…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
Some satire from my good friends!!! The music business can be a fickle beast. Many bands are lucky to make it through their first tour, with most breaking up long before that. So what … Aging Doom Band Explains the Secret to Their LongevityRead More Aging Doom Band Explains the Secret to Their Longevity
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