Brandon Collins has been contributing for quite some time and brings the heavy and spicy flavors to the chart each and every month. Check him out over on Instagram for his page Super Dank Metal Jams. He’s got super dank taste that’s for sure and his top 25 picks can be listened to below. Let us know what you think and if anything, pick up at least one of these smoking doomers.
Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio, podcasters and album reviewers from the 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…
25. Sàbba – Pentacle
Pentacle, the debut EP from Sàbba, showcases fuzzed up, tuned down, slow and heavy stoner doom with plenty of occult twists along the way. Haunting vocals echo into the darkness over the low rumble of lumbering riffs slogging through a thick gloom.
24. Avalanche – Interstellar Movement
Avalanche brings their newest album Interstellar Movement crashing down on the earth like a meteor shower! They’ve got a molten mix of sludged-up stoner metal with hardcore rhythms and a bunch of thrashy energy that will leave your brains scrambled from all headbanging!
23. Leather Lung – Lonesome, On’ry and Evil
Leather Lung’s latest release features heavy, sleazy stoner metal that might spontaneously cause a mosh pit to break out wherever you’re listening to it! Built on a bluesy baseline with filthy, stomping grooves and nasty riffs, Lonesome, On’ry and Evil pushes the band’s sound into overdrive – if you’re not careful, you’ll hack up a lung in the hot smog it produces!
22. Misleading – Misleading
On their self-titled debut Misleading bridges the gap between heavy psych and doom metal with instrumentals that spiral out of control! It’s chock-full of hectic and hazy tunes that will have your eyeballs spinning in your skull like you’re in a cartoon while Electric Wizard inspired riffs conjure up a stable of horrors!
21. The Sabbathian – Latum Alterum
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Although the Sabbathian’s first EP featured a classic occult-inspired doom metal sound, their newest album Latum Alterum pushes the band in a bleaker direction. Bitter riffs are slow-churned with black metal sensibilities and paired up with angelic vocals to create grim and eerie atmospheres that will give you chills!
20. Smoulder – Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring
Roughly a year after the release of their initial demo, Smoulder came galloping back with swords raised high to unleash a grand assault – their first full-length album, Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring. Expect epic doom with plenty of traditional swagger that will fill heart with warrior’s pride and have your head swimming with dark magicks.
19. Saint Karloff – Interstellar Voodoo
Is this new Saint Karloff release an album? Or a single? Well, it’s both I guess! Interstellar Voodoo takes the Dopesmoker approach – one big-ass, behemoth of a song delivering an overdose of stoner doom devilry! Cosmic rays soak into earthy, occult-tinged tunes giving birth to a diabolical buzz that will keep you fueled on a trip through the galaxy!
18. The Black Furs – Stereophonic Freak Out Vol. 1
The Black Furs stand firmly at the crossroads of ‘fucking evil’ and ‘fucking stoned’ and Stereophonic Freak Out Vol. 1 is the ultimate evidence. Loud and booming stoner doom seems to summon demons and unholy apparitions to creep up from between the cracks in the floorboards – but they’re all too high and lethargic to wreak any havoc, so they just smoke some more instead.
17. Magmakammer – Bloody Diamond
Magmakammer follows up last year’s full-length album with their latest EP Bloody Diamond – featuring the same retro warbling fuzz, high hollow vocals, and occult vibes that manage to be simultaneously dreary and energetic. The sinister aura that these tracks give off would put a smile on Satan’s face!
16. Solemn Ceremony – The Chamber
Solemn Ceremony delivers old-school, deranged doom metal that could raise the dead! The Chamber hits your speakers hard with a brute and unhinged style that somehow manages to be dark and brooding through the use of raw power! It’s a short release, but it packs a nasty punch trailed by the stale air of the crypt!
15. Mistveil – Amnesia
Mistveil’s first album Amnesia roars with a mighty misery, offering up beguiling death/doom that will leave your soul stone cold. Compositions are layered beautifully, with plenty of guitars and extra keyboard touches woven together to create chilling melodies while still allowing enough room for massive rhythms and deathly vocals to cut through and rattle your bones!
14. Lord of Confusion – Burnin’ Valley
I’m a total sucker for a spooky organ, so I fell hard for Lord of Confusion and their album Burnin’ Valley. It’s a hazy stoner doom nightmare pairing low, buzzing guitars with wailing, off-kilter keys to create an atmosphere that would be perfect for a midnight carnival of monsters and spirits. Listening to this is like feverishly stumbling through a haunted house, unable to find your way out, but eventually deciding that maybe you don’t want to leave after all!
13. Altar of Oblivion – The Seven Spirits
Altar of Oblivion brings us Armageddon on their “semi-concept album” “The Seven Spirits” – delving into themes of apocalyptic ruin and abandonment in a condemned world. Featuring epic doom with a ton of traditional metal influence, the album is filled with soaring vocals and long streaks of sorrow over driving chugs and galloping rhythms!
12. Cardinals Folly / Lucifer’s Fall – Cardinals Folly / Lucifer’s Fall
Lucifer’s Fall had a busy year, having released splits with 3 different bands, but the one they did with Cardinals Folly stands out as a tour de force of doom! First Cardinals Folly takes the listener into gloomy dungeons filled with the arcane and obscure, deliberately stirring dormant shadows from their slumber. Then Lucifer’s Fall comes crashing in with a grunt, playing dirty, unrestrained songs that strike quickly and revel in the dark glory of their own wickedness!
11. Green Lung – Woodland Rites
Woodland Rites is a bundle of devilish delights delivered to your ears through catchy and occult stoner rock! Green Lung’s first-full length album has kind of a unique sheen over it – reveling in shadowy pagan rituals but mixing in airy organ and gleaming guitar leads to create a sinister heavy rock sound with uplifting and soul-stirring twists along the way!
10. Burial In The Woods – Church of Dagon
Burial In The Woods uses “Church of Dagon” to marry a wonderfully horrific black/doom hybrid metal with solemn cathedral organs and Lovecraftian themes. The grand, miserable organ sets the scene, conjuring images of a long-forgotten temple fallen into a state of decay, but when the grimy, gritty guitars come creeping in, it’s as though a grim cult has moved to reclaim the once hallowed land! The resulting otherworldly atmosphere is perfect for rituals inviting evil to cross the boundaries of far-off dimensions and manifest among us!
9. Scarecrow – Scarecrow
If you can imagine Pentagram, Led Zeppelin, Goblin, and Blood Ceremony all rolled into one overwhelming sound – that’s a good starting point for Scarecrow. To make up their self-titled album they’ve pulled influences from doom metal, 70s rock, the occult, and grand symphonies, with a few touches of both jazz and the blues thrown in for good measure. It’s an ultra powerful mix that will leave you in awe of its dark majesty, but unable to sit still through its heavy, hard rocking grooves!
8. Fvneral Fvkk – Carnal Confessions
Fvneral Fvkk offer no salvation – only grand and dreary doom metal weighed down with guilt and tragedy. “Carnal Confessions” continues the band’s satire of corrupt and impious clergy that they began on their first EP – evoking a somber, religious atmosphere filled with slow, sorrowful passages, lonely reverb, and the inescapable feeling of being haunted by sin.
7. Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Yn Ol I Annwn
My tongue gets twisted just looking at the title, but words are almost irrelevant in the face of such a galactic sound! Yn Ol I Annwn is the latest from Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, whose brand of cosmic doom will engulf you and leave you floating among the stars to catch glimpses of the terrors lurking between galaxies. Deceptively gentle vocals and synths humming celestial hymns trail off into the void, as the songs are propelled across the universe by dangerous, resonating riffs.
6. Candlemass – The Door to Doom
Candlemass have stood as the kings of epic doom metal for over 30 years now, so with the return of original vocalist Johan Längqvist and a guest appearance by Tony Iommi my hopes were high for “The Door to Doom”. And I was not disappointed because this album delivers all of the powerful and glorious darkness that Candlemass is known for – majestic, heavy, headbanging action that reigns supreme in a world of gloom!
5. Saint Vitus – Saint Vitus
It’s not often that a band decides to release a SECOND self-titled album, but 35 years after their first one, Saint Vitus did just that! After reuniting with vocalist Scott Reagers, the band bestowed up on the world a new album of classic doom metal from the crypt – featuring plenty of manic wailing and fuzzed out guitar solo chaos! If you love Saint Vitus, you’ll love this record, especially with the nostalgic nod to the band’s past right in the middle.
4. Holy Serpent – Endless
Holy Serpent seem to have mastered the stoner doom mood, because Endless manages to be sleazy, dreary, and evil all at once! Thick with fuzzy guitar riffs, possessed by eerie synth lines, and haunted by far-off vocal effects the album will make you delirious with unholy psychedelic twists. This must be what it’s like to become a vampire’s thrall – in a daze, overtaken by ominous gloom and wrapped up in a life of supernatural melancholy, only semi-conscious of the puppet master and his morbid delights!
3. Demon Head – Hellfire Ocean Void
With their third album Hellfire Ocean Void the guys in Demon Head have brought an evolution – moving beyond their doom-laden rock roots to evoke a more mystical, goth-inspired sound. Sinister guitar progressions, haunting arpeggios, reverberating vocal melodies, and eerie piano touches will put you in mind of a night illuminated by the full moon where the air is filled with an occult energy and you can’t escape the feeling that fate has something wicked in store for you!
2. Idle Hands – Mana
Alright, maybe this one is a bit of a stretch for the Doom Charts, but it’s such an incredible album I can’t NOT mention it! Idle Hands meld gothic rock and traditional metal to forge Mana, a melodic and driven heavy metal masterpiece that will set your heart on fire! This one’s all passion – clean vocals with catchy choruses, punctuated by crazed grunts over chiming guitar melodies and blazing rhythms that will get your fist pumping!
1. Purification – Destruction Of The Wicked
Heavy, evil doom with a thick layer of old-school grime – Purification will devastate your speakers (and quite possibly your soul) with “Destruction of the Wicked”! This is unholy doom metal escaped from the dungeon, stealing away with the genre’s most ancient and nefarious secrets to create an album that bellows with vengeful melancholy and dreary, driving thunder. Doubled (sometimes even tripled) vocal lines are moaned out with flat sorrow over a dirty, lo-fi low end that gurgles like a demon’s gut, bolstered by small synth touches for dramatic effect. If there’s a such thing as ‘trve kvlt’ doom metal, then this is it! Destruction of the Wicked is easily my favorite album of the year, and if we’re looking back even further, probably one of my favorites for the whole decade.
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