MAJESTIC MOUNTAIN RECORDS announces the signing of DEVIL’S WITCHES and SAINT KARLOFF for New Release this Summer

Newly formed Swedish label set to issue split LP from two of doom’s rising superpowers!

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This summer will see the first official vinyl release from Majestic Mountain Records, a brand-new imprint specialising in rock, stoner, doom and heavy psych.

Based in Stockholm, Sweden and set up by long-serving fan and close follower of the underground, Marco Berg, the label has just announced the signing of Norwegian power trio, Saint Karloff, along with occult/riff worshippers, Devil Witches, who will each contribute one side to a Split LP.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the Majestic Mountain family,” explains Saint Karloff’s Mads Melvold. “Marco has been one of our greatest supporters ever since we put out our first album, and we’re looking forward to achieving great things together. It’s an honour being their first release alongside the mighty Devil’s Witches, who we are all great fans of.”

The unusual yet usually allusive Witchdoctor General of Devil’s Witches also wanted to share in the respect given to Berg, with Melvod’s vinyl ally breaking silence to elaborate on his excitement for the project:

“We’re honoured to be the first release of the new independent record label Majestic Mountain Records. The creative freedom that they allow is exactly the kind of company Devil’s Witches embraces. This isn’t just a majestic mountain, nay, it is indeed THE MOUNTAIN OF THE DEVIL’S WITCH!”

With plans already in place for a second release later in the year – a full-length album by Saint Karloff has just been confirmed – stay tuned for more details about both vinyl releases, along with regular updates from one of the scene’s most exciting new labels, Majestic Mountain Records.

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Hard-hitting power trio Saint Karloff have been making their mark on the international heavy music scene since the release of their debut album, All Heed the Black God, in 2018. Featuring Mads Melvold on guitar and vocals, Ole Sletner on bass, and Adam Suleiman on drums, this Norwegian band is influenced by the music of yesterday and the world of today. Rising to fourth place on the Doom Charts, generating two mind-bending music videos for ‘Ghost Smoker’ and ‘Spellburn’, and garnering praise from critics all around the world, All Heed the Black God, was inspired by 70’s heavy blues bands like Black Sabbath and early Pentagram, and allowed the band to fuse this vintage sound with modern day stoner rock to create something that was uniquely their own. Now in 2019, the band is raising their song writing to the next level with new material that is heavier, more psychedelic and more complex. As Ghost Cult Magazine pointed out recently, “When one ingredient looks set to steal the show, another comes to the fore with flawless timing, creating an organic flow which sounds wonderfully retro yet urgent. These guys can be huge.”

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Devils Witches return following on from multiple sell-out presses of their debut album Velvet Magic and EPs, Porno Witches & Vietnam Veterans and The Audio-Erotic Collection. After two years of grooving and dooming the underground music scene the band has added a guest bassist, Andy Shardlow from The Kings Pistol who joins the mysterious founding member and multi-instrumentalist, Witchdoctor General. Never one to play by the rules while gleefully subverting expectations Devil’s Witches is not slowing down. As Electric Wizard’s Jus Oborn explains, “Weird underground heavy metal psych lounge… kinda undefinable. It’s definitely heavy but veers into bubble gummy pop and ’70s lounge music at the drop of a hat. Inspired by drugs, retro porn and the Vietnam war… it’s like an alternative soundtrack to Apocalypse Now”.

LINKS:

Majestic Mountain on Facebook – facebook.com/majesticmountainrecords/
Instagram – instagram.com/majesticmountainrecords/
Twitter – twitter.com/Majestic_vinyl

Saint Karloff on Facebook – facebook.com/SaintKarloff/
Bandcamp – saintkarloff.bandcamp.com
Instagram – instagram.com/saintkarloff
Twitter – twitter.com/saintkarloff

Devil’s Witches on Facebook – facebook.com/devilswitches/
Bandcamp – devilswitches.bandcamp.com/releases
Instagram – instagram.com/devilswitches

 

Oz Quartet ARROWHEAD Summon Spirits with the Release of COVEN OF THE SNAKE on RIPPLE MUSIC

Rising from the underground of Sydney’s stoner rock scene, the Arrowhead brotherhood fire an explosive, all killer/no filler triptych of volume, attitude and down-tuned grooves.

