OBELYSKKH: Full Album Streaming Via Stereokiller by orlandooom407

Sludge, skeleton moustaches and lightning spewing from stigmatas? Where do I sign? Happy Friday everyone, I come bearing a brand new LP by the German sludge engineers OBELYSKKH. While I haven’t the slightest clue about how to pronounce that their jams are a psyched out journey to be had. This was recorded and mixed by the living legend Billy Anderson. Check out the stream and press release below. I hope to see everyone out at BACKBOOTH tomorrow night in downtown Orlando for Swamp Abyss Sorcery Fest. Until then, doom on brethren:

“As White Lightnin’, the second full-length from German quartet OBELYSKKH, nears release on Exile On Mainstream next week, today Stereokiller is hosting an exclusive stream of the entire album.

White Lightnin’ is a roaring tour de force of catchy, flowing sludge/doom with just the right amount of atmospheric properties to counter its skull-shattering low-end assault, drawing from pure filth through psychedelic soundscapes into postrock and back. The output of OBELYSKKH is crushing but it also breathes some kind of repetitive mantra-like ambition, which clears the air here and there and thus declines total negativity.

Amidst tours and live performances throughout Germany and abroad since their 2008 inception, White Lightnin’ follows-up OBELYSKKH’s long-time-comin’ debut Mount Nysa, which was released in 2011 via now defunct German label Droehnhaus, nearly four years after the band’s formation. Following the immediately incredible response from the doom/sludge scene it received, the band decided  against a massive gap until the next album, and over the turn of the year into 2011 set up camp with Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Mr. Bungle, Eyehategod, High On Fire, Melvins, etc.) to capture, mix and master their new work.

White Lightnin’ will see North American release on CD, LP and digital download via Exile On Mainstream this Tuesday, October 16th.”

– Jared Oates Haggard



June 5, 2012, LOS ANGELES — The Melvins will attempt to become the Guinness World Record holders for the first band to tour the full United States and D.C. in 51 days with a tour kicking off Sept. 5 in Anchorage, Alaska and wrapping up Oct. 25 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

“We figured it was time for us to do something REALLY crazy,” said Osborne. “51 shows in 50 states plus 1 on D.C. and all in 51 days?  Jeez!  I wonder if we can do it?”

The tour, which will feature the Melvins Lite line-up of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Trevor Dunn, also marks the first time in the band’s near 30-year history that they will perform in Alaska, New Hampshire, Delaware and Hawaii.

The Melvins Performance of “The War on Wisdom” from a recent episode of Last Call with Carson Daly

Arriving in-stores and online today is Freak Puke, the debut release from Melvins Lite that Spin recently described as “a unique detour for the long-running band” and adding “one of the loudest bands on earth has perfectly siphoned their gloomy energy into evil cocktail jazz.”

Trevor Dunn

“We had seen Trevor playing upright bass in a jazz setting and thought that we could utilize that for a recording project,” explained Crover. “This is something different from the two drummer/big hair line-up, which we plan on continuing with as well.”

Prior to the Fall, the Melvins have a full spate of appearances.  The band perform two shows in conjunction with Subliminal Projects: June 8 at The Echoplex in Los Angeles and June 30 at  TT Underground Gallery in New York.  Buzz Osborne will be a guest on Fox News’ “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld” on June 28.   Melvins Lite will also venture north for a three week trek of primarily Canadian tour dates that kicks off on July 1 (dates below).

