(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist, RiffRelevant.com)
South Africa’s premiere fuzz-heavy, psyche / doom trio, RUFF MAGIK, will return with an upcoming new studio album release, one titled “Seasons“, soon.
For the record, or about the record, I am not sure if it is an album of all-new material or if it a compilation of three recent EP releases on one effort. Those EPs being Seasons 1 – Chapter 1: The Hare And The Hollow, Seasons 2 – Chapter 2: A Finch In A Cherry Tree and Seasons 3 – Chapter 3: A Dragon And His Hoard.
Either way, the trio of Johni Holiday (Guitar/Vocals), Jimmy Glass (Bass) and Ben Manchino (Drums), are sharing a song from the imminent release. It’s titled “Come All Ye Druids” and it is streaming via the Soundcloud embed below.
The first thing that I instantly notice about the song – mind you, I’ve been covering releases from Ruff Magik for nearly 4 years now – is its propensity towards a more groove-oriented structuring. It’s heavy too, not quite as bluesy and careening as the band’s earlier output. But then, Ruff Magik have always kept things interesting and rockin’ no matter how the delivery itself was served.
It would seem that all indications are implying that 2018 could be the year of a much deserved Ruff Magik “breakout”. Simply put, things are happening all over the place for the band, who will embark upon their first-ever European tour in June. Their touring jaunts will see them sharing stages with such acts as The Devil And The Almighty Blues, Colour Haze, My Sleeping Karma and Mars Red Sky.
Here are all scheduled dates at this time:
Supporting The Devil And The Almighty Blues:
24 May, Stuttgart, Goldmarks
28 May, Munich, Feierwerk
29 May, Vienna, Arena
30 May, Leipzig, Werk 2
Supporting Colour Haze / My Sleeping Karma:
26 May, Wiesbaden, Schlachthoff
31 May, Freak Valley Festival, Netphen
2 June, Dresden, Beatpol (supporting Mars Red Sky)