Valley Of The Sun Signs with Ripple Music


Photo by Hillarie Jason. The Middle East Nightclub, Cambeidge, MA 2/16/2020

Stoner Rock band Valley Of The Sun have signed a new record deal with Ripple Music, in conjunction with Fuzzorama Records. The four-piece from Cincinnati will release their next studio album in 2022. Catch them New Year’s Eve opening for Clutch!

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Ripple Music’s RippleFest Cologne Books Savanah, Aptera, Fire Down Below, Astral Kompakt, Stonebirds, and Vug


Ripple Music has announced the final bands for RippleFest Cologne the 2021 edition. The fest takes place at Club Volta on November 27th. Tickets are on sale now! Joining the bill are up-and-coming European stoner rock acts Savanah, Aptera, Fire Down Below, Astral Kompakt, Stonebirds, and Vug.

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REVIEWS ROUND-UP: Crystal Spiders, Duel, Doctor Smoke, and Tommy Stewart’s Dyerwulf


Crystal SpidersMorieris

With the second Crystal Spiders album, Morieris (Ripple Music), coming out just a year after Molt, it’s fair to say that it picks up where its predecessor left off. The guitar has a more noticeable presence courtesy of producer Mike Dean playing a more hands on role in the proceedings, but the songs remain primarily driven by Brenna Leath’s thumping bass and attitude-filled howls along with Tradd Yancey’s muscular drumming.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Witchcryer – When Their Gods Come For You


Witchcryer’s second full-length album comes with a noticeably broader scope in comparison to their 2018 debut. In contrast to the more groove-friendly approach to Doom Metal seen on Cry Witch, the song lengths on When Their Gods Come For You (Ripple Music) run longer with a greater emphasis on atmosphere and methodical structuring. The lyrics also work to give the album a more palpable sense of purpose, running the gamut of underworld and death figures from various world mythologies.

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SPLIT RELEASE REVIEW: Wizzerd Vs. Merlin – Turned to Stone Chapter III


Like the previous installment, the third chapter in Ripple Music’s Turned to Stone series is framed as a challenge between two contenders for Stoner Doom supremacy. But while Chapter II saw Howling Giant and Sergeant Thunderhoof put forth their competition as a battle of wits between mythic swordsmen, Chapter III is the culmination of an ongoing meme war between Merlin and Wizzerd. It also operates on a similar template as each band is given a full epic track to put their best foot forward.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Sun Crow – Quest For Oblivion


 

Late 2020, the somber Seattle slayers of Sun Crow released their debut album, Quest For Oblivion. Though Ghost Cult missed the initial release, we’re happily taking advantage of the album’s re-release on Ripple Music. It’s no surprise the record topped doom charts, as it’s a perfect showcase of doom and gloom mastery.

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ALBUM REVIEW – Boss Keloid – Family The Smiling Thrush


Following up a breakthrough album, such as Boss Keloid’s last opus Melted On The Inch (Holy Roar) which finished at #4 in Ghost Cult’s Album of the Year poll in 2018, is a challenging proposition. Stray too far from the magic formula and you risk undoing that giant stride taken forwards (even without being a band that has always taken efforts to ensure development and evolution of their sound is a given); repeat the previous approach and accusations of diminishing returns, or playing it safe, abound along with an invariably inferior product. Continue reading


Hail The Void Signs with Ripple Music, New Album Due Later in 2021


Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal band Hail The Void has signed with Ripple Music and is working on a new album, their second. The band is the second band to join the Californian label as part of the special series of releases curated by Blasko. More info and new music to be announced soon.

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