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DOOM * STONER * SLUDGE * DRONE * PSYCHEDELIC ~ HOME OF THE DOOM METAL ALLIANCE REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS FROM THE UNDERGROUND

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    Union Transfer with it's big sound was an excellent opportunity to Sleep last night.  I need Sleep.  They have impacted my life positively for the last 14 years, and that's just under half my lifetime, so I was glad to be, after a three year withdrawal, back to Sleep, in a venue with a sound system I know I like.  That place in 2011 the warehouse thing in NYC, that place, did them no favors acoustically speaking.

    Tried UT a third time with the lady friend, who hadn't intended upon attending, but, for stoner rock, decided to give getting in a go anyway, and witnessed all Matt, Al, and Jason for the first each or together.

    Windhand I myself had never seen, but I liked the 2012 s/t and was ready for a pummeling.  Some people don't dig the buried vocal approach; I'd usually reply Come My Fanatics...but what's the point?  People know what they like.  Either it's pleasing to your ear or it isn't, I understand.

    After a couple of years heavy touring, I was sort of hoping for more from Dorthia, but she mostly walked back and forth, head-banged, or stared at the drummer or any of the three dudes head-banging next to hear.  I feel now that the buried vocals are indeed because she sort of just hasn't really come out of her shell or let loose, or maybe she doesn't give a flying fuck about that. 

    Not everyone's Ben Ward, I get that.  Her sultry vocals should be louder and upfront above that fuzzy dirge-y engine made all the more complex acoustically by the two guitarists intertwining and over lapping.  I nabbed Soma from some dude in an out there colorful fest, along with two stickers.  Good stuff.

    I'd see it again, and there was definitely some low end heavy riffage throughout, but Dorthia should wail instead of whisper, that's the only way to separate from the music and be above that wall of sludge, shining down on the din, adding the beauty, the ray of witch-y light.




    Now, Sleep, then.  My my my.  What a marked, tightened difference three years and a venue change makes.  The marijuanauts and taken off, reinvigorated and deeply into jamming on the riff and jamming outright, Matt's playing slower, Al faster, and Jason has found the right sound and is playing with all of those beautiful places between notes.  What a filled hour and a half that was, man alive.

    In 2011, I sensed in hindsight now much more of a vying between Om and High on Fire both, whereas now, they've honed in to a tee on what the current Sleep sound should and does sound like.  Which is what it always was, Matt slowing down and Al filling in those spaces with bass notes every song, just beautifully.  Those were my absolute favorite moments, when there was real jamming live on stage, Matt going crazy and metal for a solo while Al kept the Riff.  Jason was new to the band still in 2011, but now it's 36 months later and these three musicians have made a new Sleep.  Sleep is a gorgeous, fuzzy, heady thing nowadays.

    Oh, what's that Al?  It's time for a moment of reverence for Tony Iommi, because you're going to play Dragonaut?  Sure thing, Al.

    I shed a single tear at how awesome the idea of a moment of reverence for Sabbath's guitarist is.  Setlist seemed about the same as the one in NY, but I don't recall three new songs, just The Clarity and Antarcticans Thawed, but I may well be wrong.  A bit of Dopesmoker and the rest was Holy Mountain love, and it was all gravy.  What a difference those three years made on the live show for these guys.  Sleep is an essential live band right now.  Get out there and get your Sabbath groove on with Sleep.  You must Sleep.

    Words: Sabbath Jeff

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    People keep asking so here it is, a very overdue update from the man himself.....TC


    Thanks to everyone that has donated to the Fund-raiser that Tony Cooper has started for me. You will find it in the sidebar, you can't miss it. As you may have noticed, I am not the man I once was. I have lost over 100 pounds in the past 18 months and the weight is still falling off me. My hair is now all but gone, most of my teeth have fallen out, have terrible body shakes and my nervous system is shot to pieces.

    However I am trying to stay as positive as I can. We all have to die sometime and when your time is up, it is all over, what can you do? Again thanks to everyone who has helped me in the past. Your donations is really the only way I can eat something decent without relying on Top Ramen noodles and soups and some days, I can't even afford that.

    Due to my crazy weight loss, I have hardly any clothes to wear so my metal band-shirt collection is likely to be either given away or sold any-day now. Contact us if you are interested in picking some cheap shirts. Most have hardly been worn and will be sold for $5 or less. Stay tuned for that one.

    Thanks again for your donations. It hasn't been much but every little bit helps and his very much appreciated...

    .. Ed Barnard

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    European stoner/doom/psych festival DESERTFEST LONDON just unveiled the first batch of bands to be part of its fourth edition, taking place on April 24-26th, 2015 in Camden. Tickets are on sale now, so it’s time to make plans for next spring!

    First bands confirmed are: SLEEP (headlining Koko’s on Sunday 26th), ORANGE GOBLIN and MY SLEEPING KARMA

    For the fourth year running, Camden’s finest venues 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. After they announced their long-awaited return a few weeks ago, American stoner rock pioneers SLEEP will be treating the Desertfest crowd to their twenty minutes long smoked-out sonic odysseys, with an exclusive headlining set at London’s famous venue Koko’s on the Sunday. Camden’s 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 special performance. This first announcement couldn’t be complete without a cosmic touch (because it wouldn’t be DESERTFEST if we weren’t sonically high at least once), brought to you by German psych trio MY SLEEPING KARMA.

