Familiars Premiere “As Our Distance Has Grown Further” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 21st, 2018 by JJ Koczan

familiars (Photograph by Thomas Van Der Zaag)

Toronto-based heavy psych rockers Familiars have newly released their new cumbersomely-titled two-songer, This Water that is Warm, I Will Soon Join, and if immersion is the idea, then they’re definitely comfortable working with the theme. Their tempos on “As Our Distance Has Grown Further” and the accompanying “The Gardiner’s Coming Down” are methodical, the second track a little faster than the first in a kind of fuzzy-garage stomp where “As Our Distance Has Grown Further” feels more about the roll and the reverbed-out vocals, a blend of tonal heft and melodic reach that feels born from similar impulses to Mars Red Sky but not at all aping what the Frenchmen have done on their own records.

This Water that is Warm, I Will Soon Join is by no means the first short release from the trio of Anton Babych, Jared MacIntyre and Kevin Vansteenkiste, and the hope on the part of the band is it will lead them into the process of making their first full-length this Spring. Certainly the janga-janga-janga riff of “As Our Distance Has Grown Further” and the punctuated-buzz-turned-post-QOTSA-thrust-turned-echoing-daydream of “The Gardiner’s Coming Down” would be an indicator they’re ready for the task. As both songs can be streamed now and downloaded name-your-price style at the bottom of this post, it only seems that Familiars are looking to be as readily accessible to their audience as possible, and given the professionalism of their presentation and the depths of their tones, I wouldn’t be surprised to find them picked up by this or that label before the album is out.

MacIntyre co-directed the new video for “As Our Distance Has Grown Further” and Vansteenkise did the Sergio Leone-inspired title-card, so the band’s definitely used to being hands on with their own output. The clip itself features a be-robbed wandering protagonist headed across some gloriously open spaces, only to find the band rocking out in a field — like you go. The atmosphere of the video is a good match for the song in that it’s gorgeous, and I like the idea that we never find out who’s under the hood, as it were. We never see a face, a gender, anything, and the band is pretty careful to avoid saying one way or the other. I think that kind of thing is cool. It can be the band’s secret.

Look out for more news on Familiars — I hope, anyway — as they set to recording the aforementioned debut LP, and in the meantime, dig into the video for “As Our Distance Has Grown Further” below, followed by more info from the PR wire.


Familiars, “As Our Distance Has Grown Further” official video premiere

A wanderer gets lost in what it’s searching for.

“As Our Distance Has Grown Further” is the single off of the 7 inch “This Water That Is Warm, I Will Soon Join”.

7 inch available at: https://familiarsmusic.bandcamp.com/

We are recording our debut full length this spring.

Directors: Mashie Alam & Jared MacIntyre
Director Of Photography: Thomas Van Der Zaag
Colour & Effects: Nathan Winspear
Title card: Kevin Vansteenkiste

Familiars live:
Tuesday March 27th in London Ontario w/ Woodhawk
Wednesday March 28th in Hamilton Ontario w/ Woodhawk.

Familiars are Kevin Vansteenkiste, Anton Babych, & Jared MacIntyre

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Brant Bjork Signs to Heavy Psych Sounds for Reissues & New Music; Headlining Stoned & Dusted in May

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 21st, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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One really, really hates to use corporate newspeak buzzwords like ‘gamechanger,’ but this is a pretty big deal. After three releases on Napalm Records —  2014’s Black Power Flower (review here), 2016’s Tao of the Devil (review here) and 2017’s Europe ’16 (review here) live LP — desert rock pioneer Brant Bjork has inked a deal with Italian imprint Heavy Psych Sounds.

While it’s not necessarily surprising Bjork would go with another European imprint following the end of his term with Napalm, which is based in Austria, he steps into position as the most recognizable figure on Heavy Psych Sounds and arguably the label’s biggest act. His back catalog from 1999’s Jalamanta (discussed here) through 2010’s Gods and Goddesses (review here) will be reissued as part of the deal, and Bjork will move forward with new releases as well, including the long awaited Jakoozzi album that’s been talked about for years.

