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April 18, 2021, 8:44 am

 

MADE IN THE MACHINE

Band:SUN DIAL
Album:MADE IN THE MACHINE
Label:SULATRON RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Psychedelic Rock

Sulatron Records is very proud of releasing one of THEE neo-psych bands from UK: Sun Dial! After doing the CD reissue of „Mind Control“, Sulatron Records now release the new studio album of the neo-psych veterans: „Made In The Machine“ is kind of a follow up of „Mind Control“ – it explores the same themes but delves even deeper into the surrealistic worlds of sci-fi and space rock, including hints of early kraut and dark psych music. But it still retains the classic elements of the well known Sun Dial sound which is mainly Gary Ramons guitar work and the band’s psychedelic trademark. For Sun Dial themselves it has been a labour of love and they say it’s their most focussed and vibrant album so far. Sun Dial were founded 1990 by multi-instrumentalist Gary Ramon who also plays in several other bands and projects. He also runs the well known Acme-records label.

 

 

TANZLINDE

Band:SHERPA
Album:TANZLINDE
Label:SULATRON RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Psychedelic Rock

„Tanzlinde“ is the debut album of the neo-psych band Sherpa from Abruzzo, Italy. The band got inspired by their mountains up to eastern cultures and ancient singings, and the result is a debut album which is psychedelic in the meaning of bursting the borders of music genres. You hear influences of classic psychedelia but also eastern culture’s traditional music; there are hints of proggy passages or even some pop music influences.

„Tanzlinde“ means a linden tree under which’s leaves the people find time to get back to theirselves and connecting to their deepest feelings. It’s a metaphor for strenght but fast growing and so is the music: the album „Tanzlinde“ is a tribute to powerful growth – and also the album itself is a real grower: it becomes better and more intense with every listen...

 

 

MINDS EYE

Band:ASTRAL SON
Album:MINDS EYE
Label:SULATRON RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Psychedelic Rock

“Mind’s Eye” is the third album of the Dutch neo-psych solo artist Astral Son and it gets released on CD by Sulatron Records (the vinyl version will be released by Headspin).

It is the follow-up of his second album „Silver Moon“, full of cosmic soundscapes, progressing into psychedelic songs with some fuzzy riffs, ever changing and flowing. What you can hear is, that Astral Son finds very much inspiration in early Pink Floyd and Gong and „Mind’s Eye“ is like a peaceful and colourful dedication to this kind of music.

 

 

THE IRREPASSABLE GATE

Band:ASH BORER
Album:THE IRREPASSABLE GATE
Label:Profound Lore
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

West Coast U.S. black metal band ASH BORER, over the last several years, have been recognized as one of the more prominent and active bands in the U.S. black metal scene today. With their third full-length album “The Irrepassable Gate”, which follows 2012’s “Cold Of Ages” and was produced by Randall Dunn (Sunn 0))), Marissa Nadler, Wolves In The Throne Room), ASH BORER have created their most dynamic and sprawling album to date. Continuing to harness the wall-of-sound harshness and expansiveness of their signature time-stretching tracks, having Randall Dunn at the engineering helm has helped the band deliver their biggest sounding album yet, creating a much more enveloping all-encompassing atmosphere while still maintaining the raw, abrasive, and primal aura that has defined the band’s sound. 

“The Irrepassable Gate” is ASH BORER’s best work to date - For fans of Wolves In The Throne Room, Leviathan, Weakling

 

 

JUST THE TIP

Band:THE LOUNGE KITTENS
Album:JUST THE TIP
Label:GRWEAT
Format:CD EP
Genre:Rock

"Just The Tip…" the debut EP from The Lounge Kittens reissued after the success of their recent album.

Features the recorded tracks for viral video hits Rollin by Limp Bizkit and Dualiy by Slipknot

“Loving it” – Fred Durst, Limp Bizkit / “Killer version” – Corey Taylor, Slipknot

 

 

TAKE ON LIFE - LP

Band:CHRIS POPE AND THE CHORDS UK
Album:TAKE ON LIFE - LP
Label:EPOP RECORDS
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:MOD / MOD REVIVAL

Chris Pope & THE CHORDS UK debut album “Take On Life”

First ever album release from Chris Pope & THE CHORDS UK : Includes two tracks original set for The Chords 2nd album re-worked.

LTD Vinyl LP release to follow the recent CD.

 

 

 

TALK OF VIOLENCE

Band:PETROL GIRLS
Album:TALK OF VIOLENCE
Label:BOMBER MUSIC
Format:CD
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

Petrol Girls are a radical feminist hardcore band making waves across the European and UK punk scenes. The band are constantly on tour across the UK and Europe and are gaining great press and interest along the way . Recently picked up by major booking agency ITB after one London show. Their previous two 7” singles sold out in record time

For Fans Of: War On Women , Bikini Kill, Fugazi, Refused, White Lung, Pettybone, Propagandhi

Debut album from an increasingly popular and relevant band. Covered by non music press for their outspoken gender and sexual politics and stance on freedoms of movement as well as by all the genre specific zines. LP and CD release in deluxe packaging

 

 

TALK OF VIOLENCE - LP

Band:PETROL GIRLS
Album:TALK OF VIOLENCE - LP
Label:BOMBER MUSIC
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

Petrol Girls are a radical feminist hardcore band making waves across the European and UK punk scenes. The band are constantly on tour across the UK and Europe and are gaining great press and interest along the way . Recently picked up by major booking agency ITB after one London show. Their previous two 7” singles sold out in record time

For Fans Of: War On Women , Bikini Kill, Fugazi, Refused, White Lung, Pettybone, Propagandhi

Vinyl LP format.

 

 

Z2 Rampage

Band:THE ZIPHEADS
Album:Z2 Rampage
Label:BOMBER MUSIC
Format:CD
Genre:Rock And Roll/Psychobilly

The Zipheads are a Psychobilly band with an ear for a good tune, from St Alban’s, UK. This is their 2nd album

For Fans Of: The Living End, Tiger Army, The Stray Cats, The Meteors, The Guana Batz, Nekromantics...

 

 

Z2 Rampage - LP

Band:THE ZIPHEADS
Album:Z2 Rampage - LP
Label:BOMBER MUSIC
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Rock And Roll/Psychobilly

The Zipheads are a Psychobilly band with an ear for a good tune, from St Alban’s, UK. This is their 2nd album.

For Fans Of: The Living End, Tiger Army, The Stray Cats, The Meteors, The Guana Batz, Nekromantics.

180G Vinyl LP.

 

 

SMEAR CAMPAIGN - LP

Band:NAPALM DEATH
Album:SMEAR CAMPAIGN - LP
Label:SUPREME CHAOS
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Grindcore

This important, ground breaking album from UK grind core veterans NAPALM DEATH is now finally back on solid vinyl, this special version comes with original album artwork colours and fitting splatter vinyl.

UK exclusive edition on yellow vinyl with red and black splatters! / Includes exclusive bonus track “Atheist Runt”! / 200 hand numbered copies only! / Exclusive limit stickers with unique number for each copy. / Heavy cardboard cover (300gsm), heavy and matte prints including inserts (250gsm).

 

 

123

Band:Teksti-TV 666
Album:123
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:Indie/Shoegaze

Compilation of the band's sold out EP trilogy -  Is there such a thing as too many guitarists in a band? Finland's Teksti-TV 666 think not. Formed three years ago, things have escalated rather quickly for the seven-headed shoegazing kraut-punk monster. Armed with no less than five (at times six) electric guitars, Teksti-TV 666 are nowadays one of the most in-demand live acts in their native Finland, and select performances abroad have caused a bit of a storm, as well. After autumn 2016's Finnish tour with Kvelertak, the band will set their sights on Europe, beginning with a tour in Norway. Teksti-TV 666 is a band built on contradictions. It is as if Neu! performed Ramones songs; it is a shoegazing Hellacopters; it is a heavy-but-soft wall of noise, a colorful slow-motion explosion. With over 100 shows played in three years and three EPs behind them, the band's reputation is rapidly on the rise. On October 9th, Svart Records will present a CD/doublevinyl compilation of the band's three EPs. The records - titled 1, 2, and 3 - have all quickly sold out, the last one on preorders only. This compilation is the first time these precious recordings are widely available outside Finland.

 

 

YEAR IS ONE

Band:Spiritus Mortis
Album:YEAR IS ONE
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Finland's most ancient purveyors of Doom Metal, Spiritus Mortis, are back with a vengeance! Seven years have passed since their previous offering The God Behind The God, also their first featuring ex-Reverend Bizarre vocalist Albert Witchfinder. The fourth album The Year Is One is a mirror to your childhood's occult fantasies. It is what you thought you heard when listening to your favorite headbanging music - even though those bands actually sang about driving fast cars, sex and drugs, whereas Spiritus Mortis' material really does deal with black magic and necrophilia. It is as heavy and evil as one can get without slipping away from the world of pure old school heavy metal.

Prepared with the kind of passion and time-consuming concentration that is fitting of the Doom Metal genre, The Year Is One was several years in the making, and the dedication is palpably present in the music. The band's roots in Dio-era Sabbath sounds are there, but the men play with a heavy-handed, yet melodic vigour rather unusual in the genre . Albert Witchfinder's voice carries a newfound joy of expression, and he delivers his bedtime stories about demon summoning and corpse violation as if possessed by evil genius.

 

 

YEAR IS ONE - LP

Band:Spiritus Mortis
Album:YEAR IS ONE - LP
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Finland's most ancient purveyors of Doom Metal, Spiritus Mortis, are back with a vengeance! Seven years have passed since their previous offering The God Behind The God, also their first featuring ex-Reverend Bizarre vocalist Albert Witchfinder. The fourth album The Year Is One is a mirror to your childhood's occult fantasies. It is what you thought you heard when listening to your favorite headbanging music - even though those bands actually sang about driving fast cars, sex and drugs, whereas Spiritus Mortis' material really does deal with black magic and necrophilia. It is as heavy and evil as one can get without slipping away from the world of pure old school heavy metal.

Prepared with the kind of passion and time-consuming concentration that is fitting of the Doom Metal genre, The Year Is One was several years in the making, and the dedication is palpably present in the music. The band's roots in Dio-era Sabbath sounds are there, but the men play with a heavy-handed, yet melodic vigour rather unusual in the genre . Albert Witchfinder's voice carries a newfound joy of expression, and he delivers his bedtime stories about demon summoning and corpse violation as if possessed by evil genius.

DOUBLE VINYL LP !

 

 

AMEN 2

Band:MIKKO JOENSUU
Album:AMEN 2
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Amen 2's long, euphoric tracks inhabit a similar musical territory as My Bloody Valentine's shoegazer melodies or Spiritualized's space gospel, infused in a certain joie de vivre. The first single off the album is There Used To Be A Darkness, of which Mikko comments, "There is in this song a lot of pure childlike joy, which started to come out after a long stressful period. This airy, effortless pop song is also a first step towards the light."

CD Format.

