Doom Charts July 2018

“I’m going off the rails on a crazy train ” – Ozzy Osbourne

The sun has vaporized the water and set fire to the forests. This summer has been one of the hottest for 250 years in Scandinavia and in many others parts around this world, a world that has gone mad in so many ways. But the echoes of the riffs from the heavy underground remains, despite the heatwaves, and can be heard all over the globe. The Doom Charts stands right there in the intense ray of light that we call rock’n’roll. They say the summer is a slow season for new music. It might be so but it’s also a time to discover the stuff that has been out there for awhile. And suddenly you discover something brand new you never heard before that shines brighter than a thousand suns and you feel that euphoria that only great music can give you again. The heavy underground is sometimes a crazy world in itself but it is st least our own madness.

~Magnus Tannergren

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio, podcasters and album reviewers from the doom-stoner-heavy underground around the globe.  Each month, our critics submit their picks for the best new doom, sludge metal, stoner-psychedelic and heavy rock albums.  The results are compiled and tabulated into the chart below.  This is a one-stop shop for the best new albums in the world…

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25. SVVAMP – SVVAMP 2

396 POINTS

(Jönköping, Sweden)

Incredible retro hard rock that harkens back to 1972. This is the epitome of hard classic rock, as some of these tracks would be legendary if actually recorded in the seventies. A touch of Stoner psychedelia only adds to the appeal.

~‘Papa’ Paul Rote (Doomed & Stoned)

GET IT HERE

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24. GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST – CHAPTER II: OF EARTH / NEW!

408 POINTS

(San Diego, California)

Chapter II sees a steady growth of facial chop not only physically but sonically as the southern CA beach boys launch their riff wagon deep into the outer playa of the atmosphere where heavy metal grows on trees and rhythm is carved by shards of beer cans fueled by the stench of shotgun foam. OF EARTH continues on the journey of the party riff complete with mucho drum solos and Viking level vocal progression led by next level guitar thrashery.

~Bucky Brown (The Ripple Effect)

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23. KAISER – 1st SOUND

450 POINTS

 (Helsinki, Finland)

If ever there was a pure defining example of the ‘stoner-doom’ tag, it’s this debut album from Kaiser. The full spectrum is well and truly covered – motoring down the highway at breakneck speed stoner riffage for the first five tracks… then a brief interlude ushers in the slower paced heavy, reaching into Sleep riffing territory with the superb track Earthquake. Otu (guitar/vox) not only riffs like a demon, but sings just as badass. This is a total party starter of an album worthy of any doom chart readers collection. Rrrrrifffs!!

~Clint (Hand of Doom Radio)

GET IT HERE

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22. SHROOMS CIRCLE – ASYLUM / NEW!

470 POINTS

(Vevey, Switzerland)

Like opening the doors to a Funeral Parlour to be met by an organ/ mellotron induced backdrop…before descending into the aural equivalent of a Tarot reading. Seven, necromantic divinations of immense, arcane, doom.

~Steve Woodier (Shrieks From Below)

LISTEN HERE

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21. HAUNTED – DAYBURNER

505 POINTS

(Catania, Italy)

The new Dayburner record continues on where that luscious occult doom self-titled debut released by Haunted in 2016 left off. But then our world shifts and changes and the amount of variation doubles and Haunted doubles down on giving their own spin on everything doom. This album has it all! Sweltering leads, aggressive drums, floating vocals and ominous riffs. But you can switch those words around as well. Cause that’s how impressively varied this album is!

~Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe)

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20. KHEMMIS – DESOLATION

510 POINTS

(Denver, CO)

Apart from the growling vocals at the end, opening track Bloodletting on Khemmis’s third album Desolation could be spun on every alternative radio station and it would turn on almost every freak. And this is how you could spin every one of the six tracks. It is still stoner metal and doom rock with a hardrock take and sludgy moments. But there is much more eighties metal and extremely perfect vocal delivery on this record and it should cater to everyone. Yet, it might also piss a few fans off! Open mind beardos! Open mind! It’s what this underground stuff is all about!

~Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe)

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19. ALMS – ACT ONE

546 POINTS

(Baltimore, Maryland)

The debut from Alms reminds us the Maryland Doom Scene is alive and well. They summon up the root spirit the scene was influenced by; doomy, hard seventies style psych, haunting female vocals add a special layer of charm.

~‘Papa’ Paul Rote (Doomed & Stoned)

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18. JACK HARLON & THE DEAD CROWS – HYMNS / NEW!

555 POINTS

(Bendigo, Australia)

Do yourself a favor and give this sonic masterpiece a good listen. Right from the onset this album has a gritty feel like a Tarantino movie. It’s a journey into psyche and sound. This is the soundtrack to the end of the world. Put it on, crank it up, watch the world burn.

~Jay Morgan (High Desert Valley Radio)

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17. ORANGE GOBLIN – THE WOLF BITES BACK 

672 POINTS

(London, England)

On his 9th album, the English machine returns after 4 years and in great shape. Wolf Bites Back bites from the first minute, a return after 4 years that confirms Orange Goblin as one of the most consistent bands in the last 2 decades. Wolf Bites Back attacks with hard riffs, accelerated and furious rhythm, and a perfect mix of rock, metal and southern blues, just like the wolf on the cover. This is a threatening and ruthless album. The best they have recorded in a long time.

~Roberto Fuentes (La Habitación 235)

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16. SLEEP – THE SCIENCES

679 POINTS

(San Jose, CA)

The Sciences man, ya dig?! It’s heavy as fuck. It’s weird as shit. The lyrics are insanely trippy and subversive. It’s all wrapped up in a Weedian ethos whose dank stench is stronger than ever. This is the album I’ve been waiting for. This is the album I needed. The Sciences is a genre defining album by the band that defined the genre over 20 years ago. They are the gods of the riff and they are stoned immaculate. The riff tree is risen and the Pterodactyl flies again. Fucking Righteous!

~Pat Harrington (Electric Beard Of Doom)

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15.  BONGRIPPER – TERMINAL / NEW!

684 POINTS

(Chicago, Illinois)

Besides classical and jazz, I am just not much of a fan when it comes to instrumental music, even metal. However, there are exceptions and BONGRIPPER and their 2018 album release, ‘Terminal’. This four piece from the windy city has put forth an offering that is as dark, cold and bleak as the their hometown’s never ending crime epidemic. This album has undeniable ferocity to it, almost like it wants to pick a fight. Not much stoner jamming, just a shit-ton of bludgeoning riffage sure to make your skies a wonderful shade of overcast.

~Marc C. Pietrek (VITRIOL, INC / A DARK UNITED FRONT)

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14. SEEDY JEEZUS – POLARIS OBLIQUE

756 POINTS

(Melbourne, Australia)

You ever read a band’s self pitch of their new album and then when you get it, leaves you flat? Not in the house of Seedy Jeezus. They bring 70’s hard riffing and killer jam’s and some superb Floydian-like lyrics and sound. From the title track ‘Polaris Oblique’ where the Bill Ward like drumming by Mark Sibson and Paul Crick’s seismic bass rule Lex Wattereus’s guitar is beyond belief at times. Burning through a killer duel with Tony Reed on Oh Lord(Part One), the radioactive heaviness of ‘All My Gods Are Stone’ with ‘Earthless’ Isaiah Mitchell. “Dripping From the Eye of the Sun” will have you hitting replay again and again it’s that good. ‘Treading Water’ is an absolute gem, this is the song you will want to desperately hear live.

~Mark Partin (Trendkill Radio)

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13. RED SUN ATACAMA – LICANCABUR / NEW!

768 POINTS

(Paris, France)

With grooves inspired by the likes of Kyuss and Fu Manchu and songs that have a Latin theme running through them you might expect Red Sun Atacama to hail from either the California desert or somewhere like Chile or maybe Peru, but you would be wrong on both counts. Red Sun Atacama were birthed from the urban streets of Paris, France but that hasn’t stopped them from creating one of the desert rock hits of the summer. “Licancabur” is an enthralling tome, full to brimming over with caustic riffage, lysergic experimentation and funky desert rhythms all topped off with punk(ish) and aggressive vocal colouring, that is a blast from start to finish.

~Frazer Jones (Desert Psychlist)

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12. KINGNOMAD – THE GREAT NOTHING / NEW!

812 POINTS

(Sweden)

The Great Nothing is the second album from Sweden’s Kingnomad. A 42 minute trip from the inner workings of your mind to the outer reaches of the universe. Opening with some Beach Boys-esque harmonies the tone is set for your upcoming flight. A journey of emotions, cautiousness, enthusiasm…you’re constantly propelled forward through space and time. There’s also foreboding and mystery. The vocals are soothing and always comforting. You never have to worry Kingnomad is always in control. Sweet production that serves the music perfectly. Progressive rocking that is a pleasure to listen to and never a chore. There’s Jazzy rock elements that are soothing and dreamy, you just along with. Kick back in the back and let Kingnomad do the interstellar driving.

~Jim Thompson (Heavy in the Hills)

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11. SAINT KARLOFF – ALL HEED THE BLACK GOD / NEW!

855 POINTS

(Oslo, Norway)

Down tuned Vitus grooves. But more catchy. A bit like early Pentagram, but more plugged into a modern trend of catchy songwriting without being poppy or commercial. Gnarly yet chock full of melodies!

