Rolling Stoner/Psych/Doom/Sludge/Retro/Drone/Space Thread 2012

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The Machine - Calmer Than You Are (Elektrohasch) Mar 24.
Dutch psych cosmonauts get a bit heavier on their fourth album. Their last one was Drie (2010).

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:51 (five years ago) Permalink

Anyone at SXSW? This Small Stone showcase tomorrow looks like a can't-miss event. I have not yet gotten to see Gozu or Wo Fat. Should be a smokin' show!

Small Stone Records SXSW 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012

Head Hunters
720 Red River Street
(512) 236-9820

7:00PM - Dwellers
8:00PM - Backwoods Payback
9:00PM - Gozu
10:00PM - Lo-Pan
11:00PM - Wo Fat
12:00AM - Dixie Witch
1:00AM - Tia Carrera

Sample the lineup:

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 15 March 2012 15:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Wizard Smoke is Atlanta's premiere stoner metal band, or at the very least the favorite among people that go to all the garage rock/punk shows in town, or buy w33d from band members. They're pretty great, the first time I saw them was at an outdoor show on May 21, 2011, the day Jesus was supposed to come back. As they played I saw a glowing light rise up from behind them in the distance, hover in the sky, and then dart off. It was a UFO, and I turned to one of my friends and she looked at me like "I know! WTF?"

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 15 March 2012 15:37 (five years ago) Permalink

ok 'Wizard Smoke' has to be the most imagination-free name for a band like this ever

Sylv_ebanks (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 15 March 2012 15:53 (five years ago) Permalink

great cover though.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Thursday, 15 March 2012 16:18 (five years ago) Permalink

That Wizard Smoke album was posted about in last year's thread. It's aite; I'm probably due to give it another listen soon...

John Nestle Harding (loves laboured breathing), Friday, 16 March 2012 04:05 (five years ago) Permalink

To Whom It May Concern:

I recently discovered the manuscript while rambling in the woods with my dog. It was a few weeks shy of the vernal equinox, and the fine ends of the trees had just begun to show green. My hound had left me alone on the trail to go nose about the scrub—and possibly ferret out something living to eat—when suddenly I heard him calling. I found him pawing furiously at the ground in front of a weird tree with a huge trunk and massive branches sprouting low. Its bark was hard as granite and almost blue in color. My dog ceased his digging and looked at me, seemingly imploring me to dig further. I loosened the soil with my knife and continued the excavation until I struck something hard: it was a bound volume bearing the engraving “Tome of the Future Ancients by Ice Dragon." Inside, the leaves were filled with inscrutable symbols, ritualistic diagrams, and illustrations of strange flora and fauna. Even the must that invaded my nose as I turned the pages was alien.

What had I found?

Once home, I began to research and quickly discovered that there was a musical entity named Ice Dragon who worked in a basement not far from where the book had been. I contacted them to see if they had hidden it as some sort of promotional stunt. When I mentioned the engraving on the front, there was a pregnant pause on their end of the line. They assured me they had no knowledge of the book. However, what they revealed next gave me pause:

They had just completed their third album, and it was titled Tome of the Future Ancients. It was to be released on the day of the equinox. Sure enough, this turned out to be true.

By now, I was almost certain they were simply in the business of creating hype. There was no doubt they were responsible for the creation and burying of the book. Or so I was convinced, until carbon dating proved ineffective, and my academic peers who specialize in cryptography responded to my inquiries with blank looks.

Then, quite simply, the book vanished. One day it was in my study, and the next it was gone. Perhaps one of my colleagues grew jealous of my discovery and stole it; perhaps the woman who cleans my house disposed of it in fear upon opening it. Truthfully? I’m almost relieved it is gone for I hadn’t experienced a restful night since bringing it into my home. My dreams were black, and my dog would bay at the threshold of the room that held the damned book.

For now, the only Tome of the Future Ancients by Ice Dragon available for study is this one. May it always be so.

—Professor Cepheus Hallow

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 07:27 (five years ago) Permalink

Terrorizer has delved deep into the dark vaults of doom and traversed across its rich history to unearth the truth and tales told by some of the heaviest of riff wielders! From metal's very own nativity story, the birth of Black Sabbath, which changed rock music forever and created a genre deemed too evil for the young and impressionable, to the heroes of stoner doom, funeral doom, drone and sludge. We revisit classic interviews with the likes of Sunn O))) and Electric Wizard, and look back in time with Paradise Lost and Matt Pike (Sleep, High On Fire). Plus no special would be complete without our very own Top 50 essential doom albums and cover mount CD. Doom or be doomed!

You can buy it HERE

Inside we dissect:



Electric Wizard's Jus Oborn reveals the horror films that inspired and shaped the music of one of England's most influential doom bands.

From Black Sabbath's debut to Yob's 2011 opus, we trace doom's progression from 1970 to the present day

Where would doom be without some of the most inspired artwork in the world of heavy metal?

From Christianity to heroin, doom has drawn on the depressing and the macabre since its humble beginnings... we delve into the mire

The drug use got messy and the riffs got distorted but the outcome was tremendous

How can a 40-year-old genre survive in 2012? Terrorizer gazes through our crystal ball and predicts its future...

Iron Men
Tony Iommi joins in the celebrations and remembers how the four horseman of the apocalypse (or four blokes from Birmingham) created a genre that changed the world forever

Lee Dorrian - Cathedral frontman and Rise Above Records founder remembers a time when no one cared

From singing cover songs to Vietnam War Vets to fronting one of America's most legendary doom bands Bobby Leibling tells us his amazing story

Wino, Trouble's Eric Wagner, John Perez, Victor Griffin and more look back on their doomed lives

SUNN 0))))
He played in Thorr's Hammer, Goatsnake, Sunn 0))) and he founded Southern Lord Records. Greg Anderson tells us about it all

The revered, true doom legend Peter Vicar recalls the Bizarre times

King of Northern bleakness Gregor Mackintosh talks punk rock, touring and side-projects

Leif Edling, the founding bassist of Sweden behemoths Candlemass tells us how he's still humble despite his band's legendary status

Blonde bombshell guitarist Liz Buckingham is the Queen of Riffs - we raise a toast to celebrate Doom's First Lady

+ much much more.


Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:33 (five years ago) Permalink

I mentioned that in last year's metal thread. Simon Reynolds of all people mentioned it in his blog, and I searched in vain for it. I didn't know it wasn't to come out for another several months.

Buey - Universe Bellowing

Stoner rockers from Valencia, Spain. Blurb on Bandcamp page awkwardly translates to this, heh:

OX THE MUGIDO OF THE UNIVERSE A new wide-awake king in the mud. He still beats, insensible to his power: One… dwells heavy, dense, iron creature and brutal, forged in fat and ancestral resentment, joke and it watches to us fixedly, with the gathered frown: Cornuda his testuz announces the Devastation: King Buey has been born.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:38 (five years ago) Permalink

it came out march 1st apparently. I went down to smiths thismorning to get it + the new issue out today + the wire.

Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:40 (five years ago) Permalink

its the same # of pages as the normal terrorizer but £1.49 more expensive. It's £5.99.

Algerian Goalkeeper, Friday, 23 March 2012 00:58 (five years ago) Permalink

They're pretty great, the first time I saw them was at an outdoor show on May 21, 2011, the day Jesus was supposed to come back.

was this Estoria Fest? I was there! love Wizard Smoke. I want to get roxy's band to come down and play a show with them.

a lovely deer printed on the front of the youth fashion. (crüt), Friday, 23 March 2012 08:53 (five years ago) Permalink

Yes! That sounds awesome.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 23 March 2012 15:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Lord Mantis - Pervertor (Candlelight)

Second album of blackened Chicago sludge. Produced by Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Pelican, Indian), they share members with some of those bands.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 30 March 2012 16:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Some of you guys might be interested in the new 4-track demo from Finnish psych/kraut purveyors Hiso Detria. The title of the demo, Static Raw Power Kraut pretty much tells you where they're at. I'm really liking it, particularly the 15-minute cover of Canned Heat's "On the Road Again". Not a whole lot of information on these guys yet, other than a lot of obviously fake bio stuff that claims that Andreas Baader plays bass for them and that they've been a band since 1970 but have never released an album.

Download it for free at the Hisko Detria bandcamp.

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 20:38 (five years ago) Permalink

HisKo Detria in that first sentence, obviously

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 20:39 (five years ago) Permalink

think i posted in the other rolling psych thread but the new gunn/truscinski album is KILLER.

tylerw, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 20:41 (five years ago) Permalink

i kind of feel like i'm going to get all lex with Hisko Detria and hype them up as much as possible

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 20:45 (five years ago) Permalink

also they have a song called "Poserslave"

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 20:46 (five years ago) Permalink

you had me at "15-minute cover of Canned Heat's "On the Road Again"". listening now, sounds groovy!

tylerw, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 20:49 (five years ago) Permalink

That Hisko Detria record is a blast.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 21:10 (five years ago) Permalink

This (Hisko Detria) is irresistible so far.

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 21:26 (five years ago) Permalink

yeahhh. not nuts about the vocals, but there aren't many of those.

tylerw, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 21:30 (five years ago) Permalink

i was going to say, the vocals are probably the weakest link but they're pretty easy to ignore.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 21:30 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah, totally. don't think they're awful, a bit charming in a kraut-y (finn-y?) kinda way, but i don't *need* them there. otherwise, awesome!

tylerw, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 21:33 (five years ago) Permalink

lyrics on "hisko detria" are pretty lol!

tylerw, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 21:34 (five years ago) Permalink

i think they worked best during the little spoken narration bit of "Hisko Detria". really anxious to see where these guys go next, pretty impressive for a demo.

(xpost - ha!)

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 21:35 (five years ago) Permalink

sucks to admit you found out about a band from pitchfork but hey CONAN

only saw mention of "horseback battle hammer" in the metal poll nominations thread, what do you all think?

the late great, Friday, 13 April 2012 00:16 (five years ago) Permalink

i mentioned Conan a couple weeks ago in the rolling metal thread, but yeah, even if its pitchfork i'm glad to see them gaining traction, the new album is really good

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 13 April 2012 03:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Album of the week, obviously: Ufomammut - Oro: Opus Primum! I've been slavering and anticipating this one for nearly a year. Not a big departure from the sound of their last album Eve (2010), especially to those who don't regularly bathe in the epic doom/sludge/psych of this Italian band, but definitely a step forward. In my excitement I initially gave it a 10, but it does seem a part of a greater whole. It's a uniquely tricky situation where you don't get to hear the second half until months later. For now, I'll just enjoy. I pre-ordered on Amazon thinking I'd get it quicker that way, but not the case. Can stream here:
Review -

Baby Woodrose - Third Eye Surgery
Also new this week, Danish psych rocker.

Other recent albums I'm feelin:
Horisont - Second Assault (Rise Above)
Greenleaf - Nest Of Vipers (Small Stone)
Ancestors - In Dreams And Time (Tee Pee)
The Machine - Calmer Than You Are (Elektrohasch)

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 21:44 (five years ago) Permalink

this new thing from David Daniell and Douglas McCombs is sounding awesome.

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 21:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Arenna - Beats of Olarizu (Nasoni, 2011)

This Spanish stoner-psych band continues to grow on me. I'd been eyeing their CD at AllThatIsHeavy, but the $28 tag was too much. Fortunately they're finally offering not only the full download for just €4, but they added the three bonus tracks that come with the vinyl.

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 21 April 2012 14:53 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Snail - Terminus (Snail) May 1
Exciting new release this week. This album popped up on the All That Is Heavy site just as I was finishing putting in an order. Once I heard it, I knew it's a must-own. Snail recorded their debut way back in 1993, recorded at same studio that Sleep did Holy Mountain. I grabbed it off their Bandcamp page for $5. It's kind of cool, but can understand why it slipped under the radar, as it had maybe a bit too much grunge influence. After an EP they disbanded, and reunited in 2008 and released Blood in 09. That's where their sound really started coming together. Many of those songs were once left over from the 90s era that they completed, so Terminus is truly the best representation of the band's full capabilities. Available temporarily as name yr price. They're allotted 200 free downloads, but if you just chip in at least a dollar, it'll make that last longer. This is a great album, currently in my top 15, and well worth at least $10. Review -

Moonless - Calling All Demons (Doomentia) May 8 - Excellent stoner/sludge from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Born To Hula - Tales Of Love (Born To Hula) - Obviously QOTSA influenced, I think from Greece.

Zodiac N Black - The Aftermyth (Zodiac N Black) - London stoner/desert rock, but very polished. Still wrapping my head around the sound to decide how much I like 'em. Doomantia -

Psyconauts - Planet X (Psyconauts) - Italian space rock.

