Monday, September 18, 2017

Heavy psych from Austin punk pioneer, Evil Triplet share new video. Ex-Terminal Mind w/ mbrs of My Education, Cinders

"From Hawkwind to HendrixGong to Guru GuruNeu! to noise, the lysergic local trio synthesizes psych rock, classic rock, Krautrock, and punk." -- Austin Chronicle

Austin trio Evil Triplet premiere the first video from their recently released double LP debut Otherworld today via Echoes & Dust. Watch & share "We Are The Aliens" video HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

The full album Otherworld is available to stream via Soundcloud. The band is currently wrapping up production on a followup album titled Have a Nice Trip for release in early 2018. Vocalist/guitarist Steve Marsh describes the recording:

"We figured that the last record came out so well that we shouldn't mess with the process: recorded at Sonic Ranch, engineered by Charles Godfrey, produced by Rob Halverson and myself, mixed at Halversonics Recording in Austin, and being mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. The guitar photo (see below) is a Gibson Futura that once belonged to Billy Gibbons that I got to use during recording."

The Austin Chronicle recently featured the band, also highlighting vocalist/guitarist Steve Marsh's extensive background from 70s-80s punk progenitors Terminal Mind, to late-80s industrial-psych Miracle Room and later period noise merchants Wisdom Tooth. Read more and hear Evil Triplet album track "Get a Job" HERE

Evil Triplet is a heavy psych trio from Austin, TX. The space rock behemoth is comprised of Steve Marsh (guitar and vocals), Kirk Laktas (drums), and Joe Volpi (bass).

Marsh traces back to Terminal Mind, a seminal band in the Austin punk scene of the late 70s that spawned The Big Boys and The Dicks (Super Secret offshoot Sonic Surgery Records will be reissuing Terminal Mind's original recorded output, plus unreleased studio and live tracks, later in 2017). He then led Miracle Room, a psychedelic industrial hoedown that shared stages with Snakefinger, Butthole Surfers, Scratch Acid, Negativland, and Sonny Sharrock, among others, and morphed into Wisdom Tooth, which released a CD on Knitting Factory's imprint.

Kirk is the keyboard wizard in post-rock bands My Education and Cinders, and was an early member of Stars Of The Lid. He has worked sessions with Acid Mothers Temple, Shearwater, Pauline Oliveros and ST37.

Mr Volpi toured and recorded with Primordial Undermind, as well as lending his chops to countless other Austin bands, including The Flood and Reverend Glasseye. He also performs a dark acoustic song cycle solo as Kaiser Soze, and plays standup bass in Cinders.

Evil Triplet recorded their debut opus at Sonic Ranch Studios, in the desert outside El Paso, TX. The sound is lush, lysergic and overpowering. In addition to the solid foundation of classic heavy guitar rock, there are multiple points of experimentation, with Marsh attacking the electric guitar with vibrator, drill, electric razor and music box. There are also underlying synth loops, piano and organ, all in service to the tripped-out material, with lyrics covering such topics as space, mushrooms, human consciousness as alien possession, and a plea from Lucifer to his minions to stay in school.

Otherworld is available on LP, CD and download on February 10th, 2017 via Super Secret Records

09/21 Austin, TX @ Electric Church (w/ Suspirians)

Evil Triplet in the studio:

Artist: Evil Triplet
Album: Otherworld
Label: Super Secret Records
Release date: February 10th, 2017

01) Star Ladder
02) Fungus
03) Get a Job
04) Planet I'm On
05) Post Group Date Scene
06) Pyramids
07) We Are The Aliens
08) Worship Satin
09) Road Trips

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

FACIAL premiere 'Black Noise' video, L.A. post-thrashers (RIYL: Girl Pool, Fidlar, DFA 1979)

"Post-thrashers Facial peel away the pretense with the album's lead single, 'Animals.'" -- Consequence of Sound

"A seething post-punk missile fired across the bow of your comfort zone. Punch something if you must." -- Buzzbands.LA

Los Angeles trio FACIAL premiere the first video from their forthcoming sophomore album today via TrebleZine. Watch and share the chaotic antics of "Black Noise" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

Facial launch West Coast tour dates later this month. Please see current shows below. 

Consequence of Sound recently launched lead single "Animals" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud and Bandcamp.) Buzzbands.LA premiered the song "Black Noise" HERE

On Facial's new record Facade, the band takes a look at their city (Los Angeles), their country (U.S.A.), and within themselves, to see what kind of ugly truths lie behind the front. Inside of all of us there are things that we try very hard to conceal: animal urges, selfishness, anger, hate, envy, violence, sexuality. We push them down and paint an alternate reality on the surface: happy, caring, altruistic, confident, peaceful, benevolent. But when the discrepancy between facade and reality becomes too great, we are forced to confront the facade and to question the fabricated surface realities fed to us all.

The music on this record cuts, churns, and moves. It bombards the listener, as if in attempt to disarm the defenses that we use to protect ourselves from these uncomfortable truths. Perhaps facades are necessary in certain scenarios; little white lies. We do not want to expose our weakness. We do not want to appear scared. An outward appearance must be maintained. But at some point, one must come up for air. We can't hide forever. One day we will have to unmask. 

Facade will be available on LP and download on September 29th via Chain Letter Collective. Pre-orders are available for digital at iTunes and vinyl HERE

09/27 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
09/28 - San Francisco, CA @ The Eagle
09/29 - Eugene, OR @ Black Forest
10/01 - Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge
10/02 - Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
10/03 - Portland, OR @ Liquor Store
10/04 - Vancouver, BC @ Cobalt
10/05 - Bend, OR @ Spoken Moto
10/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi-Hat
10/22 - San Diego, CA @ Blonde Bar
11/02 - Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon

Artist: FACIAL
Album: Facade
Record Label: Chain Letter Collective
Release Date: September 29th, 2017

01. Black Noise
02. Hakeem
03. Animals
04. Fiend
05. Fashion Show
06. Unknown
07. Disappointment
08. Carrying The Load
09. Halitosis
10. Zero Sum
11. Go Away

'Street Reaper' maniacs R.I.P. premiere new song, RIYL Metal Massacre, Dead Kennedys, Saint Vitus

"R.I.P. nails down that slower heaviness of classic doom bands, yet bares its teeth like a punk band --hence, street doom." -- Metal Injection

"Stepping into a cassette-era theatricality that suits the rawer production almost surprisingly well, R.I.P. find a place for ’80s and early ’90s nostalgia that’s not overblown would-be glam or retro-minded thrash, but would nonetheless fit well on a bill next to Slayer during their big-hair days, despite the obvious sonic discrepancies." -- The Obelisk

Portland, OR 'Street Doom' quartet R.I.P. shares a new track from their forthcoming sophomore album Street Reaper today via CvltNation. Hear and share "The Casket" HERE. (Direct YouTube / Bandcamp)

Metal Injection previously shared lead single "The Other Side" HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.) The Obelisk recently launched "Unmarked Grave" HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE). 

When R.I.P. came crawling out of the sewers of Portland, OR last year, their grimy, sleazy Street Doom was already a fully formed monstrosity that quickly infected the minds of everyone it encountered. Now, borne from the band's declining state of mental health and increasing focus on songwriting, Street Reaper is an even more unhinged and menacing album than their 2016 debut In The Wind

Borrowing equally from 80s Rick Rubin productions and Murder Dog magazine aesthetics, Street Reaper is a streamlined, yet brutally raw manifesto of heavy metal ferocity hearkening to the era when both metal and hip hop were reviled as the work of street thugs intent on destroying America's youth.

Throughout, Angel Martinez's guitar and John Mullett's bass are inextricably interlocked, sounding like a massive sonic steamroller, while drummer Willie D keeps the beat solid and simple for the most powerful impact. And, the band's extensive touring and excessive virgin sacrifices have clearly endued singer Fuzz with evermore agile vocal chords to drive it all home with extreme precision.

Operating on the belief that doom is not tied to a tuning or a time signature, but rather a raw and terrified feeling, R.I.P. eschews well trodden fantasy and mysticism tropes of the genre and focuses on conveying the horror and chaos inherent in the everyday reality of the human mind. With several years of touring under their heavily studded belt, R.I.P. has distinguished themselves from the interchangeable hordes of bands trying to play heavy metal by crafting an aesthetic and a sound all their own, focusing on the things that make metal heavy rather than adhering to the formulaic confines of a particular sub-genre.

Street Reaper opens with the knockout punch of "Unmarked Grave" and the rest is just sheer bludgeoning for bludgeoning's sake as the album echoes the grimy vibe of legends like Saint Vitus, Pentagram and Motorhead, with the no b.s. aesthetic of the early Metal Massacre compilations. 

Street Reaper will be available on LP, CD and download on October 13th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records

10/13 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge - album release party
10/14 Seattle, WA @ The Highline 

Artist: R.I.P.
Album: Street Reaper
Record Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: October 13th, 2017

01. Unmarked Grave
02. Street Reaper
03. Mother Road
04. The Dark
05. The Other Side
06. Shadows Fools
07. Brimstone
08. The Cross
09. The Casket
10. Die In Vain

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Monolord premieres "Dear Lucifer" from forthcoming album via Revolver Magazine

"Universally beloved... Swedish doom royalty." -- Noisey

"A truly modern sound: recognizably doom, but with glistening production values and adventurous songcraft." -- Consequence of Sound 

"The Platonic Form of doom...perfection... faultless." -- Echoes & Dust

"Monolord's records have only gotten heavier, and now the band has taken a turn for the catchy (yet still crushing)." -- Metal Injection

Gothenburg, Sweden trio Monolord share a new track from their highly anticipated third album
Rust today via Revolver Magazine. The track "Dear Lucifer" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct link via YouTube and Bandcamp.)

The band previously released the title track, which also features John Gamino (Mondo Drag) on keyboards and Trevor Church (Beastmaker) playing a guitar solo at the end of the tune. Hear and share "Rust" via YouTube. And, album opener "Where Death Meets the Sea" dropped last month HERE

Monolord is a rare breed: A band both encompassing and transcending genre; a vortex of heavy rock density that consumes all others. Their thunderous, tuneful heft has built a rabid international fanbase in short order since their 2014 debut. But Rust, the band's third full length, truly exemplifies why some refer to them as the Nirvana of doom.

Monolord's enveloping, syrupy sludge is a vibe, it's a state of mind. Not riffs for riffs sake, but a collective buzzing, rattling and rumbling that's more total environment than collection of songs. Together, guitarist/vocalist Thomas Jäger, drummer Esben Willems and bassist Mika Häkki create a massive, dynamic sound with ultra-low frequencies serving as its fourth member. 

"We've always been inspired by great band musicians - as opposed to technical solo peacocks," Willems says. "Because that force of a band really playing together as one single unit is incomparable. At its best, it's just unstoppable." And, Monolord is truly unstoppable, on record and on stage. "A heavy groove that contains both bombastic overkill and a lot of dynamics is what we always aim for in Monolord; in playing, in song writing and arranging, in recording," Willems says.

Album opener "Where Death Meets the Sea" perfectly exemplifies their mastery of dynamics and hooks with a driving, infectious buzzsaw riff that lesser bands would ride off into the sunset, but Monolord uses subtly to spur the song's skull rattling rhythmic core ever onward. Jäger's watery vocals glide over ominously building verses that erupt with the song's insistent refrain. Being such a tight rhythmic unit, it sounds almost like an early ZZ Top record played at half speed. "Dear Lucifer" squeals and hums with slow deliberation as Willems summons Dale Crover pummel with chasm like low-tuned toms and syncopated cymbal crashes. The album's title track is also its centerpiece, opening with a dramatic, shimmering Hammond organ intro as Jäger sings, "you are the reason that I lied/ You are the reason that I cried/ Please don't wait until tomorrow/ There's only pain, hate, grief and sorrow." Suddenly, the band kicks in with a bellowing line downtuned to B that nosedives down the guitar neck as the drums hammer down for the kill. Elsewhere, tastefully understated guitar harmonies elevate the behemoth churn of "Wormland" and apocalyptic album closer "At Niceae" simmers in a slow build of rumbling guitars and rolling drum triplets.

Monolord formed in 2013, quickly recording their 2xLP debut Empress Rising, which RidingEasy Records released in April 1st, 2014. The second album, Vænir, followed April 28th, 2015. The 2-song Lord of Suffering / Die in Haze EP was issued in late 2016 amid the band's relentless touring schedule in order to tide fans over until the next full length. Vænir landed on countless Album of the Year lists in 2015, and Rust is poised to open an entirely new range of possibilities for Monolord. 

Rust will be available on LP, CD and download on September 29th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available at RidingEasy and Bandcamp

Artist: Monolord
Album: Rust
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: September 29th, 2017

01. Where Death Meets The Sea
02. Dear Lucifer
03. Rust
04. Wormland
05.Forgotten Lands
06. At Niceae

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten's Time Machine premieres track via Tiny Mix Tapes from forthcoming album

Austin, TX experimental / free-jazz artist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten’s Time Machine premieres a track from their forthcoming album Hong Kong Cab today via Tiny Mix Tapes. The album is out September 14th on Self-Sabotage Records (subsidiary of Super Secret Records) and "Time Machine" available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud). 

Sound-wise, the debut effort from Time Machine, a solo vehicle for Atomic and The Thing bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, is a bit of a departure for the double bassist, especially for those used to hearing his roles in free-jazz blowouts and improvised music deep dives. 

Instead of going to town in a group context with Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark or Paal Nilssen-Love, Håker Flaten, on his first solo bass album since 2012, features the Oppdal, Norway-born, Austin, Texas-based standup and electric bass player at his solo experimentation best. 

The electrified, harsh noise-approaching tracks include the pulsates-to-the-core “Superbad” and “Trem Azul.” On the title track, Håker Flaten’s dodges outer space shrapnel on his effects pedal-manipulated, 1963 pre-CBS precision bass that he had played since 1992. The original improvisation is the last documented sounds Håker Flaten made on the instrument before it was swiped from a taxicab in Hong Kong. 

Håker Flaten returns to his upright jazz bass roots in “Zerfu,” a dedication to Ethopian harp player Zerfu Demissie, and “Jimmy,” an ode to the great Jimmy Garrison. “Hotel Isabel,” named after a favorite crash pad for visiting musicians in Mexico City, showcases Håker Flaten’s fast-moving, modern classical arco.

The album will be released on the same day as the kickoff to the annual Sonic Transmissions Festival, which Håker Flaten founded 3-years-ago. 

Hong Kong Cab will be available on LP and download on September 14th via Self-Sabotage Records. Pre-order LP HERE.

Artist: Ingebrigt Håker Flaten’s Time Machine
Album: Hong Kong Cab
Label: Self-Sabotage Records
Release date: September 14th, 2017

01.Trem Azul
02. Holy Mountain
03. Hotel Isabel
04. All or Nothing
05. The Time Machine
06. Rip Rig and Paranoia
07. Guts
08. Zerfu
09. Hong Kong Cab
10. Jimmy
11. Superbad
12. Space Odyssey

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Shooting Guns premiere video for 'Flavour Country', Netflix hit 'WolfCop' composers & Juno Prize nominees' new album

"The instrumental psych-rock band knows how to choogle, burn and rip like Hawkwind thrown into the middle of a Mad Max set. That's why director Lowell Dean tapped Shooting Guns to score Wolfcop, a 2014 horror-comedy that's exactly as ridiculous/awesome as you think it is." -- NPR

"Heavy, droning, and trancelike, owing as much to Electric Wizard as it does early Pink Floyd, and their work in film is obvious once you listen to the cinematic nature of the song." -- Metal Insider

Canada's award-nominated psych 6-piece Shooting Guns premiere the video for the title track from their new album Flavour Country today via Metal Insider. Watch and share "Flavour Country" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

Hear & share the entire album via Bandcamp and YouTube (either link cleared for posting.) 

Shooting Guns is known (and oft-nominated) for their film soundtrack work, but Flavour Country is more like a collection of anthems for your jettison from this universe into the multiverse. 

While they're known for heavy and saturated sounds befitting crazed horror-comedy flicks like Netflix hit WolfCop, Flavour Country features some of the band's fastest, heaviest and most visceral material to date. Yet, it also features some of the band's most atmospheric sounds as well. 

At times there are slight hints of Ennio Morricone's Spaghetti Western twang amidst the looping Meddle-era Pink Floyd heavy psych and driving drone reminiscent of Bobby Beausoleil's belladonna laced soundtrack to Kenneth Anger's Lucifer Rising. But for the most part here, Shooting Guns is out for blood, regardless of tempo. 

Album opener "Ride Free" kicks off with a blistering wall of guitars blaring and rattling out of the gate like mutant progeny to fellow Canadian biker-rock heroes Steppenwolf having duly fired all of the guns, exploded into space and returned to hunt down every last one of us. It accelerates from there: "French Safe" sounds like an unhinged battalion of musicians driving full throttle like a scene from a George Miller Road Warrior movie. Biting, lengthier tracks like "Simian Shelf" and the title track occupy the heavy end of the psychedelic spectrum, haunting the foggy moor between early, bluesy Sabbath-styled doom riffery and heavy pulse-riding kraut-rock.

Flavour Country is the first album recorded by the band themselves at their own Pre-Rock Studios in Saskatoon, SK, located in the middle of the Canadian prairies. The album title's spelling is itself a nod to the band's Great White North homeland. The album was mastered by John McBain (ex-Monster Magnet, Carlton Melton), who also mastered the band's previous RidingEasy releases. 

Shooting Guns have toured over 60,000 miles across Canada over the past 7 years but have yet to tour Internationally, which will be a big focus for them after this release. They are touring their live score to F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu across Canada throughout 2017 and also just finished scoring the soundtrack to Another WolfCop (sequel to WolfCop), which is slated for a US theatrical release in September 2017. Their sophomore LP, Brotherhood of the Ram, released in 2013 through RidingEasy Records was nominated for the 2015 JUNO Metal/Hard Album of the Year as well as the Polaris Music Prize. Their debut LP, Born To Deal in Magic: 1952-1976, was also nominated for the Polaris Music Prize in 2012.

Flavour Country is available on LP, CD and download as of August 11th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records

Artist: Shooting Guns 
Album: Flavour Country 
Label: RidingEasy Records 
Release Date: August 11, 2017

01. Ride Free
02. French Safe
03. Beltwhip Snakecharmer 
04. Vampires of Industry 
05. Flavour Country
06. Black Leather Jacket 

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BRUTUS (Sargent House) release video for "Horde II"

"A powerful and thrilling blend of punk, rock, indie and hardcore that'll get the teeth in your skull rattling." - NME

"Brutus contribute an intriguing new voice to underground music." -- Rock Sound

"They're in a field of their own... this is one of the albums of the year" (5/5 Ks) -- KERRANG!

Belgian trio Brutus release today the official video for "Horde II", from their breakthrough full length debut Burst. Watch & share via YouTube HERE

Brutus' debut album Burst is available to hear & share via Soundcloud HERE. The band continues to tour rigorously throughout the EU and UK. Please see current dates below. 

Sargent House recently signed Brutus to its label and management roster, releasing the band's debut in North America and the rest of the world in partnership with Hassle Records, the band's European label. "My reaction was immediate, the second I heard the first track I was hooked and knew I wanted to be part of this band's team," says Cathy Pellow, who also manages such artists as Chelsea Wolfe, Deafheaven, Russian Circles to name just a few. 

Hailing from Leuven, Belgium, Brutus create a pummeling, meteor-shower of sound. Vocalist/drummer Stefanie Mannaerts mixes black-metal blast beats with math-rock flourishes whilst belting out the most impassioned vocals that shift from deceptively melodic to outright larynx-punishing in the blink of an eye. Meanwhile, guitarist Stijn Vanhoegaerden takes ethereal post-rock tones to hardcore punk levels of speed and energy alongside Peter Mulders' powerful sub-frequency shift. The three conspire to make a sound as monolithic and frantic as it is emotive.

Having gigged rigorously across Belgium, in April 2016 Brutus decamped to Vancouver, BC to record Burst. "We sent an email to Jesse Gander (Japandroids, White Lung), his reply with sushi emoji's was an instant ticket," Stefanie explains. "The time in Canada, living together and working in the studio was refreshing, inspiring, healing and confronting at the same time." Burst is the perfect title for this debut album, then. "It's the perfect title for me," Stefanie adds. "It's a ball of emotions, ready to burst with frustration and anger. But also with tons of energy, love... everything at once." Trouble comes in threes... and so does Brutus.

Burst was released digitally worldwide on May 12th, 2017 and physically on June 30th, 2017 via Sargent House. Orders are available for LP/CD via HelloMerch and download via iTunes

09/09 - Haltern Am See, DE @ Small Toen Heart Festival
09/16 - Breda, NL @ Breda Barst Festival
09/29 - London, UK @ The Dome (supporting Black Foxxes)
09/30 - Exeter, UK @ Cavern
10/01 - Bristol, UK @ Exchange
10/02 - Manchester, UK @ Castle
10/04 - Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
10/05 - Birmingham, UK @ Subside
10/06 - Cheltenham, UK @ Frog & Fiddle
10/07 - Brighton, UK @ The Joker
10/08 - Guildford, UK @ The Boileroom
11/02 - Aachen, DE @ Musikbunker
11/05 - Berlin, DE @ Monarch
11/07 - Budapest, HU @ Durer Kert
11/09 - Cerkno, SL @ TBA
11/10 - Ljubljana, SL @ TBA
11/12 - Trier, DE @ Exhaus
12/07 - Maastricht, NL @ Muziekgieterij (co-headline w/ Steak Number Eight)
12/08 - Amsterdam, NL @ Sugarfactory (co-headline w/ Steak Number Eight)
12/21 - Ghent, BE @ Vooruit (w/ Kapitan Korsakov & Cocaine Piss)
12/22 - Breda, NL @ Mezz (co-headline w/ Steak Number Eight)
01/04 - Den Haag, NL @ Paard (co-headline w/ Steak Number Eight)
01/05 - Utrecht, NL @ DB's (co-headline w/ Steak Number Eight)
01/06 - Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn (co-headline w/ Steak Number Eight)

Artist: Brutus
Album: Burst
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: May 12, 2017 (download) / June 30, 2017 (physical)

01. March
02. All Along
03. Not Caring
04. Justice De Julia II
05. Drive
06. Bird
07. Crack / Waste
08. Looking for Love on Devils Mountain
09. Horde II
10. Baby Seal
11. Child

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