Stoner rock is often thought of in the same dim light as Doom, but this Italian band has dropped an album that serves as an example of how the two genres differ. While stoner rock and doom both share DNA with Black Sabbath, these guys ride on their riffs with a boogie that share a similar cactus patch as Clutch. They do pay homage to Sabbath, mainly in the singer’s piercing declarations that sound like Ozzy by way of nineties grunge. Their fuzz-laden riffs focus on grooving, rather than carrying the stark undercurrent of aggression that powered Sabbath’s darker guitar sound.
Walking into The Middle East in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I realized I was unintentionally about to bookend a month-ish long tour by attending both the first date (at Maryland Deathfest) and last date of the U.S. run of Japan’s doom masters, Church of Misery. For this, the final show, the supporting bands were The Atomic Bitchwax from New Jersey and Toke, minus their very recently axed drummer, from North Carolina.Continue reading →
Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society has shared a new music video for their song “Bored To Tears”. The track comes from the re-issue of Sonic Brew – 20th Anniversary Blend 5.99 – 5.19. Watch the clip now below! Catch BLS on tour now with Conan and Atomic Bitchwax. Continue reading →
Rock and metal can, and often does, take itself far too seriously. So we should all be thankful for bands like Atomic Bitchwax. The band’s new album, Force Field (Tee Pee) is a pure joy to behold.Continue reading →