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Updated: 2018-03-20T00:30:21.369-07:00


Marillion From A Swedebeast's Point Of View


Marillion - This Strange EngineBy the time Marillion released ‘This Strange Engine’ I had stepped away from them completely. Sure, I saw ads here and there for the album but sadly my interest in these amazing guys was gone. It probably took 8 long years before I listened to it and duly kicked myself – again – for my stupidity, because it is really good. It might not hit the heights of other Marillion albums, but it is very good nonetheless. And the song ‘Estonia’ alone is worth it’s weight in gold, but more on that later. We all change through the years, whether we like it or not, so who knows what my reaction to ‘This Strange Engine’ would have been back then if I had given it a shot. Of course, we will never know, however I really like this wax a lot nowadays. And that’s what matters, right?There’s a big acoustic guitar influence on opener ‘Man Of A Thousand Faces’ helping the song to keep a dreamy vibe to it. You know, it feels lofty and soaring and kind of relaxing. Backed smoothly by Messieurs Kelly, Trewavas and Mosley, Rothery’s acoustical prowess is beautiful, while Hogarth guides us through the time of Man, basically. He shows there’s a common thread that runs through centuries and cultures which really doesn’t differ, and subsequently hasn’t changed much through the years. ‘One Fine Day’ is slightly more electric in approach but it is sad and mournful dealing with regret and missed opportunities due to wishing your life away. Instead of jumping on a chance, you let everything slip by and suddenly it’s too late to do anything. ‘Eighty Days’ is a more upbeat composition. It is still heavy on the acoustic guitar but being a homage to the band’s supporters who travels far and wide under all kinds of circumstances to attend their shows. Not only that though, it speaks of the dullness of being on the road, how mind-numbing it can be. But come stage time seeing all those happy, excited faces in the crowd blows away every ounce of tediousness. ‘Estonia’ is one of the most powerful and emotional songs I’ve heard from any band ever. It’s a haunting, yet beautiful song composed in memory of the 852 passengers who tragically perished when the ferry, MS Estonia, sank in the Baltic Sea on route from Tallinn, Estonia, to Stockholm Sweden, September 28th 1994. The interaction between especially Rothery and Kelly brings out the nautical aspects amazingly well. This adds to the heart-break you feel throughout as Hogarth churns out the horrors the passengers must have felt. At the same time it feels like the band offers some kind of solace because these people will never be forgotten.Very sparse musically, ‘Memory Of Water’ is sombre and lamenting. It could be about someone who is about to leave his/hers earthly existence reflecting back on what has been, if things back home are still the same or if changes has occurred. It could also be about mankind and what has happened to it through the years. Regardless, this is a beautiful bleak song. Released back in 1997, the song ‘An Accidental Man’ couldn’t be more poignant and on point. The heaviest song on ‘This Strange Engine’, it builds up gradually which adds to the anger felt in the lyrics. And speaking of which, the words penned are so up-to-date dealing with people who are duped and shaped into thinking and acting a certain way. The frustration and anger comes out as the protagonist realizes what he’s been through, but by then it’s all too late. Call it sheep-mentality, if you will, but this joint Hogarth/Helmer effort could be taken straight from 2018, where governments and media wants to shape everyone into robots basically. You can’t have a Marillion album without a curveball or an odd one out, so to speak. ‘Hope For The Future’ is definitely this coming on strong with a blend of calypso, rock and a ton of fun! It probably confused supporters upon it’s release but works perfectly in breaking the mold, allowing everyone involved a moment to breathe, recuperate and have fun. The fantastic title t[...]

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Announces Latin American Headlining Dates + Second Leg Of North American Tour With Black Label Society And Eyehategod


[Photo by Dean Karr]CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is pleased to announce a six-date Latin American tour this May. The trek, slated to run from May 12th to May 19th, includes performances in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. The band will then perform several European festival dates in June before returning to North America to kick off the second leg of their tour supporting Black Label Society this summer. Set to commence July 14th in Cadott, Wisconsin, the tour will make its way through nearly two dozen cities, coming to a close on August 11th in Sayreville, New Jersey. Additional support will again be provided by Eyehategod. See all confirmed dates below.CORROSION OF CONFORMITY continues to tour in support of their critically lauded No Cross No Crown full-length, released in January 12th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Captured in North Carolina with longtime producer John Custer, the record marks the first studio recording with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan in over a decade and, earning the #67 spot on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #12 on the Billboard Top Current Albums Chart, and #3 on the Top Hard Music Albums Chart upon its first week of release, is the highest charting album of the band's career!No Cross No Crown is available on CD, digital, vinyl, and cassette formats. Various order bundles are available at the band's video for "The Luddite" as well as their animated clip for "Wolf Named Crow" HERE.CORROSION OF CONFORMITY:5/12/2018 Vic Club - Sao Paulo, BR5/13/2018 Teatro Odisseia - Rio De Janeiro, BR5/15/2018 Uniclub - Buenos Aires, AR5/16/2018 Blondie - Santiago, CL5/18/2018 Escena - Monterrey, MX5/19/2018 Circo Volador - Mexico, MXEnd Tour6/09/2018 Download - Donnington Park, UK6/18/2018 Orion - Rome, IT w/ Converge6/19/2018 VAZ Hafen - Innsbruck, AU w/ Converge6/20/2018 La Belle Electrique - Grenoble, FR6/22/2018 Hellfest - Clisson, FR6/23/2018 Copenhell - København, DK6/24/2018 Graspop - Dessel, BEw/ Black Label Society, Eyehategod:7/14/2018 Cadott Rock Fest - Cadott, WI7/15/2018 Inkcarceration Music Festival - Mansfield, OH7/16/2018 Monarch Music Hall - Peoria, IA *7/17/2018 The Forge - Joliet, IL *7/18/2018 20 Monroe Live - Grand Rapids, MI7/20/2018 Bourbon Theatre - Lincoln, NE7/21/2018 Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK7/22/2018 Cotillion Ballroom - Wichita, KS7/23/2018 The District - Sioux Falls, SD7/25/2018 The Clyde Theatre - Wayne, IN7/27/2018 Si Hall At The Fairgrounds - Syracuse, NY7/28/2018 Impact Music Festival - Bangor, ME7/29/2018 The Webster - Hartford, CT*7/30/2018 The Queen - Wilmington, DE8/01/2018 The Mill & Mine - Knoxville, TN8/02/2018 The Fillmore Charlotte - Charlotte, NC8/03/2018 Phase 2 - Lynchburg, VA8/05/2018 The Norva - Norfolk, VA8/07/2018 Rebel - Toronto, ON8/08/2018 Metlus - Montreal, QC8/09/2018 Sherman Theater - Stroudsburg, PA8/10/2018 Paramount - Huntington, NY8/11/2018 Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ* No Eyehategod"The record is filled with the kind of Sabbath meets Black Flag meets Lynyrd Skynyrd jams that were so infectious and wildly influential back when Bill Clinton seduced interns...COC doesn't try to change direction but instead revisits the approach that made the Keenan-fronted version so successful: powerful hooks, instrumental asides that will remind you of Sabbath's 'Planet Caravan' and a rich use of textures and dynamics..." - Decibel"...burly, surly and southern-fried - basically, everything fans could hope for." - Revolver"... these motherfuckers have been at it forever, and they've just made their best album in twenty years." - Team Rock"...a release that proves that the gentlemen are back on their game and ready to rumble." - Blabbermoutth"...powerful and unstoppable as an avalanche." - Kerrang!" good it should really be toured in full, played from top to bottom as a complete movement of music." - PureGrainAudio"...undoubtedly one of finest releases in CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's storied career." - Pop Matters"...where 35-plus years from getting started, most[...]

