Austrian Doom

Fistula signs to European label. Plenty of "Big in Europe" accolades forthcoming.

Fistula heavy metal Ryan Humbert Band
Peter, Björn, or John played the Beachland on November 29. - WALTER NOVAK
Peter, Björn, or John played the Beachland on November 29.

Medina's Fistula has signed a one-album deal with Austria's PsycheDOOMelic for worldwide distribution of Burdened by Your Existence, the stoner-metal group's full-length debut. The record company's international doom-sludge roster includes Dream Death, Orodruin, and Negative Reaction.

Label owner Márk Hegedüs first interviewed the band for his zine, Psychedelic. Then the group contributed two tracks to 2004's Dreams of What Life Could Have Been comp.

"I've been a huge fan of Fistula since their very first release," says Hegedüs. "I've been in touch with [guitarist] Corey and the band ever since."

PsycheDOOMelic plans to release the album in early 2008. Pennsylvania's Land o'Smiles label will release the disc on 12-inch vinyl. The record will feature the bonus track "Cat Skulls Are Thick."

Fistula's new five-man lineup recorded the disc at Suma Studios with Paul Hamann (James Gang, Suede Brothers). With original vocalist Steve Barcus back in the fold, the band forgoes the rusty hooks found on last year's self-titled EP and spreads its ample aggression across several slow-grind cuts. Since recording the album, second guitarist Scott Stearns (who designed the CD's artwork) amicably left the group. His replacement is Steve Makita of Apartment 213 and Psywarfare.

"Márk is one of the few guys that sticks to what his vision is and stays with it," says Fistula guitarist Corey Bing. "Not to mention, he is a great guy to work with."

Fistula opens for Lair of the Minotaur on Friday, December 7, at Now That's Class (11213 Detroit Road).

• Mixmaster Mick Boogie's latest big-league collaboration is Dillagence. The all-star tribute features all-new Busta Rhymes rhymes over unreleased tracks by the late, great producer J Dilla. BET, URB, and The Source are among the major outlets raving it up. Download it at, or get a copy at the B-Side Liquor Lounge (below the Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard) on Saturday, December 8. Boogie and Terry Urban will be hosting a release party for Urban's new mix, How My Brain Works. Brain runs the gamut from Tommy James & the Shondells to Kanye West. Visit for a download.

• Cleveland pile driver Schnauzer has a stockpile of songs for a new album and plans to record soon. Check out "March of the Schnauzer" at The track sounds like a beating followed by a fall down many, many stairs. The band also opens the Lair of the Minotaur show.

Jack Rugan, frontman of garage-pop veterans Saul Glennon, will release his third seasonal instrumental album at his band's show on Friday, December 7, at Local Girl Gallery (16106 Detroit Road, Lakewood). The Saul Glennon set will feature songs from Rugan's Gatherings. "Expect the unexpected," says Rugan. "This music pays tribute to those classic if slightly hokey instrumental albums of the '60s — à la Herb Alpert, Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, Burt Bacharach."

The Ryan Humbert Band will play its final Akron show on Saturday, December 8, at the Tangier Cabaret (532 West Market Street). After a distinguished run as a local performer and producer, Humbert is moving to Nashville at the beginning of 2008.

• Visit daily. This week's online exclusives include show previews and interviews with Rugan, Humbert, Wallace Coleman, and Pat Sweany.

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