Purveyors of the Finest Stoner Rock/Doom/Psychedelic/Sludge Since 2008

Discover New Music Now...

April 17, 2014
ORYXDunes of droning hypnotic sludge from the deserts of Las Cruces, NM.
facebook- bandcamp
April 14, 2014
MAMMOTH STORMPlodding, tar-lathered metal-fed groove doom from Sweden.
facebook- bandcamp
April 8, 2014
LADY FLINT Explosive stoner blues rock duo from Marselle, France.
facebook- bandcamp
April 7, 2014
KING DEAD Doomy psyche-tinged spaghetti western sludge from PA.
facebook- bandcamp
April 2, 2014
GROGGYBlues-obsessed fuzzy garage rock duo from Omsk, Russia.
facebook- bandcamp
March 31, 2014
THE SILENT LOWMelodic, hard-hitting, attitude-driven stoner rock from Denmark.
facebook- bandcamp
March 25, 2014
GRAILPsychedelic punk with a southern demonic desert groove out of Texas.
facebook- bandcamp
March 24, 2014
LORD OF GIANTSincere, lumbering, 70's influenced heavy rock from Germany.
facebook- bandcamp
March 19, 2014
WOVOKA Intense yet melodic, brutal gut-twisting post-metal sludge from LA.
facebook- bandcamp
March 16, 2014
Torpedo riffs, hazy grooves and cosmic stoner sleaze from Portland.
facebook- bandcamp
March 13, 2014
Toxic, heavy southern groove metal attitude from Brazil.
facebook- bandcamp
March 11, 2014
Somber, shoegazing post-metal sludge from Columbus, Ohio.
facebook- bandcamp
March 10, 2014
Cosmic, gravity-defying stoner fuzziness from Sydney, Australia
facebook- bandcamp
March 6, 2014
Fuzz-filled, snail-paced riff-praising doom from Denver, CO.
facebook- bandcamp
March 5, 2014
Polish doom band with female vocals is a fuzz worshippers dream
facebook- bandcamp
March 4, 2014
Sleazy, fat and dirty stoner metal riffs from down under.
facebook- bandcamp
March 2, 2014
Newly formed 70's inspired stoner doom band from Brazil.
facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 27, 2014
Expansive psychedelics and dusty grooves from Austria.
facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 25, 2014
Fuzzed-out heavy desert grooves from Catania, Italy.
facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 24, 2014
Get stuck in some sludgey stoner groove from South Carolina. facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 20, 2014
Heavy lightning in a bottle stoner boogie groove from Sweden. facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 19, 2014
Stirring progressive ambient doom from Bath, UK
facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 17, 2014
Intense instrumental sludgefuzz from these Guernsey blokes. facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 15, 2014
Swirling hypnotic heavy psychedelic rock from St. Petersburg, Russia. facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 10, 2014
Sultry and somber jazz-laden ambient doom from Genoa, Italy.
facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 8, 2014
Late 60's early 70's influenced heavy psychedelic rock from London.
facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 5, 2014
Death/Doom/Thrash from the mean streets of Adelaide, Australia.
facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 4, 2014
Doomy apocalyptic instrumental Sludge from Istanbul, Turkey.
facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 2, 2014
Spell-binding all-female occult doom from Ljubljana,Slovenia.
facebook- bandcamp
Feb. 1, 2014
Heavy heartfelt psychedelic jams from Heidelberg, Germany.
facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 30, 2014
Riff Heavy Stoner Doom with Southern grit from Athens, Greece
facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 27, 2014
Chest collapsing progressive heaviness from Ventura, CA
facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 25, 2014
Genre-defying atmospheric mood music from Tampere, Finland. facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 23, 2014
Freaked-out psychedelic space rock from Gothenburg, Sweden. facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 22, 2014
Swamp-infested grooves and fuzzy desert riffs from Portland,Oregon.
facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 21, 2014
BORDEL INFERNO Gritty heavy rock, solid riffs from Rio de Janiero.
facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 20, 2014
OVERLORD Melodic groove-oriented Heavy Rock from Oxford.
facebook- bandcamp
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.
facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 17, 2014
Smoke obsessed Stoner Doom from Slovenia. Free demo.
facebook- bandcamp

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Nuclear Dog's Atomic Split: Gozu - "The Fury of a Patient Man" / Spectral Haze - "Spectral Haze"

Today, dear and beloved followers of the doom, I will introduce to you two fine collections of metal music that fit nicely into the type of music we like to play, to hear, to enjoy, and to experience at Heavy Planet. The music of both bands in today's Atomic Split feature is quite refreshing in its originality and uniqueness, set apart from anything that might be mundanely classified as strictly stoner, doom, or psychedelic. One of the more exciting bands that make Small Stone Records home is Gozu; popular, powerful, and well established with earlier releases that have garnered a mighty following in the underground arena, and now releasing a new album that is brimming with, at the very least, anticipation and excitement. A relatively unknown act hailing from Norway without much history upon which to draw, Spectral Haze are relying here strictly upon the strength of their music. Today we review both and see how they each fare. So, without further adieu . . .



Gozu have enjoyed a level of success to this point in their career, due entirely upon their superb brand of stoner/doom music, garnering attention both with their initial 7 track EP release in 2008 and the release of their 2010 LP "Locust Season" on the Small Stone Records label by playing music that is deep, rich, and unique in much of its melodic makeup. The masterful riffs are ever present, blending a wonderfully rich texture of distortion and heft with a modicum of head snapping  funk. A unique and wonderful feature of Gozu's sound are the vocals, which are vibrant and athletic, combining with well crafted melodies that are always intelligent as well as pleasing. With such a high level of accomplishment for their EP and for the "Locust Season" LP there is no denying the anticipation accompanying the 2013 release of their second LP for Small Stone Records.

Gozu's band members, hailing from Boston, are listed as:

Marc Gaffney - vocals / guitar
Barry Spillberg - drums
Doug Sherman - guitar
Joe Grotto - bass

When you listen to "The Fury of a Patient Man" for the first time, as a fan of Gozu and their past music, you will instantly and immediately be filled with a sense of . . . not quite relief, really, but of satisfaction, because you will recognize what you know without yet knowing it, which is exactly what you want as a devotee of a band and their past accomplishments, music that is at once familiar and fresh. Familiarity is evident immediately, and freshness soon follows as song by song unfolds with Gozu's signature sound and quintessence. 

Gozu not only continue cranking out their muscular and deft brand of metal, but follow their previously established method of styling their songs after pop culture icons. One of the most notable on the new LP is the song "Charles Bronson Pinchot", a quick and melodic tank ride that combines adept and muscular riffs with Gaffney's spellbinding vocals. The song turns out to be brilliantly titled as it combines the sinewy fury of Charles Bronson with the more cultured overtones of Bronson Pinchot. 

"Snake Plissken" makes an appearance in the penultimate song showcasing a more direct vocal delivery combined with hairy, heavy guitar licks in a cage match delivery of blow upon blow of sound and fury.

Drawing upon their EP from 2008 Gozu have included "Traci Lords" on "The Fury of a Patient Man", and we can only guess as to why. The song is quality, as is all the music on any of their three releases, and certainly worthy here of inclusion among the nine original offerings.

Gozu have not disappointed in releasing their second full length album as "The Fury of a Patient Man" is stellar in delivery in every way and deserves aught but positives and superlatives for the work within it. This is a significant album, not only for Gozu, for Small Stone Records, for the stoner and doom genres, but for metal music in general because it conveys quality throughout, in every angle and plane, whether relishing the superb guitar work, marveling at the gifted clarion vocals, or basking in the melodic construction of each song. It is quite simply a landmark album.

((( facebook || bandcamp || reverbnation || last.fm || smallstone )))



I am not able to tell you much about Spectral Haze. I don't even know who the band members are. They hail from Oslo and they have a 4 song EP available on bandcamp.com or soundcloud.com. And that's all you need to know outside of what you will learn when you listen to these four 'little' tracks.

The music is a psychedelic romp through fuzz and distortion, led inexorably onward by eerie, screaming vocals that startle and haunt, but never get in the way of the beautifully crafted and delivered guitar riffs that mesmerize you through to the very core of your rock n' roll soul. 

The songs tend to quietly build in tempo and power eventually reaching an amplitude of magnificent levels that paves the way for payoff as the guitars carry out a melodic hook of exquisite delivery and caliber before abating back to the haunted environment of the opening, which is a near perfect description of "Kali Magick (Stepping Outside of Time).

The gradual climb to climax on "Kashf (Gaining Familiarity With Things Unseen Behind the Veils) is delivered with more fuzz and distortion than the previous track, and is a slower power climb to the all out delivery of overdriven amplification. 

Each song on this EP is a slow and satisfying power trip through a psychedelic landscape of vibrating strings and haunting melodies surrounding guitar hooks of exquisite delivery.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please share your comments...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...