Friday, October 24, 2014

Mage - Last Orders



I wish all albums started off with deafening sludge-soaked riffage like Mage on their latest album Last Orders. I really get excited when, within the first minute I'm already sold and willing to pay money for more. Call it what you want, I'm an addict, but know when the "good shit" hits the streets. Vocally Mage’s singer resembles a cross between John Bush and Paige Hamilton, which may be of interest to anyone who even remotely adores heavy metal.

Last Orders combines the metallic crunch of the turn of the century hardcore/grunge with the occult sensibilities of classic doom metal. The riffs crush like a car baler while the vocals gnaw the speakers like Lenny Dykstra on a pouch of big league chaw.

The album does not reinvent the wheel, but accessibly maintains a catchy ring resulting in an extremely enjoyable and heavy as all hell record which should capture fans of both sides of the vocal tone fence. You say you can't stand harsh vocals? No worries here. You admit you are aroused by utter havoc in the vocal department? This is the crumble that the cookie monster ate off the floor. Granted, the pigs are not squealing here, in fact the vocals are only marginally harsh. The point being, the record is vigorously stimulating from either side of the rails you stand beside.

For fans ranging from Helmet, Candlemass, to Armored Saint, Mage has a little something for each of you. If you enjoyed the last album, Black Sands, you'll be in for another bludgeoning treat.

-The Huntsman



Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Ripple Conversation with Supervoid

When I was a kid, growing up in a house with Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, and Simon and Garfunkel, the first time I ever heard Kiss's "Detroit Rock City," it was a moment of musical epiphany. It was just so vicious, aggressive and mean. It changed the way I listened to music. I've had a few minor epiphany's since then, when you come across a band that just brings something new and revolutionary to your ears.

What have been your musical epiphany moments?

John: Growing up in the burbs as a kid I listened to a lot of horrible music and never had a cool uncle to make me listen to cool music from the 70s or even get me into Metallica. I started to branch out in college and when Mastodon released Blood Mountain, I was just absolutely blown away. As a bassist it's honestly one of the most enjoyable albums for me to play along to. It was such an epic culmination of groove, melody, and HEAVY. And man, those harmonies. I could probably sing you the bass lines of each song front to back from memory. I had previously really been into a lot of death metal, but that album really helped bridge me into the groovier side of things.

Brian: It was Local H - Pack Up The Cats for me, I never heard an album that completely flowed from beginning to end seamlessly and so well. At The Drive-In/Mars Volta...The Who's - Tommy...Mastodon - Blood Mountain was huge for me too. I'm a huge fan of concept albums.

Joe: There were a couple for me. When I was around 12 years old, Metallica's black album came out, and that's what made me want to play guitar. Metallica, Megadeth, and Pantera were the entire world to me as a little shithead teenager. For a while in college I got much more into punk and alternative music, but later when I got AtG's Slaughter of the Soul and In Flames' Jester Race, those and their other albums brought me back into heavy music again.

Talk to us about the song-writing process for you. What comes first, the idea? A riff? The lyrics? How does it all fall into place?

John: Sometimes we build off a riff, sometimes we build off an idea. Sometimes the best ideas come from just joking around and having a good time. It definitely varies. Joe is the main creative drive behind the song writing process. It's ridiculous how many new riffs he shows up to practice with week in and week out. He definitely makes the writing process an easy one for the rest of us. He'll usually come into practice with the skeleton of a song and through jamming it out as a full band, we build the muscle and tissue piece by piece.

Brian: The guys usually will come up with a good structure/starting point for a song, and I go from there phonetically how I want to sing.  After that, I come up with an idea that the song reminds me of and just build on it.  It helps me to envision the song as a soundtrack to a made up short film/movie in my head and that will usually get me going lyrically.

Joe: The experience so far seems to have been mostly me coming up with riffs/song ideas and rough arrangements and bringing it to rehearsal where everyone works on it and helps shape it. There have been some decent spontaneous ideas at rehearsal as well that have turned into some good riffs. Brian writes all the lyrics and themes, and I think he does an awesome job with it despite us trying to sabotage them with poop and dick jokes.

Who has influenced you the most?

John: I could name a hundred bands that have probably influenced me, but greater than any music I've ever listened to is the musicians I've played with along the years. I've gotten to play with some really great people and I feel that has helped mold and shape me as a musician more than anything, including my bandmates in Supervoid.

