Grenadeers – Chasing The Stereotype
Self released – 2016
Rock, Desert, Stoner, Pop
A guest spot for Alain Johannes on the fourth track The Herd and the entire EP Chasing The Stereotype is mixed by the good man as well. Okay, you’ve got my attention! We are talking about a new six-piece outfit from The Netherlands called Grenadeers. And on their first six songs strong EP Chasing The Stereotype we get a hefty dose of stonerpop and robotic desert rock in the vein of Queens Of The Stone Age and the European bands that popped up after they all heard the magic that comes from the Palm Desert and the Rancho De La Luna studio. It also moves decidedly towards one of the other bands Alain Johannes was or is part of, Arthur Channel. Especially in the way they explore big vistas and grand gestures, which is definitely the big plus of the six tracks on this EP. And for those explorations they use no less than three guitarist. Which makes them sound big in almost every way. And after having the EP on repeat for a day or two we can only state that even though Grenadeers might not be as raw or gritty as you would love them to be. It is every bit as robotic and danceable. Which makes it just as easy to fall in love with!
Rock, Fuzz, Noise, Experimental, Punk, Psych, Stoner
We’ve been mentioning the good man of Vidaguerrilla in various Quick Fire Friday segments and that BuzZz feed thing we did. But when the new 7” arrived at our doorstep it felt only right to do something more. Simply called Major Destroyer Records presents…, the vinyl is brought to you by the record company in the title. Two sides, four tracks and all of them completely overladen with fuzz and with enough noise to fill your eardrums to the max. But it never starts to overrule the compositions. Which are clear but experimental. From it comes the vision of the true outsider. A righteous Howard Roark or a character from a Henri Barbusse novel. There are desires that stir in him and separates him sharply from other people. You can feel the confusion and the bewilderment. And still some form of contentment or perhaps acceptance. And that problem stems from that earthly vibe, cause even if the clamor is ever present you can feel its simple touch through it all. A last gunslinger if ever there was one…
Rock, Psych, Stoner, Alternative, Eighties, Nineties
Voodoo Idol, a female fronted power trio from Moscow, Russia. Sense, their debut album, released about two weeks ago. Sleepytime, the first mind blowing song on the record. With an underlying storytelling eighties rumbling bass, which seems to belong to Wall of Voodoo or Stan Ridgway (reminding of Bel-Air Blues) (which in turns stems from the nursery rhyme Brother John), that first track takes you by storm. It might be caused by my love for those two earlier mentioned acts, but for me it has turned into a might worm. It has hooked it's voodoo claws in my brain and will not release its hold. I cannot seem to get enough of that first song or the rest of the album for that matter. Nine concise tracks in all, that are beautiful and have this sort of polyrhythmic aggressiveness to it, perhaps thanks to that edgy voice of vocalist and guitarist Alina Goldobina. It sounds like cracked crystal and is exactly the right color for their kind of music. Which also turns groovy and danceable once we get further down the tracks, nineties alternative inspired and… Shit, let’s stop beating around the bush here and just state the absolute obvious: I love this album. Sense, by Voodoo Idol is exactly the kind of record I need at this moment of time. And I am sure everyone reading this will be just as smitten!
It’s amazing that after all the abuse instrumental jam bands have taken over the years that there are still new records coming out with this much feverish energy and thrilling atmospheres on it which even gets better the second time you hear it.
We love Baby Woodrose. And have been loving these Danish freaks since their beginning now about fifteen years ago. And when the new single and video Open Doors was released we knew the upcoming album was going to be one sweet ass ride once again. And we were definitely right, cause Freedom is beautiful. The concept and the album, on which they definitely profess their thoughts on the concept as well. In songs like 21st Century Slave and Mind Control Machine it is obvious. But it flourishes on almost every song and definitely makes this album something even more righteous than before and adds without a doubt to the quality. Lorenzo and the boys definitely wanted to profess more than just their love for psychedelic, garage and free rock. They want to tell their truth and we can only listen, nod our heads and agree. But ofcourse there are those of out there who care little for messages and just want to bang out and rock hard. Look no further! Cause Baby Woodrose takes care of all comers and will disappoint nobody! Get hooked and find Freedom!
