Murder 1 – On High – Review

August 6, 2003

Meandering Hammond organ lines intersect violently with pissed-off, screaming rock god vocals and fat, downtuned guitar lines which jump into double-time.

Rondellus – Sabbatum – Review

July 13, 2003

Estonians who play 14th century music on authentic instruments reinterpret Black Sabbath songs with radical arrangements and Latin translations of the lyrics.

Sheavy – Synchronized – Review

February 14, 2003

I can’t believe how annoyed I am with Sheavy’s crippling debt to Black Sabbath, especially Steve Hennessey’s uncommon vocal similarity to Ozzy Osbourne.

Rebirth of the Heavy – Review

January 3, 2003

All straight up, no bullshit, from destructo rock to apeshit hardcore to stoner rock to kickass doom and back. The comp flows well as a piece.

Grand Magus – Review

June 14, 2002

Grand Magus use the bluesy rockin’ tools handed down to’m and do a fine job working quick riff blazes like their contemporaries, Sheavy and Orange Goblin.

Brant Bjork & The Operators – Review

June 14, 2002

Primarily known as a drummer for Kyuss and Fu Manchu. He drums on his own rec too, as well as playing most of everything with a little help from his friends.

Hangnail – Clouds in the Head – Review

February 22, 2002

These guys ride a rocking horse between stompin’ “punk” like Electric Frankenstein and Zeke, and the kickass “stoner” like Nebula and The Mushroom River Band.

Sloth – The Voice of God – Review

June 3, 2001

This record is purely heavy rock born of the molten tar pits that heaved the very early Blue Cheer and the wicked burned-over thud of Zeppelin live in ’69.

Firebird – Review

September 1, 2000

Bill Steer from Carcass and Napalm Death, Ludwig Witt from Spiritual Beggars, and Leo Smee from Cathedral. A fresh, brainier approach to stoner rock.

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