Wormhounds Albums Of 2017

So let’s put 2017 in the books shall we. Despite all the shity stuff that happened in the world this year we still had some good Rock and Roll to keep us sane. I have to admit my list this year was really hard to put together. I struggled with the letdown that some of the album’s I was really looking forward to turned out to be a let down. For example “Villains” by Queens of the Stone Age was garbage in my opinion. I just couldn’t get into it. What happened to me this year though, was that a lot of albums grew on me and once I gave multiple listens I find little nuances that hit me. My list is going to be different from others and I’m sure some of you will disagree and possibly even give me shit. But that’s what’s great about rock and roll it speaks to us in many different ways. so why don’t we just get to the list already.

1. ALL THEM WITCHES “Sleeping Through The War”

Number one for me this year without a doubt was “Sleeping Through The War” by All Them Witches. These guys continue to impress me with a mix of unique Sounds that no other band comes close to. I really can’t get into cookie cutter bands who put out records that sound like a watered-down version of their influences. I love bands who take chances and create something that is unique to them and them only. Alll Them Witches are the quintessential band who really gives no shits on what you think they should sound like. They are heavy without slamming it down your face and their grooves are infectious. “Sleeping Through War” takes the listener on a journey through many different soundscapes that are tasteful and full of twist and turns. Like their albums in the past All Them Witches continue to bring a seriously devastating guitar tone and show great song craft. “Don’t Bring Me My Coffee” is a classic all them Witches song. it’s a mix of heavy with a creepy folk like vibe that is haunting. “Alabaster” is a bit of a psychedelic trip with killer uses of temp change. The vocals are trance like.

This song rips!

All Them Witches “Bruce Lee”

2. BLOODCLOT! “Up In Arms”

The number 2 record for me this year was the badass hard core punk album “Up In Arms” by Bloodclot! Now bloodclot is not your ordinary Band, it is a punk rock supergroup. The band features John Joseph from the cro-mags on vocals along with former Danzig guitar Slinger Todd youth. Bloodclot also features Joey Castillo (Queens Of The Stone Age) who is one of the greatest drummers in the world. Another QOTSA alum and rock n roll legend Nick Oliveri holds down the four strings and give this quartet an element of danger. “Up In Arms” is a hardcore masterpiece and was the best punk rock record to come out in 2017 by far. I had the privilege of seeing boys slay it in San Francisco and they did not disappoint! if you love hard core punk rock in any way, get this album now!!

Bloodclot! “Up In Arms”

3. Sasquatch “Maneuvers”

Maneuvers by Sasquatch was an excellent album from start to finish. Sasquatch always knows how to utilize killer riffs and “Maneuvers” is no different. This album is full of badass heavy riffs that stick in your head. This album also features a very strong vocal performance by Keith Gibbs. I highly suggest this record for anyone who is into the stoner Rock genre.

SASQUATCHDestroyer

4. MONOLORDRust

MonoLord’s heavy and sludgy “Rust” is number 4 on my list. “Rust” is an ominous and heavy record that does not compromise. Monolord always sounds massive and “Rust” continues this trend. The album is a perfect mix of Sabbath style doom, Electric Wizard and even a hint of Fu Manchu. Love this band and love this record!!

MONOLORDWhere Death Meets The Sea”

5. MELVINSWalk Through Love & Death

Number 5 on my list is the legendary Melvins. their 2017 release titled a “Walk Through Love and Death, deserves a lot more credit than it got. It is actually a double album. The “Love” side of the album is a soundtrack to a short film while the “Death” side is a 9 song standard album. I think people got tripped up on the love side of the record. it’s a far out there bizarre soundscape that The Melvins have become masters of over the years. As far as standard rock songs go the “Love” side is not what you’re gonna get. The “Death” side of the record however is classic Melvin’s featuring trippy riffs and drum rhythms that only the melvins can get away with. King Buzzo still sounds amazing on vocals and his guitar work never disappoints.

MELVINSFlaming Creature

6. FOO FIGHTERS “Concrete & Gold”

So this is where I’ll probably start getting some shit. Number 6 for me was “Concrete And Gold” by the Foo Fighters. As much as I try not to like a Foo Fighters records every time they come out I end up really liking them! Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl are like having a Monday off work. It just feels good! at this point Dave Grohl can do whatever the hell he wants and nobody can give him shit for it. He has earned all the leeway he wants. “Concrete And gold” is a solid record that features those classic Foo Fighter hooks that always get stuck in your brain and refuse to leave. I mean, Dave Grohl even got Justin Timberlake to sound kind of heavy. I will admit, at first I didn’t understand this record. This Foo Fighter record took a couple listens to really gel for me. I know a lot of fans of heavy music don’t want to give Foo Fighters a chance but, you really should. I suggest you start off with the heavy riff slammer of the track “Run.” I don’t care what you all think about me, I dig me some Foo Fighters!

FOO FIGHTERS “Run

7. YEAR OF THE COBRA “Burn Your Dead

The Seattle Duo Year Of The Cobra continued their rapid rise on the underground rock scene with the release of “Burn Your Dead.” It’s definitely a must have for fans of heavy or doom. Year Of The Cobra is a band all should be checking out in 2018. I’m a big believer in this duo!! “Burn Your Dead” is an expansion of what YOTC do best!

YEAR OF THE COBRA “Burn Your Dead”

8. ELDERReflections Of A Floating World

Elder’s “Reflections Of A Floating World” comes in at 8 for me. This album takes you back in time to a world full of warlocks, goblins and magic. This is a great album to get lost in and forget about all your worries!! It’s progish but not with a pompous kinda vibe that leaves feeling cheap and empty. Elder rips it up but still has a soul!

ELDERBlind

9. PRIMUSThe Desaturating Seven

For number 9 I went outside the box. I went with Primus and their album “The Desaturating Seven.” Listening To Primus makes me feel good. It makes me feel young. They remind me of my childhood. The Desaturating Seven” is a very solid Primus record. I will admit I was not a fan of much Primus after “Tales Of The Punch Bowl” and didn’t expect much from this record. I was pleasantly surprised though, a lot of classic Primus sounds going on! It’s the bizarre sounds that have always made Primus great but also has songs and melodies you can grip. I’ve since revisited a lot of The later Primus Records and have found some gems. I hope this band never stops making Records!

PRIMUSThe Seven

10. ATOMIC BITCHWAXForce Field

A rock n roll feel good record ends my 2017 list with “Force Field” by The Atomic Bitchwax. This record is a party ready to happen. Love the riffs and the rhythms on this bad boy! Spent a lot of time driving using this album has my soundtrack. If you never have, you should definitely check out Atomic Bitchwax!

ATOMIC BITCHWAX “Force Field”

SO……….

There it is! My list!!

I gotta give a shout out and honorable mention to:

BRUME (Rooster)

Lo Pan. (In Tensions)

Mastodon (Emperor Of Sand)

Nick Oliveri (No Hits At All)

The Obsessed (Sacred)

Royal Blood (How Did We Get So Dark)

I also absolutely have to mention the remaster Of Stone Temple Pilots “Core.” In celebration of its 25th anniversary. Holy shit time flies!!! I swear I just bought this album brand new on cassette! “Core” was a big album for me and truly made an impact on my life!

I also can’t close out 2017 with out…

Giving love and respect for some of my fallen idols!

First off RIP Chris Cornell. One of the greatest rock voices of all time!

I also can’t believe Tom Petty is gone. He was one of the all time great song writers and the definition of cool.

Off Course we can’t leave this year without a tribute to greatest rhythm guitar player ever Malcom Young!

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Doors To No Where’s Marc Lewis

Marc checks in to discuss D2N’s hometown show this Friday 

  
A band you need to check out is Doors To No Where out of Santa Cruz California. The trio which features Marc Lewis (Guitar Vocals), Sean O’Kelly (Bass) and Pete Testorff (drums) has been deliver the goods for quite some time now and have 2 albums under their belt. The latest effort “Lucky You” has been in constant rotation for me since it’s release. I have gone on record saying that D2N is one of the best bands have scene live in a long time. They come out with a know nonsense attitude and just do what they love and that’s play music. Your not gonna see any cliché rock star moves or stage cheese. Your not going to get some ego driven a-holes posing in band pics trying to look bad ass with the stereo typical flask or cigarette. You’re simply going to get bad ass rock n roll and killer guitar riffs. In the bay area this is a breath of fresh air. I wish more bands would just come out and play and leave the rock star crap at home! One thing that I have been really impressed with Doors To No Where is how they support other bands. This can be directly attributed to D2N’s front man and leader Marc Lewis. D2N has a big show Friday (3/18/16) in their hometown Santa Cruz at the Blue Lagoon with Spirit In The Room, Bro-Magnon and Fires Fury. I literally cannot wait for this show. When I got word I Immediately reached out to Marc in hopes of doing a cover story on D2N leading up to the show. His response was, “I really want to introduce Santa Cruz to “Spirit In The Room” and support them. Instead of getting the attention on himself and his own band he wanted to support his friends in Spirit In The Room. Well, thank you Marc for turning me on to Dennis Sanders and Spirit In The Room, I’ve been digging that bands music and am very excited to check them out live on Friday. This is not the first time Marc has turned me onto bands other then Doors To No Where. He has turned me onto “You Know Who, Year Of The Cobra, and Against The Grain. He has also makes sure I’m caught up on what’s going on with SC legends BL”AST!. It’s killer to know that some bands still support each other and help to build the scene up. It’s very rare you find a musician so supportive and loyal to others. So, having said all this I have forced Marc to do a little interview with me before the big show on Friday.

  
WormHound> Marc, Thanks for doing this! Are you ready to talk about Doors To No Where?

Marc > No problem dude. I’m happy to chat. Thanks for all the support.

WormHound > Are you ready for Friday? What can we expect for D2N?

Marc > You can expect to have a good night at the good ole Blue in downtown SC. We have a great mix of music. Bro-Magnon is going to bring the party rock and I think people are going to be really impressed and blown away with what Spirit In The Room brings. I’m stoked to check out Fire’s Fury and we in D2N are goona have fun and do our thing. Got some old tunes, new tunes and loud guitars.
 

WormHound> You mentioned new tunes.. Does that mean a new album soon? 

Marc > D2N will have new music out very soon. I’ve been in a major writing mode and am really excited about what we have been creating.
  

WormHound > How do you approach live performances?

Marc > I just want to have fun and play my songs. The three of us in D2N really trust each other and can just go for it live. Balls to the walls. A lot of the time when we play live I just slip into the music and space out on it. Playing music is my church and sanctuary. It’s great when the crowd is into it and feeding the energy but I’m always going to play my guitar like I mean it and have fun doing it.

  

WormHound > Tell us about Spirit In The Room.

Marc > I can’t. I don’t have words for it. You need to experience it. Defiantly one of the best live performances I have seen was when we played with them in Hollywood. I really respect what they do. I’m really looking forward to playing with them again and hope to do more shows together in the future. Do yourself a favor and check them out! Spirit In The Room are pros and unlike anything you have heard before. 
  

WormHound > What is your favorite D2N song to play live?

Marc > Right now I would say it’s a newer song called Burn. Pete absolutely kills it on drums through out the whole song. It has a tripped out little guitar riff that has a dirty groove going on.

WormHound > Who would you say is your biggest influence on guitar?

Marc > Oh man. There is so so many. It’s imposable to pick one. I would say that Paige, Angus, Pygmie, Mustaine, Fruciante, Peter Green and early QOTSA Homme and Kyuss Homme are brilliant. And of course the master Iommi! I could go on and on.

WormHound > How about vocal influences?

Marc > Again, the list is huge. I don’t really think of myself as a singer but I do have fun with it and know my voice is far from pretty. I always go back to Zeppelin, Sabbath and Kyuss. But I also grew up in the grunge era and was heavily influenced by the likes of Staley, Cornell, Weiland and Vedder. I always gotta give Idol and Bowie love. Bon Scott is one of the greatest!

WormHound > You have introduced me to some great bands, what new bands are you digging?

Marc > Well… Mother Crone! In my mind they are the best new heavy band out there. We are stoked to be playing some dates with them in April as part of their tour. Brume, out of SF will also be a part of that and they rock. You also need to check out Red Desert and War Drum! Lowrider is got new music on its way and I’m sure it will rock.
  

WormHound > What is next for Doors To No Where?

Marc > Friday March 18th at the Blue Lagoon in Santa Cruz! Come hang out with us! We will be in San Jose at the Back Bar Sofa on March 26th thanks to our friend’s Barren land Productions. That is going to be a great show with a solid line up. That show will feature MK Ultra, The Randy Savages and Old School Analog. Also on the bill is Drain who I’m really excited to see. I’m hearing great things about them. They look like they might be the next big punk band out of SC.
  
After that we have those dates with Mother Crone and Brume that will be rocking. Announcements about that will be coming real soon.
  
In June we will be hitting the road with our good buddies You Know Who on the Bloody Mary Tour! Get ready for that!!
  
WormHound > Thanks again for doing this, anything else you want people to know about Friday?

Marc > No No No! Thank You for all the support! As far as Friday goes, come on out peeps. Enjoy the music and if you get thirsty enjoy an adult beverage. We are very pumped to be playing with Bro-Magnon and fires fury again. We are also honored to be able to bring Spirit In The Room to Santa Cruz!

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TWITTER = @doorstonowhere

INSTAGRAM = @doors_to_no_where

WEBSITE = DOORSTONOWHERE.com