Monday, September 16, 2019

MYSTERY DUDES debut stoner punk EP "First Blood"

MYSTERY DUDES debut stoner punk EP
MYSTERY DUDES debut stoner punk EP
MYSTERY DUDES are a stoner punk band who have arrived at the right place at the right time. The place? The stoner doom scene. The time? Right now, with many fans interested in hearing something fresh and that's exactly what Mystery Dudes deliver on their debut EP. It's got fuzzy heavy stoner doom, but it's faster and edgier with shorter songs like you get from punks. Check them out:


First Blood shoots right out of the gate with the instrumental banger, "Mathematrix." This is five solid minutes of energetic riffs with the fuzz and heavy sound to put the stoner into stoner punk. 

Next up is "Breaking the Rules" which has even more punk sound with the introduction of angry (but not too angry) vocals. The singing definitely fits the vibe of the music. 

In the middle is "Satan's Spawn." Great title. Kinda groovy in a grungy sorta way but the lyrics are punk-ass all the way.

Next to last is the instrumental protest song, "Instrumental Protest Song" which despite the name is perhaps the most mellow song on the EP. And it's about the longest punk song I've ever heard.

"Kill the Lightning" wraps it up fast and hot with fuzzy vocals.

It's no mystery -- you'll dig the Mystery Dudes. And if you like stoner punk, be sure to check out The Swamp's DEAD PANDA along with some other recent stoner punks I've reviewed including MOOZOONSII, BUZZARD CULT, and CAGED WOLVES

Mystery Dudes are from Norway and are:
Bjørnar Lien Roset - Guitar / Vocals
Rolf Bang - Bass
Ola Jørgen Kyrkjeeide - Drums 
From the band:
Mystery Dudes will melt your face of with their eclectic,
fuzzed out blend of stoner rock, punk and heavy psych.
Regardless of style, the sonic output is always heavy,
hypnotic and hits you in all the right places at once!
Hailing from the far out corners of Norway's wasteland,
the hard hitting power-trio made Oslo their home base.
There they cultivated heavy riffs and catchy tunes in their secret lair,
before unleashing the beast now known as Mystery Dudes!





Sunday, September 15, 2019

MOURNFUL CRIES debut doom metal album BAD TASTE

MOURNFUL CRIES debut doom metal album BAD TASTE
MOURNFUL CRIES debut doom metal album BAD TASTE
It's not often I get to connect with a band from Nor Cal so I'm excited to be telling you about MOURNFUL CRIES debut doom metal album BAD TASTE. This is 7 tracks of heavy fuzzy riffs from a band that has been together for a while, and you can hear their experience in the quality of the music and also across the entire album -- every track on here is a ripper. Check out BAD TASTE from Mournful Cries:


"Sea of Trees" starts things off right, and even it's track length is right: 4:20! Not overly long by doom standards, but all that matters is how the songs sound, and these sound good. This trio knows how to stay doom while keeping things moving at a brisk pace.

"Bad Taste" is not the longest track on the album, but its slow methodical riff makes it seem the most epic to me. Might be the best track on an album with only good songs. It's my favorite track even before the guitar solo kicks in, and it's a doozy. Just when things might veer into heavy psych territory, Mournful Cries piles on the doom to keep things solidly in the doom metal side of things.

Every good album needs an killer ending, and "Witches' Herbs" anchors this heavy album with nearly ten minutes of slowly building doom. A great finish.


Mournful Cries is:
Riff Finder/Vox: Luis Olguin
Bass Wizard: Matt Lasserre
Assault and Battery: Alex Hernandez
From the band:
Born under the haze of the witches' herbs. Started in the summer of 2015, Mournful Cries is a Doom/Heavy Metal band from Santa Rosa, Ca. Set out to conjure riffs inspired by slow and heavy music.






LEAFDRINKER new heavy psych album NOTHING GROWS dropped on Sept. 13

LEAFDRINKER new heavy psych album NOTHING GROWS
LEAFDRINKER new heavy psych album NOTHING GROWS
Art by Bill Nisenson
You already know I dig leafdrinker because they had a track on THE HEAVY SOUTH so I'm glad to report their new album dropped on September 13 and it carries on with their unique blend of heavy psych and stoner doom with a bit of Southern flair. "Carries on" is not quite right. "Explodes with" is more like it because this album takes their earlier music to a new level. This sounds like an album that took some time to get together, so check it out:


The album opens with "Settlers" which is from their earlier EP (I selected it for my Bandcamp compilation The Heavy South) so I'm glad to have it open the album. It's a great track.

Track #3 "Priestess" might be my favorite on the album. Slow and heavy, fuzzed out and spacey, this is a really solid track. I can imagine this one really moving things at their gigs.

Next up is "Demiurge" and that speeds things up right into grunge territory. Another solid song. You can see the pattern here right? There are only good songs on this album.

There is a great flow to Nothing Grows. I think it's especially important for psych albums to have a reason to want to hit PLAY and take the full ride all the way to the end. There's an ebb and flow to the pace of the songs and even with the vocals. Some songs are heavier on the singing, others have less, and "Bugs" is basically instrumental with a few howled phrases. And speaking of "Bugs" it might be my favorite track. (Wait, I already picked a favorite, so can I have 2?) For sure I dig the ominous heavy riff and the guitar solo a lot.

"No Other Way" ends the album and it's one of the most unique songs on the album, and very energetic. Maybe this is leafdrinker's way of saying, Go out and catch us at a gig. Not sure if the distortion jam at the end is included in their live show or not. I guess we'll have to catch them at one and find out.



From the band:
New Orleans Doom Bois taking influence from Electric Wizard, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, Mastodon, Boris, and OM.
leafdrinker plays a hefty number of shows this month, including Nashville, Memphis, Lafayette, Houma, and New Orleans.

Upcoming Shows:
9/16: New Orleans @ Gasa Gasa w/ Ole English and Rickshaw Billie's Burger Patrol
9/20: Nashville @ Cobra w/ Kanypshyn, Sydewynder and Wine Witch
9/21: Memphis @ The Hi Tone w/ Wine Witch and Geist
9/22: Lafayette @ Freetown Boom Boom Room w/ Kiva and Sexlord
9/23: Houma @ Intracoastal Club w/ TBA
10/5: New Orleans @ Venue TBD w/ Loro and Gools

So be sure and follow them to stay in touch:






Thursday, September 12, 2019

MOOZOONSII debut stoner groove metal EP is INCREDIBLE

MOOZOONSII debut stoner metal EP
MOOZOONSII debut stoner metal EP
Remember earlier this year when I reviewed a fantastic stoner metal album debut out of Argentina from LOW MACHINE? Here's the link. I love that album, and so does The Swamp Krewe. It is one of the most popular albums we have listened to this year. So when the drummer from Low Machine told me about his other band in France called MOOZOONSII and their new debut self-titled EP, you know I was on it. This has so many elements of my ideal album: instrumental, stoner, metal, and it plays with a consistent killer sound from the very start to the very end. Check out MOOZOONSII:


Each song is unique, yet there is a consistency across all 7 tracks which makes this play out in such a solid way that I have not listened to this yet without playing the entire EP. It's like somehow these songs all need to be played together. The high metal content of the songs connects them together with some kind of stoner magnetic force. Even the slower sections have enough energy to power the entire album.

There's a bit of a stoner punk vibe going on here. We've got 7 tracks clocking into 25 minutes. These are not epic 15 minute slow stoner songs. Moozoonsii comes in hot, moves fast, and melts your face. Then they move onto the next song and do it all over again.

Moozoonsii calls their sound groove metal and I agree!

There's not much point to single out any of the tracks. They are all fresh, explosive, and exactly how I like my stoner groove metal. I will point out Fœtality is incredible so if you only share one track with your friends, it is a good choice.

Moozoonsii is:
Basile Chiariello (guitar)
Raphael S-Drafo (bass)
Matthieu Bellemere (drums)
From the band:
Instrumental, big & groovy riffs, fast psych parts, quick structure changes.
The drummer and guitar player are also in OZMA so check them out on Bandcamp. Also instrumental with more a heavy metal sound. 

And remember to check out LOW MACHINE too! Another killer album with a more chill stoner sound compared to Moozoonsii.




Monday, September 9, 2019

CAGED WOLVES alternative stoner rock debut EP


CAGED WOLVES debut EP just dropped with 5 tracks of fuzzy, angry alternative stoner rock. The riffs are fast, the licks are nasty, and the vocals are pissed off. I dig it! Check out Caged Wolves:


Check out the angry lyrics and singing on "Majestic" to get an idea of how Caged Wolves pushes the edge of alternative stoner right into stoner punk. The guitars are pissed off too, with the solo straining to get its point across. After that, the singing goes back to a softer tone as if in defeat. Man this is a really good song on a really good EP. Check these guys out!

You can also hear Caged Wolves on Spotify here.

Another thing I like about this band is that "alternative" for them means "edgy" rather than "shoegaze" and I would even describe them as stoner punks to someone who asked. Their sound is heavy and riffy but fast and angry at the same time, and if you dig them as much as I do, then you should also check out other recent stoner punk albums by bands such as Dead Panda and Mystery Dudes. You could even say there is some grunge going on here too. It's a great thing when a band has their own unique sound, and it has the sounds of many different styles of music. Right on!

And I have to point out, I don't hear a lot of new music coming out of Austria so that's really cool too. Dos Brujos and their non-stop thrash guitars are also from Austria so let's hope we hear more music from there.


Caged Wolves is:
Guitar/Vocals - Johnny Owl
Guitar - Stoner Elvis
Bass - Christian Sorko
Drums - cián
From the band:
Caged Wolves was founded in 2017 in Vienna. Under the motto "MORE FUZZ" the band draws its attention between rock songs and instrumental spherical melodies using the example of legends like Kyuss & Black Sabbath.
Caged Wolves has a show coming up on 12 September in Vienna so follow them to stay in touch:






Wednesday, September 4, 2019

BRASIL IN FUZZ 2019 now on Bandcamp

BRASIL IN FUZZ epic heavy music compilation drops in August
BRASIL IN FUZZ



🇧🇷 BRASIL IN FUZZ 2019 com Fuzzy Cracklins e Fuzzrious em 31 agosto, com mais de 40 das músicas mais pesadas do underground brasileiro, incluindo muitas faixas novas e pré-lançadas.

BRASIL IN FUZZ 2019 será um lançamento apenas digital no Bandcamp em https://fuzzycracklins.bandcamp.com disponível para download gratuito (Name Your Price) para que o maior número possível de fãs possa ouvir essas bandas. Todas as doações são usadas para a promoção das bandas.

Para exemplos de compilações anteriores, por favor veja https://fuzzycracklins.bandcamp.com/album/blood-moon-god

Para participar desta compilação, entre em contato fuzzycracklins@gmail.com

Fuzzy Cracklins Presents é um selo do Bandcamp com oito bandas de todo o mundo.
fuzzycracklins@gmail.com
https://fuzzycracklins.bandcamp.com
https://www.fuzzycracklins.com
https://www.instagram.com/fuzzycracklins

Fuzzrious é uma promotora e revisora musical sediada em São Paulo.
fuzzrious@gmail.com
https://bandcamp.com/fuzzrious
https://www.instagram.com/fuzzrious

Art by by Old Boy
https://www.behance.net/helloldboya6ab


🇬🇧 BRASIL IN FUZZ 2019 powered by Fuzzy Cracklins and Fuzzrious drops on August 31 with over 40 of the heaviest songs in the Brazilian underground, including many new and pre-release tracks.

BRASIL IN FUZZ 2019 will be a digital-only release on Bandcamp at https://fuzzycracklins.bandcamp.com available for free download (Name Your Price) so that as many fans as possible will be able to hear these bands. All donations are used for the promotion of the bands.

For examples of previous compilations, please see https://fuzzycracklins.bandcamp.com/album/blood-moon-god

To join this compilation, please contact fuzzycracklins@gmail.com

Fuzzy Cracklins Presents is a Bandcamp label with eight bands from around the world.
fuzzycracklins@gmail.com
https://fuzzycracklins.bandcamp.com
https://www.fuzzycracklins.com
https://www.instagram.com/fuzzycracklins

Fuzzrious is a music promoter and reviewer based in São Paulo.
fuzzrious@gmail.com
https://bandcamp.com/fuzzrious
https://www.instagram.com/fuzzrious

Art by by Old Boy
https://www.behance.net/helloldboya6ab

Sunday, September 1, 2019

MISLEADING instrumental doom psych debut

MISLEADING S/T instrumental doom psych
MISLEADING S/T instrumental doom psych
"Instrumental" and "Doom" are two words which when combined into a single phrase "Instrumental Doom" stop me right in my tracks. And then add some heavy psych to that?? When I got an email from MISLEADING about their debut album, I went straight to their Bandcamp page for a listen. When I noticed the album time clocks in around 45 minutes, that really sealed it for me. And sure enough, this band delivers a mind-blowing heavy doom psych experience. Thick, slow as it wants to be but more than able to kick up the tempo any fucking time they like, and enough guitar solos to please any heavy psych fan. Check out MISLEADING S/T:


One thing that is great about "Misleading Self-Titled" is the way it gladly embraces its heavy psych sound with its breaks in tempo and killer guitar solos, but doesn't end up getting into prog. (Don't get me wrong; I love progressive metal too, but it doesn't belong on this album.)

A great example where Misleading keeps the doom heavy but lets the guitar take off into outer space is around the 7 minute mark on "Karmemoto" where you need to buckle in and prepare for a hyperspace jump. And a killer sample on top of that? It's almost too much for an old gator like me.

As I said, this clocks at around the length of a killer vinyl, and it has the balanced sound you would love to hear on a record. There's a ebb and flow to the doom, and pacing to the psychedelic guitar work that make this a killer album to listen to straight through in a single session.

Spend a buck (or more!) when you download this album on Bandcamp so you'll get the bonus track. Right on! It's just as killer as the rest of the songs, but it puts the album way past being able to fit onto a vinyl.

From the band:
We'd like to introduce you our instrumental heavy psychedelic rock, doomy, raw and freaky. Featuring members of Shades, SHC and Canens Carcer, the trio Misleading was born from the ashes of doom to hypnotize with wild psych fights, walls of sonic noise and tempestuous heaviness.
Check out the video for "Portal Visions" --


I have been hearing more and more great music from Portugal lately. Also check out The Black Wizards.