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Jagged Vision: friends in the right places

They play scintillating sludge mashed with heavy hardcore and come Kylesa-approved. Jagged Vision, you’re doing it right.

As vocalist Ole Wik puts it, “things have gone from zero to a hundred, really quickly.” That’s because a few short months ago, the Jagged Vision frontman and his bandmates – drummer Joakin SvelÂ, bassist Kato AustrÂtt and guitarists Harald Lid and Daniel Vier – were languishing in obscurity. Oh, sure, there was the occasional unearthing of their off-kilter brand of upbeat stoner rock/sludge core in and around the venues of western Norway, and you might even have seen someone strolling the streets of Stavanger decked out in one of their shirts, but it’s not like they were on the lips of many more folks beyond that. Until, as Wik explains, Daniel met Kylesa’s Phillip Cope.

“Daniel was a roadie for Kvelertak on their first international tour which was with Converge and Kylesa. From there, he got to know Phil.” Dan and Phil got along and Jagged Vision were looking for a producer to record their debut full-length, so a plan was hatched for the band to trek from Stavanger to Columbia, South Carolina and record at the Jam Room, the studio where the Kylesa man works when he’s not on tour. It was after spending two weeks in Columbia that Phil approached the quintet with the idea of signing to Retro Futurist, the boutique label he was assembling with fellow Kylesa-ians Laura Pleasants and Carl McGinley.

“At the time, we didn’t even know he was planning to start a label!” exclaims Wik. The result is Harvest Earth, the release of which was preceded by a month-long European tour featuring Jagged Earth and fellow Retro Futurist act, Sierra, supporting Kylesa. Not bad for a band who started playing ìsimplistic hardcore punkî and only got into ìstoner, doom and Black Sabbath when [they] got older. “That scene is really small here,” adds Daniel. “The band Purified In Blood are awesome and have been around forever, but it’s mainly just a group of long-haired dudes hanging around listening to loud music, so we’ve always looked to the UK and US for inspiration.”

The combination of the members’ hardcore roots and recent obsession with all things bearded, bare-chested and bong-watered gives Harvest Earth a unique edge as socially conscious shouting meets clipped ‘n ‘crunchy power chord progressions and boogie blues.

“Coming from a hardcore punk background, our lyrics will always have meaning. Harvest Earth is about how humanity exploits everything and us being five clueless dudes who feel we don’t fit in,” Wik laughs. “Going from hardcore to what we do now, we approached our music with a different mindset. The outcome is different and I can’t really put a finger on a band that sounds like us. I’m not even sure if what we do would be considered stoner or doom!”

Harvest Earth is out now on Retro Futurist

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Drummer Mike Blotzer — son of RATT’s Bobby Blotzer — and guitarist Tony Syphus have joined the Los Angeles-based heavy rock/sludge outfit TIJUANA BULLFIGHT.

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Sweden’s doom-rock-sludge outfit Kongh has premiered a new song online via YouTube. Check out the first 7 minutes of the title track of band’s newest album “Sole Creation” below.

“Sole Creation” will be coming to shops on the 5th of February in Europe and 19th of February in North Amercia through Agonia Records. The band’s 3rd album from will consist of 4 new tracks and 45 minutes of music, with a guest appearance of John Doe from Craft. The album was recorded at Teknikkompaniet (Vetlanda, Sweden) by Peter Lundin and was mixed and mastered by Magnus Lindberg of Cult Of Luna fame.

Kongh’s front-man, David Johansson, commented: “After a very long time of hard work, this album is finally ready for release. We couldn’t be more happy with the way it turned out and I really think it is the best Kongh material so far. For our old fans, I am pretty sure it will be well worth the wait and I also think it holds great potential to satisfy a bunch of new listeners. In my opinion, the album is more dynamic and has much more emphasis on melodies than our previous works. At the same time it maintains the harshness and it’s undoubtedly the heaviest slab of metal we’ve done as well.”

The track listing is:

1. Sole Creation
2. Tamed Brute
3. The Portals
4. Skymning

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New York City rock/sludge trio Thinning the Herd has unfurled a brand new self-released video from pending third full-length, “Freedom From The Known,” which was recorded over the Summer by Steve Albini. Check out the video for “Never Wanted” below. The following press release was also issued:

“With December 21st, 2012 now confirmed as the street date for Freedom From The Known, Thinning The Herd’s psychedelic self-released video for the opening track from the album, ‘Never Wanted,’ brings some fun and shame and good old fashioned filth back to rock without a dribble of pretentiousness. As with all previous releases from Thinning the Herd, Freedom From The Known will be set loose on the band’s own Saint Marks Records.”

You can also catch the band live:

12/08/2012 Trash Bar – Brooklyn, NY @ Dime Bag Tribute w/ members of Soulfly

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Little rock sludge act Rwake posted a new music video for the song “It Was Beautiful But Now It’s Sour.” The song appears on the band’s latest effort “Rest,” which was issued in September 2011 through Relapse Records.

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