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BLACK ELEPHANT: The Obelisk Premieres “Walking Dead” Video From Psychedelic Blues/Heavy Rawk Troupe; Cosmic Blues To Be Released This July

…the four-piece have conjured ghosts of ’70s heavy fuzz and ’90s riff mongering offering up a sonic brew that’s both potent and thoroughly modern….

View / Share BLACK ELEPHANT’s “Walking Dead” At http://youtu.be/Tot5JORQiMo

Cosmic Blues, the impending new full-length from Italian psychedelic fuzz/heavy rock troupe BLACK ELEPHANT, will see release next month via Small Stone. In advance of its release, The Obelisk is pleased to unveil the band’s official video for “Walking Dead” alongside an extended review of the record.

Issues the esteemed blog, “While BLACK ELEPHANT don’t necessarily go anywhere that heavy and/or psychedelic rock hasn’t gone before, they do an excellent job of finding their niche in the genre and do even better in tipping the balance in their aesthetic to one side or the other. Some will dig it for its variety. Some will dig it for its familiarity. And some will just dig it because riffs… The varied appeal speaks to BLACK ELEPHANT knowing their audience… and knowing how to communicate their ideas through sound.”

Read more and view “Walking Dead” at THIS LOCATION.

BLACK ELEPHANT’s Cosmic Blues was recorded and mixed by Giulio Farinelli, mastered by Maurizio Giannotti, and cames wrapped in the cover design of Robin Gnista. The record will see release on July 20th on CD, digitally, and limited edition purple vinyl.

For preorders, go to the Small Stone Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION where album opener “Cosmic Soul” can be streamed.

One would be hard-pressed to come up with a better descriptor for BLACK ELEPHANT’s Cosmic Blues full-length than the title of the album itself. Based in Savona, Italy, the four-piece have conjured ghosts of ’70s heavy fuzz and ’90s riff mongering offering up a sonic brew that’s both potent and thoroughly modern. Cosmic Blues follows 2014’s Bifolchi Inside and 2012’s Spaghetti Cowboys (get it?) and marks their debut on Small Stone Records. Comprised of lead vocalist/lead guitarist Alessio Caravelli, rhythm guitarist Massimiliano Giacosa, bassist Marcello Destefanis, and drummer Simone Brunzu, BLACK ELEPHANT makes their mark in their home country’s booming heavy rock underground with memorable songs and a sound that’s just as comfortable getting funky on “Chase Me” as it is re-imagining Soundgarden as a riff rock outfit à la peak-era Dozer, rolling out huge grooves en route to “Cosmic Blues For Solitary Moose,” loaded with fuzz and scorching solos.

Given a brisk, live sound in its production – fitting for a group with hundreds of shows under their collective belt – Cosmic Blues comes across natural and at times maintains the intensity of BLACK ELEPHANT’s earlier work (closer “Inno” walks by and waves), while simultaneously exploring more spacious realms in the not-a-cover “Helter Skelter” and the takeoff jammer “Baby Eroina,” which eases into and out of its nodding rhythm with a smoothness worthy of a group’s third album and a fluidity that typifies the record’s entire thirty-four-minute run. Leaving their own tracks in the footsteps of bands like Small Stone’s own Isaak, BLACK ELEPHANT hits a new level of craft with Cosmic Blues, and if the righteous drive of opener “Cosmic Soul,” the flowing progression of the LP that ensues, and the name they’ve given the whole affair are anything to go by, they know it for sure. All the better

BLACK ELEPHANT is:
Alessio Caravelli – lead vocals, lead guitar
Massimiliano Giacosa – rhythm guitar
Marcello Destefanis – bass guitar
Simone Brunzu – drums

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27 June 2018 Uncategorized Read more

GREEN DESERT WATER: The Obelisk Debuts “The Deepest Sea” Video From Iberian Classic Power Trio; Solar Plexus Full-Length Nears Release Via Small Stone

View / Share “The Deepest Sea” Video At THIS LOCATION

Solar Plexus, the forthcoming new full-length from Iberian stoner rock trio, GREEN DESERT WATER, will see release via Small Stone Records later this month.

In advance of its official unveiling, today The Obelisk is pleased to debut the band’s video for “The Deepest Sea.” Writes the esteemed online publication of Solar Plexus overall, “If your ears don’t automatically perk up on hearing the phrases ‘classic-style heavy rockers’ and ‘on Small Stone Records’ in the same sentence, well, to put it mildly they should. Thus, we find Spanish classic-style heavy rockers GREEN DESERT WATER making their debut on Small Stone Records with their second album overall, Solar Plexus. Quick to make an impression and earn immediate points with the opener and longest track ‘Open Your Wings,’ the band trio channels earliest AC/DC on the swinging heavy blues of ‘Souls Of The Woodland,’ and offers a fluid dose of fuzz in ‘Chaman,’ demonstrating a propensity both for hooks and for adding modern flair to the core heavy ’70s influence. The shuffle that emerges near the midsection of ‘Chaman,’ for example, or the tambourine-laced jam in the penultimate ‘Mother Moon.’ These are well-established methods, but as Small Stone has endeavored in recent years to demonstrate, a balance can surely be struck between the classic and the modern. GREEN DESERT WATER do this exceptionally well.”

Adds the band of the kaleidoscopic video clip, “What do you hold on to when the deepest sea extends below your feet?”

Read more and view “The Deepest Sea,” courtesy of The Obelisk, at THIS LOCATION.

Solar Plexus was recorded and mixed by Pablo Martínez Pérez at Ovni Estudio, mastered by Kike Sanchís at Green Desert Mastering and comes wrapped in the cover art of Héctor Castañón. The six-track offering will see release on CD, digital, and limited-edition vinyl formats on April 27th via Small Stone.

For preorders visit the Small Stone Bandcamp page HERE where opening track “Open Your Wings” can be streamed.

After getting their feet wet in a molten pool of heavy blues on their 2012 self-titled debut EP, GREEN DESERT WATER is ready for their next conquest. The Oviedo, Spain-based three-piece have been making a name for themselves as one of the best-kept-secrets of the Iberian heavy underground, and with Solar Plexus they’ve never sounded readier to let the cat out of the proverbial bag. And by “cat out of the bag,” we mean unleashing classic power trio grooves – all primo, all soul, but heavier and thicker and more modern than the first record.

Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Kike Sanchís, bassist Juan Arias García, and drummer/backing vocalist Javi González, GREEN DESERT WATER sinks its teeth into hellacious boogie on songs like “Open Your Wings” and find the place where Black Sabbath and Mountain could’ve met on “Souls Of The Woodland” – and when it comes to the title-track? Well, at least you know where they’re going to hit you. With six songs split up over two glorious vinyl sides, GREEN DESERT WATER’s Solar Plexus indeed puts itself right in the center of attention – refusing to commit to one single vibe or another as it captures the best energy of classic heavy rock and brings it forward to a modern era where it’s so desperately needed.

GREEN DESERT WATER:
Juan Arias García – fuzz bass
Javi González – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Kike Sanchís – guitars, vocals
Additional guitar on “The Deepest Sea” by Pablo Martínez Pérez.

With the purple sun, the hermit was introduced into the wild, through the mountains and the long desert to back home…

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JIRM: Heavy Psyche Rockers Unveil “The Cultist” Video; Surge Ex Monumentis Out Now On Small Stone

“Surge Ex Monumentis has a healthy psychedelic rock influence but the heavy metal undertones are undeniable. At times, the record seems to take its inspiration from Pink Floyd as much as from Iron Maiden…” — Decibel

Swedish psychedelic riff rockers JIRM released their Surge Ex Monumentis full-length via Small Stone earlier this month. Formerly Jeremy Irons And The Ratgang Malibus, JIRM has never been more themselves than they are on Surge Ex Monumentis. Even as they redefine who they are and what they do as a band, they remain singularly powerful in their delivery and completely unmistakable. The seven-track Surge Ex Monumentis was captured at Puch Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, mixed by Oskar Lindberg at Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mastered by Chris Gooseman at Baseline Audio Labs in Ann Arbor, Michigan

In celebration of the release of Surge Ex Monumentis, JIRM is pleased to unveil a new video for “The Cultist,” currently playing below alongside their previously-released “Candle Eyes” video.

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30 March 2018 News Read more

JIRM: Surge Ex Monumentis Streaming In Full At New Noise As Small Stone Release Day Nears

New Noise Magazine is currently streaming Surge Ex Monumentis, the impending new full-length from Swedish psychedelic riff rockers JIRM, in advance of its Small Stone release next week.

Hear Surge Ex Monumentis at THIS LOCATION.

JIRM, formerly Jeremy Irons And The Ratgang Malibus, has never been more themselves than they are on Surge Ex Monumentis. Even as they redefine who they are and what they do as a band, they remain singularly powerful in their delivery and completely unmistakable. The seven-track Surge Ex Monumentis was captured at Puch Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, mixed by Oskar Lindberg at Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mastered by Chris Gooseman at Baseline Audio Labs in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Surge Ex Monumentis will see release on CD, digital, and limited edition 2xLP formats via Small Stone on March 16th. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION.