Brian: That's the funny thing because a lot of different bands have inspired me to go in different directions in writing music.  Everything from Mastodon, ASG, Maiden, Isis, Sabbath, Fear Factory, Rush, Opeth, the list goes on and on and on.  I like taking pieces of my favorite stuff and putting it into a big mixing bowl of tasty jams.

Joe: As a guitar player, like I said above, it was Hetfield and Dimebag (though I can't play like him) that made me want to play as a kid. I'd say they had the biggest impact, although I don't get to spin those records much these days.

Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?

John: Most of our songs are very narrative. I think we draw inspiration from the world around us. Sometimes I'll stumble across an obscure yet extremely interesting subject via the almighty internet and suggest it to Brian as a lyrical theme. Be it a song about slave elephants rebelling against their masters that may or may not draw parallels to human society (War Elephant), or just a bear eating some guy's family (The Bear), I think any story can make a great song if told the right way, and Brian does a great job of that.

Brian: Honestly, it's just getting together with my friends and writing stuff that I find interesting keeps it going.  Whether it's things I find funny, inspiring or awesome sounding, that formula seems to have worked so far.

Joe: The bands that inspire me most tend to be the ones that are very clearly doing their own thing, or following their own path with little regard to what their peers are doing. Anyone who is sincerely striving for originality in any form makes me happy. I think Josh Homme and QotSA are a great example of this; they don't have two records that really sound the same, and he doesn't seem to give a fuck if that bugs his fans or not, because all those records are great in their own way. Personally, I don't find myself listening to a lot of new heavy music these days, not because I don't like it, but because I tend to imitate things I really enjoy. I don't want a bunch of subliminal Earthless or Sandrider riffs in our new songs just because I can't get those songs out of my head, yknow? So I've ended up listening to a lot of classic rock recently; The Faces, the Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin. Stuff I can put on and play along to.

We're all a product of our environment. Tell us about the band's hometown and how that reflects in the music?

John: Pittsburgh has a pretty large and diverse, yet rather small world feeling music scene. We've got great record stores, DIY spaces and promoters, small venues that do their best to help bands put on a good show... there is definitely a small town feel here. I think that results in us integrating a lot of different sounds into our music. For example, Ladders has a driving rock verse, a bluesy swing section, and then closes with a brutal death metal segment.

Brian: Well, I grew up here in Pittsburgh and I've been to different shows in the music scene for a long time.  I was actually in an RPG Metal band called Dethlehem before this singing songs about Goblins, Skeletons and things like that, but had to leave for personal reasons (no drama) That wasn't easy to give up haha  I think there was only one song Ladders that I took from a personal experience, the rest is my imagination running wild.

Where'd the band name come from? 

John: We're all nerds and not ashamed to admit it. In astronomy, voids are large areas of empty space that exist because of baryon acoustic oscillations that occurred during the Big Bang. Supervoids are the large voids that exist between galaxy clusters. I should probably stop there... we thought it sounded cool and we like space!

You have one chance, what movie are you going to write the soundtrack for?

John: Well, we did have the pleasure of writing a song to be specifically used in a locally filmed and produced zombie movie The Other Side! I'd say the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie because, well, that just makes sense.

Brian: YES, this is a sweet question. Um....Evil Dead 4!  (Or Army Of Darkness 2 if you want to call it that)

You now write for a music publication (The Ripple Effect?).  You're going to write a 1,000 word essay on one song. Which would it be and why?

John: The Beatles - I Want You (She's So Heavy) would be my pick. I don't even really like The Beatles, but that song is one of the earliest songs where you can say man, that's HEAVY. It's rather genre defining for its time, has some great instrumentation, and just has this downright nasty attitude to it.

Brian: My first instinct would be Rush - 2112, but honestly I think it would be Local H - All The Kids Are Right because it was the song that made me go to the store, buy the cd, put it in my computer, and truly want to be involved in music after finishing the album. Only took me 10 years to get off my ass and do it!

What is you musical intention? What are you trying to express or get your audience to feel?

John: Tension and resolve. I want people to feel the dynamic and atmospheric landscape we're trying to paint.

Brian: I like telling stories or reflections on a subject in the songs.  Every song (for the most part) has a running theme.  Sometimes I'm very straightforward with what I'm trying to visualize, at other times I like to leave it up to interpretation. I want people to get a big atmospheric energetic feeling out of it... if that makes any sense.

Joe: I feel like this question could easily get people to make fools of themselves by rambling on and on, but I think it's a good one. I don't think the answer for us is anything like "ROCK THE FUCK OUT AND PARTY" or "HEAVY FUCKIGN METTALLLLL" or anything like that. We are part of a small scene that is very, very crowded with a TON of awesome bands. The intention of any creative endeavor, whether you're a musician, writer, or artist of any kind is to get people to respond to your creation. After that, it's pretty much out of your hands. I/we feel compelled to write and perform this music for some reason, so at the very least, we want people to hear it. What I think we're TRYING to express, are simply interesting musical moments, ideally put together in a creative way, that will make the listener feel something awesome for that moment. I don't believe that anything we're doing is breaking totally new ground; any music store nerd could probably pick apart all of our songs and say which riff is derivative of what. I think of it like a hamburger analogy. There are tons of restaurants making burgers out there, and there will never be a "best" burger, and just because there are tons of people making them, doesn't mean that others will say they're not going to try. There will be better ones, and there will be different ones, but I want to make a REALLY FUCKING GOOD hamburger that is unique and you can't get anywhere else, and you tell your friends to get ours.

Come on, share with us a couple of your great, Spinal Tap, rock and roll moments?

John: Personally opening for Orange Goblin has to be at the top of my list. Those guys released their first album when I was eleven. I've been a fan of theirs for awhile and getting to meet them and play with them was awesome. Ben Ward is one of the best front men in the business and was really friendly, and Martyn and I talked bass gear for awhile. No crazy rock and roll story here, just an awesome moment for me, and OG are great guys.

Brian: Well I guess I have to share my toilet story.  I was playing a show in Wheeling, WV and this bar happened to be two floors.  Well, prior to driving to the gig, I decided to partake in some baked Mac n Cheese dish at the practice space.  After it worked its way through my system, I needed to take action.  The downstairs bathroom's "toilet" was a bucket in the corner.  The upstairs bathroom (which was the women's room I went into mistakenly) had a toilet... with no seat... and no toilet paper.  Well, time waits for no man and I proceeded to unleash my fury onto this poorly crafted throne. The results were… not pretty. My drummer at the time ran to get me Wet Naps in the van and proceeded to show the other bands my handy work. I think I still have the reactions on video if you need proof hahaha

Tell us about playing live and the live experience for you and for your fans?

John: LOUD. We're repeatedly told we're the loudest band in Pittsburgh and I don't think people are joking. We want people to FEEL as well as hear. Immerse yourself in the music.

Brian: I love playing live shows. It's a bit different for me because different genres elicit different reactions from people, so I never know how to judge how people are enjoying the show. I know that when they clap at the end, we must be doing something right.

Joe: I think our live show needs a little bit of work, to be honest. For starters, we're not a sweaty/drunk/pit type band; no one is ever going to completely lose their shit while watching us play, that's just not the type of music we write. I think we play our songs pretty competently; there's not a lot of punch ins in our records or anything like that. Eventually I'd like to again add a second guitar player, because I think it adds depth to the music and the live show. I still get nervous playing live.

What makes a great song?

John: As a musician, I think a song is great when you rehearse it in practice all the way through for the first time, and when you finish your heart is racing, everyone is smiling, and there's just a general feeling of man, that was awesome.

Brian: All depends on the vibe and what you're trying to convey.  I like music to have a good variety to it, even if that means within one song itself. Peaks and valleys. Not that straightforward songs aren't great, as long as you're doing it right.

Joe: Well, for me personally, I think if it sticks in your head, it's halfway there. Having some element of a hook, or catchy part I think makes a big impression, especially in heavy music, because it can be hard to pull off. I like songs that are well-arranged, and I think we try to put a lot of effort into making sure parts go together well. After a transition into the next riff, you should be saying in your head "of COURSE that's where it goes next!" Having themes in songs is cool to me too, like a single riff or idea that keeps coming around in a song, or resolves in a way that you knew it would all along. I'm not saying our band does all of these things haha, but these are just the things that come to me as a guitar player.

Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?

John: I think the first Supervoid song was called Knife Fight, which never got a release. That was very early in the writing process and we were still trying to figure out our sound. It's not a bad song, just not our best work. There is a cool Graveyard-like part towards the end that I always enjoyed playing. Maybe one day we'll revisit it. For me personally, the first full song I ever wrote was for a project in college. It was about flesh eating walruses that come into your house at night and eat your children. I cannot validate my sobriety during this period.

Brian: First song I ever wrote... god I think that was "No Reward Among Legends".  It was about a bunch of ridiculous D&D type banter, but it was in a real over-the-top metal theme (as it usually goes).  But thematically it was basically saying "Don't look for a short term reward if you're in it for the long haul"... like an inspirational cat poster.

What piece of your music are particularly proud of?

John: Well as a whole, I'm extremely proud of Filaments. Being our first full length release, I thought we did a really good job taking a lot of diverse style songs and building them into this one overall representation. But my favorite song has to be Ride the Snake. I'll never get tired of playing that one, and I blast it in my car all the time. I just love the energy we managed to capture when we recorded that one.

Brian: I'm really happy with how our full length "Filaments" turned out, but the song on there was "Arcane Groves". I remember the guys playing me that jam when I first joined the band, and they were discussing about making it shorter.  I said "DON'T YOU TOUCH THAT SONG" because I knew it was exactly the way it needed to be (with a few tweaks).  Lyrically I always thought it was cool too, one of the first more "abstract" songs I ever wrote.

Joe: "The Bear" off the LP we did. I like atmospheric, creepy music, and like I said above, this one is simple, has a hook, and a theme that it keeps coming back to. There are cool layered guitar parts, and it's repetitive in a neat way. Awesome lyrics and idea by Brian too. I wish we could do more stuff like that.

Who today, writes great songs? Who just kicks your ass? Why?

John: One of my favorite bands right now is Monobrow. They seem to get better with every release, and the creativity behind their music is awesome. Three guys who are all monster players on their instruments just churning out these really original killer songs.

Brian: My favorites lately?  Mastodon, Steak Number Eight, Volbeat, Kvelertak, Beastmilk just to name a few. I really like hearing stuff from all over.

Joe: Josh Homme is my favorite songwriter, like I alluded to above...he can write any kind of song he wants, and it will fit on the record he's making. Pelican just kicks my ass. I love slow, heavy, melodic riffing, and they really know how to do that well. And Helmet.

Vinyl, CD, or digital? What's your format of choice?

John: Well digital for the convenience. File sharing, cloud storage, online streaming, bluetooth... I can throw a ridiculous amount of songs on my phone and have them with me at all times. I'm also a big vinyl guy, but only as of a few years ago. I like how it makes listening to music more of an active experience rather than a passive one, and I'm a sucker for awesome album art.

Brian: Digital because I'm a huge nerd. I do collect stuff from time to time but mostly I'm on my phone/computer.

Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice

John: Oh that's easy, whiskey all day. I have some weird medical thing where I can't drink beer and don't even mind. With PA's liquor stores being state run our good whiskey choices are rather limited, but we've got an awesome distillery located right in Pittsburgh called Wigle Whiskey. They make an amazing product and really support the local community. They are just now obtaining permits to distribute in other states, so everyone so go buy some!

Brian: Beer, Magic Hat 9 or Delirium if we're talking beer. But Liquor? THE KRAKEN RUM. It's my favorite.

We, at the Ripple Effect, are constantly looking for new music. What's your home town, and when we get there, what's the best record store to lose ourselves in?

John: Just up the street from my house is a world-famous place called Jerry's records. It's ridiculous how many records are in that place, and most bands make an effort to stop there when they're in town. I personally listen to more modern releases than older stuff, so I'd have to recommend Sound Cat Records. They always have a real solid stoner/doom selection. Pittsburgh is definitely not lacking record stores!

Brian: Go to Eides music near Downtown/The Strip.

What's next for the band?

John: We've got a bunch of new tracks written, and are continuing to write without borders, experimenting with our sound and trying new things. It seems the response from fans every time we release new music is "I want more" which really makes us feel good. I hope we can keep delivering what they like.

Brian: Just keep writing… writing writing writing writing. We've played our debut album a lot and we want to give people more music

Any final comments or thoughts you'd like to share with our readers, the waveriders?

John: If you made it this far, thanks for taking the time to read! If you like what you hear on our bandcamp now, please stay tuned for our next release. I think it's shaping up to be an awesome one.

Brian: If you took the time to read our ranting and check out our music… thank you. I really can't stress that enough because this is something I really enjoy doing and if you get any enjoyment out of it, that makes me truly happy. Oh and Starburst Jellybeans are awesome.

