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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

On This Weeks Atom Heart Mutha for Hard Rock Hell Radio...(23.6.17)


This weeks show for RADIO HRH features Brand new music from Cobra Family Picnic, Domadora, Hair of the Dog, Stinkeye, Temple of Lies,The Electric Shakes, The Yuseddit Brothers, Three Dimensional Tanx and Vymaanika.
Theres also killer tracks from Electric Moon, Jakob Skøtt, Psychic Lemon, Svvamp and Zed
Treat your brain to 2hrs of brilliant HeavyPsychedelicStonerSpaceRocknRoll. You can hear the Show via the HRHR Webpage HERE, or the dedicated app for iOS and android. Contact me via AHM's FB, Twitter or email if you'd like to hear anything in particular. If you would like to be considered for airplay on the show message me for details.

As of next week I will be archiving each show once it's gone out on the new HRH Atom Heart Mutha Mixcloud page HERE, please have a look and click follow to be kept up to date with each new show.
Thanks again for everyone that supports AHM, it's greatly appreciated.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Streaming Now.


Summer's here and there's a wealth of riches to soundtrack it for you. whether you crave riffs galore, cool PsychRock or Spaced-out hazes. Below you'll find plenty for you to get lost in, there are new releases from the brilliant White Hills, The Yuseddit Brothers and Flowers Must Die; theres also trippy psych from Vymaanika's new ep, you can download this now on Bandcamp's 'Name your Price'.
Ive included a link to the player of the new Mt.Mountain lp which is full of deep textures and atmospheric psychedelic post rock, it's a stunning listen. Lovers of atmospheric soundscapes and early 70's Neil Young will dig Prana Crafters new live release which showcases his emotive guitar style and sounds great late at night with headphones.
Fans of cosmic stoner rock will dig the new Demonauta lp, you can stream that now ahead of it's release and it comes highly recommended.
I'll be playing lots of these bands/tracks/records on the various radio shows for Hard Rock Hell Radio, Grip of Delusion Radio and Bigjaf.net as well as a ton of other great new music releases.
The title links are clickable and will take you to the bandcamp page. As always, if you like what you hear support the artists and pay for the download, or check out their pages and buy a physical version. A lot of the bands here will be selling vinyl versions and special edition packages, Enjoy!




Flowers Must Die - Kompost



Demonauta - Tierra del Fuego



White Hills - Stop Mute Defeat



VYMAANIKA - Spectroscope



MaidaVale - Tales of the Wicked West



Mt.Mountain - Dust



Prana Crafter - Live at the Projection Museum



The Yuseddit Brothers - Roman Traffic



Wasted Theory - Defenders Of The Riff



Kaleidobolt - The Zenith Cracks








Tuesday, 13 June 2017

On This Weeks Atom Heart Mutha for Hard Rock Hell Radio...(16.6.17)


This weeks show for RADIO HRH features Brand new music from Doublestone, Geezer, Horisont, Meteor Chasma, Moon Duo, Paleons and The Black Angels. There's also an early play of a brand new track from the new release by Radiation Flowers. .
Add to all of that brilliant music from the likes of Astroqueen, Greenleaf, Old blood, Space Muff, The Oscillation and Tumbleweed Dealer and so much more and you've got 2 hours of brain melting HeavyPsychedelicStonerSpaceRocknRoll.
You can hear the Show via the HRHR Webpage HERE, or the dedicated app for iOS and android. Contact me via AHM's FB, Twitter or email if you'd like to hear a track or band on the show. If you would like to be considered for airplay on the show message me for details.

Follow Atom Heart Mutha HERE on Facebook and HERE on Twitter, you can also click  HERE to listen past editions ofAtom Heart Mutha's monthly mix on Mixcloud.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Listen to Atom Heart Mutha June 2017 Now on Mixcloud

This Month's Atom Heart Mutha RadioShow is now available to listen to anytime on Mixcloud. You can go to the AHM Mixcloud page HERE or listen on the embedded player below. This months show went out on the Bigjaf.net RockShow on June 10th and again for American Radio Station Grip Of Delusion Radio on the 11th. This month features  new tracks from Sounds of New Soma, Meteor Chasma and All Them Witches, there's also killer old favourites from Lunar Dunes, Lumerians and 35007. As always if you like what you hear please support the bands and labels by buying their music, there are direct tags on the AHM Facebook Page, check it out. Atom Heart Mutha is now also a weekly 2 hr Show on the newly launched Hard Rock Hell Radio, you can hear it every Friday from 13.00 - 15.00 by clicking the link HERE

Track List:
Sounds of New Soma - Bundesgartenschau
Maat Lander - The Comet Rider
The Laughing Windows - Salak Pazar
35007 - Short Sharp Left
Lumerians - Atlanta Brook
Lunar Dunes - Pharoah's Dream
The Oscillation - The Trial
Gnod & White Hills - Run-A-Round
All Them Witches - Alabaster
Meteor Chasma - Ride a Meteor

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Album Review... Space Witch - Arcanum

Formed in Stoke-on-Trent, England in 2007, Space Witch are a psychedelic stoner/doom band with  shades of 70's prog and heavy psychedelia.  2008 saw the release of their self-titled first demo; they then went on to gig extensively around the UK until the follow up to their demo 'Resurrection' was released in 2011.
Their critically acclaimed, self-titled, first full length (a double album) was unleashed as a joint venture with labels HeviSike Records, Fear Me Music and Orchestrated Dystopia Records in 2014; the band continued to spend time on the road, supporting well revered bands including Conan and Mars Red Sky.

The record kicks off with the epic, slow burning 'Cosmonoid'; beautifully evolving over 15 minutes, the track begins its ascent with cosmic swirling and a measured beat.  As the track hits the two thirds mark, it becomes a mammoth tornado of heavy, unforgiving guitar riffs and prog-like synth manoeuvres.  The track is led to its conclusion by the intense sounds of choral chanting.  'Astro Genocide' follows with deeper, stoner tropes; the riff is weighty and the percussion pounds ahead.  The song switches styles as poetic vocals deliver new tones before, once more, reminding you of just how heavy the band can get.  'Hex Solaris' follows, at first to the sounds of an orchestra tuning up, before returning to formidable heavy riffs and lyrics delivered by way of some sort of doom sermon (which is every bit as cool as it sounds!).  'Battle Hag' concludes the LP by way of tasty stoner vibes, sonic synths and astronomical space rock; the track itself is a showcase of just how versatile Space Witch have strived to make Arcanum sound.

It's fair to say I was sold on Arcanum on the first listen; the attention to detail within the music undoubtedly sets it apart from more recent doom/downtempo records.  Within the riffs are deep psychedelic grooves and spaced-out prog, which for me is why the record is such a satisfying, cosmic trip.  It is also deeply focused and very heavy.  I guess albums sometimes need to have definable track breaks, however the flow between the 4 tracks here makes it feel like one complete piece that should be consumed by the brain in one far out sitting.   It wouldn't be fair to label this record simply as a doom LP; Arcanum delivers something richer.  There is so much heavy psychedelic goodness here; this is something stoner and space heads will truly dig too.  Space Witch were new to me and this is unquestionably one of the best records I’ve heard this year.   I’ll be looking to see them live on the strength of this, as I’m sure playing the record at home is merely scratching the surface.

Highly recommended.


Space Witch Bandcamp

Space Witch Facebook

Hevisike Facebook

Hevisike Records

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

On This Weeks Atom Heart Mutha for Hard Rock Hell Radio...(9.6.17)


This weeks show for RADIO HRH features Brand new music from 10,000 Russos, Duel, Geezer, Laser Flames on the Great Big News, Meteor Chasma, Petyr, Space Witch and Whitenails.
There's also an early play of the brand new single from North California's Shotgun Sawyer which was produced by non other than Cody Tarbell from the mighty Slow Season. As if that wasn't Enough I will also be airing a studio session track from the brilliant Out of the Earth as they prepare to record their follow up 2014's killer self titled Lp.
Add to all of this music from Asteroid, Hotel Wrecking City Traders, The Judge, Knall and Space Invaders and you've got 2 hours of brain melting HeavyPsychedelicStonerSpaceRocknRoll.
You can hear the Show via the HRHR Webpage HERE, or the dedicated app for iOS and android. Contact me via AHM's FB, Twitter or email if you'd like to hear anything in particular.

If you would like to be considered for airplay on the show message me for details.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Atom Heart Mutha June 2017 goes out live...

...online on Saturday June 10th at 9pm as part of the Bigjaf.net RockShow. You can hear it live as it happens by going to www.mixlr.com/wwwbigjafnet There will be a clickable player on the AHM Facebook and Twitter pages as well on Bigjaf.nets own social media. As always the encore performance will go out on the awesome American Station Grip of Delusion Radio the next day on the 11th at 10amEST/4pmCET/3pmUK. This months show will feature brand new tracks from recently released and upcoming records and showcase the best that HeavyPsychedelicStonerRock has to offer; until then you can check out June 2016's broadcast on the mixcloud player below.

Track List:
West, Space & Love - Khaan Paan
Slow Season - Y'WANNA
Birth of Joy - Those Who are Awake
Out of the Earth - Last Day
Farflung - 044MPZ
No Man's Valley - Time Travel
Melody Fields - Morning Sun
Aqua Nebula Oscillator - Ready to Fly
The Myrrors - Liberty is in the Streets
The Cult of Dom Keller - Ravens & Rockets
Ad'Absurdum - Phosphor
Psychic Ills - Another Change

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Album Review... Petyr - Petyr

Petyr are a psychedelic heavy rock band from San Diego, their self titled debut album is out now via Outer Battery Records.  For the uninitiated, the guitarist/vocalist is Riley Hawk the pro-skater and the son of fellow skater Tony Hawk.

Album opener 'Texas Igloo' throws the listener straight into the same territory as the song 'Spacegrass' by Clutch with its heavy bass riff; this is followed by fast and furious guitars, interspersed with numerous yin and yang, back and forth solo’s. Each guitarist has their own tone and attack, creating a swirling space echo sound ,before solidifying into one as the drums and vocals fuse together.

'Middle Room' is an almost acoustic instrumental that neatly segues into the next song.  Not overtly heavy, but built on a solid fuzzed out rhythm guitar tone, the album progresses into it's third track 'Stairway to Attic'; a quick paced guitar riff driven track that would make a great single release.

The atmospheric 'Satori III' follows and maybe is where this album settles down, just for a while before unleashing a true psychedelic feedback laden guitar wig out.  In the lead up to the album release, the band posted a song teaser on their website 'Old and Creepy' which can now be now heard in it's full context.  As part of the album, it’s a strong track; the bass opens, drums kick in, followed by a dissonant vocal delivery with a great guitar riff.  Possibly the standout song of the album; it's moody, it's trippy; imagine driving across the Joshua Tree reserve in your van, except you're rocking the gas pedal like it’s a cry baby wah, you need to hear this.
'Kraft' follows next with a more classic desert vibe, deep slow bass riff intro and brooding vocals; you can hear a distinct Kyuss influence, stabbing bends morph into a slow laid back melodic solo guitar outro.  'Three to Five' enters with a bombastic guitar solo, all fizz and gusto and maybe that's where the casual listener could encounter a problem with the album overall; it has a tendency to run away with itself, with self indulgent guitar solo's. I couldn't help but feel whilst listening that the core riffs and melodic content could be developed a little further, I think that could've elevated this from great to brilliant.

Overall, Petyr delivers plenty, but not being familiar with the culture, or world of skateboarding (and this album is steeped in it) it sometimes feels like the adrenaline rush drives the guitars into overkill and loses the more creative parts that would really make this debut album stand out more.

The record has been pressed on turquoise vinyl, there's also a limited run of just 300 copies on brick red wax too, thisLp is definitely worth seeking out, you can check it out now via the stream on the Bandcamp Player below.

Viva El Swain



Outer Battery Records Facebook

Petyr on Outer Battery Records

Outer Battery Records Bandcamp




Saturday, 27 May 2017

17 from 17... Atom Heart Mutha's Favourite Albums of the Year So Far...


One of the great things about the radio shows is getting to hear brand new music and get it out there for the world to hear; the blog itself is great place to post some of that music so you too can listen too and hopefully go on to purchase it yourselves to support the artists and labels.
As we approach the middle of the year it's time to look back on some of the releases I've really enjoyed so far in 2017, most I will have reviewed and some i haven't, Ive included the Space Witch album, the review for this be will up shortly. There's a variety of flavours here, Hard Stoner Rock, tripped out Spacerock and Kosmische, Experimental Psychedelic and Fuzz. Check out the Bandcamp players to listen, the album titles hold the links to the bands pages where you can support the artists and buy their  music.
As with Last year, there will be an end of the year review in early December; for now there's plenty here to listen to and enjoy..
You can hear lots of these bands and artists on the weekly radio show for Hard Rock Hell Radio as well as the monthly Shows for Grip of Delusion Radio and Bigjaf.net, check 'em out.


*Please note that Siena Root's 'A Dream of Lasting Peace' wasn't included as currently it isn't available via Bandcamp or elsewhere to stream,you can read the review for that album HERE



10,000 Russos - Distress Distress



Buried Feather - Mind of the Swarm



Cachemira - Jungla



Cobra Family Picnic - Magnetic Anomaly



Doublestone - Devil's Own/Djævlens Egn



Devil's Witches - Velvet Magic


Electric Moon - Stardust Rituals



Ecstatic Vision - Raw Rock Fury



Gnoomes - Tschak!



Her Lies Man - Here Lies Man



Hibushibire - Freak Out Orgasm!



Knall - Raubkatze Auf 12 Uhr



Lamagaia - Lamagaia



Samsara Blues Experiment - One With the Universe



Space Witch - Arcanum



Sula Bassana - Organ Accumulator



White Light Cemetery - Careful What You Wish For





Sunday, 21 May 2017

Album Review... Siena Root - A Dream of Lasting Peace


13 years ago Siena Root released their debut album 'A New Day Dawning' and from that moment, they became a mighty force in heavy rock and roll.  The Swedish rockers have 5 highly acclaimed studio albums and a killer double Live record under their belt; and whilst there have been some lineup changes over the years, they've continued to move and evolve always for the better.

With the release of their next opus 'A Dream of Lasting Peace' also comes the news that they will be supporting the legendary Deep Purple on the German dates of their next tour, which of course is a perfect fit and evidenced over 10 fantastic tracks on the record.

The album opens to the shuffling groove of 'Secrets' led the by the vintage organ sounds of Erik Petersson and musically transports you back in time to the early 70's. 'Tales of independence' follows with the feel of Led Zeppelin too it, a track that wouldn't be out of place on Houses of the Holy with its funky, yet classic rock stylings. 'Sundown' emulates the beautiful experiences that must have made the summer of love a wonderful thing; drenched in late sixties psych pop, lush vocals and Matte Gustavsson's wonderful guitar work. Things mellow out a little with the bluesy 'The Piper Won't Let you Stay' and 'Empty Streets' both showcase the vocal talents of Samuel Björö and his distinctive and emotive tones. 'Growing Underground' unleases a torrent of prog n roll and delivers the sound of a band enjoying themselves under promise of the kind of force you can expect to see performing live.

Elsewhere tracks like 'Outlander' and 'No Filter' show off the bands flare for classic rock, whilst proving their own distinguishing traits lift the music to be being more than respectfully retro.
'Imaginarium' is a jazzy improvisational jam taking in psych, blues and moves to the tracks conclusion with a hard rock Stomp.  Album closer 'The Echoes Unfold' is more measured rock track and a consolidation of songwriting skills and musicianship from the tracks before; Bass player Sam Riffer and percussionist Love Forsberg must also take credit for being the glue that holds each track firmly together, both demonstrate finesse and serious mastery of their art.

A Dream of Lasting Peace is a wonderful thing, harking back to the early days of the album being a musical art form that has has to be played in full, care has been taken on every aspect of the LP right down to the cover art; that is not to say these tracks don't proudly stand alone too, they absolutely do!
Theres a welcome familiarity to whats on offer here and masses of new flourishes played with conviction, I've been very lucky to be living with the album for a while now and it absolutely gets better with every play; it has the look, feel and joy of a record you'd find in a cooler elder siblings record collection when you are discovering  music for the first time, one that stays with you for a lifetime.

If you love classic vintage rock, I doubt you'll hear anything this authentic for a long time.  This is essential listening.


Siena Root Website

Siena Root Facebook

Siena Root Bandcamp

Made in Germany Music











Saturday, 20 May 2017

Album Review... Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - High Visceral (Part 2)

I’m often found browsing through new releases in the psychedelic, stoner, desert regions of the musical spectrum.  Sometimes it’s an interesting album sleeve or title that catches my eye only to be disappointed by lacklustre contents.

During one such delve in 2016, I stumbled across a colourful psychedelic sleeve with from a (then) unheard of band with quite a unique name.  Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. That album was their debut release High Visceral {Part 1} which surprised me on two levels; one, it was not what I was expecting to hear and two, just how good it sounded. This prompted numerous recommendations to friends, plus the odd tweet or two, bestowing its virtues.

