Stoner Metal

Artist: 
Lo-Pan
Label: 
Aqualamb Records

I could give you a play-by-play of each song on this track, or, being as I'm not a long-time listener of Lo-Pan, I can give you my initial reaction. From the album art and presentation of the album, I had in mind a sort of southern metal-based sound, but was surprised to find a unique, and wholesomely rock sound with Lo-Pan's In Tensions.

Sounds Like: 
Scissorfight
Sounds Like: 
Roadsaw
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2017
Artist: 
Kyng
Label: 
Razor & Tie

Kyng is a Southern California based heavy metal group consisting of three members. Frontman and guitarist Eddie Veliz labels this as one of his greatest works, fully capturing the raw and gut-driven sound that this band is famous for. Their album, Breathe in the Water, released October 7, is truly one of their best, after listening to Burn the Serum, I had wondered how they could follow such well-done vocals and heavy sound. This album has followed it truly, and its powerful vocals mixed with heavy riffs and rhytmic pounding make for a great listen.

Sounds Like: 
Islander
Sounds Like: 
Act of Defiance
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
10/06/2016
Artist: 
Opeth
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

This song is really funky, like it’s a genuine blend of RPM and metal. This song doesn’t fit into one genre of metal so when you hear funk and doom and stoner all rolled into one review it makes sense. This is a pretty cool track, just different. The vocals are pretty muted and far away while the guitars and drums really captivate the listener. This is just a really groovy track that sounds like old school metal in the 1970s and 80s. If you wanna hear a really cool song, just play this track. 

Sounds Like: 
1970s metal mixed with modern influences
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/04/2016
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.