Joe: I just want to keep writing music, and keep trying to make it interesting.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NOOTHGRUSH, MINSK, BLACK COBRA, DOPETHRONE, AGRIMONIA and WALK THOUGH FIRE confirmed for DESERTFEST LONDON 2015


Like every year, London promoters When Planet Collides and Human Disease Promo will be curating a stage at The Underworld, hosting some of the most crushing and bleak riffage on the whole festival.

Let's all welcome the mighty NOOTHGRUSH, MINSK, BLACK COBRA, DOPETHRONE, AGRIMONIA and WALK THROUGH FIRE at DESERTFEST LONDON 2015, taking place on April 24-26th in Camden.


Already confirmed:

SLEEP
RED FANG
ORANGE GOBLIN
MY SLEEPING KARMA

Human Disease Promo / When Planets Collide Stage

NOOTHGRUSH
MINSK
BLACK COBRA
DOPETHRONE
AGRIMONIA
WALK THROUGH FIRE


For the fourth year running, Camden will be hosting one of the most exciting stoner/doom/sludge/psyche gatherings in Europe, for a full weekend of fuzzed-out tunes, psychedelia and partying. As the first headliner of this 2015 edition, American stoner rock pioneers SLEEP will be treating the Desertfest crowd to the finest smoked-out odysseys, with an exclusive headlining set at London’s famous venue Koko. Also headlining, Portland’s heavy rock’n’rollers RED FANG are set to turn this fourth edition into a massive metal celebration. The ground is set to tremble once again this year, with UK metal heavyweights ORANGE GOBLIN delivering their fiery metal anthems for a one-off 20th anniversary performance. It’s very rightfully than German psych foursome MY SLEEPING KARMA will be perfectly embodying the cosmic side of the lineup.

This new announcement with cult North-American outfits NOOTHGRUSH, MINSK, BLACK COBRA and DOPETHRONE, as well as Sweden based AGRIMONIA and WALK THROUGH FIRE is giving our 2015 lineup the blackened twist that is expected by all sludge and doom worshippers each year. Impending earthquake in Camden...

DESERTFEST LONDON
April 24th-26th 2015 in Camden Town
Koko - Electric Ballroom - The Underworld - The Black Heart

Tickets on sale now 

More infos at www.thedesertfest.com
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Introducing: Got Kinda Lost Records

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Got Kinda Lost Records— named after the song by ex-Big Star founder member Chris Bell— is the newest reissue imprint by the Guerssen Label Group.
 
Curated by Jeremy Cargill (Assistant Editor for Ugly Things Magazine), the label’s focus is archival and reissue work specializing in the realms of proto-punk, ‘70s pop/power pop, glam, psych, privately-pressed hard rock, and “out of time” treasures.
 
 

Catching Up - Revenge of the Quick Ripple Bursts: Letter "R"- featuring Revelations, The Rising Sun Experience, and Rog & Pip

Revelations - Grip of Darkness

Rocking like it's 1979.  And that's a good thing.

 Funneling the passion and riff-mastery of the best of the NWOBHM through the pantheon of rock that has come since.  "Strange Dreams" charges with the urgency of early "Running Free" Iron Maiden with the melodic sensibility of some US 70's hard rockers like Legs Diamond.  A totally Maiden bass line kicks it off before the killer dual guitars come raging in.  Vocals are clean and nuanced enough to rock with a classic 70's vengeance and avoid any MOR mediocrity.  An absolute classic metal cut.

 "Under the Gun" brings on the passion of early Rainbow or Heaven and Hell-era Sabbath complete with big, thick, ballsy riffs.  Break out the brass knuckles, Revelations got a bar fight to go to and I'm jumping into the fray.  "Grip of Darkness" really channels the Dio.  Think of some early metal bands like "Sin after Sin" era Priest joining a street gang with obscurities like Dirty Tricks with Dio presiding over the street war and you'll get the idea.  Fiery, straight ahead burning rock and roll.  Just keeps getting better the more I listen to it.

One of my top releases of the year.





The Rising Sun Experience - Beyond the Obvious Abyss

Flying acid rock taking off in a purple haze of Hendrix-ian wail and feedback.  Toss in some massive Hammond organ and heart full of soul and we got ourselves a full on cooker!  So steeped in the '70's it should be unlawful to play these jams without elephant bell bottoms and flowing lava lamps.  But then why would you want to.  The whole intent here is to tear off a piece of the paper and let the freak flag fly.  And I suggest you do.  Crank up the speakers and tune into "Wasted Dreams of Red Flowers" (all six versions of it!!) with the lava lamp and black lights burning.  Prepare to lose your mind in the swirl.  Great stuff.





Rog & Pip - Our Revolution

Wow. I have no idea where this one came from. A long lost band that I'd never heard of,  but I'd recently been on a massive Slade and old school glam kick, wondering what happened to the good old days of velvet pant glam.  Then, suddenly, like a bolt of flowery shirt lightning, Rog & Pip pops up on my iPod with their stately Slade-esque glam anthem "Why Won't You Do What I Want?" and my all of my questions were answered.  Rocking a voice borrowed from Noddy Holder's larynx, full of gargle and flair, Rog & Pip picked up the Slade banner and charged right to the front line.  "My Revolution" leads the charge in their assault on bland, formulaic, producer-driven drivel rock.  Fuzzy and garagey and . . . well . . . .Slade-y, nothing was going stop Rog & Pip in their intent to jam glam right down the world's ear pipes.  "Rock with Me" brings in a Mott vs T. Rex wavefront to keep the armies of glam energized.

So, if you're like me and miss the glory days of flared corduroys and pirate shirts, feel free to enlist in the Rog & Pip long lost revolution.  The enemy is bland rock and I gotta feel that Rog & Pip are the winning side in this war.

--Racer




Monday, October 20, 2014

Catching Up - Revenge of the Quick Ripple Bursts: Letter "C" - featuring Castero, The Casualties, Cellerscape, and the Cryptics

Castero - Revolutions

I just don't understand why more people aren't raving about this one.  Hailing from Ireland, Castero specialize in balls out guitar rock that chugs full speed ahead like an unmanned locamotive racing down the tracks towards a fully-packed commute station.  "Warped Mind" kicks it all off with red lights blazing, riding high on a charging riff that takes a break only to let some stellar guitar work wail.  Vocals are throaty and textured, menacing, as if to invite you to a bar fight between warring gangs. The lads of Castero like writing riffs as much as they probably like drinking beer and need to rock about as much as they need to breathe.  Not metal, sludge, stoner or grunge, but all of them-- ramrodded into the coal pit of the locomotive engine and jammed into the fiery furnace.  Full on steaming rock n roll.  A wholly impressive debut.  Jump onboard or get off the tracks because Castero is steaming through one way or the another.
                                                                                                                                                                    All brakes are off on this one!




The Casualties - Resistance

Mean-spirited, phlegm-addled punk-n-roll straight from the vomit-spewed gutters of big City.  The Casualties have been plying their trade for years and have become masters, jamming their spike of Oi! punk right into the heart of hardcore, spitting out the blood of old school punk along the way.  Gangland vocals beat out across the anarchic madness of flailing elbows, bloody kneecaps, and 100mph venom.  Pure rebellion, Resistance, is the assault of rebellion against a fucked up status quo.  Song titles like "Brick Wall Justice," "Behind Barbed Wire" "Modern Day Slaves" and Morality Police" read like graffiti on the walls of The Casualties revolutionary front.  Somehow, amongst the snot and bile, The Casualties manage to pile on enough hooks, choruses, and discernible melodies amidst the blistering guitars and galloping bass to make it an incredibly accessible, even an addictive listen.  If you miss the moshpit, and music of pure tattooed knuckles and disgust, The Casualties have created the album for you.




Cellerscape - The Act of Letting Go

I've written about Paul Terry and his solo project Cellerscape many times before.   Cinematic in scope, Cellerscape is the music for the movie playing in your head.  Lush and vibrant.  At times uplifting or despondent, Cellerscape is never anything less than majestic.  12 songs over the span of nearly an hour create a moody adventure in sound.  Terry's smooth tenor flows over beautifully strummed acoustic guitar, haunting cello, and gentle electronics.  Each song plays like a mini-soundtrack, layer with ambiance and tone.   Beautiful and evocative, each Cellerscape album is worth exploring.

Be warned though, one listen may just inspire you to write that screenplay you've been dreaming of.




The Cryptics - Black Lucy EP

Straight from the Bowery, Stooges-fueled street punk, oozing with cheap beer and methamphetamine.  Don't go here looking for anything intelligent or radical.  Instead, the Crytpics are all about the attitude.  Tearing it up in a smoke-stained bar, blazing through 3-chord burners while the audience flies high with sweat and grease stained t-shirts and torn jeans.  Not high on the originality scale but soaring the heights of good sleezy punked-up fun.


--Racer

Sunday, October 19, 2014

HUNTRESS To Support AMON AMARTH In Europe/UK Early 2015!


Supporting Arch Enemy And Kreator In North America This Fall!

California’s HUNTRESS will be touring North Amercia this fall with Arch Enemy and Kreator in support of their latest release, 2013’s Starbound Beast. The tour begins October 23rd in Baltimore, MD and runs through November 23rd in Cleveland, OH.

HUNTRESS will continue their rapid pace, having just announced a full European tour with Amon Amarth as direct support! Vocalist Jill Janus on the upcoming tour :

"The Gods have spoken! HUNTRESS will spend a wintery month with the Vikings from Sweden; Amon Amarth! It's a fantasy come true to tour with one of our favorite bands as direct support. Huntress will bring the fury to Europe and the UK once again! This is an exciting time for us, just launching into a North American tour with the mighty Arch Enemy and Kreator. Our attack has been relentless, we're now recording our third album in Los Angeles with production duo Andrew Alekel (Foo Fighters, No Doubt, Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch) and Jim Rota (Sound City, Fireball Ministry, Kyng), slated for release in early 2015. Spread it, shred it, behead it! Hail Heavy Metal!"

HUNTRESS was spawned from the preternatural union of Jill Janus with underground metal bands Professor and Dark Black. They thrive on thundering drums, heavy riffs, spectral solos and catchy choruses that come from the band‘s musical concoction of occult science and bong rips. HUNTRESS remains true to the roots of melodic heavy metal with a penchant for thrash, death and black metal.

Starbound Beast – the latest critically acclaimed album by HUNTRESS – is available worldwide on Napalm Records.

Watch the band's video “Zenith”, which was nominated by Revolver Magazine for their “Best Film and Video” Golden Gods Award: http://youtu.be/c1OltqVcr1Q


HUNTRESS on Tour in Europe/UK with AMON AMARTH:

15/01/15 FR – Lille – Le Splendid
16/01/15 UK – Brighton – Concorde 2
17/01/15 UK – Plymouth – The Hub
18/01/15 UK – Bristol – Thelka
19/01/15 UK – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
21/01/15 UK – Norwich – Waterfront
22/01/15 UK – Colchester – Arts Center
23/01/15 UK – Oxford – Academy2
24/01/15 UK – Stoke – Sugarmill
25/01/15 UK – Manchester – Academy2
27/01/15 UK – Glasgow – Classic Grand
28/01/15 UK – Leeds – Stylus
29/01/15 UK – Newcastle – Uni
30/01/15 UK – Lemmington – Assembly
31/01/15 UK – Southampton – 1865
02/02/15 FR – Rouen – Le Cargo
03/02/15 FR – Reims – Le Cartonnerie
04/02/15 FR – Nancy – L ́Autre Canal
05/02/15 FR – Nimes – La Paloma
06/02/15 ES – Bilbao – Santana 27
07/02/15 ES – Barcelona – Razzmatazz1
08/02/15 ES – Madrid – La Riviera
10/02/15 PT – Lisboa – Paradise Garage
11/02/15 PT – Porto – Hard Club
12/02/15 ES – Santiago – Captol
14/02/15 FR – Clermont-Ferrand – Le Cooperative De Mai
15/02/15 FR – Strasbourg – Laiterie


HUNTRESS on Tour with Arch Enemy & Kreator in North America:

10-19: Merriam, KS @ Aftershock (Huntress only)
10-21: Louisville, KY @ Expo Five (w/ Gwar & Decapitated)
10-22: Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose (Huntress only)
10-23: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
10-24: New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
10-25: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
10-26: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
10-27: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10-28: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theater
10-29: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
11-01: Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
11-02: Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre
11-03: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
11-04: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
11-06: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
11-07: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11-08: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
11-10: San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center
11-11: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11-12: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
11-14: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
11-15: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11-16: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11-18: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
11-19: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
11-20: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
11-21: Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
11-22: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
11-23: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
11-26: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater (Huntress only)
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