Friday, September 30, 2016
Every once in a while, I think most people would agree, you hear an album that just absolutely grabs you from the first moment you put needle to groove, insert disc into player, or click play. I think it is equally true that sometimes an album just presses your “fun album” button. This is just such an album.
Truth be told, I’d never heard of Cybernetic Witch Cult before a couple of months ago. But when I first clicked “play” on the ol’ compy 4000 (actually it’s a Dell desktop pc but that’s no fun) I was instantly grabbed by their offering Spaceous Cretaceous. It’s not every album that begins with what I can only assume is an audio clip from a classic B-movie that I’m unfamiliar with that says “…sir, we’re an anti-terrorist unit…we weren’t trained to hunt these mega-dinosaurs…” then get instantly launched by a wave of blistering riffs into a heavy metal tale of humans being hunted by velociraptors brought back by a crash landed ship containing animals from Earth’s past causing the ending of mankind and ushering in a new age of dinosaurs. That’s just what happens though in the opening track “Velocirapture.” Then, just as you’re realizing that you can’t stop grinning like a Cheshire cat, your Alice-in-Wonderland tale continues further down the rabbit hole as Harrison Ford spouts off one of Han Solo’s classic one-liners “…I thought they smelled bad on the outside…” whisking the listener away to the frozen wastelands of Hoth, retelling the tale of Luke Skywalker’s near-death experience at the hands of the vicious Wampa in “Hunted on Hoth.” Indeed, many of the songs contained herein have some connection to sci-fi and pop culture with audio bites employed before and during songs to hilarious and magnificent effect. “Dark Star” is a peek into the 1974 John Carpenter sci-fi comedy of the same name, while “Hail to the King” retells the saga of Ash as he battles the “Evil Dead” through time. Groovy. “Cloven Hooves, Horns and Wings” tells the story of a lonely Lucifer coming to Earth once every thousand years seeking his Princess of Darkness to share damnation with, and “Enchantress” is the classic tale of a succubus consuming her prey. There are more fun and awesome pop culture references that I will not spoil here. The reason I won’t divulge those is because apart from all the well-placed tongue-in-cheek humor, at its’ heart Spaceous Cretaceous is a brilliant metal masterpiece blending heavy as hell riffs straddling the line between traditional metal, doom, and stoner rock with creative songwriting and storytelling, and it truly deserves to be listened to from purely musical standpoint…seriously…without cracking up while throwing the horns…Hey! Cut that out! I said seriously!
This album is groovy, plainly and simply groovy in every aspect. The humor will grab you but the musical hooks will keep you coming back for listen after listen.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Around these parts, I'm pretty much known as the guy who writes about the most vile and foul music from the deepest, darkest recesses of the music world. It may come as a big surprise then when I tell you that I have a very deep love of the blues. It's not often that we get something like this to review so I was more than happy to pop in this DVD and see what was in store.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
"The breadth of influences makes this a varied listen, with the band twisting those influences to sculpt something of their very own and creating a sound that is unified rather than disparate." -- Powerplay
"One can hear a pronounced influence from Pentagram's First Daze Here as well as Blue Cheer as though the last 45-years melted away and the Psychedelic Era begun anew." -- The Obelisk
"It is such a trip that three Swedish dudes can create tunes that sound like they are opening for the MC5. There is no way around it -- this f**king band can rock, straight up!" -- CvltNation
Swedish trio Svvamp are streaming their forthcoming debut album on RidingEasy Records in full starting today on the debut day for the new music site Clrvynt.com. Hear and share Svvamp album HERE. (Direct Soundcloud).
Svvamp is the real deal. Countless bands today strive to sound genuine -- whether faking their way through a ProTools pastiche of carefully assembled takes, painstakingly tarnishing tracks to give them a "live feel" or simply copying the style of their favorite band. And, usually, their posturing is entirely transparent.
