Premiere: High Reeper – “Die Slow”

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Staking claim to the Philly/Delaware corner of stoner rock is the five piece known as High Reeper and they have set November 3 for their independently released self titled debut. It’s an album full of Sabbathian riff worship mixed with the kind of DIY ethos St. Vitus was known so well for in their early days (think Born Too Late). The power of the riff definitely compels this band as they bend and mold each one with an unfettered ease generally reserved for the more seasoned vets. But on top of that they keep a mean groove throughout and the vocals remind of early Ozzy so there’s that, and it doesn’t hurt a bit. Today we have a premiere of lead off track “Die Slow” and it’s all of the above and much more so dive in to take a listen. Continue reading

Concert Review: Mutoid Man and Helms Alee, 6.4.2017

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FINALLY I’m ready to talk about this thing. For those that missed it, there was a killer show at The Great Scott down in the Boston area on June 4th. Mutoid Man toured their delicious new album called War Moans and were opened by a collection of amazing, albeit diverse, acts in Helms AleePrimitive Weapons, and Summoner. Despite an all-over-the-place weekend that involved plenty of day drinking, family, and a soccer game at Gillette Stadium, I still managed to keep myself together enough to get to one of my favorite small venues in Boston for a truly entertaining show. I also took pictures. Some of which are grainy because… fuck. Anyway. Continue reading

Profile: Daz Rowlands of Space Witch

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Beginning in 2007 the UK’s Space Witch have grown by leaps and bounds since their self titled demo and with a handful of releases under their belt the June 9 release of their second full length Arcanum will prove just how much they actually have grown. They’ve crossed lines with doom, stoner and sludge metal but this time the band makes the best use of prog/psychedelic elements to create their most multifaceted sound to date but heavy nonetheless. We recently had the opportunity to ask Daz Rowlands (Guitar, FX) our set of Profile questions — read on to see what he had to say.

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Concert Review: Pilgrim and Heavy Temple, 3/11/2017

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Disclosure: there were actually four bands on this particular bill. After a bit of a delay in getting into the venue, I missed most of Manic Abraxas. And since I had a drive ahead of me and was traveling with a party of people that were on varying levels of intoxication, I missed the headlining Hessian. So it goes. Regardless, this was a tremendously fun evening, and both Heavy Temple and Pilgrim were a big part of the reason why. Continue reading

Concert Review: Sleep and Windhand (June 22, 2016)

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Sleep has been doing a few select tour dates this year with direct support from Virginia’s new doom legends, Windhand. I had the privilege of attending the sold out show at Mr. Small’s Theatre in Millvale, Pennsylvania. There were no locals on the show as Windhand and Sleep together had sets long enough to fill the 3 hour show time. Attendees had packed in early as not to miss a moment of either band. Continue reading