Profile: Wisconsin’s Doom Crew Cold Black River

Cold Black River

Wisconsin’s Cold Black River had a straightforward approach back when they formed in 2013: “We wanted to craft a stripped-down heavy sound with doom metal influences, decent hooks and vocals you could hear and understand.” Six years and four releases later they’re closely adhering to that statement and it shows on their most recent effort Tales of Death & The Devil, released digitally last year and now sees CD release on June 14. Their music is the slow burn type of doom; bluesy and smokey with vocals that are smoother than a perfect steak and a side of top shelf bourbon. They’ve been building to this and have finally pulled it all together into a cohesive firecracker of an album. In an effort to learn more, we recently had a chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the band and they were gracious with their time in answering but also gracious enough to give other bands some etiquette tips. Keep reading to see how it went down and head over to their Bandcamp page to snag a copy for yourself. Continue reading

Stream: Dun Ringill Live at Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (5.4.2019)

Dun Ringill

For some of you, the term Dun Ringill may conjure up the album Stormwatch from Jethro Tull but here, it refers to Swedish doom metallers Dun Ringill that are, at times, as progressive as Tull was. Their full length debut, Welcome, was released back in March via Argonauta Records and is a rousing six song sonic pleasure. Doom, rock, and folk all have a place in this dark stew but it’s the way the band puts it all together that makes it different enough from anything else to really stand out. Plus, there’s several unexpected twists and turns throughout – flute! Today, we’re excited to bring you a hometown show Dun Ringill performed at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg last month. It’s an excellent performance with high quality video so if you dig concerts and hard rockin’ doom metal, this one’s for you. Hit the play button immediately below and kick back for a spell. Continue reading

Profile: Toronto’s Heavy Rockers Pterodactyl Problems

Pterodactyl Problems

Toronto’s heavy rock/alt-metal/punksters Pterodactyl Problems will be releasing their debut full length, Esoteric Hobbies, next week and it’s a kitchen sink approach that actually works. Having traditional metal, riff driven heavy rock, amazing indie folk and good time punk-rock on the same album sounds like way too much going on but the way this group puts it all together is an extremely fun ride – one that constantly gives up new things and is never, EVER comfortable staying in the same place very long. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the band to get a bit of a backstory so read on to see how it went down. Continue reading

Profile: Brian Tarter of Brass Owl

Brass Owl

On Brass Owl‘s self-titled EP, released in June, this power trio shifts gears from stoner metal to jam band to southern rock to blues and back again over the course of seven songs — no matter what they slip into it’s cohesive, catchy and damn memorable. Simply put, hearing traces of Gov’t Mule alongside COC is never a bad thing. Mastermind and guitarist/vocalist Brian Tarter played with Steve Vai back in the 90s and having been in the music game for over thirty years he, obviously, brings a ton of experience and knowledge to the table that, along with his bandmates, shines through every note of Brass Owl. We had the chance to sit down with Brian for more information on him and the band so head below for his answers and click through the links contained within to show them some support. 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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