BLACK CAT BONES ‘Down To The River’ EP Review & Select Track Streams

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From across the pond, Liverpool to be exact, comes the late 2016 release from Black Cat Bones, their 5-song “Down To The River” EP (Broken Road Records LTD).  It is the follow up to the band’s preceding EP “False Promises & Wasted Time” and what the band has crafted here is nothing short of fantastically bluesy, boogie ‘n groove-infused Southern Rock. The guys, singer/harmonica player Jonnie Hodson, guitarists Alan Rimmer and Adam Kerbache, bassist/bkg. vox Jamie Hayward, and drummer/bkg. vox Ash Janes have captured the essence of 80’s hard rock ala Guns & Roses, Junkyard or Dangerous Toys. Clearly not satisfied with sitting on those influences, BCB mash that oldschool vibery with tinges of modern rock similar to what acts like Rival Sons or Monster Truck are putting out and the result is an infectious sound indeed.
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VERMILION WHISKEY ‘Spirit Of Tradition’ Review & Select Song Streams; Album Teaser Video

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Remember that ol’ battle cry “The South will rise again!”? If there was ever a specific time frame that it was alluding to I think it was probably now, the first few months of 2017. And of course I mean musically in the fact that next week, on February 17th to be exact, Vermilion Whiskey will unleash their latest studio offering, the 6-song “Spirit Of Tradition” EP.  The Tony Reed (Mos Generator) mastered effort follows the recent release of White Light Cemetery and precedes upcoming ones from Electric Age and Forming The Void..all Southern bands from Louisiana to be exact. And make no mistake, this current music from Vermilion Whiskey is pure, undiluted Southern hard rock tempered with a bit of metallic sludge for taste. With slowly unfurling, molasses-thick riffs, swampy backwoodsy rhythms, and axe-hewn drums, the musical side of this content ripples with borne-from-below-the Mason/Dixon Line vibes with every note.

The five musicians behind Vermilion Whiskey, vocalist Thaddeus Riordan, guitarists Ross Brown and Carl Stevens, bassist Jeremy Foret and drummer Buck Andrus blend a potent mash of grunge-y Stoner Rock. Powered by guitar riffs as heavy as anything by the likes of Down or C.O.C., songs like “Road King“*, the blistering blues ‘n doom of “Come Find Me” and the metal-laden ripper “Loaded Up” scream Southern by the grace of God..or Satan, somebody, heh. The solos alone in “Road King” will absolutely scorch your ears but it’s when this unit takes a header into the heavier side of things that the smoke really begins to pour. “The Past Is Dead“* is a dense, heavy-handed slab of savage doom greatness, the slower riffs churning out as Thad’s vocals wail with whiskey-drenched severity, raspy and rowdy as can be.

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State Of The Art: New York – BLACK WATER RISING

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*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured State*

This month’s State is New York!

BLACK WATER RISING

Brooklyn is home base for one of the absolute best Hard Rock bands in the music underground, above ground, stratosphere or where the hell ever…Black Water Rising! With a sound that is rooted in a semi-metallic Rock approach founded on incendiary guitars, throbbing rhythms, and empowering drums, Black Water Rising wield a powerful style of infectious music that’s hard to resist. Formed back around 2008 by former Dust To Dust singer/songwriter Rob Traynor (guitars & vox) who would later recruit bassist Oddie McLaughlin, former Stereomud guitarist John Fattoruso and former Boiler Room drummer Mike Meselsohn, the guys went to work as an active musical entity. In 2009 they recorded and independently released their incredible 11-song self-titled debut Black Water Rising, producing the hit song “Brother Go On” which ultimately received major airplay on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Octane channel and other outlets. The album achieved the #6 album in the Top 20 for October 2009 (the only unsigned band on the chart!) and #2 most requested phone-in for the Top 20 weekly chart at that time also, all of which fueled the band to issue an Official Video for the hit. Another song from the self-titled release, “No Halos“, also received the video treatment and both are streaming below.
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THE BUCKLE ‘Labbrador’ Review & Album Stream

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Argonauta Records will issue the new full-length offering from Italy’s The Buckle, titled “Labbrador“, tomorrow, February 13th and I dare say that it’s definitely an interesting release. What the two guys at the heart of The Buckle, Andrea and Maxim, have crafted on this album is nothing short of fantastically unique sounding Stoner Rock but it does not just stop there. With ample amounts of Psychedelia, Alternative and modern Rock elements to spare, the duo delivers an infectious descent into trippy realms otherworldly music. There’s even tints of Punk and Post-Rock on the highly energized but oddly-hued sonics that permeate the body of work presented here.

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Exclusive Stream Of RHINO ‘The Law Of Purity’ (Argonauta Records) & Album Review!

