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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
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.
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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 17, 2013

Sunday Sludge: Your Highness - Blue Devils (EP)

Well, put tits on an album cover and you'll fool anyone. Throw wings on the girl and it's hard to argue. But I'd better not find disappointment when I crack the plastic. It worked when I was a sprung teenager and went half-mast every time I played Ween's Chocolate and Cheese or QOTSA's self-titled. Tits or slates, those were incredible, formative albums that helped mold me into the sensitive, respectful stoner-sludge misanthrope that today slouches before you. But poseurs like Atreyu and Saving Abel have picked up on the seductive draw of shadowed skin and used it to scam both squirrel and tickets. So I don't dare go all Lita Ford and let my dick make a purchase.

Belgium's Your Highness stunned sludge-slingers in 2011 with their three-track Cults n' Cunts, a blues-metal barrage of stoner-sludge groove. Here on Blue Devils, they don't rely on trickery or sex (fun cover, though) to sell their sound, they simply pluck muddy southern dive-bar fist pumps and an aggressive sludge swamp sting akin to Alabama Thunderpussy and Grizzly. What results is three fucking killer tracks searing your flesh and banging your head.

Down-tuned, deep fried, and more than a tad despondent, Low Country Exiles sets off stickin' a fuzzy finger straight into the mist. Vocals scrape to make sense of a barren wasteland, faced with the death of what was once promising. As thick as it is, Your Highness have no trouble kicking into high gear, intermittent with fur and oozing at the corners with sticky sweetness. Steady drum puddles somehow manage to keep pace with a bass thread stapled to stoner guitar chops. Stop licking your sutures, pooch.

Follow that up with Wrack and Ruin and you've got a shared torment. Slow-grooved and violent, this retributive slab brims and buzzes with the confidence that comes from thickened skin. The sand-blasting of coiled angst is absolutely delicious, lighting a match under rhythms as guitars hover and slice through everything in sight. The murky solos and drowning hope formulate a bouncing confederate sludge that might help you forget about the dead hooker under the mattress.

If eighteen minutes doesn't sound like it'd suffice, just trust me. The title-track closer may wave a white flag, but it also might be your enemy's final gasp of deception. Here a scratchy, bluesy slide geetar swells into a dense thicket of endless, thorny jabs. Laid-back? Maybe. But Your Highness are never off their guard. Drenched in fuzz and chasing gnarled gravel with sloshed whiskey, the band breaks midway to stomp toward the creek and bury their secrets. The screech to a halt breeds a Warren Haynes slide step before exploding into a wet Appalachia moonshine toast of sweat and soil. Goddamn, how'd we get here? And how long can we stay?

My buddy Zac lit up my day when he introduced this EP. And now, little man, I pass this on to you. There's so much stoner-sludge goodness resonating from these three tracks that I doubt you'll notice the tits. What you will notice, over time, is a drift in your attention to hygiene, day-to-day tasks, and interpersonal relationships. It's easy to see how eighteen minutes can evolve into several days, given your inability to stop the bleeding. Your Highness don't rely on gimmicks, they just sludge-n-roll with the snarl of an old dog trotting for scraps. When the skin starts to sag, Blue Devils is still gonna have plenty o' bite.

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