 

 

AMEN 2 - LP

Band:MIKKO JOENSUU
Album:AMEN 2 - LP
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Metal

Amen 2's long, euphoric tracks inhabit a similar musical territory as My Bloody Valentine's shoegazer melodies or Spiritualized's space gospel, infused in a certain joie de vivre. The first single off the album is There Used To Be A Darkness, of which Mikko comments, "There is in this song a lot of pure childlike joy, which started to come out after a long stressful period. This airy, effortless pop song is also a first step towards the light."

Double LP Format.

 

 

WORLD ON FIRE

Band:INITIATED
Album:WORLD ON FIRE
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Kuokkanen (also known from bands such as Horse Latitudes, Hooded Menace, Perikato, Ride For Revenge) and his cohorts have been initiated into the dark world of raw underground rock music and proudly carry their influences on their sleeves. In addition to Kuokkanen’s vocals, instruments in the group are handled by Jaakko Hietakangas (lead guitar, also in Speedtrap and the crossover hardcore act Foreseen), Mårten Gustafsson on drums (also in Foreseen)and Timo Ketola (lead vocalist of the doom metal mutants Caskets Open) on bass. In the summer of 2015 this five-piece self-released a tape, titled Seed of Evil, recorded at their rehearsal room. These seeds of evil took root, and Svart Records took notice. A series of nightly negotiations were held, and the label agreed to help the band in their intentions to set the world on fire with rock’n’roll. Come spring 2016, the fearsome foursome found themselves in studio, laying down material for what was to become the album World on Fire. The album will be released on vinyl, CD and some other formats on November 18th. Vocal man Kuokkanen oozes with anticipation as release date draws ever nearer: “We are ready to spread our brand of adrenaline fueled, sexually aroused and arousing face-spitting pagan heavy rock upon the world controlled by feeble religions and taboos. Let us set it on fire!”

 

 

WORLD ON FIRE - LP

Band:INITIATED
Album:WORLD ON FIRE - LP
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Metal

Kuokkanen (also known from bands such as Horse Latitudes, Hooded Menace, Perikato, Ride For Revenge) and his cohorts have been initiated into the dark world of raw underground rock music and proudly carry their influences on their sleeves. In addition to Kuokkanen’s vocals, instruments in the group are handled by Jaakko Hietakangas (lead guitar, also in Speedtrap and the crossover hardcore act Foreseen), Mårten Gustafsson on drums (also in Foreseen)and Timo Ketola (lead vocalist of the doom metal mutants Caskets Open) on bass. In the summer of 2015 this five-piece self-released a tape, titled Seed of Evil, recorded at their rehearsal room. These seeds of evil took root, and Svart Records took notice. A series of nightly negotiations were held, and the label agreed to help the band in their intentions to set the world on fire with rock’n’roll. Come spring 2016, the fearsome foursome found themselves in studio, laying down material for what was to become the album World on Fire. The album will be released on vinyl, CD and some other formats on November 18th. Vocal man Kuokkanen oozes with anticipation as release date draws ever nearer: “We are ready to spread our brand of adrenaline fueled, sexually aroused and arousing face-spitting pagan heavy rock upon the world controlled by feeble religions and taboos. Let us set it on fire!”

 

 

HOUR OF THE NIGHTINGALE

Band:TREES OF ETERNITY
Album:HOUR OF THE NIGHTINGALE
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

With members from Swallow the Sun, Nightwish, Katatonia...

Born out of the partnership of singer-songwriter Aleah Starbridge and guitarist-composer Juha Raivio, Trees of Eternity began as a quiet acoustic collaboration but then sprouted into a full band, with the Norrman brothers (ex- Katatonia, October Tide) on stringed instruments and the ubiquitous Kai Hahto on drums. Three years of work on the group's debut album were tragically cut short this spring when Aleah passed away during the album's final post-production phase. The work is now finished, and Svart Records are proud to present it to the world to honor the legacy and artistry of Aleah Starbridge. Cover art is by the incomparable Fursy Teyssier (Les Discrets). Juha and Fursy had long nightly conversations about the ethereal magic of Aleah, and Fursy's work manages to capture the essence of the album perfectly. "The art contains such power and calm beauty, so many hidden messages. It is mystical in the same way that Aleah always was", comments Juha Raivio. "This is a celebration of the music, lyrics and life of Aleah, who so tragically and suddenly crossed the bridge of stars and left this world so young and so early. There really are no words to describe the ultimate weight of the darkness, or the rays of the brightest of light that this album holds within its songs and lyrics. In so many ways this album turned out to be the most important album I've done in my life, and we both loved it from the first note to the last as we wrote it.

 

 

HOUR OF THE NIGHTINGALE - LP

Band:TREES OF ETERNITY
Album:HOUR OF THE NIGHTINGALE - LP
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Metal

With members from Swallow the Sun, Nightwish, Katatonia...Vinyl Double LP

Born out of the partnership of singer-songwriter Aleah Starbridge and guitarist-composer Juha Raivio, Trees of Eternity began as a quiet acoustic collaboration but then sprouted into a full band, with the Norrman brothers (ex- Katatonia, October Tide) on stringed instruments and the ubiquitous Kai Hahto on drums. Three years of work on the group's debut album were tragically cut short this spring when Aleah passed away during the album's final post-production phase. The work is now finished, and Svart Records are proud to present it to the world to honor the legacy and artistry of Aleah Starbridge. Cover art is by the incomparable Fursy Teyssier (Les Discrets). Juha and Fursy had long nightly conversations about the ethereal magic of Aleah, and Fursy's work manages to capture the essence of the album perfectly. "The art contains such power and calm beauty, so many hidden messages. It is mystical in the same way that Aleah always was", comments Juha Raivio. "This is a celebration of the music, lyrics and life of Aleah, who so tragically and suddenly crossed the bridge of stars and left this world so young and so early. There really are no words to describe the ultimate weight of the darkness, or the rays of the brightest of light that this album holds within its songs and lyrics. In so many ways this album turned out to be the most important album I've done in my life, and we both loved it from the first note to the last as we wrote it.

 

 

ISSUE 60

Band:SHINDIG MAGAZINE
Album:ISSUE 60
Label:SILVERBACK PUBLISHING
Format:MAGAZINE
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

Issue 60 of the Psych / Garage Bible

Syd Barrett is the cover star. Spacemen 3 / Made / Matt Berry / Pinnacle / Nirvana / United Artists / Cadet Concept also feature. Plus all the usual news and reviews

Available at all indie good record shops.

 

 

TWICE ON THE PIPE - LP

Band:THE PINEAPPLES
Album:TWICE ON THE PIPE - LP
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Alt Rock

Downtown New York City in the early '90s was a magical place and time for rock music, with a burgeoning scene and hip clubs galore. Striding like conquering giants into this fertile milieu came THE PINEAPPLES, whose gigs inspired the reverence of fans and other musicians alike. They took the scene by storm, sharing the stages of CBGBs, Maxwell’s, the Knitting Factory and Brownie’s with the likes of Hole, Helmet, Sonic Youth, Lunachicks, White Zombie – hell, even Juliana Hatfield. They had a single that got raves in NME (single of the week); Melody Maker said of their Kramer-produced 'Cocahuates' EP, "it definitely places The Pineapples in that exclusive but growing category of US underground bands heading overground..." But they didn't. Not yet, anyway. It’s a new century, and The Pineapples have, at long last, returned to save us all.

 

 

STONED IN LOVE

Band:THE ORANGE DROP
Album:STONED IN LOVE
Label:MEGA DODO
Format:CD
Genre:Psych/Garage

Hailing from Philadelphia, the launching pad for many great neo‐psych groups, we now get The Orange Drop. The Orange Drop blends dreamy psychedelia with some darker, acid‐laced sounds of the sixties. Brian Jonestown Massacre fans (particularly the early records) should appreciate The Orange Drop’s approach that is both lo‐fi and polished. If this is garage rock, it was made in a garage that conceals an amateur LSD lab. There’s a definite feeling of late sixties California here as well, and even during the moments of darkness there is always a sense of distorted sunshine getting through.

Indeed, The Orange Drop is great tangerine suspended in the bright blue sky of dawn. Re‐inventing 60s psychedelia with a 21st century twist of experimentalism, Stoned In Love is bursting at the seams with supersonic guitar riffs, beautiful kooky singing, mighty drums and bass, a Beatle‐esque risk‐taking dance between styles and digital mind‐altering tricks of sound, it is the fanfare of a gang of young musical magicians discovering just how brilliant they really are.

 

 

STONED IN LOVE - LP

Band:THE ORANGE DROP
Album:STONED IN LOVE - LP
Label:MEGA DODO
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Psychedelic Rock

Hailing from Philadelphia, the launching pad for many great neo‐psych groups, we now get The Orange Drop. The Orange Drop blends dreamy psychedelia with some darker, acid‐laced sounds of the sixties. Brian Jonestown Massacre fans (particularly the early records) should appreciate The Orange Drop’s approach that is both lo‐fi and polished. If this is garage rock, it was made in a garage that conceals an amateur LSD lab. There’s a definite feeling of late sixties California here as well, and even during the moments of darkness there is always a sense of distorted sunshine getting through. Indeed, The Orange Drop is great tangerine suspended in the bright blue sky of dawn. Re‐inventing 60s psychedelia with a 21st century twist of experimentalism, Stoned In Love is bursting at the seams with supersonic guitar riffs, beautiful kooky singing, mighty drums and bass, a Beatle‐esque risk‐taking dance between styles and digital mind‐altering tricks of sound, it is the fanfare of a gang of young musical magicians discovering just how brilliant they really are. 

180 gram orange vinyl / Limited to 250 copies worldwide

 

 

TRIP WAVE TWO

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:TRIP WAVE TWO
Label:TRAIL RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Psychedelic Rock

This compilation album is dedicated to the music of contemporary Russian psychedelic rock bands. In addition to numbers by some well-established and relatively known to the Western audiences acts like Ole Lukkoye, Rada & Blackthorns and Polska Radio One, our present collection includes tracks by very young artists who express their bright and affecting ideas in this genre. Their fresh approach to psychedelic music, combined with the more traditional influence of Russia’s musical capitals (Moscow & St Petersburg) where most of the tracks were recorded, creates a unique new musical aesthetic. This is a rewarding trip of discovery of the new music and its young creators, and it gives you a good idea of what’s happening on the Russian psychedelic rock stage.

 

 

STARS THAT MOVE - LP

Band:STARS THAT MOVE
Album:STARS THAT MOVE - LP
Label:TWIN EARTH
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Stars That Move is a new band featuring members from another great Psych Doom Metal band called Starchild. Though Stars That Move are a great band in their own right. They've just released their superb S/T debut album that will appeal to fans of 70s Hard Rock and Doom Metal. It's a trippy and psychedelic offering that has shades of Black Sabbath running through it's veins.

“Stars That Move have created a hard rocking and deeply moving album that will offer Psych Doom Metal fans a thrilling ride from start to finish.” - The Sludgelord

LTD Vinyl LP

 

 

MISERY AND DISASTER

Band:SHIT PRESENT
Album:MISERY AND DISASTER
Label:SPECIALIST SUBJECT
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Punk / Emo

New EP from UK DIY pop punk band Shit Present! Fan's of last year's self titled 12” will not be disappointed, here's 6 more tracks of unpolished, introspective pop punk. With front woman, Iona Cairns emphasising her talent for writing deeply personal songs touching on issues of mental health, anxiety, friendships. Featuring members (or ex members) of bands like Great Cynics, Gnarwolves & The Computers, Shit Present are not to be dismissed as a side project and are arguably greater than the sum of their parts.

Members / ex members of Great Cynics, Gnarwolves, The Computers

First pressing, limited colour vinyl with download code

 

 

DAYDREAMING BLUES

Band:PALE ANGELS
Album:DAYDREAMING BLUES
Label:SPECIALIST SUBJECT
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Garage Punk

Daydreaming Blues is the third album from transatlantic punks Pale Angels. Based between New Jersey and Swansea, Wales guitarist Michael Santostefano and bassist Jamie Morrison play hypnotic, blown out punk with the help of a few drumming friends on either side of the Atlantic.

Recorded with Ben Greenberg (ex The Men, current Uniform / Hubble) at Strange Weather Studios in Brooklyn, NY. This is the third album Pale Angels have worked with Greenberg (as well as 2013 debut, Primal Play and last year's Imaginary People), his lively, noisy production the perfect fit for Pale Angels' mix of garage punk, indie, grunge & pop.

"Blissfully aware garage punk that isn’t afraid to carry a hook or two" – DIY

 

 

WESTERN STAR ROCKABILLY CHRISTMAS PARTY

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:WESTERN STAR ROCKABILLY CHRISTMAS PARTY
Label:WESTERN STAR
Format:CD
Genre:Rock And Roll/Psychobilly

Compilation of Western Star bands all new self penned rockin’ Christmas songs 

Each band has its own following, the label now has a great following – should be a Christmas smash!

TRACK LISTING 01. I Want Christmas El Camino 02. Another Christmas Without You The Epileptic Hillbillys 03. Santa Was A-Rockin’ The Elfish Presleys 04. Blotto In The Grotto Little Timmy Tinsel & The Fairy Lights 05. Santa’s Here Thee Elfmen 06. The Christmas Twist Jack Rabbit Slim 07. Keep The Receipt (This Christmas) The Bad Detectives 08. We’re Off To See Santa Sharna-Mae & The Mayhems 09. Santa Clause You Dirty Rat (Bring Back My Guitar) Weazeldust 10. Hey Hey It's Christmas The Go Go Cult 11. Just Another Day To Me Lew Lewis & The Twilight Trio 12. Cruel Yule Thee Elfmen 13. Blue Mistletoe Mary Kissmas & The Mistletoe 14. Cadillac Under My Christmas Tree The Bad Detectives 15. Santa’s Lost On The Underground Little Timmy Tinsel & The Fairy Lights 16. Christmas On Mars Thee Elfmen 17. Will Santa Come Down The Chimney The Elfish Presleys 18. Creepy Christmas Party Las Pistolas 19. Christmas On The Plastic The Bad Detectives 20. Egg Nog Twist Thee Elfmen Bonus tracks… 21. Blotto In The Grotto (Radio Edit) Little Timmy Tinsel & The Fairy Lights 22. Santa’s Here (Giggsy version) Thee Elfmen

 

 

DOIN FINE

Band:Little Lesley and The Bloodshots
Album:DOIN FINE
Label:WESTERN STAR
Format:7 Inch Vinyl
Genre:Rock And Roll/Psychobilly

EP by legendary American Rockabilly trio 

The band recently toured the UK/Europe and made quite and impact. 4 brand new tracks.

 

 

THE POUND RIDGE SESSIONS

Band:Kevin Burke and John Brennan
Album:THE POUND RIDGE SESSIONS
Label:BURNSIDE
Format:CD
Genre:world/new age

Kevin Burke’s traditional Irish Fiddle meets John Brennan’s Rock Guitar---two great players sharing their musical interests - one steeped in traditional Irish music while the other is a veteran California rocker. This CD includes their interpretations of some 60’s & 70’s rock ‘classics’, blues and country tunes, a song about post-WWII Irish immigrants, two Bach minuets, and some reimagined jigs and reels. Throughout the varied repertoire, the fiddle and electric guitar both share and exchange the melodies, comfortably complementing each other in the differing styles, whether it’s the soaring orchestral beauty of a Hendrix tune featuring Irish pipes and whistles, the hard rocking riffs of an old spiritual, or the deep and genteel calm of Bach’s minuets. Take a visit to Pound Ridge and be prepared for some spirited and original sounds from this unique musical partnership.

 

 

THE CRACKS THAT BUILT THE WALL

Band:COMMUNIST DAUGHTER
Album:THE CRACKS THAT BUILT THE WALL
Label:BURNSIDE
Format:CD
Genre:Rock

Communist Daughter returns with their sophomore album. They've garnered far flung praise from top media outlets such as The FADER, Noisey/Vice, Consequence Of Sound, Paste, etc.. The band has toured the country many times over, and charted on the college radio format. Chicago Sun Times calls the band "a more down-to-earth Arcade Fire and a more gripping Of Monsters and Men while nicely filling the void left by The Civil Wars".

 

 

DOUBLE QUARTET SERIES NO. 1

Band:HIFIKLUB VS FATSO JETSON
Album:DOUBLE QUARTET SERIES NO. 1
Label:Subsound Records
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

This adventurous recording project set in the Coxinhell Recording Studio based in Saint-Aygulf in the South of France bring together in the same room at the same time to improvise,the experimental, alternative rock quartet from Toulon France, "hifiklub" Regis Laugier (bass & lead vocals) Nico Morcillo (guitar) Arnaud Maguet (visuals & more) Pascal Abbatucci Julien (drums) known for their many crafty collaborations with such forward thinking rockers as Mike Watt, Nels Cline, Lee Renaldo, Alain Johannes and from deep Southern California art punk desert blues rockers Fatso Jetson featuring Mario Lalli, Tony Tornay, Dino Lalli and Gary Arce of Yawning Man (Official)

The desert musicians have long been quite capable of exploration and not afraid to take chances and stretch out. The concept is a throwback to the Quartet vs Quartet album, the brain child of Ornette Colman. This music has more in common with Sonic Youth or Can than with the free jazz set, however the spirit of creativity is strong. Mixed and Masterd by Alain Johannes

 

 

HAIR OF THE DOG - PICTURE DISC LP

Band:MONUMENT
Album:HAIR OF THE DOG - PICTURE DISC LP
Label:ROAR
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Metal

UK’s finest, New Wave of British Heavy Metal heroes MONUMENT return with the follow-up to “Renegades” (MGR Music, 2014), their sophomore full length album, “Hair of the Dog”, which is their best musical creation up-to-date. Memorable guitar riffs and twin guitar leads, catchy and powerful tenor vocals, performed by talented frontman Peter Ellis (ex-White Wizzard) and a tight-as-fuck rhythm section that brings in mind the Iron Maiden and Judas Priest legacy are the main elements of the MONUMENT sound, but only few of the reasons why one should get this album. Deriving from the glorious past of heavy metal music but still being firmly rooted in the present (as previously stated by Spanish magazine “Heavy Rock”), “Hair of the Dog” sounds fresh and updated, being also suitable for fans of the heavy-metal-revival movement of NWOTHM and of bands such as Enforcer, White Wizzard, Cauldron and Elm Street. empowered by the slick, powerful, but still a bit retro-loving production of acknowledged extreme metal producer, Scott Atkins, MONUMENT’s new creation is already a nominee for heavy metal album of the year 2016. MONUMENT is undoubtedly one of the rising forces of the modern-day traditional heavy metal sound and “Hair of the Dog” is the living proof. 

Limited to 150 copies worldwide. After its release on CD on June 10th, 2016, the album was praised as a must-have-album, so now it’s the time for the Super limited Picture LP Version. Released in Picture LP format by ROAR! Rock of Angels Records

 

 

THE RIGHTEOUS BLOOM

Band:BEELZEFUZZ
Album:THE RIGHTEOUS BLOOM
Label:THE CHURCH WITHIN
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Beelzefuzz is a heavy rock band from North East MD formed in 2009. Releasing a 4 song demo in 2010 they established a loyal fan base in the DE, MD, PA area that eventually led to signing with Germany's very prestigious Church Within records in 2012. Beelzefuzz incorporates a very unique style of heavy music similar to the classic sounds of early 70's bands such as Uriah Heep, Deep Purple and Black sabbath as well as contemporary acts Pentagram, Graveyard and Earthride. Still Beelzefuzz remain decidely independent with their own personal brand of melodic heavy rock and the David Byron, John Lawton crossed with Mark Farner vocal stylings of singer and guitarist Dana Ortt shine through beautifully in songs such as "Lotus Jam", "All the Feeling Returns", "Reborn" and the haunting "Hypnotize". Joined by drummer Darin McCloskey (Pale Divine) in 2011, Beelzefuzz entered the studio again to record a new four song demo. Sparking quite a bit of label interest they secured the deal with The Church Within records and released their first self titled album via the label in 2013. The current and active lineup of Beelzefuzz is Dana Ortt (vocals/guitar), Darin McCloskey (drums), Greg Diener (lead guitar/vocals), Bert Hall (bass). A new album entitled "II The Righteous Bloom" is set to be released from The Church Within records for spring of 2016.

 

 

THE HUM

Band:MARC HEAL
Album:THE HUM
Label:ARMALYTE INDUSTRIES
Format:CD
Genre:Alt Rock

Debut album from alternative legend Marc Heal, frontman of Cubanate, C-Tec, Pigface and Ashtrayhead, following on from the recent ‘Adult Fiction’ EP and last year’s sold out ‘Compound Eye’ EP

Following on from the sold out MC Lord of The Flies / PIG ‘Compound Eye’ EP, Heal has chosen to perform under his own name to reflect the personal nature of these new tracks.Deluxe digipack edition with 16 page booklet

For fans of Cubanate, Gary Numan.

 

 

DEF NEON

Band:DEF NEON
Album:DEF NEON
Label:Analogue Trash
Format:CD
Genre:Alt Rock

Hailing from Wrexham, North Wales, DEF NEON are a band that fuses elements of rock, electro, synthpop and bass music to create a sound that has been described by critics as energetic, intense and unique. Featuring 10 tracks and stuffed to bursting with their signature guitar leads, synth hooks and effortlessly memorable choruses, this is an album that is sure to impress new and existing fans of the band with its uncanny juxtaposition of contemporary electronics and classic indie rock sensibilities. Think The Gossip meets The Pet Shop Boys, or Peaches meets Van Halen.

 

 

ORDEAL 260486

Band:SHRINE
Album:ORDEAL 260486
Label:cyclic law
Format:CD
Genre:Avantgarde/Electronic

The new full length by SHRINE is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster that happened on April 26th, 1986. Composed during a post-operative convalescence period in 2015 Christo Gospodinov says of the process: “To me the Chernobyl theme has always been very special not only because I witnessed the nuclear sunburn effects myself back in 1986 when I was a kid, but also because I find it to be the closest glimpse of a pending apocalypse we have seen so far. I find it terrifying not only because of the devastating effect of the ionizing radiation itself, but also because it was a man-made event. To me, the parallel with the biblical book of Revelation is inescapable.” Laced with emotional distress and SHRINE’s superbly crafted soundscapes and notable sound design skills, “Ordeal 26.04.86” serves as a tribute to those that suffered, and still suffer from the irreparable. Events like this one have happened again since, the most recent being in Japan’s Fukushima, and there’s definite signs that in the future we’ll unfortunately witness more of these man made catastrophes, in that eventuality, “Ordeal” will serve as the perfect soundtrack. Artwork by Dehn Sora and Christo Gospodinov. Edition of 500 copies in 4 panel Digipack.

 

 

STONE SPEAK

Band:APOCRYPHOS
Album:STONE SPEAK
Label:Cryo Chamber
Format:CD
Genre:Avantgarde/Electronic

Robert C. Kozletsky previously on Cryo Chamber with the ONYX collaboration is back with a solo album, Stone Speak. A warm, dark and subtle but complex drone experience awaits. Stone Speak is an album relating to the quintessential question…what lies beyond the borders of mortality? With Robert trekking to alluring ghost towns, cemeteries and sites of old Indian burial grounds to capture field recordings, the atmosphere of Stone Speak is ripe with subtle tension and melancholy. Stone Speak features a special collaboration track, Clandestine, with Dutch dark ambient producer Kave

 

 

PATH OF DISSILUSIONS

Band:HOSHIN
Album:PATH OF DISSILUSIONS
Label:Cryo Chamber
Format:CD
Genre:Avantgarde/Electronic

Hoshin, also know under his alias Esylt, presents us with a soothing ambient music album. Ripe with field recordings of lush forests and damp ancient temples. Layered with mechanical undertones it creates a unique atmosphere. An enlightening voyage to the center of Mysticism. Blackened machines summon dread, while the spiritual world knocks on the door of reality. The stench of decay stand in stark contrast to the awakened mind. We feel throbbing bass one minute, the other surrounded by murmuring crowds. From within them the cough of pestilence echo through halls that never end. This is fresh twist on the dark ambient genre and drone music.

 

 

MONUMENTS OF POWER

Band:KOLHOOSI 13
Album:MONUMENTS OF POWER
Label:Cryo Chamber
Format:CD
Genre:Drone/Ambient

The barren soundscapes from Finnish duo Kolhoosi 13 paint a bleak picture. A world in the aftermath of reckless experiments and actions made in the name of power. Manifesting complete disregard of life and man's own habitat. A world where both lives and nature are expendable. Where the grim consequences are just another record erased and forgotten. Raspy upbeat vinyl recordings reverberates through dilapidated buildings. A Putrid stench of oil mixed with gunpowder seeks out nostrils clogged with soot. Machine gun shots echo through emptied streets. The subdued march of a thousand men makes the ground shake as you hide from the bombs about to drop. For fans of the European style of militaristic dark ambient and industrial.

 

 

LOCUS ARCADIA

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:LOCUS ARCADIA
Label:Cryo Chamber
Format:CD
Genre:Drone/Ambient

Locus Arcadia is a collaborative album by 4 artists: - Randal Collier-Ford - Flowers for Bodysnatchers - Council of Nine - God Body Disconnect This album takes us on a voyage across the stars to the Locus Arcadia Space Station as it follows a lone protagonists questions into what happened after loss of conta

 

 

SANCTUM

Band:METATRON OMEGA
Album:SANCTUM
Label:Cryo Chamber
Format:CD
Genre:Drone/Ambient

Metatron Omega returns with his second album out of Serbia on Cryo Chamber. Ancient Gothic choirs, ritual drone and archaic atmospheres enlightens the listener. Scorpio V presents us with a touching esoteric Dark Ambient album. Feel the cold winter air on bare skin atop Majestic Cathedrals. Hear the archaic chanting echoing from never ending halls below. Taste the iron from blood filled chalices of forgotten secret orders. Bow down on bruised knees before the serpent pillar in Sacral Monasteries. Partake in rituals hidden but practiced since the dawn of time.

 

 

Nyarlathotep

Band:VARIOUS
Album:Nyarlathotep
Label:Cryo Chamber
Format:CD
Genre:Drone/Ambient

Following Cthulhu and Azathoth, Nyarlathotep continues this cult collaboration project. With 25 artists synchronizing their studios to create this tribute to H.P. Lovecraft. The album is a 3 CD behemoth focusing on the rift widening enough to catch a glimpse of the crawling chaos. Nyarlathotep is a collaboration NOT a compilation. Nyarlathotep has "a thousand" forms, most of these reputed to be maddeningly horrific. Most of the Outer Gods have their own cults serving them; Nyarlathotep seems to serve these cults and take care of the deities' affairs in their absence. Most of the gods use strange alien languages, but Nyarlathotep uses human languages and can be mistaken for a human being. The other Outer Gods and Great Old Ones are often described as mindless or unfathomable rather than truly malevolent, but Nyarlathotep delights in cruelty, is deceptive and manipulative, and even cultivates followers and uses propaganda to achieve his goals.

 

 

love like blood

Band:FLOWER FOR BODY SNATCHER
Album:love like blood
Label:Cryo Chamber
Format:CD
Genre:Drone/Ambient

Love Like Blood serves as a companion piece to Flowers for Bodysnatchers seminal Dark Ambient album Aokigahara. In this album we explore the haunted tale of despair of love lost, found and lost again. Our protagonists journey from the previous album is a shadowy narrative walking hand in hand with the fatal attraction that is Aokigahara. The album revisits the lonely intricate piano movements, soundscapes and field recordings compiled while exploring the underworld that is Tokyo. Exploring a metropolis and an individual constantly in a state of decay and rebirth. As is Love Like Blood.

 

 

ON MY DEATH BED

Band:TheUse
Album:ON MY DEATH BED
Label:AAGOO RECORDS
Format:7 Inch Vinyl
Genre:Avantgarde/Electronic

TheUse is Michael Durek. He had music video premieres in The Wire Magazine and on Huffington Post Arts blog. He has performed on WFMU, Little Water Radio, in Le Poisson Rouge, at Experi-MENTAL festival, Excepter’s Equinox Festival at Trans Pecos, HARMAN Soundcheck series, and more. He has toured through Europe, the USA, and Canada, and his production or playing has been featured on over 40 albums. TheUse has also collaborated in studio or on stage with Sam Hillmer (Diamond Terrifier/ Zs), Rafal Iwanski (Alameda 5, X-Navi:Et , Hati), Danny C. Chavis (The Veldt), Jeanann Dara (Bjork), and many more.

 

 

Fabulous Dates

Band:OTHER HOUSES
Album:Fabulous Dates
Label:AAGOO RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Indie/Shoegaze

Fabulous Dates is the second full-length from Other Houses, aka Morgan Enos of Hollow Sunshine and Hheaven. Affectionately referred to by its creator as "my punk album", Dates is a hurled cherry bomb of glorious songwriting. Both extremes of Other Houses' mid-fi sound are taken deeper and further, with baroque harpsichords and strings a la "Sgt. Pepper's" and "Smile" careening headlong into jagged noise.

 

 

Fabulous Dates - LP

Band:OTHER HOUSES
Album:Fabulous Dates - LP
Label:AAGOO RECORDS
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Indie/Shoegaze

Fabulous Dates is the second full-length from Other Houses, aka Morgan Enos of Hollow Sunshine and Hheaven. Affectionately referred to by its creator as "my punk album", Dates is a hurled cherry bomb of glorious songwriting. Both extremes of Other Houses' mid-fi sound are taken deeper and further, with baroque harpsichords and strings a la "Sgt. Pepper's" and "Smile" careening headlong into jagged noise. LP Format.

 

 

WHATT?

Band:TWOMONKEYS
Album:WHATT?
Label:African Tape
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Avant-Garde

WHATT? appears as an open question with no answer created from the desire to portray a strictly intimate dimension of the musical experience, rendered as a free association of sounds and ideas...W(H)ATT as WATTS....electrical impulses in the search for irregular sounds, acid loops and spatial acoustics, homemade field recordings and fortuitous encounters of chance...

TWOMONKEYS is a sonic duo formed by brothers Simone and Michele Bornati, a mixture of analog and digital sounds, acoustic sonorities and unsettled oceans of noise layers, synth deflections and crooked saxophones, crazy frog legs, and sparkling water. The rigorous rhythms are crossed by atmospheres ranging from 80’s punk to trans-human industrial, from twisted no-wave guitars to freak-out electronics of the American sub-culture.

 

 

Jazz-Liisa 5 LP

Band:JUPU GROUP
Album:Jazz-Liisa 5 LP
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

The Pop-Liisa and Jazz-Liisa broadcast session series presents previously unreleased and forgotten gems from the biggest names of Finnish prog and jazz of the 1970's Never bootlegged and known up until now only to a few faithful servants (and largely thought to have been lost for ever), these sessions offer a hitherto unrivalled look into the state of Finnish jazz and progressive rock between the years 1972-1977. Imagine if the sessions recorded by John Peel had only recently been discovered, and you get an idea of the cultural weight of what is being brought into the light of day here. Originally recorded as broadcasts by YLE (the national radio service Yleisradio, ”the Finnish BBC”), the thirty-four Liisankatu sessions are a genuine who's who of Finnish prog and jazz. Interestingly, anyone with even basic knowledge of the era's biggest bands will recognize familiar names at play within these obscure bands. As such, these sessions provide the missing link between jazz and prog, explaining through spirited performances - and largely unknown collaborations - the instrumental prowess and dexterity of these players and bands. What's best, these sessions show these exceptional bands playing for the moment in front of a hundred strong studio audience, not weighed down by the tedium of studio recording, and thus somehow miraculously managing to capture the best of both worlds: studio performances in front of a live audience. LP Format.

 

 

Jazz-Liisa 1 and 2 CD

Band:Unisono Quartet / Taivaantemppeli
Album:Jazz-Liisa 1 and 2 CD
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

Never bootlegged and known up until now only to a few faithful servants (and largely thought to have been lost for ever), these sessions offer a hitherto unrivalled look into the state of Finnish jazz and progressive rock between the years 1972-1977. Imagine if the sessions recorded by John Peel had only recently been discovered, and you get an idea of the cultural weight of what is being brought into the light of day here. Originally recorded as broadcasts by YLE (the national radio service Yleisradio, ”the Finnish BBC”), the thirty-four Liisankatu sessions are a genuine who's who of Finnish prog and jazz. Interestingly, anyone with even basic knowledge of the era's biggest bands will recognize familiar names at play within these obscure bands. As such, these sessions provide the missing link between jazz and prog, explaining through spirited performances - and largely unknown collaborations - the instrumental prowess and dexterity of these players and bands. What's best, these sessions show these exceptional bands playing for the moment in front of a hundred strong studio audience, not weighed down by the tedium of studio recording, and thus somehow miraculously managing to capture the best of both worlds: studio performances in front of a live audience.CD Format.

 

 

Jazz-Liisa 6 - LP

Band:Jukka Linkola Octet
Album:Jazz-Liisa 6 - LP
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

The Pop-Liisa and Jazz-Liisa broadcast session series presents previously unreleased and forgotten gems from the biggest names of Finnish prog and jazz of the 1970's Never bootlegged and known up until now only to a few faithful servants (and largely thought to have been lost for ever), these sessions offer a hitherto unrivalled look into the state of Finnish jazz and progressive rock between the years 1972-1977. Imagine if the sessions recorded by John Peel had only recently been discovered, and you get an idea of the cultural weight of what is being brought into the light of day here. Originally recorded as broadcasts by YLE (the national radio service Yleisradio, ”the Finnish BBC”), the thirty-four Liisankatu sessions are a genuine who's who of Finnish prog and jazz. Interestingly, anyone with even basic knowledge of the era's biggest bands will recognize familiar names at play within these obscure bands. As such, these sessions provide the missing link between jazz and prog, explaining through spirited performances - and largely unknown collaborations - the instrumental prowess and dexterity of these players and bands. What's best, these sessions show these exceptional bands playing for the moment in front of a hundred strong studio audience, not weighed down by the tedium of studio recording, and thus somehow miraculously managing to capture the best of both worlds: studio performances in front of a live audience.

 

 

POP LIISA 1 - LP

Band:Tasavallan Presidentti
Album:POP LIISA 1 - LP
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Prog Rock

The Pop-Liisa and Jazz-Liisa broadcast session series presents previously unreleased and forgotten gems from the biggest names of Finnish prog and jazz of the 1970's Never bootlegged and known up until now only to a few faithful servants (and largely thought to have been lost for ever), these sessions offer a hitherto unrivalled look into the state of Finnish jazz and progressive rock between the years 1972-1977. Imagine if the sessions recorded by John Peel had only recently been discovered, and you get an idea of the cultural weight of what is being brought into the light of day here. Originally recorded as broadcasts by YLE (the national radio service Yleisradio, ”the Finnish BBC”), the thirty-four Liisankatu sessions are a genuine who's who of Finnish prog and jazz. Interestingly, anyone with even basic knowledge of the era's biggest bands will recognize familiar names at play within these obscure bands. As such, these sessions provide the missing link between jazz and prog, explaining through spirited performances - and largely unknown collaborations - the instrumental prowess and dexterity of these players and bands. What's best, these sessions show these exceptional bands playing for the moment in front of a hundred strong studio audience, not weighed down by the tedium of studio recording, and thus somehow miraculously managing to capture the best of both worlds: studio performances in front of a live audience.

 

 

POP LIISA 2

Band:Jukka Hauru and Superkings
Album:POP LIISA 2
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Prog Rock

Never bootlegged and known up until now only to a few faithful servants (and largely thought to have been lost for ever), these sessions offer a hitherto unrivalled look into the state of Finnish jazz and progressive rock between the years 1972-1977. Imagine if the sessions recorded by John Peel had only recently been discovered, and you get an idea of the cultural weight of what is being brought into the light of day here. Originally recorded as broadcasts by YLE (the national radio service Yleisradio, ”the Finnish BBC”), the thirty-four Liisankatu sessions are a genuine who's who of Finnish prog and jazz. Interestingly, anyone with even basic knowledge of the era's biggest bands will recognize familiar names at play within these obscure bands. As such, these sessions provide the missing link between jazz and prog, explaining through spirited performances - and largely unknown collaborations - the instrumental prowess and dexterity of these players and bands. What's best, these sessions show these exceptional bands playing for the moment in front of a hundred strong studio audience, not weighed down by the tedium of studio recording, and thus somehow miraculously managing to capture the best of both worlds: studio performances in front of a live audience. LP Format.

 

 

pop liisa 3 and 4

Band:Wigwam / Taivaanvuohi
Album:pop liisa 3 and 4
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

The Pop-Liisa and Jazz-Liisa broadcast session series presents previously unreleased and forgotten gems from the biggest names of Finnish prog and jazz of the 1970's Never bootlegged and known up until now only to a few faithful servants (and largely thought to have been lost for ever), these sessions offer a hitherto unrivalled look into the state of Finnish jazz and progressive rock between the years 1972-1977. Imagine if the sessions recorded by John Peel had only recently been discovered, and you get an idea of the cultural weight of what is being brought into the light of day here. Originally recorded as broadcasts by YLE (the national radio service Yleisradio, ”the Finnish BBC”), the thirty-four Liisankatu sessions are a genuine who's who of Finnish prog and jazz. Interestingly, anyone with even basic knowledge of the era's biggest bands will recognize familiar names at play within these obscure bands. As such, these sessions provide the missing link between jazz and prog, explaining through spirited performances - and largely unknown collaborations - the instrumental prowess and dexterity of these players and bands. What's best, these sessions show these exceptional bands playing for the moment in front of a hundred strong studio audience, not weighed down by the tedium of studio recording, and thus somehow miraculously managing to capture the best of both worlds: studio performances in front of a live audience.

 

 

pop liisa 3 - lp

Band:Wigwam
Album:pop liisa 3 - lp
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Prog Rock

Never bootlegged and known up until now only to a few faithful servants (and largely thought to have been lost for ever), these sessions offer a hitherto unrivalled look into the state of Finnish jazz and progressive rock between the years 1972-1977. Imagine if the sessions recorded by John Peel had only recently been discovered, and you get an idea of the cultural weight of what is being brought into the light of day here. Originally recorded as broadcasts by YLE (the national radio service Yleisradio, ”the Finnish BBC”), the thirty-four Liisankatu sessions are a genuine who's who of Finnish prog and jazz. Interestingly, anyone with even basic knowledge of the era's biggest bands will recognize familiar names at play within these obscure bands. As such, these sessions provide the missing link between jazz and prog, explaining through spirited performances - and largely unknown collaborations - the instrumental prowess and dexterity of these players and bands. What's best, these sessions show these exceptional bands playing for the moment in front of a hundred strong studio audience, not weighed down by the tedium of studio recording, and thus somehow miraculously managing to capture the best of both worlds: studio performances in front of a live audience.

 

 

pop liisa 4 - lp

Band:Taivaanvuohi
Album:pop liisa 4 - lp
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Prog Rock

Never bootlegged and known up until now only to a few faithful servants (and largely thought to have been lost for ever), these sessions offer a hitherto unrivalled look into the state of Finnish jazz and progressive rock between the years 1972-1977. Imagine if the sessions recorded by John Peel had only recently been discovered, and you get an idea of the cultural weight of what is being brought into the light of day here. Originally recorded as broadcasts by YLE (the national radio service Yleisradio, ”the Finnish BBC”), the thirty-four Liisankatu sessions are a genuine who's who of Finnish prog and jazz. Interestingly, anyone with even basic knowledge of the era's biggest bands will recognize familiar names at play within these obscure bands. As such, these sessions provide the missing link between jazz and prog, explaining through spirited performances - and largely unknown collaborations - the instrumental prowess and dexterity of these players and bands. What's best, these sessions show these exceptional bands playing for the moment in front of a hundred strong studio audience, not weighed down by the tedium of studio recording, and thus somehow miraculously managing to capture the best of both worlds: studio performances in front of a live audience.

 

 

Helsinki Tapes Vol 1

Band:Heikki Sarmanto Serious Music Ensemble
Album:Helsinki Tapes Vol 1
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

The radical jazz group Serious Music Ensemble's modus operandi was to challenge the norms of what was accepted as proper and serious music. The band began as a collaboration between pianist-composer Heikki Sarmanto, his brother Pekka the bassist, saxophonist/flautist Juhani Aaltonen and Sarmanto's fellow music students from Berklee College, guitarist Lance Gunderson and drummer Craig Herndon. The group also performed on Sarmanto's studio albums Like a Fragonard and Counterbalance, but compared to their live presence the studio work was calm and collected. Alas, no live document has been available so far to properly evaluate how far ahead of their time in the Finnish jazz scene they really were. Until now, that is. Recently over three hours of pristine quality live recordings were found, and Svart are happy to release these tapes full of wild, free, sweaty jazz.

 

 

Helsinki Tapes Vol 2

Band:Heikki Sarmanto Serious Music Ensemble
Album:Helsinki Tapes Vol 2
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

The radical jazz group Serious Music Ensemble's modus operandi was to challenge the norms of what was accepted as proper and serious music. The band began as a collaboration between pianist-composer Heikki Sarmanto, his brother Pekka the bassist, saxophonist/flautist Juhani Aaltonen and Sarmanto's fellow music students from Berklee College, guitarist Lance Gunderson and drummer Craig Herndon. The group also performed on Sarmanto's studio albums Like a Fragonard and Counterbalance, but compared to their live presence the studio work was calm and collected. Alas, no live document has been available so far to properly evaluate how far ahead of their time in the Finnish jazz scene they really were. Until now, that is. Recently over three hours of pristine quality live recordings were found, and Svart are happy to release these tapes full of wild, free, sweaty jazz.

 

 

Helsinki Tapes Vol 3

Band:Heikki Sarmanto Serious Music Ensemble
Album:Helsinki Tapes Vol 3
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

The radical jazz group Serious Music Ensemble's modus operandi was to challenge the norms of what was accepted as proper and serious music. The band began as a collaboration between pianist-composer Heikki Sarmanto, his brother Pekka the bassist, saxophonist/flautist Juhani Aaltonen and Sarmanto's fellow music students from Berklee College, guitarist Lance Gunderson and drummer Craig Herndon. The group also performed on Sarmanto's studio albums Like a Fragonard and Counterbalance, but compared to their live presence the studio work was calm and collected. Alas, no live document has been available so far to properly evaluate how far ahead of their time in the Finnish jazz scene they really were. Until now, that is. Recently over three hours of pristine quality live recordings were found, and Svart are happy to release these tapes full of wild, free, sweaty jazz.

 

 

Based On A Novel

Band:Olli Ahvenlahti
Album:Based On A Novel
Label:SVART
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

Olli Ahvenlahti’s first albums were issued by the independent company Love Records which then went bankrupt in 1979. Otto Donner, one of the founders of Love Records and the power behind the scenes of Bandstand and The Poet, decided to form a new recording company, Ponsi. The doors were once again open for Olli Ahvenlahti to enter the studio. Ponsi was, however, a very short-lived endeavour, and the album was largely unmarketed and then disappeared. The Svart reissue is the first time after 1981 this interesting album is back in print. The lineup features Juhani Aaltonen instead of the Ahvenlahti regular Pekka Pöyry, who had passed away a few months earlier. To accompany him are Pekka Sarmanto, Esko Rosnell and Markku Johansson.

 

 

Luminiferous Aether

Band:MARE COGNITUM
Album:Luminiferous Aether
Label:I VOIDHANGER
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

A pivotal name in today's atmospheric black metal metal scene, MARE COGNITUM have always had much more to offer than mere ambientinfused black metal riffing. Their previous works, 'Phobos Monolith' (2014) and 'An Extraconscious Lucidity' (2012) showed a pronounced progressive approach to metal, and an unbearable tension that often releases itself in majestic, memorably dark melodies. New album 'Luminiferous Aether' travels across the same astral paths of the past, but with a stronger philosophical vision that permeates both music and lyrics, giving birth to an original cosmic black metal opus that borders on pure sci-fi.

