Sunday, January 15, 2017

Cough - Still They Pray

Sounds just like old school Electric Wizard, and I'm not even being a lazy reviewer this time.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard - y proffwyd dwyll

Big huge heavy crushing marches with some spacey trippy sounds tossed in too. The thing that sets these guys apart is the vocals. There's layered female vocals that remind me of 90's bands. Almost like Curve, or My Bloody Valentine.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Black Rainbows - Stellar Prophecy

Sounds a lot like Fu Manchu/Nebula stuff and sounds like Dead Meadow. Heavy psychedelic rock. Lots of nice trippy space out parts.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Trees of Eternity - Hour of the Nightingale

Mournful doom. Sorrowful vocals carry this solid doom album. I don't know the boundaries of gothic or funeral doom. If your a fan of SubRosa this falls in that ballpark.

Planet of Zeus - Loyal to the Pack

This is stoner rock kinda along the lines of Brant Bjork, little bit like Alice in Chains, but not really. Vocals are kinda gruff and there's a bit of a southern tinge to this stoner rock. They're from Greece.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Wasted Theory - Defenders of the Riff

 Really heavy Hard rock vibe. Little bit of tough guy attitude. Like a biker...and Whiskey soaked vocals. Southern vibe.

Black Tomb - Black Tomb

Sludge. For fans of Eyehategod. They drag it out sometimes too, along the lines of Graves at Sea. There's some tasty solos happening once in a while.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Droids Attack - Sci - Fi or Die

I don't know why fans of the Melvins wouldn't like this. If you like Weedeaters stoney groove jams you also would like this. Searing guitars and big production.

Mountain Dust - Nine Years

Rockin' 70's jam out with keyboards. Really good. Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin heaviness and Goatsnake and Sleep.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Conan - Revengence

Big, big, big heavy oppressing crush. An incredibly huge wall of crush, low as you can imagine. The whole album is 48 minutes, but pretty much each song sounds like it's 48 minutes long. They break it up with faster stuff. This album is probably in reality pretty well balanced as far as fast and slow are concerned, but the slow parts, it's like you're drowning. 

Best of 2013

  • Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels
  • Gorguts - Colored Sands
  • Satan - Life Sentence
  • Blood Ceremony - The Eldritch Dark
  • Carcass - Surgical Steel
  • Fuzz - Fuzz
  • Danny Brown - Old
  • In Solitude - Sister
  • All Them Witches - Lightning at the Door
  • Magic Circle - Magic Circle
  • Mount Salem - Endless
  • Brimstone Coven - II
  • Goatess - Goatess
  • Bloody Hammers - Spiritual Relics
  • Witchgrave - Witchgrave
  • Satan's Host - Virgin Sails
  • King's Destroy - A Time of Hunting
  • Summoner - Atlantian
  • Jex Thoth - Blood Moon Rise
  • Blood Tsunami - For Faen!
  • Portal - Vexovoid
  • Bloody Hammers - Spiritual Relics
  • 3rd Ear Experience - Boi
  • Artillery - Legions

Best of 2014

  • In no particular order. This is just tossed together. Should be edited.

  • Sun Kil Moon - Benji
  • The Body - I Shall Die Here
  • Doctor Smoke - The Witching Hour
  • Brimstone Coven - Brimstone Coven
  • Primal Fear - Delivering The Black
  • Rainbows Are Free - Waves Ahead of the Ocean
  • Behemoth - The Satanist
  • Mastodon - Once More Round The Sun
  • Yob - Clearing The Path To Ascend
  • Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden
  • Wovenhand - Refractory Obdurate
  • Lord Mantis - Death Mask
  • Purple Hill Witch - Purple Hill Witch
  • Slomatics - Estron

