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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CIRCUS OF POWER Premieres ‘American Monster’ Official Video Featuring Guest JYRKI 69 (69 Eyes)

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Legendary NYC/L.A. biker rock badasses Circus Of Power have just released a brand new official video for the song “American Monster” featuring guest JYRKI 69 of the band 69 Eyes. The music of the new single sounds just like the traditional music of Circus Of Power who, after periods of inactivity and disbanding, reformed in 2014 with a new line up. Now in their 31st year of existence, original singer Alex Mitchell has aligned himself with lead guitarist Billy Tsounis, guitarist Joe Truck, bassist John Sharkey and drummer JK Fortyseven. Hopefully there’s a new Circus Of Power album in the works but until then there is this…

BANTHA RIDER Self-Titled EP Review, Stream & NYP Item

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From far away Warsaw, Poland we receive the newly released Bantha Rider self-titled 4-song EP which instantly piques my interest with its ‘instrumental Stoner/Sludge’ tag. That tag more than ably describes what we are getting here but there’s some elements of Doom too and it is all delivered with a kind of sluggish groove that just cannot be ignored. The power at the heart of this power trio, guitarist Chris, bassist Bart and drummer Art definitely meld an opiate-like haziness into their sound. Like any true opiate, the music rolls along at alternating speeds, tempos and paces which successfully you right along its path..one moment slow and sedate, the next a rush of energized riffs and nicely powered rhythms. Another notable aspect of the music is the seemingly somewhat Lo-Fi overall sound that its rendered within, which adds a most validated sludgened component to everything that you hear.
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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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HOLLOW LEG ‘Murder’ EP Review & Song Share

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I have extolled the virtues of Florida’s Hollow Leg since I first learned of them back during the release of 2010’s Instinct and then on into subsequent outings Abysmal (2013) and Crown (2016). Seeing them decimate the stage at last year’s Maryland Doom Fest was a high point of the year for me as well and now we arrive at the present. Hollow Leg will issue a 2-song EP titled “Murder” through Argonauta Records on March 3rd and it will mark a personnel change within the unit. Recently, drummer and founding member Tim Creter exited the Jacksonville-based sonic juggernauts and his replacement, John Stewart (Caribou King), manned the kit for this new recording. The results here are proof positive that Stewart has settled right into the band alongside vocalist Scott Angelacos, guitarist/vocalist Brent Lynch and bassist Tom Crowther.


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Cincinnati’s AMERICAN SIN Sign With Sumerian Records; Release 2 Singles With Official Videos

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Cincinnati, Ohio’s American Sin have shared the news of their signing with Sumerian Records for an upcoming release. The band has recently issued two new Singles, both with Official Videos, for “So Far Down” and “Empty” which are streaming below. American Sin are a modern rock band but they clearly possess elements of Nu Metal amid their appealing, energetic sound and are definitely a band to watch in the times ahead.

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TEMPTATIONS WINGS Debut New Song ‘I Destroyer’

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TEMPTATIONS WINGS (Pic Courtesy Of Tammy Buckner)


From the mountains of North Carolina comes the heavy handed Temptations Wings and their new song “I Destroyer” from their upcoming album release. That album, “Skullthor Ebonblade“, will be issued on March 10th and there’s already anxious anticipation building for the conceptual album after an earlier song, “Lair Of The Gorgon Queen“, was recently made public. The new album was mixed, mastered, and recorded by Andy Bishop at Giraffe Studios, Hendersonville NC, with the impressive artwork by none other than David Paul Seymour. You can preorder/buy a copy here.

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DEVIL TO PAY Serve Up ‘Kobold In The Breakfast’ Official Video

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Indianapolis’ doomy hard rockers Devil To Pay have issued their third Official Video from their critically acclaimed latest studio offering, “A Bend Through Space And Time“. The latest visualizer is for the track “Kobold In The Breakfast” from this superb Ripple Music-issued album and it follows the previously released “Your Inner Lemmy” and “On And On (In Your Mind)“. Devil To Pay the band, guitarist/vocalist Steve Janiak, guitarist Rob Hough, bassist/backing vocalist Matt Stokes and drummer Chad Profigle are reportedly preparing to announce some new touring plans soon. Metal Nexus will bring you them when they become public.

State Of The Art: New York – ETERNAL BLACK

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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


From the harsh, gritty streets of NYC, the borough of Long Island to be exact comes the sludgened behemoth of doom that is Eternal Black. These guys don’t merely take a bite out of the Big Apple, they stomp and crush that shit to applesauce! Comprised of a three-headed sonic monstrosity, Eternal Black‘s gtr./vox Ken Wohlrob, drummer Joe Wood, and bassist Hal Miller have been gradually introducing fans of heavy music to their own dense slab of rock in recent years. Inspired by the likes of Spirit Caravan, Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Church Of Misery and others that provide some of the most volatile aural pummelings on Earth, these guys issued their self-titled EP (review here) back in 2015. They were already actively gigging at the time as well and managed to land a prestigious spot on 2016’s Maryland Doom Fest. It was the perfect jumping off spot to bring their thick, massive riff-driven doom machine to a larger number of fans and they astounded all in attendance with it.
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