 

 

Will o Wisp

Band:Nekrokraft
Album:Will o Wisp
Label:THE SIGN RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Thrash/Crossover Metal

Will o' Wisp is the first full length progeny created by Nekrokraft. Blackened thrash metal that was forged in an old cold Swedish cellar beneath the ostrogothia soil. The album holds a brutal yet melodic aura and contains seven occult hymns that is released upon the world. Keeping an old-school approach without being retro, Will o´ Wisp offers both classic metal influences and attributes such as organ, choirs and folk influences that makes the story telling a central part of the album. The raw guitar oriented songwriting mixed with blast beats, melodies and Angst's raging vocals makes Will o' Wisp an stand out album. CD

 

 

Will o` Wisp LP

Band:Nekrokraft
Album:Will o` Wisp LP
Label:THE SIGN RECORDS
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Thrash/Crossover Metal

Will o' Wisp is the first full length progeny created by Nekrokraft. Blackened thrash metal that was forged in an old cold Swedish cellar beneath the ostrogothia soil. The album holds a brutal yet melodic aura and contains seven occult hymns that is released upon the world. Keeping an old-school approach without being retro, Will o´ Wisp offers both classic metal influences and attributes such as organ, choirs and folk influences that makes the story telling a central part of the album. The raw guitar oriented songwriting mixed with blast beats, melodies and Angst's raging vocals makes Will o' Wisp an stand out album. LP

 

 

SHINE CD

Band:Wildhart
Album:SHINE CD
Label:GAPHALS
Format:CD
Genre:Alt Rock

Shine is the debut album of Swedish sweethearts Wildhart. The ten track album contains six new songs and four tracks from the bands debut EP. Wildhart'sathmosperic sound has been compared with the icy, ethereal Scandinavian qualities of acts like Little Dragon, The XX and Niki And The dove. Their new album holds instant hits as Shake Off and Heal that reminds of the bands debut hyped single ”Stuck in a second” and at the same time the new tracks has a more rhythmical drive than their debut. It is more complex- but the music grows with each listen. Wildhart have recorded and mixed the album themselves before teaming up with their co-producer Henrik Alsér (Svenska Grammofonstudion) for the final touches and mastering. Wildhart debuted in the end of 2015 with the Single Stuck in a Second which got over 100 000 streams in a week on the digital platforms. Their first EP 1 got a lot of attention at platforms like Konbini, The Line of the Best fit, Hilly Dilly, Clash and also Swedish press like Hymn, Popmaniand the music magazine Gaffa.

 

 

SHINE LP

Band:Wildhart
Album:SHINE LP
Label:GAPHALS
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Alt Rock

Shine is the debut album of Swedish sweethearts Wildhart. The ten track album contains six new songs and four tracks from the bands debut EP. Wildhart'sathmosperic sound has been compared with the icy, ethereal Scandinavian qualities of acts like Little Dragon, The XX and Niki And The dove. Their new album holds instant hits as Shake Off and Heal that reminds of the bands debut hyped single ”Stuck in a second” and at the same time the new tracks has a more rhythmical drive than their debut. It is more complex- but the music grows with each listen. Wildhart have recorded and mixed the album themselves before teaming up with their co-producer Henrik Alsér (Svenska Grammofonstudion) for the final touches and mastering. Wildhart debuted in the end of 2015 with the Single Stuck in a Second which got over 100 000 streams in a week on the digital platforms. Their first EP 1 got a lot of attention at platforms like Konbini, The Line of the Best fit, Hilly Dilly, Clash and also Swedish press like Hymn, Popmaniand the music magazine Gaffa. LP.

 

 

VOLUMEII

Band:LAST MINUTE TO JAFFNA
Album:VOLUMEII
Label:ARGONAUTA
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Born in Torino (Italy) in the mid of 2000s, LAST MINUTE TO JAFFNA released their first ep in 2006, allowing them to tour in their country and abroad. With their 2008 debut album Volume I they marked a better refinement of their own music style, also touring intensively throughout Europe, even opening for Isis at Torino’s main independent festival. 2011 marked an important step in the band’s history: after playing an unplugged gig opening for Neurosis’ Scott Kelly they decided to record some old tracks and some new ones with acoustic guitars, clean voices and other odd instruments, helped by Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo of Young God Records’s act Larsen. The result was Volume III, which finally came to light in 2014. Now, 2015 album Volume II (formerly released in CD by ARGONAUTA Records) takes its shape of double vinyl ltd edition, a blast of heavy and atmospheric post metal sonorities, recorded and mixed by Lorenzo Stecconi (UFOMAMMUT, ZU, LENTO) and mastered by Collin Jordan (YOB, CORRECTIONS HOUSE, MINSK).

 

 

ZEDA

Band:MUSCHIO
Album:ZEDA
Label:ARGONAUTA
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Postrock / Post Hardcore / Noise

The project takes shape with Fabio Poggiana (guitar), Rino Sorrentino (drums) of Leo Minor, and Alberto Corsi (guitar) from Mauve. MUSCHIO are able to give birth to a very unique sound that melts post‐hardcore, noise and psychedelia. Starting from Spring 2012 they toured Italy also supporting bands as Appaloosa, Clarky’s Bacon, Uochi Toki, Lento and took part to important live shows and Summer festivals. During Spring of 2013, Muschio recorded their first LP, “Antenauts”, recorded and mixed by Enrico Baraldi at Igloo Audio Factory (Reggio Emilia, Italy). Between 2013 and 2014 Muschio promoted “Antenauts” in Germany and all around Italy by playing with many bands like Linea 77, Raw Power, Valerian Swing and many others.

Recommended if you like: LIGHTNING BOLT, DON CABALLERO, MELVINS.

 

 

HANDFUL OF STARS

Band:WITCHWOOD
Album:HANDFUL OF STARS
Label:JOLLY ROGER
Format:CD
Genre:Classic Rock/Metal

One year after the acclaimed debut album "Litanies From The Woods” (2015), Italian 70’s hard rockers Witchwood come back with a new album, featuring 3 unreleased songs, 2 covers - "Flaming Telepath" from Blue Öyster Cult and "Rainbow Demon" from Uriah Heep - a kind of homage and tribute to these two great bands, so important for Witchwood's musical journey, and an unreleased version of the suite "Handful Of Stars", song taken from "Litanies From The Woods" with a new breathless intro, for a total of 45 minutes of music. “‘Handful Of Stars’ represents an hypothetical band’s cycle as it contains also music based on ideas developed during the recording sessions of ‘Litanies From The Woods’, but left behind because that album was already almost 80 minutes length”, comments Ricky Dal Pane. “There are 3 unreleased songs and a tribute to two of our favourite bands of all time: ‘Flaming Telepaths’ from Blue Öyster Cult and ‘Rainbow Demon’ from Uriah Heep. We also added an extended version of the song ‘Handful Of Stars’. This is a very well curated album and it’s full of interesting material. It’s not just a filler between two full-length albums as its length is 45 minutes. We are very happy about it and we hope our fans won’t be disappointed”. “Handful of Stars" is the right way to celebrate the appreciations received for the debut album and to introduce the new guitar player Antonino Stella, appreciated session man and long time Ricky's friend.

 

 

HANDFUL OF STARS - LP

Band:WITCHWOOD
Album:HANDFUL OF STARS - LP
Label:JOLLY ROGER
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Classic Rock/Metal

One year after the acclaimed debut album "Litanies From The Woods” (2015), Italian 70’s hard rockers Witchwood come back with a new album, featuring 3 unreleased songs, 2 covers - "Flaming Telepath" from Blue Öyster Cult and "Rainbow Demon" from Uriah Heep - a kind of homage and tribute to these two great bands, so important for Witchwood's musical journey, and an unreleased version of the suite "Handful Of Stars", song taken from "Litanies From The Woods" with a new breathless intro, for a total of 45 minutes of music. “‘Handful Of Stars’ represents an hypothetical band’s cycle as it contains also music based on ideas developed during the recording sessions of ‘Litanies From The Woods’, but left behind because that album was already almost 80 minutes length”, comments Ricky Dal Pane. “There are 3 unreleased songs and a tribute to two of our favourite bands of all time: ‘Flaming Telepaths’ from Blue Öyster Cult and ‘Rainbow Demon’ from Uriah Heep. We also added an extended version of the song ‘Handful Of Stars’. This is a very well curated album and it’s full of interesting material. It’s not just a filler between two full-length albums as its length is 45 minutes. We are very happy about it and we hope our fans won’t be disappointed”. “Handful of Stars" is the right way to celebrate the appreciations received for the debut album and to introduce the new guitar player Antonino Stella, appreciated session man and long time Ricky's friend. LP.

 

 

BEHOLDEN TO NOTHING lp

Band:SUNWOLF
Album:BEHOLDEN TO NOTHING lp
Label:THRONE
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Scotland's SUNWØLF may be one of the most underrated bands in the UK. They've been releasing amazing albums in a true D.I.Y. spirit and dedication. Their third album "Beholden To Nothing And No One" is one of 2015's most impressive epic work of art you can imagine. Tiffany Ström (Fvnerals) sings in two songs. Features amazing brand new and expanded artwork by Sean Doherty.

 

 

TRANSIENCE

Band:FUNERAL MOTH
Album:TRANSIENCE
Label:THRONE
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

DECIBEL MAGAZINE | dB rating: 8/10 | Quiet bloom of the soul — "If you are fortunate enough to be yet vulnerable to extreme metal’s effects, e.g. if minor chords played slowly leave you crestfallen, if soaring solos lift your spirits, if blast beats make your eye twitch with rising ire, then approach Funeral Moth’s sophomore album, Transience, with caution. For not only have these Japanese doom weavers completely revolutionized their sound, and quite possibly the whole of funeral doom along with it, they have also crafted the most crushing, yet most introspective, sublime and heartfelt record I’ve heard since Thergothon’s Fhtagn nagh Yog-Sothoth. Seriously. I was cleaning my apartment when I first jammed Transience, and not a minute in I had to lie on the floor and just close my eyes. It was like yoga for my metal sensibilities."

 

 

Just Like Youd Leave us Weve left You

Band:DEATH BY STEREO
Album:Just Like Youd Leave us Weve left You
Label:IRISH VOODOO
Format:CD
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

Being a band since 1998, Fullerton, CA's Death By Stereo needs little introduction, having burst onto the scene in the late-'90s armed with a unique hybrid of metal, hardcore and witty lyrics. They're still going strong and present this six-song EP that continues to crisscross genres. 

Members of current bands : Zebrahead, Manic Hispanic, Adolescents...

 

 

DOGS AND GODS

Band:TAMAN SHUD
Album:DOGS AND GODS
Label:MandO MUSIC
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Stoner Metal for fans of Kyuss, Baroness, Down…

Not to be confused with the Australian band from the late sixties.

 

 

BEHEADING TYRANTS

Band:QUICKSAND DREAM
Album:BEHEADING TYRANTS
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Quicksand Dream is a Swedish Heavy Metal band that was originally formed in 1988. After splitting up in 1993, the band reformed as a duo (Patrick Backlund and Göran Jacobson) around 1996, keeping a low profile and mainly serving as a creative outlet for writing and recording songs every now and then. Beheading Tyrants is the first try at making an album since Aelin (2000), originally released in 30-CDR copies and later re-pressed in 2010 by Chris Black's (Pharaoh, High Spirits, Dawnbringer) own label Planet Metal (vinyl version on High Roller Records). Patrick Backlund is also the forming member of the doomy Hard Rock band Mortalicum with whom he has released four albums. Quicksand Dream also features Henrik Högl and Andreas Häggström, who are both handling the drumming on this recording. “Beheading Tyrants” can be described as an EPIC METAL album with many DOOM elements. Don't expect pounding, Manowar-syle epic metal here. Imagine a crossover between “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” and mid 80s Manilla Road instead. The EPIC VIBE resides not only and always in the HEAVY component but it’s rather a matter of atmosphere, introspective elements and a sense of impending tragedy. In this scenario the bass lines assume the role of leader of the dance, perfectly matched by vocalist Göran Jacobson's sympathetic interpretation and by a clever use of guitars, with some great solos and a diligent rhythmic work. it's no surprise that it took Quicksand Dream 16 years to provide the follow up of “Aelin”. In some ways “Beheading Tyrants” is really an album from the past.

 

 

BEHEADING TYRANTS - LP

Band:QUICKSAND DREAM
Album:BEHEADING TYRANTS - LP
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Quicksand Dream is a Swedish Heavy Metal band that was originally formed in 1988. After splitting up in 1993, the band reformed as a duo (Patrick Backlund and Göran Jacobson) around 1996, keeping a low profile and mainly serving as a creative outlet for writing and recording songs every now and then. Beheading Tyrants is the first try at making an album since Aelin (2000), originally released in 30-CDR copies and later re-pressed in 2010 by Chris Black's (Pharaoh, High Spirits, Dawnbringer) own label Planet Metal (vinyl version on High Roller Records). Patrick Backlund is also the forming member of the doomy Hard Rock band Mortalicum with whom he has released four albums. Quicksand Dream also features Henrik Högl and Andreas Häggström, who are both handling the drumming on this recording. “Beheading Tyrants” can be described as an EPIC METAL album with many DOOM elements. Don't expect pounding, Manowar-syle epic metal here. Imagine a crossover between “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” and mid 80s Manilla Road instead. The EPIC VIBE resides not only and always in the HEAVY component but it’s rather a matter of atmosphere, introspective elements and a sense of impending tragedy. In this scenario the bass lines assume the role of leader of the dance, perfectly matched by vocalist Göran Jacobson's sympathetic interpretation and by a clever use of guitars, with some great solos and a diligent rhythmic work. it's no surprise that it took Quicksand Dream 16 years to provide the follow up of “Aelin”. In some ways “Beheading Tyrants” is really an album from the past. Gatefold LP.

 

 

Our Own Democracy

Band:Cancel the Apocalypse
Album:Our Own Democracy
Label:Get A Life!
Format:CD
Genre:METAL/POST ROCK

CANCEL THE APOCALYPSE is the reunion of Toulouse metal/hardcore musicians and Bordeaux classical musicians. Only daring and extremist minds would have thought of such an ensemble. With Matthieu Miegeville’s vocals (MY OWN PRIVATE ALASKA, PSYKUP, THE BLACK PAINTERS), Jérémy Cazorla on drums (SHAKE US) for the studio recordings and Hélios Mickael (MEREDITH HUNER) for live performance on one side playing against the totally unexpected classical guitar of Arnaud Barat and cello of Audrey Paquet (TRIO MILONGA, QUATUOR EVEIL) on the other.

 

 

Ananku

Band:SERPENT ASCENDING
Album:Ananku
Label:I VOIDHANGER
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Once in the ranks of the Finnish cult death metal acts Slugathor and Nerlich, over the years Jarno Nurmi has always taken a low profile. Many know him for being half of the Desecresy's line-up and a live member of Cosmic Church, but Nurmi is also active with SERPENT ASCENDING, the torchbearer of his peculiar death metal vision and occult concept. Nurmi gave birth to SERPENT ASCENDING in 2008, debuting 3 years later on I, Voidhanger Records with "The Enigma Unsettled", a collection of demos that drew attention to the band's traditional yet unconventional style. SERPENT ASCENDING's first full-length album, "Ananku" is even more awe-inspiring.

 

 

No Way Out

Band:Eternal Deformity
Album:No Way Out
Label:TEMPLE OF TORTUROUS
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Eternal Deformity's new album No Way Out is in some ways a blend of the elements above, but this is no retread. The sound is as fresh as ever, with Kajnat delivering a range of demented blackened snarls and Arcturian cleans. “Esoteric Manifesto” opens with an almighty stomp before later swirling in a maelstrom of bombastic keyboards and technical guitar work, while “Mimes And Ghouls” recalls some of that carnival atmosphere and “Glacier” is a grand finale for No Way Out, as the band wind down into frozen wastelands.

 

 

KING IS RISING

Band:HAMMER KING
Album:KING IS RISING
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

If power metal is your game, you can’t miss HAMMER KING. Featuring talented musicians from the German’s heavy/power metal scene, Hammer King emerged last year with their debut album “Kingdom Of The Hammer King”. After having played their homeland from south to north and east to west, it is time to unleashing their second opus “King Is Rising”. HAMMER KING's second album (recorded in POWERWOLF's Studio “Greywolf”) is once more packed with the truest Heavy Metal in this and all possible other worlds – Heavy Metal in the tradition of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest with more than a reference to German Power Metal. The band consists of former ROSS THE BOSS‘ vocalist Titan Fox, former SALTATIO MORTIS‘ drummer Dolph A. Macallan rounded out by K.K. Basement on bass and Gino Wilde on guitars. The second chapter of the Hammer King saga thematically centers about war and revolt, while the King's battle stories drastically bespeak today's global crises. "King Is Rising" contains 12 Metal anthems literally made for live shows – with a nod towards faster paced songs compared to their debut "Kingdom Of The Hammer King". HAMMER KING may lead you on here or there, but they are dead serious about their music – a polarizing combination of unique craftsmanship and characteristic songwriting. CD.

 

 

KING IS RISING - LP

Band:HAMMER KING
Album:KING IS RISING - LP
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Metal

If power metal is your game, you can’t miss HAMMER KING. Featuring talented musicians from the German’s heavy/power metal scene, Hammer King emerged last year with their debut album “Kingdom Of The Hammer King”. After having played their homeland from south to north and east to west, it is time to unleashing their second opus “King Is Rising”. HAMMER KING's second album (recorded in POWERWOLF's Studio “Greywolf”) is once more packed with the truest Heavy Metal in this and all possible other worlds – Heavy Metal in the tradition of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest with more than a reference to German Power Metal. The band consists of former ROSS THE BOSS‘ vocalist Titan Fox, former SALTATIO MORTIS‘ drummer Dolph A. Macallan rounded out by K.K. Basement on bass and Gino Wilde on guitars. The second chapter of the Hammer King saga thematically centers about war and revolt, while the King's battle stories drastically bespeak today's global crises. "King Is Rising" contains 12 Metal anthems literally made for live shows – with a nod towards faster paced songs compared to their debut "Kingdom Of The Hammer King". HAMMER KING may lead you on here or there, but they are dead serious about their music – a polarizing combination of unique craftsmanship and characteristic songwriting. LP.

 

 

HEAVY METAL SACRIFICE

Band:SACRED STEEL
Album:HEAVY METAL SACRIFICE
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Celebrating their 20th year anniversary, SACRED STEEL returns with a new killer album entitled “Heavy Metal Sacrifice”. No title would have been more appropriate! Time has not passed in vain for this band, starting from the opening title-track and through the entire album SACRED STEEL pursues its mission and delivers another chapter of solid, uncompromising and memorable heavy metal . The album distributes aggression and melodies in equal parts, fast-paced songs such as “Hail The Godz of War” and “Let There Be Steel” play side by side with more melodic tunes as “Children of The Sky”. On the whole, the album flows from one song to the other with no weak moments. Between some great riffs and the charismatic vocals of singer Gerrit Mutz, “Heavy Metal Sacrifice” delivers all goods and is definitely one of band’s brightest moments and a serious candidate for the best album of 2016 of its class! CD.

 

 

HEAVY METAL SACRIFICE -LP

Band:SACRED STEEL
Album:HEAVY METAL SACRIFICE -LP
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Metal

Celebrating their 20th year anniversary, SACRED STEEL returns with a new killer album entitled “Heavy Metal Sacrifice”. No title would have been more appropriate! Time has not passed in vain for this band, starting from the opening title-track and through the entire album SACRED STEEL pursues its mission and delivers another chapter of solid, uncompromising and memorable heavy metal . The album distributes aggression and melodies in equal parts, fast-paced songs such as “Hail The Godz of War” and “Let There Be Steel” play side by side with more melodic tunes as “Children of The Sky”. On the whole, the album flows from one song to the other with no weak moments. Between some great riffs and the charismatic vocals of singer Gerrit Mutz, “Heavy Metal Sacrifice” delivers all goods and is definitely one of band’s brightest moments and a serious candidate for the best album of 2016 of its class! “Heavy Metal Sacrifice” will be released in Vinyl LP.

 

 

Starspawn

Band:BLOOD INCANTATION
Album:Starspawn
Label:DARK DESCENT
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

After signing with the label prior to the August 2015 release of the Interdimensional Extinction EP, BLOOD INCANTATION returns with a 30-minute cerebral whirlwind of powerful atmospheric death metal. The intense and otherworldly technical/ambient/funeral death metal of Starspawn leaves the listener feeling transcendentally disembodied at the end of an unknown dimension. Produced entirely in analog, the energy and magnetism of live BLOOD INCANTATION is tangibly melting through the speakers, and the songwriting, production and performance constellations have all fully aligned. With appearances at California Death Fest and Covenant Festival (Canada) already on the horizon, and an even more extensive US tour this September, the worldwide spread of the BLOOD INCANTATION tentacles into all orbits is as inevitable as your own death and this galaxy's violent collapse.

 

 

Tales from the Morgue - Reissue

Band:ENTRAILS
Album:Tales from the Morgue - Reissue
Label:DARK DESCENT
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

Entrails' 2010 debut album is available once again in jewel case format, this time on Dark Descent Records. New layout and cover art. 

Reissue of the now tough-to-find debut from Sweden’s Entrails! - last several albums on Metal Blade.

 

 

The Hidden Paths to Black Ecstasy

Band:NOX FORMULAE
Album:The Hidden Paths to Black Ecstasy
Label:DARK DESCENT
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

Nox Formulae is the brother band of Serpent Noir, emerging from the Well of NOX: the darkest principle of the Draconian Tradition and the formula of XONOX. 

Debut album from this Greek black metal force!

