Mothership

September 5, 2012

Fans of heavy metal should definitely check out Dallas power trio Mothership! Starting out in 2010 with their Dad filling in duties on the drums (how cool is that!) they blend fuzzed-out 70s blues rock with heavy stoner just perfectly. No-frills, no-bullshit desert rock ‘n’ roll as it was meant to sound, and if you want a comparison imagine a more blues-based Kyuss and you’re there.

It’s Black Sabbath meets ZZ Top on their debut self-titled album where they offer up eight great tracks sure to please stoners as well as metal-fans. Great, tight musicianship, nice punchy production, and – most importantly – great songs delivered live (the album was recorded over two weekends!) Add the fact that their guitar player Kells Juett got some great chops without ever getting masturbatory and you got yourself a kick-ass band delivering some kick-ass music. Check them out!

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Bandcamp: http://mothershipusa.bandcamp.com/
Website: https://www.facebook.com/mothershipusa

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Grime

May 25, 2012

For some (un)healthy aural pummeling, check out Italian outfit Grime‘s self titled debut EP released in the summer of 2011! These guys offer up a nice varied blend of sludge, doom and metal with screechy black metal-esque vocals with such intense aggression you physically recoil upon the initial listen. After a much disturbing intro (sampled from the Cape Fear remake) the band goes for your throat and don’t let up for half an hour.

This is just pure brutality at insane levels. The production, the attitude – everything seems designed to ultimately destroy the listener. Sometimes at a crawl, occasionally picking up speed the band never lets up and succeeds in their quest of completely annihilating their surroundings. Eight songs that is nothing less than physically exhausting, check it out!

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Bandcamp: http://grime666.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grime/209557405747608


Iron Witch

January 17, 2012

If you’re in the mood for a bit more rough-edged stoner I can highly recommend Iron Witch‘s debut EP Single Malt released on Witch Hunter Records in 2011. Mixing up the heaviness of other outfits like Black Sabbath and Sleep with the hardcore stylings of Black Flag (circa My War-era), this UK outfit offers up a pretty unique brand of sludge with a nice punk edge that I really grooved on. It’s slow, it’s loud and they kept things just a lil’ bit ugly for taste – nice!

Five songs clocking in just around 25 minutes full of fuzzed-out doom-laden heaviness and a screeching vocalist that actually reminds me of GG Allin (!!!), I can definitely see this outfit being enjoyed by punks and metalheads alike. And according to more than one reviewer I read, these are the future kings of UK Doom! Free downloads are available.

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Bandcamp: http://ironwitch.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/ironwitch1977

Curse the Son

January 3, 2012

For a nice slice of yet-more Black Sabbath sounding stoner rock, check out Connecticut power trio Curse the Son‘s debut offering Klonopain! Mixing up the best of said UK outfit with modern bands like Sleep, the band adds their own take on the genre and serve it up with a nice, beefy production that got your speakers throbbing.

Seven songs of fuzzed out, sometimes at a crawl stoner clocking in at almost 50 minutes (the instrumental title track itself is 12 minutes), the band offers up those classic kinda riffs that are so good you’d swear you’ve heard them before, and vocalist/guitarist Ron Vanacore got a slight Ozzy-thing going. With no set price, this album is a must for any fan of stoner or extreme metal. Recommended!

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Bandcamp: http://cursetheson.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.reverbnation.com/cursetheson

Julie Christmas

December 28, 2011

I love juxtapositions and if you ever toyed with the idea of what Bjork fronting Queens of the Stone Age would sound like you should definitely listen to Julie Christmas debut album The Bad Wife! Released in November on Rising Pulse Records, the album is her first solo effort (she handles vocals in Made Out Of Babies) and offers up nine tracks co-written with members from Candiria, Victory at Sea and Tony Maimone.

Basically a very original take on stoner rock, the music is at times lush and other just pure brutality with a nice experimental edge to it. There’s a great contrast between Julie’s sometimes pixie-like vocal sweetness and the sheer heaviness of the music itself that’s just awesome! Bringing to mind Josh Homme‘s more quirky musical endeavors – if you’re into the Desert Sessions series you’ll love this – I was pretty blown away by this album and highly recommend it. Available on iTunes, CD and vinyl too!

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Bandcamp: http://juliechristmas.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.myspace.com/juliechristmas

Ice Dragon

December 21, 2011

Whoof! Great stoner rock riffs with damn glue dripping from the guitar strings is offered up by Boston quartet Ice Dragon on their epic second album The Sorrowful Sun. We’re talking some pretty cool psychedelic stuff with a nice experimental edge and wicked cool haunting vocals with a definite Ozzy Osbourne feel. Heaviness intact their sound is lo-fi and pretty noisy for what you’d usually expect from the genre (they actually kinda remind me of Upsidedown Cross), making them really stand out compared to other acts.

Nine songs of pure sludge heaven clocking in around 40 minutes with some nice surprises thrown in every now and then to keep things interesting, and yet again I find myself scratching my head wondering what the hell is wrong with the modern record industry for not picking these guys up. Their first album The Burl, The Earth, The Aether is offered as a free download – you should definitely check ’em out!

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Bandcamp: http://icedragon.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ice-Dragon/59570859070

Megachurch

December 20, 2011

Well, I’ve already given these guys a plug by interviewing them in the latest issue of CRKO Magazine, but thought I’d give them some exposure here as well. Cleveland trio Megachurch is one odd outfit that offers up a brand of technical instrumental stoner rock that truly is one of a kind! I got hooked when I stumbled across a live clip on YouTube and a week later was an owner of their first self-titled EP. Two bassplayers, one drummer and tons of samples from crazed television preachers is their forte – and they’re damn good at it!

If you’re a fan of stoner rock, or just eclectic music in general, these guys sure offer up a different take on the genre with some nice, unspected twists and turns reminding me of those quirky hardcore outfits from late 80’s early 90’s. One EP, one full length and this past summer they released the EP MEGACHIP, covering their own first EP – Nintendo Entertainment System-style! Check ’em out!

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Bandcamp: http://megachurch.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://facebook.com/megachurch