Sleep + Pharaoh Overlord @ Bataclan (Paris, 08.10.19)
A 4/20 surprise release from stoner rock progenitors Sleep. This 12” single reissue of 2014’s The Clarity is 9 minutes and 51 seconds of thick, slo-mo time travel. The b-side of the 12" features brand new etching artwork by Dave Kloc.
With The Dead - I Am Your Virus
Doom is all around us. The optimism of a new millennium has steadily disintegrated. The light at the end of the tunnel turned out to be a burning tower block and the powers-that-be are dancing in the smouldering ruins. Humanity is eating itself and we’re all terminally fucked. As a result, it makes perfect sense that the emergence of British #doom_metal mavens With The Dead would strike a dissonant chord with so many people. Formed in 2014 by former Cathedral/Napalm Death frontman and #Rise_Above_Records boss Lee Dorrian and ex-Electric Wizard/Ramesses bassist/guitarist Tim Bagshaw, the band coalesced in a monetary burst of spontaneity and shared fury, resulting in the release of their eponymous debut album in 2015: one of that year’s most widely acclaimed releases and a welcome shot in the arm for fans of merciless, unrelenting sonic despair.
Your World Will Hate This Orange Goblin London, UK
Dan Tobin, Gez Walton, Dominic Sohor, Steve Finch, Jonathan Madgwick, Lewis Hoadley, Jay ’Griz’ Binstead, Adam Chmarny, Andrew Horsburgh, Darren Toms de Candlelight Records, Lee Dorrian et Jane Skipper de Rise Above Records et enfin, mais non des moindres, les hordes de fans d’Orange Goblin du monde entier qui continuent à soutenir le groupe par leur soutien et leur réflexion après 25 ans......nous vous saluons !
GEEZER’s Pat Harrington – Riff Relevant
New York’s GEEZER has had a nonstop progression since their start in 2012. The steadily increasing discography starts with their debut full-length ‘Electrically Recorded Handmade Heavy Blues‘ (2013), then ‘Gage‘ (2014), a split release to start off the Ripple Music series ‘Second Coming Of Heavy: Chapter One‘ (2015), their self-titled ‘Geezer‘ (2016), ‘Psychoriffadelia‘ (2017), live release ‘A Flagrant Disregard for Happiness‘ (2017), last year’s ‘Spiral Fires‘ EP (2019), and now their just-released, brilliantly bluesy fuzzed, full-length ‘Groovy‘ (2020).
Based in Kingston, NY, Geezer formed in 2012 and have made a bluesy spirit a staple of their approach, and especially with 2014’s Gage and their 2016 self-titled leading into Psychoriffadelia, they expanded this idea to more open, jammier explorations, a take on heavy psychedelia still informed by the swamp that led to their first European tour in 2017, including Freak Valley Festival in Germany. They have shared stages with High on Fire, Acid King, Nebula, Earthless, Ufomammut and many more. After spending the better part of the last three years touring, writing and solidifying their lineup around guitarist/vocalist Pat Harrington, bassist Richie Touseull, drummer Steve Markota, the Kingston-based trio return with what is unquestionably their most realized work to-date, Groovy. It is their fourth long-player and solidifies their approach to trippy, heavy blues and classic songwriting.
“I had a dream about Lemmy,” says Matt Pike, explaining the inspiration behind the title of High on Fire’s triumphant eighth album Electric Messiah.
“When Lemmy was still alive I always got compared to Lemmy,” the gravelly-voiced guitarist elaborates, “so I had this dream where he got pissed at me. He gave me a bunch of shit, basically, and was hazing me. Not that he didn’t approve of me, but like I was being hazed. The song is me telling the world that I could never fill Lemmy’s shoes, because Lemmy’s Lemmy. I wanted to pay homage to him in a great way. And it turned out to be such a good title that the guys said we should call the album Electric Messiah. Although at first the working title was ‘Insect Workout With Lemmy’,” he adds with a big laugh.
For all the dream visions and historical epics, the state of the real world permeates Pike’s writing on Electric Messiah as well, none more blatantly than on the bluesy closing track “Drowning Dog”. “That one is about the media and the tomfoolery that’s going on,” Pike explains. “You’re either left or right. Do you see how they’ve divided us through the media? I’m basically saying, ‘Do you see how stupid we are?’ Someone’s gotta speak out and say shit like that, or we’re going to continue to be worse slaves over time. They set this shit up so they can keep us under wraps. What they’re afraid of is us ascending and evolving and understanding our past for real. That was the point of a lot of this last album. People not reading the writing on the wall.”
Burn Through High on Fire’s Crushing Stoner Metal Discography on Bandcamp
While every High on Fire record sticks to a fairly consistent musical palette, they’re not like AC/DC, Motörhead, or any other band whose fundamental inability to stray from the path is their defining feature. Nothing released under the High on Fire name has ever sounded like anything but High on Fire, yet no two songs are quite the same. Across the band’s eight studio albums, Pike has made huge leaps as an arranger, a melody writer, a singer, and a frontman, all while maintaining the essential centrality of The Riff, and he’s done it all without once putting on his shirt—inspiring. Here’s a guide to their catalogue.
Where to Begin With Ripple Music’s Heavy, Freaky Fuzz Rock
Like so many indie labels that emerged during the primordial early days of the vinyl revival, Ripple Music was never meant to be a label at all. At first, it was a blog called The Ripple Effect, co-founded by former DJ (and current surgeon) Todd Severin and former Blind Justice singer John Rancik. The site built a diehard base of readers by covering heavy music with an outsider’s perspective and a fan’s enthusiasm, and within a few short years, they were an authoritative source on heavy psych, stoner doom, and proto-metal.
Dopethrone lace their songs with plenty of samples, most about drugs of course, and those vocals definitely tie everything together, and help make these guys sound different than the rest of their stoner/sludge brethren, and make this one of the best chunks of slow and low heaviness... BURN HEAVY)))
Gronibard par exemple, si j’ai bien suivi ce n’est plus du doom mais du pornogrind
Causa Sui are a Danish band that experiment with space #rock/#stoner styled #improvisations until the cows come home and go back out again. Summer Sessions is a 3 CD set jam packed with classic pieces of totally #instrumental mood changes, re-released on CD after the initial vinyl runs went like hot cakes.
Tout est bon chez Causa Sui, y compris ces sessions de 2008.
Deux albums plus récents aussi (2013 et 2016) tout aussi excellents.
C’est un groupe totalement #indépendant, ils font tout par eux même.
Je piste les #vinyles (tous très beaux) mais la cote est déjà assez haute...
Rejoined by their original vocalist, Scott Reagers, SAINT VITUS delivers nothing less than the truest and most enduring representation of original and fundamental doom metal
From the very first guitar chords, that unmistakable frying, sizzling, and wailing signature sound of Dave Chandler, any adherent of classic doom metal will immediately know: this is SAINT VITUS.
12 years in the tomb - #saint_vitus
En proposant un #stoner #rock répétitif et hypnotique, Sleep porte bien son nom. Le trio californien fait partie de ces groupes qui ne se sont jamais remis du #rock_progressif des années 1970, et qui s’acharnent a en perpétuer l’héritage, et plus particulièrement celui du groupe Black Sabbath. Les deux premiers albums de Sleep, considérés comme ayant largement contribué au développement de la scène stoner rock, tendance #doom, les positionne comme un groupe incontournable de cette scène de nostalgiques (...)