    Keep an ear to the ground as more bands will be announced really soon!

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

    3-day tickets (£99.50) available at THIS LOCATION.

    More infos on Official Website
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    Source: The Obelisk

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  • 08/30/14--06:58: Where is the doom at?
  • Another small but important update;

    A lot of mail has gone missing from the Doommantia inbox. It was either hacked or mail was accidentally deleted. Any bands that sent album promos in recently, may have to send them again. If you haven't seen a reply from us, please send it again but.....

    Only doom related bands please.......

    Words: Savannah

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    Listening to Chelsea Wolfe feels like listening to a moody Portishead.

    This first sentence, the start of this review is quite uncommon, a bit disturbing, but it fits the first impression of this band, and for everyone who enjoys listening to Portishead, Chelsea Wolfe is a beautiful discovery. But I may take you up on that later, when Chelsea Wolfes description has its first traits.

    Chelsea Wolfes name originates from the eponymous female singer. She is the heart and soul of this band. Apokalypsis is their first album that has to be highlighted from their complete discography. From far away this band speaks to us, shrouded of fog they send a message. Chelsea Wolfe creates an atmosphere with their music, repetitive sometimes, but also breaking their habits and creating new formations. Chelsea Wolfes music has a haunted style, full of suffering. The vocals are thin and weak, pouring out her woes from far away to the listener. She tries to break the barrier between this world and her world, her spooky place, dominated by crushing affliction and decaying existence. She is a banshee trying to regain her body, her carcass and asking us, the living, for directions. The female vocals, with a fluent continuity, remains behind the instrumental curtain, but shines through like a shadow play.

    Referring a band to another, may help writing a reference. In this case, after I already described Chelsea Wolfes first traits, I can refer Chelsea Wolfe to Portishead -only the album Apokalypsis, since the newest album Pain is Beauty is quite different-, it shows that both voices stay behind the instrumental support, both, the vocals of Beth Gibbons and Chelsea Wolfe contain a soft force and a characteristic grotesque visage, staying in a raw form and getting thus a haunted aspect. But when they get into the foreground, this is where the music reaches its primal objective, where the whole composition gets to its designation.

    Pain is Beauty is Chelsea Wolfes newest release. It encloses a heartfelt playfulness, it enforces the gloomy style from the previous album Apokalypsis, but therefore sounds clearer, what makes it popping. The instrumental ground backs off, giving the vocals more room, opening the stage for the vocalist. Together with a weaker, but still mainly acoustic instrumental support the traits of the singer are enforced. Chelsea Wolfe does not hide herself anymore, and shows herself with a presence rooted to the soil. When I saw them live last year in Zurich, the room was completely darkened (a bit to dark, until the band called the mixers attention to the lightning), Chelsea Wolfe, the vocalist seemed to be all alone on the stage, filling the whole concert room with her haunting vocals. The experience was a unique atmosphere, that I never felt before. She was grueling the listeners thoughts, carrying them away, embracing them with her incredible attractive appearance.

    There is no metallic touch in the music they make, but nevertheless it has a haunting style, what makes it fit this doomy website and may be an unusual art trove for every delighted metal fan. It is a treat for everyone who likes music expressing pure gloominess with a folkloric impression. Chelsea Wolfe also has an appearance in the newest album of Russian Circles, on the last track Memorial, and helps the band finishing their outstanding newest album Memorial.

    Words: Luis Luethi

    Links :
    Apokalypsis Album @ Bandcamp
    Pain Is Beauty Album @ Bandcamp
    Russian Circles Bandcamp

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    UFOMAMMUT, Italian sorcerers of supernatural and obliterating doom, have been very busy behind the scenes following the release of their widely acclaimed ORO collection on Neurot Recordings and the Magickal Mastery Tour of 2013 and 2014, which saw them performing music from across their canon. A band constantly pushing and looking forward, while simultaneously keeping a firm eye on their history, as they continue to celebrate their fifteen years in existence, they still have much in store for their fanbase.

    Since 2013, UFOMAMMUT has been working on a video project which will be released on DVD via the band's Supernatural Cat Records this October, after all, the visual element of the band is of equal importance to their music.  The DVD features over three hours of live footage -- including Magickal Mastery Live, a 12 song live act -- interviews, outtakes, and extras all documenting these first fifteen years of the band. Titled XV, this audiovisual experience will also be available as a special wooden 8GB USB drive.

    On the subject of reaching this milestone the band commented..."ORO was a particularly ambitious album for us, and the Magickal Mastery Tour was a great chance to revisit all of our favorite songs in front of really great crowds. When we took some time to reflect on what we had accomplished we knew that the best ways to celebrate our first fifteen years, was a DVD release, something for our fans to contribute towards and to treasure. We're excited about what the next fifteen years has in store..."

    A preview trailer of what the XV DVD has in store has been released. Check out the artwork, photos of the wooden USB drive, the trailer and more AT THIS LOCATION.

