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Wizard Rifle

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Below is our complete Wizard Rifle news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Wizard Rifle Announces U.S. Tour

Wizard Rifle will be returning to the U.S. tour circuit, as the Los Angeles-by-way-of-Portland transplants will be touring in support of new full-length "Here In The Deadlights," out now via Seventh Rule Recordings. Catch the band live on these dates:

11/14/2014 Time Out Lounge - Phoenix, AZ
11/15/2014 Gary's Place - Tucson, AZ
11/16/2014 Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM
11/18/2014 Silver Dollar - Texarkana, TX
11/19/2014 Hi Tone - Memphis, TN
11/20/2014 Pilot Light - Knoxville, TN
11/21/2014 The Jinx - Savannah, GA
11/22/2014 Slim's - Raleigh, NC
11/23/2014 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
11/25/2014 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
11/26/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY More...

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Wizard Rifle Streaming "Crystal Witch"

With the release of "Here In The Deadlights," the new full-length from stoner/doom/math rock magicians Wizard Rifle, now less than one week away, today Noisey.Vice.com hurls forth opening hymn "Crystal Witch." Give it a listen below.

Set for release via Seventh Rule Recordings on October 28th, the follow-up to 2012's "Speak Loud Say Nothing" full-length (reviewed here) was tracked by guitarist Max Dameron over three weeks at Breakfast Studio in Los Angeles, then toiled over for a year with Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Melvins et al) and Jesse Johnstone sharing mixing duties.

Elaborates the band of the track being premiered: "'Crystal Witch' is about mystical enslavement, a frenzied loss of control in the face of an enamoring tormenter. The music came from some older ideas rehashed and coupled with new passages.

"The track feels very cinematic to us in it's pacing and tonal range; from serene to crushing but ever-menacing. Emily Hogg and Kathryne Dameron provide banshee wails, and all band members share vocal duties. It encapsulates a lot of the sounds and themes from the whole album in one concise -- by Wizard Rifle standards -- song." More...

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Wizard Rifle Announces New Album

The Los Angeles-by-way-of-Portland stoner, doomed out, mathrock conjurers from Wizard Rifle are very pleased to unveil their brand new full-length in the form of the smoldering five-track "Here In The Deadlights."

Set for release via Seventh Rule Recordings later this month, the follow-up to 2012's "Speak Loud Say Nothing" full-length (reviewed here) was tracked by guitarist Max Dameron over three weeks at Breakfast Studio in Los Angeles, then toiled over for a year, with Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Melvins et al) and Jesse Johnstone sharing mixing duties.

The band's previous album saw Wizard Rifle earn a nomination for best newcomer of 2012 during our annual year-end awards.

The new album "Here In The Deadlights" sees Wizard Rifle for the first time as a trio featuring Dameron alongside, drummer Sam Ford, and bassist David Boe pushing the band's sound into far sludgier realms and reaching new levels of monolithic heaviness. The track listing is as follows:

1. Crystal Witch
2. Buzzsaw Babes
3. Paul The Sky Tyrant
4. Psychodynamo
5. Beastwhores

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Doomed & Stoned Offering 70 Track Compilation

The blog Doomed & Stoned has put together an extensive compilation of underground heavy bands in Portland, Oregon, which features Ape Machine's "Angry Man," Blackwitch Pudding's "Swamp Gas Of The Nevermizer," and a whole lot more. The site's founder, Billy Goat, comments:

"Portland, Oregon is known for many things--it's the 'Rose City,' clustered around the mighty Willamette River and nearby Mt. Hood, the home of Nike and the Trail Blazers, even a major network television show called Portlandia.

"But to the hard working locals, Portland is home two the two big things that really matter: brews and bad-ass rock 'n' roll. Doomed & Stoned in Portland is a snapshot of the heavy music scene right now in Portland--from the ever-popular Red Fang, Lord Dying, and Toxic Holocaust, to rising stars such as Sons of Huns, Ape Machine, and Drunk Dad.

