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.
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.
Our good friends from North Carolina’s southern/doom power trio Temptations Wings have shared the details of their upcoming full-length conceptual album release, “Skulthor Ebonblade“. Due out on March 10th, the new album tells the story of the legendary warrior Skulthor who returns home to find his village burning in black flames and sees a witch as she disappears into the smoke. He then sets off on a quest to obtain a sword of great power so he can avenge his clan but loses his humanity along the way only to have to rediscover it to ultimately obtain the revenge he sought all along.
The powerful first single from the release, “Lair Of The Gorgon Queen“, is streaming below and quickly establishes the significant musical advances that have been made by Temptations Wings recently. Continue reading →
Rising, climbing, burning star of the South, White Light Cemetery, will release their new full-length effort, “Careful What You Wish For” through Ripple Music on January 13th. Though this will be the Lafayette, Louisiana-based quartet’s third official release overall after their 2011 EP debut “Crow Sessions” and its follow-up, their self-titled full length, it is also a first for several reasons. Not only is it the band’s first record for the fantastic Ripple Music but it is also Ripple’s first release of the new year though I’m sure the label will remedy that soon enough. White Light Cemetery‘s guitarist/vocalist Shea Bearden, bassist Tara Miller, guitarist Ryan ‘Cletus‘ Robin, and drummer Thomas Colley are the very embodiment of metallic Southern Rock circa 2017 and this fact is verified all throughout “Careful What You Wish For“. If you’ve never heard WLC then let me describe their sound to you, it is what would result if one mixed the best elements of Black Oak Arkansas with Pepper Keenan era Corrosion Of Conformity and added a splash of Black Stone Cherry for flavor. Now, who the hell wouldn’t want to check that out I ask you? Continue reading →
Reactivated Dallas hard rockers Speedealer have announced a southern U.S. touring jaunt with fellow Texas blues-men Mothership and Detroit’s gritty Against The Grain. The run has been tagged as the “Southern Disruption Tour 2017” and dates so far are: Continue reading →
*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured State*
This month’s State is Tennessee!
From the sticks of Cookeville, Tennessee comes Fate Of Adam, a band that truly does meld and merge a variety of music genres into the band’s own distinct blended sound. Taking elements of Southern Rock, Metal, Alternative Rock, Nu Metal, and Hard Rock, Fate Of Adam wield a powerfully visceral style of music. Their refined sound shouldn’t come as any surprise though seeing as how current members Lynn Garrett (vocals, rhythm/lead guitar), Chris Morrison (rhythm guitar), Keith McQuarrie (bass/vocals) and Chris Thomas (drums) have almost two decades combined under their belts in the music scene. Their songs are very insightful, personally introspective and laden with emotional substance that easily transfers into their poignant musical output.
Louisiana’s southern hard rock band Electric Age has announced their signing with Italy’s Argonauta Records for their upcoming album release, “Sleep Of The Silent King“. Blending a fine mash of metallic doom and groovened sludge, Electric Age‘s debut will be issued on February 27th and was mixed and mastered by famed producer Chris ‘Zeuss’ Harris. “Sleep Of The Silent King” is a conceptual album the delves deeply into a mythological tale centered on existential elements of divinity, life, death, and what awaits us beyond this realm. As for the band partnering with Argonauta Records, they had the following to share: “We are excited to be a part of the Argonauta family, and find solace in being with a label that truly respects the genre and shares in the love of this style of music and all it can offer.”
Along with the news of the label signing, Electric Age have shared their Official Video for the track “Robes Of Grey” from the upcoming album release.
Those Lafayette, Louisiana-based hard rockin’ outlaws in White Light Cemetery have shared the news that they have joined the ever-growing roster of amazing acts on Ripple Music, in this case the label’s Southern Metal division. To mark that special occasion, the band will issue their new full-length album, “Careful What You Wish For“, on January 13th, 2017, and today they’re sharing a brand new song from said album. The life changing advice offered by the song’s title, “Quit Work, Make Music“, is bolstered by the cut’s sultry grooves and bluesy swagger while Ripple Music’s Todd Severin commented on the band’s addition to the label saying:
“We first saw White Light Cemetery at the last Metroplex Heavyfest and it’s safe to say they completely blew us away..they gave one of the most fierce performances we’ve ever seen, incredible energy and musicianship and a singer with a voice right out of the archives of the best of classic rock.”
Maryland doom icon Dave Sherman (Earthride, ex-Spirit Caravan/The Obsessed) informed Metal Nexus months ago that he was working on a new project, Pillbilly, that would surface sometime before year’s end. That moment has arrived with the premiere of the single “Shaking Hands With The Devil” and its Official Video from the band that includes Sherm on vocals and cigar box guitar alongside acoustic guitarist Thane Farace and acoustic bassist Edmund Allan Brown. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Pillbilly is an acoustic-oriented take on southern fried rockabilly-like outlaw country type music but just like everything Brother Sherman does, it is pretty damned killer.
Once again we will start this review by saying “Greece strikes again!” just as they have so many countless times before as the nation unleashes one amazing band after another upon the denizens of Earth. Today is no exception either as the Athens-based Drawbacks are fresh from issuing their blistering new 3-song EP “The Lust” and it might as well be said that these guys may want to rethink the name of their band. I say that because it could possibly send the wrong message to some unenlightened music listener out there because I’m here to tell you: There aren’t any damn drawbacks to this band that I can see..or hear! Right out of the gate Andreas (vocals), Giwrgos (guitar, vocals), Manos (guitar), Vagelis (drums), and Giannis (bass), light the fuse on the slow burning inferno of thick-ass riffs and smoldering rhythms that is “Stoned Judas“. The embers ignite and gradually burn hotter and hotter with intensity as the thundering drums and gravelly, whiskey-saturated sounding vocals bellow forth across the airwaves. The guys keep things tight with the bluesy guitar as hypnotic tempos push on throughout this most killer introduction to this offering and then they totally slam the brakes for the tranquilly melodic into of the second song, “Crystal Tales“. With a palpable Southern aesthetic exuding from the song, it too slowly builds its energies but the guys maintain a solid grip on things and control the direction and overall vibe of this amazing ballad-like, slow churning anthem. Last up is the EP’s title track, “The Lust” which also begins with hazy, sedate and laid back unfurling of the music and singing but it does not stay that way for long. Things eventually burst off the chain amid the swampy-style of backwoods guitars that wail as the coarse sandpapered vocals make themselves known, from there the song rides the rails of recirculating tempos and overall power. Continue reading →