HOWLING GIANT “Black Hole Space Wizard”
Duuude! It is authentic stoned music, made of pure solid guitar riffs and a corrosive spirit in adrenalized vocal lines. This piece of golden rock contains four long songs composed in cosmic atmospheres, hypnotic guitar solos and excellent concept under the flag of progressive rock in a weird form.
It’s another well-known band here in my desk. I reviewed a sludge EP in 2014 and you can read it here. Carrying solid influences from Black Sabbath guitar riffs, and creating dense atmospheres of what is called “Stoner rock”, these guys released an excellent piece of heaviness and obscurity here.
BEVAR SEA “Invoke the Bizarre”
The Mighty Riff Records
This is a decent and quite solid stoner/doom metal album, and I must say that the sound tells me about guys who are looking for an own style and good performance.
POSSESSOR “Stay Dead”
After a debut album in 2014, these guys released a new EP this year. I think this is going to call the attention of many of you, as it’s an interesting hybrid of thrash metal with stoner rock. Of course, the result sounds solid and quite eclectic, but the band has good taste and really took good elements from these and other genres.
POTERGEIST “Crocodile Tears”
It’s another addition to my collection of promos of the so called “southern metal” from around the globe. This time is coming from Athens, Greece, and they really made a great job on the fourth album.
WICKED INQUISITION “Wicked Inquisition”
After many demos and EP’s, these guys finally decided to release a debut album and it worth every cent. Coming from Twin Cities, Minnesota, the band was created in 2008 and they based their music in many influences, mainly from doom/stoner metal with modern sound.
CAVE OF SWIMMERS ”Reflection”
On the third listening of this album I can confirm something: this is nothing less than authentic gem of rock music. Simply I can’t stop listening! The first thing that jumps from the speakers is the extraordinary throat of vocalist Guillermo Gonzalez (also guitars and keys) who really impressed me with an Opera-Soprano-Baritone musical skills, as this guy also drives high pitch mode with no problem.
BLACK CAPRICORN “Cult of Black Friars”
Stone Stallion Rex/Funeral Industries
And here we go with another doom-rock band from Italy. It’s a trio formed by two women and one male, and they composed a really good third album in the mood of old sounds of psychedelic rock in 70’s, mixed with stoner stuff and metal music.
PLANET OF ZEUS “Vigilante”
I’m sure that stoner rock is considered a fashion genre by old school warriors, nowadays. Of course, the thick roots on Black Sabbathian guitar riffs – Diamond Head heaviness, and consistent grooviness in all tracks are elements that all these bands share, but is still hard to become a successful act, mainly because in “stoner rock” or so called “stoner metal” is hard to forge an own style.
YERBADIABLO “It doesn’t work”
Atomic Stuff Records
This is an interesting experiment of fusion rock with influences from many sources. It seems like these guys have great experience playing for other bands, and here, they conceive great songs based in eclectic ideas from 70’s rock, alternative metal, blues, etc, and tied everything with good taste and prolific ideas (sung in English and Spanish) where you can hear sax, harmonica, polymorph-psychedelic keyboards, and a lot of honesty.