After the first riff on "Black Moon", the opening track on the third and latest full-length by Tombstones, I spontaneously started banging my head with an evil grin on my face. Yes, this gargantuan stoner/ doom three-piece from Oslo, Norway is back with some real heavy artillery and delivers one of the most heavy and riffiest doom albums of the year.
I honestly missed something like this, the sound of pure, evil repetitive doom metal. The stoned, trippy and massive kind. I hear echoes of Electric Wizard, High On Fire, OM, ST:Erik and Elder throughout the 6 tracks on "Red Skies and Dead Eyes". Amazing stuff, simple as that. A throwback to the essential.
Red Fang, everybody's favorite Oregon beer-drinkers have been at it for over 4 years now. The band rapidly made a name for themselves by writing two very solid records,touring exhaustively and being an all round live-powerhouse. Every member of this quartet had their teeth sharpened by performing in other bands, but Red Fang seems to be the band that has the gnarliest bite of them all.
The guys are back with Whales and Leeches, their second release on label Relapse Records. Whales and Leeches takes you on a diverse journey that is sure to please everyone and disappoint no-one. Simply put, this is their best album to date.
Everybody should be familiar if not to the sound, at least to their name. Samsara Blues Experiment has made it again and surprised us with a new album, Waiting for the Flood (their second release this year after Live at Rockpalast). Departing a bit from the traditional Stoner rock sound and more into jam-and-fuzz Psychedelic rock, WftF appears as what I think is their strongest work out there.
Thrilling trips in stoner-space psychedelica!