Doctor Cyclops European Tour 2017

18 April, 2017

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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.


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 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

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


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.


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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Calgary's 420 Music & Arts Festival Poster

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
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!

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

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


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


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


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

Wretch And Iron Void To Warm You Up For Desertfest London!

17 February, 2017

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Can't wait for Desertfest to begin? Why not start the party early at this year's official pre-show. We've invited doom duo Wretch and Iron Void to kick things off on Thursday 27th April at The Black Heart. For tickets and more info, visit the website.

Indiana's Wretch should be well known to doomster's everywhere. Formed by ex-The Gates of Slumber mainstay, Karl Simon, after the doom favourites called it quits in 2013, Wretch still bring the doom, though from a slightly different slant. More focused and traditional in their approach to the slow and heavy, Wretch, may be closer in some respects to Saint Vitus than they are to The Gates of Slumber.

Joining them are Wakefield's Iron Void; proud champions of Yorkshire doom metal. Similarly anchored in trad doom, though with a little more bounce, Iron Void's self-titled debut feels ripped from the late 70s / early 80s.

Stoner Mountain's Weekly Bandcamp Discoveries #1

16 February, 2017

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Welcome to my new series - Stoner Mountain's Weekly Bandcamp Discoveries. The name is pretty self-explanatory. I'll be posting my Bandcamp discoveries every week. Here are 11 records from over the past two weeks that you should check out. From French stoner rock to Amercian black metal, here are some of the choicest records from around the world. 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.

Svartanatt: Killer On The Loose Tour & Single

13 February, 2017

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Svartanatt is a five-piece retro-rock band and probably the brightest hope of the Swedish retro rock scene. They have just released their fantastic debut full-length album in 2016 and now they return with a brand new single, Killer On The Loose. Also, the band is ready to show Spain what they’re made of. They will play there six shows and then return to Sweden to play six more gigs. Check out the tour dates and the single below:

28 February - Onda Pasadena - Malaga
1 March - Lemon Rock Bar - Granada
2 March - Café Teatro Central - Baeza
3 March - Secret Show
4 March - Side Pop - Don Benito
5 March - El Zagal - Valladolid
25 March - Rockebo - Åre
1 April - The Sign Fest - Linköping
7 April - CC-puben - Gävle
8 April - Geronimo's - Stockholm
12 May - Rockbaren - Karlskoga
13 May - Beardmen - Skövde

Killer On The Loose Single

Árida - Despertar (2016)

12 February, 2017

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Árida is a female-fronted power duo from Madrid, Spain. Despertar is their debut album and it was released as a digital download on November 28. The CD version was released December 23 via Nooirax Producciones. I have been listening to this album recently, especially if by 'recently' what I actually mean is 'every day since last two weeks, often multiple times in a row'. So, it's finally time to write the review.

Árida creates an intense atmosphere with mixing desert rock, alternative rock, and 90's riot grrrl styles to record ten dope songs featuring the explosive vocals and guitar playing of Sara Uve and the hard hitting drumming of Javi Puértolas. With a sound focused on energetic vocals and fast tempos, they manage to combine the grooviness of Dozer with the angriness of Heavens To Betsy and the catchiness of Le Tigre.

Despertar is a great album with powerful Spanish vocals that you will love immediately and put on repeat for weeks. Would recommend this one to anyone that's looking for a different yet familiar sound. This is just what I'd like to hear more often on the European desert rock scene. Be sure to check out their two EPs Un día en la línea del oeste and Cenizas!

Dunbarrow sign to RidingEasy Records

11 February, 2017

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Dunbarrows' self-titled debut album was one of my favourite releases from 2016, just check out my Best of 2016 list. Now the Norwegian retro doomsters have signed to RidingEasy Records, which hopefully will give them further recognition. The Los Angeles-based label will reissue the band's self-titled album worldwide with a special die-cut sleeve and insert for the LP. Also, it will be on CD for the first time ever!

Dunbarrow will be available on CD on March 10th, 2017 and LP in May via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available at

Hear & share the single Lucifer's Child: Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

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Slund - The Call Of Agony (2017)

09 February, 2017

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These guys are tough. They have a skeleton on their album cover, so beware! Nah, I'm just kidding. Or am I? Not much is known about Slund. They are from Slovenia, this is apparently their debut album and it was released yesterday. Anyway, I just listened to the whole album and it's much better than I expected.

If you experience night terrors and struggle with how to get rid of nightmares, then... The Call Of Agony is not gonna help. It's pure musical terror. It's violent, vicious and intense. High-pitched screams and high-pitched growls are buried in a mess of bulky, massive guitars and bass, merely acting as another layer in a thick attack. At times it's slow, doomy and at other times it's a ultra-fast, grindcore-ish madness. I think it sounds like Eyehategod meets Mortician and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, but who knows?

There's enough going on here to make Slund's The Call Of Agony worth a listen. However, this music is definitely not for everyone; some people will get it, others don't. Consider yourself forewarned.

Beerwolf: U.S. Winter Tour 2017

06 February, 2017

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Beerwolf is also on tour right now. Check out if the band is playing near you and just go see these guys!

Tour Schedule:
02/04/17 - Fort Lauderdale at Kreepy Tiki Bar & Lounge
02/05/17 - Jacksonville at Shantytown
02/06/17 - Augusta, GA at The Soul Bar
02/07/17 - TBA at TBA
02/08/17 - Raleigh, North Carolina at Slim’s Downtown
02/09/17 - Richmond, Virginia at 25 Watt RVA
02/10/17 - Atlanta, GA at The Highlander
02/11/17 - Panama City, Florida at The Dungeon Tavern

Beerwolf - Oracle's Prophecy (2015)

06 February, 2017

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They’re called Beerwolf and hail from the city of Tampa, the unofficial capital of American death metal. Although that doesn't mean they're a death metal group. Make no mistake, this is groovy stoner/doom metal with nice soaring clean vocals. Formed somewhere in the early days of 2015, Beerwolf released their debut album, Oracle's Prophecy, in October of the same year.

The album starts off with the instrumental song Sorcerer's Demise, a Kyuss-esque, bang-along stoner rock hymn. An awesome tune with a slow, trippy, and psychedelic guitar solo. Followed by Sea Tyrant, a nutty psychedelic thing. What we get here is a thick, groovy riff inspired by Down's Nola. The next two tracks, River Styx and Warlock's War, have a heavy blues vibe to it, and a lot of Sleep and Black Sabbath worship going on. With Poor Man, we're back in fuzzed-out Kyuss-esque stoner rock land again. And last but not least, Oracle's Prophecy is a great number, with plenty of fuzz, groove, funk and all around heaviness. The song has some supreme riffage and a brilliant, mind-bending solo.

Overall, this is a very solid debut for these guys from Florida. It's nothing groundbreaking or innovating, but it's a pleasure to listen to this. I guess that if this band was from Sweden instead of the United States, that they'd be loved by now.

Dead Witches - Ouija (2017)

04 February, 2017

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Dead Witches is the name of a new project from drummer Mark Greening, who is best known as one of the main members of Electric Wizard and Ramesses, who released a couple of legendary albums, and Psychedelic Witchcraft's vocalist Virginia Monti, with bassist Carl Geary and guitarist Greg Elk. Sadly, Greg passed away at the end of last year. Such a big loss, I corresponded with him a couple of times and he seemed like such a nice guy.

Ouija, recorded at the same studio in which Electric Wizard had recorded Dopethrone, only consists of five tracks plus an awesome, atmospheric introduction and it really leaves you wanting more, but at least all the songs are equally good. Yep, there is no bad song on Ouija! The first word that comes to mind after listening to this album is 'heavy'. It's a thrilling vintage-sounding production inspired by traditional doom metal, Electric Wizard-esque stoner doom and witchcraft. The band combines a monumental riffing attitude with psychedelic sounds.

Dead, the first track after the spooky intro, is a fantastic, groovy and psychedelic song with a hypnotic riff, trance-like drumming and a trippy solo at the end. The next track, Drawing Down The Moon, is true stoner insanity with a great riff and fantastic vocals. Virginia's voice and performance always appear to be great, but she surpassed herself with this one. The last three songs Ouija, Mind Funeral and A World Of Darkness are equally heavy and slow, with massive riffs to blow the pavement from the path you walk. Compared to them, Drawing Down The Moon almost sounds like some sort of pop-doom, even though it's still my favourite song from Ouija.

Let me just tell you that this record is tremendous. Maybe not original, but without a doubt a must to check out. Ouija is basically the 'groovy Electric Wizard album' I wish Electric Wizard had actually made instead of Time to Die. I promise you that as soon as you start playing Ouija, you don't wanna stop!

