Saturday, July 20, 2019

TWIN VOID's twin demos deliver doom country with and without vocals

TWIN VOID's twin demos
Twin Void
I love demos. Flat out they are really something I love to listen to. Most of the time, the music is fresh and totally worth a listen. Lo-fi and garage and DIY doesn't bother me at all. Usually it adds to the sound, or else I just listen past the low budget production and get into the music. Which is exactly what TWIN VOID delivers on not one but two demos. One with vocals and one without. First check out the instrumental demo tracks:


One thing a demo should do is "demonstrate" what the band can do, but without losing track of the song. No problem here. Twin Void hammers the heavy psych early on with Cloud Chamber, ventures into rockabilly with Speakin' in Toungues, and by the time they get to Green Valley they are showing off their bluesy doomy chops. The variety of sounds is all held together with a constant driving heaviness and that pretty much explains why I dig this so much.


Ready for vocals? Here we go with three tracks and I dig them all. Vocals are usually the part of a demo that take the biggest hit because they usually require a studio setup to get them right, but I'm digging this anyway. The songs on this EP are a little more stoner punk than the first EP, and the vocals fit right in. We're in for a treat when these guys hit the studio.

And samples! Man I really dig samples so having them on this demo is great to hear.

One tag on their Bandcamp page is "doom country" and I'm on board with that! In fact, that's the coolest tag I've seen in a while.

If you are in the Spokane area, check out TWIN VOID on July 26th at The Checkerboard Bar.

Another thing that explains why I like Twin Void is I can't get enough sticks & strings. Heck I did a whole comp of 2-piece setups back in January. Go check it out at Sticks & Strings vol. 1 on Bandcamp.

Twin Void is a psychedelic stoner punk duo from Spokane in the PNW and is:
Nathan Bidwell guitar & vox
Wyatt Farnsworth drums
Twin Void plans to hit the studio soon to combine some of these tracks with new material. Right on! (Although I will miss the lo-fi sound a little ... so I'll hold onto these twin demos and listen to them again as needed.)

The album covers are way beyond what most demos display. The art for Green Valley was done by Nathan, and the the cover for Evil Wanderer is by @brouemastervisualdecay who also did some poster art for the new Devils Witches / Saint Karloff vinyl split (also a killer). Even more great artwork below.

Be sure to follow Twin Void on Bandcamp to stay in the loop with their upcoming debut EP:




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Friday, July 19, 2019

Reino Ermitaño's debut 2003 album to be released on vinyl by Necio Records

Reino Ermitaño's debut 2003 album to be released on vinyl in August
What's so great about a re-release is it gives new fans a chance to hear an album they might have otherwise missed. Back in 2003 when Reino Ermitaño's debut album first came out, my head was more into grunge and alternative than stoner, and I was definitely not paying attention to music out of Peru. So this album is new to me, and I am very glad to have heard it for the first time. It's heavy, it's bluesy, it's a little folk with it's acoustic guitar and mandolin, the vocals are unreal, and it's over an hour of solidly unique music.


Reino Ermitaño
From the Necio Records press kit:
The band was formed in 2001 in Peru and in 2003 they released their first self-titled studio work. Reino Ermitaño is already considered a cult band of the Latin American doom scene. The band in 2009 made their first tour of Europe and caused admiration for the doom followers. In 2010 they made their second tour but this time in Chile and they shared stage with bands like Yajaira, Kayros, Bitterdusk, etc. Our vinyl edition wants to commemorate what the band has been working for almost 20 years already. 
My favorite part of this album is the vocals. I dig female vocals and I dig Spanish vocals, so this is exactly the singing I love to hear. It is heavy and filled with emotion, and layered in multiple voices to achieve a simply haunting sound at some points. This alone makes this an album a standout to me.

There's no point to picking out a favorite track on this album because it plays out so nicely as a whole, but I will say that on my initial listening a few of the tracks really jumped out at me. "Las hadas" might be the one song you would send to a friend and say, "Hey you need to check out this band called Reino Ermitaño." OK, I also have to point out "Profundidad de las sombras" but after that all I can say is, Just listen to the whole album.


Necio Records out of Peru is calling this record a "milestone in Peruvian doom / folk", and I have to agree. It is so solid from start to finish, with the incredible vocals, and has a fresh sound at every turn. If the album was released brand new today it would still sound fresh and new, and that right there is reason enough to call it a milestone.

Not to mention mandolin. A doom album with a mandolin? Check it out.

Reino Ermitaño has plans for its sixth album in 2020, and its members are:
Marcos Coifman - Bass
Julio "Ñaka" Almeida - Drums
Tania Duarte - Vocals
Henry Guevara - Guitars, Mandolin
Big thanks to Necio Records for bringing this album to a new set of fans.


Reino Ermitaño's debut album from 2003 will be released on vinyl by Necio Records in late August. For more information, go to the album's page on Bandcamp:



Photo by Richard Nossar

THE DARK SILENCE OF DEATH debut album is better than the 70s hard rock

THE DARK SILENCE OF DEATH
THE DARK SILENCE OF DEATH
Take one of your favorite 70s hard rock albums, and peel off that extra layer of over-production so many of them were covered with, and you will have THE DARK SILENCE OF DEATH'S debut album. 40 minutes and 8 tracks of the kind of heavy hard-hitting rock you think you remember from the 70s until you go back and realize those albums spent a few too many months in post-production. Don't get me wrong -- this debut album is not lo-fi or garage. Not even close. It has full production quality without going that extra step with just a little too much perfection on the guitar or a slightly under-mixed bass. Or the dreaded "pretty" vocals. This album is downright evil at times, and in fact it sets you up so that by the time you get to the next to last track, you are glad to receive the nasty sludge thrown at you at the very end. This is an album you can get your "I like hard rock" friends to listen to, and then get them sucked into the world of the heavy underground. This is a great album.


One hallmark of a great 70s rock album is its flow. Starts off hard, gets louder, backs off and slows down a little, only to pick it back up and hammer it home at the end. And man, this album has all that without any of the songs making you reach for the SKIP button.

A little extra about the vocals. The band sings in English despite being from Mexico, and the sound is simply incredible. Rough and a little evil without getting into growling. Really excellent. Mrs. Cracklins is out of town this week but she will also dig this album for sure when she gets back.


As is very often the case, a great debut album is the result of veteran musicians coming from other bands, including Fool Magician. The Dark Silence of Death's current lineup is:
Viejo Macabro: Guitar
Javo Monzon: Vocals
Vader: Bass
Juan Carlos: Drums
This album is an absolute bargain at $1 right now on Bandcamp. Hurry up and add this hard rock gem to your collection.








Sunday, July 14, 2019

GREENSTONE debut EP "TRIGLAW" instrumental stoner psych from The Netherlands

GREENSTONE debut EP "TRIGLAW"
GREENSTONE debut EP "TRIGLAW"
Three tracks of instrumental stoner psych from The Netherlands. That alone should be enough to get you to listen to the debut EP "Triglaw" from GREENSTONE. Then allow me to add that we get nice long songs, and a variety of sounds between the tracks. Add in some psychedelic flair and this really is a top rate effort. A full album of this might just about blow your mind.


I dig that each track is so distinct. There is a sonic theme to tie them all together, but each one really stands out on its own. Shrine of Moloch starts off mysteriously with some Eastern riffs and a choice sample, and then blasts off and lets you know this EP is going to rip. Far Beyond the Tannhäuser Gate has a tempo change which gives it a sense of drama, and also I love the use of samples. Starfish Prime has some huge riffs, but also has some of the most spacey sections too and the guitar work is simply excellent. (I will add there is a sample on the last track but will let you discover it on your own.)

It is difficult to select a favorite track here. The only thing to do is put this on REPEAT and just keep listening.


GREENSTONE is
Drums: Wesley Aalbers
Bass: Michael Crooijmans
Guitar: Kaj Heesakkers
Here's the description from the band's Bandcamp page:
Greenstone, in its current formation, was formed in early 2018. Binding elements in this trinity are riffs, grooves and effect boxes. So no vocals, but massive (stoner) rock. Raw yet expansive, a resonance of subterranean rumbling, ethereal echoes and human intervention. 



