Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Domkraft share hypnotic, heavy doom track from forthcoming sophomore album via Metal Injection

“If you like your doom on the heavy and groovy side, this band will blow you away." -- CVLT Nation (Top 10 Doom Releases of 2016)

"A lot like what I'd imagine Neurosis would sound like if they attempted to be Sleep in the early 2000s. The vocals are more throat-shredding than the latter's, and the music is certainly more in the vein of Neurosis' swirling brand of sludge." -- Metal Injection

"Domkraft have a red-hot sound that cuts through mountains like some mutated version of the guitar-fueled war machines of Mad Max: Fury Road. -- The Doom Charts


Swedish trio Domkraft share the first track from their forthcoming sophomore album Flood today via Metal Injection. Hear and share "The Watchers" HERE. (Direct Bandcamp and Soundcloud.)

The album will be the first release on new label Blues Funeral Recordings, founded by former MeteorCity (Truckfighters, Nebula, The Obsessed) cofounder Jadd Shickler.

Domkraft will also appear on Magnetic Eye Records' massive Pink Floyd homage, THE WALL [REDUX]. Out in November, the song-by-song recreation and reimagining of the iconic Floyd double album features recognizable artists including The Melvins, Mark Lanegan, ASG, Pallbearer, Ruby the Hatchet and Scott Reeder, and includes Domkraft's rendition of the song, "Empty Spaces." 

Musically, Sweden has always been exceptional at sensing and seizing upon significant moments.  And at a time when political chaos and societal unrest have deadened our senses, it takes a band with monolithic, hypnotic power to secure our attention and offer a mollifying score to civilization's decline. Domkraft are that gloriously massive and land-levelling band.

If debut album The End of Electricity was the soundtrack to the impending apocalypse, then follow-up Flood provides the musical backdrop to armageddon in full, The Purge-style swing. A strong contender to dominate a style some are calling the New Wave of Swedish Doom Metal, Domkraft wield a mindbending soundscape of obeliskian riff-majesty, layer upon layer of crushing fury weaving through the wormhole punctures of spacetime in defiance of beginnings and endings.  

Majestic, annihilating, reductive and roaring, Flood merges blackwater tributaries from Neurois, YOB, Monolord, and Windhand into an all-encompassing torrent of nothingness and resignation, but in the most singable, appealing way imaginable. There is no fan of blistering, melodic doom on earth who should be without this record.

DOMKRAFT. Their name combines the Swedish "DOM" for judgement and "KRAFT" for power.
The seeds for this monolithic Stockholm band were planted in Gothenburg, where bassist/singer Martin Wegeland, guitarist Martin Widholm and drummer Anders Dahlgren met while playing in various musical constellations.

Bonding over the likes of Spacemen 3, Monster Magnet, Sleep and Hawkwind, plus a fascination with trudging, 10-minute/three chord songs, they finally came together after each relocated to Stockholm. Drawing from the heaviest of their combined influences, the three spent spent years shaping and crafting a sound that blends towering dirges of annihilating doom, mindbending psychedelia, and hypnotic minimalism.

"Our songs build from one riff, played LOUD, then we add and lose parts to mold it into something powerful," says bassist/vocalist Martin Wegeland. "Focusing on the dramaturgy of the songs, we have clear images in mind when writing, often inspired by films like Jake Paltrow's Young Ones, Stephen Fingleton's The Survivalist and (of course) The Road Warrior, though we never let it interfere with the groove and energy. The results of our songwriting method may differ in shape from one song to the next, but the foundation is always the same -- repetition and volume! You'll eventually get sick of every melody, but grooves are forever."

Flood will be available on LP and download on October 19th, 2018 via Blues Funeral Recordings



Artist: Domkraft
Album: Flood
Record Label: Blues Funeral Records
Release Date: October 19th, 2018

01. Landslide
02. The Watchers
03. Flood
04. They Appear To Be Alive
05. Sandwalker
06. Octopus
07. Dead Eyes, Red Skies

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

'Brown Acid' series of rare 60s-70s pre-metal singles drops new track from Seventh Trip


"So rare that diehard fuzz junkies say you'd have a better chance of winning the lottery than finding a physical 45 rpm single by one of the bands featured on their latest installment." -- Dangerous Minds

"Will do for hard rock, proto-metal and heavy psych what Nuggets did for garage rock, and bring it to a wider audience of collectors and music fans." -- The Guardian