Sometimes in life you have to make a change. And sometimes you have to make a whole bunch of changes. So it is that JIRM is born and stands where once stood Jeremy Irons And The Ratgang Malibus. Having dropped the cumbersome moniker, the Swedish heavy rockers embark on a new era with Surge Ex Monumentis – marked as much by a tightening of sound as name.

For their first record as JIRM, the Stockholm-based four-piece of vocalist/guitarist Karl Apelmo, guitarist Micke Pettersson, bassist Viktor Källgren, and drummer Henke Persson cast off the shackles of expectation entirely. Their style is no less expansive, but it’s become entirely their own, a driving mind meld between psychedelia, classic metal, heavy rock, and individualized realms beyond. Surge Ex Monumentis brims with newfound energy at the same time it benefits from the lessons JIRM have learned since first getting together in 2004 and releasing albums like Elefanta (2009), Bloom (2011), and Spirit Knife (2014), a record Mass Movement crowned, “a blissful mixture of Soundgarden at their grooviest and Pink Floyd…a terrific album of sunny day, top down, cruising music.”

“Surge Ex Monumentis has a healthy psychedelic rock influence but the heavy metal undertones are undeniable. At times, the record seems to take its inspiration from Pink Floyd as much as from Iron Maiden…” — Decibel

“With an underpinning of space metal, heavy progressive swirl and a flourish of psychedelic reaching, the six-minute ‘Candle Eyes’ begins Surge ex Monumentis with a feel that’s both classic and vital… JIRM have their own agenda and their blend when it comes to bringing together heavy rock and prog, and by injecting a current of ’80s-style metal grandiosity — notice I didn’t say ‘glam-diosity;’ that’s not what we’re talking about here — they find a niche for themselves and begin to dig into what will likely be a continuing process of forward creative growth…” — The Obelisk

“While some psychedelia-oriented artists forget to rock and just fumble along, this record keeps rock alive while pushing the lines to space rock without meandering.” — Cosmic Rock

“There seems to be a lot of genuine emotion within the album that you can feel in the songwriting…” — Capital Chaos

“JIRM have found a strong median between ‘70s prog rock, stoner metal, and modern rock instrumentation that feels both distantly stoned and freshly modern…as cinematic as it is engaging…” — Grizzly Butts

“Expansive, atmospheric, progressive, and highly engaging, Surge ex Monumentis is an enjoyable and captivating listen.” — Wonder Metal

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9 March 2018 News Read more

GREEN DESERT WATER: Iberian Stoner Rockers To Release Solar Plexus Via Small Stone; New Track Streaming + Preorders Available

With the purple sun, the hermit was introduced into the wild, through the mountains and the long desert to back home….

Stream / Share “Open Your Wings” HERE

After getting their feet wet in a molten pool of heavy blues on their 2012 self-titled debut EP, GREEN DESERT WATER is ready for their next conquest. The Oviedo, Spain-based three-piece have been making a name for themselves as one of the best-kept-secrets of the Iberian heavy underground, and with Solar Plexus – their second LP – they’ve never sounded readier to let the cat out of the proverbial bag. And by “cat out of the bag,” we mean unleashing classic power trio grooves – all primo, all soul, but heavier and thicker and more modern than the first record.
Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Kike Sanchís, bassist Juan Arias García, and drummer/backing vocalist Javi González, GREEN DESERT WATER sinks its teeth into hellacious boogie on songs like “Open Your Wings” and find the place where Black Sabbath and Mountain could’ve met on “Souls Of The Woodland” – and when it comes to the title-track? Well, at least you know where they’re going to hit you. With six songs split up over two glorious vinyl sides, GREEN DESERT WATER‘s Solar Plexus indeed puts itself right in the center of attention – refusing to commit to one single vibe or another as it captures the best energy of classic heavy rock and brings it forward to a modern era where it’s so desperately needed.
Solar Plexus was recorded and mixed by Pablo Martínez Pérez at Ovni Estudio, mastered by Kike Sanchís at Green Desert Mastering and comes wrapped in the cover art of Héctor Castañón. The six-track offering will see release on CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl formats on April 27th via Small Stone.
For preorders visit the Small Stone Bandcamp Page HERE where opening track “Open Your Wings” is currently streaming.
 
Solar Plexus Track Listing:
1. Open Your Wings
2. Chaman
3. The Deepest Sea
4. Souls Of The Woodland
5. Mother Moon
6. Solar Plexus
GREEN DESERT WATER:
Juan Arias García: fuzz bass
Javi González: drums, percussion, backing vocals
Kike Sanchís: guitars, vocals

Additional guitar on “The Deepest Sea” by Pablo Martínez Pérez.

For GREEN DESERT WATER coverage contact liz@earsplitcompound.com.

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8 March 2018 News Read more

JIRM: Decibel Premieres “The Cultist” From Psychedelic Heavy Rock Unit; Surge Ex Monumentis Full-Length Release Day Looms

“Surge Ex Monumentis has a healthy psychedelic rock influence but the heavy metal undertones are undeniable. At times, the record seems to take its inspiration from Pink Floyd as much as from Iron Maiden…” — Decibel

 

Stream / Share JIRM’s “The Cultist” at THIS LOCATION

Surge Ex Monumentis, the impending new full-length from Swedish psychedelic riff rockers JIRM, formerly Jeremy Irons And The Ratgang Malibus, will drop this March via Small Stone.

With as much progressive force as raw sweat behind them, JIRM has never been more themselves than they are on Surge Ex Monumentis, and even as they redefine who they are and what they do as a band, they remain singularly powerful in their delivery and completely unmistakable. The seven-track Surge Ex Monumentis was captured at Puch Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, mixed by Oskar Lindberg at Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mastered by Chris Gooseman at Baseline Audio Labs in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Decibel Magazine is currently streaming “The Cultist” noting “Surge Ex Monumentis has a healthy psychedelic rock influence but the heavy metal undertones are undeniable. At times, the record seems to take its inspiration from Pink Floyd as much as from Iron Maiden, a sound you can hear on ‘The Cultist.'”

Surge Ex Monumentis will see release on CD, digital, and limited edition 2xLP formats via Small Stone on March 16th. Pre-orders are currently available HERE.

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3 March 2018 News Read more

BISON MACHINE Michigan Heavy Rockers Sign To Small Stone; New Album Coming Soon + Burnin’ Turf II Fest To Be Held June 3rd

Michigan heavy rockers BISON MACHINE have signed to American heavy rock institution Small Stone Records. The Hamtramck-based volume dealers have been on a this-time-it’s-personal quest to hand-deliver their riffs across the country since the 2015 release of their debut album, Hoarfrost, on Kozmik Artifactz, and with tours throughout the US under their belt, they’re ready to take their game to the proverbial next level.

BISON MACHINE is currently preparing a new album for release later this year as their Small Stone debut. They will enter Rustbelt Studios (Five Horse Johnson, Halfway to Gone, Novadriver) later this Summer to record.

“It’s amazing,” enthuses BISON MACHINE bassist Anthony Franchina about the signing. “Small Stone has released some of my favorite records, from Sasquatch to Greenleaf to Lo-Pan, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Scott [Hamilton] on our next record, which is going to completely blow away everything we’ve done before. We’ll be hitting the road too, so keep an eye out!”

In addition to working on their next LP, the members of BISON MACHINE are involved in organizing the Burnin’ Turf festival, which is set for June 3rd at the Parisville Saloon in Ruth, Michigan with a lineup featuring BISON MACHINE, Wild Savages, Dead Feathers, BoneHawk, Red Stone Souls, Rip VanRipper, and Gear Jammer, as well as chopper games, raffle prizes, van and tank lettering by Zak Warmann of Detroit Sign Painters, camping, DJ Smoak (Loy Smoak Jr.) all the way from San Antonio, bonfires, and of course, plenty of beer. Ticket presales are available at THIS LOCATION.

“I can’t wait to hear what BISON MACHINE bring to this next record,” says Scott Hamilton of Small Stone Records. “They’ve been unstoppable on tour for the last couple years and I’m thrilled to welcome them into the Small Stone fold representing the next generation of great American heavy rock and roll.”

BISON MACHINE released their latest single, “Cloak And Bones,” last year. A video for the track is playing now at THIS LOCATION.

Stay tuned for more on BISON MACHINE, Burnin Turf II, and the new album in the months ahead. [Words by JJ Koczan/The Obelisk]

BISON MACHINE:
Casey O’Ryan – guitar
Breck Crandell – drums
Tom Stec – vocals
Anthony Franchina – bass

For BISON MACHINE coverage contact liz@earsplitcompound.com.

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12 May 2017 News Read more

FREEDOM HAWK – THE ENDLESS SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT RIFF – WEST SIDE TOUR – FEB 2017!!

Freedom Hawk will bring there dark music fueled by the sun to the US West Side in support of there latest Small Stone (2015) release – Into Your Mind.

All dates w/ Irata

3-Feb Nashville, TN Springwater
4-Feb Fort Worth, TX The Rail Club club
5-Feb El paso, TX Rockhouse Bar & Grill
6-Feb Open (drive day)
7-Feb San Diego, CA Soda Bar
8-Feb Anaheim, CA Out Of The Park Pizza
9-Feb San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside
10-Feb Eugene. OR Old Nick’s Pub
11-Feb Portland, OR High Water Mark Lounge
12-Feb Seattle, WA Funhouse Seattle
13-Feb Yreka, CA, Chromaphonic Music Hall
14-Feb Sacramento, CA Starlite Lounge
15-Feb Las Vegas, NV, Beauty Bar
16-Feb Tucson, AZ The Flycatcher
17-Feb Fort Stockton, TX The Garage
18-Feb Austin, TX Swan Dive
19th-Feb Open (hit us up)

Emanating from the barrier dunes of Virginia, Freedom Hawk’s heavy riffs, rolling groove, and soulful guitar melodies produce a sound that is distinctly their own. The quartet’s brand of heavy rock capitalizes on the best of the heavy ‘70s, with a head-spinning blend of 60s acid and fuzzy blues, that’s modern and based around quality songwriting rather than style-over-substance retro posturing.

Join Freedom Hawk’s continued search for the perfect riff!!

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10 January 2017 News Read more

Långfinger + Captain Crimson tour February/March

BAND QUOTE:
“It’s time to bring the Långfinger machine on the road and we’re really excited to bring our latest album Crossyears with us! Be sure to catch our non-stop superlive experience as we roll across Europe this February and March!”

 

LÅNGFINGER TOUR WINTER / SPRING 2017

Jan 27 – Oslo (NO) @ Revolver (with Orsak:Oslo)

Jan 28 – Uddevall (SE) @ Bastionen (with Orsak:Oslo)

Feb 15 – Kiel (DE) @ Schaubude (with Captain Crimson)

Feb 16 – Berlin (DE) @ Jägerklause (with Captain Crimson)

Feb 17 – Den Helder (NL) @ De Engel (with Captain Crimson)

Feb 18 – Siegen (DE) @ Vortex (with Captain Crimson)

Feb 19 – Antwerp (BE) @ AMC (with Captain Crimson)

Feb 21 – Cologne (DE) @ Limes (with Captain Crimson)

Feb 23 – Mannheim (DE) @ Kurzbar (with Captain Crimson)

Feb 24 – Luzern (CH) @ Bruch Brothers (with Captain Crimson)

Feb 26 – San Sebastian (ES) @ Dabadaba

Feb 27 – Gijon (ES) @ Sala Acapulco

Mar 01 – Santona (ES) @ Club Tropicana

Mar 03 – Barcelona (ES) @ Rocksound

Mar 04 – Zaragoza (ES) @ La Ley Seca

Mar 10 – Gävle (SE) @ CC-Puben

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IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE: Psychedelic Space Rock Instrumentalists Kick Off New Year Mini-Tour Tonight

“There are certain kinds of psychic transport only attainable by lingering on a drone or a single pattern long after the modern mind has expressed its desire to move along, and that place is where
INN:IS lives but this band has become nothing short of masterful at the art of the narrative arc as well…” — The Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly

Dark psychedelic space rock instrumentalists IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE will kick off their first round of dates of the new year. Beginning tonight in Boston, Massachusetts the band’s (((Win-Tour 2017))) excursion will wind through five states and eight venues, with additional performances to be announced in the coming weeks.

IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE:
1/04/2017 O’Brien’s Pub – Boston, MA w/ Rope Trick, Kind, Sun Drifter
1/05/2017 Needful Things, LLC – Dover, NH w/ Rope Trick, Green Bastard, Cain
1/06/2017 Darkside Records – Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Rope Trick, River Cult
1/07/2017 The Cobra Club – Brooklyn, NY w/ Rope Trick, River Cult
(INN:IS birthday party!)
1/08/2017 Aurora Providence – Providence, RI w/ Rope Trick, River Cult. Minibeast
1/14/2017 Snug Harbor Bar And Grill – New Paltz, NY w/ Shadow Witch, Geezer
1/15/2017 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Rope Trick, Pneumagon
1/18/2017 Arlene’s Grocery – New York, NY Ode To Doom Series w/ Somnuri, Heavy Traffic, St. Bastard

IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE will be touring in support of their Our Birth Is But A Sleep And A Forgetting full-length released via Small Stone last year. Recorded, produced, and mixed by Rick Birmingham at Castle Alamut and The Tin Roof Studios and mastered by Chris Goosman (Acid King, La Chinga, Solace, Lo Pan, Freedom Hawk etc.) at Baseline Audio, the intoxicating, six-track offering is available worldwide on CD and digitally.

Stream and order the record at the official Small Stone BandCamp pageHERE.

Gushed The Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly of the offering, “There are certain kinds of psychic transport only attainable by lingering on a drone or a single pattern long after the modern mind has expressed its desire to move along, and that place is where INN:IS lives but this band has become nothing short of masterful at the art of the narrative arc as well, and that’s important for an instrumental band. Jams that transfix live can just bore in the studio if a band is not taking its storytelling responsibility seriously.” “Our Birth Is But A Sleep And A Forgetting is a surprising little journey through the psychedelic cosmos of the stoner and ambience world,” wrote Apochs.net. “IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE does a superb job casting various settings… leaving the listener at their mercy through soothing astral voyages with or without the aid of hallucinogenic drugs of some kind. Between solid musicianship like what’s found on ‘The Beard Of Macroprosopus’ and the emotionally charged sensations felt on ‘Across The Luster Of The Desert Into The Polychrome Hills,’ it’s plain to see that this three-piece is not your everyday instrumental act.” “Beaming in from cosmic depths with six tracks…Our Birth Is But A Sleep And A Forgetting offers sonic immersion and atmospheric scope in kind with a patient, hypnotic front-to-back flow that adds rich tonality to what guitarist Kevin Halcott, bassist Tommy Guerrero, and drummer Michael Lutomski accomplished their first time out,” offered The Obelisk. “Parts may have been born of improvisations, but the finished product doesn’t feel like a collection of jams. Rather, a series of interconnected pieces correctly positioned to guide the listener through this aural expanse. Spiritualism, contemplation, philosophy, space itself – all of this seems to be in play for IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE.” Outlaws Of The Sun concurred, “The album sounds incredible through-out. The production is first rate as you feel emotionally connected to the music from the very start. Our Birth Is But A Sleep And A Forgetting is simply an album that will not only be considered as one of the year’s best instrumental rock albums but perhaps one of the best albums of the year.” Added More Fuzz in their year-end review, “The name of the band gives two clues about their music, first that it’s space (rock), believe them, they know. Second, its length suggests post-rock influences, and there’s definitely some post vibe in the way the songs progress smoothly towards their apex, with noisey melodies becoming gradually faster and angrier through time. You’ll probably feel a drone aura also, because this trio knows to take its time to do it right. Don’t worry, you won’t have to do a thing, just lay back in this comfy capsule drifting through the cosmos.”

Guitarist Kevin Halcott and drummer Michael Lutomski founded IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE early in 2010. By that Fall, Tommy Guerrero had joined on bass and their first EP arrived in October 2011. East Of The Sun & West Of The Moon featured three epic instrumental pieces that set the tone for what to expect from IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE. Positive response came in virtual and physical realities, and the band set about honing their craft, averaging about fifty-sixty shows a year.

Momentum carried IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE straight into their first LP, 2012’s Bowing Not Knowing To What, self-released with the help of successful crowdfunding raising $5,000 to press CDs and vinyl. It was this album that caught the attention of Small Stone Records. A series of roadblocks and personal setbacks fowlloing that release album set the tone for their second album, the soon-to-be issued Our Birth Is But A Sleep And A Forgetting.

In moldy warehouses, grimy basements, and the dusty backrooms of pizza shops, the psychedelic drone trio channeled new material and worked tirelessly to craft the songs that would become a definitive offering. It became a full-time task. Our Birth Is But A Sleep And A Forgetting rings both familiar and fresh. Longtime fans should have no trouble getting down with the heavy grooves and climaxes of these sonic journeys, but the band has pushed into dreamier territories as well. The long wait to share this very personal and powerful album is finally over, and IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACEis ready to get back on the wave and ride it forward.

For IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE coverage contact liz@earsplitcompound.com.

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9 January 2017 News Read more

FREEDOM HAWK – INTO YOUR MIND – US NORTHEAST TOUR!!

Burn Sweet Booking and Small Stone Records presents: 

Freedom Hawk – Into Your Mind – US Northeast Tour w/ Colossus 

* Oct 11 Washington DC @ DC 9 w/ King Giant
Oct 12 Pittsburgh PA @ Gooski’s
Oct 13 Pennsylvania PA @ Ortlieb’s 
Oct 14 New York, NY @ Fat Baby 
Oct 15 Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar w/ Foghound
Oct 16 Richmond, VA @ Wonderland

*No Colossus

After being quiet for a while after last years European tour, we have now worked in a new guitarist (Brendan O’neil from the thrash band Pestilence Choir) to round us out as a 4 piece once again and have been busy writing new material.  We have decided to take a pause from writing to get out on the road to do a very short tour run around the Northeast accompanied by our metal maniac mates in Colossus (Raleigh, NC).  We have relatively exciting news (at least to us that is) to announce in the near future…let’s just say 2017 is looking bright.

Hope to see you there!!

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Miss Lava available for purchase!

Available on Bandcamp now! Sonic Debris witnesses the band exploring new sonic landscapes and an open and inclusive creative process. Throughout, they design explosive sound textures, get high on psychedelic asteroids and unleash obscure beasts. The album is a sonic voyage with a diversity beyond anything yet evidenced by the band.

Digital Album

Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
$10 USD

CD + DOWNLOAD

Pre-Order the CD and get the download of the entire album on 5/06/2016.
$10 USD

LIMITED EDITION 180gr VINYL + DOWNLOAD

Limited to 500 units WORLDWIDE in light blue, 180 gram, beautiful vinyl! We will only have 50 of these on hand. The download will be released on May 20th, 2016. Includes unlimited streaming of Sonic Debris via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
$25.99 USD

 

https://smallstone.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-debris

 

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10 May 2016 Uncategorized Read more

Isaak Announce European Tour

Italian heavy rockers Isaak will launch a European tour on Feb. 13 in support of their new full-length, Sermonize (review here). That record came out on vinyl through Heavy Psych Sounds back in November and has a CD due shortly (like this week) on Small Stone, and finds the four-piece nailing down thick heavy rock roll and a vibrant energy that has come to be their defining element. This will be, as I recall, their first Euro tour for the album, and they go having recently brought aboard Gabriele Carta as their new bassist.

If you haven’t heard it, the album was streamed in full here when it was reviewed, so I’ve got that player below if you’d like to dig in. Other info and tour dates follow from the PR wire and the social medias:

isaak european tour

***ISAAK*** Tropical Disease European Tour

Born from the ashes of Italian heavy rock four-piece Gandhi’s Gunn, it didn’t take long before ISAAK signed a worldwide deal on US label Small Stone Records, who reissued their ass-kicking debut “The Longer The Beard The Harder The Sound” in June 2013. Inspired by the big ass riffages and raw energy of leading heavy rock outfits such as Clutch, Orange Goblin or Torche, ISAAK have the knack for assembling the heaviest-sounding licks with a rip-roaring attitude that can only make you raise a fist up in the air while rocking out in the pit.

With a freshly signed deal on Heavy Psych Sounds Records, ISAAK released their sophomore album “Sermonize” on vinyl this past November, which will be followed by a CD release on February 6th via Small Stone Records.

Ready to bring their Heavy Rockness all around Europe.

Isaak on Tour:
13.02.2016 IT Milan-LoFi
25.02.2016 CH Basel-Hirschneck
26.02.2016 DE Augsburg-Ballonfabrik
27.02.2016 DE Munster-Rare Guitar Shop
28.02.2016 DE Dresden-Chemiefabrik
29.02.2016 DE Mannheim-Mohawk
01.03.2016 DE Halle-Hafenstraße 7
02.03.2016 AU Innsbruck-PMK w/ Saviours
03.03.2016 AU Salzburg-Mark
04.03.2016 IT Bozen-Papperlap
05.03.2016 IT Trieste-Tetris
12.03.2016 IT Genova
27.05.2016 IT Sondrio-Fest

Artwork by: DARTWORKS – drawstroy

https://www.facebook.com/events/1489795247991273/
https://www.facebook.com/isaakband
https://www.instagram.com/isaakmusic/
www.heavypsychsounds.com
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/

– See more at: http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2016/02/04/isaak-euro-tour-feb/#sthash.bRFBceXz.dpuf

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5 February 2016 News  Tour Read more

LA CHINGA | Freewheelin’ across Europe March Tour | 2016

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*** La Chinga *** || hard rock || stoner rock || boogie || space rock ||

**Freewheelin’ across Europe March Tour, 2016 **

11 March – Barcelona (Rocksound) https://www.facebook.com/events/1754953668061260/?fref=ts

12 March – Azkoitia (Matadero)
13 March – Gorliz (Xurrut)
https://www.facebook.com/events/727744557369298/

14 March – Donostia (Dabadaba)
15 March – Madrid (Fun House)
16 March – Gijón (Casino Acapulco)
17 March – Cangas de Morrazo (Sala Son)
18 March – Lugo (Club Clavicémbalo)
19 March – Santiago de Compostela (Sala Moon)
20 March – Porto (Porto Rio)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1702447293368170/

21 March – Estepona (King Creole)
22 March – Orihuela (La Gramola)
23 March – Zaragoza (La Ley Seca)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1024034660997515/

24 March – Bordeaux (Le Void, ex L’Héretic)
https://www.facebook.com/events/508738169296290/

Pronto info sobre todas las fechas y ciudades!

Bio:
El trío de Vancouver (Canadá) se formó a finales de 2012. Les unió su pasión por el hard rock clásico (Cactus, Led Zeppelin, Kiss), el heavy metal (UFO, Judas Priest), su amor por la cerveza y la marihuana y las ganas de dinamitar la escena local canadiense. Los 3 miembros son viejos conocidos de la escena local de Vancouver pero con La Chinga rápidamente llamaron la atención más allá de sus fronteras. En 2013 lanzaron su debut auto producido. Éste les sirvió para tocar constantemente por su país natal pero también para que en 2014 viajaran al viejo continente por primera vez en una gira que les llevó por España, Portugal y Francia. Los 3 países quedaron fuertemente destrozados por el huracán La Chinga…

Y es que la receta de los canadienses no guardará grandes secretos pero convence a todo el que la prueba. Hard rock de la vieja escuela, de LesPaul, Marshall, volumen alto, riffs memorables, estribillos coreables, grooves psicodélicos y cuelgues espaciales… Y en directo sabe mejor!

Al poco de su gira europea su lp debut era re-editado por el prestigioso sello europeo Bilocation Records cosechando excelentes críticas y además la banda fichaba por el sello americano Small Stone Records con quien lanzan su segundo lp “Freewheelin” a principios de 2016. En su país natal han compartido escenario con bandas de la talla de Kadavar, The Skull o Scorpion Child. Así pues parece que esta joven banda va por el camino correcto. El camino del ROCK AND ROLL! Are you ready?

Listen here:
https://lachinga.bandcamp.com/

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5 February 2016 News  Tour Read more

ZUN: Two New Videos Posted

ZUN: Ambient Desert Rock Trio Uniting Current And Former Members Of Kyuss, Ides Of Gemini, And Yawning Man To Release Burial Sunrise LP This March Via Small Stone; Two New Videos Posted

In an age when the underground is dug up and paraded, commoditized, cheapened and discarded seemingly on a weekly basis, guitarist Gary Arce remains a genuinely under-appreciated craftsman in heavy rock and roll. As the six-stringer for Yawning Man going back three decades, he’s one of the principal architects of the sound born in California’s sands and known commonly as desert rock. His contributions have been pivotal in the creation of a style no less American than Delta Blues and no less imitated worldwide, and with ZUN’s Burial Sunrise, set for release via Small Stone Recordings March 25th, he not only reaffirms the breadth and vitality that has made his work so essential, but builds on it in expansive and vibrant ways.

The core trio of ZUN is Arce and vocalists Sera Timms (Ides Of Gemini, Black Mare, Black Math Horseman) and John Garcia (Kyuss, Vista Chino, Slo Burn, etc.). Arce plays bass and lap steel on Burial Sunrise as well, and he and Garcia and Timms are joined by drummers Bill Stinson (Chuck Dukowski, Yawning Man) and Harper Hug – the latter of whom also recorded the album at Thunder Underground Studios in Palm Springs, California. Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man) also contributes bass on a track, adding to the fluid, jammy feel that pervades the vast soundscapes conjured. Timms and Garcia divide lead-singer duties among Burial Sunrise’s six cuts, with Garcia lending his signature croon to “All That You Say I Am,” the brooding “All for Nothing,” and the drifting desert ode “Nothing Farther,” while Timms brings her ethereal, otherworldly presence to “Solar Days,” “Come Through The Water” and “Into The Wasteland,” the last of which might just be the album’s signature piece, seeming to mirror the wide-ranging, sandy thematic of “Nothing Farther” in bringing the desert – a place too often wrongly thought of as dead – to life in vivid colors and warm tonality, but pushing even further into an uncharted reach.

Lose yourself in the visual accompaniments to “Into The Wasteland” and “Nothing Farther” featuring the Doors’ Robby Krieger on electric sitar below.

COVER

Burial Sunrise Track Listing:

Nothing Farther
2. Into The Wasteland
3. All For Nothing
4. Come Through The Water
5. All That You Say I Am
6. Solar Incantation
Known for forming and contributing to projects like Ten East (with Brant Bjork), Dark Tooth Encounter (with Lalli, Stinson and Scott Reeder), The Sort of Quartet, Yawning Sons (with Sons Of Alpha Centauri), and more, Arce brings a style that is inseparable from desert rock. For the partnerships he’s made in ZUN and for the scope of the album, its laid-back feel and pervasive exploratory sensibility, Burial Sunrise might just prove to be a landmark in his discography as well as the beginning of a new era of his work, continuing to reshape the genre he helped create in the first place in a manner that, like the sands themselves, seems to remain separate from time despite the chaos all around.

Burial Sunrise was mastered by Chris Goosman (Acid King, Dixie Witch, Solace, Sasquatch et al) and will see release on CD, digitally and limited edition vinyl on March 25th via Small Stone Records.

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2 February 2016 News Read more

Freedom Hawk’s new song available!

Hear a tune from the brand new Freedom Hawk album “Into Your Mind” which is heading your way in June.
Check it out below:

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