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OM: Announce New Album, Reveal Record Artwork And Release Date AND New European Tour

It has been three WHOLE years since Om have released a record, the subdued God Is Good record dropped way back in 2009, and there were worries about their even more subdued activities. As in, inactivity. Now, thank goodness, we have a whole slew of news heading our way.

Above you can view a video concerning the new record, it will be titled ‘Advaitic Songs’, the word ‘advaitic’ being quite apparently a difficult word to define and express. In layman’s terms it deals with the identity of Self, which is pretty typical Al Cisneros lyrical subject matter. (more…)

Unfold : “Cosmogon” is coming… SOON !

“Cosmogon” is coming. After seven years of absence, the new album from Unfold will be on stores in the next days. (more…)

Graveyard’s “Hisingen Blues” Available for Streaming

[via Blabbermouth]

Swedish occult rock outfit GRAVEYARD will release its new album, “Hisingen Blues”, in late March via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD’s first single, “Hisingen Blues”, can be streamed using the Soundcloud player below.

Drawing influences from by all sorts of guitar-driven music, GRAVEYARD delivers it all — along with stunning imagery and a pure, authentic attitude.

Commented Nuclear Blast head of A&R Andy Siry: “We are honored to be working with GRAVEYARD from now on! These guys are the most unique and amazing band the so-called retro rock scene has to offer, although GRAVEYARD are MUCH more than this.

“Keep your caps peeled — GRAVEYARD is upon us. 2011 will be the year of the ‘YARD!”

Added the band: “It feels great to work with such experienced and dedicated people as the Nuclear Blast crew. Awesome!! It’s a label that’s founded by old-school tape traders that obviously are good at what they do, since NB is one of the few big independent labels that manages not only to survive, but to expand in today’s difficult music climate.”

For more information, visit

The track is available after the jump! (more…)

Fuzzapalooza News 11/28/2010

November 28, 2010

It has been nearly 4 months since Fuzzapalooza, and there’s not been so much as a word from us. Well, I’ve decided to break this silence and give you all some updates on what’s going on. We have a lot of exciting news and developments that we can’t wait to bring to light.

First of all, I would like to once again thank everybody involved in this year’s Fuzzapalooza. The show was a success by most standards, and we could not have done this without any of you. We would like to thank all of the bands that showed interest in the fest and drove as far as they did just for our show. You will forever have our gratitude for that. Of course, a thank you goes out to everybody that was able to attend. Without you guys, this show couldn’t have been a success without your patronage. A special thanks goes to Mac’s Bar in Lansing, MI for hosting us and being willing to work with us, and a very special thanks to Dave of Death Valley Dragline, Steve Janiak of Devil to Pay, and Gary Kane of Forged in Flame. You guys were the spark that turned Fuzzapalooza from a daydream to a reality.

Second, as I mentioned above, 2011 is already being planned out. The location of next year’s show will be in Chicago, and we should be looking at a September date (or dates?). Of course, this is not a guarantee, and it is still subject to change in the coming months. We are expecting a few bands from this last show to return for 2011, but we will be adding several new bands.

Speaking of new bands, we are still looking for new bands that want to play in our show. That means if you’re in a band or know of a band that should play or wants to play in our show, please contact us at We are accepting all rock and metal bands, but we are specifically looking for stoner rock, doom metal, blues rock, and retro rock bands for the show. We want this to be a diverse show with plenty of groove. Please include a link to your music to be previewed and a little about your band.

Lastly, we have some very exciting news that we should be announcing in the coming months. Don’t be surprised if you will still be able to hear Fuzzapalooza 2011 even if you are unable to attend the show. Also, we’ve piqued the interest of some very awesome people, so we are expecting that to have some very awesome results.

Once again, we are just beginning our search for bands for the show, so if you have any leads or any interest yourselves in playing, please contact us. Also, feel free to spread and/or repost this press release. We greatly appreciate your continued support. We here at The Soda Shop wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for all of the bands and fans.

Thank you from all of us at The Soda Shop,
Jake Ball and Bill Goodman

The Soda Shop Needs Help

As Jake posted on Facebook a few days ago, we’re looking for help. Him and I focus a lot on the rock side of things and we tend to neglegt the doom and sludge portion. Because of that we’re looking for a contributor or two to help add give those two other genres a little bit more exposure. Here is what we’re looking for:

Some writing experience preferred but not required. Please submit a few samples of your work. Samples may be cut and paste into an email, a URL or any other form.

