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April 17, 2014
ORYXDunes of droning hypnotic sludge from the deserts of Las Cruces, NM.
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April 14, 2014
MAMMOTH STORMPlodding, tar-lathered metal-fed groove doom from Sweden.
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April 8, 2014
LADY FLINT Explosive stoner blues rock duo from Marselle, France.
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April 7, 2014
KING DEAD Doomy psyche-tinged spaghetti western sludge from PA.
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April 2, 2014
GROGGYBlues-obsessed fuzzy garage rock duo from Omsk, Russia.
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March 31, 2014
THE SILENT LOWMelodic, hard-hitting, attitude-driven stoner rock from Denmark.
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March 25, 2014
GRAILPsychedelic punk with a southern demonic desert groove out of Texas.
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March 24, 2014
LORD OF GIANTSincere, lumbering, 70's influenced heavy rock from Germany.
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March 19, 2014
WOVOKA Intense yet melodic, brutal gut-twisting post-metal sludge from LA.
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March 16, 2014
HEAVY VOODOO
Torpedo riffs, hazy grooves and cosmic stoner sleaze from Portland.
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March 13, 2014
SPIRITUAL VOID
Toxic, heavy southern groove metal attitude from Brazil.
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March 11, 2014
SOUTHERN STATE
Somber, shoegazing post-metal sludge from Columbus, Ohio.
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March 10, 2014
HYPERGIANT
Cosmic, gravity-defying stoner fuzziness from Sydney, Australia
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March 6, 2014
KHEMMIS
Fuzz-filled, snail-paced riff-praising doom from Denver, CO.
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March 5, 2014
BITCHCRAFT
Polish doom band with female vocals is a fuzz worshippers dream
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March 4, 2014
DRUG MOTHER
Sleazy, fat and dirty stoner metal riffs from down under.
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March 2, 2014
SPIRAL GURU
Newly formed 70's inspired stoner doom band from Brazil.
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Feb. 27, 2014
TIMESTONE
Expansive psychedelics and dusty grooves from Austria.
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Feb. 25, 2014
RHINO
Fuzzed-out heavy desert grooves from Catania, Italy.
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Feb. 24, 2014
SOLAIRE
Get stuck in some sludgey stoner groove from South Carolina. facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 20, 2014
HADDOCK
Heavy lightning in a bottle stoner boogie groove from Sweden. facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 19, 2014
VALFADER
Stirring progressive ambient doom from Bath, UK
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Feb. 17, 2014
BRUNT
Intense instrumental sludgefuzz from these Guernsey blokes. facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 15, 2014
MATUSHKA
Swirling hypnotic heavy psychedelic rock from St. Petersburg, Russia. facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 10, 2014
MOPE
Sultry and somber jazz-laden ambient doom from Genoa, Italy.
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Feb. 8, 2014
LANDSKAP
Late 60's early 70's influenced heavy psychedelic rock from London.
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Feb. 5, 2014
TOMBSEALER
Death/Doom/Thrash from the mean streets of Adelaide, Australia.
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Feb. 4, 2014
SLUG SALT LAVA
Doomy apocalyptic instrumental Sludge from Istanbul, Turkey.
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Feb. 2, 2014
MIST
Spell-binding all-female occult doom from Ljubljana,Slovenia.
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Feb. 1, 2014
GRIT
Heavy heartfelt psychedelic jams from Heidelberg, Germany.
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Jan. 30, 2014
9OZ OF NOTHING
Riff Heavy Stoner Doom with Southern grit from Athens, Greece
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Jan. 27, 2014
BRILLIANT MACHINE
Chest collapsing progressive heaviness from Ventura, CA
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Jan. 25, 2014
OUTWAILED
Genre-defying atmospheric mood music from Tampere, Finland. facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 23, 2014
YURI GAGARIN
Freaked-out psychedelic space rock from Gothenburg, Sweden. facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 22, 2014
BLACK SNAKE
Swamp-infested grooves and fuzzy desert riffs from Portland,Oregon.
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Jan. 21, 2014
BORDEL INFERNO Gritty heavy rock, solid riffs from Rio de Janiero.
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Jan. 20, 2014
OVERLORD Melodic groove-oriented Heavy Rock from Oxford.
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Jan. 19, 2014
A DAY AS WOLVES Garage-rock inspired bluesy fuzz and roll from Alberta, Canada. Eh! facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 18,2014
NAKED BROWN Hard-hitting Polish heavy rock in the vein of Clutch and Motorhead.
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Jan. 17, 2014
OMEGA SUN
Smoke obsessed Stoner Doom from Slovenia. Free demo.
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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Nuclear Dog's Atomic Split: Five Horse Johnson - "The Taking of Black Heart" / Junkyard Birds - "Free Wheeling Free Will"

