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May 6, 2021, 2:49 am

 

FULL TIME FREAKS LP

Band:WHITE FANG
Album:FULL TIME FREAKS LP
Label:METAL POSTCARD
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:Indie/Shoegaze

Full Time Freaks is The 7th Album by White Fang and is to be released in LP and digital format by metal postcard to accompany their March 2014 European & UK Tour.

White Fang are a young US Lo Fi Punk / Psych band now seen as part of the Vanguard of the new underground USA rock scene alongside Real Estate, Parquet Courts, Burger Records acts etc White Fang have just undertaken a 30 date tour of mainland Europe and the UK with the NME saying in a review of their Brighton gig that the band were currently the “Best Party In Town". They are now on their 2nd USA tour of 2014 – for 70 dates

NME - 7/10  /  Uncut - 8/10

 

 

WHISKEY CAMBODIA

Band:CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT
Album:WHISKEY CAMBODIA
Label:METAL POSTCARD
Format:CD
Genre:Psych/Garage

"Whiskey Cambodia" is the third album from Phnom Penh based band the CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT. This album was created with and produced by Dennis Coffey (Motown / Funk Brothers Band) in Al Sharps Detroit studios in the summer of 2013. With Coffey and other original Motown session musicians theis album adds original soul and funk feel to their existing palette of Cambodian psychedelic pop and moves the band up to the next level.

CSP are heavily featured on the Rough Guide CD “A Rough Guide To Psychedelic Cambodia” released worldwide in May 2014. John Pirozzi's film documentary “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” about the Cambodian 1960’s 70’s music scene was shown at film festivals worldwide in 2014 and is being followed by filmaker Marc Eberle's documentary about the Cambodian Space project with funding from the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporatiion - to be screened late in 2014.

CMJ REVIEW USA ‐ "A little less Mekong Delta blues a lot more down‐home dance, hones in on shimmy‐til‐your‐leg‐turn‐to‐jelly reworkings of classic Cambodian pop...making Srey Thy’s ability to sing both their songs and stories an empowering yet humbling force."

 

 

SOUL AND SWAGGER - THE COMPLETE 5 ROYALES

Band:THE 5 ROYALES
Album:SOUL AND SWAGGER - THE COMPLETE 5 ROYALES
Label:ROCK BEAT
Format:5 CD BOX SET
Genre:Soul/Funk/Disco

THE 5 ROYALES - "Soul And Swagger" Box Set is the first complete works and extensive comprehensive collection created for the groundbreaking, hardworking and subversive vocal group The 5 Royales - over 140 tracks of truly stellar solid senders included. Criminally ignored for their immense contribution to Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Pop, Soul and Rock & Roll, this pioneering quintet should be immediately considered for inclusion as founding fathers in The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame - and in a perfect world, equally celebrated by the public at large. This considerable set and accompanying research contained within goes a long way to make a case for both causes listed above.

Lovingly compiled by the Rockbeat label (The label behind both the critically acclaimed 'Moving Sidewalks' anthology and the superb 'Surf Age Nuggets' Box Set) this impressive 5 disc collection includes “5” Royales favorites such as: "The Slummer The Slum" ,"Think" (twice covered by James Brown), "Monkey Hips and Rice", "Tell The Truth" (covered by Ray Charles) and "Dedicated To The One I Love" (covered by The Shirelles and Mamas & Papas). The set also includes a staggering quantity of rare & unissued material certain to impress even devout followers of the group. The box set also includes rare photographs and memorabilia not found in lesser compilations of the Royales catalogue.

 

 

THE OLD BELIEVER

Band:THE ATLAS MOTH
Album:THE OLD BELIEVER
Label:Profound Lore
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Chicago, Illinois THE ATLAS MOTH have always been a hard band to fully categorize simply because of the myriad of elements and influences that seamlessly amalgam together to create one of the more distinct sounds in the American heavy music scene today. Over the years through the band’s endless touring jaunts and putting out releases that display the band’s crushingly heavy yet beautiful take on their style of progressive crushing psychedelic metal, THE ATLAS MOTH have made quite the name for themselves. # With 2011’s “An Ache For The Distance”, the band’s Profound Lore Records debut (which followed their “A Glorified Piece Of Blue Sky” debut on Candlelight Records), a new awareness was brought to the band through a plethora of acclaimed press, many notable live appearances (Scion Rock Fest, Roadburn Festival, and they would be the first metal band to play Pitchfork fest in the hometown of Chicago) and many notable tours (the most important one being band supporting Gojira and Devin Townsend on an epic North American run which would see the band play to 1000+ people every night).

Now with their third full length album “The Old Believer”, THE ATLAS MOTH are prepared to unleash their most glorious and emotionally riveting work yet.

 

 

THE PROCESS OF SELF IMMOLATION

Band:ALRAUNE
Album:THE PROCESS OF SELF IMMOLATION
Label:Profound Lore
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

ALRAUNE are a new black metal band based out of Nashville, TN who feature vocalist/guitarist Z. Allen (also the sound engineer for LOSS), guitarist J. House, bassist J. Weilburg, and drummer T. Coburn (also of new promising pillaging noise mongers Yautja) amongst its ranks. After playing the local live circuit on occasion, the band would construct a two-song demo that would gain some notoriety within the underground American black metal scene (said demo was even listed in the popular and well known metal site Steel For Brains’ top metal releases of 2013 best-of list and ALRAUNE would even be heralded by well known veteran metal journalist Nathan Birk as the next breakthrough band in American black metal) and make its rounds (online) respectively.

Underground buzz would amass for ALRAUNE a bit more when ALRAUNE announced a partnership with Profound Lore Records and Gilead Media to release their debut album “The Process Of Self-Immolation” on CD and vinyl respectively. The band’s brand of vicious yet progressive take on raw black metal striking quite the nerve and making a big impression with their complex and twisted compositions and sophisticated take on raw black metal that will put the band on the same plane within the American black metal scene alongside such bands as ASH BORER, Fell Voices, Negative Plane, Wolves In The Throne Room, LEVIATHAN, AVICHI, and KRALLICE.

 

 

TAMAN SHUD

Band:AUROCH
Album:TAMAN SHUD
Label:Profound Lore
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

Vancouver, BC’s AUROCH are a violent technical dark death metal band that are poised to help carry the flag of Canadian death metal chaos alongside elite like-minded newer generation bands such as co-conspirators MITOCHONDRION (in which MITOCHONDRION vocalist/guitarist Shawn Haché is the bass player in AUROCH while likewise, AUROCH vocalist/guitarist/mastermind Sebastian Montesi also commands the bass in MITOCHONDRION during their live performances), Antediluvian, Chthe’ilist, and carrying on the tradition of brutal Canadian death metal flag bearing that such legendary bands Gorguts continue to do so today and as Cryptopsy and Kataklysm did back in their heyday (which doesn’t exceed 1996).

Formed in 2008, AUROCH would see their debut album “From Forgotten Worlds” released in 2011 on Poland’s Hellthrasher Productions. Said album showcased the band’s insane musical approach to chaotic technical death metal that has manifested into something much deadlier, darker, and more brutal with their follow-up album and Profound Lore Records debut, “Taman Shud”. Going hand-in-hand alongside fellow likeminded death metal entity MITOCHONDRION, AUROCH will make their mark upon the death metal scene with “Taman Shud” (which will be preceded by their “Seven Veils” exclusive limited edition 7” EP, released by Graceless Recordings) and be recognized as one of North America’s deadliest, most-chaotic, and musically proficient death metal bands today.

Alongside preparation of “Taman Shud”, AUROCH (alongside MITOCHONDRION) are already scheduled to play this year’s Killtown Deathfest, which is Europe’s premiere death metal festival, along with an appearance at Incubate Fest as well as European tour to coincide with said festival appearances. The band are also planning live assaults in Canada and the U.S.A.

 

 

SIRIO 2222

Band:IL BALLETTO DI BRONZO
Album:SIRIO 2222
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:CD
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

Incredibly rare Itlaian Pysch/Prog album: original copies sell for more than $5,000, if and when they appear!

Raw-edged heavy rock, fronted by Lino Ajello's powerful electric guitars, channeling the dark, jagged energy of Jimmy Page, Adrian Gurvitz, and Jeff Beck. Il Balletto di Bronzo absorbed their influences (Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Yardbirds), but moved from there into an inspired, hard-edged musical space; the band's overwhelming power and great melodies make them irresistible. ‘Un posto’ and ‘Neve Calda’ are centered around simple but effective guitar riffs. ‘Eh eh ah ah’ starts like a nice mellow ballad, but gets into a hard blues rock groove. On side two, there's the seven-minute mammoth heavy grind of ‘Incantesimo’ and the colossal ‘Missione Sirio 2222,’ almost ten minutes of droning acid rock with whirling guitars and heavy pounding drums, sandwiched between an acoustic intro and outro. No surprise then that Nurse With Wound cited Il Balletto di Bronzo as an influence.

 

 

SIRRIO 2222 - LP

Band:IL BALLETTO DI BRONZO
Album:SIRRIO 2222 - LP
Label:LION PRODUCTIONS
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

LP limited to 1,000 copies in replica metallic jackets

Incredibly rare Italian Prog / Psych album: original copies sell for more than $5,000, if and when they appear!

Comes with four-panel poster-sized color insert which delves into Il Balletto Di Bronzo's strange legacy - Raw-edged heavy rock, fronted by Lino Ajello's powerful electric guitars, channeling the dark, jagged energy of Jimmy Page, Adrian Gurvitz, and Jeff Beck. Il Balletto di Bronzo absorbed their influences (Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Yardbirds), but moved from there into an inspired, hard-edged musical space; the band's overwhelming power and great melodies make them irresistible. ‘Un posto’ and ‘Neve Calda’ are centered around simple but effective guitar riffs. ‘Eh eh ah ah’ starts like a nice mellow ballad, but gets into a hard blues rock groove. On side two, there's the seven-minute mammoth heavy grind of ‘Incantesimo’ and the colossal ‘Missione Sirio 2222,’ almost ten minutes of droning acid rock with whirling guitars and heavy pounding drums, sandwiched between an acoustic intro and outro. No surprise then that Nurse With Wound cited Il Balletto di Bronzo as an influence.

 

 

PAINT THE GROUND

Band:THE JUNIPERS
Album:PAINT THE GROUND
Label:SUGARBUSH RECORDS
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:Psych/Garage

This Leicester band have quietly been making wonderful music for almost 15 years and are finally released on vinyl. Touched the same hand of genius that guided early FAIRPORT CONVENTION, THE TREES, THE BYRDS (ca. NOTORIOUS BYRD BROTHERS) this is an absolutely essential record for lovers of amazing guitar based, harmony laden well crafted songs.

Reviews in SHINDIG!, MOJO, UNCUT, BUCKETFULL OF BRAINS, R2 magazines.

Only 100 new copies available on vinyl. High quality audiophile DMM 140gm pressing in laminated sleeve.

 

 

CENTAUR

Band:THE ORGONE BOX
Album:CENTAUR
Label:SUGARBUSH RECORDS
Format:LP
Genre:Psych/Garage

The Orgone Box is essentially a one-man group built around the prodigious collective talents of Sheffield’s Rick Corcoran. Corcoran had previously been a guitarist in a number of groups, including Sugarbush and The Green Tambourines. This album is his materpiece, on which he played every instrument himself. All inconspicuously in debt to the psychedelic era of the ’60s and the epic pop writing of the ’70s. this album is a remastered and partly re-recorded vinyl only version of his 2000 CD only release which received rave reviews at the time and sold over 5000 copies on CD!

