ALBUM REVIEW: 40 Watt Sun – Perfect Light


Having left their Doom Metal roots behind on 2016’s Wider Than The Sky (Radiance), 40 Watt Sun completely doubles down on slowcore with their third full-length album. In fact, Perfect Light (Svart/Cappio Records) might even be a little softer than its predecessor with nary a trace of fuzz or distortion to be found. It often feels more like a slow-motion singer/songwriter record, especially with the Jerry Cantrell-esque twang throughout. I suppose it’s only fitting when you consider that guitarist/vocalist Patrick Walker is the only returning band member, having recruited an entirely different cast of musicians for this effort.

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Melvins Share Unplugged Version of “Night Goat” – Announce Massive Unplugged Collection


The Melvins have announced a newly recorded, career-retrospective unplugged album, Five Legged Dog, due October 15th via Ipecac Recordings. Chronicling all of their albums from , from 1987’s Gluey Porch Treatments to 2017’s A Walk With Love & Death, their first ever acoustic collections features 36 songs, including the bands deep history of classics such as “Night Goat”, “Honey Bucket,” And “Billy Fish.” The massive collection also features covers by The Rolling Stones, and Alice Cooper! Listen to the first single, “Night Goat” below.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Times of Grace – Songs of Loss and Separation


Nearly fifteen years ago, current Killswitch Engage members Jesse Leach and Adam Dutkiewicz teamed up to birth the collaborative project Times of Grace. This dynamic duo pushed their creative boundaries by conjuring a fresh take on the heavy-yet-melodic sound. They delivered their debut album, The Hymn of a Broken Man (Roadrunner Records) in 2011. The gloom and aggression let loose on that record was ignited by the brutally honest songwriting. The themes of struggle, heartbreak, and hope were potently delivered with a real and plaintive spirit. These two brought forth a discovery of powerful melancholy and now ten years later, they are offering a sequel to that revelation. Their second full-length Songs of Loss and Separation (Wicked Good Records) is carrying on the melodic mournfulness, yet wonderfully wholesome sound that is Times of Grace.

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Chevelle Shares Acoustic Version of a New Song – “Endlessly”, New Album Announcement soon


Chevelle has shared a brand new song, in unplugged form dubbed “Endlessly”. In addition to a music video with the track “shot with a cell phone”. Brothers Pete Loeffler and Sam Loeffler shared a video with Pete interviewing Sam and discussing the new album, and that a release date would be shared soon, and that they are filming a new music video this week. No word yet as to who the new bass player will be after longtime member Dan Bernandini stepped down from the band recently. The band’s last studio album was 2016’s The North Corridor (Epic Records), but they released their rarities album, 12 Bloody Spies, two years ago.

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Watch Former Guns N Roses Drummer Matt Sorum Share Solo Acoustic Cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”


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Ex-Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum has shared a music video for his solo cover version of the Tom Petty classic “I Won’t Back Down”. Sorum posted the clip to his Instagram account and commented: “I made this video in the desert near Pioneertown when thinking and speaking with my good friends and partners in Brazil. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Thomas V. Jäger – A Solitary Plan – RidingEasy Records


As cool as it’s been to see some of doom’s most iconic figures go acoustic lately, sometimes it’s even more exciting when fresher faces try their hands at the style. Thomas V. Jäger is one such example, stepping beyond his duties as Monolord’s vocalist/guitarist to release a full-length solo album. It’s an especially interesting transition when you consider that band’s heightened melodicism on 2019’s No Comfort, and this album pushes the idea to even more introspective ends.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Wino – Forever Gone


As much as Wino deserves his doom godfather status for fronting groups like The Obsessed and Saint Vitus, there’s something to be said for his more recent singer/songwriter excursions. Whether going it alone or with such collaborators as Conny Ochs, the acoustic style suits him surprisingly well and the volume contrast brings a fuller perspective to his haggard lifer persona. This is especially true for his third album, Forever Gone (Ripple Music), which may be his most low-key effort to date.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: William DuVall – One Alone


If you only know William DuVall from his time in Alice In Chains, you might have missed out on his multifaceted musical career spanning over thirty years. From Hardcore Punk, post-Grunge, RnB, and producer of other artists, he has run the gamut of styles, and often making everyone around him glimmer too. That’s why on his debut solo album One Alone, (DVL Records), it’s so refreshing to hear him just as the title indicates and armed only with his singular voice, and acoustic guitar to bring these eleven tracks to life.

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Singer William DuVall (Alice In Chains)Books Solo Tour Dates


William DuVall has already made a splash as a solo artist that looks to see him step out from his other gig as the co-lead singer of Alice In Chains. His first solo album, One Alone, is an all-acoustic affair. As William describes it, “I felt the need to peel everything back. This album is strictly one voice, one guitar. It reveals the very core of who I am as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter.” The album’s first single, ‘Til The Light Guides Me Home’, is out now. With the single smashing radio markets big and small markets alike, DuVall will embark on a solo tour this fall. All dates are below.

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The Pilgrim – Walking Into The Forest


Gabriele Fiori obviously has too much time on his hands. The Black Rainbows frontman also runs Heavy Psych Sounds Records, and it’s this outlet through which he has chosen to propel new project The Pilgrim, a duo with bandmate Filippo Ragazzoni, toward the masses.Continue reading