Monday, August 9, 2010

Saturday, August 29, 2009

trippy hippy shit...

lumerians are a recent discovery for me. they hail from san francisco and have a really nice trippy psych sound thats kind of remiscent of other current SF psych rock bands. what makes them different though is that they use no guitars, it's all synths, vibrafone and other assorted weirdo instruments and bass. real nice shit to smoke a joint or two to.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

long time no post...

figured i've been neglecting this place long enough.

aluk todolo are a french band who make some very interesting music. their sound is a mix of krautrock, doom and droning dark ambient. here's their latest album, finsternis released by utech. slow, dark & heavy, just the way it should be.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

heads up...

things might get a little quiet over here. i've joined the sludge swamp team, and will concentrate all my sludge/stoner/doom posts over there. i will keep posting stuff that doesn't really fit in the swamp here, but updates might get a little rare from now on, at least for a while. thanks for everyone who downloaded my stuff!

Monday, May 25, 2009

spiritus mortis

heavy slab of traditional doom next. spiritus mortis are the first doom band in finland. they started way back in 1987 and have been releasing stuff slowly but surely since. in 2008 the legendary sami hynninen, aka magister albert witchfinder of reverend bizarre and the puritan fame joined the band as vocalist. here's the new album, the god behind the god.

(2009, firebox)


Saturday, May 23, 2009

blue sabbath black cheer

a compilation of sorts from this cleverly named blackened buzz duo. out of print stuff + two unreleased songs. "The sound of BSBC is dark and heavy, violently bleak horror-noise: a demon network of scraping nails.”

(2009, Release The Bats)


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Astro Can Caravan

something a bit different this time. equal parts coltrane, funcadelic and neu! with a distinct finnish madness lurking underneath. if you ever get the chance, catch these guys live.

(2009, Ricky-tick)


Monday, May 18, 2009

across tundras - herds of the fathomless valleys

new one from this awesome band. sounds like neil young fronting a stoner band. i really dig the cover art, too.

if you enjoy this, please buy it from the band. they're self releasing it so every penny from every sold copy goes straight to the band.

(2009, self released)


Dÿse eps

just found the honig 7'' at my local record store, mint condition for 2€. to celebrate i thought i'd post all three old eps from this great german two piece. stoner meets noise rock, kind of like our favourites kowloon walled city, but with a sense of humour. homepage & myspace.

short clip from their set at roadburn 2009:

(if anyone has an audio rip please don't hesitate to email me)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Old Mayor

Old Mayor - S/T [2009, Paradigms Recordings]

hadn't heard of these guys, just stumbled upon them. the label says this pretty well, so i'm just going to leave their description be.

"The debut from England’s almighty power duo, Old Mayor. Stripped down heavy sonics of the highest order, like the missing link between Burning Witch and Slint, perhaps. Recently seen supporting the likes of Boris, Russian Circles, A Storm Of Light and ASVA, there is something rather special going on here." - Paradigms Recordings


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Lord By Fire

some of you might remember a band from a few years back called sword. they sadly chose the wrong name at the wrong time, since another band called the sword released their first full lenght the following year after swords debut, lord by fire and got really huge, at least in terms of doom metal. that left sword in a tough position. i dont know the details of what they've been doing, but it took them 5 years to release new material after the debut full lenght. finally last year they returned with a 7'', the band renamed to lord by fire after their debut. in my opinion they were the better sword, and i'm really glad they decided to get back into making music.

(2008, Forcefield)


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Abner Jay

Abner Jay - True Story Of Abner Jay [2009, Mississippi Records]

2-for-1 today.

Mississippi Records is one of my favorite labels (and apparently a lot of other peoples too). they specialize mostly in forgotten
blues and gospel from decades past, and their taste is pretty impeccable. everything is limited run vinyl (with a few cassettes) and flies off the shelf pretty much immediately. they have no website and from what i'm told aren't so good at returning phone calls either. "quick and the dead" certainly applies to collecting their stuff.

Abner Jay plays what i would call blues-folk with a tinge of gospel at times. around since the 30s, but this set seems to be mostly from the 60s-70s era. it's mostly just Abner and his electric banjo. you get some harmonica and cymbals here and there, but the focus is always Abner. dark and depressing songs of loss, suffering, and addiction. "I'm So Depressed" kills me every time. a beautiful and sad album that i can listen to over and over.

buy it if you can find it.


Human Quena Orchestra

Human Quena Orchestra - The Politics Of The Irredeemable [2009, Crucial Blast]

Crucial Blast continues to keep metal interesting with these hybrid bands. Human Quena Orchestra is out of Pittsburgh and features former members of Creation Is Crucifixion. Blends epic doom, harsh industrial, and noisy drone. This is some heavy shit.

Friday, May 1, 2009

In The Red

The Top of The Line in Low-Brow Rock 'n' Roll Music Long Players!: The Best of In The Red

a while back some friends & i put together a mix tape for another site of what we thought were the best tracks from In The Red Records. for anyone unfamiliar, In The Red is the best label for garage rock & garage punk around. hell, it's one of the best labels around period. as a bonus for people like me, everything is released on vinyl (as well as CD in most cases). due to the amount of great music, tons of great tracks, even some bands, were left out. if you find something in particular that you like, leave a comment and i'll try to post a full album. all tracks are tagged with what album the song came from.

i want to thank the other contributors, doinko, TheUnity, and roblivian, not only for the work they put in, but for giving me the go ahead to share this here.