Reviews in SHINDIG!, MOJO, UNCUT, BUCKETFULL OF BRAINS, R2 magazines.

Only 100 new copies available on vinyl. High quality audiophile DMM 140gm pressing in laminated sleeve.

 

 

THINGS THAT SHINE AND GLOW

Band:TROLLEY
Album:THINGS THAT SHINE AND GLOW
Label:SUGARBUSH RECORDS
Format:LP
Genre:Psych/Garage

From deepest Milwaukee this band revisit the Paisley underground of the 1980s on this their third full length album. Brilliant songs, with chiming Rickenbacker Guitars and tight harmonies make this album a modern day Psych/Powerpop classic. The brilliant crystal clear feel of the title track is worth the cost of admission alone but luckily the whole album is a thing of rare beauty.

Reviews in SHINDIG!, MOJO, UNCUT, BUCKETFULL OF BRAINS, R2 magazines. Only 100 new copies available on vinyl. High quality audiophile DMM 140gm pressing in laminated sleeve.

 

 

REVERBERATING GARDEN NO.7 - LP

Band:OCTOPUS SYNG
Album:REVERBERATING GARDEN NO.7 - LP
Label:MEGA DODO
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:Psych/Garage

Octopus Syng was formed in the summer of 1999 by the band’s guitarist and vocalist Jaire Pätäri. The band's debut album was issued by Berlin based record label Nasoni Records in 2004 and their last single ‘Listen To The Moths’ on the Fruits De Mer record label. The band’s new album, Reverberating Garden No. 7, released by Mega Dodo, is a vivid garden of earthly delights. It’s full of quirky, surreal songs that reverberate with love and harmony but it can also be a dark and sinister place. Yet there's always a loving, sweet cosmic feeling hiding somewhere in the flowerbed. So open the gate and enter the Reverberating Garden with Octopus Syng.

Limited to 250 copies worldwide.

Clear vinyl / Gatefold sleeve.

Cross promotion with Fruits De Mer Records.

 

 

ESSENTIAL COLLECTION

Band:OMAR AND THE HOWLERS
Album:ESSENTIAL COLLECTION
Label:BURNSIDE
Format:CD
Genre:Blues

The Essential Collection is a double CD release with one disc of 15 songs considered the best of Omar and the Howlers and a second disc of 15 of Omar’s personal favorites. This album was previously released worldwide by Ruf Records but is now available on Dykes’ Big Guitar Records with a new UPC no.

As Omar himself writes, “The Omar & the Howlers Essential Collection includes songs that are considered my biggest hits combined with songs that I believe to be some of my best work. The collection compiles my entire life’s career in the music industry: writing, recording, touring, and making the Blues rock for over five decades.”

"Omar puts his soul into this stuff, and you can feel it. It’s raw and electric." - No Depression

 

 

TOMMOROW IN PROGRESS

Band:TYSON MEADE
Album:TOMMOROW IN PROGRESS
Label:BURNSIDE
Format:CD
Genre:Alt Rock

Oklahoma native Tyson Meade led alternative groups Defenestration and Chainsaw Kittens during the 80s and 90s leaving a musical legacy and personal mayhem in his wake until "Iggy told me to be good. To clean up, I moved to China and ran a boarding school and told myself I was done with music. During my long sabbatical, I was christened the Godfather of Alternative Rock by Converse (I had been wondering what I would put on my tombstone). But then, I met a student violinist, with an engulfing passion for music and pureness of spirit. He brought a new perspective to me. This is when I started writing with him, him filling in the gaps and making my songs pocket symphonies. I then enlisted more students from middle schools and high schools in China and the USA. I called my friends - like Jimmy Chamberlin (ex- Smashing Pumpkins), Jesse Tabish (Other Lives) and Derek Brown (Flaming Lips). They jumped at the chance to play. Kerry Brown brought his award winning wizardry mixing talents on board, as did Grammy winner Trent Bell. And thus we have, Tomorrow in Progress." 

"Percolating percussion and boy-girl harmonies that disarm with a smile." - Spin

 

 

TASTE MY SWORD OF UNDERSTANDING

Band:OPIUM WARLORDS
Album:TASTE MY SWORD OF UNDERSTANDING
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Taste My Sword Of Understanding is the third offering of OPIUM WARLORDS, the final project of Sami Albert Hynninen (REVEREND BIZARRE, THE PURITAN, SPIRITUS MORTIS, ARMANENSCHAFT, AZRAEL RISING, THE CANDLES BURNING BLUE, KLV, TÄHTIPORTTI, MARCH 15 and ORNE). In comparison to the earlier albums Live At Colonia Dignidad (Cobra, 2009), and We Meditate Under The Pussy In The Sky (Svart, 2012), it takes a few steps towards more conventional and easy-to-listen-to levels, but still can’t be mistaken for the average force-fed background bubblegum hum you might hear on the radio.

Composed between 1994 and 2009, recorded in 2010, mixed in 2013 – ripened, literally, with blood, tears, sweat, and exotic neurochemical fluids – Taste My Sword Of Understanding is at the same time minimal and complicated, light and heavy; sometimes gentle and soothing, sometimes raw and cruel, but always real and naked, and this time you may find – among all the repetition, weird noises, and floating on the drone and ultra-light chimes – even some essence of epic Heavy Metal on board. Opium Warlords on this album were: Sami Albert Hynninen, with Erkki Virta (PROTECTED ILLUSION, L.A.M.F., THE PURITAN) and Laura Länsimäki (MARIA, ARMANENSCHAFT).

 

 

TASTE MY SWORD OF UNDERSTANDING BLACK VINYL DBL LP

Band:OPIUM WARLORDS
Album:TASTE MY SWORD OF UNDERSTANDING BLACK VINYL DBL LP
Label:SVART
Format:BLACK VINYL LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

LTD DOUBLE VINYL BLACK VINYL LP !

Taste My Sword Of Understanding is the third offering of OPIUM WARLORDS, the final project of Sami Albert Hynninen (REVEREND BIZARRE, THE PURITAN, SPIRITUS MORTIS, ARMANENSCHAFT, AZRAEL RISING, THE CANDLES BURNING BLUE, KLV, TÄHTIPORTTI, MARCH 15 and ORNE). In comparison to the earlier albums Live At Colonia Dignidad (Cobra, 2009), and We Meditate Under The Pussy In The Sky (Svart, 2012), it takes a few steps towards more conventional and easy-to-listen-to levels, but still can’t be mistaken for the average force-fed background bubblegum hum you might hear on the radio.

Composed between 1994 and 2009, recorded in 2010, mixed in 2013 – ripened, literally, with blood, tears, sweat, and exotic neurochemical fluids – Taste My Sword Of Understanding is at the same time minimal and complicated, light and heavy; sometimes gentle and soothing, sometimes raw and cruel, but always real and naked, and this time you may find – among all the repetition, weird noises, and floating on the drone and ultra-light chimes – even some essence of epic Heavy Metal on board. Opium Warlords on this album were: Sami Albert Hynninen, with Erkki Virta (PROTECTED ILLUSION, L.A.M.F., THE PURITAN) and Laura Länsimäki (MARIA, ARMANENSCHAFT).

 

 

TASTE MY SWORD OF UNDERSTANDING GOLD VINYL LP

Band:OPIUM WARLORDS
Album:TASTE MY SWORD OF UNDERSTANDING GOLD VINYL LP
Label:SVART
Format:2LP GOLD VINYL
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

LTD DOUBLE GOLD VINYL LP !

Taste My Sword Of Understanding is the third offering of OPIUM WARLORDS, the final project of Sami Albert Hynninen (REVEREND BIZARRE, THE PURITAN, SPIRITUS MORTIS, ARMANENSCHAFT, AZRAEL RISING, THE CANDLES BURNING BLUE, KLV, TÄHTIPORTTI, MARCH 15 and ORNE). In comparison to the earlier albums Live At Colonia Dignidad (Cobra, 2009), and We Meditate Under The Pussy In The Sky (Svart, 2012), it takes a few steps towards more conventional and easy-to-listen-to levels, but still can’t be mistaken for the average force-fed background bubblegum hum you might hear on the radio.

Composed between 1994 and 2009, recorded in 2010, mixed in 2013 – ripened, literally, with blood, tears, sweat, and exotic neurochemical fluids – Taste My Sword Of Understanding is at the same time minimal and complicated, light and heavy; sometimes gentle and soothing, sometimes raw and cruel, but always real and naked, and this time you may find – among all the repetition, weird noises, and floating on the drone and ultra-light chimes – even some essence of epic Heavy Metal on board.

 

 

LONE WOLF VS BROWN BEAR

Band:OLD MAN LIZARD
Album:LONE WOLF VS BROWN BEAR
Label:WICKERMAN RECORDINGS
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

In the last two years, Old Man Lizard‘s, hailing from UK, recorded output and live shows have attracted the attention of critics and music fans as well as record labels; and 2014 will see the release of their debut album (recorded with Slabdragger’s Sam Thredder), as well as a split with Earthmass (Kozmik Artifactz) showcasing their uniquely heavy and majestic sound. In their short time as a band, Old Man Lizard have shared stages with seminal bands Dead Meadow, Arabrot, and Honky to name just a few, and have already been booked to play alongside heavyweights Conan and Dopethrone this year.

Made up of Jack Newnham (also of Meadows – Superfi Records, Head of Crom Records), Gav Senior, and Dan Beales; Old Man Lizard are a power trio in the same vein as Cream or Blue Cheer, but the influences of contemporary bands from Taint to Yawning Man set Old Man Lizard apart from the often crowded and unvaried sludge and stoner scenes.

 

 

MIND TRAVELER

Band:BLACKWULF
Album:MIND TRAVELER
Label:WICKERMAN RECORDINGS
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Hailing from Oakland, California, BLACKWÜLF‘s musical feeding grounds are the dark sonic forests of heavy riff rock and stoner metal. Doom-cloaked soundscapes and vintage heavy metal, parapsychological anger and aggression, bombast and swords and sorcery all hang on bluesy, head-banging riffs. The BLACKWÜLF is a seasoned predator. Vocalist Alex Cunningham, guitarist Peter Holmes, drummer Dave Pankenier, and bassist Scott Peterson are all lifelong rockers on visionary sojourns into the murky nucleus of heavy rock. BLACKWÜLF‘s resume of mayhem includes band member stints with seminal heavy bands like San Francisco’s ACID KING and THE NADS, MOUNTAIN PIG (seminal 90′s heavy desert band which graduated a member in the NEUROSIS camp and earned production credits for early KYUSS material), and NYC’s psychedelic heavies WHITE HILLS. Together, under the cover of darkness, these four warriors combined in 2012 to form BLACKWÜLF. Wicker Man Recording will release “Mind Traveler” in CD format. “Mind Traveler” much like BLACKWÜLF itself is unabashedly drawn from “what you see is what you get” aesthetic: no frills Cali stonercore raging and sincere, guilt-free heavy rock indulgences. In its wake, the band leaves excited crowds and oath-bound followers of every stripe.