SAM LEVIN - First World Problems


Self-released Levin just released his new single, "First World Problems" from his upcoming full-length album, I Am. When he was five years old, Levin began playing guitar, a Fender Mini Strat, and at age 12, he dropped his debut EP, I'm In Here. His music style is a mixture of Indie, acoustic, and a little rock.Sounding both retro ‘90s and modern at the same time, he infuses a slick sound with fun, relate-able lyrics that make for a track that stands up to repeated listens. The song is super catchy and will get you singing along after the first listen. If this is any indication of the songs on his upcoming album, then we have a killer set to listen to and play over and over. His talent is well beyond his years and that’s an awesome thing to hear.-Rick Ecker seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 120px; width: 100%;">First World Problems by Sam Levin[...]

A Ripple Conversation With Gregg Emley Of Holy Grove


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?I have really distinct memories of hearing Master of Puppets for the first time in 88/89 or so, followed shortly after by hearing Paranoid for the first time. I already loved music at that time, but I was more into U2, The Cure, R.E.M....more "college radio" type stuff like that. I remember hearing Battery and thinking it was the heaviest thing I'd ever heard. I had never heard a palm muted guitar, aggressive sounding vocals, double was definitely transformative. Of course after that I couldn't go back to my U2 records. My memory of hearing the song Paranoid is also similar...My cousin called me and was like "you have to hear this band!" and he held the phone up to the speaker and played it to me over the phone. I begged my mom to take me to buy the tape the next day.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?For us, it's usually a riff or two that will get the ball rolling. Trent (guitar) or I will come with an idea or two, and we'll talk about what we're envisioning the song to be a little bit, and bring it to practice. Once the song gets to closer to having a solid structure, Andrea starts working on melodies and lyrics. It's a pretty constant process of collaboration across the whole band before we feel like a song is ready.Who has influenced you the most?For me personally as a musician I'd say Cliff Burton. He made me want to play heavy rock bass on a Rickenbacker with a fuzz pedal. I'm still not sure there is much better than Anesthesia turned up really loud. If I had to pick a band, I'd say Rush. Not that they influence our sound necessarily, but the way they have stuck to their vision, they aren't afraid to try new things with their music, and they've maintained a friendship and sense of humor for 40 years. That's tough to do. We're all a product of our environment. Tell us about the band's hometown and how that reflects in the music?We're from Portland, OR. I don't know if that necessarily reflects in our music so much as I am hesitant to say that there is a specific "Portland" sound. I think the biggest way the city seeps in to our music is through the supportive community of artists and musicians we're surrounded by. There is very little competition between bands, everyone is happy to see everyone, and the city is small enough that you know everyone in the scene and give em all hugs and high fives when you see them at shows.Where'd the band name come from?Our name was chosen after a long deliberation process. We didn't have a name for the first few months of a band. I think we really wanted to find something that was unique, was appropriately heavy sounding and would look good on a flier. It was definitely one of those things that when it was suggested we all instantly said "that's it!" Total agreement across the board after all having different opinions and suggestions for months.You have one chance, what movie are you going to write the soundtrack for?Good one! I'm a huge comic/sci-fi fan so....let's say the Swamp Thing movie they'll end up re-making someday, or perhaps if they ever re-make Dune. Those would probably be the top 2. Maybe if they ever make a movie out of Samuel Delany's Dhalgren. That would be fun.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?Hmmm...that's a tough one. My first instinct is to say a Rush song, because those guys always have interesting ideas in the mu[...]

Bandcamp Bonanza – Keeping The Fire Stoked


The weather outside has been either unseasonably warm, or brutally cold depending on what part of the northern hemisphere you reside. Out west, its finally getting cold and the music is keeping us warm. This week we feature some cream of the crop albums available right now at bandcamp.Merlin – The WizardMerlin are a band who isn't afraid to mix it up. Each album brings a new twist of jazzy occult doom. The latest, out on vinyl via The Company, is a spellbinding listen that successfully incorporates the saxophone into the potent elixir of molten stone. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">The Wizard by MerlinFlying Hair – Night FightThis one grabs you by the psych and drags you through the SoCal slums, rattling punk rock anthems like vintage Rannalli trucks scaping an empty pool. The bass tones tweak like methamphetamine on a Friday afternoon as the guitar tones echo against demented vocal swoonage. Must have. Grab the cassette tape, it’s the same price as just digital including shipping. I think Riding Easy Records has the vinyl as well. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">Night Fight by Flying HairWicked Wizzard – Wicked WizzardWhen you play a new album on bandcamp nonstop for the good part of the morning, there must be something special. Exactly what happened when the recommendation for this new album came across the feed. The artwork screams for a listen and by golly the tunes are wicked as hell. Piercing riffs impode with engaging vocals, and proto-tinged doom metal harmonies. It’s albums like these that keep me excited about the underground heavy rock scene. Dive in. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">Wicked Wizzard by Wicked wizzardNaxatras – IIII predict this one will go down in many listener’s books as top albums released this year. Naxatras has released a monster of an album, potentially their best yet. Vocals on half the tracks where the other half take you on a space guitar odyssey across the galaxy. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">III by NaxatrasLast of the Easy Riders – Unto the EarthThese guys are great. The new album sounds a little more country than their last one, with no less 60’s hippy psych effect and classic rock twang. Keep your ears on these lads, as Unto the Earth combines a mean steel guitar with a hippy harmony and a cosmic Americana twist. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">Unto the Earth by Last of the Easy RidersSleeping Village – Among the GodsThis one hung out in my wishlist for far too long. At only $3, its cheaper than that overpriced latte that is gone in 60 seconds. Sleeping Village is here to slumber with its dazzling vocals and thundering riffs. Short but mighy release. Don’t sleep on this one. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">Among the Gods by Sleeping VillageKing Chiefs – Blue SonnetFormerly just plain old Chiefs, King Chiefs are back with a brand new album. Known for their catchy groove and toe tapping stoner rock vocals, Blue Sonnet have taken their reputable riffs to a new level. Not reinventing the wheel by any means, b[...]



(All photos courtesy of Shane Gardner - Rock N' Roll Socialite)Foghound (left to right in photo): Chuck Dukeheart, III - Drums, VoalsDee Settar - Guitar, VocalsBob Sipes - Guitar, VocalsAdam Heinzmann - Bass Maryland Doom & Stoner Rock stalwarts Foghound have recently put the finishing touches on their third full-length offering, entitled "Awaken To Destroy".  Their new album is set for a September release via Ripple Music.  With delays due to health scares and the tragic murder of bassist Rev. Jim Forrester in December 2017, the band has chosen to honor Rev.'s wishes and will "Keep On Shoveling".DETAILS:    Artist Name: Foghound    Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA    Album Title: Awaken To Destroy    Official Release: September 2018    Label: Ripple Music    Genre/Style: Heavy Rock, Stoner Rock, Doom Metal    Previous Releases: Quick, Dirty, & High (2014);  The World Unseen (2016)Maryland Doom & Stoner Rock stalwarts Foghound have recently put the finishing touches on their third full-length offering, entitled "Awaken To Destroy".  Their new album is set for a September 2018 release via Ripple Music. Work began on the album in November 2016, with producer Frank Marchand (The Obsessed / Borracho) at the helm.  Numerous delays along the way sidelined production due to health issues, professional and personal commitments, and then the tragic murder of bassist Rev. Jim Forrester in December 2017, just days after completing recording of the basic tracking. "After seeing Jim claw and fight his way back after a major health scare and being in a coma last summer, only to be senselessly taken away from us all in this way, it really hit everyone like a ton of bricks", says drummer / vocalist Chuck Dukeheart. "The outpouring of love and support from everyone, and especially our friends and family in the Maryland Doom scene, was overwhelming.  We can't thank everyone enough for helping us, Jim's wife Tina, and family to get through this terrible time."Reverend Jim Forrester, 1974 - 2017.Among the multiple benefit events and fundraisers for the family, Ripple Music released as a benefit single the new Foghound track "Keep On Shoveling" on January 1st, via Bandcamp as a "Name Your Price" download purchase. Written with a theme of perseverance in the face of adversity, the song features a spoken word portion from Rev. Jim. The song has taken on a new meaning for the band after his untimely passing. Another new track, "Return To Dragontooth", will appear on an upcoming benefit compilation, due out from Salt Of the Earth Records. Foghound emphasizes, "One thing that became apparent was that we all knew, and Jim said as much when he was laid up in the hospital last summer, was that he wouldn't want us to stop.  In his words - 'We still have shit to do.'"FOGHOUND - 'KEEP ON SHOVELING' SINGLE - BANDCAMPAfter taking time to regroup, this February saw Foghound back in the studio to wrap up tracking of vocals, guitars, and keyboards.  They have finally been able to complete mixing to get it ready for release. Along with wrapping up the album, the band got themselves back in their rehearsal space, and have recruited long time friend of the band, bassist Adam Heinzmann (Internal Void, Pentagram), into the fold.   The band stated, "It was a very heavy, emotional time for us, to be back in the jamroom without Jim, but Adam really stepped up in a big way.  His enthusiasm, preparedness, and love for the music really helped us get back to why we all play music.  We were able to have fun again." Foghound is set to return to the stage with notable upcoming appearances at the New England Stoner and Doom Fest at Altone's in Jewett City, Connecticut on April 21st, and The Maryland Doom Fest at Cafe 611 in Frederick, Maryland on June 23rd. "We are l[...]

The First Ever Official Ripple Music SXSW Showcase Happens Tomorrow!!!!


No Badge needed!  $7 at the DoorDate: 16th March 2018Valhalla (710 Red River Street, Austin TX)Featuring: Mothership, Wo Fat, The Watchers, Blackwulf (with special guest), Steak, and Salem's Bend► Play / Embed – Ripple Official SXSW ‘Spotify Playlist Music is thrilled to announce our first ever, official SXSW Showcase! This year’s event is presented in association with Boss Tweed Backline. Six bands will fill the stage at Valhalla on Red River, bringing on some of the very best heavy psych, stoner and doom on the planet.  And be sure not to miss our very special guest, Geof O'Keefe, founding member of Pentagram and Bedemon, who'll storm the stage with Blackwulf, where he'll bring his searing lead guitar to songs off the band's just released new album.  S C H E D U L E:Doors open 7:30 pmSalems' BendSteakBlackwulf (with Geof O'Keefe)The WatchersWo FatMothershipD I S C O V E RFacebook Event: Event Sampler: Music is widely considered one of the world's leading purveyors of heavy psych, stoner, doom and heavy rock.  You can stay up to date with all the happenings at the Ripple Music Facebook page and website or bandcamp.[...]

The Xroadie Files


Rabitrup – SWVMPS IILocks has lots of weird spacey tripping industrial beats and sounds.  Phantoms slow building synths and sounds that turns into industrial dissonance.  Walls takes you into the abyss and swirls around your very essence.  Sarah Schonert – Penguin PartySarah Schonert – Vocals/Keyboards Astound Me very popish with lots of melodies and poppy vocals.  Tree With Feet keys that are just poppy and melodic with some excellent vocals.  Queen of Panels get ready to just relax and drift with the music and soaring vocals.  Queen Of Panels Outro has lots of almost new age style melodies.  Penguin Party strange synth sounds that melds with an almost jazz influence that takes you on a strange trip.  Listen Soak Repeat weird percussion spoken word and strange melodies takes you on a very weird trip.  I Can’t Think Straight synths that worm their way into your brain and do bizarre things.  Glacier Drive get ready to sit back relax and just trip away to the melodies.  Irrelevant weird moving melodic keys and synths and poppy vocals with some strange percussion.  NonCrystalline an almost Jazz meets lounge music with some emotional vocals.  Overdriving Headlights keys and melodies that just trip away.  You Still Awake takes you away to a simpler time and place.  Get Thee To A Nunnery Kick back and slowly trip away the time with strange melodies. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 42px; width: 100%;">Penguin Party by Sarah Schonert   Shambles – Primitive Death Trance Daemon dark plodding dreary death metal that just worms its way up your spine and into your brain crushing as it goes.  Dismal Pantheons full force in your face brutal death metal that just annihilates.  Illusion Of The Void grinding pounding ripping and tearing at your very soul death metal.  Primitive Death Trance chainsaw guitars deep growling vocals and demonic overtones from hell.  allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="" width="854">Snowchild – Age of ChangeLarry Donaldson – Bass/Vocals, Dustin Roberts – Guitar, Chad Duncan – Drums Age of Change slightly over 9 minutes of slow stoner rock that just plows its way thru time and space with a very Sabbath feel to it.  Born in Flames almost 10 minutes for strange melodic sounds and a very strange trip thru your mind with some searing guitar.  Kings of Koch great Sabbath style Geezer Bass tones that slowly moves it way to almost mid–tempo and back with great Ozzy style vocals and screaming lead guitar.  Boudica pounding drums and heavy riffs that just grab you and take you away on a trip thru the heyday of stoner rock and Sabbath. allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="" width="854">Sonic Prophecy – Savage GodsShane Provstgaard – Vocals, Darrin Goodman – Guitar, Sebastian Martin – Guitar, Ron Zemanek – Bass, Matt Lefevre – DrumsSavage Gods slow building metal riffs then a driving power metal riff and screaming guitars with very powerful vocals.  Night Terror eerie melodic guitars pounding drums rumbling bass and soaring vocals that just make you wanna scream along.  Unholy Blood speed power metal with screaming leads and vocals that reach the heavens.  Dreaming Of The Storm a fist pumping foot tapping metal riff that will have the entire crowd head banging along to it.  Man The Guns has a great riff that just has you getting fully into the metal riff awesome bass pounding drums and screaming vocals.  Walk Through [...]

H+ - Hidden Dimension


Self-released is the performance name of Malcolm Brian Swan, a music teacher with a Bachelors Degree in performing the double bass and a Masters in Music Composition. He lives in Bermuda, creates IDM/glitch and adds the twist of funk, jazz, dub reggae, and deep dub step. Malcolm has been writing music under the name of H+ since the end of 2016.Sounding like a mixture of your computer freezing while playing music, a video game and a sci-fi movie, the music actually has a more warmth then you would think. Adding female vocals from Nicola Swan really helps to give more feeling to the music. “Error In The Standard Model” has a bit of a funky/jazz sound that made it a real stand out. “Dimensiones Ocultas” is another track that really stands out, kind of flamenco and really peppy, it will get your foot tapping and make you hit repeat. The album also has a great flow to it that I enjoyed because it didn’t just sound like random songs; it felt like a complete idea. While not usually a genre that I would go for, this is an album that will get the replay from me and will be in the car with the windows rolled down and turned up loud.  I will be interested to hear what comes next and hope the quality stays as high as it is on this album. -Rick Ecker seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 120px; width: 100%;">Hidden Dimensions by H+[...]

Attention!!! The Orange County Doom Fest 2018 Happens Friday 4/20, and Saturday 4/21 at The World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim California!!!


Heavy bands, heavy music, and heavy smoke. Food provided by Tits N Tacos. More bands than your ears can possibly take. Riffs And Spliffs! $10 each day at the door / 21+ / 420 friendlySponsored by: Doomed & Stoned, Ripple Music, Black Bow Records, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Heavy Hand MediaFriday 4/20/2018 Yidhra Priestess Haze 4/21/2018Sixes Thunderpower Zorn Black Sound Noise-Doom[...]

A Ripple Conversation With Fuzz Lord


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?From my folks listening to Frank Sinatra to my first time hearing Black Sabbath. 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?We crack open some beers and I play Lawrence some riffs and when he hears something he likes we try to develop that into a song. Who has influenced you the most?Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Melvins and SleepWhere do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?Working on our radio show really helps inspire new idea.  Plus it keeps us up to date with new the bands and releases.We're all a product of our environment. Tell us about the band's hometown and how that reflects in the music?We are based out of Chillicothe, OH.  It’s a small college town south of Circleville, OH and about an hour away from Columbus.  I grew up in Wichita Falls, TX and found my way here in Chillicothe after moving several places, including California, throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s.  Lawrence (Lord Buzz) is an Ohio native but works as a trucker so gets a lot of inspiration and exposure to different cultures on the road.  It’s not as much as the location as it was the era we were first exposed to heavy music which has shaped our minds. Where'd the band name come from?When I was approached by Jerry from coreofdestructionradio.comto host a radio show Fuzz Lord was the first name which came to my mind.  After a year or so of doing the station we decided to start the band and Fuzz Lord was the perfect name.You have one chance, what movie are you going to write the soundtrack for?Apocalypse NowYou 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?The Lord of the Underground because of the lyrics.Tell us about playing live and the live experience for you and for your fans?We have never played live because of our conflicting work schedules.  Lawrence is on the road for months at a time and I usually work nights and weekends.  We all have to concentrate on what keeps us alive at the moment.  We have been talking about putting together a live band to tour. What makes a great song?Heavy riffs!Tell us about the first song you ever wrote?The first song we wrote as a band is from the EP demo, ‘The Key in Silence.’  It’s a funny story because it wasn't intended to be a song or the outline of our songwriting formula, it just happened.  I was playing the main riff, we were loaded and just finished arranging a radio show and Lawrence started aggressively screeching over the riff then BAM we both felt it and were like DAMN that's something really heavy!  We got Stoner Dan involved, he brought over a laptop and we recorded that song and another one and put the demo up on bandcamp. What piece of your music are particularly proud of?We are very proud of our recent S/T release.  It was a giant step ahead of the demo.  We were shocked by what we were able to pull off with our recording budget.  Justin and Mark at Sonelab did an excellent job with the production.Who today, writes great songs? Who just kicks your ass? Why?Lawrence is a huge Melvins fan.  There’s something about Elder which blows us both away.  Wino from [...]

Bandcamp Bonanza – 6 More Weeks Of Winter


The Groundhog says we have 6-more weeks. I think he’s right and we’re no better prepared than right now. 2018 has gotten off to a great start here in camp. Not only does each year seem to progress in the amount of bad ass records hitting the shelves, but more and more folks seem to be taking grasp at the powers of bandcamp which leads to more bands joining in on the fun. This round we feature 10 more exquisite records, mostly on the heavy side, but each with their own spin and twist between a few different styles. No matter what it seems I keep waking up with an inbox full of smash hit albums. Its groundhog day again at bandcamp and we are loving it. Huntsman – American ScrapThis one caught my eye for obvious reasons being the bandname. If you’ve been reading long you know I go by The Huntsman, and when I’m perusing bandcamp to see ‘Huntsman’ as an available album, I must listen. For some reason, I was expecting some kind of extreme sludge metal and was pleasantly surprised and partially blown away on first listen. It certainly lives up to its band name. The slightly backwoodsy textures combined with a mega metallic sheen make Huntsman’s debut album one of the week’s best finds. Not since ‘Bask’ have a heard a blend of folksy rhythm, stoner groove and post-metal crunch sound so inviting. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">American Scrap by HuntsmenBlue Cheese – Reborn Into VoidThe putrid vocal aroma aged with an intense array of wicked groove is perfectly suited for the connoisseur of the mega riff. Blue Cheese has clogged my arteries with a creamy stench of demented stoner Doom. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">Reborn  Into Void by Blue CheeseFuzz Lord – Fuzz LordFuzz Lord lives up to its name with a crushing yet melodic output of heavy stoner/doom. The guitars attack with progressive intros and interludes with an asphyxiating rhythm drenched in fuzzy groove. The vocals command like a whiskey driven pirate exploring the stage like a ship on shark infested waters. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">Fuzz Lord by Fuzz LordCrobone – CroboneDamn, this one is powerful. Strong on the vocals, radio rock worthy melodic hard rock/Metal. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">Crobone by CroboneIvory Deville – WastegunnerCan't deny that steel guitar twang built on Jagger-esque vocal tones, soulful back up singing and bluesy psychedelic atmosphere. This is sex, drugs and rock n roll fit for a Sunday morning gospel session. Love it. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">WAISTGUNNER by Ivory DevilleOlmeg – MaladiesOlmeg are back with a one of a kind twist of doom-fried grunge metal. The vocals squelch with an eerie atop a bass tone fuzzy as it is sludgy. Deep rumbling grooves aplenty found on Maladies. Dig in and soak it up. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">Maladies by OLMEGPieces of M[...]

FEUERZEUG – The backfire


The stoner rock band Feuerzeug celebrates its ten years of existence. The four musicians invite you to discover their new track "Wild & Savage" as well as their video clip on Thursday, March 8, 2018, announcing their third album scheduled for the fall. allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="" width="854">Feuerzeug is part of the great tradition of self-produced alternative music. Leaving a preponderant place to devastating riffs carried by hypnotic effects. The group attaches great importance to its image and has made its own video clip. The quartet had already caused quite a stir with their critically acclaimed second album. The expectations for this third album are high, the band is ready to answer them. Feuerzeug wants to surprise with this third opus which promises to be atypical and daring.Find all information about Feuerzeug on the following links:Website:[...]

Metal Around The World - Chronic Xorn and Killibrium


I thought it would be fun and hopefully interesting to take a look, from time to time, at metal from all around the world. Lately, we have received quite a few promos from India, which makes sense. A country with over a billion citizens probably has enough fans of any genre you can name to have some quality performers. Let's look at a couple of bands the do the death metal thing.Chronic Xorn have been around long enough to release three albums. This one, titled “For These Sins Who Must Die”, is their third and has been out since December of last year. These gents play a form of metal often referred to as deathcore. For some odd reason, those who are “trve” and “kvlt” treat deathcore with a lot of derision, and for those who are not terribly familiar with the code of metal, claiming to be a fan of deathcore is akin to standing on a street corner with a megaphone proclaiming your undying love for the presidency of Donald Trump.I, however, think deathcore is pretty swell, and I love the fact that a band can be brutal but also have some catchy and melodic stuff in their music. And breakdowns too. Nothing wrong with breakdowns. Chronic Xorn have some really well written and played music and they do this sub-genre really well. The lyrical theme is the commoners who are suppressed by the “reign of a corrupt helm”. I think we can all relate to that. Good, solid music with some surprising twists and turns, so its not all just a paint by numbers approach to everything you've heard before in the genre. It might take a little looking to find this one, as it is self-released, but I promise you will dig it.Killibrium, on the other hand, bring the death metal more in the meat and potatoes style of Cannibal Corpse, with a little technicality thrown in. I really like this album, which is called “Purge”. If you know the movie franchise of the same name, this could very well be the soundtrack to those movies. This is a newer band and this is their first release. This is also brutal and crushing and very, very good.Two songs especially stand out for me. “Denominator” starts out slow and menacing and then pushes into full on furious death metal, with all the tempo changes and rhythmic mayhem that we all love from this genre. “Mental Illusions” starts off with about 10 seconds that just gets your head nodding at one speed, then they double the BPM's and all hell breaks loose. That sudden tempo shift and change in riff just about put me in traction, but I think I'll be back to full speed headbanging soon. I loved it so much that I listened to the song 3 more times and it still gets me. This one is also self-released so you might have to put some effort into finding it, but you efforts will be well rewarded.Just remember, kids, when you are thinking of metal, its not just in North America or Europe that you will find the goodies. Keep your ears open and search the globe, there is good quality metal to be found everywhere. -ODIN allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">[...]

The Xroadie Files


Monolith Cult – Gospel Of DespairBryan Outlaw – Vocals, Lee Baines – Guitar, Wayne Hustler – Guitar, Izak Buxton – BassDamo Clarke – Drums, Dan Mullins – DrumsDisconnection Syndrome grinding thrashing riffs pounding rums rumbling bass and soaring vocals get ready to head band and enjoy.  The Gospel Of Despair  is a very Sabbath style of riff that just moves along and takes you with it.  Kings of All That’s Lost slow plodding stoner psychedelic rock/metal that just pounds away into your brain.  Chothia In Memorium great melodic guitar instrumental.  Sympathy for The Living is an excellent slow to mid tempo style of riff with lots of great musicianship and soulful vocals.  Complicit In Your Own Abuse slow dark and dreary with evil intent that has some excellent tempo changes.  Death Means Nothing is another Sabbath style of riff that just sneaks up from behind and grabs you to take you away to nowhere. allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="" width="854">Morbid Angel – Kingdoms DisdainedTrey Azagthoth – Guitar, Steve tucker – Bass/Vocals, Dan Vandim  Von – Guitar, Scott Fuller – DrumsPiles of Little Arms from one of the Kings of death metal grinding riffs demonic vocals and heavy beats.  D.E.A.D. chainsaw guitars pounding drums and bass and vocals that just try to devour you.  Garden of Distain grabs you and pull you into the pit of evil and despair.  The Righteous Voice thousands of evil hands grabbing at you try to tear you apart.  Architect And Iconoclast get the pit ready to mosh and thrash about as you slowly descend into hades.  Paradigms Warped slow grinding sounds reaching out to pull you under the steamroller of pain and death.  Pillars Crumbling fast heavy in your face death metal that just shreds.  For No Master pounding drums chainsaw riffs rumbling bass and demonic vocals that just tear thru your essence.  Declaring New Law imagine being stuck on the railroad tracks not able to move and the train bearing down on you ready to flatten you very body.  From The Hand Of Kings blast beats buzz saw guitars grumbling bass and vocals that just make you run screaming for your life.  The Fall Of Idols ends this death metal festival with pure fury and violence.        allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="" width="854">Outlaws And Moonshine – Devil In The MoonshineBeau Van – Guitar/Vocals, Mike Back – Guitar/Vocals, Travis – Slide Guitar, Chris van – Bass/Vocals, Eric Piper – Drums/PercussionDevil in The Moonshine is new southern rock at its best has a Lynyrd Skynyrd feel to the music great sing along song.  (Here Comes) Bobby has an Allman Bros feel with lots of soul and emotion.  Don’t Be Scared back in the southern swamps where the music comes alive kind of like a heavier Charlie Daniels band Ride Or Die out in the back woods just jamming away and having a great time with friends.  Boom would be a great song to just jam while cruising down the road and having a blast with friend’s great guitar leads to just listen to as well.  Cootie Brown has a great bass drum intro then an excellent southern guitar riff melds in this is feel good southern rock song to jam along with.  Whiskey is a slower almost country style of song to be played in the back woods around a roaring fire then the band gets up and slowly builds to just jam away.  Hey Y’All takes you back to the heyday of [...]

