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Amplifier Worship: Zoroaster, Torche, Naam


STORMING THE GATES
: Alright amplifier worshippers, prepare thyselves for a doom connossieur’s dream tour. Atlanta’s Zoroaster will be hitting the road in August for a fortnight of raucous riffs, titanic tone, and pounding percussion with Indiana’s The Gates of Slumber and Belgium’s Serpentcult. The former and the latter both have new wax– Zoroaster released ‘Voice of Saturn,’ their second proper full-length, on March 1 and Serpentcult dropped ‘Weight of Light’ back in January. Both albums are worthy of your attention; Zoroaster’s for its more experimental take on that band’s signature doom sound and Serpentcult’s for its massive riffs and commanding female vocals, a timbre not often heard in doom. The tour routing hits parts of the Midwest, east coast, and Canada.

A CURIOUS COMBO: Miami’s Torche will hit the road with– of all bands– progressive alternative (now there’s an odd word combo) rockers Dredg for US dates in April and May. The unlikely pairing will also be joined by sample-employing post-rock trio From Monument to Masses. Torche’s touring partners may not be ‘amplifier worshippers’ per se, but anyone who’s experienced the thunder of their signature ‘bombstring’ in a live setting knows that Torche certainly are. The band, whose 2008 LP ‘Meanderthal’ was received with open arms by critics and fans alike, recently released a twelve-inch ‘single’ featuring two of ‘Meanderthal’s’ standout tracks– “Healer” and “Across the Shields”– and two new ones– “Mash It Up” and “Sugar Glider,” the latter of which you can stream over at Pitchfork. When not touring, the band has been working on material for a new record, bassist Jonathan Nuñez recently told Noisecreep.

ON THE RISE: Brooklyn’s Naam are the latest addition to Tee Pee Records’ ever-growing, ever-badass roster. The band can best be described as heavy psychedelic stoner rock (with a few surprises along the way) and will certainly please fans of Dead Meadow, Black Angels, Om, and Black Mountain. Naam’s debut EP, which will be self-released on double vinyl, is due this summer and a full-length through Tee Pee will follow later in 2009. In the meantime, spark one up and check out some jams.

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