THAL (The Heathens Are Loose) / HASHISHIAN ‘Taurean’ Split EP Review, Stream & NYP Item

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What do you get when you take a primarily one-man musical project from Columbus, Ohio and mix it with a two-man musical project from Malaysia? You get six songs of pure badassery from the freshly issued “Taurean” split EP from the Buckeye State’s THAL (The Heathens Are Loose) and the weed worshiping Hashishian of course! Only THAL‘s Vince Green (John Walker) is joined by his wytCHord bandmate, Kevin Hartnell, for some help with the drums and guitars on this new material. Meanwhile, Hashishian is working within its own two man configuration for their contribution here as well so let’s jump into it, shall we? Continue reading

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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SILVER TONGUE DEVILS Self-Titled EP Review, Stream, & NYP Item

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From Greenville, South Carolina comes the scorching blues-fueled hard rock of Silver Tongue Devils and their self-titled 4-song EP, released in November 2016. This is southern rock in its most lethal state, crafted with intoxicating hooks and addictive rhythms and it is really no wonder it’s so damn good. The band itself consists of Michael Miller and Blake Webb of Alias For Now and Green Jello along with The Lucky Strange’s Jesse James Worley and Duncan Marrow, a well established blues guitarist who’s jammed with both B.B. King and the North Mississippi All-Stars. The chemistry this quartet brews up together on this EP is, simply put, fantastic and quite enthralling. The four cuts here, “High On You“, “Falling Away“, “Trouble And Money” and “Stardust” are laced with incendiary guitars, solid rhythmic bases, and laid back swagger. At times hypnotic and sedate, other times intensely fierce and driving, the music delivers a wide scope of varying degrees of energy.
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Dragon’s Share: Pitch Black Records ‘2016 Sampler’ Compilation; Stream & NYP Item

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Dragon’s Share is back with another fantastic feature that will provide you more bang for your buck..that’s because this is all bang for NO bucks whatsoever! The Pitch Black Records compilation “2016 Sampler” is an amassing of some awesome bands and their music and its available for streaming below. Once you are there, you can snag them all, two songs each from eight different bands from the label’s roster, as an NYP (Name Your Price) item. The bands include Gypsy Chief Goliath, Arrayan Path, Holy Dragons, Picture Of Pain, Sinnery, Marauder, Crimson Fire, and Debackliner. You really couldn’t ask for more when it comes to treating yourself with some killer music from some equally killer bands for a beyond righteous price: None at all! Enjoy…

88 MILE TRIP ‘Blame Canada’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Item

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Vancouver-based Stoner Rock band 88 Mile Trip recently released their 5-song “Blame Canada” EP, a covers effort that yep, you guessed it, covers songs exclusively from Canadian acts. The story goes that the guys, vocalist David Bell, drummer Eddie Riumin and guitarists Pat Hill and Darin Wall were on the road touring for their previous release, “Through The Thickest Haze” when something inspirational happened. A song came on the radio which evidently floored the foursome, one they said they’d never heard before, which really amazes me personally, and it was Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “Not Fragile“. Curiosities piqued, they wondered what other great Canadian rock music was out there that they might have missed out on and it all lead to the release we’re now here for.

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State Of The Art: Tennessee – RIFFT

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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 Tennessee!

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I had originally planned to spotlight a different Tennessee band this week..that was before I accidentally discovered Nashville’s phenomenal RIFFT. The quartet of guitarist/vocalist Cody, bassist/sampler Jeremiah, guitarist/vocalist Trey, and drummer Jason have an infectious blend of atmospheric Doom and Progressive Metal that is a breath of fresh air in the current realm of underground music. To be totally honest, I don’t know a whole lot about RIFFT as far as their origins or how long they’ve been together or whatever but what I do know is their 2016 EP release, “Something Other Than The Earth“, is absolutely fantastic. And not only is it streaming in the widget below but it is also available as a NYP (Name Your Price) item once you are there as well and you’d be a damned fool to not snatch this thing a.s.a.p. Constructed on gargantuan riffs, dense rhythms, and airy, harmonized vocals (most of the time), this outing walks a fine line between controlled chaos and channeled aggression. The quartet keeps things centered and focused at all times, managing to make things appear and sound a whole hell of a lot simpler than what is actually going on here. Huge guitar-driven passages pummel you with an almost happy-go-lucky abandon while the deepening rut-like grooves swallow you whole into the RIFFT realm of radically forward-thinking extremity and you are all the better for it too.

RIFFT recently surpassed their 300th ‘Like’ on Facebook (here) and they openly pride themselves on the fact that they are a lesser known of, albeit obscure band but I aim to remedy that unjustifiable malady with my decision to spotlight them here today. Check out their “Something Other Than The Earth” EP below and get your asses over to their social media platforms and throw your support behind The Volunteer State’s RIFFT right now!