"We're huge fans of the Brown Acid series... Think of it as a companion to the essential Nuggets compilation but covering artists and records that never made it out of their hometowns." -- Ultimate Classic Rock


The forthcoming seventh edition of the popular compilation series featuring long-lost vintage 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles, Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip is set for release on Halloween 2018. Hear and share a new track, "The Sorcerer" by Pegasus via YouTube HERE


Loudwire recently premiered the first single, "Peace of Mind" by Blizzard from 1973 HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

About Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip:

Everybody's favorite source for the hard stuff is back in business, with ten more lethal doses of rare hard rock, heavy psych and proto-metal! These obscure tracks have all been licensed, the bands have been paid, and the sources are all analog. The quality of tracks seems to increase along with the number of Trips and this cohesive collection comes outta the gate with both guns blazing!  

Pegasus recorded one single in Baltimore in 1972 and they made it count. "The Sorcerer" is a throbbing ripper that prior to this was basically unknown. However, it doesn't seem too far fetched to speculate that Black Flag lifted the riff for "No Values" from this track eight years later. Unlikely, but possible, especially considering how big a Black Sabbath fan Greg Ginn is. Pegasus was lauded back in the day for "how much they delivered that Black Sabbath feel."

You may not already be familiar with Schizo, but you should know at least one of the French freaks behind this short-lived group.  Richard Pinhas was the co-writer and uncredited, wah-wah abusing guitarist in Schizo after his stint in Blues Convention. Schizo recorded just two singles, the first being the heavier of the two, before Pinhas went on to record with Heldon and then going solo. The band had a unique vibe that didn't sound unlike Lemmy fronting a gang of stoned Martians.

Youngstown, Ohio is the most commonly referred to city of the entire Brown Acid series. This town of just under 150,000 people may've had the highest (literally and figuratively) per capita output of heavy 45s. Blue Amber recorded this in 1971 at Gary Rhamy's analog Mecca, Peppermint Recording Studios. This two-riff boneheaded banger sounds like a caveman protest song with an extraordinary amount of delay on the vocals. No wonder this 45 fetches three-figures on the rare occasion it comes up for sale.

Batting clean-up, we have Negative Space, the only LP sourced track on this album. This crunchy jam comes off the band's 1970 record entitled Hard, Heavy, Mean, & Evil. At over six and a half minutes, "The Calm After the Storm" is the longest track included on this volume, but it never gets dull. Fun fact: before changing the name to Negative Space, Rob Russen called his band Snow and released the "Sunflower" 45 in 1969 - you might recall that groover from the First Trip.

We generally stick with American artists for this series, but every now and again something foreign grabs us and shakes us to the core. One example is the Schizo record from France, another is this Swedish 45 by Zane. These crazy Swedes did one incredibly damaged (hence the title) record on the MM label in 1976. These proto-punkers relied heavily on synth for this tune and mixed the drums so obnoxiously loud, you might think the kit is in the room with you. This is a weird one that somehow sounds like Zolar X covering Wicked Lady. Brown Acid material all the way!

B must be short for Bangers, 'cuz this side is full of 'em! The flip of this Trip begins with a virtually unknown Oklahoma record from 1973. Blizzard was Rod McClure's high school band, but you couldn't possibly guess that teenagers recorded this heavy slab on the Token (should've been Toking) label. It's one of the best we've comped and it sounds like a hypothetical MC5/Hendrix collaboration. The "Under the Ice" level drum fills will knock your socks off if the heavy shred doesn't first.

OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain and apparently where the fuzz goes seepin' in your brain! Third World is the second Okie inclusion on this Trip and we couldn't be more stOOOOOked to be sharing this very obscure single with y'all. If the heavily distorted two-note riff doesn't grab ya, the apocalyptic Grand Funk vibes will. Once they get their mitts on ya, Third World will take you back to 1971 and leave ya there. Can we hitch a ride too?

Ever heard of Virginia, Minnesota? We hadn't either until we got in touch with Calvin Haluptzok and got the back story on his band Sweet Wine. This bitchin' one-off 45 must've melted the snow off the roofs of the households brave enough to play it when it came out in 1970 and it's still red hot nearly 50 years later. This vino may be sugary, but it packs an incendiary punch! Sadly, Calvin passed before we could get his music re-released, but it was nice to have reached him before it was too late. The Sweet Wine legacy lives on thanks to the Brown Acid archivists.

C.T. Pilferhogg wins the award for most puzzling band name in our series. What's not puzzling is how righteous both sides of their self-released 1973 single are! Featured here is the A-side "You Haul" which is one of the best examples of a poor man's Deep Heep (Deep Purple meets Uriah Heep) we've ever heard and the demonic Echoplex-laden laughs mixed into this track are out of control. The band was touted as "Southwest Virginia's Finest Boogie Band", but don't let that fool ya.vThey could bang heads with the best of 'em.

The closer on the Seventh Trip is one we hold very near and dear. Not only is this record the one that's taken us the longest to secure the rights to, it's also one of the very best examples of heavy psych you'll ever hear. The track rings your bell (literally) straight out of the gate and the dank psychedelic vibes kick in immediately. Summit's "The Darkness" was recorded in a basement studio in Kansas City in 1969 when the lead guitarist was only 16. The band was from a rural Missouri town, played only one impromptu gig in Clinton, and pressed only 125 copies of this, their only single. It should come as no surprise that it sells for hundreds of dollars when it's offered. That's a small price to pay for such greatness.  


About the Brown Acid series:

Some of the best thrills of the Internet music revolution is the ability to find extremely rare music with great ease. But even with such vast archives to draw from, quite a lot of great songs have gone undiscovered for nearly half a century -- particularly in genres that lacked hifalutin arty pretense. Previously, only the most extremely dedicated and passionate record collectors had the stamina and prowess to hunt down long forgotten wonders in dusty record bins -- often hoarding them in private collections, or selling at ridiculous collector's prices. Legendary compilations like NuggetsPebbles, ad nauseum, have exhausted the mines of early garage rock and proto-punk, keeping alive a large cross-section of underground ephemera. However, few have delved into and expertly archived the wealth of proto-metal, pre-stoner rock tracks collected on 
Brown Acid

Lance Barresi, co-owner of L.A./Chicago retailer Permanent Records has shown incredible persistence in tracking down a stellar collection of rare singles from the 60s and 70s for the growing compilation series. Partnered with Daniel Hall of RidingEasy Records, the two have assembled a selection of songs that's hard to believe have remained unheard for so long. 

"I essentially go through hell and high water just to find these records," Barresi says. "Once I find a record worthy of tracking, I begin the (sometimes) extremely arduous process of contacting the band members and encouraging them to take part. Daniel and I agree that licensing all the tracks we're using for
Brown Acid is best for everyone involved," rather than simply bootlegging the tracks. When all of the bands and labels haven't existed for 30-40 years or more, tracking down the creators gives all of these tunes a real second chance at success. 

"There's a long list of songs that we'd love to include," Barresi says. "But we just can't track the bands down. I like the idea that Brown Acid is getting so much attention, so people might reach out to us."

Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on October 31st, 2018 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available for digital (with immediate download of the first single) at Bandcamp, physical pre-orders at RidingEasy Records


Artist: Various Artists
Album: Brown Acid: The Seventh Trip 
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: October 31, 2018

01. Pegasus "The Sorcerer"
02. Nobody's Children "Good Times"
03. Blue Amber "We Got Love"
04. Negative Space "The Calm After The Storm"
05. Zane "Damage"
06. Blizzard "Peace of Mind"
07. Third World "End of Time"
08. Sweet Wine "Things You Told Me"
09. C.T. Pilferhogg "You Haul"
10. Summit "The Darkness"

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CHERUBS share first track from forthcoming 'Short of Popular' album via Daily Dot

"Cherubs perfected something that broke free of the boundaries firmly set in place by the band’s chosen mini-movement: the noisiest pop music on the planet. Short of Popular was like a Singles Going Steady of noise rock-and was as crucial to the Cherubs' legacy as the proper album that preceded it." -- Pitchfork


Austin, TX trio Cherubs announce the first time ever on vinyl release of the collection of singles, outtakes and compilation tracks originally released on Trance Syndicate in 1996, titled Short of Popular. This release on Austin label Sonic Surgery Records (a division of Super Secret Records) is remastered with new art and pressed on beautiful 3-colored vinyl. Releases on October 12th. 

The Daily Dot shares the first track from the album today, "Carjack Fairy" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

"Perhaps ironically referring to the breakthrough that never quite occurred for Austin, TX, band the CherubsShort of Popular compiles the various singles, compilation tracks, rejected session pieces from Heroin Man, plus an assortment of other sonic odds and ends, and ties them neatly into this send-off album, indicating that the band's break-up was indeed an untimely one. Kevin Whitley's signature nasal vocals, barely audible over the distorted wash of bass and guitar, are like that of a small child attempting to be heard over a steamroller. Beyond the signature roar and wallop of the Cherubs' rhythm section, a noise rock staple, it was the particulars that truly mattered: the undeniable pop melodies articulated throughout the redlined volume, and yes, the oddball Butthole Surfer-isms found here and there. The cover of Blondie's "Dreaming" is rollicking fun. A fine send-off for a band that burned brightly for a few records, then shuffled off." -- All Music Guide.

Another critic observed of the Cherubs "Nobody has made music as loud, noisy and evil as the infernal racket they produced. (Forget death metal). This is pure, heavy, intense, in-the-red punk noise which will melt your face off. It's beautiful. Heroin Man is a classic, but the tracks on Short of Popular up the ante even further. One of the most vital underground bands of the 90s."

This 2018 reissue of Short of Popular is completely remastered with all new art designed by band member Kevin Whitley. Some selections from the original compact disc release have been removed to improve the overall energy and live within the constraints of the vinyl format. The overall sound has a fuller and warmer feel without losing the cutting impact of the Cherubs style of music.

The Cherubs have been actively playing live both in the states and in europe since 2014 following a long hiatus that saw the members follow other interest both musical (bass player Owen McMahon toured with the Butthole Surfers) and artistic.


Sonic Surgery Records is honored to bring back this amazing collection of Cherubs magic and share it with the whole wide world. Play it loud it'll never be as loud as the actual band)! Pre-orders are available via Sonic Surgery/Big Cartel



Artist: Cherubs
Album: Short of Popular
Record Label: Sonic Surgery Records
Release Date: October 12th, 2018

01. Pixie Stix
02. Carjack Fairy
03. Chanukka
04. Orange Julius
05. Quitter
06. Hakkeboffer
07. Zip-Up Boots
08. Little Candy Hearts
09. Oh
10. Dazy
11. I Want Candy
12. Dreaming
13. How Little We Know

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Satan's Satyrs share new track via Revolver Magazine, tour w/ Windhand in October


"Channels high-speed, denim and leather ’70s rock but gives it a slightly modern touch. You could imagine hearing it on the Dazed and Confused soundtrack just as easily as you could imagine hearing it on the radio next to Queens of the Stone Age." -- Brooklyn Vegan

"Rooted in a glammy early Seventies rock sound, 'She Beast' is the sort of head-nodding cut that you'd expect to hear blaring out of a muscle car, with a beautiful feathered-hair couple taking the front seats." -- Revolver


Richmond, VA quartet Satan's Satyrs premiere a new track from their forthcoming album The Lucky Ones today via Revolver Magazine. Hear and share "She Beast" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

Satan's Satyrs hit the road in support of the album with doom faves Windhand in October. See all dates below. 

Brooklyn Vegan recently shared album opener "Thrill of the City" HERE.

Upon recovering from being steamrolled over by the onslaught of Satan's Satyrs' new album The Lucky Ones, you'll likely wonder just what exactly it was that hit you. A punky, sleaze rock groove (perhaps even a whiff of 70s glam) meets NWOBHM melodic fury, Blue Cheer mass and volume, and Ozzy's dramatic charisma condensed into a sound all its own, perhaps. At its core is an unstoppable, unpretentious exorcism of rock'n'roll exuberance. 

"It doesn't sound like anything else happening right now," says bassist/vocalist Clayton Burgess, who has spent the last few years splitting his time in British doom heroes Electric Wizard. "The band has its own unique idiosyncratic sound."

A significant difference on this album is the addition of second guitarist Nate Towle, which expands the band's steamrolling capacity tenfold. Burgess, Towle, guitarist Jarrett Nettnin and drummer Stephen Fairfield convened at the Richmond, VA studio of Windhand guitarist Garrett Morris, working in fits and starts over several months, first quickly capturing the raw energy of a band firing on all cylinders, then fine tuning the sounds and experimenting to get everything as massive as you hear it now. Likewise, Burgess' lyrics show new levels of achievement. 

"I pushed myself to get more of my own life in the songs, but open enough that anyone can interpret them in their own way," he says. "I just wanted to capture weirdness. It reflects my unusual tastes, but also takes a personal perspective."