Ouija will be released on February 10 through Heavy Psych Sounds Records and it's now available for Pre-Order.

P.S. Dear Purple Sage PR, I would like to thank you once again for sending me all the great promos.

Electric Citizen: Daytrotter Session and Tour with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

02 February, 2017

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Good news, Electric Citizen fans – the band just had a Daytrotter session posted two days ago. The Daytrotter Session includes the songs Light Years Beyond, Misery Keeper and Social Phobia. Check it out HERE. And, guitarist Ross Dolan sits down with PlayThisRiff to demonstrate how to play the band's Light Years Beyond guitar riffs HERE.

Also, the band have announced a small, seven-date US Tour with the psych-rock veterans The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Dates for the mini tour run from February 10 through to February 23. See complete dates below.

02/10 Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Tavern
02/15 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent *
02/16 Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl Las Vegas *
02/17 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's *
02/18 Portland, OR @ Star Theater *
02/21 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's *
02/23 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge *

* w/ The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

The Crystal Moth - Brainwasher Single (2016)

01 February, 2017

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Brainwasher is the debut single by Perth heavy-psych five-piece The Crystal Moth. It was recorded at Blackbird Studios in Perth and released December 2, 2016. It's an over eight-minute proggy blues-rock jam with lots of vibrant Pink Floyd'esque moves. Fabulous tune and arrangement with a great sing a long vocal and a fantastic organ-driven groove. Can't say enough positive about it.

This gorgeous song show the guys getting off to a great start, that no doubt paves the way for more smashing songs. Get the track for as much as you feel like paying (free is even an option) on Bandcamp. Put on the headphones, go to your own lil world and sit back.

zhOra - Live at Wacken Open Air 2016

31 January, 2017

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Some good news but more bad news from zhOra, a four-piece progressive metal band from Clonmel, Ireland. Well, the good news first. On January 20, they have released footage of their live performance at Wacken 2016. zhOra played three songs from their upcoming album. They band delivered a great performance and it seems like they had an awesome experience at the festival. Watch the show in the video above.

Live at Wacken 2016 tracklist:

The Breach
Sin Eater

The bad news is their bassist, Richie McCormack, has decided to retire from the band due to health reasons. Read below the press release from zhOra.


Achieving your dreams is a cliché. It doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t happen. After only five years as a group, we walked onto a stage at Wacken Open Air. Being able to put a bit of cynicism aside for 22 minutes was good. Being stopped by Belgian police and having to explain what we were doing with five of the finest Tipp hurleys in a Transit Van was also pretty good.

Unfortunately, since August of 2015 Richie has been living with a Brain Tumour which has been causing him severe Epileptic Fits. Since the day we found out we knew we were running on borrowed time. Being onstage playing to a crowd of literal thousands was the best time for our boy to call it a day, so Richie’s leaving the band to look after his health.

Seeing as we’ve had time with the situation, there are no more sad feelings about anything, so with that we say Goodbye to our Part-time Musician, Professional Codologist; Richie McCormack and welcome his replacement: Alan Hanlon (Nautilus). The fact people call him “Batman” did not influence our decision making process too much. - zhOra

P.S. Best wishes Richie. I hope that you’re back in the swing very soon!

Desertfest London 2017 - Day Splits & Tickets Are Now Up!

30 January, 2017

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The DESERTFEST LONDON 2017 day and stage splits are here, along with individual day tickets! Discover the highlights, venue details and the full list of bands that will grace Camden with their heavy riffs on April 28-30th.

Last things first, let's get straight to that insane Sunday main-stage. To celebrate The Roundhouse venue joining the Desertfest family, we made their debut appearance something special. Not only will stoner doom icons SLEEP be topping the bill, but the Roundhouse hosts a full bill of huge acts. CANDLEMASS, with over three decades of underground acclaim to their name, bring the epic doom metal. USA's WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM bring the atmospheric black metal. Traditional doom metal stalwarts SAINT VITUS bring the classic riffs. And how about this for a 'curtain jerker'? BONGZILLA bring the raw weed metal for their second show of the weekend; more on the first later.

It's not just about the Sunday though. Friday's stage at the Electric Ballroom is headlined by returning heroes SLO BURN whose short run in the mid 90s furthered the then fledgling stoner rock scene. One band they surely had an impact on is LOWRIDER, who play Europe's finest stoner rock alongside them. Ukraine's STONED JESUS celebrate their resonant album Seven Thunders Roar, and 1000MODS and PONTIAK round up the main stage on the Friday.

The Electric Ballroom on Saturday will be swarming with Turbojugends as death-punk grandmasters TURBONEGRO turn Camden into party central. JOHN GARCIA sticks around for a solo show, sure to feature classics from his years of nonstop mastery in the stoner rock scene. Sheffield's rock and roll five piece BLACK SPIDERS visit London for one last time on their farewell tour, with SATAN'S SATYRS and AVON rounding up the main stage.

As ever though, it doesn't stop at the main stages. Our regular partners have delivered three stages with diverse lineups. Human Disease Promo and When Planets Collide take over The Underworld on Saturday in a bill headlined by BONGZILLA with a special set celebrating the band's early work. The Quietus stage is led by synth wavers ZOMBI, and Nightshift Promotions bring an eclectic mix led by Hungary's APEY & THE PEA.

TICKET PRICES are as follows:

Full weekend - £100
Friday - £40
Saturday - £40
Sunday - £45

A 'smart package' including festival pass + hotel room at Camden Lock Hotel can be purchased for the weekend from £245.

From 28th to 30th April in Camden, London (UK)
Friday and Saturday tickets on sale AT THIS LOCATION
Sunday tickets on sale AT THIS LOCATION

Get more infos on the Desertfest website
Follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

P.S. Info from Purple Sage PR

Second ‘Eindhoven Psych Lab Presents’ announced for 26 May

30 January, 2017

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Eindhoven Psych Lab Presents: Föllakzoid + TRAAMS + RMFTM + The Lucid Dream + Altin Gün + Modulab | 26 May | Effenaar

On 26 May, the Effenaar in Eindhoven hosts the second Eindhoven Psych Lab Presents of the year. Headlining is the incredible neo-kraut sensation Föllakzoid (CL) with new songs, supported by our co-hosts RMFTM (Eindhoven), TRAAMS (UK), The Lucid Dream (UK) and the Turkish/Dutch sensation Altin Gün who rock the afterparty with the best Turkish psych from the lowlands. Click here for more info

Modulab & Eindhoven Psych Lab VJ team

This evening and night will feel like a proper Psych Lab day thanks to the futuristic visuals by the Eindhoven Psych Lab VJ-team and the modular synth towers from the Modulab team who premiered their synth jams at the festival last year.

Eindhoven Psych Lab Presents: Moon Duo | 5 April | Effenaar

For the first EPL Presents of 2017 (5 April) we already invited Moon Duo. They will play their brand new album ‘Occult Architecture’ for the first time in Eindhoven om 5 April. Click here for more info

Dope Default - Tales from the Wasteland (2017)

30 January, 2017

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And that's all folks. I'm presenting you the last group from Greece, Dope Default from Thessaloniki. The band has just released their second EP called Tales from the Wasteland.

What awaits you is a throwback to 90s stoner/hard rock and grunge. The band draws their influences mainly from Monster Magnet with a little bit of Queens of the Stone Age and Corrosion of Conformity. Although Dope Default sounds a bit raw at first, each of the 6 songs on their extended play features some strong melodies paired with an almost manic dose of groove.

One or two songs didn't appeal to me, but overall a nice grungy stoner rock collection from a relatively new band. I definitely enjoy the EP. Check it out if mentioned bands are up your alley.

Mother Desert - Sand Hills (2017)

27 January, 2017

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I'm almost coming to an end with the Greek week on Stoner Mountain, which actually has been almost two weeks since I started it. Here are the last few bands. Lets start with Mother Desert, an instrumental psychedelic/stoner rock group from Nea Peramos.

They released their debut album Sand Hills January 12 and it's full of warm psychedelic jams. The sound is raw, gentle, hard, soft, warm, all within the same album. The music on it's own is enough to make you smile, but stop and think about this for a moment. Imagine your listening to this album, while you're sitting on your porch with a cold beer in your hand, enjoying the perfect weather in your free time.

Without a doubt, here we have a very good album that should be in your hands in case you are interested in hearing some solid instrumental desert rock. Of course, it has some flaws, but who cares. You can almost feel the sand in your shoes and the sunshine beating down onto your face.

Dead Man's Band - Back In The Alley (2015)

26 January, 2017

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Dead Man's Band is a band that you'd expect to hear in a good ole coffee-shop or a good independent record store. Their third album, Back In The Alley, continues the style of their two previous releases, so if you’re familiar with those albums you will know what to expect from their latest record. Eight songs are included and once again we can hear a fantastic, bluesy retro rock.

