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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
Torpedo riffs, hazy grooves and cosmic stoner sleaze from Portland.
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March 13, 2014
Toxic, heavy southern groove metal attitude from Brazil.
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March 11, 2014
Somber, shoegazing post-metal sludge from Columbus, Ohio.
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March 10, 2014
Cosmic, gravity-defying stoner fuzziness from Sydney, Australia
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March 6, 2014
Fuzz-filled, snail-paced riff-praising doom from Denver, CO.
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March 5, 2014
Polish doom band with female vocals is a fuzz worshippers dream
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March 4, 2014
Sleazy, fat and dirty stoner metal riffs from down under.
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March 2, 2014
Newly formed 70's inspired stoner doom band from Brazil.
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Feb. 27, 2014
Expansive psychedelics and dusty grooves from Austria.
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Feb. 25, 2014
Fuzzed-out heavy desert grooves from Catania, Italy.
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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
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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.
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Feb. 8, 2014
Late 60's early 70's influenced heavy psychedelic rock from London.
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Feb. 5, 2014
Death/Doom/Thrash from the mean streets of Adelaide, Australia.
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Feb. 4, 2014
Doomy apocalyptic instrumental Sludge from Istanbul, Turkey.
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Feb. 2, 2014
Spell-binding all-female occult doom from Ljubljana,Slovenia.
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Feb. 1, 2014
Heavy heartfelt psychedelic jams from Heidelberg, Germany.
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Jan. 30, 2014
Riff Heavy Stoner Doom with Southern grit from Athens, Greece
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Jan. 27, 2014
Chest collapsing progressive heaviness from Ventura, CA
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Jan. 25, 2014
Genre-defying atmospheric mood music from Tampere, Finland. facebook- bandcamp
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Freaked-out psychedelic space rock from Gothenburg, Sweden. facebook- bandcamp
Jan. 22, 2014
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
Smoke obsessed Stoner Doom from Slovenia. Free demo.
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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday Sludge: Lothorian - "Welldweller"

I'm trying real hard not to wake up the rest of the family. You've got one passed out on the couch, another upstairs tossing and churning in a sea of stuffed dogs and Lego bricks, and who knows what kind o' shit the others could get into if they're shaken awake by the death rattling from my speakers. I may not have the luxury to "crank that shit," but a good pair of headphones should do the trick.

Belgium's Lothorian are no strangers to Heavy Planet, and we're finally able to give a fair tug to their six-track sonic titan Welldweller. If you read the rest of today's feature, you're wasting time you could spend buying this epic stoner-sludge landmark and getting unzipped with your buddies. Please, you're not gonna hurt my feelings. It's a fucking miracle I can even see through the haze well enough to wipe the mud from my computer screen.

Welldweller strikes hard and deep from the onset of Witchunt, creeping and humming toward a filthy drop of doom. The sound is immediately thick and beautifully slow, and it gets harder to pull away (or pull out) with each buzzing riff. The long roll of heavy-handed drums paces the coagulating molasses and listeners hang from a rotted vine that could break at any moment. It's a promising opener that'll numb away the vacuous routine you've adopted as "life."

The title track follows, burning through riffs and plodding under a Dax Riggs-esque vocal. As stoner elements jack up, the murk is dusted with quick grit for more than a textural departure. In fact, Lothorian begin sounding more like themselves as they expand their scope. The rhythmic crunch promised earlier is not only maintained, it's amplified. But as licks split away from first gear, Lothorian are busy crawling into the back of your head, digging for a place to fester.

The album hits its gait on Atmosphere and Doomsday Calling. There's no denying the fuzz, but doctors couldn't have warned of the immediate burning sensation. Atmosphere's stomp meets a cavernous cathedral vocal that serves as the male counterpart to Monarch's Emilie Bresson. The echoes and reverberations welcome the Electric Wizard-influence of Doomsday Calling. This seven-minute crusher holds a massive fucking Supercoven-inspired structure with doom strokes atop a foundation that can't be shaken. The song's bleak outlook is embraced while nooks and crannies are filled with nuance and lost hope. When the tempos lift, your greasy mane is blown back by Lothorian's second wind.

Unpredictable pacing on Cult is only part of the track's appeal. A return to the promise of sludge/doom form, these moments are the album's most dense and decadent. Drumwork is showcased, and how these riffs don't trip over their own thickness is an exercise in brilliance. As the sludge staggers, giants stomp out a village fire they clearly started. The riffage continues with Shallow Ground, a closer breeding an underlying accessibility through solid structure. We're taken on a sticky sway, locked in and slugged straight into our dullest senses. Your brain is rattled, your skull is scraped and caked. And you're sure to hit repeat and go right back for more.

Welldweller isn't gonna do anyone any good unless it's played LOUD. Whether it's filtered through a soundsystem or some mangled ear buds doesn't matter, really. The crushing weight of every note deserves your engrossment. Your girlfriend's gonna bitch about the footprints on the carpet. But did you really expect her to be understanding? Lothorian blend elements well-enough to clip a ring through your nose and drag you at varying speeds through the dark and the dirty. Thank you, sir! May I have another?

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