Album Cover
Waves Ahead of the Ocean
Rainbows Are Free
Released: Dec 23, 2012
Label: Guestroom Records Records
Track Listing
1 Speed God and the Rise of the Motherfuckers From a Place Beyond Hell
2 The Botanist
3 Waves Ahead of the Ocean
4 Sonic Demon
5 Cadillac
6 Snake Bitten by Love
7 Burn and Die
8 Comet

Liner Notes

Brandon Kistler-     Vocals

Richie Tarver-        Lead Guitar/Backups

Chad Hogue-         Bass

Bobby Onspaugh- Drums

Lucas Watson-      Guitar

Additional guitars on SGATROTMFAPBH,and Burn and Die performed by BryanSpinks. Electric piano on SGATROTMFAPBH performed by Chris Wiser. Tambourine byTrent Bell. Special thanks to Daron Hacker for being waves ahead of the ocean.Recorded and Engineered by Trent Bell of Bell Labs in Norman, OK. Masteredby Garrett Haines of Treelady Studios inTurtle Creek, PA . visual by tony roberts.

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CD/LP pre-sale purchase available in the RAF Store beginning 10/11/13.

Tentative release date is 1/14/14

Release date is subject to change.

All purchases (CD or LP) come with an advance digital copy of the album.

LP Pre-sale comes with a limited edition poster print of the cover art for the first 100 sold.



8/10 for Waves Ahead of the Ocean
"With great riffs, solos and atmosphere this is one of my favourites from the album and will definitely remain on my computer for a long time." [Read More...]
A Psychedelic Stoner Gem 8.5/10
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"If anything by Raging Slab, Orange Goblin, Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Down, Pentagram and, of course, early Black Sabbath are on your radar then this sophomore release is going to be an unbridled joy for you." [Read More...]
Planet Mosh Review 5/5
"Weaving elements of classic southern groove into their overarching heavy doom sound, RAF have succeeded in producing a sound that almost defies genre-fication and proves rewarding on so many physical and psychological levels." [Read More...]
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Everything Rock
"Rainbows are Free are a band whose star has steadily, but modestly, risen in their native USA since their formation in 2005, but, as of yet, the quintet haven’t made much of a splash across the pond. Hopefully this will all change with their latest release ‘Waves Ahead of the Ocean’, due out in the UK in early August." [Read More...]
RUSHONROCK RATED: 9/10 Chasing Rainbows
If it doesn’t cost a penny to enjoy a kaleidoscope of colour then there is a price to pay for those brave enough to tackle Waves Ahead Of The Ocean. Prepare to be mentally bludgeoned by a punishing combination of fuzzed-up ferocity and spaced out lyrics that never let up. [Read More...]
A Psychedlic Stoner Delight!
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"For a second album this is way impressive and this is a band that can't be ignored in the future. If you love Black Sabbath, Monster Magnet, Electric Wizard and Orange Goblin then this will be your new favourite band." [Read More...]
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There is no point covering every track on this album. Each one is red hot with rage, tinged with bluesy infused metal and programmed to destroy and that’s how we like it at AATR, so, enjoy!! Score: 9 out of 10 [Read More...]
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"Each and every one of the eight tracks of ‘Waves Ahead Of The Ocean’ is delivered with class, and kick out of the speakers with a raw edged conviction that is a testament to the skills of the performers rather than the unnecessary polish of an over intrusive producer. Rainbows Are Free are a band that has supported the likes of Saint Vitus, The Sword, and High on Fire, and with their glorious and unashamed blend of psyche, doom, and down and dirty hard rock, they have produced a solid album that deserves a place next to such esteemed bands wares." [Read More...]
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"An impeccably put together album from a band more than ready to turn heads." [Read More...]
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"Then in every way, this grade compliance and mythological trappings promises container is not hard, it's a case of possession. Or as another said: hello, motherfucker!" [Read More...]
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"Finding myself swaying and singing along with 'Sonic Demon' was embarrassing, due to the grass-cutting obsessed neighbour walking past my window at the time and looking rather unsettled by what he witnessed. Knowing that a song has the title 'Speed God And The Rise Of The Motherfuckers From A Place Beyond Hell', took me back to the days when I thought Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction was the most outrageous name in the Universe of Rock music. Even at the beginning of the song there is an evil chuckle, so maybe the band knows how utterly cool the song title is and how it'll shamelessly blow the minds of those who stumble across it?" [Read More...]
Ultra Review
Heavy Metal Textbooks
"I loved the album so much I had to pick up the band’s previous album, “Believers In Medicine”. Equally awesome album which made me wonder why I had never heard of a band this great before. Long story short: if you consider yourself a “stoner rock” fan, Rainbows Are Free are an essential addition to your collection."-Grownman [Read More...]
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This is a video review, please follow the link below to view the review. [Read More...]
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Uber Rock
"I would call this classic stuff, but the band definitely tread the psychedelic stoner path on a par with the seminal ‘Blues From A Red Sun’ era Kyuss, whilst also pushing the last two Monster Magnet releases for the “best in the genre in quite for quite a while” accolade. I’m being really spoiled here!!" [Read More...]
Waves Ahead of the Ocean
Aquarius Records
Give a listen to the awesomely titled ‘Speed God And The Rise Of The Motherfuckers From A Place Beyond Hell’, which displays the band at their bad ass best. The main riff, a stone cold killer, with some seriously wailing leads over the top, the drums, bombastic and beefy, and when those vocals swoop in, totally over the top. Somewhere between the near operatic metallic howl of Mika from Finnish hypno rockers Circle, the classic metal vox of Judas Priest‘s Rob Halford, and the space lord motherfucker himself, Dave Wyndorf from Monster Magnet. [Read More...]
Devil's Advocates
Oklahoma Gazette
It’s good to shake up this monolithic, Oklahoman infusion of politics and religion. — Richie Tarver [Read More...]
Album Review:Rainbows Are Fee-"Waves Ahead of the Ocean"
Lyynks Music
On this doom-metal masterpiece tailor-made for fans of Black Sabbath, classic metal and fuzzy guitar riffs, frontman Brandon Kistler’s screeching and howling acts as a guide through the grungy and back-breaking power that makes up the 8-track album’s sonic landscape. [Read More...]