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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

Nekromant on Bandcamp | Facebook | YouTube

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THE NECROMANCERS: Occult rockers return with new album and EU tour dates

Drawing on antiquated inspirations in mythology, religion, fantastical tales from European literature and an obsession for classic horror cinema, The Necromancers are a curious alliance of musicians, and together are a strange beast to behold.

Following on from the release of their debut album last year on Ripple Music, the French quartet return with the first taste of their eagerly awaited follow up, Of Blood and Wine, with ‘Secular Lord’, a song about which explores the legend of Vlad ‘The Empalor’ Tepes. Experimenting with progressive rock, heavy psych and the 70s pagan/proto-metal of bands like Black Sabbath and Coven, they take these influences, throw in the urgency of NWOBHM and douse the entire lot in lysergic illusions. All with a mind to create an album a sound for ages.

After a very successful tour last winter with Swiss psych rock legends Monkey 3, The Necromancers take to the road for a European tour with Belzebong, kicking off with an album release show at Le Cluricaume in their hometown of Poitiers. (For the full list of dates see below.)

“The band is still young,” explains vocalist and guitar player Tom Cornière. “We never would have thought of signing with a label like Ripple. We could hardly have hoped for better. It’s an honour and a surprise. Now, we are looking forward to the tour and to be able to share our album wherever we can.”

Of Blood and Wine by The Necromancers is released on 5th October 2018 on Ripple MusiC. Stream and share new song ‘Secular Lord’ below:

“High-octane tritone-centric heaviness and atmospheric incantations, creating a sound as wealthy and tasteful as Old nick himself.”
CLASSIC ROCK

“[Their] debut so reverentially evokes the doomy space rock paranoia of Sabbath.”
METAL HAMMER

“They have the mettle necessary to plant black flags on their red, white and blue home.”
NEW NOISE MAGAZINE

CASTLE: Bay Area doom duo announce new album and European Tour

Heavy metal doomsters Castle are pleased to announce the release of their new album, Deal Thy Fate, via Ripple Music on 19th October.

Recorded at Hallowed Halls Studio in Portland, Oregon by long-time producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis) Deal Thy Fate is Castle’s fifth album and follows 2016’s critically-lauded Welcome To The Graveyard, which was described by Metal Hammer UK as “epic, heroic, tastefully melodic”.

Building on the stripped-down sound of its predecessor, Deal Thy Fate finds Castle continuing to push the envelope of classic heavy metal, crafting epic and memorable songs that hark back to fuzzier times, while keeping the pedal down on their own hard-edged, modern sound. Guitarist Mat Davis’ penchant for riffs that worm their way into your brain and singer/bassist Liz Blackwell’s haunting melodies soar out of the depths across the album’s thirty-six fist-banging minutes.

Written over the last year in the band’s current Mojave Desert location of Joshua Tree, CA, Deal Thy Fate’s nine tracks are woven with tales of folklore, dark Americana, serial killers and cult leaders, while the album’s striking cover art – inked by Patrick Zoller – reflects the title track’s no compromise, choose-your-own destiny rally cry. The striking art and full track listing can both be viewed below.

Commenting on the writing and recording of Deal Thy Fate, which was rounded out on drums by previous touring member Chase Manhattan, Blackwell adds, “We were able to spend a couple months in a jam room honing these songs and for the first time, record the entire album live in the studio – it definitely shows in its energy and intensity and sounds more like live Castle than anything else we’ve ever done.”

Castle has also announced a full run of European tour dates (see below) including festival appearances to coincide with the new album’s release. These special shows include Desertfest Belgium (Oct 14), Malta Doom Metal Fest (Oct 19), Doom Over Vienna (Nov 10) and Dutch Doom Days (Nov 24).

Deal Thy Fate, the fifth full-length album by Bay Area doom duo Castle will be released on 19th October 2018 on Ripple Music. Pre-order the album directly from the band HERE or via Ripple Music HERE. (Each pre-order platform offers different limited editions of the vinyl LP.)