 

 

WHITE RING

Band:KADAVAR / ANO
Album:WHITE RING
Label:THIS CHARMING MAN
Format:2LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

This split is the result of a longer friendship between Aqua Nebua Oscillator and Kadavar. Recorded in Kadavars studio in berlin, you’ll find one long jam songs on the 2nd and 4th side of the LP – played with two drumsets and 3 guitars – a brainfuck like the late 70s Pink Floyd Jams!

Repress of the long sold out split 2xLP (sold over 2000 copies) - Both Bands are on Tee Pee Records

RIYL - Witchcraft, Hawkwind, Witchfinder General, Ash Ra Tempel, early Pink Floyd 70’s US-Psych/Doom

 

 

WE SHALL LIVE

Band:MANSION
Album:WE SHALL LIVE
Label:NINE RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Mansion hails from Finland. The band name referers to the local Christian apocalyptic “mansionite” cult, Kartanoism, which lived it’s glory days in the 1920-50’s. Kartano is the Finnish word for mansion and is the surname of cult leader Alma Kartano. Mansion is a six piece band brought together to create strong music reflecting the life of the cult’s followers.

Their music it’s a great combination of doom, psychedelic rock and cult rock right out of the 70s. Jess and Ancient Ones, Sabbath Assembly, The Devil’s Blood, Jex Thoth – you know what I mean.

 

 

BLOODBATH

Band:VESTAL CLARET
Album:BLOODBATH
Label:NINE RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

While this release stands in many ways as Vestal Claret's official debut, Vestal Claret have in fact been releasing eps, splits and demos as early on as 2006 with its actual formation in 2005 predating just about everything being heard in the current "occult" fashion genre at this time. There is no influence or inspiration from anything of the past 2 decades that provoked this release or it's ideas and concepts. The material on this album was all written in 2006, but with contract in hand Vestal Claret was unable to release these recordings until now.

 

 

EVIL REFLECTION

Band:BENEATH THE STORM
Album:EVIL REFLECTION
Label:ARGONAUTA
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

After receiving positive feedback across the board with their album “Temples of Doom”, Slovenia Funeral Doom band BENEATH THE STORM are back with a new album. Following the scaring atmospheres of their previous work, and improving the sound with a hypnotic and claustrophobic touch, the band have created a monumental work of creepy tension where Drone, Sludge and Horror Music reach unexpected levels.

 

 

LA DITTATURA DEL RUMORE

Band:INFECTION CODE
Album:LA DITTATURA DEL RUMORE
Label:ARGONAUTA
Format:CD
Genre:METAL/POST ROCK

Formed in 1999, INFECTION CODE has shared the stage with Cult of Luna, The Ocean, Ufomammut, Zeni Geva and has recorded with Billy Anderson (Melvins, EyeHateGod) and Eraldo Bernocchi (musician and producer, collaborations with Mick Harris, Thee Maldoror Kollective and Ephel Duath, among others). In 2014 INFECTION CODE are ready for their come-back, a telluric and experimental work able to join the more destructive sounds of the extreme musical scene, with influences from Today is the Day, Neurosis and Godflesh. Their fifth studio album titled "La Dittatura del Rumore" (Dictatorship of the Noise) is a Psychedelic/Noise journey into the most obscure Italian era of domestic terrorism during the Seventies. Recorded and produced by Mattia Cominotto at the Greenfog Studios (Genova), "La Dittatura del Rumore" is probably their most ambitious album yet! INFECTION CODE shared their visions with the talented artist Marco Castagnetto (ZenPunkArt.com), who realized an exclusive cover artwork and layout, an authentic gem of symbolism which is part of the "Argonauta Records" CD packaging.

 

 

COMMISSION THE TWELVE

Band:MOUNTAINS AMONG US
Album:COMMISSION THE TWELVE
Label:ARGONAUTA
Format:CD
Genre:Postrock / Post Hardcore / Noise

New album by the North Carolina based Avant/Doom-gaze band MOUNTAINS AMONG US. Formed in 2007 by Brandon Helms (of FROM OCEANS TO AUTUMN fame) the band released their first full length "True North" in 2008 followed by the second album "Believer" in 2010 . After working on some experimental recordings/ep’s from 2011-2012, they began writing on their first full length in over four years, described by the band as their heaviest, most ambitious work to date. Their blackened avant-garde style is constantly morphing into new territory while experimenting in different sounds, which will appeal to fans of EARTH, THIS WILL DESTROY YOU, NADJA and DEAFHEAVEN.

 

 

GATES OF NOWHERE

Band:RETURN FROM THE GRAVE
Album:GATES OF NOWHERE
Label:ARGONAUTA
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

If you are thinking of a band with the Sabbath's 70's mood and a metal sound of stoner/doom flavor, you have to give a listen to RETURN FROM THE GRAVE, the new intriguing signing of the ARGONAUTA Records roster! These four guys comes from the lost lands near Venice, Italy, and have been operative since 2011. Horror stories and the hidden meanings of Life and Death are the main themes of their upcoming new album "Gates of Nowhere", featuring Heavy Doom hymns recorded completely in analog! The mastering of this new album has been done by Richard Whittaker, member of FxGroup Studios in London, who has collaborated with bands like Saint Vitus, The Who, Black Sabbath and Rolling Stones. This Epic and Heavy-Vintage stuff is something for fans of bands like ORCHID, IN SOLITUDE and UNCLE ACID cannot miss!

 

 

HEN

Band:NAGA
Album:HEN
Label:BURNING WORLD
Format:LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Recorded and mixed in Fall 2013 by Maddalena Bellini in Naples and mastered by James Plotkin in Philadelphia, Hēn is NAGA’s debut album: 5 tracks of doom and post-core, a black monolith which recalls Black Metal atmospheres. The sound evoked by Emanuele Schember (bass), Lorenzo De Stefano (vocals and guitars) and Dario Graziano (drums), is a morbid, pachydermic, low-tuned mid-tempo. Hēn is the word used by the ancient Greeks to indicate the One, the divine principle embracing the whole reality, it’s the highest idea, it’s what the Becoming implies, it’s where everything originates and everything returns.

 

 

INTO THE UNFATHOMABLE ABYSS

Band:COLTSBLOOD
Album:INTO THE UNFATHOMABLE ABYSS
Label:BURNING WORLD
Format:DLP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Following a CD/Digital release on Candlelight Records, the seven‐track album receives a much warranted vinyl pressing. The LP will be a co‐release between Manchester’s DIY filth merchants DRY COUGH RECORDS and Dutch stalwarts BURNING WORLD RECORDS. The battle‐cries will be made available as a double LP in a gatefold sleeve, strictly limited to 300 copies. 100 of these will be pressed on Sacred Alder Green vinyl, with the remaining 200 pressed on Pitch Black vinyl.

The Liverpool trio are primal, bleak, utterly devastating and dripping with tar‐black sludge!

 

 

SEVERANCE

Band:DARKEST ERA
Album:SEVERANCE
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

DARKEST ERA has developed a fresh Celtic Metal sound by fusing the twin guitar driven old school heavy metal styles of Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden with the darker side of Irish folklore and mythology. The band's journey began when teenage school friends Ade Mulgrew and Sarah Wieghell began writing music together in early 2005. From the outset the duo's writing took on a strong Celtic vibe. Vocalist Krum joined the fold and over the following year a collection of songs inspired by historical and mythological tales from ancient Ireland began to take shape. Between 2007 and 2010 the band released two EPs which again drew a huge reaction throughout the underground worldwide. Festival appearances in Germany, Greece, the UK and Italy followed and in August 2010 the band announced it would release its debut full length album worldwide via Metal Blade Records. ‘The Last Caress Of Light’ was released in early 2011 to a strong reaction from both fans and press in Europe and North America. It was included in a number of that year's best album lists and was seen to stand out for its epic power and emotional honesty. UK and European tours followed with bands including Alestorm, Arkona and Gloryhammer during 2012 and 2013, helping to further establish the band and its fresh Celtic Metal sound throughout Europe. “Severance” follows on the line drawn by their previous release, with tight and melodic compositions where the elements linked to the Irish folklore stand strong, in the lyrical compartment as well as in the music itself. Krum’s voice sounds as solid and evoking as ever, while the line-up changes brought even more cohesion in the band. The album magnificently recorded at Data Recording Studios in Ballyheigue, shows a mature band that adds with plain confidence Folk/Celtic elements to their unmistakable Traditional Heavy Metal starting point building so one of the strongest and more fascinating releases of 2014.

 

 

SEVERANCE - LP

Band:DARKEST ERA
Album:SEVERANCE - LP
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:Metal

LTD LP - DARKEST ERA has developed a fresh Celtic Metal sound by fusing the twin guitar driven old school heavy metal styles of Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden with the darker side of Irish folklore and mythology. The band's journey began when teenage school friends Ade Mulgrew and Sarah Wieghell began writing music together in early 2005. From the outset the duo's writing took on a strong Celtic vibe. Vocalist Krum joined the fold and over the following year a collection of songs inspired by historical and mythological tales from ancient Ireland began to take shape. Between 2007 and 2010 the band released two EPs which again drew a huge reaction throughout the underground worldwide. Festival appearances in Germany, Greece, the UK and Italy followed and in August 2010 the band announced it would release its debut full length album worldwide via Metal Blade Records. ‘The Last Caress Of Light’ was released in early 2011 to a strong reaction from both fans and press in Europe and North America. It was included in a number of that year's best album lists and was seen to stand out for its epic power and emotional honesty. UK and European tours followed with bands including Alestorm, Arkona and Gloryhammer during 2012 and 2013, helping to further establish the band and its fresh Celtic Metal sound throughout Europe. “Severance” follows on the line drawn by their previous release, with tight and melodic compositions where the elements linked to the Irish folklore stand strong, in the lyrical compartment as well as in the music itself. Krum’s voice sounds as solid and evoking as ever, while the line-up changes brought even more cohesion in the band. The album magnificently recorded at Data Recording Studios in Ballyheigue, shows a mature band that adds with plain confidence Folk/Celtic elements to their unmistakable Traditional Heavy Metal starting point building so one of the strongest and more fascinating releases of 2014.

 

 

V

Band:VOYAGER
Album:V
Label:IAV
Format:CD
Genre:Prog Rock

With 4 full‐length albums under their belt and shows throughout North America, Europe and Asia with the likes of CHILDREN OF BODOM, SOILWORK, NIGHTWISH, EPICA , DEVIN TOWNSEND and ORPHANED LAND, the five‐piece from Oceania is now firmly entrenched in its international repute as “the band who doesn’t sound like anyone else”. With VOYAGER’s fourth opus “The Meaning of I” (2011) seeing reviews and international acclaim of the highest calibre (including #8 in METAL HAMMER Germany’s soundcheck), VOYAGER took out the award for the longest signing session in the twelve year history of the PROGPOWER Festival in the USA.

With this pop vibe and a healthy dose of heavy guitars, VOYAGER’s new album “V” proves what the band does best: heavy, super‐catchy, melodic, modern and progressive. From polished heavy grooves to driving riffs and unforgettable melodies, album V contains 13 tracks bound to be the absolute zenith of VOYAGER’s career.

 

 

THE SWARM - CD

Band:VIRUS SYNDICATE
Album:THE SWARM - CD
Label:JARRING EFFECTS
Format:CD
Genre:Electro Dub / Dubstep/Grime/Hip Hop

Infiltrating every genre with witty, gritty urban clarity. Corrupting every scene with precision produced hybrid heaviness. No corner of the industry is safe from their boundary bashing lyrical lashings. Electro, drum & bass, house, trap, bass and beyond. MRK1, Nika D, Goldfinger and JSD’s collaborative conjurations resonate with all, while standing well and truly on their own. It’s been this way since they emerged on the impeccable agenda-setting experimental electronica stable Planet Mu in 2005. A move that surpassed all standard grime limitations, it showed scope and promise for the devastation that was about to commence. Less than a decade later and their achievements are matchless: diffusing organically from the north of England to the North Pole, from the USA to the Ukraine, they’ve scored big numbers with every show and every sound… 4.5 million YouTube views (and counting), 11,000 Google hits per month, 100,000 downloads on one track alone, six Top 10s including several Number 1s on Beatport and Artists Of The Week on MTV. The list goes on and on. Dedicated to pushing the very limits of word play and production techniques, Virus Syndicate have appeared on labels as disparate as Ministry Of Sound to Never Say Die, Buygore to Bomb Squad. And they’ve collaborated with some of the most exciting producers you can imagine; Jaguar Skills, SKiSM, Foreign Beggars, Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs, Rockwell, Buku and many, many more.

“..set to follow Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and Kano to cult status..” HIP HOP CONNECTION. “Wipe the sweat from your brow and let this devour you.” PLAN B MAGAZINE. “Some of the tautest British MC-ing since the first Dizzee Rascal Album.” DAILY TELEGRAPH. “This one’s worth sticking to”: GUARDIAN GUIDE

 

 

THE SWARM - DOUBLE LP

Band:VIRUS SYNDICATE
Album:THE SWARM - DOUBLE LP
Label:JARRING EFFECTS
Format:DOUBLE LP
Genre:Electro Dub / Dubstep/Grime/Hip Hop

DOUBLE VINYL LP Infiltrating every genre with witty, gritty urban clarity. Corrupting every scene with precision produced hybrid heaviness. No corner of the industry is safe from their boundary bashing lyrical lashings. Electro, drum & bass, house, trap, bass and beyond. MRK1, Nika D, Goldfinger and JSD’s collaborative conjurations resonate with all, while standing well and truly on their own. It’s been this way since they emerged on the impeccable agenda-setting experimental electronica stable Planet Mu in 2005. A move that surpassed all standard grime limitations, it showed scope and promise for the devastation that was about to commence. Less than a decade later and their achievements are matchless: diffusing organically from the north of England to the North Pole, from the USA to the Ukraine, they’ve scored big numbers with every show and every sound… 4.5 million YouTube views (and counting), 11,000 Google hits per month, 100,000 downloads on one track alone, six Top 10s including several Number 1s on Beatport and Artists Of The Week on MTV. The list goes on and on. Dedicated to pushing the very limits of word play and production techniques, Virus Syndicate have appeared on labels as disparate as Ministry Of Sound to Never Say Die, Buygore to Bomb Squad. And they’ve collaborated with some of the most exciting producers you can imagine; Jaguar Skills, SKiSM, Foreign Beggars, Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs, Rockwell, Buku and many, many more. 

“..set to follow Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and Kano to cult status..” HIP HOP CONNECTION “Wipe the sweat from your brow and let this devour you.” PLAN B MAGAZINE “Some of the tautest British MC-ing since the first Dizzee Rascal Album.” DAILY TELEGRAPH “This one’s worth sticking to”: SINGLE OF THE WEEK GUARDIAN GUIDE

 

 

DEATH DRIVE

Band:SOLE DJ PAIN 1
Album:DEATH DRIVE
Label:African Tape
Format:CD
Genre:Rap/Hip Hop

Death Drive' is a collision of two very distinct worlds; the scorched earth of indie rap legend, Sole, and the concrete jungles of certified platinum producer, DJ Pain 1. 'Death Drive' combines modern pop/rap aesthetics with the political edge reminiscent of hip-hop classics such as “Fear Of A Black Planet". Sole & DJ Pain 1 utilize the golden era hip-hop approach of a rapper and DJ without employing gimmicks or rap cliches typical with more formulaic two-turntables-and-amic unions. Cross-pollination between mainstream music and the underground has been happening for years, but anything that bubbles up is always devoid of substance. Death Drive is a political rap album executed in a way that eschews the rapper persona of savior/prophet and speaks from the riot line. In a period of human history where critical music is absent from the airwaves, this is true resistance music.

 “Sole is an Indie hip hop legend.” - The Huffington Post / Sole is a true revolutionary." – Pitchfork "

The next truth in sonic production." - Chuck D / Public Enemy

 

 

EIGENGRAU

Band:REUTOFF / SAL SOLARIS
Album:EIGENGRAU
Label:cyclic law
Format:CD
Genre:Drone/Ambient

Joint release by Russian post-industrial projects Reutoff and Sal Solaris. The working title of the record is «Beyond the principles» and refers to the psychoanalytic concept of inner human life guided by two principles; that of reality and pleasure. The sober, cold ccosmic ambient of Sal Solaris expresses the principle of reality that restrains the drive of our wild souls while the emotionally rich and turmoiled postindustrial of Reutoff matches with the impetuosity of human desire.

 

 

SEVEREH SEHENEH

Band:TREHA SEKTORI
Album:SEVEREH SEHENEH
Label:cyclic law
Format:CD
Genre:Drone/Ambient

Imagined as the end of a cycle, initiated with 2012's "Endessiah" album, "Severh Sehenh" is not really the third album from Treha Sektori nor an e.p. It's to be seen an appendix, a specific chapter of time. It consists of a lone track, cut into different movements. The material was formally composed for live performances, with the overbearing urge of facing eyes, to live through them. Imagined as a burden to carry, a day we didn’t expect, and a final step that is unknown. No way to unload what is on our shoulders. Acceptance is the only way to trace a new path...

 

 

LACRIMAE MUNDI

Band:TEHOM
Album:LACRIMAE MUNDI
Label:cyclic law
Format:CD
Genre:Drone/Ambient

Active in the mid 90's, Croatia's TeHÔM has been resurected in the past years by original member Miljenko Rajakovic. Their first 2 albums were released on Twilight Command, side label of Douglas P's NER label. TeHÔM's founding member Sinisa Ocurscak unfortunately passed away in 1997, victim of a probable war related cancer. 3 years after his passing their 2nd album, and what was thought to be their last, "Theriomorphic Sprits' was finally released. The project was then laid to rest and years later finally revived. A very surreal, obscure and cinematic sounding opus has been created by Miljenko, following closely in the footsteps of previous works but now taking the project to new levels. Yet always in keeping with Sinisa's vision and in honor of his memory and spirit.

 

 

CANNULA COMA LEGIO

Band:IN SLAUGHTER NATIVES
Album:CANNULA COMA LEGIO
Label:cyclic law
Format:CD
Genre:Drone/Ambient

We're honoured to have legendary Swedish act IN SLAUGHTER NATIVES join the Cyclic Law family. Lead by the enigmatic Jouni Havukainen since the late 80's, he is responsible for some of the brashest and intense releases of the post industrial genre. This new release can be seen as a prequel to things to come, it contains 3 brand new tracks, in which we see ISN plunge into less bombastic terrain and delve into more obscure ambient territories. Along side these new pieces is reworked, remixed and upgraded material used in the last years for live performances, giving new life and direction to some well known passages and lesser known tracks with the trademark ISN bombastic sound and vocals.

 

 

MOVING ON - CD

Band:ROY PANTON AND YVONNE HARRISON
Album:MOVING ON - CD
Label:LIQUIDATOR MUSIC
Format:CD
Genre:Reggae/Dub/Ska

Two summers ago, Roy and Yvonne got together on a stage again after 45 years dedicated to their personal lives away from their artistic careers. Promoter and producer Mark Morales and Wally Caro, from Los Angeles, were responsible for bringing Roy and Yvonne back to where they belong, the stage, at an intimate and emotional concert enjoyed by about a hundred people. During the following months and until today, Roy and Yvonne continued what destiny had written out for them since the day they were born: continue their musical legacy worldwide. Roy and Yvonne have consolidated themselves as generational musicians, able to adapt to changing times without forgetting their roots or their music. They continue to please their audiences here and there, often more committed and respectful than their fellow islanders. No one is a prophet in his own land. Speaking of the album, ‘Moving On’ invites us to dive deep into the great sounds of Ska and Rocksteady music. For this occasion, Roy and Yvonne worked with some fabulous studio musicians under the direction of Teddy Garcia in Washington DC. Mixed by the renowned producer Mike Mariconda, you can enjoy eight covers and two original songs on this album that the artists have carefully selected for your listening pleasure.

‘Moving On’ is a talisman that will surely bring more and new success to Roy and Yvonne. You hold in your hands the first studio album recorded by the duo throughout their career. And from this day, it has already become a classic and a collector’s item.

 

 

MOVING ON - LP

Band:ROY PANTON AND YVONNE HARRISON
Album:MOVING ON - LP
Label:LIQUIDATOR MUSIC
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:Reggae/Dub/Ska

Two summers ago, Roy and Yvonne got together on a stage again after 45 years dedicated to their personal lives away from their artistic careers. Promoter and producer Mark Morales and Wally Caro, from Los Angeles, were responsible for bringing Roy and Yvonne back to where they belong, the stage, at an intimate and emotional concert enjoyed by about a hundred people. During the following months and until today, Roy and Yvonne continued what destiny had written out for them since the day they were born: continue their musical legacy worldwide. Roy and Yvonne have consolidated themselves as generational musicians, able to adapt to changing times without forgetting their roots or their music. They continue to please their audiences here and there, often more committed and respectful than their fellow islanders. No one is a prophet in his own land. Speaking of the album, ‘Moving On’ invites us to dive deep into the great sounds of Ska and Rocksteady music. For this occasion, Roy and Yvonne worked with some fabulous studio musicians under the direction of Teddy Garcia in Washington DC. Mixed by the renowned producer Mike Mariconda, you can enjoy eight covers and two original songs on this album that the artists have carefully selected for your listening pleasure.

‘Moving On’ is a talisman that will surely bring more and new success to Roy and Yvonne. You hold in your hands the first studio album recorded by the duo throughout their career. And from this day, it has already become a classic and a collector’s item.

First album in 40 years - Limited LP edition

 

 

GOOD PREVAILS

Band:ALPHEUS
Album:GOOD PREVAILS
Label:LIQUIDATOR MUSIC
Format:CD
Genre:Reggae/Dub/Ska

Born and raised by Jamaican parents in London, England, Alpheus developed a passion for singing after seeing an old recording of Sam Cooke perform on television, and performing on local sound systems in London as a youth. His love for Ska rocksteady and reggae developed as he was exposed to singers like John Holt, Marcia Griffiths, Don Carlos, Dennis Brown, Frankie Paul, Michael Gordon, Keith Douglas, Thriller U, Maxi Priest, and many more great artists.

On this NEW Album entitled ‘Good Prevails’ you will find 14 tracks (2 of which are superb instrumentals) of pleasure that Captivates re-creations of classic Ska rocksteady rhythms, as well as meticulously constructed original compositions of authentically made ‘Ska and Roots Rocksteady Reggae ‘Produced yet again By the gifted ‘Roberto Sanchez’.

