia, PA  Union Transfer
August 5  Asbury Park, NJ  The Stone Pony
August 6  Baltimore, MD  Ottobar
August 8  Richmond, VA  The Broadberry
August 9  Carrboro, NC  Cat’s Cradle
August 10  Knoxville, TN  The Concourse
August 11  Louisville, KY  Headliner’s Music Hall
August 12  St. Louis, MO  The Ready Room
August 13  Lawrence, KS  The Bottleneck
August 15  Englewood, CO  Gothic Theatre
August 17  Salt Lake City, UT  Urban Lounge
August 18  Las Vegas, NV  Psycho Fest
August 20  San Jose, CA  The Ritz
August 21  Santa Cruz, CA  The Catalyst
August 22  Los Angeles, CA  The Echo
September 5  Phoenix, AZ  Crescent Ballroom
September 6  Tucson, AX  191 Toole
September 8  Austin, TX  The Mohawk
September 9  Dallas, TX  Tree’s
September 10  San Antonio, TX  Paper Tiger
September 11  Houston, TX  Warehouse Live (Studio)
September 13  New Orleans, LA  One Eyed Jack’s
September 14  Pensacola, FL  Vinyl Music Hall
September 15  Jacksonville, FL  Jack Rabbit’s
September 16  Tampa, FL  The Orpheum
September 17  Ft. Lauderdale, FL  The Culture Room
September 18  Orlando, FL The Social
September 20  Athens, GA  40 Watt Club
September 21  Atlanta, GA  The Masquerade (Hell Stage)
September 22  Nashville, TN  3rd & Lindsley
September 23  Memphis, TN  Hi-Tone
September 25  Madison, WI  High Noon Saloon
September 26  Rock Island, IL  Rock Island Brewing Co.
September 27  Des Moines, IA  Wooly’s
September 28  Omaha, NE  The Waiting Room
September 30  Ft. Collins, CO  Aggie Theatre
October 2  Albuquerque, NM  The Launchpad
October 3  Flagstaff, AZ  The Green Room
 

RADIO MOSCOW new album “New Beginnings” + European tour in Sept/Oct. 2017




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Southern Californian rock trio RADIO MOSCOW are currently putting finishing touches on their much-anticipated fifth studio album, “New Beginnings”, which is set for release via Century Media Records on September 29, 2017.

Right on time with the release of their new opus, the band has confirmed the “The Drifting Tour”, which will drown Europe from September 26 to October 31 in waves of fuzzy, hard rocking riffs and sweaty, cranked up blues!

Formed in 2003, the power trio led by Stratocaster genius Parker Griggs carved their own sonic niche fusing crunching, heavy Sabbath-style chords with fiery ‘Hendrixian’ solos and a raw intensity that is addictive and captivating. From the self-titled debut back in 2007, which was produced by Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, over to last year’s “Live! In California”, RADIO MOSCOW proved to be not just a cheap time machine but a direct descendant from the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll!

Known as a tremendous live act, Parker Griggs (vocals, guitar), Anthony Meier (bass) and Paul Marrone (drums) have hit the road hard in the U.S. and in Europe in past years, touring with the likes of Graveyard, Witchcraft, Joe Bonamassa and Pentagram as well as playing festivals such as Desert Daze (US), the Void Fest (Ger), Electric Funeral (US), Burg Herzberg Fest (Ger), and the Orbital Festival in Santiago, Chile, to name but a few.

Now, RADIO MOSCOW are gearing up for an exciting new chapter in their career with the release of “New Beginnings” and have kicked off another massive touring cycle with a US mini-tour, selected European festivals in August, and a full European tour in September/October. Even more chances to see the band live are currently in the works!

RADIO MOSCOW live
US mini tour
6/30   Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge
7/1     Santa Fe, NM -  The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing
7/2     Oklahoma City, OK - 89th Street Collective
7/3     Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
7/6     Chicago, IL​ - Reggie's Music Joint
7/7     Des Moines, IA - Western Gateway Park
7/8     Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
7/9     Telluride, CO - Fly Me To The Moon Saloon

European festivals
12.08.17 Dortmund (DE) Junkyard Open Air
13.08.17 Cernoy (FR) - Celebration Days
19.08.17 Saint-Nolff (FR) Motorculto Festival

“The Drifting Tour” 2017
with special guests Kaleidobolt
26.09.17 Paris (FR) Backstage
27.09.17 Nantes (FR) Le Ferrailleur
28.09.17 Bilbao (ES) Kafe Antzokia
29.09.17 Gijon (ES) Casino Acapulco
30.09.17 Porto (PT) Hard Club
01.10.17 Lisbon (PT) RCA
02.10.17 Madrid (ES) Caracol
03.10.17 Barcelona (ES) Rocksound
04.10.17 Montpellier (FR) Secret Place
06.10.17 Pratteln (CH) Up In Smoke
07.10.17 Athens (GR) Desertfest
09.10.17 Roma (IT) Traffic
10.10.17 Altroquando (IT) Zero Branco
11.10.17 Torino (IT) Blah Blah
13.10.17 Antwerpen (BE) Desertfest
14.10.17 Groningen (NL) Vera
15.10.17 Cologne (DE) Underground
16.10.17 Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof
17.10.17 Wien (AT) Arena
18.10.17 Innsbruck (AT) PMK
19.10.17 Etagnieres (CH) Croc the Rock Festival
20.10.17 Munich (DE) Keep it Low
21.10.17 Dresden (DE) Beatpol
23.10.17 Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang
24.10.17 Copenhagen (DK) tbc
25.10.17 Stockholm (SE) Undergangen
26.10.17 Göteborg (SE) Sticky Fingers
28.10.17 Bergen (NO) Garage
30.10.17 Hannover (DE) Chez Heinz (* no Kaleidobolt)
31.10.17 Berlin (DE) Festsaal (* no Kaleidobolt)

Discography
Radio Moscow (2007)
Brain Cycles (2009)
The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz (2011)
3 & 3 Quarters (2012), early demos recorded in 2003 by Parker Griggs
Rancho Tehama EP (2013)
Magical Dirt (2014)
Live! In California (2016)

Radio Moscow line-up
Parker Griggs (vocals, guitar)
Anthony Meier (bass)
Paul Marrone (drums)

Radio Moscow online

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bandcamp Bonanza – Strummed By Solstice



What a great week at camp we had. Just as Summer solstice slams us with record heat, the camp treasure chest opens its casket to uncover a rare combination of quality gems. I left town last Thursday for a family trip (camping outside of bandcamp) with limited cell reception and got bits and pieces of what others were raving about. I was overwhelmed with intense listening pleasure upon my return and present below for those who don’t already know.

Elara – Deli Bal
Although this one wasn’t released while I was away, my long awaited vinyl I ordered weeks back was waiting for me at the door. This thing is something special. Not only is the artwork spectacular but the overall aura of the album will sweep you off your feet. It will likely end up in my top albums of the year listings if nothing changes.
I'm with Sludgeburner on this one. Top shelf progressive heavy psych rock. Elder is a great comparative band if you need to know before pushing play. Super melodic progressive rock, clean vocals, instrumentally expansive song structure with an overwhelming impression on all fronts. It would be foolish not to place these guys in the same regard as some of the other heavy hitters of the style such as Elder.
Sludgeburner Elara are in the psych rock elite”


Nekromant – Snakes and Liars
We here at the Ripple Effect were huge supporters of Serpent, which was the band’s previous moniker. Neckromant pick right off where the Serpent slivered from. Boy is this one cracker of an album. I foresee a big future ahead for these guys. We are all watching close as you all should be as well.
Serpent have shed their snake skin revealing a debut full length in new form as Nekromant. It's no lie, this album maintains the metallic luster the band is known for casting, and continues on the saga of proto-drenched doom vocals forged by heavy metal riffs, brooding solos and pile driving rhythm.

Gravy Jones – Funeral Pyre
So this one came kind of out of nowhere. The name is definitely an eye catcher and the sound is even catchier. Catchy if you like heavy occult organ driven madness. Gravy Jones will have you jonesing for some biscuits in no time.
Gravy Jones serves up a psychotic platter of organ driven doom. The garage inspired riffs ooze with psychedelic effect as the organ entombs us with jangly punk meets tripped out doom.

Egypt – Cracks and Lines
Egypt may or may not need much of an introduction. Hailing from Fargo, North Dakota they have also released new material just this week. The album is a great mixture of hard edged blues in the tone of epic sludge-soaked rock and roll. Vinyl coming at us soon the 5-song set is no slouch. Clocking in well long enough to slather 2 sides of a 12 inch disc with blistering doom. 

Sasquatch – Maneuvers
Who here wasn’t excited to find out of a new Sasquatch release? Well earlier this week was the big day as Sasquatch unleashed the brand new self-released album to the masses. Holy god damn shit this thing blew my mind from the first riff to the last. Perhaps their greatest effort yet sitting at album #5, not many bands can claim to have 5 excellent albums under their belt. Sasquatch have not reinvented the wheel nor fixed the sounds there fans have all grown to love. In fact Sasquatch just piled on more riffs and a second helping of groove shoving them straight to the top of the album charts in the heavy underground. No doubt Sasquatch will be one of the year’s favorites in the genre. Snag a vinyl copy while you still can.
Sasquatch successfully maneuvers its way through a perilous flat spin of grandiose fuzz. Powered by progressive stoner distortia and state of the art vocal delivery, the bearded beast of the desert engages its target and deploys a massive assault of absolute riffage.

This edition may intimidate some due to its magnificent strength, but take that with a grain of hops and slam some beers to sooth the rays of the summer sun. Or like me, slam a couple sparkling ice waters (I went sober) and crank the volume up to maximum ventilation. It’s getting hot outside and the music is about to break the circuit boards with a wave of fiery groove.

-The Huntsman

Friday, June 23, 2017

X-Ray Record Release From Crashing Hotels!

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Contact - info@crashinghotels.com

On June 29th, dark electric dance rock duo, Crashing Hotels will release 150 extremely rare and collectable “Bone Records” in support of their 2nd spring single, ‘Tsunami’ from their sophomore album, “Exploration Exploitation” via the announcement of their Kickstarter campaign. Pressed in the Czech Republic on 150 hand selected, unique human x-rays, the Tsunami 7” single pays homage to the Soviet Union music enthusiasts who resisted their government’s attempt to eradicate art and music from their lives. During the 1950’s the Soviet Union was experiencing severe censorship of the arts, along with an extreme shortage of raw materials used in music duplication due to the Cold War. This led to people living without art and music and an innate human need for self expression exploded out of the underground. People began to risk 3-5 year prison sentences to produce, buy, and distribute illegal western Jazz and Rock & Roll.

The Tsunami 7” is a ghostly reminder that America once invented Jazz and Rock & Roll, but now is a place with bare-bones support of the arts. A society lacking invention and design looking for copycat acts who gain the most amount of clicks. This derivative culture is choking the life out of the arts and Crashing Hotels is the resistance. This is not only a press release for the band’s 2nd spring single, but an urgent reminder to support and engage with the arts, because they are fading away, right in front of your eyes.

About the song

‘Tsunami’ is an expression of respect for the rareness of life and immense energy that struck the eastern coast of Japan at 2:46pm on March 11th, 2011. The mournful lyrics echo atop Wu-Tang like, dance production with the energy and consistency of an optimistic haunting. A song as dark as it is bright, the melody and cadence of ‘Tsunami’ is meant to emotionally inspire listeners to dance and sing along with the band, so that they as well can share their love and respect for the lives lost on March 11th, 2011.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

French heavy-psych rockers Domadora to reissue 'The Violent Mystical Sukuma' album for vinyl edition




As announced a few weeks ago : about a year after the release of their acclaimed second full-length effort 'The Violent Mystical Sukuma' for CD/digital formats, French 70's Heavy-Psych Rockers Domadora is gonna to reissue the album for vinyl edition through the Germany-based label Kozmik Artifactz (Cortez, Fuzz Manta, The Great Khan, Son Of A Witch...) on July 14th.

In the meantime, the band just unveiled a brand new music video for the song "Rocking Crash Hero", available right now on YouTube, while 'The Violent Mystical Sukuma' is still available CD / Digital formats on Bandcamp and the main legal platforms (iTunes, Deezer, Amazon...). + full streaming at the same location or SoundCloud.


For the record...

Influenced by the 60's and 70's vibes from Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin, Heavy Psych/Rock/Stoner power-trio from France Domadora delivers psychedelic stoned jams since its birth around the shade of bands such as Fatso Jetson or Karma to Burn.

In 2013, the band released its debut full-length album acclaimed by both critics and public and then toured massively with big names such as Pentagram, Baroness, Earthless of Yawning Man before to work again on a new record.

Three years later, Domadora unleashed its very awaited new full-length effort : 'The Violent Mystical Sukuma'.

MOONSPELL Announce New Album '1755' + Special Portuguese Shows!




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NAPALM RECORDS, MOONSPELL and Alma Mater Records (band’s owned label) are proud to announce that there will be three shows in Portugal for the release of MOONSPELL’s new album '1755': a concept album, sung in Portuguese, about the Great Lisbon Earthquake, of 1755.
They will have a double date hometown- show in Lisbon where you enjoy the band's annual Halloween party as well as watching the show. On the 1st of November MOONSPELL will take the event to the city of Porto, as part of the '1755' first three announced dates:

30th + 31st Oct - LISBOA AO VIVO, LISBON
1st Nov - HARD CLUB, SALA 1, PORTO

These very special gigs will be produced by the band themselves in partnership with Alma Mater Records and in collaboration and with total support from their main label Napalm Records.
At the shows you will have the chance to buy the upcoming record exclusively and straight from the band and watch them destroy Lisbon and Porto. The ticket holder will get a free CD or vinyl edition (first 500 tickets, the edition will be signed by the band!). The new album '1755' will hit the stores on the 3rd of November in Europe via Napalm Records. Presales will be announced soon, but you can already get your ticket to Lisbon and Porto right now!

More info about tickets, reservations and information at:

Limited regular tickets for sale coming in September.
VIP Wolfpack deals are available, please contact:

Says the band:
„On these shows we’re gonna play 1755 in its entirety but also recover some obscure stuff we haven’t been playing for many years.

1755 is a poetic, musical and philosophical reflection of the band about the tragic event that took place on the 1st of November of 1755 in Lisbon, decimating the entire city.

It’s mostly a Metal record, with vibrant riffs, epic orchestration and vocals and lyrics which invoke the agony of that day. The band was also concerned in recreating the end of the 18th century Lisbon and there will be lots of fusion, percussion and a melodic approach to that time and to the atmosphere the great city of Lisbon enjoyed back then.

There will be ten powerful, surprising songs that echo remotely to some of Moonspell previous efforts like Under the Moonspell or alpha Noir. But make no mistake! This is MOONSPELL as you never heard them before, with the fire of their native Language Portuguese and 900 years of History to unveil!

An historical, rigorous, serious, artistic record. A black beast from Portugal that the Metal scene so craves for.“

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