2018 marks the return of Oxford-based sludge-metal titans Desert Storm as they prepare to follow the release of 2014’s critically-acclaimed ‘Omniscient’ album with their new opus ‘Sentinels’, confirmed for release this coming March 16th via APF Records.
Recorded with engineer Jamie Dodd (Orange Goblin) at Flesh & Bone Studio's, Hackney and tracked by Steve 'Geezer' Watkins at Woodworm studios (which has also been used by legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi), ‘Sentinels’ is a colossal sounding record, it’s ten tracks punching the listener with an oppressive towering monolithic sound that batters, but never dulls the senses.
“This album is a natural progression from our previous releases,” explains guitarist Ryan Cole. “It has the Desert Storm sound, but has moved in a much harder, darker and heavier direction.”
Today we get to hear the first rumblings from ‘Sentinels’ in the shape of ‘Too Far Gone’, a brutal, pounding powerhouse of a track that tackles the bleak subject of excessive binge drinking. “It’s the paradox of hard liquor being both the cause and the remedy of the sickness,” states vocalist Matt Ryan. “Self destruction and punishment of the body. It’s inspired by the tragic tales of Bon Scott and John Bonham, along with fictional characters Ben Sanderson of Leaving Las Vegas and to a lesser extent, Jim Lahey of Trailer Park Boys. It’s a miserable outcome as our song begins with alcoholism and ends in death.”
Stream ‘Too Far Gone’ here: https://soundcloud.com/apf-records/desert-storm-too-far-gone/s-oelmn
Pre-order ‘Sentinels’ here: http://apfrecords.bigcartel.com/
In addition to the album’s release, the band will be hitting the road hard throughout February, March and beyond in the UK and Europe. This is a band that have never been afraid to get in the van and have shared stages with a who’s who of heavy talent over the years, including Karma To Burn, Corrosion Of Conformity, Red Fang, VoiVod, Orange Goblin, Crowbar, Weedeater, Valient Thorr and many more.
Catch Desert Storm live at the following dates in the UK and Europe:
03.02.18 | United Kingdom | Manchester | The Bread Shed
17.02.18 | United Kingdom | Birmingham | o2 Academy
22.02.18 | United Kingdom | London | The Devonshire Arms
23.02.18 | Netherlands | Rotterdam | Baroeg
24.02.18 | Netherlands | Eindhoven | The Jack Cafe
25.02.18 | France | Douai | Red Studio
26.02.18 | Belgium | Antwerp | Kids Rhythm & blues bar
27.02.18 | Germany | Berlin | Urban Spree
28.02.18 | Germany | Weimar | Gerber3
01.03.18 | Germany | Dresden | Chemiefabrik
02.03.18 | Czech Republic | Prague | Theremin
03.03.18 | Poland | Warsaw | Hydrozagadka
04.03.18 | Slovakia | Bratislava | Fuga
05.03.18 | Slovakia | Kosice | Collosseum
06.03.18 | Poland | Katowice | Klub Faust
07.03.18 | Poland | Wroclaw | Black Moon
08.03.18 | Germany | TBC
09.03.18 | Netherlands | Zwolle | Jacks Bar
10.03.18 | Belgium | Brussels | Rock Classic
07.07.18 | United Kingdom | Bradford | Underground
28.07.18 | United Kingdom | Bournemouth | The Anvil
04.08.18 | United Kingdom | Abingdon | Abingdon Town F.C
25.08.18 | United Kingdom | Bolton | Alma Inn
29.09.18 | United Kingdom | Sheffield | o2 Academy
Desert Storm is:
Matt Ryan - Vocals
Chris White - Guitar
Ryan Cole - Guitar
Elliot Cole - Drums
Chris Benoist - Bass
Texan metallers Omotai to provide track for Hurricane Harvey benefit compilation; A Ruined Oak LP nears release via Tofu Carnage
While their home town struggles to clear the carnage left by Hurricane Harvey, Houston-based Omotai has provided a new track to a benefit compilation to help their community rebuild.
Making Waves: A Benefit Compilation For Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey is available digitally through Miss Champagne, featuring fifteen Houston artists including Football, etc., Cool Moon, VODI, Ruiners, The Wheel Workers, Astragal, Dollie Barnes, Greg Cote & The Real Life Friends, Tee Vee, Lace, El Lago, Miears, Fight Me, Rose Ette, and Omotai, who provides the track "A Cruel Weight, Thy Wound." All proceeds from the sales of this album will be donated directly to United Way Of Greater Houston's Hurricane Relief Fund.
Omotai bassist / vocalist Melissa Lonchambon Ryan offers, "This storm was completely unfathomable, and I've been through a lot of hurricanes. Some of the first-person accounts I've read will haunt me for a long time. For a lot of people here, it will be difficult and take a long time to get back to some kind of normalcy or get close to replacing what was lost. But I was astounded by the response of regular people here that stepped up and rescued and helped others."
Help Houston rebuild and pick up the Making Waves at THIS LOCATION.
Omotai's upcoming A Ruined Oak album delivers an unrelenting dose of charged riff dynamics, pummelling low-end thunder, and infectious hooks, the album a meditation on the lost colony at Roanoke, centred on abandonment and responsibility, the lyrics haunted by loss and violence. This sprawling, diverse work shows a greater range than anything Omotai has done before, with songs drawing from thrash, doom, sludge, extreme metal, hardcore punk, and post-rock. A Ruined Oak was recorded by Chris Ryan at Dead City Sound and mastered by James Plotkin, and completed with art by Wolfbat and design by Sean Mehl.
Stream Omotai's "Last Of The Green Vial" at Treble RIGHT HERE.
Tofu Carnage Records will issue A Ruined Oak on 2xLP and digital formats on October 6th. Find pre-orders and stream "Welcome to the Adders' Land" and "Last Of The Green Vial" HERE.
Omotai has also booked a run of tour dates across the western half of the country surrounding the release of A Ruined Oak. From September 29th through October 14th the band will run a counter-clockwise trail out to the West Coast and back, with the final venues being locked up now.
Omotai Tour Dates:
9/29/2017 Sunshine Bar - Arlington, TX
9/30/2017 The Blue Note - Oklahoma City, OK
10/01/2017 Streets Of London - Denver, CO
10/03/2017 TBA - Kalispell, MT
10/04/2017 Mootsy's Tavern - Spokane, WA
10/05/2017 The Black Lodge - Seattle, WA
10/06/2017 Le Voyeur - Olympia, WA
10/07/2017 Jub Jub's Thirst Parlor - Reno, NV
10/08/2017 Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA
10/09/2017 Blacklight District Lounge - Long Beach, CA
10/10/2017 TBA - San Diego, CA
10/11/2017 Yucca Tap Room - Phoenix, AZ
10/12/2017 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Albuquerque, NM
10/13/2017 Depot District Oyster Bar - Lubbock, TX
10/14/2017 Faust - San Antonio, TX
Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Erdve. The freshly conceived Lithuanian experimental hardcore collective will release their debut full-length, 'Vaitojimas' through Season of Mist.
The band comments: "Since Erdve is a very young name, this collaboration is proof that it is all about what matters the most - the music itself. We certainly did not have any expectations that the record could be presented to a wider audience, yet we are extremely proud and happy that our desire to create something meaningful for ourselves has procured a relationship with a record label which believes in artistic value. This partnership is a huge achievement in our creative lives and will set a strong basis for us to communicate our music, ideas, and artistic identity further on. We are incredibly thankful to Season of Mist for this opportunity.''
When Erdve formed in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius in 2016, the band had a clear aesthetic vision of creating a unique heavy sound that experimented with elements from hardcore, sludge, and black metal, yet was not bound by any unwritten "rules" surrounding those genres.
Erdve's members had already been active in their local scene and performed in various acts such as NYKSTA, SRAIGĖS EFEKTAS, and SPIRALE.
The core ideas of Erdve are translated into lyrics, visuals, and sound by in-depth reflection on concepts such as domestic violence, utmost disgusting behaviour, crimes against humanity, and extremism.
Erdve will release their debut album, 'Vaitojimas'' on Season Of Mist in 2018.
Vaidotas: guitar, vocals
Kristijonas: guitar, soundscapes
Italian Sludge metallers Sator teamed up with Tometal to stream the new album “Ordeal”.
