Saturday, July 22, 2017

ROZAMOV Tour With The Ditch And The Delta Confirmed; Band Issues Track From Impending Free Live Recording Via The Obelisk




Boston doom unit ROZAMOV has booked new summer tour dates, including July shows with Blood Sun Circle and Author & Punisher, and is preparing to issue a free live album, leaking the lead track through The Obelisk ahead of its release this week.

ROZAMOV will begin their summer tour schedule this week, playing shows in Wallingford July 21st and Rochester July 22nd alongside Blood Sun Circle. July 28th sees the band in Somverville supporting Author & Punisher. August will take ROZAMOV across the country and out to the West Coast, as they embark on a tour with The Ditch And The Delta. Both bands will be supporting their new LPs, both released this year through Battleground Records. ROZAMOV will be out from August 24th through September 2nd, culminating in both bands performing at Crucial Fest in Salt Lake City.

Following the release of their lauded This Mortal Road LP, ROZAMOV has completed their first official live recording, titled Adaptations, which they are now preparing to release independently. Adaptations was recorded on tour earlier this year as the band was on your supporting This Mortal Road, captured at Live Wire in Chicago, mixed by Chris Johnson at The Electric Bunker, and mastered by Alec Rodriguez at New Alliance. The record features three previously-released songs - "Ghost Divine," "Serpent Cult," and "Inhumation" - and leads off with a new song called "Surrounded By Wolves."

ROZAMOV will release Adaptations as a free download through Bandcamp and Spotify this Friday, July 21st.

Hear ROZAMOV's "Surrounded By Wolves" early through The Obelisk RIGHT HERE.

ROZAMOV's This Mortal Road is available digitally HERE, and the CD and LP available through Battleground Records HERE and Dullest Records HERE. Also see ROZAMOV's "Serpent Cult" video RIGHT HERE.

ROZAMOV Tour Dates:
7/21/2017 Cherry Street Station - Wallingford, CT w/ Blood Sun Circle
7/22/2017 Photo City Improv - Rochester, NY w/ Blood Sun Circle
7/28/2017 ONCE - Somerville, MA w/ Author & Punisher
8/24/2017 Great Scott - Allston, MA w/ The Ditch And The Delta
8/25/2017 Cafe Bourbon Street - Columbus, OH w/ The Ditch And The Delta
8/26/2017 TBA - Indianapolis, IN
8/27/2017 TBA - St. Paul, MN
8/30/2017 Funhouse - Seattle, WA w/ The Ditch And The Delta
8/31/2017 High Water Mark - Portland, OR w/ The Ditch And The Delta
9/01/2017 The Shredder - Boise, ID w/ The Ditch And The Delta
9/02/2017 Crucial Fest - Salt Lake City, UT w/ The Ditch And The Delta




Friday, July 21, 2017

EYEHATEGOD Announces Left To Starve Summer Tour With Negative Approach, Cro-Mags, And More On Select Dates; Take As Needed For Pain Full-Length Appears On Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time List




EYEHATEGOD will kick off a thirty-nine-date US mega tour next month. The Left To Starve summer takeover will commence on August 1st, run through September 13th, and includes performances with Capitalist Casualties, Phobia, Primitive Man, Negative Approach, Antiseen, Cro-Mags, Pig Destroyer, The Obsessed, and Mountain Of Wizard on select dates! The journey also marks frontman Mike IX Williams' lengthiest tour since undergoing liver transplant surgery this past December.

Comments IX Williams, "This band, for better or worse, has endured a mind-numbing and brain-expanding thirty years of making some of the most criminally riff filled and abhorrent sounds ever heard on the planet earth. No middle ground; EYEHATEGOD is either wonderfully loved or instinctively hated. Predicting the future accidentally and preaching the end time message, see the band LIVE now before something else bad happens..."