The Melvins 51-date United States tour dates:

September 5    Anchorage, AK    Bear Tooth Theatre and Pub
September 6    Seattle, WA    Showbox at The Market
September 7    Oregon    TBA
September 8    Boise, ID    Neurolux Lounge
September 9    Missoula, MT    Top Hat Lounge
September 10    Salt Lake City, UT    Club Sound
September 11    Casper, WY    TBA
September 12    Denver, CO    Bluebird Theatre
September 13    Lawrence, KS    The Bottleneck
September 14    Columbia, MO    The Blue Note
September 15    Omaha, NE    The Waiting Room
September 16    Des Moines, IA    House of Bricks
September 17    Sioux Falls, SD    The Vault
September 18    Fargo, ND    The Aquarium
September 19    Minneapolis, MN    Grumpy’s
September 20    Madison, WI    High Noon Saloon
September 21    Chicago, IL    Double Door
September 22    Indianapolis, IN    The Vogue Theatre
September 23    Louisville, KY    The Vernon Club
September 24    Detroit, MI    Smalls
September 25    Cleveland, OH    Grog Shop
September 26    Morgantown, WV    123 Pleasant Street
September 27    Jermyn, PA    Eleanor Rigby’s
September 28    South Burlington, VT    Higher Ground
September 29    Dover, NH    Dover Brickhouse
September 30    Portland, ME    Asylum

October 1    Boston, MA    Paradise Rock Club
October 2    Pawtucket, RI    The Met Cafe
October 3    New Haven, CT    Toad’s Place
October 4    Brooklyn, NY    Music Hall of Williamsburg
October 5    Hoboken, NJ    Maxwell’s
October 6    Wilmington, DE    Mojo 13
October 7    Baltimore, MD    Ottobar
October 8    Washington, DC    Black Cat
October 9    Charlottesville, VA    Jefferson Theatre
October 10    Carrboro, NC    Cat’s Cradle
October 11    Knoxville, TN    The Square Room
October 12    Greenville, SC    The Handle Bar
October 13    Athens, GA    40 Watt Club
October 14    Birmingham, AL    Bottle Tree
October 15    Pensacola, FL    Vinyl Music Hall
October 16    Jackson, MS    Duling Hall
October 17    Little Rock, AR    Juanita’s Cantina
October 18    Baton Rouge, LA    Spanish Moon
October 19    Austin, TX    Mohawk
October 20    Norman, OK    Opolis Production
October 21    Albuquerque, NM    Launchpad
October 22    Phoenix, AZ    Crescent Ballroom
October 23    Las Vegas, NV    Artifice
October 24    Los Angeles, CA    Hollywood Forever Cemetery
October 25    Honolulu, HI    The Republik

Melvins Lite Canada + tour dates (Retox opens all dates except July 4 and 20):

July 1    Rochester, NY    Water Street Music Hall
July 3    Montreal, QC    Corona Theatre
July 4    Ottawa, ON    Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
July 5    Toronto, ON    Opera House
July 6    London, ON    Call The Office
July 7    Hamilton, ON    Club Absinthe
July 9    Winnipeg, MB    West End Cultural Center
July 10    Regina, SK    The Exchange
July 11    Saskatoon, SK    Louis’ Pub
July 12    Calgary, AB    Republik
July 13    Edmonton, AB    Starlite Room
July 15    Vancouver, BC    Venue
July 17    Bellingham, WA    Wild Buffalo House of Music
July 18    Portland, OR    Hawthorne Theatre
July 20    San Francisco, CA    Slim’s

Whoa. Spread the word guys! First Scion A/V models a car after the Melvins and now they’re attempting record breaking tour pace. It’s almost like they become stronger with age.

Melvins – The Bulls & The Bees EP by orlandooom407

Scion A/V strikes again, and this time they’re supplying seasoned sludgers (the) Melvins with heavy duty advertising artillery. Not only that but the latest EP featured above, entitled the bulls & the bee, sits upon the Scion A/V website FOR FREE DOWNLOAD. Sludge, and arguably grunge, pioneering has aptly prepared the quartet to serve up another honey soaked helping of classification free rock. I feel the usurping of Big Business finally attains critical synchronization, especially with the introductory track “The War on Wisdom”. The result culminates a succulent five song morsel chocked full of gigantic riffs and dual percussive fervor. At least, until the end of the third track where I felt as though I took a wrong turn down a hallway and into a haunted pirate cove that emanated distant psychedelic whispers ahead. Similar vocals motifs are refrained in the fifth song, but the eerie sentiments are behind me and there is once again only the rock.

