US Hardcore Titans Xibalba return this August 2022 for a stretch of terrifying shows along the east coast of Australia.
18/8 Woolly Mammoth Brisbane
19/8 La La La’s Wollongong
20/8 Crowbar Sydney Sydney
21/8 The Basement Canberra Canberra
25/8 The Eastern Ballarat
26/8 Singing Bird Studios Frankston
27/8 Bendigo Hotel Melbourne (18+)
28/8 Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne (AA)
Early Bird tickets available from https://www.yourmatebookings.com/upcoming-events/
Artist: WO FAT
Album: The Singularity
The Texan Trio still have it after 21 years.
They certainly surprised us all with this one.
It has a similar productions vibe to the last few albums but the consistent up-tempo
ZZ Top-Esque of the song writing on this album (Specifically the title track “The Singularity”), sets it apart from most of the previous releases.
The Production is off tap and you kinda gotta expect it, considering the work Kent and Michael do together in their studio Crystal Clear Sound.
They’ve captured the true essence of dirty, filthy and low-end Stoner Blues on a gargantuan level among some of the best over the last three decades
The Vocals of Kent are top notch and seem to have become even more powerful and succinct in this album (not to discount any of the previous attempts on the other albums).
Keep that cowboy hat on Kent, it still some sort of Southern State Wizardry that projects across the globe.
Their first single “The Witching Chamber” sends out a siren of feedback and radio noise whilst giving a nod to a “Read The Omens” vibe. The Nine plus minute belter allows the listener to melt into their couch (Under The Influence much?), while the Bayou across the way, forms a Sink-Hole Whirl Pool, taking us under the surface into a void of occultic musical pleasures and relentless unknown feelings.
The Vocals of Kent are top notch and seem to have become more powerful and succinct in this album (not to discount any of the previous attempts on the other albums). Keep that cowboy hat on Kent, it still has the Southern State Wizardry we all know it possesses.
Zack brings that filthy bass twang in harder than ever on “The Unraveling” while Kent gives us a Southern Blues Melody Ride like Sabbath were forced to play a teenage prom in Texas in the 70’s.
Michael conjures a Tribal Voodoo Dance on his kit keeping each snap thump hit to each Drum Kit part appropriately complimenting each Bass note and Guitar lick, highlighted mesmerizingly on “The Oracle”.
One of the riffs on Overworlder reminds me of a Budgie track (RIP Burke Shelley – you bloody legend) and if anything it’s a compliment, considering a few joke bands (RHCP) ripped off a section from that same stand out track “Breadfan” which you may recall Metallica covered decades ago.
Guys, you’ve done it. What a F#%KEN Album!
Stand Out Track: Overworlder
For Fans of Budgie, ZZ Top and Church of Misery
OUT VIA RIPPLE MUSIC SOON!!!
Band: Tropical Sludge
Release: Isolation Jams
Light one up and press play.
Rick Burke (Comacozer/Rusty Souls) has just released his first EP under the name of “Tropical Sludge”.
Being a fan of Comacozer and loving the perpetual progression of their sound over the years, its great to hear Rick’s guitar abilities in an isolated environment for the first time.
The dreamy melodies and guitar licks covered by the dust of an analogue vinyl gives us listeners the production edge that most of the Psych community would approve of, in an ever-blooming worship for LPs and record players.
The sporadic samples of Australian Wildlife emphasizes the earthy elements of the songs and gives us hope and respect toward a true appreciation of nature – you know the very thing we’ve neglected for so long since living in this consumer based society.
If I was a shaman of a Spiritual retreat or even a Yoga Teacher, I would definitely be adding this whole album to my playlist. The vibe the whole EP possesses conjures a divine experience of oneness and wholeness with the universe as it takes the mind and soul to interdimensional realms.
Time does not exist when the sounds of “isolation Jams” are played, it enables the mind to switch off from any stress that entraps us inside this illusion some call the matrix of life.
I am very keen to see the live performance of Tropical Sludge and can only imagine what an mind bending scenario could be created with the right lighting and objects/consumables of acceleration.
Sick one Rick!
For fans of Lamp of the Universe, Electric Octopus and The Re-stoned