Nine Circles ov…Red Lead Media & PR

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“But hey,” you ask.  “Where do all those promos come from?”

They come from PR groups, my friends.  Many, many PR groups.  Inboxes get stuffed to the gills with pleas for some kind of coverage, whether its a review, interview, profile, track premiere…and as the release date for an album gets closer and the reminders come in, it can get even more overwhelming.  But with so much music out there, having a good PR person in your corner can make the difference between selling your album to six of your friends and family, and getting exposure (any exposure) to an audience that can pick up and carry your work forward.  I’d say PR groups are a necessary evil, except my experience as both a writer and a musician has found, for the most part, these dogged flag wavers to be anything but evil.

And so I thought for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I’d highlight the music that’s come to my attention via Jadd and the folks from Red Lead Media & PR.  Focusing on punk and hard rock in a variety of styles (not to mention being the in-house PR division for Magnetic Eye Records) there’s a healthy variety of music below so keep cool and dig in.  Who knows, maybe something will take your fancy…. Continue reading

Profile: Cosmic Riff-Meisters Howling Giant

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Cosmic riffsters Howling Giant are getting busy as of late contributing a track “Matilda Mother” to the Pink Floyd covers extravaganza The Wall [Redux] and Best of Pink Floyd, which will feature a staggering amount of artists, slated for a fall release on Magnetic Eye and an east coast tour that starts this month. And we’ve yet to mention last years full length Black Hole Space Wizard Part 2. Between the pulp inspired cosmic themes and their particular brand of psychedelic riffs thick enough to split atoms, the band’s output thus far has been incredibly satisfying for those of us that like it tuned low and played with an eclectic touch. Just ahead of the tour kicking off we had the chance to sit down with the band and run through our set of Profile questions. Read on to see what they had to say and stick around for the tour dates, you won’t want to miss them if they swing through your town. Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 12, 2016

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Ahead of a live debut at Migration Fest, Oregon’s Mizmor releases its new full-length, “Yodh,” on August 12.

Hey kids. I’m technically late with this because I’m at Migration Fest, but you know what? As I’m writing this, it’s only 9:45 AM out here in Olympia, Washington, so you can suck it. We’ll keep it quick because I’ve got a lot more to get to today — namely, exploring, festival stuff, beer drinking, etc. What’s coming out this week? Well, the highlight is Mizmor, whose new full-length, Yodh, finally drops today. There’s also stuff from Equilibrium (who I definitely didn’t realize were still a band), Vader, and all manner of other things. Marsh Dweller also technically drops on Monday, but I’m gonna cover it this week, because it’s pretty cool. So take a little look below and see for yourself — here’s what we’ve got on tap:
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