Tag Archives: Stoner Rock

Spiritual Beggars – Sunrise to Sundown

Spiritual Beggars - Sunrise to Sundown

Spiritual Beggars [Sweden]
Sunrise to Sundown
Full Length
InsideOut Music
Stoner Rock/Metal

My love affair with Spiritual Beggars started back in 2010 when ex-Firewind singer Apollo Papathanasio joined the lineup, with myself being a fan of his works while he was in Firewind. While Return to Zero was a simple, rather straightforward hard rock album, Earth Blues saw Spiritual Beggars incorporate some elements of psychedelia into their sound, which left me rather excited when the band announced their ninth full length album earlier this year, Sunrise to Sundown. The beautiful artwork hinted towards an even more psychedelic direction, but is it a hint towards the band’s musical direction?

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88 Mile Trip – Through the Darkest Haze

88 Mile Trip - Through the Darkest Haze

88 Mile Trip [Canada]
Through the Darkest Haze
Full Length
Stoner Rock/Metal

Here’s some stoner rock out of the country known more for their technical death metal outfits and the bludgeoning war metal scene, Canada. 88 Mile Trip this year releases their debut full length album, Through the Darkest Haze, and even before listening to a single note of the band, the trippy artwork had already fully captivated me.

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Skraeckoedlan – Sagor

Skraeckoedlan - Sagor

Skraeckoedlan [Sweden]
Full Length
Razzia Records
Psychedelic Stoner/Doom Metal

My current run of infatuation with the stoner/doom metal genre has resulted in me discovering bands that I would have otherwise not have heard of, including those with such exotic names as SkraeckoedlanSagor is the Swedish fuzz-rock’s sophomore full length album, and in my quest to find more atmospheric/ambient, the artwork on the album certainly catches my eye.

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Prehistoric Pigs – Everything is Good

Prehistoric Pigs - Everything is Good

Prehistoric Pigs [Italy]
Everything is Good
Full Length
The Smoking Goat Records
Stoner Metal

I remember the year that I first discovered the blooming stoner/doom metal scene in Italy, with Prehistoric Pigs being one of the first that I listened to before chancing upon their compatriots such as King BongThrone and more. Wormhole Generator left a deep impression on me with the band’s relentless, crushing style of instrumental stoner/doom metal, and when I finally received the band’s follow up, this year’s Everything is Good in my inbox, I was excited and ready for more suffocating stoner instrumental doom.

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Album Review: Ape Machine – Mangled by the Machine

Ape Machine - Mangled by the Machine

Ape Machine [USA]
Mangled by the Machine
Full Length
Ripple Music
Stoner Rock/Metal

I never thought that I could enjoy a band that call themselves Ape Machine, but the music on Mangled by the Machine certainly displays the whole range of influences that the band boasts on their profile, with the sound of the early days of hard rock and heavy metal fused with a modern touch and sound.

Gun You Down gives off a rather progressive vibe with the unique rhythm that the band goes at, but as soon as vocalist Caleb comes in, the old school vibe is immediately rather prominent, and soon enough the band quickly goes into a stoner rock/metal segment, with the listener finding himself bobbing his head along to the rather groovy and somewhat psychedelic feel that the band presents, reminding one of bands like The Sword and to a smaller extent, bands like Church of Misery on the heavier segments on the album. The heavy presence of the bass of Brian, along with the riffs that are unleashed by Ian at times bring doom pioneers Black Sabbath to mind, though obviously things here are much more modern sounding.

The lead guitars of Ian are psychedelic as hell, and reek of heavy blues influences, sure to please fans of old school rock and roll. There are even some synths and hammond organs that could be spotted on the album like on Every Body Bleeds, giving a nice 60s/70s psychedelic rock feel of Deep Purple and the likes. And this definitely works well with that Southern rock vibe with the usage of instruments such as the harmonica.

This being a concept album, all the songs are linked from the start to the end, and the listener is presented to a continuous 40-odd minute of non-stop pleasure. This is certainly one of the key highlights of the album, with the band displaying their songwriting ability in seamlessly fusing the songs together to a coherent listening experience, expertly steering and directing the moods and emotions of the listener as each track jumps into the next.

There is a nice variety of different styles that Ape Machine has put into Mangled by the Machine, and the experience is made all the more memorable with the band cleverly making it feel like a one-track listening experience.

Ape Machine on the internet:
Official website
Ripple Music