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Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard/Slomatics – Totems Split EP

2018, Black Bow Records

Review by Rick Ossian

When I first saw this item in my inbox/things to check out itinerary, I decided that the name alone was worth investigating these new sounds.  Many of you have no doubt checked out an album cover (vinyl or CD or what have you) and thought, “Wow, what a cool cover! I should buy this and see what these guys sound like!”  That was indeed the case here, and I was amply rewarded for my efforts.

I was, in fact, so excited, that I contacted the band (MWWB) via their Facebook page to let them know I was going to be reviewing their latest work.  They said they would share the link! I also got a message from them in regards to the running order:

“Hey, Master and His Emissary & Eagduru are MWWB, the other tracks are Slomatics. Slomatics do a spoken word on the outro of Eagduru, and Jess from MWWB sings backing vox on the Slomatics song Master’s Descent. Hope this helps”.

Now there was no turning back, as one can obviously see.  Therefore, I decided to dive headfirst into the tunes and see what was going on.

As you might imagine, my first concern was where the ‘split’ was.  In other words, where did Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard end and where did the Slomatics begin?  As I listened, I realized that the distinction didn’t really matter.  When listening to the songs, it occurred to me that both bands were of the same mind when it came to the music.  Both are post-apocalyptic doom and gloom purveyors.  Both put freaky vocals on top of the sludge to enhance the proceedings; at least, that’s what the music led me to believe.

For example, when I listened to the final track, I was reminded of things that I had noticed from the first track.  From the monumental pounding of The Master and His Emissary to the space-like dirge of Master’s Descent, this could be both bands at the same time!

Of course there are riffs that could signal the end of the world.  Of course there are strange vocals throughout.  There are also lots of FX and synth-laden intros.  I was reminded of Sleep at some moments, which made perfect sense because of the similarity in genres.  The first track even made me think it was an instrumental until the chanting broke out.  Doom and gloom lords will no doubt fanboy fawn over Eagduru and Ancient Architects, both mega-epic leviathans of echo and mighty riffs with angelic and oftentimes indistinct mutterings of vocal over the top of everything.

Let us get to the meat of the music right here and now.  If you like your metal in molten sludge form, then you will no doubt enjoy this new pairing of the boys from Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard and Slomatics.

Verdict: 9/10

 

 

I AM GIANT NEW SINGLE, UK DATES

Hailed by the Radio 1 Rock Show as ‘Awesome’, platinum selling rock outfit I Am Giant have bounced back into the UK music scene with stadium ready single Playing With Fire and a UK tour announcement.

The band have recently returned from a two year hiatus and have announced a line up shift consisting of their long time band member Aja Timu now fronting the band. Their 3rd studio album is due out in late 2017.

Earlier this year I Am Giant debuted a new single called Dead Flower, which reached No 2 on the Spotify NZ Heatseakers Chart, was playlisted on a range of international Spotify Rock playlists including Rock Out, Rock This and Spotify Italy Novita Stadium Rock, as well as garnering airplay on The Rock and Bayrock.

I Am Giant are kicking off the second half of 2017 with their explosive new single Playing With Fire. The confessional lyrics and soaring vocals mused with hypnotic guitar work create a song that will reestablish what I Am Giant have always been about; making memorable and soul-stirring music.

Paul Matthews says this about the track.
 ‘Playing with Fire is about just saying fuck it and not worrying about what others think of how you choose to live your one and only life’.

The accompanying video was shot by Adam Jones at Homegrown Festival earlier this year.

‘Playing live is our passion, and for years we have toured non-stop around the world. But nothing really compares to the Homegrown Festival crowd. We wanted to capture that with this video and thank all our NZ fans, especially the I Am Giant Army, for their constant support’ says Shelton Woolright.

I Am Giant will be touring with special guests New Volume on the following dates:

26 SEPT O2 Academy Islington – LONDON
27 SEPT Rebellion Manchester – MANCHESTER
28 SEPT Corporation – SHEFFIELD
29 SEPT The Cobblestones – BRIDGWATER
02 OCT Klub Hydrozagadka – WARSAW
03 OCT Klub pod Minogą – POZNAN

 

Rare Kurt Cobain pieces to show at Seattle Art Fair

Art collectors have unearthed two never-before-seen paintings by Kurt Cobain to display at the Seattle Art Fair this summer.

Bosses at the United Talent Agency (UTA) will show pieces crafted by the late Nirvana musician at the upcoming event as part of a UTA Artist Space exhibit.

Cobain‘s two paintings have been out of sight for over 20 years – the works were locked away in storage after the rocker tragically died at 27 in 1994.  Grunge icon Kurt’s paintings, which have never been displayed in public before, will also be shown alongside a selection of his notebooks at the creative gathering.  One of the canvasses to be put on view was used as the cover art for Nirvana‘s 1992 compilation album Incesticide.

The rocker’s artworks will be on display among works by other noteworthy artists such as Mike Kelley, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Elizabeth Peyton and Raymond Pettibon at the Seattle Art Fair, which takes place from 3rd to 6th August.

However, fans outside of Washington state may have the opportunity to see Cobain‘s work in-person at other venues, with The New York Times reporting his exhibition in Seattle may lead to more showings thanks to a developing partnership between UTA executives and the rocker’s widow Courtney Love.

Joshua Roth, the head of UTA Fine Arts, says there has been talk about creating a “touring exhibition” of Kurt‘s art, which includes dozens of sculptures, illustrations and paintings the musician made before he died.

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Walpyrgus release video for Dead Girls

US hard rock/heavy metal warriors Walpyrgus have released the video for Dead Girls, the second single off the band’s forthcoming  album Walpyrgus Nights.

The video is based on the original art created by Scott Waldrop (Twisted Tower Dire) for the comic book that accompanies the vinyl edition of the album. The glossy-papered, 56-page comic book depicts the lyrics of the album and is intended as a bonus for the vinyl release.  Due to a print surplus, the comic book can also be purchased  together with the CD, but only while ordering directly from Cruz Del Sur Music webstore.

Featuring an all-star cast of Heavy Metal veterans, North Carolina’s Walpyrgus will release their full-length debut album June 9 on Cruz Del Sur Music. The album will be released on compact disc, vinyl  and digital formats.  

Walpyrgus Nights represents the full realization of the potential of this dangerous meeting of Metal minds. Hook after hook, cascading guitar harmonies, anthemic soaring vocals, and epic unexpected twists and turns abound on this eight-song opus. It is a genuinely inspired, wild, fun ride through the annals of classic Hard Rock and early Metal with a distinct personality. The album, which features the artwork of Gustavo Sazes (Morbid Angel, Arch Enemy, Firewind), was recorded in a variety of locations over the course of two intense years under the guidance of Tom Phillips, mixed by longtime collaborator Kevin “131” Gutierrez (Raven, Deceased, Believer) and mastered by Bill Wolf (Raven, While Heaven Wept).

So when the when the stars are right and you’re alone, take a journey, lock the world tight and prepare yourself for the tales of demons, spectres and witches rising on Walpyrgus Nights!

Free Stuff! Shredmonton Digital Sampler Download!

Edmonton, AB’s loudest indoor metal festival and conference SHREDMONTON, presented by Prairie Fire Events Ltd, is offering metal fans a free digital sampler of headbanging tunes from bands on this year’s line up.

To get your FREE download, click here.

The Acts

Featuring some of the heaviest acts from across Canada to rumble the Alberta prairies, this year’s ShrEdmonton will be headlined by Vancouver power titans Unleash The Archers, Winnipeg’s funereal doom outfit Psychotic Gardening and Edmonton gore masters BLËED from Friday May 12th to Sunday May 14th 2017 at the Mercury Room. This year’s festival also features an ALL AGES event on the Sunday date, as well as the return of the all-ages industry conference aspect, which includes panels on publicity & promotion, festival booking plus vocal, guitar and recording/live sound clinics.

ShrEdmonton organizer Tyson Travnik comments:

“We’re very proud to be able to focus this year’s festival on showcasing bands that we feel have supported past Canadian festivals plus helped their local scenes flourish. Focusing on keeping this year’s experience intimate, yet retaining top-shelf quality is something that I think will set 2017 apart from events we’ve done in the past. ”

Tickets for ShrEdmonton 2017 are available on www.Shredmonton.com and at the following Edmonton locations: Mercury Room, Blackbyrd, Rendezvous Pub, The Forge plus also available in Red Deer, AB at Sound House and from Annihilatrix Productions in Calgary, AB.

Ticket Prices:
Shredpass: $50
Friday, May 12: $20
Saturday, May 13 – Conference – Free with Shredpass, $5 at door
Saturday, May 13: $25
Sunday, May 14: $17

Social Arsonist Tour Dates

Chilean/Canadian thrash hybrid SOCIAL ARSONIST will be hitting the road soon. With dates across British Columbia and Alberta for the month of May,  followed by a tour of Chile and a return to Canada to perform at the Loud As Hell festival in Drumheller, AB (full dates listed below).

Formed in Chile in 2009 by bassist Dario Zuniga and guitarist Manuel Morgado, the two musicians were unable to locate the perfect vocalist in their home country and turned to the internet. They found Canadian singer Cayle Charlton. The duo worked with him for years via the internet, honing their material before taking the ultimate step of relocating to Canada.

With a full line up in Vancouver, BC, the “fiery crucible of Chilean thrash met the icy cauldron of Canadian metal” to create an explosive storm built on a foundation of classic thrash and modern metal resulting in two releases. Their 2016 full length Duality of Perception and 2014 debut EP De-Evolution of Thy Self both demonstrate the band’s sound: aggressive, fast, intense, catchy and disruptive.

Bassist Dario Zuniga reveals that SOCIAL ARSONIST take inspiration beyond metal clichés:

“The whole album carries the Social Arsonist aggression and message of rebellion and anguish against the institutionalization of society plus we have a wide range of influences, including a South American flavouring that everyone seems to enjoy, and coming from South America just to play our music in Canada, we put a lot of effort and passion into our performance!”

Tour Dates

May 18 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
May 19 – Vernon, BC – Record City
May 20 – Prince George, BC  – Legion
May 21 – Kamloops, BC – The Dirty Jersey
May 25 – Edmonton, AB – DV8
May 26 – TBA
May 27 – Calgary, AB – Lord Nelson’s
May 28 – Lethbridge, AB – Smokehouse
May 29 – Kelowna, BC – Muninn’s Post
June – Chile Tour
July 14 – Abbotsford, BC – Brother’s Bowling and Billiards
August 5 – Drumheller, AB – Loud As Hell Fest

Vesperia’s Morgan Rider Covers ‘Idle Blood’

VESPERIA frontman Morgan Rider has posted an acoustic cover video, performing one of his favourite tracks from Katatonia: Idle Blood, from the Night Is The New Day album.

“I recorded this cover in my home studio and filmed it in the crown lands near my house. I am a big Katatonia fan and have been wanting to record an homage to them with a slightly altered arrangement for awhile now.” comments Rider.

New Album
VESPERIA are currently completing the recording of their new album to follow to 2015’s The Iron Tempests EP. The album is being recorded at Blue Sound & Music Studios in Toronto, Canada with engineer/ producer Russ Mackay (Mastodon, Iron Maiden, Styx) and will feature an array of famous Canadian guest musicians with the art created by Juno award-winning artist Hugh Syme (Rush, Nevermore, Dream Theater).
Vesperia launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise over $5,000 to record the new album giving fans many special and unique perks for their contributions, including mead made by the band’s front man Morgan Rider, drinking horns, album pre-releases, the bands stage banners and much more! For all details on contributions, click here.

Woodhawk launch new album via Sludgelord

From the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains comes Calgary, Alberta’s WOODHAWK. Purveyors of straight-forward riff-rock wizardry, the power trio released an EP in 2014 and have continued forging ahead. Made of equal parts 1970’s Birmingham and influences including a 21st century heavy ‘Who’s Who’, Woodhawk are purveyors of riff-centric rock and roll.

Air Drumming

Capable and original, the band is crafting anthemic fist-pumping songs while attempting to forego tired stoner rock clichés. With time (travel) tested themes of science fiction, swords and sorcery, the band’s lyrics are born of snowy winters, hot practice spaces and pages of dog-eared paperbacks. While the musicianship reinforces recollections of Black Sabbath, modern influences that encourage wild air drumming or stretching highway speed limits are undeniably present.

Set to unleash their debut full-length Beyond The Sun, produced by the band with Jesse Gander (Bison, Japandroids) on April 7th, Woodhawk has teamed up with ‘riff-addicts’ blog, The Sludgelord, for the full stream premiere. Check it out here.

Show Dates
Apr 7 – Edmonton, AB – Sewing Machine Factory (CD Release Show)
April 8 – Calgary, AB – The Palomino (CD Release show)
Vagabonds of The Western Gig Tour:
May 4 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
May 5 – Nanaimo, BC – The Queens
May 6 – Victoria, BC – Logan’s Pub
May 7 – Kelowna, BC – Doc Willoughby’s
May 8 – Edmonton, AB – Rendezvous Pub
May 9 – Saskatoon, SK – Vangelis Tavern
May 10 – Winnipeg, MB – The Handsome Daughter
May 11 – Regina, SK – The German Club
May 12 – Calgary, AB – Palomino
May 13 – Fernie, BC – Northern Bar
If you want something visual to whet your appetite, check out the video for The High Priest here: