dinsdag 2 september 2014

Electric Super Sex – Burning Man


Electric Super Sex – Burning Man
Self released – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Space Instrumental
Rated: ***

Somewhere on the outskirts of Barreiro, Portugal four amigos have been aiming for those spaced out stoner sounds drifting through the galaxy. They have been trying to catch them and make them their own. And on the EP Burning Man, the quartet named Electric Super Sex, produce some damn fine instrumental ruckus. Not so much space rock as that it does not seem to soar through the night sky; but it does use those cosmic elements we all love so dearly. Just listen to that guitar blaze in full glory and those slow groovy bass lines underneath. Too bad we only have two jams to feast our ears on. So let’s hope the Electric Super Sex can pull themselves away from all those lusty women lying around in their beds and produce some more of this tasty cosmic rock!

(Written by JK)



The Order of Israfel – Wisdom


The Order of Israfel – Wisdom
Napalm – 2014
Rock, Doom, Stoner
Rated: ****

Founded by Tom Sutton of Church of Misery fame the band is made up out of Swedish grunts that earned their spurs in band such as Doomdogs, Lotus and Wildebeest. And now they come together under the flag baptized as The Order Of Israfel. A band name that promises occult and obscure doom and which aims to sound like a mixture of mostly Black Sabbath and Candlemass. And on their debut album Wisdom they succeed with ease and have just enough other influences to make it something completely their own. With some natural, eastern, punky and folky moments the album is more than just a new doom rock masterpiece. It is a piece of art that hides its true soul until the third track The Noctuus has passed. For until that moment you think you are treated to some doom rock infused with stoner. But The Earth Will Deliver What Heaven Desires suddenly moves off into much more experimentation and into something natural and folky offset by the punky fast-paced The Order that follows. And after this you know that everything is possible; all you need to do is listen to the Wisdom shared by The Order Of Israfel…

(Written by JK)



zondag 31 augustus 2014

Lord Montague – Lord Montague



Lord Montague – Lord Montague
Self released – 2014
Proto-Doom, Heavy Blues, Hard Rock
Rated: ****

Lord Montague worship the riff, the blues and the fuzz box. If Blue Cheer had jammed with Sir Lord Baltimore and tried to invent themselves as Black Sabbath when they were still called “Earth”, this could well have been the result. This is primitive voodoo being worked on the listener. Caveman riffs are powered along by this three-piece who never let the pace slacken or fade away. Bands first, self produced albums often have a raw, live feel and this is no exception – luckily this genre of music is well suited to an underground feel. You can feel the sweat of small venues drip off the notes being played and the vocals have the desperate pitch of too many shitty rehearsal rooms with no ventilation and shoddy P.A.’s being hired. This is the real thing people – played from the heart at a very loud volume. I get the feeling that these guys would be cranking these songs out even if no-one else would ever get to hear them. There is a joyous explosion of freedom when the solos are being flung out on top of the tracks that seem to be missing from a lot of today’s music. This is not scene or genre driven, just great instinctive playing that rocks big time. And because they are good people, it is name your price from Bandcamp.

(Written by Tony)



Narrow House – Thanathonaut


Narrow House – Thanathonaut
Solitude Productions/BadMoodMan Music – 2014
Rock, Doom, Prog, Metal
Rated: ****

With all the horrible news coming out of the Ukraine, it felt right to finally bring some good tidings from that part of the world. In this case we are referring to the album Thanathonaut by Kiev quartet Narrow House. The band started out in 2009 when all was well in their home country and released their first record A Key To Panngrieb back in 2012. But their new release is something else. Their highly atmospheric and powerful progressive doom metal captivates and elevates. Filled with striking and excellent use of saxophones, choirs and cellos the guys have produced ten strong compositions that move more towards the symphonic spectrum than anything else. Sure we hear their death, black and doom metal influences but they are so expertly offset by their intelligent use of orchestral elements that the bleak and desolate environment almost become angelic. Remarkable, intriguing and tremendously impressive. Thanathonaut is truly majestic and monumental!

(Written by JK)




Mindwarp – Mindwarp


Mindwarp – Mindwarp
Acid Cosmonaut Records – 2014
Rock, Psych, Stoner, Instrumental
Rated: ***

The Italian three-piece Mindwarp produces some fine instrumental heavy psychedelic goodness on their first self-titled EP. Four tracks that seek out the boundaries of the psychedelic space they occupy. Which is mainly due to their very jam-like compositions that are chuck full of stoned riffs and tweeky grooves. It is obvious these freaks know how to handle their instruments and they show us this to such an incredible degree that it seems to capture your attention and refuses your mind to let go. And on every moment your mind almost wanders or warps the music changes and the groove takes on an entirely different dimension. Which leaves you lost and disoriented between two devious book-ends. Do you want to space out? Or do you want to ride the groove until it turns your legs to jell-o?

(Written by JK)



zaterdag 30 augustus 2014

On Top – Top To Bottom


On Top – Top To Bottom
HPGD Productions – 2014
Rock, Hard, Metal, Punk
Rated: ****

Something sleazy and dirty comes our way. Sounding like the best from the eighties but more like rambunctious hardrock from present day. They pretend to be really dodgy and seedy and surely have something sordid and gritty in their dna. But can just as easily be appreciated like a fine wine cabernet. Sorry, I went a bit overboard again. But that is the tendency when you’re listening to the Pennsylvanian trio On Top and have their cover art in front of you. Their high energy raunchy hard rock moves towards Turbonegro on some moments, Nashville Pussy on others or towards something straight out of the dirty underbelly of LA. With damn fine kick in the nuts drumwork and powerbass rumble and rolls it is the guitar that does most of the talking. The new kid in town, guitarist Brian Davis fills the shoes of Alex Kulick to an excellent degree. And then there are the swaggering screams and hardcore style shouts which are simply inciting and contagious. With their four track EP Top To Bottom, On Top have delivered their best recording to date. But you need to see them live to truly be buried beneath this full frontal fun party force!

(Written by JK)



vrijdag 29 augustus 2014

Steak – Slab City


Steak – Slab City
Napalm – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Hard
Rated: ****

The world needs heroes. We need them to save the day, to deliver us from the forces of evil and to show us a damn good time. The UK quartet Steak will do all of the above given enough time. But decided to start off by entertaining us to the max with their debut full-sized album Slab City. We know they have their heart in the right place and have a good sense of humor judging by their EP Corned Beef Colossus and ofcourse the Glanshammer video. But with their new album they turn us on to their heavy side, their full on motoring riff explosions and their steamy hot desert quality. Oh, but let’s get Pisser out of the way first. The highly Kyuss sounding track that has John Garcia delivering guest vocals. Damn fine song, but by no means the best on the album. For that we start at the beginning. The true blast off that is Coma. A slow building intro that has you on the edge of your seat; shifting gear and thundering down the early morning freeway still sounding like Genghis Khan on an iron horse. This is true motoring stoner for the marauding cavalry heading for some mean-spirited place to wreak havoc. And this goes on as Liquid Gold continues into Slab City and ends with Old Timer D.W. The track that has you watching the sun rise over a completely wasted field full of empty beer cans, passed out hillbillies, bikers and dying fires. Yes, it had been a good party and one only a few of us will ever remember. But that’s okay. Cause luckily we still have Steak to jog our memory…

(Written by JK)




donderdag 28 augustus 2014

Grifter – Return Of The Bearded Brethren


Grifter – Return Of The Bearded Brethren
Ripple Music – 2014
Rock, Hard, Blues, Stoner, Southern
Rated: *****

They’re back. With their very own crackling and sneaky humor the bourbon soaked beards have returned and delivered a second album which might be even better than their debut. We are ofcourse talking about Grifter! The UK trio that wooed us back in 2012 with their damn fine first full-sized record. Well, on Return Of The Bearded Brethren they have worked with producer Rich Robinson and had Tony Reed do the masters. Boosting the stomp and thump and lifting the sound to goliath proportions. And where the debut convinced with sheer passion, massive grooves and booze fueled riffs. The new album shows their growth and delivers all that we loved from the earlier work with more determination and with an almost buoyant laidback devil may care attitude. And yes, we can still chug with their chugging speed and go manic on the absolute baffling drums. And did I mention the vocals are better and the axes seem to radiate? It is simple amigos, Grifter knows how to rock like the macho’s in green tights they are! And for that, we must give praise and thank them! Hooray you silly buggers!

