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Nuclear sludge duo TUSKAR return with The Monolith Sessions EP on RIFF ROCK RECORDS

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Signed to one of the UK’s leading purveyors of psych, doom and stoner rock in Riff Rock Records, Tuskar – Milton Keynes’ most sulphurous “Nuclear Sludge” duo – returned in 2018 with one of the year’s most critically acclaimed EPs, The Tide, Beneath, The Wall.

No longer new to the fold, despite having only formed in 2016, for vocalist/drummer Tyler Hodges and guitarist Tom Dimmock, The Tide, Beneath, The Wall marked a significant shift in perspective. Recorded by Slabdragger’s Sam Thredder it ushered in a sea change in scope and sound, which, over three chapters captured 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 and Darkthrone. Still in their twenties both bring an unmistakable energy and ferocity that has marked them out as UK Sludge Metal’s most exiting prospects.

This November the boys are back with an EP to showcase just how ferocious they can truly be. Recorded with Gallows’ producer Steve Sears, The Monolith Sessions features three tracks of electric, live-wire sludge that for the first time really captures the band’s spirit and sound away from the studio.

Released on 8th November 2019, the EP can be pre-ordered in advance directly from Riff Rock Records HERE.

Stream and share the live version of ‘Beneath’ below:

“It’s an open secret that Tuskar need to be be experienced live. This proves, however, they’ll crush you in the comfort of your living room, too.”
KKKK, KERRANG!

“For being relative newcomers to the game—Tuskar formed in 2016—The Tide, Beneath, The Wall is a big step forward for the band, who are ones to watch.”
DECIBEL MAGAZINE

“The Milton Keynes sludge duo get even heavier on their second EP […] bolstering thick riffs with genuinely inventive drumming.”
METAL HAMMER

“YOU’RE NUCLEAR SLUDGE! GREAT NAME! IT’S SCORCHED INTO MY BRAIN!”
PANDORA, KERRANG!

WOODHAWK: Calgarian Riffs of Prey Return with VIOLENT NATURE | Stream New Single and Album Pre-order

“Take Red Fang, The Sword and Witchcraft, strip them of nearly all distortion and add a canny knack for catchy riffs, with a psychedelic edge, and you arrive at the dusty doorstep of Calgarian stoner rockers Woodhawk!” WORSHIP METAL

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Hailing from the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains, Woodhawk are undeniable masters of riff rock, harnessing the classic influences of Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy with smooth grooves, cranked-up amps, and hard-hitting drums that coalesce into an impressive soundscape for the listener to explore.

With lyrical themes that span the imagination and incorporate elements of science fiction, mythicism and the more contemporary struggles of modern times, Woodhawk proudly wear their hearts on their sleeves.

Formed in 2014, following the release of their self-titled EP, the band returned with the critically acclaimed full length Beyond the Sun in 2017. A melodically rich and varied album, steeped in sci-fi vibes catchy riffs, Beyond the Sun cemented Woodhawk’s status as a desert rock band with the kind of potential to power from terrafirma into the great unknown.

Returning to Rain City Recorders in Vancouver earlier this year, Woodhawk worked with Jesse Gander (Anciients, Bison, 3 Inches of Blood, Japandroids, Pack AD) to record their sophomore album Violent Nature, which is due for official release this November. Over the course of two weeks, Woodhawk tracked their strongest effort yet, producing songs that addressed the struggles of mental health on new material that abandoned the world of fantasy in pursuit of emotional authenticity and self-discovery. Grounded with one foot in the present and another in the future, Woodhawk’s outlook is as boundless as their command of the genre.

Violent Nature by Woodhawk is released 1st November 2019 and can be pre-ordered HERE. Stream and share new song ‘Weightless Light’ below.

Belgian Prog Rockers Irregulars CAPTAIN CHEESEBEARD to release DEADWOOD EP on MOTTOW SOUNDZ | Watch the video for new single ‘PAN’S REDEMPTION’

“Captain Cheesebeard have studied hard at the feet of the master.” PROG MAGAZINE (UK)

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Happily emerging many moons ago as a Frank Zappa tribute project, the Brussels-based decet (that’s TEN musicians, and yes, we checked) have since developed into a unique fusion ensemble. After years of respectfully interpreting Zappa and his music, bandleader, Johan De Coninck decided that the time had come for the band to explore their own virtuosity and begin writing original compositions.