 

 

GOOD PREVAILS - LP

Band:ALPHEUS
Album:GOOD PREVAILS - LP
Label:LIQUIDATOR MUSIC
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:Reggae/Dub/Ska

Born and raised by Jamaican parents in London, England, Alpheus developed a passion for singing after seeing an old recording of Sam Cooke perform on television, and performing on local sound systems in London as a youth. His love for Ska rocksteady and reggae developed as he was exposed to singers like John Holt, Marcia Griffiths, Don Carlos, Dennis Brown, Frankie Paul, Michael Gordon, Keith Douglas, Thriller U, Maxi Priest, and many more great artists.

On this NEW Album entitled ‘Good Prevails’ you will find 14 tracks (2 of which are superb instrumentals) of pleasure that Captivates re-creations of classic Ska rocksteady rhythms, as well as meticulously constructed original compositions of authentically made ‘Ska and Roots Rocksteady Reggae ‘Produced yet again By the gifted ‘Roberto Sanchez’.

LTD VINYL LP.

 

 

RED LIGHT BLUES

Band:THE WOLFTONES
Album:RED LIGHT BLUES
Label:WESTERN STAR
Format:CD
Genre:Rock And Roll/Psychobilly

2nd album by one of the most popular Rockin’ bands on the UK Rockabilly scene

The band are very busy playing live shows all over the UK and their first album sold well.

 

 

SHINDIG! NO 40

Band:SHINDIG MAGAZINE
Album:SHINDIG! NO 40
Label:VOLCANO PUBLISHING
Format:MAGAZINE
Genre:Psych/Garage Reissues

LIFE BEGINS AT 40 Shindig! celebrate its 40th issue with 40 things that shape our world.

Including... THE MUSIC MACHINE Garage-fuzz, dark psych, folk and sunshine pop. PF SLOAN The man who invented folk-rock, then proceeded to set the charts alight with it THE JAYHAWKS The valedictory return of the alt/country-rock legends THE MAHARAJAS Post-garage pioneers and Swedish Renaissance men. Plus THE BEVIS FROND • THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE • THE KINKS and much more !

Available from all good Independent Music stores!

 

 

 

FREEDOM

Band:FREEDOM
Album:FREEDOM
Label:SIREENA
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:Prog Rock

FREEDOM were formed in late 1967 by two former PROCOL HARUM members, drummer Bobby Harrison and guitarist Ray Royer. The second incarnation of this band featured guitarist Roger Saunders and bass player Walter Monagham. Both had featured in a band called The Washington DCs who had a No. 1 hit single in Turkey in 1964 with the song “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine”.

FREEDOM played progressive bluesrock and were stylistically on a par with other bands such as CREAM. This LP is a reissue of the follow-up album released in 1970. More changes in the band occurred, Pete Dennis replaced Monagham on bass and extra keyboard player Steve Jolly joined. By late 1972, Freedom had disbanded. Roger Saunders made some headway as a session player and songwriter and throughout most of the eighties was a member of Gary Glitter’s Band. Sadly he died early in 2000. Bobby Harrison went on to form SNAFU. As always with Sireena Records this album comes in a limited edition in 180 gram heavy-weight white vinyl.

 

 

PENNY ARCADE

Band:HELEN CHAMBERS
Album:PENNY ARCADE
Label:SPECIALIST SUBJECT
Format:CD
Genre:Alt-Country / Americana

The album has been a long time coming and follows the release of a split EP with Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Sam Russo and Jimmy Islip, also released by Specialist Subject, in 2011. Penny Arcade, once again, sees Chambers collaborating with Ragan as well as double bass player Joe Ginsberg (Chuck Ragan, Baywood), Dear Everyone band mates El Morgan and Kelly Kemp. Morgan Brown (Down & Outs) and Paul Abbott (Good Grief) played guitar and piano, respectively, and produced the album over “a couple of long weekends” in Liverpool. The result captures Chambers’ take on traditional country, folk and Americana whilst maintaining a distinctly English sound.

Influenced by traditional folk artists like Woody Guthrie, The Watersons and Ewan MacColl, Helen’s music is passionate and engaging with a lot of heart. Her songs appeal, not only to country, folk and Americana fans, but to punk rock and indie audiences too. Her dulcet tones are unlike anyone else’s out there and, as simple as they are, these songs and the stories within them will bring a smile to your face, a tear to your eye and conjure up memories of good times passed before making you want to throw it all away and live life on the road.

For fans of: Emily Barker / Frank Turner - Features Chuck Ragan on Banners

 

 

VONIN ER

Band:GUDRUN AND BARTAL
Album:VONIN ER
Label:BESTE! UNTERHALTUNG
Format:CD
Genre:SINGER/SONGWRITER

Far out in the Atlantic, where the harsh winds blow, there is to discover amazing subtle tones: Gudrun And Bartal come from the Faroe Islands and celebrate on their debut album "Vönin Er " (translated:hope is!) Melodic folk pop with a high dreaminess factor. For all the blue hour of this world! In the very lively music scene in the Faroe Islands, both musicians are no strangers: Guðrun Pætursdóttir Haberg and Bartal Augustinussen play for years in the live band of singer-songwriter Guðrið Hansdottir, which is already successfully toured several times through Europe. In addition, both are active in the Faroese rock group Bet You Are William .

 

 

BOX BAR AND DIAMOND

Band:OCHRE ROOM
Album:BOX BAR AND DIAMOND
Label:BESTE! UNTERHALTUNG
Format:CD
Genre:Alt-Country / Americana

"There's only one possible explanation why Ochre Room sound how they sound: Rebirth! In a former life the six members of this Finnish band must have lived somewhere in Southwest America. There must have been an old, comfortable bar where they used to spend their nights listening to an unlimited amount of Americana and Folk-Rock. Ochre Room play southern tunes mixed with a portion of northern melancholia and they don't give too much about classical genre restrictions. There are hooting trumpets, jingly chimes and sometimes an electric guitar that's getting out of hand. This epic and cinematic sound has brought Ochre Room comparisons to artists such as Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Neil Young and The Jayhawks, and the status as one of Finland's finest new Folk-Rock bands." - Reeperbahnfestival.com

OCHRE ROOM was founded in 2010 as a result of fellow literature students' shared musical interests. Their love for old blues, sprinkling folk rock of the 60's and 70's and modern alt. country led to the formation of a new, ambitious Americana band. Mellow trumpet melodies, the eerily sweet male and female vocal harmonies, and the subtle lyrics written by bassist Moisio and singer-guitarist-composer Myllymäki soon became trademarks of the band.

"Beautiful lo-fi Americana" (No Depression, UK)

 

 

BOX BAR AND DIAMOND - LP

Band:OCHRE ROOM
Album:BOX BAR AND DIAMOND - LP
Label:BESTE! UNTERHALTUNG
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:Alt-Country / Americana

LTD VINYL LP - For fans of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Neil Young and The Jayhawks.

Finnish act OCHRE ROOM was founded in 2010 as a result of fellow literature students' shared musical interests. Their love for old blues, sprinkling folk rock of the 60's and 70's and modern alt. country led to the formation of a new, ambitious Americana band. Mellow trumpet melodies, the eerily sweet male and female vocal harmonies, and the subtle lyrics written by bassist Moisio and singer-guitarist-composer Myllymäki soon became trademarks of the band.

"Beautiful lo-fi Americana" - No Depression

 

 

KATI SALO

Band:KATI SALO
Album:KATI SALO
Label:BESTE! UNTERHALTUNG
Format:CD
Genre:SINGER/SONGWRITER

Kati Salo comes from Haparanda/Finland, the border town to Sweden. After 15 years of composing her first Album it is ready to release. The singer-songwriter placed herself deliberately on the green line between Countrypop, folk, contemporary chanson and jazzy tones. Comfortable at the piano as well versed as to the guitar. Supported by a well- placed backing band (with members of Jeavestone). RIYL Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos

 

 

KATI SALO - LP

Band:KATI SALO
Album:KATI SALO - LP
Label:BESTE! UNTERHALTUNG
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:SINGER/SONGWRITER

Kati Salo comes from Haparanda/Finland, the border town to Sweden. After 15 years of composing her first Album it is ready to release. The singer-songwriter placed herself deliberately on the green line between Countrypop, folk, contemporary chanson and jazzy tones. Supported by a well- placed backing band (with members of Jeavestone).RIYL Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos. LTD LP.

 

 

READY SET GO / APOCRYPHAL

Band:THE VINYL RECORDS
Album:READY SET GO / APOCRYPHAL
Label:METAL POSTCARD
Format:VINYL 7"
Genre:Indie/Shoegaze

Debut Single From Himalayan all Female band who sound somewhat like X Ray Spex clashing up to Girlschool in classic spiky 1977/78 New Wave Sound – We expect big things from this band . They have already been featured in the India editions of NME / Rolling Stone & Marie Claire.

Also known as 'TVR' the band was formed in 2010 with three artists: 'Banu Jini,Minam Tekseng and Mithy Tatak.[2] After Cheyyrian Bark joined the band.The band has performed in various cities including New Delhi, Mumbai and Gurgaon. In a land where Bollywood rules, all‐girl four‐piece The Vinyl Records (TVR) are making a whole lot of noise all their own, exciting the ears of India’s Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire magazine editors (who have featured TVR on their pages) in the process. The band is majorly influenced by western bands like CSS (band), The B52s, Blondie (band), The Clash, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, The Ramones and many others. The Vinyl Records states “We look up to girl bands like CSS… Sahara Hotnights and The Donnas are the modern Riot Grrrls to us.”

 

 

BLACK BOOKS EP

Band:GUI GUI SUI SUI
Album:BLACK BOOKS EP
Label:METAL POSTCARD
Format:7"
Genre:Indie/Shoegaze

GUIGUISUISUI is a one-man blues havoc-wreaker based in Changchun. He calls his particular brand of shred "Dongbei Delta." From his Manchurian outpost, he's released a DIY album and toured throughout China, South Korea, and Japan. Now he's got a new one, Nineteen Below Zero, which title was no doubt inspired by Changchun's merciless winter chill. This nine-minute outburst of "blues-punk-rockabilly darkness" has just been released by Hong Kong label Metal Postcard Records. 

The 'Sui himself says: "The EP details all the frustrations of living in a rustbelt Chinese frontier city, where the temperatures do indeed drop way below nineteen degrees centigrade. Beatboxer turned bass player Xiao Hai borrows GUIGUISUISUI’s signature diddly board (a one stringed skate board guitar) to thump out some swampy bass lines, while Mao Da Gong, a veteran of Changchun’s hardcore scene, smashes away at the drums. Meanwhile GUIGUISUISUI growls about frost bite and frisky zombies, while wailing on his harmonica and torturing notes out of his guicaster guitar every step of the way." SMART BEIJING.com

 

 

STAINS OF RESIGNATION - LP

Band:THE AUSTRASIAN GOAT
Album:STAINS OF RESIGNATION - LP
Label:MUSIC FEAR SATAN
Format:2LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Originally started since 4 years and after a bunch of Eps, splits an compilations records, here's finally the second full lenght by THE AUSTRASIAN GOAT, one-man band project leaded by Julien Louvet. After one year of work, this record is built by 9 various tracks, between furious black metal, atmoshperic funeral doom and folk ballads, surely his best and mature work ever. There are also a lot of guest appearances on this album like JARBOE on « Voice of Aenima ».

