Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Doublestone - Devil's Owl / Djaevlens Egn' (2017)

"Raw, fuzzy guitars with a hint of sludgy muck stuck on output retro rockin’ riffs from the past evolving from small grooves into something more sinister and metallic. A male voice attempts to soar, with the hard work and imperfections making the vocals only more human, adding to the retro charm, especially when hinting at old evil.

The retro rawness has been nailed in fine fashion to take you right into the past with an album you’ll be convinced was made decades ago. “Devil’s Own” may be generally on the relaxed side, but there’s always the subtle threat of sin running in the undercurrents! – Cvlt Legion."

Friday, 9 June 2017

Demon Head - Thunder On The Fields (2017)

"On the 7th of April 2017, Demon Head’s new album THUNDER ON THE FIELDS will be released through The Sign Records. The songs were recorded by the Copenhagen band onto 16-track tape, in an isolated cabin where they locked themselves in for weeks in the winter of 2016.
Like its well-received predecessor Ride The Wilderness, the fruit of their communal work is powerfully crafted from start to finish. While the sound stays true to the sinister atmosphere of the debut album, the music has evolved to the next logical step: darker, more tight-knitted, and more diverse. Demon Head is not about trends or imitation. It is about the burning love for music. While in part an homage to the first heavy music, the songs have their own voice. The attitude is of originality and urgency

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Duel - Witchbanger (2017)

"Sex, drugs, the occult and buckets of blood. Austin, Texas tripped out heavies DUEL release their second album “Witchbanger”. Eight hard hitting new tracks of deep grooves and blistering riffs paying tribute to the darker breed of early 70’s proto-metal and classic old school early 80’s heavy metal pioneers. Growling desperate vocals and angry fuzzed out guitars telling tales of horror and hallucination. Hard Rock as it should be totally pure and unpretentious. Produced and engineered by lead guitarist Jeff Henson at his new studio Red Nova Ranch in the wastelands of Texas not far from the historic Texas Chainsaw Massacre house. Prepare for Hell or Valhalla, from start to finish this carefully crafted album WILL KILL YOU! For fans of: Judas Priest, Pentagram, Thin Lizzy, Deep

Monday, 29 May 2017

The Ivory Elephant - Number 1 Pop Hit (2017)

"From the depths of Melbourne’s underground, The Ivory Elephant exist in a space of late nights and loud sounds. Music that harks back to the greats of 70s rock n’roll, saturated with heavy psych and down-home delta blues. Melbourne trio, The Ivory Elephant are releasing their first full-length LP Number 1 Pop Hit on Kozmik Artifactz (Child, Buried Feather, The Heavy Eyes, Ruby the Hatchet). Despite the name, the new album explores the darker side of blues-rock, and delves deep into three-piece psychedelia. Recorded at Melbourne’s iconic Soundpark Studios (Paul Kelly, Clairy Browne, Dave Graney) Number 1 Pop Hit was tracked over three days on the bands usual shoe-string budget. Opening with the title track, Number One Pop Hit, is what could best be described as

Sunday, 28 May 2017

The Sonic Dawn - Into The Long Night (2017)

Into the Long Night is the second album by The Sonic Dawn, one of the most remarkable bands to come out of the new psychedelic wave in Denmark. Just a few seconds into this album, you will realize that you are in for a mind altering experience.
“It’s a trip! By taking the listeners to places they didn’t expect to go, we hope to make them aware – that they’ll stop up and think about life for a minute. Awareness is the first step to change in the world,” says Emil Bureau (guitar/vocals). To achieve the dramatic changes of mood and feeling that The Sonic Dawn excel at, they mix a wide range of styles, from jazzy sitar pop to heavy acid rock. A pleasant-sounding analog production makes the album easy to approach, not to water it down, but

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Here Lies Man - s/t (2017)

"What if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat? In short, that’s the underlying vibe to the self-titled debut by Here Lies Man. The L.A. based quintet is founded and conceptualized by Marcos Garcia of Antibalas, bringing his erudite experience of West African rhythms and music to the more riff-based foundations of heavy rock. The results are an incredibly catchy and refreshing twist on classic forms, without sounding forced and trite like some sort of mash-up attempt. Here Lies Man merges and expands musical traditions organically, utilizing the talents of drummer Geoff Mann (son of jazz musician Herbie Mann) and a host of skilled musicians to make Garcia’s vision a reality. “The repetitive guitar figures that happen in Afrobeat music are very close to heavy rock guitar riffs,” Garcia

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Farflung - Unwound Celluloid Frown (2017)

"Cosmic space lords Farflung return with their new Ep 'Unwound Celluloid Frown' 33 minutes of lysergic grooves and slamming riffs.... Imagine, as if the bastard child of Amon Duul ii and Hawkwind arose from the ashes of America....stark and glimmering......bathed in the energetic glow of the last cup raised to the lunatics and wishing for wounds.... They have set their course for the farthest reaches of the universe.... Are you ready? Are you ready to climb aboard their craft? Fasten your safety belts, engage your breathing apparatus...the lift off is about to begin....
Recorded at Saturn Moon Studio and EMU4 Tritium in 016/017 produced by Grenas/Esther/Nakata. With Special Guests: Abby Travis (Track 3) / Jensen Bell. (Track 3)

Monday, 15 May 2017

Troubled Horse - Revolution On Repeat (2017)

"There’s no doubt about the health of rock’n’roll in the minds of Swedish rabble-rousers Troubled Horse. From the off, they charge at us with thundering riffs, their adrenaline-fuelled slabs of hard rock passionately carrying the torch of classic rock history into the future and beyond, swerving all-out nostalgia but celebrating their roots. And it’s a riot. As the title suggests, there’s a social heart beating under there too, the rich tradition of standing up for the underdog strong in their veins. ‘Haven’t you heard? The future’s for the wealthy ones,’ charismatic frontman Martin Heppich cries on The Filthy Ones, before channelling Johnny Rotten: ‘Don’t you know that there’s no future for you?’ That it’s followed by a gleaming riff that prostrates itself before Thin Lizzy on the garage blues-

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Doctor Cyclops - Local Dogs (2017)

"Local Dogs is an explosive mixture of seventies heavy rock, New Wave of British Heavy Metal and obscure doomy sabbath-style stuff ready to take you back to the spirit of a different era. Groovy riffs and gloomy paths coming straight from the woods give you the impression that the epic saga of the Seventies ended up in something different than a fleeting reflection of the past. If you like the early Deep Purple groove, try to imagine it mixed with the bluesy Graveyard mood played by Cathedral jamming on Budgie's tunes in Witchfinder General's practice room: then you should be close to realize the spirit and the power of this record. In this contest the featuring of Bill Steer (Carcass, Firebird, Gentlemans Pistols) on lead guitar just tastes like the cherry on top of a tempting

Samsara Blues Experiment - One With The Universe (2017)

"As they returned home to Germany this past week from a South American tour and made ready to head out over the next month on a slew of European dates including festival stops at Under the Black Moon, Riff Ritual, and Desertfest in London and their native Berlin, Samsara Blues Experiment came one step closer to the release of their fourth full-length, One with the Universe. The album — confirmed for a May 12 release through Electric Magic Records with cover art by Michel Bassot newly unveiled below — arrives four years after the third Samsara Blues Experiment outing, Waiting for the Flood, and finds the band pared down to a trio for the first time on a studio offering, returning to activity after several years away following a prolific run between 2009 and 2013, and