Monday, October 16, 2017

The Xroadie Files

A Devils Den – One Hallucination Under God
David Lines – Guitar/Keyboards, Thomas Chollet – Bass, Dom Salameh – Drums

Eternal Now takes you on a trip back to the psychedelic 60’s of Pink Floyd and the Moody Blues just sit back close your eyes and trip along.  Brave New World is more late 60s hippy rock with lots of fuss and reverb.  Nearly Normal has a very Beatles meets the Amboy Dukes feel to the music.  Home continues the trippy hippy festival of sounds.  Who You Are starts with a very David Bowie Ziggy Stardust era sound slow and melodic then builds slowly very psychedelic at the end.  Where Do We Go has excellent acoustic guitar with bass that moves in and then the drums it has the feel of some of the early Uriah Heep progressive stuff.  One Hallucination Under God mixes King Crimson ELP and the Beatles in a strange and excellent sound.  Sea Of Time builds slowly with acoustic guitar and very psychedelic vocals then some very excellent guitar work.  Evolution ends the album with a Yes meets the Beatles song.

Archons -  Lords of Light And Thunder
Scott Driscoll – Drums, Chad Hartgrave – Bass/Vocals, Jeff Haynes – Guitar/ Vocals

Galaxians lots of feedback then a bass that grabs you by the throat and an excellent guitar riff with a very strange sound is what this song is all about with lots of tempo changes.  Red Lotus sci fi sounds shift into a heavy fast riff and rough vocals.  Red Shift Demons more feedback then a slow plodding Sabbath sound that slowly grows and punches you in the face.  Transmission lost in space and time then a riff from hell that plays till the end.  Dr Pain is just in your face gruff metal that continues to just kick you in the teeth and never let up.  Mysterians strange and trippy sounds slowly build with gruff vocals and heavy guitar riffs.  Kid Nitro kicks in from the very start with a punk meets metal feel.  Creature ends the album with a Sabbath style of riff and more rough stoner rock vocals.

Billy Boy In Poison – Invoker
Hjalte- Vocals, Alex – Guitar, Mikkel – Guitar, Niclas – Drums,  Troels – Bass

Absolution is just straight ahead in your face death metal that pounds you into the ground.  Iron Grip continues the onslaught of fierce death metal that just continues to pummel you.  Divided State Of Mind is a moshing fans favorite I bet the pit gets crazy.  Morcar has a slower Sabbath style of bass intro and solid beat that continues thru the song.  A Walk On Broken Bones is more of a mid-tempo crushing sound that kicks in and runs you over with its violence.  Exodus starts with acoustic guitar then a wall of sound hits you like a tidal wave.  Glaciers punches you in the face from the very first note.  Mara grabs you by the lower regions and just annihilates you.  Black Gold ends this sound festival of violence with another in your face shove down your throat musical journey.

Black Gremlin – The Fun Is Over
Cobra ChristoFory – Vocals/ Guitar, Narco Mainard – Bass, Mek Spazio – Guitar, Simple Matt – Drums

Refusing to Die is punk meets metal with some interesting sound.  Cobra Kai is sort of a 70s Hendrix sound with some excellent lead guitar that then kids back into a punk feel.  Vertical lips is a strange song with an interesting riff and vocals.  The Flame has a 60s feel that melds with punk and metal strange but good.  Parma Rock City continues the sounds of punk meets hard rock metal this song would be great for a pit.  Lone Wolf has a nwobhm feel to it with some interesting twists.  On The Steel Wings of Douchiness is a mix of Motorhead and punk.  Magnetic eyes is more of a Motorhead with punk vocals.  Not Like You has a great bass riff guitar intro that goes back and forth from metal to punk.  Party Crashers straight ahead riffs and punk like vocals with some excellent lead guitar.  Hangover Boy is fist in the air metal meets punk rock strange but it works.  Class of Nukem is more melodic at the start with duel lead guitars and an excellent bass along with some excellent drums and lead guitar work.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hungarian Rockers Ozone Mama Sign to Ripple Music, Announce New Album and Free Download Single

Ripple Music is proud to welcome Hungarian rockers, Ozone Mama, to it's growing family of best heavy psych, stoner and doom bands on the planet.

