This is old news by now, but I kept forgetting to post something about it. John Garcia, the legendary Kyuss/Vista Chino frontman, has announced that his solo album will be released on August 1 via Napalm Records. Now I don't know anything about what the album will sound like, but John gets a pass for now because he's one of my favorite singers of all time. The album was recorded in Palm Springs and based on the cover, it looks like we're in for some classic desert rock, which will sound pretty damn good in the August heat here in Cincinnati. I'm looking forward to sharing more details as they become available.
Rhode Island doomsters Pilgrim have announced a June tour with London doom masters Age of Taurus. Pilgrim will be out supporting the release of their latest doom masterpiece, II: Void Worship, which came out in April on Metal Blade Records. Age of Taurus will make a stop at Milwaukee's Days of the Doomed Festival, which also features Trouble and Jex Thoth among a handful of other great doom bands.
6/14 New Bedford, MA No Problemo
6/15 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
6/16 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
6/17 Johnson City, TN Hideaway
6/18 Atlanta, GA The Earl
6/19 Indianapolis, IN The 5th Quarter Lounge
6/20 Milwaukee, WI Days of the Doomed Fest (No Pilgrim)
6/21 Milwaukee, WI Days of the Doomed Fest (No Pilgrim) 6/22 Chicago, IL Cobra Lounge (No Age of Taurus)
6/23 Cleveland, OH Now That's Class
6/24 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
6/25 Brooklyn, NY The Archeron
London's Bright Curse, a psychedelic stoner/doom trio, have announced plans to head to Skyhammer Studio in July to begin recording the follow-up to their highly acclaimed 2012 self-titled debut EP. The album will be recorded and produced by Conan's Chris Fielding and Jon Davis, which should excite the doom fans out there. I'm looking forward to hearing more as the album progresses and I'll be sure to keep you updated here on the blog.
Usnea, a blackened doom outfit out of Portland (where else?), have announced plans for a West Coast tour later this summer, with support from Forn (Boston) and Augurs (Oakland). In addition, Usnea will be releasing a 7" split with German crust band Ruins on June 3. The band also plans to wrap up work shortly on their 2nd full-length release and plan to undertake a full US tour in support of the album. Big year for Usnea. Check them out.
08/12 - Seattle, WA @ Highline Bar, // Usnea, Fórn & Serial Hawk.
08/13 - Portland, OR Slabtown Bar, // Usnea, Fórn, & TBA.
08/14 - Chico, CA @ Cafe Coda // Usnea, Fórn, Funerary & Amarok.
08/15 - Oakland, CA @ Deadfest.
08/16 - Oakland, CA @ Deadfest.
08/17 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Witch House // Usnea, Fórn, Augurs & Abstractor.
08/18 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ TBA // Usnea, Augurs & TBA.
08/19 - Los Angeles, East 7th Street Warehouse // Usnea, Augurs, Destroy Judas & Exhausted Prayer.
08/20 - San Diego, CA @ Til Two Club // Usnea, Augurs & Age of Collapse.
08/21 - Ventura, CA @ Billy O’s // Usnea, Augurs, Blasting Concept & Sutratma.
08/22 - Oakland, CA @ First Church of the Buzzard // Usnea, Augurs, Lycus, M22 & Your Enemy.
08/23 - Eugene, OR @ TBA // TBA.
The new Agalloch album, The Serpent & The Sphere, is currently streaming on NPR. Set for release on May 13 on Profound Lore Records, The Serpent & The Sphere is the Portland band's fifth full-length release, surrounded by a handful of EPs and splits. If you're already a fan of Agalloch, you'll probably dig it. If you're new to the band and you're interested in some solid black/doom/folk, this is as good a starting point as any, I suppose.
It might be a little early to start talking about next year's Desertfest London, but it's always a good time to talk about Sleep. The stoner metal/doom legends have been announced as one of the headliners of the 2015 Desertfest in Camden Town, with an exclusive, one-off performance scheduled at the Electric Ballroom.
More info: http://thedesertfest.com