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April 24, 2014
FANGEHarsh, noisey throat-torturing sludge from the depths of Rennes, France.
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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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Friday, May 10, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Kingsnake - One Eyed King of the Blind


You know, it’s a simple fact that we are all products of our environment and surroundings.  The sights, the sounds, the people and the overall vibe of the place where we live make us who we are…they define us.  Now I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the City of Brotherly Love…hell I even lived there for a stretch…so I can attest to just how ironic that moniker can be for a city that’ll chew you up and spit you out before you’ve even crossed the Schuylkill River.  Fact is Philadelphia is a place that relies on tough love versus brotherly love to instill a sense of pride, a measure of grit and an unflinching resolution in its residents.  So it should come as no surprise that the guys in Kingsnake call Philly home.  Just take one listen to the band’s sophomore record One Eyed King of the Blind, which was released back in March, and you’ll hear that swagger and confidence dripping from every bluesy, boozy, badass note.  

Now perhaps I’m reading too much into it, but Kingsnake’s opening statement here seems to be that they’re “all in” with this album.  You see, the first thing you’ll hear is the sound of a coin spinning, rattling and ultimately coming to rest, as if the band has just thrown down their ante in some high stakes, winner-take-all game of chance.  And with that, all bets are off as vocalist/guitarist Bill Jenkins, guitarist Brian Merritt, bassist Matt Kahn and drummer Matt Farnan simultaneously erupt into “Bullets & Kisses,” a song that begins life as a raunchy, boogie rock number, not unlike something you might hear from ZZ Top, and then shifts gears midway through, to become a slower, heavier slab of Sabbath inspired groove.  On subsequent tracks “Too Little Too Late” and “Fang of the Cobra,” they combine bluesy fuzz with raspy vocals, transporting you to some alternate rock universe where Warren Haynes is the front man for Clutch.  By the way, the latter of the two songs is my recommendation for your single track sample.  Dig that trippy organ…this one is killer.  

Speaking of bluesy, it doesn’t get much more so than on “Mountain Girl,” where Jenkins sings a sort of stoner Kumbayah in his gravelly voice while Kahn plucks out a steady bass line alongside Farnan’s beats.  Then, on the heels of a hoarse and throaty “just like that” from the vocalist, Merritt adds his guitar to the mix and the song settles into a sweet, 12-bar groove.  But the true showcase of the band’s dual guitar attack, not to mention more of that tasty organ, is sitting right at the album’s heart, with the well placed instrumental “Whispering Eye.”  And then Kingsnake finally kick up their heels and have a little fun on the folksy, acoustic ditty “Know the Way Down,” that is until the song takes on a more sinister tone during the electrified outro.  

The final third of the album ramps back up with “Mala Suerte” (Spanish for bad luck), which is a woe is me anthem that’ll have boots stomping and heads bobbing to its Southern fried, stoner rock hooks.  And that theme is continued on the album’s final two tracks “Mercy” and “Calling All,” at least in the musical sense.  The former rides the rails of a catchy, Maiden-esque riff into a bona fide blooze-fest; chock full of solos, sing-alongs and lyrics about chicks…“she’s a black haired, whisky momma…two-legged demoness with a crooked smile.”  While the latter closes out the album with one last bit of boogie-down braggadocio soaked in the spirit of true, outlaw rock n’ roll.  I’m certain that somewhere Ronnie Van Zant and Bon Scott are having cocktails and listening to Kingsnake.  

Look, you know I wouldn’t bullshit you.  In fact, have I ever steered you wrong?  Um…if that’s a yes, then don’t answer.  The bottom line is this.  In my quest to make sure you’re caught up on all things heavy, I think that One Eyed King of the Blind is an album that you need to know about.  So regardless of who you are, where you’re from or how that place has defined you, do yourself a favor and show Kingsnake a little brotherly love, will ya?

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