 

 

Damned Hearts In The Abyss Of Madness

Band:PRIMOGENORUM
Album:Damned Hearts In The Abyss Of Madness
Label:FOREVER PLAGUED
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Raw & uncompromising, sadistic full of rage and contempt. Primogenorum walk a very lonely journey and without worry, with a very nerve racking sound and atmosphere is what you can look forward to. This is their second full length release since they arose in 2009, having released only a few demos and one full length until now. We told you that we had some surprises for you, and this release stands as another testament to our strong sense of what the meaning of true black metal is and although this isn't for everyone, the ones who needed this album will be strongly appreciative that it exists, if only for a short time! Forever Plagued to release the CD (limited to 300)

 

 

DUCH TORNADA

Band:ALAMEDA 5
Album:DUCH TORNADA
Label:instant classic
Format:CD
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

Polish experimental group Alameda 5 (led by Kuba Ziołek of Stara Rzeka, Innercity Ensemble and Kapital fame) will release its new, double album entitled "Duch tornada". This time we can expect 13 new compositions that bring a strong stylistic shift from "Późne królestwo" - a debut album recorded two years ago as a trio. But first, let us explain the reasons for a new name for the band. "Tomek Popowski (drums) moved to Warsaw where he had to begin his life from scratch. Some time later Mikołaj Zieliński (bass) moved to Gdańsk and for a moment I thought that this trio will die of natural causes but I guess I wasn't ready to lay Alameda to the grave" - explains Ziołek. "Fortunately I managed to talk Jacek Buhl (drums) into playing together and Mikołaj agreed to visit my hometown Bydgoszcz to rehearse. Then, together with Łukasz Jędrzejczak (keyboards and electronics) we started composing new songs and a couple of days later, when preparing for a concert at Kraków's Unsound festival, we saw Rafał Iwański (percussion) mess around our tracks with his instruments. This Unsound gig was our first appearance as a quintet". However, the new digit in the group's name doesn't mean an end to the trio formula. "The trio trio is apparently still alive and kicking. As we speak we're in the middle of rehearsing new songs. It may however be that we'll morph into a quartet as we're in talks with one handsome guitarist from Warsaw" - says Ziołek. The differences between Alameda 3 and 5 don't necessarily come down to the name and the number of musicians. "Alameda 5 is a whole different organism, to be honest" - explains Ziołek. "Jacek drums differently than Tomek. "Późne królestwo" is based around guitars and "Duch tornada" operates on strong rhythms. As a quintet we tend to play for fun, improvise, mess around with rhythms and moods whereas the trio is a more rigid form, disciplined and rocking. We could record about 10 more albums like "Późne królestwo" but that's not what we aim to. We like the thrill of searching for new stuff". "Duch tornada" consists of 13 songs that clock around 80 minutes which might resemble Innercity Ensemble's second album but - as is the case with "II" - you won't find boredom or any spare sounds here. "We decided to divide this music into two parts, having in mind the fact that. CD

 

 

DUCH TORNADO - LP

Band:ALAMEDA 5
Album:DUCH TORNADO - LP
Label:instant classic
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

Polish experimental group Alameda 5 (led by Kuba Ziołek of Stara Rzeka, Innercity Ensemble and Kapital fame) will release its new, double album entitled "Duch tornada". This time we can expect 13 new compositions that bring a strong stylistic shift from "Późne królestwo" - a debut album recorded two years ago as a trio. But first, let us explain the reasons for a new name for the band. "Tomek Popowski (drums) moved to Warsaw where he had to begin his life from scratch. Some time later Mikołaj Zieliński (bass) moved to Gdańsk and for a moment I thought that this trio will die of natural causes but I guess I wasn't ready to lay Alameda to the grave" - explains Ziołek. "Fortunately I managed to talk Jacek Buhl (drums) into playing together and Mikołaj agreed to visit my hometown Bydgoszcz to rehearse. Then, together with Łukasz Jędrzejczak (keyboards and electronics) we started composing new songs and a couple of days later, when preparing for a concert at Kraków's Unsound festival, we saw Rafał Iwański (percussion) mess around our tracks with his instruments. This Unsound gig was our first appearance as a quintet". However, the new digit in the group's name doesn't mean an end to the trio formula. "The trio trio is apparently still alive and kicking. As we speak we're in the middle of rehearsing new songs. It may however be that we'll morph into a quartet as we're in talks with one handsome guitarist from Warsaw" - says Ziołek. The differences between Alameda 3 and 5 don't necessarily come down to the name and the number of musicians. "Alameda 5 is a whole different organism, to be honest" - explains Ziołek. "Jacek drums differently than Tomek. "Późne królestwo" is based around guitars and "Duch tornada" operates on strong rhythms. As a quintet we tend to play for fun, improvise, mess around with rhythms and moods whereas the trio is a more rigid form, disciplined and rocking. We could record about 10 more albums like "Późne królestwo" but that's not what we aim to. We like the thrill of searching for new stuff". "Duch tornada" consists of 13 songs that clock around 80 minutes which might resemble Innercity Ensemble's second album but - as is the case with "II" - you won't find boredom or any spare sounds here. "We decided to divide this music into two parts, having in mind the fact that some listeners might not be able to bear this amount of our music. We don't want to make our audience weary, we want them to feel good" - adds Ziołek.

DLP.

 

 

GIRL NOTHING

Band:ZLOTA JESIEN
Album:GIRL NOTHING
Label:instant classic
Format:CD
Genre:Alt Rock

"Girl Nothing" is the first full-length album from Warsaw-based noise/no-wave quartet Złota Jesień. Originally released as a limited MC by Jasień in March 2015, the CD version comes out in September 2015 via Instant Classic.

 

 

LIFEBURNER

Band:TORN SHORE
Album:LIFEBURNER
Label:instant classic
Format:CD
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

"Lifeburner" is the second full length album from Polish noisy hardcore stalwarts Torn Shore. Recorded once again live with Haldor Grunberg from Satanic Audio, this amazing record brings you 11 new songs of chaotic riffing and sludgy heaviness reminescent of such household names as Converge, Baptists or even Trap Them.

 

 

LIFEBURNER - LP

Band:TORN SHORE
Album:LIFEBURNER - LP
Label:instant classic
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

"Lifeburner" is the second full length album from Polish noisy hardcore stalwarts Torn Shore. Recorded once again live with Haldor Grunberg from Satanic Audio, this amazing record brings you 11 new songs of chaotic riffing and sludgy heaviness reminescent of such household names as Converge, Baptists or even Trap Them.

140g black vinyl limited to 100 copies only. Includes download card with 2 exclusive bonus tracks.

 

 

SUPERLUMINAL

Band:AMPACITY
Album:SUPERLUMINAL
Label:instant classic
Format:CD
Genre:Prog Rock

"Superluminal” is Ampacity's second album. It consists of five songs that place themselves somewhere between Hawkwind's drug-induced voyages and Voivod's twisted, sometimes atonal mastery.

 

 

ZAMKNELY SIE OCZY ZIEMI

Band:STARA RZEKA
Album:ZAMKNELY SIE OCZY ZIEMI
Label:instant classic
Format:CD
Genre:Postrock / Post Hardcore / Noise

Stara Rzeka's second (and last) album is entitled "Zamknęły się oczy ziemi". The album will see the light of day as 2-disc box with a vinyl version to follow later this year. It was recorded by Kuba Ziołek himself with additional help from Innercity Ensemble's Radek Dziubek, Wojciech Jachna and Jacek Buhl. The artwork will be created by Agnieszka Zwara who visualized Stara Rzeka's debut "Cień chmury nad ukrytym polem".

RIYL Alberta Ayler's, Pharaoh Sanders' and Moondog's compositions.

 

 

ZAMKNELY SIE OCZY ZIEMI - LP

Band:STARA RZEKA
Album:ZAMKNELY SIE OCZY ZIEMI - LP
Label:instant classic
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Postrock / Post Hardcore / Noise

Stara Rzeka's second (and last) album is entitled "Zamknęły się oczy ziemi". The album will see the light of day as 2-disc box with a vinyl version to follow later this year. It was recorded by Kuba Ziołek himself with additional help from Innercity Ensemble's Radek Dziubek, Wojciech Jachna and Jacek Buhl. The artwork will be created by Agnieszka Zwara who visualized Stara Rzeka's debut "Cień chmury nad ukrytym polem". "Some of those songs had been composed even before the debut album. DLP.

 

 

GAY ACID

Band:KASECIARZ
Album:GAY ACID
Label:instant classic
Format:CD
Genre:Rock

"Gay Acid" is the title of Kaseciarz’s third album that is due in November on Instant Classic. Contrary to "Motörcycle Rock And Roll" and "Surfin' Małopolska", new songs move even further away from band’s trademark trashy-surf sound, constituting something that can be named the World’s first (and - what’s very likely – last) trashy rock opera.

 

 

FERTILE HUMP EP

Band:FERTILE HUMP
Album:FERTILE HUMP EP
Label:instant classic
Format:CD
Genre:Rock

Fertile Hump is a new band from members of The Stubs and Test Prints. Their debut EP will be released on November 30th via Instant Classic and Long Walk Records. It all started in a kitchen where Tomek and Magda began singing songs. - We live together and Fertile Hump started on one such night. When Instant Classic and Long Walk Records decided to release our songs, it dawned on us that the drums won't play itself so we asked Maciek to join us. He's a great guy - explains Tomek.

 

 

EP LP

Band:FERTILE HUMP
Album:EP LP
Label:instant classic
Format:Vinyl LP
Genre:Rock

Fertile Hump is a new band from members of The Stubs and Test Prints. Their debut EP will be released on November 30th via Instant Classic and Long Walk Records. It all started in a kitchen where Tomek and Magda began singing songs. - We live together and Fertile Hump started on one such night. When Instant Classic and Long Walk Records decided to release our songs, it dawned on us that the drums won't play itself so we asked Maciek to join us. He's a great guy - explains Tomek.Vinyl EP.

 

 

LINES CD

Band:WACLAW ZIMPEL
Album:LINES CD
Label:instant classic
Format:CD
Genre:JAZZ/JAZZ ROCK

The first solo album from Wacław Zimpel - a clarinetist and improviser who has worked with Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake and Evan Ziporyn. The album is entitled "Lines" and features six compositions. "What I had in mind was mostly polyphonic music but I couldn't see a point in working on this with other players," says Zimpel. "First of all, I wanted to perform most of the melodic lines on clarinets. I had a very precise vision of how those lines should be composed and it felt very natural to perform all of them by myself. Secondly, this album is mostly written not improvised so I had no problem recording track after track feeling that some of live-performance spontaneity is being lost," adds Zimpel.

 

 

NOMADS CD

Band:SO SLOW
Album:NOMADS CD
Label:instant classic
Format:CD
Genre:Alt Rock

"Nomads" is the second studio album from Warsaw-based group So Slow. Album expands the idea introduced on band's frist record "Dharavi", i.e. humanity's confrontation with an unpredictable reality of rapidly changing technological, economic, social and political aspects of our times. Musicaly, So Slow stay true to their perfected formula of post-punk and post-hardcore with the addition of raw, amorphic electronics and further deconstruction of rockist structures that somehow became rooted in modern-day music scene.

 

 


 
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