Friday, February 23, 2018

Ripple Music New Releases, Pre-orders, and the Baddest SXSW Party You've Ever Seen!


Hot on the heels of their sold out previous Ripple release, the mighty doom metal monsters of Blackwulf return with their newest, and arguably best album ever.  Bringing in the guest lead guitar of Doom legend Geof O'Keefe (founding member of Pentagram and Bedomon) Blackwulf rage through 8 tracks of what can only be described as old school, retro-70's unadulterated heavy rock and metal.   Limited Edition vinyl, worldwide black vinyl, CD's and test presses are up for pre-order now with the official release date Feb 23.  You dont' want to miss this one.
Everyone's been asking about this!  The brand new Freedom Hawk album is almost here, and it rages with all the fierce riffing and fuzzed mania you'd come to know and love from these Virginian rockers.  "Beast Remains" is pure Freedom Hawk in every sense of the word.  Pre-order are live now!  So pick one up with your Blackwulf!
I think this one caught many people off guard, except for the legions of ATG fans already out there.  Limited vinyl and tests sold out in less than 24 hours, but black and CD's are still in stock (actually CD's sold out too, but have been reordered!)  If you haven't heard these guys, you're missing out on some powerful, rampaging Motorhead inspired heavy blues.  You can listen here and enjoy!
And here it is!  The first ever Official Ripple Music SXSW Showcase!  Featuring Mothership, Wo Fat, The Watchers, Blackwulf (with Geof O'keefe), Steak (all the way from the UK) and Salem's Bend.  You don't need a SXSW badge to get in, you can get tickets at the door.  All you have to do is be in Austin and be ready for some damn good music.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard/Slomatics – Totems

I love splits and this one is certainly worthy of my affections. It’s brought to us by Black Bow Records, which is run by one of the fine gentlemen from the band Conan, so if you like your music loud, heavy, slow, and crushing, this release has you covered all the way around. This split is a little unique, in that it is more of a collaboration between the bands. They worked on the overall themes of the album together and there is a little more cohesiveness between what the bands have on offer here than there usually is with splits. In my mind, that’s even more reason why you should check it out.

I love Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard (hereafter known as MWWB), and it puzzles me a bit why they are not bigger in the heavy music scene. Perhaps some people are put off a bit by the name, which is taking the piss a little when it comes to other bands in this genre. They describe themselves as “3 ape descendents and an astral seraphim combining their powers to generate colossal interstellar arias of plutonium weight.” It seems a pretty apt description and if it sounds good to you, don’t read any farther, just go find their music. Oh, and they are from Wales if that matters to anyone.

MWWB contribute two songs to this split. The first, “The Master and His Emissary”, starts out with a couple of minutes of synth work that could have come from a John Carpenter soundtrack. Then the heavy drops and I promise you that mushroom clouds will come out of your speakers when it happens. At least it did with mine. Just crushing riffs that repeat paired up with ethereal vocals, and then they change it up a bit and hammer the listener some more. The second track is “Eagduru” and delivers more of the same. Of course, it's not the same track or there wouldn’t be any need to give it a different name, but you get the idea. Slow, heavy, repetitive, wonderful.

Slomatics hail from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and it is easy to see how they were paired with MWWB on this split. To my ears, these guys deal in more fuzz, and there’s about as much here as on a teenaged sasquatch’s face. I was not familiar with this band prior to this split, but I am certainly happy to make their acquaintance. The things they do musically are right up my alley and I will definitely seek out more of their releases.

These guys mix it up a little bit on their side of the split. Their songs are shorter, so they get 3 tracks. The first is “Ancient Architects”, and it fits very well into the theme of slow and heavy music playing. Their second track, though, is the eye opener for me. “Silver Ships Into The Future” is a quieter, piano driven piece that shows that riffs can be played on an acoustic instrument as well. While it doesn’t have enough of a melody to say that it’s a pretty bit of music, it is a very nice change up. Which makes their final track, “Master’s Descent”, hit that much harder when it blows through your speakers like a rhinoceros in heat.