VALLEY OF THE SOULS by A BORROWING KID GENERATION instrumental stoner metal from Greece

VALLEY OF THE SOULS by A BORROWING KID GENERATION
VALLEY OF THE SOULS by A BORROWING KID GENERATION
This review is very special for me. Way back when I was putting together my first Bandcamp compilation, one of the very first artists to accept my invitation was A Borrowing Kid Generation. (He was also one of my first album reviews.) So I am really excited to be doing a review for his latest album, VALLEY OF THE SOULS. ABKG is one man from Greece with a serious talent for instrumental stoner metal. 8 tracks and over half an hour with songs that drift effortlessly between very hard stoner riffs to more melodic sounds. I know many fans worry that the lack of vocals means there is something missing from the music, but there is so much going on with these songs there is no space for vocals to get into the mix. The lead guitar sounds like the vocals when I listen to music like this, except that I get to fill in the lyrics myself depending on my mood and what the music reaches inside me.


A Borrowing Kid Generation is a one-man project by Nikos Raptis of Greece. Read more about Nikos and his music on my earlier review at one of my first album reviews.

Special note about that badass album cover: it's badass! Check out more art by Zulfajrimb.


If you dig instrumental stoner metal, there is more to be enjoyed on LOUD & LONELY VOL. 1.










SLOWNER debut EP is a perfect stoner album

SLOWNER debut EP
SLOWNER debut EP
I love it when a band recommends an album they are spinning! And yesterday DEAF SWAN posted on Instagram about the debut EP from SLOWNER. I immediately went over to Bandcamp to give it a listen. I knew this would be good because I love Deaf Swan so I figured this was going to be groovy as well. But I have to say ... this debut EP is completely blowing me away! Every one of the 34 minutes is pure stoner rock. Riffs, heavy, and the vocals that are such a perfect match to the sound it will blow you away. There is a variety between the songs and yet the entire album plays with such a nice, smooth flow that you will just start it and let it play. No skipping needed! I usually set my player on REPEAT and I had listened to the full album 3 times without reaching for the pause button. Check these guys out!



SLOWNER is from Brazil. In their own words,
Slowner is a Stoner / Doom band from Recife, PE, Brazil formed in October 2018 inspired by the Stoner Rock of the 90s with influences from the 70s and the dirt and aggressiveness of Doom. 
You will find both DEAF SWAN and SLOWNER on next month's epic digital comp BRASIL IN FUZZ powered by Fuzzrious. So go ahead and follow me on Bandcamp to get the alert when it drops. It will be epic! FOUR HOURS OF FUZZ!!

Don't forget to check out DEAF SWAN too! Those guys are great and they have some new music coming soon.




Coming soon to Spotify!



Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Green Inferno demo is 3 tracks of evil stoner doom metal

Green Inferno demo is 3 tracks of evil stoner doom metal
Green Inferno demo
GREEN INFERNO is a 3-piece doom band out of New Jersey with a 3-track demo that kicks heavy ass. The only thing "demo" about it is the number of tracks. Otherwise this is great stuff. Slow and heavy, very cool evil vocals, and most importantly, it leaves you wanting to hearing their debut EP or album. Every band should have a demo like this!


Green Inferno are a 3 piece doom band formed in New Jersey USA in 2017. Green Inferno's brand of doom metal is a mix of stoner, doom and sludge. Their debut 3 song demo was released in Jan 2019 and is available on all major streaming platforms as well as CD.


Doom & Duds for TEN bucks! You can't beat it!
So here's a little backstory about how I found out Green Inferno and maybe this sheds a little light on why merch is so important even for a new band. I spend waaaaay too much time Instagram which is bad for my mental health but great for finding new bands. I stumbled upon a post from Green Inferno telling about their $10 shirt + CD combo and since I cannot resist that kind of deal, I ordered one without even listening to them. A few days later the shirt arrived (killer, BTW) with the CD and that's when I first listened to them. I dug it and here we are doing the review. So usually it's the other way around (take a listen, then buy the merch) but you can't get around the fact that CDs have a way of getting passed around and played in the car to take the edge off of a long commute.



Saturday, July 6, 2019

COSMIC ROVER new album SPITTING FIRE is high-octane stoner rock

COSMIC ROVER new album SPITTING FIRE
COSMIC ROVER new album SPITTING FIRE
COSMIC ROVER has been together only since last year, but its members bring many years of heavy rock music into the group and puts the "POWER" into power trio. Singer and drummer Edson Graseffi put in nearly 30 years with Panzer, guitarist Rick Rocha brings in the riffs and licks, and bassist Rodrigo Felix is an experienced musician from the night of São Paulo. Their sound is pure stoner rock with tons of riffs, heavy bass, pounding drums, and tough vocals. SPITTING FIRE is an album to play at your next party to make sure everyone gets up and gets their moves on.  FFO: Audio Slave, Corrosion of Conformity, Pentagram, and the heaviest of 70s rock bands. Take a listen to Cosmic Rover on Spotify:



You can also find "Our Tattoos" on Fuzzy's Fuzzy in the Desert playlist on Spotify.

Cosmic Rover is Rick Rocha, Rodrigo Felix, Edson Graseffi
Cosmic Rover just finished shows in Uruguay and has shows planned in Chile and the well-known River Rock festival in September in the state of Santa Catarina.


Check out the latest video from Cosmic Rover from their tour in Uruguay:




You will hear Cosmic Rover on BRASIL IN FUZZ in August, a compilation of the heaviest music this year in Brazil. Check out the album here and follow Fuzzy on Bandcamp to find out when the album drops. Brasil in Fuzz is a digital co-production on Bandcamp from Fuzzy Cracklins and Fuzzrious.

BRASIL IN FUZZ lands in August




Friday, July 5, 2019

TELESTHESIA by METADRON is like a greatest hits psych album

TELESTHESIA by METADRON
TELESTHESIA by METADRON
Late night wandering on Instagram got me somehow to this incredible psychedelic trio out of Argentina called METADRON. They have several albums in their catalog already, and you can hear the sound of a band in full command of their skills on TELESTHESIA. It is 8 tracks which are shorter in length, so the album plays out like an EP. Each song is so good this sounds like a greatest hits record. The music is upbeat, the keys get spacey, and the vocals are dreamy. FFO early Brian Jonestown Experience, Black Angels, and any great psychedelic music. Favorite track: Seven Seas.


METADRON is:
Drums & percussion: Nicolás Miele
Bass: Rodrigo Zacha Marchesi
Synth / Rhythm & lead guitar/ Vox: Mariano Miele
Rhythm guitar on track 3 and 8: Alexis Ipi Ayala

Friday, June 28, 2019

Denim Dan & The Blue Jean Band delivers stoner music for stoners on the new Wicked Witches Brew EP

Denim Dan & The Blue Jean Band
Denim Dan & The Blue Jean Band
It never gets old for me to hear a lighter spark and a long bong hit get sucked into the lungs of someone about to enjoy some killer music. There's only three tracks on the new Wicked Witches Brew EP by Denim Dan & The Blue Jean Band but these are true stoner's delight. Long, slow heavy riffs, really great bluesy vocals to let you know you are in good company, plenty of killer guitar work, and just flat out stoner music for stoners. And the bong hits. I love this!



Denim Dan & The Blue Jean Band are a desert sludge group, recently relocated to Nashville, TN.

Nothing says "Fuzzy digs it" like being included on one of my Bandcamp comps which is where you will find "Red Wooden Barn" on Earth Day. Check it out with a couple of hours of fresh killer tunes.

Let's hope for more music soon from Denim Dan & The Blue Jean Band!



Date Animals by Lesbian Wallet stoner punk

Date Animals by Lesbian Wallet stoner punk
Date Animals by Lesbian Wallet
LESBIAN WALLET's new album DATE ANIMALS combines the energy and raw guitar work of punk with the heavy fuzz of stoner. This is likely to be one of the most original albums you will hear all year. Besides the fuzz, another thing that sets Lesbian Wallet apart from a pure punk sound is the length of some of the tracks. "Margherita Hack" gets itself right into stoner territory with its length and heavy sound. And the 3-track set at end? Like I said, this is stoner punk. Right on!


Lesbian Wallet is a stoner punk trio from the midlands of Italy. (Down the road from Kavod, in fact.) The band is Francesco Bordoni (Guitar / Vocals), Francesco Mastellone (Bass), and Simone Romagnoli (Drums).


In their own words:
We play a vicious and occasionally experimental brand of rock with stoner, punk and hardcore elements. Our music draws from a variety of influences (Melvins, The Jesus Lizard, Kyuss, Mclusky to name a few), and since our debut 2016 EP “Elk” it has managed to morph into its own raw, nasty thing.

