While there are definitely some worthy new releases that could get my vote for Pick of the Week right now, I’m having too much fun listening to Dead Rock Commandos by Nightstalker to not upvote it this week.
Nightstalker is a stoner metal band from Athens, Greece, and songs from this killer 2012 full length album keep popping up in my Spotify.
Probably because I dig Puta Volcano so much, this and a couple other great Greek rock and roll bands like Villagers of Ioannina City find their way into my Daily Mix playlists constantly. I love it.
Standout tracks: Dead Rock Commandos, Go Get Some. Check out the title track from Dead Rock Commandos and get hooked like me!
Be warned, this album will get under your skin! Casting the Circle is the second full length release by LA doom trio High Priestess. If you’re unfamiliar with the psychedelic swirls and melodic mist of High Priestess’ brand of doom rock then now’s your chance to dive in.
With a sound that ranges from lilting to thunder, the sonic magic woven by bassist Mariana Fiel, guitarist Katie Gilchrest, and drummer Megan Mullins will have you under their spell before you can say “psychedelic doom.”
Standout tracks: Casting the Circle, Erebus
Accompanying this release is my favorite music video of the year so far, the haunting and macabre companion to the title track. It’s simply perfection.
I received this little guy in error and almost sent it back. I’m very glad I didn’t! The VOX amPlug 2 is a slightly pricey but very fun headphone amp for practicing with some real analog circuit tone.
My musician neighbor recently found his long lost Metal amPlug and told me how much fun it was for practice and general jamming, so I ordered one from Amazon. What arrived a couple weeks later was the Bass version, and since these guys will in fact set you back around $40US I was about to send it back when I thought, hey let’s at least give it a shot.
Since it didn’t come with a manual, I didn’t know until I went to the VOX website that it not only has three gain settings (cycle select using the power button), but also a built in drum machine with three patterns and tap tempo! What!
The amPlug 2 runs on two included AAA batteries and is just a hella fun way to quietly get your practice on. The tone is good, I like the ballsy primary setting, and the syncopated drum patterns are interesting enough to spur the imagination. I do recommend putting your headphone cord through your strap like you would a standard lead, in case it falls out while you jam.
I wasn’t sure if I’d like it but I definitely recommend it, and now I have the amPlug 2 Lead on order. Check the website, each of the VOX amPlug 2 have different specs and settings. Rock on!