Listening to Songs for Satan left me feeling like I’d just watched a good horror movie; a bit shaken and certainly thoughtful, wishing I actually could have seen this very story depicted visually. Creating a concept album was a great idea and fit for Dopelord, and they executed it incredibly well. The songs sucked you into the story, each one leaving you dying to know what would happen next. I can’t say that any other concept album I’ve listened to has had me that invested.Read More Dopelord: Songs for Satan
Since Colin writes for Clean and Sober Stoner, we don’t think it’s fair to write a review ourselves. Here’s another masterful take from Monster Riff… There are few 2023 debuts I was as excited for as Porta Coeli from Shadow of Jupiter. It seems like the band has been everywhere all the time over … […]Read More Shadow of Jupiter: ‘Porta Coeli’ Album Review
Elder’s energy that night, combined with the energy of the crowd, the attention to detail presented by Last Rites Events, the perfect venue of Avondale Music Hall… the whole experience completely lifted me.
These are rare occasions when you get to my age.Read More Concert Review: Elder/REZN/Lord Buffalo/High Priest
Demons My Friends have gotten some serious accolades, and I can’t help but notice how many bands are referenced by people trying to describe them. I think that’s a testament to how knowledgeable they are, and talented enough to make it all sound original.Read More Demons My Friends: Demons Seem to Gather
Lord Velvet is an absolute force to be reckoned with. I have no clue what otherworldly stuff is going down in the Rockies or what’s in the water there (Coors Light, perhaps?), but something is afoot, and it’s awesome. It’s always incredibly refreshing and honestly a bit mindblowing to hear insanely talented musicians nowadays, especially in the age where anyone with a MacBook can be a musician. But, these guys have it. They come together not only with their individual skill sets, but with their own unique musical influences to create something epic.Read More Lord Velvet: Astral Lady
Overall, I can hardly find words to express how proud I am of the progress this amazing band has made in a very short time. It’s very evident that they’ve grown and matured as a band and as individual musicians. That renewed vitality is palpable throughout the entire album. Dead Feathers was great before, and they’re even better now.Read More Dead Feathers: Full Circle
Just go to https://shadowofjupiter.bandcamp.com/yum copy and enter one of the codes below. I do suggest starting at the top, and work your way down.Read More Get Shadow of Jupiter’s Album Porta Coeli Free!!!
To be able to produce something that highlights your strongest skills as musicians while still providing plenty of musical and vocal variety, piquing interest, and making it seem effortless is astounding. I know that Hippie Death Cult worked insanely hard to accomplish this and that’s evident in every note. Job very well done.
Helichrysum is set to be released on October 20, 2023 through Heavy Psych Sounds Records.Read More Hippie Death Cult: Helichrysum
All of these albums are “album of the month” worthy, in my opinion. As usual, the Top 11 Albums of August are in a virtual tie for the #1 slot. I think it’s worth the time of any fan of the Heavy Underground’s to take you to these for a spin, put them on the playlist, and ultimately buy the album. Or at least buy a T-shirt. Support your bands!!!Read More The Top 11 Albums of August, 2023
It’s clear that Moon Coven has really put the work in fine-tuning their signature sound, proving themselves able to play multiple styles and do it well. If you can do that, the sky’s the limit. With this kind of talent and ambition to branch out and improve, I have a strong feeling that they’ll be (even more) successful. This is a band that absolutely refuses to stagnate.Read More Review: Moon Coven’s Sun King
Jeff Gallagher, AKA Mule Thrower, takes influences as varied and fragmented as Roy Clark and Electric Wizard, throws them against a wall and makes one hell of a mess. Cuts is basically an aural Jackson Pollock painting. Like Pollock, it’s a work of art worthy of study and reflection. But to get maximum effect, I think ya gotta be willing to look at your own shit in the process.Read More Stoner/Doom/ Sludge Review: Mule Thrower-Cuts
I freely admit I resisted the charms of the Bandshee at first. But the cleverness of the name kept tugging at me, along with vocal performances. After a few months, I noticed it’s an album I keep returning to weekly. Maybe a stray melody from Forgotten Daughter or a vicious riff buried deep in Curse of the Bandshee would float in my mind. In the end, I’ve gone back to this ten times more than Blood Ceremony’s The Old Ways Remain, which is a highly rated and regarded album.Read More Curse of the Bandshee
This begs the question: What do fans really want when a beloved vocalist is
replaced by someone new? A carbon copy of the original member? This could lead to a lot of nit-picking about how the new vocalist is either “trying too hard to be so-and-so” or just isn’t enough like the original singer.
