Thursday, 25 August 2016

NOMAD / MOWER UK Tour Details



Mancunian underground heroes Nomad have announced a UK tour for this September and are taking relative newcomers Mower with them.

Since forming in 2012, Mancunian sludge four­piece Nomad have shared stages with the likes o EyeHateGod, Conan and Bongripper. Metalheads in the north west of England are under no illusions as to the ferocity of their live shows.

Frontman Drian Nash is known for tempering his confrontational performances with a self­deprecating Manc sense of humour, firmly establishing Nomad at the heart of Manchester’s burgeoning stoner/doom scene. This tour will be an opportunity for riff­lovers from across the UK to see how Nomad have achieved their unrivalled reputation within such a competitive scene in England’s north west.




Their debut EP (released in 2014 by renowned underground label When Planets Collide) was followed by a split EP with Wort released by Red Valley Records the following year.
Nomad frontman Drian: ​"It’s always a blast playing with the Mower guys so this tour should have enough planet­sized riffs and carnage to be lasting us. We are sharing the stage with some of our favourite bands along the way; Elephant tree, Iron Swan and Kurokuma. Also Stoked to get to finish it all off with a huge party in our hometown. That’s if we don’t crash into a mountain in a big ball of fire blasting Toto and sipping cocktails.”

Relative newcomers Mower are a doom/noise trio from nearby Wigan whose debut EP “Meathead”, released at the start of this year, is already turning heads. As a live presence they'll be known by attendees of MammothFest, Tombstones all­dayer and RiffFest as a band not to miss on what will be their first gigs in a number of cities outside of Manchester.


Vocalist Jay says of the tour: “This will be our first tour, and what a way to pop the cherry, making this fine pilgrimage around the U.K, with Nomad! We're all buzzin' to go make some Mower­flavoured noise in other parts of the country. We also get to play some new venues with some other amazing bands, a proper privilege indeed. We shall be providing the White Russians and obscene sexual favours as thanks. Riffs await.”

With such a strong stoner/doom scene in Manchester, this tour will be an opportunity for riff­lovers from across the UK to see how this scene’s stalwarts have achieved their unrivalled reputation alongside with one of the area’s most exciting new prospects.

14th September ­The Unicorn ­ London (​Facebook Event Page)

15th September The Chameleon Arts Cafe Nottingham (​Facebook Event Page)  
16th September The Phoenix Coventry Facebook Event Page​)
17th September Mulberry Underground ­Sheffield (​Facebook Event Page​)
18th September Rebellion ­Manchester (​Facebook Event Page​) 


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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Beelzefuzz - The Righteous Bloom (Album Review)


Release date: August 15th 2016. Label: Restricted Release/The Church Within. Format: CD/DD

The Righteous Bloom – Tracklisting

01 Nazriff
02 The Soulless
03 Hardluck Melody
04 Rat Poison Parfait
05 Eternal Waltz
06 Within Trance
07 Nebulous
08 The Righteous Bloom
09 Sanctum & Solace
10 Dying On The Vine
11 Peace Mind

Band Members:

Dana Ortt - Lead vocals/guitar
Darin McCloskey - drums
Greg Diener - Lead guitar/vocals
Bert Hall - Bass guitar

Review:

Greetings all,

I got to check out the new album from Maryland Doom rockers Beelzefuzz! On top of having a great moniker, the band has a great Fuzzy, Doomed out Rock sound. This is the bands 2nd album, and first since reforming a couple of years back. I am reminded more of 70's era rock in listening to these guys. The first image in my head was actually Dio era Sabbath. Although, I am an Ozzy guy, the sound is great. There is even a bit of NWOBHM in the dual guitar attack that pops up from time to time. But you can't deny the obvious Doom influence these guys hold. Seeing as to how they are from the same general stomping grounds as Doom titans Pentagram and the mighty Wino.

