After years of turning heads in the subterranean metal scene, Twentynine Palms, CA-based sludge/doom metal group Atala are rising above with the release of their most confident album yet – the full-length crusher ‘Labyrinth of Ashmedai’ out January 26, 2018 via Salt of the Earth Records, the bands first release on the label. This album is a follow up to their previous album ‘Shaman’s Path of the Serpent’ which was released in May of 2016. Atala has an inspiring sound that is made up of various influences. Psychedelic desert sludge combined with crushing doom riffs and stoner rock melodies. Though the band hails from the barren desert of Twentynine Palms they aren’t anything like the standard desert rock bands you may be familiar with, Atala are breaking the mold and solidifying a new sound associated with the desert. As with their last record, ‘Shaman’s Path of the Serpent’, ‘Labyrinth of Ashmedai’ was produced by Billy Anderson, recognized for his work with colossal bands such as Sleep, Melvins and Mastodon. The album is available for pre-order as digital download, cd, and also on Limited edition black and blue splatter vinyl. Pre-order your copy here today!
Phil Rudd was in Tauranga District Court in New Zealand on Thursday (July 9). The report by Stuff explains that the rock drummer pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and methamphetamine and one charge of making a threat to kill. He had been out on bail. The judge advised Rudd if he didn’t comply with the sentencing there would be further punishment. Rudd was sentenced to 8 months of in home incarceration. Of course it could be much worse. Being a prisoner in your own home isn’t great but its much better than being in a New Zealand jail. One reason for the ruling is most likely because of Mr. Rudd’s status as a rock icon would make it much harder to house him and he would have to be segregated from the prison population. It’s much safer and cost efficient for Rudd to spend his 240 days at home.
Currently his bandmates in AC/DC aren’t speaking to Rudd and earlier this year at their Grammy performance drummer Chris Slade took Phil’s place behind the drum kit. The band is currently on their The Rock Or Bust World Tour and are playing tonight (July 9th) in Imola, Italy. Slade has been the drummer on the tour as well. Also to note that Malcolm Young is currently out of the line-up with his illness and may never return to the band. Stevie Young is taking Malcolm’s place at guitar. Stevie is Malcolm and Angus’s nephew. The tour ends on July 25th in Warsaw, Poland. They have referred to this set of dates as the first “round” of dates, so you may expect more dates to come.