Every once in a while though, you find a band without self-conscious pretense that truly echoes the mood and vibe of an era when the rulebooks were burned with the draft cards and the act of playing rock'n'roll was simultaneously defiant and inherently casual. Svvamp is just that type of primordial beauty captured on a perfect 11-song debut.
Svvamp was created by three friends - Adam Johansson, Henrik Bjorklund and Erik Stahlgren - drawn together for the sake of jamming and a love of rock, folk and blues. Their resulting heavy psych sound is immediately gripping in its homespun feel and hints of Cream, Eric Bell-era Thin Lizzy, CCR and Crazy Horse.
"Our first recordings were made on a 4-channel cassette PortaPro (with microphones that we found lying around) and were really crude, recorded live to cassette," the band explains. "We grew fond of that live feel and demo takes started to sound like finished songs. Over time, with almost everything made live in our rehearsal room, it became a full album."
"Serpent in the Sky" kicks things off with a syncopated bluesy riff romp, while "Burning Down" echoes the stomping freeform feel of the New Yardbirds' "How Many More Times." Once things settle in to the laid back shuffle of "Free At Last", Svvamp really finds its groove and lets loose like Axis: Bold As Love Jimi Hendrix. "Time" sounds almost like Ziggy Stardust era Bowie with a boogie swagger and cheeky vocals. "Set My Foot and Leave" sounds as earnest and unpretentious as The Faces (and at times like Rod Stewart's "Maggie May", without all that shaggy, smug Rodness). Elsewhere, "Blue In the Face" slips into a heavy groove while "Oh, Girl" bashes out stop 'n' go riffs with the Marshall stack dramatics of Blue Cheer. Chiming mandolin and acoustic guitars lead the charming closing anthem, "Down By The River" (not the Neil Young song).
Svvamp will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on September 2nd, 2016 via RidingEasy Records.
Record label: RidingEasy Records
Release date: September 2nd, 2016
01) Serpent in the Sky
02) Fresh Cream
03) Burning Down
04) Free At Last
06) Set My Foot and Leave
07) Big Rest
08) Golden Crown
09) Blue in the Face
10) Oh, Girl
11) Down By the River
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"Groundbreaking metal album gets a mesmerically expansive reissue. A-" -- Consequence of Sound
"Pink was prescient in how metal would rethink what it meant to be heavy, with metallic shoegaze butting up against feedback-sick drone and glittery punk." -- NPR
Japanese trio Boris today announce that they will bring their just completed North American tour Boris Performing Pink to Europe and the UK this Fall. The band is touring in support of the 10th anniversary Pink (Deluxe Edition) reissue, released in July on Sargent House. Please see current dates below.
NPR previously premiered "SOFUN" HERE. Pitchfork announced the release with "Are You Ready?" HERE. The complete Pink (Deluxe Edition) is available to hear and share via Bandcamp.
Pink, the landmark 2006 album by Boris, which earned widespread critical praise -- including Pitchfork's Top 10 Albums of 2006 -- was reissued in an expanded edition for the album's 10th anniversary.
The deluxe 3xLP box set and 2xCD features an entire album of previously unreleased tracks recorded during the Pink album sessions in 2004-2005. The bonus Forbidden Songs collects 9 tracks of the same hyperactive, accessible and aggressive caliber of the original album, available here for the first time, mixed (with additional editing and arrangement) in 2015 and mastered in January 2016.
In 2006, Pink was Boris' 10th album and a major breakthrough that earned new fans outside of the underground metal community -- the track "Farewell" was even featured in Jim Jarmusch's classic film The Limits of Control. The album landed on countless "best of the year" lists from underground metal sites to mainstream rock magazines. And the praise was certainly well deserved for its more accessible sound and explorations into shoegaze and ambient structures alongside brutal noise, searing psychedelia and apocalyptic doom.
Boris is now in their 24th year as a band -- 20 years in the classic trio lineup -- and showing no signs of slowing down. They have always demolished expectations of what a band can do musically and aesthetically. And in looking back with Pink (Deluxe Edition), the band's trajectory as experimenters and innovators over subsequent releases becomes even clearer.
Pink (Deluxe Edition) was released everywhere (excluding Japan) on July 8th on 3xLP box set, 2xCD and download via Sargent House. iTunes orders HERE, 3xLP box set and 2xCD editions are available via Hello Merch.
BORIS TOUR 2016:
11/18 Helsinki, FI @ Tavastia
11/20 Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Strand
11/21 Oslo, NO @ Bla
11/22 Gothenburg, SE @ Truckstop Alaska
11/23 Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA
11/24 Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
11/25 Berlin, DE @ White Trask
11/27 Boulogne Billancourt, FR @ Festival BB Mix
11/28 Reims, FR @ La Cartonnerie
11/30 Nuremberg, DE @ Zentralcafe at K4
12/01 Milan, IT @ Lo Fi Club
12/02 Rome, IT @ Init
12/03 Livorno, IT @ The Cage
12/04 Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv Club
12/06 Reitschule, CH @ Dachstock
12/07 Geneva, CH @Antigel Festival
12/09 Moscow, RU @ Theater
12/10 St. Petersburg, RU @ ClubZal
12/11 Tilburg, NL @ Incubate Festival
12/12 Brussels, BE @ Rotonde Botanique
12/13 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
12/14 Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
12/15 Manchester, UK @ Sound Control
12/16 Newcastle, UK @ University
12/18 Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
12/19 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
12/20 Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
12/21 Athens, GR @ Fuzz Club
www.borisheavyrocks.com (Official site: Japan)
borisheavyrocks.tumblr.com (BORIS news U.S.)
Follow BORIS on Twitter: @Borisheavyrocks
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
UFOMAMMUT Enters The Studio To Record Their Eighth Full Length; European And Australian Dates Posted
Italian psychedelic power trio UFOMAMMUT is currently in the process of forging their eighth LP, following their heady/heavy 2015 epic for Neurot Recordings, Ecate. The band is knuckling down at Crono Sound Factory in Vimodrone, just north of Milan, the first time recording with their soundlord Ciccio and his comrades of Femore Production. Having spent much of the past year refining their exploratory jam sessions to make them fit for purpose - expect more of their inimitable dense, organic riffing to emerge in 2017, with teasers on the way sooner.
Having just wrapped up a European tour which included dates with their friends in Neurosis and fellow countrymen Grime, UFOMAMMUT has their sights set on Australia and New Zealand, and will be traveling there in early October with the masters of doom tone, Monolord. Those dates are followed by further European shows, which include a performance at this year's Damnation Festival in Leeds on November 5th, alongside Electric Wizard, Enslaved, Cult of Luna, Akercocke, and many more.
UFOMAMMUT Tour Dates:
10/03/2016 San Fran - Wellington, NZ w/ Monolord
10/04/2016 Kings Arms - Auckland, NZ w/ Monolord
10/06/2016 Crowbar - Brisbane, AU w/ Monolord
10/07/2016 Bald Faced Stag - Sydney, AU w/ Monolord
10/08/2016 Max Watts - Melbourne, AU w/ Monolord
10/09/2016 Rosemount - Perth, AU w/ Monolord
11/02/2016 Backstage - Paris, FR
11/06/2016 Mod - Hasselt, BE
11/04/2016 Underworld - London, UK
11/05/2016 Damnation Festival - Leeds, UK
11/07/2016 Werk 2 - Leipzig, DE
11/08/2016 Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, DE
11/09/2016 Musikzentrale- Nurnberg, DE
11/10/2016 Faust - Hannover, DE
11/12/2016 Le Guess Who Festival - Utrecht, NL
11/13/2016 Underground - Koln, DE
Montréal's sludge blues trio DOPETHRONE hit hard once again, with the 100% free release of their new EP "1312" on Riff Dealer Records. This 3-track joint also comes with the intoxicating video for "Shot Down".
Download Dopethrone's new EP "1312" FOR FREE
Watch the #NSFW video for "Shot Down" here
DOPETHRONE's new EP "1312" was written and recorded in the winter of 2015, and serves as a transition between the band's largely acclaimed fourth album "Hochelaga" and their next full-length. The video for "Shot Down" features live footage and behind the scenes from the many festivals and clubs they have played in Europe and the U.S this year.
DOPETHRONE "1312" out now on Riff Dealer Records
Available on free download // Vinyl & CD coming soon...
1. Shot Down
3. Skag Reek
- Artwork by Alexandre Goulet -
The riff comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s clean, catchy and elegant. Sometimes it’s filthy, grimy and about as elegant as a sledgehammer to the sternum. DOPETHRONE is the latter. This D.I.Y trio from Hochelaga, Montreal’s trashiest ghetto, wallows in smoke, demons, death, the occult and enough psychotropic drugs to send both Hunter S. Thomspson and William Burroughs on one hell of a trip. Delivering some of the filthiest, most skull-crushing riffs drenched in distortion and fuzz, they encompass the bleakness of black metal, the steadfastness of New Orleans-style sludge with a heavier-than-thou doom mentality. Riffage is thick, punishing, suffocating and destructive and demonic vocals are harsh, visceral and animal-like for tunes dripping with pervasive THC. DOPETHRONE take over doom and view it through a crusty lens, and that perspective rise the genre to new heights of sonic filth.
After three records that have knocked out all sludge and doom fans across the globe, Canada's insane weed-laden trio DOPETHRONE returned in 2015 with their fourth album "Hochelaga" - named after the band's dodgy neighbourhood in Montréal. "Hochelaga" is simply their most infectious effort to date, which has been widely acclaimed by the international critic. Despite a severe leg injury for guitarist/vocalist Vince that led the band to cancel many shows, 2016 has been a very productive year for the band, who released a split record with US doom merchants Fister and the "1312" EP, as well as bringing their dirty grooves to many European and North America cities through an extensive summer and fall tour.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Desert rock legends FATSO JETSON return with new album "Idle Hands" this October on Heavy Psych Sounds.
Palm Desert's stoner rock initiators FATSO JETSON are returning this fall with their seventh full-length "Idle Hands" on Heavy Psych Sounds, which will be followed by a full European tour.
Following on from 2010’s "Archaic Volumes", "Idle Hands" is FATSO JETSON's first studio album in six years. The Californian outfit features Mario Lalli alongside fellow guitarist and son Dino Von Lalli, drummer Tony Tornay, and bassist Larry Lalli. The album was recorded and mastered by the band's live bassist Mathias Schneeberger (Masters Of Reality, Gutter Twins, Earthlings) at Rancho de la Luna.
Discover two songs off "Idle Hands" on The Obelisk
FATSO JETSON's frontman Mario Lalli recently confessed to The Obelisk:
"This record represents one of the toughest years in my life. To be honest, I barely got it done. It’s a very important record because I’m in a way coming out of a long troubled period, and with lots of love and help from my friends and family I got to a place where I could get back to music and express some of this stuff. The band spent three days at Rancho de la Luna with Mathias Schneeberger recording and co-producing and writing on some pretty rough ideas. Dino, my son, wrote a lot of the heavier, more angular, intense music, and I was coming from a more melodic, dark vibe… seemed to all come together. (...) The title of the album is straightforward and the record, the contrary action, to faith without works is dead. We are stoked to do the record with Gabriele from Heavy Psych Sounds. He’s been so supportive of us for years now, a good friend. That’s how this should be."
