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CONFUSION MASTER sign with Exile On Mainstream

We are happy to report to be sharing future paths with Rostock’s own Doom-Darlings CONFUSION MASTER:

Dubbing themselves as “Electric Sabbath action Doom deep down soaked in a time spiral measuring equal parts 70ies Sabbath proto rock riffage in a loop scheme backbeat groove formula and tritonous stoner weed” Confusion Master have been brought to life in Autumn 2015 right at the northern misty shores of Rostock/ Germany by the Baltic Sea.

Confusion Master is a band – 4 guys, drawn from Punk and Metal circuits, sharing their love for sound, misanthrophy, D.I.Y. values and vintage gear. The members have earned merits in underground stalwart hordes such as CYNESS, WOJCZECH, BAD LUCK RIDES ON WHEELS and AEQUATORKAELTE – this alone should give you a hindsight towards the fact that we are not talking a bunch of greenhorns here but a band that has vision and attitude.

In 2016 Confusion Master started touring in support for bands like Dopethrone, Crowskin, Bongzilla, Beehoover and labelmates Black Shape Of Nexus. To date the band has played well over 40 shows and more (lots more) are already booked for 2018 in company with Southern Lord-recording artists LIKE RATS among others.

Confusion Master are about to release their debut album in early April 2018 – its main focus will represent the band’s attitude: condensation and reduction to what is really important and, musically, creates a well-focussed sound: existentialism and escapism – manifesting the personal horrors in tone drawing from these inspirations.

The album will be called “Awaken” and will feature a 45mins long vinyl LP containing 4 tracks. The LP will contain a CD version of these tracks and 3 more bonus songs which will later be released on vinyl as limited edition split records with other bands to keep the band’s release politics an ongoing venture.

The LP/CD pack will be brought to life by your own Exile On Mainstream in close connection with Japanese BONTEN Records who also will release a CD only-version on their own.

confusion master is
mathias klein- bass
stephan gottwald- drums
gunnar arndt- guitars/ fx
stephan kurth- guitars/ fx/ vocals


TREEDEON new album preorders are open – stream of the first track via Decibel Magazine USA

Thee mighty TREEDON will release their monstrous second LP, Under The Manchineel, on February 23rd 2018. Advancing the record’s release, Decibel Magazine has premiered the crushing track, “Breathing A Vein.”

Offers bassist/vocalist Yvonne Ducksworth, “We recorded Under The Manchineel at Studio Wong in Berlin; they have a great Live setup for us. The song “Breathing a Vein” surprised me; turned out to be one of our favorite songs on the record. As far as vocals: it really melds what Arne and I do best to accompany one another. The song lyrics are echoing that as well: Two opposites who manage to belong together.”

Decibel issues with their debut of the song, “There is a legion of sludge metal bands out there today that have pushed the genre’s extremity and direction in new and exciting ways, but few do it like TREEDEON. The instrumental side of their music draws heavily from doom and noise, as well as sludge, moving at a thick, crushing pace. Vocally is where TREEDEON set themselves apart, as you’ll hear on ‘Breathing A Vein.’ The dueling vocals of Yvonne Ducksworth and Arne Heesch dance from clean and bright to throat-ripping shrieks and back, creating an added dynamic to the new song.”

Stream TREEDEON’s “Breathing A Vein” at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.


Exile On Mainstream Records will release Under The Manchineel on CD, LP, and digital formats on February 23rd; preorder your CD or LP RIGHT HERE.

Under The Manchineel Track Listing:
1. Cheetoh
2. Death Of Ceres
3. Breathing A Vein
4. No Hell
5. Manchineel
6. Protoplanet
7. Wasicu

TREEDEON returns with the follow-up to their debut, Lowest Level Reincarnation, which was released some three years ago. The bruising second album, Under The Manchineel marks the arrival of a new drummer Andy Schuenemann, of post-rock instrumental duo Alphatrip, joining bassist/vocalist Yvonne Ducksworth and vocalist/guitarist Arne Heesch, and taking the band in an even heavier direction.

