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Nuclear sludge duo TUSKAR return with new EP and European tour dates

“A deep sonic voyage through extreme virtuosity; like early Mastodon, The Melvins and Ufomammut.”

“Nasty two-piece. Loud and f*cking angry.”

Signed to Riff Rock Records – one of the UK’s leading purveyors of sludge, doom and stoner rock – Tuskar return exactly one year on with The Tide, Beneath, The Wall, their eagerly awaited follow-up to 2017’s earth-shattering EP, Arianrhod.

Still relatively new to the fold having only formed in 2016, for vocalist/drummer Tyler Hodges and guitarist Tom Dimmock, The Tide, Beneath, The Wall marks a significant shift in perspective for Milton Keynes’ most sulphurous “nuclear sludge” duo. Recorded at The Cro’s Nest studio by Slabdragger’s Sam Thredder, their latest EP grants a sea change in scope and sound, which, over three chapters captures punishing progressive sludge and savage, sub-world vistas. Soundscapes shaped by moments of dark brooding doom and relentlessly riff-heavy and psychedelically charged movements.

For Hodges and Dimmock the chemistry they share is unshakeable, both live and in the studio having grown up together listening to the likes of Conan, Sleep, Behemoth and Darkthrone. Still in their twenties both bring an unmistakable energy and ferocity that could potentially mark Sludge Metal’s future as forever theirs.

The Tide, Beneath, The Wall is released on 7th December 2018 on Riff Rock Records

Pre-order –

Stream and share opening song, ‘The Tide’ below:


30/10 – Temple of Boom (w. Fistula + Grime) // Leeds, UK
6/11 – The Dev // London, UK *
7/11 – The Ostrich Inn // Peterborough, UK *
8/11 – Rebellion // Manchester, UK *
9/11 – The Hammer & Anvil // Birmingham, UK *
10/11 – Cvltfest 2018  [Cafe-Independent] // Scunthorpe, UK
12/11 – BAR HIC // Rennes, France *
13/11 – Puzzle Pub // Tours, France *
14/11 – Le Klub // Paris, France *
30/11 – Craufurd Arms (w. Conan) // Milton Keynes, UK
16/12 –Macbeth of Hoxton (w. Telepathy + Old Man Lizard) // London, UK


More shows; but yet to be announced.

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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:


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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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.”

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

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

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.)

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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

EUROPE tour poster