There has certainly of late been an abundance of just incredible, mouth watering, soul satisfying music to listen to for the site seers who visit Heavy Planet Dot Net. Today's review fission ranks near the top of the list of great and tasty albums that are available for the world to enjoy, and enjoy them you shall I have absolutely no doubt. The sounds today are disparate, which tends to add to the flavor and enjoyment of the experience of discovery. One band uses more than the standard guitars and trap set, branching out to more traditional, southern instrumentation, but never, ever foregoing the essence of what great and heavy music is about, all the while executing against clever and juicy lyrics. The other band exemplifies a brilliant blend of sounds that are both young to the rock world and as old as the mid twentieth century, sounds that call upon punk, indie, grunge, or any of the music that came about when rock was being strangled by those that would pretend to be artists, and merging it with the best of the original, pure sounds of rock.


FIVE HORSE JOHNSON - "The Taking of Black Heart"

Wow, Five Horse Johnson have been together since 1995, demonstrating stability in a universe that has very little. Despite that incredible feat it has been since 2006 since the release of  their last album "The Mystery Spot", which was hailed by most as Five Horse Johnson's best of a prolific collection of five great albums. Like most stoner band members where time away from any band is filled by playing for others, Five Horse Johnson is no exception with band members staying busy playing for Luder and Necros, among others. The stoner community appears to be tight knit, something that perhaps is a positive that might not be there if this music was in heavy rotation on the so called rock stations across the country. Whatever the case may be the time between "The Mystery Spot" and the impending release of "The Taking of Black Heart" has been used wisely by this group of super bluesmen because this album kicks major ass. Yes, it's as cliche as cliche can be. "This album kicks ass, Man!", but cliches are around for a reason and the reason for this particular one is so it can be used appropriately for Five Horse Johnson's January, 2013 release of "The Taking of Black Heart", their most ambitious and righteous release yet, and once again part of the awe inspiring rock label Small Stone Records. It is a powder keg collection of high energy, elitely executed blues rock standards that fit perfectly into the best sounds of the Seventies, but honestly, truly are more appropriately placed as a potential vehicle for the delivery of proper rock and roll back to the forefront of the industry. This music needs air time, it needs to be played as the intro to Monday Night Football, it needs to be on a dozen movie soundtracks, it is just as incredible and awesome a collection of rock songs as there can possibly be. There is plenty of blues infusion with standard harmonica rockin' hard right alongside incredible guitar that both burns hot and high on scorching, searing solos as well as provides beautiful, soul infused rhythm with down low fuzz and voracious bass totally devouring the atmosphere, all driven relentlessly forward by incredible jab, hook, uppercut drum combinations and topped off by vocals that could not fit any more perfectly with the skillfully written and adeptly delivered songs. 

Five Horse Johnson consist of:
Eric Oblander - vocals and harp
Brad Coffin - vocals and guitar
Steve Smith - Bass
Phil Dürr - Guitar

Additional Musicians for the album are:
Jean Paul Gaster - drums
J. Robbins - organ, percussion
Robin Zander - vocals on "You're My Girl (I Don't Want to Talk About It)"

Yes, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick fame makes an appearance on this album as the vocals for one song, the aforementioned "You're My Girl (I Don't Want to Talk About It)". The thing about this song is that it is not there to boost an album from a band that does not (yet) have the popularity of a Cheap Trick or any other aging but still well known Seventies icon. It is there, as far as this listener is concerned, because it fits with the rest of the incredible, high quality music on this album, and happens to be a riff filled blues rock romp that is served perfectly by Zander's experienced and still incredible vocals, just the same as Oblander's and Coffin's vocals on the other selections. 