The seven tracks on Under The Manchineel have foundations in sludge, noise, and doom, also incorporating unexpected melodies into their colossal wall of sound. This thunderous catharsis, reaches levels of emotional intensity previously untapped within the album’s forty-five-minute lifespan. The lyrics are fueled by a multitude of political issues including general disenchantment with world events, and the current world order. The track “Manchineel” — one of the album’s many highlights — is a clear example of this as raging vocals of lyrical angst target all the forces declaring war on our society and our planet.


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TRICKY LOBSTERS – 2nd video out. CD/LP now officially shipping from our webshop

“…man, this one just has ‘sleeper hit’ written all over it…” – The Obelisk

“Tarred Albino” is the crushing new single from Rostock, Germany’s groove-heavy doom/blues rock trio, TRICKY LOBSTERS and their impending Worlds Collide LP. The track sees release through a video premiere at The Obelisk this week as the band’s cohorts at Exile On Mainstream prepare the album for official release.

Featuring guest Sebastian “Sebel” Niehoff on Hammond Organ on the track, the new video for “Tarred Albino” shows TRICKY LOBSTERS performing live at major events and intimate club settings, as well as in the studio during the recording sessions of their new LP, the studio footage as filmed by drummer Jörg Peters, and the live action filmed by Justus Tanz throughout 2016 and 2017, who also handled the editing of the video.

Alongside the “Tarred Albino” premiere, popular rock underground outlet The Obelisk offers of TRICKY LOBSTERS’ new album, “man, this one just has ‘sleeper hit’ written all over it,” continuing, “it’s a work of marked quality of songwriting — mature and memorable and experienced befitting a sixth outing — but energetic and not at all staid-sounding.”

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Also view the previously-released “Bitter Man’s Fame” video HERE.

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A set of live dates is arranged to celebrate the release – of course the album will be available on ALL THESE SHOWS for punters to get their hands on – here are the dates:


TRICKY LOBSTERS release 1st video + preorders available

If the term “insider tip” wasn’t so drawn out, it could be repeatedly used to describe Tricky Lobsters. From Noise to Punk Rock in the early years, from Rock’n'Roll to the gnarly Sludge Blues rock on their latest output “The Blue Hospital Conspiracy”, their body of work includes pretty much everything with a noisy edge. After nearly four years in the wilderness, but their legacy not unsung, the Baltic Sea-based band continues their travels in a kind of western-driven, grande finale and face off in an epic clash of stories, riffs and drama. Engineered and produced by drummer Jörg Peters at Blue Hospital in Rostock in 2017, the three northerners follow diverse paths through rock history and bind them together on Worlds Collide, their sixth official release to date – the band is in their 21st year of existence. With Worlds Collide, they once more present trademark groove and riffs, born from melodies and lyrics deeply rooted in old and recurring stories of love, dreams and deception. The record paints a vivid picture of their current world – and the one behind them.

Please watch the first video in a series of three (two more to come). It features the opening track “BitterMan’s Fame” on their album “Worlds Collide”, which will be released on CD, LP and digitally on June 23rd 2017.

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The album can be preordered on all formats HERE.

A set of live dates is arranged to celebrate the release – of course the album will be available on ALL THESE SHOWS for punters to get their hands on – here are the dates:



If the term “insider tip” wasn’t so drawn out, it could be repeatedly used to describe Tricky Lobsters. From Noise to Punk Rock in the early years, from Rock’n'roll to the gnarly Sludge Blues rock on their latest output “The Blue Hospital Conspiracy”, their body of work includes pretty much everything with a noisy edge.

The band are hailing from the Baltic Sea area and remain one of Germany’s best kept secrets in Underground Rock with tens of thousands of miles of touring under their belt. With deeply rooted in the same scene as this fine label you are worshipping by visiting this site it was only a question of when our paths will cross and a collaboration was dealt out. Now it happened. With their newest effort “Worlds Collide”, due for release in June 2017 we are happy to welcome the Tricky Lobsters raft in our harbour.

Expect more news to be circulated through these realms soon.


“FRIEDEN” neuer FRIEDEMANN-Song zum kostenlosen Download

Am Vorabend zur Tour, die am 20. April 2017 startet, war FRIEDEMANN noch einmal im Studio und hat einen brandeuen Song eingespielt, der bisher noch auf keiner Platte zu finden ist und sich mit Themen auseinandersetzt, die uns derzeit alle beschäftigen.

Den Song gibt es HIER zum kostenlosen Download als mp3, wav oder FLAC file.

Außerdem freuen wir uns alle auf euch auf einer dieser Shows:

  • 20.04. Kiel, Schaubude
  • 21.04. Hamburg, Fabrik im Gängeviertel
  • 22.04. Dresden, Beatpol
  • 27.04. Rügen, Surfhostel
  • 28.04. Rostock, PWH
  • 29.04. Osnabrück, Bastard CLub
  • 30.04. Köln, Underground
  • 01.05. Wiesbaden, Kreativfabrik
  • 02.05. Saarwellingen, Flexibel
  • 03.05. Sonthofen/ Oberallgäu, Barfly
  • 04.05. Fürth, Kopf und Kragen
  • 05.05. Halle, Kleine Waldbühne am Peißnitzhaus
  • 06.05. Quedlinburg, KUZ Reichestraße
  • 07.05. Berlin, SO36




OBELYSKKH: tour start and free track premiere

Germany’s doom/sludge outfit OBELYSKKH begins a week-long tour today, bringing the grueling tones from their incoming fourth LP, The Providence, to European audiences ahead of the record’s release through Exile On Mainstream. Decibel Magazine is helping break the new album in with a premiere of its first single, unloading the ominous “Northern Lights” for public ingestion.

As with their previous album, The Providence was recorded and mixed by Andy Naucke and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Tragedy, High On Fire, From Ashes Rise, Integrity), and again sees cover art crafted by Sebastian Feld/Marginal Ink.

Decibel Magazine publishes with their premiere of the new track, “On their latest release, The Providence, German doom outfit OBELYSKKH join the legions of bands influenced by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. Offering a taste of their first album in four years, OBELYSKKH deliver plodding doom and grooving riffs on ‘Northern Lights’…”

Bask in the “Northern Lights” of OBELYSKKH at THIS LOCATION.

The Providence will be released on all digital platforms, CD, and 2xLP with three sides of music and a Side D etching on April 21st in Europe, and on June 2nd through new AISA/Red/Sony stateside distribution in the US.

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OBELYSKKH has booked a run of European tour dates in conjunction with the album’s release, with shows in Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Austria from April 7th through April 20th, with more shows to be announced throughout the months ahead.

4/07/2017 Ebrietas – Zürich, CH
4/08/2017 Goldgrube – Kassel, DE
4/09/2017 Cafe de Jack – Eindhoven, NL
4/10/2017 Music City – Antwerp, BE
4/11/2017 Nexus – Braunschweig, DE
4/12/2017 Kulturbahnhof – Jena, DE
4/20/2017 Nihilistic Arts Festival – Wilhering, AU

Following the 2013 release of the band’s groundbreaking third album, Hymn To Pan, which struck less than one year after its predecessor, White Lightnin’, the Franconian doomsters found themselves in a state of turmoil and a line-up change with bass player Dirty Dave being replaced by Seb Duster. These ups and downs, alongside the massive honesty and emotion in the band’s routines, developed monstrous pressure, which is channeled into this album, The Providence surging with massive weight, groove, and darkness. The album sees OBELYSKKH leaving huge parts of their former approach behind. Less psychedelic, with more groove — not stoner rock, but more on the side of doom than grueling sludge – yet still delivered in a crushing maelstrom.

The title of the new OBELYSKKH excursion might remind one of H. P. Lovecraft’s iconic poem, and you’d not be wrong, as these classic words provided inspiration for lyrical content and the artwork for The Providence. But that’s only one dimension. The other is illustrated almost perfectly by French revolutionist Victor Hugo: “Above all, you can believe in Providence in either of two ways, either as thirst believes in the orange, or as the ass believes in the whip.” The band lived by this message, beating the record out of themselves, fighting an uphill battle.