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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
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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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Zac's "Double Dose": Across Tundras / Whitcomb


Across Tundras: Electric Relics 

Like a tumble-weed rolling by in the scorched desert of the southwest I allowed Across Tundras' 2011 release Sage escape me entirely. By placing Sage at his number three spot of his year-end list Toby graciously reminded me that Across Tundras was not a band to be missed or a sound to be taken lightly. His July 2011 review praised the quirky combination of the country twang trickling from the guitar and the doom paced trudge of the rhythm section. This begot a sound which I can only describe as the soundtrack for the traveling lonely en route to desolation. Heeding my Heavy Planet sensei's call, I chose not to let Across Tundras latest release, entitled Electric Relics, escape me. Now, having patiently experienced both releases I am conscious of the isolation Sage brought and how well Across Tundras have aged with the achievement of Electric Relics. Bounteous in Classic-Americana, Tanner's signature crooning lead us down the desolate trail. There is still a very heavy side to what Across Tundras is doing, strongly influenced by doom and traditional heavy metal, but shrouded by years of weathering. Here on Electric Relics I sense a stronger influx of a hardened style of Alternate Country, still holding onto that Americana swagger. The kind of swagger that comes from a life-style of swingin' pickaxes and sledgehammers and having just enough energy to hold your head up at the end of a sixteen plus hour day to down an ice cold beer. Across Tundras create, what may be, one of the most difficult styles of music a writer must describe. Truly a genre of their own. Although it may sound straight forward... a simple combination of country and doom... there is so much more to this band and more specifically this album. The trio toy with loads of experimental psychedelia and, what sounds to me, as interesting time signatures (although I know absolute jack of musical method, structure and time signatures). Take for instance the track Driftless Caravan. Tying together a gallop of percussion and clanging brass, Across Tundras inject a toxic RIFF that gives Driftless Caravan the sensation of a flat tire. By that I mean that the instrumentation always seem to be cycling, but at the same time attempting to catch up to one another. Like everything is in time, but it isn't... Simply intoxicating. Although, the song that truly sums up the Across Tundras experience for this listener is track number six Castaway. With a trickle of that southern sweat Tanner's guitar weeps in excruciating loneliness as Castaway's heartbeat. A few taps of the brass and the rhythm section step in to build on the immensity of Tanner's RIFF. Castaway roams this repetitive path to the point of exhaustion where the tempo slows creating a climatic apex with the reflective lines, "Was it all just a dream... Is anything really what it seems? Nobody knows." And with that moment Castaway changes its course with an uplifting progression for higher land. Electric Relics is the perfect follow-up to their 2011 release Sage and the ideal theme for a strong man broken by the mundane and pains of the hard life. Spin Castaway below and get a vinyl copy at Across Tundras web-store.

Casey Perry - Drums // Percussion 
Mikey Allred - Bass 
Tanner Olson - Guitar // Vocals



Whitcomb: The Conqueror 

Looking for a fresh take on classic heavy metal? Look no further than Portland, Maine's Whitcomb. Not only does this quintet recreate that classic heavy metal sound, they do so injecting loads of melody making for an euphonious, albeit heavy, experience. With a blazing fifteen minute run-time Whitcomb's latest endeavor, The Conqueror, rushes your senses with a twin guitar attack backed up by some towering vocals. Heroically surging over the mix, Brant Dadaleares vocal ability is a pivotal characteristic for Whitcomb and their style of melo-metal (not to be confused with mellow). The band open The Conqueror with a juicey RIFF-FEST entitled Blind. Within thirty seconds you will be overcome by Brant's soaring singing, all the while the RIFFS continue to build up Blind. Herein I also find the drumming from Mark Sayer noteworthy. The clash of the cymbals to the rolling thunder hidden below the ascending guitars and vocals compliment and refine the three minute forty second, radio friendly song. Whitcomb do slow things down for the ballad-like To A Skull.  However, in the end expect their signature melodic rush throughout The Conqueror. Check out the official video for Blind below or get your copy from bandcamp or iTunes.

Brant Dadaleares - Vocals 
Andy Beavis - Guitars 
Sean Libby - Guitars // Vocals 
Ryan Fleming - Bass 
Mark Sayer - Drums // Vocals 

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