Saturday, 17 March 2018

Astrodome - II (Album Review)

Release date: March 04th 2018. Label: Self Released. Format: Cassette/CD/DD

II – Tracklisting

1.Mirage 10:07
2.Secular Fields 06:12
3.Dawn Gardens 05:41
4.Sunrite 12:06
5.Atlas 06:27


Going back to late 2014, a newly spaced-out band coming from the beautiful city of Porto (Portugal), Astrodome, come on the scene with their charge of psychedelia, fuzz and that seventies aftertaste that never hurts.

Their fist appearance on the scene, Live Demo, although raw in its production and execution (it is still a direct hit during a live) let us guess the potentialities of the Portuguese quartet. With their first self-produced debut album (Astrodome), things immediately became clear. Instrumental psychedelia of high levels with a chilling rhythm section. Listen to the drums on Coronation and I will tell you.

But now, after a line-up change, with Kevin (Big Red Panda, another band to absolutely check out) replacing Pedro at the guitar, they return with II, an album that marks a remarkable dose of maturity compared to previous ones.

While remaining firm to their original sound, the band in this album managed to create something really interesting. The bass/drum rhythm section is something monstrous, able to create that hypnotic background where the guitars and the masterful use of keyboards complete the work for a product that is pure psychedelic, seasoned with the right dose of fuzz and more ' doom ' moments, able to elevate the product towards something wonderful.

In this album the influence of bands like Causa Sui, Weedpecker and also My Sleeping Karma becomes even more evident, while maintaining a certain originality, adding layers of spaciness to their music.

What I really appreciate in this album is the maturity of the band, which should be taken as an example of constant improvement. Probably the charm of a city, beautiful and decadent at the same time, allowed Astrodome to evolve in an excellent way over the years. From a wonderful city a wonderful band.

Words by Bruno Bellisario


Sons Of Nibiru - Hellspirit (Album Review)

Release date: December 16th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Hellspirit – Tracklisting

1.The Signal 03:53
2.Arrival 06:33
3.Preachcraft 08:32
4.Pulsar 05:08
5.Hellspirit 08:16
6.The Journey 05:58
7.Star Sailors 14:19


Khshemo - vocals, bass guitar
Quoda - guitars
Caspah - drums


Psychedelic Stoner Rockers Sons Of Nibiru debut album - Hellspirit - doesn’t get off to the most exciting of starts with the opening track - The Signal. Almost four minutes of slowly played drum beats and a didgeridoo with a hint of psychedelic noises. It doesn't really go anywhere as it constantly goes on without ever coming to anything. That's my only criticism of the album as from this point Sons Of Nibiru actually start to create some interesting noises of their own.

Second track - Arrival - sees the heavy Desert/Stoner guitars appear and you can finally become connected with this album. The sounds from the opening track are still there but there immersed with a heavier psychedelic stoner sound that veers on the progressive side as well. It's has quite an action-packed FUZZ sounding centre as the band moves from different sounds with relevant ease. The guitars are what keep the vibrant mood alive as the band keeps the song purely instrumental. The later stages of the song offer some of the heaviest sounds on the album with Sons Of Nibiru settling into a confident rhythm. The overall sound of the album is influenced by the usual round of Stoner Rock legends.

Third track - Preachcraft - sees the welcome addition of superb "Ozzy" inspired vocals from Khshemo. The whole atmosphere of the album becomes more "doom" based as a result. The bass guitars are quite heavy and distinctive on this song as this song bursts through the eight minute mark with superb creativity. The music is distorted at times but this allows Sons Of Nibiru to create a more expansive sound. The drumming and guitars have a dominant echo feel. The song drifts towards heavier levels of FUZZ style feedback.

Fourth song - Pulsar - lives up to its title by opening with drone/sonic style sounds that has echoes of seventies style stoner/doom experimentation. Sons Of Nibiru drift further into the psychedelic cosmos with this song and it feels slightly OTT at times but given the whole nature of the album it never feels out of place.

The final three songs on the album - Hellspirit , The Journey and Star Sailors - sees Sons Of Nibiru probably unleash the heaviest and doomed out psychedelic sounds on the album. Though the band still find time to include a wide range of different Stoner, Desert Rock and Fuzz based sounds. The vocals are very dominant when they appear but it's the music that holds your attention.