Seeing them live last year only secured my love for these freaks. Which is good, since it had been growing like wildfire ever since back around 2012 when Legend Of The Space Born Killer came out. Which ofcourse was sort of re-released as Something Supernatural two years later. And then the band decides to take cues from Hunter S. Thompson as well. Well, I guess when yer right, yer right. Yes, we are referring to the Crobot freaks, which have released a new album called Welcome To Fat City. And it’s still powerful funky hardrock which pays homage to the blues roots of old and all that goodness from the seventies. And thanks for the groovy nineties take on this all they sound like a Crobot defined. This is their very own sound and its sounds insanely good!
They entered the Doom Chart of October 2016 on an impressive third spot. And just like the fact that their Super Van Vacation record made the Stoner HiVe Top 20 countdown of 2011. We can count on this new release to make that list as well. And rightfully so! For the third full-sized album Repeated Exposure To by Greek quartet 1000Mods is chuck full of fuzzy riffs, wide guitar vistas and unquestionable good hooks. They’ve been around for exactly ten years now and have without a doubt delivered many great EP’s and albums, but this new record feels like the exact right chaser. Aggressive when it wants to be, wild and groovy or even bluesy. This album has it all, washes down all that came before and is a definite crowning achievement after ten years of playing.
And the boys are on tour through Europe. So check out their schedule and catch them live!
We knew something heavy was at work, constantly pulling the ever darkening cloud-cover southeast. Slowly covering everything from horizon to horizon. It was a low full look all of us recognized. More heaviness was to come… And there was the idea that this storm might be the worst they’d ever seen…
Every month again. Over and over. All of us are amazed by the huge quality and enormous quantity of all the new records released. We cannot stress enough that there is a large pool of us music fiends who send in their lists every month and from it the Doom Chart is deduced. Which means that there are even more albums out there that just did not make this simple list, due to the fact that only a few of us voted for it. It is also the reason for the quick turnaround for certain albums, there are just more and more great ones pounding at the door waiting to be heard. And we all gladly listen and give’m all a chance. Cause we love our heaviness and can’t wait for every one of those storms to be unleashed…
Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, radio and podcasters and album reviewers from the doom-stoner underground around the globe. Each month, our critics submit their picks for the best new doom-sludge metal and stoner-psychedelic rock albums. The results are compiled and tabulated into the chart below. This is a one-stop shop for the best new albums in the world…
Pioneering musicians from Christbait, Legends of Motorsport, Blood Duster and DernRutlidge who have all been playing together for a long time in various incarnations and now continue the journey with The Ruiner. Their nine track self-titled record definitely sounds more mature than the 1996 Dirtypunkmutha album Christbait put out. Which is logical since that was 20 years ago. I unfortunately will never become a big fan of these kind of vocals. But when it is done with this intensity, as if the singer might collapse on stage after three songs, you can only admire it and give credit where credit is due. Sharp like a razor and performed right there on the very edge. That’s right. And with a highly metallic bass vide and ditto riffs the tracks soon become this fine mash of stoner metal and sludge. But then the fourth track 10 Paces rolls around and the vocals turn cleaner and the composition bluesier. And I like it. I like it when those other vocals are there as well. It turns this second half of the album into something much more enjoyable. Are those first few songs bad? Hell no, it’s just that the latter are much better and we are mighty glad to have The Ruiner around!
