COLOUR HAZE Set To Release ‘In Her Garden’ On Vinyl In May

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Long-running German psychedelic masters Colour Haze have announced the vinyl format of their new album, “In Her Garden“, is set to be released on May 17th. At 75 minutes of glorious sonic trippery, the vinyl edition of the release will come as a double album via the band’s very own Elektrohasch Schallplatten label. The album artwork is visible above but extensive information about the offering is minimal currently and expected to be added to soon. We do know that Colour Haze will be hitting the EU. roads soon with My Sleeping Karma and purportedly there will be CD formats of this release available at those tour stops.   Continue reading

ROYAL THUNDER Debut New Song ‘April Showers’

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Atlanta’s Royal Thunder recently shared news that their third official studio effort, titled “Wick“, will be released through Spinefarm Records on April 7th. Today, the news gets a bit more enhanced as a new song, “April Showers“, is premiered for the public to enjoy. Frontwoman/bassist Mlny Parsons comments on the track saying:

“A lot has happened in life between Crooked Doors and Wick. This song was a liferaft and an outlet while we were on the road. It was a song that we lived in and looked forward to playing, live. Personally, it gave me the freedom to release my emotions and process my thoughts while is was on the road. We hope you enjoy this song. And we appreciate your support, sincerely. We present to you…. ‘April Showers.’”

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EARTH ELECTRIC (Former Mayhem & Ava Inferi Members) Debut Via Season Of Mist Revealed; Track Premiere

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There is a brand new project, named Earth Electric, that excels at creating atmospheric Psyche-Doom and Hard Rock music. Comprised of former members of Mayhem and Ava Inferi (such as ex-Ava Inferi singer Carmen Susana Simoes and current Aura Noir guitarist Rune Eriksen), Earth Electric will release their debut album, “Vol. 1: Solar“, through Season Of Mist on May 12th. The music contained on the album is multifaceted with various elements and layers to it, powered by ethereal vocals, strong riffs and intriguing keys. Those factors are enjoyably prevalent on a new audio-only track premiere from the band, “Meditate. Mediate“, which is streaming below.


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HORSENECK ‘Heavy Trip’ Review, Official Video & Album Stream

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I have been a longtime fan of the Post-Rock/Hardcore band Will Haven from the moment I first heard them years ago so it was a no brainer for me to check out Horseneck recently when I saw they had connections to WHVN. Those connections are in the form of present and/or past members of not only Will Haven but Chelsea Wolfe as well but to be honest, that is where any and all comparisons to either band should be stopped. In fact, comparisons should not even be actually made because Horseneck is one of the more uniquely stand-alone bands I have heard in awhile. The sound they have is unlike most anything else happening in the heavy rock, alternative, or what have you scenes..their music is as diversified as it gets. And what it gets here is fantastically rocking and energetically intense and I really don’t know what labels or genre quantifications to throw at you to properly relate what the hell is going on here with the “Heavy Trip” debut. Guitarist/vocalist Anthony Paganelli, bassist Lennon Hudson, guitarist/vocalist Lance Jackman and drummer Jess Gowrie meld elements of Post-Rock, Aggro-Noise Rock, Hardcore and, believe it or not, Classic Rock. Hell, they even have synths, organs and horn sections at times and man, oh man does it make for some amazingly fascinating music on this album. This album, “Heavy Trip” being exactly what this is with the ten tracks of dense heaviness recorded by Lance Jackman (Will Haven) at The Dock, mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios and mastered by Carl Saff (Big Business, Helms Alee, Russian Circles) at Saff Mastering. It will be issued on February 17th on CD, cassette, and digital formats.
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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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KROBAK ‘Nightbound’ Review & Stream