I had the pleasure of writing the announcement below, so please check it out and get yourself informed. No timetable yet so far as I know on the reissues, but I’d be surprised if they didn’t start to surface by the end of the year. I wonder if they’ll go in order.

From my keyboard to the PR wire and back again:

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Brant Bjork Signs to Heavy Psych Sounds

New Album Coming Soon; Back Catalogue to be Reissued; Jakoozzi to Finally See Release

In a union born of a meeting in the desert night, Heavy Psych Sounds could not be prouder to announce the signing of desert rock legend Brant Bjork to its ever-growing roster. Starting immediately, the entire Brant Bjork discography from 1999-2010 is available through the label’s digital platforms: iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp, Deezer, and more.

As a founding member of and a main songwriter in Kyuss, Brant Bjork is a pivotal figure in desert rock. His time on drums in Fu Manchu only solidified his position, and when he released his first solo album, Jalamanta, in 1999, he brought new elements of soul to the style and crafted a sound all his own that he continues to develop to this day.

In 2014, Bjork formed the Low Desert Punk Band and released two albums, Black Power Flower (2014) and Tao of the Devil (2016), as well as a live album on Napalm Records. In signing to Heavy Psych Sounds, his much-anticipated collection of funk-influenced material, Jakoozzi, will at long last be released, and the man himself will set to work on his next studio LP.

“Super psyched to sign with Heavy Psych Sounds Records,” enthuses Bjork. “I’m looking forward to making brand new rock, re-releasing my catalog and the long-awaited Jakoozzi album. Most definitely, Heavy Psych Sounds Records are the people to help me do this. I met Gabriele when Black Rainbows supported us in 2016, and then we had him come to the desert to play Desert Generator. Good guy doing good things for rock and roll. Right on.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Brant Bjork,” affirms label head Gabriele Fiori. “Bringing in Brant Bjork is a desert rock dream come true and we can’t wait to help expose a whole new generation to his previous releases and work together for a long time to come on new music as well! Brant will be our top artist and we are looking to work hard with him to bring his music around the globe!”

Brant Bjork — along with his partners Mario Lalli and manager Ryan Jones — are throwing a generator party called Stoned and Dusted which will take place at a secret desert location in Joshua Tree, CA, on May 26 and 27. Brant will headline the event alongside The Obsessed, Nebula, Yawning Man, and many more. Stay tuned for more news from Brant Bjork and Heavy Psych Sounds in the coming weeks and months.


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Ruff Majik Premiere “Come all Ye Druids” from New Album Seasons

Posted in audiObelisk on March 21st, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Come this Spring/early Summer, Pretorian heavy psych trio Ruff Majik will embark on a European tour for the first time. They do so supporting their upcoming new album, Seasons, and in addition to a Sound of Liberation showcase on May 26 in Wiesbaden that also includes My Sleeping Karma and Colour Haze in the lineup — not too shabby — they’ll be appearing at Freak Valley 2018 in Germany and SonicBlast Moledo 2018 in Portugal. Clearly the plan is to get around.

Fair enough. Imagine Goatsnake jamming a blowout tapped on mushrooms while backpacking during a semester abroad and you might be somewhere near the swing and sneer of Ruff Majik‘s new streaming single, “Come all Ye Druids,” which is premiering below. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of hearing Seasons — which is out April 20 and may or may not bear the subtitle A Stag in the Leaves — in its entirety, but the South African trio three-piece have put out three prior “chapters” under the Seasons banner in last June’s Ruff Majik Come all ye druidsSeasons 1, Chapter 1: The Hare and the Hollow, last September’s Seasons 1, Chapter 2: A Finch in a Cherry Tree and last December’s Seasons 1, Chapter 3: A Dragon and His Hoard, so whether the impending Seasons is part of the same overarching storyline — i.e., if it’s “Chapter 4” — or some next step in the cycle, I couldn’t say, but the mystery only adds intrigue to the track itself, which as intimated above, brims with riffy and tripped-out groove.

