RPM Fest… three days in the woods at Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club in Montague, Massachusetts of Western MA with all of the homies, great food, great drinks, yard games, drag bingo, metal yoga, karaoke, and more metal, punk, and ska music than you can shake a battle vest at. It’s been two years since RPM Fest happened due to the ongoing pandemic. But this year it was able to make its mighty return as the official end-of-summer send-off party that it is known to be, this past Labor Day Weekend.
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Desert Fest NYC – the US version of the classic European stoner doom festival has added their final bands and set their daily lineups. Brume, Geezer, Mother Iron Horse, Howling Giant, Green Druid, and Greenbeard are all added to the bill while Fatso Jetson has dropped off the bill. You can also see the daily lineups on the poster below. 4-day passes are sold out but 3-day and single-day passes are on sale now. Desertfest takes place Knockdown Center May 13th – May 15th, 2022 with a pre-party at Saint Vitus. Poster artwork by Arik Roper.
The bands are set for the return of Desertfest New York 2022! Taking place May 13th – May 15th 2022 at Knockdown Center, Brooklyn with a pre-party on May 12th 2022 at Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, tickets are on sale now! Heading up the tremendous list of talented bands are Baroness, along with Monster Magnet, Corrosion Of Conformity, Torche, Stoned Jesus, Planet Of Zeus, Green Lung, High On Fire, Orange Goblin, Red Fang, Inter Arma and many more!
2020..What can I say? A year where Poppy releases a metal album and Glenn Danzig does an album of Elvis covers (for real go look it up)! Seriously though I think it was a bad year for everyone. Luckily there was some killer music to help us all get through. So, I’ve compiled a list of what helped me. This list was a lot harder to make than I first thought it was going to be so much good stuff out there. To be clear though, this isn’t a “best of” it’s just a list of my personal fav’s this year. So, enough bullshittin’ I present to you Torbjorn‘s 13.
Ghost Cult Magazine Presents the Mini-Metal Mixtape Series! It features 5 finely curated metal tracks by Metal & Coffee. In her 12-year journey as an extreme metal DJ, Metal & Coffee has dived into the deepest depths to find the bands worth your ears. Metal & Coffee has been featured on Philadelphia’s most popular college radio station, WKDU 91.7 FM, and has also spent time as the resident New Releases DJ over on GIMME METAL. This week’s Mixtape, #7, features the new-ish releases from Yatra, (review here) Oranssi Pazuzu, and more. Stream the newest playlist right now! Continue reading
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While All Is Lost (Grimoire Records) is the second album that Yatra has released in 2020, it is hardly a retread of its predecessor. The extreme elements that were merely blooming on Blood Of The Night are pushed to even further extents this time around. The drums have a much more aggressive presence with several busy fills on display while the fuzzy guitar and bass tones are much fuller. It never goes into full Blackened territory, but the more active Stoner-Sludge approach makes their High On Fire influence even more apparent.Continue reading
Shadow Frost Music & Arts Festival is here and it promises to be a unique experience. The debut the hotel-based fest is brought to you by the producers of Shadow Woods Productions, LLC and Shadow Woods Metal Fest, and is the winter-time companion to the Shadow Woods Metal Fest, expected back in action this summer. The Shadow Frost fest takes place on February 21st and 22d and will feature Oakland’s Vastum as well as a special set from their guitarist/ambient industrialist Leila Abdul-Rauf. Also on the bill are Deceased, Barishi, Magic Circle, Doomstress, Alms, Darsombra, Fell Ruin, Yatra and many more! Check below for daily lineups with set times and all of their amazing vendor options.Continue reading
Yatra‘s 2018 début album Death Ritual (Grimoire Records), rather than being a “grower”, receded in appeal due to the unflinching harshness of their slow, Doom-laden sound and the voice of Dana Helmuth, which sounds as if Gaahl had been gargling on hop-bombs. There were flickers of invention in the Maryland trio’s sound, however, and these are further explored in follow-up Blood of the Night (STB Records).Continue reading