    Preorders for the XV DVD have been posted. International orders can be placed via Supernatural Cat HERE  and US fans can order exclusively via Earsplit Distro HERE.

    The Magickal Mastery Live Running Order:
    Superjunkhead
    Hellcore
    Oroborus
    Stigma
    Zerosette
    Destroyer
    Sublime
    Eve (Pt. III & IV)
    Sulphurdew
    Odio
    Stardog
    God


    In addition to this DVD release, UFOMAMMUT has confirmed that they will be heading into the studio to record their seventh studio collection this September. The new album should see the light of day in Spring 2015 via Neurot Recordings. They've also revealed plans to return to the USA to tour the entire country for the first time, as well as a promise of more European performances. Stay tuned for more details on all developments in the coming weeks.

    For all coverage of UFOMAMMUT, in North America contact dave@earsplitcompound.com and in Europe contact lauren@rarelyunable.com.

    Ufomammut | Official Website
    Ufomammut | Facebook
    Supernaturalcat.Com
    Malleusdelic.Com
    Neurot Recordings | Official Website
    Neurot Recordings | Facebook

    Source: Earsplit PR
    Posted By Savannah

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    Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, ATRIARCH is a mesmerizing death/doom metal force encompassing haunting atmospheres and droning avalanches of ritualistic sludge, a living entity comprised of four parts, offering catharsis through sonic ritual. After two critically adored records on Seventh Rule and Profound Lore, ATRIARCH make their Relapse debut with their finest moment yet: An Unending Pathway. Fusing death rock, doom, black metal, punk and psychedelic drone/noise, ATRIARCH immediately establish themselves as one of the most creative and compelling heavy music bands of the twenty-first century. Imagine Bauhaus as covered by Eyehategod, or Sisters of Mercy filtered through Neurosis, and you begin to get the picture of what ATRIARCH has achieved. Recorded at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon, produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Melvins et al) and the band, engine-eared and mixed by Anderson at Everything Hz, also in Portland, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege, An Unending Pathway offers up seven cataclysmic soundscapes to your deepest darkest nightmares. Once every few years a band comes along that takes the familiar and creates something wholly new. ATRIARCH have done just that with An Unending Pathway.


     "Our aim is to tear a hole in the veil that blinds us from our true selves," relays the band, "We are bombarded with ideals of a superficial shallow lifestyle, that we are enslaved to maintain. This veil has become so powerful and overwhelming that we ignore our spirits to worship our shells, as money stokes the fires that burns our immortal souls. Greed corruption fear and hate is the true face of this Self Serving way of life that we have come to call 'normal.' While we believe in opening our minds and expanding our spirits we cannot forget our ability to fight. The spiritual battle for freedom of mind and body can be fought on all levels and violence is in our nature. There is no god there is no devil there is an All Encompassing force that connects all living things. Embrace the ritual and the veil will come crashing down..." 

    An Unending Pathway will be released via Relapse Records on October 28th, 2014. In the meantime sample the haunting resonance of "Collapse" via Soundcloud at THIS LOCATION or YouTube HERE.



    An Unending Pathway Track Listing:
    1. Entropy
    2. Collapse
    3. Revenant
    4. Bereavement
    5. Rot
    6. Allfather
    7. Veil


    Preorder An Unending Pathway on CD HERE, via iTunes (which includes an instant download of "Collapse") HERE or via BandCamp HERE.

    "...shambling, ritualistic drone that gets its talons into you via crusty howls, a colossal dynamic, and the overall feel of continuing ritual" - Pitchfork

    "...a swarthy, crushing voyage through a blackened ritualistic soundscape..." - Cvlt Nation

    "...doom-soaked, gothic death rock...an act that have our undivided attention." - Exclaim


    For coverage of ATRIARCH, in North America contact liz@earsplitcompound.com, in the UK contact becky@pioneermusicpress.com, in the rest of Europe contact frank@pettingzoo.nl, elsewhere contact bob@relapse.com.

    Atriarch | Facebook
    Relapse | Offical Website

    Source: Earsplit PR
    Posted By Savannah



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    Nocturnal Poisoning is a one-man acoustic band by Scott Connor formerly known to the world as Xasthur. Where Xasthur’s brand of depressive black metal earned them/him some accolades Connor has now dropped his black metal moniker and created something unique and beautiful with Nocturnal Poisoning. NP’s third album, the forthcoming Doomgrass, is definitely tainted with Connor’s unique style but black metal is replaced by influences such as bluegrass and even some country. I’m immediately reminded of the solo albums produced by Neurosis’ Scott Kelley which are also haunting acoustic works weaving in many styles outside of just metal. For Nocturnal Poisoning, Scott Connor seems to weave his melancholy tapestry in a very wide net that should have you tapping your foot as well as hanging your head with the weight of the world bearing down on you. I’m a bit of a sucker for good acoustic jams so I very much enjoyed it and can’t wait to hear the full album. Take a listen to Illusion of Worth courtesy of Nocturnal Poisoning’s new label, The End Records.


     Doomgrass comes out October 7th via The End Records and can be pre-ordered in a variety of bundles Here (link: HERE. )

    You can find Nocturnal Poisoning music and news here as well:
    Facebook: HERE
    Twitter: HERE
    Spotify: HERE

    Words: Feind Gottes (editor, http://www.thydemonsbescribblin.com/ )




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    Brooklyn, NY  –  21   August     2014  –   NIHIL   Gallery,   the   Brooklyn-based   artistic   epicenter   situated   in   Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, announced today the launch of  UNINVITED, a four-day music festival. The festival, which will begin on Thursday, September 18, and end on Sunday, September 21, will transform an empty lot in Brooklyn into a Heavy Metal Mecca. Motorcycle enthusiasts, skateboarders, and art lovers alike will have the opportunity to come together in creating a legendary street–based event that will mark the last days of summer each year.

    The event, which will take place in a lot adjacent to  NIHIL Gallery, and will host a micro-community of Heavy Metal,  Skateboard, Motorcycle, and Art enthusiasts offering, food, a full bar, skate ramp, and 29 musical acts for the brave of heart,   featuring   up   to   8   bands   each   day. Headlining   Heavy   Metal   icons   such   as   Weedeater,   Orchid,   The   Shrine, Bloody Hammers, Black Cobra, Mothership, The Skull, and Bl’ast! are confirmed to perform.

    In addition, the highly anticipated Art Exhibition occurring at NIHIL Gallery next door will coincide with the music festival. Artist reception held Thursday, September 18 showcasing work from renowned artists such as David Paul Seymour, Ben Venom, John Dyer Baizley, Lee Trice, Norman Reedus, Wolftits, and Cicero deGuzman are confirmed to exhibit works.   Saturday, September 20 Show-Class Magazine and Biltwell will host an after-party to be held at NIHIL Gallery with top New York rock DJ’s, local act The National Reserve, and guest acoustic performance by Wino. The exhibition is scheduled to be on display until October 19.



    “I’ve spent my entire career organizing and producing bespoke events in high fashion,” says Eric Chavez, Owner of  Chavez Design, Lavender Lake, and Nihil Gallery. “I’m excited to apply that level of expertise to metal, skating, bikes, and art, as these are all equally close to my heart.  This part of Brooklyn is ripe for an event like UNINVITED. The environment has this raw energy that I’ve enjoyed translating into a festival atmosphere,” adds Chavez. “Attendees can come and actually stay on-site for a few days and be truly immersed in the madness.”

     Metalheads and Hard Rock enthusiasts are encouraged to join in the first-ever Brooklyn-based festival. Once Uninvited, there is little reason to leave.

     TO PURCHASE TICKETS TO UNINVITED
     Tickets will be available for purchase beginning on Saturday, August 23rd.
     Ticket Prices begin at $30.00
     For additional information and purchase information, please visit: http://www.uninvitednihilgallery.com

    ABOUT ERIC CHAVEZ
    When Eric Chavez settled in Gowanus, Brooklyn, his neighbors were empty lots and broken windows. Although his mainstay was Event Production Design + Fabrication, within months, Chavez had rounded up partners and opened Lavender Lake, a gastropub adventurous enough to be the cornerstone destination in the hood.      Sensing a permanent shift in the area, the next project was an art gallery to satisfy the need for off-beat culture and a gathering place for new, young, local blood to see and be seen. Eric’s currently owns and operates Chavez Design, Lavender Lake, and Nihil Gallery.

     ABOUT NIHIL GALLERY
    The location was previously used as a bus repair shop and sat abandoned for several years before being discovered by Chavez. At which time it was immediately gutted to the shell and slowly transformed into the space it is today.  It has two 70’ x 15’ display walls, a  20’ x 25’ “retail experience” area, track lighting, natural lighting, pro audio system, video system, plenty of power, and a workspace to support   any   customers   needs. With   Eric’s   years   of   working   in   photo   studios,   art   galleries,   warehouse   spaces,   and   locations,   he applied his expertise to the buildout of the space making it unique in its ability to be multi-use.   From art exhibitions, special events, photography studio, movie premiers, and on.      Thus the name, NIHIL GALLERY.  The idea is that the gallery means nothing, and it’s 100% about the works within the space.

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    As Clearing The Path To Ascend, the Neurot Recordings debut from YOB, finally sees the light of day, the band has embarked on a mammoth European tour, with support from Pallbearer.

    States the New York Times of the band's latest studio realization, "YOB, from Eugene, Oregon led by singer and guitarist Mike Scheidt, likes slow tempos but doesn't necessarily need them; it puts more emphasis on technical flourishes and stays a bit more within the minor-key, semi-operatic and philosophical traditions of doom metal," upon the album's stateside release. Stereogum equally approved, in an Album Of The Week review issuing, "when Clearing The Path... is playing, it doesn't sound like a really good doom metal album. It barely even sounds like music that's being made by humans. It sounds like the night sky opening up before you. It sounds like surrender of the soul."

    "This part of the album gets dark, but it also has a sense of beauty and resolve," said Scheidt of the track "Unmask The Spectre," furthering that, "the mood and atmosphere nod equal parts to old and new YOB... It's one of my favorite things we've ever done." Hear for yourself RIGHT HERE.

    Clearing The Path To Ascend is available now via Neurot Recordings HERE. The vinyl pressing will be out via Relapse Records on September 16th.

    YOB is currently decimating Europe on a five-week tour of the continent, with support from Arkansas doom outfit, Pallbearer, the trek running into the second week of October in support of Clearing The Path To Ascend.

    YOB w/ Pallbearer [remaining dates]:
    9/04/2014 The Fleece - Bristol, UK
    9/05/2014 Roadhouse - Manchester, UK
    9/06/2014 Audio - Glasgow, UK
    9/07/2014 Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK
    9/08/2014 The Underworld - London, UK
    9/10/2014 FZW - Dortmund, DE
    9/11/2014 Vera - Groningen, NL
    9/12/2014 Atlas - Aarhus, DK
    9/13/2014 Truckstop Alaska - Gothenburg, SE
    9/14/2014 Hostsabbat - Oslo, NO
    9/16/2014 Tavastia - Helsinki, FI
    9/17/2014 Slakthuset - Stockholm, SE
    9/18/2014 Loppen - Copenhagen, DK
    9/19/2014 Connewitz - Leipzig, DE
    9/20/2014 Firlej - Wroclaw, PL
    9/21/2014 Bi Nuu - Berlin, DE
    9/23/2014 Klub 007 - Prague, CZ
    9/24/2014 Arena - Vienna, AT
    9/25/2014 PMK - Innsbruck, AT
    9/26/2014 Gaswerk - Winterthur, CH
    9/27/2014 Lo-fi Club - Milan, IT
    9/29/2014 Le Romandie - Lausanne, CH
    9/30/214 Jubez - Karlsruhe, DE
    10/01/2014 Blackship - Montpellier, FR
    10/02/2014 Razzmatazz3 - Barcelona, ES
    10/03/2014 Villamanuela - Madrid, ES
    10/04/2014 Amplifest - Porto, PT
    10/05/2014 ES ESonora - Erandio, ES
    10/06/2014 Le Dynamo - Toulouse, FR
    10/07/2014 Le Ferrailleur - Nantes, FR
    10/08/2014 Glazart - Paris, FR
    10/10/2014 Kyttaro Club - Athens, GR
    10/11/2014 Desertfest - Antwerp, BE


    Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, notorious for its reserve of vintage equipment, alongside the band's longtime cohort and iconic sound-sage, Billy Barnett, Clearing The Path To Ascend was mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege. As is the YOB way, the album's four movements don't simply offer a vacuous glimpse into the already riff-soaked doom genre, they demand the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul, etching a mark across a sound that finds YOB as formidable as they've ever been. True ascension requires a destruction of those barriers that prevent any movement forward. Unsurprisingly, YOB pummels any and all of these obstacles with absolute authority, clearing the way for a genuinely visceral listening experience and climbing upward into a realm that sets the band in a heavy metal place that has been and will always remain wholly their own.

    For all coverage of YOB in North America contact liz@earsplitcompound.com, in Germany contact ansgar@community-promotion.com, and in the rest of Europe contact lauren@rarelyunable.com.  

    YOB | Facebook
    Neurot Recordings | Official
    Neurot Recordings | Facebook

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    Last month we all got our first taste of new Electric Wizard with the release of Sadiowitch as a preview to their upcoming album, Time To Die.

    Now they are following that release up with a NSFW video for Sadiowitch. It’s a wicked psychedelic ride with a few breast flashes making it NSFW lest your boss catches you goofing off once again!

    Watch the awesome vid (directed by Shazzula) because it’s Electric Wizard but stay for the BOOBS!


    Time To Die comes out September 30th in the US and can be pre-ordered at the band’s website (HERE ) via Spinefarm.

    Follow Electric Wizard on Facebook (HERE ) and Twitter (HERE )

    Words: Feind Gottes (editor, http://www.thydemonsbescribblin.com/ )

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    That’s the problem. It just ends.

    Ahab’s debut album - The Call of the Wretched Seas - it starts and then it ends. What happens in between? Well, that can be hard to figure out. Clocking in shy of sixty-eight minutes, this album can be an undertaking, especially when you account for the repetitive doom, the nautical funeral doom. Wait, what? What the hell is nautical funeral doom?

    Nautical - (adjective) of or pertaining to sailors, ships, or navigation

    Alright, makes sense, Moby Dick.

    Funeral - (noun) the ceremonies for a dead person prior to burial or cremation

    Okay, that works too. Metal and death.

    Doom - (noun) fate or destiny, especially adverse fate; unavoidable ill fortune

    Damn. Exactly what Ahab is trying to do. 

    “Below the Sun” does exactly that formula. And Wretched Seas doesn’t let up till the end. Honestly, that is the beef I have with this album. The Call of the Wretched Seas is a wonderful idea for an album. Let’s take a literature classic - Moby Dick - and put it to music (I am currently reading Moby Dick, so I was immediately drawn to this album). In the wake of Mastodon’s Leviathan (that album is so dope), Ahab is taking on a daunting task. The merit is here. But it is too damn long.

