New Heathen Apostles Album “Boot Hill Hymnal” Out Friday the 13th of September

The new Heathen Apostles album Boot Hill Hymnal will be out in stores worldwide through Nail/Allegro distribution on November 12th but it will be available online here and at heathenapostles.com on Friday the 13th of September. You can preview it HERE, and below is the cover and track listing:

BOOT HILL HYMNAL cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Red Brick Dust
2. Dark Was The Night
3. Forget-Me-Not
4. Never Forever
5. The Reckoning
6. The Dark Pines
7. It All Came Down
8. Murderer of Souls
9. Darkness of Dawn
10. Lonesome Whistle

New Heathen Apostles Dates Added

The Heathen Apostles will be appearing at Club Tarantino (at the 3 Clubs in Hollywood) on Thursday August 1st and at Billy’s Fish Fry @ La Luz de Jesus Gallery (inside WACKO) on Thursday September 26th. Both shows are free, also check the Live Dates page for more info.

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The Blasters & the Heathen Apostles at the Redwood Bar!

It has just been announced that Saturday July 20th the Heathen Apostles will be playing with the Blasters at the Redwood Bar in Downtown Los Angeles! This will also be the unofficial birthday gig for Mather (all she wants as a gift is for you to be there – and maybe a shot of Whistle Pig!) so come on down, and get there early, this show will sell out! Also appearing is the incendiary rockin’ blues duo Savage Gospel (feat. Brian Waters of Flash Express). See LIVE DATES for more info, get advance tickets HERE, this show will sell out!

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Heathen Apostles – The First Taste is FREE!

The Heathen Apostles will be playing their debut show at the Redwood Bar in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday June 20th. They will be playing at 9 pm sharp so get there early and experience live what you’ve only watched, heard and hallucinated about up to now! Also on the bill is Dave Gleason, click HERE for more info.

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New Doghouse Lords Website is Live

The Doghouse Lords (Chopper, Javier Matos, John Bazz and Bill Bateman) have a remodeled website and it is now live. Check it out and pick up a copy of their debut cd “Diggin’ at the Doghouse”. They also have a new release coming this Summer on Ratchet Blade Records. Click on link to visit: www.doghouselords.com

Doghouse Lords

Doghouse Lords

The Heathen Apostles Video “The Reckoning” Debuts Online

The Heathen Apostles debut video ‘The Reckoning” is up and online, check it out and leave a comment on YouTube, “The Reckoning” will be on the upcoming EP, due Spring 2013 on Ratchet Blade Records. The video was directed by the band and features legendary photographer Edward Colver as the Demonic Preacher:

Heathen Apostles Shooting Debut Music Video

The Heathen Apostles, the new project featuring Mather Louth, Chopper Franklin and Thomas Lorioux (along with special guests), are currently shooting the video for “The Reckoning”, off of their soon to be released debut record. It will come out in Spring of 2013, check back for more info on it, and for news on the launch of their website heathenapostles.com. Below are some screen captures of the raw footage.

Heathen Apostles - Mather Louth  Heathen Apostles - Chopper Franklin  Heathen Apostles - Thomas Lorioux

Phantom of the Black Hills ENEMY! Reviewed in UBER ROCK

Phantom Of The Black Hills – ‘Enemy’ (Ratchet Blade Records)
CD Reviews
Written by Gaz E

You remember how it was when you were a rock kid buying albums with your pocket money, selecting which ones were gonna go home with you purely on their cover art, generally finding out that they sucked all kinds of arse? Well, as the years have gone by, it usually works the other way: I look at an album cover now, sigh, and think of how much time I will waste listening to what lies inside and then trying to write something worthwhile about it, sometimes finding an unlikely gem.

Kinda happened that way with ‘Enemy’, the third album from the mysterious Phantom of the Black Hills.

Masked figures being lynched on the front cover, masked men holding banjos and big fucking knives on the back – this was going to be one of those 45 minutes that I wasn’t going to get back in a hurry, I guessed……but I guessed wrong.

With no clue as to who is actually behind the masks – I’d guess that the band is made up of the members of various other bands but I couldn’t (be arsed to) find out who on the ol’ interweb – I had no clue what to expect when I slipped the disc into my death deck; another of those ‘comedic’ stabs at a country album by someone who should know better was at the top of my list. Thankfully I was wrong again, way wrong.

‘Battle Cry’ opens the album and does exactly what it says on the tin. The Phantom is described as a hellbilly/doom country band and that’s exactly what I got….and a fine example of that curious genre chimera at that. There’s a whiff of the more cinematic moments of Rob Zombie’s newer solo material about the vocals, some Al Jourgensen too, before you remember that Al actually turned in his own attempt at this genre around a year ago; that album by Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters a bit of a mess, truth be told. ‘Enemy’ blows it away, sharp, rather than shit, shooter style.

The follow-up to 2010′s ‘Born To Gun’ album, itself following 2009′s ‘Ghosts’, ‘Enemy’ was produced by Cramps bassist Chopper Franklin and mixed by legendary punk producer Geza X (Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, The Germs), having me thinking once again that these mystery men are players in more than just the doom countryside. But I digress, it mattering little anyway – this is a great album; filthy of tongue, keenly-produced, and hugely impressive.

The album’s dirty dozen tracks fly by, making a mockery of its running time. From the aforementioned opener to ‘Read My Bible’, the album’s closing track, The Phantom and his bad pack mix traditional country instruments – the banjo, fiddle and mandolin, the secretive press release informing me, pushed more to the front than on the album’s predecessors – with distorted guitar and vocals, this album seemingly leaning more heavily on samples and loops: many prime examples of hard-hitting, controversial dialogue permeating the raw, rusty sounds of the record. “Violence is as American as apple pie” – yes, that’s a quote that we’ve heard many times before but here…it just seems right, a tight fit.

Whoever they really are, Phantom of the Black Hills cuts the throat of convention and bleeds out an album cooler than the blade of their frontman’s impressive weapon. The penultimate song on the album is ‘Call Your Bluff’ – sums it up really.

Read the review on the UBER ROCK site by clicking HERE

Phantom of the Black Hills’ ENEMY! Gets 9 Star Review in Ox Magazine (Germany)

Finally, a band from that stands out from the musical pabulum: PHANTOM OF THE BLACK HILLS are in a separate category that really speaks for them. There are some musicians that go in a similar direction (Hellbilly or Doom Country) such as Hank III and ASSJACK, Hipbone Slim or in the broadest sense Bob Wayne. The CRAMPS have already proved in the Seventies what depth this kind of sound can have. You can hear the CRAMPS in the PHANTOM OF THE BLACK HILLS, which is probably because the album was produced by their ex-bassist Chopper Franklin and mixed by punk legend Geza X (DEAD KENNEDYS, BLACK FLAG etc.). The special feature is the Phantom’s especially brutal use of fiddle and banjo, which is reinforced by striking guitar riffs and very critical lyrics. Overall, the result is a brutal, varied album, suitable for both line dancing as well as the Pogo. (9 stars) Igor Eberhard, Ox-Fanzine, Germany

Berlin Brats “Believe it or Rot: 1973 – 1976” Reviewed

An older but still great review of the only full length release by Hollywood’s Berlin Brats has been brought to our attention, read it here:

EXHUMED: Berlin Brats Believe It or Rot 1973-76 LP

Finally, Hollywood’s first and foremost New York Dolls worshipping glam scum (and best band to appear in a Cheech and Chong movie), The Berlin Brats, have been given their just dessert with the release of Believe It Or Rot: 1973-1976. Eleven tracks of great, glammy, rock n’ roll recorded in what sounds like a fallout shelter. The obligatory inclusion of the “(I’m) Psychotic” 7” is found here on the A-side as well three other studio cuts, apparently discovered on a “lost” tape that one can assume had been left next to a boiler for the last three decades.

The second side of the LP features six live tracks, with slight repetition setting in during the reappearance of “(I’m) Psychotic” and “Vinyl.” A good cover of the Stones’ “Surprise, Surprise” and Mr. Berry’s “Bye Bye Johnny” mix in with a smattering of originals last heard when Iggy was a platinum blonde – all adequate documents of the moister side of rock n’ roll, circa the mid-1970’s.


Berlin Brats
Berlin Brats

Across the board, the sound is tinny and thin but the punch is as raw and vicious as ever, so if the Berlin Brats come off as a poor man’s Dolls, then that’s because they were more desperate and hungry than their East Coast inspiration. What the BB’s lacked in skill and originality they more than made up for in their attack (in an almost identical manner to the UK’s Hollywood Brats – I’m beginning to see a theme here…). This is the shit, fuckers.


Berlin Brats
Berlin Brats in 1976
 

Read the review on the Victim of Time site by clicking HERE

 

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