The Melvins To Release New LP with Butthole Surfers’ Paul Leary and JD Pinkus


Photo: Mackie Osborne; Left to right: Dale Crover, Buzz Osborne, Paul Leary, JD Pinkus

The Melvins will release a brand new full-length entitled Hold It In this October, with another shuffle in the line-up.

Joining Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover for the 12-song record are Butthole Surfers guitarist Paul Leary and bassist JD Pinkus. The album was recorded in both Los Angeles and Austin earlier this year.

“Hold It In is a refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullshit,” commented Osborne. ”Paul is one of the best guitar players I have ever heard and Pinkus has an outside-the-box type of approach to both guitar and bass that you just have to let it ride. I can’t believe this actually happened. I’m thrilled.”

“It’s very rare you get a chance to work with three folks from the ‘Break A Wish’ foundation, all at the same time,” said Pinkus. ”I believe they’ll remember their experience with me forever (or until they finally all lose their fight with S.I.D.S).” 

The Melvins will embark on a series of U.S. dates on Oct. 15 with the live line-up comprised of Osborne, Crover and Pinkus.

Buzz Osborne is currently touring in support of his debut acoustic album, This Machine Kills Artists, while Crover will temporarily join OFF! for the band’s August tour.  

Hold It In is out Oct. 14 Via Ipecac Recordings

Limited copies of ROCK-A-ROLLA issue 27, featuring Melvins on the cover, are available to order from our Back Issues store:

PHILM to release second album, Fire From The Evening Sun, this September


PHILM, featuring former Slayer legend Dave Lombardo, have announced that their second studio album, Fire From The Evening Sun, will be released on UDR this September.

The band released their debut album, Harmonic, on Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings in 2012 and the follow-up from the trio, also featuring Gerry Nestler (vocals, guitars) and Pancho Tomaselli (bass), is described by Dave Lombardo as “a completely different animal” to its predecessor. Lombardo commented: “It is again produced by me, but mastered and mixed by a couple of musical giants… Tyler Bates and Robert Carranza. I believe this album has a daring, callous temperament about it that really sums up our mindset right now. No improvising, no fluff. It’s heavy and in your face from start to finish. You may think you know what PHILM is, but you don’t. If you haven’t seen us live, you have no idea. We thrive on being out of our comfort zones and want fans to take that ride.”

The band will perform at The Underworld, London on September 7th.

 Fire From The Evening Sun hits the stores on September 15th, with the track listing as follows:

1) Train
2) Fire From The Evening Sun
3) Lady Of The Lake
4) Lion’s Pit
5) Silver Queen
6) We Sail At Dawn
7) Omniscience
8) Fanboy
9) Luxhaven
10) Blue Dragon
11) Turn In The Sky
12) Corner Girl

Dave Lombardo spoke to Rock-A-Rolla extensively about PHILM in issue 38, available to order HERE

Witch Mountain Announce New Album Mobile Of Angels, Reveal New Track

Musician Portrait series Photo: Marne Lucas

Portland, OR doomsters Witch Mountain have completed their fourth full-length, set for release in October via Finland’s Svart Records.

The album, titled Mobile Of Angles, was tracked and mixed at Type Foundry studios in Portland with Billy Anderson behind the desk. Drummer Nate Carson commented: “This is the third in our trilogy of comeback albums. It’s the third with Uta Plotkin singing, and the third with Billy Anderson as producer. This one is the most fully developed, with the best sound and songs that we’ve yet mustered in our 17 years as a band.

“Like all Witch Mountain albums, this one authentically captures where we were at when we made it,” he continues. “Since tracking this in May, we’ve toured Europe again and dialed the live presentation even further. We are firing on all cylinders. Side one of the new album will crush your skull, and side two will make you want to slit your wrists. This is honest, heavy, American rock music that keeps one foot in the doom metal tradition, and another stepping beyond the fringe of genre and into the landscape of pure, emotional rock and roll expression.”

Mobile Of Angles hits the stores on October 6th. Check out album track ‘Psycho Animundi’ now:

Video Premiere: Blind Thorns ‘Gambling With The Wrong Dice Part I’


US via Switzerland trio Blind Thorns release their debut self-titled album this week on New Atlantis Records - with various formats also available via Cheap Satanism, Off-Set and Tandori Records – and we have the video premiere for album track ‘Gambling With The Wrong Dice Part I’ right here!

Featuring guitarist Shane Perlowin and drummer Ryan Oslance of Asheville, NC math/avant-rock explorers Ahleuchatistas and vocalist Antoine Läng, from Geneva, Switzerland, the debut set is a mind-bending slice of tribal rhythms, noise and out-there sonics. Check out the suitably bizarro video for hypnotic track ‘Gambling With The Wrong Dice Part I’ :


Incoming: Zu live in London

Mark this down in your calendars: Italy’s avant-rock masters Zu are set to return to London, UK this December, with support from The Physics House Band, The Earls Of Mars and Pohl.

Having sprung back into action after a lengthy hiatus, and now featuring The Locust drum maestro Gabe Serbian behind the kit, the former Rock-A-Rolla cover stars recently released the excellent Goodnight, Civilization EP in anticipation of more new material ahead.

Needless to say, unmissable – catch them at The Underworld, London on 8th December 2014. Tix are on sale now from

Check out the Facebook event page HERE

Zu were on the cover of Rock-A-Rolla issue 18, available to order HERE

ZU poster


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Psych outfit Anthroprophh, featuring ex-The Heads axeman Paul ‘Prof’ Allen, have completed their second full-length, Outside The Circle.

Formerly a solo project for Allen and now also featuring the Big Naturals duo Gareth Turner and Jesse Webb, the latest set from the trio will see the light of day on vinyl and download via Rocket Recordings on Sept 15th.

The track listing is as follows:

01 Returning (6:26)
02 Dead man on the scene (2.44)
03 2013 And she told me I was die (2:48)
04 Albrechtdron (1:06)
05 Gottmelt (1:35)
06 Detached and in its own mind riding a ghost train through a fairground it had built itself (5:52)
07 The ruins of st. Luckwell (0:57)
08 Crow with sore throat (2:51)
09 Space box zonk machine (2:45)
10 Dog (1:45)
11 Outside the circle (9:10)
12 See (5:50)
13 New impossibilities part 3 (1:12)

Check out the killer album track Crow With Sore Throat now:


Amplifest announces final line-up

The final line-up for this year’s edition of Amplifest, Portugal’s finest heavy/underground/experimental music festival, has been announced.

Joining the previously confirmed Swans, Wolvserpent, YOB, Pharmakon, Wovenhand and Pallbearer are:

Alhousseini Anivolla
Ben Frost
Black Shape Of Nexus
Cult Of Luna
Marissa Nadler
Peter Brötzmann & Steve Noble

Book your flights now! Amplifest 2014 takes place in Porto, Portugal, 4th & 5th October. Tickets are on sale at



Scott Walker + Sunn O))) reveal album details

L-R: Greg Anderson, Tos Nieuwenhuizen, Scott Walker, Stephen O’Malley.  Photo: Phil Laslett


Sunn O))) and Scott Walker have revealed details of their forthcoming collaboration, to be released September 22nd on 4AD.

Entitled Soused, the 5-track, 50-minute release was recorded in London in early 2014 and produced by Scott Walker and long-time ally Peter Walsh with the assistance of musical director Mark Warman.

The seeds for the collaboration were planted back in 2009 when Sunn O))) originally approached Walker for their last full-length proper, Monoliths & Dimensions. The former Walker Brothers legend had since written the tracks that would form Soused with them in mind.

Also appearing on the record is extended Sunn O))) member Tos Nieuwenhuizen.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Brando
2. Herod 2014
3. Bull
4. Fetish
5. Lullaby

Incoming: YOB + Pallbearer in London


Mark this down in your calendars: Oregon heavyweights YOB will hit London’s Underworld with Arkansas’ Pallbearer for a night of crushing doom on September 8th.

With both bands set to release brand new LPs – YOB’s Clearing The Path To Ascend and Pallbearer’s Foundations Of Burden –  this is shaping up to be an evening of epic proportions. 

Support comes from London trio Bast.

Get your tickets now:

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Sunn O))) join forces with Scott Walker on a new project


Legendary British label 4AD have teased that SunnO))) will be teaming up with none other than the legendary Scott Walker for a new project to be released in the near future.

The label posted the image above via Facebook, along with the link to “a new project”: 

No further info is available at the moment as to what the project will entail exactly, or what the follow-up to SunnO)))’s recent collab with Ulver will sound like, but this may well be one of the most fascinating team-ups of recent times. Stay tuned for more details as they emerge.