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Monarch Announce European Tour With Birushanah To Kick Off This Spring

18 March, 2017

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Monarch and Birushanah have just announced plans to team up this spring for a two-week long European tour dubbed Distort Europe. The two-headed tour will kick off at Bordeaux’s Void muscic club on March 30, then hit more than a dozen cities across the continent, before closing out April 15 in Toulouse.

Beware, as extreme doom unit MONARCH is gearing up for their spring European tour with Birushanah...

France's most active and emblematic drone/doom metal purveyors MONARCH have announced a batch of dates with Japanese tribal doomers Birushanah, with whom they will soon release a split record on MusicFearSatan. MONARCH are also currently putting the finishing touches to their new full-length, to be unleashed later in the year. ~ Purple Sage PR


MONARCH EUROPEAN TOUR w/ Birushanah

30.03 - Bordeaux (FR) - Void
31.03 - Paris (FR) - FGO-Barbara
01.04 - Rouen (FR) - L'Oreille Qui Traîne
02.04 - Bruxelles (BE) - Magasin 4
03.04 - Hamburg (DE) - Club Astra
04.04 - Copenhagen (DK) - KB18
05.04 - Oslo (NO) - Blitz
06.04 - Malmö (SE) - Plan B
08.04 - Leipzig (DE) - Plaque
09.04 - Prague (CZ) - Mayapur pokojíček
11.04 - Zurich (CH) - Ebrietas
12.04 - Milan (IT) - Macao
13.04 - Montpellier (FR) - The Black Sheep
14.04 - Lyon (FR) - Grrrnd Zero
15.04 - Toulouse (FR) - Pavillons Sauvages


Stoner Mountain's Weekly Bandcamp Discoveries #3

13 March, 2017

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First of all, sorry I haven't written a blog post in so many days, but I have been preoccupied with work.

You know who loves a good list? Every single one of you. So here's a new list of Stoner Mountain's Weekly Bandcamp Discoveries. From Finnish stoner rock to Mexican dark jazz, here are 11 discoveries I made this past week. For the first time, there's no black metal album closing the list. I just couldn't find anything interesting.

P.S. If this is your first visit here, be sure to check out:
Stoner Mountain's Weekly Bandcamp Discoveries #2
Stoner Mountain's Weekly Bandcamp Discoveries #1

Duel: Album Release Date & European Tour Dates

07 March, 2017

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The Texan doom metal band Duel just announced their European tour in support of their upcoming album Witchbanger, which has been tabbed for a April 28th release (pre-orders from March 17th on Heavy Psych Sounds). The album was produced and engineered by lead guitarist Jeff Henson at his Red Nova Ranch studio.

Formed by two ex-members of Scorpion Child, these purists cut it right to the bone with heavy, deep grooves and blistering tunes. After their well-acclaimed debut "Fears Of The Dead" released in February 2016, DUEL are back with an even more raging full-length on Heavy Psych Sounds, cheekily entitled "Witchbanger". Prepare for Hell or Valhalla, from start to finish this carefully-crafted album WILL KILL YOU!

The tour kicks off April 26th in Rome, winding down on May 21st in Castel D'Ario. Look over the complete list of currently announced dates below.


DUEL EUROPEAN TOUR 2017

26.04.2017 - Roma (IT) Traffic
27.04.2017 - Parma (IT) Titty Twister
28.04.2017 - Oberentfelden (CH) Borom Pom Pom
29.04.2017 - Berlin (DE) Desertfest
30.04.2017 - DK Tba
01.05.2017 - Copenhagen (DK) TBA
02.05.2017 - Secret Show (DK)
03.05.2017 - Malmoe (SE) Plan B
04.05.2017 - Erfurt (DE) AZJ doordeal
05.05.2017 - Dresden (DE) Chemiefabrik
06.05.2017 - Winterthur (CH) Gaswerk
07.05.2017 - Varedo (IT) Crazy Driver
08.05.2017 - Zerobranco (IT) Altroquando
09.05.2017 - Izola (SL) Hangar Bar
10.05.2017 - Torino (IT) Blah Blah
11.05.2017 - St Gallen (CH) Rumpeltum
12.05.2017 - Basel (CH) Art & Wheels Fest
13.05.2017 - Bludenz (AT) Villa K
14.05.2017 - Salzburg (AT) Rockhouse
16.05.2017 - Karlsruhe (DE) Akk
17.05.2017 - Stuttgart (DE) Keller Klub
18.05.2017 - Freiburg (DE) White Rabbit
19.05.2017 - Athens (GR) An Club "Sonic Ritual Fest"
20.05.2017 - Mezzago (IT) Bloom "Sonic Ritual Fest"
21.05.2017 - Castel D'Ario (IT) Hostaria