EYEHATEGOD - Left To Starve Summer Tour:
8/01/2017 Boozers - Corpus Christi, TX
8/02/2017 Lowbrow - El Paso, TX
8/03/2017 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ w/ Capitalist Casualties, Phobia
8/04/2017 Dive Bar - Las Vegas, NV w/ Capitalist Casualties, Phobia
8/05/2017 Los Globos - Los Angeles, CA w/ Capitalist Casualties, Phobia
8/06/2017 Blue Lamp - Sacramento, CA w/ Capitalist Casualties
8/07/2017 Elbow Room - San Francisco, CA w/ Capitalist Casualties
8/08/2017 Dante's - Portland, OR w/ Capitalist Casualties
8/09/2017 El Corazon - Seattle, WA w/ Capitalist Casualties
8/11/2017 Marquis Theater - Denver, CO w/ Primitive Man
8/12/2017 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM w/ Primitive Man
8/13/2017 Korova - San Antonio, TX w/ Negative Approach
8/14/2017 Trees - Dallas, TX w/ Negative Approach
8/15/2017 89th Street - Oklahoma City, OK w/ Negative Approach
8/16/2017 The Gig - Beaumont, TX w/ Negative Approach
8/18/2017 South Port - New Orleans, LA w/ Negative Approach
8/19/2017 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC w/ Antiseen, Negative Approach
8/20/2017 The Muse - Wilmington, NC w/ Negative Approach
8/21/2017 The Earl - Atlanta, GA w/ Negative Approach
8/22/2017 Broadberry - Richmond, VA w/ Negative Approach
8/24/2017 Middle East - Boston, MA w/ Cro-Mags
8/25/2017 Montage - Rochester, NY w/ Cro-Mags
8/26/2017 Cafe 611 - Frederick, MD w/ Cro-Mags, Pig Destroyer
8/27/2017 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Cro-Mags
8/28/2017 Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA w/ Cro-Mags
8/30/2017 Mexicali - Teaneck, NJ w/ Cro-Mags
8/31/2017 Outpost - Kent, OH w/ Cro-Mags
9/01/2017 Spirit Hall - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Cro-Mags
9/02/2017 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Cro-Mags
9/03/2017 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Cro-Mags
9/04/2017 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN w/ Cro-Mags
9/05/2017 Rock Island Brewing - Rock Island, IL w/ Cro-Mags
9/06/2017 Club El - Detroit, MI w/ Cro-Mags
9/08/2017 Ace Of Cups - Columbus, OH w/ The Obsessed, Mountain Of Wizard
9/09/2017 The Pinch - Washington, DC w/ The Obsessed, Mountain Of Wizard
9/10/2017 Golden Pony - Harrionsburg, VA w/ The Obsessed, Mountain Of Wizard
9/11/2017 Ziggys - Chattanooga, TN w/ Mountain Of Wizard
9/12/2017 Sidetracks - Huntsville, AL w/ Mountain Of Wizard
9/13/2017 Vinyl Music Hall - Pensacola, FL w/ Mountain Of Wizard

EYEHATEGOD continues to deafen the masses in support of their self-titled LP which dropped in 2014 via Housecore Records, breaking the band's decade-and-a-half gap since their prior full-length and marking the most successful release of the band's storied history. Consequence Of Sound called the record, "...their most entertaining release since 1996's Dopesick... urgent and raw, as if the band hasn't aged a day," Pitchfork gushed, "they've come out swinging, armed with yet another of their often-renewed leases on life and still spoiling for a fight. That EyeHateGod exists at all is a miracle in and of itself, but the fact that it is so damn great is simply extraordinary." Added Metal Injection, "in terms of consistency and sheer 'fuck yeah!'-ness. this is right up there in that first tier of must have EYEHATEGOD platters. Welcome back, boys. You earned it."

In related news, EYEHATEGOD's Take As Needed For Pain full-length (1993) recently earned the #92 spot on Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time list, the esteemed publication noting, "Standouts, such as 'Blank' and the title track hammer the listener with turbulent riffs before downshifting into heaving swing rhythms that drive home the band's fluency in the funkier aspects of NOLA's musical culture. 'Sister Fucker (Pt. 1),' meanwhile, marries vile imagery with hip-shaking boogie rock. The band found the perfect foil in engineer Robinson Mills, whose warm, no-frills tones complemented Williams' acrid screech, the menacing swells of feedback on tracks like "30$ Bag" and unsettling police-scanner-inspired noise piece 'Disturbance.' While bands such as Crowbar and the Southern supergroup Down (which features EYEHATEGOD guitarist Jimmy Bower behind the drums) would also serve as able ambassadors for New Orleans metal, none of them would capture the city's seedy rebel spirit quite as effectively as EYEHATEGOD did here." Read more and see the full list at THIS LOCATION.

The band will be celebrating their thirtieth anniversary next year. Stay tuned for special releases to be announced in the future. In the meantime, orders for EyeHateGod in North America can be placed via Housecore Records HERE. Additionally, the official For The Sick Benefit poster and benefit T-shirt are still available for purchase at Indie Merch HERE.

Night announces new album Raft of the World


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September 1st marks the release date of Night's third full length album "Raft of the World" which will be released through The Sign Records. The album consists of 9 ravishing rock hymns forged together by the band during the fall of '16, and signifies a musical progression of the band towards a more rock-based sound - without leaving their trademarked sharp edged NWOBHM attitude. With a modern take on classic rock 'n' roll combined with more sinister lyrical themes, this album invites the listener on an increasingly organic and diverse journey compared to its predecessors. "Raft of the World" was recorded, produced and mixed by Ola Ersfjord (Tribulation, Dead Lord, Lizzies, Honeymoon Disease) with additional recordings (drums & bass) by Linus Lundgren at Studio Ganymeden in their hometown Linköping. Ola Ersfjord contributed to a broader production and soundscape including instruments such as organs, acoustic guitars and percussion to name a few, which they consider has brought the album a unique sound that stands out in comparison to other contemporary rock bands. Mastering was done by Chris Common (The Mars Volta, Chelsea Wolfe, Mastodon) and the artwork is made by the talented artist Mattias Frisk (Ghost, Vanhelgd, Vampire, Trap Them).

Night is a quartet hailing from the plains of Östergötland, Sweden. They started out back in 2011 and have released two full length albums and two 7" singles followed by several tours and festival gigs (Muskelrock, Hell over Hammaburg, Headbangers open air, Metal frenzy) all over Europe. Known for their fierce and intense live performances, Night have built up a reputation as an entity to count on. Today the band consists of Oskar (vocals, electric guitar), Sammy (electric guitar), Joesph (electric bass guitar) and Dennis (battery).

"This album is a progression of the whole concept that is Night - both personally and musically. I felt a dire need to express myself on a more personal level, which hasn't really been a priority for me before we started to work on the new songs. Living in a world gone mad, constantly surrounded by people who's lifestyle is basically rooted in greed unfortunately brings out the worst in otherwise "good" people. It makes you think about what is actually important in life which also triggers the creative and philosophical flow that I really think has been manifested in the new songs."
- Oskar, Night

The album is released on CD & Vinyl.


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Track list:
1 - Fire Across the Sky
2 - Surrender
3 - Under the Gallows
4 - Omberg
5 - Time
6 - Strike of Lightning
7 - Winds
8 - Coin in a Fountain
9 - Where Silence Awaits

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Second Coming of Heavy Chapter 6 - Kayleth/Favequaid



Many of us know Italy by their cars. Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, some of the most beautiful, exotic, and fast cars that the world has ever known. If Ferrari could solve their Formula 1 woes, I'd be a happy guy, but that's a completely different article. Italy is famous for music, some of it going back centuries. Some of the most soul stirring music ever written can be found in the classical music and operas of this country. This newest offering from Ripple Music, the latest in their series of splits, bring us some newer vintage of Italian music.

The Italian heavy music scene is ripe with many bands creating some unique and wonderful sounds. This release brings us two of those bands, Kayleth and Favequaid. Hopefully you already know them both, but if one or both of these bands are new to you, this is a fantastic way to take the plunge and hear something outside of what you regularly listen to.

