Friday, September 30, 2016

Cybernetic Witch Cult – Spaceous Cretaceous

 



Every once in a while, I think most people would agree, you hear an album that just absolutely grabs you from the first moment you put needle to groove, insert disc into player, or click play.  I think it is equally true that sometimes an album just presses your “fun album” button.  This is just such an album.

Truth be told, I’d never heard of Cybernetic Witch Cult before a couple of months ago.  But when I first clicked “play” on the ol’ compy 4000 (actually it’s a Dell desktop pc but that’s no fun) I was instantly grabbed by their offering Spaceous Cretaceous.  It’s not every album that begins with what I can only assume is an audio clip from a classic B-movie that I’m unfamiliar with that says “…sir, we’re an anti-terrorist unit…we weren’t trained to hunt these mega-dinosaurs…” then get instantly launched by a wave of blistering riffs into a heavy metal tale of humans being hunted by velociraptors brought back by a crash landed ship containing animals from Earth’s past causing the ending of mankind and ushering in a new age of dinosaurs.  That’s just what happens though in the opening track “Velocirapture.”  Then, just as you’re realizing that you can’t stop grinning like a Cheshire cat, your Alice-in-Wonderland tale continues further down the rabbit hole as Harrison Ford spouts off one of Han Solo’s classic one-liners “…I thought they smelled bad on the outside…” whisking the listener away to the frozen wastelands of Hoth, retelling the tale of Luke Skywalker’s near-death experience at the hands of the vicious Wampa in “Hunted on Hoth.”  Indeed, many of the songs contained herein have some connection to sci-fi and pop culture with audio bites employed before and during songs to hilarious and magnificent effect.  “Dark Star” is a peek into the 1974 John Carpenter sci-fi comedy of the same name, while “Hail to the King” retells the saga of Ash as he battles the “Evil Dead” through time.  Groovy.  “Cloven Hooves, Horns and Wings” tells the story of a lonely Lucifer coming to Earth once every thousand years seeking his Princess of Darkness to share damnation with, and “Enchantress” is the classic tale of a succubus consuming her prey.  There are more fun and awesome pop culture references that I will not spoil here.  The reason I won’t divulge those is because apart from all the well-placed tongue-in-cheek humor, at its’ heart Spaceous Cretaceous is a brilliant metal masterpiece blending heavy as hell riffs straddling the line between traditional metal, doom, and stoner rock with creative songwriting and storytelling, and it truly deserves to be listened to from purely musical standpoint…seriously…without cracking up while throwing the horns…Hey!  Cut that out!  I said seriously! 

This album is groovy, plainly and simply groovy in every aspect.  The humor will grab you but the musical hooks will keep you coming back for listen after listen.

-Riffcaster




 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ripple At The Movies - Joe Bonamassa “Live At The Greek Theatre” DVD



Around these parts, I'm pretty much known as the guy who writes about the most vile and foul music from the deepest, darkest recesses of the music world. It may come as a big surprise then when I tell you that I have a very deep love of the blues. It's not often that we get something like this to review so I was more than happy to pop in this DVD and see what was in store.

I have a personal Joe Bonamassa story. I saw him probably 15 years or more ago on what had to be one of his very first national tours. He was opening for Buddy Guy and I was blown away with Joe's performance, so after his set I went to his little merch table to pick up a copy of his first album. No one else was there and Joe himself was selling merch, so I got to get my CD signed and spend a good five minutes just chatting with him. I remember him to be a really nice guy, very personable, and I decided I would kind of watch his career and see where he went.

Fast forward to this release and to this bluesman, who is probably the top dog of the blues world, at least among the younger performers. This DVD is a performance from his 2015 tour for the “Three Kings”, who, if you aren't familiar, would be Freddie, Albert and BB. He does several numbers from each guy, and there are some really cool song choices. There are the obvious ones and some deeper cuts, which tells me Mr. Bonamassa put some thought and effort into the set list.

Each blues guitar player has their signature sound, and just like other genres, you can tell who the player is just by listening. It's fun to hear Joe pay homage to each man by throwing in some signature licks here and there, and then of course hear him throw his own touches on each song. I was especially blown away by a couple of the Albert King numbers. I've always thought of Albert as a particularly fierce performer, and “Angel of Mercy” and “Cadillac Assembly Line” are both very intense songs about just how hard it can be on a working family. Joe does these songs proud and his playing is every bit as fierce as Albert's. Those two songs were played back to back and really stood out to me as highlights of the show.

This is a really great set and the performances are almost flawless. Mr. Bonamassa has assembled a great band to back him. I love a blues band with a horn section and the guys playing on this show are fantastic. As a huge fan of SRV it was also cool to see Reece Wynans on the keys. And of course it wouldn't be complete without seeing Joe playing several vintage guitars from his collection and trying to replicate the instruments that the Three Kings played.

All in all this is a great release and I think anyone who even has a slight interest in the blues would enjoy this. The stage production is fantastic and the concert was shot and captured very well. This is a first rate release and really, we shouldn't expect anything less from Joe Bonamassa. Check this one out for some great music and entertainment.

-ODIN



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SVVAMP stream RidingEasy Records debut album in full at debut of Clrvynt.com




"The breadth of influences makes this a varied listen, with the band twisting those influences to sculpt something of their very own and creating a sound that is unified rather than disparate." -- Powerplay

"One can hear a pronounced influence from Pentagram's First Daze Here as well as Blue Cheer as though the last 45-years melted away and the Psychedelic Era begun anew." -- The Obelisk

"It is such a trip that three Swedish dudes can create tunes that sound like they are opening for the MC5. There is no way around it -- this f**king band can rock, straight up!" -- CvltNation



Swedish trio Svvamp are streaming their forthcoming debut album on RidingEasy Records in full starting today on the debut day for the new music site Clrvynt.com. Hear and share Svvamp album HERE. (Direct Soundcloud).

Svvamp is the real deal. Countless bands today strive to sound genuine -- whether faking their way through a ProTools pastiche of carefully assembled takes, painstakingly tarnishing tracks to give them a "live feel" or simply copying the style of their favorite band. And, usually, their posturing is entirely transparent.

Every once in a while though, you find a band without self-conscious pretense that truly echoes the mood and vibe of an era when the rulebooks were burned with the draft cards and the act of playing rock'n'roll was simultaneously defiant and inherently casual. Svvamp is just that type of primordial beauty captured on a perfect 11-song debut.

Svvamp was created by three friends - Adam Johansson, Henrik Bjorklund and Erik Stahlgren - drawn together for the sake of jamming and a love of rock, folk and blues. Their resulting heavy psych sound is immediately gripping in its homespun feel and hints of Cream, Eric Bell-era Thin Lizzy, CCR and Crazy Horse.

"Our first recordings were made on a 4-channel cassette PortaPro (with microphones that we found lying around) and were really crude, recorded live to cassette," the band explains. "We grew fond of that live feel and demo takes started to sound like finished songs. Over time, with almost everything made live in our rehearsal room, it became a full album."

"Serpent in the Sky" kicks things off with a syncopated bluesy riff romp, while "Burning Down" echoes the stomping freeform feel of the New Yardbirds' "How Many More Times." Once things settle in to the laid back shuffle of "Free At Last", Svvamp really finds its groove and lets loose like Axis: Bold As Love Jimi Hendrix. "Time" sounds almost like Ziggy Stardust era Bowie with a boogie swagger and cheeky vocals. "Set My Foot and Leave" sounds as earnest and unpretentious as The Faces (and at times like Rod Stewart's "Maggie May", without all that shaggy, smug Rodness). Elsewhere, "Blue In the Face" slips into a heavy groove while "Oh, Girl" bashes out stop 'n' go riffs with the Marshall stack dramatics of Blue Cheer. Chiming mandolin and acoustic guitars lead the charming closing anthem, "Down By The River" (not the Neil Young song).

Svvamp will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on September 2nd, 2016 via RidingEasy Records.
Artist: Svvamp
Album: Svvamp
Record label: RidingEasy Records
Release date: September 2nd, 2016

01) Serpent in the Sky
02) Fresh Cream
03) Burning Down
04) Free At Last
05) Time
06) Set My Foot and Leave
07) Big Rest
08) Golden Crown
09) Blue in the Face
10) Oh, Girl
11) Down By the River


On The Web:

facebook.com/SwampJKPG

BORIS announce EU & UK tour performing Pink album in its entirety




"Groundbreaking metal album gets a mesmerically expansive reissue. A-" -- Consequence of Sound

"Pink was prescient in how metal would rethink what it meant to be heavy, with metallic shoegaze butting up against feedback-sick drone and glittery punk." -- NPR


Japanese trio Boris today announce that they will bring their just completed North American tour Boris Performing Pink to Europe and the UK this Fall. The band is touring in support of the 10th anniversary Pink (Deluxe Edition) reissue, released in July on Sargent House. Please see current dates below.

NPR previously premiered "SOFUN" HERE. Pitchfork announced the release with "Are You Ready?" HERE. The complete Pink (Deluxe Edition) is available to hear and share via Bandcamp.

Pink, the landmark 2006 album by Boris, which earned widespread critical praise -- including Pitchfork's Top 10 Albums of 2006 -- was reissued in an expanded edition for the album's 10th anniversary.

The deluxe 3xLP box set and 2xCD features an entire album of previously unreleased tracks recorded during the Pink album sessions in 2004-2005. The bonus Forbidden Songs collects 9 tracks of the same hyperactive, accessible and aggressive caliber of the original album, available here for the first time, mixed (with additional editing and arrangement) in 2015 and mastered in January 2016.

In 2006, Pink was Boris' 10th album and a major breakthrough that earned new fans outside of the underground metal community -- the track "Farewell" was even featured in Jim Jarmusch's classic film The Limits of Control. The album landed on countless "best of the year" lists from underground metal sites to mainstream rock magazines. And the praise was certainly well deserved for its more accessible sound and explorations into shoegaze and ambient structures alongside brutal noise, searing psychedelia and apocalyptic doom.

Boris is now in their 24th year as a band -- 20 years in the classic trio lineup -- and showing no signs of slowing down. They have always demolished expectations of what a band can do musically and aesthetically. And in looking back with Pink (Deluxe Edition), the band's trajectory as experimenters and innovators over subsequent releases becomes even clearer.

Pink (Deluxe Edition) was released everywhere (excluding Japan) on July 8th on 3xLP box set, 2xCD and download via Sargent House. iTunes orders HERE, 3xLP box set and 2xCD editions are available via Hello Merch.



BORIS TOUR 2016:
11/18 Helsinki, FI @ Tavastia
11/20 Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Strand
11/21 Oslo, NO @ Bla
11/22 Gothenburg, SE @ Truckstop Alaska
11/23 Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA
11/24 Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
11/25 Berlin, DE @ White Trask
11/27 Boulogne Billancourt, FR @ Festival BB Mix
11/28 Reims, FR @ La Cartonnerie
11/30 Nuremberg, DE @ Zentralcafe at K4
12/01 Milan, IT @ Lo Fi Club
12/02 Rome, IT @ Init
12/03 Livorno, IT @ The Cage
12/04 Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv Club
12/06 Reitschule, CH @ Dachstock
12/07 Geneva, CH @Antigel Festival
12/09 Moscow, RU @ Theater
12/10 St. Petersburg, RU @ ClubZal
12/11 Tilburg, NL @ Incubate Festival
12/12 Brussels, BE @ Rotonde Botanique
12/13 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
12/14 Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
12/15 Manchester, UK @ Sound Control
12/16 Newcastle, UK @ University
12/18 Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
12/19 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
12/20 Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
12/21 Athens, GR @ Fuzz Club


www.borisheavyrocks.com (Official site: Japan)
borisheavyrocks.tumblr.com (BORIS news U.S.)

Follow BORIS on Twitter: @Borisheavyrocks


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

UFOMAMMUT Enters The Studio To Record Their Eighth Full Length; European And Australian Dates Posted




Italian psychedelic power trio UFOMAMMUT is currently in the process of forging their eighth LP, following their heady/heavy 2015 epic for Neurot Recordings, Ecate. The band is knuckling down at Crono Sound Factory in Vimodrone, just north of Milan, the first time recording with their soundlord Ciccio and his comrades of Femore Production. Having spent much of the past year refining their exploratory jam sessions to make them fit for purpose - expect more of their inimitable dense, organic riffing to emerge in 2017, with teasers on the way sooner.

Having just wrapped up a European tour which included dates with their friends in Neurosis and fellow countrymen Grime, UFOMAMMUT has their sights set on Australia and New Zealand, and will be traveling there in early October with the masters of doom tone, Monolord. Those dates are followed by further European shows, which include a performance at this year's Damnation Festival in Leeds on November 5th, alongside Electric Wizard, Enslaved, Cult of Luna, Akercocke, and many more.

UFOMAMMUT Tour Dates:
10/03/2016 San Fran - Wellington, NZ w/ Monolord
10/04/2016 Kings Arms - Auckland, NZ w/ Monolord
10/06/2016 Crowbar - Brisbane, AU w/ Monolord
10/07/2016 Bald Faced Stag - Sydney, AU w/ Monolord
10/08/2016 Max Watts - Melbourne, AU w/ Monolord
10/09/2016 Rosemount - Perth, AU w/ Monolord
11/02/2016 Backstage - Paris, FR
11/06/2016 Mod - Hasselt, BE
11/04/2016 Underworld - London, UK
11/05/2016 Damnation Festival - Leeds, UK
11/07/2016 Werk 2 - Leipzig, DE
11/08/2016 Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, DE
11/09/2016 Musikzentrale- Nurnberg, DE
11/10/2016 Faust - Hannover, DE
11/11/2016 TBA
11/12/2016 Le Guess Who Festival - Utrecht, NL
11/13/2016 Underground - Koln, DE




Canadian sludge dealers DOPETHRONE release free new EP




Montréal's sludge blues trio DOPETHRONE hit hard once again, with the 100% free release of their new EP "1312" on Riff Dealer Records. This 3-track joint also comes with the intoxicating video for "Shot Down".


Download Dopethrone's new EP "1312" FOR FREE
Watch the #NSFW video for "Shot Down" here


DOPETHRONE's new EP "1312" was written and recorded in the winter of 2015, and serves as a transition between the band's largely acclaimed fourth album "Hochelaga" and their next full-length. The video for "Shot Down" features live footage and behind the scenes from the many festivals and clubs they have played in Europe and the U.S this year.


DOPETHRONE "1312" out now on Riff Dealer Records
Available on free download // Vinyl & CD coming soon...

TRACKLISTING:
1. Shot Down
2. Drifter
3. Skag Reek
- Artwork by Alexandre Goulet -

The riff comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s clean, catchy and elegant. Sometimes it’s filthy, grimy and about as elegant as a sledgehammer to the sternum. DOPETHRONE is the latter. This D.I.Y trio from Hochelaga, Montreal’s trashiest ghetto, wallows in smoke, demons, death, the occult and enough psychotropic drugs to send both Hunter S. Thomspson and William Burroughs on one hell of a trip. Delivering some of the filthiest, most skull-crushing riffs drenched in distortion and fuzz, they encompass the bleakness of black metal, the steadfastness of New Orleans-style sludge with a heavier-than-thou doom mentality. Riffage is thick, punishing, suffocating and destructive and demonic vocals are harsh, visceral and animal-like for tunes dripping with pervasive THC. DOPETHRONE take over doom and view it through a crusty lens, and that perspective rise the genre to new heights of sonic filth.

After three records that have knocked out all sludge and doom fans across the globe, Canada's insane weed-laden trio DOPETHRONE returned in 2015 with their fourth album "Hochelaga" - named after the band's dodgy neighbourhood in Montréal. "Hochelaga" is simply their most infectious effort to date, which has been widely acclaimed by the international critic. Despite a severe leg injury for guitarist/vocalist Vince that led the band to cancel many shows, 2016 has been a very productive year for the band, who released a split record with US doom merchants Fister and the "1312" EP, as well as bringing their dirty grooves to many European and North America cities through an extensive summer and fall tour.

DOPETHRONE LINKS


Monday, September 26, 2016

Desert rock legends FATSO JETSON return with new album "Idle Hands" this October on Heavy Psych Sounds.




Palm Desert's stoner rock initiators FATSO JETSON are returning this fall with their seventh full-length "Idle Hands" on Heavy Psych Sounds, which will be followed by a full European tour.

Following on from 2010’s "Archaic Volumes", "Idle Hands" is FATSO JETSON's first studio album in six years. The Californian outfit features Mario Lalli alongside fellow guitarist and son Dino Von Lalli, drummer Tony Tornay, and bassist Larry Lalli. The album was recorded and mastered by the band's live bassist Mathias Schneeberger (Masters Of Reality, Gutter Twins, Earthlings) at Rancho de la Luna.


Discover two songs off "Idle Hands" on The Obelisk


FATSO JETSON's frontman Mario Lalli recently confessed to The Obelisk:
"This record represents one of the toughest years in my life. To be honest, I barely got it done. It’s a very important record because I’m in a way coming out of a long troubled period, and with lots of love and help from my friends and family I got to a place where I could get back to music and express some of this stuff. The band spent three days at Rancho de la Luna with Mathias Schneeberger recording and co-producing and writing on some pretty rough ideas. Dino, my son, wrote a lot of the heavier, more angular, intense music, and I was coming from a more melodic, dark vibe… seemed to all come together. (...) The title of the album is straightforward and the record, the contrary action, to faith without works is dead. We are stoked to do the record with Gabriele from Heavy Psych Sounds. He’s been so supportive of us for years now, a good friend. That’s how this should be."

FATSO JETSON - New album "Idle Hands"
Out October 7th on Heavy Psych Sounds // Pre-order
Artwork by Kelly Keith

CD/MP3 TRACKLISTING:
1. Wire Wheels and Robots
2. Portuguese Dream Black N Red
3. Royal Family
4. Nervous Eater
5. Seroquel
6. Idle Hands
7. Last Of The Good Times
8. Then and Now
9. The Vincent Letter
10. 48 Hours
11. Dream Homes

VINYL TRACKLISTING:
A1. Wire Wheels and Robots
A2. Portuguese Dream Black N Red
A3. Royal Family
A4. The Vincent Letter
A5. Then and Now
B1. Last Of The Good Times
B2. Nervous Eater
B3. 48 Hours
B4. Idle Hands

FATSO JETSON formed in California's Palm Desert in 1994 and are often credited as one of the fathers of the desert strain of stoner rock, made most famous by their slightly younger neighbors Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age. While musically similar to some of their stoner brethren, they incorporate a broader variety of musical influences that includes punk, blues, jazz and surf music. That is not to say that the band isn't capable of dishing out supremely heavy riffs... Certainly grounded in dense hard rock, FATSO JETSON experiment with many musical textures, angular instrumental epics, and bizarre lyrics to create a punk, blues art rock of their own.

In 1995, the group recorded their debut "Stinky Little Gods" and followed that up in 1997 with "Power of Three". Brant Bjork briefly joined up as second guitarist and appeared on two 7" releases. The band then teamed up with Bongload Records, who released their third full-length "Toasted" in 1998. Guitarist and old friend Gary Arce joined the band to record thier fourth LP "Flames for All" in 2000 for Frank Kozik's Man's Ruin Label. FATSO JETSON also contributed to "The Desert Sessions" releases that Josh Homme organized, bringing desert musicians and other like-minded rock creatives together to collaborate. Homme's record label Rekords Rekords released their next album "Cruel and Delicious", on which the band was joined by Vince Meghrouni on sax and harp, adding a new dimention to their hard to pin sound.

Following on from their 2010 LP "Archaic Volumes", FATSO JETSON ran a handful of successful European tours, including sold out performances at Roadburn Festival, Desertfest London and Berlin or Stoned From the Underground. Mario Lalli's son Dino joined the band for a split 12" with fellow desert dwellers Yawning Man, quickly followed by a split record with space lords Farflung on Heavy Psych Sounds. This marked the beginning of a collaboration with the Italian label, who will issue their newest album "Idle Hands" in the fall of 2016.

FATSO JETSON IS
Mario Lalli - Guitar & Vocals
Dino Von Lalli - Guitar
Larry Lalli - Bass (on tour: Mathias Schneeberger)
Tony Tornay - Drums

FATSO JETSON LINKS

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