Dandy Brown - The Bees Single / Video

06 March, 2017

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Steve Brown, better known as Dandy Brown, is a music producer, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was a member of the following bands: Hermano and Orquesta del Desierto. A couple of years ago, he started a new music project under the moniker Dandy Brown and released a great album in 2015 called Damned To The Heels Of Success.

Keep an eye out for the band's untitled second album coming later this year on Taxi Driver Records. But until then, enjoy Dandy Brown's music video for the new song - The Bees. The video was directed by Tyler Geeson and released on March 1st.

Spring Tour Dates:
Saturday, April 15, San Diego, CA, Tower Bar
Tuesday, April 18, Joshua Tree, CA, The Beatnik Cafe
Wednesday, April 19, Palm Desert, CA, The Red Barn
Thursday, April 20, Phoenix, AZ, Yucca Tap Room
Friday, April 21, Sierra Vista, AZ, the horned TOAD


Calgary's 420 Music & Arts Festival Announce Line Up W/ Wo Fat, Anciients, Black Mastiif, La Chinga + MORE

04 March, 2017

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The 2017 420 Music & Arts Festival line-up has been announced! It's a mix of stoner rock, desert rock, doom and sludge metal from around Canada + the Texan stoner masters Wo Fat. Find more details about the festival from the press release below.


The 420 Music & Arts Festival is a three day celebration featuring 22 Stoner Rock, Desert Rock, Doom & Sludge Metal and Fuzzy, Kick Ass Rock n Roll bands surrounding the culture that is 420. Headlining this inaugural year all the way from Dallas, TX for their first Canadian performance, stoner legends WO FAT, Vancouver’s ANCIIENTS and Edmonton/ Vancouver based BLACK MASTIFF.

In addition to all the rad music, festival attendees will have the opportunity to view and purchase the work of select local artists, artisans and craftsman at the 420 Expo, Saturday, April 22 at Distortion from 10am-4pm. Interspersed with vendors of interesting and eclectic wares will be information on medical marijuana and hemp products and even more 420 enthusiasts. Select vendors, artists and marijuana related companies will be available in the evenings at the festival as well. NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) will be in attendance to answer questions.

You will be able to indulge your desire for munchies with a variety delectable culinary creations from some of Southern Alberta’s best food trucks. If that isn’t enough, each night of the festival there will be an opportunity to show off your glorious facial hair in our beard contest. Celebrity judges will decide who moves onto the final round on the last night of the festival where one beard will rule them all! ~ ASHER MEDIA RELATIONS


Thursday, April 20
Event's Facebook

Black Mastiff – (Edmonton, AB/Vancouver, BC) – Facebook
HighKicks – (Calgary, AB) – Facebook
La Chinga – (Vancouver, BC) – Facebook
The Electric Revival – (Calgary, AB) – Facebook
Buffalo Bud Buster – (Calgary, AB) – Facebook
Hypnopilot – (Calgary, AB) – Facebook
Set & Stoned – (Crossfield, AB) – Facebook

Friday, April 21
Event's Facebook

Anciients – (Vancouver, BC) – Facebook
Dead Quiet – (Vancouver, BC) – Facebook
Lavagoat – Saskatoon, SK) – Facebook
Orbital Express – (Regina, SK) – Facebook
ChronoBot (Prince Albert, SK) – Facebook
Lordosis – (Calgary, AB) – Facebook
Hunted By Ravens – (Red Deer, AB) – Facebook

Saturday, April 22
Event's Facebook

Wo Fat – (Dallas, Texas, USA) – First ever appearance in Canada Facebook
Chron Goblin – (Calgary, AB) – Facebook
Cowpuncher – (Calgary, AB) – Facebook
Mammoth Grove – (Calgary, AB) – Facebook
NVGR (Nikki Valentine & Gypsy Riders) – (Calgary, AB) – Facebook
Black Thunder – (Regina, SK) – Facebook
Brown Dwarf – (Red Deer, AB) – Facebook
Bazaraba – (Calgary, AB) – Facebook


- 420 Music & Arts Festival 2017 -
20th to 22th April in Calgary, Alberta
Tickets and passes are vailable HERE and HERE

Get more infos at www.420MusicAndArtsFestival.ca
Follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest

Her Name Was Fire - Road Antics (2017)

03 March, 2017

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What were the odds? The first band from Portugal on Stoner Mountain and already a strong contender for my album of the year. I just can't stop listening to it over and over again. Her Name Was Fire is a desert rock duo based in Lisbon consisting of João Campos, guitar & vocals, and Tiago Lopes, drums. This is the recently formed band's first full-length and follows their EP, EP 1, which was released last year.

Her Name Was Fire is a small band with a big sound. They draw inspiration from such legends as Queens of the Stone Age, Black Keys, Kyuss and Alice In Chains to create electrifying compositions based around the blues and stoner rock. They take everything that's good in those genres to make the best out of it, creating addictive and groovy songs with a high-repeat listening potential. Passion and haunting melodies pour from the speakers as they are adept at producing catchy hooks. They also know when to hold back and when to unleash a torrent of sound. The songs take all of the duo's strong points to a pinnacle, as the guitar lines race up and down a memorable drum beat, all set to gritty vocals that will stick with you for quite some time after listening.

There is absolutely nothing disappointing about this record or this band. From the opening chords of Little Pain to the last tune that is So Long Starman, Her Name Was Fire's debut album Road Antics is easily one of the most surprising releases of the last months. My ears are pleased with this refreshing debut. I can't stress again how great this album is. In my opinion one of the best records out this year, and probably awesome live too. Do yourselves a favour and get your hands on it and I dare you not to put in on repeat all day.

Demon Head: Hic Svnt Dracones Video & Tour Dates

27 February, 2017

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Hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Demon Head planted a flag for Danish vintage doom when they released their critically acclaimed debut, ‘Ride The Wilderness’ in 2015. Now, the band will release their second album ‘Thunder On The Fields’. It's coming out on April 7 through The Sign Records. Before then, the band has released a music video for the song 'Hic Svnt Dracones'. It's a marvellous track. At times it sounds like something between Pentagram and Danzig. Watch the video above.


HIC SVNT DRACONES is a heavy anthem with a burning drive. The song is about throwing off the shackles that wear us down, daring to go were the maps have white spots. Follow the sinister leads and groove to a place between borderland and underworld...

Demon Head got the "Fenriz band of the week" approval in january 2017 with the release of the bands first single 'Gallows Omen" from the upcoming album 'Thunder On The Fields'. Demon Head will tour UK, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and mainland europe upon the release.


Tour Dates
4/3 Copenhagen, DK. Ungdomshuset 10 years
31/3 Gothenburg, SWE
1/4 Linköping, SWE - The Sign Fest
7/4 Malmö, SWE - Release show
8/4 Copenhagen, DK - Release show
13/4 - 17/4 England Tour - Tour Dates TBA
28/4 Copenhagen - Nothern discomfort festival
11/5 - 14/5 Finland Tour - Tour Dates TBA
26/5 Aarhus, TBA - Denmark
27/5 Aalborg, 1000fryd - Denmark
16/8 - 22/8 Europen Tour - Tour Dates TBA


Stoner Mountain's Weekly Bandcamp Discoveries #2

25 February, 2017

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Ready for a new portion of cool records? Once again, here are 11 records from over the past couple weeks, from French stoner metal to British black metal. As I mentioned last time, most of them deserve a separate review, but I just don't have the time to do that, so at least I can give'em some recognition. BTW. This issue of Stoner Mountain's Weekly Bandcamp Discoveries has been brought to you by the tag 'Heavy Psych'.

P.S. If this is your first visit here, be sure to check out Stoner Mountain's Weekly Bandcamp Discoveries #1

Samsara Blues Experiment Announce New Album "One with the Universe“; Reveals Release Date & Tour Dates!

22 February, 2017

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When it comes to psychedelic stoner rock, Samsara Blues Experiment is one of the finest bands out there. The German band last released an album in 2013 with Waiting For The Flood, so they kept us waiting a long time. But finally, the trio announces the new album One with the Universe. Check out the announcement below.

Prepare to welcome the return of Germany's heavy psych blues trio SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT, with the release of their new album this May 12th on Electric Magic Records and a full European and South American tour this spring!

SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT's fourth 'full piece of wax' "One with the Universe“ is a culmination of all their works and truly a hard hitting cosmic invitation for floating into their universe of spiritual progression. The most evolutionary development compared to previous albums is the cosmic usage of analog synthesizers, keyboards and effects, while not losing focus on catchiness and well-rendered songwriting.

These five new epics subtly integrate flashes from Jimi Hendrix´ "Electric Ladyland“, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath, with Canterbury Prog elements à la Caravan and the fuzzed-out riffs of Kyuss. "One with the Universe“ can not be put just into one genre: it is a multifaceted heavy rock album with tons of soul, courage and originality!


SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT
New album "One With The Universe"
Out May 12th on Electric Magic Records

TRACK LISTING:
1. Vipassana (10:43)
2. Sad Guru Returns (7:55)
3. Glorious Daze (6:01)
4. One with the Universe (15:03)
5. Eastern Sun & Western Moon (7:09)

SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT (SBE) are a German three-piece who channel their musical forms in extended forays of blues-infused heavy psychedelia. Founded in 2007 by guitarist/singer Christian Peters, the group plays a mixture of stoner rock, psychedelic blues, Indian raga, thrash metal and traditional folk. The lineup is completed by bass player Hans Eiselt and drummer Thomas Vedder.

SBE have played some of the major festivals on the European and North American ground, rocking Hellfest, Austin Psych Levitation, Psycho California, Devilstone, Reverence Valada, several times at Desertfest London and Berlin, and many others events including headlining spots at scene festivals across Europe. ~ Purple Sage PR


TOUR DATES

SBE South American Tour 2017
02.03 - Santiago de Chile (CH) Espacio San Diego
03.03 - Buenos Aires (AR) The Roxy Live
04.03 - Montevideo (UR) Bluzz Live
05.03 - Córdoba (AR) Refugio Guernica
08.03 - Porto Alegre (BR) RIFF.E Bar
09.03 - Florianópolis (BR) Célula Showcase
10.03 - Belo Horizonte (BR) Stonehenge Rock Bar
11.03 - São Paulo (BR) Inferno Club
12.03 - Rio de Janeiro (BR) Hocus Pocus Fest

SBE European Tour 2017
25.03 - Roma (IT) Defrag
31.03 - Osnabrück (DE) Westwerk
01.04 - München (DE) Under The Black Moon Festival
02.04 - Leipzig (DE) Werk 2
22.04 - Barcelona (SP) Riff Ritual Festival
29.04 - Berlin (DE) Desertfest
30.04 - London (UK) Desertfest
12.05 - Berlin (DE) Zukunft am Ostkreuz - Stummfilm Special
13.05 - Berlin (DE) Zukunft am Ostkreuz - Official release party
14.05 - Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang
15.05 - Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof
16.05 - Bielefeld (DE) Forum
17.05 - Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje
18.05 - Nantes (FR) Le Ferrailleur
19.05 - Paris (FR) Le Backstage
20.05 - Köln (DE) Underground
11.08 - Finkenbach (DE) Finki Festival

SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT LINKS

Hateure - Erase This EP (2017)

21 February, 2017

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Hateure is a doom, sludge, post-metal influenced band that hails from the Philippines. Erase This is actually a single, ten minutes long, track. It's a re-recorded version of the track If you are searching for meaning, erase this now. I’m meaningless. Repeat, a special release to celebrate the band's 10th anniversary.

This is the heaviest record put out in a long time. Hateure plays hard, slow, and very uncompromising. The songwriting sucks you into a gaping black hole of integrity never letting you go, and always keeping it interesting. For the most part, the lyrics will disturb the average listener with some dark pieces.

Overall, Hateure has delivered a quite promising, gloomy EP. Erase This hits hard and deep. It's the real dark side of sludge doom, captured on a single track. A full-length release is coming up this year and I for one can't wait.





The Sonic Dawn: Album Making Of & Tour Dates Available!

