Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wo Fat!! Live Juju: At Freak Valley and Beyond on sale now!

It's finally here!!  The all new, expanded version of the previously self-release Live Juju by the legendary, Wo Fat.  Now expanded to a 2xLP with an entire album of the never before heard "Live at the Double Wide" as a bonus!!  Gatefold with rare photos and a limited edition "Good Juju" multi-colored vinyl option.  Only 100 of these beauts were pressed. Black vinyl and CD available too!  Sale starts Saturday at 7 am PST - don't expect these to last for long.  www.ripplemusic.bigcartel.com/products.

“Wo Fat have cemented their status among stoner metal’s prismatic visionaries.”

We're thrilled to announce that Oliver Brewing Company will be releasing the Wo Fat Double IPA to celebrate tomorrow's release of the Wo Fat "Live Juju: Freak Valley and Beyond" 2xLP. Part of their ongoing Long Live Rock n Roll series of brews, you don't want to miss it if you're into beer. And Ripple is honored to once again be chosen for a beer. Thanks all at Oliver Brewing.  Follow them on facebook/instagram for all the details.
Burning of the Season, the new album by The Flying Eyes caught many by surprise.  By far, their most accomplished album to date, it's burned up the media with great reviews.  Now, we offer the last few limited edition "Pink Fire" LP's combined withe the North American Exclusive Ripple Music/H42 Records joint split The Flying Eyes/Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children 7".  Exclusive white vinyl Ripple edition.   Not to be missed!

Talk about a surprise!  No one expected The Necromancers album.  Few even knew who they were, but wow, has this band taken off. Currently on tour in Europe, back at Ripple HQ we've completely sold out of black LP's and CD's (both being repressed). We have a very small handful of the limited edition, black smoke LP in the shop.  these won't last. Get one while you can.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Xroadie Files

A Devils Den – One Hallucination Under God
David Lines – Guitar/Keyboards, Thomas Chollet – Bass, Dom Salameh – Drums

Eternal Now takes you on a trip back to the psychedelic 60’s of Pink Floyd and the Moody Blues just sit back close your eyes and trip along.  Brave New World is more late 60s hippy rock with lots of fuss and reverb.  Nearly Normal has a very Beatles meets the Amboy Dukes feel to the music.  Home continues the trippy hippy festival of sounds.  Who You Are starts with a very David Bowie Ziggy Stardust era sound slow and melodic then builds slowly very psychedelic at the end.  Where Do We Go has excellent acoustic guitar with bass that moves in and then the drums it has the feel of some of the early Uriah Heep progressive stuff.  One Hallucination Under God mixes King Crimson ELP and the Beatles in a strange and excellent sound.  Sea Of Time builds slowly with acoustic guitar and very psychedelic vocals then some very excellent guitar work.  Evolution ends the album with a Yes meets the Beatles song.

Archons -  Lords of Light And Thunder
Scott Driscoll – Drums, Chad Hartgrave – Bass/Vocals, Jeff Haynes – Guitar/ Vocals

Galaxians lots of feedback then a bass that grabs you by the throat and an excellent guitar riff with a very strange sound is what this song is all about with lots of tempo changes.  Red Lotus sci fi sounds shift into a heavy fast riff and rough vocals.  Red Shift Demons more feedback then a slow plodding Sabbath sound that slowly grows and punches you in the face.  Transmission lost in space and time then a riff from hell that plays till the end.  Dr Pain is just in your face gruff metal that continues to just kick you in the teeth and never let up.  Mysterians strange and trippy sounds slowly build with gruff vocals and heavy guitar riffs.  Kid Nitro kicks in from the very start with a punk meets metal feel.  Creature ends the album with a Sabbath style of riff and more rough stoner rock vocals.

Billy Boy In Poison – Invoker
Hjalte- Vocals, Alex – Guitar, Mikkel – Guitar, Niclas – Drums,  Troels – Bass

Absolution is just straight ahead in your face death metal that pounds you into the ground.  Iron Grip continues the onslaught of fierce death metal that just continues to pummel you.  Divided State Of Mind is a moshing fans favorite I bet the pit gets crazy.  Morcar has a slower Sabbath style of bass intro and solid beat that continues thru the song.  A Walk On Broken Bones is more of a mid-tempo crushing sound that kicks in and runs you over with its violence.  Exodus starts with acoustic guitar then a wall of sound hits you like a tidal wave.  Glaciers punches you in the face from the very first note.  Mara grabs you by the lower regions and just annihilates you.  Black Gold ends this sound festival of violence with another in your face shove down your throat musical journey.

