BLACKWÜLF: Oakland, CA metallers to release Oblivion Cycle this December | Share and download new song ‘The Locust’

Photo credit: Raymond Ahner

“What’s better than a wolf? A black wolf, of course. What’s even better than a black wolf? A black wolf with umlauts. Oakland’s Blackwülf bring some serious stoner vibes to the party, hitting the listener with some fat bottomed rock.”
Decibel Magazine

Following on from the premiere of ‘Wings Of Steel’ with Decibel Magazine earlier in the year, Ripple Music is thrilled to finally announce the release of new album Oblivion Cycle from Oakland, California’s Blackwülf this December.

The band – featuring vocalist Alex Cunningham, guitarist Pete Holmes, drummer Dave Pankenier and bassist Scott Peterson – prowl the musical feeding grounds of stoner rock, doom-cloaked soundscapes and vintage heavy metal. Dark sonic forests provide coverage for their unholy mix of parapsychological anger and aggression, and bluesy head-banging riffs. As Heavy Planet put it best, “Heavy on the heavy, doomy on the riffing, this vintage metal band has hit the nail on the proverbial head.”

With a résumé that includes member stints with bands like San Francisco’s Acid King, The Nads, Tucson’s Naked Prey and Mountain Pig, Blackwülf is already a seasoned predator. Formed in 2012, it wasn’t until January of last year that the band unleashed their debut album Mind Traveller on Wicker Man Recordings, pressed on clear red vinyl and featuring jacket illustrations from acclaimed San Franciscan artist Alan Forbes (Queens Of The Stone Age, The Misfits). The record, much like Blackwülf themselves is unabashed in its typical, “What you see is what you get” aesthetic, melding heavy stoner riffs to sincere, pure rock indulgence.

Offering up a pounding dose of melody and raw power with a nod to the golden old schools of heavy 70s and 80s pre-thrash metal, Blackwülf’s Oblivion Cycle will be released on 11th December through Ripple Music. In the meantime, you can stream, share or download new song ‘The Locust’ for free below:

THE HEAVY EYES announce release of new album He Dreams Of Lions | Stream and share new track ’Somniloquy’

Kozmik Artifact – Europe’s leading purveyor of heavy psych, blues and stoner rock – is pleased to announce the release of He Dreams Of Lions, the brand new album from heavy psych rockers The Heavy Eyes.

Following on from their 2011 self-titled debut, and 2012’s successful Maera album, the Memphis trio return to the fold this November with their most accomplished record to date. Over eleven tracks, amidst the unbridled rawness of ‘Saint’, the sheer weight of ‘Z-Bo’ and R’n’B shake appeal of ‘Smoke Signal, hypnotic hard rock riffs are delivered thick and fast through distorted fuzz boxes, gnarled bass lines and levee breaking drum beats. This is an album that draws heavily from the heaviest (Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie, Mountain) and in doing so turns out new ideas with a punishing authenticity and honesty in line with their Memphis blues heritage.

This is The Heavy Eyes, one of rock and roll’s best and brightest, and He Dreams Of Lions will be released via Kozmik Artifactz on 13th November 2015.

London power-trio STUBB announce tour dates this October

Following the recent release of their split LP The Theory Of Light And Matter with USA rockers Mos Generator (HeviSike Records), and a blinding cover of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’ for The Greatest Hits Of James Marshall Hendrix on Magnetic Eye Records, the band are rehearsing their back catalogue and prepping new material before entering into the studio early next year to record their highly anticipated, third full length album for Ripple Music.

With these lives dates the band also kick off a new and exciting chapter in Stubb’s story with the arrival of Tom Hobson, who joins forces with Jack Dickinson (Guitar, Vocals) and Tom Fyfe (Drums) as the band’s new bass player, after the recent departure of Peter Holland.

Live Dates:

9th October – Boston Music Rooms, London with The Picturebooks
15th October – The Exchange, Bristol with Siena Root
16th October – The Black Heart, London with Siena Root

Chron Goblin announce release of new album Backwater on Ripple Music

Canada’s heavy-riffin’ four-piece Chron Goblin have today announced their signing to the California-based label Ripple Music – home to the likes of Sweat Lodge, Mothership, Mos Generator and JPT Scare Band – along with details of their third, forthcoming album, Backwater.

Venturing to Portland to work with Adam Pike at Toadhouse Studios in February 2015, the band’s intention was to explore the heavy sonic principles of the Pacific Northwest and embrace Portland’s music scene. Under the tutelage of Pike, who recorded Red Fang’s debut album and tours with them as their front of house engineer, he served as an integral component in achieving the band’s aspirations in the studio and ensuring their exploits across the city were well advised.

Swagger and muscle, charm and wit, Chron Goblin pair melody with aggression and groove for a fresh interpretation of heavy. Following the success of 2013’s sophomore album Life For The Living, and having toured the UK, USA and Canada, the band’s third full-length album Backwater picks up where the former left off. Holy Grove vocalist, Andrea Vidal, features on the ethereal first half of ‘The Wailing Sound’, a track offering contrasts to brain pummelling heavy rockers such as ‘Fuller’, ‘Give Way’, and the meandering complexities of ‘The Return’.

Backwater will be released via Ripple Music worldwide on November 13 2015 but in the meantime, you can stream and share new track ‘Fuller’ below: