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Finally, we can hear the whole damned thing! To call them legends seems, well, obligatory. These are the guys who taught me what sludge was all about: HORN OF THE RHINO (formerly just Rhino). For the past two months they’ve been teasing us with a track here, a track there on their Bandcamp page and now the limied edition digipack of Summoning Deliverance (2014) is availalbe for streaming and download. From what I’ve heard already, there’s lots of promise in this now their (what? 3rd, 4th) FIFTH release!

As we shared in past updates, the goal of this release was to work closely with the conceptual artwork of Nick Keller (you’ll have to get the CD/LP to see it all, I understand) as conceptual fuel for the lyrics, which are very apocalyptic in nature. Hell, the very first track (“Awaiting the Scourge”) sets the tone with what sounds like the rhythm of bombing taking place just across town. Then we jump into a full scale rhythmic attack of another kind—and ugly lament called “.
Exvenhstench.” And then…wait, am I sort of reviewing this thing as I listen? Haha, that wasn’t really my intention. Tell you what, let me give it a proper going over and then I’ll be back to tell you what I think!

-BillyGoat-

Doomed & Stoned Podcast - Uninvited Fest Preview (part 2)!

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Did you miss Sunday night’s Doomed & Stoned broadcast on Grip of Delusion Radio? Well, now you can hear it as a podcast to help you get through Hump Day! I guarantee you’ll enjoy this one, because it’s about one of the last great doom-stoner festivals of the summer (Autumn, remember is just five days away!). I’m speaking, of course, about UNINVITED, taking play in Brooklyn, New York this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (September 18-21). We are VERY EXCITED to confirm that Doomed & Stoned has obtained press credentials and will be sending a correspondent and photographer to cover the action! 

What action am I talking about? Well, you’ll have to listen to the Doomed & Stoned Podcast to find out (see synopsis below). Believe me, you will not be disappointed! Oh, and if you are on the East Coast thinking about attending to the event, there is camping option. Details at: www.uninvitednihilgallery.com.For continued covered of UNINVITED FESTIVAL, stay glued to our bitchin’ lil blog: www.DoomedandStoned.com!

BillyGoat
Editor-in-Chief 
Doomed & Stoned 

Doomed & Stoned Podcast: DESCRIPTION: 

Last week, we spent the podcast exploring each and every band coming to the first two days of the last big bash of the summer: UNINVITED FEST in Brooklyn. In this week’s podcast (originally broadcast live on September 14th on Grip of Delusion Radio: www.gripofdelusion.com), BillyGoat and virtual sidekick Frank from King Ravën unpack the final two days of filth and fun (with lots of juicy tidbits to share about each of the bands!). Before we do, though, four new singles by Orange GoblinWITCHNIPPLEThe Well and The Order Of Israfel

Then, in hour one, we get down to business. UNINVITED DAY III opens with Rosamov (which was added after the recording of this podcast), SummonerRuby the HatchetOrder of the OwlLecherous GazeElectric CitizenThe ShrineOrchid AND the surprise late addition Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint Vitus, The Obsessed). 

In the second and final hour of the podcast, we’re off to DAY IV, which starts out with Fog CultSecret CutterCosmic ShakedownMarching Teeth (a personal fav of mine, from Brooklyn),and the star attractions: Wretch (featuring members of The Gates of Slumber), Elder, and the one and only Weedeater

When all is said and done, I even find time to close the podcast with MORE new music: Salem’s Pot (have you heard their brand new single???), Black Capricorn (Italian doom that never disappoints), Wovoka (from Los Angeles, where the virtual entity known as Frank resides), and close with one of the two new singles from Alunah's new album, 'Awakening The Forest' (2014 - Napalm Records).

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Doomed & Stoned to Sponsor DESTROYER FEST!

VERY pleased to announce that Doomed & Stoned will be an official sponsor of this year’s Destroyer Fest, which will feature the likes of WeedeaterHolly HuntCave of SwimmersHollow Leg—you know, those amazing heavy doom-stoner-sludge bands we cover here, on our blog (www.DoomedandStoned.com), and weekly radio show on Grip of Delusion Radio (podcast on Mixcloud)…plus many other bands we’ll be introducing you to between now and November 15th, when DESTROYER FEST takes off in the Tampa Bay area! 


Proceeds from this year’s fest will be donated to Epilepsy Services Foundation, In. in honor of Epilepsy Awareness Month.  Stay tuned for exciting news, interviews, and general cool shit!

-BillyGoat-

Deep Sea Thunder Beast. Seems to me I’ve warned you about this monster before. Hmmm, maybe it was in my ‘Doomed in Cali’ podcast I did a while back. Holy mother of GOAT are these San Diego fuckers good! And they’re coming to Eugene. Like TOMORROW. Wandering Goat, of course. Am I going to be there? You bet your sweet little hiney (or alternately, your ever widening hairy ass) I will!  Hopefully I’ll get some good footage (just waiting on the band’s OK).  The album (their third) comes out October 3rd, but you can hear it right here, right now, in full. And oh is it worth it. In fact, buy this when it goes on sale: So Goes The Madness (2014) . The Goate is very well pleased!

-Billy-

New music video from Las Vegas stoner rockers Crazy Chief “Angel Dust.” Interesting to note that this video came about as a collaboration between Las Vegas Film Festival and Downtown Project Las Vegas as part of a music video lab sponsored by Zappos, where seven bands and seven directors were paired up to create a music video. This is the video that won first place in the competition by director Denis Bosnjakovic.

-BillyGoat-

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Oh yes, this will get your day hopping in a hurry. Interesting blend of stoner, fantasy heavy metal, and western/desert influences. I liked it. And it’s not because I’m a goat or anything. No. See what you think of Goat Wizard from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Goate is well pleased.

-Billy-

p.s. Goat Wizard will be playing Day II of UNINVITED in Brooklyn this week.  Hear what we said behind their backs on our weekly podcast.

The second coolest thing we’ve listened to already today!: WolfCop Soundtrack (2014). Yes, that’s right, Saskatoon (I’m not gonna tell you, just look it up) band Shooting Guns has done a full-scale metal motion picture soundtrack to a film called Wolf Cop. Now, it’s not the first time this has ever been done, but it’s the first time it’s been done by a band this bitchin’ and….well…Canadian (oops, I gave it away, but you still have to look it up: Saskatoon. And while you’re at it, check out their 2013 post-metal hit, ‘Brotherhood of the Ram’).

-BillyGoat-

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D&S Pick of the Week: INGRESS

There are big waves coming from North Dakota.  No, seriously!  Where you may least suspect it, I have found Ingress.  Their crunchy riffs and massive vocals have swept me away in a weedian haze of Vikings battling in the cold northern frontier!  They may only be a two person band: “TG” on guitars, drum programming and vocals, and “BF” on bass – but they have a much larger sound than most four member bands. The music is grand enough to allow the listener’s imagination to wander.  The artwork for their debut album Kingdom Of The I (a DYI album they released on July 29th) depicting the mountaintops under an angry sky is a great tool in finding our own epic journey.

Ingress Ÿ Kingdom of The I (2014 – Self-Released)

I: The Threat 09:06

II: The Dagger 09:58

III: The Initiation 10:54

IV: The Resolution 10:12 

Other than the incredible Candlemass-esque artwork, the first thing that really attracted me to this album was the track listing. Just the titles alone create imagery of an intense duel—combat to the death!  One might think that Conan would be an influence, but this classic doom sound takes me back to the mid-to-late 80’s. Slow riffs are rampant throughout the 4-track album and they hearken the Mournful Cries of Saint Vitus. The riffs are monstrous, like Odin himself stomping to the battle scene. This is most evident in “The Threat” which sets the scene for the album.

Kingdom Of The I is more than just heavy riffs.  In “The Threat,” you’ll get some light blues rock soloing. It’s a nice change of tempo, then the riffs take over again. The vocals are low, bellowing – even crushing. These growls give the heavy music even more edge, and I most identity his voice with the almighty Kirk Windstein of Crowbar while TG utilizes growing, as opposed to Windstein’s yelling technique.

"The Dagger" starts with some faster riffing, which will take you back to Trouble’s Psalm 9. They’re almost a bit on the thrashy end of the spectrum, while still staying true to doom fashion.  This accented riffing, along with help from BF on bass, really packs a strong punch. One thing is for sure—Ingress aren’t afraid to add in different elements, as made obvious with the touch of blues in the previous track. Nearing the end of the second song that blues guitar is back bringing beautiful expression with it. Enjoy it while it lasts, because the slow, rumbling riffs return shortly.

"The Initiation" is my favorite track and kicks in with those heavy Wino-esque riffs that we just can’t get enough of. This song has a lot of movement and headbanging just isn’t enough in response. It makes me wanna jump up and stomp into the wilderness, in search of my own battle. This song has more sludge tone to it than any of the others, which also makes it more interesting. Crushing, yet groove-laden—a perfect balance, in this reviewer’s opinion.

"The Resolution" closes the album and has a tone of empowerment and achievement to it. Once again, tempo is all over the place, from the slow doom riffs of the victor dragging his contender’s body through the muck, to fast and choppy rhythms of horses galloping home to victory.  A few different times, you can hear sections with a fuzzy stoner tone that one might hear in a Kyuss jam. Kingdom Of The I comes to a close with swampy, yet majestic riffs that paint a picture of the warrior returning to slumber after annihilating his brave, but not strong enough enemy.

While Ingress is a band that was perhaps born from influence, they create their own sound in such a way that they aren’t merely a throwback to the masters of doom. The sound is huge and modern. These four epic tracks, alone clocking in between nine and eleven minutes, are a perfect listen—close to forty minutes in length. It’s hard to believe that something of is caliber is a debut album. The only thing that may stray some listeners is how difficult it is to decipher the lyrics, however I don’t think this will stop the true doomers out there. The song titles are descriptive enough and matched with their magnificent musical sound, it allows the listener to create their own exciting and unusual experience.

-Melissa-

p.s. BillyGoat has tracked down the mysterious band from Fargo for an interview, so keep your eyes out for that one this week!

You getting excited about UNINVITED? You are if you’re going, naturally, but you’re even more excited on this very Sunday, just days before the Brooklyn festival opens to four mad days of doom-stoner evil, because Doomed & Stoned is having a special *live* radio program (hosted by yours truly) tonight on Grip of Delusion Radio highlighting the bands that are playing days III & IV (Saturday and Sunday, the 20/21). (((What happened to Days I & II, you ask? Why you can hear that on last week’s broadcast (now a podcast) atMixcloud.com/DoomedandStonedOfficial.)))WHAT: The Doomed & Stoned Show LIVE w/BillyGoatWHEN: This eve (Sunday, the 15th of September) from 7-9 pm Pacific (give or take 10 minutes—we start right after The Reverend Riff Show). For East Coasters that’s approximately 10 pm to midnight. Hey, if you need to go to bed early, you could listen to the soothing sounds of my voice AND great doom-stoner heaviness to lull you into a precious state of slumber.  WHERE: Your phone, tablet, laptop, PC/Mac, wherever you can get internet, tuned to http://tinyurl.com/GripofDelusionRadioSO…what’s in the cooker for tonight’s tasty stew of a show? Oh, not much, just a few ingredients I like to call Weedeater, Elder, Orchid, The Shrine, Wretch (feat. members of The Gates of Slumber), Electric Citizen, Lecherous Gaze, Marching Teeth (oh how I’ve wanted to turn you on to this meaty little morsel!), Summoner. Ruby the Hatchet, Order of the Owl, Fog Cult, Cosmic Shakedown, and Secret Cutter. I’ll also find time to introduce *new*new*new* music by Black Capricorn, Salem’s Pot, Orange Goblin, and…well, I don’t want to over-promise, because I have a tendency to do that and then run out of time, BUT you won’t believe some of the surprises I have in store!See ya’ll doomers & stoners tonight!
-BillyGoat-
You getting excited about UNINVITED? You are if you’re going, naturally, but you’re even more excited on this very Sunday, just days before the Brooklyn festival opens to four mad days of doom-stoner evil, because Doomed & Stoned is having a special *live* radio program (hosted by yours truly) tonight on Grip of Delusion Radio highlighting the bands that are playing days III & IV (Saturday and Sunday, the 20/21). (((What happened to Days I & II, you ask? Why you can hear that on last week’s broadcast (now a podcast) atMixcloud.com/DoomedandStonedOfficial.)))WHAT: The Doomed & Stoned Show LIVE w/BillyGoatWHEN: This eve (Sunday, the 15th of September) from 7-9 pm Pacific (give or take 10 minutes—we start right after The Reverend Riff Show). For East Coasters that’s approximately 10 pm to midnight. Hey, if you need to go to bed early, you could listen to the soothing sounds of my voice AND great doom-stoner heaviness to lull you into a precious state of slumber.  WHERE: Your phone, tablet, laptop, PC/Mac, wherever you can get internet, tuned to http://tinyurl.com/GripofDelusionRadioSO…what’s in the cooker for tonight’s tasty stew of a show? Oh, not much, just a few ingredients I like to call Weedeater, Elder, Orchid, The Shrine, Wretch (feat. members of The Gates of Slumber), Electric Citizen, Lecherous Gaze, Marching Teeth (oh how I’ve wanted to turn you on to this meaty little morsel!), Summoner. Ruby the Hatchet, Order of the Owl, Fog Cult, Cosmic Shakedown, and Secret Cutter. I’ll also find time to introduce *new*new*new* music by Black Capricorn, Salem’s Pot, Orange Goblin, and…well, I don’t want to over-promise, because I have a tendency to do that and then run out of time, BUT you won’t believe some of the surprises I have in store!See ya’ll doomers & stoners tonight!
-BillyGoat-

You getting excited about UNINVITED? You are if you’re going, naturally, but you’re even more excited on this very Sunday, just days before the Brooklyn festival opens to four mad days of doom-stoner evil, because Doomed & Stoned is having a special *live* radio program (hosted by yours truly) tonight on Grip of Delusion Radio highlighting the bands that are playing days III & IV (Saturday and Sunday, the 20/21). (((What happened to Days I & II, you ask? Why you can hear that on last week’s broadcast (now a podcast) atMixcloud.com/DoomedandStonedOfficial.)))

WHAT: The Doomed & Stoned Show LIVE w/BillyGoat

WHEN: This eve (Sunday, the 15th of September) from 7-9 pm Pacific (give or take 10 minutes—we start right after The Reverend Riff Show). For East Coasters that’s approximately 10 pm to midnight. Hey, if you need to go to bed early, you could listen to the soothing sounds of my voice AND great doom-stoner heaviness to lull you into a precious state of slumber.  

WHERE: Your phone, tablet, laptop, PC/Mac, wherever you can get internet, tuned to http://tinyurl.com/GripofDelusionRadio

SO…what’s in the cooker for tonight’s tasty stew of a show? Oh, not much, just a few ingredients I like to call WeedeaterElderOrchidThe ShrineWretch (feat. members of The Gates of Slumber), Electric CitizenLecherous GazeMarching Teeth (oh how I’ve wanted to turn you on to this meaty little morsel!), SummonerRuby the HatchetOrder of the OwlFog CultCosmic Shakedown, and Secret Cutter. I’ll also find time to introduce *new*new*new* music by Black CapricornSalem’s PotOrange Goblin, and…well, I don’t want to over-promise, because I have a tendency to do that and then run out of time, BUT you won’t believe some of the surprises I have in store!

See ya’ll doomers & stoners tonight!

-BillyGoat-

Another great new album to audit this weekend, the one-man progressive drone project, BLACKWOLFGOAT. Darryl Shepard is the mastermind behind this one—you may recognize him from his roles as guitarist in Black Pyramid, The Scimitar, Roadsaw, and others. This is now the third release by BLACKWOLFGOAT and it’s a joy for amp worship aficionados. The album is humorously titled ‘Drone Maintenance’ (2014 - Small Stone Recordings), follow-up to 2010’s Dragonwizardsleeve and 2011’s Dronolith. As an aside, I’m having to add a lot of new words to my computer’s dictionary today!

To the press release: “A quasi-concept album, the ten-track Drone Maintenance sends Shepard into the future as a drone repairman, fixing and servicing rogue drones. Musically, BLACKWOLFGOAT’s palette has been expanded to include acoustic guitar and judiciously applied vocal parts, but the main focus remains the electric guitar itself — without any other instrumentation or ulterior motives, and frequently captured live in one take with minimal overdubs of carefully considered embellishments added to the base layer.

"Inspired by early-‘70s fusion, Krautrock, (Randy Holden’s Population II) and suffocating doom, each song could serve as a soundtrack for an as-yet-unrealized film, yet they stand on their own and transduce their own moods. Drone Maintenance urges listeners to leave all preconceptions of traditional music at the door and take an audio journey to places both bathed in sunlight and cloaked in darkness."

Please enjoy, with the compliments of this blogger ;)

-BillyGoat-

                              Artwork by Alexander von Wieding

Portland, Oregon’s long-standing purveyors of rabid noise metal are back. This month, RABBITS, have released their third studio full-length via Lamb Unlimited, the label spawned of Chris Spencer of Unsane and Alan Schneider of No More Records.   

The presser is worth a read: “Debauchery-fueled ruckus, intoxicating hangover nightmares, scathing audio beatings you can’t help but ask for repeat doses of, RABBITS does something brutally infectious with every pulsating moment of their seemingly haphazard but ultimately succinctly executed delivery. Formed in 2003 by three musicians with prior time spent in Angel Hair, The VSS, Hutch and assorted West Coast acts….” And this is my favorite part (gotta love the creative writers at Earsplit PR): “Like auditory sandpaper, their grating noise-soaked sludge/rock grooves harshly wears down the listener with a demoralizing and punishing rhythmic attack, with all levels jacked to the max.”

Here’s the first single from the album, “So Real It’s Fake,” directed by Whitey McConnaughy (so you know it’s gonna be rad). 

The band has also revived Portland DIY label Eolian Empire Records, and I will be interviewing Josh from RABBITS/Eolian in weeks to come! In the meanwhile, hope you dig this full stream of the new album.

-BillyGoat-

Advance track from WORMWOOD’s debut album,Wormwood (2014) out October 14th on PATAC Records. Who (or what!) is WORMWOOD? “Boston’s WORMWOOD is the latest sonic nightmare from DOOMRIDERS axe man Chris Pupecki and former DOOMRIDERS drummer Chris Bevilacqua. A dark, psychedelic journey of fuzzed out doom metal and stoner-dirge riffs that shatter all pre-conceptions… WORMWOOD pours out of your stereo like a plague of carrion insects…” Sounds like just the right journey to begin my Fall!

-BillyGoat-

From Rome they came, the world they conquered. Soon that will be the by-line on all our blogs as riff-lovers awaken to the brilliance of Italian instrumental stoner-space-psych-prog rockers L’IRA DEL BACCANO. The new album (the band’s first studio LP) is called Terra 42 (2014). Without question, it will be on many Best-Of lists this year.

I had to look up for myself whether there is such a place as Finland, Minnesota, and sure enough….that’s where you’ll find this obscure duo who call themselves Riff Worship and today have released their eponymous 3-track debut: Riff Worship (2014). Great fuzz, amp worship, the works. Support these rugged DIYers! Gonna try to track them down for an interview (no social media trail). Stay tuned! The Goate is on the path and relentless!

-Billy-

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