donderdag 30 oktober 2014

Komatsu heads out on tour with… John Garcia!


Komatsu heads out on tour with… John Garcia!

The news has been out now. For a while now. But still. The steamroller that is Komatsu is heading out on a thirty something date tour through Europe with John Garcia. And not only Mr. Garcia; they’re also joined by STEAK. I guess that one off performace at Speedfest last year of the Slo Burn song July has really cemented their friendship. Go see them play on any of the many dates and hear the massive Manu Armata record live; and for all the Lowlands freaks, you can go see them off this Sunday; when they play Altstadt in Eindhoven together with An Evening With Knives. Ofcourse, a lot of times good news comes with bad news. Drummer Miriam has decided to leave the band. Her place will be taken by the Miava drummer Jelle Tommeleyn. Let’s hope Miriam will have all the luck in the world with all her future endeavours and let’s hope Komatsu finds love in the all the wrong thirthy something places… 



05.11.  NOR - OSLO, VULKAN ARENA
06.11.  SWE - STOCKHOLM, DEBASER
07.11.  SWE - GOTHENBURG, STICKY FINGER
08.11.  GER - ROSTOCK, MAU CLUB
09.11.  GER - BERLIN, LIDO
11.11.  NLD - ‘s HERTOGENBOSCH, W2
12.11.  BEL  - ANTWERP, TRIX
13.11.  GER - BREMEN, ALADIN
14.11.  GER - KÖLN, WERKSTATT
15.11.  GER - BOCHUM, MATRIX
17.11.  GER - MÜNCHEN, STROM
18.11.  CHE - LUZERN, SCHÜÜR
19.11.  CHE - DÜDINGEN, BAD BONN
20.11.  ITA  - BOLOGNA, LOCOMOTIVE CLUB
21.11.  ITA  - ROMA, INIT CLUB
22.11.  ITA  - MEZZAGO [MB], ZOOM
26.11. ESP - BARCELONA, BIKINI
27.11. ESP - MADRID, SALA ARENA
28.11. ESP - BILBAO, KAFE ANTZOKI
29.11. FRA - NANTES, FERRAILLEUR
02.12. FRA - PARIS, GLAZART
03-12. ENG - SOUTHAMPTON, THE TALKING HEADS
04-12. ENG - MANCHESTER, ACADEMY
05.12. ENG - SHEFFIELD, CORPORATION
06.12. ENG - LONDON, ISLINGTON ACADEMY
08.12. GER - OSNABRÜCK, BASTARD CLUB
09.12. GER - FRANKFURT, ZOOM
10.12. AUT - VIENNA, VIPER ROOM
11.12. GER - DRESDEN, BEATPOL
12.12. GER - JENA, F-HAUS



Scott Walker & Sunn 0)) – Soused


Scott Walker & Sunn 0)) – Soused
Beggars/4AD – 2014
Rock, Pop, Ambient, Noise, Drone, Doom
Rated: ***

What a possibly brilliant or 'highly unlikely' combination or perhaps even completely logical. The honorable Mr. Scott Walker and the drone metal masters of Sunn 0)). We love Walker for his meanderings on the edge, his walk on the fringes of rock. But to combine that heavy abstract side with the slow dragging monotonous drone of Sunn 0)) seems like an even wilder and more dangerous endeavor than Metallica and Lou Reed. But we are in luck. It is not as horrible as Lulu turned out to be. In fact, there are moments when the match becomes a heavenly blend of extraordinary weirdness. And whether you’d like it or not; you will get sucked into their ominous and dark universe. A world filled with fear and loathing, with black hearts and oppressive atmospheres. You are not just being Soused into submission but truly walloped. And still this beating is well dosed and you imagine yourself being able to take a tiny bit more before you would have died from the pain and exhaustion. And then there are those miniature inflaming sparks of identity, the ones that whip you into an unholy frenzy. It will leave you hearing bells…

(Written by JK)




Scott Walker & Sunn 0)) - Brando


Scott Walker & Sunn O))) - Brando 

First track taken from the album Soused by the damn fine combination of Scott walker and Sunn 0)) ! Film by Gisèle Vienne.

vrijdag 24 oktober 2014

L’Ira Del Baccano – Terra 42


L’Ira Del Baccano – Terra 42
Subsound records – 2014
Rock, Space, Psych, Stoner, Doom, Instrumental
Rated: ****

Their first and only full-sized release to date is a live recorded album from 2008 called Si Non Sedes Is…Live. This time around however the four crazy Italians that make up L’Ira Del Baccano decided to dive head first into a studio and explore their limits there. And one the crackling release Terra 42; there are no limits. This is space rock extravaganza with overtones of psychedelic meanderings, stoner thunderings some tasty doomy proddings. And all of it is done with extreme instrumental prejudice. These cats know what they are doing, and they are doing it right. The first three part track is based on The Infinite Improbability Drive from The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. And the name could not have been chosen better. It is jam-packed with the most improbable of moves and switches that follow the most logical paths and reasonable routes; all the while having you on the edge of your seat. And after those first impressive thirty-two minutes as you want to say goodbye and thank them for all the fish; you are hit with another two-part whirlwind called Sussurri…Nel Bosco di Diana and another fiery explosive song named Volcano X 13. So you are sure to be enormously entertained, especially if you dare to take the dive with them and listen to the entire record with only sips of cheap port for a miniature refuge, leaving your mind on the end of its tether and almost grasping the knowledge that these guys know where the number 42 stands for…

(Written by JK)



Most played album from 2013?