(Written by JK)



woensdag 27 augustus 2014

Hobo Magic – Hobo Magic


Hobo Magic – Hobo Magic
Self released – 2014
Rock, Seventies, Stoner, Psych
Rated: ****

They hail from Noosa, Australia just north of Brisbane and they have been playing together since the impressionable age of twelve. Well, until almost exactly a year ago when the drummer left and Bullfrog took his place. The three amigos trucked around doing gigs in rundown parts of town and in tiny garages when their parents weren’t looking. Like true musical vagrants they searched the entire catalogue for everything true and inspiring. After which it was also reasonable to call themselves Hobo Magic. And it definitely is some kind of charming trickery they pull off on their first self-titled release. Like their fellow countrymen Redcoats they are highly inspired by everything that came from the late sixties and early seventies. They move you and curdle your blood with their slower and melodic parts and have you dancing like an age old demon whenever they opt to go wild and wonderful. There is this definite natural and unkempt feeling about these six breathtaking tracks. They mean what they do and they do what they feel like. You can feel it. Just listen to The Lake for instance. It’s earnest and full of powerful stuff. There is a true search going on here. A journey to find righteous grooves and perhaps to reveal who or what is behind the curtain. Can you handle the truth? Can you handle Hobo Magic?

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 26 augustus 2014

Dragoon – Motototem



Dragoon – Motototem
Self released – 2014
Fuzz, Drone, Stoner, Psych, Acid, Blues
Rated: *****

Dragoon are a duo from Brazil and have produced a slab of mad grooviness that delivers on both tunes and powerful blues stoner that draws upon the heavier side of the psychedelic world. Drum machines are used that do give a slight industrial feel but seems to be used mostly as a means to get a pounding, driving beat which is fine by me. Clean guitars start the songs off but when the bass and guitar fuzz boxes get stomped upon, the whole thing is propelled into some mixture of a strange Stooges soundtrack that can only be played when watching 70’s Godzilla films! The vocals which go from crooning to distorted howls, add a dream/nightmare edge to the feeling of total immersion into the trip that is Dragoon. Artful song writing means riffs meld into quiet interludes with whispered refrains before the ride into the swirling landscape of fucked up acid blues starts again. And because these guys are cool it is a free download. What’s stopping ya!

(Written by Tony)



maandag 25 augustus 2014

Small Stone flooded; fundraiser underway...


Small Stone flooded; fundraiser underway...

After seeing the horrible devastation at the Small Stone office; JJ Koczan from The Obelisk took it upon himself to start a fundraiser campaign to help owner Scott Hamilton get back on dry land. After only a few days already half of the target amount has been reached. So, c’mon… Reach out!

“In August 2014, bad storms dumped flood waters all through the Detroit area, including into the offices of Small Stone Records, the label home of Sasquatch, Wo Fat, Greenleaf, Lord Fowl, Dixie Witch, Roadsaw and so many others. Gear and product were both destroyed and insurance in Michigan is crap, so we're coming together to help Scott from Small Stone with some of the massive expense of cleaning up from this flood. Scott's support for heavy music over the last 19 years that he's run Small Stone has never wavered and this is a chance to help somebody who's helped us by enriching our lives with great bands and great riffs. Every bit helps. Thank you for your support."

--Please note that YouCaring.com takes no fees from donations and unlike other sites, ALL THE MONEY YOU DONATE GOES DIRECTLY TO HELP SCOTT.





Desert Age


Desert Age

You’ve been seeing it pop-up across the various stoner, desert and doom affiliated websites. And since we all loved Such Hawks, Such Hounds and the other little ditties that told us more about the origins of the stoner and desert scene we cannot do anything but applaud those who want to venture even deeper into the subject. So here is the Desert Age crew. They’re raising money via the indiegogo site and are already 100% funded. They want to record for us and our distant future the impact that everything has had that has come out of the desert on the musical landscape. Focusing mainly on the Californian scene and on what it has come to mean… We can’t wait to feast our eyes and our ears! So be ready when the summer of 2015 is here and the Desert Age is burning hot…

And check out the extra footage already out there…




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