Kayleth start us off on side A. Their first track comes shimmering in like a mirage far off in the desert, which is probably appropriate, given that the track is called “Desert Caravan”. It doesn't take long, though, before the heaviness kicks in. Their style seems to be a form of heavy rock that veers a little off to the spacey side, not so much that they ever become full on psychedelic, but in a way that is a bit unique to the world of heavy. The songs are full of grooves and some most excellent guitar work, and as I said, just the right amount of trippy. I also enjoy that just when you think you know where a song is going, they turn it around and make something else entirely out of it. This is some very good stuff and you'll want to check out their other releases.

Favequaid, meanwhile, come out roaring like a top fuel dragster, daring your ears to keep up with what they are laying down. I love their singer's voice. It fits perfectly with what they are doing musically. They also throw in some tasty treats, like the bass breakdown in “Everytime”, and the guitar work on their tracks is also first rate. Did I mention the riffs? They have 'em for days, in just about every variety you would want. “Hypochondria” is a perfect example of this. You could almost call it their exercise in variations on a riff. They take the same riff, at different tempos and with some twists and turns, and make something very cool out it.

Ripple has once again struck gold with this split, matching two bands that go together very well. Check this one out and then go find some of the other awesome Italian bands out there. It's a scene that doesn't seem to be too well known but you will be very satisfied with what your research turns up.

-ODIN



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

MAYA JANE COLES Announces Major New LP // Pre-Order Today!




Maya Jane Coles is set to release her second studio album Take Flight, due out August 25 on her own label I/AM/ME via Skint Records/BMG. Take Flight is her most substantial body of work to date and is the long-awaited follow-up to her debut album Comfort (2013) and her Nocturnal Sunshine project (2015).

Take Flight will be released in the US on digital and vinyl formats. Fans can pre-order the album HERE. The two tracks "Won't Let You Down" and "Cherry Bomb" are available now for streaming and instant download with the full album iTunes pre-order.

Take Flight has been preceded by the critically-acclaimed EP Won’t Let You Down, which is receiving worldwide support from DJs in the clubs and on the radio - Pete Tong made the title track his “Essential New Tune." Featuring remixes of "Won’t Let You Down" from Catz ’n Dogz and Paride Saranceni, "Cherry Bomb," plus "Round In Circles," the EP’s various tracks saw premieres with Wonderland, Mixmag, Complex, Groove, and Huffington Post. A further EP entitled Weak/Werk will drop imminently!

Maya is an enigma in today’s music world. On this album – as with all her releases – she has written, produced, engineered, arranged, mixed, and performed every track, even designing the artwork herself.

Opening track "Weak" kicks off the album with sublime soundscapes and low-slung drums, with title track "Take Flight" offering a trip-hop inspired beat with a psychedelic twist. In addition, the album sees guest appearances from acoustic-songwriter Chelou on "Darkside," which is slow, vivid and totally immersive. Wendy Rae Fowler (of We Fell To Earth) sings on "A Chemical Affair" and "Misty Morning," with GAPS singing on the track that follows entitled "Keep Me Warm."

From the high octane "Passing Me By" to the visceral "Trails," Take Flight offers an eclectic selection of immersive tracks that are certain to excite old and new fans alike, all over the world.

Maya has already experienced a phenomenal year of global gigs, starting with a double-header at Coachella in April and UK festivals such as Parklife and Wildlife, as well as on going appearances throughout the Summer in Ibiza at Ushuaia and Pacha. Maya is also on the road this July supporting electronic titans Depeche Mode on the European leg of their tour. Additional upcoming festival appearances include Tomorrowland (Belgium), SW4 (UK), Creamfields (UK) and Rock in Rio (Brazil), amongst others.

