Profile: Cosmic Riff-Meisters Howling Giant

Howling Giant

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

Profile: Brooklyn’s Psych Metal Trio River Cult

River Cult
River Cult

Back in 2016, psych metallers River Cult made a splash with their self titled EP, even though you may still be unaware. Thankfully, that’s about to change as the band will be releasing their debut full length, Halcyon Daze, this week. Metallic fuzz reminiscent of Blue Cheer meets the heavy doom sound of early Pentagram while in a jam session with Ufomammut should give you an idea of what to expect but these five long players are no coat tail riders of anyone. They take what came before and create something that constantly surprises, just when you think you’ve got it all figured out they pull out a cosmic riff (“The Sophist”) or a beautiful, knife edged classic rock vibe (“Point of Failure”). Just ahead of the album’s release we had the opportunity to ask the band our set of Profile questions to get acquainted. Head inside to see what they had to say and be sure to pick up a copy of Halcyon Daze from the links provided at the end.

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Initial Descent: December 10 – 16, 2017

midnight 2017
Midnight

We’re another week closer to slamming the book on 2017 and we do hope you’ve been enjoying list season thus far. For what it’s worth, we certainly have been and our staff lists will start rolling out in the coming days so stay tuned. But for now it’s another jam packed week of metal and the quantity here squashes any thoughts of new releases slowing just because it’s December. Leading us off this week is the metal / punk / let the good times roll Midnight on Sweet Death and Ecstasy. This band just continues to rule and have always reminded of the era when rock n’ roll was considered dangerous and an instrument of Satan himself — this album amps up that feeling and is one hell of great time. Next up is Ghastly Sound with their second EP of the year, The Bottom — think 90s hard rock mixed with death, sludge and stoner metal but with a killer singer. Moving on, the mechanized and industrious black metal attack of Iperyt‘s The Patchwork Gehinnom reminds us that industrial and black metal do indeed make the perfect pair. Rounding out the opening slots is Deathmarch‘s Dismember EP and in case the chainsaw on the cover doesn’t give it away, it’s full of gnarly death metal that will appease even the most hardened death metal fan. What’s next? You know the drill, get in there and explore. Continue reading

Album Review: Ghastly Sound – “The Bottom” EP

Ghastly Sound - The Bottom

You know that cliche in movies when someone is being approached by a huge, hirsute mean looking dude?  Think Hells Angel stereotype circa Clint Eastwood’s Any Which Way… series in the 80s.  They come stalking up, scowling, menacing score playing in the background…only to then offer to help with the groceries or to expound on some mathematical theory, thus laying on think the adage that you can’t judge a book by a cover?  Case in point Ghastly Sound, and their walloping second EP in the span of a year The Bottom.  Forget what the cover and logo are signaling to you: this is a stellar melange of hardcore, noise, and indie rock that isn’t afraid to mix passionate melodies with bone crunching riffs and waves of killer rock.   Continue reading

Profile: TJ Maynard of Ghastly Sound

Ghastly Sound
Ghastly Sound

Vermont trio Ghastly Sound return this week for their second EP of 2017, The Bottom. This EP, much like its self-titled predecessor, is another collection of songs that offers the bite of sludge metal but with the grandiose melodies of Torche which really makes the band’s songs pop right out of the speakers. The fifteen minute runtime of The Bottom flies by in an instant and you’ll find yourself hitting the repeat button time and time again. I’m amazed at what this band has done over the course of two EP’s and cannot wait to see what they do with a full length. Ok so, by now you get that this band and their music rules — stick around to see what TJ Maynard (bass) had to say to our Profile set of questions.

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