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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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Friday, February 15, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Low Gravity - Incarnadine


Having featured them as the "New Band To Burn One To" after the release of their debut EP two and a half years ago, Heavy Planet is no stranger to the rip roaring riffs and side splitting humor of Denver’s Low Gravity. Self-described as “four drinkers with a music problem who decided to form a support group that resulted in some shows”, it’s easy to see that these guys don’t exactly take themselves too seriously. And between you and me, that’s not necessarily a bad thing considering this is a genre that all too often does just the opposite. But just one listen through Low Gravity’s debut full length, Incarnadine, confirms that this is an altogether different kind of band, one that’s built around the heavy and the hysterical. So get your drinking shoes on, turn the volume up and come with me as I check out yet another album that you've more than likely missed.

Incarnadine starts with “(The) Crushing Black”, which serves as a perfect example of the patience that Low Gravity employs throughout the album. Like a V8 that just won’t turn over on the first crank, the band opens with the grind of a lone guitar and slowly, almost cautiously, layers each instrument into the fold until that engine rumbles to life with the throaty growl of a grizzly. The dual guitar attack of Jess Ellis and Austin Williams is no doubt the culprit of the band’s solid groove, but it’s the grimy, raw throated vocals of Devin Ferguson (also the bassist) that make Low Gravity sound so menacing. So how is that shit funny? Well for starters, the song is a tongue in cheek ode to…of all things…pirates. So lest you want to walk the plank, try not to chuckle as the vocalist roars “when I’m on solid ground, a lass next to me…the stench of that wench, reminds me of the sea” or my personal favorite, “two things that I have learned…trust in the northern star…and you can’t spell pirate…without I and Arrrgh.” 

“Satellite” goes through a similar progression as Low Gravity build towards a bouncing groove that’ll have you doing the pogo like its 1994. More hilarity ensues as Ferguson barks “I’m high, I’m not gonna lie…and I think I’ll hold this couch down tonight.” But the band spends the final five of the song’s eight and a half minutes running through an intense jam session that sees them tear down their wall of groove, transition it into a series of trippy guitar solos and then build it all back up again. And I guess that makes this as good a time as any to mention that, with a run time of over forty six minutes, the six tracks that make up Incarnadine are lengthy to say the least. In fact, it’s safe to say that Low Gravity squeeze more monolithic riffs and neck noodling breakdowns into just one of their songs than most bands manage to fit into an entire album.

Like “Blood Fine” which opens with one guitar being subtly strummed while the other is made to cry out like a psychedelic banshee before reverb from Ferguson’s bass shakes the earth, cymbals clamor for attention and the band implodes into a crestfallen death march. Here the band’s blithe sense of humor only serves to make you nervous as you question the sincerity of these lyrics…“when your flesh begins to char…I'll do a little dance…singing la, la, la, la”. Try and keep still as the pace quickens and the guitar reaches air raid proportions. You want to give Low Gravity a quick sample? This one is my pick of the litter.

"Lord of Time", the shortest track of the bunch, abandons the multiple tempos and rhythmic shifts…well kind of…in favor of a straight up, balls out approach that sees Ellis and Williams combining their attack to create huge chugga, chugga riffs. "27 Names" is built on the power of Low Gravity's rhythm section as Ferguson and drummer Adam Mullins dish out an aural drubbing while overlapping their screams to invoke every moniker ever associated with the prince of darkness. And once the vocals are forsaken and the jam is on, I fucking love the melodic dual guitars as the bass and drums keep plowing forward. And then Incarnadine is brought to a close with "Dëathūg", which opens with another dose of titanic riffing before morphing into a Down-inspired swamp romp with a bluesy backbone and Anselmo-like croon. The song ultimately closes with a sick guitar solo and becomes a full on, shit kicking, boot stomper before it's all said and done.

Look bro, you want gargantuan riffs, shape shifting song structures and vocals that'll bury you where you stand? Look no further, because Low Gravity is a band that will topple you with their mountainous groove while they keep you guessing with their wicked sense of humor. Just be sure to take it all with a grain of salt my man, because chances are, they're not laughing at you…they're laughing with you. But then again…that could just be the booze talking.



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