Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Holy Grove

Year of the Cobra

Witch Ripper

7 pm doors, 8 pm show

Advance tickets: $10 | Day of Sale tickets: $13

All ages welcome

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About Holy Grove

Holy Grove

Holy Grove is pushing heavy rock into exciting new realms on II, their second full-length record, and first for Ripple Music. Recording again with "engine-ear" Billy Anderson (Sleep, Swans), the members of Holy Grove continue to blur the lines between classic heavy metal, doom and prog, unafraid to take long, strange trips, peel off hot-shit guitar solos, or scream as if their lives depend on it.
II bridges the gap between Holy Grove's gritty heavy blues past and their darker cosmic present. First single "Solaris" summons the best of Holy Grove-tight riffs, interludes, and a groove that has already proven to induce fist-raising and headbanging. Opener "Blade Born" is a bone-crusher of a rock 'n' roll song (if the chorus doesn't hook itself into your fleshy pleasure centers, that smoking guitar solo will), and the cowbell kicker on "Aurora" takes you down to a beer-bust in Hades. Once you get to the meticulously constructed "Valley of the Mystics" (a fantastical nod to The Dark Crystal), the unexpected turns will make you feel as if you're floating one second, and being violently hurled through space the next. The aptly titled "Cosmos" is a space rock masterpiece that features ghostly vocals from Vidal and Yob's Mike Scheidt. Listen closely and you can hear the song disintegrating as it re-enters Earth's atmosphere.
This is the work of true believers in the power of rock 'n' roll. The fact we're talking about Holy Grove in 2018 is a testament to that spirit (they came together six years ago as strangers, and have since grown as humans and musicians into a tight-knit family). It took four years to finally release their self-titled debut, which was met with local and national acclaim in the spring of 2016. The band went on to storm stages in the United States and Europe in a mass of swinging hair and raw power (the band has shared the stage with the likes of Yob, Royal Thunder, and Witch Mountain).
Even while searching for a new drummer in late-2016 the band still played the massive Psycho Las Vegas festival. And they never stopped working. Guitarist Trent Jacobs and bassist Gregg Emley continued to write and massage the songs that would become II, and vocalist Andrea Vidal started writing her most personal and mystical lyrics to date. By June of 2017 powerhouse drummer Eben Travis entered the fray, joining Emley to make one of the most formidable rhythms sections in heavy rock. That foundation allows Jacobs to roam freely on guitar. As for Vidal, she delivers her most searing vocal performance to date, one that's equally indebted to Ann Wilson as it is Tina Turner. And that isn't hyperbole-Vidal knocked out all her vocals on the first take (!). Billy Anderson's assured but gentle touch allows all the pieces to breathe and sweat like a bombastic Holy Grove live set.
II is a culmination of the trials of life. But mostly it's the result of the love and dedication (and, perhaps, the killer record collections) of the four individuals involved. This is album number two, but it feels like this is only the beginning for Holy Grove.

 

 

About Year of the Cobra

Year of the Cobra

Formed in 2015, Year of the Cobra became a rapidly ascending, radiant star in the horizon of the doom/stoner-scene for a reason: This powerhouse duo, consisting of Amy Tung Barrysmith (vocals/ bass) and Jon Barrysmith (drums), use their limitation in instrumentation to their advantage. Leaving space for every instrument to breathe and to shine, they create a vast, larger than life sound aesthetic. Their songs drift relentlessly from classic epic doom laments into oppressive heavy riff architecture; from catchy, almost upbeat rock moments into transfiguring psychedelia.
In 2016, just a year and one EP into their career, Year of the Cobra released their full-length debut, ...in the Shadows Below. Using the natural, three-dimensional and massively heavy production of Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Sleep) they present themselves as an unbelievably mature and confident band who knows exactly what they want. Following their sophomore EP Burn Your Dead, they had successful tours of Europe and the US, playing a number of well-known festivals along the way, including Psycho Las Vegas, Freak Valley Festival, and Stoned Meadow of Doom. They are currently working on new material for their 2019 follow-up full length with legendary engineer/producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Tad, Soundgarden). The band will also hit the road hard in 2019, touring with High on Fire, supporting their Electric Messiah U.S. Tour.

About Witch Ripper

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Witch Ripper

Formed in 2012, Witch Ripper is a four-piece metal band from Seattle, WA blending melodic prog and crushing riffs together with complex precision. After the demise of vocalist/guitarist Curtis Parker’s former band (Iron Thrones), he moved back to his home state with a demo of complete songs to start piecing a line-up together. Parker would soon enlist drummer Joe Eck, guitarist Colton Anderson, and bassist John Roberson (Asschapel). In 2016 the band began work on their debut album, Homestead, and Bassist Brian Kim would replace Roberson shortly after completion. The band plans on touring extensively in 2019, and have just released a split with San Francisco band Brume on DHU Records. 

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