New Jersey heavy rock five-piece Ruby The Hatchet have captivated us since we first heard the raw riffage of their 2012 LP OUROBOROS — not to mention their plans to donate proceeds from the record to post Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Sure, the band could roar like Black Sabbath and Queens of the Stone Age, could cast spectral guitar spells like Explosions in the Sky, and frontwoman Jillian Taylor might be a commanding force of nature, part Alison Mosshart and part Iggy Pop…but they’re not abrasive nihilists, or gloom-and-doomy disaffects. They’re people who care about their community and their world, and five years later, they’re still supporting worthy causes and making asskicking music.
This Friday, September 8th, Ruby The Hatchet releases its latest LP, Planetary Space Child, via Tee Pee Records, and it’s an expansive set. Mystical and magical, songs stretch out from four to seven minutes apiece, building riffs on riffs on atmospheric leads and propulsive rhythms. It’s a solid headphones listen, and we recommend grabbing your best pair of headphones, setting aside 41 minutes and immersing yourself in its grandeur below. When you’re done, see them do it before your very eyes this weekend when Ruby The Hatchet headlines Johnny Brenda’s for an album release party. Tickets and more information on the show — which also features ragers Heavy Temple and the spaced-out Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells — can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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