So… Here we are again. With that second Doom Charts post of the month… Shall we explain it one more time? Quite a few of the Doom Charts Contributors are so smitten with certain albums that they vote for the album and immediately deliver a blurb to accompany that voted album, so that we can use it when the Charts go live. And well, sometime that album does not even make the final twenty-five. For whatever reason. Sometimes an album is just too brutal, too kraut, too garage, too black, too grind, too folk, etc, ad infinitum. But we should not let that love go to waste! For the love for that album is real and might inspire that same amount of adoration in other heavy rock fiends! So, this here post is meant as a postscript to the October 2021 edition. It is meant to inspire enthusiasm among all of you awesome heavy rock crazies out there that take the time to check out those Doom Charts editions. And it is in honor of those bands that we already love and feel should be loved even more… Don’t worry, don’t fret, the Doom Charts will not be posting daily or even weekly. If you are in need of daily doses of heaviness, visit all those contributors sites. There are many, there are plenty and they all rock! This is just something that might be done a week or two after every Monthly edition. Perhaps in this form; perhaps in another form… But there will be something… Cause if you listen, it will doom…
“Since this Doom Charts Peroration feature is quite new and this is my first time contributing to it, I picked up 3 albums that you most probably missed out this year and that deserves your attention. My first pick is an album that in my mind should have already made it to the Doom Charts. The thing is, I only heard the album late in October and the album was released on September 3rd… I had this album bookmarked in my Bandcamp for a while when I realized it should have been released. But still, only one song was available at that moment. So, I reached out to the band and learned that the album was indeed released on all major musical platforms but unfortunately Bandcamp had been forgotten. I suspect I wasn’t alone missing out on this release… I’m repeating it often and I’ll say it once more, it’s important for a band to be available everywhere possible but the most important place to be on is Bandcamp. I think the guys missed out their window to make it to the Doom Charts… The whole Stoner/Doom scene is intertwined in a love story with Bandcamp and there are numerous reasons for this! So, without making you wait any longer, I’m offering a revenge to Spirit Detective by presenting you their first album called Planet Delusion!” ~ Marc-Eric Gagnon
Scroll almost all the way to the bottom if you want to read about Spirit Detective first; or read about it last and start with Addiktio… And be sure to check everything in between, cause they’re all there for a reason! A reason of unadulterated love for the heaviness of that album! That is also why there are a couple of blurbs here for albums that already made the list; they were blurbed by multiple Contributors…
The following are professions of love and adoration by Doom Charts Contributors for albums they could not stop spinning. Each month, the Doom Charts critics submit their picks for the best new doom, sludge, metal, stoner, psychedelic and other sorts of heavy rock albums. The results are compiled and tabulated into the chart which is published monthly. However, sometimes a love is so great, but the album unfortunately did not make the published Doom Charts Edition. You can peruse that love here…
ADDIKTIO – ANTHEM FOR THE YEAR 2020
(Rock, Prog, Instrumental)
After spending a decent chunk of the last 20 years listening to post-rock/metal and other often instrumental music, I’ve found myself uninspired by a lot of it over the past few years. A lot of “more of the same” coming from even my favourite bands in the genre. Addiktio are offering up something pretty different! It’s rooted in progressive rock and hard rock, but the album changes it up from track to track, always keeping things interesting as the flow between heavy rockers, more progressive tracks, and some much mellower ones. In their press release, they name drop a wide variety of bands (Motorpsycho, Shining, Elephant Nine, Mutemath, Mew, Led Zeppelin, Meshuggah, King Crimson) as their primary influences, and it was certainly enough to have me curious about their newest album!
~ Remi VL
CAVE SERMON – FABRICATE
(Metal, Death, Black, Doom, Sludge)
Australia’s Cave Sermon preach a timely message manufactured with hallucinogenic building materials and aggressive care. Intertwined among them are a most result oriented, progressive take on post-black metal. Containing expansive aural elements in abundance, what is constructed on this, the band’s official debut, is a most enthralling development of these player’s talents, creativity and songwriting skills… “Fabricate” is second to none in this particular field of heavy measures.
~ Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
FOG GIANT – FOG GIANT
(Doom, Stoner, Metal)
(Erie, Pennsylvania, USA)
FOG GIANT‘s debut album delivers eery & sinister riffs from the shores of the Great Lakes. It’s slow, low, and guaranteed to pummel your noggin into submission. These tracks chug along mercilessly like a barge of doom sailing towards oblivion over the frigid, choppy waters. With a cover of Uriah Heep’s “Rainbow Demon,” this S/T is one to add to your collection.
~ Fuzzy Cracklins
HIGH DESERT QUEEN – SECRETS OF THE BLACK MOON
(Rock, Stoner, Desert)
(Austin, Texas, USA)
Are a secret no more! Out of the bag comes a unique sonic expression that rockets you into a lysergic haze of hard hitting rock heaviness laced with melodically heady passages. Addictive as any street drug today, the Jonesing factor from these eight numbers is insatiable – just one fix (listen) will not do – you must have more and more. Contemporaries like Queens Of The Stone Age, Elder, Forming The Void or Baroness should be proud to be integral to inspiring the sound of this desert royalty coming to life!
~ Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
IRON LIZARDS – HUNGRY FOR ACTION
(Garage, Punk, Speedrock)
Like the bastard son of Zeke and Electric Frankenstein, Iron Lizards play a hugely addictive mix of garage punk rock’n’roll. Machine gun solos are fired out from fuzz pedals set to kill over insanely catchy but primitive riffs. Hey droogies, bang your heads up and down to these killer tunes which make you want to break things, drink heavily or just shout in strangers faces about the new band you have just heard! Get hip to the new priests of boogie, smell the stench of amps turned up to 10 and worship at the altar of “fuck you!”. This is high on my album of the year list.
~ Tony Maim
KITE – CURRENTS
(Metal, Hardcore, Sludge, Stoner)
KITE’s melodious and jagged peaks of relentlessly chaotic anguish are cut by destabilizing caverns of rasping vocals thursting the listener into a beguilingly bleak and gloomy shadow world of supernatural sonic intensity. Simplicity is definitely not a word that can be employed when describing this record, except for the fact that the music is truly without airs or braggadocio but instead, provides an acerbically plush, richly discordant, and deeply rewarding listen. Intuitive, raw, and honest, KITE’s ‘Currents’ is a gripping record filled with breathless moments of gut-churning sludgy, post-hardcore rumble.
~ Doom Oracle
MATT C WHITE – CREEPSHOW PEEPSHOW: ACT II
(Rock, Blues, Alternative, Stoner, Grunge)
(New York, USA)
Of Grandpa Jack and Dead Seconds fame, Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Matt C. White has been laying down a bluesy, fuzzed-out circus of stoner and grunge in his solo series “Creepshow Peepshow”, and the second installment “Act II” is just pure brilliance… (again!)
~ Shasta Beast
MONOLORD – YOUR TIME TO SHINE
(Metal, Doom, Sludge)
Despite being one of the flagship bands of contemporary doom, MONOLORD has known how to evolve for a long time, but they are still recognizable. With an open mind to explore new sound routes, the Goteborg trio, brings much more melody to their songs, something that is evident with the register of Thomas’s voice in many of them. At the same time, the onslaught of riffs with which they have created the ‘MONOLORD’s school‘ continue to appear, even with greater virulence. That characteristic sound is still present in songs that open up to a darker, more progressive and even more psychedelic universe.
~ Roberto Lucas
MOTHER IRON HORSE – UNDER THE BLOOD MOON
(Sludge, Doom, Stoner, Metal)
(Salem, Massachusetts, USA)
What do you do when you form a filthy Sludge band but the riffs keep morphing into Doom dirges. And then the guitarists insist on spraying distorted psych stoner solos over everything? Well, you call yourself Mother Iron Horse and produce 8 tracks of brilliant sounding sonic denseness. For me, this is the perfect mix of doom and sludge with some outstanding guitar leads to make things have a really drugged out, trippy but menacing vibe. Instruments are down-tuned and brimming with enough distortion to make your teeth start to shatter. Walls of sound are made deeper by the tribal drumming that drives the songs along. Vocals are not the tired “cookie monster” grunting but have an almost hardcore intensity and passion. I cannot stop playing this – it has the epic majesty of doom but with the anger and power of sludge – out on Ripple Music November 5th.
~ Tony Maim
NEON BURTON – MIGHTY MONDEO
(Hardrock, Psych, Stoner, Seventies)
Six songs full of magnetism that quickly trap you in their narcotic atmospheres providing the listener with an amazing sensory world. Delicate and in no rush to make the songs hatch, the Germans endow their songs with beautiful and seductive melodies between notes of blues and heavy riffs. Highlighting within the ensemble the magnificent work of the guitar, NEON BURTON follows in the wake of bands like Color Haze or My Sleeping Karma, offering the listener a sonic ecstasy with which to let themselves go. A shamanic album that uses some heavy psychedelic standards, but does not deny the legacy of vintage sounds from the 70s with a captivating result.
~ Roberto Lucas
NIGHTMÄRR – IT’S ON FIRE
(Metal, Punk, NWOBHM)
One of my picks is an album that was released on February 26 that I just discovered lately. It’s On Fire by Nightmärr. Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, Nightmärr is an all female band. Yup, it’s really anecdotic but I always find it ultimately cool to see women rocking so strong!!! They offer us an amalgam of many genres (Hard Rock, Old School Heavy Metal, Epic Doom, Rock N Roll & NWOBHM). They even push it by tagging themselves with something funny: NWOEHM which stands for New Wave Of Equestrian Heavy Metal! The tags are mainly there to give you an idea about what to expect but in reality, fuck these; you got to listen to them to make your own mind! The first thought that came to my mind after listening to the album was “Thin Lizzy meets Cirith Ungol”! I just can’t stop listening to this album!!!
~ Marc-Eric Gagnon
PRAISE THE SUN – IN: THERMOGLOBAL ENDPOINT (REMASTERED)
(Metal, Extreme, Death, Doom, Stoner, Sludge)
Norway’s glaciers are melting even faster ever since the remaster & re-recording of the band’s 2019 original album. Praise The Sun bring an over-clocked approach to heavy metal and combine it with vocals that seem pained by the melting ice fields. Horns up to the band for re-introducing us to this excellent album.
~ Fuzzy Cracklins
SLÔDDER – SLÔDDER
(Metal, Doom, Sludge, Hardcore, Punk)
(Varmland County, Sweden)
Swedish Slôdder (Wermland’s finest) have come smashing through the gate with their self proclaimed “..soundtrack to every bad decision ever made.” A furiously filthy, gargantuan self titled album, guaranteed to make you want to break shit, light it on fire and stomp around like a wounded, rabid wild animal whilst crushing beer cans on your own head. Hopeless, crushing and nothing short of totally fucking carnal, this brutally sludgy release haemorrhages astoundingly heavy amounts of monumental malaise and misanthropic mayhem from a beastly foundation of gut crushing riffs and low end, torn further asunder by completely wicked vocal growls and howls. Deeply dirty indeed but don’t let that fool you- this album is convincingly performed and exceptionally composed. FFO Fistula, Indian, Buzz*ven, Grief, getting drunk and banging heads.
~ Doom Oracle
SPIRIT DETECTIVE – PLANET DELUSION
(Rock, Psych, Stoner, Seventies)
I’m offering a revenge to Spirit Detective by presenting you their first album called Planet Delusion! The album starts up with a spacy intro that shifts into that almost country like atmosphere when all of sudden, the riffs and the groovy textures grab you by the hand! You’re already nodding your head when these clean vocals embark; this just confirms you’re in for a threat!!! Yup, Spirit Detective is gifting us a trippy blend of Heavy Psych, Stoner Rock and 70’s Hard Rock that is quite exactly what’s required to give us shivers! I was only halfway through the album that my finger was already reaching out for that vinyl order button! So, if you want to keep your money, I highly encourage you not to listen to Planet Delusion…
~ Marc-Eric Gagnon
TOMMY STEWART’S DYERWULF – DOOMSDAY DEFERRED
(Metal, Doom, Stoner, Experimental)
(Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
It’s Doomsday Deferred by TOMMY STEWART’S DYERWULF. A very personal album crafted by the man behind Black Doomba Records. The whole album is a real psychedelic doom voyage that is gripping. You’re catapulted into a dark world where the ambiance is sinister at will. The whole vibe is sometimes experimental, sometimes progressive and even tribal per moment while always staying both captivating and bass heavy. Over the top of the music, the whole release is splendid: various vinyl editions, killer artwork by Montdoom and even a slipmat and a poster. No expenses were spared for this release! This is an album I wish I would see on many more turntables.
~ Marc-Eric Gagnon
Special thanks to the ongoing contributors to the monthly Doom Chart. You folks help give voice to the heavy underground:
Aaron Pickford (The Sludgelord); Adam Walsh (Earmunchies); Andy Benson (Nerve Salad); Bill Goodman (The Evil Engineer); Billy Goate (Doomed & Stoned); Bob “Mr. Weird Beard” Baker (More Fuzz Podcast); Bobby Rayfield (Trendkill Radio); Brandon Collins (Super Dank Metal Jams); Bucky Brown (The Ripple Effect); Clint Willis (Hand of Doom Radio); Chris Beck (Doom Tomb Podcast); Chris Latta (Ghost Cult Magazine); Chris Tighe (The Mighty Decibal); The Doom Oracle (Spectral Ecstacy); Doomsday Jesus (DoomsdaysJesus); Duncan Evans (Alternative Control); Eric Varasiftsky (Stoner Rock Army); Frazer Jones (Desert Psychlist); Fuzzy Cracklins (Fuzzy Cracklins); Geoff Leppard (Atom Heart Mutha); Graur Zaur (Crypt Guard); Gruby (Doomsmoker); Günther “Doktor420” (Stoner HiVe); Héctor “Mr. Heavyhead” Hurtado (More Fuzz); Hugo Hulleman (Metalfan.nl,Orange Maze); Jamey Morris (Fistful of DOOM); Jay Morgan (High Desert Valley Radio); Jim Thompson (Heavy in the Hills); JJ “HP Taskmaster”Koczan (The Obelisk); John Gist, (Vegas Rock Revolution); Jonny Pirie (Hour of the Riff); Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe); Ken Elliott (Heavy Planet); Leanne Ridgeway (Riff Relevant); Magnus Tannergren (Into The Void Radio); Marc-Eric Gagnon (Stonefly Effects); Marc C. Pietrek (Vitriol INC / A Dark United Front); Mark Partin (The Ripple Effect); Matt Slighter (Cheeto) (Hwy 420, Core of Destruction Radio) Matthew Thomas (Taste Nation); Mathieu Van Der Hert (Dutch European Stoner Rock); Mel Lie (Sunday’s Heavy Tunes); Mike Williams (I Talk to Planets); Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker (The Ripple Effect); ‘Papa’ Paul Rote (Doomed & Stoned); Reek of STOOM (Doomed&Stoned, Stoner HiVe); Remi (Remi VL); Roberto Lucas (Denpa Fuzz); Roberto Fuentes (La Habitación 235); Robert Pannell (Doom Loom); Rod Reinhardt (Captain Beyond Zen); Roman Tamayo (Doomed & Stoned); Shasta Beast (Stoner HiVe); Steve Howe (Outlaws of the Sun); Steve Rodger (God’s Holy Trousers); Steve Woodier (Deathrattle Podcast, Shrieks From Below); Tanguy ‘Mr Fuzz’ Dupré (More Fuzz); Thierry “Pumpkin-T“ François (Metal Intégral); Tom Hanno (Tom’s Album Reviews); Tom Schmahl (Rock Circuz); Tony Maim (Black Insect Laughter, Stoner HiVe); Tony Van Dorston (Fast n Bulbous); Wombat Tarantino (Wombat Cult)
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