Stream and share new song ‘Can’t Escape The Evil’ – https://www.revolvermag.com/music/hear-occult-rockers-castle-evoke-slayer-doomy-new-song-cant-escape-evil

Castle on Web | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Bandcamp

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:

14/10 – Antwerp, BE – Desertfest
15/10 – Frankfurt, DE – Das Bett (w. The Skull)
16/10 – Munich, DE – Backstage (w. The Skull)
17/10 – Freiburg, DE – Slow Club (w. The Skull)
18/10 – Cologne, DE – Sonic Ballroom (w. The Skull)
19/10 – Siggiewi, MT – Malta Doom Fest
20/10 – Cottbus, DE – Zum Faulen August
22/10 – Gottingen, DE – Freihafen
23/10 – Lichtenfels – Paunchy Cat
24/10 – Dresden, DE – Chemiefabrik
25/10 – Osnabruck, DE – Bastard Club
26/10 – La Rochelle, FR – Crossroads Cafe
27/10 – Vallet, FR – Westill Music Fest
28/10 – Nantes, FR – La Scene Michelet
30/10 – Aachen, DE – Wild Rover Pub
02/11 – Karlsruhe, DE – KoHi
03/11 – Siegen, DE – Vortex
04/11 – Hamburg, DE – Bambi Galore
05/11 – Jena, DE – Rosenkeller
07/11 – Furstenwalde, DE – Parkclub
08/11 – Berlin, DE – Tief
09/11 – Leipzig, DE – Black Label
10/11 – Vienna, AT – Doom Over Vienna Fest

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Texan heavy rock legends WO FAT announce “Electric Conjure Man Tour” across UK/Europe this October

Having already secured their legendary status within the stoner rock community over a sonic odyssey of six studio albums, Wo Fat has stayed true to the deep, dark blues that wail from within. Following on from the critical success of their last album, Midnight Cometh, and continuing their partnership with the equally formidable California-based record label Ripple Music, European fans that have yet to experience the full force of the Wo Fat experience will be able to get a taste of what they’ve been missing this October.

“Playing in Europe is always an amazing experience for us and it’s been a couple years since we last made the trip, so we’re really excited to be coming back,” explains Wo Fat’s vocalist/guitarist, Kent Stump.

“We are particularly stoked to be able to play three different festivals, all killer, on this run; Desertfest Belgium, Into the Void and Keep It Low. We’ll also be playing some new places as well as returning to some favourites, like The Underworld in London and Le Glazart in Paris. And even better, about half the shows will be with the mighty Sasquatch along with shows with Elder and The Devil and the Almighty Blues. We’ll be rolling out some new songs on this tour and it will be our first European trip with Zack playing bass so I think our fans in Europe will really dig the heavy groove he brings.”

Brought to you by Ripple Music and Sound of Liberation, Wo Fat’s “Electric Conjure Man European Tour 2018” will kick off on 11th October 2018 at The Underworld, London. For a complete list of dates, see below.

To purchase tickets for available dates, please click HERE

Wo Fat “Electric Conjure Man European Tour 2018”

11/10/18 – The Underworld, London, UK [w. The Devil & the Almighty Blues]
12/10/18 – Desertfest Belgium, Antwerp, BEL
13/10/18 – Engelsburg, Erfurt, DE Stoned From the Underground [w. Sasquatch]
14/10/18 – Cassiopeia, Berlin, DE
15/10/18 – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, DE [w. Sasquatch]
16/10/18 – Fabrik, Zurich, CH [w. Sasquatch]
17/10/18 – Les Caves Du Manoir, Martigny, CH [w. Sasquatch]
18/10/18 – Le Glazart, Paris, FRA [w. Elder and Sasquatch]
19/10/18 – Into the Void Festival, Leuwaarden, NL
20/10/18 – Keep It Low Festival, Munich, DE

“An immersive experience in which stoner grooves and metal riffs jostle for air in a churning tide of psychedelic juju […] the looming spectre of apocalypse, its message is as heavy as the music.”
CLASSIC ROCK

“Wo Fat have cemented their status among stoner metal’s prismatic visionaries.”
METAL HAMMER

“They’re the intersection of Kyuss’ anthemic Sky Valley-era stuff, Clutch’s doom rock boogie, Electric Wizard’s Sabbath-on-cough-syrup apocalyptic mist, and, duh, Sabbath itself.”
METALSUCKS

“They have something for everybody: a massive, juicy guitar tone sure to pelase metalheads, lots of fuzz, blues licks, hints of psychedelia and some smokimg jams.”
TERRORIZER MAGAZINE

“The band’s chemistry bleeds into every corner of the album […] Ripple is home to Leaf Hound and JPT Scare Band, so it’s only fitting that a future legend is now in their ranks.”
INVISIBLE ORANGES

Wo Fat Tour 2018 Poster (web)