REVIEW: Howling Giant and Sergeant Thunderhoof  – Turned To Stone Chapter 2: Masamune & Muramasa 

 

Splits are a pretty great tool for cross-promotion with the power to introduce different bands to each other’s audiences, but they can also foster a competitive spirit. While such intentions are normally limited to fans debating which band is better, Ripple Music intentionally fans the flames with the second chapter in their Turned To Stone series. This particular split sees two rising stars Howling Giant and Sergeant Thunderhoof putting their Stoner Prog Metal skills to the test on Turn To Stone Chapter 2, as they depict a battle of wits between two legendary Japanese swordsmen.  It’s certainly one of the more intriguing ideas for a split I’ve seen in a good while, reminding me of a similar treatment that Thorr-Axe and Archarus gave The Hobbit in 2017.

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #468: Swallow The Bitter Pill

Matt and Keefy team up to explain why it is called the “music business” and not the “music friendship.” Dumb and Dumbest #468 is streaming now and it’s all about Swallowing The Bitter Pill! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media). Join our free music marketing Q & A Zoom call on August 19th! Sign up here. https://mailchi.mp/34ea13d6533a/x86dpnjva8
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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #467: James Shotwell of Haulix

Matt and Curtis welcomes in James Shotwell of Haulix to discuss his career, the platform that bolsters the music industry from bands to journos, and much more!  Dumb and Dumbest #467 is streaming now and it’s an interview with about James Shotwell of Haulix! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media). Join our free music marketing Q & A Zoom call on August 19th! Sign up here. https://mailchi.mp/34ea13d6533a/x86dpnjva8
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ALBUM REVIEW: Brimstone Coven – The Woes Of A Mortal Earth

Having successfully reinvented themselves as a power trio on 2018’s What Was And What Shall Be, Brimstone Coven, doubles down on the template with The Woes Of A Mortal Earth (Ripple Music). The style remains rooted in Seventies-flavored Occult Rock with the songs largely being driven by simple guitar/bass grooves and wafting vocal harmonies. The atmosphere and drawn-out pacing further reinforce a trancelike mood that is relaxing, yet esoteric.   Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #466: Why Cover Art Matters

If your album cover game is weak, you will sell fewer albums and also be a laughing stock. Matt and Curtis talk about this and more in a new podcast. Dumb and Dumbest #466 is streaming now and it’s about Why Cover Art Matters! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media). Join our free music marketing Q & A Zoom call on August 19th! Sign up here. https://mailchi.mp/34ea13d6533a/x86dpnjva8
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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #465: Establishing A Good Working Relationship

Matt and Curtis talk about the fundamentals of good teamwork between bands and music industry professionals.  David has a really interesting journey and shared a lot of cool insights. Dumb and Dumbest #465 is streaming now and it’s about Establishing A Good Working Relationship! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media). Join our free music marketing Q & A Zoom call on August 19th! Sign up here. https://mailchi.mp/34ea13d6533a/x86dpnjva8
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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #464: David Wu of Riffshop

Matt and Curtis talked with YouTuber and music educator David Wu about Riffshop!  David has a really interesting journey and shared a lot of cool insights. Dumb and Dumbest #464 is streaming now and it’s an interview with David Wu of Riffshop! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media). Join our free music marketing Q & A Zoom call on August 19th! Sign up here. https://mailchi.mp/34ea13d6533a/x86dpnjva8
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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #463: Jessie May of Turkey Vulture, Alt Ctrl and Metalhead Money

Matt and Curtis chat with Jessie May of Turkey Vulture, Alt Ctrl, and Metalhead Money. Turkey Vulture’s new album Time To Pay is out now! Dumb and Dumbest #463 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Jessie May of Turkey Vulture, Alt Ctrl, and Metalhead Money! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media). Join our free music marketing Q & A Zoom call on August 19th! Sign up here. https://mailchi.mp/34ea13d6533a/x86dpnjva8
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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #462: Artist Manager Brady Deeprose (Conjurer UK)

Matt and Curtis chat with Brady Deeprose of Conjurer UK all about his music career, and his work as a band manager. Dumb and Dumbest #462 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Artist Manager Brady Deeprose (Conjurer UK)! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media). Join our free music marketing Q & A Zoom call on August 19th! Sign up here. https://mailchi.mp/34ea13d6533a/x86dpnjva8
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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #461: Why Bandcamp Matters

Matt and Curtis go deep on why your Bandcamp game needs to be on point for success. Dumb and Dumbest #461 is streaming now – Why Bandcamp Matters! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media). 
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