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

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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

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