Schizoid Noise/Doom trio WOORMS to release debut album – Slake – in January | Grab your free download of new single ‘Find a Meal, Find a Bed, Find a God’

“Offering tooth-rattling bass and some serious drum bashing […] shrouded in layers of crawling riffs, feedback and noise. Of course, it wasn’t enough to just pulverize your spine musically; lyrically, we can all relate to what WOORMS are feeling.”
DECIBEL MAGAZINE

“‘They ram together The Jesus Lizard, Eyehategod and Neurosis into a swampy hodgepodge full of shifting musical personalities […] This trio is heavy on cosmic weirdness.”
TEETH OF THE DIVINE

Formed in 2017 in Louisiana, WOORMS – featuring guitarist/vocalist Joey Carbo, bassist John Robinson, and drummer Aaron Polk – are something of a sleeping colossus. Based in Baton Rouge, the band has been delivering a devastating and brutal mélange of riffs and noise-rock righteousness on the precipice of significance for some time.

Yet despite only being a year or so into their sonic existence WOORMS has already racked up a number of releases; a collection of demos, digital one-offs (‘Daddy Was A Masker,’ ‘The Math Says, Yes’) and a split with NOLA thrashers, A Hanging. Last month, WOORMS returned with the first sanctioned cut from their debut album, Slake (which gets its official release this January) when ‘Mouth is a Wound’ scored an exclusive premiere Decibel Magazine. Fully stirred from a delirious slumber, we now have a second cut, ‘Find a Meal, Find a Bed, Find a God’ which, for all intents and purposes is the perfect introduction to the band; a lumbering, symphonic noise-rock shank fight between the fattest of riffs and the thinnest of patience with the world at large. Making for a devastatingly terse and perverse experience, from the pinnacle to the point of no return, it falls psychotically through the fuzz and unholy grind of bands like KARP, Jesus Lizard and Neurosis. Lead vocalist/guitarist Joey Carbo explains:

“Every person is a perfectly unfucked being at the outset.
The birth process takes care of all that.
This is like my ninety-ninth misanthropy song and, hopefully, it’s my best on the subject.
A fetus finds itself free of need or want; coming into consciousness in a dark and warm, red cloud.
Head down in the water.
It’s all downhill from there – as they say. And the greatest minds of any era: the artists and thinkers and titans of science, they all had a few things in common. Three, to my mind. They would need food and shelter and most of them would create or find (or be subject to) a god or group of gods.
You’ll also need a job out here. You may find it necessary to kill, to do terrifying things. All things considered, it’s a rigged game and a shit show from one end to the other.
What were you thinking?
Best you stay in there, in the water.”

Slake, the debut album by WOORMS is officially released 18th January 2019 on Hospital Record. For your free download of new song ‘Find a Meal, Find a Bed, Find a God’ head to – https://woorms.bandcamp.com/album/find-a-meal-find-a-bed-find-a-god-single

HOLY GROVE: Rising Mike Scheidt-Approved Doom Quartet to Release New Album Next Month

Portland, OR metal band Holy Grove will release its new album, Holy Grove II, on 9th November via Ripple Music. Recorded with renowned metal producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, SWANS), the album finds Holy Grove pushing heavy rock into exciting new realms as the band continues to blur the lines between classic heavy metal, doom and progressive rock. The record is the follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut, which Treble noted, “Recalls the desert boogie of Kyuss in their prime, but when they stretch out into some more cosmic doom sounds they find a middle ground between the operatic grandeur of Candlemass and the more contemporary fuzz of Windhand. It’s badass, monumental metal and it rocks hard.”

Holy Grove’s new album bridges the gap between the band’s gritty, heavy blues past and their darker, cosmic present. First single ‘Solaris’ summons the best of Holy Grove – tight riffs, interludes, and a groove that has already proven to induce plenty of fist-raising and headbanging. Opener ‘Blade Born’ is a bone-crusher of a rock ‘n’ roll song, and the cowbell kicker on ‘Aurora’ takes you down to a beer bust in Hades. The unexpected turns of the meticulously constructed ‘Valley of the Mystics’ (a fantastical nod to The Dark Crystal), will make you feel as if you’re floating one second, and falling the next while the aptly titled ‘Cosmos’ is a space rock masterpiece that features ghostly vocals from both Holy Grove vocalist Andrea Vidal and Yob’s Mike Scheidt. Listen closely and you can practically hear the song disintegrating as it re-enters Earth’s atmosphere.

As for Vidal, she delivers her most searing vocal performance to date, one that’s equally indebted to Ann Wilson as it is Tina Turner. Billy Anderson’s assured, but gentle, touch allows all the pieces to breathe and sweat like a bombastic Holy Grove live set. Intriguing album artwork by Adam Burke (Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Loss, Ruby the Hatchet) sets the stage for the sounds to come. This is album number two from the band, but it feels like it’s only just the beginning for Holy Grove.

“For us this record represents a rebirth of sorts,” says Vidal. “We went through a few trying years where the future of the band was in doubt and making another record seemed like it may never happen. But, we continued on, believing that we had more to accomplish. This new record is a result of that belief, as well as a lot of hard work. We’re all very proud of it and are looking forward to sharing it.”

Holy Grove II is the work of true believers in the power of rock ‘n’ roll. Holy Grove formed in 2012 and released its self-titled debut, which was met with local and national acclaim, in the spring of 2016. The group supported the release by touring across the United States and Europe in a mass of swinging hair and raw power and hasn’t stopped working since, sharing stages with the likes of Yob, Emma Ruth Rundle, Royal Thunder, Windhand, Elderand, Witch Mountain and performing as one of the featured acts at the 2016 Psycho Las Vegas festival.

Holy Grove II by Holy Grove is released on 9th November 2018 on Ripple Music.

Pre-order the album from Ripple Music HERE

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THUNDER HORSE: Texan sludge challengers to officially release debut album on vinyl this November | Share riotous new video for‘Demons Speak’

Originally formed in 2012 from a group of touring veterans and seasoned musicians, from the outset, all four members of Texan riff-bearers Thunder Horse have been defined by a friendship, chemistry and constant desire to break ground on something new.

Led by guitarist/vocalist Stephen Bishop, who served many years as a mainstay on the industrial metal scene in Texas as front man for Pitbull Daycare (Cleopatra records, MIA Records), Bishop was aided and abetted by fellow PD founder, confidant and lead guitarist, T.C. Connally. With each’s playing influenced in no small part by some of the most iconic hard rock and heavy metal bands of the late 60s and 70s – Roger Waters, Michael Schenker, Toni Iommi and Robin Trower – together, Thunder Horse’s song writing duties are divvied equally, in line with a passion for all things heavy.

On drums, the exceptionally versatile Jason “Shakes” West holds court and has most recently served as a writer and touring member of the Murderdolls (Slipknot’s Joey Jordison), Wednesday 13, Sebastian Bach, OzzFest Veteran’s Neurotica and Pitbull Daycare, alongside both Bishop and Connally. Leaving bass player Dave Crow, AKA “Uncle Dave”, to complete the charge as West’s backline counterpart; a legendary southwestern journeyman and accomplished 12-string bass player with an unrivalled rockabilly pedigree.

With an eclectic backdrop of influences and styles setting them apart from the pack, the San Antonio-based quartet’s self-titled debut is not only one that is borne out of a love for doom, heavy blues and classic rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s one that heralds an entirely new dawn in the southern sludge metal genre. Slow, low, and steeped in sounds synonymous with the majesty of 70s hard rock and heavy metal, the band is thrilled to announce that Thunder Horse, will see an official worldwide release on vinyl and CD via BC/TX Records on 14th December 2018. Pre-order here – http://thunderhorse.bandcamp.com/album/thunder-horse

Stream and share the new video for ‘Demons Speak’, directed by Kim Anguiano Connally (www.dazevideo77.com) below:

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NEKROMANT: Rising Swedish trio deliver metal masterclass with The Nekromant Lives

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the release of the brand-new studio album, The Nekromant Lives, by heavy metal trio, Nekromant.

Hailing from the Swedish city of Vänersborg, the band – formerly known as Serpent – are renowned for delivering a raw, gritty and direct assault, cast in the fires and poured from a dedicated melting pot of metallic inspirations that include Black Sabbath, Pentagram and Texan rockers, The Sword.

Following the release of their self-titled album in late 2015 on Transubstans Records, the band played extensively both home and abroad at large shows such as Sweden Rock Festival and toured with fellow Swedes, Cities of Mars. Their album Nekromant (released under the band’s original name) received unanimous praise by critics and fans alike and led to a very successful start in 2016 for the trio. Having caught the attention of American underground giants Ripple Music, who immediately fell in love with the way the band wore their influences proudly on their sleeves, the dark and heavy majesty of Snakes & Liars (2017) found Nekromant carrying a big torch for old-school metal.

The Nekromant Lives by Nekromant is released worldwide on 9th November 2018 on Ripple Music and is available to pre-order HERE. Stream and share their new song ‘Blood for Walpurgis’ below:

TOUR DATES:

22/10 – MS Stubnitz – Hamburg, Germany
23/10 – Bobble Café – Lomme, France
24/10 – Rock ‘n’ Eat – Lyon, France
25/10 – Coq d’Or – Olten, Switzerland
26/10 – Gaststätte Zille – Göppingen, Germany
27/10 – Explosiv – Graz, Austria
28/10 – Dürer Kert – Budapest, Hungary
30/10 – Gerber3 – Weimar, Germany
31/10 – Erdgeschoss Sutter – Zweibrücken, Germany
01/11 – Chemiefabriek – Dresden, Germany
02/11 – Tiefgrund – Berlin, Germany

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