Most people’s experience of ‘spoken word’ music, outside of the Rap genre, is Jim Morrison‘s ‘American Prayer’. Beat Poetry, for this is essentially the format, is a hugely involving yet highly personal style which often resounds with the listener. This is most definitely the case with Enablers: a San Francisco post-Punk four-piece whose beguiling, occasionally fiery music is set to the poetry and narrative of frontman Pete Simonelli. Continue reading
Reunited Dutch instrumental mathcore forbearers Gore will release their comeback album Revanche from the Exile on Mainstream label tomorrow, the 22nd of March, 2019. The band has reimagined and recreated its 1992 album Lifelong Deadline into Revanche and has reanimated back to life to teach everyone a harsh lesson in heavy, avant-garde, and progressive music. Live dates can be found below and stay tuned for a documentary miniseries as well. Stream all of Revanche here at Ghost Cult now! Continue reading
We’ve spent a lot of words here at Ghost Cult discussing “Doom Folk” as one of the strongest sub-genres in music right now. Naturally, like all forward-thinking and risky music, we now see the fans catching up to the visionary artists, not the other way around, One such visionary is singer/songwriter Conny Ochs, who has a legion of admirers and collaborators that reads like an underground music all-star team. We have followed his career closely, and Ochs may be about to reach another creative summit with his new album, the appropriately named Doom Folk, out next week 15th of February from Exile On Mainstream. Ochs will be touring extensively in 2019, celebrating 20 years of Exile on Mainstream, including a highly anticipated return to Roadburn Festival this April. We are honored to share his latest single ‘King Of The Dead’ with our readers! Continue reading
The Stoner and Doom scene has never been bigger and more vibrant than it is right now. But a plethora of bands means it can be hard to stand out in the crowd. And this is the challenge faced by German doom/sludge quartet Obelyskkh. Continue reading
Robert Scott “Wino” Weinrich is the front man for the Doom Metal bands The Obsessed and Saint Vitus, Conny Ochs is a Dark Folk musician, and together they make minimalist bluesy folk. In 2012 they released Heavy Kingdom, and now they came together once again to produce Freedom Conspiracy (both Exile On Mainstream).
While Heavy Kingdom was really raw and unpolished, which had its charms but also lacked in places, Freedom Conspiracy is much more polished. This does not mean they have lost their feeling though. The songs are still simple and effective despite being more complex musically. Many songs on this album combine electric guitar with an acoustic, and the electric sound is sometimes really sludgy. In the title track ‘Freedom Conspiracy’ the electric guitar plays almost the same lines as the acoustic, which creates a very deep sound. Interestingly, the guitar in the verse sounds a lot like ‘The Mirror Song’ by Live.
The vocals also have a layer of distortion over them at times, which lends some power to the melancholic lyrics and melodies. I really enjoy the bluesy aspects of this album, such as the slide guitar in ‘Shards’. A real highlight is ‘Foundation Chaos’, which is a blues in 7/8ths in the verses and 4/4ths in the chorus, and as such it has such an unusual groove. ‘Invisible Bullets’ is also a very interesting song, the chords and melodies go in places that you don’t expect, and the chords and solo on electric coupled with primarily high vocals really sets this song apart from the rest from the album. It sounds a little bit messy in places, like they had not played it through a lot before recording it, but it is definitely one of my favourites. The album ends with another melancholic yet sweet song, ‘The Great Destroyer’. It is a great closer for this album about love, loss, and dealing with being human, and leaves you with a kind of quiet happiness, as if you grew just a little as a person by listening.
Scott “Wino” Weinrich and Conny Ochs’ second collaborative release Freedom Conspiracy is streamed in full here. The album is out March 31, 2015 via Exile On Mainstream and Earsplit Distro on vinyl. Wino will be supporting Black Label Society on an upcoming US Tour run in April, while Ochs has a string of European dates booked.
Weinrich will be supporting Black Label Society on a run of tour dates, while Ochs has booked upcoming European tour dates of his own.
WINO w/ Black Label Society:
Apr 03: The Paramout – Huntington, NY
Apr 04: Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NJ
Apr 06: Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Apr 08: Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
Apr 10: Piere’s Entertainment Center – Fort Wayne, IN
Apr 11: Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI
Apr 12: The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Apr 14: The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
Apr 16: Mesa Theater & Club – Grand Junction, CO
Apr 17: The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 18: Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Apr 19: City National Grove Of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
CONNY OCHS Tour Dates:
Mar 27: Distrò – La Spezia (IT)
Mar 28: Socio – Massa Carrara (IT)
Apr 03: Bardamu / Calderara di Reno – Bologna (IT)
Apr 04: La Girada – Udine (IT)
Apr 06: Maximum Festival – Zerobranco (IT)
May 16: Maximum Circus Festival – Berlin (DE)
May 29: Eulenbruch Festival – Rostock (DE)
A more than fifty-minute-long, full-on, rocked-out sludge assault awaits the listener within these eight raw songs, and confrontationally carved out of depression and channeled in to a maelstrom monstrosity of guitar, bass and drums.
After the almost simultaneous demise of Germany’s noise-stalwarts Ulme and seminal crossover icons Jingo de Lunch, Ulme guitarist and singer Arne and Jingo de Lunch singer Yvonne formed an acoustic band named Treedeon. Their first show was a set at 2012’s South Of Mainstream Festival, stepping up to replace the disbanded Ulme, and out of the death of two bands came opportunity, as shortly after, a second gig was booked at Berlin’s Schokoladen, where Kaeng-shell punisher Boomer pledged himself as the missing link by offering to play drums. Songs were laid out, written, and rehearsed in a dark cellar, leading to their first demo being released in November 2013. The demo made very clear that the acoustic approach had been revised, overwhelmed by a new (but by no means surprising) monstrous Valkyrie of sheer heaviness, dueling vocals, and screams of emotional terror.
A much louder rendition of TREEDEON played a first show in their local hangout, Franken Bar, while their second show brought them to the infamous Roadburn Festival, as part of Exile On Mainstream’s fifteen year anniversary showcase. And what an impression they left! The digitally released demo began rolling around among dedicated punters and created quite a buzz for the band, culminating in an invitation to play the Stoned From The Underground Festival in July 2014. From this gig on, the band rooted themselves very much in the conscience of lovers of noise, sludge, and all kinds of heavy pumping riffage.
San Francisco’s Enablers will release their fifth full length album The Rightful Pivot on April 10, 2015 via Exile On Mainstream handling the CD release in conjunction with Lancashire and Somerset handling the LP and Atypeek Music releasing the album digitally. Watch the album trailer here.
The Rightful Pivot Track Listing:
01. Went Right
02. She Calls After You
03. The Percentages
06. Good Shit
07. West Virginia
Formed in 2002, Enablers’ subsequent four LPs and two EPs have all achieved a certifiable non-compliance with standard approaches to “spoken word” music, and their latest proves to be a further development in the band’s powerful sense for difference and absolute indifference to classification. The Rightful Pivot will come as a treat to explorers of unique expression.
Since the 2004 release of their first LP, End Note (Neurot Recordings), Enablers has established a new direction in spoken word music. The prose and poetry of Pete Simonelli (published poet, writer, and audiobook narrator) is intricately woven into the dynamic interplay of guitarists Joe Goldring (former Swans, Toiling Midgets, Touched By A Janitor) and Kevin Thomson (former Nice Strong Arm, Timco, Touched By A Janitor), and is punctuated by drummer Sam Ospovat (PIKI, Beep!, tUnE-yArDs, William Winant).
Musically, the compositions range from melodic minimalism to heavy, rhythmically challenging thickets of sound. Following End Note was Output Negative Space (Neurot Recordings) and Tundra (Exile on Mainstream) as well as two EP’s featuring extended improvisations (The Achievement on Awesome Vistas and Now You Can Answer My Prayers on Lancashire and Somerset). With an almost entirely DIY approach to touring and intense live performances, the band continually pleases fans in the underground of the European continent and the UK, and have earned merit as a consistently visible band, always on the road. Their last release, Blown Realms and Stalled Explosions (Exile On Mainstream and Lancashire and Somerset Dance Society), found Enablers evolving even more. The record’s textural and evocative sound realized a new direction while maintaining the distinct elements of musicianship and imagination that made the previous releases so engaging.
ENABLERS Tour Dates:
Mar 02: Chaff – Brussels (BE)
Mar 03: La Zone – Liege (BE)
Mar 04: Le Petit Bain – Paris (FR)
Mar 05: Periscope – Lyon (FR)
Mar 06: Black Sheep – Montpellier (FR)
Mar 07: Les Pavillons Sauvages – Toulouse (FR)
Mar 08: Satellite T – Bilbao (SP)
Mar 10: Lata de Zinc – Oviedo (SP)
Mar 11: Club Vila Real – Villa Real (SP)
Mar 12: Musicbox – Lisbon (SP)
Mar 13: The New Rio Pincon Sound – Don Benito (SP)
Mar 14: La Faena – Madrid (SP)
Mar 15: Centro Cultural Las Armas – Zaragoza (SP)
Mar 16: Lupita Del Raval – Barcelona (SP)
Mar 18: L’embobineuse – Marseilles (FR)
Mar 19: Teatro Della Maddalena – Genova (IT)
Mar 20: Circolo Agora – Milan (IT)
Mar 21: Freakout – Bologna (IT)
Mar 22: Stadtwerkstadt – Linz (AU)
Mar 24: 007 – Prague (CZ)
Mar 25: Klub Re – Krakow (PL)
Mar 26: Dwa Osiem – Warsaw (PL)
Mar 27: Ut Connewitz – Leipzig (DE)
Mar 28: Shockoladen – Berlin (DE)
Mar 29: Hafenklang – Hamburg (DE)
Mar 31: The Joker – Brighton (UK)
Apr 01: The Cube – Bristol (UK)
Apr 02: Gullivers – Manchester (UK)
Apr 03: The Maze – Nottingham (UK)
Apr 04: Electrowerkz – London (UK)
Apr 05: Ramsgate Music Hall – Kent (UK)
Stream “Terracide” here.
Down-tuned, mean, and riding on a wave of undulating distortion, ‘Blankapitation’ weighs in heavy, but with eight songs delivering a full spectrum of sonic rock assault, Lowest Level Reincarnation is raw, rich in diversity and in your face, carved out of depression and channeled in to a maelstrom monstrosity of guitar, bass and drums.
After the almost simultaneous demise of Germany’s noise-stalwarts Ulme and seminal crossover icons Jingo de Lunch, Ulme guitarist and singer Arne and Jingo de Lunch singer Yvonne formed an acoustic band named TREEDEON. Their first show was an acoustic set at 2012’s South Of Mainstream festival, stepping up to replace the disbanded Ulme, and out of the death of two bands came opportunity, as shortly after, a second gig was booked at Berlin’s Schokoladen, where Kaeng-shell punisher Boomer pledged himself as the missing link by offering to play drums.
Songs were laid out, written, and rehearsed in a dark cellar, leading to the first TREEDEON demo being recorded and released in November 2013. The demo made very clear that the acoustic approach had been revised, overwhelmed by a new (but by no means surprising) monstrous Valkyrie of sheer heaviness, dueling vocals, and screams of emotional terror. A much louder rendition of TREEDEON played a first show in their local hangout, Franken Bar, while their second show brought them to the infamous Roadburn Festival, as part of Exile On Mainstream’s 15 year anniversary showcase. And what an impression they left! The digitally released demo began rolling around among dedicated punters and created quite a buzz for the band, culminating in an invitation to play the Stoned From The Underground festival in July 2014. From this gig on, TREEDEON rooted themselves very much in the conscience of lovers of noise, sludge, and all kinds of heavy pumping riffage. The band recorded at Studio Wong in Berlin throughout November 2014, putting together this, their debut album; Lowest Level Reincarnation.