Cortez’s third full-length album shows a certain spark that was merely hinted at the Boston group”s previous releases. This is immediately established with the opening”No Escape,” which comes crashing in with a template more in line with Classic Metal than their usual Stoner Rock. I find myself reminded of Cauldron or Castle as the driving tempo sustains a reverb-friendly production job with a slew of flamboyant guitar leads, gritty bass, and chanted vocals to go around.
Monolith On The Mesa Music Festival took place last weekend and by all accounts, it was a major rager of a good time. Taking place at Taos Mesa Brewing (The Mothership and Taos Tap Room) the festival featured Om, The Obsessed, Dead Meadow, The Well, Tia Carrera, Wovenhand, Pinkish Black, Castle, Crypt Trip, EYE, Wino solo (unplugged), True Widow and many more on both indoor and outdoor stages with visual artist installations and camping. The fest has shared a recap video giving you all the flavor you felt if you experienced it, and you missed if you weren’t there. Continue reading →
Monolith on the Mesa Music and arts festival is less than a week away! The debut gathering uniting forces in stoner rock, art and craft beer for an incredible event taking place in the southwestern mountain setting. Check out our Facebook contest to win tickets to the fest. The festival just announced a custom craft beer brewed by the brewmaster at the Taos Mesa Brewing Company made just for the festival. Jayson Wylie President and Director of Brewing Operations at Taos Mesa Brewing Company to answer a few questions about what they’ve come up with below. Monolith on the Mesa Om, The Obsessed, Dead Meadow, The Well, Tia Carrera, Wovenhand, Pinkish Black, Castle, Crypt Trip, EYE, Wino solo (unplugged), True Widow and many more! Tickets on sale at the links below. The fest is located at Taos Mesa Brewing (The Mothership and Taos Tap Room) the festival features both indoor and outdoor stages and adjacent camping facility visual artists include Christian Ristow, Christina Sporrong, JP Rodman and the Mad Alchemist Liquid Light Show.Continue reading →
There are albums that hit all the right notes, and usually in the right order. There are other albums that spend their entirety looking for a focus and never quite finding it. The new album by American Doomsters Castle somehow manages to do both. Continue reading →
California Stoner-rock and doom band Castle has signed with Ripple Music for the release of their new album, Deal Thy Fate. The album is coming out on October 19th, on vinyl, limited edition vinyl, CD and all digital services. Recorded by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis) and follows 2016’s Welcome To The Graveyard release. Jam the title track of the new album right now in this teaser trailer! Continue reading →
Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography
When it comes to after parties Desertfest is certainly no Roadburn, where shenanigans are abound after the bands finish, but the brilliant cocktail bar outside, and rum n coke’s so strong you can see right through them in the venue itself, do get the party started, even if it takes a while. And by three in the morning, as venue security tries to sweep us out the door, most want to linger for a bit more dancing.
The Desertfest franchise is a well-known concept throughout the heavy stoner scene in Europe, having started in London and spread to other major cities like Berlin, Athens, and the last two years to Antwerp in Belgium as well. This year the line-up is incredible, and even the sad loss of Graveyard as a headliner can’t stop the momentum this fest will have. Continue reading →
Desertfest London will announce next spring’s first bands next week on October 13th. Tickets will go on sale to coincide with the release at 10 AM local time GMT and will be £100 for the 3 day weekend fest, with no increase from this year. Continue reading →
The best European rock festival of the fall, Desertfest Belgium is just under a month away. Headed up by Red Fang, YOB, Electric Wizard, and Goat, the fest takes place at Trix, Antwerp October 14th to 16th.Continue reading →