Harsh Toke – Light Up and Live – Music Stream

April 29, 2014

The name Harsh Toke might get you thinking this is some aggressive stoner stuff, but “Plug In To The Moon,” from the band’s debut record, reveals that this San Diego crew is really much more interested in some cosmic feel-good vibes.

Earthless – From the Ages – Music Stream

April 10, 2014

First rec in six years, and it’s a doozie! This instrumental trio is heavy blues jam, first and foremost, with space, Sabbath, and psychedelia flavors added to the meaty stew. While there are only four songs, two clock in at a wink under 15 minutes, one tops out at 5 minutes, and the closer title track gives itself over 30 minutes of breathing room.

The Crimson ProjeKCt – Live In Tokyo – Music Stream

April 3, 2014

Featuring two sets of three King Crimson alum (Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto; Markus Reuter, Julie Slick and Tobias Ralph) and using the “double trio” approach that KC favored in the ’90s, The Crimson ProjeKCt is a suitably ambitious offshoot from the legendary prog masters.

Slough Feg – Digital Resistance – Music Stream

March 21, 2014

Slough Feg wastes no time delivering fuzzy NWOBHM feelings on “Digital Resistance,” the title track of their ninth studio album. Galloping guitars, wailing riffs, measured storytelling – it’s a time machine back to the time when giants like Maiden and Angel Witch first scoured the earth.

Nashville Pussy – Up The Dosage – Music Stream

March 19, 2014

Last time I saw these dudes (and gals, of course), they killed it back in 2000 at the Tattoo the Earth Festival. I shouldn’t have worried that they might have lost some of their whirlwind energy in the years between.

Indian – From All Purity – Music Stream

March 7, 2014

Indian sure know how to scare off the weak ones: The opening track of their new record, From All Purity, is a howling hell hole of a song, recalling Made Out of Babies at their most cathartic. Plus, it’s called “Rape.”

Naam – Vow – Music Stream

January 27, 2014

Psych-rockers Naam return with their most cohesive to date. With Hawkwind and Iron Butterfly on the mind, Namm forge their own meandering path through the cosmos and desertscapes.

Airbourne – Black Dog Barking – Music Stream

December 4, 2013

Takes over a minute to get rockin’ (much like AC/DC’s “For Those About to Rock,” whose intro “Live it Up” borrows generously from), but from there, the strippers’ll be shakin’ and gyratin’, as long as they can find a babysitter, cuz their out-of-work boyfriend is passed out already and it’s barely noon.

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats – Mind Control – Music Stream

December 2, 2013

One of the more cohesive songs on the record, “Poison Apple” blends Kyuss’ drawl and Sabbath’s sock-hop. Deep Purple keys interlock with fuzzy riffs to make space for Beatles-esque piano tinkerings, if that’s the way the song leads.

Windhand – Soma – Music Stream

November 15, 2013

I’ll take some catchy fuzz in the vein of Black Sabbath or the mighty Electric Wizard any day, and from the sound of Windhand, I’m not alone. “Orchard” is a fantastic, lurching buzz bomb from their second album, Soma.

Monster Magnet – Last Patrol – Music Stream

September 18, 2013

Some bands are so inconsistent (Megadeth jumps to mind) that when they release a new song, it’s about 50/50 whether it’s gonna be a classic or a complete train wreck. Monster Magnet are much more consistent.

Supermachine – Music Stream

August 23, 2013

Streaming all 11 songs of this New Hampshire band’s self-titled debut. The talent level is high, the recording sounds great, the songs range from adequate genre-filler to pretty solid by brushing well-liked elements of both guitar rock and grunge metal, but rarely taking them anywhere mind-bogglingly new.

Deville – Hydra – Music Stream

August 16, 2013

Three albums deep, first for Small Stone, first in five years or so. Nine of 11 songs are offered here, and the first two, “Lava” and “Iron Fed,” show a bright future for Deville, if they care to follow that risky path.

Gozu – The Fury of a Patient Man – Music Stream

August 9, 2013

All ten tracks of this Boston quartet’s second release, following up 2010’s noteworthy Locust Season. Soulful vocals over fuzzy, well-crafted classic rock (some stoner drool, some Soundgarden pop-crafted hard rock). There’re some handclaps here, probably some cowbell if you really dig in, and some metallic gallop and doom plod, just for good measure.

Inter Arma – Sky Burial – Music Stream

August 6, 2013

Inter Arma are in no hurry on the nearly ten-minute “Westward.” It takes a few minutes for them to be satisfied with the doom-drenched plod before adding additional elements, like a faint roar in the distance.

Spiritual Beggars – Earth Blues – Music Stream

August 2, 2013

Good to hear from Michael Amott’s (Arch Enemy, ex-Carcass) retro rock project again, due to losing members and momentum, and potentially getting lost in the shuffle of damn fine bands simply flooding this genre.

St. James Society – Bab(a/y)lon Rising – Music Stream

August 1, 2013

Distinctly ’80s UK post-punk/Goth rock reverb from Austin, Texas’ glammy psychedelic garage rockers. An interesting sound, a well-worn style, and not one I was anticipating from the title track of the curiously-titled “Bab(a/y)lon Rising.”

Hot Lunch – Music Stream

July 31, 2013

Big amps, lots of wah and distortion, Kyuss-souled stoner rock yahoo, and “Killer Smile” has drum fills Sabbath’s Bill Ward would approve of.

Bottom – MMXII EP – Music Stream

July 5, 2013

Bottom has always been heavy and dark, sure, but not like this! 2012/2013 Bottom leans more Melvins/Blag Flag, with huge slabs of guitar fuzz really getting their point across.

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