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Mountain Witch – Cold River (This Charming Man Records, 28/10/13)

Mountain Witch
Cold River
This Charming Man Records
Released: 28 October 2013

“If you’re a fan of Kadavar then please meet your favourite new band.”
The Sludgelord

“If like me you were bitterly disappointed with Sabbath’s 13 and just longed for them to return to their roots and crank out something gritty, dark and fundamentally old-school then you really should pick up Cold River.”
Ride With The Devil

Initially formed as an instrumental project by guitarist Rene Sitte and drummer Rene Roggmann, after entering the studio in the summer of 2009 the Hamburg duo emerged with a recording of what would later become Mountain Witch’s debut album Scythe & Dead Horse. A sizeable slab of heavy desert rock and extended stoner jams, the ultra limited edition vinyl release that followed soon after sold out instantly, and three years on, this year’s rerelease on the German cassette only label Witches On Fire quickly followed suit.

Since then Mountain Witch has not only recruited a third member in bass player Tobert Knopp, they have returned with a more focused and ambitious sound on their follow up album Cold River. Their first release on This Charming Man Records – the Muenster based label responsible for Die Nerven, The Moth, Messer and more – while that loose and low slung spirit of Scythe… still remains, it’s strengthened by an unmistakable 70s psych rock majesty. With vintage tones and killer riffs reminiscent of early Sabbath, their new direction also takes in the boogie of Blue Cheer, ballsy strut of Deep Purple and the ambition of Pink Floyd.  A sound that doesn’t shy away from its hard rock roots and at the same time doesn’t stop long enough to rest on them.

A more structured record than anything they’ve ever laid down before, Cold River’s newest and most noticeable characteristic can be heard in the addition of Rene Roggman’s vocals and darkened lyrics. Lysergic tales spun out over haunting grooves that never stray far from the arcane acid jams that inspired them originally and can be heard here echoing across ‘Ancient Light’ and the curiously titled ‘Shrubbery The Warlock’. There’s also a distinct feeling that while the Mountain Witch of old were content to plug in and rock out, the epic guitar assaults and rhythm and doom sections of ‘Sleepers Chant’ and ‘The Covey’ give this latest incarnation a newfound purpose. One that could give the likes of Dead Meadow, Uncle Acid and former label mates Kadavar a serious run for their money.

Trading in the cosmos for the kingdom with Cold River, Mountain Witch are out for the crown… and it’s only a matter of time before they take the empire.

Mountain Witch:
Rene Roggmann – Drums / Vocals
Rene Sitte – Guitar / Vocals
Tobert Knopp – Bass

Track Listing:
1. Snakewand
2. Shrubbery The Warlock
3. Ancient Light
4. Sleepers Chant
5. The Covey
6. Once I Am King
7. School Of Night
8. Cold River

Formats: LP, CD, Download

Label Profile:
This Charming Man Records is an independent label based in Muenster, Germany that have released albums by Kadavar, The Tidal Sleep, Black Sleep Of Kali, Die Nerven, Messer and more. For more information visit thischarmingmanrecords.com

Black Prism – Satan’s Country 7″ (EasyRider Records, 31/08/13)

Black Prism
‘Satan’s Country’ 7″
EasyRider Records
Formats: 7” vinyl / Digital download
Released: 31 August 2013

1. Satan’s Country
2. Yrtnuoc S’natas (Exclusive to vinyl only)

Watch the video via Roadburn.Com here and download the track via https://soundcloud.com/easyriderrecords

Los Angeles’ psychedelic doom band Black Prism are set to release their debut 7” single ‘Satan’s Country’ via EasyRider Records on 31 August. Not just for doom-metal fanatics, it’s an epic record for all fans of guitar driven rock ‘n’ roll, stoner rock and good times.

On ‘Satan’s Country’, Black Prism successfully turn out an instant classic in the realm of early 70s Black Sabbath inspired acid rock with a Manson Family aesthetic that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention. An unholy conception of hard rock ritual and cinematic kismet, like a shot in the vein of fellow ‘born-outta-timers’ Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Kadavar.

About Black Prism:
Formed in 2012, the band is made up of native Los Angelenos that skateboard, ride choppers and raise hell the way that their music does. This is the first offering of theirs and the demo that got the band signed. There will be a full length record to come in the first quarter of 2014 on EasyRider Records, until then you will have to sit tight with this unrestrained release of pure hellfire and heavy rock that has the power to steal your soul if you let it.

Santa Rita – High On The Seas (Aloud Music Ltd, 03/06/13)

Santa Rita
High On The Seas
Aloud Music Ltd
UK Release Date: 3 June 2013

“The essence of this band can be found in their influences of grunge, progressive and space rock. All plunged into melodies and choruses of shipwrecked sirens.”
El Mundo de Tulsa

“The surprise of the night was Barcelona band Santa Rita who demonstrated a seriousness, talent and aggressiveness beyond the point of innocence.”
Final de Trajecte

“These girls are going to make a lot of noise this year.”
This Is Underground

Santa Rita
is a band of sisters, if not by blood then certainly by bond.

Together now for close on five years their journey from Barcelona’s best kept secret to one of the city’s must see bands was bolstered back in 2011 with the release of their debut EP Santa Rita. A storming and stormy rock ’n’ roll riot of guitars and harried drums, wracked emotions and raucous onslaughts of noise. Taking their cue from some of rock’s more clandestine corners with groups such as Sleater-Kinney, Babes In Toyland, Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her, Bangs, The Pillows, and Nirvana, recorded by Sergio Picón it plotted a triumphant course for this, their first full length long player High On The Seas.

The band has never sounded more together than they do right here, best exemplified on opener ‘Báltico’; a building exchange of tune and tirade. A formula that runs throughout the album with quiet contemplations on love and life (‘Mar Muerto’, ‘Necochea’) broken up with heavy and passionate chorus.

High On The Seas is the sound of Natalia Brovedanni (guitar/vocals), Martha Wood (bass/vocals, Ceci Su (lead vocals) and Laura Oliveras (drums) in their element. Produced by Santi Garcia (Toundra, Daniel Higgs, Tokyo Sex Destruction) and mastered by Victor Garcia at Ultramarinos the band remain as aggressive as ever but have recorded an album of unquestionable maturity, and fun. Locked into a schedule of relentless rehearsals and writing sessions – which tested both their personal friendships and musical talents – this is a more complete sound honed from their energetic live shows. The sound of four sirens taking shore leave to plug in, tune up and make waves.

With the album already released in their native Spain, High On The Seas gets an official UK release on 3rd June and will cap a tremendous year that has seen the band pick up fans across Europe and appear at last year’s Primavera Sound.


Santa Rita:

Natalia Brovedanni (guitar/vocals)
Martha Wood (bass/vocals)
Ceci Diaz (lead vocals)
Laura Oliveras (drums)

Track Listing:
1. Báltico
2. Necochea
3. Cantábrico
4. Mar Muerto
5. Cap de Creus
6. Fidji
7. Adriático
8. Pacífico
9. Fisterre

Label: Aloud Music Ltd
Formats: CD, LP, Download
Web: santarita.bandcamp.com

Spider Kitten – Cougar Club (Rugland Records, 14/01/12)

Spider Kitten

Spider Kitten
Cougar Club
Rugland Records
UK Release Date: 14 January 2013

“Fucking A-MAZING! Acid Bath playing Melvins and Nirvana Bleach-era covers.”
Andi Morris, Desecration

“Heavier than giving Satan a piggy back up a steep hill on a very, very hot day.”
Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales

“Spider Kitten’s doomy rumblings shake the foundations, affirming their growing reverence.”
Noel Gardner, Buzz Magazine

“It’s dark, it’s eerie, the bass line is wonderfully low, it’s bordering industrial and it’s nothing like I’ve quite heard before from any Welsh band.”
Soundscape Magazine

There are some bands whose sound requires less of a description and more of a comprehensive lab test, and Newport’s influential Spider Kitten is most definitely one such band.

Originally formed as a duo (sans drummer) back in 2001 by founding members Chi Lameo (vocals, guitar) and Ptew (effects) it didn’t take long for the band to acquire an audience, and with it a cult reverence that over a decade on continues to stretch far beyond the South Wales doom scene.

Destroying PA systems and lysergically lacing drone metal with onstage visual projections in support of groups such as Taint, Firebird and Suns of Thunder, since their 2003 debut _LP (Underscore) Spider Kitten have put out a prolific number of recordings. From demos, EPs and split singles to full-length albums most have either been given away or shared around freely thanks to the band’s furious DIY ethic and an ethos that is as raw now as it’s ever been.

Through their frightening prolificacy they have amassed a back catalogue that swallows styles from proto-grunge and heavy psychedelia, to doom and industrial noise. All drowned in the influence of artists as diverse as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Leonard Cohen, Pink Floyd, The Melvins and the dirtiest miscellany of Sub Pop’s early output.

Spider Kitten have expanded their line-up in recent times to include respected noise merchants Chris West (ex-Taint) on drums, Rob Davies on guitar and Al White on bass, and their latest album Cougar Club is not just a product of their now veteran status but a culmination of eleven years of experimentation. From the opening eerie swell and crushing grind of ‘Twin Obscenities’ to the classic motoric rock groove of ‘Burdened’ and the doomy 70s progressive closer of its title track, this is without question Spider Kitten’s most complete and ambitious recording to date. A total blast for everyone who has waited for it, a reminder to those that might have forgotten, and the biggest kick in the head to those who are yet to hear how awesome they are and have been for a long time.

Spider Kitten:
Chi Lameo – Vocals, guitar,synth
Al White – Bass, vocals
Chris West – Drums, vocals
Rob Davies – Guitar

Track Listing:
1. Twin Obscenities
2. Burdened
3. Dark World
4. Time Takes it Toll
5. Cougar Club

Label: Rugland Records
Formats: CD, Download
Web: spiderkitten.bandcamp.com

Recorded at Whitehouse, Weston-Super-Mare and Das Ghetto, Cardiff
Engineered by Martin Nichols
Produced by Chi Lameo
Mastered by Latch
Artwork by Al

Live Dates:
1.12.12 – Loserpalooza Fest with Atomck, The Witches Drum, Thorun, Zinc Bukowski and Recluse at Buffalo Bar, CARDIFF