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April 21, 2014
TOKERidiculous riffing, slow and nasty doom grooves from Wilmington, NC.
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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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Thursday, March 7, 2013

LP Review: Soul by Thalamus


Think of a Deep Purple song. Got one? Good. You thinking of Smoke on the Water? No? You thinking of another tune sung by Ian Gillan? Child In Time, perhaps, or Highway Star? Seems like when anybody thinks of a Purple tune it’s that classic Mark II lineup that comes to mind, the one with Gillan out front blowing everybody away alongside the powerful crunch of Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar.

But there were and are many shades of Deep Purple. In their original incarnation they were a heavy psychedelic band, reworking and warping Beatles’ tunes. And after Gillan left they got bluesier, found some soul and swagger when the pipes of Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale were fitted into their heavy metal machine. This is referred to as the Mark III lineup and Thalamus, who hail from Sweden, must be fans of this era.

But with all that talk about Purple, the first track on their new album, This House is Going Down in Fire starts out sounding like a different classic rock band, thanks to Kjell Bergendahl’s Billy Gibbons warble. But then the backing vocals come soaring over top, clear as a bell and looking down on this dirty boogie tune. Visions of Mark III Purple have to start dancing in your head.  Especially with their classy use of the organ on this album, which adds texture while filling in the spaces between the rhythm section and guitar.

That organ carries The Caveman’s Crib, even popping up for that rarest of appearances these days, the organ solo. Soul, is a funky ballad, with pleading heartfelt vocals and an unassuming groove that will have you bobbing yer head before the song is through. Follow the White Rabbit has you chasing the riff down the rabbit hole, only to come out on the other side Where the Roses Never Fade. All these tunes are great. They are deceptively catchy and vary enough so that you can’t help but pay attention.

But be warned- this album ain’t a balls out riff fest. This is a heavy, groovy, SOULful record that brings back memories of a time I only known through digging in my old man’s vinyl. Thalamus say this record is “plain seventies hard rock in a modern suit... with just a little flirt towards a progressive side.” The suit fits gentlemen, please continue to wear it.

  Their new stuff seems to be in short supply, so help yourself to this track of their previous album and get ready for Soul, which you can buy here or here on March 12. 




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