If you dig the slow, heavy type of music, this release is definitely for you. There is nothing new or groundbreaking here, but it doesn’t have be a game changer to be a good album. This one will definitely hit your happy spot.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Xroadie Files

Exalter – Persecution Automated
Tanjim Rahman Tanim – Vocals/Bass/Guitar, Afif Sarker – Drums/Vocals

Intro sounds of war that lead into the next song.  Holocaust Ahead has an excellent thrash riff that will have you head banging and fist pumping.  Reign Of The Mafia State get the pit ready to just mosh away fast and heavy.  World Under Curfew more in your face old school style thrash metal just enjoy.  The Dreaded End mix slayer with Anthrax and Testament and this song melds those perfectly.  Slaughter Cleanse Repeat fist in the air hair flying foot stomping thrash metal.  Incarceration another excellent thrash song for the pit to just mosh away.  Grip Of Fear extremely tight riffs fast and heavy get ready to thrash your entire body about.  Pathology Of Domination the circle starts and boys fly around and around slamming into each other.  Clandestine Drone Warfare awesome fast guitar riffs bass and drums that just thrash away in a perfect melding of sounds. 

Driven By Impact -  ST
Roman Rowinski – Drums, Eugen Rutz – Vocals, Kim Van Geel – Guitar, Jens Schafer – Guitar, Constantin Christ – Bass

Prologue is a classical piece that melds into the next song Building Fear which has buzz saw guitars driving rhythms and deep growly vocals.  Burning Bridges fist pumping thrash metal with dark demonic vocals and some excellent rhythm work.  Interludium melodic melancholy guitar that melds into Experience In Red which is just thrash death metal at its finest.  Place Of Gore drums that just pound into your very being and buzz saw guitar riffs get ready to be pounded.  Arise From Ashes has some excellent lead guitar work and heavy pounding drums that just take you to the pit.  Monstrosity Of Life more excellent guitar work with a very extremely tight rhythm section.

Fuzz Evil And Switchblade Jesus -  The Second Coming Of Heavy Chapter VII
Fuzz Evil – Wayne Rudell – Vocals/Guitar, Joseph Rudell – Vocals/Bass, Orgo Martinez – Drums

Better off Alone fast heavy beats and grinding guitars with some great vocals.  Graves And Cupids Sabbath style bass then an excellent riff to just jam away to.  If You Know kick back and jam with some excellent riffs.  Flighty Woman continues the riff fest get ready to groove.  

Switchblade Jesus -  Eric Calvert – Guitar/Vocals, Chris Black – Bass, Jon Elizondo - Drums 

Snakes And Lions rumbling psychedelic guitar that screams jam away and drift back to days of old.  Wet Lungs spoken words then a slow driving beat just kick back close your eyes and jam away.  Heavy Is The Mountain takes you back to the great times of old style Sabbath stoner rock.

Greytomb – Monumental Microcosm
Forge – Drums, J. Angus – Guitar, N. Magur – Vocals, D. Coffey – Bass

Null grinding heavt ripping betas with demonic vocals.  Antimeta grabs you by the throat and just pounds you into the ground.  Force Majeure evil demonic sounds and vocals that just drag you into the pit of hell.

Marginal – Total Destruction
Johan – Vocals, Timmy – Guitar, Martin Guitar/Vocals, Steven- Drums, Rui – Bass

Barbarians heavy grinding pounding music with deep demonic vocals to annihilate your very being.  Delirium Tremens get ready to run for your life as demonic forces chase after you.  Ruination the pit forms and bodies thrash about in pain and glory.  Impaled grabs you and throws you to the ground then proceeds to pound u into dust.  Useless Scum the crowd thrashes about in pure violence and anger.  I Used To Be Intelligent get ready to be devoured by anger violence and pain.  Rat Kebab is a voyage into hell and damnation with music.  The Violent Way is pain and suffering with anger and violence in a musical style.  Leech Invader garb ahold and hang on for a trip thru aggression.  Fucked Up Society buzz saw guitars demonic vocals and riffs that just sear thru you.  Atom Sapiens spoken words and demonic vocals with an angry aggressive rhythm and just drags you to the abyss.  Total Destruction more spoken words then evil riffs and demonic vocals that just try annihilate the entire world.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TSOL Set To Release Live Limited-Edition Vinyl via Hardline Entertainment on June 22

Southern California Punk Legends TSOL are set to release their new record “Live at The Observatory” on Limited Edition Vinyl via Hardline Entertainment on June 22.

Recorded live at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA Jan, 5th 2018 by Cameron Webb (Motorhead, Pennywise, Social Distortion), “Live at The Observatory” features all tracks from the bands 1981 S/T EP and “Dance With Me” releases.

The recordings will be available and limited to 100 units each of Oxblood Red and Turquoise Blue both signed and numbered and will include a digital download card.

The record is now available for pre-sale via the Hardline Entertainment web store at

An album teaser video can be viewed here:

Tour Dates:

MAR 20 Bakersfield, CA Jerry's

MAR 21 Fresno, CA Strummer's

MAR 22 San Jose, CA Ritz

MAR 23 Berkeley, CA Gilman

MAR 24 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp

MAR 25 Reno, NV Shea's

MAR 27 Eugene, OR Luckey's

MAR 28 Bremerton, WA Charleston

MAR 29 Bellingham, WA Shakedown

MAR 30 Seattle, WA El Corazon


APR 01 Bend, OR Capitol

APR 03 Pacifica, CA Winter's Tavern

APR 04 Grover Beach, CA Skip Gibson's

JUN 06 Flagstaff, AZ Flagstaff's Green Room

JUN 08 Las Vegas Brooklyn Bowl

JUN 09 Pomona, CA The Glass House

JUN 10 Pomona, CA The Glass House

New Rockers Hi Fi re-issues

We are pleased to announce the release of the second and third Rockers Hi Fi studio albums, Mish Mash and Overproof for the first time on bandcamp.

Mish Mash was originally released on WEA in 1996 and contains classic collaborations with UK rapper Phoebe One as well as Farda P's timeless ode to excess, "Going Under" and the Rockers' take on the Clash's "Ghetto Defendant".  Bonus tracks include the Kruder & Dorfmeister rework of "Going Under" and a rare Rockers dub.

Overproof (1998) saw the outfit returning to their dub/house roots as well as exploring deep house sounds and using more live instrumentation.  Farda P again makes an appearance on "Transmission Central" and the Thievery Corp remix appears as a bonus item along with another extremely rare d&b track, "Mic Check".

Both albums are available at a special discounted price for one month only - use the codes
mish_offer and proof_offer at the checkout on the biggabush bandcamp page.

Monday, February 19, 2018

MAXX THE MUFFIN MAN - Every Summer Since


Maxx the Muffin Man is an 18 year old rapper and song writer working out of his college dorm room in Portland Oregon. This is his new mix tape that he said, “I really hope that whoever listens to this enjoys it, and if it helps anyone through a hard time, then I'd be extremely happy!”

This kind of reminds me of Canada’s rap band Organized Rhyme who put out the great track, “Check The O.R.” and was the group that had “comedian” Tom Green in it back in 1992. Lots of personal lyrics, some positive stuff and a bit of goofy stuff all makes for an interesting listen that will get your head bobbing and has a cool mix of beats. This is something to throw on and get into the flow and cruise along to. Pretty fresh sounding and actually holds up fairly well compared to a lot of the crap that’s out there.

Take a chance if you like hip hop and want something a bit different to listen to, something that has a positive message mixed in. Maxx said, “I almost gave up on life, and music is what allowed me to survive. I hope this mix tape can touch you in a way that music did for me.” If that isn’t a good enough reason to support someone, I don’t know what is.

-Rick Ecker

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Monolord announce tour dates supporting Black Label Society in EU/UK in March

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

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

"The Platonic Form of doom...perfection... faultless." -- Echoes & Dust

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

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

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

Gothenburg, Sweden trio Monolord announce European & UK tour dates supporting famed Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society band in March and April. Please see all dates below.

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

Monolord is a rare breed: A band both encompassing and transcending genre; a vortex of heavy rock density that consumes all others. Their thunderous, tuneful heft has built a rabid international fanbase in short order since their 2014 debut. But Rust, the band's third full length, truly exemplifies why some refer to them as the Nirvana of doom.

Monolord's enveloping, syrupy sludge is a vibe, it's a state of mind. Not riffs for riffs sake, but a collective buzzing, rattling and rumbling that's more total environment than collection of songs. Together, guitarist/vocalist Thomas Jäger, drummer Esben Willems and bassist Mika Häkki create a massive, dynamic sound with ultra-low frequencies serving as its fourth member.

"We've always been inspired by great band musicians - as opposed to technical solo peacocks," Willems says. "Because that force of a band really playing together as one single unit is incomparable. At its best, it's just unstoppable." And, Monolord is truly unstoppable, on record and on stage. "A heavy groove that contains both bombastic overkill and a lot of dynamics is what we always aim for in Monolord; in playing, in song writing and arranging, in recording," Willems says.

Album opener "Where Death Meets the Sea" perfectly exemplifies their mastery of dynamics and hooks with a driving, infectious buzzsaw riff that lesser bands would ride off into the sunset, but Monolord uses subtly to spur the song's skull rattling rhythmic core ever onward. Jäger's watery vocals glide over ominously building verses that erupt with the song's insistent refrain. Being such a tight rhythmic unit, it sounds almost like an early ZZ Top record played at half speed. "Dear Lucifer" squeals and hums with slow deliberation as Willems summons Dale Crover pummel with chasm like low-tuned toms and syncopated cymbal crashes. The album's title track is also its centerpiece, opening with a dramatic, shimmering Hammond organ intro as Jäger sings, "you are the reason that I lied/ You are the reason that I cried/ Please don't wait until tomorrow/ There's only pain, hate, grief and sorrow." Suddenly, the band kicks in with a bellowing line downtuned to B that nosedives down the guitar neck as the drums hammer down for the kill. Elsewhere, tastefully understated guitar harmonies elevate the behemoth churn of "Wormland" and apocalyptic album closer "At Niceae" simmers in a slow build of rumbling guitars and rolling drum triplets.

Monolord formed in 2013, quickly recording their 2xLP debut Empress Rising, which RidingEasy Records released in April 1st, 2014. The second album, Vænir, followed April 28th, 2015. The 2-song Lord of Suffering / Die in Haze EP was issued in late 2016 amid the band's relentless touring schedule in order to tide fans over until the next full length. Vænir landed on countless Album of the Year lists in 2015, and Rust is poised to open an entirely new range of possibilities for Monolord.

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

03/08 Paris, FR @ Bataclan
03/09 Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
03/10 Vitoria, ES @ Jimmy Jazz
03/11 Santiago De Compostela, ES @ Capitol
03/13 Madrid, ES @ Riviera
03/14 Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
03/16 Milan, IT @ Alcatraz
03/17 Telfs, AT @ Rathaussaal
03/18 Prague, CZ @ Mala Sportovni Hala
03/20 Krakow, PL @ Studio
03/21 Warsaw, PL @ Stodola
03/23 Munich, DE @ Backstage Werk
03/24 Frankfurt, DE @ Batschkapp
03/25 Pratteln, CH @ Konzertfabrik 27
03/27 Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
03/28 Berlin, DE @ Huxley's Neue Welt
03/29 Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle
03/30 Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
03/31 Antwerp, BE @ Trix
04/03 Luxembourg City, LU @ Den Atelier
04/05 London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall

Artist: Monolord
Album: Rust
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: September 29th, 2017

01. Where Death Meets The Sea
02. Dear Lucifer
03. Rust
04. Wormland
05.Forgotten Lands
06. At Niceae

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Nonsun • 'Black Snow Desert' [2xLP] out now!

Nonsun • 'Black Snow Desert' [2xLP] out now!

The Lviv, Ukraine duo Nonsun clearly excels at living up to their disquieting moniker, carefully representing the sound of a world without light. Their seamless blend of sludge, drone, doom, stoner and post-metal crafts the soundtrack to despairing resignation. They inhabit a world vacated by both God and the Devil, where the souls who remain worship at the altar of a living, thriving sorrow; yet against the odds there is a spellbinding beauty that follows this willful abandonment of hope.

From the yawning chasm of album opener "No Pity For The Beast, No Shelter For The Innocent" to the swirling cacophonies of "Rest of Tragedy," Black Snow Desert is a challenging and richly layered sermon on the many faces of sadness and regret. It bares sharp teeth, but within an inviting grin that convinces the listener to subject themselves to whatever suffering it may be that enthralls and beckons them continuously closer to the abyss therein. As with the most difficult trials, the rewards are hard-won and multitudinous. Slow and measured as its painstaking unfolding may be, there remains a breathless sense of purpose, an aching to reveal to the listener sights and sounds they never knew they yearned to witness.

Samantha Muljat's album art brilliantly captures the Nonsun aesthetic – dark and unforgiving, Black Snow Desert also holds promise of an intoxicating mysticism, pulling the listener further along its foreboding, sinuous pathways, eroding apprehension moment by moment as one draws closer toward the ever-dawning realization of the journey's enchanting power. With this release, Nonsun has deftly surveyed the extraordinary endeavor of conquering fear, sadness, and the overwhelming darkness by immersing oneself within the eye of its storm.

Black Snow Desert by Nonsun comes on double colored 180g vinyl in gatefold cover (reverse cardboard). Black inner sleeves. Direct download included!
Release date: Jan. 25th, 2018.

Against PR announces release details for "III" compilation
Against PR will release a new compilation on February 22nd. Entitled "III", this new release will present 22 tracks featuring several sub-genres from the metal spectrum and will offer an opportunity to all metalheads to discover new bands.

"III" will be available on double CD (digisleeve) and digitally.

Tracklist below:

CD 1
1. Crossbones - Messing With The Masses
2. The Outsider- The Invocation (feat. Thomas Vikström & Nalle Påhlsson)
3. Blackest- Mortal Curse
4. Rites to Sedition - The Moon Titan Phylon
5. Blaspherion - Causa Mortis
6. Demon Head - Older Now
7. Godhead Machinery - Tithe
8. Dead Season - Guidestones
9. HIVE - Street Meat
10. Hexenklad - In This Life or the Next
11. RacheEngel - Ascheregen

CD 2
1. VersOver - Enemy
2. Sâmbăta Morților - Pendulum of Madness
3. Atonement Theory - Ominous Sensation
4. NACARBIDE - Lots of Eyes
5. Humanity Check - War Is Coming
6. Death on Arrival - Endless Agony
7. el Camino - Crooked Wand
8. Tommy Stewart's Dyerwulf - Lilith Crimson Deep
9. Boneset - Needles
10. Guillotine - Not Worth Saving
11. Von Justice - I Saw Hogan with Jimmy Hart

Friday, February 16, 2018

Fistful of Questions

What do the bands Void Vator, Ironaut and No Legacy Records have in common?  Erik Kluiber.  That’s what.  He’s the head honcho at No Legacy Records, bassist/singer/songwriter in Ironaut and guitarist in Void Vator.  He also happens to be the recipient of this edition of Fistful of Questions. 

Void Vator just wrapped up a string of west coast dates and released a video for the single No Return.  In the midst of all that madness Erik generously agreed to carve out a few minutes to answer my queries.  

What is your full name?
     Erik Michael Kluiber, social security # 666-go-fuck-yourself

Do you have an aliases?
     Ron Kirkland Houser V

If you had an alias what might it be?
     see above

What was the first instrument that you played?

What was the name of the first band you were in?
     The End

What bands are you actively involved with?
     Void Vator and Ironaut

Tell me about No Legacy Records.
     I put out a 9 band vinyl compilation featuring professional up and coming bands that I met through the underground metal scene in 2017.  All the bands are from Southern and Northern California.  I printed 500 limited edition copies.  No Legacy is pressed on 180 gram vinyl and has a printed record sleeve on the inside.  If you're reading this interview, then you are into underground metal and you will dig this compilation.  Order a copy for $15 at like the facebook page at

You play guitar (Void Vator) and bass (Ironaut).  Which is your favorite and do you play any other instruments?
     I'm primarily a guitar player and I find more hellistic pleasure playing it. I'm concentrating on improving my home recording skills for band demos and making music for video games.

Tell me about one of your first musical memories?
     Hearing She's a Little Run Away by Bon Jovi on the Radio in the early 80s.  Maybe 82 or so...  That song rocks.

Do you have any non-metal musical inspirations?
     They used to write really good music for tv and movies in previous decades that still get stuck in my head from time to time.  I suppose there are a few good tv songs now like Family Guy, Bojack the Horseman...  I guess South Park...  Hmm...  Brickleberry has a nice short intro song..  But songs like Hill Street Blues, Mash, Batman, Bonanza, etc..  Those were life changing. 

What is your favorite thing about touring?
     Forgetting about the distractions and frustrations of mundane day to day life.  Touring is being on a mission with the successful completion of the rock show being the primary goal every night.  The constant change in scenery, people, and culture makes me feel alive again.

What is your least favorite thing about touring? 
     Vehicle problems

Is there a city that you love to hit while on tour?
     Reno Nevada is like Mad Max meets the Wild Wild West.  It's total freedom and total danger mixed in one.  I LOVE it. 

Do you have a favorite venue to play at?
     The Token Lounge in Detroit has a special place in my heart because it was home base for my Detroit band Overloaded and John Anton has put so much heart, soul and money into the club to make it world class.  The best venues I've ever performed at are Webster Hall in NYC and The El Rey Theater in Los Angeles back when I was in Gypsyhawk and we toured with The Sword...  Oh, and Club Soda in Montreal.  That place is amazing.  Canucks know how to party.  I played Club Soda when I was in White Wizzard on tour with Korpiklaani and again when Gypsyhawk toured with Alestorm.

What band have you played with that has really impressed you with their live show?
     Alestorm's live show, energy, and crowd reaction was probably the best.  That's a band who is better live than in the studio IMO. 

Do you have a pre-show ritual?
     I typically drink one 24 oz PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon)

What’s the weirdest experience you’ve had on the road?
     Having sex with a girl in a tent and then being shocked when she introduced me to her then current boyfriend a few hours later.  Bad Karma.

What is an absolute band killer?
     EGO.  I don't know why someone would have an ego just because they are a good musician. That is just one skill point.  Take a comedian for example.  These guys and girls do stand up, act, write, get paid, get laid, most of them can play an instrument, just about all of them can sing, and they work their set 6-7 days a week.  Get over yourself. Talent is expected, it's part of the job.   

What advice would you give young musicians that are just starting out in the music business? 
     Being in beginning bands is like dating.  Don't think that your first band is going to be "the one".  Once it becomes obvious that the band you're in is not working out, get out and move on to the next.  You're not young for long.  Youth is a MAJOR asset.  Don't waste it.

The year is 1989.  Where are you at and what are you listening to?
     I just moved back to the suburbs of Detroit from Orange County, CA. I was wearing an Iron Maiden T Shirt listening to Megadeth and learning to play a black Ibanez Roadstar II.

If you could insert yourself into any one band what band would it be and why? 
     Void Vator

Have you ever heard a song and immediately wished you had written it?  If so… What was the song and artist?
     Fuck You Bitch by Wheeler Walker Jr.

What’s the longest time you’ve gone without bathing?
     I think proper hygiene is incredibly important and not that difficult.

Iron Maiden or Motorhead (if you had to pick one)?
     Iron Maiden

Favorite book?
     Dragon Lance - Legends series

Favorite movie?
     Conan the Barbarian

Favorite album?
     Megadeth; So Far So Good So What

Favorite meal?
     Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Pancakes or Waffles?
     Waffle House

Describe Patrick McHugh (guitarist for Ironaut) in fifteen words or less.
     I hope he doesn't die this year.

I hope everyone enjoyed this interview as much as I did.  I’m betting Erik is a hell of a guy to hang out with.  Be sure to catch him on the road with Void Vator or Ironaut and while you’re at it you should pick up a copy of No Legacy Vol. 1. 

-El Pedo Caliente  (a.k.a. Uncle Jameson from the Fistful of DOOM show)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

WOODHAWK Announce Canadian "Magnetic North Tour" (AB/SK/MB/ON/QC)!

L-R - Kevin Nelson – Drums,  Mike Badmington – Bass/Vocals, Turner Midzain – Guitar/Vocals

Photo Credit: Mario A Montes

Calgary, AB's masters of straight ahead riff-rock wizardry WOODHAWK announce their 2018 Canadian "Magnetic North Tour" in support of their latest full length album "Beyond The Sun" released April last year and recently named the #12 most played release on the Canadian College Radio Top 20 Loud Charts for 2017 (Source: Earshot). The tour will see the trio trek across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba plus performing for the first time in Ontario and Quebec (dates listed below).

