Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Annihilation - The Great Cycle (video)

Annihilation releases the first video for the single 'The Great Cycle'. The song will be on new EP "The Undivided" due out this summer.

Serpentine Path - Emanations (album)

Serpentine Path has a new album out and it's a depressing lulling affair. But then, that's the true essence of doom metal is it not? 'Emanations' is to be released on May 27th on Relapse Records. Upon listening, time truly slows down. Serpentine Path draws you in and then slowly smothers the life out of you. From the slow and laborious "Essence of Heresy" to the crushing weight of "Torment", Serpentine Path is the banner-man for doom metal. 'Emanations' is just heavy and oppressive. It's a slow trod through bleak and darkness. 'Emanations' sucks the life and joy from the room and leaves you staring off into space.  "Treacherous Waters" is another track that just drowns you. Listening to "Treacherous Waters" offers you little hope of escape. The song coalesces in the deeper reaches of your body and the blackness grows to inhabit every part of you. As a doom album 'Emanations' is perfect.
Serpentine Path - Emanations Get it Here.

Greenleaf - Trails and Passes (album)

Greenleaf's about to release a new album and all the music fans rejoice. And make no mistake, this is an album for those who love music. It's smooth. It's jazzy. It's heavy. It's something that gets you dancing about the flat. Loads of good things come out of Sweden and Greenleaf's 'Trails and Passes' due to be released on May 13 is definitely one of them. It's hard to write about the album because it's easy to get lost in. The riffs are engaging. The drumming and bass are wicked groovilicious. The vocals are like butter! "Oceans Deep" and "Humans" are heavy and grungy. The tracks just ooze wickedness. There is an inherent movement in the tracks that make it impossible to sit still. There is something mystical about "With Eyes Wide Open". It's like a psychedelic head trip. "Equators" has cowbell. How can you not like a song with more cowbell? 'Trails and Passes' is full of so much groove it may burst. There is no misstep on this album. If you like your music raw and full of emotion, if you like your music to get you moving, if you just like damn good music - then you will flat out love Greenleaf's 'Trails and Passes'.

PreOrder Greenleaf's "Trails and Passes" here.

GREENLEAF Live 2014:
5/22/2014 Schaubude - Kiel, DE w/ S.N.O.
5/23/2014 Vinyl Groove Music Fest @ Musicon - The Hague, NL
5/24/2014 Ostbunker - Osnabruck, DE
5/25/2014 Jägerklause - Berlin, DE w/ S.N.O.
5/26/2014 Ostpol - Dresden, DE w/S.N.O.
5/27/2014 KuBa - Jena, DE
5/28/2014 Komune - Offenbach, DE
5/29/2014 Alte Hackerei - Karlsruhe, DE w/ S.N.O.
5/30/2014 7er Club - Mannheim, DE
5/31/2014 Coq d'or - Olten, CH
6/02/2014 Gibus Cafe - Paris, FR
6/03/2014 Sojo - Leuven, BE
6/04/2014 Waldmeister - Solingen, DE
6/05/2014 The Bruch Brothers - Luzern, CH
6/06/2014 TBA
6/07/2014 PulPub - Nijmegen, NL w/ Tank 86
6/08/2014 Loppen - Copenhagen, DK
9/04/2014 Moon Club - Cardiff, UK w/ Steak
9/05/2014 Kraak - Manchester, UK w/ Steak
9/06/2014 The Borderline - London, UK w/ Steak, Sedulus
10/04/2014 Up In Smoke Festival - Pratteln, CH w/ Dozer, Kadavar, Ufomammut etc.
10/01/2014 Blue Moon Festival - Cottbus, DE
11/28/2014 Rocksound - Barcelona, SP
11/29/2014 Wurlitzer Ballroom - Madrid, SP

Hollow - Landscape (video) and Iscariot (video)

Hollow's "Landscape" video from the album 'Mordrake' due on May 30th.

And a second song  "Iscariot" from 'Morrake'.

Dwellers - Pagan Fruit (album)

OMG.. This is just amazing. This song has such swagger and balls. It's sultry. Yes, sultry! If ever there was a song that just came together perfectly, "Spirit in the Staircase" does. The song is from Salt Lake City's Dwellers. "Spirit of the Staircase" is on the upcoming album Pagan Fruit. Pagan Fruit makes its debut on May 6th via Small Stone Recordings. This is a must have album for all those that like their music with some mystery and depth.

"Rare Eagle" is another track that just smolders. It's a maudlin track. It evokes hot and steamy nights on a veranda. It has a darkness that is hard to penetrate. "Rare Eagle" evokes the best of the Doors. While "Creature Comforts" has shades of Pink Floyd.

Pagan Fruit is a doomy, classic heavy metal album that is ethereal and sultry and everything black and dark in the world. It's a mesmerizing album that must be listened to to be believed.

Buy PAGAN FRUIT on iTunes

Ruins / Usnea 7" split

Because guitars are good: I give you the Ruins / Usnea 7" split. I'd say this is for people that like their music heavy, gritty, and slightly psychotic. It has a creepyness factor of 11. It's something that would play in the background of Supernatural. If Dean Winchester moved to the 2000s and embraced modern music, this is what he'd listen to. Ruins contribution to the 7" split "Discrimin" is heavy in an oppressive type of way. The guitars bore into your soul. "Discrimin" sheds some of the heaviness and meanders into a wild cacophony of sound that is both pleasing and scary. So much happens in this song, it's impossible to just listen to it once. I suggest listening over and over and over again.. in a darkened room... on 11.

Usnea's "Only The End of the World" is just that. A lamentation of the ending. It's depressing and bleak. It's truly doom metal at it's finest.

The 7" split won't be released until June 3rd. Fans in the USA can pick it up from Milwaukee label Halo of Flies and EU fans head to German label Twisted Chords. In the meantime, you can listen to it over at Cult Nation. Stream of Ruins / Usnea 7"

Accompanied by a digital release, 1000 copies of the 7" split will be pressed, 850 on black and 150 on clear with special packaging.

Ruins / Usnea Split 7" Track Listing:
1. Ruins - Discrimen (6:44)
2. Usnea - Only the End of the World (6:01)

PREORDER: Ruins / Usnea

05/15 - Berlin // Koma F + Age Of Collapse
05/16 - Kopenhagen // Dödsmaskinen + Age Of Collapse
05/17 - Stockholm // Cyklopen + Age Of Collapse
05/18 - Oslo // Club 37 + Age Of Collapse
05/19 - Kolding // tbc + Age Of Collapse
05/20 - Kiel // Alte Meierei + Age Of Collapse
05/21 - Hamburg // Rote Flora + Age Of Collapse
05/22 - Bielefeld // Wohnzimmer + Age Of Collapse
05/23 - Frankfurt a.M. // TBA
05/24 - Hannover // Alerta Antifascista Deathfest + many others
07/04 - Oldenbrug // TBA
07/05 - Oberhausen // Plastic Bomb Party
07/18 - Osnabrück // Substanz Festival

TOUR DATES: Usnea & Fórn (Augurs West Coast Annihilation 2014)
08/12 - Seattle, WA @ Highline Bar, // Usnea, Fórn & Serial Hawk.
08/13 - Portland, OR Slabtown Bar, // Usnea, Fórn, & TBA.
08/14 - Chico, CA @ Cafe Coda // Usnea, Fórn, Funerary & Amarok.
08/15 - Oakland, CA @ Deadfest.
08/16 - Oakland, CA @ Deadfest.
08/17 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Witch House // Usnea, Fórn, Augurs & Abstractor.
08/18 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ TBA // Usnea, Augurs & TBA.
08/19 - Los Angeles, East 7th Street Warehouse // Usnea, Augurs, Destroy Judas & Exhausted Prayer.
08/20 - San Diego, CA @ Til Two Club // Usnea, Augurs & Age of Collapse.
08/21 - Ventura, CA @ Billy O’s // Usnea, Augurs, Blasting Concept & Sutratma.
08/22 - Oakland, CA @ First Church of the Buzzard // Usnea, Augurs, Lycus, M22 & Your Enemy.
08/23 - Eugene, OR @ TBA // TBA.

Saint Vitus 35th Anniversary Tour Dates

From the way back machine, SAINT VITUS, will celebrate their thirty-fifth anniversary with a short run of live dates later this week. Sponsored by Scion AV, the tour begins on May 8th in Albuquerque, New Mexico ending on May 25th in Dallas, Texas.

SAINT VITUS will be performing the Born Too Late album - the first SAINT VITUS recording to feature the imperious voice of Scott "Wino" Weinrich - in its entirety alongside other well known VITUS tomes. Support will come from Portland stoner rock power trio Sons Of Huns. 

SAINT VITUS w/ Sons Of Huns
5/08/2014 Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM
5/09/2014 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ
5/10/2014 Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
5/11/2014 The Observatory (Psycho De Mayo Fest) - Santa Ana, CA
5/13/2014 The Echo - Los Angeles, CA
5/14/2014 SLO Brew - San Luis Obispo, CA
5/15/2014 Strummer's - Fresno, CA
5/16/2014 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
5/17/2014 Branx - Portland, OR
5/18/2014 Highline - Seattle, WA
5/20/2014 In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
5/21/2014 Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
5/23/2014 Red 7 (Outside) - Austin, TX
5/24/2014 Fitzgerald's Downstairs - Houston, TX
5/25/2014 Three Links - Dallas, TX

Trans Am - Volume X (album)

Synth pop, video game music, psychedelic funk. These are words that come to mind when I listen to the new Trans Am album 'Volume X'. 'Volume X' will be released on May 23 on Thrill Jockey via Rocket Distribution. 'Volume X' is a trippy 80s laser fest of aural shenanigans. "Reevaluations" is a song that makes you want to get out a glow stick and dance. It's much Miami Vice and yes, Trans Ams with glowing rims. 'Volume X' isn't so much an album, but more an experience. This is what you listen to when you want to just let go; no preconceptions, no worries, no box. "K Street" is another track that will be on heavy rotation at any dance party I host. It's trippy in a good way. But oh, so short. "Backlash" goes in a completely different direction. It's frenetic. It's bold. It's industrial. It's a mindfuck. It's what Motorhead and Ministry would sound like in a mash up if you were on a very interesting acid trip. I'm digging "Volume X" because it's trippy. It's different. There is a type of freedom in listening to genre defying music. Trans Am "Volume X" is liberating.

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