It is with great pleasure that Off Yer Rocka can announce that the first signing to Stoned Rocka Recordings:
the amazing Master Charger are to release their 3rd album.
1. Origin of the Lugubrious
2. Embers Of The Sun
3. Blood & Sand
4. Who The Hell Are You
5. Buried By Time And Dust
6. Our Time Has Come
7. Earthbound Hellbound
Mixed and Produced by Robert James at the Old Library Studios
The 3-piece are a hard-working, heavy, fuzzed-up stoner act from the Midlands widely known on the live circuit as a formidable powerhouse with a reputation for delivering bone-crushing Master Charger – Origin of the Lugubrious sets over sublime stoner grooves, and their latest album “Origin of the Lugubrious” is slated for release next month.
Director of Label and Media for Off Yer Rock Rocka Recordings and Chic Festivals John Ellis recently professed: “From the moment I heard the crackled opening and the first mighty riff of ‘Origin of the Lugubrious’ I knew this record was going to be something special; not only does this mark a massive progression for the band in terms sound and songwriting, but also demonstrates how deserved their seat is at the top table of the genre with their peers”.
Hailing from the blackest heart of the Midlands, three-piece rock / doom, sludge metal outfit Master Charger formed in 2006 from the ashes of previous semi-successful bands. The experience gained from these previous bands has helped them to establish themselves and carve their own niche. After years of line-up changes, the band released their first full-length album “Unity in Black” in 2011. This was received very well and quickly helped the band gain a fan base. More line-up changes followed this album and eventually in January of 2016 saw the release of the second album entitled “Eroding Empires”. This album was a step in a slightly different direction and again was received positively from fans and reviewers alike.
Master Charger is:
John James – Guitar and Vocals
Dave Hayes – Bass Guitar
Jon Kirk – Drums
Master Charger have since played live across the UK, touring and playing festivals including the HRH Doom vs Stoner, HRH Metal Chapter III, Hammerfest XI. This showed the band sharing the stage with lineups that featured the likes of Monolord, Orange Goblin, Black Rainbows, Conan, Raging Speedhorn, Fireball Ministry, Dead Witches, Overkill, Alunah, Paradise Lost, Flotsam and Jetsam, Black Moth, Acid Reign, Eternal Fear, Decapitated, Warrior Soul, Nashville Pussy.
With a taste for the classic greats such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Mountain, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trouble, Saint Vitus, Dust, Rainbow, Free, Atomic Rooster, Budgie, Jethro Tull and Cream, blended with the intensity of Metallica, Motorhead, Slayer, Venom, Celtic Frost, Hell Hammer, Discharge and Black Flag, to name but a few they bring a unique blend of ballsy, bluesy, groove fuelled, doom-laden and at times jammed out Rock ‘N’ Roll Sludge. This was later dubbed as a “SATANIC BLUES RUMBLE” when a fan best described the band’s sound after a show they played at Birmingham’s O2 Academy and has since stuck.
At the latter end of 2017, Master Charger signed to FatAngel Management and released their “One for Sorrow” EP in 2018. This came out on a limited split vinyl release with the Dudley Thrash Groove Metal outfit Left for Red. In turn, this saw the band return to their original form and the first recording of Master Charger as a three-piece unit, completed with an even heavier sound than before.
In September of 2019 the band entered the Old Library Studios to record their follow up album to “Eroding Empires” that is entitled “Origin of the Lugubrious” set for an August 21st 2020 release via Stoned Rocka Recordings. This features a new producer Robert James who has captured the band’s live sound on the recording.
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