Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ripple Music and Devil to Pay Auction Extremely Rare Test Pressing of Fate is Your Muse to Benefit the Medical Needs of Doommantia Founder, Ed Barnard

Ripple Music and Devil to Pay Auction Extremely Rare Test Pressing of Fate is Your Muse to Benefit the Medical Needs of Doommantia Founder, Ed Barnard 

Ripple Music is proud to announce the latest in their ongoing series of rare test pressing auctions for charity, this time benefiting the medical needs of Doommantia founder, Ed Barnard.  The long-running site, Doommantia (www.doommantia.com) is one of the leading forces bringing CD Reviews, Interviews, Authorized free downloads and Promotion for bands in the Doom, Stoner, Psychedelic, Drone, Sludge Metal genres.  The site also has an active forum (www.doommantiaforum.com) for heavy rock maniacs to share ideas and views, creating a solid doom rock community.

For those unaware, Ed had been forced into homeless by a medical condition but still manages to keep the Doommantia site viable online. Ed suffered a series of  heart attacks that forced Ed to become unemployed.  Those events, plus the exorbitant cost of cardiac medications made paying the rent an impossibility and he was evicted from his place in Aberdeen, Washington. Now homeless, the doom and metal community has been rallying around his cause with benefit concerts and a compilation of 39 heavy bands that all donated their music to help Ed's cause. The compilation,  Doommantia Vol. 1, is available at: doommantiavol1.bandcamp.com

Now Ripple Music offers their assistance to help a musical brother in need.  After establishing an ongoing company policy of giving back to the community, Ripple Music has auctioned off some of their rarest test pressings to help the BP Spill Gulf Clean Up, Wounded Warriors, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research, and Joplin Missouri Tornado Relief, amongst others. The auction of the extremely rare test press for Devil To Pay's Fate is Your Muse will continue that tradition, offering heavy rock/doom fans a chance to get one of only two test-pressings ever to be released to the public.  

Fate is Your Muse was unleashed upon an eagerly-waiting audience, April 9th, 2013 and immediately garnered critical rave reviews, leading Shakefire.com to boast, "If you love Rock music, you have to check out Fate is your Muse and Devil to Pay. If these guys aren't rock legends already, they will be for sure soon."
The Fate is Your Muse Rare Test Press Auction is live on eBay at this location. 

100% of proceeds from the auction will be used to help help Mr. Barnard regain his self-sufficiency. Don't miss this chance to own a unique Doom Collectible LP and support the heavy rock community. 

Press raves about Fate is Your Muse.

"If you love Rock music, you have to check out "Fate is your Muse" and Devil to Pay. If these guys aren't rock legends already, they will be for sure soon." - Shakefire.com

"I  really feel I can't recommend this enough to the Stoner Rock/Metal heads out there.  From the album's aggressive opener "Prepare To Die" till the Doom-tuned "Beyond The Ether", you'll deal with head-banging Stoner-laden riffs, kickass hard-hitting drumming (hail Chad!), and on top of everything, Steve's essential Grunge-like vocals who definitely sounds like Josh Homme in fluoxetine (prozac).  DEVIL TO PAY deserve our total respect.." - Metal Kaoz

"That is what you get with Fate is Your Muse. A hard-rocking collection of great Sludge/Stoner Metal tracks to rock out to. Hugely entertaining from the word go. Devil To Pay have lost none of their magic. They simply get better with age. If you are already a fan of this great band then you are going to love this album. If you are a new visitor to the world of Devil To Pay then this is a great place to start. If you are a fan of Kyuss, Thin Lizzy, and Black Sabbath then you will be right at home here." - The Sludgelord

Saturday, June 15, 2013

DEVIL TO PAY Announces Live Dates

Indianapolis-based sludge/rock riff-mongers DEVIL TO PAY have announced a string of live dates in support of their recently released fourth album, Fate is Your Muse. The dates will see DEVIL TO PAY sharing stages with the likes of LO-PAN, VENOMOUS MAXIMOUS, EARTHEN GRAVE, SOULFLY and ZZ TOP.

6/20 - Indianapolis, IN @ Indy's Jukebox w/ Venomous Maximous, Teenage Strange
7/04 - Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's w/ Lo-Pan, Neon Warship
7/05 - Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge w/ Lo-Pan
7/06 - Madison, WI @ Mr. Roberts w/ Lo-Pan, The Garza
7/07 - Indianapolis, IN @ Indy's Jukebox w/ Lo-Pan, Stealing Volume, Death Trap
7/11 - Detroit, MI @ PJ's Lager House w/ Lo-Pan
7/12 - Cleveland, OH @ The Foundry w/ Lo-Pan, Venomin James
7/13 - Columbus, OH @ Kobo w/ Lo-Pan, Barely Eagle, the Girls!
7/19 - Indianapolis, IN @ Rock House w/ Phoenix on the Fault Line, Dell Zell
8/10 - Chicago, IL @ Mayne Stage w/ Earthen Grave
8/11 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue w/ Soulfly
8/25 - Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center w/ ZZ Top, Kid Rock
9/21 - Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Center w/ Indy Metal Fest

Fate is Your Muse was released earlier this year on Ripple Music. The album is currently  available on CD, digital and vinyl formats at www.ripple-music.com.  

Ripple Music still has a handful of the Limited Edition Splatter Vinyl packages on hand. Limited to a run of 100 units, this clear splatter vinyl comes with a signed poster, digital download card and tarot card lyric sheet insert. Order the package at this location.     
Fate is Your Muse is an introspective lyrical journey that careens from the metaphysical, to the absurd, to the pragmatic (and back again), all set to bone crushing heaviness wrapped in elaborate vocal melodies and elegant guitar phrases. Exploring topics such as reincarnation, the end of days, and the thin veil between reality and fantasy, the Indianapolis foursome create a rare musical experience; one that will have heavy rock fans returning for the primal emotional riffs, as well as the complex and heady lyrical content.

"I feel the need to go and dance round a pole. Fate Is Your Muse is the soundtrack to every seedy strip club you ever wanted to go to." [4.5/5] - TBFM Online

"Fate Is Your Muse mixes hard riffing and suave grooves into a twelve track fat album of boot stomping, head moshing magnificence that you didn't even know had been missing from your life." - TheMidlandsRocks.com  

DEVIL TO PAY is available for interviews. To book a time/day to speak with the band or inquire about emailers, contact ClawhammerPR@gmail.com 

Friday, June 14, 2013

MOTHERSHIP Gearing Up For Summer Tour With COMMUNION

The Dallas, Texas-based trio of heavy rock bad asses known as MOTHERSHIP is about to make a return the road for a brief run with psychedelic doomsters COMMUNION.  
Those who missed out on the band's Spring run with GYPSYHAWK now have a second chance to experience some no-frills rock n' roll magic when MOTHERSHIP kicks off their Summer tour on June 24th at Hotel Vegas in Austin, TX. This run will include a June 28th stop in Trabuco Canyon, CA for Show Class Magazine's Born Free 5 Festival People's Champ Party. Details for Born Free 5 and the pre-party can be found at the following links:
In other news, the song "Lunar  Master," off of MOTHERSHIP's self-titled debut, has been ranked #3 on The Paranoid Hitsophrenic 'Regular Old Doom Charts.' Check out the rankings, which includes a link to a stream of the track, at this location.  
MOTHERSHIP Summer 2013 Tour Dates w/ COMMUNION    
June 24 Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
June 25 El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace
June 26 Tucson, AZ @ Surly Wench Pub w/ Thorncaster
June 27 San Diego, CA @ The Void w/ Harsh Toke
June 28 Trabuco Canyon, CA @ Cook's Corner - Born Free 5 Pre-Party w/ O Zorn
June 30 Los Angeles, CA @ TBA
July 1 Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room w/ Flying Scorpion
July 2 Albuquerque, NM @ TBA
July 3 Midland, TX @ Blue Max

