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LA MUERTE: Cult Belgian legends return with first album in over two decades

“If you like Metallica for their noise, if the sick-f*ck appeal of Butthole Surfers turns you on, if you’re the sort that shivers with pleasure at Nick Cave’s neurotic growl, and if you demand more from all of these, for you the choice is clear… La Muerte.”
MELODY MAKER, 1986

“Conjuring extreme, horrifying images of death, addiction, the road and urban violence glued to putrid rock ‘n’ roll and manic – depressive blues – rock , La Muerte released a string of cult albums and EPs through the 80s and early 90s, which heavily resonated with those abandoned by love or devoid of hope. Even the devil’s rejects found refuge in La Muerte‘s growling, howling, stop/start frenzy, and feedback shivers of guitar burning through the dark cracks of life.”
ROADBURN, 2016

PRECURSORS AND INVENTORS. HATED. DESPISED BUT SOMETIMES, PRAISED…

Founded in Brussels in 1983, La Muerte’s mythical reign over the Belgian Underground came to a grinding halt in 1994. Yet across those years and in the archives/subversive litanies of revered cult heroes, comparisons wherever La Muerte were concerned would fluctuate riotously. Almost as wildly in fact as the music they produced; from i-D to Sounds, Melody Maker to NME, La Muerte became best-known for peddling alternative metal and discordant noise, like an inebriated midnight melee between Motörhead, Velvet Underground, The Birthday Party and Butthole Surfers.

With the exception of the odd release here and there, for the best part of two decades; the band, their history and their legacy lay dormant. But in March 2015, La Muerte made a surprising and hugely successful return with a sold-out show at one of Brussels most historic concert halls, the Ancienne Belgique. Billed as the missing link between Salvador Dali and The Stooges, the band re-emerged with founding members Marc du Marais and Dee-J, and were joined onstage by a razor sharp intake of new blood in Michel Kirby (Arkangel, Wolvennest, Length of Time), Christian Z. (Length of Time) and Tino de Martino (Channel Zero).

Their first show in over twenty years kickstarted a run of appearances and surge in invitations to prestigious events across Belgium and beyond, and the band appeared at the likes of Roadburn Festival, Helldorado, Impetus Festival, Dour Festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, Lokerse Feesten, BSF and Desertfest in Antwerp.

At the Les Nuits du Botanique in 2016, La Muerte even curated their own headlining night and appeared as special guests beside Iggy Pop’s band at the screening of Gutterdammerung, in a second sold out show at the Ancienne Belgique.

The Popes of the Belgian Underground were very much reborn anew.

Since their return, La Muerte have issued no less than four releases; EViL, a 2015 live album recorded at their comeback show, two 12” EPs and most recently, a limited edition, fan-only 7” single. With the continued support of Belgian label Mottow Soundz, the band’s 2016’s Record Store Day Exclusive, Murder Machine EP, was the first to bear fruits from the studio with the new, revamped line-up. While 2017’s Headhunter EP, witnessed a reunion with faithful friends and Front 242 members, Richard 23 and Patrick Codneys.

Following a short sabbatical to work on new material and numerous side projects, this December will see the official worldwide release of La Muerte’s self-titled album. Where previous releases were restricted by the pressures of time, the band spent as much of it as possible in the studio, recording approximately twenty-five songs before eventually culling the set down to a measured and maniacal ten. Mastered by Alan Douches (Motorhead, Mastodon) and both mixed and enriched by the contribution of black metal specialist, Déhà, the album captures La Muerte’s sonic identity and searing live experience. Raw, heavy, authentic and aggressive, without compromise La Muerte is aural proof that Belgium’s most sulphurous band are more than just a one-night stand.

La Muerte’s self-titled album will be released on 7th December 2018 on Mottow Soundz on special gatefold CD and LP, as well as on all digital platforms.  Pre-order all versions here –  https://www.mottowsoundz.com/la-muerte-lsd/

Stream and share new song ‘LSD for the Holy Man’ below:

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“It’s clear that this bunch are well clear of the general plagiaristic progeny, having inherited not only the full fierceness but some of the sins of their fathers […] Given the hyperbole that’s splattered over these pages on behalf of insipid but self-important bands you may not believe this review. But take my word for it. You will not believe this record.”
NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS

“La Muerte could become Belgium’s answer to the Ramones, as copious amounts of fun are revealed on this LP […] it should appeal to punkers, goths and metallists. It’s good to hear a singer who gargles with Domestos every morning.”
FOR THE RECORD (UK)

“La Muerte, a Belgium band are part of this new mutation. They have concocted a dubious aural cocktail entitled ‘The Surrealist Mystery’. All kinds of kultural kross references kaleidoscope; Nick C meets Jimi Experience for an after-hours chemistry lesson down at Alice in Wonderland on a stormy Monday night; Jeff Beck jamming with the Scientists at a Fillmore kool-aid acid test.”
I-D

“La Muerte are Beligium’s biggest group, and inhabit a world of chainsaw guitar, mannered vocals and space […] It’s their use of space that makes the guitar sound powerful.”
SOUNDS

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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