Stoner Metal

Artist: 
High Priest of Saturn
Label: 
Svart Records

When questioning the different genres of metal, one must deal with doom metal. And in fact, many listeners don't enjoy the ten minute tracks, blurred vocals, and minimal instrumentals. I, on the other hand, love doom metal. Listening to good doom metal and this album especially does what doom metal is meant to – put you in a place of mental nirvana for a good hour while you’re burnt out on life. The gloomy nature of the album is beautiful, intricate and yet not overbearing and is sometimes minimally perfect.

Sounds Like: 
slowed down 70's rock
Sounds Like: 
underwater jams
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
01/24/2016
Artist: 
Baroness
Label: 
Abraxan Hymns

Baroness's single off of their upcoming album Purple is pretty much exactly what you'd expect, especially if you're aware of stoner metal in any way, shape, or form. It's got the yelling, raspy vocals, the grungy guitar riffs, the somewhat psychodelic vibes, and the distorted and distant sounding vocals. I'm not a huge fan of stoner metal at all, because I find it to be consistently really bland and boring to listen to both off of recordings and live.

Sounds Like: 
Clutch
Sounds Like: 
Mastodon
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
12/09/2015
Artist: 
Wizard Eye
Label: 
Black Monk Records

If you’re on the prowl for some solid psychedelic stoner metal, definitely check out Wizard Eye’s self-titled LP. While not overly technical (or really at all), Wizard Eye blends deep, growling vocals, sick drum fills, and heavily phased guitar riffs; the result is pretty fucking heavy. While you won’t find lots of blast beats or thrashy solos here, the album presents relatively downtempo tracks that still drive hard, with heavily distorted bass underlying the psychedelic lead guitar.

Sounds Like: 
Nitroseed
Sounds Like: 
Sleep
Name: 
Leo Hamerlynck
Date Reviewed: 
10/21/2015
Artist: 
Windhand
Label: 
Relapse

This is a very powerful and heavy sounding record, implementing mostly everything you could expect from modern day Doom Metal. it is also not so painfully slow like other Doom acts, as 'Windhand" incorporates some speed in the rhythm section. The dual guitars played by Asechiah Bogdan and Garrett Morris are extremely mind numbing, yet remaining powerful and heavy.

Sounds Like: 
Electric Wizard
Sounds Like: 
Acid King
Sounds Like: 
perhaps some elements of Black Sabbath
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
09/23/2015
Artist: 
The Sword
Label: 
Razor & Tie

The Sword's "High Country' is a continuation of their new image. Since their inception, The Sword have changed their style and sound from a doom metal perspective to a significantly lighter, more experimental version of hard rock. This alteration of sound, along with this new release "High Country", has been rather successful in the eyes of critics and newer fans. However, to the more nostalgic The Sword fans like myself, this is another disappointing effort by a once crushing, dominant metal band.

Sounds Like: 
Mastodon (new)
Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath (late Ozzy years)
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
09/10/2015
Artist: 
Acid King
Label: 
self released/Svart Records

 Acid Kings hails from the great city of San Francisco, pioneering both doom metal in San Fran, but also a female fronted leader. This is only their fourth album in twenty years and I can’t say it was worth the wait. It may not be the greatest doom metal band in the world, but it’s not poorly made. They are led by female guitarist Lori who controls the band with sludgy grungy riffs that you’d expect to find in a dirty street garage.

Sounds Like: 
Altamont
Name: 
Alexis walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2015
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
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
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: