New Videos of Primate, Whores and Junior Bruce! by orlandooom407

So stoked that Melanie Maher caught footage of Tuesday’s show at Will’s Pub. Check out these awesome videos of Primate, Whores, and  Junior Bruce below:


Black Tusk – Set The Dial by orlandooom407

Whoo! It’s that time of year again, when the steam begins to settle on the hot streets across the South, giving way to that cool breeze of fall. It’s also a great time of year to rock out, as Black Tusk’s new album Set The Dial is set to be unleashed on us this October.  “Da Tusk” has been punching people’s brains into the backs of their skulls for a few years now, being one of a cadre of great heavy bands to come out of Savannah, GA within the past decade. Their latest effort is a very straight-forward affair, much in line with fellow Georgians Kylesa, and slightly more punishing and less melody focused than their friends in Baroness.

This new effort treads much of the same territory as the above mentioned bands, with thick, rhythmic riffs and around-the-kit tribal drumming. This is good news for fans of the “swamp metal” semi-genre, bad news for those looking for a radical innovation in modern doom. It stays well within the comfort zone that Black Tusk and other Southern bands have resided in for the past half decade. This doesn’t detract from Set The Dial being a fun, listenable album. None of the songs in particular jump out at me, but if you’re looking for a quick fix of good doom, look here.

Anyway, not much to say about this album besides what’s already been said about previous Black Tusk efforts. Still top of the line when it comes to intensity, the triple vocal effect is still awesome, and none of the songs wander around or lose focus, which allows them to maintain the immediacy that makes the album worth listening to.  I’m happy that they didn’t lose anything that already made them an excellent band, and I would definitely go out of my way to see them live. That said, this album still leaves me with a nagging need for new sounds. Doom (and sludge by proxy) as a genre is getting dangerously close to being populated with a bunch of “(blank)-by-numbers” bands, and it saddens me to feel like such a hype, talented band as Black Tusk might be teetering into that territory. I’d still recommend this to fans of the genre, or to those who felt a band like Kylesa became too “soft” with their recent efforts. This album still keeps everything very heavy, and for that alone is valuable.

Click here to pre-order Set the Dial, available on Relapse Records October 25th.

Check out Black Tusk on tour this Fall:

Oct. 1 Statesboro, GA Dos Amigos
Oct. 21 Athens, GA The Caledonia as part of Devilneck Festival
Oct. 22 Savannah, GA The Jinx – Set the Dial record release show
Oct. 23 Tallahassee, FL St Michael’s Pub
Oct. 25 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa (w/ Mastodon)
Oct. 27 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s (w/ Mastodon)
Oct. 28 New Orleans, LA Babylon
Oct. 29 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn – Set the Dial record release show
Nov. 2 Charlotte, NC The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall (w/ MonstrO)
Nov. 3 Richmond, VA Kingdom (w/ MonstrO)
Nov. 4 New York, NY Irving Plaza (as part of Metalsucks Fest)
Nov. 5 Reading, PA Reverb (w/ MonstrO)
Nov. 6 Boston, MA Great Scott (w/ MonstrO)
Nov. 7 Poughkeepsie, NY The Loft (w/ Thou, MonstrO)
Nov. 8 tba Nov. 9 Baltimore, MD Sonar (w/ Thou, MonstrO)
Nov. 10 tba
Nov. 11 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall (w/ Thou, MonstrO)
Nov. 12 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class (w/ Thou, MonstrO)
Nov. 13 Chicago, IL Ultra Lounge (w/ Thou, MonstrO)
Nov. 14 St Louis, MO Fubar (w/ Thou, MonstrO)
Nov. 15 Memphis, TN Hi Tone (w/ Thou, MonstrO)
Nov. 16 Little Rock, AR Downtown Music (w/ Thou, MonstrO)
Nov. 17 Nashville, TN The End (w/ Thou, MonstrO)

– Chris Nunez

Web Comic Wednesday – What Do You Mean MY Priorities Aren’t In Order?! by orlandooom407

Big thanks again to Keith Carlson for another edition of WEB COMIC WEDNESDAY. Gotta love Cephalic Carnage.

Alternate title – “Convergrony”

Check out Cephalic’s re-issue of Lucid Interval here.

– Jared Oates Haggard

MonstrO – Self-Titled Debut by orlandooom407

Have you ever been to one of those parties where a few people are blazing but there’s always one broski who thinks it would be funny to ‘mess with the stoned people’?

I’m here to warn you all: MonstrO IS THAT DUDE.

Oh sure, the new album starts out innocently enough, with your basic jangly-guitared hippie rock.  But then somewhere toward the end of the third track (‘Concertina’) it bottoms out into some kind of dirty groove that sounds like manatees fucking in a swamp.  They carry on like this for a couple of tracks until WHAM – there’s a ballad.  If, like me, you’re already a couple bowls in, this is sort of like getting punched in the dick with a Funoodle.  I wanted to be mad at them, but of course the best I could come up with was a sort of cheerful resentment. You know how that is.

Not that I have anything against MonstrO… I mean they’re not going to harsh your mellow by any means.  This album is a pretty balanced mix of rock, groove, catchy yet kind of deep lyrics, and decent riffs.  I could almost say it’s sort of a less-moody Mastodon.  In fact I would go so far as to say I bet they kick ass live; I’d like to see/hear them play with a little less of that ‘studio restraint’.  The songs are well constructed and the vocals are getting close to impassioned, but it almost feels like they’re holding back a little.  Maybe they’re afraid of inducing one of those jittering nightmare-trips that you sometimes get when there’s a flashing light in your peripheral vision, or if you’re startled by a loud noise.  Everybody has those, right?

Anyway, I have it on good authority that MonstrO is the brainchild of Torche guitarist Juan Montoya.  If you are picking this album up with the idea that you’re going to get more Torcheiness, I think you’re probably going to be disappointed.  While musically there is a fair bit of similarity, I find MonstrO to have somewhat less of an edge. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, but for me Torche has a certain dark grittiness that MonstrO lacks.

Still, if you’re looking for something reasonably upbeat to get high to, MonstrO is good for that, as long as you don’t mind getting socked in the genitals with a floating foam pool toy.

Click Here to check out MonstrO on Facebook.

Click Here to order MonstrO’s self-titled debut from Vagrant Records.

Catch MonstrO on tour starting this week /w Kyuss Lives(9/28-10/8), Black Tusk and Thou(Both 11/2-11/17):

Date Location / Venue Details
Sep 28, 2011
New Orleans, LA
House Of Blues
w/ Kyuss Lives!
Sep 29, 2011
Houston, TX
Warehouse Live
w/ Kyuss Lives!
Oct 01, 2011
Austin, TX
w/ Kyuss Lives!
Oct 02, 2011
Dallas, TX
Southside Music Hall
w/ Kyuss Lives!
Oct 04, 2011
Denver, CO
w/ Kyuss Lives!
Oct 05, 2011
Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe Brewing Co. Patio
w/ Kyuss Lives!
Oct 06, 2011
Phoenix, AZ
w/ Kyuss Lives!
Oct 07, 2011
Las Vegas, NV
House Of Blues
w/ Kyuss Lives!
Oct 08, 2011
Pomona, CA
Fox Theater
w/ Kyuss Lives!
Nov 02, 2011
Charlotte, NC
The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
w/ Black Tusk and Thou
Nov 03, 2011
Richmond, VA
w/ Black Tusk and Thou
Nov 05, 2011
Reading, PA
w/ Black Tusk and Thou
Nov 06, 2011
Boston, MA
Great Scott
w/ Black Tusk and Thou
Nov 07, 2011
Poughkeepsie, NY
The Loft
w/ Black Tusk and Thou
Nov 09, 2011
Baltimore, MD
w/ Black Tusk and Thou
Nov 11, 2011
Rochester, NY
Montage Music Hall
w/ Black Tusk and Thou
Nov 12, 2011
Cleveland, OH
Now That’s Class
w/ Black Tusk and Thou
Nov 13, 2011
Chicago, IL
Ultra Lounge
w/ Black Tusk and Thou
Nov 14, 2011
St. Louis, MO
w/ Black Tusk and Thou
Nov 15, 2011
Memphis, TN
Hi Tone
w/ Black Tusk and Thou
Nov 16, 2011
Little Rock, AR
Downtown Music
w/ Black Tusk and Thou
Nov 17, 2011
Nashville, TN
The End
w/ Black Tusk and Thou

-Gregor Von Leakenhawer

Junior Bruce Releases Two Songs by orlandooom407

Our trusted swampy companions, Junior Bruce, recently signed to A389 Records for the release of their debut LP. The record is set for release on November 1st.

Scott Angelacos, the ferocious front man of JRB, recorded and engineered this release at his studio (High Five Audio) in Deland, FL. Below you’ll find videos for two songs. Scott, and his partner in crime Jeff McAlear, have worked with some uncontrollably heavy Floridian bands such as Hollow Leg, Shroud Eater and Fire in the Cave.

Check out Junior Bruce on Facebook.

If you’re in a band that is interested in recording with Scott and Jeff at High Five audio please contact Jeff at – highfiveaudio@yahoo.com

– Jared Oates Haggard

Primate, Whores and Pals Set To Wreck Will’s Pub Next Tuesday (9/27)! by orlandooom407

While Bao Le Huu from the Orlando Weekly remains known for his “no fluff” approach to show reviews his rhetoric has been quite gracious when Orlandooom and Norse Korea shows are his topic. This show is no different. Below you’ll find his preview excerpt from the Orlando Weekly:

“Steel your balls, Orlando; a couple of Atlanta executioners are coming for us, and these fuckers mean business. Since Whores basically skinned us like easy game at the You Are Doomed Fest with their thrilling, snarled and dangerous noise rock, surging promoters Orlandooom found them fit to bring back. Of all the truly awe-inspiring heaviness coming out of Georgia right now, Whores is still criminally underrated outside their region and easily stand among the crop’s nastiest cream.

But wait – riding shotgun with a pretty bad attitude are grind-punkers Primate.With dudes like Brutal Truth’s Kevin Sharp and Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher among their ranks, Primate’s burly hardcore aggression packs the power of one seriously pissed-off gorilla. Add in sturdy locals Junior Bruce, Six Dead Horses and (strangely) Bob on Blonde, and you can just go ahead and kiss your ass goodbye. – Bao Le-Huu (with Primate, Junior Bruce, Six Dead Horses, Bob on Blonde; 9 p.m. at Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; $8; 407-898-5070; willspub.org)”

Click here for more details on our Facebook event.

Source Article from The Orlando Weekly.

– Jared Oates Haggard