Doom Charts Peroration – October 2022

“An encore is an additional performance given by performers after the planned show has ended, usually in response to extended applause from the audience.”

And we do want more! More and more! Not because we are greedy bastards or capatalistic idiots that believe in that psycholical invention called the economy. And not because we want to sponsor corporations and thrash stores to get Black Friday deals. Hell no, we want more of a good thing. Of music. Of good music. Of heavy music. Because it has the unifying ability for the whole world. Because it can makes us escape whatever we are going through. Because through it we can discover other worlds. We can have adventures. We can see things by hearing them. We want more magic. Cause if there’s anything left we can still call magical, it surely is music… And guess what, we have more. Below are no less than 28 Albums, by 28 bands that the Doom Chart Contributors love and blurbed about for the regular October 2022 Doom Charts edition, but did not get used… We love that heavy magic and we hope you do to! Abracadabra, Hocus Pocus, Alakazam, let’s all get some heavy magic in us and let’s all give a damn!

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 for whatever reason the album unfortunately did not make the published Doom Charts Edition or because there were so many contributors in love with that one album, that many decided to send blurbs for it, and only one got published… You can peruse that love here…

Heavy, Groovy, Stoner, Seventies
Monterrey, Mexico
Gravitoyd Heavy Music

It’s a shame that too few music freaks have unfortunately taken notice of this band. So let’s hope that this will change with the new work, because with “In The Name Of The Holy Riff” the Mexicans have delivered a really good long player. If you like it groovy, very heavy and powerful, can relate to the seventies, are also into the stoner and secretly pick up the air guitar at jam sessions, you should definitely put the 3 WHEELER BAND on your list. With 10 tracks and a total playing time of 53 minutes (incl. a 10-minute jam at the end), the South Americans have a lot to offer and as a tip to play, ‘Xhan – Xhan’ should be mentioned here – just listen and celebrate.
~ Tom Schmahl (Rock Circuz)

Metal, Death, Doom
Detroit, USA
Hells Headbangers

For Detroit, Michigan psych doomsters ACID WITCH, every day is Halloween as can be found on the band’s fourth full length, Rot Among Us. Utilizing creepy movie soundbytes and keyboard effects, along with vocals that oscillate between witch and warlock admonishments, Acid Witch embrace all things spooky. Boo!!
~ Chris Tighe (The Mighty Decibel)

Desert Rock, Dark Rock, Gothic, Stoner Rock
Los Angeles, California, USA
Oscura Records

ALL SOULS have had a busy year in 2022, with the killer live split on Ripple Music with legends Fatso Jetson and now their sophomore full length release, Ghosts Among Us.  The Los Angeles based band have taken a real step forward with their second record, blending their desert/riff rock with some darkness that borders on goth rock vibes to make a unique sound not generally heard from the stoner/desert bands today.
~ Rich Piva (Musipedia of Metal, FuzzDoomRip)

Doom, Occult Rock, Metal
Stockholm, Sweden
AFM Records

Now on their 5th record, AVATARIUM are a veteran band at this point.  But where many bands deep at this point in their catalog would be content to rehash past successes (and increasingly stale riffs), AVATARIUM has done the unexpected and significantly expanded their sound and tightened their songwriting.  With string-led ballads, memorable choruses, and the ever-powerful vocals of Jennie-Ann Smith, one would be forgiven for failing to realize that the band had moved on from traditional doom riffing until Side B’s God is Silent brings it back, all the more massive for its temporary absence.  The ambition of Death, Where is your Sting brings AVATARIUM fully into the realm of the genre’s most exciting bands.
~ Ben Bellum (The Greatest Thing You’ve Never Heard)

Crust, Punk, Death Metal, Sludge
Chicago, Illinois
Disorder Recordings

As advertised. BONES‘ fourth album is pure filth, assaulting the listener with scuzzy fuzz, blast beats, and a vocal style not unlike the album title. Yet underneath all the scabs and bile is a very groovy rock machine that channels its raw energy into a nasty good time.
~ Kyle SB / Shasta Beast (Stoner HiVe)

Stoner, Prog, Heavy Rock, Post Punk
Washington DC, USA
Magnetic Eye Records

CAUSTIC CASSANOVA has taken another step forward with Glass Enclosed Nerve Center, unleashing their excellent heavy rock/post punk to a new and way more prog level with awesome results, including the modern-day version of The Who’s A Quick One with the 22 plus minute proggy adventure Bull Moose Against The Sky. An absolute Album Of The Year candidate and like nothing else you will hear this year.
~ Rich Piva (Musipedia of Metal, FuzzDoomRip)

