Doctor Cyclops European Tour 2017

18 April, 2017

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Doctor Cyclops European Tour Poster

Doctor Cyclops have announced a UK and European tour in support of their new album Local Dogs. The band has already performed two dates across Italy, but there are still plenty more gigs to come. Find a full list of tour dates below.

Doctor Cyclops is a power trio delivering a blistering heavy rock rejuvenating the legacy of the '70s and early '80s. The band formed in 2007 in a small village in the middle of Appennino mountains, Northern Italy. Their common passion for brilliant outfits such as Truth and Janey, Sir Lord Baltimore, Captain Beyond or Witchfinder General lead them to record and self-produce their first EP “The Doctor Cyclops” (2010), which is quickly followed by two full-lengths: “Borgofondo” (2012) and “Oscuropasso” (2014).


Doctor Cyclops European Tour 2017

22.04 - Tortona (IT) Dazibao
02.05 - St Gallen (CH) Rumpeltum w/ Farflung
03.05 - Ins (CH) Schuxenaus
05.05 - Ipswich (UK) The Swan
06.05 - Banbury (UK) The Wheatsheaf
07.05 - London (UK) The Dev
08.05 - Bristol (UK) The Gryphon
09.05 - Plymouth (UK) The Junction
11.05 - Olten (CH) Coq d’Or
12.05 - Erba (IT) Centrale Rock w/ Crowbar
20.05 - Mezzago (IT) Bloom
07.07 - Salzburg (AT) RockHouse / Dome of Rock Fest
08.07 - Nandlstadt (DE) Freakin Out Festival

Alastor - Black Magic (2017)

17 April, 2017

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Alastor - Black Magic Album Cover

Saint Vitus once sang, White magic, black magic, which am I to choose? But Sweden's Alastor didn't have any doubts, they knew exactly what to choose for their debut EP.

Well, I just got done listening to about thirty-four minutes of music. That's of course nothing out of the ordinary, but this album/EP compresses that much music into just three songs. Luckily, Alastor makes the most of the time and delivers a quality EP. This is exactly the type of record where you pay no attention to song length, and just allow yourself to be entranced into Alastor's world. And I can guarantee you, you will not want to leave.

The guitar playing on here ranges from heavy-as-fuck doom metal to spacey, psychedelic sounding riffs and the vocals are sung in the background, like an old Black Sabbath record. These elements blend to create the atmosphere of these tracks. The songs have an overall spooky, formidable tone and tomblike mists that slip subliminally into the listener's ear.

The opener, Enemy, is well over eleven minutes and features a long, atmospheric Sleep-esque intro leading into the massive main riff. The song has good groove and powerful presence, supreme mini-solos, long solos and great clean vocals. The next song, Nothing To Fear, is straight to the point and full of energy. The end riff here is simply stunning. Impressive as the first two songs are, it's the third, Black Magic, where Alastor really shines. To be clear though, I can't turn Black Magic loud enough. This song will get stuck it your head for indeterminable amounts of time and there is nothing you can do about it. The title track opens with a bulky Weedeater-like riff, quickly opening into another Electric Wizard/Windhand-style riff. It's a truly freaked out song with mighty vocals and with some of the most epic, monolithic riffing you'll hear on the album.

Overall, Black Magic is nothing groundbreaking, but with it Alastor have made an amazingly competent stoner doom album. It's fat and melodic in the right places. It will be stuck in your head for a while, I assure you that.

Ohhms - The World Official video

07 April, 2017

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Canterbury-based progressive sludgers Ohhms have unveiled the new video to their track ‘The World’. Vocalist Paul Waller gives a bit of background about this new song:

Lyrically, ‘The World’ is a character study of a friend of mine who was so overcome by conspiracy theories that he couldn’t function in the world any longer. He began to lose his mind and was deemed by a shrink to be unfit to work because he was delusional. It started small, with a few YouTube videos about NASA and Chem-Trails but within six months he was telling me how the Earth was flat and that I was a part of the sheeple movement because I wasn’t willing to do research myself into his claims.

I don’t judge him, people that are heavily into organised religion seem just as bizarre to me, but what I found fascinating was the way in which all his friends and family turned their back on him, he would have been better off telling them he had become a full-time smack head. At least they would have had a point of reference to relate to him with. As it stands he is all alone in the world now and I don’t see him as much but when I do, it’s never boring, I'll tell you that.

