Album Review

DOMKRAFT get closer to the Doom Grail with “Sonic Moons”.

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Say that this fourth album from Sweden’s Domkraft was eagerly awaited would be an understatement. After the major slap in the face provided by “Seeds” two years...

DOPELORD goes on a crusade with “Songs For Satan”.

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In today’s European stoner and doom landscape, DOPELORD has become a major force to be reckoned with. Having forged a sound now recognizable from the first riffs,...

BARONESS goes more epic than ever before with “Stone”.

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The art of transcending your legacy. Of all the East American bands that followed the path created by Mastodon in this highly specific post-sludge sub-genre, taking the best from...

MONDO GENERATOR sets the world ablaze with “We Stand Against You”.

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Mondo Generator and me, we go way back. I ended up in the stoner scene thanks to a punk heritage and, therefore, my gateway artist to this beautiful world is named Nick Oliveri....

Why KVELERTAK’s new album “Endling” is such a dividing topic.

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What in the world? Kvelertak, this band with such a strong sonic and visual identity and a skyrocketing career is back with a fifth record but it appears the hype is not as...

GRAVEYARD goes dark and emotional with “6”.

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Suddenly, things felt different. We’re used to it by now although I don’t think we’re quite out of the woods yet, but when the pandemic hit many bands, their...

With “Mutants”, MUTOID MAN punch the metal world in the f-ing face.

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The most improbable heavy’n’roll trio is back. MUTOID MAN is still driven by the mad genius of Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Old Man Gloom and about 140 other projects),...

Heavy rock supercombo KIND returns strong with “Close Encounters”.

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“Close Encounters” (of) the third KIND… Is the title of this third album a reference to the 1977 Spielberg movie? Yet there’s nothing alien about KIND’s...

BLACK RAINBOWS reach their apex with “Superskull”.

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Three years ago, I was writing that “Cosmic Ritual Supertrip” was the best Black Rainbows album, but I certainly didn’t take into account their ability to...

UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS “Slaughter On First Avenue”

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In the occult rock scene, some are driven solely by the pompous (Ghost, just to name one), while others take a completely different approach and delve so uncompromisingly into...

Psych-jazz supernova KANAAN strikes again with “Downpour”.

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Ask Vatn Strøm (guitars), Ingvald André Vassbø (drums) and Eskild Myrvoll (bass, keyboards) are always hard at work. Whether they produce albums, jam sessions, wild...

DOZER return as true stoner masters with “Drifting in the Endless Void”.

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What do you do after having contributed to shaping European stoner rock in five essential albums? You go back to school, of course! In the literal sense for singer and guitarist...

You said doom’n’roll? HÅNDGEMENG set the world ablaze with “Ultraritual”.

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No need for an elaborate blurb to introduce you to Håndgemeng, this new quartet hailing from Nørway. Just behold the artwork of their “Motorcycle Death Cult” EP...

A thunderous taste of live: DUEL, THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX, ECSTATIC VISION.

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We’re presenting the new series of live releases from Gabriele Fiori’s prolific label Heavy Psych Sounds, which are meant to satisfy the most insatiable enthusiasts of...

HAIL THE VOID set the new standards of doom with “Memento Mori”.

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Disclaimer: you may need to warm your neck up before getting into this album, or you’ll risk massive whiplash. When Ripple Music started working with Blasko, we knew that he...