21 February, 2017

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Watch the making of The Sonic Dawn's second album Into The Long Night, due out April 21st on Heavy Psych Sounds... and enjoy new song "Summer Voyage" all throughout the video!

New album Into the Long Night was written and recorded during a month of isolation in a remote house by The North Sea. Filmmaker Bolette Søs got a glimpse of the creative process during one of the last recording sessions. CLICK HERE to watch.

Catch the band on their European tour this spring:
21.04.17 - Svendborg (DK) Maskinen
18.05.17 - Hamburg (DE) MS Stubnitz
19.05.17 - Berlin (DE) Bassy
23.05.17 - Dresden (DE) Ostpol
24.05.17 - Nierstein (DE) E-Werk
25.05.17 - Karlsruhe (DE) PsyKa Underground Experience
26.05.17 - Essen (DE) Soulhell Café
27.05.17 - Hofheim/Taunus (DE) Jazzkeller
31.05.17 - Miltenberg (DE) Beavers
01.06.17 - Mannheim (DE) Kurzbar
03.06.17 - Mechelen (BE) Kafee Zappi
04.06.17 - Assenede (BE) Flanders Chopper Bash
06.06.17 - Mainz (BE) Schon Schön.
19.08.17 - Waffenrod (DE) Woodstock Forever

The Sonic Dawn - New album "Into The Long Night"
- Out April 21st on Heavy Psych Sounds -
More infos coming soon...

The Sonic Dawn is a trip – a psychedelic blend of styles, from jazzy sitar pop to heavy acid rock. The Copenhagen trio offers melodic songs infused with a '60s West Coast flavor, laced with dreamy vocals and delivered with an explosive stage presence. Since the release of their acclaimed debut "Perception" in 2015 (Nasoni Records), the Danish rockers have been caught on several European tours, which highlight was the Freak Valley Festival's opening in 2016, who had them sharing the stage with Graveyard and White Hills. This year again, they are confirmed to play the best venues and festivals, such as Liverpool Psych Fest. ~ Purple Sage PR


Watch the new The Sonic Dawn videoclip




THE SONIC DAWN LINKS

Superfang - King of the Mountain EP (2017)

20 February, 2017

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Superfang is a fresh blues/stoner/retro rock band hailing from Norfolk, USA. The band was formed in 2013 by childhood friends Daniel Brunner and brothers Chris and Joey Hoffman. Finally, everyone can enjoy their music, because Superfang released their debut EP, King of the Mountain.

I'm quite pleased with this EP. It's good rock n roll with a cool bluesy sound here and there. Nice raw guitar and sound. King of the Mountain has a very 70's feel to it. In parts, it reminds me of early Pentagram and Cream, and at times I heard direct influences from the Black Keys. Something about the catchy melodies, the sound, the groove, the riffs, the energy. Like The Black Keys with the stoner rock touch. You get only four track, but at least there is not a bad song in the bunch.

In other words, it's a great record. Excellent new music on this first release of the band. King of the Mountain begins with the song Texas! and that alone is worth the price of the EP, but as you listen to each track you'll find it hard to pick a clear favourite, and you will also have trouble keeping your finger off the repeat button!

Announcing Conan's European Tour - March 2017

19 February, 2017

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The British doom metal trio, Conan, has announced a European tour for March. Countries featured as part of the tour include the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Switzerland. You can check out the dates and details below.


Tour Dates
8 / 03 Wiesbaden / Slaughterhouse / Germany
9/03 Coffee Central / Weinheim / Germany
10/03 Prague / Blue Monkey / Czech Republic
11/03 Warsaw / Poglos / Poland
12/03 Dresden / Club Pushkin / Germany
13/03 Munich / Celebration Work / Germany
14/03 Budapest / Wcar / Hungary
15/03 Vienna / Arena / Austria
16/03 Olten / Golden Rooster / Switzerland
17/03 Les-Pennes-Mirabeau / Jas' Rod / France
18/03 Madrid / Sala Chango Live / Spain
19/03 Barcelona / Room Vault / Spain
20/03 Toulouse / The Rex / France
21/03 Nantes / The Scrapyard / France
22/03 Paris / LA Boule Noire / France
23/03 Rotterdam / Baroeg / Netherlands
24/03 Köln / The Underground / Germany
25/03 Brussels / Store 4 / Belgium
26/03 Arnhem / Willemeen / Netherlands