Friday, May 31, 2019

Dying Sun Remaster by The Howling Eye is a worthy remaster


Few things in music get my attention like the words REMASTER. If a band thinks enough of their music to go back and give it some more love and attention, then I figure I am in for a special treat. And a special treat is exactly what THE HOWLING EYE have delivered with DYING SUN REMASTER (2019). It's 48 minutes minutes of heavy stoner doom metal, mostly instrumental, and pretty much just epic overall.

It's been a while since I listened to the original DYING SUN (2017) and also I wanted to compare it with the new remaster, and ..... oh hell yes! The entire sound is heavier and fuller. I'm on my good headphones so imagine how this is going to sound when I get it going on the big ancient speakers at Happy Hour tonight. I'm not sure if The Howling Eye has any plans for a CD or vinyl but I would pick up both of those if they came out. This remaster deserves nothing less.


And there's more! Because the remaster includes a new track THE HOWLING CAVES that was not on the original album.

And there's EVEN more because they also recorded different versions of the songs! These guys have been busy. Here is DYING SUN REDUX:


I asked the band about this pair of new records based on the original Dying Sun. Here is what The Howling Eye had to say about REDUX:
The story begins in Feb 2018. The nights were long and cold as fuck and we were recording Sonorous at Kongo Studio in a small town near Warsaw. We used to record our parts for most of the day, having only a gas cooker to make our food and a small, jet-engine-like gas heater to get us warm, so in the end of the day we were all dead tired. Usually we would just rest, jam or both, but on one particular night Jacek (our sound engineer) left for Warsaw to see GOLD, a great Dutch band. We got pretty high and I remembered the idea to re-record our first EP, but someone proposed to make it different. I had a country Texas-ranger-like version of Dying Sun in my mind for a while back then. Even earlier we had noticed that the riff from 'Junkhead' sounds kinda similar to 'To, Co Czujesz, To, Co Wiesz', a Polish reggae/dub classic. Thus we decided to re-record the EP, but each song was to be in a different style. We didn't know what to do with 'Dwa Złote', though, so I guess we just wanted to play it faster and it turned out to be a drum and bass song. We only did one take of everything so it's pretty floppy at some places, but I believe it turned out good. 
And about REMASTER:
Hubert proposed the remaster last Autumn. Our first EP was recorded live at Hubert's basement and pre-mixed (all the mics were recorded into one 'sum' track), so basically everything better than that would be an improvement. We decided that there is no point in fooling around, it sounded cheap, dark and rough, so we wanted even more of it. We basically added more bass where we could and compressed the shit out of everything to achieve this roaring kind of sound. We came up with lyrics to 'Dying Sun', so Hubert recorded them and I overdubbed my solos. Hubert also experimented with stacking layers, reverb and delays, so I hope it's as filthy and swampy as it should be. We also came up with this concept of a dualistic EP, which is reflected in the covers. One side of it is happy and chilly, and the other is pure doom.
I first reviewed The Howling Eye back in 2018 with SONOROUS and you should check that out, too. It's also very good.






Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Torsion by Malsten is an epic debut song of slow Swedish doom metal

Torsion by Malsten
Torsion by Malsten
If your band is going to release a debut single, you might as well make it epic. Are you not sure exactly what an epic debut song sounds like? Then take a listen to TORSION by MALSTEN which starts off very doom and dark like it should, layers on the effects, and builds up the riffs and tension like the plot of a good gothic movie. In fact, this song sounds like a movie soundtrack to me, or as if a good movie was edited into a 10 minute version of itself, and this song was the soundtrack. Listen for yourself:


The heaviness, the drop into the fuzz towards the end, and especially that short part where the vocals break into Swedish. There is so much to dig in this song.


