Archive for January, 2011

‘Sabbat Noir’ by MONARCH now available on CD

Posted in news on January 18, 2011 by heathenskulls

Monarch’s new album Sabbat Noir was recorded in the South of France in December 2009; it’s their first with new drummer Robert MacManus (ex Grey Daturas) and sonically a massive departure from previous releases, whilst still maintaining Monarch’s signature sound.

LP version of Sabbat Noir is now completely sold out!

Presented in a 6-panel digi pak, the CD version has the same silver layered hi gloss reflective coating as the LP version: $15AUD + postage

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Review: Aquarius Records 13/08/2010

Latest from these French ultra doom sludgelords and sludgelady, a single song spread out over two lp sides, a sprawling, lugubrious, blackened slow motion tarpit crawl, and if it was even possible, Sabbat Noir sounds and feels even more abstract and spaced out than any of the other Monarchs, which is saying a lot. Sabbat Noir is also the band’s first proper full length to feature their new drummer, Robert from the Grey Daturas, who makes himself right at home, his spare hard hitting style perfectly suited to Monarch’s weirdly dreamy doomic drift.
The record/song begins with a dense cloud of rumbles and whirs, a slow motion sub-SUNN guitar crawl, wrapped in shimmery cymbal sizzle, an epic, smoldering, slow building low end creep. Thick, almost liquid guitars ooze beneath abstract drumming, the hits ages apart, long stretches of layered guitardrone, a nearly stalled doom, that hovers and floats more than crushes or pummels. The vocals exist way off in the distance, haunting and spectral, just another layer of slow shifting sound, which gives way here and there to hushed ambience, it’s not so much a song as a sound, drifty and shimmery, and nearly ambient, it’s not until near the end of the first side that things get a little mathy and metal, the riffs coalescing into black hole crunch, the drums pounding out an almost-rhythm. The side ends, and the song picks right back up on the flipside a la Lynyrd Skynyrd, more tarpit creep, streaked with feedback, the vocals moving gradually to the fore, their presence more intense, the riffs coalescing into a more traditional doom, mournful and melancholy, like Paradise Lost or My Dying Bride, but slowed waaaaaay down, the now shrieked vox drifting over this lumbering swoonsome dour doomic miserablism, a gorgeous, desolate, somber dronedoom, that slowly sheds the doom, eventually blissing back out into some more blackened guitardrone dreaminess.
The packaging is incredible, super glossy, metallic prismatic jackets, you have to see them to believe them, easily one of the coolest looking covers ever, the front cover the Monarch logo all shiny and metallic over what appears to be hair, but follow that hair to the other side of the sleeve where you’ll find a sexy evil pic of Monarch’s vocalist Emilie all corpsepainted and hoTT, the records are pressed on 180 gram vinyl, and of course LIMITED TO ONLY 400 COPIES!!!

Monarch - Sabbat Noir

Californian psych wizards EARTHLESS tour Australia

Posted in news on January 2, 2011 by heathenskulls

California’s finest have landed in Australia and their tour is a rolling! Tour dates below……

Hailing from San Diego, California, Earthless are a psyched out power rock trio that pride them selves on the free thinking energy of mind expanding sounds and instrumental jams, preferable those inspired by 60’s and 70’s psych rock. There contribution to the genre, a retro style that we all know and love, is a form of musicianship they humble call ‘the cosmic nod’.

Rising from the dusty dunes of the southern Californian desert, Earthless have been kicking out the jams since 2001, they feature guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, bassist Mike Eginton and drummer Mario Rubalcaba. Mario previously drummed for rock n roll punks Rocket From the Crypt and Hot Snakes; he also drums for the newly formed hardcore punk band OFF! Featuring ex Black Flag / Circle Jerks vocalist Keith Morris, amongst others, and was a highly regarded, now ex, pro skater.

Drawing comparisons to the likes of Blue Cheer, Jimi Hendrix, MC5, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath, some down right classic if i do say so, it’s safe to say Earthless have taking notes from the masters of reality and have graduated with a degree in ass whipping rock n roll. There’s very few bands in the modern age that can lay claims to such authenticity; Dead Meadow and Comets on Fire are two that come to mind.

With all that said, ladies and gentleman of Australia, it gives me great pleasure to introduce to you EARTHLESS! Hope to see you at one of the shows!

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Earthless interview / chapter from the film Such Hawks Such Hounds

EARTHLESS live at Super Sonic Festival, UK, 2009

December New Years Eve shows 2010

Friday 31st: Melbourne @ The Espy / NYE Festival – EARLY SET

w/ You Am I, Airbourne, Wagons + special guests

Friday 31st: Melbourne @ The Tote / NYE – LATE SET

w/ Kim Salmon and Surrealists, New War, Heirs and Blarke Bayer // Black Widow

with special guests DJ’s Ben Andrew (My Disco) & Chris Pugmire (New War).


January Australian Tour 2011

Saturday 1st: Geelong @ The National Hotel / Bangers and Nash w/ Nuclear Death Terror (Denmark), Kromosom, Face on Fire, Spacebong, Hotel Wrecking City Traders, Blarke Bayer // Black Widow, etc, etc.

Sunday 2nd: Adelaide @ Ed Castle w/ Bronze Chariot + special guests

Tuesday 4th: Canberra @ Basement w/ special guests

Wednesday 5th: Wollongong @ Cabbage Tree Hotel w/ Hard Ons, Hytest + Van

Thursday 6th: Brisbane @ The Zoo w/ Feathers & No Anchor

Friday 7th: Newcastle @ Cambridge Hotel w/ Tumbleweed + Dropping Honey

Saturday 8th: Sydney @ Annandale Hotel w/ Nunchukka Superfly, Dead Farmers, Naked on the Vague

Attention: Earthless after Party @ Solid Gold Hell (Sly Fox Hotel) 199 Enmore Rd, Enmore, w/ guests DJ’s!

Sunday 9th: Melbourne @ Arthouse Hotel w/ Clagg, Agonhymn and Hotel Wrecking City Traders

Attention: End of tour party @ Arthouse, this is your last chance to see California’s finest tear some leather!

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