Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River
Original Release Date: August 29, 1969
When you’re a student of heavy music such as myself, you often come across a recurring discourse on what exactly it means for something to be heavy. Is it volume? Speed, or lack thereof? Intensity? Satanic overtones? Of course, the right answer [...]
So I’ve figured it out, and hopefully I’m the first one. Foundations of Burden is a prequel. It’s a prequel to the first Pallbearer album, Sorrow and Extinction. I mean, think about it. The first album ends with “Extinction”, and the second album begins with “Foundations”. Accident? I think not. And then you look at [...]
Jethro Tull – Stand Up
My first concert was Jethro Tull, in 1999. To be honest, it wasn’t a great concert, but regardless Jethro Tull has always been a favorite of mine. Not only do I consider them a great classic rock band, but my tendency to champion them has steadily [...]
Thaw and Echoes of Yul are a couple of experimental metal acts from Poland, and on August 4th they’ll be releasing a split with Polish independent record label Instant Classic. Both bands only get 1 song to work with, but as they clock in at 14 and 25 minutes each, you’ll still be [...]
I’ll be writing another album review over the weekend, but in the meantime let’s try something new. Which is exactly what I did last night when I agreed to venture into Chelsea to see a bunch of stupid crap and drink free wine. Very few of these artworks aroused my intellect, while almost all of [...]
The Beast of Left and Right by Georgia genre-defiers Lazer/Wulf is the latest release from Retro-Futurist Records, the independent label founded and operated by Savannah sludge superheroes Kylesa. The label has already put out a few records, but they’re still pretty new, and with this one I’m happy to say that they [...]
No Way’s new EP, “Sing Praises”, is a charred, greasy slice of sludgy noise rock done right. It’s distinctly dark, but favors the macabre over the bleak, and aggression over despair. It’s got a horse’s face on the front, and you’re a horse’s ass if you don’t love it.
The album’s first two songs [...]
What I keep trying to figure out is if and how one can tell from Gurt’s music alone that they have a pretty prominent sense of humor. If you look at the song titles and cover art from their upcoming LP Horrendosaurus, you’d know quickly:
In Room 237 there’s an anecdote about a small theatre that screened The Shining and The Shining backwards, at the same time, superimposed on top of one another. Like most of the documentary, it was a silly idea that ended up seeming cool just because it made you think about The Shining more [...]
Judy (a punk) and Sheena (a punk rocker)
In my last review, of Sunnata’s Climbing the Colossus, I talked about how music from the stoner/sludge/doom genres often relies heavily on pure sonic impact, and the creation of larger-than-life sound mountains that become bigger than the music itself (whatever that means). I think it was an apt qualification for that [...]
Volume 3 of our monthly compilation is now available for free streaming and download! This one is heavier than Satan’s ass, with generous helpings of stoner rock, doom, prog metal, and more, featuring bands from all around the country! Check it out here, and use our contact form to submit your music for [...]
Reviews of music from the doom/stoner/psych genre(s) tend to be littered with hyperbole. Writers seem to enjoy closing their eyes and pretending that what they’re listening to is not drums and guitars, but a train made out of carcasses, trudging full steam through a bottomless swamp of molten tar and rusty nails, up [...]
A few months ago I stumbled onto an album called Public Cemetery Party, by a band called Exemption. I hadn’t heard of these guys before (yeah, I live under a fucking rock), but I learned that they had been around for almost 9 years before disbanding in 2012. This was news I didn’t [...]
There’s nothing like crawling out of bed at noon on a Sunday, remembering as you do that you swore to yourself that today you’d get work done. Not just sit around watching cartoons and waiting to feel better. Naturally, when today started in just that fashion, I thought, “OK, of all the things I [...]
Young Goodman Brown with a leather jacket and switchblade.
That’s the best image I could come up with to describe what Kentuckian punkabilly swamp-thrashers Opossum Holler invokes. Or at least the best Hawthorne-inspired image, and since you all, I’m sure, have read the story, I trust that it will ring true.
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