FATSO JETSON - New album "Idle Hands"
Out October 7th on Heavy Psych Sounds // Pre-order
Artwork by Kelly Keith
1. Wire Wheels and Robots
2. Portuguese Dream Black N Red
3. Royal Family
4. Nervous Eater
6. Idle Hands
7. Last Of The Good Times
8. Then and Now
9. The Vincent Letter
10. 48 Hours
11. Dream Homes
A1. Wire Wheels and Robots
A2. Portuguese Dream Black N Red
A3. Royal Family
A4. The Vincent Letter
A5. Then and Now
B1. Last Of The Good Times
B2. Nervous Eater
B3. 48 Hours
B4. Idle Hands
FATSO JETSON formed in California's Palm Desert in 1994 and are often credited as one of the fathers of the desert strain of stoner rock, made most famous by their slightly younger neighbors Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age. While musically similar to some of their stoner brethren, they incorporate a broader variety of musical influences that includes punk, blues, jazz and surf music. That is not to say that the band isn't capable of dishing out supremely heavy riffs... Certainly grounded in dense hard rock, FATSO JETSON experiment with many musical textures, angular instrumental epics, and bizarre lyrics to create a punk, blues art rock of their own.
In 1995, the group recorded their debut "Stinky Little Gods" and followed that up in 1997 with "Power of Three". Brant Bjork briefly joined up as second guitarist and appeared on two 7" releases. The band then teamed up with Bongload Records, who released their third full-length "Toasted" in 1998. Guitarist and old friend Gary Arce joined the band to record thier fourth LP "Flames for All" in 2000 for Frank Kozik's Man's Ruin Label. FATSO JETSON also contributed to "The Desert Sessions" releases that Josh Homme organized, bringing desert musicians and other like-minded rock creatives together to collaborate. Homme's record label Rekords Rekords released their next album "Cruel and Delicious", on which the band was joined by Vince Meghrouni on sax and harp, adding a new dimention to their hard to pin sound.
Following on from their 2010 LP "Archaic Volumes", FATSO JETSON ran a handful of successful European tours, including sold out performances at Roadburn Festival, Desertfest London and Berlin or Stoned From the Underground. Mario Lalli's son Dino joined the band for a split 12" with fellow desert dwellers Yawning Man, quickly followed by a split record with space lords Farflung on Heavy Psych Sounds. This marked the beginning of a collaboration with the Italian label, who will issue their newest album "Idle Hands" in the fall of 2016.
FATSO JETSON IS
Mario Lalli - Guitar & Vocals
Dino Von Lalli - Guitar
Larry Lalli - Bass (on tour: Mathias Schneeberger)
Tony Tornay - Drums
FATSO JETSON LINKS
Italian heavy doom rock band The Ossuary sign with Supreme Caos Records. Debut album "Post Mortem Blues" out in January 2017
Italian doomsters THE OSSUARY sign with Supreme Chaos Records. Consisting of members that have been active in the underground scene for long this new ensemble mortale introduces with heavy doom rock breathing the spirit of Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Pentagram and the thrust of early heavy rock bands like Cactus, Captain Beyond, Wishbone Ash.
The debut album entitled “Post Mortem Blues” will hit the street by January 2017. The title could not be more fitting. Unpolished, pure sounding 8 titles that send you straight back to the 70s where THE OSSUARY would have been easily one of the heaviest bands on the planet.
The band states:
“We are really happy as we didn’t imagine this could happen when we first put this new band together just one year and a half ago. Things went fast but we know we worked hard and signing with Supreme Chaos Records is one hell of achievement - the first one in our case – and it’s great to know we have a home for our future record “mournings.”
The song “Graves Underwater” taken from the album can be listened in its entirety here:
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Mammoth Storm sounds like their name. It’s big, it’s powerful and full of doom. Having released Rite of Ascension and Fornjot and touring the European continent the last few years this storm is growing into a tornado although it spins very slow, heavy and doomy. Drummer Emil Ahlman took the time answering the ultimate test for a band: The Ripple Interview.
What have been your musical epiphany moments?
Well thinking about some of the special moments when music has turned my world upside down one thing that comes to mind is of course when I was just a kid, but already a die-hard metal-fan for a couple of years, and heard some really down-tuned and guttural death-metal while visiting a record shop in Stockholm. At that moment I thought someone actually had been visiting hell with a tape recorder, ha ha. There are too many of those moments connected to music to mention here, but that one is still a cherished memory as it led me into a new world and a realization of what you can accomplish with just the regular tools for creating rock music.
Talk to us about the song-writing process for you. What comes first, the idea? A riff? The lyrics? How does it all fall into place?
The most common way for us to go is to start with a riff, and then put it together with some other ideas of how to make a song out of it. Then there has to be some kind of narrative put in words as well and that part is often made when the structure of the song is almost complete.
Who has influenced you the most?
I guess it´s pretty obvious that our sound is inspired by early doom and death-metal bands combined with the later heavy stoner thing. When it comes down to personalities I have to mention Gylve aka: Fenriz of Darkthrone, though I think he is responsible for having one of the healthiest minds in the scene as he don´t give a flying fuck about what you think about what is cool or not. In that sense he´s a role model for sure. Funny and smart.
Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?
That´s a tricky one. Inspiration comes and goes just like the cat and you never know when it will appear the next time. I get a lot of inspiration by walking, so that is the short answer.
We're all a product of our environment. Tell us about the band's hometown and how that reflects in the music?
Nowadays we do live in different cities, but the little town called Säffle where we started is a bit boring so that explains a lot, doesn´t it? No, if I´ll try to make a serious answer here I think that we started to play together just to copy with everyday life in a small and somewhat limited place and that the gloom and doom fits our mindset at wintertime when it´s dark and cold and you just want to be reborn as a butterfly.
Where'd the band name come from?
The weather news.
You have one chance, what movie are you going to write the soundtrack for?
I think that some kind of sci-fi about a primitive future, a la Mad Max or something, would be fitting for us to write for.
You now write for a music publication (The Ripple Effect?). You're going to write a 1,000 word essay on one song. Which would it be and why?
That would be the title track of our debut album since you easily could make that one into a longer story without watering it down.
What is you musical intention? What are you trying to express or get your audience to feel?
Thunder and might! We want our audience to feel fearless, strong and sweaty.
Come on, share with us a couple of your great, Spinal Tap, rock and roll moments?
We actually had some of that on our latest tour with Earth Ship and High Fighter, but I´ll only tell something that happened to me as I don´t want my friends to be angry with me. Ok, the tour went really well and at our fourth or something gig, that occurred in Nantes, France, I felt that the nerves from the first gigs were gone and that I was really comfortable with my playing and the very good sound that we got there. This great feeling made me a bit unfocused though, and in our second song I lost it completely at one part and played like shit the rest of the gig. After we finished I was very angry with myself and couldn’t find a way to let off steam so when we got to the motel in the middle of the night I remembered that I had brought with me a pair of really disgusting speedos that I got from my parents for some reason. With nothing but these on I spent the rest of the night and it actually made me forgive and forget my lousy performance. I´m not sure if the speedos are forgiven though.
Tell us about playing live and the live experience for you and for your fans?
I think that we definitely are a live act first and foremost. We enjoy playing live and the response while we´re out there has been fantastic!
What makes a great song?
When a song makes you move and when you remember it afterwards, there you have what makes it in my opinion.
Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?
The first song we wrote together as a band is called “Volcanic Winter” and if you haven’t heard it I think you should visit our Bandcamp site and have listen as it is really catchy. It´s nice to think back on when it got put together.
I personally are very proud of all of the things we´ve accomplished so far, but the end of our demo song “Yersinia Pestis” is very melancholic in a way that I like a lot.
Who today, writes great songs? Who just kicks your ass? Why?
I´ve had my ass kicked by Blood Incantations “Star spawn” just before I started this interview. Otherwise I still think that the Finnish magicians of Oranssi Pazuzu are insanely good at what they do.
Vinyl, CD, or digital? What's your format of choice?
Vinyl is what I started with and I´ve never left so…never thought that cd´s were that fun even though I have a lot of them as well.
Whiskey or beer? And defend your choice.
Both are fine, and definitely better than milk. Have to go easy with Whiskey though.