The twin guitar assault begins from the very first beat of The Lucky Ones and never relents until the last second of the 9-track, 35-minute album. Opener "Thrill of the City" wastes no time launching into soaring harmonized riffs and swaggering rhythms setting the scene for a debauched good time. The title track, perhaps the most personal song on the album, is also the most unabashedly melodic. "Too Early To Fold" captures the frustrations and challenges of life as a touring musician, expressed through a belligerent 2-guitar attack and pounding snare on all 4 downbeats driving it all home. "Trampled By Angels" pits a swinging T Rex vibe against dizzy, noisy guitars and lyrics about a pioneer of fetish photography using his medium to express forbidden desires to the world. Likewise, The Lucky Ones itself is a vibrant, brash and loud expression of defiance against convention that refuses to be ignored. 

The Lucky Ones will be available on LP, CD and download on October 19th, 2018 on Bad Omen Records, manufactured and distributed in North America by RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available HERE

SATAN'S SATYRS LIVE:
10/08: Atlanta, GA - The Earl #
10/09: New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa #
10/10: Houston TX - White Oak Music Hall #
10/11: Dallas, TX - Club Dada #
10/12: Austin, TX - Barracuda #
10/14: Albuquerque, NM - Sister #
10/15: Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar #
10/16: Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre #
10/17: Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club #
10/19: Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre #
10/20: Vancouver, BC - Venue #
10/21: Seattle, WA - Neumos #
10/23: Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge #
10/24: Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room #
11/01: Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts #
11/02: Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere #
11/03: Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall #
11/04: Montreal, QC - Le Belmont #
11/05: Toronto, ON - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern #
11/07: Chicago, IL - Subterranean #
11/08: Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe #
11/09: Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club #
11/10: Indianapolis, IN - The Hi-Fi #
11/11: Nashville, TN - The Basement East #
11/12: Louisville, KY - Zanzabar #
11/13: Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups #

# w/ Windhand



Artist: Satan’s Satyrs
Album: The Lucky Ones
Label: RidingEasy Records/Bad Omen Records
Release Date: October 19th, 2018

01. Thrill of the City
02. The Lucky Ones
03. She Beast
04. Take It and Run
05. You and Your Boots
06. Too Early to Fold
07. Pulp Star
08. Trampled By Angels
09. Permanent Darkness











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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fuzz Evil streaming forthcoming album High On You recorded at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 ahead of release

"Assaults you with a dense wall of riffery."  --Ghost Cult Magazine

"The impression that Fuzz Evil are stepping up their game even from what it was on their 2016 self-titled debut is immediate and resonant, with fuzz-drenched riffs and leads, a thick and steady groove and an energetic delivery." -- The Obelisk

"An absolute must-have for any and every worshipper of all things heavy and fuzzy." -- Metal Assault


Sierra Vista, AZ trio Fuzz Evil are streaming their forthcoming sophomore album High on You in its entirety starting today ahead of Friday release via Metal Insider. Hear and share High On You HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

The album was recorded at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in Los Angeles with producer Paul Fig (Alice In Chains, Deftones, Ghost). Metal Injection hosted first single "Get It Together" HERE. (Bandcamp.) Pure Grain Audio recently launched the lyric video for "Ribbons & Kills" HERE. Metal Assault showcased album track "You Can Take Her Away" HEREThe Obelisk previously shared an animated lyric video for the title track alongside an in-depth review HERE

Fuzz Evil hits the road this week to support the album. Please see dates below. 

Formed in 2014, Fuzz Evil is a chug-heavy trio that tames the fuzziest guitar and bass tones on the planet and wields them to blast a monolithic speaker-ripping fuzzapocaplyse for your ears and soul. Raw and dirty in Stooges-like fashion with soaring soulful vocals. Fuzz Evil released their first single, "Glitterbones" on a 7" split with the California trio Chiefs on Battleground Records in 2014. In 2016 they followed up the single with a self-titled full length debut, also on Battleground.

The group then teamed up with the prominent Bay Area rock label, Ripple Music, and the Texas trio Switchblade Jesus to release Chapter 7 of the on-going vinyl splits known as the Second Coming of Heavy series. The current line-up is Orgo Martinez on drums, Wayne Rudell on guitar and vocals, and his brother Joey Rudell on bass and vocals. 

High On You will be available on CD and download on September 14th, 2018. Pre-orders are available HERE.

FUZZ EVIL TOUR 2018:
09/14 Sierra Vista, AZ @ The Horned Toad
09/15 Los Angeles, CA @ The Lexington
09/16 San Jose, CA @ Caravan Lounge
09/17 Eureka, CA @ The Siren Song
09/18 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
09/19 Tacoma, WA @ The Valley
09/20 Seattle, WA @ Highline
09/21 Kallspell, MT @ Old School Records
09/22 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Underground
09/23 Las Vegas, NV @ The Dive



Artist: Fuzz Evil
Album: High On You
Label: Fuzz Evil
Release date: September 14th, 2018

01) Get It Together
02) You Can Take Her Away
03) Ribbons and Kills
04) If You Know
05) The Strut
06) High On You
07) Are You In Or Out?


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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Dunbarrow streaming forthcoming sophomore RidingEasy album ahead of release

"Proto-doom at its best! Fuzz pedals are absent and the guitars are driven by a warm tube amp drive." -- More Fuzz

"I really can't rave enough about how great this album is."-- Doomed and Stoned

"The Trondheim-based outfit are in the process of carving out their own niche aesthetically, and they're doing so with the sharpest of teeth." -- The Obelisk


Norwegian quintet Dunbarrow are streaming their forthcoming sophomore album on RidingEasy Records in full ahead of release starting today via More Fuzz HERE (in EU & Scandinavia) and Metal Assault HERE (North America.) Hear and share Dunbarrow II via YouTube

Doomed & Stoned recently hosted "On This Night" HERECvltNation premiered the killer hook of "On Your Trail" HERE. And, The Obelisk shared "The Wolf" HERE.

There's a hauntingly classic feel to Dunbarrow's sound that gives it, in the band's own words, "an eerie rawness." It's not raw in a lo-fi or distorted sense -- far from it, the production is exceptionally clean and powerful. It's the vibe to the music that has a dreamlike and ghostly quality, like a mysterious recording imprinted onto an old cassette tape. 

Dunbarrow's pristine, unadorned sound shares the unpretentious brilliance of classic heavy progenitors jamming in basements and barns, before the big budgets and bloated habits diluted hard rock records into an echo chamber awash in reverb and layered in distant, screeching hobbits. "It's a heavy sounding record without being just tons of over-distorted guitar tracks," says guitarist Kenneth Lønning. "We've never been fascinated by that, and we're trying to push in the other direction." Its heft comes from the band's use of space in their songs. 

Without the Haugesund, Norway quintet's exceptional musicianship, such an intimate sound would be impossible. Drummer Pål Gunnar Dale sets the skeletal core with driving urgency and tastefully punctuating triplet fills, Bassist Sondre Berge Engedal slinks throughout with the limber bounce of John Paul Jones, while Lønning's and Eirik Øvregård's guitars weave dark, bluesy tapestries with emphasis on melodic chord structures without burying them in distortion or other effects. Vocalist Espen Andersen ties it all together with his warm, folky delivery that gives it all the feel of a bygone era of storytelling in song. 

"Maybe more than the previous record, this one is more vocal driven," Lønning says. "But it still has those quirky transitions, eerie build ups, folk-inspired parts and the haunting solos." Many of the album's poetic lyrics were written by former bassist/vocalist Richard Chappell, whose writing personifies the group. Along with the album's running theme of love and despair, is that of recognizing one's own dark sides and developing your shadows into something you can control, inspired of the work by Carl Jung.

Key to the band's impressive sound is that the singer is also the recording and mixing engineer. Andersen also recorded the band's excellent 2016 debut (formally released wordlwide by RidingEasy in late 2017), now with more studio experience for both Andersen and the band, Dunbarrow II is a truly refined experience. To further perfect their sound, the group teamed up with one of the most prominent producers in Norway, Christer Cederberg (Anathema, Tristania) for the first few days in order to get the sound just right. Then, Espen did the rest. The result is as eponymous and definitive as its title. 

