Doom Charts Peroration – December 2022

Ola amigo’s! We’re still neck deep in all those Personal Favorites Lists of many of the Contributors, but we also had that little Peroration thing of December still floating around. December 2022, it seems like a lifetime ago. But the albums that got loved by the Contributors back then and still, deserve this extra attention. And after this, we end this seemingly endless run of posts that glance back at 2022 with the annual Top 100 of Doom Charts. The Top 100 that is tallied by Remi VL who does all the tally work and keeps score throughout the year… And if you miss any of the Personal Favorites Lists by a certain contributor, feel free to check out their personal blogs. Cause even if they did not send it to us to publish it on Doom Charts as well, chances are you can find it on their very own blog…

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…

Doom Metal
Seine-et-Marne, France
Sleeping Church Records

La Mort Appelle Tous les Vivants is BARABBAS’ second full-length and first since 2014. The band’s riffy take on traditional doom metal grooves and sizzles with Sabbath meets Trouble firepower. Vocals here are clean and deep (and in French) with more than enough bite to satisfy. At the end of a year that felt somewhat bereft of quality traditional doom, Vivants makes for quite a refreshing and enjoyable listen.
~ Ben Bellum (The Greatest Thing You’ve Never Heard)

Instrumental stoner rock
Paris, France
Kozmik Artifactz

This forty-one minute jam beast is a mighty trip that you need to either micro dose or schedule off your weekend for. It builds up terrifyingly for almost ten minutes before diving in one of this year’s heaviest fuzz riff maelstroms. After that we get a bluesy come down, and then the building begins again. The record does that sequence once more after that, and ends in a total ghosting doom fest and the creepiest outro ever.
~ Jasper Hesselink (Weirdo Shrine)

Heavy psych, desert rock
Kyiv, Ukraine

Instrumental heavy rockers from Ukraine, DREAMS OF MAYA return with another album full of fast riffs and thundering drums. Some of the tracks lean a little more towards desert rock stoner metal while others are solidly in heavy psych territory. Give them a listen and support Ukraine!
~ Fuzzy Cracklins (Fuzzy Cracklins)

Doom, brass, funk, stoner
Massachusetts, USA
Doombrass Records

‘Doombrass’ is the new heavy I didn’t know I needed, and lucky me EIGHT FOOT MAN CHILD are here to deliver. Swinging, funky grooves stomp with brass riffage to create one-of-a-kind doom, complete with growled vocals to give it that extra crunch. This monkeyman’s a fan.”
~ Kyle SB / Shasta Beast (Stoner HiVe)

Psychedelic noise rock
West Yorkshire, UK
Riot Season Records/Echodelick Records

FALLING FLOORS would not be out of place inside the cult following around Hey Colossus and their modern mixture of post punk, noise rock, and psych.This self-titled album sounds raw and heavy, and was recorded without too many overdubs I am sure, to capture a certain ferociousness and live energy. This is something you might want to plow through a little bit the first listen, but when it “clicks”, like about half way through the eight minute barn burner Infinite Switch, you are hooked.
~ Jasper Hesselink (Weirdo Shrine)

Prog, Psych, Jazz
Barcelona, Spain
Spinda Records

Caracas is the third album from Barcelona’s GAMBARDELLA. Instrumental, eclectic, and steeped in frenetic jazz energy, the album is an absolute delight. From Ascensiones’ Kid A gone Mahavishnu Orchestra to Juanismo’s Clutch on acid guitar hook, Caracas never ceases to surprise and amaze. Jazz in the legs, indie rock in the head, and synth-driven prog in the soul may be the best way to think of the sound. No matter what you call it, the album is a welcome and unique addition to Spain’s burgeoning heavy psych scene.
~ Ben Bellum (The Greatest Thing You’ve Never Heard)

Doom Metal, Occult Metal
Toruń, Poland
Piranha Music

Wow! Here’s a terrific powerful piece of doom! Obviously MAG has many talents. First of all, tracks architecture is rarely linear. Musicians ingeniously articulates several rhythms and several atmospheres inside most of the songs. But also, the singer is really amazing. He has a chameleon voice! sometimes clear and warm, sometimes guttural, soft or aggressive. Don’t laugh at me but I had to ask the band to be sure there was only one singer. This gem will delight fans of dark music or occult metal with its horror vibes, thick riffs, throbbing groove, creepy melodies and excellent vocals. In fact, Mag II is a 2022 must-have for any true doom fan.
~ Thierry “Dynia-T François (Metal Intégral)

Sludge, Doom, Post Metal
Dayton, Ohio
Seeing Red Records

Monolithic sludge with a blistering tone and crushing grooves, in the vein of early Melvins, Eyehategod and Alabama Thunderpussy. Layer upon layer, the band builds a wall of sound, in a short album that will melt your face. Highly recommended!
~ Ioannis Valiakos (Desert Vulture)

Stoner, Sludge, Doom, Psych

As soon as those first gnarly tones hit you… That lumbering opening of that first stonerrock track El fantasma de Belgrado on their new album Nomade you know the trio from MECANICOS are some real heavy mothersludgers! Indeed, some ten-ton heavy motherfuzzers! But they bring so much more to the table and you will soon be soaring through the cosmos thanks to all those space rock and psychedelic influences. One of the best releases of 2022!
~ Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe)

Grunge, 90s Alternative, Stoner
Gothenburg, Sweden
Lovely Records

I do love me some 90s grunge/heavy alternative when done right, especially when a band is not afraid to let their pop sensibilities shine through. The debut self-titled album from Sweden’s OMNI OF HALOS is all about that 90s life, down to getting their record being mixed by a guy who worked with legends such as Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, and Chavez (a personal favorite of mine). The ten tracks delivered here are fun, 90s inspired, pop infused, alternative rock executed to near perfection.
~ Rich Piva (Musipedia of Metal, FuzzDoomRip)

Doom Metal
Thessaloniki, Greece
I Hate Records

A band that is unfortunately completely underrated are THE TEMPLE from Greece. After their great debut “Forevermourn” in 2016, which unfairly hardly got noticed, the epic doomers are now back and delight us with their second work “Of Solitude Triumphant“. After an intro, ‘The Foundations’ hits the max for over 10 minutes – wonderful epic doom. Of course that doesn’t sound new, although the guitar already has a Black Metal touch, but you wouldn’t expect that from the Greeks at all. Cool twin guitars, slightly bombastic choirs and a relaxed atmosphere are the order of the day here and if you light a few candles, it couldn’t be cozier. A performance by the group in a church would certainly be absolutely appropriate and also an experience in terms of sound. Should I need to single out a track, I would go for the beautifully orchestrated ‘A White Flame For The Fear Of Death’. Let’s hope that this release won’t go under as unnoticed as its predecessor did, because the Greeks don’t deserve anything like that.
~ Tom Schmahl (Rock Circuz)

Psychedelic garage rock
Dublin, Ireland
Fuzzed Up & Astromoon Records

Lending their ears to American examples like Thee Oh Sees (duh!), and 60s garage rock, THEE UFO clearly is not afraid to wander weirder pathways. Channeling Neu!‘s krautrock sound on album interlude Structure Collapse for instance, or stretching their usual short attention spanned song writing to the impressive seven minutes of underwater noise rocker Transparent Seed.This Irish band channels exactly the kind of snotty, botched up psycho punk we need in these weird times.
~ Jasper Hesselink (Weirdo Shrine)

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

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 Decibel); 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); James Sweetlove (CaveDwellerMusic); (Jamey Morris (Fistful of DOOM); Jasper Hesselink (Weirdo Shrine); 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) ; Scott Spiers (CleanAndSoberStoner) ; 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. Leave us comments below and let us know what you think about the Charts.

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