We, at the Ripple Effect, are constantly looking for new music. What's your home town, and when we get there, what's the best record store to lose ourselves in?
I live in a town called Karlstad and when you are here you only have one place to go, so it´s good luck that it´s a good one, and it´s a second-hand store/waterhole for all kinds of music lovers called “Knastret”. (Knaster is that sound you get when the needle spins on the record and there is dust and stuff on it.)
What's next for the band?
We´ll play in Oslo, Gothenburg and Budapest in the nearest future and we´ll also rehears and put some new songs together. Looking forward to it all!
Any final comments or thoughts you'd like to share with our readers, the waveriders?
Well, support good music by go to concerts and buy the records. Share a pint with us if we cross roads sometime.
Find out more:
Live in Gothenburg 2015.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
SWAMP WITCH: The Slithering Bog From Oppressive Death Doom Collective Streaming At Decibel; Record Out Now On Vinyl Via Tribunal Of The Axe
"The Slithering Bog moves slowly but heavily, accented by echoing growls and slow, oftentimes psychedelic, guitars. It's an album that just feels creepy, in the best way." -- Decibel
The Slithering Bog is the oppressive, six-track offering from West Coast death doom collective SWAMP WITCH. Captured during July 2014 at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, California by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Annihilation Time, Noothgrush, et al) and mastered at Trakworx in San Francisco by Justin Weiss (Ludicra, Slough Feg, Cormorant, et al), the record was initially released on cassette via Transylvanian Tapes and is now available on vinyl via Tribunal Of The Axe.
In celebration of its release, Decibel is currently streaming the record in full issuing, "What happens when you mix suffocating death/doom with hallucinogenic elements and lyrics about derealization then remaster it for vinyl? You get SWAMP WITCH's haunting The Slithering Bog.... The Slithering Bog moves slowly but heavily, accented by echoing growls and slow, oftentimes psychedelic, guitars. It's an album that just feels creepy, in the best way."
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SWAMP WITCH is the culmination of psychedelic substances, occult practices, and a collective interest in dark, strange, and ultimately hallucinogenic music originally devised with the sole intent to commit and record ritualistic extremities through heavy music only for the night of 9/9/09. In the aftermath, members found themselves pressed to continue the slow-burning drudgery sparked on that September ninth into the months that followed, leading to shows, recordings, band members towing themselves out of the smog from Central Valley, California and into Oakland (and Arcata, respectively) and finally, the vinyl release that recollects the original material of that evening: Gnosis.
The punishing, murky layers protruding from 2011's Gnosis recordings drip with the trance-laden, drug-induced efforts of '70s psychedelia compressed into the claustrophobic toil and painful repetition of '90s sludge. This concept of Gnosis actually seems more akin to H. P. Lovecraft's ideas of psychosis and derealization as the only thing the feeble human mind can experience when confronting truth (cosmicism), as opposed to gnosis in the classic, transcendental sense of the term. In other words, it's fucked up.
The Slithering Bog continues where Gnosis left off: massive riffs and drug induced occult imagery dripping with psychedelia emphasized on tracks like opener "Strange Cults" and the grim pursuit that is "The Marsh of Delusion." The psychedelia evoked here by SWAMP WITCH is offset by a painful and toiling death/doom; nasty, alienating, tempos filled with otherworldly visions. Although description of this style range may seem conflicting, the lyrical themes involving psychosis and derealization create an obvious connection and intention between any supposed opposition of sound. The sound SWAMP WITCH presents here is involved with channeling a period of doom, before it broke big, that wasn't needlessly defined by sub genres: it's all dark and heavy. Indeed, the end result of almost two years of writing proved worthy, as warped landscapes and fungal textures resting somewhere between dream-like and sleep paralysis culminated into The Slithering Bog.
