Monday, August 21, 2017

The Judge Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Well the record has been done for some time now, and between recording and releasing the album, we have been playing locally as well as working on the third album. We plan to tour soon as well while we're working on the next album. (Evan - Drummer) We've been extremely active promoting the album. We've also been planning a few big shows, putting together some merch campaigns, and just getting the word out about the band. (Tyler - Singer)

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
The musical sound is definitely a heavier sound, in terms of lyrical content and how the music is presented. Live shows are really the best way to experience the album correctly, but it's really an attempt to move away from the cookie cutter "70s classic rock" sound. We were trying different things on this album, specifically recording styles, and that is probably the biggest difference compared to our past releases. The music will continue to progress as we develop our own identity.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
I think this album reflects a lot of abuse that happens in our lives and other people's lives. We explored the route of drug addiction, invasion of sorts, emotional trauma, and family neglect. It was a treat to write some of these songs cause in one way or another has touched our lives on a deep level.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Judge'?
The Pontiac GTO Judge. Lolz (Evan) Originally we were named after the GTO Judge from the movie Sex Drive. But then people started making courtroom puns. Then we slowly started using and actual judge as the logo and it stuck. (Kevin - Bassist)

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Opening up for Jackyl and our tour kickoff show in our hometown are probably our favorite shows. We try to be high energy, heavy rock and roll. Really, we are very loud and if you enjoy that, then get ready to rock your socks off!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Yes, in the future. At the moment I (Evan) am in school and Tyler has some things to take care of, but we definitely want to tour VERY soon. (Evan) We play a lot locally in St. Louis, but our best shows are when we can get out of town. We did a weekender to Chicago and Indianapolis recently, and we met some really cool people. (Tyler)

7.The new album was released on 'Ripple Music', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Absolutely. Todd is an amazing guy and really supports every single band on the label. It makes being part of this label family so much more worth it. (Evan)

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal and rock?
We have gotten lots of support for our music in Europe specifically. Because we are so local still, it's hard to get a name out to places like Finland, UK, Sweden, Germany, etc. However, we still have had many complements for the music and support to tour in Europe. (Evan) Yes, the metal scene is a very loyal one. We got lucky signing with Ripple and it's been downhill ever since! (Kevin)

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We're always trying progress in one way or another. What comes out is how we sound, but I can't really put a name on what we will sound like. Heavy progressive psychedelic? Who knows haha. (Evan)

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Well we've gotta give props to the bands that influenced us from the ground up: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Deep Purple, Hendrix Experience, for me, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson. As of now, Graveyard, Kadavar, Radio Moscow, Red Fang, The Shrine, lots of other "smaller" bands like Slow Season, Cloud Catcher, our good friends Spacetrucker. We're always looking for new music and influences. (Evan) I'm the type of guy that listens to everything, and I draw techniques that I like from all of it. I draw from R&B and folk specifically for vocals, in addition to all the obvious zeppliny sabbathy stuff that our band takes after. (Tyler)

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I am a incredibly huge hockey fan. I follow basically all that's going on in hockey and I try to watch baseball when I can as well. I like making sketch comedy and editing thing on the computer. Photoshop has always been one of my favorite programs to use for fun. (Evan) I have a wife and two kids. For money I'm a freelance audio engineer and a metal worker, but I spend most of what little free time I have with the family. I like music and camping and beer. (Tyler)

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We'd like to thank everyone for their support of our music, as well as their support for other local bands like us. The business has changed so much since the 60s and 70s, and the only way we are able to do any of this is because of people who genuinely love music and support it fully. (Evan) We just want to thank everyone from our parents to ripple, to the sound guys that deal with our constant monitor tweaking. The heart of rock n roll is still beating, and from what I can tell I believe 'em. (Kevin) Thanks to all the promoters and fellow bands that help nourish this sweet network we have going! (Tyler)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Humulus/Reverently Heading Into Nowhere/Oak Island Records/2017 EPReview

  Humulus  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  psychedelic  form  of  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Heading Into  Nowhere"  which  was  released  by Oak  Island  Records.

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  they  also  give  the  songs  a  70's  metal  feeling  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  clean  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  added  into  certain sections  of  the  recording.

  While  the  music  has  a  lot  of  retro  influences  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  a  70's  rock  style  and  elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  clean  guitars  are  also utilized  at  times  and  as  the  ep  progresses  the  music  gets  more  psychedelic  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow or  mid  paced  direction,

  Humulus  plays  a  style  of  stoner  rock  that  is  very  heavy  and  psychedelic  sounding  as  well  as  mixing  both  the  70's  and  modern  styles  together,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Humulus  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  stoner  rock  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Catskull"  and  "The  Great  Hunt".  8  out  of  10.

