Doom Charts – 2022 Favorites – Frazer Jones

He published his list of favorite albums of 2022 somewhere around Christmas over on that wild Desert Psychlist site… It’s Frazer Jones‘s list! But on Desert Psychlist he published his 30 favorite releases… So you might want to head over to the site to see which Five we ommited here. Cause it’s the honoroable Stonerking’s list! Been with the Doom Charts since the beginning, always delivering his lists and always delivering blurbs. Even last minute ones when asked! A huge thanks to Frazer…

“Let’s get things straight here, before all the “but this was better than that” and “why have you left this off” posts start appearing. and that is that these are Desert Psychlist’s choices, collated from what we have listened to and enjoyed the most over the past year, and not what you, the readers, may have chosen to include in your own end of year/best of lists. The thirty albums and EP’s listed below are the ones that have had the biggest impact on us here at Stonerking Towers and are the ones that we can see ourselves returning to listen to long after 2022 has passed into history. Yours in, all probability, will be entirely different but that’s the beauty of listening to music, we all hear things differently and an album that some might deem a masterpiece will have others dubbing as unlistenable noise.”

“That out of the way let’s get down to the reason we are all here…”

A pummelling blend of stoner metal bluster and doomic dankness shot through with elements of old school heavy metal and heavy psych, there just not enough words to prepare you for how good this album is.


It would not be right to compile a best of list without including an album from one of Italy’sacid doom bands and Witchsnake released one of the sub-genres finest and filthiest this year with their self-titled debut.


The grooves Inche Kai Che lay down on these seven essential cuts of strutting metal and heady psych are as good, and possibly even better in places, as anything currently being released outside of the Southern Hemisphere.


O ye lovers of the heavy riff come gather beneath the Great Moon and pay tribute to Mount Saturn for they deliver us from the eclipse and bring light into our lives.


Stone Nomads describe themselves as “sons of Sabbath“, but their take on doom owes as much to Trouble, as it does Sabbath and let us not ignore the elements of galloping Iron Maiden-flavoured NWOBHM, swampy sludge and Texican bluesiness they also shoe-horn into their dank dark and doomic compositions.


If you took the alt-rock prog of Muse rolled it up with the vocal melodies of Scottish indie rockers Biffy Clyro and then sprinkled over the result some sludgy harshness and stoner fuzz then MountainsTide’s End” is what you would end up with.


Whether you like to get your rocks off listening to the grainy proto doom of early Black Sabbath or its Ghost’s current arena filling melodic occult rock that floats your boat SpellBook’sDeadly Charms” has something for you.


Thick reverberating guitar refrains, rumbling bass lines and thundering drums twinned with intelligent angry lyrics sung in soulful clean and emotive tones all coming together to make one hell of a powerful album. THAL are the real deal!


Vintage sounding occult proto-metal/doom that sounds so authentically seventies you could almost believe these guys hopped aboard a time machine to go back to the 70’s to record this gem of an album.


An album with its feet planted in not one genre but several, ranging from traditional Iberian folk right through to heady cosmic space rock.


Thia album not only marked Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard becoming just MWWB it also marked the bands moving into more experimental waters, a move they pulled off with all their usual aplomb


Doom is a music that trades heavily on atmosphere and there is no lack of that commodity in the five songs that make up Realm Drifter’s debut, brooding moody and dark “Realm Drifter” is most definitely the real deal!

#13; YURT ~ V-UPGRADE TO OBSOLETEThere is a flow to YURT’s music, albeit one that twists and turns with alarming regularity, that despite its numerous intricacies and complexities is easy on the ear and doesn’t feel like you are wading through a mire of egotistical showmanship, each participant playing for the song instead of despite of it.

#12; BAARDVADER ~ FOOLISH FIRESGrunge meets stoner in an enthralling mix of Alice in Chains like slurriness and Graveyard flavoured fuzzy stoner bluesiness

#11;PARALYZED ~ HEAVY ROADParalyzed are without doubt one of the finest stonerized blues band this planet has ever produced, and if you need any further proof of that statement then look no further than “Heavy Road“.


