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HOVERFEST ‘14 Preview On This Week’s Doomed & Stoned Podcast!

The new Doomed & Stoned Podcast is HERE! Originally broadcast live on Grip of Delusion Radio, this week Billy Goate gives us a preview of Hoverfest 2014 in Portland, Oregon (sponsored by Hovercraft Amplifiers and Cravedog, with live mix by the legendary Billy Anderson on August 23rd), featuring excerpts from my interviews with Nial McGaughey of Hovercraft Amplifiers and Mike Scheidt of Yob (full interview coming soon!) along with brand new music by Orange Goblin, Yob, and Electric Wizard. Hope y’all dig it! Here’s the set list:

1. King Ravën ”Dying Breath” (new!)
2. Orange Goblin ”The Devil’s Whip” (new!)
3. Mursa ”Eve of the Goat/Day of the Goat” (new!)
4. Holy Grove - “Nix”
5. Mountain God - “Fallout”
6. Wounded Giant - “Lightning Medicine” (new!)
7. Witch Mountain - “Psycho Animundi” (new!)
8. DANAVA - “The Illusion Crawls”
9. Acid King - “War of the Mind” + “2 Wheel Nation”
10. Eight Bells - “Tributaries”
11. Yob - “Unmask The Spectre” (new!)
12. HORN OF THE RHINO - “Builder of Carrion Effigies” (new!)
13. Void Of Sleep - “A Man With No Way Out” (newish)
14. Necronomicon - “Grito” (new!)
15. SOURVEIN - “Witch Rides Out” (newish)
16. Electric Wizard - “Sadiowitch” (new!) 

Have to say, I’m loving KALAMATA! This Hilesheim-based trio performs instrumental psychedelic-stoner rock “like the old Kyuss or original space rock bands.” The 7 tracks that make up Kalamata’s debut LP spell out a phrase and I’ll leave it to you to figure it out for yourself. Like the completion of that sentence, each song builds—one upon another, like bricks in a larger structure. At the same time, each song is like a “character piece” (to borrow terminology from my knowledge of classical piano literature). In other words, the brilliance of Kalamata is they are able to compose lively, engaging, and ultimately heavy stoner-psych rock that stands remarkably well in individual slices and as a whole pie (OK, I’m addicted to analogies now….and I’m getting hungry for desert!). No better time than the present to devour this sweet collection of tunes! The Goate is well pleased.

Rise Above Records just released this music video for Uncle Acid’s recent single, “Runaway Girls” and, as usual, it it rocks with lots of fantastic 60’s & 70’s biker movie clips from the great drive-in directors of days past. Video directed by Marc Morris.


North American Tour Dates:

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
10/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theater


Richmond, Virginia’s WINDHAND shine at Roadburn Festival 2014, in this bootleg audio of the doom gods’ full set. Regular readers will know that I had my ticket and was very excited about going, but just couldn’t raise the funds for airfare, so I had to sell my ticket to a friend. Yet, hearing this makes me feel just a little bit closer to what must have been a very special and unforgettable evening. Thanks to Hard & Heavy Old for the upload!



My phone interview with Nial McGaughey, founder and CEO of Hovercraft Amplifiers in Portland, Oregon. Nial tells us the history of his unique and much sought after amplifiers, how they’re made, and what they do when put to the test. Speaking of which, the first annual Hoverfest takes place August 23rd, 2014 in N. Portland — an event that Nial also addresses in this conversation with Doomed & Stoned.


Electric Wizard now streaming “SadioWitch” from their new album, ‘Time To Die’ (out 9/28 on Spinefarm Records). The music video for this particular song is due out in a matter of weeks. Not everyone is digging the new stuff, but I’m happy with any new Wizard material!  As with the previous single, it rewards repeated listens. 


ADRIFT is the Band to Watch!

Hailing from Madrid, Spain, this is the band you want to keep an eye on (ok, there are many, but this one, especially!). ADRIFT describe their art as “experimental metal” and I must admit that labels become a bit meaningless when trying to describe them. They fall within the range of High on Fire and Mastodon, defying precise classification. That’s ok, because with a sound as clear and as focused as this, filmed and recorded beautifully by Producciones Ferrara at Manor Tower in Northern Spain, all you need to do is give ear and eye and enjoy. The Goate is well pleased.

It’s beyond words, mate. I’m in love with the new single by UK occult doomers MOSS. Right now, you can pre-order the October 31st 10” for Carmilla (Marcilla)/Spectral Visions (2014). There are like 500 total vinyl copies and I imagine given the band’s stature, they’ll go fast. Just sucks that the shipping is almost as much as the cost of the LP for this Oregon goat, so I may miss out this go around, but if you get it, send me a pic! I’d love a look-see.




There seems to be an unusually large amount of bands showing up with that retro 70’s-inspired psychedelic rock sound. I’m not necessarily saying that’s a bad thing, but it makes it more difficult to discover the bands that aren’t only good, but have that something special about them.  Keeping that in mind, I absorbed all the music I could until I came across German newcomers Limestone Whale.  This year, the classic doom and stoner rock three-piece came out with their debut, a self-titled EP that taps the best of the 70’s, while playing to amaze with a flavor all of their own—evident in the way these four tracks flow consistently, one into the other. 

The first song, “The Wizard” is probably my favorite from the EP, with an old-school psychedelic rock theme that is coated in blues. Clement Hoffer has a powerful voice that demands attention. At almost six and a half minutes, this song captures the heart and soul of Limestone Whale –catchy riffs with plenty of groove, driven by a strong emotional undercurrent.

The next two songs, “Magic Water” and “White Flat,” get progressively darker. Guitarist Ryan Kiss serves up one fat doom riff after another, with the support of Hoffer, who also plays bass, and Marco Simmich on drums. The record ends with “Acid Entrance,” which is obviously heavier on the psychedelic side—an instrumental track with some “wowing” pedal effects—making it the perfect to seal the deal on this EP.  I like the way one fan review puts it: “It’s like Sabbath took peyote and got lost in the desert with Kyuss” (Harry Harrison).

I found myself listening to Limestone Whale’s debut several times in a row. At just under 25 minutes, the EP makes for a nice one-sit listen…but for me it is only a tease. Sometimes Limestone Whale sound a bit like a jam band, which could be good or bad depending on personal tastes, but regardless this is a high quality release from a brand new band that I’m very excited about and have great anticipation for their future. I highly recommend it to fans of bright, melodic rock bands like Kadavar.




In a distant fury, the divine.
Clarifying our actions through fire, she showed us the way.
In the blaze, a mirror…
I saw myself wearing the mask I inflict on others

Hailing from Belgium, the stoner-blues foursome will remind you at times of Blues Pills, Crobot, and Deap Vally. The Black Mirrors debut EP was a great way to start my Monday and I hope you dig, as well. If you’re in Belgium this Wednesday (8/20) you can catch them at Cafee Cabron.


Portland Progressive Sludge Metal Trio MURSA Release Debut LP

You may recognize the name MURSA from our mammoth 70-band compilation, ‘Doomed & Stoned in Portland’ (still available). This weekend, the eclectic progressive metal trio birthed their first full-length album, titled ‘MRSA’ (2014)—which has nothing to do with “Mrs. A” and everything to do with “methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus,” an infection that looks innocent at first, but gets progressively (and grotesquely) worse. Using this as a metaphor brings about some exciting songwriting, particularly in tracks such as “Eve of the Goat/Day of the Goat” (my personal fav, for obvious and completely biased reasons). Give it a spin and if you dig it, support the band & local music!


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