To date, Maya has played in over 40 countries worldwide, released mix compilations for DJ Kicks and Fabric Live, been sampled on Nicki Minaj’s mega hit “Truffle Butter,” as well as remixed artists from The XX, Bonobo, and Little Dragon.. to Florence & The Machine, Sam Smith and Ella Fitzgerald.



Maya Jane Coles - Take Flight Artwork
Tracklist

01. Weak
02. Bo & Wing
03. Old Jam
04. Take Flight
05. Darkside (feat. Chelou)
06. Lucky Charm
07. Blackout
08. Unholy
09. A Chemical Affair (feat. Wendy Rae Fowler)
10. Misty Morning (feat. Wendy Rae Fowler)
11. Keep Me Warms (feat. GAPS)
12. Let You Go
13. Won’t Let You Down*
14. On My Way
15. Go On And Make It Through
16. Cherry Bomb*
17. Chasing Sunshine
18. Golden Days
19. Werk
20. Passing Me By
21. Trails
22. Stay
23. Pulse
24. Starlight

  
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Märvel release new single "Goodluck Sandy" and announces new album "At the Sunshine Factory"


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Goodluck Sandy is green sunlight sifting through slender birch branches while you're enjoying a glass of ice cold sparkling wine in the company of long lost friends. A far stretched field of rye is moving to the late evening breeze and the sky is endlessly high.

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Märvel's first single from their upcoming 7th album "At the Sunshine Factory" is an instantly likeable song that showcase the band's broad musical influences while still being well recognized as a trademark Märvel song. On the surface, the soulful and catchy song comes out sunny side up while the lyrics questions the idea of taking the easy way out of complicated relations.

The stomping drums, the playful bass lines and the roomy guitar melodies transports the listener to the 60's but as always Märvel has a way of making their unique blend of music sound fresh and interesting.

"Goodluck Sandy" will grab you by the hand, lead you to a deserted beach and sit by your side as the sun sets where the ocean meets the sky.

The album ”At the Sunshine Factory” is set for release the 6th of October on The Sign Records. The band have worked hard to create a ”larger than life” sound, building a studio of their own to get enough time to develop their songs to perfection. A cheerful production disguises a darker lyrical theme affected by today's world situation. Märvel, known for their contagious hooks, pop melodies and rock 'n' roll soul, have tightened the bow and made braver decisions to make this the stand out album of their career. The album's spine is still very much vintage Märvel, yet each of the twelve songs have got more of a character of its own. The Swedish rock veterans are set for new challenges and conquests. Märvel have never been this well equipped and ready to make a first and lasting impression on a new audience and deliver something fresh and virgin to their old fans. The band shines like never before.

”At the Sunshine Factory” is a self-produced album recorded by the band at studio Solskensfabriken. Mixed by Stefan Brändström at Dustward Studios and mastered by Magnus Lindberg. Märvel have been an active band since 2002.

The album is released on CD & Vinyl.


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Track list:
1 - A Killing View
2 - The Secret Grand Prix
3 - Goodluck Sandy
4 - Heart & Balls
5 - Smile Mr. Steen
6 - Monsters Grow In The Dark
7 - Child
8 - Step Closer
9 - All Over The News
10 - Live & Learn
11 - Vinegar
12 - Angela

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

You Can't Take Our Shirts!



There was a great article recently on Loudwire about how metal has become a “fashion statement”  http://loudwire.com/opinion-stop-making-metal-a-fashion-statement/

It was basically everything I wanted to say when I started writing a similar piece a few months ago.  I'm still waiting for the “K” family to disappear like too many of their kind in the past (anyone remember Paris Hilton – no – the skank not that hotel...??) . 

