HIDDEN MASTERS Album To See U.S. Release In August

HIDDEN MASTERS Of This and Other Worlds to be released on August 6 via Metal Blade/Rise Above

Rise Above Records unearthed some of best and brightest talents in music over the last few years. One of their most recent additions, Glasgow’s Hidden Masters, added their unique twist on psychedelic rock/pop to the Metal Blade/Rise Above roster. Hidden Masters’ new album, Of This and Other Worlds, was released at end of May in Europe, and will finally be released in North America on August 6. Fans can stream Nobody Knows That We’re Here now at metalblade.com/hiddenmasters.

More about Hidden Masters:
Their first 7″, Nobody Knows That We’re Here was described by SHINDIG! magazine as “the most important psych-pop ’45 to come out of these fair isles for the past 30-something years.”

Debut album, Of This and Other Worlds is a true revelation. Defying genre imprisonment of any kind, Hidden Masters have ingeniously created their own world of mindbending musical ecclecticism, avoiding any notions of pastiche. Whilst there is a strong leaning towards 60’s pop and psych moves, the overall vibe is one that is vital, fresh and visionary.

Since their emergence at the turn of the decade, Glasgow-based trio Hidden Masters have been catching ears and turning heads with their dynamic ensemble sound, lush three-part vocal harmonies and a highly original and idiosyncratic fusion of musical styles, running the gauntlet from Rock’n’Roll to pop, West Coast Psych rock to Gospel and Folk to mind melting Vertigo-era prog, often all within one song, and positively aglow with melody, movement and imagination.

Their electrifying live shows offer the audience a one-stop intravenous blast of hedonistic joy, involving carnal flailing of limbs, euphoric wow-impulse neural stimulation and unprecedented levels of perspiration.

Fans recently caught them for a rare live London performance live on Sunday, April 21 @ Paper Dress Vintage.

The band also played a show at Glasgow’s King Tuts on April 17 with label mates Astra and Purson.

The group supported Wolf People, Pond, Smoke Fairies and Circulus, and guested on the recent Bonnie “Prince” Billy/Trembling Bells release The Marble Downs.

What people have said about Hidden Masters:

“Awe-inspiring” – The Guardian (UK)

“What makes this trio special beyond their exemplary musicianship and singing is their free form grasp of genre breaking. These are clearly masters of some hidden truth. Possibly the most unique band in the entire world” – SHINDIG!

“Enthralling and relentless” – The Daily Record

“Hidden Masters cite influences from Buddy Holly to Black Sabbath, but what we actually hear is glorious late sixties-esque garage, psych rock/pop done in a way that easily appeals to good music lovers of today” – The List

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DANAVA Signs to Tee Pee Records

Portland, OR sci-fi psych-metal rockers DANAVA (pronounced: DON-UH-VUH) signed to NYC’s Tee Pee Records. The group, who just completed a month-long European headlining tour, will enter an undisclosed studio this summer to record their Tee Pee debut and follow up to 2011’s Hemisphere of Shadows, which was called “a 37-minute contact high” by the Sacramento News & Review.

Darkly Hypnotic Herculean Heavyweights Sling Serious Riffs Like its 1971

Speedy and sinuous, DANAVA out rocks, out progs, out psychs and out retro-proto-metals all comers. Led by singer/guitarist/songwriter Greg Meleney, the quartet creates utterly unique astro-rock that is a thing of spectral beauty. Described as “a journey into a parallel sonic universe,” DANAVA’s side-long songs are sprinkled with spacey synth-y FX that push the band’s sound into outer space. This is progressive riff rock; barn-burning scorchers full of unison and tongue-twisting melodic runs that melt listener’s brains. DANAVA’s relentless fret-board wizardry – cast in the spirit of Iommi and Schenker – produces extended elliptical structures that live in a proto-magic era somewhere between Lemmy in Hawkwind and Lemmy in Motörhead, leaving sufficient room for wailing, noodling solos and a vocal croon that is halfway between Ian Gillan or Geddy Lee‘s high-pitched, semi-operatic prowess and Ozzy Osbourne’s insidious howl. The band’s songs list from side to side like a vessel cast adrift on an ocean of battering soundwaves.

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Tee Pee Records to unleash the fourth Danava record upon the underground,” comments Meleney.

“Many of our friends and contemporaries have passed through the ranks and we’re thrilled to march onward into the streets with them at our side.”

In the past seven years, DANAVA has unleashed a slew of critically-celebrated releases including the full length records Danava (2006), UnonoU (2008) and Hemisphere of Shadows (2011) as well as split releases with Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and now – labelmates Earthless and Lecherous Gaze. The band has toured the world relentlessly both as headliners and alongside bands such as Down, Melvins, Witchcraft and Thrones.

In addition to Meleney, DANAVA features Zachariah Dellorto Blackwell (bass), Matthew Oliver (drums) and Andrew Forgash (guitar).

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“What is the sound of one van rocking? That would be the epic sludge riffage and hallucinatory fervor of Danava… sonic thunder, a sort of psych-prog-metal Frankenstein… far too dense and unwieldy to touch the Billboard album chart” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Danava plays complex and difficult music. It’s metal, sure, but this is definitely metal of the progressive type. There are arpeggios. There are keyboards. There are odd time signatures. There are definitive devil horns of the high-in-the-sky kind. The hard, psych rock of Blue Cheer and Thin Lizzy is a starting point. The finishing line is somewhere very far and very weird” – WILLAMETTE WEEK

“Danava’s psychedelic prog-metal draws from the likes of early Black Sabbath and David Bowie, but only slightly… apocalyptic postpunkdom” – TIME OUT NEW YORK

UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS Album In Stores Now

 “The perfect spin for a doomed trip to the desert” – Decibel

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, one of the most talked about rock bands currently in existence, and an enigma in the international underground scene, released their third full length album. Mind Control on May 14 via Metal Blade Records in North America. Within its blood soaked grooves you will hear shocking tales of bizarre desert ceremonies, religious brainwashing and drug inspired mass slaughter! Fans can order the album and listen to Poison Apple now at metalblade.com/uncleacid.
Mind Control is a concept album with a theme that makes the acts and intentions of the likes of Charles Manson and Jim Jones seem like petty crimes. What makes Mind Control scarier than most albums is that it doesn’t seem as sinister on the surface as it really is deep down, within the core of its black acid-drenched world of pain and torture.

Imagine the original Alice Cooper band jamming in a cell with early Black Sabbath and the Stooges, whilst sitting on murder charges and you may get a glimpse into their fuzzed up world of exploding tube amps and cymbal smashing mayhem. However, this enticing act of musical manipulation is merely the icing upon a very sick cake.

Recorded at the legendary Chapel Studios over an autumnal full moon using the finest western electrical technology, engineer Jim Spencer (Bert Jansch, Robert Wyatt) has captured perfectly the bands live sound of saturated fuzz, mind-bending riffs and 60’s vocal harmonies.

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MOSS Release New Album, Stream Track Online

Southampton, UK doom trio, MOSS released their new album, Horrible Nights, in North America. In conjunction with the release, the band is streaming The Coral of Chaos HERE.

“We wanted to write something that would stand up over time…no disrespect to our earlier recordings – we feel the essence and atmosphere of those is still very much with us, but they were of a time and place that we’re no longer part of…” – MOSS

Listen to Horrible Night and order the album at metalblade.com/moss.

Horrible Night track listing:
1. Horrible Nights
2. The Bleeding Years
3. Dark Lady
4. Dreams from the Depths
5. The Coral of Chaos
6. I Saw Them That Night

About Moss’s Horrible Night:
Recorded during the summer and autumn of 2012 at Hampshire’s Earth Terminal and London’s Earthworks studios, Horrible Night is the sound of MOSS emerging from its cocoon a much more savage, intelligent and all the more terrifying beast. While no longer obsessed with extremity for its own sake – with weirdly infectious riffs, eccentric vocal melodies and no song over 12 minutes – MOSS remain heavier-than-thou, broadening their horror beyond any imposed ‘scene’ expectations. This mastery of the craft is evident from the opening moments of first track Horrible Nights – written back in 2010 it sets the course for the album, taking the twisting death-crawl of MOSS mini-epics such as Tombs of the Blind Drugged and administering a lethal dose of addictive melody, cooked up by the colossal riffs of Dominic Finbow and the Ozzy-via-seance vocalizations of Olly Pearson. Cuts such as The Coral of Chaos and Dark Lady expand further upon this potent formula, dragging the Black Sabbath blueprint to its most nightmarish conclusion and ushering MOSS further into their newest dark age.

With 6 tracks, MOSS proves more than ever why this English cult band is regarded exactly as such. While still no easy pill to swallow for the uninitiated, over its duration, Horrible Night will demand complete mind control. Nonsense prefixes such as “stoner”, “sludge” or “drone” do not apply here; this is pure DOOM METAL, a celebration of horror, the arcane and the unknown.

Although traditionally a reluctant live act, in 2013 MOSS are set to embark on their first European headline tour, as well as a return trip to Holland’s Roadburn Festival, playing Jus Oborn‘s Electric Acid Orgy with Electric Wizard, Dream Death, Psychic TV and the Pretty Things… It seems in their 13th year, MOSS have finally arrived. Unlucky for some…

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A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH Reveal Sophomore Album Details

A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH unveiled the artwork for their sophomore album Lay My Soul to Waste, due out May 21 in North America on Steamhammer/SPV. Once again the artwork was commissioned by Sam Shearon, who is also responsible for artwork on the band’s first release And Hell Will Follow Me

On the surface, A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH are impressive. But you’ll want to dig deeper and immerse yourself in all the sonic and lyrical layers, because the band isn’t afraid to plume the depths of darkness that humanity is capable of. It’s murky stuff, but someone has to do it.

Sal Abruscato and Matt Brown followed 2011’s incredible introduction And Hell Will Follow Me with Lay My Soul to Waste, which keeps the band’s patented signature formula of slow, deliberate sludge and head-down doom intact and as flawlessly executed as ever.
Think Alice in Chains, only harder, angrier and with a more perverse view of the world, as if they were reared in a row house in Bensonhurst, as opposed to the rainy landscape of Seattle, all the while feasting on a steady diet of Black Sabbath records.

Abruscato is open about the fantasy that dominates his lyrical point of view. He admits that all songs “have a line to reality…things that could and do happen everyday.” But like any skilled storyteller, Abruscato likes pushing buttons. His lyrics are no different than the narratives of the horror movie playing at your local multiplex. It’s largely fiction, with some nuggets or kernels of truth embedded within.

Musically, the record matches that pallor and “will hit you in the gut.” There are more harmonies this time out, and the piano is a bit more front and center, while guitarist Eddie Heedles contributed some leads. But for the most part, the formula remained largely untouched.

“If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,'” Abruscato says, matter-of-factly.

“We wanted to display the advancements, musically and artistically, and retain the core element.”

A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH arrived with And Hell Will Follow Me. They have firmly implanted their roots in the metal scene with Lay My Soul to Waste. It’s a metal album that headbangers who enjoy a walk on the darker side of life will end up revering and responding to.

Tracklisting:
1) Lay My Soul to Waste
2) Shallow Grave
3) The Needle in You
4) In the Sleeping Death
5) Killer by Night
6) Growing Old
7) Dead of Winter
8) Devil Came With a Smile
9) Day of the Storm
10) DMSLT
11) Cold Dark Mourning

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UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS Announce Album Release Date

 

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, one of the most talked about rock bands currently in existence, and an enigma in the international underground scene, are preparing to release their third full length album. Mind Control is set for release April 15 via Rise Above Records in Europe and May 14 via Metal Blade Records in North America, following their two debut London sell-out concerts at The Garage. Within its blood soaked grooves you will hear shocking tales of bizarre desert ceremonies, religious brainwashing and drug inspired mass slaughter! Fans can order the album and listen to Poison Apple now at metalblade.com/uncleacid.

Imagine the original Alice Cooper band jamming in a cell with early Black Sabbath and the Stooges, whilst sitting on murder charges and you may get a glimpse into their fuzzed up world of exploding tube amps and cymbal smashing mayhem. However, this enticing act of musical manipulation is merely the icing upon a very sick cake.

Mind Control is a concept album with a theme that makes the acts and intentions of the likes of Charles Manson and Jim Jones seem like petty crimes. What makes Mind Control scarier than most albums is that it doesn’t seem as sinister on the surface as it really is deep down, within the core of its black acid-drenched world of pain and torture.

Recorded at the legendary Chapel Studios over an autumnal full moon using the finest western electrical technology, engineer Jim Spencer (Bert Jansch, Robert Wyatt) has captured perfectly the bands live sound of saturated fuzz, mind-bending riffs and 60’s vocal harmonies.

http://www.metalblade.com/uncleacid
http://www.facebook.com/uncleacid