Most bands concentrate on creating catchy singles that will sell their albums. Rarely do they try to put together a strong collection of songs that one can listen to from beginning to end. This album is definitely not one of those. The emotions of the music and the listener change with each track. This band is as tight as a band can get, and the vocalist is putting raw soul back into rock and roll. Each song is blessed with catchy hooks, memorable melodies and they know when to hold back and when to unleash a torrent of sound. I like that the keyboard is more present on this record. It seems like the band has been working very hard in making Back In The Alley sound bigger than any of their previous releases. The songs have variety and show off the depth of talent.

But Back In The Alley is probably not their best album, because the debut is still unbeatable, although it's a sensational album. Truly beautiful music and retro rock at its finest. You can't go wrong with any of the songs, they are all great. This music gets you rocking. I hope to enjoy new music from these guys for many more years to come.

P.S. Please support these guys. Buy it for yourself. Gift it to loved ones. Gift it to the neighbors who always play crap music! You shouldn't even have wasted the time reading my stupid review. You could have downloaded it while you were reading and been listening by now :)

Dead Man's Band - Vol​.​ II (2014)

25 January, 2017

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Dead Man's Band had me back in 2012 with their marvellous self-titled debut album. The female-fronted retro-rockers from Piraeus were so underground you needed a shovel to get to it, and Stoner Mountain was probably the first blog that wrote about them. Sadly, not much has changed after five years, they're still very much unknown. To be honest I'm very surprised that this band is not receiving the press they deserve. I hope that I can make a difference.

Dead Man's Band's sophomore album is full of melodious and beautiful guitar lines. It's a bluesy rock jam packed with emotions. At times it rocks, at times it slows down to a painful raspy grace, only to pick back up and jam a song or two later. But the best part are the vocals. The woman can wail like no other. Her singing is very powerful, reaches out and grabs you. It’s a throwback that sounds familiar, but not one you can place in time, they just know how to make that old music sound as fresh and as vital as ever.

They have generously donated their otherworldly music to this wonderful because all their albums are available as a free name-your-price download. I strongly suggest that you support the band by paying them something for this record and any of their others. Especially if you are a fan of theirs. For those of you that aren't, if you were to sit down and listen to it, I guarantee you will like at least few songs on there. Please just buy it, you can't go wrong.

Mad John the Wise - Mad John the Wise EP (2014)

23 January, 2017

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And we are leaving Athens with this one, so I'm presenting you something a bit different. It's an old request that I finally managed to post. In case you were wondering, the request is of course not as old as the EP.

Mad John the Wise is a boiling pot of stoner, hard rock, heavy metal, alternative rock and elements of prog metal, like soft-hard dynamics, changing time signatures and tempos. The band uses heavy influences of folk and I would say even some sea shanties. All that gives them a quite interesting sound - intense and fragile at the same time.

I'm not a prog expert and am far removed from the scene, but to me these guys have it. Whatever 'it' is. Perhaps no one will be breaking down any doors to get it, but it's still a pretty good listen. Songs like The Hunt and Gatti Di Strada certainly makes Mad John the Wise worth downloading, especially it's a free name-your-price download.

Dr​.​Awkward and the Screws - S/T EP (2017)

22 January, 2017

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I don't know what is going on in Athens' stoner rock scene lately, but they did it again. Who knows, maybe the Greeks want to conquer the world? Dr​.​Awkward and the Screws has been playing together since 2014 and this is their first release, a self-titled three-song EP.

You have here your stoner, your blues, your psych and 70s, all woven into something groovy. On the first track, The Screwdriver, the band sound like a more cheerful version of Pentagram and Witchcraft played through a heavy fuzz pedal. If I were to pick a song that got me into Dr​.​Awkward and the Screws, this would be it. Of course not because it's the first song, duh. But because it's so catchy. A very good beginning, this gets.
The second track, Seven, has basically the same vibe as The Screwdriver, but it's a bit slower and doomier.
Walking, the last song, has such a funky groove, like Aerosmith's Walk This Way mixed with a Black Sabbath song. It's heavy, but the tune is light and listenable.

Dr​.​Awkward and the Screws' EP is definitely worth checking out and it will only take 15 minutes of your time. A definite promise for the near future!

Drive By Wire - Blood Red Moon Single (2017)

21 January, 2017

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Drive By Wire - Blood Red Moon Single Cover

Don't worry (or worry, if you don't like the concept), the Greek week is not over yet, it's just a teeny tiny break for this awesome single.

I guess we all know that this Dutch heavy psych/stoner rock band can kick some ass, but damn is Drive By Wire on fire this time. Their new single has been on repeat all day, what a great preview of their upcoming album. The Dutch veterans mixes slick guitar grooves with fuzzed out psych rock textures and wonderful vocals. Yep, Simone has such a fantastic singing ability, there is no describing the depth of raw power she has. Melt into this track, let itself wrap around you and take over!

Hazy Sea - Electric Abyss (2017)

19 January, 2017

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Don't be too surprised when I tell you, that we have here yet another dope band from Athens. Hazy Sea is an instrumental stoner rock trio and just yesterday they released their debut album Electric Abyss.

Only a few minutes into Electric Abyss, and the positive vibes can immediately be felt. All the songs would fit perfectly in a Robert Rodriguez flick. Dusty, heavy psych stoner rock with an early 90s hard-rock feeling to their music, maybe even the same kind of psychedelic madness that the Smashing Pumpkins exuded on their old albums.

Trying to find a track to skip to get to the good stuff. Can't. It's all good. Great, in fact. My little review won't do it justice, so just listen to it. You shouldn't be disappointed!

Baetyl - Jangala EP (2016)

18 January, 2017

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Apparently the beautiful Greek landscapes are inspiring enough to write and record great stoner/desert albums, because Greece gave us another fine release. After five years away, the stoner rockers from Athens jump back into the game rocking hard, with their second EP called Jangala, which was released December 4, 2016.

Jangala features the same laid-back groovy sound as on their debut EP Meteorite, which create a perfect low desert vibe, but this record seems generally faster. The sound can be loosely compared to Elvis Deluxe's and 1000mods' early work, so expect a really fuzzy and warm guitar tone, like a desert full of cactuses on the hottest day. The highlight of the record, of course in my opinion, is Last Song For A Migrating Bird. It has equal amount of psychedilic, slow-to-midpaced groove in addition to some faster and heavier moments. The vocals are not always spot on, but the singing is very catchy and enjoyable.

Maybe it's not an essential stoner rock album, but it's surely one that must be heard. My only complaint is the number of the songs. Four tracks are definitely not enough. I want more!

House Anxiety - Demo (2017)

17 January, 2017

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We are still staying in Athens and the next Greek band on our little trip is the heavy sludge/doom band House Anxiety.

What is the first thing that comes to mind after listening to their first demo? Well, all the sludgy Phil Anselmo projects, because these guys have a really groovy NOLA vibe around their sound. Dirty, heavy and wonderfully raw. All of the songs on this album have very catchy riffs and even some cool solos. A solid sound with a bunch of tempo changes. Nothing new here, but it's a fun, exploitative, drugged up addition to the genre.

The demo as a whole is very nice and I enjoyed listening to it. Nothing more to say really. Just check it out. It's pay what you want through Bandcamp. Highly recommended for fans of Superjoint Ritual, Eyehategod and Iron Monkey!

Deaf Radio - Alarm (2017)

16 January, 2017

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Deaf Radio - Alarm Album Cover

I hope you guys have a valid passport, because we are staying in Greece just a little bit longer. Maybe even the whole week. The next Greek artist after Hazy Blue Something is Deaf Radio, a very promising quartet hailing from Athens. They're Greece's best young exponents of post-punk styled desert rock, or just as David Letterman would say - a wonderful rock 'n roll band.

Deaf Radio brings warmth to the harsh winter. Their debut album Alarm is full of infectious guitar hooks and some extremely ear-pleasing vocal harmonies, with a refreshing approach to constructing traditional stoner rock music. A mixture of early Queens of the Stone Age and Masters of Reality combined with a slightly post-punk vibe. This is just what I'd like to hear more often on stoner rock scene. The instruments are played well and the production is good without sounding over-produced. I don't think there is a need to review song after song, you just need to know that each song seems better than the last. Virtually no filler.

Overall, it's a great album and they rock out through the whole thing. I would recommend Alarm not only to the stoner rock lovers but also to fans of rock. They're certainly a band to follow, as we can tell from listening to their first album. It definitely made me a Deaf Radio fan!