In about two weeks’ time Kozmic Wanton will
unleash their debut effort unto the world. Born out of the ashes of Gods Monkey
the guys behind the new outfit are the main songwriting duo that was GodsMonkey, Stephan van de Kimmenade and Chilco Dobbelsteen. With a handful of
songs the duo dove into the studio under guidance of Theo van Rock and Pieter
Kloos. They ofcourse searched for extra hands to help out and found those when
bassist Onno Kortland (Stuurbaard Bakkebaard) and drummer Jacco van Rooy
(Suimasen/7Zuma7/Motorpsycho) showed up. The four tracks featured are without a
doubt accomplished. Damn fine grooves, positive sounds and tasty hooks. Four
compositions that keep your attention fixed at the horizon and your ear to the
ground. Much bigger in their aim and vistas than ever before. Gradiose rock, that's what it is! There’s a lot to discover here even if it’s only fifteen minutes of
Kozmic Wanton fun. Fifteen minutes of great Kozmic Wanton fun!
The second full-sized album Body Cults by Danish freak out six-piece Narcosatanicos is one hell of a trip! A bad trip! And that’s what it is truly aimed at, to stimulate or emulate the waves of paranoia and mind warbling that comes with the bad trip. Sure, the album is drowned in fuzz and guitar noise. But it is the Saxophone that takes center stage here. Inducing without any trouble immeasurable levels of anxiety and nervousness. It screams and screeches and claws at your brain with its sharp nails. It is an intense ride and one filled with small bits of exuberance and euphoria, those momentary flashes of brilliant light at the end of the tunnel. But for the most part it is a penetrating punky experience full of difficult corners of angst you need to navigate and crazed hallucinations you seem to have to suffer through. But we gladly do it, cause we all deserve a legendary freak out from time to time!
Stone Animals is a power trio from the outskirts of San Antonio. And on their debut self-titled five track they bring forth that unholy mixture of doom, psych and stoner. All doused in heavy rock and drowned in fuzz. It is the contrast between the lo-fi almost occult sounds and the testosterone and power in the riffs that is extremely tasty. And that in combination with a beast of a drummer and damn fine vocals make this Stone Animals debut something to really dig into. Doing that will have you discovering so much groove hidden in these five tracks that is becomes impossible not to sway or to fall head over feet with Stone Animals. This is heavy in every sense of the word and the word has always been around. So you can count on the Stone Animals to sound ancient, primordial and agelessly magnificent!
Had the pleasure of interviewing the Airbourne brothers a couple of years back. Around the No Guts, No Glory records. To the annoyance of the record company Joel and Ryan wanted to travel south with me because Rhino Bucket was playing my home town that night. They like their no bullshit music. They like their Aussie pub rock. To listen to and to play. And the Airbourne boys really do it with gusto and grit. Some people tend to dismiss them as AC/DC clones. Well, they’re wrong. They just pay homage to their heroes and the Aussie pub rock that started with Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Rose Tattoo, Buffalo, The Angels and The Dingoes. And on the new records Breakin’ Outta Hell they do this once again and to an awesome degree that every no-nonsense hardrock fiend must love like crazy. Iron strong riffs, easy choruses to belt along with and lyrics about drinking, Lemmy and women to enjoy. There is absolutely nothing wrong and absolutely everything right about Airbourne’s new records Breakin’ Outta Hell!
They’ve toured with great bands such as Yawning Man, Earthless, Baroness and Pentagram. And we must definitely conclude that the band was and is a perfect fit for those first two bands. Yes, the French three-piece Domadora, deliver those free form stoned out jams that we all cherish. And on their new release The Violent Mystical Sukuma they bring all of that hypnotic psychedelic goodness once again. It is a righteous continuation of the sound they delivered on the first release Tibetan Monk back in 2013. Perhaps a bit more structured than that release the new album still is more something one needs to experience and go through than something you can admire for its composition. There is an art in bringing free rock as jammy as this without relying on the easy fall back rhythms here or there. And Domadora never seem to want to make the easy choice. Still relying massively on an underlying current of impressive drums and almost sleepy bass work, the focus without a doubt goes out to the amazing guitar. The colorings, the structures and the stringy noise. Beautiful and monstrously good!
When I first learned about this project it still featured or was rumored to feature Juliette Lewis on vocals. It would have truly made this supergroup something to look forward to. When she dropped out my lust for the Giraffe Tongue Orchestra weakened. But luckily, the beast still wandered into my path. For come on, you cannot pass over on a band featuring guitarist Brent Hinds (Mastodon), vocalist William DuVall (Alice In Chains), guitarist Benjamin Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan), drummer Thomas Prigden (Mars Volta) and Pete Griffin (Dethklok, Zappa Plays Zappa). O’ and Jon Theodore (Queens Of The Stone Age, Mars Volta) also guests on two tracks. The honor roll sounds like a veritable playground of intricate compositions and a whirlwind tornado of riffs, notes and tones. But this time around these fiends who love to freak out with their respective bands have kept the extremes to a minimum. They’ve actually managed to pour their challenging technic displays into something easier to digest and mixed with much simpler straight to the core rock songs. Or even almost danceable grooves with songs like Blood Moon and Everyone Gets Everything They Really Want. But we must conceded that Duvall sounds excellent on almost every track and even seems to push his boundaries. Not to mention the ace duo vocals of him and Hinds on No-one Is Innocent. Does all of this make us forget that the Broken Lines album might have been completely different with Miss Lewis on vocals? Perhaps not, because we still get a tiny taste when she does background for the Back To The Light song. And perhaps so, cause with ten highly different tracks and atmospheres we can safely say there is enough for everyone and a lot for a lot of us. Hell, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra might just win all of us over…
The album was released digitally on the tail end of 2015 but saw a physical distribution somewhat later. We are referring to the debut full-sized effort The Crossing by Buried Souls from the Swiss town of Lausanne. A four-piece metal outfit with definite feelers out for sludge, hardcore, death and tiny hooks in doom. And with just those genres mentioned we don’t do them justice. Nope, no justice at all. Cause they also have a penchant for grind, crust and thrash. It is a massive sound, an avalanche of noise, growling, screaming and with a fistful of power. And just listen to that grade A drum work or amazing axe slaying guitarist. Double u, o, double u! There is absolutely no holding back and almost no release on the throttle. Fast paced and filthy! Not for the weak or feeble mind, this takes gusto and grit! And we have it both! So clench up, get to The Crossing and scream along!
Back in 2015 we mentioned their Astrodiving EP from 2014 and the unsure state of the Russian outfit Temnee. Well, we still aren’t sure now. Have they turned into a four-piece? Or they using session drummers? Or are they a trio? We can be sure though that their craft has continued and that they just released a full-sized instrumental spacerock extravaganza named Dialectics. Heavy psychedelics prevail and with guitar colors that have this metallic shine to them it’s different from more space oriented album we are usually presented with. It’s darker and ominous in a way that isn’t easily explainable. Lush and opulent melodies crush over each other and the underlying bass work sounds massive and smoldering. Perhaps it should be pushed a bit more to the forefront with the next release. And the drums, easy going, laidback and groovy where needed, but just as furious and wild during the moments when necessary. And then there’s also that worldly inspired fifth track Steps To Infinity with a different drummer and darbuka instrumentation. Definitely a completely different feel than the rest of the album. But it works and sounds like an impressive and heavy intermission from the rest! Dialectics, a definite fine ride!
It has been a thing now for quite some time. Deliberately misspelling your band name. Either substituting a letter for a number, forgetting a vowel or two or just plain and simply using the wrong one. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. It might be highly personal; but I can dig the misspelling of Wytches. Not so much that it gives The Wytches a head start, but it definitely does not do them any wrong. And we can say the same for the way these three (now four) young British cats starts off on their second album All Your Happy Life. It’s a twenty-four second intro, but it sets the mood righteously and that color is transported into a manic key tune during the first real track. And every time the trio (quartet) kicks up the speed, it turns into this lo-fi garage craziness we definitely love. Raw, psychedelic and frenzied. Perhaps you might feel that in those moments where they slow down a bit they might not be performing on their best strengths, but it does turn those songs that follow into the wild, feverish and sweaty rockers we long for!
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