Another Doom Charts post? Well, let me explain… A few of the Doom Charts contributors are so smitten with certain albums that they vote for the album and immediately deliver a blurb to be used when the Charts go live. And well, sometimes we must deliver sad and bad news to them and state that the album unfortunately did not make that final twenty-five. But why let that love go to waste right? So, this here post is meant as a postscript to the September 2021 edition. It is meant to inspire enthusiasm among all of you awesome heavy rock crazies in the audience attending the Doom Charts editions. And it is in honor of those bands that we already love and feel should be loved even more… Don’t worry, don’t fret, the Doom Charts will not be posting daily or even weekly. If you are in need of daily doses of heaviness, visit all those contributors sites. There are many, there are plenty and they all rock! This is just something that might be done a week after every Monthly edition. Perhaps in this form; perhaps in an other form… But there will be something… Cause if you listen, it will doom…
The following are professions of love and adoration by Doom Charts Contributors for albums they could not stop spinning. Each month, the Doom Charts critics submit their picks for the best new doom, sludge, metal, stoner, psychedelic and other sorts of heavy rock albums. The results are compiled and tabulated into the chart which is published monthly. However, sometimes a love is so great, but the album unfortunately did not make the published Doom Charts Edition. You can peruse that love here…
AGUSA – EN ANNAN VÄRLD
(Prog, Psych, Folk, Rock)
Two epic tracks highlight the breadth of musicianship and innovation on display in “En annan värld” from Swedish Progressive Rock band AGUSA: The Scandinavian penchant for melody is imprinted on both of these excellent tracks, evoking memories of Janus, Anglagard, Opeth and Tabula Rasa respectively. Any fan of Epic Progressive Rock will fail to find fault – Outstanding!
~Reek of STOOM
CACTUS ROJO – MYTHS OF THE ELDERS
(Stoner, Psych, Alternative, Garage, Doom, Rock, Metal)
I was sold at “stoner rock from Mexico” and this nearly-decade-old trio delivers everything I was hoping for with their groovy riffs, wild solos, and kick-your-ass vocals. Time for me to start digging into their past catalog.
CARCAÑO – BY THE ORDER OF THE GREEN GODDESS
(Sludge, Stoner, Psych, Rock, Metal, Doom)
(Reggio Calabria, Italy)
CARCAÑO evolves his sound into a shamanic space in which the liquid sounds of the 60’s and 70’s are muddied under heavy-psych riffs in smoky and narcotic atmospheres. His slow riffs, along with his bewitching vocals, create a lethargic, magnetic and forceful environment. Here the band expresses itself with solvency in a sound bet that leans towards Stoner-doom moments, but that affects the most hallucinogenic heavy psych sounds. Soft in their melodies, with a voice full of hook, but forceful with their riffs, they strike the balance between heaviness and the fuzz-soaked ‘trip’ to new sensory dimensions.
GOATFATHER – MONSTER TRUCK
(Stoner, Desert, Metal, Rock)
After Hipster Fister, here is Monster Truck, the second GOATFATHER’s LP. The heavy stoner of this French band smells like used engine oil, sweat and hot asphalt. The more I listen to this album the more I think the secret of the band lies in their ability to use raw material (a big rock that is as heavy as obvious) and to transform it into a much more subtle construction than it seems. From the first track (Convoy) the ignition is on, the engine unleashes its powerful riff without anything being able to stand in its way. The voice perfectly complements the impression of power and unwavering will on a rather low tone and slightly scratchy. The group never hesitates to set off on nice instrumental flights like the one in the center of Monster Truck during which the play between the two guitars is extremely subtle. GOATFATHER presents itself as a heavy stoner band and this second album keeps all the promises announced.
~Thierry ‘Pumpkin-T’ François
GYNOID – THE HUNGER ARTIST SHOW
(Noise, Sludge, Punk, Metal)
Somewhere between noise rock and sludge metal, the Greeks of GYNOID offer us a very powerful 1st album. Minimalism in many parts reminds me of Shellac. I particularly appreciate Spyros’ charisma (vocals, guitar) and his acting skills. The title album is in reference to Franz KAFKA’s Artist of Hunger and, as in this short story, the lyrics are mostly harsh and dramatic, flirting with individual psychoses or social disturbances. The music is not complex, there are no solos or technical demonstrations of any kind. On the other hand, the 3 musicians deploy all their energy in the service of cruel stories carried by a great singer-screamer-actor. This album deserves to be discovered, at least a first attempt that convinced me.
~Thierry ‘Pumpkin-T’ François
MONSTEREO – IN THE HOLLOW OF THE WAVE
(Rock, Psych, Stoner, Prog)
Maybe only tangentially belonging here, with flourishes of heavy psych, and a bit of stoner, they’re honestly more progressive rock than anything, but here we go! Norway’s Monstereo checks a lot of the same boxes that Motorpsycho does for me. Great riffs, tons of hooks, but a depth and variety to the songs that always blows me away. This is my first experience with these guys, but they have a couple of albums that I’ll have to go check out. In The Hollow of the Wave is their first one in 7 years, after two back to back ones in 2013 and 2014. If I’m to nitpick at all about this band, it’s the vocals. The singer has a solid sounding voice, and the vocal harmonies work great, but occasionally, he attempts to hit a note or put a bit of punch on a line that just falls flat. That’s it. If you love riff driven progressive rock, give these guys a spin. One of the surprises of the year for me!
PRAD – OCTOTANKER
(Stoner, Psych, Space, Rock)
“OCTOTANKER” presents a more mature, spacious and balanced sound than its previous albums. His songs hypnotize the listener and they embark on a journey to dark soundscapes. Creating authentic shamanic trances, the Polish band makes its sound gravitate between dark and cold atmospheres in which a voice evocative of the legacy of the Lizard King, launches its prayers, making the listener see himself immersed in a narcotic environment. A calm drenched in psychotropic substances in which they occasionally dive with Stoner riffs and some flirtatious doom.
REDSCALE – THE OLD COLOSSUS
(Stoner, Hard, Rock, Metal)
They hail from Berlin, Germany and produce one of the most grooviest and weightiest stoner rock sounds since their foundation back in 2015. Their new album is called THE OLD COLOSSUS and continues on with that massive REDSCALE sound. It’s huge, it’s large, it’s stoner rock, it’s stoner metal and it’s damn freaking awesome!
SEUM – LIVE FROM THE SEUM-CAVE
(Doom, Sludge, Stoner, Metal)
(Montreal, Québec, Canada)
The transplanted sludge trio that gets better with every release. This live recording makes you want to book a flight to Montreal to catch their next show. This band has accomplished a lot in only a year, and this EP shows us why.
If you listen, it will doom…
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