Sator's “Ordeal”, the new forthcoming full length, is a monster made of harsh sludge madness and psychedelic structures. “Ordeal” will be released by Argonauta Records and is available from September 1st, 2017. Pre orders run here:
Digital Download: http://apple.co/2uniWvQ
Finnish doom / sludge titans Morbid Evils stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Deceases, at Metal Hammer UK's website. Set for international release on August 25th via Svart Records, hear Morbid Evils' Deceases in its entirety exclusively HERE.
A counterpart of sorts to vocalist Keijo Niinimaa's older group Rotten Sound, Morbid Evils have become known for exploring slower tempos and the lower end of the sonic spectrum, all topped with a fascination with the morbid realities of our hopeless existence. Having so far survived touring with Voivod and the impending global eco-catastrophe, Morbid Evils spent the best part of 2016 hidden in sweaty underground conditions perfecting their craft, working on the follow-up to their 2015 album In Hate With The Burning World. Comments Niinimaa, "When producing these tracks, I paid special attention on making things as heavy and suffocating as possible, to emphasize the deadly seriousness of the world this music is taking us to."
Come 2017, the band emerges from the pit with a paean to death, split in six sections, each examining the subject from various positions. Titled Deceases, the album takes a bold leap from their sludge-death metalish origins and towards a more original, minimalist approach. The air hangs heavy as droning, buzzing walls of down-tuned guitars grind against punishingly pummelling drums in slow motion and everything around us seems to be another step closer to death. While wallowing in the unpleasantries of life, Morbid Evils manage to churn out something wholly original in the congested sludge metal genre - if a grind/drone hybrid existed, it might sound like this. With their down-tuned slo-mo aesthetics, nasty black metal-ish buzzsaw guitar harmonies, and a drone metal-like sense of space in music, Morbid Evils are on a path of their own.
Adorning the album cover is the painting "Tukala Pietari" by Jerker Ramberg. Sounds on the album were captured on tape and mixed by Keijo Niinimaa, with mastering duties handled by Pelle Henricsson of Tonteknik. The album will be released by Svart Records on CD, LP, and digital formats on August 25th, if the world doesn't end sooner.
Until that time inevitably comes, stream the entirety of Deceases exclusively HERE, courtesy of Metal Hammer, the UK's premier metal/rock authority. Additionally, for your visual delectation, see & hear the previously revealed video for "Case IV - Tumour" exclusively HERE, courtesy of CVLTNation.com.
Australia's Lo! to release new album via Pelagic Records this October; teaser posted + pre-orders available
Sydney's LO! literally made a splash last year with the ingenious video clip for "Orca," produced by bass player Adrian Shapiro himself. The clip showed vocalist Sam Dillon as a vicious creature emerging from a vat of shiny pink goo, in front of an otherwise completely black background. Pink in metal? The clip went viral over the love-it-or-hate-it discussion that followed... but even the haters had to admit that this clip, premiered via Noisey, Metal Hammer, and Decibel, showed a truly outstanding and innovative approach to visual arts in heavy music.
LO!'s third full length album Vestigial - set for release via Pelagic Records October 6th -- is next level. The songs are well-crafted and have a larger scope, the sound is heavy yet organic, there's a mammoth harmonic density behind the stupefying heavy riffs, and the band sounds tighter than ever before. One of the reasons might be that drummer Adrian Griffin, who has spent the last seven years in Asia, returned to Australia.
"This time we had much more time to all be together as a band and really work on the songs properly instead of the last-minute rush that usually happens. I think we all felt more connected now having Adrian back in the country," comments guitarist Carl Whitbread.
"LO! have come to remind you of glorious times; times when Mastodon were using samples of Jurassic Park to kick off their records," wrote Metal Hammer UK on the band's debut album Look And Behold. And in fact, song titles like "Megafauna" or "Hall Of Extinct Mammals" show that LO! have always been interested in man's relationship with the natural world. Themes of extinction, circuses, and animal exploitation were explored on the band's 2015 EP The Tongueless, "so it was a nice lead in to where we are at now on Vestigial," notes vocalist Sam Dillon, "with a revisit of the outro from the EP as the intro on album number three."
"A world where politics resemble black comedies, where guns have become an aspect of culture, and where addiction to technology is the norm is at the lyrical heart of Vestigial. "There are several repeated characters throughout the album," Dillon reveals. "The Judas Steer, the Locust Christ... these are anti-heroes, the wolves among sheep figuratively. The ghastly Donald Trumps, The Kim Jong-Uns, the extremists and ignorant tyrants of our modern lives..."
After a European tour supporting Cult Of Luna in 2013, including a performance at Roadburn Festival, the band will be back in Europe this October to present Vestigial. Fit for fans of Mastodon, Cursed, Cult Of Luna, Converge, Breach, Black Breath, and the like.
LO!'s Vestigial will see release on October 6th on CD, LP, and digital formats. For pre-orders in North America, visit THIS LOCATION, in Europe go to THIS LOCATION, and in Australia, go to THIS LOCATION.
View a Vestigial video teaser HERE.
French Doom Sludgers Crackhouse reveal cover artwork and track-list of their forthcoming album, made of three long songs of slamming riffs and massive sonorities.
“Be No One. Be Nothing” is the natural follow-up to their recent and critically acclaimed self titled EP, and it captures the band at its very best with a sound briefly comparable to the works of Suma, Dopethrone and Bongripper.
Crackhouse's “Be No One. Be Nothing” will be released in CD / DD by Argonauta Records and available from October 6th, 2017.
Pre-orders run here: http://bit.ly/2viRP9H
Sludge metal band Nula have teamed up with Metal Underground to stream the video for their song "Silazak u Prah." The track is taken from their EP Kenoma, which was recently released via Black Bow Records.
Stream the video here: http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=135570
Order Kenoma here: https://nulaserbia.bandcamp.com/album/
Serbian metal band Nula was first conceived in late 2013. Shortly after forming, the band started performing gigs in local Belgrade clubs which resulted in positive feedback and encouraged the band to continue writing new material. The band released a demo tape via Grim Reaper Records in 2015 and then followed it up with extensive touring around Serbia including an appearance at Arsenal Fest. In 2017, the band signed with British label Black Bow Records..
Miloš Milošević - Vocals
Milan Vićić - Guitars
Strahinja Knežević - Guitars
Marko Mijajlović - Bass
Milan Sarić - Drums
Purveyors of obliterating sludge return with a brand new full length titled 'Beyond the Black Pyramid'. It's extremely thick, grimy and oppressive. Check out their music here, you won't be disappointed!
Dense and suffocating, Tarlung's music crawls along ponderously, squeezing the life out of its listeners. This kind of expression in sludge is rarely done but ends up being most satisfying. The riffs command the direction, as within the mire of the deafening sludge you have catchy hooks and memorable tunes. Influences from closely related genres such as death metal and even stoner doom coalesce to form their monolithic sound. This is the band's latest full length album and it lays waste to everything else they've done before. Listen to one of the heaviest albums in this style and quiver under its might.
Nuclear Oath is a five-member groovy, heavy, sludgy, intense, and interactive metal wrecking crew from Medicine Hat, Alberta. Influenced by such bands as Pantera, Slipknot, Sylosis, Lamb of God, and Avenged Sevenfold, they will be releasing their new album ‘Toxic Playground’ on June 9, 2017 to follow their debut EP 'Ashes of the Unborn'. The forthcoming album will take the listeners on a journey inspired by the band's personal experience and struggles combined with intense energy. They hope each individual who listens takes something different from the band.
"We feel it is an aggressive album from start-to-finish, which generates different emotions as the album progresses.” says the band.
Teaming up with TheGauntlet.com, Nuclear Oath premiere the second cut and the album's title track 'Toxic Playground'.
Bassist Nathanael Bohnet comments:
“This is the title track off the album and also the last song we wrote for the album. We wanted to aim to make the track as hard hitting as possible with it still maintaining a strong structure. Overall, we feel this song properly captures the feel of the entire album, musically and lyrically.”
Check out 'Toxic Playground' at the following link: http://thegauntlet.com/article/32806/THE-GAUNTLET-PREMIEREs-NUCLEAR-OATH-2nd-Single-TOXIC-PLAYGROUND-
Album pre-order available at https://nuclearoath.bandcamp.com/album/toxic-playground
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