Gygax – Critical Hits

By Andrew Bansal

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Based out of Ventura, California, Gygax features former Gypsyhawk frontman Eric Harris and guitarist Bryant Throckmorton, and was founded in 2015 on musical foundations similar to that of Gypsyhawk, and the band’s name, lyrics and imagery inspired by Gary Gygax and Dungeons & Dragons. Gygax continues from where Gypsyhawk left off with their breakup in 2014. Harris and Throckmorton found Ventura-based musicians Armand John Lizzy (guitar) and Justin Dempsey (drums) to complete the Gygax lineup, and after a handful of impressive live performances in California, they are now ready to release their debut album ‘Critical Hits’ via Creator-Destructor Records on January 22nd 2016. Continue reading

Cauldron – In Ruin

By Andrew Bansal

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Canadian classic metal trio Cauldron are ready to release their fourth full-length studio album ‘In Ruin’ on January 8th 2016, their first The End Records release and their first full-length since ‘Tomorrow’s Lost’ (2012). Modern-era old-school metal bands are typically compared to legends from the ’70s and ’80s that influenced them, but this Toronto group, in existence since 2006, stands out from the pack of contemporaries as through the past decade they’ve carved a very recognizable signature sound that’s all of their own, boasting of catchy vocal and guitar harmonies, galloping rhythms and a very warm snare drum sound. Cauldron do not divert from this style and instead focus on honing it further album after album, and to that effect, ‘In Ruin’ presents quintessential Cauldron at its finest. Continue reading

Carrera – Love At First Lick EP

By Lisa Burke

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Carrera is a sleazy glam rock band from Los Angeles, CA featuring Ruby Carrera on guitar and Wendy Groovella on vocals. Ruby Carrera has been a fixture on the Sunset Strip since the ’80s with his various projects. They have a 4-track EP titled ‘Love At First Lick’ out on FnA records which is available wherever digital music is sold and also on Internet radio. The EP features the former singer of the band Josi Kat on vocals, and her powerful voice contains the perfect amount of sleaze and can be comparable to that of Joan Jett among others in this vain. Mix that with the sleazy rockin’ Ritchie Blackmore-inspired jamming on guitar with some solid track mastering skills and you walk out of the room with complete satisfaction. Continue reading

Ironaut – Self-Titled EP

By Andrew Bansal

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Based out of Los Angeles, Ironaut is a fledgling stoner rock group which comprises Erik Kluiber on bass and vocals, Patrick McHugh on guitar and Ivan Najor on drums. Having started out as an all-instrumental power trio and after playing a handful of shows in that incarnation, Ironaut added vocals to their sound, with Kluiber taking on the mantle himself, and performed live with success. In an attempt to recreate the same impact in the studio, Ironaut released their self-titled debut EP on November 19th 2015. Continue reading

Bevar Sea – Invoke The Bizarre

By Aniruddh ‘Andrew’ Bansal

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Hailing from Bangalore, India, Bevar Sea announced their arrival in the world of stoner doom with the 2012 release of their self-titled debut full-length album, a righteous slab of heavy psychedelia that not only placed them at the top of what is still a fledgling metal scene in India, but also established them as a world-class entity amongst underground metal enthusiasts elsewhere. Stoner doom has reached unprecedented levels of popularity both in the underground and mainstream communities over the past few years, but Bevar Sea were one step ahead and ventured into this territory before most others did, going about one simple task: playing the kind of music they love. Now, three years since the debut, in times far more welcoming to their musical style, the band has unveiled the follow-up effort ‘Invoke The Bizarre’. Continue reading

Intronaut – The Direction Of Last Things

By Andrew Bansal

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Los Angeles progressive metal stalwarts Intronaut have come a long way since their 2006 debut EP ‘Null’, orchestrating an undeniable evolution of themselves as musicians from one album to the next and in the process also inspiring the next generation of prog lovers. A little over two years since their stellar, spellbinding 2013 effort ‘Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)’, Intronaut are about to release their fifth full-length studio album ‘The Direction Of Last Things’ via Century Media Records on November 13th, and as it could already be predicted, this new set of tunes presents a more developed and incisive Intronaut, but does so with a very recognizable sonic stamp and revisits some of the band’s older tendencies. Continue reading