Since coming together in 2015, the band from Perth, Australia have gained a strong homegrown following and toured with the likes of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard; fast forward to now and they have just released their sophomore album High Visceral {Part 2}.
Opening at breakneck speed with first track 'Nek' the melodic guitar stands to the forefront, counterpoint to the solid drumming.  This is what really sets the tone for the album; it sounds different from what you’d perhaps normally expect.  Second single 'Gurrzle' follows with a mixture of the intense riffs of the opener, but now slows and swirls, with an added saxophone accompaniment, without losing any pace.  'First Light in the Garden at Chipping' is a dreamy wash of new psychedelia that I can’t help but compare to having some of the overtones of the more recent QOTSA albums.
The interestingly titled 'Ergophobia' has a spiky riffed intro, before a wonderful, lolling, rhythm guitar tone (bottle this tone into a guitar pedal) no aversion to working in this song.  Throughout the album, you’d be hard pressed to find any of the usual cliches belied by a band with psychedelic in their name.  There is so much to please the listener and this changes from track to track, including  strings, jazz guitar intros, reggae rhythms and it's a perfect accompaniment to part one. I might try the OK Computer /In Rainbows experiment and blend parts 1 & 2 into a single mix.  It's a superb album and yes you can't get away from comparing them to fellow Australian compatriots Tame Impala, but I can also hear Queens and maybe a little Arctic Monkeys.
It’s said that sometimes you wear your influences on your sleeve but trust me, the beast that is music has many sleeves that reach far and wide and has no boundaries.

Viva El Swain


Psychedelic Porn Crumpets Bandcamp

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets Facebook

Rhubarb Records Facebook

Rhubarb Records



Friday, 19 May 2017

Streaming Now...



It's been another strong month for new releases and through bandcamp they're there for you to hear too.  This Month sees Moon Duo follow up their excellent 'Occult Architecture Vol.1' with the more mellow but equally as compelling Vol.2. Scotlands brilliant Psychdrone duo Boobs of Doom have put out a split release with Stupid Cosmonaught and offered up one of their strongest tracks (Vibrations From a Dying Soul) to date.
Psychedelic Spacerock label Sulatron Records released Electric Moons new lp 'Stardust Rituals'  to huge acclaim in April, and you can hear that hear now.
Jonathan Morgan recently announced he is working on his next full length; whilst we wait for that to arrive you can hear his fantastic EP 'Bells of Divinity from earlier this year.You can also stream in full the new releases from Samsara Blues Experiment, L'lra Del Baccano, The Janitors and Cachemira.
I'll be playing lots of these bands/tracks/records on the various radio shows for Hard Rock Hell Radio, Grip of Delusion Radio and Bigjaf.net as well as a ton great new music. The title links are clickable and will take you to the bandcamp page.
As always, if you like what you hear support the artists and pay for the download, or check out their pages and buy a physical version. A lot of the bands here will be selling vinyl versions and special edition packages, Enjoy!


Cachemira - Jungla




Samsara Blues Experiment - One With the Universe




The Janitors - Horn ur Marken




Stop Cosmonaut // Boobs of Doom (Split)




Moon Duo - Occult Architecture Vol.2




L'lra Del Baccano - Paradox Hourglass




DSW - Tales from the Cosmonaut




Jonathan Morgan - The Bells of Divinity




Witching Waves - Fear of Falling Down




Electric Moon - Stardust Rituals





Monday, 15 May 2017

Album Review... Geezer - Psychoriffadelia


Now here’s a conundrum; do I research a band's bio before a review? Do I allow their words and photos positively or negatively influence my interpretation of the music? Nah! So all apologies upfront.

Geezer - 'Psychoriffadelia' opens with low guttural sounds then straight into a de-tuned cover version of Nazareth’s 'Hair of the Dog'.  The easily recognised riff surges forth, you can almost feel the sound wave created by those open strings.  Riff laden with quiet/loud sections, the next track 'Stressknots' maybe should have opened the album, but hey that’s my opinion.

The instrumental title track 'Psychoriffadelia' is where the album really starts to take shape; a combination of riffs and carefully constructed melodic chordal progression that draws the listener in.  It circles around but rewards you with the expected result; slowly building, yet always extenuating the main riff.  The drums drift in and out, giving a trippy, distant, hazy sound.  The tracks all intersect together, without any space, so seamlessly next up is fourth song 'Red Hook'.  Tremolo intro, with a haunting backing; the guitar riff has a superb repetitive eastern flavour and atmospheric slide guitar parts with the song featuring minimal vocals, six minutes long to soak up the centre of the album, nicely.  Spacey flanger sounds kick in, leading into the main riff of final track 'Dirty Penny'; a song of two halves.
Underpinned by a solid rock riff, soaked in modulation, the song starts; tight bass and drums carry the song for the first five minutes, before morphing into a guitar jam.  Halfway through the track, the guitars slow down in pace, as a more spacey sound swirls around, before the drums wind it down to silence for a few seconds before kicking back in. The guitar returns with a fresh wah laden riff. This starts what I’d call the second movement of the song, quickening pace with a more free form jam atmosphere, of a similar vein to the title track, these parts are where the album really shines.
'Dirty Penny' closes the album brilliantly, with an bluesy acoustic slide guitar section that drifts away to the end of the album.
Overall, a great album that I’ve grown to like and replay many times; the parts where it really excelled are the more wig out instrumental sections where the musicianship involved shone through. I'm still not too sure about opening with a cover version...
Recommended.

Viva el Swain



Geezer - Bandcamp

Geezer Facebook

Kozmik Artifactz Facebook

Kozmik Artifactz

You can order the Exclusive Die Hard Vinyl Edition of Psychoriffadelia through Geezer’s Indiegogo campaign HERE



Sunday, 14 May 2017

Listen to Atom Heart Mutha May 2017 Now and Anytime


This Month's Atom Heart Mutha RadioShow is now available to listen to anytime on Mixcloud. You can go to the AHM Mixcloud page HERE or listen on the embedded player below. This months show went out on the Bigjaf.net RockShow on May 13th and again for American Radio Station Grip Of Delusion Radio on the 14th. This month features a ton of brand new releases from the likes of Electric Moon, Farflung, Grombira, Samsara Blues Experiment and Phoenician Drive.
As always if you like what you hear please support the bands and labels by buying their music, there are direct tags on the AHM Facebook Page, check it out. Atom Heart Mutha is now also a weekly 2 hr Show on the newly launched Hard Rock Hell Radio, you can hear it every Friday from 13.00 - 15.00 by clicking the link HERE

Track list:

Electric Moon - The Loop
Phoenician Drive - Two Coins For The Boatman
Moon Duo - New Dawn
Föllakzoid - Electric (feat J.Spaceman)
Farflung - You Will Kill For Me
Grombira - Priest of the Horny Kong
Motherdust - Mind the Gap
Samsara Blues Experiment - Sad Guru Returns


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Album Review... Grombira - Grombira Oriental Space Rock.

Hypnotic Bavarian Oriental Spacerock, makes perfect sense to me; and it definitely makes sense to Tonzonen records as they've just released the new Grombira record.
The band biography promises magic carpet rides with plenty of space to dance, in a nutshell, thats exactly what you get here.

The record begins with chimes and atmospheric rhythms of the track 'Pürreé'; the groove builds slowly over Eastern sound patterns and then suddenly explodes in to an incredible  high charged (oriental, yes) space rock freakout; the music is tight and engrossing. The trippy 'Carpe Noctem' follows with gongs and pipes and once more builds an ambience of cosmic oriental auras.  As with the opener, the song transforms into another hypnotic exploration of psychedelia and world rhythms before introducing trancey mantra-like vocals.
'Caravan is more stripped back piece played over simple rhythms and an acoustic guitar whilst hushed soundscapes of human interactions can occasionally be heard in the background.
'Goats in Space' is much more a traditional space rock track, the guitars are heavier and musically so too.
For me, one of the standout tracks is 'Priest of the Horny Kong' an irresistibly groovy piece that incorporates funky rhythms and bass over the Eastern styles and rocks out relentlessly, it's a trip you'll dance all the way through! The same can be said for the last track 'Selma'; whilst much shorter than most of the record at just under 6 minutes, it follows on as a full on freakout and really satisfying way to conclude the album.


The tripped out trio have put together a blend jazzy and psychedelic space rock and added oriental flavours with the use of sitars, ouds and lutes to make something very special; I hadn't heard anything by the band previously so some online reading explains just how hard working a band they are, especially live.
In fact the more you know, the more it makes sense that they have signed to Tonzonen; like label mates Knall this is a band that capture songs as moments in time, with every play live the songs morph and evolve, the recording process merely captures a snapshot and if you want to hear the bigger picture you need to see them perform. GOSR is a fantastic record and comes highly recommended; and to this day is the only LP I've ever been told goes well with olives and roasted potatoes.

Grombira Bandcamp

Grombira Facebook

Tonzonen Facebook

Tonzonen Records







Saturday, 6 May 2017

Album Review... Doublestone - Devils own / Djævlens Egn


Back in 2001 in Copenhagen, Doublestone originally formed as a duo by long time friends Michael James Bruun and Bo Blond Daugaard.  Doublestone later became a trio with the addition of Bo’s bass playing cousin.  In 2013 they released the 'Set The World Ablaze' EP and the self-titled 'Doublestone'.  The trio progressed further with Mos Generator’s Tony Reed to record their first full-length LP 'Wingmakers' in the basement of an old cheese factory in central Copenhagen.  This catapults the band to gain wider attention and praise with their reputation for playing 70s-influenced hard rock, psychedelia and southern metal.

'War Machine' leads the way setting out the tone of the record; vintage 70's style production and riffs straight from the dark lord (Ionni) himself.  As with the majority of the record, it wears its influences proudly for all to see. 'Here Comes the Serpent' rolls up next, again the track has a classic rock aesthetic to it's approach and delivers a sound like contemporary artists Kadaver and Siena Root.  The band demonstrate a real love for a time in rock history gone by, noted characteristically by the sounds of the guitars and bass work, resulting in real joy and a desire to get lost in it all.  The title track 'Devil's Own' slows things down to an engaging partially folk rock influenced piece.  Benefiting from a more acoustic style, it tells its own story before slowly introducing electric guitars for the emotive solo.
The second half of the album is sang entirely in Danish which makes it harder to comment on the themes, so far we've had wizards, snakes and lightning (although I'm pretty sure someone drinks coffee at some point)  its difficult for me to say where the final four tracks are going lyrically, not that it matters; musically the themes remain the same.
'Djævlens Egn' has a really cool rock n roll swagger to it, flirting with the 70's blues rock of bands like Dr Feelgood. 'I Natten' follows and once more harks back to distinguished sounds of bands such as Nazareth. The LP ends with the brilliant 'Solen Sover' a laid back beat and baseline give way to harmonised vocals and sporadic guitar licks before building into a perfect heavy rock blast out.

'Devil's Own' gets a release through Ripple Music, a label that over its past 5 years has proved to be a force to be reckoned with signing the likes of Wo Fat, Mothership, Zed, The Judge and the truly awesome Salem's Bend; those familiar with the label won't be surprised to read or hear Doublestone are a perfect fit for them.  It probably won't come as a surprise too that given they have a really authentic vintage rock style and loose stoner grooves to the tracks, I was sold on the first listen.  This is a record I can't stop listening to.  Get on it and pass it on.




Doublestone Facebook

Doublestone Bandcamp

Ripple Music Bandcamp

Ripple Music Facebook



Album Review... Motherdust - 1500


Hailing from Bielefeld, Germany; Motherdust are a 5 piece band renowned for hard-rocking, cosmic freakouts, and their contemporary Krautrock sound. Their album 1500 was originally released in 2014 digitally with a very limited run of CD.
Now it gets a, much deserved, vinyl reissue via German label Clostridium Records.

'Quarantine' opens to hypnotic swirling guitars and a steady beat over Lanneganesque vocal growls and fuzz.
'Mind the Gap' is a confident strutting piece of sonic blues; the build towards the intense wall of noise is intensely satisfying and really fitting with Stefan Popovic's gravelled tones. 'The Prisoner' is another track firmly influenced by heavy blues and whilst follow on track 'Shadows' continues the theme, it becomes darker before exploding into a mammoth dope-fuelled, space rock freakout.
'Coded Messages' is a filthy fuzzed up bass driven wall of distorted noise and squelching blasts of synth madness that builds to an oscillating end with guitars and baggy drumbeat.
The record concludes with the harmonica lead 'Same old Thing', once more influenced by smoke hazed blues and fierce vocal delivery.

