Stream new Monolord track ‘We Will Burn’ via CVLT Nation

“Remember that time you drove your battered old VW out into the woods, took an unfeasible amount of peyote and listened to nothing but Sleep, Ufomammut and YOB for four days straight? No? Well, this is going to trigger one hell of a flashback.”
Terrorizer

“No shit guitar solos, no questionable vocals, just relentlessly heavy riffs generated by this newly formed monolithic Swedish trio. Love their name, sound and heavyweight approach.”
The Bug

In 2013, Monolord first emerged from their native Gothenburg, Sweden behind an impenetrable wall of distortion and spellbinding vocals. The outside world took notice in a big way as the trio of Thomas V Jäger (vocals, guitars), Esben Williams (drums), and Mika Häkki (bass) garnered a flurry critical acclaim for their RidingEasy Records debut, Empress Rising, a year later.

Decibel Magazine decreed them, “Your new favourite band,” New Noise Magazine called the album, “Fantastic,” and This Is Not A Scene announced, “The power they capture speaks for itself,” as they became mainstays on the top of Bandcamp’s Doom chart. However, Monolord’s sophomore set Vænir opens up the gateway into their world wider.

“From day one, it’s always been our aim to build a massive wall of rumbling sound,” declares Thomas. “That’s our common goal. We’re the exact opposite of a band consisting of members with identical record collections. We come from three fairly different places, but we’re all drawn to dark, heavy, and gritty music. What we do in Monolord is the result of that creative conflict between us. That’s conflict in the word’s positive sense.”

Within that push-and-pull of aesthetic, the three-piece found the framework for Vænir. Shortly after the release of Empress Rising, the group returned to their tiny rehearsal space to cut and personally produce the album’s six tracks with Esben mixing and mastering.

Opener ‘Cursing the One’ trudges from a calculated, staggered groove into a guttural drowning choir of hauntingly hypnotic vocals. ‘We Will Burn’ tempers the slow burn with incendiary melody, while the ten-minute-plus ‘Died A Million Times’ swings the pendulum between that growl of distortion and a clean guitar. The penultimate reprieve on ‘The Cosmic Silence’ gives way to an expansive finale dirge with the title track.

“That title comes from the ancient name of Sweden’s largest lake,” Thomas reveals. “The lyrics are about unspeakable things happening at the lake during the night, which fits well with the mood of the entire album. It’s that cold, dark, and final embrace of a vast lake.”

Throughout, Thomas lyrically explores the dark core of humanity. “Misanthropy is an ever-present theme in everything we do,” he goes on. “The disgust for what humans do to each other and to the planet is constant. Religion, greed, and power madness run through humanity like incurable diseases, which is, consequentially, a constant stream of inspiration for us.”

Ultimately, Monolord offers shelter from some of that darkness. “I hope we can be an outlet to the massive and destructive stupidity surrounding us all,” Thomas concludes. “This band is our safety Stream new Monolord track ‘We Will Burn’ via CVLT Nationvalve. We hope the same goes for our fans.”

Vænir by Monolord will be released on 28th April 2015 via RidingEasy Records. Stream new track ‘We Will Burn’ exclusively via CVLT Nation – www.cvltnation.com

Psychedelic doom band Holy Serpent to release new album via RidingEasy Records

RidingEasy Records is psyched to announce that this May they will be releasing the eagerly anticipated debut album from Melbourne’s impressive doom quartet Holy Serpent.

Already touted by some as one of 2015’s “Most Wanted”, the band and their majestic, self-titled record have been making sizeable waves across the web this past year. Despite their relative youth the band – made up of guitar player/vocalist Scott Penberthy, guitarist Nick Donoughue, bassist Michael Macfie and drummer Richard Orr – has become remarkably adept at turning out some of the heaviest, most offhand and authentic sounds around; as one listen to ‘Shroom Doom’ will testify – https://soundcloud.com/easyriderrecords/holy-serpent-shroom-doom

New to the fold but possessed with wisdom beyond their years, through a hazy swagger and onslaught of distorted guitars they turn in a rawness reminiscent of Uncle Acid, Kyuss and fellow RidingEasy label mates Monolord. Snaking melancholia into swirling hypnotic psychedelia and crushing stoner rock and roll, Holy Serpent oozes sweet leafed grooves and tones from first to final riff.

Holy Serpent by Holy Serpent will will be released worldwide on RidingEasy Records on 12th May 2015.

Space Probe Taurus to release new album Mondo Satan via Ripple Music

“Space Probe Taurus wrote some of the best riffs and songs early Monster Magnet never did!”
Terrorizer

This April, acclaimed hard-hitting acid rockers Space Probe Taurus congregate with fellow psych worshippers Ripple Music to release their latest foray into the world of biker-flicks, lysergic rock ‘n’ roll and feral fuzz.

Ladies and gentlemen, may we present for your listening pleasure ‘The Iguana’, taken from their soon to be unleashed new album Mondo Satanhttps://soundcloud.com/ripplemusic/09-the-iguana-space-probe-taurus-ripple-music

Originally formed as Snake Machine in 1992 it wasn’t until a name change and shortening of their songs in ’97 that the band settled into doing what they do best; preaching the gospel of dirty garage rock. Swedish style.

Often compared to the likes of Mudhoney, The Stooges, MC5 and Blue Cheer – the latter of whom SPT paid tribute to with a ripping cut of ‘Second Time Around’ on Black Widow Records’ Blue Explosion – their music is influenced by late ’60s psych rock and low-budget B-movies like Psychomania and Angels From Hell. (An obsession that quickly led on to the band contributing music to the 2005 snuff documentary Actress Apocalypse and I Am Vengeance in 2012.)
Mondo Satan is the band’s follow up to their self-titled debut album from 2008 and will be released worldwide via Ripple Music on 28th April 2015.

Brighton’s Death Ape Disco sign with Ripple Music

Brighton rockers Death Ape Disco are pleased to announce that they have officially inked a deal with the California-based label Ripple Music to release a follow up to their impressive 2013 debut, Supervolcano.

Emerging victorious in the fan-voted TBFM Factor competition run by TBFM Online Radio, Death Ape Disco’s energetic, groovy Southern rock grind secured them a permanent place on Ripple Music’s growing roster. Combining earth-shattering riffs, hooks and harmonies to create skyscraper-sized, super-charged rock music, since their formation in 2010 the band has made a habit out of winning audiences over, one venue at a time, with their thumping feel-good live shows.

Along with news of the signing, the band are also delighted to reveal two new members in lead vocalist Trim (King Goat), and keyboardist/singer Ben Harris-Hayes (Enochian Theory). Make no mistake, 2015 is going to be a big year for the band, as guitarist Kit Brice explains, “The signing with Ripple Music is exciting. To be on a label with Mothership, Ape Machine, Grifter and Zed is very inspiring, especially as it’s down to the support of ours fans and friends. Thank you to everyone who voted. The new members are settling in great and we’re working flat-out to deliver something amazing.”

Death Ape Disco are currently working on twelve new songs and aiming to hit the studio this May to turn out their as yet untitled second album later in the year.