SKINNED announce new album, launch FREE digital single / video


XENOKORP is proud to announce the signing of a multi-album deal with US dark Death Metal band SKINNED, the release of the group’s fifth full-length, “Shadow Syndicate“, on May 04 and the immediate launch of the FREE digital single / music video "We Are the End"!Firmly rooted in the Death Metal spectrum, SKINNED have since their inception in 1995, always combined styles to create their very own kind of Extreme Metal by twisting and re-shaping sub-genres, the result being a unique mix of Death Metal, dark Doom soundscapes, hyper blasts, Black Metal dramatic grotesquery and heavy slams.This monstrous band’s ability to invoke innumerable extremes to create some of the heaviest, most epic, dark and brutal yet groovy brand of Death Metal is impressive. From their debut demo to present, the level of progression and diversification is vast and seemingly unstoppable.Much like the relentlessness of their music, SKINNED continue to canvas the world with countless past tours and gigs on such sub/continents and countries as North and Central America, Europe, Russia, Japan, South Africa, South Asia… most recently with the likes of DEFEATED SANITY, KATAKLYSM, INCANTATION, CEPHALIC CARNAGE and many more, making SKINNED a globally recognized force within the Extreme Metal scene as a whole and that for sure won’t stop with their new deal with world-renowned management and booking agency THE FLAMING ARTS and the release of their brand new landmark album, “Shadow Syndicate“ through XENOKORP on May 04.Varied in shapes and moods, “Shadow Syndicate”, produced by Dave OTERO (CATTLE DECAPITATION, CEPHALIC CARNAGE…) and featuring, among others, guest vocals by Josh WELSHMAN (DEFEATED SANITY…) and guest lyrics by Paul McGUIRE (CEREBRAL BORE…), is the kind of work of art that’s much more than a collection of tracks: it’s a world in itself where each song explores a different aspect of dark beliefs (conspiracy theories, unsolved mysteries…), the whole creating a society of extreme darkness under the domination of the New World Order where the citizens become cattle for the governments and guinea pigs for alien entities, ultimately leading your specie to its ultimate demise, the face under the merciless boot of the… “Shadow Syndicate“!> "We Are the End" single• FREE download @ BandCamp•Music Video @ YouTube> "Shadow Syndicate" track list1. Wings of Virulence2. As Their Bodies Fall3. Mental Deconstruction4. We Are the End5. Black Rain6. Shadow Syndicate7. Hollowed Earth8. Led Them to the Trains9. Angel's Haarp10. In the Mist of DawnTotal Running Time: 39:00> "Shadow Syndicate" formats• 1000 copies limited edition first print DigiPak CD• Digital> LINKS• SKINNED Web Site• SKINNED @ Facebook• SKINNED @ Instagram• SKINNED @ Twitter• SKINNED @ YouTubeLabel• XENOKORP Website / Store• XENOKORP @ Facebook• XENOKORP @ Twitter• XENOKORP @ YouTube• XENOKORP @ Instagram [...]

Russian Winter Records 10th Anniversary Free Compilation


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Friday, March 9th is Russian Winter Records 10th Birthday.
To celebrate we are releasing a free download compilation featuring 10 tracks by our artists as a gift to all for supporting the label over the last decade.

The 10th Anniversary Compilation can be streamed and downloaded for free on Bandcamp at the link below:

Ric, Vicki, Hannah and Michael

Ripple Music Announces Line-up for First Ever Official SXSW Showcase with Special Guest: Free Sampler Download


Date: 16th March 2018Valhalla (710 Red River Street, Austin TX)Featuring: Mothership, Wo Fat, The Watchers, Blackwulf (with special guest), Steak, and Salem's Bend► Play / Embed – Ripple Official SXSW ‘Spotify Playlist Music is thrilled to announce our first ever, official SXSW Showcase! This year’s event is presented in association with Boss Tweed Backline. Six bands will fill the stage at Valhalla on Red River, bringing on some of the very best heavy psych, stoner and doom on the planet.  And be sure not to miss our very special guest, Geof O'Keefe, founding member of Pentagram and Bedemon, who'll storm the stage with Blackwulf, where he'll bring his searing lead guitar to songs off the band's just released new album.   S C H E D U L E:Doors open 7:30 pmSalems' BendSteakBlackwulf (with Geof O'Keefe)The WatchersWo FatMothershipD I S C O V E RFacebook Event: Event Sampler:[...]

The Watchers Debut New video "Starfire"


Bay Area Band Featuring Members of Orchid, SpiralArms and BlackGates to Release Debut Full-Length, 'Black Abyss', March 9

San Francisco doom rock band The Watchers will release its new album, Black Abyss, March 9 via Ripple Music (Mothership, Wo Fat, BANG). Recorded in California's Sonic Room Studios (Forbidden, Zed) and mixed by the legendary Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Y&T), the record features eight tracks of heavy street-riff rock and is the follow-up to The Watchers 2016 debut, Sabbath Highway, an EP hailed as "the veritable creme de la creme of the modern stoner metal".

In advance of Black Abyss' release, The Ripple Effect premieres the video "Starfire". "The Watchers aren’t kids — Black Abyss may be a debut full-length, but it reflects a deeper understanding of rock’s history".

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A Ripple Conversation With Tim And Juan From Hound The Wolves


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?[Tim] I have had several over the years, but the most relevant to my current situation is a about a decade ago.  I had sold all my music equipment and swore off playing in bands.  Mostly because of the reasons of bands that kept breaking up right when were getting somewhere.  I had been playing acoustic Americana music style music.  The White Stripes had brought back rough, heavy, and real rock and roll, and had a musical epiphany that playing loud music, with psychedelic effects and distortion was in my blood, and thus me playing in bands and creating music was reborn.Juan- As a kid,  I grew up in an area with limited resources in regards to finding music that wasn’t tejano, country, or top 40’s.  Thankfully, MTV became a thing and I was introduced to the world of heavy music.  Seeing the video for Metallica’s ONE and Tool’s Sober had a huge impact on me and made me want to explore making heavy music.  Almost 30 years and an endless amount of epiphanies later… Here we are.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?[Tim]  Initially when Hound The Wolves started, Juan had some ideas, progressions and lyrics, and we just started playing and working out arrangements.  I don’t even think of those early times as a writing process, because everything just fell into place really easily.  That is still true today.  We tend to start with very rough concepts of what a song is going to be, then when we are together, we hash out the parts and arrangements, everyone does their thing, and out comes new songs.  Juan-  It’s always different.  I prefer to create organically, without regulations or process.  Then when it has taken shape into something workable, dissect it and organize it.  Who has influenced you the most?[Tim] From a musical perspective, there have been many.  My Dad’s record collections was all classical, and my Mom had a thing for Elvis and early Beatles.  Mostly I wasn’t into it, but  my Mom did have a copy of Abbey road, and I remember dancing around (most likely in my underwear) in our unfurnished living rooms with my sisters to Maxwell’s Hammer.  When I was younger, in my pre-teen years, I was not interested in any music that was not on the charts.  A friend of mine’s dad had a massive stereo and huge record collection.  That is when I discovered Led Zeppelin IV, and had an epiphany that there was a lot of fantastic music that was made well before I was born.  These early experiences probably had the biggest influences on me as I started seeking out all the classic bands, including Pink Floyd, and of course, Black Sabbath.  These three bands formed into some of my deepest influences that go back to my formative years.Juan- Friedrich Nietzche, Blaze Foley, and Ozzy era Black Sabbath.Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?[Tim] I have a voracious appetite for new music.  I am always looking fo[...]

Bandcamp Bonanza – Preorder Paradise


Big supply of pre-orders on the shelf right now. Depending on when you read this these babies will either still be on pre-order status, all sold out, or streaming in full waiting for your stamp of approval. I am very excited and have featured just a slice of the pre-order pie awaiting launch from Bandcamp central. Sergeant Thunderhoof – Terra SolusOne of 2018's most anticipated albums over here. Blistering grooves, soaring riffs, intoxicating atmosphere. What more can a girl want? I am confident the album will crush all in its path and the single is a good indication of that. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">Terra Solus by Sergeant ThunderhoofChivo – Waiting for So LongWe’ve all been waiting for so long for a new Chivo album. The day has finally came. I would go ahead and just grab this as you know it’s going to be one of the more blistering stoner rock albums out in 2018. Mark my words. Chivo is excellent. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">Waiting for so long by ChivoGreen Desert Water – Solar PlexusI’ve been a longtime fan of these guys, and its been a long time since we’ve heard anything new from them. Signed by Pioneers in the stoner rock scene, Small Stone Records, Solar Plexus promises to be a brilliant debut album by Green Desert Water, out of Spain. Let me tell you, I heard the demos of this quite some time ago, and listening to the single available now I promise you, you will be blown to pieces at how epic this new album is. Pre-order the vinyl today to ensure your spot in rock in roll history. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">Solar Plexus by Green Desert WaterDiamond Skull - SleeplessI’ve been rather sleepless since burning through these two preview tracks like a crack whore on an eight ball. This pre-order is going to be one of the most under talked about albums this month, or year perhaps. My instincts are telling me this one is all win. Let’s hope we get some shut eye and awake to a smashing release on April 15th. Cannot wait. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">Sleepless by DIAMOND SKULLThe Ugly Kings – Darkness is my HomeOh boy, this leadoff single has everyone frothing at their tips, The Ugly Kings are back with album number 2, and this time the boys from Melbourne show no signs of slowing down. I anticipate the new one to come in hotter and heavier than anything they’ve put out. Prepare for rock n roll fury in the vein of Clutch with a deep bluesy swagger. seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 470px; width: 350px;">Darkness Is My Home by The Ugly KingsThe Blackwater Fever – DelusionsIt’s been a while since we heard from the Blackwater Fever, and what appears to be in store with their new album now up for preorder, Delusions, is a hopped up take on their signature blues sound. The tracks a[...]

The Watchers – Black Abyss


From the first notes of album opener and title track “Black Abyss”, The Watchers make it crystal clear that there will be no sophomore slump where this band is concerned. You can call this music a lot of things but it is pure, concentrated rock and roll. This is a band that is not pulling any punches and delivers every note of every song as though the salvation of the world depends upon it.There is so much good stuff going on with this record that I asked myself where to start. The songwriting is fantastic. All of these tracks just flow so well and work as a whole to create an album that lends itself to being played over and over again. A track like “Starfire” deserves to be cranked in every car stereo this summer. It sounds like driving around with the windows down and no particular place to go. All of these songs are heavy and yet very melodic. There is some very catchy writing captured on this release, and many of these songs will get that earworm thing going, when you find them stuck in your head.The playing and musicianship is really flawless. The rhythm section locks in so well on every one of these songs, and really gives a groove to each one that is sorely missing in a lot of rock music these days. This is definitely throwback stuff to the rock that I grew up with in the 70's and 80's, yet it has a nice modern sheen that keeps it from being just a duplication of what came before. This seems to be a band that knows their influences and incorporates them into what they do without it being simple idol worship or highly derivative tunes that you've heard a thousand times before.I have to mention the guitar work, because the tones and styles used are so good and classic and timeless, yet as I noted above, they manage to sound thoroughly modern at the same time. I could listen to these solos over and over again, and they stick in your head. You can almost hum them outside of the song, and that for me is the mark of a guitar player who knows what the hell he is doing.As far as what they sound like, I think I mentioned that these guys are a rock band. They are heavy, but this isn't doom or stoner or psychedelic or any of that. If you love Van Halen, Judas Priest, or Blue Oyster Cult when any of those bands were in their heyday, if you are a fan of great songs played by a great band, if you dig that thrill you get when you hear a band that is just locked in and letting it rip, then this is what you need right here. There is not one note on this album that disappoints and it'll get you banging your head from start to finish. -ODIN allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">[...]

The Xroadie Files


Guillotine – STAdam Miller – Vocals/Bass, Lance Miller – Guitar, Evan Posey – DrumsGravety heavy riffs pounding drums screaming guitars that just worm their way into your brain.  Black Emperor slow heavy dark musical emotions with death metal vocals.  Death Culture heavy fast in the pit slamming together in a fury and focus of aggression.  (Don’t) Shoot the Messenger blast beats deep growling vocals and chainsaw vocals that just grind you into nothingness.  Prepare The Drill fast heavy music inducing the crowd to form a pit of violence.  Kraken is violence and aggression that just takes you to an entire new level of pain.  Not Worth Saving dissonant noise from guitars blast beats and demonic vocals that just drive you insane.   allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="" width="854">Jupiter Zeus – Eyes On The PrizeAaron Smith – Drums, Simon Staltari – Guitar/Vocals, Jeremy Graham – Bass, Michael Lawson – GuitarEyes on The Prize slow feedback building then a great riff that very heavy but catchy and some excellent vocals.  Saviour With Destruction a excellent slow riff to start off then the band kicks in with a Sabbath style of rhythm which speeds up and kicks it in full overdrive back and forth fast to mid-tempo with screaming guitars.  Read It And Weep pounding drums rumbling bass heavy guitar riffs one excellent song with some Ozzy style vocals.  Midnight Renegade a fist pumping metal riff that will have the entire crowd engaged in the song.  Arise a slow guitar riff that melds into a stoner rock style with deep vocals.  Broken Plates sounds of a storm with melodic guitar that slowly builds to a heavy melancholy sound. allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="" width="854">Kingdom In Kaos – Morality For SavagesStouty – Vocals, Ryan – Guitar, Stigney – Guitar, kennedy – DrumsVoid eerie guitar heavy tribal beats and grinding guitars swirl around your head then pound you into submission.  Head Of Snake grabs you and just tries to annihilate you over and over again.  Nailesque drug down a path of violence and destruction thru time.  Hierarchy chainsaw guitars heavy beats and growling vocals mixed with clean that just work its way thru your very soul.  Ballad of The Grotesque evil sound slowly moving up from behind with some melancholy guitars then it yanks you into the fury of the pit.  If All Else Fails anger and aggression all wrapped into one song.  Spineless get ready to jump in the pit and thrash away with some parts to slow down to.  Morality For Savages slow melodic guitar which builds into a thrash metal style of song.  Pandora’s Box melody from guitars and some clean male/female vocals which turns into more pf a power metal song. Natural Selection swirling feedback that worms its way into your brain then an evil strange rhythm that just kicks into full bore death metal fury.  Devolution industrial sounds fill the air then demonic music and vocals try to rip tour soul apart. allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="" width="854">Malakhim – DemoE-  AN-  AK- TK – VT A Thousand Burning Words full on evil death metal th[...]

A Ripple Conversation With Underground Hero Steven Kerchner, Part 2


I love Super Black Object but they are sadly no more. What happened? Also, what made you form the band to begin with?After a hiatus from working together in Ol’ Scratch, and prior to my introduction to LORD's line up, this was a project that brought Will and I back into the same creative sphere. We initially had a more doom laden approach in mind, but after switching the line up around, both with members and position, we approached the project as a cathartic bloodletting in homage to the raw and primitive black metal music we loved. We had decided the band would create only for a period of time and we recorded the ‘Rituals of Blackened Perfection’ album during the winter of 2009/10. We believed what we had created had served it's cathartic purpose for us and trying to force a continuation of that wasn't our desire, believing it would fall short in honest intensity. I had approached Will about the idea of a new SBO record in the fall of 2016 but I ended up founding Tumba Carcomida instead and the plans for Hopekiller continued to grow. I don't believe there will ever be another SBO release.You mentioned Tumba Carcomida as a project in the works. How's that coming along?Tumba Carcomida was a short lived death metal project I was involved with. I played the drums and did some backing vocals for us. We recorded a four song demo EP that I'm extremely pleased with and additionally we were able to make a video for one of the songs. The video entailed some running around a graveyard sans shirt, covered in blood, dragging a burlap sack around. It was a lot of fun to shoot and I'm also extremely stoked about how that turned out. At this time, however I no longer have any desire to pursue focus on Tumba Carcomida.You and Willy have been partners in crime for many years now. Both of you have been in several bands and still are in several other bands together. How do you keep it going? Is it the diversity between the bands, your chemistry or both that fires you up?Willy and I have done quite a few things over the years; SBO, Ol Scratch, LORD, Absent Sky, Hopekiller, etc. We are as brothers and we definitely have a common chemistry that smooths the process of working with each other. Easy to say we work well with each other naturally, then combined with years of working together, we understand each other very well – which certainly aids in the creative process. The same can be said of Todd as well and it's huge blessing to be able to create with both Todd and Will simultaneously in LORD.Todd Wuehrmann, who you just mentioned, is someone else you have worked with for a long time. First in The Seventh Gate and Palkoski and now in Lord. How have you guys kept up this long running partnership?Todd and I first met at a basement show in Mclean, VA. I barely recall this, but he reminded me of it the first time that he came over to jam with and try out for The Seventh Gate in February of 2005. Our (The Seventh Gate’s) first show with Todd was a free show at the Exxon station across the way from the infamous “toilet bowl building” near Tysons Corner, VA. It was a spectacle you see, not many walk into a gas station convenience store expecting to find a smoking friendly (filled) environment, a crowded (by attendees) selection of aisles and a metal band drenched in blood playing in front of the coffee maker and slurpee machine. Todd has been a lifelong friend and companion ever since we first became friends and ban[...]

FOX MEDICINE - Greetings From Mars


Self-released Medicine is a two piece originally formed by Neezy Dynamite (Guitar/Vox) and Vanny Keeps (Drums). This two piece from Eugene, OR has just put out a noisy album of eight new songs for destroying eardrums everywhere.The fuzz is laid on nice and thick, vocals that are a bit distorted and sometimes shouted and sometimes so blasé that you would think a mid ‘80s valley girl was singing, but that’s not an insult, it actually sounds cool. This has a fuller sound than you would think that only two people could pull off, especially how much power and raw emotion there is on these songs. Yes the songs are dense, the fuzz and the effects are in your face, but it has warmth and a realness to it that makes you come back to it again and again. The band sounds like they are close to losing grips in what they are doing sometimes, especially at the beginning of “Stars,” but they add in some synth and pull it all together and you have a great track that is both insane and amazing.Maybe not something for every day to listen to, but a definite keeper that you will put on to enjoy, and piss off the neighbors with. How can that be anything other than a glowing review? -Rick Ecker seamless="" src="" style="border: 0; height: 120px; width: 100%;">Greetings from Mars by FOX MEDICINE  [...]