The UK natives will be on tour with Hark and Bossk this spring. Check out the tour dates below:

OHHMS co-headline tour w/ HARK

12.04 | Plymouth | Underground (tickets)
13.04 | Nottingham | The Chameleon Arts Cafe (tickets)
14.04 | Liverpool | EBGB's (tickets)
15.04 | Leeds | Temple Of Boom Leeds (tickets)
OHHMS on tour w/ BOSSK

20.04 | London / Boston Music Room
w/ Slabdragger, Haast's Eagled and Conjurer (tickets)
12.05 | Manchester | Rebellion Manchester (tickets)
13.05 | Glasgow | Audio Glasgow (tickets)
14.05 | Birmingham | The Flapper (tickets)


The Hazytones Kicks Off Canadian Tour

06 April, 2017

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The Hazytones Canadian Tour Poster

Great news for fans of The Hazytones – mark your calendars for April and May. Well... at least if you live somewhere near Canada, because The Hazytones continue to promote their much-praised self-titled debut album and have recently announced their Canadian tour dates. You can check out the dates below.

The Hazytones are a stoner rock group founded in 2015 in Montreal. The trio stuns the audience with their stage presence and intensity. Riff after riff, the group is known for their fat sound and heavy, overdriven saturation.

The band features the powerful voice and guitar playing of Mick Martel (former founding member of Madcooks), the accuracy of drummer Antoine St-Germain (current member of God Bless America) and the rigor of the bassist Frederic Couture (former founding member of Reckless Ride).


The Hazytones : Canadian Tour 2017

20.04 - Toronto @ Canadian Music Week
21.04 - Toronto @ Canadian Music Week
22.04 - Toronto @ Canadian Music Week
23.04 - Sault Ste-Marie @ American New Pub House
25.04 - Kenora @ Lake Shore
26.04 - Winnipeg @ The Cavern club
27.04 - Selkirk @ The Merch
28.04 - Régina @ Durty Nelly's
29.04 - Calgary @ Blind Beggar Pub
02.05 - Kelowna @ Fernando's Pub
03.05 - Vancouver @ Media club
04.05 - Nanaimo @ The Cambie Bar & Grill
05.05 - Port Albany @ TBA
06.05 - Victoria @ Logan's
07.05 - Kamloops @ The grind
08.05 - Kelowna @ Munnin's Post
10.05 - Golden @ Rockwater
12.05 - Edmonton @ The Forge
13.05 - Lethbridge @ Smokehouse Bar n Grill
15.05 - Fort Mcmurray @ Tavern on main
16.05 - Moose Jaw @ TBA
17.05 - Palmer @ Palmer Church
18.05 - Prince albert @ TBA
19.05 - Saskatoon @ The Capitol
20.05 - Red Deer @ The Vat Pub
21.05 - Calgary @ The Palomino
22.05 - Arkola @ Buddy's Pub
23.05 - Arkola @ Buddy's pub
25.05 - Winnipeg @ The Handsome Daughter
26.05 - Thunder bay @ Black Pirates Pub
27.05 - Timmins @ The Working Class

Grajo/​​Orthodox - Split EP (2017)

05 April, 2017

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Grajo is a band that needs to be talked about much more. The Córdoba-based doom metal act quietly released a pristine sounding full-length debut in 2016 to only sporadic acclaim, but it's deserving of much more widespread praise. Their recent two-track split EP with Orthodox is an occasion to remind you of this band. An occasion too good to be missed!

This split starts off with Grajo's Black Thunder Witch, by far the better song on the record. It's fresh and incredibly catchy. Grajo's music is heavy, poppy, psychedelic and sounds like a modern-day Saint Vitus. A very hard thing to explain is the excellent sounding vocals. Liz's vocals are truly unforgettable, bold but yet very soft, love listening to her beautiful voice! She also provided guest vocals on Orthodox's track. Grajo has proven themselves yet again to be extremely promising.

​​Sevilla's Orthodox contribute the second half of the split and while solid, have a hard time matching the awesomeness of the first song. The band did a cover of Neil Young's War of Man. And if riding first impressions, it'd be easy to say that the song sounds like it was recorded by the Melvins. So basically what we have here are some thick, powerful riffs instead of Neil Young's soft, acoustic tune.

But overall, this split is a very good release. It's definitely something everyone should pick up; both bands are worth your support and attention.

Orthodox: Bandcamp | Facebook

Bongzilla To Embark On 2017 European Tour

29 March, 2017

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Bongzilla European Tour Poster

Bongzilla is ready to return on the stage: after announcing their long awaited reunion in 2015, and after playing some shows in 2015 and 2016, the stoner doom legend is about to embark on a month-long tour of Europe, which will see the group play over 30 shows. The band will perform their legendary Gateway in its entirety at Roadburn Festival!

Want to catch the band in concert while they tour Europe? Then check out the tour dates below.


BONGZILLA EUROPEAN TOUR 2017

20.04 - Tilburg (NL) Roadburn Festival
21.04 - Saint Petersburg (RU)
22.04 - Moscow (RU) ШАГИ
26.04 - Bologna (IT) Alchemica Club
27.04 - Lausanne (CH) Impetus Festival / Romandie
28.04 - Berlin (DE) Desertfest Berlin
29.04 - London (UK) Desertfest London
30.04 - London (UK) Desertfest London
01.05 - Bruxelles (BE) Magasin 4
02.05 - Le Havre (FR) Le Sonic
03.05 - Paris (FR) Glazart
04.05 - Nantes (FR) Ferrailleur
05.05 - Toulouse (FR) Rex Club
06.05 - Madrid (SP) Kristonfest
07.05 - Gueret (FR) Metal Cultures
08.05 - Aarau (CH) Kiff Foyer
09.05 - Zagreb (HR) Mochvara
10.05 - Wien (AT) Arena
11.05 - Belgrade (SR) Elektropionir
12.05 - Skopje (MN) МКЦ
13.05 - Sofia (BG) Live & Loud Club
14.05 - Timisaora (RO) Daos Club
15.05 - Budapest (HU) A38
16.05 - Prague (CZ) Klub 007
17.05 - Warsaw (PL) Pogłos
18.05 - Kauns (LT) Lemmy Klubas
19.05 - Riga (LV) Nabaklab
20.05 - Talinn (EST) Rock Stars
21.05 - Helsinki (FIN) Bar Loose
23.05 - Oslo (NOR) Blå
24.05 - Gothenburg (SWE) Truckstop Alaska
25.05 - Copenhagen (DK) Pumpehuset
26.05 - Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang

Black Rainbows -​ The Red Sky Above Single (2017)

27 March, 2017

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Black Rainbows -​The Red Sky Above Single Cover

Black Rainbows is a tireless and dedicated band that has been making energetic stoner rock for more than 10 years. And in case you were busy on March 24th of this year, chances are you probably missed Black Rainbows’ new single entitled The Red Sky Above. It's a must have for anyone that enjoys good fuzzy stoner rock music.

This brand new song from BLACK RAINBOWS was recorded during their last tour in January 2017, in a cool studio surrounded by snowy mountains in the north of Italy. "The Red Sky Above" is six minutes of pure, fuzzy, groovy, stoner frenzy. With this new single, the trio shows a subtle shift toward a darker and heavier sound. "The Red Sky Above" is exclusively issued as part of the "Heavy Psych Sounds Sampler Vol. 2", available at this location.


Desertfest London 2017: Stage Times Announced For The Festival!

25 March, 2017

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Desertfest London 2017 Poster

Anyone still pondering who to see and when over the upcoming Desertfest London festival can now take a look at the full line-up and set times. Just click here.

Get your notepads ready, as DESERTFEST LONDON have finally announced the stage times for their sixth edition, taking place April 28-30th in Camden!

It's finally that time of year; the last pit stop on the way to Desertfest 2017. We have those all important stage times at the ready. Were you worried about Steak clashing with Lowrider? Did you wonder if you'd be able to run to The Underworld for Samsara Blues Experiment after Sleep? Now you'll be able to answer all clash-based worries. To help panning your weekend, the festival put together a very helpful Clashfinder timetable.

The festival kicks off in 6 weeks time and tickets are selling at a rapid rate – under 200 weekend passes and only 50 Saturday tickets left! We also have limited spaces left on our hotel packages at Camden Lock Hotel and just 4 beds left at Smart Hostel Camden. Find out more about accommodations here. ~ Info from Purple Sage PR


- DESERTFEST LONDON 2017 -
28th to 30th April in Camden, London
Weekend & day tickets still available HERE

3-day pass - £100
Friday - £40
Saturday - £40
Sunday - £45


Get more infos on the Desertfest website
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Deepspacepilots - Nebulizer Video

24 March, 2017

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Chicago drone rock 3-piece, Deepspacepilots, have released a music video for their single "Nebulizer" from their most recent album, Point of No Return (2016).

Deepspacepilots features singer/guitarist Ronald Strojny, bassist Andre Almaraz, and drummer Bill Shanklin.

"The band wanted a video for their song 'Nebulizer' and suggested that it should have some kind of extraterrestrial storyline. So we thought up a narrative with an inverse alien abduction done by a group of manipulative scientists," said the video's director, Derek Quint. "Someone gets pregnant and there's a cover-up. The alien protagonist gets sucked into some people problems on Earth right from the get-go which, in my imagination, is probably what would happen anyway." ~ Addovolt Productions


Monarch Announce European Tour With Birushanah To Kick Off This Spring

18 March, 2017

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Monarch European Tour Poster

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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Duel European Tour Poster

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