The announcement of a collab album between REZN and Vinnum Sabbathi by Blues Funeral Recordings was announced a while back, and listening to the single for the very first time led me to the “pre-order vinyl now” button. This is definitely not a money-grab collab. In the case of Silent Future, THIS is a collab of epic proportions: It’s an “Avengers, assemble!” moment for me. This is MY demographic.Read More Interview: REZN & Vinnum Sabbathi’s Silent Future
All bands have to experiment, sometimes more than once, to find that particular space. More often than not, the results of their mad scientist-ry is still a great listen, even if the album ends up lacking some cohesion as a result. If you find that you always enjoy “the early stuff” the most, give this album a shot! My favorite tracks are The Satanic Space and Halutination of Psycho. (I love black metal song titles.)Read More Black Metal: Myseryhymns to the Rescue on Barzakh
I’ve heard a lot of great music since then, and I’ve even become a reviewer of sorts. Turned to Stone Chapter 2 is without a doubt the best album I’ve heard this century. It never fails to capture my imagination, my full attention, and still seems to get better with every listen.Read More The Perfect Album: Turned to Stone Chapter 2
The Top 12 Stoner/Doom Albums of July 2023, as selected by Clean and Sober Stoner and submitted to the Doom Charts!Read More The Top 12 Stoner/Doom Albums of July 2023
It definitely irks me that so many critics are quick to compare doom bands to Black Sabbath and then write them off. Of course virtually 100% of doom and stoner bands were influenced by Black Sabbath, but that doesn’t mean they’re all carbon copies.Read More sheavy and Their 3 Best Albums
…if you like to live on the edge and have no regard for mindless compliance or conformity, this might just be the ticket. But I gotta warn you, Auralayer’s Thousand Petals is probably going to duke it out for Album of the Year at Clean and Sober Stoner, maybe even the Doom Charts, against the likes of Hail the Void, Faery Ring, Snakemother and Acid King. Once you cross that line, it can be hard to go back…Read More Auralayer Didn’t Get the Memo
Look, your either gonna buy or stream this now, or you’re gonna wait 10 years or more until someone else pulls this out of the air and it gets celebrated for the classic that it is. You, gentle reader, have the opportunity to experience the greatness of Fables of the Damned and Wizard Tattoo now! Although I highly recommend buying them off Bandcamp and getting the lyrics to fully enjoy the experience.Read More Damn This Wizard Tattoo
f you’re already a fan of Eight Foot Manchild, this is an EP to go nuts over. If you’re new to the band, this is the perfect time to dive straight in. This is a well-planned and executed dose of Doombrass that exceeds my expectations in every way. With Shrine of the Orange Sunn, they’re clearly evolving past the “novelty act” they could easily become. The cleaver lyrics, nods to Zappa and Crimson, and movie clips are all here.Read More Brass of Doom: Eight Foot Manchild Worships at the Shrine of the Orange Sunn
What makes it enjoyable is the care, craft, and effort The Salt Pale Collective has put into it. I highly recommend it if you like dark atmosphere, brutal riffs, and a story worth listening to. They also slip in some clean, haunting vocals that add rather than distract from the narrative. These guys know what they’re doing!Read More DOOMED: Sermon of the Edacious Revenant by the Salt Pale Collective
But if you crave something out of the ordinary, with a dash of elegance in your dark and foreboding music, The Great Gray Funk might be your next favorite band. And if you have anything in your audio gear better than generic iPods or Beats, you’re in for a sonic treat!Read More The Great Gray Funk
Acid King strikes me as the quintessential American band. The real America, the one that doesn’t take sides, posturing, or force one’s will upon another. There’s only the open road ahead, full of possibilities and the consequences of our choices and actions. A ragtag tribe of misfits, worshipping the sound of a lone Gibson into an overdriven tube amp, head cocked back, eyes glazed and focusing on the ether as the chord goes ever on, the pulse of drums injecting chaos into the proceedings as the bass rattles our guts.
Cracked window paint
Lead paint doesn’t taste so bad
Slow that’s the only way I know.
Indeed, and as it ever was. The once and future Acid King.Read More Acid King: Beyond Freedom
June 2023 proves again that nothing in this life is certain, except for Death, Taxes, and the Doom Charts. One way or another, the Doom Charts are gonna come out…Read More The JUNE 2023 Clean and Sober Stoner Top 10 List
I’m old school. An album is a complete body of work created to be enjoyed and experienced as a whole. As a Zeppelin fanatic, I’m all in on the album vs single concept. Zep stood their ground and I’m a firm believer in enjoying the complete soundscape, not snapshots. In Times New Roman checked this box for me; to be more accurate, it’s more like a laser-guided missile that hit precisely where that little check box on the card is. This, friends, is an album. Top to bottom, front to back.Read More Queens of the Stone Age: In Times New Roman
New Dawn Fades and Lykoi Fel are two bands that deserve a listen. They’re kinda Yin/Yang in that one is on the Stoner side of things, the other extreme Heavy Psych. A perfect match!Read More Mid-Week Quickies: New Dawn Fades and Lykoi Fel
As powerful and crushing as the music is, there’s a lightness and effortlessness to the performances that take it beyond the genre of “Doom”, while remaining unmistakably DOOM. Snakemother are like a combination of Faetooth meets Messa with a dose of Opeth, YOB and Trouble, a dash of The Bangles and a hint of Bananarama. It all comes together to form that most elusive gem: The Perfect Album.Read More The Perfect Album: Snakemother
So, if I’m really honest about it, Clean and Sober Stoner is partially a good-natured jab at the rigidity of traditional recovery. But it’s also a jab at Stoner/Doom culture as well, and the obsession the scene can have with a certain flower bud. It’s not out of anger, it’s just that the two extremes are kinda funny when you step back and look at it.Read More WTF Is Clean And Sober Stoner?