It's an astounding record and a deeply satisfying listen; one of those rare records that once it ends you want to flip it right back to side A and put the needle back on.
1500 is my introduction to the band and I look forward to hearing more from them in the future.  I'm also intrigued as to how these tracks are served up live.
There's an energy that runs through the whole record that surely needs to be heard plugged in and amped up.
Mind bending and psychedelic; dirty, heavy and bluesy; these are irresistible combinations and this record delivers all of these things and more.  In fact, it's fair to say that Motherdust don't fuck about and you really should hear this record.  Highly Recommended.

Motherdust Bandcamp

Motherdust Facebook

Clostridium Records Facebook

Clostridium Records


Thursday, 4 May 2017

The Next Atom Heart Mutha For Bigjaf.net and Grip of Delusion Radio...

...goes out live online on Saturday May 13th at 9pm as part of the Bigjaf.net RockShow. You can hear it live as it happens by going to www.mixlr.com/wwwbigjafnet 
There will be a clickable player on the AHM Facebook and Twitter pages as well on Bigjaf.nets own social media. As always the encore performance will go out on the awesome American Station Grip of Delusion Radio  the next day on the 14th at 10amEST/4pmCET/3pmUK.
This months show will feature brand new tracks from recently released and upcoming records and showcase the best that HeavyPsychedelicStonerRock has to offer; until then you can check out May 2016's broadcast on the mixcloud player below.

Track List:
Zone Six - The Insight
Knall - Prologue
Jakob Skøtt - The Variable
Ozone Mama - Hard Times
Dschinn - I'm In Love
Mondo Drag - Out of Sight
Sweet Crystal - Warlords
May Blitz - Smoking the Day Away
Plant Tribe - Croakin'
The Spacelords - Synapse


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Streaming Now...


As we reach the month of May there's been a wealth of new music out again. Over the last few weeks there have been superb releases from the likes of Kentucky's Moonbow  (BMX legend/Survivor star Matt Bischoff) on Ripple Music and also Baby Guru's Prins Obi's second solo Lp 'The Age of Tourlou.
The sonic Dawn's new album 'Into the Long Night' is a psychedelic beauty and an easy record to get lost in especially wearing headphones, that's out now via Heavy Psych Sounds.
There's excellent new music from Driftwood Pyre and Grand Delusion too.
I've also included the new release from Chile's Föllakzoid featuring Jason Pierce from Spiritualized as the vinyl release for Record Store Day has sold out and these reworking are well worth your time and attention
Be sure too to check out Monobrow, the Canadian Psychedelic Stoner Rockers will be releasing 'The Nacarat' on Vinyl on May 31st and you can hear it via bandcamp now while you preorder !

You'll be able to hear lots of these bands/tracks/records on the various radio shows for Hard Rock Hell Radio, Grip of Delusion Radio and Bigjaf.net as well as a ton great new music.
The title links are clickable and will take you to the bandcamp page.
As always, if you like what you hear support the artists and pay for the download, or check out their pages and buy a physical version. A lot of the bands here will be selling vinyl versions and special edition packages, Enjoy!



Peglica i Komandos - Kefter Gatha




The Sonic Dawn - Into the Long Night




Grand Delusion - Supreme Machine




Moonbow - War Bear




Cruise Forever - God is a Triphead




Descarado - Odd




Driftwood Pyre - Strangeways EP




Prins Obi - The Age of Tourlou




Föllakzoid - London Sessions Featuring J.Spaceman




Monobrow - The Nacarat




Sunday, 23 April 2017

Riding Easy Records - Brown Acid Series (Updated)


One of the great things about music for me is discovery of older songs and albums, the lost gems, the less visible.
Brown Acid takes in HeavyPsych and Stoner Rock mostly from the 1970's and described by the Label 'Riding Easy Records' as being "Heavy Rock From the American Comedown Era".
Step inside and you get dirty riffs and tracks that offer a different side of where Heavy was during the 70s; nothing here is overblown, no 15 minute piccolo solo's that form part of a 3 hour long stadium concept record about famed monarchs on an ice skating rink.




The first trip was released in August 2015 at the time of release Riding Easy Records wrote this piece about the idea around the compilation.

Some of the best thrills of the Internet music revolution is the ability to find extremely rare music with great ease. But even with such vast archives to draw from, quite a lot of great songs have gone undiscovered for nearly half a decade, particularly in genres that lacked hifalutin arty pretense. Previously, only the most extremely dedicated and passionate record collectors had the stamina and prowess to hunt down long forgotten wonders in dusty record bins — often hoarding them in private collections, or selling at ridiculous collector’s prices. Legendary compilations like Nuggets, Pebbles, ad nauseum, have exhausted the mines of early garage rock and proto-punk, keeping alive a large cross-section of underground ephemera. However, few have delved into and expertly archived the wealth of proto-metal, pre-stoner rock tracks of Brown Acid: The First Trip. Lance Barresi, co-owner of L.A.-cum-Chicago shop Permanent Records has shown incredible persistence in tracking down a stellar collection of rare singles from the 60s and 70s for the 11-track compilation. Partnered with Daniel Hall of RidingEasy Records, the two have assembled a selection of songs that’s hard to believe have remained unheard for so long. "I essentially go through Hell and high water just to find these records,” Barresi says. “Once I find a record worthy of tracking, I begin the (sometimes) extremely arduous process of contacting the band members and encouraging them to take part. Daniel and I agree that licensing all the tracks we're using for Brown Acid is best for everyone involved.” Rather than simply bootlegging the tracks, when all of the bands and labels haven’t existed for 30-40 years or more, tracking down the creators gives all of these tunes a real second chance at success. “ All of (these songs) could've been huge given the right circumstances,” says Barresi. “But for one reason or another most of these songs fell flat and were forgotten. However, time has been kind in my opinion and I think these songs are as good now or better than they ever were."





2016 gave us the Second trip in the summer and built on its predecessors successes and offered more heavy duty RocknRoll, as already noted the process of locating these songs is long and arduous, and yet once again the calibre of music that made it on was incredibly high.
As noted with the First Trip, "it’s a solid set of unknown hits you can’t believe failed to connect back in their heyday due to various unfortunate circumstances, but now Brown Acid gives these long-lost gems their well deserved moment to shine."






If you thought R.E.R were getting close to the end of the Brown Acid series with their last Trip, you were dead wrong…they’re only just getting rolling. The well of privately released hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal 45s is deep and nowhere near tapped out. Most of these records were barely released and never properly distributed so they ain’t easy to find, but they’re out there if you’re willing to dig…and Riding Easy aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.  This volume brings together eight insanely rare and skull-crushingly heavy 45s as well as two previously unreleased bangers. You may remember the Zekes’ jaw dropper “Box” from the First Trip. If you don’t, you better go back and refresh your memory, you stoner. That song rips! And so does this previously unheard recording legally obtained from the Beverly Hills Records vaults. “Comin Back” is the longest tune they’ve yet to include on this series and it’s a full-on rager! The only surviving copy of this recording came to the label on the original 1/4” master tape from Hollywood’s long-defunct Demars & Duffy Music. There have been numerous groups named Bad Axe over the years, but the one you hear here is the baddest. This five-piece fresh outta high school kicked out this jam (and a few others) in a Chicago studio in 1973 just for the hell of it. As a garage band, they were previously named The Burlington Express and they went on to be known as Bitch, but these dudes hit their stride as Bad Axe and “Coachman” is their crowning achievement. It went completely unreleased until 2014 when Permanent Records issued it and “Poor Man, Run” as a limited edition 45 with a killer picture sleeve. It’s long out-of-print and only obtainable now on Brown Acid. The rest of the records included on this volume vary in rarity, but at least two of them were virtually unknown until we discovered them. You’ll win the lottery before you find copies of all of the original 45s in even the best record stores. Many of the records included in this volume are owned only by the members of the bands and some of the band members don’t even have personal copies. Such a bummer. Anyhow, plug in, turn up, and freak out…this is what RocknRoll is all about.





Fans of Rock musics many, many sub genres know there are a wealth of great compilations out there. The Nuggets Sets as mention above are key releases of the psychedelic movement and widely respected by fans and collectors alike, its hard to find a set of compilations not made by committee or released as a cash-in or tie in to a movie franchise.
What makes the Brown Acid Series so special is that these tracks are truly rare and don't appear anywhere else, they belong to a decade where music was built on excesses with releases often more pompous and overblown than the last and yet existed almost in secret. Better than that, they are sourced by a label that love and respect this stuff as can also be seen by the hard work and effort that goes in to the final product; each of the volumes so far have have releases in multiple colours and splattered vinyl, making them highly collectable.
These trips are heavy and enjoyable and as the brand new Fourth Trip proves, Riding Easy need to keep dropping more.



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Riding Easy Records Official Site

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Album Review... Knall - Raubkatze auf 12 Uhr

Tonzonen are an interesting label and are responsible for releasing some of my favourite albums of the last couple of years.  In particular, The Spacelords last 2 studio albums  and more recently, Sounds of New Soma's 'La Grande Bellezza'.  Both offer up similar approaches to the same spaced out Krautrock/Kosmische vibes in terms of attitude, and around the instrumentation used, but deliver them in their own unique manner.

Label mates Knall are something else.  I was totally blown away by the last release 'Alien Funk', so much so I had to double check that it was in fact a live album; the recording was immaculate, almost  inaudible crowd sounds and music so tight you'd think it took months of layering in a studio.  As was said then, thats the genius of Knall.  The band take their music and the bare ideas for a song and let it expand, the music evolves further from every time the band play.  What you hear on these studio sessions will be something far bigger and more realised when you hear it live; taking the idea of improvisation and jamming to new levels.

'Raubkatze' takes a single note and builds through the addition of a simple bass noodle, introduces a slow tempo funk drum pattern and lets it flourish from there.  By the time the track hits the 8 minute mark, it has exploded into brain melting, psych-injected space rock almost without you realising.
'Derwisch' carries on the flow but offers urgency and intensity within the guitars and swirling sounds that run with the pulverising drums.  Coming in at 15 minutes long is 'Fell', a looser track than the rest of the album, lavishly forged with spaced out sounds, funky bass and guitar licks, it locks itself in to a groove and keeps on going.

'Sightseeing' provides another example of psychedelic space rhythms and sounds developing over ever evolving drums and jazz inflected guitar work.
'Catwalk' is stylistically different, electronic bleeps and patterns bubble through fuzzy tones and Way-Wahs in a laid back manner.  Like 'Fell' this is another track that shows the more improvisational aspects of the band.  Album closer 'Lachs' once more demonstrates how Knall can take a sparse opening such as the clean guitar sound here and shape it into a funky intergalactic psych piece, simply through layering and measured introductions of each new section and instrument within the track.

Raubkatze auf 12 Uhr dazzles with every note.  As a snapshot in time for the band, it shows rich tones and funked up rhythms from another dimension; the added promise that what you see here is not what you're going to get when these tracks are played out live, makes the record even more intriguing and appealing.  The Ltd 2x purple vinyl is available via Tonzonen's online store, grab one while you can.

Highly Recommended.

Knall Bandcamp

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Tonzonen Records






Monday, 17 April 2017

More Dayz Of Purple And Hope - A Charity Compilation



About a year ago, Andy from the blog 'Dayz of Purple and Orange' assembled a charity compilation 'Dayz of Purple and Hope' in a bid to raise money for the the charities Cancer Research UK and World Cancer Research Fund International.  All profits were split between the two charities, the calibre of tracks donated was incredibly high by some exceptional artists from the world of Modern Psychedelia and Psychedelic Rock.

Sadly, since its release, Andy lost his own mother to cancer.  Soon after, Andy announced he was compiling a second volume, as he defiantly put it "the next step in unfinished business" to help raise more funds for the same charities.

It should come as no surprise that 27 tracks compiled here are nothing short of stunning; included in the set are Electric Moon's brilliant cover of 'Tomorrow Never Knows', Jonathan Morgan's 'Persian Astral', as well as tracks recorded especially for Volume 2 (Vert:X's 'Sixty-Nine Wheels and the Heavy Moon's 'Fuck Cancer'). The Band Whose Name is a Symbol and The Inteligence Service have kindly donated unreleased tracks for the project too. Other artists included are Sula Bassana, Dead Sea Apes, No Man's Valley and Psychic Lemon.

The compilation costs a very reasonable £10 via bandcamp and that gets you 2 albums worth of excellent music, whilst also donating to Cancer Research.
Head over to the Blog Bandcamp page on the links below, or alternatively Find DOPAO on Social media to show your support.







Friday, 14 April 2017

Three from White Dwarf Records


There's a huge amount of music that hits the inbox; I try and play as much as I possibly can, over the radio shows and a monthly mixcloud post.  Here are 3 albums that were recently released by the Berlin Label, White Dwarf, that are well worth your attention. The bandcamp players links are included, so you can hear some of the tracks now.  The label specialises in Heavy Psych-Rock, Stoner, Doom and Vintage sounds.  Of the music reviewed here, there's a diversity of styles that have crossover appeal; all 3 albums are without a doubt, essential listening.
If you like what you hear, please head over to the label on the links included and buy a copy!  You can also buy digital versions via the bands Bandcamp links below.  Enjoy!
            
White Dwarf Records

White Dwarf on Facebook


Holy Mount - The Drought

By the frigid, windy great lakes of Toronto, Canada, situated on a broad sloping plateau, intersected by an extensive network of rivers and deep ravines, lies HOLY MOUNT.  At the summit, four hermits have been gathering for years celebrating Heavy Psych ceremonies, channeling the mystery of the great north.  Their last recorded ritual, released early this year by White Dwarf, titled 'The Drought', shows the quartet comprised of Danijel, Brandon, Troy and Clayton, at their best with heavy doomy drones, ghostly enchantings and superb guitar riffs/solos, filled with fuzz, reverberating through the Black Mountains above into the Dead Meadows below.

You really can't top a write up like that, can you?
The Canadian 4 piece demonstrate a flair for making Heavy Psychedelic Rock sound epic on the 7 tracks delivered here, the shift from mammoth slices of stoner rock on the opening track 'Division' to highly intense, oscillating psychedelia of 'Basalt Seem Almost Effortless'. 'Omnicide switches to stoner again, but displays a harder pounding style, over brilliant fuzzed up tones and swirling guitars.  The excellent 'Blackened Log' is a sonic masterpiece where otherworldly vocals and dope fuelled riffs live happily together; Its depth of sound is captivating.  'Blood Cove' flirts with doom textures over heavy, bruising drums with a depth of sound that is nothing short of captivating.  The title track brings everything together with shades of post rock and incredible walls of fuzz and feedback.






Megaritual - Mantra Music

Megaritual is the solo project of Australian multi-instrumentalist Dale Walker (also member of Sun Of Man).  His monolithic, heavy rock tunes often bear deeper intensity than most four-piece bands would manage to create.  In addition, there's also this compelling atmosphere in his tunes, where one often feels like floating between thick Stonerrock grooves and later 60s Heavy Psychedelia, with a taste of India when he strikes chords on his Sitar. "Mantra Music Volume 2", is the second release within few months between 2014-2015.  This already comes close to perfection and is a real must have for Heavy Psych-afficionados! Strongly recommended if you enjoy bands like Om, Samsara Blues Experiment, Dead Meadow and Queen Elephantine.

The record has a engulfing, atmospheric quality. Its use of sitars, bells and compelling guitars is addictive as it is hypnotic; this is firstly evident in the opening track 'Is the Heart of the Mystery...', deep drones build over Eastern sounds and measured percussions as it leads beautifully in to 'Top of the Mountain to You'; the tribal pounding over a wall of chant like vocals and sonic blasts of guitars. "Stormbringer commences with shimmering sounds and a proclamation that tells us "the dark flight of the soul has just begun', once more, the Eastern tones move to heavier swirls of intense psychedelic rock patterns.  Elsewhere, styles move to acid folk with 'Is the Sound and '∞' a dope hazed slow burner driven with cosmic guitars and a touch of 70's Pink Floyd.  Closing Track 'Have you seen the Sky Lately' is a euphoric trip through magnificent beats and progressions as it draws to incredibly satisfysing close.






Lee Van Cleef - Holy Smoke


The project Lee Van Cleef was born, as a joke, at the end of 2015 and is the result of long jam sessions between Marco Adamo, guitarist (La polvere di Bodélé), Guido Minervini, drum (Efesto, Lamarck) and Pietro La Tegola, bass (Whiskeycold Winter).  The project is influenced by bands like Earthless, Black Bombaim, Harsh Toke (to name a few).  The first work "Holy Smoke" was recorded, mixed and mastered in the Godfather studio of Naples. The artwork was done by Robin Gnista."

Holy Smoke is a fascinating album.  As with Holy Mount and Megaritual, they're a band that keep you guessing.  'Heckle Yuppies' on the face of things begins as a stoner doom track, but as the song progresses it demonstrates some brain melting guitar work that has a great vintage rock quality over them in a psychedelic Hendrix kind of trip.  The same can be said of second track 'Banshee' but this time the bass driven groove and reverberating guitars assist the track in ascending to a higher plain over 13 minutes of stoned brilliance.  'Hell Malo' is fantastic Psych rock Jam, wah wah fuelled, with heavy attitude and more irresistible grooves. 'Mahãna' continues in the earlier stoner doom mould but maintains a heavy psych vibe, as it creates sonic wall of noise over a punishing drum beat and ferocious riff.  Closing track 'Towel' is the most psychedelic track in tone on offer and also the most majestic; the wailing guitars heave above you as the drums and bass line mesmerise.  Essential listening.