Yawning Man – Macedonian Lines

Is there anything a band can really do without? Drummers and bassists are indispensable. Guitarists summon the magic and give the punters something to throw things at. Keyboardists? Well, sometimes they’re OK. The dude with the bagpipes? Folk Metal is the new Sex. Continue reading

Cracked Machine – The Call Of The Void

The West Country, the South East corner of England famed for its history and beauty, is also renowned for producing devastating heaviness with a soupçon of versatility. Step forward Cracked Machine who, since emerging from Wiltshire in 2015, have surfed both cosmos and deserts out of the reach of radar. Continue reading

Heavy Psych Sounds Announces Exclusive Festival U.S. Tour Dates

Red Fang, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography

Heavy Psych Sounds, one of the best labels in the world for stoner rock, doom and sludge has announced a limited engagement of festivals in the USA. Red Fang will be the special headliner on the west coast, with other bands like Nebula and Duel also headlining a few dates. Tickets for the Heavy Psych Sounds Fest shows in Los Angeles, Dallas and Austin are on sale now. Tickets for the San Francisco HPS event will go on sale February 28 at the link below.  Continue reading

Magnetic Eye Records Launches “Black Sabbath Redux” Covers Album Project

Magnetic Eye Records, the home of brilliant stoner, doom, sludge, and other interesting bands has announced the next edition in their “Redux” series of covers albums. Having previously had huge sellout hits with Helmet, Pink Floyd, and Alice In Chains already in the pipeline is at it again! They will release a Black Sabbath tribute, Vol 4 in 2020. Magnetic Eye always pulls the finest underground bands to contribute distinctive covers such as Melvins, Pallbearer, Mark Lanegan, Ruby The Hatchet, ASG, Year of The Cobra, Yawning Man and many more. The Kickstarter for Vol 4 is live and certain editions are already selling out fast. Check it out, support the label which also puts out original full-lengths by their bands, compilations, has a subscription club and much more.

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Various Artists – The Wall Redux

Like the noble slice of pizza, a cover song, if done well, can be amazing. And if it’s not, it’s still pretty good. It’s tough to cover well-known songs and albums by famous bands because music becomes our lexicon and fans know every little nook and cranny of a track. This is the case with Pink Floyd and their iconic double album The Wall. Luckily Magnetic Eye Records and their incredible “Redux” series is here, and they always do a bang-up job of assembling the talent. Covering the entirety of The Wall seems both ambitious and a little crazy too. While The Wall is lower on my personal list of Floyd favorites, it’s as important as it is beloved by the masses. Continue reading

Spaceslug – Eye The Tide

If you want prolific, look no further than Polish psych fiends Spaceslug. This is their third album in four years, all graced by the greatest sleeve covers since Coheed & Cambria found the Milky Way and a monstrous roar that never gets tired. Continue reading

Psycho Las Vegas 2017: Live At the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino, Las Vegas

Before you sink your teeth into this, let me make a quick disclaimer for those of you looking for a standard review. This ain’t it. If you want to read, ad nauseam, about each band that played, who was good, who wasn’t, what songs they played or how many bands are “female fronted,” have female members or where any of these bands are from I can guarantee you a quick internet search will get you your fix somewhere. If you are looking for someone to tell you what any of the bands sound like, look like or act like then here is a novel idea, buy their music, go to a show and form an opinion for yourself. No offense intended to anyone writing something like that or looking for that kind of thing but you won’t find it here because I don’t feel like writing something everyone else has or will. (Offense intended to anyone still finding some ridiculous need to write or read about bands being “female fronted.” Fuck off.)

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