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

Nekromant on Bandcamp | Facebook | YouTube

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THE NECROMANCERS: Occult rockers return with new album and EU tour dates

Drawing on antiquated inspirations in mythology, religion, fantastical tales from European literature and an obsession for classic horror cinema, The Necromancers are a curious alliance of musicians, and together are a strange beast to behold.

Following on from the release of their debut album last year on Ripple Music, the French quartet return with the first taste of their eagerly awaited follow up, Of Blood and Wine, with ‘Secular Lord’, a song about which explores the legend of Vlad ‘The Empalor’ Tepes. Experimenting with progressive rock, heavy psych and the 70s pagan/proto-metal of bands like Black Sabbath and Coven, they take these influences, throw in the urgency of NWOBHM and douse the entire lot in lysergic illusions. All with a mind to create an album a sound for ages.

After a very successful tour last winter with Swiss psych rock legends Monkey 3, The Necromancers take to the road for a European tour with Belzebong, kicking off with an album release show at Le Cluricaume in their hometown of Poitiers. (For the full list of dates see below.)

“The band is still young,” explains vocalist and guitar player Tom Cornière. “We never would have thought of signing with a label like Ripple. We could hardly have hoped for better. It’s an honour and a surprise. Now, we are looking forward to the tour and to be able to share our album wherever we can.”

Of Blood and Wine by The Necromancers is released on 5th October 2018 on Ripple MusiC. Stream and share new song ‘Secular Lord’ below:

“High-octane tritone-centric heaviness and atmospheric incantations, creating a sound as wealthy and tasteful as Old nick himself.”
CLASSIC ROCK

“[Their] debut so reverentially evokes the doomy space rock paranoia of Sabbath.”
METAL HAMMER

“They have the mettle necessary to plant black flags on their red, white and blue home.”
NEW NOISE MAGAZINE

CASTLE: Bay Area doom duo announce new album and European Tour

Heavy metal doomsters Castle are pleased to announce the release of their new album, Deal Thy Fate, via Ripple Music on 19th October.

Recorded at Hallowed Halls Studio in Portland, Oregon by long-time producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis) Deal Thy Fate is Castle’s fifth album and follows 2016’s critically-lauded Welcome To The Graveyard, which was described by Metal Hammer UK as “epic, heroic, tastefully melodic”.

Building on the stripped-down sound of its predecessor, Deal Thy Fate finds Castle continuing to push the envelope of classic heavy metal, crafting epic and memorable songs that hark back to fuzzier times, while keeping the pedal down on their own hard-edged, modern sound. Guitarist Mat Davis’ penchant for riffs that worm their way into your brain and singer/bassist Liz Blackwell’s haunting melodies soar out of the depths across the album’s thirty-six fist-banging minutes.

Written over the last year in the band’s current Mojave Desert location of Joshua Tree, CA, Deal Thy Fate’s nine tracks are woven with tales of folklore, dark Americana, serial killers and cult leaders, while the album’s striking cover art – inked by Patrick Zoller – reflects the title track’s no compromise, choose-your-own destiny rally cry. The striking art and full track listing can both be viewed below.

Commenting on the writing and recording of Deal Thy Fate, which was rounded out on drums by previous touring member Chase Manhattan, Blackwell adds, “We were able to spend a couple months in a jam room honing these songs and for the first time, record the entire album live in the studio – it definitely shows in its energy and intensity and sounds more like live Castle than anything else we’ve ever done.”

Castle has also announced a full run of European tour dates (see below) including festival appearances to coincide with the new album’s release. These special shows include Desertfest Belgium (Oct 14), Malta Doom Metal Fest (Oct 19), Doom Over Vienna (Nov 10) and Dutch Doom Days (Nov 24).

Deal Thy Fate, the fifth full-length album by Bay Area doom duo Castle will be released on 19th October 2018 on Ripple Music. Pre-order the album directly from the band HERE or via Ripple Music HERE. (Each pre-order platform offers different limited editions of the vinyl LP.)

Stream and share new song ‘Can’t Escape The Evil’ – https://www.revolvermag.com/music/hear-occult-rockers-castle-evoke-slayer-doomy-new-song-cant-escape-evil

Castle on Web | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Bandcamp

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:

14/10 – Antwerp, BE – Desertfest
15/10 – Frankfurt, DE – Das Bett (w. The Skull)
16/10 – Munich, DE – Backstage (w. The Skull)
17/10 – Freiburg, DE – Slow Club (w. The Skull)
18/10 – Cologne, DE – Sonic Ballroom (w. The Skull)
19/10 – Siggiewi, MT – Malta Doom Fest
20/10 – Cottbus, DE – Zum Faulen August
22/10 – Gottingen, DE – Freihafen
23/10 – Lichtenfels – Paunchy Cat
24/10 – Dresden, DE – Chemiefabrik
25/10 – Osnabruck, DE – Bastard Club
26/10 – La Rochelle, FR – Crossroads Cafe
27/10 – Vallet, FR – Westill Music Fest
28/10 – Nantes, FR – La Scene Michelet
30/10 – Aachen, DE – Wild Rover Pub
02/11 – Karlsruhe, DE – KoHi
03/11 – Siegen, DE – Vortex
04/11 – Hamburg, DE – Bambi Galore
05/11 – Jena, DE – Rosenkeller
07/11 – Furstenwalde, DE – Parkclub
08/11 – Berlin, DE – Tief
09/11 – Leipzig, DE – Black Label
10/11 – Vienna, AT – Doom Over Vienna Fest

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Ripple Music announce the penultimate instalment in their Second Coming of Heavy Series | Split album from Cortez and Wasted Theory

“For record collectors who coo over coloured vinyl and artwork deserving of a place on the wall, the Second Coming of Heavy series is a fine example of how stoner, doom and psych is leading the way in offering the full package.”
METAL HAMMER

The Second Coming of Heavy; Chapter IX is released on vinyl on 21st September 2018

Already recognised as one of the world’s leading purveyors of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Stoner, Doom and Heavy Psych, Ripple Music upped the ante in 2015 with the arrival of one of their most ambitious projects to date, The Second Coming of Heavy Series.

Serving as a showcase for some of the best and heaviest bands emerging from the underground, each instalment shines a light on those worthy of your attention. Consisting of one, 12” slab of multi-coloured vinyl with full colour sleeves and inserts, the series is designed to be saved and treasured, much like a fine anthology of books. When the albums are filed next to each other, the complete collection of aligned spines form a mind-blowing image direct from the underground.

Bands that have already featured in the series include Geezer, Borracho, Supervoid, Red Desert, Kingnomad, Bonehawk, Red Mesa, Blue Sanggletooth, Fuzz Evil, Switchblade Jesus plus a whole host of others. For this latest instalment it’s the turn of Boston-based, fuzzed out rock and rollers Cortez and American Weed Rock supremos, Wasted Theory.

The Second Coming Of Heavy; Chapter IX will get an official vinyl release on 21st September 2018 and is limited to 300 copies in three alternative versions (100 of each) – The Resurrection Edition, The Risen OBI and The Ascension Edition.

Pre-order now at www.ripple-music.com

Stream and share Cortez’s ‘Close’ and Wasted Theory’s ‘Heresy Dealer’ below:

Cortez on Web | Bandcamp | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Wasted Theory on Facebook | Bandcamp | Twitter

More praise for Ripple Music’s The Second Coming Of Heavy series:

“Ripple Music is fast becoming the label of choice for good old fashioned heavy metal. They have released some great albums over the past twelve months, their latest being this split release featuring Supervoid and Red Desert […] two great bands and another great release from Ripple.”
POWERPLAY MAGAZINE

“I’ve long thought that The Second Coming Of Heavy series was one of the coolest things happening among a flock of cool things that Ripple Music has going on. The latest submission to this series, appropriately titled The Second Coming Of Heavy: Chapter 2 is a split between Supervoid and Red Desert. Featuring the fuzzed out tones that make so much of this classic rock and roll stuff so worthwhile, these two bands prove that they both deserve a place in a scene crowded by posers and chumps.”
TWO GUYS METAL REVIEWS

“Ripple Music believes we are in the midst of a heavy rock renaissance. Two editions deep, they’ve already highlighted a range of styles and a swath of acts from around different regions of the US brought together by their varied takes on what it means to be heavy. There’s a lot of ground to cover, and the project remains ambitious, but taking it one LP at a time, there seems to be nothing keeping the label from continuing this exploration and enlightening listeners as they go.”
THE OBELISK