Black Gremlin – The Fun Is Over
Cobra ChristoFory – Vocals/ Guitar, Narco Mainard – Bass, Mek Spazio – Guitar, Simple Matt – Drums

Refusing to Die is punk meets metal with some interesting sound.  Cobra Kai is sort of a 70s Hendrix sound with some excellent lead guitar that then kids back into a punk feel.  Vertical lips is a strange song with an interesting riff and vocals.  The Flame has a 60s feel that melds with punk and metal strange but good.  Parma Rock City continues the sounds of punk meets hard rock metal this song would be great for a pit.  Lone Wolf has a nwobhm feel to it with some interesting twists.  On The Steel Wings of Douchiness is a mix of Motorhead and punk.  Magnetic eyes is more of a Motorhead with punk vocals.  Not Like You has a great bass riff guitar intro that goes back and forth from metal to punk.  Party Crashers straight ahead riffs and punk like vocals with some excellent lead guitar.  Hangover Boy is fist in the air metal meets punk rock strange but it works.  Class of Nukem is more melodic at the start with duel lead guitars and an excellent bass along with some excellent drums and lead guitar work.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hungarian Rockers Ozone Mama Sign to Ripple Music, Announce New Album and Free Download Single

Ripple Music is proud to welcome Hungarian rockers, Ozone Mama, to it's growing family of best heavy psych, stoner and doom bands on the planet.

Cranking out a bristling brand of high-octane rock n’ roll, Ozone Mama hails from Budapest with a vintage sound reminiscent of the 60’s or 70’s yet swaddled in a modern vibe. With their debut album ('The Starship Has Landed') they won a Phonogram Prize in 2012 . Their second release, 'Freedom EP', released in 2013 received major play across European, American and Canadian radio stations and their song 'I Really Care'  was featured in Classic Rock Magazine .  While their 2016 release "Sonic Glory" was awarded the Fonogram Prize in the category of "Hard Rock or Metal Album of the Year"

Comprised of Márton Székely (vocals), András Gábor (guitar, vocals), Gergely Dobos (bass guitar) and Gulyás Máté (drums) Ozone Mama has shared the stage with International headliners such as Monster Magnet (USA), Airbourne (AU), The Darkness (UK) or Kamchatka (SWE).

Now joining forces with industry leading heavy rock label, Ripple Music, the new album "Cosmos Calling" is due to hit the streets in January of 2018.  As a prelude, Ripple is thrilled to release the special radio-edit version of the lead-off single, "High Ride" which is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD from the Ripple Music Bandcamp page and CD single/downloads at Ozone Mama Bandcamp

As the new album prepares to drop, look for the world to start talking about Ozone Mama
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Bandcamp Bonanza – 10-7-17

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me at work and this time of year in general is overwhelming at times. Bandcamp comes in handy for these situations, or it just makes them more overwhelming because a new variable is thrown into the mix being which albums am I going to listen to next, which ones are worthy of a vinyl purchase, and which child has to go without dinner tonight due to blown music budget and no money left. It’s okay, the following riffs are quite filling to quench your craving for pleasure.

Namazu – Works Cited
I’m really impressed with this new album by Namazu and its hard hitting, yet pop oriented groove going on. It’s really quite off the beaten path of what has been making headlines lately. I’ve listened to Works Cited more than average lately.
Oh man, such a refreshing listen in the world we live in nestled deep in the heavy underground. Combining the best aspects of sludgy hardcore and punk with a groove oriented rock n roll backbone, Namazu have cited a superior work of heavy music avoiding cliché trends and overused riff worship. Like they said, FFO Red Fang, Big Business, Torche, Coliseum....

Monarchus – Monarchus
This one is still buried in my growing wishlist. I’ve worn the free listens out on my mobile app, I keep scrolling across it when navigating my wishlist for next album to hear and there is something about it that keeps calling my name. Maybe it’s the multi-vocalists; maybe it’s the deep and sultry distortion, groove, or perhaps the dirty blues-based riffs. I don’t know, but I do know it’s pretty killer.

Cardinals Folly – Deranged Pagan Sons
I’ve been a fan of Cardinals Folly for quite some time. With that said, I haven’t listened to them since their last album Our Cult Continues was making waves back in 2014. When I finally got around to giving Deranged Pagan Sons a good listen I remembered why I had fell for them a few years back. This is top grade doom. This is the kind of doom that keeps you on the edge of your seat and blows your mind with its intricate dynamics and powerful riffs.

Mountainwolf – Absinthe Moon
Absinthe Moon follows up the critically acclaimed debut The Silk Road in pure style. I was a huge fan of the Silk Road, enough to buy the digital first, and then rebuy when it came out on vinyl. Now I’m left with no money to order the new one Absinthe Moon. If they were side by side in the record shop and I could only pick one I would have to go with Absinthe Moon. Not because I already have The Silk Road, but because I think it’s a big step up from the debut, which I loved.

Motherslug – The Electric Dunes of Titan
These guys are doing it right. The pre-order is available and they’re actually incentivizing the pre-order by making it available for a discounted price. Half off to be precise. I’ve been saying this for years about the bandcamp pre-order. If you’re going to put the digital album up for pre-order you must give the supporter some kind of bonus for going out on a limb to support. Discounted price is probably the easiest option. So instead of the normal price of $6.66 you can snag the entire album which will be available to download the moment it’s released with a couple tracks now. Fortunately I received a promotional copy of the entire album and about lost my shit while I had my beats headphones bumping down the dog walking trail the other day. The Electric Dunes of Titan are well worth your time and don’t hesitate on that special pre-order pricing on bandcamp. You won’t be sorry when the melodic savagery overcomes your desire to head bang with a slow and heavy groove.

Black Road – Black Road EP
The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived. Chicago heavy blues rockers Black Road have just released their debut self-titled EP and it’s a barn burner. Equal parts slow and doomy atmosphere soaked in a sultry blues. The front man Suzi Uzi demonstrates her powerful croons and red hot swagger on 5-tracks of molten doomy blues. The album is being released by DHU Records on CD/vinyl, and I believe on Cassette Tape via another distro and you’ll be able to get copies from the band.  Keep your eyes out for these guys as they are a fresh entry into the heavy underground heavyweights.
Black Road leads us through a smoke-filled wasteland of riff crusted doom and fuzz tracked heavy blues. Suzi Uzi takes center stage with a red hot output of sultry croonage backed by throbbing bass, layers of guitar mystic and the hard rock polished production by none other than Tony Reed.

-The Huntsman

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bailjack - Show Me Your Heart

Formed after the sad demise of Trilogy, whose sole album was a scorcher, Bailjack is a whole different beast. And bloody great they are as well. In a way they carry on from where their predecessor left off but with two essential differences. One is the drumming has vastly improved with Andy Myers banging the skins and secondly, the members seem to have a blast playing together. This alone is a huge boost when making great music. Everything on 'Show Me Your Heart' is free flowing, unrestrained and groovy. Keeping focus on heavy rock and psychedelic jams, this quartet spares no punches telling tales of heartbreak, love, anger, frustration, disappointment and joy. You name it!

The solos, especially how Jason Barker and Blake Owens take turns and bounce back and forth, as in 'Show Me Your Heart', are fantastic. But that’s not all the things making the title track great. It weaves back and forth between tempos and emotions with such ease. In doing so Bailjack creates an amazing atmosphere of music from days gone by in a fresh, modern take. Aaah, listen to the opening riffs of ‘Sweet Harmony’, man. They send chills down my spine before the band hits a sweet jammy, yet heavy rock groove. Then everything explodes into a lead-heavy stomper towards the end guided by an amazing bass line and deep thunderous drums. Beautiful! ‘Chaos Wave’ is laidback, mellow and jammy but with sharp riffs and harmony vocals at the same time. Yet it is dark with a strong feel of Armageddon about it and I absolutely love it. Slowing down even further ‘Frown’ has a wonderful Allman Brothers vibe to it. But it is a somber feel throughout, a Southern darkness if you will, as impending doom is prevalent.