    The instrumentation, the production, and the drumming, especially, sounds incredible. Personally, all of the vocals are dried up and leave something to be desired. They would work for one track, but all of them? Come on. Let’s build on musical ideas, let’s evolve in an album. Show us why we need to stick around for sixty-plus minutes. Point out to the listener how a song is supposed to evolve. I hate when artists cut and paste songs together. And at points, Wretched Seas appeared to do this. “The Sermon” and “The Pacific” were especially guilty. To me, the songs didn’t entirely make sense, they just kept on going. I couldn’t handle being droned consistently into a ten minute track.

    Not to say I didn’t enjoy the album. It had its merit. The main downbeat riff on “Old Thunder,” excellent. Ahab had its high points. Using Melville’s lyrics was an ingenious idea. The transitions between songs flowed ever so greatly. Daniel Droste and Christian Hector’s guitar work melded together unnoticeably. They worked off of each other and neither played over each other. Not to mention, Cornelius Althammer is no doubt an exceptionally talented drummer and composer.  All in all, the album was a good listening experience. I am glad I dived in. Will I return? Who knows, maybe.

    Seven Queequegs out of ten.

    Words: Josh Thornton

    Ahab |Facebook

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    One of my long time favorites Corrosion of Conformity have changed their sound probably more than any other band in metal history starting as a punk/hardcore band morphing into a thrashy metal band then adding southern flare with the addition of guitar guru Pepper Keenan and now Pepper-less CoC dropped their ninth studio album, IX (duh!), earlier this year which is a bit of a mix of their entire history of sound.

    Their self titled 2012 release marked CoC’s return minus Pepper Keenan who left to serve full time with Down followed later that year by the Ep Megalodon both excellent but turning the southern groove flare that Keenan had brought to the band into more of a sludge sound, no complaints here.

    On July 1st CoC dropped IX which continues that wonderful sludge-laden sound and today they have dropped a new video for the track “On Your Way” which is an excellent psychedelic sludge trip. CoC announced recently that they will be reuniting with Pepper Keenan for an album in 2015 so after a 7 year hiatus from ‘05s In The Arms of God until ‘12s self titled album, CoC are just cranking out great tunes and I for one am very happy about that!

     


    CoC will be hitting the road for a tour this fall/winter with Gwar, dates can be found on their Facebook page below. You can order IX via Candlelight Records (HERE )


    Keep up with all things CoC:
    Official Website (HERE )
    Facebook (HERE )
    Twitter (HERE )
    Bandcamp (HERE )

    Words: Feind Gottes (editor, http://www.thydemonsbescribblin.com/ )





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    Drawing inspiration from Hawkwind, Sleep, Ufomammut on to Deftones and Tool, Formes trade in heavy doom laden psychedelia with a distinctly metallic edge.  The band’s self-recorded debut album ‘Dysphoria’ released later this year will take you to the farthest reaches of your mind, propelled by otherworldly sounds, obscure psychedelia, doom and sludge grooves as evident on album taster ‘Tumult’.   The 7 minute slab of ungodly doom laden psych sees the band finally forging their personality after two years of experimentation and progression to a heavier sound since formation in 2012.

    Winning support from BBC Introducing, BBC 6 Music and a wealth of positive blog notices, live the band have shared stages with many of psychedelias biggest artists including Cosmic Dead, The Cult of Dom Keller, Plank and Mugstar. They play a coveted appearance at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia in September which is sure to raise the bands profile.

    UPCOMING GIGS
    26th September - Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia
    11th October - Satans Hollow, Manchester
    16th Ocotber - Oxjam Leeds Takeover
    20th November - Hope and Anchor, London



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    Orange Goblin are coming Back From The Abyss with their eighth full length studio album which is due out October 7th via Candlelight Records (pre-order here – PRE-ORDER HERE ). The UK stoner rock gurus have been churning out their brand of groovy psychedelic stoner rock and metal since ’97 and never fail to keep their music interesting. They take a little from their numerous influences creating some excellent straight up stoner rock jams, some excellent doom and plenty of psychedelic trippy jams as well, for albums that are always a fun ride. Orange Goblin sound like they’d be right at home playing any biker bar from Southern California to their home in England. Orange Goblin never seem to disappoint and this latest video for Sabbath Hex appears to be no exception. Get ready for Boobs, Babes and Bad Guys…



    Back From The Abyss was produced in London once again by Jamie Dodd as an excellent follow-up to 2012’s Eulogy For The Damned which I for one thoroughly enjoyed along with all that Orange Goblin have done through the years. Enjoy a little southern flare from the other side of the pond as we like to say here in America.

    Keep up with Orange Goblin’s latest:
    Official Website (currently under construction): HERE
    Facebook: HERE
    Twitter: HERE

    Words: Feind Gottes (editor, Thy Demons Be Scribblin )

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    We'd like to announce that Slovenial all-female doom metal band MIST recently signed to Soulseller Records!

    Demons and witches gather!

    "The past few months we have been working on an EP, which is to be released this winter, so we are really excited to have been offered a deal from Dutch label Soulseller Records. We are looking forward to start a new chapter on our musical path and taking everything to the next level" the band states. The 4 tracker is scheduled to be released this winter on cd, vinyl and digital. Next to the upcoming EP Soulseller Records will also release the upcoming 2 full-length albums by MIST.




