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Do you ever
feel like people are judging you by what kind of music you listen to? No need
to worry here, we only judge folks by what they aren’t listening to for the
most part. These albums here make part of some more of the best music you’re
not listening to and it’s our mission to change that. Let’s kick things right
into gear with one of the heaviest outings of the season so far. Not only is it
heavy but its mandatory vinyl worthy being released this weekend on STB
Records. Olde are not that old, in fact this is their sophomore album with an EP release late
in 2016 in preparation for the new album
Temple. Head over the the
STB bandcamp page as there are still vinyl pre-orders up for sale, which is
rare for the label. I grabbed a die hard edition. You will shit your pants when
you see the covers to these die-hards STB is putting out, worth it for the
Olde – Temple
very well be the heaviest album of the year. Primal, doom-ridden hypnotic
sludge metal with earth shaking rhythm and skull cracking groove.
started off with the heaviest album I’ve featured so far this year, we’ll keep
it in ascending order in terms of blatant abuse. Next up comes a fine album and
third full length by Texas
rockers Greenbeard called Lödarödböl.
the third time is the charm and Greenbeard have proven that statement with
their latest offering. The Texas
trio have taken their blistering stoner riffage to new heights melting faces
with bluesy psychedelia, precision vocal tones and a radiant progression of
song craft. The artwork continues on the theme of badassery with another
example of supremacy. You can't afford not to grab the 1st press on
vinyl.Favorite track: Wyrm.
album is a new discovery for myself and popped up just earlier this week on the
good old bandcamp feed courtesy of Mr. Steve Woodier host of The Shrieks From
Below blog. Although he has a tendency to sport some of the most horrendously
brutal albums on the feed, he also has some of the best ears in bandcamp and
snatches up even some soft rockers from time to time. This time he recommended Have Blue and their new album Melted Mind. Its title hits the spot as
your skull will be smoking shortly after the first song riffs start blazing.
have melted my mind with a heavy dose of acidic fuzz resulting in possible
death by electrocution.
where it’s okay to put your judging suit on. The Judge just released Tell
it to the Judge, their sophomore album via the one and only Ripple Music
and it’s been adjourning our free time with retro glazed riffs ever since. It’s
probably a good idea to grab the limited vinyl to go with your copy of the debut re-released
by Ripple last year.
Me: Your honor, the vintage
melody is jammed with psychedelic flavoring, the solo ballads blaze with heavy
blues and the vocals croon like a moonlit howl of a werewolf. I haven't heard
riffs this ornery since 1975.
Judge: Says here you were born in
81'. Guilty on all counts. I sentence you to mandatory vinyl treatment. Lock
him away in Ripple purgatory boys.
Me: Thank you your honor.
This one I
haven’t been able to stop playing lately. Its go such an infectious buzz to it.
Take a listen for yourself. The
Moonshine Brand – Welcome to Gypsy Town is name your price and I’ll be
judging when I don’t see your profile pic pitched under the album cover on
I love the guitar tone paired with the jangly vocal haze.
Mind expanding melodies gently strewn among spiritual, surf-stricken blues.
We’ll finish off this week’s edition with a killer album
coming from way down south in Argentina
sung in their native tongue and honking their horns to the stoner realm with
pride. Montaña Electrica - Selvas y Trópicos should be taken
seriously. Don’t be scared of the Spanish lyrics because the music is a rocking
As always let
us know what you think, tell a friend, go to a show. If not for all of us
camping out here in the underground, the world would be a less enjoyable place.
When your friends are judging you over your loud music, turn it up louder and
tune it down lower. Bonanza judges only those who do not listen.