Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ripple Needs Your Help - Writer's Wanted

Well, here it is.

There is no way we here at The Ripple Effect can keep up with all the quality music that comes in.  Our poor little staff have got stacks upon stacks upon stacks of great music to write about, and now we could use just a little help.

Yep, the Ripple needs to expand and we've got openings for new writers.  Of course we'd love someone who has a mind for lots and lots of hard rock and metal.  We mean 1970s inspired hard rock and heavy, dirty, deathy, blacky metal.  Also we could use a great mind who loves emo, electro, and indy pop.  Don't exactly fit those molds?  Not a problem.

So, if you'd like to write about music, get lots of free music to review, and have your column syndicated across everything from GuitarWorld Magazine's website to USAToday, let us know.  We can't pay ya, other than in good music, lots of love, and a lifetime membership in the Ripple gang.

All it takes is a desperate passion for music and the desire to tell people about it.  As fun as the gig is, we'll only take people with a serious commitment to listening and writing.  Nothing half-assed about the Ripple.

Send in a writing sample about an album you love, 5 or 6 paragraphs, to  Tell us why you love it, how it makes you feel and why the rest of the world should care.  Create some ripples.

That's what we do here at the Ripple Effect.  Create some ripples.

Friday, August 28, 2015

French blackened death warmasters Azziard sign with Kaotoxin Records

Kaotoxin Records has announced the signing of a multi-album deal with French blackened death metal band Azziard. The band is fronted by A.S.A., vocalist for The Negation who released their newest album, Momento Mori, in July under the Kaotoxin banner. Azziard's lineup also features former and current members of Moonreich, Whispering Tears and Bran Barr.

Born in 2001, Azziard have released a pair of war-themed full-length albums, both with a conceptual focus on World War I. Where some bands become more polished over time, each release sees Azziard taking a darker and more primal approach to an already scathing brand of brand of blackened death metal. 

Azziard is currently putting the finishing touches to its third full-length at Vamacara Studio. Kaotoxin Records is planning an early-2016 release for the as-of-yet untitled album. For a taste of what's to come, the band has made a pre-production cut of album track "Unus Mundus" available for streaming and free download. This version will also be included on Weapons of Self-Destruction: Volume 2, the free Kaotoxin Records Sampler, which is set to be released on September 14, 2015.

Stream and download "Unus Mundus" at the link below:

Azziard is:
A.S.A. - vocals
Nesh - guitars
Zyule - guitars
Siegfried - bass
Arkyon  - drums

Abominator Set Release Date For New Nuclear War Now! Collection

Australia has long been a breeding ground for some of the most violent and chaotic varieties of black/death metal to have ever surfaced from the underground. Although it is almost certainly best known as the birthplace of the incomparable Sadistik Exekution, the Island Continent also later spawned the likes of bands such as Corpse Molestation, Bestial Warlust, Destroyer 666, and Abominator, all of whom began to thrive in the early to mid 1990s and espoused a distinctly bloodthirsty and uniquely Australian brand of extreme metal. Abominator’s early recordings capture the ferocity of this movement as well as – if not better than – any other from that place and period. Their first demo, Barbarian War Worship, was released in 1995, three short years after Corpse Molestation’s seminal Descension of a Darker Deity demo. Another two years later, Abominator released their second demo, The Conqueror Possessed. Anchored by the viciously precise drumming of Chris Volcano (Destroyer 666, Destruktor, Denouncement Pyre, Ignivomous) and fueled by the riffs of guitarist Andrew Undertaker (Cemetery Urn), these demos exemplify the precise and violent but still uncivilized attack perfectly foreshadowed by the title of the first demo.

First released as a vinyl DLP compiling both Abominator demos in 2010, on December 1st, Nuclear War Now! Productions is pleased to once more exhume these artifacts of battle and offer them on both DLP and CD formats, again under the most appropriate title imaginable of Barbarian War Worship. In addition to the two demos in their entirety, this release also includes bonus tracks from 2000 and 2005 studio sessions. Moreover, both CD and DLP versions feature the same cover art as the 2010 release by the legendary Chris Moyen, but also contain an updated and improved layout that includes the original cover art from both demo cassettes, rare band photos, and lyrics to all songs. The audio for the CD release has also been specifically mastered by James Plotkin in order to best match the sound properties of that particular format. In other words, no element has been overlooked in order to present these recordings in the most befitting way possible to all who worship the most barbaric acts of violence. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

 Tracklisting for Abominator's Barbarian War Worship
Disc 1 - Barbarian War Worship (1995)
Side A
1. Intro / War Worship        
2. Hordes of Impurity        
3. The Darkest Sabbat        
Side B
4. Black Nuclear Mists (Holocaustic Swarm)        
5. Sepulchral Vomit        
6. The Filthy Spirit Antichrist / Outro        
Disc 2 - The Conqueror Possessed (1997)
Side A
1. The Conqueror Possessed        
2. Damnations Prophecy        
3. A Luciferian Path to Destruction        
Side B
4. Debauchery (The Sinners Hammer)        
5. Blood of the Damned        
6. Urge to Retaliate        
7. Infernal Tides        


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Classic Rock Legends The Lizards Feat. Ex-Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Cactus & Riot Members Release New CD!

The Lizards Reptilicus Maximus cover photo med res.jpg

Special Guest Appearances By Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush) and Vinnie Moore (UFO)!

NYC - The long awaited new album from Classic Rock legends The Lizards, featuring members of Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Cactus and Riot, will be released in September 2015 on Hyperspace Records in partnership with drumming legend Carmine Appice’s Rocker Records. Titled “Reptilicus Maximus”, the band's 7th album features guest appearances by Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush) and Vinnie Moore (UFO)! Once again the breathtaking cover artwork was created by longtime Lizards artist Rick Klemann.

“These hard rockin' Lizards have slithered their way to the top of the new 'original' classic rock heap. Like their alien counterparts they are simply out of this world!” - Nightwatcher's Rock Blog

The Lizards are drummer Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow/Black Sabbath/BOC), vocalist/keyboardist Mike DiMeo (Riot/Masterplan), bassist Randy Pratt (who also plays harp with Cactus) and guitarist Patrick Klein (who recorded and mixed the album), and have released seven critically acclaimed albums and three live DVDs in the past 13 years. The band's 2006 release “Against All Odds”, and their covers album from 2009 “Archeology”, garnered rave reviews from fans and music press alike worldwide, catapulting The Lizards into legendary status!

“Loved hearing The Lizards when they opened for UFO. Cool riffs, grooves and musicality with Mike DiMeo's killer vocals on top. Awesome new record and I am glad to be a part of it.” - Vinnie Moore, UFO

Says bassist and band leader Randy Pratt, “On our 7th CD, 'Reptilicus Maximus', we brought in a few of our touring buddies. David Lanik, of 'Sharks' kicks ass on 'Ton on the One', the opening track on the CD. Frank Marino, of Mahogany Rush, was the headliner on our first tour and dazzles on 'Evil Eyes', the second track. Vinnie Moore and UFO were the headliners on our LAST tour (so far). Vinnie shreds beautifully on 'Crash', a song I wrote the lyrics to in the hospital after my brutal car crash that sidelined us for awhile. We did a 2 month tour with Glenn Hughes and he came to New York to record 4 songs on our 6th CD, 'Against All Odds'. 'Miracle Man' is a song that he wrote specifically for The Lizards, and I believe we slay it. He and Mike DiMeo do another one of their over the top duets on the closing number on the record. We added Scott 'The Doctor' Treibitz on keys for this CD, adding some new textures, from dark and brooding synths and majestic pipe organ to honky tonk piano and funky hammond organ.”

“Having toured with The Lizards and getting to know the band personally, I was delighted when Randy asked me to play on a track with them.  And even if I hadn't gotten to know what a great bunch of guys they are, I still would have accepted the invitation gladly, because I just loved the track and the music they make.  With me it's always been about heart, and these cats bring it... straight from the heart.
Frank Marino - Mahogany Rush

Says Randy, “The music runs from progressive rock to swampy blues, lyrics ranging from the sacred to the profane…all in the name of ROCK. Bobby Rondinelli told us that we got some of the best playing of his career on this record. Since he played with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult, you can believe the drums are world class throughout!”

“I consider it a crime not to check out these hot sounding reptiles!” - Metalliville, UK

For more information:

HOODED MENACE: Finnish Masters of Deathly Horror Announce Imminent Release of 'Darkness Drips Forth' via Relapse Records

Finland’s HOODED MENACE have returned with Darkness Drips Forth, their fourth full-length and most gruesome work to date. Recorded and mixed by Chris Fielding (Electric Wizard, Primordial) and the band´s usual sound engineer Mikko Saastamoinen, and graced by decrepit artwork from Justin Bartlett, the band employ a new approach on their latest effort, expanding their writing across four cataclysmically dense tracks, nearly all of which exceed ten minutes apiece. Cavernous vocals preside over mastermind Lasse Pyykko's rumbling riffs, while the rest of the band’s unshakable rhythmic core provides a grim backbone for the record.

The hint of melody HOODED MENACE sought back in their earliest days has fully blossomed into an essential element of the band’s music; Darkness Drips Forth is as melodic as it is devastating and as emotionally disquieting as it is thematically stirring. Funereal, deliberate, and methodical, Darkness Drips Forth is sure to be an essential acquisition for fans of Winter's crushing doom, the old-school death metal of Bolt Thrower and Asphyx, and the cruel, apocalyptic atmospheres of Dead Congregation and Coffins alike. Just in time for Halloween, Hooded Menace delivers a gruesome treat to chill your bones and crack open your coffin.

Check out the album trailer here.
The record is slated for an October 30, 2015 release via Relapse Records, and will be available on digital, CD, and vinyl formats. Preorder the album on CD or special edition vinyl here, or preorder the digital version from Bandcamp here.


1. Blood For The Burning Oath / Dungeons of The Disembodied
2. Elysium of Dripping Death
3. Ashen With Solemn Decay
4. Beyond Deserted Flesh

Press Quotes:

"...the festering aura and soul-damning songs make Hooded Menace stand head and shoulders above the many doom-slinging, horror-worshipping hordes." - Zero Tolerance

"...highly recommended for those who are looking to get away from the cookie-cutter mold of today's oversaturated death metal scene"-Revolver
"festers and oozes and totally fucking slays." MetalSucks

"all shivers, chills, and dreadful feelings, just the way it is supposed to be"Blabbermouth

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cemetery Lust Stream Hells Headbangers Debut At, To Play "Hells Headbash - Part 2"

Today, filth-banging maniacs Cemetery Lust stream the entirety of their Screams of the Violated debut - recently re-released by Hells Headbangers - at heavily trafficked web-portal, as part of their exclusive "The Road to Hells Headbash" coverage. Quietly released in 2012, Cemetery Lust's Screams of the Violated debut soon became a modern classic with those underground-dwelling souls who had the good fortune to hear it - including Hells Headbangers, who saw fit to sign the band and release their second album, Orgies of Abomination, in 2014 to international acclaim. And this month, Hells Headbangers made this gem of grisly, gnarly metal widely available on both CD and LP formats! Hailing from the fertile Portland, Oregon scene, Cemetery Lust perfected their style of '80s-leaning thrash/speed/death metal over the course of four demos, and then dropped the bomb that is Screams of the Violated as their debut album. Honoring the ancient ways without being mere retro-retread, the band nods equally to both old German thrash as they do the early San Francisco speed metal scene, as well as integrating a fair bit of South American proto-death, altogether making for a quick-hitting yet extremely catchy slab of good, dark fun. Hear the Screams of the Violated and feed your Cemetery Lust exclusively HERE, courtesy of, as the eighth installment of their ongoing "The Road to Hells Headbash" coverage. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Cemetery Lust's Screams of the Violated
1. Throw the Switch
2. Perverted Aggressor
3. Sexual Maniac
4. Resurected Whore
5. Black Angels of Hell
6. Demonic Dementia
7. Possessed Confessions
8. Night of the Creep

In other Cemetery Lust news, the band is slated to play Hells Headbangers' "Hells Headbash - Part 2" festival, set for September 4-6 in Cleveland, Ohio at the Agora Theater and Ballroom. Cemetery Lust will join other such HHR-affiliated bands as Satanic Warmaster, Profanatica, Archgoat, Midnight, Inquisition, Deiphago, Acid Witch, Destruktor, Black Witchery, Deceased, High Spirits, Deathhammer, Nyogthaeblisz, BAT, Demonic Christ, Bonehunter, Perdition Temple, Cianide, Evil Army, The Haunting Presence, Blood Feast, Nexul, Ævangelist, October 31, Manticore, Sacrocurse, Embalmer, Prosanctus Inferi, Abysmal Lord, Gravewurm, Nocturnal Blood, Shitfucker, Hellvetron, and The Lurking Corpses. More info can be found HERE.

Hells Headbangers is currently doing two special promotions in conjunction with "Hells Headbash - Part 2." One is a special three-day pass giveaway, to five lucky people (more info HERE), and the other is a FREE, downloadable 35-track compilation, which can be heard HERE.

Horrendous Announce the Coming of Anareta, Premiere New Song with Decibel Magazine

East Coast Death Metal trio Horrendous are set to unleash their third full-length album, Anareta, October 30 on Dark Descent Records.

Among the leaders of the New Wave of Old-School Death Metal movement, Horrendous raised the bar last year with the release of their sophomore album, Ecdysis. The critically-acclaimed album was considered by many to be one of the year's most impressive releases. Decibel Magazine ranked Ecdysis 3rd on their 'Best of 2014' list and Fenriz listed the album among his favorites of the year. A year later, Horrendous have once again set a new standard for death metal with Anareta, an eight-track offering of highly-evolved and intense OSDM.
The band had this to say about Anareta: "We are all very proud of the album and feel it is our best work to date. While our composition process has always been spread out over several separated writing-specific sessions, one thing that separates Anareta from our past work is our recording process. We recorded all the songs over one continuous period (the recording sessions for The Chills and Ecdysis were more spread out)--Matt and Jamie stayed at Damian's house/studio for weeks on end and the three of us lived, breathed and dreamed of nothing but the album during that time. It was our entire lives for over a month (two months if you include the mixing and mastering stage), and we think this complete dedication to the record is one of the factors that really made it turn out so well. There was a lot of magic in the air once we finished the foundation of the record, and each day we built off of the prior day's creative energies and inspirations until it bloomed into something immense."
Decibel Magazine has posted the exclusive premiere of album track "Sum of All Failures" 
Anareta was recorded, mixed and mastered this summer at Subterranean Watchtower Studios ( and Cover art comes courtesy of Brian Smith.

Anareta track listing:
1. The Nihilist
2. Ozymandias
3. Siderea
4. Polaris
5. Acolytes
6. Sum of All Failures
7. Stillborn Gods
8. The Solipsist (Mirrors Gaze)
Damian Herring - Guitars/Vocals/Bass
Matt Knox - Guitars/Vocals/Bass
Jaime Knox - Drums
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