Click here to download The Bulls & The Bees from Scion A/V FOR FREE.

On a final note, I’ll never forget when (the) Melvins covered a song one of my not too distant relatives wrote to close their set at the House of Blues in Orlando. So sick.

– Jared Oates Haggard

Sigh – In Somniphobia by orlandooom407

I never imagined a dead baby sales(wo)man to peddle their wares to beggars, but I never really anticipated aforementioned morbid capitalist to dawn regal garb to further accentuate her gluttonous womb. Tokyo’s Sigh returns! I’ve never been scarce on my praise for Hangman’s Hymn, and In Somniphobia packs just as many refrained declarations of antagonism, four thousand foot guitar solos, and loin soaking saxophone as the last. This album excretes intoxicating auditory delirium that seamlessly galavants through, what I would’ve originally imagined as disjointed if described this way, a blackened avante-garde opera giving a nod to free form barefoot jam, pocket protector prog rock and even other worldly Hawkwind spiced rock ‘n roll. Further on one will find this opus littered with zany fits of keyboard guitar synergy, and even a arousing bluesy interlude that could’ve played a couple riffs just a bit longer to avoid further rewinding. I had to rewind four times for the record. I won’t ruin any more surprises, but god damn can Dr. Mikannibal tear up that sax. If you, the reader, appreciate the genre bounding acrobatics of bands like Boris, Mr.Bungle and Shining click the link below or click here to order it from Candlelight Records.

Sigh is streaming In Somniphobia for FREE on SPOTIFY.

I’ll be electing In Somniphobia as a potential best record for March 2012. However, the competition should get pretty fierce with new Melvins, Black Breath, and even Overkill out this month as well. If your band, or your friend’s band, is releasing something this month send me an e-mail. If it sounds anything like this video please be sure to delete your e-mail prior to sending. Thanks.

– Jarad Oates Haggard

Wormrot – Noise by orlandooom407

Wormrot are a band that deserves to be where they’ll inevitably end up. Immediately after completing two years of mandatory military services for their home country of Singapore in 2007, founding members Arif and Rasyid began recording songs (or forty second seizure-like outbursts of apocalyptic thunder), cutting their teeth on short form releases all the way up to their 2009 full length debut, Abuse. Playing shows supporting Magrudergrind and War All the Time, the band tossed themselves headfirst into the new wave of grindcore, quickly catching the interest of Digby Pearson, founder of a little record label called Earache. After hearing about them on Invisible Oranges, Pearson pirated their full length and wasted no time getting them a contract. This is all the more impressive when you consider Pearson was the first to sign Morbid Angel, Carcass, Godflesh, and Napalm Death.

Since then, the band has had the opportunity to play to receptive crowds in Europe and North America, exporting their sound through both the physical realm of touring and the useful marketing tool of the internet. They performed their first string of headliners on North American soil in 2011, living a dream in four years that most extreme bands from their neck of the woods never live at all.

Their new EP, Noise, is their first and only the sixth release on automobile (and now culture?) giant Scion’s new metal label, and doesn’t put them in bad company at all, being in something of a hall of legends with Boris, the Melvins, and Immolation. If you’re expecting a typical release, you should be warned that it’s just a taste, just a five minute preview of the energy Wormrot are capable of sustaining for much longer. If anything, it shows exactly how versatile they can be without the forty-five minute obligation of an LP. Before your TV dinner is even done, the trio powers through five songs juxtaposing chord-strumming buildups and even Iron Maiden-like guitar harmonies with the familiar minute-long thrasher, giving us the blastbeats and stop-start rhythms we’re always jonesing for and the innovation we need to move the scene forward. That doesn’t even give your neighbor time to demand you turn it off, unless of course, you’re like me and left it looping for two hours.

Download Noise, available from Scion A/V FOR FREE, by clicking here.

– Sean Jay