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1.10. JEX THOTH

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One of current rock’s most captivating figures and a devilishly talented musician in her own right, Jex Thoth is a quiet enigma floating airily through a thicket of oversharers. There isn’t a ton of information about her out there, and this willful silence has led many to style her as one that likes to keep people guessing.

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The band that would come to bear her name first materialized in 2007 under the Totem moniker and released one EP before switching over to Jex Thoth. So far, the band’s discography features six statements (including a split with the legendary Pagan Altar), culminating in last year´s mesmerizing full-length Blood Moon Rise which was produces by Randall Dunn.

Embracing all that is good from the past and shuttling it defiantly into the future, Jex Thoth ‘s alchemical sound reveals a reverence for bands like Pink Floyd, Amon Duul 2, Jefferson Airplane, and Black Sabbath, while still managing to conjure a unique sound style that is very much their own.

After six successful European tours and six releases, Jex Thoth have completed US-tours with Agalloch and Windhand and are confirmed for next year´s edition of Maryland Deathfest.

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www.jexthoth.net

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6.10. BLUES PILLS / THE VINTAGE CARAVAN / THE ARKANES

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It´s been a long, hard and winding road for mankind, but in December 2011 the moment we´ve all – yet unknowingly and yet unaware of our coming salvation – been waiting for finally saw the light of day. Elin Larsson, Cory Berry and Zack Anderson, all just in their early Twenties, formed a group which should quickly become one of the most acclaimed and interesting bands in music. Behold the birth of a new musical experience, an experience we thought was long gone, lost in time and space. Behold the birth of BLUES PILLS.

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The young American-Swedish-French quartet create a very unique, intense and extraordinary rock atmosphere while at the same time having a major mainstream appeal that takes you right back to the time of BLUES PILLS’ ancestors Aretha Franklin, The Original Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Cream. Driving bass lines, grooving drums and guitar solos from another planet by the only 17 year old Dorian Sorriaux, harmonized and tied together with such easiness, such delight, by Elin’s incredible voice, sometimes singing in her mother tongue Swedish.


With the idea to take soul music, combined with blues and rock’n’roll and turn it into a new force of unimaginable energy, intensity and freshness, their blonde archangel & soul-saviour Elin Larsson will guide you gently into a new world, the band´s empire of soulful rock; her beautiful voice seems to be taking you beyond the stars to an infinite universe on a journey that appears endless in time, yet profound and revealing. Elin´s powerful lyrics are full of emotions, her jazzy-soulful voice never falls into the trap of an aestheticization of kitsch, but unfolds an outstanding beauty itself with a refreshing new take on the timeless and unquestionably noble art of rock`n`roll, touching your soul.

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Sit back and relax, take some BLUES PILLS and dive into their world of musical visionariness.

The highly-acclaimed EP „Devil Man“ was released on October 18 via Nuclear Blast and a Live EP including four tracks of the WDR Rockpalast concert is out now on 14th of February. Their eagerly awaited debut album was released in Summer 2014 and was met with praise from fans, critics and fellow rock musicians from all over the world.

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www.bluespills.com

Support:

The Vintage Caravan
https://www.facebook.com/vintagecaravan

The Arkanes
https://www.facebook.com/TheArkanes

 

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9.9. BLACK WIZARD / HORNSS / PASTOR

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Black Wizard have really done it with this album. Their performance is impressive, the sound is massive, the vocals are colossal and the guitar leads are seriously, seriously great. If you are a doom metal fan then Young Wisdom will put you in an ecstatic state of mind.” – CVLT Nation

“Nothing short of excellent, Young Wisdom is by far one of the best albums I have heard yet in 2013, boasting an impressive collection of stoner rock that will quickly find its place amongst notable acts such as The Sword and Priestess.” – Ride with The Devil


“The only band in town that adds inches to your dick.” – Gord

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 blackwizard.bandcamp.com

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Plenty of bands try to capture the desert rock sound, but local outfit Hornss gets its inspiration honestly. Two of its three members (Mike Moracha and Nick Nava) grew up in the desert and got their start in the Palm Springs band Solarfeast, alongside ex-Kyuss/Evolution’s End member Chris Cockrell. So although Hornss (also featuring drummer Bil Bowman) played its first show less than two years ago, the stoner metal band has already shared bills with the likes of YOB, 400 Blows, and Black Cobra (at Noise Pop’s metal showcase). Playing “heavy rock tunes for fellow dirtbags,” the band draws from the usual suspects — Sabbath, Hawkwind, St. Vitus, et al — but with the energy of a punk band.

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Pastor started jamming in late 2012. The group consists of four young men with an intense love to the art of music. Their various influences can be drawn from your dad’s record collection (well, if he was actively listening from 1968 to 1978). The tunes are filled with fine riffs, spaced out solos and hard hitting rhythm sections. Yet Pastor tries to break through the niche and clichés by mixing the sound with a bands unique character. Come to the Sabbath…”

 

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1.9. YAWNING MAN

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Influenced by everything from the psychedelic to the folkloric, jazz, hard rock, roots punk, world music, the sound of this trio while hard to describe is visual and cinematic , heavy and melancholy, driving & daydreaming.

Yawning Man are quite a different musical beast from those they inspired. Drawing heavily from the SST roster of artists which set the world ablaze in the 1980s – Black Flag, Minutemen, Meat Puppets – their music is caught in the nexus of surf, psychedelia, Krautrock and the Spaghetti Western soundscapes of Ennio Morricone. Or, if you will, a missing link between the worlds of Dick Dale, Syd’s ‘Floyd, instrumental Black Flag and Pell Mell.

Now, well more than twenty years later, Yawning Man still is going strong; not specifically the band itself as a name, but as that which inspired and drove the members thereof to do what they do, which is an innate drive to create and connect landscapes of the real to surreal- the end result being the beautiful, swirling and other-worldly music you know as Yawning Man.

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www.yawningman.com

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12.11. MOUNT SALEM / KIELKROPF

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Hailing from Chicago, IL, Mount Salem is a four piece psychedelic rock / doom metal band. They started writing music together in the summer of 2012 and released their first EP, Endless, in the spring of 2013.
Taking influence from the classics like Black Sabbath and Pentagram, they play loud, heavy rock and roll using all vintage gear. Throwing their own twist of dark and mysterious doom into the music, they invite the listener to step into their sinister realm.


Mount Salem has toured the US Midwest, South, and East coasts. Sharing the stage with bands such as Windhand, Weedeater and Bongripper Mount Salem has fit on a wide variety of heavy shows and brings a live act to counter their music. “This is music that creates images, demands attention, and engages all senses.”

 

Metal Blade Records signed the band in the summer of 2013 and will release an extended version of Endless containing two additional, brand-new tracks in the spring of 2014, which will be followed by a West Coast tour. Mount Salem is currently touring and writing for a follow up full-length.

 

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www.mountsalem.bandcamp.com

 

Vienna´s Kielkropf are playing Death Blues Sludge.
www.facebook.com/pages/Kielkropf/566466483398706

 

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24.9. YOB / PALLBEARER

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The journey began back in 1996 when vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Mike Scheidt began composing classic doom metal riffs in the vein of his heroes Sleep, Cathedral, and Black Sabbath. By the turn of the millennium, the band had recorded debut album Elaborations of Carbon, and was rapidly growing from a NW secret, to a highly sought after support act for tour stops by luminaries like High on Fire and Isis.

Yob proved to audiences night after night that it had chops and sonic glory to deliver that exceeded the promise of its albums. Brian Slagel of Metal Blade records took note, and the man who discovered Metallica, Slayer, and Voivod took YOB under his wing. Two fantastic albums were released, 2004’s The Illusion of Motion, and 2005 masterpiece The Unreal Never Lived. By this time, YOB had shed the sound of its early influences, and was in turn creating a new and original doom sound that would in turn inspire others from around the world.

Then YOB went into reclusion as the line-up shifted, and Mike Scheidt took several years to regroup and try his hand at other projects.In 2009, YOB awakened from its slumber, adding bassist Aaron Rieseberg and releasing the surprising and long-awaited The Great Cessation, the reformed band’s debut for Profound Lore Records.

By 2012, the sixth album ATMA was released to massive critical acclaim. A tour supporting Tool and lengthy tours of the US and Europe followed, and YOB’s popularity went from speculative to soundly proven.

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http://www.yobislove.com/

 

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Pallbearer is a metal band from Central Arkansas, formed in 2008 after spending time playing in various bands around the Little Rock underground metal scene. Paying homage to doom metal of old while still looking wholly forward, the band built upon the underground success of their initial demo offering in 2010.

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Their debut full length “Sorrow and Extinction” was released in February, 2012 to virtually universal critical acclaim. Now the band slowly marches onward to deliver its progressively-tinged beautiful gloom on a global scale.

“Foundations of Burden” will be released on August 19th 2014.

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“Ultimately, it feels like Pallbearer have created their own version of a traditional jazz funeral march, or like they went ahead and invented some sort of “celebratory doom.” Whatever you want to call it, the record’s a triumph.”
-Pitchfork

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7.10. THE FLYING EYES / LAZLO LEE & THE MOTHERLESS CHILDREN

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The Flying Eyes are a heavy, psychedelic rock band hailing from Baltimore, Maryland. Their name comes from a 1962 science fiction novel about giant, disembodied eyes that descend from outer space to control humanity…

Since forming, they have played support gigs for bands such as Dead Meadow, The Raveonettes, The Black Angels, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and Dan Auerbach among many others.

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The Flying Eyes have swiftly achieved a notable following in Europe with extensive club tours and festival appearances. Highlights include: Burg Herzberg Festival 2010 (sharing the main stage with Jeff Beck and Hawkwind), an appearance on the legendary Rockpalast Crossroads show broadcast on German national TV, Orange Blossom Special festival (DE), Stoned From The Underground (DE) and Trutnov Open Air (CZ).

In July 2013, The Flying Eyes released their third album “Lowlands” (produced by Rob Girardi and mixed by Chris “Frenchie” Smith), which was paid for entirely by the support of their fans through Kickstarter. They supported the record with a 52 date headlining tour of Europe and closed out the year with a one off performance in India at the Synchronicity Festival. Coming off a brief sabbatical, they will kick off 2014 opening for the seminal neo-psych band Loop in Baltimore on April 18th…

www.theflyingeyes.com

 

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Lazlo Lee & The Motherless Children from Baltimore play aggressive, soulful garage punk blues with a driving beat to back up sick rocknroll guitars. Add a quart of whiskey to the White Stripes with a dash of Zeppelin a shot of the Sonics and you get the idea.

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/LAZLO-LEE-THE-MOTHERLESS-CHILDREN/169788146289

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