Stoned Jesus - Seven Thunders Roar (Moon) - Ukranian stoner/psych. Cover art has uncanny similarity to Ancestors' Of Sound Mind. A tribute?

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 5 May 2012 17:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Big couple weeks of releases coming:

May 22
Royal Thunder - CVI (Relapse)
Jess and the Ancient Ones (Svart)
Superchrist - Holy Shit (Hella Headbangers)

May 25-29
Dawnbringer - Into The Lair Of The Sun God (Profound Lore)
Undersmile - Narwhal (Future Noise)
Witchsorrow - God Curse Us (Rise Above)
Grand Magus - The Hunt (Nuclear Blast)
Ides Of Gemini - Constantinople (Neurot)
Sabaton - Carolus Rex (Nuclear Blast)

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 17 May 2012 05:25 (five years ago) Permalink

I swear dude; the only reason I check out these bands is because of the awesome names!

Mark Ruffalo! is gonna tell us! about empathy! (loves laboured breathing), Thursday, 17 May 2012 06:23 (five years ago) Permalink

OMG I need that Snail album

There are many tribes in the Juggalo nation (Viceroy), Monday, 21 May 2012 21:59 (five years ago) Permalink

Sabaton: most definitely not stoner/psych/doom/sludge/retro/drone/space.

Hellhamster 2: Hamster Smashed Face (J3ff T.), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 01:32 (five years ago) Permalink

True, that rascally Sabaton just slipped into the brood like a Cuckoo bird.

Any of you fans of The Devil's Blood and Blood Ceremony heard the Jess and the Ancient Ones? I'd think this would be an ILM favorite, given how high the aforementioned bands placed in the metal poll. Perhaps because it's a debut from Finland, and not a lot of coverage yet. You can get the CD/vinyl with free shipping for $15 or under from Svart, and tack on Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats if you don't already have that -

Orcus Chylde (World Of Sound) Jun 15
I'm listening to this right now on the Soggy Bog cast - I don't normally listen to podcasts, but this is a great one, with Mastodon covering Feist (!), new Candlemass and Ahab, Terra Firma, Burning Saviours, Abramis Brama, etc. New six piece band from Germany, this review mentions Graveyard and Witchcraft, but a bit more dreamy with organ bits.

Kadavar (Tee Pee) Jul 10
Just as good but more raucous and garagey is Kadavar from Berlin. The vinyl is already available on import from This Charming Man, and comes out in the U.S. on Tee Pee. I love the sound of the drums on this. The label drops names like Sabbath, Hawkwind and Witchfinder General. "You can’t reinvent the wheel, but you can roll it!"

Trippy Wicked & the Cosmic Children of the Knight - Going Home - St Albans band formed in 2006, and play bluesy stoner rock with a touch of sludge/doom, along the lines of Wo Fat. 2009 album Movin On is worth hearing too, both free!

Sun Preachers - Faces Of Ashes - French stoner/psych. Really kicks on on "Nail King". Was free, now a whopping $.50.

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 26 May 2012 17:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Blues Pills - Bliss EP (Crusher)
While I die of anticipation for the Spiders album, here is another great rockin' female lead band from the same Swedish label. ATIH blurb: "After departing from Radio Moscow in September 2011, drummer Cory Berry and bass player Zack Anderson joined up with Swedish lead singer Elin Larsson and Swedish drummer Jonas Askerlund. Heavy, driving bass lines, colossal drums (via Jonas Moses Askerlund, drummer of Swedish band Dead Man), and Berry’s ferocious, riff based, soul-penetrating guitar work are a sublime compliment to the vocalist. Tied together by the soulful Elin Larson (sometimes singing in her mother-tongue), her stage presence gives one the impression of being seduced by some Valkyrie’s love song — or maybe her battle cry." On vinyl 10-inch or MP3s on Amazon.

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 27 May 2012 15:41 (five years ago) Permalink

That first Trippy Wicked album is great, I think I nominated and voted for it in that year's metal poll.

