Covering Slayer is a tricky business. Many bands have tried and failed, and despite displaying obvious reverence to the Californian Thrash legends, only a handful have ever really been able to do real justice to the source material. And of those, it’s the ones who arrive from left field that remain in the memory the most.
From Finnish cellists Apocalyptica to LA rap-metallers Body Count, it’s US singer/pianist Tori Amos who produced arguably the most innovative cross-genre take back in 2001 when she gave the world a very different version of “Raining Blood”. And now it’s the turn of Fu Manchu guitarist Bob Balch, the stoner metal legend getting the idea after teaching a student how to play “South of Heaven” in a different tuning and, well… Slower.Continue reading →
The Metal Gods of riffs and smoke have smiled on the world and bestowed a new champion of Psychedelic Rock Music to the people. Mario Lalli and The Rubber Snake Charmers (ex-Yawning Man, Kyuss, Stoner) have formed a Stoner Rock supergroup and will release their debut release Folklore From The Other Desert Cities. It will release on the venerable Heavy Psych Sounds label on March 19th, 2024! This is desert rock at its finest, along with the hypnotic poetry of Sean Wheeler! Watch the video for the debut single “Other Desert Cities” here at Ghost Cult! Continue reading →
Mutants Of The Monster Fest will return in 2024 to Little Rock, AR from May 16-18! The multi-day festival will take place in the Argenta Arts District and has revealed the first wave of bands, which features John Garcia (Formerly of Kyuss), Weedeater, Telekinetic Yeti, Rebematic, Spirit Adrift, Deadbird, Fistula, Flummox and more to be announced! Taking place in North Little Rock, AR at the Argenta Community Theater, early bird tickets are on sale at the link below!
When it comes to describing 93696 (Thrill Jockey), the latest album by Liturgy, one could just as well start by describing what this album is not. It is not a record to easily put on in the background and definitely not a go-to if you want to reduce your anxiety. Pretty much the opposite is true. This is a record screaming in your ears for attention, that induces anxiety all along the way.
Since relaunching Bush in 2010, the Gavin Rossdale and Chris Traynor partnership (Traynor taking on the right-hand role in the band once Rossdale resumed performing under the Bush banner in the stead of the retired Nigel Pulsford) have, in an understated way, added to the band’s legacy, producing five albums, and a slew of consistently decent tunes.
It is a time of change for the Baltimore based psych-doom three piece Black Lung, who following the release of their third album Ancients in 2019, parted ways with founding guitarist Adam Bufano, replacing him with Deaf Scene’s Dave Fullerton. Four months later and their subsequent tour of the album was cancelled as the pandemic struck, so the band decided to regroup and start working on fresh material with their new guitar player straight away. Continue reading →
Ripple Music has announced that Stoner Rock/Desert Scene innovators Fatso Jetson are joining the their roster! Their new album is a split release with fellow Californians All Souls (also ex-Totimoshi), with both bands recording their contributions live in the studio during the pandemic lockdown. The release is due this August. More details are soon to follow.
Seemingly taking a page from their fellow royals in King Gizzard, Archeron (Stickman Records) is the second album that King Buffalo has released in 2021. This degree of output can make the band’s already prolific discography seem even more muddled, especially since they are so committed to their loose, jammed out take on Heavy Psych. But as pretentious as it sounds, recording Archeron in a cave (WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!) seems to give the band’s usual sonic landscapes a slightly different makeover.
Stoner-Doom royalty Nick Oliveri (Mondo Generator, Stoner, Dwarves,Death Machine, ex- Kyuss, Queens of The Stone Age) will release a new album, N.O. Hits At All Volume 7 compilation on Heavy Psych Sounds, July 2nd. Jam out to “I Am Your Sun” right now.