The Ocean and Mono to release split LP


German post-metal collective The Ocean and Japanese post-rock titans MONO are set to release a split LP this October, ahead of their forthcoming tour dates.

Featuring a track apiece and totalling 24 minutes, the split is due for release on October 23rd via Pelagic. MONO’s entry, ‘Death In Reverse’ serves as a taster from the band’s forthcoming new album, slated for release in early 2016.

MONO guitarist and main songwriter Takaakira Goto commented:

‘The theme of this track is life and death and regeneration. Even when our bodies decay and decompose, our souls will prevail unchanged. Our bodies will act as seeds for the next generation, while our souls will journey together into our new eternal life. This is the story we want to explore with our next album, a portrayal of our journey through life towards death; from living out our lives proud and high, to bodies immolating, infused with precious memories… and through the vast, noisy tunnel of space, we become pure souls – a single drop of water in the fountain of life.’

The split will be released on vinyl, CD and digitally worldwide through Pelagic Records.


1. MONO – Death In Reverse
2. THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE- The Quiet Observer

Upcoming UK dates:

6th November – Electric Ballroom, London
7th November – Damnation Festival, Leeds

Now streaming: Old Man Lizard S/T


Suffolk sludge/stoner outfit Old Man Lizard release their latest, self-titled album today – and we’re streaming the whole LP right here for a week.

The latest set from the trio, consisting of Jack Newnham (also of Slabdragger and Meadows), Gav Senior and Dan Beales, features new recordings of old demo tracks and brand new material.

The album, released on limited clear green vinyl, black vinyl and CD, is out now on Heavy Psych Sounds/Shellshock. Click below to start streaming:

Killing Joke premiere new track ‘I Am The Virus’


Killing Joke have premiered the first track from their forthcoming full-length, Pylon, slated for release on October 23rd via Spinefarm Records.

The band’s 16th studio album was produced in the UK and Prague by the band and Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood), with the artwork by band regular Mike Coles.

Youth commented on the album title: “It’s simple… Stark brutal industrial suicide… This is the third in a triptych of albums, Absolute Dissent, MMXII and now Pylon… heavy and uncompromising, bleak dystopian lyrics, as well as some visionary celebration… lots of black pain emotion. To be honest, we remain genre blind so our music will always cover a vast spectrum of influences, from disco right through to heavy metal and beyond…”

“This record really showcases the power of Killing Joke,” continues Jaz. “I remember we once jammed with German outfit Can, and I don’t remember hearing Can…”

The band have premiered the first track to be taken from the album, entitled I Am The Virus – check it out below:

Pre-orders are up now on . All audio purchases of Pylon from Pledge will receive the lead track I Am The Virus as an instant download. The album will come in a variety of formats, including deluxe double CD and limited double coloured vinyl, with both versions featuring additional tracks.

Killing Joke will embark on a 10-date headline UK tour in support of Pylon, kicking off in Cardiff on October 25th. The UK dates are as follows:

25       Cardiff           University Great Hall
26       Brighton       Concorde 2                          

27       Exeter           Lemon Grove
28       Nottingham Rock City
30       Oxford          O2 Academy                       

31       Birmingham The Institute

01       Manchester The Ritz
03       Glasgow       O2 ABC
04       Leeds             Beckett University
06       London          The Roundhouse

Tickets are available now at


Electric Wizard to headline Desertfest London 2016


Desertfest have announced that doom titans Electric Wizard will headline next year’s London edition of the festival.

Now in its fifth year, Desertfest 2016 will take place from April 29th – May 1st in multiple venues across Camden, London.

Other names announced for the annual doom/stoner/sludge/psych festival include Elder, Conan, Raging Speedhorn and Witchsorrow.

More bands will be announced in the coming months. Tickets are on sale now from the following link:

This year’s Desertfest Antwerp, meanwhile, have announced that Earth will join the already star-studded bill that included current issue cover stars Goatsnake, Orange Goblin, Bongzilla, Fatso Jetson, Dozer, Moon Duo, Greenleaf, Valient Thorr, Ufomammut and many more.

Desertfest Belgium 2015 takes place 9-11th October at Trix Muziekcentrum in Antwerp
Tickets are on sale at

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats Reveal ‘Melody Lane’ video


Photo by Ester Segarra

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats have released the video for their latest single, Melody Lane.

Melody Lane was recorded at Toe Rag Studios in early 2015 with engineer Liam Watson and is the second track to be taken from their latest album, The Night Creeper. Check out the video now:

The Night Creeper is out now via Rise Above Records.

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats will embark on an extensive European tour with Sweden’s Spiders this October/November. The UK/Ireland dates are as follows:
November 18th BRISTOL – THE FLEECE
November 20th DUBLIN – WHELAN’S
November 21st BELFAST – LIMELIGHT 2
November 22nd GLASGOW
November 24th NEWCASTLE – O2 ACADEMY 2
November 26th LONDON – SCALA

BARONESS return with new album ‘Purple’, unveil new track

Photo: Jimmy Hubbard

Baroness have announced details of their forthcoming new album Purple, due for release in December.

The follow-up to 2012’s Yellow & Green, Purple was produced by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT) at Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, New York. The album marks a move from Relapse and will be released via the band’s newly formed label Abraxan Hymn.

“After releasing a lengthy and investigative record like Yellow & Green we all felt that we needed to make something much more direct and immediate,” commented frontman John Baizley. “We wanted to write with our normal focus on artistry, balanced against an increased level of energy and focus. It was important for us to write our new songs with the type of enthusiasm and expressiveness that could act as a counterpoint to the album’s dark themes. As a result, the music came out intense, heavy and sonically captivating in a new way, which was important, loathe as we are to fall into any kind of complacency pitfall or formulaic songwriting routine. Purple is the most fully realised representation of our intention as a band; considering the amount of physical and mental energy spent writing it, we have accomplished something which would have seemed impossible to us a couple of years ago.”

Ahead of the album’s release, the band have posted album track Chlorine & Wine – check it out on YouTube now:

Purple hits the stores on December 18th. The album tracklisting is as follows:

1. Morningstar
2. Shock Me
3. Try to Disappear
4. Kerosene
5. Fugue
6. Chlorine & Wine
7. The Iron Bell
8. Desperation Burns
9. If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain)
10. Crossroads of Infinity

Baroness were on the cover of Rock-A-Rolla issue 38! This issue is available in our back issues store here:



Spain’s avant-doom heroes Orthodox kick off their UK tour with Dutch free-jazz/metal duo Dead Neanderthals this week – catch them on one of these dates:

Sept 2nd – Power Lunches, London
Sept 3rd – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
Sept 4th – Islington Mill, Manchester
Sept 5th – Old Market Fest @ The Exchange, Bristol
Sept 6th – The Cowley Club, Brighton

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Rock-A-Rolla issue 56!

Rock-A-Rolla issue 56! On the cover: The mighty return of the legendary Goatsnake!

Inside: Chelsea Wolfe returns with the stunning new album, Abyss. Plus, we talk to Neurosis legend Steve Von Till, doomsters Windhand, Constellation Records’ post-punks Ought, Sweden’s hard rock heroes Horisont!

Plus: Locrian, Hidden Orchestra, BIG|BRAVE, Monotreme Records!

Plus: all the latest reviews, live action and more!


Or download the digital edition for your iPad, Android device or PC/Mac:

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Corrections House To Release New Full-Length This October

Neurosis/Eyehategod/Yakuza supergroup Corrections House have announced their second full-length, entitled Know How To Carry A Whip, will hit the stores this October.

The outfit, featuring Sanford Parker (Minsk), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod) and “Minister of Propaganda” Seward Fairbury, follow up 2013’s debut Last City Zero with a “far more developed and fluid” collection of tracks, according to Fairbury.

“The music is simultaneously suffocating and freeing,” commented Kelly, “but it also has the energy of a whirling dervish.”

Know How To Carry A Whip is due for release on October 23rd via Neurot Recordings. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Crossing My One Good Finger
2. Superglued Tooth
3. White Man’s Gonna Lose
4. Hopeless Moronic
5. Visions Divide
6. The Hall Of Cost
7. When Push Comes To Shank
8. I Was Never Good At Meth
9. Burn The Witness

Neurosis were on the cover of Rock-A-Rolla issue 40 and Eyehategod were on the cover of issue 49 – both issues are available to order from


Neurosis and Paradise Lost to headline Roadburn 2016, Lee Dorrian announced as festival curator

Roadburn Festival have announced that Neurosis and Paradise Lost will headline next year’s event, with Cathedral/Napalm Death/Rise Above Records legend Lee Dorrian announced as festival curator.

The California post-metal pioneers will celebrate their 30th anniversary at the 2016 edition of the festival, with just two events planned to mark the milestone: March 4th and 5th at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, and Roadburn.

“To be invited to celebrate our 30th anniversary in Europe at Roadburn is an absolute honor,” Neurosis commented. “Roadburn is a treasured and unique event that embodies the spirit of open minded community and original, emotional heavy music. We are humbled to be a part of it again.”

Neurosis are set to perform twice at Roadburn 2016: as headliners on both Saturday 16th April and on Sunday 17th April. The two sets will span the band’s entire career.

In addition, Neurosis will reissue their legendary albums, 1996′s Through Silver in Blood and 1999’s Times Of Grace, on super deluxe 180-gram double vinyl this autumn, along with the first ever vinyl pressing of Grace, the 1999 Tribes Of Neurot companion piece to Times Of Grace. The reissues are set for worldwide release on September 4.

Yorkshire doom titans Paradise Lost, meanwhile, will headline Roadburn on Thursday 14th April 2016, performing their seminal second album Gothic in its entirety in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Lee Dorrian returns to Roadburn as curator, following 1999’s headline slot with Cathedral and Rise Above Records’ 20th Anniversary in 2008. “I feel very honoured to be handed this prestigious task to curate Roadburn 2016,” Dorrian commented. “Having been involved with Walter on a personal level for many years now, I always felt like part of the family, as opposed to being someone on the outside. So, with that in mind, I was both shocked and excited when he asked me to take on this fantastic opportunity.

“I promise to make this an event that no-one will forget, and I’m already frothing at the potential of possibilities available!! It’s a dream and one that I never expected. This is what I love, so I will not disappoint. Come and join us in this ritualistic nirvana of praise and offerings to the unholy Blind Dead. Templars Arise!”

Lee is set to curate two days, taking over the Main Stage on Friday 15th April 2016 followed by the iconic Het Patronaat venue on Saturday 16th April with his  ‘Rituals for the Blind Dead.’

Roadburn Festival takes place 14th – 17th April 2016 at the 013 venue, in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Stay tuned for the ticket info and further announcements.

NEUROSIS were on the cover of Rock-A-Rolla issue 40! Limited copies available to order from our back issues store here: