Friday Freebies 12-19-2014

Friday Freebies

“Hospital recovery rooms, lethargic ramblings, endless desire, prescription painkillers, bittersweet melancholy and the ‘occasional acid flashback'”

Here’s some killer psychedelic-ish grunge/alt/hard/stoner rock from Argentina.

“Excellent blues based power trio kickin’ out the jams here. Fans of early 70s hard rock take note! – Lance Boyle”

“Beneath what is a slightly muddy production dwells a beast of an EP.
Heavy pounding riffage and shoegaze- ish clean vocals and some nice solo’s all work to make this a highly enjoyable listen. It’s just a shame about the mix. – FDJ”

“Absolutely superb mix of space/psych with doomish undertones. Great vocals and riffs aplenty! – FDJ”

“With the competition hotting up between Greece and Sweden over who is the best stoner rock nation, Greece may have taken an early lead with Wormhog.
Doomy retro grooves plus great vocals, swirling guitar solo’s and solid rhythms.
Good stuff….. Over to you Sweden. -FDJ”

Here’s some grungle/alt rock from Milan, Italy.

Acid King Release Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere on April 14

Photo credit: Raymond Ahner

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 18, 2014 – Acid King, pioneers of the San Francisco doom scene and one of the genre’s first bands to be helmed by a woman, return from their self-imposed 10-year recording hiatus on April 14 with the release of Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere.

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Magnetic Eye Records Announce Signing of Doom Quartet Horsehunter

MAGNETIC EYE RECORDS Announce Signing of Doom Quartet HORSEHUNTER | New Album out March 2015
Hear ‘Stoned To Death’ via Decibel Magazine and download for free here

“Having shared the stage with legends High On Fire, Conan and Windhand, Melbourne four-piece Horsehunter are inarguably the most sought after and exciting young doom band in the country.”
The AU. Review“If you are a fan of Sleep, Neurosis and Shrinebuilder then prepare to worship the new masters of the riff. As this album is going to blow you away.”
The Sludgelord“After you hear Caged In Flesh by Horsehunter one time, you’ll be hitting replay all day.”
CVLT Nation

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Psycho California Returns May 15 – 17; First Wave of Artists include Kylesa, Earth, OM More



Dec. 15, 2014, Santa Ana, Calif. – Psycho California, formerly known as Psycho de Mayo, returns for 2015 with three days (May 15, 16 and 17) at The Observatory in Santa Ana, Calif.  The festival is quickly becoming North America’s preeminent outing for fans of doom, heavy psych and sludge.

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[DESERTFEST LONDON] Brant Bjork, Ufomammut, Acid King and more added!

Brant Bjork, Ufomammut, Acid King
The Vintage Caravan, Galvano and Don Fernando to play DESERTFEST LONDON in 2015

On the eve of Christmas holidays, the DESERTFEST LONDONpromoters wanted to leave you with a sweet stoner rock taste, by adding a new batch of high-end outfits to the 2015 edition of the festival. Desert rock standard-bearer BRANT BJORK will take the stage this April along with Italy’s heaviest trio UFOMAMMUT, the legendary ACID KING, Iceland’s cosmos travellers THE VINTAGE CARAVAN, Swedish sludge mongers GALVANO and Australia’s DON FERNANDO.  Continue reading

Top 25 Albums of 2014

Top 25 2014

Well 2014 has been a great year for new music. Of course I say that every year but it’s true every year too.

First I’ll start off my list with my honorable mentions. I’ve listened to a lot of albums this year and liked quite a few. It would be an injustice to NOT give these bands a mention. After all, it’s only fair. They did write, record, and publish these fine works of art. As I was going through this list, I realized that I listened to a lot more than I thought I did. I’m probably going to (unintentionally) leave out some really good ones. I also haven’t heard all there is that was released this year. Albums by both Monster Magnet and John Garcia went unheard by these ears as well as the new Alunah album (which will be getting my full attention soon). If you’re curious as to each band, click on the album name to go to either the album on Bandcamp or a video from a song on the album. I hope there’s a few hidden gems on here you discover. Leave a comment below if there is and let me know what you think.

Honorable Mentions:

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Friday Freebies 12-12-2014

Friday Freebies

“Hailing from Portsmouth, Tricorn are a powerful four-piece British hard rock outfit, determined to blow the minds and ears of all those who stand before them. Influenced by the likes of Black Sabbath, Motorhead and Alice in Chains, Tricorn deliver a new and refreshing take on a back to basics, stripped down, in your face brand of low tuned, brutalist rock.” Continue reading

Chiefs: SoCal Desert-Rock Trio Announces Debut Full-Length Album

CHIEFS: SoCal Desert-Rock Trio Announces Debut Full-Length Album, Tomorrow’s Over, Out February 24 via Roosevelt Row Records

Hot off the heels of releasing a split 7″ with Fuzz Evil through Battleground Records, SoCal desert rockers CHIEFS have returned with a debut full-length record in the bag. The album, entitled Tomorrow’s Over, was recorded at Arcane Digital Recording Studio in Chandler AZ and recorded, mixed and mastered by Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon/Unruh). The record will be out on February 24th through Roosevelt Row Records on CD/DD, with a vinyl reissue shortly thereafter.

Album artwork by David Paul Seymour:
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Karma To Burn: Instrumental Stoner Rock Legends Announce 2015 North American Tour

KARMA TO BURN: Instrumental Stoner Rock Legends Announce 2015 North American Tour Dates; Arch Stanton To See Stateside Release Next Month

West Virginia instrumental stoner rock legends, KARMA TO BURN, will bring their bong-ripping riffery and glassy-eyed grooves to the stage next month on a mammoth live expedition. Scheduled to launch on January 7th, 2015 in Ohio, the band will crumble thirty-three stages across the US and Canada, coming to a close in their home state on February 13th, 2015. The band will be joined by special guests, Canadian riff rockers, Sierra. In the meantime, turn up and tune out to the sounds of KARMA TO BURN deafening London earlier this year. The show is downloadable for a limited time at THIS LOCATION.

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Black Tusk Issues Statement Band to Tour Europe With Black Label Society

BLACK TUSK Issues Statement

Band to Tour Europe With Black Label Society

After a trying year and the loss of their brother and band mate Athon, Black Tusk will be honoring Athon’s wishes and going on tour in Europe with Black Label Society: