Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Introducing: Got Kinda Lost Records

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.


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.


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)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mothership "II" Album Release Show & Plaque Ceremony

(Taken From Mothership's Facebook Page)

Join us Friday, November 14th at THE CURTAIN CLUB in Dallas, TX for a very special evening for us three dudes. We will have our brand new album "II" available for purchase, we will be playing songs from that album live for the first time, and we have also been informed that we will be receiving a special plaque that will be hung high on the walls of Curtain Club for many centuries to come. This is a great honor for us in our hometown, and we hope all of you brothers and sisters will join us on board for this most excellent and memorable night of rock in Deep Ellum/Dallas, TX!

::Special Guests::

Idler // The Virgin Wolves // The House Harkonnen

Friday, October 17, 2014

Blackwolfgoat - Drone Maintenance

So here we are with installment #2 of what I'm calling the “goat” series.  If you read my last review, you'll know that I am writing a series of reviews of bands and albums that have “goat” in the band name or album title.  I'm not sure what it is about metal but there is an awful lot of references to goats.  Actually, I do know what it is.  Goats are metal, goats are satanic, goats are where it's at.

Blackwolfgoat is an interesting band.  I've heard some of their previous work and it seems to be all instrumental.  This album is entirely instrumental.  There are 3 spoken word vignettes, all pertaining to drone maintenance, and 7 songs.  The songs are primarily made up of layers of guitars, although there is some bass here and there and one song has an 8-bit sounding drum track.  The droning part of the songs seem to be composed of each guitar playing the same part repetitively throughout the song, creating a droning effect, while one guitar track plays a lead type part over the top of all that.  I've probably made it sound a lot more complicated than it is.  Basically, just lots and lots of guitars.  Some of it is electric, some of it is acoustic.

It's an interesting concept, because a lot of times this music is performed with electronics rather than actual instruments such as guitars.  A couple of these songs work really well for me, but the rest of them are not really my cup of tea.  I can get behind the idea and dig it for a few tracks, but for me anyway there is not a lot of real enjoyment.  I knew in the course of doing these “goat” reviews I would probably run afoul of our mandate here at the Ripple Effect, which is that we only write about things I love.  And not all music, like this, is for everyone.

I don't really know what genre you'd bundle these guys up in.  I wouldn't really call this metal in any way, but some really hip guy would tell me it's post-black-trance-psych or some nonsense genre like that.  A lot of these tracks have a rock feel to them for me.  If you are a fan of experimental stuff and you like to try out something that is definitely out of the mainstream, this is a release for you.  In my experience, most people want to be able to wrap their arms around an album and call it metal, or country, or dance pop.  If you are one of those people that needs things clearly defined this is probably not your release.  To each his own, as the saying goes.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

All Them Witches - Lightning At The Door

Lightning at the Door takes the stoner, psych, blues music we all love and creates a witches brew which captivates the listener into a hypnotic state. No need to compare them to all other "Witch" bands as All Them Witches are the witchiest witches of the Wild West, which goes without saying. It wasn't until earlier this year it seemed the hype began soaring around the musical underworld on its dusty, rickety old broom. The album was self-released in 2013 on bandcamp, which I had the pleasure of discovering then, but was just recently re-released on vinyl on September 16th, 2014, which I purchased and received earlier this week.

Highlights include every damn song. Early on in the record, The Marriage of Coyote Woman displays a Pink Floydian heavy blues rock, flavored with subtle psychedelics. Swallowed By The Sea swallows you with a lumbering riff belted out within a whirlpool of psychoticism. Doomy fuzz pedals for air as the salty atmosphere engulfs the mind, flowing endlessly upon a smoky current of dust.

The album staggers on maintaining an intoxicating fury of psychedelic blues. Charles William is likely the front runner for most popular song on the album and for good reason. Lyrical slurs such as "Jesus was my dad.... I wanna raise the dead.... I wanna take you home....," are hauntingly belted throughout the storyline catching your attention like a genie’s spell to a poor man’s wish.

Overall the album's authenticity is potent enough to crash your random piss test at work. The atmosphere is hazy, the mood is laid back, and the energy is electric like a bolt of lightning at the door. If you haven't jumped on the wagon it's never too late. All Them Witches is unique and special in a musical climate where it's difficult to distinguish a signature sound. They do it in astonishing fashion and with apparent ease. I've never met a salesman like you before, but I'm sold on this album and highly recommend you take a break from reality and jump into a state of ecstasy brought on with a spin or two of this magnificent album.

-The Huntsman

*Bonus item, grab their latest effort Effervescent on bandcamp for free below.

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