    MIST is a doom metal band from Ljubljana, Slovenia, formed in July 2012. They build their music on the legacy of legendary bands like Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Candlemass, Coven, Saint Vitus and others.

    The band released their first demo recording simply entitled »Demo 2013« in November last year and it has been re-issued on CD three times due to great interest. The demo is still available as a name-your-price download on their Bandcamp page: HERE

    They have also received many promising reviews and radio airplays from all over the globe. Even though they are a young band they have already had a chance to support some great acts, such as Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Helstar, Officium Triste, Ophis and Cauchemar, and have already toured Austria, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.

    After a well deserved summer break the girls will hit the road again in autumn, including the Malta Doom Metal Festival and the renowned Hammer Of Doom Festival in Würzburg, Germany.

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    Beardos get ready to be happy! Crobot are preparing to drop Something Supernatural on October 27th via Nuclear Blast. The bearded Pennsylvanians bring hard rockin stoner jams perfect for any Saturday evening spent with friends and cold ones!

    It appears they’re movin’ on up from small Wind-up Records to big Nuclear Blast who never cease to have an ear for talent and Crobot are no exception.

    The band calls what they do “Dirty Groove Rock” and I really can’t argue with that assessment. They’ve toured with new stoner rockers Scorpion Child as well as one of my all time favorites, Clutch. Watch and listen to their new song, Legend of the Spaceborne Killer, and I dare ya not to smile. Don’t worry you’ll happily lose.



    Something Supernatural is scheduled for release Oct 27th with the only pre-order I could find being on iTunes (HERE ) but I’m sure it will be available in the Nuclear Blast webstore soon so stay tuned.

    You can follow Crobot here:
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    Words: Feind Gottes (editor, Thy Demons Be Scribblin )

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    Who doesn’t love a little southern groove infused into their rock and metal? When it’s done well you’d have to be dead not to tap your foot and bob your head in time with it. But have you ever wondered where it came from? How about finding the answer straight from the mouths of icons and up & comers alike? Rwake’s Chris Terry & David Lipke went in search of the answer to where that awesome groove comes from in their new excellent documentary Slow Southern Steel.

    The sound springing out of the south is the sludge created when you throw blues, rock, metal, bluegrass and yes, even country in a blender and turn it on “high” (yes, pun intended!). Hear the thoughts of icons like Jimmy Bower, Mike Williams, Hank III, Ben Falgoust and all whole host of others. Ever wonder when Phil Anselmo wrote his first song or what it was about? Well watch and get the answer!





    Words: Feind Gottes (editor, Thy Demon Be Scribblin)



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    Neurot Recordings is proud to have three major acts from their expansive family of acts confirmed to perform at Maryland Deathfest XIII, the annual festival once again set to take over Baltimore from May 21st to May 24th, with NEUROSIS, UFOMAMMUT and YOB joining the list of more than eighty bands to perform at the 2015 gathering, marking the label's largest invasion of the annual festival to date.

    The opening night of Maryland Deathfest XIII, Thursday, May 21st, will see UFOMAMMUT and YOB both making their way to the event for the very first time. The two bands will headline the Rams Head Live stage, taking over the venue with Bevar Sea, Conan, Iron Man, Jex Thoth, Mantar and Primitive Man. And following their mesmerizing and destructive set amidst a thunderstorm at MDF 2011, the mighty NEUROSIS will make their way back to the event this year. A major highlight of the festival, NEUROSIS will perform outdoors on the Edison Lot stage on the final day, Sunday, May 24th, joining Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Demilich, Goatsnake, Inverloch, Primordial, Prosanctus Inferi, Skepticism, Tombs and Winter.



    NEUROSIS continues to tour the planet, in their most intense years of touring since the band's earlier days, following the 2012 release of their acclaimed tenth LP, Honor Found In Decay. Following tours of North America, Europe and their first trek to Australia earlier this year, the remainder of 2014 will see the band as one of the main headliners at Arizona's Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front. The festival will consume Tucson, Arizona from October 16th through 19th, with main acts Goatsnake and Sunn O))) in addition to NEUROSIS, who will headline Saturday, October 18th with support from The Body, Author & Punisher and Sorxe. The same weekend, the band will invade Denver on Sunday, October 19th with support from Subrosa and In The Company Of Serpents. The following weekend they'll join Voivod, Samhain, Danzig, Lustmord, Corrections House, Eyehategod, Napalm Death, Cattle Decapitation, Author & Punisher and more at the second annual Housecore Horror Film Fest, running from October 23rd through 26th in Austin, Texas. And on November 22nd, NEUROSIS will travel to Mexico City to perform at Bestia Festival is set to run from November 19th to the 23rd, with performances from The Ex, Monogatari, (SIC), Han Bennink, Terrie Ex, Marc Ribot, Ray Anderson, Bob Stewart and others performing, alongside an array of music workshops, film screenings and more.

