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FACES OF THE BOG: Chicagoland’s psychedelic sludge masters to officially release debut album Ego Death on DHU Records

Initially conceived in a dingy rehearsal space in Humboldt Park during the fall of 2011, Faces of the Bog have fast become one of the underground’s most celebrated secrets following the self-release of their debut album Ego Death late last year.

For the Chicagoland quartet, their own unique interpretation of sludge has never run neatly alongside preconceived notions of how this kind of music should be played. Choosing to ignore convention and instead, power brutal riffs headfirst into psychedelically heightened grooves, relying on atmosphere and mood to create melodic textures they are a band constantly pushing the envelope. “Ego Death is a revelation. I’ve been longing for a band to step up and challenge the existing music scene and the way Faces of the Bog do it is so exciting.” (OUTLAWS OF THE SUN)

Produced and engineered by the band and Sanford Parker (Voivod, Yob, Wreckmeister Harmonies, Bloodiest) at Electrical Audio and Decade Music Studios, Ego Death hit pretty damn hard for an “independently put-out” album. Released digitally and on CD in October 2016, Metal Injection was quick to praise its, “existential ride of psychedelic waves and auras [and] collection of bangin’ sludge jams,” all of which journeyed the same sonic highways shared by the likes of Pink Floyd, Tool and Neurosis. Going one further, they described it as a record packed with, “a fascinating range of psychedelic sludge and hints of doom and acid tones.”

“It’s truly amazing these days when an underground band from a US city like Chicago can release an album completely on their own,” explains guitarist/vocalist Trey Wedgeworth. “We’ve been amazed and humbled by the feedback we’ve received all over the world. Fans from places like Germany, Norway, Portugal, Brazil, Australia, and Russia have all reached out to us to give their kind words to what we’re doing.”

It was while playing a handful of shows last year with pacific north-westerners Mother Crone that the band were introduced (in a roundabout way) to the good work of Nederland-based record label, DHU Records.

“Mother Crone ran into some transportation issues while out on tour and we were fortunate enough to be able to help some good dudes in need,” says Wedgeworth. “They more than repaid the favour by putting us in touch with Robert Black at DHU Records. DHU is a DIY label that releases limited edition vinyl packages for some of the heaviest bands in underground music today, so we quickly forged a great relationship and are completely ecstatic that he’s now rereleasing Ego Death on vinyl.”

Ego Death will get an official vinyl release on 22nd September through DHU Records but can be streamed and purchased digitally through Face of the Bog’s Bandcamp page here.

Watch and share The Making of Ego Death video here and preorder here.

Live:

5th Aug – Cold Shot – Appleton, Wisconsin (w. Atalla and Black Road)
11th Aug – Reggies – Chicago, Illinois (w. Castle)
4th Oct – Liars Club – Chicago, Illinois  (w. Disenchanter and Swamp Ritual)
2nd Sept – Beard Metal Fest – Custer Park, Illinois (w. Pale Horseman, Starless and DeepSpacePilots)

RESCUE RANGERS: French rockers to release new album Join Hate this September

This September will see the official release of Join Hate, the explosive new studio album (and third in the canon) from French rock and rollers, Rescue Rangers.

Since their formation in 2007, for lead singer and guitarist Pascal Mascheroni every day since has only served to heighten and advance his near talismanic-like qualities as a songwriter. A long-serving student and practitioner of classic rock, stoner metal and hardcore punk, after performing at a local show in Marseilles with desert rock nonconformist Nick Oliveri, the band were invited to join Mondo Generator on tour across North America later that summer. Deep in the process of writing and recording new material at the time, Mascheroni gladly obliged and in return asked Oliveri to lend his vocals to the song ‘Creeper, The One Who Creeps,’ on Rescue Ranger’s brilliant 2012 album, Manitoba.

As fellow kindred spirit and stoic campaigner of high octane rock’n’roll, it was following a performance on stage in LA with the former Kyuss/QOTSA bass player that he was introduced to another cult luminary and equally enamoured Rescue Rangers-supporter in Page Hamilton. By request the band has just this month returned from an extensive tour supporting Hamilton’s legendary NYC noisemakers Helmet across France and are currently readying themselves for the release of their new album this September on F200 Records.

Produced by Hamilton, Join Hate is the French quartet’s third studio effort and an out-and-out treat for fans of heavy rock and electrifying song writing. Ballsy, voluminous and best of all stacked with promise, for anyone just discovering the band it’s an ear opener, and for those already in the know, a real statement on just how far they have progressed since day one.

Join Hate by Rescue Rangers is released on 1st September 2017 through F200 Record.

MOTHERSHIP: Texan rockers return for UK/EU tour this summer | New LP out this month on Ripple Music

Texan psych rockers Mothership are set to cross the Atlantic this summer and crash onto European shores with a tour in support of their brand new studio album, High Strangeness.

Formed in 2010 by brothers Kyle and Kelley Juett and later joined by Judge Smith on drums, the trio have gained a solid reputation as non-stop road warriors, sharing stages with the likes of Slayer, Alice In Chains, Ghost and Baroness in the last twelve months alone. With a tireless work ethic that has seen them play countless festivals, nightclubs, bars and motorcycle parties across the USA, Canada and Europe, the band were rewarded for their efforts last year winning Dallas’ Best Metal Act at the 2016 Dallas Observer Music Awards.

Released on 17th March, High Strangeness is the third studio album and highly anticipated follow-up to their 2014 Ripple Music-released LP, Mothership II. Recorded by Ryan Lee (Crypt Trip) and mastered by Tony Reed (Mos Generator/Stone Axe) it delivers eight songs of “supersonic intergalactic heavy rock” in an amped-up take on ’70s rock and roll fury, laced with everything, from electrifying psychedelics to progressive space rock elements.

Returning to Europe later this summer the band kick off their journey with an appearance at Freak Valley Festival in Germany on 17th June before arriving in the UK for a string of dates with rising rockers Poseidon in support.

For the full list of dates (UK dates in bold) and a fierce poster by Robin Gnista, see below:

17th June – Siegen, DE – Freak Valley Festival
18th June – Berlin, DE – Badehaus*
19th June – Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang*
21st June – Landgraaf, NL – Oefenbunker
22nd June – Utrecht, NL – dB’s
23rd June – Brussels, BE – Magasin 4
24th June – Bourlon, FR – Rock In Bourlon
25th June – Milton Keynes, UK – Craufurd Arms**
26th June – Coventry, UK – The Phoenix**
27th June – Manchester, UK – Factory**
28th June – Edinburgh, UK – Bannermans**
29th June – Cardiff, UK – Fuel**
30th June – Bournemouth, UK – The Anvil**
1st July – London, UK- The Black Heart**
3rd July – Paris, FR – Le Glazart***
4th July – Nantes, FR – Le Scene Michelet***
6th July – Barcelona, ES – Rocksound
7th July – Turin, IT – Blah Blah
8th July – Povegliano Veronese, IT – Art Pollution Festival
9th July – Parma, IT – App Colombofili
10th July – Zerobranco, IT – Altroquando
11th July – Vienna, AUT- Arena
12th July – Nuremberg, DE – MUZclub
13th July – Munich, DE – Feierwerk
14th July – Erfurt, DE – Stoned From The Underground Festival

* W/ Yawning Man
** W/ Poseidon
***W/ Egypt

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Ape Machine tour and Live At Freak Valley LP/DVD set

Having recently toured the US and Europe in support of their latest full-length album Mangled By The Machine, Portland stoners Ape Machine are set to hit the road this month in support of their new Live LP/DVD combo release Live At Freak Valley on Ripple Music.

The daring new release was filmed and recorded at the Freak Valley Festival in Germany last year; an event that has proven to be a veritable showcase and ‘Who’s Who’ in the brave new world of upcoming psychedelic and heavy stoner-rock bands. The set features Ape Machine’s blistering hour-long performance in front of a sold-out festival crowd and serves up proof that the band lives up to their reputation of captivating and commanding live audiences.

In addition to the upcoming Live Freak Valley release, Ape Machine has released three critically acclaimed full-length albums, two recent releases of which – Mangled By The Machine and War To Head – were produced by Ikey Owens (Jack White, Mars Volta, Mastodon) who also contributed keyboards to both albums. Owens was slated to produce the band’s fourth full-length this summer before his untimely death this past October while on tour with Jack White. In Ikey Owens’s absence, the band plans to record their next full length this April with long-time friend Jacob Golden producing.

Last year also found Ape Machine touring extensively, sharing the stage with bands such as Motorhead, Helmet, Orange Goblin, Crobot plus many others. This March however the band kicks off their own West Coast tour, bringing their frenzied live show stateside on a trip through SXSW and beyond. (For the full list of dates see below.)

With their Live At Freak Valley release arriving on 26 May, this coming spring tour across the US, a new album in the pipeline and more planned for later in the year, 2015 promises to be busy year for one of the best new bands on the scene.

Tour Dates:

March 12 – Star Theater (Portland, OR)
March 13 – Club 66 (Ashland, OR)
March 14 – Cafe Coda (Chico, CA)
March 15 – Audie’s (Fresno, CA)
March 16 – Slide Bar (Fullerton, CA)
March 17 – JR’s (Sierra Vista, AZ)
March 18 – Blue Max (Midland, TX)
March 19 – Eastdown Warehouse (Houston, TX)
March 20 – DIY Spot (Tyler, TX)
March 21 – SXSW Official Showcase on the Monster Energy Stage (Austin, TX)
March 21 – Fuzzed Out (Lola’s) (Ft. Worth, TX)
March 23 – Flycatcher (Tucson, AZ)
March 24 – Casbah (San Diego, CA)
March 25 – The Saloon (Encinitas, CA)
March 26 – El Rio (San Francisco, CA)
March 27 – Black Forest (Eugene, OR)
March 28 – The Mix – (Seattle, WA)

Ape Machine’s Live At Freak Valley (LP/DVD) will be released via Ripple Music on 26th May 2015. Stream and share live track ‘Wear Me Out’ here – https://soundcloud.com/ripplemusic/1-wear-me-out-ape-machine-ripple-music