Thursday, August 30, 2018

Dunbarrow (RidingEasy Records) premiere new track from hauntingly classic new album via Doomed & Stoned


"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 share a new track from their forthcoming sophomore album on RidingEasy Records today via Doomed & Stoned. Hear and share "On This Night" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

CvltNation recently premiered the killer hook of "On Your Trail" HERE. (YouTube.) And, The Obelisk hosted album track "The Wolf" HERE. (YouTube.)

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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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Austin melodic noise rockers Exhalants stream full album via Metal Hammer ahead of release

"Somewhere between Unsane, Jesus Lizard and Dazzling Killmen sits Exhalants, a new Austin group comprised of members of Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes and Body Pressure. Following in the steps of the legendary Cherubs, Exhalants make caustic noise rock with melodic inflection." -- Revolver Magazine

"If you're a fan of bands like UnsaneJesus LizardCherubs, and Dazzling Killmen, then you're going to love Austin-based noise rock crushers Exhalants." -- Metal Injection


Austin, TX trio Exhalants are streaming their forthcoming debut album ahead of release starting today via Metal Hammer / LouderSound. Hear and share Exhalants HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Metal Injection recently shared the appropriately titled "Punishers" HERE.And, Revolver Magazine previously featured the first single "Latex" HERE. No Echo hosted "If Only" alongside an in-depth interview with the band HERE.

After the ending of his Carl Sagan's Skate ShoesExhalants guitarist/vocalist Steve (the band prefers to be on a first-name only basis with you) further honed his already wide guitar vocabulary in the downtime. He soon recruited fellow CSSS alum Bill on bass and Tommy, the drummer in Body Pressure (known for his high-energy, hard-hitting precision) to form the power trio before you now. 

Their self-titled debut album, heavy & melodic, acknowledges their influences like Shellac,
Unwound and Cherubs while extrapolating and building on those legacies into their own along with likeminded peers like Melkbelly, Kal Marks and A Dear A Horse

Recorded & mixed by Ian Rundell (Ghetto Ghouls) in Austin TX and mastered by Greg Obis (Yeesh) at Chicago Mastering Service, Exhalants is a refreshing return to dynamic complexity in a field obsessed with monolithic pummeling.

Exhalants will be available on LP and download on August 24th, 2018 out via Self Sabotage Records (Pre-order at Big Cartel-Self Sabotage).

EXHALANTS LIVE:
09/15 Austin, TX @ Beerland  - Austin Jukebox #12 w/ Body/Head, The Austerity Program


Artist: Exhalants
Album: Exhalants
Record Label: Self Sabotage Records
Release Date: August 24th, 2018

01. Latex
02. Cauterized
03. Ego Death
04. Public Display of Failure
05. False (St)art
06. If Only
07. Bow Yr Head
08. Unshut
09. Punishers
10. And I’ll Take You To A Quiet Place

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Alastor premiere title track from forthcoming RidingEasy Records debut 'Slave To The Grave' via Metal Injection

"Alastor isn't all about catering to the new wave of heavy metal and partying it up. Dudes are all about the classic, darker aspects of the genre, and they nail that sound and general mystique well." -- Metal Injection


Swedish quartet Alastor premiere the title track from their forthcoming album on RidingEasy Records today via Metal Injection. Hear and share "Slave To The Grave" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

Alastor hearken to the days when heavy rock was the music of the rebel, the occult adherent and lurker in the shadows, not hipster bros. Theirs is the doom sound for those who discovered it on the edge of town, in the cold rain, perhaps, as an escape from the squares who'll never understand.

Alastor is heavy doom rock for the wicked and depraved. Drenched in heavy, distorted darkness and steeped in occult horror that will make your skin crawl and ears cry sweet tears of blood, Slave To The Grave pulls no punches in the Swedish band's unabashedly bleak themes.

"It's an album that circles around the concept of death," explains lead guitarist Lucy Ferian. "It's about death in both its spiritual and personal meaning -- how death is a part of our everyday life. How it affects our thoughts and actions. How some of us spend our entire life in fear of death, while some seek it. But no matter how you live your life and no matter what you achieve here on this earth. You are still just a slave to the grave."

Alastor formed under a bad moon in 2016, consisting of Dharma Gheddon (vocals, bass, acoustic guitar and organ), Lucy Ferian on lead & acoustic guitar and organ, Terry Fying on guitar and Levi Athan on drums. Yes, those are their given birth names, why do you ask? 

The quartet released its epic 3-song debut album Black Magic in early 2017 via Twin Earth Records, followed by the 2-track "Blood On Satan's Claw" EP on Halloween the same year. Joining forces with RidingEasy Records in 2018, Alastor hunkered down to summon the 7-track hateful gospel Slave To The Grave with engineer Magnus Sörensen.

The album opens with the dramatic spoken intro "I döden är vi alla lika" (In death we are all equal) backed by rolling thunder and a clanging church bell to set the stage for the rumbling dirge "Your Lives Are Worthless." Forlorn vocals and drop-tuned guitars seep like murky syrup as the song slowly morphs through varying riffs across the nearly 10-minute song as it builds to an epic crescendo of squealing guitar notes and pummeling half-tempo drums. "Drawn To The Abyss" is a swinging anthem punctuated by haunting backing vocals and scraping wah-wah guitar sounds leading into a powerful double-time outro. "N.W. 588" is the hook-laden melodic centerpiece sounding like an apparent nod to Technical Ecstasy leading into the flamenco-themed acoustic ballad "Gone." The anthemic album title track rings out with pliant lead guitar notes countering the dark lyrics and behemoth, propulsive rhythms that can only foreshadow the heft of 17-minute album closer "Spider of My Love" which brings the album to a fittingly massive and funereal close. Perfect. 

Slave To The Grave will be available on LP, CD and download on Halloween, October 31st, 2018 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available HERE


Artist: Alastor
Album: Slave to the Grave
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: October 31, 2018

01. I döden är vi alla lika
02. Your Lives Are Worthless
03. Drawn to the Abyss
04. NLW 588
05. Slave to the Grave
06. Gone
07. Spider of My Love


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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Jody Seabody & The Whirls stream forthcoming album Hawksamillion ahead of release, on tour now!

Hard-to-define heavy garage-psych band takes punk rock turn, album art by Winston Smith (Dead Kennedys, Alternative Tentacles)
"A remarkably brilliant album which may just enter itself as a late runner in the album of the year lists."  --Echoes & Dust

"Jody Seabody & The Whirls mix and match musical genres with an eclectic elegance and seamless confidence." -- PopMatters

"An eight-song/32-minute mostly-barrage of bruiser hardcore punk ripped through with classic thrash intensity." -- The Obelisk

"A band whose sound is hard to pin down, yet that seems to be what makes them so appealing." -- Houston Press 


Houston quartet Jody Seabody & The Whirls area streaming their forthcoming third album Hawksamillion ahead of release starting today via New Noise Magazine. Hear and share Hawksamillion HERE. (Direct Soundcloud & Bandcamp.)

The and is currently on tour throughout the midwest in support of the album. Please see current dates below. 

The Obelisk recently shared "Grenade Green" HEREPure Grain Audio premiered raging single "Malignant Terror" HEREPopMatters premiered lead single "All Gone White" HERE. (Direct Bandcamp.) 

Jody Seabody and The Whirls has long been as difficult to define as its mysterious moniker -- of which there is no Jody Seabody nor a group of Whirls among them. However, the Houston quartet's forthcoming third album Hawksamillion seems an effort, at least, for the band to define itself. 

Whereas the band's 2015 sophomore album Holographic Slammer dabbled in psychedelia, garage-prog, proto-punk and neo-grunge with manic bouts of aggression, their new album is pure, refined bile and vitriol. The band had hinted at the sound to come on the last 3 tracks of their previous album, but even those hadn't hit the extent of urgent fury evidenced throughout the 8 incendiary songs of Hawksamillion. With cover art by legendary Dead Kennedys/Alternative Tentacles collage artist Winston Smith, a sharp 180-degree turn from the work of Dutch '60s psychedelic artist Marijke (Cream, Apple Records, Procol Harum, The Hollies) even the album art is like a line drawn in the sand.

Just like the Bad Brains going from jazz-funk to inventing hardcore punk and onward, JS&TW have the musical chops to pull off any sound that takes their interest. Album opener "Ultra Defiant" starts off like a doom-inflected version of the aforementioned legends before jostling into a breakneck metalpunk storm with an ever-morphing riff and throat-searing vocals. "Malignant Terror" bursts out incisively decimating everyone in under 2 minutes, with the last 40 seconds dedicated to an instrumental jam. "Terror TV" shows the band's melodic and acrobatic skills with blistering guitar work and multiple vocalists overlapping one another. Elsewhere, "Grenade Green" is the album centerpiece at nearly 7 minutes long, flitting between old fashioned punk rock and Kill 'Em All-era thrash that may embody the fury of Hawksamillion best. Throughout, the level of intensity and anger is relentless, but not at the expense of the music. 

Somewhere over the past two years, the people and society that the band members loved and trusted have betrayed them. This album is a response to that betrayal of the promise of a better life and the "good times" of rock and roll. These are ugly, bitter days, and these guys are watching, like a hawk. 

Hawksamillion will be available on LP and download on August 24th, 2018 via Artificial Head Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.

JODY SEABODY & THE WHIRLS TOUR:
08/21 Topeka, KS @ Boobie Trap Bar
08/22 Lincoln, NE @ 1867 Bar
08/23 Lawrence, KS @ Gaslight Gardens
08/24 Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
08/25 Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine's Live
08/27 Denton, TX @ Killer's Tacos
08/29 San Marcos, TX @ Valentino's
08/30 Austin, TX @ Dozen Street
08/31 San Antonio, TX @ Bexar Pub
09/01 Bryan, TX @ Revolution



Artist: Jody Seabody & The Whirls
Album: Hawksamillion
Label: Artificial Head Records
Release date: August 24th, 2018

01) Ultra Defiant
02) Malignant Terror
03) Terror TV
04) All Gone White
05) Making Demons
06) Grenade Green
07) Nightmares
08) Violent Tantrums













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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Exhalants unleash dramatic melodic noise rock tune "If Only" in interview with No Echo

"Somewhere between Unsane, Jesus Lizard and Dazzling Killmen sits Exhalants, a new Austin group comprised of members of Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes and Body Pressure. Following in the steps of the legendary Cherubs, Exhalants make caustic noise rock with melodic inflection." -- Revolver Magazine

"If you're a fan of bands like UnsaneJesus LizardCherubs, and Dazzling Killmen, then you're going to love Austin-based noise rock crushers Exhalants." -- Metal Injection


Austin, TX trio Exhalants premiere a new, slower track from their forthcoming debut album today alongside an interview with No Echo. Hear and share "If Only" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Metal Injection recently shared the appropriately titled "Punishers" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud) And, Revolver Magazine previously featured the first single "Latex" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

After the ending of his Carl Sagan's Skate ShoesExhalants guitarist/vocalist Steve (the band prefers to be on a first-name only basis with you) further honed his already wide guitar vocabulary in the downtime. He soon recruited fellow CSSS alum Bill on bass and Tommy, the drummer in Body Pressure (known for his high-energy, hard-hitting precision) to form the power trio before you now. 

Their self-titled debut album, heavy & melodic, acknowledges their influences like Shellac,
Unwound and Cherubs while extrapolating and building on those legacies into their own along with likeminded peers like Melkbelly, Kal Marks and A Dear A Horse

Recorded & mixed by Ian Rundell (Ghetto Ghouls) in Austin TX and mastered by Greg Obis (Yeesh) at Chicago Mastering Service, Exhalants is a refreshing return to dynamic complexity in a field obsessed with monolithic pummeling.

Exhalants will be available on LP and download on August 24th, 2018 out via Self Sabotage Records (Pre-order at Big Cartel-Self Sabotage).

EXHALANTS LIVE:
08/21 Austin, TX @ Beerland w/ Skeleton

09/15 Austin, TX @ Beerland  - Austin Jukebox #12 w/ Body/Head, The Austerity Program


Artist: Exhalants
Album: Exhalants
Record Label: Self Sabotage Records
Release Date: August 24th, 2018

01. Latex
02. Cauterized
03. Ego Death
04. Public Display of Failure
05. False (St)art
06. If Only
07. Bow Yr Head
08. Unshut
09. Punishers
10. And I’ll Take You To A Quiet Place

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

MONOLORD cover "Fairies Wear Boots", launch U.S. headlining tour following Psycho Las Vegas festival this weekend


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

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

"Hugely accessible without having sacrificed their crushing heaviness." -- Metal Hammer

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

"Rust is perfect; it’s as fuzzed out as any of the genre’s great records, but the mix is clean and even, allowing the drums and vocals to cut through. Most importantly, there are songs aplenty: you’ll be humming the riffs and vocal hooks immediately." -- Metal Sucks



Gothenburg, Sweden trio Monolord kick off U.S. headlining tour dates following their performance at Psycho Las Vegas festival this weekend. Please see all dates below.

To get the party started, the band's 12-minute cover of Black Sabbath classic "Fairies Wear Boots" has been posted across all platforms. Hear and share via YouTube, Spotify and iTunes

Monolord's recently released third album, Rust received universal praise in reviews, and landed atop multiple Album of The Year lists for 2017 -- including the #1 Album of 2017 on the Doom Charts collective of journalists, bloggers, radio and podcasters. Rust is available to hear & share on YouTube and Bandcamp.

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. 

Rust is available on LP, CD and download, released September 29th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records

MONOLORD U.S. TOUR 2018:
08/18 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel (Psycho Las Vegas)
08/22 Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone
08/23 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
08/24 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
08/25 Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
08/26 Newport, KY @ Southgate House
08/27 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
08/28 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
08/29 Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
08/30 Indianapolis, IN @ White Rabbit
08/31 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (Scorched Tundra)
09/01 Millvale, PA @ Funhouse
09/02 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk
09/03 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
09/04 Montreal, QC @ Vitrola
09/05 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
09/07 Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh (Hopscotch)
09/08 Richmond, VA @ Capital Ale House *
09/09 Washington DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel *
09/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
09/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

* with Red Fang

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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Satan's Satyrs share first track from new album on RidingEasy/Bad Omen, 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


Richmond, VA quartet  Satan's Satyrs premiere the first track from their forthcoming album The Lucky Ones today via Brooklyn Vegan. Hear and share album opener "Thrill of the City" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

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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