Portland’s legendary doom outfit Witch Mountain just dropped a self-titled LP and it is a must-have for heavy blues, stoner and doom fans!
Witch Mountain has been around since 1997 with a few lineup changes. New vocalist Kayla Dixon is a revelation, her vocals alternately soaring, growling, and hitting you with the heavy feels.
I had the pleasure of seeing them live in San Francisco last week, and they brought arena level energy to the small club I saw them in. These guys are the real deal. Catch them if you can!
Witch Mountain is currently on tour playing with local openers across the US, July 11 to August 12. Their latest effort is available on Bandcamp.
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ASG is one of those bands that if you know, you know. I’ve been into them since MySpace and they have a habit of disappearing and reappearing unexpectedly. Case in point – they just surprise dropped their first album in five years, just in time for a little poolside headbanging!
Hailing from North Carolina, ASG and their brand of punky modern heavy guitar rock evolves and matures with new Relapse Records album Survive Sunrise, which was recorded, mixed and mastered by longtime producer Matt Hyde (Deftones, Slayer, Monster Magnet). Standout tracks: Survive Sunrise, Lightning Song, Heavy Scars, Weekend Money.
Run, don’t walk to get this one, going to be one of the heavy albums of the summer!
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So much good music released lately, and this is the one I can’t get enough of right now. Virgina’s venerable Freedom Hawk has a brand new album called Beast Remains, and they had me at the first track, the energetic, moving “Solid Gold”.
The band’s sound is reminiscent of the best of 70s AOR and prog rock, while at the same time sounding both modern and timeless. Passionate, melodic, and grooving, Beast Remains is a perfect showcase of the band’s formidable songwriting and musical skills.
Whatever’s in the water at Virginia Beach, I want some. In the meantime, I’m just going to keep enjoying Freedom Hawk rock and hope they come this way soon.
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