Waddlin' Around - The King Khan & BBQ Show
Hungry Ghost - Dan Melchior's Broke Revue
Motherlode - Cheater Slicks
The Whip - The Fuse!
Damaged - Vivian Girls
Again & Again - The Hospitals
Episode People - Human Eye
Whirls and Faints - The Piranhas
1000 Rounds - Demon's Claws
Stormy Weather - Reigning Sound
Hell Blues - Bassholes
Alcohol - Necessary Evils
Explosion - The Hunches
I Don't Need A Woman, I Need A Nurse - The Horrors
Allan Müller - A.H. Kraken
Fred Astaire - Lamps
Good Looking Boys or Women - Country Teasers
Mechanical Feelings - Lost Sounds
People Talk - Cheap Time
Deuteronomy - The Intelligence
Chains of Love - The Dirtbombs
West Texas Sound - The Deadly Snakes
Get With It - The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Dímelo Ya - Davila 666
Sexiest - Sonic Chicken 4
Feeling Gay - Black Lips
Squeaky Clean - Miss Alex White and The Red Orchestra

shop direct from the label worldwide.
they manage to keep everything pretty cheap.

download part 1
download part 2


new ep from the almighty moss! a compilation of the tombs of the blind drugged 10" & eternal return 12", we get a huge slab of occult doom rites plus a doomified discharge cover! ep of the year? these might get sold out pretty quickly, so get yours while they last.

(album art for the tombs of the blind drugged 10'')
Moss - Tombs Of The Blind Drugged
(2009, Rise Above)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lord Mantis

heaviest doom. ugliest sludge. unholiest black metal. add in high pitched vocal shrieks and you get lord mantis. features the drummer from indian and the ex-guitarist of nachtmystium.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Dÿse - Dÿse (Exile On Mainstream)

german duo featuring just guitar & drum. mix of post-hardcore (i guess), stoner, and psych moments, maybe even a math rock undercurrent. maybe that's right, maybe it's not. loud, repetitive killer guitar work, and pounding drum beats, that's what i know for sure. i'm not sure what genre it is, but it is a must listen. i eagerly await something new from these guys (which apparently should come in autumn).


Monday, April 20, 2009

new ramesses ep

ramesses was formed by tim bagshaw and mark greening after they left electric wizard in 2003. a much better band than post-breakup electric wizard in my opinion. anyway here's their latest ep, limited to 200 copies so get yours while they last! if anyone has their recent split with unearthly trance, please don't hesitate to send me a link. DOOM OR BE DOOMED!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Law Of The Rope

Law Of The Rope - Beasts Will Have You CS [2008, Not Not Fun]

black metal from a label that specializes in experimental/noise acts. and that's exactly what it sounds like. downtempo experimental black metal. not quite as weird as say Furze, but a bit off the beaten path for BM. vocals buried under distortion, creepy samples, strings & synth moments. pretty grim & interesting stuff.


Northern Sludge

hebosagil, a really great finnish sludge band recently put up their first ep and full lenght from last year up for free at their website. their sound is very similar to eyehategod, with a hint of electric wizard style fucked up psych doom thrown in.

here's their split with another great new finnish band, viisikko from last summer. viisikko remind me a lot of the seminal finnish hardcore band radiopuhelimet (esp. their 90s album jäämeri), both in their sound and general attitude. maybe their northern hometown oulu has something in the air or the water that makes you a bit twisted and weird, as viisikko, radiopuhelimet, hebosagil and a huge amount of other awesome bands (terveet kädet from tornio) are from near there.

Hebosagil & Viisikko - Split CD
(2008, Lambada)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Agoraphobic Nosebleed & Crom,

quickpost, two splits.

syphilitic vaginas and abigail are both japanese thrash metal/hardcore bands and both very good at what they do. "4 metal punk trax from ABIGAIL including covers of Bathory and Nunslaughter. 5 new SYPHILITIC VAGINAS tracks... among the most destructive Japanese style metal punk madness let loose this side of the millennium."

agoraphobic nosebleed are a legendary grind band (as i'm sure you all know). crom are a hyborian sludge/grind band. both are very fucking awesome and its about time they do a split. enjoy.

Abigail & Syphilitic Vaginas - Split LP
(2009, Rescued From Life)

Agoraphobic Nosebleed & Crom - Split 7''
(2009, RSR Records)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wo Fat

these guys are a somewhat new find for me. first heard about them last year, but i kind of dismissed them as just another sleep tribute act. boy was i wrong! these guys fucking rule! wo fat has mastered the riff in a way few bands ever will.

Wo Fat - Psychedelonaut
(2009, Self Released)

part 1, part 2

Monday, March 30, 2009

Wooden Shjips

acid drenched peyote rock from san francisco. repetive drums & basslines with trance inducing psych fuzz guitars and vocals with a shitload of reverb. in short shit that would turn the pope into a hippie. album of the year contender.

Wooden Shjips - Dos
(2009, Holy Mountain)

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Necrodamus - No Rest For The Wizard [2007, Necrowizard/Shifty]

Quick one. Project of Scott Stearns from Fistula, Ultralord, King Travolta and so on (and I think other members of Fistula). Mix of thrash and sludge, even a bit of punk here & there. Includes a take on Integrity's Judgement Day and a cover of the Misfit's Skulls. Heavy, evil riffs throughout (besides the short last track which is kind of a throwaway).


Julie Doiron

this time something not quite so heavy. julie doiron is a canadian singer-songwriter. now i'm not a huge fan of stuff like this, but this album is kind of unique in that it has a lot of realy fuzzy guitar riffs that would sound more at home on a new dead meadow album than on some canadian girly folk album. anyway worth a listen if you're into folk or the softer side of stoner.

Julie Doiron - I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day
(2009, Jagjaguwar)