Mammoth Volume are a band who like to play around with musical form, a band who tend to cast their nets into waters other bands might not even consider dipping their toes into. a band where the unexpected is expected.

#09: ROSY FINCH ~ SECONDA MORTEThose of you familiar with Rosy Finch will already know to expect raucous sludgy riffage, lysergic laced cosmicness and vocal tones that range from ethereal to throat destroying. Those of you not familiar with the band make it your mission to remedy that.


Dynamic, dark, diverse and delightful, “Close” is an album that delivers on every level.

Our reactions to Oreyeon’s musical evolution go like this
First album….. “this is interesting, yeah we like this
Second album…..”Wow these guys have come a long way, this is really good!
This album…… “Oh Jezus H Christ these guys must have sold their souls at the crossroads, this is fucking off the scale amazing!

#06; OBIAT ~ INDIAN OCEANThirteen years between releases is a long time to wait for a new album but when you are presented with an album of the depth, intensity and sheer musical brilliance of Obiat’s Indian Ocean” well then the time waited becomes an irrelevance and you just have to thank the higher beings of your choice that a band like Obiat exists and is still out there making music of this quality and calibre.

Vitskar Suden’s debut release was one of Desert Psychlist’s favourite albums of 2020 and “The Faceless King” has fast become one of our favourites of 2022.

#04; SERGEANT THUNDERHOOF ~ THIS SCEPTRED VEILSergeant Thunderhoof are probably never going fly to gigs in their own charted plane or live in huge mansions decorated in questionable taste, those days are long gone, these days bands have to subsidise their rock’n’roll lifestyles by having proper jobs which makes it even more astonishing that despite having to take kids to school, worrying about paying bills and generally trying to survive from day to day a band like The Hoof are still able to make albums as powerful, majestic and essential as “This Sceptred Veil

#03; GAUPA ~ MYRIADOff centred grooves that touch on prog, psych and hard rock fronted by a vocalist with unique and distinctive tones.  “Myriad” is not just a good album, it’s a GREAT album that is a heady mix of the straightforward and the unconventional played by a band who see music in colours and shapes rather than just notes and chords.


What a journey these guys have taken us on, their evolution from heavy lumbering stoner doom behemoths to the prog/psych/space wizards they are today has been quite a ride and “Innate Passage” shows they have no intentions of slowing down just yet. Mind-blowing!


Some might be scratching their heads and wondering why Elder never made the #1 spot on this end of year list, well The Otolith’sFolium Limina” is the reason why,  “Folium Limina” is not an album for casually dipping into, it is an opus that needs to be listened to without interruption from start to finish, an album that should be savoured and lovingly poured over so as to best marvel at its jaw-dropping complexities and subtle intricacies. It is an album we knew would be sitting at the top of any list we decided to compile a minute after hearing its diverse array of textures and colours, simply put it is nectar for the ears.

“Well, that’s it for another year folks, only thing left to do now is thank a few people.”

“Michele for all her hard work and support, Vikki, Billy and Sian for being the best kids anyone could hope for, grandchildren Ethan, Austin, Rowan and Amber for being simply awesome, Steve Howe (of Outlaws Of The Sun) and Reek of Stoom (of Howls From The Hollows podcast) for support and constantly pointing us in the direction of new grooves and for those late night chats about life, football and music , Joop Konraad (of Stoner Hive) for all his support and regular shout-outs, all the members at Retro Rockets (Facebook) for riding the time machine, Leanne Ridgeway (of Riff Relevant) for always managing to make me laugh, all the contributors at The Doom Charts who monthly go that extra mile, all the record labels and PR companies for the promos and updates, all the musicians and artists who constantly amaze us with their music, and of course you the readers who are the main reason why we do this.”


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