Most played album from 2013?

As the end of the year approaches fast. Only two months away man; we wonder which of the albums from 2013 has been spinning the most on your recordplayer or in your car or where and whenever you enjoy the good stuff? Check out the Countdown So Far post from 2013 to see the top 20 of last year. And do you still remember what you all voted to become number ONE?!

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Weed Is Weed – Blunt Force Trauma


Weed Is Weed – Blunt Force Trauma
Ripple Music Records – 2014
Rock, Metal, Stoner, Southern, Weed
Rated: ***

Is this the Cypress Hill of stonerrock?

(Written by C)


Shaman’s Harvest – Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns


Shaman’s Harvest – Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns
Mascot – 2014
Rock, Hard, Southern
Rated: ***

Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns is the fifth album of Shaman’s Harvest. An American hard rock formation from Jefferson City, Missouri that does not shine away from using southern influences as much as the modern pop approach. And don’t be put off by that first track Dangerous, cause that sounds a bit like the band we all love to hate. And ofcourse you can also dismiss the acoustic stuff if you wish. And also don’t start appreciating the band because the vocalist got diagsnosed and treated for throat cancer while recording the album. Instead, dig their tracks of the craft is displays and the hunger buried in the melodies and the impressive guitar work. Especially on tracks like Blood In The Water or Country As Fuck. Sure, this band is gonna be big in America and will have a hard time outside of the border. But they will not care one bit. And nor should they; cause Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns is one hell of a ringer!

(Written by JK)



donderdag 23 oktober 2014

White Dynomite – White Dynomite


White Dynomite – White Dynomite
Ripple Music Records – 2014
Rock, Punk, Garage, Stoner
Rated: ***

Sleazy but soulful motor-punk for the party kids!

(Written by C)



Whales and Aurora – Whales and Aurora EP


Whales and Aurora – Whales and Aurora EP
Red Sound Records – 2014
Rock, Post, Psych, Sludge
Rated: ***

Surprisingly heavy like a beached whale or a lsd infused night watching the borealis.

(Written by C)



Black State Highway – Black State Highway


Black State Highway – Black State Highway
Cherry Red – 2014
Rock, Hard, Classic
Rated: ***

How many bands from Latvia can you name? Vocalist Liva Steinberga must have thought something along those lines when she decided to move to England to try her luck in rock. Latvia apparently is not the most promising of nations when one wants to earn a living with music. So somewhere around Brighton she got together with a few other freaks. One from Sweden, another from Scotland and the drummer from England. Together they formed a band whose names and deeds who be retold throughout history, the knights of the… Oh shit, sorry about, flashback to a movie there. No the youth named themselves Black State Highway and their aim is clearly to produce classic golden hard rock albums. Great penmanship that get its colors from a throbbing bass, perfect drums and guitars that are loud and screamy. Just as the singer; cause Liva can damn well give you a heart attack with her screeches and screams. This is one hell of a highway!

(Written by JK)



woensdag 22 oktober 2014

Anguish – Mountain


Anguish – Mountain
Dark Descent Records – 2014
Metal, Doom
Rated: ***

Upssala, Sweden. Home of the doom metal quartet Anguish. Who released a true monumental doom album back in 2012 called Through the Archdemon’s Head. And now the follow-up is about to be set free upon the world. It is called Mountain and it definitely sounds huge. After a slow and atmospheric intro the music kicks in with powerful and grandiose gestures. And this goes on for the remaining seven tracks. With aggressive and taunting vocals; they slowly turn a bit more occult as the music plows on up towards the top of the mountain. Slowly the trek becomes windswept and cold as the rain hammers down and only lightning illuminates the way. The guitar colors turn icy and the drums become like the every growing thunder. And there is no refuge on the top either. There is only the void and the snow that pierces the soul…

(Written by JK)


vrijdag 17 oktober 2014

Poste 942 – Extended Play


Poste 942 – Extended Play
Beer Beer Boar Prod/Self released – 2014
Rock, Punk, Metal, Grunge, Stoner
Rated: ***

Not far from the crazy town of Marseille, France is a little village called Tourves. With only a handful of inhabitants they must be looking towards the bigger neighbors for work and entertainment. And even though they will surely dismiss this fact and probably even spit on such an assumption. It is clear that the guys from Poste 942 have a lot of that rough punk spirit that is ever prevalent in the underground of Marseille. On their debut EP simply called Extended Play they hit us with five sucker punch shots. Heavy in spirit and hard hitting like a punk street fighter on the rebound. But they also retain that countryside spirit. A don’t mess with us attitude that only resides in the mountains and on the lowlands where everyone owns a hunting rifle and a mean dog. This is bad ass beer soaked rock for long bbq nights. For bikers and men with muscle cars and pick-up trucks. You can just see them sitting around the kitchen table with liter pints of beer in hand and the foam dripping of their chin. Plotting their next move and not even caring about the dogs barking outside. Nobody would dare enter their yard… Attention! Chien méchant!

(Written by JK)