Buzz Osborne kicks off solo dates next week, Melvins premiere new song

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Legendary Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne will kick off the European leg of his solo trek next week in Brighton (30th Aug), with further UK dates in London (20th Sept) and Bristol (21st).

Buzz recently released his first ever acoustic solo album This Machine Kills Artists, while a brand new Melvins full-length, Hold It In, is due for release on Oct 14th via Ipecac and features Butthole Surfers guitarist Paul Leary and bassist JD Pinkus.

“I recorded most of This Machine Kills Artists with my red white and blue Buck Owens American acoustic,” commented Buzz on his solo LP. “It’s a great guitar and is pretty much irreplaceable so it’s staying home for tours. It’s too bad really. Maybe I can paint the Chinese one I use live red white and blue! Ha!”

Melvins premiered Hold It In album track ‘Brass Cupcake’ today via Rolling Stone.

Hear This Machine Kills Artists in full now:


30.08 Brighton @ The Haunt
31.08 Paris @ Nouveau Casino
01.09 Cologne @ Gebäude9
03.09 Dresden @ Beatpol
04.09 Vienna @ Arena
05.09 Judenburg near Graz @ Rock Is Hell Fest
07.09 Ravenna @ Hana-bi
08.09 Bologna @ Locomotiv
09.09 Milano @ Carroponte
10.09 Düdingen @ Bad Bonn
11.09 Zürich @ Rote Fabrik (+PHILM)
13.09 Schorndorf @ Manufaktur
14.09 Munich @ Kranhalle
15.09 Frankfurt @ Mousonturm
18.09 Tilburg @ Incubate Fest
19.09 Kortrijk @ De Kreun
20.09 London @ Oslo
21.09 Bristol @ The Exchange

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Scott Walker + Sunn O))): Soused Trailer Posted Online


Following the recent announcement of the Scott Walker/Sunn O))) collaboration Soused, 4AD have posted a two-minute trailer for the forthcoming album on YouTube.

Recorded in London in early 2014, Soused was produced by Scott Walker and long-time ally Peter Walsh, with Mark Warman. The 5-track, 50-minute album will hit the stores on October 20th on double LP, CD and digital download via 4AD.

The artwork (above) was designed by Stephen O’Malley, featuring photography by Gast Bouschet.


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


Electric Wizard Reveal New Track, ‘SadioWitch’

Doom titans Electric Wizard have unveiled a second track from their imminent full-length, Time To Die.

Titled ‘SadioWitch’, the track is streaming now on SoundCloud, with a limited edition 7” version also planned, including a previously unreleased B-side, and the song will be accompanied by a video, currently being edited. Jus Oborn commented: “SadioWitch is about death by lust and indulgence. As life becomes disillusioning it is reassuring to turn to ‘life’s luxuries’…sex and drugs. But, of course, over-indulgence leads to emaciation, weakness and death. The song is short and sweet just like this particular form of death. There are many choices but only one outcome. Choose wisely…”

Time To Die, Electric Wizard’s eighth full-length, is due for release on September 29th via Spinefarm Records.

Listen to ‘SadioWitch’ now:

The band have lined up the following dates for 2014, with more to be added:

Sep 12th     Reverence Valada, Portugal (headline with Hawkwind)
Oct 10th     Desertfest, Antwerp, Belgium
Oct 23rd     The Ritz, Manchester, UK

Tombs Premiere ‘Seance’ Music Video


New York’s Tombs have released the video for Seance, taken from their latest album, Savage Gold.

Released in June via Relapse Records, the LP follows 2011′s Path Of Totality. Frontman Mike Hill commented: “Watching the video is like observing this realm dissolve as you pass into a higher level of consciousness.”

Check out the video for Seance now:

Tombs have also recently released an official IPA beer with Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA, fittingly called The Savage Gold beer. Mike Hill has further launched a specialty coffee company, Savage Gold Coffee. More info on the coffee is available via the official Savage Gold website HERE.

Tombs recently spoke to us about Savage Gold in Rock-A-Rolla issue 49, available to order HERE

Goat stream second track from forthcoming album, Commune

Swedish collective Goat have released the second track from their forthcoming full-length, Commune.

The follow-up to 2012’s World Music, and last year’s live album Live Ballroom Ritual, will be released on CD, LP and DL on 22nd September 2014 via Rocket Recordings, Stranded Rekords in Scandinavia and Sub Pop Records in North America.

Listen to the track, entitled Words, now:

Commune will be aired in its entirety this Friday (15th August) at The Alibi in Dalston, London, as part of the ‘Nothing is…’ night, while Goat will embark on a UK/Europe tour this September and October, preceded by an appearance at the Paredes de Coura Festival.

The dates are as follows:

Aug. 23 – Paredes de Coura, PT – Paredes de Coura Festival
Sep. 19 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega
Sep. 20 – Tilburg, NL – Incubate
Sep. 21 – Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique
Sep. 23 – Berlin, DE – Postbahnhof
Sep. 24 – Munich, DE- Ampere
Sep. 25 – Paris, FR – Trabendo
Sep. 27 – Liverpool, UK – Liverpool Psych Festival
Sep. 28 – Glasgow, UK – SWG3
Sep. 29 – Newcastle, UK – Northumbria University
Oct. 01- Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Oct. 02- Bristol, UK – Trinity Centre
Oct. 03 – London, UK – Roundhouse

Acid Mothers Temple, Bo Ningen, Teeth Of The Sea and more headed for Raw Power Weekender

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Raw Power Weekender, presented by the fine folks at Baba Yaga’s Hut, is set to take over London’s The Dome & The Boston Arms, Tufnell Park, this August 29th through to the 31st for three days of “psych heaviness, space rock, synth craziness, left-field electronica and much more”.

Marking its second outing, the three-day festival will see Clinic, Acid Mothers Temple and Bo Ningen headlining a line-up also featuring Black Moth, Teeth of the Sea, Richard Pinhas, Hey Colossus, Mainliner and many more.

Needless to say, highly recommended! Check out the Facebook event page for more details.

Tix are on sale now here:

Acid Mothers Temple were on the cover of Rock-A-Rolla issue 35, available to order from our Back Issue store here:

YOB Stream New Track ‘Unmask The Spectre’


Photo by James Rexroad

With the release date of YOB’s forthcoming LP Clearing The Path To Ascend looming, the doom heavyweights have unveiled epic album track Unmask The Spectre.

Mainman Mike Scheidt commented on the song: “This part of the album gets dark, but it also has a sense of beauty and resolve. The mood and atmosphere nod equal parts to old and new YOB. It’s one of my favourite things we’ve ever done.”


Clearing The Path To Ascend hits the stores on CD and digital via Neurot Recordings on September 1st, and on vinyl via Relapse Records on September 15th. Look out for YOB coverage in the next issue of Rock-A-Rolla.

YOB will tour UK and Europe with Pallbearer in support this September and October, kicking off on Sept 3rd in Utrecht, Netherlands and including a performance at Amplifest, Porto. The UK dates are as follows:

4 September Bristol The Fleece
5 September Manchester Roadhouse
6 September Glasgow Audio
7 September Leeds Brudenell Social Club
8 September London The Underworld

Dave Lombardo Talks PHILM ahead of London show this September

Philm. Photo by Alex Solca.

When we last spoke to Dave Lombardo in 2012 (Rock-A-Rolla issue 38), the ex-Slayer/Fantômas/ Grip Inc./etc. legend enthused: “I have so much frigging energy I don’t know what the hell I’m gonna do with it!” As it turns out, he apparently fed plenty of it into the second album from his current full-time, rather excellent, band PHILM – a post-hardcore/experimental trio also featuring vocalist/guitarist Gerry Nestler and bassist Pancho Tomaselli – which lives up to Lombardo’s promise of a “heavy, in your face” follow-up to 2012’s superb Ipecac debut, Harmonic. The drum maestro fills us in ahead of the album’s release and forthcoming live shows, including a long-awaited date at The Underworld, London.

Can you talk us through PHILM’s second LP, Fire From The Evening Sun? How long was the album in the works?
“We wrote this album shortly after recording our first album, Harmonic. The album probably took 9 months to put together, which I felt came along quick. What I like the most about this album is the manner in which we developed the songs. We performed the songs live and made changes to the structure if it didn’t sit right.”

It’s in many ways different to its predecessor. What did you set out to do on this album?
“We definitely wanted to release a record that had less improvisations and a heavier tone, darker, but with our signature ability to venture in other musical modes.”

It’s also noticeably more aggressive in places…
“The aggression in the music has developed naturally due to my obvious affiliation with thrash, that style of music will never cease to appear in my works. On a side note, I don’t think we should dismiss our first record. Harmonic has several songs that are very aggressive as well.”

 “That style of music – thrash – will never cease to appear in my works”

You’ve moved to a new label, Germany’s UDR, which released Motörhead’s last album amongst other big rock/metal names and aptly describes itself as ‘The Home Of Legends’. Do you feel you’re in good company?
“Yes I do feel I’m in good company, I’ve known the artist relations representative for quite some time now. It was a no-brainer.”

You will shortly hit the UK for a long-awaited debut show on these shores with PHILM. What can fans expect?
“The UK gave birth to some of my most favorite bands: Cream, The Experience (Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding), Black Sabbath and Zeppelin. I think they will enjoy it very much. It’s real. No fluff.”

It has also been announced recently that you’ll be splitting your time with Amen and experimental project House Of Hayduk (the latter also featuring Faith No More’s Bill Gould and, previously, This Heat’s Charles Hayward).
“Actually, that is not all true, I simply helped the singer [Casey Chaos] of Amen with his new album. He’s a good friend. On House Of Hayduk, I was invited to record drums with composer/producer Mads Heldtberg.”

Finally, how much of a road map do you have for PHILM in the long run?
“PHILM is my main focus. However, as you can see I always have time to work on something different.”

Fire From The Evening Sun is out 15th September on UDR

Catch PHILM at The Underworld, London on September 7th, 2014 (presented by Nightshift Promotions & The Underworld). For tickets and info, see

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Godflesh Announce Details Of First Album In 13 Years, Share New Song

The legendary Godflesh, gracing the cover of the latest issue of Rock-A-Rolla, have announced the details of their forthcoming full-length, A World Lit Only By Fire.

Set for release on October 6th on their own Avalanche Recordings, the album, their first in 13 years, features ten tracks and follows the recent Decline & Fall EP. The band have posted a taster in the form of pummeling album opener New Dark Ages – check out the track on SoundCloud now:

The full tracklisting is as follows:

1. New Dark Ages
2. Deadend
3. Shut Me Down
4. Life Giver Life Taker
5. Obeyed
6. Curse Us All
7. Carrion
8. Imperator
9. Towers of Emptiness
10. Forgive Our Fathers


Godflesh will embark on a series of UK dates in December:

09.12.14 The Haunt Brighton
10.12.14 Garage London
11.12.14 Rescue Rooms Nottingham
12.12.14 Sound Control Manchester
13.12.14 Art School Glasgow

Rock-A-Rolla issue 50, featuring Godflesh on the cover, is out now! Get your copy direct from our webstore at:

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

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