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.
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 ;)
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.
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!
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!
Nice throwback early 70’s style occult doom-blues metal from Lansing, Michigan band CRUTHU, who are sharing their Listen/purchase: Creation Demo (2014) with us. If you dig it, throw them a few dollars of support. They’re worth it.
If you’re looking for something great, big, and expansive to listen to this evening, I must recommend the Laws of Multiversal Gravitation (2014) to you—a three song behemoth of progressive doom by Amsterdams NAUSEAHTAKE that will take you on an adventure through “The Crust,” the discovery of “Nautilus/Artifact” and 24 minutes of “Floody Iguanas/Waters.” Sound intriguing? Hell, I’m ready to adventure along with these Dutch explorers! The experience musically is well described in their own words: “Worlds collide and minds expand. The dream is as real as the enigma of futures. Reveal the essence. Drown the flame. Rejoice.” And The Goate is well pleased.
Support the band’s creative visions by ordering the limited edition double heavy-weight vinyl with the band member’s original artwork here: https://nauseahtake.bandcamp.com/
I’ve been a fan of Salem’s Pot from the DIY days of those incredible but god-awful muddy cassettes. Easyrider Records/Riding Easy Records got a hold of them and recorded them as they were meant to be heard and now one of the great psychedelic-occult doom bands of our generation can be enjoyed by one and all. And they keep on recording. Now we’ve got #CoolNewMusic — a 7” double-single coming out, with the songs “Yer Doom” (sounds like a country music interlude, I think we’ll skip it) and this little spaced-out gem: “Ego Trip” (the project’s namesake). You’ll be able to get your paws on this one by the end of the month. Pre-order this mother here: http://ridingeasyrecords.com/product/salems-pot-ego-trip-7
OH! And I’ve got some gossip for you. I have it on good authority that a brand new Dopethrone album is in the works coming out soon! I swear on my own furry ass it’s true! Ok, I read it on their FB page, but STILL… Since these guys are DIY all the way, help them get this mother recorded, mixed and produced by picking up their first three albums, which are absolute sludge metal classics!
I’m listening to this vicious new album The Unobserved (released 9/9 - Belief Mower Records) by Portland blackened doom-noise mongers HUNGERS, the follow-up to their 2013 self-titled debut. Fanatical readers may recall we featured a track called “Animist” (not on the present EP) by Hungers in our Doomed & Stoned in Portland compilation back in July. I’ll have to say, though, this new effort amps up the ferociousness intensely! On one song (“Projection”), you hear some wild Oregon beast howling in the dark night air, and that pretty much sums up the spirit of The Unobserved. Get yourself a copy on Belief Mower Records and rage!
Art by Metastazis
If you’re in or near the Portland, Oregon area, see Hungers live at everyone’s fav dive bar Slabtown on September 19th.