Gypsyhawk Cancel Tour, Announce New Album

Gypsyhawk LogoA few days ago Gypsyhawk had to announce on their Facebook page that they had to cancel the remaining dates on their tour. It was effective after tonight’s (6-29-2014) show. There were 11 dates in total being cancelled. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the original post so I couldn’t quote it. Shortly after the bad news hit, the band posted the following to their Facebook page: Continue reading

RIP Riez

It’s weird how when you hear about someone’s passing that oftentimes it makes you think about the important people in your life. Yesterday I learned of the passing of a man known as Riez Stoner. You may or may not know him but since you’re reading this, he has impacted your life unknowingly.

I’m not going to lie and tell you he was my best friend. In all honestly, I never met the man and given geographical locations, I likely never would have. Through technology, the internet has brought together many people of every race, religion and creed. Through social media platforms, we have taken the old fashioned pen pal formula and put a modern spin on it. Having the ability to communicate with people throughout the world with a click of a button has opened up and begun many friendships. It is through these platforms that I had my first interaction with Riez. It was through his blog as well as the old Sludge Swamp that I first got to know him. Later it was through Facebook chats as well as his posts he would make. We chatted briefly a few times. Riez was a music fan who loved all types of stoner rock music. He had a knack for finding a ton of new and cool music. A lot of those findings I would later pass on to those that follow what I do. Riez wasn’t the main reason I do what I do but he was a contributing factor.

One more thing before I sign off, take the time to tell those close to you how you feel about them. That friend or family member you keep telling yourself to call, stop telling and do it. Hug your loved ones a little bit tighter, and tell them you love them. Those friends that you’re close to, tell them how much you appreciate them.

Brother Riez, wherever you are, you’ve had a big influence on me, for that I thank you. May you rest in peace.


CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: North Carolina Crossover Icons Announce North American Live Assault; IX Streaming In Its Entirety At A.V. Club


CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: North Carolina Crossover Icons Announce North American Live Assault; IX Streaming In Its Entirety At A.V. Club



With the official release of their new full-length, fittingly titled IX, now just days away, North Carolina crossover icons, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, are very pleased to announce their first North American live assaults in support of the offering. The near two-week run will commence on August 20th in Spokane, and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1st. The band will be joined by Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord Dying!


The trek follows the band’s live takeovers next month in New Zealand and Australia. “We are really fired up to bring COC back to New Zealand and Australia for the first time in over a decade,” says vocalist/bassist Mike Dean. “I’ve been with Vista Chino and had a great experience on Soundwave and the shows on the side. Our set is shaping up to include songs from IXDeliverance, the self-titled, andAnimosity.”



7/18/2014 Kings Arms – Auckland, NZ

7/19/2014 Valhalla – Wellington, NZ

7/20/2014 Churchills – NZ

7/24/2014 Crowbar – Brisbane, AUS

7/25/2014 NSC – Sydney AUS

7/26/2014 Reverence Hotel – Melbourne AUS

7/27/2014 Enigma Bar – Adelaide AUS

w/ Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band, Lord Dying

8/20/2014The Hop – Spokane, WA [tickets]

8/21/2014 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT [tickets]

8/22/2014 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO [tickets]

8/23/2014 Sister – Albuquerque, NM [tickets]

8/24/2014 Club Red – Mesa, AZ [tickets]

8/26/2014 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA [on sale next week]

8/27/2014 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA [tickets]

8/28/2014 DNA – San Francisco, CA [tickets]

8/29/2014 Catalyst – Santa Cruz CA [tickets]

8/30/2014 Dante’s – Portland, OR [tickets]

8/31/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA [tickets]

9/01/2014 The Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC [tickets]


Captured by the band alongside long-time friend and colleague John Custer, writing for IX commenced in the early months of 2013 with demoing and recording starting by Summer’s end. Completed in January, IX clocks in at nearly forty-five minutes. Sludge, doom, punk… it’s all in the grooves that fans have come to expect from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY.


