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First new music from Melvins Lite release “Freak Puke” (June 5, Ipecac) available now

Melvins Lite is an additional incarnation of the Melvins.  The line-up is Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas & Tomahawk).  Melvins Lite’s debut release is “Freak Puke,” available June 5 via Ipecac Recordings.  “The Melvins have a long history of mixing up our line-ups and I think that’s what has kept us relevant for so long,” explains Osborne.  “Consider the Freak Puke record the fifth side of the four-sided Melvins triangle.”

“Leon vs The Revolution” mp3 via

Melvins Lite pre-order link: (more…)

THE SKULL Featuring Original TROUBLE Members To Headline DARK STAR RECORDS 15th Anniversary Bash

THE SKULL, the new band formed by two original members of TROUBLE — vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson — alongside the band’s longtime bassist, Ron Holzner will play their debut show with SACRED DAWN guitarists Lothar Keller and Michael Carpenter headlining the DARK STAR RECORDS “15 Year Anniversary Bash” set to take place at the Tilted Kilt in Elgin, Illinois on Friday, June 15th, 2012. THE SKULL’s set list will consist of 100% music from TROUBLE, with emphasis on material from the albums “PSLAM 9” and “THE SKULL”. Visit for ticket prices and additional shows. A U.S east coast tour will be announced next week.  (more…)

Sleestak Show Updates

Hey all, we just wanted to send out a quick email with our updated shows list. Please make it out to one or more if you can!

w/Sleestak, The Revomatics, and Pilot Airer.
at The Up And Under Pub, 1216 E. Brady St., Milwaukee, WI.
$5 cover. Show starts at 8pm.

w/Sleestak, Sioum, Austaras, and Oyarsa.
at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL.
Show starts at 7pm.

6/1/12 (more…)

Switchblade Jesus 4-20 Performance at the Texan

Watch the entire performance of this Texas stoner rock group shred it up in the full performance from their 4:20 show.

CLUTCH: New Video Interview With JEAN-PAUL GASTER

Musician Photo Journal recently conducted an interview with drummer Jean-Paul Gaster of Maryland rockers CLUTCH. You can now watch the chat below.

CLUTCH is currently in the midst of a North American tour which features headlining shows, co-headlining dates with HELLYEAH and a radio festival appearance.

CLUTCH will embark on a headlining tour this summer with support from PRONG and LIONIZE. The tour is scheduled to kick off July 11 in Fayetteville, Arkansas and currently scheduled to wrap up on July 22 in Richmond, Virginia. (more…)

RIPPLE MUSIC To Sponsor The 2012 Metroplex Heavy Fest!

RIPPLE MUSIC to Sponsor The 2012 Metroplex Heavy Fest, Featuring Headlining Performances From Wo-Fat and Earthen Grave



RED FANG Announce Benefit Show For Grant High Art Department

Over 20 years ago, while a student at Fort Collins High School, Aaron Beam of RED FANG helped stand up for music programs put at risk due to lack of funding. Today, Portland schools are struggling to fully fund art, photography, ceramics and other arts classes. RED FANG is honored to headline this benefit to give Portland students greater access to the arts, and have basic materials like paint, paper, and clay. (more…)

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Confirmed To Play Hopscotch Music Fest

North Carolina crossover luminaries CORROSION OF CONFORMITY are pleased to announce their addition to this year’s Hopscotch Music Fest. The three-day event is set to take place on September 6 – 8, 2012 on their home turf of Raleigh. The band will play alongside a throng of artists from all genres including Sunn O))), The Roots, Baroness, Yo La Tengo, The Jesus And Mary Chain and many more.

Comments guitarist Woody Weatherman:”I always enjoy playing these festivals with such a diverse collection of bands; it’s awesome this time it is in our hometown.”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will return to the road this June on a previously announced stretch of West Coast and Canadian headlining (more…)

Go Down Records MAXIMUM FESTIVAL 2012

Live: Sungrazer @ Desertfest London, 7th April 2012

Sungrazer are a band I have been overwhelmingly charmed by over the past year. Their 2011 record Mirador grooved and psyched out in all the right places and actually landed top spot on my list of last year. Their 2010 self-titled EP with it’s gorgeous artwork turned a few heads while Mirador excelled them to the point of LP-buying status. For someone like myself, that’s quite a heady status.

So when on my travels up to London for the inaugural Desertfest Sungrazer were high on my priorities for seeing. But that took a bit of juggling. I remember when I first heard about Desertfest, and like a lot of people really, I felt as if someone had gone about tailoring their festival to suit my taste. The line up was incredible: Black Pyramid, Greenleaf, Truckfighters, Roadsaw, Stubb, Samsara Blues Experiment, Rotor, Sons of Alpha Centauri, Asteroid, Trippy Wicked, Dopefight. Those were the bands I saw, along with Sungrazer, yet I can’t bear even thinking about who I missed. To check out the full line up head HERE

It is easy to say that after a few years of going to Bloodstock, an outdoor festival with a focus on good death metal, and then experiencing Desertfest, that Desertfest is probably the best festival experience I’ve had so far. The venues were a good size and there wasn’t ever a squash. The people were so nice and friendly and ready to help. I even miss one of the bar men from the Purple Turtle venue. The sound was great, never a problem. And finally all the bands were just really, really cool. I loved recognising band members in the crowd supporting their fellow music-makers, I loved their attitudes on stage, always so welcoming and pleased to be there. As disparate the metal scene is, I feel the stoner rock scene is so much more of a community. It’s weird thinking how the some of the bands were part of the crowd and how part of the crowd was in some of the bands.

