Thursday, December 25, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Yes, that's right, Hazzard's CRÜE! It's exactly what you think it is.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014



The phrase “super group” is a funny one. It implies that the members of a band have served in world-class acts, or are notably stellar musicians. Outside of their home region of the Bay Area, Hazzard’s Cure are virtual unknowns. Small fish in a giant pond. When you find yourself within the twin metropolitan powerhouses of Oakland and San Francisco, Hazzard’s Cure are a truly mighty force to be reckoned with, made up of some of the most skilled and experienced musicians that the bay has to offer. These guys have served (or continue to serve) stints in local standouts such as Floating Goat, Badr Vogu, Walken and Ovvl. Now, Hazzard’s Cure is another notch on their hacked-up belts.
On Saturday, September 29, I caught up with drummer Clint Baechle, bassist Shane Bergman, guitarist Chris Corona and his co-axeman Leo Buckley for a quick chat about their genre-defying style of metal, their histories in the local scene and their two excellent releases: their self-titled full-length and The Ugly, a knockout EP that is bolstered by a stunning guest performance from ex-Ludicra vocalist Laurie Sue Shanaman.
—Avinash Mittur

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Super special secret surprise guest (Captured By Robots) will not be able to make it tomorrow night, due to some blown circuitry, so it's gonna be Hazzard's Cure opening the show around 9PM, followed by Limbs, Larvae and Infinite Waste. See ya there!


Friday, August 22, 2014


The Starlight Lounge
Sacramento, CA
w/ Wilt, Plague Widow

Base Camp Awesome
Ashland, OR
w/ Wilt, Urinator

Portland, OR
w/ Hungers, Death Kings, Towers

The Highline
Seattle, WA
w/ Bell Witch, Sworn In Blood


Tuesday, August 19, 2014


We are now opening the Bell Witch, Ephemeros, Cardinal Wyrm show at the Night Light. Playing 8:30 pm sharp.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014



Be the proud owner of one of THESE fine hooded sweatshirts! Very few were made. Even fewer made it back from "The Ugly North" tour.


Sunday, April 27, 2014


"The drummer of Hazzard’s Cure, who looks like Steve Buscemi at Altamont Speedway, took the stage and immediately blasted out a sheet of Lombardo-meets-Phil-Taylor D-beats and furious tom fills while his bandmates were picking up a couple of worn Les Pauls and an ancient green Rickenbacker bass with its strap button duct taped on. There followed a brief moment of Marshall-stack amp buzz while they looked at each other and the sound tech. Then they launched into a set that moved with equal comfort between three camps: bellowing stoner metal, crawling dooms riffs, and a hyperspeed blast/tremolo sound that nods toward black metal but always returns to a groove. Their drummer, Clint, plays open-handed with a ferocity that you’ve got to see to believe. He broke his snare head after the second song of their set. When their appeal to borrow a replacement went temporarily unheeded by the other bands, bassist Shane encouraged him to “just dig around back there and see what you find, dude…it’s like shopping!” With vocal duties split fairly evenly between both guitars and the bass, they’re a fun band to watch, but constant time changes make moshing difficult. Their lyrical themes can’t be beat. After one particularly crushing number bassist Shane explained, “That song was about mountains. All the songs are about mountains. Or drugs or death.” In summary, if you live on the West Coast, you should see this band. They shred."


Wednesday, April 16, 2014


"The Ugly" three song EP is now available on cassette and Compact Disc!


Monday, March 17, 2014


The Hazz burns through our second fastest/slowest song "Trippy Flower" AKA "Florida Man"
Eli's Mile High Club 2012

Tuesday, March 4, 2014



A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to review an album from a band from Fresno, California. I will let you figure out which band that I’m talking about but here’s a clue: I hated their music. When I got this EP from San Francisco’s own HAZZARD’S CURE just this week, after the quarter of an hour I spent listening to every song, I questioned just what the hell are San Francisco Metal bands doing right that Fresno’s top-voted band is doing wrong?

What do all of these bands have in common: POSSESSED, VASTUM, ACID KING, MEGADETH, DEAFHEAVEN, DEATH ANGEL, METAL CHURCH, SHRINEBUILDER, SLOUGH FEG, & EXODUS. If you said “They’re all from Fresno, California”, you would be incorrect. They were all founded in San Francisco, California because San Francisco has been one of the capitals for Heavy Metal from the United States of America for over 30 years.

HAZZARD’S CURE certainly continue that tradition with this short but ferocious EP. Back when they released their self-titled full-length album in 2011, their style certainly gravitated to Doom Metal energy. What they’ve done with this EP is; first of all, throw all of that Stoner music out of the window. Secondly, they alternated to a Black Metal sound for this EP. If the guest vocals on “A Body Amorphous” from LUDICRA front woman Laurie Sue Shanaman didn’t give that away by now, I am sorry for spoiling the surprise for fans of older HAZZARD’S CURE.
But I really loved this EP. “The Ugly”, which shares its name with the second track, is a perfect fit for

HAZZARD’S CURE have embraced this fascination with the grotesque and mutation of the flesh and the horror that carries as a new direction to go with their sound. A lot of this same expression of carnal frailty can definitely heard in the musicianship as well. The guitar leads carry this gypsy-like vocalizing to them that remind me of those old folk tales of gypsy witches putting curses on people to have them become hideously ugly. I think these Burlesque elements provide a lot of tangible character all of the songs on this record. The guest vocals from Sue Shanaman fit right in but I would prefer if the band kept the male shouting vocals.

There’s not a whole lot more I could say about these three songs but what I will say, in conclusion, is that this EP was a tremendous release and I want to hear more of HAZZARD’S CURE taking this new direction down further and further bringing more horrors to light with their atmospheric music. “The Ugly” was certainly something I could relate to.
what this music comes across as. The vocals, instead of being rasped or screamed, are shouted or sometimes shout-sung. With the exception of the guest vocals, Chris Corona brings a fresh approach to singing Black Metal that definitely sounds ugly. I would even go as far as to say that these kinds of vocals possess a denser sense of grotesqueness than stereotypical howling or screeching vocals. I associate that kind of singing; take the vocals on WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM just as an example, with a vocal dialect that illustrates a language spoken only by ghosts, demons and spirits. Corona’s singing style on “The Ugly” is anchored down by its own humanity, unlike WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM but still expresses a tone of voice as if it came from someone with a severely deformed body. (10/10: Masterpiece)


Monday, February 24, 2014



A Full color 12" album cover will finally do justice to the distinctive artwork of Lukas Krieg! Black vinyl, only 250 to be pressed!

PRE-ORDER now and get an exclusive, bonus PRE-ORDER ONLY album cover, and an exclusive bonus poster autographed by each band member. LPs should begin shipping in early April. If you live in San Francisco or Oakland, and you don't want to pay shipping, paypal $15 to with the subject "Hazzard's Cure LP Pre-Order" and we'll hand them out to the local fans that ordered them at an Oakland or San Francisco gig in (hopefully) in early April.


Our goal is to have them ready in time for this brief PACIFIC NORTHWEST TOUR IN APRIL

Friday, February 21, 2014


Hazzard's Cure self-describes their music as "epic blackened stoner thrash." I'm usually dubious of these kinds of label mash-ups, but if Ulla's recent review of buioingola has taught me anything, it's that sometimes these multiple-genre descriptions can make a surprising amount of sense.

The breadth of Hazaard's Cure's influence is a bit easier to discern on their self-titled full length, but their EP The Ugly nicely shows off the mix, too. The first two tracks on the EP are firmly rooted in stoner metal. The vocals are delivered in a raspy holler reminiscent of High on Fire and Baroness. The bass playing is a highlight, prominent in the mix and straddling the line between melody and rhythm. The drums easily shift between quiet shuffle and blasting, and the guitar pulls a similar trick, from tremolo riffs, to quiet atmosphere, to even a little Santana-style soloing in near the end of the title track. It's a classic rock foundation that doesn't sound dated, but one that's been angered up to a much heavier level.

 If there's any question about the "blackened" part of the description, it's nicely resolved by the third track, "The Body Amorphous," which features lead vocals from Laurie Sue Shanaman of the late, great Ludicra. With her unmistakable ferocity over blackened, winding guitar lines, you suddenly get an idea of what would have happened if Jefferson Airplane, instead of morphing into the poppy Jefferson Starship, had instead invented black metal and became Jefferson Plague. That probably sounds like I'm making fun, but nothing could be further from the truth. Jefferson Plague is something I didn't know I needed in my life until I heard this track. I would have loved more of this, but as it is, this EP is a great introduction to the band for anyone who likes their stoner metal with a hefty dose of rage. 


Wednesday, February 19, 2014


"They have a lot going for them, and have found a unique way to blend black metal, crust punk, doom, sludge, and stoner metal all into one weird and sinister concoction."


Friday, January 24, 2014



Hazzard’s Cure is a band from San Francisco in sunny California. Not heard of them before I was intrigued to hear what they sound like after their drummer Clint Baechle got in touch with me asking me politely if I could listen to their new 3-track release The Ugly EP. I am a sucker for nice cool artwork as it quite often makes me press play a lot quicker and in the case of The Ugly EP the stunning artwork by Lukas Krieg definitely got my attention. The metal world seems to have evolved into a symbiotic relationship with fantastic artwork similar to how a clownfish and an anemone need each other in order to survive. It simply is a mutualistic relationship.
Now, let’s focus on The Ugly EP. What we’re dealing with here are 3 tracks of thunderous thrashy heavy metal, dipping into more progressive and extremer blackened metal genres at times. Bassist Shane Bergman plugs away impressively on the 3 tracks on offer here and the drums are up tempo with plenty of nice fills and breaks. The vocals by guitarist Chris Corona have a bit of a Lemmy-like rawness to them and guitarist Leo Buckley is shredding away like there’s no tomorrow.

There is quite a bit of Motörhead going on here, perhaps it’s the bass playing or those vocals, but halfway the second track ‘The Ugly’ the sound turns around a bit to some progressive melodic metal piece, with melodic solos over slower played drums. But then it kicks back into heavier chugging riffs and a near Darkthrone-like black metal sounding shredding ending this fantastic slab of heavy metal.

The last track ‘The Body Amorphous’ hits upon all these above mentioned elements even more as this track is a near 7 minutes heavy metal track of epic proportions. It reminds me a lot of Vöhl, one of last year’s highlights as it’s all blackened heavy metal played in that extra gear, thundering away. The guest vocals by Laurie Sue Shanaman of legendary avant-garde black metal band Ludicra are awesome and fit the music perfectly.

There is only one minor criticism here, this EP is way too short! I want more of this! If you were as impressed as I was by Vöhl’s release last year or you’re a fan of blackened, thrashy heavy metal then I recommend you get this in your system right now. The EP is available as digital download for only a couple of bucks, but German label Ulterior Records are releasing a limited run on transparent one sided 12" vinyl with a screenprint on the b side in February. So you know what to do!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Too many people slept on the 2011 full-length debut from San Francisco's Hazzard's Cure – a very enthusiastic hodgepodge of knotty thrash, sludge, stoner and the kitchen sink that coulda-shoulda-woulda landed the band on a Hell of a lot more radars if the Earth was actually a fair place to inhabit. Alas, these dirtballs remain mostly unheralded, so the respective members supplement extra time not spent crapping together on a fancy tour bus by laboring in a pile of other notable Bay Area outfits such as Walken, OWL, and Bädr Vogu.

Well, now any previous "sorry, never heard of 'em" transgressions can thankfully be washed away by re-dedicating some worthy time to the freshly dropped Hazzard's EP, The Ugly – 17 minutes of very enthusiastic knotty thrash that dismisses virtually all of the previous effort's sludge in favor of a more blackened blister that's further bolstered by a guest vocal appearance (background on "Terminal Frost" and lead on "The Body Amorphous") from howler Laurie Shanaman of sadly defunct SF legends, Ludicra.

As evidenced by the bulk of the above tune, The Ugly is primarily concerned with the task of hacking faces to ribbons, but there are a couple moments where the band allows their softer, prettier side to emerge – like a tiny glimpse of a rainbow in a spill of dirty oil. All-in-all, The Ugly represents another glimpse into a talented Bay Area band that somehow manages to survive and thrive, despite getting paid mostly in cheap beer and dusty schwag. Don't let this one pass by unnoticed. [Michael Wuensch]