The planned June 24th release date of IX was moved to July 1st with the 180-gram vinyl pressing expected later in the month. Fans that preordered the CD directly from Candlelight should be finding their copy in post boxes now as the eleven-song digipak continues to garner glowing reviews critics nationally. In a recent 8/10 review of the long player, Decibel Magazine gushes, “COC stick to the recipe that served them well on both 2012’s self-titled reboot and the follow-up EP, Megalodon: A little hardcore, a little crossover, a whole lotta Southern rock and (especially) doom metal, all stirred, shuffled, layered and frosted in ways that make guessing their next move impossible. But the band’s strategies are more expansive this time out, their tricks more finely woven into the fabric of each song.” Crowning the record “Album Of The Month,” Metal Reviews commends, “the sound of an experienced band who can still make a heavy and fresh-sounding album,” while Loudwire adds, “The album’s production is full with plenty of low end, showcasing the thick riffs and potent rhythm section. Clocking in at just over forty-two-minutes, the band delivers the goods and doesn’t overstay their welcome.”

In celebration of its approaching release, The Onion’s A.V. Club is currently streaming IX in its entirety, lauding its variation between “smoke-wreathed grooves and sludgy rushes of belligerence, the album is a meat-and-potatoes feast.”


Hear IX in full at THIS LOCATION.


Two years ago, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY released to much acclaim their first album in over five years. “Corrosion of Conformity isn’t a comeback album or an example of diminishing returns,” noted Invisible Oranges. “It’s a testament to immense talent and the elusive endowment of staying power.” With IX, over three decades of playing together clearly shows; a notable comfort and ease glows on each of the album’s songs. It is without doubt, Dean, guitarist Woodroe Weatherman, and drummer Reed Mullin have revitalized their sonic muse. “CORROSION OF CONFORMITY displays a command of style far beyond anything their 1985 selves could have imagined,” noted Decibel Magazine on review of 2012’s self-titled album. Pitchfork said, “the trio sounds as commanding as it ever has.” “CORROSION OF CONFORMITY are very much firing on all cylinders,” adds Terrorizer.


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Black Moth Announce 2nd Album Details / Premiere New Video


Black Moth 2014

An onslaught of monumental riff sorcery and serpentine grace, Black Moth rose from the Leeds underground scene at the end of the last decade, indulging their love for both Sabbath sulphur and Stooges squalor.  Their debut ‘The Killing Jar’, which was released in 2011, effortlessly transcended its influences to arrive at a nefarious and turbulent brew, equal parts horror movie atmosphere, thunderous drive and maverick spark, with Harriet Bevan’s biting and beguiling voice leading the charge.

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Multicultural Rock Band BLUES PILLS to Release Self-Titled Debut August 5

Sweden-Based Group Ready to Set the World on Fire
“Blues Pills is one of the most interesting new acts from Sweden. Heavy well played blues, a new favorite!” – Ola Henriksson, WITCHCRAFT
“Blues Pills convince everyone of their growing pedigree. And ‘Devil Man’ wouldn’t have sounded out of place in “Easy Rider”. A sign of their authenticity.” – CLASSIC ROCK
(L to R: Zack Anderson 
(USA), Cory Berry (USA) Elin Larsson (SWE) and Dorian Sorriaux (FRA)
   Örebro, Sweden-based blues rock force BLUES PILLS will release its debut LP Blues Pills on August 5 via Nuclear Blast Records. The stunning young American-Swedish-French quartet, featuring vocalist Elin Larsson, drummer Cory Berry, bassist Zack Anderson and 17- year-old guitar phenom Dorian Sorriaux, are wise beyond their years, creating unique, intense and extraordinary rock music fueled by the timeless greats. The highly-anticipated follow up to 2013’s Devil Man EP, Blues Pills was recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Don Alsterberg (Graveyard, Horisont) and is advanced by the release of the blowback lead single “High Class Woman“.
   Led by sensational Swedish songstress Elin Larsson, whose powerful, versatile and emotionally direct voice could enliven the raunchiest blues as well as the subtlest love songs, BLUES PILLS is a true musical experience; one we thought was long gone, lost forever in time. Larsson‘s incredible, soul-filled vocals and siren-like presence recalls Hall of Fame heroines such as Etta JamesNina SimoneAretha Franklin and Tina Turner, impressively guiding and corralling the group’s deep dynamics; driving bass lines, tasty, fiery guitars and overarching hard edge that call for comparison to early hard rock and heavy metal greats such asUFORainbowFleetwood MacCream and the kingly Led Zeppelin.

Simply stated, BLUES PILLS create a beautiful and powerful mix of both old and new, mashing the sounds of legendary rock and soul pioneers while incorporating their own distinctive marks. The end result is impeccable, nearly-timeless blues-based power rock. Hearing is believing!

LISTEN: BLUES PILLS “High Class Woman” (YouTube)

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Friday Freebies 6-27-2014

Friday Freebies 2014

“Bonze’s Fuel are a heavy blues rock band hailing from Athens, Greece.” It has a distinct 70’s hard rock sound. Pretty damn impressive. Continue reading

UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS Announce First North American Tour


First North American Tour


UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS, one of the most talked about rock bands currently in existence, and an enigma in the international underground scene, released their third album Mind Control last year via Metal Blade Records/ Rise Above Records in North America. The reviews were phenomenal and UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS began to take North America by storm.  The band recently concluded a highly successful tour of Europe and the UK as well as sold out dates in New Zealand and Australia. 

In support of Mind ControlUNCLE ACID played North America for the first time this May as part of the Maryland Deathfest.  After the amazing reception and breathtaking performance, UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS are set to return to North America this fall for a full North American tour.  The tour kicks off September 24th in Philadelphia, PA and runs through October 11th in Los Angeles, CA.  Danava will provide support on the tour and tickets go on sale this Friday June 27th.


UNCLE ACID commented on the upcoming tour:

“Deadbeats of North America! We’re very pleased to announce our first tour of the U.S. and Canada. It’s been a long time coming but we’re looking forward to finally destroying your minds!”


Mind Control is a concept album with a theme that makes the acts and intentions of the likes of Charles Manson and Jim Jones seem like petty crimes. What makes Mind Control scarier than most albums is that it doesn’t seem as sinister on the surface as it really is deep down, within the core of its black acid-drenched world of pain and torture.


Imagine the original Alice Cooper band jamming in a cell with early Black Sabbath and the Stooges, whilst sitting on murder charges and you may get a glimpse into their fuzzed up world of exploding tube amps and cymbal smashing mayhem. However, this enticing act of musical manipulation is merely the icing upon a very sick cake.


Recorded at the legendary Chapel Studios over an autumnal full moon using the finest western electrical technology, engineer Jim Spencer (Bert Jansch, Robert Wyatt) has captured perfectly the bands live sound of saturated fuzz, mind-bending riffs and 60’s vocal harmonies.



9/24: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

9/25: Cambridge, MA @ Middle East 

9/26: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

9/27: Montreal, QC @ Il Motore

9/28: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace

9/30: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

10/1: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club

10/3: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater

10/4: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

10/6: Seattle, WA @ Neumos

10/7: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw

10/8: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

10/10: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s

10/11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theater

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THE CUTTHROATS 9: New Album From Unsane Offshoot Now Available On All Formats

THE CUTTHROATS 9: New Album From Unsane Offshoot Now Available On All Formats


Following its LP release via Lamb Unlimited earlier in the month, the CD version of Dissent — the highly anticipated new album from THE CUTTHROATS 9, the band formed by Unsane guitarist/vocalist Chris Spencer — is out this week via Reptilian Records.

Following a decade-long hiatus from live shows and recording music, San Francisco noise rock kingpins THE CUTTHROATS 9 have fully re-infiltrated the scene on all fronts in 2014, having toured the West Coast with Black Cobra in recent weeks preceding the release of Dissent, with further tour plans currently in the developing stages. The first recordings from the band to see release since the turn of the millennium, Dissent blends organic harmonics into a bed of foundation-crumbling low-end swagger and massive amplification, bringing THE CUTTHROATS 9 back into the mix in massive style with seven new tracks. Chris Spencer’s (Unsane, Celan) signature vocals and riffage are here delivered in an even more restrained fashion with a slightly more “Western” vibe, yet tormented aggression still lies within each slick track, fueled by bassist Tony Baumeister (-16-, Aeges) and the percussion of returning drummer Will Carroll (Old Granddad, Death Angel). Dissent was recorded and mixed at Louder Studios with producer Tim Green (Melvins, Bikini Kill, Dystopia, The Fucking Champs, Wolves In The Throne Room) where the band recorded their 2000-released self-titled debut LP, bringing everything full-circle fifteen years later.

