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DUEL: VALLEY OF SHADOWS
Duel Is Back
Duel's debut album, "Fears Of The Dead" was one of my top ten albums of 2016.  I've played it more times than I can count.  Can't put my finger on exactly why 2017's "Witchbanger" didn't do it for me, but I am happy to report that "Valley Of The Shadows" kicks ass.  

Tom and Shaun from Scorpion Child have something special going, and have produced another memorable rock album, with equally great guitar, bass, drums and vocals.  

Check out 'Red Moon Forming":
Red Moon Forming - YouTube

And now "Tyrant On The Throne", an epic tune if there ever was one:
Tyrant On The Throne - YouTube

Valley of Shadows is great rock that's interesting and catchy, and I can't get enough of it.  It's on Bandcamp but you'll have to search Heavy Psych Sounds, not Duel, to find it.  Or you can just click here.

Duel is:

  • Tom Frank - guitar,vocals
    Shaun Avants - bass, vocals
    Justin Collins - drums
    Jeff Henson - guitar


I am already blown away by the quality of rock that's come out this year.  I've been a little slow to check out new things because I just can't stop listening to the stuff I've already bought.  
Anyhow, enjoy this nice weather and I'll catch you next weekend, at latest
-ULTRA
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Immortal Sÿnn - "Fight Back" [Lyric Video] - YouTube

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Slipknot - Unsainted [OFFICIAL VIDEO] - YouTube
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STONER ROCK #37 (Playlist)
  There is a logic to this playlist.  I wonder if anyone can tell what it is?  First to figure it out and leave a note below is not only officially bad-ass, but I'll be happy to send you any of my playlists on CD if you like.
 Playlist #36 was here if you missed it.  
I will stay in numerical order going forward (I think).
Check out my most recent posts below, and go forth and spread great music.
-ULTRA-

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The Ten Best Rock Tunes of 2019: 
January - April

Here are my favorite ten tracks from the top third of the new year
Not in any particular order, just arranged for nice transitions.

Hope you'll agree that this rock holds up in any era.  
Rock on
-ULTRA
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THE WELL: DEATH AND CONSOLATION

Every Bit As Good As I Had Hoped

I can't at the moment think of another band whose first three albums were so perfect.  You've heard me gush about The Well before, and I'm gonna do it again.  The Well's songwriting is simultaneously sludgy and energetic, delivered with a bad-ass don't-give-a-shit vibe, and vocals that are Beatle-esque in a doomy sort of way.   And by the way, Ian is a guitar god on this album; truly inspired if you ask me.

Here is "Freedom Above".  First, Lisa and Jason masterfully develop and control the mood, making way for Ian and Lisa to lay down some of the most stunning vocals you've ever heard:


And for the second night in a row, I'm posting a tune that I think will end up as one of the year's greatest, "Act II":


The Well sit in the stratosphere of groundbreaking Texas rock trios, including the legendary
 ZZ Top, King's X and Wo Fat.

The Well are:
Ian Graham: Guitar, Vocals
Lisa Alley: Bass, Vocals
Jason Sullivan: Drums





"Cup of Peace" is another standout tune, but its title made me think of this


In a time when much of the world has forsaken rock and roll, bands like The Well are proof that rock is as good as it's ever been.  Please spread the word on this album, because I need The Well to do a nationwide tour and make it to Eastern Massachusetts.

-ULTRA



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SKUNK: STRANGE VIBRATION
Smell That??
It's fresh Skunk.  

The band that recorded my favorite album of 2017 has returned only two years later with an equally worthy release.  At the end of the day, when I take inventory of what I'm grateful for in life, I now have to add the band Skunk to my list.
Using the weapons of guitar, bass, drums, vocals and songwriting with an attitude, Skunk has brought back the best years of rock music.  How a band is this good after just two albums continues to amaze me.
  So, how could you not try a tune called "Goblin Orgy" first?

And here's one that's easily among the best tunes of the year to date.  This is the album closer, "The Cobra's Kiss"

Strange Vibration makes me feel like someone's crawled around in my brain and figured out every single thing I like about rock.  I can't say enough about this one.  
Hear for yourself here.

Skunk is:

John McKelvy - Vocals
Dmitri Mavra - Guitar
Erik Pearson - Guitar, Flute
Matt Knoth - Bass
Jordan Ruyle - Drums


Another review tomorrow night, my friends.  Until then.
-ULTRA
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GLITTER WIZARD: OPERA VILLAINS

Spectacular Rock Accomplishment

Glitter Wizard are great musicians and great songwriters, with a style that's as unique as it gets.  I gave this its first listen in the car, and had my player on shuffle without realizing it.  Hadn't looked at the names of the songs yet since I had just downloaded it.  The first tune that came up was the pre-released track 1, "Spell So Evil".  When the second tune came on I really got pulled in and was thinking that Glitter Wizard is a modern day Blue Oyster Cult, when I looked at the title, which is "The Oyster King".  Wonder if the band was also thinking of B.O.C. when they wrote this.  Anyhow, much like Blue Oyster Cult, no tune is representative of the album but every song is a rock clinic in some way.  

Enough of my gushing.  Check out "Dead Man's Wax", and think of how good this should sound live.  


Now check this out.  The constant change of pace keeps me riveted to this album.  Here is "Fear Of The Dark":
 The bass playing is great on this album.  Never overstated, and always perfect.  Opera Villains is truly special.

I find myself thinking sometimes that while rock reaches a far smaller audience than it used to, there has never been a year where rock music has relented in its push for world domination.   

Glitter Wizard are:
Wendy Stonehenge: Vocals
Kandi Moon: Bass, Acoustic Guitar
Fancy Cymballs: Drums
Doug Graves: Keyboards/Synths
Lorfin Terrafor: Guitar/Vocals
 Over and Out
-ULTRA
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STONER ROCK #35 (Playlist)
Listen...Groove...Repeat.
 I'm proud of the way the tunes transition on this one.  Hope you like it too. 
-ULTRA
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ANTICIPATION
Here are teaser tracks for some upcoming albums that promise to be among the year's best:

NEBULA: HOLY SHIT
 It's amazing how this sounds like it was recorded at the same time as "To The Center" or "Charged".  Seems like Nebula decided to get back together one more time just to remind everybody how stoner rock is done.
The track is called "Witching Hour": 


GLITTER WIZARD: OPERA VILLAINS

 Glitter Wizard is an acquired taste, but I've definitely acquired the taste and can't wait to hear the rest of this one.  
The teaser track, "Spell So Evil" seems to pick up right where the Hollow Earth Tour album left off: 


DUEL: VALLEY OF SHADOWS

 I gushed about "Fears Of The Dead" and was indifferent about "Witchbanger".  The teaser track "Black Magic Summer" has me drooling to hear the rest of this album.  Interesting and awesome, this is exactly what I hoped for after the debut album.  


If you're wondering, I have no connection to Heavy Psych Sounds Records other than the fact that I love both Gabriele Fiori's music and his taste in music.  So many great albums on this label.

Here's an album that's not on Heavy Psych Sounds, but this is the third of three pre-released tracks which all make me need to hear the whole thing.

THE WELL: DEATH AND CONSOLATION

As the album art suggests, this album seems to be the perfect fusion of all three band members' unique talents.  This will be track 8, entitled "This Is How The World Ends":

Until next time
-ULTRA

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