FESTIVAL REVIEW: ROCKLAHOMA 2019

Rocklahoma 2019. Three days in the sun, dust, and more sun over Memorial Day weekend (four days technically if you count the Thursday night pre-party). This was the 12 year of this annual festival and it was set to be one for the books from the get-go. Getting to this massive party was no small task on my part. Driving from New Hampshire to Oklahoma isn’t exactly a relaxing Sunday drive. Two full days of driving, two full-on tornadoes, and 1,700 miles later, I had arrived at my Air BnB in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Roughly 50 minutes outside of Pryor. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Rocklahoma 2019

Ready to lift off down in Pryor, Oklahoma, Rocklahoma 2019 is going to be a three-day, non-stop rock and metal party, and Ghost Cult will be there to bring you the coverage! The lineup boasts Korn, Disturbed, Shinedown, Bush, Seether, In This Moment will be joined by Steel Panther, Jackyl, Sevendust, Bad Wolves, GWAR, Buckcherry and many more this Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 24, Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2019, at “Catch The Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside of Tulsa. Get ready to rock out with our day by day must-see bands, set times and other info. Continue reading

Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Shinedown,Bush, Seether, In This Moment Booked For Rocklahoma 2019

Long-running American rock and metal festival Rocklahoma had unveiled its 2019 lineup! Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Shinedown, Bush, Seether, In This Moment will be joined by Steel Panther, Jackyl, Asking Alexandria, Tech N9NE, Blackberry Smoke, Buckcherry, Beartooth, Sevendust, Black Stone Cherry, Avatar, Fever 333, Lita Ford, Palaye Royale, Ace Frehley, Wheeler Walker Jr, New Years Day, Bad Wolves, and many more listed below. Taking place Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 24, Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2019, at “Catch The Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside of Tulsa. Early Bird Tickets go on sale Thursday, January 17th At 10:00 AM CT at the links below. Continue reading

Kind – Rocket Science

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There’s decent pedigree within the ranks of New England quartet Kind, and the filthy, leaden groove attacking the knees from the beginning of debut album Rocket Science (Ripple) bears that out. Yes, it’s Stoner but, initially at least, there’s more life in the plunking of the bass, the reverb of the whole sound and Craig Riggs’ vocal roar which, far from the emphysemic gargle usually expected, has a depth and resonance befitting the growling riffs and sedentary pace.

An atmospheric production further lifts the sound throughout, giving the lazy Blues-Rock of ‘Rabbit Astronaut’ a mystique which enhances both the smokiness of the riff and the frenetic lead. The tempo of ‘Fast Number One’ is aptly ramped up to near-NWOBHM, levels yet Tom Corino’s mellow bass notes and the subtle riff allow the track to breathe through Matthew Couto’s precise stickwork. Riggs’ delivery is a little ‘pubby’, however, manfully handling some pretty clunky lyrics.

Not unexpectedly there is a stodginess to certain elements. It takes a gradual quickening and more of Darryl Shepard’s howling leadplay to inject life into the somewhat dull and uninspired meanderings of the overlong ‘Hordeolum’: the powering riff and Psychedelic vocal gracing the last quarter showing what might have been. The grinding, dirty Funk of ‘Pastrami Blaster’, meanwhile, is reined by a sluggish torpor which prevents that hot undercurrent from exploding; again only fired to partial grandeur by more electrifying work from Shepard. When things do fire, however, they are both potent and infectious; the nasty, driving power of the standout ‘Grogan’ again given room to flex by a strong yet dextrous riff.

The fuzzed, mellow tones of closer ‘The Angry Undertaker’ are slightly affected by Riggs’ balladic croon which, although wondrous by the genre’s standards, still shows limits on occasion. It’s here, however, where the creativity and fire in the belly is really displayed – the brutal, barrelling riffs and subsequent screams duelling with steadily building and intricate, cosmic leads – and where the uncertainty of Kind’s goodie bag is finally dispelled. Despite brief flashes of the usual failings there is much to be positive about here.

 

7.0/10

 

 

PAUL QUINN

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