Hitting you harder than a Frank Frazetta-airbrushed panel van travelling at 100mph, Arrowhead is very much a band defined by the riffs that raised them. Fronted by guitar player, vocalist and chief songwriter Brett Pearl, Brett was brought up on a staple diet of classic rock with Hendrix, Zeppelin, Floyd and Sabbath rarely leaving the turntable. Joined by fellow purveyor of low-end grind is bass player/Viking Arron Fletcher, guitarist Raff Iacurto and living backbone of the band, Matt Cramp on drums.

With each member feeding into the Arrowhead-approved vision of hard rock reverie via Hollywood monsters and science fiction cinema, having paid their dues as a band since late 2009, following on from 2010’s Atomsmasher EP, their self-titled debut and 2016’s Desert Cult Ritual, the latest addition to the quartet’s quiver is new album, Coven of the Snake. An album that is equal parts venom and mysticism, and 100% blood-bound to steal your soul in the name of rock and roll.

Arrowhead’s Coven of the Snake is released on 12th July 2019 through Ripple Music. Stream and share ‘Coven of the Snake’ video below:

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DEAF RADIO: Rising Athens Rockers Return with New Single | Sophomore Album Released Late 2019

Listen and find out more about ‘Astypalea’ now at Everything is Noise – http://everythingisnoise.net/premieres/deaf-radio-kick-up-some-dirt-with-astypalea/

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Chief proponents of hard rock and grievous genre assault, Deaf Radio, the Athens’ based quartet make a much-welcomed return this month with the release of the brand-new single, ‘Astypalea’.

The first song composed, recorded and lifted from their as-yet-untitled second album, which is due for release later this year, ‘Astypalea’ is a captivating glimpse of things to come

Written on the rooftops of old churches in Astypalea, a secluded Greek island in the Dodecanese, lyrically it focuses on the connections and experiences between each band member, with marauding and majestic guitars reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age and Rise Against. A song that begs to be played loud, this is the first recording made by the desert rockers since the release of their successful debut album, Alarm in 2017. Hailed as one of the best alt-rock albums from Greece in recent memory,  it has since gone on to garner hundreds of thousands of streams online, and praise from ecstatic sell-out crowds when performed live across Europe.

Having shared stages with the likes of The Killers, All Them Witches, 1000mods and The Kills, Deaf Radio toured Europe throughout 2017 and 2018 and played in over thirty cities, serving as the perfect test ground material soon to be released on their second full-length album, due for release in the autumn.

Deaf Radio’s brand-new single ‘Astypalea’ is released on 5th June 2019 via ihaveadrum. Listen and find out more about ‘Astypalea’ now at Everything is Noise – http://everythingisnoise.net/premieres/deaf-radio-kick-up-some-dirt-with-astypalea/

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Blazing San Jose rockers ZED return with VOLUME on RIPPLE MUSIC

Making their roaring presence felt in the Bay Area rock scene since 2007, with heavy footprints and sonically indelible marks are San Jose earth shakers ZED. With a sound based on the core principles of blues, heaviness and groove, this quartet is the genuine article. No bell bottoms, wizard sleeves or hip huggers for this crew. Instead, it’s a barrage of head-bobbing, air-guitaring, hip-shaking, blues-driven riffage as delivered by the true bastards of rock and roll.

From their inception ZED made a name for themselves with their crushing live shows and incessant grooves. Having played together in various projects since 1998, including releasing several albums with the band Stitch for Prosthetic and Metal Blade Records, guitarist/vocalist Peter Sattari and bassist Mark Aceves joined up with guitar wizard Greg Lopez and drummer extraordinaire Sean Boyles to create a sound that was uniquely their own. Drawing from their varied influences, ranging from classic ’70s rock to punk and hardcore, by way of metal and old school funk, ZED write music fuelled by nasty grooves. The band has even been called, “a pissed off Led Zeppelin with Chris Cornell meets Ian Astbury on vocals.”

In recent years the band’s momentum has exploded, signing to Ripple Music and growing into a household name in the stoner rock community. Their hard-grooving live show has seen the band perform as headline support at Maryland Doom Fest and numerous SXSW events. They recently capped off their first European tour with a benchmark performance at Desertfest Lodon, where Kerrang! Magazine caught their set and said, “Their booze-drenched blues’n’roll almost breaks into a riot as both band and audience raise the roof and plenty of Hell in the process, leaving the most triumphant first impression.”

Volume by ZED is officially released on 26th July 2019 on Ripple Music

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Stream and share new song ‘The Other Kind’ below: