SHEPHERD are a new hopeful Doom-band, and I was positve surprised about their 3-song demo CD, named "Doomonstration". In opposite to German veteran acts like Mirror Of Deception or Dawn Of Winter SHEPHERD are less metal oriented and their sound is a bit more in the vein of later Electric Wizard, what means that it's more filthy and sludgy. Andreas Kohl, co-founder and singer of SHEPHERD is doing a lot other stuff...
For mostly all Germans, Spain is one of their favorite countries, where they spend their holidays. But aside of this cliché, it's a country where you can find a very interesting underground scene. There are small independant record-label, as the Punk-Rock oriented label Safety Pin or Alone Records, that's more known for its heavy 70's sounds. And of course, their are some interesting bands as Sex Museum, The Hot Dogs and...SMOKING BIRD...
With their third full-length album "Share", which was one of the highlights of early 2002, the Japanese powertrio have continued the direction of 70's Heavy Psych Doom Rock, in opposite to the more NWOBH influenced sound of their beginning days in the early 90's. But that's history and "Share" is an album that's deeply rooted in the 60's and 70's, but still open enough for a load of different musical influences. So it was time to talk with Yukito Okazaki (guitar & vocals), the main-man behind ETERNAL ELYSIUM, about the last album "Share" and other aspects of music...
Two years ago I received the debut EP of this Swedish power-trio and I still like it a lot. In 2001 THE SATELLITE CIRCLE released their outstanding debut album on ROA Records and it's just more than only a fine step forward. With their authentic mixture of Heavy Psych, Blues and Doom they stick out of the mass of average groups. So it was time to contact the band for the details and the background of their heavy blend.
Due to the reason that this webzine grows stronger and larger with every year, I asked my old buddy Georg Nageldinger about doing an interview with SUNNSHINE. We listen very often and close to their CD-EP "Engender" that was a nice little surprise in this mass of releases. Sunn-driven heaviness, focused on melodies and different dynamics, that's what SUNNSHINE is about but there's more. So, it's up to you to read what this band's about. Thanks a lot for the questions, Georg!
First off, I give you the advice to be not confused by the name STONER KINGS. These aren't any bandwaggon-jumpers with silly lyrics about tits, cars and dope-smoking. It's not easy to describe the high octane brew of the band. Of course, it's r'n'r and its heavy but performed in a very original way and that's not easy in this times. There's a sleazy touch in their music and especially singer Starbuck is sometimes sounding as Axl Rose. The debut "Brimstone Blues" is an album with a lot of diversity and the very special humour of this band. Check out this high informative interview with singer Starbuck and you know the secrets behind this band.
The record-release party of the debut album "Weight Of The World" of this Hagen-based band, was reason enough to do an interview with these guys. THE SOUL INVADERS are influenced from old 70's and 80's Punk Rock mixed up with some 60's stuff. So, it's not the kind of music the Cosmic Lava is about, but Hedl is a good friend of mine and beside my love for heavy stuff I'm also into this kind of music (a little bit). We've done this interview in the toilet of the "Louvre" in Hagen and the result is something that you shouldn't take too serious.
Aside of Sweden, the UK and Germany, Italy is one of the leading European countries when you talk about everythning that's heavy and 70's influenced. During the last six years a lot of new and refreshing bands have started out of Italy. One of them is THAT'S ALL FOLKS!. Gladly, they aren't playing this typical "stoner" rock stuff. Especially their new album is highly influenced by 60's Psyche and so I contacted their label for this interview.Thanks to Beard Of Stars for passing over the questions.
I've had to admit, that my first association with the name HYPNOS 69 wasn't the best. Due to my prejudice, I've expected total average "stoner" rock. But after I've put the CD in the player, all my critical apects where really blown aways. This Belgium band is far away from any ultra-fuzz straight-forward stoner desert sound. Their music is very close to the heavy blues psych 70's Rock bands, and this three guys have captured a total authentic sound on their new energetic album "Timeline Traveller", that's rich on variations and moods. I hope, that HYPNOS 69 will deserve a bigger attention, and when you've once listen to the album you know why. Thanks to Rock 'N' Roll Radio for passing over the questions to guitar-player and vocalist Steve Houtmeyers.
It seems as if a few of the "lost" underground bands of the 60's/70's are reforming today, because Heavy Rock has become a bit more popular than ever before. People are showing interest in the roots of bands as Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Spiritual Beggars and so on. One of these legendary underground acts were the TX-based JOSEFUS. Founded in the late 60's, they've released three records in their short time of exsistence, and especially the "Dead Man" album is a hard and heavy hitter. Nearly as dark as the first album of the Sab's, it has become a cult-object for fans of old Heavy Rock and for a few Doomsters. In 2002, JOSEFUS have released an exciting new album, that's more a compilation of unreleased material, but the band is alive again. I've contacted guitarist Dave Mitchell for an interview with the Cosmic Lava webzine, and here's the entertaining result. All questions were compiled by 60's/70's specialist Rolf Kowalski.