 

 

PSYKOSTAREVOID

Band:HJARNIDAUDI
Album:PSYKOSTAREVOID
Label:MUSIC FEAR SATAN
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

After a notable first release ("PainNoiseMarch", 2006) on Paradigms Recordings (GNAW THEIR TONGUES, JARBOE, TITAN, ONDO), HJARNIDAUDI, drone-black metal-experimental one-man project, comes back with "PsykoStareVoid", his most personal record at this date. While last year "PainNoiseMarch" was revisited by Niklas Kvarforth (SHINING) on Avantgarde Music ("Niklas Kvarforth presents Hjarnidaudi"), Vidar Ermesjo from Norway releases today a long 40 minutes musical track with four cold and muffled parts in a kind of JESU and BURZUM mix, from funeral doom to metallic drone.

 

 

LIVING MASK

Band:BLACK HOLE
Album:LIVING MASK
Label:JOLLY ROGER
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Black Hole is an obscure Italian trio which recorded first Lp “Land Of Mystery” in 1985 that’s considered a doom masterpiece, a forerunner to the funeral doom sound developed by others years later, giving the band an increasing popularity, granting a “cult” status. Few know Black Hole recorded a second concept-album, “Living Mask”, in 1989, but this album remained unreleased until 2000 when Andromeda Relics pressed a 500 copies Cd edition, quick sold out and almost impossible to find nowadays. The best way to describe Black Hole sound is experimental horror/doom metal, though certainly not doom metal in the classic sense. Church organs make frequent appearances, the vocals are clear, distantly recorded, while the guitars are at times rather muted the band is quite heavy, but the heaviness is derived more from mood than simply playing loud guitars. Death SS is acknowledged as a pioneer in Italian horror-inspired doom, and is a fair comparison for Black Hole, though they really have their own unique style, a sound all their own that's strangely addicting. The sound of “Living Mask” is more experimental, gothic-rock and electronic, near to dark wave sound when compared to more metallic debut “Land of Mystery”, but still remains a must-have for all doom-metal maniacs, as the mastermind Robert Measles genius and talent strongly comes out from any musical scheme, keeping the faith to Black Hole sound.

 

 

LIVING MASK - LP

Band:BLACK HOLE
Album:LIVING MASK - LP
Label:JOLLY ROGER
Format:LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

LTD LP - Black Hole is an obscure Italian trio which recorded first Lp “Land Of Mystery” in 1985 that’s considered a doom masterpiece, a forerunner to the funeral doom sound developed by others years later, giving the band an increasing popularity, granting a “cult” status. Few know Black Hole recorded a second concept-album, “Living Mask”, in 1989, but this album remained unreleased until 2000 when Andromeda Relics pressed a 500 copies Cd edition, quick sold out and almost impossible to find nowadays. The best way to describe Black Hole sound is experimental horror/doom metal, though certainly not doom metal in the classic sense. Church organs make frequent appearances, the vocals are clear, distantly recorded, while the guitars are at times rather muted the band is quite heavy, but the heaviness is derived more from mood than simply playing loud guitars. Death SS is acknowledged as a pioneer in Italian horror-inspired doom, and is a fair comparison for Black Hole, though they really have their own unique style, a sound all their own that's strangely addicting. The sound of “Living Mask” is more experimental, gothic-rock and electronic, near to dark wave sound when compared to more metallic debut “Land of Mystery”, but still remains a must-have for all doom-metal maniacs, as the mastermind Robert Measles genius and talent strongly comes out from any musical scheme, keeping the faith to Black Hole sound.

 

 

GRAVES AT SEA / SOURVEIN

Band:GRAVES AT SEA / SOURVEIN
Album:GRAVES AT SEA / SOURVEIN
Label:SEVENTH RULE
Format:CD
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

Two of Doom Metal’s highest feedbacking riff worshippers gathered together on one high quality release.

Graves at Sea, whose contributions leave an eerie aura complete with tortured vocals, foreboding composition, and a general sense of dread, occupy Side A. Recorded by Billy Anderson, (MELVINS, SLEEP, Neurosis) “Betting on Black” and “Confession” finds the all-consuming sludge for which the band is known for, flooding in amongst the tortured howls and shrieks of vocalist Nathan Misterek.

Sourvein, who have now existed for two decades of distortion, damage and TOTAL DOOM, solidify Side B. With three songs produced and recorded by Mike Dean of Corrosion of Conformity, these odes of heavy combine killer riffs, grooves and just the right amount of psychedelic appeal.

 

 

DOG YEARS - LP

Band:THE GREAT SABATINI
Album:DOG YEARS - LP
Label:SOLAR FLARE
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:METAL/POST ROCK

The noise metal aficionados at French label, Solar Flare Records, now proclaim the confirmed impending release of the newest LP from Montreal, Canada-based THE GREAT SABATINI. While virtually unavoidable influence from genre superheroes Unsane, the Melvins, The Jesus Lizard, Today Is The Day are evident within THE GREAT SABATINI’s corrosive tones, the band tackles an endless array of approaches within the delivery of their well-honed and devastating hooks and vocal styles. Through a spew of independent and unsigned singles, EPs and two previous full-length releases since 2008 amidst bouts of regional touring as well as extensive tours of North America and Europe, the band has gained a loyal fanbase within the noise, metal and sludge circuits, including the heads of Solar Flare Records, who now brings the band into their ever-expanding roster of gnarled audio chaos, for the release of Dog Years. THE GREAT SABATINI’s third proper full-length, Dog Years was recorded, mixed and mastered by Sean Pearson (Cursed, Shallow North Dakota), and boasts the band’s raw, unpolished approach to capture n act with years of accumulated experience touring, writing and recording together. The aim was to create a hi-fi document with all of their lo-fi sensibilities, grit and live energy intact, and the results are astoundingly destructive.

 

 

FAITH EXTINGUISHER - LP

Band:BAST
Album:FAITH EXTINGUISHER - LP
Label:DOOMENTIA
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:Thrash/Crossover Metal

Recorded last January, the seven tracks included in their first proper fulllength live up to the band’s name. While the title-track is a kick in the face of the non-believers, ‘Total Metal’ leaves no room for misinterpretation that will get DESASTER fans on their knees and ‘Crux et Circenses’ crawls at an almost doomish pace. Overall, the album proves that although still firmly rooted in the sound of yore, BARBARIAN isn’t anymore just about giving ‘Morbid Tales’ a new lease of life. No, as dedicated as ever, they’re now proudly sporting the AWOSHM banner (‘Ageless Wave of Stubborn Heavy Metal’) as their declaration of intent. This album is a sermon of allegiance to ALL things metal the 80’s way. Those three Italians warriors of death are like the blood-thirsty berserker depicted on the cover of ‘Faith extinguisher’ by Shagrat from ACID WITCH: on a mission and ready to destroy everything and everyone standing in their way. Yes, this is regressive metal so die by the axe!

For fans of Venom, Celtic Frost, Sodom, Buldozer, Discharge...

 

 

WAR OF THE VOIVODES

Band:KORGULL THE EXTERMINATOR
Album:WAR OF THE VOIVODES
Label:DOOMENTIA
Format:2LP
Genre:Stoner/Doom/Occult/Sludge Metal

By the time ‘War of the Voivodes’ first came out on CD through XTREEM MUSIC back in 2010, the whole ‘blimey, they’ve stolen their name from VOIVOD!’ and ‘wait, is a woman on shrieking vocals here?!’ had already died out. If said comments were aplenty a year prior when their debut album ‘Dogs of War’ was released, the fury of its follow-up silenced them all at once. Stepping way out of the black/thrash comfort zone and showcasing a yet-to-be-rivalled intensity that had yet to be unheard, ‘War’ saw the quartet becoming, literally, a far tighter and more lethal war machine.

Whereas for others 80’s metal clichés are like random patches you stitch randomly on your vest without much second thought, in KÖRGULL THE EXTERMINATOR’s case it is an essential part of their DNA without becoming a limit in itself. But those Spaniards’ most effective weapon is their relentless desire to attack, again and again until there’s nothing left. Just like the battlefields or scenes of horror they’re depicting in their lyrics, KÖRGULL THE EXTERMINATOR are at war and it never felt truer than on this, their second album.

To salute this long-awaited vinyl version, included here are no less than five bonus tracks: two covers (IMPALED NAZARENE, NAPALM DEATH) recorded by the band’s drummer Joe Bastard in his homestudio in December 2011 and three live tracks recorded by Javi ‘Bastard’ Félez from GRAVEYARD and MOONTOWER studio in June 2011, among them a scorching and epic 13 minutes+ version of “Kingdom of Darkness”. Overall, over 25 minutes of extra material and a gatefold ‘deluxe’ design to die for, ugh!

 

 

DON`T LOSE YOUR COOL

Band:DIAMOND YOUTH
Album:DON`T LOSE YOUR COOL
Label:FITA
Format:LP
Genre:Alt Rock

Diamond Youth has said to be heavily influenced by 90′s alternative music, skateboarding and girls and it shows. Don’t be fooled by the member’s hailing bands; they sound nothing like them. The group features members of Trapped Under Ice, Down to Nothing and Terror, but with a sugary sweet, thick melodic sound Diamond is clearly intent on creating songs that have more in common with Jimmy Eat World than any hardcore band you'd care to name.

 

 

CHILDRENS CORNER

Band:BERG
Album:CHILDRENS CORNER
Label:Glasstone
Format:CD
Genre:Indie/Shoegaze

Described as 'mind-blowing' (Culture NYC) and as 'distilling musical energies into chamber works of art' (David Pearl, Telavivian), the post-rock electronica trio, BERG have received a great amount of local as well as international attention due to their complex sound world and their tight performances.

BERG take influence from Portishead, Bjork, Radiohead, David Sylvian, Depeche Mode, Sidsel Endressen, Gyorgyrgy Ligeti, Mozart, Brahms, Brad Mehldau & Nick Cave to name a few. Furthermore, this trio, a group of NYC's finest musicians, have performed intensely around NYC at venues such as The Spectrum, UWS Applestore, Exapno, the Living Room, Pete's Candy Store, Silvana and MSM international webcast amongst others.

BERG are all very active musicians in the classical/ Jazz Music scene in NYC & have toured with Small Dream Ada, Emilie Wiebel, W4 Composers Collective & Crooked Tails.

 

 

UMA

Band:UMA
Album:UMA
Label:Seayou
Format:CD
Genre:Dance/Electronica

UMA is German-Austrian married couple Ella and Florian. They are living and working in Berlin. She studied classical music and sang in choirs in the solitude of southern Austria. He grew up in suburbia where he formed a Guns N' Roses tribute band with a drum machine. Both moved to (different) big cities and were part of rather successful bands. By chance they met, married and formed UMA in late 2011 as a one-off support gig for Silver Apples at the Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid that Ella was part of. That event was so inspiring that they kept making music. Their debut EP Drop Your Soul was released to critical acclaim earlier this year including a successful release tour which peaked with a performance at the London Field Day Festival.

 

 

WISDOM AND FAILURE

Band:NO CARRIER
Album:WISDOM AND FAILURE
Label:IDC
Format:CD
Genre:Dark Wave/Goth

As they already have in the past, no:carrier once again carve their own path with their new album “Wisdom & Failure,” showcasing their unique brand of Electro Noire Pop. The album’s foundation is a mixture of Dark Wave and Electro-/Synth-Pop, but from their singer Cynthia Wechselberger and keyboardist/producer Chris Wirsig enter unknown territory, skillfully adding acoustic instruments and elements of other styles – resulting in a sound that is more versatile than ever. The songs, above all else, deal with the strength that is necessary to go your own way.

 

 

THIS IS CALLED FANTASY

Band:MANTRA 2
Album:THIS IS CALLED FANTASY
Label:ALEXA INTERNATIONAL
Format:CD
Genre:Post Punk

Mantra 2 are an explosion of Post-Punk and New Wave. Heavily influenced by 80’s legends from Adam and The Ants to Duran Duran. Cat Mantra’s Vox combine with an enticingly eclectic mix of Hard Guitars, Synths, and Burundi Beats. Mantra can blow your head off with a hard hitting Guitar track One moment, then lull you into a false sense of security the next with a sublimely smooth piece of acoustic excellence. Watch out, the Cat’s about.

‘This is Called Fantasy’ is Mantra 2’s debut album. Originally released in 2004, it is now being re-issued due to popular demand. A ‘Formative’ record if you like, it takes you on journey from the ridiculous to the sublime. Watch out for guest spots from Marco Pirroni and Chris Constantinou (from The ANTS). Originally released in the USA, this time it’s here for the Brits!

 

 

WEREWOLVES OF LONDON

Band:MANTRA 2
Album:WEREWOLVES OF LONDON
Label:ALEXA INTERNATIONAL
Format:CD
Genre:Post Punk

Werewolves of London’ is being re-issued due to popular demand, riding on the wave of success produced by Cat Mantra’s latest album ‘Legacy’. Another former member of Adam and The Ants was recruited for this. The One and only Terry Lee Miall, hitting the skins on several tracks. (Watch out for ‘Confusion’ Ant fans!) And more synths on ‘Wiselies’. It was Marco Pirroni who introduced Cat Mantra to the music of The Ramones. ‘Don’t we miss you now’ is a MOST kicking track dedicated to them, and the formative American Punk scene. ‘Werewolves of London’ is a cover of the classic Warren Zevon hit, and cowriter Lou Marinell himself wrote to Cat to say ‘This is the best cover of Werewolves I’ve ever heard, and there has been many!’

 

 

GET A TATTOO EP

Band:MONSTER JAW
Album:GET A TATTOO EP
Label:COBRA KITTEN
Format:cd
Genre:Alt Rock

Monster Jaw are a highly creative trio make resonant and atmospheric Post-Garage Grunge Punk Rock coupled with tight, electrifying stage shows that have seen them gain respect and admiration throughout the UK. Monster Jaw’s debut 3 track EP, 'Get A Tattoo',

"Get A Tattoo, is filled with solid guitar riffs and catchy choruses, making for a decent debut EP." Big Cheese 9/10

For fans of Bush, Foo Fighters, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Hives, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Stereophnics and Blink 182

 

 

PSYCHOMANIA 6

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:PSYCHOMANIA 6
Label:HALB 7 RECORDS
Format:MAGAZINE / CD
Genre:Rock And Roll/Psychobilly

Feats. Batmobile, Thee Flanders, Vulture Culture, Johnny Nightmare, Brigitte Handley & the Dark Shadows, Tex Morton (Ex- Mad Sin, Sunny Domestozs, Kamikaze Queens, Nitro 17), Rampires, Wigsville Spliffs, Kasketeers, Little Neal & the Blue Flames, The Brown Vampire Catz, Es-Feiv, Tony Montanas, Kitty in a Casket, Evil Devil, Voodoo and the Headshrinkers, As Diabatz, Astro Zombies, Jim Jeffries, Pitmen, Long Tall Texans, The Griswalds, Banane Metalik, Acting Apes, The Frogs, The Rattlers, Special: Neorockabilly/ Psychobilly Szene Norddeutschland: Tom Toxic und die Holstein Rockets, Hot Wheels, Rollin Dice, Scallywags, Rockabilly Mafia, Lunatic Tunes, The Silvertones, Die Chinesischen Glückskekse, Pfeffer, Psychomania Rumble No.3.

 REVIEWS + more / 29 Track CD / 80 Pages / Back issue from 2000.

 

 

PSYCHOMANIA 7

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:PSYCHOMANIA 7
Label:HALB 7 RECORDS
Format:MAGAZINE / CD
Genre:Rock And Roll/Psychobilly

Feats. Mad Sin – Studioreport, Tazmanian Devils, Crispy Jones, Rumble Club, Surf Rats, Bloodsucking Zombies F.O.S., Johnny Nnightmare, Special: Radioactive Rock Psychobilly Scene – Ukraine, Frenzy, Gorilla, 5th Monster Stompin, 22nd Satanic Stomp, Alan Wilson / The Sharks / 10 Years Western Star, Stellar Corpses, Mad Dog Cole, Ricochets, Bang Bang Bazooka, Washington Dead Cats , Howard Raucous: Raucous Records / Go Katz, Australian Special: Vaudevillians vs. Bone Rattlers, Reverend Horton Heat, Popeyes Dik, Psychomania Rumble No. 4, Dirty Horrible Bastards, Stressor, King Kurt, Quakes. Special: Psychomania Rumble No.7.

REVIEWS + more / 29 Track CD / 152 Pages

 

 

PSYCHOMANIA 8

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:PSYCHOMANIA 8
Label:HALB 7 RECORDS
Format:MAGAZINE / CD
Genre:Rock And Roll/Psychobilly

Feats. Interviews & Stories: Guana Batz, Skitzo, Restless, Spellbound, Torment, Crowbaits, Scum Boys, Lost Souls, Wreck Kings, Nervous Breakdown, Greyhounds, Bloodsucking Zombies, Thee Flanders, Guitar Slingers, Captain Drugbuster, Roughnecks, Grapes of Wrath, Sir Psyko and his Monsters, Culture Vulture, Rapids, The Hot Wheels, Bonsai Kitten, Tom Toxic, Luna Vegas und noch viel mehr…Specials: Psychobillyscene Ungarn, Kontrabasser Special...feat. Valle (Mad Sin), Simon (Meteors), Micha Frick, Ted Harbeck, (Rockabilly Mafia), Psychobilly Ratpack 4 (Gravestompers, Out of Luck, Tony Montanas, Cat O‘ Nine Tails) Livereviews: Psychomania Rumble No.4, 23. Satanic Stomp, Psychobilly Meeting Pineda, Ukrabilly Bang Festival…

REVIEWS / 28 Track CD / POSTER 

 

 

PSYCHOMANIA 9

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:PSYCHOMANIA 9
Label:HALB 7 RECORDS
Format:MAGAZINE / CD
Genre:Rock And Roll/Psychobilly

Feats. THE GRISWALDS * NEKROMANTIX * SIMON CROWFOOT * THE QUAKES * HANCOX * SICK SICK SINNERS * FRANTIC FLINTSTONES * HOWLING WOLFMEN * GODLESS WICKED CREEPS * BAD DOOLEYS * THE BLUE CATS * POX * THE SHARKS * TALL BOYS * BRIOLES * MAD DOG COLE * RAYMEN * SPIKE * THE RUSTY ROBOTS * RUBBER CHUNKS * OUT OF LUCK * BILKO´S KRAZY COMBO * EPILEPTIC HILLBILLYS * SILVERSHINE * STOCKMEN…Live: Psychomania Rumble No.4 - Ukrabilly Bang #6 - 23rd Satanic Stomp - Bedlam Breakout…REVIEWS / 2x 25 Track CD / 152 pages

 

 

PSYCHOBILLY RATPACK 3

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:PSYCHOBILLY RATPACK 3
Label:HALB 7 RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Rock And Roll/Psychobilly

We are happy to introduce you the currently best bands of the sector Psychobilly and Neo-Rockabilly from the High North: THE HOT WHEELS - Neo-Rockabilly from BRAUNSCHWEIG, bringing 3 exclusive Smashers with catchy melodies. TOM TOXIC & HOLSTEIN ROCKETS - Rock'n'Roll and Holsteinbilly directly from the heart of Kiel. 3 German songs, one of them in a duet with Flanders-Norman. PFEFFER - from Elmshorn, playing 3 exclusive songs of a fiery mix of Ska, Punk, RockaBilly, Rock and Psychobilly. ROLLIN' DICE - Rockerbilly directly from the biggest hotbed of sins of Germany - Hamburg. They have just released their debut at Rod-Records. The label was so friendly giving us 3 of their best songs. THE SILVERTONES - a daring mix of Rockabilly, obscure '50s Rockers and a dash of Surf. The guys come from Wolfenbüttel and already exist since the beginning of the '90s. It's time for the Ratpack Sampler. The band has dug out 3 songs!! The CD comes in a costly produced full colored Digi- Pack including a 4-sided Booklet and transparent Tray, detailed band info and introduction text, as well as high-class Cover- Artwork of Norman Winter. Worldwide limited edition of 2000 pieces

 

 

PSYCHOBILLY RAT PACK 4

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:PSYCHOBILLY RAT PACK 4
Label:HALB 7 RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Rock And Roll/Psychobilly

With the Part 4 of our popular compilation series we finish the hustle and bustle around our lively and colorful topic of Psychobilly nation tours. After exploring the East German, North German and Austrian regions, the exciting tour takes us now into the sphere of our beautiful southern republic. The team led by “DT-METRONOME - Schlager nach 6:6:6” proudly presents a hot mix of Psychobilly and rough Neo-Rockabilly. This time you can find on the compilation: THE TONY MONTANAS, OUT OF LUCK, THE GRAVE STOMPERS und CAT O' NINE TAILS. Each band presents three songs that were recorded mostly exclusive to the sampler. In between, there are very funny intros / interludes that show the charming language of the southern plains. As always, star graphic artist NORMAN WINTER (THEE FLANDERS) is responsible for the beautiful artwork of the digi-pack. A grand finale for the quite popular compilation series! The CD comes in a lavishly produced digi-pack in full color with a transparent tray and lots of photos. The edition is strictly limited to only 999 pieces this time.

 

 

BEAUTY AND BRAVERY

Band:SAKARA
Album:BEAUTY AND BRAVERY
Label:Ravenheart
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

SAKARA’S DEBUT ALBUM ‘BLOOD & STONE’ WAS WELL RECEIVED BY MANY INCLUDING LOCAL BBC RADIO, AND ACTUALLY BEING VOTED IN THE TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2012 ON THE NORWEGIAN MELODIC HARD ROCK TODAY WEBSITE. NOW IT IS TIME FOR HER SECOND ALBUM OF HARD HITTING ROCK FEATURING SAKARA’S STRONG, BEAUTIFUL, HAUNTING AND UNIQUE VOICE, REMINISCENT AT TIMES OF KATE BUSH AND SIOUXSIE SIOUX.

 

 

ENTER THE METAL

Band:VARGA
Album:ENTER THE METAL
Label:UNICORN DIGITAL
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Hamilton, Ontario-based progressive metal band, VARGA, has just unleashed their 3rd full-length studio recording, 'Enter the Metal’ featuring the song, Gamera. Comprised of members Joe Varga (bass & vocals), Adam Alex (guitar), Sean Williamson (guitar), and Dan Fila (drums), the veteran band (originally formed in 1989) has built a large and loyal following of heavy metal fans, particular in their home country, on the strength of such popular releases as 1994's 'Prototype (Zoo records),' which spawned the hits "Freeze Don't Move" and "Greed" earning the band a thumbs up on the then popular Beavis and Butthead MTV program. After over a decade apart, Varga reunited in 2011, and issued their awesome reunion effort, 'Enter the Metal' (their first new studio album in 17 years).

