maandag 2 maart 2015

The Doom Chart for March 2015



Doom Charts

“You are about to experience one of the strangest meetings ever convened — a joining of […] the most unusual people on Earth! Sit quietly in the shadows of this clandestine conference and observe it well! For from it shall soon be born … The DOOM PATROL” – Arnold Drake

They have returned! With a vengeance and an amazing amount of good people with great taste! (Except that one dipshit...)

Welcome to the Doom Charts, representing some of the finest sites, podcasts and bands in the stoner and doom metal underground! Each participant lists their favorite new stoner / sludge / doom albums and the results are compiled into the chart below. This is a one-stop shop for the best new albums in the world. EVERY MONTH!

But first … The Roll Call – A.S. Van Dorston (Fast n’ Bulbous); Bill Goodman (The Evil Engineer); Billy Goate (Doomed & Stoned); Bucky Brown (The Ripple Effect); Cam Crichton (Motherslug); Clint (Hand of Doom Radio); Doktor420 (Stoner HiVe); Double A Doom (The Sludgelord); Gram Pola (Dirty Denim); Ian Gerber (WTF is Stoner Rock?); Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe); LK Ultra (You May Be Dead & Dreaming); Lyk (Phantasmagoria); Melissa (Doomed & Stoned); Mr. Fuzz (More Fuzz); Pat Harrington (The Electric Beard of Doom); Paul Rote (Bandcamp); Skip (Ride With the Devil); Soggy Bob (Soggy Bog of Doom); Steve Howe (The Sludgelord); Steve Miller (Vertical Chamber Apparatus); Tony Maim (Stoner HiVe); Ulla Roschat (Wicked Lady)


So, head on over to the Doom Charts and read up on all those amazing albums!




At Number19 we find Hobo Magic… This hard rockin’ Brisbane trio’s album has been out half a year but it can still set fire to those with loose hanging morals and then teach them a thing or two. Earnest and full of powerful stuff. If you want to know what the rest of the chart holds and who the Number One in March is… Check it out here: DOOM CHART ~!



vrijdag 27 februari 2015

The Munsens – Weight of Night


The Munsens – Weight of Night
Self released – 2015
Rock, Doom
Rated: ****

A package arrives. A cassette tape, accompanied by a small handwritten note and their band name/logo excellently and eerily drawn with ink: The Munsens. Three hairy fellas who formed their brotherhood in Asbury Park, New Jersey but relocated to Denver, Colorado. In pursuit of something highly vintage, mystical and creepy. Ye shall not be mistaken, this is one of those bands that will immediately strike a chord in the heart of all those who lust for something pure and for some unadulterated retro doom. And this is no gimmicky attempt for obscurity or anonymity. No, cause when the first two Sabbath, Electric Wizard and Bongripper typed tracks wash over you, you start the universal nod and thirst to wallow in their sound. The growling yet mystical vocals sound like they come from a bottomless abyss, dusty crypt or deep dark pit. The guitars howling and wailing and bass progression that sounds so ominous it should almost be forbidden. Bleak cymbals and crashing toms, hail the coming of something shadowy and evil. It is the final track The Hunt that kicks it up a notch, not in speed, but in occult Munsens high powered quality. A slow dirge that drags the deceased and the dying towards their inevitable demise. And all of us, who will live to tell the tale, follow and watch, and rejoice. For we can start this cassette tape again and again…

(Written by JK)



John Carpenter – Lost Themes


John Carpenter – Lost Themes
Sacred Bones – 2015
Electro
Rated: ***

Horror grand magician John Carpenter dismissed movie making quite a while ago: “I love movies, but hate getting up early.” No more movies meant no more of his very own style of music full of icy tension and ominous expectations. Full of pumping electro beats, gripping synthesizers, lanky keyboard choirs and those every present melody maelstroms. Or so we thought. Cause then, suddenly, out of nowhere, comes Lost Themes. Nine instrumental compositions, with massive Dario Argento references, primitive basses and demonic themes we have all come to love. With tiny exotic intricate workings and sudden atmosphere changes. The main reason though, why I noticed the album, is the fact that he worked on the album with his son and godson. Cody and personal hero Daniel Davies of Year Long Disaster / Karma To Burn fame. Whenever they were bored playing video games they would head over to the attic to improvise some music. It went so well, that within days they had this Lost Themes album and they’re already working on a follow-up called Dark Blues. But for now, all us Carpenter lovers, are stuck imagining their very own nightmare while listening to Lost Themes…

(Written by JK)





The Answer – Raise A Little Hell


The Answer – Raise A Little Hell
Napalm – 2015
Rock, Hard
Rated: **

It’s hard to watch the decline of a promising band. I dug Rise from 2006, I liked Everyday Demons from 2009 and I loved Revival from 2011. But there were already a few hints on that album that showed us a direction they should not be taken. New Horizon from 2013 was weaker still and had us hoping that something was gonna change. Unfortunately the fifth album Raise A Little Hell by the Irish rockers The Answer does not change a lot and raises very little hell. Sure, there are still a few tracks that meander between Nazareth and AC/DC and which we can appreciate; but overall, the songwriting has dwindled. The exuberance and razor-sharp guitar work from the earlier albums has dissipated and turned into a trickle. There seems to be little fun in their newest work and they sound tired and weary.  As if the car is running low on fuel and the knives have gone blunt. They’re not looking for a fight, they’re trying their best to stay out of it. Song after song we here the same loud but lazy rock that seems to be made for background music when the vacuum cleaner is running. You hear rock music, and that’s about it. Nothing that sets it apart and nothing that gets the blood racing. Let’s hope their sixth album sees them relight their fire and kick start their own behinds!

(Written by JK)



donderdag 26 februari 2015

Gingerpig – Ghost on The Highway


Gingerpig – Ghost on The Highway
Suburban – 2015
Rock, Hard
Rated: ****

We’ve been smitten with Gingerpig ever since we heard their first demo back in 2009. It then took till spring 2011 before we were treated to the amazing album The Ways Of The Gingerpig on which they let the Hammond do the talking, the guitars do the wailing and the vocals the mesmerizing. What a debut album that was, it still spins regularly and the track Dimlighted Heart so often I lost count. After which we saw some line-up changes before we got the damn fine Hidden From View in 2013 and with yet some more changes in personal they now send out into the world their third record: Ghost On The Highway. The wildness that was displayed on earlier albums has given way to heaviness and straight on truckin. This is hardrock. Hardrock with a definite penchant for the old school version that we got from Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Hardrock with a definite love for the blues. Add to this some stylings a la Wishbone Ash or Thin Lizzy and you get a whole new incarnation of what Gingerpig was all about. A Gingerpig that is always on the road. Without an organ to slow them down and with a steady driver gunning for the horizon. So if you are in need for a soundtrack to a vicious day and perhaps a night long drive, pick up Ghost On The Highway, it will keep you focused and aware of all those spirits around you…

(Written by JK)







Raketkanon – Florent


Raketkanon – Florent

We have dived deep into the world of RKTKN#2, the second album by the Belgian crazies Raketkanon. On it they display a while array of sludge, noise and psychedelic experimentation. Less manic and loud as their first album; but with more streamlined chaos, sexy clamor and with perhaps and extra supplement of crazy. Recorded with Steve Albini. And just check out the first video for the new album. Florent. And you will know where theses cats are coming from.


The Budos Band – Burnt Offering


The Budos Band – Burnt Offering
Daptone/V2 – 2014
Rock, Soul, Psych
Rated: ****

Sometimes we arrive late at a certain party. It is not in our nature. Not because we are keen on arriving early everywhere and getting the best seats. But more because we just want to know the deal. The Budos Band’s fifth album recently captured our imagination. The nine-headed formation under guidance of guitarist/producer Thomas Brenneck has gone the way of the tiger on Burnt Offering. Cause their first albums dug deep into the offerings of Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat and Mulatu Astatke’s Ethiopian Jazz. This one seems to want to burn down the house. Early metal and old psychedelic rock give us a much darker and more menacing approach to what the Budos used to bring. These ten new tracks come across as a soundtrack for an evil road movie that was never made. Fuzzy guitars and trippy keys produce a sweltering heat with a malodorous odor that can easily be attributed to different influences like Sabbath, Pink Floyd and Iron Butterfly. And thanks to the horns there’s still a mighty wind blowing that brings the soul and the funk and keeps us from burning alive…

(Written by JK)



woensdag 25 februari 2015

Sautrus – Reed: Chapter One


Sautrus – Reed: Chapter One
Pink Tank Records – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Fuzz, Grunge, Doom, Prog
Rated: *****

Huge, immense and gigantic. Artistically brazen and aiming for the horizon. Listening to the full-sized album Reed: Chapter One by Polish quartet Sautrus has you imagining them playing ancient arenas and coliseums. Their colossal and theatrical sound is enormous without ever being over the top. It is exactly right, righteous and bodacious. These guys levelling a dark cellar stage, a dusty watering hole or local venue will be oppressive and overwhelming. For their fuzzy grunge, heavy stoner and dark atmospheres are blown to gargantuan proportions by little progressive influences and the fact that these guys dare to go that big. Just imagine one amazing riff tumbling over another; while the bas rumbles beneath and the drums roar with excitement. A melodic vocalist that enthralls with his echoes and compels you to stretch your arms out towards the sky as wave after wave washes over you. Just let go. There’s so much groove hiding in these tracks you’re almost scared to imagine that this is only their full-sized debut after the equally impressive three track ep Kuelmaggah Mysticism: Prologue from 2012. Let’s hope there are many more chapters to follow; cause we are, sure as hell, not ready to close this book called Sautrus!

(Written by JK)



John Coffey – The Great News


John Coffey – The Great News
V2 – 2015
Rock, Punk, Core
Rated: ****

The boys from John Coffey are touring relentlessly all across the Netherlands, the countries bordering that weird little nation and are starting to even make a name outside of their very own heavy rocking and heavy partying circle of friends. And with a one minute spot in the most watched program on Dutch TV you know their new album The Great News will do even better. It is their third full-sized album and one that explores much more possibilities then the ones that came before. With what seems to be no effort at all they expertly use melodies to complement their aggressive banging. It is exactly this side of the carousing moustaches that has you immediately recognizing their greatness. Just watch those guitar lines go berserk and the vocalist go crazy; in opposite directions. This is raw and rough with a damn catchy edge. And then there’s that eerie trumpet call. Calling all sombrero wearing crazies out of the bushes and into the fray. Join in the parade, join in the battle. There is no denying the simple fact that the new John Coffey is an amazing album, and then to think they’re even better live… Holy hell! Read the news! Read the news! John Coffey is going on a rampage all across the globe!

(Written by JK)