I must be old, I recognise nobody in ITV2 idents (aldo), Sunday, 27 May 2012 16:03 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Two great new releases this week, Orcus Chylde and Witch Mountain. The debut from Orcus Chylde is out on Friday June 15. From Germany, they were part of the historic lineup at April's Desertfest in Berlin. They tap into a mix of proto-metal, doom and folk that's usually associated with Swedes like Witchcraft, Dead Man and Sienna Root. Soda Shop Review | Kozmik Artifactz

xp from Rolling Metal - Witch Mountain - Cauldron of the Wild. I'll get one at the show on Saturday. Profound Lore | All That Is Heavy | Amazon

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 13:37 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

As mentioned previously, Kadavar came out on top of new releases this week. Highly recommended.

Wight - Through The Woods Into Deep Water (Bilocation/Fat & Holy)
German stoner/psych band Wight caught my attention last year with Wight Weedy Wight. Their new one just became available last week on Bandcamp at name yr price, and it's a significant step forward. | Soda Shop

Ice Dragon - Dream Dragon (Yersinia Pestis)
"Ice Dragon is the bonfire in the woods that you and your degenerate friends would try to jump over at the end of the night." Name yr price! Their third album in just over a year. Unstoppable psych/prog/doom madmen. Took me a while to get over their low-fi sound, but am on board now.

The Shrine - Primitive Blast (Tee Pee)
"I've got no eternity and I've got no past, I've got no destiny man, my future's fading fast, I'm a Primitive Blast" Venice Beach hard rockin' trio The Shrine mix skatepunk, thrash and basic hard rock for their hyperactive sophomore album.

At Devil Dirt - Chapter II - Vulgo gratissimus auctor (At Devil Dirt)
Can't believe I didn't mention this earlier. First album was one of my favorites last year. New one has a bit of a darker mood, slower, heavier. Available now for $4, CD out on Aug 31.

Captain Crimson - Dancing Madly Backwards (Transubstans) Aug 29
Also out in Aug, writers can contact the label to review. One of my favorites, they reference proto-metal like Leaf Hound, November, Mountain, and fellow Swedes Witchcraft and Graveyard. This is keeping me entertained just fine while I await new Witchcraft and Spiders. | Soda Shop

Elder - Spires Burn EP (Armageddon)
Two-track vinyl-only EP totaling 22:33 of mindbending psychedelic doom. They destroyed at a recent show in Chicago. Wish they'd put it on CD, but MP3s can be found, and short samples available here:

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 14 July 2012 16:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the heads up on the new Wight and At Devil Dirt. Liked the last ones a lot.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 16 July 2012 01:27 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I spent last week's staycation at home with a cold migrating my site to a new host and WordPress platform. Worst vacation ever, but at least my site is live, and now RSS/blog friendly. It still needs tweaks -- any WP gurus who have recommendations for plug-ins or improvements on the stylesheet, do let me know! I'm also going to put all my lists into a database as soon as I refresh/update my SQL and PHP skills.

Anyway, I'm already posting much more frequently, and relevant to this thread is Most Anticipated Releases – Fall 2012

Colour Haze – She Said (Elektrohasch) Aug/Sep
Graveyard – Lights Out (Nuclear Blast) Oct 26
Witchcraft – Legend (Nuclear Blast) Sep 21
Ufomammut – Oro: Opus Primum (Neurot) Sep 18
Spiders – Flash Point (Crusher) Oct 5
Tame Impala – Lonerism (Modular) Oct 9
Wo Fat – The Black Code (Small Stone) Nov
My Sleeping Karma – Soma (Napalm) Oct 9
Captain Crimson – Dancing Madly Backwards (Transubstans) Aug 29
Gypsyhawk – Revelry & Resilence (Metal Blade) Aug 28
Venomous Maximus – Beg Upon The Light (Cutthroat) Sep

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 1 August 2012 16:09 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm going to Supernormal festival in Oxfordshire next week, and have heard of relatively few of the bands playing. I was wondering if psych/ drone/ freak types could recommend some acts for me to see? many thanks!

Arvo Pärt Chimp (Neil S), Thursday, 2 August 2012 14:51 (five years ago) Permalink

emil.y will say THE TELESCOPES
I say
Sylvester Anfang II
James Blackshaw
The Cosmic Dead

Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 2 August 2012 14:54 (five years ago) Permalink

and Hey Colossus

Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 2 August 2012 14:54 (five years ago) Permalink

cool, cheers mate! Looks good doesn't it...

Arvo Pärt Chimp (Neil S), Thursday, 2 August 2012 14:55 (five years ago) Permalink

it does!

Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 2 August 2012 14:55 (five years ago) Permalink

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