Wednesday, October 26, 2016

On the Ripple Desk: Featuring Bridesmaid and Ruin

Bridesmaid - International House of Mancakes

Coming on like your creepy uncle's porn collection somehow got mixed up with your Black Sabbath albums a bottle of lube and a suitcase of rather scary looking sex toys . . . . and surprise, surprise, they enjoyed it!  Full on sleazeoid, stoner doom, with throbbing members, and pulsating beats -- ok, enough porn jokes.  Take it for what it is, some seriously heavy, instrumental doom, comprised of two bassists and two drummers, a mouthful of puns and a sense of humor wicked enough to have them dressed up like the Village People on a cover homage to Destroyer. 

Not serious dudes, but some very serious riffage.  Put it on and lose yourself.

Ruin - Fiat Lux

 A hardcore, Buddhist punk rock band might seem like just to many contradictions to stand on it's own, but somehow Ruin manage to pull it off.  From their bio info, I learned that Ruin was more than music, it was a propaganda project . Students of the arts, philosophy and religion, doing lab work with music. Experimenting with a way to be activists for social and individual evolution.  Founded in 1980 by Dr. Glenn Wallis, (then a religious studies’ undergrad), Ruin was ostensibly a model “old school” hardcore “punk” rock musical group. This model was characterized by hyper speed rhythms, banshee lead guitar, raging vocals and ideological lyrics. Ruin achieved headliner status locally in Philadelphia’s mid sized music halls. Live, they experimented with noise, genre bending, pamphleteering, theatrics, and audience participation.

Now what we have left are two albums of pretty tasty punk.  On this album from 1986, Fiat Lux sounds a bit more "rock" with a punk snot, like an early Replacements or Soul Asylum.  But I found this for $1, so for that, it's definitely worth a pick up.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

MELTED SPACE: French Metal Opera Act Announces Upcoming Remix Tracks And Official Video

[photo by Guillaume Bideau]

MELTED SPACE, the ambitious metal opera venture forged by French composer PierreLe Pape, has confirmed several new projects for the months ahead.

Following the release of the collective's debut album, The Great Lie, through Sensory Records in 2015, MELTED SPACE will now issue special remixed versions of several tracks from the album. After the most recent European tour the act took part in with Symphony X and Myrath, the live lineup decided to reconstruct and remix several songs with vocal contributions from the live crew from the venture. These three new versions will be remixed by Beau Hill ("No Need To Fear"), After Forever's Joost Van Den Broeck ("Lost Souls From The Other Side"), and François-Maxime Boutault ("Titania"), and mastered at Fascination Street Studio by Tony Lindgren.

Additionally, MELTED SPACE announces the completion of the act's first official video for the song "Titania." Directed by Rusty J. Matalou in a German Expressionism style, the new video should bring to MELTED SPACE a new visual dimension and extend Pierre Le Pape's musical universe to the outfit's fanbase.

Both the new remix tracks and the video will be released in October; stand by for further details.

MELTED SPACE's The Great Lie was entirely written and conducted by founder Le Pape. An incredibly powerful, layered masterwork, the album features an intense storyline with a wide cast of characters performed by guest vocalists, including David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Attila Csihar (Sunn O))), Mayhem), Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Ailyn Gimenéz (Sirenia), Kobi Fahri (Orphaned Land), Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania) and other vocalists, as well as music by an all-star cast of musicians and the entire City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

Stream The Great Lie HERE, and see the lyric video for the album's "Terrible Fight" HERE.

Orders for The Great Lie CD can be placed HERE, the hi-res 24 bit/96 khz digital edition available HERE and the standard digital available HERE and at all major digital retailers.

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Ripple Conversation With. . . .Brad Frye, guitarist and vocalist of Red Mesa

When I was a kid, growing up in a house with Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, and Simon and Garfunkel, the first time I ever heard Kiss's "Detroit Rock City," it was a moment of musical epiphany. It was just so vicious, aggressive and mean. It changed the way I listened to music. I've had a few minor epiphany's since then, when you come across a band that just brings something new and revolutionary to your ears.

What have been your musical epiphany moments?

BF: Oh yeah, I grew up in household with soft rock radio in rural, coastal Maine.  My brother and I know the lyrics to so many shitty songs.  My first musical epiphany was hearing the the full version “Suzy Q” by Credence Clearwater Revival.  I was a boy riding in my parents car.  My Mom had it on cassette.  I didn't know that songs were longer than 3 minutes.  They do this long guitar solo and then jam out for another 5 minutes.  I was mesmerized.  I remember thinking, “I didn't know you could do that.” So that's what I do now. 

Talk to us about the song-writing process for you. What comes first, the idea? A riff? The lyrics? How does it all fall into place?

BF:  Generally our songs start with a riff.  I spend a long time working on riffs and progressions that 1) sound cool 2) don't remind me of any guitarist or band in particular 3) I can sing and play at the same time.  The next step is playing the music with the band, whether I brought in the idea or not.  We all need to get behind it.  We listen for space to have lyrics.  Start working out changes.  I then take the music home and start singing over it my car.  Working on lyrics and melodies.   I'd prefer to write music AFTER a song/melody.  But usually it starts with a riff.

Who has influenced you the most?

BF: Oh wow.  A lot of people.  It has changed through the years.  When I was 8, Guns 'N Roses “Appetite for Destruction”  came out and I played that over and over.  It was a great introduction to attitude and rock and roll.  I haven't listened to them for probably 20 years, but I recently heard that album and it is still killer.
In terms of playing guitar, Josh Homme from Kyuss and QOTSA has been a huge inspiration and influence to me.  Also, Brant Bjork (Kyuss, Vista Chino, solo stuff).  He is an underrated guitarist and wrote some killer Kyuss riffs and songs.
Toni Iommi is a massive influence for riffs.  David Gilmore for solos.  I'm not a shredder.  I prefer slower, psychedelic and melodic solo.
For singing, I love a lot people.  Singing got me into playing guitar so I could use it as a tool for songwriting.  I try to not sound like anyone, and just focus on my own voice. 

Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?

BF:  Whatever is going on in my life and around me at the moment.  But try I focus on frustrations, sadness, anger, and desires to give them a release so I don't carry around a lot of negativity.  Music is a release.  There is a lot of suffering in life.  Music helps me deal with it.  That way I can evolve and be a positive and good human being. 

We're all a product of our environment. Tell us about the band's hometown and how that reflects in the music?

BF:  The band's hometown is Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We are certainly inspired by the high desert, with its great big blue sky and mountains.  New Mexico has a cool laid back feel to it. We try to get in a heavy groove and pretend we are outside playing under a desert sunset.  Duane Gasper our drummer, and Shawn Wright our bass player are both New Mexico natives.  They really embody the spirit. 

Where'd the band name come from?
BF:  Band names are harder to come up with than songs.  I believe it was a suggestion from an old friend  and guitarist we used to jam with before this band came to fruition in its current line-up as a power trio.  Shawn reminded us of the band name and it fit the best.   We wanted a band name that represented the high desert environment of New Mexico.  

Tell us about witchcraft, what it means to you and your life?

BF:  I don't know a damn thing about witchcraft.  I am, however, a spiritual non-religious person.  I have spent a lot of my life exploring nature and natural environments.  I believe you can benefit from some good things from getting outside and away from people.  I feel its important to find a quiet space.  To get away from everything.  There's a lot of wisdom life and nature can teach you.  There is a lot of wisdom your mind, body, and soul can teach you.  It's important to open up and listen to that. 

You have one chance, what movie are you going to write the soundtrack for?
BF:  I like movies that travel to beautiful landscapes.  If I had the opportunity to write a soundtrack that played off a movie about a hitchhiker or a backpacker traveling through epic landscapes, I'd be down. 

You now write for a music publication (The Ripple Effect?). You're going to write a 1,000 word essay on one song. Which would it be and why?

BF:  “Space Cadet” by Kyuss.  When I first heard that song, it blew my fucking mind.  I had always wanted to listen to something like that, but I had no idea where to find it.  I remember listening to it while on the bus in Seattle.  When that song came on, I got off the bus and just stood on the street.  I couldn't move.  I just stood there, and thought, “holy shit, this is fucking incredible.” 

What is you musical intention? What are you trying to express or get your audience to feel?

BF:  I want people to feel......... SOMETHING.  I intend for it to be a positive, powerful something.  And I want them to listen to the songs as a whole.  Not just a beat to dance to or some entertainer to watch.  For me, that's not what turned me on to music.  It was killer songs and albums.  I think in the underground rock community, the focus is on a quality product. 
The most important message I'm trying to send out is to be a cognitive human being.  Live life with an open mind, question any bullshit, be a great and wonderful human being.  And rock the fuck out.    

Come on, share with us a couple of your great, Spinal Tap, rock and roll moments?

BF:  I played an open mic at Pappy and Harriet's in Joshua Tree, CA. Which was super rad to play there even though it was an open mic.  Maybe one day we'll play a show there....!  But around 7pm, the local crowd all sits down and has dinner.  I decided to try out some new material.  I get up on stage and say, “You guys ready to fucking rock?!”  And start playing real loud and I look up and the entire bar is having dinner and chewing food.  And I was playing some aggressive music.  It totally didn't fit.  I felt that I was yelling directly at them while they were eating dinner.  I finish the first song and no one makes any noise.  No one claps.  They just sit there eating.  And I think, “Oh fuck, this is so awkward, I'm playing to an entire dinner crowd.”  I think I played a few mellow songs on an acoustic and then got the hell off stage.  Embarrasing.  

Tell us about playing live and the live experience for you and for your fans?

BF:  I love playing live.  We focus on making sure the overall tone and sound for playing live is really unique and balanced.  We take pride in having great tone. We play very loud.  We want the instruments to really stand out, but sound great as a whole.  We have been getting excellent feedback from our fans and from people who have just seen us for the first time.  It feels great to hear people tell us we have great tone. Also, it is very humbling to play live.  At least it is for me. I feel very humbled and grateful to play music live.  It is communication and expression on a different level. 

What makes a great song?

BF:  A great song, you feel it in your soul.   It just completely speaks to you and envelops you.  

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

BF:  I think it would be a song called “Gold Rush”  It's basically a country song on acoustic.  Hillbilly jam.  For me it is some form of rock and roll.  I've never recorded it, maybe I should. 

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

BF:  Well, we finished recording our EP for Ripple Music.  It will come out on the Second Coming of Heavy vinyl compilation.  We are very excited about the songs on the EP.  It's gonna kick ass.  Due out December 2016.  Get yourself a copy!

Who today, writes great songs? Who just kicks your ass? Why?

BF:  The album that kicked my ass in 2015 was Wino and Conny Ochs acoustic album “Freedom Conspiracy.”  It has incredible songs, beautiful melodies and hooks.  Is very sad, yet gorgeous.  It really hit me in my heart and my soul. 

Vinyl, CD, or digital? What's your format of choice?

BF:  For convenience, its digital.  For sound quality its, CD and vinyl.  And for the experience, definitely vinyl.  Nothing like dropping the needle down. 

Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice.

BF:  Whiskey, hands down.  I fucking love whiskey.  Beer is fine, but its heavy and makes you slow.  You gotta consume a lot of volume to achieve the type of buzz I like.  I'm not a heavy drinker.  But I drink daily.  When I'm relaxing, its beer.  When it's time to perform, or go out for the night, it's whiskey.  It gets me fired up. 

We, at the Ripple Effect, are constantly looking for new music. What's your home town, and when we get there, what's the best record store to lose ourselves in?

BF:  Charlies 33's and CD's is really the only record store left in Albuquerque.  Cool old school record store.  Vintage and new vinyl. 

What's next for the band?

BF:   Our EP on the Second Coming of Heavy compilation will come out in 2016 on Ripple Music.  Be sure to grab a copy!  I believe we are on Volume 4.  In the meantime, we are slowly working on new music for a second full-length album. 

Any final comments or thoughts you'd like to share with our readers, the waveriders?

BF:  We truly appreciate everyone who seeks out and supports underground music.  There is so much incredible music being made these days, especially in heavy rock/metal.  And it's not easy to find.  We are being spoon-fed so much crap these days.  It's impossible to hear great music on the radio or on TV or on any popular, multi-mass media.  You gotta work for today.  It's sad.  But there is a movement of people around the world that know good music is out there and they are finding it.  So, thank you.    

Sunday, October 23, 2016

DOT LEGACY announce new album and tour with Truckfighters | Stream video for single 'Story Of Fame' with Rolling Stone and Classic Rock

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When Dot Legacy formed in 2009 in a Parisian basement, little did the fuzzed-out French quartet know that their seemingly unattainable dream to one day release albums, tour the world and share stages with some of rock’s finest was in fact anything but impossible.

Over seven years on and with countless gigs clocked up over several European and South American tours with the likes of Blues Pills, Mars Red Sky and Truckfighters, the band returns this November with To The Others, the follow up to their hugely impressive 2014 self-titled debut.

Inspired by the space race and mankind’s desire to discover, To The Others pursues two avenues of exploration; complete freedom of composition and collective creativity. Written by the band while on the road and recorded and produced by bass player/vocalist and Emmy Award-winner Damien Quintard the album not only captures the gain-addled fury of the band’s esoteric brand of “Energy Rock”, it also displays two distinct sides to Dot Legacy. The one side that uniquely seeks to experiment and weave multifaceted arrangements out of great ideas and impressive musicianship, and the other that simply aims to rock out and make you dance.

To support the release of the album, the band will be taking part in a massive tour with Truckfighters, hitting more than thirty-five European cites between September and December (For the list of confirmed dates so far see below.)

To The Others will receive a worldwide release on 25th November 2016 via Germany’s Setalight Records. In the meantime however follow this link to stream, share and watch the official video for brand new song, ‘Story Of Fame’ here

Download ‘Story of Fame’ by Dot Legacy via Spotify | iTunes | Amazon
Dot Legacy:

Damien Quintard – Lead Vocals, Bass
Arnaud Merckling – Guitar, Keyboard, Backing Vocals
John Defontaine – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Arthur Menard – Drums, Backing Vocals
Tour Dates:

With Truckfighters & Deville – Plus more dates to be announced soon…

25/11 – Koln, Germany – Underground
26/11 – Nancy, France – Le Hublot
27/11 – Paris, France – Venue TBA
28/11 – Nantes, France – Venue TBA
4/12 – Birmingham, UK – Rainbow
5/12 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
6/12 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
7/12 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
8/12 – Manchester, UK – The Ruby Lounge
9/12 – London, UK – Islington Academy
10/12 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store

ASTEROID return with new album | Stream and share new single 'Last Days' via Fuzzorama Records

For well over a decade, Örebro’s Asteroid has served as one of the leading lights in the heavy psych community. With a sound firmly rooted in the hard-hitting field of stoner rock, since their very first demo in 2004 the trio has constantly evolved, taking inspiration from American & British blues and Swedish folk music, while always finding something new to bring to the table.

Made up of guitarist Robin Hirse, bass player Johannes Nilsson and recent addition Jimmi Kohlscheen on drums, Asteroid trade harmonious vibes and melodious riffs with all who listen. Treading the same murky waters found in some of the more menacing moments of Led Zeppelin’s back catalogue, combined with their love for the tripped-out prog of Pink Floyd and raw energy of Howlin’ Wolf, Asteroid leave no rock unturned.

Having released a split record in 2006, two full-length albums with 2007’s Asteroid and the 2009 follow-up Asteroid II, and a 7” in 2012, after extensive back to back tours which saw the band average over a hundred shows a year they decided to take a break in 2013. However, at the end of last year the band finally decided that break was over. Performing a number of gigs in early 2016, including a pre-sold out show in Athens in February and appearances at DesertFest London and Berlin in April, the band’s full attention now turns to the release of the highly anticipated III. The third instalment in Asteroid’s spectacular ascendancy.

Stream and share the brand new single ‘Last Days’ here –

Download ‘Last Days’ single by Asteroid via Spotify | iTunes

Robin Hirse – Vocals/Guitar
Johannes Nilsson – Bass/Vocals
Jimmi Kohlscheen – Drums/Vocals
Track Listing:

1. Pale Moon
2. Last Days
3. Til' Dawn
4. Wolf & Snake
5. Silver & Gold
6. Them Calling
7. Mr. Strange

Artist: Asteroid
Title: III
Release Date: 11th November 2016
Label: Fuzzorama Records
Formats: Vinyl/CD/Digital
Barcode: CD - 7320470211090, LP - 7320470211083
Catalogue: FUZZCD028, FUZZLP028, FUZZDIGI028

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Small Stone Records – Double Take

Over two years ago we featured a “Double Take” review of two records, both residing in Small Stone Records manor. The label has undergone some turmoil since then; including a flooded out basement, some turnover with bands, but what remains is the fact that the bands who call Small Stone home are still ridiculously good. After pre-ordering both these fantastic records on vinyl, I figure I’d bring the feature back. What remains the same is the rawk, what is different is the vinyl are being pressed via Cargo Records in Germany and take the form as an import to the US customers with only 50 available in the US store. Just a fair warning, I still haven’t received either of my pre-orders despite the records being released. Prior SS releases usually showed up on time, if not prior to release for pre-order customers. Minor gripe, but I’m confident the packages will get here eventually and the price remains constant as the US distribution of past. 

Take 1:
Captain Crimson – Remind

Although that couch looks rather uncomfortable it reminds us of the past, the present and the future, namely of rock and roll in the context of this article. Captain Crimson ensures no matter what you rest your weary soul upon the new album sweeps you into a state of comfort popularized by the Swedish retro stoner rawk style. Yes, Captain Crimson are from Sweden as well and prove the water over there does in fact contain minerals fortifying the ability to crank out consistently heavy ass grooves, hot and steamy choruses, and carpet burning bass lines. What impressed me most with the record is how consistently pleasing each song plays through, no filler all killer they say. Intricate riffs such as the opening blaze of ‘Black Rose’, to the dreamy psych-driven ballad of ‘Money’ Remind, reminds us of all states of mind, particularly carrying us away to a more pleasant space and time. The more this album plays the better it gets. Blues licks drip from the retro curtains as the cuckoo riffs clock your walls with nostalgia and vocal harmonies blanket the airwaves like Grandma’s quilt on a foggy morning. Don’t forget the songs structure which paints a pattern of symmetry rivaled by none other than the album cover itself. You must pick it up as on the Small Stone scale Captain Crimson may very well weigh in as the heaviest most deluxe record on the Small Stone shelf in years. Not an immediate grabber, Remind takes its sweet time to slowly infect the listener being able to pull the attention in varied states of mind. Some records only sound good in certain moods. Remind is so powerful it will change your mood from its current state to a state of bewilderment, surely a great record for a weekend gathering, poker night out, early morning highway blaster, or even living room background tunes. Speaking of living room, my flooring needs a retroactive makeover, and the clock is ticking. Come on guys, ship me my vinyl already! I’m dying.

Take 2:

Långfinger - Crossyears

Making their Small Stone debut is the band I just discovered via this pre-order. Långfinger rock the power trio format and come at us from Gothenburg, Sweden which by definition means they bring a heavy retro blues to the game. They’ve been together since they were teens and Crossyears is their 3rd full length album. I was so intrigued, not only by the preview track available that I had to scope out their past discography which fellow revolutionaries gave high recommendations for. I found a killer complete vinyl set available from the band which is always hard to pass up as a record collector and music addict. It’s sitting on my shelf now waiting for Crossyears to find its way home, and boy or boy is it cool. Crossyears maintains the full tilt retro boogie of the early material on their Small Stone showcase. The vocals remain charismatic, utilizing a faintly reverb induced melody crackling with spiritual blues. The riffs are catchy, the songs are dynamic and flow well throughout ranging from 70’s arena rock to blistering heavy blues riddled with solos and packed with rhythmic groove. They remind me a bit of The Who in parts with a more modern stoner edge instrumentally at least. The vocals are damn catchy as are the chorus lines and rhythm section to die for. Anthem after anthem are delivered, averaging around that 3-5 minute classic song length mark for 10 solid songs, with the exception of the blues based scorcher ‘Atlas’ melting the listener for over 7-minutes directly at the midway mark of the album. Acting as a breather between the high energy first half of the record, ‘Atlas’ slow burns Pink Floydian space rock into its retro boogie atmosphere with a healthy dose of the organ, grandiose opening guitar leads and bluesy vocal croonage slowly and elegantly building back and forth between angelic melodies to hot and heady rawk n roll. The album is a stone cold modern classic after it sinks in and demonstrates Långfinger are at the top of their game and are in no position of giving up. Let’s hope the trend continues and Small Stone keeps up the taste they’re known for giving us these random treats every now and then. 

Although Small Stone has appeared to struggle in recent times with perhaps lack of marketing or lost motivation these two records prove that they are still indeed the pioneers and true icons in the heavy underground stoner-rawk scene. You can stream both records as well as all the other releases up at the Small Stone bandcamp page and hurry up if you want to grab a vinyl edition, they won’t likely be repressed anytime soon.  I can attest they are always sexy as fuck!

-The Huntsman

Listen and/or purchase below.


Friday, October 21, 2016

LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL release "Departure" video; new album "Human Collapse" out on Ripple Music

France's epic heavy five piece LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL are celebrating the release of their third album "Human Collapse" on Ripple Music today, with a new video for the epic "Departure".

Watch LOS DISIDENTES' "Departure" video here

This new LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL album story revolves around the journey of a refugee in a post-apocalyptic world. Written two years ago, this dystopian scenario depicts the social and environmental crises our society has been going through in the past decades. "Human Collapse" is a huge and intensely darker turn into LDDSM's career, as well as being Ripple Music’s heaviest release to date. 

The "Departure" video was directed by Mathieu Garcia with additional edits from Bartosh Salmanski from 128 db collective.

Out now on Ripple Music // Buy on CD and vinyl  now

"LDDSM’s most daring work to date. The production is first-rate and
it sounds intensefrom the start." Outlaws Of The Sun

"This insanely talented French five piece leaved you hooked
to your last breath." Rock N Reel Reviews

"A massive, angst-ridden collection of anthemic monsters with progressive elements
and a shiny, near-radio-friendly production sheen." Echoes & Dust
A unique name for a unique band. Following up on their two previous albums and confirming their undeniable talent for writing thrilling cinema-inspired music - action movies with "Soundtrack From The Motion Picture" (Deadlight Ent. 2011) and Z movies with "Arcane" (Deadlight Entertainment/Hell Prod 2013) - French heavy five-piece LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL sign their third full-length "Human Collapse" on Ripple Music, depicting a dystopian future inspired by the social and environmental crises our society has been going through these past decades.

Recorded at Cube Studio in Besançon, mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge) at Godcity Studio and mastered by Alan Douches (West West Side Music), this new chapter in the LOS DISIDENTES DEL SUCIO MOTEL story is once again deeply rooted in heavy rock, a 10-track manifesto driven by the band's powerful vocal duo and mature orchestration. LDDSM are now set to present "Human Collapse" on stage, an overall experience that will be enhanced by the visual work of 128db Collective, depicting the main character's wandering in a post-apocalyptic world after a full societal collapse.

Nico - Guitar & Vocals
Julien - Bass & Vocals
Romain - Guitar
Greg - Drums
Dany - Keyboard & Vocals


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