Oh yeah, a doomy groove appears in ‘Struggle On’. Reflective and moody a mesmerizing bass by Ron Fezzy McGinnis leads the way as the songs gradually builds up which wonderfully enhances the narrator’s plight. Again, the solos from Barker and Owens are on point and then some! Back to the Southern feel and the mighty Allman Brothers, ‘What’s Done Is Done’ tells it like it is. You can’t undo the past, no matter how you want to, right? Slow-ish with so much feel and excellent musicianship, Bailjack completely blows my mind! Closer ‘Rotten Already’ stomps and rolls and rattles like your demented cousin from the country wasted on pure Tennessee moonshine. The band goes full tilt and takes no prisoners. And yours truly? I’m headbanging and booty shaking to the best of my ability.

The king is dead, long live the king. I rejoice when something good springs out of a bad situation and Bailjack is a prime example of this. As I stated earlier, the band formed out of the demise of another. But personally, I believe the members of Bailjack are on to something much better. Just listen to ‘Show Me Your Heart’ and you'll know what I mean.

From what I hear a new album is in the works which I am looking forward to so much. Sadly though, drummer Andy Myers has amicably left the lineup. His replacement is Faith In Jane’s Alex Llewellyn, so the band is in good hands. So in conclusion, dear waveriders, check out this fantastic Maryland quartet and marvel at their debut until the sophomore release hits the airwaves. You won’t regret it!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Witchcryer sign to Ripple Music and Announce new album and "CRY WITCH" FALL 2017 MIDWEST U.S. TOUR

Ripple Music is proud to welcome WITCHCRYER​ to their growing roster of the best heavy psych, stoner and doom bands on the planet.  Witchcryer are a 4-piece old-school doom metal band as indebted to the heavy rock muscle of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, and Blue Oyster Cult as their doom descendants Witchfinder General, Trouble, and St. Vitus. Their mix of influences puts emphasis on strong riffs, memorable hooks and dynamic strong structures.

Based in Austin, Texas, Witchcryer was created by guitarist Jason Muxlow during his time with Chicago doom band, Earthen Grave (Ripple Music). The band became his priority when he moved to Austin in early 2015 and began co-writing songs with drummer Javi Moctezuma. “The Preying Kind” demo was recorded and released after vocalist/lyricist, Suzy Bravo joined the band later that year. Reviews of the demo noted “this Austin band is definitely going places,” (Doomed and Stoned) and, “if I owned a label I wouldn’t be able to sign this band fast enough” (Thy Demons Be Scribblin).

With the final addition of San Antonio bassist Marilyn Monroe (Pillcrusher, ex-Las Cruces), Witchcryer played its first show in April 2016. Live, the band has been described as an “onslaught” and “revelatory” with Bravo singled out as “a powerful and amazing stage presence” (Negalithic) and “my new favorite female vocalist” (Desert Drowning).

Now, Witchcryer joins with the force that is Ripple Music to release their debut album, "Cry Witch", due to drop world-wide on January 19th.  About their recent signing to Ripple, guitarist Jason Muxlow says, "Witchcryer is beyond stoked to be joining the Ripple family! We can't wait to get "Cry Witch" out in the world and tear some people new eardrums."

In support of the upcoming album, Witchcryer will hit the road with tour dates across the midwest.

Friday October 13th San Angelo, TX,@Deadhorse w/Dezorah
Saturday October 14th Dallas, TX,@Double Wide w/Hint of Death & Orcanaut
Sunday October 15th Little Rock, AR,@Sonic Temple TBA
Monday October 16th Louisville, KY,@Highlands Tap Room w/Potslammer
Tuesday October 17th Indianapolis, IN,@Black Circle Brewing Co. w/Astral Mass
Wednesday October 18th Madison, WI,@The Frequency w/Bob Log III & Roboman
Thursday October 19th Milwaukee, WI,@Cactus Club w/Galactic Hatchet & Attalla
Friday October 20th Hamtramck, MI,@New Dodge Lounge w/The Watchers, Iron Mountain, TBA
Saturday October 21st Chicago, IL,@Livewire Lounge w/ Bible of the Devil, Arriver, & Reivers