Huge booming, and blackness piercing plasma beam riffs are prevalent throughout this album. Stoner rock is about nothing if not guitar riffs and no one brings a dumptruck load of them more expertly than the blues rock band from Toledo, Ohio, Five Horse Johnson. The opening track, "The Job" is simply awesome. Well written, well executed, overflowing with a barrage of sound that fills the listener with an overwhelming satisfaction and appreciation for the experience. Another song for the ages, one that very quickly made its way to my music player's list of all time stoner/fuzz favorites, is "Mexico", a perfect mixture of instrumentation and melodic structure that hits you squarely in the pleasure zones of your brain and heart, reaching peek interest somewhere far north of a hundred plays. Grab a song on "The Taking of Black Heart", any song, sit back and listen to its pieces as you thoroughly enjoy its whole, and you won't be disappointed no matter the selection. They're just too good. It's a thoroughly gifted and unique set of songs brought to you by a band that has used their seventeen years in the industry fine tuning their craft and their ability to a point where their 6th album is quite simply a treasure.




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JUNKYARD BIRDS - "Freewheeling Free Will"

Junkyard Birds have been together since 1996, bucking the odds in a universe where those odds are LONG, to say the least. This band brings with it that rare quality of experience and finely honed craft with the heart and energy of the young and hormonally charged. These guys hail from Toulouse, France by way of Frisco, California. The November 1st release of "Freewheeling Free Will" is their fourth album to date and represents a unique, varied, and exquisite foray into semi-madness, the type that brings a modicum of warmth and satisfaction because you ride so close to the edge of insanity, where the light fails and all energy bursts forth in no direction, but where the slick and feathered treads of your mind hold on long enough to return to pain and normalcy, bringing with it memory and satisfaction at having experienced the black heart music of this great album. The songs borrow judiciously from punk, grunge, indie, and any number of styles that deviate slightly and deliciously from normal song structure, all while somehow simultaneously adhering to typical song formation regardless. Melody is here in abundance, with standard chorus, refrain, solos, and bridges, making the songs memorable in ways the best songs do. The guitars are tuned low and reverberate with frenetic force throughout the album, sometimes challenging the low to see how deep it can truly go. The solos are timely and intelligent, combining with pure fury and joy and providing a primal arc of pure energy and sound. This collection of carefully calibrated chaos is memorable, and if not quite singular, at least unique enough to provide that pleasure of discovery, real or imagined. In the end, though, it's the delivery, the adept, athletic quality of the execution of instrumentation on top of artistic lyrical renderings that make this album noteworthy.

Band members for this fourth vinyl foray include:

Elie "Zakk" Crouzil Barthès - guitars, backing vocals
David "Blondie" Authiè - guitars, backing vocals
Dave "Kaptain Klaus" Persoglia - all drums
Mathieu "Le Grand Cornu" Bèzian - bass, vocals

"High Heels and Leather Boots" opens the album with a manic energy and primal rhythm that set the tone by offering a song that is adeptly constructed and expertly delivered while providing a large amount of uniqueness in song structure. Another up tempo track is "Death Valley Rider", which uses a heaping helping of fuzz and distortion on main refrain guitar. Next up is "You Don't Even Love Me", which mops the floor with black fuzzy acid, bringing a beautifully low stoner sound, deliberate in delivery, and lethal in acceptance. "Ego Killing" follows suit, digging trenches below the lowest of low notes, using the butt of the bass to make room at the bottom before unleashing snippets of crackling guitar solo energy.

These songs are wicked and certainly irreverent in lyrical design, but beautiful and exquisite in construction and delivery, bringing an incredibly high level of adroit quality and mind bending joy. This album provides both quality music that is enjoyable at any and all times, as well as an avenue seldom explored that meanders through darker passages of time and intent, keeping you on your toes and your senses on edge, flirting with the dark pleasures of music, but never leaving you stranded without a journey saving light to guide you back from the dismal abyss.





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