Stream all of Dissent now at THIS LOCATION.

The Dissent CD is officially out tomorrow, June 24th, via longtime cohorts Reptilian Records, also responsible for the THE CUTTHROATS 9‘s early releases over a decade ago. The album is already available on 150-gram audiophile LP with download card included via Lamb Unlimited — the label spawned by Alan Schneider of No More Records and the band’s own Chris Spencer. Orders forDissent are available via Lamb Unlimited HERE and via Reptilian HERE.

Stay tuned for further tour announcements and more on the band in the coming weeks.

“…the trio has returned with a compelling new slab of swaggering low-end abuse and tactical distortion… a bassy, bluesy, almost plaintive slice of audible paranoia.” – Noisey

 “…Dissent, takes the dissonant, minor-key approach to slide guitar and harmonica and incorporates it into a sound that’s absolutely punishing.” – East Bay Express

 “While Unsane is focused on blood and gore, The Cutthroats 9 are focused on ugliness. The Western-inspired slide guitars and blues vibe, combined with the noisy bass lines and vile guitars, creates a dirty atmosphere that would be sinister if it weren’t so catchy. 8/10” – American Aftermath

 “…this is the best CT9 record… There is a looseness here that doesn’t really shine through on the Unsane records, and the slide guitar sounds more like a slide through gravel. 8/10” – Decibel

 “This band knows how to dip their riffs into a vat of emotional angst so that the listener will get where the band is coming from.” – Cvlt Nation

 “There is no questioning who is running this ship, Spencer is front and centre with those distinctive tones both vocally and guitar wise. I think some Unsane fans dodge theses release because they somehow get a rap for being more bluesy than sludge. Those fans are fucking missing out.” – The Sludgelord

BRIMSTONE COVEN: Retro Rock/Doom Metal Sorcerers To Release Debut Via Metal Blade Records

BRIMSTONE COVEN: Retro Rock/Doom Metal Sorcerers To Release Debut Via Metal Blade Records; Preview Track Posted


Retro rock/doom metal sorcerers, BRIMSTONE COVEN, will unleash the psychedelic rumblings of their self-titled full-length and inaugural release for Metal Blade Records.


Formed in Wheeling, West Virginia in 2011, BRIMSTONE COVEN churns a cogent blend of dark, smoky cult rock that echoes the eerie reverberations of hard rock icons such as Black Sabbath and Pentagram, mixed with the classic rock craftings of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, all the while preserving a vintage rock sound mixed with a style all their own. The outfit’s Metal Blade debut boasts seventeen mind-altering tracks of occult conjurings – a combo of their self-released full-length and EP — complete with new mastering and the vintage art renderings of Creighton Hill.


Described The Sludgelord of BRIMSTONE COVEN: “Coming across as Zeppelin meets ’70s Black Sabbath (the best kind), BRIMSTONE COVEN certainly have that vintage sound in spades, guitars are crisp, bass feels warm and drums played adeptly, with a looseness that only Messieurs Moon, Ward and Mitchell… are known for. Great stuff and what a voice; ‘Big John’ is quite the frontman with an endearing and rich tone… Killer.”


Brimstone Coven will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records on August 5th, 2014. In the meantime, zone out to the witchy, jam-wrangled goodness of fifth cut, “The Grave” at THIS LOCATION.


Brimstone Coven Track Listing:

01. Cosmic Communion

02. Behold, the Anunnaki

03. The Black Door

04. Blood On The Wall

05. The Grave

06. Lord & Master

07. Vying

08. The Seance

09. Hades Hymn

10. The Folly of Faust

11. Intro (Bonus Track)

12. We Are Forever (Bonus Track)

13. The Ancients (Bonus Track)

14. Son of the Morning (Bonus Track)

15. LoSt in the oDyssey (Bonus Track)

16. Children of the Sun (Bonus Track)

17. Outro (Bonus Track)



“Big John” Williams – Vocals
Corey Roth – Guitar
Andrew D’Cagna – Bass
Justin Wood – Drums

EARTHLESS and THE SHRINE to Team Up for August East Coast Live Dates

EARTHLESS and J Mascis’ HEAVY BLANKET to Combine, Open for SLEEP at Special Boston Show August 24!

“Despite their far-out band name, Earthless sound born of the Third Stone From the Sun on their third album, locking into Hendrix-inspired grooves and jamming out in a way that’s both heavy and somehow separate from the lineage of Black Sabbath.” –  ROLLING STONE   

     Award-winning San Diego power rock band EARTHLESS has announced a string of August east coast live dates in support of its critically-championed new album, From the Ages. The space rock kings will be joined on the tour dates by California “Destroyers of Rock ‘N’ Roll” (and Tee Pee Records label mates) THE SHRINE. Confirmed performances include Washington, DC (Aug. 20), Philadelphia, PA (Aug. 21), NYC (Aug. 22) and Brooklyn, NY (Aug. 23).

In addition, EARTHLESS will join J Mascis‘ HEAVY BLANKET for a special support slot with metal titans SLEEP in Boston on August 24. At the show, the respected musicians will look to re-create the much-talked-about magic they initially combined to create at the 2012 Roadburn Festival, a searing live performance that will now see release under the title EARTHLESS Meets HEAVY BLANKET In A Dutch Haze on July 8 via Outer Battery / Roadburn Records. In A Dutch Haze is available for pre-order purchase at this location.


     EARTHLESS + THE SHRINE tour dates:


     August 20     Washington, DC          Rock and Roll Hotel
     August 21     Philadelphia, PA          Underground Arts
     August 22     New York, NY             Mercury Lounge
     August 23     Brooklyn, NY              Saint Vitus
August 24     Boston, MA                House of Blues (* EARTHLESS Meets HEAVY BLANKET w/ SLEEP)
The long-awaited EARTHLESS east coast shows will be the band’s first since the release ofFrom the Ages, which was named one of 2013’s best albums by Rolling Stone. Formed in 2001 by drummer Mario Rubalcaba, guitarist Isaiah Mitchell and bassist Mike Eginton,EARTHLESS creates energetic, utterly unique and free thinking instrumental music inspired by an eclectic mix of German krautrock and Japanese heavy blues rock. The trio has dedicated itself to the mastery of the mind-bending jam session, evoking the spirits of Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath in equal measure. EARTHLESS absolutely leveled the crowd at the recent Austin Psych Fest, causing the Austin Chronicle to concede that, “For a moment, it felt like we’d all left Earth“, due to “An axe god, drumming deity, and Rickenbacker bass to rule you all.” The New York Times has dubbed EARTHLESS “practitioners of an outdated art
Earthless - From The Ages (Full Album)
Earthless – From The Ages (Full Album)
     Undoubtedly one of America’s hottest underground bands, THE SHRINE plays loud, heavy rock ‘n’ roll that combines the hook-laden appeal of ’70’s garage rock and gritty ’80’s hardcore with a skate punk energy and attitude resulting in a sound the trio describes as “psychedelic violence”. Recorded on reel-to-reel tape using vintage gear and colossal Marshall stacks, the band’s new LP Bless Off is a record that attacks with buzzing riffs, blazing hooks and a bruising, mega-amplified punch. SPIN just named Bless Off to its “Best Records of 2014 (so far)” hot list, saying, “The Shrine are the best of the new-school “skate-rock” bunch, sounding basically like early-’80s L.A. punk and mid-’70s doing-donuts-in-the-parking-lot hard rock at the same time, like if Black Flag circa between Damaged and My War loved life more than they hated it and liked Thin Lizzy / early Van Halen / old Aerosmith / pre-Nazi Ted Nugent as much as they did Sabbath.” 
THE SHRINE - Destroyers
THE SHRINE – “Destroyers”


     EARTHLESS and THE SHINE are available to speak with interested media now. To chat with the bands / attend a live performance, simply contact Carl Schultz @ ACTION! PR via any of the means listed below. Updated news and tour information will be made available via ACTION! PRonline (website / facebook / twitter).


EARTHLESS Meets HEAVY BLANKET (J Mascis, Mario Rubalcaba, Mike Eginton, Graham Clise) LIVE @ Roadburn || 14-03-2012
(J Mascis, Mario Rubalcaba, Mike Eginton, Graham Clise) LIVE @ Roadburn

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