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Monolord – Empress Rising (EasyRider Records, 01/04/14)

Monolord
Empress Rising
EasyRider Records
Release Date: 1 April 2014

“These guys play some seriously heavy stoner-infused doom tinged with hypnotic, hair-tossing riffs that do justice equally to Sleep and their modern, underground successors and boast enough thunderous low-end rumble to loosen up yesterday’s dinner.”
Roadburn

“Monolord’s sound has a crazy cosmic vibe to it that propels your imagination into a realm of otherworldly riffs.”
CVLT Nation

Following on from the premiere of the LP’s title track last December via Roadburn, Sweden’s psychedelic doom band Monolord release their first full length Empress Rising via Easy Rider Records this April. The five-song album clocks in at almost fifty minutes of skull crushing heavy grooves and guitars that summon the spirits of Norse gods when played at volume.

Originally formed as a side project in 2013, Monolord is made up of Swedish rockers Thomas Jäger, Esben Willems and Mika Häkki. Born out of the Swedish boogie band Marulk as a means to make heavier, more psychedelic sounds, founding members Jäger and Willems added Häkki (The Don Darlings, ex-Rotten Sound) to their line-up and realised instantly that they had something very special. Recording commenced in early 2013 and in no time at all the LP was picked up by EasyRider Records, one of the newest and most passionate purveyors of heavy doom, metal and rock’n’roll.

Monolord however is for more than just doom-metal fanatics and this epic record will satisfy all fans of guitar driven rock, stoner and monolithic riffs. With all the flavours of an iconic doom classic Empress Rising follows in the footsteps of Sleep’s Holy Mountain, Pallbearer’s Sorrow and Extinction and Electric Wizard’s Witchcult Today with melodic vocals and harmonies that are as mind bending as they are anthemic.

Already touted by some as one of the year’s most highly anticipated doom debuts this is a shot of pure hellfire, unrestrained from first to last.

Monolord:
Thomas Jäger – Guitar, Vocals
Esben Willems – Drums
Mika Häkki – Bass

Album pre-order link – http://www.easyriderrecords.com/product/monolord-empress-rising-pre-order-contest/

EasyRider Records
Formed in 2013 out of the sleepy beach town of Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles, EasyRider Records is dedicated to unearthing the finest in heavy psych, doom, stoner and heavy rock. Products include limited edition runs of vinyl and cassettes with creative packaging and the label has ten bands currently signed to its roster; Salem’s Pot, Slow Season, Albino Python, Sons of Huns, Black Prism, Old Man’s Will (US only), Monolord, Shooting Guns and Spiral Shades. EasyRider Records has also secured the exclusive rights to cassette releases by Sleep, Witchcraft, Kadavar, Graveyard, Valfader, FUZZ and Orchid with more titles to come.

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Label Contact – info@easyriderrecords.com

BongCauldron – BongCauldron (EP) (Superhot Records, 13/01/14)

BongCauldron
BongCauldron (EP)
Superhot Records
UK Release Date: 13th January 2014

“There’s an undeniable weed-sludge shuffle that clings to every note, but the blues influence and deliberate execution warrant a separation from the band’s contemporaries. All listeners can do is hope these guys get this fucking record out before we all starve.”
Heavy Planet

“BongCauldron emerged from a haze of primordial green fog and hypnotic feedback…”
Metal Masters Media

Since their formation in 2011, BongCauldron have developed a reputation on the local Leeds metal scene as a sleeping colossus. A beast that only ever awakens from its slumber when called upon to thrash out a cacophonous amalgamation of torturous sludge metal, old school thrash-pit discord and homegrown haze.

In full flow, the band is relentless. Having shaken gig-goers to the core in support of bands like Sunwølf, Windhand and Pilgrim this past year, their self-titled EP and first outing into the wilderness comes under the watchful eye of the St Albans based Superhot Records. In their quest to, “Bring you the best from all ends of the underground heavy music spectrum” the label has been responsible for bringing listeners indispensible releases by Trippy Wicked & The Cosmic Children of The Knight, Groan, Vodun and Stubb.

BongCaludron packs in dirty, bass-heavy riffs and drums that build a punishing wall of noise around the doom metal and crust punk ingloriousness of bands like Iron Monkey and early Crowbar. Rolling out bluesy shifting slabs of guitar that lay waste to any hope of standing still. Gleaning abrasive sludge and choking fuzz from every note, beat and nod this is a collection of guttural and throat tearing songs that revel in the pleasure of good booze and better bongs.

It’s been a long time coming but now it’s here. BongCauldron have truly awoken, and they are gearing up for the hunt.

Track Listing:
1. Tree Wizard
2. Pissed Up
3. Vehemence
4. Gimp Jig
5. Gauze Rite

Label: Superhot Records
Formats: CD, Download
Web:  www.superhotrecords.com

BongCauldron:
Corky – Bass, Vocals
Biscuit – Guitar, Vocals
Jay – Drums

Exxasens – Satellites (Aloud Music Ltd, 16/12/13)

Exxasens
Satellites
Aloud Music Ltd
UK Release Date: 16th December 2013

“Although many have never heard of this young musician from Barcelona he is a rather unique case and no doubt about it, a talent you should know.”
MondoSonoro



“They are impressive and bright, but it’s their potential for going supernova which is most exciting.”
Metal Observer



“Beautiful unearthly melodies somewhere between post-rock and post-metal. Impossible to pinpoint but Barcelona’s Exxasens maintain a unique musical journey. A journey that leads the listener somewhere beyond the universe.”
The Miskatonic Soundlab

Originally formed as a solo project by guitarist Jordi Ruiz (Playmotive, Kyba), Barcelona’s Exxasens has become an intrepid vessel for post-rock exploration.

Taking inspiration from the study of space and particularly those who voyaged heroically into its dark heart, Ruiz set up a home studio in April 2007 to compose songs that sought to explore these matters. Uploading one song a month online as Exxasens, after a year he had amassed an army of supporters, assembled a full-length album and gained interest from the then newly formed label ConSouling Sounds who went on to release it as Polaris in May 2008.

Beyond The Universe (2009, Consouling Sounds) followed not long afterward featuring thirteen songs, each more elaborate than those found in his earlier work. Filled with an unmistakable appreciation for established rock – almost entirely instrumental in construction but always rich and complex in concept – Ruiz’s hard work caught the ear of Aloud Music Ltd and in 2011, the Barcelona label released Exxasens third album Eleven Miles to critical acclaim in Spain.

To bring us to the present but keeping one eye firmly on the future the soon to be released Satellites is by far and away Exxasens most accomplished album. Owing as much to post rock as it does progressive, it’s a concept that again seeks answers in the cosmos and does so at times to the point of total madness. (Check out their recent video for the song ‘Rocket To The Sky’ below.)

Heavily influenced by the autonomous work of Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) songs like ‘Sputnik’ and the album’s 11-minute title track are testament to Ruiz’s ability at composing multi-layered and deeply moving soundscapes. Satellites is an album filled with instrumental melodies that explode and implode violently and just like Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky they know how to turn harmony into turbulence at the drop of a riff or beat of the drum live on stage.

For the very first time heralding a new chapter in Ruiz’s journey as a musician Exxasens now function not as a one man music making machine, but as an accomplished unit. Live and on tour this collaboration with new musicians, as well as lighting and video artists has turned Satellites into an immersive experience. One that should send Exxasens into the stratosphere.

Track Listing:

1. The Launching
2. Rocket To The Sky
3. Mass of Pluto
4. Satellites
5. Sputnik
6. Arida
7. Last Song Over The Horizon
8. The Falling

Label: Aloud Music Ltd
Formats: CD, LP, Download
Web: http://www.exxasens.com

Karhide – Remember Remember EP (Field Records, 2/12/13)

Karhide
Remember Remember EP
Field Records
Released: 2 December 2013

“Waterfield weaves into your consciousness, single-handedly commanding your attention with each and every exploration.”
One Beat

“Tim Waterfield, ex-man of electro-weighty punx Ann Arbor, has successfully performed alchemy with the choicest cuts of Black Sabbath and Mogwai, producing something else in its thunderous glory.”
Die Shellsuit Die

“Influenced by a multitude of genres the outcome is a unique style of noisy electronic, post rock and post metal… The only solution is that I recommend you listen to it carefully.”
Echoes And Dust

Karhide, AKA Tim Waterfield, has been programming beats for as long as DJ Shadow – but where Josh Davis came from a background of hip hop culture and breakbeats, Tim’s electronic upbringing in the East Midlands was through the industrial-strength beats of Godflesh and Frontline Assembly. Cutting his teeth in the ‘Big Black-but-one-louder’ Nottingham duo Ann Arbor, Tim has been refining and distilling a long lineage of electronica and guitar music for more than a decade, reaching his purest statement of intent with Karhide, more than twenty years since he picked up his first drum machine.

His EP Remember Remember is the latest addition to Karhide’s library of motorik and self-mastered recordings. A pensive yet pounding instrumental seascape that finds Waterfield again at the helm of everything; keyboards, guitars, programmed beats… voiceless but powered by sound and vision. Opening with the heavy tumbling riffs and beautified blips of the EP’s title track, Karhide showcases his trademark guitar noise and ear for post-rock detail, seizing on the brooding and reflective powers of Mogwai and Mono. Over four tracks Karhide expose us to intricately crafted and dynamic arrangements, taking in the cinematic swoon of ‘Strings Start’ and ‘Why’ before closing with the low slung clout of ‘Case Statement’. Like this year’s Rough Sleep EP, and Arcadia before it, it’s a project that overflows with thought and textures; the machinations of one man not only with many machines but the talent to manipulate them to his choosing.

As well as performing with Karhide, Tim runs the peerless Field Records label, ploughing a similar furrow of the best fusions of math-rock, post-rock and electronica with releases from the likes of Maybeshewill, Lafaro, Alright The Captain, Upcdownc and What The Blood Revealed.

Track Listing:
1. Remember Remember
2. Strings Start
3. Why
4. Case Statement
5. Strings Start (RMX)
6. Strings Start (Sarlat Remix)
7. Strings Start (SubTric Remix)

Label: Field Records
Format: Downloadable EP
Web: http://www.field-records.com/karhiderock

Label Profile:
Field Records is a Nottingham-based independent record label featuring bands such as Ann Arbor, Karhide, Alright  The Captain, Kasper Rosa, LaFaro, Khudu, Public Relations Exercise, Princess and Maybeshewill. www.field-records.com