Cranking out a bristling brand of high-octane rock n’ roll, Ozone Mama hails from Budapest with a vintage sound reminiscent of the 60’s or 70’s yet swaddled in a modern vibe. With their debut album ('The Starship Has Landed') they won a Phonogram Prize in 2012 . Their second release, 'Freedom EP', released in 2013 received major play across European, American and Canadian radio stations and their song 'I Really Care'  was featured in Classic Rock Magazine .  While their 2016 release "Sonic Glory" was awarded the Fonogram Prize in the category of "Hard Rock or Metal Album of the Year"

Comprised of Márton Székely (vocals), András Gábor (guitar, vocals), Gergely Dobos (bass guitar) and Gulyás Máté (drums) Ozone Mama has shared the stage with International headliners such as Monster Magnet (USA), Airbourne (AU), The Darkness (UK) or Kamchatka (SWE).

Now joining forces with industry leading heavy rock label, Ripple Music, the new album "Cosmos Calling" is due to hit the streets in January of 2018.  As a prelude, Ripple is thrilled to release the special radio-edit version of the lead-off single, "High Ride" which is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD from the Ripple Music Bandcamp page and CD single/downloads at Ozone Mama Bandcamp

As the new album prepares to drop, look for the world to start talking about Ozone Mama
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Bandcamp Bonanza – 10-7-17

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me at work and this time of year in general is overwhelming at times. Bandcamp comes in handy for these situations, or it just makes them more overwhelming because a new variable is thrown into the mix being which albums am I going to listen to next, which ones are worthy of a vinyl purchase, and which child has to go without dinner tonight due to blown music budget and no money left. It’s okay, the following riffs are quite filling to quench your craving for pleasure.

Namazu – Works Cited
I’m really impressed with this new album by Namazu and its hard hitting, yet pop oriented groove going on. It’s really quite off the beaten path of what has been making headlines lately. I’ve listened to Works Cited more than average lately.
Oh man, such a refreshing listen in the world we live in nestled deep in the heavy underground. Combining the best aspects of sludgy hardcore and punk with a groove oriented rock n roll backbone, Namazu have cited a superior work of heavy music avoiding cliché trends and overused riff worship. Like they said, FFO Red Fang, Big Business, Torche, Coliseum....

Monarchus – Monarchus
This one is still buried in my growing wishlist. I’ve worn the free listens out on my mobile app, I keep scrolling across it when navigating my wishlist for next album to hear and there is something about it that keeps calling my name. Maybe it’s the multi-vocalists; maybe it’s the deep and sultry distortion, groove, or perhaps the dirty blues-based riffs. I don’t know, but I do know it’s pretty killer.

Cardinals Folly – Deranged Pagan Sons
I’ve been a fan of Cardinals Folly for quite some time. With that said, I haven’t listened to them since their last album Our Cult Continues was making waves back in 2014. When I finally got around to giving Deranged Pagan Sons a good listen I remembered why I had fell for them a few years back. This is top grade doom. This is the kind of doom that keeps you on the edge of your seat and blows your mind with its intricate dynamics and powerful riffs.

Mountainwolf – Absinthe Moon
Absinthe Moon follows up the critically acclaimed debut The Silk Road in pure style. I was a huge fan of the Silk Road, enough to buy the digital first, and then rebuy when it came out on vinyl. Now I’m left with no money to order the new one Absinthe Moon. If they were side by side in the record shop and I could only pick one I would have to go with Absinthe Moon. Not because I already have The Silk Road, but because I think it’s a big step up from the debut, which I loved.

Motherslug – The Electric Dunes of Titan
These guys are doing it right. The pre-order is available and they’re actually incentivizing the pre-order by making it available for a discounted price. Half off to be precise. I’ve been saying this for years about the bandcamp pre-order. If you’re going to put the digital album up for pre-order you must give the supporter some kind of bonus for going out on a limb to support. Discounted price is probably the easiest option. So instead of the normal price of $6.66 you can snag the entire album which will be available to download the moment it’s released with a couple tracks now. Fortunately I received a promotional copy of the entire album and about lost my shit while I had my beats headphones bumping down the dog walking trail the other day. The Electric Dunes of Titan are well worth your time and don’t hesitate on that special pre-order pricing on bandcamp. You won’t be sorry when the melodic savagery overcomes your desire to head bang with a slow and heavy groove.

Black Road – Black Road EP
The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived. Chicago heavy blues rockers Black Road have just released their debut self-titled EP and it’s a barn burner. Equal parts slow and doomy atmosphere soaked in a sultry blues. The front man Suzi Uzi demonstrates her powerful croons and red hot swagger on 5-tracks of molten doomy blues. The album is being released by DHU Records on CD/vinyl, and I believe on Cassette Tape via another distro and you’ll be able to get copies from the band.  Keep your eyes out for these guys as they are a fresh entry into the heavy underground heavyweights.
Black Road leads us through a smoke-filled wasteland of riff crusted doom and fuzz tracked heavy blues. Suzi Uzi takes center stage with a red hot output of sultry croonage backed by throbbing bass, layers of guitar mystic and the hard rock polished production by none other than Tony Reed.

-The Huntsman

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bailjack - Show Me Your Heart

Formed after the sad demise of Trilogy, whose sole album was a scorcher, Bailjack is a whole different beast. And bloody great they are as well. In a way they carry on from where their predecessor left off but with two essential differences. One is the drumming has vastly improved with Andy Myers banging the skins and secondly, the members seem to have a blast playing together. This alone is a huge boost when making great music. Everything on 'Show Me Your Heart' is free flowing, unrestrained and groovy. Keeping focus on heavy rock and psychedelic jams, this quartet spares no punches telling tales of heartbreak, love, anger, frustration, disappointment and joy. You name it!

The solos, especially how Jason Barker and Blake Owens take turns and bounce back and forth, as in 'Show Me Your Heart', are fantastic. But that’s not all the things making the title track great. It weaves back and forth between tempos and emotions with such ease. In doing so Bailjack creates an amazing atmosphere of music from days gone by in a fresh, modern take. Aaah, listen to the opening riffs of ‘Sweet Harmony’, man. They send chills down my spine before the band hits a sweet jammy, yet heavy rock groove. Then everything explodes into a lead-heavy stomper towards the end guided by an amazing bass line and deep thunderous drums. Beautiful! ‘Chaos Wave’ is laidback, mellow and jammy but with sharp riffs and harmony vocals at the same time. Yet it is dark with a strong feel of Armageddon about it and I absolutely love it. Slowing down even further ‘Frown’ has a wonderful Allman Brothers vibe to it. But it is a somber feel throughout, a Southern darkness if you will, as impending doom is prevalent.

Oh yeah, a doomy groove appears in ‘Struggle On’. Reflective and moody a mesmerizing bass by Ron Fezzy McGinnis leads the way as the songs gradually builds up which wonderfully enhances the narrator’s plight. Again, the solos from Barker and Owens are on point and then some! Back to the Southern feel and the mighty Allman Brothers, ‘What’s Done Is Done’ tells it like it is. You can’t undo the past, no matter how you want to, right? Slow-ish with so much feel and excellent musicianship, Bailjack completely blows my mind! Closer ‘Rotten Already’ stomps and rolls and rattles like your demented cousin from the country wasted on pure Tennessee moonshine. The band goes full tilt and takes no prisoners. And yours truly? I’m headbanging and booty shaking to the best of my ability.

The king is dead, long live the king. I rejoice when something good springs out of a bad situation and Bailjack is a prime example of this. As I stated earlier, the band formed out of the demise of another. But personally, I believe the members of Bailjack are on to something much better. Just listen to ‘Show Me Your Heart’ and you'll know what I mean.

From what I hear a new album is in the works which I am looking forward to so much. Sadly though, drummer Andy Myers has amicably left the lineup. His replacement is Faith In Jane’s Alex Llewellyn, so the band is in good hands. So in conclusion, dear waveriders, check out this fantastic Maryland quartet and marvel at their debut until the sophomore release hits the airwaves. You won’t regret it!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Witchcryer sign to Ripple Music and Announce new album and "CRY WITCH" FALL 2017 MIDWEST U.S. TOUR

Ripple Music is proud to welcome WITCHCRYER​ to their growing roster of the best heavy psych, stoner and doom bands on the planet.  Witchcryer are a 4-piece old-school doom metal band as indebted to the heavy rock muscle of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, and Blue Oyster Cult as their doom descendants Witchfinder General, Trouble, and St. Vitus. Their mix of influences puts emphasis on strong riffs, memorable hooks and dynamic strong structures.

Based in Austin, Texas, Witchcryer was created by guitarist Jason Muxlow during his time with Chicago doom band, Earthen Grave (Ripple Music). The band became his priority when he moved to Austin in early 2015 and began co-writing songs with drummer Javi Moctezuma. “The Preying Kind” demo was recorded and released after vocalist/lyricist, Suzy Bravo joined the band later that year. Reviews of the demo noted “this Austin band is definitely going places,” (Doomed and Stoned) and, “if I owned a label I wouldn’t be able to sign this band fast enough” (Thy Demons Be Scribblin).

With the final addition of San Antonio bassist Marilyn Monroe (Pillcrusher, ex-Las Cruces), Witchcryer played its first show in April 2016. Live, the band has been described as an “onslaught” and “revelatory” with Bravo singled out as “a powerful and amazing stage presence” (Negalithic) and “my new favorite female vocalist” (Desert Drowning).

Now, Witchcryer joins with the force that is Ripple Music to release their debut album, "Cry Witch", due to drop world-wide on January 19th.  About their recent signing to Ripple, guitarist Jason Muxlow says, "Witchcryer is beyond stoked to be joining the Ripple family! We can't wait to get "Cry Witch" out in the world and tear some people new eardrums."

In support of the upcoming album, Witchcryer will hit the road with tour dates across the midwest.

Friday October 13th San Angelo, TX,@Deadhorse w/Dezorah
Saturday October 14th Dallas, TX,@Double Wide w/Hint of Death & Orcanaut
Sunday October 15th Little Rock, AR,@Sonic Temple TBA
Monday October 16th Louisville, KY,@Highlands Tap Room w/Potslammer
Tuesday October 17th Indianapolis, IN,@Black Circle Brewing Co. w/Astral Mass
Wednesday October 18th Madison, WI,@The Frequency w/Bob Log III & Roboman
Thursday October 19th Milwaukee, WI,@Cactus Club w/Galactic Hatchet & Attalla
Friday October 20th Hamtramck, MI,@New Dodge Lounge w/The Watchers, Iron Mountain, TBA
Saturday October 21st Chicago, IL,@Livewire Lounge w/ Bible of the Devil, Arriver, & Reivers

Ripple Music, one of the world's leading purveyors of heavy.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Xroadie Files

Night - Raft Of The World
Oskar – Vocals/ Guitar, Sammy – Guitar. Joseph – Bass – Dennis – Battery

Fire Across The Sun has a riff that slowly builds this reminds me of progressive rock/ Demon at its finest with some amazing heartfelt guitar work and an excellent rhythm.  Surrender has a foot tapping beat and some great bass along with excellent vocals.  Under The Gallows has a nwobhm feel to it.  It has a feel good riff and is an excellent sing along song. Omberg is an acoustic into the song Time. This has an Asia feel to it without the keyboards.  This takes you back to the great progressive hard rock of the 70’s with some awesome guitar leads. Strike of Lightning has a great guitar intro that will have you closing your eyes and just jamming.  This along with some excellent drumming and excellent tempo changes has you tappin your foot the entire song.  Winds has sort of a Uriah Heep feel to mixed with maybe Demon.  This like every song has some awesome twin lead and harmony guitars.  This song will have you playing air guitar and not caring what people think.  Coin In A Fountain, just imagine Pink Floyd and Uriah Heep mixed and that’s what you have.  Where Silence Awaits is another Demon style of song.  Great riffs and excellent musicianship show what this band is all about.  A great way to end the album.