This might be the best thing David Grohl ever worked on. I bet he wishes he never had to write it. I wish he didn’t, either. But here we are.Read More Foo Fighters’ But Here We Are: A Clean and Sobering Review
Finally, the time is here for my monthly list, this time going to 11. Check out the full list on the Doom Charts. But these are my favorites for the month, and I’m sure I’ll be writing about something I missed during this hectic month. Thanks for reading! HIBERNAUT – INGRESS I guess if a […]Read More My Top 11 Stoner/Doom Releases, May 2023
I always flashback to opening bands from back in the day, usually some variance of White suburban punk band with a chip on their shoulder and a bad cocaine habit coupled with an inhuman tolerance to alcohol while wearing a ripped Blag Flag or Bad Brains t-shirt. This was certainly not that.Read More Throwing Down Live at the Local 506: Imperfect Son, EvilLeaf and Lie Heavy
Check out my reaction video (live, with the the band). Hit ’em up on Bandcamp, maybe even throw them a buck or two for the single. Luurch is the real thing, and if the upcoming full release is anything like this, they might have a monster on their hands.
And if I had a small, independent label, I’d take a few notes…Read More The Single Life: Luurch unleashes The Pull (AKA Giraffe Nuts)
Evil Leaf have been great friends and supporters of this blog and YouTube Channel, and I don’t know what we’d do without them! They have a GOOD chance for a spot in a lineup that would give them great exposure and help take them to the next level. They’ve been working their asses off, and […]Read More Vote for Evil Leaf!!!
That might be the only flaw to Speak Your Mind. It delivers the goods with a velvet-wrapped jewelry hammer and not a maul. An audience craving earth-shattering bombast may have missed this “stoner” gem.Read More Late to the Party: Mystic Majesty- Speak Your Mind
Ingress by Hibernaut is one of my favorite releases so far this year. There’s a spirit, a vibe to it that reminds me of the bad ol’ days, when underground bands didn’t stand a chance against the likes of Cinderella, Ratt or whoever else media moguls declared as Metal. Back in the days when you had to know about a release you read about in a fanzine, or your friends shared with you with hushed tones and wild eyes.Read More Hibernaut: Ingress
I also love their name: no goats were harmed in the making of the band. Big sigh of relief!Read More The Single Life: Shadow of Jupiter Crosses the Bridge of Sighs
But here it is: the best of the best that I listened to this month. These are the exact titles in the exact order that I submitted to the Doom Charts. I’m opting to start at #1 this month, and not do the countdown thing. As always, ANY of these coulda been the best for me, and might be for you.Read More My Top 10 Stoner/Doom Releases: April, 2023
There’s an old concept in science called “the observer effect,” where just observing something changes it. In counseling, there’s the “observer-effect bias.” I think people in treatment can intuitively feel when that’s happening.Read More 30 Years of Heavy Recovery: Chapter 5- Thirty
If anything, losing to Jethro Tull simply endeared Metallica to us even more deeply. They became our heroes, symbols of our innermost selves, struggling to make it in the marketplace that frankly didn’t give a shit about us or our music.Read More Metallica: the Great Betrayal
She Said is another 18-minute epic. You’re killing me smalls. Such long songs take some dedication. Stoner Doom fans must all have ADHD and take their Adderall on a regular basis to stay tuned into such great music for so long.Read More Newbie Doomer: Colour Haze
This is the kind of “fame” that Mean Green is dealing with, right now. They went from being totally obscure in their niche in Boone, to hundreds of people being aware of them, buying their album and wanting to see them. I think it’s a scary spot to be in. It’s hard to make sense of it, hard to know what to do with it.Read More Mean Green: How Mean is the Green?
The latest jolt to my generational sense of being is Memento Mori by Hail the Void. The album is exceptional, the kind of work that can take its place among the best, the very best, in the history of Heavy Metal. I’m not pulling my punches here, and I don’t give two shits if you […]Read More Rock has Indeed Died, and It Now Hails the Void