~‘Papa’ Paul Rote (Doomed & Stoned)

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10. ASG – SURVIVE SUNRISE

984 POINTS

(Wilmington, North Carolina)

Holy smokes! Survive Sunrise may be their heaviest and most aggressive album to date, while still maintaining that signature groove and alluring pop sensibility. The 2LP limited vinyl package is earth shattering to boot. God, I love this band!

~Bucky Brown (The Ripple Effect)

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9. FORMING THE VOID – RIFT / NEW!

1001 POINTS

(Lafayette, Louisiana)

Forming the Void: It wouldn’t surprise me if Rift ends up being the best-known album of Forming the Void’s career. The revamped dynamic results in the group’s most accessible songwriting and their musicianship retains the power that made Relicso enjoyable. I do wish they had squeezed “To the Wolves” or another similarly direct chugger in here, but that’s hardly a deal-breaker. The band is getting bigger every day and it doesn’t look like the momentum will be stopping anytime soon.

~Chris Latta (Indy Metal Vault)

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8. DRUG CULT – DRUG CULT

1072 POINTS

 (Mullumbimby, Australia)

From their commencing riffs that manifested like distant billowing smoke from a desolate sleeping volcano, the force that is Drug Cult is about to send our natural world into complete musical bewilderment. These are some of the thickest and heaviest riffs, fully laced with a female entity who’s vocal charm alleviates and pulls you back to consciousness throughout this 7 track journey. The atmosphere created by this four-piece from Australia is dark, satisfying and may cause intense hallucinations if not properly dosed. Expect Drug Cult’s immensely powerful new strain to reach full bloom by this Summer Solstice and will be made available for mass consumption through Ritual Productions. In the meantime you can build tolerance by previewing tracks on the official Drug Cult site.

~Melissa Spence, (Stoner Witch Radio)

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7. BLACK ELEPHANT – COSMIC BLUES / NEW!

1170 POINTS

(Savona, Italy)

Black Elephants aptly titled “Cosmic blues” advertises its intentions up front and delivers right from the opening eastern lick. You know straight away you are in for a psychedelic, magic carpet ride of the first order. What you also quickly realize is these guys have the riffs. The heavy, dropped off the end of a cliff, acme riffs that desert dogs chasing roadrunners like us drool over. The riffs you are always chasing. That Sabbath high you imprinted on your brain when you first experienced that magical Mary Jane infused moment worshipping at the Sabbath altar.

This is it.

~Gram ‘Son of Sam’ Pola (Dirty Denim)

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6. FIRE DOWN BELOW – HYMN OF THE COSMIC MAN

1232 POINTS

(Ghent, Belgium)

More expansive than the first one, it still holds all those key elements we loved so much from their first one. That stoner trucking, that speedy delivery of riffs and the slow building pummeling of the drummer. Perhaps the biggest difference is the feel of the entire record, this feels like one gigantic beast, an adventure that needs to be explored on a whole. While their debut felt like a kick ass collection of amazing tracks. Slowly, the album takes you along on the quest through that foreign wasteland becoming atmospheric one moment, oppressive the next and gritty and wild the following. Hymn Of The Cosmic Man has everything you need to get you through the day! The week! The month! The year! One hell of a follow-up!”

~Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe)

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5. LUCIFER – LUCIFER II / NEW!

1288 POINTS

(Berlin, Germany)

From the crypt of doom emerges Lucifer transformed into a bonafide rock band cut out of the bedrock from the plains where Blue Oyster Cult, early Scorpions and other great heavy rock bands have roamed through out history. Johanna Sadonis has teamed up with Nicke Andresson (Hellacopters, Entombed) to create a monumental rock album that breads fire and heavy riffs. No it’s not retro. It is just brilliant heavy rock music. Lucifer is your master.

~Magnus Tannergren (Into The Void Radio)

GET IT HERE

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4. SPACESLUG – EYE THE TIDE

2016 POINTS

(Wrocław, Poland)

Polish doom/stoner metal trio, SPACESLUG, have all the potential to become international metal superstars. Based on the two tracks released before their upcoming third album ‘Eye the Tide’ (“Obsolith” and “Words Like Stone ”), this band may be turning the heads and blowing the minds of many metalheads worldwide in just a short while. The vast roster of influences I hear when listening to the bands collective discography include (of course) BLACK SABBATH, TOOL, KYUSS, ALICE IN CHAINS, JOY DIViSION, CHEVELLE and early U2. I can see this band having a major crossover appeal. They create heavy, dark, astral, moody, haunting and atmospheric songs that just stick in your mind for days…as you you continue to blaze in the haze ha ha.

~Marc C. Pietrek (VITRIOL, INC / A DARK UNITED FRONT)

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3. 1968 – BALLADS OF THE GODLESS / NEW!

2088 POINTS

(Cheshire, UK)

1968 arrive to show 2018 what heavy rock is all about with the molten riff-powered “Ballads Of The Godless”..striking songs constructed with nuances of blues, psychedelia and metallic elements that deliver a full tilt boogie on this magnificent rock record

~Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker (Riff Relevant)

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2. YOB – OUR RAW HEART

2222 POINTS

(Eugene, Oregon)

Our Raw Heart. Yob. What can be said about their new album. Uplifting. Bleak. Reflective. Heartwarming. Challenging. Their most progressive record yet. Carrying on the similar vibes from their last album, Yob channel angry Doom metal sounds with their forward thinking lyrics that leave you questioning reality itself. The entire album channels the whole existence of the band with many familiar sounds but one that gives YOB a more legendary presence and perhaps a more human feel. The music is heavy and violent with the band building upon the historical sounds that they created on previous albums. The album runs for almost 73 minutes but Yob never outstay their welcome. Songs such as Ablaze, In Reverie, Beauty In Falling Leaves and Raw Heart leave you no doubt why they are regarded as one of the world’s best Doom Metal bands. This is Yob at their most aggressive and most passionate. Maybe I’m not the best person to review the new YOB album. However I do fully understand is that YOB IS LOVE and they’ve released the best Doom Metal Album of the year so far. Enough said.

~Steve Howe (Outlaws of the Sun)

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1. BRIMSTONE COVEN – WHAT WAS AND WHAT SHALL BE / NEW!

2292 POINTS

(Wheeling, West Virginia)

Brimstone Coven: I was fairly concerned for Brimstone Coven’s future when they decided to continue as a trio after lead vocalist Big John Williams’s departure. The West Virginia band’s sweeping vocal harmonies made them a standout in the occult rock scene, and the other guys do have smooth voices, but could the rest of the snake retain the charisma without its head? Fortunately, a headless snake has become a hydra. Bassist Andrew D’Cagna proved to be a talented frontman in his own right with Ironflame’s 2017 debut and shares that spark with guitarist/co-vocalist Corey Roth on What Was and What Shall Be.

~Chris Latta (Indy Metal Vault

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Special thanks to the ongoing contributors to the monthly Doom Chart.  You folks help give voice to the heavy underground:

Adam Walsh (Earmunchies); A.S. Van Dorston (Fast n’ Bulbous);  Bryan Coffey (Indy Metal Vault);  Bill Goodman (The Evil Engineer);  Billy Goate (Doomed & Stoned);  Bobby Rayfield (Trendkill Radio); Brandon Collins (Super Dank Metal Jams); Bryan Coffey (Indy Metal Vault); Bucky Brown (The Ripple Effect);  Clint Willis (Hand of Doom Radio);  Chris Latta (Indy Metal Vault); Doktor420 (Stoner HiVe);  Doombeard (DoomBeardZine);  Frazer Jones (Desert Psychlist);  Gram ‘Son of Sam’ Pola (Dirty Denim);  Hugo Hulleman (Metalfan.nl); Ken Elliott (Heavy Planet);  Leanne Ridgeway (Riff Relevant);  Lucas ‘LK Ultra’ Klaukein (Stoner HiVeYou May Be Dead & Dreaming);  Jason Roach (Indy Metal Vault); Jay Morgan (High Desert Valley Radio); Joe Eldridge (Shadebeast Records); Jim Thompson (Heavy in the Hills); Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe);  Lyk (Phantasmagoria);  Magnus Tannergren (Into The Void Radio);  Marc C. Pietrek (VITRIOL, INC / A DARK UNITED FRONT); Marcus Greybeard (FuzzHeavy Podcast); Mari Knox Knox (Doomed & Stoned);  Mark Partin (Music Geek); Martin Petrov (Rawk’n’Roll);  Matt Slighter (Cheeto) (Hwy 420, Core of Destruction Radio) Matthew Thomas (Taste Nation);  Matheus Jacques (October Doom);  Mathieu Van Der Hert (Dutch European Stoner Rock);  Melissa Marie (Doomed & Stoned);  Melissa Spence, (Stoner Witch Radio);  Mike Williams (I Talk to Planets); Pat Harrington (Electric Beard Of Doom);  Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker (Riff Relevant);  ‘Papa’ Paul Rote (Doomed & Stoned);  Roberto Fuentes (La Habitación 235);  Rod Reinhardt (Captain Beyond Zen);  Samir Asfahani (Super Dank Metal Jams);  Skip (The Burning Beard);  Steve Howe (Outlaws of the Sun);  Steve Miller (Vertical Chamber Apparatus);  Steve Woodier (Shrieks From Below);  Tanguy ‘Mr Fuzz’ Dupré (More Fuzz);  Tony Maim (Black Insect LaughterStoner HiVe).

Feel free to send in your albums to stonerdoomcharts@gmail.com where they’ll be delegated to the crew above to determine their thoughts and gather the votes at the end of the month.

This July 2018 edition of the Doom Chart was tallied and edited by Bucky Brown.

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