BoneHawk to release new album on Ripple Music | New video for ‘Los Vientos’

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the signing of Michigan quartet Bonehawk, and with it the worldwide CD release of their debut album, Albino Rhino.

The story of BoneHawk is one that started as early as third grade, in an unassuming Kalamazoo school, where guitarist/vocalist Matt Helt and guitarist Chad Houts first met and bonded instantly over a shared appreciation of video games, pizza, poster girls and rock and roll. At the age of fourteen, Helt, already an accomplished drummer would jam along with Houts in the family’s basement to songs handpicked from the pair’s ever growing record collections. As the years passed by with each feeding the other on a steady diet of thrash metal and classic rock, when Helt eventually succumbed to the bug and traded in his drum set for a guitar, the duo quickly discovered that being in a band meant everything.

After toiling in various local outfits for years, around 2006 Helt and Houts formed Mesa with close friend Joel Wick (Quixote, Jihad), with the three deciding to put together something that paid homage to the heavy riffs they discovered as teens growing up in the mid 90s. Specifically, that beguiling breed of heavy rock directly influenced by the mighty Black Sabbath. The band would only release one record during this period, a 7” on Michigan’s UFO Dictator Records before breaking up to clear a path for the official formation of BoneHawk in 2011.

Helt and Houts envisioned combining Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy-esque harmonies with the straight-up grooves of Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and the twin guitar assault of Judas Priest and Kiss. Enlisting old band mate Chris Voss on bass, after the departure of Wick the trio set about recording their debut album Albino Rhino, with Helt taking on vocal duties and returning to the drum stool.

Recorded and mixed by Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit and initially released as a limited run of ‘Albino vinyl’ through Hornacious Wax Records in 2014, with newly appointed personnel in the form of drummer Jay Rylander and bassist Taylor Wallace (formerly of Wilson) the band played packed out local shows in support of the record. In less than two months all double LP copies of Albino Rhino had sold out, calling for a second ‘Ultraviolet Purple’ pressing and leaving Ripple Music boss Todd Severin in no doubt about the band’s true potential.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Bonehawk,” explains Severin. “From the moment I heard their two guitar blitz I was hooked on their sound. Albino Rhino is a masterwork of modern harmony guitar and post NWOBHM heaviness, with real stoner grit. A true gem of an album and we’re excited to be involved in the worldwide release of this CD.”

BoneHawk’s Albino Rhino is officially released on CD through Ripple Music on 22nd April 2016 and is preceded by the release of ‘Los Vientos’ as part of the label’s Second Coming Of Heavy series which will be released later in the year. In the meantime, you can stream and share the brand new video for the track below:

Ripple Music announce the signing of Gozu | New album Revival due in Spring 2016

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the signing of Boston, MA heavy rock quartet Gozu and with it the arrival of their third studio album Revival in Spring 2016.

Since appearing on the underground scene in 2009 after the release of their self-titled EP, Gozu have continued to lay down a furious and rare breed of colossal stoner rock. A sound that in recent years has truly come into its own, already two albums deep with 2010’s Locust Season and 2013’s The Fury Of A Patient Man, both released on the influential Small Stone Records label.

Following the critical success of both albums, each likened to early Queens Of The Stone Age and High On Fire (in no small part attributed to singer Marc Gaffney’s impressive vocal work and guitar player Doug Sherman’s monolithic riffs) Gozu quickly came to the attention of Ripple Music who have had a stellar 2015 with releases from Sweat Lodge, Chron Goblin, Geezer and many others.

“Todd Severin and Ripple exude class and a family like atmosphere, which was the thing that truly stuck out for us,” explains Gaffney when asked about what it means to be involved with Ripple.

“Besides having a great roster of bands, when I spoke with Todd regarding his label you could hear it in his voice the love he has for music and the actual caring he has for people he is working with. That was when we knew we’d be in good hands.”

After a number of years playing live shows with the likes of St. Vitus, Pallbearer, Fu Manchu and Church Of Misery – in both the US and Europe at festivals such as Roadburn and Desert Fest – Gozu finally entered Wild Arctic Studios in Portsmouth, NH in September to record album number three with engineer Dean Baltulonis.

