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October 18, 2012 Industry Trends No Comments

KadavarAvid readers of The Daily Rind may recall a recent post on the virtues of Psychedelic Rock in which the author hinted at a future exploration of the Stoner Rock genre. And those readers would be forgiven if they assumed that this exploration would be endlessly procrastinated. But that is not the case, and the day is now at hand.

Stoner Rock and its related cousins like Doom Metal and Desert Rock have its origins in the music your weird uncle used to listen to back in the 1970′s. Bands like Blue Cheer, Mountain and Black Sabbath created a sludgy, heavy sound that ruled the rec rooms and muscle car sound systems of the day. But that sound fell out of favor in the 80′s. One of the few bands keeping the torch lit during this period was Saint Vitus, the only metal band on the seminal punk label SST Records. I don’t think I was alone in thinking at the time that perhaps this particular band was stuck in some sort of space-time loop, and that otherwise the sound I loved was dead. That was not to be the case however.

In the early 90′s, a strange wind was blowing across Palm Desert in Southern California carrying the sounds of a new generation of rockers. Kyuss, arguably the first true stoner rock band, sprang from this scene as did other acts that would later go on to wider success such as Fu Manchu, Nebula and Queens of the Stone Age. Those bands and others like them created a genre that, while rooted in the retro sounds of a past era, has gone on to influence countless bands around the world and continues to be active and interesting today. And many of those folks have found a home at The Orchard.

One label that is killing it right now is Tee Pee Records, whose bands hail from all parts of the globe (and maybe even some from parts of Middle-Earth). These include Germany’s Kadavar, whose self-titled debut is available now, or Sweden’s Truckfighters, whose most recent album is Mania. Speaking of Sweden, there are two new releases from the Doom Metal scene there that can’t go unmentioned. Available on Nuclear Blast, they are Witchcraft’s Legend and the upcoming Graveyard album Lights Out. Even indie rocker J Mascis from Dinosaur Jr. has gotten in on the fun with his two side projects Heavy Blanket and Sweet Apple, both on Outer Battery Records.

Whatever happened to that band Saint Vitus you may ask? Are they still trapped in time? Well, fret not because chrononaut, guitarist, and singer Scott “Wino” Weinrich continues to put out releases under various guises to this day. These include Premonition 13 and a couple of solo projects on Volcom Entertainment, as well as a limited edition colored vinyl release from his band The Obsessed (available on October 23rd at your local independent record store).

A TESTAMENT to the Undying Roots of Thrash Metal

August 14, 2012 Artist News No Comments

If music were an Olympic discipline, TESTAMENT would definitively have finished neck and neck with Michael Phelps on the medals standings. Despite the slight difference in years and ounces of hair between the young decorated swimmer and the Thrash Metal legends TESTAMENT, the latter is not ready to retire just yet… And why would they?

Their latest release, Dark Roots of Earth, has recorded the band’s highest first week sales since the inception of SoundScan, and the highest first week for any Nuclear Blast artist to date! Let’s take a look at the numbers:

  • #12 Billboard Top 200
  • #12 Canadian Top 200
  • #57 U.K. Top 200
  • #3 U.K. Indie Top 40
  • #3 U.K. Rock Top 40
  • #4 Germany Top 100
  • #21 Austria Top 75
  • #32 Netherlands Top 200
  • #10 Switzerland
  • #62 Belgium Top 100
  • #4 Finland Top 50
  • #13 Ireland Top 20

Clearly TESTAMENT‘s new album is seducing audiences around the globe. From stellar press reviews to strong fan excitement, the entire music stratosphere seems to be smitten. We caught a taste of some of the buzz following the successful social media Webdoc campaign we led for the band, where thousands of fans viewed and shared their TESTAMENT experiences, but nothing quite prepared us for this!

“Polish the crown because 2012′s thrash kings have been crowned!” –  Terrorizer (UK)

“Numerical groupings be damned, perennial underdogs TESTAMENT are the best thrash band still standing.” – Decibel Magazine (US)

“Those of us who consider ourselves TESTAMENT die-hards will probably die holding tightly to this album.” – Blabbermouth.net

Who said that turning 50 meant imminent retirement? [We dare you to speak up!] With this success, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that TESTAMENT is here to stay and they haven’t finished surprising us…

Hats off gentlemen!

Freeloader Friday: Bloc Party, Lonestar, Levek, Naytronix, Enslaved, PAWS

August 10, 2012 Freeloader Friday No Comments

Bloc Party, "Four"Freeloaders, I hope you’re excited today, because we’ve got a boatload full of treats for you! From live streams to a killer Janet Jackson cover, this one’s going to keep you entertained all weekend and more. First up, if you missed the three Bloc Party performances at Terminal 5 this week, catch the live stream courtesy of The Bowery Presents on YouTube — only available for 24 HOURS! So start watching…. NOW! Other clips will be available for longer, including “Helicopter,” “Octopus,” “Real Talk” and “Hunting for Witches.”

For the rest, we’ve got a mix of streams and free downloads from newly signed partner Lonestar, Levek, Naytronix, Enslaved and PAWS.

Enjoy!

Bloc Party: Live from Terminal 5 via YouTube, courtesy of The Bowery Presents: LIVE
Four out August 21 on Frenchkiss Records

Lonestar: “The Countdown” via SoundCloud
The Countdown out now on 4 Star Records

Levek: “French Lessons” via Pitchfork
Look A Little Closer out September 25 on Lefse Records

Naytronix: “What Have You Done For Me Lately” via GOOD
Dirty Glow out on October 9 on Plug Research Music

Enslaved: “Thoughts Like Hammers” via NPR Music
RIITIIR out September 28 in Europe and October 9 in North America on Nuclear Blast

PAWS: “Miss American Bookworm” via SoundCloud
Jellyfish (Single) out now on FatCat Records

Freeloader Friday: The Raveonettes, TESTAMENT, Bleeding Rainbow, Kadavar

Happy Friday, Freeloaders! To celebrate the last Friday of July, we have a lot of fun, free links for you, including music videos from The Raveonettes, behind the scenes videos from TESTAMENT, an album teaser from Bleeding Rainbow, and streams from Kadavar.

Enjoy!

The Raveonettes: “She Owns The Streets” via Noisey
Observator out September 11th on Vice Records

TESTAMENT: “Native Blood” via YouTube
In-studio videos via YouTube
Dark Roots of Earth out July 31st on Nuclear Blast

Bleeding Rainbow: Yeah Right via Brooklyn Vegan
Yeah Right out October 9th on Kanine Records

Kadavar: “All Our Thoughts” via The Obelisk
“Goddess of Dawn” via MTV Iggy
“Creature of the Demon” via Decibel
Kadavar out now on Tee Pee Records

Show Your Dark Side to Testament (and the World) with Webdoc

July 26, 2012 Marketing No Comments

Testament, WebdocBay area thrash pioneers Testament release their tenth studio album, Dark Roots of Earth, next week on Nuclear Blast, and we wanted to do something a bit out of the ordinary with the promotion of the record.

Since Testament have been building an extremely loyal fanbase since the early eighties, we wanted to find a way to engage the fans beyond just Facebook and Twitter, and to encourage them to share something meaningful with the band and each other.  Enter The Orchard Marketplace‘s partner Webdoc!

Through Webdoc’s help, we were able to create a customized Testament experience in which fans can share photos related to the band. More specifically, playing off of the album’s title, Dark Roots of Earth, we asked fans from all across the earth to upload their photos of them at Testament gigs, with members of the band, holding Testament merch, etc., and so far the feedback has been incredible.

Every reply is branded with the Testament logo, album info and the hashtag #darkrootsofearth. Visit the page on Webdoc to see the app in action, but as of this writing it has seen 101 replies, 964 views, 9 likes and 6 reposts. It’s exciting to be able to bring so many fans’ physical experiences with the band onto the web in such a fun, community-oriented way. Thanks Webdoc!

Testament’s Dark Roots of Earth hits stores 7/31 (US) on Nuclear Blast. Pre-order it on iTunes.

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