We’re looking for people passionate about the doom and sludge genres of music. If you don’t absolutley love doom and sludge then still feel free to submit but keep in mind that doom and sludge is out top priority.

Must have both a Facebook and WordPress account. Knowledge of both also required. No HTML experience required but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

Contributors will be required to review doom and sludge albums and post the reviews on The Soda Shop blog and post links on The Soda Shop Facebook page. Whenever possible, post about doom and sludge related news onto the blog and Facebook page. Keep in mind, this is more or less done in your spare time. You put in what time you can and contribute as much as you can. We aren’t looking for someone that’s going to post something once every few months, please don’t bother if you’re that type.

Now this doesn’t pay money. We’re all as broke as the next person. We can pay you by giving you our thanks and from time to time, free music. Look at it as more of a way to unleash some of your creative side. We’re not as big as Rolling Stone so we don’t see they type of traffic and submissions they do. Perhaps with your help though we can get there.

After all that your still interested, well send an email to with your name and samples.

New Small Stone News

This just in from the Small Stone Records front:

First off, The new album from Denver’s Black Sleep Off Kali entitled “Our Slow Decay” is now out should be available at a better record store near you. If you can’t find it, feel free to get it from us.

The long awaited new album from Cleveland’s Red Giant entitled “Dysfunctional Majesty” rolls out to stores on the 28th of this month, but you can get it a little early right here on the Small Stone Online Store.

On the recording front, the new albums from both Suplecs and Roadsaw are almost finsihed (they just need to get mixed and mastered), and will both get released sometime between January and March of 2011. Also, the boys in Ironweed are still plugging away on their follow up to “Indian Ladder”. Lo-Pan are scheduled to hit Mad Oak to record their follow up to “Sasquanaut”, and we will also be reissuing a new version of the “Sasquanaut” album that will be completely remixed by Benny Grotto and remastered by Mr. Goosman. This Winter both Dixie Witch and Sun Gods In Exile are scheduled to hit Mad Oak to record new albums for us as well.

You asked for it, so we are going to give it to you… Sasquatch “III” will be coming out on vinyl very shortly via Small Stone HQ… That’s right folks, we are going to finally take the plunge into the vinyl game. We are currently getting the art together, and having the album remastered for the pressing plant.

Finally, we hope to see many of you in Philly next week… We have two rather kick ass night of rock music all layed out for you at the Philadelphia Film and Music Festival… See the post below for more details.

Site Updates

In an effort to change things up a little bit we’ve decided to make a few small changes. Nothing major or will affect anyone.

First off, the Bandcamp recommendations will be a Thursday feature. Look for on Thursday mornings. I’ve decided to make it weekly so that there is always a fresh crop of bands getting their exposure and so that there isn’t to much to take in at once. Plus it gives everyone a chance to check out as much as possible without falling behind (myself included).

The New Band To Burn One To feature will still be an almost daily feature on both here and Heavy Planet but in the next few weeks may become every few days. There are still some things to be worked out but the backlog is thinning out. With that said, if you and/or your band has submitted something to be featured in the past, don’t worry, you haven’t been forgotten. If you and/or your band hasn’t submitted anything for the feature, what are you waiting for? Click here to find out how.

Last thing. You may or may not have noticed he past day or so some site icons for Facebook, Myspace, etc. This will probably become a regular thing in an attempt to spruce up the site a bit. Leave your feedback in the comments or contact us to let you know what you think. I’ve posted the icons below that we have to date. More to come as we need them. These will replace the text links.

As always, if anyone has any questions, comments, suggestions or whatnot, please feel free to contact us to let us know your thoughts.

Fuzzapalooza Is Coming Soon!

Don’t forget, Fuzzapalooza is less than a week away. It’s This SATURDAY August 7th. The doors open at 6pm and tunes start rocking at 7pm. Admission is $5 by emailing or $8 at the door. Check out the Midwest’s finest: Lo-Pan, Devil To Pay, Death Valley Dragline, Chapstik, Low of the Low, Luder and Forged In Flame. If you’re in the Midwest, you do not want to miss this show!

