DC Heavyweights BORRACHO to Release Compendium of Riffs on Ripple Music Next Month

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the worldwide release of Riffography, a brand-new compendium which pulls together an entire decade’s worth of blood, sweat and rare riffs from one of Washington, DC’s heaviest rock bands, Borracho.

Ten years on from when the trio first got together (and six from the release of the band’s debut album Splitting Sky in 2011), the story of Borracho is one of change, graft, survival, and ultimately, a groove-laden style that has secured them a place at the centre of the US underground stoner rock scene. Drawing on influences that span decades, they combine soaring musicality with subterranean propulsion, encompassing the hard-driven classic rock/metal of Black Sabbath and Mountain, stoner jams of Clutch and Fu Manchu and epic progressive sensibilities of Mastodon and High on Fire.

With Riffography however, what we have in essence is a retrospective companion piece that enriches both their history and discography; with rare cuts from 2013’s follow-up, Oculus, via their inclusion on Ripple Music’s The Second Coming of Heavy series, right the way up to the release of their third album, last year’s brilliant Atacama. While you can listen to just about any of band’s albums one into the next, those albums alone rarely tell the whole story. In between these key releases, Borracho dropped half-dozen or so limited-edition vinyl singles and split sevens, amassed an enviable collection of unreleased tracks and recorded alternate takes of their own material, with a mind to satisfy fans and collectors around the globe.

Riffography was mastered for digital release by Tony Reed at Heavy Head Recording Company in Port Orchard, WA and is officially released worldwide on 8th December via Ripple Music. To hear the previously unreleased track ‘Border Crossing’, recorded and mixed by Frank Marchand in 2014 as part of The Second Coming of Heavy sessions stream it right here:

Nuclear sludge duo Tuskar to release Arianrhod EP on Riff Rock Records

Relatively new to the fold having formed less than a year ago by vocalist/drummer Tyler Hodges and guitarist Tom Dimmock, this October will see the official release of Arianrhod, the debut EP from Milton Keynes’ nastiest “nuclear sludge” duo Tuskar.

Signed to Riff Rock Records – the UK’s leading purveyors of sludge, doom and stoner rock – Tuskar’s arrival completes a hard rock triptych of artists currently residing on the London-based label; together with afro-psych trio Vodun and the quite frankly, fuck-knows-whatery of fuzz-masters Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters.

For Hodges and Dimmock the chemistry they share is unmistakable, both live and in the studio. Having grown up listening to the likes of Conan, Sleep, Behemoth and Darkthrone, at only twenty years of age both bring an energy and savagery that could potentially mark Sludge Metal’s future as forever theirs.

“We’re really excited to be a part of Riff Rock,” explains Hodges. “We can’t wait for this chapter of our journey to start, and we can unleash the riff upon the masses.”

Recorded at The Cro’s Nest studio by Slabdragger’s Sam Thredder, Arianrhod, the band’s first EP ushered in that first consignment of riffs when initially released by the band last year. A furious and relentless foray into the heady and broken heart of darkness, tracks like ‘Fateweaver’ and ‘Where Strides the Colossus’ burn like brutal wildfire under cracked skies. And with a second EP in the pipeline (with Thredder once again at the dials) and a debut long player mooted for early 2018, Tuskar’s devastating prolifacy is matched only by their sheer ferocity.

Arianrhod by Tuskar is released on 20th October 2017 via Riff Rock Records but you can stream and share it in full via the band’s Bandcamp page below:

Tour Dates:

22nd October 2017 – New Cross Inn, London (UK)
 at Stoner/Doom/Sludge All-Dayer
4th November 2017 – The Devonshire Arms, London (UK) w. Mastiff
10th November 2017 – The Red Lion, Stevenage (UK) w. Morag Tong
20th November 2017 – The Cellar, Oxford (UK) w. Armed for the Apocalypse
1st December 2017 – The Swamp, Reading
 (UK) w. Morass of Molasses
3rd December 2017 – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes (UK) w. Red Fang
3rd February 2018 – Underworld, London (UK) w. Slomatics, Slabdragger, Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters)
13th April 2018 – Rebellion, Manchester (UK) w. Mastiff
7th July 2018 – The Underground, Bradford (UK) at Dragonfest

FREEDOM HAWK: Ripple Music to release self-titled album from vintage rock pioneers | Stream and share now!

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the upcoming rerelease Freedom Hawk; the self-titled 2009 album from vintage rock pioneers Freedom Hawk.

Hailing from the barrier dunes of Virginia, the quartet blend heavy riffs into rolling grooves and soulful guitar melodies to showcase their sound. Widely recognized as one of the leading forces in the retro-rock movement, their exceptional brand of heavy and high energy live shows leaves many questioning whether they’ve stepped through a time warp directly out of the ’70s hard rock heyday. Wrapped in core metal tones with slight psychedelic edges Freedom Hawk’s driving beat and heavy guitars offer the kind of timeless vocals that gave light to the dawn of the new and heavy revival.

Freedom Hawk by Freedom Hawk is released worldwide on 17th November 2017 on vinyl and CD. For more info visit www.ripple-music.com and stream and share the album in full below:

LA rockers Interstelar to release Resin worldwide this December

Since 2005, Interstelar has been grinding it out on every filthy, neon splattered stage in Los Angeles. Honed razor sharp by the laws of the concrete jungle and piloted by founding member, singer/guitarist Jason Kothmann.

Originally enlisting the help of friends Gio DalMonte on bass (replaced shortly afterward by Earl Houston) and Kiko Montecillo on guitar, the trio eventually found Jeff Murray – who now tours with world beating psych thrashers The Shrine – to play drums. With that line-up Interstelar recorded and released their debut EP React in Silence in 2006 and continued to play live in and around the Los Angeles area, making inroads wherever they could.

Following numerous line-up changes, the band entered Total Annihilation Studios in East LA in 2011 with engineer Eddie Rivas to record a follow up. Of their second EP, On Black Waves, the respected site Heavy Planet were keen to point out that Interstelar, “…know how to weave sonic webs with even-tempered drums, rolling bass, stuttering guitars, and hypnotic, tongue-twisting vocals,” and certainly the same can be said here with the band’s first full-length album, Resin. Swallowing everything in its path from the underground skyward, pulling monstrous, stoner rock riffs high above Terra Firma and into realms of sweeping and celestial post and progressive rock, it’s arguably their finest release to date.

After countless recording and re-recording sessions, endless mixing and that usual dose of intermittent drama, Resin was self-released digitally in August 2016 and featured the current line-up of Kothmann on vocals and rhythm guitar, Gary Gladson on lead, PJ McMullan on drums and Joe “Pooch” Puccio on bass.

Out this December for the very first time on vinyl and at last scheduled for a worldwide release on 8th December 2017 through Kozmik Artifactz, the official arrival of Resin marks a giant progression for the band and one that will raise them up from the underground.

Grab your free download of new song ‘SiL0’ – https://soundcloud.com/sheltered-life-pr/interstelar-sil0

Pre-order vinyl – https://interstelar.bandcamp.com/