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Author Johnny Zed

Having entered this world in the late '60's just when all the forces of heaviness were gathering, I’ve always loved heavy stuff even though I had a musically conservative upbringing in Australia. The first album I bought at age 11 - "Destroyer" by KISS pretty much gave me the taste. Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath are my true obsessions but I soon greedily devoured everything from Deep Purple and AC/DC to Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Slayer. I've always marvelled at the resilience of heavy metal over the decades. Arriving in London six years ago, I found myself entrenched in the underground after seeing Orange Goblin at the first High Voltage Festival and being blown away. Here I've happily remained, keenly following bands like Witchsorrow, Sea Bastard and Alunah to name a few and those countless others who I'm being always being introduced to. I’ve been astounded by the talent that surrounds us and the brilliant people that make this music. I’ve done some reviewing with Metalmouth.net and am now pretty damn excited to contribute to this fine site. It's a great feeling to support so many young bands in the underground where the real passion for music lies. Usually found at a gig with a pint in hand and band merch spilling out everywhere, I’ll see you around!

Only Sons – Lions And Unicorns (S/R)

Only Sons are a five-piece band hailing from Poland with a love on 90’s alternative rock and metal. Still relatively new on the scene, they formed in 2017 and have one EP to their credit. “Lions And Unicorns” is their… Continue Reading →

Mondo Generator – Fuck It (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Fans of Mondo Generator must be salivating at the release of this album. Eight long years have passed since Nick Oliveri’s wrecking crew last unleashed their own brand of havoc. Not that the ex-Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age… Continue Reading →

Big Scenic Nowhere – Vision Beyond Horizon (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Fans of desert and stoner rock are in for a treat with this collaboration that strings together an impressive selection of contributors. Whilst some collaborations don’t quite come together, this one is a different kettle of fish. Fu Manchu’s Bob… Continue Reading →

30,000 Monkies – Are Forever (Consouling Sounds)

These Belgian noiseniks are back with their first long player since 2016’s “I Ate Myself To Grow Twice As Big”. 30,000 Monkeys still seem very intent on crushing skulls and making ears bleed with their own very peculiar brand of… Continue Reading →

Year Of The Cobra – Ash And Dust (Prophecy)

Year Of The Cobra can be considered relative newcomers given they only started life in 2015. “Ash And Dust” is their sophomore long play release and continues to build on their brand of stoner doom delivered as a two piece… Continue Reading →

Cold In Berlin – Rituals Of Surrender (New Heavy Sounds)

Some bands have a special quality. Maybe it’s a unique sound or look while for others it might simply be an aura. For some years I’ve been intrigued by Cold In Berlin after seeing them at Candlefest in London’s Underworld… Continue Reading →

Gévaudan – Iter (S/R)

Gévaudan know how to doom. Since forming in 2013 they’ve gigged hard and teased with a couple of EP’s. “Iter”, from the Latin meaning “the journey” represents their debut long player. The Hertfordshire quartet lean on classic Black Sabbath inspired… Continue Reading →

Gurt – Bongs Of Praise (When Planets Collide)

You know what? Gurt are just a shit load of fun. “Party doom” without a doubt. Live, they’re complete killers. The best bit though, is that they capture that vibe on record consistently which is a very important part of… Continue Reading →

Isole – Dystopia (Hammerheart Records)

Starting life back in the 90’s as Forlorn before becoming Isole, these Swedish doom merchants have a steady stream of albums to their name. “Dystopia” arrives five years after their last release and this represents one of their longer periods… Continue Reading →

Children Of The Sün – Flowers (The Sign Records)

There’s a lot of retro “classic rock” around these days. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I guess it’s more about the way it’s done. Sweden for some apparent reason seems to have been a hotbed… Continue Reading →

Lunar Shadow – The Smokeless Fires (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Formed in 2014 and with one EP and a long player to their credit, relative German newcomers, Lunar Shadow have released their second album, “The Smokeless Fires”. Though their lifespan has been relatively brief, the journey has not been without… Continue Reading →

Clouds Taste Satanic – Evil Eye (Kinda Like Music)

New York post-doom outfit, Clouds Taste Satanic have released their fifth long player “Evil Eye”. This is a two track instrumental album released on Walpurgis Eve that is the first of a destined two part sonic journey which will continue… Continue Reading →

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