The final song on the album Star Sailors lasts for an epic fourteen minutes and it's no doubt the best song on the album. Apart from the first track which I had issues with, Hellspirit is a very cool sounding album with the immense production giving a real dynamic to the band's overall sound.

If you haven't heard this album yet then I recommend you correct that situation now as Hellspirit is a thunderous and highly energetic experience.

Words by Steve Howe


My Diablo - S/T (Album Review)

Release date: April 2018. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

My Diablo – S/T – Tracklisting

You Never Learn
Fallin’ Man
Peddlers Of Hate
New Age Sin
Pound Of Flesh
Going Down (Hard Like An Anchor)
Faces Of Forever


Lee Cressey - Guitars
Dave-O - Drums/Vocals


My Diablo is the new band formed from the remains of sadly missed Psych/Hard Rock/Stoner Rockers - Mother Corona. It’s good to have Lee and David-O is back performing music again with My Diablo and it's good to hear his powerful vocals yet again. And to hear Lee’s blazing guitar sounds yet again.

Though My Diablo is a different band to Mother Corona. As the band incorporate elements of Punk Rock, Garage Rock, Hard Rock, Stoner Rock and even a Funk based sound. My Diablo have more in common with Clutch than Mother Corona.

Their self-titled debut album is a very curious affair. It's a good sounding album though it does take a few attempts to get use to the many different sounds and influences that band have included on the album.

Opening track - My Addiction - is an upbeat guitar sounding number though the lyrics delve deeper into darker subjects. The song has quite a cool alternative sound with the Stoner elements interacting superbly well.

My Diablo play a fast-paced style of music that would sound fantastic and ground-breaking back in the nineties and early noughties. Today not so much but My Diablo play to their strengths on this album and that's with the music being direct and powerful sounding vocals.

Second track - You Never Learn - has an early-Clutch sound with My Diablo creating a highly energetic and fast-paced sound. I will admit I was head-banging along to the music on my first listen to the album as My Diablo has such a huge likeability factor within their music. They have a real insight for writing bleak lyrics and matching it against almost upbeat and soulful Doom based Stoner Rock vibes.

Third track - Nigthwatch - has a more direct heavy metal approach and even a post-whatever style sound before settling down to a familiar Clutch style of music. David's vocals are on point here with his style firmly rooted in the Grunge arena compared to other songs on the album. The back-up vocals from Lee are more boisterous and perhaps more direct compared to David's. This is a good contrast for My Diablo to have.

My Diablo carry on their Punk/Stoner hybrid sound on the rest of the album with songs such as Fallin' Man, Peddlers Of Hate, New Age Sin and Faces Of Forever offering the most exciting moments on the album. Peddlers Of Hate certainly impressed me with My Diablo's take on Psychedelic Fuzz Rock with a dark hard rock edge. The instrumental work throughout the album is fantastic and is perhaps one of the many strengths of the album. My Diablo's debut album is one of those albums you will never be tired of. As the band have created a record that's highly addictive from start to finish.

It's hard to believe that My Diablo is a duo. As they sound and feel they have more members within their ranks. If My Diablo keeping releasing great albums such as this for future releases then I can see them performing on the more prestigious UK/European Stoner based festivals such as Desertfest and Freak Valley. They have delivered an album that will hopefully establish them as serious Stoner Rock contenders.

Words by Steve Howe


Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Below A Silent Sky - A View From Afar (Album Review)

Release date: 11th March 2018. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

A View From Afar – Tracklisting

1.The Highest Shrine 09:05
2.Caverns of Light 08:51
3.Tartarus 10:28
4.Earthshifter 08:53
5.The Great Divide 18:29


Heinz// Drums
Christian// Guitar
Robin// Guitar
Diego// Bass


Atmospheric Post-Doom Rockers - Below A Silent Sky - new album, A View From Afar - is a complex sounding record that takes elements of Doom, Post-Rock, Post-Metal, Psych and heavy Sludge vibes for an unflinching approach to Post-Rock/Post-Metal music.

The album is purely instrumental and will no doubt appeal to fans of Pelican, Long Distance Calling and Russian Circles. Those bands are perhaps the most well-known bands within the Instrumental Post-Rock/Post-Metal world and Below A Silent Sky may cite these bands as major influences. As this album has an eerie familiarity to it. That's not a bad thing to follow.

As at least you have a starting point what to expect from this album. It's only after listening to the full record you recognise there a lot more to their music. Below A Silent Sky are way more aggressive with their music and they create a fine amount of heavy progressive noises that will impress the most jaded of Post-Rock/Post-Metal fans.

The opening track - The Highest Shrine - does a superb job of showcasing the bands talent of playing intricate and intelligent Post-Rock/Post-Metal progressive passages. Whilst maintaining an air of melody despite the lengthy running time.

Second track - Caverns Of Light - is a heavier offering with a "YOB" Doom/Sludge style sonic riff appearing here and there. Though the band add a few Post-Rock interludes that change the mood to a more positive approach. The music is still heavy with the progressive sounds and noises being played at a leisurely pace. Below A Silent Sky never forget their Sludge/Post-Metal roots and they slowly start adding heavier elements to their music. The instrumental work is impressive indeed especially the drums. Heinz builds up an almighty rhythm for his fellow band members to play their guitars against.

It's been a while since I've listened to a truly wonderful sounding instrumental Post-Rock/Post-Metal album and I'm glad this album has come along as I've been feeling slightly jaded by the scene recently.

Below A Silent Sky carries on the soaring progressive melodies on the other three songs on the album. Tartarus, Earthshifter and The Great Divide all equally proving A View From Afar is an exquisite sounding album. My favourite parts of the album are where the band decides to throw caution to the wind and experiment with their sound. Either by adding Psychedelic Noises or Ambient Post-Rock cinematic passages.

The standout track for me has to be the excellent third track - Tartarus. As this song shows what Below A Silent Sky do so well. Creating soulful grooves before exploding into a loud vortex of sound. The drone/post-rock style is a stark contrast to the later stages of the song. As the whole mood of the album becomes dark and very violent in places.

The production is another highlight with the sound being loud and dynamic from the start. A View From Afar is a thrilling and brilliantly entertaining album and is essential listening if you're a fan of Post-Rock/Post-Metal music.

Words by Steve Howe


Sergeant Thunderhoof - Terra Solus (Album Review)

Release date: 06th May 2018. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Terra Solus – Tracklisting

1.Another Plane
2.Stellar Gate Drive
3.The Tree And The Serpent
4.B Oscillation
5.Diesel Breath
6.Priestess Of Misery
7.Half A Man
8.Om Shaantih


Dan Flitcroft - Vocals
Jim Camp - Bass
Darren Ashman - Drums
Mark Sayer - Guitar


Greetings All,

2018 continues to see wave after wave of fuzz heavy, stoner rock records being released. With this almost constant deluge of music, it is becoming more and more difficult for a band to make their presence known. Sergeant Thunderhoof do not have that problem. The band kicks down the goddam door and demands you give a listen to their righteous thunder. Terra Solus is eight killer tracks of heavy psyched out stoner perfection with sprinkles of metal, doom, and space rock throughout. This is the Bath, UK bands third studio album and it is delivered stunningly. The execution and recording are flawless and the songs are some of the strongest I have heard in a while.

Another Plane opens the album with a sick drumbeat that opens the door for a monster riff that allows the song to kick in to a killer groove. The song is dark and doomy with a sweet little wah heavy guitar solo that soothes the aching soul. The next track, Stellar Gate Drive is a groove heavy rocker with somewhat metal inspired harmony vocals and some wooah-o’s on the chorus.

The Tree & the Serpent is the most stunning song on the record and my personal favorite. It has a slower tempo but some fragile, melodic vocals and a chorus that digs in to your brain with cymbal crashes and will not let go. This is honestly, my favorite song that I have heard so far this year. It is amazing!

The instrumental B Oscillation follows. It opens with a tasty fuzz bass that gives way to some astral based guitar that then morphs into some heavy ass riffage. Diesel Breath is a heavy multi-faceted rock song that opens hard and heavy and then goes in a few different directions, it has a classic rock sound with a definite melodic, metal edge to it.

Priestess of Misery is another solid track that brings a fuzzy, doomy swagger that doesn’t quit. Throughout the record I was constantly impressed by the vocals, they are strong and in no way one dimensional. Definitely one of the bands strong points.

The acoustic Half a Man follows with a hushed, dissonant sound. It’s mantra like sound reminded me at times of Alice in Chains and Neurosis while staying true to the band’s sound. The track melds seamlessly into the closer.

The mostly instrumental Om Shaantih. The track opens with a muted acoustic sound that gives way to some psychedelic guitar way surrounding the minimal and detached astral vocals before closing with a solid groove that puts a solid exclamation point on the record.

Terra Solus is my introduction to Sergeant Thunderhoof and I am damn happy that I am now acquainted with these fine fellows. Terra Solus will rightly hold its place on the top of most “best of” lists for the year, and for good reason. Do yourself the biggest of favors and get down with Terra Solus!

- Todd S

Instagram @alltheghoststhathauntyou

Words by Todd Stealey

Thanks to the band for the promo. Terra Solus will be available to buy on DD/CD/Vinyl from May 06th 2018.


Monday, 12 March 2018

UK Tour News - Morass Of Molasses & Cybernetic Witch Cult Touring The UK


The Morass Of Molasses seemingly unending cycle of gigging since the release of their debut album ‘These Paths We Tread’ continues unabated with the ‘Cosmic Conquest Tour’. Once again they are joined for over half of it by Stoner-Rock-Space-Wizards Cybernetic Witch Cult. 

Due to start at the end of March, and go on through April, both bands will be road-testing new material to be featured on their next releases. 

‘Cosmic Conquest’ Tour Dates 

30.03.18 - The Carlisle, Hastings * 
31.03.18 - T-Chances, London* 
01.04.18 - The Hammer & The Anvil, Birmingham* 
05.04.18 - Bannermans, Edinburgh* 
07.04.18 - Temple of Boom, Leeds* 
08.04.18 - New Cross Inn, London* 
20.04.18 - The Rigger, Newcastle-under-lyme 
21.04.18 - The Underground, Bradford 
22.04.18 - The Firebug, Leicester 
27.04.18 - The Facebar, Reading 
28.04.18 - Rebellion, Manchester 

(*Shows with Cybernetic Witch Cult) 

Bones (vocalist & guitarist) had this to say; ‘Touring is our favourite proving-ground. It is where we try out the new ideas we’ve been throwing around in rehearsal. We never go into the studio, unless we’ve seen how the songs are received by an audience’

Morass Of Molasses links: 

My Leviathan' Video: 

Cybernetic Witch Cult links: 

Cult Of The Druid' Video: 

Atomic Mold - Hybrid Slow Flood (Album Review)

Release date: 20th March 2018. Label: Electric Valley Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Hybrid Slow Flood – Tracklisting

I Fall
Wood Line
Yellow Crocodile


Antonio Bonizzato – Bass\Vocals
Marco Fila - Drums
Davide Marotta - Guitar


Italian Psych Doom/Stoner Rockers - Atomic Mold - release their new album - Hybrid Slow Flood - via Electric Valley Records and it's quite a psychedelic heavy affair. The album contains four tracks. Two songs run under four minutes and the other two songs run for thirteen and nineteen minutes respectively.

Atomic Mold creates a heavy psychedelic doom/stoner based sound that is slowly becoming quite popular with bands such as Monolord and Throneless. That's not to say Atomic Mold don't create their own sound. Far from it. They do. As they play with a more distinctive heavier bass sound.

Opening track - Hypnosis - is a heavy sounding Doom/Stoner Metal offering with vocals drifting in and out. It's quite slow-paced at times but Atomic Mold create and exciting and eerie atmosphere. Maybe sounding like a more atmospheric Black Rainbows at times, this is very good song to open the album with.

As the next two songs (I Fall and Wood Line) sees Atomic Mold change the mood of the entire album for the next thirty two minutes. The vocals disappear and a heavier distorted psychedelic sludgy post-doom whatever atmosphere appears. The sound is quite chaotic at times with both of these tracks running for thirteen minutes and nineteen minutes each. Both songs follow the same structure as each other with Atomic Mold even adding moments of chaotic droned noises to unsettle the eerie atmosphere.

Wood Line is perhaps the best song on the album as its offers the most exciting and creative moments on the album. As Atomic Mold experiment with their sound and manage to bring in different sounding elements to the whole feel of the album. Nothing is what it seems on Hybrid Slow Flood especially from your first listen on the album.

You will need multiple listens to this album to fully understand it all. The music is superbly played with the distorted and droned out sounds keeping you on edge.

The final song - Yellow Crocodile - follows the same path as the epic two final tracks with Atomic Mold playing a more jam-based sound. Even though the song lasts under four minutes, Atomic Mold manage to create a wide range of different sounds within the short running time. Mainly this song being a standard Doom/Stoner Metal song with groove laiden Psychedelic riffs ending the album in a low-key fashion.

The production is handled superbly well. The vocals could have done with more volume. Even though they appear for a small amount of time on the album, there were parts that I couldn't really hear at all.

That minor complaint aside, Atomic Mold has created an album that definitely lives upto to its full potential. This album also proves why Atomic Mold is another great band from the Italian Doom/Stoner Metal Scene to fall in love with.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Electric Valley Records for the promo. Hybrid Slow Flood will be available to buy on DD/CD/Vinyl via ElectricValley Records from March 20th 2018.


Saturday, 10 March 2018

Forming The Void / Pyreship (EP Review)

Release date: 09th March 2018. Label: Endhipendit Record Co. Format: DD/Vinyl

Forming The Void/Pyreship – Tracklisting

1.Forming The Void - To the Wolves 06:20
2.Pyreship - Wraith's Tide 09:02

Forming The Void - Members

James Marshall – guitar/vocals
Shadi Omar Al-Khansa- guitar
Luke Baker – bass
Thomas Colley - drums

Pyreship - Members

Sam - Guitar and Vocals
J - Guitar and Vocals
George - Bass
Steve - Drums


Two of my favourite bands that I discovered in 2017 have teamed up for this superb joint release. On one side you have Sludge/Stoner Rockers – Forming The Void and on the other you have Doom/Post-Metallers – Pyreship. Both bands released acclaimed albums in 2017 and I was quite excited to see what the band have in store for this joint record.

Forming The Void’s song lasts more than 6 minutes of Psych Sludge/Stoner grooves but with a more soulful blues vibe compared to the songs on 2017’s Relic. The song still has the familiar hallmarks that made Relic one of the best albums of last year. It’s dramatically heavy with a great vocal performance from James Marshall. James opts for a more grunge style of vocals for this performance. The music is heavy with the rest of the band creating a doomy psychedelic atmosphere. A very good song and shows that Forming The Void are continuing the good work they created with Relic.

Pyreship’s song opens with a dramatic monologue which is the same method they used on their debut album which was released last year. The mood is quite serious and political in places but I wouldn’t have it any other with from Pyreship. The music is very much in the realm of Atmospheric Doom/Sludge Metal with the band taking influence from artists such ISIS (The Band) and Russian Circles to a certain point. The song does take a few moments to fully get going but when it does Pyreship play a heavy cocktail of progressive Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal sounds.

It ‘s good to see that both bands offer different contrasts and styles of music to each other. This record is an essential listen and offers a brief glimpse in how Forming The Void and Pyreship will sound like in the near future. As both bands will be releasing new albums in 2018. Until then enjoy this superb sounding collaboration and play it LOUD AS YOU CAN!!!!

Words by Steve Howe

Forming The Void Links:

Facebook | BandCamp| Twitter

Pyreship Links:

Official | Facebook | BandCamp

BORT - Crossing The Desert (Album Review)

Release date: 06th April 2018. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Crossing The Desert - Tracklisting

1.White Desert Sun
2.The Beerfields of Bridgeview
4.Hello, Mr. Thompson
5.Sacraments & Bayonets
6.Lady Kyteler
7.Well Respected Man
8.The Flood
9.Soul Eater

Pyreship - Members

Josh Percy - Lead Vocals
Brandon Corness - Guitar, Vocals, Organ
Andrei Pavlov - Guitar
Crouton McGinn - Bass, Vocals, Violin
Ian Alvarez - Drums, Vocals


BORT is a Canadian Psych Desert/Stoner Rock Band with a distinctive sound of their own. Their debut album Crossing The Desert sees the band trying their hand at different styles of Desert/Stoner Rock. It's quite a lively and highly accomplished affair with BORT taking influence from the usual legendary bands of the scene. Though BORT add a more experimental and progressive feel to their music.

Opening track - White Desert Sun - is a superb instrumental song with the band adapting a cool Post-Rock persona before venturing into the familiar heavy Desert/Stoner Metal sound. Second track - The Beerfields Of Bridgewater - is a very cool song indeed with BORT merging Post-Rock atmospherics and heavy amounts of Desert/Stoner Rock sounds. Josh’s vocals are quite raw and match the Desert Rock vibes superbly well. The psychedelic noises allows the band to create a soothing atmosphere at times but these moments don't last long before the heavy pounding drums of Ian keeps the mood more modern.

The lyrics are your usual Desert/Stoner Metal fare but they do add a sense of urgency at times. Maybe the sound of the album relies too much on the legendary "Kyuss" sound but which Stoner Rock/Metal band doesn't. In BORT's defence at least they mix things up a bit.

The groove laiden guitars of Brandon and Andrei and Crouton on Bass is another one of the albums highlights. As the guitars add extra steel and grit to BORT's overall sound. Songs such as Worldbane, Hello Mr. Thompson and Lady Kyteler sees BORT offer a more theatrical style of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. The whole flow and feel of the album is still rooted in Desert/Stoner Rock but that doesn't stop BORT adding different elements of music into the mix. Worldbane is perhaps one of my favourite songs on the album as this has an early Red Fang feel.

The lyrics are very tongue in cheek at times but BORT offer a heavy and fast-paced experience that Red Fang used to do back in the day. The production on the album is great for the most part. There are a couple rough moments with the vocals at times but maybe this is intentional. Mainly to show how BORT would sound like in the real world.

The majority of the songs on the album run past the five minute mark though BORT does offer one eight minute track with the superb sounding final track Soul Eater. This is another one of the albums standout tracks as BORT unleashes one final round of Progressive Psych Desert/Stoner Rock that will leave you wanting more. Crossing The Desert should hopefully get BORT noticed within the Desert/Stoner Rock community.

As I feel there's a lot more to their overall sound that's been created here. I want to see how they progress with their sound on future releases. Until then Crossing The Desert deserves to be heard by the biggest audience possible.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

BORT Links:

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Black Rainbows - Pandemonium (Album Review)

Release date: 06th April 2018. Label: Heavy Psych Sounds. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Pandemonium – Tracklisting

1. Sunrise
2. High On Hell
3. The Sacrifice
4. Grindstone
5. Supernova & Asteroids
6. Riding Fast Til The End Of Time
7. I Just Wanna Fire
8. The Abyss
9. 13th Step Of The Pyramid


Gabriele Fiori – Guitar & Vocals
Giuseppe Guglielmino – Bass
Filippo Ragazzoni – Drums


Greetings All,

Music, especially underground/indie music, can be weird, especially in regards to discovering new music. I have been given the amazing opportunity to listen to tons of music that without Steve and this awesome adventure he has allowed me to tag along on I would never have found on my own. The situation I often find myself in is that either I am familiar with and in love with a band from what seems like day one, or I completely miss the boat and feel like the oldest, most out of touch dude on the planet.

Sadly, the latter applies to Italy’s killer Black Rainbows. Pandemonium is the bands 6th full length in over 10 years of existence and somehow this is the first I am hearing of them. Dammit, I feel like I have been missing out for the last decade!

If you are in the dark, like I was, Black Rainbows plays an absolutely smokin’ acid soaked, fuzzed out stoner space rock that is addicting to say the least. Pandemonium flies from beginning to end with an up tempo nature that somewhat shields the darker, doom laden lyrics throughout. The album sounds amazing. The recording is top notch and the sound is textured. Black Rainbows enhances the standard guitar, bass, drums and vocals with tons of effect, vocal clips, and organ that add the complexity and dynamic sound.

Black Rainbows roll masterfully from the beginning to the end of Pandemonium. The album kicks in right away with Sunrise, which is full of Fuzzed out, doom-laden swagger. The opening line of “Sunrise, you gotta die..” is tremendous. High to Hell follows with a groove heavy driving beat. It is the perfect track to drive your ’69 deep into the heart of the desert. It leads in to one of my favorite tracks. The Sacrifice is dark, rocking beast that is catchy as hell!

Grindstone is yet another killer track. It brings the heavy before breaking down into a 70’s inspired groove. Supernova and Asteroids is a brief bit of spaced out pop rock. The organ heavy Riding Fast ‘Til the End of Time follows and brings it still. A rather lengthy instrumental intro opens I Just Wanna Fire with it’s phaser heavy riffage keeps the good, dark times rolling.

The Abyss is another amazingly catchy, heavy ass piece of perfection. The riff heavy groove keeps your head above the pessimistic, sinking lyrics. There is also some amazing fret work and killer organ swirl to close out this beast. 13th Step of the Pyramid closes the record with a slightly slower psychedelic groove. The track is heavy on phaser and effects and is a wicked, acid-soaked ending.

Black Rainbows kick around in the same territory as bands like Kadavar, Graveyard, and Fu Manchu. If you are a fan of these bands, then find Black Rainbows. Much like Fu Manchu’s excellent Clone of the Universe, Pandemonium deserves solid consideration for the Stoner/Fuzz rock record of the year. It is amazing that we are only in the beginning of 2018 and we have so much Heavy Fuzzed out goodness to be thankful full. Dig on Black Rainbows, I know I do (now)!

- Todd S

Instagram @alltheghoststhathauntyou

Words by Todd Stealey

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for the promo. Pandemonium will be available to buy on DD/CD/Vinyl via Heavy Psych Sounds from April 06th 2018.


Killer Boogie - Acid Cream (Album Review)

Release date: 09th March 2018. Label: Heavy Psych Sounds. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Acid Cream – Tracklisting

1. Superpusher ’69
2. Escape From Reality
3. Atomic Race
4. Am I Daemon
5. Let The Birds Fly
6. Dino-Sour
7. Brother In Time
8. Mississippi
9. The Black Widow
10. The Day Of The Melted Ice Cream
11. I Wanna A Woman Like You




Italian Classic Rockers - Killer Boogie - return with another slice of seventies sounding Doom based Psychedelic Rock. Acid Cream features an old fashioned sound that will appeal not only to the Classic/Retro Rock crowd but also the modern Stoner Rock fan as well. If you're a fan of Kadavar, Black Sabbath, MC5 and Uncle Acid then this album will appeal to you. Killer Boogie have included a high amount of spaced out psychedelic sounds which make a fleeting appearance on the superb opening track - Superpusher 69.

Second track - Escape From Reality - has an early seventies classic rock sound with fast-paced guitars and great vocals from Gabriele. Killer Boogie don't break new ground here but they will keep you superbly entertained throughout the entire album. The loud and vibrant guitars have plenty of energy and attitude to them with Killer Boogie fully embracing the legendary seventies sound. They may have a stadium rock persona about that at times but at least Killer Boogie aim high and never lose that focus on the remaining songs on the album.

You may recognise lead singer/guitarist from Gabriele from the legendary Psych/Fuzz/Stoner Metal band - Black Rainbows. Gabriele adapts a more laid-back persona compared to Black Rainbows and he has more fun here. His vocals are more easy-going. So it's very good to hear Gabriele adapting a different vocal style that we are normally used to.

Anyway back to the album. Killer Boogie have written eleven great songs here with Atomic Race, Am I Daemon, Dino-sour, Brother In Time and The Black Widow impressing me the most. As Killer Boogie use every trick going in the Psychedelic/Classic Rock Rulebook in expanding their sound to different levels. The instrumental work is perhaps the highlight of the entire album. As Killer Boogie include a wide range of different sounds from the Hard Rock spectrum.

The production of the album has a certain vintage sound and feel to it. This album actually feels that it was recorded over forty years ago. As Killer Boogie embrace their classic/retro rock sound in a huge way. The lyrics feel they were influenced by Iggy Pop/The Stooges at times. As they are quite rebellious in parts and this allows the album to have a more punk/garage rock feel.

Acid Cream did take me a few listens to actually enjoy and fully appreciate. Maybe because there's a lot going on within the album. Killer Boogie may sound like your standard Psychedelic/Classic Rock band. However appearances can be deceiving. This album has many different layers to it. Maybe the band does overplay the psychedelic elements at times on the album. However this doesn't stop Acid Cream being a superbly entertaining album. Killer Boogie have delivered the goods with this album.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for the promo. Acid Cream will be available to buy on DD/CD/Vinyl via Heavy Psych Sounds from March 16th 2018.