"Most of all, here is a collection of bands with a strong DIY ethic--everything from experimental metal to a distinct brand of Northwest punk to the ultra-heavy metal doom giants like Graves at Sea, Usnea, and Stoneburner. Not to mention the bands that just like to "Keep Portland Weird" (Blackwitch Pudding, Pinkzilla, Big Black Cloud). Over 65 bands waiting for you to lend them your ears--and a free download, to boot. You may just discover your next favorite bands."

You can stream all the tracks below or pick up your own copy of the compilation at this location. The track listing is as follows: More...

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Wizard Rifle Comments On Missed Shows

Wizard Rifle has issued the following statement about missing two shows of the band's current tour with Black Cobra:

"We had to miss both Salt Lake City and Boise due to recurrent persistent Vanfuckitosis (a condition that targets tires, water pumps, serpentine belts, and sanity), but we will return in force someday...

"If you ever find yourself stranded in Rawlins, WY, look up Mark's truck and Auto Repair for a reasonable fix by a good guy, and the Rifleman bar for cheap drinks and extremely weird interactions. Spokane tonight!"

See the band live with Black Cobra on these dates:

6/18/2014 The Hop - Spokane, WA
6/19/2014 The Palace - Missoula, MT

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Black Cobra Starts New Tour Tonight

Just days after a headlining West Coast run with support from The Cutthroats 9 and Wizard Rifle, Black Cobra is back out on the road on a new thirty-three show North American tour starting tonight.

Beginning in Los Angeles, Black Cobra will tour through Albuquerque, Denver, Salt Lake City, Boise, Spokane and ending in Missoula June 19th, with support from Wizard Rifle.

The next day, Friday, June 20th will see the beginning of Black Cobra's trek through much of Canada and the northern edge of the continental U.S. alongside Anciients and openers Black Wizard.

Black Cobra is currently constructing highly volatile new material; stand by for additional news on the band's 2014 actions to be released in the near future. More...

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Wizard Rifle Posts New Road Reports

Wizard Rifle has posted the following tour new tour diaries online:

"Tour Diary, Day 7: everything wrong about San Jose was right in San Francisco and everything right was bigger and/or better. The crowd, the venue (Thee Parkside, doing it right), the hospitality, the money and, most importantly, the way we played. With a 30-minute set we pared down our indulgences and fucked up some faces with economy and style. Woke up today with pants ripped, feeling slightly sick. Gonna keep pounding the mystery plants Jackie Chan 2 showed us in the hopes they are a cure and not a cause. Gonna pull it back 2gether for you, Sacramento.

"Tour die-hairy day 8: battered, tired, plagued with disease we arrived in sac. Someone dosed the burgers with ruffies and church oh misery/wiztards we're dropping like flies, but ultimately it was the savramentians who were the rallying cry for a dang good show! So commences the Long trek north today with Dave on his deathbed in the back of the van. See chu tomorrow Seattle. PRO TIP: Portland-ites buy your tickets now for the Wednesday set at rotture and save yourself some scratch, can't wait to see all you pretty babies!" More...

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Wizard Rifle Checks In With Tour Diary

Wizard Rifle has now checked in with another road report, which can be read below, or you can also check out the last batch of tour diaries at this location. Wizard Rifle comments:

"Day 6: Were treated with polite indifference by the good people of Oakland, most of whom we're present to see hometown heroes Saviors play their first show on the tour.

"Some lovely friends from Nik Turner's Hawkwind showed up to give luv and put us up for the night (except Dave who broke all the rules by sleeping in someone's practice space). Max and Sam took an invigorating Thanksgiving hike around San Fran and Dave woke up twelve hours later before navigating a mostly empty BART with a pillowcase full of belongings, looking like the saddest street kid.

"Met up to have a fancy duck dinner with an infant and two dogs (off the menu) and a toddler who insisted Dave sleep in his closet. Crashed out in the Mission while Max took his turn sleeping in the van, dreaming of a tow truck hauling it away and crushing him under a pile of amps. We're cummin for you tonight, San Jose; don't try and hide."

Remaining dates on the trek are as follows:

11/29 - San Jose - Blank Club
11/30 - San Francisco - Thee Parkside
12/1 - Sacramento - Harlow's
12/3 - Seattle - The Crocodile
12/4 - Portland - Rotture
12/5 - Bellingham - Shakedown
12/6 - Vancouver, Before Christ - Rickshaw Theatre

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Wizard Rifle Checks In From The Road

Wizard Rifle is currently out on the road with Church of Misery and has now posted several new tour diary entries online. Check out the latest entries in the road report series:

"Tour Diary, Day 2: Last night was a magical night full of sparkles and wonder. Someone stole Max's shirt while he was onstage, Sam broke five sticks playing one song and Dave drank an herbal elixir purported to give him eternal youth and the stamina to please a harem of 50 women. Now we're gonna lay you down nice and sweet, Fresno.

"Tour Diary, Day 3: Rocked the fuck out of Fresno then we rocked it back in, gently, like you would a baby. Met some kind and generous Fresnoids who let us sleep on their floor and gifted Sam with a feather from an Euroasian eagle owl. Dave found a yo-yo abandoned in the grocery store emblazoned with inspirational wisdom. Max is still alive. Gonna snuggle up real close tonight, Santa Cruz!

"Tour Diary, Day 4: Played the Catalyst in Santa Cruz where Church of Misery were treated like kings and we their queens. A fully stocked green room (actually red) with pizza and beer and a carpet full of free Rorschach tests. Tatsu from CoM got sucker punched by one of the many tweekerz milling around the street and the whole band retaliated, bell bottoms fucking swinging. Pulled out 'Leathery Gentlemen' for the first time to the depreciation of our instruments. Ate cactus for breakfast and gtfo. Gonna make YOU breakfast in the morning, Oakland."

You can also catch the band live: More...

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Church Of Misery Announces New Tour Dates

Japan's Church of Misery has announced tour dates for this fall in the United States and Canada. The band's latest album, "Thy Kingdom Scum," features the return of original vocalist, Hideki Fukasawa.

To preview the live experience awaiting fans on this tour, watch the video for "Brother Bishop" below, and see a full list of live dates after the jump.


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Best Newcomers Of 2012 Explored: Part 6

There's a slew of new heavy metal bands popping up across the globe covering just about every imaginable sound, and plenty more appearing on the horizon. Thanks to easy access to digital tools and online methods of music distribution, the metal scene as a whole has an exploding population, and every year we try to keep up with the best new talent in our year-end “best of” awards.

To help get you acquainted with the best new metal out there, we’ll be briefly covering the bands nominated by our contributors for the “Best Newcomer” category of Metalunderground.com’s recent 2012 awards.

Today we'll conclude our coverage of the best metal talent from last year by featuring nominees from three different contributors. You can also find yesterday's post on nominated acts over here.

Metalunderground.com site founder deathbringer nominated:

Earthen Grave

I haven't been following as many new, up-and-coming bands this year as usual, but I couldn't help but notice that Chicago thrash/doom band Earthen Grave released a first full-length album in 2012. The self-titled effort followed (and also contains the songs from) the "Dismal Times" EP from 2009, which has been in heavy rotation in my doom playlists for a long time. The band most notably features Ron Holzner on bass (formerly of Trouble), and Rachel Barton Pine on electric violin. The violin is used to excellent effect to add atmosphere on the doomy songs and even some solos during the faster parts. The band has also done an excellent cover of Witchfinder General's "Burning a Sinner." Check out the epic "Death On The High Seas" below:


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Wizard Rifle Announces U.S. Tour

Portland's most wonderfully weird avant-doom specialists, Wizard Rifle, have been kicking up one hell of a racket with their Seventh Rule debut, "Speak Loud Say Nothing" (reviewed here). The album dropped on March 13th, and is currently streaming in full on Invisible Oranges at this location.

You've heard 'em, now come see 'em play! Wizard Rifle is hitting the road for a full U.S. tour, and will be playing alongside a host of bands like Diesto, Millions, Harpoon, Phantom Glue, Kowloon Walled City, Bell Witch, and more. Catch the band live on the following dates:

Thu, April 12 Portland, OR @ Plan B w/Mongoloid Village, Diesto, Pinkzilla
Fri, April 13 Boise, ID @ Shredder w/Maladroids
Sat, April 14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Burts Tiki Lounge w/Cornered By Zombies, Oldtimer
Sun, April 15 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive w/Iron Horse, Space in Time
Tue, April 17 Dubuque, IA @ Off Minor
Wed, April 18 Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club w/Gay Witch Abortion, Nightosaur
Thu, April 19 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club w/SIVINI, Millions, Bicentennial Rub
Fri, April 20 Chicago, IL @ Township w/Millions, Harpoon, SIVINI
Sat, April 21 Fort Wayne, IN @ Brass Rail w/River Bottom Nitemare Band, Fucking Panthers
Sun, April 22 Columbus, OH @ Kobo w/Ocean Ghosts
Mon, April 23 Kent, OH @ Stone Tavern
Tue, April 24 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
Thu, April 26 Boston, MA @ The Church w/Mind Yeti, Phantom Glue, Hero(n)
Fri, April 27 Providence, RI @ Machines with Magnets
Sat, April 28 Brooklyn, NY @ Acheron
Sun, April 29 Baltimore, MD @ Golden West w/Lady Piss, Dan Ivan
Mon, April 30 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Tue, May 1 Raleigh, NC @ Slim's
Wed, May 2 Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn w/Palaces
Thu, May 3 Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
Fri, May 4 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone,
Sat, May 5 Texarkana, AR @ Dave's Skate
Sun, May 6 Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/Pushmen, Skycrawler
Mon, May 7 San Antonio, TX @ Nightrocker
Tue, May 8 Las Cruces, NM @ Trainyard
Wed, May 9 Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
Thu, May 10 Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture
Fri, May 11 Los Angeles, CA @ The Joint w/Behold! The Monolith, iron Mtn
Sat, May 12 Oakland, CA @ Eli's w/Dimesland, Kowloon Walled City
Sun, May 13 San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout w/COPS, Arms & Legs
Mon, May 14 Arcata, CA @ Alibi
Fri, May 18 Portland, OR @ Plan B w/Lord Dying, Bell Witch

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Wizard Rifle Streaming Debut LP

Wizard Rifle’s debut LP "Speak Loud Say Nothing" will be released via Seventh Rule Recordings on March 13th, 2012. Seventh Rule issued the following brief announcement about the release streaming online:

"Its Friday, so delete all the work you have to do and listen to the new Wizard Rifle record in it's entirety, courtesy of Invisible Oranges."

Check out the stream of "Speak Loud Say Nothing" via Invisible Oranges at this location. For more on Wizard Rifle, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Wizard Rifle Inks Deal With Seventh Rule

Seventh Rule Recordings has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Wizard Rifle:

"Seventh Rule is pleased to announce the signing of Portland's most wonderfully weird two-piece, WIZARD RIFLE. The label will be releasing the young band's debut record, 'Speak Loud Say Nothing,' on CD/digitally on March 13, 2012, with a special edition vinyl version to follow.

"In the meantime, WIZARD RIFLE has posted the first song from the upcoming album, 'Tears Won't Soften Steel,' on their Bandcamp page, as well as ordering info for a brand-new T-shirt (designed by drummer/vocalist and visionary artist Sam Ford). Head on over and prepare to have your mind blown to bits. More...

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