Informed by the stylistic direction inherent in their previous project, the cosmik fruits of Captain Cheesebeard’s collective labour arrived in 2015 with the self-release of their debut album, Symphony for Auto​-​Horns. Taking it upon themselves to contribute to the global music family their impressive cache of songs portrayed the kind offree-form jazz improvisation, progressive rock, sound experimentation and lampooning of Western culture that one hopes would have made Frank smile. Songs about alcohol overindulgence (‘Coma Aroma’), gratuitous Veganism (‘March of the Fat Vegan Legion’) and the heavy rock machismo of yesteryear (‘Tash and A Guitar’), recorded with former-and-honest-to-God-actual Zappa cohort/session legend, Robert Martin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTmWalsCkGY

“Captain Cheesebeard embodies everything our label stands for,” explains Mottow Soundz owner, Mathias Widtskiold. “Real music, for real people. Music that lives and breathes. A rarity these days… You simply can’t pigeonhole their style. That goes especially for their brand-new Deadwood EP. It was recorded live in the studio and the addition of a new singer definitely takes their cosmic journey to the next level.”

Deadwood EP is the first release by Captain Cheesebeard to feature new vocalist and local legend Alain Louie. A collection of four tracks, bold as brass and as adventurous as anything else you’re likely to hear this year, stream and share the video for new single ‘Pan’s Redemption’ here – https://youtu.be/vsYnStSkcpY

Deadwood EP by Captain Cheesebeard will be released on 18th October | Pre-order now Vinyl + Digital

Rising Psychedelic Rockers DEAF RADIO Return with New Album, Modern Panic

“And now for something completely different from these Greek ‘proponents of hard rock and grievous genre assault.’ They may have a point on both counts; this new single is psychedelic but also hooky and super heavy – in manner of QOTSA getting freaky (but groovy) after a big cigarette or two. Nice.”
CLASSIC ROCK

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Following the release of their ‘Astypalea’ single in June, Athens’s leading psych rock quartet Deaf Radio are thrilled to announce the official release of their sophomore album on 15th November via ihaveadrum.

As chief proponents of hard rock and grievous genre assault, ever since the release of their debut album in 2017, the band has been hailed by many as one of the most exciting alt-rock bands to emerge from Greece in recent memory. With Alarm garnering thousands of streams online and gaining ecstatic praise from sell-out crowds when performed live across Europe, expectation are high for the release of Modern Panic; a sprawling, exhilarating and breathtaking record that promises to leave no ear unturned:

“Modern Panic isn’t just Alarm’s successor,” explains guitarist, Panos Gklinos. “It’s a record through which we redefine the band’s identity. Composing it felt like looking at a mirror, suddenly noticing something is changed and then embracing it. Musically there are moments where raw and powerful elements come to surface and others in which we our reveal darker shades. Written between London, New York, Athens and Crete, the changes in the mood of the record are ferocious, while lyrically it reflects on modern society’s issues such as lonerism, homophobia, racism, drug use and social media addiction.”

Having shared bills with the likes of The Killers, All Them Witches, 1000mods and The Kills while touring in 2017 and 2018, Deaf Radio honed the sound and feel of these new songs on the road, live and in-person with thousands of fans in over thirty different cities across Europe. An endeavour which opened the band up to the most perfect proving grounds for testing new material, when seeking to make that perfect next record.

“There’s no doubt that Alarm‘s success set the bar high, but in reality, once you put a record out there it’s all out of your control. People can resonate to it and give it a whole new meaning. It’s a chess game, we made our move, now we can’t wait to see how people react and how they will experience Modern Panic.”

Due for worldwide release on 15th November 2019 on ihaveadrum, Deaf Radio’s Modern Panic can be pre-ordered here – https://deafradio.bandcamp.com/album/modern-panic

Listen once again to ‘Astypalea’ here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ift9lc7oVL8

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