The new Chopper Franklin produced Phantom of the Black Hills album Moonshine Bright has been reviewed by The Examiner, it received 4 of 5 stars:
Phantom of the Black Hills, one of the outlaw music scene’s favorite bands of renegade pickers, stummers, pluckers and bangers, is back with a new album on Ratchet Blade Records, Moonshine Bright. Continuing to terrorize the musical wagon trail of the current roots revival with their signature sound of doom country, frontier-core and hellbilly punk, Phantom of the Black Hills’ most recent collection of songs is as powerful and violent as the fiery blast of an old blunderbuss, with each deadly projectile hitting a different mark.
Throughout Moonshine Bright Phantom of the Black Hills lay down some mean distorted chords, plenty of pickin’ and strummin’, hillbilly fiddin’, strong drums, and gritty outlaw vocals. The opening song, which is also the title track, is as dirty and intoxicating and homegrown as the contents of the musical barrel in which it was distilled. “Hellbetties Risin’,” the first single from Moonshine Bright, is a raw cowpunk offering with male and female vocals, is as sharp as the edge of a boot knife. “In Hell” takes a lawbreaker anthem which rides like hell for the horizon, loot in hand, putting some distance between oneself and the hangman’s noose, yet knowing full well that when the times comes hell will be one’s ultimate destination. “The Storm is my Shelter” is about as close to traditional country music as Phantom of the Black Hills get, but it is still pretty far removed from the purist idea of the genre, which is decidedly a good thing. The closer, “A Life for an Eye,” is a little different from the rest of the album in that it is garagey roots rock and dark country punk hybrid.
Moonshine Bright by Phantom of the Black Hills is available from the Ratchet Blade Records webstore here.
by James G. Carlson
read the review online by clicking HERE
A photo has been posted on the Heathen Apostles’ Instagram page with a sneak peek of the headdress from the upcoming Death’s Head video. The band will be shooting on location with Larry Drayton (aka Raven’s Laughter) and they are shooting for a February 2015 release. You can visit the band’s Instagram page by clicking HERE.
The Heathen Apostles Halloween shows went insanely well, thanks to the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Harvard & Stone w/ DJ Short Shorts, Jonny Coffin & Mosh and John at St. Felix and Dave at Cafe NELA. The band will be taking time off to record their new single Death’s Head, and they’ll be shooting a video for it’s release. Check back for further details.
Chopper recently picked up a Quilter Aviator Ultralight Eight from Hollywood Guitars in Los Angeles, Ca. Hollywood Guitars will not only match any advertised price for Quilter Amps, they will meet and beat any advertised price for whatever they have in stock. You can order online and receive 10% off your order by clicking HERE, visit their store at 931 E 11th St. Los Angeles CA 90021, or call Allan at 800-700-4542 for products and pricing.
On Thursday October 30th the Heathen Apostles are playing Jonny Coffin‘s Halloween Bash at St. Felix in Hollywood, also appearing is the great Mosh, and it is hosted by Mike Odd. There will be Go Go Ghouls dancing all night, and there will also be a gallery of rare original Vampira prints from 1954! And it’s free, come early, this event will reach capacity!