Up In Smoke Festival Books Pentagram, Truckfighters, Monolord and More for its 10th Anniversary Edition


Desert Fest NYC, The Well, Brooklyn NY.

Sound Of Liberation has revealed the first band names for the upcoming, 10th Anniversary edition of Up In Smoke Festival, taking place between October 4 – 6, 2024 at Konzertfabrik Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland! Don’t miss Pentagram at their last Swiss show ever, headbang with Swedish fuzz rock overlords Truckfighters, be doomed with Monolord, and get ready for many more first-class acts such as heavy groove masters Greenleaf, Lowrider, Norwegian desert rockers Slomosa among many more! Continue reading


Beyond The Gates Festival Books Dimmu Borgir, Kreator, Gorgoroth, Deicide, Enslaved, Alcest and More for 2023


 

Beyond The Gates Festival has revealed its full lineup for 2023, taking place in Bergen, Norway from August 2 – August 5, 2023! The full lineup and daily schedules, which includes Dimmu Borgir’s only performance in 2023 as well as special album sets from Deicide, Enslaved, and Primordial, is as follows:

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Sonic Wolves (ex-Ufomammut, ex-Pentagram) Release Music Video For Lemmy Tribute Song “CCKL”!


Italian heavy rockers Sonic Wolves, featuring former members of Ufomammut and Pentagram, have released a very special tribute EP, entitled It’s All A Game To Me. Featuring two high-voltage tracks dedicated to Motörhead icon Lemmy and Metallica’s Cliff Burton, this limited Vinyl edition is out now on Argonauta Records and as part of the labels‘ Argonauta 100Ltd. -series. To celebrate its release in style, today Sonic Wolves have shared a new video clip for the track on side A, “CCKL.” Watch the band’s tribute to the godfathers of rock ‘n’ roll, Motörhead, here:

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DOOM METAL ROUNDUP: Mourn The Light, Bottomless, Lucifer’s Fall, and Purification


Mourn the Light Suffer, Then We’re Gone

Mourn The Light offers Traditional Doom Metal with a few twists on their first full-length album. It doesn’t quite hit the full operatic scope of Epic Doom or reach the speeds of Classic Metal, but influences from both at work throughout Suffer, Then We’re Gone (Argonauta Records). The riffs and song structures are in line with the busy nature of Psalm 9-era Trouble while the vocals offer a husky but theatrical bellow, drawing further comparisons to groups like Altar Of Oblivion and Argus.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Bewitcher – Cursed Be Thy Kingdom



Bewitcher has always stood out for having a more melodic slant than their Blackened Speed Metal peers and that distinction is at its most apparent on their third album. The band’s Venom meets Running Wild style leans much in the latter’s favor on Cursed Be Thy Kingdom (Century Media Records). The guitar rhythms are noticeably more accessible with more flamboyant leads above them and more dynamic song structures to match. Even the blatant Welcome To Hell worship on ‘Satanic Magick Attack’ has an almost Hard Rock flair to it.

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High Reeper Share Pentagram Cover – “Hurricane”- Debut Album Reissue Incoming


Stoner Doom band High Reeper will see the re-release of High Reeper‘s self-titled debut album this January 11th, via Heavy Psych Sounds! Ther release will feature brand new artwork and two bonus tracks including a cover of Pentagram’s “Hurricane,” which you can hear right now, via The Obelisk!Continue reading


Obsidian Sea – Strangers


Whilst steadily garnering a reputation in their native Balkans, Bulgarian trio Obsidian Sea finally saw some US action in 2016 with a repress of second album Dreams, Illusions, Obsessions (Nuclear War Now! Records). Third album Strangers sees a Ripple Music release that will undoubtedly propel the psych-Doom outfit further.Continue reading


Black Lung – Ancients


Those familiar with Baltimore acid-Blues combo The Flying Eyes may be blissfully unaware that two of that happy breed make up the larger share of an outfit bearing the name Black Lung. This darker-sounding trio, however, is no maelstrom of evil hostility, and has more in common with the parent band than the moniker might suggest.Continue reading


Demon Head – Hellfire Ocean Void


The latest act to trot off the impressive Svart Records conveyor belt, Danish quintet Demon Head like to maintain the traditions of Doom. Third full-length Hellfire Ocean Void sees their devotion to Proto and Psych Metal expanded with a little modernity but sticking true to the format, a feat undoubtedly assisted by having legendary producer Flemming Rasmussen at the knob-twiddling helm.Continue reading


Psycho Las Vegas 2017: Live At the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino, Las Vegas


Before you sink your teeth into this, let me make a quick disclaimer for those of you looking for a standard review. This ain’t it. If you want to read, ad nauseam, about each band that played, who was good, who wasn’t, what songs they played or how many bands are “female fronted,” have female members or where any of these bands are from I can guarantee you a quick internet search will get you your fix somewhere. If you are looking for someone to tell you what any of the bands sound like, look like or act like then here is a novel idea, buy their music, go to a show and form an opinion for yourself. No offense intended to anyone writing something like that or looking for that kind of thing but you won’t find it here because I don’t feel like writing something everyone else has or will. (Offense intended to anyone still finding some ridiculous need to write or read about bands being “female fronted.” Fuck off.)

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