    Currently celebrating their fifteenth year in existence, Italian trio, UFOMAMMUT,will return to North America for their first major tour of the continent in 2015, including their first trip to Maryland Deathfest. With only a brief 2008 West Coast venture in the US under their belt, the full-on upcoming tour will see the band spending several weeks stateside, bringing their magical, mysterious and pulverizing doom metal to the masses in support of their acclaimed ORO double-album set, released in 2013, as well as their next full-length release, which the band is currently preparing to record in October for release again through Neurot in early 2015. UFOMAMMUT will also be releasing a massive DVD entitled XV through their own Supernatural Cat Recordsthis October, with more than three hours of material documenting their decade-and-a-half together. The band is also set to perform at Up In Smoke in Pratteln, Switzerland with Fu Manchu, Kadavar, Blues Pills, Brant Bjork, Dozer, Naam, Conan and tons more on October 3rd and 4th.

    Oregon's psychedelic doom metal trio, YOB, is currently embarked on a massive European tour with Pallbearer, supporting their recently-released seventh studio full-length, Clearing The Path To Ascend. The widely lauded album is currently thriving with great accolades pouring in from media outlets and fans worldwide, being recognized as another massive achievement for the now institutional act, and marks one of the most essential extreme albums of the year. Their first release as part of the Neurot family, the album was just released by the label on CD and all digital download, with Relapse Records handling the vinyl version. Following the ongoing five-week voyage which is permeating every corner of the European continent, YOB will tour heavily in North America as well, with new tour dates to be announced in conjunction with their MDF performance in the coming months.

    Stand by for further label and tour developments from NEUROSIS, UFOMAMMUT, YOB and other talented acts hailing from the Neurot Recordings clan over the rest of 2014 and into next year.

    NEUROSIS Tour Dates:
    10/18/2014 Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest III
    10/19/2014 The Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO w/ Subrosa, In The Company Of Serpents
    10/23-26/2014 Housecore Horror Film Fest - Austin, TX
    11/22/2014 Bestia Festival - Mexico City, Mexico
    5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD


    UFOMAMMUT Tour Dates:
    10/03-05/2014 Up In Smoke - Pratteln, Switzerland
    5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD


    YOB Tour Dates:
    9/16/2014 Tavastia - Helsinki, FI w/ Pallbearer
    9/17/2014 Slakthuset - Stockholm, SE w/ Pallbearer
    9/18/2014 Loppen - Copenhagen, DK w/ Pallbearer
    9/19/2014 Connewitz - Leipzig, DE w/ Pallbearer
    9/20/2014 Firlej - Wroclaw, PL w/ Pallbearer
    9/21/2014 Bi Nuu - Berlin, DE w/ Pallbearer
    9/23/2014 Klub 007 - Prague, CZ w/ Pallbearer
    9/24/2014 Arena - Vienna, AT w/ Pallbearer
    9/25/2014 PMK - Innsbruck, AT w/ Pallbearer
    9/26/2014 Gaswerk - Winterthur, CH w/ Pallbearer
    9/27/2014 Lo-fi Club - Milan, IT w/ Pallbearer
    9/29/2014 Le Romandie - Lausanne, CH w/ Pallbearer
    9/30/2014 Jubez - Karlsruhe, DE w/ Pallbearer
    10/01/2014 Blackship - Montpellier, FR w/ Pallbearer
    10/02/2014 Razzmatazz3 - Barcelona, ES w/ Pallbearer
    10/03/2014 Villamanuela - Madrid, ES w/ Pallbearer
    10/04/2014 Amplifest - Porto, PT w/ Pallbearer
    10/05/2014 ES ESonora - Erandio, ES w/ Pallbearer
    10/06/2014 Le Dynamo - Toulouse, FR w/ Pallbearer
    10/07/2014 Le Ferrailleur - Nantes, FR w/ Pallbearer
    10/08/2014 Glazart - Paris, FR w/ Pallbearer
    10/10/2014 Kyttaro Club - Athens, GR w/ Pallbearer
    10/11/2014 Desertfest - Antwerp, BE w/ Pallbearer
    5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD


    In North America, for coverage of NEUROSIS and UFOMAMMUT contact dave@earsplitcompound.com, and for YOB contact liz@earsplitcompound.com. For all Neurot press coverage, in Germany contact ansgar@community-promotion.com, and in the rest of Europe contact lauren@rarelyunable.com.

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    Witch Mountain have been in the news quite a bit lately first they announced their fourth full length album, Mobile of Angels, then shortly after that they announced lead singer Uta Plotkin will be leaving the band after they finish their current tour with Nik Turner’s Hawkwind which ends just two days before the album comes out on September 30th.

    The album seems utterly fantastic from what I’ve heard so far, possibly their best. So perhaps it’s time for what the band just does best: play fantastic doomy hard rock jams.

    With that in mind, here is a full live set from Witch Mountain from Webster’s Hall in NYC on 9/11 this past Thursday.







    In case you missed it here’s the early release from Mobile of Angels, Psycho Animundi


    Mobile of Angels will be released Sept 30th via Profound Lore Records though a quick search tells me pre-orders aren’t available at this time. You can find information on the band on social media:
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    Twitter: Twitter
    Bandcamp: Bandcamp

    Words: Feind Gottes (editor, www.thydemonsbescribblin.com )


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