Malsten is:
Manne - Vocals
Fredrik - Guitar
Andreas - Bass and synths
Joen - Drums
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Debut single of doom metal with killer vocals from VELA NEGRA

Debut single of doom metal with killer vocals from VELA NEGRA
Debut single from VELA NEGRA
VELA NEGRA has their debut single ready to deafen your eardrums and it is called O Inevitável Porvir (The Unavoidable Future). This is very heavy doom with great riffs to keep things moving, and sometimes the guitar heads off into space to keep things very interesting. The vocals here are simply incredible, starting clean and slow and building to tougher screams later on. Take a listen:


I will keep it super real and tell you that this song sounds extra dark and mysterious to me because I cannot understand any Portuguese. I am the same way with any language, and when in English I love fuzzed-out vocals. The singing here is very clean with variety, too -- sometimes low and steady, sometimes building up with energy.

Vela Negra is a new band from Basilia, Brazil. The band is new but its members bring with them experience from previous bands, and that explains why this debut single is so good. Vela Negra is Marcel on guitar, Fabão on bass, Tamiel on drums, and Zé Dai Hou with vocals and production.

And good news! Vela Negra has more songs in the works, so be sure to follow them to stay in touch:




Tuesday, May 28, 2019

WATCH ROME BURN is a sticks & strings setup from PNW

WATCH ROME BURN
Jestyn and Drew Cummings of WATCH ROME BURN
The great music from the PNW just won't stop and check out the high energy alternative punk rock from WATCH ROME BURN a duo of brothers Drew and Jestyn Cummings with enough riffs and fuzz and non-stop action going on. There's even a track with some harmonica and bluesy guitar in case you didn't get enough variety already. VOX HERETIC is the debut album and SNAKESKIN is the new single so check them out:





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Mercury Sea by Dali's Llama desert doom psych

Mercury Sea by Dali's Llama
Mercury Sea by Dali's Llama
DALI'S LLAMA has been serving up the heavy desert music for over 20 years from So Cal, and after listening to the riffs on their latest album MERCURY SEA, the only description I have is "desert doom punk" because some of these songs get really heavy. Check out WEARY: 


I dig the vocals and guitar of Zach Huskey and Erica Huskey's bass is right there to support it. There's a lot of variety to the songs, some are more grungy, some more punk, some slower, and the variety leads to a great album overall. Check it out!




The Death of All Religions by Hypnotic Nausea psych stoner concept album from Greece

The Death of All Religions by Hypnotic Nausea
The Death of All Religions by Hypnotic Nausea
Greece's HYPNOTIC NAUSEA drops their first album in a long time, and it's a really good psych rocker with great riffing and even some ambient going on. There are so many great samples on this one with a lot of variety, and they fit the music so nicely. And you still get very mellow and haunting vocals too, so this album is a real treat for fans of vocals. And guess what -- there's a message to all this. Yes, THE DEATH OF ALL RELIGIONS  is a concept album about:
A concept album about the viral nature of religion and other mind viruses. A made up deity drives society’s train and the people seem defenseless against it. They serve it blindly. Yet they serve other people. The inventors of their false god…

And check this out -- there is a COMIC BOOK included with the download! Here's a sample:




THE FIRST GODS EP from DOS BRUJOS the masters of metal jams

THE FIRST GODS EP from DOS BRUJOS
THE FIRST GODS EP from DOS BRUJOS
DOS BRUJOS delivers another EP of metal jams that deliver such a tight set of thrash tracks it will be over before you realize it. Your mind will be locked into these building riffs, pounding rhythms, and fuzzed-out pedals. The only thing to do is set this on repeat and listen to it again.

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Juniper Landing debut album by EnFire is OVER AN HOUR of stoner doom with psych

Juniper Landing debut album by EnFire
Juniper Landing debut album by EnFire
EnFire is a stoner doom trio from New Zealand with their 65 MINUTE debut album JUNIPER LANDING. Doom, killer vocals, a bit of psych, and 100% stoner.  Some really great guitar solos going on too supported by the rhythm section that never misses a step. You know how much I love a good sample, and the first track DANK DUNGEON has that covered sooooo well. Music video for NICOTINE below.





Sunday, May 26, 2019

WEIGHTLESS WATERS from Finland's KING OF NONE heavy stoner metal

WEIGHTLESS WATERS from Finland's KING OF NONE
WEIGHTLESS WATERS from Finland's KING OF NONE
"Badass" is my 1 word review of the new heavy stoner metal album WEIGHTLESS WATERS from KING OF NONE from Finland. Emphasis on the heavy and also on the metal. These guys took their time with this one and you can hear it. Pure energy from start to finish, fantastic sound production, an arsenal of power riffs with guitars attacking you from every direction. I love the variety to the vocals, and the fantasy-inspired lyrics are right up my alley. The guitar solo in DESOLATOR is so fucking cool but hardly the only one. Listen for yourself:


We're King of None, a 5-piece heavy psychedelic stoner prog rock band from the arctic wastelands of Finland. We released our third EP entitled Weightless Waters in May 2019 and even got a song onto Spotify's editorial playlist "Metal from Finland", which is a huge deal for us with Finland being known for its metal music.





Friday, May 24, 2019

NATURAL MORONS extreme pop energy and punk vocals

MAVERICK pop punk by NATURAL MORONS
MAVERICK pop punk by NATURAL MORONS
Extreme high-energy pop punk from Israel's NATURAL MORONS with lyrics way above the average. The vocals are delivered lo-fi with more than enough energy to satisfy the angriest listener, and the lyrics will take you all the way back to punk's roots. I dig the whole 12-track album and don't miss out on END LIFE TO NEW START with its heavy sound and killer guitar solo. And you will crack a smile when you hear WITH YOU. Check it out!


Natural Morons is the solo project of Mark with new members on the horizon before they hit the shows. (You all know how much I dig solo musicians -- after all LOUD & LONELY VOL. 1 is where everything got its start for me.)


BURN IDOL is the latest release from Natural Morons and according to Mark it owes a lot of its sound to a very special person in his life:



NATURAL MORONS can be heard on the usual places, and be sure to go and give them a FOLLOW over on Bandcamp where you can stay up to date with their music and news:







Wednesday, May 22, 2019

LOW MACHINE S/T debut album stoner synths

LOW MACHINE S/T debut album
LOW MACHINE S/T debut album
Debut album from LOW MACHINE is 45 solid minutes of instrumental and vocals stoner with layers of synths and effects giving it a taste of krautrock as they describe it. Each song has a slightly different sound with some going very heavy rock and others going a little doom. And a few great samples. Variety is a good thing when it works, and it works here. A welcome addition to the already amazing amount of music from The Heavy South America. If you are in a hurry then go straight to Fangio which is a really beautiful song with its mix of stoner and synths and fuzz, or check out Reset which showcases the variety of the vocals along with some very heavy fuzz.



Low Machine is Francisco Palavezzati (Guitar, voicing, synths, mixing and mastering), Joni Cabrera (guitars, bass), Matthieu Bellemere (drums).






Tuesday, May 21, 2019

SONIC SLOTH debut album is 50 minutes of prog doom psych you cannot miss

SONIC SLOTH debut album
SONIC SLOTH debut album
I first heard SONIC SLOTH more than 6 months ago when I bumped into them on Soundcloud and asked them to get at me when their debut album dropped. And here it is. UNREAL is the word to describe this instrumental psych album with some doom heaviness and also prog energy. What a great sound these guys have. And this ain't no EP -- this is FIFTY minutes of great music. Take a listen to SONIC SLOTH:


SONIC SLOTH is a trio from Hanau, Germany including Marco Rehwald (guitar), Daniel Schäfer (bass), and Malte Denecke (drums).

And that album cover is so great! It is by Jo Riou. Go hit their Bandcamp page and get the shirt! (and a CD too while you are there).