The tones are thick but not immobile, and guitarist/vocalist Johni Holidayis right when he asserts below that the band is getting heavier. What they haven’t done, at least going by “Come all Ye Druids,” is abandon the spirit of spontaneity that comes from jam-based songcraft, and so whether it’s Holiday‘s riffs, the washing crash of drummer Ben Manchino or the air-pushing low end from bassist Jimmy Glass, the four-minute track wants nothing for momentum as it pushes its way through its drity, sludge-infused nod. The hook arrives over toms and the central riff picks back up even more infectious than when it left, the swagger of the verse at once dangerous and immersive. A fuzzed out so fights for dominance in the second half of the track, but it seems nothing can overcome the main riff, which takes hold again and seems to override everything else as the track fades just past the four-minute mark.

As to just how much of what Ruff Majik are doing on Seasons might be represented in “Come all Ye Druids,” I couldn’t say. Given how loose-swinging the single is, I’d believe you if you told me the record went just about anywhere. Take a listen below and see if you can guess. A quote from Holiday and PR wire info follows.

Please enjoy:

Johni Holiday on Seasons:

With this release, Ruff Majik decided to set sail into newer, sludgier directions. We decided long ago that we wouldn’t be that band that people would complain about, saying ‘they used to be heavier.’ Hell no, every time we bring out new music we want to move forward, become heavier, more intense. We still like to include bluesy bits, sure. But this song is made to be filthy, heavy, oily sludge ‘n’ roll. Next time we might do something a bit more doom again, who knows hahaha. All I know is that right now, Ruff Majik is becoming a groove machine, and we like it.

The band embark on their 1st European tour in June 2018 which sees them play Freak Valley Festival in Germany along with a host of club shows supporting the likes of Colour Haze, My Sleeping Karma and The Devil and the Almighty Blues. They’ll be back in Europe in August to play SonicBlast in Portugal.

Support for The Devil and the Almighty Blues:
24 May, Stuttgart, Goldmarks
28 May, Munich, Feierwerk
29 May, Vienna, Arena
30 May, Leipzig, Werk 2

Supporting Colour Haze and My Sleeping Karma:
26 May, Wiesbaden, Schlachthoff
31 May, Freak Valley Festival, Netphen
2 June, Dresden, Beatpol (supporting Mars Red Sky)

In a small, secluded mining town in rural South Africa, three friends heard the call of the void, and spat fuzz back at it. Thus, Ruff Majik was formed, and the boys decided it was time to move to the city to spread their gospel of riff worship and sound sorcery.

Ruff Majik moved to Pretoria, South Africa, where they’ve become infamous for their lively shows and aggressive on-stage persona. With their brand of what they call “stoner rock / sludge ‘n roll” they move between slow grooves and breakneck speeds in the blink of an eye, with live shows being described as ‘whiplash inducing’.

The band surfaced in 2015 with the release of their first 6 track, The Bear. This got them lots of attention from reviewers all over the world. They quickly followed up with The Fox in 2016. In 2017 Ruff Majik released The Swan, The Hare and the Hollow, A Finch in a Cherry Tree and A Dragon and his Hoard, the latter three being part of upcoming full-length Seasons.

The members are Johni Holiday (guitar/vocals), Jimmy Glass (bass guitar) and Ben Manchino (drums).

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Doom in Bloom Festival VI: Complete Lineup Confirmed

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 21st, 2018 by JJ Koczan

You know what I like about the lineup info below for Doom in Bloom Festival VI? Yes. I like the lineup. I mean aside from that. I like seeing the phrase “family atmosphere.” There’s so much bullshit around heavy music that it’s gotta be dark and grim and unforgiving and miserable. Yeah, some of that stuff is cool and I’m certainly not about to say extreme music doesn’t have its place, but if you’re not there to enjoy it, what’s the fucking point?

And why pretend otherwise? You know what you should do if going to a place or a show or a fest is going to make you miserable? You should stay home and save yourself the trouble. “Family atmosphere?” Hell yes. I don’t care if the music is bleak as hell, we can still be friends when we listen to it.

Cheers to Doom in Bloom Festival VI. Also, I want a shirt that says “slow down or die” on it. Good fun:

doom in bloom vi festival poster

The dead stay longer alive: The DOOM IN BLOOM Festival had a break in 2017. The guys are just like the music that fascinates and unites them; passionate and slow.

With the forthcoming sixth edition in 2018 they come up with a hand-picked line-up and a family atmosphere with lot of attention to the details.

Always non-profit and with heart. Slow down or die!

Let’s doom together with the following bands:

? Hangman’s chair official (Paris, France)
Forever drowned with Paris’ moods: Despair, solitude and violence share the stage with beauty and symbiotic love. The band represents one of the most important acts of the french Stoner/Doom scene. Coming to our lovely fest with their new LP “Banlieue Triste”, out April 2018 via MUSICFEARSATAN – LABEL.

And whatever Hangman’s Chair transforms into now, its roots will lie around the corner of an alley, in between two parisian bars or deep down the Seine river. These monsters’ kids will cry their despair.

? MESSA (Treviso, Italy)
Evoking, vintage doom with a dark jazz twist. Deliciously haunting female vocals, rhodes piano and 70’s fuzz guitars combine to conjure a sound that is all of their own.

The band has moved from the droning occult doom of their first LP ‘Belfry’ to a new, darker and more atmospheric approach to their unique sound. This evolution is clearly showcased in their new record ‘Feast for Water’, a concept album centered on the introspective, symbolic and ritual features of the liquid element.

?! DOOM IN BLOOM Festival VI is very honoured to host the official EU (excluding Italy) release show of their new LP “Feast for Water”, out 6th April on Aural Music.

? Bees Made Honey in the Vein Tree (Stuttgart)
Psychedelic Doom Rock from one of the most promising, german newcomers of 2017 (#15 of 20 in debut albums 2017 at The Obelisk). Beautiful and eerie psychedelic mixed with rockin’ doom riffs characterized their heavy and variable sound.

? B.S.T. (Hamburg)
Hamburg City Doom – slow, melancholic, traditional with a pinch of sludge, lots of melody and german lyrics.

? From Yuggoth (Dresden)
Monolithic riffs from the depth of a distorted, dirty and unearthly reef deep down on a foreign planet somewhere in the universe. Transcendental in terms of volume and repetition to take you through the psychedelic ether. Cosmic Horror Space Doom?

Get your print@home tickets here: http://bit.ly/doominbloomVI_tickets

(We will change those at the door into collectible hardtickets!)


Hangman’s Chair, This is Not Supposed to be Positive (2015)

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High on Fire Finish Work on New Album

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 21st, 2018 by JJ Koczan

What we know about the next High on Fire album: It exists. Converge‘s Kurt Ballou, who produced 2015’s Luminiferous (review here) and 2012’s De Vermiis Mysteriis (review here), helmed it. That’s about all. No song titles yet. No album title. No artwork. No audio. No behind-the-scenes documentary clips on YouTube where Matt Pike talks about battle axes and raiding villages and all that kind of stuff. None of that. But yeah, it exists. That’s worth a press release.

I’m curious though why it’s slated for “late 2018.” It’s March. Even with a summer spent touring and a full hype machine behind it of videos, track premieres through major outlets, press releases for the title, the artwork, the song titles, the behind-the-scenes documentaries, etc., it doesn’t seem unreasonable to me to think a September release would be possible. When I read “late 2018,” I think more October/November. That seems a long way off.

Or maybe I just want to hear new High on Fire sooner rather than later. That’s entirely possible. Here’s this from the PR wire:

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Legendary metal band HIGH ON FIRE have wrapped production on their eighth studio LP and is gearing up for its release later this year. The band has been busy in the studio since February putting the finishing touches on yet another blistering album.

“We are pretty happy with how the new material came together on this one,” says drummer Des Kensel. “We usually go into the studio with about two-thirds of the record done which can be a little stressful but it forces us to make final arrangement decisions which would normally be put off in a rehearsal studio atmosphere. It also puts some pressure on us to perform at a higher level.”

“The bar has definitely been raised on this one, at least for me. There’s a good mix of fast and slow. The fast has gotten faster and the slow is…still slow.”

Bassist Jeff Matz adds, “We’ve definitely pushed ourselves musically on this album. The material covers a broad range of tempos and styles, but the overall sound and vibe are unmistakably High On Fire.”

And finally, vocalist and lead guitarist Matt Pike declares, “hold on tight! You’re in for a ride!”

HIGH ON FIRE again teamed up with producer Kurt Ballou and God City Studios where the last two LPs were created. Additional tracking was done by Bryan Sours of Sour Sound.

The as-yet-unnamed release will serve as the highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s Luminiferous, which garnered its own massive critical acclaim.

HIGH ON FIRE has also been confirmed for the 2018 PSYCHO LAS VEGAS Festival taking place August 17-19 at the famed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

HIGH ON FIRE features Matt Pike (guitar, vocals), Des Kensel (drums) and Jeff Matz (bass).


High on Fire, Live at Psycho Las Vegas 2016

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Bison Announce Earthbound CD/LP Reissue out April 20

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 20th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

A decade before they put out last year’s You Are Not the Ocean You Are the Patient (review here), Vancouver riffers Bison issued their debut EP, Earthbound (discussed here), and sounded geared up for good times to come. Of course, good times dud follow, as they were signed to Metal Blade for the subsequent three full-lengths and pretty much toured their asses off for years to support the cause.

At least, I assume those were good times. Could always go either way, I suppose. In any case, they’ll get the chance for a little nostalgia when No List Records gives Earthbound a re-release on April 20 — one day, as it just so happens, before Bison head to Europe to play Doom Over Leipzig, Roadburn, Desertfest, the Pelagic Fest hosted by their new label, Pelagic Records, which put out the latest album, and much more besides. Fancy that coincidence. I dare you. Fancy it.

I don’t even know what that means. Here’s this from the PR wire:


Bison to re-issue “Earthbound”

No List Records is pleased to announce that they will re-issue Bison’s classic Earthbound EP on CD and vinyl. The album was originally released in 2007 but is now set to be re-released on April 20th 2018 to coincide with their spring European tour.

Earthbound will be available for the first time ever on vinyl and is limited to 666 copies.

Pre-orders are available at www.nolistrecords.com

Tour dates:
Bison plus guests – March 30 – Vancouver – Rickshaw
Bison plus guests – March 31 – Victoria – Capitol Ballroom
April 21 •GER, Leipzig, Doom over Leipzig* •
April 22 • NL, Tilburg, Roadburn Festival •
April 23 • DK, Copenhagen, Beta •
April 24 • SWE, Linköping, tba •
April 25 • DK, Oslo, Revolver •
April 26 • SWE, Stockholm, Kraken •
April 27 • SWE, Jönköping, Sofiehof Underjord •
April 28 • GER, Hamburg, Droneburg Festival •
April 29 • NL, Utrecht, Dbs •
April 30 • GER, Karlsruhe, Stadtmitte •
May 01 • GER, Wiesbaden, Schlachthof •
May 02 • BE, Brussel, Magasin 4 •
May 3 • CH, Bulle, Ebulition •
May 4 • CH, Porrentruy, Galerie du Sauvage •
May 5 • FR, Paris, L´escape B •
May 6 • UK, London, Desertfest •
May 8 • CZ, Prague, Underdog´s •
May 9 • AT, Vienna, Viper Room •
May 10 • CR, Zagreb, Vintage Industrial •
May 11 • RO, Cluij, Hard Club •
May 12 • RO, Craiova, tba •
May 13 • RO, Bukarest, Control Club •
May 14 • HU, Budapest, Robot •
May 15 • PL, Cracow, Alchemia •
May 16 • PL, Warsaw, Hydrozagadka •
May 18 • GER, Kiel, Alte Meierei •
May 19 • GER, Berlin, Pelagic Fest •

BISON 2007 line-up
Brad McKinnon-Drums
Dan And-Vocals and guitars
James Farwell-Vocals and guitars
Masa Anzai-Bass guitar


Bison, “Earthbound”

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Earthless Post “Volt Rush” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 20th, 2018 by JJ Koczan


Just how West Coast is it? Well, it’s West Coast enough to feature a professional skateboarder jumping over garbage cans dressed as a pizza-themed superhero, if that answers your question. Which it should. Sorry, that shit just doesn’t happen in Philadelphia.

San Diego heavy psych ambassadors Earthless issued their new album, Black Heaven (review here), last week via Nuclear Blast, and somehow, the clip below for “Volt Rush” strikes me as something of a victory lap to mark the occasion. Unlike much of the record, the track is instrumental, but it’s also only two and a half minutes long and so still represents some of the overarching change of approach that’s become so much of the narrative of the record — Earthless daring to not bask in their 20-minute, epic-as-all-hell instrumental songcrat and instead offer verses, choruses, and a piece like “Volt Rush,” which is there and gone before you even really have time to notice it’s Mad Alchemy doing the psychedelic lighting for the band’s show in the clip. Which, incidentally, it is.

As for the narrative, it looks like a hell of a day for Volt Pizza Man, played by pro skater Taylor Smith, and whatever cool tricks happen along the way — though I’ll give both the band and director BB Bastidas credit for not just making it look like a sponsor-me skate demo — the story ends (spoiler ahead) with Smith getting tossed on his ass out back of the Casbah, which my understanding is where it’s at when it comes to San Diego venues. That’s what I’m told, anyhow.

“Volt Rush,” though, lives up to its name, and the quick push through it makes it just right for the average YouTube attention span. Earthless are of course on tour now in the US and will head overseas next month to feature at Roadburn 2018 as artists-in-residence and leaders — suitably enough — of what’s been dubbed the “San Diego takeover,’ with JoyHarsh TokeArcticPetyr and others taking part.

Dates follow the clip below, as per the PR wire:

Earthless, “Volt Rush” official video

Earthless, who are in the midst of a North American tour in support of their new album Black Heaven, debut their video for “Volt Rush.”

The video, which is set in Earthless’ hometown of San Diego, as well as neighboring Oceanside, was directed by skateboard/visual artist BB Bastidas and features the famed SoCal skateboarder T-Spliff (aka Taylor Smith).

“Stoked to present to you the very first Earthless video, directed by artist BB Bastidas,” said drummer Mario Rubalcaba. “We were stoked to work with BB on this as he knows our background as a band and our close roots with skateboarding. His art is amazing and he also has a keen natural eye for film. Having Taylor Smith, aka T-Spliff, in it just makes it even sweeter. He is somewhat of a mythical figure of a skater, an amazing talent but chooses to shred at his own discretion. Those who know, know. This was a blast to be a part of and we hope you enjoy this short high energy rocker that cruises around our hometown of San Diego, and local club, The Casbah.”

Black Heaven is the band’s first release to feature a majority of songs with vocals and is also the trio’s first time working with producer Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal). Rubalcaba explains the impact the Joshua Tree studio had on the outfit’s new music: “This album represents yet another branch on the ever growing and now adolescent Earthless tree. I spent a good amount of time just gazing at the stars at night while we were out recording in the desert of Joshua Tree. I think this somehow lent itself to the title and feel of the album on some songs. This LP has a touch more of our classic rock roots showing, just stuff we grew up on and it’s great to finally utilize Isaiah’s lyrical talent and soulful voice. As cliché as it sounds – Black Heaven should be played LOUD.”

