Album Review: Lo-Pan – “Subtle”

lo-pan - subtle

Somewhere in the tangle of stoner metal and hard rock, where the sinew of heavy distortion meets the sweet muscle of melody and hook, lay the spark of what just might be my favorite kind of music.  Hard, biting, but never afraid to grab onto a hook and hold on for dear life.  Sometimes you want to roar and smash your head, and sometimes you just want to close your eyes, reach out to the universe and sing along loud enough to let it know you exist, you matter, and you feel the connection the music brings.

The point being, again (for those that missed it the last time): Lo-Pan.  Specifically their new album Subtle, which is anything but when it comes to my adoration for it. Continue reading

Album Review: Swamp Witch – “Dead Rituals”

Swamp Witch - Dead Rituals

Swamp Witch have come a long way from their 2011 EP Gnosis. That album’s fuzz soaked psychedelia showed promise, and the follow up Slithering Bog doubled down on the psychedelic elements. Well, Dead Rituals decided that what they needed was more fuzz. Thick, heavy, slow, driving, drowning fuzz. And I am 100% here for it. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Mastodon’s “Crack the Skye” Turns 10!

 

On March 24th, 1999 the heavens parted and the world was gifted the glory of Crack the Skyethe fourth album from Mastodon and their second outing on a major label. It’s a sprawling prog-rock opus, sparing no expense to craft majestic riffs and killer hooks that ten years on continues to reveal nuances and intricacies folks are still talking about. Continue reading

Profile: Jake Mazlum from Eccentric Sludgesters Kurokuma

Kurokuma
Kurokuma

Easy genre tags for the UK’s Kurokuma would be sludge and doom since, put quite simply, they do this combo extremely well. But a further look into their output thus far would uncover the heavy repetition of psychedelic metal along with the forward thinking of what avantgarde brings and nowhere is this heard better than on their upcoming EP, Sheffield’s Best Metal Band’s Vol. 1 due to the wicked Jamioquai cover and the strangely fitting acid hop EP closer. But, their insane heaviness is still the backbone of everything they do as they prepare for a future full length and the fact that they were recently described as ‘really stoned bisons that decided to drop some acid’ helps tremendously. Just ahead of this EP we had a chance to ask guitarist Jacob (Jake) Mazlum our set of Profile questions so head below to see how it went down. Continue reading

Album Review: Inter Arma – “Sulphur English”

Inter Arma - Sulphur English

How do you measure heaviness?  You can down-tune your guitars to the bowels of Hell, play at the speed of light with the gain turned up to 11, and mimic the sick wailing of a terrified pig in your vocals, but is it heavy?  If it’s anything, heaviness is a state of being, and Inter Arma have been mining that state since their debut.  But their latest slab of concrete Sulphur English just might be their purest expression of what it means to be heavy to date.  Continue reading