Horseburner – The Thief; Howling Giant – The Space Between Worlds (2019)

HorseburnerThe Thief (Ripple Music, 09 August 2019)

 

Howling GiantThe Space Between Worlds (Blues Funeral Recordings, 27 September 2019)

 

Good afternoon! Another week almost over, are you excited? Probably not so much, huh? It hardly makes a difference, since the days all just run together anymore. Hard to believe we’re coming up on three whole months of this quarantine, shelter-in-place, work-from-home, whatever you want to call it.

But on the other hand, it’s starting to feel like this is the way life has been forever — it’s getting hard to remember a time when things used to be different. Remember going out to restaurants, bars, wineries? Remember live entertainment? Sometimes there would even be entire events dedicated to bands performing music for large crowds of people, entire festivals. Remember those? Remember crowds of people?

It was exactly two months ago today that Ripplefest was supposed to happen in Germany, what would have been an all-day raging affair hosted by Ripple Music. I wrote up a thing announcing the event just a few weeks before the entire world flipped completely upside-down.

That event is tentatively being rescheduled for August, with a line-up yet to be announced. I hope, for the sake of everyone involved, that it works out this time. I hope, for ALL our sakes, that things are back to normal by then.

Originally scheduled to play at the festival in March were two American bands, Horseburner and Howling Giant. I’ve written about each of them before (here and here), but in February’s Ripplefest post I also mentioned that both bands had released excellent albums last year, and that reviews of both would be coming up soon.

The festival might not have taken place as planned, but at least I can fulfill that one small promise. And at least you can treat your ears to these bands in pre-recorded form…

 

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Völur – Disir (2016), Ancestors (2017)

VölurDisir (Prophecy Productions, 24 June 2016)

 

VölurAncestors (Prophecy Productions, 02 June 2017)

 

Hey folks! The Shadow Frost festival that we talked about recently starts tomorrow and runs through the next day. Whomst among you are headed to Maryland for this event? That’s a pretty enticing line-up, huh?

So having said that, today seemed like an appropriate time to delve into a pair of albums by Torontonian trio Völur that I’ve been meaning to discuss ever since they first caught my attention several years ago. Not an ideal time to write about them, of course, as that would have been actually in 2016 and in 2017 (respectively) when they came out — but nevertheless, an appropriate time. Here we go!

 

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Ripplefest Returns – Cologne Germany, March 2020

 

 


 

 

Ripplefest Cologne 2020

 

Saturday 28 March 2020

at Club Volta – Schanzenstraße 6-20, Gebäude 2.10, 51063 Köln

€ 19.90 | Doors 3:00 pm | Music 4:00 – 11:30 pm

 

Ripple Music announces the second annual Ripplefest, to be held next month in Cologne, Germany!

Featuring seven stoner/doom/retro-rock bands from four different countries, the all-day festival will also serve as an unofficial launch to the label’s tenth-anniversary celebrations…

 

Website | Tickets | Facebook event | Instagram

 

 
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Yatra – Blood of the Night (2020)

YatraBlood of the Night (STB Records, 31 January 2020)

 

Hello again! If you were here yesterday, you would have noticed we shared the news about the Shadow Frost Music & Arts Festival coming up later this month in central Maryland.

One of the acts scheduled to perform at that event is Yatra, doom-drenched trio from the extreme eastern part of that state, whose second album — just released last week — we will be studying today.

 

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Shadow Frost Music & Arts Festival (February 2020, Frederick MD)

 

Shadow Frost Music & Arts Festival IV

Friday 21 February through Saturday 22 February 2020

at Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center, 5400 Holiday Dr, Frederick MD 21703

Weekend pass $89; single-day tickets $30-60 each; hotel stay not included in ticket prices.

 
So you keep reading about the annual Shadow Woods Metal Fest, that huge outdoor festival held at a Maryland summer camp, and you’d love to attend except you’re completely averse to camping and summertime and anything outdoors. What a quandary!

But not to worry, the Shadow Woods folks have got you covered — with an indoor gathering in the relative luxury of a hotel’s ballroom, right in the dead of winter! Shadow Frost will feature a selection of bands from the local region as well as all over North America, plus art/music/craft vendors, and lots of games and activities, aiming for a similar vibe to a comic con or horror con type of event.

See below for lineup of bands; updated 16 February to include set times.

 
More details: website | Facebook event page | Twitter | Instagram
Tickets | Merch | Hotel Reservations

 
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Problem with Dragons – Ascendant (2019)

Problem with DragonsAscendant (self-released, 23 August 2019)

 

So… longtime readers with very good memories may find the name Problem with Dragons sounds familiar, because in early 2016 we had discussed their 2015 debut full-length Starquake.

Well, this past August the New Englanders put together a follow-up LP called Ascendant. Somehow that fact had escaped my attention until nearly the end of the year, but I finally got my hands on a copy in December. Right while I was in the middle of putting together my “Top 19 of 2019” list, in fact, which turned out to be fortuitous timing: upon initial perusal it became immediately apparent that this high-quality record belonged among those ranks.

And at this very moment, PwD are engaged in a tour that will take them out to the American west coast and back, throughout most of February. In fact, the tour officially kicked off on Saturday the 1st with a show in their hometown of Easthampton (MA), and the westward push continues tonight (Monday the 3rd) in Kentucky.

Below we will delve into the new album itself, but below that you will find a list of engagements where folks may have the opportunity to witness the band performing live. And for those of us who aren’t fortunate enough to be near one of these scheduled stops (which includes practically the entire eastern time zone, plus of course all of you who live in other countries), at least there’s the option to listen to the recorded version of the band — and to follow them on various social media. Which is highly recommended, as they spend a lot of time sharing crazy science or space-related news, and also they frequently post about literal problems with literal draconianism. Get on board!

 

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Hell’s Heroes III – Houston TX, April 2020

 

 


 

 

Hell’s Heroes III

 

Saturday 19 April 2020 (doors 2:00 pm)

at White Oak Music Hall – 2915 N Main Street, Houston TX 77009

All Ages | $40 in advance, or $40 plus box office fees at door

 

The third annual Hell’s Heroes all-day festival had already been scheduled for next spring and was already slated to bring an outstanding lineup of performers both domestic and international to H-Town (see below for more details)… but this week some breaking news just came out, pronouncing the headliners for the show will be the Grammy-nominated Candlemass!

This performance will mark the very first opportunity for U.S. fans to see Candlemass with the singer of their debut album Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, Johan Längquist, since his recent addition to the band as an official member.

 

Tickets | Facebook page | Facebook event | Instagram

 

 
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Descendants of Crom III – Pittsburgh, September 2019

 

 
Next month, Descendants of Crom returns to Pittsburgh, bringing you a weekend jam-packed with doom and sludge and more — for the third year in a row!
 

Sponsored by Blackseed Records, Riff Relevant, and Stoner Rock Lives

 

Descendants of Crom III

 

Pre-Gala: Friday 20 September 2019 8:00 pm

Howlers – 4509 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh (Bloomfield) PA 15224

 

Saturday 21 September 2019 | Sunday 22 September 2019 | 4:00 pm each day

Cattivo – 146 44th Street, Pittsburgh PA 15201

 

$12 for Friday; $30 each for Saturday or Sunday; $65 for Saturday AND Sunday; and only $70 for ALL THREE (tickets here)

 
 
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Sub Alpine Metal Fest – Turtle Creek (Pittsburgh) PA, November 2018

 

 


 

 

Sub Alpine Metal Fest

 

Friday 02 November 2018 (doors 4:00 pm | music 4:30-11:00)

Saturday 03 November 2018 (doors 3:00 pm | music 3:45-11:00)

at the Sub-Alpina Society – 108 9th Street, Turtle Creek PA 15145

$10 each day at door (no advance sales)

 

 
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Descendants of Crom – Pittsburgh, September 2018


 

 
The city of Pittsburgh has already hosted one major multi-day metal music festival this year. Would you believe there’s going to be another one? Or that it’s happening this weekend?? Well… believe it.

Featuring a packed line-up spread across two dueling stages at Cattivo in Lawrenceville, Descendants of Crom brings you two full days of doom and sludge and more!

 

Descendants of Crom

Friday 28 September 2018 4:00 pm | Saturday 29 September 2018 4:00 pm

Cattivo – 146 44th Street, Pittsburgh PA 15201

21+ ONLY | $35 each day or $70 for both (tickets here)

 
 
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