Ripple Music, one of the world's leading purveyors of heavy.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Xroadie Files

Night - Raft Of The World
Oskar – Vocals/ Guitar, Sammy – Guitar. Joseph – Bass – Dennis – Battery

Fire Across The Sun has a riff that slowly builds this reminds me of progressive rock/ Demon at its finest with some amazing heartfelt guitar work and an excellent rhythm.  Surrender has a foot tapping beat and some great bass along with excellent vocals.  Under The Gallows has a nwobhm feel to it.  It has a feel good riff and is an excellent sing along song. Omberg is an acoustic into the song Time. This has an Asia feel to it without the keyboards.  This takes you back to the great progressive hard rock of the 70’s with some awesome guitar leads. Strike of Lightning has a great guitar intro that will have you closing your eyes and just jamming.  This along with some excellent drumming and excellent tempo changes has you tappin your foot the entire song.  Winds has sort of a Uriah Heep feel to mixed with maybe Demon.  This like every song has some awesome twin lead and harmony guitars.  This song will have you playing air guitar and not caring what people think.  Coin In A Fountain, just imagine Pink Floyd and Uriah Heep mixed and that’s what you have.  Where Silence Awaits is another Demon style of song.  Great riffs and excellent musicianship show what this band is all about.  A great way to end the album.

Old James – Speaks Volumes
Brian Stephenson – Vocals/ Bass, Chris Stephenson – Drums, Sir Andy T Cat Thompson – Guitar

Don’t Put It On Me grabs you from the start with the singer’s high scream then a very bluesy Zeppelin/ Hendrix style song kicks in great way to start the album.  Lemons has more of a Sabbath meets Grand Funk style mixed with maybe a little Beatles.  So Real has excellent rhythms and a very bluesy feel that reminds me of Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  Word as weapons starts with a very Jimi Hendrix guitar sound mixed with some Cream. Salutations, drumming starts off the song along with some vocals then an awesome riff kicks in I hear some Living Colour influence in this song.  Bass Ik Instincts is a bass interlude with drums into Kill Off The Rose.  This Sabbath meets Texas blues hard rock has you closing your eyes and just going with the flow of the song.  Eugene has lots of fuzz on the guitars and a solid beat another blues hard rock style that is amazing.  Speak Volumes has a Cream meets Joe Satraini style with some Hendrix mixed in.  Master Imploder is Cream meets southern rock meets blues an awesome song.

Old Man Wizard – Innocent Hands
Francis Roberts – Vocals/ Guitar, Kris Calabio – Drums, Andy Beller – Bass

Innocent Hands has a very old Pink Floyd meets blast beats a strange style with some great leads and almost funky bass.   Blind Prince is more progressive rock with some strange sounds and influences.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Marvel Release Third Single From New Album!


Angela is the third single from the upcoming Märvel album ”At the Sunshine Factory”. The track is covering the subject of true love and separation in space, and according to the band the best way to do so is by exploring the fine art of rock’n’roll ballads. Without a doubt,  the band looks way back into history this time around,  and not only for their true love but also when it comes to production and sound. Using all the tricks to create their perfect ballad, Angela contains both an 80´s guitar solo and just the right amount of piano and choirs. Angela is the most memorable song to date from Swedish rock sensations Märvel. This track is for all the distressed lovers out there…

The album ”At the Sunshine Factory” is set for release the 6th of October on The Sign Records. The band have worked hard to create a ”larger than life” sound, building a studio of their own to get enough time to develop their songs to perfection. A cheerful production disguises a darker lyrical theme affected by today's world situation. Märvel, known for their contagious hooks, pop melodies and rock 'n' roll soul, have tightened the bow and made braver decisions to make this the stand out album of their career. The album's spine is still very much vintage Märvel, yet each of the twelve songs have got more of a character of its own. The Swedish rock veterans are set for new challenges and conquests. Märvel have never been this well equipped and ready to make a first and lasting impression on a new audience and deliver something fresh and virgin to their old fans. The band shines like never before.

”At the Sunshine Factory” is a self-produced album recorded by the band at studio Solskensfabriken. Mixed by Stefan Brändström at Dustward Studios and mastered by Magnus Lindberg. Märvel have been an active band since 2002.

King (vocals and guitars)
Burgher (bass)
Vicar (drums)

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2017 - At the Sunshine Factory (LP, CD) (The Sign Records)
2017 - Warhawks of War (LP) (The Sign Records)
2017 - The Hills Have Eyes (CD, minialbum) (The Sign Records)
2015 – The Hills Have Eyes (LP, mini­album) (Killer Cobra Records)
2015 – Everything Belongs to You / Motherfucker (7" The Chuck Norris Experiment / Märvel) (Ghost Highway)
2014 – Hadal Zone Express (LP, CD) (Killer Cobra Records)
2012 – Metalhead / Ambassador of Fantastic (7" vinyl) (Killer Cobra Records)
2011 – Warhawks Of War (CD) (Killer Cobra Records)
2009 – A Pyrrhic Victory (7" vinyl) (Killer Cobra Records)
2007 – Thunderblood Heart (LP, CD, digipak) (Killer Cobra Records)
2006 – Unleashed (CD, mini­album) (Black JuJu)
2005 – Five Smell City (CD) (Black JuJu)
2004 – Bedlam At The Embassy (7" vinyl) (Black JuJu)
2003 – Heroine Tracks (7" vinyl) (Black JuJu)
2002 – Marvellous (7" vinyl) (Marvellous)

Monday, October 9, 2017

WESTWARD - The Empire of Deception


This band from Salt Lake City was quickly crowned by fans as playing “Cowboy Space Rock.”  This is because Westward’s original songs are flavored with a mixture of western trail music combined with futuristic motifs and underlying tones that scream modern and progressive rock.

The album has a fresh sound that grabs the listener right from the start with synth stabs, soaring vocals, and tight playing that make your feet move and make you want to dance. The album includes 10 tracks which feature two singles; “The Last Stand” which has been released as their official lyric single for this album, and the official music video “Force and Matter.” Both songs are just massive and are perfectly chosen as singles from this album with the high energy and expert playing, they give the listener an idea of where this album is going. They are similar in sound to Muse and Radiohead, but manage to keep their own identity and run with it. The songs are not pretentious like some from those mentioned bands, these are concise and full of emotion and are so damn catchy that you can’t get the out of your head. “Machines” is one of my favorite songs on the album with the sky-high vocals, and the sound of new wave bands from the ‘80s, but still fresh enough to sound modern at the same time.

This album was a definite surprise to me, as I had not heard of this band before, but what an impression they made on me. I recommend this album and really hope that people will buy it and go see them live if they get the chance…I don’t want this much talent to fade away, they need you and will give us great things in the future, as well as this awesome album right now with your help.

-Rick Ecker

Sunday, October 8, 2017

WO FAT - Live Juju - Freak Valley And Beyond To Be Released 13th October 2017

Praise for Wo Fat’s Midnight Cometh on Ripple Music:

“An immersive experience in which stoner grooves and metal riffs jostle for air in a churning tide of psychedelic juju […] Midnight Cometh is an intense meditation on the looming spectre of apocalypse, its message is as heavy as the music.”

“Wo Fat have cemented their status among stoner metal’s prismatic visionaries.”

“They’re the intersection of Kyuss’ anthemic Sky Valley-era stuff, Clutch’s doom rock boogie, Electric Wizard’s Sabbath-on-cough-syrup apocalyptic mist, and, duh, Sabbath itself.”

“They have something for everybody: a massive, juicy guitar tone sure to pelase metalheads, lots of fuzz, blues licks, hints of psychedelia and some smokimg jams.”

“The band’s chemistry bleeds into every corner of the album […] Ripple is home to Leaf Hound and JPT Scare Band, so it’s only fitting that a future legend is now in their ranks.”


Following on from the critical success of last year’s Midnight Cometh album, Ripple Music have joined forces once again with Wo Fat – chief purveyors of Texas-sized psychedelic doom – to bring you an expanded release of the band’s scarce 2015 live album, Live Juju: Freak Valley.

