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High On Fire - Luminiferous
18.06.2015 | Stoner/Sludge
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High On Fire release another album. Bitter runs around Rancho de COld throwing empty beer bottles and air punching. Take a drink. Just be sure to empty it before throwing if you've got this album blaring in the background. That's a pro tip.

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R'Vannith, Daniell, Apothecary, wormdrink414, Marcel Hubregtse, Deadsoulman, Doc Godin, psykometal, Introspekrieg, ScreamingSteelUS
Izah - Sistere
23.05.2015 | Sludge
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I reviewed their 2008 EP and thought they had potential. Consider that potential realized. Four tracks, all over 10 minutes, one over 30 - including one from the EP - show they've improved significantly over the years. Well done.
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R'Vannith, Nefarious, BloodTears, Ag Fox, ScreamingSteelUS, Mr. Doctor
Santo Rostro - II: The Bleed
13.04.2015 | Spanish Stoner/Sludge
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Santo Rostro's sophomore effort is more riff-driven, mostly mid-paced stonerrific jams with power and just a dash of groove. Worthy of checking out? My advice, "Hunt It Down."

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Deadsoulman, Abattoir
Ethereal Shroud - They Became The Falling Ash
12.03.2015 | Black Metal
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"They Became The Falling Ash", the product of a one man project, is a great album. Not only worthy of checking out, possibly a brilliant soundtrack for nocturnal explorations for the creepier parts of town or country near you.

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Mr. Doctor, Ag Fox, Deadsoulman, ScreamingSteelUS
Shepherd - Stereolithic Riffalocalypse
10.02.2015 | Stoner/Sludge
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It's always weird listening to the tunes of an MS user. You are afraid they'll suck and then you'll have to let a cool dude know his tunes suck. No worries here, just crunchy riffs and tasty tunes. Really solid album. How solid? The best thing to come from India since chicken Tikka Masala.

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Apothecary, Mr. Doctor, wormdrink414
Tort - II
04.01.2015 | funeral thrash
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No sophomore slump here... Tort are back with more ugly, gritty music that mixes some doomy vibes with crunchy thrash riffing and a swell mix of growls and shrieks. Oh, and even more soundclips from B-grade Spanish horror flicks to introduce the tunes. Good times.

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wormdrink414, Doc Godin
Memest - Bastards And Liars
26.11.2014 | Ugly 70's Metal
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In the vein of late-70's metal, when metal sounded, and looked, like Lemmy. Ugly. And fun.

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wormdrink414
Down - Down IV - Part Two
17.11.2014 | sludge

Doomy, Sludgy Stonerrifferic hails to Sabbath. Sure, Phil's voice sounds a tad ravaged by time, but group has it's mojo on with second part of IV.

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Apothecary, Abattoir
Into Orbit - Caverns
10.08.2014 | Post
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The New Zealand Duo craft some instrumental post-rock/metal goodness. Constructs and build-ups are well executed and enjoyable if standard format, but the crescendos really help make this a bi-polar bit of post-fun.

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Abattoir
Sleestak - Doommantia Volume 2
17.08.2013 | Doom Stoner Sludge Psychedelic Drone

A V/A comp with more than EIGHTY participating artists, including Sleestak, Evoke Thy Lords, and, well, eightysomething more. All in all you get more than nine hours of doom, stoner, sludge, etc tunes. Yes. Nine fucking hours of music. Available at bandcamp for a mere $10.

All proceeds go to help to raise money to benefit Ed Barnard of Doommantia.com. After suffering with heart problems for years, Ed was hit with astronomical hospital bills which left him homeless... so it's an awful lot of doom for a couple bucks to help a fellow doomster out.
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Marcel Hubregtse

Oppressive, dark, s-l-o-w funeral doom with bits of drone here and psychedelia there. And yet another doom album to feature Greg Chandler twiddling knobs. Hopefully you can survive the 34 minute opener.

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Nefarious, Marcel Hubregtse, Abattoir, Apothecary
Sannhet - Known Flood
18.06.2013 | Post
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Sannhet mesh shimmering Post-metal with loads of periphery noises, static, while occasionally foraying into black metal territory to add oommph.
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!J.O.O.E.!, Abattoir, Mr. Doctor
Evoke Thy Lords - Drunken Tales
23.05.2013 | stoner doom

"This one time, in doombandcamp, Evoke Thy Lords stuck a flute in their... mix." A great stoner doom jam with the added twist of near full-time Forest of Equlibrium-like flute. Perfect to chill to as the Northern Hemisphere heats up.

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!J.O.O.E.!, Susan, wormdrink414, R'Vannith, Mr. Doctor
Slayer - Decade Of Aggression
03.05.2013 | slaytanic thrash

traded a copy of Nirvana's "Bleach" for this in '91. never looked back. Adios, Jeff. gonna break out the Slayer Food Mart mug tonight and hoist a few listening to this...
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psykometal, Marcel Hubregtse, Collin, BloodTears, Abattoir, Mr. Doctor, Nefarious, wormdrink414, Daniell, Darkside Momo, Ag Fox, dismaleuphony, Fat & Sassy!
Eibon - II
24.04.2013 | Blackened Sludge

II is pretty much what I thought it would be... 40 minutes or so of ugly, foul blackened sludge. Only instead of 6-7 tracks they crafted two 20 minute double-epics, tossing in some groovy psychedelia to boot. Rawr.
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Mr. Doctor, !J.O.O.E.!, Abattoir, Daniell