Earthless tour dates:
March 20 Washington, DC Rock’n’Roll Hotel
March 21 Richmond, VA The Broadberry
March 22 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
March 23 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill
March 24 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
March 25 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
*All North American tour dates with Kikagaku Moyo and JJUUJJUU

April 3 Korkrijk, Belgium De Kreun
April 4 Bristol, UK The Fleece
April 5 Manchester, UK The Deaf Institute
April 6 London, UK Islington Assembly Hall
April 7 Paris, France Petit Bain
April 8 Frankfurt, Germany Zoom
April 10 Munich, Germany Feierwerk
April 11 Berlin, Germany Bi Nuu
April 12 Copenhagen, Denmark Pumpehuset
April 13 Oslo, Norway BLA
April 14 Gothenberg, Sweden Truckstop Alaska
April 16 Hamburg, Germany Molotow
April 19-21 Tilburg, Netherlands Roadburn 2018
*All European, non-Roadburn dates with Comet Control

June 1 Nelsonville, OH Nelsonville Music Festival
August 10 Moledo, Portugal Sonic Blast

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Hyborian on Tour with Weedeater Now; New Video Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 20th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

I wish I had a title like ‘heavy metal riff machine.’ Best I can come up with is ‘dude who wakes up at 1:30 in the morning to write reviews,’ and frankly I don’t think that’s a title anyone wants. Kudos, then, to Kansas City’s Hyborian for earning that banner which they’re currently flying on tour with Season of Mist labelmates Weedeater. The run has been on for a few days, and it will take them into April, but they’ve got new fest dates booked in May and June as they continue to support the reissue of their Vol. 1 debut album on their already-noted new label home.

Hyborian also have a brand new video for the track “Maelstrom” that you can see below. It was directed by vocalist and guitarist Martin Bush.

Next time you’re looking for a definition of “up and coming,” here you go. Take it from me. I’ve been up since 1:30:


HYBORIAN announce festival appearances, add new tour dates

Kansas City-based heavy metal riff machine HYBORIAN (Martin Bush – Guitar, Vocals, Ryan Bates – Guitar, Vocals, Justin Rippeto – Drums, and Anthony Diale – Bass) have announced new festival appearances in the months to come. HYBORIAN will appear at Kansas City’s Rock Fest on June 2nd alongside FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, and more. Additionally, HYBORIAN will play at Vintage Torque Fest in Dubuque Iowa on May 5. More information about Torque Fest can be found here. These two festival appearances follow the band’s previously announced North American tour alongside label-mates WEEDEATER. A full list of confirmed tour dates, including new shows in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Illinois can be found below.

HYBORIAN are touring in support of their acclaimed debut album ‘Vol. 1’. The album is streaming here.

‘Vol. 1’ is available across CD and limited edition LP formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop now.

HYBORIAN have been touring extensively since their 2015 formation. In addition to tours with GODMAKER and on their own, they have supported the likes of POWER TRIP, ACID KING, MUTOID MAN, WEEDEATER, IRON REAGAN, VEKTOR, WHORES and many more in the Midwest.

Jun. 2 Kansas City, MI @ Kansas City Speedway (Rock Fest)
May 4 Dubuque, IA @ Fairgrounds (Vintage Torque Fest)

The “God Luck and Good Speed” tour w/ WEEDEATER and BASK
Mar. 21 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Mar. 22 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
Mar. 23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
Mar. 24 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
Mar. 25 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Mar. 27 Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlies
Mar. 28 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Mar. 29 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
Mar. 30 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
Mar. 31 Little Rock, AR @ Whitewater
Apr. 1 New Orleans, LA @ Santos Bar
Apr. 2 Jacksonville FL @ Jack Rabbits
Apr. 3 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
Apr. 4 Asheville, NC @ Oddotorium *
Apr. 6 Champaign, IL @ Loose Cobra *


Hyborian, Vol. I (2017)

Hyborian, “As Above, so Below” official video

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