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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Comacozer Astra Planeta LP/ Instrumental Psych Stoner Rock from Sydney Australia.

I was driving my 1 1/2 year old daughter around so she'd fall asleep on an 80 degree August evening, when I decided to put this album into my minivan's stock CD player and give it a proper listen. Within the 1st 2 minutes of Saurian Dream I felt like I had heard this before in the background of my many early 90's hallucinogen laded days. So as the evening cooled and the little one nodded off, I found myself in tune (no pun intended) with Rick, Richard and Andrew's music, all 5 songs melded together seamlessly not unlike turning the pages of a good book while the sun began setting with its magnificent oranges and hues of red. I look forward to hearing more from Comacozer and after some email exchanges I know they hope to make it to Europe, I'd like to see them make it to the States and throw back a couple of Golden Throat Charmers with these boys and see Comacozer live. I just noticed they played with Ufomammut and Monolord! Damn, now that's a lineup!

LP Review: Thunderchief by Shotgun Sawyer



Previously going by the name of Thunderchief (now the name of their record), the newly named Shotgun Sawyer have released a debut full-length record that’s filled with heavy blues and fuzzy riffs to get everyone off their ass and moving to their beat.

The Californian trio open things up fairly lightly (compared to the rest of the record at least) with the raw riffing of ‘Skinwalker’ letting you roughly know what to expect from these guys; bluesy twangs at a rock’n’roll swaggering pace, but the band like to go heavier, and it’s with tracks such as the angry fuzz of ‘Sudden Death in the Flesh’ mixing juggernaut drumming over heavy riffs and clear impassioned vocals that pricks up your ears and has you jigging around the room before you realise it. The band have a lot of range and power in their work, just take a listen to ‘Lawman’, the gentle country-style guitar picking eases you along before the heavy fuzz riffs bust your face in two with its power. These guys are great musicians.

The vocals of Dylan Jarman are one of the things that set Shotgun Sawyer apart from their fellow blues rockers, yes OK the riffs are also heavier and the drumming is relentless (in the best kind of way), but when the clear vocals filled with a sharp passion, and an aching for a better way of life, hit the speakers, they connect with you on a sonic level that outweighs any other band in this genre at the moment. For a blues record, Thunderchief is a lot of fun, from the self-depreciating ‘I’m a Bad Man’, the tribute to the mystery that is ‘Gravedigger Dan’, the delta blues riffs of the ptsd chills on ‘Soldier Song’, the punk ethos on ‘Left For Dead’, to the all-out heavy blues of ‘Strawberry Jam’, Thunderchief is guaranteed to have you at your funky best wherever your dancefloor may be!

Exclusive Premiere Song Stream: HORNSS-"Atrophic"

Today, we are honored to present an exclusive stream of the song "Atrophic" from the upcoming release from HORNSS. Prepare your ears for a short and powerful stab of fuzz-drenched doom with a raw punk attitude. This song absolutely slays, so crank it up and throw them "HORNSS" in the air!


San Francisco heavy rock trio HORNSS have recorded their highly-anticipated second album. Titled Telepath, the band take things to a more psychedelic place, while building on their heavy, fuzzed out punk and doom influenced desert rock sound.

HORNSS have gained a worldwide reputation among the stoner rock and doom scene, taking the stage with fellow heavy hitters such as Ufomammut, YOB, Windhand, Bang, Black Cobra, Fatso Jetson, Lord Dying, Naam and Elder. They also co-headlined a successful 2014 European tour with Vancouver’s Black Wizard.

Formed in 2010, the band includes Mike Moracha and Nick Nava, who originally got their start in the early Palm Desert music scene that spawned the desert rock movement, as part of the band Solarfeast (with Chris Cockrell, formerly of Kyuss) and Jack Saints, along with drummer Bil Bowman (formerly of Zodiac Killers, pioneering Bay Area black metal band blackQueen and Florida sludge heavyweights Scrog).

Telepath is the follow-up to the band’s acclaimed debut album, No Blood, No Sympathy, released in 2013 on Riding Easy Records. Recorded by Tim Green (Saviours, Melvins, KARP, Comets on Fire, Hot Lunch), the guys recorded this one directly to analog tape at Green’s Louder Studios in Grass Valley, CA. The new album will be released on limited vinyl by STB Records and compact disc and digital worldwide by Ripple Music.



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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

New Band To Burn One To: Low Sun



Now this is interesting.
Low Sun are an instrumental stoner/psychedelic band from London, UK, who also mix in some darker ambient vibes with a post-rock feel, before exploding into the stoner riffs we all adore so much. Their two-track demo, Prologue, dares to expand the corners of what constitutes stoner rock and psychedelia with courage and a musical talent which speaks for itself; ‘Novice Swordfighter’ straddles an Earthless feel with some powerful riffs, while the fuzz riffs of ‘The Monster Storm’ eagerly lay waste to what’s before you. An excellent release!

Readers of this blog will love what these guys are doing. Check out their stuff before their debut full-length inevitably blows your mind.

Monday, August 15, 2016

LP Review: Way of the Hoof by Boudain


Three years on from the release of their debut EP (read our review here), the Louisiana grooving stoner four-piece Boudain have finally released their debut full-length (they formed 10 years ago after all). Has Way of the Hoof been worth the decade long wait? You bet your damn ass it has!

The record opens with swathes of thick, gravy-like riffs, treading a line of what Fu Manchu would sound like if they listened to a bit more metal. ‘Sleazy Feats’ is bursting with riffs that the band can barely contain in its four minutes of stoner grooves that begs you to get down and dirty amongst it all, as in the soil and fumes dirt! Flicking between stoner groove, to metal groove, to a bluesy groove, with added doom groove, you can guess how funky this record will make you. The riffs of ‘Neptune’ is a glorious homage to every stoner band that has ever ripped you a new one since you’ve gotten this cool, the vocals are scorched and impassioned that leave no room for fucking about with. The heavy Southern influence kicks in on 'CODA' (Fu Manchu meets Down?) as the riffage becomes a glorious claustrophobic mallet to the face. Boudain wear their influences proudly on their sleeves with every pluck, hit, head-bang and droplet of sweat in everything they do, and it’s a pleasure to get involved amongst it all.

Way of the Hoof is just full of fun and full-throttle riffs, in particular on ‘First Class’ where they never let up for a moment, pure adrenaline guitar work. ‘The Mighty Turn Around’ has doom riffs that threaten to topple over and crush you, before the excellent ‘Disco Jimmy’ and ‘Godzilla’ close the record with thunderous god like riffing that clench the fist and shout “HELL YEAH”!!

Way of the Hoof is such a fun, pummelling record that it becomes an escape to listen to. These types of records are few and far between. Grab a hold, now!

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