TREE OF RIFFS debut EP "THE BEGINNING" heavy Southern groove metal

TREE OF RIFFS debut EP "THE BEGINNING"
TREE OF RIFFS debut EP "THE BEGINNING"
THE BEGINNING is the debut EP from TREE OF RIFFS who you heard before as SPIRIT OF INDIGO the one-man heavy Southern rock unit. His new project moves his sound into a heavier direction but with the same great riffing you loved before. "Southern groove metal" is the way to describe TREE OF RIFFS and I really dig the variety of sounds within the five tracks of this EP with edgy aggressive vocals, and there is also a purely instrumental track.  Take a listen for yourself....


I loved this guy before (he's got a track on THE HEAVY SOUTH) and this sound is even heavier so of course I love this even more. The new debut EP just dropped so check it out, and also here is a little about TREE OF RIFFS:
I've put all of my heart, soul, and skills into making this awesome metal album that is new and original in a style that is my own, that I can only describe as true "21st century groove metal" paying homage to my favorite artist/albums while staying honest and true to my own style. 
I wanted to make an album that I myself would be stoked to hear/discover and I feel that I finally did this on this album! That being said, I am extremely proud of this album and I hope you love this debut album as much as I do!!!! 
If you followed my last solo project you know that I like to make an album that "flows" from start to finish, so please give this EP an honest chance (its just under 20 mins). 
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Monday, May 20, 2019

HAVEN TO A HEAVY SOUL by Kenya's REFUGE is heavy Southern rock

HAVEN TO A HEAVY SOUL by Kenya's REFUGE
HAVEN TO A HEAVY SOUL by Kenya's REFUGE
Heavy rock day continues here in The Swamp. REFUGE's debut album HAVEN TO A HEAVY SOUL delivers flat-out 70s style Southern heavy rock. Very heavy music from a such a young band, too! Check out the video for DOWN THERE and also you can hear the album on Spotify below. Don't miss the jam on the last track -- it's great! Band info below!


REFUGE is a band of six teenagers from around the world based out of Kenya. Here is more about them: 
REFUGE is a 6-person band of international teens based in Nairobi, Kenya. Their sound is high-energy, guitar-driven rock n’ roll with strong influences from the ‘70s greats of classic rock and blues.
 
The band’s youth and diversity is unmissable – members are 12 (singer) to 15 years old and they have roots in 7 countries and 4 continents. The lead guitarist and singer are also siblings.  All of the members come from parents that work in humanitarian aid and development, which is what brought them to Kenya in the first place. 
REFUGE started in late-2016 when Patrick (guitar), Gabe (drums) and Silas (guitar) would get together to jam at each other’s houses. It went better than expected during those early jam sessions, and the boys soon realized that they had the beginning of a band. Over time, they developed a very clear preference for the blues, classic rock, and improvisational jamming. That led to them expanding in order to bring in all the necessary elements to complete the band, eventually adding Ben on bass, Teresa on vocals, and Ike on piano/organ.
 
The band’s influences are broad but some of the artists they admire and learn from include Santana, Allman Brothers, Black Sabbath, Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and Blues greats such as Albert King, Elmore James and Buddy Guy.
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RISE OF THE ASTROPHANT is the heavy riffing debut album from Germany's SLEEPING CHILD

RISE OF THE ASTROPHANT debut album by SLEEPING CHILD
RISE OF THE ASTROPHANT debut album by SLEEPING CHILD
Germany's SLEEPING CHILD's debut album RISE OF THE ASTROPHANT delivers on the promise of their 4-track EP from earlier this year, and goes even heavier with the riffs without giving up the stoner melodies. The beautiful vocals are still front and center, too. This is a super solid heavy rocker from start to finish. Love that album art, too. Listen below and also check out the video I did for HIGH RUNNER.


Friday, May 17, 2019

KAVOD delivers the meditative doom you need with their debut WHEEL OF TIME EP

KAVOD debut EP THE WHEEL OF TIME
KAVOD debut EP THE WHEEL OF TIME
The heavy music from Italy keeps dropping and I am glad for it. KAVOD's debut EP "THE WHEEL OF TIME" delivers the heavy psych in the form of meditative doom. This is music that is so heavy with its bass and riffs and repeating rhythms that it makes your mind start to ponder and think and meditate. Do you think that is possible for music to do? I can tell you I have seen it happen. Here in The Swamp, we listen to all of our bands (of which Kavod has recently joined us, and we are grateful!) and while we were listening to THE WHEEL OF TIME, the fair Mrs. Cracklins became very quiet. Her eyes become glassy with a far-away stare. Finally I realized what was happening! "Are you meditating?" I asked her. Her reply, "Why yes, this music has made think about a lot of things." And that is meditative doom, my friends. Continue past the jump to listen to KAVOD's meditative doom for yourself...

SANGUE S/T heavy doom with clean vocals

SANGUE S/T heavy doom
SANGUE S/T heavy doom
Heavy doom with clean vocals sounds great to me and you will also love the sound of SANGUE ("blood" in Italian) from their self-titled debut album. Take a listen after the jump....

HYPERVENOM instrumental doom metal debut album

Hypervenom instrumental doom metal debut album
Hypervenom instrumental doom metal debut album
I am very excited to announce HYPERVENOM has joined The Swamp with their heavy instrumental doom metal! Take a listen and watch their music video after the jump....

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Space Invaders by Casquetaria stoner rock from Brazil

Space Invaders by Casquetaria
Space Invaders by Casquetaria
The new single from Brazil's Casquetaria has landed and it is called appropriately enough SPACE INVADERS. Take a listen to this stoner rock trio from Brazil and add the single to your Bandcamp collection after the jump....

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rusty Mullet WINE AND CHEESE blues punk EP drops May 24

Rusty Mullet blues punk trio
I put out a comp a few months ago called THE HEAVY SOUTH which was exactly what you think it was -- the best and the freshest and heaviest music from the South. And a few "South in Spirit" bands from across the Pond since Heavy and South are a sound not a city on a driver's license. Well today I am hear to tell you about Rusty Mullet and if I had known about them a few months ago I surely would have asked them to get involved with that. Better late than never, and even better than that, Rusty Mullet has a new album out very soon so hit the jump and let's take a listen to the lead single NUDE SADNESS.....

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Sun That Burned Too Long EP by Shy Lizard alternative rock from Wales

The Sun That Burned Too Long EP by Shy Lizard
The Sun That Burned Too Long EP by Shy Lizard
THE SUN THAT BURNED TOO LONG is the debut EP from alternative rock trio Shy Lizard from Swansea in South Wales, UK. It's full of catchy hooks delivered with grungy, crunchy guitar riffs and punchy drum work. Shy Lizard is all about clean, tight songs that swirl around with a taste of punk and garage without getting too far away from solid rock & roll songs. There is a nice variety of sounds even with just five tracks. Some get a little more distorted, some stay a little cleaner. The band is Ed, Cherie and Levi with Ed and Levi alternating on lead vocals like at their live shows. I really dig this EP so stream the music for yourself after the break....

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

FREE CODES for the new Heavy Hands "Lies and Half Truths" EP

 Heavy Hands "Lies and Half Truths" EP
 Heavy Hands "Lies and Half Truths" EP
Heavy Hands is one of the few bands that stays in heavy rotation during Happy Hour at the Cracklins Shack. Heavy rock with the right amount of psych and smooth vocals that keep the party going. So I'm to glad to report they dropped a new EP on 420! Take a listen to LIES AND HALF TRUTHS from Heavy Hands:


Don't believe that me and Mrs. Cracklins really dig Heavy Hands around the Cracklins Shack? Check out this complete drink sampler Mrs. C prepared to go along with their music (and yes, the drinks were suggested by the band -- head over here to read the drink recipes).

The Heavy Hands Medley by Mrs. Cracklins
The Heavy Hands Medley by Mrs. Cracklins
Heavy Hands is staying busy these days:
We've got a show this Friday (5/3) at the Dorchester Art Project. We are playing in Boston at Club Bohemia 6/13 and then the next day, which is Friday, we are going up to NYC to play at Muchmores. 6/29 we are back at the Midway Cafe. 7/19 we are playing a house show in Boston. 7/25 we'll be in Portland, Maine, more details to follow on that shortly. And we have at least one show in the works for August. More to follow!
Check out my review from Heavy Hand's debut EP "Heavy H&S" right here.



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DEAD BUTTONS live garage rock from Korea with band interview with Fuzzy Cracklins

DEAD BUTTONS live garage rock from Korea
DEAD BUTTONS 211218 (live) 
Listen to the guitar work on the latest EP from Dead Buttons (on "Witch" in particular) before you declare you are not a fan of live Korean psychedelic garage rock. Then go back and listen to the whole album. This is a live recording that captures the band's energy without sacrificing the sound quality. In true psychedelic form, the band includes keys and lays down an extended song at the end of the album. Even the notoriously picky Mrs. Cracklins digs Dead Buttons and we have been playing a lot of this album during Happy Hour.


I dig Dead Buttons so much I asked them to lay down a song on Lunosphere X my comp of fresh heavy underground music. Check them out on there along with a lot of other great bands!


Korean garage rock is new to me so I asked the band if they would answer a few questions.

Dead Buttons (Photo: Javier Puelpan)
FUZZY CRACKLINS: Hello to DEAD BUTTONS and thank you for taking the time to answer some questions! Please tell us how did your band get started, and who is in the band?
Hi, nice to talk to you. I’m Jihyun, guitar and vocals of the band Dead Buttons. I formed Dead Buttons in 2012 and we became current form recently, four of us now.
FUZZY CRACKLINS: Who is who on the album cover? [photo at the top of this post] and what instruments do they play?
The guy in the front is MJ, our bassist and I’m right behind him (in green hair). Left, she’s Goyang, the keyboardist and the right is Yeonsik on drums.
Jihyun, guitar and vocals (Photo: Javier Puelpan)
FUZZY CRACKLINS: Both of your albums on Bandcamp are live recordings. How do you get the sound quality to be so good?
Thank you. The first live album was recorded at Club Sharp and the second one was at Seng Gi Studio which are our local. Both of them are recorded during our live and thankfully the house engineer sent me the tracks and they were so good that we decided to release them. 
FUZZY CRACKLINS: Do you have any plans for a studio album?
We’re working on two singles at the moment. After that we are going to start recording our new LP. 
MJ on bass (Photo: Javier Puelpan)
FUZZY CRACKLINS: Do you have any upcoming gigs or shows or festivals to play?
We’ll be playing at Peace Train Festival in June which takes place in DMZ. It must be mind blowing! And also there’s a meaningful charity show called ‘Punk Against Sexism’ in the same month.
Goyang on keyboard (Photo: Javier Puelpan)
FUZZY CRACKLINS: Tell us what the music scene is like in Seoul, and what are some of the other bands we should listen to.
The indie music scene in Seoul is not really huge but very intimate. There are so many good bands we’d recommend you to listen such as Billy Carter,  Slant, The Crawler, Jambinai and our favourite Hellivision and many more.
FUZZY CRACKLINS: When you pack for a long trip and you won't have Internet, what are the albums you put on your phone before you leave?
I would definitely put Black Sabbath ‘Paranoid’ and their self titled album on my iPhone. Oh and IDLES ‘Brutalism’, too. And here’s MJ’s list - Ravi shankar ‘The livingroom session’, Fuzz ‘Live in San Francisco’, The Roaring 420s ‘What is phych?’, Kikagaku Moyo ‘House in the tall grass’.
FUZZY CRACKLINS: Thank you for your time, and thanks for the music!

Yeonsik on drums (Photo: Javier Puelpan)

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