27.4. MOTORPSYCHO / CADU

 

Named for a movie by American sexploitation auteur Russ Meyer, Motorpsycho are an eclectic Norwegian band whose music is an adventurous amalgam of progressive rock, psychedelia, alternative rock, folk-rock, hard rock, jazz, country, and old-school heavy metal.

Based out of Trondheim, the group emerged fully loaded in the late ’80s, but really caught fire with the release of their ambitious third album, Demon Box, which spanned two LPs and earned the group a Norwegian Grammy nomination. With a loyal fan base established, Motorpsycho set out to make a name for themselves both at home and abroad, issuing a string of acclaimed albums that chewed through genres with impunity, with highlights arriving via Phanerothyme (2001), Child of the Future (2009), and The Tower (2017).

2019 saw the release of their latest LP „The Crucible“.

Both visually and musically, The Crucible starts where the last album The Tower ended, but it soon takes on its own hue, and it is clear that it cannot be called a ‘sequel’ as such:  this is very much a step further out than anywhere the band ventured on The Tower. While it is broader lyrically speaking, it is even sharper focused musically and, if possible, even more idiosyncratic and insular than ever. Unarguably a Motorpsycho album, it is one that is going to make the novice Psychonaut’s head spin, but feel comfortingly unfamiliar to the acolyte. Motorpsycho was always too gnarly for prog nerds as well as too musically unwieldy for punks, and as their appeal becomes ever more selective, they are still proudly falling between all cracks, stools or chairs one might think of putting in their way. ‘Prog rock’? Call it Motorpsychodelia!


The Crucible was recorded at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales in August 2018 by Hans Magnus Ryan (guitars, vocals), Bent Sæther (bass, vocals, sundry) and Tomas Järmyr (drums), with co-producers Andrew Scheps and Deathprod. To these ears, and to the band’s satisfaction, this co-production ploy worked out wonderfully, and has resulted in a beautifully crafted record, smaller in size but at least equal in ambition to its celebrated predecessor. It is somehow both more focused, and denser in content, but also compositionally more ambitious than The Tower. One would perhaps think that this necessarily results in a diminished sonic assault, but the album still packs a wallop like a good rock record should. And – ‘for once’ some waggish tongues would say – does not outstay its welcome.

motorpsycho.no

Cadû is a 4 piece ProgRock / TripHop formation hailing from Vienna Austria.

With band members emerging from all corners of the Viennese underground scene, Cadu benefits from a vast variety of stylistic influences ranging from Trip Hop to Jazz to contemporary music and progressiv theatre music, which being incoporated, combined and torn apart by heavy riffs and mindless screams.

Their songs are mirrors and reflections of deep rooted subconscious dreamworlds hitting the 21st century human experience.

Never resolving but always evolving their arrangements move back and forth between utopia and dystopian breakdowns forming a unique dark yet colorful musical experience.


cadu.bandcamp.com

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8.5. THE DEVIL & THE ALMIGHTY BLUES / THE GREAT MACHINE

With a profound love for the old heroes of the Blues walking hand in hand with rock, metal, country and last but not least punk, The Devil & The Almighty Blues is armed with vintage Gibson guitars and tube amplifiers. Their new take on blues-based rock is heavy without becoming metal, slow without being doom, bluesy without being straight up and boring. It’s slow, heavy, melodic and raw.

When the 60’s turned into the 70’s there was a musical crossroads. The American blues had had it’s run with teens on both sides of the Atlantic long enough so that the blues-offspring named rock’n’roll had to expand or die. It did not die, it expanded in all kinds of directions!

And right there in the crossroads between blues-based rock and all the world’s other sub-genres of rock, something happened to the blues. The format got experimented with, expanded and almost made unrecognizable. But at the same time the roots to the original ’real’ blues was never lost. Where Peter Green left Fleetwood Mac in 1970 with the track «Green Manalishi», where Johnny Winter stretched his musical legs, where ZZ Top bought Marshall full stacks and shot from the hip, and last but not least where the legend himself, Muddy Waters, stretched the limits of that was ’legal’ with the album «Electric Mud». And not to forget Hendrix, Free, Canned Heat and the rest of the gang from the Woodstock-era. The result was a highly electric musical revolution, where e.g. the newly born genre hard rock walked hand in hand with traditional delta blues.

It is out from this musical mud The Devil & The Almighty Blues  have found their inspiration. Their music is slow, heavy, melodic and raw, all without losing the almighty blues out of sight.

Their lastest LP “Tre” was released in late March 2019.

thedevilandthealmightyblues.bandcamp.com


The Great Machine is a 3 piece rock band from Israel.
The brothers Haviv: Omer on guitar and Aviran on bass, combined with the energetic drumming of Michael Izaky, create a strong psychedelic, stoner-rock musical experience with a punk rock attitude.

Shortly after the release of their first EP in 2013, the band set out for a tour in Germany. They played at the Rotormania stoner festival along side Colour Haze, Coogans bluff, Rotor and many others.

In 2014 The Great Machine debut album was released, and on April 2017 the second album “Love” was released, and has been getting many great reviews from all over the stoner/psych scene around the world.

On January 4th 2018, The band’s 3rd studio album Respect was released under the independent label ‘Reality Rehab Records’.

After establishing a strong, loyal fanbase in Israel, The Great Machine has played festivals and venues all over Europe, including Freak Valley in Germany, Wild Mint in Russia and SonicBlast Moledo in Portugal, and toured with ‘All them Witches’ in October 2016.
They were also the support band for Ozzy in Israel in 2018.

“The free spirit and wild feeling that The Great Machine spreads, and their on-stage behaviour immediately releases your inner rocker, even if it is quite suppressed”.

thegreatmachine1.bandcamp.com

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3.5. ELECTRIC FIRE FESTIVAL ft. DIAMOND SKULL / NAPLAVA / RAUCH

Diamond Skull are a stoner rock quartet, born 2015 in Vienna, Austria.
Hard edged bluesy riffs, mesmerizing groove with great attention to detail their crafting a sound that is equally straight forward, dark and hypnotic.


The band consisting of members Thomas (guitar/vocals), Robert (bass), Dragan (guitar) and Jan (Drums).
In 2015, Diamond Skull began recording their debut album „Sleepless“. After the single release of „Cocaine“, their debut album came on the 15th of April 2018 via Electric Fire Records. The Ltd. Edition 12“ Vinyl will be released on the 1st of August 2018.

diamondskull.bandcamp.com

Since 2010, Naplava have been merging Stoner Rock with Doom, Slugde and Heavy Rock, and they are elegantly demonstrating  that genre boundaries are not more than an artificial disruption of the music industry. A raw, direct and gloomy sound aiming at the sore anti-mainstream Listener.

Naplava are currently working on their follow up LP to 2015´s „Opposites“.

naplava.bandcamp.com

Stressed swarms of bees, thunderstorms and a good dose of melancholy. Groovy, dreamy and dirty rock music, served by three musicians, who’ve been playing together since they were teenagers. As Rauch they met for the first time in the very familiar rehearsal room in 2017.

Soup, Sweet and Sour, the debut single of the band (available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify,…), was released at the beginning of 2018 by the label Electric Fire Records. 

Rauch are currently working on their debut LP.

www.rauchmusic.com

Poster Artwork by Dr. Knoche
drknoche.squarespace.com

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10.4. MONKEY3 / *SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT CANCELLED!*

 

Samsara Blues Experiment official Statement

Dear Fans, we are very sorry to inform you that we have to cancel all gigs of our upcoming EU Tour. It´s again a very unfortunate circumstance, but i am seriously ill and in hospital treatment. As it looks there is no chance for a speedy recovery so we could play the coming shows and i can only ask you to bear with us. We are very sorry for this! However our tourmates Monkey 3 will still play most of the scheduled shows and we can only leave you with hope for the future. I am very sorry, Chris /SBE

 

 

Native to Lausanne, Monkey3 started in 2001 as a jam sessions community fueld by the love of psychedelic, stoner-rock and space-rock music. In 2003 they became a permanent group featuring Picasso on bass, Walter on drums, Boris on guitar, dB on keyboards. Monkey3 self-titled first album was released in 2003 as a self production and press to 1000 copies. In 2004, Monkey3 inked a deal with belgian label Buzzville Records and the first step was the re-release of “Monkey3” on a larger scale. The band started to tour Europe in the underground club circuit putting them on the map of the psychedelic/stoner-rock European scene.

2006 is the year of Monkey3 2nd release: “39Laps” (Buzzville Records). This record sets the band unique blend of psychedelic/stoner/prog/space they are known for and is often considered as a fan’s favorite. Audience started to grow bigger, the band toured intensively across Europe and appeared in festivals such as Roadburn and Stoned From The Underground.

After intense touring, the band recorded and self-released “Undercover” (2009), an album filled with covers that pays tribute to the bands musical influences. Among other tracks, a live cover rendition of Ennio Morricone’s timeless classic “Once Upon A Time In The West” and a heavy cover of Kiss’s “Watching You” featuring John Garcia (Kyuss, Unida, Hermano) on guest vocals.

In 2011 the band signed a deal with german label Stickman Records and released the album “Beyond The Black Sky”. This record features one of Monkey3’s live favorite track: “Through The Desert”.

“The 5th Sun” (2013) is the first step in the collaboration between Monkey3 and Napalm Records. After The 5th Sun Tour, band’s co-founder and bassist Picasso quit the band. With new bassist Kevin, Monkey3 started to work on their next full-lenght effort: “Astra Symmetry”. The album was released via Napalm Records in September 2016 and ranked 93 in the german charts.

Over the years, the Swiss quartet has intensively toured Europe and appeared in festivals such as Roadburn, Hellfest, Freak Valley, Desertfests, Burg-Herzberg, Rock Oz Arènes…The band’s 6th full-length studio album, “Sphere”, is set to be released on April 12, 2019, on Napalm Records.

www.monkey3official.com

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1.4. THE GOLDEN GRASS / WEDGE


The Golden Grass is free-wheelin, good-time rock and roll band. They play a soulful mix of heavy-country-funk-boogie and progressive-psychedelic-freakbeat. Their music is bursting with a feel-good energy, inspiring with an earnest vibe, and classic in a modern time.

…the Golden Grass weave a tapestry~
***rooted in sun-soaked and funky southern/country US classic rock back-beat
***emblazoned with swinging, hip and groovy UK mod/soul/freakbeat vibrations
***bursting with proto-metal and bluesey-prog overtones
~get in on it….

Their 3rd album „Absolutely“ was released in 2018 on Listenable Records.

thegoldengrass.bandcamp.com


Wedge was born into the spotlight in 2014. The trio was founded in Berlin by guitarist/singer Kiryk Drewinski (ex-Liquid Visions & ex-The Magnificent Brotherhood), drummer Holger “The Holg” Grosser & bassist/organist Dave Götz and named itself after the first stone tool of human history.

Their sound is accordingly archaic, extremely effective, “made from solid rock” and, when used correctly, causes fire … especially live! WEDGE blends mainly elements of classic rock, 60s garage and some Psychedelic with a proper dose of joy while playing.

Their latest studio album “Killing Tongue” saw it’s release in February 2018 on Heavy Psych Sounds Records and was accompanied by a 50 shows tour through Germany, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Poland & Italy.

www.wedgeband.com

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22.3. SPIDERGAWD / THULSA DOOM


Spidergawd is a rock band formed in Trondheim, Norway in 2013. The founding fathers of the beast was Per Borten (Cadillac & Moving Oos) on guitars and vocals, Bent Sæther (Motorpsycho, The International Tussler Society & Sugarfoot) on bass, Rolf Martin Snustad (Hopalong Knut & Samvirkelaget) on saxophones and Kenneth Kapstad (Motorpsycho, Monolithic & God Seed) on drums. On June 1 2016 it was announced that Bent Sæther was leaving the band to have more time for his other projects. The band brought on Hallvard Gaardløs as a fulltime bassist, and after falling in love with the young bassplayer from Toten, he stayed put from the first strum.

They released their debut album Spidergawd on 31 January 2014.

Their sophomore album Spidergawd II was released on 16 January 2015.

The third album, appropriately called Spidergawd III, was released 22 January 2016.

Spidergawd IV on the 24th february 2017.


And now Spidergawd V will mess with everybodys ears from the 11th january 2019.

All album cover art by Emile Morel.
www.emilemorel.com

spidergawd.no

Thulsa Doom is a Norwegian heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1999 by guitarist Ole Petter Andreassen (also a member of The Cumshots and Black Debbath), under the stage name El Doom. He was joined by his Black Debbath colleague, bass player Egil Hegerberg, using the name Angelov Doom, as well as singer Papa Doom, guitarist Doom Perignon and drummer Fast Winston Doom.

The band’s music is somewhat similar to stoner rock legends Kyuss and early Black Sabbath. The band’s debut release She Fucks Me was released in 2000.

The band’s latest album “A Keen Eye For The Obvious” is a bit less heavy and more melodic than the previous albums.

https://www.facebook.com/thulsadoomnorway/

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7.3. WINDHAND / GRIME / LOATHER




Founded in 2009, the Virginia quintet have been making waves since the release of their 2010 practice space demo, a two-track CD that garnered the band comparisons to artists like Electric Wizard, The Devil’s Blood, and Black Sabbath. That auspicious start was further realized in March 2012 when the band released their self-titled debut, which quickly became an underground hit and sold out of multiple vinyl presses in a matter of months.

A year later, the band officially signed to Relapse Records. After a steady touring schedule, the band collaborated with Richmond brethren Cough on a split entitled Reflection of the Negative, which was released on Relapse in April 2013. Pitchfork deemed the split WINDHAND’s “best music to date,” and the record’s positive critical reception helped pave the way for the band to release the highly anticipated album Soma in September 2013. Stereogum, Spin, and the LA Weekly featured Soma prominently on their overall best-of lists. The album was heavily represented in countless metal publications including Revolver, Invisible Oranges, MetalSucks, and Metal Injection. Rolling Stone, NPR, and Pitchfork all took note of Soma as well; the former considered the album the third-best metal release of 2013.

Soma was no flash-in-the-pan internet phenomenon. In 2013 and 2014, the band embarked on a series of support and headlining tours across North America, Europe, and Australia, sharing the stage with the likes of Sleep, High on Fire, Dead Meadow and Kvelertak. In addition, WINDHAND appeared at major festivals including Roadburn, SXSW, Scion Rock Fest, Day of the Shred and Maryland Deathfest. SINDHAND also took the time in October 2014 to follow up Soma with a brief two-track Halloween split alongside Swedish doomsters Salem’s Pot (released on Riding Easy Records). Noisey liked the record so much that they declared the band “must have definitely sold their souls for their new split.”

WINDHAND returned in 2015 with their third full-length, Grief’s Infernal Flower, a multifaceted slab of thundering stoner doom that Noisey has called “doom metal’s most anticipated album of the year.” Produced by Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, Soundgarden, etc), Grief’s Infernal Flower is massive, heavy, and personal, a modern testament to the power of doom and stoner metal’s legacies. One sees the urgency the band have displayed over their career reflected in their music – long-canonized tropes are reimagined and reinvented. Windhand convey an irrepressible sense of motion even within the slowest of songs. Front woman Dorthia Cottrell firmly establishes herself as one of the best vocalists of the genre by perfectly balancing beauty with enormous power, and the guitar attack of Garrett Morris weaves together nine songs of perfect riffs and fuzzed-out bliss. That often-delicate splendor is all tempered by the colossal rhythmic mastery of bassist Parker Chandler and drummer Ryan Wolfe, whose lower-register expertise serves as the backbone of the new record. Though the first two WINDHAND albums were underground classics, Grief’s Infernal Flower stands to see WINDHAND cementing themselves as one of the premier metal bands of our time.

October 2018 saw the release of „Eternal Return“, the fourth full length, represents a new era for the group, a chrysalis moment that takes them to new and unforeseen heights. Across nine songs and 63 minutes, Eternal Return is an infectious display of songcraft cloaked in alluring atmosphere, molten fuzz, eerie psychedelia and ethereal vocals. The album was once again produced by Jack Endino with vivid artwork by Arik Roper (Sleep, High on Fire). Equally informed by heavy, fuzzed-out psych along with the iconic grunge / alternative groups of the 90s, WINDHAND have crafted a record brilliant in scope, powerful in execution, and perfect for an era of increasingly blurry yet still heavy borders.

windhand.bandcamp.com

Grime started its mission in Trieste, Italy in summer 2010.
Their only goal is bringing destruction to a town near you.
Their sound is rooted in rotten burial ground and their songs are the sound of a decaying swamp filled with trash.
Their slow and heavy groove is filthy and vicious, guitar riffs are sharp and covered with rust, drums and bass hit with the unstoppable power of a mud avalanche.
A new Ep will be released later this year on Argento Records.

grime666.bandcamp.com


Loather tries to musically express the dark, depressive though beautiful facets of life.
The main components of the sound are reduced, in order to focus on the whole opus.


loathermusic.bandcamp.com

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