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2.11. EARTHLESS / THE HEAVY MINDS

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Formed in 2001, EARTHLESS prides itself on creating energetic, utterly unique and free thinking instrumental music inspired by an eclectic mix of German krautrock and Japanese heavy blues-rock. The Californian trio has dedicated itself to mastery of the mind-bending jam session, evoking the spirits of Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath in equal measure. Named after a song title from vintage New York garage-psych band The Druids of Stonehenge, EARTHLESS‘ sound has been called “A sonic kaleidoscope of lava and lightning”, earning it the title of “California’s loudest band”. The group delivers “one of the best live shows in all of modern, heavy rock,” leading to one reviewer stating that the band’s “epic shredding harkens back to the days were psychedelic rock had balls the size of grapefruits and wasn’t afraid to take its listeners on a ride for which they may never return.”

From the Ages is the first new studio album since the release of 2007′s critically acclaimed Rhythms from a Cosmic Sky, the LP was recorded in San Francisco with producer Phil Manley (Trans Am, The Fucking Champs). An hour-long double LP, From the Ages will see an October 8 release date via Tee Pee Records.

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Through a mixture of heavy, fuzzy riffs, dreamy melodies and spacey solos, The Heavy Minds create a distinct sound, which is inspired heavily by bands from the late 60’s and early 70’s, as well as by some modern groups, such as The Flying Eyes, Kadavar and Radio Moscow.

THM have released two songs yet, which can be heard on Youtube.
All their songs are and also will be recorded in their small homestudio at the band’s attic.

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www.facebook.com/TheHeavyMinds

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15.9. LONELY KAMEL / THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL

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Blues, grooves and a bottle of booze!!

Inspired by heavy blues-legends, this hard hitting band from Oslo, Norway is producing classic hard rock, stonerrock with a lot of…blues. Mix it up with 2 spoonfuls of doom and psychedelia and you got Lonely Kamel. The band has released 4 albums, and is always working on new songs.

Fourth album “SHIT CITY” is released by Napalm Records aug. 2014.

Live the band is ballbreaking hard, loud and tight., so look out!!

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www.facebook.com/lonelykamel

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There are bands that are just too big and wide-ranging to fit in a box, like The Order Israfel. Tom Sutton (ex-Church Of Misery) and Patrik Andersson Winberg (ex Doomdogs) two members of the line-up, already have made it in the Doom scene, so this is a sure indication that this band will break any speed records.

And of course, THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL are rooted in Doom, but they shouldn’t be reduced to the pure slow-motion sound, because Wisdom is clearly too complex. Wisdom is a record of big gestures and stories and is full of epic beauty and magic. This is not music to be consumed just casually, but a widescreen sound with invitation to dive into tempting and dangerous world. Doom, Hard Rock, Metal, Folk – THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL play with many elements and form a compact unit out of it, with songs to never get boring. A mystical and mysterious album with a high potential to get addicted to. In short: An entry made to measure!

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www.theorderofisrafel.com

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2.10. BRANT BJORK´s LOW DESERT PUNK / TORSO

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Brant Bjork has released no less than nine albums with either The Bros or The Operators over the last years. The ex-Kuyss and ex-Fu Manchu drummer was part of Kyuss Lives! and Vista Chino, which has led to successful tours and big festival appearances the past two years.

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Now the time has come for him to fuse Desert Rock with his first big love: Punk Rock. His new band Low Desert Punk (which shares the name with BB´s record label) is Dave Dinsmore (Che, Bl’ast!) on bass, Bubba Dupree (Void, Hater) on guitar and Tony Tornay (Fatso Jetson, Chuck Dukowski) on drums.

Anyone into today´s true Rock´n Roll, already knows that this is the real deal (….baby!).

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www.brantbjork.com

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From seemingly endless, sometimes 50-minute jams developed structured
forms and a sophisticated songwriting. Torso was born.
In its relatively short existence, the young band already shared the
stage with famous groups such as Pentagram, Siena Root, Karma to Burn, The Flying Eyes, Monkey 3, Blues Pills, The: Egocentrics, Golden Void, Mars Red Sky, Glowsun, Umor, Danava or Saviours.

The result of the many sweaty hours in the rehearsal room released in
May 2012 in a first EP called (“Inside”) on “Stone Free Records” found
precipitation and entered TORSO transnational respect in relevant
magazines, radio stations and musicblogs.

Look out for their debut album, scheduled to be released in early 2015.

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torsoaustria.bandcamp.com

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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
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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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