Stoner Mountain's Weekly Bandcamp Discoveries #5

31 July, 2017

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Welcome to the fifth issue of Stoner Mountain's Weekly Bandcamp Discoveries. As you can see, time is still not on my side. I drift between projects like an Alzheimer’s patient, so it's some kind of small wonder that I am able to focus enough to even create this list. Also, sorry guys for not responding to your emails and messages lately. This instalment features a lot of recent discoveries (actually by 'recent discoveries' what I really mean is 'discoveries made over almost two months ago' xd) from countries like Germany, France, Russia, USA, Brazil and Venezuela.

P.S. If this is your first visit here, be sure to check out:

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Slow Season, The Well, Salem's Pot, R.I.P. And BlackWater HolyLight On Tour (June & July)

17 June, 2017

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RidingEasy Records bands On Tour Poster

Summer's here and RidingEasy Records bands are hitting the road! Here's a quick list of dates for bands currently on the road. Many more tours to be announced soon for other RidingEasy bands in the coming months, including Monolord and Shooting Guns. See all dates below. ~ US / THEM group

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06/14 - Dresden (DE) - Ostpol
06/15 - Berlin (DE) - Badehaus Berlin
06/16 - Kiel (DE) - Die Kieler Schaubude
06/17 - Netphen Deutz (DE) - Freak Valley Festival
06/18 - Lichtenfels (DE) Paunchy Cats Inn Bar
06/20 - Italy TBA
06/23 - Italy TBA
06/24 - Munich (DE) - Saint Helena Festival
06/25 - Frankfurt am Main (DE) - Tiefengrund
06/26 - LittleDevil Bar - Tilburg (NL)
06/27 - Paris (FR) - Espace B Paris
06/28 - Olten (CH) - Coq d'Or
06/29 - Décines (FR) - Warmaudio Décines
07/01 - Piedras Blancas Asturias (ESP) - Stonefest
07/04 - Hamburg (DE) - Markthalle-Hamburg Small Hall

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06/16 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
06/17 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Blue Note
06/18 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
06/19 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
06/20 - Indianapolis, IN @ Fifth Quarter
06/21 - Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club
06/22 - Philadelphia, PA @ KFN
06/23 - Brooklyn, NY @ Bar Matchless
06/24 - Frederick, MD @ Maryland Doom Fest
06/25 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler's
06/26 - Detroit, MI @ Corktown Tavern
06/27 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club
06/28 - Louisville, KY @ The Cure Lounge
06/29 - Nashville, TN @ The Cobra
07/01 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn w/ Wo Fat

Slow Season Image


06/15 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records
06/16 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
06/17 - Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern
06/18 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Blue Note
06/19 - Dallas, TX @ RBC
06/20 - Austin, TX @ Beerland
06/21 - San Angelo, TX @ Dead Horse
06/23 - Sierra Vista, AZ @ The Horned Toad

R.I.P. Image


06/14 - Las Vegas, NV
06/15 - Grand Junction, CO
06/16 - Denver, CO @ Electric Funeral Fest
06/17 - Santa Fe, NM
06/18 - Flagstaff, AZ
06/19 - San Diego, CA @ Til Two Club
06/20 - Los Angeles, CA @ Union
06/23 - Portland, OR @ Blackwater

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BlackWater HolyLight:

06/14 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
06/15 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
06/16 - Berkeley, CA @ UFO Gallery
06/16-18 - Leggett, CA @ Hickey Fest
06/19 - Eugene, OR @ Luckey's
06/20 - Olympia, WA @ Obsidian

I really can't believe Chris Cornell is dead!

18 May, 2017

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Image of Chris CornellImage by Valerie Kuypers/PAP/EPA

Such sad news, I still can hardly believe it isn't a hoax. Chris Cornell was one of my teenage “heroes” and his music was a massive part of me. I feel like a little piece of my childhood just died. He was truly one of the best, most dynamic singers around, a musical talent not to be replaced. Thank you for all the amazing music and inspiration you gave us.

Say hello to heaven Chris!

Honeymoon Disease - Electric Eel Single / Video

06 May, 2017

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The Swedish band Honeymoon Disease have unleashed their new music video for the vinyl seven-inch single Electric Eel. It was directed by Max Ljungberg and it's Honeymoon Disease's first new material since the release of their 2015 debut The Trancendencee. Electric Eel follows the typical Honeymoon Disease cadence of bombastic retro rock rooted in the classic sounds of the 70s. Another grand testament to the incredibly healthy state of Swedish retro rock.

Also, they’ll be back in studio this summer to record their next album. The new album is set for an early fall release on The Sign Records.

Blackbird Hill - Midday Moonlight EP (2017)

06 May, 2017

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I’m a real sucker for catchy music like this, tunes that will have your feet tapping and singing along to their infectious melodies. So when I received this album for review - I just had to do it.

In six songs and twenty-five and a half minutes, Midday Moonlight treats the listener to a brand of nearly perfectly executed blues rock. It has a great variety of sounds, electric blues, delta, americana and just good old rock and roll, and yet they all fit Blackbird Hill. As you listen to each track, you'll find it hard to pick a clear favourite. All of the songs are equally good. The guitar hooks are where it's at. There's a lot of really bouncy riffs that sound like they’d make for a big, sweaty blast of fun in concert. The drumming is simple, yet masterful and ripe with subtle technique.

The EP starts out fantastic with Trigger Law. A song that channels the spirit of Jimi Hendrix with its raucous riffs and an almost hip-hop sounding drum beat. It's hard to get this out of your head for the rest of the day. Next up is Horseback Sight. It's a mellow, moody song that hits all the right notes. The third number, Run Like Mad, is an energetic song that is very simple and straightforward, but also probably the catchiest number on the record. Stories From The Road shows that the band is able to stretch a song out to without losing any steam or having those listening lose interest, as even at eight minutes, it's as captivating at the end as it is at the beginning. Second to last is Hold Your Fire, which is a catchy, upbeat and sweet track. The very first few bars, the intro to this song, reminds me a bit of Sonic Youth's Cool Thing. Then comes the final track, Midday Moonlight. This gorgeous song begins with a slamming opening chord that is catchy and resonant. It has the most passionate vocal performance on the album. Also, the fuzz dial here is obviously set to '11'!

With so many bands trying so hard to do something new, it's nice to have a duo like Blackbird Hill to prove that good old-fashioned blues rock can still beat the socks off any trendy new style. Midday Moonlight has its flaws but it is certainly a great effort.

Samsara Blues Experiment Embark On European Tour

05 May, 2017

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Samsara Blues Experiment European Tour Poster

Samsara Blues Experiment, one of German's finest psychedelic stoner rock band, is about to embark on a new tour throughout Europe starting May 12, that includes stops in Hamburg, Paris, Athens, Reykjavik and several other cities. The band goes on tour to promote their new album One With The Universe (Listen in full HERE), which will be released May 12 on Electric Magic Records (in cooperation with World in Sound Records).

Samsara Blues Experiment European Tour 2017

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
27.05 - Athens (GR) Fuzz Live Music Club
03.06 - Reykjavik (FIN) Gaukurinn
11.08 - Finkenbach (DE) Finki Festival

Blackbird Hill - Midday Moonlight Single / Video

03 May, 2017

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If you’re looking for some rock’n’roll, you should definitely listen to Blackbird Hill. If you’re not, you probably should anyway. Blackbird Hill is the band of two guys from Bordeaux, Alexis Dartiguelongue and Maxime Conan. They make sweet nuggets of heavy blues rock that worms in your ears and stays there. You can taste it while listening to the title track from the upcoming album Midday Moonlight. Now the band has also unveiled a music video for that song. Watch it above.

With "Midday Moonlight", French power duo BLACKBIRD HILL take you on an exhilarating ride throughout America's wide open spaces, for a six-track journey made of telluric blues riffs and organic folk tales. Sometimes howling, always soulful, their sincere take on Delta blues mythology will appeal and intrigue you, like an outtake off a modern western duel between Jack White and Wovenhand. The artwork for this new 6-track record "Midday Moonlight" was designed by Ita Duclair.

BLACKBIRD HILL "Midday Moonlight"
Out May 5th, 2017 on CD and digital
Pre-orders available here

Ripple Music's West Coast dealers of heavy riffage ZED hit the Road to tear up the Lone Star State

01 May, 2017

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Zed/Wasted Theory Texas Tour Poster

Ripple Music's West Coast dealers of heavy riffage ZED are joining forces with East Coast hard rockers Wasted Theory to take the Lone Star State by force this May. And when these two forces meet, you better be ready for some Hard and Heavy Rockin! Known as the ‘Trippin’ Through Texas‘ tour, the two bands will devastate the 4 biggest cities, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas, along with some of the best bands Texas has to offer, such as Wo Fat, Greenbeard, White Dog and more!

ZED bassist Mark Aceves says "We are super excited to finally bring our sound to our friends and fans in Texas, it's been a long time coming, especially for me being that I'm originally from Texas. It's going to be like a homecoming! And to be able to share the stage with such great bands and dudes like Wasted Theory, Wo Fat and others just adds to how killer it will be. ~ Ripple Music"

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Wasted Theory: Facebook | Bandcamp 

Trippin' Thru Texas will happen on the following dates:

10.05 – Satellite Bar, Houston TX w/Stonework & The Society Of Bandits (9PM – All Ages)
11.05 – Limelight, San Antonio TX w/locals TBA (9PM – 21+)
12.05 – Dirty Dog Bar, Austin TX w/Greenbeard & White Dog (9PM-21+)
13.05 – Double Wide, Dallas TX w/Wo Fat & Crimson Stone (9PM – 21+)

Stoner Mountain's Weekly Bandcamp Discoveries #4

01 May, 2017

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Welcome to another issue of Stoner Mountain's Weekly Bandcamp Discoveries. It's been a while since the last one. Maybe it should be renamed 'Monthly Bandcamp Discoveries'?... Heh... Yeah, I'm really sorry about that. I don't have a lot of free time lately and I don't expect things to change anytime soon. That's why this issue contains only eight entries. It's a mix of some recent discoveries, and some older material. This time you’ll find artists from France, Italy, USA, South Africa and Russia.

P.S. If this is your first visit here, be sure to check out:

#1 | #2 | #3

Doctor Cyclops European Tour 2017

18 April, 2017

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Doctor Cyclops European Tour Poster

Doctor Cyclops has announced the 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 incredible atmosphere of these tracks. The songs have an overall spooky, formidable tone and tomb-like 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 has 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.