Anyway, I was lucky enough to drag my girlfriend to the front of the stage before Sungrazer got on and made sure to grab a good place for a few photos. I have to say Sungrazer killed it live, they debuted a new song ‘Dopo’ which was very cool and riffy and they were cool enough to give me the set list which I have tucked away in my LP of Mirador.

After the jump you can see a few photos of Sungrazer’s set. If you can ever see them live. Do it. They’re fucking great. (more…)

Conan w/. Serpent Venom @ The Croft, Bristol 25th March 2012

Conan are one the UK’s leading sonic destroyers in all things heavy. Their tone is something which is so thick you could inhabit it. There are probably a network of caves and tunnels in their tone, it’s that big and earthy. So on record it’s heavy, live, it’s an entirely different experience. It heaves like the tide, dragging the audience in and then rushing out scattering arms and legs into the sand.

To read our recent review of Conan’s newest gargantuan full length Monnos, head HERE, it is truly brilliant.

I was lucky enough to see Conan on Sunday, with the great Serpent Venom in support and while I was there I took a few photos of which you can after the jump. Enjoy!

BLACK COBRA Announce Tour Of Australia & New Zealand With Fu Manchu

Following their devastating shows at SXSW last week — both as part of the massive ToneDeaf Touring showcase as well as the Southern Lord/TPOTR/Brooklyn Vegan rager — BLACK COBRA have just confirmed a Spring tour of New Zealand and Australia with stoner rock icons Fu Manchu! The trek hits three cities in New Zealand then skips over to Australia for another eight shows, with several of the appearances confirmed as BLACK COBRA headlining shows without Fu Manchu.

This all comes in addition to the previously announced forthcoming BLACK COBRA tour actions including supporting Corrosion of Conformity through Europe alongside Zoroaster in April on the way to the annual Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland directly before the new tour, as well as massive North American tour supporting COC once again, along with Torche and Gaza later in the Summer.

BLACK COBRA European Tour w/ Corrosion of Conformity, Zoroaster: (more…)

Sleestak News and Shows

Greetings, we’d like to send out some news and info to all our friends:

First off SHOWS. We’ve got a few to tell you about at the moment with a few more in the works.

3/31/12 – Sleestak w/ Subatomic, Heaving Mass, and 100 Suns. At The Blue Pig, 5036 s. Packard Ave, Cudahy, WI. Show starts at 9pm. $5.00 admission. Mike Smith from Days Of The Doomed fest will be here selling special discounted passes to the weekend long event in June.

4/28/12 – Sleestak w/ Full Shred Ahead, Memories Wither, Samyaza, and Habit Of Force. At The Blue Pig, 5036 s. Packard Ave, Cudahy, WI. Show starts at 9pm. $5.00 admission. Ride For Dime Benefit.

5/4/12 – Sleestak goes on full freestyle psychedelic rampage against two other bands in a battle to the death. Come out, vote for us, and help us win a spot at and bring the DOOM to Summerfest. At The Up And Under Pub, 1216 E. Brady St., Milwaukee, WI. $5 admission. Show starts at 8pm.


RIVAL SONS have been confirmed to play at this year’s edition of the Download festival, which is held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK from June 8th to June 10th.

The band, who are currently on a sold out tour in the UK with BLACK STONE CHERRY, will be performing on the second stage on the final day of the festival, and join a line-up including METALLICA, BLACK SABBATH, SOUNDGARDEN, SLASH and more.

RIVAL SONS guitarist SCOTT HOLIDAY comments:

“The lore of Download has been circumnavigating us for some time now, so we couldn’t be more pleased to be asked to join the festivities.  This is also probably the most prominent festival we are told to play by our fans.  Well… it’s on, now!  Who wouldn’t be ecstatic to play with some of the (more…)


SXSW Show Details Confirmed

Photo credit: Christy Parry
PHILADELPHIA, Mar. 12  — As Royal Thunder prep for their debut full-length’s arrival (CVI, May 22 via Relapse Records), the quartet have added a pair of dates (Houston and New Orleans) to their current tour as well and confirming their Mar. 16 performance on Relapse’s Official SXSW showcase. (more…)

Stone Axe Return to UK/Europe in Support of New Deluxe Release

The cream of the retro rockin’ resurgence crop has announced that they’re making their long anticipated return to the shores of the United Kingdom and northern Europe this April! Stone Axe are loading the road cases, fine tuning the live set, and packing fresh clothes for the 2012 edition of their European Tour with Stubb and Trippy Wicked, once again, performing in the support slots. Last (more…)

MUDGATE presents: MudTourFest 2012

MUDGATE is pleased to announce the final schedule of MudTourFest 2012 (the sludge/stoner/doom meeting) featuring CULTURA TRES (Ven), PENDEJO (NL), BANDA DE LA MUERTE (ARG) and UNDERSMILE (UK).The Netherlands has the chance to experience this unique combination of South AmericanBritish and Dutch sludgy heaviness and stoner riffage on the following dates:

March 28th – Winston Kingdom, Amsterdam (Cultura Tres and Banda de la Muerte)
March 29th – The Stage, Arnhem (Cultura Tres/ Pendejo/ Banda de la Muerte/ Undersmile)
March 30th – So What, Gouda (Cultura Tres/ Pendejo/ Banda de la Muerte/ Undersmile)
March 31st – De Spot, Middelburg (Cultura Tres/ Pendejo/ Banda de la Muerte/ Undersmile)
April 1st – Azijnfabriek, Roermond (Cultura Tres/ Pendejo/ Banda de la Muerte/ Undersmile) 

Details on the venues and directions can be found on the official MUDGATE page (, as well as on the event page on Facebook (more…)


“The Moneychangers” Video To Premiere On Headbangers Ball; U.S. Tour To Commence This Thursday

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’s self-titled new studio offering is out NOW. Released via Candlelight Records, Corrosion Of Conformity was recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in Los Angeles, produced by the band in cooperation with long-time collaborator John Custer, mixed by John Lousteau (Foo Fighters) and features artwork by Seldon Hunt (Melvins, High On Fire). Featuring the (more…)

Celebrated Swedish Rock Band TRUCKFIGHTERS Set to Kick Off U.S. Tour Dates

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Frontman JOSH HOMME Calls TRUCKFIGHTERS “The Best Band That’s Ever Existed” In Anticipation of Upcoming Tour!   

Örebro, Sweden “desert rock kings” TRUCKFIGHTERS have announced March U.S. tour dates.  The highly respected trio – recently called “the best band that’s ever existed” by QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE frontman Josh Homme  – will kick off a two week trek on March 1 in Charlotte, NC.  The tour will hit Pittsburgh (March 2), Chicago (March 5), Austin (March 8), Raleigh (March 14), Philadelphia (March 16) and more before wrapping on March 17 in Brooklyn, NY.  The highly-anticipated tour will showcase TRUCKFIGHTERS incredibly fuzz-tastic and electric live show which has been called “ear-bleedingly good”.  Fuzz rock music fans have been clamoring for TRUCKFIGHTERS to return to the U.S. following the band’s first-ever U.S. tour dates last summer, and now the time is near!



PILGRIM: Rhode Island Doom Trio To Appear On East Village Radio This Tuesday

PILGRIM: Rhode Island Doom Trio To Appear On East Village Radio This Tuesday

East Coast Mini Tour To Commence March 1


Rhode Island doom bringers PILGRIM will appear live on East Village Radio’s Metal Inquisition Show this Tuesday, February 28 from 10:00PM – 12:00AM EST. For the first half of the show, the band will be spinning tunes from their own playlist. During the second half, PILGRIM’s latest full-length, Misery Wizard will be played in its entirety. To hear the show, go to THIS LOCATION.


Ceremony Of Sludge, March 2nd&3rd, PDX, OR

 “Portland is quickly becoming one of the biggest metal hubs in North America, if not the world, and our first annual Ceremony of Sludge is aimed at capturing this heavy moment in time. March 2nd & 3rd we are bringing you two nights of some of Portland’s up-and-coming Heavy acts at The Alleyway!”
The first night features Heavy Voodoo, Axxicorn, Avi Dei and Zmoke.
The second night features Lamprey, Towers, Doomsower, and Witch Throne.
Everyone who attends will receive a voucher for a free download of
“Ceremony of Sludge Vol. I” a live complilation from both nights of music.
If you cannot make it to the show; “Ceremony of Sludge Vol. 1” will be available for purchase on Captain Couch Records website.
It’s $4 per night, and music starts at 8 sharp.
Blaine, Justin and Andy, (more…)

Corrosion Of Conformity Film New Music Video, Announce European Tour With Black Cobra & Zoroaster

via PRP

Corrosion Of Conformity have wrapped up filming a music video for their song “The Moneychangers” with director Charles Cardello. You can find some photos from the shoot over at the bands Facebook.

In related news, the group will also head to Europe & the UK in April for the following shows with Black Cobra and Zoroaster:

04/04 Luzern, SWI – Schurr
04/05 Stuttgart, GER – Keller Club (more…)

CLUTCH and HELLYEAH Unite For North American Co-Headlining Tour

CLUTCH and HELLYEAH Unite For North American Co-Headlining Tour

Tour Starts April 10th

Maryland rockers CLUTCH are teaming up with HELLYEAH for a North American Co-Headlining Tour this Spring. Both bands will play full headlining sets. The tour kicks off April 13th in Providence, RI and runs through May 11th in Joliet, IL. Throughout the tour there will also be dates that feature Clutch only and Hellyeah only as well as radio festivals and shows. A list of complete dates can be found below. (more…)

Gideon Smith Show Feburary 17th