DOOMRIDERS – Grand Blood

Doomriders - Grand BloodDOOMRIDERS is back with their third album, Grand Blood, and another collection of diverse, cool songs. We could include the other bands that the members play in but that’s irrelevant as DOOMRIDERS should be judged by what they do alone.

The band continue to explore new sounds with their unique style, which can very loosely be described as noise rock, sludge, and hardcore.  Vocalist/guitarist Nate Newton does a solid job in the vocal department with his strong bellows and clean vocals.  Much of the material on Grand Blood sounds like they were born from jam sessions as the song parts sound natural and flow easily together.  The band predominantly play in a stomping mid-tempo with dynamic changes to instrumental song sections.  Highlights include the catchy “Mankind” and “Bad Vibes.”

Kurt Ballou‘s production work rules again here with the thick bass and drums coming through so perfectly in the mix.

The bottom line is that while Grand Blood will most certainly not explode your mind, it is a cool album and solid for what it is – a fun side project for these busy gentlemen.  (Deathwish Inc.)

SLEEP: Marijuanaut’s Return US 2010 Tour Update

Legendary stoner metallers SLEEP, who recently announced their long-anticipated reunion tour, have added several new stops to the impending trek including additional shows in Brooklyn and San Francisco. Dubbed the Marijuanaut’s Return US Tour 2010, the journey will commence on September 3rd. Support will be provided by a revolving roster of bands throughout the tour including: DOOMRIDERS, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, A STORM OF LIGHT, LICHENS, SUB OSLO, SCOTT KELLY, YOB and THRONES. Check out the David D’Andrea tour poster, which will be available at each show as a 26″ x 26″ glow-in-the-dark screen print, here:

SLEEP split in 1997 after two hugely influential albums. Members went on to form underground heroes OM and HIGH ON FIRE. On the Marijuanaut’s Return Tour, original members Al Cisneros and Matt Pike will be joined by drummer Jason Roeder of NEUROSIS to perform the seminal Holy Mountain album in its entirety as well as selections from Dopesmoker and more.

SLEEP: Marijuanaut’s Return US Tour 2010
9/03/2010 All Tomorrow’s Parties – Monticello, NY
9/04/2010 FYE Fest – Los Angeles, CA
9/05/2010 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
9/06/2010 Brooklyn Masonic Temple – New York, NY w/ DOOMRIDERS, UNEARTHLY TRANCE
9/07/2010 Starlight Ballroom – Philadelphia, PA w/ A STORM OF LIGHT
9/08/2010 Brooklyn Masonic Temple – New York, NY w/ A STORM OF LIGHT, LICHENS
9/09/2010 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL w/ LICHENS
9/10/2010 Mohawk – Austin, TX w/ Sub Oslo w/ Sub Oslo
9/11/2010 Roseland Theater/Music Fest NW – Portland, OR w/ SCOTT KELLY, YOB
9/12/2010 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA w/ THRONES
9/13/2010 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

SKELETONWITCH, DOOMRIDERS Announced for Next Free Scion Metal Shows in Los Angeles, Atlanta

SKELETONWITCH and DOOMRIDERS will be sharing the stage for the next Scion Metal shows. The all ages shows are free with RSVP, though entry is not guaranteed so get there early. Here are the details:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 8pm-11pm
Masquerade, 695 North Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Los Angeles:
Thursday, February 11, 2010, 8pm-11pm
The Roxy, 9009 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

RSVP now:

DOOMRIDERS – Darkness Come Alive

DOOMRIDERS‘ impressive debut, Black Thunder, was an exciting, gritty don’t-give-a-fuck metal record with MAIDEN dual-guitar harmonies, a sometimes-DANZIG croon, and death ‘n roll edge of late 90’s era ENTOMBED. Their anticipated follow-up, Darkness Come Alive, deliver a lot of those same influences, albeit in a more refined manner. Where Black Thunder had a fun party vibe, Darkness Come Alive is focused and captures a more serious tone.

Fronted by CONVERGE bassist, Nate Newton, on guitars and vocals, the screamer bellows with a distinct yet understandable growl that, along with their dual-guitar harmonies, really characterizes the band. The album begins with their “signature” harmonized guitars in “Heavy Lies the Crown,” a midpaced number that really sets the tone for the rest of the album. Unfortuantely, tempos never get too much faster than that, but the album is all about the guitars and song arrangements. “Knife Wound” then picks up the pace a bit. The track is full of strong breakdowns and is less reliant on the guitar harmonies. The album continues without straying far from their established bark. Some highlights include “Crooked Path,” “Lions,” “Mercy,” and closing track “Rotter.”  Though there really are no weak songs.

The rest of the band, JR Conners (CAVE IN), Jebb Riley (DISAPPEAR), and Chris Pupecki (CAST IRON HIKE) are no slouches. They’re a tight unit exhibiting no entry-level flaws. And production, by CONVERGE‘s Kurt Ballou at his Godcity Studios is praise-worthy. The mix is full and deliciously bass-heavy.

Darkness Come Alive perhaps isn’t quite the “expected” follow-up to Black Thunder, but it’s a thoroughly solid album of heavy music that isn’t to be labeled “this-core” or “that-core.” It’s just heavy fucking metal! (Deathwish Inc.)

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DOOMRIDERS Announce East Coast Shows with CLUTCH

Boston’s DOOMRIDERS, featuring Nate Newton of CONVERGE, have announced a few east coast dates supporting the mighty CLUTCH in December.DOOMRIDERSjust released their sophomore album, Darkness Comes Alive, on Deathwish Inc. Here are the dates:

12/27: Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
12/28: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/29: Albany, NY @ Nothern Lights
12/30: Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
12/31: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

DOOMRIDERS Forced to Drop Off KYLESA Tour Due to Scheduling Conflicts

Boston’s DOOMRIDERS have been forced to drop off the upcoming KYLESA tour due to guitarist Nate Newton‘s commitment with CONVERGE. The band posted the following message apologizing for the cancellation:

“We’ve gotten a lot of messages regarding our dropping off of the KYLESA tour and yes…unfortuately the news is true. Due to scheduling issues between DOOMRIDERS and Nate‘s other band CONVERGE we had to pull out of the tour. Our deepest apologies go out to our friends in KYLESA, and also to anyone who had planned on coming to see us play on the tour. We love KYLESA, and we love our brothers in SAVIOURS, who have taken our spot on the tour and encourage everyone to go to these shows and have a blast!! Its going to be a great tour and we’re all very sad that we won’t be a part of it.

“We will hopefully be announcing some exciting tour plans for later in the year very soon. We’re sorry everyone! We’ll see you next time!!”

Visit KYLEA‘s official MySpace page for dates of the affected tour:

DOOMRIDERS’ New Album, Darkness Come Alive, Drops September 29th

DOOMRIDERS, the band featuring Nate Newton (CONVERGE), Chris Pupecki (CAST IRON HIKE), JR Conners (CAVE IN), and Jebb Riley (DISAPPEARER), have set Darkness Come Alive as the title of their sophomore full-length album, which drops September 29th via Deathwish Inc. Recorded and engineered at Godcity Studios by Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE), the album is said to contain a more serious approach than debut, Black Thunder. Darkness Come Alive will be available in CD, LP, and digital formats.

Visit the band’s MySpace page for more info: