Stoner Metal

Endless

Artist: 
Mount Salem
Label: 
Independent

Mount Salem is a female fronted doom/stoner metal group. I’d say they are more doom than stoner, because the characteristic stoner “riffs” are rather slow and simple, which lends itself more to a doom sort of feeling. This album definitely draws heavy influence from early Black Sabbath, which is fantastic. I’d say they are not exactly anything unique or experimental, but they do a good job of bringing together the best of stoner metal and doom metal. The stoner metal riffs are there, and the heaviness of doom is also there, which makes for a decent listen already.

Sounds Like: 
Sabbath Assembly
Sounds Like: 
Rituals of The Oak
Sounds Like: 
Arc of Ascent
Name: 
Jakub Safar
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2014

Whales and Leeches

Artist: 
Red Fang
Label: 
Relapse Records

My first experience with Red Fang was back when higher-end YouTube pages had a video on their channel page, and I happened to be on the Relapse page, probably looking for more Obscura tracks.  A Red Fang music video was on there, for which song I cannot recall.  I do recall there were a whole lot of empty beer cans, though.  “These guys are okay I guess,” I thought.  Poor, young me clearly didn’t know what was going on.

Sounds Like: 
Baroness
Sounds Like: 
Orange Goblin
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2013

Blood Drive

Artist: 
ASG
Label: 
Relapse

This random dive into the Alt bin was a bit nostalgic for me. I had never heard of ASG so I based this pick on the rad album artwork (can't go wrong with naked ladies). The first listen of this album sent me back into my angsty middle school years filled with multi-colored hair and too many energy drinks. Amd I surprisingly found myself liking ASG's Blood Drive. Their sound is sludgy, heavy southern-rock, but the lead singer's vocals make it slightly more mainstream - but very nostalgic of 90s alternative bands.

Sounds Like: 
Jane's Addiction
Sounds Like: 
Alice in Chains
Sounds Like: 
Torche
Sounds Like: 
Soundgarden
Name: 
Claire Bruno
Date Reviewed: 
10/08/2013

Honor Found in Decay

Artist: 
Neurosis
Label: 
Neurot Recordings

Neurosis is one of those bands that I feel like I should listen to more, but don't. My only other exposure to them is 2007's critically-acclaimed "Given to the Rising" and Scott Kelly's guest vocal work with Mastodon. There are only 3 songs between 6 and 8 minutes long, and the rest of the album is long, slow, and heavy. Kelly's gritty vocals and dark, poetic lyrics are the highlight of this album. I feel like they'd be a hell of a band to see live.

Sounds Like: 
Isis
Sounds Like: 
Cult of Luna
Sounds Like: 
Minsk
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
11/14/2012

Apocryphon

Artist: 
The Sword
Label: 
Razor & Tie Records

Having loved 2010's 'Warp Riders,' I was very excited to listen to The Sword's latest offering. Alas, this album is devoid of that exciting adventure and sci-fi awesomeness and drags on quite a bit throughout the first half. The album picks up around track 5, and there are some gems, but unfortunately it's not as memorable as their last effort.

Sounds Like: 
Kyuss
Sounds Like: 
Red Fang
Sounds Like: 
Orange Goblin
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2012

Crows In Swine - Single

Artist: 
Red Fang
Label: 
Relapse Records

The first single from Red Fang's new album is fast, heavy, and somewhat trippy and unsettling. Their last album, "Murder the Mountains," reminded me of early Mastodon A LOT, and this song is no exception. It sounds like a song that could have been written in transition between Leviathan and Blood Mountain. So if you've been disappointed by Mastodon's last 2 albums, please check these guys out.

Sounds Like: 
Mastodon
Sounds Like: 
Baroness
Sounds Like: 
Neurosis
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2012

Down IV Part I - The Purple EP

Artist: 
Down
Label: 
Down Records

The latest offering from Phil Anselmo and Pepper Keenan is the first of a scheduled four EP's to be released, and if the next three are anything like this, then I can't wait until the day where I can sit down and listen to all four back-to-back. Now I understand why Keenan was absent on Corrosion of Conformity's latest album: he was too busy getting this gem together. Play it!

Sounds Like: 
Crowbar
Sounds Like: 
Corrosion of Conformity
Sounds Like: 
Black Label Society
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
09/24/2012

Stoned

Artist: 
Acid Witch
Label: 
Hell's Headbangers Records

These guys play some slow, heavy, sludgy, Black Sabbath-inspired music, wrapped up quite nicely with some incredibly cheesy lyrics about (i bet you can't take a guess from their name...) drugs and horror movies. And... that pretty much just sums it up really. It's good, and there are some seriously monster-riffs on here, but it's all-in-all kinda forgettable. It does have it's highlights, it's just that I like a little bit of variation in my stoner/doom riffs. I'd still reccommend a listen, especially if you... partake.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Sounds Like: 
Entombed
Sounds Like: 
High on Fire
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2010

Matador

Artist: 
Zoroaster
Label: 
E1 Music

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Sounds Like: 
Monster Magnet, Sleep, Black Sabbath
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2010

The Burn & Cry

Artist: 
The Burn & Cry
Label: 
Unsigned

It just goes to show you: you can't judge a book (or, in this case, a CD) by it's cover. I picked this up expecting some sort of metalcore band, but The Burn & Cry actually turned out to be a Southern/Groove metal band. There's nothing horribly spectacular about them as musicians, but MAN, they can write some good riffs. They do venture into the realm of nu metal a couple of times, and the quieter songs do get a little boring after a while, but overall, this is a fairly solid album with some very standout tracks.

Sounds Like: 
Pantera
Sounds Like: 
Clutch
Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2010