Newbie Doomer and the Road to Desertfest: Melvins

Usually, I avoid the 14-minute epics because, well, I don’t have time for long songs that drone on forever. Now I know that may sound like heresy to the Doom community, but this gal has a full-time job, a family, and a business on the side that I am trying to grow. It’s more like “Hit me with your best shot…fire away” around here.

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Late to the Party: Hum- One

If you hunger, CRAVE modern, post-rock-on-the-verge-of progressive, heavy psych with a dash of stoner, you should definitely add Hum to your collection. The entire album runs a mere 38 minutes, and every song comes across as the perfect, edited version of what the song should be. One is like a collection of my favorite bits of this kind of music, with none of the stuff I have to overlook in order to enjoy it.

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The Slow Attack: Higher Than This!

It’s the kind of whiskey-strained voice that just gets the crowd pumping and challenges the guitars for dominance. The bass playing is low-down and up to no good, reaching deep into your gut and making it clear where the boogie lies. Plenty of air drummers are gonna be smashing the smokey haze with empty hands when they see these guys (and gal). I do not want this to end: I need at least another hour to soak in the hard and heavy vibes.

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Evil Leaf: Slow Burn

It’s no secret that Evil Leaf has been a favorite on this site ever since they released their single, Tenebris, a few months ago. Recently, they released their first EP, Slow Burn. . So- does the EP live up to the hype I’ve had? Absolutely. This is a dose of well-written and smartly-produced Doom tracks […]

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