Every song is solid, and the album as a whole is a great listening experience. Along with the great guitar work, there are bits of organ and background singers that wreak of the 70's vibe. If I had one minor complaint, it is that the production on this record is almost too clean, the music tends to drop kind of low in the mix. I tend to like my guitars loud and sound raw, but this is one man's opinion and is in no way, shape, or form a knock against this fine piece of music. Beelzefuzz is technical tight and it definitely shows on this record. But I think the centerpiece of the record is the vocals. The singer wails and croons like Dio in his prime, conjuring tales of doomy redemption. Worth the price of admission alone.

The record itself is a journey worth taking, beginning to end. Although. if you are looking for stand out tracks. The second track, The Soulless, is a rocking piece of music, and a great driving song. The song Nebulous, is a bit of off tempo metal thump, and Dying on the Vine leads into a strong close.

If you dig Pentagram, Dio, The Sword, or the like you will dig Beelzefuzz. Check 'em out. You will dig them and the Righteous Bloom is a Rockin Blast worth repeated spins!

Words by Todd Stealey

Thanks to Paula at Abstract Distribution and Jan at Sure Shot Worx for the promos. The Righteous Bloom is available to buy from Restricted Release and The Church Within on CD/DD now.


Saturday, 20 August 2016

Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel - Human Collapse (Album Review)


Release date: September 09th 2016. Label: Ripple Music. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Human Collapse – Tracklisting

1.7PM Choice
2.Decision
3.Departure
4.Trip
5.Border
6.Community
7.Downfall
8.Rebirth
9.Determination
10.5PM Arrival

Band Members:

Nico - Guitar & Vocals
Julien - Bass & Vocals
Romain - Guitar
Greg - Drums
Dany - Keyboard & Vocals

Review:

Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel (LDDSM) return after a three year break with a new album – Human Collapse. Their last album Arcane became a favourite of mine when it was released back in 2013. It was a darker and heavier offering compared to their debut album, Soundtrack From The Motion Picture.

LLDSM are now signed to Ripple Music and Human Collapse is their debut release for Ripple Music. It’s not the only thing that has changed. LDDSM have changed their style of music yet again. Whilst their first album was more of a Desert/Stoner Rock album. Their second album was more of a Progressive Doom/Stoner Metal album. Human Collapse sees the band venture into more Progressive Sludge/Post-Metal territory and is perhaps the heaviest release Ripple Music have released to date.

LDDSM carry on the darker tones of Arcane but this time they opt for a heavier sludge style of riffs for Human Collapse. The opening three tracks – 7pm Choice, Decision and Departure sees LDDSM create heavy doom/sludge riffs merged with a darker psychedelic stoner metal vibe. The vocals and guitars are eeringly familiar from Arcane but these songs have a more depressing feel.

It’s took me multiple listens to fully appreciate this album. It’s a daring and quite brave record for the band to release. It has more than enough subtle Doom/Stoner riffs to keep long-time fans of the band wholly satisfied though newer fans will need more convincing. The lyrical content is very dark compared to past releases. The album leaves you with a depressing after thought especially on songs such as Border, Community, Downfall and the majestic 5pm Arrival.

LDDSM have crafted a deeply challenging album that you would expect from their sludge/post-metal contemporaries. Human Collapse is an album written around the concept of Humanity destroying the planet once and for all. Remember, LDDSM’s last album, seen the band battling the Occult and other things that go bump in the night. This is definitely a stark contrast between both albums. LDDSM don’t abandon their trademark sound altogether as Human Collapse album has many familiar moments that made Arcane such a great album to listen to.

Human Collapse is LDDSM’s most daring work to date. It’s a challenging album to listen to at times but that’s perhaps the bands original vision. To release something different that came before it. The production is first-rate and it sounds intense from the start.

Ripple Music perhaps deserve the biggest praise for releasing this album. As long-time fans of the label may think they’re taking a risk releasing something heavy as this. Time will tell but I applaud their decision. Human Collapse shows that Ripple Music have the balls to release something brutally heavy compared to their usual releases.

Though this is LDDSM’s show and they excel on every level with Human Collapse. I still prefer Arcane but Human Collapse is another stunning and wonderful record from this hugely talented band.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage for the promo. Human Collapse will be available to buy via Ripple Music from September 09th 2016 on CD/DD/Vinyl.

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Indivia - Horta (Album Review)


Release date: September 26th 2016. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Horta – Tracklisting

Dharma
The Green Planet
Hyperion
Shogun
Cio' Che Tradisce
Re-Growth

Band Members:

Andrea Missagia - Guitar
Nathalie Antonello - Drums
Diego Loreggian - Bass

Review:

Indivia are newly signed to Argonauta Records. One of my fave record labels who have been on a roll recently signing great artists to their impressive roster. Indivia are no different as their album is another winning entry from Argonauta Records. So what can you expect from Indivia. Well the band were a new entity to me as I hadn’t heard of them before.

Their new album, Horta is their second full length album but acts as the perfect introduction to Indivia’s groove laiden Doom/Stoner riffs. Reviewing instrumental albums can be a very hard thing to do at times but Indivia’s music make this so easy as they’ve released an exciting and different kind of instrumental doom/stoner metal album. It’s a heavy and almost gloomy affair from the start.

Opening track Dharma runs for less than three minutes but Indivia show you what they can do despite the short running time. Heavy moments of distorted instrumental Doom/Stoner Metal riffs merged with murky psychedelics are the main key. It has the right balance of slow paced moments and angrier faster riffage.

Second track The Green Planet sees Indivia bring heavy thunderous riffs to forefront of the action. As the band create a bass heavy affair to build their epic riffs upon. Fans of SardoniS will find much to enjoy here but Indivia offer perhaps a more well rounded experience. The song is a mixture of sombre Stoner Riffs but matched with a more gloomy doom metal vibe. The soundclip that appears towards the end of the song is a very cool touch that moves Indivia’s music into the realm of Space Rock.

Third track Hyperion opens with a drone based sludgy riff before the band add layers of Doom/Stoner riffs played at a very slow pace. The drums slowly come in as the song becomes more faster before the normal sounds of long drawn out riffs appear. Indivia take their time with this song though the mood can be very sloppy at times. Though that’s not to say it’s a bad song. In fact, it’s a very good song. I felt that the heavier moments didn’t flow smoothly as they should. It can leave you feeling disorientated at times.

The final three songs on the album offer more straight-forward Doom/Stoner Metal riffs with Indivia creating even louder psych based noises especially on tracks such as Shogun and the final track, Re-Growth. Horta is expertly produced as the album sounds superb. The mood of the album is loud and crisp throughout. Indivia expand on their sound with each individual song almost to the point that the songs sound vastly different to each other.

Horta is a dark, loud and exciting album to listen to especially if you’re a fan of Instrumental Doom/Stoner Metal. This album is only being released on CD and Digital Download which is a crying shame. As this album deserves a vinyl release to fully experience it’s dark and twisted vision. Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Barbara at NeeCee Agency for the promo. Horta will l be available to buy via Argonauta Records from September 26th 2016 on CD/DD.

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Fuzz Evil - S/T (Album Review)


Release date: September 30th 2016. Label: Battleground Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Fuzz Evil – S/T – Tracklisting

Good Medicine
My Fuzz
Killing The Sun
Bring Them Through
Odin Has Fallen
Black Dread

Band Members:

Wayne Rudell – Vocals/Guitar
Joseph Rudell – Bass Guitar
Daniel Graves – Drums

Arthur Seay (House Of Broken Promises/Unida) – Lead Guitar on ‘Good Medicine’
Marlin Tuttle – Drums
Brian Gold – Keys

Review:

Fuzz Evil’s self-titled album is one that merges vintage Stoner Rock with a more modern Fuzz Rock attitude to match. The band comprising members of Powered Wig Machine so you can’t question the pedigree of the band members as they know how to write a mean riff with great lyrics to match. Nor are they Powered Wig Machine II. As Fuzz Evil are a very different band to Powered Wig Machine.

Opening track – Good Medicine – sees Fuzz Evil play Heavy Psych based Stoner with elements of Fuzz being added. The band capture the vibe of classic Stadium/Hard Rock with the vocals and lyrics firmly rooted in more modern surroundings. Fuzz Evil is here to give you a good time and it’s an infectious groove that keeps you entertained to the very end.

Second track – My Fuzz – is one of the albums heaviest offerings with the band leaning towards a more Doom Rock/Metal atmosphere but the Fuzz remains strong with this song. The instrumental work is superb yet again with lead vocalist Wayne excelling and showing his passion for the legendary stoner rock vocalists down the years. The music may sound simplistic at times but you need to listen further as these guys include a lot of different ideas into their music. Especially when the trademark guitar solos appear.

Third track – Killing The Sun – has a certain QOTSA feel. Fast-paced guitars and intense drumming that make this another winning track from the Fuzz Evil crew. The vibe does become very trippy and psychedelic towards the end.

The other three songs on the album – Bring Them Through, Odin Has Fallen and Black Dread – sees Fuzz Evil only expand their Fuzz/Stoner sound with heavier riffs being the main order of business. Odin Has Fallen and Black Dread are the two standout songs that not only demands your full attention but ones that will have you rocking out in agreement. Black Dread contains perhaps the heaviest riffs on the album as Fuzz Evil go all out with heavy psychedelic riffs.

I only have one issue with the album and that is the run-time. It’s too short. The album only runs for thirty minutes which is a shame as it could have easily included a couple of more songs to make the album last longer. If you miss the classic early days of QOTSA then Fuzz Evil’s debut album is the album for you. As Fuzz Evil manage to create a great identity of their own where the music is loud, powerful and brimming with cool ideas. Yeah, Fuzz Evil has delivered on all counts. Miss this and miss out.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Richard at Sheltered Life PR for the promo. Fuzz Evil self-titled album will be available to buy via Battleground Records from September 30th 2016 on CD/DD/Vinyl.

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ZED - Trouble In Eden (Album Review)


Release date: August 26th 2016. Label: Ripple Music. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Trouble In Eden – Tracklisting

1.Royale
2.Save You From Yourself
3.The Only True Thing
4.Today Not Tomorrow
5.Trouble In Eden
6.Blood Of The Fallen
7.High Indeed
8.So Low
9.Across The Sea
10.The Mountain

Band Members:

Pete Sattari- Guitar/Vox
Rich Harris - Drums
Greg Lopez - Guitar
Mark Aceves - Bass

Review:

San Jose hard-rocking outfit – Zed return with their third album – Trouble In Eden. Newly signed to Ripple Music. Yeah, those guys again. Ripple Music are everywhere at the moment as they're probably the go-to label for signing top-notch quality Doom/Stoner Rock bands at the moment. And Zed is no different...

Trouble In Eden sees Zed bring a more psychedelic flair to their music. They still maintain their usual trademark Blues/Stoner/Hard Rock sound though this time the volume has definitely been turned upto 11.

Opening track, Royale is a thumping number where the guitars are played to maximum effect and lead vocalist Pete on fine confident form. It's a more hard rock/stoner rock vibe compared to previous songs they've released in the past. It's a winning start with the band showing a real passion for groovy riffs and great lyrics to match.

Second track, Save You From Yourself sounds like Zed of old with a vibrant Blues Rock backdrop giving way to a harder Stoner Rock vibe. It has quite a funk driven sound which is very cool to hear. The band have experimented with their sound compared to Desperation Blues and this song shows you how far Zed have come over the last few years.

I'm not going to spend a huge time going through all of the songs on Trouble In Eden as I'll be here all day. All I will say is that Zed have written a collection of great tracks that will appeal to both old and new fans of the band. They have all bases covered with a stunning array of songs that will appeal to both fans of the Hard Rock/Stoner Rock spectrum. Zed include many different moments of Psych, Blues, Grunge, Stoner and Hard Rock that will make you join their musical revolution in causing Trouble In Eden itself.

Other great tracks to check out are: The Only True Thing, Trouble In Eden, High Indeed and The Mountain. All songs showing how Zed have become a better and more exciting band since Desperation Blues. Zed needed to deliver a BIG ALBUM for Ripple Music. In my mind they have delivered on all counts as Trouble In Eden is an album that offers the listener 10 tracks of pure hard rock fury.

Trouble In Eden is perhaps the first step in Zed's career to launch themselves on an international scale. If they build upon the huge sound contained here we could be singing Zed's praises for a long time to come. I hope the world is listening as Zed is ready to raise some HELL!!!

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Richard at Sheltered Life PR for the promo. Trouble In Eden will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Ripple Music from August 26th 2016.

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Helms Alee - Stillicide (Album Review)


Release date: September 02nd 2016. Label: Sargent House. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Stillicide – Tracklisting

1.More Weight
2.Untoxicated
3.Tit to Toe
4.Meats and Milks
5.Stillicide
6.Galloping Mind Fuk
7.Creeping You Company
8.Dream Long
9.Bullygoat
10.Andromenous
11.Worth Your Wild

Band Members:

Ben Verellen
Dana James
Hozoji Matheson-margullis

Review:

After giving Helms Alee new album Stillicide a couple of listens I realzied that I couldn't find the appropriate way to describe the band. They are heavy, but not heavy metal. The music is too well played and recorded to be punk music. I'm sure there is a post- something tag that I am no way near hip enough to know that could apply, then it dawned on me, the way to best describe this record is good....really, really good!

Helms Alee is a trio from Seattle. Stillicide is their 4th full length. I am a fan as I have their first two albums. I somehow slept on their 3rd, Sleepwalking Sailors (sorry!). Perhaps there is something about that Pacific Northwest region that causes the musicians to blend so many different styles together so seamlessly. If you break it down to it's purest/simplest form Grunge music, was basically an amalgamation of pop, punk, and heavy metal done with an indie mindset. Helms Alee does a similar sort of thing. I don't want diminish anything on this fine record, but I was reminded on multiple occasions of a heavier version of Sonic Youth when listening to some of the songs. Which is a good thing, I was a big Sonic Youth fan that was heartbroken when the band broke up and honestly, I haven't the time, energy or money to follow them on any of their post SY adventures. Helms Alee slides into that empty void of pounding dissonance and relishes in it.

There are so many elements to the band's music that you hear something new on every listen, which to me, is a sign of a great band and a great record. There are riffs aplenty, an interesting mix of male/female vocal interplay, some huge driving drums and plenty of low end to keep fans of any genre happy and listening on.

The opening, instrumental track More Weight is interesting as it plays an almost symphonic rock quality, that makes you double check that you are on the right album, it works and quickly gives way to the concise, pounding Untoxicated. One of the albums most stellar tracks is Tit to Toe, one of the many tracks that mixes the often under appreciated male/female vocal interplay that makes Helms stellar. Meats and Milks stumbles in and melts your face and leads into the bass riff of the title track. The band takes you on a ride with Galloping Mind Fuk and leaves you unsettled on Creeping you Company. Dream Long is another killer track. Bullygoat and Andromenous continue to deliver with power and chiming dissonance before the albums killer final track Worth your Wild, is truly that.

Stillicide is a beautiful, brutal, multi layered experience that will bring you back listen after listen. You can peel away layers like an onion and hear sounds and influences time after time. Check this record out, you will not be disappointed.

Words by Todd Stealey

Thanks to Rachel at Silver PR for the promo. Stillicide will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Sargent House from September 2nd 2016.