Best of 2015

In no particular order. This is just tossed together. Should be edited.
  • Satan - Atom by Atom
  • Pinkish Black - Bottom of the Morning
  • Iron Maiden - Book of Souls
  • Bittered - Hubris Aggression
  • Sacri Monti - Sacri Monti
  • Kinski - 7 (or 8)
  • Battling Giants - Birth Death Reckoning
  • All Them Witches - Dying Surfer Meets His Maker
  • Fuzz - Fuzz II
  • Goatsnake - Black Age Blues 
  • High On Fire - Luminiferious
  • Black Sheep Wall - I'm Going To Kill Myself
  • Enslaved - In Times
  • Windhand - Griefs Infernal Flower
  • Khemmis - Absolution
  • Shepard - Stereolithic Riffalocalypse
  • Blackout - Blackout
  • Secrets of the Sky - Pathway
  • Magic Circle - Journey Blind
  • Weeed - Our Master Brings Us To The Black Master Sabbath 
  • Void of Sleep - New World Order
  • Valkyrie - Shadows
  • Serpent - Necromant
  • Grim Van Doom - Grim Love
  • Hangmans Chair - this is Not Supposed to be Positive.
  • Mutoid Man - Bleeder
  • Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
  • Elder - Lore
  • Abigale Williams - The Accuser
  • Druid - Druid
  • Demon Lung - A Dracula
  • Ruby The Hatchet - Valley of the Snake
  • VHOL - Deeper Than The Sky

Monday, January 2, 2017

Holy Grove - Holy Grove

Heavy straight ahead rockin'. Big riffs of hard rockin' and wailin' vocals. WAILING vocals. Thumbs up. I can appreciate how good this is, man though, these big wailing vocals that just go on and on. It's not something I want to go back and listen to. You know? This band is similar to Avatarium in that respect. This is good, but personally I don't really enjoy listening to it.

Lord Vapour - Mill Street Blues

Blues Rock, Heavy Psyche. Raw old school stoner. Killer album. One the best of 2016. Drawing from the same magic mushroom that Kyuss ingested and puked out oh so long ago. If you like Blue Cheer and things that rock out, this is for you.

Gozu - Revival

 Beefed up traditional rock structures. Reminding me of the chaotic rockin' side of Soundgarden. This has made a lot of peoples best of the year list, I'm not sure I'd go there. Those same people mention Clutch when referring to this. This album probably is among the best at what they do, something rubs me personally a little bit wrong. With the style of music they're touching on here. I mean the sub genre within the genre...a posturing kinda tough guy element, and I don't mean Gozu personally. I'm sure those guys are a bunch of pussy cats. I talkin' about the stripped down kinda bar rock with lots of balls. Gozu go beyond that though they get on with the trippy extended parts while the rhythm section pounds you ever the head. There's solos galore and stuff too.

Mars Red Sky - Apex III

When I play this record it sounds like the bottom end is destroying my speakers. The kick drum seems to be ripping the cone apart from the coil. Which is funny because the vocals have a pretty mellow vibe to them. When that guy is singing it's pretty disarming. and that's the whole trick here. The duality. Not that there's any tricks involved her, and that wouldn't be the only one, because there's a lot of awesome things going on here from this three piece. This is a great album one of my very favorites released this year. If I had to pick an album of the year this is for sure in the top two or three, perhaps even the best. I'm talking about sheer enjoyment I've received. The amount of time I've spent listening to this. Mostly I've listened to this in the car. When I play the record at home it sounds like my speakers are being eaten alive by a garbage truck from the inside out.
     Total eerie outer space trippy heavy psychedelic moon base battle magic. My poor speakers. The songs can switch from a carnival-esq playfulness to crushing marches to the trippiest outer space sci fi adventure, and back again. Seamlessly. There is a smoothness here. A really soothing smoothness the blends right in with some of the heaviest grooves you could ask for.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Greenleaf - Rise Above the Meadow

Now, this drummer rocks out doesn't he!? High energy Stoner rock with soulful vocals. You might be reminded of Dozer. Great songs, great band! One of the best releases of 2016.

Crobot - Welcome to Fat City

Well it's a really beefed up version of the Black Crowes now isn't it? This is get up and shake your ass and have a good time party rock out.

Beelzefuzz - The Righteous Bloom

70's rock! Proggy but stoney rockin'. There's a Witchcraft/Uriah Heap type of thing going on up in here. There's a pretty strong early Scorpions vibe driving this thing. 

Bearhunter - Five Tales of Doom

Heavy slowish mid tempo wall of crushing doom. A lot of slow plodding punishment.
 In the Sleep/Conan/early Melvins but with more zing, realm of things.

Asteroid - III

Easy going stoner like Witchcraft. Mello stuff. Fair bit of Pink Floyd-isms happening here and there.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Heavy Rotation - May 2016

  • All Them witches - Lightning At The Door (2015)
  • Death Alley - Black Magick Boogieland (2015)
  • Magic Circle - Journey Blind (2015)
  • Ice Dragon - The Soul's Midnight (2015)
  • Heavy Relic - Go Forth (2015)
  • Eygpt - Endless Flight (2015)

Heavy Rotation - September 2016

  • Goya - The Enemy (2016)
  • Vektor - Terminal Redux (2016)
  • Mountain Dust - Nine Years (2016)
  • Sinister Haze - Laid Low In The Dust of  Death (2016)
  • Wo Fat - Midnight Cometh (2016)
  • Stoned Spirit - Spirits of Zos (2016)
  • Vokonis - Olde One Ascending (2016)
  • Bastard Lord - Cosmic Tomb (2016)
  • Bright Curse - Before The Shore (2016)
  • Kroh - Altars (2016)
  • Haunted - Haunted (2016)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Firm - The Firm

Super group with Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers. Mostly pretty terrible 80's pop. Two or three songs on here I don't mind so much.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Heavy Rotation - August 2016

  • Witchcraft - Nucleus (2016)
  • Red Wizard - Cosmosis (2016)
  • Limestone Whale - Limestone Whale (2016)
  • Cough - Still They Pray (2016)
  • Aleph Null - Endtime Sisters (2016)
  • Goatess - Purgatory Under New Management 
  • Lord Vapour - Mill Street Blues (2016)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Heavy Rotation - July 2016

  • Grimm Van Doom - Grim Love (2015)
  • Ozzy Osbourne -No More Tears (1991)
  • Whitesnake - Whitesnake (1987)
  • Serpent - Necromant (2015)
  • Sinister Haze - Laid Low in the Dust of Death
  • Stoned Spirit - Spirits of Zos (2016)
  • Valkyrie - Shadows (2015)
  • Void of Sleep - New World Order (2015)
  • Vokonis - Olde One Ascending (2016)
  • Weeed - Our Master Brings Us To The Black Master Sabbath (2015)
  • Blackout - Blackout (2015)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Public Enemy - Man Plans God Laughs

I really wanted to like this, sounds like a Chuck D solo joint 2015 style.

Jeff Bridges - Sleeping Tapes

Really, I think the number of times you listen to something, might mean something. Sometimes, I don't think I like something all that much, but I keep going back to listen to it. So. I've listened to this a few times.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Psychedelic Witchcraft - The Vision

This band is too light weight for me. They're good. Not my thing. I like the bluesy song at the end though.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Heavy Rotation - April 2016

  • Cherubs - Fist in the Air (2016)
  • Abbath - Abbath (2016)
  • Hangman's Chair - This is not Supposed to be Positive (2015)
  • Black Tusk - Pillars of Ash (2016)
  • Destroyer 666 - Wildfire (2016)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Pretty Things - Are In Bed of Course.

Over 50 years as a band, only the original singer and guitar player are still around. This is some solid straight ahead rockin. It's got an early 70's vibe. They say this was pretty much recorded live in the studio. It feels a little bit "bright" but overall it sounds really good. Good songs good album. This band is probably one of the most under appreciated in all of rock history.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Acid King - Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere

This album has an intro, then it abruptly end. The the first song starts, funny thing is the first song feels like an intro. Acid King really eases into the start of this album. It's heavy, it's spacey, it's groovin'. Getting through these first two songs takes about 13 minutes. By the third song, the band starts firing on all cylinders and doesn't look back from there. 

    You know what you're gonna get when you put on an Acid King album. It's all good stuff. Like, High on Fire, several albums in, if this was the first album from the band it might be blowing minds all around the world, but we've heard Acid King and now we take 'em for granted...don't be that guy.