"Managing a fine balance between lumbering, sludgy doom metal and drug-fractured psychedelia, the band brings to mind the likes of Yob, Electric Wizard, and Weedeater, but there's something altogether deeper running through the proceedings than mere sonic affiliations." - Rue Morgue
"This record literally creeps up on you, and traps you slowly and imperceptibly, and when you realize that its slimy and vile tentacles are already around your neck, it is too late, you're fucked." - Cvlt Nation
"...swampy, witchy, stinking psychotropic sludge..." - Echoes And Dust
"Slow, nasty, compelling, and repugnant; The Slithering Bog is the soundtrack to lost nightmares. You may not realize it yet, but this means it's utterly essential." - Wonderbox Metal
MISS LAVA: Portuguese Psychedelic Outfit Issues Cryptic New Video For "Another Beast Is Born" + Tour Dates Announced
Following the Small Stone Records release of their Sonic Debris LP in May, Portugal's MISS LAVA has just issued a new video from the record, created for the song "Another Beast Is Born." The clip is an adaptation of 1971 French film Don't Deliver Us From Evil (Mais Ne Nous Délivrez Pas Du Mal) by Joël Séria.
Offers vocalist Johnny Lee of the song, "In times like these is unbelievable how often we see people losing their lives by the hands of cold-hearted creatures who have no regard for human life. 'Another Beast Is Born' is our trip to hell to meet those creatures. It's a song with a touch of doom and black metal, a dark place we haven't explored before in MISS LAVA, a song with a big riff that still blows my mind, and is one of my favorites in the album."
See MISS LAVA's "Another Beast Is Born" video RIGHT HERE.
MISS LAVA also begins a steady burst of Portuguese tour dates this week in support of the album, with shows booked throughout their home country from now through November, with many additional live shows to be continually announced in the weeks ahead.
MISS LAVA Tour Dates:
10/01/2016 Festival Bardoada e AJCOI - Pinhal Novo, PT
10/08/2016 Festival Faro Alternativo - Faro, PT
10/28/2016 DRAC - Figueira da Foz, PT
10/29/2016 Club de Vila Real - Vila Real, PT
11/19/2016 Bafo de Baco - Loulé, PT
See MISS LAVA's previously-released videos for"The Silent Ghost Of Doom" RIGHT HERE and "In The Arms Of Freaks" HERE, and stream Sonic Debris in its entirety HERE.
Sonic Debris is available on CD and 180-gram light blue vinyl limited to 500 units at THIS LOCATION.
A true sonic voyage with a diversity beyond anything yet evidenced by the band, Sonic Debris traverses unexplored auditory landscapes. Throughout the record's ten consuming movements, MISS LAVA manifests explosive sound textures, kaleidoscopic asteroids, and obscure beasts making for an all-consuming listen that's difficult to overlook. Outlaws Of The Sun notes, "Sonic Debris sounds like the stoned out offspring of Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss, Monster Magnet and Truckfighters all vying for musical supremacy. And for that you will be crazy to miss this superb album. Excellent and highly recommended." Rock And Roll Fables hails the band's fusion of, "Kyuss' wall of sound with Monster Magnet's psychedelia and a little of Corrosion Of Conformity's Southern-fried jam sensibility," further gushing, "Saying MISS LAVA could be the next Kyuss is a bold statement. I know this. That band was the one that set me on the path to my musical awakening when I was just a wee lad. If Kyuss followed up Blues For The Red Sun with another album (and not the Sky Valley concept), then they'd be lucky to have it sound as good as Sonic Debris. Yep, I said it."
Sonic Debris was captured at Pentagon Audio Manufacturers, JDB Showroom, and Estúdio Crossover in Lisbon at various times throughout 2014 and 2015, produced by Fernando Matias and MISS LAVA, engineered by Matias, José Pedro Ataíde, and Ricardo Bravo, mixed by Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studios in Boston, Massachusetts, and mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sonic Debris follows 2013's Red Supergiant and 2009's Blues For The Dangerous Miles, which was listed among Loud Magazine's Top Five Portuguese albums of that year, and 2008's limited edition, self-titled EP.