Argus' debut self-titled was a complete, but pleasant, surprise. I only listened to this album because I wanted to try something new, a band without a huge discography so I could get in and get out, but Argus was so much more. It's a bit like power stoner, with a full sound and big ideas. I'm thinking about listening to it again and writing an actual article about the group.
Cloudkicker fucking rocks! My favorite instrumental-progressive-metal-one-man-project ever! Check out my full article of the guy/group for more information.
The newest two Crippled Black Phoenix albums, I, Vigilante and The Resurrectionists, are both amazing examples of experimental/progressive metal. I've got a full article finished and prepped, so be on the look-out for that next week for more info.
Firebird's new album, Double Diamond, comes off much more classic rock then the blues rock of its predecessors. You'd be forgiven to assume this was another side project of anyone from Deep Purple. It's a nice break from the somewhat-lagging style of the past few Firebird albums.
The newer half of the Fu Manchu discography are really good examples of grooving stoner metal. I really like We Must Obey and beyond especially.
I've already gone into the awesomeness of Dax Riggs and his various projects.
A pair of great new releases from new(ish) bands; Quest For Fire's Lights From Paradise is a psychedelic lover's wet dream, and a much more solid release then their debut. This release has a bit of an edge to it, while their self-titled dives deep into the shoegaze. The release from Rocketchief, Rise of The Machine, is another healthy debut. It is hard rock/metal stoner at it's greatest; think mid-history Clutch (Blast Tyrant or Robot Hive/Exodus). I can't wait to hear more from this group.
I love sHEAVY and their second new album of the year, Disfigurine, did not disappoint. It is a new sound, having a new guitarist and all, and the band as a whole seems to be moving to a more status quo stoner sound, not the very Black Sabbath sound of Synchronized or Republic? I'm intrigued; I'll see where this trend goes before I pass judgment. But Disfigurine and The Golden Age of Daredevils are both worth a listen.
I was not too impressed with Stonebride's first album, Inner Season, so I was in no rush to listen to their 2010 release, because of this I was very surprised. Summon The Waves is a great showcasing of the way to make a good stoner/doom album. With only six songs (and one of those a one and a half minute intro song) the album clocks in at over fifty-two minutes of music. Sometimes with these long song collections the overall sound tends to lag, but not with this one. The music is great, the lyrics are great, this album is great! If you like doom, try out stonebride.
Above I said that the latest two albums by Crippled Black Phoenix were great, but their first two albums were not. While each album had a song or two that I enjoyed, they were too filled with long droning sections with only an annoying guitar loop and a spoken recording of someone saying something. Again I go into more detail on the article that is coming out next week.
Heliotropes has been described as 'pop-doom' on most of the sites that I have seen, which is an accurate description of the band's sound. Unfortunately pop and doom belong nowhere near each other in the world I live in. Not something I enjoyed, but probably better for someone who doesn't know/like a lot of doom.
C+ For Effort
Another stoner rock/metal band that couldn't make it over the hurdle, Black Rainbows is just a so-so band. They would be better for the casual listener to stoner, not someone who claims that genre to be among his favorites (like me). I listened to both albums, and really had a hard time picking two songs that stuck out above the rest. Try at your own risk.
Where Fu Manchu's later works were great, their first few albums - inventing their sound - are very ho-hum. As with a lot of the early stoner bands, their sound during this time is kind of boring. But they made up for it on their newer releases.
Black Rainbows, Cloudkicker, Crippled Black Phoenix, Dax Riggs, Deadboy and The Elephantmen, Fishbone, Firebird, Fu Manchu, Greatdayforup, Orquesta Del Desierto, Quest For Fire, Spice and The RJ Band
- AC/DC - High Voltage
- Airbourne - Runnin' Wild
- Andrew W.K. - 55 Cadillac
- Argus - Argus - New
- Baroness - Red Album
- Black Rainbows - Carmina Diabolo - New
- Black Rainbows - Twilight In The Desert - New
- Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
- Black Sabbath - Paranoid
- The Bloody Irish Boys - Drunk Rock - New
- Blowback - 800 Miles - New
- The Blues Brothers - Soundtrack
- Cloudkicker - ]]][[[ (EP)
- Cloudkicker - Beacons - New
- Cloudkicker - The Discovery - New
- Cloudkicker - The Map is Not the Territory (EP) - New
- Cloudkicker - Portmanteau (EP) - New
- Crippled Black Phoenix - I, Vigilante - New
- Crippled Black Phoenix - A Love Of Shared Disasters - New
- Crippled Black Phoenix - Night Raider - New
- Crippled Black Phoenix - The Resurrectionists - New
- Dax Riggs - Say Goodnight To The World - New
- Dax Riggs - We Sing of Only Blood or Love - New
- Deadboy and The Elephantmen - If This Is Hell Then I'm Lucky - New
- Deadboy and The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky - New
- Deep Purple - Machine Head
- Dream Theater - Scenes From A Memory
- Egypt - Egypt - New
- Elephant Mountain - The Last Days of Planet Earth - New
- Enos - Chapter 1 - New
- Fireball Ministry - FMEP (EP) - New
- Fishbone - Chim Chim's Badass Revenge - New
- Fishbone - Fishbone And The Familyhood Nextperience Present: The Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx - New
- Fishbone - Give A Monkey A Brain And He'll Swear He's The Center of The Universe
- Fishbone - The Reality of My Surroundings
- Fishbone - Still Stuck In Your Throat
- Firebird - Deluxe
- Firebird - Double Diamond - New
- Firebird - Firebird
- Firebird - Grand Union
- Firebird - Hot Wings
- Firebird - No.3
- Fu Manchu - The Action Is Go - New
- Fu Manchu - California Crossing - New
- Fu Manchu - (Godzilla's) Eatin' Dust - New
- Fu Manchu - In Search Of... - New
- Fu Manchu - King of The Road - New
- Fu Manchu - Signs Of Infinite Power - New
- Fu Manchu - Start The Machine - New
- Fu Manchu - We Must Obey
- Gas Giant - Pleasant Journey In Heavy Tunes - New
- Gas Giant - Portals of Nothingness - New
- Greatdayforup - God Loves A Sinner - New
- Greatdayforup - Flores De Sangre - New
- Grinspoon - Guide To Better Living - New
- Grinspoon - New Detention - New
- Heliotropes - III - New
- hYPNOTIC hYSTERIA - Feed On Me - New
- Infant Sorrow/Jackie Q - Get Him To The Greek Soundtrack - New
- Ironweed - Indian Ladder - New
- Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick (EP)
- Kingsnake - Book Of Promises - New
- Luna Negra - Soundproof (Demo) - New
- Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell
- Metallica - Master of Puppets
- Mother-Unit - Brain-Massage - New
- Ogre - Dawn of The Proto-Man
- Orquesta Del Desierto - Dos - New
- Orquesta Del Desierto - Orquesta Del Desierto - New
- Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon
- Pink Floyd - The Wall (2 Discs)
- Pride and Glory - Pride and Glory
- Queen - A Night At The Opera
- Quest For Fire - Lights From Paradise - New
- Quest For Fire - Quest For Fire - New
- Rocketchief - Rise of The Machine - New
- Sahara Surfers - Spacetrip On A Paper Plane - New
- Scott Reeder - TunnelVision Brilliance - New
- sHEAVY - Disfigurine - New
- Spice and The RJ Band - Shave Your Fear - New
- Spice and The RJ Band - The Will - New
- Spiritual Beggars - Return To Zero - New
- Stonebride - Summon The Waves - New
- Styx - The Grand Illusion
- The Tossers - The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death
- Uriah Heep - Demons and Wizards