 

 

KILLING RAPING BURNING

Band:LORD FOUL
Album:KILLING RAPING BURNING
Label:FOREVER PLAGUED
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

From the corn fields of Kentucky, before black metal was well known in the states. FPR is proud to announce for the first time officially, the release of cult demo from 1993, Killing Raping Burning with the unreleased demo "The Devils Advocate" All remastered from the original tapes. Reborn for a lot of people in 98 when Nargaroth covered their song "I Burn For You". This is and was a lost gem of the U.S. black metal underground. Fans of early Havohej will take a liking to this.

 

 

THE CELTIC WINTER

Band:GRAVELAND
Album:THE CELTIC WINTER
Label:FOREVER PLAGUED
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

One of the most evil sounding black metal albums of all time!! The sound, atmosphere, lyrics, and raw aggression of Celtic Winter can easily conjure up some of the most hateful emotions,and over most of the highest regarded black metal bands of the last few decades. Be swept into the total death spirit of early Graveland. Tracklisting on this reissue is same as the original with original artwork from the original cassette version that came out in 93 on Melissa records.

 

 

THE CELTIC WINTER - LP

Band:GRAVELAND
Album:THE CELTIC WINTER - LP
Label:FOREVER PLAGUED
Format:VINYL LP
Genre:Black Metal

One of the most evil sounding black metal albums of all time!! The sound, atmosphere, lyrics, and raw aggression of Celtic Winter can easily conjure up some of the most hateful emotions,and over most of the highest regarded black metal bands of the last few decades. Be swept into the total death spirit of early Graveland. Tracklisting on this reissue is same as the original with original artwork from the original cassette version that came out in 93 on Melissa records. LTD LP.

 

 

IN THE GLARE OF BURNING CHURCHES

Band:GRAVELAND
Album:IN THE GLARE OF BURNING CHURCHES
Label:FOREVER PLAGUED
Format:LP
Genre:Black Metal

This reissue of the 93 demo, has drive, power, hate, and all the darkness one could hope for from a black metal release. Try playing this at any party or in front of any group of people and watch the atmosphere change almost immediately in the faces of those consumed by this piece of audial violence. The screams on the alternative version which is used on this reissue vibrates straight into the core of the darkest side of your mind, causing a feeling of discomfort or pure ecstasy drenched in hate. Tracklisting on this reissue has the alternative demo and EP that was used on the original version but also has a few bonus tracks from Epilogue and the regular demo. This mix gives more of an equal ambient/black metal twist making the atmosphere even darker overall.

 

 

ENTHRONED IS THE NIGHT

Band:DEMONCY
Album:ENTHRONED IS THE NIGHT
Label:FOREVER PLAGUED
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Joined In Darkness, the time has come yet again for the rise of Demoncy. Stronger than ever they summon the power of darkness. Raising The banner of dark black metal again where so many have forgot and left behind its essence. Will those once loyal followers of the black arts again be driven into blackness where they once dwelled? In complete ecstasy we will once again cower in wait, for the night to rear us another moonlit ritual. "Enthroned Is The Night" will bring back the essence of true black metal.

 

 

ENTHRONED IS THE NIGHT - LP

Band:DEMONCY
Album:ENTHRONED IS THE NIGHT - LP
Label:FOREVER PLAGUED
Format:LP
Genre:Black Metal

Demoncy are one of the longest running USBM bands. Once named Wicked Warlock, IXithra played guitar for Profanatica in the early 90s when they signed to Osmose Productions. He soon parted ways and began his lifes work as Demoncy. To this day “Joined In Darkness” is looked at as one of the best USBM albums ever put out. “Enthroned Is The Night” was Demoncy’s step back in the “Joined In Darkness” direction, very raw and very heavy. The reviews for this album have been great.

LP With 24"x24" Poster.

 

 

COMING OF 2012

Band:DARKEST GROVE
Album:COMING OF 2012
Label:FOREVER PLAGUED
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Its been a long 6 years since the last album. Already being compared by some European fans as being very Norse'esque in sound and emotion. Immerse yourself in some very solid sounds to come from the USA with thee essence of black metal. Conceptually derived around the 2012 mythos visualizing the end in its many forms known through humanity and into the beyond. Vocally comparable to Aldrahn of ex-Dodheimsgard,Thorns,Zyklon. Unholy aggressive philosophical black metal.

 

 

DEATH AND THE BLACK WORK

Band:NIGHTBRINGER
Album:DEATH AND THE BLACK WORK
Label:FOREVER PLAGUED
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Death And The Black Work” is often looked at as the best Nightbringer album in many circles. This is the re-edition CD version that contains the entire album. The first press was done by Fullmoon Productions but was missing 2 tracks. Nightbringer are now signed to Seasons Of Mist in France. Nightbringer are looked at as one of the top USBM bands right now and have toured Europe once and played some festivals on another occasion.

 

 

BLUE MIASMA

Band:KRIEG
Album:BLUE MIASMA
Label:FOREVER PLAGUED
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

KRIEG has toured worldwide on a few occasions. Imperial the leader of KRIEG is known worldwide as one of the pioneers of U.S. black metal. Krieg is currently signed to Candlelight Records who hold the rights to their upcoming album and previous album. “Blue Miasma” had artists contribute from other well known bands such as, Nyktalgia, Satanic Warmaster & Nachtmystium.

 

 

ASEITY

Band:ESOTERICA
Album:ASEITY
Label:FOREVER PLAGUED
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Although ESOTERICA are a fresh name on the scene they are by no means newbies. “Aseity” features great guest musicians from such acts as Acherontas, Chaos Moon, Frostmoon Eclipse and Vital Remains.

Recommended for fans of U.S. band WEAKLING,Wolves In The Throne Room, Aevangelist.

 

 

DIVINATION LABYRINTH

Band:KULT OF TAURUS
Album:DIVINATION LABYRINTH
Label:FOREVER PLAGUED
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Greece has a growing black metal scene and Kult Of Taurus is an upcoming star in that region. Vicotnik of Dodheimsgard not only mastered this release but also wrote some of the more experimental parts in the studio with Kult Of Taurus. They’ve played live with great acts as ROTTING CHRIST.

 

 

ORMBLOT

Band:ORMARD
Album:ORMBLOT
Label:FOREVER PLAGUED
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Cult black metal release

Reminiscent of old Emperor w/ all the quality attributes ;

Highly regarded BM scene right now in Sweden where the band comes from.

 

 

NEGATIVE VOID TRINITY

Band:SEPTUAGINT
Album:NEGATIVE VOID TRINITY
Label:FOREVER PLAGUED
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Another prospective Greek black metal band has emerged among our ranks in the form of SEPTUAGINT.

Orthodox Black Metal, for fans of Aosoth, Ascension, Nightbringer, Chaos Invocation.

 

 

WANT

Band:WRECK AND REFERENCE
Album:WANT
Label:FLENSER
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

California-based heavy experimental duo, Wreck and Reference have returned with their best and most distinct work, their sophomore fulllength -Want. Want sees the band taking a more refined and melodic sonic direction, yet the band keeps a foot in the experimental, electronic, and post-metal genre. Mixed and mastered by Jack Shirly (Deafheaven, Whirr, Loma Prieta), Want is Wreck and Reference fully realized: undeniably nihilistic, and devastatingly addictive.

Since their inception in 2011, the band has (de)constructed a manifesto of post-genre misanthrope. Wreck and Reference have become known as being a trainwreck of contradictions. Live, the band has gained a reputation of being devastating while the band’s recorded output has exalted a post-genre misanthropic vision of solipsism, self-doubt and post-modernism. Formed in 2011 by drummer Ignat Frege and instrumentalist Felix Skinner, Wreck and Reference plays by their own rules and creates a sound that is unorthodox and captivating using drums, vocals, and computers. The band released their demo Black Cassette that same year, which immediately turned heads from critics and fans alike. The following year, Wreck and Reference released their debut full-length, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶, to more critical praise. Even more dark and mysterious than its predecessor, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ catapulted Wreck and Reference to the forefront of unconventional and mysterious heavy music. The band released their landmark effort C̶o̶n̶t̶e̶n̶t̶ in May of last year on Flenser, which was called “weirdly heavy and unnerving” by NPR.

 

 

SOUL RECALL

Band:RUDE
Album:SOUL RECALL
Label:FDA REKOTZ
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

Outstanding Cali-Death Metal act.

RIYL Autopsy, Death, Asphyx etc...

 

 

BLACK DAWN

Band:BLOOD OF SERPENTS
Album:BLACK DAWN
Label:ETERNAL SOUND
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Black / Death Metal act from Southern Sweden.

RIYL Marduk, Dissection, Satyricon etc.

 

 

BEYOND THE SEA

Band:TOTHEM
Album:BEYOND THE SEA
Label:MAPLE METAL
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Canadian female fronted Metal act

RIYL Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, Within Temptation etc.

 

 

BLACKENED HEART

Band:HARD RIOT
Album:BLACKENED HEART
Label:PITCH BLACK
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Hard Rock / Metal act from Heilbronn Germany.

Includes guest appearances by members of The Unguided.

 

 

IN DEATHS SHADOWS

Band:KNIGHTMARE
Album:IN DEATHS SHADOWS
Label:METALAPOLIS
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Australian Heavy Metal act with no borders!

US Metal, European Power Metal and Grindcore influences all combined... 

 

 

JOIN THE PARTY

Band:STOP STOP
Album:JOIN THE PARTY
Label:METALAPOLIS
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Spanish Glam / Hard Rock band located in London UK.

52 gig UK tour in Summer 2014.

 

 

THE EERIE SOUND OF THE SLOW AWAKENING

Band:DEATHROW
Album:THE EERIE SOUND OF THE SLOW AWAKENING
Label:FOLTER
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Black Metal a la the classic early Nineties sound.

New solo project of legendary BM drummer Thorns (Acherontas,Kult,Nocternity etc).

 

 

A HATRED MANIFESTO

Band:NARBELETH
Album:A HATRED MANIFESTO
Label:FOLTER
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Cuban Black Metal act.

A Must have for fans of the early 90's Black Metal sound.

 

 

HERE`S TO AN EARLY GRAVE

Band:FIST OF THE NORTH STAR
Album:HERE`S TO AN EARLY GRAVE
Label:STIK MAN
Format:CD
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

"Best situated amongst the newer hardcore traditionalists such as New Mexican Disaster Squad and Cloak/Dagger, yet clearly on their own playing field, and not really willing to let others join in, Fist Of The North Star are an impressive display of youthful vigour and malicious aural designs." -Keith Carman (Exclaim Magazine)

For fans of: D.R.I., Zeke, Kid Dynamite, The Dwarves

 

 

ABALAM

Band:HEXIS
Album:ABALAM
Label:MUSIC FEAR SATAN
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Danish act directly inspired by the darkness of black metal and the brutality of punk hadcore

For fans of CELESTE, TERRA TENEBROSA, NAILS...

 

 


 
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