Barbarian Hermit – Solitude And Savagery

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BARBARIAN HERMIT new album available to pre-order from:

https://apfrecords.bigcartel.com

Hailing from Manchester, UK, BARBARIAN HERMIT are scheduled to release their album  Solitude and Savagery on November 16th via APF Records. The quintet play a heady mix of downtuned, fuzz-laden guitars kicking out some of the raunchiest riffs in rock over elephantine grooves to create a sound that is as irresistibly catchy as it is crushingly heavy.

Working with the legendary Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studios, the producer behind such mammoth sounds as Electric Wizard, Conan, Primordial, Witchsorrow, Winterfylleth and mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, OLD)BARBARIAN HERMIT’s Solitude and Savagery bares seven bruising tracks of pummelling groove metal that smoulders with swampy rawness and feral energy.

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Comments guitarist Adam Robertshaw: “At its essence, Solitude and Savagery represents an evolution of Barbarian Hermit in more ways than one. The year before the majority of it was written the band went through a weird period where we lost three members for various reasons within about six months. Thankfully Ed, Gareth and Rob stepped in and stepped things up a notch in a big way. Working with Chris Fielding at Skyhammer studio was a dream come true for us. The man is a genius and such a pleasure to work with. His ear is incredible and once he got to know us and what we are about he really got on board, suggesting harmonies or adaptations here and there, which really gave the songs a boost. With anyone else we’d have recorded a good album. With him made a great one. We hope people have as much fun listening to it as we did making it.

Solitude and Savagery is the follow up to the band’s 2016 self titled EP and is bristling with swagger, soul and groove, but the band have ventured further into heavier territory, exploring the darker side to their sound whilst making a conscious effort to experiment more with dynamics and texture. Lead single ‘Reawaken’ for example, takes as much inspiration from Hans Zimmer as it does Sepultura.  And while it’s not exactly a concept album, there are themes and recurring motifs that vocalist Ed Campbell has woven through the album’s lyrical tapestry, such as the struggle between dark and light, the exploration of one’s inner self and the search for truth.

About Barbarian Hermit

Barbarian Hermit are a five piece doom/sludge/Stoner act, based in Manchester, England. Formed in 2013 from former members of disbanded Manchester bands (Bisonhammer, Arke, Severed Fate, Random Act of Violence, Mountains Became Machines and That Sunless Tide) and the disbanded South Korean band FatalFear.

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The band have been gigging heavily around the UK for the last few years. Recently, playing at big events like HRH festival, Bloodstock Festival and supporting big names like Raging Speedhorn, Dopelord and Crowbar. Their debut self-titled EP came out in early 2016 and received rave reviews from the press and will follow this up with their debut album Solitude and Savagery which is set for release from APF Records in November 2018.

LEAD TRACK: Reawaken

FOR FANS OF:  Crowbar, Corrosion of Conformity, Raging Speedhorn, Acid Bath

BARBARIAN HERMIT ARE:
Gareth Manning-Drums
Ed Campbell-Vocals
Mike Regan-Guitars
Adam Robertshaw-Guitars
Rob Sutcliffe-Bass

TRACKLISTING:
1. Enter the Hermitage
2. Black Mass
3. No Sleep
4. Beyond the Wall
5. Lifebreather
6. Reawaken
7. Laniakea

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TOUR/GIG INFO:  
2018
September 8th – Sanctuary Rock Bar, Burnley
November 10th – Cvltfest, Café Independent, Scunthorpe
November 16th – Album Lunch, Kosmopolitan, Manchester
November 17th – Ale Fest, Northern Monk Brewery, Leeds
December 22nd – Rebellion Christmas Party, Rebellion, Manchester

2019
Feb 2nd – APF Showcase II, The Bread Shed, Manchester
March 2nd – Lizard Fest, Bradford
March 30th – Riffolution, Rebellion, Manchester

FOLLOW THE BAND
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/barbarianhermit/
TWITTER: 
https://twitter.com/barbarianhermit
BANDCAMP: 
https://barbarianhermit.bandcamp.com/
INSTAGRAM: 
https://www.instagram.com/barbarianhermit/
SPOTIFYhttps://open.spotify.com/artist/5l3TCGNbFvd6uJOoV6Z6Qo

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Battalions – Forever Marching Backwards

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BATTALIONS

“Forever Marching Backwards”
For fans of Iron Monkey, Eyehategod, Weedeater, Black Sabbath, Clutch, Scissorfight
BATTALIONS, belligerent champions of the UK DIY underground scene, revered by fans worldwide, lauded by the press and hairier than a bucket of black bears. The band are back with a meaty, confrontational-as-fuck new album entitled Forever Marching Backwards which is released by APF Records on November 30th.

Recorded and mixed by Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studios in the UK, the resulting album is a danger-fuelled 30 minutes of Battalions own brand of bleak, swaggering, riff-infused groove metal-meets-harsh-punk sound. To quote the band, this is ‘pure Humber sludge’.

Comments vocalist Phillip Wilkinson: “Since beginning writing, pretty much straight after the recording of our 2017 album Moonburn, the new slimmed-down lineup has enabled us to let Pete’s riffs shine through and has given us the chance to grow as a band to make what we believe is by far the most accomplished album of our career. If you’ve followed Battalions for the last few albums you can expect a tighter production, bigger riffs, more of a focus on structure and song writing along with the usual self-depreciating humour peppered throughout. The album itself is based around lead single Forever Marching Backwards from which the album takes its name, essentially an allegory about how society seems to be hardwired to follow blindly without the majority questioning motives. The blind leading the blind.“

Watch the video for Forever Marching Backwards here: 

https://youtu.be/G65bVLXtzns

Forever Marching Backwards is the follow up to the band’s 2017 release Moonburn and brings to the table a tighter, punchier, dirtier sound with bigger riffs and extra swagger. The whole album is littered with Phil Wilkinson’s trademark bile-encrusted vocals which envelope the absolutely crushing, corroding heaviness of the music. Across eight tracks the band exorcise a wide array of sorrow and raw human emotions. But then there’s also a song (Tyskie Vampire) about being on tour with their label mates Pist, dropping cans of strong Polish lager on the floor and having to suck them dry when they split open. So it’s swings and roundabouts – heavy human emotions versus songs about touring and sucking your beer off the floor. Typically BATTALIONS.

This is their third album in three years and they show no sign of slowing down, with each album becoming a little more ‘BATTALIONS’ in style and flavour but more than that, showing a band working on a formidable musical output. Forever Marching Backwards is certainly an excellent sign for the future, it’ll leave you wanting more, possibly with the urge to grow a beard, definitely with the need to catch them in a live setting. It’s their most hook-packed collection of fury and hirsuteness yet.  We are truly living in an age of wonder.

“Forever Marching Backwards” is now available to pre-order on limited edition (of 100) transparent blue vinyl, black vinyl, digipak CD and T-Shirt & CD bundle. The vinyl will include a digital download code, with a guarantee that you will own it at least a week before it is available in HMV, on Amazon and in other record shops.

Track listing:

A1: Forever Marching Backwards
A2: Cities Of Ruin
A3: Goat Feeder
A4: Vaseline (G)Love

B1: Tyskie Vampire
B2: Infinite Void
B3; Brick Hole
B4: Devil’s Footsteps

Battalions is:

Phil Wilkinson – vocals
Peter Cross – guitar
Matthew Dennett – bass
Matt Walker – drums

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studio
Artwork by Blair Shaw at Daggersforteeth
Photo by JWA Photography

 

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF BATTALIONS “Forever Marching Backwards” NOW:

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Mastiff – New Album Coming in 2019

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Words by Andrew Field

On Saturday 30th June Mastiff went into the studio to commence work on the follow up to 2017’s “BORK” EP. I’d been given glimpses of the new material by the band in the form of phone recordings sent to me via WhatsApp, so already knew I was likely to be handed something fairly nasty to release once recording was done. There had also been talk about maybe taking a bit longer over this one. I was led to believe that the end-of-June weekend was just the start.

Mastiff entered the studios around 9.45am on that 30th June day. At 4.11pm I got a message from Jim Hodge saying “80% done boss man”. At 4.17pm Phil Johnson messaged saying “tracks pretty much overdubbed”.

On Monday 2nd July at 6.57am they sent me the fully mixed and mastered album. It sounded absolutely fucking incredible.

That’s Mastiff right there. A fully formed, prepped, focused, disciplined machine.

So how does it sound? Frankly, like the end of the world. Eight tracks of pure nihilistic rage. Everything is amplified (sic): the slower bits are gnarlier, the faster bits grind harder, Michael Shepherd’s blast beats hurt your bowels more, Dan Dolby’s bass is right there in your face, and Jim Hodge’s vocals go to another world – somewhere primal, beyond feral, way past animalistic. And as for the twin guitar attack of Jam Lee and Phil Johnson…… well, rarely have I heard amps and cabs punished quite so brutally. They make Eyehategod sound like A-ha.

There is a track on the album called Until I Weep No More. It is going to be the heaviest thing I have released on APF so far. It is skull-crushing.

The current plan is to drop this bombshell on you in early 2019. Trust me when I tell you, it will be worth the wait.

Mastiff forever.

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Summer 2018 Update

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So we’ve been at this for just over a year now. Since APF Records first release – Under’s “Slick” album – hit the shelves on 31st May 2017 we’ve put out music by Diesel King, Blind Haze, Mastiff, Tronald, RedEye Revival, BongCauldron, Ba’al, The Wizards Of Delight, Desert Storm, The Hyena Kill, Pist, Trevor’s Head and Nomad. Not bad for 52 weeks eh?

For the first time in over 12 months we have a nice little pause before the release schedule cranks up again in the autumn. A time to recharge the batteries, reflect on that first year, and get the forthcoming new stuff manufactured and ready to batter your eardrums later in the year.

Next up from APF is a new Under album. Likely to hit the streets in late September it’s a 10 track beast which shows the Stockport trio taking a giant creative leap forward from “Slick”.

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The riff which opens the album is jaw dropping. Simon Mayo’s guitar work throughout is some next level shit: alternating between filthy, strings-hanging-off-the-fret-board nastiness to moments of sublime and beautiful melancholy (and all points in between). Matt Franklin’s bass is guttural, and his howl even more frightening than before. Andy Preece’s drumming is immense. And when all three blend their voices into that signature Under harmony, its pure goosebumps.

What is clear with Under is this: the ‘First Attempt’ EP and ‘Slick’ were just these boys warming up. The new one isn’t just in a different league, its a whole different sport. Prepare to be amazed.

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Also this autumn we’ll be releasing the debut album by Barbarian Hermit. Recorded in May at Skyhammer Studio by Chris Fielding, its a great big fat widescreen monolith. I had the pleasure of visiting the studio when work was in progress, and on the last evening of recording got to hear rough mixes. All the things you loved about Hermit on their February 2016 EP ’01’ are there – groove, swagger, riffs that could frighten a herd of angry bulls. But there is so much that is new, and it’s all good – from Ed Campbell’s gravel-inflected vocals to Spadge Fafner’s thrills of bass fancy to Gaz Manning’s sheer brutal power. The way the songs ebb and flow is different and thrilling, but they still contain the majestic Robertshaw / Regan six string mindfucking riffs you’d expect and want. The closing track is the very definition of the word “epic”. It’s a massive sounding record. You’re gonna dig it.

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Before the end of the year APF will release a new Battalions album, their third after 2016’s “Nothing To Lose” and last year’s “Moonburn”. Over the last 12 months the Hullensian quartet have delivered some immense shows (including a UK tour with label mates Pist – which by some miracle they survived), whilst honing material for the new record.

One of the joys of owning a record label is getting WhatsApp messages from members of your bands ripping through the new songs in their rehearsal rooms. I’ve had several from Dennett and Mott of Battalions over the last few months so have watched the songs on the new record gestating. Fans will be pleased to know that Pete Cross continues to have a seemingly bottomless supply of swampy riffs which he can summon at ease – for The Fumb and Walker to pummel into submission. And Phil Wilkinson continues to be the only frontman who can look so cute yet make small children cry with his vocals. It’s all sounding ace. No babies have been thrown out with the bathwater. Its pure Battalions and it will make your arse move.

Several of our other bands are beavering away on new material. Pist have an album’s worth of songs written, and keep writing more. Their next release is gonna be a bit special. BongCauldron are recording something shortly – but I’m not saying what, or why yet (all will be revealed soon).

No one’s heard from Diesel King in a while. But that’s pretty usual.

This is just the beginning. Loads more coming from APF. Wish I had the time to tell you about it all. It’s all exciting.

See you at a show.

FIELDY

APF Records

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John Nicholson of Pist: Pre-Tour Interview

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Q: APF has just rereleased your debut EP “Riffology” and first album “Rhythm & Booze” as “68OFO”. What was the thinking behind this release?

John: They both sold out real quick and we’ve not had any in stock for ages. A lot of people were asking if we’ll be getting more and when, so it was a bit of a no brainer to combine the two and add some new artwork/packaging in there to mix it up a bit!

Q: You’re about to go on tour with Battalions. How did hooking up with them come about?

John: We all met up at Bloodstock last year and sunk many beers together, battered each other on bumper cars and had a right laugh. They understood our bullshit banter all weekend so decided we should do a tour. And.. they’re fucking mint.

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Q: It’s a decent length tour. Any shows you’re particularly looking forward to, and why?

John: It’s tough to pick one because a bunch of mates’ bands have jumped on each date to support us and I can’t wait to see them all. I’m really looking forward to seeing the Drug Vulture debut in Manchester, I’ve heard some of the tunes.. you’re all in for a treat! I can’t wait for Edinburgh because it’s my favourite place in the UK and Bannermans is class, plus a bunch of people are coming up to celebrate Biscuit’s (BongCauldron) 30th so its gonna get messy!

Q: What’s your favourite tour story?

John: There’s a lot we can’t mention but here’s a few in a nutshell: Corky from BongCauldron pouring a 5L bottle of mixed piss out the window all over the M1 at 70 mph. It was funnier than it sounds. Dave shitting himself before we got to the first venue. Drinking 68 beers between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The whiskey thief from Birmingham leaving in an ambulance cos he couldn’t hack it. Me turning up so pissed in Coventry I thought our soundcheck was our set and told everyone we already played. We could write a book on tour stories alone.

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Q: Which is the most annoying member of Pist on tour?

John: We’re all pretty annoying, but whoever doesn’t help load in/load out and just goes straight to the bar…. no names mentioned.

Q: When you look back on the last four years, what’s been the highs and lows of being in Pist?

John: Highs are definitely releasing Rhythm & Booze and playing Bloodstock 2015. HRH Doom V Stoner was pretty up there and confirming for Desertfest, I’ve wanted PIST on that since the band started. Lows are just how much money it can cost, we know everyone goes through that though, it’s just part of being in a band. It’s also pretty stressful booking a tour and you sometimes feel like giving up but it worked out pretty well in the end.

Q: Looking forward to Desertfest? Who else are you excited about seeing on that lineup?

John: I can’t fucking wait! It’s my first Desertfest and I’ll be there all weekend! So many bands to look forward to but top 3 are probably ASG, Eyehategod and Elder.

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Q: Congrats on your Blackstar endorsement. How did that come about? And why them?

John: I used one when I played Bloodstock in a previous band and it blew me away, so I bought one shortly after. Then I noticed my mate Josh from Bloodshot Dawn recently got endorsed so I got some advice from him, sent them an email and they said yes! Didn’t expect anything to be honest.

Q: You’re working on a new Pist album for APF. Give us an update on how that’s progressing.

John: We’re a couple of songs away from finishing it but it’s a huge improvement on previous releases. It’s more a mix of styles which may throw people off but we all think it works really well. We’re playing a handful on this tour so come hear it!

Q: What will it say on your gravestone?

John: 68 OFObag

Pist’s 68OFO is out now and available to buy from apfrecords.bigcartel.com

Catch them on their UK tour:

30th March – Liverpool EBGBs

31st March – Edinburgh Bannermans

1st April – Leeds Temple of Boom

2nd April – Nottingham The Chameleon

3rd April – Hull Gorilla Studios

4th April – Manchester The Peer Hat

5th April – Huddersfield The Parish

6th April – London The Dev

7th April – Coventry The Phoenix

 

Trevor’s Head – Soma Holiday – Presales Open

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TREVOR’S HEAD

“Soma Holiday”

PRE-ORDERS NOW OPEN

Release date 30th April 2018

Available on Digipak CD, as a digital download and in a CD / T-Shirt Bundle

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“Trevor’s Head present chunky, stoner riffage from the deepest darkest recesses of Redhill, Surrey. Every song has plenty of powerful grit and the pace picks up with punky, driving aggression, all wrapped up in warm desert-fuzz tone.” – DESERTFEST

“A band unwilling to stay confined within the boundaries of a specific genre or sound and who in making this stance have created their own genre and sound. Get inside Trevor’s Head, it’s a great place to be!” – DESERT PSYCHLIST

“As their track record suggests, Trevor’s Head seem locked in a state of perpetual evolution and experimentation and, for that, they have to be lauded.” – THE SLUDGELORD

“The perfect mix of Stoner, Blues, Grunge, Desert Rock and Hard Rock with soulful vocals to match” – OUTLAWS OF THE SUN

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Trevor’s Head is a thick, greasy fondue of stoner rock, punk and grunge from a landfill town in the London commuter belt called Redhill. Their sound has evolved over the years, from fresh-faced hard rock to that of unhealthy British men who yearn for the desert. All three members share vocal duties over blistering fuzz guitar bolstered by a robust rhythm section. 

Their second LP, “Tricolossus”, was released in February 2016. The band’s first offering as a trio, it marked their shift in sound and paved the way for an expedition into further sonic growth. 

Trevor’s Head have pursued a relentless gigging schedule for the last four years, their work ethic as a live band garnering praise among promoters and bands on the UK underground scene. With a constant presence in England and a European tour under their belts, they are now coming for the rest of the U.K. and beyond.

This live work has seen Trevor’s Head rewarded with support slots with Radio Moscow, Greenleaf, Desert Storm, Morass Of Molasses, Vodun, Elephant Tree, Slabdragger and Church Of The Cosmic Skull among others. In May this year the trio are playing their biggest gig yet, at Desertfest London.

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Fans can now pre-order the Exclusive Limited Edition CD and T-Shirt bundle version. Only 30 of these bundles have been manufactured, and are only available to buy direct from APF Records via our Big Cartel and Bandcamp sites.  
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Desert Storm: Interview with Chris White

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On 16th March Desert Storm’s “Sentinels” is released on vinyl, CD and digital download, their fifth album following Desert Storm (2008), Forked Tongues (2010), Horizontal Life (2013) and Omniscient (2014). In advance of its release we caught up with guitarist Chris White for a chat.

APF: For those not in the know, tell us how Desert Storm got together ten years ago.

Chris: We are all friends from school. Myself, Elliot (Cole, drums) and Ryan (Cole, guitar) were in a previous band that finished, so from there we got in touch with Matt (Ryan, vocals) and Chris (Benoist, bass) to form a new band. From there we never looked back!

APF: Tell us about the recording of Sentinels. Any tales from the sessions?

Chris: The sessions for this album actually started 2 years ago. We recorded a selection of songs at Flesh & Bone studios in Hackney over the course of weekend sessions over a period of around 6 months. It was later that year that we wrote ‘Journeys End’, then felt that it really needed to be on the album. So in February 2017 we booked more sessions at Woodworm Studios in Oxford to record the song to round off the album. So it has been a long process to get to this point!

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APF: Sentinels is distinctly darker and heavier than previous releases. Was this something you went for deliberately?

Chris: I think our style has evolved a lot over the past two to three years. As we were gathering material for our previous album Omniscient, we felt that we were starting to favour the darker more progressive sound over the more classic rock influences or our earlier work. That album had a wide range of musical styles present, so with Sentinels we wanted to focus on our heavier side, but still keep the blues influences that allow us to keep the groove in our music.

APF: Which of the new songs are you most proud of, and why?  

Chris: I think Kingdom of Horns is a song we are all very proud of. I think it marks another evolution of our band stylistically, as we have a song that is both heavy and dynamic at the same time.

APF: Looking back at your previous releases, which one is your favourite?  

Chris: I think Horizontal Life is an album we look back on with pride. It was the first album of ours that really started to get some acclaim in the UK, and I think it really helped to create a platform for us going forward. Plus there are plenty of current live favourites from that album too!

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APF: What’s your aspirations with this band at this stage of your career? Any unfulfilled ambitions with it?

Chris: We really want to bring our music to as many people as possible. We are pushing to tour as much as we can, hopefully this album will get the critical acclaim to bring us to the attention of metal fans across the UK and Europe.

APF: What’s your favourite city or venue to play? And are there any places you’ve not gigged yet but would like to?  

Chris: The USA has been a long term ambition for us to tour in, as musically the US and UK share so much heritage that it feels like a rite of passage for British bands to make the trip over the Atlantic. It’s difficult to suggest a favourite city to play, but hometown shows in Oxford still feel special as we are playing to fans who supported us from the beginning.

APF: What’s the best and worst things about being on the road?

Chris: The best thing is being able to do the thing that you love full time, as it’s something that most bands really aspire to do. The worst thing is the long hours sat in the van smelling whatever awful food Elliot or Ryan bought from the previous petrol station.

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APF: How do you manage juggling having jobs and touring so often? Is it a difficult balance?  

Chris: It is difficult as we all have very busy lives away from the band, so aligning 5 people to be in the same place at the same time is always a challenge. At the end of the day we love doing it, we may have missed a few birthdays along the way but unfortunately it’s sometimes a price you have to pay.

APFL You’ve joined a label which now has 16 bands on the roster. Which is your favourite of the other bands on APF Records and why? Be honest haha, the other 15 won’t be offended. Probably.

Chris: Well we have been friends with Diesel King for many years and have done plenty of gigs with them, so it’s great that we are now part of the same family with APF Records!

Desert Storm’s “Sentinels” is available to pre-order now from:

apfrecords.bigcartel.com

desertstorm.bandcamp.com

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