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In a world where the term “stoner rock” is slapped on everything coming and going these days, I find many bands getting that label that really do not fit well with it or the things I attribute to being applicable to Stoner Rock. When I think of Stoner Rock, I usually think of two bands that pretty much originated it, for me anyway and that’s either Kyuss or Monster Magnet. If a band is tagged as Stoner Rock and I cannot hear even the faintest connection in their sound to one of those two pioneers then I question that bands’ validity to the tag..that’s just me though. Anyway, that is not even a consideration in the subjects of this article as Italy’s Rhino are unquestionably, undeniably and unwaveringly one thousand percent the very embodiment of modern Stoner Rock. Hell, they even have the word ‘Stoner’ as a secondary attachment to their name on Facebook, if you go look them up on there you may have to use “Rhino Stoner” just to find them! Come February 13th, Argonauta Records will release the latest studio offering from Rhino, “The Law Of Purity“, and Metal Nexus is proud to share its exclusive streaming in full here, now, today with you all! Continue reading

Review: HEY SATAN – S/T [Album Stream]

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Photo Credit: Pacifique Vuillemin

HEY SATAN is a rock trio from Lausanne, Switzerland. The band is comprised of long time friends, which you can easily hear their chemistry together. The friends were former members of the bands Shovel and Houston Swing Engine. They create a sound that is unique and encompasses several different elements that will appeal to fans of most any genre. From their fingertips to your ears the band brings heavy groove riffs, thundering beats and lyrics with attitude. Their influences range from Led Zepplin to Rage Against The Machine, which you can hear in their wide array of sounds within their songs. The band recently completed their debut self-titled album. It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Serge Morratel at Rec Studio in Geneva, Switzerland and released via Cold Smoke Records on January 28th. The band delivers 10 stellar track, but you will become a fan before the opening track comes to an end. Continue reading

1968 ‘Fortuna Havana’ Review & Streaming Song

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I remember myself and the stoner rock community at large all going haywire over the 2015 self-titled EP from the UK’s 1968 as it was a superbly stellar release without doubt. That’s why I was super stoked recently to learn that the band was back and planning to release the “Havana Fortuna” EP via Black Bow Records on Feb. 10th. I got on the hotline and procured a digital promotional copy and Jesus Christ, the lads are definitely back and in a big damned way for sure! I learned there had been a line up change within the band too as earlier members, vocalist Jimi Ray, guitarist Sam Orr, and bassist Tom Richards are still here but drummer Tom Drury had been replaced by former Sons Of Andal drummer Dan Amati. In fact, this EP is the last recorded work of Drury’s with 1968. And what work it is too as the earlier EP was a bit more in the style of Desert/Stoner Rock and while those elements are still here, there’s also been a clear trek into Psyche-tinged Hard/Classic Rock on these 4 songs.

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FELLER BUNCHER ‘203040’ EP Review & Stream

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Sometimes it takes an album issued abroad to make its way across the sea and arrive at our door step here at Metal Nexus HQ in Kentucky, that’s a given. It recently happened with the “203040” EP offering from France’s Feller Buncher which was actually released near the end of July 2016 but made it in by the skin of its teeth for a review (see, we usually mark the cut off point as anything within the last 6 months). Sure, we’ve made exceptions but it wasn’t needed here as I said and I for one am glad because this is a nice, rockin’ little EP without a doubt. The fellers three at the heart of Feller Buncher, bassist/vox Antoine, guitarist Guillaume and drummer Raphael have a heavier hard rock sound. At times it brings to mind much of the killer alt. rock/grunge of the 90’s like Helmet, Fudge Tunnel or Quicksand and that’s a damn good thing in my book.
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State Of The Art: Idaho – MORTAL ENEMY

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This month’s State is Idaho!

MORTAL ENEMY

Boise’s Mortal Enemy started out as a two man studio project twelve years ago with vocalist Todd Stover (formerly of Nitrus and Shattered Reality) and guitarist Sean Daly who had plans to jam some and have fun. Chemistry and fate had other plans though for the pair in due time but at this point, they managed to record and release a self-titled Demo album that quickly garnered them attention in the underground metal-trading community. The pair would eventually incorporate Matt Hopkins, Lance Patterson and John Roach into the mix and this is when Mortal Enemy shifted into a working band. Their sound was based in a more melodic, but fiercely thrash-oriented, style of Metal laden with grooves and energetic intensity. They were soon a regular staple in their region’s live circuit and when they weren’t playing for live audiences and blistering their minds, Mortal Enemy began song writing for an eventual official release but those constant, continual live actions repeatedly delayed any such release.

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State Of The Art: Idaho – RISE OF THE FALLEN

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This month’s State is Idaho


Boise’s Rise Of The Fallen are one of those bands that takes elements of myriad metal genres and sub-genres and blends them into one fantastically fluid sound all their own. Formed just five years ago in 2012, Rise Of The Fallen‘s current roster of rowdy musicians includes vocalist/guitarist Kegan Stucki, guitarist Daniel Rodriguez, bassist Jeremy Franklin and drummer/vox Scott Mifflin. Former guitarist and founding member Chad Lytle just recently exited the band back in 2016. Besides the potent mashing of multiple styles of metal taking place within the band, the fact that 2 members contribute guitar playing and at least two members are vocalists allows for a wide range of possibilities. In the handful of years since their inception, Rise Of The Fallen have shared the stage with numerous acts including ones like GWAR, Lacuna Coil, Machine Head, Battlecross and many others. 

RISE OF THE FALLEN

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