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Vokonis – Grasping Time (The Sign Records)

Grasping Time is the third full length from Swedish stoner doom rockers Vokonis and undoubtedly proves they have an unparalleled grasp of times gone by.  The album feels like a throwback to the 1970s, from the mystical hallucinatory hazed green… Continue Reading →

Pijn & Conjurer – Curse These Metal Hands (Holy Roar)

Curse These Metal Hands represents a first time collaboration between two trailblazers from the UK’s nascent doom scene; Manchester’s sometime three piece Pijn and Rugby’s Conjurer.  This isn’t so much a typical split EP, instead taking members of both bands… Continue Reading →

Black Tusk – TCBT (Season Of Mist)

Savannah – Georgia. Home to Baroness , Kylesa and of course Black Tusk. A humid and tropical place no wonder a band emerged from the city and claimed Swamp Metal as its oeuvre. Black Tusk, like Baroness, were struck by… Continue Reading →

Beast Modulus – Being (S/R)

I had absolutely no idea what this was going to sound like until I decided to just throw it in the player and find out. Apparently although now based in Brooklyn, Beast Modulus started out in New Orleans as a… Continue Reading →

Steak Number Eight – Kosmokoma (Indie)

Time for a dose of stoner metal by a band with a name that sounds like the menu in a cheap steakhouse, but which actually has an impressive pedigree. These boys famously won a battle of the bands contest in… Continue Reading →

Behold the Monolith – Architects of the Void (S/R)

LA’s BTM are a stoner/doom band, who unfortunately lost their vocalist in a car accident recently, and have regrouped with a new line-up featuring Jordan Nailey on vocals and bassist Jason Casanova whom some of you might know from Sasquatch…. Continue Reading →

Kylesa – Exhausting Fire (Season of Mist)

It’s all too easy to take a band for granted, especially when they’ve been doing their thing for as long as Kylesa have. However, if we take a few moments to hark back to 2001, when they first formed, sludge… Continue Reading →

Valkyrie – Shadows (Relapse)

Heavy/stoner/doom could mean a lot of things in terms of musical references, but America’s (Virginia) Valkyrie are just that… Soaked in retro and vibe, based on the works of their previous outings, ‘Shadows’ can only be an improvement right? Damn… Continue Reading →

Shakhtyor – Tunguska (Cyclone Empire)

With “demanding full-time jobs”, these Hamburgers’ often struggle to find time to write, practice and record. And yet here they are with their second album having thrashed out a finished product down at Tonmeisterei Studio with producer Roland Wiegener (Omega Massif,… Continue Reading →

Drawers – Drawers (Kaotoxin)

Toulouse’s Drawers started life as a half-hearted side project but that all changed quickly when they started making a real, valid impact. The possibilities that lay in fully realising their latent potential was very rapidly grabbed with all ten of… Continue Reading →

A Storm of Light – Nations to Flames (Southern Lord)

For no-holds barred riffing, the go-to genre these days has got to be that metal hinterland sludge. From High on Fire to Mastodon and Baroness, and all those more progressive and regressive bands in between, the art of the melodic… Continue Reading →

Baroness – Live At Maida Vale (Relapse)

Nearly a year has passed since that fateful day when the Baroness tour bus plunged 30ft off a viaduct in Bath, England. Nine folks were transported to hospital that day, all with severe injuries. Some suffered more than others and… Continue Reading →

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