Back in my day band t-shirts, motorcycle jackets, long hair on guys, black hi-top Chuck Taylor's or that one style of mid-top Reebok's – denim vests and jackets with patches, band logos drawn on everything from backpacks to sneakers – was a way of fellow metal fans to identify each other.  You could go into any social situation not knowing a soul, but if you saw someone you recognized as being a fellow listener to the same type of music there was an instant connection.  One of my favorite memories when I was a teenager hanging out with my dad in the city (what those of us in the outer boroughs call Manhattan) is my dad and I were walking through subway cars while going over the Manhattan bridge , and passing through one car all of sudden these guys were like “MAIDEN! MAIDEN RULES!! MAIDEN!!!” And they started trying to sing in Dickinson's falsetto. My dad was confused, but I was wearing (and I don't know how I remember this) the Iron Maiden “Decennium” shirt from the box set.  The bros and I flashed the horns at each other, and when we got to the next train car I explained to my dad what had just happened. 

The first band shirt I ever bought was the Ozzy Osbourne/ Randy Rhoads “tribute” t shirt – I think I paid $5 at a going out of business sale at the Plum Tree in Kings Plaza.  I remember wearing that shirt to see my grandmother and she said “Who is that on your shirt? Is that your boyfriend?” and I said “Oh grandma -that's a famous English Musician....” you could say she planted a seed in my then 15 year old brain.  When I was older and started dating musicians she would always disparage me saying “Who are you going with? Is it the guy in the group ? They smoke the dope? You want to be with the dope in the group?” So the running gag with my then boyfriend was he was the dope in the group.  I loved my grandmother.

A friend of mine told me a great story about when he lived in low-income housing in the Lower East Side, and saw a Puerto Rican kid wearing of all things a Marillion t-shirt.  Delighted to find a fellow fan of such an obscure band – and in the “hood” of all places, my friend started gushing about how much he loved Marillion, asked what this kids favorite songs were.  The kid stared at him blankly and it took him a few seconds to realize he was talking about the shirt. And he was like “oh, I found this somewhere and thought the picture was cool”.  If that kid ended up interested enough to at least buy one album then my friends efforts were not in vain. 

Another friend told me a few years ago when she was wearing a Maryland Death fest t-shirt I bought back for her, she was waiting for a bus and someone got in her face ranting about how she was going to hell unless she repented for her sins.  Her response was classic metal-head, “I may be going to hell but we have the best music”.

There are uplifting stories though. A few weeks ago a friend was wearing her Metallica Tank she had just bought at their recent concert, and a stranger approached her and started talking about the recent tour, and they ended up exchanging contact info and he sent her pro-quality video he shot in New Jersey!

About 10 years ago I had a great job doing data entry in a liberal arts college in Western Massachusetts.  The two things that made the job great were we were allowed to listen to music with headphones all day and there was no dress code except “don't wear anything you would wear on the beach”.  At the time I was living with someone who's band played a lot of the bigger European metal festivals, and I would proudly wear the festival shirts he brought home.  One of my fashion forward co-workers had asked me if I ever heard of Ed Hardy's line of clothing – that if I liked shirts with skulls and guitars I would like Ed Hardy's shirts.  I had to explain to him the difference.

A few months ago I wore my Saxon “crusader” shirt when I went out to see my friends band.  A few people complimented me on it and it started conversations about what was the best Saxon album (Denim and Leather fyi).  One slightly drunk friend came up to me and said “Oh I love your shirt, it's got a horse, do you like horses?”

Sure a lot of band logos have become “corporate” - you can't walk into a Wal-Mart or Target without seeing AC/DC, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix  and even sometimes Black Sabbath shirts.  But that doesn't bother me because I have half a dozen AC/DC shirts and they were very easy to find (the girly fit ones too – not the boxy men shirts).  It does rile me up when I see kids wearing Ramones shirts without a clue.  I remember loaning my brother a Maiden shirt years ago and our friends ripped him a new one because he couldn't name one song.  That's how brutal it used to be.  Now I've seen old Russian grandmas wearing Sid Vicious shirts they bought in Value Depot (I'm not kidding and I wish I had taken a picture).

I think the rock music listening populace should take it upon ourselves to approach anyone who has co-opted our logos and actually grill them.  OK you're wearing a Clash shirt? Name one song that wasn't on Combat Rock? What do you mean what's “Combat Rock?? Give me that shirt!”

-Rys




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