Old James – Speaks Volumes
Brian Stephenson – Vocals/ Bass, Chris Stephenson – Drums, Sir Andy T Cat Thompson – Guitar

Don’t Put It On Me grabs you from the start with the singer’s high scream then a very bluesy Zeppelin/ Hendrix style song kicks in great way to start the album.  Lemons has more of a Sabbath meets Grand Funk style mixed with maybe a little Beatles.  So Real has excellent rhythms and a very bluesy feel that reminds me of Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  Word as weapons starts with a very Jimi Hendrix guitar sound mixed with some Cream. Salutations, drumming starts off the song along with some vocals then an awesome riff kicks in I hear some Living Colour influence in this song.  Bass Ik Instincts is a bass interlude with drums into Kill Off The Rose.  This Sabbath meets Texas blues hard rock has you closing your eyes and just going with the flow of the song.  Eugene has lots of fuzz on the guitars and a solid beat another blues hard rock style that is amazing.  Speak Volumes has a Cream meets Joe Satraini style with some Hendrix mixed in.  Master Imploder is Cream meets southern rock meets blues an awesome song.

Old Man Wizard – Innocent Hands
Francis Roberts – Vocals/ Guitar, Kris Calabio – Drums, Andy Beller – Bass

Innocent Hands has a very old Pink Floyd meets blast beats a strange style with some great leads and almost funky bass.   Blind Prince is more progressive rock with some strange sounds and influences.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Marvel Release Third Single From New Album!


Angela is the third single from the upcoming Märvel album ”At the Sunshine Factory”. The track is covering the subject of true love and separation in space, and according to the band the best way to do so is by exploring the fine art of rock’n’roll ballads. Without a doubt,  the band looks way back into history this time around,  and not only for their true love but also when it comes to production and sound. Using all the tricks to create their perfect ballad, Angela contains both an 80´s guitar solo and just the right amount of piano and choirs. Angela is the most memorable song to date from Swedish rock sensations Märvel. This track is for all the distressed lovers out there…

The album ”At the Sunshine Factory” is set for release the 6th of October on The Sign Records. The band have worked hard to create a ”larger than life” sound, building a studio of their own to get enough time to develop their songs to perfection. A cheerful production disguises a darker lyrical theme affected by today's world situation. Märvel, known for their contagious hooks, pop melodies and rock 'n' roll soul, have tightened the bow and made braver decisions to make this the stand out album of their career. The album's spine is still very much vintage Märvel, yet each of the twelve songs have got more of a character of its own. The Swedish rock veterans are set for new challenges and conquests. Märvel have never been this well equipped and ready to make a first and lasting impression on a new audience and deliver something fresh and virgin to their old fans. The band shines like never before.

”At the Sunshine Factory” is a self-produced album recorded by the band at studio Solskensfabriken. Mixed by Stefan Brändström at Dustward Studios and mastered by Magnus Lindberg. Märvel have been an active band since 2002.

King (vocals and guitars)
Burgher (bass)
Vicar (drums)

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2017 - At the Sunshine Factory (LP, CD) (The Sign Records)
2017 - Warhawks of War (LP) (The Sign Records)
2017 - The Hills Have Eyes (CD, minialbum) (The Sign Records)
2015 – The Hills Have Eyes (LP, mini­album) (Killer Cobra Records)
2015 – Everything Belongs to You / Motherfucker (7" The Chuck Norris Experiment / Märvel) (Ghost Highway)
2014 – Hadal Zone Express (LP, CD) (Killer Cobra Records)
2012 – Metalhead / Ambassador of Fantastic (7" vinyl) (Killer Cobra Records)
2011 – Warhawks Of War (CD) (Killer Cobra Records)
2009 – A Pyrrhic Victory (7" vinyl) (Killer Cobra Records)
2007 – Thunderblood Heart (LP, CD, digipak) (Killer Cobra Records)
2006 – Unleashed (CD, mini­album) (Black JuJu)
2005 – Five Smell City (CD) (Black JuJu)
2004 – Bedlam At The Embassy (7" vinyl) (Black JuJu)
2003 – Heroine Tracks (7" vinyl) (Black JuJu)
2002 – Marvellous (7" vinyl) (Marvellous)
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