I’m not sure what it is, but I keep finding these great heavy bands coming out of Italy and Greece, like Messa, Puta Volcano, and now Villagers of Ioannina City from — of course — Ioannina City, Greece. I wouldn’t necessarily call it stoner or psych rock, it’s really just King Buffalo style majestic, epic rock and roll.
Self-described as ‘post-rock with a dose of Greek folk traditional music’, Villagers of Ioannina City have delivered with their second full-length album a masterful opus of sweeping rock soundscapes that subtly incorporates elements of traditional Greek folk music into its heavy tales of gods and the grandeur of nature and history. If you like epic, majestic rock, give this a spin.
If, like me, you dig the current 70s-style proto-metal resurgence and can’t get enough cowbell, you will definitely dig Witchers Creed.
This Swedish foursome sounds like they were pried out of a time capsule fully formed and rocking hard.
Bassist Emil Bjällerhag drives the band with his Geezer inspired rumble, with Charlie Rangstedt completing the battery, under the heavy stoner style riffage of guitarist Filip Andersson and complemented by the passionate melodic vocals of Dennis Blohm Hedlund.
Awakened From the Tomb could easily be a lost album from the late 60s or early 70s, and is nothing but straight ahead fun rock and roll with a Sabbath edge. Check it!
Standout tracks: Witchers Creed, Depths of the Black Void, Raven’s Claw, Larissa
Arrowhead – Coven of the Snake
Released July 12, 2019
Aussie rockers Arrowhead have just released their latest full length album on Ripple Music! Coven of the Snake is a hard rocking 70s style fuzzed out heavy record full of catchy grooves and riffs. Perfect for that summer backyard cookout or cruising down the highway with the top down. Orange crush all the way, baby!
Arrowhead have been around since 2009 and have shared the stage with Monster Magnet, Unida (featuring John Garcia), Earthless, Acid King, and Sasquatch, to name a few. Fans of Black Sabbath, Corrosion of Conformity, Alice and Chains will dig this great addition to the Ripple catalog!
Standout tracks: Coven of the Snake, Root of Evil, March of the Reptiles.