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 →
Our friends from Germany’s Deaf Proof are back with another Split release after last year’s with Holistic Hobos (review here), this time with the Alps-based Mount Hush. The two bands have teamed up with contributions for the independently issued “Interstellar Smoke“, Mount Hush with “Sleeping Jupiter-Haze-Aquatic Void” and Deaf Proof with “Everything Dead“. The Mount Hush offering is a 20-minute space/psyche rock jam in three movements but it begins right in the middle of things it seems, like they began recording after being somewhat already in the midst of a heavy jam-out. There’s no time to ponder what’s going on really as you are just instantly placed in the moment and that moment is a hazy, melodic, atmospherically-tinted and transcendent immersion. Mellow ripples of music bathe you in their lulling, calm sedation and keep you planted there as the band provides the audio narcotics needed to hold you over. The music alternates in emotional energies, at times dialed back and peaceful and others are more intense and animated while the vocals are airy and light. All works to guide you along and take you high into the sonic equivalent of the band’s mountainous home base and you will definitely feel as if you’ve been transported there and back when you listen to this tri-fold trip out.
Two of Indiana’s current, best Stoner/Doom representatives, Archarus and Thorr-Axe, have shared the news of their teaming up for an interesting Split release. As both bands are huge J.R.R. Tolkien fans they have recorded an EP that is all inspired by and about, Tolkien’s famous novel, “The Hobbit“. The bands even announced the planned release on Tolkien’s birthday recently, January 3rd. Set for release on March 13th, the as-yet-untitled effort will see Archarus contribute an acoustic cut along with 3 songs as well as 3 from Thorr-Axe. There are plans for both bands to play a series of album release shows prior to the release on March 10th, 11th, and 12th. Metal Nexus will report further details on the release as information becomes public.
This Friday, December 9, 2016 will see the release of the latest installment of one of hard rock’s best ongoing series, the Ripple Music-offered “The Second Coming Of Heavy – Chapter Four” featuring the bands Red Mesa and Blue Snaggletooth. Always managing to pair up some of the best rock and roll bands from the underground, from Chapter One‘s Geezer and Borracho, Chapter Two‘s Supervoid and Red Desert, and Chapter Three‘s BoneHawk and Kingnomad, Ripple quadruples down with the latest edition’s duo of acts. Red Mesa are Albuquerque, New Mexico’s embodiment of psyche-oriented, stoned out Desert Rock while Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Blue Snaggletooth deliver up some intensely metallic-tinged, fuzzened Psyche Rock. These genre-based attachments and audible attributions were never more legitimate than on this team up where Red Mesa‘s 4 songs and Blue Snaggletooth‘s three provide the very epitomes of all the things that fuel these bands and make them so great.
I remember getting ahold of an earlier Deaf Proof release a couple of years back and how killer that effort was despite my now not recalling much else about the German band. Apparently they have continued to issue regular releases and are now delivering one as a Split with their fellow Germans, Holistic Hobos, a band I am totally unfamiliar with. I think I will break things down individually with each band’s offering of 3 songs each to the record. Continue reading →
Heavy Rock power trio (and one of the bands I’m looking forward to most at June’s Maryland Doom Fest II), Mos Generator, have announced that they’ve recorded a 4-song Split single with two-piece Year Of The Cobra. The news of the Split, which will be released via Ripple Music and H42 Records, coincides with news that Mos Generator will be heading out on tour beginning in June. Year Of The Cobra will be providing support on the tour. All of this is leading up to the release of the new Mos Generator full-length album ‘Abyssinia‘ in July from Listenable Records.
Year Of The Cobra are currently working on their debut full-length, the follow-up to their 2015 EP ‘The Black Sun‘, which is expected to be released later this year. Continue reading →
*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the State of the month.”
This month’s State is Wyoming!
Reproacher is a Wyoming based band that formed in 2010. They have been a hard working band and have amassed several releases in their youthful existence. In 5 years they have developed their signature sound and released material that is pure unfiltered and an undefinable style of music. In 2011 they released their debut self-titled album. That album was produced by Andy Patterson who also recorded another favorite band of mine, Gaza. Since releasing the debut they have also had 3 additional releases. Next chronologically was 2012’s ‘Tour Demo MMXII’ EP. The 6 track EP has this raw and rough sound to it. Sometimes these high quality pristine recordings take away the soul and energy of a band. This EP really captures the organic composition of the band. Pin pointing the exact genre the band fits into is rather difficult. A dash of this and a pinch of that from various styles of metal seems to sum up the accomplished sound of the band. Their two most recent releases are ‘Nothing To Save’ which came out in 2013 and a 7″ split with Of Feather and Bone that came out in 2014. The split is the first release from the band that wasn’t recorded by Andy Patterson. Continue reading →