The second full-length album from Denver’s Green Druid promises broader influences compared to its predecessor, 2018’s Ashen Blood. It’s certainly true to an extent as the harsher vocals pop up more frequently and a couple of segments go-between post-Rock and Death Metal, but At The Maw Of Ruin (Earache Records) ultimately keeps to a steady Stoner Doom template. Comparisons could be made to their fellow Coloradans in Khemmis as the album utilizes a similar combination of monolithic riffs, drawn-out structures, and a desolate atmosphere.
Ghost Cult caught up with Philly and Domo from Heavy Metal heshers Gama Bomb to discuss their awesome new album Seas Savage (Prosthetic Records). In a hilarious conversation over Skype, we chatted about the band’s early history up through today, the new changes in the band, their determination to constantly improve, self-producing their albums, how the new configuration of the group writes, breaking the stigma that Heavy Metal can’t be smart, their epic album artwork, and how Snowy the Yeti needs some love! Buy the album here and check out our interview. Continue reading
What’s the best strategy when it comes time to record a follow-up to a critically acclaimed album like 2017’s Blood Offerings? Well, for Necrot it seems as simple as following the course. Yes, that approach on paper does come across a little reductionist and it may imply that Mortal (Tankcrimes) is merely a rehash. But while Necrot may not be reimagining the genre on Mortal they are serving up some of the most satisfying Death Metal today.
Massive Wagons‘ fifth album House of Noise (Earache Records) delivers unabashedly old fashioned Rock n Roll with lashings of riffs, hooks, and humour that will put a smile on anyone’s face. It builds on their fourth album, and Earache debut, Full Nelson by doing more of the same, but bigger and better. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix.
Rising Welsh Rockers Those Damn Crows have announced a new album, Point of No Return, due out February 7th via Earache Records. Most of there February 2020 UK album release shows have now been upgraded to bigger rooms/venues, following a rapid sell-out of tickets in many venues after the announcement of the original dates two weeks ago. Venues have changed in Glasgow, Manchester, and London, with a room upgrade in Wolverhampton. Bristol remains sold out. Big things are in the works for the UK’s answer to bands like Rival Sons, and Black Stone Cherry, following their insane performance at last summer’s Download Festival. They will also headline Friday 28th February at the Planet Rock Winter’s End festival. The band just completed UK shows with Skindred and Funeral For A Friend and performed at Hard Rock Hell, with Scottish festival dates (Monsterfest and Winterstorm) lined up for later this month.Continue reading
Rising underground extreme band Venom Prison has been booked for the legendary Glastonbury Festival for their 2019 event. Glastonbury takes place June 26-30, 2019 in Somerset, UK. Venom Prison will perform twice at the Shangri La area of the festival. Venom Prison’s appearance is part of a stage curated by Earache Records which also features Gojira, Idles, and Employed To Serve. The band is riding high on the strength of their smash new album Samsara. Read our review here. The band will also head out on tour this month supporting Fit For An Autopsy, full dates are below. Continue reading
One of the biggest problems Earache Records faced in the nineties was in identifying a second-wave to follow on from their ground-breaking Death Metal and Grindcore revolutionaries; they had set an unreachable bar with their pioneers that, particularly with a rapidly moving undercurrent of a scene, continuing such a rich vein of form was nigh on impossible. Following their twenty-first century reinvention as a home par-excellence for the very best in Rock (of the Classic-tinged variety), they face a similar quandary… how do you follow-up Rival Sons, Temperance Movement, and Blackberry Smoke? Continue reading
August 2018 saw the lives and times of UK bluesy rockers Massive Wagons change, perhaps irreversibly, as hot on the heels of a headline performance at SOS Festival that impressed punters and Ghost Cult alike, their fourth album Full Nelson not only hit the racks, but mounted a serious, and unexpected for the band, assault on the UK album charts, achieving a truly impressive week one position of #16.
With the band experiencing a step up in profile in the run-up to release, guitarist and founding member Adam Thistlethwaite took time out to shoot the breeze with Steve Tovey. Continue reading
I’ve been a fan of Massive Wagons for some time, in the north-west of England you’d literally have to be living under a rock to not have heard their name and their reputation for live shows. Playing old school rock with an infectious energy that keeps it fresh an up to date, they’ve always been somewhat convention-defying. Their Earache debut Full Nelson has been anticipated in many quarters with no shortage of anticipation. There’s a real buzz surrounding them at the minute, from fighting with local councils over pub murals, to hoping to be the first band from Lancaster to make it into the top 40 in the UK, make no bones about it this album has the potential to do just that. Continue reading
As reported earlier this summer, UK rockers Massive Wagons are gearing up for the launch of their exciting new album Full Nelson on August 10th via Earache Records. Fans in their hometown of Lancaster have launched a petition to keep their album artwork mural on the side of their local pub. The mural was a goodwill gesture and not an advertisement for the album, but the town feels differently. So far the plea for help has nearly 6,900 of the 7,500 signature being sought. Check out the petition below and lend them your support! Continue reading