With their line-up completed by the arrival of bassist Joe Grotto (Motherboar) and former Warhorse drummer Mike Hubbard, over six days the quartet laid down the eight tracks that make up their new studio album Revival. Mastered by the master himself, Mos Generator’s Tony Reed, at HeavyHead in WA, both Ripple Music and Gozu look forward to unleashing it on audiences worldwide in Spring 2016.

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HeviSike Records welcome Elevators To The Grateful Sky | New album out March 2016

The Birmingham-based label HeviSike Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Elevators To The Grateful Sky, and with it the release of their brand new album Cape Yawn in March 2016.

In what will be the second full-length album for the Palermo, Italy-based band, Cape Yawn marks a dramatic shift in both gear and sound for the heavy psych rockers who first came to light with the release of their self-titled debut EP in 2011.

Formed by friends Sandro Di Girolamo (Ex-Undead Creep) and Giuseppe Ferrara – both of whom cut their teeth as the brutal (and now defunct) death metal set Omega – Elevators To The Grateful Sky pull together and package a diverse range of influences from each band member’s distinct experience. Joined by Bonham-worshipping drummer Giulio Scavuzzo and guitarist Giorgio Trombino the band is a pressure cooker filled to the brim with psychedelic metal, doom, classic and groove-laden rock.

Serving their early days in their native Palermo, it didn’t take long for their EP to find its way onto the desk of Swedish label Transubstans Records who jumped at the chance to release their debut album Cloud Eye in 2013. An out-and-out foray into the darkened days of early grunge and straight up heavy 70s rock and roll, fast forward to Cape Yawn and the band has developed even further. Complimenting and drawing on influences as diverse as Danzig, Fu Manchu and legendary alt rockers Morphine (the song ‘Laura’ on Cape Yawn is dedicated to the band’s lead singer Mark Sandman) to galvanize their songwriting talents, Elevators To The Grateful Sky produce something entirely of their own making. It’s an album that will keep audiences guessing and leave no rock lover wanting.

Cape Yawn by Elevators To The Grateful Sky will be released on 11th March 2016 on HeviSike Records. In the meantime, you can share and stream the brand new track ‘Ground’ below:

LOW FLYING HAWKS to release debut LP | Stream new ‘Ruins’ exclusively via CVLT Nation

Magnetic Eye Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Low Flying Hawks, and with it the release of their debut album Kōfuku in February of next year.

Working with producer Toshi Kasai (Big Business) at Sounds of Sirens studio in LA, and featuring Trevor Dunn (Mr Bungle, Melvins) and Dale Crover (Melvins, Nirvana) on drums, Low Flying Hawks is a project that consists chiefly of longtime collaborators and enigmatic multi-instrumentalists EHA and AAL.

Compellingly dark in content and undeniably heavy in tone, Kōfuku – which comes from the Japanese word for ‘Surrender’ – has the ability to both satisfy and mollify listeners with an unerring confidence, that over ten tracks draws in funereal doom, grey echoes and psychedelic waves of post-rock disorder. A work that in no small part is informed by a diverse array of influences which include the likes of Richard D James, Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and bands such as Black Sabbath and My Bloody Valentine.

Album highlight ‘Ruins’ stands tall as a gripping arrangement that merges metal, rock and roll and crawling, corporeal drumming with the lysergic/elegiac mirrors in songwriter EHA’s mind. Whereas prolonged pieces such as ‘Wolves Within Wolves’ and ‘Destruction Complete’ explore profound themes such as loss and rebirth, amid the dramatic hefts in mood and guitar play that switch freely between seismic drone; noise-rock and shoegaze. All of which make Kōfuku a remarkably moving experience.

Kōfuku by Low Flying Hawks will be released on 12th February 2016 through the New York-based label, Magnetic Eye Records. Stream and share new song ‘Ruins’ by Low Flying Hawks here – http://www.cvltnation.com/cvlt-nation-premieres-low-flying-hawks-ruins/