FORMING THE VOID sign to Argonauta Records for release of new album

Following the release of last year’s impressive Skyward album, Forming the Void, originally formed in 2013 in Lafayette, Louisiana, has gained an impressive reputation for raising underground rock into realms of the previously unknown.

Atmospheric, heavy and progressive yet losing none of these earnest qualities at volume, they layer their ambitions as thickly as the riffs that help transmit their visions. Newly signed to Italian label Argonauta Records, this March will see the release of their third album Relic. Like Skyward before it, it draws on one hell of a colossal sound. New song ‘Bialozar’ is the first track lifted from said album and, as you will hear, it’s carried along on lead singer James Marshall’s soaring, practically airborne vocal about an epic voyage of a celestial beast: “Valiant mantra in mind, Radiant alive in light” / “Wings spread over the mountain, Bialozar”.

“We really found our stride with Relic,” explains Marshall. “I think with this album it was important to showcase as much of our diversity of influences as we could while still staying under a fuzzy, progressive, atmospheric sound.”

Summoning the towering hard rock riffs and progressive influence of bands like Mastodon, Baroness and Torche, it’s just one of many songs on Relic that finds the four piece illustrating their bold and adventurous ideas in the most vivid of colours. Relic by Forming the Void is released on 17th March 2017 via Argonauta Records. Ahead of its official release, stream and share new song ‘Bialozar’ exclusively via New Noise Magazine – http://newnoisemagazine.com/song-premiere-forming-void-bialozar/

WO FAT announce Maryland Doom Fest appearance and East Coast tour with The Well this June

Following the critical success of last year’s Midnight Cometh album on Ripple Music, Wo Fat will sling their Texas-sized psychedelic doom across the East Coast of America this June.

Over the course of a sonic odyssey which spans six studio albums, one live recording and two splits, they have stayed true to the deep, dark blues that wail from within and have continually infused their riffs with primal grooves. Having secured their legendary status within the stoner rock community by appearing on much coveted bills at Roadburn, Desertfest, Freak Valley Festival, HellFest and Psycho California, the band is currently readying themselves for a nine-date tour with fellow Texans The Well.

Kicking off the chaos in Oklahoma on the 17th, Wo Fat and The Well hit the road and will end their run at the annual Maryland Doom Fest on 24th June. For the full list of dates see below:

17th June – The Blue Note – Oklahoma City, OK
18th June – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
19th June – Reggies – Chicago, IL
20th June – Fifth Quarter – Indianapolis, IN
21st June – Northside Yacht Club – Cincinnati, OH
22nd June – KFN – Philadelphia, PA
23rd June – Saint Vitus (w. The Skull) – New York, NY
24th June – Maryland Doom Fest – Frederick, MD

Midnight Cometh is out now on Ripple Music – Bandcamp / Big Cartel

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KINGNOMAD to release Mapping The Inner Void next month on Ripple Music | Stream and share new song ‘Nameless Cult’

Swedish psychedelic doom band Kingnomad is very much a product of the riffs that inspired them.

Initially formed in 2014 by best friends Jay and Marcus while hanging out in Jay’s studio basement jamming on Black Sabbath grooves and downing bottomless beers, the pair soon stumbled onto a riff of their own making. Over the space of one evening evolved the song ‘Lucifer Is Dead’, and with that one track followed a newfound purpose.

Setting off on a quest to forge music from the influence of hard and heavy 70s rock, psychedelic flights of fancy and the hauntingly ethereal worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, the main driving force behind Kingnomad was to have as much fun as possible. Recruiting the only two people that they knew were qualified enough to orchestrate a killer rhythm section, into the fold came Andreas on drums and Maximilian on bass.

With the quartet retreating back to Jay’s basement – newly christened the “The Room of Doom” – material flowed like a never-ending stream of occult energy. Songs were written, parts recorded and almost as if by magic they found themselves propelled forward in time, primed and ready to release what they had created. Closely courted by Ripple Music they were asked last year to contribute to Chapter III in the label’s ongoing underground series The Second Coming of Heavy, with Michigan rockers Bonehawk. And with the alchemy of creativity burning fervently in their minds, a new batch of original songs were recorded for their debut album shortly afterward.

Officially released next month via Ripple Music, Kingnomad will unleash that very album, Mapping The Inner Void, on 24 February 2017. In the meantime stream and share their song ‘Nameless Cult’ here:

PLAINRIDE to officially rerelease Return of the Jackalope on Ripple Music this February | Stream the album in full now

Hailing from Cologne, Germany if you’ve yet to come across the fuzz packing, hirsute’d and suitably hardrock booted Plainride then fear not, it’s never too late to learn the secrets of the Jackalope:

Jackalope Recipe – Ingredients:

Earth Rockin’ Drums
A beard growth inducing Bass
Fuzzomental Guitars
The Roar of a Wolf Man
…A whole lotta beer

Having shared stages with the likes of Nashville Pussy, 1000mods, Valley Of The Sun, The Atomic Bitchwax and Greenleaf, the German quartet initially self-released their debut back in the summer of 2015 to some mighty impressive reviews. As Legacy Magazine’s Tamino Freitag put it best, “Return Of The Jackalope is definitely one of the most captivating, exciting and best debuts in recent times. A bright future undoubtedly lies ahead for Plainride after busting out this highlight of the year.”

It was only a matter of time before the album would soon find its way to Ripple Music HQ, where it was subsequently picked up and played ad infinitum. Endowed with the sound of 70s rock and roll and heavy stoned-out psych, Return of the Jackalope is as thunderous as it is mysterious.

Headed up by eccentric riff/noble – man Fabe van Fuzz, renowned Europe – wide as the only heir to a mysterious and shady fortune, van Fuzz has funded his ventures through the purchase of fine instruments, occult artifacts and obscure literature in search for the ever-elusive Jackalope. Followed closely in his footsteps is fellow axe-slinger and vocalist Max Rebel who, after escaping a seedy orphanage misspent most of his youth scouring the streets for food and dodging officials. Though born into poverty, blessed with the gift of gab and extremities of pure rock ‘n’ roll, after scratching along in various bands for a number of years, a tattered bulletin caught his eye: “Band Looking for Singer”. He knew his time had come.

Seeking further counsel, van Fuzz and Rebel rescued Leo Lionthatch from a caste of clerics in a monastery, hidden away from the filth and fury of the big cities. He quickly developed a keen sense for the gossamer threads binding the physical to the spiritual worlds and fortunately for all involved played mean bass guitar. Serving as the perfect rhythm buddy and final piece of the puzzle, landed gentry member/drummer Florian “The Brave” Schlenker – who in his time has plundered countless armouries in order to blow many a hole in the east wall – completes the line-up of deserters and sonic groove restoration experts, collectively know as Plainride.

On 10th February 2017, Ripple Music will officially rerelease Return of the Jackalope on CD/Vinyl/Digital and in the meantime you can stream and share the album in full via Plainride’s Bandcamp page – plainride.bandcamp.com