Glass Enclosed Nerve Center is, in a word, infectious. Here’s an album that kicks off at a fiery, Dinosaur-Jr.-meets-King-Gizzard-And-The-Lizard-Wizard pace with “Anubis Rex,” and it never really slows down until that 20-plus-minute closer. As experimental as this album is, it could become a crossover delight; the frantic riffing on tracks like “A Bailar Con Cuarentena” occasionally calls to mind bands like The Hives or The White Stripes, making this an album that should appeal to fans of various genres.
~ Pat Schober (Monster Riff)

Melodic Doom
Sacramento, California
Seeing Red Records

Taking the time to let a song breath is an art within itself that many neglect. This is the strength of House of Falling Ash. Well-controlled vocal delivery soars beautifully through the darkness in clean and moody passages, while translating equally smooth when in collaboration with the massive power in the band’s songwriting and tone. At times, these soundwaves could crack the foundation of the building. Clearly not afraid to capitalize on this vocal ability, the emotional build up works perfectly to sustain until the unapologetic growl most expected long beforehand does show itself. This is a beautiful seascape before the coming tsunami cleanses the land.
~ Bobby Rayfield (Monuments In Ruin)

Stoner Rock, Desert Rock
Perpignan, France
Fuzzorama Records

Low City Drone is all killer, no filler. After the slow intro to “Echoes From Wasteland,” this album pumps out a mountainous wall of fuzz with plenty of desert rock attitude and occasional guitar heroics. Crack a beer and get ready to ride.
~ Pat Schober (Monster Riff)

Rock, Pop, Psych
Mexican Summer

DUNGEN’s eighth album (One is too many and a thousand is never enough) switches things up a bit from their typically complex yet accessibly melodic jazz-tinged psych prog. Much of the album is haunted by sounds from the late 90s, from trip hop/chillout ambience on “Möbler,” to drum ‘n’ bass breakbeats on “Var Har Du Varit?” “Klockan Slår, Den Är Mycket Nu” has three distinct phases, from a metronome-driven soft piano to pastoral psych adorned with electronic samples, to a pleasant smooth yacht rock outro. The album closes with “Om Natten,” it’s melodies gradually evaporating into Vangelis-infused vapors. All of the perceived lightness might lead one to mistakenly assume this is a slight album. But one doesn’t need a translation of the lyrics to feel the emotional weight of Estes’ inner journey. Another great DUNGEN album after a long wait, this is something to be savored and celebrated.
~ Tony Van Dorston (Fast n Bulbous)

Garage Rock, Proto, Hard Rock, Psych
Paris, France
Ripple Music

If the Black Keys were any good anymore, they would probably sound like ELECTRIC JAGUAR BABY. This is 60s garage with some 70s proto done right in 2022. No gimmicks here, just straight-ahead rock by a duo with what is most likely quite the righteous record collection.  Check this out for some excellent rock and roll to soothe your soul.
~ Rich Piva (Musipedia of Metal, FuzzDoomRip)

Stoner Rock, Metal
Madison Wisconsin

Seeing this puts a smile on my face. These guys look 20 years old and they are playing some awesome retro-rock, I have to guess they are fans and students of Witchcraft, Kadavar, Graveyard etc. Bringing the fuzz and also getting mellow at times they have the sound I love especially when the guitar rises out of nowhere and soars over all with a juicy lead. They are quite prolific, this is their first of two EPs just this month. The second one has a cool cover of Pentagram’s ‘When The Scream Comes’ on it. There is hope for the future of Rock.
~ Andy Kovalcik (Bandcamp-NYP-Hard&Heavy)

Vevey, Switzerland
Heavy Psych, Garage
Hummus Records

This excellent Psychedelic Rock troupe from Vevey, Switzerland are obviously farming the same fertile grounds as KING GIZZARD and THEE OH SEES and unearths a hefty treasure trove of mind-bending melodies on their latest release “Sudden Lag“. Odd time-signatures and restrained attacks are the essence of it, vehicled by rumbling basslines. FOMIES draw on an incredible range of influences and it is testament to their Musicianship that they can produce Psychedelic Music that is both mind-expanding and Mind-Bending – Five fat stars!
~ Reek of STOOM (Doomed&StonedStoner HiVe)

Doom, Sludge, Black, Metal
Montreal, Québec, Canada

Canadian Doom sludgers GRALES released Remember The Earth But Never Come Back. Their debut album following their Demo. Exploring furthermore on the darker spectrum of life, with harsh vocals and dirty riffs soaked in the massive, loud, and mighty forged cauldron of darkened doom. While sludge tends to offer standard duration songs, GRALES stretches the continuum, delivering songs that crushes the soul and leaving the mind affected. Five songs for about forty-four minutes of suffering while the listener ask for more. Groovy, stoner-ish at times, fierce and merciless. They quitted the Earth and never came back, and we wish they never parted ways with us! Doom sludge in its finest form!
~ Martin Doomed Desbois (Le Mellow Man, Metal Alliance Magazine)

Hard Rock, Stoner Rock
Athens, Greece
SOL Records

A rock solid album from start to finish. They are able to blend grunge with psych influences and stoner rock into an album that’s heavy and fun in all the right ways.
~ Ryan Foster (Slightly Fuzzed)

Stoner, Psych, Fuzz, Rock
Paris, France
Les Airs à Vif / Season of Mist / Delta Fuzz Electronics

HOWARD‘s Event Horizon is a tight, classy modern rock album that oozes personality. Dancey verses, soaring vocals, and blaring hammond organ score the style points, and the chainsaw toned guitar and heavy riffs that cut through the glitter makes it all the more fun. These guys are on another level.
~ Kyle SB / Shasta Beast (Stoner HiVe)

Heavy, Psych, Doom
Vienna, Austria
Electric Fire Records

The doom-psych band debuts with a top class instrumental album! Fine, fuzzy riffs, playful basslines, a drumming of the first-class paired with a lot of depth will also relax your soul. Especially funny is the naming  of the tracks, as well as the baptism of the album name. for the German-speaking among you will recognize it right away.
~ Silvi Pearl (Doomed & Stoned, Electric Fire Records)

Psych, Rock, Stoner, Indie
Lyon, France

Magnetic by MAVEN HILL is a debut album that flows like a river crossing different grounds – calm, rocky, rapid, or swirling waters. Most of the tracks are based on a mix of genres combined in architectures that sound simultaneously complex and accessible. What a pleasure to dive into it!
~ Thierry “Pumpkin-T François (Metal Intégral)

Seventies, Retro, Progressive, Vintage, Rock, Psych
Rennes, France
Dionysiac Records

Strongly influenced by the sound of bands like DEEP PURPLE, URIAH HEEP, E.L & P, the French MOUNDRAG, explore territories more typical of the 70’s hard-progressive with songs that take your breath away. An album to let yourself be guided on a musical and narrative journey through grandiose and vertiginous landscapes. The French manage only with the organ and drums to create songs whose musical structure acquires a monumentality that no one would be able to identify as the output of only two instruments.
~ Roberto Lucas (Denpa Fuzz)

I was worried while waiting for the debut album by MOUNDRAG because the formula of the band is risky: a drums/Hammond organ duo, two brothers with harmonized voices. Hic Sunt Moundrages totally reassured me. The album is 40 minutes of the best of the 65-75 rock vibes (Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Badger, Atomic Rooster…) fueled with obvious instrumental mastery and enormous charisma. Simply stunning!
~ Thierry “Pumpkin-T François (Metal Intégral)

Progressive, Rock, Stoner, Metal
Kelowna, Canada

A wild maelstrom of heavy rock! Based on stoner and prog their constantly shifting brackets between which the three go crazy, let them implore every imaginable source of heavy rock. Often bewildering the amount of weird memories about other bands and albums that might pop up, if only for a second. Prog rock legends will come to mind, but so will Baroness, Umphrey’s McGee and Primus. PHARM is serious business, but within the cluster of ideas, the fusing element is always the energy conveyed. Offering the option to experience Vortex as a state of being.
~ Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe)

Rock, Psych, Proto, Doom, Stoner, Seventies
New Jersey
Magnetic Eye Records

This is a sonic ride of psychedelic grooves filled with melodic riffs and a cosmic vocals from start to finish the band fourth studio album will not let you down, this is truly their best work, this album will become a classic and will make you wanna play it again and again.
~ ‘The General’ (Stoner Rock Army)

This is another killer addition to the RUBY THE HATCHET discography. A little less psych and a bit more proto/doom than in the past, but a perfect combination of both.  I could ask for a bit more of the keys up front, but the vocals are amazing as usual, the record otherwise overall sounds great, and these are some of the best songs the band has written.
~ Rich Piva (Musipedia of Metal, FuzzDoomRip)

A heartbreaking thriller with which the band shows the world all its rawness, but also all its mastery in melodic work, with catchy songs full of energy. His careful vocal melodies counteract the strength of his rhythms and heavy riffs. A magnificent compendium of vintage sound with enough strength to satisfy the most demanding palates. Driven both by exuberant and clear guitars, which meander through the heavy-rock of the 80’s, as well as by an organ that emanates careful melodic passages more typical of progressive rock.
~ Roberto Lucas (Denpa Fuzz)

Proto, Doom, Traditional Metal
Bergen, Norway
Drakkar Entertainment

Be ready to worship, not just the dark one, but at the altar of SAHG! With their triumphant return, the now trio have created one of the evilest trad/proto/doom metal rippers of the year. If Ghost was not trying to sell out arenas but only focused on making evil rock this would be the album, the perfect combination of heavy and catchy.
~ Rich Piva (Musipedia of Metal, FuzzDoomRip)

Stoner, Grunge, Doom
Los Angeles, California, USA
Wet Records

Stoner rock with a bit of doom, a dash of grunge, and a pinch of 90’s heavy alt rock all comes together nicely for this killer debut album. Fans of COC and some of the filthier grunge stuff will really dig this record. SEA OF SNAKES will be a force to be reckoned with in the scene if The Serpent & The Lamb is any indication of what the future holds for the band.
~ Rich Piva (Musipedia of Metal, FuzzDoomRip)

Doom, Gothic, Ambient, Progressive
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Let her Go is the debut EP from Oklahoma’s SLEEPBOT .  Band mainman, Dennis Cornelius, needs no introduction in the world of traditional doom having played with Revelation, Oversoul, Dwell Within, Place of Skulls, and Memory Driven (who’ve seen an explosion in output over the last two years, check that Bandcamp).  Here, alongside Memory Driven drummer TJ Mansfield, he moves into a slightly more ambient sound, presenting four tracks drenched in melancholy stemming from personal loss.  Think the more somber, less metallic moments in Katatonia’s recent catalog as a comparison point.  The result is an emotionally weighty and memorable release that fits the season perfectly.  It’s unclear whether or not this will be a recurring project or a one-off experiment, but either way the EP is sure to grab fans of Cornelius’ other projects and those of atmospheric doom alike.
~ Ben Bellum (The Greatest Thing You’ve Never Heard)

Heavy, Dark, Black, Metal
Missouri, USA
Napalm Records

The album, of the US trio “Sacred Rites & Black Magick” is a saga that deserves to climb the Olympus of black metal. The riffs rattle almost majestically and, in keeping with the cold winter season, your blood veins freeze when the powerful vocals kick in.
~ Silvi Pearl (Doomed & Stoned, Electric Fire Records)

Thrash, NWOBHM, Stoner Rock
Austin, Texas, USA

A NWOBHM inspired thrash band with stoner rock leanings? Yes please! The sound, the production, the shredding, this record is what I want my metal to sound like in 2022. Borrowing perfectly from other eras and creating a near perfect debut with something for every metalhead to enjoy.
~ Rich Piva (Musipedia of Metal, FuzzDoomRip)

Sludge, Experimental
Southern Lord

Devotional” re-unites Greg Anderson (Goatsnake) and Petra Haden (SUNN O))), ØØ VOID) in a collaborative work that fuses elements of Sludge, Atmopheric Metal, Drone and Experimental Metal. Haden’s violin creating eerie vibes that loom unsettlingly over Anderson’s guitar & bass incursions. Expect a plethora of often disturbing, uneasy listening, wailing voices and dissonance – an accomplished melding of minds!
~ Reek of STOOM (Doomed&StonedStoner HiVe)

Rock, Jazz, Prog
Karisma Records

Trondheim, Norway’s fertile scene has spawned another great project, with Spidergawd’s Hallvard Gaardløs teaming up with folks from the Jazz Conservatory, including two members of Soft Ffog, who released their debut of Canterbury flavored instrumental jazz fusion in May. WIZRD‘s jazz-rock draws from an eclectic pool including the freewheeling, irreverent spirit of White Denim (especially on “Fire & Water,” where sounds just like James Petralli), jammy prog and Southern Rock complete with vocal harmonies. It’s a jazzier version of what I like about another Texas band, Crypt Trip. A prime example of the band’s range is illustrated on “Show Me What You Got,” which shows off their energetic, fast fretwork and rhythms for four minutes, segued into a dreamy, cosmic country psych second half. 
~ Tony Van Dorston (Fast n Bulbous)

Sludge, Progressive, Black Metal
20 Buck Spin

Following up their impressive 2021 release “Foreverglade”, Californian Progressive Sludge outfit WORM step things up even further with their latest release “Bluenothing“. A four – track smorgasbord of morphing, shiftless and genre-blurring Metal which beguiles and dizzies the listener with it’s strewn, corpse-riddled landscapes and intense, effused Muisicianship. Bowel-emptying heaviness combining with rough, plaintive vocals to evince a truly crushing 26 mins of morbidity!
~ Reek of STOOM (Doomed&StonedStoner HiVe)

