We love stoner metal. Distortion. Doom. Sabbathian riff worship. A decade ago we wandered into the lush psychedelic grooves of the stoner sub-genre with albums like Bloodhorse’s Horizoner, Meanderthal by Torche and Baroness’ Blue Record. The journey has been long and good, and we get really excited when a band comes around that demonstrates a real love for and mastery of the genre. Wizzerd’s self-titled release from back in June will take you for a spectacular ride. Jhalen Salazar’s vocals help set this album apart from more derivative bands, with multiple distinct styles from melodic crooning on Phoenix to the doom growls on Wraith. The satisfyingly stoney instrumentation seems to follow the dynamism of Salazar’s rich well-trained voice. Moments of shiny high-fi verses are patterned in sludge and grime. The track Warrior is reminiscent of The Sword’s work, but feels like an improvement on the idea with multiple flowing movements and resounding vocal melodies. You will not be able to turn this album off. Thanks to Doomed & Stoned for getting these guys to Portland for a spectacular show, and providing some pics!
If you’re lucky enough to catch Boise trio Lloyd and Saviour live you absolutely should. Full of evil satan-y stoner jams and heavy sludge covered rock n roll, their songs are as energetic as they are mired in dreamy distortion, fuzz, dirt, mold, mud, we don’t even wanna know.
The Black Out Album has strong roots in classic rock n roll, but with an interest in exploring bringing in heavy metal and punk. The songs with shiny production could be mistaken for surfy pop songs, but choose a nice rotten potato quality so the experience is more like drinking a warm newcastle on a cloudy day than some beachy cocktail. These are meticulously well crafted tracks perfectly suited for road trips and daily driving, skating around sneaking into parties, or just sitting alone mad at it. Definitely keep an eye out for these guys and check out these tracks.
Hi everyone, it’s been quite sometime since our last post here on the website. Today we are sharing the debut album of Big Wild from Seattle, WA. If you don’t already know his name let this be an introduction to one of the best new electro-pop artists that are out there. This album, Superdream, is spectacular from start to finish. It combines soul, pop, funk, and electronic all into non-stop grooviness. Superdream starts off with the rambunctious tracks “City of Sound” and “Joypunks”, then it slows down for a few extra close-up and sensual tracks, “6’s to 9’s(ft.Rationale”, “No Words”, and “Alley-Oop(ft.iDA HAWK)”. Then pops back off with pretty much the rest of the album. This new album from Big Wild has been stuck in my head constantly for the last week. If I had to to choose a track that is my favorite, it would have to be the last 4 tracks of the album, yeah it’s that good. Check out Big Wild on tour this March, he’ll be at Roseland Theater March 15th.
Another band to be on the lookout this Treefort Music Fest. It’s Pregnant from Sacramento, CA. Their latest release is called Duct Tape and it has a very eclectic mix of music; ranging from electronic, to pop, to psychedelic, to experimental. Pregnant is in the same vain of trippy pop music as Animal Collective. I really enjoy the course that they take on Duct Tape. “She Noticed” starts off the album with an awesome psych-rock jam, then it gets more electronic and weird going further. I also really like the tracks “Dead Dog Head” and “How Does it End?”. Really cool stuff from Pregnant, make sure to catch them Wednesday eve at Neurolux.
Here’s another band not to miss at Treefort Music Fest this year. It’s Swim Camp from Philadelphia, PA. Their latest release is called SCUBA. Swim Camp has an awesome indie-rock sound to them. A real good mix of grunge, pop, and heavy vocals make up the majority of songs for Swim Camp. The album SCUBA is really well laid out, the progression of the songs goes from bright to darker, then back again. Highly recommend this to everyone. Make sure you catch them Friday night at Treefort Music Fest.