ALBUM REVIEW: Crystal Spiders – Molt

Having been acquainted with vocalist Brenna Leath through her work with Lightning Born, her new project Crystal Spiders has a comparable grittier approach to Stoner Doom. Their first album, Molt (Ripple Music), is primarily driven by bass-heavy fuzz with songs that range from Psychedelic excursions to borderline Punk numbers. The style is most comparable to Year Of The Cobra, especially with the bass-drum duo setup, but the darker aspects also trigger associations with Windhand and Ruby The Hatchet.Continue reading

41 Bands Will Donate Their Bandcamp Sales on June 5th to The National Bail Fund Network

A large group of underground heavy music and punk bands have united in solidarity to donate money earned from sales on Bandcamp’s June 5th “free day” (when Bandcamp will not take their cut of sales from bands) to the memory of George Floyd, murdered by a police officer on May 25 in Minneapolis, MN. Forty-one bands will donate their proceeds to the National Bail Fund Network. The group  organizes to end all forms of detention, criminalization, and surveillance. The charity uses community bail funds as organizing tools to free people and push to abolish detention. For more information on bail funds, please visit: To get involved, head to the Bandcamp pages below and buy on Friday, June 5 from 12 – 12 PST! More importantly, you can donate to the National Bail Fund directly here: Among the bands participating include Lightning Born, Haunt, Astral Witch, Throne of Iron, Emblem, Obsequiae, Smoulder (we became aware of this initiative from a friend sharing their post), and many more. Please support these bands and this cause if you can! Continue reading

Ripple Music Announces East Coat Headquarters

Ripple Music, a label that exemplifies quality and integrity in underground music has announced an expansion to the east coast of the USA. They will open up a Baltimore office soon and also revealed plans to expand the staff of the label with another announcement coming soon. Ripple is a label known for stoner and doom metal bands such as Mothership, Vokonis, Earthen Grave, Mondo Generator, Chron Goblin, the debut album from Lightning Born, and more. Congrats to Ripple Music. We’re excited to see what is next for the label. Continue reading

Lightning Born Shares New Single and Video For “Shifting Wind”

North Carolina’s Lightning Born has shared their first new single and video clip from their highly anticipated debut self-titled album, due out this month. Lightning Born features legendary bassist Mike Dean Mike Dean (Corrosion of Conformity), incredible singer Brenna Leath (The Hell No), drummer Doza Hawes (Mega Colossus, ex-Bloody Hammers; ex-Hour of 13) and guitarist Erik Sugg (Demon Eye). The animated clip was created by artist Costin Chioreanu for Twilight13 Media (Ghost, Darkthrone, Triptykon). Stream and buy ‘Shifting Wind’ now. Continue reading

Members Of COC, Bloody Hammers, Demon Eye Form Doom Supergroup Lightning Born

Low-key doom supergroup Lighting Born has formed with members hailing from notable bands such as Corrosion of Conformity Bloody Hammers, Demon Eye, The Hell No, Hour of 13 and Mega Colossus. The doom metal collective with roots in North Carolina and Maryland has signed a world-wide deal with Ripple Music, and are already working on a new album due out in late 2018. Continue reading