Sahg Confirms Release Date

Sahg live, Feb 2010As mentioned on The Soda Shop earlier this week, Sahg is ready to release their third record. They have confirmed the release date and label in a blog post today:

The new Sahg album is ready for release on August 30, 2010. The explosive follow-up to ‘Sahg I’ and ‘Sahg II’, features ten blistering new songs, and will be released through Indie Recordings.

You can read it on the blog here or on their MySpace blog here.

Calling All Bands

This is a call out to all bands out there. We at The Soda Shop have an online radio that cycles through and plays good stoner, doom, sludge and other related music. We want your music to play on our main site (

We also want you to submit any news about your band that you may have. Anything from the newest guitar player, studio updates, release information or tour dates. We want it. You can check out the About page for further information.

We’ve recently reworked our stream’s library. Instead of just throwing up random, poor quality rips from online blogs, we’ve decided to control the quality by limiting our library to what bands have submitted for airplay and my and Bill’s personal collections of the best independent rock. Not only does this make sure we have the highest quality, it gives all of you bands an added bonus and incentive to submit your music because a smaller library means more plays for your music!

Also, while we are more than willing to take digital submissions from bands, we much prefer physical copies for even better control over the quality of the content. CD-R’s, promos, vinyls, official releases, etc. are all welcome and encouraged. Again, you can get the information on where to submit your music on our About page, or you can hit up our contact page on our domain at

We greatly appreciate your support, and we wouldn’t be able to do this without both bands and fans alike.

– Jake

Small Stone Updates Website

Small Stone has updated their website with some news that discuses things such as Lo-Pan’s signing, Suplecs and Gozu’s new album.

Lo-Pan, Gozu, Roadsaw, Black Sleep Of Kali, and more!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Please welcome Colombus, OH’s Lo-Pan to the Small Stone Roster! We got a taste of their newest release and thought that they would make a mighty fine addition. The Lo-Pan band will be recording their Small Stone debut sometime this coming Fall and we will be releasing it sometime in 2011… Oh yeah, their band name also rules, (remember the classic film “Big Trouble In Little China”?

Boston’s Roadsaw are about to start recodring their new and yet to be titled full length at Mad Oak Studios. The Roadsaw boys have been working on new material for the past few months, and they have now completed their pre-production phase of the game. The album should be completed by the end of June, and we are planning to drop it on October 26th of this year.

The debut album “Locust Season” from Gozu is now mastered and is days away from heading to the plant. “Locust Season” will be available on iTunes sometime in June, and the cd version will be available in July. The Gozu band is rather busy planning their record release party in Boston, and if you live on the Eastern Seaboard, you can expect Gozu to be heading to your town (or damn close to it) in the Fall. We will go out on a limb and tell you this way ahead of time, Gozu’s “Locust Season” is a must have, and has our vote for album of the year! The songs are stellar, the production is bad ass, and the band delivered the goods and then some on this album.

Benny Grotto is busy mixing the new album from Denver’s Black Sleep Of Kali. Their Small Stone debut is now titled “Our Slow Decay” is due out around the end of August…. Just wait till you hear what these boys have laid down, it is epic!

In other production related news, Red Giant are plugging away on the remainder of their tracks, and their new album “Dysfunctional Majesty” will be rolling out by years end. Also, Ironweed, Suplecs, and Dixie Witch are all scheduled to enter Mad Oak in July, August, and September (respectively) to lay down new full length albums for us, which will come out early in 2011.

So, how does any of that grab you?

Checkout everything that is Small Stone at their website.


The Soda Shop

Well a little update. For those following the blog you’ve probably noticed the past few days have been nil. I currently work a more then a full time job so I haven’t been able to type up any reviews. I just got the WordPress app synced with the account so I can report news and update quicker. I’m still learning the app so please bear with me through the learning phase. Until I get it figured out, pictures and links will probably be non existant or don’t work properly. As soon as I get home I’ll have them fixed.

In other site news, Jake and Chris have been working real hard getting the main site up and functional. It’s a lot of hard work but everybody is determined to make this work.

Last I’d like to thank the band Black Robot for submitting their first single off of their upcoming album. It’ll be in the rotation in the few days guys. Thanks.

Of any other artist or band has any music they’d like to submit send an email to You can email me at or Jake at