The band comments:

"We're excited to be hitting the road again and heading out East this time. We haven't played past Winnipeg yet and we're stoked to finally make it out there."

WOODHAWK's debut album "Beyond The Sun" was produced by the band with Jesse Gander (Bison, Japandroids) to follow their 2014 self-titled EP.  Made of equal parts 1970's Birmingham and a myriad of 21st century heavy who’s who, WOODHAWK are purveyors of riff-centric rock and roll. Capable and original, the band is able to craft anthemic fist-pumping songs while forgoing tired stoner rock clichés. With time travel tested themes of science fiction, swords and sorcery, the band’s lyrics are born from snowy winters, hot practice spaces and pages of dog-eared paperbacks. While the musicianship reinforces recollections of Black Sabbath, modern influences that have helped you smash air drums or highway speed limits are undeniably present.

'Beyond The Sun' album stream available on Bandcamp at

The album is available on digital, vinyl and CD.

The band's music video 'The High Priest' can be viewed at 

WOODHAWK "Magnetic North Tour" (AB/SK/MB/ON/QC)

March 21 - Calgary, AB - Ship and Anchor
March 22 - Edmonton, AB - Brixx Bar
March 23 - Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis Tavern
March 24 - Winnipeg, MB - The Handsome Daughter
March 27 - London, ON - Call The Office
March 28 - Hamilton, ON - This Ain't Hollywood
March 29 - Ottawa, ON - House of TARG
March 30 - Toronto, ON - The Bovine
March 31 - Montreal, QC - Quai des Brumes
April 2 - Oshawa, ON - TBA
April 5 - Thunder Bay, ON - Black Pirates Pub
April 6 - Brandon, MB - North Hill Inn
April 7 - Regina, SK - The German Club

Track Listing:
1. Beyond The Sun (3:57)
2. The High Priest (4:46)
3. Living In The Sand (6:03)
4. Magnetic North (4:13)
5. Lawless (3:06)
6. Quest For Clarity (4:14)
7. A New Hope (4:49)
8. Forsee The Future (2:12)
9. Chrononaut (5:19)

Woodhawk is:
Turner Midzain - Vocals/Guitar
Mike Badmington - Bass/Vocals
Kevin Nelson - Drums

For more info:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Xroadie Files

Come Back From The Dead - Caro Data Vermibus
Marcos - Drums, Hector – Guitar, Lago -  Bass, Miguel – Guitars, Paul – Throat

Vomits of A Demonic Infestation dark demonic vocals and death metal riffs grind you into the netherworld.  Caro Data Vermibus heavy plodding stoner meets death like a steam roller smashing you slowly into the ground.  Endless Bloodshed fast heavy thrash death metal with screaming guitars and growling vocals.  Carnivorous Craving From Beyond more grinding evil plodding riffs with demonic vocals.

Dark Hound - Dawning
ET Brown – Bass/Vocals, Evan Hensley – Guitar, Preston Walls – Guitar, Josh Brown – Drums

The Ashes Of Your Worth will take you back to the heyday of classic thrash speed metal great riffs ripping leads and head thrashing riffs.  Guilt Trip slow building into a thrash frenzy of sounds and fast beats has a very Rage from Germany sound.  Carnival Of Youth start the pit cause here comes a riff that will get it going hard and fast.  The Answer excellent shredding lead guitar that builds and builds into a crescendo of thrash heaven.  Crisis Of Hope get out the air guitar and prepare to thrash away with this great song.  Thrown To The Wolves fast heavy and in your face thrash speed metal that will remind you why you enjoyed this style of music.  Stripped Away acoustic guitar then the band kicks in and a great almost thrash progressive sound emerges.  Balancing Act Anthrax meets SOD meets MOD meets testament in this thrash classic style of song.  The Jagged Edge fast heavy but still with melody and some awesome screaming leads.  Thrashgasm get the pit thrashing for this excellent thrash speed metal ripping song.  Here Lies Truth fast heavy in your face riffs that just make you head sway and your fist pump away till the last note.


Devlsy – Private Suite
Giedrius – Guitar, Darius – Bass, Vytautas – Vocals/Drums

Corridors evil sounds build slowly moving toward t you to devour your very soul and drag you to hell.  Hatching Tomb, a weird driving riff and rhythm beat that just makes your heart skip beats evil a diabolical in sounds and feelings.  Bring My Word enveloping you from all around with sounds of evil and eerie feelings.  Patient #6 blast you in the face with a grinding riff that just tries to saw you in half.  Porta Formica slow dreary and evil taking your essence with it.  Horizon Attached dark evil and demonic stealing your soul and eating it.


Djinn And Miskatonic – Even Gods Must Die
Gautham Khandige – Vocals, Sriram Kvlteswaran – Guitar, Mushaf Nazeer – Guitar,
Jayaprakash Satanmurthy – Bass, Siddharth Manorahan – Drums

I, Zombie a slow and steady plodding bass and melodic guitar that builds into a Sabbath style of riff. Bones Of My Brothers is another stoner rock style of slow driving beat that just drags you along. Doombringer steady bass and guitar that takes you back to the days of early Sabbath mixed with psychedelia.  Frost And Steel is slightly heavier and a bit more up tempo but still just kick back and enjoy the trip.  Harvest Of Kings get ready to take a trip back to the early 70s with stoner and psychedelic rock.  Hangman’s Hope ends the album with more stoner psychedelia Sabbath inspired heavy rock that just moves on down the road to oblivion.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Supernaut - Supernaut

Sometime in the distant past…well actually it was 2016…I was attending a now legendary earth-moving event in San Jose known as “Beers In Hell” with about a zillion awesome heavy bands shredding the now closed Johnny V’s bar (R.I.P. Johnny V’s!) down to its’ concrete foundations, and one of the bands that caught my eye and ear was a band called Supernaut.  I mean, really, how can you go wrong with a name like that?  Well, I suppose you could if you were just a cheesy Sabbath tribute band, but these guys were nothing of the sort.  There was a guy with his head down and hair falling down concealing his face as he wailed along with riff after riff of fuzzy, thick…riffs!  (Yeah, I know I used the same word three times in seven words, whaddya want from me?!?  This is a music blog not an 3000 word essay for a high school English final!!!)  There was another guy bobbing his head and hair thumping along with note after note of bassy goodness.  Then there was this clean-cut guy wearing nothing but a pair of shorts absolutely beating the living daylights out of his drum kit as a voice that was 50% Geddy Lee, 50% Rob Halford, and 50% first four Sabbath albums Ozzy (I always did suck at math…) projected from his lungs with the force of a wailing banshee. They tore through their set with a kind of controlled chaos, and even among a lineup of some of the Bay Area and California’s greatest underground heavy bands and quite possibly more than my usual level of beer consumption made a lasting impression on my riff addled brain that night.
The musical progeny of brothers Sean and Oliver Niemann (drums/vocals and guitar respectively) and Will Iermini (bass), Supernaut, though bearing the influence of the godfathers of heavy metal as their moniker alludes to, manage to create a musical brew that reflects a much larger sphere of musical influences.  Supernaut’s furious thick bluesy riffing and nuclear fueled drumming paired with Sean’s high-pitched reverb-soaked vocals lends the songs a sense of psychedelic vibe, reminiscent of the mighty Cream, with time signature changes and breakdowns that would make any hardcore first-four albums Rush fan grin from ear to ear, delivered with a Sabbathy sense of light and shade, able to transition between mellower sections and uptempo hard rock fury seemingly with ease.  Supernaut’s debut promises greatness to come, while delivering the goods in the here-and-now with well crafted tunes that flow gracefully from the first song to the last, with production that allows space for the instruments and the music to breathe.  This is simply 37 and a half minutes of furious rocking spaced-out fun.  It’s available for free download on the band’s Bandcamp site, get on over there and don’t be cheap, throw them ten or fifteen bucks to put in the gas tank!  It will be the best ten or fifteen bucks you spend this week.

1. Crystal Witch Cave 05:13  
2. White Wizard 04:48           
3. Little Fires 02:46    
4. Dragonfire 03:06    
5. Mad Prophet 03:42
6. Mind Control 04:52
7. Warlords 03:46
8. Golden God 05:01
9. Doomspell 04:29

Sean Niemann – Vocals, Drums, Keyboard(Crystal Witch Cave)
Oliver Niemann – Guitar
Will Iermini – Bass, Vocals

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