Stoner Rock, Blues Rock. Hard Rock
Luberon, France

YELLOW SMOKE are the coming together of an instrumental trio from Luberon, France and a vocalist and a drummer from Chicago,USA and a better coming together you could not ask for. YELLOW SMOKE‘s music is an almagamation of American soulful bluesiness and European heavy psych seamlessly intertwined so as to appeal to fans of both. its only fault being that there are just three songs, you WILL want more.
~ Frazer Jones (Desert Psychlist)

And a special thanks goes out to Doktor420 for the cover image…

If you listen… It will Doom

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); Andy Kovalcik (Bandcamp-NYP-Hard&Heavy); Ben Bellum (The Greatest Thing You’ve Never Heard); Bill Goodman (The Evil Engineer); Billy Goate (Doomed & Stoned); Bob “Mr. Weird Beard” Baker (More Fuzz Podcast); Bobby Rayfield (Monuments In Ruin); 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); ‘The General’ (Stoner Rock Army); Frazer Jones (Desert Psychlist); Fuzzy Cracklins (Fuzzy Cracklins); Geoff Leppard (Atom Heart Mutha); Graur Zaur (Crypt Guard); Gravitoyd HM (Gravitoyd Heavy Music); Gruby (Doomsmoker); Günther “Doktor420” (Stoner HiVe); Héctor “Mr. Heavyhead” Hurtado (More Fuzz); Hugo Hulleman (,Orange Maze); Ioannis Valiakos (Desert Vulture); Jamey Morris (Fistful of DOOM); Jay Morgan (High Desert Valley Radio); JC Cansdale-Cook (The MotorFuzzin’ Ibex); Jim Thompson (Heavy in the Hills); JJ “HP Taskmaster” Koczan (The Obelisk); John Gist, (Vegas Rock Revolution / The Doomed & Stoned Show); Jonny Pirie (Hour of the Riff); Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe); Ken Elliott (Heavy Planet);  Kyle SB / Shasta Beast (Stoner HiVe); 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); Martin Doomed Desbois (Le Mellow Man, Metal Alliance Magazine) Matt Slighter (Cheeto) (Hwy 420Core of Destruction Radio) Matthew Thomas (Taste Nation); Mathieu Van Der Hert (Dutch European Stoner Rock); Matt Hartnett (Aftershocks TV); Mel Lie (Sunday’s Heavy Tunes); Mike Williams (I Talk to Planets);  Mr Stone (More Fuzz); Nick Pipitone (The Third Eye, Monster Riff);Pat Schober (Monster Riff); Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker (The Ripple Effect); ‘Papa’ Paul Rote (Doomed & Stoned); Reek of STOOM (Doomed&StonedStoner HiVe); Remi VL (Remi Post Too Many Links); Rich Piva (Musipedia of Metal, FuzzDoomRip); Roberto Lucas (Denpa Fuzz); Roberto Fuentes (La Habitación 235); Robert Pannell (Doom Loom); Rod Reinhardt (Captain Beyond Zen); Roman Tamayo (Doomed & Stoned); Ryan Foster (Slightly Fuzzed) ; Silvi Pearl (Doomed & Stoned, Electric Fire Records); Steve Howe (Outlaws of the Sun); Steve Rodger (God’s Holy Trousers); Steve Woodier (Deathrattle Podcast); Tanguy ‘Mr Fuzz’ Dupré (More Fuzz); Thierry “Pumpkin-T François (Metal Intégral); Tom Hanno (Tom’s Reviews); Tom Schmahl (Rock Circuz); Tony Maim (Black Insect LaughterStoner HiVe); Tony Van Dorston (Fast n Bulbous); Wombat Tarantino (Wombat Cult)

Feel free to send in your albums to where they’ll be delegated to the crew above to determine their thoughts and gather the votes at the end of the month. A kind suggestion: the Contributors are many and they prefer to be able to download or listen through Bandcamp. Leave us comments below and let us know what you think about the Charts.

Here we are, you and me? At the very bottom? Well, why not leave a comment about your favorite album on the list?

7 thoughts on “Doom Charts Peroration – October 2022

    1. We’re ready to take the blame for you Eric…

      Btw, did you hear that the vinyl for The Same River is finally ready and ready to be shipped?! O’ and how about that new Vitskär Süden album? You know, that expensive die hard edition with the D&D module? Grin!


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