Live Juju: Freak Valley… And Beyond!

In addition to the band’s 2014 appearance at Freak Valley Festival, Germany, the album will be released this October as a beautiful, gatefold vinyl set and include a second LP featuring a recording of a recent show at the Double Wide in Dallas, TX with new bass player Zack Busby. For the first time ever, the album will also get an official worldwide release on CD.

Having already secured their legendary status within the stoner rock community over a sonic odyssey of six studio albums, they’ve stayed true to the deep, dark blues that wail from within and have continually infused their riffs with primal grooves. Creating a sound that’s all the more visceral here thanks to two quality live recordings.

Continuing their partnership with the equally formidable, California-based record label Ripple Music, fans of the band yet to experience the full force of Wo Fat live will be able to get a taste of what they’ve been missing in readiness for a new album in 2018.

Live Juju: Freak Valley And Beyond will be released on CD/LP though Ripple Music on 13th October. Stream and share the previously unheard live version of ‘There's Something Sinister In The Wind [Live at the Double Wide]’ – https://soundcloud.com/ripple-music/wo-fat-theres-something-sinister-in-the-wind-live-at-the-double-wide

Wo Fat – Live:
Saturday 28th October – The Swan Dive – Austin, TX

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Xroadie Files

The Great Discord -  The Rabbit Hole
Fia Kempe – Vocals, Askel Holmgren – Drums, Andre Axell – Guitar, Gustav Almberg – Guitar, Rasmus Carlson – Bass

Dimman has a very sinister feel to the music intro which flows into Noire a more progressive metal song with some excellent female vocals.  Gadget has an industrial intro then a very metal feel to the sounds and vocals and has a great head banging riff.  Darkest Day keeps up the progressive metal festival of sounds and vocals with some excellent time changes.  Tell Tale Heart has a very mid-eastern feel to the music with some Dream Theater influences.  The Red Rabbit has a more metal less progressive sound that will have you singing along.  Neon Dreaming has a slow mellow sound that will have you close your eyes and drift away.  Downfall is the intro to Cadence this is definitely a song that is influenced by Nightwish.  Omen is if you can imagine Yes/ Asia but with a more metal feel to it and female vocals.  Persona ends this excellent album with a Headbanging singalong song. Any fans of progressive metal need to get this cd.

The Moth – Hysteria
Freden – Guitar/Vocals, Cecile – Bass/Vocals, Tiffy – Drums, Curry – Drums

Empty Heart is slow stoner death style metal slow grinding and heavy.  Hysteria is a Sabbath guitar overdriven rhythm with lots of feedback and growling vocals.  Brachial is very slow and moody with a dark sinister feel.  Slow Your Pace again is slow grinding and heavy.  This Life is even slower and overdriven that most on here imagine Sabbath in slow motion.  Blackness is faster than the last few songs with a lot of overdriven guitar and deep growling vocals.  Loose crawls up from behind and works its way up your spine and into your brain causing nightmares.  Shattered is more in the old Sabbath style but with growling vocals.  Fail has bass that is so overdriven it almost blows up the speaker and your psyche.  Jupiter the final song is very slow and steady with some vocals that are sung not growled.

Tony Steele And The Massacre – A Ballad for Dead Love
Tony Steele – Vocals/Guitar, Charlie Landsborough- Guitar, Peter Mcparland – Bass

A Ballad For Dead Love the single is very old school country western meets early Outlaws.  Great guitar work and sing along vocals and a toe tapping rhythm mixed with some Buddy Holly feel to the music.

Ponytails – Ponytails
Harvey Merrit – Vocals/Bass, Travis Goeres- Guitar, Liam Ness – Bass/Guitar, Simon Furminger – Drums

Despair starts with the sound of a bass plucking then guitar works its way in then some very melancholy vocals.  Love to You is a slow sad love song that just drifts on till the end.  Next Time starts with a mid-tempo and some great lead guitar which continues thru the song.  Old Ways is a very sixties influenced number with some great musicianship.  Pieces has sort of a 60’s meets U2 quality to the song.  Young Hearts is another slow moving love song with lots of emotion that slowly builds till the end.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Honeymoon Disease announces new album "Part Human, Mostly Beast" to be released 27th of October on The Sign Records

Honeymoon Disease unleashes their new album “Part Human, Mostly Beast” the 27th of October on The Sign Records. The Swedish rock quartet’s second album is filled with high voltage pulse, colorful sounds and lots of groovy soul. Well acclaimed for their intense and high energetic stage performances the band have been one of the raising stars on the European rock stages, something the band have brought into the studio and recording the album live. Honeymoon Disease have worked with producer Ola Ersfjord (Imperial State Electric, Primordial, Tribulation, Dead Lord) since the recording of their last album “The Transcendence” (Napalm Records), something that led up to a recording session with better crafted songs, a more luxuries production and a lot of focus on the vocal arrangements.

Jenna Disease:
“Its rougher and more heavy but still with a melancholic feeling. It’s part human but mostly beast”

The band released the first single “Electric Eel” from the album during the spring 2017. The backside of the seven inch hold a cover of soul-legend Eddie Floyd’s classic song “Big Bird”. During the pre-production the band and producer Ola Ersfjord find a mutual interest in old soul records. This interest paved the way for a recording session with more focus on strong vocal arrangements with more chorus and soul. At the same time the band is a modern high-energy rock act with focus on taking it all the way to eleven.

Jimi Disease:
“We wanted this album to have a more rough and lively feeling, as we are on stage. You should really hear the sweat from the jeans vest dripping out from the speakers”

Honeymoon Disease released their debut album “The Transcendence” on Napalm Records in 2015. The band have since then been touring frequently with bands as Avatarium, The Vintage Caravan, Dead Lord, RavenEye and Horisont and sharing stages with bands as Imperial State Electric, Graveyard, Bombus, Year of the Goat and The Order of Israfel. On the new album the band have continued to work with producer Ola Ersfjord. Honeymoon Disease have been working with Branca Studios with the artwork. The new album “Part Human, Mostly Beast” is released the 27th of October by The Sign Records.

The album is released on CD & Vinyl and as a bundle together with wunderbaum, bumpersticker and metal pin.

Watch the video for Electric Eel here:

Track list:
1 - Doin' it Again
2 - Only Thing Alive
3 - Tail Twister
4 - Rymdvals
5 - Needle In Your Eye
6 - Fly Bird, Fly High
7 - Calling You
8 - Four Stroke Woman
9 - Night By Night
10 - It's Alright
11 - Coal Burnin'
12 - Electric Eel



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Thursday, October 5, 2017

GROUPOEM - Dirt Church

A mini documentary of the band's reformation at YouTube:

The band began as Mr.Science in 1983 before transforming into Groupoem in 1986. The band first released a six song 12" EP before embarking on a North American tour in 1987. They later returned to the studio where they recorded 10 songs in the summer of 1987 that are being released now for the first time, along with some new songs. The band then went on hiatus for 25 years and has now regrouped with all the original members that ironically, all four members of the band separately had migrated from Toronto to the Vancouver, BC area. The first nine tracks on this album represent the newest music, while tracks ten through eighteen are from 1987, and are a mix of punk rock and alternative. 

If you are a fan of talking/singing, kind of how Lou Reed did it, this is for you. “Slimfast” is the kickoff track of this album, and one of their newer songs and has that vocal style mixed with some angular playing that really gives the song a nice edge to it. The vocals also give me a Stan Ridgway vibe with the shaky sound to them. The band has a great vibe going on with sharp guitar playing, and terrific drumming and the vocals that kind of are a step out of sync, but yet match up perfectly with the music. All of the new songs have a great sound and are exceptional, and then we get to the old ones…wow! The band sounds so different, you know, youth and different experiences can make a difference over time, but I wish that I had heard this band back in high school, I would have loved them, and I do now! The band just blows through these old songs at a breakneck pace and you really feel the power and enthusiasm that is present on these songs. One rager after another that will get your heart rate going and get your tired old ass up out of your chair and slamming in the front room.

I am so glad to hear their new songs and how they have moved on, but kept the great songs that they showed on the older tunes, but damn, they could really tear it up back then. A great collection of songs that shows a progression and a promise for more in the future from this talented group. Welcome back boys!

-Rick Ecker

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