The Re-Stoned/Analog/Oak Island Records/2017 Vinyl Review

  The  Re-Stoned  are  a  band  from  Moscow,  Russia  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  psychedelic,  stoner,  hard  rock  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "Analog"  which  was  released  by  Oak  Island  Records.

  Clean  blues  rock  style  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  before  adding  in  heavier  yet  melodic  riffing    while  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  of  a  stoner  rock  style  while  the  music  also  brings  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  has  no  vocals  or  lyrics  and  after  awhile  psychedelic  elements  are  added  onto  the  recording  while also  mixing  in  an  improv  feeling  at times  as  well  as  adding  in  some  classic  rock  influences  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  direction.

  The  Re-Stoned  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  psychedelic,  stoner,  and hard  rock  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  the  Re-Stoned  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  psychedelic,  stoner,  hard  rock  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Northern  Lights"  and  "Crystal".  8  out  of  10.


Friday, August 18, 2017

The Black Capes/All These Monsters/Dark Tunes/2017 CD Review

  The  Black  Capes  are  a  band  from  Athens,  Greece  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  rock  and  gothic  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "All  These Monsters"  which  was  released  by  Dark  Tunes.

  Thunder  sounds  along  with  horror  movie  samples  from  the  60's  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier and  melodic  goth  metal  direction  while t he  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  a  traditional  goth  rock  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  80's  goth  and  90's  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of t he  recording  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  synths and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  clean  playing  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced musical  direction.

  The  Black  Capes  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  goth  rock  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  melodic  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Black  Capes  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  rock  and  goth  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sarah  The  Witch"  "The  Black  Capes"  and "All  These  Monsters".  8  out  of  10.   

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Geezer/Psychoriffadelia/Kozmik Artifactz/2017 CD Review

  Geezer are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  cosmic  stoner  blues  with  touches  of  psychedelic  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Psychoriffadelia"  which  was  released  by  Kozmik  Artifactz.

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  hard  and  heavy  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  first  track  is  a  cover  of  Nazareth's  "Hair  Of  The  Dog"  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  clean  stoner  style  and  while  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  70;s  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  retro  and  melodic  style  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  psychedelic  and  blues  rock  elements  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  song  is  all  instrumental  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or mid  paced  musical  direction  and  slide  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Geezer  plays  a  musical style  that takes  psychedelic,  blues  and  stoner  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Geezer  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  mixture  of  blues  and  stoner  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stressknots"  and  "Dirty  Penny".  8  out  of  10.  

DemonAuta/Tierra Del Fuego/Kozmik Artifactz/2017 Vinyl Review

  DemonAuta  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  desert  style  of  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Tierra  Del  Fuego"  which  was  released  by  Kozmik  Artifactz.

  A  very  distorted  and  fuzzy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  after  awhile  clean  stoner  style  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  70's  metal/rock  in  with  a  more  modern  musical  style.

  Touches  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  a  very  retro  rock  and  proto  metal  style  along  with  clean  playing  and  psychedelic  elements  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  they  also  add  in  influences  from  the  90's  to  modern  times  along  with  a couple  of  the  tracks  being  instrumentals  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  DemonAuta  plays  a  style   of  stoner  rock  that  adds  in  more  of  a  desert  and  psychedelic  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Spanish  and  English  and  cover  metaphysical  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  DemonAuta  are  a  very  great  sounding  desert  style  stoner rock  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Into  The  Darkness"  "Astro  II"  and  "Psiconauta".  8  out  of  10.

Domadora/The Violet Mystical Sukuma/Kozmik Artifactz Records/2017 Vinyl Review

  Domadora  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  shamanistic  mixture  of  psychedelic  and  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Violet  Mystical  Sukuma"  which  was  released  by  Kozmik  Artifactz  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  which  also  leads  up  to  the  music  getting  more  psychedelic  as  well  as  adding  in  some  hard  and  heavy  riffing  while t he  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  more  of  a  70's  hard  rock  tradition  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  elements  of  proto  metal  along  with  an  improv  feeling  at  times  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  a  great  portion  of  the  songs  being  instrumentals  and  the  vocals  are  done  in   a  very  melodic  yet  retro  style.  and  at  times  the  music  speeds  up  a  little  bit  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Domadora  plays  a  style  of  stoner  rock  that  is  very  heavy  and  psychedelic  while  also  mixing  in  more  of  a  shamanistic  atmosphere  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  shamanism,  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Domadora  are  a  very  great  sounding  shamanistic  mixture  of  psychedelic  and  stoner  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Indian  Depression"  and  "Jack  Tripping".  8  out  of  10.