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There are almost instantaneous differences in the musical direction of the latest release, “Nightbound“, from the Kiev, Ukraine-based Krobak when compared to earlier output. From the very earliest moments of this outing there is a distinct slow dive into heady Post-Rock realms laden with intricate ethereal elements and trippy flourishes. The band, violinist Marko, bassist Asya, guitarist Igor, and percussionist Natasha themselves claim that this release is “definitely our most mature and challenging work to date…”. Going on to share that they intentionally sought to avoid any predictable Post-Rock cliches with these recordings and I personally believe they have achieved that here. Continue reading

ECSTATIC VISION To Issue ‘Raw Rock Fury’ In April; Streaming New Song

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The Philadelphia-based heavy psyche rock band formed from the ashes of A Life Once Lost, Ecstatic Vision, have announced their new release “Raw Rock Fury” will be coming soon. The 4-song follow up to their “Sonic Praise” debut will be issued through Relapse Records in CD/LP and Digital formats on April 7th. They are sharing the new track “You Got It (Or You Don’t)” today and commented on the new album and the track saying: 

“With Raw Rock Fury, we set out to make an album that would remind listeners of what an unpolished, dangerous rock recording should sound like. This is the opening composition entitled “You Got It (Or You Don’t)”. Prepare for a searing mash-up of the driving rhythms of Sly & The Family Stone mixed with the sounds of Hawkwind playing Funhouse-era Troglodyte Rock.”

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HEAVY TEMPLE ‘Chassit’ EP Review & Stream; Tour Dates

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Philadelphia may be the City Of Brotherly Love but it is also the town of psychedelic doom thanks to the newly released EP from Heavy Temple, “Chassit“. After seeing Heavy Temple for my first time at last year’s inaugural Doomed & Stoned Festival in Indianapolis, I have gained a whole new respect and appreciation for this talented trio of musicians. The power of three guiding this movement are bassist/vocalist High Priestess Nighthawk, guitarist Arch Bishop Barghest and drummer Siren Tempestas and they have crafted a phenomenally flourishing opus with “Chassit” indeed. Apparently the EP is inspired by or somehow related to the Stephen King series “Dark Tower” according to tidbits I picked up from the band’s Bandcamp page, a series that I am admittedly unfamiliar with.
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PALLBEARER Premiere New Song ‘Thorns’ From Upcoming Album

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Arkansas’ doom-infused progressive metallers Pallbearer have shared the new single “Thorns” from their upcoming March 25th Profound Lore/Nuclear Blast release, “Heartless“. The song is a fantastic introduction to the band’s latest material, which they produced themselves with the assistance of Joe Baressi helping with the mix.

Milestones In Music: Electric Wizard ‘Come My Fanatics…’ (1997)

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Stoner/Psyche/Doom Metal music and bands playing it were well underway by 1997 but one release would forever alter the elements and overall sound of the genre, Electric Wizard‘s sophomore release, “Come My Fanatics…“. The band was in its fourth year of existence as Electric Wizard and had already issued their self-titled debut and a split release when they successfully redirected the sound of what was typically called Doom in January of that year. The power trio of guitarist/vocalist Jus Oborn, bassist Tim Bagshaw, and drummer Mark Greening took a far, far-reaching leap in their music with “Come My Fanatics…“. Slowing things down to a much slower, crawling pace musically with molasses-thick low end heaviness and then applying a multitude of effects, the sonic content of the album was crushing. Other facets were applied as well including the use of horror movie-retrieved samples to add further dimensions to the songs which were, of course, all rooted in occult themes lyrically . The vocals were harsh, at times bordering on anguished or perhaps even tortured deliveries that set rightly well with the atmospherically haunting audio accompanying them. Containing six songs altogether on the original Rise Above Records pressing (later re-issues contained an additional two songs), they channeled truly eerie vibes in their hazy, otherworldly-like psychedelia. Rippling with what were basically cacophonies of seemingly drug fueled, terror-inducing emanations that would surely damn your very soul itself upon hearing, fan(atic)s were pummeled into fearful reverence for Electric Wizard and their “Come My Fanatics…” offering.
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