Dunbarrow II will be available on LP, CD and download on September 14th, 2018 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available HERE



Artist: Dunbarrow
Album: Dunbarrow II
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: September 14th, 2018

01. On Your Trail
02. Please Let Me Be
03. Weary Lady
04. Ode To The Moon
05. Feberdrøm
06. The Wolf
07. The Demon Within
08. Witches Of The Woods Pt. II
09. On This Night

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Electric Citizen share new track from forthcoming RidingEasy Records album Helltown

"Going from one riff-filled masterpiece to the next, Electric Citizen go well beyond anything that they accomplished with 2014's Sateen. The band is coming into their own, and they know it." -- Metal Injection

"I like the fact that, four years and three records into their tenure as a band, I have no idea what to expect from them next. Other than songwriting. Helltown very much seems to be marking a new level for Electric Citizen, and they emerge stronger than ever and at their most vital." -- The Obelisk

"With songs this good, they deserve to blow up." -- Consequence of Sound


Electric Citizen share another new track from their forthcoming third album Helltown (RidingEasy Records) today ahead of its September 28th release. Hear and share "New Earth" via YouTube

The band also recently announced North American tour dates supporting heavy psych favorites Monster Magnet this Fall. Please see complete dates below. 

Metal Injection previously hosted lead single "Hide It In The Night" HERE. (Direct YouTube.) The Obelisk shared second single "Lunch" HERE. (YouTube.) 

Helltown, the forthcoming third album by Electric Citizen is, in many ways, a homecoming. 

While the title may seem fittingly metal (if not exceedingly so), it actually has real relevance. Helltown (all one word), while also multidimensional, is named after the Cincinnati, OH neighborhood in which the band lives, practices, and where the album was written, recorded and mixed. Now known more prosaically as Northside, Helltown earned its name in the 1800s due to its reputation for rowdy taverns frequented by the neighborhood of factory workers and immigrants. 

Inasmuch as Helltown is an ode to the band's home and its buried past, it also represents a return to the grittier sound of their 2014 debut, Sateen. Furthermore, it marks the return of original bassist Nick Vogelpohl, who rejoins vocalist Laura Dolan, guitarist Ross Dolan and drummer Nate Wagner. It's a fun, tough, dirty rock n' roll album. 

"In many ways this album is a realignment to the first," Laura says. "We experimented a lot on the second album, some of which we learned we didn't like." Electric Citizen's 2016 album Higher Time was an expansive and somewhat cleaner effort mixed by Black Keys engineer Collin Dupuis at Easy Eye in Nashville, TN. It was a landmark moment for the band earning considerable press praise - Consequence of Sound named it in the 20 Most Anticipated Albums of 2016 with "the most breakout potential of all the young bands on this list." And, the band's endless touring since the first album earned them stints opening for acts like Pentagram, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Fu Manchu, Budos Band, Wolfmother and playing renowned festivals like Psycho Las Vegas, Psycho California and Desert Fest Belgium.

What sets Electric Citizen apart from contemporary heavy counterparts is their song writing. The band writes concise, 3-minute, heavy rock songs. While others might now be following suit, when they started, most bands of their ilk were content writing drawn-out slow doom dirges. Regardless, none can deliver quite like Electric Citizen: Laura's captivating star-power, Ross' perfect tone and riffs, Nate's pugilistic and swinging beats, glued together by Nick's gliding bass lines. 

"Heart Attack" opens the album with a furious galloping rhythm, crunching guitar with a monolithic scooped midrange tone and Laura's signature wail, double-tracked to create a haunting effect. From the first 10 seconds, you'll be headbanging ferociously, ecstatic to have Electric Citizen back, and back to basics. "Ripper" is exactly that, a shredding 3-minute ripper, "The Pawn" boasts subtle pop hooks deftly tucked into a bashing tune. "New Earth" shows why the band continues to garner high praise for Laura's dramatic vocals and the band's skill at penning bonafide songs, rather than just a collection of riffs. 

Helltown will be available on LP, CD and download on September 28th, 2018 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available HERE


ELECTRIC CITIZEN // MONSTER MAGNET TOUR 2018:
09/28  Toronto, ON @ Lee's Place
09/29  Mt. Clemens, MI @ Emerald Theatre 
10/02  Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge 
10/03  Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
10/05  Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/06  Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/08  Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/09  Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/10  Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/12  San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
10/15  Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/16  San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/17  Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
10/19  San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
10/20  Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
10/21  Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
10/22  New Orleans, LA @ Santos Bar (EC only)
10/23  Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/24  Nashville, TN @ Basement East
10/26  Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
10/27  New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
10/28  Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair



Artist: Electric Citizen
Album: Helltown
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: September 28th, 2018

01. Heart Attack
02. Hide It In The Night
03. Cold Blooded Blue
04. Father Time
05. Ripper
06. The Pawn
07. New Earth
08. Lunch
09. Mother’s Little Reject











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