Don't miss Lesbian Wallet's music video for "Date Animals" on YouTube. It was one of the most popular videos in the 1st Annual Fuzzy Film Festival we held a few weeks ago on IGTV so check it out:





Thursday, June 27, 2019

"0" is the new album from SUPER POWER psychedelic stoner music with a conscious

"0" is the new album from SUPER POWER
"0" is the new album from SUPER POWER
It's rare these days, but back in the beginning of the psychedelic music movement, it was a much more common for the music to have a focus on environmental or political issues. Which makes sense because so much of the great psychedelic music came out of folk music, and that was all about awareness, change, and consciousness. So it is very refreshing to hear some great psychedelic music on a new album with themes that remind about the environmental and political issues we face today. "0" is the new album from Finland's SUPER POWER and it is classic psychedelic stoner:


In the band's own words:
Thematically, the album centers around the vices of humanity and negligence of our planet (and each other). This is expressed through a contrast between fast and hard hitting songs and slow paced compositions that take their time with the ears, mind and heart of the listener
And dig that album cover by Steven Yoyada! Right on!


SUPER POWER is from Helsinki, Finland with members: Kalle - Vocals, Kristian - Bass, Olli - Drums, Onni - Guitar, Rasmus Guitar. They have vinyl for "0" so check out their page on Bandcamp:



CIA Hippie Mind Control new EP "This is What We Do" extreme thrash metal

CIA Hippie Mind Control new EP "This is What We Do"
CIA Hippie Mind Control new EP "This is What We Do" 
It's only 4 songs and 15 minutes, but this EP contains some of the very best black thrash metal there is. I would call it "doom thrash" or "thrash doom" although I don't think either of those is a thing. But here's the deal -- this is extreme doom with all its pain and anger, but at no point does it ever get anywhere near drone or atmospheric or synth or any of that. In fact, that is what I enjoy the most about this band's music -- it is the energy. This is full force thrash doom, or extreme metal as I think I am supposed to call it.


You probably already knew I was going to love this. CIA Hippie Mind Control had a track from their debut EP on my doom sludge comp Opium Warlock's Dungeon of Darkness, and more recently they recorded a brand new song for Crow and Poe my album with all new music inspired by the poetry and prose of Edgar Allan Poe. So yea -- I was gonna dig this. And I do.


CIA Hippie Mind Control is Chad Rauschenberger (WERE-JAGUARS) and Greg Kohler (CRUCIATION). They are based in Portland, Oregon.


VIVID DREAMS PARADE by THE INSEKTLIFE CYCLE instrumental psychedelic improvisation

VIVID DREAMS PARADE by THE INSEKTLIFE CYCLE
VIVID DREAMS PARADE by THE INSEKTLIFE CYCLE
It's rare that I review an album that was released a few years ago but sometimes the music is so good you just have to give it the attention it deserves. And VIVID DREAMS PARADE by THE INSEKTLIFE CYCLE deserves it. This band has few peers (any?) when it comes to instrumental psychedelic improvisation because the songs are full of musical inspiration and variety while keeping the structure and flow of a written song. Improvisation on a theme rather than a free flow jam. And when the music is performed by such skillful musicians .... well, just have a listen for yourself:



The Insektlife Cycle is based in the Philippines, and its members are Joy Legason (bass), Ronnel Vivo (guitars & synth), Jay Jumawan (guitars), and Ronaldo S. Vivo, Jr. on drums (and he also did the excellent albumm art). 




Monday, June 24, 2019

NOPERSONA stoner rock from ARGENTINA and BAND INTERVIEW

NOPERSONA stoner rock from ARGENTINA
NOPERSONA stoner rock from ARGENTINA
Argentina has some of the very best stoner bands out there today, and NOPERSONA is amongst the very best of them. Nopersona is a trio that delivers riffs from hard rock to stoner rock to stoner metal and even a dash of alternative and punk in their catalog of songs. The latest album from Nopersona is a collection of their songs recorded live. Take a listen and scroll down for my interview with the band:



ESCENAS DE VIDAS PASADAS is the most recent studio album from Nopersona:


Nopersona is Nico on vocals and guitar, Pichi on bass, and Chene on drums.

I caught up with Nico a few weeks ago to find out more about NOPERSONA:

Hi man! Thanks for taking the time to talk to me! Tell me how Nopersona got started?
Nopersona formed in 2015 near Buenos Aires, Argentina. We are all from previous bands. 
Nico on vocals and guitar
The albums have a variety of sounds. They are all centered around stoner, but some are more heavy rock, and some are more towards alternative.
Our goal has been to play songs with a variety of sounds, so that is why sometimes you hear us play stoner and sometimes alternative. Also some of our songs are in Spanish and sometimes we sing in English. It all depends on making the song with the right sound.
You will hear stoner riffs in our songs, and sometimes also black metal, and perhaps sometimes even tango. And of course Black Sabbath! 
We like to describe the sound of Nopersona as, "Rock and Roll from the downtown of the Third World." 
Nico on vocals and guitar
What does the band's name "NOPERSONA" come from? What does it represent?
One of our inspirations is the book "1984" by George Orwell. In that book, the government removed dissidents from history and this was the name given to those people. It is like they were never a person, or "no person." 
Chene on drums
Thanks for your time, guys!





Friday, June 21, 2019

SKULLORD debut album IN DEATH to be released on CD in US in JULY

SKULLORD debut album IN DEATH
In Death by SKULLORD
IN DEATH is the debut stoner doom album from SKULLORD. Based on authentic Brazilian religions, IN DEATH delivers heavy pounding doom riffs with the lyrics to support the album's title. FUZZY CRACKLINS PRESENTS is proud to have Skullord in The Swamp along with other heavy bands from the forefront of the world's underground music scene. And soon we will offer the CD version of In Death available for sale to the United States.


Robert Messorem and Dean Meadows of SKULLORD
SKULLORD is Dean Meadows on vocals, guitar and bass, and Robert Messorem on drums and programming.

LIMITED EDITION compact disc (CD) is available now in Brazil on the Skullord Bandcamp page, and in July for US shipping.

Skullord is currently writing and recording new songs for their next album.





Videos for IN DEATH


Thursday, June 20, 2019

BRASIL IN FUZZ epic heavy music compilation drops in August

BRASIL IN FUZZ epic heavy music compilation drops in August
BRASIL IN FUZZ
🇧🇷 BRASIL IN FUZZ com Fuzzy Cracklins e Fuzzrious em agosto, com mais de 40 das músicas mais pesadas do underground brasileiro, incluindo muitas faixas novas e pré-lançadas.

BRASIL IN FUZZ será um lançamento apenas digital no Bandcamp em https://fuzzycracklins.bandcamp.com disponível para download gratuito (Name Your Price) para que o maior número possível de fãs possa ouvir essas bandas. Todas as doações são usadas para a promoção das bandas.

Para exemplos de compilações anteriores, por favor veja https://fuzzycracklins.bandcamp.com/album/blood-moon-god

Para participar desta compilação, entre em contato fuzzycracklins@gmail.com

Fuzzy Cracklins Presents é um selo do Bandcamp com oito bandas de todo o mundo.
fuzzycracklins@gmail.com
https://fuzzycracklins.bandcamp.com
https://www.fuzzycracklins.com
https://www.instagram.com/fuzzycracklins

Fuzzrious é uma promotora e revisora musical sediada em São Paulo.
fuzzrious@gmail.com
https://bandcamp.com/fuzzrious
https://www.instagram.com/fuzzrious

Art by by Old Boy
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🇬🇧 BRASIL IN FUZZ powered by Fuzzy Cracklins and Fuzzrious drops in August with over 40 of the heaviest songs in the Brazilian underground, including many new and pre-release tracks.

BRASIL IN FUZZ will be a digital-only release on Bandcamp at https://fuzzycracklins.bandcamp.com available for free download (Name Your Price) so that as many fans as possible will be able to hear these bands. All donations are used for the promotion of the bands.

For examples of previous compilations, please see https://fuzzycracklins.bandcamp.com/album/blood-moon-god

To join this compilation, please contact fuzzycracklins@gmail.com

Fuzzy Cracklins Presents is a Bandcamp label with eight bands from around the world.
fuzzycracklins@gmail.com
https://fuzzycracklins.bandcamp.com
https://www.fuzzycracklins.com
https://www.instagram.com/fuzzycracklins

Fuzzrious is a music promoter and reviewer based in São Paulo.
fuzzrious@gmail.com
https://bandcamp.com/fuzzrious
https://www.instagram.com/fuzzrious

Art by by Old Boy
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Fuzzy Cracklins Presents is all about promoting bands


Here is a list of ways I can help bands with their online promotion. If you are not sure what kind of underground music I promote, just take a look at the posts in this blog to get an idea. Everything is free. I do not charge bands for anything. Get at me at fuzzycracklins@gmail.com


BLOG REVIEWS

I only write reviews for music I really dig. Send me your music and if I like it, I will write a blog review that is short and to the point of why I like your band's music. I am glad to include news about the band, all your social links, embed videos, and even a band interview.

For example: https://www.fuzzycracklins.com/2019/05/king-of-none.html

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

Spotify is a great way for fans to hear your band's music. Get at me if you want your song added to my playlist.

Here is the my playlist on Spotify: http://bit.ly/fuzzycracklinsspotify

YOUTUBE CHANNEL

All you need to do to get your album onto my YouTube channel is give me your permission. I will make the video and make sure your links are listed at the top of the description so that fans will find them easily. 

BANDCAMP MAILING LIST

I send out a weekly newsletter to my Bandcamp mailing list. This is best if we've done a review on my blog and I can send them a link to that. For some bands, this is a good way to send out some download codes, too.

For example, here is what we have done for one of the bands in The Swamp and check out the nice reviews received for the album: https://crowballard.bandcamp.com/album/electric-paradox

THE SWAMP KREWE

This is a big boost when your band has a new album and needs it to get out to my super fans on Bandcamp.  These fans have a lot of followers of their own, so your album will get into a lot of collections very quickly. Especially if your Bandcamp page has merch on it, this is the way to get fans to see it.

For example, here is another band from The Swamp where we have done this: https://kavod.bandcamp.com/album/wheel-of-time

MERCH

Sell your CDs and other merch on my Bandcamp and Big Cartel pages. I take care of the shipping. This is especially good for bands outside of the United States who want to have me ship their merch exclusively to the US. This way, your fans save money on shipping and your band continues to sell its merch from your own sites in your region.

CONTESTS

Every fan loves a contest and Fuzzy can help you make it even more fun. A band or a label can send me a tape or CD or album or shirt or whatever, and I will handle the shipping to the winner, or you can direct ship to the winner. Contact me in advance to work out the details.

For example here is a virtual contest and the label shipped the vinyl:
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw4IjOJJQbw/

And here is a video posted on Instagram for the winner of a CD that I mailed out:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BxzQDekhz0A/

LIVE VIDEO 

If your band is rehearsing in your studio or playing a gig, why not get a friend with a phone to catch a few songs of your set on IGTV (Instagram live TV video) or YouTube Live? I will promote the show for you so that you get fans from all over the world to show up. These work best when you keep it short so this is really easy to set up, and build up an international fan base. PRO TIP: Bring a tripod with a phone adapter, and an extension cord with the phone's power adapter to keep things steady and energized.


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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

How (and WHY) to send out download codes on Bandcamp


TLDR; Spend $3.00 to buy download codes on Bandcamp and send them to reviewers and super fans. Here's how!
This post is for all the bands out there who are trying to get the word out on their music. Well, that should be EVERY band regardless of their size, but especially new underground bands who don't have a label and a PR company and all that. You guys have to get things done yourselves.

All the info after the jump..........

Monday, June 17, 2019

ADVENT VARIC sends a 2-part blackened stoner metal warning: TUMULUS

Tumulus by ADVENT VARIC
Tumulus by ADVENT VARIC
ADVENT VARIC describes their music as blackened stoner metal and I would say that "symphonic doom" or even "extreme doom" are also ways to describe these two debut tracks from this trio out of Boston. Whatever you call it, I love the epic sound and long track times, the backstory, and the guitar work going on here. There are so many riffs packed into 15 minutes on each of these tracks that it is hard to listen to this in the background -- it demands your attention. When the debut music is this good, you know you are looking forward to the band's next album.





ADVENT VARIC is: Doug Graves - Guitar and Vocals, Phill Graves - Bass, Steve - Drums. In their own words:
Advent Varic is Blackened Stoner Metal from the planet Tumulus. We were sent to your Terra on Saturn 9  to consume your kind. Repent before Captain Graves, before you are annihilated.
Keeping true to progressive songwriting, gritty attention grabbing guitars, sheet metal ripping vocals, low end nightmare bass attacks, and gentle atmospheric interludes. This is surely something you've not experienced before.


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