The heavy blues ‘n’ hard rock group IDLEWAR from Orange County, California, will release their second album titled RITE through Off Yer Rocka Recordings tomorrow October 13, 2017.

Their sound fuses elements reminiscent of Clutch, Crobot and Royal Blood, but reproduced with a vintage atmosphere and a nod towards classic bands such as Black Sabbath & early Led Zeppelin.

The band is scheduled to perform at the first HRH Awards held at HRH Camp, Pwllheli in North Wales on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 [see poster below vid for other UK dates]

Idelwar – bludgeoning darkness…

The first single [see video below] titled “Keep Your Word” was released on the 8th September 2017. It has a Paranoid-style riff and is raw and convincing.

The album starts with the bludgeoning darkness of “Sullen Moon” that sways like a grotesque, moribund beast. The bass notes from James Blake fume and broil before the purifying guitar from Rick Graham purges any contamination.

Break” rides pell-mell through a scorching desert of ashes. Here the voice of Blake calls to mind the reach and imagination of early-years Gillan i.e. smudged butter and burnt anise, while the guitars bay ‘n’ snarl like furious jackals.

This album is a screaming shout of blazing blues & stoner rock with a lot of marvelously arranged mid-tempo moments held within seething rhythms (Peter Pagonis on drums)…

The livid guitar, mellow vocals & dark vibrations are always held slave to a thoroughly hypnotic groove.


Words: @neilmach 2017 ©


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