San Jose rockers ZED to unleash Trouble In Eden with Ripple Music | Stream new song ‘Save You From Yourself’

The Valley of the Riff is well inhabited and plentiful in its offerings and the beauty of its vast sprawl is that there is room for many. Making their presence known with heavier footprints than most however are San Jose-based earth shakers ZED, who unleash their new album Trouble In Eden this August on Ripple Music.

Showing the maturity and confidence to explore the full gamut of their influences and what inspires them, blasting out onto the San Francisco Bay Area rock scene in 2007, ZED quickly made a name for themselves with their crushing live shows and incessant grooves. Having played together in various projects since ’98, including releasing an album with the band Stitch for Prosthetic/Metal Blade Records, guitar player and vocalist Peter Sattari, drummer Rich Harris and bassist Mark Aceves joined up with guitar wizard Greg Lopes to create a sound that was uniquely their own. A sound with the sole purpose to rock with no concerns for genre classifications and idle labelling.

Independently releasing their follow-up album Desperation Blues in May 2013, garnering critical acclaim as well as charting on CMJ throughout the summer, ZED supported the album by playing consistently through the fall of 2014 where they began focusing on writing their follow up and debut record for Ripple Music, Trouble In Eden.

Delivering a barrage of head bobbing and body-shaking blues-driven rock, you’ll find no bell-bottoms, wizard sleeves or hip huggers here. Yet showcasing equal appeal to fuzz-box mercenaries, ’74 Chevy van-driving stoners and horns-thrusting metalheads ZED’s latest effort is an honest collection of blood, sweat, and tears crafted into raw, personal tales that touch on religious-fuelled tragedy, societal reflection, struggles with mental anguish, loss and perseverance. It’s an album every fan of rock and roll should instantly relate to. A record on which you should drop the needle, press play, crank the volume and prepare to be intoxicated by the potion ZED are offering.

Trouble In Eden will be officially released on 26th August through Ripple Music. Stream and share the official video and audio for new song ‘Save You From Yourself’ by ZED below:

ASATTA to release debut album Spiraling Into Oblivion | Stream new song ‘She Died Long Ago’

Formed in late 2011 by drummer Neil Pech and joined shortly after by guitarist Jay Denzer, vocalist Sean Anderson and bassist Joe Arenas, Milwaukee’s Asatta are arguably one of doom metal’s best-kept secrets.

With two EPs currently to their name – 2013’s self-titled Asatta EP and last year’s excellent Songs For A Blood Moon – 2016 promises to bring about big things for the underground quintet.

Eschewing any temptation to simply rehash old material, Asatta instead chose to enter Howl Street Recording Studio in July 2015 with producer Shane Hochstetler to lay down a fresh batch of new tracks for their debut album Spiraling Into Oblivion. A devastatingly heavy collection of doom/stoner rock mantras, the final set was initially carved into completion via an extensive two-year period of road testing, playing live on countless bills with the likes of Spirit Caravan, Windhand, The Skull and Ufomammut.

Out of the mind-bending riffs and extended jam sessions, the band also drafted in newest member Kara Phillips to explore previously untapped dimensions in their apocalyptic sound. Using keys and synths to color the band’s desolate din in swathes of cosmic noise – best captured on standout tracks ‘She Died Long Ago’ and ‘Breath Of Kali’ – for those currently holding court in Doom’s busy kingdom, make no mistake that Asatta are out to challenge the throne.

Spiraling Into Oblivion is the band’s first full-length album and will be released via Burnout Planet Records on 2nd September 2016. Ahead of its official release, stream and share new song ‘She Died Long Ago’ below and catch them live at the following shows:

16th June – Stone Is Back Event! at The Sugar Maple – Milwaukee, WI
21st July – Frank’s Power Plant (w. Druids) – Milwaukee, WI
28th July – Frank’s Power Plant (w. Castle, Brimstone Coven, and Nadoula) – Milwaukee, WI
9th August – Cactus Club (w. Caustic Casanova) – Milwaukee, WI
20th August – Firewalk Threadz Fashion Show at The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
16th September – The Wisco (w. Blunt, Order Of The Jackal, and Cosmic Relic) – Madison, WI
17th September – OFFICIAL ALBUM RELEASE PARTY at The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI

Granite City rockers THE JUDGE announce US tour dates and debut album

Originally formed in 2010 by longtime friends Dylan Jarrett and Evan Anderson, The Judge is a hard rock quartet of impeccable vintage, formed in the fittingly named stronghold of Granite City, Illinois.

After the band’s initial incarnation as Unfallen – with Jarrett on guitar and Anderson on drums – the duo quickly became a trio for a period, touring music venues across the St. Louis area with new member Kevin Jones taking up bass and vocal duties. Increasingly influenced however by the Britannic rock majesty of groups such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, and with it that unshakeable ‘band of brothers mentality’, in 2013 the trio finally discovered the missing piece of a puzzle with the addition of their very own enigmatic front man, Tyler Swope.

As a criminally young quartet happily graduating from the riffs of old, Jarrett and Anderson started to uncover a new wave of hard rock acts occupying radio waves and record store shelves. Music by the likes of Graveyard and Kadavar helped inspire The Judge to develop their own special breed of slow burning psychedelia and sonic stew of traditional classic rock’n’roll and heavy backroom blues. The result of which can be heard on their only release to date, The Judge EP put out back in 2014 as a free download and filled with early versions and demos of songs found on this, their brand new self-titled album on Ripple Music.

The Judge hit the road over coming weeks across the US in support of their new album, which will be released on 22nd July 2016 via Ripple Music on CD, digital download and limited edition vinyl. For the full list of dates see below and stream and share the new song ‘The Witcher’ by The Judge while you’re at it:

20th June – Fubar – St Louis, MO
22nd June – Bar Bar – Denver, CO
24th June – Starlite – Sacramento, CA
25th June – Stork Club – Oakland, CA
26th June – Johnny V’s – San Jose, CA
27th June – Silverlake Lounge – Los Angeles, CA
29th June – The Merrow – San Diego, CA
30th June – Yuccas Tap Room – Phoenix, AZ
2nd July – Faust Tavern – San Antonio, TX
3rd July – Beerland – Austin, TX
4th July – Super Happy Funland – Houston, TX
6th July – The Roxy – Kansas City, MO

Ripple Music’s The Second Coming Of Heavy; Chapter III with BoneHawk and Kingnomad

Already recognised as one of the world’s leading purveyors of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Stoner, Doom and Heavy Psych, Ripple Music upped the ante in 2015 with the arrival of one of the year’s most ambitious projects, The Second Coming Of Heavy.

Serving as an ongoing showcase for some of the best and heaviest bands emerging from the underground, each instalment shines a light on those worthy of your attention. Consisting of one, 12” slab of multicoloured vinyl with full colour sleeves and inserts, the series is designed to be saved and treasured, like a fine anthology of books. So much so, when the albums are filed next to each other, the complete collection of aligned spines forms a mind-blowing image direct from the underground.

Following on from the series’ first instalment released last summer featuring Geezer and Borracho, and February’s Chapter II’s split between Supervoid and Red Desert the latest chapter, released this June offers up new music from hard hitting Michigan quartet BoneHawk and Sweden’s Kingnomad.

BoneHawk – 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. As the years passed by with each feeding the other on a steady diet of thrash metal and classic rock, the duo decided 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.

BoneHawk on Bandcamp | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

Kingnomad – Originally formed in January 2014 out of a small northern town in Sweden by best friends Mr.Jay and Marcus, Kingnomad pride themselves on an endless provision of of occult psychedelic streams and 70s doom rock in the Lovecraftian mould. Later joined down in the basement (the band’s “Doom Room”) by Andreas on drums and Maximilian on bass, the Swedish quartet’s first effort was ‘Lucifer Is Dead’ included here for the first time on Ripple Music’s The Second Coming Of Heavy; Chapter III.

King Nomad on Facebook | Bandcamp | Instagram

The Second Coming Of Heavy; Chapter III will get an official vinyl release on 24th June 2016 and is limited to 300 copies in three alternative versions (100 of each) – The Resurrection Edition, The Risen OBI and The Ascension Edition.

Stream and share BoneHawk’s The Scout’ here and King Nomad’s ‘Lucifer Is Dead’ here.