With their self-titled debut, MOTHERSHIP masterfully delivers 70's-tinged U.S. hard rock with a sound that satisfies like a steaming hot stew of UFO and Iron Maiden, blended with the southern swagger of Molly Hatchet and ZZ Top, MOTHERSHIP's goal from the beginning has been to carry on the tradition of the classic rock style; updated and amped up for the modern day. Originally self-released in 2012, MOTHERSHIP and Ripple Music have joined forces to re-release this stunning debut record on CD and LP. Mothership is available at www.ripple-music.com.  
"Such a killer find, man. Can't wait to see them live!"  
- Dom Lawson (Metal Hammer / Classic Rock)
"Been listening to Mothership all day now and if feels like UFO and Orange Goblin got drunk with St. Vitus, smoked some weed with Blue Cheer and spewed out the tuffest blues-drenched, no frills love child I've heard all month. Some ridiculously badass guitars. And heavy above all else!" -- Sword of Doom
"Try to resist a band that plays blues-laden metal with heavy guitar riffs that is also hoping for intergalactic travel. Mothership is a three piece from Dallas that alternates between an almost AC/DC-like sound on a track like 'City Nights' and a broader, heavier and more epic sound on tracks like 'Cosmic Rain,' 'Angel of Death' and the opener, 'Hallucination.'   
-- VueWeekly.com  
Mothership Bio
Rock n' Roll history is rife with brothers working together to create their artistic vision. But rarely do we hear about a full-fledged family unit embarking down the treacherous path of a musical career. In the case of Texas based Mothership, the Brother Juett (Kyle on bass, younger brother Kelley on guitar) enlisted the aid of their father, John Juett, to help get the 'ship off the ground. Raised on a healthy dose of their father's 70's-era record collection, the brothers began crafting songs fueled on the raucous and raw good time vibe when music seemed to know no bounds. Lifting off the pad for the first time in 2010, the band began to gain momentum and notoriety with their unabashed live shows. Knowing that the service of the family patriarch was temporary, Father Juett actively helped his boys find his replacement, and in late 2011, enter the mighty Judge Smith to hammer away on the skins. In early 2012, Mothership entered Crystal Clear Studios with Wo Fat mastermind Kent Stump manning the boards and by mid-year, the band self-released their debut album. It was the combination of the 70's-era heavy rock fuzz and fury mixed with the blistering guitar solos of the NWOBHM-era that drew the bands attention to California-based Heavy Rock label, Ripple Music. In the waning months of 2012, after a successful year of traveling regionally throughout Texas and opening for national acts such as Prong, Red Fang, Gypsyhawk, Earthen Grave, and Lo-Pan, Mothership officially dubbed Ripple Music as its Home Port and began plotting a course for their first U.S. Tour in early 2013.
Kells Juett- Guitars/Vox
 Kyle Juett- Bass/Vox
Judge Smith- Drums



Ripple Music's EARTHEN GRAVE to Debut New Single Ahead of Appearance At Days of the Doomed Fest III

Ripple Music's newest band, Chicago doom-metallers EARTHEN GRAVE, will debut their new song, "death is another word...." prior to their upcoming appearance at Days of the Doom Fest IIIJune 21st and 22nd, 2013.  
The newly recorded single from the upcoming remastered release of EARTHEN GRAVE's self-titled debut, finds the band unleashing a terror of groove-laden, classic metal and doom. Twin guitar harmonies sear through the riff-fest of pure darkness and post-Sabbath heaviness. "death is another word...." is one of several bonus tracks exclusive to the Ripple Music re-release of the fully remastered EARTHEN GRAVE debut, appearing on both the CD and double-LP versions of the album.  
June 17th is the date on which "death is another word.... " will be leaked in a worldwide premiere, setting the stage for EARTHEN GRAVE with Rachel Barton Pine to terrorize the gathered masses at the ever-growing festival in Cudahy, Wisconsin. Ripple Music will offer the single in conjunction with Mercyful Mike Productions on the Homepage of Days of The Doomed Fest --www.daysofthedoomed.com.
On Friday, June 14th, "death is another word..." will be available as a payable download through the Ripple Music Bandcamp Site -- ripplemusic.bandcamp.com
A limited amount of CDs and LPs will be available at the Days of the Doomed fest. And keep an eye open for the world-wide release of the CD and double-LP on July 9th, available through Nail Distribution, Code 7, Clearspot, and the Ripple Music Store. 


June 22nd @ The Blue Pig - Cudahy, WI **
Days of The Doomed Fest III (Event Page)

July 20th @ The Boiler Room - Dallas, TX **
Heavy Fest II (Event Page)

August 10th @ Mayne Stage - Chicago, IL **
Record Release Party w/ Devil To Pay & Divinity Compromised (Event Page)

October 12th @ 3 Kings Tavern - Denver, CO
Denver Doom Fest III (www.facebook.com/denverdoomfest3)

** - EARTHEN GRAVE featuring Rachael Barton Pine
Formed in 2008, EARTHEN GRAVE is a five-piece Chicago metal band that marries the sounds of metal past and future with a sweaty, pummeling live show. EARTHEN GRAVE boasts an undeniable collective metal and musical pedigree. Each member is an accomplished musician and a veteran of the metal scene, including Ron Holzner who was a member of the seminal and seismic doom pioneers TROUBLE - a band widely regarded as one of the most important unsung American metal bands of all time. In addition, EARTHEN GRAVE has that "extra something special" with occasional guest 6th member live and boasting a Full collaboration on the new release with Rachel Barton Pine. Rachel, a world-renowned classical violinist brings her frightening classical chops to a relatively new instrument, the Viper.
Originally released in 2012, EARTHEN GRAVE's self-titled debut features 10 tracks of blistering Doom and Metal that left the critics grasping for superlatives. Terrorizer Magazine hailed "... EARTHEN GRAVE sounds old school without being retro, managing to go through every element on which lesser bands usually fail with exquisite grace and solemn subtlety..." Now to be reissued through Ripple Music, the new edition of the album, produced by Ron Holzner, has been completely remastered with four bonus tracks including the new song, "death is another word...." with new drummer Chris Wozniak (LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR). 

"...they take the Black Sabbath/Pentagram/Witchfinder General formula to another level by adding in Pine's lovely violin work, which gives these crushing songs an almost Kansas-ish feel to them in spots. 4/5" - Sea of Tranquility

"...the integrity and honesty of the musical endeavour shines through, making this a thought-provoking, melancholic metal creation with some real magic..." - Zero Tolerance

"...a modern doom metal classic that will live beyond a mere best-of-the-year bestowing. 4.5/5" - Metal Underground


Monday, June 10, 2013

UK Rockers GRIFTER Prepare To Enter Studio; Announce Appearance at Bloodstock Fest

UK-based dirty rock n' roll trio GRIFTER are ready to start the recording of the follow up to their self-titled 2011 debut, which will appear later in the year on Ripple Music on CD and...VINYL!!!! Guinness splatter vinyl no less!!!

The working title for the album is "The Return Of The Bearded Brethren" and will feature artwork from up and coming tattoo artist Jamie Campbell. Tracks from the album will include 'Braggard's Boast,' 'Black Gold,' 'It's Not Me It's You,' 'She Mountain,' 'Princess Leia,' 'Fire Water,' 'Paranoiac Blues,' 'The Return Of The Bearded Brethren,' 'Bow Down To The Monkey' and a cover of Black Sabbath's 'Fairies Wear Boots' that has become a popular fixture of the live set.

In other news, GRIFTER are extremely pleased to announce that they have been added to this year's Bloodstock Festival, held at Catton Park, Derbyshire from August 8th - 11th. The band will be playing the Sophie Lancaster stage on Sunday the 11th. Also playing this year's festival are legends such as Slayer, King Diamond, Lamb Of God, Voivod, Anthrax, Exodus, Accept, Devildriver, Death Angel and way too many more to mention here. For those details, head over towww.bloodstock.uk.com.

GRIFTER Live Dates:

Saturday June 8th @ The Black Heart - Camden w/ Stubb and Mother Corona
Friday July 26th @ Gulliver's - Manchester w/ XII Boar, The Bendal Interlude & more 
Saturday July 27th @ The 2 Pigs - Cheltenham w/ Smoke Pilot and Welcome Back Delta
Friday August 2nd @ The Hog And Hosper - Pontypool
Saturday August 3rd - TBC
Sunday August 11th - BLOODSTOCK METAL FEST @ Catton Park - Derbyshire
Saturday October 19th @ The Wharf - Tavistock All Day Charity Eveny
Friday November 29th - HARD ROCK HELL VII @ Holiday Park - North Wales

Praise for GRIFTER:
Top 20 (#12 & #15) Album of the Year - The Soda Shop
Top 20 (#19) Album of the Year - Heavy Planet
Top 20 (#15) Album of the Year - Captain Beyond Zen
Top 10 of 2011 - The Sleeping Shaman
Top 10 (#5) Album of the Year - Chybucca Sounds
Bands That Caught My Attention (2011) - Steaming Heathen/Grips of Delusion
Best Records of 2011 - Sonic Abuse
Top 20 (#15) Album of the Year - The Obelisk
#4 Album of the year - A Brief History of Metal: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly of 2011

"One of the best hard rock albums from top to bottom that I have listened to this year."
 - WeLoveMetal.com
"This is an excellent album, catchy, groove rich and addictive . . . all (of the tracks) are of the same catchy, infectious quality. Get a copy and by the second listen I guarantee you will be singing along." [4/5] -  Metal Talk.net
"Just about the best stoner rock band in England right now. Grifter build every one of their songs around monstrously grooving, simple riffs and smooth southern vocals. Something akin to Clutch jamming with Kim Thayil. Several songs, including opener Good Day For Bad News, Preacher And The Devil and Alabama Hotpocket are simply jammed with big riffs, and even when they go for an acoustic blues track to close with Gone Blues they can't help but groove." - JukeBox:Metal